NEW YoRK: The Taliban disclosed Thursday that the United Nations has temporarily removed sanctions against its senior leaders including Mullah Brother who are negotiating a deal with the United States for ending the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan.
The disclosure by the insurgent group comes as the American reconciliation envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, and his team are expected to enter a new round of meetings with Taliban interlocutors in Qatar this month. Both sides say the dialogue, which started late last summer, has made steady progress.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told media that the names of all 14 members on their negotiating team and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads the group’s informal “political office” in Doha, Qatar, have been taken off the U.N. blacklist. Those on the list are subject to financial sanctions, a travel ban and an arms embargo by all member nations.
Taliban Shootdown B-52 Fighter
Taliban militants have claimed they shot down a US B-52 heavy bomber Russian media reported.The incident purportedly took place when the aircraft was departing from the Shawrab Airbase in southern Afghanistan in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The B-52 is said to have crashed after the strike, killing all of its crew. Both Afghan and US authorities are yet to comment on the matter.