Just two days after the US-Taliban peace agreement was signed in Doha, a letter was seen by TOLOnews allegedly from the Taliban leadership to its members saying that the "RIV has ended" and that attacks on government forces should resume. The letter also said that US forces should not be attacked.
The seven-day reduction in violence (RIV), which concluded with the signing of a peace agreement with the US and Taliban in Doha, Qatar on Saturday, February 29, was widely considered successful, by both soldiers on the ground as well as military and government officials. Although it was not a complete ceasefire, major attacks were not implemented by all sides in the conflict.
Taliban spokesmen have neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the letter to TOLOnews.
There are reports of Taliban attacks today in Balk, Faryab, Nangarhar, Zabul and Kapisa.
On Monday night a spokesman for US Forces in Afghanistan quoted Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of the Resolute Support Mission and US forces in Afghanistan: "The reduction in violence was a confidence builder. We're very serious about our obligations and we expect the Taliban will be serious about their obligations. The United States has been very clear about our expectations—the violence must remain low."
President Ghani, following Saturday's formal agreements, balked at a part of the US-Taliban deal mentioning the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners held by the Afghan government as a "confidence-building" measure for intra-Afghan talks, saying the government has made no such commitment.
But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in a tweet on Monday, citing the language of the deal, said that the deal will not go ahead unless the 5,000 prisoners are released.