US military in deadly airstrike on Taliban fighters just days after peace deal

The US military has conducted a devastating airstrike against Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

This comes just days after a landmark peace deal was signed last weekend, and after Taliban officials were accused of attacking an Afghan checkpoint.

Spokesman for the US military, Colonel Sonny Leggett, said it was the first American strike against the militant group in 11 days.

In a tweet he added: "The US conducted an airstrike on March 4 against Taliban fighters in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand, who were actively attacking an #ANDSF checkpoint. This was a defensive strike to disrupt the attack."

The colonel called on the Taliban to stop the attacks and uphold their commitments based on the agreement signed on February 29, between their leaders and US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

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The strike comes a day after US President Donald Trump disclosed that he had spoken to a Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

This which makes him the first US president believed to have spoken directly with the militant group in nearly 19 years of fighting in Afghanistan.

Last week, the US and the Taliban signed a historic peace agreement in the hope of ending 19 years of conflict in war-torn Afghanistan.

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The peace deal agrees that US forces are set to depart from Afghanistan within 14 months under the agreement with militants, in a bid to end America's longest war.

The agreement lays out a conditions-based path to the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, which still sees US troops responsible for defending their Afghan allies.

As of yet, the Taliban have not claimed any of these attacks or confirmed the US air strike, but spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a week of reduced violence had ended.

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