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Taliban attacks kill at least 48 in Afghanistan after U.S. peace talks fail

Relatives wait outside of a hospital in Afghanistan after a Taliban attack
Relatives of victims arrive outside a hospital after a suicide attack that targeted a campaign rally for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: Abdul Shahmim Tanha/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban claimed responsibility for 2 attacks on Tuesday that killed at least 48 people and targeted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani — who was unharmed — at a campaign event, AP reports.

Why it matters: These are the deadliest attacks by the group since peace negotiations with the U.S. were abruptly called off by President Trump earlier this month. The Taliban has used attacks against the Afghan government and foreign forces to scare people from voting in the presidential elections at the end of the month, per Al-Jazeera.

Taliban claims Kabul blast as U.S. envoy outlines landmark Afghan deal

Smoke rises from the site of an attack after a massive explosion the night before near the Green Village in Kabul on September 3
Smoke rises from the site of an attack on Tuesday after a massive explosion the night before near the Green Village in Kabul. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed at least 5 people and wounded 50 more in Kabul Monday, as President Trump's special envoy for Afghanistan visited the capital to draft a landmark peace accord, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The powerful car bomb explosion occurred as United States envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was telling the Afghan broadcaster TOLOnews that the U.S. and the Taliban had struck an "in principle" agreement that would see 5,400 troops leave Afghanistan, in the first sign of a breakthrough in peace talks between the 2 sides.