Scores wounded as series of blasts rock eastern Afghan city

Afghan police men stand guard outside the wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul Afghanistan Sunday Aug.18 2019

Afghan police men stand guard outside the wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul Afghanistan Sunday Aug.18 2019

There were children among the dead and the attack wounded close to 200 other people. IS claimed responsibility for the bombing. The militants have been refusing to negotiate with the Afghan government until a timetable for the United States withdrawal is agreed upon.

Afghans carry the body of a victim of Dubai City wedding hall bombing during a mass funeral in Kabul, Afghanistan. "We postponed celebrations to honor the victims, but we will take the revenge of our people", he added. He urged the global community to join those efforts. A series of bombings hit the eastern city of Jalalabad, several news agencies reported.

Afghan officials confirmed that 63 people were killed and another 182 were wounded in the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility in an area where both IS and the Taliban are active.

This unacceptable loss of life definitely underlines the importance of multilateral efforts to promote a comprehensive peace agreement that will degrade the ability of transnational terror groups to operate in Afghanistan, as the UAE foreign ministry pointed out.

But the peace talks have faltered, mostly because the Taliban refuses to engage with Ghani's government.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani took to Twitter to condemn the attack, also placing blame on the Taliban for providing a "platform for terrorists".

Flawed, because a peace deal would not guarantee the Taliban didn't pursue its main enemy, the Afghan government first, before getting around to ISIS.

Amid raging conflict across the country, traditional wedding parties have been an escape for the war-weary Afghans giving them some rare moments of happiness.

The Afghan government has not been involved in the talks because the militants refuse to deal with an administration they see as a United States puppet. Few believe such a deal will bring quick peace and Afghans fear the Taliban could return, eroding hard-won rights for women in particular and leading to a spiralling civil war.

The deal would include a phased USA troop pullout in exchange for Taliban guarantees that Afghanistan will not be used by extremist groups to attack U.S. targets.

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"We are just exhausted of this life", Ramin said of the decades of war and insurgency that Afghanistan has endured.

Given ideological and political differences, the two militant groups have also been battling each other.

Trump has made no secret of his desire for a US pullout from Afghanistan and an end to America's longest war.

Both the Taliban and a local affiliate of the Islamic State group carry out bloody attacks in the capital, however the Taliban denied responsibility.

Afghanistan is celebrating Independence Day on Monday.

Ghani blamed the Taliban for the attack, saying it had given rise to extremist networks such as Daesh.

"Many on the opposite side of this 19 year war, and us, are looking to make a deal - if possible!" he tweeted on Friday.

He told reporters Sunday that he does not want Afghanistan to become a "laboratory for terror".

Both US negotiators and the Taliban have reported progress after eight rounds of talks since late past year.

There has been no let-up in fighting and bomb attacks in Afghanistan over recent months despite talks between the United States and the Taliban since late a year ago.

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