The Taliban in Afghanistan refused to hold formal talks with the Western-backed Afghan government during peace talks planned to take place in Saudi Arabia next month.
Taliban says only civilians died in Helmand province raid but government officials say 16 fighters were also killed. Separately, Taliban attacked a Kabul-based security firm, killing 10 and wounding 19 others, "in response to air strikes."
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Taliban's main spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed has denied group's involvement in the talks meaning some breakaway factions such as the ‘Mullah Rasul’ group might be engaged in talks with the Afghan government.
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