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The Taliban’s appointment of Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada leaves no space to clinch a purposeful peace negotiation process with the Taliban in the short term, said Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, deputy chief of staff for communications for Operation Resolute Support, the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
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Forces in the first line of battle in Helmand province said that troops are on the defensive and are not taking an offensive approach as they are still waiting for such orders.