A wave of recent attacks in Afghanistan has left the Afghani government infuriated. Over the past week, the Taliban carried out 422 attacks in 32 provinces, killing a minimum of 291 Afghan security personnel and wounding 550 others. This marks the deadliest week in the country’s 19-year war, even as the Taliban reject the figures.

According to Javid Faisal, the Spokesperson for the Office of the National Security Council, the “Taliban’s commitment to reduce violence is meaningless, and their actions inconsistent with their rhetoric on peace.”

A top Afghan government official accused the insurgents of unleashing a wave of violence before potential talks.

The Taliban have sternly denied these accusations. Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesman in Afghanistan, told the AFP news agency that, “The enemy aims to hurt the peace process and intra-Afghan talks by releasing such false reports.”

The U.S. and the Taliban sign a landmark agreement in a bid to end America’s longest war. The U.S. agreed to withdraw all forces from Afghanistan within 14 months and pull out of five bases in 135 days as of February 2020.

The U.S. signed a peace agreement with the Taliban in late February 2020. The agreement set the groundwork to end America’s longest war. Tens of thousands have been killed in the nearly two-decade-old conflict that began shortly after the 9/11 attacks. The conflict has lasted three White House administrations and left mistrust and uncertainty on all sides.

Pursuant to the agreement, the Afghani authorities have already released about 3,000 Taliban prisoners, and plan to free 2,000 more, as stipulated in the peace agreement. In light of the most recent attacks, these releases may temporarily be put on hold.

Yet, the phased U.S. troop withdrawal is continuing on schedule, even as other parts of the peace deal with the Taliban have faced setbacks and delays.

At the height of the nearly two-decade war, there were more than 100,000 American troops in Afghanistan, alongside tens of thousands of allied troops, from about 40 nations, as part of the United States-led NATO coalition. President Obama reduced troop numbers drastically before the end of his term, as all sides admitted the war could not be won militarily.