KABUL, Afghanistan

Outraged by the Taliban’s latest assault in Afghanistan, the top U.S. peace negotiator on Friday announced a pause in peace talks with the group.

In a series of tweets, Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, stressed the Taliban “must show they are willing & able to respond to Afghan desire for peace.”

“When I met the Talibs today, I expressed outrage about yesterday’s attack on Bagram, which recklessly killed two and wounded dozens of civilians,” Khalilzad said.

The U.S. negotiating team is taking a “brief pause for them [the Taliban] to consult their leadership on

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