KANDAHAR: A minimum of 14 Afghan troopers and police have been killed throughout intense preventing with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, officers stated on Monday, as unabated violence gripped the nation regardless of ongoing peace talks.
Taliban fighters launched an in a single day assault late on Sunday on a number of Afghan safety drive positions within the southern province of Uruzgan, inflicting a heavy toll that left Afghan troops weak to being overrun.
The federal government-controlled district of Gizab additionally risked falling into rebel fingers, officers stated.
“Intense fighting is ongoing. Our forces have retreated from several outposts,” Zelgai Ebadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, stated.
Officers stated 14 Afghan safety forces had been killed and greater than a dozen extra wounded.
“The fighting is now close to police headquarters. We need more reinforcements,” stated Amir Mohammad Barekzai, head of the Uruzgan provincial council.
The battle comes as Taliban and Afghan authorities negotiators are assembly in Doha, the place they’re looking for a solution to finish 19 years of struggle.
A hopeful begin to the talks greater than every week in the past was instantly marred by recent violence throughout Afghanistan, and negotiators have made little tangible progress.
On Saturday within the northeastern province of Kunduz, the Afghan air drive carried out a number of strikes on Taliban positions that killed greater than 30 rebel fighters, navy officers stated.
Nonetheless, native officers on Monday stated the strikes killed not less than 17 civilians.
Esmatullah Muradi, spokesman for the Kunduz provincial governor, stated the civilians died as they gathered on the website of an preliminary strike in opposition to the Taliban.
“Based on our initial investigation, 17 civilians were also killed and 15 more injured in the second air strike,” Muradi stated, including an “unknown number” of militants had been killed.
The defence ministry has not confirmed any civilian casualties and stated it was investigating the case.
The inside ministry in the meantime stated the Taliban had killed 98 civilians and wounded 230 extra over the previous two weeks in Afghanistan.
In Kabul, not less than one particular person was killed and three extra injured on Monday in three separate explosions attributable to so-called sticky bombs — do-it-yourself units hooked up to autos with magnets which might be repeatedly used to focus on safety forces.
No group instantly claimed accountability.
Talking in Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani nevertheless appeared hopeful about peace talks.
“Peace is not possible without compromise,” he informed a gathering to mark Worldwide Peace Day. “Peace talks are like playing chess. Be patient,” he stated.
Revealed in Daybreak, September 22nd, 2020