Afghan forces claim to kill 51 Taliban in various attacks

Afghan forces claim to kill 51 Taliban in various attacks

Posted on Jan 27, 2020

Afghan forces launched ground and airstrikes in various operations against the Taliban, killing 51 fighters. This increase in fighting is a sign of a new deadlock in peace talks.

According to a report by British news agency Reuters, the Afghan Ministry of Defense said on Sunday that government forces conducted 13 ground operations in 12 provinces and 12 airstrikes that killed 51 'terrorists', injured 13 and arrested 6. ۔

Local officials in the Afghan province of Balkh say at least 3 women and 4 children were killed in airstrikes, resulting in protests outside the provincial governor's office.

The government has promised to send a fact-finding mission to investigate civilian casualties in the attacks.

The Taliban, on the other hand, said they carried out two more attacks this weekend, targeting security forces after the attacks in Damascus last week.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that Afghan security forces checkpoints were attacked in Kunduz.

In the statement, he added that 10 security personnel were killed and 3 were injured in the attack. Taliban fighters also seized large quantities of weapons.

In a separate statement, the Taliban said their fighters ambushed a convoy of Afghan forces patrolling in Balkh, killing 8 security personnel.

Sources close to the Afghan reconciliation process said the escalation of the conflict came at a time when US and Taliban negotiating teams in Doha took a two-day consultation to address the current barriers to talks.

It should be remembered that talks between the United States and the Taliban in Qatar's capital Doha last year were halted two times by Taliban attacks on the US military.

Last week marked the beginning of another round of talks in which US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Taliban leader Mullah Abdullah Laghini Brother.

Several sources have reported that the Taliban have agreed to stop attacks against US forces internally and 'reduce' attacks on the interests of the Afghan government.

However, reports of Taliban attacks on government installations, including police stations, were reported in different parts of Afghanistan last week.


Mian Tajamul

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