Taliban assaults in 18 Afghan provinces amid Doha talks

Kabul, September 13

Taliban assaults have been reported throughout 18 provinces in Afghanistan as face-to-face talks between representatives of the militant group and the Kabul authorities began in Doha in an effort to resolve the decades-old battle within the war-torn nation.

The Ministry of Defence on Saturday mentioned the vast majority of the assaults have been reported in provinces of Kunduz, Helmand, Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, Ghor, Badghis, Herat, Ghazni and Uruzgan, studies TOLO information.

“Over the past 24 hours, the Taliban group launched attacks on Afghan security and defence forces in 18 provinces. But the forces repelled the attacks and inflicted heavy casualties on the group,” mentioned Ministry spokesman Rohullah Ahmadza.

Meanwhile, the Taliban in a press release mentioned that as a part of a goodwill gesture, the group on Saturday launched 22 Afghan troopers in Helmand province.

The intra-Afghan talks opened in Doha on Saturday at a ceremony attended by senior officers from completely different nations, together with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, studies Xinhua information company.

The ceremony was inaugurated by Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation.

A 21-member Afghan workforce, headed by former intelligence chief Mohammed Masoom Stanekzai, is assembly the Taliban delegation to discover a negotiated resolution to Afghanistan’s extended battle.

The talks have been a part of the historic settlement signed between the US and the Taliban on February 29 additionally within the Qatari capital.

They have been to be held 10 days after the deal was signed nevertheless it saved getting delayed over the prisoner launch difficulty between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban.

The authorities claimed that it has freed all of the 5,000 Taliban inmates, whereas the militant group has additionally accomplished the discharge of 1,000 authorities prisoners. IANS

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