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90 civilians killed or wounded in past 24 hours

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(Last Updated On: August 12, 2021)

More than 20 civilians, including children and women, were killed and 70 others were wounded in the past 24 hours in clashes across Afghanistan, government data indicates.

While the ministry of interior blames the Taliban for the casualty toll, the Taliban denies the allegations.

“An average of 30 to 40 civilians are killed and wounded daily in clashes between the Taliban, and the main cause of casualties are Taliban,” said Mirwais Stanikzai, the ministry’s spokesman.

According to central hospital statistics, two civilians were killed and 47 others were injured overnight in Kandahar alone. In Herat, three people were killed and about 20 others, including women and children, were injured overnight.

“In the fourteen days since the beginning of the Herat clashes, a total of 384 people have been injured and 41 killed. Of these, 257 are civilians and 24 are women and 31 are children,” said Mohammad Arif Jalali, head of the regional hospital in the province.

On the other hand, local officials in Takhar say that at least 30 soldiers have been killed, 40 wounded in clashes and 70 army soldiers have surrendered to the Taliban following the insurgent group’s takeover of Taloqan city.

Meanwhile, local officials in Balkh province said that at least seven civilians were killed in the past 24 hours during clashes in the province.

“Unfortunately, as you know, the Taliban, against human rights organizations, shield people’s homes and use people’s homes as strongholds, causing civilian casualties,” said Farhad Azimi, Balkh governor.

Human rights organizations criticize the warring parties and have urged them to pay more attention to civilians and not to use civilians houses as shields.

“The recent attacks targeting civilians are against human rights and we condemn it,” said Lal Gul Lal, head of the Afghanistan Human Rights Organization.

This comes after the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that in the first ten days of August, more than 4,000 war wounded were treated in only 15 of the committee’s hospitals.

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Khalilzad: Afghanistan is facing ‘great challenges ahead’

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2021)

Zalmay Khalilzad said a day after his resignation as the US State Department’s special envoy for the Afghan reconciliation process that the country was facing major challenges

“US forces are out and the war for the United States is over, but this is not the final chapter,” he said in a series of tweets.

Khalilzad also said he remained committed to peace in Afghanistan and the region.

“I am committed to the possibility of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and in the wider region. This is what Afghans have yearned for more than 40 years. The United States stands with them,” Khalilzad added.

The Afghan-American diplomat said in the tweets that the United States, the international community and Afghan leaders would stay in touch and he welcomed Thomas West’s appointment as his successor.

He also thanked the US State Department, Defense and intelligence officials “who joined me on this mission “.

Khalilzad’s resignation came two months after the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) took control of Kabul.

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IEA delegation arrives in Moscow for major talks on Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2021)

An Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi has arrived in Moscow for a key meeting in Afghanistan’s future.

The Russian embassy in Kabul said a major international meeting will be held Wednesday to focus on the situation in Afghanistan.

“Members of the Moscow format, including Afghanistan, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Central Asian countries and others, have been invited to attend the meeting,” the embassy said in a statement.

The statement added that the meeting, in which the conditions, including domestic politics, necessary to ensure the reconstruction of the country after the disputes in a broad sense will be discussed.

Eleven nations in total are expected to participate.

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Grenade thrown at security forces in Kabul city

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2021)

Interior Ministry Spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti confirmed that an explosion took place in PD3 in Kabul on Wednesday morning, adding that a grenade was hurled at security forces in the Dehmazang area.

He said two people were wounded in the explosion and that an investigation has been launched into the incident.

However eyewitnesses claim four people were wounded in the incident.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

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