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Afghans: The war is irrational and imposed over the ANDSF

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(Last Updated On: March 3, 2020)

People in Baghlan Province say that since the US-Taliban peace agreement, the continuation of war with the Afghan National and Defense Forces seems irrational and imposed.

These people accuse the Taliban and the US of duplicity saying that the prisoners’ exchange of any sort, before the peace talks, will not prove fruitful for Afghanistan.

Baghlan Provincial Council and the commander of the national army in Baghlan said that the war was imposed and that at the end of the day, people will hate the Taliban.

Based on the reports, after the 7-day term of reduction in violence, the Taliban has ordered their fighters to resume their military attacks with an exception of not attacking the foreign forces.

In practice too, some provinces have seen the Taliban attacks: one army man has been killed and two others wounded in the Taliban’s attack in Paktia; four other soldiers were wounded in another attack of the Taliban in Zabul.

Meanwhile, the UN tweeted Tuesday and urged the Taliban to continue the reduction in violence so that the atmosphere for the intra-Afghan peace negotiation is paved to resolve the political tensions as well as to secure a lasting peace.

The European Union also expressed concerns about the Taliban attacks saying that the actions are against the “spirit of the agreement” between the US and the Taliban.

Roland Cobia, the EU Special Envoy for Afghanistan said, “This is not the time for posturing, but the phase to build trust & move forward in a constructive manner.”

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Taliban storm police outpost in Paktia, killing 14

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

At least 14 Afghan forces were killed after the Taliban militants stormed a security outpost in Paktia province, the Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement.

The incident has taken place in the Dandaw Patan district of the province on Thursday night.

At least 14 Afghan border police were killed and three others wounded, the MoD said, claiming that the Taliban has broken the ceasefire.

The ministry added that the insurgents suffered heavy casualties as the Afghan forces have pushed back the Taliban.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment about the incident.

It has been the Taliban’s second major attack against the Afghan forces after a 3-day ceasefire was ended on Tuesday midnight. 

On Wednesday, the Taliban fighters attacked a security outpost in Parwan province in which at least seven local army soldiers were killed and two more were wounded.

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Afghanistan Cricket team to play test against Australia

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

Australia will host Afghanistan for test series in November as the country is lifting the restrictions.

Afghanistan Cricket Board confirmed (ACB) saying that National Team is scheduled to play a one-off Test match against Australia from 21st to 25th November 2020.

The day-night contest would be the first Test between the countries so far which will be held in Australia’s Perth, the organization said.

The ACB CEO Lutfullah Stanikzai said he is looking forward to the contest and hopes that the match is played if the pandemic of COVID-19 is contained by then. 

“Australia is a strong side in world cricket. However, our team will also be well prepared. The match will provide a great experience to them,” he added. 

It comes as Australia has announced a schedule for its summer games, taking the first steps in resuming international cricket matches.

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Children included among refugees forced into river by Iranian border guards

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(Last Updated On: May 28, 2020)

Findings show some children were among the ones thrown killed into the Harirud River by Iranian border guards.

The families of those who were thrown into the Harirud River by Iranian border guards a few weeks back have demanded the government share the results of the fact-finding committee with them.

The Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has also acknowledged that there were children among the victims.

Naeem Nazari, deputy head of the Independent Human Rights Commission, said their investigation revealed that several children included those thrown into the river by Iranian border guards.

Herat Governor Sayed Wahid Qatali also said that the investigation was ongoing, and some considerable results had been achieved, which would soon be made public.

On the other hand, the families of those who were thrown into the river by Iranian border guards are asking the government to share with them the results of the investigation conducted by the fact-finding committee.

A delegation led by the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister arrived in Afghanistan a few days ago and met with Afghan officials.

The Iranian and Afghan delegations stressed that this issue should be seriously investigated and that the results should be shared with the people.

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