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Dozens killed in widespread insurgent attacks over past few days

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At least 20 people, including two district police chiefs, have been killed in Taliban attacks over the past few days – along with Monday’s killing of 13 Afghan security force members in Kunduz, reports indicate. 

The uptick in attacks by the Taliban comes amid ongoing calls for a reduction in violence and the urgent need for peace talks. 

Afghan leaders, including President Ashraf Ghani, have frequently called on the Taliban to reduce violence and agree to a ceasefire. 

However, although the Taliban has refrained from launching attacks on US forces since the landmark Doha agreement in February, the group has continued its campaign of violence against Afghan security forces. 

Despite a discussion on Friday between Ghani and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah with US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, where he also called for urgent peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, attacks by the Taliban have continued unabated. 

Reports indicate that early Monday about 13 Afghan security forces members were killed in two Taliban attacks in the northern province of Kunduz. The Taliban reportedly also sustained casualties.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said on Twitter Monday that numerous security force members had been killed and wounded but he made no mention of Taliban casualties.  

In another attack, on Sunday, three Taliban militants were killed while an Afghan Local Police (ALP) member and a civilian were wounded during a clash at a checkpoint. 

Also on Sunday, two insurgents were killed and a police officer was wounded after the Taliban attacked a checkpoint in southern Helmand province. 

On Saturday night, four Afghan police officers, including a district police chief, were killed in an IED explosion in eastern Paktika province. 

In a similar attack, also on Saturday, in southern Zabul province, another police chief and a police officer were killed. Six other police officers were wounded. 

The same night, three pro-government militiamen and three Taliban insurgents were killed in clashes at a checkpoint in Ghazni province. 

Also on Saturday night, three civilians were killed and at least eight others wounded in a Taliban rocket attack in Kapisa province. 

But in a statement issued on Sunday by the Taliban, the group stated the Afghan government had failed to uphold its end of the agreement and release all prisoners as agreed earlier this year. 

Kabul, however, states it has already freed over 4,000 prisoners but that the remaining 600 are “too dangerous” to release. 

The Taliban said in the statement: “The completion of the prisoner exchange process is one of the most fundamental issues of this [negotiation] process on top of which an end must also be put to violations which have seen an uptick in recent days.”

Meanwhile acting US ambassador to Kabul Ross Wilson said in a tweet on Sunday: “The Afghan people have made clear their impatience. Start intra-Afghan negotiations now so that discussions on a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire can begin.”

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Fears of Taliban takeover post troop withdrawal are overblown: Khalilzad

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The US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said Tuesday predictions that the Taliban will quickly overrun Afghan government forces and conquer Kabul once U.S. and coalition forces have withdrawn are unduly pessimistic.

Testifying before the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, Khalilzad said: “I personally believe that the statements that their (Afghan) forces will disintegrate and the Talibs will take over in short order are mistaken.”

His comments came as committee members expressed concern that President Joe Biden’s decision to fully withdraw all troops by September 11 will lead to chaos and intensified civil war.

AP reported that Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican and withdrawal critic, asserted that there is “zero chance” the Taliban will abide by the commitments their leaders made in a February 2020 agreement with the Trump administration, which included engaging in sustained peace negotiations and severing all forms of cooperation with and support for al-Qaida.

“It seems all but certain the Taliban will try to overrun the country and return it to a pre-9/11 state after we have withdrawn,” McCaul said. 

“They’ve already ramped up their attacks, taking new territory and bases since the (Biden) announcement was made. Without a military presence in country, the U.S. is giving them room to deepen their relationship with terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, who may seek to launch external attacks on us and our allies from the country once again.”

Khalilzad argued that the Taliban have reason not to push for a military victory and instead pursue a negotiated political settlement that could give them international legitimacy and removal from certain American and United Nations sanctions. 

“They say they seek normalcy in terms of relations — acceptability, removal from sanctions, not to remain a pariah,” Khalilzad said.

Khalilzad said the U.S. military withdrawal is proceeding “so far so good,” and added: “We expect that to continue.” 

He said diplomatic efforts are underway to seek agreements with neighboring countries to position U.S. counterterrorism forces within strike distance of Afghanistan to be able to respond to future threats.

 

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Five military facilities handed over to Defense Ministry: CENTCOM

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U.S. Central Command said Tuesday that about 115 C-17 military cargo loads of material have been flown out of Afghanistan and more than 5,000 pieces of equipment have been turned over to the Defense Logistics Agency for destruction.

According to a statement issued by CENTCOM, the U.S. has officially handed over five facilities to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. 

“U.S. Central Command estimates that we have completed between 13-20% of the entire retrograde process,” the statement read.

The foreign troops withdrawal process started officially on May 1 and according to U.S. President Joe Biden it will be complete by September 11 – the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States. 

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NSA says all leverage possible needed to get Taliban to talks tables

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Afghan National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib said Tuesday that all forms of leverage must be used to get the Taliban to actively engage in peace talks.

Mohib’s comments come amid an uptick in attacks by the Taliban in many province across the country following the three-day Eid ceasefire.

On Monday, Mohib discussed the Afghan peace process with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a phone conversation.

According to Mohib’s office, Wang assured Mohib of China’s full support for peace, stating: “China wants an independent, sovereign and unified Afghanistan.”

Wang noted that a political settlement is the only viable solution for ending the long-term war in Afghanistan.

Mohib’s office stated that the two sides identified terrorism as a common threat that both sides should fight.

“Wang Yi offered that China can increase its efforts, including regionally, in support of peace in Afghanistan,” the organization said.

Meanwhile, Mohib told Wang that “Afghanistan believes all levers of influence should be used to induce Taliban to engage earnestly in peace, including UN sanctions and other avenues where China’s unique capabilities can be helpful.”

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