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Is the Government-Taliban talk deadlocked again?

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(Last Updated On: April 22, 2020)

The Taliban spokesman has said the group has no contact with the Afghan government after the disputes over the prisoner releases. But a member of the government’s focal point said that efforts were underway to resume talks with the Taliban to start the Intra-Afghan talks.

Aminuddin Mozaffari, a member of the government’s focal point, said: “It has not been seriously hung up. Efforts are being made to resume these contacts resolving some differences.”

After disagreements between the government and the Taliban over the releases of the prisoners, sources now report that the contact between the Taliban and the government has been cut off, the contacts which were mediated by the United States and Qatar.

Reportedly the Afghan government has released 71 more prisoners of the Taliban, however, bringing the total number of the released prisoners to 432 to date. The Taliban has also released 61 prisoners of the government.

On the other hand, more than 20 security forces have been killed in very recent Taliban attacks in Logar, Sar-e-Pul, and other parts of the country.

This comes as, in the course of efforts for war and peace, some media outlets have developed a supportive plan to maintain and back the freedom of expression at all levels of the peace bringing process.

“The plan has three stages, all emphasizing the protection of the freedom of expression in the whole process of the peace talks,” said Najib Sharifi, CEO of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The main dispute arose when the Taliban demanded the release of 15 senior members of the group followed by the government’s refusal noting that the at least five of the wanted had been involved in serious crimes and deadly attacks, including the ones in Shah Shahid, Zanbaq Roundabout, Intercontinental Hotel, to name a few.

 

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Taliban attacks kill 19 Afghan forces in Kunduz, Badakhshan provinces

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The Taliban militants attacked security base and outposts in Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces on Sunday night, killing at least 19 Afghan forces.

Mohammad Yousuf Ayoubi, head of Kunduz provincial council told Ariana News that the insurgents stormed a base of Afghan forces in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province on Sunday night.

Ayoubi said, at least six army soldiers and six policemen were killed and seven policemen were wounded after several hours of clashes with the Taliban fighters.

According to him, the base fell to the hands of the Taliban for a short period and they fled and seized the equipment of the base after back-up troops arrived in the area.

Local officials, however, confirmed the incident but did not provide details about the casualties. 

In a separate incident, the Afghan forces came under attack in the Arghanchkhah district of Badakhshan province.

The attack resulted in the death of seven Afghan forces, Nek Mohammad Nazari, a spokesman for Badakhshan governor confirmed. 

The incident happened at around 11 p.m. Sunday and lasted for three hours, Nazari said, adding that at least five Taliban militants were also killed in shoot exchange.

In southern Kandahar, at least 11 Taliban insurgents were killed in the counterattack of the Afghan forces in the Shorabak district of the province.

Jamal Nasir, a provincial police spokesperson told Ariana News that five insurgents were wounded and their attack was pushed back.

Nasir noted that no casualty was imposed on the Afghan forces.

The Taliban militants yet to comment about the incidents. 

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Huge blast rocks Samangan, casualties feared

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A huge blast happened on Monday morning in Aybak city, capital of Samangan province, a local official confirmed.

The explosion occurred close to the Municipality building and the NDS office in the city.

Sediq Azizi, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that probably a car bomb went off in the area but the detail yet to be determined.

So far, 43 wounded individuals – including three children and a woman – have been transferred to the hospitals from the attack scene, Azizi said.

He added that a number of assailants were engaged in fighting with the Afghan forces at the attack scene.

The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group in a statement claimed that at least 70 employees of the NDS were killed or wounded in the incident.

(This is breaking news and will be updated)

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Taliban, Pakistani militias intensify clashes in Paktia’s Dand Wa Patan district

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Pakistani militias siding with the Taliban fighters are engaged in clashes with security forces in Paktia province, inflicting heavy casualties on the Afghan forces, a local official claimed.

 Eid Mohammad Ahmadzai, district governor for Paktia’s Dand Wa Patan – one of the districts located along with the so-called Durand Line – says that Pakistani militias, along with the Taliban militants and Pakistani militia carry out coordinated attacks of Afghan forces in the district

Ahmadzai claimed that recently many Quetta council members have entered the district, resulting in augmented insecurity.

Concerning about the security situation, residents of Dand Wa Patan ask the government to back-up and equip security forces in the district.

Dand Wa Patan district is 29 kilometers from Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Parachinar district, most of which have no security forces, and the Taliban and other groups can easily enter Afghanistan. Locals want security checkpoints in the area.

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