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Kandahar Peace Marchers Call for Ceasefire, Intra-Afghan Dialogue

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(Last Updated On: April 18, 2019)

Hundreds of Kandahar residents on Thursday staged a rally in the capital of the province, calling for a ceasefire and intra-Afghan dialogue between the government and the Taliban group.

“We want a peace agreement, we have gathered here for peace and we are calling for a ceasefire,” said Abdul Saboor, a peace activist.

“The people of Loy Kandahar is calling on the Taliban and the Afghan government to stop their military operations under the name of Khalid and Al-Fath,” said Mohammad Ashraf, another peace activist.

Tribal elders, youths, university, and high school students, and other residents of Kandahar province took part in this rally.

“I’m calling on the two sides to hear the voice of the people and bring peace and stability to this country,” said Abdul Hussain, one of the peace marchers.

“We want peace. We don’t want war. We are sick and tired of war. We have lost everything in the war including the lives of our loved ones,” said Abdul Ahmad, another peace marcher.

This comes as a meeting between the Taliban and Afghan politicians which was set to begin on Friday in Doha postponed due to disagreements over participants.

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On eve of peace talks, Ghani urges Taliban to stop planting roadside mines

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(Last Updated On: August 17, 2020)

President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday condemned the roadside mine incident in Kandahar earlier in the day and called on the Taliban to stop the violence and end their practice of planting IEDs. 

In a series of tweets, Ghani condemned the incident and stated that this comes as the Taliban are “on the eve of peace and direct negotiations with the Afghan negotiating team. 

“The Taliban should avoid violence specifically roadside mines which are the main cause of civilian casualties, and in order to reach a dignified and lasting peace, they should accept people and Loya Jirga’s voice.”

The president said the incident, which happened early Thursday in the Zalkhan area of Panjwai district of Kandahar province, resulted in a number of women, a child, and other Afghans being killed and wounded “as a result of a mine planted by the Taliban”.

Ghani expressed his deep condolences and sympathy to the families of those killed and wished the wounded a speedy recovery. 

The incident happened when a vehicle, carrying a number of civilian passengers, hit a roadside IED. 

This comes after at least eight civilians were killed in another roadside mine explosion in the same province on Sunday.

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27 Taliban militants killed in Kandahar clashes

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(Last Updated On: July 24, 2020)

At least 27 Taliban militants were killed in ground clashes and airstrike in southern Kandahar province, police confirmed. 

Jamal Nasir Barikzai, a spokesman for Kandahar police told Ariana News that the insurgents attacked security outposts in Marouf district of the province on around 10 p.m. Thursday. 

According to Barikzai, seven militants were killed in the counterattack.

After clashes intensified US forces carried out an airstrike in the area, resulted in 20 deaths of Taliban fighters, he added.

The Afghan forces seized a Humvee vehicle, a number of weapons, mines, and ammo during the clashes.

Meanwhile, two policemen have been killed and six more injured in the incident.

Earlier this week, 30 Taliban fighters were killed in a US forces airstrike and police ambush in the province, Tadin Khan, police chief of Kandahar confirmed. 

The Taliban yet make a comment about the incident.

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25 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Kandahar clashes

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(Last Updated On: June 17, 2020)

At least 13 Taliban militants were killed and 12 others wounded in clashes with Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar province, police confirmed.

Jamal Nasir Barikzai, a spokesman for Kandahar police told Ariana News that the Taliban fighters attacked security outposts in Zherai and Takhta pul districts of the province on Tuesday which faced resistance by Afghan forces.

The militants stormed a security outpost in Zherai at around midnight Tuesday, in which at least 8 insurgents were killed and three others injured, Barikzai said.

He added that one policeman was killed and another was wounded in the shooting exchange.

Meanwhile, at least five Taliban fighters were killed and 9 others wounded as the group attacked a security outpost in the Bedak area of Takhta pul district on Tuesday night, Barikzai said, adding no security forces were harmed in the clash.

In a separate incident, the Taliban militants attacked an Afghan army outpost in Taluka area of Kunduz city on Tuesday, as a result, five soldiers were killed and 7 others wounded, a source said.

The spokesman for the provincial governor confirmed the attack but did not provide further details on casualties.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment in this regard.

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