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Sixteen Taliban Militants Killed or Wounded in Farah Clashes

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At least five Taliban insurgents were killed and 11 others wounded during clashes with the Afghan security forces in Farah province, a local official said on Wednesday.

Muhibullah Muhib, a spokesman for Farah police told Ariana News that the Taliban militants attacked a security check post at Dahak area in central Farah on Tuesday night.

According to Muhib, at least two Taliban militants were killed and 7 others injured in the clashes with security forces.

Meanwhile, the insurgents also stormed a military convoy at Farah rod area in Bala Bulok district of the province, where at least 3 militants were killed and 4 others wounded, he said.

The Taliban has not made a comment about the incidents yet.

Farah is among the insecure provinces in western Afghanistan, where the Taliban insurgents operate in a number of its district.

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Covid-19 in Afghanistan; 22 died, 194 others infected

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(Last Updated On: July 7, 2020)

According to the Ministry of Public Health and in the past 24 hours, 22 patients died of the pandemic and 194 others tested positive.

According to the MoPH statistics, 15 cases in Kabul, 57 cases in Herat, 11 cases in Balkh, 23 cases in Takhar, 32 cases in Daikundi, 12 cases in Badghis, five cases in Parwan, five cases in Badakhshan, two cases in Kunar, 11 cases in Ghazni, six cases in Kandahar, six cases in Maidan Wardak, two cases in Khost, one case in Nangarhar, one case in Laghman, and three cases in Panjshir were registered.

Taking these numbers into account, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Afghanistan came to 33,384.

Meanwhile, 22 patients passed out of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in the country bringing the total number of Covid-19 fatalities to 920.

MoPH added that 495 patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of recoveries to 20,151.

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Ghani urges Taliban to show flexibility, cut attacks

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Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani urged the Taliban to show flexibility and cease attacks in full compliance with declaring a ceasefire. 

Addressing a consultative meeting to strengthening consensus for peace, Ghani said that the Taliban are not committed to bringing peace in the country as they refuse to reduce their attacks.

The meeting was held on Monday in Kabul and representatives from 19 countries had attended the summit to establish a regional and international consensus on the Afghan peace process.

“We hope that Pakistan’s sincere cooperation in the start of intra-Afghan talks will be favorable, and we will continue to monitor this through diplomatic sources and ensure its results,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Gran Hiwad.

Pakistan’s foreign minister has stressed the need to remove obstacles to peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban and called on the international community to monitor the process.

On the other hand, peace talks between Afghans are said to be deadlocked due to the Taliban’s sabotage according to the government. But can holding such meetings pave the way for challenging dialogue between Afghans?

Several other meetings are scheduled to be held with the participation of representatives from several countries, including the United States and Russia, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations, as well as representatives from Pakistan, India, Iran, China, Egypt, and Qatar.

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Freed Taliban prisoners could return to battlefield: AIHRC

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Concerned about the release of thousands of Taliban prisoners, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) says that there is no guarantee that these fighters would not return to the battlefield.

Thousands of Taliban prisoners, when released, put their finger on a document and sign it so that they would not return to the battlefield again. However, this guarantee is not enough for the Afghan Human Rights Commission. The head of the commission considers the guarantees obtained from these prisoners to be very weak.

“There is no guarantee that these prisoners will not return to the battlefield,” said Shahzad Akbar, head of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.

But the distance from prison to the battlefield is seen to have been short for Taliban detainees.

 According to security officials, Qari Rohullah, one of the released Taliban prisoners who had returned to war after his release from prison, was wounded in a clash with security forces on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway, with more than a dozen of his subordinates being killed.

“Qari Rohullah was the one who was recently released from our prison,” said Ghulam Haidar Rahmanzai, Laghman’s national security chief.

But a Taliban spokesman called the reports of the return of those released on the battlefield baseless and an excuse for the release of the remaining prisoners of the group.

“This is the reason why the security forces do not believe in the release of the Taliban prisoners,” said Manzour Stanekzai, Laghman’s security commander.

The release of five thousand Taliban prisoners is one of the main conditions for the start of negotiations between the Afghans. Human rights organizations have called the release of these Taliban fighters without strong guarantees, dangerous. But the Taliban have repeatedly insisted on their commitment to the peace deal with the United States.

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