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Taliban captures check posts in Nangarhar in series of attacks

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2021)

Taliban insurgents launched a series of attacks on Afghan security posts in Pachiragam, Haska Mina and Surkhrod districts in eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday night, officials said Wednesday.

Hijratullah, Pachiragam district chief, said the Taliban had attacked check posts belonging to Afghan Army and local protection forces in the Pera Khel and Bama Khel areas.

He said casualties had been suffered by both sides but that the exact numbers were not known.

A local security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Ariana News that five checkpoints and a small base had collapsed to the Taliban and that six soldiers were killed.

He also said a further 13 had been captured by the Taliban, but that efforts are underway to free them.

In addition to this, the Taliban attacked the local army and local protection forces’ posts in the Tarale Kando area of Haska Mina district.

Obaidullah Shinwari, a member of the Nangarhar provincial council, said three checkpoints had collapsed to the insurgents and that five soldiers were killed and 18 others wounded – four of whom are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Taliban insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the Kakarak area of the Sorkh Road district, causing the checkpoint to collapse, officials said.

Farid Khan, a spokesman for the Nangarhar police chief, said two soldiers were killed and three others wounded at the checkpoint.

Farid said 20 Taliban insurgents were also killed in the clashes in the three districts.

The Taliban have also confirmed casualties, but the exact number is not clear.

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India hosting key SCO anti-terror meeting

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) anti-terror body Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) representatives came together Monday for the start of a three-day meeting in New Delhi.

Among those attending is a three-member Pakistani delegation that arrived in India on Saturday via the Wagah border.

The situation in Afghanistan and the worsening humanitarian crisis in the country is expected to be on the agenda.

According to Indian media reports, New Delhi is also expected to raise issues regarding the security situation in Afghanistan.

The RATS is the Executive Committee of the SCO, headquartered in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which is a permanent unit of the organisation which serves to promote cooperation of member states against terrorism, separatism and extremism.

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IEA says girls’ schools will reopen soon

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Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), and deputy minister of the IEA’s Ministry of Information and Culture, said progress has been made at a meeting of religious scholars and girls’ schools would reopen soon.

Speaking to reporters in Kabul on Sunday Mujahid said: “Good progress has been made at the meeting of the country’s scholars regarding the reopening of girls’ schools and other major political issues, and girls’ schools will be reopened in the near future.”

He said that the meeting, attended by tribal leaders and influential people of the country, is focusing on major political, security and social issues.

“The Ulema are consulting on the reopening of girls’ schools, and progress will be made soon,” said Mujahid.

Meanwhile, Anas Haqqani, a senior member of the Islamic Emirate, said on Wednesday that a meeting of religious scholars would be held to discuss the issue of girls going to school.

The closure of girls’ schools above the sixth grade sparked a major outcry around the world with the international community repeatedly calling for schools to reopen.

Officials at the Ministry of Education of the Islamic Emirate have said that they will reopen girls’ schools in the near future within the framework of Islamic principles.

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Uzbekistan to host international conference on Afghanistan

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Tashkent will host a high-level international conference on Afghanistan at the end of July, Uzbekistan’s interim Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Norov announced.

Norov said the key focus would be on security, political stability and the socio-economic development of the region.

“As for Afghanistan, unfortunately, we are seeing a decrease in the attention of the international community to the situation in this country. Meanwhile, the situation there remains difficult, due to the acute economic crisis and the difficult humanitarian situation, challenges to regional security and stability remain,” he said.

Tashkent Times reported that Norov felt the international community should take responsibility for the present and future of Afghanistan and provide continued assistance to resolve problems in the country.

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