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Taliban cry foul after US carries out airstrikes in battle-weary Kandahar

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(Last Updated On: March 17, 2021)

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces carried out operations against Taliban insurgents in a number of districts in Kandahar province on Tuesday night, leaving at least 30 militants dead, security sources have confirmed.

According to the Afghan Ministry of Interior, “30 Taliban terrorists were killed in Jiri district of Kandahar province and in the Timur area on the outskirts of Kandahar city.”

The MoI stated that security and defense forces launched an operation on Tuesday to repel insurgent attacks in Jiri district.

“As a result, 12 Taliban terrorists were killed and six motorcycles belonging to terrorists were destroyed.

“Also last night, 18 Taliban terrorists were killed in another counterattack by these forces in the Timur area of central Kandahar,” MoI stated.

US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) meanwhile stated it had conducted airstrikes in Kandahar over the past two days and that these were done within the parameters of their agreement with the Taliban. .

The US military stated in a tweet that “USFOR-A conducted airstrikes within the last 48 hrs targeting Taliban fighters actively attacking and maneuvering on ANDSF positions in Zharay, Spin Boldak and Kandahar Districts, Kandahar.

“Taliban claims otherwise are false. The US continues to defend ANDSF in accordance with the US-Taliban agreement,” read their tweets.

This was in reference to the Taliban’s claims that the US airstrikes in Kandahar was a “clear violation of the Doha agreement,” which was signed in February last year between the US and Taliban.

However, the agreement states the US is still able to come to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces’ defense if needed.

The Taliban disagreed and on Wednesday stated that if the US forces continue to violate the agreement, the group will also take action against them.

The Taliban will take the same actions and then the consequences will be on the soldiers of US forces, said Mohammad Naeem, a Taliban spokesman, in a statement.

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IEA Council of Ministers meet to discuss numerous issues

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A meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) was held on Monday at the Presidential Palace in Kabul under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, Zabiullah Mujahid, the deputy minister of information and culture said in a statement.

The meeting was followed by a report back on the economic activities carried out by the Deputy Prime Minister, Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, read the statement.

According to the IEA the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Mottaqi also provided information on important issues related to foreign trips and meetings with foreign representatives.

During the meeting necessary decisions were also taken on some important issues, Mujahid said.

A delegation was also formed from the agencies of Nadir Pakhtun Markets, in Kabul, and for mining. These were tasked to discuss in principle the modalities of starting construction work as soon as possible and submit plans in order for the implementation of the plans, the statement said.

Also higher education officials were instructed to take serious steps to standardize the affairs of universities and urged the officials of private universities to attract students to the relevant faculties after obtaining the necessary legal licenses.

Meanwhile, in order to control and organize the affairs of NGOs, the relevant commissions were tasked to evaluate the course of affairs, the activities of which should be tailored to the interests of the country in all respects and in accordance with the policies of the Islamic Emirate.

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India plans to send food to Afghanistan

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India plans to send food and medical aid to Afghanistan amid warnings that the nation could face a catastrophic famine this winter.

India is considering options to transport 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and medical aid to Afghanistan. This, however, will be subject to Pakistan’s approval.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for “urgent and unhindered” humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens.

Speaking at the G20 summit on Afghanistan, Modi had noted that the Afghan people have a great feeling of friendship for India and that every Indian feels the pain of Afghan people facing hunger and malnutrition.

Meanwhile, UN World Food Programme (WFP) had earlier said it is in touch with India to donate wheat to Afghanistan.

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US will not join Russia’s Afghanistan talks this week

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The United States will not join international talks on Afghanistan organized by Russia this week due to logistical reasons, but is open to participating in the future, the State Department said on Monday.

Moscow is hosting talks on Wednesday with officials from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), China and Pakistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special representative was quoted as saying last week.

“We will not participate in the Moscow talks. The Troika-plus has been an effective, a constructive forum. We look forward to engaging in that forum going forward, but we’re not in a position to take part this week,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.

“It has been effective in the past, it’s just logistically difficult for us to take part this week,” Price said.

Asked if the United States supports the process, Price said: “We do.”

Moscow hosted a conference on Afghanistan in March at which Russia, the United States, China and Pakistan released a joint statement calling on the then-warring Afghan sides to reach a peace deal and curb violence.

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