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World Afghanistan: Dozens of Taliban men killed in air strikes on base

00:30  20 september  2020
00:30  20 september  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

Dozens killed in fighting as Afghan peace talks continue

  Dozens killed in fighting as Afghan peace talks continue Fierce fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban left dozens dead in a restive eastern province, officials said Thursday, as negotiators from both sides pushed ahead with peace talks in Qatar. Overnight clashes erupted in three districts of Nangarhar province when Taliban fighters attacked several checkpoints of Afghan forces and pro-government militiamen, Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the Nangarhar governor told AFP. He said at least 11Overnight clashes erupted in three districts of Nangarhar province when Taliban fighters attacked several checkpoints of Afghan forces and pro-government militiamen, Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the Nangarhar governor told AFP.

Afghan government forces have carried out two airstrikes on a Taliban base in the northeastern province of Kunduz, killing dozens of militants, officials said. The offensive was launched after the Taliban fighters attacked Afghan forces in Khan Abad district of Kunduz, the Ministry of Defense said

The Taliban issued a statement accusing Afghan forces of killing at least 40 civilians in the air raids. The armed group did not comment on casualties among its fighters. "The first strike hit the Taliban base but the second one caused civilian casualties as they had gathered at the bombed site," said

a truck driving down a dirt road: The Taliban issued a statement accusing Afghan forces of killing at least 40 civilians in the air strikes [File: Watan Yar/EPA] © [File: Watan Yar/EPA] The Taliban issued a statement accusing Afghan forces of killing at least 40 civilians in the air strikes [File: Watan Yar/EPA]

At least 11 civilians were killed and more than 10 others wounded on Saturday in twin air strikes on a Taliban base in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunduz, a provincial official said.

The Taliban issued a statement accusing Afghan forces of killing at least 40 civilians in the air raids. The armed group did not comment on casualties among its fighters.

Dozens killed in fighting in Afghanistan as peace talks continue

  Dozens killed in fighting in Afghanistan as peace talks continue Clashes erupted overnight in Nangarhar province when the Taliban attacked checkpoints of Afghan forces, official says.Overnight clashes erupted in three districts of Nangarhar province when Taliban fighters attacked several checkpoints of Afghan forces and pro-government fighters, Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the Nangarhar governor told the AFP news agency on Thursday.

Image: Twin air strikes by the Afghan army reportedly killed at least 12 civilians in Afghanistan . File pic.

Afghan government forces have carried out two airstrikes on a Taliban base in the northeastern province of Kunduz, killing dozens of militants, officials said. According to Press TV, defense officials in Kabul said more than 40 Taliban fighters were killed in the retaliatory airstrikes .

Defence ministry officials in Kabul, who said more than 40 Taliban fighters had been killed in the strikes, did not confirm any civilian casualties. They said an investigation was under way into the incident, which comes as the warring sides hold peace talks.

"The first strike hit the Taliban base but the second one caused civilian casualties as they had gathered at the bombed site," said Fatima Aziz, a member of parliament who represents Kunduz.

"This morning, Taliban fighters attacked [Afghan army] positions in ... Khan Abad district in Kunduz province," the defence ministry said in a statement on Twitter.

The military "intercepted the attack in accordance with 'active defence' procedures", the statement added, noting the dead included two commanders.

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“The first strike hit the Taliban base but the second one caused civilian casualties as they had gathered at the bombed site,” said Fatima Aziz, a member of parliament who represents Kunduz. She said 11 civilians were killed and five people were missing in the Khanabad district of Kunduz province.

U.S. airstrikes and operations by Afghan security forces over the past two days killed 35 Taliban fighters in offensives across the country, including an Suicide bomber detonates explosives outside main US base in Afghanistan . US soldier killed in Afghanistan attack, Taliban claim responsibility.

Aziz said 11 civilians were killed and five people were missing in the Khan Abad district of Kunduz province.

According to another witness, the air raids killed 12 civilians, including children, and wounded 18 others and Taliban fighters were also among the dead.

The attack came shortly before President Ashraf Ghani again called for a humanitarian ceasefire "to protect our people, prevent violence and terrorist incidents and to achieve a dignified and lasting peace".

The Taliban has so far ignored such requests, though it has unilaterally called two short, separate truces this year in the run-up to peace talks.

Fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban has continued even as representatives of the government and the armed group gathered in Qatar last week for historic peace talks aimed at ending about 20 years of war.

The negotiations are a result of a deal between the Taliban and the US signed in February, which also paved the way for the withdrawal of all foreign forces by May 2021.

Afghan official Abdullah on key Pakistan trip in bid for peace .
The Afghan leader will hold meetings with Pakistani PM and foreign minister as intra-Afghan talks continue in Doha.Kicking off his three-day visit to Islamabad on Monday, Abdullah, a former foreign minister and chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, met with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and is also due to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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