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World 14 Afghan security forces killed as violence grips country

22:47  21 september  2020
22:47  21 september  2020 Source:   msn.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.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan : At least 14 Afghan soldiers and police were killed during intense fighting with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan , officials said Monday, as unabated violence gripped the country despite ongoing peace talks.

At least 14 Afghan soldiers and police were killed during intense fighting with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan , officials said Monday, as unabated violence gripped the country despite ongoing Officials said 14 Afghan security forces had been killed and more than a dozen more wounded.

a group of people sitting at a table: Violence continued in Afghanistan even after peace talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban opened in Doha (seen here) © KARIM JAAFAR Violence continued in Afghanistan even after peace talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban opened in Doha (seen here)

At least 14 Afghan soldiers and police were killed during intense fighting with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, as unabated violence gripped the country despite ongoing peace talks.

Taliban fighters launched an overnight assault late Sunday on several Afghan security force positions in the southern province of Uruzgan, inflicting a heavy toll that left Afghan troops vulnerable to being overrun.

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At least 14 Afghan soldiers and police were killed during intense fighting with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan , officials said Monday, as unabated violence gripped the country despite ongoing peace talks. Taliban fighters launched an overnight assault late Sunday on several Afghan security force

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The government-controlled district of Gizab also risked falling into insurgent hands, officials said.

"Intense fighting is ongoing. Our forces have retreated from several outposts," Zelgai Ebadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told AFP.

Officials said 14 Afghan security forces had been killed and more than a dozen more wounded.

"The fighting is now close to police headquarters. We need more reinforcements," said Amir Mohammad Barekzai, head of the Uruzgan provincial council.

The battle comes as Taliban and Afghan government negotiators are meeting in Doha, where they are trying to find a way to end 19 years of war.

A hopeful start to the talks more than a week ago was immediately marred by fresh violence across Afghanistan, and negotiators have made little tangible progress.

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This is a partial list of Afghan security forces killed in the War in Afghanistan (2001–present). Besides serving as an indicator of some of the numbers of policemen, soldiers and private military contractors (PMCs) deaths during specific time periods

A member of the Afghan security forces on Tuesday at the site of a suicide attack near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan .Credit Rahmat Gul/Associated Press.

On Saturday in the northeastern province of Kunduz, the Afghan air force conducted multiple strikes on Taliban positions that killed more than 30 insurgent fighters, military officials said.

However, local officials on Monday said the strikes killed at least 17 civilians.

Esmatullah Muradi, spokesman for the Kunduz provincial governor, said the civilians died as they gathered at the site of an initial strike against the Taliban.

"Based on our initial investigation, 17 civilians were also killed and 15 more injured in the second air strike," Muradi told AFP, saying an "unknown number" of militants had been killed.

The defence ministry has not confirmed any civilian casualties and said it was investigating the case.

The interior ministry meanwhile said the Taliban had killed 98 civilians and wounded 230 more over the past two weeks in Afghanistan.

In Kabul, at least one person was killed and three more injured Monday in three separate explosions caused by so-called sticky bombs -- homemade devices attached to vehicles with magnets that are regularly used to target security forces.

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

Speaking in Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani however appeared hopeful about peace talks.

"Peace is not possible without compromise," he told a gathering to mark International Peace Day.

"Peace talks are like playing chess. Be patient," he said.

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