(AFGHANISTAN) LATEST: More than 30 people were killed and dozens more injured after blasts tore through a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the Afghan city of Kandahar #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.17: The firing started after we ended the prayers,” a man named Ahmadullah told AFP news agency. “Then two, three explosions took place. We were thrown towards the window. Many people, martyred [killed] or wounded, were laying there.” ……

#AceDailyNews says according to local media a suicide attack hits Kandahar in a Shia mosque during prayers on Friday killing more than 30-people…..

The aftermath of the attack showing broken windows
The blast in southern Kandahar comes exactly a week after a similar explosion at a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz

The BBC has been told it was a suicide bombing.………..and a local reporter quoted by Reuters news agency said eyewitnesses described three suicide attackers: One reportedly detonated their device at the door of the mosque, with two more setting off theirs inside the building.

Friday prayers are the busiest congregation of the week, and the building was full of worshippers at the time. At least 15 ambulances were at the scene afterwards, an AFP journalist said.

Taliban special forces have secured the site and have asked people to donate blood to help the victims, Reuters reports.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. But BBC Afghanistan correspondent Secunder Kermani says that IS-K, a local branch of the Islamic State Group, is expected to say it was behind the blasts.

Kandahar is Afghanistan’s second largest city and the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban, so an attack in the city by IS-K – which is extremely hostile towards the Taliban – would be significant:

Pictures from inside the Bibi Fatima mosque show shattered windows and bodies lying on the ground, while other worshippers try to help.

Last Friday, a suicide attack on another Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the northern city of Kunduz killed at least 50 people. IS-K said it carried out the attack, which was the deadliest since US forces left at the end of August.

IS-K, a Sunni Muslim group, is the most extreme and violent of all the jihadist militant groups in Afghanistan. 

It has targeted Afghan security forces, Afghan politicians and ministries, the Taliban, religious minorities including Shia Muslims and Sikhs, US and Nato forces, and international agencies, including aid organisations.

EPATaliban soldiers guard the area surrounding the mosque, Kandahar’s largest for Shia Muslims

Sunni Muslim extremists have repeatedly targeted Shia Muslims in the past, whom they see as heretics.

About 10% of Afghanistan’s population are thought to be Shia Muslims. Many are also part of the Hazara community, the country’s third largest ethnic group, who have faced discrimination and persecution for years in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Oct.17: 2021:

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(KANDAHAR) #Taliban Invasion Report: A radio station in Afghanistan’s second-largest city has been renamed ‘Voice of Sharia’ and music has been banned after the Taliban captured the city #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.22: The group released a video of an unnamed insurgent taking to the airwaves and announcing the rebrand of the city’s main station…..

#AceDailyNews says that #have renamed radio station ‘Voice of Sharia’ after capturing Afghan city,” Kandahar by Nick Hardinges, LBC, August 15, 2021:

He claimed all staff were present and would, from now on, broadcast news, political analysis and recitations of the Koran. However, it was unclear whether the previous employees had been ousted.

The channel will reportedly no longer play music, mimicking a previous station with the same name that the Taliban operated from Kandahar when they last occupied it at the turn of the century.

Taliban Chnaged ITS Name TO Voice of Sharia

Most residents of the city – the birthplace of the militant organisation – wear traditional clothing favoured by the group and the man in the video congratulated them on the Taliban’s victory.

The group have run mobile radio stations in recent years but have not operated a station within a major Afghan city since ruling the country between 1996 and 2001.

It comes amid a rapid offensive by the organisation that has raised fears of a full takeover less than three weeks before the US is set to withdraw its last troops….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.22: 2021:

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(KABUL) #Taliban Invasion Report: Overnight Afghan forces were overrun by militants and both capitals of Kandahar and Herat seizing weapons as rumours of journalists being threatened are being circulated with other propaganda #AceNewDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.13: The #Taliban captures Kandahar and scores of American weapons and military equipment from Afghan security forces as the terrorist group accelerates its takeover following the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country…

#AceDailyNews says #Taliban capture Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city in what is a crushing blow for the government and a major win for the militants as the southern city was once their stronghold, and is strategically important as a trade hub.

Farzia, 28, who lost her husband in Baghlan one week ago to fighting by the Taliban sits with her children, Subhan, 5, and Ismael ,2, in a tent at a makeshift IDP camp in Kabul
Thousands of people have fled to Kabul to escape street fighting and are living in makeshift camps

The insurgents also seized the nearby city of Lashkar Gah and now control about a third of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals as tens of thousands of civilians have fled the Taliban advance and many have travelled to the capital Kabul to seek safety and are sleeping on the streets there.

“We have no money to buy bread, or get some medicine for my child,” a 35-year-old street vendor who fled northern Kunduz province after the Taliban set fire to his home told the BBC. 

More than 1,000 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan in the past month, according to the UN.

There are increasing concerns that the militants will continue their rapid offensive toward Kabul. 

People are in disbelief over their rapid gains, the BBC Yogita Limaye in Kabul reports, with the silence from the country’s top leadership leading to rumours and speculation about what could lie ahead for the capital.

The insurgent advance comes as US and other foreign troops withdraw after 20 years of military operations.

The US is to send nearly 3,000 troops to Kabul airport to evacuate a “significant” number of embassy staff on special flights. The UK is deploying 600 troops to support British nationals leaving the country. Staff at the British embassy have been reduced to a core team.

Why is Kandahar so important?Kandahar: Afghanistan’s turbulent province

Kandahar is the Taliban’s birthplace, and so taking control of the city of 600,000 people is a significant prize for the militants. 

They had occupied the city’s outskirts for a number of weeks before launching their attack on the centre.

On Wednesday, the Taliban breached Kandahar’s central prison, and on Thursday, images on social media reportedly showed insurgents in the city centre.

A resident told the AFP news agency that government forces appeared to have withdrawn en masse to a military facility outside Kandahar.

Kandahar is considered strategically important because of its international airport, its agricultural and industrial output and its position as one of the country’s main trading hubs.

#Taliban seizes US weapons and military equipment as takeover accelerates and capitals fall one by one to being overrun as forces are pushed back to Kabul where troops from U.S and U.K. are being flown into airlift and support fleeing nationals …..by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, August 12, 2021:

Taliban terrorists are now in possession of U.S.-made military vehicles, anti-aircraft guns, armored tanks, and artillery. The munitions were provided to Afghan security forces to secure the country as the United States ends its two-decade war there. The Taliban have overwhelmed Afghan forces, taking over key Afghan provinces and using U.S. weapons to power the offensive.

“These captured systems will increase the mobility and lethality of the Taliban, making them a more formidable adversary,” said Bradley Bowman, senior director of the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “We have already seen the Taliban using captured humvees to patrol Kunduz and Sar-e Pol.”

With the situation in Afghanistan deteriorating, the United States announced that it is sending 3,000 troops back into the country to help evacuate the vulnerable American embassy in Kabul. President Joe Biden left for vacation shortly after the announcement. Vice President Kamala Harris dodged questions about the situation on Thursday afternoon, when a reporter asked if “Afghanistan is lost to the Taliban.” Harris would not answer, but said she would be briefed on the matter.

Military experts fear Afghanistan will once again become a breeding ground for terrorists and militant groups like al Qaeda.

Annie Aleman, a GOP strategist with the American Security Project, predicted on Thursday that Kabul could soon fall to the Taliban.

“It is very reasonable to expect that Kabul will fall by the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this year,” Aleman said….

Afghanistan: Journalists get threats in Afghanistan, ‘stop working in Taliban-controlled areas,’” by Nikesh Mandal, News Track Live, August 10, 2021:

Journalists in Afghanistan are suffering from serious threats in conflict areas and have quit working in the Taliban-controlled regions, a country-based media advocacy group said on Tuesday.

The group, Nai-Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan, said some journalists have fled areas recently seized by the Taliban. “Some of our journalists in Taliban-controlled areas escaped,” said Sediqullah Tawhidi, head of Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC). Afghan journalists asked the Taliban to ensure the safety of journalists, and freedom of speech.

“In the areas where fighting is ongoing, the government has looked at a place for journalists, and will transfer them if the situation gets worse,” a local Afghani quoted Mujib Khalwatgar, head of Nai. The Taliban’s offensive has been targeting journalists and innocent civilians. On Sunday, editor-in-chief of Afghanistan’s Paktia Ghag radio station, Toofan Omari was killed in the Deh Sabz district of Kabul. While Niamatullah Hemat, editor-in-chief of the local Boost radio station and reporter of Gharghakht TV channel based in Khost province, was taken hostage by the Taliban in Nawa district of Helmand province….

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.13: 2021:

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) LATEST: Afghan government forces have struggled against #Taliban assaults on several major cities as the insurgents stepped up a nationwide offensive that saw a key airport in the south come under rocket fire overnight on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.02: The government deployed more security forces to the western city of Herat on Sunday a day after the Taliban advanced closer to the central parts of the city.

#AceDailyNews says that the #Taliban strikes major cities in Afghanistan, rockets halt flights out of Kandahar as hundreds of commandos were deployed to the western city of Herat while authorities in the southern city of Lashkar Gah called for more troops to rein in the assaults and US say 650 troops will remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after the main military withdrawal.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/taliban-detain-afghan-peace-marchers-100km-journey-190604083646328.html

Clashes Intensify in Herat as Reinforcements Arrive

Local officials said that the clashes intensified in villages in the western parts of Herat city.

Abdul Rahman Rahman, senior deputy of the Interior Ministry, also visited Herat city on Sunday and said that a large-scale operation will be launched against the Taliban in Herat.

“We have come with the security forces from Kabul and these forces have joined Herat forces. We will act as soon as possible to defend the Herat people,” he said.

The clashes have been ongoing in the western parts of Herat city and Guzara and Karokh districts over the past four days.

At least 20 people were killed, including 16 security force members, and 90 people were wounded in the past four days of fighting in Herat, according to data from Herat’s regional hospital.

Local officials said that “the Taliban has suffered heavy casualties during the clashes.”

Reporters for Pajhwok news agency and Salam Watandar Radio were briefly taken captive by the Taliban on the battlefield but none were injured, according to the reporters.

“We had a 10-meter distance from the security forces,” said Storai Karimi, a Pajhwok reporter, “we were surrounded by the Taliban.”

Shekib Shams, reporter of Salam Watandar also said: “It was terrible because a few bullets hit our car. When I stopped the car, I saw that four Taliban had surrounded us and told us to take the car into the road.”

The reporters said that they were freed after an hour.

Security sources said the Taliban advanced this morning in Herat city, adding that “the Taliban launched large attacks on several villages in the west of Herat city and clashes are still ongoing.”

“There are clashes in Pul-e-Malan on the battlefield and the Taliban were prevented from advancing. Sometimes troops move forward and then retreat but it does not mean that the lines were broken,” said Abdul Saboor Qane, provincial governor.

Colonel Mohammad Nasir Alizai, commander of a commando unit from Zafar 207 Military Corps, said: “The Taliban’s war is a psychological war, and it wants to cause panic among the people. I urge the people of Herat not to lose their spirit.”

This comes a day after Mohammad Ismail Khan, former mujahedeen leader and a senior member of Jamiat-e-Islami who is leading the fight against the Taliban in Herat along with scores of public resistance forces, criticized the Ministry of Defense for delays in sending reinforcements to Herat.

Clashes in the city of Herat began their fourth day on Sunday. Clashes are underway in the southern part of Herat near Malan Bridge, which was taken over by the Taliban on Saturday.

Defense Ministry spokesman Fawad Aman said hundreds of reinforcements arrived in the city on Sunday morning.

Hundreds of families have been displaced from their homes in the southern parts of Herat city due to the ongoing clashes, local officials said.

Taliban attacks on the city of Herat were criticized on Saturday by some lawmakers and analysts who say they are a clear violation of the group’s commitments to the Doha agreement.

The Taliban said that the group has made no commitment to not attack major cities.

Fighting has surged across the country in the months since early May, when US-led foreign forces began a final withdrawal from Afghanistan that is now almost complete.

After seizing large tracts of rural territory and capturing key border crossings, the Taliban have started to besiege provincial capitals.

Flights out of Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city and was also the former bastion of the insurgents, were halted after rockets struck the airport before dawn.

Airport chief Massoud Pashtun said two rockets had hit the runway and repairs were underway with planes likely to resume service later on Sunday.

The facility is vital to maintaining the logistical and air support needed to keep the Taliban from overrunning the city, while also providing aerial cover for large tracts of southern Afghanistan.

Taliban train in Afghanistan
The Taliban have turned their attention to provincial capitals.(Reuters: Stringer, file photo)

The attack came as the Taliban inched closer to overrunning at least two other provincial capitals, including nearby Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.

“Fighting is going on inside the city and we have asked for special forces to be deployed in the city,” Ataullah Afghan, head of Helmand provincial council, told AFP.

Afghan security forces have increasingly relied on air strikes to push the militants back from cities even as they run the risk of hitting civilians in heavily populated areas.

“The city is in the worst condition. I do not know what will happen,” said Halim Karimi, a resident of Lashkar Gah, a city of 200,000 residents.

“Neither the Taliban will have mercy on us, nor will the government stop bombing.”

Further west in the city of Herat, fighting continued on the city’s outskirts overnight with air strikes targeting Taliban positions.Taliban taking back swathes of AfghanistanAs foreign forces slowly leave Afghanistan ahead of the official September 11 withdrawal date, Taliban insurgents are gaining ground across the country.

Herat provincial governor’s spokesman Jailani Farhad said that around 100 militant fighters had been killed in the attacks.

Both the Taliban and government forces tend to exaggerate their claims of casualties inflicted on each other’s forces and true counts are difficult to independently verify.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Defence said that hundreds of commandos had been sent to Herat to help beat back the insurgent assault.

“These forces will increase offensive operations and suppress the Taliban in Herat,” the ministry tweeted.

Pressure mounts on the Afghan military

For months, the Taliban’s rapid territorial gains during the final stages of the US military withdrawal have largely been in sparsely populated rural areas.

But in recent weeks they have brought increasing pressure on provincial capitals and seized key border crossings.

Afghan security forces in Kabul
Authorities in the southern city of Lashkar Gah called for more troops to rein in assualts.(AFP: Noorullah Shirzada)

The capture of any major urban centre would take their current offensive to another level and fuel concerns that the army is incapable of resisting the Taliban’s battlefield advances.

The government has repeatedly dismissed the militants’ steady gains over the summer as lacking strategic value.

The Taliban have previously seized some cities but have managed to retain them only briefly: US officials say, as Taliban forces continue to take new territory.

The insurgents overran Kunduz twice in 2015 and 2016, and briefly held control of Ghazni city after setting ablaze key government buildings and destroying telecommunication towers.

In recent weeks the Afghan government’s air force, backed by the US military, has provided Kabul with its biggest battlefield advantage over the Taliban and has so far largely kept the insurgents from overrunning urban areas.

Despite being in its final stages of withdrawal, the US military has also carried out air strikes targeting the Taliban.

“The US military has been engaged in a limited way, but in a significant one that has impact in meeting our obligations to defend Afghan forces when they are under attack,” top US envoy in Kabul Ross Wilson told reporters this week.

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Taliban taking back control of Afghan province

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#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.02: 2021:

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AFGHANISTAN: ‘ LAST US AND BRITISH FORCES AIR-LIFTED FROM HELMAND PROVINCE ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – October 27 – The last US and British forces have been airlifted from a key southern province in Afghanistan on Monday.

'The last US and British forces have been airlifted from a key southern province in Afghanistan '

‘The last US and British forces have been airlifted from a key southern province in Afghanistan ‘

The withdrawal of the troops from the combined base of Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion was carried out over 24 hours with flights back and forth between Helmand and Kandahar Air Field, the aviation hub for southern Afghanistan.

The base closure in the province of Helmand was one of the largest operations in the winding down of the international combat mission in Afghanistan, 13 years after the toppling of the Taliban regime, Reuters said.

#ANS2014 

#afghanistan, #helmand, #kandahar, #taliban

` Pakistan has announces a ceasefire with `Taliban ‘ and cessation of Air Strikes ‘

#AceWorldNews says that Pakistan has announced a ceasefire with Taliban forces which will see a cessation of air-strikes against the militant group.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan called the ceasefire a positive development.

On Saturday, the Pakistani branch of the Taliban announced the ceasefire and asked its offshoots to stop their activities.

The Pakistani military has been launching aerial and ground attacks against militant positions in the country’s restive tribal region after 20 paramilitary soldiers were killed despite peace talks.

Meanwhile, Prison officials in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar were conned into releasing a dozen Taliban fighters.

Security Chief for Kandahar, Rahmatullah Atrafi, said a letter was sent to the prison on Tuesday requesting the release of 28 prisoners.

While sixteen of them were set for release, the other 12 were not.

#ANS2014

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