(AFGHANISTAN) JUST IN: An audacious attack on the Afghan defence minister’s house in Kabul has left at least eight dead, the first major bombing by militants in the city for nearly a year #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.05: Bismillah Khan Mohammad I was not at home on Tuesday night as gunmen detonated a car bomb and fired shots near the heavily fortified Green Zone…….His family was evacuated and four of the gunmen killed, officials said.

#AceDailyNews says that gunmen have attacked the home of the Afghan defence minister in Kabul and both homes and cars were destroyed and streets left filled with debris…..

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The Taliban said they were behind the attack: The group also warned of more attacks against government leaders. It comes as fighting rages in other cities after foreign troops left the country.

The UN Security Council has called for an immediate end to the violence:

More than 20 other people were reportedly wounded in the incident.

Police say four of the five attackers were also killed after they managed to enter the minister’s villa. The interior ministry said it was a suicide bomb attack. 

Special forces rushed to the neighbourhood just outside the Green Zone, the heavily fortified enclave where many embassies and government buildings are located. A gun battle lasting more than three hours finally ended the assault.

“Do not worry, everything is fine!” Mr Mohammadi tweeted after the attack.

Afghan security forces sealed off the scene after the explosion and shooting on Tuesday night

Hours later, crowds of Kabul residents took to the streets and rooftops to shout Allahu Akbar (God is greatest) in defiance of Taliban attacks, with videos shared on social media. 

Similar scenes had been recorded on Monday in the city of Herat, which has also seen heavy fighting in recent days.

The public show of defiance is a key boost to the morale of embattled Afghan security forces, with the militants attempting to wrest control of a number of provincial capitals, the BBC’s Secunder Kermani in Kabul says.

But the attack on the minister’s home shows how the insurgents can strike even at the very heart of the government, our correspondent adds.

What’s happening elsewhere in the country?

Fierce fighting between militants and government forces has continued in the city of Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern Helmand province, with the UN saying on Tuesday that at least 40 civilians had been killed in the past day.

“There are corpses on the roads. We do not know if they are civilians or the Taliban,” one resident, who is not being named for security reasons, told the BBC Afghan service in an interview on Whatsapp. “Dozens of families have fled their homes and settled near the Helmand river.”

Other terrified locals told the BBC they had seen bodies lying in the streets.General Sami Sadat: “The battle is very intense in Lashkar Gah”

The Afghan army urged civilians to leave the city ahead of a major offensive against the Taliban, the hardline Islamist group that was driven from power by US-led forces 20 years ago. Fighting has been continuing in the city for days, with the militants now in control of almost all of its districts.

The United Nations and other agencies are warning of a worsening humanitarian crisis. 

Capturing Lashkar Gah would be of huge symbolic value to the insurgents as they continue their rapid advance after the pullout of foreign forces. Helmand was the centrepiece of the US and British military campaign.

At the weekend, Attaullah Afghan, the head of Helmand provincial council, admitted that fighting seemed to be “getting out of our control”.

The Taliban have made further advances this week, despite Afghan and US warplanes targeting the insurgents.

Thousands of people in Helmand province have been displaced by fighting in recent months

There are reports that Taliban fighters have taken positions inside homes, shops and the bazaar – people are trapped in their homes while fighting goes on in the streets.

The militants generally warn people via loudspeaker to leave but sometimes they enter houses – locals have just minutes to flee or risk being caught in crossfire as their homes become part of the battlefield.

Elsewhere in the south, Taliban are trying to capture Kandahar, their former stronghold, and clashes have also intensified in the western city of Herat.

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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.

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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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(KABUL) LATEST: Taliban warned on Tuesday that if Turkey extends its military presence in Afghanistan the Islamist group will view Turkish troops as “occupiers” and wage “jihad” against them.

#AceNewsReport – July.26: The United States has asked Turkey to secure Kabul’s airport after all American and NATO allied troops withdraw from the country by the end of next month.

#AceDailyNews says ….#Taliban says that if Turks extend their military presence in Afghanistan, it will wage jihad against them acording to a warning that came amid fresh battlefield moves that critics say show they are planning a military takeover of Afghanistan in defiance of their peace pledges, raising the prospects of a full-blown civil war if They Stay in Afghanistan,” by Ayaz Gul, VOA News, July 13, 2021:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday without elaborating that he had agreed with Washington on the “scope” of how to secure and manage the airport.

The Taliban condemned the deal as “reprehensible” and demanded Turkey review its decision.

“We consider stay of foreign forces in our homeland by any country under whatever pretext as occupation,” the group said in a media release. “The extension of occupation will arouse emotions of resentment and hostility inside our country towards Turkish officials and will damage bilateral ties.”…

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(KABUL) JUST IN: At least three rockets hit near the presidential palace on Tuesday shortly before President Ashraf Ghani was to give an address to mark the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews says that #Taliban rockets target Kabul palace before Eid al-Adha as the barrage came as the U.S. & NATO complete their final withdrawal from Afghanistan acording to Fox News and AP.Org

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There were no injuries and the rockets landed outside the heavily fortified palace grounds, said Mirwais Stanikzai, spokesman for the interior minister.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the rocket attack, but police quickly fanned out across the area. One car parked on a nearby street was completely destroyed; the police said it was used as a launching pad for the rockets.

Security personnel inspect a damaged vehicle where rockets were fired from in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

The palace is in the middle of a so-called Green Zone that is fortified with giant cement blast walls and barbed wire, and streets near the palace have long been closed off.

The barrage came as the U.S. and NATO complete their final withdrawal from Afghanistan. Many Afghans are worried whether their war-ravaged country will fall deeper into chaos and violence as foreign forces withdraw and the Taliban gain more territory on the ground, having captured several districts and key border crossings with neighboring countries over the past weeks.

The withdrawal is more than 95% complete and the final U.S. soldier will be gone by Aug. 31, President Joe Biden said in an address earlier this month.

“This Eid has been named after Afghan forces to honor their sacrifices and courage, especially in the last three months,” Ghani said in his address to the nation following morning prayers for Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice.”

“The Taliban have no intention and willingness for peace,” Ghani said. “We have proven that we have the intention, willingness and have sacrificed for peace.”

Ghani also deplored his government’s decision to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners to get peace talks started last year as a “big mistake” that only strengthened the insurgents.

“We released 5,000 prisoners to start peace talks, but until today the Taliban haven’t shown any serious or meaningful interest in peace negotiations.”

Abdullah Abdullah, the No. 2 official in the government, was inside the palace during the rocket attack on Tuesday, having returned on Monday from peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar. Those inside the palace, however, were far removed from where the rockets landed.

The two days of meetings in Doha — the highest level of negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban so far — aimed at jumpstarting stalled talks but ended with a promise of more high-level talks.

In his speech, Ghani also assailed neighboring Pakistan, which Kabul blames for harboring the Taliban leadership and providing a safe haven and assistance to the insurgents. In the most recent fighting in the Afghan border town of Spin Boldak, Taliban fighters were seen receiving treatment at a Pakistani hospital across the border in Chaman.

Pakistan is seen as key to peace in Afghanistan. The Taliban leadership is headquartered in Pakistan and Islamabad has used its leverage, which it claims is now waning, to press the Taliban to talk peace.

Pakistan has also been deeply critical of Kabul, saying it has allowed another militant group, the Pakistani Taliban — Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan — to find safety in Afghanistan from where they have launched a growing number of attacks targeting the Pakistan military.

“Pakistan does not want a Taliban regime in its homeland” but their media have been “campaigning for a Taliban regime in Afghanistan,” Ghani added.

The Eid al-Adha is the most important Islamic holiday, marking the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim — Abraham to Christians and Jews — to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts four days, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle and distribute part of the meat to the poor.

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Associated Press writer Kathy Gannon in Islamabad contributed to this report.

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(KABUL) JUST IN: Ceasefire Report: Government officials in a western Afghan province said on Thursday they had negotiated “an indefinite ceasefire” with the #Taliban to prevent further attacks on the capital of the province #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.16: Ten tribal elders had taken the responsibility of ceasefire, so they first talked to the Taliban, and then talked to the local government and both sides reached a ceasefire,” the provincial governor, Husamuddin Shams, told Reuters.

KABUL: Officials, Taliban strike ceasefire deal in western Afghanistan, in exchange for prisoner release Al Jazeera says provincial governor the move came after fighters from the Islamist group secured complete control over all the districts in Badghis province, reflecting wider gains by the Taliban over territory and infrastructure in the weeks since U.S. President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops by Sept. 11 Telegram: Reuters

The Taliban reached an agreement with the tribal elders to move to the outskirts of Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis, Shams said.

A spokesman for the Taliban denied they had agreed to a ceasefire but said they had left the city to avoid civilian casualties.

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(AFGHANISTAN) U.S Troop Withdrawal Report: #Taliban move into Balkh district north of capital and distrubute leaflets ordering locals to follow strict rules that are similar to those they imposed on Afghans when they last governed the country from 1996 to 2001 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.15: Many Afghans who hoped the #Taliban would reform their extreme views amid ongoing talks with the Afghan government and the U.S. troop withdrawal have been disappointed by the new severe restrictions imposed on the local population in some of the districts that they have recently captured.

AFGHANISTAN: #Taliban impose new restrictions on women, force men to grow beards according to Media In Afghanistan’s North,” by Gul Rahim Niazman and Roshan Noorzai, VOA News, July 9, 2021:

Several residents of Balkh, a district in northern Balkh province that is located 20 kilometers north of the provincial capital, Mazar-e Sharif, confirmed to VOA that the Taliban have distributed leaflets, ordering locals to follow strict rules that are similar to those they imposed on Afghans when they last governed the country from 1996 to 2001.

“They want to impose the restrictions that were imposed on women under their rule,” said Nahida, a 34-year-old resident of Balkh district, adding that the restrictions targeting women include “not leaving our houses without a male companion and wearing hijab.”

Before their ouster by the United States in 2001, the Taliban mandated Afghans follow a strict interpretation of Sharia law, forcing women to cover themselves from head to foot and preventing them from leaving their houses without a male companion.

That changed after 2001 when the new Afghan government, supported by U.S.-led forces, introduced laws to encourage more girls to attend school and to have more women participate in the workforce.

Nahida, who requested to be identified by her pseudonym due to safety concerns, said the group’s new restrictions will be difficult for women to follow “since many of them are the breadwinners of their families and they have to work outside.”…

Since May, when the United States and NATO began withdrawing their remaining troops, the Taliban captured about 100 of Afghanistan’s more than 400 districts from government-allied forces. Afghan officials have since vowed to retake the lost districts.

Another resident of Balkh, who requested anonymity due to fears of retaliation by the militants, said “salons were ordered not to shave or trim beards” when the Taliban controlled the district last month.

“It is possible that they impose more restrictions. In some of the mosques, during the Friday sermons, Mullahs say that the Sharia law should be implemented,” another Balkh resident told VOA.

In several districts of Takhar, Badakhshan, and Kunduz province that came under the Taliban control recently, local reports claim the Taliban issued similar restrictions on women and forced men to grow beards….

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(KABUL) Troop Withdrawal Report: From 9/11, to intense fighting on the ground, and now full withdrawal of US-led forces, here’s what happened in that timeline #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.08: US forces are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021, exactly 20 years since 9/11. There are strong indications that the withdrawal may be complete before the official deadline.

Timeline: #Taliban battle their way into western Afghan city as U.S. troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan by no later than 11th September 2021: The anniversary of 9/11

The World Trade Centre is reduced to rubble
It all began here:

9/11

11 September 2001

Al-Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, carries out the largest terror attack ever conducted on US soil.Image caption The World Trade Centre is reduced to rubble Image copyright by Getty

Four commercial airliners are hijacked. Two are flown into the World Trade Centre in New York, which collapses. One hits the Pentagon building in Washington, and one crashes into a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people are killed.

First air strikes

7 October 2001

A US-led coalition bombs Taliban and al-Qaeda facilities in Afghanistan. Targets include Kabul, Kandahar and Jalalabad.

The Taliban, who took power after a decade-long Soviet occupation was followed by civil war, refuse to hand over Bin Laden. Their air defences and small fleet of fighter aircraft are destroyed.

Coalition-backed Northern Alliance fighters ride tanks into Kabul as the Taliban retreat

Fall of Kabul

13 November 2001

The Northern Alliance, a group of anti-Taliban rebels backed by coalition forces, enters Kabul as the Taliban flee the city.Image caption Coalition-backed Northern Alliance fighters ride tanks into Kabul as the Taliban retreat Image copyright by Getty

By the 13 November 2001, all Taliban have either fled or been neutralised. Other cities quickly fall.

New constitution

26 January 2004

After protracted negotiations at a “loya jirga” or grand assembly, the new Afghan constitution is signed into law. The constitution paves the way for presidential elections in October 2004.

Hamid Karzai led anti-Taliban groups around Kandahar before becoming president

Hamid Karzai becomes president

7 December 2004Image caption Hamid Karzai led anti-Taliban groups around Kandahar before becoming president Image copyright by Getty

Hamid Karzai, the leader of the Popalzai Durrani tribe, becomes the first president under the new constitution. He serves two five-year terms as president.

Soldiers of the Parachute Regiment lead the first UK deployment to Helmand

UK troops deployed to Helmand

May 2006

British troops arrive in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold in the south of the country.Image caption Soldiers of the Parachute Regiment lead the first UK deployment to Helmand Image copyright by Getty

Their initial mission is to support reconstruction projects, but they are quickly drawn into combat operations. More than 450 British troops lose their lives in Afghanistan over the course of the conflict.

US troops in intense combat operations in the south of the country

Obama’s surge

17 February 2009

US President Barack Obama approves a major increase in the number of troops sent to Afghanistan. At their peak, they number about 140,000.Image caption US troops in intense combat operations in the south of the country Image copyright by Getty

The so-called “surge” is modelled on US strategy in Iraq where US forces focussed on protecting the civilian population as well as killing insurgent fighters.

Bin Laden is traced to a compound located less than a mile from a Pakistani military academy

Osama Bin Laden killed

2 May 2011Image caption Bin Laden is traced to a compound located less than a mile from a Pakistani military academy Image copyright by Getty

The leader of al-Qaeda is killed in an assault by US Navy Seals on a compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan. Bin Laden’s body is removed and buried at sea. The operation ends a 10-year hunt led by the CIA.  The confirmation that Bin Laden had been living on Pakistani soil fuels accusations in the US that Pakistan is an unreliable ally in the war on terror.

The Taliban leader is believed to have suffered a shrapnel wound to his right eye in the 1980s

Death of Mullah Omar

23 April 2013

The founder of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, dies. His death is kept secret for more than two years.Image caption The Taliban leader is believed to have suffered a shrapnel wound to his right eye in the 1980s Image copyright by EPA

According to Afghan intelligence, Mullah Omar dies of health problems at a hospital in the Pakistani city of Karachi. Pakistan denies that he was in the country.

Nato ends combat operations

28 December 2014

At a ceremony in Kabul, Nato ends its combat operations in Afghanistan. With the surge now over, the US withdraws thousands of troops.  Most of those who remain focus on training and supporting the Afghan security forces.

Kabul's international airport is struck on 10 August 2015

Taliban resurgence

2015

The Taliban launch a series of suicide attacks, car bombings and other assaults. The parliament building in Kabul, and the city of Kunduz are attacked. Islamic State militants begin operations in Afghanistan.Image caption Kabul’s international airport is struck on 10 August 2015 Image copyright by Getty

Death toll announcement

25 January 2019

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says more than 45,000 members of his country’s security forces have been killed since he became leader in 2014. The figure is far higher than previously thought.

The deal lays out a timetable for full withdrawal

US signs deal with Taliban

29 February 2020

The US and the Taliban sign an “agreement for bringing peace” to Afghanistan, in Doha, Qatar. The US and Nato allies agree to withdraw all troops within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal.Image caption The deal lays out a timetable for full withdrawal Image copyright by Getty

Date for final withdrawal

11 September 2021

US forces are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021, exactly 20 years since 9/11. There are strong indications that the withdrawal may be complete before the official deadline.

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(WASHINGTON) Troop Withdrawal Report: As DoD has said that the last US and NATO forces have left Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, the epicentre of the war against jihadist militants for some 20 years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.03: The pull-out could signal that the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan is imminent: But the withdrawal from the sprawling base, north of Kabul, comes as the main jihadist group, the Taliban, advances in many parts of Afghanistan.

#AceDailyNews reports that in Bagram that the US and Nato forces leave key Afghanistan base on Thursday but according to AFP: U.S air force was still using Bagram on Thursday and President Joe Biden has said US forces will be gone by Sept.11: 2021: the deadline is the anniversary of the attacks on America in 2001, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

The attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda, an international jihadist group then based in Afghanistan with the support of the Taliban, who had been in control of the country since the 1990s. A US-led coalition invaded the Afghanistan later that year to defeat both groups now how can the West fight terror after leaving

America now wants to end its longest war with its huge cost in human lives and vast expense, and is leaving security to the Afghan government. 

Some 2,500-3,500 US troops were thought to be still in Afghanistan until recently, and they are due to depart along with some 7,000 other coalition troops, leaving fewer than 1,000 American soldiers in the country.

Meanwhile, a resurgent Taliban, buoyed by the expectation of the foreign withdrawal, has overrun dozens of districts, amid fears that a new civil war could erupt after the departure of foreign forces in year of violence on the road to peace

A top target for the Taliban Bagram is a bellwether of what’s to come: This symbol of American military might was once a stronghold of Soviet forces. Now Afghan security forces will soon confront the challenge of securing this sprawling city within a city. Bagram is vital – in symbolic and strategic ways. Taliban fighters, advancing in districts across the country, have this prize in their sights. Even last October, residents of the town which has swelled all around it told us the Taliban were already in their midst.On a recent visit to the base, as the US packed up, we heard how Afghan security forces saw it as a mixed blessing.

There’s a wealth of military assets within its walls; but that treasure is a top target for Taliban, not to mention corrupt commanders and others eying this fortune: For the countless Afghans whose lives and livelihoods have long banked on this base – and who now feel abandoned – Bagram’s new chapter is deeply worrying. Why is Bagram so important?

The airfield, built up by the Soviets when they occupied Afghanistan in the 1980s, and named after a nearby village, lies around 40km (25 miles) north of Kabul: The US-led coalition forces moved in during December 2001, and it was developed into a huge base capable of holding up to 10,000 troops.

It is served by two runways, the most recent of which is 3.6km long, where large cargo and bomber aircraft can land: It has 110 parking spots for aircraft, which are protected by blast walls, and had a 50-bed hospital with a trauma bay, three operating theatres and a modern dental clinic, the Associated Press reports.From May 2021:

Top US commander General Scott Miller reflects on Nato forces’ time in Afghanistan ahead of its departureIts hangars and buildings included the main prison facility for people detained by US forces at the height of the conflict, which became known as Afghanistan’s Guantanamo – after the infamous US military prison in Cuba: Bagram was one of the sites identified in a US Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects, including the use of torture, carried out in detention facilities: Bagram ex-detainees say they still bear the scars

What happens next? An official ceremony to mark the handover of Bagram is expected to be held on Saturday, an Afghan official told Reuters news agency. About 650 US troops are expected to remain in the country, the Associated Press reports, to provide protection for diplomats and help guard Kabul’s international airport, a vital transport hub for the landlocked country:

They are guarding the airport alongside troops from America’s Nato ally Turkey, while a new agreement for its security is negotiated with the Afghan government: The airport’s US protection includes a counter-rocket, artillery, mortar system and the troops to operate it, as well as helicopter support.Other American troops will guard the US Embassy in Kabul.Military analysts say the ability of the Afghan government to maintain control over Bagram will be vital to its efforts to defend Kabul and push back the Taliban.

While the Taliban stopped attacks on coalition forces after signing an agreement with the US in February of last year, they have continued fighting government forces. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, welcomed the US withdrawal from Bagram, telling AFP news agency it would “pave the way for Afghans to decide about their future between themselves” that a war is thought to have taken the lives of more than 47,000 Afghan civilians and nearly 70,000 Afghan troops, as well as the lives of 2,442 US soldiers and more than 3,800 US private security contractors, and 1,144 soldiers from other coalition countries. The Costs of War project at Brown University, which analyses America’s wars this century, estimates that the war has cost America a total of $2.26tn (£1.64tn).

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(AFGHANISTAN) JUST IN: At least 10 mine clearers working for Halo Trust in northern province of Baghlan have been shot dead, and more than a dozen wounded #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.09: But Halo Trust CEO James Cowan told the BBC that “the local #Taliban… came to our aid and scared the assailants off”. The Taliban has also denied the attack:

Halo Trust: Afghanistan mine clearance workers shot dead ‘in cold blood’ and Afghan officials blamed the #Taliban, saying militants “started shooting everyone” in the compound:

File photo of a deminer in Afghanistan
The Halo Trust workers were shot “in cold blood”

Violence has surged as the US began to withdraw its last troops on May.01: after a rapid relocation planned for Afghan interpreters

The departure of international troops comes amid deadlock in peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Several districts in Baghlan province have seen fierce fighting between the Taliban and government forces.

The workers were killed when masked gunmen burst into their compound at 21:50 (17:20 GMT) on Tuesday, after they had spent a day removing mines from a nearby field.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tareq Arian told reporters that “the Taliban entered a compound of a mine-clearing agency… and started shooting everyone”.

But the Taliban issued a swift denial.

“We condemn attacks on the defenceless and view it as brutality,” the militant group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted. “We have normal relations with NGOs. Our Mujahideen will never carry out such brutal attacks.”

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Mr Cowan of the Halo Trust told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the attackers went “bed to bed” shooting the workers “in cold blood” – but that the local Taliban helped the deminers.

“I think it’s important to know that the Taliban have denied responsibility for this, and indeed the local Taliban group came to our aid and scared the assailants off,” he said. 

“We don’t know who the assailants were – we could speculate about, that but I won’t – but I think we have the capacity as the Halo Trust to operate on both sides of the line in this awful conflict,” he added.

In a clip police in Baghlan shared with reporters, a survivor of the attack said the gunmen asked if any of them were from the Hazara minority community before opening fire.

“Five to six armed men came, they took us to a room,” he said. “First they took all our money and mobile phones, and then they asked who our leader was. They asked, ‘Is any Hazara here among you?’ We told them, ‘We don’t have any Hazara here.'”

He added that he was shot in the head, but managed to escape through a window.

Hazaras, Afghanistan’s third-largest ethnic group, have faced long-term discrimination and persecution, primarily because of their Shia faith. In recent years, they have faced abductions and killings at the hands of both the Islamic State group and the Taliban.

The UK-based Halo Trust was founded in 1988 to remove ordnance left behind from the almost decade-long Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

It was supported by Princess Diana, as well as by her son Prince Harry.Top US commander General Scott Miller reflecting on NATO forces’ time in Afghanistan before their departure in May

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(WASHINGTON) Afghanistan Report: #Taliban militant group says Afghans who used to work with foreign forces as interpreters have nothing to fear after the withdrawal of foreign troops if they “show remorse.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.08: The #Taliban made the announcement after many Afghan translators working alongside US and NATO troops demonstrated in the capital, Kabul, demanding foreign forces and embassies that they worked with help them leave the country a head of US President Joe Biden’s September 11 withdrawal deadline.

Taliban: Foreign forces’ interpreters have nothing to fear if they ‘show remorse’ Hundreds of Afghan civilians killed, wounded in recent monthsAs official reports show, the violence mainly coming from bomb blasts, assassinations and coordinated attacks launched by terrorist groups have sharply increased the number of civilian victims in Afghanistan.

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The Afghan translators said they were afraid the Taliban would “take revenge” on them since they were seen as US agents and spies.    

“They shall not be in any danger on our part,” the Taliban said in a statement. 

The militant group “would like to inform all the above people that they should show remorse for their past actions and must not engage in such activities in the future that amount to treason against Islam and the country,” the statement added.

The Taliban went on to say that while Afghan translators were viewed as foes when they worked with foreign forces, they will not face any issues “when they abandon enemy ranks and …should not remain fearful.”

Hundreds of Afghan civilians killed, wounded in recent months

The Taliban had said last week that they would provide a “safe environment” for foreign embassies to work in Afghanistan even after foreign troops leave the country.

The assurance by the group came after Australia closed its mission in Kabul and said it will not be able to guarantee security once foreign troops pull out.

The embassy said an “increasingly uncertain security environment” had made it too unsafe for embassy staff to be based in Afghanistan.

Taliban vow to step up attacks as Biden says US may miss Afghanistan pullout deadline

Taliban vow to step up attacks as Biden says US may miss Afghanistan pullout deadlineThe Taliban have threatened to target US-led forces in Afghanistan if Washington fails to meet its troop withdrawal deadline.

The US and its allies overthrew the Taliban regime shortly after the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. But US forces have remained bogged down there through the presidencies of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and now Joe Biden.

All foreign troops were supposed to have been withdrawn by May 1, as part of an agreement that the US had reached with the Taliban in the Qatari capital last year. But Biden last month pushed that date back to September 11.

The Taliban warned that the passing of the May 1 deadline for a complete withdrawal “opened the way for” the militants to take every counteraction they deemed appropriate against foreign forces in the county.

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: #Taliban have taken control of a district near the Afghan capital, two days before a three-day ceasefire is due to begin #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.13: Afghanistan is seeing increasing violence as the US and Nato prepare to pull out remaining troops by 11 September:

KABUL: ‘Taliban capture Afghan district ahead of Eid ceasefire: The militants confirmed on Tuesday that they had captured Nerkh district in Wardak province in a “surprise attack” Nerkh is the second district in a week to fall’

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Afghan forces had “tactically retreated from the district”, one official said. File image of Afghan troops

“The district centre of Nerkh in Maidan Wardak province, the police headquarters, the intelligence department and a large army base there were all captured,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter. 

He added that “many enemy soldiers” had been killed or wounded. 

Abdul Rahman Tariq, governor of the province, confirmed that the district had been captured and said Afghan troops had “tactically retreated from the district”. 

The defence ministry said on Wednesday that it would launch an offensive to gain back the district. 

The capture of Nerkh comes after militants took control of Borka district in the northern province of Baghlan on 5 May. 

A three-day ceasefire, coinciding with the Muslim festival Eid, is set to begin on Thursday 

The Taliban have stepped up assaults on the Afghan government this month. 

Just days ago, at least 68 people, mainly students, were killed in a bombing outside a school in Kabul. At least 165 others were injured. The Afghan government blamed Taliban militants for the attack, but the group denied involvement.

President Joe Biden says the US pull-out is justified as US forces have made sure the country cannot again become a base for foreign jihadists to plot against the West.

A senior United Nations official warned last year that al-Qaeda, which was hosted by the Taliban after the 9/11 attacks in the US, was still “heavily embedded” within Taliban militants in Afghanistan. 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says government forces are now fully capable of keeping insurgents at bay. 

However, not everyone shares the optimism. Many believe the withdrawal could plunge the country back to the dark days of the Taliban era. Tens of thousands of Afghan soldiers have been killed and injured. This 2019 video tells their story.

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(WASHINGTON) State Dept Report: We need to close the book on a 20-year war,” is how a US official put it when he broke the news on Tuesday that the last US troops would be out of Afghanistan by 11 September #AceNewsDesk report

Afghans face pivotal moment as US prepares to ‘close the book’ Two decades on, what does this “book” say about the country that some 10,000 US-led Nato forces will soon leave behind Biden ON YouTube in 4-hours here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2Nsj4wfg1c

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By Lyse Doucet
Chief international correspondent

The Afghan war: The short and long story

Soldiers from the Afghan National Army's quick reaction force run drills and prepare their readiness level at their base on the outskirts of Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan, on Saturday Nov. 7, 2020.
Despite the push for peace, the Afghan National Army is braced for further violence

It’s a dramatically different country than the shattered land and pariah state of the Taliban toppled in the US-led invasion of 2001 after the 9/11 attacks.

But this withdrawal window is decisive. It could accelerate a push towards peace, or a descent into violence that shreds the more open society which has been taking root – however slowly and unevenly – over the past two decades. 

“The best possible outcome to expect is that this withdrawal timeline serves as a catalyst and a mechanism to pressure Afghan parties to reach a political settlement by September or face a bloody Syrian-style civil war,” warns Tamim Asey, Executive Chairman of the Institute of War and Peace Studies in Kabul. 

Few would have expected this last chapter of the US military mission to read like this: a triumphal Taliban poised to return to power on the battlefield or through peace talks where they hold most of the cards; much-vaunted “gains” slipping away by the day in a wave of targeted killings of the educated, active, and ambitious lifeblood of an emerging society. 

Many Afghans now fear a terrible tumbling towards civil war in a conflict already described as one of the most violent in the world. 

“I worry most when timelines are attached to their pullout, but not conditions,” regrets an Afghan human rights activist. “The Taliban will just wait them out and won’t get into substantive issues.”

It’s a view echoed by others. 

“I wish President Biden had conditioned the troop withdrawal timeline with zero killings on the ground by all parties between May and September,” reflects Orzala Nemat, director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). 

AFPUS and other Nato troops have long been the target of Taliban attacks

But the senior administration official who briefed journalists on the pullout was adamant: “The president has judged that a conditions-based approach, which has been the approach of the past two decades, is a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever.”

There’s also a pledge to “use our full toolkit to ensure the future that the Afghan people are seeking has the best chance of coming about”. 

But Washington’s best bargaining chip has been its military might. The departure of all foreign troops now bolstering Afghan government forces has been the Taliban’s single-minded pursuit as their fighters keep inching back, district by district, across a growing number of provinces. 

There were no good options on President Joe Biden’s desk when he inherited last year’s US Taliban deal which committed Washington to a 1 May troop pullout in exchange for Taliban security guarantees and a vaguer commitment to reduce violence and pursue peace talks. Is peace with the Taliban possible? (2019 report)

The security of the United States – the reason that first brought its troops in – had to be a deciding factor. And other Nato forces are expected to follow the US lead.

“This is not 2001, it is 2021,” was how a senior US official replied when questioned about the continuing threat posed by groups like al-Qaeda and Islamic State which still have a presence in Afghanistan. 

“We judge the threat against the homeland now emanating from Afghanistan to be at a level we can address without a persistent military footprint in the country and without remaining at war with the Taliban.”

“The decision was always going to come down to a broader political judgment about American interests writ large and from that perspective, the decision makes sense,” says Laurel Miller, director of the Asia Programme at the International Crisis Group and a former US State Department official. 

But regret quickly creeps in.

“It’s a tragedy that the US didn’t get serious about trying to stitch together a peace process in Afghanistan much earlier, before the thread ran out,” comments Miller, who had been involved in some of the first tentative efforts exploring negotiated solutions.

Now it’s the seriousness of Afghan leaders, on all sides of this conflict, which is paramount. 

“The voices of the Afghan people are very clear and unified in calling for peace, justice, and the preservation of national and democratic values,” emphasises Nemat of AREU. “But the political elite are still trying to maximise their share of power in a power-grabbing opportunity just like 1992.”

History throws a long dark shadow in Afghanistan. Many of the same power brokers and warlords who turned their guns on each other in a frenzy of infighting after the Soviet troop pullout of 1988 have been given pride of place in a new negotiating process which has been taking shape. 

Getty ImagesMany fear women’s rights in Afghanistan will suffer at the hands of warlords and the Taliban

There’s an argument that only they have the clout to strike a deal with the Taliban. But there’s also anxiety that they can’t and won’t speak for the Afghanistan of 2021 including victims of war crimes, women’s activists, and broader civil society. 

There’s a jumble of peace plans from political rivals, including a grand blueprint from President Ashraf Ghani’s office. A High Council for National Reconciliation has to first reconcile competing perspectives in Kabul.

As for the Taliban, they’re still fixated on the US’s broken pledge to pull out completely by 1 May.

“Until all foreign forces completely withdraw from our homeland, the Islamic Emirate will not participate in any conference that shall make decisions about Afghanistan,” announced Taliban spokesman Dr Mohammed Naeem in a Twitter post a few hours after news of the US decision broke.

The conference in question now is a “high level and inclusive conference” hosted by Turkey, Qatar, and the United Nations, set for Istanbul on 24 April. It’s a crucial piece in the Biden administration’s new Afghan jigsaw. The UN is being brought centre stage as efforts are stepped up to jump-start peace talks as well as forge a consensus among regional powers, each with their own Afghan proxies. 

In the Gulf state of Qatar, where teams of Taliban and Afghan government negotiators have been meeting on and off since September, some Taliban were heard using the English idiom “the ball’s now in our court” in reaction to news of a delayed US pullout. They’ve always insisted they’re in pursuit of peace.

“The Taliban leadership has shown no sign of wanting peace, and every sign of wanting to pursue a route to power through war,” assesses Kate Clark, Co-Director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. 

The traditional “fighting season” looms amid reports of a blistering Taliban campaign in store; Afghan government forces are also braced for battle. 

“Who preserves the gains of the last 20 years if there’s worsening civil war or where the Taliban capture territory?” asks Clark. “Where there’s conflict, freedoms evaporate; where the Taliban rule they are as authoritarian as before, and few girls go to school above primary age in Taliban-controlled areas.”

Mindful of this hot button issue, the US is at pains to point it will “work with other countries using diplomatic, economic, and humanitarian tools to protect the gains made by Afghan women”.

“Biden wants to get out of the Afghan war, but not Afghanistan,” says Asey of the Institute of War and Peace Studies in an effort to present a brave face at this pivotal juncture.

As the US seeks to “close the book” on its longest war, Afghan minds are now sharply focused on the next chapter of their own longer war without end.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.14: 2021:

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: Several rockets hit residential areas in the early rush hour in the capital on Saturday, killing at least three civilians and wounding a dozen more, police officials said: The explosions, close to the diplomatic enclave, sent warning sirens blaring from embassies and it comes two days before a major donor conference in Geneva #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said three civilians had been killed in the attack and 11 wounded: But a health ministry official said five bodies and 21 injured were taken to the hospital from the incident: Arian said “terrorists” mounted the rockets in a small truck and set them off, adding that the investigation is going on to find out how the vehicle came inside the city:

Rocket attack on Kabul hit residential areas killing at least three civilians and wounding a dozen more according to Reuters on Saturday …

Reuters Wire News, [Nov 21, 2020 at 09:35] https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/48294

Some residents filmed when the rockets were firing and posted them on social media. Several pictures circulating on Facebook showed damaged cars and a hole in the side of a building:

#Taliban insurgents, fighting against a foreign-backed Kabul administration, denied involvement in the attack: Since peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban stalled, attacks by the Taliban and other extremist groups have been on the rise, especially in the capital that is home to more than five million Afghans.

Early this month, several gunmen stormed Kabul University campus and killed at least 35, most of them students and wounded more than 50: The attack was claimed by the Islamic State militant group: https://acenewsservices.wordpress.com/2020/11/02/kabul-afghanistan-just-in-at-least-19-people-killed-and-another-22-wounded-after-militants-stormed-the-capitals-largest-university-on-monday-that-ended-after-hours-with-security-forces-gunfight-a/?preview=true

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: At least 19-people killed and another 22-wounded after militants stormed the capitals largest university on Monday that ended after hours with security forces gunfight after on of the militants blew up his explosives interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian told AFP #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.02: The #Taliban said they were not involved in today’s incident at Kabul University, but several education centres have been attacked over the years by extremist groups such as Islamic State (IS): Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramerz told AFP most of those killed were students: Hamid Obaidi, a spokesman for the ministry of higher education, told AFP the attack started when government officials were arriving for the opening of an Iranian book fair organised at the campus: Gunmen stormed the facility, sending hundreds fleeing and scrambling over walls of the campus as they tried to escape the firing, witnesses said: Afghan security forces later surrounded the area, cordoning off all roads that led to the university, witnesses and an AFP correspondent reported: “The attack is over, but sadly 19 people have been killed and 22 more wounded,” interior spokesman Arian said on Twitter:

Attack at university in Afghanistan’s capital leaves at least 19 dead and 22-injured AFP reported:

‘ Policemen stand guard at an entrance gate of the Kabul University in Afghanistan

Sources told TOLOnews that there were three attackers. According to the report, an explosion and gunfire occurred when Afghan and Iranian officials were opening a book exhibition.

The outlet posted photos of students being evacuated from the campus.

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Students spoke of chaos and confusion. “We were studying inside our classrooms when suddenly we heard a burst of gunfire inside the university,” said Fraidoon Ahmadi, 23, adding that he and several other students were besieged for more than two hours before being rescued: “We were very scared and we thought it could be the last day of our lives… boys and girls were shouting, praying and crying for help.”

About 800 students were in the social sciences faculty where he was studying: “I have no words to express how we survived today’s attack by gunmen on our university,” he added:

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: At least seven policemen have been killed on Thursday night and a number of #Taliban Militants have been also been killed but have not commented on the recent attack according to a source #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.25: According to the source, the attack took place last night in the Takht-e-Pul district of the southern Afghan province. In total, seven policemen were pronounced dead and four more suffered injuries: Several militants were also killed in the clashes, although the exact number has yet to be confirmed, the source said:

At least seven policemen killed in ‘ Takht-e-Pul ‘ on Thursday night that also killed an unconfirmed number of #Taliban militants

The latest attack follows in the wake of an incident two weeks ago that left seven other law enforcement officers dead in the same area: During the attack, four insurgents stormed a checkpoint before fleeing with weapons: The Taliban have not commented on the latest attack: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-security-paris/four-stabbed-in-paris-attack-suspect-arrested-officials-idUSKCN26G1JZ

Armed clashes and bomb blasts continue to impact Afghanistan despite the ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatar: And the Taliban have not commented with both sides have reportedly stated their willingness to work toward a lasting ceasefire, although US officials have reiterated calls over recent days for both sides to reduce the violence:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Sept.25: 2020:

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) #Taliban leader says the group is ‘on the threshold of establishing an ‘Islamic government’ in the country #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.02: This is happening while mainstream analysts continue to insist that groups such as the #Taliban have nothing to do with Islam. The global jihad never tires, never stops. After 1400 years, this should be abundantly clear. In seeking its own interests while attempting to humiliate the United States, the Taliban leader Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada “asserted that the group was ‘on the threshold of establishing an Islamic government’ in the war-ravaged country.” Jihadis (stealth and violent alike) seek every opportunity to conquer: This is not to imply that American troops should be everywhere. America and other Western countries however, need to be more astute about the spread of jihad and its ruthlessness, and above all about the fact that it is governed by normative Islamic doctrine:

“Taliban leader urges US to comply with peace deal,” by Shadi Khan Saif, Anadolu Agency, July 20, 2020:

The Taliban leader on Tuesday hailed the beginning of the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, and urged the US to abide by the peace agreement signed earlier this year.

Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, in his Eid al-Adha message, urged the US “not create obstacles for ending of the longest war in American history with unwarranted remarks and propaganda.”

The supreme leader of the insurgents said extending the 10-day prisoner exchange process to four months, existence of black lists, and carrying out drone strikes and bombardments on “unjustifiable grounds do not serve the interests of anyone.”

He asserted that the group was “on the threshold of establishing an Islamic government” in the war-ravaged country.

The message was published on the group’s propaganda website, al-Emarah, in Dari, Pashto, Urdu and English languages….

AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.02: 2020:

(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: Mosque prayer leader killed by #Taliban for announcing the funeral service of a police officer according to Baghlan Police HQ said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.23: The Taliban militants killed the prayer leader of a mosque for making an announcement regarding the funeral service of an Afghan police. [sic] Jawid Basharat, a spokesperson for Baghlan Police Headquarters, said the #Taliban militants killed the prayer leader in Dand-e Ghori district of Baghlan:

Muslims murder mosque prayer leader for announcing the funeral service of a police officer Taliban kill prayer leader of a mosque for announcing funeral of an Afghan police,” Khaama Press, June 21, 2020 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Bashar further added that the militants tortured the prayer leader by brutally beating him: He also added that the prayer leader succumbed to the injuries which he had sustained due to the brutal beating and torture by Taliban militants….

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: June.23: 2020:

(KABUL, Afghanistan.) #PeaceTalks Latest: Ghani urged the #Taliban on Sunday to end violence and talk directly to his government after Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he had cancelled a planned meeting with the insurgent group over a draft peace accord blaming it on killing of another American soldier and 11-other people after attack on military base last week #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged the #Taliban on Sunday to end violence and talk directly to his government after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he had canceled a planned meeting with the insurgent group over a draft peace accord:“Real peace will come when Taliban agree to a ceasefire,” Ghani’s officials said in a statement in response to Trump’s cancellation of the secret peace talks.

Trump unexpectedly announced on Saturday that he had canceled peace talks with the Taliban’s “major leaders” at a presidential compound in Camp David, Maryland after the group claimed responsibility for an attack in Kabul last week that killed an American soldier and 11 other people: U.S. diplomats have been talking with Taliban representatives for months seeking to agree to a plan to withdraw thousands of American troops in exchange for security guarantees by the Taliban.

A source close to the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan said the group will hold a meeting to discuss all aspects of ongoing negotiations before issuing a statement: “Trump’s tweets do not clarify if the deal has been cancelled, he has just called-off the talks at this stage,” the source said.

The Taliban have rejected calls for a ceasefire and stepped up assaults in recent weeks: As negotiators reached a draft accord last week, Taliban fighters, who now control more territory than at any time since the war started in 2001, were launching assaults on the northern cities of Kunduz and Pul-e Khumri. They claimed responsibility for two major suicide bombings in the capital Kabul.

Trump’s surprise announcement left in doubt the future of a draft peace accord worked out last week by Zalmay Khalilzad, the special U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan: Under the accord some 5,000 U.S. troops would be withdrawn over the coming months in exchange for guarantees Afghanistan would not be used as a base for militant attacks on the United States and its allies.

A full peace agreement to end more than 18 years of war would depend on “intra Afghan” talks involving officials and civil society leaders as well as further agreement on issues including the remainder of the roughly 14,000-strong U.S. forces as well as thousands of other NATO troops: However the Taliban have so far refused to talk to the Afghan government, which they consider an illegitimate “puppet” regime.

Nine former U.S. ambassadors last week had warned that Afghanistan could collapse in a “total civil war” if Trump withdraws all U.S. forces before the Kabul government and the Taliban conclude a peace settlement: A spokesman for Ghani said Trump’s decision to cancel talks at a time when the Taliban continue to mount attacks proved the concerns expressed by the Afghan government about the deal were acknowledged: “The peace talks provided an opportunity to the Taliban to embrace political life,” Sediq Sediqqi told reporters in Kabul: “We (the Afghan government) expected an outcome leading to a ceasefire and holding direct talks with the Taliban but we did not see any real effort from their (Taliban) end,” he said.

Trump said on Saturday that he had also planned to meet with Afghanistan’s president, who has been sidelined from the talks, but Sediqqi did not confirm a meeting was planned: Ghani’s office said in a statement it was committed to working together with the United States and allies for a “dignified and long-lasting peace”, and emphasized the holding of the presidential election this month: Ghani is seeking a second tenure in elections scheduled for Sept. 28, but the Taliban want the elections to be canceled as a precondition to signing a peace accord with the Americans: The statement said a lasting peace required “a strong, legitimate and a legal government through the upcoming elections to take the ongoing peace process forward.”……The Taliban’s strategy of fresh assaults appears to be based on the assumption that battlefield success would strengthen their hand in future negotiations with U.S and Afghan officials: Some of their field commanders have also said they are determined not to surrender gains when they are close to victory, suggesting the leadership is under internal pressure not to concede a ceasefire.

The warring sides have held nine rounds of peace talks in Qatar’s capital city Doha aimed at ending America’s longest war, which began with a U.S. invasion triggered by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York, that al Qaeda launched from then Taliban-ruled Afghanistan: Almost 4,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first half of 2019 in the war against militant groups, including a big increase in the number of casualties caused by government and foreign forces, the United Nations said in July.

Western diplomats and senior Afghan security experts said the resurrection of talks depends on the Taliban’s stance following Trump’s decision: “I don’t see any particular alternative than negotiations… Nobody wants to go for a bad deal that could pave the way for a civil war,” said Tamim Asey, a former chief of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency.

#AceNewsDesk reports ………….Published: Sept.08: 2019: Reuters: Writing by Rupam Jain, James Mackenzie in Kabul, Editing by Michael Perry and Ros Russell

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: #Taliban suicide bombers in four Humvee’s killed at least 19-people in an attack on a government office on Saturday night, officials said, in the latest episode of violence as ‘ Peace Talks ‘ continue to end the war but many do not want peace with bombings increasing across the country daily #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.30: Election workers were registering voters ahead of presidential elections in September at an office in the Maroof district of the southern Kandahar province when fighters of the hardline Islamist group launched an attack using four Humvee vehicles, officials said: Eight election workers were killed, they said: Eleven Afghan security force members were also killed alongside the four suicide bombers, said Tadeen Khan, the police chief of Kandahar.

The #Taliban, which rejects the election process, claimed responsibility for the attack: Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the group’s fighters also killed 57 members of the Afghan security forces in the attack and captured 11 others, but Afghan officials disputed the account.

The interior ministry in a statement said 25 Taliban insurgents were killed in the clash: The Taliban, which controls or contests half the country, more than at any time since being overthrown by the U.S. invasion in 2001, has rejected calls for a ceasefire.

Fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces has intensified even as leaders of the Taliban and U.S. officials hold peace talks in Qatar to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan: In a separate attack, Taliban fighters killed eight Afghan soldiers and injured eight others at a military checkpoint in Balabulak district in the western province of Farah, a local official said: Mahmood Naemi, the deputy chief of the Farah council, said the clashes ended after Afghan forces launched air strikes: “Many Taliban fighters were killed in the air strike,” said Naemi: In the northern province of Takhar, over 600 villagers fled as Taliban fighters seized large areas of the province during heavy fighting in recent days, government officials said.

The pace of talks between the United States and Taliban in Doha has sped up as Afghanistan heads for presidential elections on September 28: Qatar’s government, which is mediating the peace process between the United States and the Taliban, on Sunday said the two sides discussed the withdrawal of foreign troops, preventing militants from using Afghanistan to harm the United States or other countries and a comprehensive ceasefire: “They (U.S. and Taliban) also stressed the mutual desire of both sides to move quickly and make tangible progress,” the ministry said.

About 20,000 foreign troops, most of them American, are in Afghanistan as part of a U.S.-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces. Some U.S. forces carry out counter-terrorism operations: The Taliban wants a complete withdrawal of foreign forces before they hold talks with the Afghan government or declare a ceasefire.

Reporting by Sarwar Amani in Kandahar, Storay Karimi, Jalil Ahmad Rezayee in Herat, Writing by Rupam Jain; Editing by Deepa Babington

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(QATAR, UAE.) JUST IN: Afghanistan’s Taliban opened a new round of peace talks Monday with U.S. the insurgent group said: A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the two-day meeting in Doha will continue on Tuesday: The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan political reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, is leading the U.S. delegation #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.22: Following American acceptance of the agenda of ending the invasion of Afghanistan and preventing Afghanistan from being used against other countries in the future, talks with American representatives took place today in Doha, the capital of Qatar: The session will also continue tomorrow (Tuesday), Mujahid said: The meeting was originally set to take place in Pakistan where Khalilzad had stayed for several days before traveling to Qatar: Sources said #Taliban officials refused to come to Islamabad unless the U.S. side agreed to discuss a withdrawal plan for U.S.-led foreign troops from Afghanistan: The uncertainty had led to speculation about a breakdown in the peace dialogue.Afghanistan’s Taliban opened a new round of peace talks Monday in Qatar with the United States, the insurgent group said #AceNewsDesk reports

In this photo released by the Foreign Office, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (L) receives U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 18, 2019.

In this photo released by the Foreign Office, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (L) receives U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 18, 2019.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who undertook a day-long visit to Islamabad on Sunday, dismissed suggestions the dialogue with the Taliban was faltering and also praised Pakistan’s effort to help the Afghan peace process: The South Carolina Republican senator, who is considered close to President Donald Trump, spoke after a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan.

I can tell you the fact that the effort that was made is good: It is going to take a while. I talked with Prime Minister Khan and I think he is going to deliver a message that would be very helpful,” Graham said. He did not elaborate.

Monday’s U.S.-Taliban talks came as Prime Minister Khan also arrived in Doha for official meetings with the Qatari leadership: Diplomatic sources say Khan is likely to make contact with Taliban officials during the visit to encourage them to help in negotiating a political resolution to the Afghan war.

After ending his visit to Pakistan on Sunday, Ambassador Khalilzad sounded upbeat about the future of Afghan peace talks, saying he had “good meetings” in Islamabad: “I appreciate their [Pakistan’s] hospitality and resolve to push for Afghan peace. We’re heading in the right direction with more steps by Pakistan coming that will lead to concrete results,” the Afghan-born chief U.S. negotiator said.

U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham gives a press conference at the U.S. Embassy after meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 20, 2019.

U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham gives a press conference at the U.S. Embassy after meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 20, 2019.

Senator Graham, in his press conference Sunday, noted Pakistan was taking significant steps under Khan’s leadership to promote Afghan peace and regional security: He also praised Pakistan’s effort to fence the 2,600-kilometer largely porous border the country shares with Afghanistan to deter cross-border terrorism.

“I am going to go back and talk to President Trump about my meeting with Prime Minister Khan and I am going to urge him to meet with the prime minister as soon as practical,” said Graham: “ Prime Minister Khan was criticized over the past 10 or 20 years about talking about reconciliation with the Taliban. He was right.”

Before coming to power last July, Khan had consistently called for the U.S. to engage the Taliban in peace talks rather than using military power to end the Afghan war: His critics would call him “Taliban Khan” for demanding and supporting reconciliation with the Islamist Afghan Taliban.

Source: VOA.Org/ Published: January.21: 2019:

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