AFGHANISTAN. Around 57 members of the Afghan security forces were killed on Monday in overnight clashes with Taliban fighters across Afghanistan. Many officers were also injured in the clashes. This incident happened almost a week after Afghanistan and the Taliban began their peace talks in Doha.
Afghanistan and the Taliban’s peace talks in Doha
Negotiating teams representing the Afghanistan and Taliban government have been meeting in Doha since September 12. However, little progress has been made in the peace talks among the two sides. The Afghanistan government were interested in a ceasefire and many international countries agreed with the decision. However, the Taliban rejected the entire idea of a ceasefire in Afghanistan.
Clashes between the two parties in Afghanistan
The bloodiest clashes started on Sunday night in the central province of Uruzgan. 24 members of the Afghan security forces were brutally killed by the Taliban fighters on Sunday. Clashes and casualties were also reported in the provinces of Takhar, Helmand, Kapisa, Balkh and Kunduz in Afghanistan.
Three members belonging to Afghanistan’s spy organization were taken hostage by the Taliban in Balkh. The Taliban did not confirm any casualties on their side. However, it is believed that around 80 men from their group were killed during the clashes.
According to the statement of Tariq Arian, spokesman of Afghanistan, Taliban attacks had killed 98 civilians and injured 230 others in the last two weeks. Over 24 provinces in Afghanistan were affected by these attacks.
Taliban continues to reject a ceasefire even after getting pressurized by international countries. The two sides are not on the same page on most of the matters. The meetings between these parties have been unable to make it past the debate phase.