Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani has stated the violence-hit nation’s state of affairs will see a change inside the subsequent six months as he emphasised that the safety of cities is his authorities’s precedence. Addressing a digital cupboard assembly, Ghani stated on Sunday the Taliban has develop into “more cruel and more oppressive” within the final twenty years.

“They have no wish for peace, for prosperity, or progress; we want peace but they want surrender (subdued people and government). They will not engage in meaningful negotiations unless the situation changes on the battlefield; therefore, we should have a clear stance. For this, there is a need for a countrywide mobilization,” Ghani was quoted as saying by information company ANI.

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Ghani’s feedback got here as Afghan forces fought and bombed Taliban fighters and positions on Sunday because the group mounted offensives in main cities throughout the nation. The Taliban additionally attacked the airport in Kandahar, the second-largest metropolis of Afghanistan and the previous stronghold of the insurgents, with at the very least three rockets in a single day with the group’s spokesperson saying that the goal was to thwart airstrikes performed by Afghan authorities forces.

“Kandahar airport was targeted by us because the enemy was using it as a centre to conduct airstrikes against us,” Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, informed Reuters.

Authorities suspended flights out of Kandahar after the rockets hit the runway partially damaging it. The flight operations have been restored later.

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Taliban fighters have additionally attacked at the very least two different provincial capitals, together with close by Lashkar Gah in Helmand and Herat within the province of the identical title. The authorities has stated that a whole bunch of Taliban terrorists have been killed by the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) throughout the nation. At least 200 hundred Taliban terrorists have been killed in an airstrike by a B-52 aircraft of the US air drive within the Herat province.

Afghanistan safety forces have lead operations and counter-attacks in opposition to the Taliban in Ghazni, Kandahar, Farah, Jowzjan, Balkh, Samangan, Helmand, Takhar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Kabul and Kapisa provinces.

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Ghani’s remarks additionally got here on the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) stated in a report that 1,677 civilians have been killed and three,644 injured within the first six months of this 12 months in 1,594 completely different safety incidents. “Important to note that the total number of civilian casualties in the first six months of 2020 was 2,957, including 1,213 killed and 1,744 injured,” AIHRC stated in a report. “A comparison of the above mentioned figures shows that civilian casualties have increased by 80 per cent in the first six months of 2021 compared with the first six months of 2020,” it added.

The Taliban has captured dozens of districts, seized extra land and brought management of key border crossings with neighbouring nations as US and Nato troops pull in a foreign country.


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