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40-plus Taliban killed in retaliatory air raids by Afghan forces amid peace talks

Kabul: Afghan Air Force carried out attacks on Taliban locations in the country’s northeast which have killed at least 43 so far. The dead include 30 Taliban terrorists and 13 civilians. The attacks of the Afghan Air Force launched on Taliban locations as talks between the Afghan government, and the Taliban are underway, are believed to serve as a warning. A few days ago, the Taliban had assured they would stop attacks on Afghan forces.  

हवाई हल्लेOn Saturday, the Afghan Air Force launched pounding attacks on secret terrorist hideouts in Khanabad district in the Kunduz province. The operation was executed in two phases. In the first phase, the Afghan fighter jets destroyed the house of a Taliban terrorist and then the outpost outside it. The strikes are said to have claimed lives of nearly 40 terrorists, which also include two commanders. However, in an interview with an international media outlet, the MP representing the Kunduz province informed that the Afghan airstrike had killed 30 terrorists. Also, as per the minister’s claims, the second strike had hit 13 civilians, who were among those gathered at bomb site to take a look at the dead terrorists, while locals claim these included children as well.  

हवाई हल्लेPeace talks are being held in the Qatari capital Doha with mediation from the US between Afghanistan’s Gani government and the Taliban. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has asserted that the talks were slowly evolving towards the bright future of the country. At the same time, Khalilzad announced that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was committed towards the sovereignty of Afghanistan. On the sidelines of the peace talks, Afghanistan President Ashraf Gani had called on Taliban for a ceasefire. Nevertheless, despite peace talks, the Taliban warned that they would not stop attacks on Afghanistan security forces. In the hours that followed, the Taliban terrorists attacked the Afghanistan military. After that, the Afghan forces appear to have retaliated to the Taliban by carrying out air raids over its locations.  

Meanwhile, the Taliban has demanded establishing Islamic governance in Afghanistan during the Doha peace talks. Simultaneously, the Taliban also appears to have planned to revoke permissions granted to women in Afghanistan. Therefore, the people of Afghanistan are worried and have voiced fears over the Taliban’s return to power as it may regress the country by about two decades. Furthermore, reports revealed that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-e-Islami is willing to join hands with the Taliban. Turkish and Pakistani media published the information. 

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