Afghan forces, Taliban continue to clash even as Afghanistan peace talks open in Qatar

Afghanistan peace talks clash

Afghanistan government and Taliban forces clash all over the Afghanistan hours after much awaited peace talks resumed in Doha, Qatar.

In the meeting, the difficult task of settling 19 years of dispute between both the Afghan parties was highlighted.

Peace talks had to begin much early between Kabul’s government and Taliban after the United States and Taliban agreement in February but began only over the weekend after months of postponement, caused in part by ongoing Taliban offensive strategy in the war-ravaged country.

“With the start of intra-Afghan talks we were expecting the Taliban to reduce the number of their attacks, but unfortunately their attacks are still going in high numbers,” Fawad Aman, a spokesman for the Afghan defence ministry said.

Representatives from different countries who spoke at the start of the peace talks urged the Taliban to instantly announce a truce before delegates sat down to find a solution to end 19 years of war in Afghanistan.

In the launching ceremony of peace talks in Qatar Taliban did not express anything regarding a possible ceasefire in Afghanistan.

The head of Afghanistan peace council Abdullah Abdullah revealed that the first issues which will be discussed while meeting with Taliban representatives are reduction in violence and a permanent truce between two parties

In the latest peace talks, a direct one on one meeting between the Taliban and Afghan government did not happen but according to Qatar’s state news agency Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar the political chief of Taliban and Abdullah Abdullah had met with the Qatari Ruler.

Fighting and clash persists in Afghanistan despite peace talks

It is reported that in the eve of the induction of the peace talks, the Taliban group had carried out around 18 attacks in different locations on Afghan’s forces in results heavy fatalities.

“We don’t have exact information about Taliban attacks on Saturday, but I can say the number of attacks has increased instead of decreased”.
The officials from Kapsia and Kunduz province confirmed the attack lead by the Taliban group on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid revealed that a rebel group attacked those Afghan forces who came for operation along a key highway in Kunduz.

Zabiullah also revealed that Afghan troops carried out airstrike along with artillery strikes in the province of Baghlan and Jowzjan on Saturday night.

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