Terrorism on it's spike
On 20th September 2020, almost 11 civilians were killed and more than 10 were wounded in twin issued a statement in accusing at least 40 civilians in the air raids, and no comments were passed out about the casualties among the fighters. On the other hand, the Defence Ministryair strikes on Saturday on a north-eastern Taliban base located in the province of Kunduz.
The Taliban of Kabul has reported that 40 Taliban fighters have been killed in the strikes, and didn’t inform about any civilian casualties. They further stated that an investigation was underway into the incident, which comes as the warring sites hold peace talks.
Different verdicts have been issued by different political heads. Fatima Aziz, a member of the Parliament who represents Kunduz stated that the Taliban base was hit by the first strike but the second one caused civilian casualties as they gathered at the bombed sites. The Defence Ministry of Kabul twitted that Taliban fighters attacked positions in Khan Abad district of Kunduz province.
The military issued a statement that they intercepted the attack in accordance with ‘active defense’ procedures, further noting the dead included two commanders. Fatima Aziz further added by saying that 11 civilians were killed and five people were missing in the Khan Abad district of Kunduz province.
According to another witness, the air raids killed 12 civilians, including children, and wounded 18 others and Taliban fighters were also among the dead. President Ashraf Ghani once again called for a humanitarian ceasefire for the protection of the citizens and in order to prevent violence and terrorist attacks to achieve dignified and long-lasting peace. Such requests have been ignored by the Taliban, though it has been unilaterally called two short, segregated truces to come up this year in the run-to-up peace talks.
Fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban has persisted even as representatives of the government and the armed group gathered in Qatar last week for historic peace talks aimed at ending about 20 years of war.
The negotiations are a result of a deal between the Taliban and the US signed in February, which also cleared the way for the withdrawal of all foreign forces by May 2021.