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Over 20 security forces killed in Taliban attacks | TIME ONLINE

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In two attacks, the radical Islamic Taliban more than 20 security forces killed in Afghanistan. In an attack near a police headquarters in northeastern Takhar province, 14 people died late Sunday evening, officials said, including a civilian. Six soldiers were killed in attacks on checkpoints in the southern province of Sabul. The Interior Ministry also spoke of an attack with a magnetic bomb in the capital Kabul. Four people were injured.

“If we don’t get support, the district can fall into the hands of the enemy,” said Mohammad Omar, Governor of Takhar. At the time of the attack, a wedding party was taking place in the building under attack. However, the police prevented the attackers from reaching them. According to a provincial council in Takhar, the fighting lasted at least seven hours.

The Taliban in the northern province of Badakhshan had already taken control of a district on Saturday. Several security forces should have given up their checkpoints, a provincial council reported last weekend.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the attacks. The militia quickly denied involvement in the attack on a Sikh temple by terrorists from the “Islamic State” last Wednesday. Despite the signing of a peace agreement between the US and the Taliban at the end of February to end their years of armed conflict, violence has continued in Afghanistan again on the rise: the insurgents carried out dozens of attacks across the country, in which Afghan forces and civilians were killed.

Numerous attacks despite peace agreement

So the Taliban have the US news blog Long War Journal claimed over 400 attacks in the past month. However, the actual number of attacks is likely to be higher because the militia is not committed to every attack. Accordingly, the Taliban has carried out attacks in 31 of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan since the peace agreement was concluded.

Attempts at peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government have recently been unsuccessful. Several attempts to exchange prisoners were also unsuccessful. According to the agreement, the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners is a prerequisite for peace negotiations with the government. The Taliban recently refused to negotiate because they did not accept the composition of the government delegation. A Taliban spokesman criticized that she had not “represented all Afghan interests”.

The agreement between USA and Taliban is said to ensure peace in Afghanistan, which has been at war since the 2001 US-led invasion that overthrew the Taliban that had ruled since 1996. In addition to intra-Afghan peace talks, it also provides for the withdrawal of all US troops stationed in the country.

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