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It has been reported that Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib had taken part in the quarter meeting at Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
He was present among representatives from US, UAE, and Saudi Arabia.
The stakeholders and aides discussed on matters of security, stability and direct negotiations with Taliban.
The Quartet also reassured, as per media sources, that they are committed to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process for peace.
The minister of higher education has reported that normal situation in Kabul University has resumed, but has also announced that dorm will be closed until further decision.
Dr. Najibullah Khawja Omari published a Facebook post: “the conflict started on food turn between 2 individuals and then changed to group fight that has provided the ground for Political opportunists.”
He later clarified that the situation has been controlled thanks to security forces and ministry officials.
Najib Danish, the spokesperson to Ministry of Interior told Reporterly that the situation around Kabul University is under the control of police.
“Pursuing students conflict, Police Quick Reaction Unit entered the area and separated students who had a brawl,” he added.
Najib Danish also pointed that some students were superficially wounded as a result of encounter with wood and stones being
It has been reported that on Wednesday night, clashes broke out between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban militants in northern Kunduz province. This caused casualties both on the militants and the security forces as per the statement of Afghan military.
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in announced in a statement that the Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on security posts in Qala Zal district at around 3am local time on Thursday.
The attacks were launched in Gansh, Afghan Tapa, Tapi Afghan, and Mazar areas of the district. When the Afghan forces responded to the attacks, at least 13 militants and 16 others were wounded, added the statement.
4 commanders of the group identified as Mawlavi Khaksar, Qari Zabiullah, Ahmad Zia Waqari and Taliban’s Red Unit Commander Khalid were among those killed. The statement assures thy the local residents did not suffer any casalty during the clash but three armed forces embraced martyrdom and two others sustained injuries.
The National Directorate of Security has announced in a statement that Afghan intelligence agency has arrested a Taliban facilitator in Paktika province.
According to a statement NDS have arrested a weapon and ammunition facilitator of the Taliban insurgent group with 179 light weapons in Surobi district of Paktika.
The statement also added that a Taliban commander, known as Ayoubi, planned to “transfer 168 pistols, seven AK47s, four Dragunov sniper rifles, and 4000 ammunition from Pakistan to Ghazni province in order to plot terrorist attacks”.
The weapons were placed inside a Mazda truck which was full of woods, the statement concluded.
In the past 24 hours, the defense forces have launched 10 joint offensive and clearing operations, 96 special commando duties and 14 air strikes to eliminate enemy nests and halt threats created in different parts of the country as per a statement released by the Ministry of Defense. The statement also added that Air forces flew 95 flights to support the ANA, killing 44 insurgents and injuring 6 others.
According to the statement, the operation was launched with support of air strikes in Nangarhar, Ghazni, Paktia, Kandahar, Farah, Ghor, Balkh, Helmand and Nimroz provinces, which resulted in the deaths of 30 insurgents and destruction of 2 vehicles in Qarabagh and Malistan districts of Ghazni province, 4 insurgents have been killed In Chamtal district of Balkh province, and 4 other have been killed in the districts of Marjah and Gerashk in Helmand province.
In Koshrood district of Nimruz province, three militants were killed, one vehicle loaded with explosives and one motorcycle were captured.
Finally in Robat-e-Sangi district of Herat province, two insurgents were killed and two insurgents were injured in Charsada district of Ghor.
Reports indicate a clash between students at Kabul University has occurred.
Kabul police spokesman Basir Mojahed confirmed to Reporterly saying that: “first there was a verbal argument among the students, and then the clashes intensified. Police are currently in the area and have blocked the area”.
The conflict was said to have taken place in Kabul University dormitory.
A student from the Kabul University dormitory confirms that the clash started at 12:30 today in the dining line and is still ongoing.
He emphasized that the police intervened in the conflict and is trying to end the conflict with air shooting.
Security sources also confirmed the clash and said the police had launched an air shooting to disperse the students.
Officials from the Ministry of Higher Education have not spoken to reporters about the conflict yet. Ministry of Interior has confirmed to news media that the situation is under control now.
It has been reported by media sources that the Taliban has attacked Farah’s Khak-e Safid district Police Headquarters, as well as in the Bala Bolul district.
As a result, dozens of security forces have been killed.
Representatives of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, United States and Afghanistan, met in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to hold talks over measures to restore security and stability and accelerate the peace process in the south-central Asian country, as reported by the Emirates News Agency report.
The US Special Envoy for Peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, expressed his satisfaction over the conclusion of the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting are yet to be announced.
This comes after Mr Khalilzad postponed his Pakistan visit “for scheduling reasons.” The US embassy in Islamabad said that Khalilzad “anticipates returning to Pakistan in the near future.”
Earlier this week, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis expressed his gratitude to Qatar for its efforts in support of peace in Afghanistan and for being a “long-time friend and military partner” to the US and NATO.