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Security officials reported the killing and injuries of 40 Taliban insurgents including 3 commanders of the group in Faryab province.
As a result of commando forces operation in surrounding of Qala Wali in Ghormach district of Farah, 25 15 Taliban insurgents including Haji Mullah in charge of military commission of the group for Ghormach and three commanders were killed and 15 others were wounded, Special Operations Corps said in a statement on Wednesday.
Special Corps stressed that the operation is ongoing.
Meanwhile, Faryab province has witnessed commando operation in past 24 hours in one of which nearly 30 Taliban insurgents were killed and injured in Khwaja Sabz Posh district.
Afghanistan’s parliamentarians got involved in yet another brawl amid a standoff over the appointment of a new speaker on Wednesday .
Some MPs were seen fighting each other near the speaker’s seat while others pulled down the speaker’s desk. The clash happened after supporters Mir Rahman Rahmani took him to the speaker’s seat.
Rahmani ran for the speakership of the Lower House last month with his rival being Kamal Nasir Osoli and was declared winner by his supporters, but his opponents said he had not secure the minimum majority of the votes.
MPs are considering a previously-deemed invalid ballot that would favour Rahmani for review, but they are divided whether it should be done through card check or secret ballot.
Security officials reported the killing and injuries of 28 Taliban insurgents in Faryab province.
Special Operations Corps said in a statement on Wednesday that, as a result of commando forces operation in Tapa Qashlaq in Khwaja Sabz Posh district of Faryab, 15 Taliban insurgents including Haji Sayedee known as Mobarez the deputy shadow district governor of Taliban for the district were killed and 13 others were wounded.
Two ammunition depot and a network of Taliban tunnel were also destroyed in the operation, as per the statement.
According to Special Corps Operations, 30 drums of anti-vehicle mines and two suicide vests were seized by security forces.
The statement further added that, the special forces defused 30 roadside bombs and two suicide bombing vests.
Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullab Mohib met with Uzbekistan NSA Viktor Makhmudov in Ufa today, as per ONSC Press.
They discussed ways to strengthen cooperation on border security, improving law enforcement capabilities and health cooperation.
NSA Mohib also met with Iranian NSA Ali Shamkhani in Ufa today and they discussed regional peace and security.
NSA Mohib called for coordinated and collective efforts to address regional challenges. They also discussed the upcoming six-party meeting being held in the future.
A rocket landed in the compound housing the headquarters of several global oil companies, including US giant ExxonMobil, in Iraq’s southern city of Basra, wounding two local workers, police said.
The rocket hit the Burjesia residential and operations headquarters west of the city, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
The incident follows attacks on commercial tankers in the Persian Gulf that the US has claimed were carried out by Iran. The government in Tehran denies responsibility.
The United States evacuated hundreds of diplomatic staff from its Baghdad embassy last month, citing unspecified threats from Iran against US interests in neighbouring Iraq, where Tehran supports some Shi’ite militias.
Wednesday’s incident came just as Exxon staff who were also evacuated after the diplomats’ departure had begun to return to Basra.
Resolute Support Commander Gen Austin Scott Miller has visited Helmand province on Tuesday.
Gen Miller was accompanied by key Afghan security officials as well to the province.
The purpose of his visit was to review a security situation in the province, much like his visit to several other provinces this month.
Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mobih met with his Chinese counterpart Guo Shengkun in Ufa, as per the ONSC Press.
They discussed ways to strengthen bilateral security cooperation, regional counterterrorism efforts, integration, and regional connectivity.
Representatives from the mentioned countries also reaffirmed their support for an Afghan-led, owned, and controlled peace process.
NSA Mohib thanked them for supporting the Afghan peace process and called on all parties to form a coalition for peace in Afghanistan.
On the sideline of Ufa Security Summit, Afghan NSA Mohib attended the six-party security meeting today.
National Security Advisors & representatives from Afghanistan, India, Russia, China, Pakistan & Iran discussed the Afghan peace process & regional cooperation.
Pakistan on Tuesday signed three loan agreements worth a total of USD 918 million with the World Bank, its Prime Minister Imran Khan’s adviser on finance has said as the cash-strapped country tries to overcome a ballooning balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple its economy.
Last month, Pakistan reached an agreement in principle with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a three-year, USD 6 billion bailout package aimed at shoring up its finances and strengthening a slowing economy.
Meanwhile, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said it is holding meetings with Pakistan on loans.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter that as they prepare for the next round of talks with the Taliban, it is important to remember that they seek a comprehensive peace agreement, not a withdrawal agreement.
”A comprehensive peace agreement is made up of four inter-connected parts: counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan negotiations that lead to a political settlement; and a comprehensive & permanent ceasefire. This is a framework which the Taliban accept”, Khalilzad affirmed.
He added that he has said on numerous occasions that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”.
Khalilzad has emphasised on the above points several times during or before and after he has held talks with the Taliban. He is set to have another round of talks with Taliban this month.