Fierce Clashes Between Security Forces And Taliban in Kandahar

Kabul: Security officials in Kandahar province said that after a fierce battle between security forces and the Taliban on Tuesday night in the Spin Boldak district, the Vish market in the district has fallen to the Taliban.

The police chief of Spin Boldak district in Kandahar told Hashte Subh daily that parts of the township had fallen to the Taliban after Tuesday night’s fierce battle in the port of Vish between the Taliban and security forces. According to him, the war is currently going on in the areas between Vish Bazaar and Kandahar Spin boldak Port.

Meanwhile, he added, security forces are trying to regain the lost areas. The Taliban have issued a statement claiming that they have captured Spin boldak and that fighting is raging near the district police headquarters and that they have decided to take control of the police command building.

Also, Kandahar’s provincial police headquarters announced a one-week ban on motorcycles in Kandahar city from July 14, due to some serious security problems. The headquarters called on citizens to abide by the order to help ensure the city’s security.
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Meanwhile, the NDS arrested a weapons smuggler with three pistols, 10 magazines, a 303 rifle, 16 M6 bullets, and other items in Surkh Rod district, Nangarhar province.

Also, Laghman’s military council decided to arrest Alingar’s district governor, acting police chief, an army commander, and deputy NDS, for negligence towards their duty, who are now under interrogation in NDS custody. The civilian and military officials have handed over large quantities of ammunition and equipment to the Taliban. Previously, over 100 military personnel were arrested for negligence in the province. The Taliban recently captured Alingar district.

The ANDSF also arrested three in Kabul’s Qarabagh district and 2 in Logar’s Mohammad Agha district yesterday, for cooperating with the Taliban. The ANDSF also seized a motorcycle and some ammunition, as per the Ministry of Interior statement.

Meanwhile, talking to BBC, Bagram Air Base Commander Asadullah Kohistani said that the government has deployed about 4,000 Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel to guard the Base, following the withdrawal of foreign forces from there. During a recent visit to the Base, President Ghani ordered that the Sardar Mohamamd Daoud Khan National Military Hospital should be partially moved to Bagram Air Base. According to officials, protecting the Base and activating its hospital is Afghan government’s main priority.

In other news, Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, has told Sputnik that any attempt by the Taliban to undermine security in Central Asia would lead to grave consequences. “We are closely monitoring the situation [in Afghanistan]. But when the Taliban see that any attempt to undermine the security of our allies in Central Asia will be fraught with great losses for them, they will start behaving”, Kabulov said.

The diplomat noted that serious negotiations between the government and the Taliban should not be expected before the fall. “It seems to me that in reality, the parties will be ready for substantial, productive negotiations in the fall. Both sides have been preparing for war for too long and until, as they say, they don’t blow off the steam, it is difficult to count on something serious”, Kabulov said when asked if peace talks were expected any time soon.

According to him, the only way for the warring Afghan parties to break the political deadlock and end the violence was to form a transitional government. “Now, before it is too late, the sides should come to their senses and launch substantial negotiations, which will inevitably end with the establishment of a coalition provisional authority. A coalition with the participation of the Taliban. What percentage and in what proportion the Taliban will be represented is the business of the Afghans. Let them decide for themselves”, Kabulov said.

The envoy went on to say that the Afghan government and the Taliban must come to the table and agree on a transitional body that would not be elected but rather be the subject of an agreement between the two sides.

Such an authority, according to Kabulov, should exist for two or three years. “It is important that there is no power vacuum, no chaos in the country, there is a need for a joint authority that will end hostilities and begin solving problems before proceeding with the final determination of the future of Afghanistan and the future form of government. They must bring order back to the country and solve the issues of integrating the Taliban into society”, the diplomat said.

Afghanistan is witnessing an escalation of violence since the United States and its NATO allies began the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in recent weeks, in accordance with a deal between Washington and the radical movement, signed in February 2020.

On the other hand, Afghan MPs and female political activists held a videoconference with Japanese parliamentarians to continue their inter-parliamentary talks with other countries. Afghan Ambassador to Japan Shaida Mohammad Abdali emphasized on the importance of cooperation between Afghan and Japanese MPs, and called for the expansion of this cooperation in various fields to support the Afghan people’s achievements, particularly women’s, in the past two decades.

Acting Women’s Affairs Minister Hasina Safi, MPs Shinkai Karokhail, Rahima Jami, and Habiba Danish, and Deputy Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Zohra Motahar Ahmadzai appreciated Japan’s continued support to the Afghan people, referred to the plight of Afghan women in Taliban-controlled areas and their obstruction from work, education, and movement without a male guardian, and called for Japan’s support to the Afghan people, particularly to women, and added that Japan’s role in the success of the peace process is important. Japanese MPs expressed concern about the situation of Afghan women and assured Japan’s continued support to Afghanistan, particularly to women.

Meanwhile, the United Nations in Afghanistan is increasingly concerned with the number of reported serious human rights abuses and violations alleged in communities most affected by the ongoing military offensive across the country. “The reports of killing, ill-treatment, persecution and discrimination are widespread and disturbing, creating fear and insecurity. Those who carry out any such acts must be held accountable,” the statement added.

The UN reiterated that parties are obliged to respect the human rights and dignity of all Afghans, especially those of women and girls who have in the past been subjected to particularly acute forms of discrimination and called for peace talks to be re-invigorated in order for a negotiated settlement to be reached. It also called for all parties to announce an Eid ceasefire that can give Afghans a respite from the conflict and that may contribute to sustained and meaningful peace negotiations.

Also, a video of the killing of commandos surrendered by Taliban fighters has prompted a backlash from human rights groups. Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner, said, “This deeply disturbing footage offers a horrific insight into the increasingly desperate situation enveloping Afghanistan. What we are witnessing is the cold-blooded murder of surrendering soldiers – a war crime. This evidence suggests that the Taliban’s persistent claims to have changed their ways are predicated on a lie and completely undermines their claims that they will respect human rights in the peace process. The Afghan authorities should launch an immediate investigation into this reprehensible act in an attempt to bring those responsible to justice, however, should this fail the international community and the International Criminal Court must step in.”

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