Army officer, 5 militants killed in clashes in western Afghanistan

KABUL, Aug 8 (NNN-XINHUA) — An Afghan national army officer and five militants were killed during clashes in Afghanistan’s western province of Badghis, the country’s Ministry of Defense confirmed on Saturday.

“On Friday evening, the Taliban insurgents tried to attack Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) position in Bala Murghab district, Badghis province. The ANDSF thwarted the vicious plan, killing five militants and injuring 12 others,” the ministry said in a statement.

Afghan forces retake prison after deadly attack by IS group

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group stormed a prison in eastern Afghanistan in a daylong siege that left at least 39 people dead, including the assailants, and freed nearly 400 of their fighters before security forces restored order, a government official said Monday.

The attack underscored that the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan is still a formidable presence, and it highlighted the challenges ahead as U.S. and NATO forces begin to withdraw following Washington’s peace deal with the Taliban.

Mass jailbreak in Afghanistan, at least 24 die in Islamic State attack

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A gunbattle between Islamic State fighters and Afghan security forces raged at a prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, with at least 24 people killed after the militants’ overnight assault led to a mass jailbreak.

The attack began on Sunday evening with car bomb detonated at the entrance to the prison, and there were numerous other blasts heard as the IS gunmen opened fire on security guards.

8 civilians killed, 30 injured in car bomb blast in E. Afghanistan: official

KABUL, July 30 (Xinhua) -- At least eight civilians were killed and 30 others wounded when a car bomb explosion took place in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province on Thursday evening, spokesman of the Interior Ministry confirmed.

"The incident occurred at 7:40 p.m. local time in Sharwal Square of Pul-e-Alam city, capital of Logar. The initial information indicated that eight civilians were martyred and 30 wounded," spokesman Tariq Arian tweeted.

Several children were among the victims.

US welcomes Afghan ceasefire, urges quick start to talks

KABUL, July 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The United States welcomed a new ceasefire between Afghanistan’s government and Taliban insurgents, and voiced hope that they can quickly open talks.

“I welcome the announcements of an Eid ceasefire. Afghans deserve to celebrate the holiday in peace,” said Ross Wilson, the top US diplomat stationed in Kabul.

“I look forward to both sides fulfilling their commitments and moving quickly to intra-Afghan negotiations,” he wrote on Twitter.

Taliban push to control private companies, aid agencies in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban wants all private companies and aid organisations operating in Afghanistan to register with the hardline Islamists, officials from the group said.

The order was issued last week and comes as the Afghan government and Taliban officials prepare to engage in intra-Afghan talks aimed at ending the fighting in the war-torn country.

U.S. envoy condemns Afghan airstrikes against Taliban as civilians among 45 killed

HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan government forces killed 45 people, including civilians, in airstrikes against Taliban fighters in a western province bordering Iran on Wednesday, drawing condemnation from the U.S. envoy trying to start peace talks involving all sides.

“In Herat, photos and eyewitness accounts suggest many civilians including children are among the victims of an Afghan airstrike. We condemn the attack and support an investigation,” U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on Twitter, adding that the United States also “deplored” recent Taliban attacks.

Afghanistan: Families step in at Kabul COVID-19 ward to care for patients

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The intensive care unit at the Afghan capital’s premier hospital for COVID-19 patients is a medical nightmare — and a stark warning how the country’s war-ravaged health care system risks collapsing.

Family members, without protective equipment and only a few wearing face masks, help care for the patients lying in hospital beds. They say they have no choice because there are not enough nurses and other medical staff.

Taliban attack on Afghan government compound kills 10, wounds dozens

KABUL/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Reuters) - Taliban militants clashed with security forces following a car bomb blast at a government compound in northern Afghanistan on Monday, killing ten people and wounding dozens more, officials said.

The attack took place at a government facility in Samangan province’s capital Aybak close to an office of the National Security Directorate, the main intelligence agency.

“It’s a complex attack that started with a car bomb,” said Mohammad Sediq Azizi, a spokesman for the provincial government.

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