Taliban has launched attacks in northern Afghanistan, closing key highway between Kabul and northern Afghanistan. The attacks reflect Taliban’s efforts to pressurise on troops and police and not just in their strongholds in south and east Afghanistan.
The operation is being conducted by a division-size force supported by commandos, artillery, aviation and air force in the area that was infested with hideouts of the banned Lashkar-i-Islam, Jamaatul Ahrar and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.
Seventy Afghans were abducted from their village along the main highway in the south of the country, and at least seven were killed, police said, accusing the Taliban of the kidnappings.
The killing of Abu Sayed, the emir of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), marked the third time within a year that the terror group’s Afghanistan branch has lost its leader.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters, “The significance is you kill a leader of one of these groups and it sets them back … it is obviously a victory on our side in terms of setting them back, it is the right direction.”
Walters’ wife, Nichole Walters, was found dead in the driveway, with multiple gunshot wounds. A female friend of hers, who was living on the property, also was shot, suffering non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
He also said that Pakistan extends its support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and that matters pertaining to Afghanisthan were discussed during the visit of the US delegation headed by Senator John McCain. He instead blamed India saying that it was against peace in the war-torn country.
Afghanistan has accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency of supporting Haqqani network for orchestrating May’s deadly Kabul blast in which 100 people were killed and hundreds others were injured.
China will conduct the shuttle diplomacy between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during his visit to both the countries, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.
According to reports, Taliban insurgents first stormed a check post in Chesht district of the province and managed to get away with most of the security forces’ weapons at the check post, before attacking the dam, a spokesman for provincial police chief, Gelani Farhad said.
Afghanistan suicide blast: A police official said that people likely had gathered there to collect salaries ahead of the upcoming holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Over sixty were injured in the attack. No organisation has claimed responsibility as yet.
India enjoys close relations with Afghanistan, and both accuse common neighbour Pakistan of not doing enough to stop Islamist militants operating on its territory.
The cargo, worth about $5 million dollars, was the first in what officials from the two countries hope will be many flights allowing Afghan and Indian companies to bypass Pakistan
The attack on the base in the centre of the city of Gardez — part of the Taliban’s all-out assault during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan – was launched at 6:00 am.
A spokesperson for the NATO defense mission in Afghanistan confirmed that the incident took place at Camp Shaheen in the capital of Balkh province Mazar-e-Sharif.