Taliban Militants Ambush And Kill Dozens Of Afghan Soldiers

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2018

The Taliban have launched their first attack on Afghan security forces since the militants ended the ceasefire they declared for the Eid festival.

The Taliban ended their three-day truce on Sunday night - when the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr ended.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Taliban are active in Badghis and have repeatedly claimed attacks against Afghan security forces there.

The Taliban moved in large numbers, striking the army positions from different directions, and "very brutally killed them all", Beg said.

Naqibullah Amini, spokesperson for the Badghis police, confirmed the death of 30 soldiers and said the Taliban killed four soldiers in separate attacks on security checkpoints in the same district.

The Taliban, ousted from power in 2001 by US-led troops, insist that any negotiations with what it calls the "puppet" Afghan government on a peace plan can begin only after talks with the United States about withdrawing foreign forces.

The government said it would continue to observe a unilateral ceasefire.

The government also called a ceasefire for the holiday and Taliban fighters headed into cities across the country over the weekend as both sides celebrated the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Analysts and western diplomats said Ghani's offer to hold unconditional peace talks set the stage for U.S. officials to open back-channel negotiations with the Taliban.

The Taliban are fighting to oust US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces combined and defeat Ghani's US-backed government to restore sharia, or Islamic law, after their ouster by US-led forces in 2001.

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