Afghan officials: Taliban attack kills 30 troops - 8/15/2018 2:03:08 AM

Pauline Gross
August 17, 2018

FILE - Smoke rises from a residential area where gun battle is going on between Taliban and Afghan forces in Ghazni province, Afghanistan Aug. 10, 2018.

The UNs special envoy to Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, said: "Reports indicate that the death toll in Ghazni is high, including government forces, Taliban fighters and civilians".

The Taliban pushed deep into the strategic city about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the capital, Kabul.

Afghan troops backed by U.S. air support have struggled to push the insurgents from Ghazni, which lies just two hours south of Kabul by road, since the assault began late Thursday.

"The Taliban's attack against Ghazni city, and the subsequent fighting in densely populated urban spaces, has again caused bad suffering to civilians caught in the conflict".

Security forces were on patrol and no militants were in sight in the centre of the shattered city, with fighting seeming to have ceased.

Sporadic clashes are continuing, O'Donnell said. Fared Mashal, the provincial police chief.

Meanwhile, more than 220 Taliban guerrillas were killed by US airstrikes over Ghazni, according to United States Forces-Afghanistan. Two have been killed, he said, with one remaining.

About 1,000 additional troops were sent to Ghazni, Bahrami said. For two days we had no water and no food.

Afghan volunteers carry a dead body on a stretcher to a hospital.

Their son and two daughters were wounded by shrapnel from an airstrike on the Taliban near a mosque.

More than 100 security forces, apart from the Ghazni fatalities, have been killed in a series of attacks in the past few days in Afghanistan.

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The U.N. expressed concern for the civilians caught up in the fighting.

"In the explosion 37 people were killed, more than 40 injured", he said, adding that the "absolute majority" of them had been students.

AIHRC also said substantial damage was caused to government property while large scale damage was caused to private property, with many homes and businesses having been looted.

"Therefore (Taliban) announces the withdrawal of the security commitment that it had given to the International Red Cross for their activities in Afghanistan".

A Ghazni resident, Ahmad Shafi who traveled by bus to Kabul, told Arab News: "People are exhausted, frightened and have no confidence in the government". Mohammad said locals were coming out of Ghazni and military convoys were heading in.

The attack came a day after the Taliban seized a key ANA base in the neighboring Faryab province, killing and capturing dozens of soldiers.

Afghanistan's Western-backed government in Kabul has been struggling to fend off the Taliban and other militant groups since the withdrawal of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in 2014. It comes before another cease-fire was expected to start next week to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as USA officials talk up hopes for peace. Washington neither confirmed nor denied the meeting, but acknowledged Wells was in Qatar, where the Taliban maintain an office.

It said that it would no longer "guarantee the protection of their lives and property until they come to an agreement with (The Taliban) to correct their actions".

The attacker appeared to target the Mawoud education centre, which specialises in preparing students for university exams in the western part of the city, officials said.

Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. Although Kabul is also supplied from Pakistan, the trade route to Iran and the Gulf supplies the northern half or the country with many essentials. The group is now at its strongest since 2001 and the USA "war on terror" has failed, geopolitical analyst Ali Rizk told RT.

The city, which serves as a gateway to Kabul, nearly fell to the insurgents after a major onslaught that sparked five days of intense fighting.

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