The Afghan forces announced today that 35 Taliban were killed in an army raid in the eastern province of Nangarhar, while the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said that the international organization was making plans to confront the possibility of a rise in violence in Afghanistan when US forces withdraw.
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Afghanistan quoted the governor of Nangarhar province, Zia-ul-Haq Amrkhil, that 35 Taliban militants – including two leaders of the movement – were killed in an air strike carried out by Afghan forces. In the area of Bashir Agam, a cache of militants and a quantity of weapons were destroyed. The Taliban did not comment on what was reported by the ministry.
These developments come at a time when the battles are escalating between the Afghan forces and the Taliban, after the movement took control of dozens of areas in the north and west of the country in the past three weeks. From Afghanistan in early May.
35 #Taliban terrorists including 2 of their commanders were killed and 6 others were wounded in airstrikes conducted by #AAF in Pachir Agam district of #Nangarhar province, today.
Also, 1 enemy hideout & some amount of their weapons & amos were destroyed. pic.twitter.com/Wqh1w1T6nv
— Ministry of Defense, Afghanistan (@MoDAfghanistan) June 18, 2021
On the other hand, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in an interview with Agence France-Presse that the international organization is making plans to confront the possibility of a rise in violence in Afghanistan when the withdrawal of US forces from the country is completed on September 11.
Grandi expressed his understanding that international military operations such as those that took place in Afghanistan cannot continue indefinitely, but warned that the withdrawal of US forces and other forces as well is further evidence that violence may increase after that.
In a related context, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said that the goal of his country’s mediation in the Afghan crisis is a ceasefire, achieving Afghan consensus on the country’s future and power-sharing.
The Qatari minister added at the Antalya Diplomatic Conference (western Turkey) that unfortunately, there is no significant progress so far, and the minister stressed that what helps achieve peace in Afghanistan is the cessation of hostilities and belief in the political process, describing the Afghan crisis as complex and complex.
Afghanistan has been suffering a war since 2001, when an international military coalition, led by Washington, overthrew the Taliban regime because it was linked at the time to al-Qaeda, which adopted the September 11 attacks of the same year in the United States.