Afghanistan Sees Bloodiest Week Since War Began

  • The attacks killed 291 soldiers and other security forces, and wounded 550 others.
  • The United Nations has criticized targeted attacks on health facilities and staff in Afghanistan amid the Coronavirus epidemic.
  • More than 28,000 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, and more than 580 deaths have been confirmed.

Despite plans for peace talks in Afghanistan, 841 Afghan security forces have been killed or wounded in the country in just one week. A total of 422 attacks were recorded in 32 provinces of Afghanistan, according to a report released by the Afghan National Security Council on Monday.

The Afghan peace process refers to both the proposals and negotiations in a bid to end the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Besides the United States, Afghanistan’s neighbors Pakistan, China and India, as well as Russia, play a part in facilitating the peace process.

The attacks killed 291 soldiers and other security forces, and wounded 550 others. The Afghan National Security Council has declared it the bloodiest week since the war in Afghanistan began.

“Taliban carried out 422 attacks in 32 provinces, martyring 291 ANDSF members and wounding 550 others. Taliban’s commitment to reduce violence is meaningless, and their actions inconsistent with their rhetoric on peace,” tweeted Javid Faisal, a spokesman for the NSC

The Afghan government does not usually publish information about the loss of its forces, but the National Security Council released statistics about it a week ago. An unidentified gunman killed two prosecutors, two colleagues, and their driver on Monday, according to a police spokesman. According to the report, the judicial authorities were on their way to a detention center in Bagram, north of Kabul, during the assassination attempt.

The Afghan government and the Taliban are planning peace talks to end the conflict in the country. Despite a brief ceasefire at the end of Ramadan, violence in the country has flared up again. The issue of the exchange of prisoners and detainees, which is supposed to help build trust between the two sides, has also stalled. “Without a reduction in violence, any peace agreement would be difficult and delayed,” the Afghan National Security Council said in a statement.

The United States signed an agreement with the Taliban on February 29 in Doha, Qatar, including the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan and the preparation of a platform for international peace talks.

As part of the agreement, up to 5,000 Taliban fighters will be released by the Afghan government in a prisoner exchange program, in exchange for the release of 1,000 people held captive by insurgents. The Afghan government did not participate in the agreement, which has led to tensions.

UN Criticism of Attack on Medical Centers

The United Nations has criticized targeted attacks on health facilities and staff in Afghanistan amid the Coronavirus epidemic. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said Sunday that twelve such attacks had been recorded between March 11 and May 23. According to the report, the Taliban were responsible for eight of the twelve attacks, and the Afghan security forces were responsible for three more.

One of the attacks, on a maternity hospital in Kabul in the last days of May, provoked widespread reactions. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. On May 23, at least 25 people, including a 16-year-old mother, were killed in an attack on the maternity ward of Dasht-e-Barchi Hospital. Last Monday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced that it would suspend operations at the clinic for fear of similar attacks.

At a time when urgent humanitarian action is needed to save lives in Afghanistan, the Taliban and Afghan security forces are committing “targeted violent acts,” said Deborah Lyons, the UN special envoy for Afghanistan.

The Taliban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), are a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement and military organization in Afghanistan currently waging war (an insurgency, or jihad) within that country. Since 2016, the Taliban’s leader is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.

Afghan Security Forces and Disruption of Medical Facilities

In May, Afghan security forces carried out an airstrike near a clinic in Kunduz Province, in northern Afghanistan, according to the United Nations. The target of the attack, according to the report, was a car carrying Taliban wounded. Seven Taliban and two civilians were killed in the airstrikes by Afghan security forces.

In another attack on a hospital, in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, Afghan soldiers reportedly threatened to fire doctors who refused to wash the body of a dead soldier. The third incident took place in Balkh province, where soldiers reportedly stopped several trucks and took away their luggage for the clinic.

42 Civilians Killed, 100 Wounded in One Week

In Afghanistan, more than 28,000 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, and more than 580 deaths have been confirmed. Experts, however, believe that the actual number of patients and casualties is higher than this figure.

Violence in Afghanistan has resumed after a short period of fire. According to official reports from Afghanistan, 42 civilians were killed and more than 100 were injured in Taliban attacks in just one week.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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