Delegates gather during the opening ceremony of the peace talks in Doha, Qatar. Where there was a call for a humanitarian ceasefire for the negotiation process between the Taliban and Afghan government. The government’s negotiators stated that they are aimed at getting a lasting ceasefire in the country.
According to the 1st Iranian Visual News Agency (Iran Press), today’s meeting of Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga for peace voted in favor of freeing 400 Taliban prisoners. The Loya Jirga ended this afternoon after the presentation of the working reports of the five committees. The final result of the Jirga will be announced tomorrow.
At least nine people have been killed and 40 others injured after an attack at an army base in Ghazni, in Afghanistan. The spokesperson for the provincial governor, Arif Noori, said that eight of the wounded were in critical condition. He added that they had been transferred to Kabul for specialized treatment.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Qatar to meet with Taliban leaders, for the first time since the signing of the historic ceasefire agreement with the fundamentalist group and perpetrator of terrorist attacks. Pompeo will “meet with Taliban officials, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder of the Taliban movement and its main negotiator, to ask them to continue to respect the agreement signed last month.”
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced the release of 1,500 Taliban prisoners. The prisoners will be released to pursue peacekeeping with the Taliban. As per the order issued by the President, the process of releasing 1500 prisoners will be started on Saturday. The US has welcomed the initiative, while the Taliban have not yet responded.
The United States has begun to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. According to a statement by US Forces Afghanistan spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett, over the next 135 days, the number of US troops will be reduced to 8,600. At the same time, according to the statement, US forces will continue to participate in anti-terrorist operations against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, as well as provide support to the Afghan security forces.
Two suicide bombings perpetrated by the Taliban have today, Tuesday, shaken Afghanistan, occurring in a mere one-hour interval. The first explosion took place in the north of the country where a bomb has exploded near the location where Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, was conducting his presidential campaign rally for the country’s presidential elections scheduled for September 28. The second attack has occurred in Kabul, a few meters from the country’s US embassy.