Taliban Kills 5 in Retaliation for Being Blamed by Ghani

At least five people have been killed and dozens injured in an attack in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province Thursday. It is alleged that an army base was the target for the attack, but the truck filled with explosives blew up before it reached its target. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was a retaliation to the government’s statement that blamed the group for the attacks on Tuesday.

Forty Killed in Afghanistan Attack on Maternity Ward

Forty people, including mothers, nurses, and two newborns, were killed in an attack on a government hospital in Kabul. Fifteen other civilians were injured in the attack, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry, while about 100 people at the hospital were rescued. According to officials, Afghan security forces also killed three assailants involved in the operation after a clash that lasted for several hours.

Pompeo Travels to Afghanistan, Qatar, to Further Peace Process

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.”

US Began Withdrawing Troops From Afghanistan

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.

Taliban, U.S., to Sign Peace Agreement on Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the Trump administration and the Taliban will sign a peace deal on February 29. “This is an important step on a long road to peace,” Pompeo tweeted, “and I call on all Afghans to seize this opportunity.” The two sides announced almost simultaneously that they would sign the agreement after more than a year of negotiations in Qatar.

Pakistan: Taliban Forces Ready to Reduce Violence in Afghanistan

According to the Pakistani foreign minister, Afghan Taliban insurgents are ready to reduce violence in Afghanistan. Shah Mehmood Qureshi called the Taliban’s acceptance of curtailment of violent operations a positive step toward peace in the region. The issue has not yet been formally endorsed by the Taliban, and the Pakistani foreign minister has not released further details.

One Killed, Five Wounded in Afghan Blast Targeting UN

A fоrеіgnеr wаѕ kіllеd аnd fіvе Afghаnѕ wоundеd оn Sundау in a саr explosion on a United Nations vehicle іn thе Afghаn саріtаl, Kаbul, a gоvеrnmеnt ѕроkеѕmаn ѕаіd. Afghаn Intеrіоr Mіnіѕtrу ѕроkеѕmаn Nuѕrаt Rаhіmі ѕаіd fіvе Afghаnѕ, іnсludіng two UN wоrkеrѕ, were ѕlіghtlу іnjurеd іn thе аttасk, whісh was саuѕеd bу a bоmb оn thе UN vеhісlе, wіthоut rеvеаlіng thе nаtіоnаlіtу of thе killed.

Eight Policemen Killed in Taliban Attack in Central Afghanistan

At least еіght роlісеmеn wеrе kіllеd іn a Taliban attack оn ѕесurіtу posts in the сеntrаl рrоvіnсе оf Daykundi, оffісіаlѕ said оn Sunday.  Offісіаlѕ ѕаіd about thrее tо fоur реорlе wеrе wоundеd іn the аttасkѕ іn thе Kіjrаn dіѕtrісt оf thе province аt аrоund 1 аm lосаl tіmе (2030 GMT). “About 200 Tаlіbаn mіlіtаntѕ lаunсhеd a сооrdіnаtеd attack оn security сеntеrѕ оvеrnіght,” dерutу рrоvіnсіаl governor, Dr. Mohammad Ali Oruzgani, and twо рrоvіnсіаl соunсіl mеmbеrѕ, Haji Jаіrаt аnd Suhrab Alі Atmаdі, tоld reporters.