Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Suspected Militants Strike Afghan Interior Ministry, Exchange Gunfire With Police

The Afghan forces have eliminated all the assailants involved in the coordinated attack on the Ministry of Interior compound in Kabul The Afghan forces have eliminated all the assailants involved in the coordinated attack on the Ministry of Interior compound in Kabul
| 31 May, 2018, 21:02

WASHINGTON: Senior Taliban officials have been secretly negotiating with Afghan officials on a possible ceasefire, the Pentagon said Wednesday, even as U.S. forces killed over 50 Taliban leaders in a series of strikes.

Gen Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said seven attackers were killed and that cleanup operations were underway in the attack that left one cop injured as well - implying that the attack was majorly thwarted.

The US, meanwhile, confirmed strikes against the insurgents in Helmand province with "more than 50 casualties".

The attackers arrived in an SUV before one of them detonated a suicide bomb at the gate.

Using more aggressive US military action as an impetus for real peace talks is a delicate balancing act that Gen. Miller has mastered in his years working and fighting in Afghanistan, Mr. Sedney said.

There was no breach of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation compound, said Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell, a spokesman for the coalition in Kabul.


There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but previous attacks - often following the same pattern of a bombing followed by a firefight - have been claimed variously by the Islamic State or the Taliban. "We've seen this in other conflicts, such as Colombia, where the two sides were talking about peace at the same time that they were fighting each other on the battlefield".

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, Taliban suicide bombers attacked a police station in the eastern Logar province, killing at least three police. A suicide vehicle bomb was set off at the gates before three gunmen in suicide vests stormed the compound.

Both the Taliban and ISIL have stepped up attacks on Kabul, making it the deadliest place in the country for civilians in recent months. Among the wounded were two children, the media reported. While saying the U.S. attack had disrupted the Taliban network in Helmand province, including its drug trafficking, Nicholson stopped short of saying the killing of dozens of insurgent commanders would have a decisive impact on the war. It is unclear who carried out the attack, though the southern province is the Taliban's historic heartland.

They were captured for different reasons ranging from cooperating with Afghan security forces to being a member of the local police force, Saleem said.

Under surveillance by the Marines, the Taliban fighters returned to their Helmand stronghold, a center for poppy cultivation.

There have also been numerous attacks on government buildings and at police checkpoints.

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