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Afghan politicians, Taliban meet in Doha as fighting continues

Afghan politicians met with representatives of the Taliban insurgents in Qatar on Saturday with all sides calling for peace whilst combating escalates and uproots 1000’s of individuals. Twenty years of battle have taken a flip for the more serious as U.S.-led worldwide forces withdraw and the Taliban launch offensives round Afghanistan, taking districts and border crossings whereas encircling provincial capitals.

Negotiators have been assembly in Doha since September however didn’t make substantive progress with time operating out earlier than overseas troops’ full exit by Sept. 11.

“Let’s … take vital steps to proceed the peace course of, to forestall the killing of the folks,” Abdullah Abdullah, head of the federal government’s Excessive Council for Nationwide Reconciliation, mentioned at the beginning of latest high-level talks meant to final two days.

“As a result of we can not pay the value for this in blood and we can not escape accountability for it,” Abdullah mentioned.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s deputy chief and negotiator, regretted lack of progress. “However there ought to nonetheless be hope and the Taliban will make efforts for talks to have optimistic outcome,” he mentioned.

Within the newest impression of combating, round 12,000 households in northern Takhar province have needed to flee their houses as combating continues, native officers mentioned.

Many gathered at a faculty within the provincial capital with few provides. “We weren’t helped and even given a carpet. Not even a canine can reside right here,” Mohammad Amin, a type of who had fled, informed Reuters.

In southern Kandahar province heavy combating has taken place and the Taliban earlier this week seized Spin Boldak, an space on the border with Pakistan, although the Afghan authorities mentioned on Friday it had regained management of the border crossing.

Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday whereas protecting a conflict between Afghan safety forces and Taliban fighters within the space.

Officers on the Pakistan aspect of the border mentioned the crossing had opened on Saturday, permitting a whole bunch of Afghans stranded in Pakistan in the course of the combating to return.

Greater than 2,000 folks had been displaced in Kandahar this month, in keeping with the United Nations’ humanitarian company, and Kandahar’s provincial governor on Friday night declared a curfew in Kandahar metropolis at evening because of the combating.

The U.N. refugee company estimates 270,000 Afghans have been displaced contained in the nation since January, bringing the variety of folks compelled from their houses to greater than 3.5 million.

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