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Taliban launches multiple attacks

Widespread fighting between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban was reported in 18 provinces across Afghanistan on September 12 while the delegates from representing the state and militants started the peace negotiation talks in Doha, Qatar. (Image above: illustration, MoD Afghanistan courtesy).

The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed that the Taliban launched attacks on Afghan security forces in 18 provinces since last night.

However the majority of the assaults were reported from Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, Ghor, Badghis, Herat, Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces.

Meanwhile, the Taliban in a statement said that as part of a goodwill gesture, they have on released 22 Afghan soldiers in Helmand province.

Local officials in northern Afghanistan said that last night the Taliban launched attacks in Balkh and Jawzjan provinces.

Fighting was also reported in Faryab:

“The Taliban today attacked the security forces in Shireen Tagab district, but no casualties were sustained by the security forces. In recent days, the Taliban had no military victories on the battlefield,” said Naqibullah Fayeq, the governor of Faryab province.

“The Taliban want to show their military power during the negotiations, they want to show that if you do not accept our demands, then we have the capacity to attack at any time and at any place,” said Lotufullah Mashal, a former spokesman for the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

The Taliban also launched attacks in the following provinces: Ghor, Badghis and Herat.

“Over the past 24 hours, the Taliban group launched attacks on Afghan security and defense forces in over 15 provinces of the country, but the Afghan security and defense forces repelled the Taliban’s attacks and inflicted heavy losses on the group,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.

Attacks were also reported in provinces Uruzgan, Kunduz and Helmand.

“The armed opponents launched attacks on the security and defense forces, but the Taliban were repelled by the Afghan Air Force, which resulted in the killing of at least five Taliban fighters,” said Riaz Rabbani, the head of the Kunduz provincial council.

“Armed opponents launched attacks, but the Afghan security and defense forces repelled the attacks,” said Zargai Ebadi, a spokesman for the Uruzgan governor.

Afghan civilians sincerely hope that a ceasefire is announced in the intra-Afghan talks.

The opening ceremony for intra-Afghan talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents began in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday, September 11, launching the start of negotiations aimed at ending two decades of war. The ceremony began at 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) with a recitation from the Quran, followed by opening comments by Qatar’s foreign minister. 

Major players in the process, including Afghanistan’s peace council chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Taliban leader Mullah Baradar Akhund, and U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo are also scheduled to speak. The opening ceremony for talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents began in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday, September 12, marking the start of negotiations aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians. The 19-year conflict is also the United States’ longest overseas military action, vexing three successive presidents. President Trump administration invests a lot of efforts in achieving the peace agreement between the Afghan government and Taliban before November 3 elections in the United States.

Russia rethinks its decision to deny Syria C-300

The full text of the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement on situation in Syria: Gen.Sergey Rudskoy (Сергей Рудской) #Руцкой #Rudskoy, the head of the Operational HQ: 

“On April 4, between 3:42 and 5:10 (Moscow time) on military and civilian installations of the Syrian Arab Republic, air and sea carriers of the United States and their allies suffered a missile attack.Russian air defense systems at the bases of Khmeimim and Tartus timely detected and controlled all launches of missiles from both sea and air carriers of the United States and Great Britain. The announced participation of French aviation has not been registered.

“The aircraft of the US Air Force B-1B, F-15, F-16, as well as the British Tornado Air Force over the Mediterranean, the ships of the American naval forces Labun and Monterey from the water area of the Red Sea were involved.Strategic B-1B bombers went to the targets of strikes against the Syrian territory in the area of ET-TANF, illegally withheld by the United States.A number of Syrian military airfields, industrial and research facilities were subjected to a missile-bomb attack.
According to preliminary data, there are no casualties among the civilian population and military personnel of the Syrian army. The information will be updated and communicated to the public.

Syria Routskoi

According to available information, 103 cruise missiles were used in total, including the Tomahawk-based naval base, as well as controlled GBU-38 airbuses from B-1V aircraft, F-15, F-16 aircraft used air-to-surface missiles.The Tornado airplanes of the British Air Force produced eight “Scalp EG” missiles.
The Syrian air defense means, based on the Soviet-made air defense complexes, successfully repulsed the impacts of aviation and naval weapons.
A 71 cruise missile was intercepted. Syrian air defense weapons S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat and Osa were involved in repelling the missile attack. This shows the high efficiency of Syria’s weapons and the excellent training of Syrian military personnel prepared by our experts.
Over the past year and a half, Russia has fully restored Syrian air defense systems and continues to improve it. I would like to note that a few years ago, given the urgent request of some of our Western partners, we refused to supply S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria. Taking into account what happened, we consider it possible to return to consideration of this issue – and not only with regard to Syria, but also other states.

The targets were, among other things, the air bases of the Syrian Air Force. The data of objective control speak about the following:- On the airfield of Duvali, four missiles were involved in the attack – all shot down;- On the airfield of Dumeir – 12 missiles, all shot down;- By airfield Blay – 18 missiles, all shot down;- On the airfield Shayrat – 12 missiles, all shot down.The airfields were not damaged.Of the nine missiles fired at the unused Mezze airfield, five were shot down.Of the 16 missiles on the airfield Homs destroyed 13. Serious destruction is not observed.30 missiles were involved in a strike against objects in the vicinity of the settlements of Barz and Jaramani. Of these, seven missiles were shot down. These objects, allegedly related to the so-called “military chemical program” of Damascus, are partially destroyed. At the same time they are not used for a long time, people and equipment were not on them.

Russian air defense forces were transferred to the combat mode of operation. Fighter aircraft is on duty in the air.None of the cruise missiles in the zone of Russian air defense weapons was not included. Our anti-aircraft systems were not used.We believe that this strike is not an answer to an alleged chemical attack, but a reaction to the successes of the Syrian armed forces in the struggle to liberate their territory from international terrorism.

At the same time, the blow was struck precisely the day when a special mission of the OPCW to investigate the incident in the city of Duma, where chemical weapons were allegedly used, should begin to work in Damascus.I want to specially draw your attention to the fact that there are no chemical weapons production facilities in Syria, which was fixed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

This fact of American aggression testifies to the US lack of interest in the objectivity of the conducted investigation, the desire to disrupt the peace settlement process in Syria and to destabilize the situation in the Middle East region and has nothing in common with the stated goals for combating international terrorism.At present, the situation in Damascus and other Syrian settlements is assessed as calm.”

Damascus explosion