giftedviz.com
giftedviz.com August 18, 2018


Taliban fighters storm Afghanistan’s Ghazni, seize parts of city

11 August 2018, 10:07 | Darnell Patrick

Smoke rises into the air after Taliban militants launched an attack on the Afghan provincial capital Ghazni

Smoke rises into the air after Taliban militants launched an attack on the Afghan provincial capital Ghazni

Afghan forces said they remained in control of the strategically-important city, but the militants reportedly came within a few hundred yards of several government buildings.

President Ashraf Ghani held a meeting with top commanders in Kabul to discuss the situation in Ghazni, where the Taliban appear to have repeated the tactics that nearly gave them control of the western city of Farah in May.

The Taliban have launched a major night-time assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni, a provincial capital on the key highway between Kabul and Kandahar.

In Ghazni, the attack began around 2 am (local time) with intense gunbattles raging and fires burning in several shops in the city's residential areas, provincial police chief Farid Ahmad Mashal told The Associated Press.

Administrator of the Ghazni city hospital, Baz Mohammad Hemat, said 14 security forces were killed and 20 security personnel were wounded.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed that parts of Ghazni had been seized and that Taliban fighters had killed scores of people.

As the USA and Taliban explore the next round of direct talks, attacks like the one Friday on Ghazni are a reminder of the pressure faced by Afghanistan's security forces. Air strikes called in to quash the offensive also killed dozens of Taliban, he said.

After a day of intense fighting, Afghan commandos and United States air strikes drove the group to the outskirts of the city.

UN Security Council meets on Yemen bus attack that killed 29 children
UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore said in a statement Friday that the "horrific " attack "marks a low point" in Yemen's brutal war. The health ministry run by the rebel Houthi movement put the death toll at 43, and said 61 people were wounded.


Wake Forest assistant coach faces assault charges in man's death
Police say Jones drove away from the scene, and Szabo was transported to a hospital, where on Tuesday he died from his injuries. According to CBS News New York , the blow was so hard, Szabo fell backwards and hit his head on the concrete.


Jose Mourinho sends angry message to board over transfers
Eric Bailly did superbly to deny Iheanacho, and Vardy bundled Shaw off the ball to send in a cross that Gray nearly flicked home. It was the first senior goal for former England and Southampton defender Shaw, on the 23-year-old left-back's 141st appearance.


"The Taliban are dropping missiles near residential and commercial areas".

Mohammad Rahim Hassanyar, a senator from Ghazni, said the operation to expel all Taliban fighters was "very slow".

Safiullah, a resident of Ghazni City, said the Taliban assailants climbed a marketplace soon after entering the city and started attacking the police headquarters from there.

"Asian countries including China are continuing their efforts for peace talks in Afghanistan and we warmly welcome their efforts and hope that these efforts finaly bring the Taliban to the negotiation table", said deputy spokesman to CEO Abdullah Abdullah Omaid Maisam.

The attack on Ghazni comes as the Taliban faces growing pressure to agree to peace talks with the Afghan government to end the 17-year war.

The Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United States formally ended their combat mission in 2014, and have seized control of several districts. Washington has repeatedly refused, saying negotiations must be Afghan-led.

Anticipation has also been mounting about the possibility of a government ceasefire announcement for the Islamic holiday of Eid-al Adha later this month.

"His most likely move would be to revert to his earlier preference to more or less pull out of Afghanistan, leaving only a bare-bones counterterror presence, possibly secured by contractors", Markey added.



Other News

Trending Now

Dolphins, Eagles players protest during national anthem
Colin Kaepernick protests during the pre-game anthem when he played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 . Stills said he didn't coordinate with Wilson , who joined the Dolphins this season. - Donald J.

Premier League interest ratings: This weekend's fixtures ranked
Mourinho warned last weekend that a "difficult season" could lie ahead if they failed to strengthen the squad before the deadline.

Turkey says Trump tariff move will harm ties, vows retaliation
President Erdogan has pressured the central bank to maintain low interest rates by refraining from implementing much-needed hikes. Still, the sell-off may not be over after the government struck a defiant tone on Friday even after Trump's move.

Kawhi Leonard pens letter thanking Spurs, Gregg Popovich
The 2018-2019 regular season for the National Basketball Association will tip off October 16, with the Spurs regular season schedule due out this Friday.

Man Utd need two deadline day deals - Rooney
As it stands, Alderweireld and Maguire are considered too expensive, while Bayern Munich have knocked back a loan move for Boateng.

Virat's love gesture for Anushka is stealing the hearts
Virat celebrated his first century in a test cricket match, with this Virat also surpassed Steve Smith to become No.1 batsman in ICC Test Rankings.

US issues advisory, asks its citizens not to visit flood-hit Kerala
One shutter was opened on Friday after a gap of 26 years. "People living in the downstream areas of these dams must be cautious". Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured the MPs from the state in the Lok Sabha that the Centre will provide all possible help.

Browns preseason schedule for 2018
However, in his second series on the field, Mayfield connected with tight end David Njoku for a short touchdown pass. For the Browns, first-overall pick Baker Mayfield could see his first National Football League snaps at quarterback.

Manchester United transfer woes summed up by Gary Neville's old tweet
Paul Merson thinks Manchester United should sell Paul Pogba and buy Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele . Jamie Vardy is less likely, as Kelechi Iheanacho has been scoring goals aplenty in pre-season.

Indian playing XI for the second Test leaked
Captain Joe Root had earlier confirmed that the hosts will hand a maiden Test cap to young Ollie Pope, who replaces Dawid Malan. Play was scheduled to start at 11:00 BST, but steady rain kept the covers on the pitch and prevented the toss at 10:30.