At Least 40 Security Force Members Killed in Afghanistan in 24 Hours

DM claims major advances against the Taliban

Fighting in Afghanistan has left at least 40 security force members killed in the past 24 hours, according to officials. The largest fighting was reported in Kandahar, but other fights were reported in Nimroz and Baghlan, along with Kunduz.

Afghan officials struggled to stay consistent in the narrative, as to whether the Taliban was overwhelmingly them in attacks despite ongoing peace talks, or if the government has the Taliban pushed back decisively, claiming “major advances” in Kunduz and at least 40 Taliban killed in that province alone.

This is a lot of disconnect, as the claims of victory are interspersed with locals complaining about the lack of government rule, and that they are letting the Taliban take over.

Either way, all this fighting is going on as the Doha peace talks sit almost idle, with many top negotiators still not returning to Qatar, and suggesting that they are holding out for Biden to make his intentions known on the US pullout.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.