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  • AFGHANISTAN: A car bombing in Afghanistan’s central province of Ghazni killed at least 30 Afghan security force members. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Afghanistan has seen a spate of car bombings over the last few months, despite peace talks being under way between the negotiation teams of the insurgent Taliban and the government.

SOURCE: THE WIRE

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan remains the country most impacted by terrorism and was subjected to 26 of the world’s 50 worst terrorist attacks last year, according to Global Terrorism Index 2020. The Taliban remained the world’s deadliest terrorist group. “Whether the peace talks in Afghanistan have a substantial impact on terrorist activity remains to be seen,” read the report.

SOURCE: ARIANA NEWS

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sought the support of visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to reduce surging violence in the war-torn country. The visit came as Taliban resist calls for a cease-fire, with little headway in the ongoing peace talks, while the US has announced a sharp drawdown of troops in Afghanistan.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN: Violent attacks in Afghanistan have surged by 50 percent over recent months, even as the Kabul government and the Taliban launched unprecedented peace talks in September. Taliban launched devastating attacks on provincial capitals and security installations, with fears the violence may jeopardise negotiations.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN: The attack in Kabul University (see GGN November 2020) was the second attack on an educational institution in the capital in just over a week. Both have been claimed by Islamic State. Some Afghan government officials have accused the Taliban of involvement (the Taliban are holding talks with the aim of brokering a peace deal).

SOURCE: SKY NEWS

 

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  • PAKISTAN: A bomb blast at a religious seminary in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, near the border with Afghanistan, killed at least seven people. Though the number of incidents in the city, and in Pakistan in general, had fallen over recent years, there has been an increase this year in attacks on the security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is capital. Some of the attacks have been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

SOURCE: NTD

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN: At least 25 Afghan security force personnel were killed in an ambush blamed on the Taliban, as spiraling violence imperils ongoing peace talks. Despite opening peace talks with the Afghan government, the hardline group have only increased violence in Afghanistan in a bid to wield leverage in the negotiations. The Taliban have so far not commented on the attack.

SOURCE: ALARABIYA NET

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN:  The US special envoy to Afghanistan warned that “distressingly high” levels of violence threaten to derail ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. This comments come as renewed fighting for days has plagued Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, a longtime Taliban stronghold.

SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES

 

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  • AFGHANISTAN: China is concerned about terror groups like Taliban coming to power in Afghanistan. It will mean a “fundamentalist Islamist theocracy” in control over a strategic territory with China having limited controls over the developments. China´s primary concern regarding terrorism in Afghanistan is about the security of Xinjiang Province (which is home to the Uyghur Muslims), directly relevant for Beijing’s ‘March West’ strategy which includes the Belt and Road Initiative and related projects in Central Asian countries.

SOURCE: CENTRAL ASIA NEWS

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  • AFGHANISTAN: Taliban fighters have launched 368 terrorist attacks in various parts of 22 provinces of the country during the last week, as a result 49 civilians lost their lives.

SOURCE: BAKHTAR NEWS

 

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