Over 30 Taliban killed in Afghan air strikes Sep 20, 2020 0 4238 12345 AFPKabulThe Afghan air force conducted multiple strikes on Taliban positions on Saturday that killed more than 30 insurgent fighters, officials said, as President Ashraf Ghani once again called for a ceasefire.The Taliban claimed the strike had killed nearly two dozen civilians including women and children in the latest mass-casualty incident in Afghanistan that came even as peace talks were under way in Qatar.“This morning, Taliban fighters attacked (Afghan army) positions in ... Khan Abad district in Kunduz province,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement on Twitter.The military “intercepted the attack in accordance with ‘active defense’ procedures,” the statement added, noting that more than 30 Taliban fighters including two commanders were killed. In a statement, the Taliban denied its fighters were hit and said 23 civilians had been killed.The defence ministry said it was aware of the claim and would investigate. Local hospital director Mohammad Naeem Mangal told AFP that three dead and three wounded civilians had been brought to the facility. RELATED ARTICLES Iran Guards vow Soleimani revenge will target only those behind assassination Sep 20, 2020 0 621 CALL FOR MONARCHY REFORM IN THAILAND Sep 20, 2020 0 560 Kenyan prosecutor orders probe of coronavirus payments Sep 20, 2020 0 1121 Nigerians elect governor in pandemic’s first poll BENIN: Nigerians in the southern state of Edo braved the coronavirus and voted on Saturday to elect a new governor in the country’s first poll since the start of the pandemic. The vote was held as Nigeria struggled to .. Nine suspected Al Qaeda operatives arrested in India DPA New Delhi India’s anti-terrorism agency on Saturday arrested nine suspected terrorists belonging to an Al Qaeda group who had allegedly been planning attacks in the country, including in the capital New Delhi. The .. Bangladesh arrests eight over mosque blast that killed 33 people DPA Dhaka Eight people have been arrested in connection with a deadly gas explosion at a mosque outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka earlier this month, investigators said on Saturday. Four engineers and four other .. Syrian govt slams Dutch legal action on rights record AFP Damascus The Syrian government lambasted the Netherlands on Saturday for launching a new bid through international bodies to hold it responsible for alleged gross human rights violations. A foreign ministry .. Lebanon army surveys 85,000 building units post-Beirut blast AFP Beirut Lebanon’s army said on Saturday it has carried out a survey of more than 85,000 dwellings, businesses and other building units damaged by the massive Beirut port blast last month. The August 4 explosion of .. US prepares to reimpose sanctions on Iran as deadline looms DPA Washington The United States was preparing to reimpose international sanctions on Iran on Saturday as a US-imposed deadline loomed, which has been met with overwhelming opposition from other countries. ..