53 security forces killed as violence escalates in Afghanistan Sep 22, 2020 0 2177 12345 DPAKabulAt least 53 members of the Afghan security forces were killed in overnight attacks by the Taliban in five provinces, officials said on Monday.A further 51 were wounded in the clashes that occurred in the Afghan provinces of Uruzgan, Takhar, Kapisa, Maidan Wardak and Balkh, according to the officials.The deadliest incident was in southern Uruzgan province, where more than two dozen Afghan security forces were killed, according to local media reports and a provincial councillor who spoke with dpa.Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry said that 98 civilians were killed and 230 others had been injured by violence throughout Afghanistan in the past two weeks.The surge in attacks comes despite peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in the Gulf state of Qatar, and as the world observes International Day of Peace. The US envoy for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, who orchestrated the talks, called the escalation regrettable.“Over the last few days, there has been a clear rise in violence in Afghanistan,” Khalilzad tweeted.The Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, called on the Taliban to accept a ceasefire.“Our homeland has been burning in war and conflict for more than forty years and many lives have been lost in this endless war,” Abdullah said in a statement.There is no doubt that people hate and are tired of the ongoing war and conflict in the country, he added.Historic peace talks started on September 12 in Doha, bringing together delegations from the warring sides the first time in 19 years. Despite this, however, people in Afghanistan are killed every day. RELATED ARTICLES Taj Mahal reopens even as India coronavirus cases soar Sep 22, 2020 0 48 Lebanon president warns country going to ‘hell’ without new cabinet Sep 22, 2020 0 650 15 dead, 25 feared trapped in India building collapse Sep 22, 2020 0 788 Former defence minister Ndaw appointed Mali’s transition leader AFP Bamako Mali’s military junta announced the leaders of a new transition government in the Sahel state on Monday, which will retain strong army links despite international pressure to appoint civilians. Junta leader .. War with Iraq proved Iran can defend itself, says Khamenei AFP Tehran Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday said the Islamic republic’s 1980-88 war with Iraq showed the country can defend itself, without directly addressing the current circumstances. .. EU imposes sanctions on three firms for breaking Libya arms embargo AFP Brussels The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on three companies -- one Turkish, one Kazakh and one Jordanian -- for breaching the UN arms embargo on Libya. Foreign ministers signed off on the measures, .. Wrestler executed for murder, not protesting: Iran’s FM TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underscored on Monday that wrestler Navid Afkari was executed on murder charges, not because he was involved in political protests. There was a trial, and the court .. Turkey’s Erdogan sues Greek newspaper for expletive-laden headline ISTANBUL: Turkey’s president sued an extreme-right-wing Greek newspaper that published a front-page headline laced with expletives against him, state news agency Anadolu reported on Monday. A criminal complaint .. US issues security alert for citizens in Bahrain AFP Manama The United States Embassy in Bahrain on Monday warned American citizens in the Gulf kingdom of the “need for caution”, days after Manama signed a US-backed deal with Israel. “The Embassy encourages all US ..