Afghanistan. Dozens dead in airstrikes against Taliban base during peace talks | World news

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Airstrikes on a Taliban base in northeastern Afghanistan killed at least a dozen civilians, local officials said.

The twin afghan The air force strikes in Kunduz come as the country’s government and the Taliban hold discussions to reach a peace settlement.

Provincial officials and a Taliban spokesman said at least 12 civilians were killed and more than 10 injured.

A defense ministry spokesperson said more than 40 Taliban fighters were also killed in the strikes. They did not confirm whether there were any deaths among civilians, but said an investigation was underway.

The Taliban have not confirmed whether there were any casualties among its fighters.



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Fatima Aziz, an MP representing Kunduz, said: “The first strike hit the Taliban base, but the second left civilian lives as they gathered at the bombed site. ”

Earlier this year, the United Nations reported that the Afghan army was behind the murder of at least 23 civilians – including children – when it missed a Taliban target and hit a cattle market with mortars.

Afghanistan and the Taliban are currently conducting peace talks in Doha, Qatar, where the Taliban have a political office.

The talks aim to end decades of war with the Taliban, whose government was overthrown by the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

There are profound ideological differences between the Taliban and the Afghan government, which has had a constitutional commitment since 2004 to civil and human rights.

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