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Afghan forces push back Taliban attack on Herat’s Ghorian district

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Taliban on Saturday morning attacked the Ghorian district in the western province of Herat, local officials said, adding that the clashes are ongoing between the Afghan forces and the group.

Ghorian district governor Farhad Khadimi said the Taliban militants were pushed back two kilometers from the center of the district but adding that the fighting is still underway.

The attack by the Taliban was launched early on Saturday morning on the market of the district and its police headquarters, according to Herat police spokesman Abdulahad Walizada, as quoted by media.

The clashes come amid peace efforts and preparations for the intra-Afghan negotiations.

This comes as the trip of the delegation representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the peace talks with the Taliban to Doha, Qatar, was once again delayed for unknown reasons. Sources close to Afghanistan’s negotiating team said the trip is likely to take place on Sunday.

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