Afghan forces retook the center of Dawlat Abad district in northern Faryab province on Wednesday morning, the Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps said in a statement.

Security forces launched an operation on Tuesday night with air support in the center of the district and cleared it of Taliban, the statement said.

The statement did not provide further details about the operation or about casualties sustained by the security forces or Taliban.

The center of the district fell to the Taliban a week ago after heavy fighting.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the operation.

PEACE TALKS: Meanwhile,negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government resumed in Qatar on Tuesday, their first meeting since talks stalled in April, both sides said.

It followed a flurry of diplomacy that saw the UN Special Representative Deborah Lyons and US Special Envoy on Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Doha to jumpstart the moribund process this month.

“This evening, a meeting was held between the contact groups of the two negotiating teams and a comprehensive discussion was held on the organisation and arrangement of the talks,” the Afghan government Peace Negotiation Team tweeted.

Taliban spokesman Muhamad Naeem tweeted a similar statement.

The Taliban have made huge gains across Afghanistan as the United States prepares to pull out the last of its troops from the country by September after 20 years of war.


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