Local media reports state that twin airstrikes on a Taliban base in the northeastern province of Kunduz have led to at least 12 civilians dead and at least 10 more injured on Saturday, September 19. Defense ministry officials in Kabul also stated that at least 40 Taliban militants were killed in the strikes but did not confirm any civilian deaths. This incident comes as the two warring sides are holding peace talks. An investigation into the incident is reportedly underway.
Further operations are likely to take place in Kunduz province in the near to medium term.
Taliban militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. Such assaults are, in part, intended to undermine the perceived capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) - and the Afghan government more broadly - to adequately provide security in the wake of the withdrawal of most US-led NATO forces from the country and to gain leverage amid ongoing peace negotiations.
Those in Kunduz province are advised to avoid the affected area, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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