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MoD: Dozens of Taliban surrender in Herat, Ghor

MoD: Dozens of Taliban surrender in Herat, Ghor

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Feb 11, 2020 - 16:10

FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Wednesday said more than 170 Talibaninfo-icon militants joined the peace process in western Herat and Ghorinfo-icon provinces, a claim the rebels rejected as baseless.

A statement from the MoD Media office said 160 Taliban militants, including three key commanders named Abdullah, Mohammad Yousuf and Mullahinfo-icon Sarwar from Jam, Shirbacha and Astor villages of Shahrak district of Ghor province had joined the peace process.

The statement said 12 other Taliban militants, including Nasruddin a key commander, along with their weapons surrendered to security forces in Chashti Sharif district of Herat province late on Tuesday.

It added that 10 other Taliban insurgents also surrendered a week back in Garizwan district of Faryab province.

The statement further said around 582 Taliban militants had surrendered to security forces during the past one month in Shaharak and Chasht-i-Sharif districts.

Meanwhile, Habiullah Ramdish, deputy governor for Ghor, also confirmed the Taliban surrender to security forces.

Hamidullah, a resident of Herat City, the provincial capital, called on other Taliban militants to join the peace process in order to bring the ongoing conflict in the country to an end.

However, Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi said the government claim that 172 of their fighters surrendered was untrue and baseless.

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