Afghanistan – Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:03:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 ISIS in Afghanistan release grim execution video purports to show execution by children http://www.khaama.com/isis-in-afghanistan-release-grim-execution-video-purports-to-show-execution-by-children-03026 http://www.khaama.com/isis-in-afghanistan-release-grim-execution-video-purports-to-show-execution-by-children-03026#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:59:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76982 Read the full article...]]> The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, the so-called ISIS-Khurasan province, has released a new grim execution video purportedly showing the murder of five individuals.

The video circulated online by the supports of the terror group shows the killing of five individuals, accused of espionage.

However, the grimmest part of the video is the execution carried out by two children, with both apparently being less than ten years of age.

The latest video by ISIS loyalists in Afghanistan has been released days after the terror group received unprecedented setbacks on the battlefield, losing several key commanders, leaders, and fighters.

The video has been released after the terror group’s attempts to establish a regional so-called caliphate and foothold in the country was thwarted, specifically in the battle of Tora Bora, one of the key mountainous terrains of the country and home to Al-Qaeda’s founder and leader Osama bin Laden who was ousted as a result of the US air campaign and was subsequently killed in Abottabad of Pakistan.

In the meantime, the Afghan forces, in collaboration with the US forces based in Afghanistan have stepped up efforts and counter-terrorism operations to oust and eliminate the terror group from the Afghan soil.

The acting Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami said two weeks ago that a major plan of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to establish the Khurasan province in Afghanistan has been foiled by the Afghan security forces.

Bahrami further added that the Afghan security forces have launched 12 large operations so far and dozens of medium and large operations while hundreds of airstrikes have been conducted on the hideouts of the terror group.

According to the acting minister of defense, at least 2,500 militants of the terrorist group have been killed during the operations until now and around 800 others have sustained injuries.

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Kabul security plan final and will be implemented soon: Ghani http://www.khaama.com/kabul-security-plan-final-and-will-be-implemented-soon-ghani-03025 http://www.khaama.com/kabul-security-plan-final-and-will-be-implemented-soon-ghani-03025#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:36:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76980 Read the full article...]]> President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said a comprehensive security for capital Kabul has been prepared and will be finalized in the near future.

He informed regarding the finalization of the security plan during a meeting with the generals, officers, and personnel of the Afghan army’s 111th division in Kabul.

According to President Ghani, the security plan for capital Kabul and implementation of the four year security plan will further boost the capabilities of the Afghan national defense and security forces.

President Ghani further added that the Afghan security forces are only authorized to use weapons being in the sacred uniform of the army and no one else has the right for the use of the fire arms.

He said the Afghan security forces guarantee peace and stability but those pursuing war and violence will be suppressed.

This comes as the key cities of the country, including capital Kabul witnessed unprecedented violence in the past one month, with the militants staging some of the deadliest attacks.

The attack near the embassy of Germany in Kabul and the coordinated attack on a funeral in the city forced the government to reconsider its strategies, leading to the development of the security plan for the capital.

In the meantime, the Afghan government plans to boost the capabilities of the Afghan security forces as part of its four-year security plan.

According to the Afghan officials, the new plan prepared by the Afghan government will focus on boosting the capabilities of the Afghan defense and security forces, particularly the Afghan Air Force.

Speaking during a graduation ceremony of the Afghan army officers in February this year, President Ghani had said the Afghan Air Force has became operational with the support of the its international allies and will be fully equipped until 2020 as he pointed towards the government’s security plan.

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12 militants killed, 7 hideouts destroyed in Nangarhar airstrike http://www.khaama.com/12-militants-killed-7-hideouts-destroyed-in-nangarhar-airstrike-03024 http://www.khaama.com/12-militants-killed-7-hideouts-destroyed-in-nangarhar-airstrike-03024#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:18:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76978 Read the full article...]]> At least twelve insurgents were killed in an airstrike conducted in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Achin district.

A statement by MoD said at least twelve insurgents were killed and seven of their hideouts were destroyed in the raid.

No further details were given regarding the airstrike and it is yet not clear if the militants belonged to the Taliban insurgents or ISIS terrorist group.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but certain remote districts of it have witnessed growing insurgency mainly led by Taliban and ISIS during the recent years.

A major plan of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to establish the Khurasan province in Afghanistan has been foiled by the Afghan security forces, the acting Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami said earlier.

Bahrami further added that the Afghan security forces have launched 12 large operations so far and dozens of medium and large operations while hundreds of airstrikes have been conducted on the hideouts of the terror group.

According to the acting minister of defense, at least 2,500 militants of the terrorist group have been killed during the operations until now and around 800 others have sustained injuries.

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Suicide bomber shot dead in Nangarhar province http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bomber-shot-dead-in-nangarhar-province-03023 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bomber-shot-dead-in-nangarhar-province-03023#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:14:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76976 Read the full article...]]> A suicide bomber was shot dead by the security forces before he manage to carry out an attack on the provincial officials.

According to the local security officials, the incident took place early on Sunday in Ghani Khel district of Nangarhar.

The officials further added that the suicide bomber was looking to detonate his explosives among the government officials during the first day of Eid but was recognized and shot dead by the security forces.

The provincial police commandment in a statement also confirmed that the suicide bomber was shot dead before carrying an attack around 9 am in the vicinity of Ghani Khel district.

The statement further added that only the suicide bomber was killed in the incident and no one else was hurt.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed militant groups have recently increased their insurgency activities in some parts of the province during the recent years.

This comes as an anti-ISIS operation is underway in Nangarhar to eliminate the presence of ISIS affiliates in this province.

The US forces based in Afghanistan are also providing support to the Afghan forces during the operations, mainly involving airstrikes.

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Noor warns of crisis if reforms not implemented in security sector http://www.khaama.com/noor-warns-of-crisis-if-reforms-not-implemented-in-security-sector-03022 http://www.khaama.com/noor-warns-of-crisis-if-reforms-not-implemented-in-security-sector-03022#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:57:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76972 Read the full article...]]> The provincial governor of northern Balkh province and the chief executive of Jamiat Islami party has warned the country could be taken to a crisis if reforms are not implemented in the security sector.

In a speech released on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, Noor said the security institutions are incompetent and immediate reforms are needed, noting the growing violence as the security forces fail to provide security for the Afghan people.

He also harshly reacted at the use of force against the protesters and claimed that the camps were removed by the use of force against the unarmed protesters who were demanding change.

Noor also added that certain individuals had instructed the use of weapons against the protesters who were shot with snipers, demanding immediate actions to identify and arrest the culprits.

In other parts of his speech, Noor declared his support for the Jamiat’s call and stance regarding the recent violence in the country.

However, he insisted that the party only demands reforms and never supports the fall of the current government.

Jamiat Islami had demanded the removal of the top security officials, including national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar after the protests turned violent earlier this month, leaving several people dead or wounded.

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Afghanistan declares Sunday first day of Eid-ul-Fitr http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-declares-sunday-first-day-of-eid-ul-fitr-03021 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-declares-sunday-first-day-of-eid-ul-fitr-03021#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:46:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76969 Read the full article...]]> The supreme court of Afghanistan confirmed Sunday, the 25th of June, as the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr in the country.

The Saudi Arabia authorities earlier announced that Sunday will be the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr 1438.

Apart from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Malaysia, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates also announced that Sunday will be the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Eid-ul-Fitr means festival of breaking the fast which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

The Afghan security authorities said earlier today that Eid-ul-Fitrt will be celebrated across the country assuring that the Afghan security forces have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure security for the citizens of the country.

The security has been tightened across the key cities and provinces of the country, including capital Kabul following deadly attacks earlier this month and late last month, which left scores of people dead and hundreds more wounded.

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Afghanistan exports over 40 tons of fresh and dry fruits to India from Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-exports-over-40-tons-of-fresh-and-dry-fruits-to-india-from-kandahar-03020 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-exports-over-40-tons-of-fresh-and-dry-fruits-to-india-from-kandahar-03020#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:09:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76963 Read the full article...]]> Over forty tons of fresh and fruits along with the medical herbs were exported to India from Kandahar province as part of the air corridor initiative launched between the two countries last week.

The Embassy of India in Kabul said “Today air corridor first flight from Kandahar carrying fruits to Delhi inaugurated by governor of Kandahar and CGI of the Indian consulate in Kandahar NP Singh.”

A statement by the Indian Embassy said “India always stands with the Afghans and air corridor flight from Kandahar carrying 50 tons of fruits will immensely benefit the Afghan farmers.”

The first flight carrying cargo of around 62 tons left Kabul airport on Monday evening and was welcomed by the Indian officials, including the Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj who visited the New Delhi airport to receive the first plane as part of the air corridor program between Kabul and New Delhi.

According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries officials, the first flight transported cargo worth $11 million, mainly consisting of medicinal herbs.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for the initiative to launch the Afghanistan-India air corridor and expressed optimisms regarding the inauguration of the air corridor as he welcomed the arrival of the first flight to New Delhi from Kabul.

In a twitter post, Modi said “Happy to welcome the first Air Freight Corridor flight from Kabul.”

“Direct connectivity between India and Afghanistan will usher prosperity. I thank President @ashrafghani for the initiative,” he said in another twitter post in his official twitter account.

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Al-Qaeda member among 6 killed in Maidan Wardak airstrike http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-member-among-6-killed-in-maidan-wardak-airstrike-03019 http://www.khaama.com/al-qaeda-member-among-6-killed-in-maidan-wardak-airstrike-03019#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:53:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76961 Read the full article...]]> At least six militants including a member of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network were killed in an airstrike in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Saturday.

According to a statement by MoD, the airstrike was carried out in the past 24 hours in the vicinity of Jaghatoo district.

The statement further added that two vehicles packed with explosives and their two hideouts were also destroyed while several weapons, ammunition, and explosives were confiscated.

Maiwan Wardak is among the relatively volatile provinces in central parts of the country, located close to capital Kabul.

The anti-government armed militants are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities, mainly in the districts lying along the highway connecting Kabul with the southeastern and southern provinces.

In the meantime, MoD said at least three militants were killed and two others were wounded during a separate operation in Maiwand district of Kandahar, while two others were killed during an operation in Shegal district of Kunar province.

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Pakistani army hints at Afghanistan as deadly explosions leaves scores dead http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-army-hints-at-afghanistan-as-deadly-explosions-leaves-scores-dead-03018 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-army-hints-at-afghanistan-as-deadly-explosions-leaves-scores-dead-03018#comments Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:06:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76958 Read the full article...]]> The Pakistani military hinted at Afghanistan after the deadly explosions on Friday, claiming that the attacks in Quetta city and Parachinar have links with the sanctuaries across the border.

A spokesman for the Pakistani military, Gen. Asif Ghafoor, in a Twitter post said “Security/surv of Pak-Afg Bdr enhanced. Stringent actions agst illegal Bdr crossers. Recent terrorist incidents linked to sanctuaries across.”

He said “Enemy trying to mar festive mood of nation through such coward acts. Shall fail against resilience of Pakistan.”

The Pakistani officials are saying that around 50 have been killed and scores more were wounded in the attacks in Quetta and Parachinar on Friday.

The latest claims by the Pakistani military comes as the Afghan officials have long criticized Pakistan for remaining reckless to take uniform actions against the terrorist groups and slam the country for differentiating between terrorist groups, claiming that the notorious Haqqani terrorist network and Taliban insurgents remained intact during the operations along the tribal areas of the country.

The United States Department of Defense also said last week thatthe notorious Haqqani terrorist network and the Taliban group retains freedom of action in Pakistan.

“Pakistan is the most influential external actor affecting Afghan stability and the outcome of both the USFOR-A and the RS missions,” according to a new Pentagon report on Afghanistan.

The report further added that Pakistan views the outcome of Afghanistan to be in its vital national interest and thus remains driven by its India-centric regional policy objectives.

“Afghan oriented militant groups, including the Taliban and Haqqani Network, retain freedom of action inside Pakistani territory and benefit from support from elements of the Pakistani Government,” the report said.

Pentagon also added “Although Pakistani military operations have disrupted some militant sanctuaries, certain extremist groups—such as the Taliban and the Haqqani Network—were able to relocate and continue to operate in and from Pakistan. The United States continues to convey to Pakistan at all levels the importance of taking action against all terrorist and extremist groups.”

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Afghanistan fires senior PPF commanders over controversial video http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-fires-senior-ppf-commanders-over-controversial-video-03017 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-fires-senior-ppf-commanders-over-controversial-video-03017#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:33:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76955 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan government has fired two senior commanders of the Public Protection Forces in the Ministry of Interior, the officials said Saturday.

Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said the Battalion commander of the of the Public Protection Forces and the Company commander have been dismissed from their jobs.

He said the two commanders have been introduced to the Attorney General’s office for the persecution, apparently due to the controversial video of some soldiers posted on Facebook few days ago.

The video purported shows a group of soldiers harshly criticizing the government for the inadequate food they receive on the duty.

However, a new video emerged on Friday showing the men taking back their claims as they were apparently forced the commander of the PPF and their video was shared online.

The latest step by the ministry of interior comes as the Afghan government has been insisting on proper supply of logistics and food to the security forces who are facing an unprecedented violence due to the insurgency led by the anti-government armed militant groups.

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Trump administration to close special envoy’s office for Afghanistan and Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/trump-administration-to-close-special-envoys-office-for-afghanistan-and-pakistan-03016 http://www.khaama.com/trump-administration-to-close-special-envoys-office-for-afghanistan-and-pakistan-03016#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:52:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76952 Read the full article...]]> The President Donald Trump administration will close the office of the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, it has been reported.

According to the Wall Street Journal, quoting informed US sources, the office will be absorbed into the larger State Department division responsible for South and Central Asia.

The officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said the acting US special envoy for the two countries was dismissed on Friday.

This comes as the Afghan and US officials are focusing to expand bilateral political and economic cooperation in the framework of the new bilateral cooperation between the two countries, according to office of the national security council of Afghanistan.

The Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) in a statement said Thursday that Afghanistan’s national security adviser and his US counterpart General Herbert McMaster discussed the current situation through a video conference on Wednesday evening.

The statement further added that the two sides held talks regarding the political and security situation of the country and the region.

The two sides also reached to some agreements in this regard, the statement said, adding that Mr. Atmar his American counterpart discussed the framework of the new political and security cooperation between the two countries, the statement said, adding that Gen. McMaster has said the negotiations will continue so that necessary support can be utilized to Afghanistan in a bid to help with the stability and peace in the country.

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Over 50 Taliban and ISIS militants killed in North of Afghanistan: MoD http://www.khaama.com/over-50-taliban-and-isis-militants-killed-in-north-of-afghanistan-mod-03015 http://www.khaama.com/over-50-taliban-and-isis-militants-killed-in-north-of-afghanistan-mod-03015#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:00:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76946 Read the full article...]]> Over fifty insurgents belonging to the Taliban group and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan were killed during the operations in northern Jawzjan province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Friday.

MoD deputy spokesman Gen. Mohammad Radmanish said the operations were conducted in the vicinities of Darzab district during the past several days.

He said at least forty militants affiliated with the ISIS terrorist group were killed and around ten others were wounded.

Gen. Radmanish further added that several commanders of the terror group were also wounded during the operations.

According to Gen. Radmanish, at least eleven Taliban insurgents including their main commander for Jawzjan were also killed during the operations.

He said the Taliban commander killed during the operation has been identified as Shamsullah.

The Taliban insurgents and ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.

Jawzjan is among the relatively volatile provinces in north of Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents and ISIS loyalists are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

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Taliban’s shadow district governor killed by own guard in Jawzjan http://www.khaama.com/talibans-shadow-district-governor-killed-by-own-guard-in-jawzjan-03012 http://www.khaama.com/talibans-shadow-district-governor-killed-by-own-guard-in-jawzjan-03012#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:07:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76938 Read the full article...]]> The shadow district governor of the Taliban group was shot dead by one his own guards in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place on Thursday in the relatively volatile district of Darzab.

Provincial security chief Abdul Hafiz Khashi confirmed the incident and said at least five other militants were also killed in the attack.

He said the attacker has apparently joined the ISIS ranks in Jawzjan province after killing the shadow district chief of the Taliban.

The Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

The security situation in Jawzjan province has started to deteriorate during the recent years with the rampant insurgency led both the Taliban and ISIS militants.

The latest attack on Taliban district chief by his guard having links with the ISIS group reflects the ongoing rivalry among the militants which has so far claimed the lives of scores of insurgents while dozens more have been wounded.

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Taliban chief says US should adopt diplomatic means to resolve the issues http://www.khaama.com/taliban-chief-says-us-should-adopt-diplomatic-means-to-resolve-the-issues-03010 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-chief-says-us-should-adopt-diplomatic-means-to-resolve-the-issues-03010#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:21:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76932 Read the full article...]]> The leader of the Taliban group Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada has recommended to the Americans to adopt diplomatic approach to resolve the issue in Afghanistan.

In his message released ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr, Mawlavi Akhundzada said “By accepting the legitimate demands of the Afghan Mujahid people, the Americans themselves should resolve the issue through diplomatic means instead of confrontation with the Jihadic resistance.”

Terming the presence of the foreign forces in Afghanistan as ‘occupation’, the Taliban supreme leader said “The occupation is the main obstacle in the way of peace. The solution of the Afghan issue through peaceful means is part and parcel of the policy of the Islamic Emirate, should the occupation come to an end. The Political Office has been given the task to find a peaceful solution.”

This comes as the group has repeatedly rejected to participate in peace talks, demanding the full withdrawal of the foreign forces from the country as one of its main conditions for the peace talks.

The group also announced its spring offensive in April this year despite the repeated calls by the government and international community to participate in peace talks.

Taliban continues to its relentless attacks across the country as the group is accused of causing the majority of the civilian casualties.

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Taliban loses one of its most senior leaders in Takhar province http://www.khaama.com/taliban-loses-one-of-its-most-senior-leaders-in-takhar-province-03009 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-loses-one-of-its-most-senior-leaders-in-takhar-province-03009#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:10:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76930 Read the full article...]]> The Taliban militants group has lost one of its most senior leaders during a military operation in northeastern Takhar province, the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army said Thursday.

According to a statement by the Shaheen Corps, the deputy military commission chief of the group Mawlavi Shukoor was killed during the operations of the Afghan security forces being conducted under the name of Pamir-8.

The statement further added that Mawlavi Shukoor was killed along with his nine companions during the operation.

At least nineteen Taliban insurgents were also wounded during the operations, the statement said, adding that the group’s two senior commanders identified as Mullah Abdul Hadi and Mawlavi Belal were also among those wounded.

The Taliban insurgents group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Takhar is among the relatively calm provinces in northeastern Afghanistan which rarely witnessed insurgency since the fall of the Taliban regime.

However, the insurgent groups have increased their activities in this province during the recent years and often carry out insurgency activities, including coordinated attacks.

The province borders some of the restive provinces in the north from where the insurgents are frequently commuting for the insurgency activities.

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Kabul police commandment and Garrison gets new acting commanders http://www.khaama.com/kabul-police-commandment-and-garrison-gets-new-acting-commanders-03008 http://www.khaama.com/kabul-police-commandment-and-garrison-gets-new-acting-commanders-03008#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:46:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76927 Read the full article...]]> The new acting commanders of the Kabul police commandment and garrison command assumed their duties on Thursday, days after the previous chiefs of the two commands were suspended due to the violent protests and deadly attacks in the capital city of Afghanistan.

Gen. Afzal Aman assumed charge of the Kabul garrison command by retaining his current post as the deputy of the reserved armed forces of the ministry of defense.

The senior deputy minister of interior for security General Mohammad Salim Ehsas also assumed the charge as the new acting police chief of Kabul city.

The former Kabul garrison command chief Gul Nabi Ahmadzai and the Kabul police chief Hassan Shah Frogh were suspended on 11th June amid deteriorating security situation and deadlock in the city due to the back to back explosions and violent protests.

Over 150 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded in a vehicle bombing and coordinated suicide attacks late in May and earlier this month in Kabul city.

The back to back explosions forced hundreds of people to take to the streets in Kabul to protest against the growing instability, demanding the removal of the top security officials and government leaders.

The protests turned violent after several rally participants attempted to move towards the presidential palace, sparking clash with the security forces that left several dead or wounded.

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Removal of barricades starts in Kabul city today: officials http://www.khaama.com/removal-of-barricades-starts-in-kabul-city-today-officials-03007 http://www.khaama.com/removal-of-barricades-starts-in-kabul-city-today-officials-03007#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:42:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76924 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan government officials are saying that the removal of barricades from across the Kabul roads will be launched today based on a decree by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

The Kabul mayor, Kabul Garrison chief, and Kabul police chief informed regarding the launch of the campaign during a press conference in Kabul on Thursday.

Abdullah Habibzai, the Kabul mayor, said the removal of barricades and blockades from all the governmental and non-governmental organizations will start on Friday as per the instructions of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the roads will be reopened until the Eid.

He urged the related organizations to assist with the security forces and the Kabul municipality in the implementation of the work and removal of barricades.

The Kabul Garrison chief said the security forces are obliged to assist with the Kabul municipality in the execution of the work, urging all the organizations and the people to assist the government in this regard.

In his turn, the Kabul police chief said the removal barricades and blockades from the roads is one of the main demands of the Kabul residents and the government and security institutions are committed to implement the work.

A representative of the Attorney General’s office also said the Attorney General stands with the security team and the Kabul municipality to carry out the work.

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Afghanistan confirmed as full members by the International cricket council http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-confirmed-as-full-members-by-the-international-cricket-council-03006 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-confirmed-as-full-members-by-the-international-cricket-council-03006#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:59:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76920 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan national cricket team has been confirmed as the full members by the International cricket council.

“ Afghanistan Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland have been confirmed as Full Members of the International Cricket Council after a unanimous vote at the ICC Full Council meeting at The Oval today,” ICC said in a statement.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in a statement said the International Cricket Council meeting was underway in London city of the United Kingdom and as a result the Afghanistan and Ireland cricket teams managed to achieve the full membership.

The statement further added that the Afghanistan cricket board had submitted an application for the full membership few days earlier.

This comes as reports regarding the consideration of the full membership for the Afghan cricket team emerged for the first time earlier in April this year.

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Afghanistan announces parliament elections date scheduled for 7 July 2018 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-announces-parliament-elections-date-scheduled-for-7-july-2018-03005 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-announces-parliament-elections-date-scheduled-for-7-july-2018-03005#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:46:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76918 Read the full article...]]> The Afghanistan Independent Elections Commission (IEC) announced the date for the long waited parliamentary elections.

IEC chief Najibullah Ahmadzai said the parliamentary elections date has been set for the July 7th of 2018.

He made the announcement during a press conference in Kabul this evening, urging the government to assist with the arrangement funds for the elections.

This comes as the government has stepped up efforts to organize the long-delayed parliamentary and district councils elections.

In a major move to pave the way for a fair and transparent election, the Afghan government modified the census law in a bid to help distribution of the electronic ID cards to ensure a transparent election.

The Afghan government also appointed Secretary General for the Independent Election Commission in the month of March this year in order to help expedite the process of the electoral bodies for organizing the elections.

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All options on table for jailed for jailed terrorists, says Afghan government http://www.khaama.com/all-options-on-table-for-jailed-for-jailed-terrorists-says-afghan-government-03004 http://www.khaama.com/all-options-on-table-for-jailed-for-jailed-terrorists-says-afghan-government-03004#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:31:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76915 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan government officials are saying that all options are on table for the jailed terrorists as the Taliban group has stepped up efforts for the release of the group’s members serving in the jails.

A presidential spokesman Shah Hussian Murtazawi told reporters in Kabul today that all options are on the table, insisting that the government will not comprise with the jailed terrorists.

This comes as the Taliban group released a video of the kidnapped American University lecturers on Wednesday, demanding the release of its prisoners from Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul and Bagram jail in return for the release of the two lecturers.

The group had earlier warned of consequences if the government approves the execution of the Taliban and Haqqani network members.

Earlier, reports had emerged suggesting that the Afghan government has signed the execution orders of several Taliban and Haqqani network members in response to the deadly attacks in Kabul city.

The vehicle bombing near the Embassy of Germany and coordinated suicide attack on a funeral in Kabul earlier this month and late in May left more than 150 people dead and hundreds more wounded.

The relentless attacks sparked furor among the government officials and the Afghan people who were demanding the execution of the Taliban and Haqqani network prisoners, including Anas Haqqani, a close relative and one of the most senior leaders of the network.

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Gunmen attack Logar mosque amid reports Hezb-e-Islami ex-commander killed http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attack-logar-mosque-amid-reports-hezb-e-islami-ex-commander-killed-03003 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attack-logar-mosque-amid-reports-hezb-e-islami-ex-commander-killed-03003#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:39:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76911 Read the full article...]]> A group of gunmen attacked a mosque in the central Logar province of Afghanistan late on Wednesday night amid reports a former commander of Hezb-e-Islami has been killed.

The provincial government media office in a statement confirmed the attack on the mosque in Mohammad Agha district.

The statement further added that a group of armed militants stormed into a mosque in Surkhabad area, leaving at least two prayer participants dead.

According to the provincial government, a tribal elder identified as Sher Agha Kochi was among those killed and two others were wounded.

In the meantime, the local officials in Mohammad Agha district said Kochi was a former commander of Hezb-e-Islami a local influential tribal elder.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.

Logar is among the relatively volatile provinces in central Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in a number of its remote districts.

The group often conducts insurgency activities by placing landmines and carrying out coordinated attacks against the government and security forces.

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Dozens killed, wounded in car bombing near a bank in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/coordinated-suicide-attack-on-bank-in-helmand-province-03002 http://www.khaama.com/coordinated-suicide-attack-on-bank-in-helmand-province-03002#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:38:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76904 Read the full article...]]> A a car bomb explosion took place close to a bank in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan earlier today, leaving scores of people dead or wounded.

The incident has taken place close to the Kabul Bank branch in Lashkargah city, the provincial capital of Helmand.

The provincial governor’s spokesman confirmed the incident and said preliminary reports indicate at least 38 people were killed in the attack.

He said more than 60 people were also wounded and there are fears that the casualties toll will climb as hundreds of people had gathered near the bank compound to collect their salaries.

According to Zwak, there are fears that the death toll may further rise as several people are in critical condition as they are being treated for the wounds they sustained in the attack.

The provincial public health officials had earlier said at least 29 people have been killed and nearly 50 others were wounded in the attack.

No group including the Taliban insurgents has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.

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Afghanistan and US hold talks regarding the framework of new bilateral cooperation http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-and-us-hold-talks-regarding-the-framework-of-new-bilateral-cooperation-03001 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-and-us-hold-talks-regarding-the-framework-of-new-bilateral-cooperation-03001#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:29:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76901 Read the full article...]]> The top Afghan and US officials have held talks regarding the framework of the new bilateral cooperation between Kabul and Washington.

The Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) in a statement said Afghanistan’s national security adviser and his US counterpart General Herbert McMaster discussed the current situation through a video conference on Wednesday evening.

The statement further added that the two sides held talks regarding the political and security situation of the country and the region.

Reaffirming the support of US and the American people to the Afghan nation, Gen. McMaster said Washington is committed to a long term support to Afghanistan.

According to ONSC, the two sides also discussed the agenda and other issues related to the meeting between the countries which is expected to be held in the near future.

The two sides also reached to some agreements in this regard, the statement said, adding that Mr. Atmar his American counterpart discussed the framework of the new political and security cooperation between the two countries.

The statement also added that Gen. McMaster has said the negotiations will continue so that necessary support can be utilized to Afghanistan in a bid to help with the stability and peace in the country.

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Haqqani network and Taliban retain freedom of action in Pakistan: US http://www.khaama.com/haqqani-network-and-taliban-retain-freedom-of-action-in-pakistan-us-03000 http://www.khaama.com/haqqani-network-and-taliban-retain-freedom-of-action-in-pakistan-us-03000#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:55:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76898 Read the full article...]]> The United States Department of Defense says the notorious Haqqani terrorist network and the Taliban group retains freedom of action in Pakistan.

“Pakistan is the most influential external actor affecting Afghan stability and the outcome of both the USFOR-A and the RS missions,” according to a new Pentagon report on Afghanistan.

The report further added that Pakistan views the outcome of Afghanistan to be in its vital national interest and thus remains driven by its India-centric regional policy objectives.

“Afghan oriented militant groups, including the Taliban and Haqqani Network, retain freedom of action inside Pakistani territory and benefit from support from elements of the Pakistani Government,” the report said.

Pentagon also added “Although Pakistani military operations have disrupted some militant sanctuaries, certain extremist groups—such as the Taliban and the Haqqani Network—were able to relocate and continue to operate in and from Pakistan. The United States continues to convey to Pakistan at all levels the importance of taking action against all terrorist and extremist groups.”

Haqqani network was formed in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani. The group is allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region.

The US Department of State designated the HQN as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012.

This comes as the Afghan officials have long been emphasizing that the leadership councils of the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network are based in the key cities of Pakistan, including Peshawar and Quetta, from where they plan and carry out deadly attacks inside Afghanistan.

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Taliban release video of American university lecturers, demanding prisoners release http://www.khaama.com/taliban-release-video-of-american-university-lecturers-demanding-prisoners-release-02999 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-release-video-of-american-university-lecturers-demanding-prisoners-release-02999#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:21:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76896 Read the full article...]]> The Taliban insurgents group in Afghanistan released a new video of the kidnapped American University lecturers late on Wednesday.

The video shows the two lecturers, Kevin King and Timothy Weeks, making pleas to the authorities for their release.

According to the abducted university lecturers, the Taliban group demands the release of their prisoners from Bagram and Pul-e-Charkhi prisons in exchange for their release.

The video was published late on Wednesday and was apparently recorded on 16th June, weeks after reports emerged suggesting that the Afghan government is mulling to execute Taliban and Haqqani network prisoners in response to the deadly Kabul attacks.

No further details were given regarding the prisoners of the Taliban group, their number, and identities but among the several key Taliban and Haqqani network prisoners being kept in the jails, is Anas Haqqani, a close relative of the Haqqani network leader who was captured long ago by the Afghan security forces.

The two lecturers were abducted in the month of August last year by gunmen who had disguised themselves in military uniforms.

Officials privy of the developments have said the two professors are being kept by the Haqqani terrorist network, a notorious militant group close to the Taliban insurgents.

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Refurbishment of 53 Blackhawks for the Afghan troops has commenced: Pentagon http://www.khaama.com/refurbishment-of-53-blackhawk-for-the-afghan-troops-has-commenced-pentagon-02998 http://www.khaama.com/refurbishment-of-53-blackhawk-for-the-afghan-troops-has-commenced-pentagon-02998#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:36:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76892 Read the full article...]]> The United States Department of Defense has said the refurbishment work of 53 UH-60 or Blackhawk helicopters for the Afghan security forces has commenced.

According to a new Pentagon report on Afghanistan “Under the ANDSF Road Map, the SMW will also expand to provide additional helicopter crews, consolidate the PC-12 aircraft into a new fixed-wing kandak, and create an aviation support kandak.”

The report further added that Afghan Air Force will have more than double the size of its fleet by 2023 as a result.

“This reporting period, construction began on the first two of six additional A-29s for the AAF, refurbishment commenced on the first 53 of a planned 159 UH-60As, and funding was allocated for AC-208 light-attack aircraft and 30 additional MD-530 helicopters,” the report said.

It also added that the pilot, maintainer, and support personnel changes will be made within the authorized tashkil level of 195,000 for the ANA.

This comes as efforts are underway by the Afghan government and the international allies of Afghanistan to increase the air power of the Afghan security forces.

The commander of the United States Central Command General Joseph L. Votel requested the US Congress to approve the budget for the Afghan forces Blackhawk program.

In his statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier in March this year, Gen. Votel informed regarding the significant capability gaps in Afghan Air Force, saying “Going forward, transitioning from Russian to U.S. airframes will ensure Afghan forces have a more sustainable fleet that is interoperable with U.S. forces and will enhance the Afghans’ ability to operate independently of coalition forces. The U.S. government is considering a critical AAF initiative to replace the unsustainable Russian-manufactured aircraft fleet and make up for combat losses in Afghan transport helicopters by providing U.S. UH-60s.”

He said “The DoD-request of $814.5M for FY17 for the first year of our plan to recapitalize the Afghan fleet provides funding to procure 53 UH-60s, with refurbishment and modification of the first 18; 30 additional armed MD-530F helicopters; 6 additional A-29 attack aircraft; and five AC-208s. The requested FY2017 Afghan Security Forces Fund (ASFF) budget, including the 23 additional funds for the first year of this proposed aviation initiative, went to Congress on 10 Nov 2016.”

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Afghan forces clear Tora Bora of ISIS leaving 44 militants dead, 22 wounded http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-clear-tora-bora-of-isis-leaving-44-militants-dead-22-wounded-02997 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-clear-tora-bora-of-isis-leaving-44-militants-dead-22-wounded-02997#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:20:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76887 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan national defense and security forces have fully cleared the strategic Tora Bora area from the presence of the ISIS militants, leaving at least 44 militants dead and 22 more wounded during the operations, the local officials said.

The commander of the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan army General Mohammad Zaman Waziri said at least 44 ISIS militants were killed since the operations were launched.

He said at least 22 more were wounded and two others were arrested along with their weapons and ammunition, confirming that the area has been fully cleared of ISIS terrorists.

The provincial police chief General Abdul Rahman Rahimi told reporters in Tora Bora that the security forces will not allow the insurgents to once again create sanctuaries and safe havens for themselves in Nangarhar and specifically in Tora Bora of Pacher Agam.

Provincial governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal in the meantime said the ISIS militants who had taken positions in Tora Bora were all foreigners.

He said Pakistani, Uzbek, Chechen, Arab, and other insurgents were seen among the militants during the operations.

According to Mangal, the foreign insurgents had arrived in Tora Bora via Parachinar and Sadi area.

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Militants use watermelon for explosions sparks concerns among Afghans http://www.khaama.com/militants-use-watermelon-for-explosions-sparks-concerns-among-afghans-02996 http://www.khaama.com/militants-use-watermelon-for-explosions-sparks-concerns-among-afghans-02996#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:28:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76883 Read the full article...]]> The use of fresh fruits for conducting explosions by the militants in Afghanistan has sparked concerns among as pictures showing the use of watermelon for conducting attacks have gone viral on social media during the recent days.

A man, believed to be a member of the militants groups, is shown in the pictures placing explosives inside a watermelon, apparently aiming to carry out an attack against the security forces or the civilians.

There are no further information available regarding the location where the pictures have been taken or the militant group using the new technique for the attacks.

However, the violence is on the rise, mainly due to the insurgency led by the Taliban group across the country.

The Taliban insurgents frequently use IEDs as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government officials but in majority of such incidents the ordinary civilians are targeted.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UANAMA) released its latest civilian casualties report in April, covering a period of three months since the start of 2017.

According to the report, the Anti-Government Elements caused 62 per cent of civilian casualties – 1,353 civilian casualties (447 dead and 906 injured), reflecting a five per cent increase compared to the same period in 2016.

The UN mission also added it recorded a 12 per cent increase in civilian casualties caused by pressure-plate improvised explosive devices – 218 civilian casualties (86 dead and 132 injured).

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Heavy explosion heard in Jalalabad city of Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/heavy-explosion-heard-in-jalalabad-city-of-afghanistan-02995 http://www.khaama.com/heavy-explosion-heard-in-jalalabad-city-of-afghanistan-02995#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:58:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76881 Read the full article...]]> A relatively explosion has taken place in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

According to reports, the incident has taken place close to a government compound but there are no information available regarding the type of the explosion and possible casualties.

In the meantime, eyewitnesses in the area said an Improvised Explosive Device went off near the Eidgah mosque in the 4th police district of the city but no casualties were inflicted to the civilians or security personnel.

This comes as a judge was killed and three others were wounded in a magnetic bomb explosion in Jalalabad city on Tuesday.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Both the Taliban insurgents and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are active in Nangarhar province and often carry out insurgency activities in areas under their control and in provincial capital Jalalabad city.

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Ex-senior Afghan officials jailed, fined on embezzlement of over AFN 1 billion http://www.khaama.com/ex-senior-afghan-officials-jailed-fined-on-embezzlement-of-over-afn-1-billion-02993 http://www.khaama.com/ex-senior-afghan-officials-jailed-fined-on-embezzlement-of-over-afn-1-billion-02993#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:43:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76876 Read the full article...]]> Four former senior officials of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing of Afghanistan were jailed and fined over the embezzlement of more than one billion Afghanis while they were serving in the ministry.

The ex-officials, apart from one missing, were tried by the Appellate court of the special tribunal, Afghanistan Anti-Corruption Justice Center today.

According to the verdict of the appellate court, Ahmad Nawaz was jailed for seven years on misuse of authority in at least six stances along with Mohammad Yaqoob with a total fine of 44,360,442 Afghanis.

The verdict against Mohammad Yaqoob was announced in his absence as he still missing since the arrest warrants of the four officials were issued over the embezzlement of the state funds.

The court also announced jail terms 20 years for each of the two convicts, Amin Qani and Syed Aman, on charges of misuse of authority and embezzlement in at least 24 stances.

The two former senior officials were also awarded a total fine of 56,822,720 Afghanis.

This comes as the primary court of the special tribunal had jailed the four Afghan officials for 20 and 7 years each and a total fine of 1.86 billion Afghanis on charges of embezzlement during the preliminary court hearing late in March this year.

According to the court hearing, Mohammad Aminullah Qani, Head of Apartments Cohesion and Syed Aman Sadat, Manager Finance Apartments Cohesion were jailed for 20 years each on charges of the embezzlement and misuse of the authority.

The two former officials of the Ministry of the Urban Development and Housing were also fined 150 million Afghanis each.

The two other officials, Ahmad Nawaz Bakhtyar, Director of Housing Enterprise and Mohammad Yaqub Ibrahimi, the Deputy Director for Housing Enterprise, were jailed for seven years each.

The special tribunal also awarded a fine of 443 million for each of the former officials on charges of the embezzlement and misuse of the authority.

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Pakistan launches fencing and construction work along Durand Line http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-launches-fencing-and-construction-work-along-durand-line-02994 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-launches-fencing-and-construction-work-along-durand-line-02994#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:00:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76878 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan has launched the fencing and construction work along the Durand Line despite the objections by the Afghan authorities and recent clashes mainly having links with the dispute regarding the line.

The Pakistani military informed regarding the commencement of the fencing work along the line on Tuesday, saying the step has been taken with an aim to improve security.

The Inter Services Public Relations, media wing of the Pakistani military, in a statement said “Measures to improve the security situation along the Pak-Afghan border continue and phase fencing of Pak-Afghan border has commenced.”

The statement further added the work will be done in two phases, with the first phase to focus on high infiltration prone border areas in Bajaur, Mohmand and Khyber agencies where fencing has started.

According to the Pakistani military, in the second phase fencing of the remaining border areas, including Balochistan, will be executed.

In reaction to the commencement of the work along the line, the ministry of interior of Afghanistan said Pakistan has no right to fence the line or construct any building.

“Pakistan has no right to fence or construct any building along the border with Afghanistan,” said Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry told Associated Press.

He warned of retaliatory action, referring to previous firefights that erupted when Pakistan sought to build border fortifications.

“In the past also Pakistan made a mistake by constructing buildings along the border and faced strong reaction from us. We hope they don’t repeat such mistakes once again,” he said.

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Explosion in Kabul city leaves one wounded http://www.khaama.com/explosion-in-kabul-city-leaves-one-wounded-02991 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-in-kabul-city-leaves-one-wounded-02991#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:20:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76871 Read the full article...]]> An explosion took place in Kabul city earlier today with the security officials saying at least one person was wounded.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman Najib Danish confirmed the incident and said preliminary reports indicate one person was wounded in the explosion.

He said the blast took place in the vicinity of the 15th police district of the city after a magnetic bomb planted in a vehicle went off.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This comes as the anti-government armed militant groups have been attempting to carry out attacks in key cities of the country, including capital Kabul during the recent months.

At least five people were killed and nearly ten others were wounded in a suicide attack in Kabul city last week.

The incident took place late on Thursday night after two suicide bombers attempted to enter the mosque and detonate explosives among the prayer participants.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, had claimed responsibility behind the attack.

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Taliban’s suicide bombings organizer arrested in Sar-e-Pul: officials http://www.khaama.com/talibans-suicide-attacks-organizer-arrested-in-sar-e-pul-officials-02989 http://www.khaama.com/talibans-suicide-attacks-organizer-arrested-in-sar-e-pul-officials-02989#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:21:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76863 Read the full article...]]> A key Taliban group member who was trained for the suicide attacks was arrested by the security forces in northern Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan, the local officials said Monday.

The detained Taliban group has been identified as Ahmad Khurshid who is a fresh graduate of a training center where militants are trained for the suicide attacks and bombings.

The provincial government media office in a statement said Khurshid had recently graduated from the training camp located in Suzma Qala district and was sent to Sancharak district for the attacks.

The statement further added that Khurshid was arrested on Sunday night while supervising a coordinated attack on security posts and other government compounds.

At least one Taliban insurgent was also killed during the clashes and four others were wounded, the statement added.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

Sar-e-Pul is among the relatively calm provinces in northern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed militant groups are active in some of its districts and often conduct insurgency activities.

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Kabul protesters claim nearly 30 killed, wounded in latest violence http://www.khaama.com/kabul-protesters-claim-nearly-30-killed-wounded-in-latest-violence-02988 http://www.khaama.com/kabul-protesters-claim-nearly-30-killed-wounded-in-latest-violence-02988#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:05:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76861 Read the full article...]]> The protesters in Kabul claim that nearly thirty people were killed or wounded during the latest violence between the protesters and security forces.

The members of the movement ‘Resurrection for Change’ involved in the sit-ins against the government, claimed that two of the protesters were killed and 27 others were wounded during the latest clash.

They also claimed that eleven protesters were taken away by the security forces in an attempt to remove the tent from the downtown Kabul and at least one of the protesters was run over by the vehicle.

This comes as the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah earlier confirmed the death of at least one protester during the violence with the security forces.

He promised that the last night’s incident will be thoroughly investigated by the government as he urged the security forces to practice restraint while dealing with such incidents.

The tents in Kabul were set up after the protests in Kabul turned violent earlier this month and several people were killed or wounded during the clashes.

The protests turned violent as the rally participants were attempting to get close to the presidential palace as they were demanding the resigning of the government leaders and security officials in the aftermath of the deadly bombings in Kabul city.

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Modi thanks Ghani for Afghanistan-India air corridor initiative http://www.khaama.com/modi-thanks-ghani-for-afghanistan-india-air-corridor-initiative-02987 http://www.khaama.com/modi-thanks-ghani-for-afghanistan-india-air-corridor-initiative-02987#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:24:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76858 Read the full article...]]> The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for the initiative to launch the Afghanistan-India air corridor.

Modi expressed optimisms regarding the inauguration of the air corridor as he welcomed the arrival of the first flight to New Delhi from Kabul.

In a twitter post, Modi said “Happy to welcome the first Air Freight Corridor flight from Kabul.”

“Direct connectivity between India and Afghanistan will usher prosperity. I thank President @ashrafghani for the initiative,” he said in another twitter post in his official twitter account.

The first flight carrying cargo of around 62 tons left Kabul airport on Monday evening and was welcomed by the Indian officials, including the Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj who visited the New Delhi airport to receive the first plane as part of the air corridor program between Kabul and New Delhi.

According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries officials, the first flight transported cargo worth $11 million, mainly consisting of medicinal herbs.

The Indian Embassy in Kabul says that second flight as part of the air corridor initiative will take place in the near future and will transport around 4 tons of fresh fruits to New Delhi.

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Death of protester during clash with Kabul police to be investigated: Abdullah http://www.khaama.com/death-of-protester-during-clash-with-kabul-police-to-be-investigated-abdullah-02986 http://www.khaama.com/death-of-protester-during-clash-with-kabul-police-to-be-investigated-abdullah-02986#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:47:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76856 Read the full article...]]> The Chief Executive of the government of national unity of Afghanistan confirmed the death of a protester during last night’s clash with the security forces.

Speaking during a gathering in Kabul today, Abdullah said the issue will be thoroughly investigated as he emphasized that the security personnel should exercises restraint while dealing with such issues.

According to reports, several security personnel were deployed to the downtown in Kabul city to remove a tent erected by the protesters following the violent protests earlier this month.

However, the a clash broke out between the protesters and security forces around 1 am local time and reportedly continued until 4 am in the morning, resulting into the death of a protester.

In the meantime, the protesters are claiming that two of their members were killed and eight others were wounded during the clash with the security forces.

The sit-in camps in busy parts of the city were erected earlier this month after several people were killed or wounded during the clash with the security forces as hundreds of people were marching during a rally to protest against the deadly bombings in Kabul city.

The protests turned violent as the rally participants were attempting to move towards the presidential palace, chanting anti-government slogans and demanding the resignation of the government leaders and security officials.

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Explosion in Jalalabad city leaves a judge dead, 3 civilians wounded http://www.khaama.com/explosion-in-jalalabad-city-leaves-a-judge-dead-3-civilians-wounded-02985 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-in-jalalabad-city-leaves-a-judge-dead-3-civilians-wounded-02985#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:07:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76853 Read the full article...]]> An explosion took place in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan earlier today, leaving at least four people dead or wounded.

The provincial government in a statement said the incident took place in the vicinity of the 4th police district of the city after a magnetic bomb planted in the vehicle of a judge went off.

The statement further added that the judge serving with the preliminary court of the anti-corruption Sher Rahman was killed in the explosion and three others were wounded.

At least two of his brothers and another civilian passing from the area in Shesham Bagh were wounded in the explosion, the statement said, adding that Mr. Rahman was initially wounded in the explosion and succumbed to his injuries after he was shifted to hospital for the treatment.

The provincial hospital officials are saying that the health condition of Rahman’s brothers and the civilian is satisfactory.

No individual or group including the Taliban insurgents has far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but certain remote districts of it have witnessed growing insurgency mainly led by Taliban and ISIS during the recent years.

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ARG hosts meeting on urgent development, economic plan for Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/arg-hosts-meeting-on-urgent-development-economic-plan-for-kabul-city-02984 http://www.khaama.com/arg-hosts-meeting-on-urgent-development-economic-plan-for-kabul-city-02984#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:45:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76850 Read the full article...]]> President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chaired a meeting to discuss the plan for Kabul city development and  steps to grow the economy of the capital. (Photo: AFP)

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said the head of the independent directorate of capital zone development Elham Hotaki presented 15 recommendations for the development and economic growth of the capital to the meeting.

Some of the key recommendations presented to the meeting included the cleaning of Kabul river, construction of 100 schools and clinics, empowerment of women, preparation and management of water distribution, and coordination of efforts for the establishment of commercial market for the women in a bid to create jobs for over 100,000 people.

He said the plan for the development and economic growth of the capital focuses on responding the needs of the Kabul city, create jobs, and pave the way for future development for the capital residents.

President Ghani said further discussions will be made during the next meetings for the creation of momentum to implement the development and economic growth plan in the city as he emphasized that the plan will create jobs for the people.

The meeting was also attended by CEO Abdullah, cabinet members, presidential advisers, members of the independent directorate of the local governance, and representatives of donors supporting the Kabul program.

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Government approves ten major contracts worth 1.4 billion Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/government-approves-ten-major-contracts-worth-1-4-billion-afghanistan-02983 http://www.khaama.com/government-approves-ten-major-contracts-worth-1-4-billion-afghanistan-02983#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:50:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76846 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan government has approved ten major contracts worth 1.4 billion Afghanis during a meeting of the National Procurement Commission.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said the meeting of the National Procurement Commission was organized on Monday morning in the presidential palace and was chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

The contracts approved during the meeting include road construction projects in Kabul city, starting from Parwan-3 area to Lab-e-Jar, and from 500-family area to Lycee Maryam and Khesht-e-Ukhtef.

The other contracts approved during the meeting include construction of canals in Laqi area, Shahrwan Takhar, and Seya Aab areas belonging to the ministry of energy and water, hiring of consulting firm for the construction of road from Trans to Hindukosh, maintenance project for Hamid Karzai international airport, and maintenance and repair of radars of Mazar-e-Sharif airport.

The procurement of spares for the Ministry of Interior vehicles, procurement of IT equipment for independent directorate of the capital zone development, and public awareness project belonging to the ministry of counter-narcotics were the other projects approved during the meeting, the ARG palace added.

The meeting also focused on the categorization of the private firms operating in the country to provide more opportunities for the small and medium enterprises, specifically to those firms owned and operated by the women.

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Militants planning suicide attack on Afghan parliament with some MPs support http://www.khaama.com/militants-planning-suicide-attack-on-afghan-parliament-with-some-mps-support-02982 http://www.khaama.com/militants-planning-suicide-attack-on-afghan-parliament-with-some-mps-support-02982#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:13:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76844 Read the full article...]]> The anti-government armed militants are planning to carry out a suicide attack on the parliament building with the support of some lawmakers.

The issue was shared by certain lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, during the general session of the parliament on Monday.

An MP Nilofar Ibrahimi said they have been informed regarding the possible attack by the security sources.

She said the intelligence reports shared with the parliament indicates that two lawmakers are attempting to assist in bring the suicide bombers to the parliament building.

According to MP Ibrahimi, the two lawmakers either belonging to the Lower House or Upper House of the Parliament.

The Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi also said he has been informed regarding the plan allegedly involving lawmakers.

He said the issue has been shared with the security institutions to take steps in a bid to foil the attack plan.

This comes as capital Kabul witnessed growing instability, mainly due to insurgency led by the militants and several attacks were carried out late last month and earlier this month, leaving hundreds of people dead or wounded.

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3 ex-officials to be tried in Appellate Court for embezzlement of 1b Afghanis http://www.khaama.com/3-ex-officials-to-be-tried-in-appellate-court-for-embezzlement-of-1b-afghanis-02981 http://www.khaama.com/3-ex-officials-to-be-tried-in-appellate-court-for-embezzlement-of-1b-afghanis-02981#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76842 Read the full article...]]> Three ex-senior officials of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH) will be tried in the Appellate Court by the Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC).

According to the officials of ACJC, the appellate court hearing of the three former senior officials will open today.

The officials further added that the court hearing will be conducted openly and in the presence of the media.

This comes as the special tribunal formed to try the officials in corruption cases jailed four Afghan officials for 20 and 7 years each and a total fine of 1.86 billion Afghanis on charges of embezzlement during the preliminary court hearing late in March this year.

According to the court hearing, Mohammad Aminullah Qani, Head of Apartments Cohesion and Syed Aman Sadat, Manager Finance Apartments Cohesion were jailed for 20 years each on charges of the embezzlement and misuse of the authority.

The two former officials of the Ministry of the Urban Development and Housing were also fined 150 million Afghanis each.

The two other officials, Ahmad Nawaz Bakhtyar, Director of Housing Enterprise and Mohammad Yaqub Ibrahimi, the Deputy Director for Housing Enterprise, were jailed for seven years each.

The special tribunal also awarded a fine of 443 million for each of the former officials on charges of the embezzlement and misuse of the authority.

The three officials except Mohammad Yaqoob Ibrahimi are serving in Jail. Ibrahimi is on the run and the verdict during the trial was announced in his absence as efforts are underway for his arrest.

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Clash among protesters and police in Kabul, casualties feared http://www.khaama.com/clash-among-protesters-and-police-in-kabul-casualties-feared-02980 http://www.khaama.com/clash-among-protesters-and-police-in-kabul-casualties-feared-02980#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:50:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76840 Read the full article...]]> A clash broke out between the protesters and security forces in the early hours of Tuesday morning amid reports some protesters were killed or wounded during the clash.

The incident took place around 1 am local time after the security forces attempted to clear a tent set up by the protesters day ago.

The clash reportedly started after the protesters prevented the security forces to clear their tent and started hurling stones and resisting the security personnel through other means.

The protesters are claiming that one of them was killed and five others were wounded during the clash with the security forces.

The tents in Kabul were set up after the protests in Kabul turned violent earlier this month and several people were killed or wounded during the clashes.

The protests turned violent as the rally participants were attempting to get close to the presidential palace as they were demanding the resigning of the government leaders and security officials in the aftermath of the deadly bombings in Kabul city.

President Ghani earlier had said the blocking of the roads and causing disturbance to the public are not acceptable as he called for immediate clearing of the routes blocked by the protesters who have set up camps.

He made the remarks during a meeting with the administrative delegation of the Afghan parliament’s Lower House, Wolesi Jirga.

The Afghan lawmakers said peaceful protests and demonstrations are the right of the people but sit-in tents have created problems for the people and residents of Kabul city as they announced their support to the government of national unity for the implementation of law.

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Afghanistan-India air corridor inaugurated as $11m cargo to arrive New Delhi today http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-india-air-corridor-inaugurated-as-5m-cargo-to-arrive-new-delhi-today-02979 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-india-air-corridor-inaugurated-as-5m-cargo-to-arrive-new-delhi-today-02979#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:10:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76836 Read the full article...]]> The air corridor between Afghanistan and India was formally inaugurated by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani today as cargo worth $11 million is expected to arrive in New Delhi today.

The second flight as part of the air corridor is expected to leave Afghanistan in a week time and will carry cargo worth $2 million from the southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

Speaking during the inauguration of the air corridor, President Ghani thanked the Indian Prime Minister for the support of the Indian government for turning the plan into the reality.

He said Kabul and New Delhi will turn the barriers into opportunities as he emphasized that the government of national unity’s aim is to turn the country into a state that exports commodities to outside the country.

President Ghani further added that the peace and stability would be difficult and impossible to achieve in the absence of economic stability in the country which can only be achieved with the increase in exports.

The Embassy of India in Kabul says the first flight will carry cargo load of around 62 tons and the second flight will leave Kandahar for New Delhi in the near future.

The first flight of the air corridor will be received by the external minister of India in New Delhi.

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Ghani promises to reopen blocked roads in Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/ghani-promises-to-reopen-blocked-roads-in-kabul-city-02978 http://www.khaama.com/ghani-promises-to-reopen-blocked-roads-in-kabul-city-02978#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:09:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76834 Read the full article...]]> President Mohammad Ashraf promised to reopen all the blocked roads in capital Kabul as he asked for the support of the civil society in this regard.

He made the remarks during a meeting with the members of the civil society in Kabul today.

“President Ashraf Ghani pledged that all blocked roads in Kabul city will be reopened. Civil societies’ supports is needed,” the Office of the President, ARG Palace said.

This comes as President Ghani earlier said the blocking of the roads and causing disturbance to the public are not acceptable as he called for immediate clearing of the routes blocked by the protesters who have set up camps.

He made the remarks during a meeting with the administrative delegation of the Afghan parliament’s Lower House, Wolesi Jirga.

The Afghan lawmakers said peaceful protests and demonstrations are the right of the people but sit-in tents have created problems for the people and residents of Kabul city as they announced their support to the government of national unity for the implementation of law.

The tents in Kabul were set up after the protests in Kabul turned violent earlier this month and several people were killed or wounded during the clashes.

The protests turned violent as the rally participants were attempting to get close to the presidential palace as they were demanding the resigning of the government leaders and security officials in the aftermath of the deadly bombings in Kabul city.

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3 arrested for gang-raping and murdering 7-year-old girl in Kunduz http://www.khaama.com/3-arrested-for-gang-raping-and-murdering-7-year-old-girl-in-kunduz-02977 http://www.khaama.com/3-arrested-for-gang-raping-and-murdering-7-year-old-girl-in-kunduz-02977#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:45:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76831 Read the full article...]]> A group of three people were arrested in connection to the gang-rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamidi said the minor girl was initially gang-raped by the men and was strangled to death.

He said the incident took place nearly three weeks ago and the men were arrested after the dead body of the girl was found from a yard.

According to Hamidi, the perpetrators of the incident were arrested during the search operation and investigations of the security forces and their cases have been referred to the judiciary institutions.

This comes as rape incidents involving armed individuals against the minor children are on the rise in the remote parts of the country amid rampant violence against the women.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission officials said last year that they have recorded around 3,000 cases of violence against women and young girls.

An 8-year-old girl was also gang-raped and was brutally murdered by a group of armed men in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan earlier this month.

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UK media reacts at beating and slapping of Afghan asylum seeker http://www.khaama.com/uk-media-reacts-at-beating-and-slapping-of-afghan-asylum-seeker-02976 http://www.khaama.com/uk-media-reacts-at-beating-and-slapping-of-afghan-asylum-seeker-02976#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:39:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76827 Read the full article...]]> The media in United Kingdom has reacted regarding the beating and slapping of an asylum seeker by sharing the video which purportedly shows the violence against the Afghan man.

The video taken by another passenger on board a plane bound for Istanbul from London, was widely shared by the media outlets in UK as an individual believed to be an immigration officer is shown slapping and forcing the man against the wall of the plane.

The clip was filmed by passenger Ahtzaz Ali, 27, an office manager from Birmingham, who was travelling to help Syrian refugees, according to the UK-based MailOnline newspaper.

“There was a man who was clearly upset on board the plane but wasn’t being abusive to the crew or anybody else,” he was quoted as saying in a report by the Press Association.

Ali further added “All of a sudden, someone who seemed like they were an immigration officer came and started physically abusing the man by slapping him and pushing his face down whilst he was crying and shouting that he wouldn’t be safe going back to Afghanistan.”

“The journey after he was taken off the plane was very upsetting as passengers were in tears, clearly disturbed by what they had seen,” he added.

This comes as the Human Rights Watch earlier urged the European countries to stop the deportation of the Afghan asylum seekers after a series of deadly attacks rocked capital Kabul, leaving hundreds of people dead or wounded.

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ISIS loses two top foreign supporters in East of Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/isis-loses-two-top-foreign-supporters-in-east-of-afghanistan-02975 http://www.khaama.com/isis-loses-two-top-foreign-supporters-in-east-of-afghanistan-02975#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:27:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76825 Read the full article...]]> The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, has lost two of its top foreign supporters in eastern Nangarahr province.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in the East said at least eleven insurgents of the terror group were killed during the counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours.

A statement by the 201st Silab Corps said two key foreign supporters of the terror group and one of their commanders were killed during the operations, Silab Four (7).

The statement further added that the ISIS local leader killed during the operations has been identified as Qari Abdul Wahid.

The operations were conducted with the support of the close air support and artillery units, the 201st Silab Corps added.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but certain remote districts of it have witnessed growing insurgency mainly led by Taliban and ISIS during the recent years.

A major plan of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to establish the Khurasan province in Afghanistan has been foiled by the Afghan security forces, the acting Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami said Saturday.

Bahrami further added that the Afghan security forces have launched 12 large operations so far and dozens of medium and large operations while hundreds of airstrikes have been conducted on the hideouts of the terror group.

According to the acting minister of defense, at least 2,500 militants of the terrorist group have been killed during the operations until now and around 800 others have sustained injuries.

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Afghan spy chief rejects existence of 5th pillar in govt and its role in recent violence http://www.khaama.com/afghan-spy-chief-rejects-existence-of-5th-pillar-in-govt-and-its-role-in-recent-violence-02974 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-spy-chief-rejects-existence-of-5th-pillar-in-govt-and-its-role-in-recent-violence-02974#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:07:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76822 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief, Masoom Stanikzai rejected the allegations regarding the existence of the 5th pillar in the government having role in the recent violence in the country.

Speaking to lawmakers in the Upper House of the Parliament, Meshrano Jirga, Stanikzai said the term ‘5th pillar’ is a rumor spread by the political circles and such a thing or circle does not exist in the government.

Stanikzai further added that the existence of the 5th or 6th pillar is baseless and it is only the rumors being spread due to the political rivalries.

The NDS chief also rejected that the current system is facing threats of collapse but warned that inappropriate remarks and spread of rumors could take the country towards a crisis.

Stanikzia was summoned by the lawmakers due to the persistent security and political issues faced by the country, particularly in capital Kabul where sit-ins by certain protesters continue demanding the removal of the top security officials from the government.

The protests organized in capital Kabul in reaction to the May 31st bombing turned violent, leaving several dead or wounded but the tensions between the protesters and the government heightened after a series of bombings struck a funeral ceremony in Kabul with the supporters of the demonstration, specifically the Jamiat-e-Islami party alleging that the attack was aimed at a specific political movement claiming that the certain circles within the government were involved in the attack.

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Afghan forces clear strategic Tora Bora of ISIS militants: Gen. Waziri http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-clear-strategic-tora-bora-of-isis-militants-gen-waziri-02973 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-clear-strategic-tora-bora-of-isis-militants-gen-waziri-02973#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:19:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76820 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have cleared the strategic Tora Bora area of ISIS militants, inflicting heavy casualties to the fighters of the group, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesman General Dawlat Waziri said Monday.

He said the mountainous terrains of the area and its surroundings were cleared during the operations conducted two days ago.

Gen. Waziri further added that the Afghan security forces are still stationed in the area and a search operation is underway to find the insurgents who fled the area during the operations.

According to Gen. Waziri, the ISIS militants have hidden themselves inside the caves in Tora Bora and Afghan forces are busy conducting clearance operations to find them and fully clear the area.

In the meantime, the provincial government in Nangarhar said the Afghan forces have started clearance operations and moving towards Alif Khel and Markhanai villages in Pacher Agam district, located close to the Tora Bora area which has been fully cleared.

A statement by the provincial government said the operations are being led by the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan national army and in joint cooperation between the Afghan commandos, Afghan intelligence, and security personnel from the other institutions.

The statement further added that no casualties have been reported among the security forces involved in the operations.

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Top Haqqani network leaders killed in Paktia airstrike http://www.khaama.com/top-haqqani-network-leaders-killed-in-paktia-airstrike-02972 http://www.khaama.com/top-haqqani-network-leaders-killed-in-paktia-airstrike-02972#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:20:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76818 Read the full article...]]> Two senior leaders of the Haqqani terrorist network were killed in an airstrike in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the two top Haqqani network leaders were killed in the vicinity of Orgun district earlier today.

A statement by MoI said the two leaders of the terrorist network identified as Abdul Azizi and Ghalchakai were targeted in Shikhan area of Orgun around 5:30 am local time.

The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan also confirmed that an airstrike was carried out in Orgun and at least five Haqqani network members were killed.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Haqqani network and Taliban have not commented regarding the report so far.

The airstrike was apparently carried out nearly a hour before a group of suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack on a headquarters of the police forces in this province.

Haqqani network was formed in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani. The group is allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region.

The US Department of State designated the HQN as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012.

This comes as a senior Haqqani network leader was killed in a drone strike in the tribal regions of Pakistan last week.

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American national kidnapped in Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/american-national-kidnapped-in-kabul-city-02971 http://www.khaama.com/american-national-kidnapped-in-kabul-city-02971#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:55:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76814 Read the full article...]]> A foreign national has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in capital Kabul earlier today, according to the security sources.

The incident has taken place in the vicinity of the third police district of the city in Karte Char area of the city.

According to reports, the American national was working with the Ministry Agriculture of Afghanistan on a World Bank project.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This comes as two foreign nationals working for the American University were kidnapped in a similar attack last year.

Taliban released a 13-minute video earlier this year which purportedly showed the two lecturers making desperate pleas for their lives.

The video was released months after reports emerged that the US forces conducted an operation to release them but achievement was made in the raid.

Officials privy of the developments have said the two professors are being kept by the Haqqani terrorist network, a notorious militant group close to the Taliban insurgents.

The two lecturers were abducted in the month of August last year by gunmen who had disguised themselves in military uniforms.

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Saudi and Egypt seeks Hamid Karzai’s support against Qatar http://www.khaama.com/saudi-and-egypt-seeks-hamid-karzais-support-against-qatar-02970 http://www.khaama.com/saudi-and-egypt-seeks-hamid-karzais-support-against-qatar-02970#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:25:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76811 Read the full article...]]> The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt have sought the support of the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the stance the coalition of the Arab countries against Qatar.

The Office of the former president in a statement said the Ambassador of Egypt and Charge d’Affaires of the Kingdom of Saudi met with Hamid Karzai to discuss the issue surrounding the sanctions imposed on Qatar.

The statement further added that the two top diplomats of Saudi Arabia and Egypt demanded from the ex-president to declare his support in the isolation of Qatar.

In his turn, Karzai called on unity among the Muslim nations but declared his support against any nation supporting or having links with the terrorism, the statement added.

Several Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and some other states have supported the isolation and sanctions imposed by Saudi on Qatar.

Qatar is accused of having links with the terrorist groups and relations with Iran, the two main reasons behind the step taken by certain Arab states to isolate the country and impose sanctions.

Several neighboring countries of Qatar have closed transit routes and borders with it in a bid to increase pressures on Doha.

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Ex-Taliban commander admits the group’s leaders are in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/ex-taliban-commander-admits-the-groups-leaders-are-in-pakistan-02969 http://www.khaama.com/ex-taliban-commander-admits-the-groups-leaders-are-in-pakistan-02969#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:57:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76808 Read the full article...]]> A former commander of the Taliban group who has joined peace process in eastern Nangarhar province has admitted that the group’s leaders are based in the neighboring Pakistan.

The provincial government in a statement said a group of Taliban insurgents joined peace process due to the efforts of the Afghan intelligence operatives and have vowed that they will not conduct anti-government activities anymore.

The leader of the group Abdul Wahab who has surrendered to the government with his four fighters has said they were conducting insurgency in Khogyani, Shirzad, Hesarak, Chaparhar and some other districts of Nangarhar since last eight years.

Wahab claimed that the group’s top leaders are based in Pakistan and they were receiving instructions from them to conduct insurgency activities.

Another member of the group Wahidullah who joined peace process has said he joined the Taliban ranks six years ago and during the period they were receiving instructions from the Pakistan-based leaders of the group to conduct insurgency.

Accoridng ot Wahidullah, they were mainly instructed to target the schools, bridges, culverts and other public welfare compounds.

The Taliban insurgents group has not commented regarding the surrender of the group’s fighters in this province so far.

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Islamabad says two Pakistani diplomats have gone missing in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/islamabad-says-two-pakistani-diplomats-have-gone-missing-in-afghanistan-02968 http://www.khaama.com/islamabad-says-two-pakistani-diplomats-have-gone-missing-in-afghanistan-02968#comments Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:07:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76805 Read the full article...]]> The Pakistani officials have claimed that the two diplomats of the country have gone missing in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan in a statement said “Two officials of our Consulate General Jalalabad are missing since 16th June 2017 while commuting to Pakistan by road. The matter has been raised with the relevant Afghan authorities for their safety and recovery, at the earliest.”

The statement further added that the Afghan authorities have informed that all efforts were in hand to probe the incident and three distinct investigating groups have been constituted to ensure safe recovery of the officials.

“Pakistan has requested the Afghan Government that all efforts may be made to ensure early recovery of our officials and bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice,” the statement said, adding that “We are in constant touch with the Afghan authorities.”

 It is yet not clear if the two diplomats have been kidnapped and no group or individual has so far not commented regarding the missing of the two individuals so far.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed militant groups have recently increased their insurgency activities in some parts of the province during the recent years.

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Blocking roads and disturbing people not acceptable, Ghani tells Kabul protesters http://www.khaama.com/blocking-roads-and-disturbing-people-not-acceptable-ghani-tells-kabul-protesters-02967 http://www.khaama.com/blocking-roads-and-disturbing-people-not-acceptable-ghani-tells-kabul-protesters-02967#comments Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:54:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76803 Read the full article...]]> President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the blocking of the roads and causing disturbance to the public are not acceptable as he called for immediate clearing of the routes blocked by the protesters who have set up camps.

He made the remarks during a meeting with the administrative delegation of the Afghan parliament’s Lower House, Wolesi Jirga.

The Afghan lawmakers said peaceful protests and demonstrations are the right of the people but sit-in tents have created problems for the people and residents of Kabul city.

They also announced their support to the government of national unity for the implementation of law.

In his turn, President Ghani said the closing of the routes and blocking of the roads are not unacceptable that causes problems and creates disturbances to the city residents.

President Ghani further added that the presence of the tents have also caused financial losses to the traders besides creating problems to the residents of Kabul.

In the meantime, the lawmakers of the Lower House of the Parliament said they will once again hold talks with the protesters in a bid to resolve the issue.

The tents in Kabul were set up after the protests in Kabul turned violent earlier this month and several people were killed or wounded during the clashes.

The protests turned violent as the rally participants were attempting to get close to the presidential palace as they were demanding the resigning of the government leaders and security officials in the aftermath of the deadly bombings in Kabul city.

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Afghan commandos deployed to clear the strategic Tora Bora from ISIS: MoD http://www.khaama.com/afghan-commandos-deployed-to-clear-the-strategic-tora-bora-from-isis-mod-02966 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-commandos-deployed-to-clear-the-strategic-tora-bora-from-isis-mod-02966#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 05:51:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76801 Read the full article...]]> The Special Operations forces of the Afghan National Army, Afghan commandos, have been deployed to the strategic Tora Bora, days after the ISIS terrorist group claimed the capture of the area.

The acting Afghan defense minister Tariq Shah Bahrami told reporters in Kabul on Saturday that the Afghan commandos have been deployed to Tora Bora area.

He said the operations are underway in the area and developments regarding the clearance of the area are expected soon.

This comes as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, claimed Thursday that Osama Bin Laden’s hideout in the remote Tora Bora area in eastern Nangarhar province has been captured.

The group’s loyalists informed regarding the capture of the mountainous terrain, a claim which was rejected by the Afghan officials.

A local security official in Pacher Agam confirmed that the militants of the terror group have gotten closer to Tora and heavy clashes are underway between the terror group and Taliban militants close to the area.

The official further added that the militants of the terror group reached Tora Bora via Khogyani district but rejected the claims by ISIS that the area has fallen to its fighters control.

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Car bombing and coordinated suicide attack on police HQ in Paktia http://www.khaama.com/car-bombing-and-coordinated-suicide-attack-on-police-hq-in-paktia-02965 http://www.khaama.com/car-bombing-and-coordinated-suicide-attack-on-police-hq-in-paktia-02965#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 05:03:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76799 Read the full article...]]> A group of suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack on a police headquarters in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan earlier today.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman Najib Danish confirmed the incident took place around 6 am local time.

He said a suicide bomber initially detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device near the headquarters compound, allowing the other suicide bombers to launch the attack.

Danish further added that two of the suicide bombers were killed during the initial minutes of the attack while one of them is still resisting the security forces.

According to Danish, at least one policeman has been killed so far and three others are wounded.

The provincial governor’s spokesman confirmed that five policemen lost their lives in the attack and nine others have been wounded.

He also added that five civilians were also wounded in the attack and at least one of the attackers still resists the security forces from the compound’s kitchen.

However, another source said at least four people were killed and 25 others were wounded in the attack.

The Taliban group claimed responsibility behind the attack.

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NATO confirms no fatalities in North of Afghanistan insider attack http://www.khaama.com/nato-confirms-no-fatalities-in-north-of-afghanistan-insider-attack-02964 http://www.khaama.com/nato-confirms-no-fatalities-in-north-of-afghanistan-insider-attack-02964#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:03:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76796 Read the full article...]]> The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan confirmed no fatalities in the insider attack involving an Afghan soldier in northern Afghanistan.

The alliance in a statement said “We are aware of an incident that occurred at Camp Shaheen in Mazar-e-Sharif at approximately 2 pm local time.”

The statement further added “At this time we can confirm there are no US or NATO Resolute Support fatalities. U.S. soldiers have been wound. One Afghan soldier was killed and one ws wounded in the incident.”

“The incident is currently under investigation,” the statement said, adding that “More information will be provided as it becomes available.”

Earlier reports indicated an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier opened fire on the foreign troops in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan as there are fears that some foreign troops were killed or wounded in the attack.

An informed source said the incident took place this afternoon in the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan army after a soldier opened fire on the American troops during a military exercise.

Unconfirmed reports earlier indicated at least four US soldiers were killed and as many were wounded in the attack.

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ISIL’s major plan to establish Khurasan province foiled by Afghan forces: MoD http://www.khaama.com/isils-major-plan-to-establish-khurasan-province-foiled-by-afghan-forces-mod-02963 http://www.khaama.com/isils-major-plan-to-establish-khurasan-province-foiled-by-afghan-forces-mod-02963#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:38:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76793 Read the full article...]]> A major plan of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to establish the Khurasan province in Afghanistan has been foiled by the Afghan security forces, the acting Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami said.

Speaking during a press conference, Bahrami said  the ISIL terrorist group was attempting to establish the Khurasan province under its so called caliphate in Kot and Achin district of Nangarhar.

However, he said the Afghan forces managed to foil the plans of the terror group by taking immediate steps and launching counter-terrorism operations that inflicted heavy casualties to the fighters of the terror group.

Bahrami further added that the Afghan security forces have launched 12 large operations so far and dozens of medium and large operations while hundreds of airstrikes have been conducted on the hideouts of the terror group.

According to the acting minister of defense, at least 2,500 militants of the terrorist group have been killed during the operations until now and around 800 others have sustained injuries.

He also added that the loyalists of the terror group were also hit during the operations in Helmand, Farah, Zabul, and Uruzgan provinces.

In the meantime, he said the fighters of the group are only having sporadic and small operations in the named places but do not have the capability to launch large scale attacks.

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Afghanistan-India special air freight services to kick off tomorrow http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-india-special-air-freight-services-to-kick-off-tomorrow-02962 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-india-special-air-freight-services-to-kick-off-tomorrow-02962#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:59:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76791 Read the full article...]]> The special air freight services between India and Afghanistan is expected to kick off from tomorrow, the officials have said.

The Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Manpreet Vohra, has said the services will be launched from Sunday, the 18th of July.

Mr. Vohra informed regarding the launch of the air freight between Kabul and Delhi through a Twitter post.

This comes as the first flight as part of the air freight services was expected to be launched on 15th of this month.

The India- Afghanistan air corridor project which was initiated by H.E President Ghani last year, entered operationalization stage today with the signing of an MoU between the CEOs of Ariana Airlines and Afghanistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) in presence of Ajmal Ahmady, senior economic advisor to the President of Afghanistan and officials and representatives from ACCI, MAIL MoCI and the business community.

According to a statement by the Office of Economic Adviser to the President of Afghanistan, based on the terms of the MoU signed between ACCI and Ariana, the traders will only pay $0.20 per kg for exporting their goods to India while the rest will be paid by the government of Afghanistan as an incentive to promote Afghan exports to India. This program will also considerably reduce the cost of importing goods from India by air to only $0.40 per kg. Traders from both countries will benefit from this program.

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Afghan government plans to double the number commando forces http://www.khaama.com/afghan-government-plans-to-double-the-number-commando-forces-02961 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-government-plans-to-double-the-number-commando-forces-02961#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:36:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76788 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan government plans to increase the number of the commando forces of the Afghan national army as efforts are underway to implement the four-year security and development plan of the Afghan national defense and security forces.

During a meeting with the security and defense officials in ARG Palace, President Ghani said the government plans to double the number of the commando forces and change their current formation to an army corps.

President Ghani further added that a comprehensive security plan for capital Kabul has been prepared and will be presented for discussions during a large gathering in a bid to resolve the available security related issues.

He also added that an economic plan has also been prepared to boost the economy of the country.

This comes as the Afghan government plans to boost the capabilities of the Afghan security forces as part of its four-year security plan.

According to the Afghan officials, the new plan prepared by the Afghan government will focus on boosting the capabilities of the Afghan defense and security forces, particularly the Afghan Air Force.

Speaking during a graduation ceremony of the Afghan army officers in February this year, President Ghani had said the Afghan Air Force has became operational with the support of the its international allies and will be fully equipped until 2020 as he pointed towards the government’s security plan.

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Contract signed for the design of major Dar-ul-Aman administrative complex http://www.khaama.com/contract-signed-for-design-and-plan-of-major-dar-ul-aman-administrative-complex-02960 http://www.khaama.com/contract-signed-for-design-and-plan-of-major-dar-ul-aman-administrative-complex-02960#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:27:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76785 Read the full article...]]> The Minister of Urban Development and Housing Syed Sadat Mansoor said Saturday that the new government complex for the ministries and other government institutions will be built in Dar-ul-Aman area covering hundreds of acres of land.

Minister Naderi informed regarding the plans for the construction of the new government complex during a ceremony held in ARG Presidential Palace.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Afghan government and a foreign firm for the design of the new government complex.

He said the firm, Khatib and Alami firm, will cooperate with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, regarding the design of the new complex, assessment of the previous design, and preparation of the master plan for the complex.

Naderi further added that the design work and master plan of the new government complex will be completed over a period of two yeaers.

According to Minister Naderi, the firm will also assist with the skill building, particularly in transfer of knowledge and expertise to the personnel of the program for the construction of the government complex in Dar-ul-Aman Palace.

In the meantime, the contracting firm promised that the design work of the complex will be completed on time and emphasized that the new complex will result into the establishment of momentum for economic cycle in the country.

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20 militants killed in Afghan and US forces airstrikes in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/20-militants-killed-in-afghan-and-us-forces-airstrikes-in-helmand-02959 http://www.khaama.com/20-militants-killed-in-afghan-and-us-forces-airstrikes-in-helmand-02959#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:04:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76783 Read the full article...]]> At least twenty insurgents were killed during the airstrikes conducted by the Afghan and US forces in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, the local officials said late Friday.

The airstrikes were carried out late on Thursday in the vicinity of Marjah district of the Helmand, the officials added.

According to the officials, the airstrikes were carried out on Taliban’s hideouts in Wakil Wazir roundabout.

In the meantime, the provincial government in a statement said additional forces have been deployed to Marjah district in a bid to further step up counter-terrorism operations against the militant groups.

The statement further added that the Afghan forces have also received enough logistics support so that they can take their fight against the insurgents forward.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

Taliban insurgents have carried out numerous large attacks to capture the key districts of Helmand including the provincial capital of Lashkargah city during the recent months but the local officials are saying that majority of the attacks were repulsed by the security forces.

Earlier, the officials were saying that the increased attacks by the Taliban insurgents were aimed at seizing full control of Helmand so that they can shift their main leadership council to this province.

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Explosion leaves 4 civilian workers dead in Laghman province http://www.khaama.com/explosion-leaves-4-civilian-workers-dead-in-laghman-province-02958 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-leaves-4-civilian-workers-dead-in-laghman-province-02958#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:52:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76781 Read the full article...]]> At least four civilians were killed in an explosion in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan in the early hours of Friday morning.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place in the vicinity of Alingar district after a vehicle carrying civilian workers struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed the incident took place around 5:30 am local time.

The statement further added that the civilians were on their way to a construction site when their vehicle struck an IED planted by the militants on a roadside.

No group including the Taliban insurgents has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

The Taliban insurgents frequently use IEDs as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government officials but in majority of such incidents the ordinary civilians are targeted.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UANAMA) released its latest civilian casualties earlier in April, covering a period of three months since the start of 2017.

According to the report, the Anti-Government Elements caused 62 per cent of civilian casualties – 1,353 civilian casualties (447 dead and 906 injured), reflecting a five per cent increase compared to the same period in 2016.

The UN mission also added it recorded a 12 per cent increase in civilian casualties caused by pressure-plate improvised explosive devices – 218 civilian casualties (86 dead and 132 injured).

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153 people arrested over various criminal charges in Kabul: officials http://www.khaama.com/153-people-arrested-in-various-criminal-charges-in-kabul-officials-02957 http://www.khaama.com/153-people-arrested-in-various-criminal-charges-in-kabul-officials-02957#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:17:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76777 Read the full article...]]> At least one hundred and fifty people have been arrested on various criminal charges from different parts of Kabul in the past three weeks.

The Criminal Investigation Department of Kabul police commandment in a statement said the suspects were arrested on charges of murder, robbery, illegal possession of weapons, terrorism, adultery, trade of alcohol, and other criminal charges.

The statement further added that a thief was also killed during a clash with the security forces in the vicinity of the 4th police district of the city in Parwan-3 area last week and another one was arrested.

The clash took place as the thieves were attempting to loot a house by introducing themselves as members of the security personnel.

According to the Criminal Investigation Department, a militant who was attempting to plant a magnetic bomb in a Ranger vehicle belonging to an attorney officer was arrested by the security forces from the vicinity of the 11th police district of the city.

This comes as the criminal related incidents are on the rise, including armed robberies, burglaries, and kidnappings in the key cities of the countries, including capital Kabul during the recent months.

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ISIS media official killed in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan: Gen. Nicholson http://www.khaama.com/isis-media-official-killed-in-nangarhar-province-of-afghanistan-gen-nicholson-02956 http://www.khaama.com/isis-media-official-killed-in-nangarhar-province-of-afghanistan-gen-nicholson-02956#respond Sat, 17 Jun 2017 04:51:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76775 Read the full article...]]> The media official of the ISIS Khurasan, the offshoot of the ISIL in Afghanistan, was killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan earlier this month, the commander of the US forces and NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, General John Nicholson has said.

According to a statement by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan “U.S. Forces-Afghanistan has confirmed the death of the ISIS-K senior director of media production, Jawad Khan. Khan was killed in an airstrike in Achin, Nangarhar Province on June 3, as part of ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan this year.”

“His death will disrupt the ISIS-K network, degrade their recruitment process and hinder their attempts to conduct International operations,” said Gen. John Nicholson, commander, US Forces-Afghanistan. “There is no safe haven for ISIS-K in Afghanistan. With our Afghan partners we will continue to aggressively target ISIS-K and defeat them.”

The statement further added that Khan served as the senior ISIS commander in the Khorasan branch of the group. The removal of Khan will deprive the group of an experienced media production director and skilled propagandist. This strike also destroyed a major ISIS-K media production hub and disrupts their connections to ISIS main in Syria.

In the past 10 months, Afghan and U.S. counter-terrorism forces have eliminated several key ISIS-leaders including the ISIS-K Emir, Hafiz Sayed and his successor, Abdul Hasib, the statement said, adding that “There were no civilian casualties associated with this strike. U.S. and Afghan forces take every precaution to avoid civilian casualties with every operation, and will not relent in the pursuit of terrorists who seek to harm the innocent citizens of Afghanistan.”

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700 ISIS militants killed in Nangarhar province in past 3 months: Gen. Waziri http://www.khaama.com/700-isis-militants-killed-in-nangarhar-province-in-past-3-months-gen-waziri-02955 http://www.khaama.com/700-isis-militants-killed-in-nangarhar-province-in-past-3-months-gen-waziri-02955#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:54:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76772 Read the full article...]]> At least 700 militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in the past three months in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the commander of the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army General Mohammad Zaman Waziri said Thursday.

Gen. Waziri made the remarks during a visit to Chaparhar district on Thursday which the local officials are saying has been fully cleared of the ISIS militants.

He said the ISIS militants have suffered heavy casualties in the past two years and around 700 militants of the terror group were killed only in the past three months during the Hamza operations.

According to Gen. Waziri, the ISIS militants had launched a psychological war in Chaparhar and Pacher Agam districts in a bid to keep the security personnel but he emphasized that all the attempts by the terror group have been foiled and they have been hardly hit during the operations.

Gen. Waziri further added that the Afghan security forces launched a join operation in Chaparhar district on Wednesday and as a result the areas where the ISIS militants were active have been cleared.

He also added that the security check posts will be established in the areas cleared of ISIS militants in order to prevent their return.

The commander of the 201st Silab Corps also added that the ISIS militants are being trained on the other side of the Durand Line and are deployed to Nangarhar for the insurgency activities.

Gen. Waziri said the ISIS militants managed to flee area after the operations were launched and one of them has been arrested, two were killed, and four others were wounded in the past 24 hours.

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Huge fire sweeps through market in Taloqan city in North of Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/huge-fire-sweeps-through-market-in-taloqan-city-in-north-of-afghanistan-02954 http://www.khaama.com/huge-fire-sweeps-through-market-in-taloqan-city-in-north-of-afghanistan-02954#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:10:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76770 Read the full article...]]> A huge fire has swept through a market in Taloqan city, the provincial capital of the northern Takhar province of Afghanistan.

According to reports, the fire has engulfed a wood market as it continues to spread shop to shop.

The eyewitnesses in the area are saying that so far at least fifty shops have caught fire and warns that the neighboring buildings and residential houses will also catch fire if immediate steps are not taken.

The main cause of the incident and possible casualties as a result of the fire have not been ascertained so far.

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Taliban rejects report on Kandahar bombing that killed UAE ambassador, diplomats http://www.khaama.com/taliban-rejects-report-on-kandahar-bombing-that-killed-uae-ambassador-diplomats-02953 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-rejects-report-on-kandahar-bombing-that-killed-uae-ambassador-diplomats-02953#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:31:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76768 Read the full article...]]> The Taliban group in Afghanistan rejected the reports regarding the deadly Kandahar bombing that left several people dead, including high level officials from Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates.

A spokesman of the group Qari Yousuf Ahmadi in reaction to the report said the group had no role in the attack and called the latest findings an attempt to sideline attentions from the ongoing internal rift among the government officials and use it as a propaganda tool against the Taliban fighters.

The Taliban spokesman also blamed the high level officials for having role in the explosion that took place inside a fortified compound and said the attack was carried out with an aim to remove certain officials from their posts.

However, the Afghan intelligence chief Masoom Stanikzai said late on Thursday that the probe into the bombing was carried out in coordination with the UAE intelligence and with the support of the US intelligence.

He said the findings of the three institutions produced similar results, particularly regarding the type of the explosives used and the other circumstances surrounding the incident, including the methods used to carry out the explosion.

According to Stanikzai, Taliban’s leadership council based in Quetta city of Pakistan had plotted and coordinated the attack in the guesthouse of Kandahar governor.

Stanikzai said the chef of the guesthouse was recruited for the attack against $30,000 cash reward and an apartment in Pakistan.

The NDS chief also added that the RDX and TNT type explosives were used in the attack which were detonated using a remote control.

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ISIS claims responsibility for suicide attack on Kabul mosque http://www.khaama.com/isis-claims-responsibility-for-suicide-attack-on-kabul-mosque-02952 http://www.khaama.com/isis-claims-responsibility-for-suicide-attack-on-kabul-mosque-02952#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:30:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76764 Read the full article...]]> The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, claimed responsibility behind the suicide attack on a Shi’ite mosque in Kabul city.

The group in a statement said the attack was carried out by the fighters of the group, targeting the Shi’ite mosque in West of Kabul city.

The death of at least four people including a police officer has been confirmed by the security institutions so far and at least eight others including four policemen were wounded.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman Najib Danish confirmed that two suicide bombers attempted to attack the prayer participants in Al-Zahra mosque in Barchi area of Kabul city.

He said the suicide bombers were identified by the security personnel before they manage to enter the mosque and one of them detonated his explosives near the gate of the mosque while the other one detonated his explosives in the kitchen of the mosque after several minutes of armed resistance with the security forces.

A local tribal elder and trader identified as Haji Ramazan was also among those killed in the attack.

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Pakistani militias fighting alongside ISIS militants: Nangarhar NDS chief http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-militias-fighting-alongside-isis-militants-nangarhar-nds-chief-02950 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-militias-fighting-alongside-isis-militants-nangarhar-nds-chief-02950#comments Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:27:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76758 Read the full article...]]> The provincial director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Nangarhar General Abdul Saboor Sabit said the Pakistani militias are actively participating in the fight alongside the ISIS loyalists in this province.

Gen. Sabit was speaking during a press conference after the clearance of Chaparhar district, saying the fighters of the terror group are trained in the neighbor and the Pakistani militias are actively involved in the fight in Nangarahr along with the ISIS militants.

He said the number of the fighters of the terror group are on the rise despite the group loses fighters on a large scale during the operations of the Afghan security forces as they are recruited in the neighbor and sent to Afghanistan for the insurgency.

The Nangarhar NDS chief called on the provincial government to establish cooperation with the local residents so that the areas cleared of the insurgents are kept secure once they are cleared during he operations.

He also urged the local residents of Nangarhar to prevent the ISIS loyalists to establish foothold so that they cannot carry out destructive and terrorist activities.

The local officials had earlier also said that the majority of the ISIS militants fighting in this province are foreign nationals, mainly from the tribal regions of Pakistan.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani last year that the documents obtained from the dead bodies and those arrested during the operations in Achin, Kot, Haska Mina and other parts of Nangarhar, reveal that they are originally residents of Orakzai Agency.

Khogyani further added that the intelligence information gathered by the government also reveal that the ISIS loyalists are mostly comprised of Pakistani nationals.

According to Khogyani, the residents of Tajikistan are also fighting alongside the Pakistani nationals for ISIS terrorist group who are mainly deployed after completing training in Pakistan.

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4 killed, 8 wounded in suicide attack on Kabul mosque http://www.khaama.com/casualties-feared-as-suicide-attack-targets-mosque-in-kabul-city-02949 http://www.khaama.com/casualties-feared-as-suicide-attack-targets-mosque-in-kabul-city-02949#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:46:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76751 Read the full article...]]> A suicide bomber targeted a mosque in the vicinity of the 6th police district of Kabul city earlier tonight leaving at least four people dead and eight others wounded.

The incident took place around 9 pm local time after a suicide bomber attempted to target the prayer participants in Al-Zahra mosque.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman Najib Danish confirmed the incident and said four people including a policeman and three civilians were killed and eight others including four policemen were wounded in the attack.

He said two suicide bombers who were attempting to enter the Al-Zahra mosque in the vicinity of Barchi area was identified and as a result the security forces opened fire on them.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident so far.

However, reports indicate at least six people including a local leader and trader identified as Haji Ramazan were killed and around ten others were wounded after in the attack.

This comes as the security situation has deteriorated in the main cities of the country during the recent months as the militants attempt to carry out attacks as part of their spring offensive, which normally increases during the summer times across the country.

Over 150 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded in a vehicle bombing and coordinated suicide attacks late in May and earlier this month in Kabul city.

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Afghanistan unveils Kandahar bombing probe that killed UAE Ambassador http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-unveils-kandahar-bombing-probe-that-killed-uae-ambassador-02948 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-unveils-kandahar-bombing-probe-that-killed-uae-ambassador-02948#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:45:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76748 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan intelligence unveiled the probe findings report regarding the deadly attack in Kandahar province that claimed that life of the UAE Ambassador along with the diplomats of the country and several other senior Afghan officials.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief, Masoom Stanikzai, unveiled the findings of the probe, during a press conference in Kabul later this evening.

Stanikzai further added that the investigation regarding the deadly bombing in Kandahar was conducted by the Afghan intelligence as well the UAE intelligence services and United States Federation Investigation Bureau.

He said the findings of the three institutions produced similar results, particularly regarding the type of the explosives used and the other circumstances surrounding the incident, including the methods used to carry out the explosion.

According to Stanikzai, Taliban’s leadership council based in Quetta city of Pakistan had plotted and coordinated the attack in the guesthouse of Kandahar governor.

Stanikzai said the chef of the guesthouse was recruited for the attack against $30,000 cash reward and an apartment in Pakistan.

The NDS chief also added that the RDX and TNT type explosives were used in the attack which were detonated using a remote control.

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ISIS in Afghanistan claims the capture of Bin Laden’s hideout in Tora Bora http://www.khaama.com/isis-in-afghanistan-claims-the-capture-of-bin-ladens-hideout-in-tora-bora-02947 http://www.khaama.com/isis-in-afghanistan-claims-the-capture-of-bin-ladens-hideout-in-tora-bora-02947#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:24:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76745 Read the full article...]]> The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, claims the capture of Osama Bin Laden’s hideout in the remote Tora Bora valley in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The group’s loyalists informed regarding the capture of the mountainous terrain, a claim which has been rejected by the Afghan officials.

The group has reportedly informed regarding the capture of Tora Bora through its radio station which was repeatedly targeted in the Afghan and US forces operations.

A local security official in Pacher Agam confirmed that the militants of the terror group have gotten closer to Tora and heavy clashes are underway between the terror group and Taliban militants close to the area.

The official further added that the militants of the terror group reached Tora Bora via Khogyani district but rejected the claims by ISIS that the area has fallen to its fighters control.

The provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani also confirmed that the ISIS fighters have managed to get close to Tora Bora area but he said the area has not been fully captured by them.

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Special air and ground campaign kicks off against ISIS in East of Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/special-air-and-ground-campaign-kicks-off-against-isis-in-east-of-afghanistan-02946 http://www.khaama.com/special-air-and-ground-campaign-kicks-off-against-isis-in-east-of-afghanistan-02946#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:16:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76743 Read the full article...]]> A special operation involving air and ground strikes has kicked off in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan for the elimination of the militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan.

The provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said the campaign has kicked off in Chaparhar and Pacher Agam districts.

This comes as the Afghan security forces have been conducting operations against the terror group under name of Hamza operations, mainly covering the Kot and Achin districts.

The US forces based in Afghanistan are also occasionally contributing to the operations and mainly provide air support to the Afghan forces fighting the terror group.

The latest campaign has been launched amid concerns by the local officials who are saying that the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to expand their foothold in some strategic and key parts of the province, including Pacher Agam as they eye to seize control of Tora Bora.

The officials have long been warning that the capture of Tora Bora will further help the terror group to expand its operations in this province and other parts of the country.

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Kabul metro bus project work to kick off today http://www.khaama.com/kabul-metro-bus-project-work-to-kick-off-today-02945 http://www.khaama.com/kabul-metro-bus-project-work-to-kick-off-today-02945#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:47:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76740 Read the full article...]]> The first phase of the project work for metro bus service in capital Kabul will kick off today as the officials expect the work to be completed in one year.

The Kabul acting mayor Abdullah Habibzai told reporters that the work on the first phase of the project will start today and will be completed in a year.

Habibzai further added that the work on the second phase of the project will kick off during the ongoing year.

In the meantime, at least sixteen projects for the construction of roads in capital Kabul were also signed on the sidelines of the press conference.

The projects were signed between the Kabul municipality and construction firms in the presence of the second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danish.

Speaking to reporters after the signing of the contracts, Danish said the government is glad that contracts for construction of roads have been signed.

Danish further added that the administrative system in Kabul municipality should be upgraded to the modern system and in accordance to the international standards in a bid to reduce bureaucracy in providing services to the Kabul residents.

He also added that the income collection system of Kabul municipality must become systematic using the modern technologies including online services in order to ensure transparency.

The second vice president also called on Kabul residents to assist the government in the implementation of the projects to ensure timely completion of the projects and provision of services.

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7 Afghan army personnel arrested for facilitating attack on Shaheen corps http://www.khaama.com/7-afghan-army-personnel-arrested-for-facilitating-attack-on-shaheen-corps-02944 http://www.khaama.com/7-afghan-army-personnel-arrested-for-facilitating-attack-on-shaheen-corps-02944#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:19:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76738 Read the full article...]]> At least seven Afghan army personnel have been arrested for facilitating the deadly attack on the 209th Shaheen Corps in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense spokesmen Gen. Dawlat Waziri said the seven army personnel were identified during the investigations and are in custody of the Afghan intelligence for further questioning and probe.

Gen. Waziri further added that the attack was carried out by a group of at least ten suicide bombers and the arrested army personnel allegedly facilitated the entry of the suicide bombers and equipment for the attack.

This comes as  commander of the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army and several army officers and soldiers were jailed after a deadly attack that left more than 100 dead late in April this year.

At least 135 people were killed and around 64 others were wounded in the attack on the Afghan army base, the 209thShaheen Corps in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.

According to the findings of the Ministry of Defense released on Wednesday, 10 officers, 26 sergeants, 94 soldiers, and 5 civilians were among those killed.

MoD spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri said 2 officers, 15 sergeants, and 47 soldiers were among those wounded.

He said the ministry had initially put the number to 100 as the majority of the victims were civilian clothes and most of them were unrecognizable.

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US not to repeat past mistakes in Afghanistan: Mattis http://www.khaama.com/us-not-to-repeat-past-mistakes-in-afghanistan-mattis-02943 http://www.khaama.com/us-not-to-repeat-past-mistakes-in-afghanistan-mattis-02943#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:00:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76735 Read the full article...]]> The United States secretary of Defense James Mattis has said the United States will not repeat the mistakes occurred in the past in Afghanistan.

In a statement released after the new authorities granted to Pentagon by President Trump regarding the Afghanistan war, Mattis said “This will enable our military to have greater agility to conduct operations, recognizing our military posture there is part of a broader regional context.”

Mattis further added that the danger continues to evolve and that danger requires a commitment to defeat terrorist organizations that threaten the United States, other nations, and the people of Afghanistan.
“For example, ISIS has established a branch in Khorasan Province, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups remain active inside Afghanistan, and the Taliban continue to pose a challenge to the democratically elected government,” he added.

Insisting that the US cannot allow Afghanistan to once again become a launching point for attacks on US homeland and it’s allies, Mattis said “We are making progress in degrading these groups, but their defeat will come about only by giving our men and women on the ground the support and the authorities they need to win.”

“This decision is part of a broader strategy we are developing that addresses our role in Afghanistan and beyond.  We will present this to the President in the coming weeks.  We will continue to work with our allies and we will ask more of them,” he said, adding that “Working with the Afghan government and our allies and partners, we will achieve victory against the terrorists abroad, protect our borders at home, and keep America safe.”

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Honey production on the rise in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/honey-production-on-the-rise-in-nangarhar-province-of-afghanistan-02942 http://www.khaama.com/honey-production-on-the-rise-in-nangarhar-province-of-afghanistan-02942#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:24:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76732 Read the full article...]]> The honey production is on the rise in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan as the local officials are saying that the production of honey will further boost if the government provide them with necessary support.

Officials in the honey production association in Nangarhar are saying that enough honey will be produced for the export to the other provinces and outside the country if they receive the required modern equipment and other support from the government.

The head of the association Riaz Mohammad Rodwal said the honey production has increased in this province as compared to the previous years, mainly due to the betterment of the weather condition, greenery of the province due to the plantation of trees and flowers, increase in number of farms and honey process firms.

He said the honey production will further rise and will be exported to other provinces and outside the country if they receive modern equipment and other support from the government.

Rodwal further added that increase in honey production will also pave the way for the migration of the workers from other areas of the country provided that the necessary support is provided to the association and honey production workers, including support in the field of the greenery by plantation of trees, flowers, farms, and other facilities.

According to the provincial government officials, currently there are around 400 honey production farms active in this province, producing honey and exporting to the other parts of the country.

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Pakistani army chief reacts at drone strike on Haqqani network commander http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-army-chief-reacts-at-drone-strike-on-haqqani-network-commander-02941 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-army-chief-reacts-at-drone-strike-on-haqqani-network-commander-02941#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:16:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76729 Read the full article...]]> The Pakistani army chief of staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa reacted at the latest drone strike that targeted a commander of the Haqqani terrorist network in tribal regions of the country.

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of Pakistani military, in a statement said Gen. Bajwa has called the airstrike counterproductive and  against the spirit of ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing being diligently undertaken by Pakistan.

Gen. Bajwa reportedly made the remarks during his visit to army headquarters in Peshawar city.

 “Pakistan Army is capable of taking effective measure if actionable intelligence is shared,” he added.

The remarks by Gen. Bajwa followed a day after the Pakistani officials confirmed a drone strike took place in Hangu district, leaving a commander of the Haqqani terrorist network dead.

A security official quoted by the Mashal Radio of Radio Liberty has said on June 13 that the commander, identified as Abubakar, died in an overnight strike in the Speen Tal area of the Hangu district.

According to reports, Abubakar was from Afghanistan’s Khost Province and that his original name was Omar.

Haqqani network was formed in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani. The group is allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region.

The latest airstrike if confirmed by the US officials, has taken place days after the Afghan officials blamed the network for a series of deadly attacks in capital Kabul which left more than 150 dead and more than 400 others wounded.

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Afghan asylum seeker deported from Sweden killed in Kabul explosions http://www.khaama.com/afghan-asylum-seeker-deported-from-sweden-killed-in-kabul-explosions-02940 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-asylum-seeker-deported-from-sweden-killed-in-kabul-explosions-02940#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 03:55:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76726 Read the full article...]]> An Afghan asylum seeker who was deported from Sweden was killed in back to back explosions that rocked capital Kabul earlier this month, it has been reported.

The Human Rights Watch organization (HRW) has said the young Afghan man was killed days after he was deported to Kabul.

The organization in a report has said the 20-year-old Afghan man was among at least 20 people deported by the Swedish authorities.

The report further added that the victim was deported on 30th May and was killed in a series of explosions that rocked Kabul city on 4th June.

“European countries have increasingly rejected the asylum claims of Afghans without denying their protection needs,” HRW said in a statement.

The statement further added “The idea that Kabul is considered ‘safe’ for Afghans has real repercussions… Kabul is not safe.”

The young man was apparently killed during the bombing that targeted the funeral of Mohammad Salim Izadyar, the son of the first deputy house speaker of the Afghan Senate.

Salim was killed during the violent protests in Kabul city on 3rd June as hundreds of people had participated in the demonstrations to protest against the brutal bombing near the embassy of Germany.

According to the Afghan officials, over 150 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded in the explosion.

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Taliban suffer casualties in retaliatory suicide attack by Mullah Rasool group http://www.khaama.com/taliban-suffer-casualties-in-retaliatory-suicide-attack-by-mullah-rasool-group-02939 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-suffer-casualties-in-retaliatory-suicide-attack-by-mullah-rasool-group-02939#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:43:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76724 Read the full article...]]> A suicide bomber belonging to the Mullah Rasool splinter group of the Taliban has targeted the insurgents belonging to Mullah Haibatullah in revenge to the deadly attack on its fighters in Helmand province today.

Informed sources have said the attack was carried out shortly after a suicide bomber targeted the militants of Mullah Rasool group.

The sources further added that 4 insurgents of Mullah Haibatullah were killed in the attack and two others were wounded.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the report so far.

The Taliban group led by Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada claimed responsibility behind the attack on Mullah Rasool’s faction in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, claiming that nearly 50 insurgents of the group were killed or wounded in the attack.

A Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed that 26 militants were killed and 18 others were wounded in the attack.

Ahmadi further added that a check post belonging to the militia forces was leveled in the attack and a commander of the group identified as Wafadar was among those killed.

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Explosion targets vehicle in Kabul, no casualties reported: officials http://www.khaama.com/explosion-targets-vehicle-in-kabul-no-casualties-reported-officials-02938 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-targets-vehicle-in-kabul-no-casualties-reported-officials-02938#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:59:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76720 Read the full article...]]> An explosion took place in Kabul city few minutes earlier but the security officials are saying that no one was hurt in the incident.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) acting spokesman Najib Danish confirmed the incident has taken place in the vicinity of the 5th police district of the city.

He said a magnetic bomb planted in a Ford vehicle went off in Koti Sangi area but one was killed or injured as a result of the explosion.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident and the main target has not been ascertained yet.

Danish said an investigation is underway regarding the explosion and further details will be released as appropriate.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This comes as the Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the group announced its spring offensive in April and since then the group and other insurgents have been attempting to carry out attacks in key cities of the country, including Kabul city.

A large explosion took place near the embassy of Germany late in May after a tanker packed with explosive was detonated while three back to back suicide attacks targeted a funeral ceremony in the city earlier this month, leaving more than 150 dead and hundreds more wounded.

The Afghan intelligence blamed the Haqqani terrorist network for using the sanctuaries and facilities in Pakistan for plotting and carrying out the attacks in Kabul city.

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Taliban claims 44 killed, wounded in suicide attack on Mullah Rasool militants http://www.khaama.com/taliban-claims-44-killed-wounded-in-suicide-attack-on-mullah-rasool-militants-02937 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-claims-44-killed-wounded-in-suicide-attack-on-mullah-rasool-militants-02937#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:23:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76718 Read the full article...]]> The Taliban group led by Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada claimed responsibility behind the attack on Mullah Rasool’s faction in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, claiming that nearly 50 insurgents of the group were killed or wounded in the attack.

A Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed that 26 militants were killed and 18 others were wounded in the attack.

Ahmadi further added that a check post belonging to the militia forces was leveled in the attack and a commander of the group identified as Wafadar was among those killed.

The Mullah Rasool group has not commented regarding the incident so far.

This come as scores of militants belonging to both sides were killed in deadly infightings in various provinces of the country, including in the restive districts of Herat in the past.

The rift between the main Taliban group and Mullah Rasool insurgents widened after the death of Mullah Mohammad and the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new supreme leader of the group, a decision which was challenged by the Mullah Rasool group and various other insurgent leaders.

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Clash in Kabul city leaves armed robber dead http://www.khaama.com/clash-in-kabul-city-leaves-armed-robber-dead-02936 http://www.khaama.com/clash-in-kabul-city-leaves-armed-robber-dead-02936#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:40:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76715 Read the full article...]]> An armed robber was killed during a clash with the security forces in Kabul city on Tuesday afternoon, the security officials said Wednesday.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials of the Kabul police commandment said the clash between the security forces and the armed robbers took place in the vicinity of the 4th police district of the city.

The officials further added that the a group of armed robbers were attempting to loot the cash, jewelries, and other precious items from a house located in Parwan-3 area of Kabul city when the security forces intervened, resulting into armed clash between the two sides.

At least one of the robbers was killed during the clash and another one was arrested, the officials said, adding that the cash, jewelries, and other precious items stolen by the robbers were recovered and returned to its owner.

This comes as the criminal related incidents are on the rise, including armed robberies, burglaries, and kidnappings in the key cities of the countries, including capital Kabul during the recent months.

The Kabul police commandment officials said Tuesday that a robber who had stolen more than 1.5 million Afghanis from a city resident was arrested by the security forces from the vicinity of the 5th police district of the city in Silo area.

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Suicide attack on Taliban splinter group leaves several dead in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-on-taliban-splinter-group-leaves-several-dead-in-helmand-02935 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-on-taliban-splinter-group-leaves-several-dead-in-helmand-02935#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:00:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76712 Read the full article...]]> Several militants belonging to a splinter group of the Taliban insurgents were killed in a suicide car bombing in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, the incident took place earlier today in the vicinity of Greshk district, targeting the militants loyal to Mullah Rasool Group.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the incident and said a suicide bomber riding a vehicle packed with explosives targeted the loyalists of Mullah Rasool group, leaving five of them dead.

He said at least four militants also sustained injuries in the attack.

However, another security official said at least nine militants were killed and 6 others were wounded in the attack.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack which comes as the insurgency led by the main Taliban group has been rampant during the recent months.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

This is not the first time an attack has taken place against the militants affiliated with the Mullah Rasool group but numerous incidents mainly involving armed clashes have taken place in the past.

The Mullah Rasool group defected from the Taliban ranks after the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new supreme leader of the group.

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UN Secretary General arrives in Kabul on an unannounced visit http://www.khaama.com/un-secretary-general-arrives-in-kabul-on-an-unannounced-visit-02934 http://www.khaama.com/un-secretary-general-arrives-in-kabul-on-an-unannounced-visit-02934#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:52:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76709 Read the full article...]]> The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Kabul this morning on an unannounced visit.

“Just landed in Kabul for talks with government and people. @UN stands with Afghanistan at a time of violence and suffering,” Guterres said in short statement posted on his official Twitter account.

The visit by the UN Secretary General to Kabul comes at a time when the country is going through violence with the rampant Taliban-led insurgency and political issues sparked following the deadly Kabul bombings late last month and earlier this month.

Over 150 people were killed and hundreds were wounded in a car bombing near the Germany of Embassy and back to back suicide attacks targeting the funeral of the son of the deputy house speaker of the Afghan Senate House.

This come as the deputy UN Secretary General JánKubiš also arrived in Kabul two days ago.

“Mr Kubiš, former head of UNAMA, was in Kabul for one week last month conducting a broad range of meetings with national and international stakeholders. In the current two-day visit, he is scheduled to follow up with those stakeholders, in particular President Ashraf Ghani,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.

The statement further added that the strategic review is scheduled to be submitted to the Security Council in early July 2017. In Resolution 2344 (2017), the UN Security Council requested the strategic review  to examine UNAMA’s mandated tasks, priorities and related resources, and to assess the Mission’s efficiency and effectiveness.

“UNAMA’s vision is for a stable and prosperous Afghanistan that lives at peace with itself and its neighbours, where the Afghan peoples’ human rights are upheld and basic services are available to all,” the UN mission added.

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Developments made in Kabul and Kandahar bombings probe: ARG http://www.khaama.com/developments-made-in-kabul-and-kandahar-bombings-probe-arg-02933 http://www.khaama.com/developments-made-in-kabul-and-kandahar-bombings-probe-arg-02933#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:24:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76707 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan intelligence chief and the Attorney General have informed regarding the developments achieved during the ongoing probe regarding the recent deadly attacks in Kabul city and the deadly Kandahar bombing.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said the National Security Council (NSC) meeting was organized in the ARG Palace today and was chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to discuss regarding the ongoing situation and latest developments in the security sector.

The statement further added that the Attorney General Farid Hamidi presented the latest developments made in the probe regarding the recent deadly Kabul bombings.

The head of the Afghan intelligence Masoom Stanikzai also presented the report regarding the developments made in the probe regarding the deadly bombing that targeted the governor’s guesthouse in Kandahar.

No further details were given regarding the developments and report related to the two incidents in Kabul and Kandahar but the office of the President said necessary instructions were given and related decisions were taken during the meeting.

The incident in Kandahar took place earlier this year, leaving several high level officials dead, including the ambassador of UAE to Afghanistan and other diplomats of the country.

The recent attacks in Kabul late in May and earlier this month left more than 150 dead and hundreds of others wounded.

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Amrullah Saleh Resigns as State Minister for Security Reforms http://www.khaama.com/amrullah-saleh-resigns-as-state-minister-for-security-reforms-02932 http://www.khaama.com/amrullah-saleh-resigns-as-state-minister-for-security-reforms-02932#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:45:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76704 Read the full article...]]> The state minister for security reforms Amrullah Saleh has resigned from his position.

Saleh who has previously served as the Afghan intelligence chief was appointed for the post earlier in March this year.

He informed regarding his resignation by posting a brief statement in his official Facebook accounting, stating that he has submitted his resignation to the President and Chief Executive.

No further details were given regarding the main reason behind his resignation.

Saleh’s resignation comes as the security situation in the country including capital Kabul has sharply deteriorated during the recent weeks.

The anti-government armed militant groups carried out at least two large attacks late in May and earlier in June, leaving over 150 people dead and hundreds more wounded.

In the meantime, Saleh said he will elaborate regarding the motives and reasons that forced him to step down as the minister of state for security reforms.

The Afghan government has not commented regarding the resignation of Mr. Saleh so far.

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US airstrike target Haqqani network commander in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-target-haqqani-network-commander-in-pakistan-02931 http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-target-haqqani-network-commander-in-pakistan-02931#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:31:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76702 Read the full article...]]> A commander of the Haqqani terrorist network has reportedly been targeted in a US airstrike in tribal regions of Pakistan.

According to the local officials, the airstrike was carried out late on Monday night in the vicinity of Hangu district located in northwestern parts of Pakistan.

A security official quoted by the Mashal Radio of Radio Liberty has said said on June 13 that the commander, identified as Abubakar, died in an overnight strike in the Speen Tal area of the Hangu district.

A resident of Dewal village, Behram Khan, said three more people were injured in the strike, including a boy.

Khan said Abubakar was from Afghanistan’s Khost Province and that his original name was Omar.

Haqqani network was formed in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani. The group is allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region.

The US Department of State designated the HQN as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012.

The latest airstrike if confirmed by the US officials, has taken place days after the Afghan officials blamed the network for a series of deadly attacks in capital Kabul which left more than 150 dead and more than 400 others wounded.

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38 Taliban and ISIS militants killed in Nangarhar airstrikes and infightings http://www.khaama.com/38-taliban-and-isis-militants-killed-in-nangarhar-airstrikes-and-infightings-02930 http://www.khaama.com/38-taliban-and-isis-militants-killed-in-nangarhar-airstrikes-and-infightings-02930#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:03:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76699 Read the full article...]]> At least thirty eight militants belonging to the Taliban group and ISIS terrorist group were killed in the latest airstrikes and infightings in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, local officials said Tuesday.

According to the local government officials, the latest casualties were inflicted to the fighters of the two groups in the past 24 hours in various parts of the restive Chaparhar district.

The officials are saying that 27 ISIS militants and 11 Taliban insurgents were killed in total in the past 24 hours, adding that 8 ISIS militants and 4 Taliban insurgents were also wounded during the incidents.

At least seven Taliban insurgents were killed and 4 others were wounded after they were targeted in an airstrike in Sparai area of Chaparhar while 27 ISIS militants were killed during the infighting with the Taliban militants in Spin Jomat, Masta Khel, and Sholani areas, the officials said.

According to the officials, at least four Taliban insurgents were also killed during the clashes with the ISIS militants.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army earlier had said at least six ISIS militants were killed during the clashes but no reports were given regarding the Taliban casualties.

The source further added that the local residents of the area have also suffered casualties besides they suffered financial losses as clashes still continue between the two sides.

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Afghanistan receives $180 million in incentives from World Bank http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-receives-180-million-in-incentives-from-world-bank-02929 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-receives-180-million-in-incentives-from-world-bank-02929#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:35:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76696 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan has received $180 million in new incentives from World Bank for the implementation of key reforms and making progress in the fight against corruption.

The Ministry of Finance spokesman Ajmal Abdul Rahimzai told reporters in Kabul that the Ministry of Finance has received 189 million USD$ from Word Bank due to the efforts of the government in the fight against corruption and bringing essential reform on 5 key sections.

Rahimzai further added that of 900$ million dollars allocated by the World Bank for incentives, the Ministry of Finance has received 550$ million dollars so far

He said the 900 million dollar incentives is committed for three year 2016 to 2018.

According to Rahimzai, the Afghan government is expecting to receive the remaining amount in coming three years.

This comes as the United Nations in a report said late in April that the Afghan authorities have made heady in their fight against corruption although it stated that enormous changes still remains.

Titled ‘Afghanistan’s Fight Against Corruption: The Other Battlefield’, the report states that key component of Afghanistan’s fight against corruption is the dedicated Anti-Corruption Justice Centre (ACJC), with dedicated police and prosecution units.

The other key component dedicated to Afghanistan’s fight against corruption included a new national primary and appeals court, established by Presidential Decree to operate with jurisdiction over the broad range of corruption offences specified in the current penal code, as well as money laundering offences, destruction or selling of cultural and historical relics, crimes against internal and external security, illegal extraction of mines, and land usurpation.

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New strategy about Afghanistan to include ‘Regional Approach’: Mattis http://www.khaama.com/new-strategy-about-afghanistan-to-include-regional-approach-mattis-02928 http://www.khaama.com/new-strategy-about-afghanistan-to-include-regional-approach-mattis-02928#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:38:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76692 Read the full article...]]> The US defense secretary James Mattis has said the new strategy of Washington about Afghanistan will include ‘Regional Approach’ as he expects to present his recommendations to President Donald Trump soon.

Speaking to the US lawmakers in the House Armed Services Committee on Monday, Mattis said the new U.S. strategy will take a “regional approach” rather than addressing the country’s long-running war in isolation.

“We are taking a regional approach to this…. We will take that forward to the president for a decision very soon,” he said.

This comes as Lisa Curtis, Senior Director for South and Central Asia in the White, said last week that  President Donald Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy will be finalized in the near future as she reaffirmed Washington’s continued support to Afghanistan.

She said the US government and nation stands with the Afghan people and government as Afghanistan faces difficult political and security challenges.

According to Curtis, the Trump administration has completed the review of the Afghanistan policy and it is expected that the final results will be announced through media in the near future.

Hailing the Afghan government for successfully convening the Kabul Process summit, Curtis expressed hopes that the regional countries will have active contribution in the implementation of the Kabul Process decisions and plans.

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New clashes between Taliban and ISIS leave several dead in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/new-clashes-between-taliban-and-isis-leave-several-dead-in-nangarhar-02927 http://www.khaama.com/new-clashes-between-taliban-and-isis-leave-several-dead-in-nangarhar-02927#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:03:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76690 Read the full article...]]> New clashes have taken place between the Taliban insurgents and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in eastern Nangarahr province of Afghanistan

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army said the clashes took place in the vicinity of Chaparhar district on Monday.

The source further added that six militants of the ISIS terrorist group were killed during the clashes and a civilian was wounded.

No further details were given regarding the casualties of the Taliban insurgents during the clashes.

Taliban insurgents and ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the latest clashes so far.

This comes as several militants of the Taliban and ISIS terrorist group were killed during similar clashes in this province last week.

The provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said Thursday the incident took place in the vicinity of Pacher Agam district.

He said the militants of both the groups exchanged heavy fire in Suri Village, Judri, Saleh Baba shrine, and Wachi Lagadi areas.

Khogyani further added that so far 12 ISIS militants have been killed and two others have been wounded and two civilians were also killed.

At least three Taliban insurgents have also been killed during the clashes, Khogyani said, adding that hundreds of families have been forced to flee from the area.

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Top Afghan army generals and officers jailed over deadly base attack http://www.khaama.com/top-afghan-army-generals-and-officers-jailed-over-deadly-base-attack-02926 http://www.khaama.com/top-afghan-army-generals-and-officers-jailed-over-deadly-base-attack-02926#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:38:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76687 Read the full article...]]> The commander of the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army and several army officers and soldiers were jailed after a deadly attack that left more than 100 dead late in April this year.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesman General Dawlat Waziri said Monday that the commander o the 209th Shaheen Corps General Momand Katawazi was jailed for one year by a military court.

Gen. Waziri further added that the chief of staff of the 209th Shaheen Corps General Abdul Rauf Mohtaj was also jailed for one year over the deadly attack.

Four other army generals were also jailed for three years each while 3 army officers were jailed for 2 years each.

The military court also awarded jail sentences to 19 other army officers and soldiers while the court hearing of the 3 others are in process.

At least 135 people were killed and around 64 others were wounded in the attack on the Afghan army base, the 209thShaheen Corps in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.

According to the findings of the Ministry of Defense released on Wednesday, 10 officers, 26 sergeants, 94 soldiers, and 5 civilians were among those killed.

MoD spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri said 2 officers, 15 sergeants, and 47 soldiers were among those wounded.

He said the ministry had initially put the number to 100 as the majority of the victims were civilian clothes and most of them were unrecognizable.

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German experts to investigate deadly Kabul bombing that left over 150 dead http://www.khaama.com/german-experts-to-investigate-deadly-kabul-bombing-that-left-over-150-dead-02925 http://www.khaama.com/german-experts-to-investigate-deadly-kabul-bombing-that-left-over-150-dead-02925#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:45:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76684 Read the full article...]]> A team of the German experts are expected to visit Kabul soon to investigate regarding the deadly May 31st bombing near the German embassy that left over 150 people dead.

The Embassy of Germany informed regarding the deployment of the experts by issuing a statement on Monday.

A spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany quoted in the statement said “This terrible act must not go unpunished. The attack claimed the lives of over 150 people, including two Afghan employees of a security company who were guarding the German Embassy. The act must be investigated rapidly, urgently and diligently, using rule‑of‑law means.”

“That is also necessary to prevent something like this happening again. We are doing our utmost to ensure the safety of our staff,” the spokesperson said, adding that “Foreign Minister Gabriel spoke with President Ghani by telephone a few days ago and promised him our support in investigating the attack.”

The spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of Germany also added that “The Federal Public Prosecutor General has started investigations. German experts will travel to Afghanistan as soon as possible. In order to solve this crime, there must be close and effective international cooperation with the Afghan authorities and all other countries affected.”

“We must stand up to terrorism together. It is important now that the people of Afghanistan do not allow themselves to be incited and divided by such attacks and that the Afghan Government takes united and resolute action. Germany will continue to stand firmly by its side,” he said.

The incident near the embassy of Germany took place earlier on the day of 31st may after a tanker packed with explosives was detonated, leaving over 150 dead and more than 400 others wounded.

No group including the Taliban insurgents has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack but the Afghan officials are saying that the Haqqani terrorist network based in Pakistan plotted and carried out the attack although the leader of the network in a voice message said today that the group has no role in the incident.

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Afghan civilian killed with his 2 children in foreign forces fire in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/afghan-civilian-killed-with-his-2-children-in-foreign-forces-fire-in-nangarhar-02924 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-civilian-killed-with-his-2-children-in-foreign-forces-fire-in-nangarhar-02924#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:35:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76681 Read the full article...]]> At least three civilians were killed in foreign forces firing in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan where the Afghan and US forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations, the local officials said Monday.

Provincial governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal confirmed the incident and said a civilian was killed with his two children in the firing.

Mangal further added that the incident took place in the vicinity of Shergar area located in Ghani Khel district late on Sunday night.

He said the man killed in the firing has been identified as Zer Gul who lost his life in the firing together with his two children.

The governor of Nangarahr further added that an investigation was launched shortly after the three civilians were killed and the government is committed to support the family of the victims.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed militant groups are attempting to expand their insurgency in this province during the recent years.

The growing threats posed by Taliban, ISIS and other insurgents forced the Afghan forces and US forces based in Afghanistan to step up operations in a bid to restrict their insurgency activities.

The operations are currently conducted under the name of Hamza operations by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces who are also receiving air support from the US forces based in Afghanistan.

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Afghan forces thwart another explosion in Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-thwart-another-explosion-in-kabul-city-02923 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-thwart-another-explosion-in-kabul-city-02923#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:34:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76678 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan security forces have thwarted another plan of the anti-government armed militants to carry out an explosion in Kabul city.

The police commandment officials said an improvised explosive device planted in a governmental vehicle was discovered and defused before the militants mange to detonate it.

The officials further added that the explosion thwarted in the vicinity of the 10th police district of the city.

According to the police officials, the vehicle in which the mine was planted belongs to the ministry of transportation of Afghanistan.

The explosives were defused with the help of the Explosives Ordnance Disposal team of the 101st Asmayee Zone security forces, the officials added.

This comes as the Afghan intelligence said Saturday that the operatives of the directorate arrested a suicide bomber soon after he arrived in Kabul together with a car bomb to conduct a suicide attack.

Earlier on Friday, a suicide bomber belonging to the Haqqani terrorist network was also arrested earlier by the security forces in central Maidan Wardak province before he manage to carry out an attack in Kabul city.

The provincial police commandment said a suicide bomber identified as Qari Ehsanullah was arrested from the vicinity of Jalrez district by the security forces before he manage to enter Kabul city for the attack.

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Old political rivals eye political cooperation after recent upheavals in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/old-political-rival-eye-political-cooperation-after-recent-upheavals-in-kabul-02922 http://www.khaama.com/old-political-rival-eye-political-cooperation-after-recent-upheavals-in-kabul-02922#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:29:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76673 Read the full article...]]> The leaders of Jamiat-e-Islami and Junbish Millie parties have stepped up efforts to boost political cooperation in the aftermath of the latest political and security upheavals in the country, particularly after the deadly bombings and violence in capital Kabul.

Batur Dostum, the son of the First Vice President General Abdul Rashid who currently leads the Junbish Millie party has met Ata Mohammad Noor, the provincial governor of Balkh and Chief Executive of Jamiat-e-Islami for at least two times since capital Kabul was hit by a series of deadly bombings and political tensions.

Noor has said the two sides have emphasized on boosting political ties besides holding talks on the current situation of the country as well as the situation of the Northern provinces.

The meetings between the Junbish Millie and Jamiat Islami parties takes place despite major rivalries existed between the two parties in the past and in some cases some deadly clashes have also taken place between the commanders of the two parties, particularly in northern provinces of the country.

Noor who is also the provincial governor of the northern Balkh province announced his support to Jamiat Islami’s call for the removal of the top security officials after the deadly attacks in Kabul city.

Hundreds of people had taken to the streets of Kabul after the May 31st bombing near the embassy of Germany that left over 150 people dead.

However, the a deadlock ensued between the government, protesters, and Jamiat Islami after the funeral of Salim Izadyar, the son of the Deputy House Speaker of the Afghan Senate House was killed during the protests earlier this month.

Noor had claimed that the attack on the funeral was a cowardly and direct attack on a specific political movement and emphasized on the need to take immediate actions to protect the people from the brutal killings.

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Taliban’s military commission chief killed in Helmand drone strike http://www.khaama.com/talibans-military-commission-chief-killed-in-helmand-drone-strike-02921 http://www.khaama.com/talibans-military-commission-chief-killed-in-helmand-drone-strike-02921#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:00:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=76671 Read the full article...]]> A top Taliban leader was killed in an airstrike carried out in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan late on Sunday night, the security sources said Monday.

According to a statement released by the 215th Maiwand Corps of the Afghan National Army, the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Nad-e-Ali district.

The statement further added that the military commission chief of the group for southern Helmand province was killed in the airstrike.

According to the 215th Maiwand Corps, the Taliban leader killed in the airstrike has been identified as Mullah Abdul Bari who was involved in various attacks while leading the military committee of the group in Helmand.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

The Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-insurgency operations in the restive parts of the province as they are receiving support by the foreign forces, mainly involving airstrikes.

The operations have been increased after the Taliban insurgents carried out numerous large attacks to capture the key districts of Helmand including the provincial capital of Lashkargah city during the recent months.

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