Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:03:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Taliban formally confirms Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death http://www.khaama.com/taliban-formally-confirms-mullah-mohammad-omars-death-1344 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-formally-confirms-mullah-mohammad-omars-death-1344#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:56:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53885 Read the full article...]]> mullah-mohammed-omar-the-newsThe Taliban militants group formally confirmed the group’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death earlier this evening.

The group issued a statement confirming Mullah Omar’s death due to illness he was suffering however no further details were given regarding the exact location and time of his death.

Taliban quoted Mullah Omar’s family and the group’s leadership confirming his death.

The statement furhter added that Mullah Omar was inside the Afghan soil since the beginning of the US-led invasion and rejected reports that he had migrated to Pakistan.

Reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar emerged earlier yesterday suggesting Pakistan have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.

The issue was reportedly discussed during the cabinet meeting following the confirmation by Pakistani authorities, it has been reported.

However, the Presidential Palace formally confirmed Mullah Omar’s death citing credible sources confirming Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan.

Officials in White House also said Wednesday that reports suggesting the death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad are credible.

The White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said the United States has concluded that reports confirming Mullah Omar’s death are credible.

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Taliban postpones second round of peace talks due to Mullah Omar’s death http://www.khaama.com/taliban-postpones-second-round-of-peace-talks-due-to-mullah-omars-death-9553 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-postpones-second-round-of-peace-talks-due-to-mullah-omars-death-9553#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:51:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53878 Read the full article...]]> taliban-flag1The second round of peace talks between the Afghan officials and the Taliban group has reportedly been postponed amid Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death.

The second round of talks on Afghan reconciliation process was due to be held in Pakistan at the end of this week.

However, the foreign office of Pakistan said Thursday that the talks were postponed due to Mullah Omar’s death report.

“In view of the reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar and the resulting uncertainty, and at the request of the Afghan Taliban leadership, the second round of Afghan peace talks, which was scheduled to be held in Pakistan on 31 July 2015, is being postponed,” according to Reuters news agency citing a statement by the foreign office of Pakistan.

The Taliban group in Afghanistan has not confirmed or rejected reports regarding the death of group’s supreme leader so far, although the reports have been independently confirmed by ARG presidential palace and White House.

Reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar emerged earlier yesterday suggesting Pakistan have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.

The issue was reportedly discussed during the cabinet meeting following the confirmation by Pakistani authorities, it has been reported.

However, the Presidential Palace formally confirmed Mullah Omar’s death citing credible sources confirming Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan.

Officials in White House also said Wednesday that reports suggesting the death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad are credible.

The White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said the United States has concluded that reports confirming Mullah Omar’s death are credible.

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Mullah Akhtar appointed as new supreme leader of Taliban in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/mullah-akhtar-appointed-as-new-supreme-leader-of-taliban-in-afghanistan-9552 http://www.khaama.com/mullah-akhtar-appointed-as-new-supreme-leader-of-taliban-in-afghanistan-9552#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:08:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53873 Read the full article...]]> Mullah-Mohammad-Omar

As usual reports have emerged from Pakistan suggesting the Taliban group in Afghanistan has appointed the successor of the former Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The reports citing well-informed sources added that a meeting of the Taliban supreme council (Shura) was called on Wednesday to appoint successor of Mullah Omar.

The report further added that Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor was unanimously appointed as the new supreme leader of the Taliban group in Afghanistan to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The Taliban group in Afghanistan has not confirmed or rejected reports regarding the death of group’s supreme leader so far, although the reports have been independently confirmed by ARG presidential palace and White House.

Reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar emerged earlier yesterday suggesting Pakistan have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.

The issue was reportedly discussed during the cabinet meeting following the confirmation by Pakistani authorities, it has been reported.

However, the Presidential Palace formally confirmed Mullah Omar’s death citing credible sources confirming Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan.

Officials in White House also said Wednesday that reports suggesting the death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad are credible.

The White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said the United States has concluded that reports confirming Mullah Omar’s death are credible.

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Monument to built for Farkhunda who was lynched over false Quran burning http://www.khaama.com/monument-to-built-for-farkhunda-who-was-lynched-over-false-quran-burning-9551 http://www.khaama.com/monument-to-built-for-farkhunda-who-was-lynched-over-false-quran-burning-9551#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:39:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53867 Read the full article...]]> 03

A monument will be built to remember the brutal murder of Farkhunda over false Quran burning and all women who have became victims of oppression in Afghanistan.

The monument will be built by the family of Farkhuda in cooperation with the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan (SPA).

“To remember the all women victims of oppression, the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan (SPA) in close coordination with family of Shaheed Farkhunda has planned to build a monument in the exact location where Farkhunda was incinerated,” a statement by SPA said.

The statement further added that the step was taken after “Farkhunda, the Afghan girl lynched by a criminal mob on the untrue allegation of burning Quran, has become the symbol of plight of Afghan women and struggle against religious fundamentalism.”

The party also called on Afghan people to “lend hand in building this monument to mark your objection against fundamentalism and ignorance for free and democratic Afghanistan.”

According to NSA, the contributors can donate through bank transfer or Western Union; directly buy construction material or assist during construction with their work force.

Farkhunda was brutally beaten, murdered and her body was set on fire by angry mob after she was accused of burning Quran.

At least 48 people including the custodian and the servant of the shrine were arrested by police after investigations revealed the accusations were false and no proof was found to prove the holy Quran was torched.

She was reportedly murdered after she spoke out against the superstitious practices she had witnessed with mullahs selling good-luck charms.

Her brutal murder also sparked several unprecedented protests in Kabul and other major cities of Afghanistan.

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Hand grenade attack kills four women in Herat http://www.khaama.com/hand-grenade-attack-kills-four-women-in-herat-3674 http://www.khaama.com/hand-grenade-attack-kills-four-women-in-herat-3674#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:14:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53864 Read the full article...]]> Herat Regional HospitalFour women have lost lives in a hand grenade attack in western Herat province, an official said on Thursday.

Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the governor of Herat province told reporters that the incident took place in Kohsar District last night.

He said unidentified men hurled a hand grenade at a house leaving four people killed and four others wounded.

He added that those killed in the blast of the hand grenade were all women.

Initial information indicates that the culprits were two persons who were riding on a motorcycle.

Governor’s spokesman said motive behind the attack is unknown but security agencies have began an investigation for arresting the miscreants.

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Drone strikes kill 20 insurgents in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/drone-strikes-kill-20-insurgents-in-nangarhar-3674 http://www.khaama.com/drone-strikes-kill-20-insurgents-in-nangarhar-3674#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:46:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53861 Read the full article...]]> Drone20 insurgents have been killed in two different drone strikes in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Thursday.

Ahmad Zia Ahmadzai, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province said that the drone strikes were carried out in Haroun Baba area of Haska Mina District late yesterday.

He said the militants were changing their location when came under the drone strikes.

Ahmadzai confirmed no civilian casualties in the attacks.

Although, the governor’s spokesman did not specify the group these militants belonged to but this most of the insurgents killed in Nangarhar province were fighters of the newly emerged insurgent group of Daesh.

The group also lost several key commanders including Shaikh Maqbool alias Shahidullah Shahid, Gul Zaman and Jahadyar this month.

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Rocket explosion leaves five children killed in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/rocket-explosion-leaves-five-killed-in-helmands-nawzad-3673 http://www.khaama.com/rocket-explosion-leaves-five-killed-in-helmands-nawzad-3673#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:04:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53856 Read the full article...]]> woman cryingFive children have been killed after the rocket they were playing with exploded in Nad Ali District of southern Helmand province.

Omar Jan Haqmal, police chief of Nad Ali District said that the incident took place in Loy Manda area yesterday.

He said children had found an old rocket in the area and were playing with it when it exploded, leaving five children killed.

This is not the first time children immaturely lose lives in the explosion of an old explosive device.

Hundreds of children, women and men have lost lives to the blasts caused by the explosive devices either left from the Russian time in Afghanistan or by insurgents after the fall of Taliban regime in 2001.

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Ministry of Defense: Security forces tactically stepped back in Nawzad District of Helmand http://www.khaama.com/ministry-of-defense-security-forces-tactically-stepped-back-in-nawzad-district-of-helmand-3671 http://www.khaama.com/ministry-of-defense-security-forces-tactically-stepped-back-in-nawzad-district-of-helmand-3671#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:08:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53852 Read the full article...]]> General Afzal AmanGeneral Afzal Aman, the army chief of staff for operations during a press conference in Kabul on Thursday accepted the Taliban advancement in Nawzad District of southern Helmand province but insisted that security forces have tactically stepped back there.

The fall of Nawzad District into Taliban hands was reported by Ataullah Afghan, member of the provincial council of Helmand province yesterday.

Afghan said after heavy clashes Taliban took control of this district but General Afzal hailed latest advancement of the Taliban a short time success.

General Afzal further said that this year’s fighting has been severe and very deadly.

He said during the last four months Afghan security forces have conducted more than 500 military operations during which hundreds of militant attacks have been foiled and several districts secured from the threat of fall to the insurgent hands.

Taliban intensified their attacks against security forces and other government institutions after announcing their “Spring Offensive” in April.

Hundreds of people, most of them civilians, have been killed and wounded in Taliban attacks since April.

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Traffic accident leaves nine dead on Kabul-Kandahar highway http://www.khaama.com/traffic-accident-kills-nine-people-on-kabul-kandahar-highway-370 http://www.khaama.com/traffic-accident-kills-nine-people-on-kabul-kandahar-highway-370#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:18:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53849 Read the full article...]]> Traffic AccidentTraffic accident has left nine people including children and women killed on Kabul-Kandahar highway.

Mohammadullah Ahmadi, Traffic Police Officer in Ghazni province says that the incident took place in Rozi Kotal area this morning.

He said a ‘303’ model passenger bus was heading from Kabul to Kandahar that crashed with a ‘Saracha’ vehicle coming from the opposite side.

Ahmadi added that all passenger of the ‘Saracha’ vehicle totaling nine people lost lives in the incident.

He said those killed include two children, two women and five men who were heading towards Kabul.

According to the traffic police officer, the incident occurred because of the carelessness of the driver of the ‘303’ who has escaped following the crash.

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Taliban says unaware of peace talks with the Afghan government http://www.khaama.com/taliban-says-unaware-of-peace-talks-with-the-afghan-government-9550 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-says-unaware-of-peace-talks-with-the-afghan-government-9550#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:18:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53833 Read the full article...]]> Taliban-open-office-in-QatarThe Taliban militants group has rejected that the group is meeting with the Afghan government officials to hold talks reconciliation process, raising more questions regarding the legitimacy of the process mediated by Pakistan.

The group’s spokesman in a statement said “The Islamic Emirate has handed all agency powers in this regard to its Political Office and they are not aware of any such process.”

The statement further added that the group “in accordance with its policy, has established a specific organ responsible for handling all its political affairs.”

This comes as a senior Pakistani official earlier the second round of direct peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban group representatives will be hosted by Pakistan.

The official quoted by the local media said some progress is expected during the second round of talks considering the conductive environment.

The first round of peace talks between the Afghan officials and Taliban group representatives was organized in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan earlier this month.

Taliban’s former Deputy Foreign Minister Mullah Jalil and senior leader Qari Din Muhammad attended the talks on behalf of the Taliban group.

The Afghan officials and representatives of the Taliban group agreed to hold the next round of talks on reconciliation process after the holy month of Ramadan.

The breakthrough in Afghan peace talks has raised hopes for progress toward a political settlement to end years of bloodshed although its success is uncertain.

According to the reports, the leadership of the Taliban group is divided on whether to talk or continue fighting, and it is unclear whether those who are negotiating would be able to enforce any cease-fire.

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White House: Taliban Chief Mullah Omar’s death reports are credible http://www.khaama.com/white-house-taliban-chief-mullah-omars-death-reports-are-credible-1343 http://www.khaama.com/white-house-taliban-chief-mullah-omars-death-reports-are-credible-1343#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:47:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53829 Read the full article...]]> Officials in White House said Wednesday that reports suggesting the death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad are credible.

The White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said the United States has concluded that reports confirming Mullah Omar’s death are credible.

Without commenting on the time regarding Mullah Omar’s death, Schultz said the U.S. intelligence community is looking into the circumstances around Mullah Omar’s death.

A former minister of the Afghan Taliban who is now a member of the group’s leadership has said Mullah Omar was suffering from Tuberculosis and died more than two years ago.

The government of Afghanistan formally confirmed the death of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar earlier tonight.

A statement by the President Palace said “The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan.”

The statement further added “The government of Afghanistan believes that grounds for the Afghan peace talks are more paved now than before, and thus calls on all armed opposition groups to seize the opportunity and join the peace process.”

Reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar emerged earlier today with earlier reports suggesting Pakistan have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.

The issue was reportedly discussed during the cabinet meeting following the confirmation by Pakistani authorities, it has been reported.

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Taliban take control of Nawzad district in Helmand province http://www.khaama.com/taliban-take-control-of-nawzad-district-in-helmand-province-1342 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-take-control-of-nawzad-district-in-helmand-province-1342#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:21:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53827 Read the full article...]]> taliban-flag1The Taliban militants have taken control of Nawzad district in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan on Wednesday, the local officials said.

A member of the provincial council Ataullah Afghan said the district fall to Taliban control following days of heavy clashes between the Taliban militants and Afghan security forces.

A lawmaker in the Upper House of the Parliament – Meshrano Jirga Hashim Alokozay said heavy clashes continued in Nawzad district during the past three days and the government was informed regarding the possible fall of the district of Taliban control.

In the meantime, a local security official said at least eight members of the Afghan army and four members of the Afghan police lost their lives during the heavy gun battle.

A spokesman for the Taliban Qari Yousuf Ahmadi however claimed that heavy casualties were incurred to Afghan forces and said at least 27 members of the Afghan security forces were killed.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

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Afghan government formally confirms death of Mullah Omar http://www.khaama.com/afghan-government-formally-confirms-death-of-mullah-omar-1341 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-government-formally-confirms-death-of-mullah-omar-1341#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53823 Read the full article...]]> Mullah-Mohammad-OmarThe government of Afghanistan formally confirmed the death of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

A statement by the President Palace said “The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan.”

The statement further added “The government of Afghanistan believes that grounds for the Afghan peace talks are more paved now than before, and thus calls on all armed opposition groups to seize the opportunity and join the peace process.”

This comes as the Presidential Palace officials earlier said that reports regarding the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar could not confirmed or rejected as further investigations would be required to ascertain the report.

The officials further added that the government has received reports regarding the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar emerged earlier today with earlier reports suggesting Pakistan have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.

The issue was reportedly discussed during the cabinet meeting following the confirmation by Pakistani authorities, it has been reported.

A former minister of the Afghan Taliban who is now a member of the group’s leadership has said on condition of anonymity that Mullah Omar died more than two years before of Tuberculosis.

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President Ghani off to Germany for treatment http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-off-to-germany-for-treatment-9549 http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-off-to-germany-for-treatment-9549#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:10:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53816 Read the full article...]]> President Ghani off to GermanyPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday left for Germany for the treatment of his leg, the Presidential Palace said.

A statement by the palace said President Ghani left for Germany on Wednesday afternoon after receiving consultations from his doctors.

The statement further added President Ghani suffered injury during an event marking the national olympics days.

No further details were regarding the extent of the injury the president suffered.

“President Ghani delayed his visit to Germany for the treatment of his leg due to important internal and foreign trips and Eid al-Fitr holidays,” the statement said adding that the president left for Germany today to complete his treatment.

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Presidential Palace: Can not confirm or reject Mullah Omar’s death http://www.khaama.com/presidential-palace-can-not-confirm-or-reject-mullah-omars-death-9548 http://www.khaama.com/presidential-palace-can-not-confirm-or-reject-mullah-omars-death-9548#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:24:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53810 Read the full article...]]> Mullah Mohammad OmarThe Presidential Palace officials said Wednesday that reports regarding the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar could not confirmed or rejected as further investigations would be required to ascertain the report.

Syed Zafar Haeshmi, deputy spokesman to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, said the government has received reports regarding the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar.

He said such reports would not suffice and have no credibility insisting that the government will thoroughly investigate the reports.

This comes as earlier reports suggested that sources in Pakistan have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.

The issue was reportedly discussed during the cabinet meeting following the confirmation by Pakistani authorities, it has been reported.

In the meantime, a former minister of the Afghan Taliban who is now a member of the group’s leadership has said on condition of anonymity that Mullah Omar died more than two years before of Tuberculosis.

“Mullah Omar died two years and four months ago owing to Tuberculosis. He has been buried on Afghan side of the border,” the former Taliban minister told Pakistan’s The Express Tribune.

On the other hand a splinter group of the Taliban – Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz earlier said Mullah Omar was killed by Taliban leaders Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.

The group’s spokesman Qari Hamza said Mullah Omar was killed two years ago in the same month of July.

Hamza claimed that the group has evidences to prove their claims that Mullah Omar was killed by Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) also said in November last year that Mullah Omar has possibly passed away amid reports that the group has divided into three different parts.

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Unidentified gunmen torch school in Ghazni http://www.khaama.com/unidentified-gunmen-torch-school-in-ghazni-3688 http://www.khaama.com/unidentified-gunmen-torch-school-in-ghazni-3688#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:32:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53806 Read the full article...]]> Ghazni-school torchedUnidentified armed men have torched a school in the outskirt of Ghazni city, the provincial capital of Ghazni province.

Mohammad Abid Abid, the director of the directorate of education in Ghazni province said that the incident took place in Khosk area around 10 pm last night.

He said unidentified armed men set fire to Imam Hudad High School and run away taking the advantage of the darkness.

He added that three classrooms suffered damages due to the fire but further damages were prevented after villagers reached to the school and extinguished the fire.

Hundreds of boys are students of this high school in the morning and girls in the afternoon, Abid added.

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Reports: Mullah Omar died of Tuberculosis and buried in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/reports-mullah-omar-died-of-tuberculosis-and-buried-in-afghanistan-3688 http://www.khaama.com/reports-mullah-omar-died-of-tuberculosis-and-buried-in-afghanistan-3688#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:55:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53802 Read the full article...]]> Mullah-Mohammad-OmarPakistan’s The Express Tribune which has partnership with the International New York Times reports that the death of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is confirmed by the group’s central leadership.

According to the media outlet a former minister of the Afghan Taliban who is now a member of the group’s leadership has said on condition of anonymity that Mullah Omar died more than two years before of Tuberculosis

“Mullah Omar died two years and four months ago owing to Tuberculosis. He has been buried on Afghan side of the border,”

The source has further told The Express Tribune on Wednesday that the dead body of the slain Taliban leader was identified by his son.

“Mullah Omar’s son had identified the body of his father.” He is quoted as saying.

Earlier, some Afghan government sources also told media that Mullah Omar is not alive.

This comes as leaders of the Afghan Taliban are reportedly mulling a replacement leader for the militant group.

The two main figures trying to take on the leadership are Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, a senior member of the group, and Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub, the eldest son of Mullah Omar.

The two possible replacements were reported by Pakistan’s The News, another media outlet that keeps close eye on events and insurgency in Afghanistan.

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22 militants killed in newest military operations http://www.khaama.com/22-militants-killed-in-newest-military-operations-3687 http://www.khaama.com/22-militants-killed-in-newest-military-operations-3687#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:23:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53796 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army22 militants have been killed in newest military operations in eleven provinces, Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday morning.

A statement issued by the ministry states that these operations were conducted in Kunar, Nangarhar, Kundoz, Faryab, Balkh, Kandahar, Zabul, Urozgan, Maidan Wardak and Paktia province in past 24 hours.

According to the statement, 22 militants were killed, six wounded and 13 others detained by the security forces during these operations.

In the meantime, a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that five soldiers from the Afghan National Army also embraced martyrdom during the joint operations conducted in past 24 hours.

The statement further states that the soldiers embraced martyrdom in landmine explosion and insurgent fire. The exact location of the incidents is not mentioned in press release.

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Two killed, 11 wounded in Kundoz explosion http://www.khaama.com/two-killed-11-wounded-in-kundoz-explosion-3685 http://www.khaama.com/two-killed-11-wounded-in-kundoz-explosion-3685#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:16:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53790 Read the full article...]]> KundozTwo civilians have lost lives and 11 others, including policemen, sustained injuries in a bomb explosion in northern Kundoz province.

Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, spokesman for the provincial police headquarters said that the bomb was attached to a civilian vehicle that detonated at the entrance of the regional hospital in Kundoz city this morning.

He said a woman is among those killed and those wounded include two policemen.

According to the police spokesman the bomb was detonated with a remote control from a distance and the target of the explosion was security personnel guarding the hospital.

Hussaini further said that the driver of the corolla vehicle is detained in wounded condition who is undergoing interrogation.

No group including Taliban militants had claimed responsibility for the explosion but Kundoz is witnessing heavy clashes between security forces and Taliban.

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Pakistan reportedly confirmed death of Mullah Mohammad Omar http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-reportedly-confirmed-death-of-mullah-mohammad-omar-9547 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-reportedly-confirmed-death-of-mullah-mohammad-omar-9547#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:55:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53784 Read the full article...]]> Mullah-Mohammad-OmarThe Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death has reportedly been confirmed by authorities in Pakistan who have shared the issue with the Afghan government officials.

The issue was reportedly discussed during the cabinet meeting following the confirmation by Pakistani authorities, it has been reported.

The Pakistani authorities have said Mullah Mohammad Omar has passed away two years ago but no further details were given regarding circumstances surrounding his death.

This comes as a splinter group of the Taliban – Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz earlier said Mullah Omar was killed by Taliban leaders Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.

The group’s spokesman Qari Hamza said Mullah Omar was killed two years ago in the same month of July.

Hamza claimed that the group has evidences to prove their claims that Mullah Omar was killed by Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.

This comes as the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in November last year that Mullah Omar has possibly passed away amid reports that the group has divided into three different parts.

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Five senior government officials sacked over abuse of power in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/five-senior-government-officials-sacked-over-abuse-of-power-in-nangarhar-3684 http://www.khaama.com/five-senior-government-officials-sacked-over-abuse-of-power-in-nangarhar-3684#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:04:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53778 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar Governor HouseFive senior government officials have been sacked over abuse of power in eastern Nangarhar province.

Those fired include police chiefs of Haska Mina and Achin districts as well as three officials from the custom department.

A statement issued by Nangarhar Media Office states that these officials were fired after complaints by ordinary citizens.

According to the statement, Nangarhar’s governor Salim Khan Kundozi recently paid a visit to the custom department where he met with a number of custom officials and traders bringing goods to Afghanistan through Torkham.

The statement adds that a number of traders complained to the governor that they are charged additional tax by the custom department when bringing goods through the border.

The press release further adds that after the complaints, the governor investigated the claims and ultimately sacked three officials from this department and introduced them to judiciary.

The governor was also receiving non-stop complaints from local residents in Achin and Haska Mina districts regarding the police chiefs, the statement states.

“After consultation with the provincial police chief and other security officials as well as collecting more information, the governor issued orders to remove them,” the statement adds.

Saleem Khan Kundozai took office as the governor for Nangarhar province after its former governor Maulawi Attaullah Ludin resigned in May. He made tough commitments to fight the corruption while giving inaugural speech at the governor house.

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First Afghan confirmed dead fighting for ISIS in Syria http://www.khaama.com/first-afghan-confirmed-dead-fighting-for-isis-in-syria-9546 http://www.khaama.com/first-afghan-confirmed-dead-fighting-for-isis-in-syria-9546#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:06:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53769 Read the full article...]]> afghans fighting for isis in SyriaThe death of an Afghan national fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Syria has been confirmed for the first time amid concerns regarding growing number of Afghans being deployed to Syria to fight for the regime and rebel groups.

The man identified as Abdul Basir was reportedly killed in the Halab city of Syria while fighting for the terror group.

The 26-year-old Basir was killed on Tuesday and was originally a resident of Rubat Sangi in western Herat province of Afghanistan, a classmate of Basir told The Killid Radio.

The source further added that numerous others from Afghanistan are still fighting for the terror group in Syria and called on relevant authorities to take immediate steps to stop Afghans deployment in Syria.

This comes as reports emerged late last year suggesting scores of Afghan nationals killed while fighting in support of the Syrian regime led by Bashar al-Assad.

The Afghan nationals were reportedly killed by the Syrian rebels during clashes in Aleppo.

According to reports, some 3,000 Afghan nationals have been deployed to take part in the ongoing Syria conflict.

The Afghan militants are fighting on both sides of the Syrian war, in support of the Syria Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

Informed sources in the Afghan government have also confirmed that the number includes Iranian-backed Shiites fighting a proxy war in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and against Islamic State and other rebel groups.

The participation of Afghan militants in Syria war has sparked concerns among the Afghan officials some will return to fight in Afghanistan under Islamic State’s banner.

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Reports: Government, Taliban delegations to again meet in Murree on Friday http://www.khaama.com/reports-government-taliban-delegations-to-again-meet-in-murree-on-friday-3683 http://www.khaama.com/reports-government-taliban-delegations-to-again-meet-in-murree-on-friday-3683#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:25:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53763 Read the full article...]]> Taliban attackReports suggest that the Afghan government and Taliban delegations are again meeting in the Murree exurb of Islamabad for peace talks on Friday.

Pakistani news agency Dawn quotes an unnamed government source close to the reconciliation process as saying that the second round of peace talks are more substantive, raising hopes for a workable peace process to end the conflict in Afghanistan.

“The fact that the two sides are re-convening in less than a month is encouraging. It is a big success,” he said, reiterating that the talks are intra-Afghan and that Pakistan is only a facilitator.

“It is an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace initiative. We are here to facilitate.” He said.

About reports of fractions within Taliban over the peace process, the news agency has asked another government official who replied as saying that there could be some who want an end to the conflict but some others may prefer to fight. He says the group that is participating in the peace talks is the mainstream.

“There are people who want to talk and there could be people who would want to fight. But the group that has the largest number of fighters on the ground and is able to make an impact will have the sway. And that is the mainstream group that is holding the talks,” he said.

Although, the agenda of this round of peace talks is not yet made public but a seize fire is expected to be on the top of it. In the first round of peace talks on July 7 Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Afghanistan’s deputy foreign minister on political affairs, who was leading Afghan government delegation reportedly told Taliban delegation that fighting and peace talks cannot go together.

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Obama’s calendar based troops withdrawal has became a disaster for Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/obamas-calendar-based-troops-withdrawal-has-became-a-disaster-for-afghanistan-1340 http://www.khaama.com/obamas-calendar-based-troops-withdrawal-has-became-a-disaster-for-afghanistan-1340#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:53:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53758 Read the full article...]]> Obama troop withdrawal Afghanistan

It was the last days of my 6th term at university, right the autumn season with cold morning and evenings and warmly mid days. The fun we had with our country issues made that day ironically particular, we knew that in few minutes there is going to be Obama’s victory speech after November 4 election, four of us just left the class and kneeled in grassland outside. By a sample mobile phone had FM radio activated in, we entirely listened it. We should have watched it in a TV with flourished Chicago background images and mass audience but painfully we didn’t have it.

Obama’s speech mattered for us, in his election campaigns he was more in favour of Afghanistan and desired more engagement civil and militarily with Afghanistan rather than Iraq. That speech was important: important for us that dealt with our future, important for Americans hoping change, and important for the Muslims world expecting a new beginning.   I just have few points focusing on Afghanistan how everything had changed.

Right in 2008 our economy was doing well with almost two digit growth rate and increasing donor allocation mainly because of Obama’s strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan which put furthered contribution and attention by United States and its allies to this region. Additional 20,000 troops were deployed to Afghanistan that militarily made the situation stable, socially more trust to the government and economically more attractive to investors.

The coming year after Obama’s victory Afghans had presidential election in which Karzai was a dominant candidate who deemed will remain for another period. I personally attended his campaign for a night since he paid campaigners very well, we posted his pictures and other campaigning stuffs during the night but just by tomorrow morning almost all the pictures in Kabul city were ripped. Majority at least in Kabul do not want him to be again the president of Afghanistan. Afghans didn’t know this at the very first stages but later on data leaked to the media, shows that there had been endeavours to take him out. That was actually a spark and starting point in the relationship between the two countries with huge ups and down, later on labelled as “bad marriage”. Although it became much personal in the case of Afghanistan rather it reflects Afghans view.

In this duel continued for 4 years finally the turn came to Karzai and as a final shoot he was looking to a target that could cost the opposite the maximum possible; the issue of BSA, what it helped US to keep its troops and assistances in Afghanistan beyond 2014.  Karzai with increasing preconditions was refusing to sign while Americans and NATO troops were getting closer to a deadline questioning their legitimacy and would change the assistance mission to occupation. Washington which was tired enough of Kabul administration and the longest war in the history of America; this made it tougher than ever and contributed to more discouragement toward their mission in Afghanistan. The shocking 50 percent reduction in US assistance for 2014 by congress could be a good example here.

That wavy ups and down energized the idea that Afghanistan war should come to an end, doesn’t matter how the situation is on the ground but, President Obama continuously pointed it as a “responsible end”. According to the plan only 1,000 troops will remain beyond 2016 just to guard US Embassy in Kabul.

The troops withdrawal have helped Obama to get another score in America, more in favour of public opinion rather strategic but, for Afghanistan it is just a disaster. Insurgency has dramatically increased, economy is doing at its poorest possible manner almost 3 times less than 2012, development assistance hugely reduced, no new project at all while past job oriented projects has not been extended. Taliban had run nationwide Azm operation; much different than before with new tactics and big gains, more than any of above ISIS is recruiting with few signs of fighting and beheading in Nanagarhar and Logar provinces.

Looking to the situation deteriorating in all aspect, the Obama’s calendar based withdrawal of troops has contributed in favour to more deterioration. He was in serious obstacles with the past Afghan leadership, everyone confesses this but, now is the time to rethink about his policies and reshape it with what the situation demands. In democracies public opinion and campaign promises are important to be reached but they are not supposed to be dogmas, they are variable all the time and priorities always shift and surpass each other as time passes.

Circumstances on the ground require serious attention as Senator John McCain in his recent visit in Kabul pointed it out, “I think the most serious mistake that the United States could make – in a betrayal of the brave Americans who have served here and the brave Afghans who serve and have continued to sacrifice – would be to have a calendar based withdraw.”

 Sen Lindsey Graham a potential republican for 2016 goes even further and tied it with strong words “If we go down to a thousand U.S. combat forces, that are Kabul centric and training the Afghan military, then that is a mistake for the ages […] we will have the same outcome we did in Iraq. In a discussion explaining his foreign policy he seems confident and hotter than any other “My commitment is simple: whatever it takes, as long as it takes,[we do] until we defeat them.

The fact and what is going on there is that this policy has already streamlined us to crisis, government is functioning in its poorest possible manner, its control is summarized in the compound of district offices, Taliban has got the initiative and recruit their fighters as teacher, ISIS is increasingly showing around, more importantly unemployment fundamentally raised and has just changed to the mother of all problems. If appropriate steps are not taking place, the consequences will be painfully obvious very soon.

I wish this wasn’t the case but Afghanistan became the 51st state of America. When pronouncing this, people in Afghanistan might get mad at you, their inner core may flourish and will respond you with swearwords, but this is how the situation is, I well remember our election crisis: as soon as there was a two sentences statement by Department of State or White House in DC, in Kabul exchange rate was doing quite well, investors were partying and media spend hours discussing about it.

All and all, I am neither a student there nor have my ex-mates to hang out for the next victory speech but that university has now a 24 hour TV room and my mobile with FM radio replaced with a Smartphone. There is another important election in America and we are sagaciously observing attitudes of Republicans and Democrats about Afghanistan.

Ghulam RasoolAuthor: Ghulam Rasool Folladwand

Ghulam Rasool is a graduate of Economics and reading for his master in International Cooperation and Development in Italy.

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ALP commander announces 20,000 cash reward for killing a Taliban insurgent http://www.khaama.com/alp-commander-announces-20000-cash-reward-for-killing-a-taliban-insurgent-1339 http://www.khaama.com/alp-commander-announces-20000-cash-reward-for-killing-a-taliban-insurgent-1339#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:23:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53753 Read the full article...]]> Afghan policeA commander of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces has announced cash rewards for anyone who kill, injure or capture a Taliban militant.

The announcement was made by ALP commander Nabi in the restive northern Kunduz province which witnessed some of the deadliest clashes earlier this year and the situation still remains tense in its various districts.

The highest reward would be paid to anyone who captures a Taliban militant which would be 100,000 Afghanis and equivalent to 1,630 American Dollars.

The cash reward for injuring a Taliban insurgent has been announced 30,000 equivalent to 490 American Dollars and anyone who kills a Taliban insurgent would receive 20,000 Afghanis which would be equivalent to 320 American Dollars.

The announcement was made in Qala-e-Zal district of northern Kunduz province where the ALP commander awarded cash rewards for his men.

According to reports, the announcement by ALP commander was made amid deteriorating security situation in Qala-e-Zal district where the Taliban militants have captured some areas as the group continues to its summer offensive.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the group announced its summer offensive earlier this year and since then staged numerous deadly attacks across the country.

Heavy clashes have also been reported in northern Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces where the Taliban militants managed to take control of parts of Kohistanat district today.

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Taliban militants launch major attack in Kunar province http://www.khaama.com/taliban-militants-launch-major-attack-in-kunar-province-9545 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-militants-launch-major-attack-in-kunar-province-9545#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:25:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53751 Read the full article...]]> TalibanHeavy clashes continue between the Taliban militants and the Afghan security forces in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan after the Taliban militants launched a major attack in Marwar district.

According to local security officials, the Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on security check posts in central and remote areas of Marwar district earlier this morning.

Provincial police chief Abdul Habib Syed Khel said sporadic clashes still continue and at leat 14 Taliban militants have been killed and 17 others have been injured so far.

In the meantime, the Taliban militants group claimed that heavy casualties were incurred to the Afghan forces during the gun battle and said only 3 Taliban fighters were killed and 4 others were injured.

The coordinated attack in eastern Kunar province comes the Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant during the recent days.

Taliban militants captured Kohistanat district in their latest coordinated attack in northern Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan which was followed days after the Taliban militants captured a joint military base in northeastern Badakshshan province where scores of Afghan forces surrendered to the group.

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Knife attack leaves two women killed, two wounded in Zabul http://www.khaama.com/knife-attack-leaves-two-women-killed-two-wounded-in-zabul-3681 http://www.khaama.com/knife-attack-leaves-two-women-killed-two-wounded-in-zabul-3681#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:33:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53738 Read the full article...]]> Knife AttackTwo women have lost lives and two others sustained injuries in a knife attack in southern Zabul province.

The incident took place in Risala village of Qalat, the provincial capital, around 07:00 am on Tuesday.

Reports suggest that Amanullah S/O Obaidullah went to the house of his in-laws with a sharp knife and suddenly attacked them, leaving his mother-in-law and sister-in-law killed and two other women wounded.

One of the women wounded in the incident is also a sister-in-law to Amanullah.

Colonel Ghulam Jailani Farahi, the deputy police chief of Zabul province told reporters that soon after the incident police arrived at the site and detained Amanullah.

He further said that police put Amanullah in jail and shifted the wounded women to hospital for treatment.

One of the victims at the hospital said: “I was washing the dishes when he (murderer) came in the morning, my father was not at home, my brother had also gone to work, I was washing dishes when he came, I stood up for greetings, he suddenly took out his knife stabbed my sister in the stomach and then stabbed my mother.”

According to the victim, following the stabbing of two Amanullah attacked her and another woman with his knife and wounded them.

Motive behind the incident is unknown but local villagers are sighting family disputes as the cause of the tragedy.

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Former member of Balkh Provincial Council detained on terrorism charges http://www.khaama.com/former-member-of-balkh-provincial-council-detained-on-terrorism-charges-3680 http://www.khaama.com/former-member-of-balkh-provincial-council-detained-on-terrorism-charges-3680#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:28:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53731 Read the full article...]]> Balkh-Provincial CouncilA former member of the provincial council of northern Balkh province has been detained by security forces on terrorism charges.

Ibrahim Khair Andish, head of the provincial council says that Rashid Dawran came under the suspicion after he consulted with the council on numerous occasions before Eid-ul-Fitr.

He said a group of militants recently detained in capital Kabul has said during investigation that this person was cooperating with them.

 This comes as a major military operation is under the discussion after a rapid surge in insurgency in the northern region.

In last few months, militants have carried out several deadly attacks in the north.

In a single coordinated attack of Taliban suicide bombers on the appeal court in Mazar-i-Sharif, provincial capital of Balkh, as many as 18 people lost lives and around 70 others sustained injuries in April.

Following this attack several other deadly militant attacks took place in Kundoz, Faryab and other parts of northern Afghanistan leaving dozens of security men and civilians killed.

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Two Daesh commanders killed in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/two-daesh-commanders-killed-in-nangarhar-3680 http://www.khaama.com/two-daesh-commanders-killed-in-nangarhar-3680#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:54:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53728 Read the full article...]]> ISIS (1)Two commanders of the militant group of Daesh have been killed in security forces operations in eastern Nangarhar province.

General Fazal Ahmad Sherzad, the provincial police chief of Nangarhar province told reporters that the operations started in the jurisdiction of Chaparhar District last night and winded up this morning.

He said two commanders of Daesh were killed, one wounded and three others detained with eight different types of weapons by the security forces.

General Sherzad named the dead Daesh commanders as Farouq and Mirwais and the one wounded as Mansoor.

July has been the deadliest month for Daesh with losing key commanders such as Shaikh Maqbool alias Shahidullah Shahid, Gul Zaman and Jahadyar.

Daesh also known by ISIS or Islamic State was active in Syria and Iraq for years but it emerged in Nangarhar province and some other parts of the country months before.

They recruited hundreds of fighters, most of them defectors of Taliban. Afghan security agencies have formed special units, well equipped and highly trained, to combat with Daesh.

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Flash floods leave heavy damages behind in parts of Maidan Wardak http://www.khaama.com/floods-leave-heavy-damages-behind-in-parts-of-maidan-wardak-3679 http://www.khaama.com/floods-leave-heavy-damages-behind-in-parts-of-maidan-wardak-3679#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:08:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53721 Read the full article...]]> FloodPeople have suffered heavy damages due to flash floods in Chak, Sayed Abad, Narkh and Jaghato district of Maidan Wardak province.

A government delegation has been assigned by the provincial administration to prepare a complete report of the damages and present in front of the governor.

Initial reports suggest that dozens of homes, canals, protection walls and hundreds of hectare of agriculture land have been washed away in the floods last night.

Sayed Abad, Chak and Narkh districts were already heavy hit by floods two days before washing away thousands of hectares of agriculture land and leaving hundreds of homes damaged.

 The provincial administration has recorded 2,000 hectares of agriculture land being washed away in Narkh, 216 homes and 45 hectares of agriculture land in Sayed Abad and 53 homes in Chak District.

Although, aid supplies have been collected for the flood victims which are going to be distributed but officials say they are not adequate.

Hayatullah Hayat, the provincial governor called on aid organizations to assist the flood victims in Maidan Wardak.

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Security forces kill 45 insurgents in operations across the country http://www.khaama.com/security-forces-kill-45-insurgents-in-operations-across-the-country-3678 http://www.khaama.com/security-forces-kill-45-insurgents-in-operations-across-the-country-3678#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:06:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53717 Read the full article...]]> ANA-Special ForceAfghan National Security Forces have killed 45 militants in newest operations across the country, a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense on Tuesday morning states.

According to the statement, the operations were conducted in Almar District of Faryab, Bala Baluk District of Farah, Samkani and Zazi Aryoub districts of Paktia, Shah Wali Kot and Arghandab districts of Kandahar, Chora District of Urozgan, Shindand and Guzara districts of Heart, Khash Rod district of Nimroz and Nad Ali, Kajaki, Nawzad and Musa Qala districts of Helmand province in past 24 hours.

The statement adds that 45 militants were killed, 20 wounded and three others detained during these operations.

The press release confirms that five soldiers from Afghan National Army embraced martyrdom during the same period while defending their country.

The five soldiers lost lives to landmine explosion and insurgent fire, the statement adds.

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Gas Cylinder explosion kills five of a family in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/gas-cylinder-explosion-kills-five-of-a-family-in-kabul-3678 http://www.khaama.com/gas-cylinder-explosion-kills-five-of-a-family-in-kabul-3678#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:28:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53713 Read the full article...]]> Gas CylinderFive people have been killed in a Gas Cylinder explosion in capital Kabul.

According to reports, the family of a civil society activist Eng. Mahmood Sayed was busy cooking at his residence in the 5th police district of Kabul city when the Gas Cylinder they were using exploded leaving five killed on Monday evening.

Mohammad Bashir a Sayed’s has told Pajhwok Afghan News that those killed in the blast include Sayed’s wife, son and three daughters.

Bashir further said that the five dead bodies were transported to Maidan Wardak province for funeral and burial in the ancestral cemetery.

A fire was witnessed engulfing the house following the blast which has also badly torched the house.

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Taliban seize Kohistanat District of Sar-i-Pul, says member of provincial council http://www.khaama.com/taliban-seize-kohistanat-district-of-sar-i-pul-says-member-of-provincial-council-3677 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-seize-kohistanat-district-of-sar-i-pul-says-member-of-provincial-council-3677#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:37:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53709 Read the full article...]]> Sari-Pul- Police headquartersA member of the provincial council of northern Sar-i-Pul province says that Taliban militants have seized Kohistanat District following heavy clashes with security forces.

Asadullah Khuram said that after heavy clashes the District fell to Taliban hands this morning.

The clashes were ongoing between security forces and Taliban for days and Amanuddin Aman who is spokesman for the provincial police headquarters said yesterday that additional forces were deployed to the area to support the forces on ground against Taliban.

Aman further said that Afghan Local Police officer together with seven of his men joined Taliban. He added that the group had connection with Taliban from before.

Taliban spokesman have also confirmed the clashes between his fighters and security forces and that a police commander has joined the group.

However, report about possible casualties during these clashes had not been released by the time this report was filed.

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Certain countries planning to break up Afghanistan in two parts: Saleh http://www.khaama.com/certain-countries-planning-to-break-up-afghanistan-in-two-parts-saleh-1337 http://www.khaama.com/certain-countries-planning-to-break-up-afghanistan-in-two-parts-saleh-1337#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:54:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53703 Read the full article...]]> Amrullah Saleh accuse PakistanThe former Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Amrullah Saleh said Monday that certain countries are planning to break up Afghanistan in two parts by sparking divisions among Afghans in North and South.

The head of the Green Trend Movement was speaking during the signing of an agreement with Sulaiman Cultural Society and Noor Social Trend from southeastern Paktika and Paktiya provinces.

The agreement between the three movements is aimed at launched joint campaigns to thwart the conspiracies to split Afghanistan.

Saleh promised to stand against all conspiracies to split the nation and insisted that any other flag apart from the national flag of Afghanistan would mean to create divisions among Afghans in a bid to break up the country.

Without naming any specific country Saleh said “all those internal and external groups dreaming to create divisions among Afghans and once again spark civil war, are invalid, since we were one nation and will remain as one nation.”

He said the foreign countries are following their specific interests in breaking up Afghanistan, although he did not elaborate further regarding the targets of the countries looking to break up Afghanistan.

Saleh also insisted that the new generation of Afghanistan will never agree to break up the country, with Sulaiman Cultural Society chief Asifullah Ikhlas saying the main purpose of the agreement is to unite the young generation fo the country and eliminate discrimination.

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Presidential Palace to officially introduce Yousuf Halim as Afghanistan’s new Chief Justice http://www.khaama.com/presidential-palace-to-officially-introduce-yousuf-halim-as-afghanistans-new-chief-justice-3677 http://www.khaama.com/presidential-palace-to-officially-introduce-yousuf-halim-as-afghanistans-new-chief-justice-3677#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:07:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53695 Read the full article...]]> Supreme Court Leader-Sayed Yousuf HalimSayed Yousuf Halim who recently became member of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court has been approved by Presidential Palace to take office as the new Chief Justice for the country.

Halim took oath as a member of the Supreme Court on Monday and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah while talking to the council of ministers said that he will be soon officially introduced as the Chief Justice.

Halim has previously served at the Justice Ministry of Afghanistan. He was introduced to the Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of Parliament for a vote of confidence by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at the beginning of July where he secured 103 votes to become member of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court.

Halim says that under his service period, no innocent will be punished and no criminal will go unpunished.

Sayed Yousuf Halim is on the edge of becoming the Chief Justice at the time the judiciary is facing strong criticism for corruption.

It would be no less than a challenge for Halim to take over the current situation in the judiciary system if he is appointed as the Chief Justice.

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ALP commander joins Taliban group along with his 7 men in Sar-e-Pul http://www.khaama.com/alp-commander-joins-taliban-group-along-with-his-7-men-in-sar-e-pul-9544 http://www.khaama.com/alp-commander-joins-taliban-group-along-with-his-7-men-in-sar-e-pul-9544#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:53:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53692 Read the full article...]]> ALP men join TalibanA commander of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces joined the Taliban group along with his seven men in northern Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police spokesman Amanuddin Aman said the policemen were serving with the ALP forces in Kohistanat district.

Aman further added that the defected ALP forces had connections with the Taliban group in the past and had assisted them to infiltrate in Kohistan district.

He said sporadic gun battle continues between the remaining ALP forces and the Taliban militants in the area.

Aman also added that additional forces have been deployed in the area to repress the assailant Taliban militants and clear the district from their presence.

The Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed around 100 ALP forces have joined the Taliban militants in Kohistanat district.

Sar-e-Pul is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups have recently increased their insurgency activities in a number of its districts.

This comes as over 100 members of the Afghan natioanl security forces surrendered to Taliban group in Wardoj district following days of heavy gun battle.

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Deadly wedding clash in Baghlan was likely due to ‘Bacha Baazi’ http://www.khaama.com/deadly-wedding-clash-in-baghlan-was-likely-due-to-bacha-baazi-9543 http://www.khaama.com/deadly-wedding-clash-in-baghlan-was-likely-due-to-bacha-baazi-9543#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:47:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53687 Read the full article...]]> wedding clash in BaghlanA deadly gun battle in a wedding in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan was likely triggered due to verbal clash over Bacha Baazi, local officials said.

The provincial governor Sultan Mohammad Ebadi said preliminary reports indicate that irresponsible armed individuals started an argument over a young boy which led to gun battle between the two groups.

Ebadi further added that the young boy was also killed during the gun battle between the two sides along with 20 others.

The provincial police chief Abdul Jabar Pardeli confirmed that irresponsible armed individuals were involved in the deadly clash.

In the meantime, Ebadi said an investigation has been launched regarding the deadly incident further details will be released once the investigations have been completed.

Ebadi had earlier confirmed that two young boys aged below 18 years were among those killed during the clash.

This comes as the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan (AIHRC) released its report on ‘Bacha Bazi’ – sexual abuse of teenage boys in Afghanistan last year.

AIHRC officials said their findings shows that influential figures as well as wealthy people in Afghanistan are hiring teenage boys aged between 10 to 18 years old for their sexual satisfaction.

The report was prepared after interviewing the victims, abusers of teenage boys, tribal elders, government officials, members of civil society, university lecturers and eyewitnesses from 14 different provinces of Afghanistan, the officials added.

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Explosion kills former government official in Khost http://www.khaama.com/explosion-kills-former-government-official-in-khost-3676 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-kills-former-government-official-in-khost-3676#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:20:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53680 Read the full article...]]> Khost BlastA former government official who was currently feeding his family through driving a taxi has been killed in an explosion in Khost province. (Photo Credit Abdulhaq Omeri)

Officials say the bomb was attached to the slain man’s taxi which exploded in Khost city around 12pm this afternoon.

Mobariz Zadran, spokesman for the governor of Khost province said that another civilian was wounded in the explosion.

He said the man killed in the explosion had served at the governor house in the past but at the time he was a taxi driver and not holding a government post.

The explosion also badly damaged the vehicle.

No group had claimed responsibility for the blast by the time this report was filed but security forces were conducting an investigation into the incident.

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80 prisoners released from jail in Herat http://www.khaama.com/80-prisoners-released-from-jail-in-herat-3676 http://www.khaama.com/80-prisoners-released-from-jail-in-herat-3676#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:54:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53677 Read the full article...]]> Prisoners released80 Prisoners, including three women, have been released from the central captivity in western Herat province.

Officials say these people were arrested on petty-charges and there were no terr suspect among them.

Brigadier General Abdullah Azizi, officer of the provincial jail in Herat says that the prisoners were released following a decree by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issued on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.

He said that based on the decree the imprisonment period of some other inmates have also reduced.

This comes after over 400 prisoners were released from the same jail about three months before.

There are currently nearly 3,000 inmates in the provincial captivity of Herat who are detained on different charges including terrorism.

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Newly-born baby abandoned in Ghor because she was born girl http://www.khaama.com/newly-born-baby-abandoned-by-in-ghor-because-she-was-born-girl-9542 http://www.khaama.com/newly-born-baby-abandoned-by-in-ghor-because-she-was-born-girl-9542#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:13:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53666 Read the full article...]]> newly-born girl abandoned by parents in Ghor

A picture of a newly-born baby girl shocked Afghanistan after it emerged online showing the newborn baby abandoned by her parents in a roadside.

The picture emerged from central Ghor province and the baby was reportedly abandoned because she was born girl while her parents wanted a baby boy.

This comes as a local resident in northern Balkh province abandoned her paralyzed wife after she gave birth to a baby girl earlier this year.

The 30-year-old woman, Parwana, was left paralyzed due to domestic violence she faced from her husband and family for giving birth to a baby girl.

She was also forced to engage in immoral activities (prostitution) by her husband as her family was behaving with her like a slave, she said during an interview.

A woman was also choked to death by her husband three years ago after she gave birth to a baby girl for the third time.

The local security officials said the 30-year-old mother-of-three, Storay, was choked to death by her husband and her mother-in-law in a remote village in Khanabad district.

The Afghan women continue to sufer from maltreatment and domestic violence despite enormous investment and pledges by the international community to help improve women’s rights in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, the United Nations said in April this year that Afghanistan’s court system is failing to provide adequate access to women who are victims of violence.

In a report released on 19th April, “Justice through the eyes of Afghan Women,” the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said more women are turning to non-judicial methods, such as local mediation councils, rather than the traditional court system.

The 35-page report, produced in cooperation with the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, is comprised of a series of interviews with 110 women across 18 of the nation’s provinces between August 2014 and February 2015. The vast majority of those interviewed chose to resolve their disputes through mediation rather than legal means.

Though the Elimination of Violence Against Women law, passed by presidential decree in 2009, criminalized 22 acts of violence, the U.N. found several factors that caused women to shun the court system.

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38 militants killed in newest military operations http://www.khaama.com/38-militants-killed-in-newest-military-operations-3674 http://www.khaama.com/38-militants-killed-in-newest-military-operations-3674#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:13:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53663 Read the full article...]]> Afghan forces38 militants have been killed and 42 wounded in newest military operations across the country, the Ministry of Interior announced on Monday morning.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, the insurgents were killed in Faryab, Urozgan, Logar, Ghazni, Paktia, Heart and Helmand provinces in past 24 hours.

The statement further states that the operations were undertaken jointly by Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and personnel from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence where five Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused.

In the meantime, a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that five soldiers from The Afghan National Army embraced martyrdom due to landmine explosion and insurgent fire in past 24 hours.

The statement does not specify the exact location of the incidents.

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Reports: Mullah Omar’s eldest son might be selected as future Taliban leader if father’s death confirmed http://www.khaama.com/reports-mullah-omars-eldest-son-may-lead-taliban-if-fathers-death-confirmed-3672 http://www.khaama.com/reports-mullah-omars-eldest-son-may-lead-taliban-if-fathers-death-confirmed-3672#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:46:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53644 Read the full article...]]> TAliban flagMullah Omar’s eldest son is standing against Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor to lead Afghan Taliban if his father’s death is confirmed.

Pakistan’s The News media reports that sources close to Taliban are saying Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub, 26, who is the eldest son of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and a graduate of a well-known Karachi Madrasa (Seminary) is being discussed by the Taliban Shura to take over the command of the Taliban if Omar’s death is confirmed.

Although questions have been raised about Mullah Omar’s fate for years but most recently it became hot when a break-away group of the Taliban known as Fidayee Mahaz issued a statement stating that Mullah Omar died 24 months before.

Fidayee Mahaz claimed that there are strong evidences to proof the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the supreme leader of Taliban.

The News that has published this story under the name of Rahimullah Yousufzai, a renowned Pakistani journalist  who has been reporting on Afghanistan for more than 20 years and on Taliban since its establishment, further states that Mullah Mansoor desire to lead the Taliban but he is facing criticism from several other Taliban leaders.

According to The News, those who oppose Mullah Mansoor back the selection of Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub and consider him as a legitimate and worthy successor to his father, Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The News further quotes its sources that a conclave was organized among senior Taliban leaders in which Mullah Omar’s younger brother Abdul Manan also took part.

It reports that the meeting decided to give the leadership of Taliban to Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub if his father’s death is confirmed.

The News also states that such meetings are taking place in parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan and more are planned to build a strong coalition against Mullah Mansoor and promote the cause of Mullah Yaqoub as the future leader of Afghan Taliban.

This comes as second round of peace talks between Afghan government and Taliban is scheduled to take place in Pakistan in days. A seize fire is expected to be discussed before reaching an agreement to end the 13-year-long war in the country.

In the first round of peace talks that took place close to Islamabad, both sides exchanged list of their demands and agreed to continue the discussions.

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Clash in wedding party leaves 21 dead, 10 others wounded http://www.khaama.com/clash-in-wedding-party-leaves-20-dead-9-others-wounded-9541 http://www.khaama.com/clash-in-wedding-party-leaves-20-dead-9-others-wounded-9541#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 03:57:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53639 Read the full article...]]> wedding clash in BaghlanAt least 21 people were killed and 10 others were wounded during gun battle between the irresponsible armed men in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan.

The incident took place late on Sunday night in Deh Salah district with reports suggesting the sporadic gun battle still continue between the involved parties.

The provincial governor spokesman Jawid Basharat confirmed that 21 people were killed and 10 others were injured during the gun battle.

He said the majority of the victims were guests which also included children and elder women and men.

The Afghan security forces have been deployed in the area to intervene but the main reason behind the gun battle has not been ascertained so far.

In the meantime, the provincial security and public health officials said the casualties could be more than reported on preliminary basis and there are fears that the death toll could rise.

This comes as the local officials have long been expressing concerns regarding the possession of illegal weapons by the irresponsible individuals in this province.

According to the officials, the irresponsible armed individuals are mostly operating in Andarab, Nahrin and central Baghlan district.

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Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei tweets picture of Barack Obama committing suicide http://www.khaama.com/irans-ayatollah-khamenei-tweets-picture-of-barack-obama-committing-suicide-1335 http://www.khaama.com/irans-ayatollah-khamenei-tweets-picture-of-barack-obama-committing-suicide-1335#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:10:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53636 Read the full article...]]> Obama commiting suicide1

The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Syed Ali Khamenei has tweeted a picture of the US President Barack Obama committing suicide despite a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the US.

The graphic posted on Khamenei’s Twitter account that appears to depict President Obama holding a gun to his head.

A message was also accompanied with the graphic stating “US president has said he could knock out Iran’s military. We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but..”

The caption above the tweet sent by Khamenei continues to read “if any way happens, the one who will emerge loser will be aggressive and criminal US.”

Khamenei posted a similar message on July 17 that didn’t contain an image, but said “US pres. said he could knock out Iran’s army. Of course we neither welcome, nor begin war, but in case of war, US will leave it disgraced.”

This comes as the United States and other world powers reached a historic agreement with Iran that called for limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in return for lifting economic sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy three days ago.

The Twitter messages by Khamenei is seen as continued denunciations of the West despite the landmark nuclear deal which resulted in easing travel advice to Iran by the British government on Saturday.

The British government said it no longer advises “against all but essential travel to the rest of Iran” and has “updated our advice to provide greater clarity on the risks that may affect British nationals traveling to Iran.”

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement “Our policy is to recommend against travel to an area when we judge that the risk is unacceptably high. We consider that continues to be the case for specific areas of Iran, notably along Iran’s borders with Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

He also added “But we believe that in other areas of Iran the risk to British nationals has changed, in part due to decreasing hostility under President Rouhani’s government.”

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Man caught urinating in Kabul’s main roundabout sparks furor http://www.khaama.com/man-caught-urinating-in-kabuls-main-roundabout-sparks-furor-1334 http://www.khaama.com/man-caught-urinating-in-kabuls-main-roundabout-sparks-furor-1334#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:27:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53631 Read the full article...]]> Man caughting urinating in Kabul roundabout

There is a famous saying in among the Afghans that “Our city is our homes” which encourages the people to participate towards the cleanliness of the city similar as we keep our residence and living rooms clean.

However, majority of the people and officials as well as public servants turn a deaf ear and blind eye towards the issue amid dwindling urban culture in capital Kabul which was once among the civilized cities of the world.

An act by citizen of Kabul city once again sparked furor among Kabul residents when he was caught urinating in one of Kabul’s main roundabouts which is also known as the Fountains Roundabout and is surrounded by Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, road to ARG Palace and Kabul Hotel.

A set of the photographs of the man caught urinating and prohibited by a girl became the topic of the social media which immediately went viral sparking furor among the ordinary users and activists towards the act by the unidentified man.

Shortly after taking office as the new President of Afghanistan, President Ghani said a competent and qualified mayor is needed to transform capital Kabul into a standard city that should resemble with the other capital cities of the world.

President Ghani admitted that the standards have not been considered in construction of roads and high rise buildings in the capital.

He insisted that the mayor of capital Kabul should be appointed based on the election which should be conducted within the next two years.

President Ghani also joined hundreds of volunteers cleaning up the city to mark the World Environment Day earlier last month, apparently to encourage the citizens of Kabul to participate in the cleaning of the city.

Originally designed for half a million inhabitants, Afghanistan’s sprawling capital city of Kabul now houses more than three million people which adds to the issues of municipality work and cleaning works as the population of the city is on the rise with people moving from provinces and villages to the city, mainly due to security, employment and work opportunities, apart from the lack of contribution by the citizens.

Originally designed for half a million inhabitants, Afghanistan’s sprawling capital city of Kabul now houses more than three million people which adds to the issues of municipality work and cleaning works as the population of the city is on the rise with people moving from provinces and villages to the city, mainly due to security, employment and work opportunities, apart from the lack of contribution by the citizens.

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16 insurgents killed in internal clashes in Nangarhar and Zabul http://www.khaama.com/16-insurgents-killed-in-internal-clashes-3671 http://www.khaama.com/16-insurgents-killed-in-internal-clashes-3671#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:14:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53628 Read the full article...]]> Taliban (4)16 insurgents have been killed in internal clashes in eastern and southern parts of the country.

Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for the provincial police headquarters of Nangarhar province says that 11 militants were killed and 24 others wounded in a clash erupted between two militant groups in Gorgore area of Haska Mina District yesterday.

Another report from southern Zabul province suggests that five insurgents have been killed in clashes between the fighters of Taliban and Daesh in Sardara area of Arghandab District.

Colonel Ghulam Jailani Khan Farahi, the deputy police chief of Zabul says that three of those killed belong to Taliban and two others are from Daesh group.

Haji Atta Jan Haqbayan, head of the provincial council of Zabul province says that due to sporadic clashes between the two groups, civilians have been fleeing their homes.

He said some of these people have arrived in Qalat, the provincial capital, and others in nearby districts where they face problems such as lack of shelter and financial assistance.

Haqbayan urged government to take strict actions against the situation.

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Reservoir filling starts in Salma dam project http://www.khaama.com/reservoir-filling-starts-in-salma-dam-project-9540 http://www.khaama.com/reservoir-filling-starts-in-salma-dam-project-9540#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:44:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53625 Read the full article...]]> Salma DamThe reservoir filling in Salma dam project located in western Herat province of Afghanistan started today with the closure of the dam’s diversion tunnel gate.

The Indian Consulate in western Herat province announced today that the Salma Dam reservoir will be 20 kilometer long and 3 kilometer wide.

The storage capacity of the reservoir will be 640 million cubic meters of water, the Indian consulate said.

The Salma dam project has been built on Harirod river with the financial support of India where at least $300 million have been invested.

Salma dam is expected to produce 42 megawatt of electricity and will irrigate around 80 hectares of agricultural land.

India has played a crucial role by participating in the rebuilding of Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

Since 2002, the Government of India has committed USD 2 billion dollars to the socio-economic rebuilding of the Afghan state and society in accordance with the development priorities of the Government and the people of Afghanistan.

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Taliban release 142 policemen captured in Badakhshan province http://www.khaama.com/taliban-release-107-policemen-captured-in-badakhshan-province-9539 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-release-107-policemen-captured-in-badakhshan-province-9539#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:50:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53618 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-border-policeThe Taliban militants have released at least 142 policemen who were captured following three days of heavy gun battle in the restive Wardoj district.

A local official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the policemen were released after they were disarmed by the group.

According to reports, the joint military base which fall to Taliban control last evening, is still in control of the Taliban militants.

provincial council chief confirmed that a number of the Afghan Local Police and Afghan Border Protection Police forces have joined the Taliban militants after they partly took control of a joint base in Teergaran area of Wardoj district.

This comes as the acting provincial governor Shahwaliullah Adeeb said the militants have surrounded a military base in Teergaran area and warned that scores of Afghan soldiers would lose their lives if immediate actions are not taken by the government to repulse the attack.

The Afghan national security forces repelled two attacks by the Taliban militants on Thursday and Friday in Wardoj district, leaving a number of Taliban militants dead.

Deputy provincial governor Gul Mohammad Bidar said the Taliban militants launched their first attack early on Thursday morning which was repelled by the Afghan forces, leaving four militants dead and three others wounded.

Badakhshan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northeastern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

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Gang of kidnappers busted in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/gang-of-kidnappers-busted-in-helmand-3670 http://www.khaama.com/gang-of-kidnappers-busted-in-helmand-3670#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:31:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53615 Read the full article...]]> NDSThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has busted a gang of kidnappers in southern Helmand province.

A statement issued by NDS on Sunday states that the gang was arrested from the jurisdiction of Helmand’s provincial capital of Lashkargah.

According to NDS statement, the nine member group was functioning under the leadership of Abdul Manan S/O Faizullah.

The statement further states that the group was involved in several cases of kidnapping for ransom and robberies.

The group has confessed to their crimes, the statement adds.
Statements issued by the NDS usually do not contain the exact date of the achievements but they come after recent activities.

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Bismillah Attash, member of the provincial council of Baghlan says that the incident took place yesterday.

He said a group of unknown armed men stopped a civilian bus and took hostage 20 people, including six women, traveling in it.

According to Attash, tribal elders mediated to secure the release of six women but the men were taken hostages.

He did not mention the motive behind the abduction but Abdul Jabar Purdali the provincial police chief believes personal reasons could be the cause of it.

Purdali said that efforts have been made to secure the release of these people.

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Reports: US drone strike kills five insurgents in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/reports-us-drone-strike-kills-five-insurgents-in-nangnarhar-3669 http://www.khaama.com/reports-us-drone-strike-kills-five-insurgents-in-nangnarhar-3669#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:39:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53608 Read the full article...]]> DroneReports suggest that five militants have been killed in a US drone strike in eastern Nangarhar’s Lal Pur District.

Pakistan’s Dawn news quoting a source says that the drone fired two missiles on a vehicle in which militants were traveling.

Dawn further states that five militants were killed in the airstrike carried out near Shilman Valley of Khyber Agency on Sunday.

The news agency has not specified whether the insurgents belong to Taliban or Daesh but insurgents from both groups operate in Nangarhar’s remote areas.

Previous air strikes conducted this month have claimed the lives of several commanders of Daesh among hundreds.

Those killed include Daesh’s second-in-command Gul Zaman, his deputy Jahadyar and Shaikh Maqbool alias Shahidullah Shahid who according to NDS was planning a deadly war in the region.

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At least 110 soldiers surrender to Taliban in Badakhshan http://www.khaama.com/at-least-110-soldiers-surrender-to-taliban-in-badakhshan-3668 http://www.khaama.com/at-least-110-soldiers-surrender-to-taliban-in-badakhshan-3668#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 06:50:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53604 Read the full article...]]> talibanAt least 110 soldiers have surrendered to Taliban militants in Badakhshan province, an official says and Taliban claim.

Abdullah Naji Nazari, head of the provincial council of Badakhshan says that 180 soldiers who were under the siege of Taliban in Tir Giran area of Wardouj District have finally surrendered to the insurgents.

Nazari said that these soldiers belong to National Police, Border Police and Local Police who were under the siege for four days and after not receiving reinforcement they finally lay down their weapons in front of militants.

According to Nazari, these soldiers surrendered through mediation of the local villagers.

Head of the provincial council expressed concern over the fate of these soldiers and told Azadi Radio that most of those Taliban are foreigners and they can do anything.

Some local security officials say on condition of anonymity that these soldiers have also handed over government-issued weapons to Taliban.

In the meantime, Taliban have accepted responsibility for capturing these soldiers alive.

A post on Taliban website states that 110 soldiers have surrendered to them in Wardouj District of Badakhshan province.

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48 militants killed in newest military operations http://www.khaama.com/48-militants-killed-in-newest-military-operations-3667 http://www.khaama.com/48-militants-killed-in-newest-military-operations-3667#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:43:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53595 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan-helicopters48 militants have been killed in newest military operations across the country, Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday morning.

A statement issued by the ministry states that these insurgents were killed in different parts of the country in past 24 hours.

The statement adds that 20 militants were also wounded during these operations and 12 others detained by the security forces.

The press release issued by the Ministry of Defense further states that five soldiers from the Afghan National Army have embraced martyrdom during these operations.

This comes as heavy clashes have been erupting between Taliban and security forces in different parts of the country including Badakhshan.

During these clashes Taliban recently seized a military base from security forces in Wardouj District of Badakhshan province.

But spokesmen of the ministries of defense and interior have repeatedly said that the militants are not in the position to hold an area longer.

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Pakistan to host second round of talks between Taliban and Afghan govt http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-to-host-second-round-of-talks-between-taliban-and-afghan-govt-9538 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-to-host-second-round-of-talks-between-taliban-and-afghan-govt-9538#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:16:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53591 Read the full article...]]> Afghan peace talks in PakistanThe second round of direct peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban group representatives will be hosted by Pakistan.

A senior Pakistani security official has said negotiations on reconciliation process will continue in Pakistan.

The official quoted by the local media said some progress is expected during the second round of talks considering the conductive environment.

The official whose identity was not disclosed admitted that there could be difficulties and challenges.

This comes as the Afghan high peace council officials had earlier said the second round of talks is mostly probably going to be held in Urumqi city of China on 30th of July.

The officials further added that the Afghan delegation and Taliban group representatives would discuss issues including foreign troops operating in Afghanistan, U.N sanctions against the group’s leaders and prisoners of war as raised by the Taliban side during the first round of the talks.

The first round of peace talks between the Afghan officials and Taliban group representatives was organized in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan earlier this month.

Taliban’s former Deputy Foreign Minister Mullah Jalil and senior leader Qari Din Muhammad attended the talks on behalf of the Taliban group.

The Afghan officials and representatives of the Taliban group agreed to hold the next round of talks on reconciliation process after the holy month of Ramadan.

The breakthrough in Afghan peace talks has raised hopes for progress toward a political settlement to end years of bloodshed although its success is uncertain.

According to the reports, the leadership of the Taliban group is divided on whether to talk or continue fighting, and it is unclear whether those who are negotiating would be able to enforce any cease-fire.

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Two rockets land in Kabul airport, no casualties reported http://www.khaama.com/explosion-heard-from-the-vicinity-of-kabul-airport-1333 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-heard-from-the-vicinity-of-kabul-airport-1333#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:06:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53586 Read the full article...]]> Kabul airportTwo back to back explosions rocked capital Kabul earlier tonight after two rockets landed in Kabul International Airport .

The rockets were fired from an unknown location which landed inside the airport without causing any casualties or damage to the airport.

A security official confirmed that one of the rockets landed close to the runway but did not cause any damage or loss of life.

The twin blasts caused panic among the local residents as the security is rapidly deteriorating across the country.

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

This comes as the Afghan security forces thwarted a deadly attack in capital Kabul by arresting a suicide bomber and seizing a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive device (VBIED).

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) also thwarted a plot by the militant groups to carry out rocket attack on Kabul city over a week ago.

According to NDS officials, the militants had set up two BM-1 rockets in the 8th police district to target the city during the Eid al-Fitr days.

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Taliban take control of a joint military base in Badakhshan http://www.khaama.com/taliban-take-control-of-a-joint-military-base-in-badakhshan-1332 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-take-control-of-a-joint-military-base-in-badakhshan-1332#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:56:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53583 Read the full article...]]> talibanThe Taliban militants have taken control of a joint military base in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, it has been reported.

Security sources in Badakhshan have said a number of the Afghan security forces have surrendered to Taliban militants following three days of heavy clashes.

The sources speaking on the condition of anonymity said the forces have also surrendered their weapons along with equipment to the Taliban militants.

In the meantime, the provincial council chief confirmed that a number of the Afghan Local Police and Afghan Border Protection Police forces have joined the Taliban militants after they partly took control of a joint base in Teergaran area of Wardoj district.

This comes as the acting provincial governor Shahwaliullah Adeeb said the militants have surrounded a military base in Teergaran area and warned that scores of Afghan soldiers would lose their lives if immediate actions are not taken by the government to repulse the attack.

The Afghan national security forces repelled two attacks by the Taliban militants on Thursday and Friday in Wardoj district, leaving a number of Taliban militants dead.

Deputy provincial governor Gul Mohammad Bidar said the Taliban militants launched their first attack early on Thursday morning which was repelled by the Afghan forces, leaving four militants dead and three others wounded.

Badakhshan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northeastern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

This comes s hundreds of militants armed with heavy and light weapons launched a coordinated attack on security check posts in Yamgan district last month, forcing the Afghan troops to tactically step back in a bid to prevent the civilian casualties.

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Afghanistan beats Oman, secures 5th place in ICC World T20 qualifier http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-oman-secures-5th-place-in-icc-world-t20-qualifier-1331 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-oman-secures-5th-place-in-icc-world-t20-qualifier-1331#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:16:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53577 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan beats OmanThe Afghanistan National Cricket Team defeated Oman by 5 wickets in their last match in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier on Saturday.

Today’s match between Afghanistan and Oman was organized to ascertain the team which secured 5th place in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier series.

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field first allowing the Oman batsmen to bat first who set a target of 128 runs for the Afghan team from 20 overs and by losing 9 wickets.

The Afghan batsmen chased the given target by losing 5 wickets and 7 balls remaining.

The Afghan team on Thursday defeated Papua New Guinea in their second ICC World Twenty20 Qualifying Play-off and qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 World Cup 2016 in India.

Afghanistan came into the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 carrying plenty of hope and expectation following a spirited display at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

However, they were pushed to third on the table following a loss to Oman and rained out games against Canada and Kenya despite three consecutive wins against Scotland, Netherlands and United Arab Emirates in Group B.

The Afghan team went down off the last delivery against Hong Kong in their first ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Play-off match on Tuesday.

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Family promoting prostitution stopped by police in Kunduz http://www.khaama.com/family-promoting-prostitution-stopped-by-police-in-kunduz-1330 http://www.khaama.com/family-promoting-prostitution-stopped-by-police-in-kunduz-1330#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:43:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53573 Read the full article...]]> prostitution in AfghanistanA family promoting prostitution in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan was arrested by police forces, it has been reported.

The local security officials confirmed that a family was stopped to continue with their illegitimate activities and the suspects were arrested by police.

Provincial police spokesman Syed Sarwar Hussaini said the family was suspected of superstitious practices and was inviting women to their home where they were encouraged to take part in illegitimate activities – prostitution.

He said the illegitimate activities by the family was discovered after a man was looking to eliminate the family through food poisoning or using explosives but was stopped by the police.

According to Hussaini, the man was identified as Din Mohammad who was visiting the family for superstitious practices and found regarding the family’s involvement in promoting prostitution as well.

Hussaini also added that further investigations have been launched by the police to ascertain facts regarding the case.

This is not the first time illegitimate activities have been uncovered in northern Kunduz province but numerous incidents have taken place in the past where the women and girls have been murdered for taking part in such activities.

However, the families and individuals continue to their activities despite urban patrols by police to restrict such activities and maintain order.

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Explosion rocks Taluqan city in northeastern Takhar province http://www.khaama.com/explosion-rocks-taluqan-city-in-northeastern-takhar-province-1329 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-rocks-taluqan-city-in-northeastern-takhar-province-1329#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:22:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53570 Read the full article...]]> explosion in TarkharA relatively heavy explosion rocked Taluqan city in northeastern Badakhshan province this afternoon leaving at least 10 people wounded.

The incident took place near the provincial criminal investigation department with eyewitnesses in the area saying at least 10 people including policemen, women and children were injured.

Officials in provincial hospital confirmed that two policemen, a child and a woman were taken to the hospital for treatment following the incident.

The type of the explosion is not clear so far as the local security officials have not commented regarding the incident yet.

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

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Afghan intelligence arrest Taliban group commander in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/afghan-intelligence-arrest-taliban-group-commander-in-helmand-1326 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-intelligence-arrest-taliban-group-commander-in-helmand-1326#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:11:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53556 Read the full article...]]> Afghan intelligenceThe Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Saturday that a Taliban group was arrested following a military operation by the Afghan intelligence operatives.

A statement by NDS said the Taliban commander was identified as Mullah Agha who was also famous as Haji Aka and was arrested along with three others.

The statement further added that the other militants were identified as Mullah Faizullah also kown as Faizi, Mullah Sardar and Mohammad Ikhlas.

According to the NDS, the group was invovled in terrorist related activities in Lashkargah, the capital city of Helmand and Nahr-e-Saraj district.

The detained militants confessed that they were involved in a roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Lashkargah city which left two police officers wounded.

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

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Afghan forces rescue wounded prisoners but Taliban tortures and kills http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-rescue-wounded-prisoners-but-taliban-tortures-and-kills-1328 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-rescue-wounded-prisoners-but-taliban-tortures-and-kills-1328#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:36:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53562 Read the full article...]]> Afghan soldier mercy

Deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) Dawlat Waziri said the main difference between the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the Taliban militants is the way they deal with the wounded prisoners.

Speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Waziri said the Afghan National Security Forces are not allowed to torture or execute prisoners, specifically the wounded individuals captured during the battle.

He said the anti-government armed militants however torture and kill the members of the Afghan National Security Forces when they are captured by them.

Waziri further added that the Afghan forces have been prohibited to execute the prisoners and have been instructed to hand them over the relevant judiciary institutions.

The remarks by Waziri comes as the Taliban militants carried out barbaric acts against the Afghan security forces after over running their security check posts during the recent clashes.

One of the most barbaric act by the Taliban militants was carried out against the members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces in Jalrez district of central Maidan Wardak province where the check posts were overrun and ALP forces were brutally killed and their corpses were humiliated.

This comes as at least 4,100 service members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces have lost their lives during the first six months of the year 2015.

The latest statistic regarding the Afghan National Security Forces casualties was disclosed by an official with the American-led coalition which shows a 50% increase as compared to the first six months of the year 2014.

The data also revealed at least 7,800 service members of the Afghan National Security Forces were wounded during the same period.

The considerable growth in Afghan forces casualties comes as the Taliban-led insurgency has also been rampant with Afghan commanders and officials in key battleground areas saying that while Afghan forces nominally hold key areas, they are often penned in by Taliban forces.

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British soldier dies of wounds he suffered 3 years ago in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/british-soldier-dies-of-wounds-he-suffered-3-years-ago-in-afghanistan-1327 http://www.khaama.com/british-soldier-dies-of-wounds-he-suffered-3-years-ago-in-afghanistan-1327#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:07:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53559 Read the full article...]]> Lance-Corporal-Mic_3386941bA British soldier who was wounded three years ago while serving with the NATO-led coalition security forces in Afghanistan has succumbed to his injuries.

The Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom said L/Cpl Michael Campbell from Colwyn Bay died of complications after surgery for the injury he received in Helmand in April 2012.

His death brings the number of British forces toll to 454 who were killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of the UK mission in Afghanistan.

The 32-year-old reservist with 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh was injured during his second tour in Afghanistan.

According to the UK’s Defense Ministry L/Cpl Campbell was platoon radio operator and was shot in the hip during a patrol. “Everyone who served alongside L/Cpl Campbell in Afghanistan in 2012 will be devastated to learn of his passing. He joined the battalion during our pre-deployment training and fitted seamlessly into his platoon and company,” his commanding officer Lt Col Stephen Webb said.

Lt Webb further added “He was an outstanding soldier and very talented junior commander: skilful, determined, measured and very courageous: he set an excellent example to those around him. It is tragic that he has died three years after his initial wounding and the thoughts and prayers of all of us are with his family at this most difficult time.”

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13 Afghan soldiers martyred in the latest wave of violence http://www.khaama.com/13-afghan-soldiers-martyred-in-the-latest-wave-of-violence-1325 http://www.khaama.com/13-afghan-soldiers-martyred-in-the-latest-wave-of-violence-1325#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:26:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53553 Read the full article...]]> Afghan soldiers killedAt least 13 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers lost their lives in the latest wave of violence across the country in the past 48 hours.

The Ministry of Afghanistan (MoD) said Saturday that the soldiers were martyred during the operations in 10 various provinces of the country.

No further details were given regarding the exact locations where the Afghan soldiers lost their lives.

This comes as at least 4,100 service members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces have lost their lives during the first six months of the year 2015.

The latest statistic regarding the Afghan National Security Forces casualties was disclosed by an official with the American-led coalition which shows a 50% increase as compared to the first six months of the year 2014.

The data also revealed at least 7,800 service members of the Afghan National Security Forces were wounded during the same period.

The considerable growth in Afghan forces casualties comes as the Taliban-led insurgency has also been rampant with Afghan commanders and officials in key battleground areas saying that while Afghan forces nominally hold key areas, they are often penned in by Taliban forces.

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Major operation on the way in northern Faryab province http://www.khaama.com/major-operation-on-the-way-in-northern-faryab-province-1324 http://www.khaama.com/major-operation-on-the-way-in-northern-faryab-province-1324#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 07:34:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53550 Read the full article...]]> Gen. DostumA major military operation is due to kick off in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan to clear the under the control of the Taliban militants.

The operation is expected to be launched jointly by the Afghan national security forces including Afghan special forces along with the anti-Taliban public uprising forces.

A lawmaker representing northern Faryab province in the Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga, told Radio Free Europe (RFE) that the operation will be conducted as per the instructions of the First Vice President.

According to the local government officials, hundreds of the Afghan security forces and public uprising forces have been stationed in the volatile regions to start the operations and retake the areas under the Taliban control.

The Afghan Air Force has also deployed combat helicopters in the region where an airstrike was carried out on Friday, leaving at least eight senior Taliban members dead.

The local security officials said the airstrike was carried out as a number of the senior Taliban leaders had gathered to plan an attack on Kohistanat area of Faryab.

The special military operation will be conducted in Faryab province following a week deadline set by Gen. Dostum for the Taliban militants to surrender and join peace process.

Gen. Dostum said last week he is personally ready to go to the front line to fight the Taliban militants if the insurgency activities by the Taliban group persist.

During a trip to northern Faryab province of Afghanistan on the occasion of first day of Eid al-Fitr, Gen. Dostum promised to stand with the people of Faryab amid ongoing violence by the insurgents.

The acting provincial governor for northern Balkh province of Afghanistan Ata Mohammad Noor said Friday that joint operations will be launched to clear northern parts of the country from the militants.

Speaking during a ceremony to mark the first day of Eid al-Fitr in Mazar-e-Sharif city, Noor said the operations would be launched based on an agreement reached with First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and Second Deputy CEO Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq.

The operations are being launched amid concerns that the former jihadi leaders are looking to create militia forces – a parallel force alongside the Afghan national security forces.

However, the office of Gen. Dostum dismissed the concerns and said the recent steps by Gen. Dostum are aimed at improving the security situation of the country and are taken in coordination with the Presidential Palace.

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Militants kidnap six passengers in Farah province http://www.khaama.com/militants-kidnap-six-passengers-in-farah-province-1323 http://www.khaama.com/militants-kidnap-six-passengers-in-farah-province-1323#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 06:44:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53547 Read the full article...]]> Militants kidnap civilians in FarahThe anti-government armed militants have abducted at least six passengers in western Farah province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place earlier this morning on Farah-Herat highway.

The officials further added that the militants had briefly blocked the highway before abducting the passengers.

A member of the provincial council Dadullah Qaneh confirmed the incident and said the issue of the road blockage by the militants has been resolved but there are not reports regarding the fate of the hostages.

The anti-government armed militants have not commented regarding the incident so far.

Farah is among the relatively volatile provinces in western Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in a number of its districts.

The anti-government armed militants have recently stepped up kidnapping civilians on main highways of the country, mainly for ransom and target killings.

Militants also kidnapped five passengers on Kabul-Jalalabad highway in the vicinity of of Laghman province earlier this month with local officials saying the civilians were dropped from their vehicle in Khairokhil area of Qarghai District on gunpoint and taken to an unknown location.

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MoD says 189 militants have been killed in past 48 hours http://www.khaama.com/mod-says-189-militants-have-been-killed-in-past-48-hours-1322 http://www.khaama.com/mod-says-189-militants-have-been-killed-in-past-48-hours-1322#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 06:15:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53543 Read the full article...]]>

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Saturday at least 189 militants were killed in various military operations across the country in the past 48 hours.

MoD spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi said the operations were conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in 10 different provinces of the country.

Azimi said at least 88 militants were also injured and 7 others were detained by the armed forces during the same period.

He also added that three shadow district governors of the Taliban group were also among those killed along with a prominent commander of the Taliban group identified as Mullah Khaksar.

According to Azimi, at least 9 foreign nationals who had taken part in anti-government armed insurgency were also among those killed.

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

The Afghan national security forces stepped up counter-insurgency operations amid growing violence across the country since the Taliban the group announced their summer offensive earlier this year.

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7 Taliban insurgents killed during counter-terrorism operations http://www.khaama.com/7-taliban-insurgents-killed-during-counter-terrorism-operations-1321 http://www.khaama.com/7-taliban-insurgents-killed-during-counter-terrorism-operations-1321#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 06:02:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53540 Read the full article...]]> Afghan forcesAt least 7 Taliban militants were killed and 3 others were wounded following counter-terrorism operations conducted jointly by Afghan national security forces.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) following a statement said the operations were conducted in the past 24 hours in Helmand and Zabul provinces.

The statement further added Afghan National Police conducted the anti-terrorism joint operations with Afghan National Army and National Directorate of Security (NDS) to clean some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan.

At least one militant was also arrested by Afghan National Security Forces, MoI said, adding that Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated light and heavy rounds ammunition during the operations.

MoI also added that the operations were conducted with an aim to maintain security and prevent their return to the areas which have been cleared by the Afghan forces.

According MoI the Afghan security forces have also thwarted plots by the anti-government armed militant groups to carry out roadside bombings in Helmand and Kapisa provinces during the past 24 hours.

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

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Explosion near police check post in Jalalabad city http://www.khaama.com/explosion-near-police-check-post-in-jalalabad-city-1320 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-near-police-check-post-in-jalalabad-city-1320#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 05:28:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53536 Read the full article...]]> Explosion in Jalalabad

An explosion took place in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province earlier today.

The blast took place near a check post of the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces in the 1st Police District (PD) of the city.

Provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqwal confirmed that one person was killed and four others were were wounded after an improvised explosive device planted near the check post went off.

Mashriqwal further added that the incident took place in Ghulam Mohammad roundabout.

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

Nangarhar is among the relatively volatile provinces where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its remote districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

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Heavy clashes continue between Afghan forces and Taliban in Wardoj http://www.khaama.com/heavy-clashes-continue-between-afghan-forces-and-taliban-in-wardoj-1319 http://www.khaama.com/heavy-clashes-continue-between-afghan-forces-and-taliban-in-wardoj-1319#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 05:14:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53533 Read the full article...]]> Afghana rmyThe Taliban militants launched another attack on Afghan security forces check posts in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan late on Friday.

The local officials said dozens of militants launched a coordinated attack on Friday night for the third time and heavy clashes continue between the Afghan forces and Taliban militant.

Acting provincial governor Shahwaliullah Adeeb said the militants have surrounded a military base in Teergaran area and warned that scores of Afghan soldiers would lose their lives if immediate actions are not taken by the government to repulse the attack.

The Afghan national security forces repelled two attacks by the Taliban militants on Thursday and Friday in Wardoj district, leaving a number of Taliban militants dead.

Deputy provincial governor Gul Mohammad Bidar said the Taliban militants launched their first attack early on Thursday morning which was repelled by the Afghan forces, leaving four militants dead and three others wounded.

Badakhshan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northeastern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

This comes s hundreds of militants armed with heavy and light weapons launched a coordinated attack on security check posts in Yamgan district last month, forcing the Afghan troops to tactically step back in a bid to prevent the civilian casualties.

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Airstrike by Afghan Air Force leaves 8 senior Taliban leaders dead in Faryab http://www.khaama.com/airstrike-by-afghan-air-force-leaves-8-senior-taliban-leaders-dead-in-faryab-1318 http://www.khaama.com/airstrike-by-afghan-air-force-leaves-8-senior-taliban-leaders-dead-in-faryab-1318#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 04:31:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53528 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-Air-Force1

At least eight senior leaders of the Taliban militants group was killed in an airstrike conducted by the Afghan Air Force in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the airstrike was carried out in Almar district early on Friday morning.

A spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Corps Mohammad Reza said at least 11 Taliban insurgents were also injured during the airstrike.

He said a number of the foreign militants were also among those killed or injured during the airstrike.

Faryab is among the volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militants have recently increased their insurgency activities.

At least 19 people were killed and several others were injured in a suicide attack which targeted a busy market in Alamar district last week.

The First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum is currently northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan where is planning to launch a major military operation in northern provinces of the country, specifically the northern Faryab province.

The Afghan National Army Chief of Staff Gen. Qadam Shah has also visited northern Afghanistan to plan and coordinate the military operation in this Faryab province.

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Afghan peace talks second round likely in China next week http://www.khaama.com/afghan-peace-talks-second-round-likely-in-china-next-week-1317 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-peace-talks-second-round-likely-in-china-next-week-1317#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:17:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53525 Read the full article...]]> Afghan peace talks second round in ChinaThe Afghan government officials are expecting to meet with the Taliban group representatives during the second round of peace talks in China next week.

The Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) officials said Friday that the second round of talks is mostly probably going to be held in Urumqi city of China on 30th of July.

A senior member of the Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) Ismail Qasimyar said the second round of peace talks would be observed by delegations from the United States and China.

It is expected that the Afghan delegation and Taliban group representatives would discuss issues including foreign troops operating in Afghanistan, U.N sanctions against the group’s leaders and prisoners of war as raised by the Taliban side during the first round of the talks.

The first round of peace talks between the Afghan officials and Taliban group representatives was organized in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan earlier this month.

Taliban’s former Deputy Foreign Minister Mullah Jalil and senior leader Qari Din Muhammad attended the talks on behalf of the Taliban group.

The Afghan officials and representatives of the Taliban group agreed to hold the next round of talks on reconciliation process after the holy month of Ramadan.

The breakthrough in Afghan peace talks has raised hopes for progress toward a political settlement to end years of bloodshed although its success is uncertain.

According to the reports, the leadership of the Taliban group is divided on whether to talk or continue fighting, and it is unclear whether those who are negotiating would be able to enforce any cease-fire.

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US airstrike kill high-ranking al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-kill-high-ranking-al-qaeda-leader-in-afghanistan-1316 http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-kill-high-ranking-al-qaeda-leader-in-afghanistan-1316#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:36:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53522 Read the full article...]]> senior al Qaeda leader killed in AfghanistanA high-ranking operational commander of the al-Qaeda terrorist network was killed in an airstrike conducted by US Forces in Afghanistan.

Pentagon issued a statement today confirming that the senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Khalil al-Sudani was killed in southeastern Paktika province of Afghanistan on 11th July.

The statement further added that al-Sudani headed suicide and explosive operations for al-Qaeda and was “directly linked to external attack planning against the United States,” meaning plans for attacks on U.S. or western soil.

According to US officials, al-Sudani had close ties with the al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and was involved in attack on coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has said the strike illustrated U.S. forces’ ongoing efforts against al-Qaeda.

Paktika is among the relatively volatile provinces in southeastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban, Haqqani network and militants affiliated with the al-Qaeda terrorist network are actively operating in a number of its districts.

This comes as the United States has halted combat operations against the Taliban but maintain a modest counterterrorism presence that is focused on al-Qaeda, which is believed to maintain a presence along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

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Afghan forces repel second attack by Taliban in Badakhshan http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-repel-second-attack-by-taliban-in-badakhshan-1315 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-repel-second-attack-by-taliban-in-badakhshan-1315#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53517 Read the full article...]]> Afghan forces repel Taliban attackThe Afghan national security forces repelled a second attack by the Taliban militants in Wardoj district of northeastern Badakhshan province.

The local security officials said Friday that the Taliban militants launched their second attack on Afghan forces security check posts late on Thursday afternoon.

The officials further added gun battle between the Afghan forces and the Taliban militants continued until late on Thursday night.

Deputy provincial governor Gul Mohammad Bidar said Thursday that the Taliban militants launched their first attack early on Thursday morning which was repelled by the Afghan forces, leaving four militants dead and three others wounded.

He said the clashes continued until 3:30 pm local time and launched the second attack from Zebak district.

Badakhshan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northeastern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

This comes s hundreds of militants armed with heavy and light weapons launched a coordinated attack on security check posts in Yamgan district last month, forcing the Afghan troops to tactically step back in a bid to prevent the civilian casualties.

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UN envoy: Militants from regional countries fighting in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/un-envoy-militants-from-regional-countries-fighting-in-afghanistan-1314 http://www.khaama.com/un-envoy-militants-from-regional-countries-fighting-in-afghanistan-1314#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:55:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53513 Read the full article...]]> Taliban governor killed in PeshawarThe UN special envoy for Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom called on the neighboring countries of Afghanistan to assist the Afghan government in fight against terrorism while noting that citizens of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries are involved in the ongoing war in the country.

During a meeting with the local officials in northern Faryab province, Haysom said the neighboring countries of Afghanistan have the responsibility to support the Afghan government.

He said majority of the militants from the regional countries are fighting in Afghanistan and the regional countries must assist Afghanistan since the ongoing war is a regional issue.

Haysom also added that he held talks with local officials in northern Faryab province regarding the growing security issues in this province.

This comes as the security situation in Faryab province has been continuously deteriorating during the recent months.

At least 19 people were killed and several others were injured in the latest incident in Almar district after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a busy market.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the deadly attack and called it an appalling disregard for human.

“This horrific attack against civilians in a market demonstrates an appalling disregard for human life,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “UNAMA has repeatedly called for an immediate ban on weapons which kill indiscriminately and that are used in civilian-populated areas.”

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Afghanistan beats PNG and qualifies for 2016 T20 World Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-png-and-qualifies-for-2016-t20-world-cup-9537 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-png-and-qualifies-for-2016-t20-world-cup-9537#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:05:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53501 Read the full article...]]> Nawroz MangalThe Afghanistan National Cricket Team defeated Papua New Guinea in their second ICC World Twenty20 Qualifying Play-off and qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 World Cup 2016 in India.

The Papua New Guinea batsmen set a target of 128 runs from 20 overs and by losing 6 wickets after they won the toss and elected to bat first.

The Afghan batsmen chased the given target by losing 4 wickets and 10 balls remaining. Nawroz Mangal scored the highest runs for Afghanistan by scoring 65 runs from 56 balls.

The third qualifying play-off with Papual New Guine was the last chance for the Afghan team to qualify for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 World Cup 2016.

Afghanistan came into the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 carrying plenty of hope and expectation following a spirited display at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

However, they were pushed to third on the table following a loss to Oman and rained out games against Canada and Kenya despite three consecutive wins against Scotland, Netherlands and United Arab Emirates in Group B.

The Afghan team went down off the last delivery against Hong Kong in their first ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Play-off match on Tuesday.

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Salang tunnel briefly blocked following militants attack http://www.khaama.com/salang-tunnel-blocked-as-militants-launch-attack-on-kabul-mazar-highway-9536 http://www.khaama.com/salang-tunnel-blocked-as-militants-launch-attack-on-kabul-mazar-highway-9536#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:59:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53495 Read the full article...]]> Taliban attack Salang

The Salang tunnel connecting capital Kabul with the northern provinces was briefly blocked blocked this afternoon after a group of insurgents launched an attack.

The attack was launched on Southern part of Salang pass which triggered gun battle between the Afghan security forces and the assailants.

A local security official said the militants attacked the convoy of the Afghan police forces and fled the area after the police responded to their fire.

The official confirmed that the main Salang tunnel was closed following the attack and police launched search in the area against the militants.

In the meantime, provincial security chief for Parwan province, Zia-ur-Rehman Syed Kheli said the Taliban militants carried out the attack after reaching Salang tunnel through Qul Kafshan area of Ghorband.

Syed Kheli further added that sporadic gun battle between the Afghan forces and the Taliban militants continued until around 5:00 pm.

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Afghan forces thwart deadly car bombing plot in Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-thwart-deadly-car-bombing-plot-in-kabul-city-9535 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-thwart-deadly-car-bombing-plot-in-kabul-city-9535#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:53:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53490 Read the full article...]]> suicide attack foiled in KabulThe Afghan security forces thwarted a deadly attack in capital Kabul by arresting a suicide bomber and seizing a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive device (VBIED).

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the explosives were placed in a Totyota Corolla vehicle and was seized by the security forces in one of the entrance gates of the city.

No further details were given regarding the detained the exact location where the would-be bomber was arrested.

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

This comes as the Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the group announced its summer offensive earlier this year and staged numerous attacks across the country including capital Kabul.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) also thwarted a plot by the militant groups to carry out rocket attack on Kabul city.

A statement by NDS said the militants had set up two BM-1 rockets in the 8th police district to target the city during the Eid al-Fitr days.

TAfghan security forces thwarted a plot by the militant groups to carry out an attack in capital Kabul by detonating a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED).

Officials in Kabul police department said the VBIED was confiscated by police forces from the vicinity of 15th police district.

The officials further added that the militants were looking to carry out an attack during the Eid days using the vehicle packed with explosives.

Some weapons including Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers were also confiscated by the police forces, the officials added.

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Afghanistan faces PNG in their last chance to qualify for T20 World Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-faces-png-in-their-last-chance-to-qualify-for-t20-world-cup-9534 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-faces-png-in-their-last-chance-to-qualify-for-t20-world-cup-9534#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:13:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53484 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan cricket

The Afghanistan National Cricket is facing Papua New Guinea in their last chance to qualify for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 World Cup 2016.

Afghanistan came into the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 carrying plenty of hope and expectation following a spirited display at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

The Afghan team was pushed to third on the table following a loss to Oman and rained out games against Canada and Kenya despite three consecutive wins against Scotland, Netherlands and United Arab Emirates in Group B.

On the other hand, the Afghan team went down off the last delivery against Hong Kong in their first ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Play-off match on Tuesday.

In the meantime, the 3rd Qualifying Play-off between Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea kicked off this afternoon with PNG batting first after they won the toss.

The match is currently being played at The Village in Malahide, Dublin with Afghanistan hoping for yet another good display from its batting unit and a more disciplined show from the bowlers.

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Rocket attack by Pakistani military leaves 4 dead, 2 wounded in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/rocket-attack-by-pakistani-military-leaves-4-dead-2-wounded-in-afghanistan-9533 http://www.khaama.com/rocket-attack-by-pakistani-military-leaves-4-dead-2-wounded-in-afghanistan-9533#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:25:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53481 Read the full article...]]> cross-border-shellingThe Pakistani ambassador in Kabul was summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan (MoFA) over cross-border shelling from the other side of Durand Line.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister on Political Affairs Hekmat Khalil Karzai conveyed the protest and concerns of the Afghan government regarding the shelling.

According to Karzai, at least 53 rockets were fired by the Pakistani military which landed in Spina Zhi, Dowa Khola, Chancharo Tangi and Kamari Lakar areas of Nazian district in eastern Nangarhar province.

He said the rockets also landed in Batash, Doli Khor and Chogam aras of Nari and Shegal districts of Kunar province.

Karzai also added that the shelling left at least four people dead including a woman and injured two others and warned that the continued shelling will have a negative impact on bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries.

He called on Pakistani authorities to take immediate actions in order to halt the cross-border shelling and insisted that such acts is a clear violation of the sovereignty of Afghanistan.

“The shelling has not only incurred casualties and losses to the Afghan people but has resulted to spark concerns and furor among the Afghan people, the national council and government of Afghanistan,” Karzai said.

In the meantime, the Pakistani ambassador in Kabul promised to convey the concerns and demands of the Afghan government to relevant authorities in Pakistan.

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No corruption in Afghanistan-Hong Kong match: Afghanistan Cricket Board http://www.khaama.com/no-corruption-in-afghanistan-hong-kong-match-afghanistan-cricket-board-9531 http://www.khaama.com/no-corruption-in-afghanistan-hong-kong-match-afghanistan-cricket-board-9531#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:25:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53473 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan vs Hong Kong1The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) rejected reports suggesting corruption in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Play-off match on Tuesday.

ACB issued an online statement citing the International Cricket Council (ICC) rejecting the reports in the play-off match.

The statement further added that the ACB leadership requested information in this regard from the International Cricket Council (ICC) but the reports were rejected.

However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has not formally confirmed or rejected reports regarding corruption in play-off match between Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

This comes as reports emerged on Wednesday suggesting that the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifying Play-off match between Afghanistan and Hong Kong is due to face an investigation ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

According to reports, the investigation will take place due to unusual betting patterns noticed by ACSU on the game.

ACSU is also expected to speak to leading betting firms, including Betfair, in an attempt to gain a greater understanding of what occurred.

According to ESPNcricinfo, news of the investigation may take some of the gloss off Hong Kong’s five-wicket victory, which booked them a place at the 2016 World T20 in India.

The match has not eliminated Afghanistan, though. They play Papua New Guinea on Thursday in the third qualifying play-off.

The Afghanistan National Cricket team faced defeat from Hong Kong in the first Qualifying play-off of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier on Tuesday.

The match was organized after Afghanistan finished third in Group B despite it could have finished higher, and was unfortunate not to do so since two of the six matches it played in the pool stages were abandoned without a ball bowled.

The Afghanistan cricket team recorded three consecutive wins in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier against Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Scotland.

Afghanistan defeated Netherlands by 32 runs in their first ICC World Twenty20 match by 32 runs, UAE by 8 wickets in their second match and Scotland by 37 runs in third match.

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Terrorists’ weapon and explosives supplier arrested in Baghlan http://www.khaama.com/terrorists-weapon-and-explosives-supplier-arrested-in-baghlan-9532 http://www.khaama.com/terrorists-weapon-and-explosives-supplier-arrested-in-baghlan-9532#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:06:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53476 Read the full article...]]> terrorists supplier arrested in BaghlanThe Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) announced Thursday that the terrorists’ weapons and explosives supplier was arrested in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan.

A statement by NDS said the suspect was identified as Musafir and was arrested during an operation in Baghlan-e-Markazi district.

The statement further added that the Afghan intelligence operatives confiscated 2 AK-47 assault rifles, 3 pistols, 403 rounds of PK machine gun ammunition and 120 rounds of AK-47 ammunition.

In a separate operation, the Afghan intelligence operatives confiscated 8 pistols, 1 Improvised Explosive Device (IED), a 82mm artillery round and 940 rounds of AK-47 ammunition along with a pistol from Doshi and Baghlan-e-Markzi districts, the statement added.

NDS said numerous attack plots by the anti-government armed militant groups were thwarted with the confiscation of the weapons, ammunition and explosives.

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

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Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar was killed two years ago http://www.khaama.com/taliban-chief-mullah-mohammad-omar-was-killed-two-years-ago-9530 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-chief-mullah-mohammad-omar-was-killed-two-years-ago-9530#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:28:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53470 Read the full article...]]> Mullah-Mohammad-Omar (1)The Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was killed by senior Taliban leaders two years ago, it has been claimed.

A splinter group of the Taliban – Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz has said Mullah Omar was killed by Taliban leaders Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.

The group’s spokesman Qari Hamza said Mullah Omar was killed two years ago in the same month of July.

Hamza claimed that the group has evidences to prove their claims that Mullah Omar was killed by Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.

This comes as the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in November last year that Mullah Omar has possibly passed away amid reports that the group has divided into three different parts.

Reports also circulated last year suggesting that Mullah Omar has given his old friend and deputy Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor the authority to make decisions on his behalf regarding the peace process.

NDS spokesman Hasib Sediqi told reporters during a press conference on 19th November last year that senior Taliban figures have divided into three groups due to the major differences they have.

Sediqi said the first group is led by Mullah Qayum Zakir and Tayeb Agha is a member along with Hafiz Majeed, Amir Khan Haqqani, Mullah Mohammad Esa, Khadim Abdul RAuf, Zia Agha and Torak Agha.

He said the second group is led by Mullah Agha and Mullah Samad Sani, Mawlavi Nani, Sadar Ibrahim, Sheikh Mawlavi Abdul Hakimand Mawlavi Mohibulalh are members.

Sediqi also added that the third group is comprised of neutral Taliban leaders.

On the other hand, officials in ARG presidential palace said Mullah Omar was in custody of the Pakistani security forces in Karachi city of Pakistan.

Aimal Faizi, spokesman for ex-President Hamid Karzai said the issue was shared by the US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“The current Secretary of State John Kerry who was serving as the US Senator, had shared the issue with President Karzai during a meeting in Kabul,” Faizi added.

According to Faizi, President Karzai had sought clarification regarding the presence of Mullah Omar in Karachi city, but received no satisfactory response from Kerry.

“President Karzai immediately responded and said why US is not taking any action to apprehend him? There is a US bounty on him and ordinary civilians are targeted on daily basis under his leadership, but he is in custody of Pakistani forces,” Faizi added.

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Fazal-ur-Rehman welcome peace talks between Taliban and Afghan govt http://www.khaama.com/fazal-ur-rehman-welcome-peace-talks-between-taliban-and-afghan-govt-9529 http://www.khaama.com/fazal-ur-rehman-welcome-peace-talks-between-taliban-and-afghan-govt-9529#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:55:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53468 Read the full article...]]> FazalA senior Pakistani religious cleric and politician Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has changed stance towards the war in Afghanistan amid ongoing efforts to end the Taliban-led insurgency in the country.

Famous for endorsing the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan in the past, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief has welcomed the recent talks between Taliban and the Afghan government in his latest remarks.

He has also termed the process crucial for regional peace, stability and economic progress.

Speaking to the local media, Fazal insisted that his party had taken a stand since the day one that war was no solution to a dispute.

He said “But instead of acknowledging the ground realities, the United States bombed Afghanistan, killed tens of thousands of people, harmed the peace and economy in the region.”

Fazal also added that the US did not succeed in its designs and was at last forced to accept the reality that wars were no solution to the issues.

Noting his earlier remarks, Fazal said the US wanted regional hegemony by intervening in Afghanistan.

He said he had opposed Pakistan’s involvement in the war but the past rulers joined the conflict and thus created problems for the country.

Fazal is a pro-Taliban Pakistani political leader who had endorsed the Taliban extremism in Afghanistan, calling it a legitimate war against the foreign forces.

The remarks by Fazal-ur-Rehman were followed after a meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who visited Pakistan on a two-day state visit shortly after taking office as the new President of Afghanistan.

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Obama and Ghani hold video conference, discuss security and defense http://www.khaama.com/obama-and-ghani-hold-video-conference-discuss-security-and-defense-9528 http://www.khaama.com/obama-and-ghani-hold-video-conference-discuss-security-and-defense-9528#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:31:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53465 Read the full article...]]> Obama and GhaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his American counterpart President Barack Obama discussed national security and defense during a video conference on Wednesday.

The Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah was also present during the video conference.

The White House in a statement said President Obama praised Afghanistan’s progress on “efforts to curb corruption, revive the economy, and improve regional economic connectivity.”

The statement further added President Obama also commended Afghan security forces as they continue to fight in the current fighting season.

The Afghan and American leaders also discussed about different tactics to strengthen Afghan National Security and Defense Forces as the U.S. continues to help counter threats to the country, the statement added.

President Obama and Afghan President Ghani last met in Washington in March.

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4,100 Afghan soldiers martyred in first 6 months of 2015: Report http://www.khaama.com/4100-afghan-soldiers-martyred-in-first-6-months-of-2015-report-1311 http://www.khaama.com/4100-afghan-soldiers-martyred-in-first-6-months-of-2015-report-1311#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:34:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53458 Read the full article...]]> 4100 Afghan soldiers martyred in first 6 months of 2015At least 4,100 service members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) forces have lost their lives during the first six months of the year 2015.

The latest statistic regarding the Afghan National Security Forces casualties was disclosed in a report by the New York Times which shows a 50% increase as compared to the first six months of the year 2014.

According to the Times, the data regarding the Afghan forces casualties was provided by an official with the American-led coalition.

The data also revealed at least 7,800 service members of the Afghan National Security Forces were wounded during the same period.

In the meantime, the Afghan officers identified desertion as a serious problem saying that many soldiers were simply being barred from going home and required to fight on the frontlines for months straight.

The considerable growth in Afghan forces casualties comes as the Taliban-led insurgency has also been rampant with Afghan commanders and officials in key battleground areas saying that while Afghan forces nominally hold key areas, they are often penned in by Taliban forces.

Abdul Hadi Khalid a retired Afghan Lieutenant General told the Times “We are in a passive defense mode — we are not chasing the enemy,” and called the mounting casualties “grave.”

Mirdad Khan Nejrabi a member of Afghanistan’s parliament said that while the casualties were “very concerning” there would be no large-scale collapse of Afghan forces.

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Afghanistan-Hong Kong World T20 qualifier match to be investigated by ACSU http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-hong-kong-world-t20-qualifier-match-to-be-investigated-by-acsu-9527 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-hong-kong-world-t20-qualifier-match-to-be-investigated-by-acsu-9527#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:23:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53455 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan vs Hong KongThe ICC World Twenty20 Qualifying Play-off match between Afghanistan and Hong Kong is due to face an investigation ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

According to reports, the investigation will take place due to unusual betting patterns noticed by ACSU on the game.

ACSU is also expected to speak to leading betting firms, including Betfair, in an attempt to gain a greater understanding of what occurred.

According to ESPNcricinfo, news of the investigation may take some of the gloss off Hong Kong’s five-wicket victory, which booked them a place at the 2016 World T20 in India.

The match has not eliminated Afghanistan, though. They play Papua New Guinea on Thursday in the third qualifying play-off.

The Afghanistan National Cricket team faced defeat from Hong Kong in the first Qualifying play-off of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier on Tuesday.

The match was organized after Afghanistan finished third in Group B despite it could have finished higher, and was unfortunate not to do so since two of the six matches it played in the pool stages were abandoned without a ball bowled.

The Afghanistan cricket team recorded three consecutive wins in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier against Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Scotland.

Afghanistan defeated Netherlands by 32 runs in their first ICC World Twenty20 match by 32 runs, UAE by 8 wickets in their second match and Scotland by 37 runs in third match.

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Gunmen open fire on Gen. Dostum’s security guards in Shebarghan http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-open-fire-on-gen-dostums-security-guards-in-shebarghan-9526 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-open-fire-on-gen-dostums-security-guards-in-shebarghan-9526#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:43:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53450 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan policeA brief gun battle was reported in Shebarghan city of northern Jawzjan province on Wednesday after a group of gunmen attacked the security guards of the First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum.

One of the militants was reportedly killed and another was arrested by the security forces following the gun battle.

The First Vice President was not present when when clashes broke out.

This comes as Gen. Dostum visited northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan to assess the security situation in northern Afghanistan, specifically the northern Faryab province where the security situation has considerably deteriorated recently.

At least 19 people were killed and 32 others were injured in a suicide attack that targeted the Afghan security forces in a busy market in Almar district today.

During a meeting with the Afghan army and Afghan police officers along with Afghan intelligence operatives in Shebarghan city on Monday evening, Gen. Dostum said he is visiting northern Afghanistan based on President Ghani’s instructions.

Gen. Dostum promised to resolve the security issues of northern Afghanistan, specifically the northern Faryab province.

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Two killed as illegal armed groups clash over mine extraction in Badakhshan http://www.khaama.com/two-killed-as-illegal-armed-groups-clash-over-mine-extraction-in-badakhshan-3669 http://www.khaama.com/two-killed-as-illegal-armed-groups-clash-over-mine-extraction-in-badakhshan-3669#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:15:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53443 Read the full article...]]> azure mineTwo people have been killed and eight others wounded after two illegal armed groups clashed over the extraction of azure mine in Badakhshan province, an official said on Wednesday.

Ahmad Naweed Firotan, spokesman for the governor of Badakhshan province told Khaama Press that the clash erupted between the armed men of Abdul Qadir and Abdul Malik after an argument in Awi area of Kuran-wa-Munjan District yesterday.

He said the skirmish left two people from the group of Abdul Qadir killed and two from Abdul Malik’s group wounded.

Firotan added that six villagers also sustained injuries due to the exchange of fire between the two groups.

The azure mine of Badakhshan has been illegally extracted by warlords and mafia for years and government has not been able to prevent this. Warlords and mafia pocket millions of dollars from this mine every year.

According to Firotan, the concern of the illegal extraction of this mine has been forwarded to the central government and shared with CEO Abdullah Abdullah during his recent visit to the province and hopefully it will be addressed.

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Taliban publicly execute tribal elder in Urozgan http://www.khaama.com/taliban-publically-execute-tribal-elder-in-urozgan-3667 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-publically-execute-tribal-elder-in-urozgan-3667#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:48:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53433 Read the full article...]]> Taliban (6)A tribal elder has been publicly executed by Taliban militants after being kidnapped in southern Urozgan province.

Abdul Karim Karimi, the governor of Khas Urozgan province says that Taliban kidnapped the tribal elder and Malik of Shaheedan area earlier in the morning and later hanged him to death in public.

Taliban spokesman had not commented on the execution of Haji Abas by the time this report was filed. Haji Abas was also member of the council of Khas Urozgan District.

This is second incident of Taliban execution this month.

The group’s fighters executed Imam of a local mosque after he spoke out against insurgency during his Friday sermon in Faryab province on July 16.

 

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Faryab suicide attack death rises to 19 people http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-in-faryab-leaves-at-least-10-dead-several-wounded-9524 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-in-faryab-leaves-at-least-10-dead-several-wounded-9524#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:32:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53431 Read the full article...]]>

At least 19 people were killed and 32 others were wounded in a suicide attack in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police chief Baryalai Basharyar Parwari said the incident took place in a busy market in Alamar district.

He said the suicide bomber detonated his explosives around 11:45 am local time in a bid to target the security forces stationed in the market.

Provincial police spokesman Syed masod Yaqoobi confirmed that 19 people lost their lives and 32 others were wounded in the attack.

The district administrative chief Saleh Saleh said an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was among those killed and over 30 others including seven members of the security forces were wounded.

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

Faryab is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

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Electoral reform commission formally starts work http://www.khaama.com/electoral-reform-commission-formally-starts-work-9523 http://www.khaama.com/electoral-reform-commission-formally-starts-work-9523#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:16:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53424 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan electoral reform commissionThe Electoral System Reform Commission formally started work on Wednesday in the presence of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.

Abdullah said he is hopeful that the commission will continue to its work in a proper and transparent way.

In the meantime, the head of the reform commission Sultan Shah Akefi said he remains committed to lead the commission in consideration with the national interests of the country.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani recently appointed 14 members of the Electoral System Reform Commission which includes the commission’s chief.

A presidential decree was issued on Thursday to confirm the appointment of the new members of Electoral System Reform Commission.

As per the decree, Sultan Shah Akefi has been appointed Electoral System Reform Commission Chief and Sediqullah Tawhidi as deputy chief of the commission.

The members of the commission include Kawoon Kakar, Mohammad Ali Amiri, Abdul Qadir Karyab, Bashir Farooq, Asadullah Sadati, Faizullah Zaki, Saleh Mohammad Registani, Shah Mahmood Mia Khel, Sabrina Saqib, Dr. Alima.

Abdul Majid Ghanizada, representative of the Ministry of Justice and Tadamichi Yamamoto, representative of the United Nations in Afghanistan have also been appointed as members of the commission.

According to the Presidential Palace, the commission has been formed to bring reforms in electoral system, institutionalization of electoral system, to hold free, fair and transparent election, support democratic system and prevent violations and frauds in elections.

Electoral reform was one of the main conditions of the agreement of the government of national unity.

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Two girls found dead after missing for three days in Faryab http://www.khaama.com/two-girls-found-dead-after-missing-for-three-days-in-faryab-3665 http://www.khaama.com/two-girls-found-dead-after-missing-for-three-days-in-faryab-3665#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:16:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53425 Read the full article...]]> Untitled-1Local officials have found the dead bodies of two girls who went missing on the third day of Eid-ul-Fitr in Qaisar District of northern Faryab province.

According to reports the girls, 17 and 18 years of age, were heading to the Bazaar of Qaisar District when went missing on Sunday.

Abdul Jamil Sediqi, governor of Qaisar District says that the dead bodies of these girls were found yesterday.

Marks on the dead bodies and evidences indicate that they were raped, persecuted and killed.

Three names have popped up who are alleged of carrying out the brutal act.

They are identified as Agha Sharab, Agha Basir and Agha Sayed.

However, security agencies have begun an investigation into the incident.

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21 rebels killed in newest military operations http://www.khaama.com/21-rebels-killed-in-newest-military-operations-3669 http://www.khaama.com/21-rebels-killed-in-newest-military-operations-3669#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:13:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53417 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army 221 insurgents have been killed in newest military operations across in five provinces, the Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday morning.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, the operations were carried out in Samkani District of Paktia, Almar District of Faryab, Dehrawoud District of Urozgan, Nawzad District of Helmand and in the jurisdiction of capital Kabul in past 24 hours.

21 militants were killed, 17 wounded and one arrested during these operations, the statement adds.

A weapon depot and 10 motorcycles belonging to the rebels were also destroyed in the operations.

The statement further states that five soldiers from Afghan National Army also embraced martyrdom due to insurgent fire and landmine explosions in past 24 hours.

It does not describe the exact location of the incidents.

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Afghan battleground: new player http://www.khaama.com/afghan-battleground-new-player-9522 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-battleground-new-player-9522#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:57:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53408 Read the full article...]]> ISIS threat to Afghanistan

Author: Ahmad Waheed

After four decades of war and unrest, Afghanistan is on the verge of a new wave of violence and fear. It is the emergence of ISIS across the country that has the potential to recruit and spread as a threatening force to the existence of the Afghan government backed by over 9,800 US forces. Even Afghan Taliban insurgents led by Mullah Omar is facing a fundamental problem of how to react to a fast growing ISIS influence in the Middle east, Africa and now in the territories where Taliban traditionally are in power.

Although Taliban initially welcomed the formation of ISIS and its objectives, Taliban spokesperson highlighted its difference of objectives with ISIS. He mentioned that what the Taliban concentrate are national issues and these issues have no linkages to other countries but now ISIS does become a national issue given its expansion to Afghanistan as well as their opposition to Taliban movement.

Recent statements of ISIS branding Taliban as ISIS proxies and Taliban official statement against ISIS is a clear sign that neither side wants to work together. Fast growing ISIS has now a considerable presence in the districts of key strategic Nangarhar, Helmand, Ghazni, Farah and Logar provinces. In the districts of Helmand and Nangrahar, their military campaign has already begun to force Taliban members to either join them or face death.  Armed clashes between both groups have resulted hundreds of casualties.

Similar to Taliban leadership, ISIS has established a Caliphate and named their leader as Amir-ul-Momineen (leader of the faithful.) It, however, contradicts with the title of the Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Omar who obtained Amir-ul-Momineen title in a special gathering of over 1000 Islamic clerics in 1996. Even Al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin laden and Al-Zawahiri consecutively backed such decision and announced its commitment to support the Taliban regime in their war against, Afghan resistance groups called the Northern Alliance and subsequent to that, the US coalition and ISAF forces and the Afghan government. However, ISIS spokesperson said if Taliban would like to join the ISIS, the group should announce their allegiances to their Amir-ul-Momineen, Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi. According to Islamic thoughts, there should be only one Amir-ul-Momineen accepted by all in an Islamic world.

At current stage, ISIS is heavily busy with recruitment and has the potential advantage of recruitment over the Taliban. In an official statement, Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin asked its fighters to join the ISIS while labeling Taliban as their enemies. The resurgent militia of Hezb-i-Islami group led by a notorious warlord and former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is one of the former Mujahideen Tanzim (parties.) Also, Taliban who are famous in asking and coercing Afghan locals for monetary and logistical assistance, ISIS is doing the opposite; it actually distributes money to garner the support of local population. Financial independency gives a tremendous edge to ISIS over the Taliban.

Taliban movement have traditionally focusedits recruitment on disillusioned ethnic Pashtuns who were the primary target of the US coalition forces and Afghan security forces since the beginning of the US war on terror. Most of Pashtun people joined the Taliban for various reasons ranging from ideology, ill-treatment, injustice, corruption, tribal affiliation, poor economy, and foreign occupation. Simultaneously, their entire propaganda machineusing printed publications, pirate radio broadcasts, social networking sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, text messaging, official spokesmen, their official website, independent websites in Pashto and Dari languages, graffiti, propaganda videos as well as local means such as using preachers (Imams) to call for jihad in order to penetrate certain villages, Juma Khutba (Friday sermons), poetry, taranas (poetic chants,)shabnamah (night-letters,) patrols and Zinzer (adhoc security posts)were tocapitalize on the above reasons to further attract young Afghans into their frontlines.

This focused and intensive propaganda resulted the alliance of thousands of Afghans primarily from Afghan villages with Taliban group who have ferociously fought against the US led international forces and the Afghan government. However, after over a decade, Afghan Taliban failure producing tangible achievements, lack of financial resources, Afghan government information operation and recent events indicating Taliban leadership directly receiving support from Pakistani military establishment have weakened Taliban stance as a grass root independent movement who aim to liberate Afghanistan.

This situation provides the potential for ISIS growth in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Also, Afghan Taliban insurgent group failure to incorporate ethnicities other than Pashtuns is a significant advantage to ISIS. Afghanistan’s second largest ethnic population Tajik and third largest population Uzbek have long doubted Taliban insurgent intentions given Taliban massive atrocities when they were in power. ISIS which has apparently ties neither to AQ nor theTaliban serves as a better option to ultra-conservative population of other ethnicities, Unemployed youths, ideologically driven non Pashtun clerics, disenfranchised Jihadi commanders and fighters.

Given ISIS fast track growth, Afghan government is expected to prepare for a new wave of threats. This time ISIS will come forward to fight against the Afghan government and its foreign allies. The US has only less than 10,000 troops on the ground to support Afghan security forces and conduct counter terrorism operations. It is worth mentioning that while crafting the U.S. withdrawal plan from Afghanistan, ISIS rapid emergence as a threatening force was not taken into calculations. This will probably force the U.S. and its allies to rethink their Afghan strategy in the face of an eminent threat to the existence of the unity Afghan government and to theregional stability. Even though recent U.S. and Afghan government gains in the forms of killing two key ISIS members in a drone strike signal their preparation against this threat, casual airstrikes and military operation are insufficient given the ISIS financial and recruitment strength. A comprehensive and resourceful counter terrorism strategy is required to face this notorious emerging threat in Afghanistan.

Ahmad Waheed is a Fulbright Alumni graduated from MIIS and a former senior research analyst at Program for Culture and Conflict Studies of Naval Postgraduate School, CA.

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Pakistan and China ready to become guarantors of Afghan peace deal http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-and-china-ready-to-become-guarantors-of-afghan-peace-deal-9521 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-and-china-ready-to-become-guarantors-of-afghan-peace-deal-9521#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:26:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53399 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan and China

As the Afghan officials are expecting to sit-in for the second round of peace talks with the Taliban group in the near future, the Pakistani officials have said Islamabad and Beijing are ready to become guarantors of a possible peace deal.

A senior Pakistani official has said Pakistan has no problem in playing its role beyond that a facilitator if talks make progress and all sides agree.

“We are ready to go the extra mile. We are even willing to become guarantors for any peace agreement,” the official speaking on the condition of anonymity told The Express Tribune.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of China also issued a statement stating Beijing was ready to work with relevant parties and play a constructive role in achieving broad and inclusive peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Haqqani Network members and Taliban group representatives attended peace talks with the Afghan officials in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan earlier this month.

The meeting was also attended by officials from Pakistan, China and the United States where the Afghan officials and representatives of the Taliban group agreed to hold the next round of talks on reconciliation process after the holy month of Ramadan.

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ISIS recruiting fighters in the outskirts of Kabul: Mohaqiq http://www.khaama.com/isis-recruiting-fighters-in-the-outskirts-of-kabul-mohaqiq-1310 http://www.khaama.com/isis-recruiting-fighters-in-the-outskirts-of-kabul-mohaqiq-1310#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:26:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53397 Read the full article...]]> isis deputy leader killed in AfghanistanThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has started recruitments in the outskirts of Kabul province, Mohammad Mohaqiq, the Second Deputy to Chief Executive Officer has said.

In an interview with Voice of America Ashna TV, Mohaqiq said based on the information they have received the ISIS recruits are receiving salaries upto $1,000 along with a motorcycle.

He said the group has so far recruited around 700 to 800 fighters in the country and warned that the group poses a serious threat to Afghanistan.

Mohaqiq further added that the group will fight the Taliban militants in the first step as witnessed in eastern parts of the country where they have captured some districts.

Mohaqiq also added that the ISIS affiliates have also started persecution of Hazaras and Shias where they abducted 31 Hazara passengers in Zabul and some others were kidnapped by the group between Jaghoori and Qarabagh.

He said ISIS militants also abducted two women which was rare during the past three decades of war in the country.

This comes as Mohaqiq called on his supporters during the second day of Eid al-Fitr to remain alert and vigilant for self defense amid deteriorating security situation.

During a gathering in western part of capital Kabul, Mohaqiq said the people should be alert to face any situation and should not be concerned and disappointed.

His remarks are followed amid growing concerns that the ISIS group is looking to gain foothold in Afghanistan as the militants in the battlefield have started rebranding by pledging allegiance to the terror group.

Pentagon also released a report earlier last month stating that the terror group is likely to continue looking for ways to expand their activities in Afghanistan.

According to the report, the US forces have noted a few militants re-branding themselves, likely in an attempt to draw media attention, greater resources and more recruits.

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Hong Kong beats Afghanistan in ICC World T20 Qualifying Play-off http://www.khaama.com/hong-kong-beats-afghanistan-in-icc-world-t20-qualifying-play-off-9520 http://www.khaama.com/hong-kong-beats-afghanistan-in-icc-world-t20-qualifying-play-off-9520#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:07:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53390 Read the full article...]]>

The Afghanistan National Cricket team faced defeat from Hong Kong in the first Qualifying play-off of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first, setting a target of 162 runs for Hong Kong by losing 7 wickets from 20 overs.

Opening batsmen Nawroz Mangal scored the highest runs on the batting side for Afghanistan by scoring 53 runs from 36 balls and by hitting 2 sixes and 6 fours.

Asghar Stanikzai socred 29 runs, Samiullah Shenwari 21 runs, Mohammad Shahzad 20 runs, Najibullah Zadran 5 runs, Mohammad Nabi 13 runs, Shafiqullah 15 runs.

However, the Hong Kong batsmen managed to chase the given target in 20 overs and by losing five wickets.

This comes as Afghanistan finished third in Group B despite it could have finished higher, and was unfortunate not to do so since two of the six matches it played in the pool stages were abandoned without a ball bowled.

The Afghanistan cricket team recorded three consecutive wins in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier against Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Scotland.

Afghanistan defeated Netherlands by 32 runs in their first ICC World Twenty20 match by 32 runs, UAE by 8 wickets in their second match and Scotland by 37 runs in third match.

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Kabul appellate court finalizes decision on Farkhunda murder case http://www.khaama.com/kabul-appellate-court-finalizes-decision-on-farkhunda-murder-case-9519 http://www.khaama.com/kabul-appellate-court-finalizes-decision-on-farkhunda-murder-case-9519#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:26:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53385 Read the full article...]]> Farkhunda

The appellate of court has finalized decision regarding the lynching of Farkhunda who was brutally murdered over false Quran burning.

Officials in Kabul appellate court have said the case will be referred to the Supreme Court of Afghanistan for final hearing in the next couple of days.

Head of Appellate Courts of Crimes against Internal and External Security Ali Abdul Nasir Murid said justice has been availed in Farkhunda murder trial however he said a final decision will be taken regarding the case by Supreme Court.

“Specific conditions have been set for death penalty since the crime has not been verified but the higher authorities are authorized to decide regarding verdict,” Murid quoted in a report by Radio Free Europe (RFE) said.

The primary court of Kabul awarded death sentence to Zain-ul-Abideen, Mohammad Yaqoob, Mohammad Sharif and Abdul Bashir who were found guilty of murdering the 27-year-old Farkhunda.

However, the appellate court of Kabul revised the decision and sentenced each convict for 20 years in jail, a decision which sparked furor among the civil society activists and family members of the victim.

The appellate court argues that there is no evidence to prove the murder of Farkhunda by the convicts despite numerous video tapes went viral on social media.

Farkhunda was brutally beaten, murdered and her body was set on fire by angry mob after she was accused of burning Quran.

At least 48 people including the custodian and the servant of the shrine were arrested by police after investigations revealed the accusations were false and no proof was found to prove the holy Quran was torched.

She was reportedly murdered after she spoke out against the superstitious practices she had witnessed with mullahs selling good-luck charms.

Her brutal murder also sparked several unprecedented protests in Kabul and other major cities of Afghanistan.

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Ban imposed on toy guns in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/ban-imposed-on-toy-guns-in-afghanistan-3667 http://www.khaama.com/ban-imposed-on-toy-guns-in-afghanistan-3667#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:14:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53382 Read the full article...]]> Handmade Software, Inc. Image Alchemy v1.14

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The government of Afghanistan has imposed ban on toy guns in the country, the Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday.

During a press conference, Sediq Sediqi the spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior said that security forces will not only prevent the sell and purchase of toy guns but they will also collect them from shops and destroy them.

He said that security forces will put all efforts not to allow the use of toy guns by children in Eid al-Adha and any other Eids in the future.

This comes after dozens of people sustained injuries due to the shots fired by the toy guns.

116 people were registered wounded only in capital Kabul during the three days of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Most of the toy guns are imported from neighboring Pakistan. The companies produce newest models of weapons. Some of these are copies of American weapons.

It is a culture to use weapons during excitements or celebrations in Afghanistan. The culture slowly submerges in the cities but it still exists at large in the villages. The culture has been turning over to the kids in the shape of toy guns.

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Afghanistan strongly condemns “terrorist attack” in Turkey that left at least 30 killed http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-strongly-condemns-terrorist-attack-in-turkey-that-left-at-least-30-killed-3667 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-strongly-condemns-terrorist-attack-in-turkey-that-left-at-least-30-killed-3667#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:00:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=53373 Read the full article...]]> President Ghani 2 (2)Afghanistan strongly condemns the “terrorist attack” in the Turkish town of Suruc that left at least 30 killed and around 100 others wounded.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani calls terrorism a common threat for the region and world and urges joint and serious actions for eliminating it.

President Ghani has expresses deep sorrow over the loss of lives in the attack and extends condolences to his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The explosion targeted Amara Culture Center where a conference by Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) was organized, reportedly to join a summer expedition to help rebuild Syria’s Kobani, about 10 kilometers away, that was the site of devastated attacks by the Islamic State last month which also left over 200 people killed.

The Interior Ministry called the explosion a “terrorist attack.”

“We call on everyone to stand together and remain calm in the face of this terrorist attack which targets the unity of our country,” the ministry added.

Two senior Turkish officials on condition of anonymity have told Reuters news agency that they have received evidences suggesting the explosion was a suicide attack carried out by rebels belonging to the Islamic State group.

“Our initial evidence shows that this was a suicide attack by the Islamic State,” one of the officials said.

Another one said that the Islamic State is believed to be behind the attack. He added that the attack was “retaliation for the Turkish government’s efforts to fight terrorism.”

Abdullah Ciftci, the district governor of Suruc told BBC that: “We think the attacker was a woman … preliminary findings show that she was acting on her own.”

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