Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:07:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Afghanistan one step closer to 2019 cricket World Cup qualification http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-one-step-closer-to-2019-cricket-world-cup-qualification-9904 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-one-step-closer-to-2019-cricket-world-cup-qualification-9904#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:45:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45173 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan cricket teamThe Afghanistan national cricket and Ireland will join the 10 Full Members in the rankings-based qualification system for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019.

The top eight-ranked sides on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings as at 30 September 2017 will qualify automatically to the 2019 event, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.

According to ICC the bottom four will play in the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 that will determine the final two teams in the line-up.

ICC said as a result, Afghanistan and Ireland will no longer play in the ICC World Cricket League Championship, the ICC’s one-day competition for the leading Associate and Affiliate sides.

Kenya and Nepal will fill the final two positions in the ICC World Cricket League Championship. The two teams finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia last week.

According to ICC they will join Hong Kong, Namibia, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates in the two-year competition, which is scheduled to start in mid-2015.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said “Both Afghanistan and Ireland have excelled on and off the field in recent years, and this decision is a critical step forward to ICC’s aim of having more competitive teams in international cricket.”

“The decision also provides even greater context to ODI cricket, and provides a fully meritocratic pathway into ICC’s Cricket World Cup and Champions Trophy events. It also compliments the recent decision by ICC to introduce opportunities for associate and affiliate members to play Test cricket through the ICC Intercontinental Cup and ICC Test Challenge,” he also said.

According to Richardson “With a system of promotion and relegation in place, I look forward to seeing the leading associate and affiliate teams become even more competitive as they battle for the opportunity to compete at the very highest level of one-day cricket.”

The Afghanistan national cricket team and Ireland will continue to play in the four-day, first-class ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17, along with Hong Kong, Namibia, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates.

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Ghani promises to introduce remaining cabinet nominees soon http://www.khaama.com/ghani-promises-to-introduce-remaining-cabinet-nominees-soon-9903 http://www.khaama.com/ghani-promises-to-introduce-remaining-cabinet-nominees-soon-9903#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:17:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45169 Read the full article...]]> Ghani new nomineesPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani hailed the Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga for approving eight cabinet ministers and director general of the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS).

Ghani said he wishes success for the ministers who obtained vote of confidence from the Lower House of the parliament.

He said the nominees for the remaining ministries would be introduce to the Lower House for confidence voting in the near future.

Lawmakers in the Lower House of the parliament – Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday voted for 18 ministers-designate and nominee for the National Directorate of Security.

Eklil Hakimi, Ferozuddin Feroz, Noor-ul-Haq Ulomi, Salahuddin Rabbani, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, Daud Shah Saba, Nasir Durrani and Faiz Mohammad Osmani were among the ministerial nominees who received vote of confidence.

The Lower House rejected ten ministers-designate which included Sher Mohammad Karimi for the Ministry of Defense, Khatera Afghan for the Ministry of Higher Education, Sardar Mohammad Rahman Oghlo for the Ministry of Economy, Mohammad Gul Zalmai Younusi for Ministry of Education.

Abbas Basir nominee for Ministry of Public Works was rejected along with Barna Karimi nominee for the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology, Abdul Rahman Salahi nominee for Ministry of Water and Energy, Qamaruddin Shinwari nominee for Ministry of Borders & Tribal Affairs, Faizullah Zaki nominee for Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation and Sardar Mohammad Rahimi nominee for Ministry of Commerce & Industries.

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Target terrorist sanctuaries inside Pakistan, Ex-US General says http://www.khaama.com/target-terrorist-sanctuaries-inside-pakistan-ex-us-general-says-9902 http://www.khaama.com/target-terrorist-sanctuaries-inside-pakistan-ex-us-general-says-9902#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:39:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45163 Read the full article...]]> terrorist sanctuaries in pakistanA former top American General has called for targeting the “terrorist sanctuaries” inside the Pakistani soil including those of the Haqqani terrorist network.

Speaking to the members of the Senate Armed Committee during a Congressional hearing, Gen. (rtd) John M Keane said “We have got to step up to what two (US) Presidents have failed to do and that is deal with these sanctuaries in Pakistan from which intelligence, support and training for operations inside Afghanistan comes.”

He said “This is Afghan-Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan and specifically the Haqqani Network should be targeted just like Al Qaida. In targeting them we will disrupt it, disrupt their command and control and disrupt their operations. Then we begin to have a chance.”

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

The network is considered the most lethal insurgent group targeting the NATO-led coalition security forces and Afghan personnel in Afghanistan.

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

The government of Pakistan also included the Haqqani terrorist network in the list of proscribed organizations following mounting pressures by Washington.

Pakistan was reportedly forced to ban the militant organizations including the Haqqani Network following a deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city in mid-December last year which left over 140 people dead which included mostly school children.

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Afghan MPs approve 9 cabinet nominees, reject 10 others http://www.khaama.com/rahmatullah-nabil-approved-as-intelligence-chief-by-afghan-parliament-9288 http://www.khaama.com/rahmatullah-nabil-approved-as-intelligence-chief-by-afghan-parliament-9288#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:07:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45148 Read the full article...]]> Afghan cabinet nomineesThe Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday approved nine cabinet nominees and rejected ten others.

The lawmakers approved Rahmatullah Nabil as the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief after he obtained 154 votes. Nabil has been serving as the NDS chief since September 2013. He was first appointed as Director General of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in 2010.

The other candidates who received vote of confidence included Eklil Hakimi who obtained 128 votes for the Ministry of Finance, Ferozuddin Feroz who obtained 170 votes for the Ministry of Public Health.

Noor-ul-Haq Ulomi also received vote of confidence by obtaining 131 votes for the Ministry of Interior along with Salahuddin Rabbani who obtained 151 votes for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi nominee for the Ministry of Refugees & Repatriation received vote of confidence by obtaining 134 votes together with Daud Shah Saba nominee for Ministry of Mines who was approved by 146 votes. Nasir Durrani nominee for Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development was approved by 145 votes.

Faiz Mohammad Osmani nominee for Ministry of Hajj & Religious Affairs received vote of confidence by obtaining by 160 votes in favor.

Sher Mohammad Karimi was rejected for the Ministry of Defense by receiving 112 votes along with Khatera Afghan nominee for the Ministry of Higher Education who obtained 146 votes from the parliament to be rejected.

Sardar Mohammad Rahman Oghlo nominee for the Ministry of Economy was also rejected by obtaining 103 votes along with Mohammad Gul Zalmai Younusi nominee for Ministry of Education who obtained with 123 votes.

Abbas Basir nominee for Ministry of Public Works was rejected by 131 votes, Barna Karimi rejected by 97 votes. Abdul Rahman Salahi nominee for Ministry of Water  and Energy was rejected by 109 votes.

Qamaruddin Shinwari nominee for Ministry of Borders & Tribal Affairs was rejected by 102 votes together with Faizullah Zaki nominee for Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation who was rejected by 81 votes.

Sardar Mohammad Rahimi nominee for Ministry of Commerce & Industries was also rejected by 111 votes.

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Policewoman killed in Herat explosion http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-explosion-reported-in-city-of-herat-28083 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-explosion-reported-in-city-of-herat-28083#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:47:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45138 Read the full article...]]> Afghan_police_road_blockAn Afghan policewoman was killed following an explosion in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place on Herat-Islam Qala highway targeting a check post of the police forces.

The officials further added two policemen were also injured following the explosion.

The type of the explosion is not clear so far and the police forces have launched an investigation in connection to the incident, the officials said.

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

Herat is among the relatively peaceful provinces in western Afghanistan but the anti-government armed militant groups have recently stepped insurgency activities in a number of its districts during the recent years.

The local officials said Tuesday there have been considerable improvement in security situation of Herat province during the recent months.

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Najeeba Ayubi excluded from the cabinet nominees list http://www.khaama.com/najeeba-ayubi-excluded-from-the-cabinet-nominees-list-9287 http://www.khaama.com/najeeba-ayubi-excluded-from-the-cabinet-nominees-list-9287#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:35:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45132 Read the full article...]]> Najeeba Ayubi

The Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga rejected Najeeba Ayubi’s nomination for Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

The majority of the lawmakers in Lower House voted to exclude Ayubi from the cabinet list due to incomplete education documents.

A joint parliamentary commission which was formed to review the documents of the nominees said earlier this week that Ayubi did not hold a Bachelor degree when she was introduced to the parliament.

A member of the joint commission Kamal Nasir said Ayubi had obtained her Bachelor degree this week and forwarded to the Lower House for review.

Ayubi was among the eleven candidates who were rejected by the Lower House of the Parliament last week mainly due to dual-citizenship and lack of documents.

A number of the lawmakers passed a resolution regarding the nominees with dual-citizenship to restrict them from appearing in the Lower House to present their work plan and obtain vote of confidence.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani introduced Najibullah Fahim as new nominee for the Ministry of Jutice (MoJ) and Bari Jahani for the Ministry of Information and Culture to replace Ay Sultan and Ahmad Seyar Majhoor who were rejected for holding dual-citizenship.

In the meantime, lawmakers in the Lower House unanimously voted to include Salahuddin Rabbani and Noor-ul-Haq Ulomi in the cabinet list after they surrendered their dual-citizenship.

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Afghan parliament approves draft national budget http://www.khaama.com/afghan-parliament-approves-draft-national-budget-9286 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-parliament-approves-draft-national-budget-9286#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:02:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45126 Read the full article...]]> Afghan parliament approve draft national budgetThe Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday approved the draft national budget for the current fiscal year of Afghanistan which begun on 22nd December 2014.

The lawmakers had rejected the draft budget by majority late in December last year calling it unbalanced where the allocation funds were unfair and unjustified.

However, an Afghan lawmaker said last week that the draft budget was revised by the Ministry of Finance by incorporating sufficient changes before forwarding it the Lower House.

The draft budget for the current fiscal year is 436.17 billion AFN, which includes 283.48 billion AFN for the ordinary budget and 152.68 billion AFN for development budget.

Previously the draft budget was estimated to be around 458.8 billion AFN, which includes 275 billion AFN for the ordinary budget and 183 billion AFN for development budget.

The draft budget also included expenses of the Chief Executive (CEO) office along with the expenses for the presidential adviser office on economic affairs.

But the lawmakers suspended the budget for the two offices until the formation of the two offices have been approved by the Lower House.

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8 people including policemen injured in Kandahar explosion http://www.khaama.com/8-people-including-policemen-injured-in-kandahar-explosion-28081 http://www.khaama.com/8-people-including-policemen-injured-in-kandahar-explosion-28081#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:56:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45121 Read the full article...]]> Explsoion-in-KandaharEight people have been injured in explosion in Kandahar city.

Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for governor of Kandahar province says that explosives were placed in a motorcycle.

He said Afghan National Police were on usual patrol in Arg Bazaar area of Kandahar city when the explosion took place late yesterday.

He added that four policemen and four civilians sustained injures in the explosion but no one was killed.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but such attacks have been carried out by Taliban insurgents in the past.

Kandahar has a long border with Pakistan

Officials say Pakistan is sending bombs and insurgents through border areas for terrorist activities in Kandahar.

Yesterday Kandahar security officials said they seized a Tractor laden with bombs and other explosives which had arrived from Pakistan to Dand District.

Several insurgents including suicide attackers and Taliban commanders have been arrested in Kandahar province in the past.

National Directorate of Security (NDS) in their investigations have learned from terrorists that they receive terrorist training in Pakistan and then cross border into Afghanistan for terrorist activities.

NDS recently arrested a suicide attacker by the name of Rahmatullah, a resident of Kandahar province who had received terrorist training in Chaman area of Pakistan and was assigned to assassinate Kandahar Police Chief General Abdul Razeq.

Razeq said he was given this task by Jabbar Agha, commander of Suicide Cell of Taliban in Chaman area.

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ISIS warns White House and Obama in new video http://www.khaama.com/isis-warns-white-house-and-obama-in-new-video-28080 http://www.khaama.com/isis-warns-white-house-and-obama-in-new-video-28080#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:52:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45112 Read the full article...]]> IS ThreatIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in a new video warns White House of reaching there.

This video which is received and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a fighter of ISIS in Arabic language says ” Know, oh Obama, that will reach America, Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House, and transform America into a Muslim Province.”

White house has not commented on the report yet.

ISIS has also warned killing Japanese and Jordanian hostages if Jordan does not free Sajida Al Rishawi held by Jordan government for the past nine years.

Al Rishawi was arrested on suspension involvement in deadly attacks in Amman that left 57 people dead.

She later convicted his involvement in the attack.

ISIS in a video yesterday threatened that Jordanian government has 24 hours to release Al Rishawi in exchange for hostages.

ISIS which controls large areas in Iraq and Syria try to spread to the world.

Yesterday ISIS claimed shaping Khorasan in a video published on twitter by one of the spokesman of ISIS.

They also named a Hafiz as their commander for Khorasan and a Abdul Marouf his assistant.

Khurasaan is the old name of Afghanistan.

Khorasan included parts of Pakistan, Iran and other neighboring countries.

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A weak Saudi Kingdom can mean Afghanistan’s silver lining http://www.khaama.com/a-weak-saudi-kingdom-can-mean-afghanistans-silver-lining-9285 http://www.khaama.com/a-weak-saudi-kingdom-can-mean-afghanistans-silver-lining-9285#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:47:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45105 Read the full article...]]> Saudi Kingdom

Author: Massud Ebady

The fortunes of King Abdullah leads us to believe his strategy on the economy and his personal wealth were driving his politics however his funding of the Afghan Mujaheddin and other factions in Asia and Africa leads us to believe otherwise. Whether it was to spread Wahhabism, counter-acting Iranian influence or both Afghans paid the price with their lives. Funding was not enough they also recruited Arabs all around the Arab world to fight the Soviets. There is account of wealthy Saudis travelling to Afghanistan taking a picture of themselves with military equipment then travelling back home to glorify their stories. King Abdullah then fueled more war in Afghanistan, after the Soviets retreated the Saudi government supported factions to topple the Kabul government, few more years of Afghan blood being spilled by Saudi funding.

The death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia marked an end of an individual who brought unprecedented reforms in Saudi Arabia. He dined with the great super powers during the day and spared a few minutes of tea with poor Islamic nations. King Abdullah paved the way for Saudi Arabia to enter the world stage to discuss new world orders with the super powers. His daily schedule mirrored his politics while his net worth was increasing at a rapid rate and is said to be at 18 billion USD. His wealth and Saudi Arabian economy was gifted for having substantial amount of market share in the oil market and also the revenue it receives from Hajj pilgrimage.

The end of King Abdullah may be worthy news for Afghanistan a fresh face with clean hands can lead to a productive relationship between the two nations. Unfortunately the new King, younger brother of King Abdullah is King Salman who personally raised funds for both Afghan and Palestinian Mujaheddin. Another King Abdullah to continue for the Saudi Kingdom as they have in the past, maybe so but this is not the 1990s and nor the same world. A new and different world is upon us.

Reality is there will be no change in any of the Saudi foreign policies, throws the idea of dispersing Hajj pilgrimage profits to all Islamic nations out the window. However Saudi Arabia will probably enter a crisis soon as the youth are becoming disenfranchised with the Kingdom. Journalists and free speech advocates can only be censored for so long. The Syrian government is close to ousting the Saudi backed rebels and Americans may be not too far from striking a nuclear deal with Iran. A downward turn for the Saudi Kingdom will undoubtedly re-arrange the geo-politics of the Middle East and Central Asia for the benefit of Afghanistan.

An opportunity of deciding its own faith for Afghanistan may be available again after 30+ years of being pawns for super powers and neighbors. If all the stars aligned, a weak Saudi Kingdom will force them to decrease the funds sent to Pakistan who then in turn sponsor proxies in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s desperately need Saudi funding and have been accustomed to Saudi donations. In 1998 the Saudi government donated 3.5 Billion USD was given to the Pakistani government then another 1.5 Billion USD which was initially a loan then turned into grants according to the Guardian.

The Saudi Kingdom also supports financially and politically Pakistan’s nuclear arms, Saudi Arabia is Pakistan’s number one customer. Less money funneled to the proxies in Afghanistan and less funding towards the nuclear arms mitigates Pakistan’s ability to influence regionally. In the scenario of Pakistan losing their grip on proxies as they slowly are in Afghanistan and Kashmir while the cash flow drying up from the Gulf it can lead to a liberating and more peaceful Afghanistan.

A long shot not quite, the numbers add up and the politics defend it.

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Afghan intelligence seize 47 weapons imported from Peshawar to Kabul http://www.khaama.com/afghan-intelligence-seize-47-weapons-imported-from-peshawar-to-kabul-9901 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-intelligence-seize-47-weapons-imported-from-peshawar-to-kabul-9901#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:05:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45101 Read the full article...]]> vlcsnap-2015-01-27-22h33m26s242The Afghan intelligence operatives confiscated at least 47 weapons along with their ammunition during an operation in Kabul city.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Tuesday that the weapons were purchased from the Ring Road area of Peshawar city and were imported to Kabul through Nangarhar province.

According to a statement by NDS at least three suspected militants who were involved in the smuggling of weapons and ammunition were arrested by the intelligence operatives.

The statement further added that the weapons which included 7 AK-47 assault rifles and 40 pistols were hidden in a Toyota Pickup vehicle.

NDS said the smugglers were looking to sell the weapons to militant groups who are looking to stage coordinated attacks across Kabul city.

The detained individuals have confessed that the weapons and ammunition were purchased from a weapon manufacturing company located in Ring Road area of Peshawar city, NDS said.

The statement by NDS also added that numerous attack plots were foiled with the confiscation of weapons and ammunition by the intelligence operatives.

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President Ghani sets hotline to receive complaints from people http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-sets-hotline-to-receive-complaints-from-people-9900 http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-sets-hotline-to-receive-complaints-from-people-9900#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:22:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45096 Read the full article...]]> Ghani hotlineA new complaints hotline has been set up by the office of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani which is apparently aimed at bolstering better governance.

In an online short statement President Ghani’s office said “President Ghani’s complaints hotline, please direct your complaints to these two numbers: 0202104444 or 0202104445.”

President Ghani successfully projected a public image of himself as someone who gets things done soon after taking office as the new President of the country.

He proved himself a man intent on not losing time by delivering on some big issues including signing a long-term bilateral security agreement with United States and a similar pact with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

However, President Ghani’s popularity among the Afghan people gradually reduced mainly due to delays to announce the new cabinet of the government of national unity.

According to a poll report released earlier this month President lost popularity among the Afghan people by almost 50 percent.

The poll conducted between 27 December 2014 to 3 January 2015 revealed that only 27.5 percent of the Afghans are satisfied with the performance of President, while 32 percent others said they were not satisfied.

The survey was conducted with an aim to find out regarding the views of Afghan people regarding the first 100 days of the Government of National Unity.

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The Potter: Crafting Afghanistan’s future http://www.khaama.com/the-potter-crafting-afghanistans-future-9899 http://www.khaama.com/the-potter-crafting-afghanistans-future-9899#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:21:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45091 Read the full article...]]> pottery

Traditional Afghan pottery has been made in the village of Istalif for over 1,400 years using the same traditional methods. Its craftsmen believe that pottery arrived in Afghanistan with Alexander the Great and that their techniques have changed little since then.

But history has not been kind to Istalif’s artisans. The civil war found the small village on the frontline of the battle between rival militant groups, trying to capture nearby Kabul from the Taliban. The fighting almost destroyed the village and its kilns that had already been pounded by Soviet airstrikes.

Today the Turquoise Mountain Foundation is seeking to preserve the skills of Istalif’s ceramics masters. They have established a ceramics school in Kabul’s Murad Khane district and have produced 33 master potters.

According to Abdul Matin, Director of Ceramics School, Turquoise Mountain Foundation, during the Taliban the war headed to Istalif itself. All the workshops closed and the people started leaving. Most of the people left for Kabul.

Afghanistan pottery

“It was a dark regime, and there was a cloud of darkness. People weren’t able to run their businesses freely. People weren’t even able to walk freely,” Matin said.

He said “This is one of the traditional professions of Afghanistan. We want people to come and invest in our pottery. I don’t know how to explain it. We want a chance to introduce Afghan ceramics to the world.”

Since 2007, Abdul Matin has been training young Afghans at the Turquoise Mountain Foundation. The three-year course produces expert craftsmen in traditional Afghan pottery using traditional Afghan techniques.

“The clay feels soft, natural and fresh running through my hands. Because it’s from the ground. And when I touch the mud, it makes me feel refreshed,” Matin added.

He said “I have been working for 20 years in ceramics, and I was given this profession, by my father and his father. This skill is from the people of Istalif, where I belong.”

According to Matin he was seven years old when he started work in his father’s workshop. “He used to force me to go and knead the clay with my feet and I remember crying. But he told me to learn. Slowly I learned the skills and now I’m the one who is the teacher,” Matin said.

This is the script of a NATOChannel story by Joe Sheffer

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Mahaz-e-Fedaiyan terror group commander arrested in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/mahaz-e-fedaiyan-terror-group-commander-arrested-in-kabul-9898 http://www.khaama.com/mahaz-e-fedaiyan-terror-group-commander-arrested-in-kabul-9898#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:25:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45084 Read the full article...]]> vlcsnap-2015-01-27-19h53m22s18A commander of the Mahaz-e-Fedaiyan terrorist group was arrested following an operation by the Afghan intelligence operatives in Kabul city.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the detained militant commander was identified as Nooruallah who was also well known as Farooqi and is a resident of Shamshatoo camp in Peshawar city.

A statement by NDS said Farooqi was arrested along with another militant following an operation in 12th police district of Kabul city.

The statement further added that the militants were deployed by Mahaz-e-Fedaiyan leader Haji Najeebullah to carry out terrorist attack in the city.

According to NDS the Afghan intelligence operatives also confiscated two pistols, two hand grenades and a gun silencer from the detained militants.

Mahaz-e-Fedaiyan terrrorist group was involved in attack which led to the assassination of former Logar governor Arsalan Jamal.

Jamal was killed on the first day of Eid in mid October 2013 following an explosion in Pul-e-Alam district while he was delivering a speech to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

The group following a statement said that the explosives were planted under the stage inside the mosque where governor Jamal was delivering speech.

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Taliban confirm their visit to China http://www.khaama.com/45081-28079 http://www.khaama.com/45081-28079#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:40:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45081 Read the full article...]]> Taliban DelegationTaliban have confirmed a visit of their representatives to China but reject China’s mediation in peace talks.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has sent a statement to media in Afghanistan in which he confirms that a group of their representatives recently made a visit to China but says that the visit was not made for the purpose having China mediate peace deal between them and government.

Mujahid in this statement states that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has relationship with world and region especially the neighboring countries from before and as needed they also visit each other.

“Neighboring China is one of those countries. For making relationship, enhancing ties and for the purpose explaining our stance, Taliban will continue to visit neighboring countries and world” Mujahid says in his statement.

Mujahid has not specified date of Taliban’s visit to China but reports of this visit surfaced last month.

Regarding peace talks Mujahid has written in the statement “As far as peace talks, Taliban still stick to their previous stance”

He says Taliban have not made visits to any country for the purpose of having them mediate peace talks nor they have responded positively to the offers of mediation from these countries.

“Due to the sympathy with Afghan nation and Taliban, several countries have offered their assistance in solving the ongoing issue. Taliban thank them for their efforts but there hasn’t been any new decision and if there is anything then it will be shared with the nation.” Mujahid says in his statement.

China is among countries who has assured Afghanistan of playing their role in the peace process.

Political analyzers believe China can play a very positive role in peace process between Afghan government and armed Taliban fighting for over a decade.

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Tribal elder among two killed in Kot, Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/tribal-elder-among-two-killed-in-kot-nangarhar-28078 http://www.khaama.com/tribal-elder-among-two-killed-in-kot-nangarhar-28078#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:10:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45077 Read the full article...]]> killed 3Unknown gunmen have killed a tribal elder along with his brother in Kot District of eastern Nangarhar province.

Ahmadzia Abdulzai, spokesman for Nangarhar province says the incident took place in Kala Joy area of Kot District around 09:00 AM this morning.

He said Malik Amin and his brother were sitting to a wall in their village when unidentified gunmen arrived and sprayed bullets on them.

He added that both Malik Amin and his brother breathed last at the crime scene.

The attackers escaped but efforts have been made for their arrest, he said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kot District in Nangarhar province has a joint border with Bati Kot District where this month an Afghan journalist was also killed in unidentified gunmen attack.

Aqil Mohammad Wiqar, an Afghan journalist was attending a wedding party in Hajian village on the night of Jan 16 when unknown gunmen covering their faces went to the wedding and killed him.

Shir Bahadur Himat, Director of local Speen Ghar Radio with whom Aqil Mohammad Wiqar was working said that his slain colleague did not have personal enmity with anyone.

No group including Taliban claimed responsibility for Wiqar’s killing.

Taliban after the attack issued a statement rejecting hands in Wiqar’s killing.

Wiqar was 1st journalist being killed anonymously in Afghanistan so far this year.

Eight journalists were being killed in Afghanistan in 2014.

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A traffic accident has left six people dead in Maidan Wardak province.

Officials from Media Office of Maidan Wardak province say that the incident took place in jurisdiction of Band Barq area of Charkh district late yesterday.

As per the information provided by the Media Office a speedy corolla vehicle turned turtle which resulted in the killing of its passengers.

A woman was among the dead ones, Maidan Wardak Media Office states in the information released.

Unprofessional driving and bad road conditions usually turn into traffic accidents in Afghanistan.

Yesterday a traffic accident took place on Kabul-Kandahar high way in Zabul province that luckily did not have any one killed but left nine people wounded behind.

The incident took place in Arhad Manda area of Shahr-e-Safa distirct between a passenger bus and a truck.

Ghulam Jailani Khan Farahi said that the victims have been admitted to the hospitals in Kandahar and Zabul cities.

Ata Jan Haqbayan, chief of provincial council of Zabul blamed the bus driver and the company for which he works for negligence.

He said that Ahmad Shah Abduli Passenger Bus Service personnel drive carelessly.

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Ghani names new nominees for Justice, Information & Culture ministries http://www.khaama.com/ghani-names-new-nominees-for-justice-information-culture-ministries-9284 http://www.khaama.com/ghani-names-new-nominees-for-justice-information-culture-ministries-9284#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:20:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45066 Read the full article...]]> Ghani new nomineesPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has introduced new nominees for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Ministry of Information and Culture.

The second vice president Sarwar Danish announced the new nominees to the Lower House of Parliament – Wolesi Jirga.

Najibullah Fahim has been nominated for the Ministry of Jutice (MoJ) while Bari Jahani for the Ministry of Information and Culture.

Ay Sultan Khair was previously nominated for the Ministry of information and Culture while Ahmad Seyar Majhoor was nominated for the Ministry of Justice. The two nominees were rejected for holding dual-citizenship.

President Ghani’s spokesman Nazifullah Salarzai said Monday that the President will introduce new nominees to replace those ministers who were rejected by the Lower House of Parliament – Wolesi Jirga due to dual citizenship.

The decision to reject the nominees with dual-citizenship was taken by joint parliamentary commission after reviewing the documents of each minister-designate.

A number of the lawmakers passed a resolution regarding the nominee with dual-citizenship to restrict the nominees from appearing in the Lower House to present their work plan and obtain vote of confidence.

At least 11 candidates including seven ministers and nominee for Central Bank governor were rejected by the Lower House of the Parliament.

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Facebook website suffered temporary outage http://www.khaama.com/facebook-website-is-down-9283 http://www.khaama.com/facebook-website-is-down-9283#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:54:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45057 Read the full article...]]> facebook-inc-news-feed

Facebook, one of the world’s most popular social networking sites, faced a temporary outage due to unknown reasons on Tuesday.

The website refused to refresh, and multiple attempts led to the error message — “This website is not available.”
This is the second time Facebook is crashing during the past eight months. The site had went down for at least 15 minutes on 19th June last year.

The image sharing platform owned by Facebook – Instagram has also went down. ‘We’re aware of an outage affecting Instagram and are working on a fix. Thank you for your patience,’ Instagram said in a statement.

In the meantime, the service of the Facebook website was restored in about 40 minutes but there were no words regarding the reason that led to the outage.

According to reports, Facebook has about 1.25 billion users and Instagram has about 300 million.

In the meantime, reports suggest that Chat app AIM and dating app Tinder were also hit by the outage.

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Explosives laden Tractor coming from Pakistan seized in Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/explosives-laden-tractor-coming-from-pakistan-seized-in-kandahar-28076 http://www.khaama.com/explosives-laden-tractor-coming-from-pakistan-seized-in-kandahar-28076#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:58:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45049 Read the full article...]]> Explosives-seized-in-Takhar

Explosives laden Tractor has been seized by security forces in southern Kandahar province.

Security Officials from the police headquarters in southern Kandahar province say the vehicle was seized in Regi area of Dand District yesterday which had arrived from Pakistan.

There were 52 different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), 20 kilogram of other explosive materials and six bundles of wire that is used in explosions, security officials added.

Although it is not clear yet as who was the possible target of these explosives was but Taliban suicide cell on the other side of the border plans to assassinate Kandahar police chief General Abdul Raziq.

Yesterday NDS said they have arrested a suicide attacker who was assigned by Taliban suicide cell leader Jabbar Agha from the other side of the border to kill General Abdul Raziq.

The picture of the suicide attacker was published by NDS and the suicide attacker was identified as Rahmatullah a resident of Kandahar province who had received terrorist training across the border in Chaman area of Pakistan, bordering Kandahar.

Taliban have tried numerous times to assassinate General Abdul Raziq but he has escaped.

General Abdul Raziq, police chief of southern Kandahar-birth place of Taliban, is one of the commanders of Afghan National Security Forces who supports the “kill terrorist on the spot” idea.

He has repeatedly said that the actual terrorist hideouts and centers are in Pakistan and they should be targeted there.

He has even crossed border into Pakistan to chase terrorists.

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Defense ministry of Afghanistan states that seven Afghan National Army soldiers have embraced martyrdom in an Improvised Explosive Devise explosion.

A statement issued by Defense Ministry Tuesday morning does not specify the location but states that the explosion occurred in past 24 hours.

General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the defense ministry says that 15 insurgents were also killed in past 24 hours period in confrontation with Afghan National Army.

Azimi has written in his twitter account that six other insurgents were arrested and dozens Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) defused by Afghan National Army soldiers.

In the meantime, Interior ministry of Afghanistan in a statement also issued Tuesday morning states that 14 insurgents were killed in police operations in past 24 hours.

Statement adds that the operations were conducted in Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Logar, Khost, Paktiya , Laghman, Khost and Helmand province where police also recovered ammunition of heavy and light weapons and defused four IEDs, planted by insurgents.

Afghan National Police were also assisted in these operations by Afghan National Army and personnel from the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Statement said.

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USAID suspends its largest contractor (IRD) in Afghanistan and Iraq http://www.khaama.com/usaid-suspends-its-largest-contractor-ird-in-afghanistan-and-iraq-9282 http://www.khaama.com/usaid-suspends-its-largest-contractor-ird-in-afghanistan-and-iraq-9282#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:07:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45043 Read the full article...]]> USAIDThe main U.S. foreign assistance agency – United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said Monday that it has suspended one of its largest nonprofit contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A statement by USAID said the decision to halt contract awards to International Relief and Development (IRD) was taken after finding “serious misconduct” involved in funding.

“The agency’s review revealed serious misconduct in IRD’s performance, management, internal controls and present responsibility,” the statement by USAID said.

The statement further added “The agency is aware that the USAID Office of the Inspector General is conducting an investigation of IRD.”

“USAID has a zero tolerance policy for mismanagement of American taxpayer funds and will take every measure at our disposal to recover these funds,” the statement added.

According to statistics provided by USAID, IRD was awarded projects amounting more than $1 billion in Afghanistan and roughly $85.57 million in Iraq between 2006 and 2014.

In the meantime, IRD issued a statement following USAID’s decision stating that the organization was “cooperating fully” with USAID.

“We are working on a response to USAID that will directly address the agency’s concerns, and re-establish confidence that federal taxpayer funds are being prudently managed by IRD,” the organization’s CEO Roger Ervin said.

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“Marg” Group formed against Taliban and ISIS in northern Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/marg-group-formed-against-taliban-and-isis-in-northern-afghanistan-28074 http://www.khaama.com/marg-group-formed-against-taliban-and-isis-in-northern-afghanistan-28074#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:27:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45040 Read the full article...]]> Marg GroupA new group calling themselves “Marg” or “Death” announced its existence in northern Afghanistan.

Dozens of members of “Marg” group yesterday went to the provincial council of northern Balkh province and announce their readiness to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and Taliban in Afghanistan.

 Although the group did not carry a flag which has been normal if any group comes into existence in Afghanistan but their clothes were made off three colors which is the flag of Afghanistan, this can be their distinguish from other groups operating in Afghanistan.

Marg Group claims that more than 5,000 people have announced their allegiance with them to fight ISIS and Taliban.

Marg Group says there is no difference between ISIS and Taliban and that all of them are enemies of Afghanistan.

Marg Group also called on Afghans to join their group for defense of their country and people.

This group announces its existence after reports of ISIS arriving to parts of the country surfaced.

Zabul, Helmand and Ghazni are among the provinces of Afghanistan where reports of ISIS existence surfaced.

Taliban leadership has also instructed fighters not to allow ISIS function in the country.

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Embassy of India in Kabul celebrates 66th Republic Day http://www.khaama.com/embassy-of-india-in-kabul-celebrates-66th-republic-day-9897 http://www.khaama.com/embassy-of-india-in-kabul-celebrates-66th-republic-day-9897#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:07:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45032 Read the full article...]]> Indian ambassador kabulThe Embassy of India in Kabul celebrated the 66th Republic Day of India today during a ceremony at the newly constructed Indian Embassy complex.

The Indian Ambassador, H.E.  Mr. Amar Sinha hoisted the Indian National Flag at a colourful which was attended by local Indian community and Afghans of Indian origin in Kabul which turned out in large numbers to mark the anniversary of India becoming a Republic on 26th January, 1950.

A statement released by the Indian Embassy said “A few Afghan friends had also joined the function.”

The statement further added that Ambassador H.E. Mr. Amar Sinha read the Republic Day Speech of the President of the Republic of India and also recalled that it was in Kabul a hundred years ago in 1915 that the first Provisional Government of India was established in Kabul.

“Ambassador wished a very happy Republic Day to all Indians in Afghanistan and noted with satisfaction the good work being done by them in the development and reconstruction of Afghanistan,” the statement added.

Live telecast of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi showcasing the military strength, technological advancements  and cultural and religious diversity of India was also arranged at the Republic Day function in the Embassy .

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Afghan migrant faces deportation from UK over child sexual abuse http://www.khaama.com/afghan-migrant-faces-deportation-over-child-abuse-in-uk-9896 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-migrant-faces-deportation-over-child-abuse-in-uk-9896#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:35:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45026 Read the full article...]]> afghan-child-rapist-zia-maroof-2A court in United Kingdom sentenced an illegal Afghan migrant to eight years in jail after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

The convict identified as 29-year-old Zia Maroof Khail appeared in Preston Crown Court on Friday 23 January where he was found guilty of four counts of sexual activity with a child.

According to the court hearing the convict had convinced the girl after he first saw her walking in a park and then groomed the teenager and persuaded her to visit his home twice a week.

The convict had sexually abused the teenager and had sex with her in an alleyway and at her own home, the court heard.

According to a report by International Business Times UK, Maroof Khail was arrested by police after his crimes were uncovered following a complaint lodged by the teenager regarding other men who had allegedly abused her.

The report further added that Maroof Khail was arrested after police tracked him down using DnA evidence that matched his on a database at Colnbrook Immigration Centre, Heathrow.

Maroof Khail faces deportation back to Afghanistan once he is released from prison. He has confessed to his crimes and has admitted that was not aware of the “cultural norms” in Britain.

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Islamuddin Amiri not playing against Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/islamuddin-amiri-not-playing-against-pakistan-9895 http://www.khaama.com/islamuddin-amiri-not-playing-against-pakistan-9895#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:40:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45021 Read the full article...]]> Islam AmiriThe Afghanistan national football team Islamuddin Amiri is not playing against Pakistan in a friendly football match which is due to be organized after 11 days.

According to Dempo Sport Club of India, Amiri is suffering from an injury and therefore he will remain away from the playground for at least three weeks.

Amiri had earlier said he was prepared to participate in the friendly match against Pakistan.

He has been playing for Dempo Sports Club in India since early last year and joined the club following his remarkable performance for Mumbai Football Club – Mumbai FC.

Amiri was recognized as one of the best Central Defenders in South Asia for his performance in Mumbai FC and during the South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) Championship.

He joined Mumbai FC club around three years back and was voted the FPAI Fans’ Player of the Year for the 2012-2013 season in India.

The upcoming match would be the second friendly football match between the national football teams of Afghanistan and Pakistan which is organized almost one and half year after the first match.

The Afghanistan national football team defeated Pakistan 3-0 in the first friendly match which was organized on 20th August last year.

Last year’s friendly match between the two neighboring nations was branded as a ‘symbolic’ football clash which was organized after almost 36 years.

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Australia pledges $300 million in fresh aid to Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/australia-pledges-300-million-in-fresh-aid-to-afghanistan-9280 http://www.khaama.com/australia-pledges-300-million-in-fresh-aid-to-afghanistan-9280#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:48:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45014 Read the full article...]]> Australia aid to AfghanistanThe government of Australia on Monday pledged an additional aid of $300 million to Afghanistan which would be spent on civilian projects in the next two years.

The latest commitment was made during Australian Foreing Minister Julie Bishop’s visit to Kabul.

Speaking during a press conference with CEO Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Bishop said the funds would be spent on private sector with an aim to boost economic opportunities in the country.

She said the government of Australia spent around $1 billion in civilian sector in the past.

Australia was also one of the main contributor to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan.

Around 1,600 Australian troops were serving under the NATO-led ISAF mission who were mainly stationed in central Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

According to reports Australia has deployed around 400 troops in Afghanistan who are operating under the new NATO non-combat mission – Resolute Support mission.

In the meanime, Dr. Abdullah said thanked the government of Australia for remaining committed to support Afghanistan in different sectors.

He said the government of Afghanistan is keen to further bolster ties with Australia in various sectors in the future.

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5 people wounded in Jalalabad blast http://www.khaama.com/5-injured-in-jalalabad-blast-28073 http://www.khaama.com/5-injured-in-jalalabad-blast-28073#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:26:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45003 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar-Pakhtoonistan watt

Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for Nangarhar police headquarters confirmed the incident.

Mashriqiwal says the explosion took place in Baba Wali Hotel this afternoon at the time people were having food there.

He added that no one was arrested but an investigation was initiated into the incident.

No groups including Taliban have claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Although, Nangarhar is comparatively a secured province but recently terrorists have increased their activities in this eastern province.

On Saturday terrorists martyred two policemen and injured two others in an explosion targeting their vehicle.

Terrorist had attached the magnetic bomb to Afghan border police vehicle.

 Fazludin Ayar, a border police officer told Khaama Press that two border policemen were martyred and two others wounded in the explosion in Kabul Bus Station or Kabul Hada area of Jalalabad city.

He said that the vehicle was also damaged in the explosion.

Nangarhar province located in the eastern part of the country is a strategic areas of Afghanistan.

On addition to the long border, it also has a transit way and a bus service with Pakistan.

The buses strait cross Torkham gate into Nangarhar province from Peshawar city of Pakistan.

According to local security officials in Nangarhar on several occasions they have recovered bombs and other explosive materials including suicide vests from these buses.

Afghan government has repeatedly complained to Pakistan about the explosives and terrorists from across the border but turned these reports as baseless.

]]> http://www.khaama.com/5-injured-in-jalalabad-blast-28073/feed 0 Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq assassination plot foiled http://www.khaama.com/kandahar-police-chief-gen-abdul-raziq-assassination-plot-foiled-9279 http://www.khaama.com/kandahar-police-chief-gen-abdul-raziq-assassination-plot-foiled-9279#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:11:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45001 Read the full article...]]> gen. abdul raziqThe Afghan intelligence operatives foiled a plot by the anti-government armed militants to assassinate the Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said a suicide bombe was appointed by Taliban suicide bombing cell to carry out an attack on Gen. Raziq.

A statement by NDS said the suicide bomber was identified as Rahamtullah who is originally a resident of Kandahar city and was appointed by Taliban suicide bombing cell leader Jabar Agha who is based on the other side of Durand Line.

The statement further added that the detained bomber has confessed he was deployed to Kandahar to assassinate Gen. Raziq after he was trained in Chaman on the other side of border by Taliban group.

Gen. Abdul Raziq is one of the few Afghan security officials who have risen to undisputed dominance by building a reputation as ruthless anti-Taliban operator.

Being a prized target for the Taliban group, Gen. Raziq ordered the Afghan forces earlier in August last year to execute Taliban detainees who are arrested during the military operations.

Gen. Raziq has escaped a number of coordinated attacks planned by Taliban to assassinate him. He was slightly injured following a suicide attack around almost two years ago, while Taliban militants launched coordinated attack on his family home in Spin Boldak district back in July.

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Afghanistan football gears up for friendly match against Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-gears-up-for-friendly-match-against-pakistan-9278 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-gears-up-for-friendly-match-against-pakistan-9278#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:05:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44997 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan footballThe Afghanistan national football team is preparing for the upcoming friendly match against Pakistan national football team.

According to the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) the friendly match is scheduled to be organized after eleven days in Pakistan.

AFF officials said Monday a technical class was organized ahead of the friendly match in a bid to further analyze the players of Pakistan football team.

The officials further added that the Afghan team is also gearing up for the match by participating in practical training.

The venue of the friendly match has not been confirmed so far. However, the Pakistani Football Federation (PFF) officials said earlier that Pakistan is keen to host two matches in Islamabad the capital city of Pakistan and in Lahore city.

This would be the second friendly football match between the national football teams of Afghanistan and Pakistan which is organized almost one and half year after the first match.

The Afghanistan national football team defeated Pakistan 3-0 in the first friendly match which was organized on 20th August last year.

Last year’s friendly match between the two neighboring nations was branded as a ‘symbolic’ football clash which was organized after almost 36 years.

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Ex-official of appellate Court of Kabul killed http://www.khaama.com/ex-official-of-appellate-court-of-kabul-killed-28073 http://www.khaama.com/ex-official-of-appellate-court-of-kabul-killed-28073#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:49:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44993 Read the full article...]]> Haji Ezatullah-gunned down in KabulUnidentified gunmen killed Haji Ezatullah, an ex-official of Kabul’s appellate court this morning.

Hikmatullah, a brother of Haji Ezatullah says that the incident took place in Company area of Kabul city.

He said that his brother did not have personal enmity with anyone and therefore does not know who the attackers were.

Police headquarters in Kabul confirms the incident in police District 5 and states that they have started an investigation into the incident.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but on December 13 last year Chief Secretary of Afghanistan’s High Court was killed in police district 5 and the responsibility of the attack was claimed by Taliban.

Taliban spokesman in his message to media claimed that Atiqullah Rawoufi was killed by their people in Dewan Begi area.

Rawoufi’s driver told media that the attackers were two persons who came on a motorbike and fled the scene after spraying bullets on Rawoufi.

Aziz, the driver said that they were on their way to High Court when the attack took place around 08:30AM in the morning.

Rawoufi sustained serious injuries in the attack and later breathed last of his wounds.

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Serious measures taken to prevent cross border activities: Kunar Police Chief http://www.khaama.com/serious-measures-taken-to-prevent-taliban-movement-along-the-border-with-pakistan-kunar-police-chief-28072 http://www.khaama.com/serious-measures-taken-to-prevent-taliban-movement-along-the-border-with-pakistan-kunar-police-chief-28072#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:47:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44987 Read the full article...]]> SayedkhilAbdul Habib Sayedkhili, police chief of eastern Kunar province says that serious measures have been taken to prevent movement of Taliban along the border with Pakistan.

Sayedkhili told Khaama Press on Monday that they have also taken measures to prevent communications between Afghan and Pakistani Taliban.

He said that they are also talking to Pakistani forces across the border to do their part to keep the border secured.

He further said that security forces were put on alert after a recent meeting among officers of security forces, local government officials and local elders.

“Security forces are also on alert to respond to any terrorist act in case it happens” he told Khaama Press.

He added that the security situation along the border with Pakistan as well as the districts including Dangam is better and currently there are no security issues.

Last month hundreds of insurgents including foreign fighters attacked Dangam district and began a fight of about three weeks with Afghan National Security Forces and civilians.

Local security officials said that hundreds of Taliban were killed in the clashes.

As per the information provided by the local security forces the attack was jointly organized by Afghan Taliban and Pakistani Taliban with the assistance of Uzbek, Panjabi and other foreign fighters.

Security forces had the assistance from residents of Dangam district who had taken weapon against Taliban insurgency.

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At least 30 Taliban killed in Kundoz operation http://www.khaama.com/44974-28071 http://www.khaama.com/44974-28071#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:23:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44974 Read the full article...]]> Afghan forcesSecurity officials in northern Kundoz province say Taliban have suffered heavy casualties in the ongoing operation in Imam Sahib District.

General Abdul Saboor Nasrati, police chief of Kundoz province says at least 30 Taliban insurgents have been killed and several others wounded so far in the operation ongoing since five days.

He said 31 villages in Imam Sahib District have been cleared off the Taliban presence.

He confirmed that two soldiers also embraced martyrdom in the fight with the insurgents.

Kundoz has seven districts with Imam Sahib being the most restive one.

Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) started large scale operation after reports of increasing insurgency surfaced from this district four days before.

Kundoz is one of the few provinces of Afghanistan where civilians are fighting alongside Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) against the insurgents.

Occasional clashes also occur between them causing casualties to both sides.

In August 2014 at least 20 civilians were killed and 10 others wounded in fighting with Taliban insurgents in the surrounding areas of Kundoz city.

Taliban have killed several civilians through roadside explosions in Kundoz and other provinces who have taken weapons against their insurgency.

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Fire erupted in Hamsafar Hotel in Taimani, Kabul http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-fire-erupted-in-hamsafar-hotel-in-taimani-kabul-28070 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-fire-erupted-in-hamsafar-hotel-in-taimani-kabul-28070#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:11:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44975 Read the full article...]]> Hamsafar Fire

Fire erupted in Hamsafar Hotel located in police district 4 of Kabul city this morning.

An officer from the police district 4 told Khaama Press that Fire fighters soon arrived at the site in Taimani area and controlled the fire.

He said that there was no loss of live due to the fire but it caused property loss.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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Senior Afghan border police officials visit Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/senior-afghan-border-police-officials-visit-pakistan-9894 http://www.khaama.com/senior-afghan-border-police-officials-visit-pakistan-9894#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:08:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44947 Read the full article...]]> Afghan border policeA delegation of high level Afghan Border Police officials visited Pakistan on Sunday to meet with their Pakistani counterpart and discuss issues related to border security.

According to the local media reports in Pakistan, the Afghan delegation consists of 10 high level border police officials who are led by commander of the Afghan Border police Lieutenant-General Mohammad Shafiq Fazli and deputy Major-General Sher Ali Shahyar.

Pakistan’s Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) said the Afghan delegation are visiting Pakistan on a five=day official visit who are due to meet with senior Pakistani military officials.

“Issues related to border security will be discussed during Afghan Border Police delegation visit to Pakistan,” a statement by ISPR said.

The visit by Afghan Border Police delegation to Pakistan comes as Lt Gen Nasir Khan Janjua Janjua Commander Southern Command visited Afghanistan last week.

According to ISPR “These visits are aimed at enhancing the ongoing Pak-Afghan cooperation and will help boost confidence between the armies of the two countries.”

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10-year-old girl forced for suicide bombing in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/10-year-old-girl-forced-for-suicide-bombing-in-helmand-9893 http://www.khaama.com/10-year-old-girl-forced-for-suicide-bombing-in-helmand-9893#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:42:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44943 Read the full article...]]> vlcsnap-2015-01-25-21h08m25s246A 10-year-old girl was forced to carry out suicide attack after she was abducted by Taliban group in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Sunday that the little girl was identified as Gulsoom who was abducted by a Taliban commanden Shujahuddin from Baba Jee area of Lashkargah city.

A statement by NDS said the Taliban group was looking to carry out a suicide attack on Afghan security forces by forcing the girl to carry a school bag full of explosives.

The statement further added Gulsoom managed to flee and surrender herself to Afghan security forces before Taliban militants manage to detonate the explosives.

This is not the first Taliban militants are using the children to carry out attacks terrorist activities.

A 15-year-old child was used to carry out a suicide attack in in French Institute at Estiqlal high school in capital Kabul earlier in the month of December last year.

While another 10-year-old girl was arrested in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, before she manage to carry out suicide attack in this province last year.

The child identified as Spoghmai was reportedly forced by her brother who was a Taliban commander to attack the Afghan national security forces in Khanshin district of Helmand province.

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Government will return Afghan refugees in shortest time: Mosazai http://www.khaama.com/government-will-return-afghan-refugees-in-shortest-time-mosazai-28068 http://www.khaama.com/government-will-return-afghan-refugees-in-shortest-time-mosazai-28068#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:09:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44940 Read the full article...]]> By: Mirwais  Jalalzai

AfghansJanan Mosazai, the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan said on Saturday that the national unity government of Afghanistan was taking measures for the return of 1.6 million registered Afghan refugees from Pakistan in the shortest possible time.

“There is a three-way agreement between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and all three signatories agree on voluntary, dignified and gradual return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan,” Ambassador Mosazai told media.

Janan said that Afghanistan was ‘incomplete in its essence’ without the homecoming of its people, who had to leave the country decades ago because of security conditions.

He said the Afghan government had welcomed five million of its refugees from Pakistan and Iran since the fall of Taliban, which he described as the ‘largest return of refugees to their homeland in history’.

“Refugees’ arrival has slowed down for some time, but this issue is our key priority on which we fully focus. The fabric of the Afghan society is not complete without our refugee brothers and sisters. We are improving our environment to encourage their return so that they see no uncertain future and no shortage of basic amenities,” said Mosazai.

Ambassador said at present 1.6m registered Afghan refugees were residing in Pakistan, most of whom lived in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan while their number in Sindh was 65,000.

He, however, was not sure about the number of unregistered Afghan refugees, which he guessed might be between 400,000 and one million.

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New cabinet members continue to present their agendas at the House of Representatives http://www.khaama.com/new-cabinet-members-continue-to-present-their-agendas-to-the-house-of-representatives-28066 http://www.khaama.com/new-cabinet-members-continue-to-present-their-agendas-to-the-house-of-representatives-28066#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:00:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44937 Read the full article...]]> Afghan cabinet nomineesOn Sunday four new cabinet members presented their agendas at the House of Representatives.

Sayed Hussain Ulumi Balkhi nominee for Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, Sardar Mohammad Rahman Ughlu for Ministry of Economy, Sardar Mohammad Rahimi nominee for Ministry of Trade and Industry and Khatera Afghan nominee for Ministry of Higher Education were the four nominees who presented their agendas at the House of Representatives Sunday on the fourth session.

Each of them explained the opportunities in the country and emphasized that their plans will make improvements.

Before them ten other new cabinet nominees had presented their agendas at the sessions of the House of Representatives or Walesi Jirga.

In the mean time President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has announced that he will introduce new nominees to the House of Representatives for confidence vote after some of the nominee ministers were rejected by the House for having dual citizenship.

Nazifullah Salarzai, spokesman for Presidential palace says President Ghani respects decisions made by the House of Representatives.

He said President Ghani will introduce replacement nominees to the House for confidence vote.

House of Representatives says they will not consider President Ghani’s cabinet members for a confident vote if they have dual citizenship.

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3 people wounded in Panjwaee explosion http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-big-explosion-reported-in-panjwaee-kandahar28064 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-big-explosion-reported-in-panjwaee-kandahar28064#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:59:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44926 Read the full article...]]> Afghan Police at crime sceneTwo policemen and one civilian were wounded when a motorcycle parked on a road side exploded in Panjwaee district of southern Kandahar province on Sunday.

Provincial police headquarters confirming the explosion says it took place in Aslam Agha Jan area of the district around 01:00 O’clock today that injured two policemen and one civilian.

No groups claimed responsibility for the attack but officials blamed Taliban insurgents for it.

Yesterday Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers defused 27 bombs in different parts of Kandahar including Panjwaee.

One was defused in Mushan area of Panjwaee district, another defused in Khakriz district and 25 in Mya Nashim district.

Police also found two dead bodies in Mandozi area of Maiwand district who were anonymously killed.

Police are still conducting investigation into the incident.

Kandahar province is a birth place of Taliban in the country’s south which is surrounded by Zabul, Uruzgan and Helmand province.

Reports indicate that insurgents cross border between these provinces for terrorist activities occasionally.

Residents of Zabul and Helmand provinces recently warned about a new insurgent group arriving in their areas wearing black clothes and carrying black flags.

Black clothes and flags usually refer to Islamic States of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also known as IS or DAESH.

Omar Zwak Governor’s spokesman for Helmand province turned down the report but Zabul police headquarters confirmed the arrival of new groups to parts of their province.

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Vast protests against Charlie Hebdo in Farah and Zabul provinces http://www.khaama.com/vast-protests-against-charlie-hebdo-in-farah-and-zabul-provinces-28063 http://www.khaama.com/vast-protests-against-charlie-hebdo-in-farah-and-zabul-provinces-28063#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:48:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44923 Read the full article...]]> Farah-Protests against franceThousands have gathered in Farah and Zabul provinces to condemn the publication of caricature of Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) by a French Magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Demonstrators chant slogans against Charlie Hebdo and France and demand punishment for those responsible for disrespect to Islam by publishing the cartoon of Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him).

Demonstrators came to streets Sunday morning and temporarily blocked roads.

Before Farah and Zabul residents of Kabul, Nangarhar, Paktika, Ghazni and Logar provinces also protested the act of disrespect to Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) by Charlie Hebdo.

Demonstrators in these provinces demanded Afghan government to cut relationship with France and close its embassy in Kabul.

Demonstrators blamed the government of France for negligence after Charlie Hebdo announced in advance that they are going to publish caricature of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) but did not take any action to stop them.

Charlie Hebdo this month again published caricature of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) in a very sensitive time.

Reports surfaced this month showed that about 14, 00 people in France have joined or planning to join the militant groups.

The responsibility of the 1st attack on Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris on 7 JAN 2015 that left eleven of Hebdo’s workers killed was claimed by Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch.

AQAP which is Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch claimed that the attack was carried out to revenge the publication of caricature of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) and threatened more attacks if France does not limit its Freedom of Speech.

After Al-Qaeda’s threats France deployed thousands of additional soldiers to protect sensitive sites across France.

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Kabul explosion leave 2 civilians injured http://www.khaama.com/kabul-explosion-leave-2-civilians-injured-28060 http://www.khaama.com/kabul-explosion-leave-2-civilians-injured-28060#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:34:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44905 Read the full article...]]> Kabul-police at blast siteAn early morning explosion in Kabul city left two civilians injured.

Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, acting minister of interior confirmed the incident.

He says the bomb was placed in fruit vehicle.

He has written in his twitter page that only two civilians were wounded in the explosion.

Farid Afzali, anti-criminal department officer of Kabul police also confirmed the blast.

He said that the explosion occurred due to a bomb placed in a corolla vehicle.

The blast took place in Qasaba area of police district 15 in Kabul city around 06:30AM Sunday morning.

The blast site was close to Hamid Karzai International Airport, previously known as Kabul International Airport which also temporarily suspended the air operation of the airport.

Taliban accepting responsibility for the explosion claimed to be an attack on foreign forces.

This explosion occurs after about twenty days.

At the beginning of this month a vehicle of Eupol was targeted by a suicide attacker on Kabul –Jalalabad high way in Kabul which killed a civilian and injured five others.

Eupol in their facebook account confirmed that the passengers of their vehicle were also wounded in the explosion.

]]> http://www.khaama.com/kabul-explosion-leave-2-civilians-injured-28060/feed 0 Dual citizenship cancellation of three nominee ministers confirmed: MOFA http://www.khaama.com/dual-citizenship-cancellation-of-three-nominee-ministers-confirmed-mof-28057 http://www.khaama.com/dual-citizenship-cancellation-of-three-nominee-ministers-confirmed-mof-28057#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:35:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44900 Read the full article...]]> MinistersMinistry of Foreign affairs of Afghanistan (MOFA) states that documents confirming the cancellation of dual citizenship of three National Unity Government nominees is confirmed.

Sirajulhaq Siraj, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Khaama Press in an interview that they have received paperwork which confirms dual citizenship of Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, Nooruhaq Ulumi and Salahuddin Rabani is cancelled in the countries from where they had received it.

He said that the received documents have been forwarded to the Parliament House for their consideration.

Previous reports published indicate that Noorulhaq Ulumi had a dual citizenship from Holland and Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi and Salahuddin Rabani had dual citizenship of England.

According to these reports they were among the seven National Unity Government (NUG) cabinet nominees whose nomination documents were returned to the Presidential palace for acquiring replacements for them.

Noorulhaq for Interior Ministry, Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi for Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) and Salahuddin Rabini is nominated for Foreign Ministry.

The other four NUG cabinet nominees whose documents have been returned to the Presidential palace for having dual citizenship are Ay Sultan Khairee, Ahmad Sayer Mahjur, Shah Zaman Maiwandi and Faiz Mohammad Kakar.

Abdul Rawouf Inami, a parliament member told Khaama Press that after enough proof that cabinet nominees have cancelled their dual citizenship  the House of Representatives should not have issues with them.

However, he said that there are political hands behind the nomination of these seven cabinet nominees and would probably try to make problems for them.

In the meantime, Shukria Barakzai a member of the parliament in an interview with Khaama Press condemned the decision of the House of Representatives (Wolase Jirga) for not considering cabinet members for confident vote with dual citizenship.

She said it is against articles 33, 64 and 72 of the law, adding that according to the law a citizen of Afghanistan is not obliged to give up his or her dual citizenship for becoming a cabinet member.

She also said that there are political hands behind these nominees and are trying to bring their people in the circle after removing them from the list.

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Police officer killed in Lashkar Gah, Helmand http://www.khaama.com/police-officer-killed-in-lashkar-gah-helmand-28056 http://www.khaama.com/police-officer-killed-in-lashkar-gah-helmand-28056#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:29:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44896 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????????????Unidentified gunmen killed a police officer in Lashkar Gha, provincial capital of southern Helmand province.

Farid Ahmad Obaid, spokesman for police headquarters of southern Helmand province says that the incident took place in Safyan area of the city around 11:00AM today.

He said unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets on Ahmad Shah, commander of a security check point in the city and killed him on the spot.

He added the attackers fled the scene after the attack but police are trying to find them.

Motive behind the attack is unknown and there is no claim of responsibility either.

This is a 2nd attack on security  personnel today.

The 1st attack that took place in eastern Nangarhar province late this morning that claimed lives of two border policemen and injured two others.

This attack was carried out through a magnetic bomb attached to a border police vehicle.

Magnetic bombs are considered one of the basic tools insurgents use in their attacks.

National Directorate of Security (NDS) weeks ago captured huge number of magnetic bombs during different raids on suspected areas in the main city Kabul.

NDS related these bombs to Haqani network which also is blamed for several deadly attacks in Kabul and provinces.

]]> http://www.khaama.com/police-officer-killed-in-lashkar-gah-helmand-28056/feed 0 President Ghani left to Saudi Arabia for condolences to Saudi Nation http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-left-to-saudi-arabia-for-condolences-to-saudi-nation-28056 http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-left-to-saudi-arabia-for-condolences-to-saudi-nation-28056#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:53:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44893 Read the full article...]]> President Ghani GoingNazifullah Salarzai, spokesman for President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says that President Ghani has left to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences to Saudi nation for the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Other high ranking Afghan government officials including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and ex-president Hamid Karzai also expressed condolences over the death of Saudi King.

Ex-president Hamid Karzai said that King Abdullah had good relations with Afghanistan and was well-wisher of a peaceful Afghanistan.

During his visit President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is scheduled to be meeting Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who recently took office following King Abdullah’s death.

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died yesterday on the age of 90.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several other world leaders attended the funeral prayers of King Abdullah in Riyadh.

Several other world leaders including President Barack Obama have planned to visit Saudi Arabia for condolences to Saudi nation and new king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 79, who recently took office promised continuity after his half-brother’s death.

In his 1st remarks as the king he emphasized on unity among the Islamic nation.

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ISIS not in Helmand: Governor’s spokesman http://www.khaama.com/44888-28055 http://www.khaama.com/44888-28055#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:25:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44888 Read the full article...]]> Omar Zwak-Helmand Governor's spokesmanOmar Zwak, spokesman for acting governor of Helmand has turned down reports of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant(ISIS) or DAESH reaching Helmand province.

“There is no such group with the name of DAESH”, he said.

Residents of Sangeen district at the beginning of this month said that a new group has started operating in their areas wearing black clothes and carry black flag.

Residents said that the group is joining hands against the Taliban under the command of Abdul Rauf an ex-Taliban devotee.

Local officials confirmed that a gun battle has also taken place between the new formed armed group and Taliban which has left about 20 people dead from both sides.

In the meantime, Taliban leaderships have asked fighters not to allow ISIS operate in Afghanistan.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) which is also known as ISIS, IS or DAESH last June enlarged their attacks against security forces in Iraq and Syria and took more areas from them.

The group according to reports is in the hassle to enhance the network leaving Al-Qaeda and all other terrorist groups behind.

The group after occupying more areas in Iraq and Syria is  now reportedly busy in recruiting fighters in other countries including central Asia.

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Physical clash among lawmakers over Central Bank nominee http://www.khaama.com/physical-clash-among-lawmakers-over-central-bank-nominee-9892 http://www.khaama.com/physical-clash-among-lawmakers-over-central-bank-nominee-9892#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:10:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44885 Read the full article...]]> UntitledThe Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga once again witnessed dispute and brawl among the lawmakers over cabinet nominees holding dual nationality.

Today’s dispute resulted to physical clash between two female lawmakers over Central Bank Chief Nominee Khalil Sediq after a number of the lawmakers objected regarding his presence in the parliament to present his work plans.

The lawmakers said Mr. Sediq can not present his working plans since he is holding dual citizenship. But the administrative delegation of the Lower House said the resolution was passed only for the minister nominees and therefore the Central Bank chief was excluded.

The Lower House speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi requested Khalil Sediq to leave the house after disputes resulted to physical clash between two female lawmakers Shekiba Hashimi and Lailuma Wali Hakimi.

The two female lawmakers were also forced to leave the house after the security guards interferred to end the dispute.

The decision to reject the nominees with dual citizenship was taken by joint parliamentary commission after reviewing the documents of each minister-designate and passing a resolution last week.

Last week’s brawl among the Afghan lawmakers started after MP Shukria Barekzai criticized the recent decision by joint parliamentary commission to reject the nominees, insisting that the Parliament House is not authorized to deprive the rights of an Afghan national from election and voting.

The administrative delegation of the parliament decided last week that the house would consider to cancel the resolution if the opposing lawmakers collect signatures from 1/3 of the opposing lawmakers and 2/3 of the lawmakers vote for the cancellation of the resolution.

The seven nominees who were rejected by the Lower House of the Parliament includes Salahuddin Rabbani, Noor-ul-Haq Ulomi, Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, Ai Sultan Khairi, Ahmad Seyar Majhoor, Shah Zaman Maiwandi and Faizullah Kakar.

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2 killed, 2 injured in Jalalabad blast http://www.khaama.com/2-killed-2-injured-in-jalalabad-blast-28054 http://www.khaama.com/2-killed-2-injured-in-jalalabad-blast-28054#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:33:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44878 Read the full article...]]> Afghan border policeTwo border police have been killed and two others injured in a magnetic bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan.

Fazaludin Ayar, a border police officer told Khaama Press that the incident took place in Kabul Bus station known as Kabu Ada of Jalalabad city around 11:00AM today.

He said that the vehicle was also damaged in the explosion.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban insurgents usually claim responsibility for attacks on security forces.

Nangarhar in the eastern region of Afghanistan has joint border with Pakistan where according to officials insurgents cross border for terrorist activities.

In the meantime, security officials in eastern Kunar province which also  has a long border with Pakistan discussed the border threat and required arrangements to counter cross border movements of insurgents.

The meeting was called by Kunar governor Shujaulmulk Jalala and attended by Afghan National Army, Afghan Border Police and Afghan National Police officers.

Kunar’s governor Shujaulmulk Jalala told the meeting that the tribal elders are helping them in counter terrorism operations.

Some tribes along the border areas have already taken weapons against Taliban insurgents in Kunar province.

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18 insurgents killed in police operations http://www.khaama.com/18-insurgents-killed-in-police-operations-28053 http://www.khaama.com/18-insurgents-killed-in-police-operations-28053#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:23:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44868 Read the full article...]]> militants_killed_afghanistanInterior ministry of Afghanistan says to have killed 18 insurgents during clearance operations across the country.

A statement issued by the ministry Saturday morning states that in confrontation with security forces 12 other insurgents sustained injuries and six arrested.

Statement adds that the operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Logar, Ghazni and Khost provinces in past 24 hours with the assistance from Afghan National Army (ANA) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel.

According to the statement security forces also seized two Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs) in Nangarhar province.

Although, Nangarhar is comparatively a save province but recent reports indicate that terrorists are trying to carry out more attacks in this eastern province.

Yesterday NDS issued a statement about arresting ten terrorists including two suicide attackers in Nangarhar.

According to NDS, suicide attackers were ready for attacks but before they could carry out attacks security forces arrested them with their suicide vests, a weapon and a cell phone.

On Thursday journalists were shown hundreds of weapons in the provincial police headquarters which were seized from different shops in Jalalabad city.

Fazal Ahmad Shirzad, police chief of Nangarhar said shop keepers were selling these weapons illegally.

He said twelve persons were also arrested in connection with selling/having these weapons.

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5 Afghan army soldiers martyred in the past 48 hours http://www.khaama.com/5-afghan-army-soldiers-martyred-in-the-past-48-hours-9891 http://www.khaama.com/5-afghan-army-soldiers-martyred-in-the-past-48-hours-9891#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:14:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44864 Read the full article...]]> afghan armyAt least five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack and direct fire by militants.

Gen. Zahir Azimi spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Afghan soldiers lost their life in the past 48 hours.

No further details were given regarding the exact locations of the incident.

Taliban militants and insurgents from the other militant groups frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces.

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are also the major contributor to civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

According to security officials, the Afghan army deaths stands at 4 service members daily on average which is mainly caused due to improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

In the meantime, at least the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces confiscated at least 32 rounds of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during the same operations.

He said at least 25 militants were also killed during the operations which were conducted in three different provinces.

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Pakistani police arrests 935 Afghan nationals in Punjab http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-police-arrests-935-afghans-nationals-in-punjab-8980 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-police-arrests-935-afghans-nationals-in-punjab-8980#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:47:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44860 Read the full article...]]> PakPunjabAt least 935 Afghan nationals have been arrested by police in Punjab province of Pakistan over the past one month, according to local media reports.

The Afghan nationals were reportedly arrested for illegally residing in different parts of Punjban province under the operations launch on 16th December last year.

The arrests were made in Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Multan, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and DG Khan where 755 suspects were sent to jails while 180 managed to secure bails.

This comes as at least 137 Afghan nationals have been arrested by Pakistani police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

According to the local police officials, the Afghan nationals were arrested in separate operations conducted in Peshawar and other districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

On the other hand the political administration of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) said Sunday that the Afghan nationals in Lower dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were ordered to leave Pakistan within three days.

The decision to expel Afghan refugees was taken following a deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city of Pakistan.

Over 130 school children were massacred following an attack at the Army Public School on 16th December on Warsak Road in Peshawar.

The federal government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa set a deadline for the expulsion of Afghan refugees on 20th December last year.

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Thousands protest against French satirical magazine in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/thousands-protest-against-french-satirical-magazine-in-kabul-8979 http://www.khaama.com/thousands-protest-against-french-satirical-magazine-in-kabul-8979#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:21:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44856 Read the full article...]]> Kabul rallyThousands of Kabul residents demonstrated on Friday in Kabul over the cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on the latest issue of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

The demonstrators which included religious scholars and Mosque Imams demanded prosecution for those involved behind the publication of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) caricature.

Chanting ‘Death to Enemies of Islam’, ‘Death to America’, ‘Death France’, ‘Death to Israel’ the protesters insisted that such moves which results to desecration of Islamic values should be strictly prohibited.

The protesters said the publication of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) caricature was a declaration of war with the Muslims.

This comes as hundreds of residents of Kabul on Thursday gathered to demonstrate the publication of caricature of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) by Charlie Hebdo.

The French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo published a caricature of Prophet Muhammad in its latest issue which was released following an attack by gunmen.

The issue was created by the surviving staff with supporters saying the cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo is a defiant expression of free speech following a terrorist attack on the publication’s Paris offices that killed 12 people on January 7.

The publication of Propget Muhammad (PBUH) caricature sparked protests across the Muslim world including in different pats of Afghanistan.

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Afghans more concerned about worsening economy than instability http://www.khaama.com/afghans-more-concerned-about-worsening-economy-than-instability-8978 http://www.khaama.com/afghans-more-concerned-about-worsening-economy-than-instability-8978#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:52:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44852 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan economyThe majority of the Afghans are more concerned regarding deteriorating economic situation in the country and believe the economic fall is more dangerous than the Taliban-led insurgency.

According to a new Gallup poll Afghans are not very optimistic about their economic future as the economic fall remained persistent during the year 2014 with the percentage of Afghans who saw economic conditions getting better sank to a record-low 6%.

The report released on Wednesday further states that two out of three say economic prospects are about to get worse, and fewer than one in five think it’s a good time to get a job.

“Repairing investor confidence will be key to sustainable growth in Afghanistan in 2015 and beyond, but so will creating private-sector jobs. With growth slowing in every sector of Afghanistan’s economy, from services and industries to agriculture, there are fewer jobs available for Afghans who were already grappling with high unemployment,” the report said.

“Afghans’ grim outlook on their economy illustrates that the Taliban are not the only threat to the country’s stability after NATO’s withdrawal,” Gallup analysts wrote in new poll report.

Citing the World Bank report Gallup stated that from 2003 to 2012, Afghanistan’s annual GDP grew about 9 percent on average, hitting a peak of 14.4 percent in 2012. But it shrank to 3.7 percent in 2013 and just 1.5 percent last year.

The survey by Gallup ws conducted between August 12 and September 18 2014 where 1000 adulsts aged 15 and older were interviewed.

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2 suicide bombers, 8 Taliban insurgents arrested in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/2-suicide-bombers-8-taliban-insurgents-arrested-in-nangarhar-8977 http://www.khaama.com/2-suicide-bombers-8-taliban-insurgents-arrested-in-nangarhar-8977#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:25:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44849 Read the full article...]]> vlcsnap-2015-01-23-15h53m51s161Two suicide bombers and eight Taliban insurgents were arrested in separate operations conducted by the Afghan intelligence operatives in Nangarhar province.

According to a statement released by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) the two suicide bombers were looking to carry out coordinated suicide attack in Behsud district.

The statement further added that the Afghan intelligence operatives confiscated two suicide bombing vests along with a pistol during the operation.

In a separate operation in Pechageram district the Afghan intelligence operatives arrested eight Taliban insurgents including the group’s commander, NDS said, adding that three militants were also killed during the operation.

According to NDS the Taliban insurgents were led by the Taliban leader Mullah Esmat. At least three AK-47 rifles and a pistol were also seized during the operations.

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

Nangarhar is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan 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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Afghan Air Force to receive additional MD warrior helicopters http://www.khaama.com/afghan-air-force-to-receive-additional-md-warrior-helicopters-8976 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-air-force-to-receive-additional-md-warrior-helicopters-8976#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:18:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44846 Read the full article...]]> md530g_4The Afghan Air Force is expecting to receive additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters from United States by the end of this year.

An official said Thursday Afghanistan will receive 20 MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters which would be donated by United States with an aim to provide additional fire-support to Afghan national security forces.

Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London, the official said thehelicopters would be provided in addition to those unarmed platforms already fielded as trainers.

This comes as Pentagon had awarded MD Helicopters Inc. a maximum $44.2 million firm-fixed-price contract to develop and provide an armament package for the MD-530F helicopters that were already supplied to the Afghan Air Force.

Around 17 of the Afghan Air Force’s MD-530F helicopters will be upgraded under the contract which is expected to be completed by the end of September this year.

The delivery of MD-530F helicopters was awarded to MD Helicopters, Inc. in Mesa, in March 2011.

Afghan Air Force has already received 6 MD-530F helicopter and is expecting to receive up to 54 more helicopters under the 4 year contract.

MD-530F helicopters are designed for high altitude and/or hot weather operations, where thinner air costs helicopters some of their lift.

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Afghan intelligence has infiltrated among enemy networks: Nabil http://www.khaama.com/afghan-intelligence-has-infiltrated-among-enemy-networks-nabil-8975 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-intelligence-has-infiltrated-among-enemy-networks-nabil-8975#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:34:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44835 Read the full article...]]> NDS_2387497bThe Afghan intelligence operatives have successfully infiltrated among the networks of the enemies of Afghanistan in a bid to put further pressure on the groups which are involved in insurgency activities in the country.

While presenting his work plan as nominee to keep the position of National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief, Nabil said the Afghan intelligence has successfully maintained pressure on terrorist networks including Taliban, al Qaeda and Haqqani network by executing sophisticated and major operations.

Nabil said the Afghan intelligence has managed to properly cover the bordering regions and has infiltrated among the networks of the enemies of Afghanistan.

This comes as the New York Times recently published a report outlining the achievements of the Afghan intelligence that even surprised the Central Intelligence Agency of United States by exhibiting an independent streak under the leadership of Rahmatullah Nabil.

According to the report Nabil has aggressively sought to keep the resurgent Taliban at bay, stop the remnants of Al Qaeda from growing fresh roots in Afghanistan, and keep the Islamic State from winning adherents in the Afghan insurgency.

It also added that the Afghan intelligence operatives have also successfully turned some of the region’s most notorious militants into sources and potential proxies, and the intelligence agency has clandestinely taken its fight across the border, targeting Taliban leaders sheltering in Pakistan.

Nabil was first appointed as Director General of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in 2010. After two years, he was appointed as Deputy National Security Advisor and then he rejoined the NDS as acting General Director in September 2013.

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Another senior Pakistani Army General visits Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/another-senior-pakistani-army-general-visits-afghanistan-8974 http://www.khaama.com/another-senior-pakistani-army-general-visits-afghanistan-8974#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:01:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44832 Read the full article...]]> gen-naseerAnother senior Pakistani Army General visited Afghanistan on Thursday amid frequent visits by Pakistani security officials following a deadly school attack in December last year.

At least 141 people mostly school children were killed after a group of Pakistani Taliban militants launched coordinated attack on Peshawar school.

According to reports, Pakistan Army Commander Southern Lt General Nasir Khan Janjua met with his Afghan counterpart and discussed matters of mutual interest.

Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the military leaders discussed the Pakistan-Afghanistan security situation.

ISPR also added that the leaders deliberated over the recommendation about improving the border security.

This comes as the Corps Commander Peshawar Lt General Hidayat ur Rahman visited Afghanistan on 18 January to meet with the Afghan officials, while Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) Chief Gen. Rizwan Akhtar visited Kabul on 11th January to meet with Afghan officials including President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

According to the ISPR the recent visits by top Pakistani military leaders are aimed at etter the coordination between militaries of both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Dual citizenship an ‘excuse’ for barring Afghan Cabinet nominees http://www.khaama.com/dual-citizenship-an-excuse-for-barring-afghan-cabinet-nominees-8973 http://www.khaama.com/dual-citizenship-an-excuse-for-barring-afghan-cabinet-nominees-8973#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:48:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44829 Read the full article...]]> Afghan cabinet nomineesAfghanistan’s Government of National Unity introduced new cabinet nominees to the Afghan lawmakers for a vote of confidence on Tuesday.

According to recent reports, the lower house refused to accept seven of the nominees for having dual citizenship, while the reports stated that amongst the 25 new cabinet members 11 have dual citizenship.

A former employee in the Lower House of Parliament – Wolesi Jirga, who wished not to be named highlighted facts that are influencing the decision-making of these parliamentarians.

Inside parliament, there are some groups and individuals who do not care about the best interests of the nation and instead act according to personal interest, making deals on any level based to promote their own business, the source said.

He said some of these MPs are not satisfied with the government leader’s decision, not to include their family members in the cabinet list, so they have raised the issue of the candidates’ dual citizenship to pressurize the government in the hope of having their own supporters in the next list.

The existence of dual citizenship for post-war and conflict-ridden countries like Afghanistan is hardly surprising. Due to civil war, Afghanistan has more than 3 million refugees around the world and most importantly, many parliamentarians themselves hold citizenship of other countries.

The Afghan constitution is very clear about the rights of its citizens which include permission to hold dual citizenship. Article 33 states: The citizens of Afghanistan shall have the right to elect and be elected”

According to article 64 of the constitution, the president enjoys the right to appoint ministerial candidates. However, in the event that a candidate has dual citizenship, article 74 gives right to the lawmakers to reject or approve his nominations.

Now many experts believe that the lower house is rejecting nominees without good cause and only to further their own agendas.

Moreover, some MPs have asked new ministerial candidates to appoint their own supporters to the ministries. Having seen their wishes denied, they now seek revenge by raising the issue of dual citizenship.

Many times it has been reported that MPs are voting after consulting with business partners or even undertaking ‘votes for cash’ (receiving brides in dollars).

The source further added that he personally witnessed those types of corrupt dealings while working in parliament in Kabul until I fled from the country three years ago.

The nominees for the ministries were presented 107 days after the inauguration of the National Unity Government, in which the president promised that he would form a qualified and professional cabinet within 45 days.

This delay in forming such a cabinet has increased public dissatisfaction and the government is being heavily criticized as a consequence.

Now that Parliament is playing the ‘dual citizenship’ card, the nation will suffer yet more instability at a time when strong government is desperately needed for this fledgling democracy to survive.

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Brawl in Afghan parliament over cabinet nominees rejection http://www.khaama.com/brawl-in-afghan-parliament-over-cabinet-nominees-rejection-9277 http://www.khaama.com/brawl-in-afghan-parliament-over-cabinet-nominees-rejection-9277#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:55:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44823 Read the full article...]]> Afghan cabinet nomineesThe Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga on Thursday witnessed brawl among the lawmakers over the issue of cabinet nominees holding dual citizenship.

Public health minister nominee Ferozuddin Feroz, Mines and Petroleum minister nominee Daud Shah Saba, Information Technology and Telecommunication minister nominee Barna Karimi and NDS chief nominee Rahmatullah Nabil appeared during the second parliamentary session on Thursday to brief the lawmakers regarding their work plan.

In the meantime, a number of the lawmakers insisted that the nominees holding dual citizenship should also be called in the session so that they can present their plans.

The lawmakers said the cabinet nominees have signed documents to surrender their second citizenship and the decision to reject the nominees with dual citizenship was not taken by the house of representatives.

Brawl among the Afghan lawmakers started after MP Shukria Barekzai critized the recent decision by joint parliamentary commission to reject the nominees insisting that the Parliament House is not authorized to deprive the rights of an Afghan national from election and voting.

The decision to reject the nominees was taken by joint parliamentary commission after reviewing the documents of each minister-designate and passing a resolution last week. They also called on President Ghani to introduce new nominees.

The administrative delegation of the parliament finally decided that the house would consider to cancel the resoltuion if the opposing lawmakers collect signatures from 1/3 of the opposing lawmakers and 2/3 of the lawmakers vote for the cancellation of the resolution.

The seven nominees who were rejected by the Lower House of the Parliament includes Salahuddin Rabbani, Noor-ul-Haq Ulomi, Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, Ai Sultan Khairi, Ahmad Seyar Majhoor, Shah Zaman Maiwandi and Faizullah Kakar.

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Suicide attack leaves 2 killed, 16 injured in Lashkar Gah http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-explosion-reported-in-helmand28052 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-explosion-reported-in-helmand28052#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:28:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44817 Read the full article...]]> explosion in JalalabadTwo persons have been killed and 16 others wounded in a suicide attack in Lashkar Gah, provincial capital of southern Helmand province.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for acting governor of Helmand says the suicide attacker who was driving a corolla vehicle laden with explosives targeted a convoy of Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) in Lashkar Gah city around 02:30 PM Thursday.

He said the attack left a civilian and one policeman killed and 16 others wounded in Lashkar Bazaar area of the city.

Zwak added that there are policemen and civilians including five children in the ones injured.

Today’s suicide attack comes after deadly clashes occurred last night between civilians and Taliban in Helmand’s Maiwand district.

The clashes left seven people dead and eleven others injured.

The ones killed included three civilians and four Taliban.

Those injured included seven Taliban, three civilians and one policeman who was assisting civilians in the fight against Taliban.

Residents of Maiwand and Panjwai districts of Helmand province have taken weapons against Taliban.

Villagers of some districts in other parts of the country including Kunar and Ghazni have also taken weapons against Taliban insurgency in their areas.

Although they have pushed back Taliban from their areas but occasional clashes occur between them and Taliban who try to come back to their areas.

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ISIS (Daesh) not a major threat to Afghanistan, Nabil says http://www.khaama.com/isis-daesh-not-a-major-threat-to-afghanistan-nabil-says-9276 http://www.khaama.com/isis-daesh-not-a-major-threat-to-afghanistan-nabil-says-9276#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:15:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44809 Read the full article...]]> NabilThe Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief Rahmatullah Nabil has ruled out that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group poses serious threat to Afghanistan.

Speaking during a briefing in Afghan parliament on Thursday Nabil said the Afghan intelligence is competent enough in terms of capabilities.

In the meantime, Nabil said the ISIS group poses more threats to the neighboring countries as compared to Afghanistan.

Nabil reiterated that the Afghan national security forces are capable to thwart threats by terrorist groups.

The remarks by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed last week that a number of the Taliban militants have launched operations under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in parts of Afghanistan.

The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell earlier also said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is recruiting militants in Afghanistan.

In an interview with the Army Times, Gen. Campbell said “We are seeing reports of some recruiting. There have been some night letter drops, there have been reports of people trying to recruit both in Afghanistan and Pakistan, quite frankly.”

Concerns regarding growing ISIS influence in Afghanistan and Pakistan comes as a video was released by ISIS over a week ago which purports to show militant leaders who identify themselves as from Afghanistan and Pakistan pledging their support to the Islamic State group.

However, the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has no place and supporters among the Afghans.

In an interview with the BBC Farsi, Karzai blamed the foreign intelligence agencies for spreading propaganda regarding the growing presence of ISIS militants in parts of Afghanistan.

Karzai said the foreigners are looking to enforce new phase of instability and misery in Afghanistan by encouraging the militants to raise the ISIS flags in a bid to spread the group’s ideology in Afghanistan.

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Mohammad Asif Nang appointed new governor for Farah http://www.khaama.com/mohammad-asif-nang-appointed-new-governor-to-farah-28051 http://www.khaama.com/mohammad-asif-nang-appointed-new-governor-to-farah-28051#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:47:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44800 Read the full article...]]> Mohammad Asif Nang

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issuing a decree has appointed Mohammad Asif Nang new governor for Farah province.

Mohammad Asif Nang has previously served on different government posts for seven years.

He was a Spokesman, Publications Officer, Public Relations Officer, Deputy Education Minister and Acting Minister for Education Ministry.

He is a high school graduate of Habibya High School in Kabul.

Nang has completed his higher education in Pakistan and Saudi Arabiya.

Mohammad Asif Nang, 43 hails from Sulaimankhil tribe in Paktika province.

He fluently speaks Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Urdu and English languages.

Mohammad Asif Nang is also a Hafiz of the Holy Quran.

He says 1st things he would do is to modernize the custom system and complete the incomplete projects in Farah.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani assigned new governor for Farah province after sacking some high ranking government officials in there including its acting governor Mohammad Omar Shirzad.

Mohammad Omar Shirzad and other sacked Farah officials were taken under investigation based on corruption charges but they rejected any accusations.

After President Ghani took the office over three months ago he sacked or changed positions of all of the 34 governors to acting governor’s but so far only has assigned a few governors.

There are complains that most of the ex-governors turned acting-governors are not working as they were previously which has created a broken administrative environment in local provincial offices.

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The other organizations included in the proscribed list includes Jamaat-ud-Dawa, arkat-ul-Jihad Islami, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Ummah Tameer-i-Nau, Haji Khairullah Hajji Sattar Money Exchange, Rahat Limited, Roshan Money Exchange, Al-Akhtar Trust and Al-Rashid Trust.

According to the local media reports, the assets of the banned groups would be frozen after their names were included in the proscribed list.

In the meantime, an official in the Ministry of Interior of Pakistan said the government had delayed the inclusion of Jamaatud Dawa and Haqqani Network in the list of proscribed outfits but the government was forced to ban the militant organizations following a deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city.

The Haqqani terrorist network is accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Waziristan, including the 19-hour siege at the US Embassy in Kabul in Septemebr 2011.

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

The network is considered the most lethal insurgent group targeting the NATO-led coalition security forces and Afghan personnel in Afghanistan.

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

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Boy rescued, kidnappers arrested in Logar http://www.khaama.com/boy-rescued-kidnappers-arrested-in-logar-28050 http://www.khaama.com/boy-rescued-kidnappers-arrested-in-logar-28050#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:08:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44787 Read the full article...]]> arrestsPolice have rescued a 15 years old boy from kidnappers in Logar province.

Officials from the police headquarters of Logar province say they have arrested three kidnappers in connection with the abduction.

Kidnappers had demanded $50, 000 from the parents of the boy for his release, officials say.

The group was arrested in Ahmadzai Qala area of Mahmadaghe district yesterday.

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Hundreds demonstrate in Kabul against Charlie Hebdo http://www.khaama.com/hundreds-demonstrate-in-kabul-against-charlie-hebdo-28049 http://www.khaama.com/hundreds-demonstrate-in-kabul-against-charlie-hebdo-28049#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:39:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44784 Read the full article...]]> Kabul-Zambaq SquareHundreds of residents of Kabul have gathered to demonstrate the publication of caricature of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.aw) by a French Magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Demonstrators demand closure of French embassy in Kabul over the disrespect made to Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) by its Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Demonstrators blamed French government for negligence after the magazine announced in advance that they are going to publish the cartoon of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w).

A demonstrator said “French government knew in advance but they did not do anything to stop them (Charlie Hebdo)”.

Demonstrators also asked punishment for those responsible.

Before Kabul, residents of Nangarhar, Paktika and Maidan Wardak provinces also staged demonstrations against France.

French magazine Charlie Hebdo in a very sensitive time again earlier this month published cartoon of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w).

Reports emerged this month states that around 14, 00 people in France have either joined the militant groups or plan to join.

On their 1st publication of the caricature of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) a group of gunmen attacked their office in Paris and killed eleven of their workers.

The attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen who in a message claimed that this was a revenge of the disrespect to Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w).

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No place for ISIS (Daesh) terrorist group in Afghanistan: Karzai http://www.khaama.com/no-place-for-isis-daesh-terrorist-group-in-afghanistan-karzai-9274 http://www.khaama.com/no-place-for-isis-daesh-terrorist-group-in-afghanistan-karzai-9274#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:39:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44779 Read the full article...]]> ISISThe former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has no place and supporters among the Afghans.

In an interview with the BBC Farsi, Karzai blamed the foreign intelligence agencies for spreading propaganda regarding the growing presence of ISIS militants in parts of Afghanistan.

Karzai said the foreigners are looking to enforce new phase of instability and misery in Afghanistan by encouraging the militants to raise the ISIS flags in a bid to spread the group’s ideology in Afghanistan.

Comparing the rumours with the rise of Taliban militants in Afghanistan Karzai said the regional security institutions specifically the Pakistani forces should be on high alert and cautious in this regard.

The remarks by Karzai comes as the Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed last week that a number of the Taliban militants have launched operations under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in parts of Afghanistan.

MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqi told Radio Free Europe (RFE) on Saturday that the exact number of Taliban militants who have pledged allegiance to ISIS terrorist group is not clear so far.

The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell earlier also said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is recruiting militants in Afghanistan.

In an interview with the Army Times, Gen. Campbell said “We are seeing reports of some recruiting. There have been some night letter drops, there have been reports of people trying to recruit both in Afghanistan and Pakistan, quite frankly.”

Officials in Helmand province had earlier confirmed that a former Taliban leader is currently recruiting fighters for ISIS in Sangin district, while officials in Farah said the terror group has set up training bases in Khak-e-Safid district.

Concerns regarding growing ISIS influence in Afghanistan and Pakistan comes as a video was released by ISIS over a week ago which purports to show militant leaders who identify themselves as from Afghanistan and Pakistan pledging their support to the Islamic State group.

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Afghan Parliament violates constitution by rejecting nominees: Barekzai http://www.khaama.com/afghan-parliament-violates-constitution-by-rejecting-nominees-barekzai-8974 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-parliament-violates-constitution-by-rejecting-nominees-barekzai-8974#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:23:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44775 Read the full article...]]> 10937300_10153022778976944_791288298_nThe Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga was slammed for violating the Afghan constitution by rejecting seven cabinet nominees who were due to present their work plan to the lawmakers ahead of the confidence voting.

The seven nominees who were rejected by the Lower House of the Parliament includes Salahuddin Rabbani, Noor-ul-Haq Ulomi, Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, Ai Sultan Khairi, Ahmad Seyar Majhoor, Shah Zaman Maiwandi and Faizullah Kakar.

The Lower House has reportedly rejected the minister-designates over dual citizenship.

However, lawmaker Shukria Barekzai said the decision by the Lower House to reject the cabinet nominees was a clear violation of the article 33, 64 and 72 of the Afghan constitution.

Barekzai said no Afghan national would be forced to surrender their citizenship and the Parliament House is not authorized to deprive the rights of an Afghan national from election and voting.

She also opposed with the resolution passed by the Lower House last week regarding cabinet ministers where the lawmakers agreed not to vote for nominees holding dual citizenship.

According to Barekzai last week’s resolution was also violating the constitution of the country and called it an act to limit the rights of an Afghan national.

She said the lawmakers can only vote in favor or against a cabinet nominee and insisted that certain lawmakers are struggling to introduce their own nominees by rejecting the named candidates.

 Another lawmaker from western Farah province Humaira Ayubi said the joint parliamentary commission decided not to vote for the nominees with dual citizenship and those who have recently applied to surrender their citizenship.

The 7 candidates who were rejected by the Lower House are among the 11 candidates who were introduced by the President and were holding dual citizenship. However, it is yet not clear how the the remaining four candidates including Sher Mohammad Karimi and Barna Karimi have been accepted by the Lower House.

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Afghanistan’s Athletes; from championship to myste http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-athletes-from-championship-to-myste-8973 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-athletes-from-championship-to-myste-8973#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:49:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44773 Read the full article...]]> 10917095_798756290191904_6154224039849779853_nThe Afghanistan’s sport family had remarkable and extraordinary achievements in the country in the last decade and their victory in international matches brought smile on the faces of Afghans from different tribe and ethnic in every corner of Afghanistan and gave them a sense to be proud of their country.

In a country where its morning begins with explosions and suicide attacks and their citizens’ dinner tables are decorated with bloods and grieves, a minor happiness can be a great opportunity. for Afghans to smile for a moment and forget their grievance and a little happiness is assumed a great gift of God in a country like Afghanistan where its medias are full of unpleasant and shocking news every day.

In spite of many challenges and obstacles and limited opportunities the Afghan athletes have had significant achievements and brought many glorious honors and victories for their country.

The national football team won its first international trophy in the South Asian Football Federation Championship.

Afghan National Cricket Team plays in the World Cups and every time they come back home with championship and brings joy and cheer for the country.

In a recent match this year which was held in the presence of Afghan president and Pakistan prime minister, once again Afghan National Cricket Team won the match and brought joy and pride for the president and the whole nation.

Afghan taekwondo team for the first time in Afghanistan history won the first World Olympic medal.

Rohullah Nikpa and Nisar Ahmad Bahwi’s characters and their courage and struggles were admirable in the World Olympic Game.

Afghan Judo,Kurash and Sambo team with the hard work and struggles of champion Ekramuddin Ahmadi has brought many medals and victories for the country and has raised the Afghan flag in many international competitions.

Considering all the achievements of Afghan athletes; the question is do our champions and heroes have security and safety, does the government authorities know what challenges athletes face in their daily life?

In a recent horrific incident the Afghan National Football team coach Mr yusof Kargar stabbed in Kabul city and was seriously injured.
Ilyas Aminyar the champion of Judo, Kurash and Sambo was mysteriously assassinated, after several months have passed no one has asked how and why he was killed and his case was put aside by police and judicial departments and forgotten forever.

We have also some champions in sport family that had to flee their homeland and wander in other countries; athletes who brought gold medals and victory from multiple countries. From those champions no one can forget Noorullah Malang who recorded many gold medals in the history of Judo in Asian countries competition and he was recently recognized the best athlete of Norway 2014 and the Norwegian King offered him the Medal of Honor.

Noorullah was also threaten by some warlords and they tried to killed him, he had to leave his country and migrate. he was lucky he had the chance to escape otherwise he would also be killed like his friend Ilyas Aminyar.

Unfortunately, the government authorities are silent against the Olympic committee and Physical Exercise Committee are busy and having problems on distribution of chairs, positions and high salaries.

Even civil society and Human Rights Organizations did not issued a single statement regarding Alyas assassination and attack on Mr Kargar, the Afghan National football team coach.

With wishing urgent health recovery for Mr Kargar the loyal and patriotic son of the nation and further success for all Afghan athletes, and we look forward for a day that our champions are not threatened anymore and enjoy a save and secure life.

Abuzar Ali Mesbah

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Hekmat Karzai appointed as deputy minister of political affairs at MoFA http://www.khaama.com/hekmat-karzai-appointed-as-deputy-minister-of-political-affairs-at-mofa-9273 http://www.khaama.com/hekmat-karzai-appointed-as-deputy-minister-of-political-affairs-at-mofa-9273#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:54:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44770 Read the full article...]]> Hekmat Khalil KarzaiHekmat Khalil Karzai has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Political Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affair of Aghganistan.

According to a presidential decree, Hekmat Karzai was appointed as Deputy Minister of Political Affairs for further alighment and soldarity of the related affairs.

According to the decree Hekmat Karzai was appointed as Deputy Minister of Political Affairs considering the Paragraph 13 and Article 64 of the constitution of Afghanistan.

Hekmat Karzai is the cousin of former President Hamid Karzai and was a close adviser to President Ghani during the presidential election.

He is the younger brother of Hashmat Karzai who was killed follwoing a suicide attack late in the month of July last year.

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Crafting traditional Afghan instruments http://www.khaama.com/crafting-traditional-afghan-instruments-9272 http://www.khaama.com/crafting-traditional-afghan-instruments-9272#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:29:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44764 Read the full article...]]> 1

Two brothers, getting on in years, make rubabs, a traditional Afghan stringed instrument. They learned the craft from their father and are passing it on to their sons. It is a labour-intensive work. It takes a month to carve each from a single section of tree and then add the bridge and sometimes mother of pearl inlays.

Afghanistan has a rich musical heritage. Its traditional music was once renowned across the region.

But the arrival of the Soviets and the civil war broke Afghanistan’s music industry apart. Then the Taliban banned music completely, which forced many of Afghanistan’s talented musicians to flee the country.
In 2001 the overthrow of the Taliban regime enabled many Afghan refugees to return to their country and begin a new life.
Among them were Esa and Rafiq, famous rubab makers in old city Kabul, who had been living in Pakistan during the Taliban times.
At their home in Kabul they make and repair rubabs and other traditional instruments. They’ve done this their entire lives, as did their father and grand-father.

“No one in the world could make rubabs like my father could,” said Rubab maker Mohammad Esa.

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Esa said that during the Taliban years he and his brother lived with their families in Pakistan but would routinely cross the border where the wood was better. They’d rough out the bodies of the instruments and then smuggle them back.

He said “During Taliban times, I came to Afghanistan three or four days a month. At that time my father was alive. We helped him get the wood to make the rubabs with, it was not available in Pakistan. We crafted the rubab like this and then we transported it to Pakistan.”

Rafiq, Esa’s brother, told us that despite the difficulty of making a rubab, which takes about 15-20 days — from big log to work of art — it is a good occupation.

He said “We like what we do because it’s in our culture.”

His youngest son is already learning. “He wants to work with us. He helps me with the work. He’d rather do this than his studies but I’ve told him he must do both,” Omid the rubab maker’s son said.

5Rafiq also said that they won’t stop the family tradition. “As long as we have customers here, we will continue our work. If we don’t have any business, we will go back to Pakistan or Iran and work there,” he said.

They make between 20-50,000 Afghani per rubab, or between 400 and 1000 US Dollars, with the higher priced ones being decorated with inlays of mother of pearl.

According to Esa “Our work is very difficult, but those who play the instrument become spiritually happy. The work isn’t easy. At night we feel pain in our hands.”

Rubab player Jan Lala has been playing for 26 years and does wedding parties. A great feature on newer models, he says, is the jack to plug it into an amplifier for big audiences. But he also says it’s ok to play the tambur and rubab unplugged as well.

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“When I am upset, I play the rubab. In Pakistan we were poor and hungry. One night I played Indian songs. I started playing from the evening until 2 am. In the morning our neighbours came and asked me what I was playing. I told them it was the rubab and they asked me to play for them the next night, so I did. They paid me 250 Pakistani rupees [US$3]. That was a lot of money for us,” Jan Lala said.

Despite the modernisation of music, the traditional instruments and songs from Afghanistan and the region are still listened to by Kabul’s young, and are even incorporated into current popular songs, obviously satisfying the taste of contemporary Afghan listeners in ways that that purely western music cannot.

NATOChannel story by Jeff Holden, with producer Syed Mansoor Alam and photographer Samim Zalmi in Afghanistan.

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NUG cabinet nominees presenting agendas to House of Representatives http://www.khaama.com/nug-cabinet-nominees-presenting-agendas-to-house-of-representatives-28048 http://www.khaama.com/nug-cabinet-nominees-presenting-agendas-to-house-of-representatives-28048#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:40:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44759 Read the full article...]]> Arg-Cabinet introduction to the House of RepresentativesThe cabinet nominees of National Unity Government (NUG) on Wednesday began to present their agendas to the House of Representatives for receiving confidence votes.

Shir Mohammad Karimi for Defense Ministry, Mohammad Gul Zalmay Younasi for Ministry of Education, Faiz Mohammad Usmani  for Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs and Nasir Ahmad Durani for Ministry of Rural Development were the 1st group to present their agenda’s on Wednesday’s session.

Shir Mohammad Karimi told House of Representatives that he has plans for countrywide security that he would like to apply if the House gives him a confidence vote.

Mohammad Gul Zalmay Younasi said he has literacy and other programs to improve educational system and would present his activity report to the House every six months if he receives a vote of confidence.

Faiz Mohammad Usmani said his plans include building a center for Islamic Research, Building one grand mosque in each province, registering all mosques and work for the improvement of Hajj and Religious Affairs services.

Nasir Ahmad Durani said he will fight corruption, create job opportunities and implement projects for rural development.

The remaining 21 introduced nominees will be presenting their agendas to the House of Representatives in upcoming days.

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Taliban bomber arrested in women dress in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/taliban-bomber-arrested-in-women-dress-in-helmand-9271 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-bomber-arrested-in-women-dress-in-helmand-9271#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:57:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44756 Read the full article...]]>  vlcsnap-2015-01-21-13h09m18s83A Taliban insurgent was arrested by the Afghan national security forces while he was busy in insurgency activities by disguising himself in women dress.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Wednesday that the deteained militant was identified as Taza Gul who was involved in terrorist activities in Khanshin district.

A statement by NDS said the militant was arrested while he was plotting an attack by planting an improvised explosive device.

The statement further added that the militant had disguised himself in women dress and was collecting information regarding the area where the Afghan forces are routinely commuting.

The anti-government armed militants are frequently using improvised explosive device as the weapn of their choice to target the security forces which normally lead to civilian casualties.

At least eight civilians were killed following an improvised explosive device attack in southeastern Ghazni province on Tuesday.

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President Ghani left to Turkmenistan http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-left-to-turkmenistan-28047 http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-left-to-turkmenistan-28047#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:48:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44753 Read the full article...]]> President Ghani GoingPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani accompanied by a delegation of top government officials left to Turkmenistan this morning.

According to a Press Release by the presidential palace, Afghan President will meet his Turk counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and other high ranking government officials Ashq Abad, capital of Turkmenistan.

Press release states that Afghan delegation headed by President Ghani will discuss regional matters with Turk officials.

The will also discuss ways to enhance ties and improve trade between the two friendly countries, the statement adds.

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Chinese Professor receives Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan Medal http://www.khaama.com/chinese-professor-receives-king-amanullah-khan-medal-28046 http://www.khaama.com/chinese-professor-receives-king-amanullah-khan-medal-28046#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:17:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44747 Read the full article...]]> Arg-Ghazi Amanullah Medal given to chinese Professor Hang KayPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani awarded Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan Medal to a Chinese professor who wrote 1st Pashto-Chinese dictionary.

The dictionary that is completed in 36 years contains about two million words.

President Ghani praised Che Hongcai, a 78 years old professor of Afghan languages at a university in China for his sacrifices and hard work.

Che thanked President Ghani for the award.

Explaining his work for the dictionary, Che said he and his student Song Qiangmin, who is not alive now worked together for it.

He said they wrote this dictionary in a small office with a Pashto typewriter and very little funding.

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Explosion in Ghazni leaves 8 civilians dead http://www.khaama.com/explosion-in-ghazni-leaves-8-civilians-dead-9270 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-in-ghazni-leaves-8-civilians-dead-9270#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:30:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44742 Read the full article...]]> Ghazni explosionAt least eight civilians were killed following an explosion southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan on Tuesday, local officials said.

The incident took place in the vicinity of Jaghori-Gilan highway after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) targeted a civilian vehicle.

Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said four women, three men and a child were among those killed.

Ahmadi further added that the civilians were all travelling inside the vehicle which struck with the roadside bomb.

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

Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces which normally leads to civilian casualties.

Ghazni is among the volatile provinces in southeastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in its various districts.

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2 Insurgents killed by own bomb in Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/2-killed-by-own-bomb-in-kandahar-28044 http://www.khaama.com/2-killed-by-own-bomb-in-kandahar-28044#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:28:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44737 Read the full article...]]> ????????????????????Two insurgents have been killed by own bomb in southern Kandahar province.

Security Officials say the incident took place in Maruf district last night where a landmine insurgents were planting exploded and killed both of them on the spot.

Also, a dead body of a young boy has been found by police in Kandahar city yesterday.

Police say the body was recovered from a ruined house in Sya Chap are belonging to police district seven.

The identity of the person is not verified yet but police have started investigation into the incident.

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Senior judicial official arrested over bribery in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/senior-judicial-official-arrested-over-bribery-in-nangarhar-8972 http://www.khaama.com/senior-judicial-official-arrested-over-bribery-in-nangarhar-8972#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:14:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44729 Read the full article...]]> judicial official arrested over briberyA senior judicial official was arrested over bribery in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Wednesday.

The official was identified as Azizullah who was serving as the legal director in provincial judicial directorate.

A statement by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Azizullah was arrested while he was taking $5000 in bribe from a local resident to resolve a legal issue.

The statement further added that the arrest was made by the operatives of Economic Crimianl Investigation Department of the Ministry of Interior.

According to MoI Azizullah was arrested in his office while he was receving the money from the applicant.

The detained official is currently in the custody of police for further investigation, the statement by MoI added.

The arrest of the senior judicial official in Nangarhar comes as the Integrity Watch Afghanistan following a report said nearly $2 billion have been paid in bribes by Afghan people over the past 12 months.

The report released earlier this year stated that judicial institutions of the country are one of the most corrupt departments of the government.

According to the report, the average amount of bribe paid by Afghan people has increased from $190 last year to $240 this year.

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American books of terror http://www.khaama.com/american-books-of-terror-8971 http://www.khaama.com/american-books-of-terror-8971#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:36:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44725 Read the full article...]]> Mujahideen

Author: Massud Ebady

The American government spent millions of dollar on producing textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings. It was one of the schemes America used to cement Anti-Sovietism in the foundation of the Afghan population as a part of their cold war strategies. Unfortunately for Afghans the funding lasted for 20 years with the textbooks serving as the core curriculum in most Afghan schools. Finally in 1994 the funding stopped however the damage was done, “The pictures (in) the texts are horrendous to school students, but the texts are even much worse,” said Hakim Saheb an Afghan educator. The Taliban utilized the same books in their schools as it was aligned with their fundamentalist code which speaks volumes on the magnitude of extremism that was integrated in these books.

On the eve of Soviet invasion of Afghanistan American publishers had an unusual and exclusive order, the order of textbooks for schools in Afghanistan. The publishers were hard at work with millions of dollars invested to harvest one of a kind textbooks to mold young Afghan minds. Most educational systems are heavily reliant on textbooks as it is their source of information, instructors then convert it to forms of knowledge for students to comprehend. The students of today are the decision makers of tomorrow also perfect victims for the power hungry and policy makers to influence on.

The books were designed to familiarize children with guns, rifles and grenades then use them for times of Jihad. It mostly discussed Jihad in from of militancy against a suppressor.  Images of guns were used almost everywhere especially to glorify Jihad against the Soviet Union, little do they know this Jihad was manufactured in Omaha University.

According to the Washington Post Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway the American government invested $ 51 million to publish these textbooks for Afghanistan from 1984 to 1994, in 2001 Laura Bush (wife of George Bush) promised only $ 6.5 million to the Afghan education system. Not accounting for inflation the American government spent 90 more percent on the so called Jihadi textbooks.

The UN finally stepped in to destroy 4 million textbooks to purge of the Jihad textbooks. American law also states tax payers money cannot be used to promote any religion however nobody was well aware of any of the covert strategies being used in Afghanistan.

America funneling money to support the Mujahideen cannot be regarded as an expense, it was an investment, maybe one of the greatest returning investments the Americans ever made. The return was the Soviet Union suffering a severe blow in Afghanistan and the expense fell upon the Afghans. Over 30 years of war, 6 million refugees and millions dead an expense numbers cannot explain.

At the time exploitation of Afghan children to mold them as Islamic fanatics to fight in the cold war was an ingenious idea. Reagan spoke highly of them “To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom.” Islamic militants who were regarded as heroes at one point now find themselves on the CIA most wanted list with bounties ranging from $500,000 and $25 million. A drastic drop indeed.

As we analyze current affairs and witness current events before they enter the pages of history we usually fall into the trap of generating an opinion that may have been exactly the opposite we would have had if we read it in a history book. We skew the truth and begin basing our decisions and opinions on insights rather than plain old facts in the context of history. The mistake is a continuous one that happens to this very day. The American government poisoned young Afghan minds for their benefit to create not only a group of Islamic militants but a society. A never ending flow of fanatics who were ready for war controlled through the strings of propaganda. Afghans became expendable because of this Spartan like tradition America harnessed through the textbook. Afghanistan a bloodbath, the enemy preferred are the Soviets however in the context history this may be not the case.

Fortunately most of the books are not in production anymore however most are still in circulation in Afghanistan. It will take some time before they eradicate these textbooks, the knowledge uprooted into the minds of young Afghans who are adults now may take a long time. I have read some excerpts, one was for grade 3 students and demonstrated basic arithmetic through images of bombs, grenades and etc. Another one for grade 5 students explained militancy through Jihad, geared to build animosity against the Soviets.

Unethical is an extreme understatement, education composed of violence to inject hate and advocate taking up of arms is immoral. However to use education, an area that is hoped to bring enlightenment, to use that to decimate all innocence from a child, words can never explain the degree of immorality.

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Kabul surgeons helps young girl to walk after 21 years of disability http://www.khaama.com/kabul-surgeons-helps-young-girl-to-walk-after-21-years-of-disability-8970 http://www.khaama.com/kabul-surgeons-helps-young-girl-to-walk-after-21-years-of-disability-8970#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:03:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44721 Read the full article...]]> girl-operation-20-jan-15A 21-year-old girl underwent a successful surgery in Kabul’s Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital in yet another medical breakthrough that helped her to walk after 21 years of disability.

The operation was conducted two weeks by surgeons of the hospital which helped the 21-year-old samana from Herat province to regain the ability to walk.

According to a report by the leading Afghan TV network – Tolo, the surgery was conducted by a team of surgeons of Sardar Mohammad Daud khan hospital.

This is not the first time Kabul’s Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital is witnessing a medical breakthrough.

Earlier, a complicated brain surgery of an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was performed in the same hospital which helped the victim to recover after being in coma condition for a period of four months.

The 24-year-old soldier Ata-ur-Rehman was injured after receiving a rocket shrapnel during a gun battle with the militants.

According to the surgeons, the cranium of the soldier which was badly damaged in militants attack, was removed in a bid to take out a shrapnel from the victim’s brain and would be replaced by another one.

The latest medical breakthroughs in Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital reflects the growing developments in the health sector of the country which suffered the most as other sectors due to decades of civil war.

Such complicated surgeries were not possible inside the country during the recent years and majority of the Afghans have been travelling to neighboring Pakistan and India for relatively complicated surgeries and treatment.

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Afghan forces thwart terror plot by militant from Tajikistan http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-thwart-terror-plot-by-militant-from-tajikistan-8969 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-thwart-terror-plot-by-militant-from-tajikistan-8969#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:27:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44712 Read the full article...]]> Tajik militant Afghanistan2The Afghan national security forces arrested a foreign insurgent during an operation in central Logar province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the insurgent originally hails from neighboring Tajikistan and was arrested while he was looking to carry out attack in northern Kunduz province.

A statement by MoI said the insurgent has been identified as Sheraz Omarova and was recently deployed to Afghanistan after receiving insurgency trainings in North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan.

The statement further added that Omarova was trained for a period of four months in North Waziristan and was identified by the operatives of Criminal Investigation Department of Ministry of Interior.

According to the Ministry of Interior Omarova was looking to move to northern Kunduz province where he could carry out insurgency activities.

This comes as the Afghan security forces arrested at least three al-Qaeda operatives during an operation in Kunduz province earlier in the month of November last year.

The three al-Qaeda operatives who were detained during the operation also hailed from the neighboring Tajikistan.

According to the MoI officials majority of the foreign militants are trained in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region and are sent to Afghanistan to carry out attacks.

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137 Afghan nationals arrested by police in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/137-afghan-nationals-arrested-by-police-in-pakistan-9268 http://www.khaama.com/137-afghan-nationals-arrested-by-police-in-pakistan-9268#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:26:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44709 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan policeAt least 137 Afghan nationals have been arrested by Pakistani police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, police officials said Tuesday.

The officials further added that the Afghan nationals were arrested in separate operations conducted in Peshawar and other districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

At least 78 unregistered Afghans were arrested in Peshawar during the raid, the officials said, adding that 59 others were arrested from the other disttricts.

According to the officials, the arrests were made by police on Monday as part of the crackdown illegal groups and individuals.

This comes as political administration of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) said Sunday that the Afghan nationals in Lower dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were ordered to leave Pakistan within three days.

The decision to expel Afghan refugees was taken following a deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city of Pakistan.

Over 130 school children were massacred following an attack at the Army Public School on 16th December on Warsak Road in Peshawar.

The federal government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa set a deadline for the expulsion of Afghan refugees on 20th December last year.

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New cabinet finally introduced to House of Representatives for vote of confidence http://www.khaama.com/new-cabinet-finally-introduced-to-house-of-representatives-for-vote-of-confidence-28042 http://www.khaama.com/new-cabinet-finally-introduced-to-house-of-representatives-for-vote-of-confidence-28042#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:26:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44706 Read the full article...]]> Kabul-News Cabenit introduced to ParliamentPresident Mohammad Ashraf Gahni after months delay finally introduced his cabinet to the House of Representative for a confidence vote on Tuesday.

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani while introducing his cabinet told the House of Representatives that they can Ok or Reject any member of the cabinet.

The nominees introduced are 23 ministers and chiefs for National Directorate of Security and the national bank of Afghanistan known as “Da Afghanistan Bank”.

Following is the list of the new cabinet introduced for confidence vote to the House of Representatives or Walesi Jirga on Tuesday.

  1. Eklil Hakimi for Finance Ministry
  2. Salahuddin Rabani for Foreign Ministry
  3. Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi for Ministry of Labours and Social Affairs
  4. Sayed Hussain Ulumi Balkhi for Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation
  5. Noorulhaq Ulumi for Interior Ministry
  6. Ahmad Sear Mahjur for Justice Ministry
  7. Barna Karimi for Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies
  8. Sardar Mohammad Rahimi for Ministry of Trade and Industry
  9. Mohammad Gul Zalmay Younasi for Ministry of Education
  10. Shir Mohammad Karimi for Defense Ministry
  11. Nasir Ahmad Durani for Ministry of Rural Development
  12. Sardar Mohammad Rahman Ughlu for Ministry of Economy
  13. Qamaruddin Shinwari for Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs
  14. Najiba Ayoubi for Ministry of Women Affairs
  15. Shah Zaman Mewandi for Minister Of Urban Development Affairs
  16. Ghulam Abas Bashir for Ministry of Public Work
  17. Ay Sultan Khairi for Ministry of Information and Culture
  18. Abdul Rahman Salehi for Ministry of Energy and Water
  19. Faizullah Zaki for Transport and Civil Aviation
  20. Khatera Afghan for Ministry of Higher Education
  21. Faiz Mohammad Usmani for Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs
  22. Faizullah Kakar for Ministry of Counter Narcotics
  23. Dawoud Shah Sabah for Ministry of Mines and Petroleum
  24. Khalilullah Sediq for Da Afghanistan Bank
  25. Rahmadullah Nabil for National Directorate of Security
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Close French embassy or protests will continue: Maidan Wardak residents threaten government http://www.khaama.com/close-french-embassy-or-protests-will-continue-maidan-wardak-residents-threaten-government-28041 http://www.khaama.com/close-french-embassy-or-protests-will-continue-maidan-wardak-residents-threaten-government-28041#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:18:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44701 Read the full article...]]> Maidan Wardak protestsHundreds of residents of Maidan Wardak province in a protest threatened government of continued demonstrations if French embassy in Kabul is not closed.

Protest was held in Jalriz district of Maidan Wardak province on Tuesday which started in the morning and continued until around 12: PM in the noon.

Protesters condemned the publish of caricature of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) by Charlie Hebdo, a French magazine.

Yesterday residents of eastern Nangarhar province also in a large protest demanded the closure of French embassy in Kabul.

Protesters burned flag of French as a sign of their anger at Charlie Hebdo who two times published caricature of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w).

Charlie Hebdo after a deadly attack at their office in Paris again published the cartoon of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w).

A group of gunmen earlier this month attacked office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris and killed eleven of its workers.

The attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda who said that this was a revenge from Charlie Hebdo who had published cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) which is a disrespect to him.

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We believe that the Taliban remain the region’s pre-eminent problem, with nearly 20 years of experience in battling Afghan warlords and international troops. But now it seems the Taliban are “not a particularly attractive ideology or military force, and the risk lies in the Taliban looking increasingly out of date and be replaced by more extremist and ferocious option i.e. Islamic State or Daesh. There are reports that the Islamic State terror group is recruiting in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Islamic State insurgency has begun operating on southern Afghanistan, particularly in Helmand less than few months after British combat troops withdrew from the region. Former Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rauf was actively recruiting fighters for the groups, flying black flags and, according to some sources, even battling Taliban militants. The Taliban have their allegiance to Mullah Omar and a different philosophy and ideology than ISIS, but, potentially, there are people who are disgruntled with the Taliban, they haven’t seen (Taliban Supreme Leader) Mullah Omar in years, or they want to go a different way.

The Taliban have confined their insurgency to Afghanistan, and do not espouse the pan-Islamic model of jihad embraced by the Islamic State. ISIS controls a third of both Syria and Iraq, where it declared a caliphate governed by a harsh interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah. The Taliban, by contrast, are focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and some leaders have responded to past peace overtures. Disenchanted extremists from the Taliban and other groups, impressed by ISIS’s territorial gains and slick online propaganda, have begun raising its black flag. As foreign troops have withdrawn from the country, the Taliban has made new gains in Helmand province, one of their traditional strongholds. But the movement has grown increasingly divided, and its spiritual leader — Mullah Omar hasn’t been seen in public since shortly after the US invasion began in 2001. If the reports about the emergence of the Islamic State are confirmed, the Taliban may now face competition from former members. There are a growing number of splinter groups, and increased reports of infighting, all of which does not bode well for the prospects of a negotiated settlement or for the security of ordinary people. It could be that young Afghans look to the more extreme tactics and the great glitzy publicity of IS. They might find it attractive, or the Taliban might feel the need to compete and therefore become a bit more extreme and start carrying out horrific acts the way you see (ISIS) doing. As a result of this Taliban may act more militantly because of this completion and performance pressure.

The situation creates some complicated dynamics between the Islamist groups. The AP reported that the Taliban has told Afghans in Helmand not to contact Mullah Abdul Rauf chief recruiter for IS or his men. But despite the Taliban call a number of Afghan and Pakistani militants recently announced their devotion to the Islamic State, potentially setting the stage for battles not only between the Islamic State and Afghan troops, but also between the Islamic State and the Taliban. This will escalate the violence in country which will spill over to civil society as well. There are certainly ideological convergences between the two groups, but otherwise there are simply too many factors that constrain the possibility of a partnership, much less a close alliance. First, the Afghan Taliban is chiefly an insurgent group seeking to overthrow the Afghan government. Though it is a brutal extremist organization, it has shown an interest in working from within the existing political system – this is clear from the interest some of its leaders have sometimes expressed in favour of negotiations to end the war. By contrast, “Islamic State” is a savagely violent expansionist organization that aims to establish an Islamic caliphate. This is a very different, more ambitious, and more extreme end goal from that of the Taliban. Second, it is important to keep in mind that the Afghan Taliban has close connections to al Qaeda, the organization that IS split from.

It seems unlikely that the Afghan Taliban would want to join forces with an organization that split from its ally.So bloody clash between Taliban and IS is bound to happen which will further destabilize the region. Islamic State push into the region could bring an infusion of guns and money, sparking brutal competition among local militants disenchanted with Mullah Omar’s silence and eager to prove themselves with escalating atrocities. This will only add to the suffering of the common people as seen in Iraq and Syria. So our Government and policy makers should not only focus their counter insurgency operations against Taliban but they should take this Islamic State threat also more seriously and formulate a clear cut strategy to deal with this menace of IS as well.

(Author is a Doctor and currently practices in Sydney, Australia. She belongs from Kabul Afghanistan can be contacted at: drfloafghan@gmail.com)

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NDS arrest forger in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/nds-arrest-faker-in-kabul-28040 http://www.khaama.com/nds-arrest-faker-in-kabul-28040#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:46:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44695 Read the full article...]]> Arrest 4National Directorate of Security (NDS) has arrested a falsifier in Kabul.

NDS says the forger was issuing forged weapon licenses with a cost of $600 in Kabul for transporting weapons.

A statement issued by NDS states that Aimal S/O Raza was arrested red handed while issuing five weapon licenses.

Aimal was also issuing falsified Work Permits and National ID cards (Tazkiras) to foreign nationals in exchange for money, according to a statement issued by NDS.

 95 fake weapon licenses, Tazkiras, Work Permits, Laptop, Printer and scanner which Aimal was using in his work were also seized in a search at his working place in 4th police district of Kabul city, the statement said.

Although the date of the arrest is not written in the statement but NDS statements come on recent activities.

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Pakistani and Iranian delegations visiting Afghanistan today http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-and-iranian-delegations-visiting-afghanistan-today-28038 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-and-iranian-delegations-visiting-afghanistan-today-28038#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:46:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44678 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan-Iran FlagsDelegations from Pakistan and Iran are visiting Afghanistan today. The Pakistani delegation is headed by General Nasir Khan, a high ranking Pakistan Army Officer.

Information released from Pakistan’s Defense ministry states that the delegation will discuss war on terror at joint border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The delegation from Iran is headed by Iran’s Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif.

He is reported to be meeting President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and other high ranking officials.

Monday’s visits come as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is scheduled to introduce new cabinet to the House of Representatives for a confidence vote today.

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Mahmood Saiqal out, Abdul Rahman Salahi in to new cabinet nomination list http://www.khaama.com/mahmood-saiqal-out-abdul-rahman-salahi-in-to-new-cabinet-nomination-list-28037 http://www.khaama.com/mahmood-saiqal-out-abdul-rahman-salahi-in-to-new-cabinet-nomination-list-28037#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:13:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44664 Read the full article...]]> Mahmood SaiqalA source in Presidential Palace confirmed that Mahmooad Saiqal has stepped back from nomination to the Ministry of Energy and Water.

Source said that Abdul Rahman Salahi will be introduced to the House of Representatives as the nominee for the Ministry of Energy and Water.

The reason for his stepping back is not declared yet.

This is 2nd nominee that is step backing from the new cabinet.

Ghulam Jailani Popal was the 1st one who stepped back.

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Introduction of new cabinet to the House of Representatives today: Reports http://www.khaama.com/introduction-of-new-cabinet-to-the-house-of-representatives-today-reports-28036 http://www.khaama.com/introduction-of-new-cabinet-to-the-house-of-representatives-today-reports-28036#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 04:24:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44647 Read the full article...]]> Afghan cabinet-membersReports suggest that the new cabinet is going to the House of Representatives for a vote of confidence today.

This morning there was tight security on Darul Aman road which is passing through Parliament House.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had announced names of 27 members for the new cabinet but two of them are not on the list anymore.

Ghulam Jailani Popal stepped back from his nomination as the Finance Minister and Mohammad Yaqoub Haidari was removed from the list for allegations of fraud in Estonia where he lived for years and ran businesses.

At the House of Representatives, the commission that is checking documents of the cabinet nominees say over ten nominees are having documentary issues.

Some have issues with their educational documents, some are having dual citizenship or low age to be a minister.

According to the law, an Afghan minister needs to be at least 35 years old and cannot keep a 2nd citizenship.

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President Ghani dismisses top government officials in Farah http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-dismisses-top-government-officials-in-farah-8967 http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-dismisses-top-government-officials-in-farah-8967#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:57:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44637 Read the full article...]]> GhaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has dismissed top government officials in western Farah province of Afghanistan over corruption charges.

According to the local government officials, the officials included the acting provincial governor, provincial police chief, and four other senior officials.

The provincial council chief Farid Bakhtawar said the officials were dismissed following a presidential decree issued by President Ghani.

Bakhtawar further added that the decision was taken following a meeting between President Ghani and local tribal elders.

In the meantime, another local official said the provincial intelligence chief, head of the customs department and head of border commission were also among those dismissed by the President.

Farah is among the volatile provinces in western Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating.

This comes as President Ghani had earlier dismissed a number of key government officials during a trip to western Herat province earlier.

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Turkey to deploy additional 400 troops to Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/turkey-to-deploy-additional-400-troops-to-afghanistan-9265 http://www.khaama.com/turkey-to-deploy-additional-400-troops-to-afghanistan-9265#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:41:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44625 Read the full article...]]> Turkish soldiers AfghanistanThe government of Turkey has announced to increase the number of its forces in Afghanistan by deploying additional 400 troops next year.

The announcement was made by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday.

Cavusoglu further added that Turkey will continue to to train and equip Afghan security forces, a mission that will be conducted in both Afghanistan and Turkey.

He also reaffirmed Turkey’s commitment to support development projects in Afgahnistan which will mainly focus on infrastructure, agriculture, schools, and hospitals.

Turkey is currently having around 700 troops in Afghanistan who are serving under the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

Turkey has also taken over the responsibility of Kabul International Airport which is used for both military and civlian purposes.

Cavusoglu said Turkey will spend USD 57.83 million to run Kabul International Airport which has been taken over on a two-year term.

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Raees Khudaidad sentenced to death by Kabul primary court http://www.khaama.com/raees-khudaidad-sentenced-to-death-by-kabul-primary-court-8966 http://www.khaama.com/raees-khudaidad-sentenced-to-death-by-kabul-primary-court-8966#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:31:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44630 Read the full article...]]> Raees-KhudaidadThe MAFIA Boss Raees Khudaidad was sentenced to death by a primary court in Kabul on Monday, the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said.

A statement by NDS said another comrade of Raees Khudaidad was jailed for twenty years while three others were jailed for seven years each.

Khudaidad is a notorious MAFIA leader who was involved in major kidnap, murder and robbery cases across the country during the past few years, who was leading networks of criminal gangs in Kabul and other provinces.

He was arrested following a special military operation conducted in the fifth police district of Kabul city that lasted for almost 36 hours last year.

According to NDS, Khudaidad was living in Tajikistan, Pakistan and United Arab Emirates with different identities and was in the most wanted list of Tajikistan and Interpol.

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ANA vehicle struck landmine in Laghman leaving 2 dead http://www.khaama.com/demonstrations-against-french-in-jalalabad-28034 http://www.khaama.com/demonstrations-against-french-in-jalalabad-28034#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:42:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44614 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-National-Army-soldierA vehicle of Afghan National Army struck a landmine in eastern Laghman province leaving two soldiers dead and another injured.

Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman for Laghman province says the tragic incident took place in Alishang district this morning.

No arrests have been made in connection to the explosion but officials say they have initiated an investigation.

Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility of the attack in a message to the media.

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Afghan protesters demand closure of French embassy in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/afghan-protesters-demand-closure-of-french-embassy-in-kabul-9264 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-protesters-demand-closure-of-french-embassy-in-kabul-9264#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:37:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44615 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar-Demonstration against FranceHundreds of Afghans protested in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province against a French satirical magazine which published a caricature of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).

The protesters demanded closure of the French embassy in Kabul while chanting “Death to France” and burning the French flag.

They also called on the government of France to apologize from the Muslims regarding the desecrating act by the Charlie Hebdo magazine for re-publishing Prophet Muhammad’s (P.B.U.H) caricature.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani also strongly condemned the re-publishing of the latest caricature of the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) by Charlie Hebdo and called the move as irresponsible.

The latest issue of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo hit newsstands on Wednesday which depicts a drawing of Prophet Muhammad, with a tear rolling down his cheek and a placard that reads ”Je Suis Charlie”.

The issue was created by the surviving staff with supporters saying the cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo is a defiant expression of free speech following a terrorist attack on the publication’s Paris offices that killed 12 people on January 7.

The publication of caricature sparked protests across the Muslim world which began after midday prayers Friday, Islam’s holy day.

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Prisoners released from Maidan Wardak Jail http://www.khaama.com/prisoners-released-from-maidan-wardak-28033 http://www.khaama.com/prisoners-released-from-maidan-wardak-28033#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:09:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44610 Read the full article...]]> PrisonersFour prisoners who were arrested in traffic and drug related charges were freed from captivity in Maidan Wardak province on Monday.

Officials say they were released through a decree from the presidential palace.

The decree indeed reduced the period the period captivity which paved way for their release, according to a statement issued by the media office of Maidan Wardak.

There are still 210 inmates in Maidan Wardak jail including thirty children and eleven women, as per the information of the statement.

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1 killed, 6 injured in Khost explosion http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-explosion-reported-in-khost-city-more-soon-28031 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-explosion-reported-in-khost-city-more-soon-28031#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:30:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44601 Read the full article...]]> Khost-Explosion-Police at siteAn explosion killed one person and wounded six others in Matoun, the provincial capital of Khost province.

Faiz Mohammad, a police officer from the police headquarters of Khost told Khaama Press that the explosion occurred in a shop close to the municipality department around 11:30AM today.

He said it was a gas cylinder explosion.

The wounded have been transferred to hospital.

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Ghulam Jilani Popal not in cabinet nomination list anymore http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-ghulam-jilani-popal-not-in-cabinet-nomination-list-anymore-28030 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-ghulam-jilani-popal-not-in-cabinet-nomination-list-anymore-28030#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:48:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44586 Read the full article...]]> Ghulam Jailani Popal

A credible source says Popal has stepped back from his nomination as Finance Minister for the new cabinet.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Mr. Popal has dual citizenship which can be a reason for stepping back from the nomination as a minister.

According to the policy an Afghan cannot be a minister unless he/she cancel other citizenships.

According to the source Popal’s replacement in sight is Eklil Hakimi who has served as Afghanistan’s ambassador to U.S. A.

This is the 2nd nominee of the new cabinet going off the list.

Mohammad Yaqoub Haidari was the 1st to go for alleged violation of law in Estonia.

He was on the most wanted list of Interpol because of the accusations.

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Group poisoning water for ANA arrested, 52 insurgents killed in separate actions http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-group-arrested-for-poisoning-water-for-ana-ministry-of-defense-28029 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-group-arrested-for-poisoning-water-for-ana-ministry-of-defense-28029#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:58:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44582 Read the full article...]]> ANA fighting 3Afghan National Army soldiers have arrested a group of three insurgents who planned to poison water for them while in separate actions army has killed 52 rebels.

According to a statement issued by the defense ministry, three insurgents were arrested red handed with water poisoning chemicals in Mosahe district of Kabul province on Monday.

Insurgents who are now under investigation planned to poison water for the soldiers of 6th Battalion located in Mosahe district, the statement states.

A separate statement from the defense ministry also issued Monday morning states that 52 insurgents were killed in past 24 hours in military operations and conflicts in five provinces of the country.

Defense Ministry statement does not clarify what five provinces the operations were conducted in but states that one confrontation took place in Helmand’s Washir district where a group of about 50 rebels attacked an army check post.

The attack left eight attackers killed and there were no casualties to the Army, the statement adds.

 

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Mohammad Yaqoub Haidari removed from Afghan cabinet nomination list http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-mohammd-yaqub-haidari-removed-from-afghan-cabinet-nomination-list http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-mohammd-yaqub-haidari-removed-from-afghan-cabinet-nomination-list#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:26:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44569 Read the full article...]]> Yaqoub Haidari 2

According to a credible source, Mohammad Yaqoub Haidari has been removed from the list of new Afghan cabinet and his replacement is going to be introduced.

The new cabinet members including Haidari were set to occupy ministries and some other key positions after going through legal process.

Earlier Nazifullah Salarzai, spokesman for the presidential palace had said that an investigation was initiated into the accusations of Estonia’s government and if Haidari was found guilty he will be dealt according to the law.

Mohammad Yaqoub Haidari who was nominated for the position of minister for agriculture ministry is on the most wanted list of Interpol for escaping Estonia and not paying his due taxes.

He is also blamed for other money related frauds in Estonia.

However, Mohammad Yaqoub Haidari rejects the accusations.

Haidari says he will go to Estonia for defending his rights.

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Gen. Murad rejects Gen. Dostum’s plan to fight Taliban http://www.khaama.com/gen-murad-rejects-gen-dostums-plan-to-fight-taliban-9262 http://www.khaama.com/gen-murad-rejects-gen-dostums-plan-to-fight-taliban-9262#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:06:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44563 Read the full article...]]> Gen. MuradThe commander of Afghan National Army Ground Forces Gen. Murad Ali Murad has rejected the plan by first vice president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum to fight the Taliban insurgents.

The first vice president had earlier proposed to establish 20,000 militia forces for the repression of the Taliban fighters.

Gen. Dostum had proposed that the militia forces should along side the Afghan National Army forces to fight against the Taliban insurgents.

However, Gen. Murad said Sunday that the establishment of parallel forces and outside the formation of the Afghan National Security forces (ANSF) is not acceptable, the BBC reported.

He said if such plans are implemented then the forces should be established within the frame of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces.

Gen. Murad insisted that the Afghan National Army (ANA) consist of professional units and are capable to respond to all requirements of the country.

In regards to the reports suggesting the growing operations of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) operations in the country, Gen. Murad said the Afghan army forces have not encountered with such insurents so far.

However, he warned that the Islamic State is posing more threats to the Central Asia countries.

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Ghani orders elimination of all groups posing threat to Afghan forces http://www.khaama.com/ghani-orders-elimination-of-all-groups-posing-threat-to-afghan-forces-8965 http://www.khaama.com/ghani-orders-elimination-of-all-groups-posing-threat-to-afghan-forces-8965#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:17:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44559 Read the full article...]]> Afghan armyPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has ordered to eliminate all individuals and groups posing threat to Afghan National Security Forces.

Deputy defense minister Baz Mohammad Jawhari said the President has made it clear that all those individuals or groups which poses threat or attacks the Afghan forces are the enemies of Afghanistan and therefore they should be eliminated.

Speaking during the completion of security transition of the Afghan national army training facilities, Jawhari said such claims are not correct that the government of Afghanistan is not having a clear policy regarding the enemies and friends of Afghanistan.

Jawhari said Afghan security forces are prepared to counter all terrorist activities which are aimed at targeting the Afghan people and troops.

According to Jawhari the Afghan security forces have foiled major plots by the terrorist groups who were looking to create sanctuaries in the country during the past one week.

The security of Afghanistan is currently fully in the hands of 350,000 Afghan soldiers and police forces as the NATO combat mission ended last year.

NATO launched the alliance’s non-combat mission – Resolute Support mission which consist of more than 12,500 troops and is focused on building Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) sustainability. 28 NATO Allies and 14 partner nations contribute to the mission in different ways.

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UN condemns killing of a family in Nangarhar province http://www.khaama.com/un-condemns-killing-of-a-family-in-nangarhar-province-8964 http://www.khaama.com/un-condemns-killing-of-a-family-in-nangarhar-province-8964#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:26:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44555 Read the full article...]]> family killed in Nangarhar blastThe United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned yesterday’s killing of a family, as well as the driver of the taxi they were travelling in when the vehicle hit a pressure-plate improvised explosive device (PPIED) planted on a road in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

A statement released by UNAMA said the family group was composed of a husband and wife, as well as two sons and a daughter aged between 4 and 12 years-old. The incident took place in the Soor Kalai area of Lal Pur district.

“The use of indiscriminate, victim-activated bombs in civilian populated areas is an outrage,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Nicholas Haysom. “The use of indiscriminate weapons must stop immediately.”

According to UNAMA, Improvised explosive devices were the second largest cause of civilian casualties in Afghanistan during 2014, with numbers up from 2013.

The statement by the UN mission further added that UNAMA will next month release its 2014 annual report on the Protection of Civilians, including detailed reporting on civilian casualties.

Mr. Haysom emphasizes that international humanitarian law explicitly prohibits the use of weapons whose effects may not be limited and attacks which are not directed at a specific military objective.

The statement by UNAMA also added that it extends its condolences to the families of all of those killed in the explosion.

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