Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Tue, 26 May 2015 11:05:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Minister of Hajj & Religious Affairs presented 100-day Action Plan to Public http://www.khaama.com/minister-of-hajj-religious-affairs-presented-100-day-action-plan-to-public-3374 http://www.khaama.com/minister-of-hajj-religious-affairs-presented-100-day-action-plan-to-public-3374#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 11:05:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50759 Read the full article...]]> OsmaniFaiz Mohammad Osmani minister for the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs on Tuesday presented his 100-day Action Plan to Public.

He promised to complete some important tasks in the ministry within the upcoming hundred days.

Osmani said after today all Mullahs will be give religious topics by the ministry to explain during their Friday sermons.

He said Mullahs will be informed about these topics through SMS to their respective cellular phones.

Osmani added that 700 new posts are taken into consideration for Ulemas (religious scholars) and 400 others who are on temporary contracts will receive permanent contracts.

He further said that 125,000 Quebec meters of carpet is also planned for every provincial mosque in this working plan.

Osmani added that 1,800 Mullahs will receive basic training and every month 30 Mullahs will be sent to Arabic countries to exchange their experience with the religious scholars there.

He also said that 24,000 electronic passports will be issued to Hajis and facilities will be provided to them in the country and in Saudi Arabia while performing Hajj.

Osmani added that cooperation will enhance between the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs and the ideological and cultural sectors of the security organs for keeping high the moral of soldiers.

Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs said that computerizing the filing system of the Ministry is also in his plan.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who launched Government’s Process of Presenting the 100-day Action Plans to Public asked media to act as examiner and grade the achievements of each minister after hundred days pass from the date the action plan was announced.

President Ghani said that the process of presenting 100-day Action Plan to Public by his cabinet will continue throughout his presidency. He noted that a month break will be taken between the announcements of two Action Plans in order to examine the previous achievements.

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Three suicide-bombing planners arrested in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/three-suicide-bombing-planners-arrested-in-kabul-3374 http://www.khaama.com/three-suicide-bombing-planners-arrested-in-kabul-3374#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 09:50:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50756 Read the full article...]]> NDSNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested three suicide-bombing planners in capital Kabul.

A statement issued Tuesday by NDS states that the three terrorists belong to Haqani terrorist network that planned to carry out a suicide attack through a corolla in Kabul.

The arrested terrorists are identified as Muhibullah alias Ehsanullah a resident of southern Kandahar province who planned to carry out the suicide bombing.

Habib Rahman S/O Wazir Gul a resident of Deh Sabz District of Kabul who was planning suicide bombings and transporting suicide bombers.

Fida Mohammad S/O Abdul Malik a resident of Deh Sabz District of Kabul who was planning suicide bombings and keeping suicide bombers.

The group planned to target a busy part of Kabul city.

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Four civilians wounded in Khost explosion http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-martyred-three-suicide-bombers-killed-in-maidan-wardak-attack-3372 http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-martyred-three-suicide-bombers-killed-in-maidan-wardak-attack-3372#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 08:21:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50746 Read the full article...]]> Khost-Grand MosqueFour civilians have sustained injuries in a bomb explosion in front of the grand mosque of Khost province.

Faiz Mohammad Saw, a security official from the provincial police headquarters said that the explosive materials were placed in front of the mosque which exploded at around 12:00 PM today.

He said four civilians including two children sustained injuries in the explosion, noting that there injuries are not life threatening.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but security agencies have initiated an investigation into the incident.

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Tribal elder shot dead in Herat http://www.khaama.com/tribal-elder-shot-dead-in-herat-3372 http://www.khaama.com/tribal-elder-shot-dead-in-herat-3372#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 06:57:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50742 Read the full article...]]> Herat-police headquartersUnknown gunmen have gunned down a tribal elder in western Herat province.

Abdul Rawouf Ahmandi, spokesman for the provincial police head quarters of Herat says that the tribal elder was on his way from provincial capital to Guzara District when he came under the attack of unidentified gunmen.

The police spokesman said that Haji Hafizullah who was the tribal elder of Zyarat Jah village of Duzara District died on the spot and the attackers escaped from the area using their motorcycle last night.

The attack is said to have been carried out by two gunmen. Ahmadi said that security agencies have launched an investigation into the incident to arrest those behind it.

Doctors in Herat Regional Hospital confirm that they received a bullet riddle body from the area last night.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Maidan Wardak assault ended after all attackers killed http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-huge-explosion-reported-in-provincial-capital-of-maidan-wardak-3371 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-huge-explosion-reported-in-provincial-capital-of-maidan-wardak-3371#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 06:29:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50739 Read the full article...]]> Maidan Wardak-Appeal courtA group of four militants equipped with explosive materials and weapons attacked the building of the appeal court in Maidan Shar the provincial capital of Maidan Wardak province at around 10:30 AM on Tuesday.

Officials say the assault began with a suicide attack at the front gate of the court following which three other militants started a gun battle with security forces.

All three militants were gunned down by the security forces during the short gun battle.

Khalil Andrabi, police chief of Maidan Wardak province said that two soldiers who were guarding the gate embraced martyrdom in the explosion.

Appellate Court personnel did not suffer casualties but reports suggest that three civilians were also wounded in the attack.

The area is now cordoned off by the security forces.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Abdul Majid Khogyani, acting governor of the province has express deep sorrow over the loss of the precious lives of security personnel in the attack.

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Three Hazaras gunned down in Pakistan’s Baluchistan http://www.khaama.com/three-shias-gunned-down-in-pakistans-baluchistan-3370 http://www.khaama.com/three-shias-gunned-down-in-pakistans-baluchistan-3370#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 06:21:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50736 Read the full article...]]> EdhiThree members of the Hazara Shia community have been gunned down by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.

One incident took place in Iqbal Road area where unknown gunmen killed Anwar Ali Hazara in a tea shop and the second incident took place in front Saleem Medical in which two Hazaras lost lives.

Following the incidents Hazara community staged protest in front of the office of Inspector General of Quetta police and Quetta Press Club.

Panic was spread and most of the markets and shops were shut in Quetta city following the incidents and protest.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but this is the second attack on Shias in Pakistan in about two weeks and the responsibility of the first attack was claimed by Islamic State’s Khorasan province and TTP’s splinter group of Jundullah.

43 people from Ismaili Shia community were killed after unidentified gunmen attacked a bus they were traveling in Karachi on May 13.

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58 rebels killed in military operations across the country http://www.khaama.com/58-rebels-killed-in-military-operations-across-the-country-3369 http://www.khaama.com/58-rebels-killed-in-military-operations-across-the-country-3369#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 05:26:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50730 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army 258 militants have been killed during separate military operations across the country.

Ministry of Defense (MoI) issuing a statement on Tuesday morning states that the operations were conducted in eleven provinces where 41 insurgents also wounded and 25 suspects arrested in past 24 hours.

The areas of the operations were Surkh Rud and Chaparhar districts of Nangarhar province, Khogyani District of Ghazni province, Gumal and Gilan districts of Paktika, Dehrawoud, Charchino and Sirab districts of Urozgan, Gizab and Kujran districts of Daikundi, Nish and Mia Nashin districts of Kandahar, Marja District of Helmand and Jurm District of Badakhshan province.

MoI statement confirms that 10 Army soldiers embraced martyrdom due to landmine explosion and enemy fire across the country in past 24 hours.

This year has been a challenging year for Afghan National Security Forces as they took full responsibility of security from NATO forces in January.

They launched several large-scale counter-terrorism operations across the country killing hundreds of militants since the beginning of this year. The military operations still continue.

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26 soldiers martyred in militant attack in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/26-soldiers-martyred-in-helmand-3367 http://www.khaama.com/26-soldiers-martyred-in-helmand-3367#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 04:17:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50719 Read the full article...]]> Helmand-Provincial police headquarters26 soldiers from Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army have been martyred in a Taliban attack in restive Helmand province.

Nafas Khan, police chief of Nawzad District told Associated Press that Taliban attacked a military base in this district and martyred 26 soldiers on Monday.

He said that 19 martyred were police officers and seven others Army soldiers.

Khan added that he is present in the base and it is surrounded by Taliban.

He further said that Taliban have seized their weapons and other equipment.

However, when Khaama Press contacted him on Tuesday morning he refused to talk about the attack.

Taliban have not yet commented on the report but it takes place during a string of bloody strikes launched by the militant group across the country after the announcement of their “Spring Offensive” last month.

It comes as Pakistan issued a straight warning to the militant group to immediately call off its “Spring Offensive” or face a joint action by Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Suicide bombers launch attack in Kandahar city http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bombers-launch-attack-in-kandahar-city-1133 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bombers-launch-attack-in-kandahar-city-1133#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 18:06:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50713 Read the full article...]]> A group of suicide bombers launched coordinated suicide attack in Kandahar city in southern part of the country.

The attack was reportedly launched around 8 pm local time with security officials saying at least two suicide bombers are currently engaged in gun battle with the security forces.

The officials further added it is believed at least two of the suicide bombers have taken position inside a house located near a governmental higher education institute.

Provincial governor spokesman Samim Khpolwak confirmed that the suicide bombers continue to the siege of the building and sporadic clash between the security forces and the militants continue.

There are no reports regarding the exact number of casualties so far.

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Three policemen martyred in Kandahar “insider attack” http://www.khaama.com/three-policemen-martyred-in-kandahar-insider-attack-3366 http://www.khaama.com/three-policemen-martyred-in-kandahar-insider-attack-3366#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 08:57:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50700 Read the full article...]]> KandaharThree policemen have been martyred in an insider attack in restive Kandahar province.

A security official from Kandahar police headquarters who did not want to be named said that the attack took place in Shaheedan area of Maiwand District earlier this morning.

He said four policemen who were in touch with militants martyred three other policemen in Shaheedan check post and runaway with weapons and ammunition from the check post.

He said the four policemen escaped to insurgents with government weapons.

Taliban accept responsibility for the attack.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, spokesman for Taliban said it was carried out by their influenced companions within the ranks of police.

However, Zia Duranai who is spokesman for the provincial police headquarters in Kandahar rejects the hand of insurgents in the attack.

He said it happened due to personal disputes among the soldiers in the check post.

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68 people wounded in Zabul suicide attack http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-huge-explosion-reported-in-zabuls-provincial-capital-qalat-3365 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-huge-explosion-reported-in-zabuls-provincial-capital-qalat-3365#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 07:02:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50692 Read the full article...]]> Zabul

68 people have been wounded in a suicide attack in restive Zabul province, hospital sources confirmed on Monday.

Haji Ata Jan Haqbayan, head of the provincial council of Zabul province said that a suicide attacker riding in an explosives-laden truck carried out a huge explosion in front of the front gate of the compound of provincial council around 11:00 AM this morning.

He said most victims of the attack are civilians who had come to the provincial council for different issues.

Haqbayan every Monday there is a sort of “public day” in the compound of the provincial council where members of the council listen to the issues people face in this province and try to find ways for solving them.

Hospital sources in Qalat confirm that including children and women they have received 68 people in wounded condition from the area and five of them are in critical condition.

Asadullah Kakar, Haji Dur Mohammad, Fawzia Younasi and Zar bibi members of the Provincial Council are among the victims.

Media center of Zabul province and adjourning compounds have also received severe damages in attack.

Taliban militants accepted responsibility for the attack carried out during their “Spring Offensive”.

It comes after Pakistan warned Taliban to immediately end their offensive in Afghanistan, if not serious consequences will follow.

Afghan political analyzers say if Pakistan is honest to its word’s they will show re-action to Taliban attack in Zabul.

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Gang of kidnappers busted in Herat http://www.khaama.com/gang-of-kidnappers-busted-in-herat-3364 http://www.khaama.com/gang-of-kidnappers-busted-in-herat-3364#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 06:48:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50688 Read the full article...]]> Herat-police headquartersSecurity officials have arrested a gang of four kidnappers in western Herat province.

A statement issued by the provincial police headquarters of Herat states that the group was arrested from the jurisdiction of Shindand District who have confessed to their crimes in the initial investigation.

The statement adds that 13 days before the gang had kidnapped a bus driver from Khwaja Aryan area of Shindand district after injuring him in an attack.

The group was under the chase of security officials and ultimately apprehended by the counter-terrorism department of the provincial police headquarters yesterday.

This is the second gang of kidnappers being arrested in Herat province in less than a week period.

The other gang which also comprised of four members was arrested from Herat city on Wednesday.

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Daish-Taliban clash left at least 20 killed in Farah http://www.khaama.com/daish-taliban-clash-left-27-killed-in-farah-3363 http://www.khaama.com/daish-taliban-clash-left-27-killed-in-farah-3363#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 05:50:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50680 Read the full article...]]> FarahA clash between the fighters of the Islamic State or Daish and Taliban left 20 killed from both sides in western Farah province.

Hanif Razai, spokesman for Afghan National Army in Farah province says that gunmen belonging to Daish and Taliban are fighting in Sarkhash Mazar area of Khak-i-Safid District since last night.

He said more than a dozen fighters from Daish and about a dozen others from Taliban have been killed in the clash so far.

Razai added that 12 fighters from Daish including four women who are not from Afghanistan have been taken hostages by Taliban.

The militant groups have not yet commented on the report but they are against each other.

This is second clashes being reported between the two groups this month. The first report came on surface from Nazyan and Dur Baba districts of eastern Nangarhar province on May 16 leaving three Taliban commanders killed.

Ministry of Defense issuing a statement stated that the Taliban commanders killed comprised of Taliban shadow-governor for Dur Baba District, head of Taliban’s security commission for this District and Qari Manan who was commander of a group of Taliban in Nazyan District.

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Pakistan warns Afghan Taliban to immediately end “Spring Offensive” http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-warns-afghan-taliban-to-immediately-end-spring-offensive-3362 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-warns-afghan-taliban-to-immediately-end-spring-offensive-3362#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 04:53:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50672 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan

Pakistan has conveyed a straight message to Afghan Taliban to immediately stop their ongoing spring offensive or face consequences.

The Express Tribune, a Pakistani reliable news agency, quotes an unnamed source who is aware of Islamabad’s this move saying that Kabul is also in the loop.

“The Afghan authorities have also been in the loop,” he is quoted as saying.

The source is further saying that Afghan Taliban could face a joint action by Pakistan and Afghanistan if they do not immediately call off their offensive.

The unprecedented step by Pakistan is taken as reports indicate that Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) which is long blamed for supporting militant groups in Afghanistan recently made the arrangements for Afghan Taliban and representatives from Afghan High Peace Council to meet in China and discuss steps for initiating peace talks.

Pakistan is concerned that India’s spy agency is using Afghan territory against Pakistan a blame that is turned baseless.

Pakistan’s intelligence agency seeks self-style support from the intelligence agency of Afghanistan on counter-terrorism but their promise of responding with same manner is still doubtful to several Afghan leaders and politicians based on its damaged image in Afghanistan.

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Afghan parliament warns to invalidate NDS-ISI MoU if conditions not met http://www.khaama.com/afghan-parliament-warns-to-invalidate-nds-isi-mou-if-conditions-not-met-1132 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-parliament-warns-to-invalidate-nds-isi-mou-if-conditions-not-met-1132#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 18:28:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50669 Read the full article...]]> ISI-NDS MoULawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga have warned to invalidate the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Afghan Intelligence and Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) if their conditions were not met.

The preconditions set by the Lower House of Parliament include “Specification of the executive limits in the Memorandum of Understanding and all other issues must be clarified”.

The National Security Council and Presidential Palace have been urged to carefully act while signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

The Chief Executive Office, Afghan lawmakers, political and Jihadi leaders must be consulted and their views must be obtained regarding the MoU, according to the conditions set by the Lower House.

The other condition set by the Lower House states “In case the Memorandum of Understanding is signed, a general national gathering should be organized and must be attended by the House Representatives and the agreement should be only signed by the President once it is reviewed by the Lower House.”

This comes as the Afghan intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil was summoned by the lawmakers amid growing controversies after reports emerged last week regarding the signing of the MoU.

Deputy head of the parliamentary commission on national security Abdul Hai Akhundzada told reporters following Sunday’s session that the house will invalidate the MoU if their conditions were not met.

It is expected that the lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament would announce their stance regarding the MoU on Monday.

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Pakistan engaged in an undeclared war with Afghanistan: Ghani http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-engaged-in-an-undeclared-war-with-afghanistan-ghani-1131 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-engaged-in-an-undeclared-war-with-afghanistan-ghani-1131#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 17:23:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50666 Read the full article...]]> Ghani talkingPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said Sunday that Pakistan is engaged in an undeclared war with Afghanistan while commenting Afghan government’s efforts to end the ongoing violence in the country.

He said Afghanistan is in need of reconciliation process in two different phases which includes peace with neighboring Pakistan as the country is engaged in an undeclared war with Afghanistan.

President Ghani made the remarks during a ceremony where Masoom Stanikzai was formally introduced to assume charge as the acting defense minister.

He said the Afghan government and people want a dignified, substantial and endurable peace since the national interests of the country are only guaranteed through a peace achieved with dignity.

He assured the Afghan police, army, members of the intelligence agency and the Afghan people that the government will never compromise with national interests of the country and promised that the reconciliation process would take place within the framework of the Afghan constitution and based on the instructions of Islamic values.

President Ghani also added that the ongoing violence has been enforced on Afghanistan and the Afghan people and reiterated that Afghanistan does not favor war.

The remarks by President Ghani comes as the government of national unity has stepped up efforts to bring the anti-government armed militant groups to negotiation table in a bid to end the ongoing insurgency in the country.

This comes as a delegation of Afghan high peace council met with the Taliban representatives in Qatar earlier this month to hold preliminary talks on peace process.

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Afghanistan to have sea access through Chabahar port by 2016-end http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-have-sea-land-access-through-chabahar-port-by-2016-end-9442 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-have-sea-land-access-through-chabahar-port-by-2016-end-9442#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 11:03:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50654 Read the full article...]]> Chabahar portAfghanistan is expected to have sea-land access through the strategic Chabahar port in Iran by the end of next year, it has been reported.

The strategic port will also enable the Central Asian countries to bypass Pakistan. “Work has already begun on the Chabahar port. There is a joint venture of Kandla Port Trust (KPT) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT),” India’s Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari told PTI in an interview.

Gadkari further added “We will start port activities in a year or a year-and-a-half,” Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Gadkari told PTI in an interview

According to Gadkari a draft agreement will be signed within a month in this regard.

He said “I have given the orders to bring out tenders for purchasing cranes for the port. An agreement will be signed within a month.”

The port will be developed through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) which will invest USD 85.21 million to convert the berths into a container terminal and a multi-purpose cargo terminal, according to India’s NDTV.

Access to Afghanistan’s Garland Highway can be made from Chahbahar port using the existing Iranian road network and the Zaranj-Delaram road, constructed by India in 2009.

This would establish a direct road access to four of the major cities of Afghanistan – Herat, Kandahar, Kabul, and Mazar-e-Sharif.

The port will be also used to ship crude oil and urea, saving India transportation costs. It will also cut transport costs and freight time for India to Central Asia and the Gulf by about a third.

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Couple gunned down for alleged adultery in Jawzjan http://www.khaama.com/couple-gunned-down-for-alleged-adultery-3360 http://www.khaama.com/couple-gunned-down-for-alleged-adultery-3360#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 10:14:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50649 Read the full article...]]> Jawzjan-Police Headquarters25 year-old girl and 32 year-old men have been gunned down over accusations of adultery in northern Jawzjan province.

Colonel Abdul Hafiz, security officer of the police headquarters in Shebeghan, the provincial capital of Jawzjan, says that the dead bodies of the couple were found the governor house of Mardyan district and were handed over to their respective families by the local elders this morning.

He said still it is uncertain whether the couple had really conducted such a crime or not but an investigation is ongoing into the case.

The brutal killing has sparked criticism of religious scholars and rights groups of Jawzjan province.

Mufti Mohammad Rasoul Mujahaz head of the Shura-i-Ulima, council of religious councils, of Jawzjan province says that if indeed the two had conducted fornication, local people cannot make a decision. He said there is judiciary system in place to decide.

Maghfirat Samimi, head of the Human Rights Commission of Jawzjan also criticizes the killing.

She said forensic proof and eyewitnesses would have to proof the allegation and then a decision could be made.

Samimi noted that illegal armed individuals are the cause behind such incidents.

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ISI-NDS accord not yet finalized and executive http://www.khaama.com/isi-nds-accord-not-yet-finalized-and-executive-3359 http://www.khaama.com/isi-nds-accord-not-yet-finalized-and-executive-3359#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 09:07:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50646 Read the full article...]]> Pak-Afghan-intelligence-deal1National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – says that the Memorandum of Understanding with Pakistan is not yet finalized and executive.

NDS headquarters here in Kabul say that contact and cooperation among the intelligence agencies of countries are required for certain issues but the agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan is not yet finalized and executive.

NDS has recommended the following steps in order to finalize the accord.

1: The frame, authorization and limits of the accord need to be specified by the President.

2: Specialists of the related government agencies (NDS, foreign ministry, national security advisor and chief executive officer’s office who are directly reporting to the president) review and draft the contents of this accord.

3: Discussion over the draft in a meeting of the National Security Council.

4: Consultative meeting with political and Jehadi leaders as well as the elected representatives of the nation in a national consensus.

5: Handing over its text of the accord to Pakistan.

Different reports were being published regarding the accord between the intelligence agencies of the two neighboring countries.

Several members of Parliament and political leaders criticized such an accord because of the bad image of Pakistan’s ISI in Afghanistan.

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Five people killed in separate security incidents in Ghazni http://www.khaama.com/five-people-killed-in-separate-security-incidents-in-ghazni-3359 http://www.khaama.com/five-people-killed-in-separate-security-incidents-in-ghazni-3359#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 07:08:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50639 Read the full article...]]> Ghazni-Police HQFive people including a police officer were killed in two separate security incidents in Ghazni province.

Shafiq Nang, spokesman for the acting governor of Ghazni province said that a group of armed rebels attacked a security check post in Khalokhil village of Qara Bagh District earlier this morning.

He said that Najmuddin, commander of the check post, lost his life in the attack.

Nang further said that other soldiers in the check post and civilians in the area did not receive casualties.

Also, a landmine explosion claimed the lives of four civilians in Gilan District of Ghazni province yesterday.

Shafiq Nang said that all four civilians were member of the same family, comprised of father, mother and two children.

No armed groups have yet commented on the reports.

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Four policemen martyred in militant ambush in Farah http://www.khaama.com/four-policemen-martyred-in-militant-ambush-3358 http://www.khaama.com/four-policemen-martyred-in-militant-ambush-3358#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 06:38:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50634 Read the full article...]]> Farah-Governor's officeFour policemen have embraced martyrdom in a militant ambush in western Farah province.

Fazal Mohammad Samadyar, police chief of Farah province said that the ambush was established on the road leading from the provincial capital to Bala Boluk District late yesterday.

He said four policemen lost lives in the attack and another wounded who is receiving medical treatment at the time.

Security forces arrived at the scene following the attack and arrested a suspect with a radio.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban militants are active in parts of Bala Boluk District.

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Taliban attack security check posts in Helmand’s Sangin District http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-taliban-attack-security-check-posts-in-helmand-3357 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-taliban-attack-security-check-posts-in-helmand-3357#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 05:57:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50631 Helmand-Provincial police headquartersTaliban have attacked several security check posts in Sangin District of restive Helmand province.

Mohammad Ismail Hotaki, director of Helmand’s Joint Coordination Office has confirmed the attack to AP news agency.

At least 10 soldiers have been reportedly martyred in the attack.

Taliban have not immediately commented on the report.

This is a developing story…

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Two civilians killed, six wounded in explosion in Maidan Wardak http://www.khaama.com/two-civilians-killed-eight-wounded-in-explosion-in-maidan-wardak-3356 http://www.khaama.com/two-civilians-killed-eight-wounded-in-explosion-in-maidan-wardak-3356#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 05:20:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50626 Read the full article...]]> killed (4)

Two civilians have been killed and six others wounded in a landmine in Maidan Wardak province.

Local officials confirming the incident say it happened in Sultankhil area of Dai Mirdad District this morning.

The group of civilians was traveling in a “TownAce” vehicle from one village to another that ran over a landmine leaving two people killed and six others including a woman and two childern wounded.

Those wounded have been transported to the Dai Mirdad District Hospital for treatment.

Abdul Majid Khogyani, acting governor of Maidan Wardak province has expressed sorrow over the incident and condemned those behind the explosion.

United Nations are deeply concerned over the landmines Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) threatening civilian lives in Afghanistan.

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) issuing earlier said that there was an increase of 16 percent in civilian casualties in Afghan war and the second biggest cause behind was IEDs.

UNAMA asked all sides involved in Afghan war to reduce civilian casualties.

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ISIS actively recruiting in Afghanistan but not yet operational: Gen. Campbell http://www.khaama.com/isis-actively-recruiting-in-afghanistan-but-not-yet-operational-gen-campbell-9441 http://www.khaama.com/isis-actively-recruiting-in-afghanistan-but-not-yet-operational-gen-campbell-9441#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 04:39:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50622 Read the full article...]]> isis terrorist group afghanistanThe commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission Gen. John F Campbell said Saturday that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group is actively recruiting militants in Afghanistan.

Gen. Campbell further added that the terror group is not operational in the country yet and insisted that Afghans largely did not agree with the ideology of the terror group.

According to Gen. Campbell the Taliban fighters based in Afghanistan and Pakistan are attracted by the sophisticated social-media campaign of the terror group.

The remarks by Gen. Campbell comes as the Afghan national security advisor Hanif Atmar said earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group is looking to have access to drugs market by starting operations in Afghanistan.

Atmar also warned that the terror group wants to expand its operations not only in Afghanistan but the whole region and wants infiltrate in Central Asian countries.

According to Atmar, the ISIS group is led by a Pakistani militant and the group recognizes no boundaries since they have already declared the regional countries in their map as Khurasan province.

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Stanikzai introduced to Wolesi Jirga for “vote of confidence” http://www.khaama.com/stanikzai-introduced-to-wolesi-jirga-for-vote-of-confidence-3355 http://www.khaama.com/stanikzai-introduced-to-wolesi-jirga-for-vote-of-confidence-3355#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 04:32:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50619 Read the full article...]]> Masoum-StanikzaiMohammad Masoum Stanikzai has been introduced to Wolesi Jirga or the lower house of parliament for a vote of confidence for the position of minister of defense.

Ajmal Obaid Abedi, spokesman for the President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has confirmed the report.

He says Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai who was nominated for the position of minister for the Ministry of Defense by the president has been introduced to the House of Representatives for a vote of confidence.

If Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai receives the confidence of the House of Representatives, the cabinet of the National Unity Government will complete after about seven months since it was formed in September last year.

The nomination of Stanikzai for the Ministry of Defense was announced by the President in a gathering of International Contact Group at Presidential Palace last week.

Stanikzai has served as the Secretariat for the High Peace Council, National Security Advisor to ex-President Hamid Karzai and as the minister of communications.

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H.E. Rula Ghani joins Women in Security Advisory Committee http://www.khaama.com/h-e-rula-ghani-joins-women-in-security-advisory-committee-1129 http://www.khaama.com/h-e-rula-ghani-joins-women-in-security-advisory-committee-1129#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 15:25:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50610 Read the full article...]]> Rula Ghani1

Her Excellency Rula Ghani, First Lady of Afghanistan was named Honorary Chair of a high-level advisory committee established to oversee the Resolute Support Gender Office’s priorities, during a meeting today at Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul.

The Committee will assist in determining how internationally donated funds on gender plans, programs, and projects will be invested in Afghanistan. The meeting today was attended by key stakeholders  from the Government of Afghanistan, ambassadors, and representatives from international organizations.

Stakeholders discussed the priorities for Resolute Support’s efforts toward the enduring participation of women in the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, and how their full and safe contribution to the security and stability of Afghanistan would best be secured. The protection of the human rights of women and girls was also discussed.

“Today marks an important milestone in Resolute Support’s ongoing backing to gender initiatives within the Afghan Security Institutions (ASI),” said General John Campbell, Commander of Resolute Support mission. “This committee will serve as a valuable forum and platform through which we can better coordinate our collective efforts to support Afghan women in uniform.

“Afghan servicewomen already have, and will continue to play an increasingly important role in protecting the Afghan people.  Female soldiers and policewomen— just like their male counterparts—have already proven their willingness to lay down their lives in defense of this nation.  I salute the courage and commitment of all the brave women who currently serve in uniform.  They are setting a model example of selfless service for generations to come.

“Afghanistan is safer when both men and women contribute to its security. That is why gender integration within the Afghan Security Forces is so important.

“The empowerment of Afghan women within the security forces contributes immensely to wider efforts to advance women’s rights throughout Afghan society.  Yet gender integration is not just about women’s rights; it’s about fundamental human rights and the imperative of leveraging all the talents of this remarkable country as it strives to build a more stable and prosperous future.  All of us at Resolute Support are proud to contribute to this noble cause.”

“The establishment of the Advisory Committee is an important step,” said Col. Amanda Fielding, Resolute Support Senior Gender Advisor. “The committee’s role will be to provide political and strategic guidance on the plans and programs to support gender integration within the armed forces in Afghanistan. For example, how money from the Afghan Security Forces Fund and the NATO Trust fund will be invested. It is vital that high-level stakeholders take part in this work; therefore, I’m very pleased that H.E. Rula Ghani has accepted the position of Honorary Chair. Her participation and the participation of senior female Afghan government officials is a clear indication of how the Afghan Government views the issue of gender integration in the armed forces.”

The advisory committee will be chaired by the commander of Resolute Support, General John Campbell. Among other members are Ms. Dilbar Nazari, Minister for Women’s Affairs; Dr. Habiba Sarabi, Chief Executive’s  Senior  Advisor in Women and Youth Affairs; Ms. Nargis Nehan, Presidential Advisor; Chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Dr. Sima Samar; UNAMA’s Senior Representative Secretary Nicholas Haysom; NATO Senior Civilian Representative, Ambassador Ismail Aramaz; Canadian Ambassador Deborah Lyons; German Ambassador Marcus Poetzel as well as other key stakeholders within Afghan government institutions, non-government associations and international organizations.

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What persuaded Pakistan to rethink its Afghan policy? http://www.khaama.com/what-persuaded-pakistan-to-rethink-its-afghan-policy-1128 http://www.khaama.com/what-persuaded-pakistan-to-rethink-its-afghan-policy-1128#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 12:06:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50607 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan policy towards Afghanistan

The bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan are underpinned by unprecedented warmth and mutual trust since the establishment of the National Unity Government in Kabul. The main factors that have contributed for the positive development is the new leadership in Kabul and the new military leadership in Pakistan. Both sides has expressed great desire to start a new chapter in bilateral relations.

Since December, 2014 a series of high-level exchanges have taken place between Afghan and Pakistani government officials to explore areas of mutual cooperation. Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Raheel Sharif, and Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Rizwan Akhtar have made several separate visits to Kabul.

On May 12, the Pakistani Prime Minister, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif also led a high-level government delegation to Kabul for a tête-à-tête with President Ghani to discuss the situation with special emphasis on efforts being made to bring the Taliban onto the negotiation table. This was Premier Sharif’s first visit to Afghanistan after the establishment of National Unity Government in Kabul.

Though, the outcome of these visit and talks are not clear as no real work has been done on the ground, yet it gives optimism to the government of Afghanistan that Pakistan has changed its Afghan policy. However, the Afghan people remains vigilant and skeptical about Sharif’s vision towards Afghanistan. It is precisely because of Sharif’s previous role in backing the mujahedin resistance against the government of Mohammad Najibullah’s in 1990, culminating in a change of government that plunged Afghanistan into years of civil war.  It was Sharif who played the key role in dismantling the Afghan security forces in 1992 and fulfilling the mission of bringing Afghanistan into “Pakistan’s sphere of influence”. It was also Sharif’s government that officially recognized the Taliban regime in Kabul on 25 May 1997. Sharif went a step further and openly praised Taliban and their policies in Afghanistan during his failed attempts to introduce Sharia law in Pakistan through a constitutional amendment in 1998.

Premier Sharif and the army establishment of Pakistan share much in common and both have a proven track record of proximity to the Afghan Taliban. Though, hostile in the past, Premier Sharif’s new approach towards Afghanistan is encouraging. In his recent visit to Kabul Sharif demonstrated a positive change in his vision about Afghanistan

“Any effort by any militant or group to destabilize Afghanistan will be dealt with severely and such elements will be outlawed and hunted down,” Premier Sharif said at a joint appearance with President Ghani after their talks at the presidential palace in Kabul. “I assure you, Mr. President, that the enemies of Afghanistan cannot be friends of Pakistan,” he added.

He also denounced the Afghan Taliban’s spring offensive. Premier Nawaz said that Islamabad and Kabul recognized that an enduring peace in Afghanistan would be a distant dream, without an inclusive intra-Afghan reconciliation. “I reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process and assured the president of making all possible efforts in this regard.”

This is the first time in Pakistan’s history that both military establishment and civilian government adopts a common and positive approach towards Afghanistan.

Yet skeptic may ask what persuaded Pakistan to rethink its Afghan policy?

Changing Pakistan

Today’s Pakistan is not the Pakistan of 2001. The malaise of corruption is rampant; economic, energy and security sectors are in shambles. Pakistan is facing challenges and threats from within its borders.  The battle of Baloch people for a free state and the Tahrik Taliban of Pakistan (TTP) insurgency increases and the direction of war moves from the tribal areas into the country’s major cities.

In recent years, the Pakistan military establishment has come to realize that it has no choice but to take action against the militancy and bury the philosophy of good terrorists and bad terrorist.

The military establishment of Pakistan understands that political stability is necessary in order to combat militancy. It was not a coincidence that for the first time in Pakistan’s history the military establishment allowed a civilian government of Asif Zardari to complete its five-year mandate. The army’s refusal to interfere in the parliamentary process indicates their acceptance that the country could not afford instability in this arena with the Taliban threat looming over the head.

Along with internal political stability, the Pakistan military establishment also understands that this is time to stop its proxy war in Afghanistan. With a President like Ashraf Ghani on one side and the TTP on the other, Pakistan would be going the path of suicide if it continue supporting Afghan Taliban.

Pakistan also understands that it faces no threat from Afghanistan. In fact, Pakistan is afraid of Indian influence in Afghanistan. In an interview with the Guardian, Musharraf admitted that when he was in power, Pakistan sought to undermine the government of former Afghan president Hamid Karzai because Karzai had “helped India stab Pakistan in the back”. But now the time had come to “totally cooperate” with Ashraf Ghani, who Musharraf believes is “the last hope for peace in the region”.However, India doesn’t think the way Pakistan do. India, indeed, is running an economic race with China to transform Asia and become a global economic power.

International pressure

The international pressure on Pakistan to destroy the safe heavens of terrorist and put an end to its three decade long covert war seems to have compelled the leaders of Pakistan to rethink its Afghan policy and stop supporting Taliban. In addition, Saudi Arabia a key regional player and China, Pakistan’s closest ally are also emerging from shadows and are ready to play a more constructive role in bringing peace to the region. Both nations have expressed their support for the peace initiative of President Ghani.

China is increasingly worried about Uighur militants using Afghanistan and Pakistan as a haven. After a landmark visit of President Ashraf Ghani to China in October last year the Chinese government announced its full support the Afghan peach process.  Beijing’s efforts include an invitation for the Taliban to visit China, which was accepted by the Taliban. Beijing has also sent envoys to meet with Taliban representatives to encourage talks.

Now that China and Saudi Arabia are on the Afghan side, it is very unlikely that Pakistan would try to thwart the Afghan peace process by continuing its covert war in Afghanistan.

Change in the Afghan approach

President Ghani declared his agenda of political and economic reforms after his crystal clear victory in election. President Ghani understands that ending the war as the only way to rescue Afghanistan’s economy, therefore peace with the Taliban is his top priority. President Ghani widely traveled to gain regional and international support for his peace efforts.

In addition, President Ghani has made it clear for both Pakistan and Taliban; “The war has been imposed on Afghanistan, and the Afghans are determined not to ever bow to the imposed war, however peace remains a sacred goal for Afghan government”.  “We will respond to the imposed war with war, without forgetting the sacred goal of peace,” said President Ghani in a press conference.

For the first time the Afghan president give a clear message to both Pakistan and Taliban.

For Taliban, it simply means, we will fight back, if you kill our people we will kill you.

For Pakistan, the meaning is clearer, you send a suicide bomber to Kabul, and we will send it to Pakistan, not to Peshawar or Karachi but to Lahore. You support Afghan Taliban, we will support TTP and Baloch Freedom movement. You (Pakistan) shelter Taliban and Haqqani network, we will turn Afghanistan into a safe haven for TTP and Baloch freedom movement.

The Pakistani leadership, both military and civilian fully understand that Ghani is not Hamid Karzai. Ghani, simply means business. He knows what he wants and how to get it.

Looking back at the history of Pakistan and its relation with Afghanistan and particularly with the United States its extremely challenging for the people of Afghanistan to trust Pakistan. There is still a danger that the military establishment of Pakistan may continue its duplicity. It was indeed Pakistan, who was the main ally of the United States in the war against terror and received millions of dollars to combat terrorism but it secretly produced and supported terrorist who killed more 2000 American soldiers and thousands of  innocent people in Afghanistan. And yes, it was Pakistan that was fighting against Al-Qaeda but sheltered its leader near its capital city, Islamabad. It is hugely important for both the Afghan and Pakistan government to ensure that things are different this time. Pakistan should put its words into action to gain Afghan trust.

Ahmad Hasib Farhan is a graduate of Kabul University and holds a Master degree from Japan in Public Policy and Economics. Farhan is an Afghan analyst and commentator on political and socio-economic affairs in Afghanistan. Farhan can be reached at haseebnadiri@gmail.com.

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23 terrorists detained in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/23-terrorists-detained-in-nangarhar-3354 http://www.khaama.com/23-terrorists-detained-in-nangarhar-3354#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 11:28:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50604 Read the full article...]]> NDSNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has arrested 23 militants from different parts of eastern Nangarhar province.

A statement issued Saturday by NDS states that the militants were arrested that the terrorists were apprehended during separate military operations from the districts of Behsoud, Khogyani, Surkh Rud, Ghanikhil, Mohmand Dara and Jalalabad city.

Among the 23 terrorists one is Abdul Bari alias Ahmad Shah who had intended to carry out a suicide attack in a busy part of Jalalabad but detained before he could reach to his target.

A suicide vest was recovered from his possession.

All terrorists are now in the custody of the intelligence agency.

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Afghanistan strongly condemns Saudi terrorist attack http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-strongly-condemns-saudi-terrorist-attack-3353 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-strongly-condemns-saudi-terrorist-attack-3353#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 11:10:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50601 Read the full article...]]> ARG (2)Afghanistan strongly condemned the terrorist attack in the United States that left 21 people killed and dozens others wounded.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a statement issued on Saturday by the presidential palace says that targeting mosques and holy places and killing worshippers is not only against Islam but also against humanity.

President Ghani has extended his condolences to Saudi king and its people over the brutal killing.

A suicide bomber who had an explosive packed vest attached to his body carried out explosion while Shi’ite Muslims were offering Friday prayers in a local mosque of Qatif province leaving 21 people killed and dozens of others wounded.

Islamic State militant group later by issuing a statement accepted responsibility for the attack.

The group also released a photo claiming to be the suicide bomber who carried out the attack in Al-Qadeeh village, eastern Saudi Arabia.

Saudi’s Interior ministry says that security agencies are looking for those involved in the attack and bring them to justice.

An official from the ministry said “Security authorities will spare no effort in the pursuit of all those involved in this terrorist crime.”

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Terrorist attacks prevented in Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/terrorist-attacks-prevented-in-kandahar-3351 http://www.khaama.com/terrorist-attacks-prevented-in-kandahar-3351#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 10:39:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50598 Read the full article...]]> NDSNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has prevented a number of terrorist attacks in southern Kandahar province.

NDS in a statement on Saturday states that they have arrested persons with three home-made bombs, six hand grenades, 225 bullets of Kalashnikov and military equipments from the jurisdiction of Kandahar province.

According to the statement the arrested terrorists planned to carry out attacks in Kandahar city based on the instruction from Taliban group.

The statement identifies the Taliban fighters as Abdul Hai S/O Baz Mohammad a resident of Zherai District and Hizbullah S/O Ezatullah a resident of Arghandab District of Kandahar province.

NDS statements usually do not contain information about the date of the achievements but they come after recent activities.

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Pak-Afghan intelligence deal based on wrong assumptions: India’s NSA http://www.khaama.com/pak-afghan-intelligence-deal-based-on-wrong-assumptions-indias-nsa-1127 http://www.khaama.com/pak-afghan-intelligence-deal-based-on-wrong-assumptions-indias-nsa-1127#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 10:27:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50595 Read the full article...]]> Ajit DovalIndia’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on intelligence sharing between Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) with Afghanistan’s National Directorate of security (NDS) was based on wrong assumptions.

“What Pakistan wanted was to take assurance and pressurize Afghanistan that they will not allow their territory to be used for any security related work by India. That is the crux of it. This is based on a faulty assumption that India probably uses Afghan soil or Afghan nationals for its security purposes,” Doval quoted by Indian newspapers said.

Reports regarding the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ISI and NDS emerged last week.

Sources privy of the development said the two intelligence agencies will share intelligence information based the agreement and jointly fight terrorism in the region.

Ajmal Obaid Abidy, spokesman for President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, said both parties and head of agencies from the two countries will sign the agreement once it has been finalized.

Responding to concerns regarding the agreement with ISI, the NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said last week the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Pakistan is not against the national interests of the country and the agreement was concluded based on previous mutual cooperation between the two nations.

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Two soldiers kidnapped in Herat http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-kidnapped-in-herat-3348 http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-kidnapped-in-herat-3348#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:03:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50589 Read the full article...]]> Herat-police headquartersTwo soldiers have been kidnapped in Guzara District of western Herat province, an official said on Saturday.

Nisar Ahmad Popal, governor of Guzara District said that police officer Sibghatullah and Afghan National Army soldier Sultan Ahmad were playing football in Seshwan area when unidentified gunmen kidnapped them on Friday evening.

He said there is no information regarding the whereabouts of these soldiers but Intel agencies are investigating.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the abduction. Kidnapping cases have increased in the country in last two months and a half.

Daish and Taliban are being held responsible for these abductions.

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House of Representatives asked for Pak-Afghan intelligence MoU http://www.khaama.com/house-of-representatives-asked-for-pak-afghan-intelligence-mou-3348 http://www.khaama.com/house-of-representatives-asked-for-pak-afghan-intelligence-mou-3348#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 07:47:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50582 Read the full article...]]> Pak-Afghan-intelligence-deal1The House of Representatives on Saturday asked for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Pakistan and Afghanistan for sharing intelligence information in fight against terrorism.

Lawmakers in today’s session reiterated that the contents of the MoU need to be reviewed and that House of Representatives had the right to demand explanation regarding it.

A government source on condition of anonymity has told Azadi Radio that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani after a meeting with Jehadi leaders and politicians decided that the disputed contents from the MoU need to be removed.

Original information popped up in media regarding the matter last week suggested that Pakistan’s ISI and Afghanistan’s NDS have agreed on sharing intelligence information as well as NDS personnel will receive training and equipments from ISI.

But these reports were partially denied.

Presidential Palace and NDS headquarters in Kabul said that the MoU was signed for intelligence cooperation in fight against terrorism and it was not for the training and equipping of NDS personnel by Pakistan.

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BM-1 rocket hits Qargha military base in Kabul, no casualties reported http://www.khaama.com/bm-1-rocket-hits-qargha-military-base-in-kabul-no-casualties-reported-1125 http://www.khaama.com/bm-1-rocket-hits-qargha-military-base-in-kabul-no-casualties-reported-1125#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 07:31:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50579 Read the full article...]]> Kabul rocket attackA BM-1 rocket struck a military base in Qargha district of Kabul earlier today with defense officials saying the rocket attack did not incur any casualties to military personnel.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the rocket was fired from the vicinity of Chehl Dukhtaran mountain of Paghman district.

A statement by MoD said the area from where the rocket was fired has been identified and a suspected militant was arrested by the armed forces.

The statement further added that four BM-1 rockets were also discovered by the military personnel before the militants manage to carry out further attack on the base.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This comes as the insurgency activities by the anti-government armed militants have been rampant since they announced their summer offensive last month.

The militants have launched numerous attacks across the country including the capital Kabul during the past few days.

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Urozgan explosion killed district governor http://www.khaama.com/urozgan-explosion-killed-district-governor-3347 http://www.khaama.com/urozgan-explosion-killed-district-governor-3347#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 06:44:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50571 Read the full article...]]> Police Standing GuardA district governor lost life after his vehicle ran over a roadside landmine in central Urozgan province.

Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman to the provincial governor said that the incident took place while the governor of Charchino District was heading towards his office in Shah Mashhad area at around 08:00 AM this morning.

He said that Mohammad Ismail Haqyar died on the spot while another person accompanying him in the vehicle sustained injuries.

Nayab added that Haqyar was governing Charchino District for the past two years who had taken part in several military operations against militants.

No arrest was being made by the time of filing this report but Nayab said that an investigation was inetiated in this regard.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility either.

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The tragic incident took place in Qaisar District yesterday.

Abdul Jamil Sediqi, the district governor said that Abdullah was assigned for the security of highway that lost his life in a roadside bomb explosion.

He said after Abdullah’s wife heard the news she took the pistol and shot herself at home.

The couple left a child behind.

Abdullah’s villagers were saddened about the incident and criticized militants for their acts which bear tough consequences.

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Seven soldiers martyred, 131 militants killed in separate military operations http://www.khaama.com/seven-soldiers-martyred-131-militants-killed-in-separate-military-operations-3345 http://www.khaama.com/seven-soldiers-martyred-131-militants-killed-in-separate-military-operations-3345#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 05:42:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50564 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National ArmySeven soldiers embraced martyrdom while 131 militants killed during separate military operations across the country in past 48 hours, Ministry of Defense announced Saturday morning.

General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the ministry tweeted this morning that the seven soldiers embraced martyrdom due to landmine explosion and insurgent fire. He has not indicated the exact locations of the insurgent activities where soldiers lost lives.

General Azimi writes in another tweet that 131 militants were killed and 3 wounded during military operations across the country in past 48 hours.

96 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by the military, the statement adds.

IEDs are considered the second biggest cause behind the increase in civilian casualties in Afghan war.

The first four months of this year showed an increase by 16 percent in civilian casualties to that of the first four months of 2014.

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Pak-Afghan intelligence MoU not terminated: ARG Palace http://www.khaama.com/pak-afghan-intelligence-mou-not-terminated-arg-palace-1124 http://www.khaama.com/pak-afghan-intelligence-mou-not-terminated-arg-palace-1124#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 03:45:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50555 Read the full article...]]> Pak-Afghan intelligence deal1The Memorandum of Understanding between Afghanistan and Pakistan to share intelligence and bolster cooperation in their fight against militancy has not been terminated.

The ARG Presidential Palace officials rejected earlier reports suggesting the draft agreement has been terminated.

Ajmal Obaid Abidy, spokesman for President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, said both parties and head of agencies from the two countries will sign the agreement once it has been finalized.

The draft agreement was reportedly signed by the Afghan and Pakistani officials earlier last week.

Earlier reports suggested that the agreement will allow Afghan and Pakistani intelligence to share information and jointly fight terrorism in the region.

Reports also added that the agreement will also allow ISI to train and equip the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel.

However, the Presidential Palace and NDS officials rejected the reports concerning the training and equipping of NDS personnel as baseless.

NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi earlier said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Pakistan is not against the national interests of the country and the agreement was concluded based on previous mutual cooperation between the two nations.

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Grenade attack on wedding party in Faryab leaves 15 injured http://www.khaama.com/grenade-attack-on-wedding-party-in-faryab-leaves-15-injured-1122 http://www.khaama.com/grenade-attack-on-wedding-party-in-faryab-leaves-15-injured-1122#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 12:40:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50548 Read the full article...]]> grenade attack in FaryabAt least fifteen people were injured following a grenade attack on a wedding party in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place late on Thursday night in Andkhoi district.

The district administrative chief Sultan Mohammad Sanjar, said several people had attended a wedding party when militants hurled a hand grenade.

Sanjar further added that fifteen people were injured in the attack and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

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

Faryab is among the relatively peaceful provinces in northern Afghaistan however the anti-government armed militants have recently increased to their insurgency activities in parts of Faryaban province during the recent months.

This comes as two people were killed and eight others wre injured after a hand grenade went off in Maimana city few days earlier.

According to reports, the incident took place after a hand grenade kept by a drug addicted man went off, leaving the addicted man dead along with his father dead and eight others wounded.

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Three militants killed after attacking police officer’s residence in Laghman http://www.khaama.com/three-militants-killed-after-attacking-police-officers-residence-in-laghman-3343 http://www.khaama.com/three-militants-killed-after-attacking-police-officers-residence-in-laghman-3343#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 06:13:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50545 Read the full article...]]> Laghman-MehtarlamThree insurgents have been killed in a clash erupted after they attacked the residence of a security officer in eastern Laghman province.

The police officer together with his family responded to the attack in Omarzi area around 11:00 PM last night leaving three militants killed.

The dead bodies of all three insurgents have been taken to the hospital at Mehtarlam, the provincial capital.

The officer’s son and his son’s wife also sustained injuries during the clash but they are announced out of danger.

Although, no militant organization have yet claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban militants have increased attacks on security forces.

 

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ISIS militants execute young with anti-tank rocket in Syria http://www.khaama.com/isis-militants-execute-young-with-anti-tank-rocket-in-syria-1121 http://www.khaama.com/isis-militants-execute-young-with-anti-tank-rocket-in-syria-1121#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 04:51:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50541 Read the full article...]]> Bazooka execution SyriaThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have released a new shocking video which purportedly shows the execution of a young man with anti-tank rocket.

The video which emerged on Thursday shows the convicted man blasted to death after he was shot with a rocket propelled grenade launcher.

According to reports, the young man was a member of the Sunni al-Sheitaat tribe in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor (or Deir al-Zour) province.

The “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently blog” reported that the clip was shot on 20 May and the militants appearing in the video hails from Tunisia and Morocco.

The man admits to killing two IS soldiers in Hai Sanour with a rocket-propelled grenade as he is questioned by a group of ISIS fighters before his execution.

The ISIS militants appearing in the video sentences the man to death i an eye-for-an-eye retribution to avenge the killing of two ISIS militants and kill him by firing an RPG from a distance at him.

At least 900 people were reportedly killed by ISIS militants after the al-Sheitaat tribe attempted to a rebellion against the terror group in Deir Ezzor in 2014.

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Suicide car bomb attack foiled in key part of Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/suicide-car-bomb-attack-foiled-in-key-part-of-kabul-city-1120 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-car-bomb-attack-foiled-in-key-part-of-kabul-city-1120#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 16:24:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50538 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan national security forces thwarted a plot to carry out a suicide car bomb attack in capital Kabul late on Thursday afternoon.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said a would-be suicide bomber was arrested and a Veicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) was confiscated by the intelligence operatives.

NDS said the suicide bomber was looking to carry out a car bomb attack in a key area of the city.

No further details were given regarding the main target of the would-be suicide bomber.

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

Dozens of people of were killed or injured in a car bomb attack outside the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday while another suicide bomber targeted the vehicle of the EU police mission near Hamid Karzai international airport earlier this week.

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Six would-be suicide bombers killed by own explosives in Nimroz http://www.khaama.com/six-would-be-suicide-bombers-killed-by-own-explosives-in-nimroz-3342 http://www.khaama.com/six-would-be-suicide-bombers-killed-by-own-explosives-in-nimroz-3342#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 11:33:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50535 Read the full article...]]> taliban-militants-killedSix would-be suicide bombers have been killed in the explosion of their own explosives in southwestern Nimroz province.

Brigadier General Mohammad Qasim Jangal Bagh, police chief of Nimroz province says that militants were planning to carry out a massive attack on the government compounds Chahar Burjak District when the incident occurred.

He said that the would-be suicide bombers were wearing their vests when they exploded and killed all six on the spot in Rudbar area of the same district.

Although, Taliban militants have not yet commented on the report but recently they have carried out a range of massive attacks on government compounds across the country.

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Three terrorists apprehended in Herat http://www.khaama.com/three-terrorists-apprehended-in-herat-3342 http://www.khaama.com/three-terrorists-apprehended-in-herat-3342#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 09:37:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50532 Read the full article...]]> NDSNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested three terrorists in western Herat province.

A statement issued by NDS on Thursday states that the terrorists were arrested with their weapons during security operations.

They are identified as Nasrullah alias Ojar S/O Abdul Aziz, Nisar Ahmad S/O Ghulam Rasoul and Sayed Ahmad S/O Ghulam Rasoul. All three are residents of Anjil District of Herat province.

Two PK machineguns were recovered from their positions.

The statement does not contain information about the exact date of the arrest but NDS statements usually come after recent activities.

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NDS arrests Taliban judge in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/nds-arrests-taliban-judge-in-nangarhar-%db%b3%db%b3%db%b4%db%b1 http://www.khaama.com/nds-arrests-taliban-judge-in-nangarhar-%db%b3%db%b3%db%b4%db%b1#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 08:25:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50528 Read the full article...]]> NDSThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested a judge of Taliban militant group in eastern Nangarhar province.

NDS issuing a statement this morning stated that Roza Din S/O Habib Gul is an original resident of Baghlan province but he was acting as the judge of Taliban insurgents in Nangarhar who is now in the custody of the security agency.

NDS has arrested another terrorist who is from the law enforcement, locally known as“Amr Bilmarouf and Nahi Anil Munkir”, branch of Taliban.

The arrested terrorist is identified as Sayed Rahman S/O Surgul alias Noorani a resident of Nangarhar province.

The statement states that Sayed Rahman had hand in several terrorist attacks including one in Shin Kandaw area of Hesarak District.

In other operation, Inayatullah S/O Naqibullah who is an original resident of Kapisa province has been arrested with the propaganda leaflets of Haqani terrorist network on Kabul-Jalalabad highway.

A corolla vehicle is also seized by the NDS personnel in which Inayatullah was carrying the leaflets.

NDS statements usually do not contain information about the exact date of the achievements but they come after recent activities.

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Two militants including three killed in security incidents in Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/two-militants-including-three-killed-in-security-incidents-in-kandahar-3340 http://www.khaama.com/two-militants-including-three-killed-in-security-incidents-in-kandahar-3340#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 07:07:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50525 Read the full article...]]> KandaharTwo insurgents including three people have been killed in separate security incidents in southern Kandahar province.

Two militants were killed and two others seriously wounded in brief gun battles with security forces in Saidusan and Gholang areas of Mianashin District this morning.

Mahmood a local Taliban commander is among the ones killed during the clashes.

Security forces did not suffer casualties.

Also, a police officer killed his brother-in-law in phase 12 of Kandahar city this morning who was later detained.

The motive behind the killing is identified to be the domestic disputes.

The other incident occurred in Najogano area of phase 14 of Kandahar city where a son stabbed his mother and runaway.

Security officials are probing to arrest him.

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President Ghani announced Masoum Stanikzai nominee for Ministry of Defense http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-president-ghani-announced-masoum-stanikzai-nominee-for-ministry-of-defense-3340 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-president-ghani-announced-masoum-stanikzai-nominee-for-ministry-of-defense-3340#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 05:19:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50519 Read the full article...]]> Masoum-Stanikzai

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani announced on Thursday announced Masoum Stanikzai as the nominee for the Ministry of Defense.

President Ghani while talking to the International Contact Group gathering at Presidential Palace made the announcement.

President Ghani put light on the delay in the appointment of people for other high government posts including provincial governors.

He said that appointing suitable people for provinces was critical.

President Ghani said that cabinet is now headed by right people and it will provide environment for a transparent election in 2019.

He also said that he has interviewed judges for high court and pretty soon some of them will be introduced.

Masoum Stanikzai will be introduced to the House of Representatives and if he receives vote of confidence he will occupy the post of minister for the Ministry of Defense in the time the country is witnessing severe insecurity.

It would not be less than a challenge for Stanikzai to fight terrorism at time Afghan forces are fighting them alone and in only difficult situations they receive assistance from international security forces.

Masoum Stanikzai was the Minister of communications from 2002 to 2004.

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Abdul Rawouf Ahmadi, spokesman for the police headquarters of Herat province says that the group was arrested from different parts of Herat city on Wednesday.

Ahmadi said the gang had recently kidnapped the son of Ezatullah Bashiri, a businessman, from his school gate about 20 days before.

He said that the child was later released but security agencies were still looking to arrest the gang and ultimately police were able to arrest them yesterday.

Ahmadi said that the group has confessed to its crime.

Although, the spokesman of the provincial police headquarters did not specify how the child was set free but sources say that kidnappers released the child after receiving ransom.

Kidnapping for ransom cases have been happening more often in Herat.

In few cases kidnappers have killed hostages even after receiving ransom.

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Heavy clashes between security forces and rebels in Shindand, Herat http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-heavy-clashes-between-security-forces-and-rebels-in-shindand-herat-3397 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-heavy-clashes-between-security-forces-and-rebels-in-shindand-herat-3397#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 04:03:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50509 Read the full article...]]> Herat-Shindand District

Heavy clashes have erupted between security forces and insurgents in Shindand District of western Herat province.

Both sides are exchanging the fire of heavy and light weapons close to the district center local known as “Bazaar”.

Ihsanullah Hayat, spokesman for the governor of Herat province confirming the report says that so far nine militants have been killed and 15 others wounded in the gun battle.

He said insurgents attacked three security check posts in the District of Shindand around 05:00 AM in the morning after which clashes erupted.

Taliban have not immediately commented on the report but it comes during a string of Taliban attacks on government compounds and security forces across the country.

 

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Abdullah oppose with the appoint of 4 new provincial governors http://www.khaama.com/abdullah-oppose-with-the-appoint-of-4-new-provincial-governors-1119 http://www.khaama.com/abdullah-oppose-with-the-appoint-of-4-new-provincial-governors-1119#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 17:17:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50505 Read the full article...]]> AbdullahThe Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has opposed with the appointment of four new provincial governors amid reports that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has appointed eight new provincial governors.

Asif Ashna, a spokesman for the office of the Chief Executive Officer, said CEO Abdullah and President Ghani have agreed with the appointment of Salim Kunduz as Nangarhar governor, Halim Fedayi as Logar governor, Nasratullah Arsala as Paktia governor and Wahidullah Kalimzai as Kunar governor.

He said the two leaders are still at odds for the appointment of new governors for Bamyan, Helmand, Paktika and Nimroz provinces.

According to Ashna differences between the two leaders for the appointment of some of the new governors is at high level and negotiations are in progress to resolve the differences.

This comes as the Independent Directorate of the Local Governance (IDLG) said eight new provincial governors have been appointed and will assume charge in the near future.

According to IDLG Tahir Zahir as been appointed as Bamyan governor, Aminullah Shariq as Paktika governor, Mirza Khan Rahimi as Helmand governor and Mohammad Sami as Nimroz governor.

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Abdul Rahim says he will continue to save lives with his new hands http://www.khaama.com/abdul-rahim-says-he-will-continue-to-save-lives-with-his-new-hands-3393 http://www.khaama.com/abdul-rahim-says-he-will-continue-to-save-lives-with-his-new-hands-3393#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 12:17:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50497 Read the full article...]]> Abdul Rahim30-year-old Abdul Rahim an ex-Afghan National Army officer, who lost both of his hands in the explosion of a bomb he was trying to defuse, says as soon as he recovers he will return to the military.

Abdul Rahim was assigned to a bomb disposal squad and his deployment took him to restive Kandahar province, the birth place of Taliban.

Although, knowing the risk at his job, patriot Abdul Rahim continued his mission of defusing bombs to save people during his deployment.

He was happily hugging death again and again in order to rescue others. About three years ago Abdul Rahim put his life at risk to defuse a landmine planted by terrorists in Kandahar.

This time again he was able to save people but unfortunately the bomb made him disabled. It exploded and he lost both of his hands in the blast.

Abdul Rahim did not care of losing hands and becoming disabled but he was saddened he could not continue his mission.

He made several attempts for his treatment but they did not bring positive results.

Ultimately, about four months before he contacted Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre located in Kochi city of the Indian state of Kerala.

Indian doctors transplanted him new hands and he regained considerable amount of function of them. But doctors require him under intensive physiotherapy for another ten months.

Patriot Abdul Rahim now says as soon as he recovers he will return to the military and continue saving lives with his new hands.

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Kabul court sentences man to death for repeatedly raping his daughter http://www.khaama.com/kabul-court-sentences-man-to-death-for-repeatedly-raping-her-daughter-9439 http://www.khaama.com/kabul-court-sentences-man-to-death-for-repeatedly-raping-her-daughter-9439#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 12:15:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50494 Read the full article...]]> Kabul courtA man was sentenced to death by Kabul’s primary court for repeatedly raping his own daughter.

Identified as Abdul Halim, the convict was found guilty of repeatedly raping her daughter during the past 12 years.

The victim identified as 23-year-old Khatera was impregnated two times by her father and currently she is the guardian of two small children.

The first child is a 4-year-old girl while the second child was recently born and is only 3-month-old.

Khatera’s father was due to face a court hearing in the preliminary court of Kabul on Saturday but it was delayed due to unknown reasons.

In an interview with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) last week Khatera urged the authorities to try her father for repeatedly raping her during the past several years.

Khatera further added that her father was a cruel person who repeatedly raped her since she was only 12-year-old and she informed her relatives and people but no one paid attention to her plea.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission strongly condemned the brutal rape of the young woman and called on the relevant authorities to immediately take actions against the perpetrator.

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Hand grenade explosion leaves two people dead, eight wounded in Faryab http://www.khaama.com/hand-grenade-explosion-leaves-two-people-dead-eight-wounded-in-faryab-3391 http://www.khaama.com/hand-grenade-explosion-leaves-two-people-dead-eight-wounded-in-faryab-3391#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 11:08:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50488 Read the full article...]]> killedA father and his son died and eight other people wounded following a hand grenade explosion in northern Faryab province.

The tragic incident happened in Qotor area of the provincial capital Maimana around 06:30 Am this morning.

Officials say a heroin addicted man had bought the hand grenade into his house and was keeping it in his pocket.

When his father, family members and neighbors tried to snatch the hand grenade from him it exploded leaving the addicted man and his father killed and eight others wounded.

Abdul Manan, cousin of the addicted man who is one of those wounded in the incident said from the hospital that his cousin “the addicted man killed” threw a hand grenade into their house last night but luckily did not harm anyone.

“My uncle manhandled my cousin and when this morning he wanted to take the second hand grenade from him, it went off,” he said.

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Afghan govt urged to invalidate intelligence agreement with Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/afghan-govt-urged-to-invalidate-intelligence-agreement-with-pakistan-9438 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-govt-urged-to-invalidate-intelligence-agreement-with-pakistan-9438#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 11:03:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50487 Read the full article...]]> ISIThe government of national unity has been urged to immediately invalidate the Memorandum of Understanding between the Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

The Unity of Hezb-e-Islami Councils of Afghanistan expressed concerns regarding the conclusion of agreement between intelligence agencies of the two nations.

A statement released by the Unity of Hezb-e-Islami Councils of Afghanistan said ISI has been direct involved and played a key role in destructive activities in Afghanistan during the past four decades.

The statement further added that the leadership of the Unity of Hezb-e-Islami Couincils call on Afghan government to prevent signing such agreements in the future which are against the national interests of the country.

This comes as the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he is deeply concerned with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Afghan Intelligence and Pakistan’s Military Intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

The office of the former president issued a statement calling on unity government leaders to immediately cancel the agreement.

The agreement was reportedly signed by deputy NDS chief with the Pakistani authorities earlier this week.

NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi earlier said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Pakistan is not against the national interests of the country and the agreement was concluded based on previous mutual cooperation between the two nations.

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Two policemen martyred, seven militants killed in Charchino (Urozgan) clashes http://www.khaama.com/two-policemen-martyred-seven-militants-killed-in-charchino-urozgan-clashes-3391 http://www.khaama.com/two-policemen-martyred-seven-militants-killed-in-charchino-urozgan-clashes-3391#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 09:48:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50481 Read the full article...]]> UrozganTwo policemen embraced martyrdom while seven militants were killed in clashes erupted after Taliban attacked a number of security check posts in Charchino District of Urozgan province on Monday night.

Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman for the governor house said that the clashes in Sya Sang ended area last night.

He said Taliban have retreated from the area and there the areas are in the hands of security forces.

However, Mohammad Ismail the governor of Charchino District says that Taliban have been pushed back but they are still firing periodically from far distance on security check posts.

Taliban have not yet claimed responsibility for this attack but recently they have carried out several attacks on security forces in different parts of the country.

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Karzai shows deep concerns about Pak-Afghan intelligence agreement http://www.khaama.com/karzai-shows-deep-concerns-about-pak-afghan-intelligence-agreement-9437 http://www.khaama.com/karzai-shows-deep-concerns-about-pak-afghan-intelligence-agreement-9437#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 09:30:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50476 Read the full article...]]> KarzaiThe former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he is deeply concerned with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Afghan Intelligence and Pakistan’s Military Intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

The office of the former president issued a statement calling on unity government leaders to immediately cancel the agreement.

The statement further added that the former President has also called on the leaders of the unity government to prevent signing such agreements which are against the national interests of the country.

The signing of the agreement has sparked uproar among the current and former Afghan officials with reports suggesting that the NDS chief Rahmatullah Nabil opposed to ink the agreement.

Sources privy to the development said Sunday that the agreement with ISI was signed by deputy NDS chief three days ago.

The sources further added that the agreement will allow ISI to train and equip the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel.

The Afghan intelligence and ISI will jointly interrogate the detained insurgents based on the agreement, the officials said.

However, the NDS officials rejected that the NDS operatives would be trained and equipped by Pakistan based on the latest agreement between the spy agencies.

NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Pakistan is not against the national interests of the country and the agreement was concluded based on previous mutual cooperation between the two nations.

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Afghan Commandos operation successfully ended in Alishang of Laghman http://www.khaama.com/afghan-commandos-operation-ended-in-alishang-of-laghman-3389 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-commandos-operation-ended-in-alishang-of-laghman-3389#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 07:06:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50461 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army-Special Forces-OperationThe Afghan Commandos operation that began Tuesday morning to remove militants from target areas in Alishang District of eastern Laghman province ended successfully last night.

Commandos did not suffer casualties during the operation but they killed three militants in a confrontation.

More than 300 suspects were rounded up during this operation but Sarhadi Zwak the spokesman for provincial governor says that only 12 suspects remain in the custody and the rest of them have been released back.

The provincial headquarters of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security is now holding the 12 suspects and questioning them.

Alishang is one of the restive districts of Laghman province where militants are operating in parts it.

Several bombs have been exploded on security vehicles and officers attacked in this district this year.

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50 students poisoned in Samangan http://www.khaama.com/50-students-poisoned-in-samangan-3385 http://www.khaama.com/50-students-poisoned-in-samangan-3385#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:26:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50452 Read the full article...]]> SamanganFifty students of a local Madrasa “seminary” have been poisoned in northern Samangan province.

Khairullah Anosh, acting governor of Samangan province says that the incident took place in Khuram Sarbagh District yesterday.

He said that 50 students of Khuram Madrasa have been some of these fifty students have been admitted in the district hospital and some others in the provincial hospital in capital Aibak.

Anosh added that the health condition of the students is OK. He did not know about the hand behind the case but said that an investigation is being initiated but no one is arrested so far.

Anosh noted that insurgents are trying to spread insecurity in the area and in some parts of the district there are heavy clashed between security forces and militants.

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Four soldier martyred, 44 rebels killed in military operations http://www.khaama.com/four-soldier-martyred-44-rebels-killed-in-military-operations-3385 http://www.khaama.com/four-soldier-martyred-44-rebels-killed-in-military-operations-3385#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 04:52:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50449 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-National-Army-soldierFour soldiers have embraced martyrdom while 44 militants were killed during separate military operations across the country in past 24 hours, Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday.

General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the ministry tweeted this morning about the martyrdom of four Afghan National Army soldiers due to landmine explosion and insurgent fire in past 24 hours but he has not written the exact location of the incidents.

He states in another tweet that 44 militants were killed and 74 others wounded during military operations in the same period of time.

Azimi says 21 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by the military during these operations.

After taking full responsibility of the security from NATO forces at the beginning of this year, Afghan forces began large-scale operations against insurgents.

Insurgents have suffered heavy casualties and some areas held by them for years have been taken back by Army during these operations.

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Eight more provinces will receive governors http://www.khaama.com/eight-more-provinces-will-receive-governors-3384 http://www.khaama.com/eight-more-provinces-will-receive-governors-3384#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 04:30:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50444 Read the full article...]]> Tawab GhorzangThe Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) has announced that governors have been approved for eight more provinces.

Tawab Ghorzang, spokesman for the organization says that based on request of IDLG President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has approved Mohammad Halim Fedai to be the new governor for Logar province, Salim Khan Kundozi for Nangarhar,  Mohammad Samiullah for Nimroz, Nasrat Arsala for Paktia, Tahir Zahir for Bamyan, Mohammad Mirza Rahimi for Helmand and Aminullah Shariq for Paktika province.

After continued complaints from the parliament eight more governors are going to be assigned but most of the 34 provinces still do not have governors.

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Noor said Stanikzai is accused of being involved in a plot which led to the assassination of the former Afghan President and high peace council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani.

He warned that the government of national unity would responsible for the repercussions as a result of Stanikzai’s appointment as defense minister.

Noor insisted that Stanikzai should be sentenced to death if he was found guilty of being involved in Rabbani’s murder.

He also warned it would be difficult and impossible to prevent public furor and insisted that the government of national unity should differentiate between a compromise and weakness, national interest and inability.

According to reports, the government of national unity has reached to an agreement to introduce Masoom Stanikzai as defense minister-designate to the Lower House of the Parliament to obtain vote of confidence.

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NATO condemns Taliban killing of civilians in Kabul suicide attack http://www.khaama.com/nato-condemns-taliban-killing-of-civilians-in-kabul-suicide-attack-1118 http://www.khaama.com/nato-condemns-taliban-killing-of-civilians-in-kabul-suicide-attack-1118#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 18:01:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50438 Read the full article...]]> Kabul suicide attack1The NATO-led Resolute Support mission strongly condemned the killing of civilians in a deadly attack carried out by the Taliban group in capital Kabul this afternoon.

Resolute Support issued a statement following the attack and said “Headquarters Resolute Support strongly condemns the attack by Taliban militants that killed several civilians and wounded dozens more outside the offices of the Ministry of Justice May 19, 2015.”

“The Taliban are clearly threatened by the legitimately elected Afghan government and continue to resort to murdering civilians to achieve their goals,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, Resolute Support Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.

The statement further added “On behalf of General Campbell, Headquarters Resolute Support expresses its condolences to the victims and families affected by this act of violence by the Taliban. We remain committed to assisting our Afghan partners in achieving sustainable security and stability.”

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials said at least four people were killed and 24 others were injured in the attack.

However, the Public Health Ministry officials said at least 42 people were injured in the attack and a number of them are in critical health condition.

Eyewitnesses in the area said a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into the parking area of the Ministry of Justice.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the incident.

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4 killed, 42 wounded in Kabul suicide attack http://www.khaama.com/dozens-injured-in-kabul-explosion-9433 http://www.khaama.com/dozens-injured-in-kabul-explosion-9433#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 12:21:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50428 Read the full article...]]> Kabul suicide attackAt least four people were killed and 24 others were injured following a suicide attack near the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday afternoon, leaving dozens of people killed or wounded.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), confirmed that four people were killed and 24 others were injured in the attack.

He said the explosion took place due to a suicide attack and at least one woman and three men were among those killed.

In the meantime, the public health officials said at least 42 people were injured in the attack and a number of them are in critical health condition.

Eyewitnesses in the area said a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into the parking area of the Ministry of Justice.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This was the second suicide attack in capital Kabul during the past three days. Earlier, a suicide bomber targeted the vehicle of the EU police mission near the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

At least two women and a service member of the EU police mission were killed and several others were injured in the attack on Sunday.

The Taliban-led insurgency have been rampant across the country including capital Kabul since the group announced its summer offensive.

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Four policemen martyred in insurgent attacks in Paktika http://www.khaama.com/four-policemen-martyred-in-insurgent-attacks-in-paktika-3382 http://www.khaama.com/four-policemen-martyred-in-insurgent-attacks-in-paktika-3382#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 10:39:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50423 Read the full article...]]> Police in attackFour policemen embraced martyrdom after insurgents attack two security check posts in Paktika province last night.

One of the two attacks were carried out in Janikhil District and another in the provincial capital Sharana.

Deputy governor of Paktika province told Khaama Press that a group of Taliban insurgents attacked the security check post of Hastai area of Janikhil District last night in which four policemen embraced martyrdom and two others sustained injuries.

He said two Taliban militants were also killed in the exchange of fire with security forces whose dead bodies were left on the ground. He added that five other Taliban militants were wounded  in the gun battle.

Alos, a group of Taliban insurgents attacked a security check post in Salai area of the provincial capital in which three policemen slightly injured.

Hazrat, a police officer in the area told Khaama Press that a militant was  also killed in this clash.

Taliban have not accepted responsibly for the attack in the provincial capital but they have claimed responsibility for the attack in Janikhil District in which four policemen lost lives.

 

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morning explosions claimed four lives in Zabul and Urozgan provinces http://www.khaama.com/3-explosions-claimed-four-lives-in-zabul-and-urozgan-provinces-3381 http://www.khaama.com/3-explosions-claimed-four-lives-in-zabul-and-urozgan-provinces-3381#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 09:58:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50415 Read the full article...]]> suicide-attack-in-Kandahar-city1Four separate explosions claimed four lives and wounded eight others in southern Zabul province and in its bordering Urozgan province.

All four explosions were caused by roadside bombs this morning.

Two explosions targeted police vehicles in Qalat the capital of Zabul province in which left two policemen lost lives and six others wounded.

Roadside bombs detonated on two police vehicles passing by Ghbargi area of the provincial capital.

The vehicles were also badly damaged in the explosions.

Two other explosions reported in Urozgan province. One occured in Park area of Chorai District in which a renowned Afghan poet Dawar Khan lost live.

Dawar Khan was proceeding to a local medical store from his home when he was targetted in an explosion at around 07:00 AM this morning.

Second blast took place in Urozgan’s capital Tireen Kot in which a policeman lost live and three peopole including two policemen wounded.

The blast occured in Godam area of the provincail capital before noon.

Local security officials said that the target of the explosion was Ibrahim Jan who is commander of a security check post. Ibrahim Khan is among the three wounded in the explosion.

None of these explosions is yet claimed by any one.

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Afghan Taliban delegation visits Iran for talks http://www.khaama.com/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-iran-for-talks-9432 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-iran-for-talks-9432#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 09:06:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50413 Read the full article...]]> Taliban-open-office-in-QatarAccording to reports a delegation of Afghan Taliban representatives visited Iran recently to hold talks with the Iranian officials.

The delegation was led by Tayyeb Aqa head of the Taliban bureau in Qatar and arrived in Tehran on Monday.

Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported that the delegation met with the Iranian security officials on regional issues, particularly the developments in the Islamic world.

The source further added that the delegation also held talks on matters relating to the Afghan refugees.

This was the third visit by the Taliban delegation to Iran already dispatched political delegations to Iran two times, for meeting Iranian security officials and for attending an international conference on Islamic Awakening movement.

The visit by Taliban delegation to Tehran comes as the group’s representatives held preliminary talks with the Afghan officials in Qatar earlier this month.

The group welcomed peace efforts following two days of preliminary negotiations on reconciliation process and said Taliban is prepared to have a comprehensive cooperation with all the the neighboring and other countries on all aspects.

In the meantime, the Taliban-led insurgency have been rampant since the group launched its summer offensive and staged numerous attacks across the country including the capital Kabul.

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11 police arrested in “Farkhunda Murder Case” sentenced one year imprisonment http://www.khaama.com/11-policemen-arrested-in-farkhunda-murder-case-sentenced-one-year-imprisonment-3380 http://www.khaama.com/11-policemen-arrested-in-farkhunda-murder-case-sentenced-one-year-imprisonment-3380#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 07:07:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50406 Read the full article...]]> Farkhunda-case-suspectsThe primary court in Kabul announced one year imprisonment sentence to 11 policemen arrested for negligence in their duties to protect a woman being killed by angry mob during daylight in capital Kabul.

19 policemen were arrested for recklessness in their duties but court announced eight other to be freed for the unavailability of enough evidence to proof their crime.

30 civlians were also arrested in the case, four of them were announced death sentences earlier this mongh and eight other 16 years of imprisonment each after the court found them being guilty.

18 people were set free after court could not proof their involvement in lynching Farkhunda.

Farkhunda was lynched, run over by a car and her dead body was set on fire after she was wrongfuly accused of burning a copy of the holy Quran in Shah Do Shamshera shrine in capital Kabul last month.

After investigation it was proven that Farkhunda did not practice any desecration to the holy book of Islam and she was blamed to be punished by a person who was selling charms in the shrine and she spoke out against his superstitious practices.

The brutal murder prompted big protests accross the country.

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More than 300 suspects arrested in Laghman http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-more-than-300-suspects-arrested-in-laghman-3379 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-more-than-300-suspects-arrested-in-laghman-3379#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 06:24:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50401 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army-Special Forces-OperationAfghan National Army commandos arrested more than 300 suspects during special operations in eastern Laghman province this morning.

Local officials say the operations kicked off in Miya Sahib Dera and Murchakhil areas of Alishang District this morning.

So far three insurgents have been killed in the gun battles erupted between security forces and insurgents during these operations.

Fazlullah Mujaddidi, acting governor of Laghman province has advised security forces to act carefully so local villagers are not harmed.

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Accordign to the statement issued by the Ministry of Defense the seven soldiers embraced martyrdom in landmine explosion and insurgent fire. The statement does not contain information about the exact location of the terrorist actions.

In the meantime, another statement issued by the Ministry of Interior states that 60 insurgents were killed and 38 others wounded during separate military operations in Farah, Helmand, Nimroz, Laghman, Baghlan, Takhar, Kunduz, Faryab, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul and Jawzjan provinces.

Six different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by the security force during the past 24 hours.

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NDS prevented kidnapping of custom officer in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/nds-prevented-kidnapping-of-custom-officer-in-nangarhar-3377 http://www.khaama.com/nds-prevented-kidnapping-of-custom-officer-in-nangarhar-3377#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 05:16:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50391 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar Governor HouseThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has prevented the kidnapping of an officer of the custom department of eastern Nangarhar province.

Ahmadzia Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor house of Nangahrar says that a group of gunmen were trying to kidnap an officer of Nangarhar’s custom department in Surkh Rod District but NDS personnel arrived on time to rescued him on Monday.

He said the gunmen escaped but left some firearms and a vehicle behind.

It is yet unknown whether the kidnappers were thieves or belonged to a terrorist group  but the responsibility of the recent abductions in parts of the country has been claimed by militant groups.

Around 30 people were kidnapped in Paktia province earlier this week and the responsibility of the abduction was later claimed by Taliban.

Some of them were released later but an unspecified number is still being held by Taliban.

Taliban say they are holding nine people and most of them are government officials, but local officials of Paktia province say that six people are remaining the custody of Taliban.

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Trial of 19 policemen arrested in “Farkhunda Murder Case” resumed http://www.khaama.com/trial-of-19-policemen-arrested-in-farkhunda-murder-case-resumes-soon-3376 http://www.khaama.com/trial-of-19-policemen-arrested-in-farkhunda-murder-case-resumes-soon-3376#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 04:42:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50386 Read the full article...]]> Farkhunda-case-suspectsThe trial of 19 policemen arrested for recklessness in “Farkhunda Murder Case” resumed in Kabul today. It is live on local TV channels.

Safiullah Mujadidi, the presiding judge of the court says that the cases required more time for review which caused a delay in the trial.

Mujaddadi yesterday said that the review is almost completed.

The verdicts of the 19 policemen were scheduled to be announced Sunday May 10 but it was delayed.

49 people including 19 policemen were arrested after the brutal killing of a helpless Afghan girl. The court earlier this month announced death sentences to four convicts and 16 years of imprisonment to each of eight others found guilty.

18 people were set free after court could not proof their involvement in lynching Farkhunda.

Farkhunda was mercilessly lynched by dozens of angry people after she was accused of burning a copy of the holy Quran. But government bodies rejected all accusations after conducting investigation into the case.

The brutal act prompted vast demonstrations inside the country as well as abroad demanding “Justice for Farkhunda” and severe punishment for those responsible for the murder.

The brutal killing was internationally condemned.

 

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Afghan govt not prepared for parliamentary election due to lack of budget http://www.khaama.com/afghan-govt-not-prepared-for-parliamentary-election-due-to-lack-of-budget-1116 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-govt-not-prepared-for-parliamentary-election-due-to-lack-of-budget-1116#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 16:57:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50380 Read the full article...]]> IEC chief NuristaniThe Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) chief Yousuf Nuristani said the government is not prepared to conduct parliamentary election as scheduled in early in October.

Speaking to lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga, Nuristani said the election commission has not received any feedback from the government of national unity regarding the parliamentary election after proposing 3rd October for as the polling date.

He said the government is unable to bear the expenses for the election and the international community has halted funds for the election commission during the recent weeks.

According to Nuristani, around 850 election commission technical workers would lose their jobs with the suspension of the foreign aid.

Nuristani insisted that a free and fair election would not be possible in the absence of technical election commission workers.

He also added that the government of national unity has not reached to an agreement to bring reforms in the electoral system which is another reason that the government is not prepared to conduct the election on time.

According to reports, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah have not resolved differences to appoint a director for the commission to implement reforms in the electoral system.

The leaders of the government of national unity agreed to prioritize electoral reforms following the controversial presidential election last year which led to the formation of unity government.

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NDS rejects training of intelligence operatives by Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/nds-rejects-training-of-intelligence-operatives-by-pakistan-1115 http://www.khaama.com/nds-rejects-training-of-intelligence-operatives-by-pakistan-1115#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 14:09:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50372 Read the full article...]]> Haseeb SediqiThe Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) rejected that the NDS operatives would be trained and equipped by Pakistan.

Speaking during a press conference on Monday afternoon, Sediqi said reports regarding the deployment of security personnel to Pakistan for training based on the new agreement are false.

Sediqi further added that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Pakistan is not against the the national interests of the country and the agreement was concluded based on previous mutual cooperation between the two nations.

This comes as earlier reports suggested that the agreement will also allow ISI to train and equip the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel.

The reports further added that the Afghan intelligence and ISI will jointly interrogate the detained insurgents based on the agreement which was signed two days back by the Afghan deputy NDS chief.

The conclusion of the agreement also sparked furore among the Afghan lawmakers who called on Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga to summon the NDS chief Rahmatullah Nabil to brief the lawmakers regarding the agreement.

The latest agreement between Afghan government and ISI comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing ISI for supporting the insurgency in Afghanistan.

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Helmand’s Nawa district chief shot dead by Taliban militants http://www.khaama.com/helmands-nawa-district-shot-dead-by-taliban-militants-9431 http://www.khaama.com/helmands-nawa-district-shot-dead-by-taliban-militants-9431#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 12:23:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50367 Read the full article...]]> shot deadThe Taliban militants shot dead district administrative chief for southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The incident took place on Monday in southeastern Ghazni province following an ambush by the Taliban militants, local officials said.

The officials further added that Mr. Abdul Manaf was travelling on Kabul-Kandahar highway in the vicinity of Moqor district when the incident took place.

He was reportedly travelling in his own vehicle and was on his way to Kandahar province when he was ambushed by militants.

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

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

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Suicide attack in Kandahar city leaves 7 people wounded http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-rocks-kandahar-city-9430 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-rocks-kandahar-city-9430#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 10:29:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50359 Read the full article...]]> suicide attack in Kandahar city1

A suicide bomber targeted the vehicles of the Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar city leaving at least seven people injured.

The provincial governor spokesman confirmed the incident and said least two policemen and five civilians were injured in the attack.

In the meantime, another security official said the target of the explosion was the commander of the border protection police forces.

The official further added that the commander of the border protection police forces Ismat Afghan escaped the attack unhurt.

Officials in provincial hospital also confirmed that seven people injured in the attack including policemen were brought to the hospital for treatment.

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

Kandahar is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurency activities.

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Taliban attack security posts in Urozgan and Badghis provinces http://www.khaama.com/taliban-attack-security-posts-in-urozgan-and-badghis-provinces-3376 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-attack-security-posts-in-urozgan-and-badghis-provinces-3376#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 07:46:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50356 Read the full article...]]> Taliban (3)A number of security check posts in Urozgan and Badghis provinces have been attacked by Taliban militants where gun fight is still ongoing between the two sides.

The number of Taliban fighters who have attacked eight security posts in Khas Urozgan District of Urozgan province this morning is reported to be hundreds.

Abdul Karim, the district governor says that if additional troops do not arrive the District may fall to Taliban hands.

He said two soldiers have so far embraced martyrdom in the exchange of fire with Taliban.

However, Dost Mohammad Nayeb the spokesman for the governor of Urozgan province says that troops available in the district are able to fight with militants and they have pushed back the attack.

He said five Taliban were killed by security forces during this attack.

Another attack continues in northwestern Badghis province. Local security officials say Taliban have attacked border security posts in Murichaq area of Bala Murghab District.

Mohammad Juma Adil a border police commander says that the clash is ongoing since yesterday and so far four Taliban have been killed.

Taliban spokesman has not yet commented on the reports.

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Two soldiers martyred, six militants killed in separate military operations http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-martyred-six-militants-killed-in-separate-military-operations-3375 http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-martyred-six-militants-killed-in-separate-military-operations-3375#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 07:12:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50353 Read the full article...]]> ANA fighting 3Two soldiers have embraced martyrdom while six militants killed during separate military operations across the country, officials announced on Monday.

A statement issued by General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense states that two soldiers embraced martyrdom in past 24 hours. He has not given further details.

In the meantime, a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior states that six militants were killed and two others wounded in separate military operations in parts of the country in past 24 hours.

Two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by the security forces during these operations, the statement adds.

Afghan National Security Forces have underway several security operations against insurgents in different parts of the country. Heavy clashes are also ongoing between the two sides in some parts.

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Reports: Afghanistan issuing political passports to Taliban leaders http://www.khaama.com/reports-afghanistan-issuing-political-passports-to-taliban-leaders-3374 http://www.khaama.com/reports-afghanistan-issuing-political-passports-to-taliban-leaders-3374#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 06:40:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50343 Read the full article...]]> Taliban DelegationReports suggest that Afghan government is issuing political passports to Taliban.

Hasht-e-Subh newspaper, a reliable Afghan media outlet reports that the government is issuing 210 political passports to Taliban leaders.

The media outlet quoting a source states that during the recent visit of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to Kabul it was agreed that some of the Taliban leaders need to be removed from the blacklist of the United Nations and reopening their political office.

Source is saying that currently 180 Taliban leaders are using Pakistani passports but government will change their Pakistani passports to Afghan passports.

He is further saying that 210 Taliban leaders are scheduled to receive Afghan political passports.

Representatives of Taliban and peacemakers from the country recently had face-to-face talks in Qatar in which considerable improvement for initiating peace talks were being reported.

Taliban staged an insurgency in Afghanistan after their government was toppled in 2001.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed since then in Afghan war.

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Afghan NDS chief opposed signing agreement with Pakistan’s ISI http://www.khaama.com/afghan-nds-chief-oppose-signing-agreement-with-pakistans-isi-9429 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-nds-chief-oppose-signing-agreement-with-pakistans-isi-9429#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 06:36:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50340 Read the full article...]]> ISIThe Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Rahmatullah Nabil opposed with the signing of an agreement with Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

Informed sources quoted by Hasht-e-Subh newspaper said Nabil was against the agreement on mutual intelligence cooperation with ISI.

This comes as sources privy to the development said Sunday that the agreement with ISI was signed by deputy NDS chief three days ago.

The agreement will allow ISI to train and equip the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel.

The Afghan intelligence and ISI will jointly interrogate the detained insurgents based on the agreement.

This comes ISI chief Gen. Rizwan Akhtar secretly visited Kabul nearly two weeks ago to meet President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

The latest agreement between Afghan government and ISI comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing ISI for supporting the insurgency in Afghanistan.

The conclusion of the agreement also sparked furore among the Afghan lawmakers who called on Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga to summon the NDS chief Rahmatullah Nabil to brief the lawmakers regarding the agreement.

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Five computer labs opened in different schools of Maidan Wardak http://www.khaama.com/five-computer-labs-opened-in-different-schools-of-maidan-wardak-3373 http://www.khaama.com/five-computer-labs-opened-in-different-schools-of-maidan-wardak-3373#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 05:26:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50337 Read the full article...]]> WardakFive computer laboratories opened for students in different schools of Maidan Wardak province this week.

Officials say the computer labs are connected with internet where students will be able to learn computer and internet.

These labs were opened for operation during a special gathering attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education and governor house and local elders.

Most of the schools in the capital Kabul are facilitated with computer labs but this process has been very slow in the provinces.

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Fruitless Diplomacy http://www.khaama.com/fruitless-diplomacy-9428 http://www.khaama.com/fruitless-diplomacy-9428#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 04:15:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50329 Read the full article...]]> Fruitless diplomacy

Actions always speaks louder than words and in the case of Pakistan, the right words are coming out of Pakistani leaders to introduce policies and measures to mitigate insurgency in Afghanistan. To be fair to Islamabad there has been a transformation of security measures towards Afghanistan. Last summer Waziristan sanctuaries became priority, which enabled the Pakistani army to clean up Waziristan of militants (This can also provide a rationale on how the insurgency shifted from the south to north of Afghanistan). Military leaders and government leaders have unconventionally traveled to Kabul the last few months. Discussions mostly compose of introducing bilateral pacts on securing the border and emphasis on deposing insurgency in both countries. These discussions arose from recent hike in insurgency in Pakistan and the growing civil society demanding recourse. However the new pretentious behaviour of Pakistani leaders have made Afghanistan more vulnerable to insurgency more than it was before Pakistan’s new revamped security measures.

President Ghani favours diplomacy with Pakistan, a polar contrast when compared to his predecessor who preferred strained relations. President Ghani’s diplomacy also came with giving Pakistan access to Baghram prison and unobtrusively recognizing the Durand line. Diplomacy works great if both sides have a lot to lose if they do not engage in diplomacy. Pakistan has less to lose if diplomacy and AF-PAK relations sour and less to win if relations are proven successful. In contrast Afghanistan has a lot win, if relations triumph the increase in both national security and economically would be immense. But not too much to lose if diplomacy is unengaged, in recent years the Afghan Armed Forces have proved that they can secure the country. Of course a lot of work is still left to do.

As of now Pakistan has altered security measures but Pakistan’s foreign policy is not on the table. Pakistan does not negotiate its policy towards Afghanistan.

The impact of securer and an economically progressive Afghanistan can have detrimental effects on the geo-politics of the region, an impact a Pakistan prefers to evade. Pakistan’s interest is to keep Afghanistan a subordinate nation in the region, a peaceful Pakistan comes from keeping Afghanistan weak. Therefore diplomacy is tough when mutual interests are conflicting exactly at each other. Although Pakistan’s security measures are palpable and the sudden relations epitomize a new hope for both nations to finally turn the page. Pakistan still feels more secure if Afghanistan is insecure.

To Afghanistan’s demise Pakistan does not let economics judge its politics. Therefore if Afghanistan can prove that this sort of policy is the impasse for vast economic gains for Pakistan, the 40 million Pakistanis living below the poverty line while the government spends billions of dollars on their military, shows economic growth is not priority nor is the welfare of their citizens. This may also explain why every agreement involving trade or projects to enhance trade move in a slow motion speed.

Pakistan’s policy has not changed and it will not change, President Ghani must realize his political leverage is not relative in the relationship. How can his political leverage ever be compared to Pakistan’s control of the Taliban?

There is a strong consensus in Afghanistan and around the world that Afghan Taliban is strongly influenced by the Pakistani government through the rogue ISI agent. The measure of influence is another discussion but it is safe to say that Taliban’s main sponsors are top level ISI directors in Rawalpindi. We also need to surface the concept of intelligence agencies are not policy makers, they just follow policy, as much as the ISI are a rogue agency, they are sophisticated and simply follow policy. Therefore Afghanistan needs to re-examine its position before engaging in diplomacy that puts more Afghan lives under risk.

The government of Afghanistan must not squander the gains by the Afghan Armed Forces. The solution on securing Afghanistan might be outside of politics. In Afghanistan’s case this might be so, foreign politics usually surmises the inferior nation to lose in some way in other words zero-sum politics cease to exist. For Afghanistan losing equates to death of civilians.

How about Zahir Shah’s isolation policy that kept peace for the better part of the 20th century? Just an idea.

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Afghanistan sign agreement with Pakistan spy agency – ISI http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-sign-agreement-with-pakistan-spy-agency-isi-1114 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-sign-agreement-with-pakistan-spy-agency-isi-1114#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 17:44:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50325 Read the full article...]]> Ghani and Rizwan Akhtar

The Afghan government has signed an agreement with Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on mutual cooperation to fight terrorism.

The Tolo News TV Channel quoting sources privy of the development said the agreement will also allow ISI to train and equip the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel.

The Afghan intelligence and ISI will jointly interrogate the detained insurgents based on the agreement which was signed two days back by the Afghan deputy NDS chief.

This comes ISI chief Gen. Rizwan Akhtar secretly visited Kabul nearly two weeks ago to meet President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

According to the officials, Gen. Akhtar’s visit was mainly focused on peace process Pakistan’s support to persuade the Taliban militants to join peace process.

The latest agreement between Afghan government and ISI comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing ISI for supporting the insurgency in Afghanistan.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) also criticized Pakistan for using ‘proxy forces’ to carry out attacks in Afghanistan and India.

In a report released in November last, the DoD said “Afghan-and Indian-focused militants continue to operate from Pakistani territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability. Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India’s superior military.”

The report further added that Pakistan is providing “sanctuary” to militants of the Haqqani network, a group reportedly considered by Pakistan to be part of a moderate faction of the Taliban.

The Haqqani network “remained the most potent strain of the insurgency and the greatest risk to U.S. and coalition forces due to its focus on high-profile attacks…they will likely remain the most significant threat to coalition forces in the post-2014 non-combat mission, especially if they are not denied sanctuary in Pakistan,” the report said.

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NATO condemns Taliban killing of civilians in Kabul suicide attack http://www.khaama.com/nato-condemns-taliban-killing-of-civilians-in-kabul-suicide-attack-1113 http://www.khaama.com/nato-condemns-taliban-killing-of-civilians-in-kabul-suicide-attack-1113#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 15:35:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50322 Read the full article...]]> Kabul suicide attackThe NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) Mission strongly condemned the suicide attack by Taliban militants in capital Kabul on Sunday morning which left at least three people dead and over 20 others injured.

The alliance following a statement said “Headquarters Resolute Support strongly condemns the attack by Taliban militants that killed and injured several people, including women and children, near the Kabul International Airport May 17, 2015.”

The statement further added “Despite claims that they will not target civilians, this attack is another example of how the Taliban continue to demonstrate complete disregard for innocent women and children when perpetrating their attacks.”
“We are appalled by the Taliban’s lack of concern for civilian casualties, particularly women and children, as they continue their campaign of terror against those trying to move Afghanistan forward,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, Resolute Support Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. “We are also saddened to learn of the loss of a teammate from the European Union Police Advisory Mission – an organization that has contributed significantly to the development of the Afghan National Police.”

“On behalf of General Campbell, Headquarters Resolute Support expresses its condolences to the families affected by this act of violence by the Taliban. We remain committed to assisting our Afghan partners in achieving sustainable security and stability,” the statement added.

The Ministry of Interior said a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives close to the entrance of Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said at least two women were killed and 21 others including three foreign nationals were injured.

The European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan confirmed that one of their service members was killed and three others were injured in the attack.

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Police officer gunned down wife in Faryab http://www.khaama.com/police-officer-gunned-down-wife-in-faryab-3371 http://www.khaama.com/police-officer-gunned-down-wife-in-faryab-3371#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 11:01:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50317 Read the full article...]]> killedA police officer has killed his wife in northern Faryab province, officials said on Sunday.

Governor of Qaisar District says that Abdul Ghani, a police officer in this district, killed his wife based on family disputes.

Abdul Jamil Sediqi said that due to the firing Abdul Ghani’s wife died on the spot and their minor daughter sustained injuries. The girl is now receiving medical treatment in provincial hospital in capital Maimana.

Sediqi did not know the motive behind the incident but said that the officer who committed the crime has surrendered this morning and is currently under investigation.

But Farhad who is chief of the District Shura (council) says that Abdul Ghani’s wife had immoral relationship with another person that prompted into her killing.

He said that the husband had heard his wife talking to another person on the phone about their relationship after which she was shot dead.

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Explosives placed in hundreds of cans of baby powder seized in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/explosives-placed-in-hundreds-of-bottles-of-baby-powder-seized-in-kabul-3370 http://www.khaama.com/explosives-placed-in-hundreds-of-bottles-of-baby-powder-seized-in-kabul-3370#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 09:06:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50314 Read the full article...]]> NDSThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has seized explosive materials placed in hundreds of cans of baby powder in Kabul.

A statement issued by the NDS on Sunday states that the explosive materials were placed in the cans of baby powder to be disguised as baby powder.

NDS statement adds the 384 cans of explosives belonging to Haqani terrorist network were sent as merchandize goods from across the border and aimed to be used in suicide attacks and bomb explosions.

The explosives were seized during a raid by personnel of NDS on an inn, located in Shah Shahid area of Kabul city.

The cans are titled in Urdu language as “Raja Rani”.

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At the beginning, Taliban spring offensive seemed to everyone as every other year’s spring offensive – before it started. But soon it was to be proven otherwise: a bloody spring.

A diaspora of Afghan and foreign militants were rearming and reorganizing their manpower in northern Afghanistan in early 2015– a fact already known to the Afghan government as Taliban’s annual violent ritual, but what they didn’t know was how vast, well-equipped, and contaminating it was – and will get.

Afghan government proved that there was enough evidence to suggest that foreign nationals from Uzbekistan, Chechen, Pakistan and Tajikistan were fighting alongside the Afghan Taliban in the primary stages of the offensive in northern Afghanistan.

Taliban officially declared the beginning of their spring offensive, named it operation “Azm” – Arabic for “Resolute”. Minor attacks mostly on Afghan police posts in southern Afghanistan begun happening and the infamous spokesperson for the Taliban would claim responsibility of each attack in an email sent out to the media – with their ill-exaggerated casualty tolls.

Actual signs of the bloody spring started from Badakhshan province where several Afghan Army soldiers were beheaded, their outposts destroyed, and their weapons taken away for use in taking control of other districts. This dilemma was the alarm that woke up the Afghan army, intelligence service, and the national Security Council to notice that there’s something unusual about this year’s offensive: A much stronger, better-equipped, much larger, multinational enemy force was fighting this year.

Strength and reliability of Afghan Army, Police, Intelligence, and Air Force – and their ability to operate independently and defend Afghan territories without NATO support was tested and proven after Badakhshan incidents – but at the cost of death of those soldiers whose throats were slashed, and a relatively big embarrassment for the leaderless Defense Ministry for losing strategic areas of Badakhshan and not having the platoons combat-ready.

At the same time as Afghan forces were advancing in Badakhshan, Taliban were moving to prepare for a similar attempt in Kunduz province. Not long before Badakhshan clearance operation was over, Kunduz started to slide toward the edge. Imam Sahib and Khan Abad districts were at highest risk of a Taliban attack. But the Afghan forces prevented it with a massive counteroffensive using joint forces with intense air support.

Next was the volatile Farah province located in the west of the country. Taliban fighters who were hidingin cover ofordinary people in Bakwa, Gulistan, Juwain and Purchaman districts of Farah had converged and attacked many positions across the province. Afghan Army’s 207 Zafar Corps (Victory) based out of neighboring Herat province handled this, as well as some reinforcements were sent from Helmand’s 215 Maiwand Corps of Army.

At some point when the heat of Farah attack was cooling down, a joint special team of Afghan forces achieved a victory that gave a “Yay!” feeling to many Afghans. Control of Nawa district located in the far south of Ghazni province was taken from Taliban after 9 consecutive years. The government did not share any information about the special mission to seize this district neither before the operation, nor after it. Only a mere confirmation – more of a pride gesture – was released out to the media by Defense and Interior Ministries.

Badghis province was the next victim. Taliban and their foreign comrades took control of Jawand district of Badghis. But again, Afghan forces struck back and retook the district, launching clearance operation to sweep out the remaining Taliban pests from the district. This operation was not yet over when the neighboring province of Ghor became a headline for the news media.

A large number of Taliban converged into Charsada and Pasaband districts of northwestern Ghor province and lived in the districts publicly, forcing the residents to feed them, serve them, and obey them. Governor of Ghor told an Afghan news channel that Afghan forces had already finished one territory clearance objective, and the 2nd phase of the operation is just about to start, but forces are waiting for commandos from 4th Commando Battalion (Victory – Herat) to arrive in Ghor to launch the second phase of the clearance operation.

A bizarre incident happening at the same time as Ghor province today, is the Islamic State insurgents in Eastern Afghanistan having a fracas over an internal matter with Taliban fighters.A gunfight was ensued between the two insurgent groups that left casualties on both sides. According to a Defense Ministry report, until 02:00 pm (Kabul Time) the fight between ISIS and Taliban fighters was still ongoing.

At last, questions that are circulating within the brains of Afghans, trying to find its answer are: Which province is going to be attacked next? Are Afghan forces capable to hold on against such attacks for longer periods without asking for NATO’s help? Will the political government of Afghanistan show the courtesy of respecting the armed forces’ efforts by not messing up their achievements?. . . . . . . . . . .


Mustafa Kazemi is an independent war correspondent based in Afghanistan.
He tweets from @CombatJourno on Afghanistan current affairs and live updates of security incidents.

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Two policemen martyred, three wounded in explosion in Ghazni http://www.khaama.com/two-policemen-martyred-three-wounded-in-explosion-in-ghazni-3370 http://www.khaama.com/two-policemen-martyred-three-wounded-in-explosion-in-ghazni-3370#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 07:37:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50301 Read the full article...]]> Ghazni-Police HQTwo policemen have embraced martyrdom and three others wounded in a landmine explosion in Ghazni province.

Officials say soldiers suffered casualties after their vehicle ran over a landmine close to second security check post in Zankhan District around 07:00 AM this morning.

Shafiq Nang, spokesman for the acting governor of Ghazni province says that the wounded policemen are under treatment in hospital and their injuries are not life threatening.

No militant group has so far accepted responsibility for the explosion but most of the attacks on government officials or foreigners supporting government in Afghanistan are targeted by Taliban.

The militant group claimed responsibility of a suicide attack that targeted vehicle of  European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) in Kabul this morning.

EUPOL which is a police training mission confirmed that one of their employees was killed and three others wounded in the attack.

Two civilians were also killed and around 15 others wounded in this attack.

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Several hostages freed in Paktia http://www.khaama.com/several-paktia-abductees-freed-3369 http://www.khaama.com/several-paktia-abductees-freed-3369#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 06:46:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50295 Read the full article...]]> Taliban-kidnap-civilians-in-PaktiaSeveral people Taliban militants kidnapped in Paktia province on Saturday have been freed.

Security officials say these people were freed during military operation carried out after the abduction took place on Saturday.

Zalmai Oryakhil, police chief of Paktia province said that the security forces search operation is still ongoing in suspected areas to locate the Taliban hideouts where they might be holding the remaining six hostages.

But Taliban spokesman says that they have more than six hostages and those released were let go after they were not proven to have connection with government.

The abduction took place in Badam area of Sayed Karam District yesterday. Taliban militants had established check point in the area where they stopped civilian vehicles and kidnapped an unknown number of people with vehicles. A specific number of those initially kidnapped is not yet announced but was reportedly around 30 people.

Soon after the abduction took place yesterday Taliban claimed responsibility for it. Taliban spokesman said that government officials traveling in civilian vehicles were the target.

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Eight soldiers martyred, 15 insurgents killed in separate military operations http://www.khaama.com/eight-soldiers-martyred-15-insurgents-killed-in-separate-military-operations-3368 http://www.khaama.com/eight-soldiers-martyred-15-insurgents-killed-in-separate-military-operations-3368#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 05:59:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50290 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army 2Eight soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 15 insurgents killed in newest military operations across the country, Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced Sunday morning.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that the eight soldiers embraced martyrdom in landmine explosion and militant fire in past 24 hours.

The statement does not contain information about the exact location of the incidents.

MoD statement further states 15 militants were killed and 10 others wounded during separate military operations conducted in four provinces in past 24 hours.

20 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by military during these operations, Ministry of Defense statement adds.

Beside causing casualties to the security forces, IEDs are considered the second biggest cause of civilian casualties during the ongoing Afghan war.

A newest report released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) states that a rise of 16 percent was recorded in civilians casualties in the first four months of 2015 compared to the first four months of 2014.

2,937 fatalities have been recorded in these four months out of which there are 974 deaths and 1,963 wounded.

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Two women killed in Kabul suicide attack http://www.khaama.com/heavy-explosion-heard-in-kabul-city-9425 http://www.khaama.com/heavy-explosion-heard-in-kabul-city-9425#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 04:41:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50280 Read the full article...]]> Kabul suicide attackA heavy explosion rocked capital earlier today leaving at least three people including a foreign national dead and several others injured.

The blast took place in the vicinity of Hawashinasi area located close Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said at least two women were killed and 18 others includding 8 women were injured.

He said at least seven men and three children were also among those injured in the attack.

In the meantime, a security official said a foreign national who is believed to be a service member with the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) was killed along with two civilians in the attack.

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

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Ex-Afghan Army officer transplanted hands in India after losing his own in explosion http://www.khaama.com/ex-afghan-army-officer-transplanted-hands-in-india-after-losing-his-own-in-explosion-3367 http://www.khaama.com/ex-afghan-army-officer-transplanted-hands-in-india-after-losing-his-own-in-explosion-3367#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 04:25:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50275 Read the full article...]]> Afghan officerIndian doctors have transplanted two hands to an ex-Afghan Army officer who had lost his own in the explosion of a landmine he was trying to defuse in Afghanistan.

Based on the report of The Indian Express the successful operation went on for about 15 hours by more than 20 doctors of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre located in the city of Kochi, Kerala state.

Abdul Rahim, 30, an Afghan Army captain lost both hands while defusing a landmine in western Kandahar province about three years back.

He was transplanted the hands of a 54 years old Indian man from the state of Kerala who was brain dead accident victim.

Dr. Prem Nair, director of the hospital said that before the transplant was carried out, the family of the victim was contacted who agreed to the donation. After the agreement of the victim’s family, doctors then connected the victim’s hands to the body of the Afghan officer.

Hospital claimed that this could be the first time an Afghan is transplanted both hands after losing his own.

Professor Subramania Iyer who is heading the plastic surgery department in the hospital said that Abul Rahim regained considerable amount of function of both hands but he still will be in the hospital for at least another ten months for intensive physiotherapy.

Indian doctors had conducted their first double hand transplant in the same hospital in February 2015.

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Rabbani promises swift action against expulsion of Afghan traders from UAE http://www.khaama.com/rabbani-promises-swift-action-against-expulsion-of-afghan-traders-from-uae-1113 http://www.khaama.com/rabbani-promises-swift-action-against-expulsion-of-afghan-traders-from-uae-1113#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 18:39:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50267 Read the full article...]]> 200402641-001The Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said Saturday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will take swift action to prevent the unexpected expulsion of Afghan traders from United Arab Emirates.

Speaking to reporters in Kabul, Rabbani said the Chargé d’affaires of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Kabul has been summoned by the Foreign Ministry and the issue has been shared with them.

He said the UAE ambassador to Afghanistan will fly to Abu Dhabi on Sunday where he will share the issue regarding the expulsion of the Afghan traders with the relevant authorities.

According to Rabbani the UAE Chargé d’affaires had earlier assured that the issue of Afghan traders expulsion was due to some issues and ruled out political motive behind the decision by UAE authorities.

Over 600 Afghan traders based in UAE are waiting for their expulsion after the authorities cancelled their operating license.

A demonstration was also organized in Kabul last week where the protesters claimed that the traders will be expelled due to religious discrimination and for being Shi’ites and support Iran who oppose Saudi-led invasion on Yemen.

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Ghani hails Mi-35 pilot for tireless service to suppress militants http://www.khaama.com/ghani-hails-mi-35-pilot-for-tireless-service-to-suppress-militants-1111 http://www.khaama.com/ghani-hails-mi-35-pilot-for-tireless-service-to-suppress-militants-1111#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 16:59:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50261 Read the full article...]]> Afghan Air Force

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani hailed an Afghan Mi-35 pilot for his tireless service with the Afghan Air Force for suppressing the anti-government armed militants.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Gen. Qalandar Shah was specifically hailed for his recent services in Helmand, Badakhshan and Ghor provinces.

According to MoD Gen. Shah was conducting six to seven flights daily on average basis where he targeted the militants in Nawa district of Helmand, parts of Badakhshan province, Charsada and Jawand districts of Ghor province.

President Ghani and Afghan army chief of staff awarded an apartment to praise him for his tireless service, MoD said.

Gen. Shah presented a report on his performance to President Ghani during a VTC conference where President Ghani promised to personally hand over the key of the apartment to him.

He has previously won medals for his extraordinary service and vigilance, the Ministry of Defense added.

Afghan Air Force MD-530

The capabilities of the Afghan Air Force are expected to increase with the delivery of new helicopters as the Afghan security forces took full control of the security responsibilities from the NATO forces last year.

The Afghan Air Force received the first six Armed MD-530s last month with the NATO Train, Assist, Advise Command-Air and 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, saying that the armed MD-530s will increase the Afghan Air Force aerial fires capability.

Armed Mi-17s and MD-530s give the Afghan Air Force six times the number of armed aircraft for Fighting Season 2015 as compared to last fighting season, which only employed five Mi-35s.

Pentagon awarded MD Helicopters Inc. a maximum $44.2 million firm-fixed-price contract last year 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 helicopter will be upgraded under the contract which is expected to be completed early next year.

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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Impregnated two times by rapist father, young Afghan woman seeks justice http://www.khaama.com/impregnated-two-times-by-rapist-father-young-afghan-woman-seeks-justice-1110 http://www.khaama.com/impregnated-two-times-by-rapist-father-young-afghan-woman-seeks-justice-1110#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 16:31:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50258 Read the full article...]]> Afghan woman raped by her fatherA young Afghan woman is seeking justice from the authorities after she was impregnated two times by her own father as she was repeatedly raped by her own father during the past several years.

The 23-year-old Khatera is the guardian of two small children whom she gave birth to after she was made pregnant by her rapist father.

The first child is a 4-year-old girl while the second child was recently born and is only 3-month-old.

Khatera’s father was due to face a court hearing in the preliminary court of Kabul on Saturday but it was delayed due to unknown reasons.

In an interview with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Khatera urged the authorities to try her father for repeatedly raping her during the past several years.

Khatera further added that her father was a cruel person who repeatedly raped her since she was only 12-year-old and she informed her relatives and people but no one paid attention to her plea.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission strongly condemned the brutal rape of the young woman and called on the relevant authorities to immediately take actions against the perpetrator.

This comes as the sexual abuse and rape of children have been rampant in Afghanistan, specifically in northern parts of the country during the recent months.

According to a government survey, around 65 rape case were recorded in six provinces last year where child rape happens more frequently.

The survey covered incidents recorded between March and September last year where incidents on children as young as 1-year-old to 13-year-old were reported raped.

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Explosion in Kabul University compound, 2 lecturers injured http://www.khaama.com/explosion-reported-near-kabul-university-1109 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-reported-near-kabul-university-1109#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 14:58:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50249 Read the full article...]]> explosion in kabul universityAn explosion took place close inside the Kabul university compound in the western part of Kabul city earlier this evening.

Eyewitnesses said the blast took place due to an Improvised Explosive Device planted inside the university compound close to the faculty of Computer science.

They said two university lecturers were injured after the explosive device went off.

The main target of the explosion has not been ascertained so far and the security officials yet to comment regarding the incident.

Officials in Kabul University confirmed that two lecturers were injured after an explosive device went off near the Sciences and Sharia department.

The officials further added that the university was abandoned by the students when the explosion took place and police has launched investigation regarding the incident.

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Daish, Taliban clashes left 3 Taliban commanders killed in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/isis-taliban-clashes-left-3-taliban-commanders-killed-in-nangarhar-3367 http://www.khaama.com/isis-taliban-clashes-left-3-taliban-commanders-killed-in-nangarhar-3367#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 11:31:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50243 Read the full article...]]> ISIS (2)Fighters belonging to the militant groups of Daish and Taliban have clashed in eastern Nangarhar province.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense confirmed this afternoon that the fighting was still ongoing between the two sides in Nazyan and Dur Baba districts.

Three senior Taliban commanders have so far been killed in the clash and possible fatalities suffered to Daish is not yet announced.

Defense Ministry says that the Taliban commanders killed in these clashes are the Taliban shadow-governor for Dur Baba District, head of Taliban’s security commission for this District and Qari Manan who was commander of a group of Taliban in Nazyan District.

Daish or Taliban have not yet commented on the reports but both terrorist groups are against each other.

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Taliban’s shadow District Governor among four killed in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/talibans-shadow-district-governor-among-four-killed-in-nangarhar-3366 http://www.khaama.com/talibans-shadow-district-governor-among-four-killed-in-nangarhar-3366#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 10:10:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50232 Read the full article...]]> Drone

A drone strike has killed four militants including a Taliban shadow District Governor in eastern Nangarhar province.

The aerial strike was reportedly conducted in Murdai area of Achin District last night.

Major Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for Nangarhar police confirming the report says that Taliban so-called governor for Achin District was among the deceased.

The precise air strike comes only a day after five militants were killed in Achin’s neighboring Bati Kot District in a separate target.

Insurgents were traveling in a “Saracha” type vehicle that came under the drone attack. The vehicle was destroyed and five militants were killed on the spot.

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16 soldiers martyred, 138 rebels killed in fresh military operations http://www.khaama.com/16-soldiers-martyred-138-rebels-killed-in-fresh-military-operations-3364 http://www.khaama.com/16-soldiers-martyred-138-rebels-killed-in-fresh-military-operations-3364#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 09:07:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50218 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-National-Army-soldierSixteen soldiers have embraced martyrdom while 138 insurgents killed in fresh confrontations with military across the country, ministries of defense and interior announced on Saturday.

General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense has said in a tweet that the sixteen soldiers embraced martyrdom due to landmine explosion and militant fire in past 48 hours. He has not mentioned the exact location of the terrorist actions.

Also, Ministry of Interior says 138 insurgents were killed and 83 others wounded during separate military operations in 11 provinces in past 24 hours.

A statement issued by the ministry states that the operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Ghor, Kunduz, Faryab, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Ghazni and Paktika provinces in past 24 hours.

Dozens of motorcycles, which insurgents mostly rely on during their attacks, were also seized during these operations.

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Iran may consider to assist Afghanistan to fight ISIS terror group http://www.khaama.com/iran-may-consider-to-assist-afghanistan-to-fight-isis-terror-group-1107 http://www.khaama.com/iran-may-consider-to-assist-afghanistan-to-fight-isis-terror-group-1107#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 08:57:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50220 Read the full article...]]> isis terrorist group afghanistanThe government of Iran may consider to assist the Afghan government in fight against ISIS terrorist group if Tehran receives a request from Kabul.

In an interview with the Afghanistan 1TV Channel, the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan, Mohammad Reza Bahrami, said Iran is assisting the Iraqi government to fight ISIS group after receiving a request from Baghdad.

Bahrami said the terrorist group is a potential serious threat to Afghanistan and its neighboring countries.

He said the group could grow more strong in coming months and years to have a considerable strong presence in Afghanistan and even in the region.

The remarks by the Indian envoy comes as the Afghan national security advisor Hanif Atmar said earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group is looking to have access to drugs market by starting operations in Afghanistan.

Atmar also warned that the terror group wants to expand its operations not only in Afghanistan but the whole region and wants infiltrate in Central Asian countries.

According to Atmar, the ISIS group is led by a Pakistani militant and the group recognizes no boundries since they have already declared the regional countries in their map as Khurasan province.

He insisted that all force must be used to fight the terror group and said the government of Afghanistan prepared a strategy two months ago where the group’s local commander was killed following an operation in Helmand province.

This also comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani acknowledged for the first time last month that the terrorist group was gaining influence in the country.

Speaking during a press briefing ahead of his visit to United States, President Ghani said “Daesh’s characteristic is that it is man-eating. It swallows its competitors.”

“Here, it is not physical presence of people from Syria or Iraq. It is the network effect,” President Ghani added.

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Taliban kidnap dozens of Passengers in Paktia province http://www.khaama.com/taliban-kidnap-dozens-of-passengers-in-paktia-province-1106 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-kidnap-dozens-of-passengers-in-paktia-province-1106#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 08:33:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50215 Read the full article...]]> Taliban kidnap civilians in PaktiaThe Taliban militants have abducted dozens of Passengers from eastern Paktia province of Afghanistan, local officials said.

The officials further added that the passengers were abducted while they were travelling in Syed Karam district early on Saturday morning.

Provincial security chief Zalmai Orya Khel confirmed the passengers were abducted but he did not disclose further information regarding the exact number of the passengers taken as hostage.

In the meantime, a member of the provincial council Mohammad Rahman Kabiri said at least 30 people including women and children were abducted by the militants.

Taliban militants claimed responsibility behind today’s kidnappings and said the hostages are individuals affiliated with the Afghan government.

This comes as at least 31 passengers were abducted by the anti-government armed militants while they were travelling in two buses in southern Zabul province in the month of February this year.

At least 19 of the 31 hostages were released by the militants following a prisoner swap in southeastern Ghazni province last week.

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