Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Afghanistan The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:38:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UNAMA: Civilian Casualties Highest Ever Recorded Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:38:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> unamaThe United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says 9, 617 people were recorded killed/injured between January-November 2014 in Afghanistan which shows an increase of 19%.

As per the UNAMA this is the highest figure of civilian casualties ever recorded by the UN in Afghanistan.

During this period 3, 188 people were killed while 6, 429 were injured making a total of the civilian casualties of 9, 617, expected to pass 10, 000 by the end of this year.

This is apart from the casualties not recorded.

UNAMA has learned the main causes of the casualties were ground engagements and Improvised Explosive Devices.

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom expressing concern urged all parties to reduce civilian.

This is in the time Taliban has increased its insurgency, with a large scale attack went in to 6th day on Friday in Kunar province where civilians are caught in the battle field between Taliban and government forces.

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Another perpetrator of Paghman gang-rape arrested in Kabul Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:33:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> vlcsnap-2014-12-19-17h02m22s177Another individual involved in gang-rape of four women in Paghman district of Kabul has been arrested by the Afghan national security forces.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Friday that one of the perpetrators of Paghman gang-rape was arrested by intelligence operatives from Paghman district.

A statement by NDS said the perpetrator was identified as Farzullah who is originally a resident of Paghman district.

The statement further added Farzullah was arrested along with one of his comrades identified as Aminullah.

According to NDS, the detained individual has confessed that he was assisting the rapists by providing transportation and other facilities.

Farzullah has also admitted that the group was informed regarding the vehicle in which the women were travelling and crossing the area, NDS said, adding that Farzullah has charged the group 5000 AFS for facilitating the gang-rape of the women.

Five of the perpetrators involved in the gang rape of the women in Paghman district were hanged to death in Pul-e-Charkhi prison of Kabul earlier in October.

The executed individuals included Azizullah, Nazar Mohammad, Qaisullah, Samiullah and Habibullah.

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Mir Afghan sacrificed life to stop deadly attack in Kabul city Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:01:59 +0000 Read the full article...]]> B5IL6CcCcAEUfncThe Ministry of Interior (MoI) released the details of an Afghan police officer who sacrificed his life to stop a deadly suicide attack in Kabul city this morning.

The police officer, Mir Afghan, was martyred after he chased a suicide bomber in the outskirts of Kabul city.

According to Ministry of Interior spokesman, Sediq Sediqi, officer Mir Afghan prevented the suicide bomber to enter the city after the suspected was identified and chased.

“We lost another hero today, Officer Mir Afghan, who identified & chased a suicide bomber & prevented him entering KBL,” Sediqi said in a message posted on his twitter account.

The incident took place in Tangi Tara Khel area around 7:40 am local time after the suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the vehicle of the police forces.

According to Kabul police officials, at least three policemen were also injured following the explosion.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the incident and said heavy casualties were incurred to security forces.

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Kidnappers arrested, school child recovered Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:11:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NDS childNational Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday said to have arrested a group of 5 kidnappers and released a boy kidnapped from Taimani area of Kabul city.

NDS says 12 years old Ahmadzai, a student of grade 5, was handed over to his father Tooryalai after release from the kidnappers.

According to NDS, kidnappers had demanded $US 200, 000 from Tooryalai in return for his son whom the kidnappers had captive from 20 days in Paghman and Charikar district of Parwan province.

NDS named the kidnappers as Sardar Aqa, Hamayoun, Iqbal, Peroz and Farid.

At the mean time NDS says to have arrests groups of kidnappers from Ghazni and Herat province.

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13-year-old suicide bomber arrested in Kabul city Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:29:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> teenager bomberA teenager suicide bomber was arrested by the Afghan national security forces before he manage to carry out an attack in Kabul.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the 13-year-old suicide bomber was arrested from the 5th police district of Kabul city.

A statement by NDS said the detained bomber was identified as Bilal and he was looking to carry out an attack in a crowded in area in Kabul city.

The statement further added that the teenager bomber has confessed to his crime and has admitted that he was trained outside the country for a period of 45 days on how to carry out insurgency activities.

The detetion of the teenager suicide bomber comes as the Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant across the country, including capital Kabul.

A suicide bomber who was looking to carry out an attack in Kabul city was killed after he was recognized and detonated his explosives in the outskirts of Kabul city this morning, leaving one policeman martyred and three others injured.

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Detained Taliban insurgents can not recite Kalima Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:07:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> TalibanThe Afghan security forces have arrested two Taliban insurgents in northeastern Badakhshan province who are unable to recite Kalima.

According to the local security officials, the two insurgents were arrested during an operation in this province.

The provincial poilce chief Gen. Abdul Qadir Sayyad confirmed that the two insurgents were arrested during an operation and said they were unable to recite Kalima.

A video of the two insurgents were also widely shared on social media networks in Afghanistan.

The social media users condemned the group for their so-called holy war in the country and being involved in human rights violations as their insurgents are illiterate and have no knowledge of the principles of Islam.

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

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5 Taliban insurgents blown up by own explosives in Herat Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:40:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> TalibanA group of five Taliban insurgents were killed following a premature explosion in western Herat province.

According to the local government officials, the militants were blown up in Shindand district of Herat province while they were looking to plant an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

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

Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device (EID) as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces.

IEDs are also a major contributor to civilian casualties in Afghanistan as the civilians are mostly targeted in roadsede bombings.

According to UN, Improvised Explosive Devices used by Anti-Government Elements, were the second leading cause of civilian casualties in 2014.

At least 1,463 civilian casualties were reported in IED attacks during the first six months of the year, up seven per cent from 2013 and the highest number of civilian casualties from this tactic recorded in a six month period since 2009, the UN said following a report.

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EU extends police mission mandate in Afghanistan Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:51:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Eupol AfghanistanThe mandate of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan was extended by the Council of the European Union on Wednesday.

According to a statement by EUPOL Afghanistan, the mandate was extended from 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2016.

The statement further added that the Council also approved a budget of €58 million for the Mission for the period of 1 January to 31 December 2015.

“EUPOL Afghanistan supports the efforts of the Government of Afghanistan to strengthen its civilian police service operating under an improved rule of law framework and upholding human rights. The Mission will continue to engage in three main areas focusing, in particular, at the strategic level on institutional reform of the Ministry of Interior, professionalisation of the Afghan National Police and the development of justice-police linkages,” the statement said.

Police Commissioner Karl Åke Roghe from Sweden has been the Head of Mission since August 2012. Mr Roghe said “I am delighted that EUPOL can continue its work and move onto a new chapter, supporting sustainable transition and delivering specific expertise to our Afghan colleagues.”

The EU is committed to Afghanistan and its people for the long-term, the statement said, adding that “When EUPOL Afghanistan completes its work, the European Union, including the European Commission and Member States, will continue to support the professionalisation of the Afghan police and the application of the rule of law as part of a broader international effort.”

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59 suspected insurgents arrested in Kabul Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:26:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army-Special Forces-OperationDefense ministry of Afghanistan on Thursday said to have arrested 59 suspected insurgents in military operations in different parts of Kabul province.

A statement issued by the ministry states that during these operations security forces confiscated military uniforms, binoculars, mines, 134 different types of weapons, ammunition as well as drugs.

The ministry officials say that the arrest of such a large number of insurgents with their weapons is a setback to the militants and has promptly blocked terrorist attacks in Kabul.

Kabul is seeing some worst terrorist attacks these days with one suicide attack at police just this morning that martyred one and injured three others.

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5 injured in Kapisa explosion Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:58:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Motorcycle explosionQais Qaderi, spokesman for active governor of Kapisa says an explosion occurred in front of the provincial police headquarters that injured 3 policemen and 2 shopkeepers this morning.

He added that the explosives were placed in a motorcycle and the apparent target was the police.

He added that the injured were shifted to the hospital where they were announced out of danger.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This was the fourth explosion in the country till 02:00PM Thursday. Before Kapisa’s explosion there were two explosions in Baghalan province which luckily did not have casualties but before that a suicide attack in Kabul martyred a policeman and injured 3 others.

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8 Afghan army soldiers martyred in the past 24 hours: MoD Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:18:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan armyAt least seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred in the latest wave of violence across the country.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Afghan army soldiers were martyred in the past 24 hours but the exact locations of the incident were not been disclosed.

A statement by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed that the Afghan soldiers were martyred due to Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion.

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

The Taliban-led insurgency have been rampant since the group launched it’s summer offensive earlier this year.

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

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

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Baz Mohammad Mubariz’s next fight in Kabul Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:03:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Baz1Afghan Mixed Martial Art (MMA) fighter, Baz Mohammad Mubarez, is expecting to face his next rival during a match in Kabul city.

In an online statement posted on his Facebook page, Mubariz, said the announcement of his next fight will be made in the near future.

Mubariz said he is going to face a famous MMA fighter during the fight which is expected to be organized in Kabul city.

He was appointed Afghanistan’s ambassador in Full Metal Dojo Association following his victory against his Swedish rival three months ago.

However, he was defeated by his his American opponent Dylan Fussell at the Full Metal Dojo 3 last month.

Mubariz is one of Afghanistan’s brightest Mixed Martial Arts stars – in a country far removed from the glitz and glamour of America’s UFC series.

The fighter who is also known as “the Eagle” says he made his move away from traditional Afghan wrestling to Mixed Martial Arts after he discovered UFC on Afghan TV.

Mubarez started his pro career in India, where he went through a three-round battle with Kazakhstan prospect Kuat Khamitov.

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Twin explosions near NDS office in Baghlan Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:19:14 +0000 Read the full article...]]> explosion in Jalalabad city2 explosions took place near National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in the main city of northern Baghlan province on Thursday.

Ahmad Javid Basharat, spokesman for Baghlan police say the IEDs were placed near the NDS office but detonated as the vehicle of Sayed Ali Gawhar, ex-nominee for the provincial council of Baghlan, was passing through the area of Bagh-e-Qahwa Khana in the city.

Basharat said no was killed or injured in the explosions but the vehicle was slightly damaged.

There is no claim of responsibility for the explosions nor any arrests have been made so far but officials have initiated an investigation into the case.

These explosions occurred hours after a suicide attack in Kabul that killed a policeman and injured three others.

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Suicide attack in Kabul leaves 1 dead, 3 others wounded Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:56:44 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kabul explosionA suicide bomber attacked a vehicle of the security forces in Tangi Tara Khel area of Kabul city this morning, leaving at least one policeman dead and three others injured.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said police forces were deployed in Tangi Tara Khel area to stop the entry of terrorists in the city when the incident took place.

Kabul police spokesman, Hashmat Stanikzai, said the suicide bomber detonated his explosives after he was recognized by the security forces.

He said the bomber was looking to carry out an attack in a crowded in the area of Kabul city by using a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).

According to Stanikzai, one policeman was martyred and three others were injured following the suicide attack.

The Taliban militants claimed that a joint convoy of the Afghan and coalition security forces were targeted by the suicide bomber.

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Over 100 terrorism hubs actively operating around Kabul: NDS chief Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:43:58 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Rahmatullah-NabeelThe Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief, Rahmatullah Nabeel said Wednesday over 100 terrorism hubs are actively operating around Kabul province.

Nabeel was summoned by the Afghan parliament along with the other high level security officials amid growing violence across the country, including capital Kabul.

He said 107 terrorism hubs are active around Kabul province and admitted that the enemies of Afghanistan, specifically their spies have infiltrated in the security institutions of the country.

According to Nabeel, the government also lacks facilities to monitor the movements of the terrorists in capital Kabul and said only 4 entrance points to Kabul city out of 26 are monitored by security forces.

Nabeel said the scanners which are used to detect explosives are active only 1 hour on daily basis and remains unoperational for the remaining 23 hours due to lack of fuel.

He insisted on the need for a robust investment in security sector, specifically on the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a bid to ensure better security.

The acting interior minister Gen. Ayub Salangi and acting defense minister Enayat Nazari were also summoned by the Afghan parliament to brief lawmakers regarding the deteriorating security situation.

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President Ghani: Time to take strict measures against terrorism Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:15:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 10411052_736840613058850_1497844038061187922_nPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the Pakistani army chief of staff Gen. Raheel Sharif this afternoon to discuss bilateral cooperation to fight terrorism in the region.

Gen. Sharif visited Kabul a day after a group of Pakistani Taliban militants launched a deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city that left at least 141 dead, mostly school children.

President Ghani once again offered deepest condolence on behalf of the Afghan government and people and condemned the barbaric attack in strongest words.

He said the attack on school children in Peshawar was infact an attack on Afghanistan, Muslim people and humanity.

President Ghani compared the attack to the incidents in Yahya Khel district of Paktika province and Estiqlal high school in Kabul where innocent children and youths were targeted.

He insisted on joint campaign agains the terrorist groups in a bid to ensure peace and stability both in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the region.

President Ghani insisted that the government of Afghanistan is prepared to act independently and jointly against the terrorist groups.

The visit by Gen. Sharif to Kabul comes as Islamabad believes the attack on Peshawar school was masterminded by aTaliban commander Umar Naray from Afghanistan.

During the meeting with President, Gen. Sharif said the government of Pakistan is keen to detain those involved behind the attack and insisted on joint campaign against terrorism in a bid to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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Ex-provincial council candidate arrested over kidnap charges Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:49:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Prominent-Taliban-leaders-arrestedA former candidate of the provincial council elections, Enayatullah Taqat, was arrested over kidnapping charges by the Afghan intelligence operatives.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the former candidate was leading a group of 6 kidnappers.

A statement by NDS said the group had kidnapped a resident of Waghez district who was identified as Najebullah and was kept inside a well in Shahrak-e-Muhajireen area in Ghazni city.

The statement by NDS further added that two other kidnappers were arrested in a separate operation from Herat city.

According to NDS, the two kidnappers were identified as Abdul Ahad and Nezamuddin who are originally residents of the 7th and 9th police districts of Herat city.

NDS said the two suspects were involved in the kidnapping of a university student who was later murdered.

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6 insurgents killed, 11 injured in Nangarhar operation Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:27:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Enduring FreedomDefense ministry of Afghanistan says to have killed 6 insurgents in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province during a gun battle erupted in the Oshdal Bazaar area of the district on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the ministry states that the Afghan National Army soldier were busy together with police and personnel of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) when they were attacked in the Bazaar area.

The statement adds that 6 insurgents were killed and 11 others injured in the exchange of fire with the security forces.

The statement further states that neither security forces nor civilians suffered casualties in the clash.

Taliban have not yet commented on the report.

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Pakistan army chief visits Kabul following deadly Peshawar attack Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:08:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pak-army-chief-sharifThe Pakistani army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif arrived in Afghanistan on Wednesday, a day after Taliban militants launched a deadly attack on Peshawar school that left at least 141 people dead.

According to Pakistani security officials, Gen. Sharif will meet with the Afghan military officials to discuss the possibility of a joint military operation by Afghan and Pakistan armed forces.

Gen. Sharif will seek the Afghan military’s cooperation for “a joint operation to counter terrorism and eliminate militants hiding inside Afghanistan”, the officials quoted by Dawn News said.

Asim Bajwa, spokesman for the Inter-service Public Relation, said Gen. Sharif is accompanied by the ISI chief who will meet with the Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and ISAF Commander.

The visit by Gen. Sharif to Kabul comes as Islamabad believes the attack on Peshawar school was masterminded by aTaliban commander Umar Naray from Afghanistan.

A Pakistani security official has said the Taliban commander was issuing directives to militants for carrying out the attack.

The official further added that the issue has been shared with the Afghan military and NATO in Afghanistan after the communications of the Taliban commander was intercepted which helped to trace his location and whereabouts.

The Afghan government officials have not commented regarding the report so far.

The responsibility of the attack was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban group – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khorasani has told media the attack was a revenge of their people killed in Pakistan’s military operation in North Waziristan.

Pakistan’s military operation has been ongoing in North Waziristan since June 15, after peace talks with the Taliban failed and then the Karachi airport was attacked leaving at least 28 people dead.

Pakistani Taliban and foreign fighters later accepted responsibility for the attack.

Pakistan’s military has vowed severe action against those responsible for Tuesday’s attack.

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Drone strike kills 11 Taliban Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:54:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneOfficials in eastern Nangahrar province on Wednesday said that a drone strike had killed 11 insurgents in the Quram area of Shirzad district of the province.

Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for Nangarhar police says the insurgents were riding in a pick-up vehicle when came under attack on Tuesday.

He added that one of the insurgents was a key commander of the group.

“There were no civilian casualties in the attack” Mashriqiwal said.

Taliban yet to comment on the report.

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34 insurgents killed, 12 arrested in military operations across the country Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:22:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> militants_killed_afghanistanInterior ministry of Afghanistan says to have killed 34 insurgents and arrested 12 others during the clearance operations across the country.

A statement issued by the ministry states that 27 insurgents also suffered injuries during the operation carried out in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul, Balkh, Maidan Warka, Logar, Paktya, Herat and Nimroz provinces.

The statement adds that the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and personnel from the National Directorate of Security in past 24 hours.

A large amount of different types of ammunition was also confiscated by the security forces as well as 15 IEDs defused which were planted by the insurgents, the statement added.

Only this year Taliban planted IEDs have killed hundreds of civilians beside the security forces.

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7 killed, 7 injured in Helmand attack Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:07:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kabul Bank in HelmandSecurity officials of southern Helmand province say 4 soldiers and 3 civilians were killed following an armed attack at the branch of Kabul bank in the city of Lashkar Gah on Wednesday.

A spokesman for Helmand police told media that the attack has left 7 others injured including soldiers.

An Eye witness said “There were 4 people, one of them carried out a suicide attack at the door of the bank and other 3 went inside the building”

Police say the 3 attackers were also killed in the clash with the security forces.

Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has condemned the attack.

Afghanistan is seeing its worst insecurity with the insurgent attacks in the provinces as well as the main city Kabul.

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3 Taliban commanders killed in Farah Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:53:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ?????????????????????????????Officials say to have killed three Taliban commanders in Bala Balook district of the western Farah province on Tuesday.

Abdul Rawouf Rahmani, spokesperson for the police headquarters of Farah province said these Taliban commanders were killed during a gun battle with the security forces in Shiwan area of the same district.

These Taliban commanders who are not named were said to responsible for terrorist activities
in Bala Balook district.

Rahmani confirmed that a policeman also suffered injuries in the clash.

Taliban yet to comment on the report.

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Afghan students humiliated, forced to eat toilet dirt in Iran Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:55:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan students humiliated in IranA group of Afghan students were punished and humiliated in Iran after they failed to bring study materials and their home work.

According to the local media reports, the group included four students who were all third graders and were subjected to punishment and humiliation.

The students have been identified as Hamid, Murtaza, Yaseen and Mohammad Reza, who were study in a local school in Pakdasht district and were forced by the class teacher to put their hands in toilet and eat their filthy hands.

The reports published by local media agencies also added that the children were supervised while they were punished and humiliated by the class monitor.

The school where the incident took place is hosting nearly 10,000 Afghan students and 52,000 Iranians.

The relatives of the children have said that the school officials have warned them to close the school for the Afghans if further actions were taken and complaints were lodged regarding the incident.

According to the reports, the issue was made public, specifically to the media by the mother of one of the students.

In the meantime, the education officials in Pakdasht district have denied the humiliation of the Afghan students but cofirmed that the students were punished.

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170 Georgian troops sent for new mission in Afghanistan Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:06:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Georgian soldiers

The government of Georgia has sent a reconnaissance company totaling about 170 soldiers to take part in new NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, set to begin on January 1.

As the mission is not a combat mission the Georgian soldiers will serve the rapid-reaction force under German command in Mazar-e-Sharif protecting coalition troops.

A good bye ceremony was held for these soldiers in Georgia on December 16

Georgia is planning to contribute 750 soldiers to the new NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

Georgian troops have completed a four year combat mission in Hilmand province of Afghanistan.

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Twin blasts in Jalalabad city kills 2 people, injures 5 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:34:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> explosion in Jalalabad city

Twin blasts strike Jalalabad city in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan earlier today, leaving two people dead and five others wounded.

According to local government officials, the first incident took place following an improvised explosive device (IED)

The officials further added that the explosion targeted a vehicle of the Afghan national police, while the second blast targeted the vehicle of the provincial passport department director.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the acting provincial governor, said two policemen were killed and five others were injured in two separate blasts.

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

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

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Afghan Taliban condemns attack on Peshawar school that left 141 dead Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:27:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Peshawar school attackThe Taliban militants group condemned attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city of Pakistan that left at least 141 people dead, mostly school children students.

Taliban said the group was saddened by the attack and offered condolences to the families of the victims.

The group called the assassination of civilians, women and children, against the principles of Islam.

The statement by the Taliban was considered as surprising by the Afghan people as the group is accused of being involved in ongoing brutal attacks across the country where mostly civilians are targeted.

The stance of the Taliban group was questionned by certain social media activists who believe that the statement by the Taliban group basically uncovers their connection with the Pakistani army.

“Afghan Taliban have no voice. The so called spokespersons & statements are from the foreign intelligence services, out of Afg,” a messsage on Twitter said.

The attack on the arm-run school was launched by a group of Taliban militants on Warsak road of Peshawar city, leaving at least 141 people dead, mostly children.

The Pakistani Taliban group – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility behind the attack.

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Afghan senators: Pakistani militia forces fighting in Kunar Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:04:26 +0000 Read the full article...]]> pakistani talibanA number of the Afghan senators aid Tuesday that the Pakistani militia forces have launched attacks on Afghan security forces check posts in Kunar province.

The senators called on Afghan government to immediately deploy more forces to assist the Afghan security forces and anti-Taliban public uprising forces.

The militants launched coordinated attacks on Dangam district three ago, sparking heavy clashes which still continue between the assailant militants and Afghan security forces.

The Afghan senate house speaker Fazal Hadi Muslimayar said the Pakistani militia forces together with the Taliban militants have launched attacks on Afghan people and security forces.

Muslimyar criticized the government for remaining reckless regarding the Taliban and Pakistani militia offensive.

He called the Taliban militants puppets of Pakistan and called on government to immediately deploy additional forces to push back the assailants.

In the meantime, the ministry of defense has said additional Afghan army forces have been deployed in Dangam district to assist the troops and anti-Taliban public uprising forces.

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Afghanistan strongly condemn Peshawar attack Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ashraf-ghani-1414684593Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned an armed attack at a school in Peshawar on Tuesday.

A statement issued from the presidential palace here in Kabul quotes the President as saying “Killing innocent and harmless kids is an act against Islam and Humanity. I strongly condemned the brutal act of the terrorists.”

The statement adds that the president prayed for the victims.

The attack which started at around 11:00AM today has left 130 killed and 80 injured so far.

Most of the victims are students of the military-run school stormed by gunmen in Warsak Road area of the city of Peshawar.

The attack also included explosions in the school where around 500 students were thought to be inside at the time of the attack.

Pakistan’s prime minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has declared a three-country wide mourning.

Tahrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban spokesman has said that the attack was carried out to revenge Pakistan’s military operation under way in North Waziristan.

TTP in the past also have carried out attacks in different parts of Pakistan in an apparent response to the military operation in the tribal belt.

Pakistan’s military has initiated a large scale operation in North Waziristan since June this year with last Monday marking 6 months.

Pakistan’s military sources claim to have killed over 1800 terrorists in this operation including Al-Qaeda and other foreign fighters.

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NATO drone strike kills 8 Taliban insurgents in Nuristan Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:26:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MQ-9 Reaper UndersideAt least eight Taliban insurgents were killed following a drone strike by NATO-led coalition forces in eastern Nuristan province.

According to local government officials, the airstrike was carried out late on Monday night in Want Waigal district.

The district administrative chief, Mawlavi Rhmatullah Rahmat, confirmed that eight Taliban insurgents were killed in the air raid.

Rahmat further added that the airstrike did not incur any casualties to the local residents.

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

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

At least six suspected militants were also killed following a drone strike by NATO-led coalition forces in the same district nearly ten days ago.

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Kabul and other important cities of Afghanistan once again darkened by the winter blackouts Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:07:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kabul dark at night

We are in a country where demand for energy is at its highest during the winter when the power sector of Afghanistan records its peak load in the season. The sector had been supplying quite uninterrupted energy to its consumers until the year 2012, but since then there has been seasonal power shortage across the country. The question is why the sector has been failing for past few years to avail sufficient energy to consumers?

One way to look at this problem is our unhealthy social attitude. To better understand this problem we need to look into it in terms of four major provider and consumer of the energy sector, namely the Power Sector, State, Donors, and People.

The Power Sector:

There are mainly two government organs involved in this sector; The Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS). DABS or Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat is an autonomous organ and is no longer functioning directly under the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW); rather it holds the shares from four ministries, i.e. Ministry of Finance (45%), Ministry of Energy and Water (35%), Ministry of Economy (10%) and Ministry of Urban Development Affairs (10%). We will analyze the role of both the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS)’s decision makers regarding these blackouts and why they should be held accountable.

  • While extending transmission lines for the imported electricity from neighbouring countries to the capital Kabul, it wasn’t designed for the current level of loads. The Maximum capacity of the transmission lines doesn’t cross beyond 380MW at the exporter’s side while these lines in their paths provide energy to many provinces. Loading these lines beyond the above mentioned capacity will certainly cause their melt down. They are also extended in 220KV transmission mode which is not suitable for distances beyond 330Km, while distance between Uzbekistan and Kabul is roughly 700Km, and nowadays this calculation error costs DABS more than 50MW line losses during the peak hours. This loss would have dropped to one fourth of it had they extended it in 500KV transmission mode. The extension of these lines was carried out directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Energy and Water. Either the ministry couldn’t predict such levels of load in less than a decade or it didn’t want to go that far. In other words it shows either incompetency or insincerity.
  • When finally the imported energy arrived, it has a maximum capacity and could not cross its maximum value due to the above mentioned limitations. It needed a master plan for distribution. DABS should have expanded its network in the context of the energy it could avail to the people. However, the network has been expanded so fast and so unrestricted, without even slightly considering the ratings of the power equipment, causing the overload of its 70% equipment and almost the loss of control over the expansions of distribution network. DABS’s decision maker.

understand this fact that their positions are not stable and are floating over the political river. Therefore they never think or plan long term projects instead they favour short term projects and superficial results so that they would be honoured and appreciated while they are still in power, forgetting the future thinking that why to work for the day whentheywon’tbesittingintheircurrentpositions?!.

  • DABS failure in accurately forecasting the load, and then maintaining balance between its generation, consumption and the seasonal impact on the two, are the other significant factors involved behind these blackouts.
  • Kabul has more than seventy of 15KV feeders for distribution, while less than 10 of them are the actual priority or category lines which must be excused from load shedding (outages). DABS management and some staff have excused more than half of the Kabul from load shedding for unknown reasons, which means the other half must pay for it too apart from its own share of load shedding. This not only caused problem for middle class citizens but also created a kind of electricity mafia in the network.


  • State includes all government, Parliament and judiciary employees. Some of these employees misusing their power, pressure DABS for providing them 24 hour electricity. Their direct interference has entirely disturbed the distribution process.
  • The State in general and government in particular sees DABS only a good source of income, while forgetting to address its problems at all.


Unlike many speculations, donors never support reliable and long term projects in Afghanistan. They impose irrational limitations and conditions before and during the implementation of projects. They don’t just hand over money to the authorities. For example, few years ago USAID announced that it will help Afghanistan’s energy sector. They set up many conditions on the government of Afghanistan and then all it helped was some Diesel and Diesel Generators to Afghanistan.


Ultimately, it’s the people who face the problem. On one hand, they are expected to cooperate with DABS and honestly implement the ban imposed by DABS of using heavy current drawing home appliances (such as heaters and etc.) during load peak hours. On the other hand our people have been subject to many difficulties and injustices. Their social attitude has become very unhealthy. They never use the proper approach for solving their problems. Instead of cooperation and paying their share for reform they opt to attacking DABS’slowerhandemployees,whichforsurenotonlycan’t solve the

problem but further worsen it. This pressure on the employees will get them into the corruption as well.

How to reduce the impact of these shortcomings?

The problem is not that small to root it out in a day or two. However, steps can be taken to reduce its impact. Here are some suggestions:

  • The President of Afghanistan can appoint a skillful committee to investigate the matter, particularly the load shedding process.
  • His Excellency can also pressure both DABS and MEW to form a joint commission for finding a way out. It could be immediate extension of new transmission lines to some parts of the country, or accelerating the already proposed projects of Turkmen and Kirgiz electricity.
  • Until the problem is resolved in the coming years, DABS should halt all its utilization networks expansion. Instead it should work on the reliability and relief of its transformers and existing lines from overloading to the existing customers.

Note: This article represents only my personal view. The criticism is positive and constructive in nature and is not meant to target any specific person. It is only intended to motivate reforms.

By Sayed Abdullah Sadat

IEEE-Professional Member

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Afghanistan may resume peace talks with Taliban in Qatar Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:42:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan peace talksAccording to reports, the government of Afghanistan is expecting to resume peace talks with the Taliban group in Qatar in the near future.

An official in Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) has confirmed that the talks are likely to resume with the Taliban group within the next one week.

The official further added members from the Afghan High Peace Council, Taliban group and Pakistan are expected to join the talks.

Moosa Khan Hootak, AHPC’s communications and Invitation Committee secretary, confirmed that the negotiations are expected to resume in a week time.

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

Peace talks with the Taliban group was halted nearly two years ago and shortly after the opening of the Taliban political office in Qatar.

Taliban group boycotted the talks after the government of Afghanistan protested for hoisting the Taliban group flag, forcing the government of Qatar to take down the flag.

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4 Year-Old raped in Hilmand Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:53:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kid RapedA four Year-Old girl has been raped by a group of unidentified men near a police center in Shahid Ghatan area of the main city of Lashkar Gaha in southern Hilmand province.

Bashir Ahmad Shakir, member of the provincial council of Hilmand says the culprits need to be arrested and punished for their evil act.

Security officials yet to comment at the report.

This report is reaching the media a day after a young girl was raped in Hirat province.

Some a month and a half ago a 3 Year-Old girl was girl raped in Rostaq district of Takhar province after which a 5 Year-Old girl was raped in Sholgara district of Balkh province and then another kid in Kundoz province.

Sexual assaults especially where children are involved have been in the raise in Afghanistan in recent months which has prompted concerns of the civil society and Human Rights Organizations.

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Afghan media and civil society to defy Taliban threats: NAI Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:34:57 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan mediaThe Afghanistan media and civilian society will defy Taliban threats and will continue to their activities, the NAI organization which supports open media in Afghanistan said.

The remarks were followed shortly after Taliban group released a statement, warning that the media agencies and civil society organizations would be targeted by the group as part of their offensive.

The statement further added that the group will use all possible ways to carry out the attacks.

The group said certain individuals are trying to promote the western culture in Afghanistan who have been enlisted by the military wing of Taliban and will be targeted one by one.

However, the head of the NAI organization, Mujeeb Khelwatgar has said that security institutions have assured that such threats would not prevent the media agencies and civil society organizations from their activities.

Khelwatgar told reporters that the security istitutions have pledged more support to reporters and civil society activists following the release of the Taliban group statement.

He insisted that the media agencies will continue to their activities along with the civil society activists despite the insurgency activities have been rampant this year.

According to Khelwatgar, the Taliban militants have proven their inhumane mentality by issuing such a statement.

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40 insurgents killed, fighting extended to 3rd day in Kunar Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:45:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ANA fighting Taliban.jpgOfficials in eastern Kunar province say 40 insurgents have been killed and as many injured so far in the fighting that is extended to 3rd day in Dangam district.

Afghan National Army commanders in the east say 5 of their soldier also lost their lives in the battle and 6 others injured.

Police have not released the current report of their casualties but yesterday 4 policemen were injured.

Officials say the insurgents have also burned a number of the civilian houses who upraised against the Taliban insurgency in the district and currently in the side of the security forces.

In the meantime the civilians who have taken their weapons against the insurgents urge the central government to send more aid to the district to defeat the insurgents.

Although local officials are saying that the insurgents belong to the group of the Taliban of Pakistan but Afghan Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dangam district to the east shares a border with Pakistan. The information provided by the local officials indicates that insurgents cross border for terrorist activities in the province.


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5 Afghan army soldiers martyred following roadside explosion Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:18:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan armyAt least five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred in the latest wave of violence, defense officials said Tuesday.

Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Afghan soldiers lost their lives following roadside improvised explosive device (IED) attack.

He said the incident took place in the past 24 hours but did not disclose the exact location where the Afghan soldiers were martyred.

In the meantime, Azimi said at least 25 militants were killed and 32 others were injured during the operations led by Afghan National Army (ANA) forces.

According to Gen. Azimi, the operations were conducted in 5 different provinces where different types of weapons, ammunition and explosives were also confiscated.

He said Afghan armed forces discovered and defused 49 rounds of improvised explosive device (IED) during the operations.

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

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Gunmen attack security check posts in Nangarhar Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:01:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Police in attackOfficials of eastern Nangarhar province say a group of insurgents attacked number of security check posts in Pachir Agam district last night.

While confirming the killing of five attackers, officials said fighting continued till 5 O’clock this morning.

The injury of one policeman and several insurgents have also been confirmed in the exchange of fire.

Officials did not know the specific number of the insurgents but based on the estimation put it at 60, adding that they were retreated.

This mass attack was carried out just one night after a suicide attacker hit a police check post elsewhere in the same district and later other gunmen started exchanging fire with the policemen.

Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwa, spokesman for Nangarhar police later said four policemen were injured and including the suicide attacker a number of the insurgents were killed in the attack.

Pachir Agam district in the southeast of Nangarhar province shares a border with Pakistan where according to the officials insurgents often cross border for terrorist activities and go back to their hideouts in the neighboring country.

The district in the past has also seen heavy fighting. The cave complex of Tora Bora, one of the last strongholds of Al-Qaeda and Taliban, is in Pachir Agam district which was heavily bombed during the 2001 United States war.

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Kabul Gangs; The Story of a City with 4,000 Drug Retails and 340 Criminal Gangs Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:01:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]>
By: Tamim Hamid/2014 Weekly

The city, crowded streets, people, buildings, markets and even the monies roaming in the hands of street money exchangers from inside a black-mirror car looks absolutely dark! Everything wore somber; although I have been witnessing a “black business” inside the car I have been in it since hours. It is one of the last and hot days of summer, me and my associate (driver) sprinting Kabul’s eastern road. I prowled approximately two months to access the black-mirror vehicle and spend some days with a young man who is the one of main drug distributors among several drug retailers in Kabul. The source who has introduced this 27 year-old man to me is a former member of Afghan security forces, thus it is not surprisingas Afghan security institutions confirm drug smugglers pervaded the city in different levels.

They call him Rustam – Rustam is the epic hero of the Persian epic of Shahnama in Persian mythology- with this naming, he probably wants to showoff he is unrivaled.10858426_10154908977515497_2115499319825918800_n

- “I bow to no one, I have this car and continue this business since two years, and I don’t care for anyone.”

Rustam is a resident of northern Afghanistan; he studied up to 10th grade of school. His green eyes and pallid hairs resemble him to Europeans. His expensive pant and shirt shows him a young, rich and jovial guy rather than one of the main drug distributors in Kabul. He turned to drugs five years ago in Iran, he continued for two years after returned to Afghanistan; however he is no more addict now.

- “I was introduced to the main drug dealers through the small retailers, the basic condition for me to continue drug business was to quit using it (powder).”

He was crossing Kabul roads and police check posts with full impetuosity, choosing the city’s key roads; probably he is trying to unnerve me and wants to show he is not afraid of anything. His vehicle pass –government VIP pass- changes every several hours during the day.

- “How do you get these VIP passes?” I asked.

He replied while laughing “It has a long story Tamim Jan, forget it. Money makes every task cushy. Tell me, what do you want? VIP passes of government departments? Do you want me to buy government personnel? I can make it available in 30 minutes; in Kabul, dollar talks, the rest is useless.”

His comments were fulsome; probably those VIP passes were the fake ones, I knew he doesn’t want to tell the truth.

I asked him “Whose car is this? Its owner must be an influenced person as the car still holds black mirrors.”

- “The car belongs to my boss, but do not ask who is my boss and what is he doing.” He answered me with prudence.

Rustam visitedmuch known and key parts of Kabul city during past 3 days – Kart-e-se, Shahr-e-naw, Mikroryans, Wazir Akbar Khan, Taimani and KololaPoshta. Each time he hands over the drugs, he drops me from his vehicle and returns back in 10 to 15 minutes delay. Rustam is distributing drugs to the local retailers two or three times a week.

- “How much do you earn?”

- “well… it depends, I deliver 3 up to 5 kilos of drugs each time and distribute it until late evening. I earn $200, $300 up to $500 in each delivery, so I earn around $5,000 each month.”

He wraps the drugs in small packages –he calls them “half or one kilo loafs of soap”- and puts inside a plastic bag. No one will notice and expect the package is full of the drugs – a powder that Afghanistan ranks first in its production.

Rustam is always armed with a Russian pistol that has used it several times.

- “We are humans, we have to be careful. I have no tensions from police and people’s side, I mostly encounter with my rivals –the other drug dealers. I was wounded once and nearly to die, but it was God’s grace I didn’t die.” Ends his words with a loud laugh.

Rustam escaped an ambush by the other drug dealers outside Kabul eight months ago; the bullet ripped his chest near the heart. He apparently seems happy with what he does; I could not find any sign of annoyance in him, the only visible thing in his face is a happiness mixed with cruelty.

- “Life taught me to live this way, I have come across harsh days and found the flow of money now, and therefore I won’t quit it in any costs.”

- “What do you think will finally happen? What is your plan for the future?”

While crossing a heavily police-guarded square with speed, he replied “Today –the current time- is important for me, don’t worry for tomorrow, future is in the hands of God. Who knows we will be shot in such a road and die one day hahaha.”

Rustam dropped me in Wazir Akbar Khan area in the 3rd day with his last words.

- “I saw you in local TVs; our friendship remains the same, but I will find you anyhow if you do anything against me, then my gun (hidden in his car) will talk to you; good bye now.”

 Drug addicts

10 versus 4,000

The findings of this report showing drug deals take place in 80 parts of the Afghan capital Kabul currently. Kart-e-naw, Pol-e-Charkhi, Pol-e-Sokhta, Shahr-e-Kohna, KololaPoshta, Mikroryans, Wazir Akbar Khan, Taimani and KhairKhana are the major parts of Kabul where drugs sold. About 4,000 drug retailers (a small portion of the 3 million drug cultivators and producers in Afghanistan) sell 15 to 20 kilo grams of drugs to more than 100,000 addicts in Kabul each day. The addicts in Kabul spend at least $3 daily for drugs, meaning that nearly $300,000 cash is spent for dugs each day only in the capital. An Afghan official says “the number of drug retailers goes up and down based on the number of the addicts in an area. We sometimes get the reports of only one drug retailer in an area and sometimes tens and hundreds’. Our reports show the dealers carry 10 to 15 grams of heroin in small packs so to easily carry the drugs and if caught, spend less imprisonment period.” Despite of all these information, he still strongly criticizes the lack of action against the bulks of dealers exist in Kabul.

The documents I have in hand reveal the obstructionismat counter-narcotics institutions in Kabul. The documents indicate that Kabul Police Districts (PD) registered the following counter-narcotics cases during the year 2013:

13 case in Kabul PD 1, 24 cases in Kabul PD 2, 20 cases in Kabul PD 3, 7 cases in Kabul PD 4, 17 cases in Kabul PD 5, 40 cases in Kabul PD 6, 2 cases in Kabul PD 7, 23 cases in Kabul PD 8, 14 cases in Kabul PD 9, 5 cases in Kabul PD 10, 4 cases in Kabul PD 11, 2 cases in Kabul PD 12, 10 cases in Kabul PD 13, no information on Kabul PD 14, 8 cases in Kabul PD 15, 8 cases in Kabul PD 16, 3 cases in Kabul PD 17 and 26 cases in Police counter-narcotics department.

Comparing the year 2013, below are the statics from the year 2012:

5 case in Kabul PD 1, 6 cases in Kabul PD 2, 2 cases in Kabul PD 4, 17 cases in Kabul PD 5, 3 cases in Kabul PD 7, 18 cases in Kabul PD 10, 4 cases in Kabul PD 11, 5 cases in Kabul PD 13, 7 cases in Kabul PD 15, 3 cases in Kabul PD 17 and more than 12 cases in police counter-narcotics department. Though a decrease in number of drug cases also appears in some of police districts:

5 cases in Kabul PD 6, 5 cases in Kabul PD 8, 7 cases in Kabul PD 9 and 1 case in Kabul PD 16.- “These activities are not satisfactory at all; Kabul police districts must be prosecuted if they do not have an outstanding achievement during this year.” The official said.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Interior’s counter-narcotics Deputy has conducted a program to eradicate drug networks in Kabul; the program kicks off with concentrating on retailers first.

Head of counter-narcotics special unit ImamudinMotmayin says to have arrested 25 drug retailers only during one week in the capital.

- “The Afghan elections and other issues slowed down our activities, but this time our operations will consecutively continue.”

What surprised me during this report were that Ministry of Interior’s counter-narcotics Deputy has assigned only 10 of its staffs in Kabul police districts to follow the 4,000 drug dealers in the city.  Head of media department in Deputy Counter-narcotics of Ministry of Interior Sayed Mahdi Kazimi confirms that only 10 cops are assigned to follow the drug retailers, but emphasizes that the Afghan Ministry of Interior is putting efforts to wipe this problem.

- “No sound mind will order to launch broader activities by 10 people in a city with 6 to 6.5 million populations. We are trying to add more qualified people for this task.”

Seizing 400kgs of opium in Surobi district, 350kgs of heroin in Company area and 1,200kgs of drugs in Pol-e-Charkhi of Kabul were the biggest catches during counter-narcotics’ recent operations in Kabul. Ministry of Interior’s counter-narcotics Deputy says to have arrested 250 people since the beginning of the year in drug dealing charges.

Drugs – the second hand problem in Afghanistan

Visiting Afghan officials during this report made me understand that several hands, since months ago, are trying to diminish the capabilities of the counter-narcotics institutions. Therefore drug problem is not in the priority, while the government is much urging for the fight against terrorism and corruption.

- “Drugs are the biggest financial sources of insurgents and unfortunately Kabul is forgetting to fight against it – even the responsible institutions were weakened to stand against the drugs.” Tells a foreign official who is working in counter-narcotics fields in Kabul; he added “Afghan forces are standing in Kabul streets believing they can recognize terrorists and can prevent their attacks. They are behaving so simple against other issues like drugs. For example, you never witnessed any cases that they get off anyone from their car for consuming drugs.”

This foreign official believes that secrete hands are behind weakening the capabilities of the Ministry of Interior’s counter-narcotics Deputy in arresting the drug dealers. There were 6,000 employees working in the Ministry of Interior’s counter-narcotics Deputy during previous year, the 50 % staff downsizing in the organizational structure of this vital department has seriously led to challenges in countering drugs.

An Afghan official who wishes to remain anonymous says“We -the counter-narcotics depart- are consisted of 2,550 employees from among 157,000 staff in organizational structure of the Interior Ministry, meaning that we comprise less than 2 % of the entire structure which is not enough. For example, we just have 75 counter-narcotics staff in Helmand province, a province which produces 48 % of the entire drugs across Afghanistan.” He is adding that “The counter-narcotics unit consisting of 800 people was dissolved, reasoning that its annual five million dollar budget was not affordable. The counter-narcotic’s aviation unit was merged with the secretariat office of Interior Ministry and it is expected that Ministry of Defence will take the responsibility of this unit. The 444 and 333 units which were our special units were assigned for countering drugs. Our zone units –consisting of 25 teammates- were also downsized and were merged with the structure of the police headquarters.”

According to the Afghan officials, there is not even a single person in the Ministry of Interior’s counter-narcotics Deputy who is working to eradicate poppy cultivation in the country and the department must seek for other government institutions’ assistance in this field.

- “They took our airplanes, our equipment and personnel; they are all the efforts of the secrete mafia in the government who try to grab our power and make us weak.”

A downfall in the capability of the counter-narcotics institutions resulted to growth of poppy cultivation in a number of Afghan provinces each year.  In 2012, there were 16 Afghan provinces involved in poppy cultivation, the number reached to 17 during the 2013 and there are 19 provinces involved in poppy cultivation now in Afghanistan.  Meanwhile, a massive support towards the drug smugglers in Afghanistan resulted to serious problems in targeting the main gangs of drugs.

- “We receive tens of phone calls, even from the highest-ranking Afghan officials, while we arrest a drug smuggler saying: Leave him and ensure us of his release!”

In spite of all the challenges and limitations, the counter-narcotics institutions which are assigned to target 1,200 until 2,000 drug dealers each year have had more achievements than the assigned.

3,100 people were arrested by the Afghan forces in 2012, the number boosted to 3,260 in 2013 and around 1,800 people arrested up to 9 months of the current year.

Kabul Gangs

Afghan capital is witnessing some other criminal phenomena too – besides drug smuggling. At least 10 criminal incidents happen in Kabul during each 24 hours. Kabul police says most of these gangs use “modern” tools during crime.

- “They use different weapons, different pistols, AK 47s and modern arms. Meanwhile the criminals make use of technology, and wide modern communications. They are trying any approaches to escape from the law and easily commit their crimes.”, tells Kabul Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Mohammad FaridAfzali –  the man who, according to himself, must  fight against the criminal gangs of the city from 6 morning until end of the night.

Killings, kidnapping, robbery, swindling and tens of other incidents are the other reasons that take away the relief from Kabul CID chief and his subordinates during the nights. However Mr. Afzali believes the crime level declined in Kabul comparing to the previous years.

- “About 70 to 80 incidents were happening each week in the past, but now we get the reports of 45 to 50 incidents in a week.”

Kabul police apprehension is still in place as the criminals are tireless in continuing their activities through various methods. Police arrested a group of criminals in the recent weeks that were carrying on criminal activities using police equipment.

- “We identified and arrested a gang whose one of the member was called General; they were disguised in police uniform and were breaking into people’s home with police Ranger vehicle.”

340 Gangs

Based on the data provide by the Afghan security sources, there are 340 criminal gangs in Kabul city. The groups are mostly consisted of 4 to 5 people, but sometimes the group members are estimated to reach 20 to 30.

“They are trying to stay in touch with each other in a chain and this way they assume to have established a mafia gang in Kabul.” says an Afghan official believing that “powerful hands” are behind some of these gangs. “Not all, but some of them have access to weapons and government vehicles which shows some powerful people support these gangs.”

Armed robbery is another problem for Kabul residents; most of the people prefer not to go out during the nights.

- “We are scared to leave the house during the nights, fearing that thieves will break in. We don’t allow our children to go out late night, thieves are everywhere across the city now! You can find several of them everywhere and they can target you in the roads, inside the cars and everywhere you can imagine.” tells 64 year old Abdullah a resident of Taimani area in Kabul.

- “Our young neighbor while coming home from office was targeted by several armed men inside a city taxi. The robbers stabbed him with a knife for having less money.”

Apparently no one feels safe in Kabul during the nights; dread accompanies people while walking the city’s roads and alleys to home.

Mohammad, a 40 year old shopkeeper in Shahr-e-naw says “While we go out in the morning we are in fear of blasts and suicide bombers, the fear of robbers continues during the nights.”

Not only the taxi passengers, but those who owned cars, were also the victims. Associated Press staff, Hussain Sadat whose car was robbed by armed men weeks ago says:

- “As usual I stopped near a bakery close to our house to get some bread. I got the bread and wanted to get in to my car which suddenly four young and armed men surrounded me and threatened to death; they took away my car. This incident took place just a hundred meters away from a police check point.”

23 years old Mariam who works for an international NGO in Kabul still carries the trepidation of an incident that two men on a motorbike – in a crowded part of the city- robbed her hand bag she was carrying her office stuff and mobile phones in it.

- “It was 4:00pm while I was heading home; a motorbike came towards me with a high speed in Kart-e-Parwan area, the biker grabbed my bag and run away before I make it to a corner.”

Hunting Hunters

It is a cold autumn night in the road from Taimani to Parwan-e-du and Kart-e-Parwan area of Kabul, there is a man who stands far away from the people who are waiting for the transportation. It has been several nights that this man is walking astray in the streets and waiting for a robbers’ vehicle. He has nothing in his pocket, except few cash, he remembers a Kabul resident Abdullah’s words too that says being broke is another danger for Kabul people. Yes, this man is me; I am waiting for hours to hunt the hunters who are targeting people.

Finally a black Toyota Corolla car stops in front of me. I looked into the car and there were 2 other men with the driver; one is sitting beside the driver and another is in the back seat.

I asked: where to?

The driver said: where are you going?

This was the response I was waiting for; I was told the incidents kick off this way.

While opening the door to sit beside the guy in the back seat, I told I am going just one square ahead. The car moves; a deadly silence is dominating inside the car and I am impatiently waiting to see if I guessed correctly. All the three guys look below 30 and their dressing makes me know they are not residents of Kabul.

We crossed a police check post that I suddenly heard the sound of a pistol hammer from the front seat, but silent is still in place. We drove meters ahead that suddenly I found myself in the knife point of the guy who is sitting beside me – he holds a big knife.

- “Don’t move! Did you undrestand?”

The front guy turned his pistol towards me:

- “Hurry up, take out your money!”

I was exactly experiencing what I was told and now it is my turn to play my role. I responded with a pre-planned agitation:

- “Money? Ok, here it is.”

The guy who is beside me tells in asperity “Wait, I myself will check.” he searched my pockets in haste and took the money.

- “Where are your mobiles?”

- “I don’t have any mobile.”

- “You don’t have mobile? You are a young guy and walking without mobile phone in town? Look at your money, is 2,000 or 3,000 Afsan enough amount that you carry with yourself!?”

I hardly could control my laugh after heard his comments.

- “Well, I am a poor guy and have nothing else.”

- “Don’t complain me if I catch any mobile and money from you now.”

He started searching me again, but could not find anything else.

- “Isaid I don’t have any phone!Why are you doing all these? Isn’t it pity?”

- “It is none of your business; we will kick you out after crossing this square (Parwan-e- 2 square).

The driver who was silent from the beginning said:

- “Such a government deserves such actions; they killed all the people from hunger and joblessness!

I asked surprisingly:

- “Are you making the people to pay for government’s mistakes?”

While the driver wanted to talk, the guy beside me stroke me with his knife handle and said:

- “Shut up! Go, hurry up. Go home directly and do not look behind. Be happy you are the first lucky guy who goes from my hand with no harms.”

The car heads towards KololaPoshta area with the maximum speed after I got out of it. I also sped to home to write the details before it goes away from my mind.


2014 Writer Esmat Kohsar, contributed to this report.

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Obama reaffirms continued US support to Afghanistan and Afghan forces Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:47:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ObamaThe US President Barack Obama reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to Afghanistan and the Afghan national security forces as the US ends combat mission after more than 13 years.

Speaking in a gathering of US military membes and families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurts in New Jersery, President Obama said “Even as our combat mission ends, our commitment to Afghanistan endures.”

Obama further added “We’ll continue to have a limited military presence there because we’ve got to keep training and equipping Afghan forces, and we’ve got to conduct counterterrorism missions because there are still remnants of al Qaeda there.”

Obama offered his thanks to the U.S. military members and families stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and across the world for their service to our country.

“After all the sacrifices you’ve made, we want to preserve the gains that you’ve made. We want a stable and secure Afghanistan. And we want to make sure that country is never again used to launch attacks against the United States of America,” Obama added.

The United States is expected to keep up to 10,00 troops in Afghanistan for the first few months of the year 2015.

The issue was shared by US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during his visit to Afghanistan earlier this month.

He said up to 10,800 US troops would remain in Afghanistan for the first few months of next year and the drawdown will restart and the number of US troops would be reduced to 5,500 by the end of next year.

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USAID to invest $125 million on Gas-to-Power project in Afghanistan Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:42:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> gas-to-power projectThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged $125 million on gas-to-power project in Afghanistan.

USAID’s Sheberghan Gas Development Project (SGDP) is a four-year, $125 million initiative, a statement by USAID said.

The project seeks to kick start private investment in Sheberghan’s energy sector by drilling or rehabilitating
three gas wells; conducting a study to certify reservoir gas quantity, pressure, and quality; and by helping find seed money and know how to design, construct and operate a gas processing plant and 200 MW power generation plant near Mazar-i-Sharif.

Afghanistan’s first Gas-to-Power Symposium was also launched by USAID in cooperation with the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum on Sunday, as part of ongoing American support to energy sector of the country.

USAID, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Asian Development Bank organized the symposium to stimulate international private sector interest in the development of natural gas infrastructure in northern Afghanistan, particularly in gas processing and power generation.

Senior officials attending included Shafiqullah Shahrani from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and Mirwais Alami, Chief Commercial Officer of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the national power utility.

“The United States Government is convening international and Afghan business leaders with Afghan Government officials to discuss business opportunities in an exciting new market,” said Roy Plucknett, USAID Deputy Mission Director.

Plucknett further added “This will help meet Afghanistan’s growing demand for power through the development of clean and efficient domestic energy resources.”

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Czech firm may repair T-55 tanks of Afghanistan Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:51:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> imageAn agreement is likely to be concluded between the Afghan government and Czech arms maker – Excalibur Group, to provide spare parts and repair T-55 Afghan tanks.

The contract which is expected to be concluded within the next six months will also include training of the Afghan military technical personnel, while upgrading of the BVP armored infantry fighting vehicles in Afghanistan will also be considered in the future.

The negotiation was made during a visit by Excalibur Group business manager Jiří Sauer who visited Afghanistan together with Defense Minister Martin Stropnický, Czech News Agency reported.

Saud said “We are able to supply and produce any spare parts for this tank.”

The extent of the supply would depend on the Afghan military’s financial possibilities, Saur said, adding that the firm will discuss details of the contract in the following months.

According to Saur, the technicians will be examining the tanks’ technical state to see how many of them could be repaired.

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Hospital guards rape girl in Hirat Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:19:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Girl rapedHospital officials of western Hirat province say the girl had asked guards for address of a department in the hospital after which she was raped by them.

Abdul Rawouf Ahmadi, spokesman for Hirat said both the accused have been arrested and an investigation was initiated into the incident.

The incident according to the officials occurred late Sunday.

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Explosive laden vehicle seized in Kabul Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:52:59 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ExplosivesInterior ministry of Afghanistan says that police recovered an explosive laden truck in the 5th police district of Kabul city on Sunday.

A statement from the ministry says that beside explosives a huge amount of deferent types of weapons rounds were also placed in the vehicle.

Ministry released statement states that the vehicle was prepared for a suicide attack in Kabul city.

No one was arrested in this regard, the statement added.

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5 Afghan army soldiers martyred following IED attack Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:24:50 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan army soldiers killedAt least five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack.

Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), said the Afghan soldiers were martyred in the past 24 hours.

He did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident.

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

Taliban militants and insurgents from the other militant groups frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) as the weaopn of their choice to target the security forces.

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

Roadside bombs are also one of the major contributors to civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

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5 Suicide attackers killed, suicide vests and motor bomb seized Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:38:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> suicide-bomber-killed-in-HelmandThe interior ministry of Afghanistan says 5 suicide attacker were killed in their own explosion in Ghor Aaback area of Chaparhar district in Nangarhar province before reaching to their target late Sunday night.

A statement issued by the ministry adds that police seized a vehicle and 3 vests filled with explosives in the Omar Bazaar area of Zurmat district in Pakitika province also late Sunday.

The statement adds that no arrest was being made in these regards but investigation was ongoing.

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Gas cylinder explosion injures 3 people in Kabul Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:27:20 +0000 Gas cylinder explosionA Gas cylinder explosion injured 3 people in Kota Sangi area of 5th police district in Kabul on Monday afternoon.

Hashmat Stanikzai, spokesman for Kabul police confirmed the incident saying the injured were shifted to a nearby hospital.

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Suspected ISIS (Daesh) commander arrested in Afghanistan Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:21:44 +0000 Read the full article...]]> suicide bomber arrestedA notorious anti-government armed militant commander who is believed to have links with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has been arrested by Afghan security forces in Paktia province.

According to the local government officials, the detained commander has been identified as Qari Amandullah who is also famous as Qari Khalid.

A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the commander was arrested by Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

The official further added that the arrest was made following a gun battle which continued for almost 15 minutes.

The detention of the suspected ISIS commander comes as there are concerns regarding the growing influence of the terrorist group in Afghanistan, specifically among the university students.

The Islamic State group is not believed to have operations in Afghanistan. However, insurgents belonging to a faction of the Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said earlier in September that they consider to join the Islamic State militants who are currently fighting in Syria and Iraq.

There have been growing concerns regarding the growth of extremism in educational institutes, specifically in Kabul university amid fears that the insurgent groups have infiltrated among the university students to hire them for insurgency activities in the country.

A group of individuals were also arrested by Afghan security forces who were apparently supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in capital Kabul nearly two months ago.

According to the security officials, the individuals were writing slogans in support of Islamic State in the walls of Kabul university.

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Fighting continues between security forces and insurgents in Kunar Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:51:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ANA fighting Taliban.jpgOfficials say a number of insurgents have been killed and injured in the battle with the security forces following a massive attack at Dangam district of eastern Kunar province which is still ongoing.

Provincial police chief Abdul Habib Sayedkhil said only four soldiers have suffered injuries in the exchange of fire.

The number of the insurgents is said to be in hundreds.

Although officials say the insurgents are from Pakistan but Afghan Taliban in a message to the media have claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack according to the officials started last night.

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Roadside bomb explosion kills 1, injures another in Laghman Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:53:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Roadside bombSarhadi Zwak spokesman for the acting governor of eastern Laghman province says a roadside bomb went off at a civilian vehicle in Sabokhil area of Qarghai district which killed one person and injured another around 0730 AM Monday morning.

He added that initial investigation indicates that the bomb was detonated by a remote control, adding that further investigation was taking place to arrest the culprits.

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22 insurgents killed in military operations Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:32:59 +0000 Read the full article...]]> militants_killed_afghanistanInterior ministry of Afghanistan says 22 Taliban insurgents were killed and 28 injured during anti-terrorism operations jointly carried out by Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and National Directorate of Security personnel in past 24 hours.

A statement issued by the ministry states that the operations were conducted in Ghazni, Khost, Sar-e-Pul, Badakhshan, Nangarhar, Kandahar and Faryab provinces.

The statement further states that four IEDs in Laghaman, Kundoz, Zabul and Paktika provinces were also defused by the security forces and a large number of different types of light and heavy weapons was recovered from the position of the terrorists.

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Senior Taliban commander including nine killed in Hilmand Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:09:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ?????????????????????????????Security officials in southern Hilmand province say Mullah Momin, a senior Taliban Commander, was killed with eight of his men during a clearance operation along the Hilmand-Kandahar highway on Sunday.

Ahmad Masoud Bakhtawar, deputy governor of Hilmand also confirmed the report saying “Based on intelligence information, police and NDS jointly conducted the operation on Hilmand-Kandahar highway, killing Mullah Momin and eight other gunmen belonging to his group”

He added that two policemen were also martyred during the operation.

According to the officials Mullah Momin was responsible for organizing Taliban attacks on Hilmand-Kandahar highway.

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Gunmen attack police checkpoint in Nangarhar Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:40:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> An armed Afghan police officer takes his position after gunmen launched multiple attacks in the Afghan capital KabulHazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for Nangarhar police says a group of gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in Ghurband area of Chaparhar district last night leaving four attackers killed and four policemen injured.

Mashriqiwal said exchange of fire took place between police and assailants following a suicide attack at the checkpoint where a number of attackers also suffered injuries.

He added that the attackers were forced to retreat.

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Stanikzai: Enemy attack blocked in Kabul Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:13:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IEDHashmatullah Stanikzai, spokesman for Kabul police says an IED which was planted by the enemy of Afghanistan was recovered by the security forces from the jurisdiction of Bagrami district in Kabul this morning.
He said it was not possible to transport the IED therefore security forces detonated it on the spot but nobody was harmed in the explosion.
Taliban insurgents have increased their attacks in Kabul using IEDs, magnetic and motor bombs.

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Afghanistan football to announce primary list for new national team Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:03:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 10668814_737960152938185_4569921953385262483_oThe Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) said Sunday that the preliminary list for the new national team will be announced in the near future.

In an online statement, the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) said the Afghanistan football head coach Mohammad Yousuf Kargar along with the AFF officials have prepared the preliminary list of nominees.

The statement further added Mr. Kargar has visited the European and American countries to select nominees for the new team.

The national team was suspended by the football federation nearly two months ago due to weak performance, specifically by the under-23 football team in 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

The under-23 national football team had lost all matches in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games after appearing against Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Uzbekistan.

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Insurgency to continue if US forces stay in Afghanistan: Ex-ISI chief Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:10:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Hamid GulThe former Pakistani military intelligence – Inter-service Intelligence (ISI) chief, Gen. Hamid Gul, has said that the Taliban-led insurgency will continue to persist if the American forces stay in Afghanistan.

In the an interview with the local newspaper, The News International, the former ISI chief, said the complete withdrawal of the US forces is “the first and foremost prerequisite for peace in Afghanistan”.

“First, it announced to keep 9,800 troops but now it has increased the number to 10,800 troops. This is not withdrawal. Peace would not come in Afghanistan. I always say that two fs — freedom and faith — are an integral part of the Afghan psyche,” Gen. (retd) Hamid Gul said.

He said the Afghan people will never tolerate occupation of their land and will fight back. So, if American troops stay in Afghanistan, attacks will [continue to] happen. Nothing can stop it. The military operation in North Waziristan is a success so far but it would not be able to serve the purpose unless the US leaves Afghanistan,” he added.

The remarks by Retd. Gen. Hamid Gul comes as the US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said earlier this month that up to 10,800 US troops would remain in Afghanistan for the first few months of next year.

Hagel said the original plan to cut the troop levels to 9,800 by the end of this year was abandoned since the planned troop commitments by US allies for the NATO non-combat mission – Resolute Support mission starting in January have been slow to materialize.

The new government of Afghanistan signed a bilateral security agreement with Washington late in September, providing a legal frame work for the presence of US forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

A similar agreement – Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) was also signed by the Afghan government with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to pave the way for the presence of NATO troops in the country to implement the new non-comabt mission.

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Mortar fire kills woman in Kundoz Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:00:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> anA woman was killed and two kids were injured after a mortar hit a compound in the Khanabad district of northern Kundoz province on Sunday.

Hayatullah Amiri, district governor of Khanabad says the mortar was fired in the clash between two illegal armed groups fighting each other since a week, adding that the central government has not done enough to stop the fighting which has extended to eighth day.

Previous reports suggest that both sides engaged in fighting have also suffered casualties in the exchange of fire.

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Pakistani Taliban launch attack on Kunar province Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:55:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> KunarAccording to reports, scores of militants belong to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have launched coordinated attack on Kunar province.

Local security officials have confirmed that the Pakistani Taliban insurgents have launched coordinatd attack on security forces check posts in Dangam district.

Provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Habib Syed Khel, said sporadic clashes have been continuing between the Afghan forces and Taliban insurgents during the past four days.

However, Gen. Syed Khel, said the anti-government armed militants intensified the attack on the security check posts this moring.

He said at least seven militants have been killed so far and nearly 16 others have been wounded.

According to Gen. Syed Khel, the Afghan security forces are supported by anti-Taliban public uprising forces.

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19 Taliban insurgents killed in counter-terrorism operations Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:32:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Taliban rebels killedAt least 19 Taliban militants were killed and 11 others were wounded following counter-terrorism operations conducted jointly by Afghan national security forces.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) following a statement said the operations were conducted in the past 24 hours in Kunduz, Faryab, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul, Ghazni, Herat and Ghor provinces.

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

At least 5 militants were arrested by Afghan National Security Forces, MoI said, adding that Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated light and heavy rounds ammunition during the operations.

“During the same 24 hour period, Afghan National Police discovered and defused 32 different types of IEDs placed by enemies of Afghanistan for destructive activities in Faryab, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak and Helmand provinces,” the statement added.

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

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Ghani appoints new chairman, CEO for Afghanistan Cricket Board Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:20:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 10620058_1018041024888392_861130203176876398_oPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has appointed new chairman and chief executive officer for the cricket board of Afghanistan.

According to a statement by ACB, Nasim Danish has been appointed as the new chairman of the Afghanistan cricket board, while Shafiq Stanikzai has been appointed as the new ACB chief executive officer.

The statement further added that the new appointments were made following a decree issued by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Nasim Danish was previously serving as the deputy ACB chairman and Shafiqullah stanikzai as the national team director.

Previously, Shahzada Masood was serving the chairman of the cricket board of Afghanistan, and Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad as ACB chief executive officer.

The new appointments comes as the Afghan national cricket team is due to participate in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, which is due to be organized in the month of February next year.

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Ghani calls on Nation to stand together against terrorism Sun, 14 Dec 2014 07:37:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> President-GhaniAfghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who was attending International Human Rights Day in Kabul on Sunday said that terrorism is against Islam and humanity and therefore the nation specifically religious scholars, civil society and human rights activists should loudly call “End to Terrorism”.

The president further said that those who want an insecured Afghanistan need to know that this can affect them as well, adding that peace is a need of the society and Afghans need to receive that.

“With their terrorist acts if they are trying to weaken our intentions they need to know that the people of this country are not the people to scare or give up”, Ghani said

In regards to the latest violence against women, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said every citizen of Afghanistan should condemn the violence and brutal acts against their brothers and sisters and should fulfill their brotherly responsibility in preventing such acts.

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Germany not in favor of swift end to NATO mission in Afghanistan Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:57:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> German Defense ministerUrsula von der Leyen, defense minister of Germany who is on a surprise visit in Afghanistan said her country is not in favor of “abrupt end” of the current mission or future withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan.

She said even though Afghan Security Forces have positive achievements and are more capable of the security but Afghanistan is in a fragile situation and an abrupt end to the assignment of the international forces may create a gap.

She made these comments on Saturday while visiting her soldiers in Camp Marmal near mazar-i-Sharif.

She said international forces should consider ending their assignment gradually.

German now has about 1200 soldier in Afghanistan and for the new NATO mission expected to start next year, 850 soldiers will stay behind.

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Afghan Government working on plan to prevent attacks Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:53:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Sediq Sediqi, MOISediq Sediqi, spokesman for the interior ministry of Afghanistan says they are working with other security agencies to develop a plan to prevent terrorist attacks in the country.
He told reports in Kabul on Saturday that Taliban are trying to distress people as the international forces withdrawal loom.
Afghan government reports to be working on a security plan for the country as the insecurity is on the rise.
On Saturday alone two attacks killed 12 de-miners and 6 personnel of the defense ministry.

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Students injured in Nangarhar explosion Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:43:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar Hospital-Child woundedHazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for Nangarhar police say students were on their way to school in Baharabad area of Behsood district when the explosion took place at around 08:30AM this morning.
Mashriqiwal said 2 students were injured in the explosion but hospital sources confirmed that 6 injured students were taken to the hospital from Sunday’s explosion site of Behsood district.
According to the officials the explosives were placed in the agriculture land on the way to the school.
No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

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44 Afghan army officers graduated from Indian Military Academy Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:15:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan army officersA total of 44 Afghan National Army (ANA) officers were graduated from the prestigious Indian Military Academy after completing their training.

The Afghan National Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, attended the passing out ceremony today and was a chief guest of the ceremony.

The graduated Afghan National Army officers are expected to join the army in the near future after completing their training.

“A total of 665 Gentlemen cadets including 64 from friendly foreign countries passed out from the Indian Military Academy,” a statement by the Indian embassy in Kabul said.

The statement further added “In the past a large number of the Afghan National Army (ANA) officers have completed their training in this prestigious military academy and have come back as professional soldiers to serve their motherland.”

Gen. Karimi is in India on an official visit where he is expected to meet with top Indian military officials, including the Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh Suhag and discuss the strengthening of Bilateral Cooperation.

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Senior Interior Ministry official survives blast in Kabul Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:38:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> explosion in kabulA senior official of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) escaped unhurt from an explosion in Kabul city late on Saturday night.

The blast took place in the 8th police district of Kabul city, targeting the Khushal Sarwari, the director of sports department in the Ministry of Interior.

The type of the explosion is not clear so far but preliminary reports suggest at least one person was injured following the explosion.

Eyewitnesses in the area are saying that the blast took place due to a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED) which was planted near the residence of the official.

This was the second explosion in Kabul city in a span of six hours. At least seven Afghan army personnel were killed and several others were injured following a suicide attack in western part of Kabul city in Guzargah area this evening.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the attack.

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Spanta: International Strategy against terrorism is ineffective Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:49:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SpantaRangin Dadfar Spanta, security advisor to ex-president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, says the current policy of fighting terrorism is unproductive on the ground.
He said that the geographical strategy was going in a wrong direction in Afghanistan, adding that the core of the strategy must be the location from where the idea of terrorism is advancing.
“Violation in Iraq and Libya and supporting fundamentalists in Syria has not benefited the region but caused ruins” he added
He further said that some people are using terrorism as the instrument of their foreign policy.

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6 martyred, 10 injured in Kabul suicide attack Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:37:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kabul Blast

A suicide attack at a defense ministry vehicle has martyred 6 personnel of the ministry while injuring ten others including civilians, Hashmatullah Stanikzai, spokesman for Kabul police said.

The attack took place in Pul-i-Artal area of the 7th police district in Kabul city later Saturday afternoon.

The mini bus was more likely transporting off duty officials from the defense ministry as the attack took place after 04:00PM.

Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. 

]]> 0 12 de-miners shot dead by Taliban insurgents in Helmand Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:34:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> deminers shot dead in HelmandThe Taliban militants have shot dead at least 12 de-miners in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place on Saturday noon in Washer district.

A security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said a group of Taliban militants opened fire on de-miners in Shorab area.

The official further added that 12 de-miners were also wounded following the attack.

The provincial police spokesman, Farid Ahmad, confirmed the incident but did not disclose further information regarding the exact number of casualties.

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

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and often carry out insurgency activities.

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54 militants killed during operations led by Afghan army Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:36:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan armyAt least 54 militants were killed following a series of operations across the country in the past 48 hours.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were conducted by Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in Nangarhar, Khost, Parwan, Helmand, Logar, Kabul, and Herat provinces.

A statement by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 42 militants were also injured and 12 suspected militants were arrested during the same operations.

The statement further added that the Afghan armed forces also confiscated various types of weapons, ammunition and explosives belonging to the militants.

Afghan army soldiers confiscated and defused 78 rounds of improvised explosive device (IED) during the operations, the statement added.

According to the Ministry of Defense, at least two Afghan national army soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) attack.

No further details were given regarding the exact location where the two soldiers lost their lives.

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

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Afghan parliament to reject ministers with dual nationality Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:11:14 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-parliament-violenceLawmakers in the Lower House of Parliament – Wolesi Jirga called on the government of national unity not to introduce ministers with dual nationality to receive vote of confidence.

The decision was unanimously approved by the lawmakers during the general session of the parliament on Saturday.

The lawmakers insisted that the ministers with dual nationality would not remain committed to serve for the national interest of the country, and therefore should not receive vote of confidence.

The government has not introduced nominees for the new cabinet so far. But, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the new cabinet of the national unity government would be introduced within the next three weeks.

President Ghani shared the issue during a meeting with the religious scholars, political figures, members of the parliament and tribal elders in ARG palace on Friday

He said the continued internationa aid to Afghanistan was a priority to the government of Afghanistan which has been guaranteed.

President Ghani further added that the government’s focus will be on internal issues after this and the new cabinet will be announced within the next three weeks.

He also insisted on a better administration by the government of Afghanistan to manage the international aid to Afghanistan.

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Young girl killed after rejecting escape from residence Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:00:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Girl killedAn 18 year old girl was killed after she gave negative response to a boy’s request for going with him.
Mohammad Ali, a security officer at the police headquarters of Bamyan province says the crime took place in Petab Laghman part of the city of Bamyan where a boy killed a girl after she rejected to run away with him.
Security officials say a boy named Chaman was arrested when trying to flee from girl’s home where he committed the crime.
Ghulam Hussain, father of the victim says his daughter was alone at home when the incident took place.
He added that the boy’s family had proposed his daughter about six months ago but his daughter had rejected the proposal.
Ghulam Hussain asked severe punishment for the suspected killer.

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Kabul French school bomber was pardoned by Karzai Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:44:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kabul french school bomberThe social media activists and users have started sharing a set of photos showing the teenager suicide bomber who attacked the French Institute in Estiqlal high school on Thursday evening.

The authenticity of the photo has been not ascertained, but the activists and social media users appears to criticize the former President’s approach towards the militants, particularly the child suicide bombers who were pardoned and were released by him.

The dead body of the teenager suicide bomber has been compared with another photo of the suicide bomber who was released by Karzai around a year ago.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the attack on the French Institute where a theatre show was organized, leaving at least one foreigner civilian dead and nearly 20 others injured.

Taliban claimed that the attack was carried out in response to a show which was spread immorality.

But the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the Haqqani terorrist network was involved behind the attack.

NDS spokesman, Haseeb Sediqi said the network used a 15-year-old child to carry out the attack.

The attack targeting the civilians was widely condemned both in Afghanistan and on international level.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, said “This deliberate targeting of civilians at a place for learning and culture is an atrocity that must be condemned in the strongest terms.”

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US soldiers killed in Bagram explosion Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:05:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Veterans Day Silent Vigil

“theguardian”, an international news agency quotes an international military official on the condition of anonymity that two US soldiers were killed in Bagram explosion.

NATO has only confirmed that 2 of their service members were killed as a result of an enemy attack in the country’s east.

The explosion took place near Bagram airbase in Parwan province last night.

Local officials have also confirmed the explosion.

Mohammad Zaman Mamozai, police chief for Parwan province said a bomb went off at the side of the road as a convoy of foreign forces was passing through the area.

He added that there was no civilian causalities in the explosion.

Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The latest casualties added up the number of international troops killed in Afghanistan this year to 65.




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Secretary of supreme court killed in Kabul Sat, 13 Dec 2014 06:03:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Supreme Court of AfghanistanAtiqullah Raufi, Secretary of supreme court of Afghanistan was announced dead following an attack on his vehicle this morning in Kabul.

Hashmatullah Stanikzai, spokesman for Kabul police said Raufi was on his way from his residence to work when unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets on his vehicle.

He said the incident took place in 5th police district of the city and an investigation was initiated into the attack.

Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

]]> 0 UN backs agreement on new non-combat NATO mission in Afghanistan Sat, 13 Dec 2014 04:54:44 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SOFAThe United Nations Security Council welcomed the agreement between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Afghan Government to establish a new non-combat, training, advisory and assistance mission.

“Unanimously adopting a new resolution the Council underscored the importance of continued international support for the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan and of further enhancing the capabilities of and capacities of the Afghan National Defence and Security Services and the NATO entity, to be called the Resolute Support Mission, will train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces,” a statement by UN said.

The statement furhter added that the Council took note of the Secretary-General’s letter of 28 November 2014 transmitting the final report on the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan, which are set to draw down by the end of 2014.

That letter states that while the core objectives of ISAF have been achieved, “more remains to be done to develop self-sustainable and fully capable Afghan security forces,” the statement added.

According to UN Security Council, the Afghan forces still have capability gaps and development shortfalls, especially in the Air Force. Equipment procurement, financial management and accountability procedures need to improve.

“Endemic corruption persists. Further progress is required in the participation of women in security Institutions and forces, in securing women’s rights, and in the protection of children in armed conflict, especially in eliminating the recruitment of child soldiers, says the letter,” the statement said.

Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan, said “At this crucial juncture in our history, this resolution signifies the necessity of enduring and long term support for Afghanistan.”

Tanin further added “The adoption of this resolution is a clear indication of the continuing support of the Council and the international community for the efforts of the Afghan people and government to bring peace, stability, democracy and prosperity to the country throughout the transformation decade.”

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Powerful Explosion reported near Bagram Sat, 13 Dec 2014 04:48:31 +0000 A strong explosion reported near Bagram in Parwan province. Details to follow…

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Afghan intelligence stops smuggling attempt of 27 children to Pakistan Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:42:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan child bombersThe Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) stopped smuggling attempt of at least 27 minor children to Pakistan. (File photo of would-be child suicide bombers pardoned by ex-President Hamid Karzai in August 2011)

NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi told reporters on Friday that the suspected smuggler was identified as Syed Karim who is originally a resident of Nuristan province.

Sediqi further added that the smuggler was looking to smuggle 27 children aged between 5 to 10-year-old to Punjab province of Pakistan.

He said the children were collected by Syed Karim from various parts of Nuristan province and was arrested from Jalalabad city of eastern Nangarhar province.

According to Sediqi, Syed Karim was looking to deploy the children to religious Madrasas (religious schools) in Pakistan so that they could be brain-washed and used as suicide bombers.

sediqi said the children were handed over to a tribal elder in Nuristan province and will be transferred to their families.

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Ghani: New cabinet to be introduced within next 3 weeks Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:20:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> GhaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the new cabinet of the national unity government would be introduced within the next three weeks.

In a meeting with the religious scholars, political figures, members of the parliament and tribal elders in ARG palace on Friday, President Ghani said continued internationa aid to Afghanistan was a priority to the government of Afghanistan which has been guaranteed.

President Ghani further added the government’s focus will be on internal issues after this and the new cabinet will be announced within the next three weeks.

He also insisted on a better administration by the government of Afghanistan to manage the international aid to Afghanistan.

President Ghani also emphasized on the importance of religious scholars and tribal elders contribution and advices in important national issues and said the government will continue to seek their advices on such issues.

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Haqqani network used child bomber in French school attack: NDS Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:58:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> French school attackThe Haqqani terrorist network has been accused for being involved in plotting and conducting a suicide attack in at the French Institute of Afghanistan in Estiqlal high school in Kabul.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Friday that the a 15-year-old child was used to carry out the attack on Thursday evening.

NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said the child bomber was in school uniform and detonated his explosives among the gathering of the other students of Estiqlal high school.

At least one civilian who is believed to be a foreigner was killed and nearly 20 others were injured following the suicide attack.

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan claimed responsibility behind the attack.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the suicide attack. “This deliberate targeting of civilians at a place for learning and culture is an atrocity that must be condemned in the strongest terms,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom.

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16th General Assembly of Youths ended in Tirana Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:47:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> World Youth AssemblyThe Afghan youths’ representatives, along with several international youth activist and youth representatives from deferent part of the world involved in the World Assembly of youths, called on UN and other international organisations to support youths and bring them to the leadership level.

16th International assembly of youth with the selected theme, ‘Youth Leadership Succession: Past and Future, took place on 7th to 11th Dec 2014 in Tirana Albania.

This assembly was organized by WAY in partnership with the Melaka State Government, Malaysia, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, Albania and the Albanian youth Council.

The youth representatives of Afghanistan briefed the participants about the Afghan youths and the challenges which they are faced with.

In a leadership session with the European, African and Asian youths, afghan delegation pointing out the importance of youth leadership, the participation of youth in politics by addressing the youth issues and being an important stakeholder for government on build in strategies for solving youth issues.

Ms. Masiela Lusha, WAY Good will Ambassador said, WAY sees a greater need for sustainability even as the drive, to develop and empower the community, continues. With that in mind, WAY has chosen “The Role of Youth on Sustainable Development” as the theme for the Fourth Millennium Plan of Action and is designed to be consistent with the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Youth Assembly Afghanistan FlagMirwais Jalalzai the member of World Youth Assembly observer team from Afghanistan evolutes assembly session impact full, and he asked the WAY executive board for the membership of Afghanistan in World Assembly of Youth.

He added Afghan youths focus will be on the current issues that affect young people around the country.

“Youth role on sustainable development is very crucial. Youth and youth leaders should be pivotal players in tackling global development issues and play a key role in the decision making processes, at all levels” He said.

In The XIV General Assembly of Youth the 10 areas set by the World Assembly of Youth for the Fourth Millennium Plan of Action Goal was, ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, Ensure environmental sustainability, promote sustainable economic growth and employment, ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all, eradicate hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, achieve gender equality and women empowerment, promote peaceful and inclusive societies , eradicate poverty in all its forms, Strengthen global partnership for development and encourage youth participation in decision making process.

The youth leadership in succession: Past and Future theme was chosen to draw attention to the importance of youth leadership-possession taking into consideration the fact that youth, worldwide, amount for approximately 3 billion people, making up almost half of the global population.

Emad Ahmad Haroon other member of Afghan delegation also emphasized on empowerment of youths in the world.

“Youths are the driving force of a country and the government should invest on them and give them chance to work for development of the country” he added.

World youth leaders to reflect on the real objectives of the national youth councils and more importantly its relevance to the currently global crisis facing the world. We must challenge leaders to make shift their current approach of managing the youth, he said.

Now a day youth around the world had to many problems but Afghan youths are faced with deferent kind of challenges and it need to be element by the government and those organizations which works for youth empowerment globally.

Sayeed Adeeb Modasir the other member of afghan youth delegation also had a speech to the participants.

He added my recommends to world leaders is to inspire and empower the youth around the world to making it a better place for the generations to come.

He also called upon the United Nations to declare an International Skills day as recognition of skills development of youth, paving the way for reduced poverty.

Sayeed Adeeb asked the youth representatives what challenges they were facing to which they responded that actually mobilizing young people and governments was a difficult task.

The 16th General Assembly of Youths closed by the President of WAY Idris Haron on 12the Dec .

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President Ghani appoints new acting ministers for four ministries Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:04:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ashraf ghaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has appointed acting ministers for the ministries of foreign affairs, finance, women’s affairs and trade and commerce.

According to Bakhtar state news agency, citing a presidential decree, Mohammad Mustafa Mastoor has been appointed as acting finance minister, Syeda Muzghan as acting women’s affairs minister, Muzamil Shenwari as acting trade and commerce minister, and Atiqullah Atif as acting foreign minister.

The appointment of new acting ministers comes as the cabinet of the national unity government has not been formed despite two and half months have passed from the formation of the new government.

It was expected that the new cabinet would be announced around two weeks ago, but president Ghani and chief executive officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said further assessment of individual ministers was needed before the new cabinet is announced.

The new government has been subject to growing criticisms for delaying the announcement of the new cabinet.

The Lower House of Parliament – Wolesi Jirga also criticized the government and questioned the legitimacy of the National Unity Government for being failed to introduce the new cabinet ministers.

The lawmakers insisted that the Afghan constitution does not allow the acting ministers to serve more than two months.

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17 militants killed, 16 injured in Nangarhar operations Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:55:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan policeAt least 17 militants were killed following military operations in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, local security officials said Friday.

The operations were launched in Pechigram district earlier on Thursday and continued until late night of the same day.

Provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqwal said the operations covered various parts of Pechigram district where anti-government armed militants were opearting.

Mashriqwal further added at least 16 anti-government armed militants were also injured during the operations.

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

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

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Revival of Attan: Afghanistan’s national dance Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:59:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 4

Banned under the Taliban, the centuries-old Afghan dance known as the Attan is flourishing once again. A traditional dance with its origins buried deep within Afghan history, the Attan was once a Pashtun speciality but is now performed by Afghans of all tribes for various occasions.

Zabullah Amiri, Attan dancer, says “In the past when the King wanted to announce important news to the people, he would send out drummers, summoning people to gather in town.

The drummers would bring two types of news, good news and bad news. If the news was good, then the drummers would continue to play and the people would start to dance in celebration. The Attan was also used in the past to invite villagers from one village to a wedding in the neighbouring village.”


Another Attan dancer Masiul Rahman Popal, says “There is only one Attan but within the Attan there are various styles of performing it. We have variations from the provinces of Kabul, Wardak, Paktia, Khost and Logar in Afghanistan.”

Amiri says “We do not do the Attan for the sake of money, we would not sell our dance. The Attan is not for sale because it is our tradition. People should dance the Attan at their weddings and to celebrate during holidays. Attan should be treasured and celebrated in the best possible way.”

“Joining this group, for me, it’s a sign of peace, it’s a sign of unity, it’s a sign of teamwork, it’s a sign of coordination. We really feel proud, each of our team member while we are practising this famous dance, this national dance. Each of us, we really feel proud because it’s a national dance, so we feel proud.


During the Taliban regime as per everyone know this, music and playing music, these were all prohibited in that era.” says attan dancer Ashmat Rahwan.

According to Amiri “Attan is not a dance that was created by any one person, it sprung from the heart of the nation. As a result, all Afghans should know how to perform this dance.”

Popal says “I wanted to revive this old tradition, to bring it back and show the people so that after us it can be passed on to our children. It is important that they do not forget their heritage.”

NATOChannel story by Laurence Cameron 

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Afghanistan ask donors for more money as budget for state salaries run out Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan asks for more aidAfghanistan has asked the aid donors for a bailout as the budget for state salaries has run out, leaving the government unable to pay the salaries of teachers, civil servants and other government workers.

The treasury chief Alhaj Mohammad Aqa told Reuters that the government employees had not received their salaries this month.

Aqa further added that the government of Afghanistan needs the remaining amount of $537 million requested from the international donors in the month of September.

He said Afghanistan received $170 million after requesting the funds, insisting that the salaries are priority for the government of Afghanistan.

According to Aqa, the representatives of the United Nations along with 25 donors have been requested for the funds during a meeting this week.

Afhganistan’s finances have been crippled with the withdrawal of the foreign forces and aid donations despite the international community spent billions on prljects to boost the economy of the country.

The economy of the country also suffered losses due to the political impasse as a result of election deadlock this year, with finance officials estimating the loss amount over $5 billion.

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Suicide attack in Estiqlal high school leaves 1 foreigner dead Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:06:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> attack on estiqlal high school KabulA suicide attack targeted a theatre show in Estiqlal high school in Kabul city this evening, leaving one foreign nation dead and ten Afghan civilians injured.

Head of the Ministry of Interior, Gen. Ayub Salangi confirmed at least one person was killed and over 10 others were injured following the suicide attack.

Gen. Salangi further added the deceased individual was a foreign national but did not say anything about his nationality.

He said at least three injured civilians are in critical health condition, while the remaining civilians had suffered minor injuries.

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

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NATO airstrike leaves 17 suspected militants dead in Parwan Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:38:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NATO drone strike AfghanistanAt least 17 suspected militants were killed in two separate airstrikes by NATO-led coalition security forces in northern Parwan province late on Wednesday.

“While performing reconnaissance on an area known to be used by enemy combatants, Coalition aircraft identified militants travelling in an open area. After ensuring they were well clear of any civilians, the aircraft engaged them with precision munitions,” the alliance said following a statement.

This comes as earlier reports suggested at least five civilians were killed following the NATO airstrike in Siyagerd area of Ghorband district.

However, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said “ISAF is aware of the allegations that civilian casualties were caused by this strike. We take these allegations seriously and will conduct an investigation.”

In the meantime, a local government official speaking on the condition of anonymity said at least 12 militants were killed in a separate airstrike in Shenwari district.

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

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10 suspected killers and thieves arrested and Kabul Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:13:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> arrestssThe interior ministry of Afghanistan say to have arrested 10 suspected killers and thieves in the past 24 hours in the main Kabul.

A statement from the ministry states that 4 people were arrested in association with two murders in Paghman district and 6 others were arrested in link with robberies.

Murders — which are usually for personal enmity or money  — and armed robberies are the two biggest concerns in Kabul beside the threat from the armed opponents of the government.

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Opium smugglers arrested in Jalalabad Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:57:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> arrestsHazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for Nangarhar police headquarters said police were doing their usual checking in the main city Jalalabad when they suspected 6 persons including 2 women and stopped them.

He said after checking their belongings police recovered 11 kg of opium from their possessions and took them into custody.

He added that the suspects are currently under further questioning to find out if others were involved with them in the crime.

Afghanistan is the 3rd largest opium producer in the world.

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Rapist of 5-year-old girl commits suicide in Balkh prison Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:57:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> child rape AfghanistanThe rapist of a 5-year-old girl has committed suicide in a prison in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, local security officials said Thursday.

Provincial police chief Abdul Razaq Qaderi said the suspect was arrested by police around three days and was serving in jail where he was interrogated for raping the child.

Qaderi further added that the suspect hanged himself to death inside the toilet on Wednesday night.

According to Qaderi, the 5-year-old girl was raped was raped in Sholgara district of Balkh province.

The sexual abuse and rape of children have been rampant in Afghanistan, with government survey showing 65 rape case recorded in six provinces where child rape happens more frequently.

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

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17 rebels killed in past 24 hours Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:34:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> TalibanThe interior ministry of Afghanistan reports that the operations were conducted in in Nangarhar, Parwan, Baghlan, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Khost and Paktika provinces jointly by Afghan National Police and National Directorate of Security personnel.

A statement issued by the ministry states that two insurgents were also wounded during the operations and another arrested.

The statement adds that 4 IDS were defused and admonitions were seized from the position of the terrorists.

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Slovakia to send 66 soldiers for new mission in Afghanistan Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:11:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Slovakia

Slovak government on Wednesday announced sending 66 soldiers to NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan, expected to start next year.

Slovak’s government decision must be approved by the parliament before the soldiers join the mission.

The team will include soldiers from the special task forces, health care staff and communication specialists with Part of the contingent going to be based in the operation command centre, while others will provide logistical support for the mission and train Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), according to Slovak officials.

The defense ministry of Slovakia said that they will spend 10.4 million Euros on the new mission next year.

The NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission expected to start next year will focus mainly on training and supporting ANSF with some 13, 000 foreign soldiers.


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China’s railway connection to Iran via Afghanistan signed Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:37:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Railway

Transport Ministry of Tajikistan say the agreement to connect china with Iran through Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan was signed in Dushanbe.

Officials of the Transport ministry of Tajikistan on Wednesday said that the project was okayed by the five subject countries.

The project is expected to start from Chan’s Kashgar region extend to Afghanistan’s Herat province and reach to Iran’s railway passing Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

The project is economically one of the important projects for Afghanistan and the region.

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Large number of Afghan officers complete training in India Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:43:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan officersA large number of the Afghan National Army (ANA) officers have completed their training in a prestigious military academy in India.

The Afghan army officers are due to pass out of the academy – Indian Military Academy in Dehradun on Saturady.

The Afghan National Army (ANA) Chief of Staff, Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi is due to visit India today to attend the passing out parade.

Gen. Karimi will also meet with the top Indian officials during his visit to India, besides reviewing the passing out parade of the indian Military Academy on Saturday.

His visit to India comes shortly after President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendrea Modi on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit in Nepal.

India has been one of the main donors contributing to the reconstruction of Afghanistan during the past 13 years.

The Indian Prime Minister reaffirmed continued support to Afghanistan during the SAARC Summit and said India will stand with Afghanistan “at every step” as a friend and partner.

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Taliban attack main city of Shindind district in Herat Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:34:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> HeratReports suggest that a huge number of Taliban insurgents last night attacked the main city of Shindand district in Herat province and took cover in civilian homes from where they started a gun battle  with the security forces.

Eye witnesses say the city was completely occupied by the insurgents.

But security officials only confirm the fighting with the insurgents and reject the reports that the city was fully occupied.

Security officials added that additional troops have been sent to the area.

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US closes detention in Bagram Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:29:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> bagram

The US Defense Department announced it has closed the Bagram detention center and now has zero detainees in its custody in Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

“We no longer operate detention facilities in Afghanistan nor maintains custody of any detainees” after the final handover, The Pentagon told media.

The reports of the closure comes at the time president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani condemned and was shocked by the report published by the US senate exposing the brutal tactics used by CIA interrogators to receive information from terrorist suspects arrested after 9/11.

Detention in Bagram Airfield was the largest U.S. military custody in Afghanistan.

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6 Afghan army personnel martyred in Kabul suicide attack Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:58:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> suicide attack on Afghan army vehicleA suicide attack targeted a vehicle of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in Tangi Tara Khel area of Kabul city this morning, leaving six Afghan soldiers were martyred and 14 others were injured.

Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the suicide bomber targeted the Afghan army bus around 7 am local time.

Deputy interior minister for security, Gen. Ayub Salangi earlier confirmed that five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were wounded following the attack.

Kabul police spokesman, Hashmat Stanikzai said the area has been cordoned off by security forces and the injured army personnel have been shifted to hospital.

Stanikzai further added at least ten people including three civilians were injured following the explosion.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the attack.

This was the first attack in capital Kabul following a coordinated attack on a non-governmental organization in the city which left three foreigners and an Afghan national dead.

The attack was carried out 12 days ago in Karte-3 area of Kabul city by the Taliban insurgents.

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Afghan women’s two-wheel revolution Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:54:57 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 1

Women were not allowed to cycle in Afghanistan during the Taliban reign, and even today it is still considered very taboo.

Nahed Bekeran is a beautician who lives in Kabul. She has been working on a project through the United Nations to teach women in Afghanistan about their human rights. One of the branches of the programme is to change people’s perception of women cycling in the city of Kabul. She has organised a cycling group for women and girls, and they meet once a week to cycle in the city.

Nahed Bekeran, Beautician said “We were very scared when we first started because we were afraid that someone might stop us and ask us why we were riding bicycles and hit us.”

Nahed Bekeran is an 18-year-old beautician living in Kabul. She helps run a training salon with her sister and sometimes sits as a model for the students. At the beginning of this year she joined a project with the United Nations called “Girl Up Club”, which aims to teach women in Afghanistan about their rights.


“We were the first girls to join this programme in Afghanistan. Our objective is to make girls fully aware of their rights and increase their awareness about women’s rights generally. One of our projects was to introduce women to cycling. The girls really wanted to ride but unfortunately their families wouldn’t allow them. So we talked with their families and told them that their daughters can ride bicycles and we created a group and everyday our members increase,” Nahed said.

The group now has 120 members, ranging from 10 to 25 years of age. They normally ride in a group of 10 to 20, which often attracts a lot of attention, both positive and negative.   Some Afghan men believe it’s obscene for women to be riding a bike so they throw insults.

Put in why it’s considered controversial for women to ride bikes (i.e. some consider it obscene)

“Women are banned from riding bicycles in Afghanistan  and it’s very rare to see girls riding bicycles. Although in other countries girls are allowed to cycle. Our goal for the cycling group is to change the culture here, and change people’s ideology around women and cycling,” said Nahed.

3Nahed’s niece, Taranom is the youngest of the group, and today witnessed some of the harassment that is common for these girls. A group of boys were hurling insults at them and filming them on their phones. The girls confronted them and made them delete the footage.

Nahed’s niece Taranom Bekeran said “My name is Taranom, and I am ten years old. I enjoyed cycling today, but we had a problem with the boys disrupting us. I wish they wouldn’t disturb us when we are cycling.”

“I am really happy with my niece. I am happy that she is learning to cycle at such a young age. She is also used to this new culture from a young age and as she gets older won’t be intimidated to cycle anywhere,” Nahed added.


These women are determined that nothing is going to stop them riding their bikes.

Nahed Bekeran said “The work we are doing is to show the people of Afghanistan that girls can ride bikes and to show that we have the equal right to ride bikes.”

This is the script of a NATOChannel story by Lauren Muchan

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President Ghani shocked by CIA human rights violations Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:50:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ashraf-ghani-1414684593President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned detainees’ torture by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention facility.

Speaking during a television address, President Ghani called the report by the US Senate as “shocking” and insisted that there is no justification for such humiliations.

President Ghani demanded to know how many Afghans were among those subjected to painful and humiliating interrogations.

He said the foreign forces are no more allowed to detain the Afghan nationals as per the bilateral security agreement signed between Kabul and Washington and the NATO Status of Forces agreement.

The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the report on CIA torture, stating that the torture of Al-Qaeda suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged and failed to produce useful intelligence.

The report further added CIA misled the White House, the Justice Department, Congress and the public over a torture programme, launched in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.

According to the report, the torture programme was both ineffective and more brutal than the agency disclosed.

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3 killed, 5 injured in clashes between armed groups in Kundoz Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:30:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> unarmedLocal officials confirm that the fighting between two unauthorized armed groups in Khanabad district of Kundoz province has extended to fourth day where 2 fighters and 1 civilian have been killed and 5 civilians have sustained injuries.

Hayatullah Amiri, district governor of Khanabad complains that there are hundreds of unauthorized armed men in his district and he has shared this concern with the central government but has not received a helpful answer yet.

He said that central government should take proper measures to unarmed the illegal armed groups.

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Obama commends Ghani, Abdullah on timely ratification of security pacts Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:05:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama-Ghani-AbdullahThe US President Barack Obama commended Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the timely ratification of security agreements between Kabul and Washington and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement.

The White House following a statement said “Today, the President spoke by video conference with President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah. The President commended President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah on the timely ratification of the Bilateral Security Agreement and NATO Status of Forces Agreement by an overwhelming majority in the Afghan Parliament, and congratulated the two leaders for their recent successful ministerial conferences in Brussels and London.”

The statement further added “The leaders also discussed the forthcoming conclusion to the U.S. combat mission, the transition of coalition forces to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, ways to strengthen and support the Afghan National Security Forces as part of the train, advise and assist mission, and U.S. and regional support for the Afghan-led peace process.”

The statement also added that the two leaders committed to continuing close consultations in the months ahead.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ratified the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) nearly two weeks ago.

The bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan and United States was formally signed by US ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham and national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar on 30th September.

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) for the NATO forces was also inked during the signing ceremony on the same day.

The agreements will pave the way for the presence of US and NATO troops to Afghanistan beyond 2014 to implement the new non-combat mission to train, advise and support Afghan national security forces.

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