Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sun, 03 May 2015 11:45:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 28 bags of explosives sent from Pakistan seized in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/28-bags-of-explosive-materials-sent-from-pakistan-seized-in-nangarhar-3270 http://www.khaama.com/28-bags-of-explosive-materials-sent-from-pakistan-seized-in-nangarhar-3270#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 11:43:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49548 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar-PHQSecurity forces have seized 28 bags of explosive materials loaded on mules in eastern Nangarhar province.

Officials say that the explosive materials were sent from Pakistan for terrorist activities but security forces seized them during an ambush in Tabi Kandaw area of Dur Baba District on Friday night.

Colonel Mohammad Ayoub Hussainkhil from the Afghan Border Police Zone 301 militants planned to use these explosives in suicide attacks and explosions in Jalalabad but border police foiled their plans.

Colonel Hussainkhil added that beside 28 bags of explosive materials, three radios for communication and remote controls were also confiscated during the raid.

According to Colonel Hussainkhil the militants who were bringing the explosive materials in, escaped taking the advantage of the darkness of the night.

Haji Hamisha Gul, governor of Dur Baba District says that eight suicide vests were also recovered from the bags.

This comes about two weeks after a deadly suicide bombing left at least 35 people killed and 75 others wounded in a busy part of the provincial capital of Jalalabad.

Soon after the explosion media received a message in which a person claimed responsibility of the bombing on behalf of Daesh. But later some international media outlets published a report sighting a Daesh source in the region declining hand in the blast on April 18.

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Do not compromise with lives of Afghans in the name of peace: Gen. Raziq http://www.khaama.com/do-not-compromise-with-lives-of-afghans-in-the-name-of-peace-gen-raziq-1063 http://www.khaama.com/do-not-compromise-with-lives-of-afghans-in-the-name-of-peace-gen-raziq-1063#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 10:49:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49545 Read the full article...]]> Suicide bomber blew himself targeting city police chiefAs the Afghan delegation is set to meet with the Taliban representatives in Qatar to hold preliminary talks on peace process, a prominent security official in southern Kandahar province has said the government is compromising with lives of the Afghans under the name of reconciliation process with the anti-government armed militant groups.

The provincial police chief for Kandahar province, Gen. Abdul Raziq, said he has obtained documents and videos as evidence which reveals that the government is compromising with the lives of the Afghans while sitting in for peace talks in Qatar, UAE and other countries.

He accused Qayum Zakir for being involved in such deals and said he is involved behind the murder cases of the Afghan people.

This comes as the Afghan Senate House Speaker Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said Saturday the he is not optimistic regarding the peace process brought to us by Pakistan, insisting that he is personally not convinced with the reconciliation process which comes through Pakistan and the main motive behind such efforts are not ascertained.

He suggested that the Afghan government and nation should fight against all those armed groups who are against the nation, political system of the nation and oppose the representatives and leaders of the nation by calling them their enemies.

Muslimyar also added that both the Afghan and Pakistani governments should take practical steps in eliminating those groups who are funded from Pakistan, if both the nations are working together to bring peace and stability in the region.

This comes as a delegation of the Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) officials are expected to meet with the representatives of the Taliban group in Qatar today.

Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) officials said Friday that the Afghan delegation consists of 20 members who will attend the meeting and will have open discussions with Taliban representatives.

Deputy High Peace Council Chief, Ataullah Ludin, quoted in report by Reuters said “The open discussions are based on peace in Afghanistan. There will be representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Taliban and some other organisations.”

Ludin further added that the meeting will also be attended by two members of Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

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Arabic-speaking man arrested on second day of “Farkhunda Case trial” http://www.khaama.com/arabic-speaking-man-arrested-on-second-day-of-farkhunda-case-trial-3270 http://www.khaama.com/arabic-speaking-man-arrested-on-second-day-of-farkhunda-case-trial-3270#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 09:44:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49538 Read the full article...]]> ArabicPreliminary court ordered the arrest of an Arabic-speaking man in the second session of Farkhunda Case trial.

The Arabic-speaking man was arrested at the day Farkhunda was being lynched but he was later released.

In yesterday’s session, new information popped up. A security officer who was among the suspects arrested replied to a question of the judge that he does not have authority. He said he arrested an Arabic-speaking person on the day of the incident but his officers released him.

The judge then summoned Kabul police chief and some other high ranking security officers to clarify the situation.

In today’s session Kabul police chief presented the Arabic-speaking man who was arrested and later released.

The Arabic-speaking man identified himself as Wahab. He said his deceased parents were from Zabul province but he rose in Saudi Arabia.

The documents he was carrying were incomplete and seemed suspicious to the judge. At the end of the session Judge ordered the arrest of the Arabic-speaking man and an investigation to find out full information about him.

The trial of the 49 suspects arrested in the case will resume tomorrow.

Farkhunda, a helpless Afghan girl was brutally beaten to death by angry mob, her body was then run over by a car and set ablaze during day light in capital Kabul last month.

She was wrongfully accused of burning a copy of the holy Quran but the allegation was proven baseless after an investigation conducted by the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs.

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Muslimyar: ‘Not optimistic about peace process brought to us by Pakistan’ http://www.khaama.com/muslimyar-not-optimistic-about-peace-process-brought-to-us-by-pakistan-9410 http://www.khaama.com/muslimyar-not-optimistic-about-peace-process-brought-to-us-by-pakistan-9410#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 09:23:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49534 Read the full article...]]> MuslimyarThe Afghan Senate House Speaker Fazal Hadi Muslimyar has said he is not optimistic regarding the peace process brought to us by Pakistan as the Afghan delegation is set to meet with the Taliban representatives in Qatar today.

Muslimyar said he is personally not convinced with the reconciliation process which comes through Pakistan and the main motive behind such efforts are not ascertained.

He suggested that the Afghan government and nation should fight against all those armed groups who are against the nation, political system of the nation and oppose the representatives and leaders of the nation by calling them their enemies.

Muslimyar also added that both the Afghan and Pakistani governments should take practical steps in eliminating those groups who are funded from Pakistan, if both the nations are working together to bring peace and stability in the region.

The remarks by Muslimyar comes as a delegation of the Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) officials are expected to meet with the representatives of the Taliban group in Qatar today.

Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) officials said Friday that the Afghan delegation consists of 20 members who will attend the meeting and will have open discussions with Taliban representatives.

Deputy High Peace Council Chief, Ataullah Ludin, quoted in report by Reuters said “The open discussions are based on peace in Afghanistan. There will be representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Taliban and some other organisations.”

Ludin further added that the meeting will also be attended by two members of Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

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18 people perished in traffic accident in Badghis http://www.khaama.com/18-people-killed-in-traffic-accident-in-badghis-3269 http://www.khaama.com/18-people-killed-in-traffic-accident-in-badghis-3269#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 08:26:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49530 Read the full article...]]> video 1 badqis farah qor

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18 people have lost lives and three others sustained injuries in a traffic accident in western Badghis province.

Officials say the incident took place in Band Mandagan area of Bala Murghab District Sunday morning.

Ahmadzia Akazai, governor of Bala Murghab District says that the passenger bus was coming from Herat province which turned turtle in Band Mandagan area because of high speed.

He said 18 people lost lives and three others wounded in the incident.

Reason behind the incident is reported to be the fault of the driver who was driving with a high speed.

Because of unprofessional driving and bad road conditions, every year hundreds of people lose their lives to traffic accidents in Afghanistan.

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Five militants killed, three wounded in Nangarhar clash http://www.khaama.com/five-militants-killed-three-wounded-in-nangarhar-clash-3269 http://www.khaama.com/five-militants-killed-three-wounded-in-nangarhar-clash-3269#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 07:26:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49526 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar Governor HouseFive militants were killed and three others wounded in a gun battle with security forces in eastern Nangarhar province this morning.

Officials say the clash erupted after a group of Taliban attacked a security check point in Bati Kot District in the wee hours of Sunday.

Ahmadzia Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor house of Nangarhar province says that soon after insurgents assaulted the security check post in Trili area additional forces arrived at the area.

He said five militants were killed and three others wounded in the clash.

Abdulzai confirmed that four soldiers also sustained injuries during the gun battle.

No armed militant group including Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami has yet commented on the report.

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Farkhunda Case trial resumed http://www.khaama.com/farkhunda-case-trial-resumed-3268 http://www.khaama.com/farkhunda-case-trial-resumed-3268#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 06:21:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49521 Read the full article...]]> Farkhunda-murder-trialThe court hearing of the suspects in Farkhunda case resumed at around 10:30 AM today.

Members of Parliament, representatives from human right organizations and civil society activists are among the ones witnessing the trial at the preliminary court in Kabul.

The trial started with the case hearing of Ghulam Mohammad S/O Lal Mohammad, one of the 49 suspects introduced to the preliminary court.

In today’s hearing Kabul police chief and other police officers would also defend themselves and answer questions of judge. Jude summoned them to the court yesterday.

At least 10 suspects were given chance to defend themselves yesterday and the court was adjourned until today.

In yesterday’s session some suspects rejected their involvement in the case but some others confessed to their crimes.

One suspect admitted that he threw a big rock on the head of Farkhunda when her body was lying on the ground.

Farkhunda, a helpful Afghan girl was brutally beaten to death by angry mob, her body was then run over by a car and set ablaze during day light in capital Kabul last month.

She was wrongfully accused of burning a copy of the holy Quran but the allegation was proven baseless after an investigation conducted by the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs.

 

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Pakistan refuses to open road linking Afghanistan and India http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-refuses-to-open-road-linking-afghanistan-and-india-9409 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-refuses-to-open-road-linking-afghanistan-and-india-9409#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 06:12:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49517 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan refuse to open road between Afghanistan and IndiaAuthorities in Pakistan have rejected to open road linking Afghanistan and India for the transportation of trade commodities, it has been reported.

Sources privy to the development have told the local newspapers in India that Pakistan has refused to sign the motor vehicle agreement and to open up the road link for India and Afghanistan.

The sources further added that Pakistan has instead asked India to conduct trade via the Karachi port.

Sources within the Indian establishment quoted by the CNN-IBN have said the Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has told Pakistani leadership if they do not open up the road to India, it will deny Pakistan access to Central Asia.

“Pakistan want to expect Afghanistan to be open as far as their access to Central Asia is concerned and its very natural for Afghanistan to expect from out Pakistan neighbours to open up,” Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has said.

This comes as the Ghani administration has bluntly told Pakistan that Afghanistan can help Pakistan get access to Tajikistan if Pakistan helps India to access Afghanistan.

The message by President Ghani was conveyed to his Indian interlocutors during his formal talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

Pakistan has reportedly blocked Indian efforts to allow transit rights for the transportation of Indian goods to Afghanistan with experts believing that Islamabad cannot tolerate the very thought of India and Afghanistan coming together.

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Four soldiers martyred, 45 militants killed in fresh military operation http://www.khaama.com/four-soldiers-martyred-45-militants-killed-in-fresh-military-operation-3267 http://www.khaama.com/four-soldiers-martyred-45-militants-killed-in-fresh-military-operation-3267#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 05:42:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49512 Read the full article...]]> ANA 2Four soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 45 militants been killed in fresh military operations across the country, General Zahir Azimi spokesman for the Ministry of Defense says in a statement issued this morning.

General Zahir Azimi writes in the statement that four soldiers embraced martyrdom in an explosion and enemy fire in past 24 hours. The statement does not contain information about the location of the terrorist actions.

Azimi’s statement further states that 45 militants were killed and 41 others wounded during separate military operations in past 24 hours.

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

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Government, Taliban delegations meeting today http://www.khaama.com/government-taliban-delegations-meeting-today-3264 http://www.khaama.com/government-taliban-delegations-meeting-today-3264#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 04:13:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49506 Read the full article...]]> Taliban DelegationA delegation from Afghan government and another from Taliban militants will hold face-to-face talks on the decade long skirmish in Qatar today.

Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) officials say the delegation sent by the government include 20 people who will set on one table and have comprehensive discussions with Taliban. Beside Afghan government and Taliban there are other parties included in peace talks including Pakistan.

AHPC deputy, Atatullah Ludin, has told Reuters news agency: “The open discussions are based on peace in Afghanistan. There will be representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Taliban and some other organisations.”

Representatives from Hezb-i-Islami faction led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar are part of the face-to-face talks.

A Taliban mediator in Qatar has confirmed the peace talks. He has said that the discussion among government, Taliban, Pakistan and representatives from some other countries will be going on for several days to reach to a resolution.

Although, the government agenda for peace talks is not yet shared with media but most probably the primary demand of the government would be to make a ceasefire with militants who are still fighting amid ongoing peace talks.

 Taliban began an insurgency after their regime was toppled in 2001. Tens of thousands of people have lost lives in the battle since then.

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14-year-old girl raped by 4 men in Samangan province http://www.khaama.com/14-year-old-girl-raped-by-4-men-in-samangan-province-1061 http://www.khaama.com/14-year-old-girl-raped-by-4-men-in-samangan-province-1061#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 17:14:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49498 Read the full article...]]> teenager girl raped in SamanganA teenager girl was gang-raped by a group of four men in northern Samangan province of Afghanistan, local officials said Saturday.

The incident took place in Dara-e-Suf district of Samangan province last Friday where the girl was initially kidnapped and was repeatedly raped by the men.

The district administrative chief Ahmad Ali Hasani said at least two men have been arrested in connection to the rape of the teen girl and are in custody of the police forces for further investigation.

Hassani further added that the two men were arrested after they were identified by the victim but the two other men have not been arrested so far.

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

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

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

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US Military, Local Afghan Leaders Celebrate Education http://www.khaama.com/us-military-local-afghan-leaders-celebrate-education-1060 http://www.khaama.com/us-military-local-afghan-leaders-celebrate-education-1060#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 16:34:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49495 Read the full article...]]> 11200799_345741802296076_3317094312323281744_nBAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (April 27, 2015) – Task Force Solid Commander, Lt. Col. Zachary Miller, Parwan Provincial Governor Abdul Basir Salangi, and members from the Charikar community, gathered yesterday at the Charikar Girls High School to announce the winners of the Parwan High School Math Competition.

“Today we recognized the 60 competition winners,” said Maj. Steven Beard, Task Force Solid executive officer. “We believe that education is another way to provide security to Afghanistan. These students are going to go out, get an education, and become teachers, lawyers and doctors, and help stabilize the country and ensure it has a bright future.”

Along with certificates, each of the individual winners also received backpacks provided by coalition partners from the Czech Republic that will help them as they pursue their higher education post high school.

“The backpacks included college-level books with the intent that the winners will be able to use them if they attend a university someday,” said Beard. “In Afghanistan books are too expensive for most students, so providing them this head start with books will give them a better opportunity to attend a university if they choose that path.”

The individual winners were not the only ones that received supplies during the ceremony.

“We gave boxes of notebooks to the principal of the Charikar Girls High School to thank them for letting us use their school for today’s ceremony,” said Cpt. Nicole Gallup, 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Operations Officer. “The inside of the notebooks are blank so the students can use them for school work, but the outside covers depict females in all types of jobs like construction or education.”

This is just one of the education projects that Task Force Solid is working on. In the near future, they will rededicate a girl’s school after they finish construction on a raised footpath since the location is prone to flooding, and they will also provide tents to areas that do not have a permanent structure for school.

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Afghan politicians failed to maintain national unity after Mujahideen victory http://www.khaama.com/afghan-politicians-failed-to-maintain-national-unity-after-mujahideen-victory-3263 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-politicians-failed-to-maintain-national-unity-after-mujahideen-victory-3263#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 11:51:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49492 Read the full article...]]> President-GhaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said that after Mujahideen victory, Afghan politicians failed to uphold the national unity in the country.

While talking at a gathering in Presidential palace commemorating the victory of Mujahideen, President Ghani also said that the distrust left over from war time need to be removed.

Present Ghani added that for reaching to an enduring peace we need to accept each other.

Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayar, a Jehadi leader said Mujahideen fought for Islam and Afghanistan and their sacrifices need to be respected.

Sayaf called “Mujahideen” to all Afghan nation except those working for others.

He said that downplaying Jihad against during war time is disrespect to the history of Afghanistan.

 23 years before Mujahedeen toppled the government of Doctor Najibullah and formed a Mujahedeen government. But some political leaders and anlyzers blame Jihadi leaders for not keeping the national unity.

These political leaders and analyzers blame Jehadi leaders for fighting with each for power after the topple Dr. Najibullah’s government, which led to large destructions and left thousands of people killed, wounded and disabled.

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Explosives cache seized in Nimroz http://www.khaama.com/explosives-cache-seized-in-nimroz-3263 http://www.khaama.com/explosives-cache-seized-in-nimroz-3263#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 10:52:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49489 Read the full article...]]> NDSNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has seized a cache of explosive materials in southwestern Nimroz province.

A statement issued Saturday by NDS states that 45 kilograms of explosive materials placed in three pressure cookers for explosion through remote controls, 13 capsules for exploded landmines, 50 meters of wire used in explosions and other explosive materials were found in the depot in Chaghansor District.

Statements issued by the National Directorate of Security usually do not contain the exact date of the achievement but their statement come after recent activities.

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Farkhunda case adjourned until tomorrow http://www.khaama.com/farkhunda-case-adjourned-until-tomorrow-3261 http://www.khaama.com/farkhunda-case-adjourned-until-tomorrow-3261#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 09:55:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49483 Read the full article...]]> Farkhunda-murder-trialPreliminary court in Kabul adjourned the trial of 49 suspects of Farkhunda case until tomorrow.

At least 10 of the suspects were given chance to defend during today’s session but defend of the rest of the suspects will resume tomorrow.

Some of the suspects rejected their involvement in lynch but some others confessed to their crimes.

One suspect admitted that he threw a big rock on the head of Farkhunda when her body was laying on the ground.

The case is looking to be getting deeper. In today’s session judge revealed some new information which was approved by a number of security officials among the suspects presented at the court.

Jude said that communication among government issued radios was hampered on the day of the incident in the area. A number of officers who were standing among the suspects approved judge’s statement.

Jude ordered the arrest of the head of the crime detection department of 2nd police station of Kabul and taking him under investigation.

Jude also sought Kabul police chief, head of criminal investigation department, head of communication department and all members of the Fact-Finding Team to be available at tomorrow’s session at 09:00 AM.

19 security officials were among the 49 suspects presented at the court in today’s session. However, Shinkay Karokhil a member of the Fact-Finding Team assigned by the president said that some suspects were still missing and their names need to be mentioned in the case.

Farkhunda, a helpful Afghan girl was brutally beaten to death by angry mob, her body was then run over by a car and set ablaze during day light in capital Kabul last month.

She was wrongfully accused of burning a copy of the holy Quran but the allegation was proven baseless after an investigation conducted by the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs.

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NDS officer killed in Farah http://www.khaama.com/nds-officer-killed-in-farah-3260 http://www.khaama.com/nds-officer-killed-in-farah-3260#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 07:14:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49476 Read the full article...]]> Farah-Governor's HouseAn officer from National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has been killed by unknown gunmen in western Farah province.

Jawad Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Farah province says that the NDS officer for Poshtroad District was killed in his resident last night.

Governor’s spokesman said that unknown gunmen went to Mohammad Hashim Khan’s house in Farah city and run away from the area after the killing.

He said that an investigation has been initiated to arrest the perpetrators.

This is 2nd NDS officer being killed in three days. Another NDS officer was killed by unknown gunmen in southern Kandahar province on Thursday.

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Farkhunda murder trial formally begins in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/farkhunda-murder-trial-formally-begins-in-kabul-1059 http://www.khaama.com/farkhunda-murder-trial-formally-begins-in-kabul-1059#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 07:08:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49472 Read the full article...]]> Farkhunda murder trialThe trial of at least 49 men accused in brutal murder of Farkhunda over false Quran burning allegation formally kicked off in Kabul court today.

The accused men were introduced to 3rd district preliminary court earlier today in the presence of media.

The trial was formally launched after the Attorney General Office referred the cased of the alleged perpetrators to the Supreme Court of the Country.

Safiullah Mojadedi, head of the primary court in 3rd police district, said last week that at 19 policemen and 30 others will face trial regarding the brutal murder of Farkhunda.

Farkhunda was lynched, run over by a car and her dead body was set on fire last month after she was accused of burning holy Quran in Shah Do Shamshera shrine – an accusation that was proven as false following an investigation by the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs of the country along with the other relevant authorities.

She was accused of desecration to holy book of Islam after she spoke out against the superstitious practices she had witnessed with mullahs selling good-luck charms.

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

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57 militants killed in fresh military operations http://www.khaama.com/57-militants-killed-in-fresh-military-operations-3259 http://www.khaama.com/57-militants-killed-in-fresh-military-operations-3259#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 05:53:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49466 Read the full article...]]> ANA (2)57 militants have been killed and 35 others wounded in fresh military operations across the country, a statement issued Saturday by the Ministry of Interior states.

According the Ministry of Interior statement the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and personnel from the National Directorate of Security in Herat, Ghazni, Helmand, Logar, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, Badakhshan, Faryab, Baghlan, Uruzgan, Zabul, Paktiya and Khost provinces in past 24 hours.

The statement adds that two militants were also arrested by security forces during these operations.

Afghan National Security Forces at the time are conducting at least 21 large-scale operations against militants in different parts of the country.

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Unknown gunmen kill three people in Zabul http://www.khaama.com/unknown-gunmen-kill-three-people-in-zabul-3258 http://www.khaama.com/unknown-gunmen-kill-three-people-in-zabul-3258#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 05:33:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49461 Read the full article...]]> zabulUnknown gunmen have killed three people from the group of five they kidnapped two days ago in southern Zabul province.

A security official from the provincial police headquarters who did not want to be named told Khaama Press that the dead bodies of all three have been found.

He said these people were among five who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen from the jurisdiction of the provincial capital Qalat Two days ago.

According to the source these people belong to Muqar District of Ghazni province.

He said the group was traveling in their vehicle when unknown gunmen kidnapped them on gunpoint from Qalat.

The fate of the remaining two people is unknown.

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Taliban claims they have released 28 policemen arrested in Kuduz http://www.khaama.com/taliban-claims-they-have-released-28-policemen-arrested-in-kuduz-1058 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-claims-they-have-released-28-policemen-arrested-in-kuduz-1058#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 05:29:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49459 Read the full article...]]> Police caravanThe Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has claimed at least 28 policemen who were captured during gun battle with the group’s fighters have been released.

Zabiullah Mujahid spokesman for the Taliban group has said the policemen were released after local tribal elders mediated talks for their release.

Mujahid further added that the freed policemen have vowed not to rejoin the police forces.

He said the policemen were arrested from Gul Tapa and Char Dara areas of Kunduz province but the local police officials in Kunduz are saying that the policemen were not arrested by Taliban militants.

The officials said the policemen were hiding in the areas which were captured by the Taliban militants.

Provincial police spokesman Sarwar Hussaini said the policemen managed to flee the area following airstrikes and military operations on Taliban.

Kunduz is among the volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in its various districts.

The Taliban militants recently launched coordinated attacks on various check posts of the Afghan security forces which continued for several days before additional forces were deployed to push back the militants.

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Woman narrowly escapes beheading attempt by her mother-in-law http://www.khaama.com/woman-narrowly-escapes-beheading-attempt-by-her-mother-in-law-1057 http://www.khaama.com/woman-narrowly-escapes-beheading-attempt-by-her-mother-in-law-1057#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 18:01:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49456 Read the full article...]]> woman escapes beheading attemptA woman has been traumatized as she narrowly escaped a beheading attempt by her mother-in-law, in a rare case involving a woman inflicting violence on another woman.

Identified as Gul Sima, the woman has recently recovered from state of coma and is currently being treated in Ibn-e-Sina hospital in capital Kabul.

The incident took place in Andar district in restive southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

Gul Sima quoted in a report by Tolo News said she was suffering from domestic violence and was beaten and tortured on numerous occasions by her husband’s family.

Unable to properly speak due to injuries she suffered from failed beheading attempt, the woman said she was also forced to swallow nails.

The husband of the victim has reportedly been arrested by police but the relatives of the victim insist that their daughter should divorced.

The doctors in Ibn-e-Sina emergency hospital have said the woman is improving as compared to the first day when she was admitted to the hospital as she was in a critical condition.

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Afghan delegation to meet Taliban representatives in Qatar on Sunday http://www.khaama.com/afghan-delegation-to-meet-taliban-representatives-in-qatar-on-sunday-1056 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-delegation-to-meet-taliban-representatives-in-qatar-on-sunday-1056#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 17:11:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49452 Read the full article...]]> Afghan Taliban

A delegation of the Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) officials will meet with the representatives of the Taliban group in Qatar on coming Sunday.

Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) officials have said the Afghan delegation consists of 20 members who will attend the meeting and will have open discussions with Taliban representatives.

Deputy High Peace Council Chief, Atatullah Ludin, quoted in report by Reuters said “The open discussions are based on peace in Afghanistan. There will be representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Taliban and some other organisations.”

Ludin further added that the meeting will also be attended by two members of Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

A senior Taliban official in Qatar confirmed that a meeting was set for the next several days with Afghan figures, as well as some from Pakistan and other countries.

This comes the Taliban leadership reportedly approved preliminary peace talks with the government of Afghanistan earlier this year in a bid to find a solution to the ongoing violence in the country.

Sources privy of the development have said the green signal was given by the senior leadership within the Taliban group after consultations between the Taliban representatives and Pakistani and Chinese officials.

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Modi may visit Kabul to attend the new Afghan parliament inauguration http://www.khaama.com/modi-may-visit-kabul-to-attend-the-new-afghan-parliament-inauguration-1054 http://www.khaama.com/modi-may-visit-kabul-to-attend-the-new-afghan-parliament-inauguration-1054#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 10:23:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49445 Read the full article...]]> new Afghan parliament buildingThe Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may visit Kabul later this year to attend the inauguration of the new Afghan Parliament.

According to reports, Modi was invited by the Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during his 3-day state visit to India this week.

The Indian newspapers quoting informed sources reported that the Indian side was recently informed that as elections are drawing near, the outgoing Parliamentarians have expressed a wish to mark the end of their term from the new Parliament building.

“The Central Public Works Department (CPWD), which is carrying out the work on India’s behalf, has assured Afghan officials that all work will be wound up by September 30, and the Parliament building will be functional by October for their last session. The only work left is carpeting and sound system, the rest has been completed,” the source told The Hindu.

The new parliament building is being built with the financial support of India in western part of capital Kabul.

The construction of the new Afghan parliament started in 2009 and was initially scheduled for a December 2012 completion.

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Several shops burnt as market catches fire in Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/several-shops-burnt-as-market-catches-fire-in-kabul-city-1053 http://www.khaama.com/several-shops-burnt-as-market-catches-fire-in-kabul-city-1053#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 09:16:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49438 Read the full article...]]> fire in KabulA huge fire swept through a market in Mandawi area in the first police district of Kabul city on Friday morning.

The incident took place around 10:00 am local time close to Nawab market with preliminary reports suggesting at least 20 shops were burnt.

The market was mainly occupied by the sellers of dry fruits and it has been reported that the traders have suffered enormous financial loss due to the incident.

The main cause of the incident has not been ascertained so far but it has been reported that the fire swept through the market due to a short circuit.

A huge fire has swept through a market in the same area nearly three years ago leaving around 600 shops in ashes while incurring a loss of $50,000 to each shop owner.

Commercial buildings with low standards and lack of standard precautionary measures by shop owners are believed to be the main motives behind devastating fire incidents in the country.

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Two soldiers martyred, 25 militants killed in Khost attack http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-martyred-25-militants-killed-in-khost-attack-3256 http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-martyred-25-militants-killed-in-khost-attack-3256#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 09:11:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49435 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-border-policeTwo soldiers embraced martyrdom and 25 militants were killed during a coordinated attack at a number of border security forces check posts in Alisher District of Khost province last night.

Officials say more than two hundred militants took part in the attack that started last night and continued until about 06:00 AM this morning in Babrak Tana area.

Mobariz Zadran, from the media office of Khost province says that two soldiers embraced martyrdom and five others wounded by enemy fire.

He added that 25 militants were killed and more than 20 others wounded by security forces shots.

Zadran further said that four bodies were left behind by the militants on the ground.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Security forces attacked during operation in Urozgan http://www.khaama.com/security-forces-attacked-during-operation-in-urozgan-3249 http://www.khaama.com/security-forces-attacked-during-operation-in-urozgan-3249#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 07:06:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49427 Read the full article...]]> Oruzgan 2Taliban militants attacked security forces during operation in southern Urozgan province on Friday.

Noorzai, the police chief for Urozgan’s Dehrawoud district says that police force went to Darzi area for clearance operation where Taliban had established an ambush for them this morning.

He said two policemen embraced martyrdom and two others sustained injuries in the clash.

Taliban spokesman has accepted responsibility for the attack.

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Olomi blames both friends and enemies for destructive activities http://www.khaama.com/olomi-blames-both-friends-and-enemies-for-destructive-activities-1051 http://www.khaama.com/olomi-blames-both-friends-and-enemies-for-destructive-activities-1051#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 04:36:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49418 Read the full article...]]> olomiThe Minister of Interior Noor-ul-Haq Olomi blamed both the enemies and friends for being involved in destructive activities in the country.

During a visit to northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan on Thursday, Olomi said the enemies are to blame for destructive activities and destabilizing southern parts of the country.

He said the enemies are those individuals or groups who are opposing with the constitution of the country.

But, Olomi said the friends are to blame for the destabilization and destructive activities in northern parts of the country.

According to Olomi, such individuals or groups who are favoring instability for their personal interest are involved in sparking violence and extremism in northern parts of the country.

Olomi also added that the number of the militants in each province is not comparable with the number of the security forces as they are fewer and could not be more than 100 or 200 in each province.

He said the individuals within the government are creating more problems for the Afghan national security forces and it is necessary that the individuals and the government join hands through a reconciliation in a bid to pave the way for the joining of Taliban to peace process.

Olomi criticized the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces for operating in favor of specific groups and insisted that ALP forces are not supported by people.

He promised to bring reforms in ALP forces formation and only authorize those individuals who are supported by the people.

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Afghan Ulemas support Imam-e-Kaaba’s stance against Taliban and ISIS http://www.khaama.com/afghan-ulemas-support-imam-e-kaabas-stance-against-taliban-and-isis-1049 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-ulemas-support-imam-e-kaabas-stance-against-taliban-and-isis-1049#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:20:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49413 Read the full article...]]> Taliban execution2Hundreds of Afghan Ulemas – religious scholars on Thursday announced their support to Imam-e-Kaaba for distancing Islam from the militant groups including Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Taliban, saying that the groups have no link with Islam.

The Ulemas gathered near Haji Abdul Rahman mosque and condemned the ongoing war in Afghanistan while calling on all parties involved in the conflict to immediately stop bloodshed.

The gathering was organized by the Ulema Council of Afghanistan which is seen as a step taken after the council was criticized for remaining silent regarding the ongoing savagery by the militant groups.

The Ulemas and Mullah Imams also announced their support to a statement by the Presidential Palace through which the Afghan people were urged to stand with the Afghan national security forces.

They urged the government to prefer peace talks instead of war and insisted the mechanism on peace process should be reconsidered and the Ulemas should be given more role in reconciliation process.

The Afghan government has repeatedly called on Ulemas and Mullah Imams to assist in bringing peace and stability in the country since they are among the influential figures in the country.

Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Khalid al-Ghamidi visited Pakistan last week and said said the ISIS and Taliban have no link with Islam.

Speaking to a private channel in Pakistan regarding Taliban and ISIS, the Imam said those who misinterpret the Quran and apply Quranic verses about infidels on other Muslims are “Khwarij”.

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Four Romanian soldiers wounded in an explosion in Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/four-roman-soldiers-wounded-in-an-explosion-in-kandahar-9408 http://www.khaama.com/four-roman-soldiers-wounded-in-an-explosion-in-kandahar-9408#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:16:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49407 Read the full article...]]> Romanian soldiers AfghanistanAt least four Romanian soldiers were injured following an explosion in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Thursday.

According to the Romanian defense officials cited in a report by the Associated Press, the soldiers were injured when a booby-trapped car exploded.

The report further added that the soldiers were on a patrol some 8 kilometers (5 miles) south of the military base in Kandahar Thursday morning as part of the “Resolute Support” mission when the vehicle blew up.

They were given first aid and later transported to a hospital in Kandahar, the report said, adding that they are in a stable condition.

This comes as local government officials earlier said the would-suicide bomber was killed after the police forces opened fire on his vehicle this morning.

The provincial governor spokesman Samim Khpalwak said the incident took place in Arghistan area of Daman District around 11:00 AM today.

Khpalwak further added that police suspected a vehicle and signaled to the driver for checking but the driver did not stop, forcing the police forces to open fire on him.

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

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Men accused in Farkhunda murder case to face trial on Saturday http://www.khaama.com/men-accused-in-farkhunda-murder-case-to-face-trial-on-saturday-9407 http://www.khaama.com/men-accused-in-farkhunda-murder-case-to-face-trial-on-saturday-9407#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:21:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49403 Read the full article...]]> farkhunda murderersThe perpetrators involved in brutal murder of Farkhunda are expected to face trial on coming Saturday, officials in Kabul’s primary court said Thursday.

The trial of the suspects involved in the incident is organized following repeated demands by the family of the victim along with members of the civil society and residents of the country.

At least 49 people including the custodian and the servant of the shrine have been arrested by police following the incident.

Safiullah Mojadedi, head of the primary court in 3rd police district, told Radio Free Europe (RFE) that the trial may begin on Saturday in the presence of media.

He said at 19 policemen and others will face trial regarding the brutal murder of Farkhunda.

Farkhunda was lynched, run over by a car and her dead body was set on fire last month after she was accused of burning holy Quran in Shah Do Shamshera shrine – an accusation that was proven as false following an investigation by the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs of the country along with the other relevant authorities.

She was accused of desecration to holy book of Islam after she spoke out against the superstitious practices she had witnessed with mullahs selling good-luck charms.

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

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Suicide bomber killed by own explosives before reaching target in Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bomber-killed-by-own-explosives-in-kandahar-3257 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bomber-killed-by-own-explosives-in-kandahar-3257#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:17:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49399 Read the full article...]]> Afghan Police (2)A suicide bomber was killed in the explosion of his own materials after police fired at his vehicle in southern Kandahar province on Thursday.

Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province says that incident took place in Arghistan area of Daman District around 11:00 AM today.

He said police suspected a vehicle and signaled to the driver for checking but the driver did not stop.

Khpalwak added that police fired at the vehicle which exploded leaving the suicide bomber who was driving the vehicle killed.

Khpalwak further added that there is no death to policemen or civilians in the explosion but one policeman sustained injuries which are not life threatening.

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Six soldiers martyred, 130 militants killed in separate military operation http://www.khaama.com/six-soldiers-martyred-130-militants-killed-in-separate-military-operation-3255 http://www.khaama.com/six-soldiers-martyred-130-militants-killed-in-separate-military-operation-3255#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:38:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49396 Read the full article...]]> ANA Operations with chopperSix soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 130 militants killed during separate military operations in past 24 hours, a statement issued Thursday morning by General Zahir Azimi the spokesman for the Ministry of Defense states.

Azimi writes in his statement that the six soldiers embraced martyrdom due to bomb blast and enemy fire. The statement does not specify the location of the enemy actions.

Azimi’s statement adds that 130 militants were also killed and 87 others wounded during separate military operations in past 24 hours.

Six suspects were also arrested during these operations, the statement further states.

Afghan National Security Forces are engaged in 21 large-scale military operations across the country at the time.

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NDS officer killed in Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/nds-officer-killed-in-kandahar-3253 http://www.khaama.com/nds-officer-killed-in-kandahar-3253#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:23:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49393 Read the full article...]]> Kandahar cityAn officer from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – was killed by unidentified gunmen in southern Kandahar province this morning.

Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province says that the incident took place in Herat Darwaza area of Kandahar city around 08:30 AM.

He said unidentified gunmen shot indiscriminate bullets on NDS officer and fled the area.

Khpalwak added that the officer sustained severe injuries in the attack who later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

No group including Taliban has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Few days before the public health director of this province also sustained injuries in a similar attack in the city.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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Four civilians wounded in Kundoz explosion http://www.khaama.com/four-civilians-wounded-in-kundoz-explosion-3251 http://www.khaama.com/four-civilians-wounded-in-kundoz-explosion-3251#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:46:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49389 Read the full article...]]> Kundoz-cityFour civilians sustained injuries in a bomb explosion in northern Kundoz province on Tuesday.

Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, spokesman for the provincial police headquarters say that the explosive materials were placed on a bicycle and detonated as policemen were passing by Kah Bazar area in Kundoz city this morning.

Hussaini said policemen escaped unharmed but four civilians sustained injuries in the explosion.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the blast but there are heavy clashes ongoing between security forces and Taliban in parts of Kundoz province.

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Civilian lost both legs in explosion in Laghman http://www.khaama.com/civilian-lost-both-legs-in-explosion-in-laghman-3248 http://www.khaama.com/civilian-lost-both-legs-in-explosion-in-laghman-3248#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:04:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49382 Read the full article...]]> Roadside bombA local villager has lost both legs in a landmine explosion in eastern Laghman province.

Officials say the incident occurred in Badpakh District around 06:00 AM this morning.

The local villager was walking towards district clinic for treatment but struck a landmine on his way losing both of his legs.

In a separate landmine explosion a policeman sustained light injuries in Parawi area of Alingar District around 07:00 AM today.

Landmine incidents are on the raise in this eastern province. A militant commander was killed and another wounded in their own landmine explosion in Shorabi are of Alingar District last night.

This week National Directorate of Security (NDS) arrested six landmine planters from the jurisdiction of Laghman province who were involved in several bomb blasts including the one that killed an MP’s brother this month.

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US military sends fighter jets to Kunduz province http://www.khaama.com/us-military-sends-fighter-jets-to-kunduz-province-9406 http://www.khaama.com/us-military-sends-fighter-jets-to-kunduz-province-9406#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:42:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49379 Read the full article...]]> US jets AfghanistanThe US military has sent fighter jets to northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan where heavy clashes took place between the Afghan security forces and the anti-government armed militants.

The militants launched a major offensive recently in parts of Kunduz province and and overrun government checkpoints close to the main city.

A U.S. military spokesman confirmed to Reuters the jets had been dispatched to the area and said they were on a mission outside regular operations.

“We can confirm there were U.S. jet aircraft flying in the Kunduz area in the past 72 hours, no munitions dropped,” the official said.

The combat mission by the NATO-led coalition security forces formally concluded last year.

Only a small contingent of around 1,800 U.S. counter-terrorism troops are still involved in combat operations.

In the meantime, Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said Tuesday that the security forces are moving forward in the fight against insurgents in Kunduz province.

Sediqi further added that the backbone of Taliban has been broken after their commander Mullah Mustafa was killed with his group in Imam Sahib District yesterday.

He said Taliban cannot win the ground from Afghan forces because thousands of troops with air support have been deployed while on the other hand Taliban are only in hundreds.

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Landmine planter killed, another wounded in own bomb blast in Laghman http://www.khaama.com/landmine-planter-killed-another-wounded-in-own-bomb-blast-in-laghman-3247 http://www.khaama.com/landmine-planter-killed-another-wounded-in-own-bomb-blast-in-laghman-3247#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:30:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49376 Read the full article...]]> Laghman-MehtarlamA landmine planter has been killed and another wounded after the bomb they were planting exploded on them in eastern Laghman province.

A statement issued this morning by government media office of Laghman province states that the incident took place in Shorabi area of Alingar District last night.

“Jamshid a local militants commander was killed and the other person whose identity is unknown wounded in the explosion.” The statement adds.

Jamshid a well-known landmine planter in the area had hand in several terrorist activities in the past, the statement states.

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For Us, Two Great Values http://www.khaama.com/for-us-two-great-values-9405 http://www.khaama.com/for-us-two-great-values-9405#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:11:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49372 Read the full article...]]> two values for us

Author: Agha Mohammad Qurishi

In 2014 Afghan presidential elections, many electors voted Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani because of his electoral sign was an image of Holy Qura’n. It looks like there is something as a great value for the Afghans.

Kai Eide writes in his memoirs that once an Afghan female journalist asked him to prepare a chance to study abroad. He wished her to write her auto-biography, according to Kai Eide, the girl wrote only a paragraph about her introduction, the remaining all paragraphs were about the life of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be upon Him.)

The USA is in the row of advanced countries. As super power, it is now everywhere in the world. In USA’s 2008 presidential elections, from Democratic Party, Obama’s message was (We Need Change!). In such an advanced country, still people need and believe in change.

In every country, govt. is the instrument for social change. In democratic countries nominees promise their nations for change. Human beings basically like change, therefore, CHANGE, is a successful motto for nominees to promise their nations.

Every society has some great values people work for and they want change for the preservation of them. People never want change in things, which have importance as core values for the nation. They may differ from nation to nation.

Social change is not an activity to be done at once, but it is a long process to be focused through the strategies and policies of the governments. Since 2001, a great deal of projects and millions of dollars were spent for human rights, women rights, women empowerment, etc. still; we are witnessing disastrous incidents such as the killing of Furkhundah, in the capital city Kabul. Many projects were not designed well or at least not effectively implemented. In my assumption, social change, development and promotion is never possible without a successful policy of govt. to meet the needs of the Afghans.

Always, when a new regime/govt. took/take place, people warmly welcome/ed it, but in action, they do not last, in case, the govt. touch peoples’ religious and national values. This is what the history experienced. Along the history, here, the religion is used as a provocation instrument by the foes; for they know the Afghans are to fight for their two great values, Islam and the soil.

For social, political and economical affairs, democracy is facing challenges on this land. Thus, Democracy is not a tree to be brought from Moscow or Washington to Kabul and planted on Afghan soil, but it is a process to be progressed or grown according to its principals. The principals must be in agreement with the values as two great values mentioned above. If the democratic progress is not unanimous with Islam and national values on this land, thus, it would face serious challenges, as we witnessed along the modern history of the country. Every improvements process is implemented, faced obstacles for it never met social and cultural codes of the nation. Those who wanted to implement a long term improvemt’s strategies are insulted, killed or at least expelled, thence, they did not managed them with great values of the nation.

In Afghanistan, every positive social and mental change and development is possible, in case, the process is meeting religious and national values. On this land, every social, economic and political process is based on Islamic and cultural values.

Haji Baridad, from Nawzad district of Helmand told me, “For us, Two Great Values- are Islam and The Afghan Soil.” An Afghan soldier, who day and night is standing in the front, is not doing his career because of salary, but for the religious and national values. We have another instance as well, while, the soviets invaded the Afghan land. The Afghans fought them under the name of national Jihad, which rooted by Islam and the soil, altho, supported by the west and some other Islamic countries, as a result, the national Jihad gave the west a reward of wining The Cold War.

If children of an elementary Afghan school are asked for which subject do they like, the children will surely reply that they like the history, for it contains the stories of the life of Prophet Mohammad “Peace and Blessings Of Allah Be upon Him.”

There are a lot of traditions in Afghan culture which substantially are valued and should last forever; touching of those values is by any means dangerous for the future of the country and the nation. The traditions bad for peace, democracy, civilization, promotion and a stable govt. must be removed through Masajid and religious great learnt people. To perish non-valued cultural codes and mentally accepted phenomenon, beside Media, effective projects and the role of Mullahs is and tribal elders is effective. This is what to be pursued through a stable national strategy and Govt. policies.

In Afghanistan, most of the population is settled in villages and they accept the talks of religious scholars, but not the officials and authorities. Crucial is to raise the voice of social, cultural and mental change and development from Masajid pulpits in villages and cities. People trust their religious scholars than media and project implementing organizations.

The Afghan constitution is based on Islam and national values of the country. The strategies and policies of the government have to be in agreement with the values mentioned. If a sport club is established in Wazir Akbar Khan of Kabul, so, the women of Khanashin and Musa Qala as well need the right of life at least. If we are committed to the Human Rights, Women Rights, etc. So beside peace, the priority is to empower and save women and children of the villages as well, not only of cities. People surely will always salute every positive change, but, not to be in opposition with TWO GREAT VALUES- Islam and the country (Soil).

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Weapons mailed from Pakistan seized in Kundoz http://www.khaama.com/weapons-mailed-from-pakistan-seized-in-kundoz-3246 http://www.khaama.com/weapons-mailed-from-pakistan-seized-in-kundoz-3246#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:17:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49366 Read the full article...]]> NDSNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has seized weapons and ICOM radios mailed from Pakistan in northern Kundoz province, a province where hundreds of Taliban are fighting with Afghan National Security forces from the past five days.

A statement issued by the NDS Wednesday states that four weapons, ammunition and nine ICOM radios, widely used by insurgent for communication, that were mailed (locally known as Belti) from Pakistan were seized in Kundoz province.

NDS statement adds that the weapons, ammunition and ICOM radios were disguised as merchandise goods and aimed for use in the ongoing fighting in Kundoz.

Hundreds of Taliban attacked areas in Kundoz province engulfing gun battles with security forces five days before.

Mohammad Omar Safai, governor of Kundoz province says that Taliban are retreating with heavy casualties in the fighting.

Including foreigners 150 militants have been killed and nearly 100 others wounded in clashes so far, according to government officials.

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Man involved in brutal murder of Farkhunda arrested from Balkh http://www.khaama.com/man-involved-in-brutal-murder-of-farkhunda-arrested-from-balkh-1048 http://www.khaama.com/man-involved-in-brutal-murder-of-farkhunda-arrested-from-balkh-1048#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:28:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49361 Read the full article...]]> farkhundaAnother suspect involved in brutal murder of Farkhunda over false accusation of Quran burning has been arrested from northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.

According to local security officials, the suspect was arrested on Tuesday night from the 9th police district of Mazar-e-Sharif city.

The provincial security chief Abdul Raziq said the suspect is originally a resident of Bagram district of Kabul province and had escaped to Mazar city in a bid to hide from police in Kabul.

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

She was accused of desecration to holy book of Islam after she spoke out against the superstitious practices she had witnessed with mullahs selling good-luck charms.

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

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

The Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs of Afghanistan also closed the shrine following the tragic incident last month.

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39 militants killed, wounded in Operation Badar in Zabul http://www.khaama.com/40-militants-killed-wounded-in-operation-badar-in-zabul-3245 http://www.khaama.com/40-militants-killed-wounded-in-operation-badar-in-zabul-3245#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:42:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49357 Read the full article...]]> ANA OperationForty militants have been killed and wounded during military‘s Operation Badar in restive Zabul province.

Operation Badar started in Khak-i-Afghan, Atghar, Sewri, Daichopan and Shah Joy districts five days before.

General Sayed Waqif Shah from 205th Atal Corps in the South says that the main purpose of this operation is to secure the release of the 31 abductees and prevent the arrival of foreign militants to this province.

“Including foreigners 20 militants have been killed and 19 others wounded in the operation so far” he said. “17 others including four militant commanders have been arrested” Waqif Shah added.

Military operations were conducted in the past to secure the release of 31 civilians abducted over two months but winded up with a positive result.

But Waqif Shah says that the difference between Operation Badar with those conducted before is that Afghan Special Forces are playing key role in this operation.

The 31 members of the minority Shiite Hazara community were abducted on Kabul-Kandahar highway from the jurisdiction of Zabul province on February 24. Afghan government has not yet officially released information about their fate.

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Ghani: Afghanistan to become world’s largest producer of copper and iron http://www.khaama.com/ghani-afghanistan-to-become-worlds-largest-producer-of-copper-and-iron-9404 http://www.khaama.com/ghani-afghanistan-to-become-worlds-largest-producer-of-copper-and-iron-9404#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:57:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49351 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan copper and ironPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said Afghanistan will become the world’s largest producer of iron and copper in the next 15 years.

Ghani, who is on a two-day visit in India, said “Our advantage is our mineral resources; in next 15 years, we will become the largest producer of cooper and Iron in the world.”

According to President Ghani Afghanistan has 14 of the 17 rare earth materials in the world.

He also invited the the Indian industry to invest in their fertilizer and chemicals industry by tapping Turkmenistan gas.

Ghani said there are huge investment potential for the Indian industry to invest in Afghanistan’s gas, fertilizers and chemicals industries.

“In invite you to tap these industries based on Turkmenistan’s gas. If we don’t tap it then we will lose it to someone else. This will be a win-win situation for both of us,” he added.

Afghanistan’s Rare Earth Elements have been valued at around $1 trillion despite being one of the poorest nations in the world.

According to a US Geological Survey (USGS) survey report, Afghanistan may hold 60 million tons of copper, 2.2 billion tons of iron ore, 1.4 million tons of rare earth elements such as lanthanum, cerium and neodymium, and lodes of aluminum, gold, silver, zinc, mercury and lithium.

Afghanistan’s mineral resources were valued at $908 billion by U.S. Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO) in 2010. However, Afghan government’s estimate is $3 trillion.

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Taliban unable to occupy district or province http://www.khaama.com/taliban-not-able-to-occupy-district-or-province-3243 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-not-able-to-occupy-district-or-province-3243#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:06:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49340 Read the full article...]]> Sediq-Sediqi-300x238After wide-spread concerns of MPs that Taliban may occupy large areas, spokesmen for the ministries of interior and defense made it clear on Wednesday that Taliban are not able to occupy any district or province.

Brigadier General Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense in a joint press conference in Kabul said that currently there are 21 military operations ongoing in 13 of the country in which militants are suffering heavy casualties.

He said 48 militants were killed, 42 wounded and 10 others arrested by security forces during past 24 hours.

Waziri added that Afghan national security forces are strong enough to defend the country and they won’t let any district or province fall into the hands of militants.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior told reporters during the press conference that the number of Afghan security forces is way higher than the number of militants.

He said that national security forces are also stronger than militants but they are carrying out their operations carefully because militants are using villagers as human shields.

Sediq Sediqi asked members of parliament not issue statements that create panic and requested them to trust their security forces.

Ongoing fighting between Taliban and security forces in Kundoz

Sediqi added that security forces are moving forward in the fight against insurgents in Kundoz province.

He said the backbone of Taliban has been broken after their commander Mullah Mustafa was killed with his group in Imam Sahib District yesterday.

Sediqi added that Taliban cannot win the ground from Afghan forces because thousands of troops with air support have been deployed while on the other hand Taliban are only in hundreds.

Revenge of Badakhshan attack taken

Government spokesmen also said that national security forces have taken the revenge of Badakhshan attack in which militants had martyred and beheaded a number of soldiers.

Brig. General Dawlat Waziri said that the main group behind the terrorist act has been eliminated during the ongoing military operation in Badakhshan province.

33 soldiers from Afghan National Army embraced martyrdom, wounded and went missing after Taliban militants attack their check posts in Jurm District of Badakhshan province earlier this month.

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ISIS promotes training camp in Logar province of Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/isis-promotes-training-camp-in-logar-province-of-afghanistan-9403 http://www.khaama.com/isis-promotes-training-camp-in-logar-province-of-afghanistan-9403#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:01:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49335 Read the full article...]]> ISIS in Logar1

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – ISIS’s Khorasan Province has promoted a training camp in central Logar province of Afghanistan, located 60 km south of capital Kabul.

The training camp has been named after the Taliban commander – Ustad Yasir who was killed in 2012 in an internecine dispute.

A set of photographs which purportedly shows the group conducting training has been published online by a Pakistani reporter Saleem Mehsud.

According to the Long War Journal newspaper quoting Mehsud the images were email to him by the group and were published online on 18th April.

The images shows a group of 14 militants along with pickup truck with a heavy machine gun mounted on the back moving through a creek.

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The authenticity of the phonographs has not been ascertained as the Afghan officials have not commented regarding the report and photos yet.

The Sa’ad bin Abi Waqas Front has been reportedly running the training camp led by Sa’ad Emarati, a former commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan who defected to the Islamic State’s Khorasan Province last year along with other disaffected Taliban commanders from Afghanistan and Iraq.

The group was named after Sa’ad bin Abi Waqas, an al Qaeda emir in Kunar province who was killed by the US military in an airstrike on April 14, 2011.

The latest report suggesting establishment of training camp by ISIS in Logar province comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani acknowledged for the first time last month that the terrorist group was gaining influence in the country.

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

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

This comes as a video emerged earlier this month which purportedly shows militants loyal to the terror group operating in a valley not far to the south of Kabul.

The video published by CNN shows a group of masked gunmen who are covering their faces like the ones in Iraq and Syria while holding flag of ISIS in their hands.

The militants are saying that they are recruiting fighters for ISIS and are in constant contact with ISIS commanders in Iraq and Syria.

“He called us, saying: ‘the IS people have come to Afghanistan — let’s join them.’ Then we joined them and pledged allegiance to them,” one of the militants appearing in the video says.

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Taliban publicly executed a man accused of killing his wife in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/taliban-publicly-executed-a-man-accused-of-killing-his-wife-in-helmand-3242 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-publicly-executed-a-man-accused-of-killing-his-wife-in-helmand-3242#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 06:58:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49332 Read the full article...]]> Taliban shootingTaliban have publicly executed an Afghan man who was accused of killing his wife in southern Helmand province.

Fathullah Khan, governor of Nad Ali District says that the incident took place in Nari Manda area yesterday.

He said Taliban called local villagers and allowed father of the deceased girl to shoot him.

Taliban have also accepted the responsibility for the execution.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a spokesman for Taliban says that Abdullah had killed his wife about a month before for which Taliban judiciary announced death sentence to him.

This is second incident of Taliban execution in less than two weeks in Afghanistan.

On 18 April Taliban publicly executed three people Ghazni province who were also accused of murders.

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Two policemen martyred in Zabul http://www.khaama.com/two-policemen-martyred-in-zabul-3241 http://www.khaama.com/two-policemen-martyred-in-zabul-3241#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:33:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49329 Read the full article...]]> ZabulTwo policemen have embraced martyrdom in a militant ambush in southern Zabul province.

Spokesman for the acting governor of Zabul province says that the incident took place in Baba Gak area of Qalat the provincial capital on Tuesday afternoon.

He said two policemen who were carrying food to their check point faced an ambush by two Taliban militants on their way.

According to the spokesman a short gun battle occurred between policemen and militants. He said both policemen embraced martyrdom and the militants received wounds in the exchange of fire.

Zabul in the southern part of the country is one of the restive provinces of Afghanistan.

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Gunmen release three abductees in Laghman http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-release-three-abductees-in-laghman-3240 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-release-three-abductees-in-laghman-3240#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:50:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49325 Read the full article...]]> Kabul-Jalalabad high wayThree passengers who were kidnapped about five days before on Kabul-Jalalabad high way in the jurisdiction of eastern Laghman province have been released.

Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Laghman province says that the three civilians were returned to their families in Surkh Road District of neighboring Nangarhar province yesterday.

Zwak said the release was secured through the efforts made by the provincial administration and local elders.

The militants who are not identified stopped passenger vehicles in the Zangori area of Laghman on Friday night and according to reports kidnapped 10 people.

Seven of them were released later but three were still in the custody of the kidnappers.

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Taliban retreating in Kundoz http://www.khaama.com/taliban-retreating-in-kundoz-3239 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-retreating-in-kundoz-3239#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:15:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49321 Read the full article...]]> Kundoz fightingMohammad Omar Safi, governor of northern Kundoz province says that security forces are trying to push back Taliban and yet several areas including the main city of Imam Sahib District have been cleared of militants.

Safi said several foreign militants including female have been killed in fresh clashes with security forces.

An unknown number of Taliban militants attacked parts of Kundoz province including Qala-i-Zal and Imam Sahib Districts and Gur Tapa locality of the provincial capital on Saturday night.

Safi says that the militants have come from several other provinces to Kundoz for this attack.

Additional troops have been deployed to the battle field where heavy clashes are happening between Taliban and security forces since Saturday.

16 soldiers are reported to have embraced martyrdom or wounded and at least 50 militants killed during the clashes ongoing from the past four days.

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Ghani says he wants to make Afghanistan a “graveyard of terror” http://www.khaama.com/ghani-says-he-wants-to-make-afghanistan-a-graveyard-of-terror-1047 http://www.khaama.com/ghani-says-he-wants-to-make-afghanistan-a-graveyard-of-terror-1047#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:47:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49318 Read the full article...]]> GhaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the Afghan government is determined to ‘make Afghanistan graveyard of terror’ while calling for regional cooperation to defeat militants.

Speaking to a government think-tank following a meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ghani said Afghanistan has turned into a battlefield where Afghans are fighting on behalf of neighboring and regional countries from India to Russia.

“We are the battlefield. We are fighting on behalf of our friends from India to Russia,” Ghani said a speech to the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA).

President Ghani also insisted that peace was the main goal of his government as “the shadow of terror haunts our children, our women, our youth”.

“Terror must be confronted and must be overcome…Our will must not be underestimated and we will not be beaten to submission,” he said.

Ghani also added that terror must be “contained if the disease is to be cured”.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier said that India would continue to help build the Afghan military and had delivered three Cheetal helicopters.

Modi also pledged continued support for Afghanistan’s fight against the Taliban and renewed his commitment to developing both land and sea trade routes with the country.

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District governor survived, three people wounded in bomb blast in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/district-governor-survived-three-people-wounded-in-bomb-blast-in-nangarhar-3239 http://www.khaama.com/district-governor-survived-three-people-wounded-in-bomb-blast-in-nangarhar-3239#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:39:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49309 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar Governor HouseA district governor survived life attempt but three of his body guards wounded after in a bomb explosion in eastern Nangarhar province around 02:00 PM on Tuesday.

Ahmadzia Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor house of Nangarhar province confirmed the report and said that the explosion took place on the vehicle of Bati Kot District governor in which the governor survived but three of his body guards sustained injuries.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The news comes about a week after an attack on the logistic officer of local police of the same District.

Khan Wali and one another person sustained injuries after a magnetic bomb attached to his vehicle exploded in Arbapan area of Kama District last week.

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Dozens of people missing after landslide in Badakhshan http://www.khaama.com/dozens-of-people-missing-after-landslide-in-badakhshan-3238 http://www.khaama.com/dozens-of-people-missing-after-landslide-in-badakhshan-3238#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:51:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49306 Read the full article...]]> landslideDozens of villagers have gone missing after a landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province.

Shah Waliullah Adib, acting governor of Badakhshan province told Khaama Press that landslide took place in a village of Khwahah District last night.

He said there were 97 homes in the village that has that faced the tragedy. “We have reports of 52 deaths due to the landslide so far” he said.

A search for the bodies is ongoing in the area.

Adib added that a number of the villagers who survived and have left the area to nearby safer locations.

Adib also said that the area is remotely located about 80 kilometers from the District headquarters and because of the heavy snowfall there are difficulties in delivering the emergency assistance.

Hundreds of people lost their lives after around 300 homes were devastated due a landslide in Urgu District of Badakhshan province last year.

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Three terrorists arrested, homemade bombs seized http://www.khaama.com/senior-taliban-commander-mullah-mustafa-among-28-in-killed-kundoz-3238 http://www.khaama.com/senior-taliban-commander-mullah-mustafa-among-28-in-killed-kundoz-3238#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:20:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49269 Read the full article...]]> NDSNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested three terrorists and seized bombs during separate operations in three provinces.

A statement issued Tuesday by NDS identifies the arrested terrorists as Asmatullah S/O Khan Meer – a resident of Orgun District of Paktika province and member of Qari Sayed Ahmad group, Lal Jan S/O Maluk Jan and Samar Gul alias Hashiemi S/O Bakht Mohammad residents of Zurmat District of Paktia province.

According to NDS statement the terrorists were busy in terrorist activities in Paktia and Paktika provinces and arrested “red handed with an AK47 and its five magazines and an ICOM Radio.”, the statement adds.

In a separate operation NDS personnel seized 10 homemade devastating bombs in Logar province.

The depot belonged to Mullah Janat Gul and discovered from Barg area of Mohammad Aghe District.

NDS statements usually do not contain the exact date of the achievement but their statements come after recent activities.

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Explosion targets police vehicle in Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/explosion-targets-police-vehicle-in-kabul-city-1046 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-targets-police-vehicle-in-kabul-city-1046#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:03:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49296 Read the full article...]]> explosion in kabul

A magnetic bomb planted in a vehicle of the Afghan National Police (ANP) went off in capital Kabul on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident took place in Dar-ul-Aman area in the vicinity of 3rd police district located in the western part of Kabul city.

There are no reports regarding the possible casualties as the result of the incident.

However, a source in the 3rd police district said at least one person was injured after the magnetic bomb went off in the police vehicle.

This was the first terrorist-related incident in capital Kabul since the Taliban militants group announced its summer offensive last week.

In a statement emailed to media on Wednesday, the group said the offensive – dubbed “Azm” or perseverance in Dari and Arabic – will begin on Friday.

The statement further added that the group is “determined to prolong the ongoing jihad,” or holy war in Afghanistan.

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Kandahar public health director wounded in attack http://www.khaama.com/kandahar-public-health-director-wounded-in-attack-3235 http://www.khaama.com/kandahar-public-health-director-wounded-in-attack-3235#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:58:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49278 Read the full article...]]> Kandahar-Mirwais Regional HospitalDoctor Abdul Qayoum Pakhula, the Director of the public health directorate of southern Kandahar province has been wounded in a terrorist attack.

Mr. Pakhula was on his way home when unidentified gunmen fired at his vehicle in Deh Khwaja area of Kandahar city last night.

Sources at Mirwais Regional Hospital in Kandahar city says that Mr. Pakhula is currently under medical treatment with them.

Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province confirms the attack.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Short sighted games to have destructive consequences, Ghani warns http://www.khaama.com/short-sighted-games-to-have-devastating-consequences-ghani-warns-9402 http://www.khaama.com/short-sighted-games-to-have-devastating-consequences-ghani-warns-9402#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:57:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49276 Read the full article...]]> Ghani visits IndiaIn an apparent gesture towards the consequences of proxy war, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has warned that the short sighted games would have consequences.

The remarks by President Ghani comes as he formally started his 3-day state visit to India by meeting with the top Indian officials on Tuesday.

Ghani said the consequences of such short games would be medium to long term. “If people want to play short sighted games, it’s going to have medium to long term devastating consequences,” President Ghani told NDTV.

President Ghani insisted that the Afghan soil will not become a battlefield for proxy wars and reiterated that Afghanistan is going to be a platform for regional and global cooperation.

This comes as the US Department of Defense (DoD) said last year that Pakistan is using ‘proxy forces’ to carry out attacks in Afghanistan and India.

In a report released on earlier in the month of Novembeer last year, the US Department of Defense said the militant groups focused on Afghanistan and India continue to operate from Pakistan territory, accusing Islamabad for providing “sanctuary” to militants of the Haqqani network, a group reportedly considered by Pakistan to be part of a moderate faction of the Taliban.

The former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf also warned last year that Pakistan and India could enter into a proxy war amid growing influence by New Delhi in Afghanistan.

Musharaf claimed that the Indian involvement there has an anti-Pakistan connotation and that they (India) want to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan.

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Top Taliban commander killed with his 27 men in Kunduz http://www.khaama.com/top-taliban-commander-killed-with-his-27-men-in-kunduz-9401 http://www.khaama.com/top-taliban-commander-killed-with-his-27-men-in-kunduz-9401#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:46:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49265 Read the full article...]]> prominent taliban commander killedA prominent Taliban commander was killed following a military operation by the Afghan security forces in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The operation was conducted late on Monday night in Imam Sahib district, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Sediq Sediqi said.

He said at least 27 militants were also injured during the operation along with the prominent Taliban commander who was identified as Mullah Mustafa.

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

The death of Mullah Mustafa is considered a major blow to the anti-government armed militants who are currently engaged in a fierge gun battle with the Afghan security forces in a number of districts of Kunduz province.

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Arms, explosives seized in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/arms-explosives-seized-in-helmand-3232 http://www.khaama.com/arms-explosives-seized-in-helmand-3232#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:12:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49256 Read the full article...]]> NDSPersonnel from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – have busted several terrorist caches in southern Helmand province and recovered hundreds of kilograms of explosive materials and arms.

A statement issued by NDS late yesterday states that the depots belong to the group of Mullah Sur Gul and Mullah Abdull Ahad which were seized in Khan Nashin, Nawa districts and Khoshak Abe area during separate raids.

“600 kilograms of explosive materials, two suicide vests, one PK machine gun, two Ak47, one pistol, 25 anti-tank landmines, one Toyota vehicle, hundreds rounds of bullets and several military equipment were recovered from the caches” the statement adds.

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President Ghani arrives in India on a 3-day state visit http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-arrives-in-india-on-a-3-day-state-visit-1042 http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-arrives-in-india-on-a-3-day-state-visit-1042#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:27:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49251 Read the full article...]]> Ghani arrives in IndiaPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived in India on Monday evening on a 3-day state visit to meet with the Indian officials.

The Presidential Palace said President Ghani is accompanied by a delegation of high level government officials during his visit to India.

Deputy CEO Mohammad Khan, Foreing Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Natioanl Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Finance Minister Heklil Hakimi, Mines and Petreleum Minister Daud Shah Saba, Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz, Trade and Commerce Minister Mohammad Humayun rasa, Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zamir, Labor and Social Affairs Minister Nasrin Orya Khel and Afghan army chief of staff Sher Mohammad Karimi are among the top government officials accompanying President Ghani.

President Ghani is visiting India on a formal invitation by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He is expected to meet with the Indian President, Prime Minister, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, External Affairs Minister, Defense Minister, Trade Minister, Public Health Minister and members of India’s Chamber of Commerce.

The Afghan government is also expected to sign a treaty with the Indian government on intelligence share and cooperation in dealing crimes during President Ghani’s visit.

According to local media reports in India, Kabul and New Delhi will share intelligence and cooperate in dealing with crimes based on the treaty which will be concluded by the leaders of the two countries.

This comes as earlier reports suggested that President Ghani has postponed his trip to India by few hours due to deteriorating security situation in the country, particularly in northern Kunduz province where heavy clashes continue between the militants and Afghan security forces.

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Mohammad Asif Rahimi appointed as new governor of Herat http://www.khaama.com/mohammad-asif-rahimi-appointed-as-new-governor-of-herat-1041 http://www.khaama.com/mohammad-asif-rahimi-appointed-as-new-governor-of-herat-1041#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:43:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49248 Read the full article...]]> Mohammad Asif RahimiThe government of national unity appointed Mohammad Asif Rahimi as the new governor of western Herat province of Afghanistan.

The Independent Directorate of the Local Governance (IDLG) said Tuesday that the Presidential Palace approved IDLG’s recommendation to appoint Mr. Rahimi as the new Herat provincail governor.

Mr. Rahimi was graduated from the Engineering Department in Kabul University and Public Administration and Management from the Nebraska University in United States of America.

He has previously served as Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock Minister and Deputy Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.

Rahimi is replacing Asiluddin Jami as the new governor of Herat province who has been serving as acting provincial governor of Herat province during the past recent months.

Herat is among the key provinces in western Afghanistan and is considered as the main trade and transit hub of the country.

During a visit to Herat province last year, President Ghani said that the government was planning to transform Herat into international trade and transit hub.

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Humayun Azizi appointed as new governor of Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/humayun-azizi-appointed-as-new-governor-of-kandahar-1040 http://www.khaama.com/humayun-azizi-appointed-as-new-governor-of-kandahar-1040#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:04:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49244 Read the full article...]]> Dr. Humayun AziziThe new provincial governor for the southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan was appointed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) said Monday that Dr. Humayun Azizi was appointed as new governor of Kandahar province after his nomination was approved by the Presidential Palace.

According to IDLG officials, Dr. Azizi has served as provincial council chief for western Herat province and governmental minister in parliamentarian affairs.

Dr. Toryalai Weesa was previously serving as provincial governor for Kandahar province.

Dr. Azizi’s appointment as the new provincial governor of Kandahar province comes as there have been growing criticisms towards the government of national unity for delaying the appointment of the new governors, specifically for the key provinces.

This comes as the cabinet of the government of national unity was completed with the approval of 16 minister-designates by the Lower House of the Parliament ten days ago, leaving the key Ministry of Defense without a minister-in-charge as no nominee has been introduced since Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi was rejected by the lawmakers who was nominated for the post earlier this year.

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NATO Framework Nation Ambassadors Visit Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/nato-framework-nation-ambassadors-visit-afghanistan-1039 http://www.khaama.com/nato-framework-nation-ambassadors-visit-afghanistan-1039#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:45:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49241 Read the full article...]]> 17261797216_2055e673fd_z

Four NATO ambassadors visited Afghanistan to consult with civilian and military officials on NATO’s Resolute Support mission and Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan from April 24-27, 2015. The party included Ambassador Martin Erdmann of Germany, Ambassador Mariangela Zappia of Italy, Ambassador Fatih Ceylan of Turkey, and Ambassador Douglas Lute of the United States.

These four Allied nations serve as “framework nations” for the Resolute Support mission. Turkey leads in the capital region; Germany in the north; Italy in the west; and the United States in the south and east.

During the visit, the ambassadors met with President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah, and Afghan officials and allied troops in Kabul, Herat, and Mazar-e-Sharif.

At the NATO Summit in September 2014, the 28 allies and their troop contributing partners reaffirmed their commitment to the Afghan people. Resolute Support is a non-combat NATO-led mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan forces and institutions. The mission was launched on January 1, 2015, at the invitation of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, immediately following the completion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. Today, more than 40 nations are participating.

The NATO mission provides training, advice, and assistance in eight key areas: multi-year budgeting; transparency, accountability and oversight; civilian oversight of the Afghan Security Institutions; force generation; force sustainment; strategy and policy planning, resourcing and execution; intelligence; and strategic communications.

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Six mine planters arrested in Laghman http://www.khaama.com/six-mine-planters-arrested-in-laghman-3232 http://www.khaama.com/six-mine-planters-arrested-in-laghman-3232#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:31:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49237 Read the full article...]]> NDSNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested a group of six mine planters from the jurisdiction of eastern Laghman province.

A statement issued by NDS Monday states that the group is responsible for a bomb blast that claimed lives of two people in the outskirt of Mehtarlam city earlier this month.

Haji Niamatullah the brother of Haji Naqibullah who representative of Laghman province in the House of Representatives was one of the two killed in the explosion.

NDS statement further states that the group was planning more attacks but arrested before they could reach to their target.

NDS statement identifies the arrested militants as Sayed Aqa S/O Meya Jan, Tawfiq S/O Abdul Razaq, Ahmad alias Ghorzang S/O Abdul Wadoud, Zahir S/O Abdul Majid, Nawid S/O Babrak and Samiullah S/O Mohammad Wali.

Five military suits, one pistol, a hand grenade, two motorcycles and other terrorist materials were seized from the possession of the terrorists who are original residents of Mehtarlam, provincial capital of Laghman province, the statement states.

Statements issued by NDS usually do not contain the exact date of the achievement but their statements come after recent activities.

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Ghani postpones India trip as security worsens in Kunduz http://www.khaama.com/ghani-postpones-india-trip-as-security-worsens-in-kunduz-9400 http://www.khaama.com/ghani-postpones-india-trip-as-security-worsens-in-kunduz-9400#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:13:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49233 Read the full article...]]> Ghani talkingPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has postponed his trip to India by few hours due to security deterioration in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

According to reports, President Ghani is expected to leave for India later today.

This will be the first trip by President Ghani to India since he took office as the new leader of the country last year.

He is expected to hold talks on key issues including security, counter-terrorism and economic assistance with the Indian officials.

The Afghan government is also expected to sign a treaty with the Indian government on intelligence share and cooperation in dealing crimes during President Ghani’s visit.

According to local media reports in India, Kabul and New Delhi will share intelligence and cooperate in dealing with crimes based on the treaty which will be concluded by the leaders of the two countries.

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Ahmad Zia Masoud survived terrorist attack http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-ahmad-zia-masoud-survived-terrorist-attack-3231 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-ahmad-zia-masoud-survived-terrorist-attack-3231#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:22:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49224 Read the full article...]]> Ahmad-Zia-Massoud

Ahmad Zia Masoud the special envoy for President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for reform and good governance survived a rocket attack in northeastern Badakhshan province.

The rocket attack did not bear casualties in Barak District.

After a deadly terrorist attack which left dozens of soldiers martyred, wounded or missing, Ahmad Zia Masoud made a visit to Badakhshan province to review the security situation of the province.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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President Ghani visiting India today http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-visiting-india-today http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-visiting-india-today#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:01:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49209 Read the full article...]]> Ghani visitingDue to the ongoing clashes between security forces and Taliban insurgents in northern Kundoz province President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani delayed his visit for four hours. But he is still scheduled to be leaving Kabul for New Delhi today.

Ajmal Obain Abedi, spokesman for the presidential palace says that important discussions will take place between the Afghan delegation led by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Indian officials.

He says enhancing trade between the two countries, easing transit and increasing cooperation in economic and agriculture sectors will be discussed in detail during this visit.

Indian embassy in Kabul has also confirmed that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani will be on an official visit to India for discussing political and security issues on 27 and 28 April.

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Farkhunda murder: Afghan actress lynched in a mock demonstration http://www.khaama.com/farkhunda-murder-afghan-actress-lynched-in-mock-a-demonstration-9399 http://www.khaama.com/farkhunda-murder-afghan-actress-lynched-in-mock-a-demonstration-9399#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:00:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49207 Read the full article...]]> Farkhunda lynching

An Afghan actress was lynched by mob in a mock demonstration to protest against the brutal murder of an innocent girl over Quran burning in Kabul last month.

Leena Alam played the role of Farkhunda who was brutally lynched and her body was set on fire over false accusation of desecrating the holy book of Islam.

The demonstration was organized to remember the brutal murder of Farkhunda 40 days after the incident.

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

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

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

The Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs of Afghanistan closed the shrine following a tragic incident last month.

Thousands of people were visiting Shah Do Shamshera for prayers and the shrine was getting over crowded particularly on Wednesdays.

New details emerged earlier this month which revealed that illegitimate activities were taking place in Shah Do Shamshera shrine under the shelter of the sacred place where the incident took place.

According to the latest investigation reports, police and members of the commission investigating the murder of Farkhunda, used condoms along with the packs of condoms and sexual enhancement tablets and capsules were discovered from one of the rooms of the shrine.

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Afghanistan and India to sign treaty on intelligence share http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-and-india-to-sign-treaty-on-intelligence-share-9398 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-and-india-to-sign-treaty-on-intelligence-share-9398#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:33:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49204 Read the full article...]]> Modi and GhaniThe Afghan government is expected to sign a treaty with the Indian government on intelligence share and cooperation in dealing crimes during President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s visit to New Delhi.

According to local media reports in India, Kabul and New Delhi will share intelligence and cooperate in dealing with crimes based on the treaty which will be concluded by the leaders of the two countries.

The reports further added that the latest development will likely upset Pakistan, which has been opposing such a bilateral agreement for the past 15 years.

President Ghani is expected to leave for India today on a two-day state visit.

The draft of the treaty known as Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) has reportedly been prepared by the Home Ministry of india.

“This will not only help the agencies achieve a more effective coordination but also instil fear among fugitives and terrorists taking shelter in Afghanistan,” a senior official quoted by Economic Times newspaper said.

The official further added that discussions are also underway to ink an extradition treaty between two nations but Afghanistan does not seem to be too keen about it.

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Six family members killed in Zabul blast http://www.khaama.com/six-family-members-killed-in-zabul-blast-3229 http://www.khaama.com/six-family-members-killed-in-zabul-blast-3229#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:42:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49201 Read the full article...]]> Zabul-Governor OfficleSix members of a single family were killed after explosive materials already available at their home exploded in southern Zabul province last night.

Zabul Governor’s spokesman says that the incident took place in Sewri-Dawargach area of Shinkay District last night.

He said that the death included two children and two women.

Governor’s spokesman added that the explosive materials were belonging to the armed opponents but he did not elaborate whether the family had relationship with militants or not.

No groups including Taliban have commented on the report yet.

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Intelligence agency foiled five car bomb attacks in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/intelligence-agency-foiled-five-motor-bomb-attacks-in-nangarhar-3229 http://www.khaama.com/intelligence-agency-foiled-five-motor-bomb-attacks-in-nangarhar-3229#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:13:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49196 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar-PHQNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has foiled five car bomb attacks in eastern Nangarhar province.

As per a report provided to the governor house by NDS in Jalalabad terrorist were planning to carry out five terrorist attacks using vehicles but their plan has been foiled.

NDS report states that they arrested two terrorists in Samarkhil area of Behsood District who were transporting 700 kilograms of explosive materials for these attacks.

According to the statement the explosive materials were placed in14 bags being transported in a Saracha vehicle on Jalalabad-Torkham highway.

The news comes after a deadly suicide attack killed and wounded more than 150 people in Jalalabad city last week.

Nangarhar in the eastern part of the country shares a long border with Pakistan. Several cases have been reported in the past where security forces have seized explosives coming from Pakistan into Afghanistan through the Torkham border crossing.

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Five soldiers martyred, 72 militants killed in fresh military operations http://www.khaama.com/five-soldiers-martyred-72-militants-killed-in-fresh-military-operations-3228 http://www.khaama.com/five-soldiers-martyred-72-militants-killed-in-fresh-military-operations-3228#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:34:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49193 Read the full article...]]> ANA 2Five soldiers embraced martyrdom due to terrorist actions while 72 militants were killed in separate military operations in past 24 hours, a statement issued Monday morning by the Ministry of Defense states.

General Zahir Azimi, Ministry of Defense spokesman writes in the statement that the five soldiers embraced martyrdom due to an explosion and militant fire.

Azimi’s statement does not contain information about the exact location of the terrorist actions.

He also writes that 72 insurgents were killed during operations conducted by security forces in past 24 hours.

48 militants wounded and three others arrested during these operations, the statement adds.

Afghan National Security Forces are engaged in large scale military operations in different parts of the country at the time.

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Three policemen wounded in Khost terrorist action http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-twin-explosions-in-khost-city-3227 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-twin-explosions-in-khost-city-3227#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:35:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49186 Read the full article...]]> Khost-Explosion-Police at siteThree policemen sustained injuries after a bomb placed near the office of the provincial council in Khost city exploded this morning.

A statement issued by the media office of Khost province states that the explosion took place around 08:00 AM.

The three policemen wounded were guarding the office of the provincial council of Khost, the statement adds.

Although Khost media office confirms one explosion at the site but eyewitnesses say the heard two explosions.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Balancing economic aid and security: President Ghani’s visit to India http://www.khaama.com/balancing-economic-aid-and-security-president-ghanis-visit-to-india-1037 http://www.khaama.com/balancing-economic-aid-and-security-president-ghanis-visit-to-india-1037#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:37:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49175 Read the full article...]]> Ghani visit to IndiaPresident Ghani in his inaugural speech outlined “five-circle foreign policy” relations with neighbors, Asian countries, the Islamic world, donor countries and international institutions. He knew that balancing the relations with the foremost component of his foreign policy would be the most challenging part for him. As the five circles include, the two arch rivals India and Pakistan, and Afghanistan has to strike the right-cords to ensure that it could benefit from peace with the assistance of Pakistan and also foster economic relations with India.

Since, President Ghani’s assumed his office, he has visited Saudi Arabia, China, Pakistan and Iran. This indicates that these countries could play a vital role in bringing about peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, as these countries have been supporting the political stakeholders over the years in the Afghan Government and the insurgent groups in one way or the other.

Though many of us knew that the main player in the Afghanistan conflict remains to be Pakistan; and Islamabad insists it wants to see a stable and peaceful Afghanistan, however it remains wary of its traditional rival, India, expanding its influence along the border in Afghanistan.

People of Afghanistan have witnessed that since his first day in office, President Ghani has called upon Pakistan to assist him to bring peace to Afghanistan, and in his visit to Islamabad he has unprecedentedly assured Pakistani establishments and political gurus all the necessary political and security assurances that his predecessor president Karzai stopped offering, after Pakistan was unable to provide tangible outcomes.

But some criticize that President Ghani played all his cards in order to secure sincere political and military cooperation from Pakistan but it is yet to yield any substantial result. Over the past two months, Afghanistan has witnessed a spike in terrorist incidents, and the recent declaration by Taliban of their spring offensive is another warning to the government and its allies of dire consequences to Afghanistan over the coming months, again pushing back peace and reconciliations initiatives.

Now with his planned visit to India over the coming days, he has to be cautious about his commitments. Though people of Afghanistan know that over the last 14 years India has provided around two billion in aid to Afghanistan, but now is the time for the government of Afghanistan to balance between economic aid and peace. India could provide, us economic incentives and bailout but we are in dire need of peace and security, which only Pakistan could assist. Thus we leave President Ghani to decide and strike a balance between these two, major component for the people of Afghanistan for the coming years.

Habib Wayand

Habib is currently a Senior Researcher and Analyst for Hambastagi Consultancy Group. He previously advised in several government ministries, including Ministry of Rural Development and Education. He could be contacted at habibwayand@gmail.com

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Taliban rape suicide bomber before sending for attack http://www.khaama.com/would-be-suicide-bomber-gang-raped-by-fellow-taliban-3229 http://www.khaama.com/would-be-suicide-bomber-gang-raped-by-fellow-taliban-3229#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:57:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49159 Read the full article...]]> ndsNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested a would-be suicide bomber who says he was gang-raped by Taliban commanders before sending him out for a suicide attack.

A statement issued Sunday by NDS states that the victim of the gang-rape planned to carry out a suicide attack on the police headquarters of Bagrami District of Kabul but he was arrested before he could reach to his target.

According to NDS statement rape cases are not unusual within the ranks of Taliban and Haqani network.

Bilal, the rape victim-turned suicide bomber has told NDS that he was gang-raped by Taliban commanders Muzamil, Hijrat alias Abuzar, Tahir and Hanzila in Bati Kot District of eastern Nangarhar province and then sent for a suicide attack.

Bilal narrates his rape story in a video released by NDS.

He says he was raped by a Taliban commander which was followed by another rape.

“Abuzar raped me. He closed my mouth, opened my trouser and raped me”, Abduzar said.

Bilal said after this he went home but when returned he faced the same again. This time it was not by a Taliban commander but another fellow suicide bomber.

“Another Abuzar, Tahir Abuzar who is now a suicide bomber raped me” he said.

Bilal added that after the rape he was told by Tahir Abuzar to carry out suicide attack for washing off sins.

“He told me to go and carry out suicide attack for washing off sins.” he said.

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

Last year a group of Taliban gang-raped cows in Joram District of Badakhshan province.

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Eight soldiers martyred, 45 militants killed in Kundoz clashes http://www.khaama.com/eight-soldiers-martyred-45-militants-killed-in-kundoz-clashes-3226 http://www.khaama.com/eight-soldiers-martyred-45-militants-killed-in-kundoz-clashes-3226#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:02:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49153 Read the full article...]]> Kundoz-Police headquartersEight soldiers have embraced martyrdom in the ongoing clashes with militants in northern Kundoz province.

Abdul Wasi Basil, spokesman for the governor house in Kundoz province say that 16 soldiers have also sustained injuries in the heavy clashes ongoing in Gur Tapa and Qala-i-Zal District since yesterday.

He confirmed the killing of 45 militants during these clashes.

Reports from the area suggest that security forces have left some points to the militants in Gur Tapa area but Basil said that it was tactical stepping back.

Taliban spokesman has confirmed militants are involved in fighting with security forces in Kundoz province.

Residents from both locations have been escaping to safer areas including the provincial capital Kundoz city.

But it is not even safer there. A civilian lost his life in a bomb explosion in Kundoz city this morning.

Noor-ul-Huda an anti-Taliban cleric lost his life to the bomb attached to his vehicle.

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Anti-Taliban cleric killed in Kundoz explosion http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-explosion-in-kundoz-city-3225 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-explosion-in-kundoz-city-3225#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:17:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49140 Read the full article...]]> Kundoz-Police headquartersNoor-ul-Huda, a local Anti-Taliban cleric was killed in a bomb explosion in northern Kundoz province this morning.

Security officials at the provincial police headquarters say that the bomb was placed in the vehicle of Noor-ul-Huda which exploded  leaving him killed on the spot in Kundoz city.

Noor-ul-Huda was among the religious clerics in Kundoz province who was opposing the armed insurgency of Taliban.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Kundoz is among the northern provinces of Afghanistan which is experiencing an increase in the armed insurgency.

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Kabul Bank official shot dead in Uruzgan http://www.khaama.com/kabul-bank-official-gunned-down-in-uruzgan-3224 http://www.khaama.com/kabul-bank-official-gunned-down-in-uruzgan-3224#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:56:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49135 Read the full article...]]> AUruzgann official of Kabul Bank was gunned down in Tireen Kot, provincial capital of southern Uruzgan province this morning.

The name of the official is reported to be Abdul Jabar who was the Administrative Manager at Kabul Bank’s Uruzgan branch.

Abdul Jabar left home and was heading towards his office when unidentified gunmen fired at him in Tireen Kot.

Jabar received serious injuries in the attack and breathed last at the hospital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The news comes just a night after the acting police chief of this province was killed in a similar attack.

General Gulab Khan went out of police headquarters to check on security check posts and when he was returning unidentified gunmen attacked him in Sarkhuram area between Dehrawoud District and Tireen Kot.

Gulab Khan and a civilian died in the attack and the attackers fled from the area after carrying out the attack at around 11:00 PM last night.

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28 militants killed in fresh security operations http://www.khaama.com/28-militants-killed-in-fresh-security-operations-3223 http://www.khaama.com/28-militants-killed-in-fresh-security-operations-3223#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:52:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49132 Read the full article...]]> 800px-thumbnail28 militants have been killed in fresh security operations in different parts of the country.

A statement issued Sunday morning by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) states that the operations were carried out in Kandahar, Maidan Wardak, Zabul, Faryab, Jowzjan, Ghazni, Badakhshan, Herat, Paktiya, Helmand and Logar provinces in past 24 hours.

According to the statement 28 insurgents were killed and 21 others wounded during the separate operations.

MoI statement adds that Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and personnel from the National Directorate of Security took part in the operation where they also discovered and defused 52 different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

UN reports that IEDs are the second biggest cause of the increase in civilian casualties during the Afghan war.

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Three foreign insurgents among five wounded in Tagab clashes http://www.khaama.com/three-foreign-insurgents-including-five-wounded-in-tagab-clashes-3222 http://www.khaama.com/three-foreign-insurgents-including-five-wounded-in-tagab-clashes-3222#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:29:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49126 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army 2Three foreign insurgents among five were wounded during separate clashes with security forces in Tagab District of north-eastern Kapisa province.

A statement issued Sunday morning by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) states that a group of militants attacked check posts of Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) in Dolikhil and Khoshahal areas prompting gun battles between the two sides yesterday.

MoD statement adds that quickly after the gun battle erupted Afghan National Army arrived at the site and thwarted the militant attack.

One militant was killed and five others including three foreigners wounded during the clashes, the statement adds.

Taliban have not yet commented on the report.

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Nepal earthquake death toll reaches 1,900 http://www.khaama.com/nepal-earthquake-death-toll-reaches-1900-3221 http://www.khaama.com/nepal-earthquake-death-toll-reaches-1900-3221#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:42:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49122 Read the full article...]]> Nepal 5The death toll from yesterday’s earthquake has reached to 1,900 while hundreds of others are still unaccounted for in Nepal.

Hundreds of bodies and wounded have been delivered to the hospital in Kathmandu and more are still coming.

Officials confirm the death toll is recorded 1,896 but feared it can raise as hundreds of some 4,700 injured are in critical condition and hundreds of others are still unaccounted for.

The rescue operation is ongoing with high pace by government rescue teams as well as civilians.

Last night rescuers were removing the debris of a damaged building in Kathmandu with axes and bared hands because bulldozers could not go through the narrow streets to get to the site.

Rescuers said that they believe people were still being trapped in the debris of the collapsed building.

Doctors and nurses are working tirelessly in the hospital. A doctor told reporters “I am tired and exhausted, but I have to work and have the strength.”

The earthquake scaled 7.9 magnitude on Richter stuck Nepal in midday on Sunday. The earthquake has also left 44 people killed in Nepal’s neighboring India.

India, Pakistan, U.S. and Britain have announced assistance to Nepal, a poor country with damaged economy.

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Afghan Senate House Speaker Muslim Yar visits Canada http://www.khaama.com/afghan-senate-house-speaker-muslim-yar-visits-canada-9395 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-senate-house-speaker-muslim-yar-visits-canada-9395#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:56:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49119 Read the full article...]]> Fazal Hadi Muslim YarTORONTO – Fazal Hadi Muslim Yar, Speaker of Meshrano Jirga, Abdul QaderZazai and a few other delegates were invited by the Speakers of the Canadian Senate and House of Commons.

Muslim Yar met with many Canadian ministers and notably the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston. Muslim Yar spoke about the challenges, the progress of Afghanistan and Canadian involvement.

He also spoke about the recent political transition and the finalization of the Cabinet of the NUG, pointing out the inclusion of 4 women as Cabinet Ministers. He also visited the Embassy of Afghanistan and the Canadian War Museum.

Muslim Yar’s second part of the trip was a meeting with Ontario Legislative members, Afghan-Canadian Organizations/Afghan Diaspora. Muslim Yar discussed Afghanistan is need of its Afghans that are living outside of Afghanistan, talked about the security situation and the families who were kidnapped near Zabul.

Muslim Yar and his delegates’ next stop is the Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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Uruzgan acting police chief gunned down http://www.khaama.com/uruzgan-acting-police-chief-gunned-down-3220 http://www.khaama.com/uruzgan-acting-police-chief-gunned-down-3220#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:45:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49111 Read the full article...]]> killedThe acting police chief of southern Urozgan has been killed in an armed attack on his way from Dehrawoud District to the provincial police headquarters in capital Tireen Kot.

Officials say General Gulab Khan went out of police headquarters to check on security check posts and when he was returning he was attacked in Sarkhuram area between Dehrawoud District and Tireen Kot at around 11:00 PM last night.

A civilian is also killed in the attack. A soldier who was accompanying Khan during the visit is escaped unharmed who is arrested on the suspension that he might have had connection with the attackers. He is currently under further investigation.

General Gulab Khan was previously head of the criminal investigation department at the police headquarters of Urozgan province but he was assigned as the acting police chief for this province.

He was assigned to this post after Matiullah Khan the police chief of Urozgan was killed in a suicide attack in Kabul in March.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Ghani hails NATO’s support to build an endurable defense force http://www.khaama.com/ghani-hails-natos-support-to-build-an-endurable-defense-force-1036 http://www.khaama.com/ghani-hails-natos-support-to-build-an-endurable-defense-force-1036#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:08:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49105 Read the full article...]]>

The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani hailed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for supporting Afghanistan to build endurable security forces who are now able to defend the country.

In a meeting with the US and European Union ambassadors to NATO on Saturday, President Ghani said the Afghan government and people will remain grateful for NATO’s commitment support towards Afghanistan.

President Ghani said the situation in Afghanistan was different 13 years ago but the Afghan people have gone through a long journey with the support of the international community.

He said the enemies of Afghanistan were looking to take control of certain provinces recently but the Afghan security forces proved that they are able to defend their soil and people.

President Ghani also reiterated to continue fight against terrorism and extremism and insisted that the Afghan forces are now able to conduct assaults and are no more in a situation to defend against the enemy aggressions.

He also added that the enemies are looking to spark terror among the people by killing the innocent women and children.

nato resolute support mission

In the meantime, the US and EU ambassadors to NATO reaffirmed the alliance’s long term support to Afghanistan.

The NATO-led coalition security forces formally concluded the alliance’s combat mission in Afghanistan with the launch of Resolute Support mission which is mainly focused on building Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) sustainability.

ISAF’s original mandate was to assist the newly-established Afghan Transitional Authority in and around Kabul. The scope and scale of ISAF’s mission grew as the Coalition added Provincial Reconstruction Teams and took on the responsibility to provide security while Afghan security forces were growing in strength.

The International Security Assistance Force – ISAF’s lasting legacy, accomplished with Afghan partners, was the establishment of a 350,000-strong security force, which today is fully responsible for security in Afghanistan.

During the course of the 2014 fighting season, the ANSF prevented the Taliban from disrupting national elections allowing more than seven million Afghans to exercise their right to vote. This led to the establishment of the Afghan National Unity Government, which marked the first peaceful democratic transition of power in Afghan history.

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Gunmen kidnap 10 passengers from Kabul-Jalalabad highway http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kidnap-10-passengers-from-kabul-jalalabad-highway-1035 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kidnap-10-passengers-from-kabul-jalalabad-highway-1035#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:43:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49102 Read the full article...]]> TalibanAt least ten passengers were kidnapped by unknown gunmen from the main highway between Kabul and Jalalabad province, the security officials said Saturday.

The incident took place in Sorkhakan district of eastern Laghman province while the passengers were travelling on the main highway.

Local security officials in Laghman said at least seven of the hostages were rescued following an operation by security forces.

However, there are no reports regarding the fate of the remaining three hostages who are believed to be in custody of the militants.

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

The highway between Kabul and Jalalabad is among the relatively peaceful highways in the country however the anti-government armed militants carry out insurgency activities on the highway, particularly during the evenings and late during the night time.

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Afghan forces enter Nawa district for first time since Taliban’s fall http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-enter-nawa-district-for-first-time-since-talibans-fall-1034 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-enter-nawa-district-for-first-time-since-talibans-fall-1034#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:13:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49100 Read the full article...]]> Afghan army casualties on riseThe Afghan National Security Forces took full control of Nawa district in southeastern Ghazni province for the first time since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

According to the local government officials, Nawa district was in control of the Taliban militants despite their regime was toppled down following the US-led invasion.

Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said at least 38 militants were killed after the Afghan security forces launched coordinated operations to take control of the district.

Ahmadi further added that Nawa was a strategic route for the militants where they could easily coordinate the movement of the insurgents between Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Zabul, Uruzgan and Daikundi provinces.

He said the militants were also operating factories to make Improvised Explosive Device and clinics to treat the wounded Taliban insurgents.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the claims by the government officials so far.

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Terrorist attack prevented in Herat http://www.khaama.com/terrorist-attack-prevented-in-herat-3220 http://www.khaama.com/terrorist-attack-prevented-in-herat-3220#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:40:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49092 Read the full article...]]> ndsNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has prevented a massive terrorist attack planned to target a busy area in western Herat province.

A statement issued Saturday by NDS states that a Rickshaw laden with explosives was made ready for an attack in Herat city but the plan was foiled.

NDS statement adds that the Rickshaw was seized and its driver arrested during an operation.

The target of the attacker was a busy area in Shaidai located in the 12th police district of Herat city, according to the statement.

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

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Prominent Pakistani rights activist Sabeen Mehud gunned down http://www.khaama.com/prominent-pakistani-rights-activist-sabeen-mehud-gunned-down-3219 http://www.khaama.com/prominent-pakistani-rights-activist-sabeen-mehud-gunned-down-3219#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:10:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49088 Read the full article...]]> PakistaniA prominent women rights activist Sabeen Mehmud has been killed in Karchi, the business hub of Pakistan.

Sabeen Memud and her mother Mehnaz Mehmud stopped at a traffic light at defense phase 2 of Karachi city after which two gunmen fired at their vehicle.

Sebeen Mehmud’s mother Mehnaz Mehmud who also sustained injuries in the attack told police and reporters that two attackers fired at their vehicle from a close range.

According to police reports Sabeen Mehmud received four shots, two at her chest, one on the neck and one on the face.

Police reports further states that culprits were riding on a motorbike after which they fled from the area.

A case has been registered under anti-terrorism act and security agencies are conducting further investigation into the attack.

Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed deep grieve over the incident.

Sabeen Mehmud was returning from “Unsilencing Balochistan” (take 2) session at T2F when the attack took place.

Sabeen Mehmud was one of the figures also fighting for the rights of Baluchistan in Pakistan. Some Pakistani politicians and right activists blame government for disappearing thousands of people from Baluchistan who were fighting for their rights.

Qadeer Baluch also known as “Mama” in Urdu, meaning “Uncle” in English, a prominent Baluch rights activist blamed government for the killing.

Without elaborating, he told Pakistan’s The Nation newspaper “everybody knows who killed her and why.”

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Parliament approved CEO office, council of ministers as budgetary units http://www.khaama.com/parliament-approved-ceo-office-council-of-ministers-as-budgetary-units-3219 http://www.khaama.com/parliament-approved-ceo-office-council-of-ministers-as-budgetary-units-3219#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:12:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49086 Read the full article...]]> Abdullah Abdullah

House of Representatives approved the office of the chief executive officer and council of ministers as budgetary units, based on a decree by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Out of 131 members available in the house 120 approved the request and only 11 raised red cards for not approving the request on Saturday’s session.

Presidential decree requesting the approval of budge for the office of the Chief Executive and council of ministers was sent to the lower house of parliament on Wednesday but votes were not casted for it due to the lack of quorum.

After Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah the two candidates in the run-off election did not accepted the results last year, they agreed to form a National Unity Government which will have a president and a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was then announced the president and Abdullah Abdullah the CEO.

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Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior says that this is a strong answer from security forces to the start of Taliban spring offensive “Azm”.

MoI statement states that 104 Taliban militants were killed and 89 others wounded in the operations conducted in past 24 hours.

According to the statement Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and personnel from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) took part in the operations carried out in Jowzjan, Kandahar, Faryab, Zabul, Ghazni, Badghis, Kunduz, Farah, Herat, Paktika, Helmand and Maidan Wardak provinces.

According to the statement the heavies casualties Taliban suffered were in Helmand, Badghis, Kundoz and Farah provinces.

The news comes as Taliban announced this past Friday as the start of their spring offensive.

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5 members of a family killed, 11 wounded in Laghman mortar attack http://www.khaama.com/5-members-of-a-family-killed-11-wounded-in-laghman-mortar-attack-1032 http://www.khaama.com/5-members-of-a-family-killed-11-wounded-in-laghman-mortar-attack-1032#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:58:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49072 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-civilians-killed1At least five member of a family were killed and eleven others were injured following a rocket attack in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place late on Friday night after a motar round fired by militants landed on a residential house.

Provincial governor spokesman Sarhadi Zwak said the incident took place in Alingar district.

Zwak further added that the victims were members of a single family which included four women and eleven others including children were injured.

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

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

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Two solders martyred, 15 militants killed in Kundoz clashes http://www.khaama.com/two-solders-martyred-15-militants-killed-in-kundoz-clashes-3214 http://www.khaama.com/two-solders-martyred-15-militants-killed-in-kundoz-clashes-3214#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:11:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49063 Read the full article...]]> Kundoz-Police headquartersTwo soldiers embraced martyrdom and 15 Taliban killed during clashes erupted after Taliban militants attacked a number of security check posts in northern Kundoz province.

General Abdul Saboor, police chief of Kundoz province says that the clashes erupted in Khan Abad, Ali Abad, Imam Sahib and Chahar Dara Districts on Thursday night.

He further said that Taliban militants attacked some security check posts in these areas engulfing gun battles in which two soldiers embraced martyrdom and 15 militants killed.

General Saboor added that two Taliban commanders, Qari Rahimuddin and Mullah Tufan, were among the militants killed in the fighting.

Taliban have accepted responsibility for the attacks but claim more casualties to security forces.

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Militants kill groom and his family members in Farah province http://www.khaama.com/militants-kill-groom-and-his-family-members-in-farah-province-1031 http://www.khaama.com/militants-kill-groom-and-his-family-members-in-farah-province-1031#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:15:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49059 Read the full article...]]> groom killed in FarahA group of insurgents attacked a wedding ceremony in western Farah province of Afghanistan on Friday, leaving the groom dead along with his family members.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place around 12:00 pm local time in the capital city of Farah province.

The provincial security chief Dil Jan Khakrezi said the militants had disguised themselves in police uniform and attacked the vehicle of the groom while they were crossing the area.

Khakrezi further added that the father of the groom along with his brother were killed following the attack.

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

Farah is among the relatively volatile provinces in western Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

Targeted killings were the third leading cause of civilian deaths and injuries, according to the latest United Nations report.

The report by UN said in the first three months of 2015, civilian casualties from targeted killings increased by 34 per cent, with UNAMA documenting 309 civilian casualties (217 killed and 92 injured) in 192 separate incidents.

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Suspected militant critically injured while placing IED in Baghlan http://www.khaama.com/suspected-militant-critically-injured-while-placing-ied-in-baghlan-1030 http://www.khaama.com/suspected-militant-critically-injured-while-placing-ied-in-baghlan-1030#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:52:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49056 Read the full article...]]> militant injured in BaghlanA suspected insurgent was critically injured while he was placing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan.

The incident took place in Pul-e-Khumri – the capital city of Baghlan province, local government officials said.

Provincial police spokesman Jawid Basharat said the suspect was blown up while he placing the explosives.

Basharat further added that the Afghan security forces have launched an investigation into 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 weapon of their choice to target the security forces.

However, in majority of the incidents the ordinary civilians are targeted in roadside bombings.

Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs remained the second leading cause of civilian casualties in the first quarter of 2015 resulting in 430 civilian casualties (155 civilian deaths and 275 injured), according to the latest report by United Nations.

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Afghan Air Force receives 3 multi-role helicopters from India http://www.khaama.com/afghan-air-force-receives-3-multi-role-helicopters-from-india-1029 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-air-force-receives-3-multi-role-helicopters-from-india-1029#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:11:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49052 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan receive helicopters from India

Three more helicopters were added to the fleet of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) with the completion of delivery of three multi-role helicopters from India.

According to reports, the multi-role Cheetal helicopters were formally added to the fleet of the AAF after they were test flown on 15th April.

The allied equipment and speares of the helicopters were also delivered to the Afghan Air Force.

According to the Indian newspapers, the Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh, in a written reply, told Lok Sabha, “The helicopters were dispatched to Afghanistan on April 9. These helicopters have been test flown and accepted by Afghanistan pilots on April 15.”

Mr. Singh quoted in the reports further added that the three Cheetal helicopters were based on an agreement with the Ministry of External Affairs.

Cheetals are the upgraded version of Cheetah light utility, multi-role helicopters built by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Cheetal helicopter is equipped with a Turbomeca TM 333-2M2 free turbine turboshaft engine. Compared to the 560 km of the Cheetah helicopter, Cheetal has a range of about 640 km.

Cheetal also provides a higher payload capacity of 90 kg, compared to the 50 kg of Cheetah.

The helicopters can be used for personnel transport, evacuation, reconnaissance and aerial survey. It is also capable of operating in the high-altitude areas.

Afghan Air Force MD-530

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

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

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

Around 17 of the Afghan Air Force’s MD-530F helicopter will be upgraded under the contract which is expected to be completed early next year.

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

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Asghar Stanikzai appointed as new captain of Afghan cricket team http://www.khaama.com/ashgar-stanikzai-appointed-as-new-captain-of-afghan-cricket-team-1027 http://www.khaama.com/ashgar-stanikzai-appointed-as-new-captain-of-afghan-cricket-team-1027#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:17:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49044 Read the full article...]]> Asghar-StanikzaiAfghan cricketer Asghar Stanikzai formally assumed the charge of the Afghan national cricket team after he has was appointed as the new captain  to replace Mohammad Nabi Esa Khel.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials told reporters on Thursday that the ACB appointed Stannikzai as the new captain considering his experience with the national team.

The 28-year-old Stanikzai is a right-handed batsman and a medium-fast bowler who has been playing with the national team since 2009 in One Day International (ODI) format. Stanikzai made his debut in Twenty20 format in February 2010.

Mohammad Nabi on Sunday announced to step down as the captain of the Afghanistan national cricket team and said the decision was due to the recent performance of the team and particularly his out of form status.

In his resignation letter to the ACB, Nabi said “I would like to request you to accept my resignation as a captain and allow me to continue to play as a team player. I will sincerely provide and share my captaincy experience with the new captain.”

“At the end, I would like to thank ACB, my colleagues and fans inside and outside Afghanistan who supported me all the time,” Nabi added.

In the meantime, ACB officials said Nabi will continue to play with the national team as a key player in the upcoming matches.

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Obama takes responsibility on US and Italian hostages death in drone strike http://www.khaama.com/obama-takes-responsibility-on-us-and-italian-hostages-death-in-drone-strike-1026 http://www.khaama.com/obama-takes-responsibility-on-us-and-italian-hostages-death-in-drone-strike-1026#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:09:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49041 Read the full article...]]> obamaThe US President Barack Obama has said he takes full responsibility for the drone strike which led to the loss of lives of American and Italian hostages.

The White House said Thursday that the two hostages were accidentally killed in a drone strike against al Qaeda terrorists near the Durand Line.

The hostages were identified as American Warren Weinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto who were held by the militants since 2011 and 2012.

The White House said “No words can fully express our regret over this terrible tragedy.”

“Warren and Giovanni were aid workers in Pakistan devoted to improving the lives of the Pakistani people,” Obama said.

He also added “As president and as commander in chief I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations, including the one that inadvertently took the lives of Warren and Giovanni.”

Obama said the mission was “fully consistent” with guidelines for conducting counterterrorism missions in the region and that there had been no information to show that the two hostages were being held in the targeted compound.

An American al Qaeda member, Ahmed Farouq, was killed along with another prominent al Qaeda member and US citizen in the same operation.

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Rocket attack on govt compounds in Ghazni as Taliban launches offensive http://www.khaama.com/rocket-attack-on-govt-compounds-in-ghazni-as-taliban-launches-offensive-1025 http://www.khaama.com/rocket-attack-on-govt-compounds-in-ghazni-as-taliban-launches-offensive-1025#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:27:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49037 Read the full article...]]> taliban summer offensiveThe Taliban militants launched rocket attacks on a number of government compounds in southeastern Ghazni province early on Friday morning as the group launched summer offensive.

According to local government officials, at least three rockets landed on Information & Culture Directorate, provincial municipality and Museum compounds.

Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi confirmed the incident and said sporadic gun fires are also heard in the vicinity of Ghazni city.

There are no reports regarding the casualties as a result of the rocket attack and sporadic clashes.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the rocket attacks and claimed that heavy casualties were incurred as a result of the attack.

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

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Teen boy kidnapped, raped, and tortured in Farah province http://www.khaama.com/teen-boy-kidnapped-raped-and-tortured-in-farah-province-1024 http://www.khaama.com/teen-boy-kidnapped-raped-and-tortured-in-farah-province-1024#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:42:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49034 Read the full article...]]> teen boy raped in Farah

A teenage boy was kidnapped, raped and brutally tortured by an influential local commander in western Farah province of Afghanistan.

According to human rights advocates the perpetrator is a close relative of the provincial council chief who has been identified as Hamid Bakhto.

The 17-year-old boy who was working in a bakery was initially kidnapped and was taken to Bala Bolok district where he was raped and tortured by using a hot metal to burn his body.

Lal Gul Lal, head of the Afghanistan Human Rights Organization, said the perpetrator is enjoying from the impunity as he is supported by his cousin.

Lal further added that other relatives of the perpetrator who are serving with the police are also supporting him and therefore little has been done to serve justice for the victim.

The perpetrator is also accused of committing similar offence in the past with the rights advocates calling on national unity government to take immediate and strict actions to tackle the growing rape incidents.

Incidents involving rape of women, teenager boys and girls, specifically children have been rampant across the country during the recent months.

A government survey report released last year revealed that 65 rape cases were recorded in six provinces where child rape happens more frequently.

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

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Syrian rebels capture 4 Afghans including teenager boys http://www.khaama.com/syrian-rebels-capture-4-afghans-including-teenager-boys-1022 http://www.khaama.com/syrian-rebels-capture-4-afghans-including-teenager-boys-1022#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:58:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49026 Read the full article...]]> Syrian rebels capture AfghansA new video has emerged from Syria which purportedly shows the capture of four Afghan nationals by the Syrian rebels.

Two teenager boys are also seen among those captured during the clashes apparently by the rebels belonging to the Free Syrian Army.

The group was reportedly deployed to Syria to take part in the ongoing conflict by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

The men appearing in the video introduces themselves while speaking in Dari language and describes unemployment as the main reason behind their decision to fight in Syria.

Dozens of Afghan nationals were reportedly killed late in December last year while fighting in support of the Syrian regime led by Bashar al-Assad.

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

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

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

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

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Symbolic demonstration by Afghan reporter against growing unemployment http://www.khaama.com/symbolic-demonstration-by-afghan-reporter-against-growing-unemployment-9394 http://www.khaama.com/symbolic-demonstration-by-afghan-reporter-against-growing-unemployment-9394#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:49:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49015 Read the full article...]]> 11139798_472835676206094_221092219_n

An Afghan reporter staged a symbolic demonstration on Thursday to protest against the growing unemployment in the country.

The 1TV reporter Qiam Noori played the role of a beggar for two hours in one of the Kabul streets.

He said main motive behind his demonstration was to attract the attention of the government leaders regarding the catastrophe of growing unemployment in the country.

Qiam said his experience of acting as a beggar was unpleasant as he was mostly mocked by the people and expressed concerns regarding the thousands of Afghan youths who are graduating from higher education institutes but their future remains unknown due to the lack of employment.

He said the graduates are facing the issues of nepotism and can not easily find jobs in government and non-governmental organizations unless they do have connections.

According to Qiam, he is not sure if the symbolic demonstration will have any impact on the situation but he insisted that the step was taken to fulfill his social obligation.

He warned that the Afghan youths will face the same fate if the govrnment did not take immediate actions to provide employment opportunities.

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Taliban try to match ISIS brutality by beheading Hazaras http://www.khaama.com/taliban-try-to-match-isis-brutality-by-beheading-hazaras-9393 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-try-to-match-isis-brutality-by-beheading-hazaras-9393#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:20:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=49010 Read the full article...]]> Taliban execute prisonersThe Taliban militants group are trying to match the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) brutality by beheading the targeting and beheading Hazaras.

According to a lawmaker in the Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga, the latest atrocities shows that the Taliban militants are trying to show they are as bad as ISIS.

“The Taliban are trying to send out a new message that they are similar in their brutality to ISIS,” Shahgul Rezaye, a Hazara member of Parliament told the New York Times.

The remarks by Rezaye comes as Taliban militants beheaded four civilians in southeastern Ghaniz province of Afghanistan shortly after they were abducted.

At least six more people who were believed to be Hazaras were killed by the militants after they were kidnapped from Daikundi province.

According to reports the six captives were also beheaded, spreading alarm and anger among the people.

This comes as militants also abducted 31 members of the minority Shiite Hazara community on Feb. 24 in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan from two vehicles on a major road.

Mohammad Mohaqiq, senior Shiite community leader and deputy to Chief Executive officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, confirmed that the 31 Hazaras have been kidnapped by militants belonging to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

He said two former Taliban leaders – Mullah Abdullah Kaka and his deputy Mullah Mansur Dadullah, who pledged allegiance to ISIS terrorist group, were responsible for the abduction of 31 members of the minority Shiite Hazara community.

There are still no reports regarding the fate of the abducted passengers with provincial council officials saying one of the hostages was killed while another one who was an elder person died in captivity.

However, Mohaqiq said earlier this month that the hostages are still alive and are being held in different areas by the militants who have slip them up into three or four groups.

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