Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sat, 05 Sep 2015 10:11:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 Unknown gunmen shot dead 13 civilians in Balkh http://www.khaama.com/unknown-gunmen-shot-dead-13-civilians-in-balkh-3869 http://www.khaama.com/unknown-gunmen-shot-dead-13-civilians-in-balkh-3869#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 10:11:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55746 Read the full article...]]> Unknown gunmanUnknown gunmen have shot dead 13 civilians in northern Balkh province.

Reports suggest that the victims were traveling in a passenger bus that came under the attack of unknown armed men in Zari District on Saturday.

Abdul Raziq Qaderi, Deputy Police Chief of Balkh province confirmed the report but he did not have a specific number of the casualties.

In the meantime, Shirjan Durani for Balkh police said that a delegation has been assigned to investigate the incident.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Mullah Omar asked Musharraf to bomb Kandahar province http://www.khaama.com/mullah-omar-asked-musharraf-to-bomb-kandahar-province-1475 http://www.khaama.com/mullah-omar-asked-musharraf-to-bomb-kandahar-province-1475#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 09:48:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55741 Read the full article...]]> Mullah-Mohammad-OmarThe late Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar asked Pakistan’s Chief Executive Gen. Pervez Musharraf to bomb southern Kandahar province if the group’s policies were causing problems to Islamabad, it has been reported.

The call by Mullah Omar was reportedly made following pressures by United States on Islamabad regarding the presence of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.

Washington was apparently urging Islamabad to engage with Taliban regarding bin Laden, considering “the fact that Pakistan was the strongest supporter of the Taliban, was of particular concern” to the US, warning that the Bin Laden issue was eating away relationship between the two countries.

A local newspaper in Pakistan – Dawn News, citing a secret US cable reported that Musharraf conveyed this message to then US Under Secretary of State Thomas Pickering at a meeting in Islamabad on March 26, 2000.

In the meeting, “the chief executive referred to the recent visit of DG ISI Gen Mahmud to Kandahar as evidence of what it was like to deal with the Taliban”.

“Mullah Omar told Mahmud he was sorry that Taliban policies were causing Pakistan problems and suggested that if (Islamabad) did not like (those policies), it might want to bring in its weapons and begin shelling Kandahar,” Gen Musharraf told Mr Pickering.

Replying to US concerns, Musharraf had confirmed his country’s engagement with the Taliban on three major issues, including terrorist training camps and the sanctuary being given by the Taliban to Pakistani terrorists and criminals, the peace issue, and the Osama Bin Laden.

He admitted less progress on bin Laden issue with Taliban, noting his recent meeting with Taliban interior minister who had exhibited a “little bit” of flexibility on the issue and continuously insisted to see proof of Bin Laden’s guilt.

However, the Taliban interior minister had indicated the possibility of constituting an Ulema council, bringing together religious scholars from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and perhaps the OIC, to consider the evidence against Bin Laden.

In the meantime, the secret US cable also revealed a brief assessment of Pakistan’s Afghan policy which was sent to Washington in a secret message by the US Embassy.

The secret message reads “Pakistan’s rationale for supporting the Taliban is also unchanged: It is committed to establishing a friendly regime in Afghanistan beholden to Islamabad, hostile to Iran and India, dominated by Pashtuns, and uninterested in pursuing territorial claims against Pakistan.”

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President Ghani: Election 2019 would be the most transparent on regional level http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-election-2019-would-be-the-most-transparent-on-regional-level-3869 http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-election-2019-would-be-the-most-transparent-on-regional-level-3869#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 09:41:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55742 Read the full article...]]> GhaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Gahni has said that the Presidential election in 2019 would be the most transparent election on regional level.

While talking to the participants of Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on Saturday, President Ghani said it is impossible to solve all problems at one time.

He said the Electoral Reform Commission that was assigned to review the electoral system has completed its task and sent necessary suggestions to the Presidential Palace.

He further said these suggestions would be discussed in the cabinet meeting for bringing necessary reforms to the election system.

President Ghani reiterated that the reforms would pave way for more transparent elections in the future.

Afghanistan had a controversial presidential election last year where candidates expressed dissatisfaction over the process.

The controversial election gave a result after two leading candidates Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah agreed on forming a National Unity Government  to have both of them in power.

An agreement was reached making Mohammad Ashraf Ghani the President and Abdullah Abdullah the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

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Afghanistan U-19 cricket team returns home after winning Asian Premiere Leagues championship http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-returns-home-after-winning-asian-premiere-leagues-championship-3868 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-returns-home-after-winning-asian-premiere-leagues-championship-3868#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 07:38:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55738 Read the full article...]]> U19Afghanistan’s U-19 (Under 19) cricket team returned home after winning Asian Premiere Leagues championship for the second time.

Senior government officials, members of parliament and cricket fans gave warm welcome to the players when they arrived in Kabul.

Afghanistan played five matches with Kuwait, Nepal, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Saudi Arabia and Malaysia and remarkably won all five.

The Asian Premiere League began on 28th August in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and ended on 3rd September. From the beginning till the end of the tournament, Afghanistan remained at the top of the points table.

Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Nasimullah Danish and CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai said that wining these consecutive titles shows that the future of cricket is bright in Afghanistan.

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Ministry of Defense says 148 insurgents killed, wounded in past two days http://www.khaama.com/ministry-of-defense-says-148-insurgents-killed-wounded-in-past-two-days http://www.khaama.com/ministry-of-defense-says-148-insurgents-killed-wounded-in-past-two-days#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 07:01:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55735 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan-helicoptersMinistry of Defense says that 148 insurgents have been killed and in newest security operations in 18 provinces.

A statement issued by the ministry on Saturday states that the operations were conducted in Kunar, Ghazni, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Kandahar, Urozgan, Daikundi, Zabul, Ghor, Farah, Baghlan, Sar-i-Pul, Kundoz, Faryab, Takhar and Helmand provinces in past 48 hours.

According to the press released, 77 militants were killed, 71 wounded and 8 others detained during these operations.

The press release further states that 10 soldiers from the Afghan National Army (ANA) also embraced martyrdom in landmine explosion and enemy fire.

The statement does not specify the location of the incident.

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Suicide bombing leaves 14 civilians wounded in Logar http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bombing-leaves-14-civilians-wounded-in-logar-3867 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bombing-leaves-14-civilians-wounded-in-logar-3867#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 06:42:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55732 Read the full article...]]> Logar14 civilians have been wounded in a suicide blast in Logar province.

Mohammad Qasim Sediqi, member of Logar’s provincial council said that the incident took place in a bus station in Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, this morning.

He said the suicide bomber blasted his explosives among a high volume of people who had come to the bus station to go to Khoshi area.

10 victims of the incident have been taken under medical care in Pul-i-Alam but four others were shifted to Kabul for being in critical condition.

The blast was powerful that also damaged vehicles in the bus station and nearby shops. Windows of the houses located in short distance to the blast site were also shattered.

There was no word of responsibility for it by the time this report was filed.

Logar is one of the comparatively restive provinces where armed opponent groups are operating in its remote areas. But occasionally they carry out attacks in the provincial capital as well.

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Qatar to open embassy in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/qatar-to-open-embassy-in-kabul-3866 http://www.khaama.com/qatar-to-open-embassy-in-kabul-3866#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 05:57:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55728 Read the full article...]]> QNA-Foreign-Ministry-building462014Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Qatar is going to open an embassy in Kabul.

A statement issued by the ministry on Saturday states that the matter was discussed between Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabani and his Qatari counterpart Khalid Bin Mohammed AlAttiyah in Kabul yesterday.

The statement, however, does not specify when the Arab country is going to open its embassy.

Qatar had talked to Afghan officials about opening an embassy in Kabul two years before in President Karzai’s tenure but it was still delayed due to unannounced reasons.

Reports suggest that Afghanistan and Qatar will also ink some agreements in different sectors in near future.

Qatar has friendly ties with Afghanistan. The country is assisting Afghanistan in its peace process with Taliban. Beside this, the country is housing thousands of Afghans who are busy in different businesses.

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Senior Officials Meeting ‘SOM’ convened at Presidential Palace http://www.khaama.com/senior-officials-meeting-som-convened-in-presidential-palace-3865 http://www.khaama.com/senior-officials-meeting-som-convened-in-presidential-palace-3865#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 04:49:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55724 Read the full article...]]> ArgPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani convened Senior Officials Meeting ‘SOM’ in Presidential Palace on Friday and explained the development and economical plans for the country.

President Ghani said the agenda that the National Unity Government (NUG) presented at London conference was not only a credential but it was a charter explaining our plans for the reconstruction of the country.

He added that with the implementation of these plans, Afghanistan will be able to once again play a central role in Asian businesses.

He has also said that peace is must to get to our aims and that the National Unity Government is working on it.

“I and Doctor Abdullah Abdullah are committed to our commitments for peace and stability.” he said.

President Ghani expressed his confidence that Afghanistan and Pakistan will reach a solution to get out of the current situation and improve the living conditions and economy of their citizens.

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Pakistani official blames Hamid Karzai for spoiling peace talks http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-official-blames-hamid-karzai-for-spoiling-peace-talks-1474 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-official-blames-hamid-karzai-for-spoiling-peace-talks-1474#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 03:31:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55720 Read the full article...]]> Hamid KarzaiA senior Pakistani official has accused the former President Hamid Karzai and Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) for spoiling peace talks with the Taliban group.

During a background discussion with the media ahead of Sartaj Aziz’s visit to Kabul, the official said the decision to reveal Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death amid peace talks was unwise.

The official did not elaborate further on how the former president and Afghan intelligence spoil the peace efforts.

He said there was a strong possibility of reaching an understanding with the Taliban group to reduce violence as eight Taliban shura members were ready for 2nd of talks.

The remarks by the senior Pakistani official comes as relations between Kabul and Islamabad hit an all time low following a series of deadly attacks in capital Kabul apparently orchestrated by militant groups based in Pakistan.

In the meantime, the former president appeared in a 2-hour interview broadcasted by Tolo TV on Thursday night slamming Pakistan for trying to have control on Afghanistan’s foreign policies towards India, recognition of Durand Line and interference in internal affairs of Afghanistan.

Karzai said Pakistan wants an uneducated, poor, helpless and exhausted Afghanistan, insisting that they will never allow this to happen.

He endorsed peace efforts by the government of national unity however he insisted that Afghanistan should have a strong stance while holding talks with Pakistan.

Karzai also slammed US for adopting dual politics towards Afghanistan and said the main sanctuaries of terrorism located on the side of Durand Line was never targeted during the past 13 years.

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Expat Living in Kabul: ‘There Is Something about this Country and People’ http://www.khaama.com/expat-living-in-kabul-there-is-something-about-this-country-and-people-1473 http://www.khaama.com/expat-living-in-kabul-there-is-something-about-this-country-and-people-1473#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:02:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55715 Read the full article...]]> KabulAn Indian banker in his mid-fifties, I came to Kabul a few years ago to take up a position in an Afghan bank.  I had worked for decades in banks in India and abroad. Family and friends thought I was crazy to go to Afghanistan.  I myself don’t know what prompted me to take the chance.  I suppose it was just meant to be.

Three years down the line I am at a loss to explain why I continue to remain here despite the ever-present danger.  While extra money is always handy, I do possess sufficient financial security to live comfortably, if not lavishly.  Certainly, as my daughter heatedly reminds me, there is no reason to risk life and limb.  The only reason I can think of for continuing is that I like this country and its people.  In my years before coming here, I had lived in various places but never felt a pang when the time came to leave.  But every time I think of leaving Kabul – and I do face a lot of pressure from my family – I feel sad at the thought of not seeing again this country and people I have grown to love.

The children, like children everywhere, are sweet and angelic.  How can I explain the bond that developed between us (my wife and I) and the six-year-old daughter of our caretaker, who spends all her time with us and comes to us for redress of every perceived injustice at the hands of an older sibling or even her parents?  She came to me once with a very earnest request, presumably because her mom had scolded or spanked her.  “Sir”, she said, “Mummy ko maro”  (meaning clobber my mom).

On a post-lunch stroll in Shar-e-Naw (when it was still safe to take such strolls) we came across two sweet little girls, trying – without much success – to sell picture books for children, something they themselves should have been using.  They approached us for baksheesh, and slipping them some money became a regular feature of our walks.  When our attempts to find out more about their circumstances failed because of linguistic barriers, we returned with a young Afghan girl in our bank to serve as a translator.  We learnt that their father was handicapped and the family just about scraped together a living.  School, they said, was free but they did not have money for books.  When we set out with the children and their mother to buy books and schoolbags for them, the shopkeeper was so touched that we were helping the children that he gave the goods at cost price.  Food from the bank kitchen and a small monthly allowance ensured that the children were well fed and clothed.  To see the children healthy and well-clothed gives more joy than I can describe. The smile of genuine affection the younger one flashes us is to die for.

Sadly, their father passed away suddenly a couple weeks ago.  It was heartbreaking to hear the mother sobbing beneath her burkha (we have no idea what she looks like) and holding a stamp-size picture of her late husband, perhaps the only remembrance she and the children have of him. Worried about what the family will do when we ultimately leave the country and go home, we are trying to make them self-sufficient by engaging in some gainful economic activity.  But what can an uneducated lady with six children, the eldest of whom is only 17 years old, do to become economically independent?

In my department was a young lady, who was simultaneously pursuing a course at the university.  I was astounded to learn that she and a few other girls left home at 5 am in a taxi to go to the university, before coming to work.    Nowhere else have I seen young people take such great pains and risks for an education.

Traffic in Kabul is chaotic, largely because of the lack of traffic signals.  But I have seen more courtesy for fellow-drivers and pedestrians here than in my native India, which is far more developed.  In the streets and shops, people are ever so polite and respectful.  That people are so civil even in the midst of such violence and hardship is amazing.  It is clear that the people of this country are cultured.  I feel sad at the plight of the people, who have suffered so much in thirty years of war.  Where would this country and its people have been if they had not become entrapped in the machinations of others?

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Public Health Minister Dr. Feroz Surprises Medicine Suppliers http://www.khaama.com/public-health-minister-dr-feroz-surprises-medicine-suppliers-1472 http://www.khaama.com/public-health-minister-dr-feroz-surprises-medicine-suppliers-1472#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:03:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55711 Read the full article...]]> Dr. Feroz walking in Kabul streets

Public Health Minister Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz surprised medicine suppliers in capital Kabul by travelling in government buses and walking in Kabul streets to assess the condition of medical stores and suppliers sitting on the roadsides.

The unprecedented move by Dr. Feroz not only surprised the medicine suppliers but the residents of Kabul city.

His photographs were widely shared by the subscribers of social media websites in Afghanistan, particularly Facebook where people welcomed his move.

It has been rare in Afghanistan where a high level government official walk in streets to review the situation, particularly due to security situation.

Shortly after assuming charge of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Dr. Feroz ordered to review the conditions of the hospitals which resulted into closure of at least 9 private hospitals.

Speaking to reporters earlier in May, Dr. Feroz said the hospitals were closed following an extensive review of 124 hospitals in the capital.

He said 28 hospitals were also turned into curative clinics and warnings were issued to 18 other hospitals to lose their lose to operate as hospitals if they did not meet the standards set by the Ministry of Public Health.
He said the 28 hospitals which were turned into clinics would be allowed to operate as hospitals if they met the standards.

According to Dr. Feroz the standards includes better infrastructure, equipment, operate theatre, emergency ward, women’s ward and maternity ward, qualified physicians and doctors and better medical stores and medicines.

Dr. Feroz also added that the closed hospitals would be allowed to start operations once they met the standards set by the Ministry.

He said the drugs and medicines producer and importers were also reviewed and at least 40 external and 119 local importers were banned from importing medicines in the country.

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RECCA participants endorses Afghanistan’s key role for regional cooperation http://www.khaama.com/recca-participants-endorses-afghanistans-key-role-for-regional-cooperation-1471 http://www.khaama.com/recca-participants-endorses-afghanistans-key-role-for-regional-cooperation-1471#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:41:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55707 Read the full article...]]> RECCA 6

The participants of Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) endorsed Afghanistan’s key role for regional cooperation.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the second day of conference with his speech insisting on expansion of economic relations between Afghanistan and the region while pointing towards the investment opportunities in the country.

He said Afghanistan could be turned into a key a regional transit hub and reiterated the Afghan government’s efforts and commitments to turn this into a reality.

President Ghani said he is hopeful that the ongoing violence conclude in the near future and Asia and once again turn into an economic continent with Afghanistan to play a connective role for the countries and people.

He called on regional countries to cooperate in a bid to improve the economy of the region and emphasized that the regional Muslim countries should denounce violence and war in a bid to improve and maintain security in the region.

In the meantime, the Secretary General of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Arjun Bahadur Thapa said Afghanistan could become a hub for regional cooperation.

Mr. Thapa pointed towards transportation and transit of energy as the main potential currently present in the region.

Turkmenistan’s delegate also insisted on expansion of transportation to improve regional cooperation while Iran’s Interior Minister Abdul Reza Rahmani Fazli reiterated Tehran’s commitment to further expand ties with Afghanistan.

Fazli said economic growth could ensure peace and stability in the region and said the Chabahar port could play a key role to connect the region with low cost.

Pakistan’s Advisor for National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz pledged that Islamabad will take practical steps regarding the decisions of the conference in a bid to expand regional cooperation.

Sujata Mehta, Secretary to India’s Ministry of External Affairs, said the government of India remains committed to implement major economic projects in the region which would be completed in the near future.

She said the projects will provide job opportunities for thousands of people and informed regarding interest by Indian companies to invest in natural resources sector of Afghanistan.

The Afghan government announced that the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) focused on three main sectors including energy, natural resources and regional connectivity through highways and railways.

The first RECCA conference was organized in capital Kabul in 2005 and the 7th conference is expected to be organized in Turkmenistan in 2017.

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Taliban and ISIS affiliates clash in Nangarhar, leaving at least 23 dead http://www.khaama.com/taliban-and-isis-affiliates-clash-in-nangarhar-leaving-at-least-23-dead-1470 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-and-isis-affiliates-clash-in-nangarhar-leaving-at-least-23-dead-1470#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:06:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55704 Read the full article...]]> ISIS AfghanistanAt least 23 Taliban militants and affiliates of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during a clash in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the clash erupted late on Thursday afternoon in Pichegram district.

Provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqwal confirmed the incident and said several houses were also torched as a result of the clash between the two militant groups.

He said the clash has also incurred casualties to the civilians and several members of the two groups were injured with the affiliates of ISIS group taking to social media saying the houses were belonging both to Taliban and ISIS militants.

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

Yesterday’s incident comes as the activities of ISIS affiliates were reduced after receiving major blows during the recent months that resulted into death of the group’s senior commanders and leaders.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s top military commander General Philip M. Breedlove said Thursday that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group is an emergent capability in Afghanistan.

Gen. Breedlove said “The there are places where there are actually fighting between the Taliban and ISIS because they do not share some of their belief systems in the way things should be done and then there are other places where there doesn’t appear to be fighting and so these are all things that we are going to have understand in the future.”

According to Gen. Breedlove the group will have a hard time to become a part of this society because their approach to their religion, which he believes is very different.

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Pakistan claims Haqqani Network has been dismantled from its tribal areas http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-claims-haqqani-netowrk-has-been-dismantled-from-its-tribal-areas-1469 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-claims-haqqani-netowrk-has-been-dismantled-from-its-tribal-areas-1469#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 05:59:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55699 Read the full article...]]> Abdul-Aziz-HaqqaniPakistan’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz will share ‘compelling’ evidence regarding the dismantle of Haqqani Network with the Afghan officials during his visit to Kabul, Pakistani officials have claimed.

Accompanied by director general military operations, Aziz is expected to meet President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to brief about Pakistani military’s gains against the Haqqani network.

A Pakistani official quoted by a local newspaper said their assessment shows that majority of the attacks are now being planned from within the Afghan soil.

Afghan government also slammed Pakistani officials for their remarks regarding the elimination of Haqqani Terrorist Network following military operations in tribal regions of Pakistan, saying “The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan believes that one of the major differences between Afghanistan and Pakistan is regarding the presence of terrorist groups, specifically the Haqqani Network in Pakistani soil.”

“The recent remarks by Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz, suggesting that the Haqqani Network has been decomposed following military operations, are repeated claims by Pakistani officials during the past one decade,” a statement by Presidential Palace said.

The Palace insisted that documents and evidences shows that the network’s leadership, commander and control, supportive infrastructure and sanctuaries are still operational in Pakistan.

The statement further added that the government of Afghanistan has repeatedly handed over evidences regarding the Haqqani Network operations in Pakistan and has urged the Pakistani government to take action.

Having close ties to Al-Qaeda and hard-line elements in Pakistani military intelligence, the Haqqani terrorist network is accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Waziristan, including the 19-hour siege at the US Embassy in Kabul in September 2011.

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

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

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

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Afghanistan prepares for football match against Japan after losing to Thailand http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-prepares-for-football-match-against-japan-after-losing-to-thailand-1468 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-prepares-for-football-match-against-japan-after-losing-to-thailand-1468#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 04:44:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55695 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan football team

The Afghanistan National Football Team prepares for a football match against Japan after losing to Thailand in a friendly match played on Thursday evening.

Afghanistan will face Japan on coming Tuesday in their first match qualifier match for the 2018 world cup.

The game will be hosted in Tehran with the Afghan football head coach Slaven Skeledzic saying the friendly match between Afghanistan and Thailand was played in a bid to have better understanding of Japan team.

Skeledzic further added that a friendly match with Japan was not possible to be played due to the lack of time but insisted that the Afghan team has enough understanding of Japan team since Thailand and Japan are playing in almost similar method.

Afghanistan was defeated 2-0 in the friendly match by Thailand which was affected by rain and the Afghan team’s weak defense line.

The Afghan team has played two friendly matches with Laos and Bangladesh earlier to prepare for 2018 world cup matches, defeating Laos 2-0 but the match with Bangladesh was ended in draw.

The two matches were played late in May and earlier in June this year but the friendly match with Laos was considered more important to the Afghan team.

Speaking ahead of the friendly match, the Afghanistan football head coach Slaven Skeledzic said the friendly match Laos was important for the Afghanistan football in a bid to have a better understand of the Cambodia football team.

Afghanistan will be playing in the same group with Cambodia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament.

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Afghan Air Force Hailed For Creative Operations Despite Shortfalls http://www.khaama.com/afghan-air-force-hailed-for-creative-operations-despite-shortfalls-1467 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-air-force-hailed-for-creative-operations-despite-shortfalls-1467#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:36:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55691 Read the full article...]]> Afghan Air Force

As the military allies of Afghanistan is busy helping to fill the close air support gap for the Afghan national security forces, the Afghan Air Force was hailed for their creative operations despite shortfalls.

Close air support capability has been one of the critical demands of the Afghan national security forces who took full security responsibilities across the country after the NATO-led combat mission ended last year.

NATO’s top military commander Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said Thursday “We have known for some time that the Afghan Air Forces were going to need time to grow and they are scheduled to do that and clearly air power or the capability to rapidly respond by air, two issues and one of them is shortfalls that we talk about with the Afghan forces to develop over time.“

Praising the Afghan Air Force for conducting successful operations despite shortfalls, Gen. Breedlove, said “The Afghan Air Force is doing well, I think they are doing very creative in the way they do business, their striking capability is quiet small so they have adapted some of their other helicopters that are not typically for strike but for transportation and they have adapted them quiet cleverly with machine gun pods and in some with rocket pods to try to cover this gap.”

The Afghan Air Force is currently going through reconstruction phase as the Afghan national security forces are engaged to curb the growing threats posed by the terrorist groups across the country.

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The Afghan Air Force received the first six Armed MD-530s earlier this year 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.

“The air force continues to develop capability as you know in the next couple of years. They will bring new fixed wing platform and it will grow over time, etc.,” Gen. Breedlove added.

He said “While the Afghan Forces have limited close air support capability now they have done some very ingenious ways to bring on some of their aircraft to help in that gap that we knew some helicopters have come on board and will grow over and it is already made an impact on the battle field and then the new Super Tucano platform aircraft will come on board and begin to grow over time but there will be a gap here in the short period where they will have to be very creative with their ground, artillery capabilities, mortars and cannon to try to cover that gap.”

Afghan Air Force is expecting to receive 20 A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft which will help replace the Mi-35 attack helicopter that reaches the end of its service life in January 2016.

According to reports, the first of 20 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft 26 are scheduled to arrive early next year, in preparation for the Afghanistan pilot and maintenance training mission.

A-29 pilots and maintainers are currently in the US and have been training since February.

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NATO calls for Pak-Afghan joint efforts to address issues on the border http://www.khaama.com/nato-calls-for-pak-afghan-joint-efforts-to-address-issues-on-the-border-1466 http://www.khaama.com/nato-calls-for-pak-afghan-joint-efforts-to-address-issues-on-the-border-1466#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:47:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55688 Read the full article...]]> Pak-Afghan-intelligence-deal1

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s top military commander General Philip M. Breedlove called for joint Pak-Afghan efforts to address the issue on the borders.

Praising the Afghan government for reaching out to Pakistan in a bid to try in finding the common way ahead to address the issues, Gen. Breedlove, said “I think we all agree that the answer for what happens on the border will need to be an answer that both nations support because if they are divided in their approach it will be very hard to have success there.”

Gen. Breedlove further added “So, we completely support both the President and CEO’s path forward here, we applaud the effort to try to bring the sides together so that they can approach this in a single way because again that’s the way we think this has to be resolved.”

The remarks by Gen. Breedlove comes amid escalating tensions between Kabul and Islamabad mainly due to recent deadly attacks in capital Kabul with Afghan officials harshly criticizing Pakistan for sheltering the Afghan militants who are plotting attacks in Afghanistan besides they hold open gatherings in Pakistan.

The Afghan government also slammed Pakistani officials for their remarks regarding the elimination of Haqqani Terrorist Network following military operations in tribal regions of Pakistan, saying “The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan believes that one of the major differences between Afghanistan and Pakistan is regarding the presence of terrorist groups, specifically the Haqqani Network in Pakistani soil.”

“The recent remarks by Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz, suggesting that the Haqqani Network has been decomposed following military operations, are repeated claims by Pakistani officials during the past one decade,” a statement by Presidential Palace said.

The Palace insisted that documents and evidences shows that the network’s leadership, commander and control, supportive infrastructure and sanctuaries are still operational in Pakistan.

The statement further added that the government of Afghanistan has repeatedly handed over evidences regarding the Haqqani Network operations in Pakistan and has urged the Pakistani government to take action.

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Four landmine planters rounded up in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/four-landmine-planters-rounded-up-in-helmand-3866 http://www.khaama.com/four-landmine-planters-rounded-up-in-helmand-3866#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:16:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55685 Read the full article...]]> vlcsnap-2015-09-03-15h42m25s153The National Directorate of Security (NDS) Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has rounded up four landmine planters in southern Helmand province.

A statement issued by NDS on Thursday states that Izatullah S/O Khudaidad, Mohammad Gul S/O Mirzajan and Janan and Shahi sons of Shir Agha were detained during raids from Deh Adam area of Girishk District.

According to the statement, the group was involved in several incidents of insecurity including attacks on security posts in the past.

NDS press release further states that the group was arrested red handed with a Kalashinkov, five anti-tank landmines, 100 remote controls, 200 explosive capsules and other terrorist materials.

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

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115 more schoolgirls hospitalized after falling ill at school in Herat http://www.khaama.com/115-more-schoolgirls-hospitalized-after-falling-ill-at-school-in-herat-3865 http://www.khaama.com/115-more-schoolgirls-hospitalized-after-falling-ill-at-school-in-herat-3865#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:47:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55682 Read the full article...]]> n00034577-b115 more school girls were taken to hospital after falling ill at school in western Heart province on Thursday.

Doctors said that these girls were brought in to Herat Regional Hospital from Baba Haji area of the city.

The girls got breathing problems after swallowing unanimous gas at their school.

This is at least the third incident of its type in Herat province this week. Yesterday at least 50 schoolgirls were hospitalized and three days before 126 in similar condition.

Officials say they are still investigating the cause of the incidents.

These incidents have also taken place in Kabul, Bamyan, Maidan Wardak, Jawzjan and Badakhshan provinces in recent years.

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NATO Military Chief: ISIS An Emergent Capability in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/nato-military-chief-isis-an-emergent-capability-in-afghanistan-9615 http://www.khaama.com/nato-military-chief-isis-an-emergent-capability-in-afghanistan-9615#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:24:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55678 Read the full article...]]> general-breedlove

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s top military commander General Philip M. Breedlove said Thursday that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group is an emergent capability in Afghanistan.

Gen. Breedlove is the commander of Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, SHAPE, Belgium and Headquarters, US European Command, Stuttgart, Germany,

“Clearly we are concerned about ISIS. I think that the leadership of this nation is concerned about ISIS. It is an emergent capability,” he told reporters during a media roundtable in Kabul.

Gen. Breedlove further added “It is not the powerful capability that it is maybe in other parts of the world but we are concerned about it, its presence here and what it means.“

He said the group is active in numerous places around the country. “The most startling thing that I learnt here is that there are packets of it in numerous places around the nation. I had much a limited vision of where they were. I think on the other side of equation I was more concerned about what was talked about earlier, their possible combat power and what I learnt here is that is not the concern at this moment but the combat power is less concerning than just that they are here making inroads with the people, recruiting, etc etc,” he added.

He also added that ISIS/Daesh fighters are less defined with some folks fighting for the group may actually have been Taliban but find a better place to be associated based on things as pay and opportunity.

Gen. Breedlove said “The there are places where there are actually fighting between the Taliban and ISIS because they do not share some of their belief systems in the way things should be done and then there are other places where there doesn’t appear to be fighting and so these are all things that we are going to have understand in the future.”

According to Gen. Breedlove the group will have a hard time to become a part of this society because their approach to their religion, which he believes is very different.

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Afghanistan again won Asian Premiere League championship http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-again-won-asian-premiere-league-championship-3864 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-again-won-asian-premiere-league-championship-3864#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:17:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55674 Read the full article...]]> img20150903020956Afghanistan’s Under-19 cricket team has successfully defended its title of being a champion in the Asian Premiere Leagues by winning five consecutive matches.

Afghanistan played its fifth and final game with host country Malaysia today and easily won the match.

Before the match began, Malaysia won the toss and chose to bat first making 105 runs in 49.1 overs.

Navid-ul-Haq played well by taking six wickets for Afghanistan.

When Afghan players went to the ground for batting they were able to chase the set target in less than 21 overs.

Hazrat Zazai played remarkable innings by scoring 60 runs while Wahidullah Shafaq remained not out by scoring 23 runs.

The Asian Premiere League began on 28th August in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and ended on 3rd September. From the beginning till the end of the tournament, Afghanistan remained at the top of the points table.

Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Nasimullah Danish and CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai said that wining these consecutive titles shows that the future of cricket is bright in Afghanistan.

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MRRD Minister’s helicopter makes emergency landing in Logar, two security men wounded http://www.khaama.com/mrrd-ministers-helicopter-makes-emergency-landing-in-logar-two-security-men-wounded-3865 http://www.khaama.com/mrrd-ministers-helicopter-makes-emergency-landing-in-logar-two-security-men-wounded-3865#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:34:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55671 Read the full article...]]> NASEER_AHMAD_DURRANI1A helicopter in which the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development was traveling has made an emergency landing in Azra District of central Logar province.

Reports suggest that Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani is OK but two of his body guards have sustained light injuries in the incident.

Officials said that the helicopter made emergency landing due to technical issues at around 10:00 am today.

Local officials further said that MRRD minister resumed his duties following the incident.

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Taliban brutally martyr unconscious policemen in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/taliban-brutally-martyr-unconscious-policemen-in-helmand-3863 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-brutally-martyr-unconscious-policemen-in-helmand-3863#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 06:48:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55668 Read the full article...]]> Police Checkpoint 2Taliban militants have brutally martyred unconscious policemen in southern Helmand province.

The incident took place in Birtaqi area of Garmser District last night.

Tamoor Shah Nazari, the district police chief said that seven policemen fallen unconscious after drinking yogurt shake in their security post.

He said then Taliban went there and martyred them.

According to Nazari, Taliban have also taken weapons and police vehicle from this post.

This is second attack of its kind in Helmand province in less than three weeks.

The first incident took place in Sar Gora area of the provincial capital Lashkargah on the night of August 16.

On that night, five policemen were made unconscious in their security post and then beheaded with a knife by Taliban.

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Ministry of Defense: More than 100 Taliban killed, wounded in newest security operations http://www.khaama.com/ministry-of-defense-more-than-100-taliban-killed-wounded-in-newest-security-operations-3862 http://www.khaama.com/ministry-of-defense-more-than-100-taliban-killed-wounded-in-newest-security-operations-3862#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 06:09:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55663 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-Air-ForceMinistry of Defense has announced that more than 100 Taliban militants have been killed and wounded in newest security operations in the country.

A statement issued by the ministry on Thursday morning states that the operations were carried out in the jurisdiction of Kunar, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Logar, Paktia, Kandahar, Zabul, Helmand, Ghor, Farah, Baghlan, Sar-e-Pul, Kundoz, Faryab and Takhar provinces in the past 24 hours.

According to the statement, 78 militants were killed, 36 wounded and 2 others detained during these operations.

The statement further states that eight soldiers from the Afghan National Army (ANA) also embraced martyrdom by landmine explosions and insurgent fire during these operations.

Afghan security forces have been busy in several large-scale military operations against Taliban and other militant groups in parts of the country.

During these independent operations, Afghan forces have retaken areas that were under Taliban control for many years.

Afghan forces launched independent military operations against insurgents after taking full charge of security from NATO-led security forces at the beginning of this year.

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Afghan government, Taliban peace talks likely to resume this month http://www.khaama.com/afghan-government-taliban-peace-talks-likely-to-resume-this-month-3861 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-government-taliban-peace-talks-likely-to-resume-this-month-3861#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:39:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55660 Read the full article...]]> Taliban-open-office-in-QatarThe halted peace talks between Afghan government and Taliban likely to resume this month.

Pakistan’s Express News reports that upon a request from Afghan government, the governments of Pakistan and China put all efforts in to convince Taliban to resume peace talks.

The report further states that signals have been given by the leadership of Taliban that peace talks could resume in the second week of September in Pakistan and that the process could continue.

The first round of face-to-face talks between Afghan government and Taliban took place in Pakistan at the end of July where both sides exchanged their demands and the participants agreed to hold another round of talks soon.

But this round was postponed due to the death report of the group’s Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Afghanistan was expecting that the relations with Pakistan would get better following the arrangement of face-to-face talks but it worsened in the aftermath of deadly attacks in Kabul.

Taliban and Haqqani network were held responsible for these attacks. Afghan government said Haqqani network and Taliban are backed by Pakistan.

The United States is also not looking very happy with Pakistan’s actions against Haqqani network. US urged Pakistan to take severe actions against Haqqani network in its territory.

Meanwhile, Sartaj Aziz the Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz is coming to Kabul to take part in RECCA 6 and mend relations with Afghanistan.

Afghan officials say relations with Pakistan could get better if they truly stop supporting militant groups in Afghanistan.

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Tight security for RECCA 6 in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/tight-security-for-recca-6-in-kabul-3860 http://www.khaama.com/tight-security-for-recca-6-in-kabul-3860#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:30:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55657 Read the full article...]]> RECCATight security measures have been taken for Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) 6 in capital Kabul.

Security forces are seen everywhere in the city carrying out strict check of people and vehicles.

Envoys from about 30 countries and 40 regional and international organizations were invited to take part in this economical conference on September 3 and 4.

Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told a news conference on Wednesday that this conference is different than the previous ones.

He said its difference is that this time the participants will discuss practical steps of executing the big projects which are not only beneficiary for Afghanistan but for the region and all the stakeholders of this conference.

Iran’s Interior Minister Rahman Fazli and Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs are also taking part in the conference who will discuss regional security issues and bilateral relations with Afghan officials on the sideline of the conference.

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Afghan Ulemas oppose with the invitation of Pakistani Ulema chief to Kabul http://www.khaama.com/afghan-ulemas-oppose-with-the-invitation-of-pakistani-ulema-chief-to-kabul-1465 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-ulemas-oppose-with-the-invitation-of-pakistani-ulema-chief-to-kabul-1465#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:12:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55653 Read the full article...]]> Tahir-Ashrafi

The Afghan Ulemas have opposed with the invitation of the Pakistani Ulema (Clerics) Council Chief Maulana Tahir Ashrafi to Kabul to participate in religious summit which is expected to be organized in capital Kabul.

A letter sent by the Ulema Council to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, states that the decision was taken during a meeting of the Ulema Council on Wednesday.

The Ulema Council cited character weakness of the Maulana Ashrafi as the main reason to stop him from participating in the upcoming summit.

The letter sent to Ministry of Foreign Affairs was apparently gesturing towards Maulana Ashrafi’s endorsement of Jihad in Afghanistan.

In a controverial statement earlier in 2013, Maulana Ashrafi said suicide attack in Afghanistan, Palestine and Kashmir is permitted, while boycotting the Kabul-Islamabad religious scholars conference due to Afghanistan’s opposition to allow Taliban representatives in the summit.

His remarks sparked widespread objections by the Afghan people and the former President Hamid Karzai who said “Apparently those who are encouraging and supporting terrorism and kill ordinary Afghan people including men and children should be added to the blacklist. This is a violation of the human dignity to kill women and children.”

This comes as comes relations between Kabul and Islamabad have been at all-time low following a series of deadly attacks in capital Kabul and other parts of the country recently with Afghan clerics suggesting Maulana Ashrafi’s invitation would not be appropriate at such time.

The Afghan officials slammed Pakistan’s role in curbing the militant groups activities in Pakistan saying that the terrorist network’s including the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani Network are actively operating in Pakistani soil and plot and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

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CASEVAC Training Gives Confidence To Afghan Forces http://www.khaama.com/casevac-training-gives-confidence-to-afghan-forces-1464 http://www.khaama.com/casevac-training-gives-confidence-to-afghan-forces-1464#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:32:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55649 Read the full article...]]> CASEVAC

Strong medical care forward gives Soldiers more confidence on the battle field…that’s the opinion of U.S. Army personnel training Afghan Special Forces to care for their wounded comrades on the ground and in the air.

“This training program was set up so Afghan Special Forces can provide combat medicine to casualties at the point of injury and when they’re evacuated for advanced care,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Timothy A. Doherty, Deputy Surgeon for the Afghan National Special Operations Command Center. “The mission here is to assist in the development of Afghan medical capabilities to support combat operations and I’m optimistic we’ll get there.”

That’s also the opinion of the U.S. Army personnel who recently performed hands-on flight para-medic training for Afghans in the Kabul area using a Soviet MI-17 helicopter as the demonstration platform. The training program falls under the Afghan Special Mission Wing (SMW), a unique unit of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. SMW partners with the Special Forces capabilities of the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior.

“I have a lot of faith in this program, with dedicated training and resources, they’ll get there,” said First Sergeant James M. Conway, a 20-year Army veteran and Flight Medic since 2001. “Right now, they’re on the ground floor.”

1st Sgt. Conway, who served six deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, says his Afghan trainees will eventually need blood, tourniquets, bandages, IVs, oxygen and other basic equipment, so they can provide the proper care at the point of injury.

“What we are training them to do is not easy,” said Staff Sergeant Timothy J. Ward, Senior Trainer for Standardization Charlie Company, 6th Battalion, and 101st Aviation Brigade. “The ground is stable, but these Soldiers will be in a moving aircraft, with limited space to maneuver, wearing gear and trying to administer an IV.”

“The goal is to have a flight para-medic on each MI-17 along with the pilots and gunners,” said Staff Sgt. Ward, who served four tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. “They can either be inserted with ground troops or get a Troops in Contact (TIC) call and take the wounded, usually from a gunshot wound or IED (Improvised Explosive Device) to a hospital for further care.”

On the aircraft the para-medic manages the patient by stopping the bleeding and controlling pain, said Sergeant Vitaly Tsaregorodtsev, a “Hands-On Demonstrator,” who played the role of a wounded Soldier requiring immediate care during the training session. Students were shown how to assess injuries and stabilize the patient.

“The ultimate goal is stabilizing the patient and getting them to advanced care, such as surgery in 60 minutes, or the ‘Golden Hour,'” said Sgt. Tsaregorodtsev.

Complications such as shock can occur if the patient is not managed quickly, said Lt. Col. Doherty, who has flown hundreds of hours in emergency medical evacuations, including during the Hurricane Katrina response.

“It becomes a priority to transport patients suffering from trauma as fast as possible to an advanced care facility such as a hospital,” he said. “The ‘Golden Hour’ refers to the period lasting for one hour during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent death.”

But the real question is when will the Afghans be able to meet the “Golden Hour”?

The trainers are cautiously optimistic.

“We need to give them everything they need to succeed,” said Sgt. Tsaregorodtsev.

“We have a responsibility to help them,” said 1st Sgt. Conway.

“With more training, they’ll be more comfortable and confident–they’ll get there,” said Staff Sgt. Ward.

“We’re trying to help the Afghans become self-sufficient – we’re trying to work ourselves out of a job-and we’re making progress, but there’s still work to do,” Lt. Col. Doherty said. “They’ve come a long way, but still need our help.”

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Doctors successfully perform rare heart surgery in Kabul hospital http://www.khaama.com/doctors-successfully-perform-rare-heart-surgery-in-kabul-hospital-1463 http://www.khaama.com/doctors-successfully-perform-rare-heart-surgery-in-kabul-hospital-1463#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:23:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55645 Read the full article...]]> successful heart surgery in Kabul_censored

Doctors in Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan state hospital have successfully performed a rare heart surgery on a young Afghan man who was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

The Ministry of public Health (MoPH) said the 22-year-old man had suffered a cardiac injury on the left side of his heart with a dimension of 3 centimeters.

According to MoPH patients with such injuries rarely survive but luckily the young man’s injury was diagnosed on time and a successful surgery was performed on time.

Calling the surgery a rare and successful operation conducted within the country, the Ministry of Public Health said the young man was discharged from the hospital after a week period during which his health condition had considerably improved.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Mohammad Arif Amiri in cooperation with Dr. Mohammad Yama Shakoor and Dr. Patang, MoPH added.

The successful heart surgery in Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan is followed by a number of successful and rare surgeries performed by Afghan doctors recently.

Surgeons performed a complicated brain tumor surgery in June this year in Shah Amanullah Khan Ghazi hospital which is mainly dedicated for the treatment of the Afghan national security forces particularly the Afghan intelligence operatives.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the patient Mohammad Reza was suffering from Cerebellar tumor which had resulted to reduced visibility, failure to maintain the balance of body, headache, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting but fully recovered after the successful surgery.

Another patient suffering from brain tumor also successfully underwent a surgery in Shah Amanullah Khan Ghazi hospital earlier in April.

While, a 21-year-old girl underwent a successful surgery in Kabul’s Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital earlier this year helping the girl to walk after 21 years of disability.

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

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

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Zabul residents demand university http://www.khaama.com/zabul-residents-demand-university-3862 http://www.khaama.com/zabul-residents-demand-university-3862#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:20:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55642 Read the full article...]]> untitled1Residents of southern Zabul province have demanded government to built university for them.

They argue that government is not paying attention to the education system in this province.

Some elders who had gathered in Zabul’s capital Qalat said that they want their kids to study to become doctors, engineers and acquire other degrees but they cannot proceed with their education because there is no university in this province.

Haji Atta Jan Haqbayan, head of the provincial council and a community elder said that due to security concerns, high-school graduates especially girls are unable to go to other provinces to acquire degrees.

Some schoolgirls from Bibi Khala High school said that there is no aim in their life.

Bibi Aisha, a student from this school said: “We are not allowed to go to Jalalabad, Kabul and other province to continue our education,” she said, adding that “Government need to build university for us.”

Khadija, a student of grade 12th said: “Others study to become something in the future, they have an aim, but we spend 12 years and at the end it is nothing.” she said while expressing her frustrations.

When the principle of this school was asked about the future of these girls, she said: “after graduation they just go home like their 12 years went in vain. “

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Kabul New City To Be Equipped With Renewable Energy http://www.khaama.com/kabul-new-city-to-be-equipped-with-renewal-energy-9614 http://www.khaama.com/kabul-new-city-to-be-equipped-with-renewal-energy-9614#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:13:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55639 Read the full article...]]> Kabul new city

Dehsabz – Barikab City Development Authority (DCDA), Independent Board of Kabul New City Development (KNC), announced Wednesday that the New Kabul City will be equipped with the renewable energy.

“During a visit to DCDA Headquarter in Kabul, the German ZasusArrow Group of Companies presented a technical proposal for equipping one of the initial Phase One Projects with Renewable Energy Sources. Their commitment included investment in initiation of Renewable Energy sources for the mega project,” the statement said.

According to DCDA, ZasuArrow is one of Europe’s fourth largest German based group of companies in producing renewable energy. ZasuArrow has so far planned, installed and operated several renewable energy power plants across the globe.
ZasuArrow as a green company has the full spectrum of renewable energy solutions from initiation to operation with the help of latest technology i.e. Solar, Wind, Hydro Power and Fossil fuel energies.

Subsequently, Dipl. Eng. Alham Omar Hotaki – Deputy and Acting CEO of Dehsabz-Barikab City Development Authority (DCDA) briefed the gathering on the Technical, Social, Environmental and Economic viabilities and feasibility of KNC project development and stated that KNC project shall be manifesting economic and social change in the country. He added that, the City’s ability to attract at least USD 8 billion investments in the initial stages of development is a conducive approach towards attracting national and international investments in the country.

Lastly, the board of management of Dehsabz–Barikab City Development Authority (DCDA) promised to conduct a feasibility study on solar and wind energy sources at Phase-I of KNC and to share the final result of the study with ZasuArrow in the near future, based on which ZasuArrow shall be submitting their final technical proposal to DCDA for further processes.

This comes as DCDA officials announced late in December last year that the construction of Kabul New City is ready to kick off, pending an approval from the Presidential Palace to start the construction work.

The officials further added that DCDA-KNC has signed five agreements with the companies to construct 55,000 residential houses, and the companies are prepared to start their work.

Kabul New City is almost two times bigger than the current city of Kabul, where 600,000 residential houses would be built which would be completed in two phases and in 15 years period.

According to DCDA officials, residential houses would be built for 1.5 million in the first phase of the construction work of Kabul New City, while further houses would be built for another 1 million people in the second phase, with the construction work estimated to cost round $80 billion, where the private sector would have a major role in terms of financing the construction work.

The construction design of Kabul New City was completed around 8 years ago where local and international experts contributed in preparing the master plan of the city which would be built in Dehsabz area of Kabul.

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Gunmen kidnap 17 Turkish workers in Iraq http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kidnapped-17-turkish-workers-in-iraq-3860 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-kidnapped-17-turkish-workers-in-iraq-3860#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:24:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55631 Read the full article...]]> iraq-4A group of unidentified gunmen have kidnapped 17 Turkish and 3 Iraqi workers from a construction site in Baghdad.

Officials say the gunmen were wearing military suits, stormed the construction site in predominantly Shia Habibiyah District and kidnapped these workers in black pick-up vehicles on Wednesday morning.

Officials added that the these people were working with a Turkish company contracted to build a sports complex.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Numan Kurtulmus, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister has said that he is in contact with Iraqi officials regarding the incident.

This is the second incident of mass abduction of Turkish citizens in two years in Iraq.

Last year, 46 Turkish and three Iraqi citizens were kidnapped by IS militants from the Turkish consulate in Mosul but they were later unanimously released after spending three months in captivity.

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Taliban again clashed over selection of new Supreme Leader http://www.khaama.com/second-clash-reported-within-taliban-over-selection-of-new-supreme-leader-3859 http://www.khaama.com/second-clash-reported-within-taliban-over-selection-of-new-supreme-leader-3859#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:20:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55627 Read the full article...]]> ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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A heavy clash between two rival Taliban groups has left five killed from both sides in western Herat province, a local Taliban commander told BBC.

Haidari who identifies himself as a Taliban commander in Shindand District says that he opposes Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as his leader.

He said armed men loyal to Mullah Mansour have fought with his men leaving five fighters killed from both sides.

Haidari further said that three of those killed were his men and the two others were from the opposite side.

This is the second incident of infighting within the Taliban group this week.

The first clash in this week took place in southern Zabul province that also left five militants killed from both sides.

Infighting among Taliban started in the aftermath of the announcement of new Supreme Leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. He was announced at the end of July after Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death was confirmed.

Part of Taliban’s central committee has selected Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as their supreme leader but the other part is opposing him.

This part of the committee supports Mullah Omar’s son Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub to be the successor to his father.

Mullah Abdul Manan who is the brother of Mullah Mohammad Omar had already warned about the infighting within Taliban group over the rifts.

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2 Taliban militants kill 14 of their comrades in Kunduz province http://www.khaama.com/2-taliban-militants-kill-14-of-their-comrades-in-kunduz-province-9613 http://www.khaama.com/2-taliban-militants-kill-14-of-their-comrades-in-kunduz-province-9613#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:34:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55622 Read the full article...]]> Taliban5In an apparent insider attack, two Taliban militants have shot dead fourteen of their comrades in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place late on Monday night in Imam Sahib district.

Provincial police spokesman Syed Sarwar Husaini said the two Taliban militants surrendered to the security forces after killing their comrades.

Hussaini further added that the gunmen also handed over weapons belonging to the slian militants.

The main motive behind the incident has not been ascertained so far with the Taliban group yet to comment regarding the incident.

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

This is the first of its kind attack carried out by the Taliban militants on their comrades which comes amid growing rift among the Taliban leadership regarding the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new Taliban group leader.

This comes as at least fifteen Taliban militants were killed during a gun battle between the two rival groups divided on the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in Shindand district of Herat province last month.

Monday’s incident was the third infighting between the Taliban militants over the appointment of Mullah Mansoor as the successor of Mullah Mohammad Omar who was announced dead nearly two months ago.

At least 9 Taliban insurgents including the group’s senior commander were killed during the first infighting in Herat province earlier last month.

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Taliban execute three civilians on espionage charges in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/taliban-execute-three-civilians-in-helmand-3858 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-execute-three-civilians-in-helmand-3858#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:15:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55618 Read the full article...]]> Taliban attackTaliban militants executed three civilians in restive Hemand province after accusing them of spying for the government on Tuesday morning.

Shah Mahmood, spokesman for the police headquarters of Helmand province said that Taliban have shot dead three villagers in Mirmandab area of Girishk District.

He said Taliban first shot dead these people and later hanged their bodies.

According the police spokesman, Taliban accused these villagers of providing information to government about the two vehicles which were targeted in an airstrike.

This is not the first time Taliban publicly execute people in Afghanistan. Such incidents have been reported from different parts of the country including Logar province.

A set of photographs emerged online in April purportedly showing the public execution of three men by the Taliban militants in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

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Austrian police rescue 24 Afghan migrants locked inside a truck http://www.khaama.com/austrian-police-rescue-24-afghan-migrants-locked-inside-a-truck-3857 http://www.khaama.com/austrian-police-rescue-24-afghan-migrants-locked-inside-a-truck-3857#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:17:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55614 Read the full article...]]> AustPolice in Vienna, capital of Austria, have rescued 24 Afghan migrants who were locked in a truck. Austrian officials said on Tuesday the men aged 16 to 20 were hiding in an air-tight compartment and risked suffocation.

Police told reporters that the sliding of the door was welded shut and the tailgate had been locked leaving the men in a very dangerous situation.

“It was like a rolling prison cell … they were crammed in, sitting and standing on top of each other

“They would not have made it too much further.” Thomas Keiblinger, a Vienna police spokesman told Reuters news agency.

Police also said that the driver of the truck fled as police officers approached but he was later arrested. Initial investigation reveals that the truck had come from Hungary.

This comes days after 71 migrants were found dead inside an abandoned truck. Forensic team believed the Syrian migrants had died of suffocation.

Tens of thousands of people, mostly from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have been fleeing their countries because of war. They have been taking dangerous routes to reach out to Europe. In previous months hundreds of people died when their tiny boats capsized in river.

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Afghanistan, Pakistan likely to resume talks this week http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-pakistan-likely-to-resume-talks-this-week-3856 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-pakistan-likely-to-resume-talks-this-week-3856#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 04:24:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55611 Read the full article...]]> AFG-PakAfghanistan and Pakistan likely to resume talks to mend ties after they were badly affected in the aftermath of the deadly Kabul attacks.

Pakistan is mulling to send a delegation to Kabul to take part in the after exchanging harsh comments against each other in the aftermath of deadly attack sixth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) on September 3 and 4.

If a decision is made, the Pakistani delegation would also include Sartaj Aziz, the National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, and other high ranking government officials.

They would with Afghan officials on the sideline of the conference and discuss the unstable relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Ties between the two countries damaged once again after three terrorist attacks in one day took the lives of at least 50 people and wounded 400 others in capital Kabul earlier in August.

The responsibility of one attack was claimed by Taliban that left 26 cadets of Kabul’s police academy martyred and nearly 30 others wounded.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said that Taliban are being financed and armed in Pakistan for attacks in Afghanistan.

The United States has also raised concern to Pakistan that the Haqqani terrorist network which is responsible for several deadly attacks in Afghanistan is not damaged during the military operation in North Waziristan.

Pakistan does not openly accept being behind the militants fighting in Afghanistan but they have arranged face-to-face talks between Afghan government and important leaders of Taliban inside its territory.

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Taliban shadow governor for Faryab arrested before escaping to Quetta http://www.khaama.com/taliban-shadow-governor-for-faryab-arrested-before-escaping-to-quetta-1462 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-shadow-governor-for-faryab-arrested-before-escaping-to-quetta-1462#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:56:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55608 Read the full article...]]> unnamedTaliban group’s shadow governor for northern Faryab province was arrested before he manage to escape to Quetta city of Pakistan.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Qari Salahuddin Ayubi was arrested from Herat-Shindand route on Monday night.

A statement by NDS said Qari Ayubi was leading insurgency activities in norther parts of the country, specifically in northern Faryab province.

The statement further added that Qari Ayubi was looking to travel to Quetta city through Badghis, Herat and Kandahar provinces and arrested around 3:00 am from Shinda-Herat route.

According to NDS, Qari Ayubi was looking to leave the country after the Taliban militants suffered heavy casualties during Afghan security forces operations in northern parts of the country.

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

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

Despite a month-long operation led by First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, Faryab still remains volatile where periodic insurgency activities are reported.

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Afghan activist posts her naked photo to protest public lashing of woman http://www.khaama.com/afghan-activist-posts-her-naked-photo-to-protest-public-lashing-of-woman-1461 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-activist-posts-her-naked-photo-to-protest-public-lashing-of-woman-1461#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:38:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55604 Read the full article...]]> 11224098_875683462513445_6786210752258700515_n_censored

A female Afghan activists has reportedly posted her nude photo in a bid to protest against the public punishment of a young woman and man in western Ghor province of Afghanistan.

The photograph of the female activist was widely shared in social media websites with subscribers saying the activist who is a journalist took the bold step to denounce the trial and punishment of the young couple.

It is believed that the activist is currently residing outside the country and the photograph was deleted immediately after it was posted, apparently to prevent furore among the people.

The couple, Ahmad, 21, and Zarmina, 22, were punished in public 20 days after they were arrested over adultery charges.

The couple received 100 lashes each by the order of primary court in the presence of local officials, community elders and local residents.

They were arrested by security personnel from Feroz Koh city and were sent to jail with the head of the provincial primary court Atta Mohammad Farouqi saying that the couple was punished after they admitted their involvement in adultery.

Defending the court’s decision to lash the couple, Farouqi further added that the court awarded the sentence considering the law.

He said the woman was taken to a safe house in a bid to protect her against a possible honor killing after she was released from the prison by receiving 100 lashes.

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ARG Palace: Haqqani Network Leadership and Sanctuaries Still based in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/arg-palace-haqqani-network-leadership-and-sanctuaries-still-based-in-pakistan-1460 http://www.khaama.com/arg-palace-haqqani-network-leadership-and-sanctuaries-still-based-in-pakistan-1460#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:07:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55602 Read the full article...]]> haqqani-networkThe Afghan government slammed Pakistani officials for their remarks regarding the elimination of Haqqani Terrorist Network following military operations in tribal regions of Pakistan.

The Presidential Palace issued a statement after Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz claimed that the terrorist network is no more operational in Pakistan and that they have shifted to Afghanistan.

The statement by the Presidential Palace stated “The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan believes that one of the major differences between Afghanistan and Pakistan is regarding the presence of terrorist groups, specifically the Haqqani Network in Pakistani soil.”

“The recent remarks by Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz, suggesting that the Haqqani Network has been decomposed following military operations, are repeated claims by Pakistani officials during the past one decade,” the statement said.

The Palace insisted that documents and evidences shows that the network’s leadership, commander and control, supportive infrastructure and sanctuaries are still operational in Pakistan.

The statement further added that the government of Afghanistan has repeatedly handed over evidences regarding the Haqqani Network operations in Pakistan and has urged the Pakistani government to take action.

“The International Community has also understands that the terrorist networks including the Haqqani Network are based in Pakistan,” the statement said, adding that “The recent step by United States is an approval of Afghan government’s stance after putting conditions on military aid to Pakistan which is subject to Islamabad’s practical steps against terrorist groups including Haqqani Network.”

The Palace warned that ignoring the issue by Pakistani will further weaken cooperation between the two nations to jointly fight terrorist and ensure peace and stability in the region.

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Young boy, girl publicly punished on adultery charges in Ghor http://www.khaama.com/young-boy-girl-receive-100-lashes-each-on-adultery-charges-in-ghor-3857 http://www.khaama.com/young-boy-girl-receive-100-lashes-each-on-adultery-charges-in-ghor-3857#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:48:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55595 Read the full article...]]>  

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A young boy and girl were publicly punished on adultery charges in Ghor province.

The couple received 100 lashes each by the order of primary court after they were held guilty of having illegal contacts with each other.

Ahmad, 21, and Zarmina, 22, were arrested from Feroz Koh city by security personnel and put in jail about 20 days before.

After spending several days and nights behind the bars, the Primary Court announced its decision to punish them in the yard of the court.

Local officials, community elders and other residence were also available while the couple was receiving punishment.

Atta Mohammad Farouqi, judge of the primary court said that Ahmad and Zarmina confessed to their crimes after which they were sentenced to lashes.

He said this punishment was announced to them based on the law.

Ahmad and Zarmina were released from the prison after receiving their punishment.

Farouqi said that Zarmina was transferred to a safe house for her own safety.

According to the court, Ahmad and Zarmina have a child as the result of their illegal contacts.

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President Ghani: Government contracts were main source of corruption in previous years http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-government-contracts-were-main-source-for-corruption-3858 http://www.khaama.com/president-ghani-government-contracts-were-main-source-for-corruption-3858#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:59:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55589 Read the full article...]]> Ghani_2967220bPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said that the government contracts were main source of corruption in previous years.

While talking to an anti-corruption gathering in Kabul, President Ghani said that one of the reasons that the curroption reached to its peak in Afghanistan was that the receivers of the government contract would not execute it on time. Instead they would sale them to others and this way the contracts would pass several hands.

The President further said that this menace can remove the basis of a government, adding that the government has taken strict actions against it.

President Ghani said every Saturday he is having a National Procurement Committee (NPC) meeting with high ranking government officials and reviewing the government contracts. He said out of 350 contracts, 295 of them have been reviewed at NPC meetings where NPC has approved 252 and rejected 43 others.

President Ghani said that the government has strong intentions remove the roots of this menace from the country.

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Afghanistan U-19 beats Saudi Arabia U-19 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-beats-saudi-arabia-u-19-3856 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-beats-saudi-arabia-u-19-3856#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:12:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55586 Read the full article...]]> ACBAfghanistan’s Under-19 cricket team has beaten Under-19 cricket team of Saudi Arabia. This is the 4th consecutive victory of Afghanistan’s U-19 in the ACC Premiere League.

Saudi Arabia won the toss and chose to bat first making 158 runs in 39 overs with all players out.

Afghan players played well both in balling and batting.

In the balling side Muslim Musa, Zia-ur-Rahman and Rasheed Khan played well. Muslim Musa took four wickets, Zia-ur-Rahman three and Rasheed Khan took two wickets.

Afghanistan was able to chase the set target easily by only losing two wickets. In the batting side Hazrat Zazai played well. He made 98 runs not out. He hit nine 4s and four sixes.

This was the fourth consecutive victory of Afghanistan in the ongoing in the ACC Premiere League. Before Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan had won three matches from Kuwait, Nepal and UAE.

“The victories expresses that Afghanistan has great Cricket talent and the future of Cricket is bright in Afghanistan.” said Nasimullah Danish the chairman of Afghanistan Cricket Board.

Afghanistan will play next match with the host country Malaysia on 3rd September.

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Baghlan’s Chief Military Attorney gunned down http://www.khaama.com/baghlans-chief-military-attorney-gunned-down-3856 http://www.khaama.com/baghlans-chief-military-attorney-gunned-down-3856#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:33:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55583 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-soldiers-missing-in-USUnknown armed men have gunned down the Chief Military Attorney of northern Baghlan province.

The incident took place in the provincial capital Pul-i-Khumri on Tuesday morning.

Local officials say Munawar Shah was on his way to his office when he came under the attack.

This comes only a day after a top government official as targeted in a similar attack in southern Kandahar province.

Hazrat Wali Hotak, Kandahar’s director of cultural affairs was heading towards unidentified armed me sprayed bullets on his vehicle and fled the area.

Eye witnesses said that the gunmen were riding on motorcycles.

Hotak received serious wounds to his should and arm in the shooting.

No group has accepted responsibility for these attacks.

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Dostum: Mullah Mansoor was a prisoner of war in 2001, used to serve as spy in prison http://www.khaama.com/dostum-mullah-mansoor-was-a-prisoner-of-war-in-2001-used-to-serve-as-spy-in-prison-9612 http://www.khaama.com/dostum-mullah-mansoor-was-a-prisoner-of-war-in-2001-used-to-serve-as-spy-in-prison-9612#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:47:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55581 Read the full article...]]> akhtar-muhammad-mansorThe First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum raised questions regarding the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new chief of the Taliban group following his controversial succession.

Upon his return to capital Kabul after almost a month long operation in northern parts of the country, Gen. Dostum appeared in a press conference late on Monday night.

Gen. Dostum said Mullah Mansoor was detained by him in 2001 and was given the task to report regarding the Taliban group while serving in prison.

He was apparently frustrated with the failed suicide attempts by the group against him while he was accompanying the security forces during the operations in northern Faryab province.

Sets of suicide bombing vests were also displayed by Gen. Dostum during the press conference, accusing the Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for plotting his assassination with the Taliban group.

“Pakistan sent four suicide bombers to assassinate me,” Gen. Dostum said, claiming the vests are made in Pakistan.

The remarks by Dostum comes amid widening rift among the Taliban leadership regarding the way Mullah Mansoor was appointed as the new Taliban group chief.

Mullah has reportedly been given a deadline to settle issues over his election which led to the widening rift among the Taliban leadership.

According to reports, the deadline is set to expire on Tuesday and has been set by a council of the religious clerics formed to resolve the rift among the Taliban leaders.

The deadline was reportedly set after Mullah Mansoor refrained from meeting the religious clerics and authorize them to take a decision regarding the deadlock.

A member of the council said they have taken the decision following continuous delays by Mullah Mansoor and insisted that the council will announce their decision if Mullah Mansoor failed to respond.

The council was expected to announce their decision in this regard on 20th August however it was reported that Mullah Mansoor has gone missing at that time.

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Suicide attack leaves 6 killed, at least 50 wounded in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-leaves-6-killed-at-least-50-wounded-in-pakistan-3855 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-leaves-6-killed-at-least-50-wounded-in-pakistan-3855#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:19:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55578 Read the full article...]]> PakistanSix people have been killed and at least 50 others wounded in a suicide attack in Khybar Agency of Pakistan.

A top official told reporters that the suicide bomber was trying to enter a local government office in Jamrud area.

Shahab ali Shah said due to tight security the bomber could not enter so he blew himself up at the entrance of the office this morning.

Shah added four tribal police were among those killed and 15 others among those wounded.

The victims have been transferred to Peshawar’s Hayatabad Medical Complex where doctors have raised concern over the health condition of some of those wounded.

Khyber Agency is one Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous regions where Taliban, al-Qaeda and other militant groups are reportedly operating.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Mobile money pilot program bringing safe, transparent pay to Afghan police http://www.khaama.com/mobile-money-pilot-program-bringing-safe-transparent-pay-to-afghan-police-9611 http://www.khaama.com/mobile-money-pilot-program-bringing-safe-transparent-pay-to-afghan-police-9611#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:51:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55570 Read the full article...]]> Afghan police salaries payment

Just a few weeks after its rollout, the mobile money pilot program registration in Kapisa for Afghan Local Police is complete; bringing a safer, transparent payment process to the province—and plans to expand throughout Afghanistan.

Mohammad Aqa Kohistani, Director General Treasury, Ministry of Finance, attended the historic program kick-off earlier this month, which jumpstarted the push for 100 percent electronic funds transfer capability within Afghanistan’s security institutions, as mandated by President Ashraf Ghani.

“We will introduce mobile banking services, which have been proven to reduce opportunities for leakages,” said Ghani, in his essay Realizing Self-Reliance. Mobile banking not only provides a more reliable method to distribute pay, but also ensures only registered employees receive salaries.

The initiative kicked off in Kapisa because the province had been relying 100 percent on trusted agents for payment. Trusted agents are Ministry of Interior appointed personnel that physically deliver salaries in cash to remote areas where banks are currently unavailable; a position that is highly corruptible and dangerous. EFT is a much safer method for payment than the current practice of using trusted agents, which 59 percent of all Afghan Local Police use.

The mobile money pilot program allows policemen and women to receive salaries through their mobile phones and use cash withdrawals without having to step foot in a traditional bank. Instead, registered users will be able to go to an approved shop in their district or even transfer funds electronically to any other user with a text-based software program installed on their phone. Police received their bank and sim cards as part of the registration.

The Ministry of Finance is managing the mobile money program in conjunction with Afghan Wireless Communications Company and New Kabul Bank, with plans to expand to additional telecom and banking institutions. The Essential Function One Directorate within Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, which encompasses planning, programming budgeting and execution, is providing oversight of the program.

“Mobile money is a transparent payment system that will ensure Afghan police are getting paid — safely,” said Maj. Gen. Todd Semonite, commanding general, CSTC-A. “Expanding EFT is another step toward secure, sustainable funding for all of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. It mitigates corruption and will increase the confidence of our donors.”

After registering 555 policemen for the program in Kapisa, the pilot will now extend to Parwan and Khandahar, with an ultimate goal of expanding to the rest of the Afghan Local Police and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, meeting Ghani’s goal of 100 percent EFT capability.

The Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) enables, trains, advises and assists by providing essential resources in support and continued development of Afghan National Defense Security Forces.

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Baghlan PC: Taliban capture 20 soldiers in Dand-i-Ghori District http://www.khaama.com/baghlan-pc-taliban-capture-20-soldiers-in-dand-i-ghori-district-3854 http://www.khaama.com/baghlan-pc-taliban-capture-20-soldiers-in-dand-i-ghori-district-3854#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:42:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55571 Read the full article...]]> baghlan (2)

Severe clashes have taken place between security forces and Taliban in parts of Dand-e-Ghor in northern Baghlan province.

Reports suggest that Taliban carried out a coordinated attack on a security post in this district late on Monday.

Bismillah Atash a member of the Provincial Council of Baghlan said that Taliban were able to seize the security post at the end of the attack.

He said 20 soldiers from this post have been taken hostages by Taliban.

Reports from the area suggest that the clashes have been emblazing and Taliban are moving towards the district center.

Security situation has been rampant in Dand-i-Ghor District since the past few months.

In May, Taliban seized a police training camp in this district where 15 soldiers were being trapped but local elders mediated to evacuate them.

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Deadline set for Mullah Mansoor to settle differences over his election http://www.khaama.com/deadline-set-for-mullah-mansoor-to-settle-differences-over-his-election-9610 http://www.khaama.com/deadline-set-for-mullah-mansoor-to-settle-differences-over-his-election-9610#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:27:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55562 Read the full article...]]> omar-14199297371The newly-appointed Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor has been given a deadline to settle issues over his election which led to the widening rift among the Taliban leadership, it has been reported.

The deadline set for Mullah Mansoor is set to expire on Tuesday and has been set by a council of the religious clerics formed to resolve the rift among the Taliban leaders.

The deadline was reportedly set after Mullah Mansoor refrained from meeting the religious clerics and authorize them to take a decision regarding the deadlock.

A member of the council said they have taken the decision following continuous delays by Mullah Mansoor and insisted that the council will announce their decision if Mullah Mansoor failed to respond.

The council was expected to announce their decision in this regard on 20th August however it was reported that Mullah Mansoor has gone missing at that time.

The council was formed after the former Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar’s son and brother opposed with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new Taliban chief.

There are fears further rift among the Taliban leadership if the council decides to appointment Mullah Omar’s son as the new Taliban chief.

Mullah Omar’s death was first confirmed by a splinter group of the Taliban – Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz, which claimed that he was assassinated Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.

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

Taliban’s top commander Mullah Mansoor Dadullah confirmed earlier that Mullah Omar did not die naturally but was assassinated, confirming the reports suggesting Mullah Omar was mysteriously killed in April 2013 in a hospital in Karachi city of Pakistan.

Mansoor Dadullah is the brother of the former senior Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah who was actively operating in southern Helmand province before he was killed during an operation in Helmand province in 2007.

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U.S. Embassy in Kabul asks citizens to consider departing Afghanistan due to security concerns http://www.khaama.com/u-s-embassy-in-kabul-asks-its-citizens-to-consider-departing-afghanistan-due-to-security-concerns-3853 http://www.khaama.com/u-s-embassy-in-kabul-asks-its-citizens-to-consider-departing-afghanistan-due-to-security-concerns-3853#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:16:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55558 Read the full article...]]> imagesThe United States embassy in Kabul has asked its citizens currently visiting or residing in Afghanistan to consider departing due to security concerns.

A statement issued by the embassy on Monday states that reports suggest that militants are planning attacks against locations, vehicles, and individuals with potential American connections.

“The U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations, vehicles, and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, restaurants, hotels, airports, civilian institutes, educational centers, and vehicle convoys. The potential also exists for protests to occur in Afghan cities at short notice.” the statement states.

According to the press release, the security situation in the country is extremely unstable and threat to all U.S. citizens remains critical.

“As a reminder, in accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan.  The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical. U.S. citizens currently visiting or residing in Afghanistan may wish to consider departing.  The Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Afghanistan to review your personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local media for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance.” the statement adds.

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Gen. Dostum returns to Kabul, declares Pakistan “Enemy of Afghanistan” http://www.khaama.com/gen-dostum-returns-to-kabul-declares-pakistan-enemy-of-afghanistan-1459 http://www.khaama.com/gen-dostum-returns-to-kabul-declares-pakistan-enemy-of-afghanistan-1459#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:48:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55552 Read the full article...]]> Dostum declares Pakistan enemy of Afghanistan

The First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum returned to Kabul today after participating in a month long military operation in northern provinces of Afghanistan, specifically in northern Faryab province.

Gen. Dostum appeared in a press conference after his return from the north and accused Pakistan, particularly the country’s military and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for being involved in the killing of innocent civilians and Afghan leaders.

According to Gen. Dostum, the enemies of Afghanistan are friends of Pakistan and the friends of Afghanistan are the enemies of Pakistan.

Declaring Pakistan as Afghanistan’s enemy, the First Vice President called on international community to put pressure on the country.

He said he will discuss Pakistan with President Ghani during the National Security Council and offer his suggestion in this regard.

Displaying the suicide vests captured by the security forces while thwarting an assassination plot against him, Gen. Dostum said “Pakistan sent four suicide bombers to assassinate me,” claiming the vests are made in Pakistan.

He also added that ISI is directly involved in the developments in Taliban leadership, gesturing towards the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

In regards to peace efforts aimed at ending the ongoing violence in the country, Gen. Dostum insisted that the country should be ready for combat while moving towards peace negotiations.

Gen. Dostum joined the Afghan security forces in the frontline in northern Faryab province earlier this month.

He survived at least two assassination plots by the anti-government armed militant groups while he was leading counter-terrorism operations in Faryab.

The convoy of the First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum was ambushed by the Taliban in militants in Qaisar district of northern Faryab province last week.

Another plot to assassinate Gen. Dostum was thwarted by the security forces and special security guards of the Vice President six days after the failed attack.

At least three suicide bombers were arrested earlier on Monday tonight from the vicinity of Gen. Dostum’s residence in Qaisar district.

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Pakistan not to be asked to mediate in future Afghan peace talks http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-not-to-be-asked-to-mediate-in-future-afghan-peace-talks-1458 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-not-to-be-asked-to-mediate-in-future-afghan-peace-talks-1458#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:23:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55549 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan mediation in Afghan peace talksAmid frustrations regarding growing insurgency activities plotted by the anti-government armed militant groups based in Pakistan, the office of the Chief Executive Officer announced Monday that Islamabad will not be asked to mediate in future Afghan peace talks.

Javid Faisal, spokesman to CEO Abdullah, told reporters in Kabul that there are no expectations in this regard from Pakistan.

“We do not have any expectations from Pakistan and therefore we will not ask them to mediate between the Afghan government and Taliban group,” Faisal said.

He also insisted that the peace talks will continue in the absence of Pakistan’s mediation if it resumed in the future.

The remarks by Faisal comes as Afghan officials were expecting to sit-in for the second round of peace talks with the Taliban group representatives in Pakistan last month.

However, the process was delayed with the sudden disclosure of the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death shortly before the second round of talks.

Mullah Omar’s death confirmation led to widening rift among the Taliban leadership which resulted to suspension of peace talks.

In the meantime, a series of deadly attacks rocked capital Kabul earlier this month which left scores of people dead or wounded with the Taliban group claiming responsibility for majority of the attacks.

The deadly attacks resulted into escalating tensions between Kabul and Islamabad after the Afghan officials harshly criticized Pakistan for sheltering the Afghan militants who are plotting attacks in Afghanistan besides they hold open gatherings in Pakistan.

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Taliban commander kill his mother, wife and 2 children with own bomb http://www.khaama.com/taliban-commander-kill-his-mother-wife-and-2-children-with-own-bomb-1457 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-commander-kill-his-mother-wife-and-2-children-with-own-bomb-1457#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:36:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55545 Read the full article...]]> Afghan civilians killedAt least four family members of a Taliban commander was killed in an explosion in western Farah province of Afghanistan, local officials said.

The incident took place inside the local Taliban commander’s house, leaving his mother, wife and two children dead.

The circumstances surrounding the incident have not been ascertained so far but it is believed that the incident took place during the composition of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

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

Taliban militants frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the secrurity forces however the civilians are mostly targeted in such attacks.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a report earlier this year highlighted that ‘Anti-Government Elements’ remain responsible for 72 per cent of all civilian casualties.

In another report earlier in April this year, UNAMA said at least 521 civilian casualties were recorded from January 1 to March, mainly due to ground engagements between Pro-Government Forces and Anti-Government Elements.

The report also added that Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are identified to be the second major cause of the civilian casualties in the report.

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EU ministers to hold emergency meeting on migrant crisis http://www.khaama.com/eu-ministers-to-hold-emergency-meeting-on-september-14-to-discuss-migrant-crisis-3853 http://www.khaama.com/eu-ministers-to-hold-emergency-meeting-on-september-14-to-discuss-migrant-crisis-3853#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:15:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55540 Read the full article...]]> MigrantThe European Union home affairs ministers will hold an emergency meeting on migrant crisis next month in Brussels.

“In order to assess the situation on the ground, the political actions underway and to discuss the next steps in order to strengthen the European response, the Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn decided to convene an extraordinary JHA (justice and home affairs) Council,” said the Luxembourg government in a statement.

Europe is struggling to find a united front to cope with the escalating migration crisis.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor has urged other EU countries to accept a greater share of the refugees.

But EU Parliament’s Vice-President, Mairead McGuiness, says a sustainable solution must be found at European level to stop the migrant crisis escalating further.

These migrants include people from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria who have been fleeing their countries because of fighting.

The EU meeting is scheduled to be held on September 14.

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NDS detain 30 terrorists involved in recent Kabul attacks http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-suspects-involved-in-recent-kabul-attacks-detained-3853 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-suspects-involved-in-recent-kabul-attacks-detained-3853#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:19:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55531 Read the full article...]]> National-Directorate-of-SecurityThe National Directorate of security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has detained 30 key members of Haqqani terrorist network and Peshawar Shura of Taliban during special operations.

A statement issued by NDS on Monday states that these terrorists were involved in recent deadly attacks in Kabul. These attacks left hundreds of people killed and wounded. Two of these attacks were carried out in Shah Shaheed and Fourth Macroryan areas and the two others were carried out on Hamid Karzai International Airport and Parliament House.

The statement further states that these people were planning more attacks in Kabul but NDS personnel detained them before they could implement their intentions.

The detained terrorists include Qari Janan the Peshwar Shura designated governor of Kabul’s Deh Sabz District and some his companions.

They also include some commanders from Haqqani terrorist network identified as Israr Ahmad, Malik and Mustafa who implemented one attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport and two others in Shah Shaheed and Fourth Macroryan areas.

According to NDS statement these terrorists were working on carrying out 13 more attacks in Kabul to target the Presidential Palace, NDS compound in Shash Darak area, Ministry of Defense, U.S. Embassy, police headquarters, Parliament House and Khatam-un-Nabiyeen University.

The Press Release further states that last week NDS seized 13 tons of explosive materials in two trucks in Paktika province. According to the statement these trucks were made ready to cross into central provinces for explosions.

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Kandahar’s director of culture wounded in armed attack http://www.khaama.com/kandahars-director-of-culture-wounded-in-armed-attack-3852 http://www.khaama.com/kandahars-director-of-culture-wounded-in-armed-attack-3852#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:12:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55527 Read the full article...]]> KandaharUnidentified armed men attacked the director of information and cultural affairs of Kandahar province on Monday.

Local officials say Hazrat Wali Hotak was going to office when gunmen opened fire at his vehicle in Kandahar city around 08:00 am this morning.

Hotak received serious wounds but was quickly rushed to Mirwais Hospital for treatment where he was announced out of danger.

Doctors said that Hotak has received wounds to his arm and shoulder.

According to eyewitnesses, gunmen were riding on motorcycles who fled the area after spraying bullets on Hotak’s vehicle.

Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for the governor of Kandahar has confirmed the incident.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but police launched an investigation into this regard.

Abdul Majeed, the former director of culture in this province was killed in a militant attack after which Hotak was assigned in this position. He has been working on this position since one month.

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Afghanistan U-19 beats UAE U-19 by 10 wickets http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-beats-uae-u-19-by-10-wickets-3852 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-beats-uae-u-19-by-10-wickets-3852#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:14:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55520 Read the full article...]]> ACBAfghanistan’s U-19 cricket team has beaten the United Arab Emirates (UAE) U-19 cricket team by 10 wickets in the Asian Premiere League.

UAE won the toss and chose to bat first but lost all of their players very quick. They made only 88 runs.

Tariq Khan took the most wickets for Afghanistan. He took 5 wickets and became the player of the match for which he received an award.

When Afghanistan went to the ground to bat, they were able to chase the target very easily.

In the 13th over of the inning they were able to hit the target and defeat UAE by 10 wickets.

This victory keeps Afghanistan Under-19 at the top of the table of Asian Premiere League.

Shafiqullah Stanekzai, CEO of Afghanistan Cricket Board while expressing his gratitude over the victory said that this will have a positive impact on the team.

“The result of these games will have positive impact on other young stars in the country and will motivate them to work hard for getting place in the national sides,” he said.

“The huge victories of the young stars will bring the attention of ICC more towards Afghanistan,” said Nasimullah Danish the chairman of Afghanistan Cricket Board.

“Such performances will help us reach our goals more easily,” he added.

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Dozens of schoolgirls hospitalized after falling ill at school in Herat http://www.khaama.com/dozens-of-children-hospitalized-after-falling-ill-at-poisoned-in-herat-3851 http://www.khaama.com/dozens-of-children-hospitalized-after-falling-ill-at-poisoned-in-herat-3851#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:40:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55514 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-girls

Dozens of schoolgirls have been hospitalized after falling ill at school in western Herat province, an official said on Monday.

The students belong to a private school located in the Jibrail locality of Herat city.

Herat Regional Hospital sources say 126 schoolgirls and their instructors were brought into the hospital this morning.

Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai, spokesman for the hospital said that doctors are taking special care of the patients.

The real cause behind the incident is unknown but Police have begun an investigation in to this regard.

This happens about a month and a half after 45 schoolgirls were poisoned in another part of Herat city.

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Taliban release biography of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour http://www.khaama.com/taliban-release-biography-of-mullah-akhtar-mohammad-mansour-3850 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-release-biography-of-mullah-akhtar-mohammad-mansour-3850#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:07:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55511 Read the full article...]]> Mullah Akhtar Mohammad MansourIn the preface of the biography, it has been reiterated that Mullal Akhtar Mohammad Mansour is the legitimate leader of the Taliban.

The biography begins with the Date of Birth and Place of Birth of Mullah Mansour.

It states that he was born in 1968 in Band-i-TAimoor village of Maiwand District of southern Kandahar province

According to the biography when Soviets invaded Afghanistan, Mullah Mansour left his religious education unfinished and joined the ‘Jihad’against them.

It adds that after the collapse of Soviet Union he put down his arms and when Taliban took over the country he joined the Taliban ranks and worked on different posts including the minister for aviation and tourism.

According to the information, Mullah Mansour again took his arm to fight when their regime was collapsed in 2001. Besides being a member of Taliban’s central Shura (council) he was given deferent responsibilities. When Mullah Ombaidullah Akhund was arrested, Mullah Mansour was then appointed as the second deputy to Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The information further states that when Mullah Obaidullah Akhund died in the captivity of Pakistani forces in 2010 and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was arrested, Mullah Mansour was then appointed as the deputy head and general in-charge of all operational activities.

It further states that when Mulllah Omar died on 23rd April 2013 and several key members of the Taliban Shura decided to conceal the death of Mullah Omar.

According to the released information, this news was kept secret until 30th July 2015 after which majority of the Shura decided to announce Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the replacement for Mullah Omar.

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600 pro Akhtar Mansour Taliban arrived in Zabul’s Khak-e-Afghan to confront with opponents http://www.khaama.com/600-pro-mansour-taliban-arrived-in-zabuls-khak-e-afghan-to-confront-with-opponents-3849 http://www.khaama.com/600-pro-mansour-taliban-arrived-in-zabuls-khak-e-afghan-to-confront-with-opponents-3849#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:52:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55508 Read the full article...]]> TalibanWhen Daesh emerged in Afghanistan few months before, some militants who had separated ways with Taliban joined them. Daesh announced war against those who were still supporting Taliban. These differences led to fighting and left dozens of militants killed from both sides.

Taliban ultimately sent open letter to Daesh’s affiliates in Iraq and Syria asking its leader not to draw a parallel line with them in Afghanistan. The open letter contained that ‘according to them’ Afghanistan’s Emir is Mullah Mohammad Omar.

But this letter did not make any difference in the fight between Daesh and Taliban.

Most recently when Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed dead rifts rose within the leadership of Taliban itself which has caused infighting within the militant group.

Some support the new leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour but some others support Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub who is the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar. Now Daesh is fighting Taliban but Taliban are fighting their own comrades and Daesh.

Haji Ata Jan Haqbayan, head of Zabul’s provincial council says that fighting has began between the two sides.

He said around 600 pro-Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour fighters have arrived only in Khak-e-Afghan District to confront with those opposing.

According to Haqbayan, the group of 600 is trying to force those supporting Mullah Omar’s family under the command of Mullah Mansour Dadullah to pledge allegiance with Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour.

Seven militants have been killed from both sides in the fighting so far.

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US deploys 90 Special Operations troops in Helmand province http://www.khaama.com/us-deploys-90-special-operations-troops-in-helmand-province-1456 http://www.khaama.com/us-deploys-90-special-operations-troops-in-helmand-province-1456#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:57:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55504 Read the full article...]]> US special forces in Afghanistan

Amid deteriorating security situation in the restive Helmand province of Afghanistan which led to the fall of Musa Qala district last week, the American military has deployed around 90 Special Operations troops in this province, apparently to assist the Afghan security forces.

The American military officials have confirmed that the special operations troops were rushed into Camp Bastion after the fall of Musa Qala on Wednesday.

The officials further added that the troops were part of the NATO and American-led coalition’s noncombat, “train, advise and assist” mission.

The Afghan military officials have also confirmed that the Afghan security forces receive air support from the coalition forces besides the Afghan Air Force conduct aerial bombing.

The deployment of the US special operations troops belonging to United States Air Force Special Tactics Squadron in Helmand province comes as the US and NATO forces formally concluded their combat operation last year.

Col. Brian Tribus an American military spokesman told the New York Times “It is important to note whenever the U.S. conducts airstrikes, a U.S. JTAC must be on the ground directing the strike to ensure they are conducted within our rules of engagement.”

A JTAC is a joint terminal attack controller, a soldier who guides airstrikes from the ground.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) confirmed that the control of Musa Qala district was retaken by the Afghan security forces.

MoD released a statement earlier today confirming the district was retaken by Afghan forces in the early hours of Sunday morning.

]]> http://www.khaama.com/us-deploys-90-special-operations-troops-in-helmand-province-1456/feed 1 THE FAILURE OF INTELLIGENCE IN A FAILED STATE http://www.khaama.com/the-failure-of-intelligence-in-a-failed-state-3850 http://www.khaama.com/the-failure-of-intelligence-in-a-failed-state-3850#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:25:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55497 Read the full article...]]> Kabul-deadly-bombings

On 08 August 2015, a truck full of explosives blasted in the middle of the night and left almost 400 people injured and took huge tolls destructing homes and businesses in the heart of Kabul city. This was one of the deadliest security incidents that took place in Afghanistan so far. Since then so many other explosions in the vicinity of Kabul airport and residential areas including the latest attack on a private hospital have caused havoc and panic among Kabul residents.

Just this month, the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMA) office in Afghanistan reported 4,921 civilian casualties that include 1,592 deaths and 3,329 injuries during the first 6 months of the year. This is the highest number of civilian casualties in the past few years. The increased number of suicide attacks have affected livelihood and has ruined the peace of mind among the population that is turning hopeless each day. The emergence of brutal terrorist groups such as ISIS, LeT, Haqqani network , Al Qaeeda and many other underground fresh breath insurgents have infiltrated our homeland through our porous border areas . However, after each attack, the only statement that the public hears from the security institutions is that the attack was organized and planned outside the borders. Afghans keep wondering that if the attacks are organized outside our borders, how they can easily enter into the country and how are they able to execute such targeted and successful explosions.

These questions are rising everyday. From the baker on the main-road to the carpenter, almost everyone is wondering how do terrorists from our neighboring countries carry out their attacks in our country and still they are not traced and foiled. The residents of Shah shaheed that still live in ruined houses ask how did the truck full of explosives reached to center of the city? Those injured in the hospital wonder how did the black tainted windows car carried the suicide bomber without being checked. Similarly, the attack on the Police Academy is equally questionable. How did the suicide bomber wearing the police uniform enter a military bus and what efforts did he put in to find out the details about the cadets returning to academy in that particular day and hour. Questions keep coming but the Afghan security institutions are not able to provide any answers to the public.

In a recent statement, Afghan CEO raised concerns about the presence of internal spies supporting terrorists cause inside the government structures.  He declared “Double Agents is more Dangerous than Insurgents”. The public believes that when the country is full of spies for terrorists and they are actively working within the government structures then it simply indicates the impotency & failure of the intelligence services. Ironically, Afghanistan is a close neighbor of a country who has one of the most astute intelligence services in the world. The decades of war and unrest in Afghanistan has destroyed the intelligence system of the country during the past three decades and therefore, the security has worsened because terrorists are not traced & the institutions cannot prevent their attacks. This article focuses on the need to revitalize the intelligence structures and systems in the country to counter the emerging threats of local and regional terror groups.

Since the formation of the National Unity Government, the complexity and challenges have increased as the international military fades away. To deal with these challenges, a concrete institutional reform with strong political will is required for counter terrorism surveillance and intelligence gathering. The absence of a national counterterrorism institution has made Afghan forces fight in the dark. Moreover, it’s the failure of intelligence that exacerbates insecurity and is the cause of public distrust on the government and its security institutions.

After reviewing a number of intelligence services, I believe that if the intelligence gathering and surveillance on terror groups and potential insurgencies are improved, the security of Afghans will change for the better. Following are the recommendations that changes need to take place urgently.  The enforcement of these reforms is time bounded and creating a political will is required.

National Counter –Terrorism body

The formation of NCTC (National Counter – terrorism center) to fight terrorism is the number one priority of intelligence gathering in Afghanistan. It requires a close review and restructuring of NSC. By the establishment of this institution, all other similar bodies in other security agencies should be abolished to prevent duplicity.

Defense and security analysis

Currently Afghanistan lacks any strategic terror analysis; therefore we fail to have a clear and unified understanding of the terror groups active in our region and inside the country. The necessity of having security strategy for the country is a need with committed security experts in the complex security environment of the modern world. The body will be dedicated to objective research and policy relevant studies on all aspects of defense and security.

Three level of intelligence

Information lies at the heart of intelligence structures. The first level is the Military intelligence hub playing active role in gathering information within the security institutions. The second level is the civil servant circle; it only includes government body and government employees. The third level and the most important, is to gather information at the community level where the basic and useful information exist in context of any type of insurgency or terror act.

Surveillance mechanism

An advance surveillance infrastructure is required to keep countering insurgents and terrorist groups and trace their local supporters as well as prevent potential terrorists and insurgencies. The terms & conditions of the surveillance mechanism should be outline in strategy in compliance with the Constitutional rights of the public. This will be a sub-strategy of three level of intelligence service information sharing – hub. This will include physical & electronic both.

Independent security Research

It is not sufficient to be bound by the state security institutions for research and analysis. The government can take use of the analytical skills & support of independent research institutions at different level of policy and strategy development to have a robust and comprehensive analysis of security threats in the country.

Media as a multiplier

As always media in conflict societies often creates and facilitate arguments of conflict. The security institutions can partner with media to reinforce media for consensus to assist security forces in building credibility and accountability. The intelligence sector is the most challenging areas for media due to matters of confidentiality and secrecy. Therefore, a strong public relations campaign strategy should be developed.

Regional and International cooperation

The regional and international support in building security infrastructure and learning from similar experiences is an asset particular in Afghanistan’s case that happens to have India, Pakistan and China in its neighborhood with shrewd intelligence services. Similarly, following the signing of BSA , Afghans hoped for the US support to revive the Afghan security structures.

Conclusion

I have studied a number of intelligence services in different countries and conclude that if any intelligence services of a country are built on a belief and on an ideology of serving the nation, and if such an ideology is filtered down to all levels of intelligence gathering, they will succeed. Therefore, “Saving the homeland” should be the overarching vision of NDS in Afghanistan. Confidentially, should come first.  NSC, in the presence of a national counter terrorism body should be the central commanding unit for the coordination of intelligence and security forces. If the surveillance and intelligence gathering is strengthened with a purpose of protecting national interest, it will restore public trust and terror groups will not able to find supporters and local retailers to carry out their attacks inside Afghanistan. Their movement should be traced & tracked from the moment they enter into the Afghan territory by the intelligence services. This strategy will help in getting close to the target and strategically it gives tools of prevention and it reduces military operations. Afghanistan needs to create skills and capacity in interpreting, analysis and trace of its threats.

Naveed Zulfiqar is an MBA student at the American university of Afghanistan. He is working with youth groups to mobilize them for a better future. He aspires to advocate for a new paradigm of security to include the concerns and perspectives of young Afghans in the peace and security frameworks.

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Taliban fired rockets killed two civilians, wounded 12 others in Maidan Wardak http://www.khaama.com/taliban-fired-rockets-killed-two-civilians-wounded-12-others-in-maidan-wardak-3849 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-fired-rockets-killed-two-civilians-wounded-12-others-in-maidan-wardak-3849#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:11:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55494 Read the full article...]]> kids-woundedTwo civilians killed and 12 others wounded after rockets fired by the Taliban landed in residential areas in Maidan Wardak province on Sunday.

Local officials say one rocket landed in Karokhil village of Sayed Abad District around 10:00 am which left 12 civilians wounded.

The target of the rocket was reportedly the nearby security check posts.

 Three of the victims have been announced being in critical condition.

 The second rocket hit a home in Yousufkhil village of the same district leaving two children killed.

Hayatullah Hayat the governor of Maidan Wardak province has strongly condemned the attacks.

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Non-traditional education to start in rural areas in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/non-traditional-education-to-start-in-rural-areas-in-afghanistan-3848 http://www.khaama.com/non-traditional-education-to-start-in-rural-areas-in-afghanistan-3848#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:47:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55490 Read the full article...]]> images1A joint initiative by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is to start the non-traditional education in rural areas in the country.

The project would be financially supported by USAID and administered by the Ministry of Education in partnership with UNICEF.

The five-year program with a budget of $75 million will provide community-based education in non-formal classrooms in 13 provinces of Afghanistan. The curriculum and textbooks for this program are approved by the Ministry of Education.

The program will focus on reaching children unable to access formalized schools due to insecurity, difficult terrain or distance. It will also reach older Afghans who missed out on education as children by offering accelerated learning programs.

“Community-Based Education is a proven method for reaching underserved school-age children,

“It is especially significant for girls because research has shown that if schools are in the villages parents will send their daughters to school.” said P. Michael McKinley the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.

“The initiative will enable 100,000 children, including girls, in 13 disadvantaged provinces to benefit from education from Grade one to 3,

“In addition, with generous support from USAID, a three-year accelerated learning program will enable 20,000 out-of-school children to complete their primary education.” said UNICEF Deputy Country Representative Dr. L.N. Balaji.

Meanwhile, Asadullah Hanif Balkhi the Minister of Education this is the best to provide education services for children in remote and rural areas.

“The Ministry of Education believes Community-Based Education and Accelerated Learning Centers are the best approaches to provide education services for children in remote and rural areas,” he said.

Balkhi added that after studying in these non-formal classrooms form three years, the students would then be admitted to formal schools.

“These students will study in classes in their village for three years, after completion, the students will be admitted to grade four at formal schools nearby their villages.” He said.

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100th anniversary of Afghanistan-Germany friendship marked in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/day-of-afghan-german-friendship-marked-in-kabul-3847 http://www.khaama.com/day-of-afghan-german-friendship-marked-in-kabul-3847#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:36:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55479 Read the full article...]]> StA special gathering was organized at the Presidential Palace on Sunday to mark the completion of 100 years of Afghanistan-Germany friendship.

The gathering was attended by Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and other high ranking officials.

Steinmeier while expressing gratitude over the Afghanistan-Germany friendship said that they will continue their assistance with Afghanistan.

Steinmeier said that his country will not only assist Afghanistan economically but will also play role to improve the capacity Afghan security forces.

He said the purpose of this assistance is to help Afghanistan stand on its feet.

Germany is one of the countries playing a key role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Although, there were contacts and friendly relations between Afghanistan and Germany for more than 100 years but they reached a friendship and trade agreement in January 1916.

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Girl raped in revenge for her brother’s crime in Kapisa http://www.khaama.com/girl-raped-in-revenge-by-boy-whose-sister-was-raped-by-her-brother-in-kapisa-3846 http://www.khaama.com/girl-raped-in-revenge-by-boy-whose-sister-was-raped-by-her-brother-in-kapisa-3846#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:23:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55476 Read the full article...]]> womanA young girl has been raped by a boy whose sister was allegedly raped by the girl’s brother a while back in northeastern Afghanistan.

Saifoorah Kohistani, director of the directorate of women affairs in Kapisa province says that the rapist has been detained and introduced to judiciary for legal processes.

According to Khohistani, the sister of the accused who is now behind the bars was sexually abused several years ago.

She said, to take the revenge of her sister, the boy recently kidnapped and raped sister of the man who was allegedly behind the rape.

The incident took place in Farkhshah area of Nijrab District.

Meanwhile, Police Chief of Kapisa province says that the case has been registered and the accused is under further investigation.

Brigadier General Abdul Karim Fayeq said that initial investigation reveals the involvement of more people in this case.

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Taliban infighting left five killed in Zabul http://www.khaama.com/taliban-infighting-left-five-killed-in-zabul-3846 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-infighting-left-five-killed-in-zabul-3846#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55473 Read the full article...]]> 10Taliban infighting has left five militants killed in southern Zabul province as gap over the appointment of the new supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour has been widening within the leadership of the militant group.

Mullah Ahmad Rabbani, who heads the committee formed to resolve differences within the Taliban, says that the five deaths occurred between the loyalists of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour and Mullah Mansour Dadullah who is loyal to Mullah Omar’s family.

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was appointed as the supreme leader of Taliban after the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed.

But his appointment has been opposed by several other Taliban leaders including Mullah Abdul Manan who is the brother of Mullah Mohammad Omar.

These opposing Taliban commanders want Mullah Omar’s son Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub as the successor to his father.

Mullah Rabani says Mullah Mansour Dadullah is heading hundreds of gunmen in Zabul province to confront with those supporting Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour.

He hoped that his committee would find a solution to the leadership crisis and that Taliban would be unified again.

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Ministry of Defense: Afghan forces retake Musa Qala District, 220 Taliban killed, wounded http://www.khaama.com/ministry-of-defense-afghan-forces-retake-musa-qala-district-220-taliban-killed-wounded-3845 http://www.khaama.com/ministry-of-defense-afghan-forces-retake-musa-qala-district-220-taliban-killed-wounded-3845#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:02:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55470 Read the full article...]]> ANA 2Ministry of Defense has announced that Afghan forces have retaken Musa Qala District of southern Helmand province from Taliban.

A statement issued by the ministry states that after 220 Taliban were killed and wounded in the operation, the district came under government control around 01:00 am last night.

The press release adds that in the clearance operation that is still ongoing, security forces have discovered and defused hundreds of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Taliban had captured the District after severe clashes with security forces on Tuesday night.

After the district fall to Taliban, Mohammad Sharif Khan the district governor of Musa Qala told media that Afghan forces fought till they ran out of last bullet and food.

Taliban increased their attacks in an attempt to seize areas from Afghan forces after they announced their ‘Spring Offensive” in April.

But ministries of defense and interior say Taliban area not in the position to hold an area longer.

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Ukrainian citizen kidnapped in Afghanistan set free http://www.khaama.com/ukrainian-citizen-kidnapped-in-afghanistan-set-free-3843 http://www.khaama.com/ukrainian-citizen-kidnapped-in-afghanistan-set-free-3843#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:28:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55466 Read the full article...]]> UkraineA Ukrainian citizen who was kidnapped by armed men earlier this year has been released after joint efforts by Afghan and Russian authorities, The Russian Foreign Ministry said in statement on Saturday.

“We are glad that our efforts helped save the life of the Ukrainian citizen and restore his freedom,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

Russian officials say Dmitry Bely is now safe and that they are ready to hand him over to Ukrainian officials in Afghanistan at any convenient time.

Russia’s RT news has published the footage of a man identified as Bely who is meeting Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Alexander Mantytskiy to thank the Russian authorities for their help in rescuing him.

“I want to thank you personally, along with your colleagues, for providing help. The situation felt desperate, but, thank God, everything has been resolved,” Bely said.

Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Alexander Mantytskiy said the next step would be checking the man’s identity and physical condition, as procedure requires.

Dmitry Bely was working for a construction company when he was taken hostage by armed men in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry later confirmed the abduction and said that they are in contact with Afghan side to resolve the situation.

“We have received an appeal of his wife Ukrainian citizens about the disappearance of his husband in Afghanistan. We have asked the competent authorities, as well as our diplomats tasked to verify this information. Now our diplomats find out the circumstances of the incident and are working to resolve the situation in close cooperation with the Afghan side,” said Marjan Betz the spokesman for Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry.

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Urban Development Minister Inaugurates New Projects in Badakhshan http://www.khaama.com/urban-development-minister-inaugurates-new-projects-in-badakhshan-1455 http://www.khaama.com/urban-development-minister-inaugurates-new-projects-in-badakhshan-1455#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:42:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55461 Read the full article...]]> Sadat Naderi

The Ministry of Urban Development Affairs of Afghanistan (MUDA) inaugurated new as well as completed urban development projects in the remote northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.

The projects were inaugurated during Urban Development Affairs Minister Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi’s visit to this province.

The inauguration of construction work of the first private town and the newly built building of the provincial urban development directorate were among the two major projects inaugurated during his first day of visit.

The new building of the urban development directorate in Badakhshan province has been completed with the financial help of Germany, according to MUDA.

The construction work of the first private town – Makhdoom Esmatullah town also kicked off with the formal inauguration after the legal formalities of the town was completed with the relevant government institutions including the Ministry of Urban Development Affairs.

According to the ministry, the town will house 200 residential plots and will cover 65 acres of land in Dasht-e-Qarq in Faizabad, the capital city of Badakhshan province.

Mr. Naderi will also will visit the project sites as well as water reservoirs and will review the problems and challenges facing the urban development sector in this province.

A delegation of high level government officials including provincial governor Shahwali Adeeb, head of the provincial council Abdullah Naji, provincial urban development director Eng. Tahir Yaqoobi, Lawmaker Amanullah Paiman representing Badakhshan in the Afghan parliament, Director of the Municipalities in Independent Directorate of the Local Governance Abdul Baqi Popal, Director of the Water Company Dad Mohammad Baheer and Economic Advisor to Urban Development Ministry Amir Hamza Sahrahi.

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US considered using nuclear weapons against Afghanistan after 9/11 http://www.khaama.com/us-considered-using-nuclear-weapons-against-afghanistan-after-911-1454 http://www.khaama.com/us-considered-using-nuclear-weapons-against-afghanistan-after-911-1454#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:30:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55458 Read the full article...]]> Following the 9/11 terror attack in Washington and New York by al-Qaeda terrorist network, the administration of President George W. Bush considered using nuclear weapons against Afghanistan to response the attacks, it has been reported.

The option to use nuclear weapons in response to the terror attacks was reportedly confirmed by political advisor to then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder.

In response to a question regarding the option to use nuclear weapons Michael Steiner told the German daily newspaper Der Spiegel “The papers were written.”

“They had really played through all possibilities,” Steiner said, adding that Schroder had feared that the U.S., which was in a state of shock following the attacks, would overreact.

The attacks orchestrated by Al-Qaida’s Osama bin Laden left nearly 3,000 people dead.

Steiner further added that Schroder rejected his idea to publish a statement declaring “unconditional support” for the United States.

According to the newspaper, Schroder also rejected to join the US-led coalition in the military against Iraq in 2003 which further intensified tensions between him and the US President George Bush.

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Syrian refugee photographed selling pens to feed family receives over $80,000 in donation in 24 hours http://www.khaama.com/social-media-helped-syrian-refugee-start-a-new-life-3842 http://www.khaama.com/social-media-helped-syrian-refugee-start-a-new-life-3842#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:38:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55455 Read the full article...]]> Abdul-and-ReemA Norway-based activist posted the picture of a Palestinian-Syrian refugee selling blue pens on the streets of Lebanon’s capital Beirut, with his 4-year-old daughter Reem sleeping in his arms with her head resting on his shoulder.

Founder of Conflict News, Gissur Simonarson’s this move triggered an outpour of support for the refugees’ plight.

Simonarson, who is originally from Iceland, was overwhelmed by requests to help this refugee.

Simonarson got in touch with local activists, located the man in the picture, and launched the campaign along with a Twitter account, #BuyPens.

“Within 30 minutes, I was pointed to a person that lived right by where he usually hung out selling pens,” Simonarson told the Star. In 24 hours, nearly 3,000 people had raised more than $80,000 dollars for him.

Simonarson who launched the online campaign to help Attar said he wants to use the money to educate his children and help other Syrians.

“He is just overwhelmed. He broke down crying, he was so touched by what is happening,” Simonarson said, describing Attar’s reaction to the donations. “He said, ‘I don’t want any money, I want to educate my children and I want to help other Syrian refugees.’”

Carol Malouf, a local activist who visited Attar’s home on Friday said that Abdul Halim Attar’s two children are nine and four and they live in “dire conditions” in Beirut.

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Kabul police say blasts were controlled detonations http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-explosion-reported-in-3rd-macroryan-area-of-kabul-city-3841 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-explosion-reported-in-3rd-macroryan-area-of-kabul-city-3841#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:22:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55440 Read the full article...]]> Kabul police arriving at light explosion siteTwo big booms were heard in the eastern part of Kabul city on Saturday afternoon.

The blasts spread panic in police districts eight and nine for few moments but Kabul police say they were controlled detonations.

The explosive materials were reportedly collected by a de-mining company and blasted in the area.

This comes as Kabul residents are still in shock from the recent suicide bombings in the city that left dozens of people killed and hundreds of others wounded.

Last Saturday a suicide bomber targeted a vehicle of foreigners in Macroryan 4 area leaving 12 people, including 3 US contractors, killed and around 80 others wounded.

Also, two separate suicide bombing and a militant attack left at least 50 people killed and over 400 others wounded in the first week of this month.

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ISIS in Afghanistan nothing but a movement formed by Pakistani militants http://www.khaama.com/isis-in-afghanistan-nothing-but-a-movement-formed-by-pakistani-militants-1453 http://www.khaama.com/isis-in-afghanistan-nothing-but-a-movement-formed-by-pakistani-militants-1453#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:12:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55435 Read the full article...]]> ISIS in Afghanistan

Despite a slowdown in the activities of the affiliates of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan, a newly-recorded audio has emerged online claiming to belong to a commander of the group’s Khurasan province.

The speaker who has been identified as Sheikh Jalaluddin claims he is a commander of the Islamic State Wilayat Khurasan (Khurasan province).

Sheikh Jalaluddin claims that the group started war against the US, Europe, Afghan and Pakistani governments and said the ISIS affiliates were not the ones who started clash with the Taliban group in Afghanistan.

Giving the examples of inter-Muslims fighting in the 7th century, Sheikh Jalaluddin claimed that the group has basis to fight against the Taliban militants, calling them puppets of Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and apostate of Iran.

In parts of his provocative speech Sheikh Jalaluddin called on Sunni Muslims to stand against the Shia Iran, accusing it of supporting certain Taliban elements to eliminate the ISIS affiliates.

Although, the authenticity of the audio could not be ascertained, what makes it interesting is the accent of the speaker who use the same accent widely used in tribal regions of Pakistan and in the areas where Pashtu is mostly spoken.

Using the words such “Soch” meaning think in Urdu and “hospital” a term widely used in Urdu language and numerous others terms, further supports the statement by the Taliban that mostly Pakistani nationals are fighting for the ISIS terror group in Afghanistan.

“People under the name of Daesh are currently only operating in one or two districts of Nangarhar who are mostly Pakistani nationals with a very small number of young locals,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujaihid said.

He also ruled out that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) terrorist group is based in Afghanistan, insisting that the militant groups are fighting under the flag and policy of Taliban in Afghanistan.

The remarks by Mujahid comes amid growing concerns that the ISIS affiliates are looking to gain foothold in Afghanistan.

Although, the ISIS affiliates received major blows following a series of deadly drone strikes in eastern Nangarhar province during the recent months, incurring casualties to the group’s top leaders.

However, there are concerns regarding the activities of the brutal Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) terrorist group in the country, particularly in northern parts of Afghanistan.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) declared as a terrorist organization by the United States declared it is now part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

The group recently released a video which purportedly shows the group’s leader Usmon Ghazi and his fighters taking oath of allegiance to ISIS terror group and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The allegiance by IMU to ISIS terrorist group was followed almost two weeks after the death of the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed.

IMU issued a statement earlier this month demanding clarification from the Taliban regarding Mullah Omar’s death while accusing the group lying his death.

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Urozgan’s Ulema council chief, senior police officer killed in militant attacks http://www.khaama.com/urozgans-ulema-council-chief-senior-police-officer-killed-in-militant-attacks-3840 http://www.khaama.com/urozgans-ulema-council-chief-senior-police-officer-killed-in-militant-attacks-3840#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:21:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55430 Read the full article...]]> ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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Head of the Ulema council of Urozgan province and a senior police commander lost lives in two militant attacks.

Maulawi Lal Mohammad, head of the Ulema council was on his way from Urzogan to neighboring Kandahar province when he came under the militant attack this morning.

Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman for the governor of Urozgan province said three people including Maulawi Lal Mohammad lost lives in the attack.

He identified the other two as Ahmad Shah Khan and driver of the vehicle. He said the vehicle they were driving in actually belonged to the deputy police chief (Rahimullah).

Rahimullah is the brother of Urozgan’s former police chief Matiullah Khan who had a tough strategy against Taliban. He embraced martyrdom in a militant attack in capital Kabul in March.

Meanwhile, a bomb blast took the lives of three soldiers including a senior police officer in Chora District last night.

Abdul Qawi, police chief of Chora District said that his deputy and two other soldiers embraced martyrdom when their vehicle ran over a landmine in Kanj area.

Five other soldiers sustained injuries in the blast.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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American music manager discovers great new singer in Afghanistan in ‘Rock The Kasbah’ film http://www.khaama.com/american-music-manager-discovers-great-new-singer-in-afghanistan-in-rock-the-kasbah-film-1452 http://www.khaama.com/american-music-manager-discovers-great-new-singer-in-afghanistan-in-rock-the-kasbah-film-1452#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:36:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55427 Read the full article...]]> Rock The Kasbah

A Hollywood film inspired by a true story of an American talent manager who discovers great new singer during his visit to Afghanistan is set to be released at the end of October.

American actor Bill Murray is starring in the film – Rock The Kasbah which depicts the story of a down-on-his-luck talent manager who travels to Afghanistan and discovers a great new singer.

The second trailer of the film was released this week which goes a little further into the story of Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel).

He discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of American Idol – Afghan Star.

It seems he decides to help his talented new singer successfully perform on Afghan Star and people aren’t too happy about that idea.

Murray partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and braving dangerous cultural prejudices manages his new protégée into becoming the “Afghan Star.”

Written by Murray’s longtime pal Mitch Glazer (Scrooged), whose friendship dates back to their SNL days, Kasbah opens in theaters Oct. 23.

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Government urged to launch military operation in Badakhshan’s Warduj Distsrict http://www.khaama.com/government-urged-to-launch-military-operation-in-badakhshans-wardoj-distsrict-3839 http://www.khaama.com/government-urged-to-launch-military-operation-in-badakhshans-wardoj-distsrict-3839#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:59:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55423 Read the full article...]]> wardoojAhmad Naweed Firotan, spokesman for the governor of Badakhshan province has urged the central government to immediately launch military operation in Warduj district.

While talking to Khaama Press on Saturday, Firotan said that border police recently eliminated a key hideout of Taliban in Kazda area of this district.

He said a clash broke out between the two sides leaving three Taliban killed and two others wounded.

“Heavy weapons were placed in this hideout from where Taliban used to target other areas,” Firotan said.

However, another area of this district which is called ‘Teer Giran’ has been in Taliban control for nearly two months.

Firotan said in order to retake this area from Taliban, government needs to immediately launch a military operation in this district.

He said Teer Giran is a mountainous area and air force operation would be very useful there.

According to Firotan, villagers of Teer Giran are suffering from the lack of food. He said military operation need to immediately take place in order to assist those villagers.

Teer Giran is one of the most populated and central villages of Wardouj District from where Taliban can easily plan attacks on the District center.

At least 110 soldiers surrendered to Taliban in this area after being in siege for three days last month .

They were later set free after mediation by local elders.

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Taliban kill 7 ‘uprising’ civilians in Ghazni’s Andar District http://www.khaama.com/taliban-kill-7-uprising-civilians-in-ghaznis-andar-district-3839 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-kill-7-uprising-civilians-in-ghaznis-andar-district-3839#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:06:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55417 Read the full article...]]> Uprising-in-Andar-Ghazni-against-TalibanTaliban militants have killed seven ‘uprising’ civilians in two coordinated attacked in Ghazni province.

Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor of Ghazni province said that the incident took place in Minar area of Andar District last night.

He said that Taliban attacked a security post of ‘uprising’ civilians killing five of them. He added that when Abdullah, commander of the armed civilians, receives information about it he leaves his home to in order to assist his people in the check post.

Ahmadi further said that Abdullah’s vehicle ran over a Taliban-planted landmine on his way to the security post leaving him and his driver killed.

When Taliban’s insurgency went rampant in Ghazni province about 3-4 years ago, local villagers in several areas mobilized against them.

Although, they have pushed back Taliban from their areas but they occasionally come under Taliban attacks.

At least 12 ‘uprising’ civilians were killed during a Taliban attack in Aandar District at the beginning of this year.

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India rebuffs Afghanistan to meet on Strategic Partnership Agreement http://www.khaama.com/india-refusing-afghanistan-to-meet-on-strategic-partnership-agreement-1451 http://www.khaama.com/india-refusing-afghanistan-to-meet-on-strategic-partnership-agreement-1451#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:52:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55413 Read the full article...]]> India Afghanistan strategic agreementThe government of India is rebuffing invitations by Kabul to hold a meeting on Strategic Partnership Agreement signed between the two nations in 2011, it has been reported.

New Delhi has reportedly rebuffed another invitation by Kabul recently with local media reports suggesting the Indian government is stung by Afghanistan’s security and strategic shift towards Pakistan in the past year.

The Indian government has also conveyed its inability to hold the meeting that would be chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani “due to prior commitments”, diplomatic sources at the highest level quoted by The Hindu newspaper said.

According to the paper, Ms. Swaraj will also not attend the upcoming Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) in Kabul on September 3 and 4.

Despite senior government officials from Pakistan and Iran would attend the conference, India has opted to send Sujata Mehta, Secretary, Multilateral and Economic Relations to the conference.

India has played a major role in reconstruciton of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 and has pleged nearly $2.3 billion so far.

In the meantime, the former Indian ambassador to Kabul Rakesh Sood believes that India has never been motivated since the formation of the new government given the overtures he made to the Pakistan army.

“After Karzai, we have never trusted Ashraf Ghani’s motivations given the overtures he made to the Pakistan Army,” Sood said.

He also added “India has always been hesitant about what it wanted from the SPA anyway. The demand for defence equipment, for example, was something we were never able to deliver on.”

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6 policemen mysteriously disappear from a check post in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/6-policemen-mysteriously-disappear-from-a-check-post-in-helmand-1450 http://www.khaama.com/6-policemen-mysteriously-disappear-from-a-check-post-in-helmand-1450#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:12:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55411 Read the full article...]]> Afghan policemen beheadedAt least six policemen have mysteriously disappeared from a check post located in the restive southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The incident has reportedly taken place in Garamser district and comes amid ongoing heavy clashes in Musa Qala district.

A local official speaking on the condition of anonymity said a cook serving with the policemen in the check post was found dead.

The official further added that the check post is located in Amir Beland Agha area and the policemen have disappeared along with the weapon and a vehicle.

There are no reports regarding the whereabouts of the missing policemen and it is yet not clear if it was insider attack or the check post was raided by the militants.

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

This comes as heavy clashes continue in Musa Qala district as the Taliban militants advance towards the district center, forcing the the US military to conduct airstrikes to support the Afghn security forces repel Taliban attacks.

Local government officials confirmed Friday that the airstrikes by US military were conducted to stop the Taliban militants from advancing towards the district.

The officials further added that nearly 150 Taliban militants were killed or wounded during the clashes on Friday.

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Suspect planting magnetic bombs arrested in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/suspect-planting-magnetic-bombs-arrested-in-kabul-1449 http://www.khaama.com/suspect-planting-magnetic-bombs-arrested-in-kabul-1449#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:58:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55408 Read the full article...]]> magnetic bomber arrested in Kabul1A suspect planting magnetic bombs was arrested by police and a depot of magnetic bombs were seized during an operation in Kabul.

According to the Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials, the operation was conducted in Qarabagh district where the suspect was held and depot of magnetic bombs was discovered.

Magnetic bombing is a new tactic used by the anti-government armed militants to target the security forces and government officials by sticking them to their vehicles.

The use of magnetic bombs have been rampant across the country but are mainly used in capital Kabul where numerous incidents are reported targeting the vehicles of the government officials and security forces.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the capture of suspected militant so far.

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

At least 12 people including contractors of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission were killed and 66 others were wounded in a suicide attack in Macroryan area of the city last week.

Scores of people were killed or wounded in a series of deadly attacks by the Taliban group in capital Kabul earlier this month.

A truck packed with explosives in Shah Shaheed area of Kabul city early on Friday morning on 7th August which left at least 15 dead and dozens f others wounded.

Two back to back explosions rocked capital Kabul late on the same day which left at least 27 police recruits dead along with a NATO service member and 8 contracted civilians of the Resolute Support mission.

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Taliban kill 25 militiamen loyal to first vice president Gen. Dostum http://www.khaama.com/taliban-kill-25-militiamen-loyal-to-first-vice-presidet-gen-dostum-1448 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-kill-25-militiamen-loyal-to-first-vice-presidet-gen-dostum-1448#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:07:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55402 Read the full article...]]> Gen. DostumThe Taliban militants have killed at least 25 militiamen loyal to first vice president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum shortly after he left northern Faryab province.

The incident took place in Khwajah Sabz Posh district after a group of the Taliban militants ambushed the militiamen while they were travelling.

The district police chief Mohammad Akbar Bashash said the militiamen were looking to travel to Astana Baba village area which fall to Taliban control yesterday.

In the meantime, a member of the provincial council Mohammad Tahir said at least 22 militiamen and 3 civilians were killed in the ambush.

Gen. Dostum arrived in Sar-e-Pul province late on Thursday afternoon after concluding a major military operation in northern Faryab province.

Gen. Dostum called on anti-government armed militants in the restive northern Sar-e-Pul province to surrender or face death upon his arrival in this province.

Faryab is among the volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

Gen. Dostum survived at least two assassination plots by the anti-government armed militant groups while he was leading counter-terrorism operations in Faryab.

The convoy of the First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum was ambushed by the Taliban in militants in Qaisar district of northern Faryab province last week.

Another plot to assassinate Gen. Dostum was thwarted by the security forces and special security guards of the Vice President three days after the failed attack.

At least three suicide bombers were arrested earlier on Monday tonight from the vicinity of Gen. Dostum’s residence in Qaisar district.

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Over 100 Taliban killed in military operation launched to retake Musa Qala District http://www.khaama.com/over-100-taliban-killed-in-helmands-musa-qala-district-3837 http://www.khaama.com/over-100-taliban-killed-in-helmands-musa-qala-district-3837#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:02:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55401 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-Air-ForceOfficials say over 100 Taliban militants have been killed in the ongoing military operation in Musa Qala District of southern Helmand province.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province says that fresh troops have been deployed to Musa Qala District to clear it from Taliban.

He said ground forces are successfully moving forward on militant positions with the support of the air strikes.

In the meantime, Lt. Col. Mohammad Rasoul Zazai who is the spokesman for 215th Maiwand Military Corps says that 110 militants have been killed and 28 others wounded in these operations so far.

Musa Qala District fall to Taliban hands three days before after severe clashes with security forces.

Mohammad Sharif Khan, the district governor said that security forces resisted with Taliban until their last bullet but when they ran out of ammos and food Taliban captured the district.

While talking to media on Wednesday, Khan mentioned that security forces were surrounded by Taliban for several days but they did not receive assistance which finally led to the fall of the District.

He had also said that a number of security forces embraced martyrdom in clashes. However, he did not have a specific number.

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Unidentified armed men gun down policewoman in Parwan http://www.khaama.com/unidentified-armed-men-gun-down-policewoman-in-parwan-3839 http://www.khaama.com/unidentified-armed-men-gun-down-policewoman-in-parwan-3839#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:19:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55397 Read the full article...]]> Unknown gunmanUnidentified armed men have gunned down a policewoman in Parwan province, north of capital Kabul.

Mohammad Zaman Mamozai, police chief of Parwan province said that the incident took place in Ezatkhil area of Jabal Saraj District yesterday.

He said Zarghona, the policewoman, left home and was heading towards her duty location when she came under the attack of unknown gunmen.

He said one suspect has been detained in regard to the attack and the case is under further investigation.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack by the time it was filed but Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for such attacks in the past.

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Celebrity Iraqi soldier vows to cut ISIS militants like ‘Shawarma’ http://www.khaama.com/celebrity-iraqi-soldier-vows-to-cut-isis-militants-like-shawarma-1447 http://www.khaama.com/celebrity-iraqi-soldier-vows-to-cut-isis-militants-like-shawarma-1447#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:11:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55394 Read the full article...]]> Abu Azrael slice ISIS fighter like shawarmaA high-profile Iraqi commander of a Shia militia has vowed to slice the militants of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in an online horrific video.

The soldier – Ayyub al-Rubaie, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Azrael ‘Father of the Angel of Death’ is shown slicing the charred body of an alleged fighter of ISIS terror group.

The video was reportedly filmed in Beiji, a northern oil refinery town where Iraqi forces backed by Shia militias are battling ISIL.

Cutting up the charred body of the alleged ISIS fighter with a sword, Abu Azrael said “They sent their elite fighters they said, and look at the third one we got, slicing him off. Where will they run away from us?”

He also announced to the camera “ISIS this will be your fate, we will cut you like shawarma.”

It is also claimed that the alleged fighter was burned alive and was hanged from an electricity pylon however Abu Azrael said the militant was killed during the gun battle.

Abu Azrael is the commander of Imam Ali Brigades which are part of the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a coalition of Iraqi Shia militias sponsored and armed by the Iraqi government.

He has become something of an online celebrity after pledging to reduce ISIL fighters to “flour” with disappointed Iraqis putting their hope in alternative forces due to limited success by Iraqi army in fight against the terror group.

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Mostly Pakistani nationals fighting for ISIS in Afghanistan: Taliban http://www.khaama.com/mostly-pakistani-nationals-fighting-for-isis-in-afghanistan-taliban-1446 http://www.khaama.com/mostly-pakistani-nationals-fighting-for-isis-in-afghanistan-taliban-1446#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:23:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55391 Read the full article...]]> isis new execution AfghanistanThe Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has claimed that the ISIS affiliates operating in Afghanistan are mostly Pakistani nationals with few young Afghan men recruited by the group.

Taliban also ruled out that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) terrorist group is based in Afghanistan, insisting that the militant groups are fighting under the flag and policy of Taliban in Afghanistan.

“People under the name of Daesh are currently only operating in one or two districts of Nangarhar who are mostly Pakistani nationals with a very small number of young locals,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujaihid said.

He was responding to questions of a local media outlet in Afghanistan. “They cross over the border from Pakistan and there is no one else operating anywhere under this name in Afghanistan,” Mujahid added.

The remarks by Mujahid comes amid growing concerns that the ISIS affiliates are looking to gain foothold in Afghanistan.

This comes as Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) declared as a terrorist organization by the United States declared it is now part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

The group recently released a video which purportedly shows the group’s leader Usmon Ghazi and his fighters taking oath of allegiance to ISIS terror group and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The allegiance by IMU to ISIS terrorist group was followed almost two weeks after the death of the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed.

IMU issued a statement earlier this month demanding clarification from the Taliban regarding Mullah Omar’s death while accusing the group lying his death.

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US conducts airstrikes as heavy clashes continue in Helmand http://www.khaama.com/us-conducts-airstrikes-as-heavy-clashes-continue-in-helmand-1445 http://www.khaama.com/us-conducts-airstrikes-as-heavy-clashes-continue-in-helmand-1445#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:47:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55386 Read the full article...]]> US airstrikes in AfghanistanThe US military conducted airstrikes in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan amid ongoing heavy clashes in Musa Qala district.

The US Forces officials in Afghanistan have said the airstrikes conducted on Thursday targeted the “individuals threatening coalition and Afghan forces.”

The officials confirmed that the airstrikes were carried out in the restive Musa Qala district.

In the meantime, the local government officials said the airstrikes by US military were conducted to stop the Taliban militants from advancing towards the district.

The officials further added that nearly 150 Taliban militants were killed or wounded during the clashes on Friday.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban militants are actively operating in its various districts.

The Taliban militants were looking to advance towards Lashkargah the capital city of Helmand province after capturing certain areas in Musa Qala district during heavy clashes started earlier this week.

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Suicide attack in Kabul leaves 1 soldier martyred and 2 others wounded http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-in-kabul-leaves-1-soldier-martyred-and-2-others-wounded-1444 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-in-kabul-leaves-1-soldier-martyred-and-2-others-wounded-1444#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:52:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55381 Read the full article...]]> suicide attack in KabulA relatively heavy explosion rocked capital Kabul earlier this evening after a suicide bomber targeted a vehicle of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces.

Kabul police chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the incident took place in Company area located in the 5th police district of the city.

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

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

At least 12 people including contractors of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission were killed and 66 others were wounded in a suicide attack in Macroryan area of the city last week.

Scores of people were killed or wounded in a series of deadly attacks by the Taliban group in capital Kabul earlier this month.

A truck packed with explosives in Shah Shaheed area of Kabul city early on Friday morning on 7th August which left at least 15 dead and dozens f others wounded.

Two back to back explosions rocked capital Kabul late on the same day which left at least 27 police recruits dead along with a NATO service member and 8 contracted civilians of the Resolute Support mission.

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Taliban militants flee from Kohistanat with arrival of Gen. Dostum http://www.khaama.com/taliban-militants-flee-from-kohistanat-with-arrival-of-gen-dostum-1443 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-militants-flee-from-kohistanat-with-arrival-of-gen-dostum-1443#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:19:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55377 Read the full article...]]> DostumThe Taliban militants have abandoned the restive Kohistanat district by fleeing the area after the First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum arrived in Sar-e-Pul province.

According to the local government officials, the Afghan national security forces managed to retake the control of the district after the Taliban militants fled the area.

Gen. Dostum arrived in Sar-e-Pul province late on Thursday afternoon after concluding a major military operation in northern Faryab province.

Gen. Dostum called on anti-government armed militants in the restive northern Sar-e-Pul province to surrender or face death upon his arrival in this province.

Gen. Dostum promised that Balkhab district which is now controlled by Taliban militants will soon fall to the control of the Afghan national security forces.

He said he will move towards northern Kunduz province once Sar-e-Pul province has been cleared from the militants, provided that the president and the national security council agrees to proceed.

Gen. Dostum joined the Afghan security forces in the frontline in northern Faryab province earlier this month.

He survived at least two assassination plots by the anti-government armed militant groups while he was leading counter-terrorism operations in Faryab.

The convoy of the First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum was ambushed by the Taliban in militants in Qaisar district of northern Faryab province last week.

Another plot to assassinate Gen. Dostum was thwarted by the security forces and special security guards of the Vice President three days after the failed attack.

At least three suicide bombers were arrested earlier on Monday tonight from the vicinity of Gen. Dostum’s residence in Qaisar district.

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Rockets land in Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf’s house in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/rockets-land-in-abdul-rab-rasool-sayyafs-house-in-kabul-1442 http://www.khaama.com/rockets-land-in-abdul-rab-rasool-sayyafs-house-in-kabul-1442#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:15:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55374 Read the full article...]]> rasul_sayyafThe house of the former influential jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf came under rocket attack this afternoon.

At least two rockets have reportedly landed inside the house of Sayyaf in Paghman district with sources close to him saying no casualties were incurred.

The sources further added that Sayyaf was not present in his house when the incident took place.

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

Sayyaf is one of the most influential jihadi leaders and has been harshly criticizing the Taliban group for their insurgency activities.

He once again took a hard stance against the group following a series of deadly attacks in capital Kabul earlier this month which left scores of people dead and nearly 400 others wounded.

In his speech shortly after a truck bombing in Shah Shaheed area of the city, Sayyaf recalled a message to Taliban 15 years ago saying that the slaves and oppressors will die in worst ways.

He said “he had warned Taliban that their masters would arrest them and unfortunately they were used against the Afghan nation.”

“From whom they were receiving commands during the past 2 years? Obviously they were fighting on behest of their masters as Mullah Omar could not give commands from the grave,” Sayyaf said.

The remarks by Sayyaf comes as Taliban’s top commander Mullah Mansoor Dadullah confirmed last week that Mullah Omar did not die naturally but was assassinated, confirming the reports suggesting Mullah Omar was mysteriously killed in April 2013 in a hospital in Karachi city of Pakistan.

Mansoor Dadullah is the brother of the former senior Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah who was actively operating in southern Helmand province before he was killed during an operation in Helmand province in 2007.

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Mullah Mansoor deployed 600 militants to fight Mullah Dadullah in Zabul http://www.khaama.com/mullah-mansoor-deployed-600-militants-to-fight-mullah-dadullah-in-zabul-1441 http://www.khaama.com/mullah-mansoor-deployed-600-militants-to-fight-mullah-dadullah-in-zabul-1441#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:55:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55370 Read the full article...]]> Zawahiri-and-Mullah-Mansoor-665x362-1

Amid growing rift among the Taliban leadership regarding the appoint of the group’s new leader, reports have emerged from southern Zabul province regarding preparation for a major clash between rival groups.

Mullah Akhtar Mansoor who was appointed as the new leader of Taliban has reportedly deployed around 600 armed militants Khak-e-Afghan area to fight with the militants of Mullah Mansoor Dadullah.

Reports regarding the possible outbreak of a major clash between Mullah Mansoor and Mullah Dadullah have been confirmed by local residents have who are witnessing growing deployment of militants in Khak-e-Afghan.

This comes as Mansoor Dadullah warned of further divisions among the Taliban militants earlier this month while expressing his deep opposition with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor as successor of Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Dadullah called on immediate actions to appoint a new supreme leader for the Taliban group who should be acceptable for all.

He announced his support to Mullah Omar’s son Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob and called the tensions among the Taliban leaders at all-time high.

Dadullah also confirmed that Mullah Omar did not die naturally but was assassinated, confirming the reports suggesting Mullah Omar was mysteriously killed in April 2013 in a hospital in Karachi city of Pakistan.

Mansoor Dadullah is the brother of the former senior Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah who was actively operating in southern Helmand province before he was killed during an operation in Helmand province in 2007.

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Gen. Dostum tells militants in Sar-e-Pul to surrender or face death http://www.khaama.com/gen-dostum-tells-militants-in-sar-e-pul-to-surrender-or-face-death-1440 http://www.khaama.com/gen-dostum-tells-militants-in-sar-e-pul-to-surrender-or-face-death-1440#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:42:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55367 Read the full article...]]> DostumThe First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has called on anti-government armed militants in the restive northern Sar-e-Pul province to surrender or face death.

The remarks by Gen. Dostum were followed after a visit to Sar-e-Pul province after concluding a major military operation in northern Faryab province.

Gen. Dostum promised that Balkhab district which is now controlled by Taliban militants will soon fall to the control of the Afghan national security forces.

He said he will move towards northern Kunduz province once Sar-e-Pul province has been cleared from the militants, provided that the president and the national security council agrees to proceed.

Gen. Dostum joined the Afghan security forces in the frontline in northern Faryab province earlier this month.

He survived at least two assassination plots by the anti-government armed militant groups while he was leading counter-terrorism operations in Faryab.

The convoy of the First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum was ambushed by the Taliban in militants in Qaisar district of northern Faryab province last week.

Another plot to assassinate Gen. Dostum was thwarted by the security forces and special security guards of the Vice President three days after the failed attack.

At least three suicide bombers were arrested earlier on Monday tonight from the vicinity of Gen. Dostum’s residence in Qaisar district.

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American kids love Afghan food while trying lunches from around the world http://www.khaama.com/american-kids-love-afghan-food-while-trying-lunches-from-around-the-world-1439 http://www.khaama.com/american-kids-love-afghan-food-while-trying-lunches-from-around-the-world-1439#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:50:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55364 Read the full article...]]> American kids love Afghan foodMost of the American kids have loved the Afghan food during an experiment on lunches from the around world in a school, according to a video published online.

The children were pretty grossed out with an exception of a few food items randomly liked, including the single “high-enery biscuit” kids are served in Afghanistan everyday.

The video recorded by “Cut Video” revealed the kids even proclaiming that they would eat it everyday, if they had the choice.

“I would go to Afghanistan to get that really, really good cube cookie thingamajig,” said one of the children, who was particularly picky eater and found something to dislike about almost every meal.

Another child was very fascinated by the amount of calories that could fit in such a tiny block.

The children were presented with examples of meals from India, Sweden, Japan, Cuba, France, Kenya and Afghanistan.

They also found a Cuban meal of yellow pea soup, taro root, fried plantain, chicken croquette and rice, while a popular yogurt-based drink from India known as chaas and a simple French meal of ratatouille, grilled salmon, rice, brie, a baguette and fruit yogurt were met with reluctance.

The video was uploaded on YouTube which went viral in such a short period of time and attracted more than 200,000 views within 24 hours.

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Diplomatic Equations on Syria Changing http://www.khaama.com/diplomatic-equations-on-syria-changing-3837 http://www.khaama.com/diplomatic-equations-on-syria-changing-3837#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:22:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55356 Read the full article...]]> By Manish Rai

The recent diplomatic activity on Syria is intriguing. Russia, Mr. Assad’s most powerful supporter, has forged new ties with Saudi Arabia, his bitter foe and a major funder of Syrian rebel groups, and brokered a meeting between Syrian and Saudi intelligence officials. Even amid high tensions over Ukraine, there was a recent diplomatic engagement between the U.S. and Moscow on the vexing question of how to end Syria’s brutal civil war, which has left more than 250,000 dead, fuelled the rise of the Islamic State, and helped to radicalize would be terrorists around the world. Now Russia is at the centre of a new flurry of Syria focused diplomacy which has followed the Iran nuclear deal, and which might even involve a new round of direct talks between Washington and Tehran, Syria’s staunchest ally. But these diplomatic engagements are also followed by the increased fighting on the ground by all the parties. The fighting has gathered pace recently, intensifying on major frontlines including near Damascus, where a government air strike on a market place killed 100 people, and in the southern city of Deraa, where the government is battling a new rebel attempt to seize the entire city. All are areas of vital importance to President Assad, who with help from his regional allies Iran and the Lebanese group Hezbollah is seeking to shore up control over western areas of the country after losing much of the rest to groups including Islamic State.

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A marked escalation in Syria’s conflict could be a sign the warring sides are trying to strengthen their bargaining positions in case a flurry of diplomacy leads to negotiations. Despite fighting hard on the ground every party in Syrian conflict knows that there is no military solution. They just want to negogiatite from position of strength in talks. There have been a number of diplomatic initiatives, some of them secret involving Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United States and Russia who together can end this war aimed at trying to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria. In Qatar, talks were held on Syria between the US Secretary of State, the Russian Foreign Minister and the Saudi Foreign Minister in Oman, one of the few countries in the region with strong ties to both Iran and the Gulf States, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem held talks after meeting with Iranian and Russian officials in Tehran. The visit has created talk of a possible meeting of Saudi, Syrian and Iranian officials in Muscat. In Riyadh, furthermore, reports have emerged of a landmark meeting of senior Syrian and Saudi intelligence officials; in Moscow there have been a number of high-profile visitors, including the Saudi Foreign Minister and a number of Syrian Opposition leaders; and the Iranian Foreign Minister visited a number of Middle Eastern and South Asian countries to promote a new peace plan.

But what has led to this sudden flurry of diplomatic activity? First of all that it is the realisation that the situation in Syria is simply unsustainable and that there can never be a military solution. However, the recent Iranian nuclear deal has meant that Teheran is now able to play more of a constructive international role and it can certainly contribute to a political settlement in Syria, which it seems it wants to do. Hard fact is that the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria all have a common enemy: Islamic State, which is a direct threat to them all and which threatens the entire region. The fact that Islamic State controls half of Syria is extremely worrying and without a political settlement in the country the jihadists will never be defeated. Another key factor is the weakening position of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad, who is losing territory and military strength to a variety of opposition groups. Western and even Gulf States fear that groups like Nusra Front and the Islamic State will fill the void if the regime of President Assad falls and that will be the worst case scenario. So the high time for starting a new peace talk’s initiative in Syria is high on agenda of everyone.

 Syria clearly represents a failure of the international community, in particular the UN Security Council. The situation is indeed bleak: four- and-a-half years after the civil war more than 250,000 people have died, including at least 11,493 children, and more than 1.5 million are believed to have been wounded. Over 12 million Syrians have fled their homes: 7.6 million are internally displaced, while the rest have escaped to neighboring countries. Syria represents the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Considering all these sufferings of Syrian people now at least peace should be given another chance and all the parties in the conflict and their allies should put a sincere efforts for promoting talks and negotiations as this is the only way to end this conflict which is taking every high toll on humanity.

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Four bomb makers killed by own explosives in Khost http://www.khaama.com/four-bomb-makers-killed-by-own-explosives-in-khost-3835 http://www.khaama.com/four-bomb-makers-killed-by-own-explosives-in-khost-3835#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:57:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55353 Read the full article...]]> dead-TalibanFour militants who were busy making bombs have been killed by their own explosives in Khost province.

General Faizullah Ghairat, police chief of Khost province said that the incident took place inside a house in Saparki area of Bak District yesterday.

He said originally six men were available at the site of the blast, adding that four of them died on the spot and two others sustained injuries.

The police chief further said that the two wounded are receiving medical care under the watch of security forces.

He added that soon after the incident security forces arrived at that home, ransacked it but did not recover any other terrorist material except the remaining of the blasted explosives.

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Turkmenistan expresses willingness to cooperate with Afghanistan’s peace process http://www.khaama.com/turkmenistan-expresses-willingness-to-cooperate-with-afghanistans-peace-process-3834 http://www.khaama.com/turkmenistan-expresses-willingness-to-cooperate-with-afghanistans-peace-process-3834#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:16:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55347 Read the full article...]]> turkmIn the continuation of its humanitarian assistance, Turkmenistan has expressed willingness to assist Afghanistan in its peace process with Taliban.

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow who arrived in Kabul on Thursday said that Turkmenistan and Afghanistan are two brotherly countries and Turkmenistan always wants a peaceful, stable and developed Afghanistan.

President Berdimuhamedow who appeared in a press conference with President Ghani in Presidential Palace said that he is confident the United Nations is playing a constructive role in Afghanistan.

He said that his country is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan’s peace process under the vision of the United Nations and complete neutrality.

Mr. Berdimuhamedow said that his meeting with President Ghani was productive and that they are both committed to their commitments.

“Afghanistan and Turkmenistan will cooperate in fighting drugs and terrorism,” he said, adding that “And will continue solving issues through diplomatic approaches.”

Talking to the press conference President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that Turkmenistan has always been cooperative with Afghanistan in regards to peace and stability, adding that the country will always be a partner of Afghanistan.

He said that the government of Turkmenistan is a government of action.

“Since my visit to Turkmenistan, I see a lot of developments,” President Ghani said in the joint press conference at the Presidential palace on Thursday.

He said that the border between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan is a border of peace and cooperation.

“We are confident that our cooperation will extend,” President Ghani said.

President Ghani congratulated Mr. Berdimuhamedow for getting close to celebrate the 20th year of permanent neutrality.

In 1995, United Nation’s resolution number 50/80 recognized and supported the declared status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan and hoped that this will contribute to peace and security in the region.

Since then Turkmenistan is observing 12 December as ‘Neutrality Day of Turkmenistan’.

At the end of the press conference Turkmenistan’s President invited President Ghani to his country to take part in the celebration of ‘Neutrality Day of Turkmenistan’. The invitation was accepted by the President.

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Afghanistan renames Salma Dam to Afghan-India Friendship Dam http://www.khaama.com/afghanisan-renames-salma-dam-to-afghan-india-friendship-dam-9609 http://www.khaama.com/afghanisan-renames-salma-dam-to-afghan-india-friendship-dam-9609#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:40:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55348 Read the full article...]]> Salma DamThe government of Afghanistan has renamed the name of Salama dam to Afghan-India friendship dam following a robust investment by India in reconstruction of the dam.

The decision was reportedly taken by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during a meeting of the cabinet of ministers.

Salama dam is located in western Herat province of Afghanistan and it is expected that the dam will incur a cost of around $300 million by the time of its completion.

The reservoir filling in Salma dam project started late in the month of July with the closure of the dam’s diversion tunnel gate.

According to the Indian Consulate in western Herat province, the dam reservoir will be 20 kilometer long and 3 kilometer wide.

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

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

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

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

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

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Journalist critically wounded after brutally stabbed in Mazar city http://www.khaama.com/journalist-critically-wounded-after-brutally-stabbed-in-mazar-city-9608 http://www.khaama.com/journalist-critically-wounded-after-brutally-stabbed-in-mazar-city-9608#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:24:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55344 Read the full article...]]> Mazar journalist stabbedA journalist was critically wounded after he was brutally attacked with knife by unknown gunmen in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital city of northern Balkh province.

The Afghanistan Journalists Center condemned the brutal attack, urging the local government officials to take immediate actions to recognize the detain those involved behind the incident.

Bezhan Barnawej, the Editor in Chief of Bidar Daily – a state-run daily newspaper in Balkh province, said the incident took place late on Wednesday afternoon in Kart-e-Mamooreen area of the city.

He said the journalist Qasim Muzafari was on duty when he came under attack by unknown men and was critically injured.

Barnawej further added that the health condition of Muzafari is stable and has been admitted to hospital for treatment.

This comes as a female journalist was murdered by unidentified men in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan late in the month of November last year.

The female journalist – Palwasha Tokhi Miranzai was reportedly working for Bayan-e-Shamal new network and stabbed by unidentified men inside her house in Mazar-e-Sharif city.

The Reporters Without Borders (RWB)/Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) said last month that the Taliban militants group and affiliates of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are extending news “BLACK HOLES” in Afghanistan.

A statement by RSF said Taliban have been intensifying armed attacks on civilians and openly threatening freedom of information despite countries such as the United States, Iran, Norway and Qatar are “normalizing” their relations with the Taliban and certain Afghan politicians are sitting with them at the negotiating table.

“The Taliban, and now members of Islamic State, are sowing terror in several northeastern provinces including Badakhshan, Nangarhar, Baghlan and Nuristan. Freedom of information in these provinces has gone from being limited to non-existent, giving rise to new information black holes,” the statement added.

The statement also added that journalists have been forced to stop working due to intense clashes in some regions, especially in Badakhshan and Nangarhar where entire villages have fallen under rebel control.

According to RSF Taliban and other armed groups are unfortunately not the only ones who target the media but the warlords, local politicians and government forces also help to create a climate of fear designed to keep journalists at a distance, especially during military operations.

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Afghanistan signs 5 MoUs with Turkmenistan http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-signs-5-mous-with-turkmenistan-3833 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-signs-5-mous-with-turkmenistan-3833#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:39:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55340 Read the full article...]]> dddAfghanistan inked five Memorandums of Understating (MoUs) with Turkmenistan on Thursday.

The MoUs were signed by representatives of both neighboring countries in Presidential Palace in front of Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his counterpart from Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

According to these MoUs Afghanistan and Turkmenistan will improve bilateral cooperation in areas of energy, sport, technology and trade.

This comes during the state visit of Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow to Kabul.

Mr. Berdimuhamedow arrived in Kabul on Thursday morning leading a high level delegation from his country.

President Ghani and other high ranking government officials gave a warm welcome to the delegation from Turkmenistan at the Presidential Palace.

Tight security measures have been taken in Kabul.

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Four senior Taliban commanders killed in Nangarhar airstrike http://www.khaama.com/four-senior-taliban-commanders-killed-in-nangarhar-airstrike-3831 http://www.khaama.com/four-senior-taliban-commanders-killed-in-nangarhar-airstrike-3831#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:17:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=55335 Read the full article...]]> AFGHANISTAN TALIBAN SPOKESMAN

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Four senior Taliban commanders have been killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province, a security official said on Thursday.

Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for the police headquarters of Nangarhar province said that the airstrike was carried out in Kotikhil area of Shirzad District yesterday.

Colonel Mashriqiwal identified those killed in the airstrike as Zarwali, Sifatullah, Ghondi and Zargai.

According to the police spokesman, the deceased were commanders of Taliban’s Jaipur group.

Also, security forces have detained Qudratullah alias Bilal the shadow governor of Taliban for Shirzad District.

Colonel Mashriqiwal said that Qudratullah was apprehended with Shawkat, a group commander of Taliban, during a raid in Fatih Abad area of Surkh Rod District yesterday.

Afghan troops backed by NATO-led security forces have been busy in large scale military operation against Taliban and Daesh in Nangarhar.

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