Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:31:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Six mine planters arrested in Laghman Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:31:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NDSNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested a group of six mine planters from the jurisdiction of eastern Laghman province.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ghani postpones India trip as security worsens in Kunduz Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:13:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Ghani talkingPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has postponed his trip to India by few hours due to security deterioration in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

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

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

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

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

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

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Ahmad Zia Masoud survived terrorist attack Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:22:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Ahmad-Zia-Massoud

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

The rocket attack did not bear casualties in Barak District.

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

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Nepal earthquake death toll passes 3,600 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:11:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NepalDeath toll from the strong earthquake in Nepal has passed 3, 600 as hundreds of others are still missing and rescuers are searching for them under the debris of devastated buildings.

Police have confirmed the death of 3,617 but fear the number could go higher.

People are in desperate need of emergency assistance as several villages in the Districts and mountainous regions have not yet received assistance.

Udav Prashad Timalsina, a top official from Gorkha district says he is aware of villages struck by earthquake where villagers are still looking for assistance.

“There are people who are not getting food and shelter. I’ve had reports of villages where 70 percent of the houses have been destroyed,” he said.

Number of the casualties went even higher when Saturday’s earthquake of 7.9 was followed by strong aftershocks, one of them was 6.7 on Sunday.

61 people have been killed in India and 20 others in Tibet due to the tremors of earthquake.

India and Pakistan are among the countries that have sent humanitarian assistance to the broken economy country.

Afghan government has expressed deep grief over the loss of lives and properties in Nepal.

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President Ghani visiting India today Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:01:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Ghani visitingDue to the ongoing clashes between security forces and Taliban insurgents in northern Kundoz province President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani delayed his visit for four hours. But he is still scheduled to be leaving Kabul for New Delhi today.

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

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

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

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Farkhunda murder: Afghan actress lynched in a mock demonstration Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:00:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Farkhunda lynching

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Afghanistan and India to sign treaty on intelligence share Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:33:50 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Modi and GhaniThe Afghan government is expected to sign a treaty with the Indian government on intelligence share and cooperation in dealing crimes during President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s visit to New Delhi.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Six family members killed in Zabul blast Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:42:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Zabul-Governor OfficleSix members of a single family were killed after explosive materials already available at their home exploded in southern Zabul province last night.

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

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

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

No groups including Taliban have commented on the report yet.

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Intelligence agency foiled five car bomb attacks in Nangarhar Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:13:09 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar-PHQNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has foiled five car bomb attacks in eastern Nangarhar province.

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

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

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

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

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

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Five soldiers martyred, 72 militants killed in fresh military operations Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:34:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ANA 2Five soldiers embraced martyrdom due to terrorist actions while 72 militants were killed in separate military operations in past 24 hours, a statement issued Monday morning by the Ministry of Defense states.

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

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

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

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

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

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Three policemen wounded in Khost terrorist action Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:35:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Khost-Explosion-Police at siteThree policemen sustained injuries after a bomb placed near the office of the provincial council in Khost city exploded this morning.

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

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

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

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Heavy rainfall in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 39 people dead, hundreds wounded Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:22:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanAt least 39 people have been killed and more than 200 others in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan due to heavy rainfall and windstorm.

Most of the deaths are reported from Akbar Poora, Nawshehra, Charsada, Badhni and Badho areas out of Peshawar city where a number of clay houses and walls collapsed.

Children and women are among the victims who are shifted to different hospitals in Peshawar.

Emergency has been announced in the hospitals where the health condition of some of the wounded is announced worrying.

Rescue operation is hampering due to non-stop torrential rain. Rescuers feared the death toll could rise.

Warning has been issued that the rainfall and windstorm could get heavier.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister who is on a visit to UK has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives and properties.

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Russian hackers obtained Obama unclassified emails Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:59:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama emails accessed by Russian hackers

Some of President Barack Obama’s emails were accessed by hackers from Russia after they managed to penetrate into the computer system of White House last year.

According to a report by New York Times, the hackers were able to read some of Obama’s unclassified emails in a breach which was significantly more intrusive than originally thought.

The hackers also managed to penetrate into the unclassified system of the US Department of State however they failed to access the closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from Mr Obama’s BlackBerry, which he or an aide carries constantly.

It is yet not clear how many emails were accessed by the hackers but the officials quoted in the report by the Times said some highly sensitive information including schedules, email exchanges with ambassadors and diplomats, and debates about policy and legislation may have also been obtained.

The hacking which reportedly took place in October last year led to a partial shutdown of the White House email system.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Habib Wayand

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

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ISIS warns to “cut the throats” of Houthis by announcing arrival in Yemen Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:14:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS warns to cut throats of HouthisThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) terrorist group warned to “cut the throats” of the Houthis while announcing the group’s arrival in Yemen.

The group declared their official presence in conflict-torn Yemen and vowed to avenge the Sunnis.

An ISIS militant appearing in the video said “We have come to Yemen, with men hungry for your blood to avenge the Sunnis and take back the land they have occupied.”

Around two dozen AK-47-wielding jihadists were seen dressed in full military gear in the lateest nine-minute video which was professionally shot and edited.

The militants also addressed the fellow Sunni men to join the battle against the Houthis in the country.

Although the location of the video could not be confirmed, it was claimed by the militants that the video was shot in a desert area near the Yemeni capital Sana’a.

The video was released following an attack against Houthis in the central province of Ibb which was reportedly carried out the local Yemeni group Green Brigade.

The latest video by the ISIS threatening to stage attacks in Yemen comes as the country has been intense unrest for several weeks after Houthi rebels went on the offensive capturing several places.

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Taliban rape suicide bomber before sending for attack Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:57:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ndsNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested a would-be suicide bomber who says he was gang-raped by Taliban commanders before sending him out for a suicide attack.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eight soldiers martyred, 45 militants killed in Kundoz clashes Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:02:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kundoz-Police headquartersEight soldiers have embraced martyrdom in the ongoing clashes with militants in northern Kundoz province.

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

He confirmed the killing of 45 militants during these clashes.

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

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

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

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

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

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Four people killed, 18 wounded in explosion in Pakistan Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:10:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan explosionFour people were killed and 18 others wounded after a bomb placed in a motorcycle went off on a roadside in Baluchistan Province of Pakistan on Sunday morning.

Officials say that the motorcycle was parked near a busy vegetable market on Chakar Khan Road in Sibi District and exploded as a huge crowd of people arrived at the market to buy vegetable.

Eyewitnesses say explosion occurred when people were busy shopping.

Nearby buildings and shops were also damaged in the explosion.

Hospital sources in Sibi have announced two of the 18 people wounded in the explosion being in critical condition.

Anwar Khetran, the District Police Officer (DPO) says that the target of the explosion is not known but an investigation is initiated into the incident.

He said: “Target of the blast is yet to be confirmed,”

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Baluchistan province located in the southwestern part of the country is gripped with low-intensity insurgency by separatists who want autonomy from Islamabad.

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Indian woman with 7-foot-long hair eyes Guinness World Record Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:17:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian womanA woman in Allahabad city of northern Uttar Pradesh state of India eyes Guinness World Record for hair her extreme length of hair for which she holds the country’s top record.

The 37-year-old Smita Srivastava was given the record for the longest hair in India by the Limca Book of Records besides she holds several other awards.

Ms Srivastava who become somewhat of a local celebrity, says she does not intend to rest on her laurels. “My life is a busy life. My hair length is 7 feet,” she was quoted as saying in a report by the Mail Online.

“I have won many awards and I am a record holder in the Limca Book of Records and I am planning to attempt a record for the Guinness Book of Records,” she added.

She said “Whenever I go out shopping to the market people admire me and they come and talk to me, asking me how I have such long hair.”

“Women and kids come and touch my hair thinking that it’s fake hair,” Ms Srivastava said, adding that ‘But after realizing it is original hair, they say “you are lucky” and that my hair is “so good and long.”

China’s Xie Qiuping is currently holding the Guinness World Record since 2004. Her hair was measured at 18ft 5.54in (5.627m) and has been steadily growing since 1973.

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Anti-Taliban cleric killed in Kundoz explosion Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:17:09 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kundoz-Police headquartersNoor-ul-Huda, a local Anti-Taliban cleric was killed in a bomb explosion in northern Kundoz province this morning.

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

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

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.

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

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Kabul Bank official shot dead in Uruzgan Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:56:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> AUruzgann official of Kabul Bank was gunned down in Tireen Kot, provincial capital of southern Uruzgan province this morning.

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

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

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

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

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

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

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28 militants killed in fresh security operations Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:52:14 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 800px-thumbnail28 militants have been killed in fresh security operations in different parts of the country.

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

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

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

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

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Three foreign insurgents among five wounded in Tagab clashes Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:29:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army 2Three foreign insurgents among five were wounded during separate clashes with security forces in Tagab District of north-eastern Kapisa province.

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

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

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

Taliban have not yet commented on the report.

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Nepal earthquake death toll reaches 1,900 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:42:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nepal 5The death toll from yesterday’s earthquake has reached to 1,900 while hundreds of others are still unaccounted for in Nepal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Afghan Senate House Speaker Muslim Yar visits Canada Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:56:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Fazal Hadi Muslim YarTORONTO – Fazal Hadi Muslim Yar, Speaker of Meshrano Jirga, Abdul QaderZazai and a few other delegates were invited by the Speakers of the Canadian Senate and House of Commons.

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

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

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

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

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Uruzgan acting police chief gunned down Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:45:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> killedThe acting police chief of southern Urozgan has been killed in an armed attack on his way from Dehrawoud District to the provincial police headquarters in capital Tireen Kot.

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

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

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

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

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Ghani hails NATO’s support to build an endurable defense force Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:08:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gunmen kidnap 10 passengers from Kabul-Jalalabad highway Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:43:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> TalibanAt least ten passengers were kidnapped by unknown gunmen from the main highway between Kabul and Jalalabad province, the security officials said Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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Afghan forces enter Nawa district for first time since Taliban’s fall Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:13:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan army casualties on riseThe Afghan National Security Forces took full control of Nawa district in southeastern Ghazni province for the first time since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

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

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

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

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

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

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Baby born with eight limbs being worshiped in India Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:48:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian boy editedA baby has been born with eight limbs in Giridih district of Jharkhand state, eastern India.

Thousands of Hindu devotees have flocked the small town of Dmri-Isri and more are coming to see the baby of whom the warship is already started as Hindu god Ganesha.

Ganesha is widely-worshiped got by Hindus devotees who is symbolized as a four-armed elephant.

Hindu religion devotees believe the baby is a reincarnation of their god Ganesha and they are celebrating the arrival of the baby.

Baby delivery with multiple limbs is not new in India but this child has attracted extra attention due to his striking appearance.

He looks like two babies in one as a result of his underdeveloped co-joined twin still being attached to him.

Kuntalesh Pandey, a Hindu devotee who is among the thousands arrived from long distance at the town of Dmri-Isri to see the baby said: “When a friend first sent me a picture I wrote it off as photoshopped but when he confirmed that it is real I came to see the baby straight away.”

Sarita Devi, a Nurse at the hospital said “We are taking great care of the baby.”

The health condition of Ureda Khatun who is the mother of the baby — not named yet – is unknown.

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Terrorist attack prevented in Herat Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:40:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ndsNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has prevented a massive terrorist attack planned to target a busy area in western Herat province.

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

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

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

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

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Prominent Pakistani rights activist Sabeen Mehud gunned down Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:10:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistaniA prominent women rights activist Sabeen Mehmud has been killed in Karchi, the business hub of Pakistan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Parliament approved CEO office, council of ministers as budgetary units Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:12:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Abdullah Abdullah

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

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

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

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

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

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An outrage was sparked among the LGBT groups in Brazil after a transgender prisoner was allegedly “pulverised” by police and prison guards.

The outrage across Brazil was sparked after the picture of the victim went viral online showing the victim – Veronica Bolinaa, stripped naked and her head shaved in brutal assault.

The graphic images showed showed the 25-year-old transgender lying partially naked on the ground in front of a group of officers and other prisoners in Sao Paulo.

Although the officials deny Bolinaa was victimised, it was reported she was set upon by officers on three different occasions after being taken into custody.

According to a statement released by police, Bolinaa was was attacked by prisoners when she was seen performing a sex act on herself in her cell and that officers were forced to intervene.

She was also accused of biting an officer and it has been claimed that her injuries were as a result of a struggle with the police officers.

In the meantime, an LGBT campaigner Montalvo Sarabia, condemned the attack and said “It is just sickening that in this day and age such things as this still happen. They have pulverised that poor woman’s face and are now trying to cover it up. Whether she is innocent, guilty, transgender or straight doesn’t matter. The police should not be allowed to do this to anyone.”

According to reports, Bolinaa was arrested over an alleged attack on her 73-year-old neighbour, it has been reported.

The authorities in Sao Paulo have said they have launched an investigation in the matter.

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MoI: close to 200 Taliban killed and wounded in fresh military operations Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:15:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Police caravanA day after Taliban announced the start of their sprint offensive, Ministry of Interior (MoI) states that close to 200 Taliban militants have been killed and wounded during fresh security operations.

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

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

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

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

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

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5 members of a family killed, 11 wounded in Laghman mortar attack Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:58:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-civilians-killed1At least five member of a family were killed and eleven others were injured following a rocket attack in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan.

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

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

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

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

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

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Afghans among 14 killed by train in Southeast Europe Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:53:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MacedoniaSeveral Afghans were among 14 migrants lost their lives after they were hit by a train in central Macedonia, Southeast Europe.
Police say migrants were heading towards the European Union along the railway tracks when hit by a train on Thursday.
According to Macedonian authorities the Afghan and Somali migrants were heading from northern Greek city of Thessalnoiki to the Serbian capital of Belgrade when the incident happened in Veles city, central part of Macedonia.
The city prosecutor in a statement says that the driver of the train saw dozens of people on the tracks.
“At that moment, he took action to stop the train and engage the siren, at which point some people left the tracks. The train was unable to stop before hitting and running over some of them.” the statement states.
Rescue operation was launched soon after the incident but the operation pace was slow because the area was only accessible by railway or foot.
Authorities believe members of the group were between 30-40 people, eight of them arrested and the remaining fled the area before police arrived.
Illegal migrants and refugees usually take the overland route from Greece to central and Western Europe and use railway tracks for guidance.

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Strong earthquake struck Nepal, tremors felt in Pakistan and India Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:42:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nepal-treatmentA strong earthquake has struck Nepal but tremors also felt Pakistan and India on Saturday morning.

The earthquake is reported to be 7.9 magnitudes on the Richter scale with its epicenter in Nepal.

There has been damages and casualties due the earthquake in Katmandu, capital of Nepal but a complete report is not yet issued.

However, heavy damages to property is witnessed in Katmandu including the collapse of the 9-story historic tower of Dharahara which relates back to 19th century. Fears that people might have been trapped.

A child lost his life after a statue fall over him in a park outside Kathmandu.

Kathmandu airport shut down following the earthquake.

Emergency treatment centers have been established in Kathmandu and in surrounding areas.

The earthquake was also felt in India’s Delhi, Kucknow, Kolkata and parts of northern India but yet no report of damages or casualties has been released.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that they are working on reaching out to those affected in India and Nepal.

“We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home and in Nepal.” he has tweeted.

Mr. Modi has called a high-level emergency meeting over the earthquake.

The earthquake was also felt in Peshawar and other cities of Pakistan but report of possible damages or casualties is not yet released.

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Two solders martyred, 15 militants killed in Kundoz clashes Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:11:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kundoz-Police headquartersTwo soldiers embraced martyrdom and 15 Taliban killed during clashes erupted after Taliban militants attacked a number of security check posts in northern Kundoz province.

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

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

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

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

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Militants kill groom and his family members in Farah province Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:15:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> groom killed in FarahA group of insurgents attacked a wedding ceremony in western Farah province of Afghanistan on Friday, leaving the groom dead along with his family members.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Suspected militant critically injured while placing IED in Baghlan Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:52:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> militant injured in BaghlanA suspected insurgent was critically injured while he was placing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan.

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

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

Basharat further added that the Afghan security forces have launched an investigation into the incident.

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

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

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

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

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Afghan Air Force receives 3 multi-role helicopters from India Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:11:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan receive helicopters from India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Afghan Air Force MD-530

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

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

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

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

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

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Has Saudi Gained Anything In Yemen? Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:28:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> saudi invasion in yemen1By Manish Rai

Saudi Arabia announced that it is scaling back its military intervention in Yemen, after more than three weeks of punishing airstrikes failed to drive back the Shiite rebels that have plunged the Arabian Peninsula poorest nation into chaos. The coalition declared that the initial phase of the campaign named “Decisive Storm” had achieved its military objectives by successfully eliminating threats to Saudi Arabia’s security, including the destruction of the rebels supply of missiles and heavy weapons. But this initial campaign of airstrikes by the Saudi led Arab coalition has further destabilized Yemen, helping radical groups such as Al-Qaeda expand their influence there. The coalition’s initial war aim of driving the rebels out of major urban centres, including Sanaa, the capital, has not been achieved. The rebels control most of northern Yemen. The Houthis are still actively fighting to take territory and this could lead to further, heavy clashes. Although Saudi Arabia has characterized operations to date as successful, the Houthis still control large areas of the country and have not been dislodged from Aden, Yemen’s commercial hub. For sure Saudi led Air campaign put a dent in the military capabilities of the Houthis in Yemen but they are still holding strong position on the ground.

Now rumours of a coordinated land invasion from multiple fronts are mounting but that may be very unlikely. Saudi’s knew from beginning that airstrikes alone will not finish off the Houthi movement and its allies in the Yemeni armed forces. It requires ground troops on a huge scale. Riyadh has tried hard to muster a military coalition that is willing to dispatch ground troops but its effort has so far been nothing short of a fiasco. The Pakistanis most famously turned down the Saudi request and let it be known that Yemen is a quagmire they can do without. Instead, Islamabad has asked Iran to push the Houthis for a political compromise that Riyadh can live with. The Turks were enthusiastic at first about stopping the Houthis but in his visit to Tehran Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that he has prioritized Iranian-Turkish trade relations over rivalry in Yemen, and emphasized a political solution for the Yemeni conflict. The Egyptians and the Jordanians are still supportive of Saudi efforts and claim publicly to be open to the idea of deploying military forces to assist Riyadh in Yemen. But whether they will go through with it is another matter. Egypt has a long list of problems of its own, including a bloody counter-terrorism campaign in Sinai that it cannot afford to lose, but also an eastern border with lawless Libya that is increasingly a new front in Cairo’s fight against jihadists. The threat from ISIS, will also prevent Jordan from any significant contribution to Saudi military efforts in Yemen.

These hard realities leave Riyadh with two options. It can look for or even mediate a political solution that will invariably include the same Houthis that Riyadh is attacking today. Alternatively, given the absence of willing states to contribute ground troops, Riyadh will have to contemplate a full-scale invasion of Yemen. It’s also not a win-win equation for Iran as well. The Iranians too are faced with stark choices. It is beyond Tehran’s ability to tame the Yemeni crisis. As tempting as it might be for Tehran to see the Saudis bleed in Yemen, the danger of this conflict further fuelling sectarian tensions in the Middle East will undermine broader regional Iranian interests. A political compromise that both Riyadh and Tehran and their respective Yemeni allies can live with seems to be the only option that is not cataclysmic. These airstrikes have proven to be counter-productive for the regional stability. Across southern Yemen, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is on the offensive taking advantage of the chaos in the country. AQAP has freed its members from various jails and has raised its flag over Mukalla, a city of nearly four hundred thousand and a major port with critical oil and gas handling facilities. The primary targets of the aerial campaign, beyond critical infrastructure, food factories, and refugee camps, are the Houthis, a Zaidi Shi’a group that has had more success at fighting AQAP in the last six months than the US and its drones have had in the last decade. So in a way Saudi led air campaign has benefitted local Al-Qaida franchisee which is also very much against the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia. Moreover on the other hand these strikes added to the misery of the defenceless Yemeni people and Anti Saudi sentiments are on all time high among the masses. The International Red Cross says the humanitarian situation in Yemen is nothing short of catastrophic. The Red Cross reports since Saudi Arabia launched its air campaign on March 26, violence has escalated and conditions for millions of civilians in Yemen have dramatically deteriorated.

Only thing which can rebuilt Yemen and put bam on the wounds of the Yemeni people is the composite dialogue. The resumption of diplomatic negotiations with all the political factions is required to put an end to the fighting in Yemen. The Yemeni people deserve the opportunity to hold a peaceful debate about their new constitution, to participate in a credible and safe constitutional referendum, and to vote in free and fair national elections. All the diplomatic and international community measures should be taken in this direction. So, that the vulnerable and poor Yemeni people living in a land, once the home of the world’s oldest civilizations, can find peace.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of a geo-political news agency Views Around can be reached at

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Asghar Stanikzai appointed as new captain of Afghan cricket team Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:17:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Asghar-StanikzaiAfghan cricketer Asghar Stanikzai formally assumed the charge of the Afghan national cricket team after he has was appointed as the new captain  to replace Mohammad Nabi Esa Khel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obama takes responsibility on US and Italian hostages death in drone strike Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:09:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> obamaThe US President Barack Obama has said he takes full responsibility for the drone strike which led to the loss of lives of American and Italian hostages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rocket attack on govt compounds in Ghazni as Taliban launches offensive Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:27:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> taliban summer offensiveThe Taliban militants launched rocket attacks on a number of government compounds in southeastern Ghazni province early on Friday morning as the group launched summer offensive.

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

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

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

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

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

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Teen boy kidnapped, raped, and tortured in Farah province Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:42:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> teen boy raped in Farah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Abu Alaa al-Afri is the new leader of ISIS terrorist group Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:03:44 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Abu Alaa al-AfriAccording to reports Abu Alaa al-Afri has been leading the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group since the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was injured following a US airstrike last month.

Dr. Hisham al Hashimi, an advisor to the government of Iraq, has said al-Afri is a former physics teacher who is well known by the militants as a charismatic figure.

Speaking to Newsweek, Hashimi said al-Afri is ready to assume permanent command if self-appointed Caliph al-Baghdadi dies who is believed to be seriously injured in the airstrike.

He said “After al-Baghdadi’s wounding, he [al-Afri] has begun to head up Daesh [the Arabic term for ISIS] with the help of officials responsible for other portfolios.”

Hashimi further added “He will be the leader of Daesh if al-Baghdadi dies.”

This is the second time al-Baghdadi has been targeted in an airstrike by US in Iraq with Iraqi officials saying in November last year that al-Baghdadi was among the ISIS leaders when he was targeted in the airstrike.

The appointment of al-Afri as the terror group’s new leader comes as sources with connections to the group revealed that al-baghdadi has lost day-to-day control of the group since his wounds were life-threatening at first.

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Syrian rebels capture 4 Afghans including teenager boys Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:58:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Syrian rebels capture AfghansA new video has emerged from Syria which purportedly shows the capture of four Afghan nationals by the Syrian rebels.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obama’s grandmother cried after performing Umrah Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:48:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama GrandmaSara Omar, paternal grandmother to U.S. President Barack Obama cried after performing Umrah, Arabic language Akhbar reported on Wednesday.

According to Akhbar, Sara Omar performed Umrah and then visited an exhibition about the life of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) in Makkah.

Akhbar adds that Obama’s grandmother said during the exhibition that this is a good example of teaching moderate Islam and cried.

“I am very happy to visit this exhibition, which is a good example for the propagation of Islam in a modern way, supported by scientific and authentic documents”.

Barack Obama’s grandmother comes from Kenya where militants using the name of Islam massacred 148 people during a single attack at a university earlier this month.

Sara Omar is accompanied by her son and grandson Sayed and Mousa Obama to Saudi Arabia.

Barack Obama is a Christian, his mother Ann Dunham was Christian and his father Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was Muslim-turned-atheist from Kenya.

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Symbolic demonstration by Afghan reporter against growing unemployment Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:49:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 11139798_472835676206094_221092219_n

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chile on “red alert” amid huge volcanic eruption Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:31:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ChileA volcanic eruption south of Chile is sending ash and smoke several kilometers into the air, prompting red alert in the country.

The Calbuco volcano is spitting mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke into the sky on the horizon in the Los Lagos region, southern Chile.

Government has announced “red alert” in the country which means that the eruption is a fact and the risk that substantial amounts of ash will end up in the atmosphere is severe which is now visible from about 200 kilometers.
Emergency services fear that the smoke column from the eruption may collapse which can cause a super hot wave of gas and rocks spreading from the volcano can reach a speed of up to 200 to 300 Kilometers per hour.

Evacuation from nearby areas continues and so far around 4,000 people have been shifted to safer locations.

In addition, schools in the area are closed, and the airport located in the area has suspended operations because of much volcanic ash in the air that can endanger aviation.

Chile is second country in the word for having largest chain of volcanoes.

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Taliban try to match ISIS brutality by beheading Hazaras Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:20:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Taliban execute prisonersThe Taliban militants group are trying to match the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) brutality by beheading the targeting and beheading Hazaras.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Another mobile tower torched in Maidan Wardak Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:30:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> towerUnknown gunmen have torched a mobile tower only a day after burning two others in Maidan Wardak province .

Officials say two unidentified gunmen went to a mobile tower in Mangali area of Sayed Abad District and set it on fire last night.

The mobile tower belonged to Roshan Telecommunication Company.

Gunmen who were riding on a motorbike run away before security forces arrived at the crime scene.

Two mobile towers were torched in Ownkhi area of the same District on Wednesday night.

No group has claimed responsibility for burning the mobile towers. But in some remote areas telecommunication companies face trouble from militant groups including Taliban, asking them for money and turning off their operations during nights.

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President Ghani to terrorists: If you have courage “Face our soldiers, not kids” Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:39:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> President Mohammad Ashraf GhaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday morning arrived in Jalalabad to condole with the families of the victims of recent Jalalabad which left 37 people killed and more than 130 others wounded.

He said that the terrorist attacks cannot weaken our morals and we won’t bow down in front of terrorism.

President Ghani in his speech sent a direct message to terrorists to come and fight with Afghan soldiers on the ground than harming civilians in attacks.

He said “If you have courage, face our soldiers, not kids”.

Several kids were among the victims of the suicide attack in Jalalabad city on Saturday.

A mother even hasn’t yet found the body of her son who was selling yogurt at the explosion site.

President Ghani asked public to trust their security forces and support them, adding that at the time Afghanistan is facing many challenges and to overcome on those Afghans need to stay united.

President Ghani’s warning to terrorists comes as Taliban have announced the start of their spring offensive.

According to a Taliban statement sent to media yesterday their spring offensive will start tomorrow (Friday, April 24).

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Nine border police missing in Badghis Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:26:50 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Badghis-Police headquartersNine border policemen have gone missing after a Taliban assault on their check post in northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Thursday.

Meerwais Meerzakwal, spokesman for the acting governor of Badghis province said a group of Taliban attacked a security check post in Muri Cheq area of Bala Murghab District last night.

He added that nine border policemen belonging to the same check post are missing after the attack last night.

Taliban have not yet commented on the report. Security situation has been deteriorating since the past two months in the country. In the past two months at least 150 people have lost lives to terrorist attacks in parts of the country. The fate of dozens of others who are kidnapped is still unknown.

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President Ghani, CEO arrive in Jalalabad Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:13:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> President GhaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah arrived in Jalalabad on Thursday morning to condole with the families of the people massacred in recent suicide attack in Jalalabad.

President Ghani and CEO Abdullah are accompanied by Member of Parliament Abdul Zahir Qadir, National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar in this visit.

Jalalabad massacre was carried out by a suicide attacker who blew his explosives among people standing in line to enter a branch of Kabul Bank in the heart Jalalabad city on Saturday.

At least 37 people were killed and over 130 others wounded in the suicide attack.

Taliban distanced themselves from the responsibility of the attack and condemned it.

A message received by media soon after the attack attributed the attack to Daesh or ISIS, the  terrorist group newly emerged in Afghanistan. But later some international media outlets rejected the involvement of Daesh in the attack.

Shiekh Muslim Dost is identified as the spokesman for Daesh in the region who rejects involvement in the attack and calls it the act of Pakistani intelligence agency.

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Speenghar to be appointed head of Electoral Reform Commission Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:27:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Spinghar-LargeReports suggest that Jan Dad Speenghar has been Okayed by presidential palace as the head of the Electoral Reform Commission.

Sources in presidential palace and Sayed Aqa Sancharaki who is an advisor to the Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah say that President and CEO have agreed on appointing Speenghar as the head of the Electoral Reform Commission.

Shokria Barakzai was the previous pick to head the commission but her appointment was opposed by CEO office.

On his previous post Jan Dad Speenghar was head of the Free and Fair Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA).

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Three soldiers martyred, 19 militants killed in military operations Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:37:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ANA3Three soldiers embraced martyrdom and 19 militants were killed in separate military operations across the country in past 24 hours, General Zahir Azimi spokesman for the Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday morning.

General Zahir Azimi in a statement says that three soldiers embraced martyrdom due to a blast and enemy fire.

He has not written the exact location of the enemy actions in the statement issued.

General Azimi further says that 19 militants were killed during separate military operations in two provinces in past 24 hours.

According to General Azimi’s statement 16 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by the military in past 24 hours.

According to a UN report published recently IEDs are the second biggest cause of increase in civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

Seven civilians including four children lost their lives when their Rickshaw vehicle ran over a landmine in Khashroad District of southwestern Nimroz province yesterday.

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Four children among seven killed in Nimroz explosion Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:22:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NimrozFour children among seven civilians lost their lives after their three-wheeler run over a landmine in southwestern Nimroz province on Wednesday.

A statement issued by the provincial media office states that the incident took place in Khashroad District in the afternoon.

According to the statement a Rickshaw three-wheeler in which seven civilians were traveling ran over a roadside landmine leaving all seven dead.

The statement adds that the dead comprised four children, a woman and two men including the driver of the Rickshaw.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion.

The explosion is taking place at time United Nations have expressed strong concern over the loss civilian lives in Afghan War.

A fresh report by UN suggests that the number of civilian casualties had increased by eight percent in the first quarter of 2015 compare to that of the first quarter of 2014.

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Saudi prince promises luxury cars to pilots who killed 1,000 people in Yemen Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:59:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> bentley-yemen

A Saudi prince has promised to give brand new luxury cars to fighter pilots who took part in Riyadh’s latest airstrikes in Yemen.

The commitment by the billionaire Saudi prince – Alwaleed bin Talal, to give each of the 100 fighter pilots a brand new Bentley was made on social media.

Bin Talal is the owner of Saudi Arabia’s largest companies, Kingdom Holdings, and owns a $300m stake in Twitter and with a fortune estimated at around $23 billion and investments in Apple, Time Warner and Citigroup.

He is the grandson of Saudi Arabia’s founder Ibn Saud and one of the richest men ion the world,

Through a Twitter message on Tuesday, Bin Talal said “I congratulate our wise leaders on the victory of Operation Decisive Storm and the beginning of Operation Restoring Hope.”

“To recognise the one hundred participating Saudi pilots I am pleased to present them with 100 Bentley cars,” he said.

However, he has deleted the message with reports suggesting that his pledge has been met with anger by Twitter users.

“Am I right to think giving this type of gift is [a] sort of disregard to what [the] army does in Yemen,” Essam Alzamil, a Saudi blogger wrote in his Twitter account.

According to World Health Organization at least 944 people have been killed and 3,487 wounded over the past four weeks of violence in Yemen.

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Halal sex shop to open in Saudi Arabia to sell adult toys Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:40:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Halal sex shop in Saudi ArabiaAccording to reports, a halal sex shop is due to be opened in the Mecca city of Saudi Arabia that will sell ‘Islamically-approved’ sex toys and other adult products.

The shops will be opened by Abdelaziz Aouragh, whose Dutch halal sex shop El Asira is famous for its sensual oils, in partnership with German adult entertainment giant Beate Uhse.

The shops will “strictly cater to Muslim customers in Mecca” and are being opened after due consultation with Saudi clerics, who have approved it as ‘halal’, according to an Arabic news portal Alyaoum 24.

Aouragh is told AFP that he was told by a Saudi Arabian cleric that opening of a “halal” sex shop would lead to “the improvement of the sexual relationship between husband and wife”.

“Our products do include items that increase feelings of sensuality and improve the atmosphere between the couple in the sexual relationship between them,” Aouragh said.

At least 18 ‘Islamically-approved’ toys would be sold in the shops but will not be offering vibrators, as Islam does not allow them.

An American scholar, Hamza Yousuf, told Foreign Policy that Islam is not repressive about sex – in contrast to popular belief – and both the Quran and hadith encourage sex as long as it is within the confines of marriage.

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Man arrested for running over Farkhunda with with his car Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:33:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> man arrested for running over farkhunda

A man was arrested by the Afghan security forces who was directly involved in the murder of Farkhunda who was falsely accused of burning holy Quran.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Wednesday that the man was identified as Baryalai who took part in lynching of Farkhunda and run over his over Farkhunda’s body.

A statement by NDS said Baryalai was crossing the area when he witnessed Farkhunda being lynched and stepped down to participate in the brutal murder.

The statement further added that Baryalai dragged the dead body of Farkhunda with his car before her body was set on fire on the river side close to Shah Do Shamshera shrine.

Baryalai was arrested 32 days after his name was included in the most wanted list in the murder case, NDS said.

The statement also added that Baryalai was hiding in Guldan village in Kapisa province and was arrested following an operation by the Afghan intelligence operatives who has now been transferred to Kabul city.


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

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

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

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

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

In the meantime, new details emerged earlier this month regarding the illegitimate activities in Shah Do Shamshera shrine under the shelter of the sacred place where the incident took place.

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

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Taliban in Pakistan successfully test-fires indigenous missile Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:14:34 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani Taliban test missileThe Pakistani Taliban group – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed to have successfully test-fired an indigenously developed missile named Omar-1.

The group has released a video which shows the assembly of the missile and its successful launch.

TTP spokesman Mohammad Khurasani said “It can be easily assembled and dissembled in accordance to the situation.”

Khurasani further added that the effectiveness of the specially-designed missile would certainly surprise the targeted enemy. “With the grace of God, you’ll soon see our enemies on the run,” he said.

He also added that the engineering unit of the TTP has the capability to develop modern lethal weapons. “We are training our fighters to get maximum results from the use of technology, including suicide vests, suicide vehicles, hand grenades, anti-jammer devices and so on,” Khurasani said.

Claims by TTP to successfully test the indigenously developed missile comes as Pakistani government recently stepped up its offensive against the militants following several large-scale attacks.

The Pakistani military has claimed around 2000 militants in the military offensive launched against them in the troubled North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions last year.

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ISIS (Daesh) rejects involvement in Jalalabad suicide attack Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:45:58 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Jalalabad suicide attackThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has denied involvement in the deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad – the capital city of Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the terror group in Afghanistan Sheikh Muslim Dost has ruled out the group’s involvement in the attack.

“ISIS was not behind the deadly blast in Jalalabad, and we condemn such an attack. This is an act of the Pakistani agencies to damage reputation of the ISIS,” Sheikh Muslim quoted by The Daily Beast newspaper has said.

At least 35 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded detonated his explosives near the Kabul Bank branch in Kukhaberat square in Jalalabad earlier this week.

The same branch was stormed by suicide bombers in 2011 leaving at least 42 killed and dozens of others wounded.

The Taliban militants group immediately rejected involvement of the group behind the deadly attack.

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

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22 militants killed in fresh aerial strikes in North Waziristan Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:57:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan's Air Attacks22 insurgents were after Pakistani fighter jets targeted their hideouts ahead of Datta Khil area in North Waziristan last night, a statement issued Wednesday by Pakistani military’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) states.

The aerial strike is part of the ongoing Pakistani military offensive against Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militants hiding in Waziristan and other tribal areas.

According to a separate report seven Pakistani soldiers were wounded in an armed attack by TTP militants at their check point in Lara area of South Waziristan.

Officials said eight militants were also killed during the gun battle.

TTP has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Waziristan is reportedly the stronghold of Pakistani Taliban, Al Qaeda, Uzbek and some other militant groups.

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Two terrorists arrested, Pakistani weapons seized in Kundoz Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:51:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ndsNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – have arrested two terrorists and recovered dozens of different types of Pakistani weapons from their possession in northern Kundoz province.

A statement issued Wednesday by NDS states that the weapons were transported by the terrorist from Nangarhar province in a Saracha vehicle.

NDS statement adds that during an operation in Zarkharid area of Kundoz both terrorists were arrested and 50 Pakistani pistols, nine AK 47 and 2,000 rounds of these weapons were seized from the possession of the terrorists.

Terrorists who are identified as Mohammad Nasir S/O Habib and Samiullah S/O Sayedullah had planned to use these weapons and ammunition in terrorist activities, the statement states.

NDS statement further states that a weapon depot was also seize from the jurisdiction of Bala Baluk District of Farah province.

30 AK 47, 17 pistols and 3,700 bullets were recovered from this depot, the statement adds.

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

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Sadat Naderi assumes charge of Urban Development Ministry Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:34:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IMG_0012Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi assumed charge of the Ministry of Urban Development on Wednesday after he was officially introduced by Eng. Mohamamd Khan – the first deputy to Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah.

Naderi reaffirmed commitment to standardize the urban development system and pledged to start practical work on plans which were presented to the Lower House of the Parliament.

He said construction of residence, roads and rehabilitation/reconstruction of informal settlements and old cities along with the creation of engineering and residence organization for better urban governance are parts of the national projects where practical steps would be taken.

Naderi also thanked the lawmakers in the Lower House of Parliament for casting confidence vote for him and pledged to take strict steps to tackle corruption in a bid to smoothly implement the plans.

Naderi was unanimously approved as the Minister of Urban Development by receiving 202 votes from the Lower House of the Parliament earlier this week.

Naderi presented his plans and strategies as Urban Development Minister to Afghan lawmakers earlier this month and vowed to plan and develop a comprehensive urban development system considering the social and economic condition of the country and Islamic, tradition and international standards.

He also pledged to closely monitor the urban development activities of the state and private sector to ensure the necessary urban development standards have been considered.

Naderi also vowed to take necessary actions in upgrading the national housing policy and building the infrastructures including canalization, electricity, telecommunication, roads and other necessary facilities in the main cities of the country.

Naderi is the former chairman of the SMN Investments and was the first and only Afghan entrepreneur who received the peace through commerce award from the US Department of State.

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Two mobile towers torched in Maidan wardak Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:09:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> towerTaliban militants attacked two mobile towers in Maidan Wardak province last night.

Officials say the attack took place in Ownkhi valley of Sayed Abad District where militants torched two mobile towers, generators, fuel, living rooms for watchmen and other equipments belonging to Roshan and MTN telecommunication companies.

Fazal Rahim Nabizada, head of the telecommunication department of Maidan Wadak province says that the towers located in same area were being manned by three watchmen.

He said two watchmen were not available by the time of the attack last night and the third one escaped as he saw armed men coming to the site.

No arrests have been made in connection to the incident but security agencies have been ordered to conduct an investigation and arrest those behind the attack.

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Coordinated attacks on government offices foiled, Taliban killed in fighting Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:34:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Police caravanCoordinated attacks on government offices foiled in Samangan province while two Taliban were killed during fighting with security forces last night.

Security officials in Samangan province say that a group of Taliban was planning to carry out coordinated attacks on government compounds in Aibak, the provincial capital last night.

According to police a raid was conducted on the compound where the militants were hiding in Aibak last night.

Mullah Bashir, a Taliban local commander was killed in the gun battle that erupted between insurgents and security forces during the raid.

One soldiers also embraced martyrdom in the exchange of fire with militants.

Also, an insurgent was killed and three others wounded during separate gun battles with security forces in Maidan Wardak province last night.

Information released by Maidan Wardak media office states that a gun battle erupted during security operation in Kotal Takht area of Daimirdad District in which three insurgents sustained injuries.

The statement adds that one insurgent was killed during a gun battle in Ambokhk area of Chak District last night.

A soldier also embraced martyrdom in the fighting, the statement adds.

Taliban have not yet commented on the reports.

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Taliban announced start of spring offensive Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:32:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> taliTaliban militants announced the start of their spring offensive which is named “Azm” or “Resolution”.

A statement sent to media by the group states they will target military and foreign targets as well as government officials during Azm which is going to be started on April 24.

The statement threatens foreigners to leave Afghanistan or they will be targeted.

The announcement of the militant group’s spring offensive comes as Afghan government say they are very close to starting peace talks with them.

Taliban militants were removed from power in 2001 after which a new government came into existence supported by international community.

Taliban began to fight the new government after they were ousted from power.

In there 13 years of insurgency thousands of people have been killed. A recent joint report published by some welfare organizations showed that at least 220,000 people have been killed since the begging of war in 2001.

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Two people killed, two injured in Nangarhar explosions Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:44:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar-PHQTwo people were killed and two others wounded in separate explosions in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday.

Ahmadzai Abdulzai, spokesman for governor house says that one explosion took place in Behsood District and the other in Kama District in about 30 minutes of difference.

Abdulzai added that deputy military prosecutor Ghulam Haidar and his driver were killed after their vehicle ran over a landmine in Mirak Beli area of Behsood District.

He further said that two persons including the logistic officer for the local police of Bati Kot District sustained injuries in a magnetic bomb explosion in Kama District.

Abdulzai said that the bomb was attached to the vehicle of Officer Khan Wali which exploded in Arbapan area of Kama District around 08:30 AM today.

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosions.

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US warns Iran not to send weapons to Yemen Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:06:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Barack ObamaU.S. President Barack Obama says that his government has sent “very direct message” to Iran warning the country not to send weapons to Yemen.

According to Reuters, Obama has said in a televised interview the MSNBC that US is not sending obscure message to Iran about the issue.

“What we’ve said to them is that, ‘If there are weapons delivered to factions within Yemen that could threaten navigation, that’s a problem, and we’re not sending them obscure messages. We send them very direct messages about it.”

“Right now their ships are in international waters. There’s a reason why we keep some of our ships in the Persian Gulf region and that is to make sure that we maintain freedom of navigation,”

About sending ships to Persian Gulf, Obama has said during the interview that there is a reason.

“Right now their ships are in international waters. There’s a reason why we keep some of our ships in the Persian Gulf region and that is to make sure that we maintain freedom of navigation,” he said.

There are accusations that Iran is backing Huthi rebels in the fight against forces loyal to the president in Yemen.

After the advancement of Huthis, Yemen’s president left the country to Saudi Arabia and asked for assistance.

Since then Saudi Arabia began an air operation against Huthis to stop their advancement in Yemen but now the country is mulling a political solution for the crisis.

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57 Afghan nationals arrested in Pakistan Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:07:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Peshawar policePolice in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have conducted fresh raids in which they have arrested 57 Afghans.

Pakistani media reports that these Afghans were arrested for not having legal travelling documents.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is located on the border with Afghanistan where millions of Afghans crossed the border to escape the war. Hundreds of other crosses the border on daily basis either for treatment or visiting their relatives residing in Pakistan.

Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan say that police would harass and arrest Afghans for petty charges and snatch their money.

A delegation from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation is reportedly visiting Pakistan in about two weeks to discuss with Pakistani officials the release of Afghans arrested on petty charges.

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Presidential palace: No funds requested from Iran Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:39:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ARG (2)While giving information about President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Iran, spokesman for presidential palace says that government has not requested funds from Iran.

Ajmal Obaid Abedi has told VOA that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani believes on transparency and there for presidential palace has neither asked Iran nor any other sources for funds.

Abedi says that president’s visit to Iran was rich of achievements and that both sides discussed enhancing relationship and overcoming the bilateral security, political, economical and drug trafficking challenges.

President’s spokesman further says that both sides have assigned two commissions for discussing the key issues and finding solutions for them.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani returned from his official visit to Iran yesterday.

During his visit he met his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatullah Khemenei and other high ranking Iranian officials.

Both sides also agreed on joint fight against ISIS or other terrorist groups threatening the security in the region.

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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seriously wounded in US airstrike Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:29:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in US airstrikeThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi has been serious wounded in an airstrike in Iraq, it has been reported.

The airstrike was reportedly carried out by the United States in western part of Iraq in the month of March.

Sources with connections to the terror group have revealed that al-baghdadi has lost day-to-day control of the group since his wounds were life-threatening at first.

However, the sources have said he has made slow recovery. “Yes, he was wounded in al-Baaj near the village of Umm al-Rous on 18 March with a group that was with him,” Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi official who advises Baghdad on Isis, told the Guardian.

Baghdadi is understood to have been spending much of his time in al-Baaj, about 200 miles west of the Isis stronghold of Mosul.

A source privy of al-baghdadi’s movement said “He chose this area because he knew from the war that the Americans did not have much cover there. From 2003 (the US military) barely had a presence there. It was the one part of Iraq that they hadn’t mapped out.”

This is the second time al-Baghdadi has been targeted in an airtrike by US in Iraq with Iraqi officials saying in November last year that al-Baghdadi was among the ISIS leaders when he was targeted in the airstrike.

The officials further added that the terror chief’s right hand man, Auf Abdulrahman Elefery, had died during the aerial assault and al-Baghdadi was injured.

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Young man brutally killed by unidentified gunman in Kabul city Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:45:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Young man murdered in KabulA young man was brutally murdered in broad daylight by an individual in Kabul city on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident took place in the 4th police district of Kabul city – in the vicinity of Bagha-e-Zanana (Women’s Park).

According to officials in the 4th police district the young man was shot dead by a gunman riding a motorcycle who managed to flee the area following the attack.

The officials further added that the young man was selling mobile phone accessories when he was attacked.

The main motive behind the incident is not clear so far. However, the relatives of the victim are saying that the young man was killed due to a personal enmity.

The brutal murder left Kabul residents in shock who are criticizing the security institutions for remaining incapable to maintain security in the capital.

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Afghan intelligence rescues 19 de-miners abducted by Haqqani network Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:05:14 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan-landminesAt least 19 de-miners who were abducted by militants of the Haqqani terrorist network were rescued by the operatives of the Afghan intelligence.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the hostages were freed on Tuesday by the intelligence operatives.

The de-miners were kidnapped by the militants from Gardez city of Pakia province, according to NDS.

This comes as the local officials had earlier said the de-miners were kidnapped from Zurmat district following an attack by the unknown gunmen.

The officials further added that four vehicles and other equipment belong to the de-mining organization were also taken by the militants.

Paktia is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating.

Kidnappings which takes mainly on highways have become more common in Afghanistan besides growing insurgency by the Taliban militants and insurgents belonging to the other militant groups.

The kidnappings have sparked fears among the people who are travelling on highways.

At least four people who are believed to be Hazara men were beheaded by the militants on Friday – shortly after they were kidnapped by the militants in southeastern Ghazni province.

In the meantime, at least 31 people who are mostly Hazaras are still missing after they were kidnapped by the militants from Zabul province in February.

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Three civilians shot dead on local Shura’s decision in Ghor Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:15:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Ghor-Governor HouseThree civilians were shot dead after local Shura (council) ordered death penalty to them in a remote area of central Ghor province, officials said on Tuesday.

Abdul Hai Khatibi, spokesman for the acting governor of Ghor province says that the three men were accused of killing for which the local Shura gave them death sentence and they were shot dead on Monday afternoon.

According to Khatibi, government officials and some local elders tried to prevent the incident form happening but he says it did not gave a positive result.

He added that Abdul Tawab a resident of Shaharak District and son of the director of education department of the same district was killed awhile back after which his relatives and elders of the area formed a Shura.

Khatibi said Shura announced death sentence to the three accused. He added that government officials and elders tried to stop the execution but it did not give a positive result.

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Pakistan executed 17 more death row convicts Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:20:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan-executionPakistan executed 17 more death row convicts in different jails amid tight security on Tuesday.

The executions were carried out in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Lahore, Mach, Multan, Gujrat and Fasalabad.

Two convicts were hanged in District Jail Sialkot, three were hanged in Central Jail Gujranwala, three were hanged in District Jail Faisalabad and the rest were hanged in other jails.

Most of the 17 hanged to death today were convicted of serious crimes like murders.

According to reports Pakistan has executed 75 death row convicts after lifting the moratorium on death row in December last year.

The moratorium was lifted after a deadly attack at a military-run school on Warsak Road of Peshawar which left around 250 people killed and wounded, most of them school children.

Human Rights organizations condemn Pakistan for resuming the executions.

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12 militants killed in military operations Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:14:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ??????????????????Twelve militants have been killed during military operations across the country in past 24 hours, a statement issued Tuesday morning by the Ministry of Interior states.

According to the statement 11 insurgents were also wounded and 17 others arrested by the security forces during the operations.

The statement further states that the operations were carried out in Kunar, Nangarhar, Takhar, Kundoz, Faryab, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Zabul and Paktia provinces.

The operations were jointly conducted by Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and personnel from the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the statement states.

Two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by the security forces during the past 24 hours, the statement adds.

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Six planners of suicide bombings arrested in Nangarhar Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:11:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NDSNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested six planners of suicide bombing in eastern Nangarhar province, days after a deadly suicide attack left at least 150 people killed and wounded.

A statement issued Tuesday morning by NDS states that group of planners of suicide attacks was arrested from the jurisdiction of Ghanikhil District of Nangarhar province.

NDS statement identifies the group as:

Qari Rahmatullah alias Qari Osman S/O Sur Gul, originally from southern Kandahar province.

Mirwais S/O Sur Gul and brother of Qari Rahmatullah.

Shir Afzal S/O Sayed Amir, would-be suicide bomber, a resident of Nangarhar province.

Abdul Bari alias Ahmad Shah Dilawar, would-be suicide bomber, a resident of Maidan Wardak province.

Shamshad S/O Jan Gul, responsible for transporting suicide bombers, a resident of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

Samar Gul S/O Mohammad Hassan, member of the group, a resident of Nangarhar province.

According to the statement five military suits, explosive materials and equipments used for making suicide vests were also recovered from the possession of the group.

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

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Government has spent $6 million so far on releasing Hazara abductees Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:03:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Ghani talkingAfter vast condemnations and protests against government for not taking actions to secure the release of civilians abducted in southern Zabul province, President Ghani made it clear on Monday that government is not relaxing and it is strictly working on the issue.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during his two days official visit to Iran told Afghan students that government so far has spent $6 million on the operations and efforts being made for releasing the abductees from the kidnappers.

President Ghan said that the operations conducted for these abductees were the biggest ever operations of security forces in past 14 years.

He added that 69 terrorists were killed during these operations but second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danish had earlier said that over 100 members of the group responsible for the kidnapping were killed in the operation.

The 31 passengers were abducted on Kabul-Kandahar highway from the jurisdiction of Shah Joy District in southern Zabul province about two months before.

Local elders who are mediating the release with kidnappers say that kidnappers are asking government to set free their people in exchange for the abductees.

At Jan Haqbayan, head of the provincial council of Zabul who is one of the mediators say that kidnappers have killed one of the abductees and one another has died his own death in the custody.

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16 new ministers took oath Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:49:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ARG (2)16 new ministers to the cabinet of National Unity Government who received a vote of confidence from the parliament on Saturday took oath today.

The oath was given to them by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in presidential palace in Kabul.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and other high ranking government officials also took part in the ceremony.

President Ghani told his new cabinet members not to accept private meetings.

“Do not accept those bringing paper flowers”, he said.

The following 16 new ministers will soon be officially introduced to their staff at their respective offices.

  1. Abdul Razaq Wahidi at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology
  2. Mahmood Baligh at the Ministry of Public Work
  3. Homayoun Rasa at the Ministry of Commerce and Industries
  4. Abdul Bari Jahani at the Ministry of Information and Culture
  5. Asadullah Zamir at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock
  6. Mohammad Gulab Mangal at the Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs
  7. Abdul Satar Murad at the Ministry of Economy
  8. Maymood Batash at the Ministry of Transport
  9. Asadullah Hanif Balkhi at the Ministry of Education
  10. Sayed Sadat Naderi at the Ministry of Urban Development Affairs
  11. Abdul Basir Anwar at the Ministry of Justice
  12. Salamat Azimi at the Ministry of Counter Narcotics
  13. Farida Momand at the Ministry of Higher Education
  14. Nasreen Oryakhil at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled
  15. Ali Ahmad Osmani at the Ministry of Energy and Water
  16. Dilbar Nazari at the Ministry of Women Affairs

The cabinet of the National Unity Government is now missing a defense minister. Abdullah Habib has been approved by President Ghani and CEO Abdullah but he is not yet introduced to parliament for a “vote of confidence”.

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Two people killed, 21 wounded in Kandahar explosion Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:38:50 +0000 Read the full article...]]> KandaharTwo people were killed and 21 others wounded after a huge explosion rocked Kandahar city this morning.

Security officials said that the explosion occurred inside a depot of explosive materials in Mirwais Mina area of Kandahar city which left two civilians killed and 21 others including 13 policemen wounded.

The explosive materials stored in the depot were collected by security officials during operations.

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Suicide bomber arrested before targeting Gen. Abdul Raziq Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:18:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Gen.-RaziqThe Afghan national security forces foiled a plot to assassinate Gen. Abdul Raziq – the provincial police chief of southern Kandahar province.

According to a statement released by the provicial government media office, a young would-be suicide bomber was arrested before he manage to carry out an attack on Gen. Raziq.

The statement further added that the would-be bomber has been identified as Baz Mohammad who is a resident of Sholgara district of northern Balkh province.

Baz Mohammad was arrested following an operation conducted by the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives, the statement said.

In the meantime, another security official in Kandahar said the detained suicide bomber has confessed that he was looking to target Gen. Raziq.

The official said Baz Mohammad was trained on how to carry out suicide attack in Pakistan and was deployed to Kandahar province for the attack.

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

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Seven people wounded in Kundoz explosion Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:15:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SKundoz-Police headquarterseven people have sustained injuries in a bomb explosion in the provincial capital of southern Kundoz province.

Abdul Wasi, spokesman for the governor house said that the bomb was attached to a police vehicle which exploded this afternoon leaving seven people wounded.

Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, spokesman for the police headquarters of Kundoz province said that the explosion took place in Bandar-i-Kabul area of the city and that two women are among the seven wounded.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

]]> 0 ISIS, Taliban announced Jihad against each other Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:00:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS (2)Mashaal Radio has published a report stating that Daesh and Taliban group have announced Jihad against each other.

Nabi Jan Mullahkhil, police chief of southern Helmand province has told Mashaal Radio during an interview that he has received documents in which both the terrorist groups have announced Jihad against each other.

Mashaal Radio which is related to Azadi Radio quotes Mullahkhil as saying when the matter of peace talks between government and Taliban comes into discussion some intelligence agencies make new groups to keep the war ongoing in Afghanistan.

Reports of minor clashes between the fighters of Taliban group and the newly emerged Daesh have published in the past.

Both groups oppose each other.

Abdu Bakar Al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS has called Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar “a fool and illiterate warlord”.

Al-Baghdadi has said that Mullah Omar does not deserve a spiritual or political credibility. While on the other hand Taliban fighters have been ordered by their leaders not to let Daesh flag raise in Afghanistan.

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Mohammad Nabi quits as Afghanistan’s cricket team captain Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:37:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IsakhilMohammad Nabi Eisakhil captain of the national cricket team of Afghanistan officially resigned from his post on Monday.

Eisakhil told a press conference in Kabul that the resignation does not mean he is leaving the team.

He said he after this he will continue to play as a normal player and share the experience with other players that he has received during the captaincy.

Mohammad Nabi Eisakhil who had been the captain of Afghanistan’s cricket team from the past two years told reporters that during the captaincy he was under severe pressure which had affected his playing.

He said: “At the time when I was offered, I accepted the captaincy for Afghanistan’s cricket team. During my captaincy we won several matches and qualified for world cup.”

Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Nasimullah Danish praised the efforts of Eisakhil and said that he is not only a good captain but also a distinguished player.

Danish said that Eisakhil made the decision willingly and that he wants to continue to play as a normal player for the cricket team.

A replacement for Eisakhil is not announced yet.

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Khemenei says US, regional countries against Afghanistan-Iran friendship Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:36:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> khemeneiAyatullah Ali Khemenei, supreme leader of Iran says that America and some regional countries are against the friendly relationship between Afghanistan and Iran.

Khemenei in a meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in Tehran said that Afghanistan is going onwards development, adding that the security and development of Afghanistan is the security and development of Iran.

IRNA the official news agency of Iran states that both leaders in the meeting held Sunday afternoon stressed that issues between the two countries including Water, transit and refugees can be resolved.

IRNA further writes that Khemenai told President Ghani that the issues need to be strictly followed and framework need to be done to resolve them.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who is on a two days official visit to Iran has reached agreements with Iranian officials on strengthening relationship, economic cooperation and fighting jointly against the emerging threat of ISIS and other terrorist networks.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Pakistan Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:41:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> pak-china-890x395Chinese President Xi Jinping left Beijing and arrived in Pakistan on Monday morning on an official visit at the request of Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.

Xi Jinping is accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan and other high ranking government official in this visit.

Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar and other high ranking government officials, military commanders and politicians gave him a warmed welcome after he landed in Nur Khan air base in Islamabad.

Chinese President will address a joint session of parliament tomorrow and also receive Pakistan’s highest civil award, the Nishan-e-Pakistan during his visit

Chinese delegation is expecting to discuss investment, security and other regional issues with Pakistani officials during the visit.

Before his visit Xi Jinping called for enhancing cooperation with Pakistan in various sectors including shaping a general framework for bilateral ties and bilateral economic corridor.

Tight security measures have been taken in Islamabad.

The visit of a Chinese President to Pakistan is happening after nine years.

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Two soldiers martyred, four militants killed in military operations Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:42:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> afghanGeneral Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense says that two soldiers from Afghan National Army embraced martyrdom due to enemy actions in past 24 hours.

A statement issued Monday morning by Azimi does not specify the location of the enemy actions.

The statement adds that four militants were also killed in military actions in eastern Laghman province in past 24 hours.

Eight other insurgents were also wounded and 26 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were discovered and defused by the security forces during the operations, the statement states.

Security forces have underway several anti-terrorism operations across the country as the terrorist attacks have increased recently.

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19 de-miners kidnapped in Paktia Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:15:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> De-minersUnknown gunmen kidnapped 19 workers of a de-mining organization in Paktia province yesterday.

Abdul Wali Sahi, Deputy Governor of Paktia province says that the 19 de-miners were cleaning an area off explosive devices in the jurisdiction of Zurmat District when unidentified gunmen attacked them and took them to an unknown location.

Kidnappers have also taken four vehicles and other equipments belonging to the de-miners.

The company is reported to be an American company but the workers kidnapped are Afghans.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the kidnapping nor is the motive behind the kidnapping identified.

In recent two months kidnapping cases have increased in Afghanistan with militants trying to set free their comrades behind the bars as a condition for the save release of the abductees.

In southern Urozgan province five workers of a social welfare organization were killed this month after their demand of setting their comrades free was not met.

Also, in Urozgan’s neighboring Zabul province another group is kidnapped and kidnappers have demanded the release of their people from prisons in and exchange for the abductees.

Government has not yet responded for their demand.

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Kabul orphanage gets new nursery house with Afghan lawmaker’s support Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:48:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Farkhunda-Zahra-Naderi-inagurated-Alauddin-Nursery-in-Kabul1

The newly renovated nursery was inaugurated orphan children kept at Alauddin Orphanage House in capital Kabul on Sunday.

The nursery was rehabilitated with the support of Afghan lawmaker Farkhunda Zahra Naderi and was presented to children under six years of age on the occasion of her birthday.

A number of the lawmakers including Dr. Nilofar Ibrahimi and Raihana Azad along with advisor for the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Humaira Qaderi and Atiullah Wahaj head of the orphanages solidarity and coordination center.

The nursery has been equipped with standard equipment and was handed over to the relevant authority for use to educate the children living in the orphanage house.

Kabul-NurseryNew multimedia systems including sound system and TV set was also gifted to the nursery to facilitate entertainment for the children besides displaying educational films and cartoons.

Ms Naderi has been visiting Alauddin orphanage house during the recent years in a bid to take part and assist with the construction and reconstruction works parts of the orphanage house requires.

Around 250 children are kept in Alauddin orphanage house in Kabul. The orphanage houses are operating under the umbrella of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Afghanistan.

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Karzai’s legacy thus far Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:56:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 3732002514

Usually the most indenting vicissitudes on embodying someone’s legacy that elongate towards immortality usually stems from their absence. Thus is the case with Former President Hamid Karzai, his departure from government reflected his respect for the Afghan constitution and reflected many other admirable traits he withholds.

Hamid Karzai’s voice, I would imagine was undoubtedly the sound of the most joyful man in the world when he received the phone call from an American CIA agent that he will be the Chairman of the Transitional Government. If his legacy as Chairman does not manifest itself into the immortal pages of history, then his time as President unquestionably should. From the time of his initiation into the Presidency, he grilled at the notion of Gul Agha Sherzai becoming Governor. This converged a tradition of regional strongmen becoming government officials. Imagining Karzai persisting to not have Gul Agha Sherzai as governor of Kandahar may have not paved the road for other regional strongmen to become government officials. A struggle, Afghanistan has till this very day. Nevertheless, Karzai’s yearn for peace and stability always connived itself into his politics. Kandahar hadn’t fallen yet, but already he portrayed the blueprints of his politics.

Karzai’s love for the land showcased in his relationship with Pakistan, a relationship of constant mistrust, a rehearsing history Afghanistan has had with Pakistan since 1947, composed of constant paranoia among two nations transgressing to the death of millions. Therefore foreign policy with Pakistan was simply simple; don’t trust them. However Pakistan is not half away across the world, his stance against Pakistan epitomized Karzai’s belief in Afghan institutions, armed forces and notably the Afghan people to not become a commission of anti-government forces aligning with Pakistan. History tells us otherwise, more often than not the people of Afghanistan end up revolting against the government. But this time I believe his trust proved him right, 2006 was one of the safest years of the post-Taliban Afghan state.

Some criticize his donative view on power and high government positions to Regional Strongmen and Warlords whether it be in the provincial or national level. His outlook was predicated from the measure of value these Regional Strongmen brought to the table. The security factor infiltrated itself as a major source of value to Karzai. He needed security to give the people of Afghanistan peace. Peace always has a price and in this case it was having these particular Regional Strongmen in government positions. Resultantly, Balkh and Kandahar enjoys more peace than the Capital.

Another influence, were the Americans on Karzai’s stance on the Strongmen. On the eve of the fall of the Taliban, mental skirmishes within the CIA caused Karzai to compromise. The Northern Alliance was advancing in a swift manner compared to the Southern contingents. This controlled Afghan led invasion initiated political frustration that still troubles Afghanistan to this very day. Karzai’s outlook became all the more comprisable, but his knack at looking at the bigger picture prevailed, which was keeping the peace.

His approach became almost robotic throughout the years as head of state. Cater to the Strongmen and Warlords by overlooking corruption and in trade have amity. Using exactly the right amount of balance to keep everyone content came from his experience. Still managing to build a country from scratch while the world watching, flagranted his brilliance.

The balance of keeping everyone content was tested by the Bilateral Security Agreement. His refusal to sign soured relationships between the Afghan and American governments was a calculated move and was basically asking America; so what’s in it for us? Long term American presence in one of the world’s most strategic areas, is of American interests not Afghanistan’s, from a long term perspective. Karzai held off to not sign until the newly elected government formed. Since signing the Bilateral Security Agreement by the NUG, security has worsened, proving Karzai’s position on the BSA as vindicated and empathetic to Afghanistan’s deeper interest. While most were mesmerized by the illusion of what the BSA would have brought. His bigger picture analysis once again prevailed and so far his stance was the correct move.

Whether it was allowing the corrupt in power for peace, compromising with the CIA or refusing to sign the BSA, one notion is parallel in all those transpirations. That is, his covet for peace and stability which has created its own realm that factors in all his decisions for Afghanistan. When Abdullah’s supporters demonstrated their peevishness on why Abdullah does not have his own palace, Karzai offered his own palace that he built for himself to retire in after his tenure as President.

Afghanistan’s current government is struggling and security has become worse. It is as if Karzai designed a country in a certain a way, which he only knows how to govern. To say that was his intention would be a remote claim, but to claim he did what he did to keep the peace and prioritized the interests of Afghanistan which therefore resulted to a State that only Karzai can govern, is probably a fairer claim. The current government of Afghanistan must look at policy from not a rebuilding perspective but from a perspective and motive to keep the peace at all costs.

Karzai’s legacy is unfinished and will be for a long time, what remains to conclude are not in the hands of the Karzai; it is in the hands of his successors. Thus far the shortcoming of the NUG is reiterating that this is still Karzai’s country, so maybe they should take a couple of pages from Karzai’s notebook on how to govern his country.

The author of the story can be followed on Twitter @mebady1

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Afghan cricket captain Mohammad Nabi to resign Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:59:58 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Mohammad Nabi to resignMohammad Nabi on Sunday announced to step down as the captain of the Afghanistan national cricket team.

The Afghanitan Cricket Board (ACB) said Mohammad Nabi has tendered his formal resignation to the cricket board and the final decision will be announced through a press conference on Monday.

In the meantime, Nabi said he was feeling proud that the national team played in the 2015 cricket world Cup under his captaincy.

However, he said the decision to step down as the national team captain was due to the recent performance of the team and particularly his out of form status.

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

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

Nabi has served as the national team captain for more than two years.

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Shocking new ISIS video shows beheading of Ethiopian Christians Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:21:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> isis-lib2The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has released a new propaganda video which purportedly shows the killing of two groups of Ethiopian Christians captured by its Libyan affiliates.

The 29-minute video appears to show the hostages executed in eastern Libya known as Barka province and the Fazzan province in the south.

A masked ISIS militant appearing in the video with a pistol in his hand says the Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran.

The video which bore the logo of ISIS’s media arm, al-Furqan, resembling previous footage it has released, shows the captives are shot dead in the south while the captives in the east are beheaded on a beach.

At least 15 of the captives were beheaded and 15 others were shot dead by the militants.

This comes as the terrorist group released a video in February which shows the militants in Libya beheading 21 captured Egyptian Coptic Christians.

Militants loyal to the ISIS also claimed responsibility for an attack on the Corinthia hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in January that left 10 people including an American and four other foreigners dead.

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Three people killed, 11 others wounded in Laskhkargah attack Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:22:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Helmand-Provincial police headquarters

Three people were killed and 11 others sustained injuries during a coordinated attack at the police station of Lashkargah’s first police district last night.

Nabi Jan Mullahkhil, police chief of southern Helmand province told reporters at around 07:00 PM and ended around 04:30 AM this morning.

He said the attack took longer because security forces were very carefully acting during the attack.

He said that the attack started with a suicide attack at the gate of the police station after which another militant entered the police station and began a gun battle with security forces but he was also killed during the clash.

Although Mullahkhil only confirmed the injuries of three policemen in the attack but hospital sources in Lashkargah say that they have received three dead bodies from the site, two in police suits, one in local clothes and 11 policemen wounded.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Rescue operation for more than 600 migrants ongoing at Mediterranean Sea Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:05:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SeaA boat packed with up to 700 migrants capsized in international waters south of Italy’s Sicily iland on Saturday night.

The Italian news agency ANSA states that the vessel was reported to be sinking and a Portuguese merchant ship transiting from the area rushed to the site to try to rescue the migrants.

According to ANSA the ship was able to rescue 28 migrants but then the boat capsized drowning hundreds of others in the water.

Although a solid number of the migrants on board is still being questioned but ANSA states that the boat may have held up to 700 passengers.

24 bodies have been recovered as the search-and-rescue operation has been launched in the area including craft, Italian guard ship, various merchant vessels and forces.

A spokesman for Italian coastguard said that now it is a search-and-rescue operation but in time it will be only search for bodies.

“At the moment, this is still a search and rescue operation, but in time it will be a search [for bodies] only” he said.

Mark Micallef who is a journalist from Southern European island country of Malta told BBC that such incidents are not ‘uncommon’ in the Mediterranean Sea.

He said: “We have seen this sort of scenario happen all over again, where a boat gets capsized right at the moment of rescue”.

“This is part of the problem: merchant vessels… ill equipped to do rescues, are being tasked to do a job they’re not designed for” he added.

According to a recent report by UNHCR some 3,500 people lost their lives in Mediterranean Sea in fail attempts to cross into EU from its southern borders last year.

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to adopt a Syrian child Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:06:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> angelina jolieThe Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are planning to expand their family by adopting another child.

The couple already have six chidlren which includes three biological and three adopted.

The three adopted children are the 13-year-old Maddox from Cambodia, 11-year-old Pax from Vietnam and 10-year-old Zahara from Ethiopia.

Their biological children are 8-year-old Shiloh and 6-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

“She has been moved to tears on several occasions over the plight of youngsters orphaned in the Syrian conflict,” a business associate, who has known Brad and Angelina for more than a decade, told UK’s The Express.

The source further added “Now she has sorted out her health issues, she and Brad believe the time is right to adopt another orphan from there, most likely a daughter.”

Angelina was appointed as a special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and since then she has visited Syrian refugee camps for six times.

According to reports, at least 70,000 children have lost their fathers and a further 3,700 have had both parents either killed or imprisoned or have been separated from them while fleeing the civil war.

The decision by Angelina to adopt another child comes as she made an impassioned plea in November 2013 on the world to act “to save a generation of traumatised, isolated and suffering Syrian children from catastrophe”.

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