Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:27:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 U.S. Forces support Afghan-led disaster relief Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:14:09 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 16660518962_acfb821a50_zThe Afghan National Defense and Security Forces distributed supplies to Afghan citizens hardest hit from Wednesday’s avalanche in Panjsher Province, with support from U.S. Forces on Friday.

The worst affected districts in the province include Darah, Bazarak, Khinj and Parian. The ANDSF were quick to respond and coordinate rescue and relief efforts in the area.

U.S. Soldiers and Marines, along with Czech Republic and Georgian Soldiers from Task Force Solid, delivered stoves, clothing, blankets, and other supplies to the ANDSF, who then delivered the items to those in need in Panjsher Province.

“This type of natural disaster is not unheard of at this time of year, so our Afghan partners were prepared, and have been working around the clock since the avalanche hit to provide relief to those affected,” said Lt. Col. Zachary Miller, Task Force Solid commander. “We delivered some relief items to them today and stand ready to support further if requested.”

According to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, at least 235 people have lost their lives due to avalanches in Afghanistan this week.

Majority of the people have died in the hard-hit areas of northern Panjshir and Parwan provinces of Afghanistan which is about 100 milie north of capital Kabul.

Mohammad Aslam Syas, deputy chief of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, said 186 people have been confirmed dead alone in the hard-hit Panjshir Province.

At least 21 provinces of Afghanistan have been affected by severe weather and more than 1,000 houses are destroyed and damaged.

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Zabul Provincial Council Chief escapes life attempt Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:10:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> haq-bayanChief of the Provincial Council of southern Zabul province has escaped unhurt after a landmine exploded on the convoy of his vehicles.

The explosion took place in Shah Joy District around 09:30 AM this morning where Ata Jan Haqbayan, the chief of the provincial council of Zabul escaped unhurt but two of his body guards wounded.

Ata Jan Haqbayan told reporters at the scene of the incident that he was returning from Shah Joy District when the incident took place.

He added that he had visited Shah Joy District to talk to local elders regarding the release of the 30 passengers who were kidnapped in this district few days ago.

The 30 passengers were kidnapped from the jurisdiction of Shah Joy District of Zabul Province, located on Kabul-Kandahar high way last week who are still in the captivity of the abductors.

Haqbayan blamed the Provincial Police Chief Ghulam Sakhil Rogh Lewanay for the failed attempt of taking his life.

He said after informing people about the corruption of the police chief he has been receiving death threats.

But Ghulam Sakhil Rogh Lewanay rejected these claims and said that his job is establishing security not exploding bombs.

Ahmad Wali Sarhadi / Zabul

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Up to $1, 000 wage for female teachers in Paktika Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:01:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PaktikaOfficials of the Education Department of southeastern Paktika province say that they are recruiting female instructors for Girls schools who will receive a monthly wage of up to 1, 000 US dollars.

Kochai Zazai, head of the education department of Paktika province told Khaama Press that any female teacher looking to work as an instructor in girls schools Paktika Province will receive a monthly wage of up to 1, 000 US dollars.

Zazai said that they are recruiting female instructors who have studied at least up to 12th grade.

He said for instructors who are graduated from 12th grade the monthly wage is $600, the ones graduated from 14th grade the monthly wage is $800 and the ones with a bachelor’s degree the wage is $1, 000.

According to Zazai this wage is being paid by the International Bank to improve educational system in Paktika province.

Kochai Zazai says that due to the lack of female instructors, there are fewer female students in Paktika province compare to any other province but they are trying to improve this number.

The announcement of such a high wage of $1, 000 for instructors in Afghanistan comes as there were only seven girl students graduated from 12th grade in entire province of Paktika in the educational year 1393.

Paktika is one of the volatile provinces of Afghanistan where the insecurity has also affected the educational system.


Also, an Indian author and health worker who was encouraging female for education and serving them as a health worker was shot dead by insurgents in Sharana, provincial capital of Paktika province.

The tragic incident took place in September 2013 after unknown gunmen took Sushmita Banerjee out of her residence and sprayed bullets on her.

Doctors found 20 bullet holes on the body of the community servant who had recently moved to live in Paktika Province together with her Afghan husband.

She was married to an Afghan who was also present at his residence by the time of the attack. but officials said that gunmen after breaking into the house of the community servant tied her husband, took her out and cruelly killed her.


Azizulah Amiree / Paktika

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ISIS throw blindfolded ‘gay’ man from building roof in Syria Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:20:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> gays-raqqaA ‘gay’ man was blindfolded and was thrown from a roof by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Syria.

The latest atrocity was revealed after the terrorist group released horrific images showing barbaric killing of the man in front of a baying crowd.

The corpse of the victim was also stoned after he was thrown from roof of a building with his legs and hands bound together whilst his eyes have been covered by a black blindfold.

He was sentenced to death by a Sharia court in Raqqa city of Syria which is called the capital of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

The man was reportedly accused of committing acts of sodomy and was described as being a ‘Child of lot’.

This is not the first time the group has executed an allegedly homosexual man in this manner. Another man was blindfolded and thrown from a high building earleir this month.

In the meantime, the Syrian Observator for Human Rights said another 20-year0old man was stoned to death in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor late in November after the ISIS militants claimed they found videos on his mobile phone showing him ‘practising indecent acts with males.

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Rais Khudaidad hanged in Kabul Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:42:14 +0000 Read the full article...]]> raisSayedullah alias Rais Khudaidad, who was identified as one of the most dangerous person in the history of Afghanistan by the National Directorate of Security of Afghanistan (NDS) as the most dangerous man in the history of Afghanistan, was hanged in Kabul.

National Directorate of Security (NDS) says that Rais Khudaidad was hanged to death for his crimes in Kabul’s Pul-i-Charkhi prison around 11:30 AM today.

Original from Afghanistan’s Khost Province, Saidullah alias Rais Khudaidad was reportedly leading a grand bond of Mafia.

He was arrested about five months before by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Kabul.

NDS had called him the most cruel and dangerous person in the history of Afghanistan.

Rais Khudaidad had hand in several incidents of kidnapping, killings and armed robbery.

The grand bond of mafia he was leading was also operating in foriegn countries.

NDS had earlier reported that Rais Khudaidad had carried out criminal activities different parts of the country, including Kabul, Kundoz and Kandahar.

According to NDS, Rais Khudaidad had lived in Pakistan, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with different identities.

NDS states that Rais Khudaidad was on the black list of Tajikistan and The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

This is the 1st criminal who received death sentence from the National Government of Afghanistan (NUG) after it came into existence over five months before.

Five other persons were also hanged in the era of this government but those death sentences were signed by the Ex-President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.

Four persons were found guilty in the rape case that took place in Paghman District of Kabul Province and another one was found guilty in other criminal activities.

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13 Taliban killed, 12 arrested in police operations Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:35:14 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Police13 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 12 others arrested during clearance operations in past 24 hours, a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior on Saturday morning states.

The statement further adds that one insurgent was also wounded during confrontation with Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

According to the statement, the operations were conducted in Uruzgan, Zabul, Helmand Ghazni, Herat and Parwan provinces where Afghan National Police was also supported by Afghan National Army and personnel from the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

Also, on Thursday night, two Taliban insurgents were killed and two others wounded after the rocket they wanted to fire at their target exploded on them.

Nabiullah Perkhil, spokesman for the provincial governor of Paktika province has confirmed the incident.

He said that the incident took place in Sharmadkhil area of Barmal Distrit on Thursday night.

Taliban have not commented on the report at this time.

Azizullah Amiri from Paktika contributed to this story.

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10 people killed as vehicle turns upside down in Daikundi Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:27:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Picture110 persons have been killed  after the vehicle they were traveling in turned upside down in central Daikundi province.

Habibullah, Deputy Governor of Daikundi province says that 10 other people were also wounded in the accident that took place in Takhwi village of Mir Amour District.

He added that the victims included women and children  who were traveling in a flying coach that turned upside down in Takhwi village due to the damages of the road.

Sayed Mohammad Hashimi, Governor of Mir Amour District has said that the road was damaged due to heavy snow fall in this district.

Due to snow related incident at least 217 people have died in different parts of the country.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has announced a three day nationwide mourning due the recent disaster in parts of the country.

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3 day nationwide mourning due to recent disaster Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:34:58 +0000 Read the full article...]]> snow in northern AfghanistanMohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has announced a three day nationwide mourning due to the recent disaster in the country.

This announcement was made in the cabinet meeting yesterday.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani also made a visit to Panjsher Province, one of the heavy hit areas by snow. Nearly 200 people died in snow related incidents.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ordered immediate assistance to the people affected.

President Ghani also said government has made arrangement to respond to possible floods in Panjshir Province.

Panjshir one of the provinces heavy hit by snow fall where at least 187 people died after avalanches hit some villages in recent days.

Abdul Khabir Bakhshi, Deputy Governor of Panjshir said that five districts were heavy hit by snow in this province.

The heavy snowfall also has blocked a number of roads that connects district with the provincial capital.

But Deputy Governor said that efforts were being made to open block roads for traffic.

Badakhshan, Baghlan, Takhar and Bamyan are among the other provinces heavy snow where dozens of people have lost their lives.

Avalanches of also destroyed a number of homes in these provinces.

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Green, Red, Blue: a review Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:19:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Arif Farman BookGreen, red, blue; a novel written by Afghan writer and novelist Arif Farman, describing customs, traditions, love, difficulties and struggle in life.

Mr. Farman is well-known for his previous novel AFGHANI, which is written with a very clear and simple language style and talks in a fascinating way about the true experience of Afghan refugees’ lives and suffering in Iran.

The Green, Red and Blue, is a story of life in the east and west (Afghanistan and Sweden), two dramatically different countries, cultures and climates.

The main characters of the book are a man from Afghanistan, Shah Wali, and a woman from Sweden called Anna Karin.

Shah Wali works as a driving instructor in Sweden, having left Afghanistan because of internal family conflicts and the traditionally culture.

He reflects on his past while teaching Anna Karin, who reminds him of his old girlfriend Angriz “Just looking at her face, when I saw her yesterday, it was like seeing Angriz…Her cleavage takes me back to that of Angriz…”

Shah Wali was in love with Angriz back in Afghanistan, though she later married his elder brother Nadir and the story mainly focuses on this subject.

Nadir went to religious school in his childhood, and always wanted to become a mullah.  Later he joined the Taliban,… most of his life hours passed with Mosque, Prayer and Mullah. Maybe people like Nader established the Taliban. He was very cruel and against women, Angriz was always being beaten by him. According to him, none of our family´s female member had the right to see the other men. He believed that the key to paradise was keeping women away from other men”

The author of Green, red and blue wrote a story based on true life, but covering topics which are still a taboo in Afghanistan. Many similar cases exist in this traditional society where violence against women is so high and talking openly about love is still a dream.

“After she got married to Nadir, sometimes I hated myself for our unchaste background, as I had loved to kiss my brother’s wife. I felt guilty and tried to forget her, but couldn’t. …. Nadir didn’t choose her; it was my mother who decided. My father created an environment at home in which we could never talk about love… I loved her laughing; I tried to see her as my brother’s wife but never could control my emotions and feelings of love for her.”

The love – regular sexual contact between Shah Wali and his brother’s wife – caused him to leave the country and seek asylum in Sweden.

The character of Shah Wali is a man of experience and who talks in a philosophical way about different issues of life.

Mr. Farman has chosen to demonstrate the struggle for life with a driving metaphor: “To drive a car in the square. when one needs to go straight on or turn right is important as it is to find a suitable position when we face crises in our life. Human beings are life’s wanderers, seeing thousands of road and experiencing endless challenges. rule and Law were born within these round about.

An interesting observation that he makes is about how the word airport is translated into Persian as “Landing Place”, reflecting the difficulty of daily life and situations of the country. In contrast, this word in Swedish is known as a “flying place”. In Persian, nobody thought about flying, but only focused on landing safely… why not to change it and call it flying place, as the Swedish do? The flying place, like flying for love. Love of life and hope for progress were the reason that mankind learned how to fly. Perhaps flight is the meaning of life, as flying can be a metaphor for freedom. Landing, on the other hand, is always about being stuck and going down …”

The coincidence is that Anna Karin’s husband Stephan was killed by the Taliban while part of the NATO mission fighting against terrorism and working on rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in Afghanistan.

Anna Karin, while undertaking her driving course, is struggling with her painful loss – it´s just two years since her husband was killed, and tragically, one of her daughter has cancer.

Initially, she did not like foreigners who were from Asia, but after spending some months learning to drive with Shah Wali, she starts to feels a curious attraction to him, “a short, fat man with black hair that looked like someone she used to be afraid of, someone with a black mind and heart.

At the same time, single moment of contact with Anna Karin reminds Shah Wali about Angriz and old loves. He is still bound by love and guilt, the two emotions inextricably entwined.

This unlikely couple become good friends and ultimately lovers. Feeling loved again gives Anna Karin a new way to reshape her life and during a drive on the motorway she says “let me feel that there is a place I can have freedom too. Everyone has some pain and loss in life. I have to feel free in myself. This experience of driving on the motorway takes me to that point.”

During the summer and autumn in Sweden, one driving course sets the scene for a tale of parallel life experience and struggle in two different countries.

This novel illustrates the effect of Shah Wali having to hide his love in Afghanistan, making him feel guilty while in Sweden as he enjoys walking freely on the beach with Anna Karin.

It is one of the most captivating novels I have read in the last two years. Despite its sad subject matter and the bitterness felt by its two main protagonists, there is also a strong sense of hope running through it, as the characters support one another towards a happier more honest future.

The Green, Red and Blue, is something very different; quite brilliant in its use of language and the way that the story of love, loss, grieving and renewal from unfolds: universal themes of life whatever your continent. This work places Mr. Farman among the best contemporary novelists of our time.

The novel has an unknown finale/ending, written in the Persian language, I hope one day to read it translated into English or Swedish so that our foreign friends may also enjoy and learn from it.

Gulabuddin Sukhanwar

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2 Taliban insurgents killed in failed rocket attack on Afghan forces Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:49:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> TalibanAt least two Taliban insurgents were killed in a failed rocket attack on Afghan national security forces in eastern Paktika province.

The provincial governor spokesan Nabiullah Pir Khel said the incident took place in Bermal district late on Thursday night.

Pir Khel further added that two insurgents were also injured after the rocket exploded before they manage to target the check posts of the Afghan troops.

Local residents in Sharmad Khel where the incident took place said they heard a loud explosion but they are unaware regarding the casualties.

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

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

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Symbolic demonstration by Afghan girl to protest against harassment Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:26:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Symbolic demostration by Afghan girl in Kabul

An Afghan girl protested against street harassment of women and girls in the country through a symbolic demonstration by wearing an strange outfit which is apparently made of metal.

The photos went viral on social media websites on Thursday which purportedly shows a young girl walking in the streets of Kabul and is surrounded by dozens of men.

There have been mixed reactions by online social media users in the country with majority opposing with the act of the girl, while ceratin people saying that such acts are organized with an aim to implement the western culture in the country.

Almost all Afghan women experience various forms of street harassment every day in their life, but it’s not just a daily experience to be forgotten a few seconds later; it leaves long lasting scars on women’s spirit and sense of confidence which discourages and limits women’s participation in public life, according to a report by Stop Street Harassment Organization.

However, due to the predominant culture of “shame” and “honor” and high social stigma attached to issues of sexual harassment, Afghan women often do not talk about their experiences of street harassment. The scar remains invisible and women continue to suffer, generation after generation.

This comes as a set of photographs have gone viral on social media websites in Afghanistan earlier in December last year which showed a young lady walking in the streets of Kabul city with bare legs.

The young woman was reportedly spotted in Karte-3 area in the western part of Kabul city but there are no reports regarding the exact date and time the photographs were taken.

The photographs were widely shared on social media, specifically on Facebook and Twitter which are commonly used in Afghanistan.

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Panjsher avalanche death toll nears 200 people, more missing Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:09:50 +0000 Read the full article...]]> avalanche in PanjsherNearly two hundred have lost their lives as deadly avalanches struck a number of districts in northern Panjsher of province of Afghanistan.

According to deputy provincial governor Abdul Khabir Bakhshi the death toll from avalanches have reached to 187 people.

Bakhshi further added that there are fears that the death toll could rise as several others are still missing.

He said the avalanches hit five districts including the central district of Panjsher province where majority of the people lost their lives in Paryan and Hesa-e-Awal districts.

Bakhshi also added that the routes to the affected areas have been blocked due to avalanche and efforts have been put in place to clear the areas so that the first aid can be supplied.

This comes as at least three people including two women lost their lives due to avalanche in Takhar while casualties are feared due to flash floods in southeastern Laghman province.

At least five people also lost their lives after they were hit by avalanche in central Bamiyan province of Afghanistan two days ago.

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Clash between radicals: ISIL vs Taliban in Afghanistan Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:26:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS

After setting the historical shrines of Logar province of Afghanistan on fire on Saturday February 21st, 2015, the ISIL militants also killed one civilian and replaced the Taliban’s white flag with their own black flag in the Charkh district. On the same day, the ISIL men entered locals’ houses, broke their televisions and warn people not to watching television anymore (Tolonews). The ISIL affiliated group claimed the responsibility and asked Talibans militants in the Province to declare their allegiance to Al-Baghdadi, the Caliph of Islamic States of Iraq and the Levant. On Tuesday February 24th, 2015, another 30 men, all from Hazara ethnic minorities, were kidnapped in Zabul province by a group of masked men but no one yet claimed responsibility for it.

Although such incidents were normally claimed by the Taliban as they are the only powerful insurgent group in Logar and Zabul provinces; however, the recent burning of shrines were taken by ISIL group who receives commands directly from their own commander Sa’aad ul Emarati or Hafez Saeed Khan, nominated Governor of Khorosaan.

Since ISIL made significant contribution in international Jihad against the West, Al-Baghdadi claims that the ISIL have gained more achievements in 2014 & 2015 compared to the whole Taliban campaigns in the last fourteen years. Being attracted by even radical group, The Taliban are continuously losing their men to ISIL. In contrast, the ISIL is rapidly maximizing its man power, ammunitions and financial resources. For example, since the announcement of the Khorosaan Province, covering modern day Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, and part of neighboring central Asian countries, in January 2015, the ISIL had not only convinced commanders of Pakistani Taliban to declare their allegiance to Al-Baghdadi, the Group had also nominated the Pakistani Taliban commander Hafez Saeed Khan as the emir of the Khorosaan. Other well-known Taliban figures who had recently joint ISIL are Shahidullah Shahid, Sa’aad al Emarati, Sheikh Muhsin, Dolat Khan, Khalid Mansoor, Abdul Rauf Khadim and dozens/hundreds others. The Allegiance of Hafez Saeed Khan and other Taliban commanders to Al-Baghdadi mean that the Pakistani Taliban is no longer under the command of Mullah Omar and Al-Baghdadi’s calling of Mullah Omar a “fool and illiterate warlord” was even disgraced Mullah Omar’s religious credibility and political weight.

Expansions of the ISIL group in Afghanistan and Pakistan:

Since its creation until the second half of 2014, or most probably until September of the same year, ISIL had never seen in Afghanistan, perhaps not publicly. However, according to the Times of India, the ISIL was shown their presence in Afghanistan when Hafeez Saeed Khan together with some other Taliban commanders declared their allegiance to Al-Baghdadi on July 2014. After few months on September 2014, the ISIL group in Peshawar of Pakistan distributed pamphlets and propaganda messages to Afghan refugees camps in nearby the city and called people to join them. Within few days, many commanders of hardliner insurgent groups, mainly Pakistani Taliban militants in the border provinces of Afghanistan and Pakistan became attracted in supporting ISIL. Among the Afghani members, Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost and Maulawi Abdul Qahar, who were backed by the Taliban in eastern provinces of Nuristan and Kunar, had extended their supports to ISIL.

The ISIL soon began to expand their influences towards southern province of Afghanistan, mainly towards major provinces of Loya Paktia, Ghazni and Helmand. In the late September 2014, just few weeks after the release of ISIL’s first propaganda message in Peshawar, the group killed about 100 people in Ajristan district of Ghazni province; among them 12 persons were women and children who were brutally beheaded. The Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid rejected claims for such mass killing; however, local inhabitants witnessing the scene considered Taliban militants, who were carrying the black flag of ISIL with them, responsible for such murders. According to local Afghan news, Wahdat news, the Taliban militants carrying ISIL’s flag not only killed dozens of people in Ajristan, they had also blocked communication roads to other districts of Ghazni province including Jaghori, Qarabagh and Nahoor.

By the late 2014, despite rapidly expansions of ISIL’s operations in the Eastern and the Southern provinces, the Afghan National Directorate of Security continuously rejected the groups’ presence in the country and denounced ISIL as the Haqqani’s or the Taliban’s militants. When the ISIL men riding on horse with black ISIL’s flags on hand maneuvered in front of the cameras got attentions of Afghan local TVs and newspapers, the group was already involved in hanging Taliban’s militants in Nuristan and recruiting men in east, south and Northern provinces of Afghanistan. Around the country, the ISIL commanders recruited men from eastern provinces of Badakhshan, Nuristan and Nangarhar; South and Eastern provinces of Paktia, Logar, Ghazni, Helmand and Zabul; and Northern provinces of Jawzjan, Kunduz and Parwan. By expanding their presence in almost all major provinces of Afghanistan, today the ISIL is not only considered a powerful rival against the Taliban, the group is also considered great threats to the stability and security of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other neighboring countries.

Afghanistan and the ISIL challenges:

The Afghan Security official claims that they are competent enough to control the situation. The Afghan National Directorate of Security considers the killing of ISIL’s commander Abdul Rauf Khadim and his eight men on February 10th in Helmand as a victory. However, the recent Logar incident which happened in 60km from Kabul reveals that the ISIL is capable of threatening Afghan people anywhere in the country.

Since nominated as the ISIL commander for Helmand, Abdul Rauf Khadim had been a key liaison between various insurgent groups in the country. He had recruited about 300 men fighting with the Taliban, Afghan armies and NATO forces in Helmand province. Abdul Rauf Khadim was a member of Taliban and captured in 2001 by the Americans. In 2007 he was transferred from Guantanamo Bay prison to Afghanistan but released by the Karzai Administration in 2009. Soon after his release, Khadim joint Taliban and served as nominated governor of Helmand. After joining ISIL, Abdul Rauf Khadim and his 45 men were disarmed by the Taliban in January 2015. However, he continued his operation in Helmand until he was killed by U.S. drone on February 10th, 2015. According to local Afghan Medias, like Abdul Rauf Khadim, dozens and hundreds other Taliban fighters are joining ISIL to make new align with a group that is notoriously growing in the country and region.

Today, the Taliban is much fragmented in the rise of even more radical groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the Tahrik e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), is no longer under the central command of Quetta Shura led by Mullah Mohammad Omar. The ISIL, which is rapidly increasing its members, is now considered main rival to the Taliban and receives command from the Governor of Khorosaan or directly from Al-Baghdadi. Other insurgent groups such as the Haqqani group, Al-Qaida, Hezb e Islami Hekmatyar, Islamic Party of Uzbekistan and others insurgents groups are all receiving commands from their own leaders. Amongst the various terrorists groups, the ISIL is not only much radical and well funded, the group had also proved capable of convincing loyal Taliban members such as TTP commander Hafeez Saeed Khan, TTP spokesperson Sheikh Maqbool (Shahidullah Shahid), founder of the radical Abtalul Islam Foundation Sheikh Abu Yazid Khorasani and dozens other Taliban and insurgent groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan to join them.

Future of Afghan-Taliban talk:

From 2001, the Taliban group by claiming Afghanistan under occupation had never agreed to enter into a peace talk with Afghanistan. But in the rise of ISIL in the country, recently, the Taliban had shown green light for a face-to-face discussion with the Ghani Administration. Though it seems Taliban changed their minds or perhaps received order from their main supporter Pakistan for peace deal; however, or perhaps I think, the Taliban is trying their last hope for gaining power in Afghanistan. Otherwise, the Group is already in the edge of fall and their ticket for peace deal will soon expires by few more push by the ISIL in the coming year(s).

By: Deedar R. Khudaidad, Perth-Western Australia, 23/02/15

Deedar R. Khudaidad was born in Afghanistan and has Bachelor degree in Politics and International Relations from Edith Cowan University and currently pursuing his Masters in IR and National Security at Curtin University of Technology, both in Western Australia. Deedar Khudaidad can be reached by email:

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NATO confirms one of its service members killed in Kabul attack Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:59:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> attack in KabulA service member of the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission was killed following the suicide attack in Kabul city this morning.

According to a statement released by the alliance “One Resolute Support (RS) service member died as a result of an attack in Kabul today.”

The statement further added that the NATO Senior Civilian Representative was not involved and is unharmed.

No further details were given regarding the identity of the deceased Resolute Support service member who lost his life in the attack.

The statement said “It is RS policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities. This incident is under investigation and further information will be released as appropriate.”

In the meantime, the Afghan security officials said the attack targeted a convoy of the Turkish forces near the Iranian embassy in Kabul.

The offiicals confirmed that one Turkish national was killed along with Afghan civilians after the suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) near the vehicle of the Turkish forces.

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

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Cricket Brings Afghans Together Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:04:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan Flag and Cricket Game

By: Asad Ziar

Afghans from around the globe have come together to support their team as the team makes its world Cup debut. Afghanistan is playing in the World Cup for the very first time and qualified for the World Cup 2015 in October 2013 by beating Kenya. It was undeniably a massive accomplishment for a poor, war ravaged and a country much new to the sport of cricket. Afghanistan has achieved surprisingly more in 15 years as compared to most of the teams have achieved in 50 years.

Mohammad Nabi, the Afghan skipper “I was not expecting to play in a World Cup when I started playing cricket. But now as we are in the world cup I can enjoy this moment and it is a pleasure playing against the best teams in some of the best playing grounds in Australia and New Zealand “

Today, Afghans are proud because they now have a team good enough to compete in the world class cricket competitions, Afghan flag is now on the show and their national anthem is to be sung in international cricket stadiums. Afghans have come from different regions to Australia and New Zealand to support their cricket heroes and enjoy few joyful moments supporting their team.

Afghans in Afghanistan are enjoying watching cricket and even in some areas where there is no electricity and TV Signals people managed to contribute and buy generators and satellite dishes. Shopkeepers in the Afghan markets say their sales of televisions, satellite dishes and power generators have increased significantly. The most trending posts in Afghanistan on social media are the pictures of the Afghan cricket players and even some Afghan cricket fans have written on their profile pictures and regularly tweet “ I support Afghanistan in World Cup 2015”

Despite all the issues in Afghanistan the country’s cricket has always offered a pleasant environment to Afghans. Sport can be a really important and successful way of helping traditionally divided communities to focus on peace and reconciliation. It can also be a great tool for building international understanding and friendship.

Afghanistan Cricket Team

Afghanistan really gave a very tough time to Sri Lanka in their second world cup match when Sri Lankans was at 51 for four before Jayewardene and skipper Angelo Mathews rectified the innings with a 126 runs partnership as a result Sri Lanka hardly won with 10 balls to spare. It was the first thriller in the Cricket World Cup 2015. It was not only a match between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka but it was a tough competition between a full member and an associate member of International Cricket Council (ICC).

Afghans who put pressure on Sri Lankans with the bat, ball and in the field, with several run-out opportunities, but still Sri Lanka was under pressure all day long. It was indeed quite amazing story of a country who are one of the world’s poorest and have been affected by decades of conflict and reaches the world cup within 15 years and keep Sri Lanka down to 51 for 4 after 12 Overs.

“Pakistan team should learn from Afghanistan Cricket team “These were the remarks by some Pakistani News Presenters after Pakistanis were failing to bat well and totally ruined in the world cup and Pakistani batsmen are really not performing according to their people’s expectations.

Afghans have been witnessing and seeing decades of atrocities and now the Afghans from different ethnicities and backgrounds sit together under a single roof to watch their heroes playing cricket in the World Cup. Sport is a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding, bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions. Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline and respect are understood all over the world and can be utilized in the advancement of solidarity and social cohesion.

Afghanistan played its third match against Scotland in Dunedin and in a thrilling game Afghanistan picked up its first World Cup victory, beating Scotland by one wicket in their Pool A clash in Dunedin.

Scotland and Afghanistan really battled for their survival. The two teams have already played each other nine times in ODIs, with Afghanistan holds a 6-3 advantage over Scotland including today’s victory for Afghanistan. Scotland has lost both their matches in the World Cup, to New Zealand by three wickets and England by 119 runs, while Afghanistan lost to Bangladesh by 105 runs and Sri Lanka by four wickets.

Afghansitan Flag in the Cricket Game

Scotland’s team captain just before the match against Afghanistan believed the strong support from locals in Dunedin, a city with Scottish roots, would turn the match into a “home” game for his side. Preston Mommsen also believed that Scotland has an advantage over Afghanistan following their win in the final of the Dubai Triangular.

It was the first time that Scotland passed at a World Cup, setting Afghanistan 211 runs to win after being sent in to bat, but Samiullah Shenwari did a splendid job and scored 96 runs, including few long hit sixes following by the last men Hamid Hassan and Shapoor Zadran, 19 balls to get 19 runs for victory, and Shapoor whipped a four off the third ball of the final over to hand Afghanistan a historic win.

Both Afghanistan and Scotland sides were familiar with one another after meeting in various associate-national competitions, but the clash in Dunedin today was an extra edge. “This is our first win in the World Cup. The boys didn’t bat well. Sami batted brilliantly and took the pressure upon himself. It’s a good learning curve of how to handle the pressure, and it’s good to put 2 points on the board. Everyone will be enjoying this game in Afghanistan, and I hope we can get one more win. The support has been fantastic.” Said Mohammad Nabi, the Afghan Skipper.

Afghans have come out on the roads in different parts of the country and are celebrating their maiden victory in the World Cup, in some cities the roads are blocked and the Afghan National Dance is being performed in many parts of the cities. The victory really has brought cheer to this war-torn country, there are joys and celebration as the news of the victory spread. Thousands of people are dancing and driving with Afghan flags and posters of the Afghan cricketers through the normally quiet streets.

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Woman beheads her husband in Balkh province of Afghanistan Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:55:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ????????A woman has been arrested in connection to the murder of her husband in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, local security officials said.

The officials further added that the woman murdered her husband with the help of her brother-in-law in Mazar-e-Sharif city.

Provincial Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Salahuddin Sultan said the brother of the victim has also been arrested in connection to the incident.

Sultan further added that the incident took place on Tuesday night in Ali Sher Nawai area of Mazar city where the culprit later filed an FIR with police claiming that their house was attacked by thieves and her husband was murdered.

He said police is currently engaged to further investigate the incident and there are suspicions that the woman had illegitimate relations with her brother-in-law.

In the meantime, the convict later confessed that she beheaded her husband as she was subject to domestic violence.

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Pakistan to expel 300 Afghan clerics from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:17:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan expel Afghan clericsAuthorities in Pakistan have ordered to take immediate actions for the expulsion of nearly 300 religious clerics from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

According to the local media reports, all commissioners and the relevant authorities were instructed on Wednesday by the HOme and Tribal Affairs Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to submit a report over the implementation within seven days.

Around 294 Afghan religious clerics are currently residing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, according to the reports.

This comes as over 22,000 Afghan refugees were forced to leave Pakistan and return to Afghanistan amid fears of persecution by Pakistani authorities following a deadly attack on a school in Peshawar city last year.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) more than 22,000 undocumented Afghans flocked across the border at Torkham in January.

Following a deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city of Pakistan, the federal government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa set a deadline for the expulsion of Afghan refugees on 20th December last year.

Over 130 school children were massacred following an attack at the Army Public School on 16th December on Warsak Road in Peshawar.

The attack was carried out by a group of militants belonging to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who claimed responsibility behind the massacre and said the attack was carried out in revenge to Pakistani military operations which left scores of civilians dead.

The Pakistani government claimed that the TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah, based in Afghanistan was involved in plotting and coordinating the attack together with the group’s commanders.

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Shenwari steers Afghanistan to victory against Scotland Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:05:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ShenwariThe Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Scotland in their third match in International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup by one wicket and three balls remaining.

Middle order batsman Samiullah Shenwari steered Afghanistan to its maiden World Cup victory by making 96 runs from 147 balls by hitting 7 fours and 5 sixes.

Middle order batsman Samiullah Shenwari steered Afghanistan to its maiden World Cup victory by making 96 runs from 147 balls by hitting 7 fours and 5 sixes.

Scotland set a target of 211 runs from 50 overs after Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first.

Shahpoor Zadran took four wickets on the bowling side along with Dawlat Zadran 3 wickets and Haid Hassan, Gulbudin Naib and Mohammad Nabi one wicket each to restrict the Scotland batsmen to 210 runs.

Afghanistan is currently on top of Sri Lanka and England with a better run rate having played three matches in Pool A, losing two matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Afghanistan will face Australia at Perth on 4th March, New Zealand on 8th March and England on 13th March.

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Turkish national among 2 killed in Kabul suicide attack Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:02:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kabul blast

A relatively heavy explosion rocked capital Kabul early on Thursday morning after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the Iranian embassy compound. (Photo Ahmad Bashir Qasani)

A Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) was used in the attack with preliminary reports suggesting the target of the explosion was a vehicle convoy belonging to the embassy of Turkey.

Deputy interior minister for security Gen. Ayub Salangi confirmed that a Toyota Corolla vehicle packed with explosives was used in the attack.

Gen. Salangi said preliminary reports suggest at least one civilian was killed and another one was injured.

In the meantime, Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said at least two people including a Turkish national and an Afghan citizen were killed in the attack.

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

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2 suicide bombers arrested in women’s dress in Herat province Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:08:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> suicide bombers in women's dressThe Afghan national security forces arrested two would-be suicide bombers following an operation in western Herat province of Afghanistan. (File Photo)

According to local security officials the two suicide bombers had disguised themselves in women’s dress and were looking to carry out suicide attacks.

A spokesman for the Afghan National Army (ANA) Commando Forces in Herat province Mehdi Rezaye said the two suicide bombers were arrested from Guzara district.

Rezaye further added that the suicide bombers were looking to carry out attacks on some military and government targets on airport road in Herat province.

He said the detained bombers have confessed to their crimes and are currently in security forces custody.

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

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

This is not the first the anti-government armed militant groups are using the women’s dress to disguise themselves in a bid to carry out insurgency activities.

Earlier, the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives arrested a Taliban militant who had disguised himself in women dress and was looking to carry out insurgency activities in Khanshin district of Helmand province.

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1 Afghan soldier martyred, 4 injured in Khost explosions Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:58:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan army soldiers martyredAn Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier lost his life and four others were injured following back to back explosions in eastern Khost province.

According to local security officials the incident took place on Wednesday afternoon in Pul-e-Proja area of Khost city.

The officials further added that the two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were placed near a security forces check point.

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

Khost is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants including Taliban and Haqqani insurgents are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

The anti-government armed militant groups frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces. However, in majority of such attacks the ordinary civilians are targeted.

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Prisoners torture by Afghan forces reduced by 14 percent Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:33:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan jailThe torture of the conflict-related detainees by the Afghan national security forces has been reduced by 14 percent with the formation of the new administration.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said Wednesday that the decrease was noted after comparing the latest findings with the previous reporting period.

UNAMA said findings are based on interviews with 790 conflict-related detainees between February 2013 and December 2014 and with Afghan security, police and judicial officials, and analysis of documentary, medical and other information.

A statement by UNAMA said one-third of all detainees interviewed found to have endured ill-treatment or torture.

It highlights ill-treatment and torture during the arrest and interrogation phases in numerous facilities of the National Directorate of Security, the national police, the local police and the national army, UNAMA said, adding that detainees – mainly alleged members of the Taliban and other anti-Government groups or individuals suspected of conflict-related crimes – were subjected to severe pain and suffering, aimed mainly at obtaining a confession or information.

Sixteen methods of torture and ill-treatment were described including severe beatings with pipes, cables and sticks, suspension, electric shocks and near-asphyxiation, UNAMA said.

According to UNAMA decrease is due to new Government policies and directives banning torture, increased inspection visits to detention facilities, focused training on alternative interrogation techniques and other measures by national and international actors following the issuance of Presidential Decree 129 in February 2013.

UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA Nicholas Haysom welcomed the commitment by the new Afghan government to implement a new national plan on elimination of torture.

“We support – and can assist as requested – this comprehensive approach to eliminate torture and ill-treatment in Government of Afghanistan facilities,” Haysom said.

Elements of the Government’s proposed national plan on elimination of torture, include legislative reforms, ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, remedy for victims of torture, education and capacity building programmes, discrediting torture in public culture, preventive measures, and continuous observation of implementation of the national plan.

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16 bodies recovered from snow hit areas as rescue operation continues in Pajsher Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:17:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> snow in northern Afghanistan16 bodies of people went missing after avalanches hit parts of northeastern Panjsher Province have been recovered.

Dozens of others are still missing and the rescue operations ongoing to find them.

The heavy hit areas are Bazarak, the provincial capital, Piryan and Hisa Dowam Districts.

Emergency assistance have been delivered to some of the snow hit areas and officials say they are trying to get to the other areas.

It has been snowing heavy for weeks in parts of Afghanistan which has claimed dozens of lives and damaged houses.

It has also blocked few District roads connecting the Districts with provincial capitals.

Panjshir and Badakhshan are among the provinces where some of the Districts roads have been blocked due to heavy snow fall.

It has also killed domestic animals in Panjshir, Badakhshan and Maidan Wardak Provinces.

Officials of Maidan Wardak province, located in the central east part of the country, say that in Khoras Khan area of Dai Mirdad District dozens of sheeps, ordinary way of income for the residents of that area, died due to heavy snow fall last night.

Two houses were also destroyed in the area, according to the officials.

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Laghman Educational institutes received computers Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:01:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> LaghmanPublic Health Hospital and some educational institutes of Laghman province have been equipped with modern computers.

Laghman Public Health Hospital, a University and two high schools were equipped with 100 all-in-one computers which have everything fit on the screen.

30 computers were placed in the University, 20 in Rokhan High School, 20 in Mastora Girls High School, 20 in Qarghai High School in Qarghai District and 10 others were fit in the Public Health Hospital of Laghman Province which are also connected with the internet.

Over six million Afghanis are said to have been spent on the project which is paid by the government through the Ministry of Information and Technology and the Ministry of Education.

The computers were made available for use after a ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, which was attended by Dr. Fazlullah Mujadidi, the acting governor of Laghman, Mohammad Emal Marjan, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Information and Technology, Dr. Mohammad Hamayoun Mujadidi, Representative from the Ministry of Education, members of the Provincial Council of Laghman Province and local elders.

Doctor Fazlullah Mujadidi called it a positive step in improving the educational system and encouraged the Ministry of Education to apply more such like programs.

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Pakistan cancels National ID Card for famous Afghan Girl Sharbat Bibi Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:16:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nat-Geo-Fame-GirlAccording to reports authorities in Pakistan have cancelled the National Identity Card for the famous Afghan Girl Sharbat Bibi whose portrait was named “the most recognized photograph” in the history of the National Geographic magazine.

A renowned renowned National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry captured her portrait in 1984 where she became a recognized face world-over when the portrait was published in the cover page of the magazine.

McCurry had taken the photograph in Nsir Bagha refugee camp located in the outskirts of Peshawar city of Pakistan.

In the meantime, the local newspapers in Pakistan have reported that the The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has cancelled the Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) to Sharbat Bibi and her two sons.

According to the reports the National Identity Cards were illegally issued by NADRA to Sharbat Bibi and her two sons and an investigation has been launched against one of its officer, who had allegedly issued the cards.

The two sons of Sharbat Bibi who had received the National Identity Cards have been identified as Rauf Khan and Wali Khan.

Sharbat Bibi gained global recognition when her photograph was featured on National Geographic Magazine’s cover in 1985 and was linked with Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona.

A short documentary was made by the magazine where she was dubbed the ‘Mona Lisa of Afghan war’. Sharbat remained anonymous for years after her first photo made it to the cover until she was rediscovered by National Geographic in 2002.

She has been residing together with her sons in Nasir Bagh camp established for Afghan refugees since she moved to Peshawar in 1984.

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Kabul must share power with Taliban group, Musharraf says Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:34:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pervez MusharrafThe former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said that the Afghan government must share power with the Taliban militants group in a bid to bring peace and stability in the country.

Musharraf has also said that the government of Afghanistan must block Indian influence in the country if it wishes to see peace.

Speaking during an interview with The Wall Street Journal Musharraf insisted that both Pakistan and India must stay away from proxy war in Afghanistan.

Musharraf admitted that the Afghan conflict was fed by the involvement of India and Pakistan in long-running proxy war in Afghanistan.

Defending his country’s role in supporting the Afghan anti-government armed militant groups Musharraf said his and Islamabad’s role in supporting the Afghan insurgency was a legitimate counterweight against its rival India there.

This is the second time Musharraf is admitting Islamabad’s role in proxy war in Afgahnistan. Earlier, Musharraf said the government of Pakistan sought to undermine the government of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, accusing him of helping India stab pakistan in the back.

The remarks by Musharraf comes as the Afghan officials have long been accusing the Pakistani security institutions specifically the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) for supporting the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) said in November last year that Pakistan was using ‘proxy forces’ to carry out attacks in Afghanistan and India.

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

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Nearly 30 people dead as avalanche hits Panjsher province Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:02:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan avalanche

Nearly thirty people lost their lives after they were hit by avalanche in northern Panjsher province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials at least 50 others were also injured and dozens of others are missing and are trapped under the snow following the incident.

Acting provincial governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri said a number of residential houses have also been damaged while numerous schools have been buried under the snow due to avalanches.

Kabiri said the death toll could rise as numerous are still missing and efforts have been put in place to rescue them.

He said the victims were residents of Paryan, Abdullah Khel and Hesa-e-Dowom districts of Panjsher province.

The local residents have said efforts have been put in place to rescue those who are still trapped under the snow but the rescue operation is slowing moving forward due to bad weather condition.

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1 person out of 30 kidnapped freed in Zabul Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:17:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Taliban-fightersOne person out 30 who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Kabul-Kandahar highway on Monday has been freed.

Local officials confirm the release.

Abdul Khaliq Ayoubi, District Governor of Shah Joy District, where the abduction took place, says that gunmen have demanded the discharge of one of their vehicles seized.

It is unknown what might be loaded in that truck or weather gunmen would free the kidnapped people if the truck is let go.

The demand was made to some local elders.

On Monday unidentified gunmen who had their faces covered abducted 30 passengers of two passenger buses on Kabul-Kandahar high way in Zabul Province.

Eyewitnesses say that the gunmen most of them in black cloths stopped the passenger buses, collected money and phones from the passengers and abducted them.

It is still unknown who the kidnappers are.

The gunmen had stopped the buses on gun point and abducted 30 passengers of those buses  who are reportedly all Hazara minority.

The group has not said anything about their identity. Taliban insurgents have also no commented on the report yet.

Officials say they are trying for the safe release of those kidnapped.

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Kerry says Obama to decide soon on US troops level in Afghanistan Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:03:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama on troops level in AfghanistanThe US Secretary of State John Kerry has said President Barack Obama will decide soon on adjusting the level of US troops in Afghanistan.

“I think the president is on the right track, and I think the evaluation that is going on now with respect to the adjustment of the troop (level) is appropriate. And the president will make his decision shortly,” Kerry quoted by Reuters said.

This comes as the US Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter had earlier this month that he would consider changing the current plans for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year if security conditions worsen.

In the meantime, Carter visited Afghanistan earlier this week to meet American troops and commanders, Afghan leaders and assess whether U.S. withdrawal plans are too risky to Afghan security.

Carter said the withdrawal plan of US troops from Afghanistan will be discussed in further details during President Ghani’s visit to US next month.

He said the withdrawal plan was discussed during his to Kabul with the Afghan officials and insisted that the issue should be reconsidered.

The former US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said earlier in December last year that up to 10,800 US troops would remain in Afghanistan for the first few months of 2015 but the drawdown will restart and the number of US troops would be reduced to 5,500 by the end of the same year.

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Avalanche fall kills 4 family members in Bamyan Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:58:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SnowFour members of the same family have been killed in avalanche fall in central Bamyan Province.

General Khodayar Qudsi, Provincial Police Chief of Bamayan says that the tragic incident took place in Joy Shang village of Yakawlang District last night.

He said that the ones killed were a husband, his wife, their son and daughter.

Since past few weeks it has been snowing and raining heavy in parts of Afghanistan.

On the night of 21-22 February 12 people died in an avalanche fall in northeastern Badakhshan Province.

Due to heavy snowfall dozens of houses were destroyed in Raghistan and Yawan Districts of Badakhshan Province.

Two other persons were also wounded in the incident that happened in Raghistan District.

Heavy snow fall and rain have also blocked few highways that connects provinces with the capital Kabul.

Due heavy rain, a rock from a mountain located on the edge of Kabul-Jalalabad highway in Daronta area has blocked the highway for traffic.

The Salang highway which connects the north and northeastern Afghanistan with the capital Kabul has been blocked due to heavy snow fall.

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Taliban rejects reports on peace talks with Afghan government Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:47:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Taliban-open-office-in-QatarThe Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has rejected reports that the group has agreed to hold preliminary peace talks with the Afghan government.

“There have been many rumors swirling around in the media lately about the latest developments in Afghanistan and negotiations with the Kabul administration, these are nothing more than the views and assumptions of these outlets,” the group’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said following a statement.

Mujahid further added “We have repeatedly declared that every report which is not published or confirmed by the official channels of Islamic Emirate are false and hold no value.”

The remarks by Mujahid comes as informed sources close to the Taliban group have said the group’s leadership has approved preliminary peace talks with the government of Afghanistan in a bid to find a solution to the ongoing violence in the country.

The sources further added that a delegation of the Taliban group leaders affiliated with the group’s political office in Qatar are due to visit Pakistan in the near future to hold talks on how to explore ways for the proposed peace dialogue and the re-opening of the Taliban office in Qatar.

Two senior Taliban representatives including Qari Din Mohammad and Abbas Stanikzai are among the delegation who will visit Pakistan, the sources said, adding that Qari Din Mohammad, who had led a team of negotiators in meetings with Chinese officials in Beijing in November, recently visited Pakistan in connection with the proposed talks.

The sources also added that during his visit, Qari Din Mohammad also met Chinese diplomats for a “follow up discussions” as Beijing is playing a key in encouraging the Taliban to join the intra-Afghan dialogue.

This come as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani also said Saturday that he is optimistic regarding the peace talks with the Taliban militants group.

Ghani said Afghanistan is moving on the right track to achieve peace and stability in the country but did not disclose further information regarding any breakthrough in peace talks with the anti-government armed militant groups.

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ISIS kidnap 90 Christians in Syria Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:38:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISIslamic States militants have kidnapped at least 90 Syrian Christians from rural villages in north-eastern region of war-torn Syria.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday that the abduction took place west of Hasaka, the capital city of Al-Hasakah Governorate.

British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the abduction occurred after Islamic States militants attacked villages during predawn.

The area where the kidnapping took place is inhabited by Assyrian Christian minority, the area borders territory of Iraq that is controlled by Islamic States militants.

Islamic States militants killed at least 500 Yazidis including women and children across the border in Iraq in 2014.

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, Iraq’s Human Rights Minister said some of the women and children were even buried alive.

The genocide took place in Sajr, an area inhabited by Yazidis, after it was seized by the Islamic States militants in 2014.

Soon after the genocide the United States formed an international coalition, comprised from around 40 countries, in September 2014 to fight the terrorist group.

The coalition is since then conducting air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria which has caused high casualties to the terrorist group.

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Kunduz police stops attempted rape of a 7-year-old girl Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:02:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> girl-raped-by-policemen-in-AfghanistanPolice forces in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan stopped an attempted rape of a 7-year-old girl in this province, local officials said Tuesday.

Provincial police spokesman Syed Sarwar Hussaini said a 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to the attempted rape.

Hussaini further added that the convict has confessed that he was trying to rape the 7-year-old girl in central city of Kunduz.

This comes as a 14-year-old girl was raped and then murdered by a group of kidnappers in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan earlier this month.

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

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

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37 insurgents killed in separate military operations Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:24:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????37 insurgents have been killed in separate military operations in past 24 hours, Ministries of Defense and Interior said on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday states that 24 insurgents were killed in separate police operations in Nangarhar, Takhar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul, Balkh, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Paktiya, Herat, Farah and Helmand provinces in past 24 hours.

The same statement adds that 40 others insurgents were also injured and  two others arrested by the security forces.

The statement further states that 26 different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) placed by insurgents, were also defused by the security forces.

Afghan National Army and personnel from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel also took part in these operations, according to the statement.

In the meantime, statement issued from the Defense Ministry states that the Operation Zulfiqar which is started in Helmand province is ongoing successful.

According to the statement, 13 insurgents were killed in fresh military actions during Operation Zulfiqar in Trikh Nawar area of Nawa District.

The statement adds that five other insurgents were also wounded during confrontations with Afghan National Army.

Operation Zulfiqar began by hundreds of Afghan Security Forces over a week ago in Helmand Province but is tended to spread to other provinces in the south after clearing the target areas in Helmand.

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Rock fall blocks Kabul-Jalalabad highway Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:03:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar-DarontaThe high way between Kabul and Jalalabad has been blocked by rock fall in Daronta Tunnel area since last night.

Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman for the governor of eastern Laghman Province says that due to heavy rain mountain rocks fell on the road which has blocked the road since last night

He said that personnel from the Departments of the Public Work Ministry in Laghman and Nangarhar provinces are now removing the rocks from the road to open it for traffic.

There is no reports of harm to people due to the rock fall.

Kabul-Jalalabad highway is passing through a range of mountains in Laghman and Nangarhar Provinces in the eastern part of the country.

Some times when it rains heavy the rocks from the mountains which are located right at the edge of the highway fall and blocks the highway.

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Reuters bureau chief dies in Islamabad Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:42:44 +0000 Read the full article...]]> reutersMaria Golovanina, 34, who was the bureau chief of Reuters, an international news agency, for Afghanistan and Pakistan died in Islamabad on Monday.

Maria was taken to a hospital in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, after being found unconscious. Kulsum International Hospital announced her dead after doctors could not save her.

The real cause of her death is not announced yet but a report will be presented after her post mortem.

Originally from Russia, Maria could fluently speak Russian and Japanese beside English and worked with Reuters for more than a decade.

Maria joined Rueters news agency in Tokyo in 2001 and then served in London, Moscow, Iraq, a short period in Afghanistan in 2009 and other places before becoming bureau chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013.

Katharine Houreld, correspondent of Reuters in Afghanistan and Pakistan said “She was a great boss; warm, with a big heart and someone who really care,”

“All of us at Reuters mourn the untimely death of our beloved colleague Maria. She was one of our finest journalists, combining fearlessness with an upbeat enthusiasm that inspired confidence, respect and affection from everyone around her. She will be deeply missed.” Said Reuters Editor In Chief Stephen Adler.

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Chaudhry admits ISIS (Daesh) poses serious threat to Pakistan Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:17:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS in PakistanPakistan’s Foreign Office admitted that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) terrorist group is posing a serious threat to the country.

Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, said Monday that the government of Pakistan is on alert to the Islamic State threat in the region.

Briefing lawmakers in Senate Standing Committee at the Parliament House Chaudhry said some extremist elements tried to emerge together on the ISIS platform following the Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched in North Waziristan last year.

The remarks by Chaudhry were followed after Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chadhry Nisar Ali Khan denied the presence of ISIS in South Asia, particularly in Pakistan.

This comes as former Pakistani Taliban leaders who announced their allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a man whom they identify as a Pakistani military soldier.

The video was released earlier last month by ISIS on Twitter and Jihadi forums, was purportedly showing the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP’s) former spokesman Shahidullah Shahid along with dozens of other militants in a wooded area.

Other militants who appearing in the video also pledged their allegiance to ISIS terrorist group and claimed that they belong to militant groups based in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Suicide blast rocks Kabul, no casualties reported Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:55:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kabul suicide attackA relatively heavy explosion rocked capital Kabul earlier this morning after a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).

The blast has reportedly taken place in Dehsabz district in Bakhtyaran road with preliminary reports suggesting there were no casualties following the blast.

Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said the suicide bomber detonated the VBIED after he was spotted by police forces near a check point.

Stanikzai said police forces have launched an investigation in connection to the incident and preliminary reports suggest that there were no casualties.

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

Today’s incident in Dehsabz district takes places amid a considerable reduction in militants attack in capital Kabul during the recent weeks.

The Taliban-led insurgency was rampant during the initial weeks after the new government of national unity was formed. In the meantime, the new government has stepped up efforts to persuade the anti-government armed militant groups to sit in for peace talks in a bid to end the ongoing violence.

It is expected that the preliminary peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban group kick off within the next few days and earlier in the month of March.

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Unknown gunmen kidnap 30 passengers on Kabul-Kandahar highway Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:48:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Taliban-fightersUnidentified gunmen have kidnapped 30 passengers from a bus on Kabul-Kandahar highway.

The kidnapping occurred in the jurisdiction of Shah Joy District of southern Zabul Province Monday afternoon where a Se Sad Se (303) Model passenger bus was stopped by unidentified gunmen and the passengers were kidnapped.

Abdul Khaliq Ayoubi, Governor of Shah Joy District confirms the incident.

He said that efforts were initiated for the safe release of the passengers.

No groups including Taliban have claimed responsibility or motive behind the abduction in this southern region of the country.

But in October 2008, 27 to 40 passengers were kidnapped and killed by gunmen in southern Kandahar province and the responsibility of the kidnapping was claimed by Taliban.

Officials said that the people kidnapped were civilians but Taliban insurgents claimed that they were soldiers.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi messaged media and said that their fighters kidnapped 27 soldiers from three separate buses and killed them.

But Matiullah Khan Qanih, the then Police Chief of Kandahar Province said that Taliban initially kidnapped 50 passengers, later released 10 but they killed the rest of 40 people kidnapped in Maiwand District.

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Karzai says he will not return as Afghan President Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:37:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> KarzaiThe former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ruled out speculations that he will return as the president of Afghanistan.

In an interview with the DPA news agency and ARD in Kabu, the former Afghan President said he has completed his time and insisted that “We should not get stuck in history. I’m history.”

Karzai stepped down as the Afghan President after transferring power to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on 29th September.

In parts of his remarks Karzai criticized the NATO-led combat mission in Afghanistan and said the mission was a failure which left thousands of epople dead.

He said the insurgency has increased and the world is suffering from growing radicalism particularly from al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

According to Karzai the NATO and US forces failed to target the roots of terrorism.

Karzai is still believed to an influence in the new government of Afghanistan with reports suggesting that he is meeting President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on regular basis to advise him on key policy issues.

He was one of the main critics of West’s war against terrorism and refused to sign the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington and the NATO status of forces agreement despite the draft security pact was approved by majority during a consultative Loya Jirga over a year ago.

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Taliban commanders surrendered to police in Badakhshan Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:05:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> TalibanTwo Taliban commanders together with their men have put their arms on ground and surrendered to police in northeastern Badakhshan province.

Officials say that one group comprising of 18 members surrendered yesterday and another one made up from 11 members surrendered today.

Officials add that the insurgents have also brought light and heavy weapons and ammunition.

The commander of the group with 18 members is said to be Qari Abdul Khabir, a Taliban commander in the area, and the commander of the group with 11 members is Qari Eidi Mohammad, Taliban so-called Governor for Tagab District of Badakhshan.

Baba Jan, Police Chief of Badakhshan Province says that the surrendered insurgents have promised to live in peace.

He said “The groups were busy in anti-government activities in Tagab District of Badakhshan Province but while announcing unification with the government they promised not only to live in peace but will also help in security.”

He added that “Reconciliation of these groups will have a positive impact on the security situation” “And this proves that insurgency is wrong and they will not be conned by foreigners again.” he said.

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Pro-ISIS militants attack a shrine and homes in Logar province Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:23:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISA group of militants who are apparantly supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group have attacked a historic shrine and residential houses in Logar province.

The incident has reportedly taken place in Charkh district of Logar province with the local tribal elders saying that a resident of Charkh was also publicly assassinated by the group.

The provincial council chief Hasibullah Stanikzai confirmed that a pro-ISIS militant group has recently launched operations in parts of Charkh district where they carry black flags and are giving speeches in favor of ISIS group.

Stanikzai called on the government to take immediate actions in tackling the activities of the group in Logar province.

District administrative chief for Charkh Khalil Kamal confirmed that the government’s control in remote districts of Logar province is relatively weak.

He said such groups are normally operating during the night time and are even involved in looting the house of the people and their belongins.

In the meantime, provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai said the Afghan security forces will soon launch an operation to tackle the activities of such groups.

Logar is among the relatively volatile provinces in central Afghanistan which is located around 60km in south of Kabul province.

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4 Army soldiers martyred, 45 insurgents killed in fresh military operations Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:54:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National ArmyFour Afghan National Army soldiers have embraced martyrdom in enemy actions while 45 insurgents have been killed in fresh military operations.

The Ministry of Defense issuing a statement on Monday stated that four Army soldiers martyred in separate Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) explosions while on duty.

The statement further states that 41 insurgents were killed in fresh military operations in Logar, Maidan Wardak, Kundoz, Helmand, Zabul and Herat provinces.

The statement adds that 34 insurgents were also wounded during confrontations with the military and one suspect was arrested.

62 IEDs and seven bags of explosive materials were also discovered by the army, Defense Ministry statement states.

In the meantime, The Ministry of Interior in a statement states that four insurgents have been killed in police operation in Tagab District of Badakhshan province.

The statement adds that nine insurgents were also wounded during the operation and 11 others arrested.

According to the statement, the operation was successful and Tagab District is now cleared from the insurgents.

19 different types of Improvised Explosive Devices, weapons, ammunition and radio handsets were also seized during the operations, the statement adds.

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‘We will never be gone from Afghanistan’, US defense secretary says Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:26:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Ashton CarterThe US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has said the United States will never be gone from Afghanistan while on insisting on the importance of the country.

Speaking to US troops at TAAC South’s Kandhar Airfield headquarters, Carter said “We’ll never be gone from Afghanistan because Afghanistan is an important country in the world.”

He said “but when our presence here is reduced to something much smaller than today, we want to make sure that the Afghans themselves are able to preserve the environment our forces have created over the last few years, one of relative security and stability.”

Carter told the men and women in uniform that he’d met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdulla Abdullah in Kabul.

“There’s one thing President Ghani said that I want to share with you. He said, ‘Would you please tell your people that I appreciate the sacrifice they have made for my country.’”

Carter said, “Just think about that — remember that.”

Carter made a stop in Kandahar on Sunday as part of his first official trip to Afghanistan as defense secretary to thank U.S. troops there for their dedication to the mission and the progress they and their NATO and Afghan allies have achieved.

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10 people burnt alive as van caught fire in Pakistan Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:56:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> van burned10 people have burnt alive after the van they were travelling in gutted fire due to an explosion in its gas cylinder in Pakistan.

The incident took place in Karachi, the business hub of Pakistan late last night where a number of other people also sustained injuries.

Officials said most of the bodies could not be identified as they are completely burned and the only way to identify them is through DNA tests.

Officials added that the driver of the van is among the ones killed.

Witnesses said that the only passengers who saved their lives were the ones setting close to the doors and windows but they also sustained injuries while jumping from the van.

Nine passengers injured in the incident were shifted to Jinnah Hospital in Karachi city for treatment, officials said.

The rescue operation was jointly conducted by locals and Pakistan’s motorway police.

Officials said that the van was converted to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), a more risky alternative for Petrol and Diesel.

In Pakistan and Afghanistan it is cheaper to use CNG for vehicles than Petrol and Diesel.

Such like incidents have also happened in Afghanistan.

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Dr. Abdullah says peace talks with Taliban to kick off soon Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:29:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> abdullah-abdullah (1)The Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah has said peace talks with the Taliban militants group will kick off in the near future.

Speaking during the cabinet meeting on Monday Dr. Abdullah insisted that no compromise would be made with the 13 years of achievements while negotiating peace with the Taliban group.

Dr. Abdullah assured that the peace negotiations would be only for the betterment and stability of the country.

According to Abdullah Washington has also shown flexibility in Afghan peace process which has led to satisfaction of the government of Afghanistan.

The remarks by Abdullah comes as recent reports suggest that the Taliban leadership has approved preliminary peace talks with the government of Afghanistan in a bid to find a solution to the ongoing violence in the country.

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

The sources have futher added that a delegation of the Taliban group leaders affiliated with the group’s political office in Qatar are due to visit Pakistan in the near future.

The source further added that the delegation is expected to hold talks on how to explore ways for the proposed peace dialogue and the re-opening of the Taliban office in Qatar.

This comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said Saturday that he is optimistic regarding the peace talks with the Taliban militants group.

Ghani shared the optimisms regarding the Afghan peace process during a press conference with the US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter who arrived in Kabul to meet with the Afghan and US military officials.

He said Afghanistan is moving on the right track to achieve peace and stability in the country but did not disclose further information regarding any breakthrough in peace talks with the anti-government armed militant groups.

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Boko Haram rebels mulling allegiance to IS Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:27:57 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Site Intel Group which collects news and information from insurgent sources quotes a media outlet connected to the armed rebels Boko Haram in West Africa as mulling a possible allegiance to the Islamic States (IS).

Site Intel Group quoting Afriqiyah Media, a media group that publishes information regarding insurgents, as stating that the group’s Shura (Council) is conducting a study over the possible allegiance to the IS under the leadership of Abu Bakar Albaghdadi.

Led by Abdubakar Shekau, Boko Haram a terrorist group came into existence in 2002 in west Africa’s Nigeria but spread to the neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon countries.??????????????????????????

The group has killed thousands of people in West Africa with at least 2, 000 killed during a single attack in Nigeria in 2014.

The group has also carried out several other deadly attacks in Nigeria and is blamed for also using kids in their attacks.

Yesterday a seven years old girl carried out a suicide attack in a market area in the town of Potiskum in Nigerial killing herself and five others.

Officials blamed Boko Haram for the attack as the group has previously used children in their attacks.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Boko Haram has also kidnapped at least 500 girls and women during raids in Nigerian towns and villages.

During one attack in April 2014 the militant group kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in Chibok town of Borno state in Nigeria and later claimed that all of the girls have converted to Islam and are married to the group’s fighters.

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Kidnapped Indian aid worker freed in Herat Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:10:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????An Indian aid worker who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen eight months before in western Herat Province has been freed unanimously.

India’s Prime Ministry Narendra Modi yesterday before this news popped up tweeted “Will soon share some good news with all of you.”

This tweet was soon followed by two other tweets “Delighted at securing the release of Indian Jesuit priest Father from captivity in Afghanistan.” And “Have spoken to Father Alexis Prem Kumar. Informed happy family of Father Alexis Prem Kumar of his safe return after 8 months in captivity.”

It is still unknown as who the kidnappers were and how the release was secured or weather there is a ransom involved.

India’s foreign ministry has only stated in a statement that “The matter of his release has been pursued by our leadership, including at the highest levels the Prime Minister,”

Alex Prem Kumar, 47 year old, also a priest was visiting a school in Herat city when kidnapped by unidentified gunmen at the beginning of June last year.

Alex Prem Kumar had been working with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) for four years in Afghanistan before he was kidnapped last year.

He was serving as the Director of JRS international educational charity organization for Afghanistan.

Alex Prem Kumar before rejoining his family in India has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi saved him.

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Mock funeral ceremony held for Pakistani cricket team Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:25:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> cricket cricket funeral PakistanA mock funeral was organized by fans of Pakistan’s national cricket team following a record-shattering World Cup defeat at the hands of the West Indies.

Replete with a coffin with several cricket bats placed over it the symbolic funeral procession was organized by the residents of Multan city which is the hometown of some of the top Pakistan cricketers including former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.

The mock funeral participants also on fire an effigy of the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board and presently on its board of governors, Najam Sethi.

One of the protesters said on a television channel “We have taken out this mock funeral because millions of cricket fans stayed up all night and prayed for success of the cricket team. But the team let us down so badly.”

Another participant Shama Bibi quoted by AFP said “This time we were really hoping for Pakistan to win. We don’t want to watch this anymore.”

The Pakistani national cricket team faced a defeat by 150 runs during their second match in ICC cricket World Cup.

Chasing a target of 310 runs Pakistan gave up its first four wickets for just one run – the worst start in one-day international history.

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Taliban leadership approves preliminary peace talks with Afghan govt Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:21:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan Taliban leadershipAccording to reports the Taliban group leadership has approved preliminary peace talks with the government of Afghanistan in a bid to find a solution to the ongoing violence in the country.

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

“Pakistani officials had advised the Taliban leaders to sit face-to-face with the Afghan government and put their demands to find out a political solution to the problem,” a Taliban leader quoted by Pakistan’s The Express Tribune said.

Another Taliban leader has said that a delegation of the Taliban group leaders affiliated with the group’s political office in Qatar are due to visit Pakistan in the near future.

The source further added that the delegation is expected to hold talks on how to explore ways for the proposed peace dialogue and the re-opening of the Taliban office in Qatar.

The Taliban leader whose identity was not disclosed has said that two senior Taliban representatives including Qari Din Mohammad and Abbas Stanikzai are among the delegation who will visit Pakistan.

Qari Din Mohammad, who had led a team of negotiators in meetings with Chinese officials in Beijing in November, recently visited Pakistan in connection with the proposed talks, the Taliban sources said.

The sources also added that during his visit, Qari Din Mohammad also met Chinese diplomats for a “follow up discussions” as Beijing is playing a key in encouraging the Taliban to join the intra-Afghan dialogue.

This comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said Saturday that he is optimistic regarding the peace talks with the Taliban militants group.

Ghani shared the optimisms regarding the Afghan peace process during a press conference with the US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter who arrived in Kabul to meet with the Afghan and US military officials.

He said Afghanistan is moving on the right track to achieve peace and stability in the country but did not disclose further information regarding any breakthrough in peace talks with the anti-government armed militant groups.

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The raise of ISIS in Afghanistan is a tactical adjustment of Pakistan’s Afghan policy Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:45:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS in AfghanistanA group loyal to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, the most extreme and ferocious among all the terrorist groups announced its organizational structure in Afghanistan and named its outfit for the region as the Al-Khorasan. On January 18, an Afghan Security official confirmed ISIS existence in the country.   Lieutenant-General Murad Ali Murad, commander of Afghan army’s ground forces, told Al Jazeera that “elements under the ISIL flag” have been trying recruit fighters in Afghanistan. Few other Afghan government officials also confirmed that a group of militants is active in the south, recruiting fighters, flying black flags and, according to some sources, even battling Taliban militants.

Is everyone with a black flag operates for ISIS?

Any reports about the presence of ISIS in Afghanistan should be treated with some caution; it is unreasonable to believe that everyone with a black flag operates for ISIS. It will not be an easy mission for ISIS to spread its wings to Afghanistan, more than 1,000 miles from their home territory in Syria and Iraq.

First, Afghanistan is not an oil rich country like Iraq that could encourage or offer opportunities for ISIS. The oil money of Iraq has dramatically enriched ISIS and serves as the main source of income for the terrorist group.

Second, the people of Afghanistan won’t tolerate domination by any means from non-Afghans, even from other Muslim countries. Afghanistan has a long history of uprising and impeding rebellions against foreign occupation. The country has been invaded many times in recorded history. Some of these invaders in the history of Afghanistan include Indians, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Timur, the Mughal Empire, various Persian Empires, the British Empire, Sikh Empire, the Soviet Union, and currently the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. However, no foreign power has ever subjugated Afghanistan, even temporarily. The country has been thoroughly debunked, yet it refuses to die.

ISIS certainly have a sharp memory to recall the Afghan history. It will be an irrevocable mistake for ISIS to attempt occupying Afghanistan.

Third, ISIS cannot get any cooperation from Afghan Taliban because of the visible evil of their actions on one side, and their different visions on an Islamic state on other side. ISIS chief Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi considers Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar a fool and illiterate warlord. Al-Baghdadi believes that Mullah Omar does not deserve a spiritual or political credibility. Such kind of rivalry of ideas and beliefs between these two terrorist groups limits the scope of operation for ISIS in Afghanistan.

So who are these militants with the black flags in southern Afghanistan?

Over that past three decades, Afghanistan remained the battle ground for the proxy wars of its neighbors, particularly Pakistan. Pakistan has been changing its proxies systematically to reach its antagonistic aims in Afghanistan. Though, Pakistan is signaling a change in its policy on Afghanistan, yet Pakistan’s strategic objectives in Afghanistan remain largely unchanged. The new group with black flags that claimed to be ISIS are the old pawns of Pakistan under ISIS name and flag. Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, who claimed to be the commander of the so called ISIS group was a former Taliban commander and a faithful to ISI who spent couple of years in Guantanamo prison. Mullah Khadim who proclaimed allegiance to the Islamic State, was killed in a military operation in Helmand Province recently. The militants who sworn alliance to Mullah Khadim and ISIS are the students of madrassas run by Pakistani intelligence agency, ISI.

Pakistan has realized that the prospect of a Taliban military victory is neither realistic nor desirable in presence circumstance of Afghanistan, moreover the Taliban are now turning to China to reach a peace deal with the Afghan government. Therefore, Pakistan needs new proxies to replace Taliban and continue its covert war in Afghanistan. This is the same tactic that Pakistan used in 1996 by supporting Taliban against the Afghan Mujahidin who lost their reputation and foundation in the Afghan society because of their active involvement in the bloody civil war.

The Afghan government must not rely too much on Pakistan. The raise of ISIS in Afghanistan is not more than a tactical adjustment of Pakistan’s policy regarding Afghanistan in response to international pressure and Afghan government demands to end support for Taliban.

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

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3 soldiers martyred, Taliban commander including 2 killed in Maidan Wardak Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:54:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) patrol at the Char Darah district of Kunduz provinceThree Afghan Local Police (ALP) have embraced martyrdom while two Taliban insurgents killed during a gun battle between security forces and Taliban insurgents in Maidan Wardak Province.

Security officials say the gun battle between security officials and Taliban militants also left three other policemen and two Taliban insurgents wounded in Noorkhil area of Chak District Sunday morning.

Officials add that the insurgents killed include a commander of the group in Chak District.

Also, Security Forces have seized a weapon depot during an operation in Maidan Shar, capital city of Maidan Wardak Province.

Officials say the depot was seized in Ibrahimkhil area which includes Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Bombs and other Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) as well as ammunitions.

The depot is reportedly belonging to Mullah Baryalai, an insurgent commander in the area.

Maidan Wardak, located some 35 kilometers west of Kabul in the central-eastern part of the country is one of the comparatively secured provinces of Afghanistan but terrorist activities occasionally happen in parts of this province.

Last month, Afghan National Security Forces seized a vehicle in Sayed Abad District which was laden with explosives and ready for attack.

Security officials said the failed-attack was planned by Haqani Terrorist Network.

Haqani Terrorist Network is blamed for several deadly attacks in the capital Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan.

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Woman delivers 6 babies in Herat Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:09:34 +0000 Read the full article...]]> HeratA woman has delivered six babies in western Herat Province.

Every baby had about one kilogram of weight, according to the doctors of the Regional Hospital of Herat.

The delivery was made late last night and doctors said that they included four boys and two girls.

According to the doctors three boys and one girl died due to the oxygen problems but one girl and one boy are alive and are in good conditions.

The mother who is 32 years old is reported to be in good health condition. She is from Farah Province and was already the mother of one.

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216 suspected criminals arrested in Nangarhar Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:41:21 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar-PHQ216 suspects were arrested in past eleven months on different charges in eastern Nangarhar Province.

General Fazal Ahmad Shirzad, Police Chief of Nangarhar Province told a news conference in Jalalabad on Sunday that during the past 11 months they have documented 167 criminal incidents in which 216 criminals were arrested.

He said all of the criminals were referred to judicial organs after the arrest.

3118 kilograms of different types of drugs, 855 liters of wine and 2455 liters of chemicals used in heroin were also seized by the security forces during the 167 criminal incidents, he told the news conference.

6105 Jireebs of agriculture land was also cleared of the poppy in this eleven month period by the security forces, the police chief said.

He added that 39 different types of weapons, ammunition and 65 vehicles were also seized during the past 11 months.

190 drug addicts were arrested from different parts of Nangarhar and referred to the related clinics for treatment, he told the news conference.

Nangarhar is one of the comparatively secured provinces in the eastern Afghanistan.

According to reports, in some of its border areas like Khogyani District there is still resistance to Afghan National Security Forces and heroin factories.

Reports indicate that the heroin produced in these factories are either used inside Afghanistan or smuggled to other countries.

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Senior Afghan Taliban negotiator visits Pakistan for talks: Reports Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:11:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan TalibanThe Express Tribune, a Pakistani media outlet, reports that a senior negotiator of Afghan Taliban from Qatar office is visiting Pakistan for talks.

According to The Express Tribune, Qari Din Mohammad is a member of Afghan Taliban’s team in Qatar “political office” who is visiting Pakistan.

The Express Tribune states that Qari Din Mohammad had also recently led a delegation of Afghan Taliban to China.

About Afghan Taliban’s trip to China, The Express Tribune quotes an unidentified Afghan Taliban as saying that “Now we have a better understanding and contacts with China on many issues. We trust China more than any other country as Chinese leaders sincerely want an end to the war in Afghanistan.”

The reports of Taliban delegation visiting china surfaced last year and was later confirmed by Taliban spokesman.

But Taliban rejected the reports regarding the trip that it was conducted for peace purposes.

China and Pakistan are among the countries who have promised Afghan leaders of their support in bringing peace and stability to the country.

Also, on Thursday reports surfaced that peace talks are scheduled to take place between the United States officials and Afghan Taliban in Qatar but those reports were later turned down by Taliban spokesman and US officials.

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Avalanche kills 12 people in Badakhshan Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:12:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 00badakhshanTwelve persons have lost their lives due to avalanche fall in northeastern Badakhshan Province.

Ahmad Naweed Firotan, Spokesman for the governor of Badakhshan province told Khaama Press on Sunday that the incident took place in Raghistan District last night .

He said twelve persons were killed and two others wounded in the incident.

“Eight houses were also destroyed in Raghistan District due to heavy snow fall”, he added.

“Four houses were also destroyed in Yawan District but there was no loss of live”, Firotan said.

Governor’s spokesman also said that they have delivered emergency assistance to some of the areas heavy hit by snow.

He added that they are working on delivering emergency assistance to Yawan District.

It is snowing heavy in Badakhshan Province of Afghanistan during winter.

Dozens of people loss live in snow-related incidents in Badakhshan Province during winter seasons.

40 people died only in Shekay District of Badakhshan in 2012 due to heavy snow fall.

Dozens of homes are also destroyed in snow-hit areas, their domestic animals die and people suffer other financial loses.

Some of the Districts roads are also blocked due to heavy snow fall in Badakhshan during winter.

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Thousands of Kabul residents martyred or arrested 35 years ago Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:20:21 +0000 Read the full article...]]> KabulToday is equal to the day of national uprising by Kabul residents against Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan 35 years ago.

Thousands of Kabul residents were martyred or put in jail during the national uprising.

The national uprising started in Kabul and then spread to other cities of Afghanistan.

Hundreds of bodies were later recovered from mass graves from Kabul and other parts of the country.

Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan in 1979 and the invasion lasted up until February 1989 when their last forces left Afghanistan.

At least 1.5 million Afghans were martyred, hundreds of thousands wounded or disabled during the over nine years of invasion in Afghanistan.

Millions of other Afghans took refuge in other countries with most of them to neighboring Iran and Pakistan.

Although, Moscow long kept silenced over the casualties they suffered but later  officially announced the casualties they suffered during the Afghanistan invasion.

According to Moscow’s announcement 13, 310 of Soviet soldiers were killed, 35, 478 wounded and 311 missing.

But Ex-Mujahideen, who were fighting the Soviet troops and the then Kabul administration backed by Soviet, claim that this casualty toll is way behind the truth.

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Barack Obama – Road To 2016 Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:56:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama and ModiAuthor: S.Mubashir Noor

Pakistan should start praying for a Republican win in the next US Presidential Elections. In his last year or so in charge, President Obama’s priorities are legacy building, and the 2016 Democratic defense of the White House. His snubbing Pakistan on this latest Southeast Asia trip is ominous.

From now till election day, whatever Obama says or does is less about him, and more about how his party wants to run the race. Hillary Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee, and Obama owes her husband Bill his second term in office.

Former President Clinton’s humdinger of a speech, at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, tore the Romney-Ryan ticket to shreds. Afterwards, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos said on CNN, “This convention is done. This will be the moment that probably reelected Barack Obama.”

In an interview with India Today before his visit, Obama gushed about how “the stars are aligned” for both India and the US to become “true global partners.” His tone became solemn however when adding “safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable and that those behind the Mumbai terrorist attack must face justice.”

Clearly the US now views India as a mature global player, while Pakistan remains the problem child. Obama even compared 9/11 New York to 26/11 Mumbai, citing the commitment of both countries to preserve their way of life. No hats were tipped to acknowledge the thousands of civilian and military casualties in Pakistan, for a war essentially concocted in the Pentagon.

Responding to a White House press conference question about Obama ignoring Pakistan, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes stated “frankly, that’s in the interest of all the three countries.” How is slighting the foot-soldiers in their global war on terror in their best interest, one wonders? That said, how do you ‘do more’ with the morale tank on empty?

Obama’s been on a roll since 2014. After five indifferent years as top dog, he finally got his act together. Oil prices dropped to $2 a gallon for the first time since the 2008 financial crises. Similarly unemployment figures fell below 6%, a full year faster than the GOP’s economic pontiff, Ronald Reagan.

The stock markets also rebounded to post all-time highs, boosting the working American’s nest-egg. With key economic indicators peaking at the right time, the Democrats look good for reelection.

On the foreign policy front, Obama worked two magic acts to help Hillary out. First, he ‘magically’ made Pakistan & Afghanistan start working together to route the Taliban. Two neighbors locked in an endless game of ‘chicken’ somehow saw the bigger picture. Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘big stick’ no doubt proved persuasive.

A Hillary Clinton seriously scarred by the Ben Ghazi blowback, can ill-afford another national security gaffe on her watch. To become President, she needs focus on the Clinton brand, not her failings as Secretary Of State.

Furthermore, Obama ‘magically’ undercut the 2016 Republican dream-ticket, by normalizing relations with Cuba. This firmly puts the Cuban-American voting bloc in the blue column. Coincidentally, 70% of these voters live in Florida, home to both Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio. Both are the GOP’s pride and joy, and neither will have it easy carrying their home state, a litmus test for winning nationwide.

Goodwill from this act is also likely to solidify the national Latino vote. Traditionally Democrat, its the fastest growing demographic in the US due to high birth and migration rates. Hillary needs them to win or compete in three major races; California, Texas and Florida. Obama won Florida by a razor thin margin in 2012, he’s set Hillary up to do better.

If elected, Hillary Clinton, forced to resign as Secretary of State after Ben Ghazi, will be out for blood. Pakistan, accused of serial two-facedness, is the convenient whipping boy. Obama has set her narrative in motion, and a lot more admonishment is in store should she become President.

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18 insurgents killed in military operations Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:40:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National ArmyAfghan National Security Forces have killed 18 insurgents during operations in different parts of the country in past 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.

The operation were conducted in Herat, Takhar, Badakhshan, Helmand, Kunar, Paktiya, Ghazni, Farah, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, Maidan Wardak, Badghis, Uruzgan, Daikundi, and Khost provinces where nine different types of Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) were also defused by the security forces.

17  other insurgents were also wounded during confrontation with Afghan National Security Forces while two of them arrested.

With some 350, 000 soldiers, after taking full security responsibility from NATO forces this year, Afghan National Security Forces have stepped up their operations against insurgents. According to the official data, since the beginning of this year hundreds of insurgents have been killed.

NATO ended its combat mission in Afghanistan on December 1, 2014 and now runs Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan which is a non-combat mission centralized on Training, Advising and assisting the Afghan National Security Forces and its institutions against the insurgents.

Some 13, 000 troops from the US and other NATO member countries are reportedly be the part of NATO’s Resolute and Support Mission in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan lose second ICC World Cup match to Sri Lanka Sun, 22 Feb 2015 02:09:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan cricket

The Afghanistan national cricket team lost their second match in ICC Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Afghanistan set a target of 233 runs from 49.4 overs after Sir Lanka won the toss and elected to field first.

Afghanistan lost all its wicket during the last over of the match with Asghar Stanikzai scoring the highest runs, 54 runs from 57 balls.

Samiullah Shemwari scored 38 runs, Mirwais Ashraf 28 runs while opener Javed Ahmadi scored 24 runs from 23 balls.

This is the first time Afghanistan is participating in ICC cricket World Cup which is played in One Day International (ODI) format.

Despite losing the opening batsmen in the first and second over of the match, the Sri Lankan middle order batsmen performed well and chased the given target with 10 balls remaining.

DPMD Jayawardene scored 100 runs from 120 balls, AD Mathews 44 runs adn NLTC Perera remained not out after scoring 47 runs from 32 balls.

Afghanistan lost its opening match against Bangladesh on 18th February and the Afghan team is expected to face Scotland on 26th February.

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Corruption is keeping anti-government insurgency alive Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:21:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> bribery in Afghanistan

The government of Afghanistan has been actively engaged in a war with the Taliban and other armed anti-government insurgents. The success on defeating the insurgent’s is undeniable, however now it is the unapproachable enemy that is keeping the Taliban and other ant-government insurgencies alive. Corruption at this point is giving the Taliban a walking stick as they are on their last legs.

A textbook result of a post-conflict state is corruption, the lack of rule of law and security, are all contributing factors which leads to mass scale corruption. Corruption in Afghanistan is deeply integrated in most Afghan communities. Whether we consider small scale or large scale, corruption is corruption and paves the road for more corruption. Afghanistan, Ranked 174 out of 176 according to the Corruptions Perceptions index, a quick snapshot of the enormity of this silent enemy.

The Kabul Bank scandal manifested itself on the world stage and the international community condemned it. Although President Ghani ordered for another due process to take place, a substantial amount of money is still not recovered. The uncertainty on how secure funds are in banks brings upon grave repercussions. International and continental banks will think twice before lending out more money, international aid can be limited and foreign investors will seldom invest due to the high risk involved. With any high risk investment the return, a worthy implicit charged must be accounted for by the lender which will be passed on to Afghan businesses.

The Governors, ministers and police offices have corruption deeply rooted in them, this week the Joint Anti-Corruption Monitor and Evaluation committee with the Provincial Council leaders requested for new Governors. The Unity government has only introduced 3 new provincial governors and the rest are all from the former President Karzai administration. The acting governors are not being held accountable since they will replaced quite soon. Complaints of customs embezzlement by governors and lack of law and order were two of the many which were surfaced.

Sadly, the attention of the lack of law and order was clearly exemplified in a horrific manner as a woman was abducted for 15 days raped by a group of gunmen. The woman’s set to be husband and her were planning to settle down immediately after they graduated. The man complained to officials, however not much was done to capture the culprits. As a response and to raise awareness on rape cases across the country, he then burned himself in front of Kabul’s Palace. He wrote a letter to his father stating he is dedicating his life for his Afghan sisters and mothers across the country. Still, the amount of media coverage will never equate to the act, it points out a major issue in the country.

Complaining to the police without money or political contacts decreases chances of any recourse or justice to take place. The culture needs reform, a bribe should not be the gateway to move above law.

Corruption illuminates a clear fundamental issue in post-conflict Afghanistan which requires undivided attention. It is present in government, businesses and NGOs, the worst of it all is they offer a venue for anti-government insurgency. The suicide bomber in the Logar police department, officials admit that an individual from the police department was involved.

President Ghani’s agenda is full however if he does not step up on fighting corruption the consequences will be severe. The citizens of Afghanistan must have faith in the rule of law, if the faith diminishes, chaos will return once again. The ANA and ANSF are giving their lives away to an enemy that can strike from within. Taliban and anti-government insurgents are hiding and attacking under the veil of corruption. Until the veil is pierced, insurgency will continue to happen, and arms are common in Afghanistan. The public frustration is mounting up, the lack of a full line up cabinet Ministers and only 3 nominated governors will incline the public to blame the government.

The complexity of the solution can be beyond comprehension because of the all the other issues in Afghanistan.  Moving the country forward, playing chess in foreign affairs and mitigating corruption all simultaneously can be a daunting task.

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Argentina-based team selected for the design of Bamiyan Cultural Centre Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:20:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Bamiyan Cultural Centre

An Argentina-based team has been selected out of 1,070 design entries from 117 countries for the design of Bamiyan Cultural Centre.

The winning proposal was announced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collabortion with the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan.

The winning team is led by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren alongside Manuel Alberto Martínez Catalán and Franco Morero.

Prepatory work on implementing their scheme, entitled Descriptive Memory: The Eternal Presence of Absence, “will start immediately” close to the boundaries of the Bamiyan World Heritage site.

UNESCO teamed up with the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan in November last year and announced a design competition to build a Cultural Center close to the boundaries of the Bamiyan World Heritage property.

Through funding from the Republic of Korea, the project activities will include design and construction of the Centre, cultural mapping of heritage resources, conservation and restoration, capacity training, and raising heritage awareness through public education.

Paolo Fontani, director of the UNESCO office in Afghanistan, has said that “this competition was an opportunity to create a new pattern for architecture, design and cultural development in Afghanistan. It is one of our objectives to make sure that the Afghan people recognize themselves in the design concept.”

The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has also reportedly endorsed the winning design and acknowledged UNESCO’s competitive selection process.

President Ghani has voiced his dedication to protect Afghanistan’s cultural heritage and it is expected that the Afghan government will set up a major national culture program whose aim sole will be to value the country’s rich cultural diversity.

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The Art of Vilifying an Ethnicity Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:13:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> The Diplomat recently published an article Ashraf Ghani and the Pashtun Dilemmawritten by Ali Reza Sarwar. The article, however dense in language, was full of gross generalizations, speculations, and baseless claims. Ali’s main argument was that President Ghani is indecisive to term Taliban as enemies rather than political dissidents, because both, the Taliban and the President belong to same ethnic group – Pashtuns. The gist of Ali’s argument is to lobby hard for a militaristic solution to defeat Taliban. Unbeknownst to him, NATO and ISAF forces from more than 40 nations couldn’t come close to defeating the terrorist group. In essence, the war on terror is winding down and after more than 35 years of constant bloodshed the battle in Afghanistan necessitates a political solution.


Afghanistan suffered at the time of Taliban.  It wasn’t just Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras or Uzbeks, but Afghans who suffered from North to South and East to West as a nation. There are still Taliban in Herat, and Badakhshan, just as there are in Kunar and Kandahar. Afghanistan is an ethnically diverse nation, but to call Taliban a Pashtun movement is an inaccurate depiction of current turmoil and disrespect to all those who have lost their lives in the War on Terror. Pashtun areas geographically have turned into battlegrounds, not because Pashtuns wanted them, but because they shared borders with Pakistan. Pakistan’s involvement in spreading the terror and training the Taliban is a well-known fact around the world.

Pashtun intelligentsia and politicians have been fighting with the current stereotyping and have been supporting uprising against Taliban in the Pashtun areas for last few years. Pashtuns have been deprived from access to education, health, and other basic needs.  Taliban are extremists who do not belong to any ethnicity.  The extremists on both sides of the Durand Line are targeting Pashtun leaders and activists continuously.

Furthermore, it is not true to assumes that Pashtuns are yet to realize “the reality that the time for a despotic monarchy or factional regime like that of the Taliban has passed”. In both rounds of the last year Presidential election, in second round in particular, Pashtuns braved Taliban threats and participated in an unprecedented numbers.  Unlike the general perception, Pashtun women came out in large numbers to take active part in the democratic process. This is a testimony of the fact, that Pashtuns have realized that democracy is the only legitimate mean to gain legitimate power in the country.

In retrospect, to call Ghani another failed leader would be betraying the history of Afghanistan. In Winston Churchill’s words, “history is written by the victors” and only a good leader can lead the nation to victory. It is also true that tribal ties and identities are strong in Afghanistan. And as we know, minorities tend to hold to their tribal identity more than majority, because of the cultural intimacy that plays a big role in forming their communities. Most of our former leaders in Afghanistan were Pashtuns, and each had a different style of leadership. Their leadership style was as diverse as it is in any nation. These leaders gave us our borders, identity, and history. The identity of a nation is built on its history and culture. Symbols and people that represent a nation should be respected and accepted by its citizens. To question a nation’s history is always acceptable, but to disregard it entirely to make a political score is naive and an affront to the people.

Ali uses Tolo Television, a controversial media outlet, survey as an evidence to argue Afghans dissatisfaction with the current government. According to a research paper published by House Hold in Conflict Network (HICN) in 2012, surveys in Afghanistan are not reliable.  Representativeness in the survey and the reliability of the pollsters are the biggest issues in this regard. Not only that, but the author also cites that Pashtuns make up “40 percent” of the ethnic group without any empirical evidence. Even the C.I.A factbook states that Pashtuns are the largest group with the 42 percent of the population. Ghani’s approval ratings have certainly dipped in the wake of deteriorating security across country and the extended cabinet picks have galvanized opinion that the administration will not last long. However, that is not the entire picture. Pseudo intellectuals and political elite, in particular, the ex-mujahideen are grinding axe because they got cut out largely from the administration which is why Ali sounds like a disgruntled political mercenary in his unwelcomed depiction to vilify an ethnicity. Moreover, to judge government’s performance in less than just over a hundred days in a post conflict nation itself is a politically immature move.

Ghani’s Dilemma?

Afghanistan is not the United States. Ghani’s problem is not the Pashtun problem at all, but rather it is one of dealing with the insurgency that does not seem to die. Ghani succeeded a nation with a fragile political system. The previous Administration handed over President Ghani a government characterized by endemic corruption, weak institutions, worsening rule of law, empty government coffers, unprecedented insecurity, souring international relations, and most importantly a country politically divided along ethnic lines – largely thanks to last year’s acrimonious presidential election. Therefore, given the scale and complexity of domestic and foreignchallenges facing Afghanistan, both President Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah need time and space to address them.

War prolongs the conflict and negotiations end it. Historically, Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires, geographically, a conflict prone country, and politically, a weak democracy. Despite the presence of 135000 International Soldiers during the 2009-2012 surge along with substantial military strength and financial resources failed to defeat Taliban (though they were made weaker), how would the ANSF despite its recent success, would bring security to the country, given that it lacks advanced military equipment as well as when the country cannot pay their salaries from its domestic revenue?

Killing the expandable Taliban in the villages of Afghanistan will not bring peace to Afghanistan unless the fundamental differences with Pakistan are not resolved. It is a reality that Taliban are proxies of Pakistan and dictated by ISI, thus it is imperative to hold talks with Pakistan Army rather than with Taliban. This is what the new government has been doing in last few months – though the results of these talks are yet to be seen. In such conditions, use of legitimate force combined with peace talks is the only way forward.

Ghani’s Test of Leadership:

The real test of President Ghani’s leadership would be on how he combats corruption and brings sustainable peace in the country.

Corruption is as malicious for Afghanistan as Taliban are. Corruption and poor governance have created vacuum in the country, especially in Southern and Eastern Afghanistan, as a result, these areas have become hotbeds for Taliban insurgency.  It is imperative for President Ghani to fire incompetent government officials regardless of their ethnicities and/or political connections and make a government responsive to the needs of people. This will make life much harder for Taliban insurgency to nurture in Afghanistan.

In addition, as in the second round of election, the president should make serious efforts to bring in substantial chunk of sidelined Pashtuns (including Taliban) into mainstream politics. Bringing Taliban into the mainstream politics should be the ultimate goal of President Ghani, even though if it requires amending the Afghan constitution and giving them representation in government. However, this must be conditional on the willingness of Taliban to denounce violence, cut its ties with neighboring spy agencies, most importantly to respect human rights – women rights in particular, and accept the Afghan Constitution.

Taliban must be viewed as a radical movement who are easily used as proxies by Pakistan, not a Pashtun nationalist movement. Taliban pose threat to Afghanistan, region and the World.  It is not a constructive criticism to associate an elected president with terrorist group, but a deliberate move to divide the nation and raise new tensions among ethnic groups. All ethnic groups in Afghanistan have suffered at the hands of Taliban, thus, it is important to unit Afghans rather than dividing them on ethnic lines, so that terrorism can be defeated.

About the Authors:

HabibaAshna is an International Relations Student in Sweet Briar College. She regularly writes on socio-political issues related to Afghanistan. She could be reached at

ZiauddinWahaj has a postgraduate degree from University of Adelaide. He tweets at @wahajzia and can be reached at

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Eloped love couple take poison in northern Kunduz province Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:00:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> eloped Afghan love coupleAn eloped love couple took poison in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan in a bid to end their lives, local government officials said. (File Photo of Forbidden Afghan couple)

The officials further added that the couple decided to end their lives after the family of the girl became aware regarding their location.

A doctor in the provincial hospital said the 18-year-old died after she was taken to the hospital as she had taken more toxic material but the boy is still being treated.

The provincial women’s affairs department chief Nahida Asefi confirmed that the couple had taken toxic material which is used to kill the rats.

According to the reports the couple had recently fled from their homes in Kabul province after the family of the girl rejected a marriage proposal from the boy’s family.

The couple had reportedly taken shelter in the house of one of his relatives in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province before their location was traced by the family of the girl.

Majority of the marriages are arranged between the families in Afghanistan which is a conservative society and majority of the cases the women are eloping from their homes to escape from forced marriages.

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14 policemen arrested over deadly attack on Logar police HQ Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:40:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 14 policemen arrested in LogarAt least fourteen policemen have been arrested in connection to a deadly attack by militants on Logar provincial police headquarter.

According to local government officials the policemen are currently in custody of the security forces and are being interrogated over the deadly attack.

Provincial police chief Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai confirmed that fourteen policemen were arrested on suspicion of facilitating the attack.

At least ten policemen were martyred and eight others were injured after a group of militants attack the police headquarter on Tuesday afternoon.

Provincial governor spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish said the attack was carried out by a group of four militants who had disguised themselves in police unform.

He said the attack was initially launched with suicide blasts where the gunmen started gun battle with the Afghan security forces later.

Logar is among the relatively volatile provinces in central Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

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Training Afghan army officers Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:18:50 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan army officers training

The next generation of Afghan army officers is being forged in a rigorous training camp near Kabul, which aims to produce men and women of the highest calibre to lead their country in the fight against the insurgency.

This story focuses on profile of two young officer cadets currently in training at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Kabul. The academy selects only the best candidates from thousands of applicants. We speak to two promising cadets, hearing how the training is progressing and their thoughts on the future of their country now the Afghan Army have taken full control of security.

Abdul Saboor, a young high school graduate and Wahidullah Zazai, a hardened veteran of the Afghan special forces, two very different men from different corners of Afghanistan, training together with a very similar goal, to become leaders in the Afghan National Army.

“When I was in high school I always used to watch the news in the evenings, and I would see there were attacks happening in different provinces of Afghanistan, bomb blasts and genocide of civilians. These things were taking place all the time. So because of this, I took the decision to join the Army in order to defend the people who have been targeted in this way. I wanted to try and save innocent people’s lives,” Trainee Cadet Abdul Saboor, Afghan National Army, said.

Thousands apply to join the Afghan National Army Officer Academy, located just outside Kabul, but only the best make the grade.

“It was always my dream to become a soldier and maybe one day become a talented general in the Afghan Army. Why? Because our country has been in constant turmoil. I have seen many problems and also many people die in front of me.

If I start telling you the stories of my life, I might start crying. So I was really interested to serve my country. This soil holds so much value for us and it needs to be protected. This country is my motherland. If I can’t protect my motherland, how can I defend my real mother?” another Trainee Cadet Wahidullah Zazai, Afghan National Army, said.

The training cycle for the cadets lasts for a year, and means extended periods of separation from the comforts of home and family.

Trainee Cadet Wahidullah Zazai, said “Right now my family is not important for me. The important thing for me right now is to work hard with my brothers. I am a strong and educated student here, but I have to help train my brothers as well. If I train hard today, I am sure I will have a bright future. I know that I have family and children but while I am here, I have left them in the hands of God.”

The aim of the academy is to provide Afghanistan with an officer training facility that mirrors the standards set by western militaries.

Trainee Cadet Wahidullah Zazai, said “Right now in 2015 we are training with the methods of 2015. The training provided is up to date, which is a very good thing. This sets us up well for the future.”

“I have learned many things here, from basic tactics to leadership, how to lead a whole battalion and how to control troops during an operation. Before I arrived I had little idea how to handle a weapon, but after time on the range, I am confident in a variety of weapons, such as assault rifles, machine guns. I can now shoot well. Today I can say that I am proficient in many areas, and am fast becoming a confident Afghan soldier,” Trainee Cadet Abdul Saboor, Afghan National Army, said.

The first graduation from the academy took place last year, and those who successfully passed out are already serving across the country.

Trainee Cadet Wahidullah Zazai, said “We need to stop the insurgents from brainwashing our children, and I will do my best to get rid of those people who would prevent peace from coming to my country.

The faster we bring peace, the faster we can bring education and the stronger our unity will grow, to the point where we will no longer need foreigners to support our country. Only if these things happen will Afghanistan be able to stand up for itself.”

This is the script of a NATOChannel story by Laurence Cameron

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President Ghani optimistic regardin peace talks with the Taliban group Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:48:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> GhaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said he optimistic regarding the peace talks with the Taliban militants group.

Ghani shared the optimisms regarding the Afghan peace process during a press conference with the US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter who arrived in Kabul on Saturday.

He said Afghanistan is moving on the right track to achieve peace and stability in the country.

President Ghani did not disclose further information regarding the peace talks with the anti-government armed militant groups and said the government is not in a situation to give details regarding the progress.

This comes as recent reports suggests that the Taliban leadership is prepared to sit in for peace talks with the Afghan officials in a bid to end the violence in the country.

Sources within the Taliban leadership have also confirmed that a delegation of the Taliban group has left for Qatar where negotiations are expected to take place between Taliban and US representatives.

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10,000 coalition forces to remain in Afghanistan, Carter says Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:25:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ashton-carter-afghanistanThe US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Saturday that 10,000 US-led coalition forces will remain Afghanistan.

Speaking during a press conference with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Carter said the withdrawal plan of US troops from Afghanistan will be discussed in further details during President Ghani’s visit to US next month.

He said the withdrawal plan was discussed during his to Kabul with the Afghan officials and insisted that the issue should be reconsidered.

In the meantime, President Ghani insisted that the US administration should discuss the review of troops withdrawal with the Afghan leadership.

President Ghani also added that Afghanistan respects President Obama’s framework for the presence of US troops in teh country.

Carter arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday to see American troops and commanders, meet with Afghan leaders and assess whether U.S. withdrawal plans are too risky to Afghan security.

Carter had earlier said that he would consider changing the current plans for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan  if security conditions worsen.

The remarks by Carter were followed after the US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said earlier in December last year that up to 10,800 US troops would remain in Afghanistan for the first few months of 2015 but the drawdown will restart and the number of US troops would be reduced to 5,500 by the end of the same year.

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Afghanistan happy with Pakistan’s peace efforts Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:50:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ARGThe National Unity Government of Afghanistan has appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in Afghanistan peace process and calling Afghanistan’s enemies as their own enemies.

NUG has also reiterated that joint efforts are underway to bring peace and that any developments will be announced to Afghan people and any other stakeholders involved.

Presidential Palace (Arg) states that both neighboring countries (Afghanistan & Pakistan) are committed to assist each other for peace.

Afghan officials have repeatedly blamed Pakistan for backing insurgents in Afghanistan but Pakistan has rejected the claim.

Recently Ex-Pakistan ruler General Prwiz Musharaf recently accepted that Pakistan was backing insurgency in Afghanistan.

He said but now both the nations should put honest efforts in place for the peace and stability.

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Reuters news agency quotes unidentified police and intelligence officials as saying that several Chinese insurgents were arrested during operation in Afghanistan last month.

Another security official is quoted by Reuters as saying that the arrested Chinese citizens have been transferred back to China.

According to the news agency, this security official was directly in the process of handing over the prisoners.

The official is quoted as saying “We offered our hand in cooperation with China and in return we asked them to pressure Pakistan to stop supporting the Taliban or at least bring them to the negotiating table,”

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Af-Pak relations: excitement and worries Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:10:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pak-Afghan relationsPolitical changes in leadership and power transition in both Afghanistan and Pakistan have given hopes but also has raised criticism particularly in Afghanistan. In almost 67-year history of Pakistan, an elected president completed his first tenure and democratically handed over leadership to another elected one. The same did happen in Afghanistan. More recently, Afghanistan and Pakistan (AfPak) relations have been passing through more tangible changes, this time seemingly in a ‘positive’ direction. However, the question whether this rapprochement is seasonal or will yields desired outcomes – though too early – remains blurred.

‘Change’ in AfPak relations was deemed necessary. The then status-qua was criticized and of course having ‘good relations’ – through very broad term- can better suit AfPak interests. However, asymmetric concessions are time-bound and won’t prove productive in a long run. Unless proper and immediate reciprocal measures take place, it may have counterproductive reactions mainly because of frustrations and lack of sincerity.

Afghan cadets, for the first time, went to Pakistan for training. Afghan government has launched military operation in eastern Afghanistan, where the existence of TTP is allegedly believed. Besides that, drone strikes have been increased particularly in Kunar. Ashraf Ghani has reportedly suspended a deal where India was providing weapons for Afghan army and any high level officials have yet to visit India since the inauguration of new leadership in Afghanistan. These are Pakistan’s demands which were marginalized in Karzai government but the new government is meeting them more enthusiastically.

Although high level relations and interactions have been increased and improved with the advent of the new government in Afghanistan, the ground realities particularly in border regions remain intact and even worsen, “the armed opponent of Afghan government receive better financial supports and they nowadays buy cars, which they were just dreaming of it.” Following the Zar-e-Azab military operation in Waziristan, insurgency spikes in Afghanistan, Wall Street Journal noticed. The question ‘whether it is the spillover effect or strategic move’ may have multidimensional answers. In a recent crackdown of refugees in Pakistan, about 30,000 Afghans have been deported according to local media report.

The terms ‘paradigm shift’ and ‘game changer’ have been repeatedly heard recently in media. But even in ultra-optimistic analysis too, ‘mentality’ takes time to be ‘shifted’ or ‘changed’. It does not happen overnight. Everyone who smokes knows the disadvantages of smoking and reads‘it causes cancer’ but they keep smoking.

After all, the word ‘Pakistan’ should not be translated literally in terms of representation. So far, it represents the army and its intelligence wing when it comes to foreign policy and security of Pakistan.

Cost and benefit analysis must have been measuring the current trends of AfPak in both countries and region. There is ‘no free lunch’ when it comes to politics and international relations, but in this case ‘quid pro quo’ approach has not been used, at least so far.

It is too early to judge, as some are harshly criticizing while others are more optimistic, the possible outcome. However, a state-to-state channel of communication and interactions is considered a rational development. A state-to-party, ethnicity and individual actor channels, which were the main stream of communication in the past, seem to be fading away.

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55 insurgents killed in Operation Zulfiqar in Helmand Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:24:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ANA-during operationsBrigadier General Dawlat Waziris Deputy Spokesman for the Defense Ministry of Afghanistan told Khaama Press on Saturday that 55 armed opponents of the government have been killed in Operation Zulfiqar in Helmand province.

He says 57 other insurgents were also wounded and five arrested during the operation in Sangin, Marja, Nawa and Washir District in past 48 hours.

42 bombs were also defused by the Afghan National Security Forces in past 48 hours, according to the Deputy Spokesman of the Defense Ministry.

Operation Zulfiqar which is jointly ran by hundreds of Afghan National Security Forces started about a week ago in different parts of Helmand province to clear the target areas from the presence of the insurgents.

Operation Zulfiqar is reportedly the largest operation Afghan National Security Forces are conducting independently after receiving full responsibility of the security from NATO forces this year.

On January 1, Afghanistan with some 350, 000 troops received full responsibility of security after NATO forces ended its combat role in Afghanistan on 31 December 2014.

NATO now runs Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan which is aimed at Training, Advising and supporting the Afghan National Security Forces.

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West Indies beats Pakistan by 150 runs in CWC 2015 Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:00:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan loseAfter India defeated Pakistan in 4th match of Cricket World Cup 2015 played on 15 February in Adelaide, today Pakistan was won by West Indies in the 10th match of Cricket World Cup 2015.

This was the 2nd match Pakistan played in Cricket Word Cup 2015 with losing both.

In today match West Indies bat 1st making 310 scores with six players out in 50 overs, putting a target of 311 runs for Pakistan to win.

But Pakistan did not reach the target and lose the match by 150 runs.

On West Indies side Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons made the highest scores for their team.

Denesh Ramdin made 51 and Lendl Simmons 50.

On Pakistan side Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood made the highest scores for their team.

Umar Akmal made 59 and Maqsood hit a 50.

This was Pakistan’s 2nd match in Cricket World Cup 2015.

Their 1st match was with India where they lost by 76 runs.

India made 300 runs in 50 overs and put the target of 301 in front of Pakistan.

Pakistan only received 224 runs in 47 overs with all players out, losing the match by 76 runs.

Pakistan has faced repeated defeats from India in the Cricket World Cups since 1992

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U.S. Defense Secretary arrives in Kabul Sat, 21 Feb 2015 04:36:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Ashton Cater meets nato commander john campbell in Kabul 21FEB2015After landing in Kabul on Saturday morning, United States Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter early received by General John Francis Campbell, commander of the NATO Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces in Afghanistan.

Mr. Carter is expected to meet with United States military commanders and Afghan officials on his two days 1st overseas visit after taking office.

Mr. Carter says that has told the President of the United States Mr. Barack Obama that he will review the United States involvement in war.

“I promised the president that I would do that, that I would begin to get my own thinking together in this,”

This is Mr. Carters 1st visit after taking office and during his visit he will evaluate war and the fate of some 10, 600 U.S troops in Afghanistan. He told reporters on board with him on his way to Kabul that “We’re looking for success in Afghanistan that is lasting,” Adding that “The best way to do that is precisely what I’m here to assess.”

About half of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan are scheduled to leave by the end of 2015 and the rest at the end of 2016.

Ashton B. Carter assumed office at 17 February this year as the Defense Secretary of the United States after Ex-Secretary Mr. Chuck Hagel resigned.

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Afghanistan Central Bank branch robbed by staff in Kandahar Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:34:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DABA branch of the Central Bank of Afghanistan also known as “Da Afghanistan Bank” has been robbed by its staff members in southern Kandahar Province.

The staff members of Da Afghanistan Bank branch in Spin Boldak District have escaped to neighboring Pakistan following the robbery.

Police officials in Kandahar say an investigation has been initiated into the incident.

The exact amount taken by the staff members  of Spin Boldak Branch is not identified yet but Fazal Ahmad Azimi, General Manager of Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) in Kandahar says that there were over 50 millions of Afghanis in the bank by the time the incident took place, adding that the wall locker of the branch was locked following the robbery until further instructions.

He said that the robbery was done by Spin Boldak Branch Manager Sayed Agha and two other staff members of the branch.

Azimi added that the incident took place Tuesday following which the staff members of Spin Boldak Branch escaped to Pakistan which is on the border with Spin Boldak.

He said that the robbers have taken their families with them to Pakistan.

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Kandahar attack leaves 4 dead, 8 wounded Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:22:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> insurgnet killedTaliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack in Spin Boldak District of restive Kandahar Province that left four people killed and eight others wounded this afternoon.

Taliban spokesman has claimed responsibility of this in a message to the media.

The attack took place around 01:00 PM this afternoon where the short gun battle between the security officials and insurgents continued for about 30 minutes.

Zia Durania, spokesman for the police headquarters of southern Kandahar Province says that insurgents 1st carried out an explosion in the Bazaar of Spin Boldak District and after Police arrived at the scene, a gun battle erupted between security officials and insurgents.

He said one police officer and three civilians were killed in the attack while eight policemen sustained injuries.

He put the number of the attackers at two and said that both of them have been killed by the security forces.

Taliban attacks continue in Afghanistan as a delegation of the insurgent group is in Qatar reportedly for peace talks.

Reuter news agency quoting Pakistani officials states that Afghan Taliban leadership has shown willingness for peace talks. But analyzers say if Taliban are willing for peace then they have to suspend their attacks at least until the result of the negotiations.

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Afghanistan Peace Process: Taliban delegation in Qatar, Taliban spokesman confirms to BBC Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:16:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Taliban DelegationZabihullah Mujahid, who has been in contact with media on behalf of Afghan Taliban has confirmed that a delegation of Afghan Taliban has gone to Qatar but he has said that further details will be provided later.

Earlier reports from Reuters news agency suggested that Afghan Taliban leadership has shown willingness to peace talks with quoting sources from Pakistan officials and Taliban.

Reuter news agency quotes senior Pakistani officials as saying that Afghan Taliban leadership has shown willingness to peace talks.

Reuters has also quoted an Afghan Taliban source from Qatar as saying that the 1st round of negotiation  between Taliban and US officials is scheduled for Thursday while a 2nd round will take place on Friday.

“The first session will take place today in Qatar and then there would be another session on Friday. Let us see what happens as talks before did not yield any results,” the unnamed source has told Reuters by telephone.

Reuters has also quoted sources close to Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff as telling Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during his recent visit in Kabul that Taliban are willing to peace talks

“They have expressed their willingness [to meet] and there will be progress in March. But these things are not so quick and easy,” the unnamed officials has told Reuters on condition not to be named.

The official has also added that “But there are very clear signals … and we have communicated it to the Afghans. Now many things are with the Afghans and they are serious,”

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Arsala Jamal assassination suspect arrested in Laghman Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:15:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Arsala JamalNational Directorate of Security (NDS) has arrested a man suspected of being involved in the assassination of Ex-Governor of Logar Province Arsala Jamal.

Sarahdi Zwak, spokesman for the acting governor of Laghman Province told Khaama Press on Tuesday that a terrorist involved in the assassination plot of Arsala Jamal has been arrested in Qarghai District.

He said “Laghman NDS arrested the terrorist two days ago but the information of his arrest was held up because he was under investigation.”

Acting Governor’s spokesman names the arrested suspect as Mohamad Din alias Shahab and says that he was leading a group of ten insurgents.

Zwak said that Shahab was arrested together with three of his men who besides playing role in the assassination of Arsala Jamal also had hand in several terrorist activities.

Arsala Jamal was assassinated on October 15, 2013 in a bomb explosion inside the grand mosque while offering Eid prayers in Pol-e-Alam, provincial capital of Logar Province.

He had also served as the Governor of Khost Province before Logar.

Sarhadi Zwak also said that Afghan National Security Forces thwarted a coordinated attack of terrorists on a security check post in Alingar District this morning.

He said “A group of insurgents attacked a security check post in Chinchar area but Army and police together responded to the attack and made insurgents leave the area.”

He said three terrorists were injured in the attack who were taken moved by their comrades.

He added that three policemen also sustained light injuries during the exchange of fire with the insurgents.

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Jundullah claim responsibility for recent Pakistan attack Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:07:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????A spokesman Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group Jundullah called media and claimed responsibility for last night’s attack in Rawalpindi that left at least three people killed and ten others wounded, most of the wounded are reportedly in critical condition.

Jundullah spokesman has also said that the attack in a serious was to revenge the Pakistani military operation Zarb-e-Azab in North Waziristan tribal belt.

Asghar Askari, a religious leader in Pakistan who is also the leader of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen blamed the government for supporting terrorism.

He said “This is a terrorist government. We have been collecting corpses because of them.”

The attack took place at the entrance of imambargah in Qasr-e-Sakeena area of Rawalpendi, located 14 kilometers south of Islamabad, capital of Pakistan.

According the security officials a suicide attacker planned to enter into the imambargah where Shia Muslims had gathered but detonated his explosive at the entrance after he was stopped.

This was 2nd attack on Shia Muslims in Pakistan since.

On Friday insurgents attacked an Imambargah in Hayatabad area of Peshawar and killed 21 people had gathered to offer Friday prayers.

55 others were also wounded in the attack, carried out by five-six insurgents from Jundullah group, the group who claimed responsibility for last night’s attack.

]]> 0 29 insurgents killed in Helmand operation Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:19:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army-Special Forces-Operation29 insurgents have been killed in Afghan National Security Operation in southern Helmand Province.

Interior Ministry of Afghanistan issuing a statement on Wednesday stated that Hundreds of soldiers of Afghan National Forces are taking part in this operation.

The statement adds that most of the areas of Sangin District has been cleared from the insurgents.

24 insurgents were killed and six others wounded during confrontation with Afghan National Security Forces in Boostan and Shakar Shila areas of Sangin District, the statement states.

Five other Taliban insurgents were killed in Musa Qala and Bughran Districts during the operations.

22 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also seized and defused by the Afghan National Security Forces, the statement adds.

This operation which is named Zulfiqar in started three days before Helmand province in effort to clean the target areas from the presence of the insurgents.

Operation Zulfiqar is independently run by Afghan National Security Forces. This operation is reportedly one of the biggest military operation run independently by Afghan National Security Operations following the taking full charge of the security from NATO forces at the beginning of this year.

Interior Ministry in the statement issued Wednesday also states that this operation is very important which also shows the ability of Afghan National Security Forces.

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UNAMA report shows 22 percent rise in civilian casualties in Afghanistan Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:58:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> UNAMAAn annual report released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) shows 22 percent increase in the civilian casualties by the end of 2014 mainly because of ground engagements.

The report which is named 2014 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict is documenting 10, 548 civilian casualties in the year 2014.

This figure is the highest recorded by the United Nations since 2009, the report adds.

According to the report the death toll of the civilians recorded was 3, 699 and the number of the civilians wounded in this year was 6,849 people.

The report also shows the death toll since 2009. 47,745 civilian casualties has been documented in the report which include 17,774 and 29,971 wounded.

According to UNAMA the increase of suicide attacks and Improvised Explosive Devices has significantly added up to the civilian casualties increase.

United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Nicholas Haysom says

“In communities across Afghanistan, increased ground fighting among parties to the conflict and more IED attacks exacted a heavy toll on Afghan civilians,” adding that “Rising civilian deaths and injuries in 2014 attests to a failure to fulfil commitments to protect Afghan civilians from harm. Parties to the conflict should understand the impact of their actions and take responsibility for them, uphold the values they claim to defend, and make protecting civilians their first priority. We need to see concrete steps and a real drop in civilian casualties in 2015.”

 Georgette Gagnon, UNAMA Director of Human Rights has expressed concern over the Afghan women and children’s lives in the report. He says “For Afghan women and children, the anguish of losing a husband and father in the conflict is often only the beginning of their suffering and hardship,”

He further says “The long-term social and economic consequences are devastating affecting the most vulnerable the hardest. After a year in which conflict-related violence led by ground engagements killed and injured record numbers of women and children, the destruction and damage to Afghan lives must be met with a new commitment by all parties to avoid harm to Afghan civilians.”

UNAMA in this report has repeated that they will continue to work with all parties involved in Afghan fight for reducing civilian casualties.

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President Ghani strongly condemned deadly Logar attack Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:12:25 +0000 Read the full article...]]> President Mohammad Ashraf GhaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has strongly condemned the terrorist at the police headquarters of Logar Province which left at least 20 police officers martyred and a number of others wounded.

President Ghani in a statement released by the presidential palace here in Kabul says that the enemy of Afghanistan is cannot stand in front of Afghan National Security Forces so they carry out this type of attacks.

The attackers were wearing police uniforms to be disguised as police who took the advantage of the uniform reached to the parking lot of the police headquarters.

Taliban insurgents on numerous ocassins have taken the advantage of Afghan National Security Forces uniforms.

They have also used women clothes and Burqas in their attacks.

President Mohammad Ghani has also said in the statement that such anti-Islamic and anti-humanity acts of the enemies of Afghanistan will not weaken the lines of the Afghan National Security Forces for defending their country and people but instead it will give courage to fight stand against the enemies.

President Ghan has also conveyed his condolences to the family and loved ones of the victims of the terrorist attack.

The attack was carried out by four insurgents equipped with arms and explosives

Three insurgents exploded their vest and a fourth one was killed during the exchange of fire with the insurgents.

Governor’s spokesman immediately after the attack confirmed the martyrdom of 10 police officers but security officials after completing their situational information put the death toll at 20.

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Cricket World Cup 2015, Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Afghanistan faced defeat Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:18:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan VS BangadeshMatch between Afghanistan and Bangladesh started at 08:00 AM (Afghanistan local time) Wednesday morning for the Cricket World Cup 2015.

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat 1st.

Bangladesh made 267 runs in 50 overs with 10 players out.

Afghanistan needed 268 runs to win but could not reach the target and faced defeat by 105 runs from Bangladesh.

Afghanistan made 162 runs in 42.5 overs with 10 players out.

This is 1st time in the history that Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team is playing in Cricket World Cup. Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team for receiving great achievements in short period of time was selected to play in the Cricket World Cup.

Mohammad Nabi, captain of Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team says that they have practiced a lot to win this game.

This is the 7th match of Cricket World Cup 2015 being played between Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

After this match Afghanistan is scheduled to play five other matches.

Following is the schedule issued by ICC.

Sun 22
22:00 GMT, 11:00 local
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka
12th Match, Pool A – ICC World Cup 2015
University Oval, Dunedin
Thu 26
22:00 GMT, 11:00 local
Afghanistan v Scotland
17th Match, Pool A – ICC World Cup 2015
University Oval, Dunedin
Wed 04
06:30 GMT, 14:30 local
Afghanistan v Australia
26th Match, Pool A – ICC World Cup 2015
W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
Sun 08
22:00 GMT, 11:00 local
Afghanistan v New Zealand
31st Match, Pool A – ICC World Cup 2015
McLean Park, Napier
Fri 13
03:30 GMT, 14:30 local
Afghanistan v England
38th Match, Pool A – ICC World Cup 2015
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
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Enemies of Afghanistan are enemies of Pakistan, says Pakistan Army Chief Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:49:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Raheel SharifGeneral Raheel Sahrif, Army Chief of Pakistan has said that the enemies of Afghanistan are the enemies of Pakistan.

He has made this comment with Afghan authorities during a one-day visit to Kabul for improving security and intelligence cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

General Raheel Sharif after arrival in Kabul on Tuesday met with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and discussed the security at both sides of the border.

In the meeting leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif once again refreshed their commitment not to let their territory be used against each other.

General Raheel Sharif’s visit to Kabul is taking place after a recent visit of General John Francis Campbell, commander of the NATO-Resolute Support Mission and United States forces in Afghanistan, to Pakistan.

General Campbell visited Pakistan earlier this month where he met Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and other high ranking security officials and discussed security situation in the region especially on both sides of the border.

This was 2nd visit of General Campbell to Pakistan following the deadly Peshawar attack on December 16 that left at least 141 people killed and more 130 injured. Some of the injured students and school staff later succumbed to injuries, bringing the death toll to at least 160.

In his 1st visit in December last year Afghanistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Shir Mohammad Karimi accompanied him where Afghanistan and Pakistan reached a compromise of sharing intelligence information along the border as well as commanders from both countries will be meeting each other for border security.

Also, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff and other Pakistani officials visit continue to Kabul in an effort to mend the shaky ties between the two countries after the formation of new government in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s ex-military ruler General Parwiz Musharaf in a recent interview with the Guardian Newspaper admitted that the government of Pakistan sought to undermine Karzai’s government since he was helping India back stab Pakistan.

But he said that now Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is the President of Afghanistan who is trying to maintain the balance and we (Pakistan) must totally cooperate with him.

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Pakistan’s Intelligence and Army Chiefs arrive in Kabul Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:07:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Rizwan-Akhtar-Raheel-SharifPakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief General Rizwan Akhtar and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif have arrived in Kabul for a one day official visit to discuss security with Afghan Authorities.

According to Pakistan’s Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) statement, ISI and Army Chiefs will meet Afghan political leaders and senior military officials during the one day visit in Kabul.

This visit is taking place on the eve of deadly attacks in both neighboring countries.

The attack in Pakistan took place in Lahore city which left eight people killed and over a dozen others injured.

Police said that the target of the suicide attacker was a nearby police center but because of the tight security he failed to reach his target.

Responsibility of the attack is claimed by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a militant group that has recently separated from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). TTP is the main armed group of insurgents fighting the government in Pakistan.

In the meantime, a group of armed insurgents attacked the police headquarters of Logar province leaving 10 policemen martyred and eight others injured.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Eight people killed in explosion in Pakistan Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:55:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanEight people have been killed and over a dozen others wounded in a powerful explosion in Lahor city of Pakistan.

The explosion took place near Police Lines in Qala Gujir Sing area of the city this afternoon.

Several vehicles parked at the site also gutted following the explosion.

Officials imposed emergency in the city hospitals following the explosion.

Inspector-general of Punjab Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhara told reporters that it was a suicide attack.

He added “Intelligence information was received that suicide attackers may carry out attacks in Lahore or elsewhere in Punjab”.

Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif have condemned the attack.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a militant group that separated from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in August 2014 has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This attack happens days after a deadly attack of Taliban in Peshawar city of Pakistan that left 21 people killed and over 50 others injured.

On Friday a group of five-six insurgents armed with weapons and bombs attacked an Imambargah in Hayatabad area of Peshawar city at the time hundreds of people had gathered to offer Friday prayers.

Officials said that 21 people were killed and 55 others injured during the arm and bomb attack.

The responsibility of the attack was claimed by Jundullah, a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group.

TTP splinter group Jundullah had threatened more attacks.

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10 policemen martyred, 8 injured in Logar attack Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:41:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Logar-PHQ10 policemen embraced martyrdom and eight others injured after a group of insurgents equipped with arms and explosives attacked the police headquarters of Logar Province around 12:00 PM this afternoon.

Din Mohammad Darwish, spokesman for the governor of Logar Province says that the attackers were four people, adding that all of the attackers were wearing police suits and made their way into the police headquarters.

He further said that at the beginning of the attack two insurgents carried out suicide attacks and later a third one also exploded his materials to target policemen.

He added that a fourth one was killed in the exchange of fire with the security forces.

“10 soldiers embraced martyrdom in the attack and eight others sustained injuries”, he said.

Darwish also said that some of the injured policemen are in critical condition.

Out of the three suicide attacks, one took place in the eating room of the police headquarters as police were arriving at the room for lunch.

Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attack.

This was a 2nd deadly attack in which insurgents targeted police since yesterday.

Yesterday six policemen embraced martyrdom during a gun battle with insurgents in Maiwand District of southern Kandahar Province.

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6 policemen martyred in Kandahar clash Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:23:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Police in attack

Six policemen have embraced martyrdom in a gun battle with Taliban insurgents in southern Kandahar province.

Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province says that the gun battle occurred in Maiwand District late yesterday.

He said that six policemen embraced martyrdom in the gunbattle.

Khpalwak added that Taliban insurgents also suffered casualties during the exchange of fire with the security forces in the gun battle but he did not have a exact number of the Taliban killed in the gun battle.

Khpalwak also said that policemen have seized weapons and ammunition from the insurgents.

There is no immediate comment from Taliban insurgents on the report.

Maiwand District is located some 70 kilometers west of Kandahar city which also has border with the restive Hilmand Province and some other restive District in Kandahar Province.

It is has witnessed some heavy Taliban attacks.

Earlier this month four policemen were killed by their comrades in a check post of Maiwand District.

The comrades had disappeared from the check post following the attack.

Officials said that two policemen from the check post possibly had links with insurgents.

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1 person killed, 2 injured in Kabul explosion: Kabul police spokesman Tue, 17 Feb 2015 04:33:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kabul explosionA magnetic bomb explosion took place in the jurisdiction of 9th Police District of Kabul city.

Security officials say that the megnatic bomb was attached to a civilian vehicle which exploded in the Market area of Makroryan Se region.

Hashmat Stanikzai, spokesman for Kabul Police says that one person was killed and two others wounded in the explosion.

The security situation has been comparatively better in the past one month in Kabul.

The last explosion reported was on January 13 in the 7th Police District leaving one person killed and four others wounded.

Taliban insurgents had claimed responsibility for the explosion on January 13 but there is no immediate claim of responsibility for this morning’s explosion.

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Suicide bombing planners arrested in Kandahar Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:07:44 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Picture1National Directorate of Security of Afghanistan has arrested four terrorists in Kandahar, one of the restive provinces in the southern part of the country.

National Directorate of Security issuing a statement on Monday states that two of the arrested terrorists are planners of suicide bombing and two others are would-be suicide attackers.

The suicide bombing planners are named as Shah Mohammad alias Qudratullah and Ronday who according to the statement had planned several attacks in Kandahar Province.

The statement adds that personnel of the National Directorate of Security have also arrested two would-be suicide attackers in Kandahar Province.

The would-be suicide attackers are named as Lala Jan alias Toor Jan and Asmatullah who had received assignments from a Taliban commander Hafiz to carry out suicide attacks in Kandahar Province, the statement said.

According to the statement, two homemade bombs, 60 kilograms of explosives and other terrorist materials were seized from the possession of the arrested would-be suicide bombers.

National Directorate of Security statements usually do not contain information about the exact location and date of the event but their statements are issued after recent activities.

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Germany building new engineering college in Balkh Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:58:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> GGermanermany is building a new engineering college  with the cost of 220 million Afghanis (3.4 million Euros) in northern Balkh Province which will have room for 720 students of the faculties of railway construction, plumbing, electricity (electricians), road construction and masonry.

The foundation stone of this college was laid to gather by Thomas Silberhorn, the Parliamentary State Secretary in Germany’s Ministry Economic Cooperation and Development and Mohammad Zahir Wahdat, the Deputy Governor of Balkh Province during a ceremony on Sunday.

While laying the foundation stone of the college, Thomas Silberhorn talked about the importance of this project

He said, “A solid education and vocational training, which is directed towards the needs of the labour market and the needs of the people are the best basis for future generations to contribute to a sustainable development of the country and to generate income for their families.”

Mohammad Zahir Wahdat while thanking Germany for the continued assistance said “An investment in education is an investment in Afghanistan’s future. This will help us achieve the greatest goal we can reach: our self-sufficiency.”

Government of Germany is funding this project through its Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KFW) Development Bank.

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Drug addict arrested after killing wife in Herat Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:49:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ArrestSher Ahmad who is a drug addict was arrested by the security officials after killing his wife in western Herat Province on Sunday night.

According to the security officials Sher Ahmad was trying to escape to Iran following the killing of his wife yesterday.

Sher Ahmad while admitting the crime in Kehsan District says that he beheaded his wife after a verbal conflict.

The couple had been married for eight years with having two sons.

This is 2nd incident in less than five days where drug addict kills wife in Afghanistan.

Three days before a drug addict killed his wife and six other family members and relatives in southern Afghanistan.

The incident took place in Qalat, provincial capital of southeastern Zabul province late Thursday night.

Officials said the man attacked his wife, children, brothers and their wives during midnight and after committing the crime he went to his uncles living place to kill his other relatives but his relatives survived.

Provincial Police Chief Ghulam Jilani Farahi said after receiving information police went to the area during the night to arrest the culprit but he tried to escape.

Farahi added that police then shot the man and he was also killed.

An estimated 1.6 million population of Afghanistan out 30 million, as of 2013, is drug addicted.

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Delegation visiting Pakistan for Afghan Refugees Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:48:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Abdullah AbdullahAbdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the government says that a delegation will visit Pakistan in near future for discussing the issue of Afghan refugees with Pakistani authorities.

He said after the visit a decision will be made regarding the Afghan refugees.

Millions of Afghan refugees reside in different parts of Pakistan who are asked to return to their country.

Pakistan became very harsh on Afghan refugees after a terrorist attack in Peshawar that left at least 141 people killed and injured more than 130, most of them school children in December 2014.

The attack carried out on a military-run school in Warsak road area of Peshawar which was claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the armed opponents of the government.

TTP spokesman soon after the attack messaged media and said that the attack was carried out by their fighters.

TTP spokesman told media that this attack was carried out to revenge the killing of their people in North Waziristan in Pakistani military operation.

Pakistan since then has begun crackdown on Afghan Refugees.

Hundreds of Afghans have been arrested and put in jail on different accusations.

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6 ANA martyred, 64 insurgents killed in ANSF operations Mon, 16 Feb 2015 07:02:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National ArmySix Afghan National Army soldiers have embraced martyrdom in a road side landmine explosion while 64 insurgents have been killed in Afghan National Security Forces operations.

A statement issued by the Defense Ministry Monday morning does not contain information about the exact location of the explosion where the soldiers were martyred but states that it happened in past 48 hours.

Statement further states that 63 insurgents were killed and 31 others injured during confrontation with the military in past 48 hours.

158 Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) were also discovered and defused by the military during the past 48 hours, the statement adds.

In the mean time, Interior Ministry in a statement issued Monday morning states that one insurgent was killed, another injured and five arrested in police operations in past 24 hours.

As per the statement, the operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Paktika, Ghazni, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Kunduz, Takhar and Sar-e-Pul provinces with the assistance from the Afghan National Army and personnel of the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

Four IEDs were also defused by ANSF in Kunar and Khost provinces, the statement adds.

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Angeza Shinwari succumbs to injuries Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:39:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Angeza Shinwari-Nangarhar Provincial Council memberAngeza Shinwar, ex-journalist and member of the provincial council of Nangarhar Province who got seriously wounded in an explosion in Jalalabad city has succumbed to injuries.

Zabihullah Zmarai, another member of the provincial council of Nangarhar says that Angeza Shinwari breathed last around 12: PM last night in the hospital.

Angeza Shinwari was wounded in the explosion of a magnetic bomb which was attached to her vehicle in Jalalabad city last week.

Because of the seriousness of her wounds, Angeza Shinwari was brought to Sardar Mohammad Dawoud Khan hospital in Kabul.

The explosion occurred in front of Bibi Hawa high school in Jalalabad city.

Her driver was killed on the spot while Angeza Shinwari and three other civilians were wounded.

Angeza Shinwari, 34, was an Ex-Journalist journalist who was serving as the member of the provincial council of Nangarhar for a second tenure.

Angeza Shinwari was renowned for voicing for women rights and education.

No arrest has been made in connection to the attack on Angeza Shinari .

Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal told Khaama Press on Monday that they are still investigating to arrest the culprits.

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Mullah Mohammad Omar “expired medicine”, says Sayaf Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:29:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SayafEx-Jehadi leader Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayaf has called Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar ” expired medicine”.

Sayaf while talking to a gathering of Ex-Mujahedeen in Kabul said “Mullah Mohammad Omar’s time is over. Mullah Omar is now expired medicine. Doctor has changed the prescription”

He did not put more light on his words.

The gathering was organized by Ex-Mujahedeen to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the withdrawal of the Soviet forces from Afghanistan.

Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayaf also talked about Islamic State, the hot topic these days.

He used IS’s Arabic name DAESH and said “DAESH is not a miracle”, adding that “We will stop DAESH.”

Sayaf said that if DAESH arrives at the doors of Kabul, then doors for Mujahedeen will be knocked.

Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayaf in the celebratory gathering also criticized foreign policy of the government.

He said that bringing changes to the foreign policy towards neighbors without consultation with nation is disloyal.

About the involvement of Mujahedeen in the politics, Sayaf said that excluding Mujahedeen from the politics is not fair. He added that pretty soon Mujahedeen will come under one roof and their stance will go from one address.

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India beats Pakistan in Cricket World Cup 2015 Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:32:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ????????

Indian National Cricket Team beat Pakistan National Cricket Team in Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2015 by 76 runs in Adelaide, Australia on Sunday.

On coming to the ground both of the rivals tossed to start the Cricket World Cup 2015 4th match with India winning the toss and choosing to bat 1st.

Indian National Cricket team was able to make 300 scores in 50 overs with the loss of seven wickets.

India’s Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan made the highest scores for India.

Virat Kohli made 107 runs, Suresh Raina made 74 runs and Shikhar Dhawan made 73.

Virat Kohli was the only one who hit a century in this 4th Cricket World Cup 2015 match.

Pakistan was required to make 301 runs to win the match but failed to hit the target.

Pakistan made 224 runs with all players out in 47 overs.

In Pakistan side Msbah-ul-Haq and Ahmad Shehzad made the highest scores.

Msbah-ul-Haq made 76 and Ahmad Shehzad 47.

This was the 6th time Pakistan faced India in the Cricket World Cup since 1992. India has won all Cricket World Cup matches played with Pakistan since 1992.

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Avalanche in Badakhshan claimed six lives Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:43:50 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Badakhshan snowSix people have lost lives in avalanche fall in north-eastern Badakhshan Province of Afghanistan.

Local officials say that the incident took place in Qulf Zar area of Yamgan District last night.

Officials add that these people died after they got trapped in the avalanche fall.

Officials further add that due to the heavy snow fall, rescuers could not even remove the dead bodies.

Elsewhere in Yamgan District around 20 homes have been destroyed due to the heavy snowfall.

No loss of human lives has been reported but dozens of domestic animals have died in snow-related incidents.

The heavy snow-hit area is reported to be Khash area of Yamgan District.

Badakhshan is one of the remote provinces of Afghanistan located in the north-eastern part of the country.

Badakhshan witnesses some heavy snowfall every winter which claim dozens of lives most of the years.

In 2012 more than 60 people died due to heavy snowfall in Badakhshan province with more than 40 died only in Shekay District.

Thousands of domestic animals also died and dozens of homes destroyed in 2012 snowing season.

In the snowing season some of the roads in Badakhshan Province are closed for months.

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Soviet troops withdrawal 26 years completed Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:30:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ss26 years before Ex-soviet union withdrew its last forces from Afghanistan on February 15 marking it the end of Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Soviet troops began its last withdrawal at May 15, 1988 and completed on February 15, 1989.

Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan lasted for over nine years which caused heavy casualties and damages to Afghanistan.

An estimated of 1.5 million Afghans were martyred; Hundreds of thousands disabled and nearly 10 million others emigrated from the country with most of them to neighboring Pakistan and Iran.

The war was fought between then Kabul administration and Mujahideen.

Kabul forces were led by soviet and Mujahideen were assisted by Saudi Arabia, United States, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Iran, China and some other countries.

The neighboring countries Pakistan, Iran and China would to the most parts give military training to Mujahideen and Saudi Arabia, United States and United Kingdom financial support.

Billions of dollars were delivered to Mujahideen in the fight against the Soviet invasion which finally led to the defeat of the soviet forces in Afghanistan and the break of the Soviet Union.

Soviet Union broke following the defeat in Afghanistan.

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Kabul to host TAPI summit Sun, 15 Feb 2015 04:57:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> gas pipelineKabul is scheduled to host the 21st summit of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Pakistan-India TAPI gas pipeline project.

Rafiullah Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan told Azadi Radio that officials from Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are scheduled to organize the 21st summit of TAPI within two months in Kabul.

Sediqi said during this meeting the authorities of the countries involved in the project will fix the start date of the project.

Sediqi further said that this is a project for 30 years and every year Afghanistan will get millions of dollars for Transit.

He added that thousands of Afghans will find job through this project.

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Pakistan-India TAPI is an 18, 00 kilometers gas pipeline project that will deliver Turkmenistan’s gas to Pakistan and then to India through Afghanistan.

The project is developed by the Asian Development Bank with a cost of eight billion dollars.

Asian Development Bank in the meantime warns that the cost could go high if the project is not started and completed at the scheduled time.

TAPI project is scheduled to be completed around 2017.

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Would-be suicide bombers arrested in Nangarhar Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:37:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar-PHQNational Directorate of Security (NDS) has arrested two would-be suicide bombers in eastern Nangarhar Province who planned to carry out attacks on police.

A statement issued by the NDS on Saturday states that both of the would-be suicide attackers are from eastern region of the country who had received assignment from a Taliban commander Haroun to target police in Jalalabad city.

NDS statement further states that one would-be suicide bomber Abadullah alias Umar is from Kamdesh District of eastern Nooristan Province and Shah Mahmood alias Hamza is from Bati Kot District of the same eastern Province of Nangarhar where the attack was planned.

According to NDS statement the attack was planned to be carried out with the assistance of a Mazda vehicle, laden with explosives.

NDS statement further states that the attackers had planned a coordinated attack at the police of 1st District of Jalalabad city also using weapons.

NDS statements usually do not contain the exact date of the event but their statements are issued about recent activities.

Nangarhar was among the comparatively safe provinces of Afghanistan but most recently it is experiencing an increase in terrorist attacks.

Last week a provincial council member was attacked and then a soldier of Afghan National Army was hanged in public in this Province.

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