Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Fri, 22 May 2015 12:43:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Grenade attack on wedding party in Faryab leaves 15 injured http://www.khaama.com/grenade-attack-on-wedding-party-in-faryab-leaves-15-injured-1122 http://www.khaama.com/grenade-attack-on-wedding-party-in-faryab-leaves-15-injured-1122#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 12:40:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50548 Read the full article...]]> grenade attack in FaryabAt least fifteen people were injured following a grenade attack on a wedding party in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place late on Thursday night in Andkhoi district.

The district administrative chief Sultan Mohammad Sanjar, said several people had attended a wedding party when militants hurled a hand grenade.

Sanjar further added that fifteen people were injured in the attack and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

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

Faryab is among the relatively peaceful provinces in northern Afghaistan however the anti-government armed militants have recently increased to their insurgency activities in parts of Faryaban province during the recent months.

This comes as two people were killed and eight others wre injured after a hand grenade went off in Maimana city few days earlier.

According to reports, the incident took place after a hand grenade kept by a drug addicted man went off, leaving the addicted man dead along with his father dead and eight others wounded.

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Three militants killed after attacking police officer’s residence in Laghman http://www.khaama.com/three-militants-killed-after-attacking-police-officers-residence-in-laghman-3343 http://www.khaama.com/three-militants-killed-after-attacking-police-officers-residence-in-laghman-3343#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 06:13:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50545 Read the full article...]]> Laghman-MehtarlamThree insurgents have been killed in a clash erupted after they attacked the residence of a security officer in eastern Laghman province.

The police officer together with his family responded to the attack in Omarzi area around 11:00 PM last night leaving three militants killed.

The dead bodies of all three insurgents have been taken to the hospital at Mehtarlam, the provincial capital.

The officer’s son and his son’s wife also sustained injuries during the clash but they are announced out of danger.

Although, no militant organization have yet claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban militants have increased attacks on security forces.

 

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ISIS militants execute young with anti-tank rocket in Syria http://www.khaama.com/isis-militants-execute-young-with-anti-tank-rocket-in-syria-1121 http://www.khaama.com/isis-militants-execute-young-with-anti-tank-rocket-in-syria-1121#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 04:51:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50541 Read the full article...]]> Bazooka execution SyriaThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have released a new shocking video which purportedly shows the execution of a young man with anti-tank rocket.

The video which emerged on Thursday shows the convicted man blasted to death after he was shot with a rocket propelled grenade launcher.

According to reports, the young man was a member of the Sunni al-Sheitaat tribe in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor (or Deir al-Zour) province.

The “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently blog” reported that the clip was shot on 20 May and the militants appearing in the video hails from Tunisia and Morocco.

The man admits to killing two IS soldiers in Hai Sanour with a rocket-propelled grenade as he is questioned by a group of ISIS fighters before his execution.

The ISIS militants appearing in the video sentences the man to death i an eye-for-an-eye retribution to avenge the killing of two ISIS militants and kill him by firing an RPG from a distance at him.

At least 900 people were reportedly killed by ISIS militants after the al-Sheitaat tribe attempted to a rebellion against the terror group in Deir Ezzor in 2014.

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Suicide car bomb attack foiled in key part of Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/suicide-car-bomb-attack-foiled-in-key-part-of-kabul-city-1120 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-car-bomb-attack-foiled-in-key-part-of-kabul-city-1120#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 16:24:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50538 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan national security forces thwarted a plot to carry out a suicide car bomb attack in capital Kabul late on Thursday afternoon.

The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said a would-be suicide bomber was arrested and a Veicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) was confiscated by the intelligence operatives.

NDS said the suicide bomber was looking to carry out a car bomb attack in a key area of the city.

No further details were given regarding the main target of the would-be suicide bomber.

This comes as the Taliban-led insurgency have been rampant since the group announced its summer offensive and since then staged numerous attacks across the country including capital Kabul.

Dozens of people of were killed or injured in a car bomb attack outside the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday while another suicide bomber targeted the vehicle of the EU police mission near Hamid Karzai international airport earlier this week.

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Six would-be suicide bombers killed by own explosives in Nimroz http://www.khaama.com/six-would-be-suicide-bombers-killed-by-own-explosives-in-nimroz-3342 http://www.khaama.com/six-would-be-suicide-bombers-killed-by-own-explosives-in-nimroz-3342#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 11:33:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50535 Read the full article...]]> taliban-militants-killedSix would-be suicide bombers have been killed in the explosion of their own explosives in southwestern Nimroz province.

Brigadier General Mohammad Qasim Jangal Bagh, police chief of Nimroz province says that militants were planning to carry out a massive attack on the government compounds Chahar Burjak District when the incident occurred.

He said that the would-be suicide bombers were wearing their vests when they exploded and killed all six on the spot in Rudbar area of the same district.

Although, Taliban militants have not yet commented on the report but recently they have carried out a range of massive attacks on government compounds across the country.

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Three terrorists apprehended in Herat http://www.khaama.com/three-terrorists-apprehended-in-herat-3342 http://www.khaama.com/three-terrorists-apprehended-in-herat-3342#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 09:37:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50532 Read the full article...]]> NDSNational Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested three terrorists in western Herat province.

A statement issued by NDS on Thursday states that the terrorists were arrested with their weapons during security operations.

They are identified as Nasrullah alias Ojar S/O Abdul Aziz, Nisar Ahmad S/O Ghulam Rasoul and Sayed Ahmad S/O Ghulam Rasoul. All three are residents of Anjil District of Herat province.

Two PK machineguns were recovered from their positions.

The statement does not contain information about the exact date of the arrest but NDS statements usually come after recent activities.

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NDS arrests Taliban judge in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/nds-arrests-taliban-judge-in-nangarhar-%db%b3%db%b3%db%b4%db%b1 http://www.khaama.com/nds-arrests-taliban-judge-in-nangarhar-%db%b3%db%b3%db%b4%db%b1#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 08:25:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50528 Read the full article...]]> NDSThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested a judge of Taliban militant group in eastern Nangarhar province.

NDS issuing a statement this morning stated that Roza Din S/O Habib Gul is an original resident of Baghlan province but he was acting as the judge of Taliban insurgents in Nangarhar who is now in the custody of the security agency.

NDS has arrested another terrorist who is from the law enforcement, locally known as“Amr Bilmarouf and Nahi Anil Munkir”, branch of Taliban.

The arrested terrorist is identified as Sayed Rahman S/O Surgul alias Noorani a resident of Nangarhar province.

The statement states that Sayed Rahman had hand in several terrorist attacks including one in Shin Kandaw area of Hesarak District.

In other operation, Inayatullah S/O Naqibullah who is an original resident of Kapisa province has been arrested with the propaganda leaflets of Haqani terrorist network on Kabul-Jalalabad highway.

A corolla vehicle is also seized by the NDS personnel in which Inayatullah was carrying the leaflets.

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

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Two militants including three killed in security incidents in Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/two-militants-including-three-killed-in-security-incidents-in-kandahar-3340 http://www.khaama.com/two-militants-including-three-killed-in-security-incidents-in-kandahar-3340#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 07:07:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50525 Read the full article...]]> KandaharTwo insurgents including three people have been killed in separate security incidents in southern Kandahar province.

Two militants were killed and two others seriously wounded in brief gun battles with security forces in Saidusan and Gholang areas of Mianashin District this morning.

Mahmood a local Taliban commander is among the ones killed during the clashes.

Security forces did not suffer casualties.

Also, a police officer killed his brother-in-law in phase 12 of Kandahar city this morning who was later detained.

The motive behind the killing is identified to be the domestic disputes.

The other incident occurred in Najogano area of phase 14 of Kandahar city where a son stabbed his mother and runaway.

Security officials are probing to arrest him.

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President Ghani announced Masoum Stanikzai nominee for Ministry of Defense http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-president-ghani-announced-masoum-stanikzai-nominee-for-ministry-of-defense-3340 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-president-ghani-announced-masoum-stanikzai-nominee-for-ministry-of-defense-3340#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 05:19:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50519 Read the full article...]]> Masoum-Stanikzai

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani announced on Thursday announced Masoum Stanikzai as the nominee for the Ministry of Defense.

President Ghani while talking to the International Contact Group gathering at Presidential Palace made the announcement.

President Ghani put light on the delay in the appointment of people for other high government posts including provincial governors.

He said that appointing suitable people for provinces was critical.

President Ghani said that cabinet is now headed by right people and it will provide environment for a transparent election in 2019.

He also said that he has interviewed judges for high court and pretty soon some of them will be introduced.

Masoum Stanikzai will be introduced to the House of Representatives and if he receives vote of confidence he will occupy the post of minister for the Ministry of Defense in the time the country is witnessing severe insecurity.

It would not be less than a challenge for Stanikzai to fight terrorism at time Afghan forces are fighting them alone and in only difficult situations they receive assistance from international security forces.

Masoum Stanikzai was the Minister of communications from 2002 to 2004.

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Abdul Rawouf Ahmadi, spokesman for the police headquarters of Herat province says that the group was arrested from different parts of Herat city on Wednesday.

Ahmadi said the gang had recently kidnapped the son of Ezatullah Bashiri, a businessman, from his school gate about 20 days before.

He said that the child was later released but security agencies were still looking to arrest the gang and ultimately police were able to arrest them yesterday.

Ahmadi said that the group has confessed to its crime.

Although, the spokesman of the provincial police headquarters did not specify how the child was set free but sources say that kidnappers released the child after receiving ransom.

Kidnapping for ransom cases have been happening more often in Herat.

In few cases kidnappers have killed hostages even after receiving ransom.

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ISIS sending ‘prettiest Yazidi virgins’ it abducts to slave markets http://www.khaama.com/isis-sending-prettiest-yazidi-virgins-it-abducts-to-slave-markets-9440 http://www.khaama.com/isis-sending-prettiest-yazidi-virgins-it-abducts-to-slave-markets-9440#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 04:38:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50513 Read the full article...]]> ISIS sex slavesThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has taken sex crime atrocities to whole new level by institutionalizing sexual violence where brutalization of women and girls is central to their ideology.

According to a latest report the group is sending the ‘prettiest virgins’ they capture to slave markets in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where they are sold as sexual objects to the highest bidder.

Reports regarding the ISIS atrocities comes as the United Nation’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura gathered data on ISIS sex crimes, including those against captured Yazidi women.

In an interview with the Middle East Eye Bangura said “During my recent five-country Middle East visit, I met officials, frontline workers and survivors. My focus was IS’s war on women, including from Yazidi, Christian and Turkmen Shia minorities.”

“After attacking a village, IS splits women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over. The women and mothers are separated; girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness. The youngest, and those considered the prettiest virgins fetch higher prices and are sent to Raqqa, the IS stronghold,” she added.

According to Bangura there is a hierarchy where sheikhs get first choice, then emirs, then fighters. They often take three or four girls each and keep them for a month or so, until they grow tired of a girl, when she goes back to market. At slave auctions, buyers haggle fiercely, driving down prices by disparaging girls as flat-chested or unattractive.

“We heard about one girl who was traded 22 times, and another, who had escaped, told us that the sheikh who had captured her wrote his name on the back of her hand to show that she was his ‘property’,” she said.

Bangura said their research will feed into the annual UN report on conflict-related sexual violence and advocacy work.

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Heavy clashes between security forces and rebels in Shindand, Herat http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-heavy-clashes-between-security-forces-and-rebels-in-shindand-herat-3397 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-heavy-clashes-between-security-forces-and-rebels-in-shindand-herat-3397#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 04:03:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50509 Read the full article...]]> Herat-Shindand District

Heavy clashes have erupted between security forces and insurgents in Shindand District of western Herat province.

Both sides are exchanging the fire of heavy and light weapons close to the district center local known as “Bazaar”.

Ihsanullah Hayat, spokesman for the governor of Herat province confirming the report says that so far nine militants have been killed and 15 others wounded in the gun battle.

He said insurgents attacked three security check posts in the District of Shindand around 05:00 AM in the morning after which clashes erupted.

Taliban have not immediately commented on the report but it comes during a string of Taliban attacks on government compounds and security forces across the country.

 

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Abdullah oppose with the appoint of 4 new provincial governors http://www.khaama.com/abdullah-oppose-with-the-appoint-of-4-new-provincial-governors-1119 http://www.khaama.com/abdullah-oppose-with-the-appoint-of-4-new-provincial-governors-1119#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 17:17:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50505 Read the full article...]]> AbdullahThe Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has opposed with the appointment of four new provincial governors amid reports that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has appointed eight new provincial governors.

Asif Ashna, a spokesman for the office of the Chief Executive Officer, said CEO Abdullah and President Ghani have agreed with the appointment of Salim Kunduz as Nangarhar governor, Halim Fedayi as Logar governor, Nasratullah Arsala as Paktia governor and Wahidullah Kalimzai as Kunar governor.

He said the two leaders are still at odds for the appointment of new governors for Bamyan, Helmand, Paktika and Nimroz provinces.

According to Ashna differences between the two leaders for the appointment of some of the new governors is at high level and negotiations are in progress to resolve the differences.

This comes as the Independent Directorate of the Local Governance (IDLG) said eight new provincial governors have been appointed and will assume charge in the near future.

According to IDLG Tahir Zahir as been appointed as Bamyan governor, Aminullah Shariq as Paktika governor, Mirza Khan Rahimi as Helmand governor and Mohammad Sami as Nimroz governor.

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Abdul Rahim says he will continue to save lives with his new hands http://www.khaama.com/abdul-rahim-says-he-will-continue-to-save-lives-with-his-new-hands-3393 http://www.khaama.com/abdul-rahim-says-he-will-continue-to-save-lives-with-his-new-hands-3393#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 12:17:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50497 Read the full article...]]> Abdul Rahim30-year-old Abdul Rahim an ex-Afghan National Army officer, who lost both of his hands in the explosion of a bomb he was trying to defuse, says as soon as he recovers he will return to the military.

Abdul Rahim was assigned to a bomb disposal squad and his deployment took him to restive Kandahar province, the birth place of Taliban.

Although, knowing the risk at his job, patriot Abdul Rahim continued his mission of defusing bombs to save people during his deployment.

He was happily hugging death again and again in order to rescue others. About three years ago Abdul Rahim put his life at risk to defuse a landmine planted by terrorists in Kandahar.

This time again he was able to save people but unfortunately the bomb made him disabled. It exploded and he lost both of his hands in the blast.

Abdul Rahim did not care of losing hands and becoming disabled but he was saddened he could not continue his mission.

He made several attempts for his treatment but they did not bring positive results.

Ultimately, about four months before he contacted Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre located in Kochi city of the Indian state of Kerala.

Indian doctors transplanted him new hands and he regained considerable amount of function of them. But doctors require him under intensive physiotherapy for another ten months.

Patriot Abdul Rahim now says as soon as he recovers he will return to the military and continue saving lives with his new hands.

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Kabul court sentences man to death for repeatedly raping his daughter http://www.khaama.com/kabul-court-sentences-man-to-death-for-repeatedly-raping-her-daughter-9439 http://www.khaama.com/kabul-court-sentences-man-to-death-for-repeatedly-raping-her-daughter-9439#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 12:15:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50494 Read the full article...]]> Kabul courtA man was sentenced to death by Kabul’s primary court for repeatedly raping his own daughter.

Identified as Abdul Halim, the convict was found guilty of repeatedly raping her daughter during the past 12 years.

The victim identified as 23-year-old Khatera was impregnated two times by her father and currently she is the guardian of two small children.

The first child is a 4-year-old girl while the second child was recently born and is only 3-month-old.

Khatera’s father was due to face a court hearing in the preliminary court of Kabul on Saturday but it was delayed due to unknown reasons.

In an interview with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) last week Khatera urged the authorities to try her father for repeatedly raping her during the past several years.

Khatera further added that her father was a cruel person who repeatedly raped her since she was only 12-year-old and she informed her relatives and people but no one paid attention to her plea.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission strongly condemned the brutal rape of the young woman and called on the relevant authorities to immediately take actions against the perpetrator.

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Hand grenade explosion leaves two people dead, eight wounded in Faryab http://www.khaama.com/hand-grenade-explosion-leaves-two-people-dead-eight-wounded-in-faryab-3391 http://www.khaama.com/hand-grenade-explosion-leaves-two-people-dead-eight-wounded-in-faryab-3391#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 11:08:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50488 Read the full article...]]> killedA father and his son died and eight other people wounded following a hand grenade explosion in northern Faryab province.

The tragic incident happened in Qotor area of the provincial capital Maimana around 06:30 Am this morning.

Officials say a heroin addicted man had bought the hand grenade into his house and was keeping it in his pocket.

When his father, family members and neighbors tried to snatch the hand grenade from him it exploded leaving the addicted man and his father killed and eight others wounded.

Abdul Manan, cousin of the addicted man who is one of those wounded in the incident said from the hospital that his cousin “the addicted man killed” threw a hand grenade into their house last night but luckily did not harm anyone.

“My uncle manhandled my cousin and when this morning he wanted to take the second hand grenade from him, it went off,” he said.

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Afghan govt urged to invalidate intelligence agreement with Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/afghan-govt-urged-to-invalidate-intelligence-agreement-with-pakistan-9438 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-govt-urged-to-invalidate-intelligence-agreement-with-pakistan-9438#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 11:03:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50487 Read the full article...]]> ISIThe government of national unity has been urged to immediately invalidate the Memorandum of Understanding between the Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

The Unity of Hezb-e-Islami Councils of Afghanistan expressed concerns regarding the conclusion of agreement between intelligence agencies of the two nations.

A statement released by the Unity of Hezb-e-Islami Councils of Afghanistan said ISI has been direct involved and played a key role in destructive activities in Afghanistan during the past four decades.

The statement further added that the leadership of the Unity of Hezb-e-Islami Couincils call on Afghan government to prevent signing such agreements in the future which are against the national interests of the country.

This comes as the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he is deeply concerned with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Afghan Intelligence and Pakistan’s Military Intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

The office of the former president issued a statement calling on unity government leaders to immediately cancel the agreement.

The agreement was reportedly signed by deputy NDS chief with the Pakistani authorities earlier this week.

NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi earlier said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Pakistan is not against the national interests of the country and the agreement was concluded based on previous mutual cooperation between the two nations.

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Two policemen martyred, seven militants killed in Charchino (Urozgan) clashes http://www.khaama.com/two-policemen-martyred-seven-militants-killed-in-charchino-urozgan-clashes-3391 http://www.khaama.com/two-policemen-martyred-seven-militants-killed-in-charchino-urozgan-clashes-3391#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 09:48:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50481 Read the full article...]]> UrozganTwo policemen embraced martyrdom while seven militants were killed in clashes erupted after Taliban attacked a number of security check posts in Charchino District of Urozgan province on Monday night.

Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman for the governor house said that the clashes in Sya Sang ended area last night.

He said Taliban have retreated from the area and there the areas are in the hands of security forces.

However, Mohammad Ismail the governor of Charchino District says that Taliban have been pushed back but they are still firing periodically from far distance on security check posts.

Taliban have not yet claimed responsibility for this attack but recently they have carried out several attacks on security forces in different parts of the country.

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Karzai shows deep concerns about Pak-Afghan intelligence agreement http://www.khaama.com/karzai-shows-deep-concerns-about-pak-afghan-intelligence-agreement-9437 http://www.khaama.com/karzai-shows-deep-concerns-about-pak-afghan-intelligence-agreement-9437#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 09:30:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50476 Read the full article...]]> KarzaiThe former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he is deeply concerned with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Afghan Intelligence and Pakistan’s Military Intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

The office of the former president issued a statement calling on unity government leaders to immediately cancel the agreement.

The statement further added that the former President has also called on the leaders of the unity government to prevent signing such agreements which are against the national interests of the country.

The signing of the agreement has sparked uproar among the current and former Afghan officials with reports suggesting that the NDS chief Rahmatullah Nabil opposed to ink the agreement.

Sources privy to the development said Sunday that the agreement with ISI was signed by deputy NDS chief three days ago.

The sources further added that the agreement will allow ISI to train and equip the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel.

The Afghan intelligence and ISI will jointly interrogate the detained insurgents based on the agreement, the officials said.

However, the NDS officials rejected that the NDS operatives would be trained and equipped by Pakistan based on the latest agreement between the spy agencies.

NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Pakistan is not against the national interests of the country and the agreement was concluded based on previous mutual cooperation between the two nations.

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Popular India TV face ‘Baa’ Sudha Shivpuri passes away http://www.khaama.com/popular-india-tv-face-baa-sudha-shivpuri-passes-away-9436 http://www.khaama.com/popular-india-tv-face-baa-sudha-shivpuri-passes-away-9436#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 09:11:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50471 Read the full article...]]> baamainIndia’s popular television face Sudha Shivpuri who also became popular in Afghanistan for her role of ‘Baa’ in ‘Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ drama serial has passed away.

According to reports, the 77-year-old TV actress passed away this morning due to unwell health condition.

The Hindustan Times newspaper reported that Shivpuri was keeping unwell since 2013 following a stroke on Dec 2, 2013, which affected her basic motor skills.

The report further added that stayed at the hospital for almost six months after the stroke.

Shivpuri also appeared in several movies including Insaaf Ka Tarazu, Hamari Bahu Alka, Sawan Ko Aane Do, Sun Meri Laila, Burning Train, Vidhaata and Maya Memsaab.

Married to Bollywood veteran Om ShivpuriShe made her film debut with Basu Chatterjee’s Swami in 1977 but the big break in her TV career was marked Ekta Kapoor’s Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu thi in 2000.

ast rites will be performed at around 2.30 pm at a crematorium in Oshiwara, reportedly.

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13 suspected militants killed in military airstrike in North Waziristan http://www.khaama.com/13-suspected-militants-killed-in-military-airstrike-in-north-waziristan-3390 http://www.khaama.com/13-suspected-militants-killed-in-military-airstrike-in-north-waziristan-3390#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 07:45:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50468 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North Waziristan13 suspected insurgents have been killed Pakistani military’s fresh warplanes bombardment in North Waziristan.

Pakistani Army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR) says that war jets bombed insurgent hideouts in Dattakhil area of North Waziristan on Wednesday morning.

13 militants were reportedly killed and their hideouts destroyed in the bombardment.

Pakistani military began a sweeping operation against militants in Waziristan in June 2014 after peace talks with TTP collapsed and a deadly terrorist attack carried out at Karachi airport in which around 30 people killed.

Pakistan claims to have broken the backbone of the militants groups with killing thousands of their fighters and destroying their places of escape.

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ISIS militants brutally beat own fighters for smoking cigarettes http://www.khaama.com/isis-militants-brutally-beat-own-fighters-for-smoking-cigarettes-9435 http://www.khaama.com/isis-militants-brutally-beat-own-fighters-for-smoking-cigarettes-9435#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 07:17:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50465 Read the full article...]]> isis militants beat own fightersA new video has emerged from territories under the control of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group which purportedly shows the brutal beating of the group’s fighters for smoking cigarettes.

The video was reportedly released by the terror showing the men lined up and sitting against a wall as a masked militant walk up and down them.

The men vainly try to defend themselves from the blows raining down as the masked militant stomps on them.

The video also shows the masked militant jabbing the men with the barrel of his assault rifle. One of the men is also seen bashed by the militant on his head with the wooden butt of the weapon.

The men are also seen fanatically whipped with what appears to a belt.

Smoking is banned by the terror group which enforce strict rules and consider the habit a “slow suicide” and therefore as un-Islamic.

The group punishes the convict with 40 lashes at first and at second offence the convict is whipped and imprisoned but anyone violating the rule for the third time would be fined with a large sum of money and would be sent to a country camp.

The violation of the rule could also lead to execution besides public whipping and massive fine.

This comes as a senior ISIS police chief was found decapitated with a cigarette hanging from his mouth in February earlier this year.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the body of the senior police chief was found with words “O Sheikh this is munkar” written on his body, translated as “this is evil, you Sheikh”.

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Afghan Commandos operation successfully ended in Alishang of Laghman http://www.khaama.com/afghan-commandos-operation-ended-in-alishang-of-laghman-3389 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-commandos-operation-ended-in-alishang-of-laghman-3389#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 07:06:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50461 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army-Special Forces-OperationThe Afghan Commandos operation that began Tuesday morning to remove militants from target areas in Alishang District of eastern Laghman province ended successfully last night.

Commandos did not suffer casualties during the operation but they killed three militants in a confrontation.

More than 300 suspects were rounded up during this operation but Sarhadi Zwak the spokesman for provincial governor says that only 12 suspects remain in the custody and the rest of them have been released back.

The provincial headquarters of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security is now holding the 12 suspects and questioning them.

Alishang is one of the restive districts of Laghman province where militants are operating in parts it.

Several bombs have been exploded on security vehicles and officers attacked in this district this year.

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Senior Pakistani police officer gunned down in Peshawar http://www.khaama.com/senior-pakistani-police-officer-gunned-down-3388 http://www.khaama.com/senior-pakistani-police-officer-gunned-down-3388#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 06:33:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50455 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani policeA senior police officer was gunned down by unidentified gunmen in Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday morning.

Bahadur Khan, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Peshawar’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) was on his way to drop off his daughter to school when unidentified gunmen riding on a motorbike sprayed bullets on his vehicle in Gulbahar area.

Bahadur Khan’s daughter remained unharmed but he sustained serious injuries in the attack and breathed last on way to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) in Peshawar.

Soon after the attack security forces cordoned off the area but attackers had managed to flee.

Police say DSP Bahadur Khan was receiving threats before he was gunned down on Wednesday.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mohammad Khorasani the group’s spokesman said that the attack was carried out by their Special Task Force.

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50 students poisoned in Samangan http://www.khaama.com/50-students-poisoned-in-samangan-3385 http://www.khaama.com/50-students-poisoned-in-samangan-3385#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:26:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50452 Read the full article...]]> SamanganFifty students of a local Madrasa “seminary” have been poisoned in northern Samangan province.

Khairullah Anosh, acting governor of Samangan province says that the incident took place in Khuram Sarbagh District yesterday.

He said that 50 students of Khuram Madrasa have been some of these fifty students have been admitted in the district hospital and some others in the provincial hospital in capital Aibak.

Anosh added that the health condition of the students is OK. He did not know about the hand behind the case but said that an investigation is being initiated but no one is arrested so far.

Anosh noted that insurgents are trying to spread insecurity in the area and in some parts of the district there are heavy clashed between security forces and militants.

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Four soldier martyred, 44 rebels killed in military operations http://www.khaama.com/four-soldier-martyred-44-rebels-killed-in-military-operations-3385 http://www.khaama.com/four-soldier-martyred-44-rebels-killed-in-military-operations-3385#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 04:52:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50449 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-National-Army-soldierFour soldiers have embraced martyrdom while 44 militants were killed during separate military operations across the country in past 24 hours, Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday.

General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the ministry tweeted this morning about the martyrdom of four Afghan National Army soldiers due to landmine explosion and insurgent fire in past 24 hours but he has not written the exact location of the incidents.

He states in another tweet that 44 militants were killed and 74 others wounded during military operations in the same period of time.

Azimi says 21 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by the military during these operations.

After taking full responsibility of the security from NATO forces at the beginning of this year, Afghan forces began large-scale operations against insurgents.

Insurgents have suffered heavy casualties and some areas held by them for years have been taken back by Army during these operations.

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Eight more provinces will receive governors http://www.khaama.com/eight-more-provinces-will-receive-governors-3384 http://www.khaama.com/eight-more-provinces-will-receive-governors-3384#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 04:30:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50444 Read the full article...]]> Tawab GhorzangThe Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) has announced that governors have been approved for eight more provinces.

Tawab Ghorzang, spokesman for the organization says that based on request of IDLG President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has approved Mohammad Halim Fedai to be the new governor for Logar province, Salim Khan Kundozi for Nangarhar,  Mohammad Samiullah for Nimroz, Nasrat Arsala for Paktia, Tahir Zahir for Bamyan, Mohammad Mirza Rahimi for Helmand and Aminullah Shariq for Paktika province.

After continued complaints from the parliament eight more governors are going to be assigned but most of the 34 provinces still do not have governors.

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Noor said Stanikzai is accused of being involved in a plot which led to the assassination of the former Afghan President and high peace council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani.

He warned that the government of national unity would responsible for the repercussions as a result of Stanikzai’s appointment as defense minister.

Noor insisted that Stanikzai should be sentenced to death if he was found guilty of being involved in Rabbani’s murder.

He also warned it would be difficult and impossible to prevent public furor and insisted that the government of national unity should differentiate between a compromise and weakness, national interest and inability.

According to reports, the government of national unity has reached to an agreement to introduce Masoom Stanikzai as defense minister-designate to the Lower House of the Parliament to obtain vote of confidence.

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NATO condemns Taliban killing of civilians in Kabul suicide attack http://www.khaama.com/nato-condemns-taliban-killing-of-civilians-in-kabul-suicide-attack-1118 http://www.khaama.com/nato-condemns-taliban-killing-of-civilians-in-kabul-suicide-attack-1118#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 18:01:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50438 Read the full article...]]> Kabul suicide attack1The NATO-led Resolute Support mission strongly condemned the killing of civilians in a deadly attack carried out by the Taliban group in capital Kabul this afternoon.

Resolute Support issued a statement following the attack and said “Headquarters Resolute Support strongly condemns the attack by Taliban militants that killed several civilians and wounded dozens more outside the offices of the Ministry of Justice May 19, 2015.”

“The Taliban are clearly threatened by the legitimately elected Afghan government and continue to resort to murdering civilians to achieve their goals,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, Resolute Support Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.

The statement further added “On behalf of General Campbell, Headquarters Resolute Support expresses its condolences to the victims and families affected by this act of violence by the Taliban. We remain committed to assisting our Afghan partners in achieving sustainable security and stability.”

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials said at least four people were killed and 24 others were injured in the attack.

However, the Public Health Ministry officials said at least 42 people were injured in the attack and a number of them are in critical health condition.

Eyewitnesses in the area said a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into the parking area of the Ministry of Justice.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the incident.

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4 killed, 42 wounded in Kabul suicide attack http://www.khaama.com/dozens-injured-in-kabul-explosion-9433 http://www.khaama.com/dozens-injured-in-kabul-explosion-9433#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 12:21:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50428 Read the full article...]]> Kabul suicide attackAt least four people were killed and 24 others were injured following a suicide attack near the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday afternoon, leaving dozens of people killed or wounded.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), confirmed that four people were killed and 24 others were injured in the attack.

He said the explosion took place due to a suicide attack and at least one woman and three men were among those killed.

In the meantime, the public health officials said at least 42 people were injured in the attack and a number of them are in critical health condition.

Eyewitnesses in the area said a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into the parking area of the Ministry of Justice.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This was the second suicide attack in capital Kabul during the past three days. Earlier, a suicide bomber targeted the vehicle of the EU police mission near the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

At least two women and a service member of the EU police mission were killed and several others were injured in the attack on Sunday.

The Taliban-led insurgency have been rampant across the country including capital Kabul since the group announced its summer offensive.

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Four policemen martyred in insurgent attacks in Paktika http://www.khaama.com/four-policemen-martyred-in-insurgent-attacks-in-paktika-3382 http://www.khaama.com/four-policemen-martyred-in-insurgent-attacks-in-paktika-3382#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 10:39:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50423 Read the full article...]]> Police in attackFour policemen embraced martyrdom after insurgents attack two security check posts in Paktika province last night.

One of the two attacks were carried out in Janikhil District and another in the provincial capital Sharana.

Deputy governor of Paktika province told Khaama Press that a group of Taliban insurgents attacked the security check post of Hastai area of Janikhil District last night in which four policemen embraced martyrdom and two others sustained injuries.

He said two Taliban militants were also killed in the exchange of fire with security forces whose dead bodies were left on the ground. He added that five other Taliban militants were wounded  in the gun battle.

Alos, a group of Taliban insurgents attacked a security check post in Salai area of the provincial capital in which three policemen slightly injured.

Hazrat, a police officer in the area told Khaama Press that a militant was  also killed in this clash.

Taliban have not accepted responsibly for the attack in the provincial capital but they have claimed responsibility for the attack in Janikhil District in which four policemen lost lives.

 

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morning explosions claimed four lives in Zabul and Urozgan provinces http://www.khaama.com/3-explosions-claimed-four-lives-in-zabul-and-urozgan-provinces-3381 http://www.khaama.com/3-explosions-claimed-four-lives-in-zabul-and-urozgan-provinces-3381#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 09:58:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50415 Read the full article...]]> suicide-attack-in-Kandahar-city1Four separate explosions claimed four lives and wounded eight others in southern Zabul province and in its bordering Urozgan province.

All four explosions were caused by roadside bombs this morning.

Two explosions targeted police vehicles in Qalat the capital of Zabul province in which left two policemen lost lives and six others wounded.

Roadside bombs detonated on two police vehicles passing by Ghbargi area of the provincial capital.

The vehicles were also badly damaged in the explosions.

Two other explosions reported in Urozgan province. One occured in Park area of Chorai District in which a renowned Afghan poet Dawar Khan lost live.

Dawar Khan was proceeding to a local medical store from his home when he was targetted in an explosion at around 07:00 AM this morning.

Second blast took place in Urozgan’s capital Tireen Kot in which a policeman lost live and three peopole including two policemen wounded.

The blast occured in Godam area of the provincail capital before noon.

Local security officials said that the target of the explosion was Ibrahim Jan who is commander of a security check post. Ibrahim Khan is among the three wounded in the explosion.

None of these explosions is yet claimed by any one.

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Afghan Taliban delegation visits Iran for talks http://www.khaama.com/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-iran-for-talks-9432 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-iran-for-talks-9432#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 09:06:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50413 Read the full article...]]> Taliban-open-office-in-QatarAccording to reports a delegation of Afghan Taliban representatives visited Iran recently to hold talks with the Iranian officials.

The delegation was led by Tayyeb Aqa head of the Taliban bureau in Qatar and arrived in Tehran on Monday.

Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported that the delegation met with the Iranian security officials on regional issues, particularly the developments in the Islamic world.

The source further added that the delegation also held talks on matters relating to the Afghan refugees.

This was the third visit by the Taliban delegation to Iran already dispatched political delegations to Iran two times, for meeting Iranian security officials and for attending an international conference on Islamic Awakening movement.

The visit by Taliban delegation to Tehran comes as the group’s representatives held preliminary talks with the Afghan officials in Qatar earlier this month.

The group welcomed peace efforts following two days of preliminary negotiations on reconciliation process and said Taliban is prepared to have a comprehensive cooperation with all the the neighboring and other countries on all aspects.

In the meantime, the Taliban-led insurgency have been rampant since the group launched its summer offensive and staged numerous attacks across the country including the capital Kabul.

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Four militants killed in drone strike in North Waziristan http://www.khaama.com/four-militants-killed-in-drone-strike-in-north-waziristan-3380 http://www.khaama.com/four-militants-killed-in-drone-strike-in-north-waziristan-3380#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 08:25:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50409 Read the full article...]]> DroneFour militants have been killed and several others wounded after a drone targeted a militant hideout in North Waziristan tribal built which borders Afghanistan.

Local media reports that the UAV fired two missiles at a house in Shawal area of North Waziristan which caused heavy casulaties to insurgetns and destroyed the coumpound.

It comes only a day after Pakistan’s foreign ministry again asked that these strikes need to be stopped.

In a statement Pakistan’s foreign office stateted that this is “clear violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The statement further stated that these attacks create security concerns in the area at the time Pakistani military is conducting Operation Zarb-i-Azab in the area.

“These generate distrust among the local populace at a time when Operation Zarb-e-Azab is moving ahead decisively,” the statemed added.

But these air strikes have killed several key members of Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant groups in the area.

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11 police arrested in “Farkhunda Murder Case” sentenced one year imprisonment http://www.khaama.com/11-policemen-arrested-in-farkhunda-murder-case-sentenced-one-year-imprisonment-3380 http://www.khaama.com/11-policemen-arrested-in-farkhunda-murder-case-sentenced-one-year-imprisonment-3380#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 07:07:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50406 Read the full article...]]> Farkhunda-case-suspectsThe primary court in Kabul announced one year imprisonment sentence to 11 policemen arrested for negligence in their duties to protect a woman being killed by angry mob during daylight in capital Kabul.

19 policemen were arrested for recklessness in their duties but court announced eight other to be freed for the unavailability of enough evidence to proof their crime.

30 civlians were also arrested in the case, four of them were announced death sentences earlier this mongh and eight other 16 years of imprisonment each after the court found them being guilty.

18 people were set free after court could not proof their involvement in lynching Farkhunda.

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

After investigation it was proven that Farkhunda did not practice any desecration to the holy book of Islam and she was blamed to be punished by a person who was selling charms in the shrine and she spoke out against his superstitious practices.

The brutal murder prompted big protests accross the country.

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More than 300 suspects arrested in Laghman http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-more-than-300-suspects-arrested-in-laghman-3379 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-more-than-300-suspects-arrested-in-laghman-3379#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 06:24:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50401 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army-Special Forces-OperationAfghan National Army commandos arrested more than 300 suspects during special operations in eastern Laghman province this morning.

Local officials say the operations kicked off in Miya Sahib Dera and Murchakhil areas of Alishang District this morning.

So far three insurgents have been killed in the gun battles erupted between security forces and insurgents during these operations.

Fazlullah Mujaddidi, acting governor of Laghman province has advised security forces to act carefully so local villagers are not harmed.

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Accordign to the statement issued by the Ministry of Defense the seven soldiers embraced martyrdom in landmine explosion and insurgent fire. The statement does not contain information about the exact location of the terrorist actions.

In the meantime, another statement issued by the Ministry of Interior states that 60 insurgents were killed and 38 others wounded during separate military operations in Farah, Helmand, Nimroz, Laghman, Baghlan, Takhar, Kunduz, Faryab, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul and Jawzjan provinces.

Six different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by the security force during the past 24 hours.

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NDS prevented kidnapping of custom officer in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/nds-prevented-kidnapping-of-custom-officer-in-nangarhar-3377 http://www.khaama.com/nds-prevented-kidnapping-of-custom-officer-in-nangarhar-3377#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 05:16:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50391 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar Governor HouseThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has prevented the kidnapping of an officer of the custom department of eastern Nangarhar province.

Ahmadzia Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor house of Nangahrar says that a group of gunmen were trying to kidnap an officer of Nangarhar’s custom department in Surkh Rod District but NDS personnel arrived on time to rescued him on Monday.

He said the gunmen escaped but left some firearms and a vehicle behind.

It is yet unknown whether the kidnappers were thieves or belonged to a terrorist group  but the responsibility of the recent abductions in parts of the country has been claimed by militant groups.

Around 30 people were kidnapped in Paktia province earlier this week and the responsibility of the abduction was later claimed by Taliban.

Some of them were released later but an unspecified number is still being held by Taliban.

Taliban say they are holding nine people and most of them are government officials, but local officials of Paktia province say that six people are remaining the custody of Taliban.

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Trial of 19 policemen arrested in “Farkhunda Murder Case” resumed http://www.khaama.com/trial-of-19-policemen-arrested-in-farkhunda-murder-case-resumes-soon-3376 http://www.khaama.com/trial-of-19-policemen-arrested-in-farkhunda-murder-case-resumes-soon-3376#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 04:42:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50386 Read the full article...]]> Farkhunda-case-suspectsThe trial of 19 policemen arrested for recklessness in “Farkhunda Murder Case” resumed in Kabul today. It is live on local TV channels.

Safiullah Mujadidi, the presiding judge of the court says that the cases required more time for review which caused a delay in the trial.

Mujaddadi yesterday said that the review is almost completed.

The verdicts of the 19 policemen were scheduled to be announced Sunday May 10 but it was delayed.

49 people including 19 policemen were arrested after the brutal killing of a helpless Afghan girl. The court earlier this month announced death sentences to four convicts and 16 years of imprisonment to each of eight others found guilty.

18 people were set free after court could not proof their involvement in lynching Farkhunda.

Farkhunda was mercilessly lynched by dozens of angry people after she was accused of burning a copy of the holy Quran. But government bodies rejected all accusations after conducting investigation into the case.

The brutal act prompted vast demonstrations inside the country as well as abroad demanding “Justice for Farkhunda” and severe punishment for those responsible for the murder.

The brutal killing was internationally condemned.

 

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Raped Indian nurse dies 42 years after spending in coma http://www.khaama.com/raped-indian-nurse-dies-42-years-after-spending-in-coma-1117 http://www.khaama.com/raped-indian-nurse-dies-42-years-after-spending-in-coma-1117#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 17:49:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50382 Read the full article...]]> raped Indian nurse dies after 42 years in comaThe Indian authorities said Monday that a Mumbai nurse died after spending 42 years in a vegetative state following a sexual assault while she was working in a hospital.

The 67-year-old nurse, Aruna Shanbaug, was raped in Mumbai in 1973 where she suffered severe brain damage when she was sodomized and strangled with a metal chain.

The perpetrator was a hospital worker who left her for 11 hours in the basement of the hospital after sexually assaulting her.

He served seven years in prison after being convicted of robbery and attempted murder.

“She was recovering and all her other medical parameters were fine. Today she suffered a sudden attack and could not be saved,” Dr. Ahmad Pazare, head of medicine at Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial hospital (KEM), told the Indian Express.

She was reportedly suffering from pneumonia for the past week and later suffered a cardiac arrest.

Shanbaug began working as a junior nurse at Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial hospital (KEM) and was 25=year-old when she was assaulted.

She became the face of the debate on euthanasia in India in March 2011 after the country’s Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by the writer Pinki Virani that sought permission for a “mercy killing.”

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Afghan govt not prepared for parliamentary election due to lack of budget http://www.khaama.com/afghan-govt-not-prepared-for-parliamentary-election-due-to-lack-of-budget-1116 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-govt-not-prepared-for-parliamentary-election-due-to-lack-of-budget-1116#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 16:57:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50380 Read the full article...]]> IEC chief NuristaniThe Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) chief Yousuf Nuristani said the government is not prepared to conduct parliamentary election as scheduled in early in October.

Speaking to lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga, Nuristani said the election commission has not received any feedback from the government of national unity regarding the parliamentary election after proposing 3rd October for as the polling date.

He said the government is unable to bear the expenses for the election and the international community has halted funds for the election commission during the recent weeks.

According to Nuristani, around 850 election commission technical workers would lose their jobs with the suspension of the foreign aid.

Nuristani insisted that a free and fair election would not be possible in the absence of technical election commission workers.

He also added that the government of national unity has not reached to an agreement to bring reforms in the electoral system which is another reason that the government is not prepared to conduct the election on time.

According to reports, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah have not resolved differences to appoint a director for the commission to implement reforms in the electoral system.

The leaders of the government of national unity agreed to prioritize electoral reforms following the controversial presidential election last year which led to the formation of unity government.

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NDS rejects training of intelligence operatives by Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/nds-rejects-training-of-intelligence-operatives-by-pakistan-1115 http://www.khaama.com/nds-rejects-training-of-intelligence-operatives-by-pakistan-1115#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 14:09:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50372 Read the full article...]]> Haseeb SediqiThe Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) rejected that the NDS operatives would be trained and equipped by Pakistan.

Speaking during a press conference on Monday afternoon, Sediqi said reports regarding the deployment of security personnel to Pakistan for training based on the new agreement are false.

Sediqi further added that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Pakistan is not against the the national interests of the country and the agreement was concluded based on previous mutual cooperation between the two nations.

This comes as earlier reports suggested that the agreement will also allow ISI to train and equip the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel.

The reports further added that the Afghan intelligence and ISI will jointly interrogate the detained insurgents based on the agreement which was signed two days back by the Afghan deputy NDS chief.

The conclusion of the agreement also sparked furore among the Afghan lawmakers who called on Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga to summon the NDS chief Rahmatullah Nabil to brief the lawmakers regarding the agreement.

The latest agreement between Afghan government and ISI comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing ISI for supporting the insurgency in Afghanistan.

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Helmand’s Nawa district chief shot dead by Taliban militants http://www.khaama.com/helmands-nawa-district-shot-dead-by-taliban-militants-9431 http://www.khaama.com/helmands-nawa-district-shot-dead-by-taliban-militants-9431#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 12:23:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50367 Read the full article...]]> shot deadThe Taliban militants shot dead district administrative chief for southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The incident took place on Monday in southeastern Ghazni province following an ambush by the Taliban militants, local officials said.

The officials further added that Mr. Abdul Manaf was travelling on Kabul-Kandahar highway in the vicinity of Moqor district when the incident took place.

He was reportedly travelling in his own vehicle and was on his way to Kandahar province when he was ambushed by militants.

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

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

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Suicide attack in Kandahar city leaves 7 people wounded http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-rocks-kandahar-city-9430 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-rocks-kandahar-city-9430#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 10:29:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50359 Read the full article...]]> suicide attack in Kandahar city1

A suicide bomber targeted the vehicles of the Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar city leaving at least seven people injured.

The provincial governor spokesman confirmed the incident and said least two policemen and five civilians were injured in the attack.

In the meantime, another security official said the target of the explosion was the commander of the border protection police forces.

The official further added that the commander of the border protection police forces Ismat Afghan escaped the attack unhurt.

Officials in provincial hospital also confirmed that seven people injured in the attack including policemen were brought to the hospital for treatment.

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

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

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Taliban attack security posts in Urozgan and Badghis provinces http://www.khaama.com/taliban-attack-security-posts-in-urozgan-and-badghis-provinces-3376 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-attack-security-posts-in-urozgan-and-badghis-provinces-3376#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 07:46:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50356 Read the full article...]]> Taliban (3)A number of security check posts in Urozgan and Badghis provinces have been attacked by Taliban militants where gun fight is still ongoing between the two sides.

The number of Taliban fighters who have attacked eight security posts in Khas Urozgan District of Urozgan province this morning is reported to be hundreds.

Abdul Karim, the district governor says that if additional troops do not arrive the District may fall to Taliban hands.

He said two soldiers have so far embraced martyrdom in the exchange of fire with Taliban.

However, Dost Mohammad Nayeb the spokesman for the governor of Urozgan province says that troops available in the district are able to fight with militants and they have pushed back the attack.

He said five Taliban were killed by security forces during this attack.

Another attack continues in northwestern Badghis province. Local security officials say Taliban have attacked border security posts in Murichaq area of Bala Murghab District.

Mohammad Juma Adil a border police commander says that the clash is ongoing since yesterday and so far four Taliban have been killed.

Taliban spokesman has not yet commented on the reports.

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Two soldiers martyred, six militants killed in separate military operations http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-martyred-six-militants-killed-in-separate-military-operations-3375 http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-martyred-six-militants-killed-in-separate-military-operations-3375#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 07:12:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50353 Read the full article...]]> ANA fighting 3Two soldiers have embraced martyrdom while six militants killed during separate military operations across the country, officials announced on Monday.

A statement issued by General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense states that two soldiers embraced martyrdom in past 24 hours. He has not given further details.

In the meantime, a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior states that six militants were killed and two others wounded in separate military operations in parts of the country in past 24 hours.

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

Afghan National Security Forces have underway several security operations against insurgents in different parts of the country. Heavy clashes are also ongoing between the two sides in some parts.

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Reports: Afghanistan issuing political passports to Taliban leaders http://www.khaama.com/reports-afghanistan-issuing-political-passports-to-taliban-leaders-3374 http://www.khaama.com/reports-afghanistan-issuing-political-passports-to-taliban-leaders-3374#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 06:40:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50343 Read the full article...]]> Taliban DelegationReports suggest that Afghan government is issuing political passports to Taliban.

Hasht-e-Subh newspaper, a reliable Afghan media outlet reports that the government is issuing 210 political passports to Taliban leaders.

The media outlet quoting a source states that during the recent visit of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to Kabul it was agreed that some of the Taliban leaders need to be removed from the blacklist of the United Nations and reopening their political office.

Source is saying that currently 180 Taliban leaders are using Pakistani passports but government will change their Pakistani passports to Afghan passports.

He is further saying that 210 Taliban leaders are scheduled to receive Afghan political passports.

Representatives of Taliban and peacemakers from the country recently had face-to-face talks in Qatar in which considerable improvement for initiating peace talks were being reported.

Taliban staged an insurgency in Afghanistan after their government was toppled in 2001.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed since then in Afghan war.

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Afghan NDS chief opposed signing agreement with Pakistan’s ISI http://www.khaama.com/afghan-nds-chief-oppose-signing-agreement-with-pakistans-isi-9429 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-nds-chief-oppose-signing-agreement-with-pakistans-isi-9429#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 06:36:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50340 Read the full article...]]> ISIThe Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Rahmatullah Nabil opposed with the signing of an agreement with Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

Informed sources quoted by Hasht-e-Subh newspaper said Nabil was against the agreement on mutual intelligence cooperation with ISI.

This comes as sources privy to the development said Sunday that the agreement with ISI was signed by deputy NDS chief three days ago.

The agreement will allow ISI to train and equip the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel.

The Afghan intelligence and ISI will jointly interrogate the detained insurgents based on the agreement.

This comes ISI chief Gen. Rizwan Akhtar secretly visited Kabul nearly two weeks ago to meet President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

The latest agreement between Afghan government and ISI comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing ISI for supporting the insurgency in Afghanistan.

The conclusion of the agreement also sparked furore among the Afghan lawmakers who called on Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga to summon the NDS chief Rahmatullah Nabil to brief the lawmakers regarding the agreement.

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Five computer labs opened in different schools of Maidan Wardak http://www.khaama.com/five-computer-labs-opened-in-different-schools-of-maidan-wardak-3373 http://www.khaama.com/five-computer-labs-opened-in-different-schools-of-maidan-wardak-3373#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 05:26:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50337 Read the full article...]]> WardakFive computer laboratories opened for students in different schools of Maidan Wardak province this week.

Officials say the computer labs are connected with internet where students will be able to learn computer and internet.

These labs were opened for operation during a special gathering attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education and governor house and local elders.

Most of the schools in the capital Kabul are facilitated with computer labs but this process has been very slow in the provinces.

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Nine people killed, 18 wounded as bikers clashed in U.S. http://www.khaama.com/nine-people-killed-18-wounded-as-bikers-clashed-in-u-s-3372 http://www.khaama.com/nine-people-killed-18-wounded-as-bikers-clashed-in-u-s-3372#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 04:45:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50333 Read the full article...]]> bikerNine people were killed and 18 others wounded after a clash erupted between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas state of the U.S. on Sunday.

The incident occurred at a busy shopping center of Waco city along Interstate 35 shortly after noon when there is a large crowd.

Officials said eight people died at the crime scene while another breathed last at the hospital.

Sgt. Patrick Swanton from Waco police said that 18 others who are under treatment at the hospital are being stabbed or shot.

 He said “This is probably one of the most gruesome crime scenes I’ve ever seen in my 34 years of law enforcement.”

The police officer added that at least five rival gangs had gathered at Twin Peaks for a meeting which ended in a deadly clash.

Sgt. Patrick Swanton said that additional police were assigned in the area because of the advance knowledge of the gangs coming and causing issues here.

“We’ve been made aware in the past few months of rival biker gangs … being here and causing issues,”

“Apparently the management (of Twin Peaks) wanted them here and so we didn’t have any say-so on whether they could be here or not,” he said.

Dozens of members of the biker gangs have been arrested from the site after the incident.

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Fruitless Diplomacy http://www.khaama.com/fruitless-diplomacy-9428 http://www.khaama.com/fruitless-diplomacy-9428#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 04:15:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50329 Read the full article...]]> Fruitless diplomacy

Actions always speaks louder than words and in the case of Pakistan, the right words are coming out of Pakistani leaders to introduce policies and measures to mitigate insurgency in Afghanistan. To be fair to Islamabad there has been a transformation of security measures towards Afghanistan. Last summer Waziristan sanctuaries became priority, which enabled the Pakistani army to clean up Waziristan of militants (This can also provide a rationale on how the insurgency shifted from the south to north of Afghanistan). Military leaders and government leaders have unconventionally traveled to Kabul the last few months. Discussions mostly compose of introducing bilateral pacts on securing the border and emphasis on deposing insurgency in both countries. These discussions arose from recent hike in insurgency in Pakistan and the growing civil society demanding recourse. However the new pretentious behaviour of Pakistani leaders have made Afghanistan more vulnerable to insurgency more than it was before Pakistan’s new revamped security measures.

President Ghani favours diplomacy with Pakistan, a polar contrast when compared to his predecessor who preferred strained relations. President Ghani’s diplomacy also came with giving Pakistan access to Baghram prison and unobtrusively recognizing the Durand line. Diplomacy works great if both sides have a lot to lose if they do not engage in diplomacy. Pakistan has less to lose if diplomacy and AF-PAK relations sour and less to win if relations are proven successful. In contrast Afghanistan has a lot win, if relations triumph the increase in both national security and economically would be immense. But not too much to lose if diplomacy is unengaged, in recent years the Afghan Armed Forces have proved that they can secure the country. Of course a lot of work is still left to do.

As of now Pakistan has altered security measures but Pakistan’s foreign policy is not on the table. Pakistan does not negotiate its policy towards Afghanistan.

The impact of securer and an economically progressive Afghanistan can have detrimental effects on the geo-politics of the region, an impact a Pakistan prefers to evade. Pakistan’s interest is to keep Afghanistan a subordinate nation in the region, a peaceful Pakistan comes from keeping Afghanistan weak. Therefore diplomacy is tough when mutual interests are conflicting exactly at each other. Although Pakistan’s security measures are palpable and the sudden relations epitomize a new hope for both nations to finally turn the page. Pakistan still feels more secure if Afghanistan is insecure.

To Afghanistan’s demise Pakistan does not let economics judge its politics. Therefore if Afghanistan can prove that this sort of policy is the impasse for vast economic gains for Pakistan, the 40 million Pakistanis living below the poverty line while the government spends billions of dollars on their military, shows economic growth is not priority nor is the welfare of their citizens. This may also explain why every agreement involving trade or projects to enhance trade move in a slow motion speed.

Pakistan’s policy has not changed and it will not change, President Ghani must realize his political leverage is not relative in the relationship. How can his political leverage ever be compared to Pakistan’s control of the Taliban?

There is a strong consensus in Afghanistan and around the world that Afghan Taliban is strongly influenced by the Pakistani government through the rogue ISI agent. The measure of influence is another discussion but it is safe to say that Taliban’s main sponsors are top level ISI directors in Rawalpindi. We also need to surface the concept of intelligence agencies are not policy makers, they just follow policy, as much as the ISI are a rogue agency, they are sophisticated and simply follow policy. Therefore Afghanistan needs to re-examine its position before engaging in diplomacy that puts more Afghan lives under risk.

The government of Afghanistan must not squander the gains by the Afghan Armed Forces. The solution on securing Afghanistan might be outside of politics. In Afghanistan’s case this might be so, foreign politics usually surmises the inferior nation to lose in some way in other words zero-sum politics cease to exist. For Afghanistan losing equates to death of civilians.

How about Zahir Shah’s isolation policy that kept peace for the better part of the 20th century? Just an idea.

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Afghanistan sign agreement with Pakistan spy agency – ISI http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-sign-agreement-with-pakistan-spy-agency-isi-1114 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-sign-agreement-with-pakistan-spy-agency-isi-1114#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 17:44:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50325 Read the full article...]]> Ghani and Rizwan Akhtar

The Afghan government has signed an agreement with Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on mutual cooperation to fight terrorism.

The Tolo News TV Channel quoting sources privy of the development said the agreement will also allow ISI to train and equip the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel.

The Afghan intelligence and ISI will jointly interrogate the detained insurgents based on the agreement which was signed two days back by the Afghan deputy NDS chief.

This comes ISI chief Gen. Rizwan Akhtar secretly visited Kabul nearly two weeks ago to meet President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

According to the officials, Gen. Akhtar’s visit was mainly focused on peace process Pakistan’s support to persuade the Taliban militants to join peace process.

The latest agreement between Afghan government and ISI comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing ISI for supporting the insurgency in Afghanistan.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) also criticized Pakistan for using ‘proxy forces’ to carry out attacks in Afghanistan and India.

In a report released in November last, the DoD said “Afghan-and Indian-focused militants continue to operate from Pakistani territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability. Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India’s superior military.”

The report further added that Pakistan is providing “sanctuary” to militants of the Haqqani network, a group reportedly considered by Pakistan to be part of a moderate faction of the Taliban.

The Haqqani network “remained the most potent strain of the insurgency and the greatest risk to U.S. and coalition forces due to its focus on high-profile attacks…they will likely remain the most significant threat to coalition forces in the post-2014 non-combat mission, especially if they are not denied sanctuary in Pakistan,” the report said.

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NATO condemns Taliban killing of civilians in Kabul suicide attack http://www.khaama.com/nato-condemns-taliban-killing-of-civilians-in-kabul-suicide-attack-1113 http://www.khaama.com/nato-condemns-taliban-killing-of-civilians-in-kabul-suicide-attack-1113#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 15:35:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50322 Read the full article...]]> Kabul suicide attackThe NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) Mission strongly condemned the suicide attack by Taliban militants in capital Kabul on Sunday morning which left at least three people dead and over 20 others injured.

The alliance following a statement said “Headquarters Resolute Support strongly condemns the attack by Taliban militants that killed and injured several people, including women and children, near the Kabul International Airport May 17, 2015.”

The statement further added “Despite claims that they will not target civilians, this attack is another example of how the Taliban continue to demonstrate complete disregard for innocent women and children when perpetrating their attacks.”
“We are appalled by the Taliban’s lack of concern for civilian casualties, particularly women and children, as they continue their campaign of terror against those trying to move Afghanistan forward,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, Resolute Support Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. “We are also saddened to learn of the loss of a teammate from the European Union Police Advisory Mission – an organization that has contributed significantly to the development of the Afghan National Police.”

“On behalf of General Campbell, Headquarters Resolute Support expresses its condolences to the families affected by this act of violence by the Taliban. We remain committed to assisting our Afghan partners in achieving sustainable security and stability,” the statement added.

The Ministry of Interior said a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives close to the entrance of Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said at least two women were killed and 21 others including three foreign nationals were injured.

The European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan confirmed that one of their service members was killed and three others were injured in the attack.

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Police officer gunned down wife in Faryab http://www.khaama.com/police-officer-gunned-down-wife-in-faryab-3371 http://www.khaama.com/police-officer-gunned-down-wife-in-faryab-3371#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 11:01:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50317 Read the full article...]]> killedA police officer has killed his wife in northern Faryab province, officials said on Sunday.

Governor of Qaisar District says that Abdul Ghani, a police officer in this district, killed his wife based on family disputes.

Abdul Jamil Sediqi said that due to the firing Abdul Ghani’s wife died on the spot and their minor daughter sustained injuries. The girl is now receiving medical treatment in provincial hospital in capital Maimana.

Sediqi did not know the motive behind the incident but said that the officer who committed the crime has surrendered this morning and is currently under investigation.

But Farhad who is chief of the District Shura (council) says that Abdul Ghani’s wife had immoral relationship with another person that prompted into her killing.

He said that the husband had heard his wife talking to another person on the phone about their relationship after which she was shot dead.

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Explosives placed in hundreds of cans of baby powder seized in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/explosives-placed-in-hundreds-of-bottles-of-baby-powder-seized-in-kabul-3370 http://www.khaama.com/explosives-placed-in-hundreds-of-bottles-of-baby-powder-seized-in-kabul-3370#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 09:06:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50314 Read the full article...]]> NDSThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has seized explosive materials placed in hundreds of cans of baby powder in Kabul.

A statement issued by the NDS on Sunday states that the explosive materials were placed in the cans of baby powder to be disguised as baby powder.

NDS statement adds the 384 cans of explosives belonging to Haqani terrorist network were sent as merchandize goods from across the border and aimed to be used in suicide attacks and bomb explosions.

The explosives were seized during a raid by personnel of NDS on an inn, located in Shah Shahid area of Kabul city.

The cans are titled in Urdu language as “Raja Rani”.

]]> http://www.khaama.com/explosives-placed-in-hundreds-of-bottles-of-baby-powder-seized-in-kabul-3370/feed 0 2015: Taliban’s bloodbath year in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/2015-talibans-bloodbath-year-in-afghanistan-9426 http://www.khaama.com/2015-talibans-bloodbath-year-in-afghanistan-9426#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 07:50:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50304 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan violence

At the beginning, Taliban spring offensive seemed to everyone as every other year’s spring offensive – before it started. But soon it was to be proven otherwise: a bloody spring.

A diaspora of Afghan and foreign militants were rearming and reorganizing their manpower in northern Afghanistan in early 2015– a fact already known to the Afghan government as Taliban’s annual violent ritual, but what they didn’t know was how vast, well-equipped, and contaminating it was – and will get.

Afghan government proved that there was enough evidence to suggest that foreign nationals from Uzbekistan, Chechen, Pakistan and Tajikistan were fighting alongside the Afghan Taliban in the primary stages of the offensive in northern Afghanistan.

Taliban officially declared the beginning of their spring offensive, named it operation “Azm” – Arabic for “Resolute”. Minor attacks mostly on Afghan police posts in southern Afghanistan begun happening and the infamous spokesperson for the Taliban would claim responsibility of each attack in an email sent out to the media – with their ill-exaggerated casualty tolls.

Actual signs of the bloody spring started from Badakhshan province where several Afghan Army soldiers were beheaded, their outposts destroyed, and their weapons taken away for use in taking control of other districts. This dilemma was the alarm that woke up the Afghan army, intelligence service, and the national Security Council to notice that there’s something unusual about this year’s offensive: A much stronger, better-equipped, much larger, multinational enemy force was fighting this year.

Strength and reliability of Afghan Army, Police, Intelligence, and Air Force – and their ability to operate independently and defend Afghan territories without NATO support was tested and proven after Badakhshan incidents – but at the cost of death of those soldiers whose throats were slashed, and a relatively big embarrassment for the leaderless Defense Ministry for losing strategic areas of Badakhshan and not having the platoons combat-ready.

At the same time as Afghan forces were advancing in Badakhshan, Taliban were moving to prepare for a similar attempt in Kunduz province. Not long before Badakhshan clearance operation was over, Kunduz started to slide toward the edge. Imam Sahib and Khan Abad districts were at highest risk of a Taliban attack. But the Afghan forces prevented it with a massive counteroffensive using joint forces with intense air support.

Next was the volatile Farah province located in the west of the country. Taliban fighters who were hidingin cover ofordinary people in Bakwa, Gulistan, Juwain and Purchaman districts of Farah had converged and attacked many positions across the province. Afghan Army’s 207 Zafar Corps (Victory) based out of neighboring Herat province handled this, as well as some reinforcements were sent from Helmand’s 215 Maiwand Corps of Army.

At some point when the heat of Farah attack was cooling down, a joint special team of Afghan forces achieved a victory that gave a “Yay!” feeling to many Afghans. Control of Nawa district located in the far south of Ghazni province was taken from Taliban after 9 consecutive years. The government did not share any information about the special mission to seize this district neither before the operation, nor after it. Only a mere confirmation – more of a pride gesture – was released out to the media by Defense and Interior Ministries.

Badghis province was the next victim. Taliban and their foreign comrades took control of Jawand district of Badghis. But again, Afghan forces struck back and retook the district, launching clearance operation to sweep out the remaining Taliban pests from the district. This operation was not yet over when the neighboring province of Ghor became a headline for the news media.

A large number of Taliban converged into Charsada and Pasaband districts of northwestern Ghor province and lived in the districts publicly, forcing the residents to feed them, serve them, and obey them. Governor of Ghor told an Afghan news channel that Afghan forces had already finished one territory clearance objective, and the 2nd phase of the operation is just about to start, but forces are waiting for commandos from 4th Commando Battalion (Victory – Herat) to arrive in Ghor to launch the second phase of the clearance operation.

A bizarre incident happening at the same time as Ghor province today, is the Islamic State insurgents in Eastern Afghanistan having a fracas over an internal matter with Taliban fighters.A gunfight was ensued between the two insurgent groups that left casualties on both sides. According to a Defense Ministry report, until 02:00 pm (Kabul Time) the fight between ISIS and Taliban fighters was still ongoing.

At last, questions that are circulating within the brains of Afghans, trying to find its answer are: Which province is going to be attacked next? Are Afghan forces capable to hold on against such attacks for longer periods without asking for NATO’s help? Will the political government of Afghanistan show the courtesy of respecting the armed forces’ efforts by not messing up their achievements?. . . . . . . . . . .


Mustafa Kazemi is an independent war correspondent based in Afghanistan.
He tweets from @CombatJourno on Afghanistan current affairs and live updates of security incidents.

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Two policemen martyred, three wounded in explosion in Ghazni http://www.khaama.com/two-policemen-martyred-three-wounded-in-explosion-in-ghazni-3370 http://www.khaama.com/two-policemen-martyred-three-wounded-in-explosion-in-ghazni-3370#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 07:37:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50301 Read the full article...]]> Ghazni-Police HQTwo policemen have embraced martyrdom and three others wounded in a landmine explosion in Ghazni province.

Officials say soldiers suffered casualties after their vehicle ran over a landmine close to second security check post in Zankhan District around 07:00 AM this morning.

Shafiq Nang, spokesman for the acting governor of Ghazni province says that the wounded policemen are under treatment in hospital and their injuries are not life threatening.

No militant group has so far accepted responsibility for the explosion but most of the attacks on government officials or foreigners supporting government in Afghanistan are targeted by Taliban.

The militant group claimed responsibility of a suicide attack that targeted vehicle of  European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) in Kabul this morning.

EUPOL which is a police training mission confirmed that one of their employees was killed and three others wounded in the attack.

Two civilians were also killed and around 15 others wounded in this attack.

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Several hostages freed in Paktia http://www.khaama.com/several-paktia-abductees-freed-3369 http://www.khaama.com/several-paktia-abductees-freed-3369#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 06:46:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50295 Read the full article...]]> Taliban-kidnap-civilians-in-PaktiaSeveral people Taliban militants kidnapped in Paktia province on Saturday have been freed.

Security officials say these people were freed during military operation carried out after the abduction took place on Saturday.

Zalmai Oryakhil, police chief of Paktia province said that the security forces search operation is still ongoing in suspected areas to locate the Taliban hideouts where they might be holding the remaining six hostages.

But Taliban spokesman says that they have more than six hostages and those released were let go after they were not proven to have connection with government.

The abduction took place in Badam area of Sayed Karam District yesterday. Taliban militants had established check point in the area where they stopped civilian vehicles and kidnapped an unknown number of people with vehicles. A specific number of those initially kidnapped is not yet announced but was reportedly around 30 people.

Soon after the abduction took place yesterday Taliban claimed responsibility for it. Taliban spokesman said that government officials traveling in civilian vehicles were the target.

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Eight soldiers martyred, 15 insurgents killed in separate military operations http://www.khaama.com/eight-soldiers-martyred-15-insurgents-killed-in-separate-military-operations-3368 http://www.khaama.com/eight-soldiers-martyred-15-insurgents-killed-in-separate-military-operations-3368#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 05:59:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50290 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army 2Eight soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 15 insurgents killed in newest military operations across the country, Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced Sunday morning.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that the eight soldiers embraced martyrdom in landmine explosion and militant fire in past 24 hours.

The statement does not contain information about the exact location of the incidents.

MoD statement further states 15 militants were killed and 10 others wounded during separate military operations conducted in four provinces in past 24 hours.

20 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by military during these operations, Ministry of Defense statement adds.

Beside causing casualties to the security forces, IEDs are considered the second biggest cause of civilian casualties during the ongoing Afghan war.

A newest report released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) states that a rise of 16 percent was recorded in civilians casualties in the first four months of 2015 compared to the first four months of 2014.

2,937 fatalities have been recorded in these four months out of which there are 974 deaths and 1,963 wounded.

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Drone strike kills six militants in North Waziristan http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-kills-six-militants-in-north-waziristan-3368 http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-kills-six-militants-in-north-waziristan-3368#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 05:07:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50283 Read the full article...]]> DroneA US-drone strike has killed six foreign and local militants in Pakistan’s troubled tribal area of North Waziristan.

The drone reportedly fired two missiles at a compound belonging to militants in Shawal area of North Waziristan late Saturday afternoon.

Most of those killed in the attack are reported to be foreigners.

Waziristan is allegedly the home for several militant groups including Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – the primary militant organization fighting with the government of Pakistan, Al-Qaeda, Uzbek and other insurgent groups.

Based on the reports published in Pakistani media, these militant groups have lost several key commanders in the air strikes carried out by drone. Several others among more than 2,000 insurgents have been in Pakistani military operation Zarb-i-Azb started in June 2014.

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Two women killed in Kabul suicide attack http://www.khaama.com/heavy-explosion-heard-in-kabul-city-9425 http://www.khaama.com/heavy-explosion-heard-in-kabul-city-9425#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 04:41:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50280 Read the full article...]]> Kabul suicide attackA heavy explosion rocked capital earlier today leaving at least three people including a foreign national dead and several others injured.

The blast took place in the vicinity of Hawashinasi area located close Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said at least two women were killed and 18 others includding 8 women were injured.

He said at least seven men and three children were also among those injured in the attack.

In the meantime, a security official said a foreign national who is believed to be a service member with the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) was killed along with two civilians in the attack.

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

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Ex-Afghan Army officer transplanted hands in India after losing his own in explosion http://www.khaama.com/ex-afghan-army-officer-transplanted-hands-in-india-after-losing-his-own-in-explosion-3367 http://www.khaama.com/ex-afghan-army-officer-transplanted-hands-in-india-after-losing-his-own-in-explosion-3367#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 04:25:24 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50275 Read the full article...]]> Afghan officerIndian doctors have transplanted two hands to an ex-Afghan Army officer who had lost his own in the explosion of a landmine he was trying to defuse in Afghanistan.

Based on the report of The Indian Express the successful operation went on for about 15 hours by more than 20 doctors of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre located in the city of Kochi, Kerala state.

Abdul Rahim, 30, an Afghan Army captain lost both hands while defusing a landmine in western Kandahar province about three years back.

He was transplanted the hands of a 54 years old Indian man from the state of Kerala who was brain dead accident victim.

Dr. Prem Nair, director of the hospital said that before the transplant was carried out, the family of the victim was contacted who agreed to the donation. After the agreement of the victim’s family, doctors then connected the victim’s hands to the body of the Afghan officer.

Hospital claimed that this could be the first time an Afghan is transplanted both hands after losing his own.

Professor Subramania Iyer who is heading the plastic surgery department in the hospital said that Abul Rahim regained considerable amount of function of both hands but he still will be in the hospital for at least another ten months for intensive physiotherapy.

Indian doctors had conducted their first double hand transplant in the same hospital in February 2015.

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Rabbani promises swift action against expulsion of Afghan traders from UAE http://www.khaama.com/rabbani-promises-swift-action-against-expulsion-of-afghan-traders-from-uae-1113 http://www.khaama.com/rabbani-promises-swift-action-against-expulsion-of-afghan-traders-from-uae-1113#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 18:39:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50267 Read the full article...]]> 200402641-001The Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said Saturday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will take swift action to prevent the unexpected expulsion of Afghan traders from United Arab Emirates.

Speaking to reporters in Kabul, Rabbani said the Chargé d’affaires of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Kabul has been summoned by the Foreign Ministry and the issue has been shared with them.

He said the UAE ambassador to Afghanistan will fly to Abu Dhabi on Sunday where he will share the issue regarding the expulsion of the Afghan traders with the relevant authorities.

According to Rabbani the UAE Chargé d’affaires had earlier assured that the issue of Afghan traders expulsion was due to some issues and ruled out political motive behind the decision by UAE authorities.

Over 600 Afghan traders based in UAE are waiting for their expulsion after the authorities cancelled their operating license.

A demonstration was also organized in Kabul last week where the protesters claimed that the traders will be expelled due to religious discrimination and for being Shi’ites and support Iran who oppose Saudi-led invasion on Yemen.

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Nigerian restaurant shut down for cooking human meat http://www.khaama.com/nigerian-restaurant-shut-down-for-cooking-and-serving-human-meat-1112 http://www.khaama.com/nigerian-restaurant-shut-down-for-cooking-and-serving-human-meat-1112#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 18:21:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50264 Read the full article...]]> human meat Nigeria restaurantThe police forces in Nigeria closed a restaurant after discovering the human meat was cooked and served for customers.

The MailOnline quoting BBC Swahili reported that the operation by Nigerian police was launched after they were tipped off by local who suspected something horrific was taking place inside the kitchen.

The report further added that human heads dripping with blood in plastic bags were discovered following the operation by police.

The restaurant was located in the south-eastern province of Anambra where a local priest who ate the restaurant was alarmed at the price of meals there, let alone where the meat came from.

The priest said he was alarmed after receiving a bill of 700 Naira – around £2.20 – when the daily wage for tens of millions of Nigerians is approximately 60p.

“The attendant noticed my reaction and told me it was the small piece of meat I had eaten that made the bill scale that high,” the priest added.

He said “I did not know I had been served with human meat, and that it was that expensive.”

At least ten people were arrested by police and an arsenal of weapons including grenades were discovered and confiscated following the raid.

One resident said, “I am not surprised at the shocking revelation… Every time I went to the market, I observed strange activities going on in the hotel”

“People who were never cleanly dressed and who looked a bit strange made their way in and out of the hotel, making me very suspicious of their activities,” the resident added.

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Ghani hails Mi-35 pilot for tireless service to suppress militants http://www.khaama.com/ghani-hails-mi-35-pilot-for-tireless-service-to-suppress-militants-1111 http://www.khaama.com/ghani-hails-mi-35-pilot-for-tireless-service-to-suppress-militants-1111#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 16:59:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50261 Read the full article...]]> Afghan Air Force

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani hailed an Afghan Mi-35 pilot for his tireless service with the Afghan Air Force for suppressing the anti-government armed militants.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Gen. Qalandar Shah was specifically hailed for his recent services in Helmand, Badakhshan and Ghor provinces.

According to MoD Gen. Shah was conducting six to seven flights daily on average basis where he targeted the militants in Nawa district of Helmand, parts of Badakhshan province, Charsada and Jawand districts of Ghor province.

President Ghani and Afghan army chief of staff awarded an apartment to praise him for his tireless service, MoD said.

Gen. Shah presented a report on his performance to President Ghani during a VTC conference where President Ghani promised to personally hand over the key of the apartment to him.

He has previously won medals for his extraordinary service and vigilance, the Ministry of Defense added.

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The capabilities of the Afghan Air Force are expected to increase with the delivery of new helicopters as the Afghan security forces took full control of the security responsibilities from the NATO forces last year.

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

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

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

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

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

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Impregnated two times by rapist father, young Afghan woman seeks justice http://www.khaama.com/impregnated-two-times-by-rapist-father-young-afghan-woman-seeks-justice-1110 http://www.khaama.com/impregnated-two-times-by-rapist-father-young-afghan-woman-seeks-justice-1110#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 16:31:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50258 Read the full article...]]> Afghan woman raped by her fatherA young Afghan woman is seeking justice from the authorities after she was impregnated two times by her own father as she was repeatedly raped by her own father during the past several years.

The 23-year-old Khatera is the guardian of two small children whom she gave birth to after she was made pregnant by her rapist father.

The first child is a 4-year-old girl while the second child was recently born and is only 3-month-old.

Khatera’s father was due to face a court hearing in the preliminary court of Kabul on Saturday but it was delayed due to unknown reasons.

In an interview with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Khatera urged the authorities to try her father for repeatedly raping her during the past several years.

Khatera further added that her father was a cruel person who repeatedly raped her since she was only 12-year-old and she informed her relatives and people but no one paid attention to her plea.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission strongly condemned the brutal rape of the young woman and called on the relevant authorities to immediately take actions against the perpetrator.

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

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

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

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Explosion in Kabul University compound, 2 lecturers injured http://www.khaama.com/explosion-reported-near-kabul-university-1109 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-reported-near-kabul-university-1109#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 14:58:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50249 Read the full article...]]> explosion in kabul universityAn explosion took place close inside the Kabul university compound in the western part of Kabul city earlier this evening.

Eyewitnesses said the blast took place due to an Improvised Explosive Device planted inside the university compound close to the faculty of Computer science.

They said two university lecturers were injured after the explosive device went off.

The main target of the explosion has not been ascertained so far and the security officials yet to comment regarding the incident.

Officials in Kabul University confirmed that two lecturers were injured after an explosive device went off near the Sciences and Sharia department.

The officials further added that the university was abandoned by the students when the explosion took place and police has launched investigation regarding the incident.

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Daish, Taliban clashes left 3 Taliban commanders killed in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/isis-taliban-clashes-left-3-taliban-commanders-killed-in-nangarhar-3367 http://www.khaama.com/isis-taliban-clashes-left-3-taliban-commanders-killed-in-nangarhar-3367#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 11:31:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50243 Read the full article...]]> ISIS (2)Fighters belonging to the militant groups of Daish and Taliban have clashed in eastern Nangarhar province.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense confirmed this afternoon that the fighting was still ongoing between the two sides in Nazyan and Dur Baba districts.

Three senior Taliban commanders have so far been killed in the clash and possible fatalities suffered to Daish is not yet announced.

Defense Ministry says that the Taliban commanders killed in these clashes are the Taliban shadow-governor for Dur Baba District, head of Taliban’s security commission for this District and Qari Manan who was commander of a group of Taliban in Nazyan District.

Daish or Taliban have not yet commented on the reports but both terrorist groups are against each other.

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Taliban’s shadow District Governor among four killed in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/talibans-shadow-district-governor-among-four-killed-in-nangarhar-3366 http://www.khaama.com/talibans-shadow-district-governor-among-four-killed-in-nangarhar-3366#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 10:10:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50232 Read the full article...]]> Drone

A drone strike has killed four militants including a Taliban shadow District Governor in eastern Nangarhar province.

The aerial strike was reportedly conducted in Murdai area of Achin District last night.

Major Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for Nangarhar police confirming the report says that Taliban so-called governor for Achin District was among the deceased.

The precise air strike comes only a day after five militants were killed in Achin’s neighboring Bati Kot District in a separate target.

Insurgents were traveling in a “Saracha” type vehicle that came under the drone attack. The vehicle was destroyed and five militants were killed on the spot.

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Ex-Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi sentenced to death http://www.khaama.com/ex-egyptian-president-mohammad-morsi-sentenced-to-death-1108 http://www.khaama.com/ex-egyptian-president-mohammad-morsi-sentenced-to-death-1108#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 09:40:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50229 Read the full article...]]> Mohammad-Morsi

The former Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi has been sentenced to death by a court in Egypt on Saturday.

Morsi was given the death sentence for passing state secrets for mass prison break that took place in 2011.

According to the court ruling, the sentencing of Morsi will be referred to the Grand Mufti for cofirmation along with 105 others sentenced to death.

Morsi was earlier sentenced to 20 years in jail for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters while he was serving as the president of Egypt.

He was accused of devisive policies by the Egyptians who staged days of mass street protests demanding his removal.

The Egyptian authorities have banned his Muslim Brotherhood movement and arrested thousands of his supporters since he was deposed by the military in July 2013.

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16 soldiers martyred, 138 rebels killed in fresh military operations http://www.khaama.com/16-soldiers-martyred-138-rebels-killed-in-fresh-military-operations-3364 http://www.khaama.com/16-soldiers-martyred-138-rebels-killed-in-fresh-military-operations-3364#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 09:07:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50218 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-National-Army-soldierSixteen soldiers have embraced martyrdom while 138 insurgents killed in fresh confrontations with military across the country, ministries of defense and interior announced on Saturday.

General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense has said in a tweet that the sixteen soldiers embraced martyrdom due to landmine explosion and militant fire in past 48 hours. He has not mentioned the exact location of the terrorist actions.

Also, Ministry of Interior says 138 insurgents were killed and 83 others wounded during separate military operations in 11 provinces in past 24 hours.

A statement issued by the ministry states that the operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Ghor, Kunduz, Faryab, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Ghazni and Paktika provinces in past 24 hours.

Dozens of motorcycles, which insurgents mostly rely on during their attacks, were also seized during these operations.

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Iran may consider to assist Afghanistan to fight ISIS terror group http://www.khaama.com/iran-may-consider-to-assist-afghanistan-to-fight-isis-terror-group-1107 http://www.khaama.com/iran-may-consider-to-assist-afghanistan-to-fight-isis-terror-group-1107#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 08:57:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50220 Read the full article...]]> isis terrorist group afghanistanThe government of Iran may consider to assist the Afghan government in fight against ISIS terrorist group if Tehran receives a request from Kabul.

In an interview with the Afghanistan 1TV Channel, the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan, Mohammad Reza Bahrami, said Iran is assisting the Iraqi government to fight ISIS group after receiving a request from Baghdad.

Bahrami said the terrorist group is a potential serious threat to Afghanistan and its neighboring countries.

He said the group could grow more strong in coming months and years to have a considerable strong presence in Afghanistan and even in the region.

The remarks by the Indian envoy comes as the Afghan national security advisor Hanif Atmar said earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group is looking to have access to drugs market by starting operations in Afghanistan.

Atmar also warned that the terror group wants to expand its operations not only in Afghanistan but the whole region and wants infiltrate in Central Asian countries.

According to Atmar, the ISIS group is led by a Pakistani militant and the group recognizes no boundries since they have already declared the regional countries in their map as Khurasan province.

He insisted that all force must be used to fight the terror group and said the government of Afghanistan prepared a strategy two months ago where the group’s local commander was killed following an operation in Helmand province.

This also comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani acknowledged for the first time last month that the terrorist group was gaining influence in the country.

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

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

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Taliban kidnap dozens of Passengers in Paktia province http://www.khaama.com/taliban-kidnap-dozens-of-passengers-in-paktia-province-1106 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-kidnap-dozens-of-passengers-in-paktia-province-1106#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 08:33:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50215 Read the full article...]]> Taliban kidnap civilians in PaktiaThe Taliban militants have abducted dozens of Passengers from eastern Paktia province of Afghanistan, local officials said.

The officials further added that the passengers were abducted while they were travelling in Syed Karam district early on Saturday morning.

Provincial security chief Zalmai Orya Khel confirmed the passengers were abducted but he did not disclose further information regarding the exact number of the passengers taken as hostage.

In the meantime, a member of the provincial council Mohammad Rahman Kabiri said at least 30 people including women and children were abducted by the militants.

Taliban militants claimed responsibility behind today’s kidnappings and said the hostages are individuals affiliated with the Afghan government.

This comes as at least 31 passengers were abducted by the anti-government armed militants while they were travelling in two buses in southern Zabul province in the month of February this year.

At least 19 of the 31 hostages were released by the militants following a prisoner swap in southeastern Ghazni province last week.

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22 militants joined peace process in Kundoz http://www.khaama.com/22-militants-joined-peace-process-in-kundoz-3363 http://www.khaama.com/22-militants-joined-peace-process-in-kundoz-3363#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 07:32:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50211 Read the full article...]]> KundozA group of 22 militants who were fighting against government in northern Kundoz province have joined peace process after efforts being made by Afghanistan’s intelligence agency or National Directorate of Security (NDS).

The group laid down their guns during a special gathering attended by several government officials and local elders in Kundoz.

Commander of the group after separating ways with insurgents and stepping back from war promised to live in peace.

The group was involved in fighting against government in Gur Tepe, Zarkharid and Logari localities of Kundoz city.

After laying down guns, the group apparently weakened the current resistance of Taliban against security forces in Kundoz city.

A few weeks before hundreds of Taliban rebels attacked security check posts in Imam Sahib District and Gor Tepe and other areas of Kundoz city which engulfed a serious gun battle between the two sides.

Security forces have pushed back Taliban from several areas but the resistance is not ended yet.

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1,000 teachers to receive land plots in Paktika http://www.khaama.com/1000-teachers-to-receive-land-plots-in-paktika-3362 http://www.khaama.com/1000-teachers-to-receive-land-plots-in-paktika-3362#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 07:27:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50204 Read the full article...]]> Paktika-Teachers' city 15MAY2015Government is building a city for teachers in Paktika province where 1,000 teachers will receive plots of land to build houses for themselves.

Laying the foundation stone of the teacher’s city on Friday, local officials said that the decision was taken to convince professional teachers to come to this remote province that is in desperate need for professional teachers.

Ataullah Fazli, Deputy Governor of Paktika province told Khaama Press that the city is being built in 500 hectares of land, located close to the main city.

He said that the city will have schools, hospitals, mosques, parks, canalization system and other facilities as needed. All costs of the facilities are being paid by the government and teachers will only need to build their houses.

Kochai Zazai, director of the education department in Paktika told Khaama Press that they are planning more cities for teachers in this province.

He said by providing facilities, more teachers will be convinced to teach in Paktika.

Nasir Ahmad a teacher and Saif-ur-Rahman a resident of Paktika said that these projects will bring big changes in the educational trend of this province.

Azizullah Amiree / Paktika

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Five militants killed in airstrike in Nangarhar http://www.khaama.com/five-militants-killed-in-airstrike-in-nangarhar-3361 http://www.khaama.com/five-militants-killed-in-airstrike-in-nangarhar-3361#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 07:24:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50194 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar-Bati Kot DistrictFive insurgents have been killed and one wounded in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province.

The airstrike was conducted in Chahardahi area of Bati Kot District on Thursday night.

A “Saracha” type vehicle in which six insurgents were traveling was attacked. The five killed included Salahuddin who was the group’s commander.

Local security officials say the group was involved in destructive activities and were harassing civilians in their area.

This was at least 4th airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province in which more than 30 rebels have been killed.

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“Kill Mullah Fazlullah or allow us to do so”, Pakistan asks Afghan govt http://www.khaama.com/kill-mullah-fazlullah-or-allow-us-to-do-so-pakistan-asks-afghan-govt-1105 http://www.khaama.com/kill-mullah-fazlullah-or-allow-us-to-do-so-pakistan-asks-afghan-govt-1105#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 07:22:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50205 Read the full article...]]> Maulana FazlullahIslamabad has formally asked the government of Afghanistan to kill the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah or allow them to do so.

According to reports, the demand was made by Pakistani authorities during a meeting with the Afghan officials.

A local newspaper in Pakistan – The News Tribe reported Saturday that the Pakistani agencies have handed over the intelligence reports to the Afghan government regarding the involvement of Fazal Ullah in fanning the separatist movement in Balochistan and also conducting various terrorist attacks in Pakistan from Afghan soil.

The report further added that Pakistani Authorities also informed Afghan government of the involvement of India’s primary intelligence agency RAW in backing Mullah Fazal Ullah to destabilize Pakistan, using Afghan soil.

Pakistan has officially handed over the evident proofs regarding the meetings between RAW agents and Fazal Ullah, the report said, adding that the Banned outfits like Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Balochistan Liberation Front and Balochistan Republican Army are also being supported and directly financed by India’s RAW to inflame the liberation movements in the province.

The Pakistani authorities have claimed that there are multiple training camps of RAW to provide military training to the Baloch separatists in Kabul, Kandahar and Nimruz- the confirmed intel reports of which have been given to the Afghan agencies.

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

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Suicide blast targets police check post in Kandahar, 5 militants killed http://www.khaama.com/suicide-blast-targets-police-check-post-in-kandahar-5-militants-killed-1104 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-blast-targets-police-check-post-in-kandahar-5-militants-killed-1104#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 06:55:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50200 Read the full article...]]> Afghan Police (2)A suicide bomber was killed following an attack on a police check post in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan earlier today.

According to the local government officials, at least five militants were also killed in the attack which took place around 5;00 am local time.

Provincial governor spokesman Samim Khpolwak said the militants launched the attack by detonated a vehicle packed with explosives near the police check post.

Khpolwak further addded that the incident took place in Arghistan district where a check post of the Afghan National Police and Afghan Local Police was targeted.

He said a gun battle triggered following the explosion which continued for several minutes before the assailants were shot dead.

According to Khpolwak the Afghan security forces did not suffer any casualties in today’s attack.

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

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Bodies of 4 Indians killed in Kabul attack flown to India http://www.khaama.com/bodies-of-4-indians-killed-in-kabul-flown-to-india-3360 http://www.khaama.com/bodies-of-4-indians-killed-in-kabul-flown-to-india-3360#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 04:25:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50189 Read the full article...]]> Kabul attackThe bodies of four Indians killed in Taliban attack at a hotel in Kabul have been flown to India.

A plane from Indian Air Force airlifted the bodies on Friday en route to India.

Two of the four killed are from the state of Kerala, one from Andhra Pradesh and one was from Chandigarh.

They were killed on Wednesday night in Park Palace Hotel located in Kulula Pushta are of Kabul city in a terrorist attack. Some security officials say the attack was carried out by one insurgent but some others say three people were involved in the attack.  However, the responsibility of the attack was claimed by Taliban.

According a United Nations 14 people were killed in the attack including one American and several others wounded.

The attack took place ahead of a scheduled musical concert in which several foreigners and Afghans were taking part.

Taliban are against musical concerts.

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Islam is a religion of fighting, al-Baghdadi says in new audio message http://www.khaama.com/islam-is-a-religion-of-fighting-al-baghdadi-claims-in-new-audio-message-1103 http://www.khaama.com/islam-is-a-religion-of-fighting-al-baghdadi-claims-in-new-audio-message-1103#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50180 Read the full article...]]> al-baghdadiThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group released a new audio statement on Thursday in which the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls for recruits from the around the world while calling Islam a religion of fighting.

The latest audio statement comes as there have been speculations that al-Baghdadi was seriously injured following a US-led airstrike in the month of March and that he is no more leading the terrorist organization.

The 35-minute audio message posted on militant websites features a voice that sounds like al-Baghdadi’s exhorting all Muslims to take up arms and fight on behalf of the group’s self-styled caliphate, the Associated Press reported.

He criticizes harshly the Saud royal family for the air campaign in Yemen and calls for the humiliation of the Saudi regime while vowing to liberate Isis prisoners in Saudi jails.

Referring to Islam as religion of fighting, al-Baghdadi says “Islam was never a religion of peace. No one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels.”

The audio message was released shortly after the second-in-command of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, Abu Alaa al-Afri, was reported killed following a US-led airstrike.

According to Iraqi government officials, al-Afri was killed while attending a meeting at a mosque in Tal Afar.

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Paktia chief prosecutor shot dead in Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/paktia-chief-prosecutor-shot-dead-in-kabul-city-1102 http://www.khaama.com/paktia-chief-prosecutor-shot-dead-in-kabul-city-1102#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 09:22:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50177 Read the full article...]]> Paktia chief prosecutor shot deadUnknown gunmen shot dead the provincial chief prosecutor for eastern Paktia province in capital Kabul late on Thursday night.

Mujibullah Rahman, an Afghan lawmaker in the Lower House of the Parliament from Paktia province, said Najibullah sultanzoi was shot dead outside his home in Kabul city.

Rahman further added that the gunmen opened fire on Sultanzoi after he answered a knock at the door of his home.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the assassination of Mr. Sultanzoi.

The assassination of Paktia chief prosecutor comes as the Taliban militants launched two deadly attacks on the Afghan Attorney General Office employees during the past ten days.

Over 20 people were killed or injured after a suicide bomber targeted the vehicle of the AGO staff in the same area on Sunday.

At least one person was killed and thirteen others were injured after a suicide bomber targeted the AGO staff/employees vehicle in the same area last Monday.

An explosion also targeted a vehicle of the Afghan security forces in the same area on Wednesday but there were no casualties in the attack.

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Five insurgents killed in Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/five-insurgents-killed-in-kandahar-3357 http://www.khaama.com/five-insurgents-killed-in-kandahar-3357#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 08:21:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50173 Read the full article...]]> KandaharFive insurgents have been killed during separate gun battles with security forces in restive Kandahar province.

Local officials say the gun battles erupted after groups of Taliban militants attacked security check posts in Kasi and Jar areas of Marouf District around 09:00 AM yesterday.

Five militants were killed and two others wounded during the clashes. One soldier also wounded in the clashes.

No terrorist network has commented on the reports yet but it comes during a serious of attacks carried out by Taliban militant group across the country.

Their latest attack was in Kabul on Wednesday night that according to UN left 14 civilians killed and several others wounded.

These attacks are taking place after Taliban announced their spring offensive earlier this month.

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17 militants killed in fresh air strike in North Waziristan http://www.khaama.com/17-militants-killed-in-fresh-air-strike-in-north-waziristan-3356 http://www.khaama.com/17-militants-killed-in-fresh-air-strike-in-north-waziristan-3356#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 07:15:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50170 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanPakistan has announced to have killed 17 militants in fresh air strikes in North Waziristan.

Officials say the aerial strike was conducted in North Waziristan’s Shawal area based on tip-off earlier this morning.

17 militants were killed and their three hideouts destroyed in the attack.

The strike is carried out during Pakistani military’s Operation Zarb-i-Azab which started last June after the failure of peace talks with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and a deadly attack at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi that left at least 23 people killed with several wounded later succumbed to their injuries. The death toll then raised to at least 30. The airport also suffered heavy property damages during the attack.

Pakistani military says it has broken the spine of Taliban during this operation with killing more than 2,000 of the group’s fighters and important commanders. Senior Al-Qaeda commanders and other militants have also reportedly been killed during Operation Zarb-i-Azab.

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Vatican formally recognizes the state of Palestine http://www.khaama.com/vatican-formally-recognizes-the-state-of-palestine-1101 http://www.khaama.com/vatican-formally-recognizes-the-state-of-palestine-1101#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 04:53:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50166 Read the full article...]]> Vatican recognizes Palestina stateThe state of Palestine was formally recognized by the Vatican in a new treaty finalized on Wednesday in a bid to “enhance the life and activities of the Catholic Church and its recognition at the judicial level.”

The conclusion of the agreement comes days before Pope Francis is due to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and is likely to solidify relations between the Vatican and Palestinians.

According to a statement released by the Vatican, the agreement will be officially signed by the respective authorities “in the near future.”

The statement further added that the text of the treaty will be covering Church activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

The decision by Vatican to recognize Palestine sparked Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.

The Foreign Ministry of Israel said it as disappointed and insisted that “This move does not promote the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations.”

In the meantime, the Palestinian officials welcomed the move and said “This is a very important recognition as the Vatican has a very important political status that stems from its spiritual status.”

Nabil Shaath, a senior to Abbas, said “We expect more EU countries to follow.”

The Vatican has been referring unofficially to the state of Palestine since 2012 and the Vatican’s official program referred to Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine” during Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land in 2014.

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Afghan Prisoners Recruit by Iran Regime to Fight in Syria http://www.khaama.com/afghan-prisoners-recruit-by-iran-regime-to-fight-in-syria-1100 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-prisoners-recruit-by-iran-regime-to-fight-in-syria-1100#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 04:17:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50163 Read the full article...]]> Afghans fighting in SyriaAuthor: Fahim Khairy

Morad Ali, an Afghan refugee in Iran, was sentenced to six years in connection to smuggling drugs. Few months later Ali meets some recruiters inside the prison and got an offer for freedom but in one condition. The men belong to Sepaay Pasdaaran ( Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps). The offer also includes $600 a month and paper to live in Iran as a  permanent resident. All will be given if Ali agrees to travel to Syria and fight in favor of Assad regime.

To escape Prison brutal life, Morad Ali takes the offer and agrees to join the training camp where he meets dozens more Afghan prisoners now preparing to become heroes in the front-line. In a week or more Ali along with other young Afghans deployed in a lonely tall building In Syria, Bashar al-Assad territories. Morad Ali who is originally from Balkh, Afghanistan and a wife and minor daughter await for him back home, was captured by Syrian Free Army and soon was abounded by his Iranian recruiters too.

According to a story published on Facebook by Ali relative, Assad regime with their Iranian ally only exchange Syrian and Iranian prisoners with the anti government forces. Ali and hundreds of other Afghans left for death in the rebel hands. ”They are not worthy of exchanging”.

As claimed by many unconfirmed sources, Iranian government moved hundreds of Afghan prisoners and undocumented Afghan immigrants to Syria and made them fight against anti Assad rebels. None of these youngsters have returned yet and the rumor already begun spreading within Afghan communities in Iran that the ”Freedom Offer” is a trap. The choice is to either be killed or captured.

Fahim Khairy is a freelance reporter and he can be reached at fahim.khairy(at)yahoo.com

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India pledges support to promote Afghanistan cricket http://www.khaama.com/india-pledges-support-to-promote-afghanistan-cricket-1099 http://www.khaama.com/india-pledges-support-to-promote-afghanistan-cricket-1099#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 19:17:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50160 Read the full article...]]> India support Afghanistan cricketIndia has pledged support to promote the Afghanistan cricket in a bid to help the Afghan team match level of other countries at the international level.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anugag Thakur said Thursday that India would be happy to help Afghaistan Cricket Board (ACB) in every manner.

“Afghanistan Cricket Board has requested BCCI that they want to come and play here, use the infrastructure and also to have one venue as the Afghan venue. Their Board has requested to create one centre in India which can be dedicated to Afghanistan cricket,” Thakur quoted by a local newspaper – Economic Times said.

Thakur further added that Afghanistan has said that they want to come and play in India.

He said “BCCI will be more than happy to accomodate the Afghan cricket team for any kind of help for the promotion of the game.”

In response to a question regarding BCCI’s financial support to Afghanistan cricket, Thakur said “Let’s see, let them write to BCCI. Any knowledge, any kind of help which Afghanistan Board requires, we are more than happy to help them.”

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Indonesia urged to stop virginity tests for army recruits http://www.khaama.com/indonesia-urged-to-stop-virginity-tests-for-army-recruits-1098 http://www.khaama.com/indonesia-urged-to-stop-virginity-tests-for-army-recruits-1098#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 18:49:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50157 Read the full article...]]> Indonesia virginity testsThe Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Indonesia’s military to drop a “discriminatory and invasive” virginity tests for female military recruits.

According to HRW the painful “two-finger” virginity test is given early in the recruitment process to determine if the woman’s hymen is still intact.

However, the Indonesia’s military has said the tests are given with an aim to stop immoral women from entering the armed forces.

Fuad Basya, spokesman for Indonesia’s military, told the Guardian “We need to examine the mentality of these applicants. If they are no longer virgins, if they are naughty, it means their mentality is not good.”

He said the test has been carried out “for a long time” and that it can determine whether the women have “accidentally” lost their virginity or were sexually active.

According to Basya those who failed the test are not eligible to join the military. “We will continue to carry out the test because to be a military person, the most important thing is your mentality. Physical and intellectual requirements are secondary,” he added.

In the meantime, the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) also expressed concerns regarding the tests.

Ahead of a conference on military medicine in Bali, Indonesia, the IRCT described the testing as “a gross violation of women’s rights and one that may amount to ill-treatment and torture under international law”.

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6 Taliban militants killed while transporting suicide vests in Badghis http://www.khaama.com/6-taliban-militants-killed-while-transporting-suicide-vests-in-badghis-1097 http://www.khaama.com/6-taliban-militants-killed-while-transporting-suicide-vests-in-badghis-1097#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 18:19:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50153 Read the full article...]]> taliban militants killedAt least six Taliban militants were killed following an explosion inside a car while they were transporting suicide bombing vests.

The incident took place in Badghis province in western part of the country, local officials said Thursday.

The officials further added that the Taliban militants were looking to use the suicide bombing vests for a coordinated attack on Afghan security forces.

Provincial police chief Mohammad Qayum Angar said the militants were transporting the suicide vests inside a car from Herat province to Bala Morghab district of Badghis.

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

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

The Taliban militants managed to take control of Jawand district in Badghis province earlier this week but the Afghan security forces retook the control of the district following an operation.

This comes as the Taliban militants recently launched the group’s summer offensive and since then the militants have staged numerous attacks across the country.

At least fourteen people were killed after a group of Taliban militants attacked a guesthouse in capital Kabul last night.

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Squeezed Pak Taliban Tries To Unite the House http://www.khaama.com/squeezed-pak-taliban-tries-to-unite-the-house-3355 http://www.khaama.com/squeezed-pak-taliban-tries-to-unite-the-house-3355#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 11:26:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50149 Read the full article...]]>  Pakistani-Talib12493By Manish Rai

After Pakistan Army launched operation Khyber II in the tribal region as a part of its stepped-up efforts since a militant attack in Dec 2014 killed 150 people, mostly children, at Peshawar’s Army Public School. Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is being squeezed out in their former tribal strongholds. Since the beginning of operation Zarb-i-Azb of Pak Army after the Karachi airport attack last year TTP militants have fled to other tribal regions, including to Khyber and its Tirah Valley that borders Afghanistan. They appear to be moving across the border and seem to operate from both sides of the Durand Line. But situation drastically changed after the recent very effective Khyber II operation in which most of the hideouts in the strongholds have been lost by the militants and now there been squeezed from all the sides by the Pakistan security forces. TTP, which once has presence across the country and currently resisting Pakistani troops in the volatile tribal regions on the border with Afghanistan is rapidly loosing ground and facing an existential threat. In the recent months after the attack on the Peshawar, the Pakistan government has upped the ante against the TTP and its allied militant organizations. The military has destroyed all the command and control centers of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Now to put the effective resistance front against the security forces and to show its strength. TTP leadership has initiated the efforts to unite the various factions which break away after the leadership and ethnic dispute.

Recently three jihadist groups, including one led by a key commander who has served as a senior leader in al Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, have united with the Pakistan Taliban. The merger is part of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s efforts to rebuild itself, likely with the guidance of al Qaeda. The merger is part of TTP’s attempt to rebuild its shattered image in the wake of the ongoing military operations. After the killing of Hakeemullah Mehshud the Taliban appointed Mullah Fazlullah to lead the TTP, but multiple factions were unhappy with the choice and split, including two Mehsud factions in North and South Waziristan, and a large branch led by Omar Khalid Khorasani. But Omar Khalid Khorasani’s faction (Jamaat-ul Ahrar) and Lashkar-e-Islam of Mangal Bagh joined the TTP early last month as part of the effort to mend the rift between the jihadist groups. The decision of merger was taken at a meeting attended by Mulla Fazlullah, Omar Khalid Khurasani and Mangal Bagh. The head of the new set-up was yet to be named. It worth noting that Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam, led by Mangal Bagh, are allied to each other from long but not they formally coming toghter and making combined command structure, pooled resources, fighting force. TTP is also now trying hard to make good relation with its previous affiliates like- Harkatul Jihad Al Islami, Qari Saifullah Akhtar Group, Tehrik-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi, Tehrik-e-Taliban Punjab, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and some Chechen and German-Turk groups. All these efforts are being done because of the need of the hour. Now the TTP core organization is not a big group with its cadre at most at 5,000 to 7,000 which was about 25,000 to 30,000 when it was united under the strong leadership of Baitullah and Hakeemullah Mehshud.

The recent regrouping of various TTP factions suggests efforts may be underway for broader cooperation and moreover TTP wants to be in the limelight and it is trying to send a message of its presence through the media. The ongoing military operations have forced them to adopt such tactics just to show their power. In fact, these groups have broadly lost their ability to conduct major terrorist activities solely on their own and are on the run. But according to some senior security analysts the developments of regrouping was of little significance in the prevailing situation as it may be just a propaganda tool rather than a major game changing alignment. The next few months will be critical in determining whether this new tactic of TTP is effective against the security forces operations or a simple name change for some existing groups, or as a new, unifying umbrella. But one thing which is emerging is that Al-Qaeda is playing a major role in all these patch up activities. Al Qaeda and the TTP have had a close working relationship since the latter was formed in December 2007. The Pakistan Taliban has provided shelter for al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas, while al Qaeda has provided military expertise and access to global donors. Seeing TTP fighting for its survival Al-Qaeda has come for its rescue and the inspirational source of TTP that is Afghan Taliban has turned a blind eye on all this episode in fear of annoying Pak Army and ISI. Al- Qaeda is acting as the interlocutor and meditator for the regrouping. And one thing is certain that closer to Al Qaeda than to Afghan Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan is a formidable challenge for Islamabad and the region.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of a geo-political news agency Views Around can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com. Mr Farman Nawaz Columnist from Bannu, Pakistan provided inputs for the article.)

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UN says 14 civilians killed in Kabul attack http://www.khaama.com/un-says-14-civilians-killed-in-kabul-attack-3353 http://www.khaama.com/un-says-14-civilians-killed-in-kabul-attack-3353#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 10:19:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50139 Read the full article...]]> Kabul attackA press release sent to media by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) states that 14 civilians were killed and several others wounded in Taliban attack last night.

Government has only confirmed the killing of five people in the terrorist attack on Park Palace Hotel in Kolola Pushta area of Kabul city.

One American, two Indians and two Afghans were confirmed killed in the attack.

Georgette Gagnon, UNAMA’s Human Rights Director writes in the press release that “These deliberate attacks on civilians are atrocities,”

Gagnon says that Taliban should immediately stop attacking civilians. “Taliban statements on avoiding civilian casualties ring hollow when we set them against the latest killings. The Taliban should abide by their commitments and immediately stop deliberately attacking civilians.” Gagnon is quoted in the statement.

According to UNAMA statement these attacks may amount to war crimes.

“UNAMA highlights that international humanitarian law, which binds all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan including the Taliban, prohibits attacks against civilians and civilian locations, such as civilian government offices and hotels, at any time and in any place whatsoever. Such acts may amount to war crimes.” the statement states.

In the meantime UNAMA says that the first four months of current year shows 16 percent increase in civilian casualties to that of the first four months of 2014.

2,937 civilian casualties have been recorded in these four months out of which there are 974 deaths and 1,963 others are wounded.

UNAMA has extended condolences to the families of those killed and wounded yesterday and again urged all sides to refrain from acts that cause civilian casualties.

“With this years’ appalling rise in civilian casualties, UNAMA again urges parties to the conflict to take all necessary measures to protect civilians in line with their obligations under international humanitarian law,” Georgette Gagnon, UNAMA’s Human Rights Director said.

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Islamabad says Kabul should prevent RAW from using its territory against Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/islamabad-says-kabul-should-prevent-raw-from-using-its-territory-against-pakistan-3353 http://www.khaama.com/islamabad-says-kabul-should-prevent-raw-from-using-its-territory-against-pakistan-3353#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 09:40:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50136 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan spokesmanAfter the deadly Karachi attack that left more than 40 people killed, Pakistan once again accused the Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for creating unrest in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Thursday said that two perpetrators arrested in Karachi were trained by the spy agency.

He said Pakistan will take up the issue on all international forums if RAW was found to be behind yesterday’s massacre in Karachi.

In the meantime, Qazi Khalilullah the spokesman for Islamabad’s Foreign Office said that Afghanistan should not let RAW use its territory against Pakistan.

He said it is against the bilateral relation agreement between the two countries. But Afghan leaders have repeatedly said that Kabul is not allowing anyone use its territory against others.

A group of about six assailants attacked a civilian bus in Karachi, Pakistan’s business hub, yesterday and killed 43 people belonging to Ismailia community on the spot. Three more succumbed to their wounds, raising the death toll to 46.

Attackers escaped from the scene but left a leaflet linking the attack to Daesh the Arabic name for ISIS.

Also, media received a statement in Arabic language in which the attack is identified to be the act of Daesh.

Ahmad Marwat identifying himself the spokesman for Jundullah, a TTP splinter group which also has contacts with Al-Qaeda, also claimed responsibility for the attack yesterday.

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Two soldiers martyred, 86 militants killed during confrontations with military http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-martyred-86-militants-killed-during-confrontations-with-military-3351 http://www.khaama.com/two-soldiers-martyred-86-militants-killed-during-confrontations-with-military-3351#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 08:40:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50131 Read the full article...]]> afghanTwo soldiers embraced martyrdom while 86 militants were killed during separate confrontations with security forces across the country in past 24 hours, Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced Thursday morning.

According to a statement released by MoD the two soldiers embraced martyrdom in a landmine explosion and militant fire. The statement does not specify exact location of the incidents.

MoD statement adds that 86 militants were also killed and 37 others wounded during separate confrontations with security forces.

The operations were conducted in Ghor, Helmand, Nimroz, Zabul and Logar provinces.

43 militants were killed and 20 others wounded in Chaharsada District of Ghor Province.

16 militants were killed and ten others wounded in Gerishk and Musa Qala districts of Helmand province.

Six militants were killed in Dil Aram District of Nimroz province.

16 militants were killed in Shikay and Naw Bahar districts of Zabul province.

Five militants were killed and six others wounded in Baraki Bark District of Logar province.

20 different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were also discovered and defused by the military.

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Suspected terrorist arrested, weapons cache seized in Paktia http://www.khaama.com/suspected-terrorist-arrested-weapons-cache-seized-in-paktia-3351 http://www.khaama.com/suspected-terrorist-arrested-weapons-cache-seized-in-paktia-3351#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 07:08:31 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50127 Read the full article...]]> NDSThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested a suspected terrorist and seized a weapons cache belonging to Haqqani terrorist network in eastern Paktia province.

A statement issued by NDS states that Bahauddin S/O Mullah Abdul Azim was in connection to a weapons cache which was seized from jurisdiction of Ahmad Abad District.

Nine different types of light and heavy weapons, 13 hand grenades, 11 pairs of military suits, thousands of bullets for light and heavy weapons and other terrorist materials were recovered from the depot.

The statement was issued late last night.

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

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Pakistan hints Afghans involved in deadly Karachi attack http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-hints-afghans-involved-in-deadly-karachi-attack-9424 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-hints-afghans-involved-in-deadly-karachi-attack-9424#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 06:55:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50124 Read the full article...]]>

The Pakistani officials hinted at Afghans involvement behind the deadly attack in Karachi city which left at least 45 dead.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has said that some clues were found at the crime scene but was unable to share these due to security reasons, according to the local newspaper – The Express News.

The report further added that the suspects hail from Afghanistan and allegedly ran a small hotel business in the city.

The claim by the Pakistani officials comes as a survivor of the attack said yesterday that the attackers were speaking fluent Urdu.

According to Pakistani police officials, the militants entered a bus carrying members of the Ismaili community and started indiscriminate firing leaving at least 45 people dead and several others wounded.

The Jundullah militants group – a splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility behind the attack.

The attack was reportedly carried out by a group of six gunmen who multiple types of weapons, including 9mm pistols and sub machine guns.

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Pakistan’s Sindh province observing “day of mourning” over 45 deaths http://www.khaama.com/pakistans-sindh-province-observing-day-of-mourning-over-45-deaths-3350 http://www.khaama.com/pakistans-sindh-province-observing-day-of-mourning-over-45-deaths-3350#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 06:27:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50118 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan attackThe local government in Pakistan’s Sindh province announced Thursday as the “day of mourning” across the province over the militant attack in Karachi that left 45 people killed on Wednesday.

Sindh’s Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon announced on Wednesday that the government made the decision to officially observed mourning across the province on Thursday.

Memon said the terrorists involved in the attack would be dragged to justice.

Altaf Hussain head of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a powerful political party in Pakistan, has condemned security forces for not searching Madrasas (seminaries) who according to him are training militants.

45 people were killed and more than 20 others wounded after gunmen attacked a civilian bus carrying mostly members of the Ismaili community on Wednesday in Karachi.

Following the attack leaflets were found in Safora Chowrangi area linking the attack to ISIS and later media received a statement stating that the attack was carried out by Daesh Arabic name for ISIS.

The attack is also claimed by a Ahmad Marwat who identified himself spokesman for the militant group of Jundullah, a TTP splinter group which also has contacts with Al-Qaeda.

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ISIS Wedding Certificate: Husband’s permission not needed for suicide attacks http://www.khaama.com/isis-wedding-certificate-husbands-permission-not-needed-for-suicide-attacks-9423 http://www.khaama.com/isis-wedding-certificate-husbands-permission-not-needed-for-suicide-attacks-9423#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 06:27:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50119 Read the full article...]]> ISIS wedding certNew images have emerged from Syria which purportedly shows a wedding certificate issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

According to the wedding certificates, the women who have married with the militants are allowed to carry out suicide mission with the permission of their husband.

The document states that the ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi would be the final decision maker regarding the life and death of the jihadi brides.

“If the Prince of believers [Baghdadi] consents to her carrying out a suicide mission, then her husband should not prohibit her,” according to the ‘conditions of wife’ in the certificate.

A user of the Twitter called @axn___i published the document on social media on 9th of May, according to a report by the MailOnline.

The user whose profile has been shut down since then claimed that women living under Islamic State rule are “more powerful and free than those in the rest of the world.”

It is believed that the terror group will use more women to carry out their twisted attacks with the emergence of the wedding certificate.

According to the experts the ISIS terror group has stepped up their desperate attempt to force women to the battle-front to replace the countless male soldiers being slain in bloody battles across Iraq and Syria.

The experts further added that the attempt by the terror group to spread fear and confusion through the document means “they are losing the war.”

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Dozens killed in Philippine factory fire http://www.khaama.com/dozens-killed-in-philippine-factory-fire-3349 http://www.khaama.com/dozens-killed-in-philippine-factory-fire-3349#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 05:24:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50112 Read the full article...]]> Factory fire (2)45 people were confirmed killed as of Thursday morning in a fire that broke out in a rubber slipper factory in northern Philippine.

The death toll is expected to rise as 26 people are still missing in the gutted building of the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. factory.

 Valenzuela city Mayor Rex Gatchalian hoped that some of the 26 people missing would have gotten out.

“The city government is still praying and hoping that the 26, some of them, must have gotten out earlier in the morning and had gone to relatives and have not logged on at city hall. So we are still hoping that the number 26 will still go down,” he said.

But Dionesio Candido, whose kin are among the ones missing, said iron grills reinforced with fencing wire covered windows on the second floor and even cats could not escape.

Candido said that he was given permission by authorities to enter into the building where he saw several dead bodies pile up on each other.

Initial reports suggest the fire was caused by sparks from welding work being done at the factory. The fire triggered an explosion of the chemicals available at the factory for making slippers which spread the fire to all over the factory.

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U.S. national among five killed in Kabul attack http://www.khaama.com/u-s-national-among-five-killed-in-kabul-attack-3348 http://www.khaama.com/u-s-national-among-five-killed-in-kabul-attack-3348#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 04:04:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50107 Read the full article...]]> Kabul attackFive people were killed and six other wounded during an attack at a hotel mainly housing foreigners in Kabul.

The attack started at about 09:00 PM last night at Park Palace Hotel located in the Kolola Pushta area of Kabul city.

Soon after the attack started Afghan National Security Forces including Special Forces arrived at the area and began striking back the attackers and also rescuing those under the siege inside the hotel.

Abdul Rahman Rahimi, Kabul police chief says that security forces rescued 54 people from inside the hotel but five people lost their lives.

All three attackers were killed during the attack that lasted for more than five hours.

One U.S. National, two Indians and two Afghans comprised those killed in the attack.

United States embassy in Kabul has confirmed that death of one of American national in this attack.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims at this time. Out of respect for the families of those killed, we have no further information at this time,” U.S. embassy spokeswoman Monica Cummings told AFP

A concert attended by foreigners and Afghans was due to began by the time gunmen stormed the hotel.

Taliban militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Militants attacked Kabul guesthouse thinking Indian ambassador was present http://www.khaama.com/militants-attacked-kabul-guesthouse-thinking-indian-ambassador-was-present-1096 http://www.khaama.com/militants-attacked-kabul-guesthouse-thinking-indian-ambassador-was-present-1096#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 19:46:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50100 Read the full article...]]> Kabul guesthouse attack

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy for good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud visited the attack scene in Kabul late on Wednesday night where a group of militants launched a coordinated attack.

Speaking to reporters near the Park Palace Guesthouse, Massoud said the militants attacked the guesthouse thinking the ambassador was present in the compound.

Massoud said the attack on Park Palace Guesthouse is likely a political attack but he did not elaborate further.

A security official earlier said a musical event was due to be organized in the event which was due to be attended by the Turkish and Indian guests as well Afghan nationals.

This comes as the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier said he was concerned about the situation after hearing the news.

“In the aircraft I got news about the attack in Kabul. Am concerned about the situation & I pray for everyone’s safety,” Modi said through a Twitter message.

In the meantime, the Indian ambassador Amar Sinha earlier said all Indians reported safe and the Embassy is in constant touch with security forces and evacuation is on.

The Afghan security forces continued to their operations as sporadic gunfire were heard for almost seven hours following the attack.

The Kabul police department officials said at least five people including a US national, Indians and Afghans were among those killed.

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Gunmen attack guesthouse in Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attack-guesthouse-in-kabul-city-1094 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attack-guesthouse-in-kabul-city-1094#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 16:45:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=50089 Read the full article...]]> Kabul attack on guesthouse

A group of gunmen launched a coordinated attack on a guesthouse in Kabul city late on Wednesday night.

The gunmen entered the Park Palace Guesthouse and continued to resist the Afghan security forces for several hours before they were shot dead.

The incident took place in the vicinity of Ansari Square in Shahr-e-Naw which is located close to the Ministry of Interior and the compound of the Indian embassy.

Kabul police chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi confirmed that five people including foreign nationals were killed in the attack.

Gen. Rahimi further added that 54 others including wounded individuals were also rescued from the compound.

According to Gen. Rahimi, a US national, two Indians and two Afghans were among those killed after the gunmen stormed the guesthouse.

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

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