Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:41:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Deash kidnaps more than 100 school children for terrorist training in Iraq’s Mosul Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:41:58 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISThe terrorist group of Islamic State or Daesh has kidnapped more than 100 school children from Mosul city of Iraq for training them to become terrorists.

Local media reports suggest that the school kids aging between 10-15 years were recently collected from different schools of Mosul city.

Sayed Mamuzini, spokesman for Iraq’s Kurdistan Democrat Party says that the 111 school children have been transferred to the Daesh educational and military training centers for brainwashing and giving them the training of terrorist activities.

According to the Kurdish official, Daesh has abducted 1,420 children since the capture of the country’s second city over a year ago and forcefully trained them for terrorist operations.

Mamuzini also said that Daesh recently had militarily-trained children execute 15 of the group’s fighters who were allegedly the reason of a defeat in Bashiqa town northeast of Mosul

The group had earlier abducted up to 500 school children from Al-Anbar and Diyala province.

According to reports and photos released by Daesh, the terrorist group has setup several military training centers in Iraq and Syria for training children to become terrorists.

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Breaking News: Second explosion reported in Kabul Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:28:26 +0000 Breaking-News7Breaking News: After a heavy explosion in Shah Shahid area, a second explosion has taken place in capital Kabul.

This explosion took place in Kart-i-Naw area of the city.

No details of casualties have been released yet

This story is subject to update more details come available.

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Hekmat Karzai meets Taliban in Islamabad to discuss peace Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:06:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]>

The Deputy Afghan Foreign Minister on Political Affairs Hekmat Khalil Karzai met with the Taliban representatives in Islamabad – the capital city of Pakistan to discuss reconciliation process.

According to the local media reports in Pakistan, Taliban’s former Deputy Foreign Minister Mullah Jalil and senior leader Qari Din Muhammad are representing Taliban group.

Quoting informed sources the reports added that the meeting is a follow-up of he recently held talks in Urumqi, China.

The two-day meeting between the Afghan officials and Taliban representatives was held in the month of May this year.

The meeting was reportedly facilitated by Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) in an apparent show of goodwill aimed at a negotiated solution to the insurgency.

Negotiations between the Afghan officials and Taliban representatives in Islamabad comes as the Taliban-led insurgency have been rampant across the country during the recent months.

The Taliban group claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing in capital Kabul today which targeted the vehicles convoy of the NATO troops.

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Senior district official released after spending 10 days in militant custody in Herat Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:36:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Herat (2)A senior government official has been released from Taliban after spending 10 days in the militant custody in western Herat province.

Sayed Mawdud Chashti, governor of Chasht District said that the Executive Director of this district was released this morning and brought back to his family.

He said that Sayed Ehsan was abducted by a group of insurgents affiliated with Taliban about 10 before from his residence.

Chashti added that after the abduction, government and local tribal elders joined hands to release him and finally they were able to secure the release today.

It is yet unclear if the release was based on a deal with the militant group or Taliban released Ehsan without conditions.

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Two soldiers martyred, 34 militants killed in newest military operations Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:31:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ANA in operationTwo soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 33 militants killed in newest military operations, the Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that the two soldiers lost lives in landmine explosion and insurgent fire in past 24 hours. However, the statement does not specify the exact location of the incidents.

34 militants were also killed and more than 30 others wounded during separate military operations in past 24 hours.

The operations were carried out in Alishang and Alingar districts of eastern Laghman province, Syah Gard of Parwan, Behsood of Nangarhar, Charkh, Baraki Barak and provincial capital of Logar province, Gilan and provincial capital of Ghazni, Obah of Heart, Pasaband of Ghor, Khak-i-Safid and Pusht Rud of Farah and Khwaja Ghar District of Takhar province.

Security forces seized have seized weapons and ammunition and also defused Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) but a specific number is not stated in the statement.

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President Ghani to attend SCO Summit in Russia Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:20:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> President GhaniPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is scheduled to attend the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Ufa city of Russia that is going to be organized on Thursday and Friday.

The summit is expected to be attended by Pakistani MP Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Indian MP Narendra Modi, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The leaders are expected to discuss the growth of the Islamic State or Daesh in Afghanistan, its threat and ways to combat with it.

According to China’s Foreign Ministry the menace of Daesh is on the agenda of Chinese Presidnet Xi with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

SCO which is a Eurasian political, economic and military organisation was founded in Shanghai in 2001 . It has six members countries, People’s Republic of China, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyz Republic.

Pakistan and India were approved to become members of SCO last year.

The procedures of including the two nuclear-armed rivals will begin in this summit and by completing these procedures, number of the countries in SCO will rise from six to eight which will help the organization become better and be more productive.

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Suicide attack targets NATO troops convoy in Kabul Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:09:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> exploosion in Kabul city

A relatively heavy explosion rocked capital Kabul earlier today after a suicide bomber targeted the NATO troops convoy of the NATO forces.

The incident took place in the Shah Shahid area in the 8th police district of the city.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), confirmed that the suicide bomber detonated a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED).

He said initial report indicates no civilian casualties in the attack but added that further updates will be released later.

In the meantime, another official in Kabul security commandment, said at least three people including foreigners were wounded in the attack.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This comes as one civilian was killed and twelve others were wounded in a similar attack on NATO troops convoy in capital Kabul a week ago.

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School blown up with explosives in Pakistan’s Bajaur Agency Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:23:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> schoolUnidentified gunmen have blown up a government boys school in Bajawar tribal agency of Pakistan.

Reports suggest that the culprits had placed explosive materials around the building of the government boys school in Kharai Kamangara area and detonated it with a remote control on Monday night.

The building of the school is almost destroyed due to the explosions and several copies of school books and documents burned in its fire.

Sayed Gul, head of the education department in Bajauar agency has expressed concern over the attacks on schools.

He told Radio Azadi that 109 schools have been blown up by armed men in Bajaur agency since the attacks on schools begin in 2007, adding that it has badly damaged the education system in this agency.

Bajaur tribal agency of Pakistan shares a 52 kilometers long border with Afghanistan’s Kunar province where several militant groups including Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) operate.

The militant groups on occasional bases also cross border into Afghanistan for terrorist activities.

Several schools and school teachers have been unanimously targeted by armed men in Kunar province in the past.

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Security forces kill six Taliban in the outskirt of Pul-i-Khumri Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:36:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> baghlanHeavy clashes erupted between security forces and Taliban militants in the outskirt of Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital of northern Baghlan province.

A security official in Pul-i-Kumri said that the skirmishes erupted after a group of Taliban insurgents attacked security check posts in Dand Ghori area.

He said that security forces gave a mouth broken response to the Taliban militants, adding that six insurgents were killed and ten others wounded in the fighting.

According to the source Taliban also blindly fired rockets in the fighting. He said one of the Taliban rockets landed on a civilian house leaving four people including children wounded.

Taliban spokesman had not commented on the report by the time it was filed.

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Two drug dealers detained with 300 KG of hashish in Zabul Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:33:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> vlcsnap-2015-07-07-09h12m33s231Police have apprehended two drug dealers red handed with 300 KG of hashish in southern Zabul province.

Security officials say police stoped a tractor at Kharwaryan area of Qalat, the provincial capital of Zabul province for a check on Monday.

Sardar Hotak, the police officer who head the counter-narcotics department in the police headquarters of Zabul province said that more than 300 kilograms of hashes was hided in the tractor.

The hashish had been hidden on the floor of the tractor which was covered by another metal cover.

Hotak said that two smuglers who were trying to deliver the drugs to Zabul’s neighboring Kandahar province were also arrested by the police who are now under further investigation.

He added that after the investigation at the police headquarters completes the suspects would be reffered to the judiciary.

According to Hotak the hashis had come to Zabul from Khost province.

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Iran nuclear deal in Afghanistan’s interest, Iranian ambassador says Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:39:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Iran nuclear deal in Afghanistan's interestThe Iranian nuclear deal which is likely to be concluded with the West is in the interest of Afghanistan, the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan Mohammad Reza Bahrami has said.

He said the deal would help boost the economy of Afghanistan once the economic sanctions have been lifted; besides the deal would have a positive impact over the security situation.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Bahrami said the cancellation of sanctions would help boost the foreign trade of Iran which would be better for the economic situation of Afghanistan.

He said the economic growth would help to improve the security and stability of Afghanistan.

According to Bahrami, Iran will have more access to Afghanistan in terms of investment once the economic sanctions have been lifted.

Iran is currently engaged in negotiations with the Western powers to reach an agreement on nuclear deal with a breakthrough expected until Thursday.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the U.S. and Iran are closer to reaching a final nuclear but expressed uncertainty about hitting their 48-hour deadline.

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said Saturday that the teams representing Iran and US made significant headway by reaching a tentative agreement on some sanctions now being imposed on Iran for its nuclear program.

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49 ISIS affiliates killed in Nangarhar drone strikes Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:00:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> drone strikes in NangarharAt least 49 militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in separate drone strikes in eastern Nangahar province.

According to the local government officials, the militants were killed in Achin district on Monday.

The provincial government spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said the first airstrike was carried out around 12:00 pm local time, leaving at least 12 militants dead.

He said at least 37 others who were apparently ISIS affiliates were killed in the second drone strike in the same area around 2:00 pm local time.

The airstrikes were carried out as the militants had gathered for a meeting in Achin district, the local residents said, adding that several dead bodies were left in the area following the raids.

This comes as sporadic clashes were reported between the militant groups in parts of Achin and Nazian districts on Monday.

According to the local government officials, at least fourteen militants were killed and two others were injured during the clashes.

Clashes have intensified between the Taliban militants and ISIS affiliates in eastern Nangarhar province during the recent weeks as the newly emerged ISIS militants are trying to gain a foothold in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, the Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar announced support to the ISIS affiliates to combat the Taliban militants.

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Protest in Kabul after court overturns death sentences in mob killing of Farkhunda Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:00:34 +0000 Read the full article...]]> FarkhundaA demonstration was organized in capital Kabul today to protest against the court ruling that overturned the death sentences for four men convicted for taking part in the mob killing of Farkhunda over false Quran burning allegation.

Dozens of people including women activists participated in the demonstration which was staged outside the Shah Do Shamshera shrine where the woman was brutally murdered.

The appeal court overturned death sentences for four men by sentencing three of them to 20 years in jail and another one to 10 years in jail.

Malalai Joya was among the several activists who participated in the rally organized by the National Solidarity Party of Afghanistan.

She said the court decision paves the way for the killers to go free while insisting they are all criminals.

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

The 27-year-old Farkhunda was brutally beaten, murdered and her body was set on fire by angry mob after she was accused of burning Quran.

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

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

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Afghan forces on alert amid reports Pakistani helicopters helping Taliban Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:36:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan air forceThe Afghan national security forces were put on alert amid reports Pakistani helicopters are helping the Taliban militants by supplying weapons in eastern Paktika province.

Deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, Dawlat Waziri, told reporters on Monday that the Afghan forces have been instructed to use all force to react and stop Pakistani helicopters to assist the Taliban militants.

The remarks by Waziri were followed after reports emerged that the Pakistani helicopters are dropping weapons to Taliban in Barmal district.

This comes as tensions have intensified across the Durand Line following a brief clash between the Afghan security forces with the Pakistani troops in Paktika province last week.

At least eight Pakistani security personnel were reportedly killed after the Afghan forces responded to their provocative action of building military installations within the Afghan soil.

A member of the Afghan national security forces also lost his life during the gun battle with the Pakistani troops.

The Afghan government officials have long been criticizing Pakistan, specifically the country’s military intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for supporting the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said last month that the attack on Parliament building in Kabul was orchestrated in Peshawar city, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

NDS officials said the attack was carried out by Haqqani terrorist network with the support of ISI which left five people killed and 30 others wounded.

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Unknown gunmen killed couple in Urozgan Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:13:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> UruzganA couple has been killed by unidentified gunmen in central Urozgan province.

The incidnet took place in Sajawal area of Urozgan’s capital Tireen Kot last night.

Gul Agha, a police officer said that a group of armed intruders forcibly entered into a civilian house during the middle of Sunday night and sprayed bullets on those inside.

He said the attack left a husband and his wife dead and their child wounded.

An investigation has been initiated the incident but officials suspect personal dispute as the result of the shooting spree.

The child who sustained injuries in the attack is now battling for his live in the hospital.

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ISIS in Afghanistan on Putin and Xi Jinping’s summit agenda Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:14:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS in Afghanistan Putin and XiThe Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart on potential threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Afghanistan.

This comes as there have been growing concerns regarding the emergence of ISIS group in Afghanistan as the affiliates of the terror are trying to gain a foothold in the country amid ongoing clashes with the Taliban militants in eastern parts of the country.

According to reports, Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Russia to participate in Eurasian security summit scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Chinese vice foreign minister Cheng Guoping told reporters that Afghanistan faces a grim security situation due to the spillover effect of the ISIS group.

Guopin said SCO leaders “will certainly have in-depth discussions on the Afghan issue.”

He also added “And they will talk further about how to respond to the security situation there.”

The Afghan national security advisor Hanif Atmar said earlier 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.

Speaking to lawmakers in the upper house of the parliament – Meshrano Jirga earlier in May, Atmar said the terror group wants to finance the group’s activities by having access to drugs market.

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CEO Abdullah: Jalriz incident was shocking Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:45:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> AbdullahThe Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has said that the incident in Jalriz District of Maidan Wardak province was shocking.

While talking to the Council of Ministers, on Monday, CEO Abdullah said that soldiers on the ground did not receive reinforcement during the attack.

He said that the incident will be thoroughly investigated and those officials who have illustrated negligence in the shocking incident will face judiciary.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has assigned a delegation to conduct an investigation into the Jalriz carnage and present its report at the presidential palace.

Last week hundreds of armed men equipped with light and heavy weapons attacked security check posts in Jalriz District that resulted in deadly clashes between the two sides.

Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, Senate Chairman said that the clashes continued from 48-52 hours and reinforcement was not sent to the area due to which number of the casualties increased.

More than 20 soldiers lost lives during the attack.

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9 soldiers martyred, 41 militants killed in newest military operations Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:54:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ANA 2Nine soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 41 militants killed in military operations in past 24 hours, officials announced on Monday morning.

Four policemen were killed and two others wounded after Taliban attacked a number of security check posts in Khushamand District of Paktika province late on Sunday.

Nabiullah Peerkhil, spokesman for the police headquarters of Paktika province confirms the report.

Also, a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that five Army soldiers embraced martyrdom in IED explosions and militant fire while on duty.

The statement does not specify the exact location of the incident.

In the meantime, a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior states that 41 insurgents were killed and 16 others wounded during military operations in Takhar, Kunduz, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul, Baghlan, Paktiya Kandahar, Oruzgan, Helmand and Zabul province.

Security forces also defused 10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) placed by the militants, the statement adds.

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Unidentified armed men shot dead three Hazaras in Quetta Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:44:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> HazaraUnknown armed men gunned down three Hazaras in the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Baluchistan this morning.

Police say the gunmen opened fire at a group of Hazara people outside the passport office in Quetta leaving three of them killed and two others wounded.

Soon after the incident police arrived at the site and cordoned off the site but the attackers had already fled the area.

Empty shells of 9MM were found at the scene citing that the shooting spree was carried out with pistols.

According to a second report, one person was killed and 18 others wounded in a bomb explosion near Bacha Khan Chowk area of Quetta city on Sunday afternoon.

Those wounded in the explosion were taken to Quetta’s Civil Hospital where four of them have been announced critical.

Police say the explosion took place as people were busy shopping.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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17 militants killed in drone strike and internal clash of insurgent groups in Nangarhar Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:13:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Drone17 militants have been killed in a drone strike and internal clash between two armed groups in eastern Nangarhar province.

A statement issued on Monday by the police headquarters of Nangarhar states that three militants were killed in a drone strike and 14 others in internal clash of the militant groups.

The drone strike carried out in Kariz area of Chaparhar District left Qari Samiullah alias Sangin, Shakur S/O Abdul Hamid and Abdullah S/O Mullah Tasang killed yesterday.

Also, the deadly clash erupted between two insurgent groups in Milwa area of Nazian District leaving 14 militants killed and two others wounded.

Two houses belonging to one of the groups have been burned by the other during the clash.

Although, the statement issued by the police headquarters does not identify the two groups but before this incident deadly skirmishes have taken place between Hizb-i-Islami and Taliban and Daesh and Taliban in Nangarhar province.

However, the recent clashes were between Daesh and Taliban.

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Three people killed, 13 wounded in Kandahar explosion Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:17:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> KandaharThree people have lost lives and 13 others sustained injuries in a bomb explosion in southern Kandahar province.

Zia Durani, spokesman for the provincial police headquarters said that the explosion took place close to Imam Bargah in capital Kandahar city late on Sunday.

He added that the explosive materials were placed on a parked motorcycle which exploded close to the time if Iftar leaving three people killed and 13 others wounded.

Those killed include a child, a woman and a policeman.

Most of those wounded comprised of children and women who have been admitted to provincial hospital in Kandahar city for treatment.

They have been announced out of danger.

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack by the time this report was filed.

However, the blast takes place amid a series of Taliban attacks across the country, launched in April under the name of Azm “Determination”.

More than 20 soldiers embraced martyrdom few days before after Taliban attacked their security check posts in Maidan Wardak province.

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Ata Mohd Noor proposes 11 nominees for the Ministry of Defense Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:37:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Ata Mohd NoorThe acting governor of northern Balkh province and chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami party Ata Mohammad Noor has proposed eleven nominees for the Ministry of Defense.

The proposal by Noor was followed a day after the Afghan lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga rejected Masoom Stanikzai as Afghanistan’s defense minister.

Noor said he is recommending nominees for the Ministry of Defense considering the importance of the ministry and ongoing situation of the country.

The nominees proposal by Noor to the leaders of the government of national unity, includes:

1. Former Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi.
2. Gen. Abdul Rauf Begi.
3. Former Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Atiqullah Baryalai.
4. Deputy Afghan Army Chief of Staff Gen. Murad Ali Murad.
5. Gen. Mohammad Daud Azizi
6. Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Humayun Fawzi.
7. Former Deputy Interior Minister for security Gen. Helaluddin Helal.
8. Gen. Hafizullah
9. Commander of border protection forces Gen. Rahmatullah Raufi.
10. Gen. Abdullah Habibi.
11. Senior Air Force Officer Gen. Dawran Khan.

Noor had earlier expressed angry reactions regarding the nomination of Masoom Stanikzai as the minister of defense by the government and accused him of being involved in a plot which led to the assassination of the former Afghan President and high peace council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani.

stanikzai was the third nominee for the Ministry of Defense and was nominated for the post by the government. The second nominee for the Ministry of Defense was Gen. Afzal Ludin who gave up his nomination earlier in April this year.

The initial nominee for the Ministry of Defense was the former Afghan Army Chief of Staff Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi who was rejected by the lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament.

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Hekmatyar’s party to support ISIS in fight against Taliban Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:43:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> hekmatyarHezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar announced support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group affiliates in fight against the Taliban militants.

A statement was released by Hezb-e-Islami and urged the group’s followers to support the ISIS affiliates in the event tensions further escalated between the Taliban militants and affiliates of the ISIS group who were former members of the Taliban group.

The statement also added that the Hezb-e-Islami has an intense enmity with the Taliban group and communists along with Shura-e-Nizar.

No further elaboration was given regarding the communists, however Hezb-e-Islami’s remarks regarding Shura-e-Nizar were apparently a gesture towards the leaders of Jamiat Islami party.

Hezb-e-Islami is leading an anti-government militant group in Afghanistan and has been blacklisted by US Department of State.

The statement by Hezb-e-Islami comes as the Taliban group sent a letter to ISIS leader last month urging the rival jihadist group to stop recruiting in Afghanistan.

Taliban insisted that there is room for only “one flag, one leadership” in their fight to re-establish strict Islamist rule.

The letter was sent following heavy clashes between the Taliban militants and ISIS affiliates in eastern parts of the country, specifically in Nangarhar province.

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Explosion in Kandahar city leaves 3 dead, 13 wounded Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:00:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> explosion in Kandahar cityAt least three people were killed and thirteen others were wounded following an explosion in southern Kandahar city late on Sunday evening.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place in the 1st police district of the city after a motorcycle packed with explosives was detonated near the police check post.

The officials further added that the attack was apparently carried out by a suicide bomber which took place shortly after the iftar dinner.

The provincial police spokesman Zia Durani confirmed that a women and a member of the Afghan national security forces were among those who lost their lives in the attack.

He said thirteen others including two policemen and eleven civilians were wounded in the attack.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident but the local officials are blaming the Taliban group for the incident.

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

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Landmine explosion kills three Pakistani soldiers in North Waziristan Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:46:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan5Three Pakistani soldiers have been killed in a landmine explosion in North Waziristan tribal built.

Security officials say a military convoy was passing through Bannu area when a landmine exploded on one of its vehicles on Sunday.

The explosion destroyed the vehicle and left three soldiers killed and six others wounded.

Those wounded have been shifted to a near by hospital for treatment.

According to officials the bomb was detonated from a larger distance through a remote control.

This comes as Pakistan is on its final stages of winding up its military operation Zarb-i-Azab which started about a year before in North Waziristan.

The operation started in June last year after peace talks with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) failed and a deadly militant attack conducted on Karachi International Airport that left around 30 people killed.

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Seven terrorists detained in Nangarhar Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:59:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NDSSecurity agencies have arrested seven terrorists during separate operations in eastern Nangarhar province.

A statement issued Sunday by the police headquarters of Nangarhar province states that four terrorists who were making, transporting and placing magnetic bombs have been arrested during a raid in Jalalabad city.

The raid was conducted by the counter-insurgency department of the police headquarters that identifies the four terrorists as Mawlawi Bilal S/O Gul Alam an instructor and prayers leader of Hazrat Bilal Madrassa and a resident of Nangarhar province, Mubashirullah S/O Deena a resident of Badakhshan province, Hamidullah S/O Abdul Khaliq resident of Ghor province and Niamatullah S/O Sardar resident of Kunar province.

The group was arrested red handed with three magnetic bombs in Hazrat Bilal Madrassa (religious seminary) in Base Ekmalati area of Jalalabad city.
In the meantime, The National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency states that they have arrested two terrorists from the jurisdiction of Jalalabad city and another one on Nangarhar – Kabul highway.

A statement issued by the NDS states that 350 explosive capsules, 45 remote controls of IEDs and other terrorist materials to were recovered from the possession of one terrorist.

The statement further states that Bismillah S/O Abdul Jalal planned to take these materials to Nangarhar’s neighboring Laghman province for destructive actions.

NDS statement identifies the two other terrorists as Zalmai S/O Sayed Noor and Noorullah S/O Malik Shah.

Although the statements from both security organs do not contain the exact date of the activities but they release information to media about recent achievements.

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Seven landmine planters killed by own bomb in Helmand Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:54:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Helmand-Provincial police headquartersSeven landmine planters have been killed by own bomb in southern Helmand province.

According to security officials the incident took place in Nawzad District late last yesterday.

Officials at the 215th Maiwand Corps say the insurgents were busy planting the landmine on a roadside that exploded on them killing all seven on the spot.

Another news from Helmand’s neighboring Zabul province suggest that Taliban have killed a civilian and wounded four others in a provocative attack.

Officials say Mullah Salim, a local Taliban commander, tried to build his house in Meezana District but local residents resisted.

Fawad Askari, spokesman for the provincial police headquarters of Zabul province say on the resistance Taliban opened fire on civilians leaving one killed and four others wounded.

He said those wounded have been taken to Kandahar for treatment.

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Armed robbers gunned down three civilians in Samangan Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:22:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> police (2)A group of armed robbers have gunned down three civilians in central Samangan province.

Colonel Mohammad Baqir, police chief of Samangan province says that the incident took place in Chambark Kotal area of Dwab District last night.

He said a civilian was traveling from Rohi village to Jah Kalal when it came under the attack of armed robbers.

He said the robbers first demanded the driver to stop the vehicle but the driver did not stop and continued to drive.

Baqir added that the robbers then sprayed indiscriminate fire on the vehicle leaving three civilians killed and another wounded.

The armed robbers fled the area following the incident but the police chief said that an investigation has been initiated for their arrest.

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Meshrano Jirga ended session in protest to government negligence towards the house Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:42:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MuslimyarMeshrano Jirga or the Upper House of Parliament ended its session on Sunday in protest to government negligence towards the house.

Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, senate chairman said that the foreign minister was summoned to the house today but he did not show up.

Muslimyar further said that the recent incident in Jalriz District of Maidan Wardak province which is not very far from Kabul shows the carelessness of the security agencies.

He said that any response from government in this regard is not acceptable mainly because of two reasons. The first reason is that the area is close to Kabul and second because the attack did not last for an hour or two but it continued for 48 to 52 hours and security forces on the ground did not receive additional support.

He said this time senate is closing its doors for a day but if government continues being careless towards the house then a prolonged decision will be taken.

Senators on their session on Sunday before it was closed at around 11:00 am said that hundreds of Taliban militants attacked security check posts in Jalriz District and the clashes continued for about three days, noting that the soldiers on ground called for assistance but they were not helped out.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has assained a government delegation to visit Jalriz District and conduct a thorough investigation into the massacre of more than 20 soldiers.

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Seven soldiers martyred, 23 militants killed in military operations Sun, 05 Jul 2015 06:02:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National ArmySeven soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 23 militants killed in military operations in past 24 hours, ministries of defense and interior announced on Sunday morning.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that the seven soldiers lost lives in roadside landmine explosions and insurgent fire. The statement does not specify the exact location of the incidents.

In the meantime, a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior states that security forces have killed 23 militants during operations in past 24 hours.

The statement adds that the operations were carried out in seven provinces Kunduz, Baghlan, Sar-e-Pul, Heart, Helmand, Oruzgan and Kandahar.

Security forces also defused two roadside bombs which were placed by militants in Parwan and Kandahar provinces.

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Delegation assigned to investigate Jalriz incident Sun, 05 Jul 2015 04:51:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Jalriz deathsPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has assigned a delegation comprised of high ranking government officials to make a visit to Jalriz District of Maidan Wardak province and investigate the recent security incident.

President Ghani has ordered the delegation to receive assistance from the governor, provincial council, religious scholars and tribal elders to thoroughly investigate the incident and present its report at the Presidential palace.

Hundreds of Taliban fighters stormed a number of security check posts in Jalriz District on Thursday and martyred more than 20 soldiers.

Taliban also abused the dead bodies of these soldiers which has been condemned by the Presidential palace as against the values of Islam and amounting to war crimes.

The check posts were seized by the Taliban following the attack by media office of Maidan Wardak province said that the security forces have taken back those security check posts from Taliban.

After announcing their spring offensive in April, Taliban have carried out several coordinated attacks on government installations. They seized a number of areas but security forces have retaken most of them back and only few areas remain with the militants.

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Why the Hazaras are massacred in target killings in Quetta? Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:20:59 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Hazaras persecution in PakistanQuetta is the center of Baluchistan, located in a basin and encircled by mountains and regarded as an entry to Afghanistan. Quetta’s residents are from diverse ethnic clusters. The major ethnic groups residing in Quetta are Pashtuns, Balochs, Hazaras and other ethnic groups. Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the city hosted a sizeable Afghan refugee population (particularly the Shiite Hazara ethnic group).

The Hazara features in Quetta are specific, as they were in Afghanistan, both by their physical look and religious attachment. The other reason why they are easily recognized is that they live together and are not keen to be integrated with other ethnic groups within the city. As they possess their own colleges, Clinique’s, business centers; so to some extent, they have no connection with other ethnic clusters and live in isolated neighborhoods of the city.  The Hazaras in Quetta have formed two different communities; an ostensibly long-lasting older cluster, which has presence there since a long period of time, and a provisional refugee cluster, which is subject to endless change as dwellers come and go. However, after the partition of the Indian sub-continent, Hazaras were given Pakistani nationality but they were not completely settled in Pakistan. They felt they didn’t belong to Pakistan. The Hazaras have consistently in public meetings said that if one day Afghanistan become safe, they would leave Pakistan and go back to their home country Afghanistan.  Even the third generation of the Hazaras living in Quetta believes that Quetta is not their home; it is a provisional solution. Plenty of them are departing to Europe, while a number of them are willing to reside in Iran because some of them call themselves Persian.

Thousands of Hazaras have been murdered in directed assaults and shelling in the center of Baluchistan. The indifference towards the massacres has forced this diminishing cluster to take escape routes and gamble between life at the Pledged Land and death at the ocean. Most of the Hazaras are Shiite Muslims. Due to a vast majority of Sunni Muslims in Pakistan, Hazaras have been isolated and victimized because of their beliefs and traditions.

Since 1999, thousands of Hazara people have been massacred and more than 3500 have been wounded in brutal terrorist attacks. Jaish-e-Islam, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), fundamentalist Islamic movements have persistently claimed to have been behind the massacre of Hazara people in Quetta of Baluchistan. Lashkar-e- Jhangvi self-declared to have been behind most of the terrorist assaults in Federal Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA). Lashkar-e- Jhangvi members have stated they are operating in Pakistan in order to eliminate impurities in this country, and that’s why have been repeatedly targeting the Hazara Shiite folks. In 2013, Lashkar-e- Jhangvi distributed threatening letters addressing Hazara people: leave Quetta by the end of the year or face death, Amnesty International has reported the deaths of approximately five hundreds Hazaras in various attacks within Pakistan.

Lashkar-e- Jhangvi has been both against theocratic republic of Iran and Shiite people elsewhere.  Lashkar-e- Jhangvi for a long period of time had friendly ties with the Pakistani military establishments which persuaded it in the 1990s to establish deeper ties with extremist Islamic movements fighting in Afghanistan and Kashmir. During the Taliban regime, almost the complete leadership of Lashkar-e- Jhangvi was active in Afghanistan and fought pro-Taliban. When in 1998 the Taliban captured Mazar-e-Sharif, Lashkar-e- Jhangvi alongside with the Taliban massacred thousands of Afghan people from Hazara and other ethnic groups.

However, the extremist groups claim that they target the Hazara people because of religious purposes, there are political motives behind their massacre. When the radical group of Taliban seized Kabul in 1996 and declared their government, plenty of Hazara people stood against the Taliban and declared their support from the Northern Alliance.  Accordingly, after 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the Hazara leaders backed the international intervention in Afghanistan which led to oust of Taliban in December of 2001.

The Pakistan government has failed to address this problem since it has been using Lashkar-e- Jhangvi party in its proxy war against India and Afghanistan. When Lashkar-e-Jhangvi joined the TTP, Pakistan government banned Lashkar-e- Jhangvi and two years after it was added to the list of terrorist organization by the United States. Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan (the Pakistani Taliban, TTP, is considered potential security threat to Pakistan because it has been behind major attacks on Pakistani state officials, and military establishment. Malik Ishaq is the operational head of Lashkar-e- Jhangvi and has been involved in numerous attacks against Hazara ethnic group. A lot of people including civil society activists filed complained against his brutality but none of them are addressed by the Pakistani judicial organ. Some fighters of the Lashkar-e- Jhangvi have been arrested by the Pakistani government. But after a short period of time they fled or released by paying them bribe.

Author: M. Iqbal Dawari Conflict and Security Analyst

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ISIS threat to Afghanistan must be taken seriously: Crocker Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:06:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS threat to AfghanistanThe former US ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker has said the threat by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group to Afghanistan must be taken very seriously.

In an interview with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Crocker said the Afghan government and Afghanistan’s allies led by the United States should take the emerging threat seriously.

He said “There is no question that IS is a very violent and very dangerous force wherever it is. I have seen the reports, and I have talked to Afghan government officials about this emerging presence inside Afghanistan.”

“I think it does have to be taken very seriously by the Afghan government and Afghanistan’s allies led by the United States,” Crocker added.

According to Crocker further splits among the militant groups are likely in the future. “At the same time, IS is going to encounter its own enemies; certainly the Taliban, at least as represented by the Quetta Shura, is very much against IS. What we may see are further splits in the Taliban with one faction against IS and the other faction, maybe, aligning with them,” Crocker said.

He said there could be as much violence among the militants as there would be from IS against the government of Afghanistan.

The remarks by Crocker come as there have been growing concerns regarding the expansion of the activities by the terror group in parts of the country.

Pentagon also released a report earlier this month that the terror group is likely to continue looking for ways to expand their activities in Afghanistan.

According to the report, the US forces have noted a few militants re-branding themselves, likely in an attempt to draw media attention, greater resources and more recruits.

“ISIL’s presence and influence in Afghanistan remains in the initial exploratory phase,” the report said, adding that “The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan has publicly expressed support for ISIL as the leader of the global jihad; however, the Taliban has declared that it will not allow ISIL in Afghanistan.”

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Indian girl commits suicide after parents failed to build toilet at home Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:27:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> girl commits suicide in India toilet issueA girl committed suicide in India after her parents turned down her request to build a toilet in their house, it has been reported.

The incident took place in Jharkhand’s Dumka district with reports suggesting the parents of the 17-year-old girl were looking to save money for her marriage.

Police officials have said the girl was found hanging from the ceiling of her room by family members.

The victim has been identified as Khushboo Kumari who was a first year BA student in AN College and was embarrassed to have to go out to the fields for daily ablutions.

India’s congress leader Digvijay Singh called on nation to wake up and build toilets on priority following the incident.

“A girl in Jharkhand committed suicide as her parents refused to build toilet ! India as a Nation must wake up and build toilets on priority,” Singh said through an online message posted on his Twitter account.

According to reports, Jharkhand’s rural areas has the country’s highest rate of open defecation and around 92.4 percent people in the state do not have toilets.

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US should keep some bases open in Afghanistan beyond 2016: McCain Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:18:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> The US Senator John McCain has suggested that some of the US military bases, including Bagram and Kandahar, should remain open in Afghanistan beyond 2016.

During a visit to Afghanistan on the eve of Fourth July, Senator McCain said he is suggesting that the US President Barack Obama re-evaluate conditions in Afghanistan.

He also insisted that an embassy-based presence would not be enough personnel and said US should maintain a much higher force level of up to 6,000 members.

This comes as the US Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Douglas Lute, said last month that United States will decide regarding the troops withdrawal timeline from Afghanistan after the ongoing fighting season.

“Whether or not the U.S. adjusts its timeline is a decision to be made in Washington after this fighting season,” Ambassador Douglas said.

He also added, “Presidents Ghani and Obama agreed — I believe the visit was in February or March of this year — that this would obviously be a fighting season during which the Afghan forces would be tested. I think that’s proving to be true.”

President Obama had earlier agreed to keep around 10,000 troops in Afghanistan this year. However, he said he would like to reduce the numbers in a Kabul-based embassy presence by the end of next year.

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Dozens kilograms of explosive materials seized in Nangarhar Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:40:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nangarhar-PHQAfghan National Army seized 10 bombs and dozens kilograms of other explosive materials in eastern Nangarhar province.

Officials at the 201st Seelab corps say that the terrorist materials were placed in a Rickshaw.

The 201st corps after receiving a tip off acted on time and seized the Rickshaw with its driver Abdullah in Malawi Khalis Family area close to Jalalabad city this morning.

10 bombs, eight explosive capsules, 50 kilograms of other explosive materials and wire used in explosions were recovered from the seized Rickshaw.

The suspect who is hailing from Pachir Agam District of the same eastern province was trying to deliver these materials to provincial capital Jalalabad city.

He is now under further question with security forces.

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Afghanistan: quite off track of MDGs Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:08:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Author: Ghulam Rasool Folladwand

2015 is an important year and full of agendas for those who are dealing with development issues: in July world leaders are gathering in Addis Ababa to discuss new financing for development and constitute the implementation of post 2015 development agenda, more importantly in September the new Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are going to be discussed and agreed in New York. Addis gathering is to track progress made in the implementation of Monterrey and Doha Declarations, addressing the current international development cooperation landscape and reinvigorate the process of financing for development[i].  The eight MDGs were set in 2001 with ambitious targets to be achieved by 2015 but all goals does not seems to be reachable except poverty which is somehow mainly due to China’s fabulous growth. It’s not clear yet either will be more goals included or will it remain the same but, circumstances in the world has much worsened than before, considering the fact the past problems are still in its place, world is less peaceful and much insecure than before while climate change and its side effects is appearing stronger than ever.

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New York will host one of its important gathering this September.

 MDGs are eight in numbers starting from eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, to universal access to primary education, promote gender equality & women empowerment, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases, environmental sustainability and global partnership for development  followed by subsequent targets and indicators. Governance might emerge a new insertion in the New MGDs; in respect to the context of Afghanistan security and measures to improve the security situation has already been marked by United National Development Program as MDG9[ii]. After major withdrawal of International troops lead by United States, despite 350,000 Afghan armed forces, the country is experiencing deteriorate security situation mainly threaten by Taliban and newly arisen Islamic State branch in Afghanistan. Future is very unclear and nobody knows what new measures and how will it contribute to bring peace in the territory. A part from that, sustainability in financing those forces in a country with 35% poverty rate and hugely dependent to international aid is a matter of concern. Government has a large deficit and can only finance 60% of its operational budget, the rest 40 and the entire development budget is on the shoulder of donors while donors, mainly westerns are scrimmaging with the aftershocks of devastating 2008 financial crisis.


Despite the fact that for the past decade Afghanistan was the core of international donors allocation, poverty still remained very high and a major challenge ahead. According to World Bank estimates, approximately 35% of population or over 10 million Afghans are not able to meet their basic needs. Considering the extreme poverty exist there, the country spends half of its budget to its military with rising questions on military contracts with corruption. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani who served as senior World Bank advisor, in a recent memo a part from welcoming Ramadan, he is seriously concerned for this poor country and its huge military spending. War and military spending will cause not to pay attention to poverty and exclusion which are the main enemy of Afghans.

Looking to the rough figures on poverty it requires that measures should be doubled in order to half extreme poverty but that’s not the case, situation is getting worse than ever before, donors increasingly cutting funds, hundreds of projects are closed and people are losing their jobs.  This has caused thousands of more people to drop under poverty line.

There has always been lack of data in almost every sector in Afghanistan but in the job market each opening viewed by more than thousands of applicants looking for job. According to Afghan Journalist Shahhussain Murtazawi, for the recent 38 new openings in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) over than 6,000 candidates have filled job application form.

The economic growth has sharply and largely slowed down. World Bank recent reports states that growth declined from an average of 9 percent during 2003-2012 to 3.7 percent in 2013 and 2 percent in 2014 which is mostly the result of protracted political transition in 2014 and slow pace of reforms. The report furthered, “the growth outlook for 2015 remains weak: unfavourable weather conditions for agriculture production and lagged effects from last year could continue to undermine economic recovery.”

The so called “political transition” has had devastating prices for Afghans; according to ex-authorities of Ministry of Finance; election and political transition caused $5 billion loses for the economy and $6 billion capital flown out in 2014. That’s still going on and is a situation of extreme stress it will very soon change to crisis if there not enough attention paid by the players.


In each conference one of the most flourished parade exercised every time by both international community and Afghan government is education. Over the past decade significant achievements have been made. According to statistics released by Ministry of Education more than 8 million children are enrolled at schools of which girl’s enrolment rate which was almost zero in 2001 reached to 42%.  The figures have been questioned by new Minister of Education in a parliament session and by US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko in a letter to USAID Afghanistan stating that former authorities in the Ministry of Education provided false data to the government and donors claiming more schools in the country than what actually is the case in order to obtain more funds.  But this is not the first time, United Nation Office on Drug and Crime in a joint research with Afghanistan High Office of Oversight and Anticorruption titled “Corruption in Afghanistan” declared that the cost of corruption reached to $3.9 billion in 2012 of which most of them are paid in bribe in health and education sectors.

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School enrolment rate for girls reached 42% since 2001.

Statistics are moving quite well, in Kabul the capital city hundred of private education centres are established. Jogging around in the streets you would probably end up in almost each street signboards tagged X and Y institute providing education services to pupils. But less attention has been paid to quality. Private education centres are less controlled, less organized, strict and standard roles about didactic materials does not exist, generally speaking it looks more an earning money business as Hamid Karzai ex-president pointed out “In Britain, the United States, India and elsewhere, private education standards are very high. The same level of standards can also be achieved in Afghanistan but unfortunately right now some of these institutions are only there to earn money.” [iii] He furthered “Dear brothers and elders, who have opened institutes for personal gain and business, please go and earn your money by other means, but don’t dupe our children with bogus certificates.”

As the president and the kind of authorities he had this is not supposed to be the way to act, he could set very strict rules targeting quality in the education sector; those who are fit could have stayed, and the rest had to be taken out. This does not need funds or advisors: it can be done within his team in few months but nobody did it.

Afghans are hungry for education, last year over 246,000 pupils registered for kankor exams whom only 54% (117,000) have been accepted in higher education institutions mainly due to lack of capacity. For the rest and majority (56%) seems nobody cares about. this is fundamentally important and has to be paid attention to otherwise could be a driven force towards more insurgency in this fragile situation and might easily be recruited in this particular circumstances where ISIS is recruiting in the country. Despite significant progress access to education still remained very low; approximately 42% of 12 million school aged children do not have access to education.

Literacy rate still remained lower comparing to other countries in the region (38.2%) where female are considered the lowest.  Over five thousand schools have no usable building or retaining walls while 73% of teachers lack the minimum required qualification of grade 14 graduations which is a need of professional development. A lot has been done but still dozens of challenges exist.

Global Partnership for Development

Afghanistan with the strong support of international community in particular United States has managed to establish a unique partnership with donors in the last decade. The peculiarity of this partnership and its uniquety would not be easy to find example in the whole history of the country, or to exaggerate a bit “even in the world”. Looking to the trends of leading donors from 2002 to 2014 Afghanistan remained a high priority in their foreign policy and development assistance. According to recent SIGAR quarterly report to US congress published in April, the United States had appropriated approximately $109.78 billion for relief and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan since fiscal year (FY) 2002, followed by Japan, Germany, Britain and multilateral institution as World Bank, European Commission and Asian Development Bank as major contributors. SIGAR come out with another calculation stating that this money is more than what US provided for Europe after World War II as Marshal Plan. It looks a bit puzzling but considering all other factors constant, the money in terms of its real value is more than what had been provided to the whole Western Europe.

The contribution and generosity of donors and tax payers has to be well appreciated, off course, they did fabulous jobs and undertook many sacrifices that cost them money and lives. But the aid has been less effective in terms of Aid Effectiveness Principles agreed in Paris as Paris Declaration (2005). According to Oxfam Facts on Aid to Afghanistan 2008[iv], “an estimated 40% of aid goes back to donor countries in corporate profits and consultant salaries, profit margins on reconstruction contracts for international and Afghan contractor companies are often 20% and can be as high as 50%, most full time expatriate consultants working in private consulting companies cost $250,000– $500,000 a year and, over half of aid is tied requiring the procurement of donor-country goods and services.”

Now the scenario has changed a lot, in a full collaboration Afghan government and International Community following the two conferences in Kabul and London(The Kabul Process) has created 21 National Priority Programs (NPPs) in five clusters[v]: Security, Governance, Human Resource Development, Agriculture and Rural Development, Infrastructure Development and, Private Sector Development with a particular monitoring mechanism managed by government and International community through JCMB(Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board) chaired by United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

At this time where almost all procedures, better and transparent mechanisms are in place, unfortunately funds are diminished huge which made the situation tougher than it is. In the case of US for 2014, Lawmakers allocated $1.1 billion for assistance to Afghanistan, the 50 percent of the $2.1 billion Obama administration sought, which would have kept spending at the same level as last year. In the case of US assistance to Afghanistan a sudden 50% reduction is a shock!! It came mainly due to refusal of signing Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) by Ex-president Hamid Karzai that would keep US troops and funding in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

The ups and down in the relationship with the United States and ex-president Karzai  has cost the country a lot: international community were left in a situation of unknown and the funding which supposed to approved by their parliaments were left as draft papers, as a result most of the development projects stopped, thousands lost their jobs, billions of dollars out flowed to gulf countries and the country and people were left in a situation of stress and extremely concerned which further tracked off the country to achieve its targets in Millennium Development Goals.






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Acid sprayed on faces of three schoolgirls in Herat Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:01:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Herat-Regional-HospitalUnidentified miscreants have sprayed acid on faces of three schoolgirls in western Herat province.

General Abdul Majid Rozi the police commander of Herat province said that the incident took place near a high school in Herat city this morning.

He said that the attackers were riding on a motorcycle and escaped the scene after spraying acid on the faces of these schoolgirls.

Rozi added that an investigation has been inetiated into the incident.

Aziz Rahman the acting director of the directorate of education in Herat province says that the girls were heading towards their school when they came under the attack of unidentified men.

The victims have been taken to Herat Regional Hospital for treatment.

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Five terrorists arrested in Ghazni Sat, 04 Jul 2015 08:49:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NDSThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has arrested five terrorists in Ghazni province.

A statement issued by the NDS on Saturday states that the five terrorists were detained during special operations in the jurisdiction of Ghazni’s provincial capital Ghazni city.

The arrested terrorists are identified as Sibghatullah S/O Mohammad Zahir accused of killing eight childern, Shamsudding S/O Shir Agha accused of killing two policemen, Shafiullah alias Majid S/O Shuja Mohammad accused of a body guard of the mayor of Ghazni city, Amaduddin alias Saifullah S/O Alawoudin accused of killing two policemen in Ghazni city and Hazrat Omar S/O Janan.

The statement further states that all detained terrorists are the residents of Ghazni province of member of Mullah Rohani’s group of Taliban.

According to the statement the group has confessed to the crimes committed.

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Pakistan took the wreckage of a drone into custody after it crashed near Indian border Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:53:25 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Drone crashed in PakistanPakistan took the wreckage of a drone into custody after it crashed near Indian border.

Pakistan has taken the wreckage of a drone into custody after it crashed near the Indian border in Narowal District of Punjab province.

According to Pakistani media the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) crashed near Sakho village in Shakargarh around 01:30 PM on Friday.

Local villagers have told media that a huge sound was heard at the time of the crash.

Upon receiving information Pakistan’s security forces arrived at the area and took the wreckage into custody.

Pakistan had not declared what country the drone belong to by the time this report was filed.

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Parliament rejects Stanikzai as Afghanistan’s Defense Minister Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:36:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Masoum StanikzaiParliament has rejected Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai as Afghanistan’s Defense Minister.

On the session of Saturday members of the parliament used their votes of confidence where Stanikzai received 84 green ticks and 104 red ticks.

So he could not receive the 107 green ticks to become Afghanistan’s Defense Minister.

Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai is the acting Defense Minister of Afghanistan.

Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai has previously served as the Minister of communications, Secretary of the High Peace Council and adviser to former President Hamid Karzai.

He was the second nominee for Afghanistan’s defense ministry who was unable to receive a vote of confidence from Wolesi Jirga or the Lower House of Parliament.

Before him General Shir Mohammad Karimi, the Afghan Chief of Army Staff, was introduced to the parliament and he was also unable to received the trust of the parliament.

Abdul Rawouf Ibrahimi, head of the Wolesi Jirga asked government to introduce a third nominee for this post after the rejection of two.

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Doctors Without Borders shuts its hospital in Kundoz Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:08:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DoctorsThe medical organization Doctors without Borders has shun its activities in northern Kundoz province following a search at their hospital by security forces.

Officials confirm that the hospital has been closed for undeclared time in re-action to the ransack.

A nurse who did not want to be named is quoted by VOA news as saying that as per the information a U.S. drone strike had targeted an Al-Qaeda commander in Chahardara District of Kundoz province on Thursday.

He says Abu Hazifa the Al-Qaeda commander and four of his men sustained injuries in the air strike.

The nurse further states that it was believed that the Al-Qaeda commander had been brought to the Hospital of the Doctors Without Borders.

According to the source a unit of special force who identified themselves to be from Kandahar arrived and ransacked the hospital.

The source further states that the special force also threatened the hospital staff after which the patients were discharged and the hospital was closed.

The organization Doctors Without Borders has expressed concern over the incident.

Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, spokesman for the provincial police headquarters of Kundoz province confirmed the incident. He said that the raid was not coordinated with Kundoz police.

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Ministry of Interior confirms the detention of Essa Khan over deadly traffic accident Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:49:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> essa-khan-laghmani-afghan-superhero_650x400_61435295363The Ministry of Interior confirms that SGT. Essa Khan who was recently named hero for saving parliament from a Taliban attack has been arrested in a deadly traffic accident in capital Kabul.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said that one person has lost live in the incident.

According to Sediqi an investigation is still ongoing while Essa Khan is behind the bars.

Essa Khan made the headlines inside and out side Afghanistan for fending off a dangerous Taliban attack on Afghan Parliament on June 22.

Khan was at the gate of the Afghan parliament when Taliban attacked it.

A Taliban fighter detonated his explosives-laden vehicle at the front gate and other militants armed with light and heavy weapons tried to enter the parliament and possibly carry out a massacre inside.

But Essa Khan shot dead all six one by one as they were showing up at the gate.

Essa Khan was given a new apartment by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and a HiLux vehicle from First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostam for his bravery .

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Mostaghni: Pakistan’s provocative actions would harm ties Sat, 04 Jul 2015 04:26:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> shekib-mostaghni-fm-spokesmanAfter a deadly clash erupted between Afghan and Pakistani soldiers along the Durand Line in Paktika province, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned that the ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan would harm if Pakistan does not refrain from provocative actions along the border.

Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while pointing to the latest incident in Paktika province where an Afghan soldier lost his live said that Pakistan’s Ambassador in Kabul, Abrar Hussain, has been told that issues between the two countries could be solved only through dialogues.

Few days before a deadly clash erupted between Afghan and Pakistani soldiers along the joint border in Barmal District of Paktika province where both sized exchange heavy fire.

According to the Ministry of Interior the skirmish took place after Pakistani side was trying to build military installations in Afghan soil.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said that an Afghan soldier embraced martyrdom in the clash while defending his country.

Pakistani Army’s media wing ISPR confirmed the injuries of two soldiers to its side.

Following the incident the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Pakistan’s Ambassador in Kabul and lodged a formal protest to him regarding the violation of the border.

Yesterday Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned Afghan Ambassador Janan Mosazai and protested to him about the cross border shelling.

Pakistani Army say they received fire from across the border and soldiers at the border responded to that fire.

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Hekmatyar says ‘Iran is another Israel to Muslim World’ Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:09:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-1514218The leader of Hezb-e-Islami party has slammed Iran for spreading propaganda against the Muslim World and compared the country’s stance on Islamic Umma as that of Israel.

The remarks by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar were followed by a report published by Iran’s Fars News Agency regarding a plot by Saudi Arabia to assassinate senior Pakistani officials with the help of Hezb-e-Islami party.

Citing the Arabic-language Alwaie News, the paper reported that Saudi Arabia has sent a secret letter to leader of the Hezb-e Islami party Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to assassinate Pakistani officials.

The report further added that the demand was Saudi was followed after Islamabad refrained from joining the Saudi-led coalition in the war on Yemen.

However, Hekmatyar through a statement said Iran has a history in insurrection, extremism and the country is moving at a flase level both politically and religiously.

He also accused Iran for inteferring in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and fuelling violence in the country.

Hekmatyar is the founder and the current leader of the Hezb-e Islami party in Afghanistan. He is leading an anti-government militant group in Afghanistan and has been blacklisted by US Department of State.

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Islamabad summoned Afghan ambassador over alleged arrest of Pakistani diplomat in Afghanistan Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:23:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Janan MosazaiPakistan’s foreign ministry summoned Afghan ambassador Janan Mosazai on Friday over alleged arrest of a Pakistani diplomat in Afghanistan.

According to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, an official of Pakistan’s Consulate General in Kandahar was arrested and after efforts he was handed over to Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul.

“As a result of the strenuous efforts made by the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul and the ministry, the detained official was handed over to the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul late last evening,” a statement issued by Pakistan’s foreign ministry stated.

Pakistani officials also protested to Afghan ambassador the recent cross-border shelling on the joint border in Paktika province.

Pakistan’s The Express Tribune news states that Afghan ambassador assured Pakistani officials that he would convey the concerns to the higher authorities in Kabul.

It comes after the Foreign Ministry in Kabul summoned Pakistan’s ambassador Abrar Hussain over the incident.

Late on Tuesday night, Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged fire on the joint border in Barmal District of Paktika province.

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior stated that the Pakistani side was trying to establish military installations inside Afghan territory which sparked the skirmish.

Sediqi Sediqi, spokesman for the interior ministry said that one Afghan soldier embraced martyrdom in the clash.

According to Pakistani Army’s media wing, ISPR, two Pakistani soldiers also sustained injuries in the skirmish.

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Army, Taliban clash harmed civilians in Helmand Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:28:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Helmand-Provincial police headquartersA severe clash between Afghan National Army and Taliban militants has left a civilian killed and three others wounded in southern Helmand province .

Mohammad Sharif Khan, governor of Musa Qala District said that the clash took place in Kani Manda area late yesterday.

He said while both sides were exchanging fire, a few rounds landed on a civilian house in the area leaving one person killed and three others wounded.

Khan further said that those wounded include a woman, adding that all of the victims belong to the same family.

But the district governor said that it is unknown whose shells landed on this house.

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Young boy, girl killed for honour in Baghlan Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:16:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Baghlan-Police HeadquartersA young boy and a girl have been killed for honour in northern Baghlan province.

According to reports the 17-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl had developed friendly relationship and about 10 days before they decided to escape from their village in order to get married.

On return to their home village Bati Saqal in Baghlan-i-Markazi District, they were both shot dead. The couple has been reportedly killed by the girls father and brothers.

Gawhar Khan Babori, governor of Baghlan-i-Markazi Districts said that a relative of the girl has been arrested in regards to the murder and investigation has been initiated from him.

Khadija Yaqeen, head of the directorate of women affairs in Baghlan province while strongly condemning the killing hailed it a shocking incident.

Yaqeen called on local administration to arrest the culprits and hand them over to the judiciary for punishment.

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Hajj expenses reduced by $10 million this year Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:38:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Hajj aw awqaf WazirHajj expenses have reduced by $10 million this year, Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs said on Thursday.

Faiz Mohammad Osmai told a news conference in Kabul that the round ticket to Saudi Arabia for performing Hajj was $2700 last year but this year it will be $2450.

Osmani further said that good accommodation have been arranged for 24,000 Afghan Hajis in Saudi where Afghan meal will be served three times a day. He said this is first time that Afghan Hajis will receive Afghan meals three times a day

The Hajj and Religious Affairs Minister added that food contracts have been signed with two reputed companies that have previously worked for Turkey, Indonesia and Iran.

Previously Hajis would carry the Zam Zam water from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan with them in Planes but Osmani said this year the Zam Zam water is going to be distributed among Hajis in Afghanistan.

He said some Arab companies introduced by the country’s government will deliver the water to Kabul and then the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs will distribute it among Hajjis here.

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Reports: Death sentences awarded in “Farkhunda Lynching Case” reversed Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:00:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> FarkhundaThe death sentences awarded to four men involved in the brutal killing of a helpless Afghan girl in capital Kabul have been reversed.

Abdul Nasir Murid, the Judge at Appeal Court has told media that the death sentences of the four convicts have changed to imprisonment from 10 years to 20 years.

He said three convicts have been given 20 years imprisonment while a fourth one is awarded 10 years of imprisonment.

According to AP news agency the decision was made behind closed-door on Wednesday which outraged the girl’s family as well as criticism of the lawmakers and activists.

Shukria Barakzai has told the news agency that this is against the constitution of Afghanistan.

“This is against the constitution. The courts should be open to the public, and this closed-door hearing undermines the credibility of the sentences,” Shukria Barakzai is quoted by the news agency as saying.

Farkhunda Malikzada was lynched by an angry mob in Kabul on March 19 after she was wrongfully accused of burning a copy of the holy Quran.

The mob brutally beaten her to death, ran over a vehicle on her body and then set her body on fire during daylight near Shah Du Shamshera Shrine in the heart of Kabul.

However, investigation proofed all allegations baseless attributed to Farkhunda in this case.

The horrific incident dragged street protests across the country demanding “Justice for Farkhunda”.

Security agencies detained 40 suspects in connection to the case including 19 policemen for recklessness in their duties while the incident was happening.

The court later announced one year imprisonment to each of the 19 policemen, death sentences to four convicts, 16 years imprisonment to eight other convicts and 18 were released based on unavailability of enough evidence to proof their involvement in the murder.

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Pakistani envoy summoned over cross-border shelling Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:31:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Abrar HussainAfghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday summoned Pakistan’s ambassador in Kabul and formally protested to him the border violation and cross-border shelling of his country’s forces in Paktika province.

Hikmat Khalil Karzai, the Deputy Foreign Minister while expressing serious concern over the incident told Pakistani ambassador that such actions could damage ties between the two nations.

He asked Abrar Hussain to convoy to the government of Pakistan to take immediate steps for preventing such movements in the future.

According to the Ministry of Interior, Pakistani soldier were trying establish military installations inside the Afghan territory in Angor Ada area of Barmal District when the skirmish took place late on Tuesday night.

Sediqi Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said that one Afghan soldier embraced martyrdom while defending his country.

However, Pakistan has rejected the report of violating border security.

Pakistani military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said that they received fire from across and the soldiers only responded to it.

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Ferry with 173 people on board capsized in Philippines Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:46:14 +0000 Read the full article...]]> philippines-ferry-collision (1)A passenger ferry with 173 people on board has capsized in rough waters in the central Philippines.

The coast guard office in Manila said that Kim Nirvana was heading from the central city of Ormoc to the island of Camotes when it overturned on Thursday.

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said that soon after the incident the rescuers rushed to the scene and rescued 118 people.

However, 36 people have been killed and 19 others are still missing in the waters.

The search and rescue operation is still ongoing.

Loosely-regulated and poorly-maintained ferries are the backbone of maritime travel in the sprawling archipelago but this usually lead to accidents and claim hundreds of lives every year.

In December 1987, more than 4,300 people died when a Philippine-registered the Dona Paz ferry collided with an oil tanker.

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Robot kills man in Germany Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:55:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> auto_factory_robots_apA robot has killed a man at one of the Germany’s Volkswagen production plants, officials said on Wednesday.

Reports suggest that the 22-year-old man was crushed against a metal plate by the robot.

Heiko Hillwig, spokesman for VW said that the man was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot at the production plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometers away from the capital city Frankfurt.

He said the robot grabbed the man and crashed him against a metal plate after which he died on Monday.

Hillwing insisted that the robot did not suffer a technical issue and that the initial investigation revealed human error behind the tragic incident.

Another contractor was present when the incident took place but he survived unharmed.

According to Hillwinng the robot was programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process of the Auto parts.

As further investigation is underway, DPA the German news agency reports that the prosecutors are mulling  charges over the death but they still haven’t been able to figure out whom to charge.

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Nine soldiers martyred, 29 militants killed in military operations Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:50:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-National-Army-soldierNine soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 29 militants killed in newest military operations across the country, Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday.

A statement issued by the ministry states that the nine Afghan National Army soldiers lost lives to militant fire and landmine explosions in past 24 hours. The statement, however, does not contain information about the exact location of the incidents.

The statement further states that 29 militants have been killed and 16 others wounded in military operations conducted in 12 provinces also in past 24 hours.

Six suspects were also detained by the security forces during these operations, the statement adds.

According to the statement, security force have also seized light and heavy weapons and defused Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) but it does not contact a specific number for them.

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Three Afghans detained on terrorism charges in Morocco Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:07:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MorocoMorocco’s Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday that three Afghans who were using falsified Pakistani passports to reach out to Denmark through Morocco have been arrested by police at Marrakech Menara International Airport.

The Ministry of Interior further states that the detainees were carrying letters “with jihadist content,” on them.

It further states that by arresting the group an “international migration network” designed to feed Jihadists is also exposed.

According to Morocco World News, the three terrorist suspects have been put under the watch of Prosecutor General of Marrakech who would later be transferred to Rabat city for further questioning.

Afghan government has not yet commented on the report.

Mohammad Hassad, the Interior Minister of Morocco has said that his country’s police have uncovered 27 terrorist cells between 2013 and 2015 out of which 14 were dismantled only in 2014.

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Special Force formed to combat Daesh in Afghanistan Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:27:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS (1)The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has formed a Special Force to combat Islamic State of Daesh in Afghanistan.

Haseeb Sediqi, spokesman for NDS on Wednesday told reporters that the Special Force has been formed based on the anti-Daesh strategy of the government.

He said that the Special Force is comprised of three units, Intelligence, Analysis and Operational Unit.

According to Sediqi, the group has already began operating in parts of the country including Helmand, Nangarhar and Farah provinces.

The NDS spokesman told reporters that as the Special Force began its operation they killed Mullah Abdul Rawouf in southern Helmand province.

He said recently the Special Force arrested a group of six members of Daesh in Achin District of eastern Nangarhar province, noting that one of the six was previously a key commander of Taliban.

The NDS spokesman further said that the main focus of the NDS-formed Special Force is to foil Daesh plans they start.

Political analyzers consider Daesh the biggest threat for Afghanistan’s national security after Taliban.

The newly emerged group has started recruiting fighters in parts of the country. The group is also fighting against Taliban.

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Key Taliban commander apprehended in Faryab Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:42:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> arrested-in-AfghanistanA key commander of the Taliban group has been arrested by police in northern Faryab province.

Sayed Masoud Yaqoubi, spokesman for the provincial police headquarters said that Mullah Mohammad Nabi was arrested in the jurisdiction of Gurziwan District on Wednesday.

He said Mullah Nabi had the responsibility of supplying Taliban in four provinces.

Yaqoubi said that Mullah Nabi is originally from Ghor province who had the responsibility of supplying Taliban in Ghor, Badghis, Sar-i-Pul and Faryab provinces.

According to Yaquobi, Mullah Nabi was further more the security commander of Taliban in Chaharsada District of Ghor province who also had hand in the killing of the former police chief for this district and dozens of other soldiers in Ghor province.

Taliban had not commented on the report by the time this report was filed.

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Op-ed: America can’t give up on Afghanistan Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:45:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> American forces AfghanistanNo analysis this time and staying away from political jargon. We have major problems in Afghanistan and America can’t give up on us, not again.

The issue in Afghanistan is not America’s presence but its shortcomings on policy on the region. It just can’t be all about sending thousands of soldiers and funding NGO’s. State-building requires some sort of policy objective lead by the leaders. In the case of Afghanistan, the Taliban and militant extremists such as the Haqqani network are undoubtedly causing most of the security concerns. Mostly through suicide bombers and ambushes in remote parts of the country and the larger cities. These groups are operating freely in Waziristan area (Pakistan) neighbouring Afghanistan with the help of Pakistani Intelligence agency, the ISI. Therefore would it not be reasonable to have a chat with Pakistani leaders to help bring a political solution to bring peace? There are reasons why the Pakistani leaders are supporting the Taliban and Haqqani network of which the Americans should explore. The question America at this point needs to ask itself is will it really risk all that they have done for Afghanistan, all the lives and resources spent in Afghanistan to continue to step back on Pakistan?

When Obama took office, one of the campaign promises that appealed to many Americans was to end the Iraq and Afghan war. Both wars became lengthy and the American public became disenfranchised because strategies were ever-changing and causalities were ever-growing. But why shouldn’t they be fed up? Iraq is a mess, the government of Iraq barely exists, the nation is made up of militias and the new threat of ISIS ascertains that Iraq will never be the same again. Also fuels the argument, the resources and lives were squandered in Iraq did not bring the result we all wanted. Yes Saddam Hussein is gone, but on the other hand ISIS is proving to the world they are uncontainable.

Afghanistan a nation that has somewhat of a strong central government became inessential. America overthrowing the brutal Taliban regime was a success story and the rebuilding process of Afghanistan initiated and the world was committed to it. Afghanistan went from an opaque state to a country with many opportunities now. However the last few years and now the gradual troop draw down is emanating security concerns. There is no doubt without western intervention the Taliban regime would not be possible to overthrow. I believe Afghans are very much thankful that the Taliban are no longer in power. They are also thankful they have tasted freedom and we have seen glimpses of an exuberant Afghanistan evolving from a war torn state to peaceful state ready to take the next step in development.

Unfortunately Afghanistan is still heavily reliant on donations and NGO’s which abates most of their foreign policy motives. In the world of global politics there are no zero-sum political battles and Afghanistan is at this point a subordinate, therefore will always lose these battles. We are witnessing the results of losing such battles, the constant attacks by the Taliban and Haqqani network.

A political resolution on Pakistan’s interest in the region is needed and should be led by the American government, if not Pakistan will continue to support their proxies in Afghanistan. This will enable the government in Kabul to become weaker and lead to another failed state. Although the Afghan army has impressed on many fronts, the donations will dry up and the army will become at some point hit a breaking point. Then another civil war will surmise and the Taliban regaining power, giving the world another safe haven for global terrorists. The same mistake was done by the American government during the early 90s, they stepped back after the Soviets retreated Afghanistan. The result was Pakistan took the leading role and installed the vicious Taliban government. Although this time around America and international community took the one step forward on rebuilding Afghanistan, but by not taking policy measures, it could mean taking two steps back.

America should not step back on Afghanistan and should engage in a strong political resolution for the sake of Afghanistan and its resources expended in Afghanistan. This is not about sending more troops or spending more money, just more political dialogue and entering a regional consensus regarding Afghanistan. Being a landlocked supports the latter because of Afghanistan’s dependency on its neighbours.

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Sediqi: Eight Pakistani soldiers killed in clash with Afghan forces after violating border in Paktika Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:44:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan border

Pakistan once again violated border in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, prompting deadly clash with Afghan forces.

Officials say eight Pakistani soldiers were killed in a clash with Afghan forces during a clash erupted after border violation in Paktika province.

Spokesmen from the three security agencies of Afghanistan, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense and National Directorate of Security (NDS) told a news conference in Kabul that the skirmish occurred in Barmal District late last night.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said that Pakistani soldiers wanted to establish military installations inside Afghanistan but Afghan forces attempted to prevent them from border violation.

He added that the dispute was followed by a deadly clash between the two sides leaving eight Pakistani soldiers killed.

The spokesman said that one Afghan soldier also embraced martyrdom while defending his country.

This is not the first time Pakistan tried to violate border and occupy Afghan land. In several occasions they have tried to establish their military installations inside Afghan territory but Afghan forces have prevented them.

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Stanikzai finally introduced to Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:20:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Stanikzai

Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai, the acting Defense Minister, who was nominated for the post of Defense Minister earlier, has been introduced to the Lower House of Parliament or Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence.

Mohammad Sarwar Danish, the second vice took Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai and three other nominees for high government post to Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday.

He said all four candidates are highly qualified individuals for the posts they are recommended for.

The four nominees are Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai for the post of Defense Ministry, Khalilullah Sediq to head the Central Bank Anisa Rasouli and Sayed Yousuf Halim for membership of the Supreme Court.

Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai who is the current acting Defense Ministry has previously served as the Minister of communications, Secretary of the High Peace Council and adviser to former President Hamid Karzai.

He went to the Lower House of Parliament for an introduction as the nominee for the post of the Defense Minister but a Taliban coordinated attack disrupt the introduction last week.

The coordinated attack begin with a suicide blast at the front gate of the Parliament which was followed by gunfire  by other gunmen but all of them were gunned down by the army in less than an hour.

However, the attack left five people killed and 31 others wounded.

Also, some high government figures disagreed the nomination of Stanikzai for the Ministry of Defense but he finally made it to Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence today.

Wolesi Jirga is expected to cast its confidence vote next week to decide whether to accept Stanikzai as the Minister of Defense for Afghanistan or reject him.

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10 soldiers martyred, 44 militants killed in military operations Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:35:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> A small number of British advisors from 4th Battalion, The Rifles (4 RIFLES) have assisted their Afghan counterparts from the Afghan National Army (ANA) in a successful operation in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province, in southern Afghanistan.  The operation was the first commanded by the new 3/215 Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Mohammad Nasim, who has recently replaced Brigadier General Sherin Shah.   Around 400 warriors of 3/215 Brigade conducted a clearance operation across rugged terrain in the Gereshk area. No operational support was required from 4 RIFLES and they limited their role to providing specialist advice to the command group of 3/215 Brigade.  The ANA conducted the operation in close cooperation with patrolmen from the Afghan National Police (ANP) who provided support in searching compounds.  The warriors detained five insurgents, and a number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and parts were found and dealt with at the scene by 3/215 Brigade’s own explosive ordnance disposal teams.  NOTE TO DESKS: The MoD release authorised handout images.  All images remain crown copyright.  Photo credit to read - Sergeant Barry Pope RLC (Phot) Email:


10 soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 44 militants killed in newest military operations across the country, officials announced on Wednesday.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that seven Army soldiers lost lives in militant attacks in past 24 hours.

Also, reports from western Herat province suggest that three policemen embraced martyrdom after Taliban attacked Shah Rodak security post in Shindand District this morning.

In the meantime, a statement issued this morning by the Ministry of Interior states that 44 militants have been killed and four others wounded in military operations in five province.

The operations were conducted in Kandahar, Oruzgan, Paktia, Farah and Takhar provinces in past 24 hours.

107 kilograms of drugs, military suite, an unspecified number of weapons were seized and dozens landmines defused by the security forces during these operations.

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Drone strikes kill 14 militants in Nangarhar Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:50:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Drone14 militants have been killed and their hideouts destroyed in U.S. drone strikes in eastern Nangarhar province.

Officials at the police headquarters of Nangarhar said that the drone targeted two insurgent hideouts in Mach Megi area of Lalpur District yesterday.

Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for the police headquarters writes in a statement issued on this morning that civilians have not received damages in the attack.

Mashriqiwal at the same time confirmed to media that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) targeted two hideouts of the militants, adding that both hiding places of the insurgents were also destroyed in the strikes.

Taliban have not yet commented on the report.

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Former deputy of Nangarhar Provincial Council killed Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:03:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NangarharUnidentified armed have gunned down the former deputy of the provincial council of eastern Nangarhar province.

Maeen Shah Haqani was on his way home when he came under armed attack in Ghanikhil District yesterday.

Ahmadzia Abduzai, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province said that the culprits were driving a vehicle and escaped after spraying bullets on Haqani’s vehicle.

He said Haqani died on the spot but no one else was killed or wounded in the attack.

Abdulzai further said that security agencies have been tasked to arrest the killers and refer them to judiciary.

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack by the time this report was filed.

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President Ghani strongly condemns recent Kabul suicide attack Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:18:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has strongly condemned the recent suicide attack in capital Kabul that left over a dozen of civilians killed and wounded.

President Ghani said in a statement that targeting innocent people in the holy month of Ramazan is an act against all of the values of Islam and humanity.

On Tuesday, a suicide bomber driving explosives-laden vehicle carried out a powerful explosion near a NATO convoy in the jurisdiction of the 9th police district of capital Kabul.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said that the blast left one civilian killed and 22 others wounded but the statement issued by the Presidential Palace states that two civilians were killed and 17 others sustained injuries in the incident.

The attack came nine days after a Taliban coordinated attack on Afghan Parliament left five people killed and 31 others wounded.

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Baghlan police detain Army General for drug trafficking Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:34:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MusaPolice in northern Baghlan province have arrested an Afghan National Army (ANA) General for trafficking drugs.

Officials say Brigadier General Abdul Samad Habib had placed the drugs in a military vehicle when police apprehended him red handed on Tuesday.

Nizamudding Nizam, head of the Counter Narcotics department of the provincial police headquarters of Baghlan say that Brig. Gen. Abdul Samad Habib has the assignment of the chief recruiter for the military in Baghlan province.

He said the Army General had concealed 19 kilograms of heroin in a military vehicle and was trying it to transfer it to eastern Nangarhar province.

Military convoys are not usually check at the security check points along the way which makes it easy to smuggle drugs and other illegal items in these vehicles.

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1 killed, 22 injured in attack on NATO convoy in Kabul Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:56:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kabul suicide attackA heavy explosion rocked capital Kabul on Tuesday afternoon after a suicide bomber targeted the vehicles convoy of the coalition forces.

The incident took place in the vicinity of the 9th police district of the city around 1:30 pm local time, the security officials said.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the incident took place after a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives near the convoy of the NATO forces.

Rahimi further added that one person was killed and 22 others were injured in the attack. He confirmed that the victims are all civilians.

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

The Taliban-led insurgency have been rampant since the group launched its summer offensive earlier this year.

Today’s incident is followed nine days after a group of suicide bombers and militants launched coordinated attack on the Lower House of the Parliament – Wolesi Jirga.

At least five people were killed and several others were injured in the attack on the parliament house.

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President Ghani: No one should think about the collapse of Afghanistan Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:51:44 +0000 Read the full article...]]> President Ghani 2President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said that the future of Afghanistan is dependent on cooperation from the regional countries, adding that fundamental change is impossible without assistance of the neighbors.

He said Afghanistan is facing challenges but security forces have the ability to overcome those.

He has repeatedly said that Pakistan is an undeclared war with Afghanistan and anyone lighting fire in Afghanistan will burn in that fire.

Today he reiterated that every one must know that the instability in Afghanistan causes instability in the whole region.

While accepting the vast presence of foreign insurgents in the country, the President said that foreign militants from 10 countries are operating only in northern Kundoz province.

He said we will sacrifice for another five thousand years but will build Afghanistan.

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Taliban shadow governor for Takhar’s Darqand District killed Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:07:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> police (2)Taliban group’s shadow governor for Darqand District of Takhar province has been killed in a clash with security forces.

Khalil Aseer, spokesman for the provincial police headquarters said that the clash erupted in the jurisdiction of Darqand District yesterday.

He added that Mullah Malik was killed and seven other Taliban insurgents sustained injuries in the exchange of fire.

Aseer confirmed that three policemen embraced martyrdom and another wounded in the fighting.

Takhar located in the northeast of the country is restive province where armed militants are active in parts of its remote areas.

Taliban recently seized several villages in Khwaja Ghar District but security forces this morning launched a large-scale operation to retake the control of those areas back from rebels.

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Kabul blast left two children wounded Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:28:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kabul BlastA magnetic bomb explosion has wounded two children in capital Kabul.

Eyewitnesses said that the bomb was attached to a vehicle belonging to government.

Eyewitnesses add that the magnetic bomb exploded in Kart-i-Naw area this morning leaving two children wounded.

The vehicle was also badly damaged in the explosion.

There is no claim of responsibility but officials say an investigation has been initiated into the incident.

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Military operation launched against militants in Takhar’s Khwaja Ghar District Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:54:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Takhar-police headquartersAfghan National Security Forces have launched a large-scale operation against Taliban in Khwaja Ghar District of northeastern Takhar province.

Local officials say heavy clashes erupted between security forces and insurgents after the start of the operation this morning. However, no detail of the possible casualties was issued by the time this report was filed.

Omar Omar, governor of Khwaja Ghar District said that security forces cleared several villages from Taliban and only few areas remaining with the insurgents.

He said security forces are aggressively advancing on Taliban and soon the besieged areas will come under government control.

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Suicide car bomb rocks Helmand’s capital Lashkargah Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:13:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Helmand 2

A suicide car bomb rocked Lashkargah the provincial capital of southern Helmand province on Tuesday.

The bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle close to the provincial police headquarters around 09:15 am this morning.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province confirmed the explosion but provided no further details.

However, Helmand’s Emergency Hospital say they have received about 40 wounded from the explosion site and most of them comprise civilians, including women and children.

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

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ISIS car bombing left dozens of casualties in Yemeni capital Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:56:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> YemenAn ISIS or the Islamic State-claimed car bomb attack has left dozens of Shia Huthis killed and wounded in Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

Security officials say that the car bomb was parked behind a military hospital and exploded on Monday leaving several people killed and wounded including civilians.

Security officials close to Houthis said that the explosion targeted homes of Houthi leaders but did not provide exact number of the casualties.

However, medics have said at least 28 people, including women have been killed in last night’s bombing.

Soon after the blast Houthis cordoned off the area and ambulances were seen transporting the casualties for treatment.

According to the SITE Intel Group, which monitors terrorist groups, The Islamic State’s Sanaa Division claimed responsibility on a Twitter account, attributed to the group.

Yesterday’s bombing came as Saudi-led airstrikes on Houthi positions continued.

On Monday Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeted the Houthi stronghold of Saada. Aden and Shabwa were also hit by the coalition airstrikes.

Saudi formed a coalition against Houthis in March and since them the Houthi positions in Yemen are bombed by the coalition. The coalition was formed after the advancement of Houthis in Yemen.

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Former ISI Chief: Osama bin Laden died a natural death in 2005 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:50:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Gen-Hamid-GulThe former chief of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. General (retd) Hameed Gul claims that Osama bin Laden was not killed by U.S. Navy Seal in Abbotabad.

He has told a renowned Pakistani journalist Saleem Safi that the founder and former leader of Al-Qaeda died because a natural death in 2005.

“In my opinion Osama was not there (Abbottabad). He died a natural death in 2005,” he told Safi during an interview for Geo News.

The news comes about fours years after U.S. reported that its Navy SEAL killed the Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in the garrison city of Abbotabad in Pakistan.

U.S. military said that after the killing bin Laden’s body was flown to Afghanistan for identification and then burried in sea withen 24 hours.

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Three militants killed by own bomb in Kandahar Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:48:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> khost (2)Three militants have been killed by own Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in southern Kandahar province.

Officials say the insurgents were trying to plant the IED on a roadside that exploded on them, killing all three on the spot.

The incident took place in Sozyano area of Shah Wali Kot District around 08:30 pm last night.

IEDs planted on public transportation ways claim hundreds of lives every year in Afghanistan.

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stated in an earlier report that there was 16 percent increase in civilian casualties in the first four months of the current year in comparison with the first four months of last year, noting IEDs as the second biggest cause behind the increase.

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

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Afghan military aircraft crashed in Kandahar Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:44:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-Air-Force2An aircraft belonging to the air force of Afghan National Army has crashed in southern Kandahar province.

There are reports that the aircraft was shot down during operation in Garmawak area between Ghorak and Maiwand District yesterday afternoon.

Reports also suggest that three soldiers have embraced martyrdom and some others sustained injuries in the incident but these reports have not been confirmed by the officials.

Samim Khpalwak, spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province only confirmed the emergency landing of the aircraft.

Taliban had not commented on the report by the time this report was filed.

Kandahar is the birthplace of Taliban and a restive province in the southern part of the country where armed militant groups are active in its remote areas.

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Three Taliban militants apprehended in Zabul Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:32:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ndsThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has apprehended three insurgents belong to Taliban group in southern Zabul province.

A statement issued by the NDS on Monday states that the group was involved in attacks on security check posts, planting landmines and other destructive activities in Shahr-i-Safa District.

Khudaidad S/O Mohammadullah, Asghar Shah S/O Haji Allah Nazar and Amir Shah S/O Abdul Nabi were detained red handed with a Kalashinkov, the statement adds.

Statements issued by NDS usually do not contain exact date of the achievements but they come after recent activities.

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Pentagon in a new report says that Islamic State group is eyeing on the Natural Resources of Afghanistan.

Citing the Pentagon report, The Diplomat an online international news magazine that also writes analysis says that even though it is unknown if Islamic State would be able to hold swaths of land in Afghanistan but it is obviously possible that the group will seek to beat the country’s poorly monitored mining industry to fund their operations in Iraq and Syria.

The Diplomat further states that the majorities of the estimated $3 trillion worth of mineral resources of Afghanistan are undeveloped, abandoned, awaiting new contracts or excavated by local community members (Especially warlords).

According to the Diplomat the Islamic State is attempting to gain a toehold in Afghanistan and the worsening security situation could pave way for the group to enhance operations.

The Diplomat further states that due to the widespread corruption and lack of coordination between various Afghan ministries and security agencies Afghanistan’s Natural Resources remain open to illegal extractions.

It also states that the ongoing fighting has caused a significant rise in illegal extraction of mines and that several international investors have stepped back from contracts or expressed concern over the insecurity, which is a major blow to the mining industry in the country.

The Diplomat citing a report issued by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in April says that illegal extraction of mines cost Afghanistan at least $300 million annually since the fall of Taliban in 2001.

The Diplomat further states most of Afghanistan’s illegally extracted mines are going to Pakistan, adding that the leadership of Daesh’s Khorasaan province is predominantly comprised of former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders which makes the smuggle of Afghanistan’s illegally extracted mines to Pakistan easy.

Islamic State of Daesh was operating in Iraq and Syria for years but it emerged in Afghanistan months before.

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14 militants killed in military operations in four provinces Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:17:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-Army-and-Afghan-police14 insurgents have been killed in newest military operations in four provinces of the country, the Ministry of Interior announced on Monday.

According to a statement issued by the ministry the operations were carried out in Khost, Helmand, Oruzgan and Kandahar provinces in past 24 hours. Over a dozen militants also sustained injuries in these operations.

Security forces have confiscated heavy and light weapons in their newest actions but the statement does not contain a specific number of them.

After taking the full responsibility of the security from NATO forces at the beginning of this year, Afghan National Security Forces began large-scale independent military operations against insurgents. Thousands of militants including foreign fighters have been killed in these operations.

Afghan forces have also retaken the control of some areas besieged by Taliban for over a decade.

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11 soldiers martyred in Taliban attack in Herat Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:40:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ANA on missionOver a dozen Afghan National Army soldiers lost lives or sustained injuries in a Taliban attack in western Herat province.

An official who did not want to be named said that a convoy of the military came under Taliban attack in Masjid-i-Chobi area of Kurkh District late yesterday.

He said 11 soldiers embraced martyrdom in the attack and nine others sustained injuries.

Asiluddin Jami, the deputy governor of Herat province confirmed that 11 soldiers embraced martyrdom in the attack.

He said security forces were on patrol when their convoy came under attack. He said an investigation has been initiated into the incident.

However, General Zahir Azimi the spokesman of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense only confirmed the martyrdom of seven soldiers across the country in past 24 hours .

General Azimi does not provide further details about the incidents in a tweet he posted this morning.

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Parwan’s Charikar Bazaar closed due to firing Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:20:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Paktia-chief-prosecutor-shot-deadThe provincial capital of Parwan province “Charikar Bazaar” has been closed due to exchange of fire between security forces and a local warlord Jan Ahmad.

Eyewitnesses say the chaos began after security forces targeted the weapons cache of the former Jihadi commander in Bayaan area of the provincial capital.

Dozens of supporters of Jan Ahmad have staged a protest and blocking roads.

General Mohammad Zaman Mamozai, the provincial police chief confirmed the disorder and said that the military operation was conducted by foreign forces in the area.

This story will be updated as further details come available.

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Pakistani air force kills 23 militants close to Afghan border Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:30:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanPakistani air force in its newest air strikes has killed 23 insurgents close to Afghanistan border.

The media wing of the Pakistani air force Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that a huge dump of ammunition was also destroyed in the air strikes in Khyber Agency.

“A huge ammunition dump was also blown up in strikes in Khyber Agency,” ISPR statement stated.

In the meantime, sources say at least three air strikes were carried out in Zoinari area of North Waziristan where 10 militants including foreigners were killed and three insurgent hideouts destroyed.

Pakistan launched a large-scale military operation against militant groups in Waziristan after peace efforts with TTP did not give a positive result in June 2014.

The operation was later extended to cover other tribal areas including Khyber Agency.

Pakistani military claim to have killed 2,700 insurgents since the start of the military operation Zarb-i-Azab in 2014.

The military also confirms that 347 officers and soldiers have also lost lives in the year-long offensive.

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Taliban shadow district governor among six arrested in Nangarhar Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10:28:21 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ndsThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has arrested a group of six Taliban militants in eastern Nangarhar province.

A statement issued by the NDS on Sunday states that Abdul Qahar alias Haqyar the shadow governor of the militant group for Dur Baba District is among the six arrested.

The other five militants are identified as Jaliz alias Shinwari S/O Gagar Khan, Akhtar Mohammad S/O Nadir, Shafiullah S/O Wali Mohammad, Esahaq S/O Haji Gul and Wali Mohammad.

According to NDS the group was active in the jurisdiction of Nangarhar province.

The group was arrested red handed with three Kalashinkovs with 15 magazines, three pistols, hand grenade, one set of radio transmitters, two hand cuffs, flags of Daesh and a motorcycle from the jurisdiction of Ghanikhil District of Nangarhar province.

According to the NDS the group has confessed to their crimes.

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

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Seema Jowenda appointed Ghor’s new governor Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:59:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Ghor-Governor Seema JoyandaMrs. Seema Jowenda has been appointed to replace Sayed Anwar Rahmati as the new governor for Ghor Province, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) announced on Sunday.

Mrs. Seema Jowenda was recommended recommended by IDLG and approved by the President for the this post.

Tawab Ghorzang spokesman for IDLG confirmed the appointment in a tweet today. “Mrs. Seema Juienda has been appointed as a new Governor of Ghoor Province.” his tweet stated.
Mrs. Seema Jowenda has served as a member of Wolesi Jirga representing Ghor province.

Hailing from Ghor province Mrs. Jownenda has also served in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD).

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Reports: India wants details of ISI’s role in attack on Afghan parliament Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:40:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> india-etc-1

Reports suggest that India wants to seek details of the role of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) in the attack on Afghanistan’s Parliament. The attack left five people killed and 31 others wounded last week.

The Indian newspaper Deccan Herald writes that India will ask Afghanistan for the information.

Deccan Herald further states: “New Delhi is keen to use the findings of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) of Afghanistan to drive home the point that nexus between Pakistan’s “state actors” and terror outfits poses a threat not only to India, but for the entire region.”

However, Pakistan has rejected involvement in the attack.

India and Pakistan, the two neighboring rival countries accuse each other of supporting terrorist groups against one another’s interest.

India held responsible Pakistan’s ISI for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 164 people killed and 308 others wounded.

The attacks were carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba group’s 10 fighters. India said Ajmal Kasab the only attacker captured alive confessed that the attacks were aided by Pakistan spy agency ISI.

Pakistan has also accused India’s spy agency RAW for several militant attacks including the one that left over 40 people killed in Karachi in May.

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Afghan forces kill 43 militants in newest military operations Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:44:50 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan National Army (2)Afghan security forces have killed 43 insurgents in newest actions across the country, Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday.

A statement issued by the ministry states that the operations were conducted in Nooristan, Kundoz, Faryab, Helmand, Oruzgan and Ghazni provinces in past 24 hours.

According to the statement 43 militants were killed and 25 others wounded in these operations.

Security forces also confiscated heavy and light weapons but the Interior Ministry’s statement did not contain a specific number of them.

In the meantime, a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that two soldiers of Afghan National Army embraced martyrdom in past 24 hours.

The statement does not provide further details.

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Afghan Interior Minister’s visit to Pakistan delayed Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:16:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> olumi

The state visit of Afghanistan’s Interior Minister Noorulhaq Olomi to Pakistan has been delayed.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Interior states that the Minister was scheduled to visit Pakistan this week but because of the domestic security issues and tasks at hand his trip has been deferred.

The statement adds that the minister will make a visit to Pakistan in another suitable time.

Olomi had received a formal invitation from Pakistani officials for this visit.

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Drone strikes kill five militants in Nooristan Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:49:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneFive militants have been killed in separate drone strikes in eastern Nooristan province.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that the air strikes were carried out in Mardish area of Want Waigal District yesterday.

The statement adds that the drone targeted militant hideouts leaving five militants killed and three others wounded.

Those killed include Ghulamullah, a local militant commander, and two group commanders Wahid alias Barakat and Mawlawi Khalil.

Want Waigal District was overrun by hundreds of Taliban militants on Thursday and on Friday they were able to briefly occupy the district. After few hours they were pushed back by the security forces and Afghanistan’s flag was again hoisted at the district governor’s office.

At least 12 policemen embraced martyrdom and 20 Taliban militants killed in the clashes.

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Daesh, Taliban clash left 12 dead in Nangarhar Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:23:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS12 insurgents belonging to Daesh and Taliban have been killed in a clash between the two groups in eastern Nangarhar province.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense said that the clash erupted in Zawa area of Khogyani District yesterday.

According to the ministry’s information, Daesh suffered nine casualties. Five Daesh fighters were killed and four others wounded. Those killed included the groups local commander Qari Mirwais alias Nasrat.

Taliban suffered 15 casualties. Seven of the group’s fighters were killed and eight others wounded.

Daesh was operating in Iraq and Syria for years but it emerged in Afghanistan months before.

Some local commanders of Taliban pledged allegiance to the Emir of Daesh or the Islamic State and opened a new chapter in the war in Afghanistan.

Daesh wants Taliban to fight under its black flag but Taliban want Daesh to leave Afghanistan.

The disagreements have prompted severe clashes between the two groups leaving dozens of insurgents killed, most of them in Nangarhar province.

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Arg: More than $200 Million Saved in one Contract of Civil Aviation Authority Sun, 28 Jun 2015 04:36:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> President GhaniThe Presidential Palace “Arg” has said that the National Procurement Commission (NPC) has saved more than $200 million in one contract of Civil Aviation Authority.

In their weekly meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and attended by 2nd Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday the contracts from the ministries of Defense, Interior, Transport, Finance, Agriculture and Education were reviewed.

The meeting approved a number of contracts sounding transparent but some others were put off for further study and necessary modification.

The meeting further discussed that UN and UNOPS should not be involved in the bidding process of the construction contracts of the Ministry of Finance.

The commission tasked the governor of Khost province to thoroughly investigate the contract of Khost airport.

It was also decided that three million textbooks will be printed by domestic printing houses based on AFG62 million contract from the Ministry of Education.

The three million textbooks will be distributed among 2.1 million students of government schools across the country.

In their commitment of fighting corruption, the National Unity Government is going through the government contracts to catch contracts looking suspicious.

The National Procurement Commission had earlier saved over $150 million from government contracts.

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Governor of Bamyan’s Shibar District survived Taliban ambush Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:50:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Paktia-chief-prosecutor-shot-dead

The governor of Bamyan province’s Shibar District has survived a Taliban ambush.

Mohammad Azim Farid, the district governor, after arriving at a safe location said that he was going from Bamyan city to his office in Shibar when he came under Taliban ambush on Saturday.

He said Taliban fired light and heavy weapons on their vehicles but luckily did not hit anyone.

Farid added that including him all passengers of the vehicles survived but one vehicle damaged in the militant fire.

Taliban spokesman Mujahid while accepting responsibility for the attack claimed that the district governor has been seriously wounded.

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Prisoner transport vehicle overturns leaving 3 killed, 11 wounded in Herat Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:18:09 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Herat Regional HospitalA prisoner transport vehicle has over turned leaving three people killed and eleven others wounded in western Herat province.

Sources at Herat Regional Hospital, where the victims have been taken, say that those died in the incident comprised of two prisoners and a policeman.

Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai, spokesman for the hospital said that those wounded include five soldiers and six prisoners.

Shirzai called the health condition of a few of those wounded in the incident to be life threatening.

The vehicle was leading from Guzerah District to Heart city when the incident took place in Pashtoon Pul on airport road around 11:30 am this morning.

The real cause of the incident is yet to be announced as an investigation has been initiated into it.

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Afghan air force kill 19 Taliban in Kundoz Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:33:34 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan-Air-Force219 Taliban militants have been killed an attack conducted by Afghan air force in northern Kundoz province.

The attack occurs amid heavy clashes between security forces and Taliban in parts of the troubled province.

Abdul Saboor Nasrati, police chief of Kundoz said that the air assault took place in Char Dara District last night.

He added the air assault left 19 militants including five foreigners killed. Eight other insurgents were also wounded in the air strike.

Earlier Char Dara District had fallen into the hands of Taliban but after severe clashes Afghan forces retook the control of it.

On Thursday Lieutenant General Murad Ali Murad the Deputy Chief of Staff announced that Char Dara District has been taken back from Taliban but a military operation is still ongoing to clear the area from militants.

After Char Dara District Taliban attacked Dasht-i-Arche District of Kundoz province and occupied it but security forces have been hassling to push back Taliban from this district too.

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Landmine explosion claimed two lives in Laghman Sat, 27 Jun 2015 08:10:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Laghman-MehtarlamTwo people have lost lives in a bomb explosion in eastern Laghman province.

The planted bomb exploded on a police vehicle in Islamabad Bazaar area of Alishang District yesterday afternoon.

Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Laghman province said that two people lost lives and another wounded in the blast.

Those preyed to the explosion are a policeman and a civilian.

No group had claimed responsibility for the explosion by the time this report was filed but most of the attack on security forces have been carried out by Taliban militants in the past.

Alishang district is one of the restive districts in Laghman province where armed anti-government elements are operating in most of its remote areas.

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Group of Taliban militants detained in Nimroz Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:47:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ndsThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has detained five insurgents belonging to Taliban group in southwestern Nimroz province.

A statement issued by the NDS on Saturday states that the group was involved in a number of terror and destructive activities.

The statement further states that the group has confessed killing a local elder for 20,000 Pakistani Rupees in front of his home.

They five detainees are identified as Mullah Abdul Malik S/O Abdul Khaliq, Mullah Abdul Satar S/O Dad Mohammad a resident of Bakwah District of Farah province, Shafiullah S/O Abu Bakar, Khairullah S/O Mohammad Gul and Abdul Bari S/O Nadir a resident of Khas Rud District of Farah province.

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

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37 militants killed in newest military operations Sat, 27 Jun 2015 05:51:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 800px-thumbnail37 militants have been killed in newest military operations in eight provinces of the country, the Ministry of Interior announced on Saturday.

According to a statement released by the ministry the militants were killed in Ghazni Takhar, Kunduz, Faryab, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul, Helmand  and Oruzgan provinces in past 24 hours.

21 other militants were wounded and two arrested in these operations,

Afghan security forces defused 12 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) placed by militants, the statement adds.

In the meantime, a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that 10 soldiers have embraced martyrdom in past 48 hours.

The statement issued by the ministry further states that the soldiers embraced martyrdom in militant fire and landmine explosion.

The statement, however, does not specify the exact location of the incidents.

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Kuwait observing day of mourning after ISIS suicide attack left 27 killed at a shia mosque Sat, 27 Jun 2015 05:30:58 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kuwait-terror-attack-Islamic-State-587185Kuwaiti government has announced Saturday as the day of mourning after an ISIS-claimed suicide attack left 27 people killed and over 200 others wounded in a Shia mosque in the eastern part of Kuwaiti capital.

Kuwaiti cabinet said that the country’s security agencies have been placed on high alert against the “Black Terror”.

“The cabinet stresses that it will take whatever measures necessary to root out this scourge, and declares a relentless all-out confrontation with these terrorists,” it said in a statement.

On Friday a suicide bomber blasted his suicide vest among Shia worshipers in Imam Sadiq mosque located in Sawaber District in the eastern part of Kuwaiti capital. It left 27 people killed and 227 others wounded.

ISIS or Islamic State claimed the responsibility of the attack. Post on a twitter account related to the militant group stated that the attack was carried out by a suicide attacker wearing a suicide vest.

Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah said that Islam prevents the bloodshed of the innocent people and the attack is violation to the holiness of the holy month of Ramazan and Islamic law.

Khalil al-Salih  a Kuwaiti lawmaker and witness of the attack said that there were about 2,000 people in the mosque by the time the explosion took place on Friday.

“It was obvious from the suicide bomber’s body that he was young. He walked into the prayer hall during sujood (kneeling in prayer), he looked … in his 20s, I saw him with my own eyes,” he told media.

There are between 15 and 30 percent Shias in the predominantly Sunni Muslim state of Kuwait but the Islamic State considers Shias to be heretics.

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At least 12 police martyred as government retakes control of Want Waigal District in Nooristan Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:27:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> nooristan_mountainous_sceneryAt least 12 policemen have embraced martyrdom during an attack of Taliban militants on Want Waigal District of eastern Nooristan province.

The district was briefly occupied by Taliban insurgents before government retook the control of it on Friday.

Hafiz Abdul Qayoum, the acting governor of Nooristan province said that Taliban occupied the district for few hours on Friday but government retook the control of it after Afghan National Army backed by Air Force arrived in the area.

The attack was launched on Thursday and Taliban were able to take the control of Want Waigal District by Friday morning.

Hafiz Abdul Qayoum said that 18 policemen have embraced martyrdom and 25 others wounded in the attack.

Abdul Qayoum further said that civilians were also harmed by Taliban during the attack. He said Taliban burned eight civilian homes in the area and their rocket wounded three civilians.

About the casualties of Taliban, Abdul Qayoum said that at least 20 Taliban have been killed and several others wounded.

In the meantime, Rahmatullah Rahmati the governor of Want Waigal District said that 12 policemen have embraced martyrdom and eight others sustained injuries in the attack.

Taliban had accepted responsibility for capturing Want Waigal District but by the time this report was filed, there was no comment from them on losing it back.

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Pakistan rejects allegations of involvement in attack on Afghan Parliament Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:06:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan sPakistan has rejected the allegations that its intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was involved in recent attack on Afghan Parliament in Kabul.

Qazi Khalilullah, spokesman for Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said that Pakistan is a well-wisher of Afghanistan and committed to its good neighborly relations.

“Pakistan is a well-wisher of Afghanistan and we are committed to good neighborly relations and commitment to our relations with Afghanistan,” he told media on Thursday.

Afghanistan’s spy agency the National Directorate of Security (NDS) had stated that Monday’s attack on Afghan Parliament was orchestrated together by Pakistan’s ISI and Haqani terrorist network in Peshawar city, the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Haseeb Sediqi, NDS spokesman on Wednesday said that Mawlawi Shireen the military commander of Haqani Network masterminded the attack and Bilal who is an officer of Pakistan’s ISI provided financial and logistical support for it. He further said 7.5 Pakistani Rupees were spent on the attack.

The attack which was winded up by an Afghan National Army soldier alone took place on Monday morning when the nominated defense minister Masoum Stanikzai was about to show up at the parliament session.

One attacker carried out a suicide car bomb detonation at the gate of the parliament and other militants planned to enter to the parliament.

An Afghan National Army officer took the position and killed six militants one by one as they were showing up at the entrance.

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Nooristan’s Want Waigal District fall to Taliban hands Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:24:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> nooristan_mountainous_sceneryHundreds of Taliban militants after severe clashes with security forces seized Want Waigal District of eastern Nooristan province this morning, but local officials say that they have tactically stepped back from the district.

Rahmatullah Rahmati, governor of Want Waigal District said that the ground forces heavily clashed with Taliban but because of not receiving support forces they had to step back to avoid more casualties.

Without having a specific number, Rahmati said that both sides have suffered heavy casualties in the clashes.

The clashes began yesterday after hundreds of Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on security check posts in this district.

Hafiz Abdul Qayou the acting governor of Nooristan province said that around 1,500 Taliban took part in the attack.

He added that they are working on a security plan to retake the district from Taliban.

Taliban have accepted responsibility for the attack.

Want Waigal District was controlled by the Taliban for about two years before June 2013 when security forces launched an all-out operation against the militants and pushed them back from this district.

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NATO and US committed to long term support for Afghan forces: Carter Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:51:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Meetings of the Defence Ministers at NATO Headquarters in Brussels - Press Conference US Secretary of Defense Ash CarterThe US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Thursday that the United States and NATO is committed to a long term support for the Afghan national security forces.

Speaking during a press conference following the conclusion of the NATO defense ministerial, Carter said “The US does intend, and NATO has pledged to both complete the Resolute Support mission and to have a continuing commitment to support the Afghan security forces after December 2016.”

Carter also added “I’ll tell you as I told Defence Ministers today that it’s my intention to put in the US defence budget for 2017 funding for Afghanistan. It’s not the case that the US or NATO is leaving Afghanistan. We intend to remain in a role of advice and assistance, and in support to the Afghan security forces which have shown themselves to be so brave and capable.”

The Resolute Support mission was launched earlier this year as the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission was concluded after 13 years late in the month of December last year.

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the Afghan forces have dealt effectively with the security challenges and during the past 6 months since the Afghan forces took full responsibility for security in Afghanistan.

“Afghan forces have shown exemplary courage, determination and commitment in these very challenging environments.
At the same time, the Afghan government has set out an ambitious reform programme. We encourage the Government to continue to implement these reforms,” Stoltenberg said.

He also added “Our forces continue to provide training, advice and assistance. And we are beginning to plan for the next stage of our Resolute Support mission.”

“To look at what we need to do, and how will best to do it. This will continue in the coming months and we will make further decisions later in this year,” Stoltenberg said.

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