20 November 2019

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and two top US officials have reviewed steps towards the implementation of his recent decision on the release of three key Taliban detainees, a statement from the presidential press office said.
According to the statement, US Secretary Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien reiterated their support for President Ghani’s decision.
In separate phone calls, they promised working closely together to respond to any possible Taliban violence in the event the group did not respond in good faith, according to the statement.
Both sides agreed that a ceasefire or a reduction in violence was a necessary pre-condition for starting intra-Afghan negotiations on a political settlement.
Pompeo and O’Brien praised the performance of the Afghan security forces, including their ongoing efforts for eliminating the Islamic State (IS) safe havens in Nangarhar.
The high-ranking US officials reaffirmed continued American support for the Afghan forces so that Afghanistan could never again be used as a platform for international terrorism.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 05:59

Scores of Historical Relics Handed Over to MoIC

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Up to 17 historical relics taken from smugglers in the country’s central Bamyan province, were handed over to Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi the other day, Bakhtar News Agency reported.
The agency quoting the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said a group of smugglers were trying to take the historical artifacts abroad, but the personnel of the NDS found them in Bamyan province and returned to the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC).
The objects dated back to the 12 century, according to Fahim Rahimi, the Director of National Museum of Afghanistan.
Nearly 15,000 historical relics have so far been returned to the country and submitted to the Ministry of Information and Culture, the agency added.
Speaking on the occasion, the acting minister said historical relics introduce the country’s national identity and the efforts of the NDSs personnel were appreciated to seize the historical objects from smugglers and submitted to the ministry.
“The NDS personnel not only defend the country’s territorial integrity, but prevent smuggling of historical and ancient relics,” said the acting minister. The found ancient relics have been submitted to the National Museum, said the agency.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 05:57

IDLO Chairman Calls on VP Danesh

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh met with the head of International Development Law Organization (IDLO) Local Programs and his led delegation and discussed issues on agenda, said a statement from his office on Tuesday.
Head of the organization which is working for helping the Afghans get access to jus- tice, shared report about his activities with the country’s Second Vice President, according to the agency.
Expressing pleasure over the activities of the IDLO in the past Danesh said the organization should accelerate its activities based on its past experiences and focus on the effectiveness of its work in accordance to the priorities of the government of Afghanistan, the agency quoted.
The Vice President also reiterated that the organization should spend its budget in the areas with effective and operational results for the people and government of Afghanistan, according to the agency.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 05:55

President Ghani Meets UN Envoy for Afghanistan

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met yesterday with UN envoy to Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto at Presidential Palace.
In the meeting attended also by ambassadors of Britain, Sweden and Finland to Afghanistan, both sides discussed Afghanistan peace process and role of women in political and social sectors.
UN envoy to Afghanistan said that the government of Afghanistan should strongly support women’s presence in peace talks and all meetings relevant to peace process.
In the meeting, President Ghani spoke related to commitment of Afghanistan government in the field of women’s presence in all levels of the government in the past five years, recalling of the government’s initiative for holding the first Women Loya Jirga.
Recalling also the 30% presence of women in Peace Consultative Jirga, the country’s President said that most of the Jirga’s committees were chaired by Afghan women.
Praising Afghan women for their expanding presence in the cabinet, various institutions including Afghanistan embassies and the country’s representation in the UN, President Ghani stressed that the government was committed to strengthening the role of Afghan women in all sectors of the government.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, accompanied by a high-ranking government delegation, paid a visit to Nangarhar and met with local civil and military officials.
In the meeting, governor of Nangarhar Shah Mahmoud Miakhil, the 201st Corps commander Maj. Gen. Abdul Hadi Trin, provincial chief of national security Nazar Ali and police chief Emal Niazi first briefed the country’s President with overall security situation of the province, assuring of better coordination between defense and security forces in the province. They said that Daesh has been defeated as a result of continued military operations and better coordination between the country’s defense and security forces, added that 243 Daesh fighters with 625 women and children have surrendered to Afghan security forces. Local officials asserted that those surrendering to Afghan security forces were citizens of Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Maldives and Uzbekistan, saying that health facilities and food items were being provided to their women and children of the group and investigation was underway. Praising governor of Nangarhar and the province’s defense and security officials for their leadership and management, the country’s President said defeating the Daesh group was a big achievement not only for Nangarhar but for Afghanistan and the region, congratulate the achievement to the country’s ANDSF, local police and the people of Nangarhar. President Ghani asserted that women and children of the group should be behaved in accordance to Afghan tradition and culture, instructing the governor in this regard. The country’s President also asked the people of Nangarhar particularly those who have suffered from cruelty of Daesh to share their visions and suggestions in connection with destiny of Daesh fighters. President Ghani said that Afghan border forces should be recruited in framework of ANA corpses and deployed along Durand Line to defend the country. Praising the people of Nangarhar for their sacrifices and efforts towards suppressing Daesh fighters, the country’s President instructed relevant officials to pay particular attention to Shinwari, Momand and other tribes who have suffered lots of sacrifices in connection with defeating and sup- pressing the Daesh group. President Ghani also instructed local officials of Nangarhar to implement development projects in areas which have been cleared from presence of Daesh. The country’s President also considered better coordination between ANDSF and the people of Nangarhar as beneficial and issued necessary instructions in connection with further coordination for clearing the remained areas and conducting clearing operations in the province.

Wednesday November 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Several hideouts of Taliban terrorist group have been targeted by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in southern Kandahar province.
Based on reports, six armed oppositions were killed and 11 hideouts belonged to Taliban group have been demolished during the attacks.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the south of the country told BNA correspondent, beside killing six anti-government militias, 11 terrorists hideouts with all military equipment have been destroyed following the raids.
There were no casualties on parts of civilians and Afghan security forces at the end of assaults.
According to another report, Afghan National Police personnel by discovering and confiscating eight round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent several bloodiest incidents in crowded areas of Kandahar province.
Taliban fighters are responsible of the foiled mine plantings, local officials said.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 05:51

Kazakh Citizens Members of Deash Detain in Nimroz

Wednesday November 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Six Deash fighters’ citizens of Kazakhstan were arrested by National Security Directorate (NDS) personnel in Nimroz province.
Maiwand Mujahid in-charge of publication in NDS department of Nimroz told BNA reporter, Pawel known as Abdullah resident of Kazakhstan along with his wife and three children was arrested by NDS personnel in Zaranj city the provincial capital of the province.
Abdullah in his primary investigation confessed to that he joined to Deash group more than 3 years ago and was busy on terrorist and destructive activities in various parts of eastern Nangarhar province.

Monday, 18 November 2019 11:26

Taliban Key Commander Killed in Kunduz

Monday, November 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) A key commander of Taliban terrorist group was killed in Kunduz province.
According to national defense ministry press office to BNA, Azatullah known Hamza one of Taliban terrorist group commanders was killed by security and defense forces in Dasht-e-Archi district, Kunduz province.
Commander Hamzi played a key role in the destruction of public- sector institutions in the province, and he had recently demolished the Dasht-e-Arche district building and other public utilities in the district.
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Monday November 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Four Afghan security personnel and a civilian were wounded following grenade attack in Pul-e-Charkhi area, Kabul this morning.
According to BNA report, the attack took place while unknown gunmen thrown two grenades on Afghan national army recruitment center located in Pul-e-Charkhi area, 15th PD Kabul city.
Nasrat Rahimi spokesperson for ministry of interior said, five people including four Afghan national army troops and a civilian were wounded following the attack.
Police personnel has started searching to identified and capture the perpetrators of the incident.

Monday November 18, 2019
KUNDUZ CITY (BNA) At least 40 commuters were wounded due to road accident in Kunduz-Baghlan highway today morning.
Dr. Mohammad Naim Mangal director of Kunduz regional hospital in a telephonic contact told BNA reporter, a passenger-bus deviated from road and overturned in Gardab region, Kunduz-Baghlan highway this morning, in which 40 passengers were wounded.
All injured of the incident have been shifted to Kunduz regional hospital, but all the wounded commuters after treatment they were discharged from the hospital.

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