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Thursday, 20 February 2020 07:00

Armed Oppositions Detained in Logar Operation

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The police special contingent forces arrested four armed oppositions in Logar last night.
Interior ministry press office told BNA, the special contingent forces carried out clearing operation in outskirt of Barakibarak district, Logar, four insurgents including three senior associates of Taliban terrorist group were arrested.
Likewise, the police special contingent forces in two operations which was carried out in Pul-e-Alam of Logar, discovered and seized different types of weapons.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Kandahar (BNA)  In two raids of Afghan Security Forces on Taliban hideouts in Kandahar, four Taliban were killed and six others were wounded.
The Taliban were suppressed in suburb of Maiwand district bazaar.
Atal army corps in south of country with releasing a statement said, two hideouts of Taliban with all war equipment have been destroyed.
According to the army corps, the insurgents were targeted by air and ground raids of Afghan Security Forces.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 20 February 2020 06:58

Armed Taliban Killed in Urozgan Battles

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Trenkot (BNA) Five armed Taliban were killed and four others have been injured in a clash in Urozgan last night.
The clash occurred in Dehrawod district while security troops attacked on convey of Taliban.
Atal army corps in south of country with releasing a statement said, dozens of weapons of Taliban were also seized in the clash.
According to another report, the security troops of Urozgan discovered and confiscated 13 mines from main roads of the province and prevented from a series of blast on civilians.
T. Yarzada

Friday February 7, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The recovery of an ancient limestone temple sculpture stolen from the National Museum of Afghanistan almost 30 years ago sends out a “powerful message” that related pieces looted at the same time can now be tracked down, says St John Simpson, assistant keeper of the Middle East department at the British Museum. The second-century work, which adorned a temple sanctuary, was part of a composite frieze; the other looted limestone blocks are still missing.
The sculpture, which shows two humped bulls, comes from the Surkh Kotal site in northern Afghanistan. Earlier today at a special ceremony, Saib Tayeb Jawad, Afghanistan's ambassador to the UK, acknowledged the British Museum’s role in the recovery. The sculpture is on display at the museum in London before returning to the National Museum in Kabul later this year.
The piece was offered for sale late last year by the Harwich-based online auction house Timeline Auctions. The limestone sculpture was withdrawn after the Art Loss Register, an international database of stolen art, spotted the piece; it was then seized by the Art and Antiques Unit of the Metropolitan Police service. Its stolen status was subsequently confirmed by the British Museum.
Christopher Wren of Timeline Auctions says that the vendor immediately relinquished any claim to ownership on being told of the origin and agreed that the sculpture must be returned to the National Museum of Afghanistan. He tells The Art Newspaper: “This piece was only discovered due to our policy of employing, and paying for, the Art Loss Register to examine all Western Asiatic items submitted to us for potential sale, irrespective of 'value'; this is also done for many pieces from other cultures and regions.”
The limestone corner block was excavated by a French archaeological expedition in the 1950s at Surkh Kotal. It formed part of a ceremonial frieze comprising other blocks showing human figures and bulls, which is thought to have adorned the inner part of a temple.
Following their discovery, the blocks were taken to Kabul and entered the collection of the National Museum of Afghanistan. All of the pieces, numbering more than a dozen, were however looted during the Afghan civil war (1992-94); the sculpture returning to Afghanistan is the first stolen antiquity from the Surkh Kotal temple to be recovered.
“The museum was on the front line,” Simpson says. “This is the first [missing work from the temple] that can be identified. I’m optimistic; we have seen a growing number of pieces identified and returned.” Since 2009, the British Museum has worked with the police and the UK government to return more than 2,300 antiquities illegally excavated at sites across Afghanistan. “The view in the museum sector is that we want by ethical and legal means, and in a timely manner, to return such pieces,” he adds.


Friday February 7, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Aspen! Zermatt! Kabul? While Afghanistan’s capital may seem an unlikely destination for snowboarders, a group of young Afghans is looking to put the city on the winter sports map and change perceptions about their war-weary nation.
Kabul is better known for its hulking concrete blast walls and tense security checkpoints. But it also sits in a valley in the Hindu Kush Mountains at an elevation of around 1,800 meters. The rugged terrain has inspired young Afghans to take to the surrounding mountains in search of fun.
Ahmad Romal Hayat, 22, who founded the Afghanistan Snowboarding Federation, said that even a country plagued by war and sectarian conflict can have room for sports.
“We started doing it [snowboarding] to show this new face to the world,” said Mr Hayat.
As a teenager, he started out on a skateboard. Later, he bought a snowboard in neighboring Iran and taught himself how to ride it. Mr Hayat said he’s the first person to bring a snowboard into Afghanistan, and the first to try it there.
These days, he and handful of federation members hit the slopes outside Kabul each weekend, usually with around a dozen male and female students and plenty of spectators. They come for the free training on a snowy hillside west of the capital, often shrouded in pale grey mist.
The mountain, known as Kohe Koregh, was used by the Afghan mujahideen to rain artillery and rockets down on Kabul during the Afghan civil war in the 1990s.
Now, it’s a place for laughing kids who sledge on plastic bags, while Mr Hayat’s team members work on improving their snowboarding skills on about 60 centimeters of snow.
They still have to share snowboards, and the hill has no lift facility. That means they’ve got to hike back up to the top after each run – a tiring process.
While climbing back up the hill, Karim Faizi described his path to becoming a snowboarding instructor. He fled Afghanistan in 2016 to escape the almost two-decade-old war between the US and Taliban militants.
He ended up seeking asylum in Germany where he fell in love with snowboarding. In 2018, he returned to Afghanistan, saying he did so without awaiting a final decision on his asylum case.
Now he is worried about the future.
“If the Taliban come back, it’ll be impossible to keep snowboarding, because the Taliban are not sports-friendly people. They want neither peace nor sports,” he said. A few sports, like soccer and wrestling, were allowed during the Taliban’s harsh religious rule from 1996 to 2001.
Fighting between the Taliban on one side and the United States and its Afghan government allies on the other has continued to rage, even as the US works to hammer out a peace agreement with the insurgent group. The US and the Taliban are negotiating a reduction in hostilities or a cease-fire to allow the signing of a peace agreement.
That deal would open the way to a broader post-war agreement for Afghans, and allow for the withdrawal of most, if not all, US and coalition forces.
The country’s post-war future and the role of the Taliban remains unclear. The Taliban currently control or hold sway over around half the country.
Right now, the only places with enough security to offer winter sports activities are in Kabul and the central province of Bamiyan. Hayat said skiers and snowboarders haven’t been able to explore mountains with great potential in Ghazni and Wardak provinces southwest of the capital because the Taliban hold those areas.
Bamiyan province is infamous for once being home to two massive 1,500-year-old statues of Buddha carved into a mountain, which the Taliban blew up in 2001.
But Bamiyan also hosts a skiing competition each year, and the country’s small snowboarding community is set to travel there for an indoor competition on Saturday. They’re also heading east to neighboring Pakistan’s picturesque Swat valley later this month to take part in an outdoor competition.
Mr. Hayat has registered the Afghan chapter with the International Snowboard Federation, although the Afghan government offers no financial support. Mr. Faizi said he dreams of returning to train in Germany, and to one day represent Afghanistan in the Winter Olympics.
But back on the slopes of Kohe Koregh, some young Afghans were excited to simply get their first taste of snowboarding.
Zahra Hakimi, 16, is a member of the minority Hazara ethnic group. She came with friends to watch the snowboarders. She and another friend eventually decided to give it a shot.
At first, Ms. Hakimi struggled to keep her balance, but eventually managed to go 10 meters at a time without falling.
“When I see how crazy people are for this sport – girls and boys trying, falling down again and again but still keep doing it – I really believe it has a bright future,” she said.

Friday February 7, 2020
Kabul (BNA) With a nod, Doctor Saleema Rehman signals that she is ready.
As an Afghan refugee in Pakistan, the 28-year-old has faced a lifetime of barriers in her quest to get an education.
Now, after nearly three decades of study, Saleema has beaten the odds by training to become the first ever female Turkmen refugee doctor in Pakistan. Within a few hours, she will remove an ovarian cyst and transform her patient’s life.
“I have a duty to help women,” she says, warmly. “I feel so lucky. In my community many girls do not get this opportunity. I think it is in my destiny.”
“I have a duty to help women.”
This sense of duty led her to specialize in gynecology. Every day, she delivers around five babies at Rawalpindi’s Holy Family Hospital and cares for 40 women in each ward, many of whom live in poverty. Treatment is free. However, there are two patients for every bed and she works long shifts to attend to them all.
“Sometimes we eat dinner at 2am,” she says, from the hospital staff room. Her first priority is people, even here, as she offers an exhausted colleague water and wraps a blanket around her shoulders. “We have to put aside our hunger.”
Getting to this point has been a lifelong struggle.
Growing up in the Turkmen refugee community in northwest Pakistan, cultural expectations and insecurity meant Saleema faced an endless battle for education. As a refugee, that battle was twofold – but she was not alone.
Her father, who fled Afghanistan at the age of 13, was by her side at every step. He helped to open local schools and advocated for girls’ education. By day, he sold bananas to keep his daughter’s dream alive. By night, he designed carpets.
Eventually, after years of schooling, a highly-prized scholarship offered by Pakistan opened the doors to Saleema’s medical career.
“Saleema applied for three consecutive years for medical scholarships,” says her father Abdul, 49. “She was always struggling to make her dream come true. We faced many challenges from our elders who said that we should not be sending children to school, but finally, we won. We got that fruit for which we struggled a lot.”
Three years into her placement at Holy Family Hospital, Saleema is flourishing. Her supervisor, Humaira Bilqis, has helped to nurture her talent.
“She is very special,” says the consultant gynecologist. “She has worked so hard in her life. Whatever challenge we give her, she never says no – day or night, she doesn’t hesitate. She has never disappointed me. I am very proud of her.”
“I didn’t know she was a refugee,” she adds, glowing with pride. “I don’t see her as that. We have never thought of her as not Pakistani. She is one of us. She is an asset for her country. After knowing it, I am even more proud of her.”
“She has never disappointed me.”
Next year, Saleema will finally finish her specialization as a gynecologist. But, as a refugee, her future as a doctor in Pakistan is uncertain.
“Training is allowed, studies are allowed,” she says. “But what to do afterwards? If the Pakistan government allows us Afghan refugees to practice here, we can be very helpful to our community, and I can work for the Pakistanis as well.”
If Saleema succeeds, she hopes to inspire other refugee girls.
“Whenever I go home, women come to me and say they feel very proud. I am so happy that maybe their ideas will change and they will send their daughters to school. I want them to get an education. This will make a difference to generations.”
“Even my own niece wants to be a doctor,” she adds, laughing. “She always takes my stethoscope. She calls me Doctor Aunt.”
Efforts to bring refugees and their host communities together form part of a wider approach to address displacement and enhance the socioeconomic inclusion and self-reliance of refugees. In particular, education will be among the areas of focus at the Global Refugee Forum, a high-level meeting that will be held in Geneva next week and of which Pakistan is a co-convener.
In the meantime, Saleema will continue to serve her community and some of the poorest people in Pakistan. Finally, her father’s promise has been fulfilled.
“We were not expecting her to survive at birth,” says Abdul. “The baby was upside down. I promised that, boy or girl, I would make them a doctor when they grew up. We have been calling her Doctor Saleema ever since she was three.”
“If there is a problem in my community, they ask me because I have a daughter who is a doctor. It is a great sense of pride for us. Saleema is an example for Pakistan, for our community, for Afghanistan. She is an example for people.”


Friday February 7, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Thank you Mr. Chair, Your Excellencies and the Secretary General:
I want to thank you for convening this meeting of the United Nations General Assembly Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
Allow me to first start by thanking the Members of the Committee for reelecting Afghanistan as a Vice-Chair of this committee. I would also like to thank the Members of the Committee for entrusting Afghanistan with the role of acting rapporteur during this session of the Committee’s work. Afghanistan is honored by your confidence and will continue to do our best to fulfill this important commitment.
Over this past year, Afghanistan has exercised the vice-chairmanship of the committee with a firm dedication to our brothers and sisters in Palestine. During this past year, we have shown solidarity to the cause of the Palestinians by raising the urgency of finding a solution to bring an end to decades of long conflict. Afghanistan has defended Palestine’s inalienable right for self-determination and has strongly advocated this right at all forums and platform.
This includes the recent OIC’s emergency meeting in Jeddah following the meeting in July 2019 and the May 2019 Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference, which was attended by President Ashraf Ghani showing Afghanistan’s commitment to the plight of the Palestinians. In the latter, President Ghani stressed how failure to address the plight of the Palestinian people has robbed several generations in the Middle East of the opportunity of living in stability and prosperity. We must not allow this suffering to continue further.
Mr. Chair,
As a country that has seen conflict and destruction with its own eyes, Afghanistan understands the importance of cooperation and solidarity in the midst of crisis. As a gesture of the strong bond that unites Afghanistan and Palestine, last year we decided to contribute close to 78,000,000 Afghanis to the budget of UNWRA, under a strong belief that this contribution will not only serve as a monetary contribution but also a message that the Afghan people will continue to stand side by side our Palestinian brothers and sisters as they seek to achieve a long and lasting resolution which can bring peace, security and prosperity, not only to Palestine, but to the entire Middle East.
Mr. Chair,
Please continue to count on the support of Afghanistan for the work of this committee, as well as in the capacity of Vice Chair and rapporteur. Afghanistan has the honor to serve again in this new term and New Year as a dedicated partner and ally of the United Nations to attain sustainability and prosperity for the people of Palestine.
I thank you, 


Friday February 7, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A company of Georgian soldiers of the second infantry brigade have joined Nato’s Resolute Support mission in northern Afghanistan to provide security to Camp Marmal, a base of the German Bundeswehr forces.
Camp Marmal is the largest base of the German Armed Forces outside of Germany, in Mazar-i-Sharif, near the Maulana Jalaluddin Balkhi International Airport, Afghanistan.
The Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan was launched in 2015 and involves about 17,000 personnel from nearby 40 NATO member and partner countries.
Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the Resolute Support mission with 870 soldiers.


Friday February 7, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Left-arm pacer Shapoor Zadran has got a recall from the national team as Afghanistan announced their squad for the three-match T20I series against Ireland in March this year.
While Zadran played his last T20I in June 2018, his last appearance for the national team came in March 2019. The 15-man squad also sees the inclusion of 19-year-old all-rounder Azmatullah Omarzai, regarded as a bright prospect. He averages 49.66 with the bat and 20.43 with the ball in first-class cricket.
Usman Ghani is back in the squad as well. The opening batsman was not included in Afghanistan’s series against West Indies in October 2019. Talking about the squad, chief selector Andy Moles said: “We have selected the current best T20 players and hopefully will do better against Ireland.” The series will be played in India from March 6. Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground in Greater Noida is the venue for the whole series, as this has been the home side of the Afghan team for some time now. Earlier, there was supposed to be a one-off Test match as well on the itinerary, but it was dropped due to financial constraints of the Ireland cricket board. The last time these two sides faced off in a T20I series, Afghanistan clean swept Ireland 3-0 in Dehradun. Full Squad: Asghar Afghan (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Najib Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Naveen ul Haq, Shapoor Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Qais Ahmad, Azmatullah Omarzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Usman Ghani.

Thursday, February 06, 2020
Maimana (BNA) Eleven Taliban insurgents were joined to security and defense forces in Faryab today.
Mohammad Hanef Rezaee Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, Mullah Jaber one of Taliban leader with his ten colleagues with their hand weapons were joined to security and defense forces in Garzewan District, Faryab province.
T. Yarzada


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