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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA)  Security and national defense forces conducting joint offensive operations in some parts of the country killed 84 armed insurgents including a local commander of Taliban and six Daesh fighters, wounded 17 and detained two others.
According to national defense ministry press office to BNA, the operations were launched with support of air and artillery forces in Nangarhar, Kunar, Kapisa, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni, Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul, Badghis, Baghlan, Sar-e-Pul, ,Balkh, Faryab, Kunduz , Nimroz and Helmand provinces.
T. Yarzada
 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 11:13

Suicide Attack On ANA Forces In Helmand

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lashkarga (BNA) National Army forces Targeted by Suicide Attack in Helmand province this morning.
A suicide bomber detonated his car packed explosive among ANA forces in Lashkarga city, Helmand province.
A security official of Lashkarga told BNA, four ANA forces were lost their lives and eight others have been injured.
Meanwhile, medical officials of Helmand province said a number of civilians were also injured in the attack.
T. Yarzada
 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 11:11

Daesh Loyalists Killed In Latest Air Strikes

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Jalalabad (BNA) 27 Daesh loyalists were killed in recent air strikes in Nangarhar province this morning.
The fighters were targeted in their hideouts in Rodat, Kot, Dorbaba and Achen Districts.
Hazrat Hosain Mashriqiwal police spokesman of Nangarhar province told BNA, in the raids, 27 Daesh fighters killed.
He said, the fighters were targeted in their strongholds while organizing a series of terrorist events by US drone.
It is said no any harm and losses sustained to residents in the raids.
Another report says the security forces prevented from a series of blasts in Nangarhar province.
According to reports, security officials discovered and neutralized four mines from crowded areas of Dorbaba, Achen , Mohmand Dara and Kot Districts.
Security officials of Nangarhar province blamed Taliban and Daesh for planting of the mines said, efforts are underway to identity and arrest the suspects of the incident.
 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials for ministry of national defense while informing of maintaining better security and launching 16 organized operations across the country say praising and supporting of the people from their national defense and security forces are the most significant factors in maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Related to cooperation of the people with ANDSF and its impacts on security situation in the country, Gen. Mohammad Radmanish, Deputy Spokesperson to MoD told The Kabul Times correspondent, “Support and cooperation of the people with Afghan national defense and security forces is the most significant factors for maintaining peace and stability in the country and can play a vital role in security situation as there will be no considerable development without cooperation of the people and as you know it is your brothers, fathers and husbands who have strengthened security forces who are fighting to bring peace and stability to the country.”
“Fortunately praising and supporting from ANDSF have increased in recent years,” Radmanish said, adding that such supports could put better impacts not only on security in the country but also on developments in political, economic and social sections as Afghan nation defense and security forces were the real protectors and defenders of Afghanistan.
Assuring of providing better security for the people, MoD deputy spokesperson stressed that 16 operations have been underway and launched by ANA forces in 13 provinces including Helmand, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Urzgan, Farah, Faryab and Takhar and such operations would put positive impacts in maintaining peace in the country.
Representatives of people in parliament while praising media for covering efforts and role of ANDSF in maintaining security in the country stressed role of media was effective in this regard as people obtained most of security reports through media; therefore, media should provide reports in accordance to national interests and in favor of Afghan defense and security forces as media was a relating-bridge between the government and people.
Hashimi, a member of parliament believes that national unity government should always praise Afghan national defense and security forces for their efforts and capabilities in battlefield.
“Strengthening defense and security organs, visiting martyrs’ families and soldiers fighting in battlefield, appointment of merit and home-loving individuals in battlefields and changes in local governments are a range of causes which can put positive impacts on reduction of violence and war and maintaining security in the country,” said Salih Mohammad Saljoqi, another member of parliament.
Praising ANDSF for their works and capabilities in surpassing and repulsing enemies’ attacks, Saljoqi said that the people’s support form their security forces have enabled them to lead most of military operations lonely and such operations have increased the capabilities of ANDSF.
Meanwhile, a number of Afghan people have considered security and peace which have been fragile in recent years as one of top priorities for all the people of Afghanistan.
It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan national defense and security forces have been able to obtain trust of the people who are even now ready to go battlefields in support of their security forces.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Wednesday August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Criminal policemen of Kabul security headquarters started searching regarding a magnetic mine blast took place in southern Kabul city yesterday evening.
According to BNA report, the explosion was happened close to a security checkpoint in Kota-e-Sangi region, Kabul city.
Najibullah acting spokesman of ministry of interior affairs confirmed the injuries of two policemen said, a magnetic mine placed in a military vehicle type of ranger and exploded in the area.
Meanwhile, eyewitnesses say two successive blasts took place in Kota-e-Sangi area, which seven policemen were injured, but Najibullah said nothing about the second explosion and only confirmed the explosion of magnetic mine.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Taliban and Daesh terrorist factions have once again conducted a massacre in Mirza Olag district, which also resulted in displacing of nearly 500 families.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani called the act as inhuman and anti-Islamic, adding the terrorist groups have been defeated in the battlegrounds but resorted to killing civilians throughout the country.
The president’s remarks logically mean that the Taliban have changed their war policy and instead of facing with Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have begun killing innocent people so to exert pressure on the government by public thoughts.
According to eyewitnesses, the attack on Mirza Olang was led by Mulla Nadir and Ghazanfar, Taliban and Daesh local commanders. Earlier, the Taliban claimed responsibility of the attack.
In fact, attack on civilians, public and holy places is an unforgivable crime and against all Islamic teachings and humanitarian norms.
Besides, UNAMA findings suggest that the Taliban and Daesh have committed the carnage in Mirza Olang district.
Condemning the coward attack on innocent people in the strongest terms, UN special representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto called it the violation of international norms. The agency added there is no evidence of beheading in Mirza Olang and claims on taking hostages and sexual assaults on women have not been confirmed.
Furthermore, UNAMA declared that 36 people had been killed in Mirza Olang, but local officials told media that nearly 50 people had been killed by the Taliban and IS loyalists.
This is while that the government of Afghanistan is committed to execute humanitarian international law.
Based on this law, the country’s security forces are responsible to prevent civilian casualties during operations.
UN has also promised to assist the displaced families of Mirza Olang, because they are now in dire need of urgent humanitarian assistances.
It is merit to mention that the government of Afghanistan has always made effort to adopt necessary security measures particularly in vulnerable areas and ensure everyone’s security so no one is victimized by armed insurgents any longer.
Thus, the government of Afghanistan should launch a thorough investigation on Mirza Olang case and share the results with public people.
Once again, the terrorist groups are asked not to commit humanitarian crimes anymore and put an end to their war against Afghan citizens.
Lailuma Noori
 

Wednesday August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has welcomed the decision by President Donald Trump, which shows an enduring commitment by Afghanistan’s foundational partner in this global conflict.
In a statement released from presidential office, President Ghani said, “I am grateful to President Trump and the American people for this affirmation of support for our efforts to achieve self-reliance and for our joint struggle to ride the region from the threat of terrorism.” “The new strategy increase capacity in the Resolute Support Mission. It puts particularly emphasis on enhancing Afghan air power, doubling the size of the Afghan Special Forces and deepening NATO’s ability to train, advice and assist Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
This announcement is part of a package of support enabling Afghans to achieve the goal of stability and self-reliance by focusing on efforts for the eradication of poverty, economic investment and better equipping the ANDSF to achieve its military objectives. The Afghan government is prioritizing accelerating its rigorous reform agenda to eradicate corruption and enhance effectiveness, transparency and rule of law. Allowing this strategy towards stability allows the region to work together in achieving mutual goals of peace and prosperity and provides a clear roadmap for regional countries to end support for non-state actors, said President Ghani. In his statement, the country’s President added, “The US-Afghan partnership is stronger than ever in overcoming the threat of terrorism that we are facing. The strength of our security forces should show the Taliban and other that they cannot win a military victory. The objective of peace is paramount. Peace remains our priority”.
The government of Afghanistan welcomes renewed US emphasis on seeing security in Afghanistan as part of a wider regional package. The strategy complements Afghan initiatives, including the Kabul Process, that seek to engage the region in sharing common security burdens. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has also welcomed the new US strategy, saying that it will positively impact the Afghan security forces. Speaking in a news conference in Kabul, the country’s chief executive said that Afghanistan government’s message to the Taliban and their supporters was to that the new strategy was not an invitation to peace but a chance to strengthen the peace process. ”The strategy renewed the commitment of the United States to Afghanistan and to our people,” Abdullah added. “This new chapter opened by the new strategy is a unique opportunity to tackle terrorists and achieve our goals for peace,” he said.
He also said the National Unity Government must strengthen the security and defense forces to protect the people against terrorists.
 

Wednesday August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the high economic council session was held Monday evening at presidential palace.
In the session, short and long-term plan related to collecting transportation and municipalities’ taxes through one address in capital and provinces as well as execution report of Asan-Khedmat authority and plan for issuing electronic system of driving and road permits were discussed. First, the short and long-term plan in connection with collecting transportation and municipalities’ taxes was delivered to the session by deputy minister of incomes and customhouses for finance. He said that the plan has been prepared and organized for improvement of collecting system of transport incomes in coordination and agreement with ministries of transport, public works, independent directorate of local organs, Kabul municipality, chambers of commerce and industries, private sector and all other relevant organs. He added that ways of short, mid and long-term solutions have been also predicted in the respective plan.
Representing the country’s private sector, deputy of Afghanistan chambers of commerce and industries Khanjan Alokozay by welcoming the plan said it was the first plan prepared by the government during the past 15 years, suggesting that collecting incomes should be divided into three categories and asked ministry of transport to deliver services in this regard. Acting minister of public works Yama Yari said that it was good that all scales should be activated and controlled by ministry of finance. Related to roads, he said that ministry of public works was working on a plan for protection, maintenance and safety of roads. In the session, minister of finance spoke related to the issue and said that the plan has been prepared within six months and its consequences would be changeable after the plan reviewed and tested.
The country’s President asserted that the respective plan stressed on short-term steps and it was necessary that the plans should be mid and long-term, instructing acting ministers of public works and transport to work on short-term plans in coordination with private sector. President Ghani further said that scales should be transferred to customhouses and security section of finance ministry should be strengthened, adding that scales have been monopolized and suggested two plans: first exemption from fees for one year and the other would be mobile fines. The country’s President stressed that in connection with taking fees from the people services should be delivered and related to transportation fees for raw material in the country should be exempted. In other part of the session, report related to execution of Asan Khedmat Authority and plan for issuing electronic driving license and road permit delivered by acting minister of telecommunication and information technology were discussed.
Acting minister of telecommunication and information technology Shahzad Aroubi said that based on the plan, bureaucracy in all working sections such as distribution and renewing road permit, driving license, issuing plates, incidents and buying and selling vehicles would be ended. The country’s President while praising Asan Khedmat Authority said that future of the organ would depend to ministry of telecommunication and information technology and stressed on further discussions in this regard, adding that experts team from relevant institutions including a number of lecturers of Kabul Polytechnic University should conduct a clear analysis in this regard and find proper alternatives. At the end of the session, in presence of EU Special Representative to Afghanistan Francis Michael Mellbin and a number of other EU ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, EU 100 million euro assistance was announced for improvement of development policies, protection of economic stability, better management of public finance and strengthening of transparency in budget of Afghanistan government.
 

Wednesday August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The first session of employment committee for youth was held under the chairmanship of chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and with participation of representatives of international organizations.
In the session, the country’s chief executive said employment for youth had been one of NUG’s key commitments and the committee was created to implement it. Welcoming the announcement of US new strategy for Afghanistan, the country’s chief executive praised the international community for their cooperation with the people of Afghanistan during the past 15 years, saying that by improvement of security situation in the country better and further opportunities would be provided in the field of employment, reduction of poverty and unemployment.
Chief executive also stressed on capacity building process and strengthening of vocational skills in government institutions, instructing government officials and ministers to prepare practical plans for employment and deliver them to the committee’s session so that necessary decisions would be taken in this regard. The country’s chief executive warned if unemployment rate was not reduced in the country, domestic products would not increase and poverty would increase and as a result all efforts in this regard would fail. Meanwhile, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah asked ministry of finance to kick off employment process of 13000 teachers through a transparent employment process. In the session, it was decided that members of the committee should prepare their plans and suggestions in connection with employment opportunities and finding jobs for youth so that practical steps were taken in this regard.
 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The leading body of national unity government has welcomed declaration of U.S. new strategy for Afghanistan.
Second vice president Sarwar Danesh in a ceremony held yesterday on the occasion of signing MoU between ministry of education and a number of government institutions welcomed declaration of US new strategy for Afghanistan.
U.S. President Donald Trump declared Late Monday night the country’s new strategy for Afghanistan and promised to continue cooperation with the people of Afghanistan.
He considered declaration of the new strategy as a positive political and military change for the people and government of Afghanistan, but added, “Our first option is not war, but peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region”.
In the ceremony, second vice president also pointed to distribution process of e-Tazkiras and said that necessary preparations have been adopted for distribution of electronic identification cards and the process would begin within a month.
 

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