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Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Government are extending New Zealand's military training deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as renewing three peacekeeping missions in Middle East and Africa.
The Prime Minister announced the extension today, with the Iraq deployment extended to June 2019 and reducing the number of military personnel from 143 to 121 from November this year.
New Zealand's Afghanistan deployment has been extended to September 2019.
"New Zealand is firmly committed to international efforts to fight ISIS," Jacinda Ardern said.
"While there have been significant efforts on the ground in recent years, it is still clear ISIS remains a threat, and further support is required to help the Iraqi security forces ensure ISIS cannot reassert itself, and building capacity of the Iraqi forces is one way in which we can do that."
It comes after the previous National Government were criticised by the Labour Party in 2016 for extending the Iraq deployment by 18 months. Then-leader Andrew Little said the troops in Taji had the party’s "full support for the work they do", however he said then- Prime Minister John Key owed "it New Zealanders to explain why we're committing our forces to an ongoing volatile theatre of war".
"He has not been straight with New Zealanders, nor has he made the case for mission creep," Mr Little said.
When Ms Ardern was asked about her party's 2016 stance, she said this extension was "fulfilling our obligations".
"We already have a commitment to a current training programme that extends out to the middle of 2019."
Ms Ardern said the Government would be considering the options for New Zealand’s future contributions in the case of Iraq and Afghanistan deployments.
The three peacekeeping missions that have been renewed are to South Sudan, the Golan Heights and Lebanon, and the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
Tvnz
 

Monday September 17, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Three smugglers along with 328 kg narcotic drug were arrested by Afghan security forces in vicinity of eastern Nangarhar province.
The smugglers separately were arrested during special operations in relevant areas of Khogyani and Sarkh Roud districts of the province, Ataullah Khogyani provincial spokesman for Nangarhar told BNA correspondent.
The smugglers skillfully placed packages of narcotic drug in three cars and had plan to transfer to unknown areas.
According to another report, 16 people were arrested accused of different criminal cases in Nangarhar province.
The arrested people are accused in robbery, murder, human kidnapping and faking documents.
M.A.Ansari

Monday September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Local officials in Helmand claimed that 27 anti-government militias were killed and 7 others were wounded during air operation led by Afghan air forces in southern Helmand province.
According to BNA report, press office of Helmand’s governor in a statement issued that the air operation conducted in relevant areas of Garashk district of the province, as a result 27 terrorists were killed and 7 others were wounded.
Eight motorcycles and some heavy and light weapons have been destroyed during the operation, the statement added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team will face Sri Lank national cricket team in the third match of the ongoing Asia Cup today.
As Sri Lanka faced an ignominious defeat of 137 runs in the opener of the tournament against Bangladesh on Saturday, it would be a do or die situation for them. Thus, the Island nation will like to tick the right boxes to stay alive in the competition.
On the other hand, Afghanistan has grown in confidence in the last five years. The Afghan team has shown an upward swing in their improvement graph.
Afghan skipper Asghar Afghan has made it clear that his team is not here just to participate, but are looking to put up a solid performance in the tournament.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Taliban group will likely demand the release of a senior Haqqani network leader, Anas Haqqani, and scores of other Taliban inmates for the revival of peace talks, it has been reported.
Sources within the Taliban ranks have told NBC news that the youngest son of the feared Haqqani terror network’s founder is among hundreds of prisoners whom the Taliban is demanding be released as part of an upcoming round of talks with the United State.
“This meeting with the U.S. authorities would either help pave the way for more meaningful talks or stop them forever,” a Taliban commander in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province said on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.  “If they are sincere in talks in the future, they would accept our proposal for a prisoners’ exchange.”
 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Maimana (BNA) As many as six Taliban insurgents were killed during an airstrike launched in Faryab province, BNA reported on Sunday.
A security source told BNA, six armed Taliban were killed during the attack.
The source added the Taliban were killed when they were getting preparations to attack a military convoy in Almar district, Faryab province, BNA added.
No civilian was injured during the attack.
 

Monday, 17 September 2018 06:11

Nearly 10kg Opium Seized in Takhar

Monday, September 17, 2018

Taliqan (BNA) Nearly ten kg of opium was seized and a man has been detained on charges of the case.
According to reports, a man wanted to smuggle the narcotic drug from Kalafgan District, Takhar province to unknown place, has been detained by police forces.
Police Media’s office of Takhar by publishing newsletter said, ten kg of opium was seized from the detained man.
The detained man in his first reports, confessed to several drug trafficking cases in north of the country.
T. Yarzada
 

Monday, 17 September 2018 06:09

Man Held Accused Smuggling Narcotic Drug

Monday, September 17, 2018

Maidan-Shaher (BNA) Man with consignment of narcotic drug was held in Kandahar-Kabul highway.
The detained man wanted to smuggle 70kg of heroin from Kandahar to Kabul province.
Police official of Kabul-Kandahar highway told BNA, the man placed skillfully narcotic drug packages in pomegranate packages.
In first investigation, the man acknowledged to smuggling narcotic drug from that province.
T. Yarzada
 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Publication Affairs, Fazel Sancharaki praised cultural functions of Ghawsuddin Mir, Head of  Afghanistan Cultural Center in Austria and Bano Magazine Concessionaire and Editor-in Chief and awarded him with an appreciation letter, BNA reported on Sunday.
During the meeting, deputy Minister Sancharaki also wished him and European based Afghan further successes on their cultural activities, according to the agency.
Furthermore, besides briefing the session about Afghans’ cultural activities in Austria and Europe, Ghawsuddin thanked deputy minister for the appreciation letter.
 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, during his official visit to the US, inaugurated a six-month training program for Afghan pilots, his office said on Sunday.
The Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) said 31 pilots would be trained on flying AC fighting and other functions.
NSA Mohib thanked the US for the opportunity and shared his thoughts with the Afghan pilots.  AC fighter jets, equipped with modern fighting capabilities, have been chosen after considerations of the war in Afghanistan.
He told the pilots they would help protect the common people against terrorists after completing that training and joining the battle.  He asked them to share their problems through the Afghan embassy in the US with the NSC.
The statement said the first batch of AC-2008 aircraft was expected to be handed over to Afghanistan this year.