22 January 2017

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Saturday January 21, 2017

Sar-e-Pul City (BNA) Mawlavi Kamal alias to Mawlavi Sangin shadow deputy governor for Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul  province, belonging to Taliban terrorist group was killed along with his 4 sons due to his own mine blast.
Mohammad Taher Wahdat governor of Sar-e-Pul told BNA, Mawlavi Kamal was a well-known member of Taliban that had skills in making mines.
The shadow district governor wanted to transfer the mine in Sayed Abad region, Sar-e-Pul-Jawzjan highway to target local and Afghan security forces’ vehicles that prematurely the mine exploded into his home.
 

Saturday January 21, 2017

Kandahar City (BNA) Up to 27 anti-government militias including their three top commanders were killed and 17 others were injured during clashes with Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar province.
Zia Durani spokesman of Kandahar police chief told BNA, the clashes took place, while a group of Taliban militants attacked on Afghan security forces’ checkpoint in Maiwand district of the province.
Some weapons and explosive materials belonging the terrorist group have been discovered by Afghan security personnel at the end of the conflicts, the source added.
 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Maimana City (BNA) Taliban suffered casualties in the conflict with Afghan security forces in Faryab province yesterday.
Col. Mohammad Nabi Elham security in-charge of Faryab told BNA, Taliban led attack on security posts of Pashton-Kot district of Faryab province, faced with resistance of Afghan troops in which 6 insurgents were killed and 12 others were wounded.
It has been said, in the battles 5 policemen were also wounded.
 

Saturday January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has claimed that Taliban purchased American weaponry and equipment from Afghan soldiers. The issue should be investigating seriously, because being indifference and silence against such accusations seriously affects the moral of the troops of the country.
BNA analyst of military affairs commenting on the issue write, recently SIGAR releasing a report claimed the existence of corruption among Afghan security forces. SIGAR in its report claims that Taliban purchase American made weapons and equipment from Afghan soldiers and the territories under the control of state have reduced 62% during the last two years. He adds that America has spent more than 8 billion dollars for eradication of narcotic drugs but still poppy cultivation has remained as a serious problem. In spite of that no one can ignore, the existence of corruption and other problems in Afghanistan. It would be of great importance to mention that some of the allegations or reports without sharing with Afghan relevant military authorities, can badly affect the moral of Afghan soldiers, who are fighting against terrorism  in expense of their lives not only in defense of our national interests but the region. Terrorism is not only an Afghan or regional problem, but threats the world as whole. 
SIGAR releasing the claim of selling of American weaponries to Taliban exactly in time, Afghan military authorities have repeatedly have complained about the shortage weapons and other military ammunitions  and even the international donors have confirmed that  Afghan security forces have been suffering from shortage of military weapons and other military ammunitions. Then how they commit such heinous act or selling their weapons to the enemies whose aim is killing Afghan security forces? Assessing the ways of Americans’ expenditures may be the right of SIGAR, but it accuses Afghan soldiers who so far heroically fight against terrorists who seeking to destroy Afghanistan and extend terrorism in to other countries. SIGAR should carry out its activities in coordination with Afghan relevant authorities and it should share the result of its investigation with military authorities ahead of reporting to media, otherwise, it causes mistrust among military staff and badly affect the moral of Afghan military personnel.
The people who have accused for selling military weaponry and equipment to the enemies are soldiers who are fighting to rescue the world from the evil of terrorism and extremism. A great number of political, military experts and civil society activists firmly believe that there are certain objectives behind such reports. Today, Taliban have been using as a means by other countries to achieve their objectives in the region. Without doubt, for equipping Taliban, those countries are seeking ways, probably they for keeping secret the real sources that provide weapon and military ammunitions for Taliban, falsely claim that Taliban purchase weapons from Afghan security personnel. It should mention that the local authorities and people repeatedly claimed that unidentified helicopters, support armed oppositions in providing weapons and transportation of their personnel.
On the other hand, SIGAR released its report exactly in time Mr. Trump US president-elect starts it work in White House. Releasing such a report may be an enticing matter for the working team of the new president. The Afghan people especially army and security forces of Afghanistan who are shedding their lives against terrorism to rescue not only their country but also the entire world from the evil of that notorious phenomenon forever ask their leaders to extensively assess the SIGAR’s report and inform the people about, in order to reduce psychological war against Afghan people.
Nematullah Nemat    
 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ghazni City (BNA) Afghan security forces succeeded to arrest seven kidnappers in southern Ghazni province yesterday.
Gen. Aminullah Amarkhail security commander of Ghazni told BNA reporter, the kidnappers were abducted a person resident of Qara Bagh district of Ghazni province and requested money for releasing him from his family.
He added, the abductors while receiving money from his family were arrested by security forces of Ghazni in Shah Joy district of Zabul province.
 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At least 53 armed oppositions were killed and 30 others were wounded following military operations conducted by Afghan security personnel within the last 24 hours in different parts of the country.
Ministry of National Defense press office reported BNA, the operations were launched with support of Afghan air and artillery forces in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Kapisa, Paktika, Urozgan, Zabul, Kandahar, Farah, Kunduz, Baghlan, Balkh and Helmand provinces.
The bodies of 26 ISIS and Al-Qaeda loyalists were among the dead, the source added.
More than 18 suspicious were detained during the operations as well.
Some weapons and explosive material belonging Taliban terrorist group have been discovered and destroyed following the operations.
 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                                   
One Dollar                                            66/72 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              82/50 afgs                         
One Euro                                              71/10 afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/19 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          612afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1025 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees             16/89 afgs   
 

Saturday January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials of the ministry for defense said, ‘with conducting extensive operations and in consider with new operational plans, 1396 is expected to be a good year on security viewpoint and threats will be decreased.’
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesperson to the ministry of defense said that the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) were fully ready to ensure security throughout the country and would spare no effort in this regard. In consider with new operational plans, he added we assure our countrymen that 1396 would be a good year on security viewpoint and peace will be restored throughout the country. The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) could launch many operations in different provinces, as since beginning Safaq-e-Dowom Operation started on 1st Qaus, they could clear many districts of Nangarhar, Nouristan, Badakhshan, Daikundi and Badghis provinces from insurgents, he continued. Fortunately, the Afghan National Army achievements have been eye-catching during operations, due to which, many key commanders of the Taliban have been killed and some others arrested, he went on to say. Likewise, the enemies were trying to take the control of almost 6 provinces of the country, but they faced the ANDSF resistance and failed to reach their goals, he stated.
In fact, terrorism is a security challenge that not only threatens Afghanistan, but the region and the world as a whole, he said, adding but the Afghan security forces are fully ready to fight this phenomenon.
He added we are making effort not to harm the civilians during operations, because, the insurgent groups have always used the civilians’ houses to reach their vicious goals—a move that caused to slow the operations.
Furthermore, we will continue our operations in all insecure areas and the enemies must know that Afghanistan has a strong government and nothing can face it with problem, he added. Taj Mohammad Jahid, the minister of interior has recently said, ‘we are faced with many challenges and security threats, and the enemies have further focused on suicide attacks, thus, the ANDSF will do much to foil the enemies malicious designs and decrease the threats.’ The Afghan security forces are making effort to better ensure security throughout the country, but to reach their goal, they should take all necessary measures and seriously fight challenges and security threats.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Saturday January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Last week, a Chinese construction firm signed a contract to construct a key road in central Afghanistan. Minister of Public Works, Mr. Baligh and Vice-Chairman of China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) Lu Shan signed the $204.9mln contract during a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace which was also attended by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and some other government officials. In the ceremony, Minister Baligh said, ‘launching of Dare Souf and Yakawlang road project by the Chinese firm will be undoubtedly effective in Afghanistan’s economic growth and it is a significant step for connecting of provinces.’ The road which goes through more than 37 villages will connect Dare Souf district in northern Samangan province to Yakawlang district of the neighboring central Bamyan province, he further said.
The 178-kilometer road project was the second part of a National North-South Corridor and the first phase of the corridor which connects northern Mazar-e-Sharif city to Yakawlang has already been completed, and the ministry is currently in the process of planning and surveying of the third phase of the corridor, a 550-Km road, which connects Bamyan to southern Kandahar province, Minister Baligh added.
The project will definitely improve the connectivity in the country and the region at large, he said, adding that the project would further bring facilities for local farmers and it will also help the government to exploit a coal mine which is locating along the project. The project comprises of building of a seven-meter road, eight big bridges as well as construction of 194 small bridges, according to Baligh. A number of experts told that the people are faced with many problems in the winter due to lack of proper roads and streets. Calling construction of highways and roads important in daily life of people, a Kabul University lecturer, Abdul Ahad Moed said that people would face many problems if they didn’t enjoy proper roads. At the same time, the people hope that by launching big road-construction projects, the ground is paved for job opportunities to hundreds of people.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) 7th term of gender workshop titled ‘responsive budget to gender’ was held the other day by directorate of gender for MoIC with technical and financial cooperation of women affairs ministry and GSSP.
In the workshop held with participation of a number of employees of the ministry, director of the ministry’s gender Mahbooba Sadat spoke related to aim of the workshop and said, “Gender department of the ministry of information and culture has held various workshops and this time the workshop aims to discuss responsive budget.”
Sadat stressed that the respective department wanted to aware women on peace, security, economy and budget, adding that lack of a number of directorates have caused that some gender programs could not be implemented.
Meanwhile, expert trainer of the women affairs ministry, Salahuddin Faizi praised that holding such programs and workshops was effective for women and men in government institutions.
Rokhshana, a participant in the workshop considered holding such programs related to gender issues as effective for awareness of government employees.
 

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