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Tuesday, 31 January 2012 12:14

Three Terrorists Detained In Nangarhar

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The police of Behsood district of Nangarhar province have detained three persons on charges of terrorists activities yesterday. 
According to Shamshad 202 police zone, the arrested terrorists wanted to transfer a Dahshaka machine gun in a car to Kabul city, arrested by police. 
The identities of the terrorists have not clear. 
Another report says that, the police of Nangarhar security commandment conducted cleaning operation in the outskirts of Sorkhrod district of Nangarhar province in which a quantity of arms and explosive materials were seized by police. 
The suspects have not identified yet. 
Translated by Surya-Yarzada

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The National Army soldiers carrying out operation in Zheri district of Kandahar province, seized 7 suicide vests which was prepared for terrorist attack in Kandahar province. 
According to defense ministry press office, in this operation 15 mines, arms and explosive materials were seized by these force. 
This operation conducted in Zheri district of that province when terrorists using suicide vests and explosive materials wanted to carry out terrorists attacks in the suburb of that province. 
Meanwhile the national defense ministry confirmed that two national army soldiers have lost their lives during their security mission in Bakwa district of Farah province and six others were wounded.
The event was an explosion of a roadside mine. 
In the same time, three national army soldiers were injured in Maiwand district of Kandahar province. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 11:18

Four Armed Insurgents Killed In Provinces

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Four armed insurgents were killed and five others have been detained in cleaning up operations of police in the provinces of the country today. 
According to interior ministry press office, police forces in 24 last hours carried out operations in the outskirts of Laghman, Khost, Paktia and Maidan-Wardak provinces in which four armed militants were killed and five others have been detained. 
In these operations, numerous arms, mines and explosive device were seized by these forces. 
According to another reports, police of Kabul province during 24 last hours detained 11 persons on charges of stolen, killing and injuring from 1st, 9th, 10th, 13th and 16th districts of Kabul city and Bagrami district. 
Meanwhile, the anti-narcotic police of Nimrooz province have seized 190 kg of opium and 118 kg of heroin from Gharghari area, Khashrood district of Nimrooz province and captured 2 suspects on charges of the case. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Iran is ready to expand its cooperation with Afghan and Iranian traders and investors. 
Therefore, a memorandum of understanding cooperation was signed on Monday between Afghan ministry of finance and Iranian ministry of economy here in Kabul. 
The agreement was signed by Afghan deputy minister and acting minister of finance and Iranian deputy minister of economy. 
While signing the agreement, acting minister of finance said, “The joint representatives of both countries discussed related to problems of the traders and other issues in the second session of economical cooperation held here in Kabul for two days. 
Both sides decided that private sectors of the two countries should be encouraged to expand the economic growth of Iran and Afghanistan by investment. 
Iranian deputy minister of economy in the signing ceremony said, “I’m sure the expansion route of Afghanistan is very clear in future and we are ready to provide all cultural, learning and technology capacities to Afghanistan.”
It is determined that the third session of the economical cooperation between Afghanistan and Iran would be held in Tehran.

Kabul

Tuesday 31 January 2012(BNA)

 

Ten Pak security officials and forty militants were killed during clashes in the Kurrum agency.

According to official sources, thirty two security officials were also injured during the clashes which continue in the Kurrum agency.

 Helicopter gunships were mobilised when the fighting broke out in the same Jogi area as clashes that killed six soldiers on January 25 in the district of Kurram, part of Pakistan's lawless tribal belt along the Afghan border.

At the time, security forces claimed to have taken control of Jogi, which is strategically located near Orakzai district.

A senior military official told reporters  that "more than 300 Taliban attacked" the checkpost at around midnight in central Kurram, which is on the Taliban route into North Waziristan and onto the Afghan border.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The council is composed of intellectuals, cultural figures and students of Bamyan and Parwan provinces who in their meeting with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president held yesterday afternoon shared a series of their local problems. 
They noted that this council is a foundation formed by the people which aim at working towards social and cultural projects implementation. 
They also asked for flourishing of civil foundations and further attention of the government for building of roads, power energy, addressing the problems of the Bamyan University and upgrading the higher education of Parwan to university level. 
Khalili expressed pleasure in meeting the council members and considered popular foundations a positive step towards progress in social and cultural spheres in the country. 
He assured them that the government is striving for development of less developed provinces and by executing coming year’s budget their problems will be solved. 
As regards the construction of Kabul-Bamyan road and Gardan-i-Dewar-Ghour be said that building of roads lead to expansion of higher educational institutions and this is the priority program of the government.

Kabul (BNA)

Tuesday 31 January 2012

 

Pakistan on Tuesday said the drone attacks are unlawful, counterproductive and hence unacceptable.
The remarks from Pak  foreign ministry came as President Barack Obama confirmed for the first time that drone aircraft had targeted militants in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal areas on the Afghan border.

"We are of the firm view that these are unlawful, counterproductive and hence unacceptable," ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said.

"Our view has always been very clear and position principled," he added.

When asked about drones in a chat with web users on Google+ and YouTube, Obama said "a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA" -- Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 08:37

Obama confirms drone strikes in Pakistan

Kabul (BNA)

Tuesday 31 January 2012

President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed that US drone aircraft have struck Taliban and Al-Qaeda targets within Pakistan -- operations that until now had not been officially acknowledged.

When asked about the use of drones by his administration in a chat with web users on Google+ and YouTube, Obama said "a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA.

"For the most part, they've been very precise precision strikes against Al-Qaeda and their affiliates, and we're very careful in terms of how it's been applied," Obama said.

"This is a targeted focused effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists, who are trying to go in and harm Americans, hit American facilities, American bases, and so on."

Explaining that many strikes were carried out "on al-Qaeda operatives in places where the capacities of that military in that country may not be able to get them," Obama confirmed that Pakistan's lawless tribal zone was a target.

"So, obviously, a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA, and going after al-Qaeda suspects who are up in very tough terrain along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan," he said.

"For us to be able to get them in another way would involve probably a lot more intrusive military action than the ones we're already engaging in."

US officials say Pakistan's tribal belt provides sanctuary to Taliban fighting for 10 years in Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda groups plotting attacks on the West, Pakistani Taliban who routinely bomb Pakistan and other foreign fighters.

Sixty-four US missile strikes were reported in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt last year, down from 101 reported in 2010..

The United States had until now refused to discuss drone strikes publicly, but the program has dramatically increased as the Obama administration looks to withdraw all foreign combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

The Pakistani government is understood to agree to the program despite popular opposition at home, and drones have reportedly killed dozens of Al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives and hundreds of low-ranking fighters since 2004.

 

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 08:05

30 Armed Taliban Join Peace Process

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Herat (BNA) An armed Taliban commander along with his 29 colleagues yesterday joined peace process in Herat province. 
According to Dr. Daud Shah Saba, governor of Herat, Abdullah Charsy, along with his 29 colleagues laid down their arms and joined the peace process in the province. 
They were active and fighting against Afghan government in Pashtoon Zarghoon district of the province. 
The source said since the beginning of the current year, more than 400 armed insurgents have joined the peace process in the province.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Minister of defense General Abdul Rahim Wardak met with Canadian deputy minister for foreign affairs Robert Mars Rosanberg and deputy minister of defense Robert Femberg here in Kabul. 
They discussed related to Afghan security situation and improvement of Afghan national army. 
The Afghan defense minister briefed the Canadian delegation related to improvement of ANA, security transition to Afghan forces and recent achievements of ANA. 
In return, the Canadian delegation expressed happiness over the cooperation existed between Afghan forces and international partners particularly Canada and praised the recent achievements of Afghan and coalition forces in Afghanistan and promised for long-term cooperation with Afghanistan.