23 September 2018

RSS Facebook

Saturday, 05 May 2012 06:14

Press Freedom Day Observed

Saturday, May 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The press freedom day marked in Afghanistan while the country is still risky for pressmen and journalists. 
Addressing the conference to mark the Day, Mujib Khalwatgar the director of the Nai said that despite the press freedom has developed in Afghanistan, still challenges are ahead. 
Khalwatgar added that media outlets and newsmen are still facing security threats from government bodies, powerful figures and the armed oppositions. 
Head of national union of journalists Abdul Hamid Mubariz in his speech underlined the freedom of expression is the right of every citizen in the country and this right has been envisaged in the constitution, press law and in the strategic pact inked between US and Afghanistan. 
Deputy to publication in the ministry for information and culture Deen Mohammad Mubariz Rashidi also spoke at the conference. 
In his address, he noted the press freedom should not be interpreted in the way to create chaos in the country and should not remain indifference to keep the public unaware from the development in society. Healthy criticism is welcomed, he further said. 
Head of press watchdog Sediqullah Tawhidi in his speech said that four journalists had been killed last year, seven sustained injuries and 24 others had been beaten while 77 others had been insulted 48 of them by government organs. 
In order to respect press freedom and assist the families of those journalists who lost their lives the Nai has established a donation box.  At the end of the conference, seven journalists were appreciated in recognition of their work.
 


Saturday, May 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Separate congratulatory messages have been dispatched on behalf of president Karzai addressed to the president and prime minister of Poland on the national day of that country. 
The messages note that I am pleased to represent the people of Afghanistan in conveying my sincerest congratulations on the Third of May, the National Day of Poland to you and the friendly people of Poland. 
The people of Afghanistan are desirous for consolidation of further friendly ties with the friendly Poland and wish that these ties are extended in different spheres. I wish your good health and prosperity of the Poland people.
 


Saturday, May 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) In his meeting with the leading body, high ranking officers and generals of Interior Ministry President Karzai told them that “signing of the long-term strategic cooperation document between Afghanistan and the opens a new chapter in relations between the two nations and closes the chapter of ten yes earlier.” 
He added that with opening  the new chapter of relations, Afghanistan acts as having its national sovereignty and as an equal and independent country with the US, on the basis of mutual respect he told them that after signing of this document and Afghanistan of special operations, preservation of homes and privet premises of the people of Afghanistan is your sensibility, adding that on one hand that we are struggling against terrorism we should secure and respect the homes and private properties of the people.  
He stressed that the security forces of the country should behave in a way that people look to them as their safe guarders and the people sleep calm at their homes. 
He stressed further that here after the deserts and expectations of the people from the security forces will be higher and we should prêt cruelty and oppression against the people and this is you’re responsibly. In case here after the people are disturbed at their homes and in case any one killed during the operations and the home owner feel disrespect towards his family, they will criticize you not this, as the US respected your national sovereignty and our laws and signed its document.
In case the US becomes suspicious in our indigence report she can reject it and do not carry operation according to that. As regards with upgrading the capacities of the security forces of the country he said that your training and your strengthen is undertaken by the people of Afghanistan with pride and they feel the pride that their elders are upgraded and our youths are gaining better training.
He repeatedly told the police personnel that “where ever you carry on your vices, you have to preserve the life and proper of the people and serve them”.  
General Nabi Ahmadzai assured that the national police have strong forces at its disposal and they are assessing the situation with its open minds and undertake measures against threats. 
He added that the police strongly support realization of the peace process under the president’s leadership. General Gul Nabi added gaining security responsibility from the international process is our basic responsibility and we undertake that we will achieve our duties again the terrorists and alien aggression by taking into accounts our national and Islamic mission.
 

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Kabul (BNA) This Islamic Republic of Afghanistan ("Afghanistan") and the United States of America ("United States") have partnered closely since 2001 to respond to threat to international peace and security and help the Afghan people chart a secure, democratic, and prosperous future.
As a result, Afghanistan is now on a path towards sustainable self-reliance in security, governance, economic and social development and constructive partnership at the regional level.
The parties express their appreciation for the November 2011 Traditional Loya Jirga, which declared" "Emphasizing the need to preserve the achievements of the past ten years, respect the Afghan Constitution, women's rights, freedom of speech and taking into consideration the prevailing situation in the region, strategic cooperation with the United States of America, which is a strategic ally of the people and government of Afghanistan, is considered important in order to ensure political, economic and military security of the country .
Signing a strategic cooperation document with the United States conforms with the national interest of Afghanistan and is of significant importance… When signing this document, Afghanistan and the United States must be considered as two sovereign and equal counties," in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.
Emphasizing their shared determination to further advance the Afghan people's desire for stable and independent Afghan state, governed on the basis of Afghanistan's Constitution and shared democratic values, including respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of all men and women, Afghanistan and the United States ("The Parties") commit to strengthen long-term strategic cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including: advancing peace, security, and reconciliation; strengthening state institutions; supporting Afghanistan's long-term economic and social development; and encouraging regional cooperation. Recognizing the continued relevance of their commitments at the 2010 London and Kabul Conferences, as well as the 2011 Bonn Conference, the Parties affirm their resolve to strengthen Afghanistan's institutions and governance capacity to advance such areas of long-term strategic cooperation.
Cooperation between Afghanistan the United States is based on mutual respect and shared interests-most notably, a common desire for peace and to strengthen collective efforts to achieve a regional that is economically integrated, and no longer as a safe heaven for Al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
Afghanistan and the United States go forward in this partnership with confidence because they are committed to seeking a future of justice, peace, security, and opportunity for the Afghan people. Respect for the sovereignty and equality of states constitutes the foundation of this partnership.
Respect for the rule of law, as well as the sound and transparent adherence to Afghanistan's constitutions and all other operative laws, reinforces its foundation. The parties reaffirm their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan.
Accordingly, the Parties agree to the following:

II. PROTECTING AND PROMOTING SHARED DEMMOCRATIC VALUES

1. The Parties agree that a strong commitment to protecting and promoting democratic values and human rights is a fundamental aspect of their long-term partnership and cooperation.
2. Underscoring the central importance of the values and principles of the Afghan Constitution, Afghanistan reaffirms its strong commitment to inclusive and pluralistic democratic governance, including free, fair, and internal or external interference. Reaffirming its commitments make at the 2011 Bonn Conference, Afghanistan shall strengthen and improve its electoral process.
3. Afghanistan reaffirms its commitment to protecting human and political rights under its Constitution and international obligations, including the international Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In this regard, Afghanistan shall strengthen the integrity and capacity of its efficiency and effectiveness of its three branches of state within its unitary system of government, and supporting development of vibrant civil society, including a free and open media.
4. Afghanistan reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that any kind of discrimination and distinction between citizens of Afghanistan shall be forbidden, and ensuring the rights and freedoms that are guaranteed to all Afghans under Afghan law and the Afghan constitution. Consistent with its Constitution and international obligations, Afghanistan shall ensure and advance the essential role of women in society, so that they may fully enjoy their economic social, political, civil and cultural rights.

III. ADVANCING LONG-TERM SECURITY

1. The Parties reaffirm that the presence and operations of the U.S. forces in Afghan since 2001 are aimed at defeating Al-Qaeda and its affiliates. The Parties acknowledge the great sacrifices and suffering that the Afghan people have endured in the struggle against terrorism and the continued threats to their desire for peace, security and prosperity. The Parties also pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the people of this United States in this struggle.
2. In order to strengthen security and stability in Afghanistan, contribute to regional and international peace and stability, combat al-Qaeda and its affiliates, and enhance the ability of Afghanistan to deter threats against its sovereignty, security, and territorial integrity, the arrangements, as may be mutually determined.

a. The Parties' respective obligations under this Agreement, and any subsequent arrangements, are without prejudice to Afghan sovereignty over its territory, and each Party's right of self-defense, consistent with international law.

b. The Parties shall, subject to their internal procedures, initiate negotiations a Bilateral Security Agreement, Negotiations should begin after the signing of this Strategic Partnership Agreement, with the goal of concluding within one year a Bilateral Security to supersede the Agreement regarding the Status of United States Military and civilian Personnel of the U.S Department of Defense Present in Afghanistan in connection with Cooperative Efforts in Response to Terrorism, Humanitarian, and Civil Assistance, Military Training and Exercises, and Other Activities (2003), and other such relates agreements and understandings that are mutually determined to the contrary to the provisions of the Bilateral Security Agreement.

c. The conduct of ongoing military operations shall continue under existing frameworks, which include the Memorandum of Understanding on the Transfer of U.S. Detention Facilities (2012), until superseded by the Bilateral Security Agreement or other arrangements, as mutually determined. This obligation is without prejudice to the status, commitments, and understandings of those frameworks, until superseded as noted above.
3. To help provide long-term frameworks for mutual security and defense cooperation, the United States shall designate Afghanistan a "Major Non-NATO Ally."
4. The Parties underscore their strong support for Afghan efforts towards peace and reconciliation.
a. The necessary outcomes of any peace and reconciliation process are for individuals and entities to: break ties with al-Qaeda; renounce violence; and abide by the Afghan Constitutions, including its protections for all Afghan women and men.

b. Afghanistan affirms that in all state actions and understandings with regard to peace and reconciliation, it shall uphold the values of the Afghan Constitutions.
5. Beyond 2014, the United States shall seek funds, on a yearly basis, to support the training, equipping, advising, and sustaining of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), so that Afghanistan can independently secure and defend itself against internal and external threats, and help ensure that terrorist never again encroach on Afghan soil and threaten Afghanistan, the region, and the world.

a. Such support should: (1) help build appropriate capabilities reflecting the evolving nature of mutually-recognized threats to Afghan stability; (2) support efforts to help the Afghan States attain a sustainable security structure; and (3) strengthen the capacity of security institutions of Afghanistan.

b. A U.S-Afghanistan Working Group on Defense and Security, established under the framework of this Agreement, shall undertake regular assessments of the level of threat facing Afghanistan, as well as the country's security and defense requirements, and make specific recommendations about future cooperation in this filed to the Bilateral Commission.

c. Assistance to the ANSF should have the goal of being consistent with NATO standards and promote interoperability with NATO forces.

d. The Parties further call on NATO member states to sustain and improve Afghan security capabilities beyond 2014, by taking concrete measures to implement the Declaration by NATO and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on an Enduring Partnership concluded at the November 2010 NATO Lisbon Summit.
6. Afghanistan shall provide U.S. forces continued access to and use of Afghan facilities through 2014, and beyond as may be agreed in the Bilateral Security Agreement, for the purposes of combating al-Qaeda and its affiliates, straining the Afghan National Security Forces, and other mutually determined missions to advance shared security interests.

a. The United States emphasizes its full respect for the sovereignty and independence of Afghanistan. It reaffirms its commitment to the Inteqal framework, and a transition to full Afghan Security responsibility. It further reaffirms that it does not seek permanent military facilities in Afghanistan, or a presence that is a threat to Afghanistan's neighbors.

b. The United States further pledges not to use Afghan territory or facilities as a launching point for attacks against other countries.
c. The nature and scope of the future presence and operations of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and the related obligations of Afghanistan and the United States, shall be addressed in the Bilateral Security Afghanistan.
7. The Parties shall enhance information and intelligence sharing to counter comment threats, including terrorism, narcotics trafficking, organized crime, and money laundering.
8. The Parties also underscore their support to improve regional security cooperation and coordination. The Parties affirm that the production, trafficking, and consumption of illicit narcotics poses a major threat to ensuring security and the formation of a licit Afghan economy, as well as to regional security and a healthy world. They are determined to cooperate in Afghanistan, the region, and the world to eliminate this threat.
9. Recognizing that the stability of Afghanistan would contribute to the development and stability of South-Central Asia, the United States affirms that it shall regard with graves concern any external aggression against Afghanistan. Was this to occur, the Parties shall hold consultations on an urgent basis to develop and implement an appropriate response, including, as may be mutually determined, political, diplomatic, economic, or military measures, in accordance with their respective constitutional procedures.

IV. REINFORCING REGIONAL SECURITY AND COOPERATION

1. The parties agree on the importance of Afghanistan having cooperative and friendly relations with its neighbors, and emphasize that such relations should be conducted on the basis of mutual respect, non – interference, and equality. They call on all nations to respect Afghanistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to refrain from interfering in Afghanistan's internal affairs and democratic processes.
2. With a view to the importance of regional cooperation for the consolidation of security in the region, the parties shall undertake earnest cooperation with the countries of the region regional organizations the united nations, and other international organizations n mutually recognized threats, including: terrorist networks: organized crime: narcotics trafficking: and money laundering
3. To enhance regional stability and prosperity, the parties shall further cooperate in restoring Afghanistan's historic role as a bridge connection central and south Asia and the middle East by:
a. Building on and facilitation implementation of existing and future regional initiatives, including transit and trade agreements:
b. Strengthening border coordination and management between Afghanistan and its neighbors:

c. Expanding linkages to regional transportation, transit, and energy networks through the realization of projects, including infrastructure, throughout Afghanistan: and
d. Mobilizing international support for regional investments that facilitate Afghanistan's integration with the region.
V. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. The parties agree that developing Afghanistan's human and natural resources is crucial to regional stability, sustainable economic growth, and Afghanistan's recovery from more than three decades of war and that Afghanistan will have special significant and continuing fiscal requirements that cannot be met by domestic revenues in the years following transition. In this regard, the United States reaffirms its commitments made at the 2011 Bonn conference to directing financial support, consistent with the Kabul process, towards Afghanistan's economic development, helping Afghanistan address its continuing budget shortfall to secure the gains of the last decade, make transition irreversible, and become self- sustaining:

2. In the economic sphere:

a. The parties shall pursue consolidation and growth of a market economy, and long- term cooperation for Afghanistan's sustainable economic growth, taking into consideration Afghanistan's constitutions as well as its historical and social realities.
b. Noting Afghanistan's priorities, the united states shall help strengthen Afghanistan's economics foundation and support sustainable development and self- sufficiency, particularly in the areas of: licit agricultural production: transportation, trade, transit, water, and energy infrastructure: fostering responsible management of natural resources: and building a strong financial system, which is needed to sustain private investment.
c. To encourage trade and private sector development, the parties shall undertake common efforts to increasing use the generalized system of preferences. Further, to encourage investment, the United States intends to mobilize the overseas private investment corporation, U. S export- import bank, and U.S trade and development agency to encourage U.S private sector activity in Afghanistan. Afghanistan shall augment its support for the development of its private sector activity in Afghanistan. Afghanistan shall augment its support for the development of its private sector through the relevant afghan institutions
d. The parties affirm their strong desire that the afghan people should be the primary beneficiaries of Afghanistan's mineral wealth through an accountable, efficient, effective and transparent framework that builds upon and surpasses international best practices.
3. In the social sphere, the parties shall undertake sustainable joint efforts to help Afghanistan develop its human capacity through:
a. Access to and enhancing the quality of education, including higher education and vocational training in key areas for all Afghans: and

b. Access to basic health services and specialized care, including for women and children.
4. The parties underscore the crucial importance of the fight against corruption.

a. The parties shall fight decisively against all forms of corruption.
b. The parties shall devise mechanisms to enhance aid effectiveness and avoid corruption through improved procurement practices, transparency, and accountability.
c. Afghanistan shall strengthen its anticorruption institutions, and revise and enforce its laws, as necessary, in accordance with its national and international obligations.
d. Afghanistan further shall safeguard and enhance the afghan financial system by implementing recommendations from the financial action task force Asia pacific Group (FATF/APG) regarding anti-money laundering and combating terrorist financing.
5. The United States and Afghanistan Shall continue their cooperation to promote Afghanistan's development, including annual U.S social and economic assistance to Afghanistan commensurate with the strategic importance of the U.S – afghan partnership.
a. To achieve this goal, the united State shall seek on a yearly basics, funding for social and economic assistance to Afghanistan the United States also supports Afghanistan's efforts to encourage international investment and support for the afghan private sector, which is crucial to developing a secure, prosperous, peaceful Afghanistan and region.
b. Building on its commitments at the 2010 Kabul and London conferences ("the conferences"), the United States reiterates its commitment to channel at least 50 percent of such economic and social assistance to Afghanistan through afghan government budgetary mechanisms. The parties shall periodically review this commitment, through the Afghanistan- United States bilateral commission, established under this agreement, with the goal of increasing the percentage of assistance channeled through afghan Government budgetary mechanisms beyond 2012.
c. The United States also reaffirms its 2010 Kabul conference commitment to progressively align its development assistance behind afghan national priority programs, as mutually determined by both parties, with the goal of achieving 80 percent of alignment by the end of 2012. The United States agrees that any
d. These commitments are contingent upon the Afghan government establishing mechanisms and demonstrating agreed-upon progress to ensue financial transparency and accountability, increasing budget expenditures, improving revenue collection, enhancing public financial management systems, and other mutually determined measures of performance and progress, including those committed at the Conferences.
6. The Parties shall strengthen the long-standing relations between their people and civil societies through a range of efforts, i9ncluding youth and women's initiatives, and cooperation between their universities and institutions of higher education.
7. The United States shall promote exchanges and related activities, which many include initiatives such as the Fulbright Program and International Visitor Leadership Program.
8. The Parties also shall cooperate to support Afghan cultural institutions, and preservation of cultural heritage.
V1. STRENGTHENING AFGHANISTAN INSTITUTIONS AND GOVERNANCE

1. The Parties shall cooperate towards improving the human capacity of Afghanistan's crucial government institutions. U.S. assistance to Afghanistan should be based on the priorities of the Afghan Government and mutually indentified needs.
2. Afghanistan shall improve governance by increasing the responsiveness, and transparency of Afghan executive, legislative, and judicial institutions so that they better meet the civil and economic needs of the Afghan people. It shall promote efficiency and accountability at all levels of the government, consistent with Afghan law, and ensure that they provide services according to fair and objectively applied procedures and consistent with national standards for minimum service delivery.
3. The United States shall support the Afghan Government in strengthening the capacity, self-reliance, and effectiveness of Afghan institutions and their ability to deliver basic services.

4. The Parties shall work cooperatively to eliminate "Parallel structure," including Provincial Reconstruction Teams and District Stabilization Teams consistent with the Inteqal Framework.
VII. IMPLEMENTING ARRANGEMENTS AND MEACHANIMS

1. To advance cooperation and monitor progress towards implementing this Agreement, the Parties shall establish an Afghanistan-United States Bilateral Commission and associated implementation mechanisms.
a. The Commission shall be chaired by the respective foreign ministers of Afghanistan and the United States, or their designees, and meet semi-annually in Kabul and Washington on a rotational basis.
i. Preexisting bilateral forums, such as the Afghanistan-United States Bilateral Security Consultative Forum, shall be incorporated into the framework of this new structure.
B. A joint Steering Committee shall guide and report to Ministers on the work of standing expert working groups formed to implement this Agreement.
i. These working groups shall be chaired by relevant ministers, or their designees, and are to constitute a forum for regular, senior-level consultations on issues of mutual concern. These issues include, but are not limited to, advancing long-term security, promoting social, democratic, and economic development, and strengthening Afghan institutions and governance.
C. The joint Steering Committee should also convince regularly to assess common threats and discuss regional issues of mutual concern.
2. Through the Bilateral Commission, Parties should establish mutually determined levels of support and assistance.
3. Afghanistan and the United States may enter into further arrangements or agreements, as necessary and appropriate, to implement this Agreement, subject to the relevant laws and regulations of both Parties.
VIII. FINAL PROVISIONS

1. This Agreement shall enter into forces when the Parties notify one another, through diplomatic channels, of the completion of their respective internal legal requirements necessary for the entry into force of this Agreement. It shall remain in force until the end of 2024. Upon mutual written agreement of the Parties, six months prior to the expiration of the Agreement, it may be renewed for a mutually agreed period. This Agreement may be amended or terminated by mutual written agreement of both Parties at any time, and either Party may provide written notice to the other of its intent to terminate this Agreement, which shall be effective one year after the date of such notification.
2. All actions taken under this Agreement shall be consistent with the Parties' respective commitments and obligations under international law. Cooperation under this Agreement is subjective to the relevant laws and regulations of the respective Parties, including applicable appropriations laws.
3. Any disputes with respect to implementation of this Agreement shall be settled through diplomatic consultations between the Parties.

Friday, May 04, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the suicide bombing carried out on Wednesday in Qabel Bay area of Kabul city that killed and injured a number of Afghan civilians.
According to the information provided by MoI officials, three insurgents including one wearing a burqa entered an area [the Green Village compound] near Qabel Bay high school in Kabul where a suicide bomber exploded a car full of explosives, leaving 7 dead including two school children and 17 others wounded among whom were 5 school students too.
Condemning this cowardly attack in the strongest possible terms, President Karzai labeled terrorists mercenaries at the hands of foreigners who do not allow children to go to schools for education.
The President added, terrorists by targeting innocent lives will achieve nothing but face shame and public abhorrence.
Deeply saddened by the incident, President Karzai offered his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims, called for tolerance and wished rapid recovery for the wounded.

Friday, May 04, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai addressed journalists at a press conference held today in the Presidential palace where he pointed to a security pact following the strategic partnership agreement, that Afghanistan and the United States plan to work on to regulate Afghan-US military relations in the transformation decade (2014-2024).
President Karzai said, talks on the security pact would be even more difficult than the negotiations held on the strategic agreement and Afghanistan is going to agree to sign this pact with America only if national interests of Afghanistan are taken into account.
Describing the strategic agreement as very important for Afghanistan, President Karzai pointed to a provision in the agreement, the parties agreed that in the years following transition (transformation decade), the United States reaffirms its commitment to directing financial support towards Afghanistan’s economic development, helping Afghanistan address its continuing budget shortfall.
The President added that it has been agreed in the agreement that the United States shall seek funds, on a yearly basis, to support the training, equipping, advising and sustaining of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), so that these forces can independently secure and defend their country against internal and external threats.
Pointing to another important article in the agreement, President Karzai said that if Afghanistan is invaded covertly or openly, the United States and NATO shall regard it with grave concern and stand with Afghanistan against such aggression.
President Karzai underscored, the United States designates Afghanistan a Major Non-NATO Ally in the agreement.
The President said, it has been agreed in the agreement that the parties shall work cooperatively to eliminate all parallel structures, including Provincial Reconstruction Teams and District Stabilization Teams till 2014.
President Karzai added, it has been enshrined in the agreement that Afghan soil shall not be used to pose any threat to Afghanistan’s neighbors in the region.
In the press conference, the President called on the Taliban to give up fighting and put down their weapons for the sake of an independent and sovereign Afghanistan.
President Karzai called on the Taliban, “Brothers, Afghanistan is moving towards greater strength, come and enhance the strength and dignity of this land and come home so that we build our country with international support and our own hands.”
Denouncing the efforts made to close schools in Ghazni province, the President labeled the shutdown of schools enmity with Afghanistan and Islam but helping enemies of Islam and Afghanistan and called on the perpetrators not to deprive Afghan children from education.
 

Friday, May 04, 2012
Panjshir (BNA) New buildings for 31 schools were opened in Panjshir province. 
These buildings have been constructed for schools in Shatal and Bazarak districts center of that province. 
These buildings have been constructed from the budget of education ministry at the cost of Afghani 89 million. 
In opening of these buildings, Farooq Wardak education minister said that 200 classrooms were constructed for students in these buildings. 
According to Panjshir education Dept. with construction of these school buildings, education facilities provided for thousands of students. 
Keramuddin, governor of Panjshir called shortage of classrooms, professional teachers and educational tools one of the main problems of education in this province. 
Meanwhile, education minister promised that in the framework of their 5 annually programs, he will solve educational problem in this province. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, May 04, 2012
Helmand (BNA) Five armed Taliban rebels were arrested in a special operation of national army forces in Helmand province today. 
In this operation, the Afghan soldiers seized a huge cache of arms, explosive materials and narcotic of Taliban. 
The operation carried out on a hideout of armed Taliban in the vicinities of Mosa Qala district. 
Daud Ahmadi spokesman for Helmand governor said to BNA, tens of heavy and light arms, rocket launchers and mines, 50 kg of explosive materials and 40 kg of narcotic were seized from this cache. 
Despite cleaning of armed Taliban, Mosa Qala district of Helmand province is one of the insecure areas of this province. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, May 04, 2012
Nooristan (BNA) A senior commander of armed Taliban was killed in a clash by Afghan forces last night. 
Mullah Shir Mohammad was killed while he with his followers attacked on a security post in the vicinities of Noorgeram district. 
Gholamullah Nooristani a police official of Nooristan said to BNA, in this clash which continued one hour, Mullah Shir Mohammad with his two follower were killed and others were wounded. 
According to police official of Nooristan, in this clash the Afghan forces had no casualties. 
Mullah Shir Mohammad was a senior commander of Mullah Alawoiddin an armed commander of Taliban in Nooristan province. 
In charges of that province said that Mullah Shir Mohammad carried out tens terrorist attacks on Afghan forces and local authorities in that province. 
Police officials of Nooristan said, a quantity of arms of Taliban were seized by Afghan forces and the body of Mullah Shir Mohammad was transferred to the local people this morning. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, 04 May 2012 10:41

Three NATO Soldiers Killed

Friday, May 04, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Three NATO soldiers were killed in Afghanistan today. 
The identities of these soldiers have not cleared but they were killed in Taliban attack and bomb explosion this morning. 
NATO in a press statement confirmed the killing of these soldiers but said nothing about identities of the soldiers and exact area of the events. 
With killing of these three soldiers, the casualty of NATO soldiers in Afghanistan reached to 343 in the current year. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada