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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic republic of Afghanistan met yesterday with Austrian deputy premier and foreign minister Micahel Spendglar at the presidential palace. 
Spendglar called relations between Afghanistan and Austria as very important and pledged his country’s cooperation in different spheres with Afghanistan.
He added that Austria will assist Afghanistan in education and will provide scholarship for the police and diplomats in order to upgrade their capacities.
President Karzai called relations with Austria as friendly and added that Afghanistan will maintain ties in political and economic spheres with different world countries and we have already signed strategic long-term cooperation agreements with them as well.

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai yesterday urged Afghan national security institutions to avoid calling for air support from NATO-led coalition security forces during the military operations.
While speaking at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan president Karzai said that a number of civilians were killed and injured recently after Afghan security forces called for air support in Kunar province.
He said that a presidential decree will be issued in this regard in the near future. 
A NATO airstrike killed 10 Afghan civilians, including five children, in eastern Afghanistan last Wednesday. 
Civilian deaths in air strikes have been one of the most emotive and high-profile issues of the war in Afghanistan, although in recent years UN figures show that the Taliban have caused the majority of civilian casualties. 
On the post 2014 situation, the president said Afghan forces will be capable of defending their motherland. 
“To us, 2014 will be Nawroz (Afghan New Year), it will be springtime, and there will be a bloom across our country.”
He insisted the people are happy about the planned pullout of international troops. 
“Fortunately, they are leaving soon, we have encouraged them to withdraw and show the world that we can secure our home on our own. 
“President Karzai ordered the national security personnel to behave well with civilians. 
Afghan soldiers recently stormed in the Tagab district of Kapisa province and forced inmates out, he said, calling for an end to the use of force against the masses.

Sunday, 17 February 2013 05:21

Taliban Attack De-miners In Kandahar

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Taliban attacked on a group of De-miners in Kandahar province. 
It is being said that Taliban after the attack set fire on two vehicles and abducted one of them. 
The  incident occurred in Anoz area, Arghistan district when a group of armed Taliban attacked the  team of De-miners. Abdul Ghani Moslimyar governor of Arghistan district said BNA, the De-miners were target by Taliban while were on duty in Andoz area. 
Moslimyar added the security officials started searching operation for releasing De-miner from the captivity of abductors. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, 17 February 2013 05:20

Taliban Abduct Doctor

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Armed Taliban abducted a resident of Laghman province. 
According to Shamshad 202 police zone, a resident of Yram village belonged to the center of Laghman was abducted by armed Taliban from his house and was transferred to unknown place. 
The reason behind the abduction is not clear. According to the people he had no any links with political parties.
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, 17 February 2013 05:19

2 Facilitators of Terrorist Attacks Arrested

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Two facilitators of terrorist attacks were arrested in a combined operation by Afghan and NATO forces. 
The organizers of terrorist attacks were targeted by the forces in their hideouts and arrested in Khost and Pul-e-Alam center of Logar province. 
BNA quoting NATO reports, the organizers of terrorist attacks were involved in providing of arms and financial facilities to armed Taliban and Haqani network in different parts of Logar and Khost provinces. 
Six militants from Haqani network were arrested in the operation. 
According to another report of NATO, three Taliban have been killed in an operation in Kunar province. 
The operation was launched for arresting of a commander of Taliban but he was not present in the area. 
NATO said, this commander have the responsibility of terrorist attack particularly carrying attack on high-ranking figures.

Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:18

4 Armed Insurgents Arrested

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The police officials of Kapisa security command arrested 4 armed insurgents yesterday. 
The Shamshad 202 police zone said BNA, the police officials of the mentioned command launched cleansing up operation in Shatoor, Qala Pakistani and Maktab  Ghorbal areas of Tagab district, in which 4 armed insurgents with a rocket and weapons were arrested. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:15

Taliban Commander Arrested

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Kabul (BNA) NATO confirmed that a Taliban commander was arrested in Baghlan province.
The commander was arrested in an operation of Afghan and NATO forces from his hideout in the vicinity of Baghlan Jadeed district. 
BNA quoting NATO reports, the commander had responsible leadership of tens of armed Taliban and attacks of this group in parts of Baghlan province. 
NATO said the commander had rolled in terrorist incidents in several years in the province. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, 16 February 2013 07:08

Commentary

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Kabul (BNA)   The 14th of February is coincidence with 24th anniversary of withdrawal of Red Army troops of former Soviet Union from Afghanistan which is marked every year as a national rescue day.
BNA political annalist regarding to this important event in modern history of Afghanistan writes:
On 26 of Dalwa 1367 (Afghan calendar) the last Soviet troop left Afghanistan and a decade of occupation of that time superpower ended as a result of Afghans bravery.
This day has been considered as an epic day in the political history of Afghanistan, the day when one of the world’s superpowers came in to the knees before the will of a Muslim nation.
This victory was not accidental; it is the cost of the bloods of millions of Afghans who lost their lives in this unbalanced and brutal imposed war which left thousands of people as disabled, widows and orphan children. They completely destroyed the infrastructure of the country after a hurried decision against all accepted international norms attacked our homeland which is sacred for Afghans to achieve their colonial and expansionist goals.
The aim of the Red Army aggression to Afghan was fulfilling its old dreams of reaching to the warm waters and disseminating its evil ideology, fortunately this inhumane aim never realized which was not only a great threat  to the region but was a challenge to the entire world . 
The red colonialism had severe consequences to the people of our country. With empty hands they had no way but to start a difficult but full of honor holy war against the occupiers to defend the independence, traditions, religion and the honor of their homeland.
Although today, 24 years have passed since the withdrawal of the Red Army but still the Afghans are suffering from insecurity and instability which is the direct result of foreign interferences. Today Afghanistan has the highest number of refugees in the world and it’s a clear fact that the reason behind all the problems, woes and pains the Afghans are suffering today is the consequences of the Red Army invasion. 
Although, the Afghans lost everything in war against Soviet invasion, but the invasion also cost too much for the invader.  The former Soviet unions during its 9 years of occupation of Afghanistan until the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan by force, at least at 500 international meetings and conferences was openly condemned because of its invasion in to Afghanistan. The world during these gatherings and conferences condemning the invasion asked for unconditional withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan and to respect the sovereignty of that country.
During the occupation of Afghanistan, the soviet unions also sustained heavy casualties and losses which caused severe criticism by its own people and allies and brought distrust among Warsaw pact member countries. So it’s a true fact to claim that the Soviet Union’s completely collapsed because of its invasion to Afghanistan.
One cannot ignore the international cooperation to Afghan people in their war against occupiers, but it is a fact that it was Afghans who fought the Red Army heroically and let it not to fulfill its old ream on reaching the warm waters of the south.
The world should admit that the Afghans scarifying more than two millions of their brave sons rescued the world from horrible phenomenon of Red colonialism otherwise it could play with destiny of the peoples in other countries. Unfortunately, the international community ignoring the sacrifices of Afghans after the pull out of Red Army left Afghanistan alone and was indifferent against suffering Afghans who were severely in need of international cooperation. 
The ignorance and indifferences of international community led to intervention of regional powers in home affairs of Afghanistan for achieving their hegemonic goals and to provide the ground for the growth of terrorism and extremism in the region. What has been happened in Afghanistan after the pull out of former Soviets’ troops until 2001 is an understandable fact nobody can deny them. Now, at this juncture of time, considering the old experiences and evident, the international community has to stand firmly beside Afghans in fight against terrorism and foreign interferences, otherwise once again all the region could become a stronghold of terrorism which could be disastrous for the entire world.
Written By: Khalil Minawi BNA Director

Saturday, 16 February 2013 07:06

Khalili Meets Elders, Influential of Kandaha

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Chairman and some members of the provincial council of Kandahar met with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice president the other day.
At this meeting while Hajji Sayed Khalid a representative of Kandahar at the House of People was also present, the elders shared their environmental problems with Khalili and asked for attention of the government for its solution.
The chairman and members of the provincial council of Kandahar emphasized on unity and one ness of the people of Afghanistan and added that they can live under shadow of unity and can overcome their challenges.
They also asked for addressing the problems of thousands of displaced families and returnees to Kandahar who due to insecurity and war have left their homes and are now settled in center of Kandahar.
According to them, the displaced families having no primary possibilities are facing serious problems and they asked the government to address their problems.
Khalili told them that the achievements we got access to have been attained with unity of the people of Afghanistan and preservation of these gains also depend on the unity and harmony among the people.

Saturday, 16 February 2013 07:02

Khalili Meets Elders, Influential of Kabul City

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice president met with some elders, ulema, influential and cultural figures as well as the youth of Kabul and discussed with them about the current situation in the country.
Also attended by some members of parliament and provincial council and hundreds of different segments of the society, Khalili emphasized in the session that they should not raise concern about the year 2014, for the government and people do not that the country turn to the dark past and the international community will not lay our country alone and they will continue their financial, technical and training cooperation with Afghanistan.
He called the publicity by the domestic and foreign sources about concerns in 2014 as a psychological war against the people of Afghanistan and emphasized that Afghanistan will not witness the miseries of the past and expressed satisfaction that the Afghan security forces have attained the required growth.
He assured the audience that the government will achieve its responsibilities in this direction and will manage the developments.