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Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:42

Copter Crash In Badakhshan

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A copter of national army forces crashed in Badakhshan province today. 
Dr. Shah Wali Adeeb governor of Badakhshan said to BNA, two copters of the national defense ministry was rescuing the students from Arghanjkho that one of them due to technical problem crashed.
The crew of the copter had no casualties, said the source.
Students after passing the university entering exam in Shaghnan district was returning to their houses, faced with a heavy avalanche. Two students were martyred and 20 others were wounded.
The health condition of 4 injured students reported critical, said the source. 
Jan Mohammad a resident of Arghanjkhwa criticizing the higher education ministry said, this ministry took the exam late and hundreds of students couldn’t participate in it. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday 22 Junuary. Kabul (BNA)

France appeared to lessen the prospect of an early withdrawal from the 10-year war in Afghanistan on Saturday, stressing its commitment to the country after an Afghan soldier killed four of its troops.

Defence Minister Gerard Longuet and Chief of Defence staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud flew into Afghanistan for emergency talks a day after the president threatened to order a swift exit of its 3,600 troops on the ground.

Paris reacted furiously after an Afghan soldier on Friday shot dead four unarmed soldiers and wounded 15 others as they completed a work-out on the training base they shared with Afghan troops.

"The entire point of this visit is to assess the position that we have to take," Longuet told reporters after arriving in Kabul to make recommendations to President Nicolas Sarkozy on the future of the deployment.

The French role in the US-led NATO mission is unpopular at home and Friday's killings come less than 100 days before presidential elections.

Longuet appeared to distance himself slightly from the prospect of an immediate withdrawal, saying: "The mission remains exactly the same, to bring about a stable force" and "to handover" to the Afghans.

"We must reflect in order to support a mission that is a success."

France is one of the largest contributors to the 130,000-strong US-led NATO force fighting the Taliban and training Afghan soldiers to take responsibility for security by the end of 2014 when foreign troops are scheduled to withdraw.

Longuet refused to be drawn about the possibility of an early withdrawal, saying only: "I'll talk about that with the president, he's my only boss."

Friday's attack was the second time in a month that French troops were shot dead by a man in Afghan army uniform, bringing the country's overall death toll to 82 since troops deployed in 2001.

Longuet held talks with General Jean-Pierre Palasset, the French commander on the ground at their main base in eastern Afghanistan, and was then due to meet General Nazar, commander of the 3rd Afghan army brigade.

On Sunday, the French minister will meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the Afghan defence and interior ministers, US commander General John Allen and other senior commanders in the International Security Assistance Force.

The minister is to brief Sarkozy on steps being taken by the Afghans to guarantee security conditions for the French trainers.

The French force is to be reduced to 3,000 by late 2012, with 200 due to leave in March. All NATO combat troops are due to leave by the end of 2014.

Sunday, 21 Junuary 22 . Kabul (BNA)

-- America's special envoy Afghanistan and  Pakistan  talked peace and reconciliation with  president Hamid Karzai in Kabul Saturday, though the Afghan president made it clear that Afghans should be in the driver's seat.

U.S. diplomat Marc Grossman will meet again Sunday with president  Karzai in discussions aimed at a achieving a peaceful resolution to conflict with Taliban insurgents.

"I am pleased to be in Kabul to consult with the government of Afghanistan," Grossman said in a statement.

"The United States stands ready to assist in any way we can an Afghan-led reconciliation process to find a peaceful end to this conflict. I look forward to calling on President Karzai and discussing next steps."

president Karzai, in an address to the Afghan parliament, said the government and its peace council were making every effort to bring an end to the bloodshed.

"The Afghan nation is the owner of the peace process and any peace talks," Karzai said. "No other country or organization has the right to deprive the Afghan nation to this right. Afghanistan is not a place for foreigners to do their political experiments or a laboratory that every few years they test a new political system."

Grossman has been meeting secretly with Taliban negotiators for more than a year. Last week, U.S. senior administration officials said the United States could inch closer toward peace talks with the Taliban if President  Karzai blesses the negotiations.

"We don't have any idea standing here today what the outcome of such discussions could be," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week. "I think all of us are entering into it with a very realistic sense of what is possible. And that includes, of course, President Karzai and his government, which after all bear the ultimate responsibility and the consequences of any such discussions."

Clinton acknowledged last week that discussions about opening up a Taliban office in Qatar and transferring some Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay were part of the U.S. support for Afghan reconciliation efforts.

She stressed that nothing had been concluded, but said she was sending Grossman to Kabul and Qatar for further consultations. Diplomatic sources said that depending on the outcome of the talks with  President Karzai, Grossman could have another meeting with the Taliban.

Secret talks between the United States and the militant Taliban began in November 2010, sources said. Senior U.S. officials and diplomatic sources said German officials brokered initial meetings with Tayeb al-Agha, an aide to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The sources said after a series of meetings, Agha was able to prove his good faith as an interlocutor with key Taliban leaders.

Grossman's visit to Afghanistan also comes days after Pakistan's government, embroiled in a squabble between civilian and military leaders, declined a visit from Grossman, according to a senior Pakistani government official.

A U.S. State Department official said Grossman wanted to go to Pakistan, but the Pakistani government declined for the time being.


Sunday, January 22, 2012
Faizabad (BNA) A civilian was martyred and four others wounded in avalanche in Badakhshan province yesterday. 
Sanaullah Amiri head of disaster management Dept. of Badakhshan said to BNA, 15 graduated students of Shewa high School of Arghistan district who went to Sheghnan high school for passing university exam in returning, one of them were martyred and four injured in heavy avalanche along the way of Dasht-e-Shewa , Shghnan district. 
According to him, in this event a student was martyred and four injured and others were rescued with the cooperation of people of the area. 
It is said that the injured of this event rushed by a military copter to Aghakhan medical clinic in Sheghnan district.
From beginning of the winter, 100 civilians were martyred and injured in heavy avalanches in Badakhshan province. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:20

Civilians Martyred In Helmand

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Four civilians were martyred in a mine blast in Helmand province. 
According to interior ministry press office, an anti-vehicle mine was placed by terrorists in Lashkari Bazaar area, Lashkarga city center of Helmand province and exploded while passing a vehicle, in which four passengers of the vehicle were martyred and two others have been injured. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:19

5 Children Martyred, Injured In Kapisa

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kapisa (BNA) Two children were martyred and 3 others were wounded in Kapisa province yesterday. 
According to BNA, this event taken place in explosion of warhead shell in Sofi area belongs to the center of Kapsa province.
Eyewitnesses said that this warhead shell existed previously in garbage.  
According to them, the explosion occurred when the children were burned the garbage. 
Dr. Abdullah Nasart head of Aheed Abdul Saboor Farid hospital said that in this event, two children were martyred and three others have been wounded. 
According to Dr. Nasrat, the health conditions of the injured children are satisfactory. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Sheberghan (BNA) Tens of families in Jawzjan province has lost their homes due to water rise in the Amu River. 
The water rise is unprecedented in the recent years and for a month is affecting the Qarqeen district. 
According to data released by the department for disaster preparedness in the province, the water rise have destroyed 87 homes in Shur Tepa, Kuk, Denaroukhan located on the course of the Amu River banks and has displaced around 6,000 residents of those regions. 
The head of the department Eng. Azizurrehman Aemaq said that water is on the rise for the past three days and it is further threatening other residential areas on its course as well. 
Presently, the national committee for disaster in Jawzjan with the cooperation of Afghan Red Crescent Society, agriculture and irrigation department is providing tents, winter clothes and food items for the displaced people but they say that it is inadequate for them. 
Amir Mohammad who has lost his home that he along with wife and three children have no place to live in. 
It is said that the displaced families need shelter, food and winter cloths. 
Amir Mohammad asked the government to render them emergency aid. 
He added that still tens of families whose homes are being threatened by water may leave their dwellings as well.
The Qarqeen district is the remotest district of Jawzjan lying on the course of Amu River with neighboring Turkmenistan and it is 50km distant to the center of Jawzjan. 
The people living close to the Amu River have lost their crops and homes every year. 
On the Turkmenistan side they have consolidated the river banks and now all the water pressure is directed on the Afghan territory and every year it is turning Afghan territories into river bed. 
The Afghan government has carried out some assessments of this issue but so far no practical steps have been taken in this respect.

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) The second training center for agricultural services for women was opened in Balkh province. 
Munera Qazizada in charge of the center said the 20% cost of the center is assisted by USAID and the remaining provided by the women of this center. 
She added that at the center those women who are familiar with agricultural activities and have skill in preparing jams, bee-keeping, handicrafts, tailoring and marketing them. 
They will also train other vulnerable women in its training courses.

Sunday, 22 January 2012 09:35

40 Schools Built In Logar Province

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) From the start of New Year to date forty new schools was constructed in Logar province, said Abdul Mateen Jaafar, head of education of Logar. 
He added that the buildings of these schools have been constructed with financial assistance of Czech PRT stationed in Logar, the organization of Central Asia, USAID and the Education Ministry. 
According to Jaafar these new school buildings were constructed in the center of the province, Khushi, Mohammad Agha, Baraki Barak and Charkh districts and by this way the ground was prepared for education of 60,000 girls and boys in the province. 
He stressed that work on two other school buildings are progressing in Mohammad Agha with the assistance of Central Asian Organization.

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Aibak (BNA) Distribution of wheat was started by “World Food Program on Wednesday to vulnerable families in Samangan province. 
Local officials say the families can’t afford to buy foodstuffs. 
According to Rajab Ali Yousifi, provincial director for counter incidents in Samangan, nearly 422 tons of wheat is to be distributed to 2813 vulnerable families in the province. 
Mohammad Abrahim, a resident of Zourabi village of Aibak while carrying distributed sacks of wheat said the assistance would a little bit solve my problem. 
Meanwhile, Mohammad Sediq Aziz, a spokesman for Samangan governor considered that the assistance would cut down effects of drought in the province.