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Sunday, December 18, 2011
Kabul (BNA) A message has been dispatched on behalf of President Karzai addressed to HM Sheikh Hamd bin Eisa al-Khalifa the King of Bahrain. 
The message conveys congratulations on behalf of the people of Afghanistan to the fraternal people of Bahrain. 
The message also reiterates on further consolidation of friendly relations between Afghanistan and Bahrain.

Sunday, 18 December 2011 06:28

Russia, India Support Afghanistan

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The leaders of Russia and India once again expressed their support to Afghanistan. 
Manmohan Singh the Prime Minister of India and Dimitry Medvedov President of the Russian Federative during their meeting in Moscow reiterated on continued support of their countries to Afghanistan. 
In the statement released after the meeting of the Russian and Indian leaders, they declared their support for stability of Afghanistan and free of terrorism and narcotics. 
The leaders of the two countries signed a strategic long-term treaty in defense, health and technology spheres in which mention was made about Afghanistan as well. 
The statement also supports the process of security forces and emphasis is made on equipping and further training of the Afghan security forces. 
The Prime Minister of India and the Russian President supported the efforts of the Afghan government for ensuring of peace and added that any types of talks with the opposition should take place under the leadership of Afghan government.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Deen Mohammad Mubarez Rashedi deputy minister for publication of ministry of information and culture in his meeting with children of that council said that in a way that now we educate our children in reality we shape our country’s future. 
The council covers Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, Bamyan and Ghour provinces. 
The children of the council in the meeting shared their problems in terms of shortage of table and chairs, potable water, recreational parks and imposition of hard work on children. 
The head of the Kabul education department also explained the ministry of education’s activities compared to the past ten years and said that we have a long way to standardize the education system. 
He assured that the education ministry tries its best to improve education. 
Deen Mohammad Mubarez Rashedi mentioned in attention of the society towards the children adding that what we educate them today we will shape our future. 
He called focus on children the basic duty of the parents and in charges and the people of the country. 
A representative of the economy ministry also spoke. 
Fauzia Kufi deputy from Badakhshan at the House of People shed light on the responsibility of people’s representatives towards children. 
At the end, some gifts were presented to Mohammad Waheed Noori head of international culture relations of education ministry.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Kabul (BNA) During a meeting held yesterday evening between President Hamid Karzai and ambassador of Germany Rodigar Kunik representing Afghan people and government, president Karzai thanked Germany for successful holding of Bonn International Conference and its political support from Afghanistan. 
According to the office of Presidential spokesman, in this meeting which was held yesterday at Arg, president Hamid Karzai said that Afghanistan is willing to bestow the high state medal to German President Mr. Chestein Volf for hosing and successful holding of Bonn International Conference and political support of the country from Afghanistan as well as appreciating from warm welcoming and hospitality of high ranking delegation of Afghanistan. 
During this meeting, president Karzai invited from president of Germany through Mr. Kunik to visit Afghanistan. 
Likewise, President Hamid Karzai said that the Bonn International Conference and Traditional Loya Jirga granted confidence to the Afghan people. 
President Karzai added that traditional loya jirga granted this confidence to our people that in national issues they can make decision with unity and oneness and also the Bonn International Conference assured that the international community continues its long-term commitments and cooperation to Afghanistan. 
At the end of this meeting the ambassador of Germany to Afghanistan said that the expectations that we had from Bonn Conference are attained. 
He also expressing his thanks of appreciation from Hamid Karzai said that he offers your invitation message to the president of Germany.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Representative of the Ministry of Economy and International Expansion of Italy Paulo Romani has presented the map of the expansion project of Herat International Airport to President Hamid Karzai at a meeting he had with the president. 
The Italian economy ministry and international expansion representative said that the map for Afghanistan and Iraq which has been prepared by the technical team of Italy is presented to President Karzai. 
President Karzai welcomed and thanked the cooperation of Italy in construction and expansion of the Herat International Airport and instructed Daoud Najafi acting minister of transport and civil aviation to set forth the plan at the coming session of the Council of Ministers so that a decision is taken on start of work on the project. 
It is said that Italy has provided a long-term loan of 137 million for completion of expansion project of Herat airport including its new terminal along with other attachments and building of run way line.

Saturday, 17 December 2011 11:53

Taliban Local Commander Killed In Kunar

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Asadabad (BNA) A local commander of Taliban with his nine followers killed in Kunar province. 
These militias were killed in a combined operation of Afghan and coalition forces in Hoki district of that province. 
Wasifullah Wasifi spokesperson for Kunr governor said to BNA, this operation was conducted in Dewagul area, Hoki district, as a result, nine Taliban including Mullah Wazir local commander of them were killed and two others were wounded. 
In another incident, a senior commander of Taliban was detained in Watapoor district of Kunar province the other day. 
Spokesman of 1st battalion of 201 army crops said to BNA, the commander name is Zaiullah and a PK machine gun was seized by the national army forces from him. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, 17 December 2011 11:44

Two ANA Martyred In Badghis

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Qala-i-Naw (BNA) Two national army soldiers were lost their lives in a mine blast in Moqur district of Badghis province last night. 
A source of national security Dept. of Badghis province said to BNA, a vehicle of national army soldiers was struck with a mine in Khak Plak village, Moqur district. In this event, two national army soldiers were martyred and their vehicle destroyed slightly. 
The incident occurred in Moqor district, while another vehicle of ANA was struck with a mine last month in which a soldier was martyred and two others have been wounded. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, 17 December 2011 11:40

Six Persons Hold In Paktia

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Gardiz (BNA) The combined forces in an operation in Zormat district of Paktia province discovered and defused 5 tons of hashish yesterday. 
Colonel Abdul Ghafar Safi police chief of Paktia said to BNA, the Afghan and foreign forces in an operation seized five tons of hashish from a house in Soraki area, Zormat district. 
According to him, six persons were detained in connection with the case. 
He said that the mentioned hashish was transferred from other provinces to that district and was due to transfer to Pakistan.
The seized hashish were set on fire by these forces in that area. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Four armed militants were killed and 24 others were detained by national police forces yesterday. 
The interior ministry press office said to this news agency, national police, national army and coalition forces conducted operations in outskirts of Kabul, Kunduz, Helmand and Maidan-Wardak provinces in which four armed militants were killed and 24 others were detained. 
In these operations, 7 Kalashnikovs, a PK machine gun and 4 vehicles were seized by these forces, said the source. 
Meanwhile, the national police discovered and defused two anti-vehicle mines which were placed by armed militants along the road of Chardara district of Kunduz province. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, 17 December 2011 11:34

Two Taliban Insurgents Killed In Helmand

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Lashkargah (BNA) Two armed Taliban insurgent were killed in a clash in Helmand province last night. 
Helmand press office said to BNA, this clash occurred after Taliban attack on a police post in Sistani area, Marja district in which two armed Taliban were killed. 
In this clash, 2 Kalashnikovs were seized by police forces, said the source.  
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada