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Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) It has passed 15 days since the assassination of Abdul Haseeb Logary the head of IS in Afghanistan, the group has assigned a new commander for the country.
Arabi brother of Hafiz Saaid the assassinated leader of Lashkar – I – Taiba who then introduced as leader of IS, presently is the leader of IS in Afghanistan. Haseeb Logary the former leader of IS in Afghanistan, was killed 15 days ago in an attack launched by Afghan and American commandoes in Achin district Nangarhar province. Earlier to the incident, Hafiz Saaid the head of Lashkar- I - Taiba then the commander of IS in Afghanistan along with 20 of his men were killed in a drone attack in the same district last year.
Arabi the brother of Hafiz Saaid in consultation with Abdullah Orkzay known as Aslam Farouqi presently residing in Pakistan became the leader of IS’s Khurasan Branch in the region. Hafiz Saaid’s other brother was killed because of dropping the so-called the Mother Bomb by US military forces on IS stronghold in Asadkhail village, Achin district, Nangarhar province. Assigning IS new leader in Afghanistan comes exactly in time, US defense ministry announced that IS would be no a serious danger for Afghanistan and Pakistan anymore, and Washington would carry out anti-terrorist operations in Afghanistan. Pentagon spokesperson has said that IS would be no a serious threat for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A number of Afghan military experts have also said that, IS in Afghanistan was not IS that operate in Middle East, IS in Afghanistan mostly rooted in tribal regions of Pakistan and formed as a result of tribal rivalries in that country and most of its members are Orkzay who have problems with other tribes. However, Pakistani intelligence service use the group as alternative of Taliban in Afghanistan and naming IS has separated a great number of Taliban’s commanders and use them for obtaining its evil objectives in the region. Fortunately, during the recent months, the group has seriously weaken due to heavy strikes of Afghan state forces and conflicts between IS and Taliban. Therefore, assigning the new leader will not cure the acute disease of the group. Meanwhile, assigning a Pakistani citizen, as IS leader in Afghanistan indicates that how much Pakistan is involved in launching a proxy war in Afghanistan.
Abdul Khalil Minawi
 

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Finance, Eklil Hakimi during his visit from Saudi Arabia met the country’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-jubeir and both sides discussed series of issues, including peace process, bilateral relations and projects funded by Saudi Arabia, a statement from the ministry said yesterday. Minister Hakimi thanked Saudi Arabia for its continued support of Afghanistan.
 

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Praying ceremony of four employees of the national Radio & Television of Afghanistan who were martyred during a terrorist attack on their office in Nangarhar was held here in Wazir Akbar Khan mosque yesterday, BNA reported.
In the praying ceremony which was organized on behalf of the martyred families and the leading body of RTA, a number of senior government officials, MPs, employees of the ministry of information and culture and media outlets’ representatives were attended. During the attack on RTA office in Nangarhar, four employees and two security personnel were martyred and 23 others were injured.
 

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a statement has congratulated re-election of Dr. Hassan Rouhani as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“Afghanistan and Iran are two neighboring and brother countries and have common religion, culture and language as well as have good and historic relations which have considerably expanded and improved during your four years presidential period”, the statement said. The country’s Chief Executive hoped that good relations between the two countries would further improve and expand in counter terrorism, economic cooperation.
 

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received credentials of Kuwait and Slovakia’s non-resident ambassadors to Afghanistan during a ceremony held in presidential palace, a statement said.
According to presidential press office, during the ceremony which was also attended by Hekmat Khalil Karzai, the deputy minister of political affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Ghani, Ahmad Khalid Al-Jiran of Kuwait and Lubomir Golian of Slavokia emphasized on enhancing bilateral ties between Afghanistan and their respected countries. Thanking Kuwait and Slovakia’s support to Afghanistan, President Ghani wished success to new ambassadors. The ambassadors also pledged to spare no effort in tightening the bilateral ties, the statement added.
Meanwhile, Abdul Khalid Al-Jiran convoyed Kuwait Amir’s greetings to President Ghani, inviting the president to pay visit to his country. He also said his country would support Afghanistan’s poor families through Kuwait’s Al-Hayat fund. Thanking the invitation, the president said would meet Kuwait Amir during his visit to Saudi Arabia and discuss the first phase of long-term cooperation between the two countries. The president also invited Kuwait businesspersons to visit Afghanistan and explore investment opportunities, the statement added. The Slovakian non-resident ambassador said his country was ready to help Afghanistan in military engineering field, restoration of the helicopters and exploitation of the mines. Thanking Slovakian support to Afghanistan, the president said Afghan military choppers needed restoration and it should be done inside the country, the statement concluded.
 

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A number of gunmen launched a coordinated attack on New Kabul Bank branch in Gardez city, the capital of Paktia province on Saturday afternoon, killing 2 people and injuring at least 29 others. Provincial governor spokesperson, Abdullah Hasrat, confirmed the attack, adding one suicide bomber detonated his explosive packed vest at the gate of the bank while the rest launched a coordinated attack against the Afghan security forces in the area. He added that the clashes ended after two hours when four of the assailants were killed. The presidential palace issuing a statement condemned the attack resulted to martyring of a number of the country’s civilians, and called it an inhuman act. “Terrorists committing unforgivable acts by attacking welfare facilities and civilians. They would never reach to their vicious goals,” the president said as quoted in the statement. The president extended condolences to families of martyrs, wishing urgent recovery for those injured and paradise for those martyred.
 

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has left Kabul for Saudi Arabia to attend the US-Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
The president was expected to meet custodian of the two holy mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, the country’s crown prince and heads of states participating the summit, the statement added. The President accompanied by Minister of Finance Eklil Hakimi, Abdul Salam Rahimi general director of the administrative office of the president, presidential senior advisor for infrastructures Dr. Mohammad Homayoun Qaiumi, President’s special envoy for political affairs Mohammad Akram Khpelwak and Shah Zaman Maiwandi presidential senior advisor on strategic and public relations, the statement concluded.
 

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met elders of representatives of Loy Kandahar to National Assembly here on Friday evening and urged them to support the government-led peace process, a statement from the presidential press office said.
Tofan Waziri, Senator Mohammad Hanif Hanifi and Gulalai Achakzai spoke on behalf of the elders. Despite insecurity and threats, they acknowledged President Ghani’s success in achieving economic development, regional cooperation and foreign policy, the statement added.
President Ghani welcomed the elders’ support for peace process, a key demand of the war-weary people, according to the statement. He remarked: “Peace is our main demand, to achieve this goal, we need to work together, public support, patience and flexibility.” Successful parleys had been conducted with the Hezb-i-Islamic Afghanistan based sincerity, a strong will, justice and legality. As a consequence, he added, the government was more interested in reconstruction. The President appreciated the people of the Khak-e-Safid district of southern Zabul province for driving terrorist groups from their areas – a good omen for Afghanistan’s peace, stability and progress. According to the president, the government was committed to improving the situation of all people, including women, and will provide essential facilities for them based on law.
 

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A top notorious commander of Taliban terrorist group was killed by Afghan security forces in eastern Laghman province the other day.
Press office of Laghman local government reported BNA, the commander was killed along with his six men during a military conducted by Afghan security troops since a week in relevant areas of the province. 
Several villages have been cleared from existence of armed rebels and the operation ongoing as well, the source added.
 

Sunday May 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Over 139 anti-government militias including 12 ISIS fighters were killed and 66 others were wounded following military operations within the last 24 hours across the country.
Ministry of National Defense press office stated BNA, the operations were conducted with support of Afghan air and artillery forces to suppress armed oppositions and ensure peace and stability in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa, Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Ghazni, Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul, Ghor, Farah, Kunduz, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul, Baghlan, Badakhshan and Helmand provinces.
Two local commanders of Taliban terrorist group were among the dead, the source added.
Also some heavy and light weapons, ammunitions and military mobilizations have been discovered and seized at the end of the operations.
 

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