14 August 2018

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  In a meeting with director of the US Chicago Institute, acting and nominee minister of information and culture Ms. Hasina Safi emphasized on organization’s bolstered cooperation in cultural affairs, BNA reported yesterday.
At the outset, director of the Chicago Institute briefed the acting minister on organization’s cultural activities, in particular preservation of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritages, organizing training programs for National Museum staff and developing database as well as registering the museum’s relics, the agency added.
The director also assured of his organization’s continued cooperation with Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC), adding cultural heritages having key role in establishing close ties among nations.
Meanwhile Minister Safi praised Chicago Institute’s cooperation with MoIC, saying Afghanistan had faced several challenges in different fields, including that of culture and fortunately eye-catching achievements made in this section in last 17 years, the agency added.
Minister Safi went on saying that her led ministry was committed to protect cultural heritages and historical monuments, emphasizing on expansion of cooperation between MoIC and the Chicago institute.
 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Sunday discussed the Afghan government’s plan to announce a second ceasefire with the Taliban during a meeting with Russian ambassador to Afghanistan.
A statement from the National Security Council (NSC) said that NSA Atmar and Russian envoy, Alexander Mantytskiy also discussed bilateral security cooperation and expansion of economic relations between the two countries.  They also discussed how to advance the peace and reconciliation process and exchanged views on several key issues of mutual interest.
NSA Atmar spoke on a possible truce between the government and the Taliban and said living in peace was every Afghan’s hope and the government was responsible to take steps towards achieving the public demand.
Ambassador Alexander Mantytskiy supported the Afghan government’s efforts regarding the peace process and assured Afghanistan of Moscow’s comprehensive support in expanding bilateral security and economic cooperation.
 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Releasing a statement on Independent Electoral Complaint Commission’s (IECC) recent decision, the Presidential Palace says government won’t interfere in elections affairs.
“Government’s stance is clear that won’t interfere in elections affairs and support impartiality of the process.  The upcoming elections is needed to be held on due date as it is very important go government,” the statement added.
The statement went on saying that the responsibilities and authorities of the elections commissions were already stated in the law, adding decisions of the commissions should be respected.  “The probable candidates that were removed by IECC, should respect the law and help implement the decision.”
The presidential palace asked Independent Elction Commission (IEC) and IECC to perform their duties in line with the laws of the country.
 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Afghanistan’s Army Chief of Staff Mohammad Sharif Yaftali held a press conference on Sunday afternoon and said all key government facilities in Ghazni city were under government control but that operations were moving slowly as Taliban insurgents were hidden in civilian homes.
He said that the security forces had been prepared for such an attack and that there had been a heavy military presence in the province when the Taliban launched their attack.  Yaftali called on Ghazni reisents to cooperate with security forces and not to give the Taliban shelter in their homes.
Meanwhile with no communication lines working, very little information has been coming out of the city.  Some reports indicate however that clashes have intensified in the past few hours and that Afghan forces intensified their counter attacks and inflicted heavy casualties upon Taliban insurgents.
Taliban attacked Ghazni City at around 1am Kabul time on Friday.
 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) BNA military affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes recently Taliban launched a widespread attack from seven directions on Ghazni city. At the beginning made some progress and succeeded to topple some security posts and inter in to some sections of the city. But the Afghan security forces prevent the invaders to capture the other parts of the city.  Presently the attack of the group has ceased and heavy conflict is going on between state forces and Taliban .the ways for Taliban have been closed to flee.
The widespread attack by Taliban on Ghazni city is a repetition of a failed experience they experienced once again. During the recent months, Taliban tried hard to capture the control of the capitals of some provinces.  To achieve this purpose, they attacked Kunduz and Farha cities and increased military pressures on Pul- i- Khumry city and on Shindand district Herat province. They succeeded to inter in to some sections of Kundus and Farha citied but they failed to realize their dreams for dominance on those cities. Attacking the cities they sustained heavy casualties.
Attack on Ghazni city comes exactly in time, the local authorities of the province have warned against security vulnerability and possible Taliban’s attack on the city. Meanwhile, Taliban increased pressure on eighteen districts of that province.
Now a question arises, why the concerns not taken seriously and not taken preventive measures for increasing threats of Taliban against Ghazni city?
Although the threats against Ghazni city were serious but little works have been done for defending and foiling the enemy’s plans.
The above facts clearly indicate that there was a wide military vacancy in security situation of the city, which asks the senior relevant authorities in Kabul to investigate the issue seriously and adopt effective and practical measures for filling the security gap there.
There are believes that Taliban have become more courageous because of new developments. During the recent months, Afghan government several times appealed Taliban and tried to draw the group to the negotiation table.
Mr. Trump’s administration that paid no serious attention to Taliban at the past, but presently the representatives of US government have met Taliban in Doha and addition the countries which are involved in regional rivalries try to use Taliban as a means for achieving their objectives in the region.
In such a situation, Taliban consider themselves as a champion of the ground, seeking to share in regional intelligence games and to find a place in regional dealings. To achieve this goal they have increase their attacks, but what will be the consequences of these barbaric attacks?
Attacking Kuduz and Farha cities Taliban gained nothing but caused heavy casualties and destruction.
Taliban who trying to obtain the power and finding a place in political dealings, if they achieve their aims and or share in power on who will they govern? They will govern on devastated cities or on the graves of their compatriots.
It would be better the ones who think according Islamic principles and humanity for reaching the power should follow reasonable ways without creating violence, this honoring the constitution and respecting the will of people.
At the end we draw the attention of security authorities that Taliban have tried to take the control of cities. They repeated this experience in Kuduz, and also attacked Farha city achieved nothing but shameful failure and defeat. But certainly they have caused some losses to security forces.  Learning from the previous experiences, the authorities of security forces should adopt preventive measures for curbing the plots of the enemies and listen to the concerns expressed by the representatives of people and local authorities and to prevent further bloodshed in the country.  
Abdul Khalil Minawi
BNA Director General
 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Lashkargah (BNA) 14 Pakistani Taliban insurgents were killed in Helmand province last night.
Omar Zwak spokesman for Helmand governor told BNA, the Pakistani insurgents were killed by American forces air strike while they wanted to storm on Afghan police checkpoints in Gereshk district
He added, numerous of weapons were also destroyed in the air raid.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Police of Farah province arrested a suspected terrorist in Farah province.
Mohibullah Mohib police spokesman of Farah said, in primary investigation, the man confessed that he has martyred a number of national policemen.
The case is under investigation by policy.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:15

ANDSF Controls Situation In Ghazni

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Ghazni (BNA) Ghazni’s security situation has returned to normal and improving with each passing hour, BNA reported yesterday.
According to the agency, security situation is normal presently, but Afghan Defense and security forces were conducting clearance operation targeting Taliban militants who had taken-up positions in residential homes, said, Ghazni’s residents.
They claimed that the city is under the control of Afghan security forces, and auxiliary forces that arrived in the city are busy to clean-up the city from armed Taliban.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:13

Armed Rebels Killed in Kunduz Raid

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kunduz (BNA) Three armed rebels were killed in Kunduz province.
Colonel Safiullah Mahzoon care-taker of Kunduz security command told BNA, the rebels were killed while they attacked on police checkpoints in Choqor region, Qala-Zal district, were faced with resistance of Afghan security forces and with inflecting heavy casualties, fled the site.
He added, five Taliban rebels and a policeman were injured in the raid.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) During separate operations of security and defense forces in various parts of the country, 43 armed oppositions were killed.
According to national defense ministry press office to BNA, the operations were launched in outskirt of Nangarhar, Kapisa, Ghazni, Paktia, Kandahar, Urozgan, Farah, Badghis, Faryab, Kunduz and Helmand provinces in which 43 armed oppositions were killed and 12 others have been wounded.
T. Yarzada
 

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