26 June 2017

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Twenty insurgents were killed during the airstrikes conducted by the Afghan and US forces in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, the local officials said late Friday.
The airstrikes were carried out late on Thursday in the vicinity of Marjah District of Helmand, the officials added.
According to the officials, the airstrikes were carried out on Taliban’s hideouts in Wakil Wazir roundabout. 
In the meantime, the provincial government in a statement said additional forces have been deployed to Marjah District in a bid to further step up counter-terrorism operations against the militant groups.
 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria visited Berlin on 14 June for discussions with his German counterpart, Ursula Von Der Leyen. 
The discussions covered the two countries cooperation in NATO’s Resolute Support training mission in Afghanistan, as well as security and defense in European and the Black Sea region.
Of the 900 soldiers that Georgia has deployed in Afghanistan, 120 are under German command.  Some 2,500 Georgian soldiers have received training in Germany, including 18 in the Fuhrungsakademie der Bundeswehr, the armed forces’ staff college in Hamburg.
 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, designing and planning contract for construction of administrative complex in Darul Aman area was signed yesterday between minister of urban development Sayed Sadat Mansour Nadiri and deputy and director of Khatib al-Alemi International Company to Afghanistan Ramazan al-Harb.
The Minister of Urban Development and Housing Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi said Saturday that the new government complex for the ministries and other government institutions will be built in Dar-ul-Aman area covering hundreds of acres of land.
He said the firm, Khatib-ul- Alami Company, will cooperate with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, regarding the design of the new complex, assessment of the previous design, and preparation of the master plan for the complex.
Naderi further added that the design work and master plan of the new government complex will be completed over a period of two years.
According to Minister Naderi, the firm will also assist with the skill building, particularly in transfer of knowledge and expertise to the personnel of the program for the construction of the government complex in Dar-ul-Aman Palace.
Meanwhile, the contracting firm promised that the design work of the complex will be completed on time, insisting that the new complex will result into the establishment of momentum for economic cycle in the country.
 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance participated at the 2nd annual meeting of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) board of governors in Juju Island-South Korea, a statement from the ministry said yesterday.
Minister Hakimi briefed the president of AIIB, Jin Liqun, members and guests on the investments opportunities in Afghanistan, Priority infrastructure projects, funding projects, building railway, Kandahar Airport, Transit way (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan), establishing land ports and sustainable energy sources, Shatoot Storage Dam in Kabul and the Shal - Shagi Dam in Kunar, the Hisar I Shahi Solar Park in Nangarhar and some other national important projects, the statement added.
It is worth mentioning that, Afghanistan achieved AIIB membership on 23 March 2017.
 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) U.S Forces-Afghanistan on Friday night confirmed the death of the senior leader of media production for Daesh in Afghanistan, Jawad Khan.
According to a statement issued by USFOR-A, Khan was killed in an airstrike in Achin District, in Nangarhar on June 3.
“His death will disrupt the ISIS-K (Daesh Afghanistan) network, degrade their recruitment process and hinder their attempts to conduct international operations,” said Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the U.S Forces Afghanistan.
“There is no safe have for ISIS-K in Afghanistan.  With our Afghan partners we will continue to aggressively target ISIS-K and defeat them.”
According to the statement, this strike also destroyed a major Daesh production hub and disrupts their connections to Daesh in Syria.
 

Sunday June 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghan security forces claimed that Chaparhar district, eastern Nangarhar province completely cleared from existence of ISIS fighters.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesperson of Nangarhar governor said BNA reporter, chief of National Directorate Security (NDS) of Nangarhar, Head of border brigade sector of Nangarhar along with a number of security authorities have visited Chaparhar district the other day, where recently clean-up from being of ISIS loyalists.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri commander of 201 Sylab army corps told BNA correspondent, 700 ISIS adherent including Hasibullah a top commander of them were killed during Hamzam military operation in Chaparhar district.
ISIS terrorist group wanted to capture Chaparhar and Pacheragam districts of Nangarhar province, which fortunately their heinous plans thwarted by Afghan security forces.
T/M.A.Ansari  
 

Sunday June 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Seven people have died following traffic incident in southern Ghazni province the other day.
Gen. Aminullah Amarkhail police chief of Ghazni told BNA correspondent, the incident took place, while a vehicle type of Felder smashed with a fuel tanker in Spinband region, Aab Band district of the province.
All commuters of Felder vehicle including a child and woman lost their lives due to the event, Amarkhail added.
The Felder vehicle was moving from Jaghori district toward Ghazni province.
All victims of the incident except the driver were members of a family and were residents of Hotqol region, Jaghori district of the province.
Driver of fuel tanker after the event succeeded to flee from the area and police officials started searching to arrest him.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday June 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami, acting defense minister, said Saturday that Afghan security forces recaptured Tora Bora in eastern Nangarhar province. He said at least 22 Islamic State group fighters were killed and 15 others were wounded in a clearance operation.
“A major plan of the Islamic State group was to establish the Khorasan province but it has been foiled by security forces,” Bahrami said, adding ISIS’s media in charge also killed during the operation.
Bahrami said that since beginning of the year, Afghan security forces have killed 2,500 Daesh militants including some of their senior commanders in military operations in Nangarhar. In addition 800 others were wounded.
According to him, Daesh militants tried to gain a foothold in Nangarhar border districts but failed and security forces have suppressed them.
“From our point of view there is no serious concern regarding Daesh in Nangarhar province, but yet operations will continue to be conducted to fully eliminate them” Bahrami said.
He also welcomed the U.S. government decision to send an additional 4,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, saying the decision was in consultation with the Afghan government. The mission for the new U.S. troops will be to train and advise Afghan security forces.
 

Sunday June 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan government and media joint committee’s session was held under the chairmanship of Vice President and head of the committee Sarwar Danesh in Kabul.
In the session, vice president first prayed for the souls of martyrs in particular media martyrs in recent terrorist incidents and praised journalists’ federation for its declaration in connection with ways of dealing of media with recent incidents and prevention of connecting recent terrorist attacks with sectarian. Praising Afghanistan government and media society for joint efforts towards improvement of condition of journalists in Afghanistan, Vice President stressed that Afghanistan government was making effort to fulfill its responsibility in connection with maintaining safety of journalists and media as well as investigating violence cases against journalists. Meanwhile, he instructed judicial and security organs to finalize their reviews related to cases of violence against journalists and would soon report it to the committee.
Based on the session’s agenda, representative of MoIA delivered the session the ministry’s report in connection with violence against journalists during the past one month across the country. Based on the ministry’s report, beating case of journalists in Charikar demonstrations, attacking of unidentified individuals on house of provincial director for information and tourism in Parwan, insulting case of editor in chief of Ramz weekly newspaper in Parwan, threatening case of employees of Shahr Radio in Parwan, beating case of BNA journalist in Zabul and threatening of employees of Naseem Radio in Daikundi have been investigated by the MoIA.
 

Sunday June 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met Friday evening with personnel of the country’s defense and security forces at presidential palace.
In the meeting attended also by acting minister of defense a number of leading members of defense and security organs, Shapoor Sharifyar, representing personnel of MoD, Palwasha, representing 1.1 Asmayee Zone Command, Nazir Hussain, representing NDS and Abdul Qadir, representing general directorate of Kabul traffic department spoke and praised the country’s President for his support and attention to defense and security forces, saying that such attention and supports would result in strengthening of combat morale of the forces. Particularly they briefed the country’s President related to their organs’ security measures and work executions and assured of adopting serious measures in connection with spoiling the enemies’ plans and maintaining security of Afghan citizens. Speakers in the meeting said that enemies have failed in their operations; therefore, they were targeting civilians and religious places, promising that they were committed to annihilate the enemies with the support of the people and President.
Enumerating a range of current security challenges and problems, defense and security personnel shared their suggestions and problems with the President and their suggestions were in various sections such as installing further security checkpoints across Kabul city and insecure  areas, creating military cooperative, new division in framework of Kabul Garrison, presence of irresponsible individuals, stopping vehicles with black films and no documents, interference of politicians in appointment of military cadres, limitation of officers training courses, digitalization of Kabul traffic system, strengthening of health services, further equipment of Afghan forces, coordination of VIP guards under a particular frame, extension of license for all current ammunitions and installation of security cameras in Kabul city. After hearing defense and security personnel’s suggestions and problems, the country’s President praised defense and security forces for their bravery and sacrifices and added, “Your works in defending the country and people of Afghanistan will be written with golden letters as you have guaranteed the survival of the government and continuation of the country and I’m proud of you all”.
Addressing to defense and security personnel, President Ghani said, “You are voluntarily fighting – you had the option to work in other fields and work for a better life, but you have preferred to defend your country and give sacrifice – both the government and the nation are proud of you all”.
The country’s President stressed that Kabul overall security plan has been prepared and would be soon discussed in a people gathering so that current security challenges would be addressed, adding that an economical plan would be also prepared for Kabul. He also asserted that commando forces would increase and the structure would promote to corpse level.
 

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