23 March 2018

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Friday March 2, 2018
Kunduz City (BNA) A mine making factory have been discovered and destroyed by National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel in northern Kunduz province the other day.
According to BNA local reporter, Gen. Sayed Amir Shah Sadat head of National Directorate Security office in Kunduz in a press conference told, NDS personnel with cooperation of local people succeeded to discover a mine making factory from a residential house in Zakhil region, third security precinct of Kunduz city.
Numerous mines and some chemical materials have been seized from the factory, Sadat added.
According to another report, an abductor was arrested by NDS personnel in relevant areas of Kunduz province.
The abductor was accused in three cases of murder and five abduction cases in Kunduz, Mazar-e-Sharif and Takhar, Sadat concluded.


Friday March 2, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Rashid Khan leg-spinner, is breaking one record after the other. The 19-year-old hailing from the lesser known cricketing country has bowled over everyone with his googles and impeccable line. Such has been his impact in the cricketing world that he now holds the ICC No. 1 rank for bowlers in both the ODIs and T20Is. After he was elevated to the number one spot in the ODI bowlers ranking on February 20, Rashid also became the youngest player ever to hold the top spot for any form of ICC men's ranking. He was only 19 years and 152 days when topped the ICC Player Rankings for men.
This time around the record is related to the age as well, as Rashid Khan has become the youngest captain in international cricket history. After appendicitis surgery ruled out the regular captain Asghar Stanikzai out of the Cricket World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ), the Afghan Cricket Board appointed Rashid Khan as the interim captain making him the youngest one in international cricket to hold the captaincy mantle. Rashid will be 19 years and 165 days old on March 4th when the CWCQ begins.

Friday February 23, 2018 Kabul (BNA) The Chief Executive of the country, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with Turkish Ambassador Ozan Tughrul in his office at Sepidar Palace on Thursday. CEO’s press office reported BNA, Turkish ambassador called friendship and historical the relations of Afghanistan and Turkey also expressed his satisfaction over cooperation between the two countries. Turkish ambassador assured that his country would be continued cooperation in different sectors to Afghanistan. Likewise, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah by expressing friendship and historical relations among the two countries, welcomed and appreciated from presences and assistances of Turkey in various sectors, particularly in military and reconstruction. Executive Chief hopes that the relations between the two countries to be strengthened more than before. T/M.A.Ansari

Friday February 23, 2018 Sar-e-Pul City (BNA) A top commander of Taliban terrorist group along with his three men were killed during air attack led by Afghan security forces in northern Sar-e-Pul province. Col. Abdul Qayoum Nooristan in-charge of publication in special operation army told BNA correspondent, the air attack carried out by Afghan air forces in Nema Dan and Shirm villages, Sar-e-Pul city the provincial capital of the province. Four other terrorists were injured following air assault and a ranger vehicle, seven motorcycles, a machine gun, two PKs, a RPG rocket launcher and nine Kalashnikovs belongings the terrorists have been seized by Afghan security forces, the source added. T/M.A.Ansari

Friday February 23, 2018 Kabul (BNA) At least 70 anti-government militias including 2 local commanders of Taliban militants were killed and 9 others were injured during separate military operations conducted by Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours across the country. Ministry of National Defense press office stated BNA, the operations have been launched to suppress armed oppositions and ensure peace and stability in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa, Paktia, Logar, Ghazni, Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul, Farah, Badghis, Faryab, Takhar, Balkh, Nimroz and Helmand provinces. Some heavy and light weapons and ammunitions belonging the terrorists have been discovered and seized during the operations as well, the source added. T/M.A.Ansari

Friday, 23 February 2018 15:32

Four Terrorists Detain by Commando Forces

Friday February 23, 2018 Mahmoud Raqi City (BNA) Afghan Commando Forces by conducting a military operation succeeded to detain four armed rebels in central Kapisa province last night. Shir Aqa Faqiri spokesman of 201 Sylab army corps told BNA reporter, the operation was launched with support of Afghan air forces in Badarab region, Tagab district of Kapisa province. Five Kalashnikovs and six motorcycles packed with explosive materials have been seized during the operation too, Faqiri added. It is mentionable that the motorcycles packed with explosive materials have been exploded in the area, Faqiri concluded. T/M.A.Ansari

Friday February 23, 2018 Kabul (BNA) The Chief Executive of the country, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with UN special representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto in Sepidar Palace yesterday. CEO’s press office issued BNA, during the meeting the latest political situation of the country, reforms in National Unity Government and preparation for holding Kabul process were discussed. Dr. Abdullah appreciated the effective role of United Nation and ask presence and assistances’ continuation of UN to Afghanistan. National Unity Government is commitment for brining reforms and fulfil its promises and hopes that Kabul process will be held successfully, Dr. Abdullah added. Afterward, Tadamichi Yamamoto also assured from active role, presence and assistances of UN to people and government of Afghanistan. T/M.A.Ansari

Friday February 16, 2018
Jalalabad City (BNA) About 20 fighters of Islamic State for Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terrorist group were killed following air and ground attacks carried out by Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF) in eastern Nangarhar province during the last 24 hours.
The ISIS loyalists targeted and killed in Pacheragam, Koot, Heska Mena and Rawodat districts of the province.
Ataullah Khogyani provincial spokesman for Nangarhar told BNA reporter, at least 2017 ISIS loyalists were killed following the raids.
Several hideouts of the terrorist group along with its military equipment have been destroyed during the attacks, the source added.
According to another report, Afghan security personnel by discovering and defusing three round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent series of blasts in crowded areas of Nangarhar province.
At the same time, three weapon storages belonging terrorist groups have been seized by Afghan security personnel in Koot and Dor Baba districts of Nangarhar province.
Some heavy and light weapons have been discovered from the storages.


Friday February 16, 2018
Herat City (BNA) A suicide attacker who had link with Taliban terrorist group was arrested by National Security Directorate (NSD) personnel in western Herat province.
A source of NSD’s office in Herat told BNA reporter, the suicide attacker along with a vehicle type of Benze moving toward Herat city, which timely identified and detained by NSD personnel in vicinity of Chasht district of the province.
The attacker had plan to blow up himself in a crowded areas of Herat city, but fortunately NSD personnel by arresting him succeeded to prevent a bloodiest event, the source added.

Friday February 16, 2018
Kabul (BNA) More than 10,000 civilians lost their lives or suffered injuries during 2017, according to the latest annual UN report documenting the impact of the armed conflict on civilians in Afghanistan.
A total of 10,453 civilian casualties - 3,438 people killed and 7,015 injured - were documented in the 2017 Annual Report released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office. Although this figure represents a decrease of nine per cent compared with 2016, the report highlights the high number of casualties caused by suicide bombings and other attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
“The chilling statistics in this report provide credible data about the war’s impact, but the figures alone cannot capture the appalling human suffering inflicted on ordinary people, especially women and children,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.
Yamamoto, who also heads UNAMA, expressed deep concern at the increased harm to civilians caused by suicide attacks. “I am particularly appalled by the continued indiscriminate and unlawful use of IEDs such as suicide bombs and pressure-plate devices in civilian populated areas. This is shameful,” he said.
The second leading cause of civilian casualties in 2017 was ground engagements between anti-government elements and pro-government forces, although there was a decrease of 19 per cent from the record levels seen in 2016.
The report attributes close to two-thirds of all casualties (65 per cent) to anti-government elements: 42 per cent to the Taliban, 10 per cent to Daesh / Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP), and 13 per cent to undetermined and other anti-government elements.
Pro-Government Forces caused a fifth of civilian casualties: 16 per cent were attributed to the Afghan national security forces, two per cent to international military forces, one per cent each to pro-Government armed groups and undetermined pro-Government forces. Unattributed cross-fire during ground engagements between anti-government elements and pro-government forces caused 11 per cent of civilian casualties.
Women and children remained heavily affected by conflict-related violence. UNAMA documented that, in 2017, 359 women were killed - a rise of five per cent - and 865 injured. Child casualties - 861 killed and 2,318 injured - decreased by 10 per cent compared with 2016.
Attacks where anti-government elements deliberately targeted civilians accounted for 27 per cent of the total civilian casualties recorded in Afghanistan in 2017 - mainly from suicide and complex attacks directed at civilians or civilian objects.
The deadliest single incident documented since UNAMA began recording civilian casualties in 2009 occurred in Kabul on 31 May when a suicide attacker detonated a truck laden with approximately 2,000 kilos of military grade explosives during the morning rush hours in a densely populated area. This massive blast killed 92 civilians and injured 491.
“Afghan civilians have been killed going about their daily lives - traveling on a bus, praying in a mosque, simply walking past a building that was targeted. The people of Afghanistan, year after year, continue to live in insecurity and fear, while those responsible for ending lives and blighting lives escape punishment,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
“Such attacks are prohibited under international humanitarian law and are likely, in most cases, to constitute war crimes. The perpetrators must be identified and held accountable,” he said.
The report attributes 1,000 civilian casualties (399 deaths and 601 injured) and the abduction of 119 civilians to Daesh / ISIL-KP. “The group mainly targeted civilians in 2017 but also conducted indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against security forces in civilian areas,” the report states. UNAMA recorded 160 deaths and 252 injuries to civilians during six attacks targeting places of worship, religious leaders, and worshippers claimed by Daesh / ISIL-KP in 2017.
The report observes that the number of airstrikes conducted by international military forces and Afghan air forces increased significantly. UNAMA documented 631 civilian casualties (295 deaths and 336 injured) from aerial operations conducted by pro-government forces, a seven per cent increase from 2016, and the highest number from airstrikes in a single year since 2009. Aerial operations accounted for six per cent of all civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2017.
The report commends actions taken by the Government of Afghanistan and Pro-Government security forces in 2017 to protect communities from harm, highlighting the 23 per cent reduction in civilian casualties attributed to pro-government forces.
Other protection measures adopted by the Government included a national policy to prevent civilian casualties and ratification of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapon instruments, which under Protocol V directs clearance of explosive remnants of war. 
The report stresses the importance of implementing Protocol V, noting that in 2017, UNAMA documented 164 deaths and 475 injured as a result of explosive remnants of war. Eighty-one per cent of the victims were children and many of those who survived lost limbs or eyes, and suffered other serious injuries and psychological trauma, limiting their prospects for a normal life.
Among its recommendations, the report urges parties to the conflict to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians and civilian installations.  It calls on anti-government elements to cease the deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian objects and the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of all IEDs.

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