22 July 2018

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Thursday June 21, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Breshna Company have been signed five contracts worth 716 million Afghanis with six companies yesterday. According to BNA correspondent report, the contracts include procuring of diesel oil’s generators to Breshna Company, procuring of towers to the company, equipping electricity network 0.4/20 Kilowatt of Khanjan district, Baghlan province, procuring IVRS services activation via communication networks and modernization of a KVA 600 generator needs to Breshna Company in Ghor province. Eng. Amanullah Ghalib executive chief of Breshna Company signed the contracts with different companies. M.A.Ansari

Thursday June 21, 2018 Jalalabad City (BNA) Culprits of recent terrorist attacks belonging ISIS terrorist group were killed during a special operation led by National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel in eastern Nangarhar province. Several bloodiest attacks such as suicide attacks on cricket stadium, custom department, Ghazi Ananullah Khan Township and in entrance gate of provincial office of Nangarhar have been conducted by the perpetrators. During the attacks about 100 civilians including cricket players and fans lost their lives and over 150 others were wounded. Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA reporter, the special operation was launched in Gorgori village, Haska Mena district of the province, in which 7 terrorists (perpetrators of suicide attacks) were killed and their two big hideouts have been destroyed. Recent bloodiest incidents have been organized from the hideouts and the militants are the main culprits of the attacks, Khogyani added. M.A.Ansari
Thursday June 21, 2018 Tarinkot City (BNA) As many as 11 Taliban militants were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in Urozgan province. The clashes took place, while a group of Taliban militants carried out attack on Afghan security forces’ checkpoint in vicinity of Tarinkot city the provincial capital of the province. A senior commander of police in Urozgan told BNA reporter, 11 Taliban militants were killed during the conflicts. Afghan security forces are observing ceasefire, but defending from themselves while Taliban militants launched attack. According to another reporter, Afghan security forces by discovering and confiscating 5 round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent a series of bloodiest incidents in crowded areas of Charchino and Khas Urozgan districts and Tarinkot city. M.A.Ansari

Sunday June 17, 2018 Herat City (BNA) Police chief of western Herat province during visit with Taliban militants emphasized on ceasefire continuation. BNA quoting from Herat police spokesman’s office, General Aminullah Amarkhail police chief of Herat went to remote part of Adraskan district of the province and meet with Taliban local commanders. Gen. Amarkhail asked from Taliban local commanders to avoid bloodsheds and continue ceasefire. The local commanders of Taliban also appreciated from President Ghani’s movement and asked from National Unity Government to pay attention on their demands. M.A.Ansari

Sunday, 17 June 2018 16:20

Ceasefire Observed Across the Country

Sunday June 17, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Ceasefire between Taliban and Afghan security forces have been observed across the country. For the first time, Afghans witnesses of Eid days without bloodsheds after long time. According to reports received from provinces to BNA, ceasefire completely have been observed between Afghan security forces and Taliban and there is not report from clashes among Taliban militants and Afghan security forces. By observing the ceasefire hopes for ensuring peace and stability have been increased among people and they are demanding to continue the ceasefire. M.A.Ansari

Sunday June 17, 2018 Jalalabad City (BNA) At least 25 people have died when a bomb exploded among civilians, Afghan security forces and Taliban in eastern Nangarhar province. Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA correspondent, the bomb already placed by ISIS terrorist group and exploded when civilians, Afghan security forces and Taliban militants have been gathered to welcome each other, in which 25 people lost their lives and 52 others were wounded. Hayatullah Hayat governor of Nangarhar after the blast ordered doctors to care on Taliban militants those were injured in the blast. M.A.Ansari

Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:59

TTP Leader Killed by U.S. Drone in Kunar

Saturday June 16, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Leader of Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistani (TTP) was killed during U.S. unmanned aircrafts in eastern Kunar province three days ago. A senior commander of Afghan National Army in the east of the country told BNA reporter, Mullah Fazlullah the leader of TTP was busy on organizing a series of terrorist and destructive activities that targeted and killed by U.S. drone in Kunar province. Six other members of Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistani were killed during the attack as well. Ministry of National Defense and command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan confirmed the killing of Mullah Fazlullah, but didn’t gives more information. Mullah Fazlullah appointed as leader of Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistani after killing of Hakimullah Mahsoud five years ago. Mullah Fazlullah was in-charge of dozens deadly terrorist activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Following killing of Mullah Fazlullah, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani talked with Prime Minister of Pakistan via telephone. M.A.Ansari

Saturday June 16, 2018 Kabul (BNA) The Netherlands is to stop sending troops to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali and will shift focus to beef up operations in Afghanistan, the defense ministry announced Friday. "The Netherlands will halt its current (military) contribution to the UN mission by 1 May 2019," the ministry said in a statement issued in The Hague, adding it will "extend and intensify" the mission to Afghanistan. The announcement comes two days after a highly critical report by the Dutch Audit Chamber -- which looks at government spending -- saying the country "barely managed to get units ready to deploy to Mali". The report lashed the defence minister, saying Dutch blue helmets "lacked material, had insufficient training and and defective equipment," on the Mali mission. Dutch troops formed part of the MINUSMA stabilisation mission in the west African nation since April 2014, and at one time numbered as many as 400 backed by four Apache attack helicopters and three Chinook transports. The Dutch helicopters were withdrawn early last year. Currently some 250 troops are reportedly stationed alongside French and other forces to fight jihadist insurgents who overran the country's northern territory. But the Dutch mission has been plagued by a series of mishaps which saw four Dutch military personnel lose their lives. In 2015 an Apache attack helicopter crashed killing two pilots, while a year later, two soldiers died when a mortar shell unexpectedly went off during a live-fire exercise. Dutch safety inspectors heavily criticized the deaths of the two men, saying they were using old ammunition stocks bought back in 2006. Former Dutch defense minister Jeanine Hennis resigned in the wake of the report into the soldiers' deaths, saying although she was not minister at the time of the purchase, she was "politically responsible". More than 11,000 UN police and military are currently serving in Mali, attempting to bring security to lawless swathes of the vast Sahel nation. Although jihadists were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013, extremist groups still pose a threat. Dailymail Ansari

Saturday June 16, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Announcements of overlapping, temporary cease-fires by the Afghan government, U.S.-led NATO forces, and the Taliban are hopeful signs that there is still room to move toward a political dialogue to end the conflict. Ten months ago, the Donald J. Trump administration announced its South Asia strategy, which largely prioritized military efforts to stabilize the stalemate in Afghanistan. Since then, thousands of additional U.S. troops have arrived in Afghanistan and U.S. military strikes against the Taliban have increased exponentially (the number of strikes was 700 percent higher in December 2017 than December 2016). Yet such efforts do not appear to have diminished the Taliban’s battlefield strength nor its ability to launch attacks in urban population centers, judging from the Department of Defense inspector general’s latest report and the spate of high-profile attacks in 2018. Despite this escalation, recent announcements of overlapping, temporary cease-fires by the Afghan government, U.S.-led NATO forces, and the Taliban are hopeful signs that there is still room to move toward a political dialogue to end the conflict. On June 7, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared that the Afghan government would suspend offensive operations against the Taliban for eight days, to coincide with the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and the U.S. military commander in Afghanistan affirmed that international forces would also abide by Ghani’s cease-fire. On June 9, the Taliban spokesperson announced that the group would observe a three-day cease-fire—but it would nevertheless defend itself if attacked and would continue to target foreign forces. While the conflicting terms and timelines of the cease-fire make it vulnerable to spoilers and are unlikely to lead to a sustained reduction in violence, this development is nonetheless important for three major reasons. First, the symbolic and rhetorical significance of the cease-fire is valuable. While all parties to the conflict agree that the war cannot be won militarily, forging agreement on how to move toward a political settlement has proved an elusive goal, and all sides appear to have escalated military efforts. A temporary cease-fire linked to Eid is a low-cost opportunity for each party to publicly signal interest in building goodwill toward eventual talks. Further, a nationwide cessation in fighting is unprecedented in the history of the conflict. Use of confidence-building measures may signal to the Taliban that an alternative pathway to fighting exists. Second, the cease-fire builds incremental confidence between the parties, which a recent expert report on advancing peace in Afghanistan assesses to be one of the most important near-term steps for moving toward peace. We may never know the extent to which increased U.S. targeting efforts favorably disposes the Taliban leadership to negotiate, but there is reason to believe that overtures aimed at building confidence—such as Ghani’s cease-fire announcement—may have done more to elicit the Taliban’s announcement than kinetic pressure. After all, ripeness theory suggests there are two necessary components for parties to a conflict to decide to pursue negotiations. The first is a mutually hurting stalemate, which describes the current state in Afghanistan. The second is the perception that a viable alternative path to fighting exists for each side to achieve its core goals. The recent U.S. military pressure campaign may well reinforce the stalemate, but use of confidence-building measures may signal to the Taliban that an alternative pathway to fighting exists. Finally, U.S. and NATO support for the cease-fire and, more broadly, their willingness to support Ghani’s policies demonstrate the agency of the Afghan government over international forces. Sequencing has long been a major obstacle in moving toward negotiations. The Taliban has signaled repeated interest in negotiating with the United States before it negotiates with the Afghan government because of the Taliban’s perception that the United States ousted it from power and makes decisions that Kabul follows. Further, the Taliban is likely skeptical that the Afghan government, which has been publicly beset by divisions since taking office, will be an empowered negotiating partner. Meanwhile, the United States insists the Taliban talk to the Afghan government first. The U.S./NATO cease-fire underscores that international forces will support efforts initiated by the Afghan government that affect the Taliban. Worrisome trends persist, including deteriorating security throughout the country and the conflict’s rising toll on Afghan civilians, but 2018 has seen some positive traction toward peace. Ghani made a tangible peace offer in February and received international support for it, the Taliban has stated interest in negotiations, and there have been positive engagements between Kabul and Islamabad. Regardless of whether the cease-fire holds, such confidence-building measures renew hope in the plausibility of moving toward a peace process that ends the conflict, which is a step in the right direction. Cfr Ansari

Friday June 8, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Pro. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari acting minister for ministry of information and culture enquired health situation of Eng. Abdullah Rahimi yesterday.
According to BNA report, Eng. Abdullah Rahimi archeologist in Archeology Department, Ministry of Information and Culture recently was injured due to roadside mine blast in Kabul-Mis Ainak highway.
During the enquiry, while Dr. Tariq Reshad advisor and Noor Agha Noori head of archeology department were present, Pro. Bawari hoping for his immediate recovery and delivered an amount of money for him.
Acting minister for ministry of information and culture was participated in funeral ceremony of Abdul Wahab Firozi archeologist in Archeology Department as well.
Meanwhile, cash aids have been donated to Firozi’s family and those were injured in roadside mine blast occurred in Kabul-Mis Ainak highway.
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