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Friday, 29 September 2017 16:00

Breaking News/Explosion Jolts Kabul City

Friday September 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) An explosion has been was reported in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
The explosion has been reported in the relevant areas of Kabul city, a spokesman for the interior ministry says.
There is no immediate word on the cause of the blast or on any casualties.
The news will be updated


Friday September 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) A group of Taliban militants stormed on Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF) security shells in Siagard district, central Parwan province this morning.
According to reports, Taliban militants stormed from several side on security checkpoints in the mentioned district, which clashes ongoing between ANSFD and Taliban militants at the moment.
A resident of the district says, armed oppositions succeeded to capture several security checkpoints.
Local official in Siagard district told BNA correspondent, now Afghan security forces fighting against Taliban militants in various parts of the district.
Reinforcement troops are necessity to failed Taliban attack, the source added.  

Friday September 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Several armed oppositions were killed and wounded during an attack that suddenly carried out by Afghan security troops in central Maidan/Wardak province.
The militants targeted by Afghan security personnel, while they were busy on organizing a series of terrorist and destructive activities in various parts of the mentioned province.
A security official in Maidan/Wardak said BNA reporter, seven armed rebels were killed and six others were injured following the suddenly attack.
It has been said, there are zero casualties on the parts of civilians and Afghan security forces at the end of the raid.

Friday September 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) A shipment of narcotic drug have been discovered and seized by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province.
According to reports, the shipment have been discovered from Jalalabad-Torkham highway, Momand Dara district of the province.
Attaullah Khogyani spokesperson of Nangarhar governor said BNA correspondent, smugglers skillfully placed packages of hashish in a vehicle that Afghan security forces succeeded to find and seize the hashish.
The smugglers succeeded to flee from the area, efforts underway to identify and capture them, Khogyani concluded.

Friday September 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The foundation stone of a bridge put down in northern Sar-e-Pul province.
The bridge will be connected five districts of the province to Sar-e-Pul city the provincial center of Sar-e-Pul province.
Mohammad Zaher Wahdat governor of Sar-e-Pul told BNA, the bridge will be constructed at the cost of 9,000,000 Afs by financial assistance of India.
By constructing of the bridge society facilities to be provided for residents of the mentioned districts, Wahdat added.

Friday, 29 September 2017 15:57

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Meets India President

Friday September 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met President of India, Ram Nath Kovind yesterday.
Welcoming Dr. Abdullah to India, the President said that India considers him a very close friend. We admire the selfless leadership that he has given Afghanistan through difficult times.
The President said that India considers Afghanistan not just a strategic partner, but a country very close to our hearts. People to people exchanges have provided a very strong foundation to India-Afghanistan relations. Every Indian instinctively trusts a person from Kabul.
The President said that a new development partnership between India and Afghanistan has been announced earlier this month. Both sides are embarking on new generation development projects aimed at supporting socio-economic development in Afghanistan. India will continue to support Afghanistan in all possible ways.
We stand with the Government and people of Afghanistan in their quest for peace, stability and prosperity.
“Afghanistan’s chief executive officer also highlighted major development projects by India in Afghanistan such the establishment of Salma Dam and the construction of Afghanistan’s new parliament building and he also recalled the recent New Development Partnership meeting of the bilateral Strategic Partnership council and announced it as a step forward towards the empowerment of the private sector to further boost investment and commerce,” a statement released by the CEO’s office said.
During the meeting with the Indian leadership, Dr. Abdullah stressed the need for further cooperation between the two countries in combating against terrorism and an end to the terror sanctuaries so that durable peace and security is restored in the region.

Friday September 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has introduced two acting ministers for ministries agriculture, irrigation and livestock and rural rehabilitation and development.
Based on the two separate President’s decrees, Mujeeb Rahman Karimin was appointed as nominee-minister for ministry of rural rehabilitation and development and Nasir Ahmad Durani as nominee-minister for ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock.
The new-appointment nominees are expected to be introduced by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs to Lower House (Wolesi Jirga) to get vote of confidence.


Friday, 22 September 2017 18:41

President Ghani Meets President Trump

Friday September 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America in New York City yesterday.
According to information of President’s spokesman office to BNA, in the meeting two leaders discussed and exchanged ideas over combating terrorisms, ensuring security, economic development, funding and equipping of the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF).
President Trump said at the moment twenty terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANSDF) bravely and strongly fighting against them, he added that 100% we are committed for ensuring security and fighting against terrorisms in Afghanistan.
President Trump stressed that the people and government of the United States are fully committed to providing all-round cooperation and assistance to Afghanistan and carrying out its lately unveiled
strategy for Afghanistan and south Asia.
The U.S. President said that they want peace, stability and economic development to be pursued in Afghanistan. He added that the United States will assist Afghanistan in achieving prosperity and development and economically we will cooperate the country including mining in all sectors.
President Trump said, “United State in addition economic cooperation with Afghanistan to encourage other countries for assistance and cooperation in different arenas with the country.  
President Trump underscored collective counter-terrorism efforts and regional economic cooperation to pursue security, stability and economic development in Afghanistan, region and the world.
President Ghani thanked President Trump for his announcement of the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and the region, terming it as a historical decision for the government of the United States. He added that the mentioned strategy creates a new opportunity for Afghanistan and the region to take earnest measures for ensuring security and
containing corruption.
Appreciating U.S. position on peace, President Ghani reiterated that pursuing enduring peace is a top-priority of the Afghan Government.
He underscored regional economic cooperation and apprised President Trump of prevailing economic opportunities, natural resources and investment opportunities in different areas of Afghanistan.


Friday September 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Asharf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the last day of his trip in U.S.A met with Antonio Guterres UN-Secretary-General yesteray afternoon.
According to information of president’s spokesman office to BNA, in the meeting both sides exchanged views ensuring peace and stability and fighting terrorisms in Afghanistan and also other regional issues.
President Ghani said that the process of evaluating reforms in the U.N agencies based in Afghanistan has been complete, he welcomed and commended the reform process.
Secretary-General Guterres while fully supported the Afghan peace process said, “The United Nations will remain with the Afghan people and Government as an enduring partner.”
He said that they will improve coordination and effectiveness in the functionalities of U.N agencies in Afghanistan through reforms.

Friday September 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Mahmoud Saikal, the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, told Fox News that the war-embattled nation each day amid the insurgency is losing on average 70 to 80 civilians — only a small percent of whom are military. Other officials suggested the number of civilian casualties is even higher, up to 120 per day. Saikal also noted — affirming what President Ghani previously has stated — that Afghanistan is fighting some “20 different terrorist groups” on its soil on any given day. The U.S. recently declared it was increasing its troop commitment to Afghanistan, and it is expected that around 3,000 more troops will be deployed there in coming weeks. The decision came after months of deliberations — of which President Trump demanded answers as to why the security situation was so dire despite the trillions of dollars spent and lives lost in the seemingly intractable conflict.
Saikal said Trump was “speaking the truth” in wanting answers and welcomed the administration’s policy that U.S. support would be “condition-based” rather than “time-based.” Afghans long have lamented former President Obama’s announcement to draw down troop numbers, which was pinned to end in 2014, with many claiming that the dateline simply empowered insurgents to wait and regroup in the mountains. Afghanistan strategically remains poised and is often fodder for influence from an array of international players from Iran and Russia as well as Pakistan and China, and Saikal highlighted that their security forces were on the right path to complete self-sufficiency.
He also pointed out that the fiscal cost of the war has fallen dramatically, and remained confident that Afghanistan will become a success story with U.S. and NATO support. “The cost in 2012 was $110 (billion) to $120 billion. It has come down to one-tenth of that. But we must be able to continue to strengthen our defense capabilities,” Saikal told Fox News about what Afghan officials want from the soon-to-be bolstered troop numbers. “We recently doubled the amount of commandos, and what we really need is a proper Air Force.” As it stands, the Afghan Air Force is reported to be comprised of just under 7,000 members located in three wings across the country. Last year, NATO leaders announced intentions to boost this to at least 8,000 and the Department of Defense requested over $814 million to begin to re-equip and refurbish the force, transitioning from Russian Mil Mi-17 to Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as well as adding several A-29 attack aircraft and MD 530F helicopters.
Just this week, air refueling tankers arrived in Afghanistan for the first time in five years and the first slate of U.S.-made Black Hawks touched down. Along with devoting attention and training to the Air Force, Saikal said the best use for these additional American troops would be to continue advising and training and not in combat roles. He said it would be best for the additional troops to have a particular focus on helping them to secure the porous Pakistan border, which notoriously provides a gateway for terrorists to easily come and go. “The Taliban might be able to get in a place to launch an attack, but as soon as our forces can get there, the Taliban does not stand a chance,” he added. “We must continue making sure we have a strong and sustainable security force and this takes a long time. They are doing the job of the world, they are fighting terrorism for the world.”


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