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Friday October 20, 2017
Kabul (BNA) At least 72 armed oppositions were killed during separate mopping-up operations led by Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF) across the country.
Ministry of National Defense press office issued BNA, the operations were conducted in insecure areas of Paktia, Paktika, Logar, Khost, Ghazni, Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul, Farah, Ghor, Balkh, Jawzja, Faryab, Kunduz and Helmand provinces.
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Friday October 20, 2017
Kabul (BNA) About 58 various type of weapons have been submitted to Disbandment Illegal Armed Group (DIAG) program in northern Faryab province.
Abdul Muqem Rasekh deputy’s governor of Faryab told BNA reporter, the delivered weapons include 11 Kalashnikovs, 23 pistols and seven other weapons, which gathered by Afghan security forces from irresponsible armed men and offenders in different parts of the province.
Also numerous irresponsible gunmen who were arrested introduced to judicial organs, Rasekh added.
It is mentionable that the arrested irresponsible gunmen by using weapons had done illegal actions such as murder, smuggling, robbery and kidnapping.
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Friday, 20 October 2017 15:50

EU Adopts Strategy On Afghanistan

Friday October 20, 2017
Kabul (BNA) EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs today approved a new EU strategy on Afghanistan, reconfirming the EU’s and member states’ long-term commitment to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and to support its sustainable development. The EU new strategy on Afghanistan, adopted here on Monday by the ministers of foreign affairs from all 28 EU member states, focuses on four priority areas: promoting peace, stability and regional security, reinforcing democracy, the rule of law and human rights and promoting good governance and women’s empowerment, supporting economic and human development, addressing challenges related to migration. The following is the EU commitments and strategy for Afghanistan which is taken from the EU press release. Promoting peace, stability and regional security The EU encourages coordinated efforts to support an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan owned peace and reconciliation process, which is the only viable path towards a sustainable resolution of the conflict. The EU reaffirms that such a process must lead to the renunciation of violence and the breaking of all ties to international terrorism and the respect for the Afghan Constitution including its human rights provisions, notably the rights of women and children.
The EU welcomes Afghan initiatives for peace such as the Kabul Process on Peace and Security Cooperation. The EU will actively reach out to support international initiatives contributing to peace, security and stability in Afghanistan, building on its strong engagement in peace and development since 2002. The appointment of a new EU Special Envoy to Afghanistan ensures the EU’s continued engagement in international and regional processes aiming at peace in Afghanistan. The EU underlines that security and sustainable development are interconnected challenges in a state-building process that needs to be underpinned by genuine political support from the region. A secure, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan is vital to peace and stability of the region as a whole. The EU is committed to working with Afghanistan to combat terrorism, the financing of terrorism and terrorist threats in all their forms and to step up dialogue and cooperation to prevent and counter violent extremism, radicalization and recruitment and to address their root causes.
The EU expects regional stakeholders to contribute to creating an environment that is conducive to peace and reconciliation, including efforts to ensure that their territory is not used as safe-havens and for the preparation of terrorist activities. The EU welcomes the Afghan Government’s four year sector reform plan and commends the efforts made in support of sufficient and increasingly sustainable Afghan National Defense and Security Forces as endorsed by Afghanistan and contributing countries of the Resolute Support Mission at the NATO Warsaw Summit on July 2016. Reinforcing democracy, the rule of law and human rights and promoting good governance and women’s empowerment The EU remains committed to supporting Afghanistan in implementing its agreed reform agenda. The EU emphasizes that, to this end, further efforts and tangible progress are needed by the Afghan side, notably in the areas of democracy, rule of law, human rights and women’s empowerment, as well as anti-corruption measures, fight against drug production and trafficking.
The new EU Strategy takes account of established international frameworks and in particular the reform plans, presented at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on 5 October 2016. This includes the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF), National Priority Programs (NPP) as well as the renewed and updated ‘Self-Reliance through Mutual Accountability Framework (SMAF)’ which contains commitments for specific reform deliverables on women, anti-corruption, governance, rule of law and human rights, poverty reduction as well as fiscal sustainability and public finance management. The EU welcomes the progress made on the ANPDF, SMAF and NPPs. Furthermore, the effective implementation of the Afghanistan National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security is of key importance. The EU emphasizes the importance of regular reporting on progress of those frameworks and program and will closely follow their developments. Parliamentary and district council elections are announced for 7 July 2018. These will be followed by presidential elections in 2019.
The EU calls on the Independent Election Commission, the government, political stakeholders and civil society to continue working closely together towards an inclusive, transparent and credible election process. The EU reaffirms its willingness to support the Government’s efforts in that regard. Supporting economic and human development Economic and human development make an important contribution towards a self-reliant Afghanistan by reducing dependence on external aid and giving economic perspectives to the population, particularly for young people. Strengthening the private sector is key to developing the economy, including the agricultural sector. Afghanistan also has potential for developing extractive industries, which would create jobs and generate greater revenue for the state. Enhanced regional and international economic and trade cooperation should be encouraged to stimulate the Afghan economy and to promote stability.
Initiatives that improve regional connectivity and enable increased trade throughout the region, by promoting transit, transport and energy corridors are therefore vital namely in the frameworks of the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA), the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The Council expresses its concerns with regard to the continually deteriorating humanitarian situation. The Council notes the high number of civilian casualties, and condemns all attacks targeting civilians or civilian facilities, which must be protected. The Council recalls the responsibility of all parties to protect civilians in accordance with their obligations pursuant to International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law. Addressing challenges related to migration The EU underlines the importance of deepening the existing dialogue and cooperation on migration, including returns and readmission and the fight against migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings. The EU welcomes the on-going implementation of the EU Afghanistan Joint Way Forward and of the Member States’ bilateral arrangements on migration, and underlines the importance of pursuing and enhancing these efforts for their effective implementation, in line with the EU Law and especially in accordance with fundamental rights and the general principles of international law. The EU will continue to focus on addressing the root causes of migration and to support the Afghan Government’s efforts to ensure in the context of the regional dimension the safe, orderly and dignified returns and the sustainable reintegration of returned Afghan nationals within the country. The EU underlines the great importance it attaches to the role of both national and international civil society organizations and NGOs. In order for these organizations to fulfil their essential role in creating awareness and promoting fundamental rights, they need to carry out their activities in an unhindered way according to the fundamental rights of freedom of expression and the right to assembly.
To be continued
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Friday October 13, 2017
Kabul (BNA) At least 56 armed oppositions including Taliban local commander and 4 ISIS loyalists have been killed and 50 others were wounded during joint clearing operations conducted by Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF) within the last 24 hours across the country.
According to information of Ministry of National Defense press office to BNA, the joint clearing operations have been launched with support of Afghan air and artillery forces in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Paktia, Paktika, Logar, Kandahar, Ghor, Jawzjan, Baghlan, Urozgan, Badghis, Balkh, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul and Helmand provinces.
Some heavy and light weapons, ammunitions and military mobilization have been discovered and seized during the operations too, the source added.
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Friday October 13, 2017
Jalalabad City (BNA) About 28 fighters of Islamic State for Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terrorist group were killed following air attacks in eastern Nangarhar province this morning.
The ISIS loyalists targeted and killed in Acheen, Dor Baba and Haska Mina districts of the province.
Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal spokesman of Nangarhar police chief told BNA correspondent, 28 ISIS adherents killed during the raids.
The militants were busy on organizing a series of destructive and terrorist activities, which targeted and killed.
It has been said, there were zero casualties on the parts of civilians at the end of the attacks.
According to another report, Afghan security forces succeeded to discover and defuse 11 rounds of different type of mines from crowded areas of Acheen, Mohmand Dara districts and Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province.
Security officials in Nangarhar claimed that Taliban and ISIS terrorist groups are responsible for the failed mine plantings say, efforts underway to identify and capture the culprits of mine plantings.
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Friday October 13, 2017
Faizabad City (BNA) Hundreds kg narcotic drugs have been discovered by Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF) in northern Badakhshan province.
The drugs have been seized during three special operations conducted by ANSDF in different parts of Kasham district of the province.
Gen. Abdul Khaliq Aaqsai in-charge of police in Badakhshan told BNA correspondent, during the operations ANSDF succeeded to seize 538 kg narcotic drugs from three regions of Kasham district.
Six people were arrested accused of keeping the narcotic drugs by ANSDF during the operations too, Aaqsai added.
It has been said, the arrested people introduced to prosecutor office.
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Friday October 13, 2017
Jalalabad City (BNA) Following special operations that conducted by Afghan security forces, 20 suspicious accused of criminal cases were arrested in various parts of eastern Nangarhar province within the last 24 hours.
Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal spokesman of Nangarhar police headquarter told BNA reporter, the arrested people are accused in murder, robbery, narcotic drug smuggling and human trafficking.
The people were arrested during special operations and vehicles’ checking from different parts of Nangarhar province, Mashriqiwal added.
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Friday October 13, 2017
Kabul (BNA) With efforts by the Government of Afghanistan, development partners, civil society and NGOs remarkable progress has been made in rebuilding the education system. Due to effective community mobilization efforts, the demand for education, particularly for girls has increased. The NGO community supports 400,000 children (60% girls) with community based schools in remote areas. Swedish Committee for Afghanistan supports 2,500 teachers and 70,000 children in 13 provinces, including flexible education opportunities for nomadic children. They also mainstream children with disabilities in the educational system and provide preparatory education for 4,650 children of returnees. Many NGOs in Afghanistan are providing trainings in order to strengthen the capacities of teachers and school staff.  Since 2016 more than 7,000 people have been trained by the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee in topics such as administration, teacher training, Early Childhood Development, Disaster Risk Reduction and more. There is continuing investment being made by the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee by diploma-upgrading for teachers in cooperation with Teacher Training Colleges under the Ministry of Education. Another example is the establishment of a Master’s Degree Program for Inclusion and Diversity in Education at the Shaheed Prof. Rabbani Education University.
NGOs also play a role in building self-reliance and empowerment of youth through socio-economic education as in the entrepreneurship curriculum program of Tashabos Educational Organization. This covers 34,000 high schools students (girls 52% and boys 48%) graduating around 10,000 students annually in Nangarhar, Parwan, Bamyan and Kabul. The Norwegian Afghanistan Committee also empowers women and children from an early age, with their 24 Play Groups for children that are led by mothers.
NGOs have played a vital historical role in facilitating children’s access to education, especially in remote areas. For example the Nai Qala Association has funded construction of 8 school buildings, surrounding walls, water wells, resource centers and additional classrooms in central Afghanistan for over 6,000 boys and girls. NGO engagement in delivery of services is complementary to Government efforts and responds to the development needs of the most vulnerable and excluded: girls, minorities, children with disabilities, street children, returnees and internally displaced children.
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Friday October 13, 2017
MOSCOW (BNA) After a seven-year pause, the SCO resumed its Afghanistan Contact Group meeting, which was hosted by the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 11, 2017. The meeting was attended by the SCO member-states at the deputy foreign ministerial level. As SCO observer-state, the Afghan delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai.
In their last June Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, SCO member-states decided to re-launch the Afghanistan Contact Group meetings as a consultative process to support Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism, drugs, and criminality, as well as helping the country with its sustainable development process within the SCO’s economic cooperation framework. In this light, Deputy Foreign Minister Karzai outlined five specific ways as to how the Contact Group could engage with and support Afghanistan based on mutual issues of concern and interest.
First, the Deputy Foreign Minister asked the SCO member-states to grant Afghanistan permanent co-chairmanship of future Contact Group meetings, since the Group’s primary goal is to enhance cooperation with the country and to help address the challenges that confront Afghanistan and the region. Most countries agreed with the proposal for consideration before the next meeting. Second, he renewed Afghanistan’s interest in acquiring full SCO membership, which was unanimously supported for consideration. Third, he highlighted terrorism as a key common security threat, which he asked SCO to join Afghanistan in fighting and defeating. Fourth, he discussed the importance of peace and reconciliation based on the Afghan leadership and ownership, calling on the SCO member-states to use their leverage and influence over militant groups and to bring them to negotiation table for results-driven peace talks.
Finally, he noted the important role of SCO in helping Afghanistan achieve its economic potential, as well as its integration with the SCO economies through increased trade, transit, and investment. The People’s Republic of China offered to host the next meeting of the Contact Group in early 2018. This was welcome by the participants as a step forward in beginning to use various SCO mechanisms of cooperation to deliver on the deliberations that took place in the meeting.
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Friday October 13, 2017
MOSCOW (BNA) Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai met with Assistant Foreign Minister Li Hui in Moscow one day before the SCO Contact Group to highlight Afghan Government’s high expectations from this meeting and seek China’s support them.
These priorities included Afghanistan’s full membership to the SCO, collective actions against terrorists groups, Afghanistan’s economic integration with the SCO countries and support for peace and reconciliation.
Assistant Foreign Minister Hui highlighted Afghanistan’s importance to China as a neighbor and a strategic cooperative partner and pledged to support Afghanistan’s priorities in the SCO Contact Group meeting including full membership of Afghanistan to the SCO, collective actions against terrorist groups, peace and reconciliation and Afghanistan’s economic integration with the SCO countries.
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