23 October 2020

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Friday October 23, 2020 Kabul (BNA) Over 46 anti-government militias were killed and 13 more were wounded during air attacks and military operation in Kunduz, Urozgan and Helmand provinces. Ministry of National Defense by releasing seperate statements reported, 21 insurgents including their two top leaders (Qari Ahmadi and Haqqani) were killed following air attack conducted by Afghan air forces in Imam Sahib district, Kunduz province. Meanwhile, 17 armed oppositions were killed and 10 more were wounded during military operation conducted by Afghan security forces in Gezab district, Urozgan province. Also, 8 terrorists were killed and 3 others were injured by Afghan security troops in Nad Ali district, Helmand province. M.A.Ansari
Friday October 23, 2020 Kabul (BNA) At least seven people were arrested accused of different criminal cases in eastern Herat province. The people were arrested during several separate military operations launched by counter-narcotic drug police personnel. The suspects were arrested accused of murder and robbery from relevant areas of 3rd, 6th and 8th security precincts of the province. The dossiers of the suspects after primary investigation has submitted to relevant organs, security officials said. M.A.Ansari
Friday October 23, 2020 Kabul (BNA) An extended meeting of the heads of ministries and agencies of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan has been held in Kabul. According to the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, Acting Minister of Industry and Commerce Nisar Ahmad Ghoryani, Acting Minister of Transport Qudratullah Zaki, Acting Minister of Public Works Najibullah Yamin, as well as heads of other ministries and agencies attended the meeting from the Afghan side. The Uzbek side was represented by the leadership of the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Energy, Uzbekistan Railways and other agencies. At the meeting, mutual readiness was expressed to build a multifaceted partnership between the two states with an emphasis on the spheres of industrial cooperation, trade, transport and energy. The parties discussed the existing prerequisites for further expansion and diversification of industrial cooperation through the development and implementation of new joint projects in the most promising areas, such as textile, food, leather and footwear industries, production of automotive and agricultural machinery, food and construction materials. They also considered practical issues related to the implementation of already launched projects to modernize a number of industrial enterprises in Afghanistan. An agreement was signed between Afghanistan and the Asian Development Bank to finance the construction of Surkhan – Puli-Khumri transmission line, providing for the allocation of $110 million. Uza.uz Ansari
Friday October 23, 2020 Kabul (BNA) All three of the world's top-ranked Twenty20 players have signed on for Australia's Big Bash League with Afghan spin king Rashid Khan Thursday confirming his return to the Adelaide Strikers. The 10th season of the eight-franchise tournament is set to start on December 3 and end with the final on February 6, with the Sydney Sixers defending their title. Khan, the world's number one T20 bowler, will be back for a Strikers side coached by Jason Gillespie. "I'm so happy that I am able to play for the Strikers again in a big 10th season of the Big Bash, and I have loved this competition from the very beginning," Khan said. "The Strikers have been like a family to me since I joined them, and I am so thankful to the fans who have been supporting me and made me feel like Adelaide is my home." His return follows the signings this week of England's top-ranked batsman Dawid Malan for the Hobart Hurricanes and Afghan allrounder Mohammad Nabi by the Melbourne Renegades. Others on board include English internationals Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder), Tom Banton (Brisbane Heat) and Tom Curran (Sydney Sixers). More are expected to sign-up because Big Bash clubs this year are allowed a third overseas player after the Australian Cricketers Association dropped longstanding opposition to the move. The decision is partly to compensate for expanded Australian national squads likely being required this summer due to Covid-19 "hub" restrictions, which could prevent them playing in the Big Bash League. The Women's Big Bash League starts on Sunday. france24 Ansari
Friday October 23, 2020 Kabul (BNA) The secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of a premature troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as violence continues to ravage the country. The comments from Jens Stoltenberg come on the heels of internal disputes from U.S. officials who appear split on a rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. “In Afghanistan, NATO has around 12,000 troops,” Mr. Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels. “As part of the peace process, we have adjusted our presence. Any further adjustments remain conditions-based. The Taliban must live up to their commitments, significantly reduce the levels of violence and pave the way for a cease-fire.” He said alliance members will make a decision to withdraw forces “together, coordinate our efforts based on the principle ‘in together, adjust together, and when the time is right, when the conditions are met, then we will leave together,’ but not before.” Earlier this month, President Trump tweeted that all U.S. troops will return home by Christmas, an assertion that quickly saw pushback from Pentagon leaders and alarmed both U.S. and NATO allied forces deployed in Afghanistan. NATO has led coalition counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan since 2003 in the wake of the U.S.’ military incursion in the region. The alliance continues to have a substantial presence in the ongoing mission, dubbed Operation Resolute Support. Mr. Stoltenberg said the Taliban “must break all ties with al Qaeda and other international terrorist groups.” A February deal between the U.S. and the Taliban paved the way for a troop drawdown on the condition that the organization end ties with al Qaeda and reduce violence. Amid a recent surge in violence centered in the Helmand province, military leaders have expressed concern that a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could inspire terrorist organizations to take control of the region. “They must negotiate in good faith,” Mr. Stoltenberg said of the Taliban. He said recent talks in Doha, Qatar, between Taliban and Afghan government leaders “offer the best chance for peace in a generation. They must preserve the gains made at such high price.” Washingtontimes Ansari

Friday October 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported 48 new positive cases of COVID-19 from 287 samples tested in Afghanistan within the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, four patients have died due to coronavirus, while 69 patients have been recovered within the last 24 hours in the country.
With this, the total cases are now 40,073, the total reported deaths are 1,485 and total recoveries are 33,516 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 5,098 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Friday morning in Afghanistan and 93 patients are in critical conditions.
It is mentionable that until now 116,255 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.


Friday October 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghan security forces succeeded to push back Taliban attack in Khost district, northern Baghlan province last night.
Mawlavi Abdul Wali Raji member of provincial council of Baghlan told BNA reporter, group of Taliban fighters have launched attack to capture Khost district’s building, but their attack faced with full resistance of Afghan security forces.
Taliban fighters by sustaining casualties were forced to flee from the area, Raji added.
The member of provincial council demanded from center government to dispatch reinforcement troops for ensuring security situation in Khost Farang and Guzargah Noor districts of the province.

Friday October 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) As many as 13 participants of a wedding ceremony were injured following grenade attack in northeastern Badakhshan province last night.
According to BNA report, Sanaullah Rouhani spokesman of Badakhshan police chief told media, the incident took place in Batash region, Faizabad city the provincial capital of the province.
The main reason behind the event is not clear yet and Badakhshan’s police started searching to identify and capture the perpetrators of the incident.


Friday, 16 October 2020 09:24

Taliban Mine Planters Kill in Faryab

Friday October 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Two mine planters belonged to Taliban group were killed, while they planting a mine in northern Faryab province late on Thursday.
Abdul Karim Yurush spokesperson of Faryab police chief told BNA correspondent, the mine planters were killed, while they wanted to plant a mine in Anka Baik region, Khawaja Sabz Posh district of the province, but the mine prematurely exploded.
According to another report, two thieves who stole a vehicle were arrested by Afghan national police in Andkhoy district of Faryab province, the stolen vehicle have submitted to its owner.

Friday October 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) On October 14, an international online webinar “Stabilization and interconnection in European – Uzbekistan – Afghanistan relations” was held.
At the event, organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Central Asia, together with the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, representatives of foreign affairs agencies, heads and leading experts of analytical centers of the EU, Germany, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan considered the state and prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation in achieving long-term and sustainable peace in Afghanistan.
EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian, ISRS First Deputy Director A. Nematov, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Germany Abdul J. Ariyaee, representative of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Afghanistan Magdalena Kirchner, Director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit Orzala Nemat addressed the event.
Commenting on the launch of negotiations between the Taliban Movement and the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Doha, ISRS representative A. Nematov noted that this is a historic chance to put an end to the long-term war in Afghanistan. According to him, the negotiations will not be easy, this is only the beginning of a very difficult path. However, according to the expert, there is no other alternative, the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan is possible exclusively through political dialogue and the implementation of an inclusive peace process by the Afghans themselves and under the leadership of the Afghans themselves.
Noting the need for ensuring the continuity and progress of the peace process, A. Nematov noted that further strengthening the comprehensive and long-term Uzbekistan – European partnership can play an important role in the process of achieving peace in Afghanistan. The basis is the common understanding that peace and stability in Afghanistan is a key condition for security and sustainable development of Eurasia.
Implementation of joint programs in trade, energy and transport in Afghanistan, ensuring trans-regional interconnection, according to A. Nematov, can serve as an important factor in formation of regional and international consensus on the need to achieve peace in Afghanistan.

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