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Thursday December 14, 2017

Jalalabad City (BNA) Deadly clashes have been erupting between Islamic State for Syria and Iraq (ISIS) and Taliban terrorist groups in eastern Nangarhar province.
The clashes took place between the two terrorist groups in vicinity of Lal Poor district of the province.
Senior commander of police in the east of the country told BNA reporter, during the clashes 8 ISIS loyalists and Taliban militants have been killed and dozens others were wounded.
Dozens families were forced to left their houses during the clashes, the commander added.
During the last years, deadly incidents occurred between the ISIS and Taliban terrorist groups in various parts of the country, in which hundreds terrorists from both sides were killed and wounded.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday December 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Pakistani troops resumed their artillery and rocket attacks on eastern parts of Afghanistan once again.
Recently dozens rockets fired beside Pakistani forces and hit in various parts of eastern Nooristan, Nangarhar and Kunar provinces, but fortunately there were no human casualties.
A senior commander of Afghan border police in the east of the country said BNA local correspondent, there were no human casualties following the artillery and rocket attacks, but financial losses feared to local people.
Within the last 24 hours dozen rocket and mortar shells fired by Pakistani forces toward Afghan border, the commander added.
During the attacks dozen families forced to leave their houses in the area, the source further added.
Since six years artillery fires and rocket attacks started by Pakistani troops in various parts of eastern Kunar, Nooristan and Nangarhar provinces, in which hundreds civilians were killed and wounded and thousands families left their homes.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday December 14, 2017

Mahtarlam City (BNA) In continuation of mopping-up operation, 15 villages have been cleared from being of armed oppositions in eastern Laghman province.
Ministry of national defense press office stated BNA, the operation has started the other day to suppress armed insurgents in different parts of Laghman province, in which 5 militants were killed, 2 wounded and 15 villages have been cleared from existence of rebels.
According to another report, Afghan air forces targeted terrorists’ hideout in Acheen district of eastern Nangarhar province, as a result 3 insurgents were killed.
Also Afghan security troops succeeded to discover and neutralize a round of anti-vehicle mine in relevant areas of Dor Baba district of Nangarhar province.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday December 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) With respect to Afghanistan, the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea and the major international financial institutions are all caught in a time warp. Dating back a century and a half, this distortion today impedes Afghanistan’s development as a normal country. No less, it helps isolate the other countries of Central Asia from a nearby major market, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and pushes the other countries of Central Asia into a one-sided relationship with their former imperial overlord, Russia. It’s time to correct this long-standing mistake.
This impact of this time warp is manifest in the refusal of these major countries and financial institutions to acknowledge that Afghanistan is part of Central Asia and not simply a problematic neighbor. This view dates to tsarist Russia’s conquest of all Central Asia—but not Afghanistan—in the 1860s. Russia’s aims were clear: to preempt Britain from seizing Central Asia north of the Amu Darya River and to gain control of a vast cotton-producing region at a time when Union gunboats had cut off cotton shipments from the American South. However, Russia stopped its southern push at the Amu Darya, which became the southern border of its empire and then of the Soviet Union. In the 1930s Stalin closed the border, imposed Communist development on that part of the region it controlled, and declared Afghanistan a zone of backwardness and poverty.
This may have been true by Stalin’s era but it had not been true for the preceding three millennia. For all that time Afghanistan was not only a thriving part of what we now call Central Asia but its very heart. It lay astride the route to Central Asia‘s biggest and closest trading partner, which was India, not China. It was also the avenue by which Buddhism came to all Central Asia and, later, the route by which the Central Asian Babur attacked India and set up the Mughal dynasty there. Here were some of Central Asia’s richest cities and here lived some of the world’s greatest thinkers. Biruni, who hypothesized the existence of North and South America as inhabited continents half a millennium before Columbus, lived and died in Ghazni, Afghanistan. The poet Rumi and the medical pioneer Avicenna (Ibn Sino) both came from Afghan families.
The economic and cultural gulf between Afghanistan and the rest of Central Asia opened as Moscow promoted Communist rule and state-controlled economic development during the Soviet era. Communications and trade had all but ceased generations before Moscow invaded Afghanistan in 1979. The ensuing chaos and civil widened the gulf still further.
Following the collapse of the USSR in 1991, Russia recognized the new sovereignties in Central Asia but continued to view them as within Moscow’s orbit, as part of what Putin later declared to be Russia’s “zone of privileged interest.” Russia set up a Commonwealth of Independent States and Collective Security Treaty Organization to translate that concept into reality, and now advances its Eurasian Economic Union with the same goal in mind. Whatever their stated purpose, these initiatives all impinge upon the sovereignty of the former Soviet states of Central Asia.
Japan was the first major power to set up regular consultations with the new governments of Central Asia, which it did in 2004. Basing its decision on concern over developments in Afghanistan and on inertia, it embraced Russia’s definition of Central Asia and involved only the five former Soviet states. South Korea followed in 2006 but focused its activity on Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, excluding the other regional countries including Afghanistan. Then in 2007 the European Union set up a consultative structure modelled on Japan’s. During the same years the World Bank, Asia Development Bank, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, and Islamic Development Bank adopted the same now outdated definition of the region and organized themselves in the say way, as did the United Nations.
After 9/11 the United States came to realize that Afghanistan and former Soviet Central Asia would benefit from closer interaction. Maybe it was the fact that the U.S. military found itself importing millions of dollars of bottled drinking water to Afghanistan from Switzerland when it could have bought glacier-fed water from nearby Kyrgyzstan at a twentieth the price. Whatever the cause, the State Department combined Central Asia and Afghanistan under a new Central and South Asia Bureau in 2008. Unfortunately, Secretary of State John Kerry, when he set up America’s new consultative structure in 2016, reverted to the old Soviet definition of Central Asia and excluded Afghanistan from his “C-Five Plus One” consultative group.
The problem is that neither the five formerly Soviet states of Central Asia nor Afghanistan is happy with this setup, and with good reason. Uzbekistan, with help from the Asia Development Bank, has built a railroad into Afghanistan, and is also supplying Kabul with electricity. With millions of ethnic Uzbeks in northern Afghanistan, Tashkent looks forward to expanding trade with that country, to which end its foreign minister has travelled twice in recent months. Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev, speaking at the Astana Club in 2016, stated categorically that “Afghanistan is part of Central Asia and always has been,” and pointed to the fact that all six countries of the region share common interests, values, histories and understandings. Besides maintaining an investment office in Kabul, Kazakhstan is rapidly expanding its Afghan links in education, health and agriculture.
Nationalinterest
 

Thursday December 14, 2017

Herat City (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to hundreds needy, returned from Pakistan and war-affected families in western Herat province.
A source from refugees and repatriation department of Herat reported BNA, in this round 400 destitute, returned from Pakistan and war-affected families have received assistances.
The distribution aids include rice, flour, pea and salt, which provided by charity organizations, the source added.
It has been said, the families identified after a local survey.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:17

Top Local Commander of Taliban Killed in Logar

Thursday December 14, 2017

Pul-e-Alam City (BNA) A top commander of Taliban terrorist group was killed by Afghan security troops in northern Balkh province the night before last.
Shahpour Ahmadzai spokesman in police headquarters of Logar told BNA reporter, the commander was killed during a military operation conducted by Afghan security personnel in Kharoti village, Charkh district of the province.
In addition, two other rebels were wounded, a vehicle type of Saracha and two motorcycles belonging the terrorists have been seized during the operation, Ahmadzai added.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday December 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The most important aspect of Afghanistan is its location. The country is located right between the countries of erstwhile USSR, China, Pakistan and the major oil producing nations in the Middle East. Any country having its presence in Afghanistan is virtually having an eye over entire Asia. Being the largest democracy of the world and a nuclear power nation, India too must have its influence in Afghanistan.
So far, India has provided over US$2 billion in humanitarian and economic aid, making it the largest regional provider of aid for Afghanistan.
India's rebuilt their air links, power plants and invested heavily in health and education sectors as well as helping to train Afghan civil servants, diplomats and police. Indian teams were sent to Afghanistan to facilitate the same and at a later stage, 2004 onwards, the officials started coming to India for training at Mussouri, Hyderabad and Delhi. India has an important aim behind it.
Initially, after the establishment of democratic government in Afghanistan, the entire top brass of their Army, Civil Servants and Police Officers was made up of warlords, coalition fighters and senior members of various tribes. They were controlling the entire government machinery. To have a strong footprint in the Middle-East and Central Asia, it was inevitable for India to keep harmonious relations with Afghanistan.
Sizable numbers of Afghan National Army Officers are sent to be trained in India either at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, the National Defence Academy near Pune or the Officers Training Academy in Chennai. 
This year a group of 20 Afghan women officers from their Army and Air Force arrived at OTA Chennai for training along with Indian Army Women Cadets.
The women army cadet received a training on how to fire AK-47 rifles at the OTA. The Indian Army officers guided them through the entire training process Later in the day, the 20 cadets of the Afghan National Army trained them in ambush operations in the simulation room of OTA.
Each of the cadets came to know how many Taliban terrorists they killed while firing at them.
An extensive training session also took place on cybersecurity measures. This is just the beginning but the army officers of the Indian army believed that with some rigorous training, these women cadets will be effective in meeting cybersecurity challenges. Each of these cadets has some gruesome stories to share. They have been attacked upon while going to school.
They can't wear their uniforms.
Kabul is little better. But the villages continue to be the den of Taliban.
The women of Afghanistan, long oppressed and denied of their basic rights, are now fighting for their rights. And India is turning to be a valuable partner in this effort.
Wionews
 

Thursday December 14, 2017

Jalalabad City (BNA) About 26 fighters of Islamic State for Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terrorist group were killed following air attacks in eastern Nangarhar province last night.
The ISIS loyalists targeted and killed during the last 24 hours in Acheen, Lal Poor and Haska Mina districts of the province.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA reporter, 26 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 5 round of different type of mines from crowded areas of Nangarhar 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.
Also three weapon storages belonging terrorists have been discovered by Afghan security personnel in Nangarhar province.
The weapon storages were kept in Lal Poor and Acheen district of the province.
Some heavy and light weapons have been seized from the weapon storages.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani departed for Turkey last evening to attend the extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation which is due to be held tomorrow in Turkey.
Press office of presidential palace reported BNA, President Ghani during his speech will voice the stance and concerns of the Afghan people and Government over the recent decision of the U.S. on recognizing Jerusalem and shifting their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem today.
Salahuddin Rabbani minister of foreign affairs, Fazal Mahmoud Fazli advisor of president, Mohammad Haroon Chakhansoori deputy of strategic communication and media accompanying president in his trip, the source added.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At least 61 armed oppositions including 13 ISIS fighters were killed and 29 others were injured following joint clearing operations within the last 24 hours across the country.
Ministry of national defense press office stated BNA, the joint operations were conducted to annihilate armed insurgents and ensure peace and stability in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Laghman, Ghazni, Kandahar, Faryab, Nimroz and Helmand provinces.
Some heavy and light weapons have been discovered and seized during the operations, the source.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

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