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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Thirty-four Taliban insurgents have been killed in air strikes in Helmand over the past 24 hours.
The Ministry of Defense's press office told BNA that the airstrikes took place when the terrorist Taliban wanted to attack security checkpoints in different parts of Helmand and Nimroz, as a result of these attacks, 34 Taliban militants were killed.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of High Peace Council (HPC) and his accompanying delegation returned to Kabul after a two-day official visit from Islamic Republic of Iran.
According to BNA report, this visit was part of a series of regional trips of the Chairman of the Supreme National Reconciliation Council to the support of the countries of the region for peace efforts in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
During this visit, the Chairman of the Supreme National Reconciliation Council met with the President, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Speaker of the Parliament, Minister of Energy, Chairman of the Iran-Afghanistan Joint Economic Commission and Secretary of the National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and discussed the peace in Afghanistan, the Doha talks and bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Dr. Abdullah thanked the warm welcome of the Islamic Republic of Iran and said: "The leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran considers the success of peace in Afghanistan to be in the interest of the region and the world and supports the peace process with the leadership and management of Afghanistan."
The Chairman of the Supreme National Reconciliation Council appreciated the announcement of the Islamic Republic of Iran to support the peace process in Afghanistan and the continuation of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan arrived in Kabul for an official visit today.
BNA reports from Kabul International Airport,  during his one-day visit to Afghanistan, the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan will meet with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and other high-ranking officials of the Government of Afghanistan, and will sign two cooperation agreements in economic and energy sectors.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Ten Taliban insurgents were killed and five others were wounded in the latest fighting in Kandahar.
The Taliban were targeted in Nish district last night as they prepared to attack a military base.
The Special Operations Corps said in a statement that ten Taliban insurgents were killed and five others wounded in the fighting.
At the end of the battle, several weapons and some explosives fell into the hands of the security forces.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Qalat (BNA) Dozens of Taliban militants were killed in the latest battle in Zabul.
The battle took place last night in Shinki district when dozens of assailants attacked military bases.
Gul Islam Sayal, spokesman for Zabul governor, told BNA that 34 militants were killed and 12 others were wounded in the fighting.
He said Taliban attacked the commander of Mala Bashir Kuchi at the Shinki checkpoints but were faced with a sharp response from the ground and air forces.
At the end of the battle, several assault rifles with their motorcycles fell into the hands of the security forces.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 04:56

Drug Traffickers Detained in Kabul

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Police arrested three people in connection with drug trafficking and smuggling of illegal weapons from Kabul.
Kabul police spokesman Ferdows Faramarz told BNA that in two police operations, three people were arrested in connection with drug trafficking and carrying illegal weapons from the 7th and 17th security districts of Kabul with 11 bags of heroin and 345 bags of crystal powder and a pistol.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 20 October 2020 04:55

VP Danesh Praises MoIC Works

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh met with Acting Minister of Information and Culture (MoIC), Mohammad Tahir Zuhair here in his office yesterday, a statement said.
The acting minister of Information and Culture briefed the second Vice President on ministry’s priorities in different areas, including protection of the historical monuments, press and media activities, and promotion and expansion of cultural programs, the second VP’s press office said.
Praising the ministry’s works, VP Danesh asked the leadership of MoIC to further work on the mentioned areas, the statement added.
According to the second Vice President, there has recently been a promising movement in the area of responsibilities and work of the Ministry of Information and Culture, hoping that cultural affairs to be further organized with more attention from the leadership of the Ministry.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health on Saturday reported 87 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 523 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The Public Health Ministry also reported five deaths and 146 recoveries from COVID-19 in the same period.
So far, 117,674 samples have been tested in the government centers and there are 5,030 known active COVID-19 cases in the country, data by the ministry indicates.      
According to the Public Health Ministry’s data, the cumulative number of total cases is now 40,287, the number of total reported deaths is 1,497, and the total number of recoveries is 33,760.
The new cases were reported in Kabul (11), Herat (25), Nangarhar (1), Bamiyan (14), Daikundi (17), Nimroz (1), Ghazni (11), Parwan (3), and Maidan Wardak (1) provinces.  
The deaths were reported in Kabul province. The recoveries were reported in Kabul (58), Kandahar (12) and Badghis (76).

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Pakistani military has once again launched rocket attacks on Kunar, killing one child and injuring four others.
Abdul Ghani Masim, the spokesman for the Kunar governor told media, that the Pakistani army had fired four rockets at Marawara district in the past four hours. He said the rockets hit a house, killing a child and injuring four other members of the child’s family including the mother.
Two weeks ago, the head of the National Reconciliation Council, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, visited Pakistan and was assured by Pakistani officials of co-operation and non-aggression in Kunar.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with the visiting Head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said that the Islamic Republic supports the Intra-Afghan peace talks as the key to solve the country’s political problems.
Expressing hope for the success of the efforts to establish peace and stability in Afghanistan, the Iranian president added, "It is important that the people of Afghanistan achieve a real peace after years of war and conflict."
He added, "Sustainable peace, stability and security in Afghanistan as a neighbor and brother country is of special importance for the Islamic Republic of Iran."
Referring to the good relations between Iran and Afghanistan as two friendly and neighboring countries, Iran’s Rouhani stressed the development and deepening of Tehran-Kabul relations. He pointed to the Khaf-Herat railway, saying that project will come on stream in the coming days.
The connection between the Iranian and Afghan railways would strengthen economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, Rouhani said. "Iran is ready to connect gas and oil pipelines to Afghanistan to provide our neighboring nation with energy products,” he added.
Rouhani stressed, "We have always stood along with the people of Afghanistan, and we will continue to support this country and all aspects.”
The Iranian President also warned that US President Donald Trump is trying to abuse the Intra-Afghan peace talks to reach his presidential election goals.
Meanwhile Dr. Abdullah Abdullah appreciated the supports of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding developments and efforts to establish lasting peace and security in this country and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is a good friend and neighbor of Afghanistan."
Dr.  Abdullah thanked Iran for hosting Afghan refugees during the years of war and conflict in this country and said, "During my visit to Tehran, I had good meetings with the officials of the Islamic Republic and I will take the message of Iranian support to Kabul and follow up the agreements between the two countries."
He expressed hope that with the support of the Islamic Republic, he will witness the conclusion of the Afghan peace talks and the establishment of lasting security and peace in his country.
Abdullah, who has arrived in Tehran on Sunday also met and held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf,
Dr. Abdullah in a meeting with Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, discussed the Afghan peace process and Doha dialogues developments.

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