28 October 2020

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Twenty Taliban insurgents were killed in an airstrike in Balkh yesterday evening.
Mohammad Hanif Rezaei, a spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Corps, told BNA that the Taliban were targeted in an airstrike after they tried to attack a defense and security supplying caravan in Angurbagh and Timurk regions of Chahar Bolak district in the province.
Rezaei added that 20 insurgents were killed and ten others were wounded in the attack.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Ghazni (BNA) The Ghazni National Directorate of Security (NDS) has announced that second person of Al-Qaeda network has been killed in the province.
BNA quoted from Ghazni National Security office as saying that Abu Mohsen al-Masri, the second person of Al-Qaeda network and its senior commander was killed last night in an operation by Special Forces of Ghazni National Security Directorate.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Thirteen People were martyred and twenty others have been injured in a suicide attack in Dasht-e-Barchi of Kabul yesterday.
The incident took place around 4:30 pm in Pul Khoshk area, Dasht-e-Barchi near the Kowsar Danish training center.
Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said the bomber before reaching to Kowsar Danish training center was identified by guards of the center, and blew up his improvised explosive device.
Public Health Ministry spokesman Ajmal Samsur said, ambulances of Kabul had shifted 13 martyred and wounded people to hospitals.
Kowsar Danish training center was also attacked three years ago.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Faizabad (BNA) As a result of airstrikes and heavy weapon attacks of security troops on Taliban positions in Badakhshan's Arghanjkhah district, 17 insurgents were killed and three others were wounded.
Lt. Abdul Manaf Nazari, spokesman for the 2nd Infantry Brigade of the 217th Pamir Corps stationed in Badakhshan, said, according to reconnaissance and intelligence reports, 17 Taliban insurgents were killed and three others were wounded in the strikes.
He added, as a result of these attacks, a stronghold of the Taliban with several weapons have been destroyed.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health reported Tuesday, that out of 227 samples, 81 cases have turned positive in the last 24 hours.
At least 119,550 people have so far been tested in the governmental labs, and there still are 5,234 known active cases in the country.
According to the ministry, within 24 hours, 13 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and four individuals are reported dead.
The new cases recorded in Kabul are Six, Kandahar Four, Balkh 27, Takhar 23, Kunduz 11, Baghlan Seven, Kunar One, and Uruzgan Two.
The total number of cases in Afghanistan is 40,768, Total deaths are 1,511 and the total recoveries are recorded 34,023.
COVID-19 global toll has increased to 42,270,813 and the dead are reported to more than 1,145,198 according to John Hopkins’ global dashboard.

Sunday, 25 October 2020 04:43

ED Blast Martyrs Nine, Wounds Two in Ghazni

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A roadside bomb tore through a passenger bus, on Saturday, martyring nine civilians, officials said, in the latest attack blamed on the Taliban.
Violence on the ground has spiked in recent weeks despite the Taliban and Afghan government holding peace talks in Qatar to end the country’s grinding war.
The bomb struck the bus at around 10:30 am when it was travelling from Kabul to the city of Ghazni, Waheedullah Jumazada, spokesman for Ghazni governor said.
Nine civilians including three women were martyred in the explosion,” he said.
Four policemen were also wounded, Ghazni police spokesman Adam Khan Seerat said, blaming the Taliban for the attack.
Despite joining peace talks with the Afghan government last month, the Taliban have only increased violence in a bid to wield leverage in the negotiations.
The top US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said earlier this week that fighting is threatening the peace process.

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated and delivered speech in ending ceremony of ANDSF Reforms and Strengthening Conference held yesterday at Chahar Chinar Palace.
In the ceremony, the country’s defense and security organs officials briefed related to reforms and strengthening of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
Afterwards, National Security Advisor Dr. Hamdullah Muhib spoke and praised the country’s defense and security forces for their ability in defending and repulsing enemy’s attacks in various parts of the country, saying that holding the conference was significant to overall analyze current security situation in the country and was held once in a three months to assess problems and developments.
In the ceremony, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani also spoke and by praising the country’s defense and security forces for their devotion and continued sacrifices said the conference has brought further discipline in self-sufficiency, reforms and capacity process.
Pointing to importance of debates in the conference, President Ghani said there has been clear introduction from the problems and NSA would issue clear instructions in this regard.
At the end of his speech, President Ghani regular plans were underway for self-sufficiency in security sector.

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg late on Friday after a meeting of Western military alliance defense ministers urged Taliban to reduce "unacceptable levels of violence" and break ties with violent groups.
But he also betrayed concern over last week's U.S. announcement that the American troop contingent would be cut to around 2,500 early next year – despite the potential impact on peace negotiations between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents.
Both sides' original understanding was that Washington would not fully withdraw prior to a solid deal between the two sides.
"The negotiations in Doha [Qatar] are fragile, but they are the best chance for peace in a generation. And all Afghans should seize this historic opportunity," Stoltenberg said, cautioning that "the next months are decisive for Afghanistan.
"NATO backs the peace process. And we have adjusted our presence to support it," scaling its troop presence back to less than 12,000 from more than 100,000.
"We decided to go into Afghanistan together; we will make decisions about future adjustments together; and we will leave together, when the time is right," Stoltenberg insisted.
Meanwhile the NATO Defense Ministers meeting agreed to expand its training mission in Iraq to help Iraqi forces fight extremism.  "While the security situation remains challenging, NATO remains committed to stepping up our support," said Stoltenberg after a two-day defense ministers' meeting in Brussels.
"Our aim is to help build self-sustaining Iraqi forces able to fight terrorism, prevent the return of ISIS, and stabilize their country," added Stoltenberg, citing a "concerning" rise in the number and sophistication of attacks against international forces in Iraq.
NATO maintains a 500-strong training mission in the country to prepare local forces in the event of attacks from Islamic State extremists.
Stoltenberg said the scope of the mission's upgrading would be decided at a meeting of alliance defense ministers in February.
Anti-U.S. sentiment spiked anew in Iraq following the January killing of powerful Iranian military commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad, leading to a suspension of NATO training of Iraqi forces.
The COVID-19 pandemic also forced the alliance to dial down numbers earlier this year, but the mission has since returned to full capacity, Stoltenberg said.

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that peace in Afghanistan will benefit both Pakistan and Afghanistan by opening new avenues for cooperation and enhance connectivity with the Central Asian countries.
PM Khan was talking to Speaker of Wolesi Jirga, or the lower house of Afghan parliament Mir Rahman Rahmani along with his delegation in Islamabad.
An Afghan parliamentary delegation, headed by Rahmani, arrived in Pakistan on Friday to discuss relations between the two parliaments and Pakistan's role in the Afghan peace process, and also to boost economic ties.
PM Khan welcomed Rahmani on his visit to Pakistan and appreciated increased exchanges between the two parliaments, said a statement issued by the prime minister office. He reiterated Pakistan's desire to enhance fraternal relations with Afghanistan in all areas and said that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
Emphasizing the need for a negotiated political settlement, the Pakistani prime minister reiterated Pakistan's consistent support to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan.
According to Pakistani media, PM Khan said that Pakistan and Afghanistan have untapped economic synergies and complementarities which can only be realized through cooperation in the economic and trade sphere.
The Afghan parliamentarians are expected to take part in a two-day Pakistan-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Forum in Islamabad, beginning on Monday, which will explore ways to boost trade ties between the two countries.

Saturday, 24 October 2020 09:03

Hundreds of Families to Access Drinking Water

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Sheberghan (BNA) Work on three utility projects began in Jawzjan. Today.
According to BNA local correspondent these projects include the construction of three ground drinking water reservoirs with stone walls and concrete roofs and the installation of a hand pump each with a volume of 200 cubic meters of water in Fatahabad village to Mardian district of Jawzjan.
These projects will be implemented at a cost 4,564,000 Afghanis with a ten percent share of the people.
During the work, a number of residents of the district will be provided with jobs and five hundred and eighty-six families will benefit from it.
T. Yarzada

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