21 September 2018

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Sunday September 9, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Ahmad Shah Massoud was was born in 1953 in the Jangalak district of Panjsher. He played one of the most important roles in Afghanistan’s modern history. To his admirers, he is known as the “Lion of Panjsher”, a name given to him for his successes as a military commander during the war against the Soviet occupation. In fact, his fight against the Soviets was so well known that the Wall Street Journal labeled him as the “Afghan who won the cold war”. After the Communists were defeated, Massoud’s troops were the first Mujahideen group to enter Kabul, and help establish a Mujahideen government. He served as President Burhanuddin Rabbani’s Defense Minister, and engaged in numerous battles to prevent Rabbani’s rivals such as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar from taking over the government. Eventually, Rabbani’s government fell, and the Taliban with secret financial and military help from the Pakistanis, took over the capital. Massoud and his allies pulled their forces north and worked on defending the north and the central regions from being completely taken over by the Taliban. Masood was chosen as the military leader of UNIFSA when on September 9, 2001, two days before the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, Masood was killed. He was the victim of an Al Qaeda suicide attack. The attackers posed as television journalists, setting off a bomb packed inside their video camera. In 2001, after the removal of the Taliban by the UNIFSA and US forces, the the Afghan Interim Government under President Hamid Karzaia warded Massoud the title of “Hero of the Afghan Nation”.

Saturday September 8, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Secretary-general appoints Ingrid Hayden of Australia as deputy special representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Ingrid Hayden of Australia as his Deputy Special Representative (Political) for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
With over 27 years of distinguished service with the United Nations, Ms. Hayden has served as the Acting Deputy Special Representative of UNAMA since January 2018. She has extensive experience working for the United Nations in the areas of peace and security, and management, including in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan and Timor Leste.
Ms. Hayden has held senior positions in the United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Political Affairs, as well as the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. She started her career in the United Nations in the Department of Management. Prior to joining the United Nations, she served with Price Waterhouse and Coopers Lybrand and News Corporation.
Ms. Hayden holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
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Saturday, September 08, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met yesterday with Chinese ambassador to Kabul Lio Jinsong.
In the meeting, the Chinese ambassador informed of his country’s preparation for increasing of the number of Afghan soldiers who are trained by the respective country and spoke related to border security between the two countries.
Acting minister of foreign affairs also by considering China’s cooperation with Afghanistan as significant stressed on increasing of relations between the two countries.
Acting minister of foreign affairs also by considering China’s cooperation with Afghanistan as significant stressed on increasing of relations between the two countries.
Both sides discussed trilateral meeting between Afghanistan, China and Pakistan, bilateral relations, peace process and regional cooperation.
 

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with the elders and influential figures of the country’s eastern zone at the Chahar Chanar Palace, thanked them for their interest in sending their sons to the police and army ranks and vowed to return usurped lands from powerful individuals, a statement from the Presidential Palace said on Friday. 
During the meeting, the eastern zone elders supported the country’s president peace initiative and shared their problems in the fields of security, education and attention to the families of martyrs, as well as fighting against powerful men and land usurpers, increase in police number, creation of roads and increase in the budget of public health services, according to the statement.
The president also focusing on the peace process said that the success of peace didn’t belong to him nor to the Taliban but belongs to the people, the statement added.
Pointing to the land usurpation, he said land usurpation would be prevented and that he was not surrendered to the small circle of land usurpation, but is bent to his people.
The president instructed the ministry of public works to accelerate work on the road building project between Nuristan and Kunar province and that Kunar should be promoted from the third level to the second level province.
 

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