21 January 2020

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Monday, January 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A statement from the Ministry of Finance has said that the Steering Committee of the multi-donor Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF) has held its annual meeting on Sunday to review overall progress and provide strategic direction for efforts to support the government’s infrastructure priorities.
The meeting was co-chaired by Acting Minister of Finance and Chief Adviser on Infrastructure to the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi and ADB Director General for Central and West Asia Werner Liepach. Ambassadors and representatives of 24 donor countries and organizations attended the meeting and discussed infrastructure to help foster the country’s economic growth and improve the livelihoods of the Afghan people, the statement said. “On behalf of the Government of Afghanistan, I express my gratitude to the International Community for their hard works and continues support to development efforts in Afghanistan. The Infrastructure Development needs remain robust and a priority to the Government of Afghanistan and AITF remains a key mechanism for financing of the priority projects for infrastructure development,” said Qayoumi. AITF was established in 2010 to address the government’s need for a dedicated financing mechanism to support infrastructure development. It is a multi-donor fund for bilateral, multilateral, and individual contributors to invest in large infrastructure projects. Development partners have committed a total of $744 million to AITF to date, almost $600 million of which has been allocated. “ADB is strongly committed to AITF and has invested significant staff and financial resources to enhance its role in the development of large infrastructure projects in Afghanistan” said Liepach. “AITF’s investments in the transport, energy, and agriculture and natural resources sectors, as well as regional cooperation initiatives, have generated important outcomes for the country, with positive impacts on economic growth, job creation, access to services, and poverty reduction.” During the Meeting, ADB Country Director for Afghanistan Narendra Singru presented the overall achievements of AITF, current challenges, and the significant improvements that the Government of Afghanistan and ADB have implemented in the recent years. The Steering Committee provided guidance and feedback on the overall progress and strategic directions of the AITF. The participants also provided guidance on plans to enhance AITF to better support investments in large projects that are financially viable, such as toll roads, power transmission and distribution. AITF investments are closely aligned with Afghanistan’s development priorities, including the National Peace and Development Framework, the National Infrastructure Plan, the Self-Reliance Agenda, and other national programs. The use of AITF resources ensures development effectiveness and provides a focus on projects that Afghanistan needs the most. Current AITF partners are the Afghan National Army Trust Fund, the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom, KfW Development Bank of Germany, Government of Japan, and the United States Agency for International Development. At the end of the meeting, ADB signed a $12 million grant agreement for a project readiness financing to finance preparatory activities for the Road Rehabilitation and Maintenance Program. The grant will help the government in preparing feasibility studies, detailed engineering design and associated documents, and provide procurement and capacity building support. The project will help improve regional accessibility and enhance the road network, promoting government's vision of achieving sustainable development, peace and stability. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

Monday, January 20, 2020
Asadabad (BNA) A commander of ISIS terrorist group given up violence and joined peace process.
Mullah Qader Jan had previously been engaged in terrorist activities in parts of Dara-e-Pech District.
While surrendering to government, the commander said, he would than contribute to rebuilding and secreting in his land.
Selab army corps in east of the country with releasing a statement said, with surrendering of the commander, will reduce violence in parts of Kunar.
T. Yarzada

Monday, January 20, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Three people have been detained with consignment of narcotic drug by police officials in Nangarhar.
According to police, the people wanted to smuggle 12kg of hashish to unknown place.
According to reports, the detainees skillfully placed the packages of drugs to a car.
Police official of the province told BNA, the consignment of narcotic drug have been discovered and seized from outskirt of Khogyani district.
The detainees confessed to several drug trafficking cases in Nangarhar.
T. Yarzada

Monday, January 20, 2020
Trenkot (BNA) Three Taliban insurgents were killed and two others have been injured in a clash by Afghan Security Forces in Urozgan late yesterday.
The conflict occurred in suburb of Khas district bazaar, while a group of Taliban stormed on a convoy of ANA soldiers.
According to reports, the ANA soldiers were moving equipment to a military base, targeted by the attackers.
According to another report, police of Urozgan with discovering of ten mines from busy roads of the province prevented from a series of blasts.
Security troops blamed Taliban for the planting mines.
T. Yarzada

Monday, January 20, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Eight Taliban militants were killed in an air raid in Kandahar province last night.
The militants were suppressed on their hideout in Khakriz district.
Atal army corps in south of the country with releasing a statement told BNA, the attack carried out by Afghan air forces.
Another report says, police of Kandahar discovered and defused 11 mines from busy roads of the province and prevented from a series of explosions.
Security officials blamed Taliban for mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Sunday January 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) John Sopko the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction have accused U.S. officials for lying about Afghanistan war to the public. 
The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction told U.S. congress that U.S. officials have routinely lied to the public during the 18-year war by exaggerating progress reports and inflating statistics to create a false appearance of success.
“There’s an odor of mendacity throughout the Afghanistan issue. . . mendacity and hubris,” John Sopko said in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “The problem is there is a disincentive, really, to tell the truth. We have created an incentive to almost require people to lie.”
As an example, Sopko said U.S. officials have lied in the past about the number of Afghan children enrolled in schools — a key marker of progress touted by the Obama administration — even though they “knew the data was bad.” He also said U.S. officials falsely claimed major gains in Afghan life expectancy that were statistically impossible to achieve.
U.S. congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, known as SIGAR, in 2008 to investigate contractual fraud and waste in the war zone.
Since 2001, the United States has spent more than $132 billion to modernize the country—more than it spent, adjusted for inflation, to rebuild Europe after World War II.
Meanwhile, people of Afghanistan while accusing U.S. aimless war in Afghanistan said, U.S. presence in a problematic war in Afghanistan, suppressing terrorists is the aim of the war, but until now U.S. fails in this struggle.
U.S. came to Afghanistan to fight against terrorism, but didn’t pay attention on terrorists’ hideouts outside the country, particular in Pakistan.
Beside that with the presence of U.S. in Afghanistan, administrative corruptions and narcotic drug smugglings has reached at the high level in the country.
Political and civil society activists said, until now west and U.S. didn’t perform useful infrastructure projects for reconstruction of Afghanistan.
According to them, U.S. never spent $135 billion in Afghanistan, but U.S. mostly spent the amount on its military troops in the country, salary of a U.S. troop several times is higher than an Afghan soldiers, beside that Afghan National Army and other organs are equipped preliminary, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are forcing with numerous problems in the battlefields.
In fact, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces with high moral and less equipment are fighting against terrorism and extremism across the country.
Political exports said, U.S. has not moved realistically, but consider interests and benefits of its friends and admirers in Afghanistan war.  
U.S. inattention on fighting against terrorists cause that presence of U.S. could be sensitive for some other countries, therefore, now Afghanistan change into battlefield of proxy war among the countries that have problems with U.S. or U.S. have problems with them.
U.S. needs to revise on its strategy against fighting on terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan. 

Sunday, 19 January 2020 10:15

NATO Drone Raid Kills Taliban Insurgents

Monday, January 20,2020
Nimroz (BNA) Five Taliban insurgents were killed by NATO drone raids in Nimroz last night.
In charge of Zafar army corps press office told BNA correspondent, the Taliban were targeted by NATO drone raid in Khashrodd district and four others were also injured.
Three other Taliban insurgents were also killed in the mentioned district three days ago.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 19 January 2020 10:13

Taliban Shot Dead Six Members of a Family

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Maimana (BNA) Armed Taliban shot dead six members of a family in Faryab last night.
Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, Taliban entered in a residential house in Khaneqa village, Andkhou district, Faryab, and shot dead six members of a family including men, women and children.
In the event, a woman and a child was injured, said the source.
The cause of the killing of the family members is still unclear, said Shaheen army corps spokesman.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) The construction work of two mosques begins in Nangahrar.
These mosques are being built by the government in Kozkunar and Dara-e-Noor districts.
These mosques will have a capacity of 700 prayers.
The facilities of these mosques are devoted to the teaching of Islamic sciences.
Mawlawi Mohammad Daud Mojahid head of Haj and Endowment of Nangahrar told BNA, the government will spend 28 million Afghanis to build the mosques.
These mosques will be offered to worshippers for up to a year.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Herat (BNA) At least 20 Taliban insurgents were killed and number of others have been injured in air and artillery strikes of Afghan Security Forces in Chesht Sharif and Kohzor districts, Herat.
Jelani Farhad spokesman for Herat governor told BNA, one of the raid took place in Kohzor district, in which Fazel Ahmad known Gorg a senior commander of Taliban with 15 colleagues was killed.
Likewise, second strikes occurred in Chasht Sharef District, five colleagues of Mullah Abdul Rahman Maldar were killed.
Heavy casualties sustained to Taliban in the strikes.
T. Yarzada

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