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Saturday, May 9, 2020 Kandahar (BNA) Eight Taliban militants were killed in air raids of Afghan security forces in Kandahar last night. The militants were targeted in Shahwalikot and Maiwand Districts while planning attacks on security troops. Atal army corps medias office with releasing a statement said, eight militants were killed and six others have been injured in the raids. Another report says, police of Kandahar discovered and confiscated ten mines from busy roads of the province and prevented from a series of blasts. No one has been arrested in connection of the mine planting. T. Yarzada
Saturday, May 9, 2020 Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health on Friday reported 215 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan, amid fears that lockdown rules are not being obeyed in Kabul and other major Afghan cities. The total known cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan is now 3,776, with 109 deaths and 472 recoveries. So far, over 15,000 samples have been tested. Of the 215 cases, 57 cases were reported in Herat, 50 in Kabul, 31 in Balkh, 17 in Kandahar, 11 in Jawzjan, 9 in Paktia, 8 in Ghor, 7 in Kunar, 6 in Logar, 5 in Nangarhar, 4 in Faryab, 3 in Paktika, 3 in Zabul, 2 in Laghman and 2 in Khost. Two deaths (a 30-year-old man who was overweight, and a man who was suffering from heart disease and blood pressure issues) were reported in Nangarhar and one death was reported in Kandahar--a 50-year-old man who was suffering from asthma--according to Ministry of Public Health. Four COVID-19 patients recovered in Herat province in the last 24 hours, based on the ministry’s data. This comes as a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health earlier this week warned that the new coronavirus cases are on the rise in the country and that people should take the lockdown seriously.
Saturday, May 9, 2020 Kabul (BNA) The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a $400 million grant to help Afghanistan "sustain the pace of key economic and public finance reforms, and support the country to manage current risks and uncertainties compounded by the COVID-19 crisis," the bank said in a statement on Friday. "The Incentive Program Development Policy Grant comprises $160 million from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries, and $240 million from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), managed by the World Bank on behalf of 34 donors," said the World Bank. According to the statement, the Incentive Program Development Policy Grant will support a range of key reforms to improve business regulation and encourage private investment, expand social inclusion and support civil service reforms, increase resilience to natural disasters, improve tax administration and public financial management, and safeguard fiscal sustainability. “Today’s Board approval is a strong indication that the World Bank is redoubling its efforts to help Afghanistan and its people beyond the current COVID-19 crisis,” said Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan. “This assistance will help Afghanistan maintain its reform momentum throughout a difficult period and provide vital financial support to the government to manage revenue shortfalls arising from coronavirus impacts,” said Kerali. Afghanistan faces major challenges and uncertainties in 2020. The global COVID-19 pandemic has had an immediate negative impact on Afghanistan. Border closures have severely impacted government customs receipts, while measures to contain the spread of the virus are likely to have a strong negative impact on economic activity. Poverty remains deep and widespread, while security and political uncertainties continue, said the statement. Yarzada
Saturday, May 9, 2020 Kabul (BNA) Acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar has held a telephonic conversation with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan and discussed intra-Afghan talks, ceasefire and other issues of mutual interest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said in a statement on Friday. Saudi foreign minister congratulated Atmar on taking charge as foreign minister and hoped for closed ties between the two countries in the future. Atmar thanked his Saudi counterpart and demanded Riyadh’s active role in Afghan peace process. He hoped that hoped that Saudi will share its experience of humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen with Afghanistan. Yarzada
Saturday, May 9, 2020 Kabul (BNA) Following drowning 50 Afghan workers by Iranian border guards in border with Iran, national and international figures have reacted and considered this step of the Iranian border forces as inhuman, asking for punishment for those involved in the incident. A number of civil society activists by condemning the murder and torturing of Afghan workers in border with Iran asked Afghanistan government to completely and seriously investigate the incident. According to Afghan civil society organizations, civil society organizations will continue their widespread protests in this regard unless the issue is investigated by the Iranian government. “Iranian border forces have always tortured and killed Afghan citizens in the past; therefore, Afghanistan government should seriously share the issue with Iranian officials,” said Mobin Pajhwok, an Afghan civil society activist. Meanwhile, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in a statement by expressing concern over drowning the Afghan workers by Iranian border forces considered this act of the forces as inhuman and shocking. “The act by Iranian border forces is a clear violation of human rights values and principles, migration rights and commitments and conventions of governments,” the statement said, asking Afghanistan government and UNHCR to form a joint committee with joint membership of representatives of Afghanistan and Iranian governments to completely review and investigate the incident. US embassy to Kabul in a tweet has also reacted to the incident and expressed its concern over the incident. “The US administration is supporting the decision of Afghanistan ministry of foreign affairs in connection with reviewing and investigating the killing of Afghan workers in border with Iran and asking the Iranian government for cooperation in this regard,” US embassy tweeted. Meanwhile, US State Department has also considered report regarding drowning Afghan citizens by Iranian border forces as brutal. In a tweet on Tuesday, US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells slammed the incident as ‘horrific’. She called for a thorough investigation into reports that the Afghans were arrested and tortured by the Iranian border forces. “Iran's cruel treatment and abuse of Afghan migrants alleged in these reports is horrifying. We support calls for a thorough investigation,” Wells wrote. Meanwhile, a number of Afghan experts consider the issue of Afghan migration in foreign countries as one of the main challenges of Afghan people, stressing on supporting Afghan refugees by the world countries in particular the neighboring countries hosting Afghan citizens. “Migration is common in all the world and considered as one of requirements of human life, but migration of Afghans to foreign countries has various causes,” said Saifuddin Saihoon, a Kabul university lecturer. He added that migration of Afghans to foreign countries usually occur due to increasing insecurities and unemployment in Afghanistan, stressing that it was the responsibility of governments to provide opportunity inside their countries so that the migration rate reduces. It is worth mentioning that nearly 20 Afghan citizens, trying to enter Iran for work, were allegedly tortured and forced into the Harirud Rive by the Iranian border forces last week. However, Tehran has vehemently denied the claims.
Saturday, 09 May 2020 09:52

President Ghani Chairs Security Meeting

Saturday, May 9, 2020 Kabul (BNA) Following a series of security meetings with provincial security officials, a security meeting was held the other day and chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Commander-in-Chief of the Afghan Armed Forces, to review the general security situation in Paktia province, a statement said. In this meeting, which was also attended by Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, National Security Advisor, the commander of the 203rd Thunder Corps, the police chief and the head of the National Security Directorate, first reported to the president on the general security situation, implementation of plans and operations, the presidential press office said. While appreciating the efforts of the security forces of Paktia province, the President thanked them for their joint work and stressed the need for greater coordination and group work. He also instructed the security officials of the province to pay attention to the fight against the corona virus in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health, the statement added. President Ghani instructed security officials in Paktia province to work closely with the people and make this a priority. He also instructed the authorities to pay close attention to the safety of the people during the performance of their duties and operations in order to prevent civilian casualties. While emphasizing on ensuring the security of the country's highways and customs, the President instructed regarding the government's revenues and the necessary guidance. Yarzada

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Taliqan (BNA) A local commander of Taliban with two of his colleagues were killed in Takhar last evening.
Colonel Syeed Merajuddin Sadat police chief of Takhar told BNA, Mawlavi Zmari known Talha a local commander of Taliban with two of his colleagues were killed in a clearing operation of security troops in Akbarkhan region, Takhar-Kunduz highway.
During the operation, three other Taliban rebels were also injured, said the source.
The mentioned region was cleared from Taliban and several strongholds of them have been demolished, said Sadat.
T. Yarzada


 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Lashkargah (BNA) Seven militaries were martyred and six others have been injured in a suicide attack in Helmand last night.
The event occurred in Naharsaraj district, while a suicide bomber detonated his car packed explosive near security forces checkpoint.
Security official in south of country told BNA, seven militaries were lost their lives and six others have been injured.
Security officials in south of country blamed Taliban for the deadly terrorist attack.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 08:08

Deadly Raid of ASF on Taliban in Zabul

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Qalat (BNA) Eighteen Taliban rebels were killed in latest air and ground raids of Afghan Security Forces in Zabul last night.
The raids carried out on Taliban rally in two regions and suburb of Qalat city.
The Taliban wanted to target several checkpoint of security troops that suppressed by Afghan security forces and killed.
Atal army corps media office in south of country with releasing a statement said, eighteen Taliban rebels including two local commanders of them were killed in the raids.
Another report says, police of Zabul discovered and confiscated 15 mines from crowded ways of the province and prevented from a series of deadly blast.
No one has been detained in connection of the failed mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Sharan (BNA) Twenty civilians were wounded in throwing of hand grenade by Taliban in Paktika.
A security official of Paktika told BNA, the civilians were wounded in Khirkot district while performing of Taraweeh prayer.
It is mentionable that the health status of three civilians have been reported critical.
T. Yarzada

 

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