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Monday, March 19, 2012
Urozgan (BNA) An operation launched by Afghan security forces on an armed Taliban sanctuary in Urozgan province is still continuing. 
The operation was launched in Sarab area of Chora district of the province where there is the biggest sanctuary of the armed Taliban insurgents. 
According to recent reports, currently serious fighting is continuing between police and Taliban. 
Local police officials in the province said two armed Taliban and one police officer were killed so far in the operation. 
Sarab is a strategic area of Taliban because homemade mines and roadside bombs are produced in this area. 
According to police officials, the operation will continue until the area is cleared from the presence of the armed Taliban.

Monday, March 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Spokesperson of national security department Lutfullah Mahal said that the plan for terror of Ustad Atta Mohammad Noor Governor of Balkh province and carrying of a series of suicide attacks during the Nawroz Festival in Balkh was detected and foiled by the personnel of national security department. 
He told a press conference in Kabul that a six-member group of terrorists who intended such attacks were arrested. 
They include Abdul Hai, Amunullah, Ezatullah, Sadaqat, Qari Abdul Slam and Qari Rahim. 
The arrested individuals are residents of Balkh and Jawzjan provinces and they planned to terror Ustad Atta Mohammad during the Nawroz ceremonies and carry a series of suicide bombings at the Mazar airport and ISAF command in center of Balkh province. 
According to Mashal, 2665 Kgs of explosives of potassium chloride of Edex type, electric explosive cupules, remote control sets and 20 tents have been recovered from the arrested persons. 
The plan has been hatched outside the Afghan borders by terrorists groups but he did not name any country. 
Mashal also informed the press of arrest of another person along with six suicide waist coats in Paktia who intended to carry on armed attack on the Padkhwab of Logar camp. 
Another suicide bomber who was protecting him was arrested in Kunarha province. 
They had brought suicide, waist coats from Miram Shah of Pakistan. 
Another group of six members’ terrorists were also arrested including two suicide bombers. 
They planned to target sensitive parts of Kandahar city.

Monday, March 19, 2012
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) 22 Taliban insurgents yesterday joined peace process in Baghlan province. 
According to Brigadier General Abdul Hafiz Karimi, provincial director of national security, the individuals led by Mullah Yasin and commander Naem were active against government for sometime in Kokchenar village of Baghlan-e-Markazi district. 
Due to efforts of Afghan security forces, the individuals surrendered to the government and joined the peace process.

Monday, March 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai chaired the meeting national security council that evaluated general security situation of the country. 
Initially the governor of Nooristan shed light on security situation in that province and asked for increment in security personnel. 
The meeting also discussed the status of dissolution of the private security companies and creation of public protection police units. 
Jamal Abdul Nasir Sediqi deputy minister for public protection and security enterprises informed the meeting on the status of dissolving of private security companies. 
He added that the office of deputy minister for public protection has achieved its responsibilities in the past two months and soon all the responsibility for protection of the private companies will be taken from them. 
He also informed about the public order police and said that this police are equipped with modern equipment and have received necessary trainings in order to carry on their activities. 
Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai chairman of the security transition commission informed the meeting of the readiness for the third of security transition and said that in one month necessary consultations will be carried out in relation with the third security transition phase with governors of 11 provinces. 
He hoped that this phase will be implemented as the first and second phases as well. 
The meeting also assessed the role of the foreign military forces in the future and emphasized that in 2013 the role of the international forces will change from combat to supportive role. 
The meeting also debated better security measures during the Nawruz Festival throughout the country.

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