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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Two Taliban commanders were killed in an  air strike of coalition forces in Kapisa province yesterday.
According to Shamshad 202 police zone, Mawlavi Azam and Mowlavi Shamshad two commanders of Taliban were identified by coalition forces during planting of mine and killed in Mohibkhail area, Tagab district. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) 35 Taliban were joined peace process in Herat province yesterday. 
Noorkhan Nekzad police spokesman of Herat said BNA, the joined Taliban in peace process conducted anti-state activities in Shindand and Obas districts. 
According to the source, the group headed by Mullah Nasir a senior commander of Taliban gives up fighting and joined along with their weapons to peace process. 
The commander of the group Mullah Nasir said BNA, since the security responsibility of a number of districts in Herat handed over to Afghan and foreign forces they had no rolled there, therefore they stopped anti-state activities and joined the government forces.
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Editorial

Written by Manager

Monday, February 18, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The recent speech by Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan once again made it clear that the Afghan security sources are capable of ensuring peace and security in their homeland.
BNA commenting on the issue writes:
President Karzai addressing the officers and students of military academy explicitly said, when the foreign forces withdraw from the country by the end of 2014 a new chapter will be opened in political life of Afghans.
He said, the security forces of the country are resolute to shoulder all security responsibilities and to defend the national values. Meanwhile he talked about measures adopted for the success of this process.

President Karzai while speaking with confidence, addressing the security personnel calling them the guards of the territory and borders of the country added, in presence of such brave sons, there is no need for existence of any foreign troops in the country. 
President Karzai believes police and army forces have been seen great changes and developments, during the last ten years.
Mr. Karzai in his speech once again severely criticized some media that by publication of false and baseless information try to show the situation in the country after 2014 insecure and tense. While leaving the foreign forces from Afghanistan removes all pretexts for continuation of war and bloodshed and provides all opportunities for peace, progress and development of the country.
The other issue, president Karzai focused on was the capacity building of the security personnel. The president emphasized on the issue, while prior to Mujahideen victory, Afghanistan had a strong army but due to foreign conspiracies and conducting factional disputes the army collapsed and the long standing enemies of the country achieved their evil goals. So, considering the situation of the region, establishing a strong army should be one of the urgent priorities of Afghan state and its entire people.  Therefore, to implement this urgent priority in to practice, it is the obligation of Afghan government and its relevant organs in compete unity without any discrimination work towards establishing such a strong army to be able to defend the independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country and to rid the country from further dependency to the support of foreign forces; because, the assistance and support of foreigners mostly follow certain goals to ensure their own  interests in the region.
Also, the reaction of Afghan authorities among them president Karzai against the continuing casualties among civilians during combat operations is another sensitive issue needs to focus on, because it has been so far a serious problem between international forces and Afghan government.
The president expressing concern over the casualties among civilians ordered that from now on the Afghan forces in no situation can ask for the air support of foreign forces, because air attacks mostly have casualties and losses among civilians. This decision will further decrease the role of foreign troops in military operations and will further increase the need for the capacity building and equipping Afghan security forces which is the highest objective of Afghanistan, because it is due to the responsibility of all military operations to be handed over to Afghan forces by the upcoming spring.
But admitting such responsibilities requires an air defense system to be provided to carry out operation as it needed. Unfortunately, Afghan army is lack of such a force, therefore, it’s the duty of Afghan government and relevant organs to fill this gap as soon as possible. 
Written By: Khalil Minawe BNA Director     
 

Monday, February 18, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The commander of NATO-led forces, General Josef Dunford has welcomed the remarks of President Hamid Karzai in which he called for halting air strikes on residential areas.
Addressing the leadership conference of defense ministry here yesterday, President Karzai while condemning the air raid in Shigal district of Kunar province which left 14 civilians dead and injured the president called upon NATO-led troops to stop air attack on residential areas. “I summoned the NATO-led forces commander and questioned him.
The commander told me the Afghan forces sought air support,” President Karzai in his address.
President Karzai also stated, “In no circumstance, Afghan forces can’t call for air support from foreign troops”.
General Dunford while supporting president Karzai’s remarks said other ways to be sought in supporting Afghan security forces.
The commander also noted that the civilians’ casualties have been considerably reduced due to precautionary measures.