29 April 2017

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Leading a high ranking officials went to Balkh province and prayed as well as condoled the martyrdom of a number of soldiers in Shaheen 209 corps of the said province here yesterday, a presidential statement said.
According to the statement, the president chaired emergency security meeting at the Shaheen military corps which was attended by Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor, Minister of Interior Taj Mohammad Jahid, Gen. Qadam Shah Shaheem chief of army staff, Humayoun Fauzi acting deputy defense minister, Mohamand Katawazi commander of Shaheen 209 corps and a number of security officials.  The meeting prayed for the souls of the martyrs of the terrorist attack.
At the outset, the commander of 209 military corps briefed the president on the attack as well as the coordination among the forces in defeating of the attackers.
Meanwhile, Dr. Abdul Razaq director of the health service for the national army said he came to Mazar-e-Sharif from Kabul for treatment of the injuries.  He said all efforts made to treat the injuries and could identify the martyrs so that to be transferred to their respective provinces.
Gen. Qadam Shah Shaheem chief of army staff said Afghan Special Forces could manage to end the terrorist attack and a technical team was assigned to evaluate the attack.
The president besides condoling the martyrdom of the soldiers, instructed the officials to adopt necessary measures for reconstruction of the corps’ dining room and the mosque.  The president said the incident was needed to be evaluated and ordered the local organs office and the security personnel to spare no effort in transferring of the martyrs to their respective provinces.
The president also inquired health condition of the injuries in Shaheen 209 corps hospital, asking the doctor to do their bests in treatment of the injured soldiers.
The president was accompanied by the minister of interior, chief of army staff, Mawlawi Qiamuddin Kashaf chairman of the country-wide council of the religious scholars, Abdul Salaam Rahimi general director of the administrative office of the president, Hamyun Fawzi acting deputy minister for ministry of defense, Shah Zman Maiwandi presidential senior advisor on public relation and strategic affairs, Abdul Baqi Popal acting head of the local organs, Matin Big deputy to national directorate for security and Shah Hussain Mortazawi deputy spokesperson of the president and acting presidential spokesperson’s office.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) 52 armed oppositions were killed in various parts of the country.
According to defense ministry press office to BNA, the defense and national security forces in the last 24 hours conducting clearing operations aimed to annihilate armed insurgents in different parts of the country, killed 52 armed insurgents including three Daesh commanders and 18 Daesh loyalists, wounded 15 including three leaders of them.
The operations were launched with support of air and artillery forces in outskirts of Nangarhar, Kapisa, Paktika, Ghazni, Kandahar, Urozgan, Farah, Herat, Balkh, Faryab, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul and Helmand provinces.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Amid growing insecurities in a number of provinces, the Afghan security forces could act more successful and have attained eye-catching achievements over the last years.
Lauding the Afghan security forces particularly the Special Forces’ capabilities, officials of the ministry for defense said currently, the government armed oppositions have considerably weakened and lost ability to fight ANSF.
The spokesperson to the ministry of defense, Brig. Gen. Dawlat Waziri said operations conducted over the last years have caused to noticeably weaken the enemy, as since the Special Forces are responsible for special operations, we have witnessed more successes in ensuring security and suppressing of the insurgents.
He added since beginning of this year, the Afghan security forces have launched new military tactics resulted in prevention of their casualties in one hand and inflicting heavy fatalities to armed militants on the other.
At the same time, calling operations being conducted by Afghan Special Forces effective in suppressing insurgents, lawmakers and political experts said that in consider with Afghan security forces capabilities, they would be able to have more successes on the battlefields.
A lawmaker, Hashimi said the Special Forces could have constructive role in conducting special operations, a move would also result in further weakening of the enemy.
He added fortunately over the last years, the Special Forces could act more successful during operations and have obtained considerable achievements so far.
Thus, conducting special operations in a number of turbulent provinces can be really effective in such a situation, he went on to say.
A senator, Gul Ahmad Azimi said the Taliban would never reach their vicious goals in Afghanistan, adding the Taliban have conducted offensive attacks in a number of provinces, but fortunately, they failed and faced heavy blows by the Afghan security forces.
A political expert, Jamal Farahmand stressed that the Afghan security forces in cooperation with NATO forces could keep the Taliban far from the big cities of the country and are making effort to better ensure security.
Amir Mohammad, a military expert said conducting special operations was in fact the enemies’ defeat, because, the Afghan Special Forces could prove the can play effective role in foiling enemies’ attacks and ensuring security in the country.
A university student, Ali Rasa said, “One of the Afghan security forces successes is that they have taken the security responsibility since a while and could act successfully in many operations up to now.” This is while that the Afghan security forces have now the control of all the country and could obtain successes during operations.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA)   Two security force Ranger vehicles managed to penetrate multiple layers of protection at the Afghan National Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters in Balkh province on Friday afternoon, local officials confirmed adding eight people were killed and 10 wounded.
A number of fighters made their way to the onsite mosque where Friday prayers were underway.
Officials said the attack started at about 1.30pm and a gunfight ensued lasting for at least five hours.
Security forces managed to kill all attackers, officials confirmed.
Local officials earlier said as many as 10 people were killed but revised the death toll to eight once the siege ended.
This is the second massive attack on a military installation in recent months.
Two months ago, insurgents attacked the Sardar Mohammad Daoud military hospital in Kabul killing at least 50 people.
This attack drew widespread condemnation at the time, with the Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) severely criticizing government over its failure to prevent such an attack, saying such attacks on highly-secured compounds "shame the government".

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