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Monday, May 18, 2020
Provinces (BNA) Thirty-Five Taliban terrorist group were killed in Paktia and Paktika provinces last night.
National defense ministry press office told BNA, 20 terrorists were killed in a raid on their gathering place in Yousofkhail district, Paktika province and five others have been injured.
In the attack, 13 motorbikes, a rocket launcher, a PK machine gun and three Kalashnikovs were also destroyed.
Likewise, 11 Taliban terrorists were killed in two clashes by security troops in Ahmadabad and Dand-e-Patan of Paktia, and 16 others have been injured in the clash.
T. Yarzada

Monday, May 18, 2020
Kunduz (BNA) Eight Taliban rebels were killed in Afghan Security Forces air strike in Kunduz last night.
Hadi Jamal press in charge of Pamir 217 army corps told BNA, the rebels were killed in outskirt of Dasht-e-Archi District.
Two other Taliban were also injured and two vehicles, a Saracha car and their stronghold have been demolished in the strike, he added.
T. Yarzada

Monday, May 18, 2020
Mehtarlam (BNA) Six people were lost their lives in a traffic accident in Kabul-Jalalabad highway last night.
Asadullah Doulatzai spokesman for Laghman governor told BNA, six people were lost their lives due to collision of two vehicles in Zangor region, Qarghai district. Laghman.
In the event three commenters of the two vehicles have been injured, he added.
Children, women are also the victims and injured of the event, said Doulatzai.
T .Yarzada

Monday, May 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Afghanistan has risen to 6664 as 262 new positive cases have been registered over the past 24 hours, Public Health Ministry said on Sunday.
According to the ministry, one patient has died due to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths to 169 since the outbreak of the disease in May. A total of 784 patients have recovered since the outbreak of the virus in Afghanistan, according to the ministry.

Monday, May 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah signed a deal after months of political discord here at the presidential palace yesterday. Based on Deal, Dr. Abdullah will lead the High Council of National Reconciliation with executive authority and his team will have a share in the cabinet.
The document between President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah is called “political agreement.” Meanwhile giving the marshal rank to former vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum is another component of the agreement. The Reconciliation Council has been given the authority to handle all affairs related to the Afghan peace process.
Addressing the ceremony, president Ghani thanked Dr. Abdullah for leading the reconciliation council as well as praised the roles played by former president Hamid Karzai and Jihadi leader Ustad Sayaaf.
The president hoped the move lead to lasting peace and ceasefire in the country. Dr. Abdullah also said that people were waiting for such day and at the time that both insecurity and COVID-19 threatening the country. Afghanistan has been in political disarray since the election commission in December announced President Ghani had won the September 28 election with more than 50 percent of the vote. Dr. Abdullah had about 39 percent votes.

Monday, May 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed the agreement reached between President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, to resolve the political impasse and enable the leaders to address the grave challenges facing the country. In a statement, the mission acknowledged that both sides had to make compromises to reach this important agreement.
It is now hoped that the spirit of cooperation will continue, with all elements in government working together to strengthen progress in good governance, the rule of law, and anti-corruption, and to protect the rights of all citizens while continuing the advancement of Afghan women.
At this time, Afghanistan is best served by a representative government that can present a united front to tackle the nation’s most pressing issues, particularly the need to move forward on intra-Afghan negotiations, managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worsening humanitarian situation, as well as the ongoing conflict and security challenges, according to statement. In line with its mandate, UNAMA said stands ready to help the Government and people of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday hailed the deal struck between Afghanistan's political rivals and urged them to work in unison towards lasting peace.
"I welcome the decision taken by Afghanistan's political leaders to resolve their differences and join efforts to form an inclusive government," Stoltenberg said in a statement.
"In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued Taliban violence against their fellow Afghans, it is more important than ever that all Afghan leaders unite and work towards enduring peace in Afghanistan," Stoltenberg said. "All parties should seize this unprecedented opportunity for peace." NATO ended combat operations in the country at the end of 2014, but still has a 16-000-strong mission to train, advise and support local forces.

Monday, May 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing Nangarhar residents during his trip on Sunday morning, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh blamed the Taliban for deadly attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar, referring to the group as the "enemy of the country". More than 24 people were killed in Nangarhar last week when a bombing happened at a funeral.
On the same day, over 30 people, mostly women and some children, were killed in an attack on a 100-bed maternity hospital in the west of Kabul. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks and the Taliban denied involvement in the two incidents. VP Saleh said denials by the Taliban about the two incidents cannot be accepted.
He asked for the residents to be patient as the government probes the incident. “We do not accept the enemy’s denial of the Nangarhar attack or their blaming Daesh for it,” VP Saleh said.
He added that he is "sure" that the Taliban was involved in the Nangarhar bombing. VP Saleh also blamed the Taliban for the Kabul hospital attack and said the Taliban cannot take power by killing Afghans. “Some foreigners are creating ambiguity and doubts in our minds that this attack is done by this group or that… If you hear the confessions of Aslam Farooqi (who was recently arrested by NDS), no question will remain for you about who is Daesh and who is Talib,” he said.
He said the Taliban has made an agreement with foreigners but they are killing Afghans. VO Saleh asked: “How can the Taliban claim they are representing Afghans while they are not respecting mosques and public places and are acting against the will of Afghans?” “As sons of this soil, we know who the country's enemies are and who is supporting them,” Saleh said, referring to the Taliban. “Remarks about who is involved and who is not involved in these attacks can be accepted by simple people, but not for us who are among our people and who know who our enemy is and who is supporting them,” he added. Meanwhile, VO Saleh said that more than 95 percent of military operations against militants are conducted by Afghan forces, adding that the forces are able to independently defend their country.
VP Saleh said that attacks like Nangarhar might happen again but it will not affect “our unity,” and that the demands of Nangarhar residents are legitimate and that he is committed to acting on them, he vowed.

Monday, May 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ulema Council head for western zone the other day condemned latest deadly attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar as against Islamic principles and humanity. Mawlawi Khudad Saleh condemned the attacks during a press conference in Herat City, the provincial capital He said killing innocent people was against Islam and Sharia and such acts were not allowed in Islam.
He said the conflict and blooding in Afghanistan was four decades old and would continue until the people referred to the Quran and Ulema.
He said those carrying such incidents would see punishment here and hereafter. Mawlawi Jamshid, deputy hajj and religious department director, also strongly condemned the incidents particularly in Kabul and Nangarhar provinces and termed them inhuman and against Islam. A number of other religious scholars held similar views and said those killing innocent civilians had no place in Islam.

Saturday May 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Wahid Majroh, Deputy Minister of Public Health announced that in the past 24 hours 349 tested positive for COVID-19, which brings the total to 6,402 in the country.
There were 15 deaths and 33 recoveries reported in the past 24 hours, Majroh said, adding that total deaths are 168 and total recoveries are 778.
The 349 new cases are reported in Kabul (126), Paktia (56), Nangarhar (37), Balkh (31), Herat (29), Baghlan (11), Logar (10), Kandahar (10), Sar-e-Pul (8), Laghman (8), Takhar (7), Jawzjan (5), Badghis (5), Kunduz (3), Panjshir (1), Bamiyan (1) and Maidan/Wardak (1).
M.A.Ansari

 

Saturday May 16, 2020
SHABERGHAN CITY (BNA) The construction works of 462 agricultural projects has started in northern Jawzjan province the other day.
Mohammad Alem Alemi head of agriculture, irrigation and livestock department of Jawzjan told reporter, the projects with a cost of 198 million Afghanis will be implemented by Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock in central and districts of the province.
M.A.Ansari

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