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Saturday, August 17, 2019
Kandahar (BNA) Eight Taliban rebels were killed in recent raids of Afghan security forces in Kandahar province last night.
The insurgents were suppressed in parts of Maiwand District.
ANA senior commander in Atal army corps in south of the country told BNA, eight rebels were killed in the raids.
The insurgents were targeted while terrorist and destructive activities, he added.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:57

Blasts Prevented in South Of The Country

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Kandahar (BNA) A series of blasts were prevented in south of the country.
Security officials discovered and neutralized 20 mines from crowded ways of Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul and Helmand provinces and prevented from a series of deadly events.
Atal army corps with releasing a statement told BNA, the mines were discovered with collaboration of residents.
So far, no individuals or group has committed the responsibility of the failed mine planting, but military officials in the south blamed Taliban.
Taliban mostly planted bombs and mines on busy roads of the provinces, which victimized civilians.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:57

Taliban Deadly Raid on Civilians in Faryab

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Maimana (BNA) A child was martyred and seven civilians have been injured in deadly raid of Taliban terrorist group in Faryab province.
The event occurred last night, while a group of Taliban attacked on a residential house.
Abdul Karim Sorosh police spokesman of Faryab told BNA, a child was martyred and seven civilians including women and children have been wounded.
The victims of the event were are members of a family.
Doctors in Faryab central hospital reported the health status of three injured critical.
T. Yarzada

Friday August 16, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The prime minister said, "Afghanistan is a good neighbor of India, and I wish the country for celebrating 100 years of independence this year."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning extended greetings to the people of Afghanistan, who are celebrating 100 years of freedom this year.
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, the prime minister said, "Afghanistan is a good neighbor of India, and I wish the country for celebrating 100 years of independence this year."
The war-torn nation that has been trying to achieve peace from the decades-long conflict celebrates its Independence Day each year on August 19. This national holiday honors Shah Amanullah Khan's defeat of the British Empire in 1919 and the founding of the nation.
Although Afghanistan was never part of the British Empire, it gained its independence from Britain after the signing of the Anglo-Afghan Treaty in 1919 - a treaty that granted complete neutral relations between Afghanistan and Britain.
However, despite marking 100 years of independence, intensive negotiations between the United States and the Taliban are still underway that aim to end the nearly eighteen-year war in Afghanistan.
Mr Modi, in his speech, also condemned terrorism in all forms and referred to the deadly terror bombings in neighboring Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people on Easter Sunday in April.
"India is strongly fighting against those who are spreading terrorism. Terrorism in any part of the world is a war against humanity and hence all humanitarian forces should come together to expose the real face of those who harbor, promote or export terrorism," he said.
"Those who give protection to terrorism and support it must be completely exposed," the prime minister said in a veiled attack on Pakistan.
"Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka are also affected by terrorism. All countries in the world need to come together to fight this menace," Mr. Modi asserted.

Friday August 16, 2019

KANDAHAR CITY (BNA) Defense Minister of Taliban terrorist group was killed during drone attack carried out by NATO troops in south of the country last night.
Sadar Ibrahim Defense Minister of Taliban have been targeted when he was moving toward Pakistan in a region between Shah Wali Koot and Khakriz districts of southern Kandahar province.
Hayatullah Hayat governor of Kandahar while confirmed killing of Sadar Ibrahim defense minister of Taliban said BNA local reporter, Ibrahim was one the key member of Taliban group that he had active role in deadly terrorist attacks carried out by the terrorist group within the last years in the south of the country.
Taliban group didn’t confirmed killing of Sadar Ibrahim so far.

Friday August 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Thirty or so teenagers kick up dust as they sprint around a field in Kabul, focused intensely as they chase an oval ball in the sweltering heat.
The players are sweating profusely but that has not dampened their enthusiasm for their new-found sport: rugby.
Essentially unheard of before the arrival of international forces, the sport has slowly begun to pick up steam in Afghanistan, where football, cricket and body-building are better known.
"I love the tackles and passes of rugby," said 16-year-old Lutfullah Kazemi, a high-school student who previously had been a football fan. He was drawn to the game largely because of its novelty, but stuck with it and now dreams of an international career.
In a country that has been at war for four decades, tough-guy sports including body building and taekwondo already have found a loyal following.
And thanks to the efforts over several years by die-hard fans, awareness around rugby is growing.
Stephen Brooking, a Briton who advises the Afghan Rugby Federation, is convinced Afghans have the characteristics to shine at the sport, notably physical conditioning.
For the moment, the focus is on seven-a-side rugby, known as rugby sevens, as it is the best way to build skills and is easier to understand than 15 a side.
"They have the skills, they have the fitness, they have the strength," Brooking told AFP.
"You get some very big strong Afghans and I think they would be also good at fifteens. Eventually, I am sure Afghanistan will produce a strong 15-a-side rugby team."
But conditions are less than ideal. Chunks of synthetic grass have been torn from the Kabul pitch, making tackling dangerous.
Only touch rugby, which is less physical, is allowed. Otherwise the players risk injury, explained Abdul Habib, the trainer of this team called "Qahramanan" -- meaning "champions" in Dari, the main Afghan language.
Still, the sport is growing. Today, 18 teams have been formed in schools and universities around Kabul and six more in provinces outside the capital, said Aref Wardak, the rugby federation's spokesman.
Three youth and adult championships are supposed to be created within months, and a women's team has even been started in Kabul with the hope of others coming soon.
- 'Where's the goal?' -
Afghanistan is not yet a member of the World Rugby governing body, but has received support from the Asian federation, which helps it train referees and coaches.
The national sevens side, made up of Afghan expatriates, participated in the Asian Games in Indonesia last year, narrowly missing out on the quarter finals.
To build a future for rugby, the federation is focusing on youth, starting in the schools.
"We must first convince teachers there's an interest in rugby, and explain the values of this gentleman's sport that is rooted in rules and a respect for the enemy. And the kids need to find it fun," Wardak said.
Habib, who started coaching the Qahramanan team about four years ago, said it was a difficult sport to learn.
"It took me about two months to teach them the rules," he said.
Wardak, the rugby federation spokesman, recalled his first contacts with college students.
"They would ask me where the goal was and why we had to pass the ball backward -- and they thought a scrum was the start of a fight," he said.
Brooking said the thing players need the most in Kabul is pitches. Not easy to come by in a city experiencing a demographic boom.
A plot of land about 10,000 meters square (2.5 acres) will soon be allocated for rugby practice, according to the Afghan Rugby Federation, though funds are still lacking to construct any facilities or put in a decent turf.

Friday August 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Sixteen-year-old Madina still has nightmares about the day two huge blasts tore through her school in Kabul, showering shards of broken window glass on her and other students.
She survived, with lacerations to her arms and legs. The physical wounds are slowly healing, but she remains haunted by the stress of the attack.
Madina, like many of her generation in Afghanistan, has never known peace and experts warn the psychological impact of living in a country where schools are often on the front line, and counselling is in short supply, can be overwhelming.
"It was a scary day. I still have nightmares, I cannot focus, it was very hard to prepare for exams," Madina recalled.
She had to take her math’s exam in the corridor at her shattered school as many classrooms have been left unusable.
The US and Taliban claim progress in ongoing peace talks, but little has changed for Afghans, and recent attacks underscore how children remain as vulnerable as ever in the grinding conflict.
A UN tally found last year was the deadliest on record, with at least 3,804 civilian deaths caused by the war -- including 927 children. And in the first six months of 2019, children accounted for nearly one-third of civilian casualties.
"In the first few days after the attack, you could see the trauma on students' faces, they would cry every minute," Madina's school director Niamatullah Hamdard said.
- 'Stressed out' -
According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the number of attacks against Afghan schools tripled last year compared to 2017. By the end of 2018, more than 1,000 Afghan schools had been shut due to conflict, denying about 500,000 Afghan kids access to education.
In the arid Deh Bala district of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, the Papen high school has been reduced to rubble amid fighting between government forces and the Islamic State group.
Kids sit on a rug outside for a class, frowning as a reporter approaches. Some of them have witnessed IS fighters beheading locals.
"When the students go to sleep at night, they dream about Daesh and they are haunted by these atrocities," school director Muhamad Wali said, using the local name for IS.
"They scream in their sleep, and when they come here they are so stressed out."
Omar Ghorzang, a school district official, said the stress takes a huge toll.
"When the teachers are talking to them, the kids talk among themselves and do bizarre things. They cannot pay attention", Ghorzang said.
Amir Gul, aged about 15, said he and his Papen classmates are constantly anxious.
"We are always afraid a bomb might go off. Everyone is scared and no one can study," he said.
Psychotherapist Bethan McEvoy, who works as an education advisor for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Kabul, said it can be tough to assess the prevalence of mental illness and emotional trauma resulting from school attacks.
That's because symptoms of psychological trauma often manifest only after the shock has subsided -- and in Afghanistan, people can spend years living through one stressful event after another.
"When we experience a high-stress event, there's a natural response in our body that turns into a survival response," she said. "When people are in a state of constant fear ... then it's very difficult to turn that response off."
How people are impacted in the long term depends on many factors including their background, family relations and support networks.
"If a school has something in place to provide that kind of support to the child then it can actually be very helpful," McEvoy said, noting that more can be done to provide services in Afghanistan.
- Counselling needed -
At the Kabul school, much of the debris had been cleared, but twisted metal poked through a collapsed roof and the crunch of broken glass could still be felt underfoot in areas away from where the kids play.
Days after the Kabul attack, a Taliban car bomb targeted a government intelligence centre in the eastern city of Ghazni. The blast also hit a nearby school, wounding dozens of children.
Barely a day goes by without reports of children or families being killed or wounded.
It is not just insurgent groups responsible for the killing.
A recent Pentagon report found US forces in Afghanistan caused 134 civilian casualties in 2018. Of the 76 among them who died, 31 were children.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said war explosives account for 84 percent of all child casualties in Afghanistan.
"Physical injuries can pale in comparison to the emotional scars many children may carry with them for years," Save the Children's Afghanistan director Onno van Manen said after the Ghazni attack.
Wali, the school director in Nangarghar, said security risks made it hard for aid groups to offer counselling for his students.
But after the attack in Kabul, the ministry of health stepped in for a few days.
Madina said the therapy has helped.
She added: "It was useful, but it was too short."

Friday August 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Negotiators from both sides (the US and the Taliban group) have said they will take consultation with their leaders, following the eighth round of peace talks, believed to end the nearly 18-year war in the country.
The Taliban side expected the long-but-useful talks that ended few days ago, would open the way for both sides to consult their leaders for taking the next steps, while of the US’s Zalmay Khalilzad hoped “this is the last Eid where Afghanistan is at war.”
“I know Afghans yearn for peace. We stand with them and are working hard toward a lasting & honorable peace agreement and a sovereign Afghanistan which poses no threat to any other country,” Khalilzad’s tweet was quoted by many local and world media including The Washington Post as saying.
According to some details emerged about the most recent peace negotiations between the US and the Taliban, the deal is expected to cover the foreign forces withdrawal from Afghanistan, but in exchange for guarantees by the Taliban that “Afghanistan would not become a haven for other extremist groups.
The Taliban representatives have repeatedly refused negotiation with the government of Afghanistan, while the people who have elected the present system would stay against any deals pushing aside their own democratic system.
Actually the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is waiting for what would be the result from the so long discussions that took up to eight rounds so far, with the possible ensuing processes, still unknown how long will they take to have a lasting peace restored in the war suffered nation.
In addition to the available legitimate system, no Afghan is ready to accept such deals with no share from the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
After fear of potential disorders anarchism over the failure of the IEC to announce a transparent and fair presidential election results in 2014, the US came along to help form the National Unity Government (NUG), which was agreed and supported by the two rival sides. All Afghans supported the agreement to have a free powerful conflict on the system.
But as seen the US has forgotten what it had done for Afghanistan (establishment of the NUG) so it’s likely resorting to a one-side deal with the key anti-government rebels.
The US should not give the Taliban an opportunity to oppose the current system – but rather – to join a direct peace deal with its negotiators. The US should provide the ground for an intra-Afghan dialogue between the government and the Taliban, as no peace negotiation would not be acceptable, unless the government was the key side and such an accord would be followed by a political settlement and a permanent cease-fire between the two sides.
As the country’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said, the fate of the Afghans cannot be decided outside the country and they will never allow their fate to be dealt by the foreign without any discussion with their own picked representatives.
President Ghani once again insisted that peace was only possible between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban movement.
On the other side, the presidential election would never be canceled even in the event of a peace settlement and the current system would never be replaced with an interim government
The presidential election set for September 1 is inevitably held as it’s the willing of the people not other internal malicious circles or foreigners.
A dignified peace would never be achieved unless a legitimate and strong government coming through an election.
In conclusion, peace has to come but not in the price of the presidential election annulment or a replacement of the interim administration with the current system.
M. W. Qasemi

Friday August 16, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Talking on this occasion of 100th Independence Anniversary, director of Archeology department, MoIC Noor Agha Noori said, this department has undertaken certain programs on the occasion of independence 100th anniversary.
“We have covered eight provinces with continued excavations including Nangarhar in which we managed after 50 years to start of excavations in the area of Ghandai Sabzha, as a result a military area was discovered due to excavations with a historical background of 16 centuries. He added the officials of department have surveyed and excavated the ancient site in the vicinity of Sultan Masoud and Bahram Shah minarets in Ghazni which are architectural memorials of Ghaznavids era and as a result construction remnants, oven dried bricks pavements, marble stone signs with plant decorations, earthenware pieces from Ghaznavids, Ghorids and Temorids era etc… were discovered.” The results of these excavations are one of the unique achievements of Islamic archeology in Afghanistan since independence, he added.
He went on to say, on this occasion, for the first time in 50 years, excavation started in Topdara Stupa which is a remnant from Budhic era and beside Stupa a worship room was discovered.
In Kapisa province, excavations were executed in Khamzargar area in a Budhism site as a result temples, stupas, stone pillars, coins and earthenware were discovered that are belong to 2nd-5th centuries. As a result of excavations in Orange Palace area, Kandahar, a lot of relics were discovered that belong to 17th-19th centuries.
Talking on their future plans, he said, our next plan would focus on excavations in Balahisar, Kabul. The sites in this area contain relics with a background of 5th to 6th centuries B.C.
Beside survey and excavations in the capital and provinces, on Asad 14.1398 a seminar titled “New excavations in recent 100 years in Afghanistan” was held by our department in Logar province in which articles were readout by scholars from Kabul university, Logar university, Academy of Sciences, MoIC and some independent researchers. As a result it has been cleared that over 4000 ancient sites across Afghanistan have been discovered by archeology department with a background from the Stone Age to temporary era.
Talking on the database of ancient sites, he said, database of all ancient sites have been prepared due to efforts of Afghan and foreign experts that would enable us to protect these sites property.
“Work is going on, on creation of archeology parks. These parks would cause better protection of ancient sites and help to attract more tourists and employment opportunities will be available to locals. The first and second parks were established in Ghazni and Bamyan and would be implemented in 2-3 years”.
Karima Malikzada

Thursday August 15, 2019
KANDAHAR CITY (BNA) Defense Minister of Taliban terrorist group was killed during drone attack carried out by NATO troops in south of the country last night.
Sadar Ibrahim Defense Minister of Taliban have been targeted when he was moving toward Pakistan in a region between Shah Wali Koot and Khakriz districts of southern Kandahar province.
Hayatullah Hayat governor of Kandahar while confirmed killing of Sadar Ibrahim defense minister of Taliban said BNA local reporter, Ibrahim was one the key member of Taliban group that he had active role in deadly terrorist attacks carried out by the terrorist group within the last years in the south of the country.
Taliban group didn’t confirmed killing of Sadar Ibrahim so far.

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