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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:47

FM Rabbani Meets Turkish Ambassador To Kabul

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Ambassador Designate of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Oguzhan Ertugrul called upon the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani yesterday afternoon.
The newly appointed Turkish Ambassador who is scheduled to present his credentials to the President of Afghanistan Today, December 13, 2017, called on the Afghan Foreign Minister.
Ambassador Designate Ertugrul conveyed best wishes of the Turkish government to Foreign Minister Rabbani and the people of Afghanistan, reiterating his country’s commitment to the Afghanistan-Turkey bilateral ties.
H.E. Foreign Minister welcoming Ambassador Designate Ertugrul called Turkey a brotherly country and wished the country’s envoy a successful tenure.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:45

Taliban Abduct Four Drivers In Samangan

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Aybak (BNA) Armed Taliban set on fire a truck full of coal in Samangan and destroyed three others as well as abducted their drivers, BNA reported.
Ahmad Ali Hassani district governor of Dar-e-Souf told BNA, armed Taliban set on fire the trucks in Dar-e-Souf district and they have threaten them, if they do not pay tax, their truck will be set on fire.
After the incident, Afghan security forces went to the area and clashed with Taliban, as a result, the Taliban escaped from the area and took away the drivers, he told BNA.
Police headquarters spokesperson says, police has started searching operation to free the drivers from Taliban.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:42

20 Terrorists Killed Across The Country

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The security and defense forces conducting joint clearing operations in various parts of the country killed 20 armed terrorists including 11 Daesh fighters, wounded 12 others.
According to defense ministry press office to BNA, the operations conducted with support of air and artillery forces in Nangarhar, Laghman, Ghazni, Paktia, Kandahar, Zabul, Baghlan and Helmand provinces.
In the operation, heavy losses inflected to terrorists and their several strongholds were also demolished.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:40

22 Welfare Projects Work Executed In Panjshir

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) From starting of financial year till now, the construction work of 22 welfare projects were executed in Panjshir province.
The projects have been implemented through irrigational national program and national coordination of rural rehabilitation and development ministry.
Habib Behzad press in charge of rural rehabilitation and development ministry told BNA, the projects include, four potable water projects, seven irrigational projects and 11 transportation services project, have been implemented in outskirt of Panjshir province.
According to Behzad, the projects have been constructed at the cost of 2 million dollars and more than 17,000 families were benefited from facilities of the projects.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:33

Series of Blasts Prevented In Kunar

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Asadabad (BNA) A series of blasts were prevented in Kunar province.
The security officials discovered and naturalized eight mines from crowded areas of the province and prevented from bloody events.
A top police commander in the east of the country told BNA, with planting of the mines Taliban wanted to organize series of bloody events on civilians, but not succeeded to their evil goals.
So far, Taliban said nothing in this regard yet.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:31

Clashes Among Taliban And Daesh In Nangarhar

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jalalabad (BNA) Clashes between Taliban and Daesh groups continued in Nangarhar province.
The clashed continued since four days in parts of Lalpor District.
A senior police commander in the east of the country told BNA, in the conflicts, 23 Daesh and Taliban were killed and dozen others have been wounded.
During the recent day, some parts of the province was witness bloody events between Taliban and Daesh fighters.
In the clashes, hundreds of residents were forced to leave their homes.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jalalabad (BNA) Dozens acres of opium poppy were destroyed in Nangarhar province.
The campaign was launched by local office with cooperation of security forces in parts of Nangarhar province.
In this round, at least 50 poppy cultivated lands were destroyed in Achen District.
Ismael Shinwari governor of Achen District, Nangarhar province told BNA, three cultivators have been detained in connection of the case.
T. Yarzada

Monday December 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on a presidential decree 53 prisoners including 8 women have been released from western Herat jail.
Gul Ahmad Ramesh head of prosecution enforcement sentences in Herat told BNA reporter, the inmates were released based on a presidential decree issued on behalf of Eid-ul-Adha.
At the present over 3000 prisoners including 200 women are in Herat jail, Ramesh added.

Monday December 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is calling for an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.
The scope of such an investigation isn't clear, but it could have the potential to involve U.S. troops. Fatou Bensouda said in a statement that she has decided to request authorization to open a formal investigation. ICC judges would then decide whether the situation meets the court's criteria. Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told NPR: "Our view is clear: An ICC investigation with respect to U.S. personnel would be wholly unwarranted and unjustified. More broadly, our overall assessment is that commencement of an ICC investigation will not serve the interests of either peace or justice in Afghanistan." Bensouda said the court's jurisdiction for crimes committed in Afghanistan extends to May 1, 2003. Friday's statement doesn't name specific parties or incidents that would potentially be investigated. But a report released by the prosecutor's office last year says there is a "reasonable basis" to believe the following crimes have occurred:
"Crimes against humanity and war crimes by the Taliban and their affiliated Haqqani Network; "War crimes of torture and related ill-treatment by Afghan government forces, in particular the intelligence agency (National Directorate for Security), and the Afghan National Police; "War crimes of torture and related ill-treatment, by US military forces deployed to Afghanistan and in secret detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency, principally in the 2003-2004 period, although allegedly continuing in some cases until 2014." According to Bensouda's statement, the investigation would also include "war crimes closely linked to the situation in Afghanistan allegedly committed since 1 July 2002 on the territory of other States Parties to the Rome Statute," the international treaty that established the ICC.
A probe into Afghanistan would be a first for the court, which was established when the Rome Statute took effect in 2002. Previous ICC cases have focused on defendants from African countries, a source of criticism for the international legal body. The ICC is also investigating the armed conflict in Georgia. The U.S. initially signed the Rome Statute under the Clinton administration but never ratified it, citing concerns that it would be used to prosecute U.S. citizens unfairly. However, the ICC would still be able to investigate, the BBC adds, because "Afghanistan is a member, and the court's jurisdiction covers crimes committed on any member state's territory regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator." At the same time, "legal experts have said the chances of American service members being charged and sent to face justice at the ICC are remote," according to The Associated Press.
Bensouda's report last year stated that there is a "reasonable basis to believe" that U.S. armed forces members subjected "at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014." It added that it has reason to believe that CIA members carried out similar acts against at least 27 detained persons "on the territory of Afghanistan and other State Parties to the Statute (namely Poland, Romania and Lithuania) between December 2002 and March 2008." The report also blamed the Taliban and other anti-government armed groups for "more than 17,000 civilian deaths in the period between January 2007 and December 2015." Pahon said the U.S. supports accountability for crimes committed by the Taliban and "other serious crimes in Afghanistan." He added: "However, we have long believed and stated that justice is most effective when it is delivered at the local level."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The continuation of such a situation, without doubt decreases the trust and confidence of people to security and intelligence organs.
BNA security affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes slaughtering all the members of a family in Panjsad Family residential area has caused concerns of the residents of the capital.
Four armed men in military uniform at night time invaded in to a house and brutally slaughtered all members of a family including women and children while they were asleep.  
What have happened in Panjsad Family are among dozens criminal acts that occur daily in the capital.
We have been witness of many criminal acts during the recent days and months in Kabul from killing and abducting traders to physical violence and robbery. All these inhuman and barbaric acts indicate that the capital is experiencing a terrible security situation.
In spite of that security authorities claim that the Panjsad Family incident is the result of personal and family disputes but this kind of reasoning cannot acquit them from their responsibilities and not justifiable.
We accept that teen members of a family became the victim of a family dispute, but it would be questionable how the invaders accessed to automatic weapon and used military uniform and how they interned the house and after several hours of killing and looting leave the scene?
The relatives of the victims claim that in the first moments of the incident at 1: 00 am they informed police but they reached the scene after three hours. Although the security authorities deny the claim but there reasoning is not justifiable.
The recent incident and other similar incidents occurred during the recent days and months indicate that beside terrorist incidents like suicide attacks and explosions criminal incidents are the major part of concerns the residents of the capital suffering from.
The presence of armed individuals, police call them irresponsible armed people in tangible in the city.
Some people claim that most of police personnel have been appointed due to their links to higher authorities not according to criteria set up for employments.
The existence of such a wide gap in security organs and incapability of intelligence and security personnel indicate that there is a poor management in security affairs in Kabul. If as the interior minister promised, firm steps be taken for reforming the situation, the residents of Kabul who are suffering from insecurity will enjoy living in a peaceful and safe atmosphere very soon, otherwise, their miseries will continue as before.    
Abdul Khalil Minawi
BNA Director General

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