22 April 2019

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Friday April 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) At least 16 people were arrested accused of linking with terrorist groups in eastern Kunar, Nooristan and Nangarhar provinces.
Senior military official in the east of the country told BNA reporter, the people were arrested during confrontation and special operations conducted by Afghan security in various parts of Kunar, Nooristan and Nangarhar provinces.
Several weapons and documents proves their memberships in Taliban and ISIS terrorist groups have been seized from the arrested people, the source added.
Investigation ongoing from them.


Friday April 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Two brothers were arrested accused of several kidnapping cases by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province.
Recently, the brothers have been kidnapped an engineer that were arrested during a special operation from relevant areas of Khogyani district of the province.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA correspondent, the brothers were accused on several kidnapping cases in Nangarhar province.
In their primary investigation the arrested kidnapers confessed to that they demanded (ransom) much money from the families those they have abducted their members.


Friday April 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Using solar electricity a water network have been inaugurated in eastern Nangarhar province.
The network have provide drinking water to hundreds families in Acheen district of the province.
Press office of Nangarhar by releasing a statement issued that the drinking water will be extended via water plumbing to families in remote areas in Acheen district.
The water network have built with a cost of 300,000 Afghanis, which the project have appreciated by local residents.

Friday April 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Two weapons transferors were arrested by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province late on Thursday.
The persons had plan to transfer several weapons to unknown area, which were arrested by Afghan security personnel in Khogyani district of the province.
Several heavy and light weapons have been seized from the arrested persons, Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA.
It is no information about that the persons have link with any terrorist groups or were involved on selling and buying weapons in the country.
Investigation has started from the persons, Khogyani added.

Friday April 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan expressed disappointment on Friday after the collapse of a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan politicians in Qatar that exposed some of the deep divisions hampering efforts to end the war.
A 250-strong delegation of Afghan politicians and civil society figures had been due to meet Taliban officials in Doha at the weekend. The event was abruptly cancelled on Thursday amid arguments over the size and status of the group, which included some government officials attending in a personal capacity.
“I’m disappointed Qatar’s intra-Afghan initiative has been delayed,” Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghan reconciliation, said on Twitter. “I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track by agreeing to a participant list that speaks for all Afghans.”
The collapse of the meeting before it had even started, described as a “fiasco” by one senior Western official, laid bare the tensions that have hampered moves towards opening formal peace negotiations.
Khalilzad, a veteran Afghan-born diplomat, has held a series of meetings with Taliban representatives but the insurgents have so far refused to talk to the Western-backed government in Kabul, which they dismiss as a “puppet” regime.
The Doha meeting was intended to prepare the ground for possible future talks by building familiarity among Taliban officials and representatives of the Afghan state created after the U.S.-led campaign that toppled the Taliban government in 2001. A similar encounter was held in Moscow in February.
President Ashraf Ghani’s office blamed Qatari authorities for the cancellation, saying they had authorised a list of participants that differed from the one proposed by Kabul, “which meant disrespect for the national will of the Afghans”.
“This act is not acceptable for the people of Afghanistan,” it said in a statement on Friday.
Sultan Barakat, director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies in Qatar, which had been facilitating the meeting, said there was no disagreement about the agenda.
“Rather, there is insufficient agreement around participation and representation to enable the conference to be a success,” he tweeted.
Preparations had already been undermined by disagreements on the government side about who should attend, as well as by suspicions among rival politicians ahead of presidential elections scheduled for September.
The Taliban derided the agreed list of 250 participants as a “wedding party”. Some senior opposition figures who had been included refused to attend.
The Taliban also objected to Ghani’s comments to a meeting of delegates that they would be representing the Afghan nation and the Afghan government, a statement that went against the insurgents’ refusal to deal with the Kabul administration.

Friday April 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali, the permanent representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Kabul, met with Afghan leaders regarding the peace process, inter-Afghan dialogue and negotiations with the Taliban.
Botsali met with Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and presidential advisers to reiterate the OIC’s “firm commitment to lasting peace, stability and development in Afghanistan.”
President Ashraf Ghani has also invited OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen to pay an official visit to Afghanistan to review cooperation, OIC activities, and the International Ulema Conference for Peace and Security in Afghanistan’s Makkah Declaration of July 2018.


Friday April 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s Trade Attache Radai Hotak visited Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (UIET), Trend reports with reference to UIET.
The meeting was attended by the leadership of the UIET's International Trade Department and the Turkmenistan Trading House in Afghanistan.
The meeting participants confirmed their interest in building up mutually beneficial trade contacts and discussed a number of steps to diversify joint efforts for realizing the export potential of the partnership, the news report says.
Turkmenistan and Afghanistan are interested in the implementation of a regional transit project through Azerbaijan, according to a joint statement by the presidents of the two countries issued on February 24, 2019. The document was signed following the negotiations between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in Ashgabat.
"The leaders of the countries express satisfaction with the beginning of the implementation of the five-sided agreement between Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Turkmenistan on transit and transport cooperation dated November 15, 2017 (the Lazurit, or Lapis Lazuli Corridor Agreement)," the statement says.
The parties also reaffirmed support for the proposal to hold a meeting of transport ministers and heads of the customs services of the state parties to the Agreement concluded in Ashgabat in May 2019.
The Lapis Lazuli transit project envisions construction of railways and highways connecting the city of Torghundi in Afghanistan’s Herat Province with Ashgabat, and further with the Caspian port of Turkmenbashi. The corridor will continue to Baku, then go through Tbilisi to Ankara with branches in Poti and Batumi, and continue from Ankara to Istanbul.
The budget of the project, which aims to facilitate transit logistics and simplify customs procedures, is estimated at $2 billion. The large-scale project is designed to increase the economic integration of the region and the volume of trade.


Thursday, 18 April 2019 06:55

Blasts Prevented in South of the Country

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Kandahar (BNA) A series of blasts were prevented in south of the country this morning.
The security officials discovered and defused 23 mines from crowded areas of Kandahar, Urozgan, Helmand, and Zabul provinces and prevented from a series of deadly events.
ANA top commander in south of the country told BNA, the mines were discovered and neutralized by technical teams and collaboration of residents.
With planting of these mines, Taliban wanted to organize a series of deadly events on civilians, but not succeeded to their evil goals.
T. Yarzada


Thursday, April 18, 2019
Jalalabad (BNA) Sixteen ISIS fighters were killed in recent conflicts of afghan security forks in Nangarhar province last night.
The fighters were targeted in parts of Achen, Kot and Hasakamina districts.
ANA army corps top commander in east of the country told BNA 16 ISIS fighters including three foreign fighters were killed.
Three strongholds of the fighters were also demolished.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Jalalabad (BNA)  The military officials of Nangarhar province reported from killing of at least 50 Taliban insurgents in clearing operation in Shirzad district, of that province.
In the operation, 36 other insurgents have been injured.
The operation was launched aimed to more security of people with attendance of hundreds of militaries in the mentioned district since a week.
According to senior commander of ANA in east of the country, at least 50 armed Taliban were killed and 36 others have been injured in the operation.
The insurgents were suppressed on their strongholds in parts of Shirzad district by air and ground raids.
According to reports, so far, several hideouts of Taliban with all war equipment have been demolished.
The operation continues there till annihilation of insurgents from the mentioned district, said the officials.
T. Yarzada


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