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Friday February 8, 2019
MAHTARLAM CITY (BNA) Nine insurgents were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in eastern Laghman province.
The clashes took place during two separate military operations in different parts of the province.
Senior commander of Afghan national police in the east of the country told BNA reporter, at least 9 armed oppositions were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in the province.
It has been said, there were no casualties on parts of civilians following the conflicts.
According to another report, Afghan security forces by discovering and confiscating 8 round of various type of mines succeeded to prevent from several deadly incidents in crowded areas of Laghman province.
The mine had been planted by Taliban militants and discovered with cooperation of local people by Afghan security personnel.

Friday February 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghan officials cannot be relied on to properly investigate reports of sexual abuse of members of the national women’s soccer team, their head coach said on Thursday, as she urged governing body FIFA to bring in new measures to protect victims.
Former U.S. international Kelly Lindsey spoke out after a panel laid out a series of recommendations aimed at protecting victims and cracking down on those found to have committed wrongdoing in the wake of the scandal.
“The women who raised their voices have taken an immense amount of pressure on their shoulders because it is life or death for them and their families,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a telephone interview from Hong Kong.
“I think FIFA really needs to stand up here — they are the governing body of football and if they allow this to happen in their culture then it’s easy for it to be pushed under the rug.”
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation in December after allegations that some players had been molested by officials from the country’s soccer federation.
The Afghan Football Federation called the accusations “groundless” and said it would cooperate with any investigation. Its head and five other officials have been suspended.
A FIFA spokesman said the world football federation had “zero tolerance” for human rights violations and was already involved in addressing the Afghan abuse allegations.
This included measures to investigate the reports and to protect those who had spoken out, he said.
A panel led by former FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan in London on Tuesday urged Afghan officials to fully investigate all claims of criminal wrongdoing and offer protection for players and whistleblowers.
“The culture in football needs urgent reform,” said Prince Ali in a statement.
Panel members said new contracts that bar Afghan women’s team members from speaking about the team and enforce wearing the hijab should be scrapped.
FIFA, the world football federation, was also urged to take action to prevent future abuse including establishing clear whistleblowing processes within the sport, and founding a fully independent body to investigate player sexual assault cases.
Member organizations found to be non-compliant should suffer sanctions such as financial penalties, suspension and expulsion, they added.
“It’s important this is looked at seriously and taken care of, because Afghanistan in my opinion is not the only place this is happening,” Lindsey said.
Afghanistan ranks as one of the most dangerous countries for women, and allegations of sexual contact outside marriage can have deadly consequences.
Married victims of sexual harassment are often extremely reluctant to come forward for fear that they will be accused of adultery.


Friday February 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) In latest news, Afghanistan Cricket Board unveiled the team’s squads for full-fledged series against Ireland, which is scheduled to kick off in India later this month. There is a lot of cricket to be played between these 2 teams as both are ready for one heck of a blast. The series involves 3 T20Is, 5 ODIs and 1 Test. It will start on February 21 and will come to a close on 19th March with all the matches to be organised in Dehradun itself. Afghan cricket officials were of the opinion that the upcoming series will be crucial for Afghan players as they are geared up for the World Cup which will start in May. For your information, Afghanistan and Ireland became full members of the ICC in 2017. The nations already spiced it up in their debut Tests and the next Test will be their second.
Afghanistan Team Squads
T20 Squad:
Asghar Afghan (skipper), Usman Ghani, Najeeb Tarakai, Hazratullah Zazai, Samihullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Farid Ahmad Malik, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Ziaur Rahman Sharifi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan, Sharafudin Ashraf
ODI Squad:
Asghar Afghan (skipper), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Javid Ahmadi, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhail, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Zahir Khan, Farid Ahmad Malik, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad
Test Squad:
Asghar Afghan (skipper), Shahzad Mohammadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Alikhail, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Yamin Ahmadzai, Sharafudin Ashraf, Waqar Salamkhail
21 February – 1st T20I
23 February – 2nd T20I
24 February – 3rd T20I
28 February – 1st ODI
2 March – 2nd ODI
5 March – 3rd ODI
8 March – 4th ODI
10 March – 5th ODI
15–19 March – Test Match

Friday, 08 February 2019 11:53

10 Terrorists Kill during Artillery Attack

Friday February 8, 2019
QALAT CITY (BNA) As many as 10 armed oppositions were killed and four others were injured following artillery attack carried out by Afghan security forces on Taliban’s hideouts in southern Zabul province.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the south of the country told BNA correspondent, the terrorists have been targeted in different parts of Mizan district of the province, in which 10 Taliban fighters were killed and four more were wounded.
According to another report, Afghan security forces by discovering and confiscating 12 round of various type of mines succeeded to prevent from several deadly incidents in crowded areas of Zabul province.
The mine had been planted by Taliban militants and discovered with cooperation of local people by Afghan security personnel.

Friday February 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) At least 30 anti-government militias were killed during joint military operations conducted by Afghan security forces across the country.
Ministry of national defense press office stated BNA, the operations have launched by support of Afghan air and artillery forces to annihilate armed oppositions and ensure peace and stability in insecure areas of Laghman, Kapisa, Ghazni, Kandahar, Urozgan, Badghis, Balkh, Jawzjan and Helmand provinces, in which 21 terrorists were killed, seven more were wounded and five others were arrested.
Also, two hideouts, some weapons and ammunitions, a vehicle and a motorcycle belonged to the militants have been destroyed during the military operations, the source added.

Friday February 1, 2019 SAR-E-PUL CITY (BNA) Six Afghan national army soldiers and seven others were wounded during Taliban attack in Sar-e-Pul province last night. According to reports, the incident took place, while a group of Taliban militants stormed on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in Sozma Qala district of the province. A security source in Sar-e-Pul told BNA correspondent, six Afghan National Army soldiers were martyred and seven others were injured during the raids. Taliban militants also sustained heavy losses during that attack, but the exact number is not clear yet, the source added. M.A.Ansari

Friday February 1, 2019 Kabul (BNA) As many as 65 armed oppositions were killed and 16 others were injured during joint military operations led by Afghan national defense and security forces within the last 24 hours across the country. Ministry of national defense press office stated BNA, the operations have launched by supports of Afghan air and artillery forces to annihilate anti-government militias, ensure peace and stability and protect the lives and properties of people in insecure areas of Kapisa, Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul, Herat, Badghis, Balkh, Faryab and Helmand provinces. Also four suspects were arrested, 4 vehicles, 6 motorcycles, some weapons and ammunitions have been destroyed during the military operations, the source added. M.A.Ansari

Friday February 1, 2019 Kabul (BNA) It is naive to think the Taliban have changed their stance on women's rights, says Kabul restaurateur Laila Haidari, who like many educated Afghan women fears any peace deal between the extremists and the US could erode hard-won freedoms. Draconian rules that once forced half the population behind closed doors — barred from education and work — have been chipped away in the nearly two decades since the US-led invasion that swept the Taliban from power. "If they return, women will have to leave the public space," Haidari tells AFP from the restaurant she runs in Kabul, one of the few places in the capital where men and women dine together. Haidari launched the #MeToo Afghanistan movement which she and others hope will be a vanguard of Afghan women who can hold the line against Taliban power. "We never want to go back. We never want to lose our freedom," says Mina Rezaee, the owner of another cafe in Kabul, where music — banned under the Taliban — plays in the background. After six days of negotiations in Qatar, the US and Taliban have agreed on a draft framework for a deal which could pave the way for the insurgents to hold peace talks with Kabul. With the US desperate to withdraw from Afghanistan, and the Taliban in control of vast parts of the country, it is unclear what a post-conflict government would look like. Any participation by the Taliban, however, frightens many women. Before being toppled by the US invasion of 2001, the Taliban governed Afghanistan for nearly five years with a strict interpretation of Shariah law. "We still remember how hard it was to be a woman under Taliban rule," says Naweeda Bayat, a 25-year-old from central Jaghori district. "I was a kid, but I remember they burned our school right in front of our eyes." The government in Kabul controls less than two-thirds of the country, according to a US estimate — and in Taliban-controlled areas nothing has changed. "They have either burned girls' schools or don't allow women to work," Bayat says. "This tells us how they might be if they come back." 'Shut out' Afghan women have even more reason to worry if they are "shut out of the negotiation process, as they mostly have been," says Heather Barr, a senior women's rights researcher. "The Taliban's attitude toward women has moderated slightly since 2001, but it is still a million miles away from the equal rights women are granted under Afghanistan's constitution," she observed. The position of women in Afghanistan has undeniably improved since 2001. More than 2.5 million of the eight million schoolchildren are girls, according to the UN. More than a quarter of the seats in parliament are reserved for women and in 2016 they made up nearly a fifth of the workforce. But despite the progress — and millions spent by Western aid programs since 2001 — Afghanistan ranks last in the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security index, which measures well-being and self-reliance. The fears of educated women in the capital are shared by those in rural areas, where the literacy rate can be less than two percent and rights are often even more constrained by conservative tradition. Hasina, a 32-year-old mother of one in the disputed southern province of Helmand, says she dreads going backwards. "We are worried and afraid for our lives," she says. "If the Taliban come back and ban schools for my children, or don't allow me to go out without my husband, this is not acceptable for me," says Nazia Rezaee, a 35-year-old in the central city of Ghazni. Afghan women 'have changed' Several feminist activists told AFP that they believe the country has changed and Afghan women will not allow their rights to be taken away without a fight. "Afghan women are stronger, more informed, more educated than ever, and no one, including men, will agree to return to what Afghanistan was in 1998," says Fawzia Koofi, who heads the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Human Rights. Activist Attia Mehraban feels the same. "I dream of peace, like millions of other Afghans, but I dream more vividly of my freedom and rights as a 21st Century human being," she told AFP. "The price of peace cannot be limitless." Her message to the Taliban, she said, is "Afghan women have changed... If you think you can come back with the same ideology ... you are wrong, you will be facing a formidable force of well-educated Afghan women who are conscious of their rights and who will not give in to oppression." Hosai Andar, a businesswoman in her 40s, said she could "not imagine the world would abandon us once again". "I am an optimist," she told AFP. "They will stay with us." Firstpost Ansari

Friday February 1, 2019 Kabul (BNA) Last week, 34 transactions were registered at the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan, Trend reports referring to the message of the exchange. Businessmen from the UAE and Afghanistan bought liquefied gas, while businessmen from Russia and Tajikistan purchased high-density polyethylene and polypropylene. In addition, colorless sheet glass, Portland cement and motor transport were sold to businessmen from Russia, the UK, the UAE, Estonia, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan. The total amount of transactions was around $16.248 million. Companies and organizations of all forms of ownership, citizens of Turkmenistan and other countries can participate in exchange trades by acquiring a brokerage site or concluding a service contract with stock brokers.The main export items are petroleum products, cotton fiber, products of the domestic textile industry, chemical industry. Negaeftz Ansari

Friday, 01 February 2019 18:35

1,800 Drought-Damaged Families Received Aids

Friday February 1, 2019 QALA-E-NAW CITY (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed by Afghan Red Crescent to 1,800 drought-affected families in western Herat and Badghis provinces. In this round, each family have received flour, rice, cooking ghee, pea, bean, sugar and dry tea. Press office of Afghan Red Crescent by releasing a statement issued that, in this round, 1,500 drought-damaged families have received foodstuffs in Bala Murghab and Aab Kamari districts of Badghis province and 300 other families received foodstuffs in Kashak Kohna district of Herat province. The families lost their agriculture products due to drought and forced to leave their houses. M.A.Ansari

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