17 October 2019

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Sunday September 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Prof. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Acting Minister of Finance and Chief Advisor on Infrastructure to the President, met Sayed Jalal Karim, Afghan Ambassador to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia dated here yesterday, a ministry statement told The Kabul Times.
In the meeting, both sides discussed the victims of Mina, the incident along Jamarrat in Hajj and Saudi Arabia’s assistance to the martyred and injured in the event.
In the Mina accident that took place in 2015, a number of people have been martyred and injured due to fall of the crane, including some Afghan pilgrims. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud had pledged one million Saudi riyals for the martyred, and 500,000 Saudi riyals for the wounded concerning that 23 Cheques have been submitted to the Acting Minister of Finance by Afghan Ambassador to Kingdom Saudi Arabia.
The Acting Minister of Finance said that the amount would be given to the affected families as soon as possible including Martyred and Injured by Da Afghanistan Bank, the statement added.


Sunday September 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that while it was seeking a political agreement with the Taliban, Washington would not accept just any deal after a wave of violence cast a shadow over its talks with the insurgent group.
Afghan leaders including President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani have been increasingly critical of the apparent draft deal reached between U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives in Doha this week as the violence has escalated.
“The United States’ View is that the best way forward is a political agreement and that (is  what) we’re working diligently on right now, that doesn’t mean we’ll take any deal,” Esper said during a press conference in Paris with his French counterpart.  “We will make sure we have a good deal, a good enough deal that guarantees at least the security of our countries going forward and a brighter path ahead for the Afghan people.”
Under the draft accord with the Taliban, thousands of U.S. troops would be withdrawn over the coming months in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not be used as a base for mi8litant attacks on the United States and its allies.  However, according to the agreement, a full peace agreement to end more than 18 years of war would depend on subsequent “intra Afghan” talks.  The Taliban have rejected calls for a ceasefire and instead stepped up operations across the country.  On Friday. U.S. envoy Khalilzad was back in the Qatari capital Doha, along with General Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to continue talks with the Taliban, who said the meeting had gone well.

Sunday, September 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Cultural Heritages Support Association has asked all parties to the peace negotiations for protection of the country’s cultural heritages and historic monuments.
According to a statement issued by the association, Afghanistan is rich in having historic monuments and cultural heritages in the country, but continued war has somehow harmed historic sites of the country.
The association has said that it is following Afghanistan political and social situation and it seems that peace talks between the US and representatives of the Taliban group are in final stages.  The association asserted that bitter past experiences in Afghanistan have shown that by starting new political processes another wave of political crisis are followed, therefore the association is strongly asking all sides to the peace negotiations to protect the country’s historic monuments and cultural heritages.  The statement was issued in leading meeting attended by all members of the association on Thursday.


Sunday, 08 September 2019 11:26


Sunday, September 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Another round of negotiation between the representatives of America and Taliban will start in Doha in time, the Afghan people do not know about the results of the previous nine rounds.
BNA political and social affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes, Zalmay Khalilzad the special envoy of US foreign ministry for Afghanistan after carrying out the 9th round of negotiation with the representatives of Taliban last week came to Kabul and informed the authorities of Afghan government from the details of the agreement that the draft of it finalized and it will be signed very soon.
Afghan government has said that after assessing and analyzing the draft, it would share its views with Khalilzad.
In the agreement, ousting foreign forces from Afghanistan and guaranteeing that Afghanistan would be no a threat to America anymore are the main issues of the consensus.
Afghan government insists on assessing and reviewing the draft of agreement between America and Taliban in time, Afghan people and government have expressed their concern due to the existence of ambiguities in the draft and said that any peace agreement should be extensive and could be end with rapid reduction of violence in Afghanistan,
So far, the representatives of America and Taliban have carried out nine rounds of negotiations which have led to preparing a draft of agreement, still nobody knows about the text and terms of that.  Even high ranking officials of trump’s government, American allies in NATO and other players involved in Afghan problem like Russia and China no nothing about the draft.
America is talking about peace with Taliban in a time, the group after the end of ninth round of the negotiation and announcing an agreement between the two sides, has become more violent, as during just a week, they carrying out three suicide attacks in Kabul. The majority of casualties were civilians. 
While the agreement between America and Taliban has created basic questions in public minds, one of the questions is how America became ready to inter a deal with Taliban once called terrorist group?
Many believe that the consensus that Afghanistan does not have its ownership cannot lead in to a peaceful life in Afghan community.
Afghan people ask, Taliban since the beginning until now are involved in carrying suicide attacks, violence and killing people and America and its allies came to Afghanistan to beat this terrorist group and establish a democratic government in Afghanistan, fought against them for years, sustained heavy casualties and destructions.
In such a situation, while Taliban have increased their savageries what does making peace with them mean?
The Afghan people believe, America could not reach its objectives, now seeking to raise new friends in order to achieve its objectives.
Our people are witnessing a turn in political games that are different from the slogans chanted by anti – terrorism allied which are dangerous not only for Afghans but for the entire region.

Sunday, 08 September 2019 11:26

Vehicles Full of Drug Destroyed in Logar

Sunday, September 08, 2019
Pul-e-Alam (BNA)  Three vehicles loaded with Taliban drugs were destroyed in an air raid conducted by coalition forces in Logar province last night.
Ahmad Shakel Tsel press in charge of Thunder 203 army corps told BNA local correspondent, a raid of coalition forces took place on strongholds of Taliban in Bedak region, Logar province, three vehicles loaded with Taliban drugs were destroyed.
In the air raid, five Taliban were killed and some of their stronghold have been demolished, he added.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 08 September 2019 11:26

Armed Insurgents Killed in Balkh Conflict

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Three armed insurgents were killed in Balkh province yesterday.
Mohammad Hanif Rezayee Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, the insurgents were killed in a conflict of ANA forces in Choba village, Charboldak District, of that province.
Ten other insurgents were also injured in the conflict, said Rezayee.
Another report says, six armed Taliban were arrested in a clearing operation of afghan security forces in Alamkhail village, Balkh District.
T. Yarzada

Sunday September 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said he called off peace negotiations with the Taliban after the group claimed responsibility for the Kabul car bombing which killed 12 people, including an American soldier.
In a series of tweets, Trump said he also cancelled a "secret meeting" with the Taliban representatives and a separate meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David on Sunday.
"Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight," he said.
"Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great-great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations," Trump said in another tweet.
Attacking the Taliban, the U.S. President said, "What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn't, they only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don't have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?", Trump also said in another tweet.
The U.S. has been negotiating with the Taliban in the last few months at Doha despite the group's reluctance to hold direct talks with the Afghan government, which it views as a US puppet.
Earlier this week, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said that the Trump administration had reached a deal 'in principle' to withdraw over 5,000 troops from Afghanistan in exchange for guarantees by the Taliban to not allow the war-torn country to be used as a base for attacks abroad.


Sunday, September 08, 2019
Qala-e-Naw (BNA)  A Taliban insurgent was killed and three others have been arrested in a clash by Afghan security forces in Badghis province.
A member of Badghis council told BNA, the clash started while Taliban stormed on police checkpoints in Jawand District.
In the clash a Taliban insurgent was killed, three wounded, and three others were arrested.
Another report says, attack of Taliban on Qads district checkpoints of Badghis province was repealed by security forces.
Mohammad Naser Nazari member of Badghis provincial council said, the clash lasted for three hours and the armed Taliban eventually withdrew from the area.
A policeman was martyred and another has been injured in the clash.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 08 September 2019 11:20

Dozens Taliban Insurgents Killed in ASF Raids

Sunday, September 08, 2019
Qalat (BNA) Dozens of Taliban insurgents were killed in Afghan Security Forces Raids in Zabul and Urozgan provinces.
The Taliban were targeted by air and ground raids in parts of Dehrawod and Charcheno Districts of Urozgan and Arghandab and Shahjou Districts of Zabul province.
ANA senior commander in Atal army corps told BNA, 51 Taliban insurgents were killed and several others have been injured.
According to reports, 16 Pakistani insurgents were also among the dead.
Four strongholds of the Taliban with all war equipment have been destroyed.
Military officials in south of the country said the attack have diminished the Taliban’s fighting ability and most of the Taliban group have fled Pakistan for fear.
T. Yarzada

Thursday September 5, 2019
Kabul (BNA) At least 10 civilians lost their lives and 42 others were wounded following car bomb blast in Kabul city today.
Nusrat Rahimi spokesman of Ministry of Interior says, a vehicle type of Townace packed with explosive material exploded close to a security checkpoint at 10:10am this morning in Shash Darak region, 9th PD Kabul city.
Rahimi confirmed that 10 civilians lost their lives and 42 others were wounded following the blast.
Women and children are among the victims of the incident, Rahimi further added.
It has been said, 12 vehicles have been destroyed following the explosion.
Taliban group took responsibility of the attack.


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