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Friday December 21, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Afghan peace talks held in the United Arab Emirates will yield “very positive results by the beginning of next year”, the Saudi ambassador to Washington said on Thursday, adding to hopes of progress to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan. Khalid bin Salman added on his Twitter account that the talks were productive and would “help promote intra-Afghan dialogue towards ending the conflict”. The U.S. special envoy for Afghan peace talks, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday to meet government leaders following his discussions with Taliban representatives in Abu Dhabi earlier this week. Officials from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates took part in the Abu Dhabi meeting, at least the third encounter between Khalilzad and Taliban envoys since he was named to oversee the peace effort from Washington’s side in September. In an interview with Afghanistan’s Ariana Television, Khalilzad repeated that, ideally, an agreement would be reached before presidential elections, currently scheduled for April 20. “I think it would be great if we could reach a peace deal before the elections,” he said, according to a transcript provided by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. “But it doesn’t only depend on Afghanistan’s government. It depends on the Taliban too,” The United States insists that any peace settlement must be agreed between Afghans but the Taliban have so far publicly refused to talk directly to the Afghan government, which they say is an illegitimate, foreign-imposed regime. The urgency around the peace talks was heightened by President Donald Trump’s unexpected decision this week, fulfilling a promise from his 2016 presidential election campaign, to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. According to Western diplomats in Kabul, there is concern among some U.S. allies that Trump may decide a similar move in Afghanistan and Khalilzad is widely believed to have until the middle of next year to come up with a settlement. In a separate interview with Tolo News, Khalilzad said Trump was “in a hurry”, having promised the American people that he wanted to end the war in Afghanistan. “But it should not be misinterpreted - we want peace here with respect to set objectives - that Afghanistan will not be a threat for the U.S. - and that we have a positive relationship with Afghanistan,” he said. “... but if the Taliban are not prepared for that and war continues, then we will stand by the Afghan government and people,” he said. Washington hopes Saudia Arabia and the UAE can push Pakistan to use its leverage on the Taliban to drop their refusal to talk directly with the Afghan government. Khalilzad said that during the Abu Dhabi meeting, the two countries had proposed a three-month ceasefire between the Taliban and the Afghan government but that the Taliban had asked for more time to consult with their leadership. “We told them, if they want peace or if they are serious about peace, they should sit with the Afghans and respond as soon as possible to the Emirati and Saudi suggestion.” Reuters Ansari
Friday December 21, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Up to 31 armed oppositions were killed during joint military operations conducted by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces within the last 24 hours across the country. Ministry of national defense press office reported BNA, the operations launched by support of Afghan air and artillery forces to annihilate anti-government militias, protect the lives and properties of people and ensure peace and stability in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Laghman, Paktika, Ghazni, Urozgan, Farah, Balkh, Faryab and Helmand provinces. 31 militants were killed, three wounded and five suspicious were arrested during the operations, the source added. Also during the military operations several terrorists’ hideouts have been destroyed and dozens villages have been cleared from existence of the insurgents, the source underlined. M.A.Ansari
Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:47

DAKAR Foundation Assists Deserved Families

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Internal displaced families have received cash aid in Kapisa province.
Mohammad Qasim Malikzada head of refugees and repatriation of Kapisa told BNA, the families were displaced due to recent wars from several districts of the province.
DAKAR foundation distributed $ 200 to each of these family.
One of the displaced people called this aid inadequate in the cold weather in the winter, and urged the government to provide these families immediate assistance.
T. Yarzada



Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:46

Taliban Shadow Governor Killed

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Sheberghan (BNA) Taliban shadow governor for Faizabad district, Jawzjan province was killed in air raids of security forces last night.
Police spokesman of Jawzjan told BNA, Qari Rasool with his four comrades was killed in air strike of security forces in outskirt of the mentioned district.
According to the source, numerous of heavy and light weapons, and a vehicle was also destroyed in the raid.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:46

War-Torn Families Received Aids

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Jalalabad (BNA) Foodstuffs disseminated for war-torn and deserved families in Nangarhar province.
The families were entered from Pakistan to Nangarhar province.
Ghulam Haidar Faqirzai returnees and repatriation head of Nangarhar said BNA, in this round, the aids disseminated for 1000 deserved families.
He added the aids included, four, ghee, pulse and salt have been provided by World Food Organization (WFO).
It is said that the process of the aids continues to deserve families in that province.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Kunduz (BNA) Two Taliban insurgents were killed due to air strike of security forces on a hideout of Taliban commanders in Kunduz province yesterday.
Mohammad Hanif Rezaee Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, Mawlawi Keramat one senior commanders of Taliban with two of his colleagues were killed in air strike of afghan forces in Aqtapa region, Qala-e-Zal district of that province.
Rezaee added, three other colleagues of the commander were also hurt in the raid.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:45

ISIS Terrorist Group Financial Official Killed

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Kabul (BNA) ISIS terrorist group financial official was killed in a clearing operation of security forces in outskirt of Nangarhar province last night.
Nasrat Rahimi deputy spokesman of interior affairs ministry told BNA correspondent, Shaikh Abo Jawad ISIS terrorist group official for Afghanistan and financial in charge of this group with 20 other insurgents of the group was killed by security forces operation in outskirt of Deh Bala district, Nangarhar province.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:44

Militants Killed, War Equipment Demolished

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Trenkoit (BNA) Nine armed Taliban militants were killed in recent conflicts of security troops in Urozgan province.
Clashes occurred while armed militants targeted a convoy of police forces in suburb of Trenkot city.
ANA commander in south of the country told BNA, nine militants were killed in the clashes.
He said, heavy losses incurred to militants, several hideouts of the militants with all war equipment have been demolished.
It is mentionable that there were no any casualties suffered to security troops and residents.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:44

ASF Kill Dozens of Terrorists

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Asadabad (BNA) Dozens of insurgents were killed by security forces clashes in Kunar province.
The clashes occurred near Durand Line while a group of assailants stormed on a convoy of border police forces.
A senior police commanders in east of the country told BNA dozens of terrorists were killed in the conflicts.
No any casualties inflected to security forces and residents in the clashes.
T. Yarzada


Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:42

Taliban Rebels Killed in Latest Clashes

Saturday, December 15, 2015
Lashkargah (BNA)  Ten Taliban rebels were killed in recent conflict by security forces in Helmand province last night.
The clash occurred in Sangeen district, while a group of Taliban stormed on police checkpoints.
ANA senior commander in south of the country told BNA, no harm and casualties sustained to security troops and residents in the conflict.
According to another report, security forces of Helmand province succeeded to discover two weapons caches of Taliban.
The caches were discovered from hideout of Taliban in suburb of Lashkarga city.
Security official of Helmand said, numerous of heavy and light weapons were seized from the caches.
T. Yarzada

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