19 February 2020

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of National Defense has sent a newsletter to BNA, that at 11:45am yesterday an aircraft type MD-530 helicopter which had emergency landing in Khashrod district, Nimroz due to technical problems.
At this emergency landing, only a pilot seriously wounded.
The ministry of defense is examining why the helicopter made the emergency landing, said the news release.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 09:15

Taliban Insurgents Killed By ASF Shelling

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Mehtrlam (BNA) Two Taliban insurgents were killed and two others were injured in Afghan Security Forces shelling in Laghman last night.
The Taliban were targeted in Alishing District while wanted to storm on security troops.
Selab army corps in east of country with releasing a statement said, two insurgents were killed and two others have been wounded in the shelling.
T. Yarzada

Monday, February 17, 2020
Kunduz (BNA) Security officials of Kunduz repulsed Taliban attack on ANA camps.
Hadi Jamal press in charge of Pamir 217 army corps told BNA, Taliban attack on ANA camps in Shora Khak region, Kunduz, was repulsed.
He added the Taliban had also sustain casualties with the arriving of co-force and air strike, but the exact figure is not known yet and the rest of them fled the area.
In the event, five ANA soldiers were martyred and three other have been injured, he added.
T. Yarzada

Monday, 17 February 2020 09:07

46 Taliban Join SF in Ghor

Monday, February 17, 2020
Ghor (BNA) 46 Taliban insurgents wee joined to Security Forces in Ghor yesterday.
Amir Dad Parsa press in charge of Ghor security commandment told BNA correspondent, the Taliban were joined with their hand weapons to security forces in Kamanj region, Shahrak District, Ghor.
Dozens of armed Taliban have laid down their weapons and returned to normal life since the start of Herat-Ghor clearing operation.
T. Yarzada

Monday, February 17, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Ten Taliban militants were killed and six others were injured in latest clashes in Nangarhar.
The militants were suppressed during recent nights in parts of Shirzad, Khogyani and Momand Dara Districts.
Selab army corps in east of country with releasing a statement said, ten Taliban including their two local commanders were killed and six others have been injured in the conflicts.
Two hideouts of Taliban with all war equipment have been demolished.
Another report says, the security troops of Nangarhar discovered and confiscated 13 mines from crowded ways of the province and prevented from a series of blast.
Security officials of the province blamed Taliban for the planting mines.
T. Yarzada

Monday, February 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan, Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as the members of the International Coordination and Response Group for the victims of Flight PS752, held a second in-person meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference here yesterday to advance work on the framework of cooperation with Iran presented in London, United Kingdom, on January 16, 2020, a statement said.
The ministers of the coordination group will present a letter to Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, in which they reaffirm the need to provide closure, accountability, transparency and justice for the families and loved ones of the victims, the MoFA statement said yesterday.
During a discussion with Minister Zarif, the ministers of the coordination group asked Iran to continue to take necessary active steps toward the resolution of the many crucial questions of fact and of law raised by the downing of the flight, the statement added, saying the group’s ministers also urged a transparent and thorough safety investigation, in compliance with the standards and practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
“The ministers also called for timely and equitable compensation consistent with international precedents. Lastly, the group’s ministers urged Iran to complete a thorough and transparent criminal investigation of the downing of PS752,” according to the statement.
The Coordination Group also discussed the need to improve aviation security and air travel near or over conflict zones, the statement added.

Monday, February 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh left Kabul for Islamabad here yesterday to attend a two-day international conference on Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
The second VP is accompanied by Acting Foreign Minister and Minister of Refugees and Repatriates and is expected to address the conference that marking 40 years since hundreds of thousands of Afghans found refuge in the country.
The two-day conference, starting from February 17, will be inaugurated by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The ministry said the UN chief’s participation in the conference was a “recognition of Pakistan’s exemplary compassion, generosity, and resolve in hosting Afghan refugees for the past four decades and our efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.”
Pakistan is home to an estimated 2.4 million registered and undocumented people who have fled Afghanistan after their country was invaded by the Soviet Union in 1979 or during later conflicts.
Many live-in camps, while others have built lives for themselves in Pakistan's cities.
The Second VP is also expected to meet UN secretary General, Afghan students, traders and refugees in the neighboring country.

Monday, February 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) At the Munich Security Conference, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the US-Taliban deal to be made in a week to ten days, adding that the US and Afghanistan are now on the same page.
Addressing a panel at the Munich Security Conference, President Ghani said the other day that his government is taking a practical approach to resolving the 18-year-long Afghan conflict.
"We are not going to solve this conflict on the basis of 'paper discussions,'" he added.
President Ghani expressed some doubts about the Taliban's intention, alluding to the "Trojan Horse strategy," but said that he needed to test the group's commitment, nonetheless. "We are going to take a substantial step forward and test. Testing is going to reveal [if the peace with the Taliban works]."
The US-Taliban deal seems closer than ever after the militant group agreed to a seven-day reduction of violence in Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump on Thursday said a peace agreement was "very close."
On Friday, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who also spoke at the conference, and President Ghani were ironing out the peace deal details in Munich, with a formal announcement expected sometime next week.
"We are on the same page. There are risks, but we see an opportunity," President Ghani said. "There is mutual trust [between the US and Afghanistan] that we can do this together. And because of this, we agreed not to make an announcement [here] yesterday or today. We are going to make an announcement within a week to 10 days in a coordinated and choreographed fashion," he added.
Esper also said on Saturday that the agreement between the US and the Taliban "looks very promising."

Monday, February 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met Mevlut Chavushoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey on the sideline of the 56th Munich Security Conference here yesterday morning and talked over expansion of economic and security partnership, peace process and deepening bilateral ties.
The president lauded Turkey’s cooperation with Afghanistan during the past years and said Afghanistan and Turkey enjoy historic, brotherly and lasting relationship, the statement from the presidential press office said.
President Ghani highlighted the investment opportunities in Afghanistan and said Afghanistan as the economic roundabout of the region is willing to build trade and transit ties with Turkey as well as regional and Central Asian countries. He also extended appreciation to Turkey for its military cooperation with Afghanistan and underscored that efforts of Turkey for ensuring security in Afghanistan can yield fruitful results, the statement added.
President of Afghanistan termed terrorism a common threat to the countries and in the region and said Turkey plays a significant role in the fight against terrorism within the framework of the Resolute Support mission. He asked Turkey to provide further support for Afghanistan Defense and Security forces.
Foreign Minister Chavushoglu expressed Turkey’s willingness to cooperate with Afghanistan in development areas and continue to support the Afghan forces. He said the Turkish forces will stay in Afghanistan as long as it is needed, according to the statement.
The Turkish Foreign Minister declared support for Afghanistan peace process and said Turkey is optimistic that the process would lead to ending war and violence in Afghanistan.

Monday, February 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands on Saturday evening on the sideline of the 56th Munich Security conference and discussed the Afghan peace process, role of Netherlands in the framework of Resolute Support Mission.
Talking over efforts to end the ongoing violence in Afghanistan, both sides said that Taliban should accept the Afghan people’s demand for sustainable peace and stressed that the peace process should move forward with the Afghan government owning and leading it, the statement from the presidential press office told The Kabul Times daily.
The two leaders also discussed the role of Dutch troops to train, advise and assist the Afghan Defense and Security forces, the statement added.
President Ghani asked Netherlands to cooperate in share its successful experiences in mining and agriculture with Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Rutte assured that his country would continue to cooperate with Afghanistan within the framework of the Resolute Support Mission, according to the statement.

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