19 February 2020

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Monday, February 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani held separate meeting with a group of the U.S. senators on the sideline of the 56th Munich Security Conference on Saturday evening, a statement said yesterday.
Chairs of the armed service, environment and public works, banking and urban affairs, and budget committees attended the meeting and discussed a range of issues particularly the Afghan peace process, expanding and consolidating Afghanistan-US strategic relationship and continuing the US support for Afghanistan, the presidential press office said in a statement.
The senators raised their questions on the peace process as well as reduction of the US troops in Afghanistan and its impacts on the status quo, the statement added.
President Ghani elucidated the end of violence and war, addressing the terrorists’ safe havens, cease-fire and achieving a sustainable peace in the country, which is the fundamental demand of the Afghan people
The president called terrorism the main threat posed to Afghanistan, the United States and the entire region, and underscored a joint commitment to tackle the menace of terrorism, recalling Afghanistan’s fight against the Daesh, according to the statement.
President Ghani reiterated that peace is the top priority of the government and demand of the Afghan nation. He stressed that people of Afghanistan support expansion of relations between Afghanistan and the United States, the statement added.
The statement quoted the president saying that Afghanistan was willing to expand its strategic relationship with the United States as a partner, rather than a burden.
President Ghani stressed that the Afghan people sincerely want to build partnership with the United States and said people of Afghanistan have always provided support for such relations.
Having talked over development programs, the president said the government has embarked on programs to achieve self-reliance. He added, “We have earned the people’s support on the programs and pursue the objective to stand on our own feet.”
President Ghani emphasized on a peace process, with the Afghan government owning and leading it. “We need to fully understand the possible risks on the way to peace to prevent us from confronting huge challenges, but we welcome any initiative enabling us to get closer to peace,” said the president while explaining possible risks and opportunities on the road to peace.
President Ghani said Afghanistan is pursuing an agenda grounded on regional cooperation, expansion of trade and transit with the Central Asian countries.
In this meeting, the first deputy of the State Building Electoral Team, Amruallah Saleh explained and evaluated the existing threats posed by Taliban to the national security of Afghanistan and spelled out the Taliban’s capacity and that how they drive the ongoing war against the people of Afghanistan using facilities and leadership provided outside Afghanistan.

Monday, February 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker and a number of other members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the sideline of the 56th Munich Security Conference on Saturday evening, a presidential press office statement said yesterday.
Both sides discussed a range of issues pertaining to security, peace process and President Ghani’s prospect on it, Afghanistan’s fight against narcotics and terrorist groups, where terrorism was termed a common threat to the region as well as Afghanistan’s allies, the statement added.
President Ghani elucidated the Afghan government’s vision and commitment for sustainable and inclusive peace, with an emphasis to protecting the hard-earned gains of the past two decades.
The president provided information on the Afghan government’s economic plans and answered to the questions raised by the US senators on reduction of American troops in Afghanistan and its impacts as well as aftermaths in the region and Afghanistan, the statement added, quoting the president saying that the Afghan Defense and Security forces are leading 94 percent of the operations and the forces are capable enough to defend their people and homeland.
Having talked over the peace process, president Ghani told US congress delegation that the potential threats and opportunities must be precisely evaluated, adding that the government of Afghanistan has the determination, wisdom and capability to analyses the opportunities appropriately in order to bring sustainable peace to the country.
The participants also discussed ensuring the interests of Afghanistan and the United States. The president was quoted in the statement saying that: “We are still confronting a medium to long-term common threats that requires joint commitment to tackle them.”
The president stressed that the Taliban are still engaged in drug trafficking, while discussing the issue with the US Congressional delegation.
We haven’t seen any notable developments and concrete anti-terrorism step taken by Pakistan,” the president said, adding that the Taliban’s sanctuaries remain a dilemma that must be addressed.

Monday, 17 February 2020 08:51

Four Suicide Bombers Detained in Urozgan

Monday, February 17, 2020
Trenkot (BNA) Four assailants were detained in Urozgan prior to attack on police yesterday.
The armored raiders wanted to attack on police forces in Trenkot city, were arrested by police.
A security official of Urozgan told BNA, the attackers are members of Taliban group, have been detained before attacking on police forces.
One of the attackers wanted to flee when he was detained by security forces.
T. Yarzada

Monday, February 17, 2020
Bamyan (BNA) Two men with 20kg of hashish have been detained in Bamyan yesterday.
Mohammad Reza Yousofi press head of Bamyan security directorate told BNA, the police of Bamyan detained the men with 21kg of hashish from Baghak region, Sheber District of that province.
A motorbike has been seized from the detainees.
One of the detainees involved in drug and weapons trafficking has been pursued by police for some times.
T. Yarzada

Monday, 17 February 2020 08:50

Armed Terrorists Killed in Kandahar Clashes

Monday, February 17, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Ten Taliban terrorists were killed in two clashes in Kandahar last night.
The terrorists were suppressed in Maiwand and Khakriz districts.
Atal army corps in south of country with releasing a statement said, the terrorists were suppressed in their strongholds while terrorist activities.
Mullah Pahlawan and local commander of Taliban were also among the dead.
According to reports, two hideouts of Taliban with all war equipment have been demolished in the conflicts.
T. Yarzada

Monday, 17 February 2020 08:20

Taliban Militants Killed in Laghman Attacks

Monday, February 17, 2020
Mehtarlam (BNA) Six armed Taliban were killed and three others have been wounded in two raids of security troops in Laghman last night.
The Taliban were suppressed in suburb of Alinegar and Alishir districts bazaar.
Selab army corps with releasing a statement said, six Taliban were killed and three others have been injured.
Another report says, police of Laghman with discovering of seven mines, prevented from a series of deadly blasts on civilians.
Security officials of the province blamed Taliban for the failed mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Faizabad (BNA) Thirty-five people including women, men and children were lost their lives due to pulmonary disease in Badakhshan during three months.
Dr. Noor Khawri head of Badakhshan Public Health told BNA, these people lost their lives in Wakhan District due to cold weather and insufficient food and died of respiratory diseases.
Four health teams were deployed to Wakhan District to curb the diseases and are treating patients.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 16 February 2020 11:13

Water Provides to 1500 Families in Samangan

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Aibak (BNA) The construction of three water supply networks in Samangan was completed and water provided for 1500 Families.
BNA local correspondent reported, the networks were completed and put into exploitation from budget of rural rehabilitation ministry in Dara-e-Sof Bala district, Samangan.
Ahmad Ali Hosaini governor of Dara-e-Sof Bala district said, as these networks were completed, water scarcity problems were resolved for more than 1,500 families.
Residents of Dara-e-Sof Bala district said, they were happy with the completion of the work, saying they were already bringing the needed water from the river and their children were infected with various diseases.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Dozens of regions have been cleared from insurgents during a clearing operation in Shirzad District, Nangarhar province.
The operation started two months ago, and continued there.
Selab army corps in east of country with releasing a statement said, most parts of the mentioned district have been cleared from Taliban terrorist group.
On the other hand, the militaries has provided space for the people’s normal lives and the process of rehabilitation by constructing campsites in cleared area.
Likewise, police of Nangarhar with discovering of 17 mines from busy roads of the province, prevented from a series of explosions.
No one has been arrested in the planting mines.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Mehtarlam (BNA) Nine people have been detained on charges membership of Taliban and ISIS groups in east of the country.
The people were arrested during recent days in clearing operations of security troops in parts of Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunduz provinces.
Selab army corps in east of country with releasing of a statement said, the detainees confessed  being involved in Taliban and ISIS groups in the first investigation, as well as participating in dozens of terror attacks in east of the country.
From the detainees weapons and documents showing their membership in Taliban and ISIS groups were also seized.
T. Yarzada

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