20 January 2019

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Friday January 4, 2019 Kabul (BNA) Chief of Staff of Iranian president said that negotiations between Tehran and Taliban are being held in coordination with the Afghan government. Before meeting with the Taliban delegation, we held talks with the Afghan government, Mahmoud Vaezi told ISNA on Thursday, adding, “I have heard no report indicating that Afghan government is discontented with Iran-Taliban talks.” Iran’s neighboring countries are faced with different challenges, including civil war, and peace and stability is of utmost importance for Tehran, he said, adding, “Insecurity in Afghanistan can spread into Iran.” Iran aims to ensure regional peace and security and provide the ground for Afghan-Afghan talks, he said, highlighting, “we never interfere in Afghanistan’s internal issues.” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi said Monday that a Taliban delegation was in Tehran and that they had comprehensive negotiations with the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi. Also, Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the visit on Tuesday, saying, “the delegation visited Tehran to share Taliban’s views on ‘post-occupation’ scenario and establishment of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region with Iranian officials,” Tolo News reported. Mehrnews Ansari

Friday January 4, 2019 Mazar-e-Sharif City (BNA) Ghaibullah so-called district governor of Taliban for Nahr Shahi district, northern Balkh province was arrested by Afghan security forces. Col. Mohammad Hanif Rezayee spokesman of 209 Shaheen army corps reported BNA, National Directorate Security personnel by launching two separate operations succeeded to detain Ghaibullah shadow district governor of Taliban for Nahr Shahi district and Ghazi Mohammad a local policeman who had link with Taliban militants in relevant areas of Nahr Shahi district of the province. Ghaibullah five month ago was appointed as so-called district governor of Taliban for Nahr Shahi district to carry out terrorist and destructive activities, Rezayee added. The arrested persons confessed to their crimes, Rezayee concluded. M.A.Ansari

Friday January 4, 2019 Kabul (BNA) India is defending its development assistance to Afghanistan after comments by U.S. President Donald Trump in which he mocked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in the war torn country suggesting it is of no use. Indian officials said New Delhi has been implementing a range of mega infrastructure projects that would go a long way in stabilizing the country and believes in the critical role that such assistance can play in transforming human lives. India's comments were attributed to official sources and widely circulated to domestic media. They came a day after a news appearance by Trump at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, in which he said he got along with Modi, but he was "constantly telling me that he built a library in Afghanistan." "You know what that is? That's like five hours of what we spend," Trump said. "And we're supposed to say, Oh, thank you for the library.' I don't know who's using it in Afghanistan," Trump said. Indian officials said while small libraries may have been built as part of community development projects undertaken in areas such as education and health, most of its investments in Afghanistan were on big infrastructure projects such as a more than 200 kilometer road, a dam for irrigation, and training programs for hundreds of Afghans in India. India has provided $3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan and is the largest donor in the region to the war-torn country. In a tweet, the general secretary of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, Ram Madhav, also reacted to Trump's comment saying India is building lives. "Trump should know that while he is decrying every other help in (Afghanistan), India has been building not only libraries, but roads, dams, schools and even Parliament building," he said. In an apparent response to Trump calling on India, Russia, Pakistan and other neighboring countries to take responsibility for Afghanistan's security, Indian officials said their country does not send its armed forces abroad, except under the specific mandate of U.N. Peacekeeping Operations. Although India provides economic aid to Kabul, it has been more measured in giving military assistance, wary that Pakistan has resisted a greater role for India in Afghanistan. Voanews Ansari

Friday January 4, 2019 Kabul (BNA) At least 3 people lost their lives and 44 others were injured after a gas station took fire in Kabul city last night. Najib Danish spokesman for ministry of interior told BNA, the fire began at 11:00 last night in Ahmadyar gas station located in Abdul Haq square and continued for 5 hours. Three people lost their lives and 14 others were injured and numerous shops close to gas station has been burned, Danish added. Meanwhile, Wahidullah Mayar spokesman for ministry of public reported that 3 dead and 44 injured had been shifted to Kabul hospitals, but the health conditions of six injured are critical. Eyewitnesses say, the fire began from the gas station and erupted to a multi-storey building named Kabul Tower and shops that located near the gas station. Beside human casualties, heavy financial losses caused to people as well. M.A.Ansari

Friday December 28, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Spokesman of Islamic State for Iraq and Syria for Khurasan was killed during drone attack in eastern Nantarhar province.
Sultan Aziz Azim spokesman of ISIS-K was killed following unmanned aircraft’ attack close to Durand Line in Pacheragam district of the province.
Sultan Aziz was involved on organizing terrorist activities in Tora Bora Mountains near Durand Line; where Al-Qaida terrorist group carried out their terrorist activities for several years in the past, top commander military forces in the east of the country told BNA.
Sultan Aziz had active role in advertising and recruiting youths for ISIS terrorist group in the east of the country, the source added.
The spokesman of ISIS-K also publicized ISIS terrorist activities in Afghanistan.



Friday December 28, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Afghan security personnel by launching military operation succeeded to clear dozens villages from existence of armed oppositions in eastern Nangarhar province.
The military operation has started three days ago by participation of hundreds Afghan national army and Afghan national policemen in Ghanikhail and Mohmand Dara district of the province.
Dozens village have been cleared from being of terrorists in Ghanikhail and Mohmand Dara districts of the province and the operation ongoing as well, senior commander of Afghan National Army in the east of the country told BNA.

Friday December 28, 2018
Kabul (BNA) By discovering and neutralizing 13 round of different type of mines, Afghan security forces succeeded to prevent several bloodiest incidents.
The mine had been planted by Taliban militants to target Afghan security forces and civilians in crowded areas f Zabul, Daikundi, Urozgan and Kandahar provinces.
Security official in the south of the country said BNA, the mines have been discovered and defused by Afghan security forces with cooperation of local residents in relevant areas of the mentioned provinces.
Taliban militants by planting mines in crowded areas and public ways mostly targeting civilians.

Friday December 28, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Afghan National Policemen succeeded to arrest three narcotic drug sellers in western Herat province.
The arrested people are residents of Urozgan, Bamyan and Herat provinces that were arrested during three separate military operations conducted by police personnel in 9th security precinct of Herat city.
Police official in Herat told BNA local correspondent, some narcotic drug type of heroin and Shesha have been seized from them.

Friday December 28, 2018
Kabul (BNA) At least six armed oppositions were killed while their hideout have been targeted by Afghan air forces in southern Urozgan province.
Six anti-government militias were killed and several others were wounded when Afghan air troops succeeded to target their hideout in Urozgan province, a top military official in the south of the country reported BNA.
The hideout along with all military equipment have been demolished, the source added.

Friday December 28, 2018
Kabul (BNA) A mine making factory belonged to Taliban terrorist group group have been destroyed during air attack carried out by Afghan air forces in southern Urozgan province last night.
The factory have been located in Charchino district of the province, that targeted and demolished by Afghan air forces.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the south of the country told BNA correspondent, the mine making factory along with huge amount of explosive materials and some military equipment have been destroyed.
According to reports, most of mine and bombs that have used by Taliban militants in Urozgan and other parts of southern provinces have been produced in the factory.

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