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Thursday, 12 December 2019 11:43

Car Packed Explosive Discovered in Kabul

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  The police officials of Kabul discovered a car packed explosives from 9th precinct yesterday.
Nasrat Rahimi spokesman for interior ministry told BNA correspondent, the police officials of Kabul discovered a car packed explosives and suicide vests from 9th precinct, 12 suicide vests, 2 Kalashnikovs, several bombs and military equipment have been seized from the car.
No one has been detained in the connection of the case.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Asadabad (BNA) Eight armed oppositions associated to Taliban group were killed in an air strike in east of the country last night.
The insurgents were targeted on their hideouts in Manogi district, Kunar while destructive actions.
ANA top commander in east of the country told BNA, in the raids, eight insurgents associated to Taliban group were killed.
Another report says, a weapons cache of Taliban was discovered in Kunar province.
The cache was kept in a hideout of Soki district.
Several heavy and light weapons of the Taliban were discovered.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 12 December 2019 11:42

28 Terrorists Killed in Ghor Air & Ground Raids

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Ferozkoh (BNA)  In  widespread air and ground attacks of security troops  on Taliban strongholds in Ghor province, 28 armed terrorists were killed .
In the raids, six strongholds of the terrorists with all war equipment have been demolished.
Military officials of Ghor said that heavy casualties sustained to terrorists, and most of them moved to other provinces.
ANA senior commander in Zafar army corps in west of the country told BNA, in the raids, 28 Taliban militants were killed and dozens others have been injured.
Six strongholds of the terrorists with all war equipment have been destroyed.
T. Yarzada

Friday November 29, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The United States said on Wednesday that it is committed to defeating the ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K) in Afghanistan, along with its partners in the war-torn country, and noted the "real" progress in terms of the number of members of the terror outfit surrendering to the Afghan security forces.
"Reporting from #Afghanistan shows that the continued offensive on ISIS-K has resulted in an increasing number of fighters and their families surrendering to the Afghan security forces. Progress is real, but we remain vigilant," US Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells, tweeted.
"Together with our Afghan partners, the United States is committed to the enduring defeat of ISIS-K in #Afghanistan. We've seen noteworthy progress on the battlefield in the last several weeks, especially in challenging areas like #Nangharhar," she said in a follow-up tweet.
Last week, ten ISIS-K terrorists surrendered to Afghan forces in eastern Nangarhar province and handed over 10 AK-47 assault rifles to them. The development came days after hundreds of terrorists from the outfit surrendered to the security forces in the province, Khaama Press Agency reported.
Afghanistan's Defence Ministry had earlier announced that over 600 ISIS terrorists and their family members surrendered to the security forces in eastern Nangarhar province.


Friday, 29 November 2019 11:36

MD Helicopters Increases Afghan Deliveries

Friday November 29, 2019
Kabul (BNA) MD Helicopters has delivered the final five MD 530F Cayuse Warriors to the Afghan Air Force that were part of a 30-aircraft order placed in September 2017, the comany announced on Monday. The order was part of a $1.4 billion, five-year IDIQ (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) contract. Sixty 530Fs have been delivered to the Afghan Air Force.
The aircraft are shipped to Afghanistan via Boeing 747 freighter from MD’s assembly plant in Mesa, Arizona, to Kandahar, where they are reassembled and readied for flight. MD has 24 aircraft contracted via the IDIQ contract and future deliveries remain on schedule.
“The iconic MD Helicopters airframe was born to serve the warfighter,” said MD CEO Lynn Tilton. “As a proud American manufacturer with a decades-long pedigree of delivering best-in-class rotorcraft options, we remain committed to the ongoing delivery of robust light scout attack helicopter solutions to U.S. and allied nations around the world.”

Friday November 29, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Hundreds of Afghans gathered at UN-backed events across the country to decry violence against women and girls, and to strategize on practical steps to put an end to harmful traditional practices in Afghanistan.
The events, leading up to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and the start of the UN’s campaign of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, drew hundreds of religious leaders, civil society members, human rights activists, legal professionals and government officials.
Together, participants in televised debates, radio programs and other gatherings voiced their support for the human rights of women and discussed ways to raise awareness about the negative impact of harmful traditional practices on communities across the country.
During one of the events that was televised in Herat, participants underscored that harmful traditional practices – which include child marriage, forced marriage, the giving away of girls to settle disputes, forced isolation in the home and ‘honor’ killings – not only violate the rights of women and girls but also must have no place in Afghan society.
“Harmful traditions must be stopped,” said Wasi Saeedi, head of a women’s association in the western province. “We need a grassroots campaign, supported by religious and community leaders, to put an end to these bad traditions.”
At an event in the central province of Maydan Wardak, Habibullah Ahmadi, a gender officer in the provincial governor’s office, described how gender-based violence and discrimination continue to deter not only women’s development but also society.
“Gender-based discrimination prevents our society from having female doctors, female teachers and policewomen,” he said in a radio broadcast aired locally in the province.
In Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar, a panellist and women’s rights activist, Mastora Stanekzai, recommended in a televised broadcast that community education on the rights of women be considered critical in addressing gender-based violence.
“Unfortunately, violence against women is not seen as a crime in our communities,” said Stanekzai. “If men are taught that violence against women is a punishable crime, they will refrain from doing it.”
In other events across Afghanistan, participants expressed similar views, including in a televised programme in the eastern province of Kunar. “Lack of awareness about the rights of women is the biggest problem for many families,” said Sarajulhaq, an official in Kunar’s Department of Women’s Affairs.
Afghanistan has made strides in addressing women’s rights with legislation and in other areas, but much remains to be achieved as Afghan women continue face violence and discrimination. Many structural barriers – including poverty, inequality, illiteracy, harmful traditional practices and violent extremism – make women, especially those in remote provinces, especially susceptible to violence and abuse.
The UN maintains that alongside effective legal and institutional mechanisms for women’s access to justice, stopping violence against women requires an effort from everyone, not only acting but also speaking out against violence in homes, workplaces and social settings.
Events and activities for the 16 Days of Activism campaign, organized by UNAMA’s regional offices across the country, are scheduled to conclude on 10 December, International Human Rights Day.
UNAMA continues to work with advocacy groups and institutions – including religious leaders, youth groups, women’s groups and local media outlets – to create platforms, using radio, social media and television, to enable Afghans to engage in dialogue on pressing issues affecting their communities.
In accordance with its mandate as a political mission, UNAMA supports the Afghan people and government to achieve peace and stability. UNAMA backs conflict prevention and resolution, promoting inclusion and social cohesion, as well as strengthening regional cooperation. The Mission supports effective governance, promoting national ownership and accountable institutions that are built on respect for human rights.

Friday November 29, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Turkish TV series are breaking ratings records in Afghanistan, where Indian series were once mostly broadcast.
Afghans enjoy watching action, crime, romance and drama shows as they see Turkish culture and the Turkish family structure as similar to their own.
Afghan television, which is sensitive in the selection of series, prefers those that are suitable for Afghan culture to avoid a backlash from Islamic communities and Taliban supporters.
- Locals like to watch
Turkish TV series are translated and broadcast in Persian and Pashto among 50 local and national TV channels in Afghanistan.
One such series, ‘Dirilis Ertugrul’, known as ‘Uprising in Afghanistan’, tells the story of how the Ottoman Empire was established and is broadcast on three channels once a week.
‘Cukur’ (Pit) is another favored Turkish series in Afghanistan. Broadcast on the Tolo channel, it has high ratings and its impact can also be seen in daily life.
Other well-known series include ‘Paramparca’ (Shattered), ‘Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman Ki’ (As Time Passes By), ‘Muhteşem Yüzyıl’ (Magnificent Century) and ‘Sen Anlat Karadeniz’ (You Tell Me Black Sea).
- Influence of popular culture on fashion
Icons and characters from Turkish series are printed on t-shirts and sweaters to attract more followers.
Turkish TV series have a considerable impact on Afghan people, store owner Milad Ahmad Giyasi in Kabul told Anadolu Agency.
Giyasi said he orders clothes printed with related icons and characters as they are preferred more than casual clothing.
- Impact on bilateral relationship
Cultural, historical and religious similarities between Turkey and Afghanistan have led to high demand for Turkish products, said Caner Bozat, commercial counselor at Turkey’s embassy in Kabul.
“While Turkish products are rated in the high price segment and appeal to high-income groups, we have observed that demand for Turkish products has increased from the middle- and lower-income groups as a result of the effects of the Turkish series,” Bozat said.
He said most Afghans want to visit Turkey and see the places shown in the series.
“We can see that Turkish TV series have started being watched via satellite or on the internet through Turkish channels, which leads to children willing to learn and speak Turkish,” he added.
Anadolue Agency

Friday November 29, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Statement by H.E. Adela Raz,
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the I.R. of Afghanistan At the General Assembly on the adoption of Resolution on the Situation in Afghanistan
27November 2019
New York
Mr. President,
Thank you for convening this meeting to adopt the resolution on the Situation in Afghanistan.
Allow me to express my gratitude to the German Mission as a longtime facilitator of this very important resolution for Afghanistan, particularly Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, and his team, specifically Counsellor Friedrich Schroeder, for their leadership and able facilitation. Germany is one of the longstanding supporters of the Afghan people, and a genuine partner and ally in the efforts for ensuring peace, security, and prosperity in Afghanistan.
I also would like to extend my appreciation to the representatives of all other Member States, who participated in the discussions, demonstrated flexibility and supported this resolution through active contributions, especially those states that co-sponsored the resolution.
Mr. President,
As we adopt this annual resolution on the Situation in Afghanistan, let me speak about some major political, security and socio-economic developments since the adoption of the resolution last year. These include holding of the presidential and parliamentary elections, the pursuit of peace and reconciliation efforts and the implementation of the reform agenda to achieve self-reliance.
On the Election, against the backdrop of serious security threats, the parliamentary elections were held on the 20th of October 2018, where 4.6 million Afghans voted. The new Parliament was inaugurated on the 26th of April 2019, where about 60% of the new members are the younger generation, below the age of 40, and about 25-28 percent are women.
This was another important step for strengthening and sustaining democracy in Afghanistan. Through their votes, the people of Afghanistan once again proved that no threat can ever hinder their strong will for consensus and that the essence of democracy is the corner stone of the new Afghanistan.
Following the parliamentary elections, on September 28, we held our fourth Presidential Election. Despite threats of violence and attacks, and in some cases, risking having their fingers cut off by the Taliban, people still came out to vote. For Afghans, this wasn’t simply a vote to elect the future president, but rather a vote for democracy and a vote for the Republic. People voted to defend the constitution and the sovereignty of the state; and they voted for the prosperity and stability of Afghanistan. For two million Afghans, their vote was their power to say No to Terrorism and Yes for Peace.
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces participated in both elections with the utmost professionalism and bravery by protecting the constitutional right of every Afghan to vote. About 70,000 of our courageous soldiers safeguarded our people during this historical moment, and due to their effective measures and competence, most attacks were averted.
For the majority in here, elections and voting are a granted right and those who participate, perform their civic duty. For Afghans it is beyond a civic duty, it is our civic power that we can exercise equally to define the destiny of the New Afghanistan. 
Here I would like to pause and congratulate our friends and allies, particularly NATO-member countries, who have stood by us during the past 18 years, as we took our journey of rebuilding this New Afghanistan.
You all invested in, with your blood and treasure, our pursuit of democracy and stability in Afghanistan and now there should be no doubt of our commitment to those values and principles.
Peace is an important priority for the people and government of Afghanistan. It was in February of 2018 that President Ghani made the first call of an unconditional offer for peace talks with the Taliban. Following the “unconditional offer for peace talks” in June of that year we saw a three -day ceasefire which showed the true ability of our society. Afghans absorbed the 20,000 Taliban who came to our big cities during the 3-days celebration of Eid holidays. This helped us see that reaching peace and an end to conflict is possible.
Mr. President,
As we know, the success of every peace deal is in its sustainability and duration. This can only be accomplished if the public is involved, engaged, and consulted. For the government, in order to identify the framework for negotiations, a nationwide consultation was necessary. To do so, the government took the important step to arrange the consultative peace Jirga.
In April 2019, 3,200 representatives from every part of country participated in the Jirga to highlight their mandate for peace. The five-day Consultative Peace Jirga, of which 30% of the delegates were women, adopted a national Road Map and a mandate for peace. This Road Map was decisive in its parameters, calling for, amongst others, an immediate ceasefire, the call for a sustainable peace and direct talks with the government of Afghanistan, and the preservation of human rights, particularly women’s rights.
Women’s constitutional rights are an important feature of the New Afghanistan. As the Secretary General has said, the preservation and protection of women’s is not the only good thing to do, but the “right thing to do” for an effective, meaningful and lasting peace. 
The government of Afghanistan welcomes all regional and international peace efforts which align with an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process that can help to facilitate the direct talks with the Taliban. In line with international norms, we firmly believe in the principles of respecting sovereignty and state-to-state relations and hold these values central to the success of our peace efforts.
We would like to thank our friends and allies that have supported our work to reach a dignified and sustainable peace, including the United States, the European Union, Germany, Norway, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and Uzbekistan among others.
Mr. President,
On the security situation, the Taliban and other transnational terrorist groups have continued to be relentless and violent to in their mission to spread terror and fear. Our National Security and Defense Forces have proved their ability to successfully defend our country in most courageous way, thwarting many attacks and protecting our people.
The Afghan soldier that fights today eliminates the threat posed to all of us globally. As we have said before, terrorism does not recognize boundaries and borders; it threatens the lives of everyone, everywhere. 
As a result of the growing strength of our security forces, the Taliban and terrorist groups have resorted to cowardly and deadly attacks on civilian targets, causing record-high numbers of civilian casualties this year, with women and children comprising a third of them.
Targeting civilians and public institutions – including hospitals and clinics – and using individuals as human shields are violations of international law and go against all moral values. These acts need to be stopped immediately by the Taliban.
Among the persistent challenges that continue to threaten the peace and security of Afghanistan are terrorism and the presence of regional and transnational terrorist groups, including Taliban, ISIL and Al Qaeda affiliates. Recently, the government of Afghanistan carried an intense and successful operations in Nangarhar, to eliminate ISIL’s strongholds.
The past 18 years of conflict imposed by terrorist groups and the Taliban has not only resulted in the loss of innocent lives and instability in our country; it has also deeply impacted our joint efforts for achieving social and economic development goals.
The Afghan government has undertaken steps to implement and realize the Reform Agenda according to the commitments made in the Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework and the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF).  As we work towards fully implementing this agenda, we are making tremendous progress in our regional economic cooperation agenda. We have always supported and endorsed initiatives that help achieve connectivity and align with our national interests.
Mr. President,
Terrorism is the not the only threat that the people of Afghanistan face; the effects of climate change has led to severe humanitarian crisis and is a critical challenge. Afghanistan is a predominately agricultural economy and the prolonged drought has had destructive effects on the wellbeing of our society and has driven many families to leave their homes and provinces in search of better alternatives. This has led to a severe humanitarian situation that requires an immediate response. However, I do need to highlight the leadership role the United Nations has taken in coordinating with the international community to facilitate the necessary response as soon as possible.
The threats of illicit drug cultivation, production, and trafficking pose a security a challenge for Afghanistan. The Afghan people have been the first victims of this menace and continue to pay the highest price. There is a direct link between narcotics and sources of funding for the Taliban. In this regard, the government of Afghanistan has been a committed partner and ally in fighting to eradicate and dismantle this threat. However, it is not a single-country issue. We need a regionally comprehensive and collaborated effort and strategy to counter the narcotics trade and market. There must be an inclusive approach involving all regional and international stakeholders to combat the root causes of the problem, including the trafficking of precursors, financial safe havens and demand reduction.
Mr. President,
In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your governments for your sustained support in assisting the Afghan people and the government in our efforts to restore peace and stability in Afghanistan. We should look into the future of Afghanistan from our perspective, more forward looking and optimistic.
For some, 18 years may seem like a long time to rebuild a country from ruin and complete destruction. But for me, I still remember the dark days of the Taliban. In absence of hope, where the regime locked all of us in complete isolation and contact from the outside world, today is the brightest and the most fortunate future that I had ever dreamed.
Due to your tremendous support, we have come a long way and we have made great progress.
Today, your support in this resolution is an important step in sending a strong message of solidarity to the Afghan people, and also to those that still aim to turn Afghanistan into a safe haven for terrorist groups. Your voices in here will matter to people in Afghanistan: that they are not alone in the fight against terrorism and in the quest for peace.  
Thank you.

Friday November 29, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The top US general said yesterday that the chances of a successful outcome from peace talks on ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan were higher than before and could happen in the “near term”.
Earlier this month the Afghan Taliban released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years, raising hopes for a revival of peace talks.
The chances of successful peace talks are complicated by the Taliban’s refusal to engage with what they call an “illegitimate” US-backed government in Kabul.
A messy political situation in Afghanistan and continued violence only make the situation more difficult.
Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Afghanistan yesterday, his first trip to the country since taking the top job in September.
“I think the chances of a positive outcome through negotiations is higher than I have seen, and I’ve been deeply involved in Afghanistan for 18 years,” Milley told reporters.
“With a bit of luck, we’ll have successful negotiations in the near term, not too distant future,” Milley said.
He added that work remained to actually see a positive outcome.
“A lot of time in situations like this, two steps forward one step back,” he said.
Over the past 18 years, senior American military leaders and diplomats have routinely talked about their optimism and how the war has turned a corner, but the Taliban continue to control large parts of the country.
Talks between the Taliban and the United States aimed at ending the war collapsed in September after President Donald Trump called off what he described as a planned meeting at the US Camp David presidential retreat.
Before the talks were broken off, both sides had said they were close to a deal.
Two Taliban leaders told Reuters that the group had again been holding meetings with senior US officials in Doha since this weekend, saying they could soon resume the peace process.
“Our leaders started unofficial meetings with senior US officials in Doha and working on a plan how to resume the peace process,” one of the Taliban leaders said.
Milley said negotiations were “ongoing.”
Last month the US military said that it had quietly reduced the number of troops by about 2,000, to bring the total number of US troops in Afghanistan to between 12,000 and 13,000.
The Pentagon has said it can go down to 8,600 troops and still carry out a counter-terrorism mission.
Milley said no decisions had been made on troop reductions and there were several options, including going down to 8,600.

Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:29

Water Dam Constructed in Herat

Thursday November 28, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Construction work of a water dam has been completed in western Herat province.
Farid Azhand spokesperson for ministry of rural rehabilitation and development told BNA reporter, the water dam has been built by national citizens’ covenant program in Pashtun Zarghoon district of the province that provides water for 1500 acres of agricultural lands.
The water dam has been constructed with a cost of 1,500,000 Afghanis and also provides drinking water to 240 families.


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