International Bakhtar News Agency is the official state news agency of the Afghan government, based in Kabul. The agency is a major source of news for all media in Afghanistan, gathering domestic and international news and providing information to outlets. http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:06:06 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 32 ISIS Adherent Including Their 3 Commanders and 13 Taliban Fighters Killed http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/27986-32-isis-adherent-including-their-3-commanders-and-13-taliban-fighters-killed.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/27986-32-isis-adherent-including-their-3-commanders-and-13-taliban-fighters-killed.html 32 ISIS Adherent Including Their 3 Commanders and 13 Taliban Fighters Killed

Thursday March 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) At least 32 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group including their 3 commanders have been killed in air and group attacks carried out by Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in various parts of eastern Nangarhar province.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA, the raids were conducted in different parts of Acheen, Koot and Heska Mina districts of the province.
The ISIS adherents were targeted, while they were busy on organizing terrorist and destructive activities in the mentioned districts.
Casualties didn’t incur to civilians and Afghan security troops at the end of the assaults.
According to another report, 13 Taliban members were killed following air raids led by Afghan air forces in Khogyani district of the province.
The Taliban rebels were busy on organizing a series of destructive activities, which targeted and killed.
Also Afghan security forces succeeded to discover and seize six weapon depots during separate operations in various parts of Nangarhar province.
The weapon depots belonging ISIS and Taliban terrorist groups have been discovered in Acheen, Koot, Khogyani, Heska Mina and Naziyan districts of the province.
A security official in the province says, dozens heavy and light weapons and ammunitions have been discovered from the depots.
Meanwhile, nine rounds of mines that had been planted by enemies of the country to cause deadly events on innocent civilians have been discovered and confiscated by Afghan security personnel in different parts of Nangarhar province.

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International Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:33:49 +0000
Eight Policemen After Poisoning Martyred by Their Comrade http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/27369-eight-policemen-after-poisoning-martyred-by-their-comrade.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/27369-eight-policemen-after-poisoning-martyred-by-their-comrade.html

Friday February 3, 2017
Maimana City (BNA) Eight policemen after poisoning by their colleague were martyred in a security shell in northern Faryab province last night.
According to report, Lal Mohammad a policeman who had link with Taliban terrorist group after poisoning his comrades shooting all of them at midnight.
Lal Mohammad along with other militants took all hand weapons of the martyred policemen.
All victims of the incident were members of Afghan local police.

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International Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:26:10 +0000
Obama Administration Asks For More Budget To Fight Terror In Afghanistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/25983-obama-administration-asks-for-more-budget-to-fight-terror-in-afghanistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/25983-obama-administration-asks-for-more-budget-to-fight-terror-in-afghanistan.html Obama Administration Asks For More Budget To Fight Terror In Afghanistan

Sunday November 13, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The US defense secretary Ashton Carter has said that approval of additional budget for US army in Afghanistan, would capable the afghan government to properly implement its plans of strengthening security. This budget would improve the Afghan Air Force. In this budget US$ 2.5b have been allocated for staying of 8400 American forces in Afghanistan to help the ANSF to return peace and stability in this country. War is going on in different parts including Helmand and Nangarhar provinces and the US has intensified its air raids for suppressing of Daesh groups in Nangarhar and INS have sustained heavy casualties. Despite of fifteen years war on terror, still Afghanistan has long distance from permanent and reliable peace. The US defense secretary went on to say that with the approval of this extra budget, war will be intensified against insurgents and terrorists would be regret from continuation of war. The US authorities had approved US$ 530b for 2016 of American forces expenditures and with approval of this additional budget, it would increase to over US$ 540b. This budget has not only been allocated to DoD but it would be shared with all other sides who are involved in war on Daesh.
Although so far the Afghan government has not commented on this issue but before it has emphasized an global assistance particularly the US vital assistance that would put an end to wars. At the moment the ANSF have shouldered all responsibility for war management with support of US air forces. Although reports were released on casualties of ANSF, but the latter managed to disable the armed insurgents to achieve their targets or occupy any province. The armed insurgents had decided to use all their available power in current year and relocate their headquarters from Quetta city in Pakistan into Afghanistan. But the ANSF defended this territory with their devotion and sacrifices and gave them jaw breaking response. Afghans expecting that with Donald Trump taking over, the war would be intensified against armed insurgents and Daesh and would be concluded in a short time. According to D. Trump election campaigns. It seems that he not in favor of war and doesn’t want the Afghan war to be more extended to Americans troops because this war is no longer tolerable for the US people and want this war to be ended as quickly as possible.
If the US president elect Donald Trump wants to conclude the war in Afghanistan, he should impose economic suctions on Pakistan and give it no permission to use double standard policy. So far Pakistan has not used the world specially the US assistance in war on terror but has used it contrary for equipping and funding of terrorists. Because if Pakistan really wanted to end terrorism in the region, it should have closed all those 2000 religious schools who are providing military training instead of religious instruction and world have not allowed leaders and planners of these terrorists to carry  activities freely in its soil. The US president- elect has warned that he would not let them to establish save heavens and sanctuaries. If any country give asylum to terrorists, the US would take military steps against them.   
Hamidullah Faizi

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International Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:07:22 +0000
Story behind the Still: The Defiant Joy of Afghan Refugees Arriving On Lesvos http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/23594-story-behind-the-still-the-defiant-joy-of-afghan-refugees-arriving-on-lesvos.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/23594-story-behind-the-still-the-defiant-joy-of-afghan-refugees-arriving-on-lesvos.html

Friday July 8, 2016
Kabul (BNA) I had a feeling, about the spring of 2015 that something was going to happen because the government in Greece had changed and declared that they were going to open the borders. There was something in the air. I decided to go to Lesbos in May – before the big wave in July and August. A lot of my friends who are journalists advised me to go to Kos, to go to other islands south of Crete, where there were a few hundred refugees. But Lesbos made more sense to me because it was closer to Turkey and I was going there for my holidays. It was a bit quiet when I arrived and asked locals where the landings were happening. They said it was somewhere in the north but they didn’t tell me a specific place, so I was just driving around, trying to find some wreckage or something, evidence of people having landed there. I spent a couple of days there without seeing anything, just wandering around the beach. One day I met Costas – a big, smiling fisherman who goes out in his little boat and saves people. I gave him my number and he called me at about 5.30 in the morning to tell me that a dinghy was approaching.
I ran to the beach and got there just in time for the landing. It was a boat with Afghans. I remember minutes before they landed, they were singing. Maybe it’s because they were happy they were finally in Europe. When they got out, very quickly they took off their wet clothes, put some dry clothes on, and then started walking towards the village [Moria, where the First Reception Centre is located]. From the moment they jumped off the boat, those kids were posing in front of my camera. All the time they wanted to be the center of attention. While we were walking on the road by the seaside, they posed for me and I took that picture. Then they carried on walking and I guess they got to the camp at Moria, as I didn’t see them after that. I chose that picture because it was full of energy and it had a positive message, in a way. Usually refugees are portrayed as miserable… or not always miserable, but they’re going through such a horrible time. They’re not smiling, and so on. Those two little kids were full of confidence and full of life.

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International Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:02:00 +0000
Conference “Rule of Law” Opened In Germany http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/23267-conference-“rule-of-law”-opened-in-germany.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/23267-conference-“rule-of-law”-opened-in-germany.html Conference “Rule of Law” Opened In Germany

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh, led a high-ranking government delegation, opened Tuesday the conference titled “Rule of law” in Germany’s Heidelberg city. 
in the visit to Gernmany, second vice president was accompanied by chief justice and chairman of Afghanistan supreme court Sayed Yousuf Halim, head of independent commission for overseeing the implementation constitution Dr. Mohammad Qasim Hashimzi, two members of the commission and a member for supreme court. In the conference held by Max Planck and with cooperation of Hamida Barmaki Organization in Heidelberg city of Germany, second vice president in his opening speech while praising holders of the conference, the government of Germany and relevant organizations of the country for cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields, said friendly and diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Germany reached to 100 years, saying that they were determined in expansion of mutual relations between the two countries.
Pointing to historic relations and friendship between the two countries, second vice president praised the government of Germany for hosting a large number of Afghan migrants.

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International Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:16:27 +0000
Air Strikes Kill 17 Terrorists In North Waziristan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/20894-air-strikes-kill-17-terrorists-in-north-waziristan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/20894-air-strikes-kill-17-terrorists-in-north-waziristan.html Air Strikes Kill 17 Terrorists In North Waziristan

Monday, January 25, 2016
Peshawar (BNA) Seventeen terrorists were killed in aerial raids conducted by the security forces in North Waziristan, said Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday night.
According to ISPR, the air strikes were carried out in Shawal and Datakhel areas of North Waziristan, along the border of Afghanistan, killing seventeen terrorists.
Pakistan army is engaged in fight against terrorism in North Waziristan agency as part of operation Zarb-e-Azb launched in June 2014 against local and foreign terrorists.

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International Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:27:19 +0000
Gunmen Storm University In Northwest Pakistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/20830-gunmen-storm-university-in-northwest-pakistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/20830-gunmen-storm-university-in-northwest-pakistan.html Gunmen Storm University In Northwest Pakistan

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Peshawar (BNA)   At least 20 people have been killed, including students and a professor, as gunmen attacked a university in northwest Pakistan, a provincial minister says.
The assault began on Wednesday morning at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, about 140km from the capital Islamabad. 
Analysis - Gunmen attack university in northwest Pakistan
Provincial Minister for Health and Information Shaukat Yousafzai added that over 50 people have been injured.
A local journalist has told Al Jazeera that the death toll is likely to rise as the military operation is still ongoing.
Police officials have confirmed that six gunmen have been killed. Local media reports that the attack has been claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.
The university has over 3,000 enrolled students and was hosting an additional 600 visitors on Wednesday for a poetry recital on the death anniversary of the Pashtun activist Abdul Ghaffar 'Bacha' Khan, the vice chancellor said.
"Around 200 students have been safely evacuated from an examination hall in the university," the Provincial Public Health Engineering Minister Shah Farman said.
Local authorities have announced the closure of all education institutions across Charsadda until January 31.
Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, said security forces' initial operations were hampered by heavy fog.
"According to police sources, three attackers entered the university of about 3,000 students. Eyewitnesses are saying they've heard number of explosions and they can still hear the gunfire.
"Elite police units and the Army have entered the compound and are trying to evacuate the students. A military helicopter is aiding the operation.
"The university is situated next to an open field and that's where the attackers might have entered the premises from."
Deputy Inspector General Saeed Wazir told Reuters news agency that police had moved into the building and a gunfight with the attackers was under way.
"We launched an operation inside the university and are trying to rescue the students and staff of the institution," Wazir said.

Shabir Khan, a lecturer at the English department, said he was about to leave the hostel for the department when the shooting began.
"Most of the students and staff were in the classes when the firing began," Khan said.
On Tuesday, a suicide bomber blew himself up close to a police checkpoint in the Jamrud area of northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 20.
At least 144 people, most of them children, were killed when armed men attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014.
 

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International Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:06:10 +0000
At Least Six Killed, 56 Injured In Khyber Suicide Attack http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/20814-at-least-six-killed-56-injured-in-khyber-suicide-attack.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/20814-at-least-six-killed-56-injured-in-khyber-suicide-attack.html At Least Six Killed, 56 Injured In Khyber Suicide Attack

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Peshawar (BNA) At least six people, including a Khasadar Levy man, were killed and 56 others were injured in a suicide attack in Khyber Agency's Jamrud area on Tuesday.
The casualties were shifted to Peshawar's Hayatabad Medical Complex. Security sources say six of those injured were in critical condition.
Political Agent (PA) Shahab Ali Shah told DawnNews that the suicide bomber was aiming to enter his office but the plot was foiled because of the strict security measures in place at the complex. Therefore, the bomber could not enter the premises and blew himself up at the entrance gate, Shah said.
The PA said six people, including a Khasadar Levy man were killed in the blast, while 56 other people were injured. At least 16 Khasadar Levy personnel were among the injured.
Khyber Agency is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous regions governed by tribal laws and lies near the Afghan border. The Taliban and other Al Qaeda-linked groups who stage attacks in both Pakistan and Afghanistan are also known to have strongholds in the zone.
Pakistan has been suffering from frequent bomb and suicide attacks blamed on extremist militant groups and the country's troops have for years been fighting homegrown armed groups in the tribal belt.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson Muhammad Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists.

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International Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:55:16 +0000
11 People Killed In Pakistan Balst http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/20813-11-people-killed-in-pakistan-balst.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/20813-11-people-killed-in-pakistan-balst.html 11 People Killed In Pakistan Balst

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Peshawar (BNA) At least 11 people were killed when a deadly blast ripped through a security check post in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar. The check post is located near the Karkhano Market area.
Scores of security forces have been deployed in the area following the explosion. Local reports suggest the death toll is likely to increase. It is yet to be ascertained whether it was a suicide blast or an explosion carried out by a remote-controlled device.
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Six of the dead were security personnel. Pakistan's Geo News said a child was among the dead. About five of the 16 injured people are thought to be in critical condition.
Gunfire was reported shortly after the explosion, though it has yet to be confirmed. A Jamrud khasadar line officer, Nawab Shah's car was the target of the attack, a security official told the Express Tribune. The bombing took place in the semi-autonomous tribal belt area which is located on the border with Afghanistan. The border region is known to be a safe haven for Islamist militants.

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International Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:45:09 +0000
Blast Near Quetta Polio Centre Kills 14; TTP Claims Responsibility http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/20718-blast-near-quetta-polio-centre-kills-14-ttp-claims-responsibility.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/20718-blast-near-quetta-polio-centre-kills-14-ttp-claims-responsibility.html Blast Near Quetta Polio Centre Kills 14; TTP Claims Responsibility

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
QUETTA (BNA) At least 14 people were killed and over 10 injured in an explosion near a polio centre in Quetta's Satellite Town on Wednesday, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed the attack on Facebook and in an email sent to journalists.
"The blast was apparently carried out by a suicide bomber," Bugti said, speaking to media after the blast.
Thirteen of the dead are policemen while one of them is an FC official, he said.
Thirteen of the dead are policemen while one of them is an FC official.
"We will not bow down before terrorists," said Bugti, adding that the blast was an effort to disrupt peace in Balochistan.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Quetta Syed Imtiaz Shah said seven to eight kilogramme of explosives were used in the blast. He said most of the victims were policemen who laid down their lives to guard polio workers.
An intelligence officer who declined to be named confirmed to DawnNews that it was a suicide attack.
"Body pieces of the suicide bomber have been collected by security agencies to initiate a probe into the incident," said the official.
The casualties were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where an emergency has been imposed.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti speaks to media after the blast.
Dr. Rasheed Jamali, a senior doctor told DawnNews that at least five critically injured victims were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Quetta for treatment.
Eyewitnesses at the site said they heard firing after a loud blast rocked the area. The glass windows of nearby buildings shattered due to intensity of the blast.

Police and rescue workers reached the site soon after the blast, while security forces have cordoned off the area. The nature of the blast is unknown as yet.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri while strongly condemning the blast directed police to submit a report about the incident promptly.
"We cannot tolerate the terrorism," he said in a statement issued to press soon after the explosion.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the blast in Quetta.
In his statement, the premier said government is committed to stamp out extremism from the country and operation will continue till elimination of all terrorism, reported Radio Pakistan.
 

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International Wed, 13 Jan 2016 07:20:35 +0000