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Monday January 29, 2018
Kabul (BNA) President Trump condemned the deadly car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, calling for all nations to crack down on the Taliban terrorist group behind the attack, The Hill writes.
"I condemn the despicable car bombing attack in Kabul today that has left scores of innocent civilians dead and hundreds injured," the president said in a White House statement Saturday. "This murderous attack renews our resolve and that of our Afghan partners. The Taliban’s cruelty will not prevail." The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. It took place on a busy street lined with old government buildings after the suspected attacker passed a security checkpoint and tried to evade another. The attack killed at least 95 people and injured dozens more. "The United States is committed to a secure Afghanistan that is free from terrorists who would target Americans, our allies, and anyone who does not share their wicked ideology," Trump continued. "Now, all countries should take decisive action against the Taliban and the terrorist infrastructure that supports them."
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International Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:07:03 +0000
Pentagon To Send More Drones, Troops To Afghanistan: Report http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31597-pentagon-to-send-more-drones-troops-to-afghanistan-report.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31597-pentagon-to-send-more-drones-troops-to-afghanistan-report.html Pentagon To Send More Drones, Troops To Afghanistan: Report

Friday January 12, 2018
Kabul (BNA) The Pentagon is planning to send more armed drones and roughly 1,000 new combat advisers to Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
U.S. and military officials told the paper the move is meant to bolster the American military presence in Afghanistan in time for spring, when the traditional fighting season begins.
As soon as February, the Pentagon will send members of an Army security-force assistance brigade from Fort Benning, Ga., to work as combat advisers to Afghan National Security Forces.
The larger fleet of drones, both armed and unarmed, will provide air support and will also be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
In addition, the Pentagon plans to add more helicopters, ground vehicles, artillery and other equipment. The Defense Department (DOD) is able to do so because of reduced combat operations in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
President Trump announced in August a new plan for Afghanistan that includes sending 3,000 to 4,000 additional troops to the country to help end the stalemate there. The extra forces brings the number of American personnel in the country to about 14,000.
The increase in security-force assistance troops may move the needle past 14,000, but there is the chance the Pentagon could at the same time withdraw another unit.
Gen. John Nicholson, the head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told reporters last month that more advisers would aid their Afghan counterparts, but did not give a number.
There are “well over 1,000 advisers out at any given time,” but in 2018 “this will increase dramatically,” Nicholson said.
The increase stems from a request from Defense Secretary James Mattisthat Army Gen. Joseph Votel, chief of the U.S. Central Command, come up with ways to rethink military capabilities in the countries, The Wall Street Journal wrote.
Mattis didn’t put a deadline on drawing down resources from Central Command.
As ISIS loses more ground in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon has been able to shift some resources east to Afghanistan. Military planners want to reduce the number of ground troops in Iraq and Syria over the next year.
But Pentagon officials plan to be careful in moving forces out of the two countries, as they hope to prevent ISIS or other extremist groups from re-emerging.
The U.S. forces still there would focus on counterterrorism operations and security for diplomats and contractors. There are currently more than 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, according to the Pentagon.
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International Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:47:41 +0000
OIC Secretary-General Strongly Condemns Suicide Attacks in Afghan Capital http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31424-oic-secretary-general-strongly-condemns-suicide-attacks-in-afghan-capital.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31424-oic-secretary-general-strongly-condemns-suicide-attacks-in-afghan-capital.html

Friday December 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen has strongly condemned the suicide bomb attacks in Kabul that killed at least forty people and wounded dozens.
These cowardly attacks targeting innocent worshippers and civilians go against the teachings and values of Islam, he said, while extending his solidarity with Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism.
The OIC Secretary-General offered his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, government and people of Afghanistan on the tragic loss of lives and wished early recovery to the injured.
Dr. Al-Othaimeen reiterated the principled position of the OIC against all forms of terrorism and extremism and repeated his call for international solidarity in the fight against the scourge of terrorism.
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International Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:10:30 +0000
UN Calls Attack on Civilians in Kabul ‘Heinous and Cowardly http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31422-un-calls-attack-on-civilians-in-kabul-‘heinous-and-cowardly.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31422-un-calls-attack-on-civilians-in-kabul-‘heinous-and-cowardly.html UN Calls Attack on Civilians in Kabul ‘Heinous and Cowardly

Friday December 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” terrorist attacks that took place in Kabul on Thursday, killing more than 40 people and injuring at least 80.
“The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Afghanistan and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured,” the 15-member Council said in a statement.
Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.
It urged all states to cooperate actively with the government of Afghanistan and all other relevant authorities in this regard.
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International Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:09:32 +0000
India Condemns Suicide Terror Attack In Kabul http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31420-india-condemns-suicide-terror-attack-in-kabul.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31420-india-condemns-suicide-terror-attack-in-kabul.html India Condemns Suicide Terror Attack In Kabul

Friday December 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) India on Friday strongly condemned the cowardly suicide terror attack at a cultural center in Kabul, and said it is committed to extending all possible support to Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism.
More than 40 people were killed in the terror strike at the Shiite cultural center near a media outlet in the Afghanistan capital on Thursday.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement that India backs all efforts to bring stability and security to Afghanistan and remains steadfast in its solidarity with the government and the people of Afghanistan at this difficult time.
India strongly condemned the “cowardly suicide terror attack” at a media news agency and the cultural centre in which more than 40 innocent lives were lost and many injured, it said.
India is committed to extend all possible support in their fight against the menace of terrorism and efforts to bring peace, stability and security in the country, it added.
The ministry also extended condolences to the families of the victims of the dastardly attack.
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International Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:07:48 +0000
Hafiz Saeed: US Warns Of ‘Repercussions’ For Pakistan over Release of Alleged Mumbai Attack Mastermind http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31026-hafiz-saeed-us-warns-of-‘repercussions’-for-pakistan-over-release-of-alleged-mumbai-attack-mastermind.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31026-hafiz-saeed-us-warns-of-‘repercussions’-for-pakistan-over-release-of-alleged-mumbai-attack-mastermind.html Hafiz Saeed: US Warns Of ‘Repercussions’ For Pakistan over Release of Alleged Mumbai Attack Mastermind

Monday November 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The US has strongly condemned Pakistan's release of the alleged militant accused of masterminding the 2008 attack on Mumbai - saying it sends a deeply troubling message about its commitment to fighting terrorism. Hafiz Saeed, accused of plotting the commando operation that left more than 160 people dead, was released from house arrest earlier this week by a three-judge panel in the city of Lahore. His spokesman, Yahya Mujahid, called it a “victory of truth”. But the White House denounced the move and said it could damage US-Pakistan relations. “Saeed’s release, after Pakistan’s failure to prosecute or charge him, sends a deeply troubling message about Pakistan's commitment to combatting international terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil,” said press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders.
“If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation.” Mr. Saeed, 68, has always denied being behind the multi-target attack on Mumbai that left close to 170 people dead. In 2010, he told The Independent: “They make me out to be the biggest and most evil terrorist. Do I look like one to you?” He has insisted that his organization, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, is involved solely in charitable activities. Yet both India, the US and other countries, accuse Mr. Saeed of being the attack. They say that while Jamaat-ud-Dawa may indeed perform charitable activities, it is also a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan militant group which became notorious for strikes on Indian targets, including a 2001 attack on its parliament in Delhi. In December 2008, UN Secretary Council declared Jamaat-ud-Dawa a terrorist front group. In April 2012, the US announced a bounty of $10m on Mr. Saeed.
After the attack on the Indian commercial capital, Pakistan was put under intense pressure to detain and prosecute Mr. Saeed. India and the US said there was sufficient evidence, though this was something prosecutors in Pakistan denied. Instead, Mr. Saeed has spent much of the last decade being placed under house arrest and then released. His situation under house arrest is not irksome; Mr. Saeed has a large property in Lahore and is protected not only by his own armed guards but by armed police officers. While some in Pakistan may wish to see Mr. Saeed placed on trial, there is widespread suspicion among Indian and US officials that he still retains close links to the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which has been long blamed for sponsoring many of the cross-border attacks on Indian targets.
After his latest release from house arrest, Mr. Saeed attacked recently ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a “traitor” for his efforts to seek peace with India. The Trump administration has been intensifying pressure on Pakistan to fight extremists and drive them from hideouts in Pakistani territory. The campaign appeared to produce some success this year when Pakistani security forces assisted with the release of a Taliban-held US-Canadian family after five years in captivity. However, US officials cautioned that move needed to be followed by additional measures to prove the country's commitment.
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International Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:55:52 +0000
Restrictions And Using Force Against Pashtun Youths In Tribal Areas http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/30147-restrictions-and-using-force-against-pashtun-youths-in-tribal-areas.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/30147-restrictions-and-using-force-against-pashtun-youths-in-tribal-areas.html Restrictions And Using Force Against Pashtun Youths In Tribal Areas

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A political activist in Pakistan says since some days ago, the army of that country is arresting the youths and civil society activists   in tribal regions.
Afrasyab Khatak a political activist in Khaiber Pashtun Khaw state has said that Pakistani army has proceeded to arrest the people and youths who complain and seriously criticize the improper and discriminative dealing and acting in tribal areas.
Khatak says that tribal youths and civil society activists in area have repeatedly said that Pakistan army is not seeking to fight against terrorism but they follow specific goals in the region which has never been to the public interests but create ethnical problems in tribal areas.
Mr. Khatak claims that the federal government has imposed restrictions on political activities in tribal areas  and using different pretexts has tried to silent the voice of people there.
According to Mr. Khatak the army in pretext of checking and pursuing terrorists inters the houses of people and arrests tribal youths. He added, in reality the presence of army in tribal regions is not for fighting terrorism but for supporting them.
The army in tribal areas is supporting specific groups carrying out their terrorist activities under the name of Taliban, while they kill tribal dignitaries and commit hundreds other crimes. In the meantime, destabilizing the situation there, provides the ground for migration of the residents of the area to other parts of the country aiming to confront them with other Pakistani ethnic groups especially Sindhi, Qawm –I – Mahajer (migrated ethnical group) and Balochs. 
Also, Pakistani government in an earlier designed program tries to prevent the progress of tribal areas, as currently the area is the most underdeveloped region in Pakistan.    
 

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International Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:25:45 +0000
Iran Refuses Fully Investigations On Saudi Diplomatic Missions http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/29526-iran-refuses-fully-investigations-on-saudi-diplomatic-missions.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/29526-iran-refuses-fully-investigations-on-saudi-diplomatic-missions.html Iran Refuses Fully Investigations On Saudi Diplomatic Missions

Wednesday August 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) An official source of  MoFA: Iranian Government refused to complete the Procedure of Investigation into the incident of attacking the Saudi Diplomatic Missions.
An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that Iranian authorities have persistently and consistently stalled and refused to resume investigations into the incident of storming the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad, even though these attacks were perpetrated a year and a half ago. Iranian authorities have also resorted to blackmail in order to gain diplomatic privileges inside the Kingdom in spite of severing the diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The source added that Iranian authorities have resorted to fraudulent tactics. Iran, despite an initial approval, has denied a Saudi team entry into Iran as part of the Iranian team investigating the attacks on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad. The Saudi team was delegated to work alongside the Iranian authorities to inspect the two Saudi facilities and finalize the processes relating to them.
The source further indicated that such acts of procrastination reflect Iran’s behavior and policy, its disrespect of international laws and conventions, and violation of the inviolability of the diplomatic mission premises, tactics Iran had used for more than 38 years. The official source emphasized the fact that in light of the aforementioned particulars, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sees it vital to present these facts to the international organizations and take all necessary measures in order to safeguard its diplomatic rights in line with Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and relevant provisions of international law.
 

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International Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:13:33 +0000
Afghanistan Slams Terrorist Attacks in Egypt http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/28253-afghanistan-slams-terrorist-attacks-in-egypt.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/28253-afghanistan-slams-terrorist-attacks-in-egypt.html Afghanistan Slams Terrorist Attacks in Egypt

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement has strongly condemned explosion and suicide attack in Egypt’s Alexanderia and Tanta cities where dozens were killed and a number of others injured. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a main victim of terrorist groups’ crimes during the past two decades and has been in frontline against this phenomenon, believes that terrorism is representing no religion, culture and nation and all terrorist groups without any distinctions are common enemies of humanity, the statement said. As innocent citizens of the Islamic countries are mostly victims of terrorist attacks, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan believe that all Islamic communities and countries should join hands against this common and world threat and jointly fight with full determination, the statement added.

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International Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:55:24 +0000
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