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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The meeting of the Armed Forces Commander-in-chief was held on Wednesday afternoon and was chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during which the security situation of certain provinces was reviewed, a statement from the presidential press office said.
The participants of the meeting discussed and reviewed the security situation of Khas Urozgan, Malistan and Jaghoori districts of Ghazni Qala Kar of Farah province, and Chahar Sada district of Ghor province, the statement added.
According to the statement the security and defense officials were instructed to present a clear picture of the security situation of the said districts and present their security plan.
The officials were also instructed to take immediate actions to eliminate threats and ensure security of the districts the statement added.
According to the Office of the President, the Resolute Support mission reaffirmed the alliance support, specifically in providing air support to the security forces during the operations.
 

Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:09

Police Prevents Tanker Explosion in Kabul

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Afghan National Police (ANP) forces thwarted militants bid to detonate a large oil tanker in Kabul city, the Kabul Security Commandment said.
According to a statement released by Kabul Police Commandment, the police discovered and defused a magnetic bomb planted in an oil tanker in the vicinity of the 9th police district of the city.
The statement further added that the oil tanker was carrying 30 tons of fuel and the militants were looking to detonate it using the magnetic bomb with an aim to inflict massive casualties and losses on ordinary civilians of Kabul.
However, the Security Commandment said the explosives were defused by the Explosives Ordinance Disposal team of the police forces before the militants manage to execute their plan.
The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not commented regarding the report so far.
 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Thursday said reinforcement troops have been sent to Jaghori district in Ghazni province and Baghlan’s Dahana-e-Ghori District to repel Taliban attacks in the two regions.
Over 16 Taliban fighters were eliminated in Dahana-e-Ghori in Baghlan, said MoD officials.
“We cleared four villages from the Taliban in Dahana-e-Ghori District as a result of our military operations by the security forces and now we are advancing towards other villages,” said MoD spokesman Ghafoor Ahmad Jawed.
The defense ministry has sent a battalion of Afghan commandos’ and Special Forces to Baghlan to tackle the Taliban offensive.
Reports from the war zone in Baghlan indicate that dozens of families have fled their homes to save their lives.
“We took back our equipment from the Taliban and are undertaking operations in other villages in Dahana-e-Ghori District,” said Baghlan police chief Ekramuddin Sare.
“We call on our government to provide us security on a permanent basis,” said a resident in Baghlan.
This comes after Taliban, for the first time on Wedesday morning, launched group attacks from a few directions on Jaghori district, one of the most secure districts in Ghazni province.
Clashes are still ongoing in Jaghori, officials said.
The Jaghori district clashes come just three months after Taliban launched group attacks on Ghazni and seized parts of the city.
 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Kabul 9BNA) World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Thursday signed agreement with Afghanistan to co-finance Dhala Dam rehabilitation project in southern Kandahar province.
The agreement was signed between Afghanistan’s Acting Minister of Finance Mohammad Humayoun Qayoumi and country directors of World Bank and ADB in a ceremony in Kabul that was also attended y President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
Dahla Dam is the largest dam in Kandahar and second largest in Afghanistan.  The dam was built in 1952, but it was subject to siltation of the reservoir due to neglect over the years of war.
The rehabilitation project is expected to cost $400 million, which will be financed by World Bank and ADB, the president’s office said in a statement.
Tranche I of four expected tranches includes raising Dahla Dam’s height by 12 meters as a result of which its capacity will increase from 298 million cubic meters to 798 cubic meters.
Tranche 2 includes building system to irrigate 20,000 hectares of agriculture land Trench 3 involves water supply to Kandahar city and its neighboring villages.  Trench 4 includes installing 24-megawatt capacity of hydropower turbines.
Contract for engineering studies of the project was signed in September 2017 and the process is expected to be completed in August next year.
 

Saturday November 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) It wasn’t until 2004 that women from Afghanistan competed in the Olympics for the first time. Fast forward 14 years and now Samira Asghari is the first person from the war-torn country to be named an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member. Not only that, but at 24 years old, she’s the youngest person to ever be named to the committee.
Asghari, an Afghanistan women’s national basketball team player, is one of nine new members elected to the IOC, which is responsible for ensuring the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, promoting peace using sports as a catalyst, acting against any form of discrimination affecting the Games and encouraging and supporting women in athletics.
So, how did Asghari earn her spot? According to AIPS Media, Asghari and her family had to flee to Iran shortly after she was born due to the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan.
“My parents came to the Iran, when I was barely a few months old. But while I did not had any memories of Afghanistan, my parents and grandparents have always shared their wonderfully vivid memories and it is because of this that I love my country and people,” she told AIPS Media.
As a young girl, Asghari was encouraged by her family to stay active and participate in sports. Because her father was heavily involved in martial arts and kung fu, she practiced as well, but then carved her own path and began playing basketball. Thanks to the support from her family, something so rare for Afghan girls who wish to participate in sports, she joined the Afghanistan national basketball team at the junior level. As her game developed, she was then called up to the senior team.
“When I started to be an athlete, there were so many cultural challenges, people from my province were talking and they wanted to prevent me from doing sport, but my family supported me and told me to do my job,” Asghari recalled.
Not only was she impressive on the court, but she stood out off of it as well. That’s why Gen. Zahir Aghbar, the former president of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee asked her to join his committee. She worked as a female representative and then became an international relations board member for the National Olympic Committee. Then in 2014, she became a member of the IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission while working with her country’s Olympic committee as a financial director and the Deputy Secretary General.
Now as a member of the IOC, one of her responsibilities will be to help abolish obstacles so many women around the world face when it comes to playing sports.
“I am very excited,” she said. “Women everywhere, and especially women in those countries who are suffering from war, insecurity, cultural and many other problems, need support and we should join hands with them.”
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Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:06

Work on 4 Projects to Start in Daikundi

Saturday November 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) During their visit to Daikundi province, President Ghani and Second Vice-President inaugurated several projects on construction work of Nili city road, solar power generation, transferring network and power distribution.
According to BNA report, 9 km road from Dasht area to Daikundi Bazaar-e-Kohna would be completed within eighteen months. The projects would cost 430 million Afghani and would be paid through the government’s development budget. 5.5 mgw solar power generation project would cost over $13 million and would be paid through the government’s development budget. Likewise, the transferring network and power distribution project for Nili city would cost 18 million Afghani. Sokhtok power dam water would be ensured through Lazir river and construction work on dam’s body was been completed as well as work on installation of two turbines in the dam would soon start. According another report, during his visit to Daikundi province, President Ghani met with security and military officials and heard their reports on the province’s security situation. At the outset, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali and Mohammad Ali Shujaee, Daikundi coordination center commander briefed about the province’s security situation said security was ensured in Daikundi, adding there are some movements in border areas, but the Afghan security forces could successfully defend them. Thanking Daikundi security team, Second Vice-President said besides foreign threats, there were some local problems that would be solved with sound management. Afterwards, the President thanked Daikundi’s good management of civil and military in-charges in the parliamentary elections and instructed the defense ministry’s chief of army staff to review that province’s vulnerabilities and take immediate step in the respect.
 

Saturday November 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) During his visit to Daikundi province, the President attended and spoke in a people gathering held in Nili city, BNA reported. At the outset, welcoming the President, Second Vice-President and their accompanying delegation, Daikundi governor, Eng. Mahmoud Baligh said the province’s people were lover of knowledge and peace-loving and have played precious role in all national process particularly the elections. Afterwards, Daikundi provincial council’s deputy Zekry Hashimi while supporting the government policies said there were still many problems in the province, as well as the development budget has been allocated to the province is insufficient, thus, it is asked that Daikundi to be promoted to a second grade province. Thanking the efforts made by Daikundi people to ensure welfare end develop education and higher education, Second Vice-President lauded the province’s youth sacrifices and devotions in Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) ranks. Security of Pato, Kejran and Nawamish are prioritized in the government plans and other priorities that will be addressed are including construction of roads, airport and ensuring power energy in the province, Second Vice-President added. He asked Daikundi people to play their role in safeguarding unity, solidarity, supporting ANDSF and democratic system such they did in the past. Furthermore, the President while praying for the soul of martyr Sayed Mustafa Kazemi and other martyrs said, Daikundi people have proven over the last seventeen years that they want a democratic system and they support it. Appreciating people role in education, growth, the President said investment in education is one of Daikundi people precious traditions. Likewise, the President pointed out that Daikundi would turn into a second grade province. A woman advisory would be established in Daikundi governor office, aims at further serving the women in that province.
 

Saturday November 10, 2018

Jalalabad City (BNA) At least 18 adherents of ISIS terrorist group killed during latest attacks carried out by Afghan Special Forces (ASF) in vicinity of eastern Nangarhar province last night.
The terrorists have been targeted and killed in various parts of Acheen, Khogynai and Naziyan districts of the province.
Senior commander of Afghan National Army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, air and ground raids carried out by Afghan Special Forces in different parts of the mentioned districts, in which 18 ISIS adherents were killed and their several hideouts along with some military equipment have been destroyed too.
According to another report, Afghan security forces by discovering and confiscating nine round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent from a series of blast in Nangarhar province.
No one was arrested accused of the mine planting so far.
Meanwhile, three weapon storages have been discovered by Afghan security forces in Nangarhar, The weapon storages have kept in Haska Mina, Roudat districts and Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province.
Some heavy and light weapons have been seized from the weapon storages.
Local officials called that ISIS terrorist group used the storages in their terrorist and destructive activities.
M.A.Ansari

Thursday November 8, 2018

Kabul (BNA) On a good day, it takes Mohammad less than three hours to drive from Ghazni to Kabul. But preparations for the hair-raising journey through Taliban-infested areas can take weeks.
Road trips are a dangerous, and often deadly, activity in Afghanistan.
Travellers run the gauntlet of Taliban checkpoints, fighting, robberies, kidnappings, and pressure-plate bombs targeting government officials and security forces.
The stretch of Highway 1 between the Afghan capital and the southeastern city of Ghazni -- which the Taliban stormed in August and still threaten -- is one of the most treacherous.
Spontaneous trips are out of the question, said Mohammad, who is in his 20s and a regular visitor to Kabul.
Mohammad, not his real name, asked AFP to use a pseudonym to avoid being identified by the Taliban.
He begins preparing for the journey at least two weeks before his planned departure, starting with growing out his beard, which he normally keeps short, to create a scruffier appearance.
He then starts working his contacts, calling trusted relatives and neighbours who ply the busy route for information about Taliban activity along the main artery connecting Kabul to the insurgent strongholds in the south.
"You have to be careful who you call because you could be sold out to the Taliban" by someone working for the militant group, he told AFP.
- 'Many reasons to worry' -
On the day of his departure, Mohammad swaps his clean, well-ironed clothes for a dirty pyjama-like shalwar kameez to make himself look more like a villager and clears the call history on his mobile in case a phone number raises suspicion.
"You can't just jump into a car and come (to Kabul), not if you want to be on the safe side," he said.
Mohammad's most recent trip to Kabul was delayed for three days after he received warnings of Taliban disguised as Afghan soldiers manning checkpoints along the road.
The first thing Taliban militants check is a person's tazkira, or national identification document.
"If the tazkira is from Ghazni then you may be fine. If not, they might think that you are a member of the security forces from another province coming to Ghazni to fight," Mohammad said.
After registering to vote in the October 20 parliamentary election -- which the Taliban had vowed to attack and which was finally cancelled in Ghazni due to protests -- Mohammad carries a second tazkira that does not have a sticker identifying him as a voter.
"There are many reasons to be worried and anxious," Mohammad explained.
"Even if they don't kill you, they may keep you as a hostage and ask for a ransom. If they kept me for one night, my mother would not survive."
A one-way trip between Kabul and Ghazni costs Mohammad 250 afghanis (around $3) in a Toyota Corolla taxi, a ubiquitous model in Afghanistan that is often used as public transport. He tries to travel with drivers he knows.
He avoids travelling on Mondays and Wednesdays. Those are the days the Afghan army delivers supplies to its troops in the provinces and attacks along the highway are more likely, Mohammad said.
Thursday, the last day of the Afghan working week, is also a bad day to venture out of the city. Militants lie in wait for government employees as they leave Ghazni for the weekend.
- Fear of death -
Whenever possible, Mohammad said he travels with women wearing burqas, but not because he prefers their company. In the deeply conservative society where physical contact between men and women in public is prohibited, female passengers can hide mobile phones and other sensitive items under their head-to-toe coverings without fear of the Taliban searching them.
Once on the open road, Mohammad remains vigilant.
He listens carefully to the phone conversations of the driver and other occupants for signs they are planning to give him, or someone else in the vehicle, up to the Taliban.
"Taliban spies use codes like 'I have brought the rooster that you asked for' or 'we found the yoghurt that you asked for'," he said.
An oncoming vehicle with lights blinking, a line of cars stopped on the highway, or no traffic at all are warning signs that something has happened up ahead.
"Fighting and ambushes are common. You have to accept that you might face it," Mohammad said.
Despite the risks, Kabul's alluring cafes and shopping malls make the nail-biting trip worthwhile, Mohammad said.
Even a few days in the heavily militarised and overcrowded city is "refreshing" and a relief from Ghazni, where he feels his "heart can burst from boredom".
But Mohammad does what he can to stay safe on his journey, even paying a few cents to a street beggar as he leaves the city in the hope the good deed will protect him.
"I still fear death," he said. "But I try to stay calm."
Dailymail
 

Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:14

NATO Chief Assures Support to Afghanistan

Thursday November 8, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Visiting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assured the military alliance's firm support to Afghanistan's security forces here on Tuesday.
Talking to reporters at a joint press conference with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani here at the Presidential Palace, the NATO chief said that the alliance is committed to continuing its support to Afghan security forces and the Afghan people.
"NATO is determined to see Afghanistan succeed, that's why around 16,000 troops from 39 countries serve in our resolute support mission, together we train, advise and assist the Afghan forces, as we work to make this country safer and more secure," Stoltenberg said.
He also called upon the Taliban outfit to give up fighting and join the government-initiated peace talks to boost national reconciliation and bring to an end of the lingering conflict in the insurgency-plagued Afghanistan, saying Taliban should understand they can't win the war.
"The potential for peace is great now than was in the past many years, so we need an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and it must be inclusive," Stoltenberg went on to say.
Expressing support to the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, the NATO chief said he wants regional countries to help the Afghans in achieving peace in their country.
He said that NATO had decided to boost its presence and send more advisors to Afghanistan as the United States did to reduce Afghan forces' losses.
The NATO chief also stated that the alliance is here to help the Afghans and to save the alliance member states from terrorist attacks.
Speaking at the press conference, President Ghani expressed his gratitude to NATO for its support and said that Afghan Security and Defense forces is no more dependent but rather a partner to the alliance in the war on terror.
"The people of Afghanistan wants peace and the lasting peace can be achieved through regional cooperation and the world," he said.
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