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Thursday February 7, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Donald Trump during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday said he has “accelerated” negotiations to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan. “I have also accelerated our negotiations to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan. Our troops have fought with unmatched valor — and thanks to their bravery, we are now able to pursue a political solution to this long and bloody conflict,” Trump said.
He also indicated that there would gradually be a drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan as the talks progressed. He also indicated that he was open to leaving a counterterrorism force, likely consisting of special operators and intelligence operatives. “As we make progress in these negotiations, we will be able to reduce our troop presence and focus on counterterrorism. We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement, but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace,” he said.
Trump also told CBS News on Sunday he was open to leaving a small military presence in Afghanistan. “Yes. And I’ll leave intelligence there. Real intelligence, by the way. I’ll leave intelligence there and if I see nests forming, I’ll do something about it.” “We’ll come back if we have to. We have very fast airplanes, we have very good cargo planes,” he added. “We can come back very quickly, and I’m not leaving. We have a base in Iraq and the base is a fantastic edifice.”
News reports in December said the president planned to draw down the U.S. troop presence from roughly 14,000 to 7,000. Although those reports were not confirmed, hawkish Republican senators last week voted for an amendment criticizing Trump’s intentions to withdraw forces from Afghanistan. Trump during the State of the Union Address spoke of the toll the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have taken on the U.S. military and hearkened back to his campaign pledges to end the war in Afghanistan.
“Our brave troops have now been fighting in the Middle East for almost 19 years. In Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly 7,000 American heroes have given their lives. More than 52,000 Americans have been badly wounded. We have spent more than $7 trillion in the Middle East,” he said. “As a candidate for President, I pledged a new approach. Great nations do not fight endless wars.”
breitbart.
 

Thursday, 07 February 2019 09:45

Afghan Govt. Wants Final Say in Peace Talks

Thursday February 7, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani says no peace deal between the Taliban and the United States could be finalised without involving his government as "the decision-maker". Ghani's government has so far been shut out of the evolving peace talks between Taliban negotiators and US envoys to end more than 17 years of war, with the hardline Islamist movement branding his government a US puppet. He made his remarks in a television interview as Afghan opposition politicians, including his predecessor Hamid Karzai, met Taliban representatives in Moscow.
"At the end of any peace deal, the decision-maker will be the government of Afghanistan," Ghani told TOLO News, the country's largest private television station. "No power in the country can dissolve the government," said Ghani, who added he was ready to "stand and defend our country". "Rest assured that no one can push us aside," he said. With both sides hailing progress in talks in Qatar last month, US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is due to meet Taliban representatives there again on February 25.  Khalilzad said on Twitter early on Wednesday he had received assurances by phone from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about Washington's commitment to an "enduring partnership" with Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump referred to the peace talks in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, describing the talks as "constructive" and that Washington would be able to reduce the number of US troops and focus on counter-terrorism efforts as they made progress. US officials say any withdrawal is contingent on a ceasefire - something the Taliban insists on happening first - and that the movement must be prepared to enter talks with the Afghan government to help create a durable peace.
Western diplomats and security advisers believe a swift foreign pullout would put the stretched Afghan forces under severe strain. "The Taliban said they are ready to sever ties with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, and this is a good development," Ghani said. "We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement - but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace," Trump said.
Sbsnews
 

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:37

Pakistani Insurgents Killed in Air Strike

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019
Asadabad (BNA) Three Pakistani insurgents were killed in an air strike in east of the country today.
The insurgents were suppressed in their strongholds in Manogi district.
ANA senior commander in east of the country told BNA, three Pakistani insurgents were killed in the air raid.
He added, the insurgents were planning for organizing of terrorist attacks in east of the country, not succeeded to their evil goals.
It is mentionable that, hideouts of the insurgents with all war equipment have been demolished in the raid.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:35

Two Reporters from A Local Radio Station Martyred

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Taliqan (BNA) Two reporter of a local radio station were martyred by unknown gunmen in Takhar province yesterday noon.
According to BNA reporter, Shafiqullah Arya and Rahimullah two reporters of a local radio station were martyred by unknown gunmen in their office.
Semeen Hosaini responsible of the Raido said, unidentified gunmen entered the Radio studio and martyred the two reporters.
The leadership of the Ministry of Information and Culture has strongly condemned the martyrdom of these two journalists, called for the arrest of the perpetrators of the incident.
This is the second murdering cases of journalists in 2019 in the country.
Last month, Jaweed Noori an Afghan correspondent was martyred by Taliban in Farah province.
T. Yarzada
 

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:34

Insurgents Killed Across The Country

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The defense and security forces conducting clearing operations in various parts of the country, killed eight armed insurgents.
National defense ministry spokesman told BNA, the defense forces launching clearing operations in Kapisa, Ghazni, Kandahar, Herat, Balkh, Jawzjan and Helmand province killed eight insurgents and wounded seven others.
T. Yarzada
 

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                           
One Dollar                                                              74/95        Afs
One Pound Sterling                                            97       Afs
One Euro                                                            86/50       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       20/40       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                           538       Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                              1070       Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                            06/60       Afs
Yarzada
 

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 07:26

Commentary

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Rehabilitation of national army is the major achievement of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during the last 18 years, Taliban should know that from this great achievement protects as a national value.
BNA political and military affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes Shir Mohammad Abas  Stankzay one of unofficial members of Taliban’s office in Qatar who had attended in four rounds of negotiation with Americans representatives said,” if American forces withdraw from Afghanistan, the army the country will also dismantle.” According to Mr. Stankzay the member of Taliban as if US are built Afghan army and now he suggests dismantling of Afghan army, the honor and pride of Afghans.
This is, what would be the view of Mr. Abas Stankzay regarding to national army and other military agencies in the country and he asks for dismantling the national army would not be a surprising issue and cannot expect him expressing a patriotic word.
The statements of Mr. Stankzay are following Mr. Nawz Sharif’s statement in early seventies when he the prime minister of Pakistan. Due corruption in his government when he was questioning in parliament of that country jus expressing these two sentence rid him from punishment,” this is ok that my two ministers committed wrong doings, I have served Pakistan greatly, I dissolved  Afghan army which was a great threat for Pakistan.”
Dissolving Afghan army was the major achievement of Pakistan army and intelligence service. As today, reconstruction of Afghan army is the main achievement of Afghan people, which is a sharp thorn in the eyes of our enemies.
The statements of Mr. Stankzay are not stated by an Afghan, but stated by people who done much work for weakening Afghanistan and established Taliban to use a means to achieve their satanic goals.
If Mr. Stankzay is talking about foreign aids to Afghan army, the international assistances for Afghan government in various sections among them army, security agencies as legitimate aids with clear aims receive by relevant Afghan authorities. While Taliban use the money receive as so called aid, in killing Afghan innocent people, destruction of the country  or committing crimes or other illegal ways.
There is a big difference between Afghan army and Taliban. Afghan army fights for protecting national values, against foreign invaders while Taliban looting national values and serve foreigners as their servants.
Taliban should not encourage just by rewarding by America or Russia, they should know that the process of peace negotiations that leads to peace and security only through inter Afghan dialogue. In the process negotiation the Afghans never treat on their national values and the last decades achievements among them national army.  
 

Wednesday February 6, 2019

KANDAHAR CITY (BNA) More than five members of Taliban group were killed during Afghan security forces’ attack in southern Kandahar province.
The militants have been targeted and killed in different parts of Maiwand district of the province.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in south of the country told BNA reporter, five anti-government militias were killed and three more were injured following the attack.
The insurgents were busy on organizing a series of terrorist and destructive activities that targeted and killed.
M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday February 6, 2019

QALAT CITY (BNA) As many as eight armed oppositions were killed during artillery attack carried out by Afghan security forces in southern Zabul province.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the south of the country told BNA correspondent, the terrorists have been targeted and killed by Afghan security personnel in vicinity of Arghandab district of the province.
According to another report, Afghan security troops by discovering and defusing six round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent several bloodiest incidents in crowded areas of Zabul province.
The mine had been planted by Taliban militants and discovered by Afghan security forces with cooperation of local people.
M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 07:23

Taliban Terrorists Killed in Nangarhar Conflict

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Jalalabad (BNA) Ten Taliban terrorists were killed by security forces conflict in Nangarhar province last night.
The clashes occurred by national security official on Taliban strongholds in Sourkhrod and Hesarak districts.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, ten insurgents have been killed in the raid.
According to reports, the Taliban were suppressed in their strongholds while terrorist attacks.
According to another report, security forces prevented from a series of blasts in Nangarhar province this morning.
The officials discovered and neutralized seven mines from busy roads of the province.
Security source of the province said, with discovered of the mines, a series of blasts have been prevented.
T. Yarzada
 

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