23 February 2018

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Friday February 16, 2018
Jalalabad City (BNA) About 20 fighters of Islamic State for Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terrorist group were killed following air and ground attacks carried out by Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF) in eastern Nangarhar province during the last 24 hours.
The ISIS loyalists targeted and killed in Pacheragam, Koot, Heska Mena and Rawodat districts of the province.
Ataullah Khogyani provincial spokesman for Nangarhar told BNA reporter, at least 2017 ISIS loyalists were killed following the raids.
Several hideouts of the terrorist group along with its military equipment have been destroyed during the attacks, the source added.
According to another report, Afghan security personnel by discovering and defusing three round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent series of blasts in crowded areas of Nangarhar province.
At the same time, three weapon storages belonging terrorist groups have been seized by Afghan security personnel in Koot and Dor Baba districts of Nangarhar province.
Some heavy and light weapons have been discovered from the storages.


Friday February 16, 2018
Herat City (BNA) A suicide attacker who had link with Taliban terrorist group was arrested by National Security Directorate (NSD) personnel in western Herat province.
A source of NSD’s office in Herat told BNA reporter, the suicide attacker along with a vehicle type of Benze moving toward Herat city, which timely identified and detained by NSD personnel in vicinity of Chasht district of the province.
The attacker had plan to blow up himself in a crowded areas of Herat city, but fortunately NSD personnel by arresting him succeeded to prevent a bloodiest event, the source added.

Friday February 16, 2018
Kabul (BNA) More than 10,000 civilians lost their lives or suffered injuries during 2017, according to the latest annual UN report documenting the impact of the armed conflict on civilians in Afghanistan.
A total of 10,453 civilian casualties - 3,438 people killed and 7,015 injured - were documented in the 2017 Annual Report released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office. Although this figure represents a decrease of nine per cent compared with 2016, the report highlights the high number of casualties caused by suicide bombings and other attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
“The chilling statistics in this report provide credible data about the war’s impact, but the figures alone cannot capture the appalling human suffering inflicted on ordinary people, especially women and children,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.
Yamamoto, who also heads UNAMA, expressed deep concern at the increased harm to civilians caused by suicide attacks. “I am particularly appalled by the continued indiscriminate and unlawful use of IEDs such as suicide bombs and pressure-plate devices in civilian populated areas. This is shameful,” he said.
The second leading cause of civilian casualties in 2017 was ground engagements between anti-government elements and pro-government forces, although there was a decrease of 19 per cent from the record levels seen in 2016.
The report attributes close to two-thirds of all casualties (65 per cent) to anti-government elements: 42 per cent to the Taliban, 10 per cent to Daesh / Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP), and 13 per cent to undetermined and other anti-government elements.
Pro-Government Forces caused a fifth of civilian casualties: 16 per cent were attributed to the Afghan national security forces, two per cent to international military forces, one per cent each to pro-Government armed groups and undetermined pro-Government forces. Unattributed cross-fire during ground engagements between anti-government elements and pro-government forces caused 11 per cent of civilian casualties.
Women and children remained heavily affected by conflict-related violence. UNAMA documented that, in 2017, 359 women were killed - a rise of five per cent - and 865 injured. Child casualties - 861 killed and 2,318 injured - decreased by 10 per cent compared with 2016.
Attacks where anti-government elements deliberately targeted civilians accounted for 27 per cent of the total civilian casualties recorded in Afghanistan in 2017 - mainly from suicide and complex attacks directed at civilians or civilian objects.
The deadliest single incident documented since UNAMA began recording civilian casualties in 2009 occurred in Kabul on 31 May when a suicide attacker detonated a truck laden with approximately 2,000 kilos of military grade explosives during the morning rush hours in a densely populated area. This massive blast killed 92 civilians and injured 491.
“Afghan civilians have been killed going about their daily lives - traveling on a bus, praying in a mosque, simply walking past a building that was targeted. The people of Afghanistan, year after year, continue to live in insecurity and fear, while those responsible for ending lives and blighting lives escape punishment,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
“Such attacks are prohibited under international humanitarian law and are likely, in most cases, to constitute war crimes. The perpetrators must be identified and held accountable,” he said.
The report attributes 1,000 civilian casualties (399 deaths and 601 injured) and the abduction of 119 civilians to Daesh / ISIL-KP. “The group mainly targeted civilians in 2017 but also conducted indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against security forces in civilian areas,” the report states. UNAMA recorded 160 deaths and 252 injuries to civilians during six attacks targeting places of worship, religious leaders, and worshippers claimed by Daesh / ISIL-KP in 2017.
The report observes that the number of airstrikes conducted by international military forces and Afghan air forces increased significantly. UNAMA documented 631 civilian casualties (295 deaths and 336 injured) from aerial operations conducted by pro-government forces, a seven per cent increase from 2016, and the highest number from airstrikes in a single year since 2009. Aerial operations accounted for six per cent of all civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2017.
The report commends actions taken by the Government of Afghanistan and Pro-Government security forces in 2017 to protect communities from harm, highlighting the 23 per cent reduction in civilian casualties attributed to pro-government forces.
Other protection measures adopted by the Government included a national policy to prevent civilian casualties and ratification of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapon instruments, which under Protocol V directs clearance of explosive remnants of war. 
The report stresses the importance of implementing Protocol V, noting that in 2017, UNAMA documented 164 deaths and 475 injured as a result of explosive remnants of war. Eighty-one per cent of the victims were children and many of those who survived lost limbs or eyes, and suffered other serious injuries and psychological trauma, limiting their prospects for a normal life.
Among its recommendations, the report urges parties to the conflict to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians and civilian installations.  It calls on anti-government elements to cease the deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian objects and the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of all IEDs.

Friday February 16, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to hundreds returned, war-affected and poor families in eastern Nangarhar province.
Ghulam Haidar Faqirzai head of refugees and repatriation department in Nangarhar said BNA correspondent, in this round 400 destitute, war-damaged and returned families from Pakistan have received the assistances.
The distribution aids include, flour, cooking ghee, peace and salt, which provided by World Food Program (WFP) and United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Faqirzai added.
Process of aids distribution to needy, war-affected and returned families from Pakistan continuing in the province.

Friday February 16, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Twelve round of different type of mines have been discovered and confiscated by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province.
According to information of ministry of national defense’s press office to BNA, the mines had been planted by Taliban militants in relevant areas of Khogyani and Acheen district, Nangarhar province, which timely seized and impounded by demining team of Afghan National Army.

Friday February 16, 2018
Kabul (BNA) As many as seven anti-government militias were killed and 23 others were injured following clearing operations conducted by Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours across the country.
Ministry of National Defense press office by sending a statement reported BNA, the operations have been launched by support of Afghan Air and artillery forces to suppress armed oppositions and ensure security and protect the lives and properties of people in various parts of Nangarhar, Paktika, Urozgan, Kandahar, Herat, Farah, Faryab, Takhar, Nirmoz and Helmand provinces.
Some heavy and light weapons belonging the terrorists have been discovered and seized during the military operations as well, the source added.

Friday February 09, 2018
Kabul (BNA) At least 66 armed oppositions were killed and 25 others were injured during mopping up operations conducted by Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours in various parts of the country.
Ministry of National Defense today by releasing a statement issued BNA, the operations have been carried out by support of Afghan air and artillery forces in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Logar, Paktia, Urozgan, Zabul, Herat, Farah, Badghis, Farah, Faryab, Baghlan, Takhar, Jawzjan, Nimroz and Helmand provinces.
Four suspicious were arrested and some heavy and light weapons belonging to the terrorists have been seized during the operations as well, the source added.


Friday February 09, 2018
Kabul (BNA) A smuggler along with 25 kg narcotic drug was arrested by Afghan policemen in northern Baghlan province yesterday.
Zabihullah Shoja spokesman of police headquarters in Baghlan told BNA correspondent, the smuggler wanted to 25 kg narcotic drug type of hashish from Banoi Andrab district to Pul-e-Khumri city the provincial capital of the province, which was arrested in Khosh Dara region, Banoi Andrab district of the province.

Friday February 09, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Seven members of a family have martyred following air attack in southern Khost province.
Ali Jaan Kochi a member of the family told BNA local reporter, his five brothers, a nephew and a cousin were martyred due to air attack in Bati region, Ali Shir district of Khost province.
Relatives of the families asked from local and central government to investigate the incident and punish the culprits.
Meanwhile, Hakam governor of Khost dispatched a delegation to Ali Shir district for assessment of the event.    

Friday February 09, 2018
Kabul (BNA) A US B-52 has set a record for the number of guided bombs dropped from a single bomber in a series of strikes against the Taliban. It comes as the NATO-led coalition steps up action targeting militant training camps in the north of Afghanistan and as America increases its airpower options in the country. It’s a newly acquired capability of the aircraft, which is allowing the US to hit more terrorist targets more quickly- as Major General James Hecker said:
“It used to be that the B-52 was able to drop 16 precision-guided munitions. "Now, with this new rotary launcher, it's able to drop 24 precision-guided munitions, and it could do that all in one pass.” After helping to push so-called Islamic State out of much of Syria and Iraq, the US has switched its focus in the Middle East to Afghanistan. It’s now moving over troops from Iraq to its bases in the country, as well as significantly increasing its airpower capability. This mission was carried out by an A10, part of a new squadron of the air-ground support aircraft, better known as the "Warthog”.
The targets in sight are Taliban training camps and support networks of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a terrorist organization operating near the border with China and Tajikistan. The Afghan air force is also carrying out almost double the number of airstrikes than coalition planes every week- around 40 missions every seven days where a weapon is deployed. Next week, NATO defense ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. With the Taliban anticipated to soon launch their annual spring offensive, the US wants other nations, including the UK, to do more to increase the number of trainers, mentors and combat personnel on the ground.

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