19 May 2019

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Farah (BNA) The military officials of Farah province said that six armed insurgents were killed and four others have been wounded due to NATO drone attack on their strongholds in Farah province.
According to Zafar 207 army corps press in charge to BNA, NATO drone raid targeted stronghold of Taliban in Todnak region, Balabalok district, in which six Taliban insurgents were killed and four others have been injured.
In the bombardment, a Saracha car of this group has been demolished, he added.
T. Yarzada

Thursday May 2, 2019
TARINKOT CITY (BNA) Five terrorist hideouts belonged to Taliban group have been destroyed following military operation in Urozgan province.
Abdul Ghahfar Nooristani in-charge of press office in army corps special operation told BNA correspondent, the military operation have launched by Afghan Commando Forces with support of Afghan air forces in Garmab region, Tarinkot city the provincial capital of Urozgan province.
Also, a mine making factory, 40 round of different type of mines and some heavy and light weapons have been destroyed during the military operation, Nooristani added.

Thursday May 2, 2019
HERAT CITY (BNA) At least 11 armed oppositions were killed following air attack carried out by Afghan air forces in western Herat province.
Abdul Ghafar Nooristani in-charge of press office in army corps special operation told BNA reporter, the air raid launched to target fighters of Abdul Rahman known as Maldar the military responsible of Taliban group in Chesht district of the province, in which 11 men of leader were killed.
Three more terrorists were wounded and a vehicle belonged to them have been destroyed, Nooristani added.

Thursday May 2, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, has sought Pakistan’s support for reducing violence in Afghanistan, an official statement said on Tuesday.
Following Khalilzad’s two-day visit to the capital Islamabad, the U.S. embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul said: “Ambassador Khalilzad requested and received support for the need to accelerate intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations as well as a reduction in violence, concrete steps necessary for a comprehensive settlement.”
As part of his fresh tour to five countries to discuss Afghan peace, U.S.’ peace envoy visited Islamabad on April 29-30, meeting senior Pakistani officials, including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Jawed Bajwa.
An end to the war will bring long overdue peace and stability for Afghans and an independent Afghanistan that precludes it from being used by terrorists to attack the U.S. or any other country, the statement cited Khalilzad as saying.
Kabul, New Delhi, Islamabad, Moscow and London are the destinations of Khalilzad, where he will work to build support for the Afghan peace process amongst the international community as a part of Washington's effort to "facilitate a political settlement" in the war-weary country.
Earlier this month, the U.S. expressed disappointment over postponement of the landmark peace conference between the Taliban and an Afghan peace delegation in Qatar.
Over 200 Afghan politicians and civil society representatives were set to meet the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha for what was set to be a momentous development endorsed by Kabul and Washington.
However, Taliban opposed and mocked the large size of the Afghan peace delegation saying the conference in Doha is not a “wedding party”.
The proposed talks are since faced with a deadlock amid efforts to revive the nascent peace process as the raging war continues to claim more lives in the war-ravaged country.
Anadolu agency

Thursday May 2, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Sajia Yaqobi has had a weight lifted off her shoulders, as her baby son fights brain cancer.
She now knows she will be by his side when he goes through radiation in the United States next month.
One month after CBC News shared her story of her struggles with bureaucracy, Yaqobi has been granted a U.S. visitor's visa to travel with her now 16-month-old son, Elias, to Boston for an innovative form of radiation not available in Canada.
Yaqobi, originally from Afghanistan, travelled from her home in St. John's to Halifax on Thursday. There, she was interviewed at the U.S. consulate and had her visa printed on site.
"My best wishes, you know, [to] all the people," she said through her husband, Assadullah Faqiri.
"If I was inside my country I wouldn't get that kind of treatment or hospitality. That's the best kind."
Help from local MP
Yaqobi faced a parent's nightmare when she found out Elias needed immediate treatment only available south of the border, and might have to go without her.
As a permanent resident of Canada, she is not able to get a passport, and the process for a visa typically takes more than six months.
Complicating things even further was her expired Afghan passport, which needed to be renewed for the visa application.
Instead, the Canadian government rushed a travel document for her, which serves as a replacement to the passport, and saves considerable time.
After CBC News aired the story, the family got in touch with its local member of Parliament, Nick Whalen. His staff — in particular, Helena Vokey — took charge on the issue.
With one phone call on the day they met, Vokey secured a travel document for Yaqobi. Whalen's office also arranged the interview at the consulate, which would have otherwise have been scheduled for the summer.
"The next available normal opportunity to go for them was in July," said Whalen. "But because we briefed [the consulate], they were able to go and get the visa in the same day."
Whalen said about a third of the work done at his constituency office is immigration related.
'I am thankful'
The family offered its sincere thanks to Whalen, Vokey and the people of St. John's. Whalen said his office has fielded plenty of calls from people wondering how they can help.
Faqiri, a taxi driver in St. John's, said he's had customers recognize him from the news and offer him huge tips. A Toronto woman he picked up at the airport had seen him on CBC News Network and gave him $100 when he dropped her off.
"God bless her," he said.
"What a great people. I am thankful for all the people here. Even my boss, my colleagues, they support me so much."
Elias starts proton radiation therapy May 8. It's expected to last six weeks.
He's been in and out of hospital for the past month, suffering from fevers and nausea related to his brain tumour. As of Sunday evening, Elias was at home with his parents and brother.

Thursday May 2, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan's cricket team are upbeat about their chances at next month's World Cup, skipper Gulbadin Naib said Monday, after the squad spent several weeks training in South Africa.
Naib said conditions in South Africa, with bouncy wickets and good pitches, were similar to what they expect in Britain.
"When I look at my team, we prepared very well the last couple of months," Naib told AFP at the British embassy in Kabul, ahead of the team's departure for the Cup.
"The guys have a big morale, everyone is very excited to be participating in the World Cup."
Naib earlier this month was named as captain, replacing Asghar Afghan who has still been included in the squad.
The move sparked some controversy coming so close to the World Cup, but the 28-year-old Naib dismissed the row as overblown, saying it was "no big deal" and that the team had several other players with captaincy experience.
British deputy ambassador Giles Lever said the World Cup provided Afghanistan with an opportunity to show an expected global audience of up to 1.5 billion a side of the war-torn country that is often overlooked.
"Not war, not political divisions but Afghans working together on the world stage to achieve your common dream, which is victory in the World Cup," Lever said.
Since beating the odds to compete at the 2010 World Twenty20 in England, Afghanistan have qualified for all major international tournaments and recorded their first Test victory against Ireland last month.
Afghanistan open their World Cup campaign against Australia in Bristol on June 1 and are regarded as dark horses, having beaten former champions Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup last year as well as forcing a tie with giants India.
Many Afghan cricketers learned the game in refugee camps in Pakistan, their families having fled the Soviet invasion in the 1980s.
Asked if he thought his team could go all the way, Naib said: "I hope so. It's cricket ... anything can happen."

Thursday May 2, 2019
MAIMANA CITY (BNA) As many as eight fighters of Taliban group including their two leaders were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in northern Faryab province last night.
Mohammad Hanif Rezayee spokesman of 209 Shaheen army corps told BNA reporter, the clashes taken place in vicinity of Sharin Tagab district of the province, in which Rahmatullah and Mullah Sheer Mohammad two leaders of Taliban and 6 insurgents were killed.
Thirteen more militants were wounded during the clashes, Rezayee added.


Thursday May 2, 2019
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) During a military operation, dozens villages have been cleared from existence of anti-government militias in eastern Nangarhar province.
The military operation has started three days ago by participation of hundreds Afghan security personnel by support of Afghan air forces in various parts of Chaparhar district of Nangarhar.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country said BNA reporter, until now, dozens villages have been cleared from being of armed oppositions in Chaparhar district.
Recently, four fighters of Taliban and ISIS terrorist groups were arrested by Afghan security troops during the operation, the source added.
Military officials in the east of the country say, the military operation ongoing till the district clean-up from existence of rebels.

Thursday May 2, 2019
KANDAHAR CITY (BNA) Foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs have been distributed to hundreds needy war and flood-affected families in southern Kandahar province.
The families left their houses due to recent flash floods and war in various parts of Kandahar province.
Local source in Kandahar reported BNA correspondent, in this round 600 war and flood-affected families have received foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs assistances.

Wednesday May 1, 2019
Kabul (BNA) As many as 21 members of Taliban group were killed during military operations led by Afghan Commando Forces in Urozgan and Zabul provinces.
Abdul Ghafar Nooristani in-charge of press office in army corps special operation told BNA correspondent, the military operations have launched by Afghan Commando Forces in Shah Zafar and Mosazai villages of Tarinkot city the provincial capital of Urozgan province and Shamolzai district of Zabul province, in which 15 armed oppositions were killed in Urozgan and 6 others have died in Zabul province.
Three hideouts belonged to the terrorists have been destroyed and 12 round of different type of mines have been discovered and neutralized during the military operations, the source added.


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