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Friday December 28, 2018
Kabul (BNA) At least six armed oppositions were killed while their hideout have been targeted by Afghan air forces in southern Urozgan province.
Six anti-government militias were killed and several others were wounded when Afghan air troops succeeded to target their hideout in Urozgan province, a top military official in the south of the country reported BNA.
The hideout along with all military equipment have been demolished, the source added.

Friday December 28, 2018
Kabul (BNA) A mine making factory belonged to Taliban terrorist group group have been destroyed during air attack carried out by Afghan air forces in southern Urozgan province last night.
The factory have been located in Charchino district of the province, that targeted and demolished by Afghan air forces.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the south of the country told BNA correspondent, the mine making factory along with huge amount of explosive materials and some military equipment have been destroyed.
According to reports, most of mine and bombs that have used by Taliban militants in Urozgan and other parts of southern provinces have been produced in the factory.

Friday December 21, 2018 Charikar City (BNA) A military responsible of Taliban terrorist group and a commander of irresponsible armed group were killed during clashes in central Parwan province last night. Saifullah Bidar district governor of Bagram told BNA correspondent, the conflicts took place between Taliban militants and members of irresponsible armed group in Qaderkhail region of Bagram district, in which Mullah Qader Taliban military in-charge along his bodyguard and Asadullah leader of irresponsible armed group were killed. M.A.Ansari

Friday December 21, 2018 Matoon City (BNA) Cash have been donated to 8,500 needy and destitute families in Khost province. According to BNA local correspondent report, United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have donated cash aids to 8,500 needy families in Khost province. Each family have received 200 USD. Hakam Khan Habibi governor of Khost during distribution of the cash said, the aids could solve some problems of destitute families in the winter season. M.A.Ansari

Friday December 21, 2018 Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri said this in reaction to US leader Donald Trump’s announcement of withdrawing nearly 7,000 American troops from the country within months. In a post on his Facebook account, Chakhansuri wrote media outlets painted a grimmer picture of the security environment in Afghanistan in 2014 than the concerns being speculated these days. Four years back, the spokesman recalled, analysts feared the country would slide into anarchy in the wake of 100,000 foreign soldiers’ departure. But the concerns were proved wrong by the valiant Afghan forces with their sacrifices, he argued. The Afghan security personnel, who had been in the frontline in the war on terror since 2014, had since been safeguarding the country’s territorial integrity and protecting the citizen, the spokesman maintained. Chakhansuri wrote the Afghan air force and ground troops, despite the war imposed on their country, had considerably grown in strength over the last four years -- a journey that continued on a successful note, “The Afghans have been in charge of their security over the past four years. Our ultimate goal is that Afghan forces should stand on their own feet in defending their motherland and nation in a permanent manner,” he concluded. M.A.Ansari

Friday, 21 December 2018 11:59

In Faryab; 19 Insurgents Killed & Injured

Friday December 21, 2018 Maimana City (BNA) As many as 8 anti-government militias were killed and 11 others were injured following Afghan security troops’ attack in northern Faryab province late yesterday. Abdul Karim Yurush spokesperson of police chief in Faryab told correspondent, the rebels were killed, while they stormed on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in Arlik and Bori villages of Qaisar district of the province. Three Afghan security personnel were martyred and three more were wounded during the attack, Yurush added. M.A.Ansari

Friday December 21, 2018 Aibak City (BNA) A senior leader of Taliban terrorist group was killed in Sar-e-Pul province yesterday. Zabihullah Amani spokesman of Sar-e-Pul governor told BNA reporter, the Taliban leader was killed when along with his men faced with Afghan security forces’ ambush in Bay Sarkanda region, Gosfandi district of the province. Two bodyguards of the leader along their hand weapons have been arrested as well, Amani added. M.A.Ansari

Friday December 21, 2018 Kabul (BNA) The Trump administration is reportedly planning to pull roughly half of all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan — likely one of the first steps in ending the 17-year-long war in the country. About 7,000 American troops are expected to be brought home from the country in the coming months. The 14,000 troops currently in Afghanistan are split between counter-terrorism forces and soldiers that are training and advising Afghan fighters. President Trump made the decision at about the same time he decided to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria, the New York Times reported, citing an unnamed official. One official said the troops could be out by summer, but no final decision has been made. Trump’s decision on Syria caused the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the Times also reported. New York Post Ansari
Friday December 21, 2018 Faizabad City (BNA) At least 10 policemen have joined to Taliban terrorist group in northern Badakhshan province last night. Sanaullah Rohani spokesman of police headquarters in Badakhshan told BNA correspondent, the policemen along with their hand weapons and some ammunitions have been surrendered to Taliban militants in the province. The policemen already had link with Taliban militants, but security organs hadn’t information about the issue, Rohani added. M.A.Ansari
Friday December 21, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Afghan peace talks held in the United Arab Emirates will yield “very positive results by the beginning of next year”, the Saudi ambassador to Washington said on Thursday, adding to hopes of progress to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan. Khalid bin Salman added on his Twitter account that the talks were productive and would “help promote intra-Afghan dialogue towards ending the conflict”. The U.S. special envoy for Afghan peace talks, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday to meet government leaders following his discussions with Taliban representatives in Abu Dhabi earlier this week. Officials from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates took part in the Abu Dhabi meeting, at least the third encounter between Khalilzad and Taliban envoys since he was named to oversee the peace effort from Washington’s side in September. In an interview with Afghanistan’s Ariana Television, Khalilzad repeated that, ideally, an agreement would be reached before presidential elections, currently scheduled for April 20. “I think it would be great if we could reach a peace deal before the elections,” he said, according to a transcript provided by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. “But it doesn’t only depend on Afghanistan’s government. It depends on the Taliban too,” The United States insists that any peace settlement must be agreed between Afghans but the Taliban have so far publicly refused to talk directly to the Afghan government, which they say is an illegitimate, foreign-imposed regime. The urgency around the peace talks was heightened by President Donald Trump’s unexpected decision this week, fulfilling a promise from his 2016 presidential election campaign, to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. According to Western diplomats in Kabul, there is concern among some U.S. allies that Trump may decide a similar move in Afghanistan and Khalilzad is widely believed to have until the middle of next year to come up with a settlement. In a separate interview with Tolo News, Khalilzad said Trump was “in a hurry”, having promised the American people that he wanted to end the war in Afghanistan. “But it should not be misinterpreted - we want peace here with respect to set objectives - that Afghanistan will not be a threat for the U.S. - and that we have a positive relationship with Afghanistan,” he said. “... but if the Taliban are not prepared for that and war continues, then we will stand by the Afghan government and people,” he said. Washington hopes Saudia Arabia and the UAE can push Pakistan to use its leverage on the Taliban to drop their refusal to talk directly with the Afghan government. Khalilzad said that during the Abu Dhabi meeting, the two countries had proposed a three-month ceasefire between the Taliban and the Afghan government but that the Taliban had asked for more time to consult with their leadership. “We told them, if they want peace or if they are serious about peace, they should sit with the Afghans and respond as soon as possible to the Emirati and Saudi suggestion.” Reuters Ansari
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