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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 11:07

Iran Supports Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks

Wednesday May 1, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday that Iran supports any efforts or talks that help establish peace, stability and security in Afghanistan.
“Iran supports any process and dialogue in line with Afghanistan’s independence, peace and stability,” Mousavi stated.
A four-day consultative grand assembly, known as a Loya Jirga, started meeting in Kabul on Monday. The rare consultative meeting is aimed at finding ways to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban and end the long-running war in Afghanistan.
It is an attempt by President Ashraf Ghani to influence peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, which the Taliban have excluded his government from.
“It is a proud moment for me to have representatives from all over the country here and today we are gathered to speak about the peace talks,” Reuters quoted Ghani as saying in an opening ceremony in huge tent set up for such assemblies in central Kabul.
This week’s meeting, being attended by 3,200 tribal elders, and community and religious leaders from all 34 provinces, aims to set out Kabul’s conditions for any peace deal.
But opposition political leaders and government critics, including former president Hamid Karzai, are boycotting the assembly accusing Ghani of using it as a platform to boost his status as leader in an election year.
Ghani has invited the Taliban, but they have rejected the offer and urged others to boycott it.
The group has also alleged that this is an attempt by the government to deceive the country and extend its “illegitimate rule”.
“Do not participate in the enemy’s conspiracy under the name of Jirga; instead find ways to further sideline the shaky administration of Kabul,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, according to Press TV.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 11:07

In Faryab; 19 Taliban Fighters Perished

Wednesday May 1, 2019
MAIMANA CITY (BNA) At least 19 fighters of Taliban group were killed following air attack carried out by Afghan air forces in northern Faryab province.
Mohammad Hanif Rezayee spokesman of 209 Shaheen army corps reported BNA, the air raid have launched in insecure areas of Dawlat Abad district of the province, in which 19 anti-government militias were killed.
Several hideouts, ammunitions and explosive materials’ storages belonged to the terrorists have been destroyed during the attack, Rezayee added.

Wednesday May 1, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) is holding a seminar in Ashgabat on US security policy in South and Central Asia, Trend reports with reference to the Turkmen Foreign Ministry.
The event is being held with the assistance of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry. Representatives of the ministries of defense, national security and the state border service of Turkmenistan are also taking part in the seminar.
During the seminar, which will continue its work until May 3, such issues as the analysis of US security interests in Central and South Asia, the situation in Afghanistan, fight against radicalization and extremism, as well as the general situation in the region, will be discussed, the report said.
NESA was established in 2000 and is a US Department of Defense institution.
Earlier, the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan hosted a meeting with the delegation of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency under the US Department of Defense.
The parties discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the field of security and the exchange of ideas regarding the management of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear emergency cases, disaster response as a result of man-made and natural disasters, as well as problems associated with weapons of mass destruction.
Turkmenistan, having the status of positive neutrality, has a long border with Afghanistan and has repeatedly offered to hold talks in Ashgabat under the auspices of the UN to restore peace in the neighboring state.
A large-scale project to lay gas pipeline to India and Pakistan for the supply of Turkmen gas is also related to the territory of Afghanistan, where unstable situation has remained for a long time. Observers believe that the implementation of this project may contribute to the restoration of Afghanistan, as it will allow creating jobs and provide the country with guaranteed income from transit.

Wednesday May 1, 2019
Kabul (BNA) An in-charge of Taliban’s intelligence was arrested by Afghan security forces in Kabul city.
According to BNA report, the Taliban intelligence was arrested by police Special Forces in Kota Sangi area, Kabul city.
Few days ago, another Taliban intelligence responsible was arrested by Afghan security forces in Company area, 5th precinct of Kabul city.
Kabul residents have appreciated efforts of Afghan security forces and demanded their continuing efforts for better ensuring security in Kabul city.


Wednesday May 1, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The United States on Tuesday said it has found "no evidence" to suggest that India is using the Afghan soil to perpetrate terrorism in Pakistan.
“I don’t have the evidence what you’re referring to, but our policy is clear that no country should support non-state actors,” the Express Tribune quoted US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells, as saying. Wells was responding to a question at the US embassy in Islamabad against the backdrop of a narrative put forth by Pakistan, claiming that India is using the Afghan soil to cause trouble in the country. The American diplomat, who was in Islamabad as part of a delegation headed by US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, also asserted that it has no information regarding Army’s latest allegations that Afghan and Indian secret agencies were funding the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM). On Tuesday, Major General Asif Ghafoor had blamed India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for allegedly funding PTM, a human rights movement of the Pashtun community against Pakistani security establishments for violating their human rights. Wells urged regional countries to respect each other’s sovereignty and work together to achieve peace and economic growth in the region. “We recognise and respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan. We do not support any separatist or irredentist movements. We think it’s critical that nations of this region respect one another and work to achieve peace and economic growth,” she said. (ANI)

Wednesday May 1, 2019
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel by launching a military operation succeeded to annihilate 22 members of Islamic State for Syria and Iraq (ISIS) in eastern Nangarhar province. 
NDS press office by releasing a statement issued BNA, the military operation have conducted to suppress ISIS fighters in insecure areas of Khogyani district of the province, in which 22 loyalists of ISIS group were killed and 4 weapons and ammunitions storages belonged to the terrorist group have been destroyed.

Sunday April 28, 2019
PUL-E-ALAM CITY (BNA) Afghan security personnel succeeded to discover 2000 suicide vest and 2000 kgs explosive materials from central Logar province.
Shah Poor Ahmadzai spokesman of police chief in Logar told BNA reporter, the suicide vests and explosive materials have been discovered during military operation conducted by Afghan Special Forces in Khewar district of the province.
Five anti-government militias were killed during the military operation too, Ahmadzai added.


Sunday April 28, 2019
QALAT CITY (BNA) As many as six armed oppositions were killed following air attack carried out by Afghan air forces in southern Zabul province.
Military source in Zabul reported BNA, the insurgents have been targeted in Shah Joy district of the province.
The anti-government militias were busy on organizing a series of terrorist and destructive activities that targeted and killed in the district, the source added.

Sunday, 28 April 2019 12:33

Six ISIS Fighters Perished in Kunar

Sunday April 28, 2019
ASADABAD CITY (BNA) At least six fighters of Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in eastern Kunar province.
The ISIS members have been targeted in vicinity of Chapa Dara district of the province last night.
Top commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, six ISIS loyalists were killed during the conflicts.
Several heavy and light weapons have been seized from them as well.


Sunday April 28, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghan security forces succeeded to discover and defuse 49 round of different type of mines from crowded areas of southern provinces.
The mines had been planted by enemies of the country in different parts of Zabul, Kandahar, Urozgan and Helmand provinces.
Senior commander of Afghan security forces in the south of the country told BNA, Taliban militants by planting the mines wanted to carry out bloodiest incidents on innocent civilians, but fortunately the mines have been discovered by Afghan security forces and deadly incidents have been prevented.
No one was arrested accused of failed mine planting.

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