17 November 2018

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Friday September 21, 2018 Kandahar City (BNA) Following special operations that conducted by Afghan security forces, 17 suspicious accused of criminal cases were arrested in various parts of western Kandahar province within the last 24 hours. The arrested people are accused in murder, robbery, narcotic drug smuggling and human trafficking in different parts of Kandahar province, press office of police in the province issued in a statement. The people were arrested during special operations and vehicles’ checking from different parts of Kandahar province, the source added. M.A.Ansari
Friday September 14, 2018 Bamyan City (BNA) By exploitation of a water supply network the problems of 550 families have been settled from shortage of drinking water in central Bamyan province. According to BNA local correspondent report, the water supply network has been built with a sum of over 14 million Afghanis funded by Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Dasht Eisa Khan region, Bamyan city the provincial capital of Bamyan province. Mohammad Asef Mubalegh deputy of Bamyan governor, Eng. Abdul Qader Aazad head of national water supply program in Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and related officials were present during inauguration ceremony of the water supply network. M.A.Ansari
Friday September 14, 2018 Ghazni City (BNA) Over 30 Taliban militants including their two senior leaders were killed during air raids led by U.S. forces in Ghazni province. According to BNA report, press office of U.S. forces in Afghanistan by releasing a statement issued that the terrorists have been targeted in Nawah district, Ghazni province, in which Haji Salman Akhunzadah and Hamidullah two top leaders of Taliban along with their 28 men were killed. The militants were involved on organizing a series of terrorist and destructive activities that targeted by U.S. drones and killed, the statement added. U.S. military officials in Afghanistan say, by launching such attacks war ability of Taliban will be decreased day by day. M.A.Ansari
Friday September 14, 2018 Charikar City (BNA) Police personnel of counter-narcotic drug management succeeded to discover 126 kg narcotic drug type of hashish in central Parwan province yesterday. The narcotic drug have been discovered and seized during cars’ searching in Bazzar Jabulsaraj district, Parwan province, Ziaurahman Sayedkhili security director of Parwan told BNA reporter. It was supposed that the narcotic drug to be transferred to Nangarhar province and a person was arrested accused of the case, Sayedkhili added. Meanwhile, police personnel of counter-narcotic drug management of Parwan reported from discovering of 219 kg hashish and amount of heroin during separate operations within the last one month in the province. Also in this time, 7 vehicles have been seized and 10 smugglers were arrested by counter-narcotic drug personnel. M.A.Ansari

Friday September 14, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Safiya Wazir, 27, who fled the Taliban with her family in 1997, won an upset victory in a New Hampshire primary. “There can be change, yes. Why not?” she said. It was a mere state house race, below the radar, with fewer than 500 votes cast. But Safiya Wazir’s upset victory in New Hampshire on Tuesday is yet one more striking example of how nontraditional candidates are upending expectations in this extraordinary election season. Ms. Wazir, just 27 and a refugee from Afghanistan, toppled a four-term incumbent in the Democratic primary for state representative in a blue-collar neighborhood of Concord, the state capital. Her opponent was Dick Patten, 66, a former city councilor and former police dispatcher who was first elected to the state legislature in 2010. His campaign focused on immigrants, whom he blamed for “getting everything,” such as welfare benefits, to the detriment of people born and raised in New Hampshire. She beat him, 329 to 143. It was a stunning upset, not just because Ms. Wazir is so young, a woman and new to politics — not to mention relatively new to this country — but because New Hampshire is 94 percent white. Its neighbors, Vermont and Maine, are 95 percent white, making northern New England collectively the nation’s whitest region. Nytimes Ansari

Friday September 14, 2018 Jalalabad City (BNA) As many as 20 supporters of ISIS terrorist group killed during latest attacks carried out by Afghan Special Forces in vicinity of eastern Nangarhar province last night. The terrorists have been targeted and killed in various parts of Khogyani, Koot, Naziyan and Deh Bala districts of the province. Senior commander of Afghan National Army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, air and ground raids carried out by Afghan Special Forces in different parts of the mentioned districts, in which 20 ISIS adherents were killed and their several hideouts along with some military equipment have been destroyed too. According to another report, Afghan security forces by discovering and confiscating five round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent from a series of blast in Nangarhar province. Also during this period, two weapon storages belonging terrorist group have been seized by Afghan security troops in relevant areas of Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province. Several heavy and light weapons have been seized from the storages. Local officials in the province claimed that ISIS members used the weapon storages in their terrorist and destructive activities. M.A.Ansari
Friday September 14, 2018 Kunduz City (BNA) Four suspicious along with alcoholic beverages, heroin and opium were arrested by police personnel of counter-narcotic drug in northern Kunduz province. The suspicious were arrested along with 72 liters alcoholic beverages, 2 kg opium and 45 g heroin in vicinity of 2nd security precinct of police and Kunduz-Shirkhan highway, Col. Safiullah Mahzon acting police chief of Kunduz told BNA correspondent. The arrested people are under investigation and a vehicle belonged to the suspicious have seized as well, Mahzon added. M.A.Ansari
Friday September 14, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Based on field surveys in northern Afghanistan, Zalmai Moheb, an ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society's Afghanistan Program and a doctoral candidate in environmental conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with others, report this week that they have for the first time documented by direct observation the presence of two rare Asian wild goat species in the country. The species, both of concern to conservationists, are the markhor (Capra falconeri) or screw-horned goat, and the Siberian ibex (Capra sibirica), which occur in several countries. Both have been reported in Afghanistan, but few studies have been made there in recent years and their distribution is largely unknown, Moheb points out. The report of field surveys he and colleagues conducted from July to October 2011 has just been published in the annual newsletter of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Caprinae Specialist Group. Moheb and colleagues report that they directly observed markhor and ibex on the Afghan side of the Amu Darva River, the border with Tajikistan, for the first time in the Shahr-e Buzurg district and the Darwaz region, plus indirect field evidence and local community reports. They say, "The strip of land along the Amu Darya River from western Darwaz to Shahr-e Buzurg district through Khawahan and Raghistan districts should be a priority site for future markhor and ibex conservation in Afghanistan. If protection measures are taken, this area along with the adjacent protected area in Tajikistan, could act as valuable and viable refuge for sustaining markhor and other wild species that inhabit the region." Moheb and co-authors Said Naqibullah Mostafawi and Peter Zahler, with the Wildlife Conservation Society at the time of the survey, plus his advisor at UMass Amherst professor Todd Fuller, point out that the animals are "nominally protected" from hunting, but both species are most likely hunted throughout their range by local tribesmen. Zahler is now vice president of conservation initiatives at Woodland Park Zoo, Washington, D.C. and Mostafawi is now a free-lance consultant. For this work, the research ecologists surveyed a strip of shrubby scrubland along the Amu Darya River in four districts of Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan Province. They visited 46 villages and four field sites, most in valleys, over 115 square miles (300 sq. km) in Shahr-e Buzurg and 770 square miles (1,997 sq. km) in the Darwaz region. They also interviewed and showed photographs to village headmen, hunters and shepherds believed to be the most knowledgeable about local wildlife. They also visited potential markhor and ibex habitats suggested by sources using experienced local hunters as field guides to confirm animals in the area. In Shahr-e Buzurg the ecologists report 41 of 67 respondents, 61 percent, said that markhor were present and once abundant, but numbers have declined and few remain. The researchers themselves saw four markhor in the Payan-e Moor area and local hunters said they thought about 20 markhor were in the area. They also found horns and markhor skins. In the Darwaz region, the researchers report that 37 percent, 15 of 40 respondents said markhor existed in the western part of the district, and the researchers themselves saw six animals and four pairs of markhor horns. Further, 56 percent of respondents, 74 or 131, said that ibex occurs in some parts of the region and showed them skin and horns. Overall, the ecologists say markhor populations in Shahr-e Buzurg are believed to be small and may only survive due to animals coming in from Tajikistan. Markhor populations in Leiwgard in the Kof Ab district of Darwas appear "larger and more stable," though still linked to nearby Tajik populations. "We suspect that when water level drops in the river during winter, markhor could move between both areas," the authors note. "The remoteness of Leiwgard is likely the primary reason that markhor and ibex still exist in this area." Leiwgard is home to roughly 80 markhor, sources said, along with ibex, brown bear and snow leopards. Local sources also reported that markhor and ibex share the same area, but markhor prefer lower elevations and steep cliffs, while ibex like higher elevations with colder environments. "This, if true, is one of the very few areas where these two caprid species overlap," the researchers note. Moheb and colleagues urge taking several conservation management actions to assist markhor and biodiversity in the area, in particular along the Amu Darya River. "This area is a priority for future markhor conservation and for other endangered wildlife such as snow leopard. The area has the advantage of being connected to the M-Sayod Conservancy on the Tajik side of the border, and so efforts could be combined between Afghanistan and Tajikistan to promote conservation in the larger area," they point out. Coordinating conservation efforts could preserve unique habitats and endangered wildlife, they add. Phys Ansari
Friday September 14, 2018 Pul-e-Khumri City (BNA) At least 24 armed oppositions including a leader of Taliban group were killed during air and group operations in northern Baghlan province yesterday. The militants have been targeted during air and group operations in relevant areas of Baghlan-Markazi district of Baghlan province, Col. Mohammad Hanif Rezayee spokesman of 209 Shaheen army corps reported BNA reporter. The bodies of 3 rebels have remained at the battlefield, while 10 other terrorists were injured during the operations, Rezayee added Three sacks of explosive materials, 4 round of mines, 10 mortar shells and some others light weapons have been seized during the operations by Afghan security forces, Rezayee concluded. According to another report, four militants were killed by Afghan security forces in Talo-Barfak district of the province. M.A.Ansari
Friday September 14, 2018 Maimana City (BNA) At least 7 anti-government militias were killed during air raid carried out by Afghan air forces in northern Faryab province yesterday. The terrorists have been targeted in their hideout in Alti Bolak village, Qaramqul district of the province, Abdul Karim Yurush spokesman of Faryab police headquarters told BNA correspondent. Three other insurgents were wounded and some heavy and light weapons belonged to the terrorists have been destroyed, the source added. M.A.Ansari
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