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Thursday, 25 July 2019 08:20

270kgs of Hashish Confiscated in Kunduz

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Kunduz (BNA) 270kgs of hashish was discovered and confiscated in Kunduz province yesterday.
Syeed Sarwar Hosaini spokesman for Kunduz security commandment told BNA, the anti-criminal officials of Kunduz security directorate discovered and confiscated the hashish from a corolla car in Kunduz city.
Polio arrested the driver of the car in the connection of the case, he added.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 25 July 2019 08:19

Militants Killed in Logar

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Pul-e-alam (BNA) Five armed militants were killed in Logar province yesterday.
Emal Momand acting of Thunder 203 army corps told BNA, the militants were targeted by security forces in Abchakan region, Logar province.
Five other militants were also arrested in the operation, Momand added.
According to another report, a group of de-miners of Thunder 203 army corps discovered and defused six mines from Shabaz region of Ghazni and Jaji Aryoob district, Paktia province.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The police officials of Kabul province have arrested six people on suspicion of drug trafficking in Kabul province.
Ferdous Faramerz spokesman for Kabul security directorate told BNA correspondent, the people have been arrested from 8th, 10th, 17th precincts of Kabul and Bagrami district.
T. Yarzada


Thursday, July 25, 2019
Ghazni  (BNA)  Nineteen Taliban terrorist group were killed in Ghazni province last night.
Emal Momand acting of Thunder 203 army corps told BNA, the Taliban were killed in security forces operation and coalition force raid in outskirt of Ander, Gero, Waghiz and suburb of Ghazni province.
12 other Taliban rebels were also wounded and eight of them were detained, two vehicles of the insurgents have been destroyed in the operation.
T. Yarzada


Friday July 12, 2019
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) At least six people lost their lives and over 20 others were wounded following a suicide attack took place at a wedding ceremony eastern Nangarhar province this morning.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA correspondent, the suicide attack was happened at wedding ceremony of Malik Toor’s nephew in Landi region, Pacheragam district of the province.
Khogyani added that Malik Toor commander of pro-government militias’ commander in Pacheragam district is among the dead, Khogyani added.
Pro-government militias often work with overstretched Afghan security forces to prevent territories falling into the hands of the Taliban and Daesh fighters.
It has been said the suicide attack carried out by a child.
No individual or group has commented regarding the attack so far.

Friday July 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) A weekend dialogue in Doha, Qatar, between rival factions of Afghanistan's volatile politics and the Taliban has yielded a joint statement calling for an end to war.
Why it matters: The fledgling Afghanistan peace process is gaining critical momentum. Although the conference statement represents a vague roadmap rather than a firm agreement, the consensus reached arguably marks the biggest step yet toward a long-elusive peace.
Where it stands: The 7th round of U.S.–Taliban talks, which took a 2-day pause during the intra-Afghan dialogue, is likely to resume in the coming days. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a deal before Sept.
However, the Taliban refuses to lay down arms or negotiate directly with the Afghan government until it reaches a troop withdrawal deal with the U.S.
Washington, meanwhile, insists there can be no accord on troops until there is agreement on multiple issues — a troop withdrawal, counterterrorism assurances, a ceasefire and a Taliban commitment to launch formal talks with Kabul.
Yes, but: Afghanistan's Sept. 28 presidential election threatens to pull away the attention of political leaders. The campaign season may also exacerbate the country's sharp political rivalries and undercut efforts to forge a political consensus on peace.
These challenges help explain Washington's haste to secure a deal.
The bottom line: An end to the protracted conflict in Afghanistan has never appeared closer. But tough negotiations lie ahead, and reaching a quick deal to end America’s longest war remains a tall order.

Friday July 12, 2019 Kabul (BNA) Turkey has delivered military aid worth $4.5 million to Afghanistan, as part of a deal signed on Sept. 21, 2018. The aid will support logistical operations of the Afghan national army. Turkey also trained female Afghan police cadets in 2016. Since 2011, more than 2,600 Afghan policemen and women have been trained by the Turkish police academy. Although they are nearly located 3,000 kilometers apart, Afghanistan and Turkey enjoy close ties dating back to the early years of the Republic of Turkey. Turkey was the first country to open a diplomatic mission in Kabul in 1921 and both Muslim-majority countries maintain deep cultural ties, dating back to the Turkic rule of Afghanistan up to the 12th century. Dailysabah Ansari

Friday July 12, 2019 Kabul (BNA) Withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan too soon would be a “strategic mistake,” President Trump’s nominee for Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman said Thursday, clearly outlining the Pentagon’s position as the White House wrestles with whether to pull military forces and end the 18-year war. “I think it is slow, it’s painful, it’s hard — I spent a lot of my life in Afghanistan — but I also think it’s necessary,” Gen. Mark A. Milley, the nominee, said about the American military’s continuing mission at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. General Milley’s tough line on the war comes as the United States and the Taliban navigate their seventh round of peace negotiations. Earlier peace dialogues have focused on two main planks: the withdrawal of Western troops and the Taliban’s pledge to deny any safe haven to terrorist groups in Afghanistan. Nytimes Ansari

Friday July 12, 2019 Kabul (BNA) An Afghan campaigner who took part in breakthrough talks with the Taliban said Thursday that she saw subtle improvements in the attitude towards women of the insurgents, who severely curtailed their rights while in power. In a meeting earlier this week in Qatar, the Islamist militants sat down with Afghan representatives and issued a joint statement that called for assuring women's rights "within the Islamic framework of Islamic values." The conference, co-organized by Germany, came as the United States negotiates with the Taliban to pull troops from Afghanistan -- with women's rights not explicitly on the agenda. Asila Wardak, a women's rights campaigner who works for the Afghan foreign ministry, said she was surprised at the positive atmosphere in Doha as women mingled directly with the Taliban over dinner and tea breaks. "It was interesting to me as an Afghan woman as they didn't shake hands but they warmly welcomed us," she told a symposium at Georgetown University on the peace process, speaking by video from Kabul. Two Taliban delegates even showed flashes of humor, telling the Afghan women that they heard they would be coming and saying, "'Please don't give us a hard time,'" she said. "Maybe I'm wrong but their attitude has totally changed towards women, towards government employees," she said. "But I do not say that their behavior (changed) or, ideologically or strategically, they didn't change anything," she said, pointing to a massive blast in eastern Afghanistan that killed 12 and injured dozens of children just as the Qatar talks were opening. Ghizaal Haress, a constitutional scholar at the American University of Afghanistan, said it remained unclear what the Taliban were saying by signing the declaration in Doha. "The term 'Islamic regime' is very vague, it's very broad and there is a fear of what it will mean under the interpretation of the Taliban," she said. "Do we mean an Islamic regime like the one in Malaysia or Indonesia? Do we mean an Islamic regime like Saudi Arabia or Iran? Or do we mean one like Pakistan?" she said, referring to governments with varying degrees of openness toward women. The Taliban were notorious for their harsh treatment of women during their five-year rule of Afghanistan, which ended with the US-led invasion after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The insurgents forced women to cover themselves completely under burqas, banned them from working and restricted most education for girls. - US says watching women's role - President Donald Trump is impatient to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, believing the mission is not worth the cost after nearly two decades. His administration is aiming to reach an accord with the Taliban by September. Such a deal is expected to have two main pillars -- a US withdrawal from Afghanistan and a commitment by the militants not to offer sanctuary to jihadists. But Zalmay Khalilzad, the US negotiator who has held seven rounds of talks with the Taliban, told the Georgetown event in a video message that he will ensure that women "have a seat, or several seats, at the negotiating table." Alice Wells, the acting assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, said that Afghanistan's future relationship with the United States will "depend heavily" on preserving the gains made by women. "No current or future Afghan government should count on international donor support if that government restricts, represses or relegates Afghan women to second-class status," she said. Dailymail Ansari
Friday July 12, 2019 Kabul (BNA) Amid talk of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. envoy talking to the Taliban said Thursday that America is not "cutting and running" from its longest war and that women will continue to have seats in peace talks to end nearly 18 years of fighting. Zalmay Khalilzad addressed an audience in Washington on a video link from Qatar where a two-day all-Afghan conference concluded Tuesday with a statement that offered a roadmap for the country's future. The Washington event was heavily focused on raising the voices of women who fear any peace accord with the Taliban will rollback gains they've made and return them to the days of repressive Taliban rule, "We would like to leave a very positive legacy here," said the U.S. envoy, who was born in Afghanistan. "We are not cutting and running. We're not looking for a withdrawal agreement. We're looking for a peace agreement. And we're looking for a long-term relationship and partnership with Afghanistan." The Taliban refuses to meet with the current Afghan government, but there are ongoing discussions about peace. Khalilzad has held eight rounds of U.S. talks with the Taliban and there have been all-Afghan meetings, including the last one in Doha, the capital of Qatar, where Afghans from all walks of life met to discuss grievances and find common ground about the future for their nation. A statement released at the end of the conference said that a post-war Afghanistan would have an Islamic legal system, protect women's rights "within the Islamic framework of Islamic values," and ensure equality for all ethnic groups. Alice Wells, acting assistant secretary of state for Central and South Asian Affairs, who attended the event at Georgetown University, said no current or future Afghan government should count on international donor support if it "restricts, represses or relegates Afghan women to second-class status." In his talks with the Taliban, Khalilzad said there has been progress on four fronts: getting assurances from the Taliban that Afghanistan will not become a staging ground again for militant groups like al-Qaida or the Islamic State; the withdrawal of U.S. troops, which currently number 14,000; having an all-Afghan dialogue to reach agreement on a peaceful future; and a permanent ceasefire to end the fighting. He wants the U.S. talks with the Taliban to reach fruition by Sept. 1, which would allow the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops. That would open the door to more difficult negotiations. That's where the many sides of Afghanistan's protracted conflict would sit down to hammer out the details of what an Islamic system will look like, what constitutional reforms would be made and what would become of the many local militias affiliated with the country's powerful warlords. Those talks also would have to tackle how women's rights fit into the definition of the "Islamic values." Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan's first female ambassador to the United States, expressed hope for peace, but said there's still no dialogue between the Taliban and the current Afghan government. She predicted tough periods of negotiation ahead and said whatever deal is made needed to be implemented by a "strong central government." The talks have created both optimism and anxiety, especially among women. Ghizaal Haress, assistant professor of law at the American University of Afghanistan who spoke via Skype from Kabul, said the Taliban must guarantee that the rights of women and minorities, which currently are protected in the Afghan constitution, are preserved. "If we leave it to broad interpretation or to the broad idea of women's 'Islamic values' then we're going to be in trouble as we have experienced it" under Taliban rule in the past, she said. Asila Wardack, a member of the Afghan peace council who attended the conference in Doha, said it appears the Taliban are embracing more modern views of women. Via Skype from Kabul, she said she still worries that they have not changed their hardline ideology and claimed a deeper trust between the parties was needed for the negotiations to be successful. Doha was the first time Wardack had met the Taliban negotiating team. "They approached us. They didn't shake hands," she said. Later, Wardack said two of the Taliban representatives walked up to the women at the conference and said they had heard that a group of "dangerous women" were going to be at the meeting. "They literally used the word 'dangerous women,'" Wardack said. She said one Taliban member then said: "Please don't give us a hard time." Modbee Ansari
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