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Sunday, 19 January 2020 10:15

NATO Drone Raid Kills Taliban Insurgents

Monday, January 20,2020
Nimroz (BNA) Five Taliban insurgents were killed by NATO drone raids in Nimroz last night.
In charge of Zafar army corps press office told BNA correspondent, the Taliban were targeted by NATO drone raid in Khashrodd district and four others were also injured.
Three other Taliban insurgents were also killed in the mentioned district three days ago.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 19 January 2020 10:13

Taliban Shot Dead Six Members of a Family

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Maimana (BNA) Armed Taliban shot dead six members of a family in Faryab last night.
Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, Taliban entered in a residential house in Khaneqa village, Andkhou district, Faryab, and shot dead six members of a family including men, women and children.
In the event, a woman and a child was injured, said the source.
The cause of the killing of the family members is still unclear, said Shaheen army corps spokesman.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) The construction work of two mosques begins in Nangahrar.
These mosques are being built by the government in Kozkunar and Dara-e-Noor districts.
These mosques will have a capacity of 700 prayers.
The facilities of these mosques are devoted to the teaching of Islamic sciences.
Mawlawi Mohammad Daud Mojahid head of Haj and Endowment of Nangahrar told BNA, the government will spend 28 million Afghanis to build the mosques.
These mosques will be offered to worshippers for up to a year.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Herat (BNA) At least 20 Taliban insurgents were killed and number of others have been injured in air and artillery strikes of Afghan Security Forces in Chesht Sharif and Kohzor districts, Herat.
Jelani Farhad spokesman for Herat governor told BNA, one of the raid took place in Kohzor district, in which Fazel Ahmad known Gorg a senior commander of Taliban with 15 colleagues was killed.
Likewise, second strikes occurred in Chasht Sharef District, five colleagues of Mullah Abdul Rahman Maldar were killed.
Heavy casualties sustained to Taliban in the strikes.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Bazarak (BNA) Five development projects were implemented and put into exploitation in Panjshir.
These projects were implemented by United Nations Development Program.
These projects are said to have been implemented under the Local Governance Program of Logo Office by Panjshir municipality in Rokha, Onaba and bazarak districts of provincial capital.
Engineer Abdul Wodood Qaty expert of Mayor of Panjshir said, the implementation plans include the construction of customer service center in the city, Public Library, concreting of rural roads, and installation of potters.
The project will be postponed for a month due to cold weather.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A spokesman for the Taliban has told a Pakistani newspaper that the militant group is hoping to reach an Afghan peace deal with U.S negotiators by the end of January.
The comments by Suhail Shaheen on January 18 to the Dawn newspaper come after negotiators from the Taliban and the United States met for two days of talks in Qatar.
Shaheen said in a post on Twitter on January 17 that the meetings on January 16 and 17 had been "useful." He said the discussions had focused on the signing of a joint agreement and a related ceremony without elaborating.
The U.S. team, led by Zalmay Khalilzad, has not spoken publicly about the negotiations. But Reuters quoted two sources as saying the Taliban was ready to agree to a 10-day truce with U.S. forces, as well as a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and talks with Afghan officials if a deal is reached.
Shaheen on January 18 said Taliban militants were ready to scale back militant attacks ahead of the anticipated signing of the deal with U.S. negotiators. "We have agreed to scale down military operations in days leading up to the signing of the peace agreement with the United States," Shaheen told Dawn.
He added that the Taliban was "optimistic" a deal with Washington could be signed before the end of the month and that the reduction in fighting across the country would also include the targeting of Afghan forces.
Analysts say that, if an agreement is clinched, it could revive hopes for a long-term solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Foreign leaders the other day demanded compensation from Iran over the shooting down of Ukrainian international airliner which caused the death of 176 on board.
In a joint statement, Afghanistan, Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, and Britain issued a five-point plan for cooperation with Iran.
It called for “full and unhindered access” for foreign officials to and within Iran and “a thorough, independent and transparent international investigation”.
Iran should “assume full responsibility for the downing of flight PS752 and (recognize) its duties towards the families of the victims and other parties – including compensation”, the statement said, as quoted by Al Jazeera.
Earlier on Thursday during a meeting in London, Canada’s Foreign Minister, Francois-Phillippe Champagne promised to push Iran for answers about the tragedy. “Families want answers, the international community wants answers, the world is waiting for answers and we will not rest until we get them.” Champagne was speaking after talks with counterparts from countries whose nationals were among the people killed when the plane was hit.
However, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Abbas Mousavi has warned that countries whose citizens were killed in the incident should avoid turning the plane crash into a political issue, according to ISNA news agency.
“Politicization of this tragedy must be rejected. Focus on victims’ families,” Zarif tweeted on Friday after meeting with Francois-Philippe Champagne, his counterpart from Canada, many of whose dual citizens perished in the incident. The meeting took place at Ottawa’s request during a stopover in the Omani capital Muscat by Zarif, who was returning from a security conference in New Delhi.
Iran had earlier admitted that its military downed the plane.

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President’s special envoy and state minister for peace affairs, Abdul Salaam Rahimi during a meeting with EU ambassador to Kabul Pierre Mayaudon, said that ceasefire was Afghan government’s pre-condition for peace talks.
Hinting to importance of EU role in support of Afghan peace process, Minister Rahimi hoped for mutual cooperation in different spheres, the statement from the state-ministry for peace affairs said yesterday.
Minister Rahimi went on saying that his led ministry was working closely with different strata of society, in particular with women to help bring peace to the country.
The EU ambassador reiterated support for Afghan-led peace talks and stressed women’s crucial role in the process.
According to another report, the State Minister for Peace Affairs also met Chinese Ambassador to Kabul here in his office yesterday.
Both sides discussed Afghan government’s stance for peace talks with Minister Rahimi calling ceasefire as the pre-condition for beginning Afghan government-Taliban talks.
Chinese ambassador reiterated his country’s support of peace process with Afghanistan, the statement added.

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stressed on Islamabad's commitment toward "security and stability" in South Asia as he met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and held wide-ranging talks on bilateral issues, the situation in Afghanistan and the Middle East, Pakistani media reported yesterday.
"In my meeting today with US Secretary of State @SecPompeo, discussed engagement between Pakistan and US, its mutual benefit, along with it being a factor for stability in South Asia. Exchanged how stronger trade & investment is imp for an enduring partnership," Qureshi said yesterday in a tweet after the meeting. Pakistani FM also expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Kashmir and said that "peace in South Asia is elusive until this is resolved in accordance with UN resolutions & wishes of Kashmiris."
On the Afghan peace process, the two leaders termed it as a "shared responsibility" and spoke about the importance of US-Pakistan cooperation to bring peace in the region.
"The convergence between Pakistan & US stands as a unique opp for peace in Afghanistan, ultimately a shared responsibility," he said in another tweet.
They also discussed about the latest developments in the Middle East arising out of the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani by a US drone strike and the Gulf country reiterating with hitting the US air bases in Iraq.
"Discussed recent developments in ME and reiterated Pakistan will continue to play part for peace in entire region. We are committed to security & stability," Qureshi said. State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that "Iran's malign activities in the region" and bilateral economic ties were also discussed.
Pompeo, in a tweet, said they "discussed countering Iranian aggression, the Afghan peace process, trade ties, and regional stability." According to the Dawn newspaper, Qureshi also briefed Pompeo about discussions held during his recent visits to Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Amid US and Taliban new round of talks in Doha which is focused on signing of a deal, the presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi during a press conference on Saturday said that Afghan people, government and its allies are insisting on a complete ceasefire before the next step in the peace process.
Addressing media at the Government Media and Information Center here in Kabul, Sediqqi said talks are underway between US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad’s team and the Taliban negotiators, but there has been "no progress so far," referring specifically to discussions about a ceasefire or reduction in violence.
Sediqqi said that ending the war and bringing peace to the country were priorities of the government and “the president and the people of Afghanistan have always insisted on a ceasefire.”
He reiterated that the people should see a ceasefire because it is the "most important demand of Afghans."
Presidential spokesman said the Afghan government hoped that the Taliban would have returned from Quetta having accepted the call for a ceasefire in order to move towards a dignified peace.
Sediqqi reiterated that President Ghani and his US counterpart, during their meeting in Bagram late in November last year, "agreed" that a ceasefire should be a precondition for intra-Afghan negotiations.
Repeating his previous comments, Sediqqi said that reduction in violence “is not practical” and “we hope that the Taliban will end violence as it will lead them nowhere.”
The Taliban "should accept a ceasefire if they are really interested in peace," as it is the "demand of the people of Afghanistan," he said.
The process will "not achieve any results without the role of the Afghan government,” Sediqqi said, recalling the pause in the peace talks in Doha last year in September. “Peace is ours; we should remain involved.”
In this latest round of peace talks in Qatar, the Taliban has reportedly agreed to a reduction in violence for a 10-day period which means the group will not carry out attacks in urban areas, sources close to the meetings told Media.

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