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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 06:21

MoIC Leading Body Condoles Death of Ghafar Qutbyar

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Leading body of the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC in a message has expressed sadness over death of the country’s cinema successful artist Ghafar Qutbyar, passing away due to an illness he was suffering.
The deceased Ghafar Qutbyar devoted most years of his life to serve as a cinema artist role played in drama serials and various films and had lots of fans.
Leading body of the ministry considered his death as a loss, offered condolence and sympathy to the deceased family, colleagues and fans and wished the deceased paradise.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 06:20

27 Armed Oppositions Killed in Paktia Air Raids

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Gardiz (BNA) Twenty-Seven armed oppositions were killed in several air raids in Paktia province last night.
Emal Momand acting spokesman for Thunder 203 army corps told BNA, the insurgents were killed in coalition forces raid in Jaji Aryob and Zormat districts.
Seven other insurgents were also injured and three cars, three motorbikes of the insurgents were also demolished in the raids, said Momand
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Maidan-Shaher (BNA) Sixteen Taliban terrorist group were killed in Maidan-Wardak province last night.
Emal Momand acting spokesman for Thunder 203 army corps told BNA, the insurgents were killed in defense and security forces operation in outskirt of Nerkh District.
Five other insurgents were also injured in the operations.
According to another report, a group of Thunder 203 army corps discovered and confiscated three mines from outskirt of Paktia and Paktika provinces.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Interior reported from arresting of five people on charges of terrorist activities.
Interior affairs ministry told BNA correspondent, police forces in two clearing operations that conducted in outskirt of Bagrami district and 5th precinct of Kabul, arrested five people on charges of terrorist activities.
Another report says, police forces of Kunduz province conducting clearing operation on insurgents in Chardara District, killed 18 Taliban rebels and wounded 9 others.
A terrorist leader who was responsible for organizing assassination of government stuffs in Kunduz province was also among the wounded.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday September 10, 2019
MAZAR-E-SHARIF CITY (BNA) An explosion jolted Mazar-e-Sharif city the provincial capital of northern Balkh province at 9:45am today.
Adel Shah Adel spokesman of Balkh police chief told BNA correspondent, the incident took place as a result of explosive materials placed in a bicycle and exploded close to Appeal Court in relevant areas of 5th, Mazar-e-Sharif city.
Two people were wounded following the explosion, but eyewitnesses say a person lost his life and another was injured during the incident.
No individual or group has commented regarding the explosion so far.
It is mentionable that today hundreds people are gathering in different parts of Mazar-e-Sharif city to celebrate Ashura day.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 09:36

Air Raid Leaves 16 Armed Oppositions in Ghazni

Tuesday September 10, 2019
GHAZNI CITY (BNA) Over 16 rebels were killed during air attack carried out by Afghan air forces in central Ghazni province last night.
Eimal Momand in-charge of publication in 203 Tander army corps reported BNA, the anti-government militias have been targeted in Khadmat Khail village, Muqar district of the province.
Sixteen terrorists were killed and several others were wounded during the assault, Momand added.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 09:35

+45 Anti-Government Militias Kill in Balkh

Tuesday September 10, 2019

MAZAR-E-SHARIF CITY (BNA) About 50 armed oppositions were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces within the last two days in northern Balkh province.
Mohammad Hanif Rezayee spokesman of 209 Shaheen army corps told BNA reporter, the terrorists have been targeted in different parts of Chahar Bolak and Sholgara districts of the province.
More than 45 anti-government militias were killed, dozens others were wounded, several vehicles, motorcycles and some weapons have been demolished during the conflicts, Rezayee added.
Four Afghan security personnel were martyred and nine others were wounded following the clashes, Rezayee concluded.

Tuesday September 10, 2019
TARINKOT CITY (BNA) At least 10 anti-government militias were killed and five others were wounded during military operation in Urozgan province last night.
Abdul Ghafar Nooristani in-charge of publication in army corps special operation told BNA correspondent, the military operation have launched by Afghan Commando Forces in Sarkham and Mullazai regions, Tarinkot city the provincial capital of the province.
Ten insurgents were killed, five others were wounded, five round of mines have been discovered and 115 kg explosive materials have been seized during the military operation, Nooristani added.

Tuesday September 10, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Rashid Khan claimed 6-49 and completed his maiden 10-wicket haul as Afghanistan defied rain and fading light to beat Bangladesh by a massive 224 runs in the one-off Test in Chittagong.
The 20-year-old grabbed three of the remaining four wickets as Afghanistan took 17.2 overs on the fifth day to bowl out Bangladesh for 173 in the second innings on Monday, after the hosts resumed with 136-6.
Rashid, who became the youngest-ever Test captain in this match, finished the game with 11 wickets which included a first innings haul of 5-54. He also scored 51 a half century in the match and was named Man of the Match, which he dedicated to Mohammad Nabi, who is bidding farewell to Test cricket.
"We are new in this format, so the credit goes to the coaching staff [and] the players the way they prepared for this game, " Rashid said, after Afghanistan secured their first overseas Test victory in what is only their third match.
"Before coming here, we had a camp in Abu Dhabi that was one of the hottest games I have ever had.
"After playing in 46-47 [degrees], when you come in this weather, it is very easy for you.
"We had the best preparation for this game and it was challenging for the batsmen.
"The plan which was given to the players, each and every one – batting, bowling, fielding – everyone just tried and applied himself.
"The youngsters who are coming, they are applying themselves really quickly. They are learning from their mistakes.
"We have a good four-day structure back home, we play ten to 12 four-day matches. That is helping the youngsters get used to the longer format and not just the T20s or ODIs."
Play started on the fifth day at 1pm local time after rain wiped out the first session. It returned in abundance after the visitors bowled just 2.1 overs without being able to inflict any damage on the home side.
Play resumed again at 4.20pm and Afghanistan were given 18.3 overs to bowl out Bangladesh, who were chasing an unlikely target of 398 runs.
Left-arm chinaman Zahir Khan dismissed overnight batsman Shakib Al Hasan in the first ball after the resumption, dealing a serious blow to the home side.
Afsar Zazai took a sharp catch behind the stump to remove Shakib for 44 and then Rashid did the rest.
Rashid trapped Mehidy Hasan dead in front for 12 and dismissed Taijul Islam in the next over for a duck to leave the last wicket pair of Soumya Sarkar and Nayeem Hasan to survive 7.3 overs.
Soumya was the last man dismissed when he flicked Rashid to Ibrahim Zadran at short leg with 20 balls left in the game as Afghanistan completed their second win, after beating Ireland in March.
Bangladesh captain Shakib was full of praise for Afghanistan. "They deserve this victory. After playing for 20 years, we can't say it's a build-up process," he said.
"It's been a while since we played our last Test match, but Afghanistan kept the pressure on us, credit goes to their hard work."
Afghanistan made 342 runs in the first innings, with Rahmat Shah scoring 102, his country's first Test century, before they bowled out Bangladesh for 205 runs to gain a massive 137-run lead.
Teenage debutant Ibrahim Zadran's 87 helped Afghanistan score 260 runs in the second innings, setting a daunting target of nearly 400 runs for Bangladesh.

Tuesday September 10, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Trump declared on Monday that peace talks with the Taliban were “dead,” but signaled that he would still withdraw United States troops from America’s longest war, following the collapse this weekend of months long effort to ease violence in Afghanistan.
Expressing impatience with the continued burden of keeping 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, the president said it was not the American military’s role to secure the world. “Our soldiers are incredible, but they are serving as policemen, to a large extent,” Mr. Trump said. “We would like to get out, but we will get out at the right time.”
A plan to send home as many as 5,400 American forces by early next year — just as Mr. Trump revs up his re-election campaign — was at the heart of the negotiations that also sought to secure a cease-fire in Kabul. The Afghan capital has been rocked by bloody attacks over the last several weeks, and violence is expected to escalate amid the political uncertainty.
Mr. Trump has long promised to end American involvement in the war, and said on Monday that the Afghan government “will have to take responsibility” for its own security “at the earliest possible time.”
Even so, the peace negotiations with the Taliban that would have started an American withdrawal “are dead,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. “As far as I’m concerned, they are dead.”
It was unclear whether Mr. Trump’s angry denunciation would mean a permanent end to the talks with the Taliban, which had excluded Afghan government officials. The president has demonstrated a willingness to swing from one extreme to the other in the conduct of foreign policy, including condemning and then praising Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea.
American forces invaded Afghanistan nearly 18 years ago, to hunt for Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda fighters weeks after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At the time, the Taliban ruled Afghanistan under harsh laws; the extremist organization also offered safe haven to Al Qaeda.
Mr. Trump now faces a difficult choice: He can go ahead without a negotiated agreement and reduce the number of American forces in Afghanistan from the current 14,000 to about 8,600 — the bare minimum the Pentagon has said is necessary to maintain enough of an intelligence-gathering presence to detect threats to the United States.
But he then risks forfeiting negotiating power in future talks with the Taliban by withdrawing troops without first securing concessions for peace.
“The Taliban are perfectly happy to sit down and talk to us about the terms in which we’ll get out of Afghanistan,” said James B. Cunningham, who was the Obama administration’s deputy ambassador, and then top envoy to Afghanistan, from 2012 to 2014. “And they thought that’s what they had achieved. But there is no sign that means they are interested in anything else than, basically, imposing their will on Afghans.”
The lead American negotiator to the now-scuttled negotiations, Zalmay Khalilzad, was headed back to the United States this week to hash out a way forward with Mr. Trump’s national security team. Any new overtures to the Taliban, if they ever happen, are not expected for months at least.
Jonathan Hoffman, a Pentagon spokesman, would not comment when asked Monday whether the roughly 5,400 American troops would still leave Afghanistan in coming months, regardless of peace negotiations.
Afghan officials had agreed to the proposal to reduce the number of American troops to 8,600, given that the plans had been widely discussed and assurances were given that the withdrawal would be coordinated with other efforts to ensure security.
That would have brought the number of troops in Afghanistan roughly back to what it was when President Barack Obama left office — but also to a level that Mr. Cunningham said was “not sufficient to do everything that needed to be done two years ago.”
Afghan officials believe the Taliban have been emboldened by the talks — and will ramp up attacks ahead of national elections the government is determined to hold on Sept. 28. The Taliban had pushed American negotiators to delay the voting to prevent President Ashraf Ghani from winning another five-year term and precluding a power-sharing government, as was expected to be negotiated in future talks.
“The Taliban are continuing massive violence against Afghans, against forces and civilians,” Ambassador Roya Rahmani, the Afghan envoy to the United States, said in an interview on Monday. “These are not just numbers — they are real people, they are families. And the impacts of these killings will remain an impact on generations. This is not a way forward for peace.”
She said the elections would go forward, “because that is a way toward stability and continuity and peace.”
In the meantime, however, the Trump administration is stepping up its own attacks on the Taliban.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said American forces in Afghanistan had killed over 1,000 members of the Taliban over the last 10 days. In a tweet on Monday, Mr. Trump said that “over the last four days, we have been hitting our Enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years!”
Mr. Trump offered no statistics to back up his statement, or whether he was referring to ground combat or attacks from the air. American troop levels in Afghanistan hit a wartime high in 2011, with more than 100,000 forces fighting daily against the Taliban.
But late last week, a suicide car bomb in Kabul killed an American soldier and 11 others; the attack infuriated Mr. Trump, who said he then called off a meeting with Taliban and Afghan leaders at Camp David.
In his comments to reporters on Monday, Mr. Trump also defended the idea of finalizing a peace agreement at Camp David, saying the famous presidential retreat had been used before to host people who “would not have been considered politically correct.”
The Taliban have long demanded that all foreign troops must leave Afghanistan. This weekend, Iran joined in that call. For Mr. Trump to accede now, his aides fear, would be a sign of weakness.
A significant troop reduction could fracture the president’s political support, with establishment Republicans warning that withdrawing troops risks Afghanistan’s fragile security and conservatives and other loyalists expecting Mr. Trump to end the war, as promised.
Withdrawing 5,400 troops now is not likely to give Mr. Trump any political edge in that debate, said Laurel Miller, a former top State Department official who worked on Afghanistan and Pakistan diplomacy for both Mr. Trump and Mr. Obama.
“He won’t be able to say I ended the war, he won’t be able to say I withdrew the troops,” Ms. Miller said. “The only thing he could say is, ‘I got back to the place I started before the generals told me I need to increase more troops.’”
The Trump administration got the Taliban to the negotiating table, Mr. Cunningham said, in part by erasing a timeline for withdrawing troops, and instead basing it on security conditions. The president’s national security team also sought Pakistan’s assurances that it would not give safe haven to the Afghan Taliban.
Those goals are now in doubt, and most likely will not be achieved through even a partial a military withdrawal, he said.
“Wouldn’t everyone like to end the longest war in U.S. history? I sure would, and I voted to start it,” said Jane Harman, the former top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and now president of the Wilson Center, a policy research institution. “But I think the way you end it is with a clear-eyes assessment of our obligations and interests.”

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