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Thursday September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated and delivered speech in a ceremony held at Presidential Palace on the occasion of Afghanistan first exporting cargo delivery to China through Hairatan Port yesterday. According to BNA report, addressing the ceremony, President Ghani said: “Today I’m congratulating the start of changing process of Afghanistan from an importing country to an exporting one to all the people of Afghanistan”. “For the past 18 years, we had imported from other countries without having a principal plan of exports, which was intolerable. We’ve lost a large amount of foreign assistance provided by international community to Afghanistan in the past 18 years.
Today, it is a fundamental change for Afghan farmers in particular mine workers in who have exported Afghanistan talc abroad for the first time and I congratulate this big change to all,” President Ghani said. The country’s President said after Afghanistan started exporting pine nuts to foreign countries, its price has risen by 17 fold comparing to past years. “Now, nobody is cutting the pine nuts’ trees as its jungles are the country’s national asset and all want to protect from them,” President Ghani added. Pointing to the country’s talc, the country’s President said Afghanistan talc was trafficked in the past, but today neither talc nor pine nut were trafficked. Adding that Afghans now know the value of their products. President Ghani by considering role of private sector as important in the process said private sector, formers and orchardists are the real heroes of Afghanistan development. He said that Afghanistan should set a goal in connection with exporting its products abroad, saying that in coming four years the country’s balance for exports and imports should be kept, which is possible.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Donald Trump has issued an executive order making it easier for the U.S. administration to impose sanctions on suspected terrorists, their financiers, and their supporters.
“Today’s executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to U.S. counterterrorism efforts.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a briefing to reporters late on September 10.
The order came out on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Calling the order the “most significant update to counterterrorism sanctions authority since September of 2001,” Pompeo said the new rules allow the State Department and Treasury Department to directly target leaders of suspected terror groups and their affiliates “without having to tie terrorist leaders to specific acts.”
He said the new rules were also more effective at targeting individuals and groups participating in terrorist training and allowed the authorities to impose sanctions on financial institutions that provide services to designated terrorist.
Using the new order, the Treasury Department on September 10 imposed sanctions on leaders, individuals, and entities affiliated with groups such as Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Pakistan’s Tehrik-e-Taliban, and the Iranian Quds Forces, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ foreign arm.
“Since the horrific attacks of 9/11 the U. /S. government has refocused its counterterrorism efforts to constantly adapt to emerging threats,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi, chaired the final meeting of the commission for holding of seminar on ‘Overview of Afghan Women’s Cultural Situation in 100 years’ here yesterday, BNA reported.
The meeting commenced with reports of the commission members, saying all steps taken from holding of the seminar which will include theatre, music, tourism, literature, journalism, fine arts, social activities and craftswomen, the agency said.
The session also discussed delivering of research papers during the seminar and welcoming of the guests.
Hearing the reports of the commission members, acting minister of information and culture stressed on glorious holding of the seminar on ‘Overview of Afghan Women’s Cultural Situation in 100 years’, the agency added.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) As a result of efforts of the Afghan National Defense and security forces and people uprising forces, Keran wa Manjaan districts of Badakhshan were recaptured yesterday morning, Ministry of interior spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told reporters at government media and information center.
“We are committed to making every effort to ensure security of the democratic and national process of the elections,” he said, adding operation is underway in Dushi area of Baghlan province, where enemy suffered heavy casualties and 240 of them killed and injured. “Efforts are also underway to open the public highway in the north as soon as possible. Pul-e-Khomri-Mazar road has been opened.”
According to MoI spokesman, as a result of ANDSF operations, the enemies have suffered heavy casualties and their key leaders have been killed.
“These operations have been carried out by ANDSF in cooperation with international forces, particularly in Baghlan, Kunduz, and Farah provinces, he added.
“ANDSF are more powerful than ever and have responded strongly to the enemy attacks.  ANDSF have the capability to carry out offensive operations anywhere in the country,” he said.  ANDSF have retreated from Yangi Qala and Darqad districts because the area was vulnerable.  Operations are currently underway, and enemy is surrounded from all sides, and efforts are going on to not let the enemy escape,” Rahimi told reporters.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  Iranian Ambassador to India Ali Chegeni said that India’s development work had been “very slow”, and that trade to Afghanistan was “much lower “ than it should be, India’s The Hindu reported.
He also said that in view of the delay over India’s plans to build a railway line connecting Chabahar port to the Afghan border at Zahedan, the Iranian government had decided to complete the railroad through its own resources by 2021.  In addition, Iran is now discussing an LNG pipeline to China along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as India is not expected to retain its prior interest in LNG imports from Iran.” If Inia wants energy security, it should prefer Iran as a dependable supplier,” Chegeni said.  “We love the Indian people.  But we cannot force somebody to love us.  The Government of India has to decide according to its national interest.  Just as the Chinese have,” he added.  Iran India and Afghanistan had signed a trilateral agreement, to develop Chabahar, in May 2016 during Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s visits to Tehran.

Thursday September 12, 2019
SHABERGHAN CITY (BNA) Three local up-risers supporting government have been shot dead by Taliban fighters in northern Jawzjan province the night before last.
In-charge of security in Jawzjan told BNA correspondent, the local up-risers have shot dead by Taliban members inside a security checkpoint in Paikal Post region, Aqcha district of the province.
The up-risers were busy for dinner that targeted by Taliban fighters, the source added.

Thursday, 12 September 2019 05:25

Two Brothers Assassinated by Unknown Gunmen

Thursday September 12, 2019
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) Two brothers have assassinated by unidentified gunmen in eastern Nangarhar province yesterday.
The brothers publically have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Jalalabad city the provincial capital of Nangarhar province.
Security officials in Nangarhar told BNA, two brothers have assassinated in Jalalabad city.
The attackers succeeded to flee from the area and police personnel started searching to identify and capture them, the source added.
No main reason behind the incident is not clear.

Thursday, 12 September 2019 05:24

Taliban Terrorist Killed in Ghazni Clash

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Ghazni (BNA) Nine Taliban including three commanders of them were killed in a clearing operation conducted by commando forces in Gero District, Ghazni province last night.
Mohammad Aref Noori spokesman for Ghazni governor told BNA, the Taliban were killed with their commanders in Desi region, Gero District of that province.
Another report says, five armed Taliban were killed in air raid in Balkh province.
Mohammad Hanif Rezayee spokesman of Shaheen 209 army corps told BNA, the Taliban were killed in air raid of security forces in outskirt of Chamtal district.
Three other insurgents were also injured in the raid, Rezayee added.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 12 September 2019 05:22

Displaced Families Received Aids in Badakhshan

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Badakhshan (BNA) The natural disaster office of Badakhshan province distributed foodstuffs to 160 displaced families in Badakhshan province.
Matiullah Samim governor of Yamgan District, Badakhshan province told BNA correspondent, the natural disaster office of Badakhshan province distributed flour, rice, ghee, sugar and tea to 160 families who’s displaced due to recent wars from Jorm and Yamgan Districts.
These materials will also be distributed to the remaining displaced families, he added.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Taliqan (BNA) Dozens of Taliban insurgents including their several commanders were killed in a series of air strikes in Takhar province.
The Taliban were targeted during the recent day in parts of Khwaja Bahawuddin District.
A military official of Takhar told BNA, 40 Taliban rebels including their five commanders were killed and 30 others have been wounded.
According to reports, most of these Taliban wanted to storm on Khwaja Bahawuddin District bazaar, before attacking were killed by security forces.
No any harm and casualties incurred to residents and security troops in the strike.
T. Yarzada

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