17 January 2020

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Monday January 13, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Consecutive crashing of three military choppers in a week explicated that Afghan air forces are facing with serious problems, officials should attention in this regard to prevent human casualties and destruction of military equipment.
BNA analyst commenting on the issue writes, three helicopters have been crashed in Farah, Paktia and Paktika provinces in the last week, as a result two pilots lost their lives and the choppers have destroyed.
2019 was full of challenges for Afghan air forces, 7 military helicopters have been crashed in the year.
Falling military choppers shows that Afghan air forces are facing with challenges and anomalies, unfortunately, Afghanistan international allies didn’t fulfil their commitments and promises for equipping and funding Afghan air forces.
Within the last years by increasing war in Afghanistan, air forces with less military facilities bravely have been conducted most hazardous missions for supporting Afghan security forces in the battlefields across the country.
But, it is difficult for Afghan air forces to fight against terrorism with less military facilities and several effete and longstanding military helicopters.
Technics and military facilities in Afghanistan air forces returned to former Soviet Union, the helicopters and military equipment prepared by international allies of Afghanistan to Afghan air forces.
Parliament Members (PMs) on Sunday discussed about the issued and emphasized that effete and longstanding military helicopters provide by international allies of Afghanistan, the representatives taking decision to summon defense officials, particular officials of Afghan air forces to illustrate about recent air incidents.
On the other side, people of Afghanistan appreciated financing and equipping of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) by international allies of Afghanistan, but saying that the military equipment should be based on international standards.
Afghanistan defense officials should be careful about receiving international aids, challenges and problems must be solved in section of air forces.
Afghanistan is facing proxy war as before international community should assist with Afghan security forces to overcome global terrorism.
People of Afghanistan expect from international allies to provide modern and based on international standard military equipment for Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) to fight against terrorisms across the country.

Monday, January 13, 2020
Takhar (BNA) Three men were lost their lives in a traffic accident in Takhar yesterday evening
Khalil Aseer police spokesman of Takhar told BNA correspondent, a corolla car traveling from Taliqan the capital of Takhar to Rostaq district, was diverted from the road in Ozone Kotal area, in which three commuters of the car were lost their lives and five others have been injured.
T. Yarzada

Monday, 13 January 2020 10:39

Taliban Insurgents Joined Peace Process

Monday, January 13, 2020
Qala-e-Naw (BNA) The local officials of Badghis said that seven Taliban insurgents by understanding the legitimacy given up violence and joined peace process.
Najmuddin Burhani spokesman for Badghis governor told BNA, the Taliban had previously activating against government in Laman region, Abkamari District and were ransomed money from cars.
The Taliban also surrendered their weapons and pledged to return to work and normal life, he said.
T. Yarzada

Monday, 13 January 2020 07:37

Seven Prisoners Escaped from Gardiz Jail

Monday, January 13, 2020
Gardiz (BNA) Seven prisoners were escaped from Gardiz jail center of Paktia province last night.
Abdullah Hasrat spokesman for Paktia governor in a contact with BNA correspondent confirmed the escape of the prisoners, but did not provide further details.
Meanwhile, police chief of Paktia Osman Janbaz said, investigation had begun into how the prisoners had fled from the prison.
T. Yarzada

Monday, January 13, 2020
Lashkargah (BNA) Four Taliban militants were killed and two others have been injured in a clearing operation of Afghan security troops in Helmand.
The Taliban were suppressed in last 24 hours in parts of Naharsaraj district.
General Ihsamuddin Helmandi police official of Helmand told BNA, four Taliban associates were killed and two others were injured.
The security troops also seized several heavy and light weapons of the militants during the operation.
According to another report, police with discovering of ten mines from busy roads of the province, prevented from a series of explosions.
Security officials blamed Taliban for the failed planting mines.
T. Yarzada

Monday, 13 January 2020 07:33

Terrorist Killed By SF

Monday, January 13, 2020
Lashkargah (BNA) A terrorist was killed by shelling of Security Forces (SF) in Helmand province yesterday.
The assailant along with his colleague wanted to assassinate a military officer in Lashkargah city that was identify and targeted by security forces.
General Ihsamuddin Helmandi police official of Helmand told BNA, the assailant was killed and the second was escaped, two pistols were seized from the killed assailant.
In the recent years, Helmand has witnessed and assassination of local military, officers and tribal elders.
T. Yarzada

Monday, January 13, 2020
Kabul (BNA)  The government of Afghanistan emphasized on ceasefire as a precondition to peace talks as Taliban rejected suggestion of violence reduction.
Sediqi Sediqi, a spokesman for President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, said on Twitter that reducing violence does not have an exact military and legal definition and is not practical.
He said that the government aims a ceasefire like the one which happened during Eid days two years ago.
Sediqi said that ceasefire has been experienced worldwide. “For us, ensuring peace means end of war. Outbreak of different forms of violence is linked to war. It is needed that the plans presented should have clarity,” Sediqi said.
US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad renewed talks with the Taliban last month on steps that could lead to ceasefire and a settlement of the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan.
Those talks had been halted by US President Donald Trump in September due to a deadly attack in Kabul. Khalilzad has paused the talks for the Taliban to consult with their leadership, but the group said that it had no intention of declaring a ceasefire and that its consultations were only about reducing violence.

Monday, January 13, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Second-Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh has warned that the tension between Iran and US would destabilize the region and disturb peace process in Afghanistan, if not controlled, his office said Sunday.
He said the tension could be overcome via diplomatic sources.
In a meeting with the British Ambassador to Afghanistan Alison Blake the vice-president said both UK and Afghanistan have historical relations and called for the further expansion of mutual cooperation between the two nations, the statement quoted. About the recent changes in the region, the vice-president went on as saying that the situation was very fragile, but expressed optimism for the reduction of tension via diplomatic channel between Iran and the US.
He called the position of Afghanistan on the current crisis as 'reduction of tension between the two countries via diplomatic efforts,' as he believed creating crisis by any sides would destabilize the region and overshadow peace process in Afghanistan.
The vice-president asked the regional countries, Britain and the European Union member countries for doing more to control the situation as according to him, the situation would go out of control, if gets critical, the statement added.
Alison, the British Ambassador to Afghanistan, meanwhile called extremism the main element behind instability and disruption of relations among the world countries and said specific and obligatory international mechanisms have been suggested for tackling similar events and called all sides duty-bound to abide by their international commitments in this respect. She said her UK, alongside other world countries, was in touch at a high-level with both US and Iran to prevent any move that leads to creating tension in the region.

Monday, January 13, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a meeting was held to identify problems and priorities of Kabul residents and steps in this regard, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
In the meeting, President Ghani by praising National Security Advisor Dr. Hamdullah Muhib’s security reform plan implemented in 1st and 5th PD and Dehsabz district, tasked national security advisor to prepare a national debate plan in which the people of Kabul discuss security and social issues as well as challenges, the statement added.
Meanwhile, the country’s President stressed that regular meetings of national security advisor and other presidential advisors should be organized with PDs and residents of various parts of Kabul city so that after hearing their social and security problems and demands of Kabul people, ways for solution of their problems were addressed by relevant institutions in the short, mid and long-term periods.

Monday, January 13, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The government of Afghanistan has welcomed the invitation for its membership in Global Press Freedom Coalition.
This stance of the government of Afghanistan was declared in a meeting held yesterday between Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh and British ambassador to Kabul.
The Global Press Freedom Coalition has been initiated by the governments of Britain and Canada and so far a number of world countries have joined the coalition. In the meeting, British ambassador to Kabul invited Afghanistan for the membership in the respective coalition, praising the government of Afghanistan for its role and support of freedom of expression and media. The British ambassador said that it was determined that an official letter would be soon delivered on behalf of British minister of foreign affairs to Afghanistan for membership in the respective coalition.
In the meeting, second vice president Sarwar Danesh welcomed the invitation, adding that the government of Afghanistan was ready to join the Global Press Freedom Coalition with various reasons. Pointing to part of efforts that have been made by the government of Afghanistan towards supporting press freedom and freedom of expression in recent years, Second Vice President said that he was leading a joint committee of the government and media created for prevention of violence against journalists and maintaining safety of media in the country. He added that based on demand of Afghanistan Journalists Federation, procedure of the committee’s operation has been enhanced to a regulation.

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