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Taliban attack kills at least 11 police in northern Afghanistan

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October 1, 2019 - 5:16 PM News Code : 979705 Source : ReutersLink: 

Taliban attack kills at least 11 police in northern Afghanistan

 

The Taliban killed at least 11 police officers in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province before burning their headquarters, officials said on Tuesday.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group killed 30 police in the district. It posted a video online that it said depicted the police headquarters engulfed in flames, and guns that it had seized.

Afghan police have in recent years born the brunt of Taliban attacks and are one of their primary targets.

Fighting has remained intense in Afghanistan since U.S.-Taliban talks about withdrawing American troops collapsed last month. On Saturday, Taliban attacks and threats of violence scared away many voters from presidential election.

The Taliban have also clashed with Afghan forces in three districts of Takhar province since Saturday, and fighting continued on Tuesday in Baharak, one of the districts, said Jawad Hejri, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Taliban attacks in Balkh and Takhar provinces reflect the group’s effort to fortify its strength in the north, where it already holds a stronghold in Kunduz province.

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Salam I just found this article wich say very interresting stuffs about foreign fighters among taliban ranks. By the way I advice everyone here to consult this website wich is very interresting.

Salam aleykoum, I was curious to ask a polemical questions about Afghanistan and that would be in particular interresting to see the point of view of afghans. If one day we talibans take pow

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There are 31,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, of which 14,000 are US (others 39 NATO and 'other' allies)

Then there are "the militias" https://theintercept.com/2019/08/21/taliban-peace-talks-afghanistan-militias/    thousands

Currently, the Talibs 'control' 3/4ths of a country the size of Texas. l wonder who are their not-so-local backers.

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At least 20 students wounded in explosion in Ghazni University (+Photos)

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October 8, 2019 - 4:00 PM News Code : 981231 Source : Tolo news, ABNALink: 

At least 20 students wounded in explosion in Ghazni University (+Photos)

 

At least 20 students, 15 young women and 5 young men, were wounded by a blast inside Ghazni University on Tuesday morning, reported Baz Mohammed Hemat, head of Ghazni’s provincial hospital.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast yet

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US airstrike in Afghanistan in May killed 30 civilians: UN

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October 9, 2019 - 5:21 PM News Code : 981458 Source : Press TVLink: 

US airstrike in Afghanistan in May killed 30 civilians: UN

 

A US airstrike that was carried out in Afghanistan in May and was said to have targeted Taliban militants in fact killed at least 30 civilians, a United Nations probe has found.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) conducted the investigation over four months looking into what happened on May 5 when the US military bombed dozens of sites it had identified as Taliban methamphetamine labs.

Soon after the strikes in the Bakwa district of Farah Province, and parts of the bordering Delaram district in Nimroz Province, UNAMA said it had begun to receive reports of “significant civilian harm.”

After a fact-finding mission to some of the impact sites and face-to-face interviews with 21 people impacted by the strikes, UNAMA said it had “verified 39 civilian casualties (30 deaths, five injured, and four undetermined), including 14 children and one woman, due to the 5 May airstrikes.”

The agency said it had also received “credible information” about an additional 30 deaths — mostly women and children — and was working to further verify these claims.

US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) disputed the UNAMA findings and claimed its “precision” strikes had accurately targeted meth labs.

UNAMA has previously blamed both the US military and the Taliban militants for a spike in civilian deaths in Afghanistan. In its annual report, UNAMA said that civilian deaths in 2018 had increased 11 percent compared to 2017, with 3,804 people killed, including 927 children.

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New chairman of Afghanistan Shia Council elected

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October 13, 2019 - 5:50 PM News Code : 982365 Source : IQNALink: 

New chairman of Afghanistan Shia Council elected

 

The new chairman of the Shia Ulema (scholars) Council of Afghanistan was elected during the council’s meeting.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): The new chairman of the Shia Ulema (scholars) Council of Afghanistan was elected during the council’s meeting.

According to Ava news agency, the 15th general assembly of the council was held in Kabul on Saturday.

In the session, Ayatollah Salehi Moddares was elected as the new head of the council.

Also, Ayatollah Sheikhzadeh and Hojat-ol-Islam Mohammed Akbari were picked as the council’s first and second deputies, respectively.

Ayatollah Salehi Moddares is the founder of Risalat Seminary School in Kabul.

He previously served as the deputy head of the council and is replacing Ayatollah Mohseni who died in August.

Muslims account for 99% of the population of Afghanistan. Some 80% of the people in the Asian country practice Sunni Islam and around 19% are Shia Muslims.

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15 Afghan policemen killed in Taliban attack in Kunduz

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October 22, 2019 - 5:00 PM News Code : 984036 Source : Al JazeeraLink: 

15 Afghan policemen killed in Taliban attack in Kunduz

 

The Taliban stormed a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan killing at least 15 policemen in the latest attack by the armed group, an official said on Tuesday.

The multi-pronged attack on the checkpoint in the Ali Abad district of northern Kunduz province began late on Monday and set off an hours-long shootout, according to Ghulam Rabani Rabani, a provincial council member.

Along with the 15 policemen killed, two other officers were wounded in the assault, he said.

The attack came as Afghan troops have been battling the Taliban for the past few weeks in Kunduz's Dashti Archi and Imam Sahib districts, Rabani added.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the checkpoint attack.

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Three judges killed at Taliban checkpoint in Afghanistan

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November 7, 2019 - 7:24 PM News Code : 986512 Source : Press TVLink: 

Three judges killed at Taliban checkpoint in Afghanistan

 

Taliban militants have ambushed and shot dead three Afghan judges and a court staffer while they were traveling from the southeastern province of Paktia to Kabul, local officials say.

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Iran ready to help facilitate Afghan-Afghan talks: Zarif

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November 27, 2019 - 10:12 AM News Code : 989636 Source : MehrLink: 

Iran ready to help facilitate Afghan-Afghan talks: Zarif

 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif met and held talks with a Taliban delegation in a bid to facilitate returning of peace to the neighboring country.

A Taliban delegation headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy political chief and head of the political office of the Taliban in Qatar, held a meeting with Foreign Minister Zarif on Tuesday in Tehran.

The Iranian minister pointed to Tehran’s readiness to help establish and boost intra-Afghan talks with the participation of the Afghan government and all other influential political groups.

Zarif also said that Iran is ready to enhance economic and cultural ties with the neighboring country.

The meeting was held in continuation of Tehran’s efforts to return peace and stability to Afghanistan and aimed to persuade different groups to engage in Afghan-Afghan talks, promote dialogue as a solution to differences, and support all Afghan forces to cooperate for establishing security in the country after the withdrawal of foreign forces.

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15 civilians killed in roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan

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November 28, 2019 - 1:28 PM News Code : 989933 Source : Al JazeeraLink:  15 civilians killed in roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan  

At least 15 Afghan civilians, including six women and eight children, were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province.

"The families were on their way to a wedding ceremony when, unfortunately, their vehicle hit a roadside bomb that killed them," Sayedi said.

The provincial governor, Abdul Jabar Naeemi, said the area where the incident happened is controlled by the Taliban, whom he blamed for the tragedy.

Elsewhere in the country, local media reported at least 13 civilians were wounded in a car bomb explosion in Sar-e-Pul province.

Quoting Noor Agha Faizi, spokesman for the Sar-e-Pul police, TOLO News said the explosion took place as the "Taliban were trying to move a car full of explosives to the centre of the province."

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Iran stresses gov't role in Afghan peace process

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November 28, 2019 - 9:48 AM News Code : 989844 Source : IRNALink: 

Iran stresses gov't role in Afghan peace process

 

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi stressed the need for exit of the alien forces from Afghanistan, saying that Afghan government should be at the center of the peace talks.

No country has the right to decide for Afghanistan's future, Iran's envoy said, noting that any peace process should be based on real ideals and needs of Afghan people and preserving the country's achievements, including the Constitution.

Stressing the need for countering terrorist groups and drug traffickers, he hailed Iran's measures in this respect, saying that some 3,815 Iranian forces have so far been martyred and 12,000 others have been wounded, which is indicative of its seriousness in the field.

For instance, according to the UNODC’s “World Drug Report 2019”, in 2017, Iran had seized “the largest quantity of opiates … accounting for 39 percent of the global total” as well as the largest quantities of opium and the second largest quantities of morphine and heroin.

"We are determined to continue such efforts despite the detrimental effects of the United States’ illegal unilateral sanctions undermining our capabilities in this regard," he said.

Unfortunately, these sanctions have serious negative consequences on the lives of over three million Afghan refugees in Iran, most of whom are now seriously contemplating migrating to other countries, including in Europe, he said.

 

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Japanese doctor among six killed in Afghan attack

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December 4, 2019 - 2:22 PM News Code : 991374 Source : AFPLink: 

Japanese doctor among six killed in Afghan attack

 

At least six people including the head of a Japanese NGO were killed on Wednesday after unknown gunmen attacked their vehicle in Jalalabad, the capital city of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, officials said.

Jalalabad resident Auzubillah, who only uses one name, told AFP that he heard shooting at about 0330 GMT (8:00 am local time).

"I saw there were gunmen attacking a Japanese and his security guards," he said. "Then the gunmen left the area through a small street."

Photos from the scene showed a white pickup truck with a large cabin. Its side windows appeared to have been shot out, and at least three bullet holes could be seen in the windscreen.

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

According to Zahir Adil, a spokesman for Nangarhar's public health department, Nakamura was taken to a regional hospital.

The bodies of the five others, all Afghan, were also taken to the hospital.

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Iran supports an Afghan-led peace process: Zarif

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Iran supports an Afghan-led peace process: Zarif

 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif voiced Tehran’s support for “an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process” and said withdrawal of foreign troops from the war-hit country would prepare the ground for peace and reconciliation process.

“Announcement of a timetable for a responsible exit of foreign troops from Afghanistan would prepare the necessary ground for the Afghan government to promote peace and reconciliation process at the national level,” Zarif said, addressing the Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia Countries held in Turkey’s Istanbul on Monday.

“In that regard, we support an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process with the participation of all political groups and factions including the Taliban with the Afghan government in the center,” he added.

The following is the full text of Zarif’s speech:

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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Iran's Zarif condemns US interventionist policies in Afghanistan

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December 11, 2019 - 5:17 PM News Code : 993109 Source : FNALink: 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif lashed out at the US for meddling in the domestic affairs of other countries, particularly Afghanistan, and stressed Tehran's opposition to Washington's all-exclusive talks with the Taliban and emphasis on the need for all-inclusive national peace talks in the war-torn country.


Speaking with Afghan 1TV on Tuesday, Zarif said Afghan peace talks belong to Afghans and the government of the country manages the process while Taliban should also be a part of it.

He lambasted the United States for intervening in other countries’ internal affairs, saying foreigner’s interference in Afghan peace talks is not acceptable for Tehran.

Afghan 1TV wrote on its website that Zarif's remarks were in reaction to recent efforts by US special envoy for Afghan peace talks Zalmay Khalilzad.

On Monday, Zarif said that foreign forces in Afghanistan are not going to solve the problems of the war-torn country, adding that such military deployments have proved to be contributing to the spread of extremism in the region.

“There is no military solution in Afghanistan,” Zarif said, while delivering a speech at the 8th Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process in Turkey.

“The presence of foreign forces has never brought stability in our region and has historically provided a recruiting ground for extremists,” the top diplomat underlined, warning that the American and NATO troops in Afghanistan will have detrimental effects for the poor country.

“The announcement of a timetable for a responsible exit of foreign troops from Afghanistan would prepare the necessary ground for the Afghan government to promote peace and reconciliation process at the national level,” Zarif added, noting that the Afghans have to seek unity and respect to their Constitution for solving their problems, rather than pinning hope on foreign military forces.

This is while, last month, Afghan Ambassador to Tehran Abdolqafour Lival underlined that Kabul does not want permanent deployment of foreign forces, and reiterated that there should be an end to foreign military buildup in Afghanistan.

Early in October, Iran's Prosecutor General Mohammed Jafar Montazeri blasted the US-led coalition for the soaring increase in production of different illicit drugs in Afghanistan, warning that the country is also turning into the pole of industrial narcotics.

The Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has hugely increased since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

Afghan and western officials blame Washington and NATO for the change, saying that allies have "overlooked" the drug problem since invading the country more than 18 years ago.

 

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Terror, insecurity main challenges facing Afghanistan: Iran's Shamkhani

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December 17, 2019 - 7:38 PM News Code : 994607 Source : Press TVLink: 

Terror, insecurity main challenges facing Afghanistan: Iran's Shamkhani

 

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani voices alarm at the spread of terrorism and insecurity in Afghanistan as the main threats facing the war-torn country’s peace and stability.

Shamkhani made the remarks in a Tuesday meeting with Chinese Minister of State Security Chen Wenqing on the sidelines of the second session of the Regional Security Dialogue with a focus on Afghanistan, which will open in Tehran on Wednesday.
 

“The spread of terrorism and attempts by some regional and extra-regional countries to preserve and manage insecurity in this country (Afghanistan) are top challenges threatening peace and stability in Afghanistan,” the top Iranian security official said.

Shamkhani also pointed to cultural, religious and linguistic commonalities between Iran and Tajikistan and said, “There is no limit to the expansion of bilateral ties and cooperation."
 

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Iran, Russia warn about Daesh relocation from Mideast to Afghanistan

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December 18, 2019 - 4:01 PM News Code : 994861 Source : Press TVLink: 

Iran, Russia warn about Daesh relocation from Mideast to Afghanistan

 

Security chiefs of Iran and Russia have warned about the deliberate relocation of remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terror group from their former Middle East bastions to Afghanistan.

“Since Daesh’s defeat in Iraq and Syria, one of the [pressing] security concerns has been the relocation of the defeated Daesh elements from the two countries to Afghanistan,” Shamkhani said.

The purpose behind the relocation is providing the terror group with a base for planning, organizing and carrying out acts of terror against the Central Asian country and its neighbors, he added.

He named terrorism and radicalism as the most serious challenges facing the region, saying the presence of extra-regional forces in regional states are fueling such threats.

Patrushev, for his part, said Afghanistan currently is home to between 2,500 and 4,000 Daesh terrorists.

The Russian official, meanwhile, pointed the finger at the US for relocating Daesh terrorists to Afghanistan.

This is not the first time that the alarm has been set off about the outfit’s presence in the war-torn country, as well as Washington’s role in transferring its members there.

Patrushev dismissed Washington’s attempts at engaging the Taliban as diversionary and ineffectual, saying the only way out of Afghanistan’s current woes is through direct and unconditional talks between the militant group and Kabul.

He, meanwhile, referred to an increase in drug production and supply in Afghanistan as one of the principal sources of funding terrorism, and said around $600 million in drug deal proceeds are funneled to terrorist outfits in the region each year.

US supports ISIS in Afghanistan: Russian official

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December 18, 2019 - 5:54 PM News Code : 994875 Source : Iran PressLink: 

US supports ISIS in Afghanistan: Russian official

 

Secretary of the Security Council of Russia said there was a lot of evidence that the United States is involved in the transfer of ISIS members to Afghanistan and in their logistic support.

"After nearly five years of US military presence in Afghanistan, instability, and insecurity have increased and the killing of innocent civilians is continuing," Patrushev added.

The Russian official went on to say that the US has no clear plans for withdrawal from Afghanistan and there is probably confusion in the political establishment in the US about this issue.

"There must be immediate talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government to reach a national solution and to get out of the current unacceptable situation," he continued.

The Second Regional Security Dialogue got underway in Tehran on Wednesday morning.

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@hasanhh the Iran security forces won't allow presence of Daesh in Sistan-Baluchistan because of their experience due to fighting with their sympathizers that did terrorist acts in last decade  but some drug smugglers may have connection to them for smuggling drugs for them through Iran but Iran warns Afghanistan abut their presence based on what you described because we know that real intention of moving Daesh to Afghanistan is threatening Iran with causing chaos with  increasing   terrorist action by Daesh in Sistan-Baluchistan also they will try to absorb Sunni community of Sistan-Baluchistan to themselves to make them against Iran with their so called Sunni defending slogans against Shia government.

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@Ashvazdanghe  There is a real language barrier for Daesh to work around, so since most Arabic is spoken around Bandar and NNW of there, there is also some speakers around Qostani. So, can they form links there?  l ask beecacause that one video discussed through interviews how they had informants among the resisdents before they drove into towns.

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So, can they form links there?  l ask beecacause that one video discussed through interviews how they had informants among the resisdents before they drove into towns.

they have support of Farsi Wahabi channels that are active through satellites & Internet by KSA funding that will provide their link in Farsi & Arabic & financial support of KSA that are brainwashing & absorsing some Sunnis in borders that are in bad financial situation or have low education.

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. . . .brainwashing & absorsing some Sunnis in borders that are in bad financial situation or have low education.

Basic, no nonsense news reporting should forestall most of this. 

The reasons l write this are two: one, this way facts and images are all that are remembered; and secondly, whenever l listen to or read lRl news it comes across as 'obvious spin doctoring' or a poor piece of propaganda. 

Decades ago, lRl media had a training relationship with the BBC, so l expect more -as ni better- from lranian media than they demonstrate.

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At least seven Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

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December 24, 2019 - 4:41 PM News Code : 996148 Source : Al JazeeraLink: 

At least seven Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

 

The Taliban has attacked an army checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, killing at least seven Afghan soldiers, according to the defence ministry and the armed group.

The base was shared between the army and the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's intelligence agency.

"As a result of this attack, seven Afghan army soldiers died and three others were wounded. Meanwhile, in this attack, three NDS staff were also injured," the defence ministry said in a statement.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, said 20 soldiers had been killed in the attack, including a commander.

"Six soldiers were wounded and four arrested. The base was captured," Mujahid wrote on Twitter.

The attack comes one day after the Taliban claimed responsibility for the death of a US soldier in Kunduz Province, which is also in the north.

The Taliban said it had attacked the vehicle he was in, whereas the US military said he died when a weapons cache he had been investigating exploded.

Winter once marked a slowdown in the so-called "fighting season", with Taliban militants returning to their villages while snow and ice made attacks more difficult to pull off.

US soldier killed in Afghanistan attack, Taliban claim responsibility

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December 23, 2019 - 6:48 PM News Code : 995893 Source : AFPLink: 

US soldier killed in Afghanistan attack, Taliban claim responsibility

 

The Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on an American convoy that killed one US soldier and, according to the militants, wounded several more.


According to US Forces-Afghanistan, one American service member died in combat Monday following an attack. The Americans did not release any additional information.

In a WhatsApp message to AFP, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said militants "blew up an American vehicle in Char Dara district of Kunduz" late Sunday night.

Depending on how one qualifies a combat-related death, at least 20 American troops have been killed in action in Afghanistan this year following Monday's announcement.

That makes 2019 the deadliest for US forces since combat operations officially finished at the end of 2014, and highlights the challenging security situation that persists across much of Afghanistan.

More than 2,400 US troops have been killed in combat in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in October 2001.

The attack comes one day after officials announced preliminary results in Afghanistan's presidential elections that put President Ashraf Ghani on track to secure a second term.

 

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Taliban abducted 26 peace activists in Afghanistan

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December 25, 2019 - 5:34 PM News Code : 996432 Source : Tasnim

The militants staged the ambush in the district of Bala Buluk in Farah province on Tuesday. The Taliban forced the six-vehicle convoy to a halt, then got into the cars and drove them and the activists to an unknown location, said the provincial police spokesman Mohibullah Mohib.

According to Mohib, a police operation is underway to locate and free the activists whose convoy was going village-to-village to rally for peace.

However, Bismillah Watandost of the People’s Peace Movement of Afghanistan, to which the activists belong, said that 27 of their members were abducted by the Taliban in the Farah assault. The different figures could not immediately be reconciled.

The Taliban, who have been active in Farah, have not claimed responsibility for the abductions. However, Watandost also said that tribal elders in the province immediately launched an effort to negotiate with the Taliban to release the abducted activists. He added that phone lines were down in the region, making communication and getting information from the area difficult.

The latest rallies by the activists from the People’s Peace Movement of Afghanistan started on Friday, first in southern Helmand province, a Taliban heartland.

At a similar series of peace rallies in October, the Taliban abducted six activists from the movement in eastern Logar province but released them the same day.

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Taliban attack on Afghanistan army base kills 10 soldiers

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December 28, 2019 - 5:26 PM News Code : 996982 Source : Al JazeeraLink: 

Taliban attack on Afghanistan army base kills 10 soldiers

 

At least 10 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban attack on a military base in the southern Helmand province, officials said.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA):

The Taliban dug a tunnel into the base, located in the volatile Sangin district, and blew it up before its militants attacked the compound, Nawab Zadran, spokesman for 215 Maiwand Army Corps in southern Afghanistan told AFP news agency on Saturday.

"There were 18 soldiers in the base at the time of the attack providing security for the people of Sangin. Four soldiers were wounded and four repelled the Taliban attack bravely," he said.

Provincial spokesman Omar Zawak confirmed the attack and said the soldiers were killed by the powerful blast inside the base.

In a statement sent to media, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban have increased their attacks in recent days on Afghan army bases and checkpoints across different provinces.

On Thursday, a similar attack killed six Afghan soldiers as a Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car outside an army compound in the northern Balkh province.

Another attack on a checkpoint in Balkh province killed at least seven Afghan soldiers on Tuesday.

On Monday, a US soldier was killed in combat in northern Kunduz province. The Taliban claimed they were behind a fatal roadside bombing that targeted American and Afghan forces in Kunduz.

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'No ceasefire plans' in Afghanistan, say Taliban

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December 30, 2019 - 5:01 PM News Code : 997590 Source : Press TVLink: 

'No ceasefire plans' in Afghanistan, say Taliban

 

The Taliban have rejected reports that the militant group has agreed to observe a brief ceasefire in Afghanistan amid ongoing peace talks with the United States.

“In the past few days, some media have been releasing untrue reports about a ceasefire,” said the Taliban in a statement on Monday, adding that the group “has no ceasefire plans.”

The truce agreement was reported by the Associated Press on Sunday evening. The report said the Taliban’s ruling council had not yet decided when the ceasefire would begin.

According to the report, it was suggested that the ceasefire would last for 10 days. The AP added that the Taliban chief was expected to approve the temporary ceasefire agreement.

The report also said four members of the Taliban negotiating team had met for a week with the council before the agreement was reached.

The negotiating team returned on Sunday to Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office and where US representative for Afghanistan Zelmay Khalilzad has been holding talks with the militants’ negotiators since September 2018.

The Taliban group refuses to negotiate with the Kabul government, which it regards as being illegitimate and a US puppet.

Earlier on Monday, a Taliban raid killed at least 14 Afghan forces and injured five others in the northern province of Jowzjan, local sources said. Two government troops have also been missing.

Last week, the Taliban targeted a US convoy in a bomb attack in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz Province, killing an American soldier.

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Video: US Plane crashes in Afghanistan's Ghazni province

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January 27, 2020 - 5:39 PM News Code : 1005947 Source : ABNA24Link:   

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Senior Afghan officials say a plane has crashed in eastern Ghazni province, but details remained unclear as authorities sought to locate the aircraft's wreckage in the mountainous province.

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On 12/12/2018 at 1:14 AM, Ashvazdanghe said:

hi, the last king of Afghanistan was a soviet puppet & because of too much corruption in his government & injustice toward people ,they raised against him then Soviets attacked to Afghanistan for helping him so America trained Talibans & gave them weapons in order to they stand against invasion as a proxy of Americans with religious & financial background support from KSA so Taliban after ending war with soviet Army turned against people of Afghanistan to make Afghanistan & it's people to a colony & base for KSA & Wahhabism  & they weren't counting them as Terrorists until 9/11 happened even now America & KSA support them unofficially but America for keeping it's reputation in world call them terrorist but still uses them against Iran.

Soviets came to help the legitimate Afghan govt , just like they did in Syria recently [ wish Iran had helped them back then]

don’t forget Pakistanis played a very negative role too God curse gen zia , aslam beg , bhutto, akhtar rehman , Hamid gul etc for creating the afghan Munafiqeen

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Kabul not committed to releasing 5,000 Taliban prisoners: Afghan President

US has no legal standing to decide Afghanistan’s future: Iran

A landmark deal between the United States and Taliban aimed at ending the US's longest war may already be facing obstacles as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced that his government had not agreed to a clause set out in the deal.

Ghani objected to arrangements within the deal that would see the Afghan government release 5,000 Taliban prisoners as a condition for direct talks between the armed group and the government.

"The government of Afghanistan has made no commitment to free 5,000 Taliban prisoners," President Ghani told reporters in Kabul on Sunday, a day after the accord was signed in Qatar's capital, Doha.

After 18 months of negotiations and nearly 20 years of war, the US and the Taliban signed an agreement set to pave the way for the withdrawal of all US and NATO troops from Afghanistan and a commitment by the Taliban that Afghan territory will not be used to launch attacks on other countries.

There are high hopes that the agreement will be followed by intra-Afghan talks between all major stakeholders and aiming to chart a course for peace in the country.

The Taliban had long refused to sit down with the Afghan government, calling it a "puppet regime".

The Islamic Republic of Iran believes lasting peace will be established in Afghanistan only through intra-Afghan talks attended by the country’s political groups, including the Taliban, while taking into account the considerations of Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries.

The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes any development that would contribute to peace and stability in Afghanistan, and backs any Afghan-led efforts in that regard.

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At least five Afghan security forces killed in Taliban bomb attack

May 4, 2020 - 3:18 PM News Code : 1033363 Source : ReutersLink:  At least five Afghan security forces killed in Taliban bomb attack  

The Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for a truck bomb in southern Helmand province that killed at least five Afghan security force members, an Afghan official said, adding to weeks of rising violence in the country.

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"Five Afghan security forces members were martyred and seven others wounded in a truck bomb blast in Grishk district," a spokesman for Helmand's provincial governor, Omar Zwak, said.

The Afghan defence ministry had earlier confirmed the blast, but said only one member of the army was injured.

An intelligence officer who survived the attack at the military centre told Reuters that militants detonated a truck bomb near the facility for members of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Army.

Speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, the official said he helped pull out at least 18 bodies from the blast site on Sunday night.

The Taliban said the toll was much higher.

"Dozens of members belonging to the enemy forces have been killed and wounded in the attack," Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, a spokesman for the group, said in a statement.

A guard at the centre told Reuters that he had shot and killed the driver of a truck that had driven up close to the premises.

"When other security forces came out, suddenly a huge explosion happened and I lost consciousness,” the guard, Sher Ali, said. He added that he did not know how many were dead but at least eight fellow guards were with him when the explosion happened.

In a separate incident, police in south eastern Paktika province said at least 20 people were injured when Taliban militants threw a hand grenade into a mosque in Khayerkot district on Sunday evening.
 

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Iranian FM applauds national reconciliation deal in Afghanistan

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Mousavi made it clear that Iranian border guards were not involved in the deaths of Afghan citizens in Harirud border river.

Elaborating on findings about human tragedy by Iran-Afghanistan Joint Border Commission, Mousavi said that controlling borders is crucial everywhere in the world and the entrance of foreigners must be legal meanwhile some migrants want to enter a country illegally and it is the duty of the border guards not to let them to do so.

In addition to respect to Afghan government and its million citizens who are living in Iran, we are looking for legal traffic and entrance to the states but human and drug traffickers, as well as terrorist groups want to enter the country illegally, he added.

He is pointed out that no reports were made by our border guards, security or military on the alleged night; he stated that the weather at that night was bad and it is not clear how those people died. We reject the claim that the incident took place in our territory by Iranian border guards.

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At least 7 killed in suicide attack in Afghanistan's Ghazni

According to local broadcaster Tolo News at least seven people were killed and over 40 wounded in the attack on the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Ghazni province southwest of the capital Kabul.

"Most of the victims are NDS employees," the broadcaster reported, citing local health officials.

The attack came a day after the country's President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah inked a power-sharing deal to end months of political stalemate.

The Afghan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Afghan government frees 900 Taliban prisoners, urges extension of truce

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AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The Afghan government has released 900 Taliban militants from prison on the third and final day of a nationwide ceasefire, urging the militant group to extend the truce.

“For better management of the prisoner issue, it is important to extend the ceasefire,” Afghan National Security Council spokesman Javid Faisal told a news conference on Tuesday, as the prisoners were being released.

The three-day ceasefire was offered by the Taliban militant group for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. In response, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani initiated a process to release up to 2,000 imprisoned Taliban militants as a goodwill gesture.

In a statement on Twitter, Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s office in Qatar, welcomed the Tuesday release of 900 prisoners as “good progress,” saying the militant group would in turn free a “remarkable number” of government prisoners soon.

He did not say whether the group would extend the ceasefire, which was due to end at midnight the same day.

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Afghan forces killed in first ‘Taliban attack’ since end of ceasefire

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Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint in Parwan, north of the capital, early Thursday, said Waheeda Shahkar, spokeswoman to the provincial governor.

"The Taliban have also suffered casualties," Shahkar told AFP, saying seven members of the Afghan forces died.

District police chief Hussain Shah said Taliban militants set fire to the checkpoint, killing five security force personnel. Two more were shot dead.

The Taliban have not commented.
 

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Afghanistan releases 710 more Taliban prisoners

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"The government has released 710 Taliban prisoners from Pul-e Charkhi, Parwan and other prisons in the provinces since yesterday. The process will continue tonight and tomorrow morning to complete the release of 2,000 Taliban prisoners that President Ghani announced during Eid," the Office of the National Security Council tweeted.

On May 25, Ghani had ordered a release of up to 2,000 Taliban militants from prison and declared a ceasefire to honour Eid ul-Fitr.

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ISIS kills Afghan journalist, technician in bus blast (+Photos)

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At least seven people were wounded in the evening rush hour attack. Pictures showed a white minibus with extensive damage to its front.

“Our colleagues Mir Wahed Shah, an economic reporter, and Shafiq Amiri, an employee in the technical department, were martyred in the incident,” said Mohammad Rafi Rafiq Sediqi, chief executive of the Khurshid TV station.

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The Taliban, who were ousted from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001, said Tolo was producing propaganda for the U.S. military and Western-backed Afghan government.


Taliban and other militants have repeatedly targeted Afghan journalists, killing 15 in 2018, the deadliest year yet for the Afghan media, according to the media freedom group Reporters Without Borders.

In 2016, a Taliban suicide bomber rammed his car into a bus carrying employees of Tolo TV, the country’s largest private broadcaster, killing seven journalists.

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11 security personnel killed in Afghanistan bomb blast

Afghanistan releases 710 more Taliban prisoners

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AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): In Afghanistan, elven security personnel were killed in a road side bomb blast at Khash district in Badakhshan province today.

The provincial police spokesman said the bomb was planted in a vehicle.

Four Taliban militants including shadow governor of Taliban for Khash district, Mullah Hamid were also killed.
 

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Blast inside mosque kills 4 in Afghanistan (+Photos)

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The Afghan Interior Ministry said that the bomb exploded during Friday prayers at the Sher Shah Suri Mosque, which is located in the western part of Kabul.

“Based on our initial information, at around noon, explosives placed inside the mosque detonated during Friday prayers,” a ministry spokesman, Tariq Arian, said.

Prayer leader Mofleh Frotan was among those killed in the attack.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

An attack on a mosque compound near a fortified diplomatic district in Kabul earlier this month was claimed by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.

Iran embassy refutes terrorist attack on mosque in western Kabul

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