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UN’s Chief: Afghanistan hanging by thread

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“We need to give financial institutions and commercial partners legal assurance that they can work with humanitarian operators without fear of breaching sanctions,” said Guterres, noting that the 15-member council last month adopted a humanitarian exemption to U.N. sanctions tied to Afghanistan. Guterres said the remaining $1.2 billion in the fund needed “to be freed up urgently to help Afghanistan’s people survive the winter”, Reuters reported.

https://en.shafaqna.com/246029/un-chief-afghanistan-hanging-by-thread/

Afghan women & children in front of a bakery in Kabul:cry:

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“We need to give financial institutions and commercial partners legal assurance that they can work with humanitarian operators without fear of breaching sanctions,” said Guterres, noting that the 15-member council last month adopted a humanitarian exemption to U.N. sanctions tied to Afghanistan. Guterres said the remaining $1.2 billion in the fund needed “to be freed up urgently to help Afghanistan’s people survive the winter”, Reuters reported.

https://en.shafaqna.com/246029/un-chief-afghanistan-hanging-by-thread/

Afghan women & children in front of a bakery in Kabul:cry:

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:( I hate to say this but I feel like if the aid is sent there, taliban may take it and disturbed it amongst themselves or request women to do things for them in order to feed them. I hate to say but I feel like that may happen.

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BBC has published a new report. It is mainly about the Shia minority who live in Kandahar and how they are feeling. Keep in mind that Kandahar is a mainly Pashtun city, with a non-Pashtun/Farsi Shia minority. You can see the fear in the eyes of Kandahari Shia, who have been targeted by Wahabi terrorists a few months ago:

 

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:( I hate to say this but I feel like if the aid is sent there, taliban may take it and disturbed it amongst themselves or request women to do things for them in order to feed them. I hate to say but I feel like that may happen.

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Aid Will Be Wasted If Not Directly Received by Needy: Sopko

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The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko, said the aid pledged by the international community to the people of Afghanistan will be wasted unless the assistance is delivered directly to the needy people in the country

 

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“The unvarnished truth is that we can send all the money in the world into Afghanistan, but it will be a tragedy if that money winds up in the hands of the Taliban or other bad actors, other than the Afghan people who need it the most,” he said.

Sopko called on the international community to deliver its assistance to the people of Afghanistan using the lessons learned from the past two decades of in the country.  “Look for activities that the Afghans can eventually sustain without, or with limited, outside support,” he said.

 

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The Islamic Emirate, however, said that to improve the economic situation of the country the US should unfreeze Afghan ’s_assets and the international community should support Afghanistan economically.

“Considering the situation that we have today, it is required that our money should be released, and we should be supported in the development sphere also,” Islamic Emirate deputy spokesman said.

Although the international community has made pledges, so far only a portion of the pledged aid has arrived in the country, mostly through .

https://avapress.com/en/257291/Aid-Will-Be-Wasted-If-Not-Directly-Received-by-Needy-Sopko

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Well known cleric shot dead in Kabul while on his way to mosque

Faiz Mohammad Fayez, former head of the Ulema Council in Kunduz province, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in PD17 of Kabul city early Wednesday morning, Kabul police confirmed.

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Meanwhile, a number of residents of Kabul’s Sarkutal Golden Township area said Faiz Mohammad Fayez, was by two unidentified gunmen as he walked to a mosque this morning.

Well known cleric shot dead in Kabul while on his way to mosque

 

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This comes after a prominent Afghan cleric Mohammad Atif was killed about a month ago in an explosion, along with two others, in Kabul.

Mohammad , a well-known cleric from a -based charity group, was killed when an IED on the vehicle he was traveling in exploded.

https://avapress.com/en/220723/Well-known-cleric-shot-dead-in-Kabul-while-on-his-way-to-mosque

Afghan mystic poet and well-known scholar, Haidari Wujodi died of COVID_19

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Haidari Wujodi was born in 1939, in a small village in Panjshir Province in northern Afghanistan, one of five children of a cleric. In those days the Islam practiced in Afghanistan was deeply tied into Sufi traditions of poetry. His father kept about 200 books at home, many of poetry and handwritten. It was there that the young Haidari learned to read.

Afghan mystic poet and well-known scholar, Haidari Wujodi died of COVID_19

 

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He repeatedly rejected offers of higher positions. In the early 1990s, when the Islamic government that followed the Soviet withdrawal insisted that Mr. Haidari lead an educational foundation, he agreed to a compromise: He would continue his day job at the library, and for one hour at the end of every day he would go to the foundation’s office.
Wujodi has written dozens of articles and books and so far his 14 books have been published and officially launched.

https://avapress.com/en/161396/Afghan-mystic-poet-and-well-known-scholar-Haidari-Wujodi-died-of-COVID_19

Well-Known Afghan Novelist Zaryab Remembered

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Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_ was born in 1944 in the area in Kabul.  

He had a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kabul University and had pursued his education in Wales and New Zealand.

“Today we are remembering the first anniversary of the death of Rahnaward Zaryab, who was a precious writer in Persian,” said Jawid Farhad, a writer.  

“When he was at the hospital in critical condition, the cultural society of Afghanistan wrote a letter to the first vice president to take (Zaryab) to India for treatment, but unfortunately, the letter was ignored,” said Mohammad Ishaq Faiz, a poet.  

Well-Known Afghan Novelist Zaryab Remembered

 

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His books and other writings made him famous beyond Afghanistan’s borders in Iran, Tajikistan and India.

Zaryab's novel Char Gerd Qala Gashtum won the best author award in Iran in 2016.

https://avapress.com/en/254433/Well-Known-Afghan-Novelist-Zaryab-Remembered

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33 minutes ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

Well known cleric shot dead in Kabul while on his way to mosque

Even clerics are not safe from these thugs

 

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The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko, said the aid pledged by the international community to the people of Afghanistan will be wasted unless the assistance is delivered directly to the needy people in the country

 

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“The unvarnished truth is that we can send all the money in the world into Afghanistan, but it will be a tragedy if that money winds up in the hands of the Taliban or other bad actors, other than the Afghan people who need it the most,” he said.

He is 100% right - the aid whether its money or food or things, will fall on the hands of taliban and afghan people won't get anything from it. 

They'll just give some to Pushtons or few need family to Record a few videos to fool the world that afghan are receiving the aids. 

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To all people who are unfamiliar with Afghanistan but are interested to know more, especially about its war history and its people, I recommend the following YT-videos for you to watch:

1) The Soviet-Afghan war (called first Afghan war) between 1979 to 1989 by YT channel 'Kings & Generals' (20 minutes):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAMBVPRQHfw&t=678s2) A lecture on the Taliban, their tribe/ethnicity and their racism towards other ethnicities, namely Uzbeks, Tajiks and Hazara (45 minutes):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF3Rkt42wPY&t=1544s

3) Two 15 minutes videos documenting the first Afghan war und who truly resisted/fought (it weren't the Taliban or the Pashtun even):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZI1AIggBl0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX56h7dStqw

 

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A Family in Farah Sells Two Young Daughters for 60,000 Afghanis

A family in Farah recently sold their two young daughters for 60,000 afghanis ($582.4832) due to poverty.

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Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Fariba, a 38-year-old woman from Farah province in western Afghanistan, said that she had to sell her two young daughters for 60,000 afghanis to save her two sons. The lady’s husband is addicted to drugs. Fariba spends the winter with her children in a rented house in the sixth district of Farah city. She sometimes begs, and sometimes for a small amount of money, she washes her neighbors’ clothes to provide a piece of bread for her children.

 

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Fariba calls on the Taliban-led government and aid agencies to provide humanitarian assistance. “I sold my two daughters because I had no income,” she said. “If we do not get help, I will have to sell my two sons as well. Help me, for God’s sake. You see that I am poor, and I have no one and nothing.”

Turyali and Raziq, Fariba’s two immature sons, are responsible for providing fuel for the family. They collect garbage from dawn to dusk on the streets of Farah to heat their house. Although the two children are aware that their sisters have been sold, they talk about the hardships of their times: “We have nothing at home. We sleep hungry at night. It’s very cold during the night, and we have nothing to consume. My mother sold our two sisters. We miss our sisters. We would like to go to school, help us.”

A Family in Farah Sells Two Young Daughters for 60,000 Afghanis

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US allows money transfer to Afghanistan, lifted many financial sanctions

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This comes a week after UN Secretary General Antonio said that Afghanistan is hanging by a thread.

The US Department of Treasury has said the international banks can process transactions related to humanitarian operations that include settlement, clearing, and transfer through or otherwise involving privately owned and state-owned Afghan depository institutions.

In the meantime, the department permitted transactions involving the Taliban, which also include the blacklisted Network.

 

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Based on the permission of the US Treasury, these transactions include signing agreements to provide aid directly to the Afghan people, general aid coordination, including import, administration, and sharing the office.

“Payments of taxes, fees, or import duties to, or the purchase or receipt of permits, licenses, or public utility services from” the Taliban, Haqqani Network or any entity in which they own more than 50 percent is authorized for humanitarian operations, the Treasury said.

https://avapress.com/en/257527/US-allows-money-transfer-to-Afghanistan-lifted-many-financial-sanctions

 

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Participants Call for Women’s Support at EU Conference

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In Tuesday’s conference, the participants called for the international community’s support to the women and girls in Afghanistan.

President Roberta Metsola, speaking at the conference said: “The European Union has defined respect on human rights, in particular ’s_rights, the rule of law and freedom of the media as key conditions for engagement with the current Afghan authorities.”

Angelina Jolie, an actress and a special envoy for , said the Afghan women have suffered a lot in the past four decades, but they never lost hope for their country. She called on the Islamic Emirate to reopen schools for girls. “I call on the de facto authorities in Afghanistan, to reopen all schools. To enable the girls to sit the exams that they missed last year. To release Paryani and Parwana Ibrahimkhil, and the other women held in detention. And to let women participate fully and freely in work and politics and society.”

 

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Zarifa Ghafari, the former mayor of Maidan Shahr in Maidan Wardak province said over the past two decades the Afghan government used women’s rights for gaining funds. She also blamed the international community for abandoning the people of Afghanistan under the name of peace. “We saw how amazingly women rights was just being used as a title or slow gun to win the votes, money, aids or anything else by our government.”

The Islamic Emirate, meanwhile, says it is committed in respecting women’s rights.

https://avapress.com/en/257505/Participants-Call-for-Women-s-Support-at-EU-Conference

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Indian wheat shipment to Afghanistan to begin next week

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Afghan Ambassador Farid said on Wednesday: “India is going to deliver 50,000 tonnes of wheat in the next one week or two.”

The ambassador told reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday that the wheat delivery to Afghanistan would be completed in a month’s time.

Hindustan Times quoted Mamundzay as hailing ’s_allocation of Rs200 crore for development assistance to Afghanistan in its budget for 2022-23.

had held out a firm assurance of cooperation on the transportation of the wheat to the war-hit neighbour through the Wagah border, the envoy said.

https://avapress.com/en/257535/Indian-wheat-shipment-to-Afghanistan-to-begin-next-week

Taliban Awaits Global Assistance to Counter the COVID-19 Threat

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Following the outbreak of the 4th wave of the coronavirus in the country, Jawid , spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health of the Taliban-led government, said that 38 new cases had been registered in one day out of 829 this week. Of these, 28 positive cases and, one death were registered in Kabul. Meanwhile, Kabul resident Nisar Ahmad Hooshmand says that although the country’s doctors and health staff are professionally trained, the lack of facilities, including the lack of diagnostic kits for omicrons, lack of oxygen, and medicine, is worrying.

Reporters are also concerned that no data has been available on the prevalence of Covid-19 in Afghanistan in the past five months. Merajuddin, a reporter and presenter of Ayna TV, said: “It has been five months since the daily publication of coronavirus statistics was stopped and, no one is aware of the current situation and possible dangers.”

 

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For example, there are no omicron detectors in Kabul and Bamiyan provinces. “If the fourth wave of the coronavirus, especially the## Omicron type, spreads, there is no preparation to deal with it, and it could be another humanitarian catastrophe for Afghanistan, along with poverty and unemployment,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mahboob Ahmadi, a doctor working in the field of coronavirus infection, says that he has left his job due to the lack of facilities to save the lives of medical staff. Ahmadi added that the safety of the medical staff, even though they were at the forefront of the fight against the Coronavirus, was not observed because the facilities were very limited. As a former medical staff, he noted that the problem is not in the specialization of the medical staff, but following the recent developments and the bankruptcy of the country’s health system in terms of facilities, the success possibility against the fourth wave of Corona is lower.

Meanwhile, the Taliban government’s public health ministry is talking about preparations for the fourth wave; Preparations depend on the assistance of international organizations. Jawid Hazhir, a spokesman for the ministry,said that new statistics on the coronavirus would be released if needed. “We have about 40,000 diagnostic kits, but to confirm the nature of the coronavirus, especially its mutant type (omicron), we need sequencing machines, which, at the request of the ministry from the World Health Organization, “They will provide us with these facilities by the end of January.”

https://avapress.com/en/256779/Taliban-Awaits-Global-Assistance-to-Counter-the-COVID-19-Threat

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Taliban were invited to Kabul, they did not take it: Karzai

Afghanistan ‘ready’ for Taliban violence after US withdrawal, Afghan president says

This is the first time that Karzai discloses untold stories behind Kabul’s takeover and the escape of the Ashraf Ghani.

The Taliban leaders have also repeatedly said that they did not plan to take over Kabul as it happened instead, they wanted a negotiated agreement. Associated Press reported.

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Hamid Karzai said that the sudden and secret escape of Ashraf Ghani scuttled the plan for a negotiated agreement that would have let the Taliban take over Kabul.

He added that he himself invited the Taliban to enter Kabul so that the city and the country at all be protected from looting and chaos.

The former president recalled, he called the defense minister Bismillah Muhammadi whether any official was still staying in Kabul but he found none.

Bismillah Muhammad had told him if he wanted to leave Afghanistan but Karzai had denied leaving.

Hamid Karzai along with the government chief negotiator planned to leave for on August 14 for power-sharing talks at the time when the Taliban fighters were at the skirts of the Afghan capital.

“The Taliban leadership in Doha decided to keep the fighters at the four gates of Kabul and will only allow them to enter the city after agreement. Ashraf Ghani fled and I invited the Taliban to enter to prevent chaos and looting.” Said Karzai.

https://avapress.com/en/254764/Taliban-were-invited-to-Kabul-they-did-not-take-it-Karzai

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    There has been continuous carnage in Afghanistan, even just last week, when more than 200 people were killed, many at a girls school in Kabul.

    That violence comes as the U.S. and NATO are withdrawing troops, scheduled to be gone completely by early September.

    In a moment, my interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, but first some background.

https://avapress.com/en/234424/Afghanistan-ready-for-Taliban-violence-after-US-withdrawal-Afghan-president-says

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Afghanistan's overnight takeover by Pashtuns was obviously a rigged action by former Pashtun President Ashraf Ghani and other Pashtun politicians.

Most recently special envoy of Ghani, Abdul Salam Rahimi, met acting Taliban minister, Amir Khan Mottaqi.

Abdul Salam Rahimi, Ashraf Ghani's special envoy for peace affairs in Afghanistan, met with the acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Mottaqi, after returning to Afghanistan.

Abdul Salam Rahimi was the Minister of State for Peace during Ghani's rule, and in the last months of the government he was named by Ghani as Special Representative for Peace. He left the country with the fall of the regime and has now returned.

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On 2/3/2022 at 10:13 AM, lover said:

To all people who are unfamiliar with Afghanistan but are interested to know more, especially about its war history and its people, I recommend the following YT-videos for you to watch:

1) The Soviet-Afghan war (called first Afghan war) between 1979 to 1989 by YT channel 'Kings & Generals' (20 minutes):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAMBVPRQHfw&t=678s2) A lecture on the Taliban, their tribe/ethnicity and their racism towards other ethnicities, namely Uzbeks, Tajiks and Hazara (45 minutes):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF3Rkt42wPY&t=1544s

3) Two 15 minutes videos documenting the first Afghan war und who truly resisted/fought (it weren't the Taliban or the Pashtun even):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZI1AIggBl0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX56h7dStqw

 

Documentary on soviet intervention in Afghanistan is too biased and written from west perspective 

soviet won 99% of the battles militarily reason they pulled out is because there was nothing of strategic value and logistics get too expensive , same reason most powers pull out of there .. it’s not graveyard of empire more like a pit stop 

nothing much to do with stinger , Soviets start planning withdrawal in 85 first Stinger kill not until sept 1986 

afghans are very good traders but poor fighters ( see their casualties) so they bungle all battles but very good in wheeling and dealing with foreign powers 

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Poland’s border guard has said it is welcoming all refugees from Ukraine, regardless of their nationality. But at the train station in Przemysl, Africans and Afghans were being forced back into lines for trains going west. “Unfortunately, Ukrainians are being given priority,” said Oscar Broz, a 30-year-old Polish volunteer. He said he advised foreign citizens to pretend they had lost their passports to be allowed onto Polish intercity trains. Polish authorities are “aware of some problems” surrounding access to official help for non-Ukrainian citizens, Marcin Sośniak, head of the Equal Treatment Department of the Human Rights Commissioner, said in written responses to questions from TIME.

https://time.com/6153276/ukraine-refugees-racism/

Afghan Refugees in Ukraine Are Reliving a Nightmare

https://www.thenation.com/article/world/ukraine-afghan-refugees/

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Afghan family which moved to Ukraine forced to flee again

Ajmal Rahmani has fled conflict in Afghanistan, only to find himself trapped in the midst of another war.

Together with Marwa, his wife Mina and son Omar, 11, the family walked the last 30km (18 miles) to the crossing on foot because of the gridlock on the Ukrainian side of the border.

After arriving in Medyka, on the Polish side, the family waited with other refugees for a bus to take them to the nearby city of Przemysl.

 

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He decided to leave the country four months before the US withdrawal after receiving threats. The Taliban armed group returned to power last August, 20 years after it was toppled in a US-led NATO invasion.

“I had a good life in Afghanistan, I had a private house, I had a private car, I had a good salary,” Rahmani said. “I sold my car, my house, my everything. I lost everything.”

Ukraine was the only country that would grant the family a visa. They set up home in Odesa, a Black Sea port city.

Rahmani and his family, like others without a Polish visa, now have 15 days to get registered, said Tomasz Pietrzak, a lawyer with the Ocalenie (Salvation) Foundation, a charity for migrants.

“Poland will have to very quickly amend its legislation on this issue,” he said.

Rahmani said he was concerned about the future but was encouraged by the warm welcome he received from volunteers and officials assisting the stream of refugees on the Polish side of the border.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/28/another-war-afghan-family-flees-conflict-again-in-ukraine

Afghan refugees in Ukraine are fleeing war all over again

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MOHAMMAD ISMAIL: For the taxi around from here to there (ph) is $500 or $600 to the border.

HADID: And his Afghan friends already at the border tell him they haven't been allowed to cross.

TAJIK: They say you don't have a right to cross the border because you don't have passports.

HADID: Because when they arrived in Ukraine, authorities took their passports and gave them temporary papers. Now with the country at war, there's no one to call to get their passports back. The situation appears so dire that even the Taliban issued a statement calling on both sides to protect Afghans stuck in Ukraine, Afghans who fled their rule, like Omar Shah.

https://www.npr.org/2022/02/27/1083379256/afghan-refugees-in-ukraine-are-fleeing-war-all-over-again

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At least 12 people killed in explosion in western Afghan city of Herat

At least 12 people were killed and 25 others wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan's western province of Herat on Friday.

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ANI Last Updated at April 2, 2022 08:11 IST

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"The death toll of the blast in PD 12 of Herat city has risen to 12, with 25 wounded, provincial health officials said, saying the explosives were buried in a sports field and triggered as young people were playing," TOLOnews reported.

Earlier, in January, at least seven people were killed and 9 injured in an explosion in the city of Herat.

The bomb blast hit a minibus in PD12 of the capital of Herat province, TOLOnews reported. At least four women were among the dead, the report added.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

 
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At least 12 people killed in explosion in western Afghan city of Herat

At least 12 people were killed and 25 others wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan's western province of Herat on Friday.

We're from Herat :( :'(  - I Hope God gives his order soon for Imam Mehdi (AJF) and his army to appear and save Afghanistan and all other countries. 

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afghanistan should have been a soviet republic only way to civilize them 

russians did so much for afghans in 10 yrs and ungrateful mujahideen wrecked it all 

 

You have already disqualified yourself when you have given this reply in a previous post on this same topic implying that Afghans are uncivilized and should have been civilized by communists. It seems that you have no clue about Afghanistan and didn’t even bother to watch the video about the different ethnicities who are present in Afghanistan or get proper information from somewhere else. One thing is lack of knowledge, which you clearly seem to have concerning Afghanistan. Being unknowing concerning a certain topic is not a shame. But the other thing is not being ready to learn in order to close your knowledge gap and then even trying to sound smart. I don't remember you giving that immature comments more than 15 years ago when I sometimes commented on SC back then.

Anyways, Afghans in general are not uncivilized but simple people. Afghanistan didn’t produce many intellectuals. But before all these wars were imposed upon the people of Afghanistan, Afghanistan, or East Khorasan then, produced people like Jalal ad-Din Rumi, Ibn Sina (Balkhi), Abu Nasr al-Farabi, Sayed Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani (who was a Shia Sayed from Afghanistan and a great Muslim thinker of the 19th century) and some others. Afghanistan has been in several wars for more than 40 years now. Do you think that any nation can develop itself despite a war going on for decades?

And despite of all those wars, a few other highly influential people happened to come from Afghanistan.

Shia and Sunni Arabs in Syria seemed to not bother about Afghan Shia scholar Sayed Abu al-Hasan Fadhil being uncivilized when they prayed behind him in congregational prayers:

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Two of the most famous Shia scholars of 20th and 21st centuries happened to be Afghans, namely late Grand Ayatullah Mohseni from Kandahar and Grand Ayatullah Fayadh from Ghazni.

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Documentary on soviet intervention in Afghanistan is too biased and written from west perspective 

soviet won 99% of the battles militarily reason they pulled out is because there was nothing of strategic value and logistics get too expensive , same reason most powers pull out of there .. it’s not graveyard of empire more like a pit stop 

nothing much to do with stinger , Soviets start planning withdrawal in 85 first Stinger kill not until sept 1986 

afghans are very good traders but poor fighters ( see their casualties) so they bungle all battles but very good in wheeling and dealing with foreign powers 

That might be your opinion. But again, I call your arguments immature, as you seem to not be interested in facts and don't even bother to inform yourself. There is countless of material of even anti-Western writers, intellectuals and publishers who have given much credit to Afghan guerrilla fighters like Ahmad Shah Massoud against USSR. Even commanders of the USSR later reported that it was impossible to beat him. His enemies couldn’t eliminate him on the battle field, which is why he was killed by two Wahabi Arab suicide attackers on behalf of Taliban on 9 Sept. 2001. You can guess why he was killed by Pashtuns just before Afghanistan was attacked by the USA.

Afghans, the different peoples living inside of Afghanistan, have their own faults, one of which is disunity. Another problem of Afghans is that they continuously have had Pashtun leaders who sold out Afghanistan to one or another power. It is because they don't identify themselves with the rest of Afghanistan's population which is Farsi speaking, and belong to Hazara, Uzbek or Tajik. So one solution would be dividing Afghanistan into two parts like Sudan and South Sudan have been, one consisting of Farsi-speaking Afghans, the other consisting of Pashtuns bordering Pakistan. The fights in the non-Pashtun northern part of Afghanistan have resumed and by the end of the year those areas will be independent from the Pashtun Wahabi Taliban, God willing. Some of the fighters like Khair Muhammad Andarabi and General Shuja' have already liberated Andarab province from the Taliban.

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Deadly blasts target boys’ school in Afghan capital Kabul

At least six killed after a school in Dasht-e-Barchi – a Shia Hazara neighbourhood – was hit by a series of explosions.

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Explosions targeting educational institutions killed at least six people and wounded 17 in a mostly Shia neighbourhood of Afghanistan’s capital.

Students were among the casualties in the blasts at one school in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood, police said on Tuesday.

 

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The explosions occurred inside the Abdul Rahim Shaheed High School and near the Mumtaz Education Centre several kilometres away. There were no immediate reports of casualties at the education centre.

Police spokesman Khalid Zadran said two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) blew up outside the Abdul Rahim Shaheed high school in western Kabul.

 

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Tuesday’s explosions occurred as students were coming out of their morning classes at the school, which can house up to 1,000 students, witnesses said. It was not immediately clear how many children were in the school at the time of the blasts.

“We were leaving school and had just stepped out from the rear gate when the explosion occurred,” Ali Jan, a student wounded in the first blast, told the AFP news agency at a hospital in the area.

The second blast took place as rescuers arrived to ferry victims from the first explosion to hospitals.

 

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“Some of our friends have lost hands, while some were covered in blood,” said Saeed Rahmatullah Haidari, a student at the school. “There were pieces of broken glass and pools of blood … My whole body was shaking.”

Outside a hospital treating the wounded, Taliban fighters beat back the families of students who gathered searching for information. Women cried out as they scanned through pictures of victims posted on nearby walls by medics.

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KABUL, April 19 (Reuters) - Three explosions at a high school in western Kabul killed at least six people and injured a number of students, Afghan security and health officials said.

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World outraged by deadly bombings at Kabul schools

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Outraged by the blasts, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman urged the Taliban government to identify and punish the perpetrators.

In a statement, Hamidi stressed: “It is essential that the de-facto authorities carry out a thorough investigation into the attacks, which should be conducted in line with international law and standards.”

 

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UN Secretary-General Guterres excoriated the attacks as “” and extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

“Attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law,” he said.

Ramiz Alakbarov, the secretary-general’s deputy special representative, strongly condemned what he called the “horrific” attacks.

In a statement, the UN diplomat said: “Violence in or around schools is never acceptable … Schools should be safe havens and places where children can learn and flourish.”

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan () took to Twitter to unequivocally denounce the “heinous” attacks.

“Those responsible for the crime targeting schools and children must be brought to justice,” the UNAMA tweeted, saying its head Deborah Lyons had extended her deepest sympathies to the families of the victims, and wished a speedy recovery for the wounded.

, the UN high commissioner for refugees, also extended condolences to the bereaved families.

“Afghanistan’s ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity is at great risk. It must be respected and kept safe,” Grandi wrote on his official Twitter account.

The State Department voiced its “outrage in response to the heinous attacks” on the educational institutions.

“We offer sincere condolences to the families and other loved ones of those killed. The perpetrators must be brought to justice,” spokesman said in a statement.

“All Afghan children deserve to pursue their studies safely and without fear of violence,” he added.

Qatar expressed its strong denunciation of the bombings, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed Doha’s total rejection of violence against civilians in all its forms.

The ministry warned such horrific acts would have a severe negative impact on human rights, development and the economy of Afghanistan.

In a statement, it reiterated Qatar’s firm position rejecting violence, terrorism and , regardless of motives and reasons.

The OIC General Secretariat also denounced the twin blasts, expressing its dismay over the death and injury of innocent Afghans.

Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia campaigner, said: “These reprehensible attacks on schools highlight the violence that Afghan people continue to face in their daily lives.

“It also shows that the , as the de-facto authorities, are failing to protect civilians, especially those from ethnic and religious minority groups, from harm,” she said.

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Iran slams bloody terrorist bombings in Afghan capital, urges officials to bring perpetrators to justice

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In a Tuesday post on his Twitter account, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh lashed out at Takfiri terrorists for committing another crime in Afghanistan and shedding the blood of innocent teenagers.

The “anti-religion” terrorists, he said, “did not even observe the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan.”

The spokesperson called on Afghan officials to act immediately to identify the perpetrators of the crime and bring them to justice.

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Deadly blasts target boys’ school in Afghan capital Kabul

At least six killed after a school in Dasht-e-Barchi – a Shia Hazara neighbourhood – was hit by a series of explosions.

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Explosions targeting educational institutions killed at least six people and wounded 17 in a mostly Shia neighbourhood of Afghanistan’s capital.

Students were among the casualties in the blasts at one school in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood, police said on Tuesday.

 

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The explosions occurred inside the Abdul Rahim Shaheed High School and near the Mumtaz Education Centre several kilometres away. There were no immediate reports of casualties at the education centre.

Police spokesman Khalid Zadran said two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) blew up outside the Abdul Rahim Shaheed high school in western Kabul.

 

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Tuesday’s explosions occurred as students were coming out of their morning classes at the school, which can house up to 1,000 students, witnesses said. It was not immediately clear how many children were in the school at the time of the blasts.

“We were leaving school and had just stepped out from the rear gate when the explosion occurred,” Ali Jan, a student wounded in the first blast, told the AFP news agency at a hospital in the area.

The second blast took place as rescuers arrived to ferry victims from the first explosion to hospitals.

 

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“Some of our friends have lost hands, while some were covered in blood,” said Saeed Rahmatullah Haidari, a student at the school. “There were pieces of broken glass and pools of blood … My whole body was shaking.”

Outside a hospital treating the wounded, Taliban fighters beat back the families of students who gathered searching for information. Women cried out as they scanned through pictures of victims posted on nearby walls by medics.

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KABUL, April 19 (Reuters) - Three explosions at a high school in western Kabul killed at least six people and injured a number of students, Afghan security and health officials said.

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Outraged by the blasts, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman urged the Taliban government to identify and punish the perpetrators.

In a statement, Hamidi stressed: “It is essential that the de-facto authorities carry out a thorough investigation into the attacks, which should be conducted in line with international law and standards.”

 

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UN Secretary-General Guterres excoriated the attacks as “” and extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

“Attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law,” he said.

Ramiz Alakbarov, the secretary-general’s deputy special representative, strongly condemned what he called the “horrific” attacks.

In a statement, the UN diplomat said: “Violence in or around schools is never acceptable … Schools should be safe havens and places where children can learn and flourish.”

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan () took to Twitter to unequivocally denounce the “heinous” attacks.

“Those responsible for the crime targeting schools and children must be brought to justice,” the UNAMA tweeted, saying its head Deborah Lyons had extended her deepest sympathies to the families of the victims, and wished a speedy recovery for the wounded.

, the UN high commissioner for refugees, also extended condolences to the bereaved families.

“Afghanistan’s ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity is at great risk. It must be respected and kept safe,” Grandi wrote on his official Twitter account.

The State Department voiced its “outrage in response to the heinous attacks” on the educational institutions.

“We offer sincere condolences to the families and other loved ones of those killed. The perpetrators must be brought to justice,” spokesman said in a statement.

“All Afghan children deserve to pursue their studies safely and without fear of violence,” he added.

Qatar expressed its strong denunciation of the bombings, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed Doha’s total rejection of violence against civilians in all its forms.

The ministry warned such horrific acts would have a severe negative impact on human rights, development and the economy of Afghanistan.

In a statement, it reiterated Qatar’s firm position rejecting violence, terrorism and , regardless of motives and reasons.

The OIC General Secretariat also denounced the twin blasts, expressing its dismay over the death and injury of innocent Afghans.

Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia campaigner, said: “These reprehensible attacks on schools highlight the violence that Afghan people continue to face in their daily lives.

“It also shows that the , as the de-facto authorities, are failing to protect civilians, especially those from ethnic and religious minority groups, from harm,” she said.

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Iran slams bloody terrorist bombings in Afghan capital, urges officials to bring perpetrators to justice

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In a Tuesday post on his Twitter account, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh lashed out at Takfiri terrorists for committing another crime in Afghanistan and shedding the blood of innocent teenagers.

The “anti-religion” terrorists, he said, “did not even observe the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan.”

The spokesperson called on Afghan officials to act immediately to identify the perpetrators of the crime and bring them to justice.

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Girls’ Schools not Aligned with Sharia Law: IEA Reasoned behind Schools Closure

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Deputy chief of the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) of the IEA Moulayee said that ’_schools in Afghanistan have problems with , the curriculum is in opposition to Sharia law and jurisprudence, and that the way Afghan girls would go to schools was in opposition with Sharia and Afghan culture/tradition.

He did not go into detail about how the girls’ schools opposed the Sharia law of Islam.

Rahmatullah Najib made the statements in a meeting with representatives and patriarchs of several Police Districts of on Tuesday while acknowledging that the IEA is working hard to resolve the issues and reopen schools as soon as possible.
 

95 Percent of the People in Afghanistan Faces Food Insecurity, Says OCHA

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As reported by , 95 percent of people in Afghanistan are struggling with insecurity in the country.

According to OCHA, millions of people in Afghanistan are facing an unprecedented food and malnutrition crisis, adding the world must not forget the people of Afghanistan.

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Qatar, Turkey Condemn Kabul Blasts on School

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Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_“We condemn these inhuman in the strongest possible terms,” said the Turkish Foreign Ministry in the press release.

Further, the statement wished mercy of Allah upon those who lost their lives and wished speedy recovery to those wounded while expressing deep condolences to the families of the victims of the blasts.

Meanwhile, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry’s statement rejected violation against civilians in all forms especially when it targets educational places, students, and teachers.

It further reads that the continuation of such will further impact the human rights situation, development, and the economy of Afghanistan.

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Extreme Poverty, Trolley Man Burns Himself to Death in Kabul

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Spin Gul purportedly in his late 20s succumbed to his wounds in hospital after he burnt himself in Kabul on Monday, April 18, 2022.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Spin Gul left behind his four children, his wife, and his elderly grandmother.

The grandmother said his grandson committed after being extremely impoverished following the transformation of the regime in the country.

Brother of the slain said, his brother was working with his cart and was the only breadwinner of his family for the last several years but had lost his mental order recently.

https://avapress.com/en/260432/Extreme-Poverty-Trolley-Man-Burns-Himself-to-Death-in-Kabul

 

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Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Reopens in Herat

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“Since the chamber is now reopened and it has resumed activities, other women are encouraged. The women who suspended their business activities, they will resume them again,” said Bahnaz , a member of the chamber.  

According to the Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the activities of has increased.  

A female entrepreneur in Herat called on the government and international organizations to provide support as they have suffered severe economic challenges.

“Every woman you see here is the breadwinner for her family,” said Aqila Rahimi, a female entrepreneur.  

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World Bank to push ahead with some Afghan projects

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Group of Seven partners and other major donors to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) will meet to discuss the country’s mounting economic and food security problems on Friday during the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the , the U.S. Treasury announced on Monday.

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Former AAF pilot returns home from United States

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Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The , identified as Suhrabuddin Sahak, had fled to the US in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the ministry said.

After his return home, urged his ex-colleagues to come back to Afghanistan. “Our homeland needs us, and we need our homeland,” he was quoted as saying.

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Western countries expel Afghan refugees from their countries

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Asylum seekers whose lives have been linked to migration and aspirations for European countries, their asylum applications rejected by Western human rights groups.

The UK recently announced that it would deport asylum seekers to Africa.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson said: "Under the new agreement with the Rwandan government, anyone entering the UK illegally, as well as those who have entered the country illegally since the beginning of this year, He is being sent to Rwanda for a new life.

The Refugee Council has criticized London's approach, calling it "cruel". The British Labor Party has also called the plan impractical and immoral.

Last Wednesday, the French Interior Minister announced that he would deport asylum seekers and send them to other countries.

Some asylum seekers in the Abu Dhabi camp in the United Arab Emirates say the United States has promised to send 12 thousand Afghans but they haven’t.

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Badakhshan establishes new anti-insurgency unit

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deputy governor Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi said there has been incidents of insurgency by groups linked to Daesh and the so-called Resistance Front.

Officials said they will not allow anyone to disturb the security in Badakhshan.

Ahmadi said however that and other groups opposed to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) have no control over any part of the province, but that incidents such as ambushes and have been carried out against forces.

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Wheat Imports Down 20% Since August

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This comes as the deputy spokesman for Islamic Emirate, Inamullah Samangani, said in a series of tweets that the Third Deputy Prime Minister met with the Yerlan Baidaulet, director-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's () food security department.

Baidaulet “referred to the food crisis in Afghanistan, and said that Kazakhstan is considering resuming wheat exports to Afghanistan at its previous rate,” said.  

 

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Farmers are concerned with a lack of water for their crops.   

“There has been less rain. Previously, the precipitation was good,” said Romal, a farmer.  

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Afghan Saffron Sales Down 20-30% From Last Solar Year

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23. had a 20-30 percent drop in product. Due to less products, the prices have also risen,” said Mohammad Azghar, a trader.

"Last year (1400 solar), the price of one kilo was around 100,000 to 150,000 Afs,” said Shibita Omidwar, a worker.

Meanwhile, traders complained that due to the lack of an -corridor, the export of saffron abroad has recently dropped.

“We have exports to at least 28 countries. We are facing a lot of restrictions at the moment. One of them is the lack of an air-corridor for saffron exports,” said Nasir Azimi, a .

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Death toll in ‘Pakistan strikes’ on Afghanistan rises to 47: officials

Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)_Pakistani security forces carried out airstrike on Waziristan refugees in Sperai district of southeastern Khost province and in the Shaltan district of eastern province, inflicting casualties on people.

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“Forty-one civilians, mainly women and children, were killed and 22 others were wounded in air strikes by Pakistani forces near the in Khost province,” Shabir Ahmad Osmani, director of information and culture in Khost told Pajhwok.

Meanwhile Najibullah, an official with the Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Khost told AFP, the death toll in the province was 48.

Twenty-four people were killed from one family itself,” he said.

Jamshid, a tribal leader from Khost, also confirmed that more than 40 people had died.

“I went yesterday with several people to donate blood for treating the wounded in ,” Jamshid said.

Another government official in Khost on condition of anonymity said he saw “42 graves” of people killed, adding that a few people were missing.

“Faces and bodies of some were charred and beyond recognition,” Abdul Wahab, a religious scholar from Khost who helped bury some victims said.
 

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Some kidnappers killed in raid to rescue Rauf: Mujahid

Two years ago, Rauf, 11, was kidnapped while he was on his way to school in -e-Sharif, the capital city of northern province.

The child was rescued on Saturday and handed over to his family by Deputy Prime Minister Maulvi Abdul Salam .

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Zabihullah , the government spokesman, tweeted the operation to rescue lasted 20 days.

He wrote: “At last, on Saturday, a number of were killed, some others arrested and Rauf rescued. The operation is still underway to detain the criminals and bring them to justice.”

Haji Mohammad Nabi, father of Rauf, hailed the efforts of security and intelligence agencies, saying the kidnappers demanded a lot of money in ransom for his release but he did not have that.

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Samangan Provincial Hospital: Many Children Infected with Measles to Die, Serious Attention and Health Supports Needed

The residents have called on the local Taliban members in the province and aid agencies in the health sector to address the problem; otherwise, many children are at risk to die in this province.

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Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Many residents of Samangan, Aybak city, the center of the province, have reported that measles disease has increased in the province, adding a large number of their children are infected with measles.

The residents further have added that due to lack of for measles, they have to travel to neighboring provinces for treatment.

The authorities at Dr. Ikramuddin Wakilzadeh Hospital in Aybak city told Hasht-e Subh that more than 100 children with have been hospitalized at the Provincial Hospital in the past month.

According to sources, in Samangan Provincial Hospital, the highest number of infant deaths is recorded in the districts of Du Ab, Dara-i-Suf Bala, -i-Suf Paeen, Khuram, and Sarobagh.

Over the last two months, measles has increased in most provinces, killing many children.

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Tazkira holder Afghans given 4 days to leave Pakistan

Pakistan on Monday gives Tazkira holder Afghans four days to enter Afghanistan via Torkham crossing.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador on his Twitter handle wrote that will be allowed to leave for Afghanistan via till 29th April 2022.

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He said: “Tazkira holders will be allowed to leave for Afghanistan via Torkham border crossing till 29th April 2022. All those who wish to return to their homes need to exit during this window. Normally, only patients are allowed crossings without [visas]on Torkham.”
 

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Afghanistan-Iran border crossing reopens

MoD spokesman Enayatullah said on Sunday: “We aren’t unconcerned about our borders. The tensions on Saturday were triggered by a misunderstanding.”

On Saturday, when the Afghan forces tried to pave a road, a dispute erupted between the two sides and the was temporarily closed.

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With the situation returning to normal, the spokesman said the major border crossing — a key hub — had reopened.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration () also confirmed the reopening of the Dogarun crossing.

Mehr News Agency quoted IRICA spokesman Seyyed Rouhollah Latifi as saying the border situation had come back to normal.

The Afghan side allowed later in the day the first cargo truck from Iran to enter the war-ravaged country, the official added.

 

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The evil plan of the United States is to lead Afghanistan into a devastating civil war

Yemen's Ansarullah called the attacks a "devilish plan by the United States" that seeks to plunge Afghanistan into a devastating civil war.

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Afghan Voice Agency (AVA), “We strongly condemn the bloody bombings that Afghanistan is witnessing, targeting civilians in mosques and schools," Ansarullah said in a statement issued Sunday.

 

"We call on the authorities in Afghanistan to assume their responsibilities, provide security for all their citizens, and bring the perpetrators to justice so that they can be punished for their actions," said Yemeni Ansarullah.

Plots to disrupt security foiled, claims intelligence chief

“All the tactics of the enemies to upset the security situation have failed,” Bakhtar News Agency quoted as saying. He assured the people of tight security.”

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Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_IEA Intelligence Director Maulvi Abdul Haq lamented the loss of precious lives in multiple in different parts of the country in recent days.

The spymaster remarked: “The enemies are attacking defenseless places such as schools and , and this shows their weakness…”

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Death toll in ‘Pakistan strikes’ on Afghanistan rises to 47: officials

Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)_Pakistani security forces carried out airstrike on Waziristan refugees in Sperai district of southeastern Khost province and in the Shaltan district of eastern province, inflicting casualties on people.

https://avapress.com/en/260329/Death-toll-in-Pakistan-strikes-on-Afghanistan-rises-to-47-officials

:angry:If supporting Taliban was not enough, now they're going for straight/direct attacks, Shame on the government of Pakistan:angry:

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As I stated above, the Taliban are getting their punishment at the moment and dozens of them have been killed in the past days in the northern part of Afghanistan in the past days. But before I go to that topic, I want to mention some other issues as well.

1) Whitewashing of the Taliban by the media. Why is it that a "former" terrorist organization has become so clean now? When Shia and Sufi Sunni Afghans have been killed during attacks by terrorist attacks during month of Ramadan 2022, media pointed on ISIS. Why ISIS, only because ISIS took responsibility on its media Amaq? Is Amaq that reliable? The hatred of Taliban, and those who control the Taliban, for Shia is very well-known. Has any news channel visited Afghanistan, went on scene to research the background of who was behind the attacks? If no, then why whitewashing the Taliban?

2) Taliban are well-known for their hatred against Hazara, and once they are finished with Panjsher, God for bid, their next step will be to eliminate Shia and Hazara from Afghanistan. Just today news were published that: "The sources, who did not want to be named for security reasons, said that the Taliban had recently arrested, tortured and extorted large sums of money from residents of Hesa-e-Awal and Markaz-e-Behsud districts." Those districts are Shia districts at the outskirts of Kabul.

3) The last and main part is the fight in Panjsher and Andarab. The Taliban are about to losing northern Afghanistan completely and have sent a large number of new troops, more than 5000 Taliban members acoording to sources, to gain back control. Again, among them are many Pashtun fighters from the east of Afghanistan like Khost and Kandahar and also many foreigners, a significant number of whom are Pakistani. And while those pro-Taliban fighters get killed the Taliban perpetuate abhorrent crimes against Panjsheri citizens, torturing and killing women, children, old and young men. I apologize to the Pakistani people who truly follow the teachings of Ahl ul-Bayt ("don't oppress") to write the following. But Pakistani mothers and fathers whose children go to Afghanistan to fight side on side with Taliban to kill Afghanistan's citizens should be ashamed of their children. Pakistani politicians should get the hell out of Afghanistan or God willing they will regret their mischief soon.

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Is that the beginning of end of Taliban?

An article by the Diplomat:

As the World Looks Away, Violence Is on the Rise Again in Afghanistan

New data on violent trends in Afghanistan shows a marked shift in terrorism and violence toward women, journalists, and educators under Taliban rule.

By Habib Khan Totakhil and Justine Fleischner

May 11, 2022

Afghanistan may have fallen out of international headlines, but violent trends are once again on the rise. Our team at Afghan Peace Watch (APW), alongside colleagues at the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), have been tracking violent trends based on hundreds of incident reports recorded between September 2021 and March 2022. The report, Tracking Disorder During Taliban Rule in Afghanistan, provides one of the only comprehensive data-backed glimpses into the changing threat environment, based on 238 sources in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.  

The data is clear: While violence overall has decreased from the height of armed clashes between former Afghan government forces and the Taliban between May and August 2021, there has been a marked shift in violence against women, journalists, and educators that was simply not there under the previous government’s rule. Women have been forced to cover their faces and all but forbidden from public space. The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan (ISKP) has launched several high-profile terrorist attacks, fueling ethnic and religious tensions. Other trends in the data reveal a worrying rise in violence against former Afghan government forces, recently confirmed by the New York Times, and intense infighting between various Taliban factions and interests.  

These factors present significant risks for renewed conflict in Afghanistan and the region, and underscore two important points. First, it is critical to continue data collection efforts despite the risks in order to accurately and independently assess violent trends under Taliban rule. Second, tracking trends on terrorist threats in Afghanistan may provide one of the only sources of credible information on resurgent terrorist activity, particularly transnational terrorist groups that already have an established foothold in the region, such as al-Qaida, the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), and Central Asian terrorist groups.    

During the reporting period, APW recorded hundreds of incidents related to bombings, assassinations, abductions, and other forms of violence perpetrated by the Taliban and other terrorist groups. Using its exhaustive local networks and social media monitoring, APW is also working to map the leadership and interlinkages between these terrorist groups as they swap loyalties and engage in intense infighting, leading to new terrorist agendas and greater risks for the entire region.

Between August 2021 and March 2022, APW and ACLED recorded 33 incidents of Taliban infighting. Highly successful efforts made by the Taliban during their campaign last year to co-opt key actors in the north and other non-traditional Taliban strongholds seem particularly tenuous now, as there are inadequate spoils of war to placate these actors and their patronage networks. The Taliban government has coalesced around its real centers of gravity — the southern Kandahari leadership, the notorious eastern Haqqani network, and the emerging Ghazni-led intelligence apparatus — leaving little space for other ethnic and minority groups.

In the last few months alone, at least six new armed opposition groups have been announced opposing Taliban rule, many made up of former Afghan security forces (ANDSF) left behind and continually targeted for retribution by the Taliban, despite the general amnesty announced last year.

While the National Resistance Front (NRF) was the first group to engage in armed resistance against the Taliban under the leadership of the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud in Panjshir, several former ANDSF groups have also been more recently announced, including the Afghanistan Freedom Front (AFF) and the Pashtun-led Afghanistan Liberation Movement (ALM), demonstrating wide ranging and multiethnic opposition to the Taliban, including from within the Pashtun majority. 

Between Taliban infighting, the plethora of emerging armed opposition groups, and the ever-changing terrorist landscape, violence in Afghanistan is set to rise with the fast-approaching summer fighting season. As the Taliban fail to placate their rank and file, or deliver on basic governance, the façade of a strong and united Taliban that governed effectively from the shadows is likely to dissipate. The reduction in violence visible in the data between September and December last year, interpreted by some as implicit evidence of local support for the Taliban, may be short lived. 

Afghanistan fatigue remains high among international donors as fraught evacuation efforts and an impasse over girls’ access to education continue to dominate diplomatic overtures to the Taliban. The horrific events unfolding in Ukraine, which pose a direct and immediate threat to NATO, have also, understandably, diverted attention away from Afghanistan.

But just like the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the collapse of the Soviet Union before that, history suggests that when the international community abandons Afghanistan, violence and extremism tend to simmer before they explode onto the international stage. The question now is has the international community learned its lesson or are we doomed to repeat the same mistake in Afghanistan again?

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Afghans chasing down Pashtun Hamdullah Moheb, former deputy chief of staff to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, on the streets of London while shopping in exclusive shops and being protected by security guards. The man chasing Moheb asks him how his new luxury mansion is:

 

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