Abdullah: Fight against terrorism needs to continue in Afghanistan

Afghan Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah has warned that the fight against terrorism needs to continue in Afghanistan; otherwise, the scope of this horror will also reach the United States.

“Fight should be continued against terrorism in Afghanistan. Those terror groups who are fighting in our country now are fighting against you all. I must say that the terrorist groups are supported in the region and have secure hideouts in the region,” CE, Abdullah said during his speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in U.S.

Abdullah called the U.S. new strategy toward Afghanistan effective and emphasized that the policy can bring Taliban group to the negotiation table.

“Part of the US strategy toward south Asia and Afghanistan, the political element aim is that those forces which are fighting against the government and people of Afghanistan will be persuaded to come to the negotiation table,” CE said.

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Mohaqiq expresses concern over increasing Daesh activities, displacement

Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq has expressed his concerns regarding the expansion of Daesh militants activities in northern provinces of Afghanistan.

“Daesh and its branches have intensified its activities in Afghanistan and it has caused widespread concerns among the people of Afghanistan,” Mohaqiq who was speaking in a seminar on migration in Kabul said.

He stated that the extremist group is widely active in Faryab, Jawzjan, and Sar-e-Pul provinces.

In addition , he said disagreements within the government, discrimination and nepotism are the main reasons behind insecurities and fleeing from the country.

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18 Killed In Kabul City Exlosion

An explosive device, possibly a car bomb, was detonated outside a restaurant near Lab-e-Jar square in Kabul’s PD4 shortly after 1.30pm on Thursday killing at least 18 people.

Security sources said eight policemen along with 10 civilians were killed outside a restaurant in Khair Khana where a number of high-ranking Jamiat-e-Islami officials had gathered.

TOLOnews reporter Massoud Ansar said according to security sources at least 10 others were wounded.

Ambulances immediately converged on the scene and security forces cordoned off the area.
Eyewitnesses said at least three cars were also destroyed in the incident and surrounding buildings sustained some damage.

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Mattis upbeat on NATO adding troops to Afghanistan

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis appears optimistic that NATO allies and partner nations will add troops in Afghanistan to help train and assist local forces.

“Right now, I’d say there’s somewhere approximately two-dozen NATO allies and partner countries that are leaning towards raising the number of troops, now that’s out of 39 total countries on the battlefield, so it’s a little over two dozen,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.

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VP Dostum to ‘return home within a week’

First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum will return to Afghanistan within a week, after being in Turkey for medical checks-up, officials said on Tuesday.

Dostum left for Turkey in May for medical treatment amid accusations of ordering his security guards to torture and rape a political rival, Ahmad Ishchi.

“We are optimistic that that Gen. Dostum return to Kabul within the end of this month and will continue his efforts in the power- sharing government,” said the Vice President’s Spokesman, Basir Ahmad Tayenj.

It said that Dostum will announce the formation of “Coalition for Salvation of Afghanistan” after returning to Kabul. Some lawyers believe there is no any legal issue in front of Vice-President Dostum to do not return to his homeland.

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Ex-president Hamid Karzai accuses U.S. of working with ISIL in Afghanistan

Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan, has accused the United States of working with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in his country.

In an interview with Al Jazeera TV, Karzai said the US government had allowed Daesh to flourish inside Afghanistan.

“In my view under the full presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh [ISIL] has emerged,” he said. “And for two years the Afghan people came, cried loud about their suffering, of violations. Nothing was done.”

According to Karzai, the US administration under President Donald Trump made Daesh an excuse to drop a massive bomb in Afghanistan on April 2017. But, Karzai said, the very next day Daesh took over another district of Afghanistan.

“That proves to us that there is a hand in it and that hand can be no one else but them [the US] in Afghanistan.”

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Afghan Forces Launch ‘Palang Sahra’ Operation in Ghazni

Afghan security forces have launched clearing operations in some areas of southern Ghazni province against militants, officials said Tuesday.

The operation named “Palang Sahra” or Desert Leopard was started in Dehyak district of the province since yesterday, the Provincial Governor’s Spokesman, Mohammad Arif Noori said.

At least 12 Taliban militants were killed and 16 other members of the group were wounded in the operation, he said. “The areas which were under the threat of armed oppositions being cleared,” he added.

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Suicide attack kills a businessman in Mazar-e-Sharif city

At least one killed and two injured in a suicide attack in Mazar-e-Sharif City, the capital of northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, police official said Thursday.

The explosion took place early this morning while Haji Ghani Marmuli, a well-known businessman and tribal elder, was going to a restaurant for breakfast in Darwaze Shadian area, General Baba Jan the commander of 707 Pamir Police Zone in the north told Ariana News.

According to the police official two more people were also injured in the incident including a bodyguard of the businessman.

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TV Employees Back At Work Soon After Attack

Journalists and other employees from Shamshad TV Network in Kabul said on Tuesday afternoon that despite being in a state of shock, following the attack on their compound earlier in the day, they went back on air as they were committed to their work and to promoting freedom of speech in war-torn Afghanistan.

At least one employee of the network was killed and 20 others wounded in a coordinated attack by militants on Tuesday morning.

Many families gathered outside Kabul hospitals searching for their relatives employed at the TV station. Among them was a woman who said her daughter worked in the dubbing department.

“When I picked him (one of the guards) up, his pocket was torn… We took him to the car; he asked for water. We took him to the hospital,” said Bismillah Amiri, a cameraman.

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Baghlanis stage protest, reject elderly governor

Hundreds of residents of northern Baghlan province on Monday staged a protest demonstration against the governor, calling him incompetent.

The demonstrators held a protest gathering in Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital, saying the current governor was an elderly man and unable to govern or administer the province.

They demanded a young and eligible governor for the province who could address people’s problems.

Ahmad Javed, one of the protestors, slammed the current governor as “inefficient person”, who had not yet served the province and should be replaced with an eligible person.

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