Major operations ‘Khalid’ to be launched soon to retake lost areas

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will launch a major counter-terrorism operation under the name of Khalid to retake the lost areas.

The Minister of Interior Taj Mohammad Jahid informed regarding the plan as was he was briefing the lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga.

Jahid was among the three top security officials summoned regarding the recent security incidents and deteriorating security situation.


Taliban Attack On Takhar’s District Pushed Back

Lieutenant Gen. Sher Aziz Kamawal said a group of militants attacked the district governor’s office and set fire to parts of the building.

A group of Taliban militants attacked the district governor’s office in Takhar’s Khwaja Bahawuddin district on Thursday night and set fire to the district building, sources from the province said.

However, the commander of north-eastern police zone, Lieutenant General Sher Aziz Kamawal said in a statement on Friday that a group of militants attacked the district governor’s office and set fire to parts of the building.
Kamawal said the militants were pushed back by security forces after they arrived at the area.


Noor says will soon decide to resign as Balkh governor

The provincial governor of the northern Balkh province Ata Mohammad Noor has said he will soon decided regarding his resignation as the governor of the province.

Noor described the motive behind his likely decision as the major political activities he has eyed for the future, including the upcoming elections.
Speaking a ceremony in Mazar-e-Sharif city on the eve of Nowruz, Noor thanked President Mohammad Ashraf Ghan for trusting him to once again assume charge as the governor of Balkh.


Karzai: Afghanistan Would Be Used As Substrate to Shift Terrorism into Russia

The former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai in a special Interview with ArianaNews said US wants to use Afghanistan as substrate to shift terrorism into Russia.

He said, “US wants to expand terrorism into Russia by using Afghanistan as substrate.”

Further he went on and demanded the Afghan government to change its foreign relations with the countries that means US should accept its failure in Afghanistan and leave the country; Afghan government should choose Russia, China, India and Iran as allies for ending war in Afghanistan.

“National Unity Government (NUG) should hold clear stance against USA and have United States government to fulfill its commitments specially the exceed of Pakistan, help Afghanistan with reality, or else United States of America should sit aside, and leave us alone so that we could stabilize Afghanistan with the regional countries, Russia, China cooperation.” Former President Hamid Karzai said.


China Signs Accord To Start Building 1,400 Apartments

Afghanistan’s Minister of Urban Development and Housing Sayed Saadat Mansour Naderi and the Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Yao Jing on Thursday signed a contract for construction to start on 1,400 apartments in Kabul.

China will fund construction of 10,000 apartments in total with the initial phase totaling 1,400, said Naderi during the signing ceremony.

It is believed that construction work on the apartment buildings will start within two months and that the first phase will be finished in about two years.

The Chinese government has pledged to provide two billion Chinese Yuan (about $300 million USD) for the entire project.


24 people arrested over deadly Kabul hospital attack

24 people have been arrested in connection with Kabul military hospital attack, including Afghan generals, the Defense ministry said Wednesday.

Addressing a news conference in Kabul, Gen. Helaluddin Helal, the deputy minister of defense for strategic and intelligence affairs said that the arrests were for a variety of charges, including negligence, incompetence, and complicity.

Helal Revealed the findings of a preliminary investigation into the March 8 attack on the Sardar Mohammad Khan hospital in Kabul.

The Defense officials admitted that at least 50 people were killed in the attack that claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

The attack involved five terrorists, one of whom detonated explosive-packed car and four others entered, Helal said.


U.S. lawmakers: Trump must treat Afghanistan with urgency

President Trump and his administration must treat Afghanistan with the same urgency as the fight against the Islamic State, two U.S. lawmakers have said.

The urge was made by John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the committee, in an opinion article published on Washington Post on Tuesday.

Citing call by commander of international forces in Afghanistan who described situation a stalemate, the senators said that the stalemate could slide into strategic failure if Trump doesn’t treat Afghanistan with urgency.

“Make no mistake: Afghans are fighting ferociously to defend their country from our common enemies. At the same time, we must recognize the United States is still at war in Afghanistan against the terrorist enemies who attacked our nation on Sept.11 and their ideological heirs. We must act accordingly,” they said in the article.


Trump Gives CIA Go-Ahead for Drone Strikes

U.S President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) new authority to launch drone strikes against suspected insurgents, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Monday.

The move would be a change from the policy of former U.S President Barack Obama’s administration of limiting the CIA’s paramilitary role, the newspaper reported, citing a U.S official.

The new authority represents a strong shift from the standard practice to date which was that the CIA could deploy drones and other intelligence resources to locate suspected terrorists where-after the military would conduct the actual strike.


Ata Mohammad Noor apologizes for supporting Abdullah in elections

The provincial governor of the northern Balkh province and a prominent political figure heading the influential Jamiat-e-Islami party has apologized for supporting Abdullah Abdullah during the 2014 presidential elections.

He accused the Chief Executive of the unity government for supporting a specific circle around him and announced to halt cooperation with the Chief Executive Office.

Noor was one of the main supporters of Abdullah Abdullah during the controversial presidential elections in 2014 and played a key role in both the first round of the elections and during the run-off elections.


Taliban stones woman to death, whips man over adultery in Badakhshan

The Taliban insurgents have stoned a woman to death but left the man after whipping him over adultery in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. (Photo: File Photo)
According to the local officials, the incident took place in the remote and restive district of Wardoj.

The district administrative chief Dawlat Mohammad Khawar confirmed the incident and said the woman was stoned to death after she faced a trial openly along with the man from the Taliban insurgents.

This is not the first time the Taliban insurgents have public tried and executed women over adultery and other charges in Badakhshan.