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At least five people were injured after Taliban militants stormed the house a local Police commander in Paktia province on Saturday.
The spokesman of Paktia governor, Abdullah Hasrat told Reporterly that a clash took place between Afghan forces and militants in the Shagai village of the Aryob Zazi district.
According to Hasrat, five people including three local police, two civilians including a girl were wounded in the incident.
He further added that the Police commander has not been hurt in the incident.
At least seven civilians were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in eastern Paktika province on Saturday, officials confirmed.
The spokesman of Paktika Police, Shah Mahmoud Aryan told Reporterly, “The incident took place in Sultan area of Sarozi district when a Saracha type vehicle hits a road-side bomb.”
Aryan noted that that four of those killed in the bombing were members of same family.
According to the official, the bomb had been planted by the Taliban. Taliban have not commented regarding the incident so far.
US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad says US supports a political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan, and that a reduction in violence is necessary to bring about a lasting peace.
Khalilzad visited Kabul from October 26 to October 28 and from October 29 to November 1 and met the National Unity Government leaders, US embassy in Kabul has said in a statement.
He briefed the Afghan government on his recent consultations with allies, partners and other countries in the region, the statement said.
He also met with former officials, members of civil society, and the religious community to brief them and to hear their views on the peace process, according to the statement.
United States Chargé d’Affaires John Ginkel, and Colenel Shohiyon Abdusattor, Deputy Commander of Tajikistan’s Border Guard Forces, participated in the opening ceremony for the Okultun border outpost, constructed for the Border Forces under the State Committee of National Security of the Republic of Tajikistan.
As per akipress report, the cost of the construction project was funded and implemented by the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan’s Office of Military Cooperation, with a cost of $900,000.
The border outpost provides the Border Forces with increased capacity to consistently monitor and patrol the border with Afghanistan in the Shahritus region of Khatlon province.
The facility will significantly increase the Border Forces’ ability to monitor and interdict illegal border crossings across a15-20 kilometer range, and counter transnational threats such as narco-traffickers, smugglers, and violent extremists.
The U.S. Embassy has supported the construction and renovation of 9 border outposts and 2 detachments along the Tajik-Afghan border with the goal of strengthening Tajikistan’s border security.
The U.S. government has provided more than $100 million in assistance to strengthen Tajikistan’s border security since 2005.
The United States has partnered with Tajikistan for 27 years and has provided more than $1.8 billion in development and assistance through programs that support Tajikistan’s private sector, agriculture, health, education, democratic institutions, and security.
The Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday addressed the 18th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s 2019 Council of Heads of Governments in Tashkent.
Abdullah emphasized that the regional stability depends on Afghanistan’s peace and they need to work together and constructively to resolve the region’s shared challenges to find a solution for ending the war.
“We are making efforts for strengthening national consensus on peace and we hope that all regional and international stakeholders who support the peace (process) will work together in this respect,” Abdullah said.
“We believe that through regional cooperation and thoughtful integration, not only will we identify and seize new opportunities for development and growth across our vast and rich region, but we can also overcome the structural impediments and deal with common challenges,” he added.
Abdullah declared that Afghanistan is on the frontline of fight against international terrorism and Afghan forces are fighting terror groups which are shared threat to the world especially the region.
“Afghanistan was fighting war against terrorism with the support of regional countries and other international friends with huge human and financial sacrifices,” he stated.
He appreciated the United States, Russia, European Union, Uzbekistan, China and other countries’ cooperation in Afghanistan’s peace process.
The Chief Executive noted that Afghan participation in the presidential election despite threats by Daesh and the Taliban was “a step forward towards achieving peace in Afghanistan.”
He mentioned that successful regional cooperation experiences are critical for advancing social and economic development objectives and for generating wealth, assuring stability and long-term peace.
“It is in this context that we consider the SCO as a unique regional platform for converging ideas, policies and projects on regional issues including trade, infrastructure development, counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism,” he added.
At least 11 people, including two security personnel, were injured when a blast rocked the capital of northern Baghlan province on Saturday, provincial police spokesman Jawed Basharat said.
“The explosion occurred next to the provincial police chief department in Pul-e-Khumri city at 08:40 a.m. local time, wounding 11 people, including two security personnel and nine civilians,” Basharat said.
Without providing more details, the official said an investigation had been initiated on the incident.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Omar Wardak, the head of provincial hospital in Pul-e-Khumri city, said the wounded had been taken to the hospital for treatment.
At least nine school children were killed and another one injured in an explosion in Darqad district of Takhar province, local officials confirmed.
The children were on their way to school when the incident took place, Abdul Khalil Aseer, spokesman of Takhar Police said.
Takhar police say Taliban maintains a strong presence in the district.
However, the militant group did not immediately comment on the bombing.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) arrested a group of seven kidnappers in the capital Kabul and rescued two individuals from their captivity, a statement from the spy agency said Saturday.
The statement from NDS received by Reporterly said the kidnappers were arrested during an operation from Ghara Bagh district of Kabul.
Three Kalashnikovs were also seized from the kidnappers, the statement said.
It further added that one of the freed individuals is one of the money exchangers in Kabul city named Alam Zib who was kidnapped last week from Kabul-Parwan highway.
Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has met with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states on the sidelines of 18th SCO summit in Uzbekistan.
The Chief Executive Office in a statement said, Abdullah held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin.
At the meeting, the sides focused on the economic and investment cooperation between Kazakhstan and Afghanistan, participation of Kazakhstani business in the development of energy, construction, agriculture, mining, transport as well as oil and gas industry.
According to the statement, the sides agreed to develop dialogue on the most topical issues of bilateral and regional cooperation.
As part of his visit to Tashkent, the Chief Executive met with Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Muhamedkaliy Abilgaziyev and discussed prospect of bilateral cooperation.
“Afghanistan calls for develop of relations at various levels with Kyrgyzstan. Peace talks are Afghanistan’s top priority and we strongly believe that by establishing peace, economic relations will develop between all countries in the region, especially South and Central Asia,” CE said at the meeting.
The statement further added that the Chief Executive also met with the Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev and first Vice-President of Iran, Eshaq Jahangiri and talked about the peace in the regional countries.
Serial entrepreneur, CEO and President of Digital Citizen Fund, digital Citizen Brew and EdyEdy is among the Silicon Valley Forum’s 22nd Annual Visionaries.
As per Wasdam report, the awardees will be honored on February 6th, 2020 at Domenico Winery in San Carlos, California.
Since 1997, Silicon Valley Forum – a 36-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to the global technology and startup community – has devoted a singular evening each year to exceptional technology and business leaders: “movers, shakers, and innovative history-makers who have pioneered innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Silicon Valley Forum CEO Denyse Cardozo.
This year’s honorees join a roster of 101 previous Visionary Award recipients, including Bill Gates, Anne Wojcicki, and Reid Hoffman, to name a few.
Roya’s work is focused on digital literacy to bridge the gap between education and the job markets. Digital Citizens Fund has 14,000 graduates from its 13 IT Centers and has incubated ten female startups.
Roya is currently in development with the Afghan government to build STEM schools in Afghanistan to unlock new opportunities for the inclusion of female entrepreneurs in hard to reach places using airspace and blockchain technology.
Roya is also the champion and coach of the world-renowned Afghan Girls Robotics Team, the Afghan Dreamers, who are inspiring a nation to see the potential of girls differently.
Roya was named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2013, and received the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, The Advancement of Gender Equality through Education Award, Young Leader of World Economic Forum, the prestigious Presidential Leadership Scholarship, GSB Stanford Alumni and is a founding Leader of The NewNow, a group of rising global leaders tackling global challenges.
The danger of terrorism spilling from Afghanistan into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states persists, especially amid the strengthening of the Afghan wing of the Daesh, the First Deputy Chief of the Russian Government Staff, Sergei Prikhodko said.
“The danger of spilling of terrorist threat, extremism, illegal drug turnover and transnational organised crime from Afghanistan’s territory to SCO countries remains relevant, especially in the light of the strengthening of the Islamic State’s Afghan wing,” Prikhodko told reporters ahead of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Tashkent for attending the SCO Heads of Government Council (HGC) meeting.
The SCO member states are China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
As per Sputnik news agency report, Prikhodko noted that there were up to 10,000 Daesh terrorists operating in Afghanistan.
The official insisted that the normalization of the situation in Afghanistan was significant not only for Central Asia but Eurasia as a whole.
The international organization supported the Afghan authorities’ efforts to restore peace and develop the country’s economy, Prikhodko noted, underscoring the importance of a peace process for the Afghanistan crisis settlement.