Newsfeed; Sunday, December 27 2020

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


  • 27 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Nine Civilians Killed During Past Five Days: AIHRC

    The initial results of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) show that since the second day of winter season, at least nine civilians have been killed and two others have been injured IED blasts and armed attacks.

    The Human Rights Commission said in a statement released on Sunday that a number of civilians had been killed and wounded in separate incidents of bombings and armed attacks in the provinces of Khost, Kapisa, Kandahar and Kabul.

    According to the statement, AIHRC considers the killing of civilians to be forbidden, condemned and criminalized from the point of view of religious, legal and human rights.

    According to the Human Rights Commission, perpetrators of war crimes are responsible in every situation, time and place.

    The commission called on the government to ensure the rights and security of the people.

    The commission also called on the United Nations, the international community, religious scholars and Islamic countries to use their influence to support the human rights of the Afghan people and to put pressure on them to end the violence.

    In recent days, there has been an increase in landmines and magnetic explosions, as well as armed attacks in various parts of the country, including Kabul.

  • 27 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Ministry of Health Reports 160 New Cases of COVID-19

    The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday reported 160 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 1,593 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

    The ministry also reported 12 deaths and 319 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

    The cumulative number of total cases is now 52,007 the number of total reported deaths is 2,170 and the total number of recoveries is 41,331.

    The new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Takhar, Nangarhar, Paktia, Baghlan, Badghis, wardak, Laghman, Kunar, Khost, Faryab, Noorestan and Panjshir provinces.

  • 27 Dec 2020 Share this post

    HCNR Chairman Met President Ghani, Discussed Next Round of Peace Talks

    President Ashraf Ghani met with the chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Abdullah Abdullah at the Presidential Palace today.

    Arg in a statement said that Dr.Abdullah Abdullah briefed President Ghani on the second meeting of the leadership Committee of the High Council for National Reconciliation and discussed the location and timing of the next round of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

    According to the statement, President Ghani said that the Government of Afghanistan will work with the Afghan Peace Process Support Group to advance the next round of peace talks.

    This comes as Dr. Abdullah at the second meeting of HCNR said the intra-Afghan talks will resume on Jan,5 of 2021.

  • 27 Dec 2020 Share this post

    One Police Killed in a Clash with Uprising Forces in Faryab

    Local officials in Faryab province say at least one police was killed after a clash erupted between Police and the uprising forces in Qaisar district.

    The spokesman of Faryab Police, Abdul Karim Yourish said that the clash took place in the center of Qaisar district on Saturday.

    According to Yourish, one of the uprising forces was also wounded in the clash.

    Yourish noted that the clash between the uprising forces and police in Qaisar district was occurred as a result of personal animosity and that the two sides had a verbal clash earlier.

  • 27 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Man Assassinated in Herat City

    Security sources in Herat province say a 45-year-old man has been assassinated in the center Herat city.

    Abdul Ahad Valizada, a spokesman for the Herat Police said that the man had been killed by two gunmen on 64-meter public road at around 9:30 a.m. this morning.

    Valizada also said the attackers had fled the area after killing the man. He stressed that a police investigation has been launched regarding the incident.

    This comes as the target killings and assassinations have recently increased in Afghanistan provinces.

  • 27 Dec 2020 Share this post

    No Foreign Nationals Detained During Operation in Khair Khana Area of Kabul: Saleh

    A day after the search operation in the Khair khana area of Kabul, Amrullah Saleh, the first Vice President, said that no foreign nationals had been detained during the search operation in the area, but that those arrested were “alleged” under “interrogation.”

    Amrullah Saleh said on Sunday that a number of detainees in yesterday’s operation were involved in kidnappings and assassinations.

    Saleh added that two other people were also detained while transporting a magIED mine to Kabul.

    According to him, “targeting the soft section of society, ie civil activists, journalists and experts, is part of the 11-point Taliban plan, which seeks to weaken the will of the people in defense of values. Of course, this campaign of terror and ignorance will not bring strategic achievement to the Taliban except through scandal and hatred.”

    Regarding the 6am meetings, the first Vice President said that their assessments of “strengths and weaknesses” in the third and second tier of leadership in the institutions that are members of these meetings have continued and have not yet been completed.

    He cited that in the assassination of Yousef Rashid, the head of FEFA, a motorcycle with two occupants was used, so the stopping of two-passenger motorcycles has intensified since yesterday.

    Saleh pointed out that nearly eight hundred two-passenger motorcycles have been stopped and it is hoped that standard motorcycles will be used.

    Amrullah Saleh stressed that he had learned from the negotiating team at a meeting of the High Reconciliation Council yesterday: “Taliban does not believe in a peaceful and cohesive life with the new Afghanistan. The Doha agreement has created false self-confidence for the seeker. “The institutions that can tell the Taliban that they have made a mistake are the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Interior, the General Directorate of National Security, and other government organs.”

    The first vice president added that talks should continue to find a peaceful solution to the Afghan crisis, but that the solution does not lie on Qatar and Doha alone.

    According to him, strengthening the capacity and efficiency of the government will pave the way to peace.

    Searching operation in Kabul’s Khair Khana area Following the recent increase in insecurity of the capital, yesterday police forces in 315 and the new project Khair Khana areas blocked all avenues.

    Kabul police later confirmed to Reporterly that the forces had been deployed to the area to carry out special tasks.

    Although there were initial reports that security forces had launched an operation to prevent rocket attacks in the area, it was rumored on social media at the end of the day that security forces had arrested a number of “Chinese spies” from the area.

  • 27 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Iranian Intelligence Ministry Rejects Rumors Against Afghan Nationals in Iran

    Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has issued a statement rejecting that it has published warnings to Afghan nationals living in Iran.

    As per the Tehran Times report, the statement said that there have been rumors and stories circulating on social media against Afghan nationals in Iran that intend to create panic and fear among them.

    “The Ministry of Intelligence has not released such stories,” the statement said.

    The statement also underlined that the only source of news for the ministry is the Center for Public Relations and Information and any kind of news, statements, and warnings will be solely published through the ministry’s website.

  • 27 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Trump Says Afghanistan Has ‘Far More Secure’ Elections

    US President Donald Trump has complained that the 2020 presidential election had been “the election of a third world country.

    “A young military man working in Afghanistan told me that elections in Afghanistan are far more secure and much better run than the USA’s 2020 Election,” Trump tweeted, adding, “Ours, with its millions and millions of corrupt Mail-In Ballots, was the election of a third world country. Fake President!”

    WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 26: President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on Thanksgiving on November 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump had earlier made the traditional call to members of the military stationed abroad through video teleconference. (Photo by Erin Schaff – Pool/Getty Images)

    Trump also called out the Supreme Court, claiming that it was “totally incompetent and weak on the massive Election Fraud that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election.”

    Trump also claimed to have absolute proof of the fraud, saying that the court had refused to look at it.

    “If we have corrupt elections, we have no country!” he added.