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Local officials reported the killing of 10 IS-K terrorists in Kunar province.
As a result of night raid conducted on Wednesday night by NDS Special Forces in Angor area in Watapur district, according to initial reports 10 IS-K terrorists were killed, Abdul Ghani Mosamam provincial governor spokesman told Reporterly on Thursday.
Mosamam further added that, an ammunition and weapons cache and an important center of the group were demolished in the operation.
A number of arms, explosive materials were also seized by NDS forces, as per Mosamam.
Kunar is among the provinces in which IS-K group has active presence. On Wednesday, a commander of the group along with 14 of his subordinates joint the government.
Provincial officials have reported that 30 Taliban insurgents were killed and injured in Ghazni province.
Ghazni provincial press office said in a statement on Thursday that in special forces operation in Moshki area of Qarabagh district of the province, 17 insurgents were killed and 5 others were injured.
The statement further added that, the operation was carried out to provide security for Kabul-Kandahar highway and as a result 4 different types of weapons and 4 motorcycle of Taliban were confiscated by security forces and 18 mines were defused.
In another statement press office of the province said that in clashes of security forces in company area of Moqor district, 5 Taliban insurgents were killed and 5 others were injured.
The Ministry of Interior has reported the killing of ten Taliban insurgents including in charge of recruitment of the group in Logar province.
As a result of Police Special Forces operation in Shalok Babos village in surrounding of center of the province, Qari Raz Mohammad known as Moqadas, the in-charge of recruitment of Taliban insurgents in the province was killed along with 9 fighters of the group.
Two other important Taliban insurgents by the name of Seraj and Hamidullah, who played a key role in designing and organizing terrorist attacks on surrounding of the center of the province and other parts are also among killed in the operation, as per Interior Ministry.
Ministry of Interior added that a big number of weapons were seized and an ammunition cache, a vehicle, 4 motorcycle of insurgents were destroyed.
The Breshna company has announced that the head of company’s office in Kabul has been assaulted by unidentified men at his home.
“A number of powerful men broke into Engineer Abdul Ahad Barekzai, head of Breshna’s Kabul office late Wednesday night and beaten him up severely”, Breshna company said in a statement on Thursday.
Breshna further added that, according to the decision of company’s leadership to evacuate the property of the company, some people attributed the decision to Mr Barekzai and therefore assaulted him at his home.
Breshna asked security and justice departments to follow up the case.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday an Engineer of Breshna company was also assaulted by unknown individuals in Kabul.
The first meeting of the Group of Friends of Peace Processes was co-hosted this morning by the Afghan Mission at UN & Irish Mission at UN.
Afghan Ambassador Adela Raz met with Luis Alfondo de Alba, the Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit and discussed with him the potential of Afghanistan as an incubator for renewal energy and climate friendly technologies, as well as ways to attain technical expertise & funding to achieve this.
This GoF will serve as an experience sharing platform aimed at strengthening the efforts of Member States & the UN to prevent & resolve conflicts, as per the statement of Afghan Mission at UN.
“We are thankful for the presence of H.E. Former Prime Minister of Ireland, Bertie Ahern, who enlightened the Group of Friends’ meeting with his wealth of experience in conflict resolution evidenced by his role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process & other efforts around the world”, the statement said.
Pentagon has awarded a new contract to a U.S.-based firm in support of the Afghan Air Force’s C-130H aircraft fleet, as per a statement by the US Department of Defense.
The statement further added that “AAR Supply Chain Inc., doing business as AAR Defense Systems & Logistics, Wood Dale, Illinois, has been awarded a $209,986,676 ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for C-130H contractor logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force.”
Furthermore, the defense department said the contract will provide the Afghanistan Air Force with full C-130H contractor logistics support to include maintenance and repair, as well as on the job training for local Afghan nationals.
The defense department also added that this contract involves foreign military sales to Afghanistan.
West Yorkshire Police have launched an investigation into the trouble at the World Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Headingley, as per BBC.
Three arrests were made with two men being released without charge and one bailed pending further enquiries.
There were incidents of “disorder” before, during and after the game which Pakistan won by three wickets.
Police say the two games left to play at Headingley will now have an “enhanced police presence”.
Afghanistan play West Indies at the Leeds stadium on Thursday, with India’s game against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Videos on social media showed Pakistan and Afghanistan fans clashing outside the ground on Saturday and a group trying to break through the gates between the main road and the stadium.
Provincial officials have reported the continuation of Taliban attack on Kajran district of Daikundi and the killing and injuries of 13 security personnel in the assaults.
Speaking to Reporterly on Thursday, Sakina Ehsani, the spokesperson of Daikundi governor said that, Taliban insurgents attacked on security forces outposts around 2AM in the Monara area in the center of Kajran district.
Ms Ehsani added that, 7 security including National Army, National Police and Public Uprising Forces were killed and 6 others were injured in the Taliban attack.
The clashes are ongoing in area, according to Ehasni.
She stressed that, causalities were inflicted on Taliban in the clashes but there is no exact detail about it.
The spokesman of Daikundi governor attributed the causalities of security forces in the province to lack of necessary equipment to fight against Taliban.
Ms Ehsani emphasized that, Taliban attempts to collapse Kajran district and make a route to enter Ghor province and then north part of the country.
Daikundi is among the secure provinces of Afghanistan that in last two weeks Kajran district of the province witnessed heavy clashes of security forces and Taliban.
US Ambassador John Bass celebrated the US independence day on Wednesday and spoke about the US-Afghan relations in Kabul.
He talked about expecting the next few months to achieve a political settlement and successful elections, but said it will all come at a compromise.
“We can’t guarantee credible results from presidential elections, only you can do that. And we cannot, and will not, decide where and how you must be prepared to compromise with the Taliban, and where they must be prepared to compromise with you, to bring and end to this conflict”, Bass said.
He assured fhat Americans can, and will, remain Afghanistan’s friends and partners, “We look forward to continuing to work with everyone in this society dedicated to helping create an Afghanistan in which all its citizens have the opportunity to live in peace and dignity.”
He also said that Afghans have shown many times throughout history how committed they are to govern yourselves, free from foreign interference. Afghans bravely confronted and defeated the Soviet Union’s aggression.
“But I think most of you would agree that many of Afghanistan’s problems today come from within – from the inability of many Afghans to see your diversity as a strength; to find common ground and purpose supporting the national interest along with one’s community and family; and to be prepared to compromise and work together to benefit all Afghans”, he said.