Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…
US President Donald Trump in a tweet on Saturday reiterated that the United States’ “endless wars” must end, indirectly referring to American forces’ presence in Afghanistan which is about to complete its two decades.
Trump has made similar remarks on many occasions over the past few months, including a rally of his supporters last week, where he said the US troops were supposed to be in Afghanistan for a short period of time, but “we’re now going to be there for close to 19 years” and “it’s time to bring them home.”
Early September, Trump called off negotiations with the Taliban, and subsequently said the talks with the group are “dead.”
Trump made the decisions after the Taliban admitted to an attack that killed at least 11 people, including a US soldier in Kabul.
Mohammad Hanif Hanafi, a senator representing Uruzgan province in the Upper House said that Kabul police detained him for four hours.
Speaking at Senate general meeting, Hanafi said that police detained him for four hours in PD5 Kabul city on Thursday over checking his weapon’s license card and vehicle registration plate.
He noted that the police had beaten up his guard. Senate members reacted to the remarks of Mohammad Hanif Hanafi and while emphasizing that law should be enforced on all criticized the violent inspections.
They also emphasized that the Ministry of Interior (MoI) is responsible for issuing weapon’s license card and vehicle registration plate for members of senate but failed to arrange and distribute them on a timely basis.
Meanwhile, Senate Speaker Fazl Hadi Muslimyar condemned police action in the case as insulting and added that he will raise the issue with MoI officials.
The claim comes after two MPs were engaged in a clash with police after their vehicles were stopped in PD 9 of the city.
The parliament held extraordinary meeting during night with MPs questioning the acting interior minister for the police action.
The Afghan Minister of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan Ajmal Ahmadi leading a high level delegation met with President of Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company (SOCAR) Rovnag Abdullayev.
Both sides have discussed the role of oil and gas cooperation in developing Azerbaijan-Afghanistan economic relations.
The meeting also focused on the role of Azerbaijan’s oil products in Afghanistan’s fuel market over the recent years.
Minister Ahmadi highlighted the current situation on Afghanistan’s fuel market.
He expressed Afghanistan’s interest in raising cooperation with SOCAR in order to diversify sources of import.
At least 12 Taliban fighters have been arrested in Balkh province, army officials confirmed.
209 Shaheen Corps in a statement said that 12 insurgents were detained in a raid of Afghan National Army Special Units in Arzan Kar area, Chakar Bolak district of Balkh at around 11:30 MP Saturday.
The statement noted that the operation was carried out on a hideout of Taliban group.
Some military equipment of Taliban group were also seized by the forces, the statement added.
Local officials said that Taliban group have killed a prosecutor in Dolana village, Charikar city of Parwan.
The provincial governor’s spokesperson, Wahida Shahkar told Reporterly that the prosecutor of appeal court of Parwan, Mohammad Haq Parast was killed by unknown people on Saturday at around 05:00 PM.
He was killed while he was attending a party in the village, according to Shahkar.
She added that police investigation is underway and no one has been arrested in connection to the incident so far.Taliban group in a tweet claimed the responsibility of the killing.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has urged the Afghan authorities to safeguard, complete the election, and to protect the integrity of the process, especially with regard to tabulating and announcing the results.
“All Afghan authorities and actors – including the Independent Election Commission (IEC), the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), political parties, the government, candidates and their supporters – must demonstrate their commitment to safeguard and complete the election”, UNAMA said in a press release.
According to the press release, UNAMA called on IEC and ECC to ensure all stakeholders understand the tally process, including by explaining the process in clear and definitive terms.
“All stakeholders to have an accurate understanding of the tallying process before making comments and all stakeholders share responsibility for the credibility of the elections”, it said.
The press release added that the UN has taken note that the Afghan electoral authorities have put in place numerous anti-fraud measures to ensure transparency, and encourages observer organizations, political parties, candidates and voters to play an active, informed and constructive role to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process as votes are tallied.
It emphasized that any citizen suspecting or witnessing fraud has a civic obligation to file a complaint with the relevant Afghan authorities, especially the Electoral Complaints Commission.
“Where credible allegations are made, Afghan law enforcement agencies should investigate expeditiously and, where appropriate, detain and prosecute those responsible.”
The United States has hailed FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, for slapping a five-year ban on a former senior official of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) for failing to act on sexual abuse allegations brought by the country’s female players.
“Survivors of sexual abuse deserve justice & we look to Afghan authorities to ensure accused officials are held accountable,” Alice Wells, acting U.S. assistant secretary for south and central Asia, tweeted Saturday.
World football’s governing body said Sayed Aghazada, the former general secretary of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), “was aware of this abuse and had the duty to report and prevent it.”
Aghazada was the AFF general secretary during the tenure of former president Keramuudin Karim, who earlier this year was given a lifetime ban by FIFA following allegations he sexually abused female players on the Afghanistan national team.
Karim was “guilty of having abused his position and sexually abused various female players,” according to FIFA. It also fined him 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million).
Aghazada is an executive committee member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) — the region’s governing body — having only been elected to a four-year term in April.
At least 16 IS-K terrorists related to Khorasan branch of the group have been killed in Nangarhar province, security officials confirmed.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) deputy spokesperson, Fawad Aman said that 16 IS-K terrorists were killed in an airstrike in Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar province.
Meanwhile, the Nangarhar governor’s office in a statement said that 12 members of Taliban red unit were killed as a result of aerial and artillery attacks carried out in Tanga Wazir region of Khogyani district.
The statement added that 3 vehicles of Taliban group were also destroyed in the operation.
Afghan National and Defenses Security Forces (ANDSF) have retaken the control of Shahr-e Kuhna of Yangi Qala district in Takhar after 4 years and 6 months, security officials said.
Takhar police chief, Sayed Marajuddin Sadat confirmed the news and noted that Shahr-e Kuhna which was one of the main hideouts and center of the Taliban group was recaptured by security forces.
He noted that during the operation five villages including Shahr-e Kunha were cleared of Taliban insurgents.
According to Takhar police chief, 10 Taliban insurgents were killed and 8 others injured in the operation.
US President Donald Trump has said that the White House was reviewing the case of a Green Beret who has been charged with murder in the death of an alleged Afghan bomb-maker.
“The case of Major Mathew Golsteyn is now under review at the White House,” Trump tweeted. “Mathew is a highly decorated Green Beret who is being tried for killing a Taliban bombmaker.”
“We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!” he added.
Trump’s tweet came shortly after the case was highlighted during a segment on “Fox & Friends Weekend” that featured the Green Beret’s mother, Nancy Golsteyn, and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), who has advocated for military personnel who have been accused of crimes.
Golsteyn, a decorated Special Forces officer, admitted during a CIA polygraph test in 2011 that he had killed an unarmed Afghan during a 2010 deployment, after a tribal leader said the man was a bomb-maker who had killed two Marines.
Since then, he’s been on legal hold that has kept him from retiring from the Army. The Army revoked his Special Forces qualification and a Silver Star he earned during that deployment due to the investigation, according to Army Times.
The district governor of Jaghato district of Wardak province, Raz Mohammad was assassinated in Kabul, Local officials of Wardak province confirmed.
Maidan Wardak governor’s office said that the district governor of Jaghato district of the province was killed yesterday in PD6 of Kabul city.
Raz Mohammad was killed while he was attending a workshop organized for district governors in Kabul, the governor office added.
Meanwhile, Taliban group in a statement claimed responsibility for the killing.
A policeman linked to the Taliban group has killed three of his fellow police officers at a checkpoint in northern Balkh province, a local official said.
Mohammad Yusouf Olamzada, Dawlat Abad district chief, said the attacker has joined insurgents in the area after killing his colleagues the previous night near the district headquarters.
Olamzada declared that the policeman fled taking all weapons and ammunitions at the checkpoint with him.
In the meantime, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesperson, claimed the assault and said the attacker had joined the Taliban.