Newsfeed; Thursday, September 12

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


  • 12 Sep 2019 Share this post

    Developing: Suicide Bomber Targets Commando Forces Base in Kabul

    A suicide bomber detonated his explosives in front of the gates of ANA Commando base in Rishkhor area of Chahr Asiab district of Kabul city, Afghan security officials said.

    The spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, Nasrat Rahimi confirmed the incident, saying the incident happened at around 12:50PM.

    Rahimi added that the number of casualties has not been clear so far.

    Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.

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    “Ashraf Ghani Meddles In The Functioning of IEC”: Stability & Partnership Team

    Stability and Partnership Electoral Team led by Dr. Abdullah said, that they possess documents from State-Builder which show that Ashraf Ghani meddles in the work of Electoral Commission and even some recent government appointments are linked to the upcoming election.

    Addressing a news conference in Kabul on Thursday, Ali Ahmad Osmani, head of Stability and Partnership Electoral Team said that president Ghani, the head of State-Builder Team appointed 6 people in the election commission, during election campaign.

    He added that Mr. Ghani has ignored the suggestion of Independent Election Commission regarding the appointment of IEC head of Kabul office.

    Mr Osmani claimed that, “The recent appointments made by Mr. Ghani have been based on electoral deals, and he has appointed his preferred person as head of IEC office in Kabul”.

    “Stability and Partnership team is fully prepared to go to the polls and is determined to take a stand against fraud and also prevent it”,Osmani said.

    He further emphasized that, they have documented numerous election-related violations by the State-Builder team and provided them to Election Complaints Commission.

    Meanwhile, Presidential Election are set to he held on 28th September in Afghanistan. The election will be held, despite the fact that 17 presidential candidates have yet not launched their election campaigns in a number of provinces.

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    Developing: Seven Security Forces Killed & Wounded in Taliban Suicide Attack

    At least seven security forces member were killed and wounded in a suicide attack in front of the gates of ANA Commando base in Rishkhor area of Chahr Asiab district of Kabul city, security officials confirmed.

    Fawad Aman, deputy spokesperson for Ministry of Defense said that a suicide attack happened in front of Special Forces base in Rishkhor area of Chahr Asiab district of Kabul city at around 1:00PM.

    He added that a suicide bomber exploded his van in front Special Forces base, resulting in killing 4 security forces members and injuring three others.

    Meanwhile, Taliban group claimed the responsibility of the attack.

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    Abandoning Afghanistan Would Risk Another 9/11: Lindsey Graham

    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., warned that if the United States abandons Afghanistan, that would “pave the way” for another 9/11-like terrorist attack.

    Graham made his comments in a column posted on the Fox News website on Wednesday.

    “As we mark the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks Wednesday, we must never forget Afghanistan is where the attacks were planned — and still remains a source of much concern when it comes to America’s national security,” he wrote.

    And Graham added: “If we abandon Afghanistan out of frustration and weariness, we pave the way for another 9/11. If we continue to engage in Afghanistan smartly we can achieve our goal of making sure Afghanistan is never used as a launching pad to attack the American homeland. And we can assume the Afghan people will continue to move away from the darkness of the past.”

    He noted al Qaeda is still in Afghanistan and ISIS is growing inside the country.

    “President [Donald] Trump should insist that the cost to the United States in Afghanistan be dramatically reduced, and he should continue to pursue a peaceful end to the conflict, but only after the Taliban have changed their behavior,” he wrote.

    And he maintained any Afghan peace deal must allow a continued U.S. presence.

    “We owe it to those who lost their lives on 9/11 and the enduring War on Terror to continue to protect our homeland and achieve an honorable and sustainable peace in Afghanistan” he wrote.

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    Breaking: Blast Occurs in Char Asiab District of Kabul

    An explosion took place in front of the gates of ANA Commando base in ChahrAsiab district of Kabul city, Afghan security officials confirmed.

    The spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, Nasrat Rahimi confirmed the incident, saying the incident happened at around 12:50PM.

    Rahimi added the exact type of the explosion and the number of casualties is not clear.
    Details to follow.

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    USA Deployed Over 775,000 Soldiers in Afghanistan Since 2001

    The Washington Post reported this Wednesday that over 775,000 US soldiers have served in Afghanistan at least once, while many of them have been in that long war several times.

    The journal shares today data related to the number of troops that have taken part in that conflict still in force, on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US, a tragedy that unleashed the so-called war on terrorism and was used to justify Afghanistan’s military invasion.

    The US war in Afghanistan, the daily recalled, has killed some 2,400 members of the US armed services, including 16 in combat this year, while over 20,000 were injured.

    But there is another set of revealing numbers about the war that expose its expanding nature, the newspaper added, citing data from the Pentagon that indicate that almost 385,000 soldiers have been sent to the Central Asian nation since 2001 on one occasion and over 222,000 soldiers have been there twice.

    Likewise, 99,000 US military personnel had been in that scenario three times, 40,600 four times, 16,000 in five, and 12,000 had been deployed over five times.

    The Army, the largest force in the Pentagon, assigned the largest number of troops to Afghanistan, 491,500, including active duty forces, reservists and members of the National Guard.

    It is followed by the Air Force, whose presence in Afghanistan has persisted even after reducing the total number of soldiers, with approximately 123,000 airmen involved.

    On the other hand, the Marine Corps have deployed 114,000 members there in the almost 18 years of conflict, and even the Coast Guard reached to have over 100 members in that nation.

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    Afghan Ambassador Hails Qatar’s Role In Peace Talks Mediation

    Praising Qatar’s role in Afghan peace process, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Qatar Abdul Hakim Dalili, yesterday hoped that Afghan peace talks would resume as Qatar has the ability and experience of resolving conflicts through mediation.

    Addressing a press conference at the Embassy, Dalili said that US-Taliban talks failed due to continued acts of violence by the Taliban. “Peace in Afghanistan can be established if the Taliban observe ceasefire and have direct dialogue with elected government of Afghanistan.”

    The Ambassador appreciated Qatar for its efforts to ‘resolve crisis in Afghanistan on humanitarian grounds’. “Qatar has had successful experiences in this field (mediation) in a number of countries, including Sudan and Lebanon.”

    “We thank Qatar for giving the Taliban an opportunity to come to Doha, hosting their political office since 2013 and engaging them for dialogue with the United States to solve Afghanistan’s problems.”

    Regarding a report published by Al Arabiya media outlet attributing some statements to the spokesman of the President of Afghanistan, the Ambassador said that it was not true. “Such lies will not affect the Qatari-Afghan relations. We have strong ties between the two governments and the two peoples.”

    To a question, he said that Qatar is always keen to find solution for Afghan crisis and has no other agendas except to achieve peace which is positive.

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    “Road To Peace Is Long And Hard”: NATO Sec Gen At 9/11 Commemoration

     

    Standing in front of a twisted piece of metal from the North Tower of the World Trade Center, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the 29 member alliance was “strong” on the 18th anniversary of September 11, 2001.

    Stoltenberg said during his remarks that NATO must remain committed to Afghanistan but that the “road to peace is long and hard”.

    He said, “The fight against terrorism is a global, generational fight. NATO Allies and partners will continue to train and advise Afghan security forces. To make them stronger, so that they can fight international terrorism and create security and stability in their own country.”

    He also remembered those who have died and said, “We must make sure that the sacrifice was not in vain.”

    “On 9/11, terrorists destroyed the Twin Towers, but they will never destroy our way of life, our free and open societies and the unbreakable bond between North America and Europe,” Stoltenberg said.

    The attacks invoked the first and only use of NATO’s Article 5 which states that “an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all”.

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    Afghan Forces Kill Taliban Shadow District Governor for Almar

    Taliban shadow district governor for Almar district and military chief of Taliban Red Unit have been killed in Faryab province, Afghan military confirmed.

    209 Shaheen Corps in a statement on Thursday said that, “Mullah Sarwar, Taliban shadow district governor for Almar district and Mullah Qutbuddin military chief of Taliban Red Unit were killed in Faryab province.”

    The statement added that, the Taliban key leaders were killed in an airstrike carried out in Mirshadi village of Almar district.

    Three other insurgents were also killed in the airstrike, according to the statement.

    Taliban group has not commented yet.

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    Trump Vows To Hit Taliban ‘Harder’ On 9/11 Anniversary

    Standing outside the Pentagon on Wednesday morning to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President Donald Trump said that the Taliban is being hit “harder than they have ever been hit before,” and this will continue.

    In his memorial speech, Trump further warned that “if for any reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before and I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them. No enemy on Earth can match the overwhelming strength, skill and might of the American armed forces.”

    On Saturday, the president announced he’d scrapped plans last-minute to invite Taliban leaders to the US for peace negotiations in response to a bombing that killed a US service member and 11 other people.

    The US has been engaging the Taliban for months in hopes of achieving a negotiated peace that would bring an end to US involvement in the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

    Reuters reported on Wednesday that intense fighting was ongoing in multiple provinces, noting that security officials had explained that this was, at least to a certain degree, part of the “expected intensification” following the end of peace talks with the US.

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    Pakistan Urges US Taliban To Re-Engage In Peace Talks

    Pakistan ambassador to the UN, speaking in a debate on the situation in Afghanistan, at the UN Security Council has expressed the hope that the U.S.-Taliban talks, which were abruptly suspended over the weekend, would soon resume, and open the way towards intra-Afghan negotiations.

    “We hope the suspension of the peace talks is only a pause and will resume sooner rather than later as the alternative is a surge in violence, which could push Afghanistan into even more turbulent and uncertain phase than has been witnessed so far,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told the UN Security Council.

    She assured the council of Pakistan’s role as a facilitator of the Afghan peace process and said that Pakistan had always condemned violence and called for all sides to exercise restraint.

    She further added that commitment to the peace process is necessary as there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict.