A group of 35 of the cross-regional Members of the Group of Friends of Afghanistan and/or the Group of Friends of Women in Afghanistan as listed below, condemn in the strongest possible terms the continued violence and targeted killings in Afghanistan including those committed by the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, as well as other armed groups, and transnational terrorist groups such as

23 March 2021

Insurgent groups in Afghanistan have escalated their targeted killings of women and religious minorities, Human Rights Watch said today. Recent attacks have killed at least five women, mostly journalists and media workers, and seven factory workers. HRW in a press release on Tuesday said that the Afghan authorities should carry out prompt and thorough investigations into the killings, which are apparent war crimes, and prosecute those

16 March 2021

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has urged the United Nations to take urgent measures to rein in the growing violence against journalists in Afghanistan and provide them with protection after three young women employees of Enekaas TV, a local channel, were gunned down in the Jalalabad city of Nangarhar province on Tuesday. “We deplore and condemn these latest murders of media workers in Afghanistan,” said

4 March 2021

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Afghan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA) have strongly condemn the attacks on media workers in Nangarhar province and call for urgent measures to rectify the deplorable safety situation for media workers in the country. Three female journalists from Enikass TV were shot dead by unknown gunmen in two separate attacks as they attempted to return

3 March 2021

Two temporary ceasefires over the summer did little to reduce the violence, as average daily enemy-initiated attacks in Afghanistan were up 50% in the third quarter of 2020, according to the Pentagon’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR reported 2,561 civilian casualties from Jul 1 to Sep. 30, including 876 deaths, up by 43% from the April to June period.

5 November 2020

Two days after the deadly terrorist attack on the Law Faculty of Kabul University, first Vice President Amrullah Saleh said that evidence showed the attack was pre-planned and the Taliban are the perpetrators. In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Saleh said discussions were held about the Taliban attack on the university and they found that it was "unquestionably" similar to the August 2016 attack

4 November 2020

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Tusday said that the tactics of the Kabul University attackers were those of a new Taliban group created in Khost under the name “Fateh Zwak.” IS-K (Daesh) had claimed that two of its fighters, Anas al-Panjshiri and Tariq al-Khorasani, were targeting newly graduates judges and lawyers of the “apostate Afghan government” in the attack on Monday. However, the

3 November 2020

President Ashraf Ghani “vehemently” condemned the Islamic State-claimed suicide bombing at an education centre in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi which has killed at least 24 people, including teenage students, and wounded 57 others. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that security guards were able to identify the bomber and he detonated before reaching his target which was the Kowsar-e Danesh tuition centre in Pul-e-Khoshk area on

25 October 2020

The United Nations (UN) has “strongly condemned” Saturday’s suicide attack on the Shinwar district building in Nangarhar, and underlined that the perpetrators must be brought to justice. At least 13 people were killed and around 38 more injured in the attack, including civilian women and children. In a statement by his spokesperson released on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that those behind such crimes

5 October 2020

The Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan and Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov says President Ghani’s order to launch an offensive against the Taliban and the suspension of the release of Taliban prisoners will halt the process of launching intra-Afghan negotiations. "This is regrettable, because by his actions the head of the Kabul administration actually stalls the process

13 May 2020