Kabul: A few changes have been made in the Office of the National Security Council based on the proposal of the National Security Council Office and the order of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Rafi Fazel has been appointed as the technical deputy of the National Security Council. Fazel had previously served in the Office of the National Security Council as

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Kabul: All specially-trained anti-terrorism units operating under the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had been transferred to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said Ahmad Zia Saraj, chief of the NDS. The director general of NDS also confirmed the CIA director's surprise visit to Kabul on Saturday, but did not give further details about it. He added that the threat of terrorism from terror

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Kabul: In a case of serving their own interests, Ahmad Zia Saraj, director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), says there is a serious tension between the Quetta Shura and the Peshawar Council. Specifying the details, Saraj said that Mullah Baradar and Sirajuddin Haqqani are each pursuing their own team’s interests and the rift had deepened. He added that national security forces had arrested

24 April 2021

Kabul: Maimana residents in the capital of Faryab province took to the streets to protest against the removal of Naqibullah Fayeq and the appointment of Mohammad Dawood as the new governor of the province. Mohammad Daud has been appointed as the new Faryab governor when the Independent Directorate of Local Governance announced the decision on Friday morning after the approval of the president. Naqibullah Fayeq

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Kabul: At least three Afghan National Army soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb blast at 11am on Saturday, Logar provincial police said. Golhaidar Ahmadi, spokesperson for Logar Police, said that the incident occurred at Pul-e-Alam. The mine had been planted by Taliban insurgents in the Kanjak area of Logar province. This is the second security

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Kabul: The Kabul-North highway had remained closed for some time when a number of Charikar residents of Parwan province protested against the abduction of a prominent Parwan businessman. Hafizullah, a businessman who is a wholesaler of household utensils, had been abducted on Saturday morning, said Parwan Governor Fazluddin Ayar. The governor of Parwan added that the abduction took place when the person was walking towards

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Kabul: With the number of daily positive cases increasing daily, the Ministry of Public Health says it is monitoring the outbreak and is preparing to curb the third wave. A statement published by the Ministry of Public Health states that this issue was raised by Wahid Majrooh, the acting minister of health, on Saturday when he met representatives of the relevant departments, heads of

24 April 2021

Kabul: A popular uprising force and a civilian have been killed in an ambush by Taliban insurgents on Friday in Ghor province, said officials. The incident took place when members of the popular uprising were patrolling the area. Mohammad Kabiri, the district governor, confirmed the incident. The Taliban have not commented on the matter yet. The uprising forces

24 April 2021

Kabul: With the foreign troop drawdown imminent, a top US general has expressed concern about the ability of the Afghan security forces to protect their territory. “My concern is the ability of the Afghan military to hold the ground that they’re on now without the support that they’ve been used to for many years,” Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of US Central

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Kabul: At least eight uprising forces have been killed in a drone attack on Friday in the Cheshmeh Yangi area of Takhar province, local sources said on Saturday. Reports link the attack to the Taliban. Officially, Takhar police have not commented on the matter yet. The uprising forces are equipped and funded by the National Directorate of

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