Newsfeed; Friday, October 18 2019

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…

  • 18 Oct 2019 Share this post

    Terrorists Move to Afghanistan from Syria & Iraq, Says Russian Security Chief

    Terrorists defeated in Syria and Iraq are deployed to Afghanistan, Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said on Friday.

    Speaking at a meeting in Brasilia between high representatives of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) overseeing security issues, Patrushev stressed that the threat of creating a terrorist quasi-state structure in the Middle East had been fully neutralized and international terror groups in Syria and Iraq had been largely destroyed. “However, the militants forced out of these countries’ soil, have been actively deployed to other directions, namely Afghanistan, North Africa, and also to the Asia-Pacific Region,” Patrushev said.

    The security chief also highlighted that terrorists had been trying to create sleeper cells around the globe. “Simultaneously, we have seen that the so-called low-budget terrorism and the tactics of guerilla war, including by lone wolf terrorists, have become more popular. The cases of self-radicalization have been on the rise, including thanks to information posted in the Internet,” he noted.

    International terrorism has remained one of key threats to global security, Patrushev stressed, noting that Russia “has been on the frontline of fighting against this evil.”

  • 18 Oct 2019 Share this post

    61 Afghan Children With Heart Disease Arrived in China for Treatment

    Sixty-one Afghan children with congenital heart disease (CHD) have arrived in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for free treatment.

    Initiated by the Chinese Red Cross Foundation, the second phase of the project, sponsored by the B&R Fraternity Fund, aims to help a total of 150 children with heart disease in Afghanistan.

    Another 24 children arrived in Xinjiang on July 31. They returned to Afghanistan on Aug. 14 after being treated in the People’s Hospital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

    The newly-arrived children will be treated in the First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University.

    The project has already treated 100 Afghan children with CHD from August 2017 to October 2018 during the first phase.

  • 18 Oct 2019 Share this post

    Acting Finance Minister Introduced to AGO

    The Upper House of Parliament-Senate introduced Humayoun Qayoumi, the acting minister of finance to Attorney General’s Office after reports alleged that he has received significant payments from an American institute while serving as government official.

    Senate on Thursday introduced Mr. Qayoumi to AGO to respond to the allegations.

    Reports emerged earlier this week suggesting that Mr. Qayoumi received enormous amounts of money from the Institute for State Effectiveness while serving as government officials during the years of 2016 and 2017 when he was serving as a government official.

    According to reports, Qayoumi received $105,000 in the year 2016 from the Institute for State Effectiveness and $255,000 in 2017.

    But the Ministry of Finance says that it has never signed a contract with the US-based Institute for State Effectiveness.

    Qayoumi, in a twitter post, said that fighting corruption was one of the key agendas of president Ashraf Ghani’s government.

  • 18 Oct 2019 Share this post

    Army Unions in Netherlands Call for Rethink on Deporting Afghan Interpreter

    Army unions and aid groups have joined forces to urge the Netherlands not to deport an Afghan man who worked as a translator for the military for 13 years.

    They have taken out a page-sized advert in the Telegraaf calling for a rethink, after the man’s request for a residency permit was rejected.

    ‘The Taliban and IS see interpreters and others who worked for the international military in Afghanistan as spies and traitors,’ the advert states.

    ‘They are threatened and forced to go into hiding.’ Defence minister Ank Bijleveld said this summer that interpreters who feel threatened are welcome in the Netherlands.

    The immigration service IND which assesses asylum claims has not yet commented. Around 120 locals worked for the Dutch as interpreters in Uruzgan between 2006 and 2010.

  • 18 Oct 2019 Share this post

    Suicide Blasts in Nangarhar Mosque Killed 18, Injured 50 People

    At least 18 people killed and nearly 50 others wounded in two blasts inside a mosque in Jalalabad city in the eastern province of Nangarhar in Afghanistan on Thursday afternoon, during prayers, local officials confirmed.

    Reportedly, the incident took place at approximately 2 pm local time in the Jaw Dara area of Haska Meyna district.

    “The death count will rise. Most of the wounded have been taken to nearby hospitals,” an official said.

    President Ghani condemned today’s suicide bombing in Jalalabad and said “terrorists” cannot face the Afghan security forces on the battlefield, therefore, they target Afghan civilians.

    No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts.