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Kabul: Herat’s Provincial Governor Abdul Saboor Qane, Acting Finance Minister Mohammad Khalid Payenda, Industry and Commerce Minister Nisar Ahmad Ghoryani, and traders opened a single center to process the documents of exports products in Herat city.
Qane said that the center will enhance economical, industrial, and trade growth in the province, and added that the Taliban cannot halt the country’s improvement with an increase in violence.
Ghoryani said that the center will accelerate the process of exports, as processing the documents of exports goods required several days previously; however, the center will process such documents within an hour under a single roof.
Payenda said that the Ministry of Finance is trying to create a balance between exports and imports to support exports. Presidential Advisor on Exports and Domestic Products Affairs, Jalaluddin Saeed, said that the center is important in strengthening exports and supporting domestic products and farmers.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Afghanistan currently makes a revue of $1 billion USD from exporting fresh fruits, and the center will help to increase the revenues by 50%.
Kabul: President Ashraf Ghani assured that there is no intention or a deal to surrender to the Taliban.
Ghani told the cabinet meeting that they are living a dignified life, and it’s time for determination and will, warning that the Taliban will not see surrender even if they wait another hundred years. Ghani added that the responsibility for the bloodshed and destruction lies with the Taliban and their supporters.
The Presidential Palace stated that Ghani also briefed the cabinet on recent developments, the revival of ANDSF, recruitment within the ANDSF ranks, particularly Special Forces, Commando, and special units.
Also, local residents of Pachir wa Gam district, Nangarhar province, held a gathering to announce their support for the ANDSF. They warned that anyone who cooperates with the Taliban has to pay a fine of 500,000 Afghanis, their residence will be set on fire, and they will be handed over to the government. Locals assured that they will not support the Taliban, will stand against the Taliban along with the ANDSF, and if anyone gets involved in destructive activities, local ulema, elders, and youth will implement this meeting’s decision.
Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib announced that seven new Black Hawks, aided by the US, will arrive in Kabul next week, and the Afghan National Army will gradually take over the warplanes, to help change developments on the ground. Mohib told a news conference that the security agencies are working to control the situation and repel Taliban attacks, and the Afghan Air Force are focused on the war, after two weeks of serious work.
Mohib said that those who have picked arms to cooperate with the system will be organized within the ANDSF, added that the people appeal to the government to liberate their districts and the ANDSF are cooperating with them, and claimed that the ANDSF have so far recaptured 14 districts. Mohib said that the government and people expected the Taliban to agree to a ceasefire and resolve their problems during the peace negotiations, after the withdrawal of fore forces; however, the Taliban launched their unannounced war instead of making peace, and the people are now confronting them.
Mohib accused the Taliban of increasing their propaganda, with a government backing their propaganda network; however, governance does not mean taking over a district building, but providing services. Mohib added that the government continues to provide services across districts, captured by the Taliban, and assured that the situation is improving and government’s rule will soon be restored in these districts. Mohib said that regional countries, including Tajikistan and Russia, are concerned about terrorist groups, which are directly fighting the countries, and that the government is in contact with Tajikistan, which is relocating its soldiers for its own security. Mohib revealed that about 2,300 ANDSF members, who had vacated their bases due to the lack of air support, and facilities and equipment, have rejoined their ranks.
Kabul: The Minister of Foreign Affairs Hanif Atmar met on Tuesday morning in Kabul with Afghanistan’s major regional partners to discuss the escalation of violence by the Taliban, the destruction of public property and infrastructure, the issue of IDPs and a new chapter in Afghanistan’s relations with the world.
Pointing to the Taliban’s non-compliance with the commitments of the Doha Peace Accord signed with the US last year and UN Resolution 2513, Atmar called on Afghanistan’s regional partners to put pressure on the Taliban to renounce violence and killings and return to meaningful peace talks.
According to a statement, Atmar spoke of the Taliban not cutting ties with foreign fighters and members of international terrorist groups, calling it a potential threat to regional stability and an opportunity to strengthen the foundations of terrorist networks.
Atmar added that given this great threat, a joint struggle and practical cooperation between countries against terrorist groups is crucial.
The Foreign Minister also discussed the new chapter in Afghanistan’s relations with the world, emphasizing the continued support of international partners for the people and government of Afghanistan and the preservation of the achievements of the last two decades, especially women’s, girls’ and children’s rights, freedom of expression and minority rights, the statement read.
The ambassadors of the region, while expressing regret over the high level of violence and killings, assured Atmar of their support for the government and people of Afghanistan, while maintaining and strengthening the achievements of the last two decades, after the withdrawal of support forces.
Atmar also told a meeting of ambassadors from neighboring countries and the region on recent military developments that the number of attacks by the Taliban had recently doubled and was unprecedented. The Taliban carry out about 70 to 100 attacks a day, he said.
Regarding the fall of the districts, he said that about 80 districts had fallen to the Taliban, but that most of these developments were not due to the war, but that the forces had evacuated them in a planned manner. According to him, the Afghan government is evacuating troops from remote areas where it is not possible and its focus is on maintaining security in densely populated cities, ports and airfields. He also said that the war had spread from northeast to western Afghanistan and they expected the provincial capitals to be attacked as well.
Regarding the flight of troops to neighboring countries, he said that more than 1,500 military and civilian troops had gone to Tajikistan and about 60, mostly security forces, to Uzbekistan and were working to repatriate them. Atmar noted that the withdrawal of international forces had created an opportunity for the Taliban to step up their attacks and that they dreamed of establishing an Islamic Emirate. He also said that a quarter of the Taliban force is made up of foreign militants, including al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Meanwhile, local officials in Herat province said that no threat exists against the Afghan-India Friendship Dam (Salma Dam). Provincial Governor Abdul Saboor Qane gave assurances that the ANDSF will repulse any threats against the dam, and the government will implement any necessary measures to protect it.
Meanwhile, Russia’s military base in Tajikistan is fully equipped to help secure its border with Afghanistan, and Moscow will take extra measures to protect it if needed, Interfax quoted Russian deputy foreign minister Andrei Rudenko as saying on Tuesday. Russian military helicopters based in Tajikistan fired air-to-surface missiles during a training exercise on Tuesday as Moscow said its forces in the Central Asian nation were fully equipped to help secure the border with Afghanistan. Russia, which operates one of its largest military bases abroad in Tajikistan equipped with tanks, helicopters, drones and ground attack aircraft, would help stabilize the border with Afghanistan if needed, both directly and through a regional security bloc, the Kremlin said in a statement. In fact, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar also said he would discuss with his US counterpart Lloyd Austin on Wednesday a plan for Turkey to operate and guard Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport after the NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, adding there was no final decision yet.
Ankara has offered to run and guard the airport after NATO’s withdrawal, and has been in talks with allies, namely the United States, on financial, political and logistical support. Security of the airport is key for the operations of diplomatic missions out of Afghanistan after the withdrawal. Speaking to a group of reporters after a cabinet meeting on Monday, Akar said talks on the details of the mission were still underway, and that the airport must be operational so the Afghan government is not isolated from the world following the pullout. “From making certain decisions at the United Nations, NATO, to reaching an agreement with the Afghan government, as well as political, financial, and logistical support, we are in contact with various countries. Meanwhile, our talks with the Americans also continue,” Akar said. “No final decision has been made yet, but our talks continue.”
On the other hand, the Government Media and Information Center (GMIC) held a conference on Tuesday, entitled “Improving the Quality of Publications and Regulating Media Activities,” where Justice, Information and Culture, and Hajj and Religious Affairs Ministers, attorney general, and representatives of media supporting organizations participated.
Acting Attorney General Zabihullah Kalim warned the media to be aware of the sensitivity of the issues in publishing reports and consider punitive consequences of media violations. Kalim said that a clear solution should be developed on how the media should provide information and added that the duty of the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is to investigate violations as no legal and natural person is exempt from the law. Justice Minister Fazal Ahmad Manawi said that national interests would be considered as principle by the media and national interests should not be forgotten in the name of freedom of expression.
Manawi added that no one should be allowed to propagate against independence, sovereignty, and national unity, and criticized the media for violating the law by not using the word “martyr” for the ANDSF victims. Acting Information and Culture Minister Mohammad Qasim Wafayeezada said that although the principle of balance and impartiality is important in news coverage, but the media should not be used to create fear, intimidation, terror, and despair about the country’s political future.Wafayeezada added that the principles of ethics of journalism should be observed, and clarified that an “ethical mechanism” is required in the media.
Deputy Women’s Affairs Minister Nazira Rahmani criticized the content of media publications, and said that the content of some outlets lacks the “richness” and is “mixed with discrimination and negative views about women” in some cases, as a failure to address the issue will promote a culture of xenophobia within society. Rahmani urged the media to refrain from publishing commercial program, messages, and media products that violate gender equality and human dignity, and focus on gender policy and raising awareness about women.
However, representative of the Afghanistan Federation of Journalists, Zia Bumia, described the criticism of government officials as unfair, and urged the government to distinguish between legal media and social media. Bumia added that the government should establish a mechanism to control social media, which is mostly a place for spreading false reports and rumors. Bumia said that duties and responsibilities should be divided between the public and private media, and the burden of all responsibilities should not be placed on the private media.
Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday recorded 1,556 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and 55 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The total number of cases now stand at 129,021, while the death toll is 5,415.
This comes even as Pakistan on Tuesday closed a key border crossing with neighboring Afghanistan in an attempt to contain coronavirus spread. Northwestern Torkham border, one of the two key crossings with the war-raked Afghanistan will remain closed for cross-border movement for an indefinite period, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said in a Twitter post.
The border, he said, has been closed on the recommendation of the country’s anti-virus task force, National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), following a rise in infections in Afghanistan. “On the advice of the NCOC all types of immigration departure and arrival will be closed from today (Tuesday) at the Torkham border till the fresh guidelines,” Rashid said.
Pakistan and Afghanistan share 18 crossing points. The most commonly used ones are Torkham and southwestern Chaman borders. The recent spike in coronavirus cases amid the third wave has badly hit Afghanistan, pressuring the country’s already fragile health care system.
Kabul: Afghan authorities on Tuesday deployed hundreds of security forces to counter the Taliban’s blistering offensive in the north.
Fighting has raged across several provinces, but the insurgents have primarily focused on a devastating campaign across the northern countryside, seizing dozens of districts in the past two months. Last week, all US and NATO forces left Bagram Air Base near Kabul — the command center of anti-Taliban operations — effectively wrapping up their exit after 20 years of military involvement that began in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
“We are planning to launch a big offensive to retake the lost territories from the enemy,” Fawad Aman, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense told AFP. “Our forces are being organized on the ground for this operation.”
Hundreds of troops and pro-government militiamen were deployed in the northern provinces of Takhar and Badakshan where the Taliban have captured swathes of territory. Afghan defence officials have said they intend to focus on securing major cities, roads and border towns in the face of the Taliban onslaught, launched as US and NATO troops pressed ahead with their final withdrawal in early May. This comes even as Afghan Army Chief Gen. Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai told Tolo News that the top priority is to safeguard major cities, border towns and highways. “There is no respect for anything … the enemy is trying to conduct a trade war against us, create economic issues. They want to close the border towns through which wheat is imported for the people. They will never succeed. The Afghan people are vigilant and smart and know what this war is about,” Ahmadzai told Tolo News.
During his visit to Kandahar province, the acting Minister of Interior, General Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal, held a meeting with the participation of General Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Governor and Chief of Police of the province.
Meanwhile, Baghlan’s provincial police accused the Taliban of burning the provincial Technical and Vocational Institute, located in PD2 of Pul-e Khumri city, with a mortar attack.
Provincial Police Spokesman Ahmad Jawed Besharat stated that the Taliban were “blindly” firing mortars on Monday night, which gutted the institute. The Taliban have yet to comment on the report. Reportedly, the Taliban have been targeting the city with mortars, over the past three days, one of which killed two individuals on Monday.
On the other hand, dozens of prominent Indian women from the political, cultural, and social spheres held a special conference entitled “Indian Women’s Solidarity in Condemning the Killing of Innocent Afghan Women, and Children, and Calling for Immediate Ceasefire” in Mumbai. The women condemned the targeted killings of women, innocent children, and civilians in Afghanistan, as per the statement of the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The women also sent a letter of protest to the Consulate General of Afghanistan in Mumbai, condemning the killing of Afghan women and children, in order to share their concerns with the Afghan government and UN. At the conference, Indian women stressed the need to preserve the achievements of the past two decades, emphasizing that they will always stand by the Afghan people and the preservation of the republic system.
Meanwhile, quoting an RTA report, the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) stated that local residents of Bagram district, Parwan province, staged a peaceful protest, claiming that the US forces have destroyed and detonated hazardous chemical materials at the Bagram Air Base, which were left from their military equipment.
The residents stated that the act has seriously harmed the environment (water, air, and soil) in the area, and even increased noise pollution, taking away the mental calmness of children and women, and farmers could not cultivate crops in calmness. NEPA added that it has shared its concerns about the issue with US and NATO forces, USAID, US Embassy, and officials at the base. Additionally, NEPA sent a letter and deployed its monitoring and inspection team to Parwan province last month, in coordination with provincial and Bagram district governors, to assess the transfer and disposal of hazardous waste; however, the team was not allowed to get within 100 meters from the Base to provide a video from the disposal and destruction of their equipment, it claimed.
Bagram district officials confirmed that dangerous explosions took place around the Base at nights, where US forces completely destroyed all their military and electronic equipment through explosions, which has caused serious damage to the environment, especially to air, water, soil, and created noise pollution. NEPA urged the government leadership to pay serious attention to the issue, as US and NATO forces are destroying all their military equipment as per their claims, which contains the most dangerous chemicals, while they’re withdrawing. NEPA called on US forces to implement large-scale environmental projects in areas, where US and NATO forces have been stationed and damaged the environment, abide by international law and conventions, and avoid polluting Afghanistan’s environment by destroying their military and electronic equipment.
Kabul: Officials from the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) in Herat province said that Iran’s imported electricity to the province has been cut off for two days.
Provincial DABS Spokesman Zainab Mohsini in an interview with Reporterly, confirmed the incident and said that energy officials in Iran cut off electricity on Tuesday morning, due to power problems and energy shortages in the country, and said that Iran’s 132kw imported electricity to Herat will remain cut-off on Tuesday and Wednesday.
She added that initially it was stated that the power cut would be a probability, and efforts were ongoing to keep electricity sustainable at least in Herat province, but that the lack of energy in Iran is serious and given the seriousness of the crisis, imported electricity from Iran has been completely cut off.
Mohsini said, “With the talks that head of DABS in Herat held with energy officials in Iran, it was agreed that at least 10mw of energy would be provided to Herat so that we could distribute through two 20kw power-lines to citizens for limited hours so that they can solve their requirements.”
“According to Iranian officials, the power cut will continue for two days and nights, and nothing has yet been said about its extension or reduction,” she added.
Currently, about 70% of Herat’s power requirements are imported from Iran, and the issue will disrupt dozens of manufacturing factories in the province.
Kabul: Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon has mobilized 20,000 military reservists to help bolster the border with Afghanistan, Reuters reported on Monday.
This comes as more than 1,000 members of the Afghan security force members have fled to the country due to advances by the Taliban, as per the Reuters report. The group claims to have taken over six districts in the northern province of Badakhshan, which borders Tajikistan and China, which led to 1,037 Afghan service members moving across the border in Tajikistan, its border guard service told Reuters.
Rahmon has called multiple world leaders including Russian President Vladamir Putin and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss the situation, according to Reuters. According to a statement by Russia, Putin told Rahmon he will support Tajikistan if needed to stabilize its border.
“Special attention was paid to the escalation of the situation in Afghanistan’s northern areas adjacent to Tajikistan,” Rahmon’s office said in a statement, according to the news agency.
Rahmon also called Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for assistance and held a council meeting, his office told Reuters. A senior Afghan official told the news agency that hundreds of troops have been crossing the border, saying that the Taliban has cut off most of the border.
However, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Rasoul Mohajer has said that there has been no interruption to the trade exchanges between Iran and Afghanistan despite the flareup of tensions in the latter. “In spite of the tensions in Afghanistan, all (Iranian) ministries have been encouraged to carry on the interactions according to the policies. There has been no change in the economic relations between Iran and Afghanistan, at least until today, and the exchanges are in progress via the borders,” he added.
The deputy minister noted that the value of trade exchanges between the two countries stands at above $3 billion, saying the trade interactions have been stable because of the popularity of Iranian commodities in Afghanistan and the unique opportunities available in the Afghan market. Iran’s trade exchanges with Afghanistan are almost entirely handled by the private sector, Mohajer added.
Even India is concerned about the escalating violence and the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan is expected to top the agenda when Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar visits Moscow this week. Russia sees India as an important player for formulating a coordinated response to the situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban have significantly stepped-up attacks in recent weeks and captured key districts in different parts of the country, people familiar with developments said on condition of anonymity.
“The two sides will discuss all bilateral and international developments, including the most vital and current issues such as Afghanistan. The developments in Afghanistan are being seen as huge concerns,” said one of the people cited above. Russia is particularly concerned about an increase in instability in Afghanistan and the fallout on the Central Asian states, especially Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, which share borders with the war-torn country.
“Instability in Afghanistan would be dangerous for the region and there is also the fear of a surge in refugees. This would pose an immediate security challenge to the Central Asian countries,” the person cited above said. Amid reports on Monday of more than 1,000 Afghan troops fleeing into Tajikistan following clashes with the Taliban, Russia is also looking at mounting a coordinated and joint response with the Central Asian states through the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a collective security arrangement that includes Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
In fact, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev exchanged views on regional issues in a phone call, focusing on the escalation in Afghanistan, the Kremlin said on Monday, Trend reported citing TASS. “The heads of state exchanged views on regional issues, primarily in the context of the escalation in Afghanistan. While touching upon bilateral issues, [they] expressed appreciation of the development of Russian-Uzbek relations of strategic partnership,” the statement says.
This comes even as the Britain could launch airstrikes from outside Afghanistan against any future terrorist threats to the UK that emerge inside the country as troops withdraw, James Heappey, the UK armed forces minister, said. Heappey drew on the example of how British warplanes fly from a base in Cyprus to attack Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq when asked by an MP if the UK would similarly conduct military action in Afghanistan from a distance. “We absolutely reserve the right to counter terrorist threats to the United Kingdom that may re-emerge in Afghanistan,” Heappey said.
In the UK’s House of Commons, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace was also asked about the UK’s nearly 20-year military campaign in Afghanistan, which is quietly drawing to a close alongside the US exit. “We too are in that path of withdrawal with all the risks that that may leave for the future in the next 10 or 20 years,” he said. The UK would continue to work with the Afghan government and “continue to focus on the threats that emanate from Afghanistan and that may grow to emanate towards the UK and our allies and we will do whatever we can”.
The threat posed by terror groups such as al-Qaeda may increase after NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Wallace has warned as he admitted that Britain was forced to pull its forces out of the Middle Eastern country after the US decided to leave. The British government is also considering whether to retain a small group of special forces soldiers to advise Afghan security forces. However, the resurgent Taliban warned that leaving behind any foreign soldiers or security contractors would break the withdrawal agreement and spark conflict.
On the other hand, Pakistan claims that NATO has paid over Rs 50 million to Pakistan Civil Aviation on account of freight duty in the wake of their withdrawal from Afghanistan, as per Geo News reports. According to the documents with the Pakistan Civil Aviation regarding freight duty paid by NATO for handling its military cargo at Karachi Airport last week, it paid over Rs 50 million to the Pakistan Civil Aviation. According to CAA sources, the world’s largest cargo aircraft the Russian, Antonov An-225 flew to Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport on June 23 from Kabul, carrying the NATO military cargo. According to sources, Antonov An-225 brought three gunship helicopters of British Royal Air Force, which were transported to Dubai from Karachi. Besides, another NATO member country, Italy, also unloaded its military cargo containing weapons, lithium batteries, and armored vehicles at the Karachi airport.
Also, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid on Monday said that his ministry, on the advice of the foreign ministry and the armed forces, was keeping a ‘keen eye’ on the situation in war-torn Afghanistan. While addressing the media in Islamabad, the minister hoped that the situation in Afghanistan would not a repeat of the past and said that the “Pakistan armed forces and its institutions were ever ready to execute their national obligation”.
On the other hand, German authorities said that they have granted 2,400 visas so far to Afghan employees of the country’s military and their relatives, although not all of them want to come to Germany immediately. Germany withdrew its last troops from Afghanistan last week after a deployment that lasted nearly 20 years and focused on the north of the country. It had the second-biggest foreign contingent in Afghanistan after the United States’.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Rainer Breul said that 2,400 German visas were granted in recent weeks for local employees and their relatives. He acknowledged that procedures have been complicated by the military withdrawal and the closure of Germany’s consulate-general in Mazar-e-Sharif, but said Berlin is trying to work with partners such as the International Organization for Migration. The latter’s office there hasn’t yet started work because of the security situation, he added. Before the military left, 446 local employees and their relatives – a total of 2,250 people – were given travel documents, Defense Ministry spokesman David Helmbold said. At that point, “a relatively small number” of applications remained open, he added.
“Not all of those who received these travel documents wanted to leave straight away,” Helmbold told reporters in Berlin. “There were a number of local (employees) who said, `we´d actually like to stay as long as possible in Afghanistan, but we’d like to have the possibility to leave if the security situation escalates.” He said he couldn’t give a specific figure for the number who didn’t want to leave immediately. Also, New Zeland National Party foreign affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee said the situation in Afghanistan was “extremely disappointing”.
Kabul: Representatives of three political parties traveled to Herat province from Kabul, on behalf of 20 political parties, to announce their support for the ANDSF, and assure to deploy hundreds of party members to the battlefield against the Taliban, if the government required cooperation.
Leadership Council member of the Afghanistan Islamic Movement Party, Sayed Hussain Hadi, told Hashte Subh daily that terrorist groups are fighting the ANDSF and receive orders from neighboring countries, particularly from Pakistan, who commit any crimes possible for their national interests. Hadi added that civil society and political parties are ready to defend the country alongside the ANDSF against terrorists.
Head of the Awakening Movement of the Afghan Nation party, Abdul Maqsood Hassanzada, said that the party will deploy hundreds of its members to fight the Taliban and other terrorist groups, if senior security officials ask. Provincial security officials said that in cooperation of the people and civil society organization, they will stand against terrorists until their last drop of blood and won’t allow them to trample the achievements of past two decades.
Provincial Police Spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada told Hashte Subh daily that support from the people and parties for the ANDSF has been ongoing across Herat and other provinces.
Meanwhile, Herat’s provincial military council has decided to relocate the Chishti Sharif district headquarters to properly use the forces and prevent civilian casualties and financial losses to local residents. The council added that district officials will operate from the new location until the district center is completely cleared of insurgents.
In other news, ANDSF Spokesman Ajmal Omar Shinwari announced that the government is planning to use the Bagram Air Base as ANDSF’s Special Operations base. Shinwari added that a delegation, including National Security Council’s Inspector General, and representatives from the Ministries of Defense and Interior, and National Directorate of Security, has been deployed Bagram, for security situation and identification assessments. Shinwari assured that the ANDSF are prepared, in line with the presidential decree, to receive, protect, and manage all military centers that foreign forces control.
Spokesman for Nangarhar’s Provincial Governor Attaullah Khogyani reported that the ANDSF have moved away from Hisarak district center. Khogyani stated that the district headquarters was moved from one area to another area at the request of locals, to avoid Taliban attacks, who use civilian homes as shields. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated that the group captured the district and police headquarters, along with intelligence department and other administrations.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) reported that Kabul’s provincial police detected and neutralized an improvised explosive device (IED) at 08:00 am today morning, which was placed in a crowded area in Kot-e Sangi area, PD3.
In other news, Samangan’s provincial police reported that the Taliban attacked Hazrati Sultan district on Monday evening, facing fierce resistance from the ANDSF. The police stated that in the counter air and ground attack, the ANDSF killed nine Taliban insurgents, including their shadow district governor Mawlawi Mohammadi, head of the group’s military commission Jundullah, and a group head named Makhdoom Sharif, whilst 10 others were wounded, and the attack was repulsed.
Sharing pictures of provincial civilian and military officials in Hazrati Sultan district, the police stated that the officials traveled to the district on Tuesday morning, to appreciate and reward the ANDSF. The Taliban claimed that the group captured the district last night.