As the country's annual school exams begin, the education officials in Takhar province say the Taliban militants in some areas under their control threatened people that the girls should not attend schools after the grade seventh. Qutbuddin, the director and financial deputy of Takhar's education department said that the Taliban had warned schools in Baharak district and some areas in Taloqan city that girls

2 March 2021

Three women employees of the Enikass TV network were killed in two separate armed attacks in Jalalabad city of Nangarhar province this afternoon, officials confirmed. Confirming the incidents, Zalmay Latifi, head of the Enikass TV said unidentified gunmen attacked two of their employees in the dubbing unit named Shahnaz and Sadia in PD1 of Jalalabad city at around 04:00pm and both died of injuries

2 March 2021

In a phone call today, the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan and Japan discussed the Afghan peace process, continuation of Japanese assistance to Afghanistan, aid effectiveness and the fight against corruption, the investigation into the assassination of Tetsu Nakamura, and the expansion of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in a press release on Tuesday said that Foreign

2 March 2021

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday reported 17 new positive cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The ministry also said no deaths from coronavirus were recorded and 3 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of total cases is now 55,776 the number of total reported deaths is 2,446 and

2 March 2021

The Minister of Interior, Mohammad Massoud Andarabi says the Taliban militants have suffered a heavy defeat in the battlefields and warned that they would be suppressed if not accepting peace. Speaking at the government's accountability program to the nation on Tuesday, Minister Andarabi said the people had expected the peace process to succeed over the past year and ending of the war; but it

2 March 2021

US President Donald Trump’s last defense secretary and President Barack Obama’s first defense secretary say they would advise President Biden against pulling all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan in time to meet a looming May 1 deadline. In an interview Friday with Brookings Institution analyst Michael O’Hanlon, Mark Esper said the withdrawal deal negotiated with the Taliban a year ago was always contingent on conditions that the Taliban clearly have not met. “We implemented our

2 March 2021

Bulgarian Defense Minister Admiral Emil Eftimov has announced sending off the 42nd  Bulgarian military contingent designated to participate in train, advise and assist Resolute Support NATO mission in Afghanistan. According to Sofia news agency, the contingent is made up of up to 120 servicemen and with a National Element structure, a security company and staff officers. During the

2 March 2021

At least two security forces were killed and four others were wounded in an explosion in Herat province yesterday evening, local officials said. The governor of Herat province, Sayyed Wahid Qatali said a motorcycle bomb blast targeted a ranger type vehicle of the security forces on Herat-Islam Qala highway. He added that the vehicle of border forces

2 March 2021

US Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) on Monday called for the Biden administration to declassify intelligence related to reports that the Kremlin offered bounties to Taliban forces for targeting U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Hill reported. "While any intelligence assessment on this matter is understandably sensitive, the American public, and Gold Star Families in particular, have a pressing need to know if there is any truth to these claims,"

2 March 2021

Mir Rahman Rahmani, Afghanistan Parliament's speaker on Monday met with Tajikistan Parliament Speaker Mohammad Taher Zakerzada. During the meeting, Mr. Rahmani said that strengthening and expanding good inter-parliamentary relations could have an impact on the relations between governments and nations. He stated that Afghanistan and Tajikistan have ancient historical ties and religious and linguistic commonalities, and that political and geographical borders have never been able

2 March 2021