The Lower House of the Afghan Parliament has asked the government to introduce their candidates for a vote of confidence as soon as possible, speaker of the House Mir Rahman Rahmani said on Monday. Rahmani cited Article 78 of the House of Representatives’ Rules of Procedure and said the commissions headed by him are awaiting the list of candidates to be vetted. These five commissions

29 June 2020

The Helmand governor’s office said 23 civilians were killed and at least 15 others wounded after four Taliban rockets hit a festival being held in Sangin district market on Monday. The militants also detonated a car bomb nearby, the statement said. According to the governor’s office, the incident happened in the Zol Bazar area and two Taliban members were also killed.

29 June 2020

The Saturday airstrike in Sar-e-Pul province targeted the shadow deputy defence minister of Taliban and several other senior leaders, security officials said. Officers of the 209 Shaheen Corps said the air raids involved several strikes at the gathering in Kata Qala village in Sozma Qala district. According to the security forces, Mullah Muzamil, the shadow deputy defence

29 June 2020

At least 10 civilians were killed and 15 injured after a mortar shell landed in a market in Helmand’s Sangin district on Monday. Residents say the attack was at a cattle market. Taliban released a statement saying that Afghan security forces had fired the mortar. All the victims were civilians.

29 June 2020

The Attorney General's Office (AGO) said they have registered 399 cases of alcohol and drug trafficking in the past six months leading to 490 arrests. Jamshid Rasouli, spokesperson for the AGO said that 220 cases have gone to trial so far as a result of which 525 individuals have been sentenced to fines ranging from 20,000 AFN or prison for up to 30 years. The

29 June 2020

President Ashraf Ghani said a dangerous move has been launched to undermine the freedom and values that Afghanistan has achieved in the past two decades. During Monday’s cabinet meeting, Ghani condemned the terrorist attack that killed employees of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in a car bombing in Kabul. Presidential spokesperson Sediq Seddiq had tweeted that Ghani called the blast a "terrorist and

29 June 2020

India’s fifth consignment of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan has arrived at Iran’s Chabahar Port. The ship carrying 7,500 metric tons of wheat has docked at the port, is waiting to be unloaded and then taken overland via trucks to Afghanistan. Behrouz Aghaei, the director-general of Sistan and Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Department, said the vessel had 300

29 June 2020

The addition of 271 new Coronavirus cases has pushed Afghanistan’s totals to 31,238 cases, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced. They also reported 12 new fatalities over the past 24 hours and 1,330 recoveries. The positive samples came from Kabul (130), Herat (30), Balkh (28), Takhar (14), Bamyan (13), Kandahar (12) and Nimroz (12). Seven people in

29 June 2020

An Australian Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment medic apologised to the sons of an Afghan farmer who was allegedly killed by a senior SAS official, in what constitutes as a war crime. Almond farmer Haji Sardar, father of seven, was killed in March 2012 and is one of the 55 alleged war crimes by the SAS in Afghanistan that is being investigated. Medic Dusty Miller

29 June 2020

At least four Afghan security forces were killed and two wounded in a Taliban attack in the Firozkoh district in Ghor on Sunday night. Spokesperson for the provincial governor Aref Aber said the clashes took place after Taliban attacked security checkpoints. He said the Taliban also suffered casualties but there is no exact information. The Taliban have yet

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