Afghan local officials say at least 26 Taliban insurgents including three Pakistani nationals and the terror organizer of Helmand border brigade commander have been arrested during the past two weeks. The deputy governor of Helmand, Mujahidullah Safari in a press conference on Saturday said that the National Directorate Security (NDS) operatives arrested the detainees during the past two weeks in Helmand province.

14 December 2019

The Afghan Presidential candidate and the current Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says allowing the recount of Presidential votes in seven provinces does not mean disregarding the rights of people. Talking to his supporters in Baghlan province on Saturday, CE Abdullah reiterated that they will not accept “fraudulent” results whether partial or preliminary. Abdullah emphasized that the “Stability

14 December 2019

Afghan local officials have confirmed that an Independent Election Commission (IEC) staff was killed in his office in Herat province on Saturday. The spokesman of Herat governor, Jilani Farhad told Reporterly that a staff of IEC was killed in his office in Herat a few minutes ago. Farhad noted that the reason of killing the IEC staff

14 December 2019

A number of the supporters of the “Stability & Partnership” electoral team staged a protest in Balkh province on Saturday, demanding the cancellation of fraudulent votes. One of the members of the “Stability & Partnership” team, Mohammad Mohaqiq who is now in Balkh says the aim of protest is to fight against electoral fraud and irregularities. The

14 December 2019

Afghan local officials have confirmed that at least 25 local army soldiers have been killed in Taliban’s infiltrator attack in Ghazni province. The district chief of Qarabagh, Habibullah told media outlets that seven Taliban infiltrators have opened fire on other army soldiers in Lewanay Bazar outpost of the district and took all weapons and equipment with themselves.

14 December 2019

A special cadre of 20 Women Officers of the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) has been undergoing training for over three weeks at the Indian Army Officers Training Academy in Chennai, as a part of India’s efforts to improve bilateral ties with Afghanistan. Officers ranging from the rank Lieutenant to Captain are being imparted field training, tactical knowledge, radiotelephony, weapons training and physical training at

14 December 2019

At least nine Afghan local army soldiers have been killed in Taliban’s infiltrator attack in Ghazni province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said. MoD in a press release on Saturday said that the nine soldiers have been killed in Qara Bagh district of Ghazni province. According to the statement, the incident took place on late Friday night. MoD

14 December 2019

The special U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation has held meetings with Pakistan’s civil and military leadership seeking Islamabad’s help to strike a peace deal with Taliban in Afghanistan. The US special envoy who is in Pakistan on a two-day official visit separately met the Pakistani Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

14 December 2019

The UN refugee agency UNHCR has appealed for intensified support for displaced Afghans, saying that Afghans are the single largest group of asylum seekers arriving in Europe. Babar Baloch, spokesperson for UNHCR, has told a press briefing here that of the roughly 70,000 migrant arrivals in the Eastern Mediterranean so far this year, 37.4 percent had been Afghans.

14 December 2019

Afghan presidential contender and the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah announced late Friday that he has agreed to allow a ballot recount in seven provinces. CE Abdullah addressed the media following a conference with supporters on December 13, insisting he wouldn't accept any election result that is "fraudulent." "I call on the dignified people of Afghanistan to let the recount take place in seven provinces," Abdullah

14 December 2019