Two months after the attack on a Kabul gurudwara that killed 27 people, the victim’s relatives continue to live in fear of another attack. The Islamic State (IS) had claimed responsibility for the attack on the Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib in Shor Bazar of Kabul. The minority Sikh community, just a little over 600 people, was shaken by the brutal gunning down of worshippers

30 May 2020

Even after a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and available worldwide, the virus will likely remain for decades, experts told The Washington Post. Experts in the U.S. are prepared for the prolonged stay of Coronavirus, just like HIV, measles and chickenpox. A disease which is regularly found among people in a certain region is called ‘endemic’ and that is what experts in epidemiology, disaster planning

30 May 2020

An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) hit a vehicle of Khurshid TV network in PD4 of Kabul city on Saturday, killing at least one journalist and a driver. Eyewitness say at least 6 people were injured in the incident . Khurshid TV’s director Jawed Farhad confirmed the incident, but gave no further details. No group or individual has so

30 May 2020

A survey among Afghan health workers showed that every 13th infected person in the country works in the health sector. The research, published by German NGO Johanniter International Assistance, also showed that women had less access to healthcare and COVID-19 tests. The NGO and its partners reached out to medical professionals in eight Afghan provinces and found that the majority of the staff was

30 May 2020

Afghanistan’s KAM Air landed an Airbus A340-300 in Brazil with medical equipment. This was the first flight made by an Afghan carrier to the country. The flight flew from Nanjing, China, to Nairobi, Kenya, and then to the city of Cabo Frio along the coast of Brazil. After that, the plane was scheduled to go to

30 May 2020

In the past 24 hours, 866 new Coronavirus cases – the highest in a single-day since the outbreak started – were reported in Afghanistan, said the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today. This brings the total to 14,525 confirmed cases, with three new deaths and 44 recovered patients over the last 24 hours. Kabul with 411 cases, and Herat with 177 cases, still led

30 May 2020

“The negotiation team is ready to begin the talks at any moment [with Taliban], said Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation at a press conference today. He said the ongoing lull in violence after the ceasefire announcement and the prisoner exchange, have set a positive tone for launching the peace talks. However, there must be a fresh ceasefire during the

30 May 2020

With terrorist organisations and other anti-government forces taking to the interwebs and becoming tech savvy, the U.S. Special Operations Forces are developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools to monitor the information field, reports Defense One. General Richard D. Clarke was an Afghan veteran who had led special operations forces in the country years ago. Then more than 90% of his time was spent in combat

30 May 2020

Photographer Naim Nadir from Kabul won the second edition of AFP’s Shah Marai Award for his black-and-white portrait series of men entitled ‘The Afghan Spirit.’ The award honours Shah Marai, chief photographer of AFP’s Kabul bureau, who was killed in a suicide attack in 2018. The, entitled “My Afghanistan” invited Afghan photographers to portray the reality their people face “away from the tragic images

30 May 2020

“NATO Allies and partners stand fully committed to Afghanistan’s peace process and long-term security” stressed NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoana at a World Bank-chaired donor meeting on Afghanistan. At the teleconference meeting, participants exchanged views on assisting Afghanistan. It was attended by Today’s meeting was also attended by Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, Acting Afghan Finance Minister, as well as representatives of NATO Allies and partners,

30 May 2020