The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the intention to start reforms within the MFA in the next two days. The MoU was signed on Sunday by acting Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar and Ahmad Nader Nadery, Chairman of the IARCSC. Nadery said that currently, the MFA was not “competitive

16 August 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Sunday, they had made all the preparations for managing the second wave of Coronavirus infections across Afghanistan. MoPH spokesperson Akmal Samsor said that 560 oxygen generators had been sent to 34 provinces in the past two weeks. "Currently, oxygen generators have reached 13 provinces and will soon reach other provinces," he added, that this was all in

16 August 2020

At least 30 Taliban militants were killed and six Afghan security forces were wounded in clashes in the Qadis and Muqur districts of Badghis on Saturday night, said the acting provincial Governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai. An airstrike in Qarchaghi village of Qadis district, to support the ground forces, killed 12 militants and injured one, said the Special Operations Corps. Local officials in Daykundi also reported

16 August 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said 82 positive cases of the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) have been reported in Afghanistan this year, of which five have died. Akmal Samsor, a spokesperson for the MoPH, said that 20 cases were registered after Eid al-Adha. CCHF is a deadly viral disease that is transmitted directly to humans through tick bites or contact with the blood, secretions

16 August 2020

Officials from the United Nations (UN) met members of the Taliban’s Political Commission in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday, said the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The meeting was for “expressing support for direct intra-Afghan talks starting this week” and they advocated for “reduced violence” to improve the atmosphere before the negotiations take place. The UN also underscored its availability to give expert help to

16 August 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported 48 new cases of Coronavirus in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 37,599 confirmed cases so far. The ministry was able to test a little less than 420 samples in the past day. According to the MoPH, new cases were reported in the provinces of Ghor

16 August 2020

The final wave of Wisconsin National Guard soldiers who were deployed in Afghanistan, were able to go back home after their mandatory two-week quarantine in the U.S. About 200 soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry returned home Friday after a year-long mobilization. A traditional homecoming ceremony was not possible due to the

16 August 2020

France has asked the Afghan government to not release Taliban prisoners who have been convicted of killing French nationals, as part of the prisoner exchange process with the militant group ahead of the peace talks. The French Foreign Ministry on Saturday, said they had taken note of the Afghan government’s decision to release 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners in context of the peace process.

16 August 2020

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad condemned Friday’s attack on Fawzia Koofi, a member of the Afghan government's peace negotiation team and urged for the peace talks to start as soon as possible. Koofi, an outspoken critic of the Taliban, was returning from a meeting in Parwan when she was attacked near Kabul city and shot at. She received minor injuries

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