Newsfeed: Thursday, June 13

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…

  • 13 Jun 2019 Share this post

    TEFA: The 9 Million Voters Figure Is A Big Anguish For Afghanistan

    The Head of Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) considers the 9 million voters figure a big suffering for Afghanistan and stressed that who can present documents that since 2004 so far, these many people have participated in elections.

    In national conference on election in Kabul, Naeem Ayubzada said that: “we do not go to elections in a normal situation, the government misuses in a direct and indirect way from government resources and facilities and tries to be the best player in the election,”

    He emphasized that the status of cooperation of the international community is also not clear, not only for commissions, but it also created problem for TEFA.

    The security issue is still unclear, and the security forces are obliged to submit a plan to the Commission that show where the elections could be held, according to head of TEFA.

    Ayubzada noted that in all past elections there were no more than 4-5 million voters and there is no credible data for the voters list in the past.

    According to him, more than 25 percent of the centers monitored by TEFA, did not have a voter list, and new round of voter registration cannot clear up the previous list.

    Meanwhile, Habibul-Rahman Nang, chairman of the Independent Election Commission secretariat said that so far 9385 men, 4500 women and 113 Kuchis have been registered at new round of voter registration throughout the country.

    He called on the citizens of the country to take part in new round of voter registration; because this process may not be held for future provincial council elections and district councils.

    Zohra Bayan Shinwari, chairman of the Election Complaints Commission also said at the conference that since the start of registering the complaints of new round of voter registration which started on Tuesday, so far 41 complaints are registered in this commission and these number of complaints are related to the Kabul election zone.

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    Foreign Commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba Killed in Kunar

    Security forces reported the killing of a foreign commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Kunar Province.

    As a result of Artillery operation of military forces conduced on Wednesday in Khushal Tala area in Asmar district of Kunar province, Majid known as Adalat, commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group was killed including three fighters of the group, 201th Sibal Corps said in a statement on Thursday.

    The statement further added that, in this operation, 5 terrorists of the group were also wounded. The killed individuals as well as the injured are foreign citizens.

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    Developing: Explosion in Jalalabad Leaves 8 Killed and 11 Wounded

    Local officials have reported the killing of 8 people and injuries of 11 others in an explosion in Jalalabad City.

    Ataullah Khoghyani, Nangarhar Provincial spokesman told Reporterly that as a result of today’s explosion in surrounding of PD6 of Jalalabad city, 8 people were killed and 11 others were wounded.

    Security officials had earlier reported the occurance of an explosion in Jalalabad of Nangarhar province.

    Confirming the incident, Ahmad Farid Nangarhar provincial spokesman told Reporterly that some minutes ago an explosion happened PD6 of Jalalabad city.

    More details to come.

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    Breaking: Explosion in Jalalabad City of Nangarhar Province

    Security officials have reported the occurance of an explosion in Jalalabad of Nangarhar province.

    Confirming the incident, Ahmad Farid Nangarhar provincial spokesman told Reporterly that some minutes ago an explosion happened PD6 of Jalalabad city.

    He added that there is no details about the type of explosion and caualities.

    More details to come.

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    39 Taliban Insurgents Killed, Attacks Foiled, & Villages Cleared of Insurgents

    The Ministry of Interior released several statements informing that ANP, ANDSF and AAF conducted various operations and that resulted in 39 Taliban insurgents getting killed.

    Afghan National Police (ANP) repelled an armed Taliban attack in Obe district of Herat, in which 20 Taliban insurgents were killed and 10 others injured while a group of armed Taliban attacked Obe district.

    Two Afghan National Police officers were martyred however, and no civilian was harmed during the clash.

    Moreover, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) conducted a joint clearance operation to clear some of the areas from terrorists. The operation carried out in Keshk Rubat-e-Sangi district of Herat, and as a result, 10 villages cleared of terrorists.

    Furthermore, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) backed by Afghan Air Forces (AAF) planned and conducted a joint clearance operation to clear Khowaja Ghar district of Takhar. The operation went successful and ANDSF cleared this area with no loss and the Taliban were forced to leave the area.

    Taliban insurgents also suffered the heaviest casualty in the area and the operation came to an end after the district was cleared of terrorists and new outposts have been established in some parts of the district to provide better security.

    19 Taliban insurgents were killed and 12 others injured after Afghan National Army Commandos conducted a clearance operation in the area and a huge amount of ammunition and weapons used by the militants destroyed as well.

    Finally, Afghan National Police (ANP) discovered and defused a roadside bomb, placed by terrorists in Rubat region of Paktiya and ANP also discovered and defused six drums full of explosives and five roadside bombs, placed by terrorists in Musa Khil district of Khost.

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    CE Office: Financial Corruption Cases of Senior Officials Will Be Finalized Soon

    The financial corruption cases of the top officials of the government including the accused ministers are investigated by the Attorney General’s Office and the Supreme Court and will be finalized soon, said Chief Executive Office of National Unity Government.

    Chief Executive Office said on Thursday that, in a meeting of Executive Committee on the Prevention of Corruption and Development of System help on Wednesday, chaired by Dr. Abdullah, the separate groups reported their progress and challenges they face in their work.

    The report states that according to the decision of the committee, financial corruption cases involving senior officials, including accused ministers, are investigated by the Attorney General’s Office and the Supreme Court will be finalized soon.

    The report also briefed the improvements in the prevention of extortion from cars and vendors in customs and roads.

    In the meeting, Dr. Abdullah emphasized that the committees should diligently work in reaching defined goals.

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    75 Prisoners Including 6 Women Freed From Takhar province Prison

    Attorney General’s Office (AGO) reported the release of 75 prisoners including 6 women from prison of Takhar province.

    The prisoners were released from prison of Takhar on Monday 10 June, based on president’s decree No. 4, Attorney General’s Office said in a statement on Thursday.

    AGO statement stated that, Sayed Mohammad Sabab, head of Takhar Appellate Prosecution Office urged the freed prisoners to live a healthy life in the society and also fulfil and meet personal and social responsibilities in accordance with the law.

    Government Media and Information Center (GMIC) said on Wednesday that based on presidential decree No. 27 issued on June 3 of current year, 490 Taliban prisoners have been released from prisons and 887 more Taliban prisoners are about to be freed from Afghan prisons.

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    31 Taliban Insurgents Killed and Wounded During Clearance of Khwaja Ghar District Bazar

    The Army in northern part of Afghanistan has reported the killing and injury of 31 Taliban insurgents in Takhar province.

    As a result of joint operation for clearance of Khwaja Ghar district in Takhar province, 19 Taliban insurgents were killed and 12 were wounded on Wednesday, 217th Pamir Corps said in a statement on Thursday.

    According to the statement, the areas of Khwaja Ghar district are cleared from the presence of Taliban insurgents and two captured Humvee armored personnel carriers were also destroyed.

    Meanwhile, speaking to Reporterly on Wednesday, Khalil Aseer, the spokesman of Takhar Police Command has confirmed the assault of Taliban on Khwaja Ghar district of the province and denied the fall of the district to Taliban.

    But the Taliban had also claimed that they had captured the center of Khwaja Ghar district.

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    President Ghani Leaves for Bishkek to Attend SCO Summit

    The Presidential Palace released a statement informing that President Ghani left on Thursday morning for Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet.

    The president will be speaking at the summit and will be meeting various heads of states on the sidelines of the conference.

    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) — touted as Asian NATO — is holding its 19th summit, beginning Thursday in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek.

    Among others, the leaders of member states attending the two-day summit, include Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan.

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    IS Threat Very Worrisome: US Marine Gen McKenzie

    The Islamic State group in Afghanistan is a “very worrisome” threat to the United States, and U.S. and counterterrorism efforts have yet to minimise its extremist ambitions, a senior American general said Wednesday.

    Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said IS would be hard pressed, however, to carry out an attack on the U.S. homeland because it is under strong military pressure.

    “ISIS in Afghanistan certainly has aspirations to attack the United States,” McKenzie said. “It is our clear judgment that as long as we maintain pressure on them it will be hard for them to do that.”

    McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command with responsibility for managing American military operations across the greater Middle East, spoke in Germany with reporters returning home with him from an eight-day trip that took him to Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. He also spent two days aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea.

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    Atmar Meets US Special Representative Khalilzad and US Ambassador Bass

    Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and US Ambassador to Kabul John Bass on Wednesday.

    “Delighted to have had the opportunity for a substantive discussion on most issues of significance for Afghanistan & our partnership with the US. This opportunity is very crucial for all Afghans that @US4AfghanPeace is consulting with you for Afghan peace process we hope that you and international community will do their best for upcoming Intra-Afghan talks”, Atmar tweeted.

    He said that while the pursuit of peace should continue unabated, it is also time to refocus on the elections.

    “The outcome of a fair & transparent presidential election could be a game changer for peace – bringing a new, more legitimate AFG leadership to the stalled intra-AFG process”, he conceded.