The UNAMA and US on Thursday voiced concern over the escalating tensions in Mazar-e-Sharif. UNAMA in a statement called on parties to deescalate the matter immediately and find a “non violent solution to solve cultural differences, and prioritise the safety and security of the city’s residents”. John Bass, the US Ambassador to Afghanistan also wrote on Twitter

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Ata Mohammad Noor, the former governor of Balkh province in his second statement published on his Facebook account in the past 24 hours has called on Balkh citizens to have complete readiness for what he called "the defense of their dignity." Noor called the beginning of the clashes in Mazar-e-Sharif "an attack on people," saying that they are ready for any defense and sacrifice

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US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass said on Thursday that Americans and Afghans have “stood shoulder to shoulder to fight terror”, and to build a better future for Afghanistan. “We each have a sacred duty to honor our fallen heroes and citizens in everything we do”, he wrote on Twitter. However, Bass said that to attain the above goals, American, Afghan corruption and misuse

14 March 2019

The Afghan embassy in Colombo announced that Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari met with Mr. Nihal Ranasinghe, the Controller-General of the Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration to discuss removal of restrictions on visas for Afghans. This meeting followed a bilateral meeting on March 12, 2019 by the Ambassador with the Internal and Home Affairs of Sri Laknka, the Honorable Wajira Abeywardana, with whom

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It has been reported that gunfire was heard near the Balkh police headquarters on Thursday. Roads nearby have been closed to traffic. The incident comes after tensions in Balkh had escalated following the new appointments in Ministry of Interior.

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National Directorate of Security reported that NDS forces conducted a night operation on a weapon and drug hideout of Taliban insurgents in Nimroz province. “As a result of NDS special forces operation on a prison and drug facility of Mullah Salam known as Haji Sabir and Mawlavi Hashim known as Hanzala-two commanders of Taliban insurgent group

14 March 2019

The United States and India on Wednesday agreed to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation, including building six U.S. nuclear power plants in India, the two countries said in a joint statement. The agreement came after two days of talks in Washington. The United States under President Donald Trump has been looking to sell more energy products to India, the world’s third-biggest buyer of

14 March 2019

Afghan Army in northern Afghanistan reported that three key Taliban insurgents were killed in a night operation by security forces. Hanif Rezai, spokesman of 209 Shaheen Corps told Reportely that last night in a targeted operation of army and National Directorate of Security special forces on three hideouts of Taliban insurgents in 3rd district of Kunduz city, nine insurgents including three key commanders of

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Deputy Minister of Interior Gen Khoshal Sadat wrote in response to the recent appointments in the Ministry. He wrote on Twitter that with the worsening security situation of Balkh province, the President’s appointment of Abdul Raqib Mubariz (former CRU222 Commander) as new Police Chief for Balkh comes at right time. Gen Sadat added that Raqib will

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