Security forces reported that India has handed over two Mi-35 combat helicopters to Afghan Air Force Ministry of Defense said on Thursday that the two Mi-35 combat helicopters were officially handed over to Ministry of Defense with the presence Acting MoD Minister Assadullah Khalid and Indian Ambassador Vinay Kumar. The ministry added that the combat helicopters are

16 May 2019

Local officials have reported the killing and wounding of six security forces personnel, including a commander of them in Zabul province. Speaking to Reporterly on Thursday, Gul Islam Sail spokesperson of Zabul governor said that on Wednesday night, Taliban insurgents attacked on outposts of Army forces and local police in Shinkay district of the province which

16 May 2019

No clear winner determined in lower house election to choose speaker as a runoff is expected between Mir Rahman Rahmani and Kamal Nasir Osoli. Kamal Nasir Osoli secured 69 votes in lower house speaker election whereas Mir Rahman Rahmani secured 75 votes in lower house speaker election, with 122 votes needed to win. Mirwais Yasini secured 59

16 May 2019

The US Embassy in Kabul released a statement welcoming the the finalization of the Kabul parliamentary election results. “The completion of this election and the seating of the full parliament is an important achievement for the new IEC and the ECC, and of Afghanistan’s democratic process”, the statement said.   The Embassy also noted the decision of the

16 May 2019

Afghan minister of foreign affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met with the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon on the former’s visit to Dushanbe. Rabbani tweeted saying “it was great pleasure meeting H.E.@EmomaliRahmon President of the Republic of Tajikistan on the 1st day of my visit to Dushanbe.We deeply value our close& brotherly relations with Tajikistan &appreciate its longstanding support for peace, stability& prosperity in Afghanistan”.

16 May 2019

Security officials reported the killing of a key Taliban insurgent group commander in Balkh province. As a result of the security forces clashes on Wednesday afternoon in Moghol ha and Bula villages, Mullah Khadim one of the most dangerous Taliban commanders was killed and a key member of the Taliban group was arrested, Ministry of Interior spokesperson Nusrat Rahimi said on Thursday.

16 May 2019

Pakistan has extended its airspace ban that it began in February this year for flights to India till May 30. Officials, as per Dawn, have cited the reason for extension as there being no progress between India and Pakistan bilaterally. The airspace ban began in February following India’s airstrikes in Pakistan’s region and escalation of tensions between

16 May 2019

Famous Afghan filmmaker and director Sahraa Karimi has been appointed as the new General Director of Afghan Film, also known as Afghan Film Organisation, which is a state-run film production company. Karimi becomes the first woman to head the AFO, and she was selected through a merit-based process that was conducted by the Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission.

16 May 2019
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