The World Bank Group has approved a $98.8m financing package, comprising a mix of guarantees, a loan, and swaps, for two gas-to-power energy projects in Afghanistan. The financing is aimed at increasing domestically generated electricity through the gas-to-power energy projects, whilst leveraging private financing for the energy sector in the country. World Bank Afghanistan country director Henry Kerali said: “Afghanistan’s energy needs are enormous, and

11 October 2019

The Afghan government says it has shut down its consulate in Peshawar in protest at a police raid at the northwestern Pakistani city's Afghan Market. The Afghan Embassy in Islamabad on October 11 condemned the overnight raid in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province's capital, and accused the provincial government of making a "unilateral decision" regarding the long-standing dispute over the market's ownership.

11 October 2019

Local officials say a series of explosions in Jalalabad city including one from a bombing outside a mosque, wounded five people. The explosions began shortly after 7 a.m. on Friday, first targeting the house of the head of the Nangarhar provincial council. Ahmad Ali Azrat, a provincial council member, says a councilman's bodyguard was wounded. A second explosion nearby, minutes later, hurt one civilian.

11 October 2019

The former general secretary of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) has been banned for five years and fined after FIFA’s ethics committee found him guilty of violations relating to the abuse of female players. As per Reuters reporter, the world soccer body said in a statement that the investigation into Sayed Aghazada concerned complaints lodged by several female Afghan football players against former AFF

11 October 2019

Local officials in Kandahar said that National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel have arrested a 15-memers terrorist group during the past two weeks. Kandahar provincial governor’s office in a statement on Thursday said that NDS personnel in cooperation of people have arrested the group during the operations carried out in past two weeks. The detainees have been

10 October 2019

The head of IT department of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has been introduced to the Attorney General Office (AGO), officials confirmed. Officials said that Kabir Panahi was introduced to AGO due to the problems in biometric devices on Election Day, particularly about the missing of voters’ names in the devices. Panahi was introduced for prosecution by

10 October 2019

President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah have met with a US Senate delegation in Kabul on Thursday. The US senators, Margaret Hassan and Chirstopher Van Hollen met with Ghani on Wednesday evening, presidential Palace in a statement said. The statement noted that the senators congratulated the successful holding of presidential election in Afghanistan, saying the vote was important for strengthening democracy.

10 October 2019

Afghan local officials have said that more than 6,000 families have reportedly fled the conflicts in Takhar province. Provincial government Spokesman Mohammad Jawad Hejri stated that thousands of households have left their residences due to fierce clashes between government security forces and Taliban militants in some districts in northern part of Takhar. "Some 2,500 families sought asylums

10 October 2019

At least eleven Taliban insurgents have been killed in Nehr Saraj district of Helmand province, Ministry of Interior (MoI) said. MoI in a statement on Thursday said that 11 Taliban militants were killed in two separate operations carried out by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in Yakhchal region, Nehr Saraj district of Helmand and

10 October 2019

At least 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed a series of airstrike and armed clash in Balkh province, army officials said. 209 Shaheen Corps in a statement said, “Afghan Security Forces conducted airstrikes targeting a Taliban gathering at around 07:00 PM Wednesday in Kohna Chatmal district. The security forces also clashed with Taliban insurgents in Balkh district

10 October 2019