The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said they had arrested the IS-K operative who was one of the masterminds behind the assassination of Mawlawi Mohammad Ayaz Niazi and Mawlawi Azizullah Mofleh. The man, identified as Obaidullah, known as Akrama, is the “commander of Daesh operations in the north and northeast of Afghanistan,” the NDS said in a statement on Thursday. He was a member of

10 September 2020

Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh said on Thursday that if the Taliban stayed true to their claims of abiding by their deal with the U.S., then they should come to the negotiating table with the Afghan government as soon as possible. Speaking at an environment summit, "Our Role in Protecting Clean Air," Danesh said war has a devastating effect on the country’s environment and

10 September 2020

With the intra-Afghan talks on the cusp of starting, Taliban attacks remain unabated with 98 civilians casualties reported in the past week, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Thursday. MoI spokesperson Tariq Arian said that the Taliban carried out 368 terrorist attacks which killed 49 civilians and wounded 49 others. Arian added that civilians casualties were reported across 22 provinces, with a majority of

10 September 2020

In the past 24 hours, 343 samples were tested for Coronavirus, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said, of which, 28 were positive. The MoPH also reported that no COVID-19 patients had died in the past day while 81 have recovered. New cases were reported in the provinces of Herat (11), Daykundi (7), Kabul (4), Balkh (4)

10 September 2020

Uzbekistan has expressed its readiness to organize one of the subsequent rounds of the intra-Afghan negotiations in Samarkand, the Uzbek deputy foreign minister told his Afghan counterpart on Wednesday. The first trilateral meeting of the Subcommittee on Policy was held via videoconference with delegations led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab, Uzbeki Deputy Foreign Minister Furkat Sidikov, and the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary

10 September 2020

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that they had lifted the ban on Kam Air after it fulfilled the terms of operation. Kam Air had been banned from the UAE due to its non-standard flight safety. In a letter dated Sep. 6 to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of

10 September 2020

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres “strongly” condemned the Wednesday attack of First Vice President Amrullah Saleh’s convoy in Kabul, which resulted in dozens of civilian casualties. “The Secretary-General reiterates the urgency of achieving a peaceful settlement to the conflict in the country and reaffirms the United Nations commitment to supporting the people and Government of Afghanistan in this important endeavour,” said a statement

10 September 2020

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, said that “spoilers” are becoming desperate to disrupt the Afghan peace process by launching targeted attacks. Khalilzad condemned the attack on First Vice President Amrullah Saleh’s convoy in Kabul on Wednesday, which killed at least 10 civilians and injured 16 others. “As peace talks near, spoilers are becoming

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