In response to Taliban’s statement which threatened to target the Afghan public if they attend upcoming presidential elections, the Presidential Office (ARG) has released a statement to assure Afghans that they can and must exercise their political right. “As evidently enshrined in the Afghanistan Constitution, it is the legitimate and legal right of the people of Afghanistan to attend poll centers and directly elect

6 August 2019

At least 5 people were killed and seven others wounded in a magnetic IED explosion in Kabul city, as per Interior Ministry. The explosive was placed on a bicycle and targeted a vehicle of the Interior Ministry Counter-Narcotics Department which was passing through the road, the Interior Ministry said. The blast took place in Parwan Bostan Circle

6 August 2019

Abdullah's electoral team released a statement to protest the appointment of former spokesperson of Independent Election Commission, Mohammad Noor, as its senior adviser by president Ghani. The statement called it an “illegal act” and explicit meddling in the election. Dr. Abdullah's electoral team in a statement said on Tuesday: “appointment of Mr. Noor as advisor of

6 August 2019

At least two people were killed and seven others wounded in a magnetic IED explosion that targeted a vehicle of ANP Counter-Narcotics in Khairkhana area, PD11, the Ministry of Interior confirmed. No one has claimed responsibility so far. Details to follow.

6 August 2019

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has reacted to denunciation of presidential elections by Taliban saying that its unlawful and against democratic values. “Election is one of the fundamental rights of the citizens of the country, and our people have achieved this after years of efforts and struggle”, the Chief Executive said in a statement. Dr Abdullah urged

6 August 2019

15 Taliban insurgents were killed during a joint clearance operation carried out by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in Mahajir Bazaar region, Nehr Saraj District of Helmand, as per a statement by Ministry of Interior. Several Taliban hideouts and two vehicles used by the insurgents were destroyed and ANDSF seized one rocket launcher, five radio handsets, three AK-47 rifles and five motorcycles. 25

6 August 2019

The Second National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 “Women, Peace and Security” was launched at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday. The event was attended by the Chief Executive H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Foreign Minister H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani, cabinet members, a number of senior government officials and ambassadors of the friendly countries to Kabul. Foreign

6 August 2019

An IED explosion in the city of Khost has left one security personnel killed and wounded 2 civilians, security officials said. Speaking to Reporterly, Adil Haidar, the spokesperson of Khost police headquarters said: “an IED explosion took place in PD1 of Khost city around 7 AM on Tuesday morning.” He added, that as a result of this

6 August 2019

New Zealand is taking up three roles focused on women, peace and security in Afghanistan, the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. New Zealand Defence Force will be deploying three personnel into the roles, joining the NATO mission in Kabul. "This will contribute towards safeguarding the

6 August 2019

NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that there was a real chance for peace in Afghanistan as U.S.-Taliban peace talks continue in Qatar. "We now see a real chance for peace in Afghanistan, we are closer to a peace deal than ever before," Stoltenberg told reporters at a news conference in Wellington, New Zealand. On his

6 August 2019