At least five Taliban insurgents were killed by Afghan security forces in an operation conducted in Shina Qala village of Barak-e Barak district of Logar province, officials said. Security officials declared that Afghan forces seized a number of weapons during the operation. Taliban have not commented regarding the incident so far. In the meantime, the Afghan forces found

5 November 2019

Afghan military officials say that at least three Taliban militants were killed during a clearance operation in Paghman district of Kabul on Tuesday. Police 111 Unit in a press release said the Afghan security forces have launched a clearance operation at the vicinity of Paghman district. According to the press release, two Taliban insurgents were killed in

5 November 2019

President Ashraf Ghani and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi talked about intra-Afghan talks in a phone call late on Monday. The Presidential Palace in a statement said the two sides discussed also presidential election, Afghan peace process and state-to-state cooperation. According to the statement, they emphasized that peace process should be advanced at the centrality of the

5 November 2019

The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has issued a new report that estimates that the US has spent $132 billion on Afghan economic development since 2002. A recent news article provides a breakdown of the spending: $82.55 billion for security (including $4.57 billion for counter-narcotics initiatives). $34.46 billion for governance and development (including $4.37 billion for counter-narcotics initiatives). $3.85 billion for

5 November 2019

Afghan government said on Monday its ambassador in Pakistan was summoned by the country's intelligence agency ISI and faced misconduct. "Afghanistan expresses its deepest objection and concern over the summoning of the ambassador by Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) and the misconduct of the entity's personnel," the Ministry of Foreign said, leveling an extremely rare allegation. It did not elaborate.

5 November 2019

Shepherding pays relatively well compared to other agricultural work in Turkey; however, local breeders have been complaining about a lack of applicants. Despite a monthly wage of at least TL 5,000 and payment for additional expenses, Turkey suffers a shortage of 150,000 shepherds. To overcome the issue, a union of breeders has turned to the government for a practical solution: giving permits to Afghan

5 November 2019

Hundreds of Afghans - many needing urgent medical treatment - gathered on Monday near Pakistan's embassy waiting to hear when the visa section might reopen after it indefinitely shut down its services. The consular office in Kabul was closed over security reasons after several staff members were harassed by unknown assailants in the Afghan capital, Pakistan's embassy announced late on Sunday. The visa section's closure

5 November 2019

Just weeks after the grim discovery in the UK, another refrigerated truck filled with migrants have been discovered this time in northern Greece. Greek police has said that the 41 migrants, mostly from Afghanistan, were not injured, but seven of them were taken to hospital as a precaution. The migrants, all men aged between 20 and 30

5 November 2019

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister met with Atiqullah Noshir, First Deputy Adviser on National Security Council of Afghanistan, who was in China for the China-Afghanistan inter-departmental and inter-regional security cooperation mechanism meeting. According to Chinese media outlets, Luo Zhaohui expressed, the Chinese side hopes to realize peace and stability in Afghanistan at an early date, firmly supports

5 November 2019