Newsfeed; Wednesday, December 11 2019

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…

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    Four Family Members Killed by Taliban in Balkh

    Afghan local officials say at least four members of a family have been killed by the Taliban group in Balkh province.

    The spokesman of Balkh Police, Adel Shah Adel told Reporterly that at least four members of a family were killed by Taliban in Sholgara district of Balkh.

    In the meantime, the 209 Shahin Corps in a press release said that Taliban insurgents stormed a house a house on Tuesday night at Sholgara district and shot killed the members of a family.

    According to the press release, at least three women were killed and one man was killed in Taliban shootings.

    The Taliban group has not commented regarding the incident so far.

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    Members of Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Visit Afghanistan

    The chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidency Zeljko Komsic and Presidency Member Sefik Dzaferovic were greeted at the Kabul Presidential Palace with the highest state and military honors.

    Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina thanked President Ashraf Ghani for his hospitality and informed him of the current political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    In the meantime, President Ghani thanked the members of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina for their participation in NATO’s Resolute Support mission and for their contributions to peace-building and stabilization of Afghanistan.

    Ghani informed the members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina of the current situation, goals, dynamics and results of the reform processes undertaken by the Afghan Government.

    After meeting with the President of Afghanistan, members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina met with General Giles Hill, the Deputy Commander of the Resolute Support Mission.

    The meeting discussed the security situation and challenges in Afghanistan and the plan of activities of the Resolute Support mission for 2020.

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    25 Female Inmates Released on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    The Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) says at least 25 women prisoners have been released from Kabul Women’s Prison on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16-Day Campaign against Violence against Women in Afghanistan.

    MoI in a press release on Wednesday said that the women detainees were released yesterday.

    According to MoI press release, the release of women detainees was based on the Presidential decree which included the order of releasing those women who have been imprisoned for unintentional offenses.

    This comes as President Ghani has recently issued a decree for the release of Afghan women on the occasion of the International Day of violence against women.

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    Developing: 1 Civilian Killed, More Than 60 Wounded in Explosion Outside Bagram Base

    Suicide blasts in Afghanistan killed one civilian and injured more than 60 in an attack on Wednesday on the United States’ main military base of Bagram that was repulsed after a 30-minute clash, Afghan and NATO officials said.

    Two massive explosions occurred roughly at 05:50 a.m. local time when the first group of attackers exploded two car bombs outside the south wall of the base, where scores of houses, shops and a mosque were damaged, local officials said.

    “The second group of militants seized an abandoned health facility. They tried to target foreign forces and attack with heavy weapons the military base,” the officials said.

    “The initial information found that more than 50 villagers were wounded in the incident that occurred in Janqadam, a locality in adjacent of Bagram airbase. The wall of the base has absorbed force of explosions but the blasts caused massive destruction,” district chief Abdul Shakor Qudosi said.

    He said most of the wounded were affected by flying glasses, debris and shrapnel.

    This comes as the Resolute Support in Afghanistan has said the attack on Bagram airfield had no US or coalition forces casualties.

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    Japan to Complete Nakamura’s Unfinished Projects, Says Japanese Amb.

    Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mitsuji Suzuka has vowed to complete the projects left half-done in Afghanistan by the slain Dr. Nakamura.

    The National Security Council (NSC) office in a statement said that the Japanese ambassador made the remarks in his meeting with the National Security Adviser (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib.

    “NSA Mohib considered the assassination of Dr. Nakamura a huge blow for the Afghan people and government,” the statement said.

    Mohib has emphasized that the Afghan security and defense forces will soon identify the main perpetrators of Dr. Nakamura’s murder and introduce them to the judicial institutions.

    Last week, unknown gunmen opened fire at the vehicle of the Peace Japan Medical Services (PMS) chief, Dr. Nakamura, and was gunned down along with five Afghans in Jalalabad City, the provincial capital.

    The Nangarhar governor on Monday said two suspects had been arrested in connection with the attack on Nakamura.

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    Canadian Soldiers Made ‘Progress’ in Afghanistan: Defense Minister

    Kandahar was made a better place by Canada’s military presence, Canada’s Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said following The Washington Post’s publication of documents that suggest successive U.S. administrations saw the Afghanistan war as unwinnable.

    Sajjan, who did three tours of Afghanistan as an intelligence liaison and later as an adviser to American commanders, said he personally saw progress throughout his time there.

    Sajjan defended Canada’s military and development record but has ducked the question of whether the Conservative government of the day knew how deeply pessimistic some of the allies had become about the war’s conduct and prospects for success.

    The troops on the ground, Sajjan said, were fully aware of the challenges they faced.

    “One thing I assure you, our understanding of our situation was extremely high,” he said, adding the Canadian army’s view was shared with its “partners.”

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    US House Committee to Hold Hearing on Afghanistan War Findings

    US Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Eliot Engel has announced plans for a hearing with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in response to an incriminating report that three U.S. administrations misled the public in regard to the Afghanistan war.

    “I fully expect the State Department and other agencies to cooperate in the committee’s endeavor to provide transparency and accountability to the American people on the impact of 18 years of war and more than $2 trillion spent,” Rep. Eliot Engel, in a statement said.

    The Washington Post obtained thousands of pages of interviews from generals, diplomats and other top officials describing a war effort without a functional strategy.

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    US Cash Fed Corruption in Afghanistan: Ex-President Karzai

    Afghanistan’s former president has argued that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades without accountability.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Hamid Karzai responded to findings from a trove of newly published documents that successive U.S. administrations misled the public about the war in Afghanistan.

    Karzai said the documents, obtained by The Washington Post, confirm his long-running complaints about U.S. spending.

    Karzai has denied wrong-doing but hasn’t denied involvement in corruption by officials in his government.

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    Developing: Suicide Bomber Hits Medical Facility Near Bagram Air Base

    A powerful suicide bombing Wednesday targeted an under-construction medical facility near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the capital Kabul, the U.S. military and Afghan officials said.

    The explosion happened in Jan Qadam area of Bagram district about 6am local time and clashes occurred between foreign troops and attackers close to Bagram airbase after the explosion, said a spokesman for the provincial governor, Wahida Shahkar.

    Resolute Support in a statement said that “Enemy Forces conducted an attack on Bagram airfield this morning, targeting a medical facility being constructed to help the Afghan people who live near the base.”

    “The attack was quickly contained and repelled by our ANDSF and Coalition partners, but the future medical facility was badly damaged,” the statement said, adding that “there were no US and Coalition casualties and Bagram remained secure throughout the attack.”

    Dr. Sangin, the head of the provincial hospital, said that they have received five injured, all Afghans.

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    Explosion outside Main U.S. Base in Afghanistan

    A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the United States’ main Bagram military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Afghan and NATO officials said.

    There were no U.S. or coalition casualties, but a medical base being built for locals was badly damaged, Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, said in a statement.