Newsfeed: Wednesday, December 19

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Militia Commander Qaisari Granted Bail

    The Attorney General Office confirmed on Wednesday that a verdict has been issued to grant bail to militia commander Nezamuddin Qaisari.

    Qaisari was arrested on July 2 this year after he allegedly insulted and threatened to kill people during a provincial security meeting.

    Qaisari is close to Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum.

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    US Special Representative Khalilzad Lands in Kabul to Brief about Abu Dhabi Talks

    It was announced in a press release by the US Embassy that Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived today in Kabul to update President Ghani and CE Abdullah on “his engagements with regional partners and other interested parties to reach a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan”.

    The statement further informed that Khalilzad arrived in Kabul after three-days of meetings in Abu Dhabi, including the fourth round of quadrilateral meetings between the United States, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.

    It was clarified that the meetings were a part of efforts by the United States and international partners to promote an intra-Afghan dialogue aimed at ending the conflict in Afghanistan.

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Khalilzad Travels to Pakistan

    A spokesperson for US Embassy in Kabul announced in a statement that Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Pakistan on December 19, 2018 to follow up on discussions held earlier in the week in Abu Dhabi to support a negotiated settlement for the conflict in Afghanistan.

    The statement added that Special Representative Khalilzad met with Chief of Army Staff Bajwa during his brief stop in Pakistan.

    The Special Representative expressed his appreciation for Pakistan’s efforts to encourage the Taliban to negotiate directly with the Afghan government and other senior Afghan political figures to reach a political settlement that ends the war in Afghanistan.

    Khalilzad also tweeted on Wednesday that he met with leaders in Pakistan to follow up on the meeting at Abu Dhabi. He also confirmed that his next stop is Kabul.

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Taliban Rocket Damages Electricity Pylon in Herat

    Taliban insurgents have reportedly damaged an electricity pylon after firing rocket at it in western Herat province, officials informed on Wednesday.

    The incident took place in Mar Abad village of Pashtun Zarghun district on Tuesday, Jelani Farhad a spokesman for provincial governor told 1Tv News.

    He said that pylon supported power line from Salma Dam, which is located on Hari River in Chishti Sharif district and which was inaugurated in 2016.

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Afghanistan Records Lowest Death Toll of Media Workers in 14 Years, Remains 3rd Deadliest Country for Reporters

    Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have informed in a report on Tuesday that Afghanistan was the third deadliest country in 2017 for violence against media workers.

    According to RSF’s estimates, 26 people “were killed in the course of their work, the collateral victims of a deadly situation such as an air strike, an artillery bombardment, or a suicide bombing” while 39 “were murdered, and deliberately targeted because their reporting threatened political, economic, or criminal interests.”

    Thus, 65 journalists and media workers were killed in 2017, however it has been recorded as the lowest toll in 14 years.

    The report estimated that 326 people working in the media – including 202 professional journalists were additionally being detained.

    Overall, RSF said, the decrease in deaths is due to journalists fleeing countries such as Syria, Yemen and Libya that have become too dangerous and it also analysed that increasing awareness of the need to protect journalists is making the scenario better.

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    ISIS Kill 700 Prisoners in Syria

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights informed on Wednesday that Islamic State militants had executed nearly 700 prisoners in nearly two months in eastern Syria.

    The UK-based war monitoring group said the prisoners were among 1,350 civilians and fighters that Islamic State had been holding in territory near the Iraqi border.

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    Syrian Democratic Forces commander-in-chief Mazloum Kobani told Reuters last week that at least 5,000 IS fighters remain holed up in the enclave, including many foreigners who appear ready to fight to the death.

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    No Talks of Interim Government with US: Taliban

    Taliban released a statement on Wednesday clarifying that they have not discussed the creation of an interim government and elections at peace talks with US diplomats in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    Ever since news of talks between US and Taliban at Abu Dhabi was out, many media outlets suspected that there would be discussion on interim government, elections and a ceasefire.

    The Taliban expressed in the statement that negotiations in Abu Dhabi were taking place with the US on ways of ending American intervention, and withdrawal of US militarily.

    More details of the ongoing meeting in Abu Dhabi would be shared with media later one, the statement added.

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    2 Wounded in Explosion in Baghlan

    Security officials have reported a magnetic bomb blast in Baghlan province.

    One of the mines which had been embedded in the car of one of the guests of Mohammad Zarif Zarif’s , a parliamentary candidate from Baghlan province, was detonated near his house this morning, said Wahidullah Nezami, the head of security department of Baghlan Police.

    As a result of the blast, the driver and a guard of the guest were wounded.

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Magnetic Bomb Explosion in Kabul

    Kabul police have confirmed to Reporterly that on Wednesday a magnetic bomb explosion occurred in Kabul.

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    A spokesman for the Kabul police Basir Mujahid told Reporterly that the explosion occurred in Bagrami district, targeting an ANA ranger type vehicle.

    According to Mr. Mujahed, the Ranger driver was wounded in the explosion.

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Taliban Red Unit Head Killed and 36 Insurgents Killed

    Taliban’s Red Unit head of Paktia, Paktika, Khost and Logar provinces has been killed in a commando operation, the Ministry of Defense announced in a statement on Tuesday.

    Defense ministry’s spokesperson Ghafoor Javed said Bilal Zadran, head of the Taliban’s Red Unit for southeastern region, was killed on Monday night.

    Mr Zadran also said that Taliban insurgency in-charge Mullah Ikramuddin and 35 other insurgents were killed in Maiwand district of Kandahar province in military operation.

    He added Taliban’s 15 top members have been killed during security forces operations in the past 26 days.

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Roadmap for Strengthening Hydromet and Early Warning Services in Afghanistan Launched

    It was announced by the the Afghan Embassy in Washington DC that a report titled “Roadmap on Strengthening Hydromet and Early Warning Service in Afghanistan” was launched on Wednesday at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC.

    The statement also read that representatives from world bank, WMO, GFDRR and EDU were there along with other institutions to show their support and cooperation.

  • 19 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Former NSA Atmar Meets US Senator Lindsey Graham

    It was announced by the media center of the former NSA Haneef Atmar, that he met with US Senator Lindsey Graham on the latter’s visit to Afghanistan.

    The two sides, as per the statement discussed progress in peace process and elections. They also talked about the recent peace negotiations and insisted on Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process with emphasis on inclusivity.