Kabul: A number of former Taliban members are urging current members of the group not to harm civilians, children and women during the war. Sayed Mohammad Akbar Agha, a former member of the Taliban, told a news conference in Kabul on Thursday that casualties and displacement of civilians are a matter of concern and should be prevented. He also called on the Afghan government

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Kabul: The Kabul municipality said that it has raised 2.340 billion afghanis in revenue over the past six months, 150 million afghanis from tax debts and nine million afghanis from advertising companies’ debts. Mohammad Fazel Sharifi, Kabul Municipality's deputy for social and cultural affairs, told a news conference on Thursday that 220,000 square meters of clear land and 41 small parks had been re-taken

12 August 2021

Kabul: Mir Rahman Rahmani, Speaker of the House of Representatives, spoke at a consultative meeting in Parwan about preparations for a serious fight against the Taliban, saying that the northern zone would fight against the Taliban as an invincible zone and that the people's resistance against the Taliban would henceforth, will be formed to fight against Taliban. Rahmani called on all jihadi leaders and

12 August 2021

Kabul: The Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday that Mohammad Dawood Laghmani, the governor of Ghazni province, has been detained by the ministry's internal security forces. Interior Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanekzai said that the governor of Ghazni, along with his deputy, head of the office and his entourage, were arrested on Thursday in Maidan Wardak province. A security source, who did not want to

12 August 2021

Kabul: A senior member of the Afghan National Security Council said that the government's priority is still peace. Javid Faisal, an adviser to the National Security Council, told AFP that the government would continue to defend the people against violence by the Taliban and other terrorist groups. "Our priority is peace and dialogue for a kind of political coming. But we also have another

12 August 2021

Kabul: Afghanistan’s government is arming local groups as part of a three-phase plan to push back the Taliban offensive, the Afghan interior minister told Al Jazeera in an interview. Afghanistan Minister of Interior General Abdul Satar Mirzakwal said on Wednesday that Afghan forces are also focusing on trying to secure main highways, large cities, and border crossings after the Taliban seized nine provincial

12 August 2021

Kabul: The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it is working to forge an international consensus behind the need for an Afghanistan peace accord even as it acknowledged that "all indications" point to the Taliban seeking a "battlefield victory." The comments made came as envoys from the United States, China, Russia and other countries met in Doha with Taliban and Afghan government negotiators in

12 August 2021

Kabul: Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), said that the situation in Afghanistan is serious and critical, with potential threats to the country's health. Abdullah made the remarks on Wednesday at the extended Troika meeting attended by special envoys from the United States, Russia, China and Pakistan hosted by Qatar in Doha. The High Council for National Reconciliation in a

12 August 2021

Kabul: Local officials in Badghis province said that a 25-day ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban has ended with the resumption of Taliban attacks. Badghis Governor Hessam ul-Din Shams told Etilaat roz daily that the Taliban had resumed their attacks on security belts in Qala-e-Naw, the capital of the province, on Wednesday evening. Shams added that heavy fighting between government forces and

12 August 2021

Kabul: Security sources confirmed that security and defense forces stationed at the Kunduz airport, retreated from the 217th Pamir Corps and reached the Burka district of Baghlan via the Kunduz-Aliabad public highway with a regular plan, capturing the district. It is pertinent to note that on Wednesday afternoon, the Taliban had surrounded the Kunduz Airport. Sources added that security forces encountered several Taliban ambushes

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