Kabul: The Afghan government confirmed on Wednesday that hundreds of prisoners had escaped due to heavy fighting in a number of provinces. Safiaullah Jalalzai, a spokesman for the Afghanistan Prison Administration, told VOA on Wednesday that the detainees had escaped from war-torn provinces. "The vast majority of them were prisoners convicted of criminal offenses, drug traffickers, kidnappers and criminals convicted of armed robbery," he

11 August 2021

Kabul: Afghan officials said that the Taliban have attacked Kandahar from several directions, but security and defense forces have repulsed the attacks. Mohammad Sadeq Essa, spokesman for the 205th Atal Corps, told VOA on Wednesday that the Taliban had carried out attacks in the third, sixth, fifth and 15th PDs of Kandahar, and clashes are currently taking place between the two sides in these

11 August 2021

Kabul: The National Water Affairs Regulation Authority (NWAR) announced that a feasibility study and detailed design of more than 42 water dams across the country has been completed. Ahmad Wais Basiri, technical deputy director of NWAR, told a news conference on Wednesday that a feasibility study and detailed design of more than 42 dams across the country had been completed. However, the NWAR says

11 August 2021

Kabul: Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Chief Negotiator of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in a meeting with the special representatives of the Afghanistan peace supporting countries in Qatar said that the attacks on the cities, which is against all international rules and standards, has caused a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. “These attacks have created a climate of mistrust between the two negotiating sides. If Taliban

11 August 2021

Kabul: Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), called on the international community not to remain indifferent to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and to send a clear message to the Taliban about peace. Abdullah made the remarks on Tuesday at a joint meeting of Afghan peace partners in Doha, Qatar. The first day of the three-day summit was

11 August 2021

Kabul: Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Hanif Atmar met with Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Kabul Ross Wilson, to discuss security developments in the country and the Afghan peace process. The Foreign Minister spoke about the political-security situation and the recent developments in the Afghan peace process, asserting the call of the Afghan people for an immediate end to the Taliban

11 August 2021

Kabul: A security source in Badakhshan province confirmed that the city of Faizabad, the capital of the province, had fallen to Taliban fighters. The source, who did not want to be named, told Etilaat roz daily that the Taliban had taken control of the city at around 11:00pm on Tuesday. He added that a number of security forces had retreated from the city to

11 August 2021

Kabul: President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Balkh province on Wednesday morning, heading a high-level government delegation, to review the general and security situation in the northern zone. President Ghani met with political and jihadi figures Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, former Vice-President, Atta Mohammad Noor, former Governor of Balkh, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Senior Presidential Advisor on Security and Political Affairs, and Juma Khan Hamdard, Chairman of

11 August 2021

Kabul: Local sources in Farah province confirmed on Tuesday evening that most of the areas in the city of Farah, the capital of the province, has fallen to Taliban fighters. Credible sources told Tolo News and Pajwok News Agency that the National Directorate of Security is currently under siege by the Taliban and there is a clash going on; but other government departments like

10 August 2021

Kabul: Security officials said that around midnight, as a result of air and ground attacks by the security forces in Kapisa province, Ahmad Beyk hill of Nijrab district was recaptured by the security forces. Shayeq Shorish, head of the Kapisa police headquarters' press office, told Hashte Subh daily that 11 key Taliban members had been killed in the attacks. According to him, the security

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