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Afghan Taliban celebrates graduation of new recruits

Afghan Taliban celebrates graduation of new recruits

Kabul [Afghanistan], Nov. 26 : The Taliban in Afghanistan has released several photographs purportedly showing the graduation of scores of new recruits.

The group released the latest propaganda photographs amid reports that the leadership of the group is considering options to resume peace talks with the Afghan Government, reports the Khaama Press.

The Khaama Press quoted the group, as saying that the pictures were taken during the training of the militants in Khalid Bin Walid Training Camp, showing the Taliban fighters brandishing weapons and taking part in target practice.

The camouflaged militants appearing in the photographs are believed to have undergone a 45-day training course in the camp to learn military skills and strict implementation of Sharia law.

Human Rights Watch asks Afghan Govt for plan protecting Shia minority

Kabul [Afghanistan], Nov. 22 : Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that the Afghan government should develop a security plan to better protect minority Shia during high-profile public events.

At least 32 worshippers, including children were killed and 50 others injured by a suicide bomber at a Shia mosque in Kabul during observance of the religious ceremony of Arbaein. Since July, a wave of sectarian suicide attacks has injured or killed more than 500 members of the Shia community.

Insurgents who affiliate themselves with the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) claimed responsibility for this attack, their fourth on gatherings by Afghanistan's Shia community since July 2016.

Afghan forces seize Pakistan truck laden with 1,000 kg of explosives

Kabul [Afghanistan], Oct.24 : Counter-terrorist forces in Afghanistan's eastern Kumar Province have confirmed the seizure of a Pakistan licensed truck that was found with over 1,000 kilograms of explosives.

The Khaama Press quoted the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan, as saying that three people, including two Pakistan citizens had been detained after the truck was said to be carrying ammonium nitrate explosives that are often used to create improvised explosive devices.

Afghanistan has repeatedly charged Pakistan with giving shelter to terrorists, who stage attacks across Afghanistan. (ANI)

Targeted by Pakistani Army, Air Force thousands of Pakistani Pashtuns flee to Afghanistan

Kabul [Afghanistan], Oct. 15 : Operation 'Zarb-e-Azb' by the Pakistani armed forces against various terrorists groups, especially against Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), in North Waziristan along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on 15 June, 2014 has claimed hundreds of lives thus far and rendered thousands of Pashtuns homeless. They have alleged that Pakistan is looking for one or the other excuse to destroy them.

14 killed, 36 wounded in Kabul shrine attack

Kabul [Afghanistan], Oct.12 : Several gunmen opened fire at the Imam Ali Shrine in Afghanistan's capital Kabul late on Tuesday night, killing at least 14 people and wounding 36 others.

The Imam Ali shrine is in the vicinity of the western Karte Sakhi area of the city.

Khamma News quoted Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqi, as saying that the area has been cleared and the last attacker was shot dead.

Sediqi further added that the number of casualties will be released later.

The attack which was launched around 7. 30 p.m. yesterday.

Eyewitnesses and local residents in Karte Sakhi area earlier said sporadic clashes continued in the area for several hours as scores of Afghan forces arrived in the area to eliminate the attackers.

Afghan President Ghani calls for peace talks with Taliban

Ashraf-GhaniKabul, Sept 29 : President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on Monday used his inaugural speech to call on Taliban insurgents to join peace talks after 13 years of war.

Speaking after a ceremonial and democratic transfer of power, President Ghani said, "We ask opponents of the government, specially the Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami (another militant group), to enter political talks. Any problems that they have, they should tell us, we will find a solution."

"We ask every villager to call for peace. We ask Muslim scholars to advise the Taliban, and if they don't listen to their advice, they should cut off any relations," he added.

Afghans express relief at election deal

John KerryKabul: Amid relief that a dangerous rift in the country's troubled democracy has been averted, Afghan officials praised a deal between presidential contenders brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry and said today they hope to finish a full ballot audit within weeks.

Kerry unveiled the breakthrough deal yesterday night, with both hopefuls promising to abide by the results of the audit, followed by plans for the winner to form a government of national unity with participation of the losing side.

Obama leaves Afghanistan without meeting Karzai

Hamid-Karzai-Barack-ObamaKabul, May 26 : US President Barack Obama paid a short visit to Afghanistan but returned home without meeting his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai due to differences over the venue, an official statement said Monday.

Obama returned home after spending a few hours Sunday with US troops at Bagram airbase, 50 km north of Kabul, Xinhua reported.

The Afghan Presidential Palace, in a statement released here, said that Karzai had refused to meet Obama at Bagram.

US president pays surprise visit to Afghanistan

Barack ObamaKabul, May 26 - US President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan Sunday, an Afghan official said.

The US president arrived in the Bagram air base in north of Kabul, the main US base in Afghanistan, late Sunday, Xinhua quoted an official source as saying on condition of anonymity.

The aim of his trip is reported to meet American soldiers on a memorial day weekend and he will also visit the injured soldiers who got wounded in Afghanistan conflicts.

Obama is not planning to meet President Hamid Karzai and the two leading presidential candidates of upcoming presidential runoff, the media reported.

Karzai-Kerry talks extended

Harzai KerryKabul, Oct 13 : US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday extended talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on a key security agreement but some contentious issues remain to be finalised, media reported citing a presidential spokesperson.

There is still "some work" to be done related to documents, Aimal Faizi told reporters here, adding that he hoped it would be concluded soon, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

The spokesperson said the talks between President Karzai and John Kerry were rescheduled for a third round in the evening as the previous two rounds produced no satisfactory results.

John Kerry makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

John-KerryKabul, Oct 11 : US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan's capital Kabul Friday, Xinhua reported citing private television channel Tolo.

During his stay to Kabul, the US top diplomat, according to Tolo, would hold talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss the situation in Afghanistan with particular reference to possible inking of a security pact between the two countries.

The controversial security pact, if inked, would enable US to a keep limited number of its forces in Afghanistan after 2014 when the NATO-led troops wouls leave the militancy-ridden country.

Kabul urged to fire human rights commissioner

Hamid-KarzaiKabul, July 4 : President Hamid Karzai should immediately dismiss Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) member Abdul Rahman Hotak after he voiced opposition to the new Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Afghanistan's Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women is known as the EVAW Law.

Hotak said that in his view EVAW Law was "violating Islam" and there needed to be a law that people were "comfortable" with.

US wants Kabul to ink security deal within three months: Karzai

Hamid-karzaiKabul, June 29 : The US wants to ink the proposed security agreement with Afghanistan within the next three months even as Kabul has suspended talks with Washington over the pact, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday.

"President (Barack) Obama emphasised recently to reach agreement over the security pact within three months until next October," Xinhua quoted Karzai as saying at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Afghan president said the talks for inking the security pact were still suspended, and that Afghanistan has its conditions over the controversial agreement.

US all set to hold direct peace talks with Taliban

US all set to hold direct peace talks with TalibanThe United States will soon hold direct peace talks with the Taliban to find a political alternative to ongoing conflict between the two sides in Afghanistan, White House officials have revealed.

A senior White House official said US and Taliban envoys would meet in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in a couple of days, following which the Taliban would meet a "High Peace Council," which has been established by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to carry out the peace talks.

Karzai leaves for state visit to India

Hamid-Karzai_Kabul, May 20 : Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Monday left on a two-day visit to India, the president's office said in a statement.

"President Hamid Karzai, leading a high-level delegation, left this morning (Monday) on a two-day state visit to India at the invitation of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee," Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.

During his visit, Karzai is scheduled to meet Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Indian officials.

Opium Production rises for the third year in Afghanistan, UN

Opium Production rises for the third year in Afghanistan, UNAccording to a new report released by the United Nation, the total opium poppy cultivation has increased for the third year in the war ravaged nation of Afghanistan.

The multinational agency said that it expects the opium poppy cultivation to touch its record high this year. The report noted that the cultivation has been rising particularly in the southern part of the country, which is dotted by Taliban hardliners and in areas where the US-led coalition troops have withdrawn or are in the process of withdrawing.

Afghanistan objects to Pakistan's border constructions

General-Zahir-AzimiKabul, April 15 : The Afghanistan government Monday protested about unilateral construction of facilities by neighbour Pakistan along its eastern border, Xinhua reported.

"The recent construction of a gate and other facilities along the so-called Durand line took place without any coordination with Afghanistan," Afghan defence ministry spokesperson General Zahir Azimi told reporters during a joint press conference with International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) here.

10 Afghan kids die in NATO air strike

10 Afghan kids die in NATO air strikeKabul, April 8 - At least 10 children were killed and six women were injured in Afghanistan's Kunar province in a security operation involving NATO's aircraft, an official said Sunday.

It occurred when Afghan forces backed by the NATO-led coalition forces launched cleanup operations against Taliban militants in Shigal district Saturday morning, reported Xinhua citing district governor Zalmai Khan.

46 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

46 Taliban militants killed in AfghanistanKabul, March 24 - Afghan police backed by army and NATO-led forces have killed 46 Taliban militants in operations across the country, the interior ministry said.

The operations took place in Kunduz, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Zabul, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Khost and Paktiya provinces, Xinhua cited a ministry statement as saying.

One Taliban man was wounded and 26 were arrested, it said.

However, the statement did not say if there were any casualties among security forces. (IANS)

Powerful blast in Kabul

Sediq-Sediqi_Kabul, Jan 16 : A powerful blast rocked the Afghanistan capital Wednesday. It occurred close to a compound of intelligence agency and the interior ministry building in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul.

The bomb targeted a government department in Kabul's New City, a crowded business centre, the official added requesting anonymity. He said there could be casualties.

Interior Ministry's spokesperson Sediq Sediqi confirmed the incident but said it was too early to provide details. (IANS)

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