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Daesh beheaded their 15 comrades in Nangarhar

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NANGARHAR: Islamic State also known as Daesh beheaded as many more than fifteen comrades in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan

The local residents told media that the incident took place in the restive in Mohmand Dara area of Achin district when the IS militants beheaded their 15 comrades after an infighting erupted among them because of unknown reason.

Provincial government officials told local media that the beheading incident resulted in to a major crack among the Daesh ranks in the province.



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Police arrest several members of a criminal gang

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KABUL: Kabul police arrested several members of a criminal gang in a crackdown conducted in Kabul aftermath the murder of a money exchanger in the city.

Official of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) told local media that the operation was conducted in Balkh province in the leadership of CID chief General Mohammad Salim Almas.

CID officials added that the gang was involved in the murder of money exchanger and many other crimes and later they managed to escape to Balkh province after committing the crime in Kabul.

Meanwhile, CID officials told last week that Afghan security forces busted a key gang of criminals in capital Kabul amid ongoing efforts to eliminate criminal-related incidents from the key cities, including the Kabul city.


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Explosion kills at least eight in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

JALALABAD (TOLO News): At least eight people were killed in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Thursday.

The explosion also injured 15 other people in the city situated in Nangarhar province.

The attack, which targetted civilians at a public demonstration, is being reported as a suicide attack but officials have yet to give a confirmation, added the Afghan media outlet.

The demonstrators were protesting against insecurity in the province’s Khewa district.

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Trump Defends His Military Policy in Afghanistan

NEW YORK (TOLO News): US president Donald Trump on Thursday said that everyone in the United States is talking about the progress the US military forces have made in Afghanistan since he took office as president.

“Everybody is talking about the progress you’ve made in Afghanistan since I opened it up, and you’ve turned it around in the last three-to-five months like nobody has seen,” Trump said in the Thanksgiving teleconference with members of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Afghanistan.

Trump also hailed US marine corps unit serving in Iraq and thanked them for their struggle against Daesh.

“What you are doing with ISIS is again being talked about — with armed forces, we’re really winning. We know how to win, but we have to let you win. You weren’t winning before. They were letting you play even. We want to let you win,” Trump said, referencing the Obama administration.

This comes three months after Trump outlined a revised vision for the US war in Afghanistan, pledging to end a strategy of nation building and instead focus on a policy aimed more pressure on the militant groups including the Taliban.

On the basis of the new strategy, Trump also pledged to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.

“Our troops will fight to win,” Trump said. “From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al-Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over the country, and stopping mass terror attacks against Americans before they emerge.” He said while announcing the new war strategy.

In the new war strategy, Trump also criticized Pakistan role in the fight against terrorism.

“Third and finally, I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense. Today, 20 U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan — the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world,” he said.

“For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict. And that could happen,” he said.

In Afghanistan and Pakistan, America’s interests are clear: We must stop the resurgence of safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten America, and we must prevent nuclear weapons and materials from coming into the hands of terrorists and being used against us, or anywhere in the world for that matter.

But Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday said the Afghan government sees no significant change in Pakistan’s policy towards insurgents, even after US President Donald Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

No change has occurred in Pakistan’s policy towards the insurgents and instead relations between Kabul and Islamabad have further deteriorated, MoFA deputy spokesman Sibghat Ahmadi said on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, no change has occurred and no results were achieved, our relations with Pakistan are getting worse each day and ties are deteriorating,” said Ahmadi.

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Tajiks comprise 78 pc of Anti-Riot Force

KABUL (Pajhwok): Duties of two officials have been suspended and five were being interrogated after a letter disclosed asking for the recruitment personnel from other ethnic groups except the Tajik to the Anti-Riot Force.

Seventy-eight percent personnel of the Anti-Riot Force which also included the Public Order Police (POP) were currently comprised of the Tajik ethnic group. In the letter it was demanded that personnel from other ethnicities should be recruited to the forces to ensure balance and social justice.

 Five individuals who were being interrogated in connection to the letter belonged to Tajik tribe while the duties of POP Commander and its Chief of Staff both are Tajik had been suspended.

Formation of the Anti-Riot Force

Documents a copy of which received by Pajhwok Afghan News showed that former Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid in July this year suggested to the Presidential Place the creation of Anti-Riot Units.

He suggested 500-member Anti-Riot Force in Kabul, 100-member in the police headquarters of seven zones of the country and 50-member forces in the POP units in 26 provinces.

The president approved these suggestions after three days. According to Presidential Orders no foreigners could be recruited in this force.

It says: “Approved with the context and attached schedule from the structure of Interior Ministry’s POP.”

But a letter issued from the headquarters of Kabul’s first Brigade says: “In line with the Presidential orders Anti-Riot Force comprised of 500 personnel has been formed. The letter asked that a list of officers and staff sergeants should be formed within 24 hours. Hazara, Uzbek and Pashton and Tajik are excluded from this process.”

The presidential orders regarding the formation of Anti-Riot Force said nothing reading the ethnic structuring of the force.

A reliable source, whishing anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News the name of POP Commander who is Tajik has been written in the letter but the signature is not his.

“Director Pezhand Col. Mohammad Qavi who arranged the letter and signed it is Tajik and resident of Kabul, Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Syed Hassan Ali Hassanzada Sadaat who is Sadaat also signed the letter,” he said.

According to the source 78 percent personnel of the Anti-Riot Force comprised of 500-member and functioning within the structure of 101 Azmayee Zone are Tajik.

Of every five personnel of the Anti-Riot Forces four belong to Tajik tribe

he source said the personnel strength of Tajik tribe is never ignored and gained strong presence in the force.

According to information available with Pajhwok the president tasked and directed a delegation comprised of Interior Ministry’s military attorney generals, intelligence personnel and investigative personnel to investigate the issue. The disclosure of the letter sparked outraged and anger.

A letter issued on November 21 from the office of Interior Ministry’s first deputy, showed that investigation of the delegation resulted in the suspension of POP Commander Lt. Gen. Abdul Fatah and POP Chief of Staff Syed Ahmad Ali duties.

POP Pezhand Director Col. Abdul Qavi, POP First Brigad Communication Shift in Charge Mael Agha, POP First Brigad’s Battalion Shift In Charge St. Seg. Mohammad Aman, POP First Battalion Pezhand Deputy Director St. Seg. Muhauddin and the Pezhand General Directorate Officer Col Abdul Hai were being investigated from Nov 22.

According to the source of the seven officials were under interrogation one belonged to Sadaat and the remaining were Tajik.

It is pertinent to mention that the percentage of Tajiks was high in the POP. The issue raised at a time when according to Pajhwok information over half of the personnel of POP were Tajik.

Four of every ten officials of the POP are Tajik

The sources said actual positions in the POP were 13,049, while currently 12,357 were occupied.

“I hope media will cooperate in dissemination of these documents and reflecting the facts in order to avoid the disturbance of public minds and politicising the issue for personal interest,” the sources said.

The Interior Ministry has termed the issue a typing mistake and Minister Wais Barmak said: “I want to assure the people that Interior Ministry under my leadership would adopt professional and right direction.”

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Germany given 6.4 Billion AFs aid to Afghanistan

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KABUL: The Germany will provide 6.44 million AFs in aid to government of Afghanistan and the fund will be allocated to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF).

The Afghan government and the German KfW Development Bank signed a financial agreement in this regard on Thursday. Germany has contributed almost 47 billion AFs since the establishment of ARTF in 2002.

Head of German Cooperation at the German Embassy in Kabul, Uwe Gehlen, has said that it is Germany top priority to assist the Afghan people and helping the Afghan people to counter the poverty and stand on their own feet and we will continue our efforts of the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Finance Minister of Afghanistan, Eklil Hakimi has appreciated the support of German in assisting the Afghanistan in rebuilding process by contributing large amount in the ARTF

Afghan government will use the budget for developing and implementing projects in the areas of good governance, agriculture, rural development, infrastructure, as well as human and social development. In 2016 alone, 9.3 million AFs benefited from such projects, press release stated.


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At least Taliban fighters killed in Wardak operation

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KABUL: As many as sixteen Taliban fighters were killed in an operation conducted by Afghan Police in Maidan Wardak province on Tuesday.

Police added that the operation clean up was started against the armed group to make sure to clean the area from the insurgents and provide healthy and peaceful environment to the masses.

Police officials added that apart from Afghan police, army, special force and commandos also took part in the operation and killed at least sixteen Taliban fighters including local commanders Qari Yousaf, Qari Mustafa and Qari Farid.

Police added that three other insurgents were seriously injured in the operation. Police informed that the operation was conducted in ten villages of the Wardak including Ali Khel, Zamni, Zeyolat, Ismail Khel, Mohammad Noor Khel and Dar-e-Kuhna Khomar villages.


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Afghan government appreciates joint Afghan-US airstrikes on drug labs in Helmand

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KABUL: The Afghan government has appreciated the airstrikes which was jointly conducted by Afghan and US against the Taliban drug labs in Helmand province of Afghanistan and adding that it is the government top priority to dry the financial resources of the Taliban group.

The President office issued a statement in this regard and it added that it very important to take strict action against the organized crimes and drug production in the country as it the biggest source of income of the terrorists groups and by drying the resources of financial it will realy help to ensure the peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The statement added that terrorist groups gaining profit from drugs production and smuggling and it plays a major role in promoting the insurgency in the country and therefore the government has taken decided to strictly fight the menace posed illicit drugs.

It claimed that at least eight drug production process centers have been destroyed during first phase of action and it will be continue till the end of drug production in the country and close the doors of income on the terrorist group.

It further added that drugs production and smuggling has affected millions of people while a large number of Afghan youths are being threatened by its menace, insisting that the fight against drugs remains a top priority and strategic goal of the Afghan government.


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12 civilians killed in Helmand airstrike

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LASHKARGAH: As many as 12 civilians were killed in an airstrike conducted in Musa Kala district of Helmand province on Monday.

Former Deputy Chairman of Helmand council, Mullah Majeed Akhundzada told media persons that the airplanes targeted the house of a local resident, identified as Habibullah, on the bank of river in the western outskirts of Musa Kala district centre.

He added that at least 12 members of the family including Habibullah, his wife and children, were martyred in the airstrike.

He would not say if the airstrike was conducted by Afghan or foreign forces.

A resident of the area who arrived in Lashkargah said all the members of the ill-fated family perished in the airstrike. The villagers recovered the dead bodies from the debris of the destroyed home

However, Administrator of Washer District, Mullah Ibrahim Akhund confirmed the airstrike targeted heroin laboratories in the Gorgam area, not the houses.

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Practical work on TAPI gas pipeline to start from next year

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HERAT: Practical work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan and India (TAPI) pipeline would be started in Heart Province of Afghanistan in the next year said by the council of ministers of Turkmenistan while visiting the site area in Heart on Monday.

The delegation of Turkmenistan council of ministers also promised to start some power distribution projects in the province.

The delegation also met the Governor of Herat, Muhammad Asif Rahimi at his office. Leaders of both countries discussed the start on TAPI project and other development projects in the area.

Turkmenistan Ambassador to Kabul, officials of different companies and Afghan Presidential Advisors Dr Qayumi and Sirwais Alaf also attended the meeting.

The delegation said that the TAPI gas pipeline project will left positive impact on the people of the Herat and Afghanistan and adding that it will open doors of development in the area.
Governor Herat expressed satisfaction over the start of practical work on TAPI project in the province.

Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani, former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, a high-ranking Indian official and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdi Muhamedow formally inaugurated the TAPI gas pipeline project in Daulatabad area of Turkmenistan on December 13, 2015.