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Trump asks Ghani to close Taliban office in Qatar

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WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump has asked the Afghanistan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani to close the Taliban office in Qatar and apparently its is move of increasing the pressure on the Taliban group as part of the new US policy to counter the terrorism in the region.

President Trump has discussed the new US policy and its implementation with Afghan counterpart President Ghani.

The international newspaper reported that it is likely that President Ashraf Ghani will agree on the closure of Taliban office in the Doha, capital of Qatar. The decision was taken in the light that after several years since the Taliban office was opened no positive results were came from it.

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Former jihadi commander shod dead in Nangarhar province

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JALALABAD: The unknown gunmen shot dead a former jihadi commander in Nangarhar province.

Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khugiyani told local media that the unknown gunmen opened fire on a former jihadi commander identified as Ewaz Khan in Chaparhar district, leaving him dead on the spot.

The criminals managed to escape from the crime scene after committing the crime and police registered case and started investigation in this regard.
Meanwhile, Chaparhar Chairman District Development Council Malik Mohkam said that the deceased was the brother of Malik Nawab and resident of Chaparhar.

No one has claimed responsibility for the incident so far.

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15 Taliban fighters killed, 12 injured in operation

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KABUL: As many as 15 Taliban fighters were killed and 12 others were injured in an operation conducted by Afghan security forces in central Logar province.

Provincial police Chief, Esmatullah Alizai said that the operation was launched in Barak-e-Barak district of the province after insurgents attacked the security check posts in the district,

However, he did not provide further details about the operation. The Taliban has not yet commented over the incident.

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Nine Taliban fighters killed in Paktiya drone strike

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KHOST: At least nine Taliban fighters were killed and four others were injured in a drone strike carried out by foreign forces in Syed Karam district of Paktiya province on Sunday.

Paktiya governor’s spokesman Abdullah Hasrat told local media that foreign forces targeted a car and a motorbike of Taliban in Khushal Khel area in Syed Karam district in which nine fighters were killed and four others were injured.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the drone strike on a vehicle of their fighters in Syed Karam district. He, however, said a fighter was killed and two more sustained injuries in the incident.

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Karzai smells rat in US policy towards Pakistan

KABUL (NNI): The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai reaffirmed his opposition to the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia as he expressed doubts regarding the latest stance Washington has adopted against Pakistan.

Speaking to Foreign Policy in his office in Kabul, Karzai said the new US strategy has not been announced with an aim to end the ongoing conflict and violence but rather the US administration wants the conflict to continue.

In regards to the latest stance Washington has adopted against Islamabad, the former President said the issue of Pakistan was shared for years with the Americans.

“They not only ignored me, they named Pakistan as a major ally,” local Afghan media quoted Karzai as saying. Karzai believes the new stance Washington has adopted against Islamabad is aimed at finding a justification to main the war and conflict in Afghanistan.

He described his pessimism regarding the stance while raising questions regarding the long time taken for the US administration to decide the regarding lies of Pakistan.

“It doesn’t take a country 15 years to decide whether someone [Pakistan] is lying to them or not; 15 years is a long time. They can’t come to us after 15 years and say Pakistan is exporting terrorism,” he said.

The remarks by Karzai came as the Afghan government is optimistic and welcomed the announcement of the new strategy, calling it a move the Afghans have long been waiting for and demanding to eliminate the menace of terror from the region.

 

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Three civilians injured in suicide attack in Kabul

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KABUL: At least three civilians were killed when a suicide bomber targeted foreign forces convoy in Kabul city on Sunday. The suicide bomber targeted the foreign forces convoy in the 5th police district of the city.

Najib Danish, spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior confirmed that three civilians were injured when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near o the foreign forces convoy.

According to the eyewitnesses, the incident took place after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives close to the security forces convoy.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

 

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Taliban likely to launch operation against IS in Qoshtipa

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SHEBERGHAN: The Taliban fighters were planning and likely to start operation against the Islamic State or Daesh in Qoshtipa district of Jawzjan province.

Qoshtipa District governor, Aminullah Amin told media that, the clashes between the Taliban and Daesh in Khanqah area were started Friday and came to an end in the evening of Saturday.
He added that Khanqah and Baikasar areas are under the influence of Islamic State or Daesh and Taliban wanted to take control from the Daesh in these areas.

They entered the villages for this purpose. The Daesh gunmen offered tough resistance. The Taliban retreated from the area after losing 11 fighters,” he said. The Islamic State fighters did not suffer any casualties, he added.

A clash erupted between Taliban and Daesh gunmen in Chaqmaqor area today, he said. Taliban fighters have gathered in Jaraqdaq area, he added. They wanted to launch massive operation against Daesh, he maintained.

 

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Taliban attack kills five policemen in eastern Afghanistan

GHAZNI (AFP): Five policemen were killed and eight others injured after Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in Ghazni province in eastern Afghanistan Friday night, Chinese media reported, citing a police official.

“Over 100 armed militants attacked three police checkpoints in Dasht-e-Qarabagh locality overnight, sparking a heavy clash, which [was] repelled by police forces. But the engagement left five police personnel dead and injured eight others,” Gen. Mohammad Zaman told Xinhua news agency.

One checkpoint was destroyed during the attack, the police chief said, adding that “several militants were also killed and wounded during the gun battle.”

The attack comes as the Afghan government considers a plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight the Taliban and other insurgent groups which have gained ground since US-led NATO combat troops left in 2014.

Afghan security forces have been struggling to beat back a resurgent Taliban, which last month vowed to make Afghanistan a “graveyard” for foreign forces after US President Donald Trump made an open-ended commitment to keep American boots on the ground.

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Five policemen killed in Zabul attack

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KALAT: At least five police officials were killed and another was injured in Taliban attack of forces in Zabul province on Wednesday night.

The local security official told media that Taliban fighters attacked a police checkpoint in the Kalat city, the provincial capital Zabul province in which five policemen dead and one was injured.

After three hours the security forces recapture the check post from the Taliban, official told and adding that Taliban fighters took away weapons and other gadgets from the checkpoint.

Meanwhile, Zabul governor’s spokesman Gul Islam Siyal confirmed the incident. He however told that ten Taliban fighters were killed and injured when the police returned the fire, he added.

On the other side, the Taliban claimed causing casualties to multiple police personnel in the attack. Taliban took away weapons from the checkpoint.

 

 

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Hekmatyar declares presence of foreign forces reason behind instability in Afghanistan

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HERAT: Chief of Hizb-e-Islami, Gulbadin Hekmatyar has opposed the foreign forces stay in Afghanistan and declared it a major reason behind the insecurity in the country

This he said while addressing to press conference at Heart province of Afghanistan. Hektmatyar it is difficult to restore peace in the presence of foreign forces as their presence in the country is the biggest reason behind the insecurity in Afghanistan.

Regarding the war crime, he said that all war crimes should be tried and punished according to law and adding that even if I am proved to be a war criminal, I am ready to face the court and any other place for punishment.

He also opposing the foundation of parallel government in Afghanistan and termed it as the mother of all problems in the country people of Afghanistan needs only one government instead of parallel governments.