Afghanistan

‘Parliamentary vote massively rigged in Kuchi’

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Kuchi tribe candidates said most of their people could not vote in the Oct 20-21 Wolesi Jirga elections and that the ballot was missive rigged in polling stations in their constituency. Addressing a joint press conference in Kabul, the Kuchi candidates said election officials and the Kuchi directorate officials worked in favor…

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Taliban attack on check posts kills 8 Afghan forces

KABUL (AA): At least eight Afghan security personnel got killed as the Taliban stormed multiple check posts in the Farah province bordering Iran, an official confirmed on Friday. The attack came a week after the Taliban claimed to down a military chopper in the province bordering Iran. Kher Mohammad, a member of the provincial assembly,…

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Mohammad Arif Shah Jahan resigns as Maidan Wardak governor

MAIDAN SHAHAR (Pajhwok): The Governor of central Maidan Wardak province has resigned from his post, an official said on Friday. The governor Chief of Staff Ahmad Zia Abdul Zai said Mohammad Arif Shah Jahan rendered his resignation on Thursday to the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG). The reason behind Shah Jahan’s resignation could not…

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Afghan govt, Taliban to meet for 1st direct peace talks in Moscow

Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: Russia will host the second round of the Moscow peace conference on Afghanistan this month, which its Foreign Ministry bills as the first direct high-level talks between the Taliban and Afghan government. The importance that Russia attaches to the second session of the Moscow conference on Afghanistan on Nov. 9 is evident…

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29 ANA soldiers, 44 armed opponents suffer casualties

Monitoring Desk KUNDUZ: As many as 29 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and 44 armed opponents suffered casualties in separate incidents in Kunduz and Takhar provinces, officials said on Thursday. Taliban attacked local police checkpoints in Qarlaq area in the limits of Dasht-e-Archi district at around 3 am Thursday, district governor Nasruddin Nazari told Afghan…

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Taliban pushed from Jaghoori

Monitoring Desk KABUL: The local officials in southeastern Ghazni province confirm that the Taliban militants have been pushed from Jaghoori district and clearance operations are underway in the district. Provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Arif Noori said sporadic clashes between the security forces and the Taliban militants continued until late Wednesday night. In the meantime, the…

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14 ANA soldiers killed in Takhar

Monitoring Desk TALOQAN: At least 14 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed as a result of Taliban attack in the Khwaja Ghar district of northern Takhar province, an official said on Thursday. Police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Rashid Basheer told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Taliban red unit stormed an ANA’s camp in…

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Two key Taliban figures announce allegiance to Sheikh Hibatullah

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Two high-ranking Taliban leaders announced allegiance to Taliban chief Sheikh Hibatullah Akhundzada on Thursday. Difference arose among Taliban ranks when Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor was appointed as head of the movement after the announcement of the death of Mullah Muhammad Omar in 2015. Some of these leaders either parted ways with the…

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