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5 Afghan soldiers, 7 rebels killed in Faryab violence

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MAIMANA: Local officials on Wednesday said five Afghan soldiers were killed by Taliban militants in Qaisar district of northwestern Faryab province.

On the other hand, seven Taliban insurgents including a commander of the group were killed during an airstrike in Garziwan district of Faryab.

A security officials who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the incident took place in Bura Ghanha area of Qaisar district on Tuesday night.

“Those killed included two national policemen, two local policemen and one upraising group member, they were in a mosque when came under Taliban attack,” the source said. The official added that the Taliban also seized weapons and motorcycles of the soldiers after the incident.

Faryab police spokesman was unaware about the attack.

However, Sayed Abdulbaqi Hashemi and Mohammad Nader Sayedi, provincial council members of Faryab, confirmed the incident and death of five soldiers. They said the funeral ceremony for the soldiers was organized today afternoon.

In a separate incident, a statement from 209th Shin Military Corps in North said that Abu Talha, a Taliban commander was killed along with six of his comrades during an airstrike in Garziwan district of Faryab.

But Mulavi Hamidullah Danish, Taliban’s shadow governor for Garziwan district, said that there were no Taliban commander under Abu Talha in the district and only one person was slightly injured in an airstrike took place in the area. (Pajhwok)

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Logaris complain their works delayed at governor’s house

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PUL-I-ALAM: Some residents of central Logar province on Tuesday complained their works faced ‘inordinate delays’ at the governor’s house, but the authorities rejected their allegations.

Hassibullah, a resident of Pengram village of the Charkh district, told Pajhwok Afghan News his application reached the governor’s house for signature last Wednesday (Jan 9) and he had since been visiting the office.

“I have to come from the district and I don’t have a place for living in Pul-i-Alam. For the governor’s signature, you have to stay for days at a private hotel against rent.”

He said similar works would take less time at the governor’s house in terms of previous governor.

Currently, Mohammad Anwar Ishaqzai is the governor of Logar province.

Lal Agha, a resident of Abazak locality of the Mohammad Agha district, told Pajhwok that he was denied entry to the governor’s house despite attempts for several days submit his application.

He said, “I want to directly hand over my application to the governor because I don’t trust others, but it is too hard to visit the governor, who is not accessible to dozens others.”

According to him, all authorities rested with the governor who did not allow anyone else to sign people’s documents on his behalf.

A number of other residents expressed similar views and said the governor spent most of his time dealing with personal matters.

About the issue, deputy provincial council head Abdul Wali Wakil told Pajhwok that some people had complained in this regard to them.

But he defended the governor, saying nothing was wrong with the governor as he always attended office on time. He said it was difficult to sign each paper. He promised to share people’s mentioned issues with the governor soon.

Governor’s spokesman Shamshad Lawari told Pajhwok that mpeople’s applications were always answered on time.

He said they had created a center for receiving people’s application letters and rejected allegations in this regard.

He said the governor had directed all employees to finish people’s work without any hurdle and delay. (Pajhwok)

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Video shows Taliban blown into pieces in an airstrike

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KABUL: The Special Forces have released a video which purportedly shows an airstrike on a Taliban gathering in Afghanistan.

It is yet not clear if the airstrike has been carried out by the Afghan Air Force or the coalition forces based in Afghanistan as both the Afghan and coalition forces conduct regular airstrikes against the high profile targets of anti-government armed elements.

The Special Operations Corps of the Afghan Military in a statement has said that the Taliban militants and their leaders will no more remain hidden from the sight of the National Defense and Security Forces.

In the meantime, the Afghan Military in the North has said leader of a terrorist group Abu Talha has been killed with his six fighters during an operation of the Afghan Special Forces in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the Afghan Special Forces conducted operations with the help of close air support in Garziwan district on Tuesday.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Adam Qala area of the district leaving terrorist leader Abul Talha dead with his six fighters.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, at least five militants were also wounded and five weapons were destroyed during the operations. (Khaama Press)

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15 Taliban, ISIS-K men killed operations

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KABUL: At least 15 militants affiliated with the Taliban and ISIS Khurasan (ISIS-K) were killed during separate operations of the Afghan and Coalition Forces.

According to the informed military sources, Afghan Special Operations Forces conducted a raid in Achin district of Nangarhar province, leaving at least 7 ISIS-K fighters dead.

The sources further added that a coalition air strike killed 1 Taliban fighter in Dilah wa Khoshamand district of Paktika.

Similarly, a coalition air strike killed 1 Taliban fighter in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand while another coalition air strike killed 6 Taliban fighters in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan, the sources added.

Both the Afghan and Coalition Forces have stepped ground operations and airstrikes against the anti-government armed elements to suppress the growing insurgency against the government and security institutions. (Khaama Press)

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MPs welcome Daudzai’s Pakistan visit

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KABUL: Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday welcomed High Peace Council (HPC) Secretary Omar Daudzai’s recent visit to Pakistan and fresh comments of Maulana Fazl Rahman regarding the Afghan peace and reconciliation.

Pakistani politician and religious leader Fazal Rahman, the leader of Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam party, had recently urged the Afghan Taliban to hold direct talks with the Afghan government to end the 17-year-old conflict in the war-ravaged country.

Talking to the Voice of America, Rahman said talks between the Taliban and Afghan government were vital for domestic stability and smooth political environment.

HPC secretary Daudzai during his trip to Pakistan said the viewpoint of the Pakistani politicians had changed and now they supported direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

The Wolesi Jirga or lower house today debated Fazal Rahman’s remarks and Daudzai’s trip to Pakistan.

Lawmaker Karamuddin Razazada said Fazal Rahman’s recent remarks caused joy and optimism among the Afghans. “We hope the support of Pakistani politicians is practical and not limited to verbal commitment.” He added: “We want peace which is Afghan owned and Afghan controlled.”

Haji Mohammad Hashim Faryabi, a lawmaker from Faryab province, asked the HPC delegation to travel to other regional countries to ensure lasting peace and stability was achieved in the country.

Qazi Abdul Rahim, a lawmaker from Badghis province, said the Ulema after 17-year finally understood that the war in Afghanistan was illegitimate. Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi asked the HPC to accelerate its regional contracts by making more visits in order to facilitate the peace process.

He added peace in Afghanistan was in the interest of the region and the international community and only sincere efforts could succeed in this regard. (Pajhwok)

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5 of a family dead in Herat fire

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HERAT CITY: Five members of a family including women and children have been dead in a fire, an official said on Tuesday. Abdul Ahad Walizadah, provincial police spokesman, told Pajhwok the fire erupted in a residential compound in Mahal Naw locality of the second police district of Herat city, the provincial capital, late on Monday night. He added five members of a family were killed in the fire and an investigation into the incident was underway. Walizadah said that a woman, man and three children were among the dead.

The Provincial Civil Hospital officials confirmed the incident but said they did not receive victims of the incident to the hospital. (Pajhwok)

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Mohib: Kabul attack would not be left unanswered

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KABUL: National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib on Tuesday condemned the deadly suicide attack in capital Kabul that took place Monday night, saying the attack would not remain without a response.

At least four people were killed and 113 others wounded in a car bombing on a foreign guest house on Monday night. As usual, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing. Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s spokesman, named the assailant as Motasim Logari.

A statement from the National Security Council (NSC) received by Pajhwok Afghan News quoted NSA Hamdullah Mohib as saying that enemies of Afghanistan once again targeted civilians with most of them children.

Mohib said, “The enemy wants to sabotage the peace process by using any resources amid ongoing efforts and a regional consensus made for reaching a peace agreement in Afghanistan,” he said. He condemned the attack and stressed not to remain silent about the incident and would investigate it and take avenge of it.

“Anyone behind these attacks should not think their crimes would remain unanswered,” he concluded. (Pajhwok)

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Zalmai Rassoul registers as 5th presidential candidate

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KABUL: Zalmai Rassoul on Tuesday registered his candidacy with the Independent Election Commission in Kabul to contest the July presidential election.

As fifth presidential hopeful, Zalmai Rassoul picked Abdul Jabbar Taqwa as his first and Ghulam Ali Wahdat as his second vice-president.

Rassoul was born in 1954 in capital Kabul. He is graduated from Istiqlal High School and pursued his higher education up to Ph.D in Paris, capital of France.

He can speak Dari, Pashto, English, French and Italian languages. Rassoul also served as aviation minister in 2002 later worked as security advisor with the president until 2010. After 2010, he served as foreign minister.

Talking to media today afternoon, Zalmai Rassoul said, “With the help of God and support of people of Afghanistan, I promise to stand against any type of discrimination and inequality and work for peace, stability and democracy under my slogan ‘National unity, justice, security, peace, balance and equality’”

He said that bringing peace to the country would be in his priority but hoped the peace would establish in Afghanistan before the elections. “Election is meaningless without peace,” he said.

Rassoul asked the IEC to observe full transparency in the upcoming presidential elections and the commission was responsible for any possible problems during the election process.

Earlier, Abdul Latif Pedram, Mohammad Hakim Torsan, Sayed Anwar Jalili and Enayatulla Hafiz have registered as presidential candidates for July 20 elections.

According to the IEC, the canddiates registration process would continue until July 20 and there was no plan to extend this process.

A presidential candidate should be a Muslim, Afghan citizen, having completed the age of 40 and should present 100,000 supporters and pay a million afghanis to the commission based on the electoral law. (Pajhwok)

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Afghan Ambassador presents her credentials to US President

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WASHINGTON: The newly-appointed Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States presented her credentials to President Donald Trump.

The Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington in a statement said Ambassador Roya Rahmani presented her credentials to the President of the United States Donald trump in a ceremony held at the White House.

The statement further added that “HR Rahmani conveyed the greetings of the government and people of Afghanistan to the President of the United States and highlighted the importance of the Afghanistan-US relationship, particularly in the fight against terrorism.”

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani appointed Roya Rahmani as the new ambassador of Afghanistan to United States late in November last year.

She was previously serving as the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Indonesia.

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Kabul car-bombing widely condemned

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KABUL: The US, NATO and India have strongly condemned the car-bombing in capital Kabul on Monday evening which left four people killed and over a hundred injured.

“We strongly condemn the attack on a residential compound in PD9 last night. US stands with the Afghan people and who seek a peaceful future and an end to violence and conflict,” the US Embassy in Kabul tweeted.

Indian also strongly condemned the horrific terror attack in Kabul.

India strongly condemned the horrific terror attack in Kabul yesterday in which an Indian national and many others lost their lives,” according to a statement.

India called for the perpetrators of the heinous attack and those who provide them shelter to be brought to justice expeditiously.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has strongly condemned the car-bombing in Kabul, reiterating its support to the people and security forces of Afghanistan. NATO’s Deputy Senior Civilian Representative Patrick Andrews extended his sympathies to the families of those killed and wished swift recovery to the many injured in Monday’s attack.

He asked the Taliban to stop violent acts against their own people and come to the negotiating table for ending the on-going conflict.

“I condemn the despicable attack on innocent people near the Green village. My sympathies go to the families of those killed and I wish the many injured a swift recovery,” he said in a tweet.

“The Taliban must stop continuing to use violence against their own people and come to the negotiating table. NATO allies and partners continue to support the Afghan security forces as they fight terrorism and create the conditions for peace,” said Andrews.

Four people were killed and 113 others injured in the car-bomb attack on the Green Village Camp in capital on Monday evening. Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), said four dead bodies and 113 injured people had been evacuated to hospitals from the site of the blast. (Pajhwok)