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Iran role in Taliban attacks on Farah “delusional”, “unsubstantiated” and “unrealistic”: Iranian Diplomat

Tehran Times: In an interview with Ariana Television Network, Mohammadreza Bahrami said that Iran and Afghanistan have “common threats and interests”. Iran seeks “long lasting and comprehensive” relations with Afghanistan, Bahrami noted. Click here t
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Iran role in Taliban attacks on Farah “delusional”, “unsubstantiated” and “unrealistic”: Iranian Diplomat

Tehran Times: In an interview with Ariana Television Network, Mohammadreza Bahrami said that Iran and Afghanistan have “common threats and interests”. Iran seeks “long lasting and comprehensive” relations with Afghanistan, Bahrami noted. Click here to read more (external link).

Bangladesh decides to include Mosaddek in T20I squad against Afghanistan

Khaama Press: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Sunday announced the squad for the upcoming bilateral Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Afghanistan, including the batsman Mosaddek Hossain in the squad. The bilateral series will played in the f
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Bangladesh decides to include Mosaddek in T20I squad against Afghanistan

Khaama Press: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Sunday announced the squad for the upcoming bilateral Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Afghanistan, including the batsman Mosaddek Hossain in the squad. The bilateral series will played in the format of Twenty20 International and will kick off from 3rd June. Click here to read more (external link). OtherRead More...

How Afghanistan improved its health in 10 years despite bombs and bullets

Business Standard:  In just 10 years, despite conflict and widespread poverty, Afghanistan made significant improvements in its health indicators: Under-five mortality reduced 29%, stunting declined from 54% in 2004 to 40% and underweight children decline
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How Afghanistan improved its health in 10 years despite bombs and bullets

Business Standard:  In just 10 years, despite conflict and widespread poverty, Afghanistan made significant improvements in its health indicators: Under-five mortality reduced 29%, stunting declined from 54% in 2004 to 40% and underweight children declined from 39% to 20% in 2013. Coverage of several maternal care interventions increased: Antenatal care–care during pregnancy–increased from 16% to 53%, births assistedRead More...

US Sanctions ‘May Affect’ Afghanistan-Iran Trade Ties

Tolo News:  Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said the trade volume between Afghanistan and Iran is increasing, but US sanctions on Tehran will affect trade relations between the two neighboring countries.  Iran is the biggest trade part
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US Sanctions ‘May Affect’ Afghanistan-Iran Trade Ties

Tolo News:  Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said the trade volume between Afghanistan and Iran is increasing, but US sanctions on Tehran will affect trade relations between the two neighboring countries.  Iran is the biggest trade partner of Afghanistan, CEO of ACCI Atiqullah Nusrat said, adding that Afghan traders are interested in increasingRead More...

Heavy Clashes Ongoing As Taliban ‘Advance’ On Ghazni District

Tolo News: Heavy clashes are ongoing in Ajristan district of Ghazni province as      Taliban reportedly advance on government forces, security sources confirmed on Sunday. Commandos were still on their way at 11.30am local time. Click here to read m
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Heavy Clashes Ongoing As Taliban ‘Advance’ On Ghazni District

Tolo News: Heavy clashes are ongoing in Ajristan district of Ghazni province as      Taliban reportedly advance on government forces, security sources confirmed on Sunday. Commandos were still on their way at 11.30am local time. Click here to read more (external link). More Security News Former DGMO of Pakistani Military reportedly killed in Afghanistan

Munira Yousufzada appointed as deputy governor of Kabul

Khaama Press: The Afghan government has appointed a woman (Munira Yousufzada) as the deputy governor of capital Kabul amid ongoing efforts to increase the role of women in the key leadership positions… The Independent Directorate of Local Governance i
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Munira Yousufzada appointed as deputy governor of Kabul

Khaama Press: The Afghan government has appointed a woman (Munira Yousufzada) as the deputy governor of capital Kabul amid ongoing efforts to increase the role of women in the key leadership positions… The Independent Directorate of Local Governance informed regarding the appointment of another woman as deputy governor of Nangarhar province. According to IDLG, Habiba Kakar QazizadaRead More...

Flash floods kill nine in Balkh

AT-KABUL: At least nine people died and hundreds of house destroyed after flash floods hit different districts in the northern province of Balkh, officials said Saturday. “The floods... The post Flash floods kill nine in Balkh appeared first on Afghanistan
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Flash floods kill nine in Balkh

AT-KABUL: At least nine people died and hundreds of house destroyed after flash floods hit different districts in the northern province of Balkh, officials said Saturday. “The floods... The post Flash floods kill nine in Balkh appeared first on Afghanistan Times.

Defense Minister confides that war in Farah is over water

Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: In the wake of deterioration of security and outrage of the insurgent Taliban in western Farah province, high-ranking security brass along with General John W. Nicholson Commander of... The post Defense Minister confides that war in F
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Defense Minister confides that war in Farah is over water

Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: In the wake of deterioration of security and outrage of the insurgent Taliban in western Farah province, high-ranking security brass along with General John W. Nicholson Commander of... The post Defense Minister confides that war in Farah is over water appeared first on Afghanistan Times.

Military operations underway in ten provinces

AT-KABUL: The national army is launching operations in 10 provinces including Farah, Ghazni and Uruzgan, the most insecure ones in the recent days. The ministry said the aim... The post Military operations underway in ten provinces appeared first on Afghanist
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Military operations underway in ten provinces

AT-KABUL: The national army is launching operations in 10 provinces including Farah, Ghazni and Uruzgan, the most insecure ones in the recent days. The ministry said the aim... The post Military operations underway in ten provinces appeared first on Afghanistan Times.

Iran has Contacts not Links With Taliban: Envoy

Ariana: Amid reports of Tehran’s involvement in deteriorating security in western Farah province of Afghanistan, the Iran ambassador in Kabul says his country has no links with the Taliban but have contacts to bring the group to the negotiation table. Clic
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Iran has Contacts not Links With Taliban: Envoy

Ariana: Amid reports of Tehran’s involvement in deteriorating security in western Farah province of Afghanistan, the Iran ambassador in Kabul says his country has no links with the Taliban but have contacts to bring the group to the negotiation table. Click here to read more (external link).

17 killed in N. Afghan fresh flooding: officials

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, May 19 (Xinhua) — At least 17 people were killed and 23 others wounded after heavy torrential rains caused fresh flooding in two Afghan northern provinces, authorities said Saturday. The seasonal disasters happened over the
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17 killed in N. Afghan fresh flooding: officials

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, May 19 (Xinhua) — At least 17 people were killed and 23 others wounded after heavy torrential rains caused fresh flooding in two Afghan northern provinces, authorities said Saturday. The seasonal disasters happened over the past 48 hours, in Charhar Kint, Chimtal, Shulgara and Khulm districts of Balkh province, resulting in the deathRead More...

Iran highly likely behind Farah offensive: Pentagon

AT-KABUL: A Pentagon spokesperson has said that Iran is likely behind a fierce Taliban insurgent offensive on western Farah city. More than a thousand Taliban militants brutally assailed... The post Iran highly likely behind Farah offensive: Pentagon appeare
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Iran highly likely behind Farah offensive: Pentagon

AT-KABUL: A Pentagon spokesperson has said that Iran is likely behind a fierce Taliban insurgent offensive on western Farah city. More than a thousand Taliban militants brutally assailed... The post Iran highly likely behind Farah offensive: Pentagon appeared first on Afghanistan Times.

Schools shut amid fierce clashes in Farah

AT-KABUL: The government has ordered that schools in Farah be closed to avoid civilian casualties amid ongoing clashes between Taliban insurgents and government forces in the western province.... The post Schools shut amid fierce clashes in Farah appeared fir
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Schools shut amid fierce clashes in Farah

AT-KABUL: The government has ordered that schools in Farah be closed to avoid civilian casualties amid ongoing clashes between Taliban insurgents and government forces in the western province.... The post Schools shut amid fierce clashes in Farah appeared first on Afghanistan Times.

Govt. eyes solar power project in Daikundi

AT-KABUL: The government is planning to erect a solar energy plan with a capacity of more than five megawatts of electricity in Daikundi province, according to a government... The post Govt. eyes solar power project in Daikundi appeared first on Afghanistan T
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Govt. eyes solar power project in Daikundi

AT-KABUL: The government is planning to erect a solar energy plan with a capacity of more than five megawatts of electricity in Daikundi province, according to a government... The post Govt. eyes solar power project in Daikundi appeared first on Afghanistan Times.

Afghan Spinner Mujeeb Zadran Signs For Hampshire

Tolo News: The Hampshire County Cricket Club of the United Kingdom on Thursday announced the signing of Afghan teenager Mujeeb Zadran for England’s T20 league. Mujeeb Zadran says it is a great honor for him to play cricket in England and that he is lookin
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Afghan Spinner Mujeeb Zadran Signs For Hampshire

Tolo News: The Hampshire County Cricket Club of the United Kingdom on Thursday announced the signing of Afghan teenager Mujeeb Zadran for England’s T20 league. Mujeeb Zadran says it is a great honor for him to play cricket in England and that he is looking forward to this opportunity in his career. Click here to read moreRead More...

Six Afghan Military Corps On The Offensive Against Militants

Tolo News: The United States Department of Defense said that for the first time six military corps in Afghanistan are on the offensive against insurgents. Pentagon says the offensive mode against insurgents will result in better coordination among governmen
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Six Afghan Military Corps On The Offensive Against Militants

Tolo News: The United States Department of Defense said that for the first time six military corps in Afghanistan are on the offensive against insurgents. Pentagon says the offensive mode against insurgents will result in better coordination among government forces. Click here to read more (external link). More Security News Commandos Involved In 68 Operations To CombatRead More...

Afghanistan Attacks Threaten Health System Gains

Reuters: Deteriorating security is forcing Afghanistan to spend more money on trauma care, rather than investing in women and children’s health, its health minister said Thursday. Click here to read more (external link).
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Afghanistan Attacks Threaten Health System Gains

Reuters: Deteriorating security is forcing Afghanistan to spend more money on trauma care, rather than investing in women and children’s health, its health minister said Thursday. Click here to read more (external link).

Pentagon Raises Eyebrows With ‘In-Your-Face’ Afghanistan Tweets

Taliban fighters on the run following Afghan-led offensive in #Farah province, #Afghanistan. Video shows U.S. airpower (MQ-9s) in support. #AFGStrong #ForAFG @ResoluteSupport @MoDAfghanistan @DeptofDefense @usairforce pic.twitter.com/NxXNJMgRkE — USForc
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Pentagon Raises Eyebrows With ‘In-Your-Face’ Afghanistan Tweets

Taliban fighters on the run following Afghan-led offensive in #Farah province, #Afghanistan. Video shows U.S. airpower (MQ-9s) in support. #AFGStrong #ForAFG @ResoluteSupport @MoDAfghanistan @DeptofDefense @usairforce pic.twitter.com/NxXNJMgRkE — USForces Afghanistan (@USFOR_A) May 16, 2018 William Gallo VOA News May 17, 2018 WASHINGTON — The black-and-white aerial footage shows a line of purported Taliban insurgents slowly walking alongRead More...

Did Iran Have Anything to Do With Farah’s Attack?

Mohammad Habibzada VOA News May 17, 2018 WASHINGTON — Afghanistan’s western Farah province has been the scene of fierce fighting between the Taliban and the Afghan government in recent days. Afghan officials blame Iran for the unrest. Gen. Fazl Ahmad Shi
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Did Iran Have Anything to Do With Farah’s Attack?

Mohammad Habibzada VOA News May 17, 2018 WASHINGTON — Afghanistan’s western Farah province has been the scene of fierce fighting between the Taliban and the Afghan government in recent days. Afghan officials blame Iran for the unrest. Gen. Fazl Ahmad Shirzad, provincial police chief of western Farah province, told reporters on Wednesday that Iran is supportingRead More...

My week with John ‘Mick’ Nicholson, Trump’s top general in Afghanistan

Al Jazeera:  It was in my first year in Afghanistan that I first met John ‘Mick’ Nicholson, then a Lieutenant General working on US policy in Kabul, but a soldier who knew what was going on at the sharp end of the conflict having fought in the de
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My week with John ‘Mick’ Nicholson, Trump’s top general in Afghanistan

Al Jazeera:  It was in my first year in Afghanistan that I first met John ‘Mick’ Nicholson, then a Lieutenant General working on US policy in Kabul, but a soldier who knew what was going on at the sharp end of the conflict having fought in the deadly Korengal Valley. Mick, as he was happyRead More...

Drought Rescue Workers Prepare for High-Risk Mission in Afghanistan

Michael Hughes: International and local humanitarian aid workers at the request of Afghan authorities are preparing to launch a drought rescue mission in areas practically inaccessible to the government where more than 100,000 of the most vulnerable people r
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Drought Rescue Workers Prepare for High-Risk Mission in Afghanistan

Michael Hughes: International and local humanitarian aid workers at the request of Afghan authorities are preparing to launch a drought rescue mission in areas practically inaccessible to the government where more than 100,000 of the most vulnerable people reside. The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) appears to be leading the charge as worsening drought conditions threatenRead More...

Farah under attack again

AT News Report-KABUL: After Afghan security forces pulled the Taliban assailants out of western Farah city, insurgents once again attacked security forces on Wednesday night. Local officials have... The post Farah under attack again appeared first on Afghanis
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Farah under attack again

AT News Report-KABUL: After Afghan security forces pulled the Taliban assailants out of western Farah city, insurgents once again attacked security forces on Wednesday night. Local officials have... The post Farah under attack again appeared first on Afghanistan Times.

ED: TAPI and challenges

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India aim to complete the 1,840-km pipeline and begin pumping natural gas from Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh gas fields by the beginning of 2020. Months ago,... The post ED: TAPI and challenges appeared first on Afghanista
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ED: TAPI and challenges

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India aim to complete the 1,840-km pipeline and begin pumping natural gas from Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh gas fields by the beginning of 2020. Months ago,... The post ED: TAPI and challenges appeared first on Afghanistan Times.

Pakistan Envoy: No Country Can Accuse Us of Not Taking Action Against Terrorists

Madeeha Anwar VOA News May 16, 2018 WASHINGTON — Pakistan is the one country in the region that has done the most against terrorism, and no country can accuse Pakistan of not doing enough against terrorism and extremism, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan̵
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Pakistan Envoy: No Country Can Accuse Us of Not Taking Action Against Terrorists

Madeeha Anwar VOA News May 16, 2018 WASHINGTON — Pakistan is the one country in the region that has done the most against terrorism, and no country can accuse Pakistan of not doing enough against terrorism and extremism, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s outgoing ambassador to the U.S., told VOA. “Al-Qaida, if you don’t hear about itRead More...

Stanikzai Plays Down Kohli’s Absence In Debut Match

Tolo News: Afghanistan’s national cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai said he is positive the team will put on a good display in their debut Test match against India next month.  However, India skipper Virat Kohli will be absent from the historic Test,
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Stanikzai Plays Down Kohli’s Absence In Debut Match

Tolo News: Afghanistan’s national cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai said he is positive the team will put on a good display in their debut Test match against India next month.  However, India skipper Virat Kohli will be absent from the historic Test, having opted for a county stint with Surrey to prepare for India’s all-important tourRead More...

Residents Decide to Fine Families Preventing Girls from Attending School

Ariana: Tribal elders and residents of Musa Khil district in Khost province have decided to fine with five thousand Afghanis as a punishment those families that prevent their daughters from going to schools. Manadeer Mangal a tribal elder told Ariana News t
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Residents Decide to Fine Families Preventing Girls from Attending School

Ariana: Tribal elders and residents of Musa Khil district in Khost province have decided to fine with five thousand Afghanis as a punishment those families that prevent their daughters from going to schools. Manadeer Mangal a tribal elder told Ariana News that if we allow our daughters to go to schools and study especially medical section, theRead More...

The election shambles in Afghanistan

Haroun Mir (via Asia Times): Despite repeated warnings by us Afghans and our international partners, President Ghani and his close entourage are adamant to continue with their agenda to manipulate the electoral process for the upcoming elections and enginee
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The election shambles in Afghanistan

Haroun Mir (via Asia Times): Despite repeated warnings by us Afghans and our international partners, President Ghani and his close entourage are adamant to continue with their agenda to manipulate the electoral process for the upcoming elections and engineer a favorable outcome by altering voter-registration and balloting data as they did in 2014. Click here toRead More...

Ghani condemns killing of Palestinian civilians

AT News Report-KABUL: President Ghani in his Facebook page condemned on Tuesday the massacre of Palestinian civilians by Israeli troops and said that Jerusalem will be the capital... The post Ghani condemns killing of Palestinian civilians appeared first on A
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Ghani condemns killing of Palestinian civilians

AT News Report-KABUL: President Ghani in his Facebook page condemned on Tuesday the massacre of Palestinian civilians by Israeli troops and said that Jerusalem will be the capital... The post Ghani condemns killing of Palestinian civilians appeared first on Afghanistan Times.

Power substation inaugurated in Logar

AT News Report-KABUL: A 220 kilovolt power substation was inaugurated by President Ghani in Logar province on Tuesday, according to a presidential statement. In a trip to Logar... The post Power substation inaugurated in Logar appeared first on Afghanistan Ti
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Power substation inaugurated in Logar

AT News Report-KABUL: A 220 kilovolt power substation was inaugurated by President Ghani in Logar province on Tuesday, according to a presidential statement. In a trip to Logar... The post Power substation inaugurated in Logar appeared first on Afghanistan Times.

NATO provides air support to Afghan offensive in Farah

AT News Report-KABUL: Afghan forces engaged in a major offensive against the Taliban combatants in western Farah province have received NATO air and ground support, according to officials.... The post NATO provides air support to Afghan offensive in Farah app
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NATO provides air support to Afghan offensive in Farah

AT News Report-KABUL: Afghan forces engaged in a major offensive against the Taliban combatants in western Farah province have received NATO air and ground support, according to officials.... The post NATO provides air support to Afghan offensive in Farah appeared first on Afghanistan Times.

China Tries to Bring Pakistan, Afghanistan Closer

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — China has proposed hosting a new round of three-way talks with Pakistan and Afghanistan this month to continue with its diplomatic push in helping the two neighboring countries improve their strained bil
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China Tries to Bring Pakistan, Afghanistan Closer

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — China has proposed hosting a new round of three-way talks with Pakistan and Afghanistan this month to continue with its diplomatic push in helping the two neighboring countries improve their strained bilateral ties. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing told an unofficial conference of government representativesRead More...

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