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US Links International Aid to Fixing Afghan Political Dispute

Ayaz Gul VOA News April 5, 2020 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – The United States has linked international aid for Afghanistan to the settlement of a protracted political crisis, which has seen the war-shattered country politically paralyzed and threatens to dera
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US Links International Aid to Fixing Afghan Political Dispute

Ayaz Gul VOA News April 5, 2020 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – The United States has linked international aid for Afghanistan to the settlement of a protracted political crisis, which has seen the war-shattered country politically paralyzed and threatens to derail a nascent peace-building deal with the Taliban insurgency. Separately, an American military spokesman has rejected insurgentRead More...

Coronavirus: Mosques in Afghanistan urged to change call to prayer

1TV: Mosques in Afghanistan have been urged to change a line in the azan – the daily Muslim call to prayer broadcast five times a day – and people have been reminded not to join congregational prayers due to the outbreak of coronavirus. In a fatwa, the hi
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Coronavirus: Mosques in Afghanistan urged to change call to prayer

1TV: Mosques in Afghanistan have been urged to change a line in the azan – the daily Muslim call to prayer broadcast five times a day – and people have been reminded not to join congregational prayers due to the outbreak of coronavirus. In a fatwa, the high commission of clerics for fight against coronavirusRead More...

Afghan Godfather, his Gangsters and the US Aid Cutoff during Covid-19 Crisis

Despite real danger of Covid-19 for the health of millions of citizens of Afghanistan, the populist leader of the Afghan Cabinet tries to stop breach of any news and real information to the media regarding their deficiency with the campaign against Coronaviru
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Afghan Godfather, his Gangsters and the US Aid Cutoff during Covid-19 Crisis

Despite real danger of Covid-19 for the health of millions of citizens of Afghanistan, the populist leader of the Afghan Cabinet tries to stop breach of any news and real information to the media regarding their deficiency with the campaign against Coronavirus. Prominent Hazara educationalist, founder and CEO of Star Educational Society, Ali Reza Yasa wrote on his social media page that he's lost a family member who couldn't get the services of Covid-19 special hospital in Herat city due to (...) - Kabul Press Reveals / Highlight

Afghanistan mystified by dwindling foreign largesse

Washington doubles down on threats to cut aid in rebuke of warring Afghan leaders An enduring domestic political conflict is proving to be devastating for Afghanistan’s strategic milieu and a foreign aid which is the lifeline of our ailing economy and the m
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Afghanistan mystified by dwindling foreign largesse

Washington doubles down on threats to cut aid in rebuke of warring Afghan leaders An enduring domestic political conflict is proving to be devastating for Afghanistan’s strategic milieu and a foreign aid which is the lifeline of our ailing economy and the more critical counterinsurgency campaign; the chaos of our politically challenged leaders continues at …

Afghan forces repel ‘Zabul attack’, kill 16 rebels

AT News KABUL: The Afghan security forces have pushed back a complex Taliban attack and killed at least 16 rebels in southern Zabul province, ministry of defense said on Monday.  The Taliban militants attacked the Afghan security forces outposts in Argha
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Afghan forces repel ‘Zabul attack’, kill 16 rebels

AT News KABUL: The Afghan security forces have pushed back a complex Taliban attack and killed at least 16 rebels in southern Zabul province, ministry of defense said on Monday.  The Taliban militants attacked the Afghan security forces outposts in Arghandab district, in which Afghan forces killed 16 rebels in retaliation, defense ministry spokesman, Fawad …

Afghan Sikhs have now stronger reason to migrate to India

AT News KABUL: Hundreds of Afghan Sikhs have signed a letter to Indian Embassy to Kabul in which they have called for New Delhi’s help to leave their motherland after a Daesh-claimed deadly attack targeted their temple in Kabul. An attacker stormed a Sikh t
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Afghan Sikhs have now stronger reason to migrate to India

AT News KABUL: Hundreds of Afghan Sikhs have signed a letter to Indian Embassy to Kabul in which they have called for New Delhi’s help to leave their motherland after a Daesh-claimed deadly attack targeted their temple in Kabul. An attacker stormed a Sikh temple (Gurdwara) on March 25 in the old part of Kabul, …

Amid virus, clerics issue fatwa again religious, political gatherings

AT News KABUL: The religious scholars called for a ban of any religious and political gatherings after the increase of Corona virus spread in the country. The religious scholars said in a statement released on Sunday that people need to perform five-time pray
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Amid virus, clerics issue fatwa again religious, political gatherings

AT News KABUL: The religious scholars called for a ban of any religious and political gatherings after the increase of Corona virus spread in the country. The religious scholars said in a statement released on Sunday that people need to perform five-time prayers at their homes and avoid going to mosques. The statement said that …

Afghan Godfather, his Gangster and the US Aid Cutoff during Covid-19 Crisis

Despite real danger of Covid-19 for the health of millions of citizens of Afghanistan, the populist leader of the Afghan Cabinet tries to stop breach of any news and real information to the media regarding their deficiency with the campaign against Coronaviru
Kabul Press کابل پرس

Afghan Godfather, his Gangster and the US Aid Cutoff during Covid-19 Crisis

Despite real danger of Covid-19 for the health of millions of citizens of Afghanistan, the populist leader of the Afghan Cabinet tries to stop breach of any news and real information to the media regarding their deficiency with the campaign against Coronavirus. Prominent Hazara educationalist, founder and CEO of Star Educational Society, Ali Reza Yasa wrote on his social media page that he's lost a family member who couldn't get the services of Covid-19 special hospital in Herat city due to (...) - Kabul Press Reveals / Highlight

I AM A SERIAL NUMBER

By Guantánamo ISN 3148 (aka Asadullah Haroon) The Guantánamo military base is almost invisible to the world; the detainees held here have totally vanished from the world. We are nameless, faceless, referenced by an internment “serial number” – as
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I AM A SERIAL NUMBER

By Guantánamo ISN 3148 (aka Asadullah Haroon) The Guantánamo military base is almost invisible to the world; the detainees held here have totally vanished from the world. We are nameless, faceless, referenced by an internment “serial number” – as if we are pieces of hardware, no longer human. A name makes a person individual and …

Afghanistan: Economic Bailout of cities – COVID 19: How to spend the $100 Million Budget

By Haseeb Rahimi The world has witnessed an unprecedented pandemic in its recent century: COVID-19. The virus has left developed nations with economic catastrophes. China was the very first country to use its labor and resources and sacrifice personal freedo
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Afghanistan: Economic Bailout of cities – COVID 19: How to spend the $100 Million Budget

By Haseeb Rahimi The world has witnessed an unprecedented pandemic in its recent century: COVID-19. The virus has left developed nations with economic catastrophes. China was the very first country to use its labor and resources and sacrifice personal freedom and its economy in order to control the pandemic. The virus has caused political and …

NDS arrests Deash Khurasan leader

Ariana: National Directorate of Security, in a statement, says that it has arrested, Abdullah Orakzai aka Aslam Farooqi, the Khurasan leader of Daesh, along with 19 of his men, including Qari Zahid and Saifullah aka Abu Talha Pakistani, in an operation conduc
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NDS arrests Deash Khurasan leader

Ariana: National Directorate of Security, in a statement, says that it has arrested, Abdullah Orakzai aka Aslam Farooqi, the Khurasan leader of Daesh, along with 19 of his men, including Qari Zahid and Saifullah aka Abu Talha Pakistani, in an operation conducted by the special forces of the directorate. Click here to read more (externalRead More...

Pakistan to Reopen Border for Afghan Visitors Stranded Due to COVID-19 Closure

Ayaz Gul VOA News April 4, 2020 ISLAMABAD – Pakistan announced Saturday it will briefly reopen the border with Afghanistan early next week to allow an unspecified number of stranded nationals of the neighboring country to return home. The coronavirus ou
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Pakistan to Reopen Border for Afghan Visitors Stranded Due to COVID-19 Closure

Ayaz Gul VOA News April 4, 2020 ISLAMABAD – Pakistan announced Saturday it will briefly reopen the border with Afghanistan early next week to allow an unspecified number of stranded nationals of the neighboring country to return home. The coronavirus outbreak prompted Islamabad to seal borders with all neighboring countries last month in a bidRead More...

Tribal chieftain beheaded in Takhar

AT News KABUL: Local officials in northern Takhar said that the Taliban fighters had first gunned down a tribal elder and then cut his head in Taliqan city of the province. Provincial Police Spokesman, Khalil Assir said the beheading took place in Chakab vill
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Tribal chieftain beheaded in Takhar

AT News KABUL: Local officials in northern Takhar said that the Taliban fighters had first gunned down a tribal elder and then cut his head in Taliqan city of the province. Provincial Police Spokesman, Khalil Assir said the beheading took place in Chakab village of the city. The militants had abducted Mullah Mansour after Friday …

Pakistan to temporarily reopen Afghan passageways

AT News KABUL: The government of Pakistan has agreed to temporarily reopen two passageways connecting the country with neighboring Afghanistan, officials in Islamabad confirmed on Saturday. Afghanistan imports nearly half of essentials such flour, rice and co
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Pakistan to temporarily reopen Afghan passageways

AT News KABUL: The government of Pakistan has agreed to temporarily reopen two passageways connecting the country with neighboring Afghanistan, officials in Islamabad confirmed on Saturday. Afghanistan imports nearly half of essentials such flour, rice and cooking oil from Pakistan via the Torkham way in the east and Boldak in the south. Also, thousands of …

UN chief calls for Afghan ‘cease-fire’

AT News KABUL: The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls on the government of Afghanistan and Taliban to observe a cease fire at a time that the Corona virus is spreading in the country. Gutteres said Saturday that while war is intensifying
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UN chief calls for Afghan ‘cease-fire’

AT News KABUL: The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls on the government of Afghanistan and Taliban to observe a cease fire at a time that the Corona virus is spreading in the country. Gutteres said Saturday that while war is intensifying in Afghanistan, the country’s government forms a delegation to hold talks with the …

Political conundrum in Kabul

By Safiullah Taye and Alias Wardak On March 24, the U.S. State Department announced to cut US$ 1billion of its aid to Afghanistan this year, with a possible further reduction of US$ 1billion in 2021. While acknowledging the financial impact of the State Depar
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Political conundrum in Kabul

By Safiullah Taye and Alias Wardak On March 24, the U.S. State Department announced to cut US$ 1billion of its aid to Afghanistan this year, with a possible further reduction of US$ 1billion in 2021. While acknowledging the financial impact of the State Department’s decision, this analysis is considering the political ramifications of the reduction …

Afghan leaders continue efforts to solve post-electoral crisis

AT News KABUL: Political leaders in a meeting held in the residence of jihadi leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, emphasized on the political solution of the crisis came out after last year’s presidential election. Former President Hamid Karzai, jihadi leaders Kari
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Afghan leaders continue efforts to solve post-electoral crisis

AT News KABUL: Political leaders in a meeting held in the residence of jihadi leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, emphasized on the political solution of the crisis came out after last year’s presidential election. Former President Hamid Karzai, jihadi leaders Karim Khalili, Mohammad Mohaqqeq and other political figures Sayed Ishaq Gilani, Sayed Hamed Gilani, Hajji Din Mohammad, …

Ghani Proposes Abdullah Leads Peace Process

Tolo News: President Ashraf Ghani has publicly proposed that the leadership of the peace council be taken on by his political opponent Abdullah Abdullah, who disputed the recent election results and has announced a parallel government. The two sides could no
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Ghani Proposes Abdullah Leads Peace Process

Tolo News: President Ashraf Ghani has publicly proposed that the leadership of the peace council be taken on by his political opponent Abdullah Abdullah, who disputed the recent election results and has announced a parallel government. The two sides could not reach an agreement when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Kabul last monthRead More...

Positive cases of Coronavirus rise to 274 in Afghanistan

Ariana: The Ministry of Public Health announced that the number of positive cases of COVID-19 has jumped to 274, with six deaths in Afghanistan. The Ministry said that most of affected individuals were recorded in Herat and Kabul provinces. According to the l
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Positive cases of Coronavirus rise to 274 in Afghanistan

Ariana: The Ministry of Public Health announced that the number of positive cases of COVID-19 has jumped to 274, with six deaths in Afghanistan. The Ministry said that most of affected individuals were recorded in Herat and Kabul provinces. According to the latest statistics, 15 new cases were diagnosed in Herat, 14 cases in KabulRead More...

Sikhs in Afghanistan a neglected, vanishing minority

Asia Times: The terrorist attack that killed 27 Sikhs in a centuries-old gurdwara (Sikh temple) last week highlighted yet again the continued and systematic decimation of Sikhs and other religious minorities in Afghanistan.  Once a thriving religious minorit
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Sikhs in Afghanistan a neglected, vanishing minority

Asia Times: The terrorist attack that killed 27 Sikhs in a centuries-old gurdwara (Sikh temple) last week highlighted yet again the continued and systematic decimation of Sikhs and other religious minorities in Afghanistan.  Once a thriving religious minority, the Sikh population in Afghanistan has over the last couple of decades declined significantly, with current estimatesRead More...

Taliban Says it Can Stop Fighting in COVID-19 Areas

Tolo News: Referring to COVID-19, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid was quoted by the Associated Press on Wednesday as saying: “If, God forbid, the outbreak happens in an area where we control the situation then we will stop fighting in that area.” But
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Taliban Says it Can Stop Fighting in COVID-19 Areas

Tolo News: Referring to COVID-19, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid was quoted by the Associated Press on Wednesday as saying: “If, God forbid, the outbreak happens in an area where we control the situation then we will stop fighting in that area.” But a Western security source says attacks–from all sides–are occurring alongside the COVID-19 spreadRead More...

‘Afghanistan starts gas extraction after 4 decades’

AA: In a landmark development, Afghanistan has started extracting gas from a newly discovered field in northern Jawzjan province, officials confirmed on Thursday.  This is the first time in four decades that natural gas is being extracted in Afghanistan, act
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‘Afghanistan starts gas extraction after 4 decades’

AA: In a landmark development, Afghanistan has started extracting gas from a newly discovered field in northern Jawzjan province, officials confirmed on Thursday.  This is the first time in four decades that natural gas is being extracted in Afghanistan, acting Minister for Mines and Petroleum Enayatullah Momand told state broadcaster RTA Pashto. Click here toRead More...

Afghan government, Taliban prepare for prisoner swap

Press TV April 2, 2020 Afghanistan is set to release from prison 100 Taliban militants in a prisoner exchange for 20 of its security forces personnel, the government and Taliban sources say. Both sides on Thursday confirmed that the Taliban prisoners were to
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Afghan government, Taliban prepare for prisoner swap

Press TV April 2, 2020 Afghanistan is set to release from prison 100 Taliban militants in a prisoner exchange for 20 of its security forces personnel, the government and Taliban sources say. Both sides on Thursday confirmed that the Taliban prisoners were to be released at the Bagram military base north of the capital, Kabul.Read More...

Political rift shouldn’t spill over into peace talks: Abdullah says

AT News KABUL: Presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah says that the insider political problems and differences should not spoil the peace process. Abdullah also welcomed a delegation appointed to hold peace talks with the Taliban, saying that the team repre
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Political rift shouldn’t spill over into peace talks: Abdullah says

AT News KABUL: Presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah says that the insider political problems and differences should not spoil the peace process. Abdullah also welcomed a delegation appointed to hold peace talks with the Taliban, saying that the team represented the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He was reported to have opposed the government-appointed negotiating delegation previously, …

Two decades after its ouster, Taliban makes first visit to Kabul

Many years after oust of a right-wing dictatorship and retrograde regime of the Taliban, delegates of the now-reconcilable group have come to Kabul to see to a release of their prisoners AT News KABUL: Although nearly two decades have passed since the collaps
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Two decades after its ouster, Taliban makes first visit to Kabul

Many years after oust of a right-wing dictatorship and retrograde regime of the Taliban, delegates of the now-reconcilable group have come to Kabul to see to a release of their prisoners AT News KABUL: Although nearly two decades have passed since the collapse of Taliban regime, Afghanistan has been in a whirl of violent extremism …

Editorial: Back to square one

With immense pressures from the international community regarding forming an inclusive government, feuding Afghan leaders are finally caving in. President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah – the twin presidents who both sworn in on the same day – are rep
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Editorial: Back to square one

With immense pressures from the international community regarding forming an inclusive government, feuding Afghan leaders are finally caving in. President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah – the twin presidents who both sworn in on the same day – are reportedly inching closer to a rapprochement with their spokespersons confirming that both the teams are attempting …

UN Official Urges Afghan Rivals To ‘Rally Together’ To Help Bring Peace Deal

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty April 1, 2020 The UN Security Council has called on political rivals in Afghanistan to “rally together” and finalize talks with the Taliban to help end the country’s long, costly war. Ingrid Hayden, the UN secretary-gener
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UN Official Urges Afghan Rivals To ‘Rally Together’ To Help Bring Peace Deal

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty April 1, 2020 The UN Security Council has called on political rivals in Afghanistan to “rally together” and finalize talks with the Taliban to help end the country’s long, costly war. Ingrid Hayden, the UN secretary-general’s deputy special representative for Afghanistan, said on March 31 that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and political rivalRead More...

At Least Eight Afghan Civilians Killed By Roadside Bomb In Helmand

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty April 1, 2020 At least eight civilians, mostly children, were killed when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand. Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said th
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At Least Eight Afghan Civilians Killed By Roadside Bomb In Helmand

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty April 1, 2020 At least eight civilians, mostly children, were killed when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand. Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the civilians were traveling in a minivan in Helmand’s Gereshk district on April 1 when theRead More...

Afghanistan appears to be reaching a defining moment: Ingrid Hayden

Here is the briefing to the United Nations Security Council by the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and OIC UNAMA, Ms. Ingrid Hayden Mr. President, Distinguished members of the Security Council, Afghanistan appears to be rea
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Afghanistan appears to be reaching a defining moment: Ingrid Hayden

Here is the briefing to the United Nations Security Council by the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and OIC UNAMA, Ms. Ingrid Hayden Mr. President, Distinguished members of the Security Council, Afghanistan appears to be reaching a defining moment. Almost two decades after the start of the coalition intervention, the question for the Islamic …

NATO chief hints on reducing military presence in Afghanistan

AT News KABUL: The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has talked about reducing military presence in Afghanistan as part of peace efforts in the country. “The situation in Afghanistan remained difficult. So now is the time for the Taliban and all polit
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NATO chief hints on reducing military presence in Afghanistan

AT News KABUL: The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has talked about reducing military presence in Afghanistan as part of peace efforts in the country. “The situation in Afghanistan remained difficult. So now is the time for the Taliban and all political actors to play their part. All parties need to engage constructively, honour their …

Eight members of a family killed in Helmand roadside blast

AT News KABUL: At least eight civilians, including children and woman were killed and two others received injures after the vehicle they were traveling in hit by a roadside mine in southern Helmand province on Wednesday morning.  The fatality happened i
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Eight members of a family killed in Helmand roadside blast

AT News KABUL: At least eight civilians, including children and woman were killed and two others received injures after the vehicle they were traveling in hit by a roadside mine in southern Helmand province on Wednesday morning.  The fatality happened in Nahr-e-Saraj district after the mini-van smacked with a roadside mine, provincial police spokesman, Mohammad …

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