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Time for Taliban to think of what is good for Afghanistan

Maha Akeel via Arab News: More than 100 Muslim scholars from around the world — including about 40 from Afghanistan itself, representing the diversity of the nation’s sects, ethnicities and regions — participated in the conference held in Jeddah and Ma
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Time for Taliban to think of what is good for Afghanistan

Maha Akeel via Arab News: More than 100 Muslim scholars from around the world — including about 40 from Afghanistan itself, representing the diversity of the nation’s sects, ethnicities and regions — participated in the conference held in Jeddah and Makkah.  For a country where more than 99 percent of the population is Muslim and whichRead More...

This is Afghanistan: the nomadic community living at the ‘end of the world’

Marta Pascual Juanola via WAToday (Australia): I could never have imagined that five years later my partner and I would be trekking along the country’s Karakoram, Pamir and Hindu Kush ranges, searching for one of the last nomadic cultures in the world: the
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This is Afghanistan: the nomadic community living at the ‘end of the world’

Marta Pascual Juanola via WAToday (Australia): I could never have imagined that five years later my partner and I would be trekking along the country’s Karakoram, Pamir and Hindu Kush ranges, searching for one of the last nomadic cultures in the world: the Pamiri Kyrgyz. Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz nomads live in the high-altitude flats of theRead More...

Bomb Kills 20 In Afghanistan, As Army Frees Dozens Of Prisoners

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 17, 2018 A suicide bomber has killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan, including a Taliban commander, an Afghan official says. Abdul Qauom Baqizoi, provincial chief police of the northern Sar-e Pul Province, said the atta
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Bomb Kills 20 In Afghanistan, As Army Frees Dozens Of Prisoners

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 17, 2018 A suicide bomber has killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan, including a Taliban commander, an Afghan official says. Abdul Qauom Baqizoi, provincial chief police of the northern Sar-e Pul Province, said the attack took place as village elders met with Taliban officials in the area. No group claimedRead More...

Probe Uncovers Major Irregularities In Fuel Sector

Tolo News:  A probe has found that despite repeated calls for quality control measures and monitoring systems to be enforced in the oil and gas sector, no such systems have yet been established. The investigation also found that government institutions invol
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Probe Uncovers Major Irregularities In Fuel Sector

Tolo News:  A probe has found that despite repeated calls for quality control measures and monitoring systems to be enforced in the oil and gas sector, no such systems have yet been established. The investigation also found that government institutions involved in the purchase and import process lack the necessary information to ensure standards areRead More...

Hekmatyar Claims IEC’s Figure for Registered Voters Is False

Ariana: Addressing a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, Hekmatyar claimed that among 8,600,000 registered voters which presented by the IEC, five million of them was false. He said only 3,600,000 voters were real. Click here to read more (external link).
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Hekmatyar Claims IEC’s Figure for Registered Voters Is False

Ariana: Addressing a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, Hekmatyar claimed that among 8,600,000 registered voters which presented by the IEC, five million of them was false. He said only 3,600,000 voters were real. Click here to read more (external link).

US Denies Reports, Says Not Ready to Negotiate With Taliban – Resolute Support

WASHINGTON, July 16 (Sputnik) – The United States is not ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban despite media reports to the contrary, US Operation Resolute Support said in a press release on Monday. “Resolute Support refutes reports by th
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US Denies Reports, Says Not Ready to Negotiate With Taliban – Resolute Support

WASHINGTON, July 16 (Sputnik) – The United States is not ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban despite media reports to the contrary, US Operation Resolute Support said in a press release on Monday. “Resolute Support refutes reports by the media that the Resolute Support commander said the US is ready to join directRead More...

Rights Group Decries Deportations of Afghans Amid Record Civilian Death Toll in Conflict

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) – A prominent human rights watchdog on Monday denounced the deportations of Afghan asylum seekers at a time when the number of civilian casualties in the conflict-torn country has hit a new record as an “unconscionable
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Rights Group Decries Deportations of Afghans Amid Record Civilian Death Toll in Conflict

MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) – A prominent human rights watchdog on Monday denounced the deportations of Afghan asylum seekers at a time when the number of civilian casualties in the conflict-torn country has hit a new record as an “unconscionable” act and a “brazen” breach of international law. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)Read More...

Afghan President Suggests Taliban Could Join Peace Talks, Despite Rejection

RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan July 16, 2018 KABUL — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has dismissed the Taliban’s rejection of his offer of peace talks, suggesting that the militant group can still be persuaded to come to the negotiating table. I
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Afghan President Suggests Taliban Could Join Peace Talks, Despite Rejection

RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan July 16, 2018 KABUL — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has dismissed the Taliban’s rejection of his offer of peace talks, suggesting that the militant group can still be persuaded to come to the negotiating table. In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan in Kabul on July 16, Ghani saidRead More...

Afghan Police Thwart Attack In Kabul, Seven Police Killed In East

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 16, 2018 Afghan police say they have shot and killed a suspected suicide bomber as he approached a demonstration in the capital Kabul. Police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the suspect was shot by police near a gatherin
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Afghan Police Thwart Attack In Kabul, Seven Police Killed In East

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 16, 2018 Afghan police say they have shot and killed a suspected suicide bomber as he approached a demonstration in the capital Kabul. Police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the suspect was shot by police near a gathering in the Shar-e Naw park in Kabul’s main business area on July 16,Read More...

Dostum Supporters Threaten To Derail Elections, Form ‘Own Govt’

Tolo News: Supporters of exiled First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum held a demonstration on Monday in Shar-e-Naw in Kabul city and warned government that if it failed to meet their demands they would boycott elections and form their own autonomous
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Dostum Supporters Threaten To Derail Elections, Form ‘Own Govt’

Tolo News: Supporters of exiled First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum held a demonstration on Monday in Shar-e-Naw in Kabul city and warned government that if it failed to meet their demands they would boycott elections and form their own autonomous government. Protestors also called for the return of Dostum and the immediate release ofRead More...

Report: White House Seeks Direct Talks With Taliban

VOA News July 16, 2018 A report in a leading U.S. newspaper says President Donald Trump has instructed “top diplomats” to pursue “direct talks” with the Taliban in an effort to “jump-start” negotiations with the militant gr
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Report: White House Seeks Direct Talks With Taliban

VOA News July 16, 2018 A report in a leading U.S. newspaper says President Donald Trump has instructed “top diplomats” to pursue “direct talks” with the Taliban in an effort to “jump-start” negotiations with the militant group in the hope of bringing an end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan. The New York Times saidRead More...

Multiple Casualties In Deadly Kabul Suicide Attack

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 15, 2018 At least seven people have been killed and 15 others wounded in a suicide bombing in front of a government ministry in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials said. The explosion on July 15 happened at the Rural Reha
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Multiple Casualties In Deadly Kabul Suicide Attack

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 15, 2018 At least seven people have been killed and 15 others wounded in a suicide bombing in front of a government ministry in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials said. The explosion on July 15 happened at the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry, police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said. There wereRead More...

Over Half of Afghanistan’s Territory Under Taliban Control – Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, July 15 (Sputnik) – The Taliban movement controls over half of the territory of Afghanistan and the local population has more trust in its authorities rather than in the central government, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Departmen
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Over Half of Afghanistan’s Territory Under Taliban Control – Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, July 15 (Sputnik) – The Taliban movement controls over half of the territory of Afghanistan and the local population has more trust in its authorities rather than in the central government, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department Director Zamir Kabulov told Kommersant newspaper in an interview. According to Kabulov, the central authorities of AfghanistanRead More...

Ghani Indicates Dostum Could Return Soon

Tolo News: Speaking at a press conference at the Presidential Palace. Ghani said: “General Dostum’s return is very possible. This issue has a legal aspect and the general attorney will investigate it.”  Ghani also said that illegal armed men a
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Ghani Indicates Dostum Could Return Soon

Tolo News: Speaking at a press conference at the Presidential Palace. Ghani said: “General Dostum’s return is very possible. This issue has a legal aspect and the general attorney will investigate it.”  Ghani also said that illegal armed men are becoming a problem in the country. “Operations against illegal arm forces are being carried out atRead More...

Unidentified armed men torch school in E. Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, July 15 (Xinhua) — Unidentified armed men set a school on fire in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, the provincial government said in a statement Sunday. “Unknown armed men torched Kiptan Baba Middle Schoo
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Unidentified armed men torch school in E. Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, July 15 (Xinhua) — Unidentified armed men set a school on fire in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, the provincial government said in a statement Sunday. “Unknown armed men torched Kiptan Baba Middle School in Bati Kot district at midnight Saturday. The school building was destroyed and all the documents and books insideRead More...

UN: Afghan War Inflicts Record Civilian Deaths

Ayaz Gul VOA News July 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The United Nations says the conflict in Afghanistan killed nearly 1,700 civilians in the first six months of 2018, the highest number recorded at any comparable time over the last decade. The midyear report on ci
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UN: Afghan War Inflicts Record Civilian Deaths

Ayaz Gul VOA News July 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The United Nations says the conflict in Afghanistan killed nearly 1,700 civilians in the first six months of 2018, the highest number recorded at any comparable time over the last decade. The midyear report on civilian casualties released by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) SundayRead More...

Chechen Leader Dismisses Reports on Female Chechen IS Militants in Afghanistan as Fake

MOSCOW, July 14 (Sputnik) – Russia’s Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Saturday dismissed media reports alleging that members of the radical Taliban movement had killed female Chechen IS (Islamic State terrorist organization, outlawed in Russi
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Chechen Leader Dismisses Reports on Female Chechen IS Militants in Afghanistan as Fake

MOSCOW, July 14 (Sputnik) – Russia’s Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Saturday dismissed media reports alleging that members of the radical Taliban movement had killed female Chechen IS (Islamic State terrorist organization, outlawed in Russia) militants in northern Afghanistan as fake, aimed at creating the impression of Chechen militants’ presence in Afghanistan. Earlier inRead More...

Govt Urged to Trial Soldiers for Allegedly Torturing Qaisari’s Security Guards

Ariana: A graphic video emerged on Friday, showing Afghan forces abusing bound and wounded bodyguards of Qaisari, kicking bloodied detainees in the face and stepping on their heads while smiling and posing for the camera. Click here to read more (external li
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Govt Urged to Trial Soldiers for Allegedly Torturing Qaisari’s Security Guards

Ariana: A graphic video emerged on Friday, showing Afghan forces abusing bound and wounded bodyguards of Qaisari, kicking bloodied detainees in the face and stepping on their heads while smiling and posing for the camera. Click here to read more (external link). Related Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq: Assault on Qaisari’s bodyguards needs to theRead More...

Blackwater Founder Makes New Pitch To ‘Privatize’ War

Tolo News: Blackwater founder Erik D. Prince, this week laid out a road map for Trump which he said could end the ongoing war. In Prince’s opinion, Trump should immediately change course and implement a Trump Economy of Force using “proven and cheaper u
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Blackwater Founder Makes New Pitch To ‘Privatize’ War

Tolo News: Blackwater founder Erik D. Prince, this week laid out a road map for Trump which he said could end the ongoing war. In Prince’s opinion, Trump should immediately change course and implement a Trump Economy of Force using “proven and cheaper unconventional warfare methods to defeat the terror malignancy plaguing Afghanistan”.  Click here to readRead More...

Where Instagramers and Taliban Play in Afghanistan

South China Morning Post: Ishkashim is a bright spot in Afghanistan’s long-suffering tourism industry as it attracts those seeking superb selfies. And it’s perfectly safe – just ask the locals. Ishkashim is a small district in Afghanistan’s far north
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Where Instagramers and Taliban Play in Afghanistan

South China Morning Post: Ishkashim is a bright spot in Afghanistan’s long-suffering tourism industry as it attracts those seeking superb selfies. And it’s perfectly safe – just ask the locals. Ishkashim is a small district in Afghanistan’s far northeast Badakhshan province that serves as the gateway to the famed Wakhan Valley – home to some ofRead More...

Iran, Russia, China, Pakistan agree anti-Daesh bid: Paper

Press TV July 14, 2018 Senior intelligence officials from Iran, Russia, China, and Pakistan have reportedly reached an agreement to join efforts against Daesh terror group in Afghanistan. The officials agreed over integrated efforts for rooting out the outfi
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Iran, Russia, China, Pakistan agree anti-Daesh bid: Paper

Press TV July 14, 2018 Senior intelligence officials from Iran, Russia, China, and Pakistan have reportedly reached an agreement to join efforts against Daesh terror group in Afghanistan. The officials agreed over integrated efforts for rooting out the outfit from Afghanistan during a meeting in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, English-language Pakistani daily The Nation reported on Friday,Read More...

Kabul’s Underground Water Reserves ‘To Dry Up Within Years’

Tolo News: The National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) has warned that underground water reserves in Kabul will dry up within the next 10 years amid an increasing demand and use of water in the capital city. Thirty-two million cubic meters of water i
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Kabul’s Underground Water Reserves ‘To Dry Up Within Years’

Tolo News: The National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) has warned that underground water reserves in Kabul will dry up within the next 10 years amid an increasing demand and use of water in the capital city. Thirty-two million cubic meters of water is used from Kabul’s underground water reserves every year while the capacity of theRead More...

Eight Guards of Nizamuddin Qaisari Released Days After Being Imprisoned

Ariana:  The governor of Faryab, Naqibullah Fayeq stated that seven guards of Qaisari are still in prison but will be freed in the near future. The commander, area police chief Nizamuddin Qaisari, was arrested after a violent dispute during a meeting with le
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Eight Guards of Nizamuddin Qaisari Released Days After Being Imprisoned

Ariana:  The governor of Faryab, Naqibullah Fayeq stated that seven guards of Qaisari are still in prison but will be freed in the near future. The commander, area police chief Nizamuddin Qaisari, was arrested after a violent dispute during a meeting with leaders of government security forces on Monday, drawing angry protests from Dostum’s supporters.Read More...

US, NATO main sponsors of Taliban, trade of narcotics in Afghanistan: Russia

Press TV July 13, 2018 Russia has accused the US military of being the chief sponsor of Taliban militants in Afghanistan, saying that during the active presence of US-led NATO forces in the country, the production and distribution of narcotics had drasticall
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US, NATO main sponsors of Taliban, trade of narcotics in Afghanistan: Russia

Press TV July 13, 2018 Russia has accused the US military of being the chief sponsor of Taliban militants in Afghanistan, saying that during the active presence of US-led NATO forces in the country, the production and distribution of narcotics had drastically surged there. The accusations were raised on Thursday by Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman MariaRead More...

U-16 Football Team Returns Home After CAFA Tournament

Tolo News:  Afghanistan’s U-16 Football Team returned home on Wednesday evening after finishing second in the Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) U-16 tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The team had gone into the tournament as defending champion
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U-16 Football Team Returns Home After CAFA Tournament

Tolo News:  Afghanistan’s U-16 Football Team returned home on Wednesday evening after finishing second in the Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) U-16 tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The team had gone into the tournament as defending champions but lost to Uzbekistan in the opening match. However they went on to beat  Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.  The Afghan team will travel to Malaysia inRead More...

US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Following Combat Operation – Statement

WASHINGTON, July 12 (Sputnik) – An American troop was killed on Thursday after an operation in Afghanistan, the US military said in a press release. “A US service member died today of a wound sustained during a combat operation in eastern Afghanis
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US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Following Combat Operation – Statement

WASHINGTON, July 12 (Sputnik) – An American troop was killed on Thursday after an operation in Afghanistan, the US military said in a press release. “A US service member died today of a wound sustained during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan, July 12,” the release said. “In addition, an Afghan security force member wasRead More...

Putin May Raise Afghanistan at Trump Summit – Envoy

MOSCOW, July 13 (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin may bring up Afghanistan at talks with Donald Trump next week, a Russian special envoy for this Central Asian nation said. “I know that our president has this topic in his notes for the
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Putin May Raise Afghanistan at Trump Summit – Envoy

MOSCOW, July 13 (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin may bring up Afghanistan at talks with Donald Trump next week, a Russian special envoy for this Central Asian nation said. “I know that our president has this topic in his notes for the talks. I think if Donald Trump shows enough interest, Vladimir Putin willRead More...

US Service Member Killed in Afghanistan; 2nd in 6 Days

AP: It was the second U.S. military death in Afghanistan in less than one week. On Saturday, Army Cpl. Joseph Maciel, of South Gate, California, was killed by what the U.S. is investigating as a possible attack by a member of the Afghan military. Click here
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US Service Member Killed in Afghanistan; 2nd in 6 Days

AP: It was the second U.S. military death in Afghanistan in less than one week. On Saturday, Army Cpl. Joseph Maciel, of South Gate, California, was killed by what the U.S. is investigating as a possible attack by a member of the Afghan military. Click here to read more (external link).

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