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Roadside bomb wounds four army soldiers in Zabul

Roadside bomb wounds four army soldiers in Zabul

14 Hour Kabul Now Kabul Now

Four Afghan army soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb in Anzargi area of Arghandab district of the southern Zabul province around 09:00 am this morning, according to a local official. Talking to Kabul Now, Gul Islam Sayal, spokesperson for Zabul governor, said a military vehicle was also destroyed as the result of the explosion. … The post Roadside bomb wounds four army soldiers in Zabul appeared first on KabulNow.

Between deal and peace, Afghan celebrate temporary truce

Between deal and peace, Afghan celebrate temporary truce

15 Hour Kabul Now Kabul Now

There is a considerable excitement in Afghanistan over reduction in violence period. Ordinary Afghans are excited about a temporary truce which was announced on Friday night by the Taliban and welcomed by the Afghan government. Though there is a wave of concern over political uncertainty, election crisis and it is not clear what the country … The post Between deal and peace, Afghan celebrate temporary truce appeared first on KabulNow.

Taliban shot dead former Afghan soldier in Balkh province

Taliban shot dead former Afghan soldier in Balkh province

1 Day Kabul Now Kabul Now

The Taliban militants have kidnapped a former member of Afghan security forces and then shot dead him in Chamtal Markazi village of Chamtal district of the northern Balkh province, according to a local source. Sayed Reza, a close relative of the victim named him as Sayed Abbas Hussaini and detailed to Kabul Now that the … The post Taliban shot dead former Afghan soldier in Balkh province appeared first on KabulNow.

Taliban kidnap district governor in Samangan

Taliban kidnap district governor in Samangan

1 Day Kabul Now Kabul Now

The Taliban have kidnapped district governor of Dara Sof Balla district of the northern Samangan province around 10:30 am this morning, February 24, local official confirmed. Mohammad Sediq Azizi, spokesperson for Samangan governor told Kabul Now that the Taliban have kidnapped Mohammad Ali Hassani, the district governor along with two other local government employees. Mr. … The post Taliban kidnap district governor in Samangan appeared first on KabulNow.

First corona case confirmed in Herat

First corona case confirmed in Herat

1 Day Kabul Now Kabul Now

Speaking at a press conference held in Kabul on Monday, February 24, Ferozuddin Feroz, the Afghan health minister, confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the western city of Herat which is adjacent to Iran. The deadly coronavirus spread outside Iran on Saturday, while the Iranian authorities are battling hard to curb the outbreak of … The post First corona case confirmed in Herat appeared first on KabulNow.

Election crisis: Abdullah appoints governors, Ghani prepares for oath

Election crisis: Abdullah appoints governors, Ghani prepares for oath

23 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

Final announcement of the 2019 presidential results have created a serious political tension which has further complicated the future of new Afghan government. After the Afghan election authorities declared the incumbent president Ashraf Ghani as winner, his main rival Abdullah Abdullah, challenged the final results and publicly announced that he would form his ‘inclusive’ parallel … The post Election crisis: Abdullah appoints governors, Ghani prepares for oath appeared first on KabulNow.

Clashes erupt on second day of reduction in violence

Clashes erupt on second day of reduction in violence

23 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

The Taliban militants clashed with the Afghan security forces in parts of Afghanistan on Saturday, February 22, a day after the reduction in violence was announced, a report by Reuters said. Reduction in violence, a seven day temporary truce, was formally announced last Friday night. The United States and the Taliban will sign a peace … The post Clashes erupt on second day of reduction in violence appeared first on KabulNow.

Afghan peace talks: hope for some, fear for others

Afghan peace talks: hope for some, fear for others

22 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

“The word Talib reminds me of torturing, whipping women and killing people,” says Mohib Ali, 2o, who is a Kabul-based photojournalist. He believes that the Taliban cannot be trusted so easily as many deal makers think. After nearly two year-long and tiring talks, the American and Taliban peace negotiators are now close to sign a … The post Afghan peace talks: hope for some, fear for others appeared first on KabulNow.

EU and India congratulate Ghani’s disputed victory

EU and India congratulate Ghani’s disputed victory

20 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

Nearly two days after Ashraf Ghani was declared as winner of Afghanistan 2019 presidential election, European Union congratulated him though his main rival, Abdullah Abdullah has already contested the official announcement of final results. Following final announcement of official results of the 2019 presidential elections, Mr. Abdullah announced that he would form his own inclusive … The post EU and India congratulate Ghani’s disputed victory appeared first on KabulNow.

Ghani declared winner, world leaders hesitant to congratulate him

Ghani declared winner, world leaders hesitant to congratulate him

19 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

The incumbent president, Ashraf Ghani, was declared as winner of Afghanistan’s 2019 presidential poll with a narrow victory, securing just 50.64 percent of the vote, nearly five months after the poll took place late September 2019. According to the final results, Ghani’s main contender, the incumbent Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, has secured 39.5 percent of … The post Ghani declared winner, world leaders hesitant to congratulate him appeared first on KabulNow.

Unknown gunmen shot dead military commander in Kabul

Unknown gunmen shot dead military commander in Kabul

18 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

Mustafa Rahimi, a logistic officer of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) has been shot dead by unknown armed men last Friday in PD5 of Kabul city, the ministry confirmed. A source at the interior ministry told Kabul Now that the incident took place around 08:20 PM on Friday’s night, February 14. Identifying the military officer … The post Unknown gunmen shot dead military commander in Kabul appeared first on KabulNow.

Will reduction in violence strategy lead to peace?

Will reduction in violence strategy lead to peace?

18 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

Spokesperson for President Ghani, Sediq Sediqi, said today, February 18, that the Afghan government has agreed to “significant reduction in violence”, hoping to achieve a ceasefire. Speaking at a press conference held in Kabul, Mr. Sediqi reiterated on ceasefire as a key demand that could ensure an enduring and sustainable peace in Afghanistan. The statement … The post Will reduction in violence strategy lead to peace? appeared first on KabulNow.

Political parties warn to form parallel gov’t if IEC does not address their demands

Political parties warn to form parallel gov’t if IEC does not address their demands

17 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

As the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has started the second round of recount and special audit of some polling stations, three major political parties supporting Chief Executive Abdullah have warned that they would form a parallel government if the IEC does not ensure accountability of the votes and address their demands.     The warning was … The post Political parties warn to form parallel gov’t if IEC does not address their demands appeared first on KabulNow.

What does AIHRC report say about women in security institutions?

What does AIHRC report say about women in security institutions?

16 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

A new finding by Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) shows that Afghan women who serve in ranks of security forces are subject to discrimination, mistreatment and sexual harassment. 2,272 women, who serve in different ranks of Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army Force, and the National Directorate of Security (NDS), have been interviewed and … The post What does AIHRC report say about women in security institutions? appeared first on KabulNow.

Afghan peace dilemma

Afghan peace dilemma

15 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

The Afghan peace process is a complex play derived from realities of a long-unresolved geopolitical conflict. The question whether the ongoing talks can yield an enduring peace remains in doubt as major agendas on the future government are still unclear.           Afghanistan will not turn backward, says the Afghan presidential palace ahead of a breakthrough … The post Afghan peace dilemma appeared first on KabulNow.

Lovers who might change stereotypes

Lovers who might change stereotypes

13 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

“I love Zahra a lot,” says Naveed Ahmadi, who fell in love with Zahra Saifey, an English teacher. Naveed, an ethnic Tajik from Kabul, says his love affairs with Zahra, who is a Shia Hazara, made him feel that he was no longer alone.  The love journey, which marked in 2010, put Zahra and Naveed … The post Lovers who might change stereotypes appeared first on KabulNow.

Surge of violence against women; four women murdered in Sar-e-Pul

Surge of violence against women; four women murdered in Sar-e-Pul

12 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

Zaeifa, 40, was found dead along with her 23-year-old daughter, Mehrjan, around 04:30 am on Monday, February 10, in Rekab Dasht neighborhood of Sar-e-Pul city, capital city of the northern Sar-e-Pul province. Three hours later, police forces arrive in the site of incident and take the dead bodies to the provincial hospital. No one has … The post Surge of violence against women; four women murdered in Sar-e-Pul appeared first on KabulNow.

US-Taliban talks appear closer to breakthrough

US-Taliban talks appear closer to breakthrough

12 Feb 2020 Kabul Now Kabul Now

The peace deal between the US and the Taliban reaches closer to a breakthrough as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said there has been a ‘notable progress’ in peace negotiations. The US-Taliban peace settlement began nearly half a year ago to end America’s longest war. The US government opened direct talks with the Taliban negotiators to … The post US-Taliban talks appear closer to breakthrough appeared first on KabulNow.