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Commissioners Dismissed As Election Law Amended

Commissioners Dismissed As Election Law Amended

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

KABUL — The Afghan government on Tuesday fired its election commission more than three months after chaotic parliamentary elections — the results of which have still not been announced — and ahead of July’s controversial presidential vote. President Ashraf Ghani is among the candidates for president in an election that was to be held in April […] The post Commissioners Dismissed As Election Law Amended appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

China to fund installation of modern facilities at Pak-Afghan border

China to fund installation of modern facilities at Pak-Afghan border

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

ISLAMABAD- China plans to fund and install modern reception centres, drinking water and cold storage facilities at main entry points on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Chinese project aims to better serve the daily movement of tens of thousands of people as well as trade convoys, and will help ease tensions between the […] The post China to fund installation of modern facilities at Pak-Afghan border appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

Afghanistan representatives from US, Russia to meet in Turkey

Afghanistan representatives from US, Russia to meet in Turkey

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

ANKARA-Afresh round of Russia-U.S. talks on Afghanistan will take place in Ankara on Feb. 22, the Russian envoy said Tuesday. Speaking at a news conference, Russia’s Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov announced his meeting with his U.S. counterpart Zalmay Khalilzad. He said both sides agreed to meet at a neutral venue in the region […] The post Afghanistan representatives from US, Russia to meet in Turkey appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

Salang Pass Reopens To Traffic After heavy snowfalls

Salang Pass Reopens To Traffic After heavy snowfalls

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

PARWAN-The Salang Pass, one of the country’s main routes, was reopened to traffic after 16 hours of closure due to heavy snowfalls and avalanches on the southern side of the pass, local officials said Saturday. Abdul Basir Habibi, the highway maintenance commander, said snowfall has stopped and that the pass was reopened at around 10:00am.  […] The post Salang Pass Reopens To Traffic After heavy snowfalls appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

Khalilzad travels to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Khalilzad travels to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan, Pakistan

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

WASHINTON-US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will lead an interagency delegation to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan and Pakistan from February 10-28, the US Department of State said in a statement Sunday. The trip is part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that protects Washington’s national security interests and brings […] The post Khalilzad travels to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan, Pakistan appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

US defence chief arrived in Kabul

US defence chief arrived in Kabul

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

KABUL-Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan landed in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit Monday amid a push for peace with the Taliban, the U.S. media reported. Shanahan, who will meet U.S. troops and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, said he had so far not received any direction to reduce the nearly 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The […] The post US defence chief arrived in Kabul appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

At Least 21 Dead In Air Strikes In Helmand

At Least 21 Dead In Air Strikes In Helmand

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

LASHKARGAH-Airstrikes in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province have killed 21 civilians, including women and children, a lawmaker from the region said on Sunday. Mohammad Hashim Alkozai said 13 civilians were killed in one strike and eight in another. Both were carried out late on Friday in the Sangin district, where heavy fighting is underway between NATO-backed Afghan forces and […] The post At Least 21 Dead In Air Strikes In Helmand appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

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ASF kill 2 senior Taliban Commander in Nangarhar

ASF kill 2 senior Taliban Commander in Nangarhar

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

JALALABAD-The Afghan Special Forces have killed two senior Taliban leaders during a raid in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan earlier today. According to the informed military sources “Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province and killed two Taliban leaders. The lead weapons facilitator and recruiter for Nangarhar province were killed when […] The post ASF kill 2 senior Taliban Commander in Nangarhar appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

Mujeeb ur Rahman not included in Afghanistan squad for sole Test against Ireland

Mujeeb ur Rahman not included in Afghanistan squad for sole Test against Ireland

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

KABUL-Mystery spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman failed to find a place in Afghanistan’s Test squad for next month’s clash against Ireland. Afghanistan are due to host Ireland across all three formats at their adopted ‘home’ ground in Dehradun, India and will play only their second Test since gaining full ICC membership last year. Mujeeb was the biggest omission from the […] The post Mujeeb ur Rahman not included in Afghanistan squad for sole Test against Ireland appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

Instagram tightens rules on self-injury images

Instagram tightens rules on self-injury images

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram late Thursday announced it is clamping down on images related to self-injury such as cutting. The move came after British Health Secretary Matt Hancock met with social media companies about doing more to safeguard the mental health of teenagers using their platforms. British teenager Molly Russell was found dead in her bedroom […] The post Instagram tightens rules on self-injury images appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

No timetable for US withdrawal from Afghanistan:Khalilzad

No timetable for US withdrawal from Afghanistan:Khalilzad

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

WASHINGTON-US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said on Thursday no timetable had been agreed for a US troop withdrawal. Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted: “In recent days, I’ve heard some individual Taliban officials claim we have a troop withdrawal timetable for Afghanistan. Today (Thursday), they retracted that claim. “To be clear: no troop withdrawal timetable […] The post No timetable for US withdrawal from Afghanistan:Khalilzad appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

14  pilots graduate after completing training for UH-60 helicopters: AAF

14 pilots graduate after completing training for UH-60 helicopters: AAF

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

KANDAHAR-A group of 14 Afghan pilots received their graduation certificates after completing their training in Kandahar province, the Afghan Air Force (AAF) said in a statement. As per statement, 12 other officers who have completed their training as door gunners also received their graduation certificates during a ceremony which was held in Kandahar. The statement […] The post 14 pilots graduate after completing training for UH-60 helicopters: AAF appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

Participants of intra-Afghan dialogue issue joint statement as 2-day summit ends in Moscow

Participants of intra-Afghan dialogue issue joint statement as 2-day summit ends in Moscow

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

MOSCOW-The participants of the intra-Afghan dialogue issued a joint statement at the end of a two-day summit which concluded late on Wednesday in Moscow city. The declaration mainly focuses on withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan and removal of the names of Taliban leaders from sanction lists. Release of Taliban prisoners, recognition of Taliban […] The post Participants of intra-Afghan dialogue issue joint statement as 2-day summit ends in Moscow appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

Taliban called for establishment of an Islamic system in Afghanistan

Taliban called for establishment of an Islamic system in Afghanistan

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

MOSCOW-The Taliban representatives Stanikzai called for establishment of an Islamic system in Afghanistan during the Moscow Peace Talks. They met a number of non-government Afghan politicians in the Russian capital Moscow on Tuesday for the landmark two-day peace talks. The two sides met in a cordial environment, offered prayers together and shared contrasting views on […] The post Taliban called for establishment of an Islamic system in Afghanistan appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

Increment in Number of private security contractors in Afghanistan

Increment in Number of private security contractors in Afghanistan

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

KABUL-Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, the number of armed private security contractors has seen a massive increase in Afghanistan, says a digital news site.   Over the past two years, Task & Purpose reported, the number of armed contractor personnel supporting the US mission in Afghanistan rose by more than 65 percent […] The post Increment in Number of private security contractors in Afghanistan appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

ANSF repulsed Taliban Attack in outskirts of Kunduz: MoD

ANSF repulsed Taliban Attack in outskirts of Kunduz: MoD

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

KUNDUZ-The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says a large scale Taliban attack has been repulsed in the outskirts of Kunduz city in North of Afghanistan. As per statement, the Taliban militants launched a large scale attack on security posts at around 1:00 am local time which was repulsed by the security forces. “the clash left at […] The post ANSF repulsed Taliban Attack in outskirts of Kunduz: MoD appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

10 Police Officers Killed In Baghlan Clash

10 Police Officers Killed In Baghlan Clash

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

PUL-E-KHUMRI:At least 10 local police officers were killed in a clash with Taliban insurgents  on Monday night in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of Baghlan province, a source from Baghlan said Tuesday. According to the source Taliban attacked a local police check post in the Hassan Tal village of the district and as a result 10 local police […] The post 10 Police Officers Killed In Baghlan Clash appeared first on Rasad News Agency.

Senate breaks from Trump with Syria troop vote

Senate breaks from Trump with Syria troop vote

24 Feb 2019 Rasad News Agency Rasad News Agency

Washington-The Republican-led U.S. Senate backed largely symbolic legislation on Monday that broke with President Donald Trump by opposing plans for any abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan. The Senate voted 70-26 in favor of a non-binding amendment, drafted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying it was the sense of the Senate that Islamist […] The post Senate breaks from Trump with Syria troop vote appeared first on Rasad News Agency.