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Khalilzad testifies before House Committee, says pact with Pakistan possible

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Testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security about the Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy, US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said Washington and its allies were looking at an agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan so that neither side’s territory would be used to attack the other.  He also said the level of violence […]

TikTok removes over 100 million videos from its app

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TikTok has had to remove over 104 million videos in the first six months of this year for violating its guidelines.  About 37 million of these were from India followed by nearly 10 million in the United States. TikTok says this is still less than one percent of the total number of videos uploaded on […]

Afghanistan’s ‘cricket is proof that dreams come true’: ACB director

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The Director of Cricket at Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), Raees Ahmadzai said on Tuesday that with hard work and determination “dreams do come true” and that Afghanistan’s cricket is proof of this.  Representing the ACB at a virtual meeting of the Asian Cricket Council, attended by both full-members and some associate members, Ahmadzai provided details […]

Three suspects identified in public beating of two women in Kabul

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The Ministry of Interior said it has identified three security officials involved in last week’s incident involving two young women who were beaten in public in Kabul.  In a statement issued by the MoI, the ministry said: “After investigating the case, the Crime Investigation Directorate (CID) identified one member of the security forces who was […]

Gov’t approves four wind and solar power projects

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The Afghan High Economic Council has approved four wind and solar power projects in Herat, Kabul and Balkh provinces. Laima Khurram, director of public-private partnership policy at the Ministry of Finance, said the projects would cost an estimated $160 million. “One of the wind power projects is in Herat with a capacity of 25 megawatts, […]

Afghans, suspected of causing Moria camp fire, remanded in custody

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Six Afghan nationals were remanded in custody by order of a prosecutor on the island of Lesvos on Monday after being charged with arson and participation in a criminal group.  The six are suspected of having set fire to the Moria refugee camp in Greece earlier this month – which left almost 13,000 people without […]

Ghani reiterates call for ceasefire at virtual UN meeting 

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President Ashraf Ghani said on Monday night that a democratically stable and prosperous Afghanistan would be an example of how collective will can overcome even the most serious challenges.  Speaking at a virtual meeting to mark the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary, Ghani addressed global leaders and said his country sits at the heart of untapped […]

US imposes sanctions on Iran’s Defense Ministry

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The United States on Monday slapped new sanctions on the Iranian defense ministry and others involved in Iran’s nuclear and weapons program to support its assertion that all UN sanctions against Tehran are now restored. The move, disputed by key European allies as well as US adversaries such as Russia and China, was announced on […]

Trump’s former NSA says Afghan peace talks are ‘doomed to fail’

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President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser HR McMaster said on Monday intra-Afghan negotiations are doomed to end in failure and warned the risk of another 9/11 type attack in the US was “very high”.  Speaking to USA TODAY following the launch of his new book “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World”, McMaster […]

Rescue workers search for survivors after Mumbai building collapses 

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Indian officials confirmed late Monday that at least 10 people died in a building collapse earlier in the day.  The four-story residential building, on the outskirts of Mumbai, collapsed in the early hours of Monday morning while people were asleep.  Search and rescue teams are still working to find survivors trapped in the rubble.  During […]

Violence intensifies across the country, despite peace talks

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Clashes have intensified between the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and Taliban militants in 14 provinces in the past ten days – inflicting heavy casualties on both sides.  Government sources said clashes have been recorded in 33 districts in total and that at least 30 members of the ANDSF and 401 Taliban insurgents […]

Calls grow for a ceasefire on International Day of Peace

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Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo on Monday said that peace in Afghanistan is within reach as the talks currently underway in Doha are a historical opportunity to find a political settlement and resolution to the decades-old war.  Marking the International Day of Peace, Pontecorvo said the start of peace talks, in Doha […]

Atmar, Wilson discuss peace process, urgent need for ceasefire

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Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Haneef Atmar on Sunday met with US Charge d’Affaires Ross Wilson to discuss the peace process.  In a statement issued Monday, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “The two sides discussed the start of peace talks, expressing satisfaction with the progress so far, and optimism for attaining a sustainable peace.”  They […]

Khalilzad concerned over escalation of violence across the country

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US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad voiced concern early Monday over the clear increase in violence across Afghanistan over the past few days and called for an immediate reduction in violence.  In a post on Twitter, Khalilzad said: “Over the last few days, there has been a clear rise in violence in Afghanistan.  “This escalation is […]

Ex-National Security Adviser says Trump is “partnering with Taliban”

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US President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser HR McMaster said the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is a mistake and that Trump “is partnering with the Taliban” against the Afghan government.  In an interview on Sunday with CBS’ 60 Minutes, McMaster said: “He [Trump], in effect, is partnering with the Taliban against, in […]

Ghani holds security review summit with senior officials in Bamiyan

20 Sep 2020 Ariana News Ariana News

President Ashraf Ghani and a high-ranking delegation of officials held a “mini-summit” on the country’s security in Bamiyan on Sunday. Also in attendance with First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh, National Security Adviser Hamdullah Moheb and other senior security officials. After landing at Bamiyan airport, the president and his delegation were […]

MoD discovers and defuses over 4,000 IEDs in past six months

20 Sep 2020 Ariana News Ariana News

The Afghan Ministry of Defense said on Sunday the Afghan National Army (ANA) had discovered and defused 4,776 IEDs across the country in the past six months.  The MoD stated the IEDs had been planted by Taliban on public roads, in residential areas and on highways. A statement by the MoD said: “While Taliban’s explosive […]