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Fodder distribution for livestock will be initiated from more vulnerable provinces.

Fodder distribution for livestock will be initiated from more vulnerable provinces.

24 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan: As concerns about a looming drought continues to increase in majority of the provinces across the country, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livelihood (MAIL) has signed a contract to produce condensed food for the livestock for farmers and animal husbandries in provinces that are vulnerable to drought. Akbar Rustami, spokesperson for the MAIL who was addressing a press conference at GMIC on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, said: “In response to worries about drought, MAIL has signed a contract with domestic factories to produce an estimated 8000 metric tons of condensed food stuff. The production process has already been initiated and the distribution process will be started more vulnerable provinces.” He insisted that most of the provinces across Afghanistan have been affected by the drought and livestock keepers need help to various degrees. Spokesperson for MAIL emphasized that the ministry has developed a two-month plan to help the farmers across the country. As per this plan, MAIL will distribute fodder and condensed food stuff to provinces that are more vulnerable. Mr. Rustami also added that animal husbandry in Afghanistan relies on pasture and grazing lands which is more valuable for Kuchis who keep sheep and goat because their livestock are a hundred percent dependent on pasture lands. But due to lack of rainfall in most of the provinces, fodder has not grown in pasture lands which is deemed as a serious threat for animal husbandry. According to Rustami, based on severity of drought fifteen provinces including Badghis, Balkh, Farah, Faryab, Herat, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Kunduz, Nimroz, Samangan, Uruzgan, and Zabul are identified as more vulnerable and need 143 thousand and 269 metric tons of fodder and condensed food. As he explained, Logar, Nooristan, Paktia, Sar-i-Pol, Takhar and Wardak are the six provinces that are categorized as the second most vulnerable provinces and need to 16 thousand and 996 metric tons of fodder and condensed food over the next two months as estimated by MAIL. The third category of most vulnerable provinces include Badakhshan, Bamyan, Ghazni, Kabul, Kapisa, Khost, Kunar, Laghman, Nanagarhar, Paktia, Parwan, Panjshir and Daikundi provinces. Although this category has a better situation compared to the first and second categories, they are still vulnerable to the drought. According to the MAIL plan, to satisfy the two-month need for fodder and condensed food in these provinces, there is a need for 18 thousand and 312 metric tons of fodder and condensed food. MAIL’s two-month plan to fight against drought entails production of 178 thousand and 577 metric tons of fodder and condensed food for livestock and costs 100 million dollars. In this plan, MAIL has placed priority on provinces based on their degree of vulnerability to drought.

DABS and ADB signed three electricity projects for Bamyan

DABS and ADB signed three electricity projects for Bamyan

22 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, 22 April, 2018 – Amanullah Ghalib, Director of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) and Samuel Tumiwa, Country Director of Asian Development Bank (ADB) held a press conference at GMIC today to brief media on three power energy contracts. Amanullah Ghalib said that DABS and ADB signed the contract of three projects with a total cost of USD 80 million which is funded by ADB. He said: “Based on NUG commitments to provide sustainable electricity all over the country we are implementing these projects and as part of it, 32 MW electricity power will be provided for 20 thousand families in Bamyan within 18 months.” He added that the projects includes transmission of electricity line from Doshi to Bamyan province with a capacity of 300 MW; construction of 220/20 substation in Bamyan with a capacity of 32 MW; and expansion network that provides continues electricity to 20,000 families in Bamyan. Ghalib also stated that DABS is planning to reduce the electricity fee up-to 50% in some areas in the near future, based on decisions of the high economic council.Samuel Tumiwa, speaking at the conference, underscored ADB continued cooperation with the Afghan government and said that ADB is supporting USD 231 million annually to Afghanistan focusing on three main sectors of power energy, transportation and natural resources.

Over 200 families access electricity in Parwan

Over 200 families access electricity in Parwan

11 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Parwan – April 11, Over 200 families accessed imported electricity in Qala –e-Sorkh village relevant Jabal Saraj district of Parwan province.  Fazluddin Ayyar governor of Parwan, at the opening of substation power in Qala –e-Sorkh village of Jabal Saraj district, said and praised cooperation of people with the government on implementation of economic projects. He called on Afghanistan Security Forces to pay efforts for securing power station in Parwan province. Governor Ayyar stressed that with cooperation of people we can create further job opportunities and will approach development in Parwan. He asked provincial office of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, for ending all unfinished projects, during current year.Ahmad Naser Ahmadi, executive director of DABS in Parwan said: This project was one of among 24 unfinished projects in Parwan that is fortunately finished and inaugurated today. Over 200 families will access electricity through this project, and all other unfinished projects will be implemented till end of solar year 1397, he added.

Security forces launched operation in Balabuluk

Security forces launched operation in Balabuluk

10 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Farah, April 10 – Afghan and NATO forces launched a joint clearance operation in presence of Lt. Gen. Abdul Basir Salangi, governor of Farah, in Balabuluk district of Farah province. Farah governor closely examined areas under operation along with number of security officials in western zone, this morning, and said that all security measures have been taken to carry out Afghan and NATO forces joint military operations in Balabuluk district.The governor called on people of Balabuluk to prevent Taliban from entering their villages, in order to prevent civilian casualties.Farah governor also said that if Taliban join the peace process, operation will be stopped; otherwise, current operation will continue until elimination of terrorists in this district.

445 Jeribs of land were cleared from poppy in Nangarhar

445 Jeribs of land were cleared from poppy in Nangarhar

10 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Nangarhar, 10 April – As a result of a joint operation by the Afghan security forces, 445 Jeribs of land were cleared from poppy in Nangarhar province.Based on a statement by Silab 201 Army Corps, “270 Jeribs of land in Khogyani district and 175 Jeribs in Rodat district of Nangarhar province is cleared from poppy cultivation over the past 24 hours". It is added in the statement that the aim of launching poppy clearance operation is to support the Counter Narcotics Police, ensuring security, good governance and elimination of terrorist groups in east region. Based on a four year security plan, the Afghan government is also committed to jointly with the international community, destroy the drug factories which is a major source of Taliban funding.The statement also said that terrorists had emplaced two mines in some areas related to Nangarhar and Laghman provinces for destruction purposes, which were luckily discovered and destroyed by the security forces before the targeted explosion.

Insurgents suffered heavy causalities, 66 militants killed

Insurgents suffered heavy causalities, 66 militants killed

08 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul – 8 April: In past 24 hours, Afghanistan Defense and Security Forces carried out offensive operations in order to clearance areas and suppress insurgents and protect people throughout the country, as a result of the operations 66 insurgents including 10 Daesh affiliates were killed, 57 wounded and 2 other Daesh detained. The operations supported by artillery and air which carried out in Nangarhar, Ghazni, Khost, Qandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Heart, Farah, Badghis, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul and Helmand provinces. The operations left 24 Taliban insurgents killed and 10 other Taliban wounded in Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan, 16 Taliban were killed and 22 others wounded in Chesht-e-Sharif district of Herat province. Meanwhile 10 Daesh affiliates killed in Deh Bala district of Nangarhar and 8 insurgents killed, one wounded and a depot destroyed in Geraw and Deh Yak districts of Ghazni.Furthermore, 4 insurgents killed and 7 wounded in Almar district of Faryab, 2 militants killed and 4 wounded in Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul, 2 insurgents killed and 3 others wounded in Bala Bolok district of Farah, 2 insurgents were killed in Arghandab district of Zabul province, and some ammunition and weapons seized.Meanwhile, in past 24 hours, ANDSF carried out 16 planed and clearance operations, 69 special operations, 88 supply and logistic flights and 3 airstrikes in 11 provinces and imposed heavy causalities over insurgents.  Afghanistan National Army (ANA) as the nation’s defense force is fully to any sacrifice to assure security and establish peace and protect citizens of Afghanistan and have strongly determination to eliminate terrorist groups.

MOJ press release - Anti-harassment against Women and Children Law and the Wedding Expenses Law

MOJ press release - Anti-harassment against Women and Children Law and the Wedding Expenses Law

05 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Press Release – MoJ5 April, 2018Today Mr. Aman Riazat, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice held a press conference on the recent Anti-harassment against Women and Children Law and the Wedding Expenses Law. He said, “According to the article 54 of the Constitution, Wedding Expenses Law was adopted in 4 chapters and 25 articles. The law is effective and was published in the Official Gazette.” The principal goals of the Wedding Expenses Law, according to him, are to eradicate anti-Islamic traditions, preserve Afghanistan’s cultural values, prevent from exorbitant expenditures, preserve Islamic values, preventing deviations from Islamic values, pave the ground for starting a family, strengthen family cohesion and forestall domestic violence. According to the provisions of this law, parents and relatives of the bride and groom can celebrate their wedding party in halls and restaurants but neither the bride's parents, nor her guardians or relatives are allowed to precondition marriage or nikah to money, dowry, or other such things. Moreover, the law prohibits imposition of any kinds of gifts such as Eidi, Ramazani, (Nawrouzi), and so forth. Spokesperson of Justice Ministry also said that implementation of this law can help us to create opportunities for jobs, access to education and access to health care services. Mr. Riazat also explained that according to the new Anti-harassment against women and children law, harassment includes physically touch, illegitimate request, verbal and non-verbal abuse that incurs mental or physical discomfort as well as insult to human dignity.According to the law, a high commission for prevention of harassment against women and children will be established under the leadership of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) to effectively fight against harassment violations and better coordination between government agencies in this regard. According to this law, in the event of harassment in workplace, the victim or her legal representative can register a complaint to the respective women and children harassment committee. Moreover, victims of harassment themselves or their relatives can file a complaint to the administrative officer, the courts, provincial councils, districts councils or other relevant references. The authorities are required to record their complaint and deal with the case as per provisions in this law.According to the law, filed complaints shall be reviewed by the Anti-Harassment Committee of the respective government agencies without any delays. Review of complaints registered with other institutions will be conducted by the receiving entity. According to the recent statistics by the Ministry of Justice, in 1396 over 75 thousand people across the country received awareness on the prevention of harassment, prevention of violence against women and women’s financial rights. ###

The government pays particular attention to construction sector in the country

The government pays particular attention to construction sector in the country

04 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan – Ajmal Shams, Deputy Minister of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH) speaking at the 10th Afghanistan Builders Association Annual Conference said that the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is paying special attention to construction sector. He added that holding the High Economic and Urban Development Councils biweekly meetings are important to strengthen the construction sector in Afghanistan.According to the deputy minister, over 310 different construction projects are underway across the country in the current fiscal year, and more than 100 construction projects will be implemented by the Afghanistan Stabilization Program this year.Encouraging construction companies to work more in the country, Shams emphasized that there would be more opportunities for the private sector to invest in the housing sector.Meanwhile, members of the builders associations called for increased construction projects by the government and donors in Afghanistan. They expressed concern over the decline in the number of construction projects in the country during the conference titled "Construction Trade Opportunities in Afghanistan" which was held at GMIC.The builders association has been operating in Afghanistan since 2004 and currently has 2,500 company members.

MoD Press Briefing on Airstrikes in Dashte Arche District of Kunduz Province 03 April, 2018

MoD Press Briefing on Airstrikes in Dashte Arche District of Kunduz Province 03 April, 2018

03 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Today, BG Radmanis, MoD Acting Spokesperson appeared in a news conference to brief the media on MoD airstrikes, targeting the Taliban gathering in Bajawri area of Dashte Arche district in Kunduz province yesterday, 02 Apr, 2018. BG Radmanish said that the Taliban leaders mainly from their north-eastern council had gathered in the mentioned area to perform a military parade and take preparation for attacking the civilian areas and threatening the cities and people of Kunduz. BG Radmanish provided the pictures and videos of this gathering through a presentation that were recorded through GPS from the gathering before being targeted. The recorded pictures and videos which included the timing and GPS taken details showed how these Taliban leaders and their gunmen were getting together in the area.  BG Radmanish told reporters that MB530 aircrafts had targeted the gathering through rocket shelling that killed 18 prominent Taliban leaders and commanders and left 12 others of them injured. BG Radmanish also said that the MB530 targeted these Taliban through rocket launch first and then the Taliban fired bullets to the nearby civilians and killed these residents. He reiterated that the civilian injured people, who were referred to the hospitals, were shot with the bullets; however the Afghan defense forces did not have any bullet shootings during the operation which show that the Taliban killed the civilians after the MoD air operation in the area. BG Radmanish read the list of the killed Taliban as follows:1-    Mawlawi Baryal, Member of Peshawar Council2-    Mawlawi Aminullah, Taliban in-charge of electricity power3-    Omer, a Tajikistan national and a foreign terrorist4-    Serajuddin, an Uzbekistan national and a foreign terrorist5-    Mawlawi Abdulrahman, Commander of 30 fighters6-    Mawlawi Amdullah, Terrorist Commander 7-     Mawlawi Abdul Ghani, famous for Samangani, Terrorist Commandar8-    Farid famous for Mohammand, Commander of one of their units9-    Mawlawi Habibullah, Taliban Mufti10-    Mawlawi Hamidullah, Commander11-    Qari Juma Gul12-    Mawlawi Kabir, famous for Mubariz, Head of Amre ba Mahrof of Kunduz13-    Mawlawi Naser Mohammad, Director of Education14-    Mawlawi Zahidullah, member of the military commission of Taliban15-    Sayedullah, Commander16-    Qari Ghulam Hazrat Faizani, Head of a group17-    Mawlawi Islamuddin, a leader of Taliban18-    Abdulmalik, famous for Mukhlis, Taliban Commander in Baghlan

Readout – DMAC 3 April, 2018

Readout – DMAC 3 April, 2018

03 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Speakers:•    H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah CEO•    H.E. Najib Aqa Fahim, State Minister for natural disasters affairs•    Donors•    UNAMA Human Rights RepresentativeH.E. Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) urged the continued support of international community in demining of mined areas in Afghanistan. Talking at a gathering for celebration of “International Awareness Raising Day for Demining and Mine Action Support,” at GMIC on Tuesday, April 3, at GMIC, CEO urged all the government agencies to cooperation in the demining process and in helping the victims of mine explosions. CEO insisted that the government remains faithful to the promises it has made to the people of Afghanistan and international community in demining. He said that many countries have supported and helped Afghanistan in demining, yet much needs to be done in this area. Meanwhile, Najib Aqa Fahim, State Minister for natural disasters affairs also urged the international community to continue their support for Afghanistan in demining process. He regretted the fact that donor’s support for demining in Afghanistan has seen decrease since 2011.  According to him, statistics reveal that the international community has sponsored only 40 percent of the demining budget in Afghanistan for 2017. He added: “If this trend continues, the target for completion of demining until 2023 will not be achieved.” According to him, there are still mines planted in 270 areas and 17 provinces, covering an area of 421 square kilometer. He also added that since the initiation of demining programs in Afghanistan in 1989, 25,401 mine plantations that covered an area of 30 thousand square kilometers have been cleared of mines. This includes, according to him, a total of 2980 villages and 129 districts. According to him, during this 30-year period 19 million mines have been identified and defused. On December 08, 2005, the United Nations announced April 4 as the International Day for Awareness Raising on Dangers of Mines which is celebrated and various countries, particularly the countries that are victims of mines.

The use of folic acid and iron tablets has no side effects

The use of folic acid and iron tablets has no side effects

01 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Today Ministry of Education, Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs and Ministry of Public Health   announced their coordination with Ministry of Women Affairs in a conference on “anemia and vitamin D deficiency in women” at Government Media and Information Center (GMIC).Spozhmai Wardak, Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs: “According to survey conducted the Ministry of Public Health, girls and women in the country face 40% of Anemia and 97% of vitamin D deficiency.”The Ministry of Public Health has been launching programs to distribute folic acid and iron tablets to schools for preventing anemia amongst girls, and this program has already begun.Dr Fada Mohammad Paikan, Deputy Minister of Public Health, emphasized that anemia causes the boredom and growth constraints in girls, and the lack of vitamin D decreases due to the weakness of bone and bone marrow. The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, distributed the tablets Folic acid and iron for students from fifth up to twelve grades of school over the country.He also added that through the 2,800 health centers of the Ministry of Health throughout the country, sunshine and dietary regimens for vitamin (D) are available to girls.The Ministry of Health also said that folic acid tablets, as well as advice on dietary intake of vitamin D (D) from sunshine and dietary foods for girls between the ages of 11 and 19 who are not students, are also part of the ministry's plans.Mawlavi Fazalrahman Seraj General Director at Mosques also announced the vitamin (D), in recognition of Islam's emphasis on health, to prepare the ministry to raise awareness of the people through mosques people to receive anemia pills.Dr Fada Mohammad Paikan also said that: "With regard to the harms and benefits of these tablets, a series of rumors was issued by the regional intelligence agencies, which prohibits people from using these tablets, we ask people to get the information they need before they reach any conclusion and after that stop using these tablets.”                                                                                                        ####

60 employees of the Ministry of Transport (MoT) introduced to justice on charges of corruption

60 employees of the Ministry of Transport (MoT) introduced to justice on charges of corruption

31 Mar 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan – Committed to the public and the leadership of NUG, the Ministry of Transport introduced 60 MoT current employees to justice on charges of corruptions over the first three months within the fiscal year 1397. Mohammad Hamid Tahmasi, the Minister of Transport speaking at a news conference today at GMIC on the MoT achievements particularly on fighting corruptions said that  60 employee of the MoT in 18 cases have been introduced to attorney office. These employees including some directors and managers were accused of corruptions in some MoT contracts, procurements and properties, especially the Milli-Bus department. The Minister of Transport said that fighting corruption has affected the revenue collection and stated that MoT revenue has increased by more than 50 percent compared with that of the same period in the past fiscal year. Mr. Tahmasi continued that the Milli-Bus national service is one of MoT’s main tasks, however, over the past sixteen years the sector has not gained enough consideration.  Due to lack of attention and maintenance for Milli-Bus, only 290 buses are operating from 1049 vehicles.Mr. Tahmasi stressed that based on a contract signed by the MoT with the Indian embassy, India will provide the required spare parts and equipments for Milli-Bus to repair and activate the buses that required repairing.###

GoIRA- Readout 29 March, 2018

GoIRA- Readout 29 March, 2018

29 Mar 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan: Today Sameer Rasa Public Relations Expert at the Office of senior Advisor to the President on Banking and Finance had a press event on “GoIRA,  reform plans in the business/economic sector” at Government Media and Information Center (GMIC) and Briefed Media on recent infrastructure projects which are implemented by governments focused on three sectors. Legislative reforms, Infrastructure commitments, GoIRA projects. Sameer said that National Job Conference "is scheduled to take place in Kabul in less than a month to get a specific policy to create jobs in the country."He added that in this conference, which will be launched in Kabul for two days, in addition to government officials, representatives of civil society and private sector are invited to create jobs and provide backgrounds for suggestions and collaborations.Samir  emphasized that, given that the government's greater focus, especially this year, on creating employment in the country, at the National Employment Conference, efforts are being made to identify the capacity of the state and private sector to create jobs across the country.Sameer highlighted the progress in the transfer of business assets through the Afghan air corridors of Kazakhstan, Kabul and Mumbai, He also added that there are two commercial flights of merchants through the Kabul Almata corridors to Kazakhstan, and the third flight is scheduled for tomorrow.He also said that up to 70 flights have been made through the Kabul-Mumbai air corridors, and since then, more than 2,000 tons of merchant businesses have been transferred from these corridors.Meanwhile, tomorrow, a cargo of 40 tons of commercial goods will be transferred from Kabul to Mumbai. Rasa added that if the merchants are willing to establish air corridors, the government is ready to provide air Corridors to other countries too. #####

Working Report of the Counter Narcotics Judicial Center during 1396

Working Report of the Counter Narcotics Judicial Center during 1396

28 Mar 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

KABUL – During the year 1396, a total of 568 cases and 741 suspected drug traffickers were arrested by the Counter Narcotics Police (CNP) from across the country, which have been referred for further prosecution. Khalid Mohaid, Spokeswoman for the Counter Narcotics Judicial Center during a news conference at GMIC on Wednesday 28 March, 2018 said that the center reviewed all these cases within its deadlines and all cases have been referred to the Special Attorney Office of the Counter Narcotics Judicial Center for further investigation. The detainees include 8 Iranian nationals, a Pakistani citizen, 59 public service employees and 28 females.During the year 1396, the Special Prosecutors Office reviewed 581 cases in the investigation phase, 582 cases in the preliminary stage, 344 cases in the stage of appeal, and 223 cases in the final stage based on the laws on countering narcotics and drugs.In total, the Directorate has seized 215 transportation vehicles, 9 motorcycles, 721 mobile telephones and $ 255,020 in cash after the investigations and poured to the government revenues.During the year 1396, the preliminary judiciary directorate has ruled on 605 allegations, resulting in a total of 671 convictions sentenced, including 70 civil servants, four foreign officers and 27 women; however in four cases, due to existence of insufficient reasons, the individuals got innocence order. It is worth mentioning that the Court of Appeals of the Counter Narcotics Judicial Center has ruled on 436 people including 51 public servants 14 females and 8 foreigners related to 300 cases. Similarly, 29 individual got innocence order due to the lack of sufficient reasons and documents. In connection with the cases in the year 1396, in total: Heroin 1891,605 kg, Morphine 10644,969 kg, Opium 24405,963 kg, Hashish 61344 kg, Glass 1,366 kg, Solid Chemical materials 24219,20 kg, Liquid chemicals 34375,720 liters and Alcoholic beverages 18121,104 liters have been seized in separate operations from different provinces. During the year 1396, Kabul with 200 cases and Nangarhar with 105 cases have been on the top of the provinces with drug and narcotics related crimes list.Nooristan is the only province with no cases of such crimes registered at the Center Counter Narcotics Judicial Center.However, during the year 1395, a total of 463 cases with 577 suspected individuals involved with the drug and narcotic crimes were registered at the CJTF from across the country.###

Statement of BG Radmanish, MoD Deputy Spokesperson 29 April, 2018

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BG Radmanish, MoD Acting SpokespersonAfghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have 11 ongoing offensive operations against the enemies in 12 provinces. In addition to that, Commando Units also have conducted 71 offensive operations in various provinces. The Afghan Air Forces have had 89 flights to support Afghan National Army units over the past 24 hours including 20 strikes on the enemies’ hideouts.As results of air strikes and clearance operations;•    35 terrorists were killed and 40 others wounded in Charbulak district of Balkh province.•    17 terrorists were killed and 18 others were wounded, two vehicles and enemies ammunition destroyed, in Khogyani, Andar districts and Nawghi area of Ghazni province.•    8 terrorists were killed and 10 others were wounded in Almar district of Faryab province.•    6 terrorists were killed and 4 others wounded in Teshkan district of Badakhshan province.•    5 terrorists were killed and 7 other wounded in Qala-e Zal district of Kunduz province.•    4 terrorists were killed in Arghestan district of Kandahar province.•    3 terrorists were killed and 2 other wounded in Chamtal district of Balkh province.•    3 terrorists were killed and ammunition seized by ANDSF, in Greshk •    1 terrorist and one motorcycle of enemies destroyed in Shah Joy district of Zabul province. •    1 terrorist was killed in wormami district of Paktika provinceThe ANA engineering teams has defused 41 IEDs which were placed by the enemies of our country in different areas. In total, 83 terrorists were killed and 81 others were wounded over the past 24 hours.

Readout-MoD 26 March, 2018

Readout-MoD 26 March, 2018

27 Mar 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Agenda:•    SIGAR recent report on MoD•    ANA Recruitment Process and Blood TestKey Speakers:•    MG. Dr Abdul Razeq Siawash, Commander of ANA Health Department•    MG. Laal Mohammad Ibrahim Ahmadzai, Commander of ANA Recruiting Center•    BG. Mohammad Radmanish, Deputy Spokesperson, MoDMain Summary:MG Abdul Raziq Siawosh, Commander of ANA Health Department, MG. Laal Mohammad Ibrahim Ahmadzai, Commander of ANA Recruiting Center and BG. Mohammad Radmanish, Deputy Spokesperson, MoD held a press conference on “ANA’s recruitment process and SIGAR recent report” at GMIC on 26 March, 2018MG Abdul Raziq Siawash, Commander of ANA Health Department said that the report by SIGAR which claims that some wounded soldiers have lost their lives due to wrong blood group injection is published hastily. He added that, over the past two years, there has been no instance of blood injection to any wounded ANA soldiers without their blood group tested and we have not had any casualties as a result of wrong blood group injection.He added that citing SIGAR, some media outlets have recently published reports on the possible death of some wounded soldiers after receiving blood that didn’t match their blood group. MG Siawash further emphasized that,  neither in any parts of the world nor in Afghanistan will an injured receive blood injection without his blood group checked and all central and regional ANA hospitals pay close attention to this. He also made it clear that blood injection to the wounded soldiers happens only in six regional and one central ANA hospital and all these hospitals have all the necessary equipment for blood group test. Commander of Health Affairs of ANA reiterated that since 11-11-1396(2017) no ANA cadets have been enlisted without blood group and narcotics test and all the employees have their blood groups tested. According to him, it is possible that only a few employees who have been on duty might not have been tested.Q&A:•    Reporter: MG. General Siawash said that MoD will work on the Biometric systems in the next two years. Could you please elaborate on that? Also what is your procedures and laws on the hiring systems within the Army as well as what are the efforts to get rid of the addicted people not to enter the army?o    General Siawash: As you are aware that we have developed the 4 years MoD Defense Capacities Plan which is approved by the Minister of Defense and the President and Health Section is part of enhancing these capacities. The healthcare services are accepted when it is provided with quality. Its quality is ensured when it considers at least the international standards in this regards. We say at least or minimum standards because we cannot be USA or other developed countries. There are two ways that we can reach it. Either they should help us or there is a miracle that could help. We want to at least serve based on the regional standards. Our international friends have promised to support us to renew and improve all our military healthcare facilities. We are the only government entity that has MRI system. Three of our regional hospitals are equipped with CT scan and in our need assessment plan; we are requiring three more CT scans in three other hospitals which demonstrates capacity enhancement and healthcare service improvements. A delegation is currently working to identify any single person who is not cleared with his blood group and it is instruction of the Defense Minister. In all our hospitals for example let’s take Herat hospital; we have the capacity of identifying blood group for 1000 people and in Helmand hospital around 3500. o    MG. Laal Mohammad Ibrahim Ahmadzai: The attraction and recruitment process within MoD is now volunteer based on the Presidential decree. We have attraction and recruitment centers in 24 provinces. There is a commission working in these provinces to recruit the new comers. There are certain forms they have to fill including guarantees from the local residence by the district Wakeel, and then the district directorate and so on by the intelligence departments. These documents along with other official document will be sent to center. From the first day of a volunteer request, all his food will be provided by MoD, the rent from the province to Kabul will be provided. We have a process battalion in Kabul that will review again all these documents which will take 10 days to process and assess. They will have to go through biometric, and if they have any background fraud, systematic steps will be taken. We also have health centers where they will be checked up and identified with their blood group, physical abilities, narcotic use tests, vaccinations everything is implemented before they are recruited. When their documents are completed, a commission comprise of the representatives from NDS, MoD different sections such as the gender section, military training commander, Kabul military health center doctor, intelligence manager, operation manager, personal manager, they all assess the documents. Then we gather 1000 new comers together and with all their documents they will be introduced to the training centers. This is our working procedures.  ###

MG Waziri, MoD Spokesperson - Q/As Session with Afghan Media Outlets

MG Waziri, MoD Spokesperson - Q/As Session with Afghan Media Outlets

19 Mar 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

o    Reporter:  Can you please provide clarifications on the exact number of casualties inflicted on enemies during this year? MG Waziri: Enemies have faced lots of challenges this year one of which heavy causalities inflicted on them. The casualties include 10844 dead including 375 Taliban leaders. 2068 Taliban terrorists were arrested. Moreover, 2250 IS-KP fighters were killed, 348 of them wounded, 80 of them arrested and 72 IS-KP leaders killed.•    How about the causalities of ANDSF in this year?o    Though we had a difficult year, it has decreased 13% in comparison to last year. Moreover, the civilian casualties have also decreased 19% in comparison to last year.•    Reporter: how many districts are under control of Taliban right now?o    MG Waziri: in total, four districts in Helmand, two in Badakhshan, one in Zabul, one in Ghazni and one district in Sar-e-pol province are under control of Taliban.•    Reporter: Briefing on the security situation, General said that their main focus is Kabul. Can you please give details in this regard?•     MG Waziri:  Kabul is a diplomatic and strategic city. It serves as a crossroad and all types of equipment and vehicles cross from the capital that is why it receives more threats. •    Reporter: what is the MoD’s plan for the next year and what are their priorities?•    MG Waziri: MoD has worked on an Nusrat operation plan that will be launched in the coming spring. In this operation, the MoD and other relevant ministries including the MoI are included. •    Reporter: one of the ANDSF is reporting about his payment situation as he has claimed that it is over three months that they have not received their salaries and currently their parents are begging in their province just because of money, can you clarify on the situation?•    MG Waziri: I completely reject it and I can responsibly talk about it. All of the ANDSF members are paid their salaries and we have no problems in this regard. Please share my contact with him so that I pursue his problem and share it with the minister of MoD.•    Reporter: what is your comment regarding the rockets fired on Kunar by Pakistan?•    MG Waziri: I accept that Pakistan fired rockets in Kunar. This is a problem that we have discussed with RS, NATO, NDS, MoFA and even Pakistan but the attacks are still continuing and I don’t know what they want by this action. It is clear that such firings will increase anti-Pakistani sentiments in Afghanistan. •    Reporter: The winter was a great opportunity for the ANDSF to beat the Taliban. But there were no attacks against them. What is the reason?o    MG Waziri: we will beat them in the spring. Many districts had fallen to the Taliban but we were trying to retake them. Moreover, some districts in Faryab, Urozgan and other provinces were threatened by the Taliban but we were trying to make the situation better. For instance, in Nangarhar province the terrorists had planned to attack and take 9 districts but the ANDSF fought them and decreased the threatened districts to 3-4.•    Reporter: How is the situation in Faryab province?•    MG Waziri: we carried out effective operations in this province as you know that today Faryab’s governor had a live press conference about its situation. He said that the situation was awful in Faryab but now it is better and the enemy suffered heavy causalities.###

Statement of BG Radmanish, Deputy Spokesperson, MoD - 17 March, 2018

Statement of BG Radmanish, Deputy Spokesperson, MoD - 17 March, 2018

17 Mar 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Currently 12 offensive operations led by the Afghanistan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) are ongoing in 10 provinces. ANA Commando units have also conducted 65 offensive operations in various provinces. Furthermore, the Afghan Air forces conducted 60 flights to support the ANA by 20 direct airstrikes. As a result of these operations: •    20 terrorists were killed and a 3 vehicle and some weapons of the enemy were destroyed in the Chora district of Urozgan province as result of air strikes and clearance operations.•    13 terrorist were killed, 3 others injured, 83 mines and 35KG explosive and some weapons were destroyed as a result of airstrikes in the Nad Ali and Marcha districts of Helmand province.•    7 terrorists were killed, 5 were wounded and 5 vehicles were destroyed in Tagab district of Faryab province.•    As a result of airstrikes in Abb Band district of Ghazni 3 terrorists were killed and one vehicle was destroyed.•    As a result of clearance operation in Darzab district of Jawzjan one IS_KP fighter was killed and one vehicle was destroyed.Furthermore, ANA engineering team discovered and defused 105 IEDs that were planted by the enemies in different part of the country.In total, 50 terrorists including 7 IS-KP fighters and 8 others were injured over the past 24 hours.Our operations are still successfully in progress in Nangarhar, Kunar, Parwan, Ghazni, Kandahar, Zabul, Farah, Badghis, Faryab, Nimruz and Helmand provinces. Further details would be disseminated immediately once there are more details available.