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25 provinces connect to fiber optic network

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(Last Updated On: June 24, 2020)

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology says that it has connected 25 provinces of Afghanistan to the fiber-optic network.

Officials at the Ministry said Wednesday that the fiber-optic network can connect all people of Afghanistan via the Internet, adding that the ministry has begun efforts to expand the network.

Ahmad Samad Hamed Poya, a spokesman for the MCIT said that 25 provinces are now connected to the fiber-optic network, and now the ministry is seeking foreign investment.

Meanwhile, several other networks including the Afghan Wireless Telecommunication Company have invested in this sector, including Afghan Wireless Telecommunication Company, but so far no foreign investment has been made in this sector.

Some experts claim there are still some challenges in the leadership of the Ministry of Communications that must be addressed.

According to them, if the ministry succeeds to resolve the issue, millions of capital be attracted in this sector.

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American troops down to 2,500: US acting defense secretary

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The number of US forces in Afghanistan has dropped to 2,500, US acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced on Friday in a statement released by the US Department of State.

“Today, US force levels in Afghanistan have reached 2,500. Directed by President (Donald) Trump, and as I announced on November 17, this drawdown brings US forces in the country to their lowest levels since 2001,” Miller said in the statement.

Miller also welcomed ongoing peace talks in Doha.

“Today, the United States is closer than ever to ending nearly two decades of war and welcoming in an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace process to achieve a political settlement and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire,” Miller added.

According to Miller, the remaining troops with commanders will have the duty to keep the US, Americans, and their interests safe.

Miller said that the United States will continue its mission in Afghanistan and will continue supporting Afghan forces to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used to harbor terrorists.

“Working alongside our NATO allies and partners, the United States will continue to execute both our counterterrorism mission and the train, advise and assist mission in support of Afghan Security Forces working to secure peace in their country. Continued fulfillment of these two complementary missions seeks to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used to harbor those who seek to bring harm to the United States of America,” said Miller.

Miller also said that the force reduction is an indication of the United States’ continued support towards the Afghan peace process and commitments made in both the US -Taliban agreement and the US -Afghanistan Joint Declaration.

According to Miller the further reduction of US troop levels to zero by May of 2021, remains conditions-based.

Miller also called on both the Afghan government and the Taliban to demonstrate their commitment to advance the peace process.

The United States will continue to take any action necessary to ensure the protection of our homeland, our citizens, and our interests, Miller said.

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Kunduz worshipers storm radio station on orders of Imam

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Mohsen Ahmadi, the director of a local Kunduz radio station, Zohra, said on Friday that a number of worshipers stormed the radio station after the Imam at a mosque gave worshipers the orders to do so.

According to Ahmadi, the attack occurred after the Imam claimed music, broadcast by the radio station, was mixing with the mosque’s sound system and being broadcast over his loudspeakers. 

Ahmadi said the worshipers destroyed the radio’s broadcasting equipment. 

He said the mosque’s Imam did not know where the interference was coming from but gave the worshipers orders to storm the radio station. 

Ahmadi has called on local authorities and organizations that protect the media to investigate the incident. 

Sources meanwhile said the mob also tried to destroy two other radio stations in the city – Radio Kaihan and Radio Chiragh – but they were prevented from doing so by security forces. 

Local officials have not yet commented. 

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Powerful earthquake in Indonesia kills at least 3, injures 24

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At least three people have died and 24 others wounded after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia early Friday, the country’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

The earthquake occurred at 1:28 am local time in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island and was followed by several aftershocks that rattled Majene city in the province.

The quake epicenter was six kilometers (3.73 miles) of the city at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The Indonesian Antara News agency reported that around 62 houses and a public health center have been damaged.

According to the report, the earthquake also triggered three landslides along the Majene-Mamuju road in the Sulawesi province.

Earthquakes regularly hit various parts of Indonesia since the country lies on the Circum-Pacific Belt, also known as the Ring of Fire, where several tectonic plates meet and cause frequent volcanic and seismic activities.

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