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Afghan Forces Conduct Clearing Operation in Paghman District

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(Last Updated On: November 6, 2019)

Afghan security forces have launched a clearance operation in Baghman district, in the western part of the capital Kabul.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defense said the operation was launched early on Tuesday.

Three Taliban militants were killed during the clearing operation, the statement said.

According to the MoD statement, a cache of weapons located in Arghandi area belonging to the Taliban militants, including eight missiles aimed towards Kabul City, were destroyed.

The Taliban insurgent group has not commented on the MoD operation.

U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001, weeks after the 9/11 attacks, to help oust the Taliban.

Yet, almost two decades after the fall of the Taliban regime, the armed group is still active across Afghanistan.

According to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), as of January 31 2018, 229 districts were under the Afghan government’s control, about 56.3 percent of the total Afghan districts.

The SIGAR report stated that, 59 districts, approximately 14.5 percent, were under the Taliban control, while an additional 119 districts, about 29.2 percent, remain contested – controlled neither by the Afghan government nor the rebels.

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Taliban storm police outpost in Paktia, killing 14

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

At least 14 Afghan forces were killed after the Taliban militants stormed a security outpost in Paktia province, the Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement.

The incident has taken place in the Dandaw Patan district of the province on Thursday night.

At least 14 Afghan border police were killed and three others wounded, the MoD said, claiming that the Taliban has broken the ceasefire.

The ministry added that the insurgents suffered heavy casualties as the Afghan forces have pushed back the Taliban.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment about the incident.

It has been the Taliban’s second major attack against the Afghan forces after a 3-day ceasefire was ended on Tuesday midnight. 

On Wednesday, the Taliban fighters attacked a security outpost in Parwan province in which at least seven local army soldiers were killed and two more were wounded.

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Afghanistan Cricket team to play test against Australia

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

Australia will host Afghanistan for test series in November as the country is lifting the restrictions.

Afghanistan Cricket Board confirmed (ACB) saying that National Team is scheduled to play a one-off Test match against Australia from 21st to 25th November 2020.

The day-night contest would be the first Test between the countries so far which will be held in Australia’s Perth, the organization said.

The ACB CEO Lutfullah Stanikzai said he is looking forward to the contest and hopes that the match is played if the pandemic of COVID-19 is contained by then. 

“Australia is a strong side in world cricket. However, our team will also be well prepared. The match will provide a great experience to them,” he added. 

It comes as Australia has announced a schedule for its summer games, taking the first steps in resuming international cricket matches.

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Children included among refugees forced into river by Iranian border guards

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(Last Updated On: May 28, 2020)

Findings show some children were among the ones thrown killed into the Harirud River by Iranian border guards.

The families of those who were thrown into the Harirud River by Iranian border guards a few weeks back have demanded the government share the results of the fact-finding committee with them.

The Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has also acknowledged that there were children among the victims.

Naeem Nazari, deputy head of the Independent Human Rights Commission, said their investigation revealed that several children included those thrown into the river by Iranian border guards.

Herat Governor Sayed Wahid Qatali also said that the investigation was ongoing, and some considerable results had been achieved, which would soon be made public.

On the other hand, the families of those who were thrown into the river by Iranian border guards are asking the government to share with them the results of the investigation conducted by the fact-finding committee.

A delegation led by the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister arrived in Afghanistan a few days ago and met with Afghan officials.

The Iranian and Afghan delegations stressed that this issue should be seriously investigated and that the results should be shared with the people.

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