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Afghan Police Seizes Bus with tons of Explosives in Nangarhar

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(Last Updated On: May 22, 2017)

Afghan Police have seized a bus carrying 6,250 kilograms of Ammonium Nitrate in eastern Nangarhar province which is used in making Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).

The explosives packed bus was seized during the police check-up in Marko village of Ghanikhil district, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Monday. 

The driver of the bus is detained and investigations are underway in regard, the statement added.

 The insurgent groups use Ammonium Nitrate to make IED and to target government officials and institutions.

Months ago, the Afghan Intelligence operatives have seized two trucks at Torkham crossing which were carrying 35700 Kilograms of Ammonium Nitrate from Pakistan.

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Pakistan played major role in peace, stability of Afghanistan: Arif Alvi

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan played a major role in the peace and stability in Afghanistan and that Islamabad made sure Kabul was not isolated.

Alvi said in a media interview, that during the recent Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit he told its members that Pakistan saved Afghanistan from being isolated.

He also stated that during the extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of OIC in Islamabad, Pakistan, in December, he portrayed the actual picture of the war-torn country.

He also said the world has recognized Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initiatives.

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ILO estimates underscore Afghanistan employment crisis

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Job losses in Afghanistan following the change in administration in August 2021 totaled more than half a million in the third quarter and may reach 900,000 by mid-2022, according to new estimates released by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

According to the ILO, the estimated 14% loss by mid-2022 reflects workers pushed out of employment due to the change in administration and ensuing economic crisis as well as restrictions on women’s participation in the workplace.

The total number of hours worked in the Afghan economy is estimated to have dropped by 13% in the third quarter of 2021 compared to a hypothetical scenario with no change in administration.

The ILO said key sectors have been devastated since the collapse of the former government including agriculture, the civil service and the construction industry which have all seen large-scale job losses or workers go unpaid.

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Video of mistaken U.S. drone strike on Kabul home made public

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

The U.S. Central Command on Wednesday released declassified videos from a botched U.S. drone attack that killed 10 civilians in Afghanistan in August, in the final days before American troops withdrew from the country.

The release of the videos came after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by The New York Times, Reuters reported.

It comes after the Pentagon said in December that no U.S. military personnel would be held accountable for the drone strike.

An earlier investigation by the Air Force inspector general said the Aug. 29 strike was caused by execution errors, interpreting information that supported certain viewpoints, and communication breakdowns. The military previously called the strike a “tragic mistake.”

The Pentagon had said earlier that the strike targeted an Islamic State (Daesh ) suicide bomber who posed an imminent threat to U.S.-led troops at the airport, as they completed the last stages of their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

However, reports emerged almost immediately that the drone strike in a neighborhood west of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport had killed civilians including children. Video from the scene at the time showed the wreckage of a car strewn around the courtyard of a building.

The strike came three days after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 13 U.S. troops and scores of Afghan civilians who had crowded outside the airport gates, desperate to secure seats on evacuation flights, after U.S.-trained Afghan forces melted away and the former government collapsed.

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