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At Night Family Celebrates Birthday, Next Morning Buries Children

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The family members and relatives of the victims who lost their lives in a car bomb in Kabul on Wednesday, blame the government for its failure to provide security for its citizens.

A day after the release of the Taliban’s top prisoners, a car bomb in Kabul claimed at least 12 lives including children. More than 20 others including four foreign nationals, were wounded in the vehicle-based IED attack.

Seven-year-old Hadis and twelve-year-old Dunya, brother and sister, were killed in the terrorist attack. Hours before Hadis was murdered in the attack, his father had organized his birthday celebration, without knowing that his daughter and son will never return back home.

On Thursday, Saboor Samadi, the father of the two children, sat speechless at the corner of a mosque in Kabul. Samadi attended his children’s funeral ceremony, but was still too grief stricken to participate in their burial.

Shafiq, the uncle of the two children, told Ariana News that the government failed to prevent such tragedies and is not accountable to people.

“Before their martyrdom, they celebrated his birthday. In the morning, Hadis was telling his mother that he doesn’t want to go to school, but his mother asked him to attend the school without knowing what will happen to them,” Shafiq said.

A picture from the mother of the two children also went viral on social media.

“The health condition of their family who have lost their dearest ones is very critical. Their father couldn’t attend at their burial ceremony. Another child of the family is in coma. Their mother was sitting between their coffins,” said Talwar, a close relative of the deceased children.

Another child Mustafa, was also killed by the IED attack.

“He [Mustafa], was very interested to learn technical systems. He was always dreaming to fix something at home, but he took all his wishes to grave,” said Shuaib Habibzada, the uncle of Mustafa.

Afghan children, who deserve to live a normal and peaceful life like other children in the world, are too often victims of  the nation’s ongoing war.

“I’m calling on people to mobilize and bring changes to their fate,” said Qubad Rangbar, a relative of the deceased children.

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Ghani meets with top US general to discuss peace process

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President Ashraf Ghani met with US Central Command chief, General Kenneth F. McKenzie on Tuesday in Kabul for talks on security issues. 

According to the Presidential Palace, ARG, Ghani, and McKenzie discussed the peace process, the security situation, support for the Afghan security and defense forces and strengthening of the joint security partnership.

McKenzie also reassured Ghani of the US’s continued support and cooperation.

“I am here to reassure you and the people of Afghanistan that the support and cooperation of the United States is in place for the peace, development, and security of Afghanistan, and we will continue to support you,” he said.

He also said the US would not let Afghanistan become a safe haven for insurgent groups.

This comes after McKenzie said in June that the US military was ahead of a timetable to bring the total number of troops in Afghanistan down to about 8,600, as negotiated with the Taliban.

However, he said he did not see the second part of the drawdown schedule being on time.

He said at the time: “We also agreed that in May of 2021, if conditions will allow, we’re prepared to go to zero,” adding that those conditions would depend on whether the US could be assured that attacks against the United States will not be generated in Afghanistan.

“Frankly, if you were to ask me my opinion, those conditions have not been fully met. So we’ll continue to work that,” McKenzie said last month.

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135 new Coronavirus cases registered – Afghanistan

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The Ministry of Public Health says that in the last twenty-four hours, 135 positive cases of Coronavirus have been registered in the whole country, with Kabul having the highest number of cases of Covid-19 with 51 people.

Coronavirus cases are declining in Afghanistan. However, the number of patients in the country is still in the triple digits.

 According to the statistics of the Ministry of Health, 135 positive cases of Coronavirus have been registered in the country in the last 24 hours, of which 51 were in Kabul, 37 in Herat, 16 in Ghor, nine in Logar, nine in Balkh, four in Kunduz, three in Baghlan, three in Laghman, two in Takhar and one in Kunar have been infected with the Coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health has said that with the registration of these cases, the total number of people infected with the coronavirus in Afghanistan has reached 34,740.

“Over the past 24 hours, 135 positive cases of the coronavirus have been identified in Afghanistan,” said Masoumah Jafari, deputy spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health.

The ministry added that 24 people had died in the past 24 hours and that the death toll from the Coronavirus had risen to 1,062.

According to the Ministry of Health, in the past 24 hours, 279 people with the Coronavirus have recovered and the number of recoveries has reached 21,454.

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Around 3,000 civilians casualties in six months: AIHRC

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The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said in its six-month report that 1,213 Afghan civilians were killed and 1,744 were injured in the first six months of 2020. These casualties were reported in 880 incidents.

The Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said that the death toll was up 19 percent from last year. In the first six months of this year, an average of 16 civilians killed every day, according to the report.

According to the Afghan Human Rights Commission, 31 percent of all civilian casualties were in targeted assassinations, 26 percent as a result of landmine and car bombings, and 11.7 percent in suicide attacks, 11.5 percent in ground warfare, as well as airstrikes and night operations.

533 killed and 412 wounded as a result of targeted assassinations.

A total of 259 civilians were killed and at least 507 were injured when mines and car bombs exploded. Civilian casualties in these types of incidents show a seven percent increase compared to the same time last year.

According to the report, the number of female deaths in the first six months of 2020 has decreased by 0.5 percent compared to the first half of 2019.

“In 2020, a total of 378 civilians were victims of rocket attacks, including 117 deaths and 261 injuries,” said Naeem Nazari, deputy director of the Human Rights Commission. “The number of civilian casualties from rocket attacks is 47% lower than in the first half of last year.”

According to the findings of the Human Rights Commission, of the total civilian casualties in the first six months of 2020, 48.5% were caused by the Taliban, 26.7% by unknown perpetrators, 15.5% by government forces, and 6.3% by ISIS, 2.3 percent were carried out by international forces, and the rest were casualties from rocket fire by Pakistani forces in Kunar, Kandahar, Paktia and Khost provinces.

The Ministry of Interior does not reject the possibility of civilian casualties but says police have worked to prevent civilian casualties during the war.

The Afghan Human Rights Commission urges the war parties in Afghanistan to respect the international humanitarian law treaties, not to harm civilians during armed conflict, and to immediately start peace talks by establishing a ceasefire.

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