Ariana News – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:13:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 U.S. to Leave ‘Significant Intelligence’ in Afghanistan After Pullout Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:06:51 +0000 Donald Trump, the United States’ President, says that the only reason for the presence of the American forces in Afghanistan is to prevent it from turning into a laboratory for terror.

 “We are there for one reason. We do not want that to be a laboratory; can’t be a laboratory for terror,” said Trump.

Moreover, he is hopeful about the Afghan peace process and US-Taliban talks which are going to be concluded in a few weeks.

“We have a very good view. I mean something is going to be announced over the next couple of weeks,” said Trump.

“We are having very good discussions with the Taliban. We are having a very good discussion with the Afghan government,” he added.  

“We have things under control very well. With the small force, we can probably make it a bit smaller. And then we will decide. It will on the Taliban. It will depend on the Afghan government,” he further said.  

In addition, Trump stresses that the U.S. will keep part of its intelligence in Afghanistan even after withdrawal.

“There is a case to be made. And the case is that that we are going to be leaving very significant intelligence,” said Trump.

This cones as it is not the first time that Trump makes remarks about the keeping of the American intelligence in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of their forces from this country.

He had also stated previously that will preserve part of the American intelligence in Afghanistan to prevent Afghanistan to become a safe place for the terrorists.

Multiple Blasts Wound 62 People in Nangarhar Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:29:06 +0000

At least 62 people were wounded in multiple blasts in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, local officials confirmed.

 Sources said that at least six explosions have occurred in Jalalabad city and two more happened in Khogyani district of the province.

The provincial public health officials told Ariana News that at least 62 injured individuals have been taken to the local hospitals.

He added that a number of the wounded people are in critical conditions at the health centers.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet.

Nangarhar is among the insecure provinces in eastern Afghanistan where the Taliban militants and Daesh fighters are actively operating in a number of its districts.

Sola: Optimism on Afghan Peace Process Advancements Mon, 19 Aug 2019 07:10:43 +0000

Sola: Trump Meets With Senior Aides to Consider Deal With Taliban Mon, 19 Aug 2019 07:07:10 +0000

Pas Az Khabar: Deadly Suicide Attack on Kabul Wedding Hall Discussed Mon, 19 Aug 2019 07:00:17 +0000

Pas Az Khabar: Reactions to Exorbitant Cost for Celebrating Independence Mon, 19 Aug 2019 06:55:19 +0000

Election98: Presidential Election Campaign Discussed Mon, 19 Aug 2019 06:46:02 +0000

Election98: Impacts of Peace Negotiations on Presidential Election Mon, 19 Aug 2019 06:17:27 +0000

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AIHRC Describes Gov’t Weak in Providing Security Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:43:40 +0000 Reacting to the deadly suicide attack on a wedding hall on late Saturday night in west of Kabul, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) describes the government weak in terms of providing security to the citizens.

The AIHRC asks more pressure to be put on the terroristic groups and their supporting-countries to protect civilians.

“We have not been the witness of acceptable approaches neither by the government nor by the United Nations and international community,” said Naiem Nazari, Deputy of AIHRC.

Meanwhile, the civilian causalities’ toll has increased in recent months.

The citizens consider the government’s weakness as a reason for this.  

“This shows the weakness of the government. If the government was not weak, it could prevent the violence,” said Khan Mohammad, a resident of Balkh province.

A number of politicians have also criticized the government and terroristic groups.

However, the government says that there are shortcomings in terms of preventing the attacks which will be solved.

This comes as the suicide attack in a wedding hall in the west of Kabul on late Saturday night left 63 people killed and 180 other wounded. 

Ghani Condemns Attack on Wedding Hall in Kabul Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:51:27 +0000

President Ghani condemned the suicide attack on a wedding hall in the west of Kabul on late Saturday night, saying, the Taliban cannot escape from blaming by condemning the attack since they themselves provide the opportunity for the terrorists’ activities.

In a statement released by the Presidential Palace on Sunday, he asks the international community to investigate and convict the groups behind this attack.

He further cancels all his electoral campaign activities for a day and summons his senior security officials for a special meeting on the attack, adds the statement.

The suicide attack in ‘Shahr-e-Dubai’ wedding hall in PD6 of Kabul left at least 63 people killed and 180 others wounded, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed in a statement.

Based on the shared videos on social media, women, and children are also among the victims.

The Taliban are accused of being behind the attack by the government while they have condemned the incident in a statement, saying targeting the innocent civilians cannot be justified in any way.

No individual or group has claimed the responsibility for the attack yet.

This comes as the security threats in Kabul have unprecedentedly increased concurrently with the Afghan peace process.

At least 159 people killed and wounded as a result of the Taliban’s bomb attack in western Kabul on August 7th.

17 Militants Killed, 13 Wounded in Faryab Operations Sun, 18 Aug 2019 10:27:19 +0000

At least 17 Taliban militants were killed and 13 more wounded in several operations by Afghan forces in northern Faryab province, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, Afghan Defense and Security forces conducted clearance operations in Daulat Abad, Qaisar, Pashtunkot and Shirin Tagab districts of Faryab during the last 24 hours.

At least 17 militants including their foreign national fighters and Taliban’s aides were killed and 13 others wounded in the raids, the statement added.

The statement further said that one Afghan security force was also killed in clashes with the insurgents.

The Taliban yet to make a comment about the incident.

11 Civilians Killed in Balkh Roadside Bomb Blast Sun, 18 Aug 2019 07:11:42 +0000

At least 11 people were killed in a roadside mine blast in northern Balkh province on Sunday morning, local officials confirmed.

The incident happened after a vehicle, traveling from Hayatan village to Mazar-e-Sharif city, hit a roadside bomb in Daulat Abad district of the province, the district governor Mohammad Yosuf told Ariana News.

He added, as a result, all 11 passengers of the vehicle including women and children have lost their lives.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Suicide Blast at Kabul Wedding Kills 63, Wounds 182 Sun, 18 Aug 2019 04:58:51 +0000

A suicide bomber killed 63 people and injured 182 others in an attack on a wedding hall in the west of capital Kabul city, the Interior Ministry said.

The incident took place at around 10:40 pm on Saturday in “Shahr-e-Dubai” wedding hall which is located in PD6 of Kabul city, the Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said.

Women and children were also among the casualties, Rahimi added.

Almost 1000 people were present at the wedding hall while the suicide bomber detonated himself at the men’s reception area, sources said.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

However, the Taliban in a statement has condemned the blast and denied any involvement in the attack.

“There is no justification for such deliberate and brutal killings and targeting of women and children,” a spokesman for the group Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet.

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Ghani Describes Election, Republic System as Redlines Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:13:05 +0000 Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a presidential candidate, says that he will accept the transition phase after the peace agreement if the Taliban accept the presidential election and republic system for the government.

He describes the election and the republic system for the government as the non-tradable redlines.

“The Taliban have not shown any positive potential. Do they have made anything? Do they have proposed any plan regarding Afghanistan’s future? Do they have any answer how they will serve the Afghan women?” said Ghani.

The State-Builder electoral ticket has intense allusions to the Taliban while the peace process is going on.

“Mullah Omar wanted to talk but he did have anything to say,” said Amrullah Saleh, member of the State-Builder electoral ticket running for the first vice-presidency.

Meanwhile, the ticket which is in the government as well describes holding the presidential election as a selection test of selecting between the Islamic Emirate of the Taliban and the current governing system.

“The election is about selecting between the Islamic Emirates and republic system of governing,” said Sarwar Danish, member of the State-Builder electoral ticket running for the second vice-presidency.

This electoral ticket says that if won the election will eradicate the political privileges and sharing of the power.  

Afghan Women Criticize Undercover Decisions About Peace Sat, 17 Aug 2019 13:35:36 +0000 The women at the Afghan Women’s Network criticize the undercover decisions made about the Afghan peace and are concerned in this regard.

They ask all the involved sides in the Afghan peace process to consider engaging the Afghan women, men, and youth in any peace agreement, the ceasefire in the country and holding the presidential election to preserve the Afghan people’s gains over past 18 years.

They describe the idea of an interim government ‘castaway’.

“Demands of all the sides should be considered and respected when an agreement is made,” said Mary Akrami, Chief of the Afghan Women’s Network.

They further do not accept such a peace that only stop killing but bring restrictions to the people including marginalizing the women.

“The peace which we want has conditionals. Only stopping the killings cannot be peace,” said Mahbobeh Saraj, a civil activist.

Moreover, they prioritize the presidential election, saying the elected government can make decisions regarding Afghan peace.

“The elected government can represent the Afghan people and use its authority in all of the agreements,” said Shinkai Karokheel, an MP from Kabul province.

This comes as the United States’ president has discussed the Afghan peace process with his senior advisors.

Citizens Criticize Gov’t for Costly Celebration of Independence Day Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:23:56 +0000 A number of the country’s citizens criticize the government for what they call consecutive holidays and costly celebration of the country’s 100th anniversary of the Independence Day.

They describe the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Independence Day as an electoral campaign, saying it has negatively impacted economic of the country.  

“The fund allocated to it could be used for better stuff for good of the country,” said Yalda Ozma, a Kabul resident.  

“The celebration might be an electoral campaign. If this much fund was helped with the startups, they could improve,” said Soona Haidari, an entrepreneur.

Meanwhile, the citizens are concerned about the security on the 100th anniversary of the country’s Independence Day.

This comes as the celebration of Independence Day described is unprecedented compared to the previous years. 

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