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BSA in interest of Afghanistan

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Afghanistan National Security adviser who summoned to Parliament due to the failure of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul-Washington has said that the security accord is in interest of Afghanistan and America has fulfilled its commitments so far.

A number of representatives in Parliament claimed that according to the recent insecurities and the appearance of Daesh in the country, America failed to fulfill commitments.

Hasib Kalim Zai, Member of Parliament said, “Afghanistan is facing the threats of Daesh and other terrorist groups. So why America does not help us, if it is our strategic partner?”

“By signing the BSA, Daesh appeared in the country,” Musa Asakzai, another parliament members said.

The U.S.–Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement, officially titled Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United States of America, is an agreement between Afghanistan and the United States of America that provides the long-term framework for the relationship between Afghanistan and the United States of America after the drawdown of U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war.

Hanif Atmar, National Security advisor stated that the annual cost of Afghan security forces is $ 4,900 million which only $ 700 million of it is the responsibility of Afghanistan.

“There are significant progresses, but generally the treaty has also restrictions. Afghanistan decided to take full responsibility of providing the security from US troops.” Atamar said. “America has not failed in its commitments. The US government and NATO pay $ 12 million daily for the cost of Afghan security forces.”

He stressed that as US congressmen promised President Ghani in his trip to Washington they will stand by their commitments till the year 2017.

The Bilateral security Agreement (BSA) is part of the Strategic Cooperation Partnership Agreement which was signed between the two countries.
National Security advisor emphasized that the security accord has been implemented since four months ago but according to the treaty they just play a supportive role.

Meanwhile, Hanif Atamar also said that Afghanistan is now facing the threats of regional and world terrorists.

“Daesh is a regional and world organization which also has interest to Afghanistan,” Atmar noted.

Rumors of the presence of Islamic State (IS) elements in Afghanistan have repeatedly made it into the media over recent months, sparking public debate and adding to the anxiety about what course the insurgency might take.

The Islamic State (IS) group, also known by an Arabic acronym, Daesh, has gained a toehold in Afghanistan, although with the loss in a drone strike of its most prominent and recently appointed commander, Rauf Khadem, that toehold is looking precarious.

Over the past few months, the Iraq and Syria-based Islamic State (IS) has been making inroads in media-reporting, at least, in Afghanistan.

In July, Reuters, reporting from Waziristan, said that “some Taliban, including some of the younger commanders were enthusiastic about ISIS… eagerly debat[ing] the new movement,” although it did not specify whether these were Afghan or Pakistani Taliban or both.

In September, the BBC managed to find a Hezb-e Islami commander in Baghlan province who said he was considering joining the IS.

This was followed by reports about the distribution of pro-IS pamphlets in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the release of taped messages of allegiance to the group by “local militants in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan”.
Reported by Abdul Aziz Karimi

 

 

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Key Taliban fighter killed in Helmand operation

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At least 38 Taliban militants, including the group’s shadow district governor for Nad Ali were killed in an operation by the Afghan forces in battle-weary Helmand province.

The provincial media office said in a statement on Wednesday night that Mullah Shawali, the Taliban’s shadow district governor for Nad Ali, was killed during a clearance operation on the Lashkargah-Nad Ali road.

The Defense Ministry (MoD), however, stated that Shawali was killed in an airstrike in the Nad Ali district of Helmand on Wednesday.

According to the ministry, Shawali was leading the clashes against the Afghan forces in Chah Anjir and Babaji area in the province.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry stated that the route was cleared of the Taliban.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the death of Shawali. 

The clearance operation was launched on Monday to push back the Taliban who had taken control of a number of areas in the past two weeks.

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EU says ‘killings and peace talks cannot go hand in hand’

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The European Union said Wednesday the high level of civilian casualties in the conflict in Afghanistan is “unacceptable.”

According to a statement, the EU repeated its stance on “the central role of International Humanitarian Law in an armed conflict to protect civilians.”

The EU said that despite the high levels of violence taking place against the backdrop of ongoing peace negotiations, “killings and peace talks cannot go hand in hand.”

“Therefore, the European Union joins the Afghan people longing for peace by reiterating its call for an immediate, comprehensive, nationwide and unconditional ceasefire respected by both parties.”

The EU’s statement comes in response to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan’s (UNAMA) new report published on Tuesday that documented 5,939 civilian casualties (2,117 killed and 3,822 injured) from 1 January to 30 September 2020.

In its report, the mission said: “High levels of violence continue with a devastating impact on civilians, with Afghanistan remaining among the deadliest places in the world to be a civilian.”

UNAMA stated that while the number of civilian casualties documented is the lowest in the first nine months of any year since 2012, “the harm done to civilians remains inordinate and shocking.”

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Afghans protest in Kabul against Macron’s Islamaphobic remarks

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Kabul residents took to the streets of Kabul on Wednesday in protest against French President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial remarks about Islam. 

The protest, outside the French Cultural Center in Kabul city drew cries such as “death to France” and “death to Macron”.

Kabul high school students also protested against Macron’s remarks. 

Wednesday’s demonstration comes amid a standoff between France and Muslim countries after Macron reacted to the beheading of a French schoolteacher who had shown his class cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed during a lesson about freedom of speech. 

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan added his voice to calls for a boycott of French goods.

Erdogan has led the charge against  Macron and said on Monday: “Never give credit to French-labelled goods, don’t buy them.”

French goods have already been pulled from supermarket shelves in Qatar and Kuwait, among other Gulf states, and in Syria people have burned pictures of Macron and French flags have been torched in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meanwhile has called on France to revise its separatist policies that target Islam and offend over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. In a statement, the OIC has said: “We condemn the constant systematic attack on the feelings of Muslims by insulting the religious symbols represented by the person of the Prophet Muhammad.”

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