Regional – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Sun, 16 Dec 2018 16:07:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Afghan Forces ‘Solely’ Conduct First Night Air Raid against Militants Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:49:04 +0000

For the first time, the Afghan military forces have managed to conduct night air raid against the insurgent groups after years of coalition forces’ support, the Ministry of Defense said on Thursday. 

Ghafoor Ahmad Jawid, Spokesman of the Defense Ministry said that the air raid has been conducted with Super Tucano aircraft which targeted a base of the Taliban in the northern Urozgan province. 

He said the training process of pilots for other kinds of military aircraft is also underway in order to launch such kind of overnight operations in the country.

Previously Afghan forces were backed by the coalition forces while launching overnight aerial operations.

The forces recently increased air raids in insecure parts of the country including in Farah, Urozgan, Ghazni, and Helmand provinces. Military officials said that the air raids is important in reducing the number of casualties to pro-government forces, insisting that such kind of operations will increase.

This comes as the government military forces have lost more than 10 helicopters this year in which a number of soldiers and pilots have been killed. The choppers have crashed due to various reasons including technical issues and Taliban attacks.

Taliban Suffer Heavy Casualties in Farah Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:52:53 +0000

At least 20 insurgents including two commanders of the Taliban were killed in an airstrike of coalition forces in the western province of Farah on Thursday, local officials said.

The provincial police spokesman Muhebuallh Muheb said that the airstrike was conducted in “Karez Shikhan” area of the provincial capital Farah City which also wounded 15 others.

The official added that one of the senior commanders of the Taliban identified as Mawlawi Abdul Aziz was killed in the aerial raid.

The Taliban did not comment regarding the incident so far.

This comes as last month, Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan met with local officials in Farah province where he pledged to support the Afghan security forces against the militants in the volatile province.

Unknown Gunmen Kill Four Members of A Single Family in Baghlan Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:53:29 +0000

Unknown armed men have killed four members of a single in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan, local authorities said.

According to local officials, the incident took place on Tuesday at around 02:00 a.m. in Baghlan-i-Markazi district of the province.

Authorities in Baghlan-i-Markazi hospital said that they have received dead bodies of one man, two women and a daughter of the family.  

The provincial police chief Ikramuddin Sare, did not comment in this regard. But he reported of a similar incident in the province in which a son has killed his mother in Pul-e-Khumri City via ax.

Local authorities described both incidents as domestic violence.  

The provincial governor, meanwhile, said that investigation is underway and that soon they will arrest the perpetrators of the incident.

Afghan Army Chopper Crashes in Kandahar, Leaving Five Wounded Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:08:28 +0000 A helicopter of Afghan national army was crash-landed at Kandahar airport on Sunday night, leaving at least five wounded, an official confirmed.

Sadiq Isa, the Deputy Spokesman of 205 Atal Corps said that the chopper had emergency landing due to technical issues.

This comes about two weeks after an Afghan army helicopter crashed in Maroof district of Kandahar province which left two crew members dead.

Taliban Seize Outpost in Farah, Killing Nine Afghan Soldiers Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:49:06 +0000

At least nine Afghan security forces were killed in the western province of Farah after the Taliban attacked an outpost in the province on Saturday night, officials said.

Khair Mohammad Noorzaie, Farah provincial council member said that the Taliban stormed the outpost of the Afghan forces in “Abkhurma” area in Balablok district of the province.

The official added that at least nine Afghan security forces were killed after the Taliban captured the outpost.

The provincial security officials did not comment regarding the incident so far.

In recent months, the Taliban have increased the scale of attacks in Farah province – located in the western part of the country next to Iran.

Farah is among the insecure provinces in the western parts of Afghanistan where the insurgent groups including Taliban are operating in its number of districts and often carrying attacks against the pro-government forces.

Afghan Forces Discover Cache of Iranian-Made Weapons in Ghazni Sat, 08 Dec 2018 15:18:26 +0000

Afghan National Army forces have discovered a cache of weapons and other military equipment in central Ghazni province, a local security official said Saturday.

The provincial police chief Ghulam Daoud Tarakhail said that the cache has been discovered at house of an individual identified as Tafan in an area near Ghazni City.

Tarakhail said that most of the discovered weapons and military equipment have come from Iran.  

“The weapons are totally new and have been imported from Iran,” Tarakhail said.

According to the official, the individual has fled the area and that police have arrested a suspect in connection to the incident.

Tarakhail meanwhile, stressed on launching a military operation against the Taliban in the province in the near future.

“A military operation will be conducted soon in Khwaja Omari [district]. We had good results in Khogyani district and the enemy has suffered heavy casualties there. Some of them being arrested,” Tarakhail added.  

This comes more than a week after the U.S. displayed pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons deployed to militants in Afghanistan and Yemen. A charge Iran denied.

Taliban Shadow Governor for Paktika Killed Sat, 08 Dec 2018 14:03:00 +0000

The Taliban shadow governor for Paktika province has been killed along with four other militants, the Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement on Saturday.

The statement said that Pir Agha who was a key member of the Taliban killed during a special operation of the Afghan security forces in a village in Gomal district of the province.

According to the statement, the individual has been involved in organizing terror activities in Paktia province.

The Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, however, rejected the report. 

It comes about a week after Mullah Abdul Manan, the Taliban shadow governor for Helmand province was killed along with his two spokesmen –  identified as Hafiz Rashid and Mullah Jawid –  and his two guards in an air raid in Nawzad district of Helmand.

Taliban Kill 14 Afghan Soldiers, Take Over A Dozen Hostage in Herat Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:27:01 +0000

Taliban militants have killed at least 14 Afghan army soldiers and have taken more than 10 hostages in western Herat province after launching a coordinated attack in Shindand district, a security source said Friday.

A reliable security source told Ariana News on condition of anonymity that the incident took place after the insurgents stormed an outpost in Qalai Dukhtar region of Shindand district.

According to the source, the Taliban have managed to seize the outpost in the district after several hours of armed clashes.

Shindand district governor in Herat, Hekmatullah Hekmat, meanwhile, said that the clashes were still ongoing in the region and that at least 30 Taliban were also killed during the incident.

The official, however, did not speak about casualties to Afghan forces in the battle.

10 Killed in Herat Traffic Accident Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:57:46 +0000 At least 10 people were killed in a traffic accident in western Herat province of Afghanistan, a local official said on Thursday.

Dr. Ibrahim Muhammadi, a health official in Herat province, said the incident happened on Thursday morning in Herat – Islam Qala highway in Mamizak area.

According to the official, the incident took place when two Toyota Corolla vehicles collided with each other.

The dead bodies of all 10 victims have been taken to Herat hospital, he added.

Accidents are common in Afghanistan’s highways where roads are often in a poor state.

Most of the traffic accidents are basically because of the carelessness, high-speed driving, insufficiency of traffic signs, and bad condition of the roads.

Sayad District Police Chief Killed in Armed Clashes with Taliban Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:01:14 +0000

Sayad district police chief was killed on Tuesday night in armed clashes between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces in northern Sar-e-Pul province.

Confirming the clashes, Zabihullah Amani, the provincial governor’s spokesman said that both sides sustained causalities after the Taliban stormed Sayad district in the province. 

The official, however, did not specify the exact number of casualties. But sources told Ariana News that the incident left at least three security personnel killed including Sayad District police chief Abdul Malik and three more wounded. 

Sar-e-Pul is relatively among the restive provinces of Afghanistan in north, the anti-government elements including Taliban are actively operating in a number of its districts and frequently carrying attacks against the Afghan security forces.

Manan’s Death Will Have ‘Direct’ Impact on Security of Many Provinces: MoI Mon, 03 Dec 2018 13:56:39 +0000

The Interior Affairs Ministry says the death of Mulla Abdul Manan who was the Taliban’s shadow governor for southern Helmand province and a key member of the armed group will have a direct impact on the security of many provinces.

Mulla Rahim was also known as Mulla Manan was killed on Saturday night in a U.S. airstrike in Nawzad district of Helmand province. The Taliban confirmed the death of Manan – who had also been the militant group’s military in-charge – and termed it as a great loss.

Manan was leading the war for the Taliban in Helmand, Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces.

“The death of Manan will have a direct impact on the security of these provinces,” the Interior Ministry Spokesman Najib Danish said. “We are hoping to strike more targets with such kind of plans and operations.”

According to the provincial governor Mohammad Yasin Khan, Mullah Manan was the Taliban Shadow governor. He was receiving support from outsiders and was involved in the cultivation of opium and drug mafia in Helmand province.  

Reports suggest, Mullah Manan was imposed to peace talks with the government and was seeking to halt the process. However, Sayed Akbar Agha, a former member of the Taliban said the armed group has the same stand on war and peace. “I reject that he [Manan] was taking the acting by himself.”

Irresponsible Commander Naweed Arrested in Takhar Sun, 02 Dec 2018 14:07:30 +0000

Afghan security forces have arrested irresponsible commander Naweed along with a group of his seven armed fighters in the northern province of Takhar, local authorities said Sunday.

According to the provincial military authorities, the commander was under 24-hour siege of the Afghan forces at a hospital in the province on late Saturday. He was arrested after a brief clash with the government forces.

“We managed to arrest him from inside a clinic at 12 am,” said Nizamuddin Ghoori, an in charge of the operation which ended in the arrest of commander Naweed.

He said Naweed was arrested along with his seven armed loyalists.

Following the incident, the Interior Affairs Ministry said that it has launched probing the incident. 

“All of them have been arrested by police. We have started investigating and thereafter, will refer their case to the Attorney General office,” said Najib Danish, Spokesman of the ministry.

Naveed has been a commander of irresponsible armed group for more than 10 years in Khanabad district of northern Kunduz province, allegedly had operated against the Taliban.

“I was serving people, I have not used any kind of force or have taken any extortions from the people. People were happy from me,” said Irresponsible commander Naweed. 

However, recently, videos were being circulated on social media, indicating that Naweed having fun at a ceremony of dancing boys in Kunduz.

“The rule of law should be implemented on all Afghanistan citizens equally so that people could see themselves in the same mirror,” said Mohammad Radmanish, a former military official.

It comes as President Ghani in part of his speech at Geneva Conference has said that there are a number of “irresponsible and illegal armed groups” still active throughout the country.

“They are illicitly armed via corrupt networks, and some of their commanders still claim government titles, yet they operate like criminal militias—extorting local populations with fear, intimidation, and illegal fees, in exchange for some level of physical security,” Ghani said. “They are a menace to the population and a significant driver in illegal land-grabbing and the drug trade.”

The president stressed that a “criminal is a criminal”, regardless of ethnicity, province, religion, power, or wealth.

Reported by Bais Hayat, Edited by Shakib Mahmud

Taliban Shadow Governor for Helmand Killed in Airstrike Sun, 02 Dec 2018 12:24:12 +0000

The Taliban shadow governor for southern Helmand province was killed in an air raid on Saturday night.

The provincial media office in a statement confirmed on Sunday that Mullah Abdul Rahim also known as Mullah Abdul Manan was killed along with his two spokesmen –  identified as Hafiz Rashid and Mullah Jawid –  and his two guards.

According to the statement, Mullah Abdul Rahim was also a military in charge of the Taliban in the province.

The Taliban Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement confirmed the incident. 

Helmand has been among the restive provinces of Afghanistan in the south, where the militant groups including the Taliban are actively operating in its number of remote districts.

Three Taliban Commanders Among 11 Militants Killed in Coalition Airstrike in Farah Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:38:05 +0000

At least 11 Taliban militants including their three local commanders have been killed an airstrike of U.S.-led coalition forces in the provincial capital of western Farah province of Afghanistan, officials said Friday.

Mohibullah Mohib, the provincial police spokesman said that the aerial raid was conducted on Thursday night in Farah City.

Three local commanders of the Taliban identified as Mulla Hotak, Mulla Salam and Mullah Abdul Shukur were killed in the airstrike of NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, Mohib added.  

According to the official, Mullah Hotak was one of the senior commanders of the Taliban who had been involved in the assassination of key government figures in Farah city.

The Taliban did not comment regarding the incident so far. 

Farah has been among the restive provinces of Afghanistan, where the armed groups including the Taliban are actively operating against the pro-government forces in a number of its districts.

Infighting Leaves 45 Taliban Militants Killed or Wounded in Herat Fri, 30 Nov 2018 10:58:42 +0000

Infighting between factions has killed or wounded 45 Taliban fighters in the western province of Herat, government officials said Friday.

Jilani Farhad, the provincial governor’s Spokesman said that the several hours of armed clashes between the rival Taliban groups have taken place in Shendand district of the province, leaving at least 28 killed and 17 more wounded to both sides.

The official added that most of the casualties occurred to the Taliban faction led by Mullah Heibatullah, suffering 18 dead and seven wounded in the incident.

According to Farhad, during the counter-insurgency operations of the Afghan security forces, an official of the provincial Directorate of National Security (NDS) has also been killed in Herat province.

The Taliban did not comment regarding the report yet.

At Least 23 Civilians Killed in Helmand Airstrike: UN Confirms Fri, 30 Nov 2018 10:24:46 +0000

Preliminary findings from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) indicate that as many as 23 civilians were killed and three injured in an airstrike in Garmser district of Helmand province during operations conducted by pro-government forces against Taliban in the area on Tuesday.

“Initial findings indicate that the vast majority of the victims were women and children,” UNAMA said in a statement.

The Mission is actively working to verify information indicating up to 10 children were killed along with eight women, and three children were injured, including an eight-year-old boy, the statement said.

According to the statement, the incident took place during an operation involving Afghan and international military forces, when international military forces conducted an airstrike following engagements between the forces on the ground and Taliban.

In addition, three days earlier, during fighting between Taliban and pro-government forces, three civilian homes were struck by explosive ordnance in Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand province, killing two civilians and injuring at least 14 more, including 10 children, reportedly after Taliban initiated an attack from the vicinity of civilian homes against an Afghan National Army convoy returning to its base, the UN statement noted.

“The Mission welcomes indications that relevant authorities have initiated investigations into the civilian casualty reports, and it will continue its independent enquiries to establish additional facts, sharing the findings with parties as part of advocacy efforts for improved mitigation measures in their future operations to prevent civilian casualties,” UNAMA said.

This comes as UNAMA has this year recorded a sharp increase in civilian casualties from aerial attacks in the first nine months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

The 649 civilian casualties recorded between 1 January and 30 September 2018 is more than the number of civilian casualties from aerial operations recorded over every entire year since UNAMA began systematic civilian casualty documentation in 2009.

In the two incidents in Helmand province this week, UNAMA notes with particular concern that children were disproportionately impacted, comprising 55 percent of the civilian casualties.

UNAMA said that it reminds all parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations to protect civilians from harm, and holds that all parties to the conflict must strictly adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law to take all feasible measures to protect civilians.

Earthquake Injures 9, Damages 60 Houses in Baghlan Thu, 29 Nov 2018 13:24:11 +0000  A magnitude 4.9 earthquake hit Baghlan province in the north of Afghanistan on Wednesday night, injuring nine people and damaging 60 residential houses.

Mohammad Naseer Kohzad, Natural Disaster Management Director in Baghlan province, told Ariana News that the epicenter of the jolt was Hindu Kush mountains range, 14 kilometers far away from Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province.

He added that most of the affected houses are located in the vicinity of Pul-e-Khumri city.

According to the official, relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations have launched efforts to survey the affected areas in order to provide aid for the victims of the quake.

The official further said that there would have been more damages and casualties if the quake was continued more than four seconds.

Hindu Kush Mountains range in the north of Afghanistan had been the epicenter of catastrophic earthquakes in the past in the country which sometimes the tragedy that it leaves after the jolts are among the highly natural furry recorded in South Asia.

30 Militants Lay Down Arms, Join Peace Process in Nangarhar Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:34:31 +0000 30 militants including 16 Daesh loyalists and 14 Taliban fighters have laid down arms and joined peace process in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, an official said on Thursday.

Provincial governor spokesman Ataullah Khogyani told Ariana News that the militants surrendered to the Afghan intelligence agency after heavy military pressures applied over these groups.

According to Khogyani, the militant groups have handed over around 32 weapons as well.

“After we discovered the fact that our leaders are the agents of Pakistan’s ISI, we joined peace process and laid down our arms,” said Khanullah, a former member of the Daesh insurgent group who was involved in anti-government activities in Achin and Nazian districts of the province.

“I was fighting against the government with Kamran Kochi but I surrendered and laid down my weapon,” regretted Shawkat Khan, a former member of the Taliban group in Shinwar district of Nangarhar.

The insurgent groups have not made a comment about the report yet.

This comes after last week 54 Taliban militants joined peace process in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

Taliban Suffer Heavy Casualties in Balkh Operation: Official Wed, 28 Nov 2018 12:51:07 +0000 At least 36 Taliban militants were killed and 45 others injured during Walid 25 military operation conducted in Balkh province, a security official said on Wednesday.

Jalaluddin Yaftali, an army commander in 209th Shaheen Military Corps told Ariana News that 90 villages were cleared from the existence of insurgents during two weeks operation.

He added that the operations were still ongoing in Balkh, Dawlat Abad, and Chahar Bulak districts.

Meanwhile, Abdur Razaq deputy police chief of Balkh confirmed that a Taliban commander, identified as Mukhles, was killed on Tuesday evening in Faizabad district of Jawzjan province.

According to the police official, Afghan forces are currently trying to establish checkpoints in Balkh and Dawlat Abad districts. He further said that upon completion of these checkpoints the security threats along Balkh-Jawzjan highway will be decreased.

Meanwhile, he urged people to provide assistance to the Afghan armed forces.

The Taliban militant group has not made a comment about the report yet.

Over A Dozen Taliban Militants Killed in Ghazni Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:18:30 +0000

At least five Taliban insurgents were killed in Afghan forces ambush in Gilan district of central Ghazni province on Tuesday.

The provincial media office in a statement said that the incident took place in a village of Gilan district which left at least five Taliban militants dead.

According to the statement, no casualties reported the government forces.

Separately, the provincial authorities said that at least six Taliban insurgents were killed and two others were wounded in multiple clashes in some districts of Ghazni province in the past 24 hours.

Ghazni has been among the volatile provinces of Afghanistan where the armed groups including the Taliban are actively operating in its number of remote districts against the Afghan security forces.