Regional – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Wed, 19 Feb 2020 04:17:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Afghan forces destroy Taliban base – Ghazni Wed, 19 Feb 2020 04:17:52 +0000 Afghan Special Forces destroyed an important base of the Taliban in Muqur district of Ghazni, MoD said in a statement Wednesday.

The statement added that the operation was conducted on Tuesday night in Muqur district as a result of which an important Taliban base, a depot of weapons and equipment, a mine production factory, two drug processing factories, and a vacant jail, were found and destroyed.

In the meantime, some explosives, two motorcycles, a vehicle, and military equipments and uniforms were also found at the premises.

9 people’s uprising men killed – Kapisa Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:53:44 +0000 Nine of the people uprising forces were killed in a battle with the Taliban, said the security sources in Kapisa province.

A security source, in a condition of anonymity, said that the Taliban attacked at 02:00 am, Tuesday, on Nizam Khil Daraye Afghaneya of Nejrab district of Kapisa province, and the battle between them and the people uprising forces continued till 05:00 in the morning.

According to the source, in the battle, nine of the people forces were killed, and there are no details about the Taliban casualties.

Shaiq Shuresh, the spokesperson of the Kapisa Police confirmed the attack and didn’t provide any information on the casualties.

Taliban attack kill five Afghan soldiers – Kunduz Mon, 17 Feb 2020 11:23:28 +0000 The Taliban militants attacked a military outpost in Kunduz province, killing at least five Afghan soldiers and wounding three more, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

The militants stormed the outpost at Shora Khak area in Se Darak village on the outskirt of Kunduz city at around 2 a.m. on Monday, Amruddin Wali, a member of the provincial council said.

Meanwhile, Wali said that at least seven Afghan soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in the incident.

However, the Afghan Defense Ministry in a statement said Afghan forces have pushed back the Taliban, confirming five soldiers dead and three more injured.

According to the statement, heavy casualties have inflicted to the militant after back-up troops deployed in the area and carried out airstrikes against the Taliban.

The Taliban group has claimed that 19 Afghan soldiers were killed in the attack and its fighters have seized weapons and ammos of Afghan forces.

56 Taliban fighters surrender,  Herat, Ghor – MoD Mon, 17 Feb 2020 05:50:05 +0000 The Ministry of Defense, Monday, said in a statement that 56 Taliban fighters including three of their group leaders surrendered to the security forces.

The statement said, “Following the Taliban’s surrender, this time 56 Taliban fighters with three of their group leaders, Haji Mullah Naseer, Mullah Rabbani, and Mullah Hussain surrendered to the Afghan security and defensive forces in the villages of Kamanj and Ostoura of Shahrak district of Ghor and Chast-e Sharif of Herat.”

The statement adds, “These Taliban fighters put their guns down and surrendered because of the extreme military pressure of the security forces.”

According to the statement, so far a total number of 638 Taliban fighters have surrendered to the Afghan forces in Shahrak district of Ghor and Chast-e Sharif district of Herat.

Taliban set up checkpoint – Baghlan-Kunduz Highway Sun, 16 Feb 2020 13:16:32 +0000 The Taliban militants have set up checkpoints on Baghlan-Kunduz highway, eyewitnesses said.

According to the witnesses, a clash was broken out between the Taliban and Afghan forces in Khalazai area of Baghlan, Sunday morning, which lasted for several hours.

During the clash, a tank of Afghan forces was also destroyed, and the highway was closed to the traffic.

Meanwhile, passengers traveling through the highway said that the route was reopened but the insurgents have a presence in the area and are checking the passengers.

However, Ahmad Jawid Bisharat, the spokesman for the provincial government, confirmed that a Humvee tank of Afghan forces was destroyed in a clash, he denied the rest of the allegations.

Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed that two Afghan soldiers had been killed and two others wounded in the incident.

Seven Taliban fighters killed in Afghan airstrikes – Takhar Sat, 15 Feb 2020 05:55:49 +0000
Khalil Asir, the Takhar Police spokesperson, said that seven Taliban fighters were killed and three others were wounded as a result of an airstrike by the Afghan forces in Masjid-e Sharif village of Baharak district, Takhar, on Friday night.
According to Asir, Jala Sirat, deputy of the red forces of the Taliban and Mawlawi Ahmad Taliqani, the Taliban’s frontier commander was among the dead.
Salang pass closed to traffic due to heavy snowfall Thu, 13 Feb 2020 07:14:26 +0000 The Salang pass which connects north provinces of Afghanistan to the capital Kabul has been closed to the traffic due to heavy snowfall and storms, an official said Thursday.

Samiullah Walizada, the Operative Director of Salang Pass Safety and Protection Unit told Ariana News that the pass was closed after incessant snowfall and storms Wednesday night.

He added that action is taken to prevent casualties and financial loss of people traveling through the pass.

Meanwhile, the Safety and Protection Unit of Salang said in a statement that the snowfall has reached more than 70 centimeters in the southern parts of the pass and it was hit by least three avalanches since last night.

The statement added that the pass will remain closed and urged the citizens to prevent traveling via the highway until further notice.

The tunnel is located between Parwan and Baghlan provinces and usually gets blocked due to heavy snowfalls and avalanches during the winter season.

Over 170 Taliban fighters surrender Tue, 11 Feb 2020 05:59:33 +0000 The Ministry of Defense said that 172 fighters of the Taliban surrendered to the Afghan Security forces in Herat and Ghor provinces on Monday.

MoD announced in a statement that 160 Taliban fighters surrendered in Jaam, Shir Bacha, and Ostoura village of Shahrak district in Ghor province adding that 12 other surrendered in Dare-Takht village of Chasht-e Sharif district of Herat.

MoD added that military pressure of the Afghan forces made these fighters surrender.

17 hostages rescued from Taliban prison Mon, 10 Feb 2020 11:44:44 +0000 Afghan forces rescued 17 hostages from a Taliban prison in Kunduz province.

According to an NDS statement, Afghan operational forces raided the prison and bases of Qari Wali, a Taliban commander in Naw Abad of Khan Abad district, Kunduz.

The statement says that 17 people, including 15 Afghan soldiers, were rescued in the operation. The NDS adds that three bases and prisons of the Taliban have been destroyed and plenty of ammunition and hand grenades were seized by the government forces.

Kunduz is one of the insecure provinces of Afghanistan. Taliban operate in most parts of the province.

43 Taliban militants killed in Balkh, Jawzjan operations: MoD Mon, 10 Feb 2020 07:03:26 +0000 At least 43 Taliban militants were killed in ground and air operations by Afghan forces in Balkh and Jawzjan provinces, the Defense Ministry said in a statement, Monday.

According to the statement, the Afghan Special Forces conducted a clearance operation in the Balkh district of northern Balkh province, Sunday night.

At least 35 militants were killed and 5 others wounded in the raids, the statement said, adding that a drug cache of the Taliban was also seized by Afghan forces.

In a separate incident, Afghan forces carried out an airstrike in Mimlek village in the Faizabad district of Jawzjan province.

The statement added that eight insurgents including a Taliban’s commander, Quraishi, were killed and three more injured in the strike.

The Taliban has not made a comment on the matters.

U.S. soldiers killed in apparent insider attack – Nangarhar Sun, 09 Feb 2020 05:08:20 +0000

Two U.S. service members were killed and six others wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Nangarhar province, the U.S. forces in Afghanistan said.

Ajmal Omar, the deputy provincial council told Ariana News that the incident took place at around 7 p.m. in a military base at the center of Nangarhar’s Sherzad district.

Omar added that an Afghan army soldier opened fire on US troops and Afghan forces with a machine gun, as a result, seven US soldiers were killed.

He said the assailant was shot dead and an Afghan soldier wounded in the fire exchange.

However, Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for the U.S. forces in Afghanistan said that two US service members were killed and six others wounded in the incident.

“Upon completing a key-leader engagement at the district center, current reports indicate an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun,” said Sonny Leggett. 

He added that the incident is being investigated and the wounded service members are receiving medical treatment at a U.S. facility.

“We are still collecting information and the cause or motive behind the attack is unknown at this time. The incident is under investigation,” Leggett noted.

He said that the names of the killed soldiers are being withheld for 24 hours in accordance with the U.S. Department of Defense policy.

The two soldiers’ death brought the number of U.S. deaths in Afghanistan this year to 4.

The attack is the latest in a series of “green-on-blue” attacks in which members of the Afghan forces have killed the U.S. or coalition advisers this year.

Taliban commander along with three men killed – Helmand Sat, 08 Feb 2020 09:25:20 +0000 A prominent Taliban commander, along with three men, were killed in Gerishk district of Helmand, officials confirmed.

Mohammad Zaman Hamdard, Helmand Police spokesperson, says that Khalid, a Taliban prominent commander, and three of his men were killed, and two others were wounded in an Afghan forces’ operation, Friday, in Nahr-e Saraj area of Gerishk district.

He adds that two main centers of the Taliban have also been destroyed and their weapons and ammunition have been seized, as a result of the operation.

The Taliban has not commented on the matter.

Woman’s body found beheaded in Sar-e-Pul Sat, 08 Feb 2020 07:08:01 +0000 The body of a woman has been discovered decapitated in northern Sar-e-Pul province, a local official said, Saturday.

Zabehullah Amani, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that the body was found at Kork Arabia in the Sar-e-Pul-Jawzjan highway, Thursday evening.

“The victim yet to be identified. The body was found from the Taliban-controlled area and the tribal elders had delivered the corpse to the Afghan security forces,” Amani said.

Amani stressed that the 20-years old woman has been allegedly killed by the Taliban. So far the group has not commented on the matter.

He added the body has been taken to the provincial hospital.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Sar-i-Pul is among the insecure provinces in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents highly operate in a number of its district.

120 medical students graduated  – Baghlan Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:10:31 +0000 Head of the Baghlan Public Health said that 120 students had graduated in fields of midwifery, nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy adding that most of the graduates were female.

Dr. Mohibullah Habib, head of the Baghlan Public Health considers the role of women midwives and nurses “vital” in reducing the death rate of mothers and children in remote areas of the country.

He underlined that the Ministry of Public Health had to provide further opportunities in these fields.

Dr. Habib said, “We will fully support the graduates to serve the society in the remote areas.”

On the graduation of the 120 medical students, officials said that the graduates had taken oaths to serve their people in their villages and that the Public Health administration would assist them accordingly.

Dr. Najibullah, head of Waziri Health Institute said, “This is our 6th term of graduation.”

In the meantime, the graduates are concerned about security calling it the main challenge in their career.

Hadia Ahmadi, a graduate, said, “Medical fields and midwifery are my favorite. I studied midwifery to prevent the deaths of mothers.”

Anila Shinwari, another graduate said, “We want the government to provide security for the women so that they can have their favorite jobs.”

These graduates insist for their appointments in the medical clinics adding that, providing standard healthcare service in remote areas of the country is not possible without the government’s support.

Second Touristic Winter Festival – Bamiyan Fri, 07 Feb 2020 11:48:48 +0000 Bamiyan succeeded to host the Touristic Winter Festival for the second time in a row. The festival will welcome domestic and international tourists for one month.

The festival is comprised of various programs such as women handicrafts exhibition, musical programs, ski tournaments, Bamiyan ancient food exhibition, theater, and cultural & historical tours.

Launching this festival, the Ministry of Information and Culture tries to attract more foreign tourists.

Tahir Zohair, the governor of Bamiyan, said, “Since 2015, we have had 15 to 16 festivals in summer, and fortunately, this is the 2nd time we hold the winter festival too. Festivals have a direct and strong effect on attracting tourists. Cultural programs held in Bamiyan are unique.”

Bamiyan is one of the most secure places in Afghanistan, and with the exceptionally beautiful sites, it stuns the international and domestic tourists.

The winter festival in Bamiyan starts with the sound of Damboura, Hazaragi songs, and Bamiyan’s youth poetry.

The Salsal Music Band, having Bamiyani girls as the singers, gave the festival a wonderful start. These are girls and boys, who have played music and sung for at least five years, especially for tourists. The band says that they receive tourist visitors.

Bamiyan, having some of the most ancient and natural touristic sites, has attracted over 250,000 tourists this year; however, the insecure image of Afghanistan to the world has reduced the number of tourists.

No signs of Coronavirus has been diagnosed – Badakhshan Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:31:45 +0000 The head of Badakhshan Public Health said that mobile healthcare teams had been assigned in 7 districts of Badakhshan bordering with Tajikistan, and so far, no signs of the coronavirus has been identified.

According to Dr. Noor Khawari, the head of Badakhshan Public Health, 20 children were diagnosed with pneumonia in Yamgan district, out of which 5 died in 20 days time. He added that four teams had been deployed to the area, and the outbreak of the respiratory disease had been prevented.

On the other hand, Bashir Samim, the head of Badakhshan provincial council, said that he was concerned about the shared borders with China and Tajikistan, and Tajikistan’s transit route with China.

He also said that the healthcare equipments to diagnose the coronavirus were too basic in Badakhshan, and called on the Ministry of Public Health to meet the problem as soon as possible.

This comes as the local officials said that some of the joint markets with Tajikistan were closed without any specific reasons, but commuting between the borders was open.

Taliban set ablaze a school in Takhar Mon, 03 Feb 2020 09:47:08 +0000

The Taliban militants set ablaze a school in Takhar province, local officials confirmed.

Hessamuddin Nazari, the program director of the provincial education directorate, said that the militants set a girl’s school on fire, in Bodala village, in the provincial capital of Taleqan city.

Khalil Asir, a spokesman for Takhar police, told Ariana News that the incident took place at around 11 am, Monday, and all the equipment, and documents of the school were also burnt to the ground.

The Taliban in a statement denied its involvement in the incident.

Bodala remains among the insecure villages of Takhar where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating.

30 Taliban militants surrender in Herat Sun, 02 Feb 2020 11:21:40 +0000 At least 30 Taliban militants, including a group commander, have handed in their weapons to the Afghan security forces in western Herat province, said the Defense Ministry in a statement Sunday.

According to the statement, a Taliban commander and his 29 fighters surrendered in Austora village of Chesht-e-Sharif district, Herat.

The statement identified the Taliban commander as “Sahib Khan,” who was involved in destructive activities in the Shahrak district of Ghor province in the last few years.

The MoD added that so far, 292 militants in Shahrak and 48 others in Chesht-e-Sharif districts, have laid down their weapons.

The Taliban has not commented in this regard.

Gazargh-e Noor district Baghlan back in government’s hands Thu, 30 Jan 2020 17:42:37 +0000 After four months, the Gazargh-e Noor district of Baghlan got back under the rule of the government.

Confirming the news, Abdul Qadeem Niazi, the governor of Baghlan, told Ariana News that Gazargah-e Noor district was conquered by the Afghan security forces, and currently, all the governmental administrations are under the government’s control, and that the forces are advancing.

The governor underlined that the Taliban were not able to confront the security forces and that there were no reports of casualties.

The district, in the past four months, has been swapped three times between the Taliban and the government.

Because there is no access to telecommunication services, we do not have details of the people’s life and whatsoever.

62 Afghan forces rescued from Taliban Prison – Badghis Wed, 29 Jan 2020 08:59:52 +0000 At least 62 Afghan forces were freed from a Taliban prison in an operation by Afghan special forces in Badghis province, the Defense Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

According to the statement, the operation was conducted in the Bala Murghab district of the province.

The rescued forces include 55 army soldiers, four commando soldiers, two border police, and one policeman, the statement noted.

Meanwhile, five Taliban militants were detained and many more insurgents were killed or wounded during the raids.

Asadullah Khalid, the acting Defense Minister counts the operation as a great achievement for the Afghan forces, insisting that the national security and defensive forces will work harder to bring security in Afghanistan.

The released soldiers also underlined that they will “continue their fight against the insurgents to defend the land and the people.”

The Taliban militant group has not made a comment in this regard.