Regional – Ariana News https://ariananews.af Bringing Afghan News to the World Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:23:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 At Least Seven People Injured in Nangarhar Blast https://ariananews.af/at-least-seven-people-injured-in-nangarhar-blast/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:15:21 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=303414

At least seven people were wounded in a mine blast on Monday morning in Jalalabad city of eastern Nangarhar province, a local official said.

Attaullah Khogyani a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that the explosion happened close to a health center at PD1 area of Jalalabad city.

According to Khogyani, all victims were transferred to the local hospitals.

However, the provincial health officials said that eight people including three children and three women were injured in the incident.

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

Nangarhar is among relatively restive provinces of Afghanistan where the Taliban and Daesh insurgents are actively operating in its number of remote districts.

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MP Barikzai Assassinated in Kandahar https://ariananews.af/mp-barikzai-assassinated-in-kandahar/ Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:15:08 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=303102 Obaidullah Barikzai, a member of parliament from Uruzgan province, was killed in an armed attack by unknown gunmen in southern Kandahar province on Saturday, an official confirmed. 

Barakzai was assassinated in Kandahar’s PD6 by unknown gunmen on Saturday afternoon.

The provincial governor’s spokesman confirmed the incident but did not provide further details.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban in a statement denied involvement in the incident.

Barikzai ran for October parliamentary elections from his native Uruzgan province.

He was a district governor in Uruzgan before securing a seat in the parliament.                 

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Two Blasts Hit Farmer’s Day Ceremony in Helmand https://ariananews.af/two-blasts-hit-farmers-day-ceremony-in-helmand/ Sat, 23 Mar 2019 06:23:29 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=303018

Two Blast occurred during a ceremony to mark Farmer’s day in western Helmand province, local officials said on Saturday.

According to the officials, the explosions happened on Saturday morning at the ceremony at a stadium in Lashakrgah city, the provincial capital of the province.

At least three people were killed and 30 others including the Provincial chief of the Information & Cultural Department, two members of the provincial council and a military official were injured in the blasts.

The Taliban in a statement has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

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Noor Warns of Any Option if Agreement Is Not Implemented https://ariananews.af/noor-warns-of-any-option-if-agreement-is-not-implemented/ Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:53:12 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=302785

Atta Mohammad Noor, the former governor of Balkh province and Chief Executive of Jamiat Islami party on Tuesday said that he is looking for the implementation of the agreement made between him and the acting ministers of Defense and Interior Affairs.

He made the remarks in a video message sent to media on the eve of Nawruz.

Noor warned that he will use any option if the agreement is not implemented.

Without elaborating further, Noor said that they have agreed on a “third option”.

“We have all options on the table. Of course, we do not want war until the war is imposed on us,” he stressed.

In addition, Noor said that the appointment of the new police chief in Balkh was a plot against him.

This comes a week after tensions break out between Noor and the government over the appointment of Gen. Abdul Raqib Mubariz as new police chief of Balkh.

At that time, the new police chief accompanied by Special Forces units was introduced despite strong opposition by Mr. Noor. The move led to hours of gunfight and chaos in Mazar-e-Sharif City.

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Taliban Suffer Heavy Casualties in Farah Clashes https://ariananews.af/taliban-suffer-heavy-casualties-in-farah-clashes/ Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:32:13 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=302770

At least 23 Taliban insurgents were killed and 44 others wounded in clashes with the Afghan Forces in western Farah province, a military official said on Wednesday.

Zakaria Mirzad, an Army commander told Ariana News that more than 300 Taliban militants stormed a military outpost in central Farah city on Tuesday night.

He said that the attackers faced resistance by the Afghan forces and suffered heavy casualties.

According to the Army commander, at least 23 Taliban fighters were killed and 44 others injured during the clashes between the militants and Afghan soldiers.

He added that dead bodies of the Taliban militants were left in the battlefield and dozens of their weapons were also seized by the Afghan forces.

Meanwhile, the army commander said that the Afghan forces have also seized a remotely operated bomb disposal robot belongs to the Taliban militants during another clash with the group.

The Taliban has not made a comment regarding the incident so far.

Farah is among relatively restive provinces in western Afghanistan, where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in its number of remote districts.

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U.S. Embassy Alerts of Possible Terror Attacks in Kabul https://ariananews.af/u-s-embassy-alerts-of-possible-terror-attacks-in-kabul/ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:29:25 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=302652

The U.S. embassy in Kabul warns of possible complex attacks on the Afghan and foreign government offices in the capital Kabul on Nowroz holiday that will be observed on March 21.

According to a statement released on Monday, the U.S. says the militants continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Kabul, including Afghan, U.S., and other foreign government offices and facilities.

“Insurgents have threatened other facilities around the country where foreign citizens may gather, including Jalalabad Airport in Nangarhar province, schools, hotels, and housing compounds,” the statement adds.

“There also may be demonstrations and large gatherings, and celebratory gunfire,” the statement notes.

The statement further alerts U.S. citizens to avoid visiting these areas and advises its citizens to take the following actions during the Nowroz holiday:

  • Avoid large crowds.
  • Consult with security providers at your location.
  • Review your personal security plans and carry a fully charged communication device.
  • Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and local security developments.
  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.

Last year during the New Year festival “Nawroz” a suicide bombing killed at least 31 people and wounded 65 others.

The Daesh insurgent group claimed the bombing.

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Afghan Forces Who Entered Turkmenistan Soil Due to Heavy Clashes Returned Home: MoD https://ariananews.af/afghan-forces-who-entered-turkmenistan-soil-due-to-heavy-clashes-returned-home-mod/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:16:14 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=302526

Fifty-eight Afghan Border Force members who entered Turkmenistan territory due to heavy clashes against militants in northern Badghis province have returned home, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The statement said that the forces have returned through Torkhundi port in north, adding that they are back on duty.

The statement added that the forces had entered Turkmenistan soil after being attacked by the militants in Bala Murghab district in Badghis province. 

According to the statement, 58 more of the forces have been captured by the insurgents. 

The clearance operation is underway against the insurgents in the district, the statement noted. 

Separately, the Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement thanked and appreciated Turkmenistan for supporting and providing facilities to those border forces who fled the war and sought refuge in its territory. 

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Nangarhar Blast Kills One, Wounds Five Others https://ariananews.af/nangarhar-blast-kills-one-wounds-five-others/ Sun, 17 Mar 2019 08:01:48 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=302330

A civilian was killed and five others were wounded in an explosion in eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday morning, a local official said.

The provincial governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Ariana News that the explosion took place at Wazir area in Khogyani district of the province.

According to the official, an 8 years old child was killed and one civilian among four local police wounded after a planted explosive blasted off in the area.

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

Nangarhar is among relatively restive provinces of Afghanistan where the Taliban and Daesh insurgents are actively operating in its number of remote districts.

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U.S., Taliban Make ‘Meaningful’ Progress in Fifth Round of Talks in Doha https://ariananews.af/u-s-taliban-make-meaningful-progress-in-fifth-round-of-talks-in-doha/ Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:37:54 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=301836

Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. State Department Robert Palladino has said the U.S. and Taliban representatives have had ‘meaningful” progress in the fifth round of peace talks in Qatar which ended on Tuesday.

“These have been the most substantive talks with the Taliban to date,” Palladino told reporters on Tuesday.

He stressed that the Taliban have agreed that peace will require both sides to fully address four “core” issues including counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive cease-fire.

 “When that agreement, in draft, is finalized, the Taliban and an inclusive Afghan negotiating team that includes the Afghan Government and other Afghans will begin intra-Afghan negotiations of a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire,” Palladino said.

It comes as the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said that he was returning for consultations with partners after wrapping up the U.S. longest round of consecutive peace talks with Taliban in Doha.

He said they have “agreed in draft” on the issues of counter-terrorism assurances and troop pullout from Afghanistan.

“My next step is discussions in Washington and consultations with other partners. We will meet again soon, and there is no final agreement until everything is agreed,” Khalilzad tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Taliban in a statement on Tuesday also confirmed that the sides agreed in a draft regarding the two issues.

“Both sides will deliberate over the achieved progress, share it with their respective leaderships and prepare for the upcoming meeting, the date of which shall be set by both negotiation teams,” the statement said.

Around 14,000 U.S. troops are based in Afghanistan as part of a U.S.-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces, while many Afghans are concerned of abrupt U.S. pullout from the war-torn country, following the peace talks.

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Taliban Commanders Arrested in Laghman Operation https://ariananews.af/taliban-commanders-arrested-in-laghman-operation/ Wed, 13 Mar 2019 06:13:59 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=301778

Two Taliban key commanders were detained during an operation conducted by Afghan security forces in eastern Laghman province, a local official said on Wednesday.

Asadullah Dawlatzai a spokesman for Laghman Police told Ariana News that the Afghan forces launched an operation on Tuesday night in Qargayi district of the province.

According to Dawlatzai, two key commanders of the Taliban militants were arrested during the military raids.

The Taliban commanders were identified as Mullah Hassan and Sardar Wali, Dawlatzai said.

The Taliban has not made a comment about the incident yet.

Laghman is among the insecure provinces in eastern Afghanistan, where the Taliban insurgents operate in a number of its districts.

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Eight Taliban Militants Killed in Farah Operation https://ariananews.af/eight-taliban-militants-killed-in-farah-operation/ Sun, 10 Mar 2019 06:41:56 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=301357

At least eight Taliban militants were killed and three others wounded in an operation conducted by Afghan Forces in western Farah province, a local official said on Sunday.

Hashmatullah Ahmadi a spokesman for Afghan Army told Ariana News that Afghan forces have launched a clearance operation in central Farah city of the province.

According to Ahmadi, at least eight militants were killed and three others injured in the operation, while a number of villages were also cleared of the Taliban.

He added that two Taliban militants were also arrested as the clearance operation is underway.

Ahmadi said, three Taliban vehicles were destroyed and a number their weapons seized by Afghan Forces.

The Taliban has not made a comment about the incident yet.

Farah is among the insecure provinces in western Afghanistan, where the Taliban militants are active in a number of its districts.

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26 Taliban Militants Killed in Kunduz Operation https://ariananews.af/26-taliban-militants-killed-in-kunduz-operation/ Sat, 09 Mar 2019 07:14:32 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=301204

Afghan Forces on Friday night stormed the Taliban hideouts in northern Kunduz province, killing at least 26 insurgents and wounding 7 others, Afghan Military said.

The 209th Shaheen Corps told Ariana News that the Afghan Army commando conducted a military operation at Taluka area in Kunduz province, where at least 26 Taliban militants were killed and 7 others injured.

According to the Corps, three Taliban fighters were also arrested by the Afghan forces during the military raid.

The sources added that the Taliban hideouts and a number of their weapons were also destroyed during the operation.

In a separate incident, an insurgent has been killed and three others were injured in clashes with the Afghan security forces in Charboluk district of Balkh province.

The Taliban has not made a comment about the incidents, yet.

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Daesh Claims Responsibility for Deadly Attack in Nangarhar: Amaq https://ariananews.af/daesh-claims-responsibility-for-deadly-attack-in-nangarhar-amaq/ Thu, 07 Mar 2019 06:18:39 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=300944

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, in which at least 16 people were killed and 9 others wounded, the militant group’s Amaq news agency said.

Earlier in the day, suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a construction company in the city of Jalalabad, killing at least 16 employees of the company and wounding nine others, a local official said.

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

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Taliban Shadow District Governor among Dozens of Militants Killed in Nangarhar https://ariananews.af/taliban-shadow-district-governor-among-dozens-of-militants-killed-in-nangarhar/ Wed, 06 Mar 2019 08:28:52 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=300854

At least 12 Taliban insurgents including a shadow district governor of the armed group were killed in an operation conducted by Afghan Special Forces in eastern Nangarhar province, a local official said on Wednesday.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Arian News that Afghan Special Forces launched an operation on Tuesday night at Gandomak area in Sherzad district of the province.

According to Khogyani, a Taliban shadow governor for Chaparhar district along with 11 militants was killed during the raid.

 He said the Taliban commander was identified as Shaheen Adil.

Khogyani added that 700 kg hashish and a number of weapons were also destroyed during the military raid.

Separately, the Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in Achin district of Nangarhar, killing 35 Daesh fighters and destroying 7 IEDs, sources said.

The Taliban, however, claimed that all the victims of the incident were civilians including women.

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

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Gunmen Storm a Private Company in Nangarhar https://ariananews.af/gunmen-storm-a-private-company-in-nangarhar/ Wed, 06 Mar 2019 06:39:12 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=300847

A group of armed gunmen attacked a private company in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday morning, a local official said.

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar governor told Ariana News that gunmen stormed a construction private company close the airport in the provincial capital Nangarhar City, killing at least 16 employees of the company and wounding nine others.

Khogyani said two attackers detonated the explosives and five others were killed during clashes with the Afghan security forces.

According to the official, additional forces have been deployed and the clearance operation is underway in the area. 

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

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Dozens of Afghan Forces Killed, Wounded in Helmand Military Base Attack https://ariananews.af/dozens-of-afghan-forces-killed-wounded-in-helmand-military-base-attack/ Sat, 02 Mar 2019 14:31:38 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=300349

Dozens of the Afghan security forces were killed and wounded after the Taliban attacked a large military base in the southern province of Helmand on Friday morning.  

A group of at least 20 militants in military uniform assaulted 215th Maiwand Corps in Camp Shurab in Washeer district of the province on Friday morning from different directions.

The provincial governor Yasin Khan said that 20 insurgents including suicide bombers were killed in the attack.

He stressed that the attackers had come from Pakistan.

At least 22 Afghan soldiers were also killed and 16 others wounded in the incident, the official said.

However, sources informed Ariana News of a much high number of casualties to the Afghan forces in the incident.

According to the sources, over 40 killed and 50 wounded in this complex attack which lasted for more than 24 hours.

Condemning the attack, Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish said that the enemies want to demolish and weaken the moral of the Afghan Defense and Security forces by launching such terrorist attacks.

He stressed that the enemies will never achieve this goal.

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Afghan Forces’ Convoy Ambushed by Taliban in Sar-e-Pul https://ariananews.af/afghan-forces-convoy-ambushed-by-taliban-in-sar-e-pul/ Fri, 01 Mar 2019 11:24:25 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=300154

A convoy of the Afghan security forces was ambushed by the Taliban militants in the northern province of Sar-e-Pul on Friday morning, leaving at least soldiers killed, local officials said.

The Afghan forces were en route to the provincial capital after finishing a military operation “Walid 38” in Sancharak district of the province when their convoy was targeted by the Taliban militants, a local official said.

According to Sancharak district governor Naqibullah Daqiq, the Taliban suffered heavy casualties in the attack.

At least four Afghan soldiers were also killed in the incident, he added.

Reports suggest a major part of the convoy was still being surrounded by the Taliban.

A member of the Sar–e-Pul provincial council told Ariana News on condition anonymity that the Taliban ambushed the convoy from four directions and that clashes still were underway in the area.

Confirming the attack, the Taliban claimed that three Afghan forces were surrendered to them and that four vehicles, two tanks, and an ambulance were seized in the attack.  

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Attack on Helmand Military Base Ended, At least 20 Assailants Killed https://ariananews.af/attack-on-helmand-military-base-ended-at-least-20-assailants-killed/ Fri, 01 Mar 2019 10:55:47 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=300152

A group of militants stormed a military base in the southern Helmand province early on Friday morning, officials said. 

Abdul Hadi Tareen, commander of 215th  Maiwand Corps said that the insurgents carried out the attack on Maiwand Corps inside Camp Shorab in the province today at around  02:00 am.

The provincial governor’s media office in a statement, meanwhile, said that the attack was ended at 07:20 pm. 

According to the statement, at least 20 assailants were killed in the attack. Five Afghan security forces were also dead and 12 others wounded in the incident. 

However, sources told Ariana News at least 35 people were killed in the attack. 

The Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack, claiming that it has killed dozens of American and Afghan forces in the incident. 

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Sixteen Taliban Militants Killed or Wounded in Farah Clashes https://ariananews.af/sixteen-taliban-militants-killed-or-wounded-in-farah-clashes/ Wed, 27 Feb 2019 08:28:23 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=299889

At least five Taliban insurgents were killed and 11 others wounded during clashes with the Afghan security forces in Farah province, a local official said on Wednesday.

Muhibullah Muhib, a spokesman for Farah police told Ariana News that the Taliban militants attacked a security check post at Dahak area in central Farah on Tuesday night.

According to Muhib, at least two Taliban militants were killed and 7 others injured in the clashes with security forces.

Meanwhile, the insurgents also stormed a military convoy at Farah rod area in Bala Bulok district of the province, where at least 3 militants were killed and 4 others wounded, he said.

The Taliban has not made a comment about the incidents yet.

Farah is among the insecure provinces in western Afghanistan, where the Taliban insurgents operate in a number of its district.

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Taliban Commanders Among 12 Militants Killed in Baghlan, Faryab Provinces https://ariananews.af/taliban-commanders-among-12-militants-killed-in-baghlan-faryab-provinces/ Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:04:30 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=298891

At least 12 Taliban militants were killed and 4 others injured in clashes with the Afghan security forces in northern Baghlan and Faryab provinces, the Afghan Military said on Wednesday.

Mohammad Hanif Rezaie a spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Corps told Ariana News that the Afghan security forces conducted ground and air operations in Baghlan and Faryab provinces.

A Taliban local commander along with 9 insurgents were killed and 4 others wounded in the airstrikes launched by Afghan forces in Garzivan district of Faryab province, Rezaie said.

According to Rezaie during the military raids three hideouts of the Taliban militants and a number of their weapons were also destroyed.

 He added that another Taliban local commander along with a militant was killed during clashes with the security forces in Baghlan-i-Markazi District of Baghlan province.

Faryab and Baghlan are among the insecure provinces in northern Afghanistan, where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in a number of their districts.

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