Herat – Ariana News https://ariananews.af Bringing Afghan News to the World Tue, 11 Feb 2020 05:59:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Over 170 Taliban fighters surrender https://ariananews.af/over-170-taliban-fighters-surrender/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 05:59:33 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=377819 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.

Only one transit cargo arrived through Lapis Lazuli Route https://ariananews.af/only-one-transit-cargo-arrived-through-lapis-lazuli-route/ Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:45:46 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=375373 It has been a year since the Lapis Lazuli Route has been inaugurated, but only one transit cargo has arrived from Afghanistan to Turkey.

The private sector wants the government to provide facilities along the route.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industries promises to help solve problems related to the Lapis Lazuli Route.

The Lapis Lazuli route has been inaugurated last year in December in Herat. This route connects Afghanistan to turkey through Turkmenistan and then to Europe.

The businessmen say that since the inauguration, only one transit cargo has been sent to Turkey. They want the government to provide further facilities along the route.

More than 20 Taliban militants killed – Herat https://ariananews.af/more-than-20-taliban-militants-killed-herat/ Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:59:48 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=375358 At least 20 of the Taliban armed men were killed and others were wounded as a result of the artillery and aerial attacks conducted by the Afghan Security Forces in Chasht and Koh-e Zoor districts of Herat province.

One of the strikes in Koh-e Zoor district a prominent Taliban commander, Aqa Fazil Ahmad known as “Gorg – the wolf” and 15 of his men, in Oghcha village.

In the airstrikes in Chasht Sharif district, 5 fighters of Mullah Abdul Rahman Maldar were also killed.

Taliban have suffered severe damages as a result of the strikes.

This comes as 10 days ago, Mullah Nangialai and 16 of his men were killed in airstrikes in Shindand, Herat.

Not so long before, the Ministry of Defense announced that intense winter operations, both aerial and strikes at night, will be conducted all over the country.

Quick Reaction Force airstrikes cause heavy casualties to Taliban and civilians – Herat https://ariananews.af/quick-reaction-force-airstrikes-cause-heavy-casualties-to-taliban-and-civilians-herat/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 15:39:47 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=374103 The airstrikes in Shindand district of Herat on Wednesday left 60 civilian casualties killing Mullah Nangialai, a commander of a fractured branch of the Taliban.

Toryalai Taheri, the deputy head of Herat Provincial Council, told Ariana News that as a result of the drone airstrike by the Quick Reaction Force in Shindand district, Mullah Nangialai and 15 of his bodyguards were killed.

He underlined that the airstrike was conducted Wednesday in Shindand district of Herat Province killed and wounded 60 civilians. The local government and Herat Police remained silent while the head of Herat Ambulance Services, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammadi said that only nine victims including were transferred to the central hospital.

Mullah Nangialai was the leader of a fractured branch of the Taliban in Shindand district who was cooperating with the government. Political experts in Herat indicated that the death of Mullah Nangialai who was a prominent rival of Mullah Samad was related to the recent tensions between Iran and the USA.

The USA has frequently accused Iran of supporting the Taliban in the west of Afghanistan.

In the meantime, the Afghan Ministry of Defense announced in a statement that they will investigate the reports on the casualties of the incident.

Herat Bomb Blast Injures 10 Including Three Children https://ariananews.af/herat-bomb-blast-injures-10-including-three-children/ Sun, 17 Nov 2019 13:53:13 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=343427 At least 10 people including three children wounded after a magnetic bomb went off in western Herat province late on Sunday afternoon, an official said.

The sticky bomb was attached to the vehicle of traffic police near the Money Exchanger’s market in the city.

The blast happened at around 4:30 on Sunday afternoon.

Immediately, the provincial police spokesman, Abdul Ahad Walizada, confirmed the incident but said it had no casualties.

However, Arif Jalali, Chief Physician at Herat Regional Hospital said that nine wounded people have been taken to the hospital so far.

He said the health condition of two victims including a child were critical.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Clashes Over Picking Saffron Flowers Leave Two People Dead https://ariananews.af/clashes-over-picking-saffron-flowers-leave-two-people-dead/ Mon, 04 Nov 2019 11:47:12 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=341402

Two people have been killed in an armed clash over picking the saffron harvest in west of Afghanistan.

The incident took place on Monday in a village in the Ghourian district of Herat province.

District Governor Farhad Khademi told Ariana News that two people were killed and another was wounded after the two sides engaged in armed clashes in a saffron field.

A tribal elder is also among the dead, the Governor Khademi said.

Arif Jalali, a chief physician in Herat Regional Hospital, said their emergency department have received a patient who was wounded in the incident.

Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world, and has long been seen as an alternative crop to growing opium poppies.

Gunmen Assassinate Two Policemen in Herat https://ariananews.af/gunmen-assassinate-two-policemen-in-herat/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:23:17 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=338561 Unknown gunmen shot dead two policemen in western Herat province early this morning, a security official said on Thursday.

A security official told Ariana News that the two policemen were shot dead when they were going to work.

Eyewitnesses said the two attackers managed to escape from the area after the incident.

Family members and relatives of the victims took their dead bodies in front of Herat governor’s office later today, demanding justice.

Recently Targeted attacks against members of Afghan forces and government employees have increased in the capital Kabul and provinces across the country.

14 Taliban Fighters Killed in Herat Clashes https://ariananews.af/14-taliban-fighters-killed-in-herat-clashes/ Wed, 02 Oct 2019 09:10:50 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=336276 At least 14 Taliban militants were killed in clashes with Afghan forces in Chisht and Farsi districts of Herat province, local officials confirmed to Ariana News.

According to Herat provincial spokesman Jilani Farhard, a key Taliban commander along with his five fighters were killed in an air strike in Chisht district of the province.

In a separate incident, the Taliban fighters attacked Farsi district late on Tuesday night.

Local residents confirmed the attack adding that the insurgent group had captured parts of the district, killing at least five policemen.

However, Mr. Jilani said that the Taliban attack was repelled and at least 8 insurgents were killed in the clashes.

Moreover, he rejected the casualty of Afghan forces.

The Taliban militant group claimed that  at least 5 policemen were killed and 6 others wounded in their attack on the district.

Abdullah Holds Campaign Rally in Herat https://ariananews.af/abdullah-holds-campaign-rally-in-herat/ Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:15:07 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=335185 Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah held a huge campaign rally in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The majority of parliamentarians representing Herat province in the National Assembly announced their support from Mr. Abdullah’s electoral team.

Speaking to his supporters, Abdullah emphasized on free and transparent elections.

He claimed that his “Stability and Partnership” electoral team will win the election because it has a huge support of the people of Afghanistan.

Abdullah emphasized that specific circles within the presidential palace are seeking to engineer the election on their own favor.

“Government officials were busy in campaigns until last Friday. This is a lesson for them. When people believes to specific values, you cannot get their vote by pressures, threats, bribe or fake promises,” he said.

However, he warned to stand firmly against any attempt of fraud in the upcoming elections which is due in a couple of days.

He claimed Farah’s Pur Chaman was intentionally handed to the Taliban militants because his rival team knew that the people of the area used to vote for his ticket in elections.

Meanwhile, eight lawmakers and a number of influential figures who announced their support from Mr. Abdullah called for holding of a free and fair elections in the country.

Ghulam Farooq Majrooh, an MP from Herat province said they support Mr. Abdullah in order to “bring changes in the security sector, justice sector and create employment opportunities and brotherhood” in the country.

Sayed Azim Kebrzani, another MP from the province encouraged people to cast their votes for the victory of Stability and Partnership electoral team.

This comes as the Afghan presidential election is set to be held in another three days across the country despite security challenges.

Herat Police Recused Three Abducted Men https://ariananews.af/herat-police-recused-three-abducted-men/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:35:50 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=330427 Police rescued three abducted men from kidnappers in Herat, the interior ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the men were rescued during two separate operations.

In the first incident, police conducted an operation in Karokh district of Herat to rescue an abducted individual. At the end of the operation, police arrested the abductor along with an AK-47 rifle.

At the same time, police rescued two abducted men in Zawal district of Herat this morning. The abductors used to hide the men inside a well, the statement said.

Kidnapping for ransom has become more frequent in Afghanistan in recent years. Locals of all income levels are most often the targets. Herat is a province that kidnapping for ransom is big trouble for its residents.

Roadside Bomb Blast Kills District Governor in Herat https://ariananews.af/roadside-bomb-blast-kills-district-governor-in-herat/ Sat, 03 Aug 2019 10:21:54 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=326736

Shukrullah Shakir, the district governor of Zinda Jan was killed in a roadside bomb blast in western Herat province on Saturday, police confirmed.

The incident has taken place at Taraka area of Zinda Jan district at around 12:30 pm on Saturday.

Farzad Frotan a spokesman for Herat police told Ariana News that a vehicle carrying the district governor hit a roadside mine after they were tracing a number of armed men who had opened fire on their vehicle on Herat-Ghoryan highway.

As a result, two people including Shakir and his brother was killed and five of his bodyguards were wounded, Frotan said.

According to him, all the injured people have been taken to a military base for treatment.  

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

38 Militants Including Taliban’s Red Unit Commander Killed in Herat https://ariananews.af/38-militants-including-talibans-red-unit-commander-killed-in-herat/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 11:49:50 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=322626 38 militants including Taliban’s red unit commander have been killed in air and ground operations conducted by Afghan security forces in Pashtoon Zarghoon district of Herat province, an official said on Thursday.

Provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad said that the dead body of Safiullah Chapat, a famous Taliban commander, was also found among the dead fighters.

In addition, Taliban’s designated governor for Herat Abdul Aziz Ansar was also injured along with five militants in the operation, Mr. Farhad added.

He further said that the operation was launched in Pashtoon Zarghoon and Oba districts four days ago and it is still continuing.

According to Mr. Farhad, the governor of Herat Abdul Qayoom Rahimi is commanding the operation.

Taliban has not made a comment about the report yet.

Key Taliban Members Killed in Airstrikes in West of Afghanistan https://ariananews.af/key-taliban-members-killed-in-airstrikes-in-west-of-afghanistan/ Thu, 04 Jul 2019 11:40:09 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=321363 A key Taliban commander along with five of his militants were killed in an airstrike conducted by the NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in western Herat province.

Jailani Farhad, the provincial governor spokesman said Mullah Fazel Ahmad also known as Hujrat was killed in Ali Abad village of Zairkoh district in an air strike carried out by the foreign forces.

According to Mr. Farhad, the Taliban commander was involved in attacks over security checkpoints, kidnapping, and other crimes in western Herat province.

In a separate incident, Afghan Air Forces (AAF) killed two key members of the Taliban insurgent group in Pushtroad district of Farah province on Thursday.

Farah police spokesman, Mohibullah Mohib said that the airstrike was carried out over the vehicle of Mullah Zalmay and Mullah Hijrat in Gosha village of Pushtroad district.

The Taliban insurgent group has not made a comment about these reports yet.

4 Killed, 3 Injured in Herat Traffic Accident https://ariananews.af/4-killed-3-injured-in-herat-traffic-accident/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 13:22:36 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=319286 At least four people including women were killed and three others wounded in a traffic accident in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Sunday, a local official said.

The incident happened after a small vehicle collided with a truck in Herat-Islam Qala highway.

An official in Herat central hospital said that the wounded victims were under their treatment.

The health condition of the wounded people said to be stable.

According to the Herat central hospital, they receive at least one thousand patients of traffic accidents every month.

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.

US Airstrike Kills Taliban Shadow District Chief in Herat https://ariananews.af/us-airstrike-kills-taliban-shadow-district-chief-in-herat/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 10:25:59 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=319207 A famous Taliban commander has been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Shindand district of Herat province, police said in a statement on Sunday.

According to the statement, Resolute Support carried out airstrikes in Aziz Abad area of Shindand district and as a result, the Taliban’s shadow governor for Angel district was killed.

The Individual was identified as Mullah Awaz also known as Ghazi Awaz.

Mullah Awaz was involved in insecurities in western Herat province, the statement added.

Meanwhile, Taliban fighters have attacked a security outpost in Guzara district of Herat on Saturday mid-night, killing three Afghan soldiers.

A security source told Ariana News that the incident occurred in Ziaratjah village of Guzara district.

He added that casualties have been inflicted to the Taliban militants as well.

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

Gunfight Between Herat PC Members Injures Two https://ariananews.af/gunfight-between-herat-pc-members-injures-two/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:46:10 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=317538 At least two people have been slightly injured after clashes erupted between the provincial council members of Herat province in the west of Afghanistan.

On Saturday, verbal clashes between members of Herat provincial council turned violent and they engaged in physical clashes.

Their bodyguards opened fires in the air for several minutes to threaten each other until the Afghan security forces surrounded the area.

All routes ending to the building of Herat provincial council was cordoned off by police and local officials mediated to end the tension.

Members of the Council called on the law enforcement units to investigate the issue.

“This issue must be investigated. We are tasked to help people for their security and well-being,” said Ghulam Habib Hashimi, a member of the Council.

“We are calling on the President to pay attention to Herat tension. Unfortunately, we cannot tolerate the situation anymore,” said Mohammad Sardar Bahaduri, another member of the Council.

“We have complained several times to all senior government officials but no action has been taken,” said Dr. Noor Ahmad Haidari, a member of the Council.

However, Kamran Alizai, the Head of Herat Provincial Council who was himself engaged in the verbal and physical clashes with other members said that the issue was a misunderstanding.

“It was a misunderstanding. We respect all members of the Council. Probably, their guards have opened fire due to fear but there was no firing from our side,” Alizai said.

In 2017, Alizai was sentenced to eight months in jail over the misuse of authority. He was accused of entering forcefully along with 20 of his armed supporters into the Herat attorney office and freeing a convict under investigation.

Nine Killed as Truck Overturns in Herat https://ariananews.af/nine-killed-as-truck-overturns-in-herat/ Sat, 18 May 2019 11:27:37 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=312496 At least nine people killed and 15 others wounded in a traffic accident in western Herat province on Saturday, an official said.

Provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad said the incident took place in Gardana Nakhut Sya area, in Farsi district of the province, when a truck overturned.

He added that all victims were taken to the medical centers in Shindand district of the province.

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.

Five Killed, 20 Wounded in Herat Explosion https://ariananews.af/five-killed-20-wounded-in-herat-explosion/ Sat, 18 May 2019 07:16:03 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=312451 At least five people were killed and 20 others wounded in an explosion in Awba district of western Herat province, local officials confirmed.

Jelani Farhad a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that the incident has taken place at Bazar area in Awba district of Herat at around 8:30 am on Saturday.

According to him, an explosive-loaded motorbike blasted off at the area.

Meanwhile, Abdul Hakim Tamana the provincial public health director said at least five kids were killed and 20 others including the district governor for Awba were injured in the incident.

He added that all the victims were transferred to the local hospitals.

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

Top US Commander, Afghan Security Officials Visit Herat Province https://ariananews.af/top-us-commander-afghan-security-officials-visit-herat-province/ Tue, 14 May 2019 10:23:57 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=311771

Top Afghan security officials and commander of the Resolute Support Mission General Austin Scott Millar visited Herat province on Tuesday to review the security situation of the western provinces.

The Afghan delegation included Deputy Defense Minister Lt. General Mohammad Yasin Zia, Deputy Interior Minister for Security Brigadier Gen. Khushal Sadat, Deputy Intelligence Chief Major Gen. Ebadullah Ebadi.

Provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad said the delegation held a security meeting with the governor of Herat Abdul Qayoum Rahimi, and provincial police chief Aminullah Amarkhail.

General Millar has said that U.S. forces are making sure not to cause any civilian casualties.

He added that the U.S. is committed to peace in Afghanistan and also it remains committed to supporting the Afghans in the fight.

“I hear the Afghan people saying it’s time for peace. Unfortunately, as we work toward peace there is still fighting. And there are far too many Afghans losing their lives as a result of this fighting, Millar said.

At the same time, General Zia has told that Herat will be a role model for the rest of the country.

“We need to go after the enemy. We are an offensive, mobile force,” Zia said,” The enemy will not sleep well. We will go after them.”

“We will go straight at the enemy. They have weapons, we have weapons. The Taliban will be hit anywhere they will face us,” said Asif Rahimi, the Governor of Herat.

Last week, top Afghan officials and commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan visited Faryab province where General Millar said the operations against the insurgent groups will continue.

U.S. Service Member Killed in Small Arms Fire https://ariananews.af/u-s-service-member-killed-in-small-arms-fire/ Wed, 23 Jan 2019 06:44:39 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=294510

A U.S. Service member has been killed in Afghanistan in “enemy small arms fire,” the NATO’s Resolute Support (RS) mission confirmed in a statement.

“In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete. We will share additional information as appropriate,” the statement said.

According to the statement, the incident is under investigation.

This is the second U.S. soldier killed in action in Afghanistan this year.