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Daesh Female Fighters Reportedly Take Up Arms to Fight Afghan Forces in Jawzjan

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(Last Updated On: February 14, 2018)

More than twenty Daesh female fighters are fighting against Afghan security forces in Jawzjan province, the local sources said.

A number of individuals who have recently joined the peace process in Jawzjan claimed that women are also among the Daesh fighters and battle against Afghan forces with heavy and light weapons.

The police chief of Jawzjan, Abdul Hafiz Khashi confirmed the presence of Uzbek, Chechen and Pakistani families among the Daesh fighters in Darzab and Qosh Tapa districts.

Khashi declared about the Daesh women’s activities in training the fighters but rejected their presence in the battle grounds.

A provincial council member, Halima Sadaf has also confirmed the presence of 25 to 30 female fighters in Daesh group who have active role in the group.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of Jawzjan governor, Muhammad Reza Ghafori expressed ignorance over the presence of Daesh female fighters in the battle fields but noted that a few females are activating in the group but not in their operations.

Women traveling to join Islamic State militants are no longer just seeking to become “jihadi brides” but are taking on new roles, on the frontline in logistics and intelligence and as medics, according to military and expert sources.

Female presence in Islamic State’s battles to establish a medieval-style caliphate across the Middle East has been unusual.

But as more foreigners, both male and female, go to join or fight Islamic State, the traditional role of women is being challenged, with reports of women working at hospitals controlled by Islamic State and aiding in logistics.

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Mine blast kills district police chief – Paktia

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2020)

An Afghan security official was killed in a mine blast in Paktia province, local officials confirmed.

Sharif Kaliwal, district governor of Sayid Karam in Paktia, told Ariana News that Homayoun Himat police commander for Sayid Karam was killed in a mine blast on Tuesday.

Himat’s vehicle hit a roadside mine in the district while he was on his way to supply a police outpost that came under attack by the Taliban.

According to Kaliwal, three policemen were also killed and four others wounded in the blast.

The official said that the Afghan forces have also imposed casualties to the Taliban militants but he did not provide further details. The Taliban yet to comment in this regard.

No group or individual including the Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Paktia is among the insecure provinces in the east part of the country where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in a number of its districts.

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Unprecedented growth in watermelon harvest – Farah

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2020)

This year, more than 789,000 tons of watermelon will be harvested in Farah province.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock said that the figure is up 6 percent compared to that of last year.

Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock say that this year’s watermelon harvest in Farah province will be 789,400 metric tons. According to the officials, about 19,000 hectares of land have been cultivated  for watermelon in Farah province this year.

Meanwhile, a number of farmers in Farah province are worried about the lack of markets for the watermelon products.

They say that if there is no market, their products will be wasted.

This comes as a number of farmers in the province say that if the government doesn’t support the marketing of watermelon products in this province, their products will be destroyed this year.

Officials in the Chamber of Commerce and Investment have criticized the government, saying that the Ministry of Commerce should have previously marketed domestic products.

According to them, the government’s negligence will discourage farmers from producing crops.

They say South Asian countries are the best market for watermelon, but claim that Pakistan has blocked the export of the product to a number of countries.

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Dr. Ayaz Niazi killed in mosque explosion – Kabul

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2020)

At least two people – including Mohammad Ayaz Niazi, imam of Wazir Akbar Khan mosque – were killed and three others wounded in a bomb blast inside a mosque in Kabul city, the Interior Ministry confirmed.

Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said that the explosion took place at around 7:25 p.m. in Wazir Akbar Khan mosque while people were gathered for evening prayers.

Mohammad Ayaz Niazi, imam of the mosque also lost his life in the attack, the official added.

All the injured individuals have been taken to hospital.

According to the ministry, police defused another bomb at the attack scene.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Palace condemned the “terror attack,” saying attacks on mosques, hospitals, and other civilian sites are anti-humanitarian act.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

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