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Deputy RS chief visits Afghan officers training academy

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(Last Updated On: March 14, 2021)

Deputy Commander of the NATO Mission in Afghanistan Resolute Support (RS) Italian Army Corps General Nicola Zanelli on Sunday visited the Afghan National Army Officers Academy (ANAOA) on the occasion of the final exercise of the eighteenth Officers Cadets of Commissioning Course.

ANAOA is an academic institution that has achieved full independence after benefiting in the past from the support of the military advisors of the United Kingdom (leading nation), Austria, Denmark, New Zealand and Turkey engaged in RS mission.

Founded in 2012 as a bilateral project between the UK and Afghanistan, it has trained over 5,000 cadets to date.

Accompanied by British Army Brigadier General Jonathan Timmis , RS Chief Mentor for ANAOA, General Zanelli met the Commander of the Unified Training Doctrine Education Command (UTDEC) General Mohammed Nazim Peyenda , the Commander of the “Marshal Fahim” National Defense University General Esanullah Hazim Sapi , and ANAOA Commander Colonel Mohammed Essa Ehsan .

Addressing cadets at the end of the exercise, Zanelli expressed his admiration for the skills and professionalism shown.

“Proper command action,” he said, “constitutes a solid foundation for a credible and effective institution like the ANA, the backbone of the country.”

He added that investing in training and leadership is essential to improve the functionality and self-sustaining capacity of the Afghan security forces.

The drill saw 316 ANA cadets, including 16 women, engaged in a simulated attack conducted by three company-level units. Next April, the cadets will be promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant and assigned to the operational departments of the ANA.

Students are selected from among military graduates from the ANA, based on an assessment of their leadership ability, ethnicity (to ensure that all are represented) and region of origin.

Their training process lasts one year and is divided into three modules (junior, intermediate, senior) lasting 16 weeks each, on the model of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (UK).

The Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) have achieved independence in conducting ground operations and 95% of air operations.

Approximately 9,500 NATO military personnel are involved in training, advising and assisting the ANDSF within the RS mission.

The Italian Armed Forces contribute to the mission with over 800 men and women, employed in Herat, driving the Train, Advise and Assist Command West, and Kabul.

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Bayat Foundation steps in to help at-risk families in Maidan Wardak province

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Bayat Foundation officials said Friday they have sent in a huge consignment of food aid to Maidan Wardak province to help hundreds of needy families.

According to officials, the aid includes flour, rice and oil, which they have started distributing to deserving families in the province.

“In continuation of the Bayat Foundation aid campaign, which sees us distribute aid every winter, today we had a program in Maidan Wardak province to distribute to deserving people. The aid included flour, rice and oil. The aid will be distributed in other provinces also,” said Haji Mohammad Ismail, deputy head of Bayat Foundation.

Recipients of the food parcels welcomed the initiative and called on other charity organizations to help families in need.

“This winter, many people are in need [of aid]; they assisted us, we are grateful. We want them to help us again [in the future],” said one Maidan Wardak recipient.

“Our people are in need. No one has helped them so far. We are grateful to Bayat Foundation that helped us during this difficult time,” said another recipient.

“We are very grateful, because they helped us. We want them to continue their aid so we can survive this difficult situation,” said another resident of Wardak.

Each year, Bayat Foundation carries out a winter campaign, providing needy people with food. This winter, however, the foundation has ramped up efforts to reach as many Afghans as possible across the country amid the ongoing economic crisis.

Already thousands of desperate families have received food parcels from Bayat Foundation in over a dozen provinces in the country.

Food parcels are given to only the most at-risk families who are identified through a comprehensive assessment carried out by the foundation once an area has been earmarked for distribution.

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IEA warns media against publishing rumors

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

The intelligence department of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) government said Thursday that media outlets should not spread false news and baseless rumors.

“A number of figures want to insult Islamic values so that they can achieve western citizenship,” the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) tweeted.

According to the GDI, these individuals have made untrue statements about the IEA which some media have reported on.

The country’s media, in accordance with the principles of journalism, should strictly refrain from publishing false news and baseless rumors, GDI tweeted.

The intelligence department has pointed out that insulting religious sanctities and rituals is not acceptable to the people.

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Biden defiantly defends Afghanistan exit, makes ‘no apologies’

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U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday firmly defended the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he makes no apologies.

Addressing a press conference, Biden said: “I make no apologies for what I did.”

His administration drew criticism for the way troops were withdrawn and the sudden collapse of the previous government.

Biden suggested Wednesday there was nothing else that could have been done to bolster Afghan allies.

“Raise your hand if you think anyone was going to be able to unify Afghanistan under one single government,” he said.

“It’s been the graveyard of empires for a solid reason. It is not susceptible to unity.”

He also suggested it was not the responsibility of the U.S. to fix Afghanistan’s challenges, The Week reported.

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