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Masoud Andarabi Appointed as Acting Interior Minister

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(Last Updated On: February 11, 2019)

Former NDS official Massoud Andarabi has been appointed as acting interior minister, a government source confirmed to Ariana News Monday.

Andarabi previously served as acting head and deputy of the National Directorate of Security.

His appointment comes after Amrullah Saleh resigned as acting interior minister last month.

Salehi served in the position for 27 days and stepped down after being picked by President Ghani in his ticket as his First Vice President for July presidential elections.

Following Saleh’s resignation, President Ghani had asked his National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib to take charge of the Interior Ministry until new minister being introduced.

The appointment of Andarabi also comes a week after three top interior ministry officials have been removed from their posts including first deputy interior minister Janan Barakzai, deputy interior minister for security affairs Akhtar Ibrahimi and director of counter-terrorism department Najib Aman. They were replaced with fresh faces.

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Armored vehicle targeted in IED explosion in Kabul

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(Last Updated On: January 25, 2021)

An armored Land Cruiser was targeted in an early morning IED explosion in Kabul’s PD4 area in yet another targeted attack.

This time there were no casualties reported, police confirmed.

The incident happened at around 7.35am in Parwan-e-Do area of Kabul. However it is not known who the intended target was.

This comes just a day after a senior official of De Afghanistan Bank, (the Central Bank) was targeted in an IED explosion in Kabul.

The bank said in a statement that Abdullah Dawrani, the head of the Financial Dispute Resolution Commission, was the target in an IED explosion at around 8.15 am on Sunday morning.

According to the statement, Dawrani was wounded and his bodyguard was killed in the blast.

The bank stated that another person was also injured in the explosion, which occurred in the Shah Shaheed area of PD8 of the city but did not reveal the person’s identity.

No group has claimed responsibility for either of the attacks.

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Talks team members meet with Indonesian Ulema leader

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(Last Updated On: January 25, 2021)

Masoom Stanekzai, Chairman of the Afghan Republic’s negotiating team, along with the Minister of State for Peace and members of the negotiating team, met with Jusuf Kalla, Chairman of Muhammadiyah Ulema Organization and former vice president of Indonesia and his accompanying delegation in Doha on Sunday.

At the meeting, Kalla said the continuation of violence in an Islamic society calls into question the peace process.

He added that the two negotiating parties are expected to provide peace and security through a ceasefire and constructive negotiations.

Welcoming Kalla’s remarks, Stanekzai said that providing a ceasefire and effective negotiations are among the priorities of the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Stanekzai praised Indonesia ‘s constructive role in the peace talks and called for continued co – operation in supporting the Afghan peace process.

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China and Tajikistan increase military presence along Afghan border

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China and Tajikistan have increased the number of border troops and outposts along their borders with Afghanistan, security forces confirmed.

An Ariana News reporter also reported having seen the increase in military presence after flying over the area in a helicopter.

According to border guards in Badakhshan, the two neighboring countries have ramped up their military presence in case the Daesh threat increases should a peace deal be sealed with the Taliban.

An Ariana News reporter visited both the Chinese and the Tajik border areas and said Afghan border forces were not well equipped nor were they structured properly.

During the reporter’s visit to Wakhan, in Badakhshan and the border points with China and Tajikistan, he saw from the army helicopter that Tajikistan had increased the number of its checkpoints on the border with Afghanistan. This was also confirmed by security sources.

“We become disappointed when we see Chinese and Tajik soldiers, because they are very well equipped,” Osama Wardoji, a Badakhshan border force member said.

China meanwhile has called for a joint mountain unit with Afghanistan. However, after Washington disapproved, this plan failed to materialize, security sources said.

The governor of Badakhshan meanwhile has said he is concerned about the large number of foreign fighters, especially Tajikistan’s Ansarullah group members, in Badakhshan.

“Foreign fighters like Ansarullah are present in parts of Badakhshan and they are involved in smuggling [minerals from] mines. This is a big threat,” said Zakaria Sawda, the provincial governor.

China, Tajikistan and Afghanistan currently have a joint 150-strong Chinese-backed force on the border working together to coordinate border threats.

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