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More Than 500 Soldiers Killed During Last Month: MoD

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(Last Updated On: September 23, 2018)

More than five hundred Afghan National Army forces were killed and more than 700 others were wounded in the clashes with the opposition groups during the last month in the country, the defense minister told Senators at the Upper House.

“At least 21 operations were conducted during the last month in the country. The casualties of enemies were 2270 killed, 1224 wounded and 44 detainees. Unfortunately, we also had a heavy blow that we lost 513 national army forces and 718 others were wounded during the clashes,” Tariq Shah Bahrami, the Defense Minister said.

In the meantime, the Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak briefed Senators that the neighboring countries are opposed to the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the U.S. and mobilized more terrorist groups to insecure Afghanistan.

“The security pact with the U.S. caused the increase of enemies’ movements. The security pact is not in their interests and due to that they increased their interventions in Afghanistan affairs,” Barmak added.

The Senators, meanwhile, criticized the security situation of the country, saying the war strategy should be changed against terrorist groups.

“The war intensifies in most of the provinces. The oppositions captured most parts of the country and our military forces are killed day by day,” Muhammad Hashem Alkozay, head of internal security commission of Senate asserted.

Senator Zalmay Zabuli also said, “Security officials have been failed and Afghanistan is in a bad situation. You should tell the truths why the security agreement with the U.S. has not implemented.”

The senior security officials were summoned to the Upper House over the increase of insecurity and rise of military casualties.

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EU reaffirms commitment to support Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: May 30, 2020)

The EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) has adopted conclusions reaffirming the EU’s political commitment to support the people of Afghanistan on their path towards peace, security, stability, democracy, prosperity, and self-reliance.

The council said in a statement that the EU will condition its future political and financial support to ensure that the republican, democratic, and values-based principles are protected and further promoted. 

“The conclusions also reiterate the EU’s support for a negotiated political settlement leading to lasting peace and reconciliation, which must build on the democratic and human rights achievements of the past 19 years,” the statement said.

In its conclusions, the Council calls on the Taliban to build trust and confidence allowing the prompt start of intra-Afghan negotiations based on the sufficient numbers of prisoners already released. 

“The Taliban should respect both the spirit and letter of their bilateral agreement with the government of the United States signed in Doha on 29 February 2020. In this regard, the EU strongly condemns attacks on humanitarian and medical personnel and facilities, including the horrific attack at the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul of 12 May,” the statement noted.

The conclusions stress that the EU stands ready to provide political and financial support for the people of Afghanistan by:

  1. Supporting the Geneva Ministerial Pledging Conference
  2. Strengthening EU assistance for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Using all instruments available in full cooperation and complementarity with the UN, NATO and regional partners, to contribute to the stabilization of the country
  4. Supporting institutional reform and capacity-building, including in the sectors of security and defense, based on the principles of democratic governance and human rights
  5. Assisting with the reintegration of former fighters as well as their families, the victims of conflict and the most vulnerable, including through specialized child protection programs
  6. Promoting regional cooperation, stability, peace, trade and sustainable connectivity in line with “Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU Strategy” as adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council in October 2018
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Police arrest irresponsible armed men, rescue woman – Takhar

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(Last Updated On: May 30, 2020)

Afghan forces have arrested a group of irresponsible armed men in operation in Takhar province, rescuing a woman, police confirmed.

The operation was conducted in Pir Kanda Kaw, Persian name, area in Farkhar district of the province on Friday night.

Khalil Asir, a spokesman for the provincial police told Ariana News that the gang’s head was shot dead in fire exchanges and six members of the bands were detained by police. 

Asir added that a woman – Kabul’s resident – who was abducted by the gang has been rescued.

Meanwhile, Afghan forces have seized a number of weapons and ammo of the group during the raids.

The band was involved in murders, armed robbery, kidnappings, and harassment of people, Police further said.

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ATN employee Sulaiman Yousufi dies of Coronavirus

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

COVID19 took the life of an employee of the Ariana International Television Network.

Sulaiman Yousufi, an employee of Ariana News and Ariana TV, died of coronavirus today.

Mr. Sulaiman Yousufi was infected by the Coronavirus a few days ago and died early today after severe suffering from respiratory troubles.

Yousufi had been working in the transportation department of Ariana TV and Ariana News for over a decade.

He is survived by a son and two daughters.

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