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Nicholson Says Insurgents Will Have Choice to Either Reconcile, Die or Life in Remote Areas

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(Last Updated On: November 10, 2017)

BRUSSELS – General John Nicholson, commander of NATO’s Resolute Support (RS) mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan says the insurgent groups in the country will have a “choice to either reconcile, die or life in the remote areas”.

Speaking with Araina News Nicholson said on Thursday that the U.S.-led RS mission would improve “the offensive capability of the Afghan army” in order to be able to force the Taliban and other insurgent groups into remote areas of the country and retake control of 80 percent of the population.

He said that in order to accomplish this the Afghan government and the alliance need to work together based on a four-year roadmap plan designed by President Ashraf Ghani’s administration.

According to General Nicholson, the roadmap would enhance the capability and size of the Afghan special police units, the commando and the air forces to overcome their enemies.

On combating corruption which exists within the Afghan defense and security institutions, he said “we have a long way to go.”

He emphasized that major corruption exist in the area of personnel and fuel, but they are trying to prevent it by biometrically enrolling every security personnel and by controlling the fuel distribution.

“We are now biometrically enrolling every police officer in the [Afghan] ministry of interior , so that there can be no more fake identities and stealing of pay. We are controlling the fuel distribution inside the ministry of interior much more closely to prevent the diversion of fuel,” he added.

But overall the top U.S. general emphasized on replacement of the current military leadership with what he called “merit-based” selection in overcoming the issue of corruption.

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Ghani orders establishment of new council to empower Afghan women

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President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday signed a decree to establish is High Council for Women aimed at empowering Afghan women.

“President Ashraf Ghani, in accordance with the national constitution, issued a decree to establish the Women’s High Council,” the president’s office said in a statement.

According to the statement, the Council will be led by Ghani and will focus on “women empowerment ensuring women’s rights.”

“The Council will be led by H.E the President and will focus on women empowerment, ensuring women’s rights, increasing coordination with our international partners, and better policy execution,” the statement said.

Based on the decree 26 representatives from different sectors of society will be members of the Council.

“Based on the decree, including the female deputy provincial governors, women advocates, and civil activists, 26 representatives from governmental entities and non-government organizations will be the members of the Council,” read the statement.

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Historical Takhar school gutted in blaze

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The historical Abus Osman Taloqani High School in Takhar province was believed to have been intentionally set on fire on Thursday, local officials confirmed.

Abu Osman Taloqani High School, in the provincial capital Taloqan, was destroyed in the blaze.

Currently about 3,000 students are registered at the education facility.

Footage on social media Thursday showed how chairs, desks, documents, and books inside the building were completely destroyed.

Takhar education officials have not yet commented on the incident and no group or individual has claimed responsibility for setting fire to the school.

The Taliban, however, denied any involvement in the incident, saying that the group had nothing to with the fire at the school which is located close to police and NDS headquarters in Taloqan.

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Kapisa police official killed in Taliban attack

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Taliban militants gunned down an Afghan police official on Thursday in Parwan province, a local official confirmed.

Abdul Shayiq Shurish, a spokesman for Kapisa police told Ariana News that Suliaman, the battalion commander of Kapisa police brigade, was killed by the Taliban at around 9 a.m. Thursday in Sayad village of Parwan.

Meanwhile, a clash broke out between the Afghan forces and the insurgents in Shaker village in the Tagab district of Kapisa at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Shurish said, at least two local army soldiers were killed and another one was wounded in the battle.

Four civilians including women and children were also injured in the clash, he added.

Shurish claimed that the Afghan forces have inflicted casualties on the Taliban, saying that details yet to be determined.

The Taliban yet to comment on the incidents.

It comes as the intra-Afghan talks are expected to start next week in Doha, where the government and the Taliban delegations would negotiate a political settlement for ending the conflict in the war-weary country.

The government negotiating team is expected to negotiate a comprehensive ceasefire in the first round of talks.

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