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Security Forces Retook Dahan-e-Ghori District after Three Years

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(Last Updated On: October 24, 2019)

Afghan security forces recaptured a key district in northern Baghlan province after three years.

In a statement, the Defense Ministry said Dahan-e-Ghori district was retaken on Wednesday night.

According to the statement, Afghanistan’s national flag was flying over the district’s headquarters.

Defense Ministry said Taliban suffered heavy casualties in the operation to retake the district, but did not provide an exact figure.

The district was a Taliban stronghold for the last three years where the insurgents had a huge presence.

This comes after Afghan security forces launched a major crackdown against Taliban hideouts in the province.

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NATO reiterates commitment to Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

The NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoană has reiterated support to Afghan peace and lasting security in the country.

Geoană attended a teleconference meeting of international donors on Afghanistan, chaired by Hartwig Schafer, the World Bank’s Vice President for the South Asia Region.

The NATO Deputy Secretary-General highlighted the importance of close consultation and coordination amongst different members of the international community with regard to our continued support to Afghanistan.

He restressed that NATO welcomes the decision taken by Afghanistan’s political leaders to resolve their differences and form an inclusive government, as well as the recently held cease-fire over Eid-ul Fitr.

During the meeting, Mircea Geoană said that NATO Allies and partners are firmly committed – through the NATO-led Train/Advise/Assist Resolute Support Mission and with funds – to support ongoing efforts towards lasting peace and long-term security in Afghanistan, NATO said in a statement.

Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, Acting Minister of Finance of Afghanistan, as well as by representatives of NATO Allies and partners, and of other international organizations, including the European Union, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank had also attended the meeting.

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Taliban storm police outpost in Paktia, killing 14

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At least 14 Afghan forces were killed after the Taliban militants stormed a security outpost in Paktia province, the Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement.

The incident has taken place in the Dandaw Patan district of the province on Thursday night.

At least 14 Afghan border police were killed and three others wounded, the MoD said, claiming that the Taliban has broken the ceasefire.

The ministry added that the insurgents suffered heavy casualties as the Afghan forces have pushed back the Taliban.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment about the incident.

It has been the Taliban’s second major attack against the Afghan forces after a 3-day ceasefire was ended on Tuesday midnight. 

On Wednesday, the Taliban fighters attacked a security outpost in Parwan province in which at least seven local army soldiers were killed and two more were wounded.

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Afghanistan Cricket team to play test against Australia

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Australia will host Afghanistan for test series in November as the country is lifting the restrictions.

Afghanistan Cricket Board confirmed (ACB) saying that National Team is scheduled to play a one-off Test match against Australia from 21st to 25th November 2020.

The day-night contest would be the first Test between the countries so far which will be held in Australia’s Perth, the organization said.

The ACB CEO Lutfullah Stanikzai said he is looking forward to the contest and hopes that the match is played if the pandemic of COVID-19 is contained by then. 

“Australia is a strong side in world cricket. However, our team will also be well prepared. The match will provide a great experience to them,” he added. 

It comes as Australia has announced a schedule for its summer games, taking the first steps in resuming international cricket matches.

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