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Security officials step up operations to eliminate terrorist havens

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(Last Updated On: February 8, 2016)

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For years Afghanistan has been poisoned by anger at the presence of virtually terrorists on the country’s soil.

But as security forces move into the ground operation phase of a long-awaited drive to clear militant safe-havens from its eastern, southern and northern parts of the country.

The winter-offensive of Afghan security forces has been launched in northern and southern parts of the country since ten days ago.

“Our operations have been launched in Kunduz, Takhar, Badakhshan, Faryab and Helmand and the winter-offensive will also be launched in eastern part of the country,” said Najibullah Danish, deputy spokesman of the interior ministry.

The national defense ministry also stresses on continuing the military operations for suppressing the insurgents.

“Currently, 11 operations launched in ten provinces of the country. The slow process of operations is because we do not want the civilians to be killed,” said Dawlat Waziri, spokesman of defense ministry.

Eliminating terrorist safe havens has been a central component of government policy.

The issue has recently received renewed attention as the so-called Islamic State acquired significant swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.

However, despite this focus, scholarship and government policy on the issue remain compromised by significant misconceptions.

Correcting these weaknesses requires a new framework for understanding safe havens.

Specifically, recognizing safe havens as diverse entities that are created, perpetuated, and eradicated by people rather than as uniform and naturally occurring areas, is vital.

2015 had been the bloodiest year since 2001, with a sharp increase in civilian and military casualties. This year, Pakistani security forces have also continued regular attacks across the Durand Line in clear violation of Afghan sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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Bayat Foundation in Ghazni to help needy families

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

The Bayat Foundation continues to help vulnerable families across Afghanistan and this week distributed hundreds of food parcels to people in central Ghazni province.

The foundation’s officials said they had so far distributed essential food supplies to deserving people in Herat, Balkh, Khost, Kunduz, Kandahar, and Bamiyan provinces.

Haji Mohammad Ismail, deputy head of the Bayat Foundation, stated: “Through its continued assistance, the Bayat Foundation was in Ghazni [to distribute aid] and further assistance will be distributed in other provinces soon.”

The foundation said it will do its best to reach vulnerable families during winter.

Grateful recipients of the food aid thanked the Bayat Foundation and said the packages were badly needed.

“We are thankful to the Bayat Foundation that provided us with foodstuff such are flour, rice, and oil and we call for further assistance,” one of the recipients said.

Another recipient added: “I am pleased that the Bayat Foundation is helping needy people during this cold winter.”

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UN seeks record $41 billion for aid to hotspots including Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

The United Nations appealed on Thursday for $41 billion to provide life-saving assistance next year to a record 183 million people worldwide caught up in conflict and poverty, led by a tripling of its programme in Afghanistan.

Famine remains a “terrifying prospect” for 45 million people living in 43 countries, as extreme weather caused by climate change reduces food supplies, it said in the annual appeal reflecting a 17% rise in annual funding needs.

“The drivers of needs are ones which are familiar to all of us. Tragically, it includes protracted conflicts, political instability, failing economies… the climate crisis, not a new crisis, but one which urges more attention and of course the Covid-19 pandemic,” UN aid chief Martin Griffiths told a news briefing on Wednesday.

In a report to donors, the world body said: “Without sustained and immediate action, 2022 could be catastrophic.”

Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Ethiopia and Sudan are the five major crises requiring the most funding, topped by $4.5 billion sought for Afghanistan where “needs are skyrocketing”, it said.

In Afghanistan, more than 24 million people require life-saving assistance to prevent catastrophe, a dramatic increase driven by political tumult, repeated economic shocks, and the severe food insecurity caused by the worst drought in 27 years, Reuters reported.

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Four wounded in Kabul blast

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(Last Updated On: December 2, 2021)

The Emergency Hospital in Kabul has confirmed four people were wounded in an IED explosion in Salim Karwan square in PD4 around midday Thursday.

The Emergency Hospital said in a tweet that the injured were taken to the hospital from the scene of the explosion.

The hospital said a child was among the injured adding the incident was caused by a magnetic IED attached to a vehicle.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti, however, said the incident was caused by an IED placed in a pot. He also claimed that there were no casualties in the blast.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two days ago, Kabul witnessed another explosion. The blast, which targeted an IEA vehicle, wounded five people, including members of the IEA.

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