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Taliban Attacks Kill Four Security Forces in Takhar

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(Last Updated On: August 4, 2019)

The Taliban insurgents attacked a security outpost in Chah Ab district of Takhar province, killing at least four security forces, a local official confirmed.

Provincial governor spokesman Mohammad Jawad Jawhari told Ariana News that a large number of militants stormed a border police outpost at Samti area of the district at around 2 am on Sunday.

According to him, at least four Afghan security forces were killed and five others wounded in the incident.

Jawhari further said the Taliban have fled as back up forces arrived the area.

It comes as clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban fighters are underway in Ishkamish district since last three days.

In a video released on Saturday, the Taliban claimed that their fighters have captured Shahr-e-Kohna of the district and they have surrounded the Ishkamish police headquarters.

However, Ministry of Defense said in a statement that Afghan forces conducted airstrikes at the area in which four militants were killed and 11 others were injured.

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Covid-19 impacts; Afghanistan’s exports on hold

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2020)

Afghanistan’s exports to other countries have been stalled due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus and no alternatives have been considered yet.

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) blames the government for failing to remove hurdles in Afghanistan’s exports, saying that the private sector will lose millions of dollars if trade with neighboring countries does not resume.

Officials in ACCI say that trade routes with neighboring countries have been blocked since the outbreak of the coronavirus, and the government has failed to find alternatives.

On the other hand, experts attribute the lack of work capacity in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan to the decline in exports to other countries.

“Officials at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan have failed to come up with a basic plan for exports and investment in the country,” experts say.

With the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country, a number of countries, including Iran and Pakistan, have closed their borders with Afghanistan.

In addition to the cessation of Afghanistan’s exports, this act sparked prices to rise domestically.

Meanwhile, experts and traders believe that the government should look for alternative ways to keep the drift of export and import alive.

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Footballers ‘take a knee’ in commemoration of George Floyd

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2020)

Liverpool players in a training session took a knee at the center circle at Anfield stadium.

Following the death of George Floyd and nationwide protests in the USA, Liverpool football players took a knee at Anfield Stadium on Monday in a gesture of support and unity, said an Aljazeera report.

The players posted a picture of the act on their social media accounts with the caption “Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter”.

This was an act to show the solidarity of Liverpool players to the death of George Floyd who was killed in police custody.

Marcus Rashford, Manchester United forward also reacted to the death of George Floyd.

“Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter,” Rashford wrote.

Apart from the Premier League, in Bundesliga, the Borussia Dortmund players Jadon Sancho and Ashraf Hakimi wore shirts on Sunday with the message “Justice for George Floyd” in a match.

It is to be recalled that Floyd died May 25 in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on the Black man’s neck.

Floyd’s death has been followed by nationwide protests and chaos in the United States.

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Officials die of Coronavirus as cases reach 17267 – Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2020)

Two Afghan officials have died of Coronavirus in Kunduz province as the total cases reached 17267 in the country, local officials confirmed.

Esmat Muradi, a spokesman for Kunduz governor told Ariana News that Fahim Qarluq the district governor for Qala-e-Zal and General Rashid Bashir, Police Chief of the province have died from COVID-19 on Wednesday morning.

According to Muradi, Bashir passed away in a hospital in Kabul, and Qarluq died in Kunduz’s COVID-19 hospital.

Meanwhile, 758 new positive cases have been registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total affected to 17267, the Ministry of Public Health confirmed.

The ministry said at least 24 people have died of the virus in the past 24 hours, adding that, so far, the fatalities have risen to 294 in the country.

At least 74 people have been recovered and fully discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, bringing the total recoveries to 1522 in Afghanistan.

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