Connect with us

Latest News

Taliban break Paktia prison, frees seven

Ariana News

Published

 on

(Last Updated On: January 13, 2020)

Officials in Paktia province confirmed that on Sunday night seven prisoners, four of whom were Taliban, had broken the Paktia Prison, saying that the fugitives had torn down the window protector and escaped the jail.

On Sunday night at 8:30 pm, seven prisoners succeeded to break the bars of the mosque’s windows, climb the prison’s wall using pieces of clothes, go through the barbed wires and escape the prison.

An investigation has been underway to find out whether the fugitives had enjoyed any insider or outsider aid to have helped them flee.

The jailer of the prison, Colonel Mohammad Ajmal, says that three of the fugitives were Taliban. However, in a statement, the Taliban have claimed all seven as their own.

On the other hand, the Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, tweeted that seven of their men had made a foolproof plan and broke out of the Paktia prison on Sunday evening, safe and sound.

Latest News

American troops down to 2,500: US acting defense secretary

Ariana News

Published

on

(Last Updated On: January 15, 2021)

The number of US forces in Afghanistan has dropped to 2,500, US acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced on Friday in a statement released by the US Department of State.

“Today, US force levels in Afghanistan have reached 2,500. Directed by President (Donald) Trump, and as I announced on November 17, this drawdown brings US forces in the country to their lowest levels since 2001,” Miller said in the statement.

Miller also welcomed ongoing peace talks in Doha.

“Today, the United States is closer than ever to ending nearly two decades of war and welcoming in an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace process to achieve a political settlement and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire,” Miller added.

According to Miller, the remaining troops with commanders will have the duty to keep the US, Americans, and their interests safe.

Miller said that the United States will continue its mission in Afghanistan and will continue supporting Afghan forces to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used to harbor terrorists.

“Working alongside our NATO allies and partners, the United States will continue to execute both our counterterrorism mission and the train, advise and assist mission in support of Afghan Security Forces working to secure peace in their country. Continued fulfillment of these two complementary missions seeks to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used to harbor those who seek to bring harm to the United States of America,” said Miller.

Miller also said that the force reduction is an indication of the United States’ continued support towards the Afghan peace process and commitments made in both the US -Taliban agreement and the US -Afghanistan Joint Declaration.

According to Miller the further reduction of US troop levels to zero by May of 2021, remains conditions-based.

Miller also called on both the Afghan government and the Taliban to demonstrate their commitment to advance the peace process.

The United States will continue to take any action necessary to ensure the protection of our homeland, our citizens, and our interests, Miller said.

Continue Reading

Latest News

Kunduz worshipers storm radio station on orders of Imam

Ariana News

Published

on

(Last Updated On: January 15, 2021)

Mohsen Ahmadi, the director of a local Kunduz radio station, Zohra, said on Friday that a number of worshipers stormed the radio station after the Imam at a mosque gave worshipers the orders to do so.

According to Ahmadi, the attack occurred after the Imam claimed music, broadcast by the radio station, was mixing with the mosque’s sound system and being broadcast over his loudspeakers. 

Ahmadi said the worshipers destroyed the radio’s broadcasting equipment. 

He said the mosque’s Imam did not know where the interference was coming from but gave the worshipers orders to storm the radio station. 

Ahmadi has called on local authorities and organizations that protect the media to investigate the incident. 

Sources meanwhile said the mob also tried to destroy two other radio stations in the city – Radio Kaihan and Radio Chiragh – but they were prevented from doing so by security forces. 

Local officials have not yet commented. 

Continue Reading

Latest News

Saleh claims US made a mistake, conceded too much to Taliban

Ariana News

Published

on

(Last Updated On: January 15, 2021)

Coinciding with the announcement by the United States that American troop numbers are now down to 2,500 in Afghanistan, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh told the BBC in an interview that Washington has made a mistake by conceding too much to the Taliban. 

“US talks with the Taliban were not a mistake in themselves, but that Mr. Trump’s administration made an error in giving the group a ‘massive concession’,” Saleh told BBC.

Saleh says the American mission, which began 20 years ago, is not yet accomplished and a total withdrawal risks more violence in the unstable country.

“We remain grateful for their assistance. But the fate of my country does not lie with the last US military helicopter,” Saleh said.

He also stated that the US delegation, dealing with the Doha agreement between Washington and the Taliban, had sworn to the Afghan government that violence would not increase with the release of Taliban prisoners.

“The US delegation came to us and swore on every Holy Scripture that if you release these 5,000 Taliban prisoners there will be no violence. We told them at the highest level that our intelligence indicated otherwise, and if we do this violence will spike. Violence has spiked,” he said.

Saleh also told the United States that it should not be deceived into negotiating with “terrorists”.

“I am telling them [US] as a friend and as an ally that trusting the Taliban without putting in a verification mechanism is going to be a fatal mistake,” Saleh said.

Meanwhile, former US National Security Adviser HR McMaster once again criticized US policies, saying that the situation in South Asia requires a stable and realistic approach.

He accused Pakistani generals of supporting the Taliban and terrorists so as to achieve their political goals in Afghanistan.

“Pakistani generals support the Taliban and other terrorist groups because they want to control at least part of Afghanistan because they want to use this strategy to prevent Indian influence in Afghanistan,” McMaster said.

Afghanistan’s first vice president and former US national security adviser both stressed that the Taliban have not yet severed ties with al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups; The severance of which is one of the key articles in the February 29 US-Taliban Doha Agreement.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 Ariana News. All rights reserved!