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Taliban’s Shadow District Governor, Key Commanders Killed in Badghis Airstrikes

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(Last Updated On: April 29, 2019)

At least 19 Taliban militants including the group’s shadow district governor were killed in air operations jointly conducted by the Afghan and foreign forces in Badghis province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement on Sunday.

According to the statement, the air strikes were conducted in Abkamari district of northwest Badghis province.

At least 19 Taliban insurgents including the group’s shadow district governor for Abkamari and a number of their commanders were killed in the air raids, the statement said.

The statement identifies the Taliban so-called district governor and four key commanders as Mawlavi Besmillah, Abdul Hanan, Mawlavi Abdu-Rahim Dad, Ghulam Hazrat, and Mullah Najib.

At least four Taliban insurgents were also wounded in the military raids, the statement further added.

The Taliban militant group has not made a comment about the incident yet.

Badghis is among the insecure provinces in northwest Afghanistan where the Taliban militants are actively operating in a number of its districts.

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US envoy welcomes ‘historic’ opportunity for peace

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(Last Updated On: August 10, 2020)

Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States’ Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, welcomed the Afghan Loya Jirga’s declaration and President Ashraf Ghani’s decision to sign the decree ordering the release of the 400 remaining prisoners.

In a series of tweets Monday morning, Khalilzad said these were bold steps but “after 40 years of war, a historic opportunity for peace is now possible; one that benefits all Afghans and contributes to regional stability and global security.

He said in the next few days, the US expects the completion of prisoner releases, then travel of the Afghan negotiating team to Doha, and from there the immediate start of intra-Afghan negotiations.

“The parties will embark on a process to reach an agreement on a political roadmap & a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire to end the Afghan war.

“As we have supported the Afghan people for the past 19 years, so do we now support Afghan men and women to achieve the sustainable peace for which they have long yearned,” he said.

Khalilzad stated the United States seeks a sovereign, unified, and democratic Afghanistan that is at peace with itself and its neighbors and does not pose a threat to the world. 

“Today, we are one step closer” to that peace, he said.

This comes after Sunday’s landmark decision following a three-day grand council of over 3,200 tribal elders, community leaders and politicians to release the remaining 400 ‘hardcore’ Taliban prisoners that have been a stumbling block in the way of starting intra-Afghan negotiations. 

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Afghan MMA fighter defeats his American opponent

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(Last Updated On: August 9, 2020)

Nasrat Haqparast, an Afghan MMA fighter, defeated his American opponent Alex Munoz in a UFC fight in the United States.

The match was held Saturday in Las Vegas, US.

Haqparast managed to win all three rounds on every scorecard against his rival.

By defeating Alex Munoz, the Afghan fighter has picked up his 12th win in the UFC rings.

Haqparast is the second Afghan who is fighting in the UFC after Siyar Bahadurzada.

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Seven policemen killed in Ghazni Humvee bomb explosion

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At least seven policemen were killed and 16 others wounded in a vehicle bomb explosion in central Ghazni province.

Wahidullah Jumazada, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that an explosive-laden Humvee was detonated at the Public Protection Battalion of Ghazni on Saturday evening.

The incident took place in the Kotal-e-Rawza area, Jumazada said, adding that several gunmen engaged in a gunbattle with Afghan forces following the explosion.

Officials at a Ghazni hospital said so far seven bodies and 14 wounded individuals had been taken to the hospital.

Local officials have not yet provided further details. 

No group or individual including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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