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‘U.S. Seeks Interests by Pushing Legitimate Peace Process in Afghanistan’

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(Last Updated On: May 4, 2017)

5886b174c461883f428b4587U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out his plans for tackling world issues including “terrorist networks” which he called the “most urgent challenge the United States has to deal with.

Washington’s top diplomat said the United States would seek its interest in Afghanistan by pushing for a legitimate peace process and keeping the terrorist networks confined.

Previously, Trump had made the battle to eradicate “radical Islamic terrorism the focus of his foreign policy”. Tillerson said the State Department would be part of the effort.

He described the threat as emanating in “concentric circles” from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria through the Middle East to Africa and Central Asia.

“So a lot of work ahead of us,” he said, underlining that the battle is central to policy in the region.

“Many of you are directly engaged in it already. Many more of you are going to become engaged in it, I think you can expect.”

Last month, Tillerson said the United States would set up “interim zones of stability” to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group and al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq.

“The United States will increase our pressure on ISIS and al-Qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home,” Tillerson said.

The Afghan government stresses on equipping Afghan security forces beside peace in the country.

Deputy spokesman of Executive Office, Jawid Faisal said, “We want peace in Afghanistan. Our diplomatic and political efforts are underway, but we have the responsibility to have the needed measures in military sectors. Afghan security forces should be equipped more better than today that if we would not get result from peace process then we must be strong in terms of military to defend our people.”

This comes as Afghanistan biggest peace achievements is the agreement with Hezb-e Islmai party, but the fate of Taliban’s reconciliation is unclear so far.

By: Muhammad ZackArya

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Police arrest irresponsible armed men, rescue woman – Takhar

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(Last Updated On: May 30, 2020)

Afghan forces have arrested a group of irresponsible armed men in operation in Takhar province, rescuing a woman, police confirmed.

The operation was conducted in Pir Kanda Kaw, Persian name, area in Farkhar district of the province on Friday night.

Khalil Asir, a spokesman for the provincial police told Ariana News that the gang’s head was shot dead in fire exchanges and six members of the bands were detained by police. 

Asir added that a woman – Kabul’s resident – who was abducted by the gang has been rescued.

Meanwhile, Afghan forces have seized a number of weapons and ammo of the group during the raids.

The band was involved in murders, armed robbery, kidnappings, and harassment of people, Police further said.

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ATN employee Sulaiman Yousufi dies of Coronavirus

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

COVID19 took the life of an employee of the Ariana International Television Network.

Sulaiman Yousufi, an employee of Ariana News and Ariana TV, died of coronavirus today.

Mr. Sulaiman Yousufi was infected by the Coronavirus a few days ago and died early today after severe suffering from respiratory troubles.

Yousufi had been working in the transportation department of Ariana TV and Ariana News for over a decade.

He is survived by a son and two daughters.

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Prisoner release; Taliban’s technical team negotiating with gov’t

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(Last Updated On: May 29, 2020)

Both the Taliban team and the government are negotiating on how to verify and release the prisoners, as well as obtaining guarantees of not returning to the war, Arg said.

An agreement on peace between the Taliban and the government has not yet been reached, but the US-Taliban peace agreement which was signed three months ago in Doha, Qatar says that the Afghan government should release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for 1,000 prisoners from the Taliban side.

A Taliban delegation is now in Kabul negotiating the prisoners’ release.

However, the Taliban has said that the team was in Kabul only to monitor the release of prisoners and has no further authority over other aspects of the peace process.

The Afghan government and the Taliban in their latest actions came to an agreement about a three-day ceasefire on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr.

The Afghan government is now urging the Taliban to take new and more practical steps in the process of starting Intra-Afghan negotiations.

Arg said that the government’s negotiating team was ready and that the government was committed to take new measures.

Sediq Sediqqi, the presidential spokesman said that the Afghan government had taken major steps towards peace and it was time for the Taliban to show the green light.

Sources close to the Taliban said that the unannounced ceasefire by the group is ongoing, but they will not start the Intra-Afghan negotiations until thousands of the Taliban prisoners are released.

The United States and the international community are waiting for the Afghan government and the Taliban to begin the first round of Intra-Afghan Talks, as the start of these talks could open new doors to the Afghan peace process.

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