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US sold 16 G222 airplanes to an Afghan Construction Company

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The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR said that its defense department converted $486 million worth of airplanes into scrap metal which it sold to an Afghan construction company for $32,000.

In a statement released from John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction office, airplanes worth $486 million purchased by the defense department of America for Afghanistan.

The twenty G222 planes are used to transport equipment and troops, were not put to use in the Afghan theatre because they “could not meet operational requirements,” Sopko said.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan defense ministry has said that they are supposed to receive 62 airplanes from the defense department of America by the end of this year.

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Ghani condemns attack on yet another government official

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(Last Updated On: September 19, 2020)

President Ashraf Ghani has condemned the attack on Ayub Gharwal, deputy head of Paktia Provincial Council, who was gunned down on Saturday in Gardez city. 

In a statement issued by the Presidential Palace (ARG), Ghani reiterated his call to the Taliban to call for a humanitarian and lasting ceasefire to ensure the security of civilians. 

The president also called for an investigation into the killing of Gharwal. 

Paktia officials said the incident happened at about 5.30am in Gardez city while Gharwal was on his way to Gardez University. 

Officials said Gharwal was seriously wounded in the attack and later died in hospital from gunshot wounds. 

Gharwal’s death is another in a string of targeted attacks on high-profile public figures and government officials. 

Earlier this month, Vice President Amrullah Saleh was also targeted in an attack in Kabul. 

Saleh escaped with minor injuries but at least 10 people were killed in the roadside bombing that was intended to kill Saleh. 

No group has yet claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack on Gharwal. 

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Taliban attack security outposts in Nangarhar, killing 20

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(Last Updated On: September 17, 2020)

The Taliban attacked the Afghan security outposts in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday night, killing at least 20 Afghan forces, a local official confirmed.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News, the clashes between the Afghan forces and the insurgents started after a large number of Taliban fighters stormed several security outposts in Sherzad, Khogyani, and Hisarak districts of the province.

At least 20 Afghan forces – including 12 policemen, three local policemen, and five members of public uprising forces – were killed and 30 others wounded in the battle, Khogyani said.

Khogyani, however, stated that the Taliban have also sustained heavy casualties.

He added that in the counter-attacks at least 30 Taliban insurgents were also killed and several more wounded.

The Taliban has not commented yet in this regard.

It comes as the Afghan government and the Taliban delegations are in Doha to negotiate a political resolution for ending the long-term war in the country.

The two sides held their first formal session on Tuesday evening and reached a consensus over the code of conduct and on moving forward to complete the working principals pertaining to talks going forward.

Meanwhile, the Afghan peace negotiating team leader, Masoom Stanekzai at his opening speech called on the Taliban to put an end to violence.

“The biggest and most important priority of our people is to stop the bloodshed in the country,” Stanekzai said.

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Taliban attack Abshar district in Panjshir

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Taliban militants attacked the Abshar district of Panjshir province on Tuesday morning and took at least three civilians hostage.

Local officials told Ariana News that the insurgents stormed the Qale Tari village in the district at around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Mansoor Anabi, a spokesman for the Panjshir governor said that security forces have been deployed in the area.

He added efforts are underway to release the hostages.

The Taliban, however, claimed that they had overrun a security checkpoint and captured three Afghan security force members.

This comes as the group also claimed on Sunday that its fighters had captured several checkpoints in the Paryan district of Panjshir, killing at least five Afghan forces and wounding one more.

The attack coincides with the 19th death anniversary of National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was himself from Panjshir.

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