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What was 1398 – March 2019 through March 2020 – like, in terms of security?

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(Last Updated On: March 19, 2020)

The year 1398, scaling between March 2019 and March 2020, saw a term of reduction in violence for the first time by the parties in conflict.

According to Ariana News reports, the government’s opposition forces, the Taliban and Daesh in particular, conducted at least 21 deadly attacks, killing and injuring hundreds. The Afghan government, on the other hand, marks 1398 as ‘worse’ for the opposition forces coming under thousands of military operations.

 

The 1398’s bloody attacks are penned as follows:

  1. Three consecutive blasts on Nawroz – Persian News Year – festival, Kabul; seven killed, four wounded, and no one claimed responsibility.
  2. Two blasts on Nawroz – Persian News Year – festival, ​​Lashkar Gah; killing 3, injuring 3, the Taliban claimed responsibility.
  3. Two blasts in Jalalabad; 5 killed, 5 wounded, responsibility unknown.
  4. Attack on the Counter-Part Organization; 7 killed, 5 wounded, Taliban claimed responsibility.
  5. A suicide attack on Marshal Mohammad Qasim University; 7 killed, 9 wounded; Daesh claimed responsibility.
  6. A car bombing in the 9th district of Kabul; 7 killed, 3 wounded, Taliban claimed responsibility.
  7. A suicide bomber on a police car in Jalalabad; 9 dead, 12 wounded, the responsibility unknown.
  8. An attack in the Maroof district of Kandahar; eight employees of the Independent Election Commission were killed and the Taliban claimed responsibility.
  9. An attack in 16th district of Kabul; 9 killed, dozens wounded including 55 children. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
  10. A car bomb in Ghazni; 7 killed, 5 wounded, Taliban claimed responsibility.
  11. An explosion on the Khakrez road, Kandahar province; 9 killed, 20 wounded, the responsibility unknown.
  12. A suicide attack in front of Kabul University; 8 killed, 33 wounded, Daesh claimed responsibility.
  13. A car of the Ministry of Mines hit by a car bomb; 11 dead, 45 wounded, and the Taliban claimed responsibility.
  14. An attack in the Kijran district of Daikundi; 10 policemen killed, 7 injured, the Taliban claimed responsibility.
  15. A car bomb in the Aband district of Ghazni; 4 policemen killed, 11 policemen and 8 civilians wounded, the Taliban claimed responsibility.
  16. An attack on the office of the Green Trend in Kabul; 30 killed, 50 wounded, responsibility unknown.
  17. An explosion on the Kandahar-Herat highway, killing 34 civilians, injuring 17, responsibility unknown.
  18. An explosion in the Jaghato district of Wardak province; 5 civilians killed, 3 wounded, no claimed responsibility.
  19. A car bomb on a security checkpoint in the 6th district of Kabul; killed 18, wounded 145, and the Taliban claimed responsibility.
  20. A suicide bomber at a wedding hall in the west of Kabul, killing 63, wounding 182, Daesh claimed responsibility.
  21. Suicide bombing in Kabul’s Makrurayan; killed 10 civilians and 2 foreign troopers, 42 wounded, Taliban claimed responsibility.

On the other hand, Interior Ministry officials say that this year, the police conducted two thousand and five hundred operations against insurgents. Although the casualties of the Afghan police are kept unrevealed, the year has been fatal for them too.

Tariq Aryan, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said that during 1398, the security forces were able to capture more areas from the Taliban.

This year, the Afghan forces and the armed oppositions took control of some districts on and off, but the Ministry of Defense says fourteen districts have been withdrawn from the Taliban.
Fawad Aman, the deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, also said that this year was a ‘bad year’ for the Taliban.

Airstrikes by Afghan and foreign forces were also accompanied by civilian casualties. Ghani also has been criticized for the continuous attacks. The Independent Human Rights Commission says eleven thousand civilians have been killed and injured this year.

Sher Mohammad Karimi, former Afghan Army Chief of Staff says: “Security forces should have been kept away from political agendas.”

President Ghani announced lately that the Daesh in the east had been defeated – the peace talks were heated up, the war got a bit cold and for the first time, the parties in conflict agreed on a seven-day reduction in violence. Ariana News’ findings suggest that millions of Afghanis were saved of the cost of the Afghan army during the RIV term.

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People complain of lack of medicine in Afghan-Japan hospital

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COVID-19 patient relatives complain of a lack of medical supplies at the Afghan-Japan hospital – one of the isolation wards for COVID-19 patients in Kabul – saying they have to buy medicines from outside the hospital.

According to patients’ relatives, the hospital provides oxygen only that while using balloons the attendants themselves have to set them up.

Ahmad Zahir Sultani, head of Afghan-Japan hospital, however, said that situation is under control, adding the hospital puts efforts to satisfy the patients and their attendants.

It comes as Afghanistan witnesses a decline in confirmed cases while it saw a spike in daily deaths cases. Only 34 COVID-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours.

In a daily update, the Ministry of Public Health recorded 239 new Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

It brings the total affected people to 33190 with 898 deaths and more than 20,000 recoveries.

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Millions of dollars embezzled in Afghan customs: Watchdog

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Integrity Watch of Afghanistan says that corrupt employees in Afghan customs, local tyrants, and government figures have embezzled millions of dollars of customs revenues.

Based on the findings of local authorities, ten cargoes are being pulled out of the customs office without paying the customs duty with the same plate number, and about 100 cargoes are not paying their customs duties daily.

Ghulam Hashim, a member of the Herat Provincial Council, said: “Ten trucks are being cleared through customs with one plate number. Extra tonnage vehicles up to 100 trucks a day, extra tonnage fuel tankers were being cleared through customs.”

The head of Islam Qala Customs also confirms the widespread corruption in this customs.

“The threats from the powerful and the mafia are so much that 100 percent of the legal work cannot be done there, the high-level work of the employees is carried out by force, and even some employees, including the human resources manager, have been beaten,” said Mustafa Hakimi, Herat’s customs chief. “

Herat’s governor says only 30,000 afghanis are paid out of the three million AFN from the costums duties of a cargo.

Ahmad Wahid Qatali, the governor of Herat, said: “Seven vehicles have been loaded, seven of which have illegal loads, overloads, warnings and reload.”

Findings of Integrity Watch of Afghanistan from the Customs Office show that millions of dollars’ worth of customs revenue has been lost.

“Millions of dollars of Afghanistan’s customs revenue is wasted every year because there are people infected with corruption in the customs and the intervention of local powerful people and people within the government,” said Naser Timouri, a researcher at Integrity Watch of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Finance, however, confirmed the existence of corruption in the customs.

“The issue of corruption is not in doubt that it exists, but the figures presented are waiting for the governor to share his findings with us so that we can find out on what basis the governor obtained these figures,” said Shamrooz Khan Masjidi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Finance. It’s found. “

Observers at Integrity Watch of Afghanistan say that non-transparent and non-competitive customs clearance has corrupted the structure.

Farid Ahmad, a spokesman for the Independent Administrative Reform Commission, said: “So far, all recruitment at customs has been done by the Ministry of Finance and the Independent Administrative Reform Commission has played no role. But by presidential decree, customs posts are set to compete freely.” “

Although the Ministry of Finance says that scanners have been set up in customs offices for corruption, sources say that in some customs offices, the scanners are kept inactive due to product exemptions.

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Kabul hosts meeting for strengthening regional consensus on peace

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The Afghan government Monday held a meeting in Kabul on the peace process for strengthening regional consensus on the Afghan peace process.

Representatives from 19 countries and international organizations including the United Nations participated in the meeting.

The video session, led by Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, kicked off with a speech by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday evening.

Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the meeting was aimed at strengthening regional consensus and focused on reducing violence, starting Intra-Afghan talks, reaching a ceasefire, and releasing Taliban prisoners.

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation called on all laterals to the war in Afghanistan to reduce violence and increase their efforts to achieve peace.

Speculation to start the talks between the two sides comes as tensions have escalated and the level of violence has risen.

The Taliban have made the release of their prisoners conditional on the start of peace talks between Afghans in which an agreement will be reached on a ceasefire, and the government has made the release of all Taliban prisoners conditional on the release of prisoners.

The Afghan government, however, says it is not possible to release specific figures of Taliban prisoners whose group insists on their release.

The Taliban have carried out 36 offensive attacks on Afghan forces in six provinces in the past 24 hours, according to the latest government figures. In addition to the escalation of attacks, it is to be seen whether the regional consensus and international organizations such as the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will succeed in bringing the two sides to the negotiating table or not.

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