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Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Thursday said they believe that the recent statement made by the First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is a sign of a fragile situation in the country.

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A teenager, who survived Tuesday night's deadly shooting of 36 people by Daesh in Ghor province, says the group carried out the mass killing after learning of the death of their commander.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:22:13 GMT
Massoud Warns NUG Against 'Following Wrong Path' Massoud-Oct-27-2016

Ahmad Zia Massoud, the president's special representative on reforms and good governance, on Thursday said that national unity government (NUG) leaders should choose the right way; otherwise, people will seek an alternative to the NUG.

Massoud said the division in government appears more important than the lives of dozens of security forces for NUG leaders.

Three days ago Massoud visited Panjshir where he sharply criticized the NUG. On Thursday he visited the Stalif district in Kabul to encourage the people to take a firm stance against insurgents.

Massoud warned that if the rifts between the NUG leaders does not end, big parts of the country will fall to armed anti-government groups.

"The current political rift is not acceptable to the people. People are also waiting for them to end their disagreements in the near future, otherwise, they will seek an alternative for the NUG," Massoud said.

Massoud also mentioned First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and said his presence on the battlefields indicates a weakness in security departments.‎

"Dostum goes to Faryab and fights, he does not want to go to the battlefields, but he knows that the people who lead the battles are weak," Massoud said.

Massoud said that without bringing reforms in government departments, it is difficult to maintain security. He asked the former Mujahidin and political leaders to be alert and defend their villages, districts and provinces.

Meanwhile, a number of Stalif residents said that alongside reconstruction, they want government to maintain security and help them to improve their lives.

"Livestock and gardening, especially grapes could be beneficial for addressing economic needs of Stalif people," said Ghulam Haidar, head of Takht Stalif clinic.


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:29:22 GMT
MPS Urge Govt To Probe Ghor Killings HumanRights-Oct-27-2016

A number of parliament members (MPs) from Ghor province said at a press conference on Thursday that government must investigate the killing of 36 civilians by Daesh on Tuesday.

A number of MPs and civil society activists had gathered in Kabul where they condemned the horror shooting.

They urged government to appoint a team to probe the incident and deliver the results to the people.

"Always when Ghor people raise their voice, government changed the governor, police chief or head of national security (NDS). This cannot change anything as we do not have problems with the local government," said Dawood Ghafar, member of Meshrano Jirga (the Upper House of Parliament)

"We want the following issues to be addressed. A team, including Ghor MPs, should be sent to Ghor province to probe the incident. The current number of security forces in Ghor province is not enough for maintaining security. Thus, more forces should be sent there and Ghor's challenges should be addressed immediately," said Abdul Satar Dawlati, a civil society activist from Ghor.

They also warned government that if the incident is not being investigated, they will boycott government.

"I hope that government takes our suggestion seriously and considers Ghor people as part of Afghan people and part of Afghanistan's geography," said Keramuddin Reza Zada, an MP.

"If you, government, do not investigate the incident and do not respond to the people's requests, we with Ghor MPs, will decide what to do in the province," said Ahmad Saeedi, a resident of Ghor province.

They also touched on rifts between the national unity government (NUG) leaders and said their rifts have affected the security situation and that civilians are paying the price.

"We want government to appoint an authorized team including Ghor MPs to probe the recent killing incident and other issues in the province," said Sayed Nader Shah Bahar, an MP.

"Ghor people will not join with Taliban or Daesh. But they can boycott government, and they, in consultation with their peoples' council and elders, can address their challenges," said Mohammad Ebrahim Malik Zada, an MP.

A group of militants, who had left Taliban and joined Daesh, attacked parts of Feroz Koh, the provincial capital and took more than 30 locals hostage on Tuesday.

After receiving news of the death of a commander, they lined the hostages up and reportedly gunned them down.


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:17:08 GMT
Survivor Recounts Horror Shooting Of Ghor Residents By Daesh GhorStortytoday

A teenager, who survived Tuesday night's deadly shooting of 36 people by Daesh in Ghor province, says the group carried out the mass killing after learning of the death of their commander.

Ghausuddin who sustained injuries in the shooting and is being treated at a local hospital in Ghor told TOLOnews that Daesh fighters had attacked their area and taken farmers, shepherds and children hostage. They also took hundreds of sheep with them.

According to him, the insurgents took their hostages to Ghamlin area in the province but after getting news of the death of their commander they lined everyone up and started shooting them.

He said the fighters said at the time they will shed the blood of civilians in revenge for the killing of their commander.

"They lined us up in a row near a mountain and then three armed men came on motorbikes and told us that the blood of all of us is equal to the blood of their commander. And then they started shooting us," the survivor said.

"I pretended to be dead, but they still fired more bullets at my legs," he added.

Meanwhile, a number of Ghor residents, who attended the funeral ceremony of the victims, called on government to take action to against the insurgents.

"Criminals have always killed the poor people in a brutal way, but we have not witnessed even a single military operation by government against their crimes," said Khudayar Waqif, a resident of Ghor.

"Our demand from government is that it should launch a large-scale military operation against those that commit crimes, kill innocent people and violate the rights of the poor people," said Gul Ahmad, another resident of the province.

The residents said the groups that killed the people are known in the area and that this was not their first time they killed civilians.

"This needs serious attention by government. Because, those who have lost their lives had families and children and now they need care," said Sima Joyenda, former governor of Ghor.

Meanwhile, commander of the army's 207 Corp, Gen. Muhayuddin Ghori, who attended the funeral ceremony, said he will take action to avenge the deaths of the 36.

"I assure you I am committed to taking the revenge of the martyrs from the country's enemies," he said.


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:11:40 GMT
40 Insurgents Killed In Helmand War-Oct-27-2016

General Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, commander of 215 Maiwand military corps, said on Thursday that four Taliban safe havens were destroyed and 40 insurgents were killed after government and foreign troops conducted airstrikes near Lashkargah city.

He stated the operation was launched in the are of the second and third police check-posts of Lashkargah city.

"We launched an operation last night in the Sorgadar area of Lashkargah city in which insurgents fought us. Their four strongholds, along with all their equipment, were destroyed," Ahmadzai said.

Meanwhile, a number of soldiers fighting on the front lines told TOLOnews that continued air strikes are needed to defeat the insurgents and to push them back from the city.

Security forces say they have had good achievements as Qahre Maiwand operation continued.

"Taliban was prepared to attack us, but the foreign troops' air crafts came and bombed them," said a soldier in front line.

"Taliban resisted and continued firing, but air crafts came and bombed them and their bodies remained here. The bodies were still there in the morning. They had lots of causalities and we succeeded," said another soldier.

In the past week, Taliban launched heavy attacks in a bid to take control of the city. Some Lashkargah residents left their homes. But some residents say life has returned to normal in the city.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:11:01 GMT
Watchdog Views Dostum's Remarks As A Sign Of A Fragile Situation Governemnt-Oct-27-2016

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Thursday said they believe that the recent statement made by the First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is a sign of a fragile situation in the country.

AIHRC spokesman, Rafiullah Bedar, said they will not accept any act or speech that leads to the worsening of the situation regarding citizens' rights in the country.

"Any force that speaks of its power and military power and uses their military actions should be according to the law, and should be inside the law's structure. The AIHRC rejects any kind of act which is illegal and is beyond the law," he added.

Meanwhile, talking on the issue, Aziz Rafiee, head of Afghanistan Civil Society Organizations' Association, said: "The issue of social justice and equality of citizens in Afghanistan is a serious matter which has been violated throughout history and its repeat will result in further fragility [in the country]."

"The law has given them [officials] authorities and responsibilities. It is one of their responsibilities to make their speech and acts according to the law," said Gul Ahmad Madadzai, deputy head of Afghanistan Lawyers' Union.

This comes after the first vice president earlier this week accused President Ashraf Ghani of nepotism and blamed a number of local security officials in Faryab for what he called incompetence.


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:33:18 GMT
MEHWAR: Killing of Civilians by Daesh in Ghor Discussed Mehwar 26 Oct 2016

In this episode of Mehwar, host Massoud Malik discusses the killing of 36 civilians by Daesh insurgents in western Ghor province.

With him at studio is Sayed Nadir Shah Bahr, MP.

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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:40:23 GMT
MEHWAR: Concerns Deepen Over Continuing of Rift Among NUG Leaders Mehwar-26-Oct-2016

In this episode of Mehwar, host Massoud Malik discusses the concerns over the continuing of rift among the National Unity Government's (NUG) leaders. In the studio with him is Rahman Oghli, former MP.

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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:36:31 GMT
Famous Green-Eyed Afghan Girl Arrested in Pakistan Sharbat-Gula

Pakistani officials told the media that Sharbat Gula, the famous green-eyed Afghan girl, was arrested by Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) after a two-year probe in Peshawar, near the border of Afghanistan.

Pakistani authorities claim the arrest was due to having had a fake ID.

Gula allegedly applied for an identity card in April 2014, using the name Sharbat Bibi. If the fraud claims are true, she is one of thousands of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan who have tried to dodge its computerized system.

Gula was 12 when photographer Steve McCurry captured his iconic image of her living in a refugee camp for Afghan nationals in Peshawar, Pakistan. Her image was first used on the cover of National Geographic.

Now in her 40s, Gula -- also known as Sharbat Bibi -- was arrested in Peshawar on Tuesday for falsifying documents and staying illegally in Pakistan, officials said.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Afghanistan told CNN it would only be able to assist in the case if Gula registers as a refugee.

"Sharbat Gula falls under the 'undocumented migrants' umbrella," said Duniya Khan with the agency's Pakistan office. "The UNHCR cannot intervene since she is not a registered refugee."

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), which assists undocumented migrants, says the arrest -- although legal if the ID card is proven to be false -- is symptomatic of the mounting pressure on Afghan refugees in Pakistan to return home, according to CNN report.

"It is a sign of the times in Pakistan, that it has now reached someone who was something of a celebrity in the '80s, someone more high profile than the average," said Nicholas Bishop, project development officer for the IOM in Afghanistan.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said since July 1, Pakistan has repatriated 370,000 Afghans, nearly 220,000 of them registered refugees.

Millions of Afghans have sought shelter in Pakistan over the years as their country became ravaged by conflict, HRW said.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:01:29 GMT
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The Attorney General's Office (AGO) on Wednesday said it has arrested five government officials – including an official from its own office – on corruption charges.

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A number of reliable sources said an argument between the First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and the head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Faryab was behind the recent statement made by the country's VP.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:46:13 GMT
FARAKHBAR: AGO Arrests Senior Officials On Charges Of Corruption FaraKhabar-26-Oct-2016

The Attorney General's Office (AGO) on Wednesday said it has arrested five government officials – including an official from its own office – on corruption charges.

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AGO spokesman Jamshid Rasuli said the officials include three government officials on land grabbing charges, an attorney from the AGO on charges of taking bribes and a police force member in Uruzgan on charges of transferring more than $250,000 USD, three million Afghanis and jewelry.

"This time we arrested one of our attorneys on bribery charges who had a major general rank. He is under investigation by the special court," he said.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi said nearly 16 embezzlement and corruption cases have been sent to the anti-corruption judicial center by the Presidential Palace and 15 cases by other departments, from which eight cases are under investigation and some of them have been sent to the AGO for assessment.

In this episode of FaraKhabar, host Fawad Aman discusses the topic with Jamshid Rasouli, a spokesman for AGO and Sayed Ikram Afzali, Executive Director Integrity Watch Afghanistan.


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:38:10 GMT
TAWDE KHABARE: NATO Concerned Over Rift Between NUG Leaders Tawde-Khabare-26-Oct-2016

NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday said it is concerned about the tension between the National Unity Government (NUG) leaders and that the leaders should not let political rifts affect the country's security.

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In an interview with TOLOnews, Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, spokesperson for the mission, said the Taliban attacks increased in October and the group is trying to find access to provincial capitals.

"In the month of October there has clearly been an increase in Taliban attacks and what we believe we are seeing right now is that the Taliban are trying to (reach) their strategic goals for 2016 with the takeover of provincial capitals," he said.

Cleveland said the Afghan security forces with the help of NATO prevented the Taliban from reaching their goals this year.

In this episode of Tawde Khabare, host Shapoor Bakhtiyar discusses the topic with the following guests:

• Abdullah Qarluq, senator
• Gulalai Noor Safi, MP
• Ghulaam Hussian Naseri, MP
• Lal Gul Lal, head of Afghanistan Human Rights Organization


Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:21:05 GMT
22 Children Killed in Air Raid on Syria School: UNICEF school-strike-Syria

Air strikes that hit a school in rebel-held Idlib province in northwest Syria killed 22 children and six teachers, the UN children's agency UNICEF said Wednesday.

"This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime," said UNICEF director Anthony Lake.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "warplanes -- either Russia or Syrian -- carried out six strikes" in the village of Hass, including on a school complex, killing at least 35 civilians including 11 schoolchildren.

Lake said the school compound was "repeatedly attacked," adding that it may be the deadliest attack on a school since the war began more than five years ago.

"When will the world's revulsion at such barbarity are matched by insistence that this must stop?" added the UNICEF director.

Asked about the attack, Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin responded: "It's horrible, horrible. I hope we were not involved."

Syrian government forces and their Russian ally have been accused by rights groups of carrying out indiscriminate attacks on civilian infrastructure.

The White Helmets civil defense group released pictures of four rescue workers clambering over a mound of rubble in search of survivors after what it said was a "double-tap" strike on the school.

The raids hit Hass around 11:30 am local time, an activist with the opposition Idlib Media Centre told AFP.

"One rocket hit the entrance of the school as students were leaving to go home, after the school administration decided to end classes for the day because of the raids," the activist said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Other activists from the province circulated a photograph on social media of a child's arm, seared off above the elbow, still clutching the strap of a dusty black rucksack.

Shaky video footage depicted rescue workers sprinting towards the site of the raids and pulling a frail, elderly man out of a collapsed building.

The authenticity of the pictures and footage could not be independently verified.

The latest attacks took to 89 the number of civilians killed in air strikes on Idlib province in the past seven days, said the Observatory.

- 'Intentional' attack -

A leading opposition group condemned the raids.

The Istanbul-based National Coalition said Russian and regime warplanes "targeted children in their schools, deliberately and intentionally hitting civilians with high-explosive material".

Idlib province is controlled by the Army of Conquest, an alliance of rebel groups and jihadists including the Fateh al-Sham Front, which changed its name from Al-Nusra Front after breaking off ties with Al-Qaeda earlier this year.

Syrian and Russian warplanes regularly bomb Idlib, but air strikes have intensified in recent weeks, according to the Observatory.

Russia is facing pressure at the United Nations to rein in its Syrian ally and halt air raids in rebel-held east Aleppo, where 250,000 civilians have been living under siege since July.

UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien said he was "incandescent with rage" over the Security Council's failure to take action, deploring that "nothing is actually happening to stop the war, stop the suffering."

With food growing scarce, "civilians are being bombed by Syrian and Russian forces, and if they survive that, they will starve tomorrow," said O'Brien.

"Aleppo has essentially become a kill zone."

Russian ambassador Churkin shot back, accusing O'Brien of making "arrogant remarks" and failing to recognise that Russia had declared a humanitarian pause that he maintained had been holding for eight days.

"If we needed to be preached to, we would go to a church," Churkin quipped.

The ambassador blamed opposition rebels and Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists for the failure at the weekend of a UN plan to evacuate the wounded from Aleppo and charged that the UN official was not objectively presenting the facts.

U.S ambassador Samantha Power criticized Russia, saying it had never worked cooperatively with the United Nations during the pauses to ensure humanitarian relief.

"You don't get congratulations and credit for not committing war crimes for a day or a week," said Power.

The bitter exchange came as the latest attempt to revive a ceasefire fell flat.

Meanwhile, U.S Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and his British counterpart Michael Fallon said an offensive to drive IS out of its Syrian stronghold of Raqa, 160 kilometres east of Aleppo, would begin in the next few weeks.

The U.S-led coalition is currently supporting a 10-day-old assault by Iraqi and Kurdish forces on the jihadists' main Iraqi bastion of Mosul.

Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011 with protests calling for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.

But it has since evolved into a multi-front war, pitting jihadists, rebels, government forces and Kurdish militia against each other.

More than 300,000 people have been killed and millions forced to flee their homes.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:37:41 GMT
52 Taliban Insurgents Killed in Helmand Operation Helmand-27-Oct

At least 52 Taliban insurgents were killed in the ongoing Qar-e-Maiwand military operation in southern Helmand province, the provincial governor's Office said in a statement on Thursday.

In addition, a number of other insurgents were injured.

The operation was launched more than a week ago and still ongoing in Lashkargah, Nehr-e-Siraj and Nad Ali districts of the province, according to the statement.

The statement said that foreign troop's air forces are supporting Afghan ground forces on the battle fields.

However, the statement did not provide more details about the operation nor on casualties among security forces.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:43:23 GMT
US Targets Two Senior al-Qaeda Leaders in Afghanistan

The U.S Department of Defense announced on Wednesday night that two senior al-Qaeda leaders were targeted in airstrikes in eastern Kunar Province on October 23.

The two are Faruq al Qatani, who has long served as one of al-Qaeda's top commanders in Afghanistan, and Bilal al Utabi. Both of them have been involved in al-Qaeda's efforts to strike the U.S and the West, according to the Pentagon.

"We are still assessing the results of the strikes, but their demise would represent a significant blow to the terrorist group's presence in Afghanistan, which remains committed to facilitating attacks against the United States, our allies, and partners," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.

Qatani has been al-Qaeda's "emir for northeastern Afghanistan" and was "assigned by the group's leadership to re-establish al-Qaeda safe havens in Afghanistan," according to Cook. He was also "a senior planner for attacks against the United States, and has a long history of directing deadly attacks against U.S forces and our coalition allies."

The Pentagon's description of Qatani mirrors the short biography provided by the Treasury Department in February, when Qatani was added to the U.S government's list of designated terrorists.

In addition to his responsibilities inside Afghanistan, Treasury said Qatani has contributed to "al-Qaeda's external operations planning," meaning plots against the West.

The Pentagon connected Bilal al Utabi to al-Qaeda's anti-Western plans as well.

Utabi "is assessed to have been involved in efforts to re-establish a safe haven in Afghanistan from which to threaten the West, and in efforts to recruit and train foreign fighters," Cook said.

He added that Qatani and Utabi were targeted "after an extensive period of what was assessed as command-and-control locations in remote areas of Kunar province."

"If these strikes are determined to be successful," his press release continued, then "eliminating these core leaders of al-Qaeda will disrupt efforts to plot against the United States and our allies and partners around the world, reduce the threat to our Afghan partners, and assist their efforts to deny al-Qaeda safe haven in Afghanistan."

As The Long War Journal previously reported, Qatani's importance to al-Qaeda can be seen in declassified files recovered during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:26:03 GMT
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The Attorney General's Office (AGO) on Wednesday said it has arrested five government officials – including an official from its own office – on corruption charges.

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A number of reliable sources said an argument between the First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and the head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Faryab was behind the recent statement made by the country's VP.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:21:08 GMT
Extremism Main Challenge For Afghan Women UNAMA-26-October

Pernille Dahler Kardel, deputy special representative of ‎the secretary-general of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), on Wednesday said extremism is one the main challenges for women in the country.

Kardel said although steps have been taken in fighting extremism over the past 15 years, to address the problem completely, more work is required.

She also expressed her concerns over the killings and stoning of women by anti-government armed groups.

"In Afghanistan, this very important aspect of the agenda tends to disperse, even if all the issues that have been brought up on the complexity of the matter are equally important in the broader picture of women in Afghanistan," Kardel said.

Meanwhile, Elzira Sagybeva, head of UN Women in Afghanistan also said in order to fight extremism in the country, in addition of taking security measures, efforts should be done in social, belief, education and economic aspects of the country and peoples' life.

"I also appreciate the fact that a number of you have highlighted the role of other ministries in working on issues of violent extremism and radicalization of society including ministry of hajj and religious affairs, ministry of education, ministry of higher education and ministry of information and culture ," Segynbaeva said.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:21:07 GMT
Govt Allocates ‎2.17bn Afs To Help IDPs Refugee-26-October

Refugees and Repatriation Minister Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi on Wednesday said government has allocated more than 2.17 billion Afghanis to address the challenges faced by internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the upcoming winter.

Balkhi said that over 23,000 displaced families have returned to their homes in different parts of the country.

"According to our assessments, we need 2.17 billion Afghanis to help the displaced families in the upcoming winter season," the minister said.

He stated that government has distributed primary assistance to Kunduz, Helmand and Farah's ‎displaced families.

"The president has allocated a huge amount of money for the families that have been displaced due to the war. He has ordered to send cash to a number of provinces in order to help the families," said Mohammad Aslam Sayas, acting director of Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA).

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation said they have prepared 70 vehicles to transfer Kunduz displaced families to their homes.

"We don't have state-owned transportation systems. All should be done through the private sector," said Fawzia Ehsani, deputy head of financial and administration affairs at the ministry.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:15:36 GMT
Kabul Warns War 'Far From Over' Donor-26-October

Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Wednesday said the ‎continuation of the international community's assistance is ‎needed for eliminating terrorists in the country.

"We have indeed come a long way. But the fight is far from over. Afghanistan needs your continued support to defeat and dismantle our common enemy. In Warsaw we reaffirmed our mutual commitment to ensuring long term security and stability in Afghanistan," Hakimi said.

The session of monitoring and coordination with donor countries is held every six months where the National Unity Government's (NUG) activities and needs of soldiers are reviewed.

"Against a backdrop of political, security and socio-economic challenges, the Afghan leadership needs continued international solidarity to ensure economic development and political reforms, moving the country forward to self-reliance, prosperity and peace," Hakimi said.

Meanwhile, Steven C. Bondy, assistant chief of mission of U.S ambassador to Afghanistan, ensured that the international community will support Afghan forces, but said corruption and lack of transparency in the government institutions is a big challenge.

"This has been a tough year for the Afghan national defense and security forces. However, despite sustained attacks, that has inflicted casualties the ANDSF has met the challenge and prevented the enemy from achieving their goals and capturing strategic (areas) and population centers," Bondy said.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:10:34 GMT
AGO Arrests Senior Officials On Charges Of Corruption Saranwali-oct-26-2016

The Attorney General's Office (AGO) on Wednesday said it has arrested five government officials – including an official from its own office – on corruption charges.

AGO spokesman Jamshid Rasuli said the officials include three government officials on land grabbing charges, an attorney from the AGO on charges of taking bribes and a police force member in Uruzgan on charges of transferring more than $250,000 USD, three million Afghanis and jewelry.

"This time we arrested one of our attorneys on bribery charges who had a major general rank. He is under investigation by the special court," he said.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi said nearly 16 embezzlement and corruption cases have been sent to the anti-corruption judicial center by the Presidential Palace and 15 cases by other departments, from which eight cases are under investigation and some of them have been sent to the AGO for assessment.

"At least 26 individuals have been arrested in connection with 15 cases. Three officials from the ministry of urban development, six officials on charges of misuse of government's assets, six officials from Maidan Wardak police training center on corruption charges, two officials on bribary charges, one individual on charges of money laundering and six others on corruption charges in the National Bank," Hakimi said.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:31:35 GMT
Argument With Faryab Official Allegedly Behind Dostum's Statement DostumFaryabToday

A number of reliable sources said an argument between the First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and the head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Faryab was behind the recent statement made by the country's VP.

According to the sources, the head of the NDS office in Faryab complained about Dostum to Kabul and he was supported by the central government.

"The money is not spent from the NDS chief's pocket. They [security officials] are doing this because of me," Dostum said earlier this week.

Commenting on this, Nabila Mustafazada, a member of the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) said local officials should obey the orders of the first vice president.

"The first vice president traveled to the northern provinces for the safety of the people; therefore, the provincial NDS chief and the police chief, they should obey his [Dostum's] orders because he is the second man (in charge) in the country," she said.

Meanwhile, a number of former military officials said they believe that Dostum's visits to the battlegrounds are not his responsibility.

"Any authority given to the president is given to his vice president in his absence. When the president is not here, his first vice president should control the country, including military activities. The first vice president is not responsible to travel to a province," said former military official Atiqullah Amarkhail.

"They [government leaders] have positions, palace, money and everything. Unfortunately, they do not realize the fact that what they say for their own benefit or because of their rift affects the people and even their own supporters," said Ramazan Bashardost, member of Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament).

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:03:25 GMT
Dostum's Remarks Met With Mixed Reaction In Wolesi Jirga POarlametntoday

The recent remarks made by First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum against the National Unity Government (NUG) leaders was met with mixed reaction at Wednesday's session of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament).

Some MPs criticized the statement while others supported Dostum's opinion.

A number of MPs said Dostum's remarks were made for his own benefit and that senior officials in government will not criticize the president unless there is a reason behind their frustration.

"The first vice president is afraid that someone will want to remove him from his position, but no one will do that," said Kamal Nasir Osuli, an MP.

"Afghanistan's situation is like the situation of a flock (of sheep), where a wolf is assigned to look after it. God help the flock," said Obaidullah Barekzai, another MP.

"He [Dostum] has always stabbed his friends in the back. He does not have political and mental stability," said Iqbal Safi, another MP.

Meanwhile, other MPs supported the first vice president's statement against the NUG leaders.

Commenting on the issue, MP Abulhai Akhundzada, said: "I appreciate Dostum's remarks, because he told the truth. He felt responsible and wanted to make Afghans aware about the problems at the Presidential Palace."

"The first vice president [Dostum] has complaints, the Chief of Executive [Abdullah Abdullah] has complaints, president's special envoy on reforms and good governance [Ahmad Zia Massoud] has complaints; therefore, it seems that there is something behind the scene," said Sadiqizada Nili, a lawmaker at the Wolesi Jirga.

"President [Ashraf Ghani] says the activities of the first vice president should be investigated by the anti-corruption judicial center. This is worrying," said Shakiba Hashimi, another lawmaker.

This comes after Dostum accused Ghani of nepotism and criticized Abdullah for what he called incompetence.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:24:13 GMT
Finland Concerned Over Tension Between NUG Leaders FinlandToday

The Foreign Minister of Finland, Timo Soini, in an interview with TOLOnews said the rift between the National Unity Government (NUG) leaders is a matter of concern and that the victory of Afghanistan's war is connected to unity among its state leaders and officials.

The Finnish foreign minister said political ways should be sought to end the war in Afghanistan and that the international community should act against countries that support insurgency and terrorism in Afghanistan.

"Political solution of course would be the best one, but it is not going to be easy... I sometimes hope that the people especially the leaders would understand and people are getting fed up and tired, because the ordinary people are paying the price," he said.

"The international community, the United Nations, the European Union, all the cooperation throughout the world should tackle this spat," he added.

Meanwhile, a number of MPs criticized what they called the failure of Afghan politicians over finding a solution to overcome the crisis in the country.

"We would not be in such a situation if we had experienced diplomats and politicians. The international community should be encouraged to put pressure on Pakistan in order to quit supporting insurgency," said Arif Rahmani, member of Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament).

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:51:59 GMT
One Civilian Killed, 17 Others Injured in Paktika Twin Blast Paktika-26-Oct-2016

At least one civilian was killed and 17 others were injured in twin blasts in southeastern Paktika province on Wednesday morning, local officials said.

The blast took place in Sharana, the capital of the province. The first blast was caused by a grenade which was thrown by a man and the second went off minutes later, local officials said.

The victims were taken to a nearby hospital and "four of the wounded people are not in a stable condition and will be transferred to Kabul," according to officials.

The police have started investigations but no arrests have yet been made, officials added.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:42:06 GMT
Kabul-Kandahar Highway Closed After Taliban Attack

A number of motorists have said that Taliban insurgents attacked the Kabul-Kandahar highway from three directions early Wednesday morning - resulting in the closure of the main artery.

Motorists said insurgents attacked the highway at about 6am local time in the Sorpal, Sherazi and Shater areas in Wardak province.

Wardak provincial council members confirmed the early morning attack but said insurgents also converged on other districts including Daimurdad and on the highway itself.

According to them clashes with security forces are ongoing.

The provincial council members said that the insurgents also closed the Kabul-Bamiyan highway.

However, the security officials have not yet commented about the attack.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:17:26 GMT
MEHWAR: Not Enough Women Government‎ mehwar-nadiri-25-oct-16

Host Masoud Malik discusses the topic with Farkhunda Zahra Nadiri former parliament member.

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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:37:49 GMT
Mediterranean Three Times More Deadly Than 2015 - UN Migrants-Mediterranean

The death toll on the Mediterranean has nearly matched that of all last year, with more than 3,740 migrants and refugees having drowned on their way to Europe, and perilous winter months still to come, aid agencies said on Tuesday.

Smugglers are now sending thousands of people on flimsy inflatable rafts from Libya to Italy in mass embarkations, perhaps to lower their own risks of being caught, but also complicating the work of rescue teams, they said.

At least 3,740 people have perished so far, nearly matching the death toll of 3,771 for all of 2015 when three times as many people, more than one million, took to the seas, the United Nations refugee agency said.

"This is by far the worse we ever have seen in the Mediterranean," William Spindler, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news briefing. "You could say that the death rate has increased three-fold."

About 2,200 migrants were plucked to safety in the central Mediterranean in 21 rescue missions on Monday and 16 bodies were recovered, the Italian Coast Guard said.

At least 17 corpses from those weekend incidents are being brought to Italy, the International Organization for Migation (IOM) said.

"We were told by witnesses there may be many more. There may be other shipwrecks that occurred over the weekend that we're learning more about," IOM spokesman Joel Millman said.

Since the European Union-Turkey deal in March to close down pathways to Greece, the Libya to Italy route across the central Mediterranean has become the main route. One per every 47 migrants or refugees attempting the voyage between Libya and Italy is meeting is dying, the UNHCR's Spindler said.

"Smuggling has become a big business, its being done almost on an industrial scale. So now they send several boats at the same time and that puts rescue services in difficulty because they need to rescue several thousand people on several hundred boats," he said.

"But when you have so many people at sea on boats that are barely seaworthy, then the dangers obviously increase."

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:14:12 GMT
Daesh Insurgents Kill 36 Civilians in Ghor Ghor-26-Oct-2016

Local officials of western Ghor province on Wednesday said that Daesh insurgents shot dead 36 civilians in the province on Tuesday night.

The incident happened on Tuesday evening after a group of Daesh insurgents attacked some parts of Feroz Koh in Chaghcharan, the capital of the province.

Security forces and residents responded to the attack, said Provincial Governor Mohammad Nasir Khaze.‎

"Mullah Farooq, the commander of Daesh and the son of another commander were killed in the clashes. While they were escaping they shot them all dead," Khaze said.

"They [Daesh] abducted civilians who were farmers busy on their land. They shot all of them in reaction to killing their commander on Tuesday night," he said.

However, he did not provide more details on the clashes.

This is first time that a large number of Daesh insurgents have attacked Ghor province - as the group is mainly active in the eastern parts of the country.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:58:03 GMT
Uzbek Woman Allegedly Stabbed by Afghans in India delhi-police-

A 35-year-old Uzbek woman was injured after being allegedly stabbed by three Afghan nationals, including a 15-year-old girl, in southeast Delhi's Lajpat Nagar area, apparently over an "illicit" relationship, Indian police said on Tuesday.

The victim, Zarina, was stabbed on Sunday night by the minor and two of her male friends, identified as Abdullah and Shorab, aged 27 years, a senior police officer told the Hindustan Times.

"The dispute allegedly originated over Zarina informing her friend Roshini about her (Roshini's) husband's illicit affair with the minor. The 15-year-old got to know about Zarina's involvement and roped in two of her friends and attacked Zarina," he said.

Police said Zarina was admitted to hospital and is out of danger.

When the minor was escaping in a car with the accomplices, a passerby saw them and thought that the girl had been kidnapped by the men, according to police.

He made a call and police intercepted the vehicle on Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, said the officer.

It was later found during interrogation and through a series of calls that they were involved in a case of stabbing and the girl had not been kidnapped, he added.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:56:37 GMT
MEHWAR: Rifts Between NUG Leaders Discussed mehwar-natoo-25-oct-16

NATO on Tuesday raised concern over rifts between leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG).

Host Masoud Malik discusses the issue with Daoud Muradian General Director of Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS)‎

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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:35:20 GMT