TOLOnews.com RSS Feed http://tolonews.com/ Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:07:09 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) TOLOnews 6pm News 27 July 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/26460-tolonews-6pm-news-27-july-2016- zaki-27Top news in this Bulletin:

Afghanistan's Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) said on Wednesday that the number of Afghan refugees returning home from Pakistan is on the rise and that 10,000 have returned home in just four days.

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 Dozens of families of Afghan National Police (ANP) officers eke out a living each month and due to poverty are forced to live in caves around the Buddha statues in central Bamiyan province.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:05:17 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/26460-tolonews-6pm-news-27-july-2016-
Takhar Woman Loses Unborn Baby In Horrific Attack By Husband http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26459-takhar-woman-loses-unborn-baby-in-horrific-attack-by-husband hamida-27

A Takhar woman has lost her unborn baby after her husband tortured her and mutilated her genitals.

This latest attack adds to a string of incidents against women in Afghanistan in the past few months.

The 21-year-old victim is currently being treated at a hospital in Kunduz province.

The Takhar Women's Affairs Department confirmed the victim was six months pregnant and that she lost the baby following the horrific attack.

Takhar's police department has pledged to arrest the husband.

According to the victim's mother, the husband "tortured her first and then called us to tell us I have killed your daughter come and take her."

The head of Takhar's Women's Affairs Department Ramz Ara has strongly condemned the incident.

"She has been mutilated and because of the violence she has lost her baby," said Ara.

Meanwhile, doctors treating the victim have said the women is in serious condition.

"Gynecologists are overseeing her treatment; their examinations show that the infant has also been lost due to ... violence," one doctor said.

"The name of her husband is Sarbaland and he is on the run now, two other criminals mentioned in the (police) statement are now in Kabul," said Abdul Khalil Aseer, spokesman for Takhar police headquarters.

The victim, was unable to speak to TOLOnews, but her family has called on the authorities to ensure justice is served.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:49:16 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26459-takhar-woman-loses-unborn-baby-in-horrific-attack-by-husband
10,000 Refugees Return Home from Pakistan In 4 Days http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26458-10000-refugees-return-home-from-pakistan-in-4-days refugees-27

Afghanistan's Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) said on Wednesday that the number of Afghan refugees returning home from Pakistan is on the rise and that 10,000 have returned home in just four days.

MoRR statistics show that up to 200,000 refugees have returned home in the past six months.

Increasing pressure by Pakistani forces is believed to be the main reason for the influx of return refugees.

"The government is also trying in part to provide shelter to the refugees coming home, certain NGOs are also providing them with cash which enables the refugees to consult health services," said Hafiz Ahmad Miakhail, media advisor for the MoRR.

"Following increasing tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the political pressure also increased on Afghan refugees, so repatriation levels increased in the wake of efforts made by government for voluntary repatriation; cash support also increased and these issues are the main aspects of the rise in the repatriations," said Miakhail.

Abdul Salam is one refugee who has returned. He lived in Pakistan for 35 years.

"Pakistan has imposed additional restrictions and pressure, police now easily arrest a refugee and investigate them, police arrested my son despite the fact he had a refugee card. " he said.

According to Salam, all his children have been denied an education in Pakistan.

But for another refugee this was not the case.

"We had a good life there, our children were at school, now we have returned to live in our own country," Gul Zarina said.

Up to 1.5 million Afghan refugees still live in Pakistan. However, Pakistan has given the refugees six months to leave.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:15:52 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26458-10000-refugees-return-home-from-pakistan-in-4-days
Kot Residents Call For Post-Operation Security http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26457-kot-residents-call-for-post-operation-security daesh-27

Kot residents have called on government to take steps to secure their area in the eastern province of Nangarhar once it has been cleared of Daesh insurgents.

Residents have asked that all government institutions step up their efforts to provide security in order to prevent insurgents from returning.

This comes amid an ongoing military operation which has seen security forces eliminate Daesh fighters in many parts of Kot in the past few days.

A month ago, Daesh reportedly launched a massive attack on Kot, killing a number of civilians and forcing dozens of families to flee the area.

Residents claim Daesh has occupied their area since the attack.

The issue of little security in areas that have been cleared of insurgents has been a growing problem across the country. Residents in remote districts have raised the matter on a number of occasions saying once security forces leave following military operations, insurgents simply return.

Local bodies have also repeatedly called for more inclusive measures to be taken in remote areas in order to improve governance and rule of law. Residents in many of these areas have said a lack of strong governance has allowed militants to reintegrate into these remote regions.

However, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance said such situations are assessed and problems addressed following successful operations.

"The process of assessing the problems of the people and the process of evaluating their recommendations start swiftly after an area is retaken; we try our best to address their emergency needs," said Munira Yousafzada, head of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance.

"According to government policy, services are being provided to areas where there is no threat, but not in areas with threats, this in-fact persuades some individuals to join the insurgents," said MP Sharif Balkhabi.

"The first option is to inflict major harm to the enemy, second option is to secure the areas which are recaptured," said MoI Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:03:04 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26457-kot-residents-call-for-post-operation-security
ANP Officers Forced To Live In Bamiyan’s Caves http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26456-anp-officers-forced-to-live-in-bamiyans-caves- bamian-27

Dozens of families of Afghan National Police (ANP) officers eke out a living each month and due to poverty are forced to live in caves around the Buddha statues in central Bamiyan province.

These families deal with untold hardships on a daily basis and have their homes in the mountainside as the salaries paid to the local ANP officers is not enough to cover daily expenses, they told TOLOnews on Wednesday.

Khadija, 54, is a Bamiyan resident who lives with her three children in one such cave.

She said her first husband was killed by the Taliban a few years ago. She then remarried – to a man who is serving in the ANP.

According to her, they have lived in the cave for almost ten years.

"We do not even have a proper area to take a bath; we live here throughout the year and face a lot of problems," she said.

Another woman, Halima, also lives in a nearby cave. The 55-year-old mother said her family has lived there for thirty years.

Her older son is a drug addict and the younger one serves in the ANP, she said. He is her family's only breadwinner.

"The Taliban had asked the local residents to leave their homes and evacuate the area. I was not here at that time, but when I returned I saw people around my house and they told me that the Taliban had shot my husband in the head," said Halima.

Salman, 14, is Halima's son, he is at school and is in class seven.

"We cannot come out of here during the winter when it snows; stones also fall from the top of the hill; if we go out, we get hit," Salman said.

Government pays 8,000 Afs a month to ANP soldiers in Bamiyan. However, the ministry of interior has said that government plans to build special townships for ANP officers.

"A contract has been signed with China on the basis of which thousands of apartments will be built for ANP officers and security personnel," said Sediq Sediqqi spokesman for the ministry of interior.

Hundreds of Bamiyan residents work in the agriculture sector in the province however they are dealing with high levels of unemployment and poverty.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:49:09 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26456-anp-officers-forced-to-live-in-bamiyans-caves-
Govt Seeks Alternate For Electoral Reforms Amid Setbacks http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26455-govt-seeks-alternate-for-electoral-reforms-amid-setbacks- elections-27

The Afghan government is likely to announce an alternate to implementing electoral reforms after the Wolesi Jirga's (Lower House of Parliament) recent rejection of President Ashraf Ghani's second legislative decree on the issue.

This has however, scuppered the hopes of monitoring groups and the Afghan public that reforms in the election system would take place.

Government is expected to announce a second option for election reforms by the end of the week, the Office of the Chief Executive Officer of the National Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah said in a statement on Wednesday.

No details as to what the alternate is was given.

The statement comes amid constant setbacks in parliament over electoral reforms and in the wake of rising public outrage over the issue which has undermined the implementation of reforms.

Election monitoring groups have warned that domestic and international criticism against government is likely to grow if the so-called new option for election reforms again hits a deadlock.

"Electoral reforms constitutes one of the key promises of government which also motivated us to consult the House of Representatives for help; however we faced deadlocks in our attempt; but government will announce the next step by the end of the week and then details will be shared with the media," said Maisam Umid, deputy spokesman for the CEO.

Both the presidency and the CEO's office have rejected rumors over disagreements between the president and the CEO regarding the electoral reforms issue.

However, monitoring groups claim government does not have the political will to reform the law.

"The electoral reform process is one of the priorities in line with the political agreement (signed at the establishment of the national unity government), however no practical steps have been taken until now and we are massively concerned about the approach; if a similar track continues, international pressure and outrage among opposition forces will likely increase," said Mohammad Naeem Ayoubzada, head of the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, members of the public have also blasted government over constant delays that have hit the much-awaited process.

"No leaders have disagreements on the scale of Ghani and Abdullah; I personally will not vote in the elections," local resident Muharram Hussain said.

"The government tells lies, it has not delivered on any of its promises," said University student Rohullah.

"Even pro-government MPs rejected the decree in parliament, because government leaders were trying to put their responsibilities on the shoulders of parliament," said MP Raihana Azad.

"According to the law, the decree is already implemented. The government has the legal authority to undertake its job whether it is electoral reforms or any other job but keeping in mind the time the decree was issue. When the MPs return from the summer recess, government can resend the decree to parliament for approval," MP Ghulam Farooq Majroh said.

The European Union and foreign donors have said that they will not provide financial assistance to Afghanistan's election management bodies unless the reforms are effected in the elections law.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:40:19 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26455-govt-seeks-alternate-for-electoral-reforms-amid-setbacks-
Govt Expedites Anti-Graft Efforts Ahead of Brussels Summit http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26454-govt-expedites-anti-graft-efforts-ahead-of-brussels-summit brussels-27

With the Brussels Summit on Afghanistan less than three months away, the Afghan government is apparently expediting efforts to define a more robust and coherent anti-graft policy aimed at restoring trust between the country and its strategic allies in order to secure their continued financial, military and moral support in the years ahead.

On Wednesday, President Ashraf Ghani's deputy spokesman Shahhussain Murtazawi assured the nation of government's commitment to fighting the trend by defining more inclusive anti-corruption measures ahead of the Brussels Summit in October.

He said that all government institutions are expected to outline their anti-corruption policies at a special meeting on Thursday.

Referring to government's counter-corruption strategy, corruption monitoring groups have cautiously welcomed the announcement.

The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) has however cast doubt over the effectiveness of government's anti-graft policies in the past, urging the political leadership to make sure that the newly established anti-corruption justice center starts its work soon.

The center aims to probe corruption cases of government officials.

The MEC has called on government to finalize major corruption cases in the country in order to revive the trust of the international community.

The Brussels Summit in a way will revive the commitments made by the international community to Afghanistan during the Warsaw Summit earlier this month, however government needs to take firm steps to combat corruption ahead of the next summit.

While government is convinced of the future-effectiveness of the anti-corruption justice center, critics still cast doubt over government's anti-corruption policies.

"The Afghan government takes such initiatives before every summit, but when the summits are concluded, government also stops its efforts and this is not a good approach," said Yama Turabi, head of MEC.

But, government still defends its anti-corruption measures.

"High Council of Governance, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption convenes its first meeting tomorrow; the ministries are expected to define their anti-corruption measures which are concrete and practical work will start," said presidential spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri.

But, monitoring groups have said that government needs to take solid action to combat corruption before the Brussels Summit.

"The government needs to prioritize corruption and address the issue firmly; the anti-corruption justice center must assume its work before the Brussels Summit and it should assess a number of major corruption cases," head of Integrity Watch Afghanistan, Sayed Ekram Afzali said.

The question being asked however is why have those appointed to the new center not started their work?

"The anti-corruption justice center will start its job in the near future and it will investigate major cases of corruption," said Basir Azizi, spokesman for the Attorney General of Afghanistan.

The Brussels Summit on Afghanistan is scheduled to take place on 4 and 5 October in Belgium. At least 70 countries and 30 international organizations are expected to attend the key summit.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:55:41 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26454-govt-expedites-anti-graft-efforts-ahead-of-brussels-summit
NDS Capture Daesh IED-Maker In Nangarhar http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26453-nds-capture-daesh-ied-maker-in-nangarhar arrested-insurgents-Nangarhar

National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces have arrested an IED-maker of Daesh group in eastern Nangarhar province.

In a statement issued by the NDS, the man, Azizullah, was captured during an operation conducted in Kama district of the province.

The NDS also seized a number of explosives.

"During the operation, forces also seized some equipment which was used to build mines," the statement read.

 

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:32:59 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26453-nds-capture-daesh-ied-maker-in-nangarhar
TAWDE KHABARE: Insecurity in Eastern Parts of Afghanistan Discussed http://www.tolonews.com/en/tawde-khabare/26452-tawde-khabare-insecurity-in-eastern-parts-of-afghanistan-discussed Tawde-Khabare-26-July-2016

In this episode of Tawde Khabare, host Shapoor Bakhtiyar discusses the insecurity and presence of Daesh in eastern parts of Afghanistan with Zahir Qadir, First Deputy House Speaker in Parliament.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:22:39 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/tawde-khabare/26452-tawde-khabare-insecurity-in-eastern-parts-of-afghanistan-discussed
Russia Expresses Readiness To Help AAF: Atmar http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26451-russia-expresses-readiness-to-help-aaf-atmar Atmar 27 July 2016

Afghanistan's National Security Adviser Haneef Atmar held high level talks with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev on Tuesday and said, on twitter, that the Russian side expressed readiness to support the Afghan Air Force.

He said the Afghan delegation submitted its request for repairs and service of its Mi-35 helicopter fleet.

Atmar added that he held talks with 13 Russian military, diplomatic, security and economic ministries where he discussed the expansion of bilateral military and security ties in the fight against terrorism – especially regarding the provision of support to the Afghan National Defense Force.

In an interview with Sputnik on Monday, Atmar said Afghanistan was interested in enhancing its cooperation with Russia against international terrorism.

"The reason I am here is to ask Russia for help [fight Daesh]. Russian help was extremely helpful and effective [in fighting terrorism]," Atmar said.

He also told Sputnik that Kabul hoped for renewed cooperation between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Afghanistan.

"NATO and Russia cooperation has been extremely well appreciated and evaluated effectively in Afghanistan. This NATO-Russian cooperation was very helpful. And we hope that this cooperation is resumed, because it is in the interests of all three parties, it is in the interest of Afghanistan and, Russia and NATO," Atmar said.

Speaking to Russia's TASS news agency earlier this week, Atmar said Afghanistan was interested in buying Russian-made Mi-35 combat helicopters to combat terrorists.

"We need combat helicopters and other weapons to rebuff terrorist groups acting in the Afghan territory more efficiently," he said.

"Now we have obsolete modifications of Russian combat helicopters. We would like to replace them by more modern Mi-35 rotorcraft and to organize training of pilots and technical personnel to service these helicopters. This is issue is of top priority importance for us at the moment."

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:09:42 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26451-russia-expresses-readiness-to-help-aaf-atmar
Merkel Blasted Over Refugee Stance After Attacks http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26450-merkel-blasted-over-refugee-stance-after-attacks Germany Attack 27 July 2016

A rash of attacks in Germany has emboldened political rivals of Chancellor Angela Merkel, blaming her liberal asylum policy for exposing the country to a shocking week of bloodshed.

Four brutal assaults in Germany's south, three of which were carried out by asylum seekers, have rattled Germans and revived a backlash against Merkel's decision last year to open the borders to those fleeing war and persecution.

"It all appeared to be going pretty well for Merkel but the situation has changed dramatically in the 10 days between the Nice attack and Sunday's suicide bomber in Ansbach," the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung wrote, referring to attacks in France and Germany claimed by Daesh.

"The chancellor must once again fear that she will be punished by the voters," with two pivotal state polls looming in September.

Merkel's aides were quick to point out that three of the four assailants arrived in Germany before the record influx that brought in more than one million refugees and migrants last year.

The fourth, a teenager who went on a shooting rampage in Munich on Friday killing nine before turning the gun on himself, was born and raised in Germany, the son of Iranian asylum seekers who arrived in the 1990s.

Investigators say he was obsessed with mass killings, including Norwegian rightwing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 massacre, and have ruled out an Islamist motive.

The violence reignited political friction that had eased as the number of new arrivals to Germany slowed to a trickle in recent months due to the closure of the Balkans migration route and an EU deal with Turkey to take back migrants.

"What we always warned of has now happened," Frauke Petry, head of the rightwing populist AfD party, said in a statement.

Horst Seehofer, conservative premier of Bavaria state in which three of the attacks took place, called into question the principle that asylum seekers should never be sent back to war zones. He later backtracked, citing international law.

However, he insisted: "We must seriously consider how such people should be treated if they violate the law or can be considered a danger."

Merkel, who has led Europe's economic powerhouse for nearly 11 years, sought to project calm by remaining at her holiday cottage north of Berlin this week.

But she has since called a news conference on Thursday "on current domestic and foreign policy issues" in an apparent acknowledgement that her absence was causing anxiety.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:23:12 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26450-merkel-blasted-over-refugee-stance-after-attacks
800 Aviation Troops Deploying To Afghanistan http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26449-800-aviation-troops-deploying-to-afghanistan US troops 27 July 2016

The U.S Army has confirmed that about 800 soldiers from an aviation unit are deploying to Afghanistan this summer.

The 1st Combat Aviation Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas will deploy on a regular rotation, according to a news release issued on Tuesday.

According to Lt. Col. Kimeisha McCullum, a division spokeswoman, the unit will utilize Blackhawks, Chinooks and Apache helicopters with a primary mission of supporting Afghan military efforts.

McCullum said the soldiers can expect medical evacuation and logistical support missions, but declined to say whether U.S. troops will play a role in close air support or training their Afghan crewmember counterparts.

The deployment comes after a deadly suicide bombing in Kabul on Saturday that killed over 80 people. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, the U.S has said new authorities given to U.S. troops in Afghanistan to more proactively target the Taliban have already made a difference, but troop caps continue to present problems, the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Monday after a visit to the country.

"One of the commanders, this may not be an exact quote, but I wrote it down at the time: 'We've done more good in the last 30 days than the entire nine months before, and we've only had to drop one bomb, but just having an airplane overhead is a huge boost for the Afghans and does huge damage to the morale of the Taliban,'" Rep. Mac Thornberry said he was told during his trip.

"And that sort of sentiment we saw in a variety of places.

"I think there are really signs of progress," he added.

"At the same time, there's still lots of threats there."

U.S President Barack Obama in June approved new authorities for U.S. troops that allow them greater ability to accompany conventional Afghan forces that are fighting the Taliban, as well as provide more close air support.

In addition to the help of more U.S. airpower, the Afghan forces themselves are performing better, Thornberry said.

Last year was the first year Afghans led the fight against the Taliban after U.S. combat operations were officially declared over in December 2014.

"Last year's fighting season was a tough one," he said. "This year they are performing much better, and that was a uniform opinion that we got everywhere."

This weekend's attack in Kabul, which killed at least 80 people and for which Daesh took credit, underscores the number of threats in the country, he said.

"The thing I was struck by is how many different actors are in Afghanistan, and while, as I mentioned, the strong takeaway was the loosing somewhat has made a big difference, there are still a number of restrictions on who our folks can target and under what circumstances they can get involved," Thornberry said, listing the Taliban, the Haqqani network, al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Daesh as examples of the many threats in Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, Obama announced he would leave about 8,400 U.S. troops in the country instead of the 5,500 he had previously planned to leave. Republicans mostly welcomed the decision to leave more troops but questioned why there was any reduction.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:46:40 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26449-800-aviation-troops-deploying-to-afghanistan
FARAKHABAR: Afghan, NATO Officials Meet With Pakistani Delegation In Kabul http://www.tolonews.com/en/fara-khabar/26448-farakhabar-afghan-nato-officials-meet-with-pakistani-delegation-in-kabul FaraKhabar-26-July-2016

A military delegation from Pakistan called on Afghan and Resolute Support mission officials in Kabul on Tuesday where they discussed ways to fight the menace of terrorism along the bordering areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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The Defense Ministry said the trilateral meeting was aimed at overcoming challenges – particularly terrorist activities along the Durand Line.

"The [trilateral] meetings were held in the past as well. It is expected that security officials from the two countries overcome the border rifts between the two countries," said the Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri.

In this episode of FaraKhabar, host Fawad Aman discusses the topic with Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense and Sayed Ishaq Gailani, leader of the National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan.

 

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:49:51 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/fara-khabar/26448-farakhabar-afghan-nato-officials-meet-with-pakistani-delegation-in-kabul
Takhar's Ishkamesh Cleared of Taliban: Officials http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26447-takhars-ishkamesh-cleared-of-taliban-officials ANSF-20-July-2016

Jawid Neyazee, a spokesman for northern Takhar province's police said on Wednesday that Ishkamesh district of Takhar has been cleared of Taliban after a military operation.

Neyazee said that 18 Taliban insurgents including Qari Ramatullah, deputy shadow district governor, were killed in clashes with security forces on Tuesday night.

However, he did not provide details about the operation.

This comes after Taliban insurgents recently seized some parts of Durqad district of the province after launching attacks against security forces.

The operation is still ongoing in Durqad to clear all insurgents, according to officials.

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:44:23 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26447-takhars-ishkamesh-cleared-of-taliban-officials
TOLOnews 6pm News 26 July 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/26446-tolonews-6pm-news-26-july-2016 ShujaZakiJuly26finalTop Stories in This Bulletin:

Afghanistan's Attorney General Farid Hamidi on Tuesday pledged to carry out a transparent, just and impartial probe into the deadly blast on Saturday in Kabul that left 84 dead and 304 wounded.

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Sources have told TOLOnews that Foreign Affairs Minister Salahuddin Rabbani has opposed the appointment of former chief of Independent Election Committee Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani as ambassador of Afghanistan to Spain - which has allegedly sparked President Ashraf Ghani's anger.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:04:38 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/26446-tolonews-6pm-news-26-july-2016
Afghan, NATO Officials Meet With Pakistani Delegation In Kabul http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26445-afghan-nato-officials-meet-with-pakistani-delegation-in-kabul PaksitanstoryJlyuy26

A military delegation from Pakistan called on Afghan and Resolute Support mission officials in Kabul on Tuesday where they discussed ways to fight the menace of terrorism along the bordering areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Defense Ministry said the trilateral meeting was aimed at overcoming challenges – particularly terrorist activities along the Durand Line.

"The [trilateral] meetings were held in the past as well. It is expected that security officials from the two countries overcome the border rifts between the two countries," said the Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri.

Meanwhile, analysts said they believe that the recent border issues between Afghanistan and Pakistan requires an honest contribution by Islamabad in fighting terrorism on two sides of the Durand Line.

"Overcoming the rifts in Kabul-Islamabad relations as well as solving the border problems requires that both countries find the root of the problem and then try to tackle it," said Sayed Farhad Hashemi, political commentator.

This comes after recent clashes between Afghan and Pakistani border forces over the installation of gates at Torkham crossing which left casualties among troops from both countries.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:45:57 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26445-afghan-nato-officials-meet-with-pakistani-delegation-in-kabul
Critics Question Daesh Strength In Afghanistan http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26443-critics-question-daesh-strength-in-afghanistan DaeshJloy26

As thousands of Afghan troops are busy fighting Daesh insurgents in the southern parts of the country, a number of military analysts said they believe that Daesh‎ numbers are being exaggerated and that the Taliban is still the biggest threat to the country.

They said figures revealed by government regarding Daesh casualties in military operations are incorrect.

According to security agencies' information, at least 230 Daesh fighters were killed and 155 wounded - including 70 foreigners, of Pakistan, Uzbek, Tajik and Chechen origins. These were all killed in air raids carried out in parts of Nangarhar over the past two months.

Roughly 14 of Daesh's key commanders have also been listed as among those killed.

According to military affairs analyst Jawed Kohistani: "The major threat to Afghanistan is imposed by the Taliban. They [Taliban] have the control of a further geography and they have the highest fighters [compared to Daesh]. Daesh poses a limited threat to two or three provinces in Afghanistan. It has likely between 1,000 and 1,500 fighters, but it is made bigger in the media and their activities are emboldened during operations by security forces and during speeches of foreign officials."

He added: "This is a matter of concern. Daesh might be considered a project for the future of Afghanistan."

When asked about the number of Daesh insurgents fighting Afghan troops, the defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said: "The major hubs of Daesh were eliminated in Achin last night and are under full control of the Afghan security forces. Therefore, they [Daesh] were hundreds but the hundreds were killed."

Meanwhile, senior U.S officials recently said there are between 1,000 and 3,000 Daesh fighters in Afghanistan. However, the U.S Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said they are committed to helping Afghan forces combat against terrorism.

"Afghan troops are successful in this fighting season and in recognition of the fact even though they have come a long way since when they started, they still benefit from the support of U.S forces," he said.

As per the reports, Daesh rebels are operating in Kot, Achin, Deh Bala, Nazian, Pachergam and Sherzad districts in Nangarhar as well as in Ghaziabad, Marawara, Sarkano and Nari districts in Kunar province. Kot, Achin, Deh Bala and Nazian are said to be the terrorist group's main hubs in Afghanistan.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:27:28 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26443-critics-question-daesh-strength-in-afghanistan
U.S Vows To Help Afghanistan Reduce Civilian Casualties http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26442-us-vows-to-help-afghanistan-reduce-civilian-casualties- CiviliansJuly26

U.S officials have said that Washington will help the Afghan forces reduce civilian casualties in the ongoing war in the country.

General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday that one of the main reasons behind the rise in civilian casualties is the increase in air raids conducted by Afghan troops.

"Mr. President (Barack Obama) recognized when he approved the request that Secretary Carter made for 2017 and as the secretary said that some areas still lag in terms of capability of the Afghan forces and our continued presence in 2017 and financial support by NATO nations has approved at Warsaw that will continue until 2020," he said.

He added: "Almost 90 percent of casualties in that report were attributable to the Taliban and while it did indicate that the increased number of casualties occurred as a result of actions by Afghan security forces and I do believe that they have taken every possible measure to mitigate the risk of civilian casualties."

Meanwhile, the United Nations once again called on warring sides to pay attention to civilians' lives.

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said: "5,166 civilians were recorded killed or maimed in just six months of this year of whom almost one third were children. This represents an increase of four percent the total number of casualties compared to the first six months of 2015 and is the highest half-year total since 2009. Anti-government elements remain responsible for the majority 60 percent of civilian casualties."

Save the Children also said that the death of 400 children and wounding of more than 1,121 others in the first six months of this year was a cause for concern.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:45:39 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26442-us-vows-to-help-afghanistan-reduce-civilian-casualties-
Attorney General Promises Impartial Probe Into Rally Attack http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26441-attorney-general-promises-impartial-probe-into-rally-attack SaranwaliJly26

Afghanistan's Attorney General Farid Hamidi on Tuesday pledged to carry out a transparent, just and impartial probe into the deadly blast on Saturday in Kabul that left 84 dead and 304 wounded.

Speaking in a televised broadcast, Hamidi urged the Enlightenment Movement and the public to cooperate with the commission in its investigation.

"One of the characteristics of the commission compared to other commissions is that it has other duties besides probing the incident; therefore, I want to assure people that the commission's assessments will be just, neutral and transparent," he said.

He said that the commission, after completing its investigation, will ensure justice is brought and that no one will be pardoned if found guilty.

"Justice will be implemented and justice will be ensured on anyone, anywhere," he added.

Meanwhile, families of victims have called on the commission to conduct their investigation independently.

"My son was divided into pieces. Now what will the commission do about my pain and sorrows - that I have gained from this incident?" asked one mother.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said at the Council of Ministers Meeting on Tuesday: "This is an act by Afghanistan's enemies as they once claim responsibility for an incident but the next time they reject the responsibility."

The deadly attack sparked world-wide condemnation, and countless countries sent messages of condolences to the government and people of Afghanistan.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:33:32 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26441-attorney-general-promises-impartial-probe-into-rally-attack
Kot Cleared of Daesh After Heavy Military Operation http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26440-kot-cleared-of-daesh-after-heavy-military-operation Kot-Nangarhar-26-July-2016

Military forces and Afghan commandos have cleared Kot district in eastern Nangarhar of Daesh insurgents after four days of heavy fighting, which resulted in the death of at least 122 insurgents, officials said on Tuesday.

In addition, 22 other insurgents were arrested.

Ghulaam Hazrat, leader of a special commando unit, said that a military operation was underway in Achin and Haskamina districts of the province to clear the areas of insurgents.

Meanwhile, TOLOnews reporter Zeyar Yaad who visited the battle scene, reports that the commandos have seized buildings that Daesh was using as a court and training centers and that "the commandos are continuing their operations in other parts of the province to clear the insurgents."

Yaad said that foreign troops also supported the Afghan security forces during the battle by launching air operations.

"Some documents belonging to Daesh insurgents were left at their centers," according to Yaad.

Attaullah Khoghyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said that "122 insurgents were killed in the past 24 hours and a number of centers belonging to the insurgents were destroyed. Most of the insurgents killed in the operation are foreigners."

Nearly a month ago, Daesh insurgents attacked the district killing a number of civilians. Dozens of families were subsequently displaced.

Military forces assured people that insurgents were cleared in Kot and that they will continue their operations to clear Achin and Haskamina - which are close to the district.

Residents of Kot said that Daesh insurgents killed a number of tribal elders in the area after accusing them of having links with government. But now security forces have assured the people "that we will not let insurgents come back to this district."

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:15:19 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26440-kot-cleared-of-daesh-after-heavy-military-operation
FARAKHABAR: UNAMA Reports Record Level Of Casualties In First Half Of Year http://www.tolonews.com/en/fara-khabar/26439-farakhabar-unama-reports-record-level-of-casualties-in-first-half-of-year FaraKhabar-25-July-2016

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday released its report for the first three months of the year which shows a record number of civilian casualties since counting began in 2009.

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The report shows 5,166 civilians were killed or maimed in just the first six months of this year, of whom almost one-third were children.

The total civilian casualty figure recorded by the UN between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2016 has risen to 63,934, including 22,941 deaths and 40,993 injured.

Between January and June this year, UNAMA's Human Rights team documented 1,601 civilian deaths and 3,565 injured civilians.

In this episode of FaraKhabar, host Fawad Aman discusses the topic with Jawid Kohistani, political analyst and Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.

 

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:55:29 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/fara-khabar/26439-farakhabar-unama-reports-record-level-of-casualties-in-first-half-of-year
TOLOnews 10pm News 25 July 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/10pm-news-bulletin/26438-tolonews-10pm-news-25-july-2016 10pm-25-July-2016Top news in this Bulletin:

President Ashraf Ghani in an interview with a Pakistani media outlet said that Afghanistan's biggest problem is the state-to-state relationship with Pakistan.

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Former National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta said on Tuesday that the findings of the fact-finding team commissioned to investigate the Dehmazang bombing must be made public and those who masterminded the attack must be brought to justice.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:44:56 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/10pm-news-bulletin/26438-tolonews-10pm-news-25-july-2016
NDS Foils Suicide Attack On Girls School In Kabul http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26437-nds-foils-suicide-attack-on-girls-school-in-kabul arrested man

National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces foiled a planned suicide attack on a girl's school in Kabul after security forces shot and wounded the would-be suicide bomber.

In a statement on Tuesday, the NDS said the shooting incident occurred in Khoshi district of central Logar province, where the would-be bomber, Bakhtullah, had plotted the attack.

According to the NDS, Bakhtullah confessed to the plot during preliminary investigations. He reportedly said he had been appointed by Rehan, a commander of Haqqani network, to carry out the bombing.

He told the NDS he had undergone training and had been given his suicide vest by Panjabis in Miranshah in Peshawar, Pakistan.

NDS said the plan had been to bomb a girls school in Chahar Asiab district of Kabul.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:00:10 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26437-nds-foils-suicide-attack-on-girls-school-in-kabul
MEHWAR: UNAMA Reports Record Level Of Casualties In First Half Of Year http://www.tolonews.com/en/mehwar/26436-mehwar-unama-reports-record-level-of-casualties-in-first-half-of-year Mehwar 25 July 2016

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday released its report for the first three months of the year which shows a record number of civilian casualties since counting began in 2009.

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In this episode of Mehwar, host Muslim Shirzad discusses the topic with Mawlana Farid, political analyst.

 

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:42:54 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/mehwar/26436-mehwar-unama-reports-record-level-of-casualties-in-first-half-of-year
19 Killed In Knife Rampage At Japan Care Home http://www.tolonews.com/en/world/26435-19-killed-in-knife-rampage-at-japan-care-home Japan-Attack

A knife-wielding former employee killed 19 people and injured 25 at a care center for the mentally disabled in Japan on Tuesday, in the country's worst mass killing in decades.

The 26-year-old man later turned himself in at a police station, admitting to officers: "I did it." He reportedly also said: "The disabled should all disappear."

Authorities identified the attacker as Satoshi Uematsu and said he had worked at the facility in Sagamihara, a city of more than 700,000 people west of Tokyo, until February.

Broadcaster NTV said the man told police he had been fired and held a grudge against the care center.

The attack began in the early hours of the morning when Uematsu allegedly broke a first-floor window to get into the building. NTV reported that he tied up caregivers before starting to stab the residents.

A doctor at one of the hospitals where victims were taken described some with "deep stab" wounds to the neck.

"The patients are very shocked mentally, and they cannot speak now," the doctor told national broadcaster NHK.

A fleet of ambulances, police cars and fire trucks converged on the one-storey Tsukui Yamayuri-en center, a low-rise building nestled against forested hills, which was cordoned off and draped with yellow "Keep Out" tape.

Fire department spokesmen told AFP that the dead included nine men and 10 women aged from 18 to 70, and that another 25 people were wounded, 20 of them seriously.

An official from Kanagawa prefecture, which takes in Sagamihara, identified the suspect and said he had turned up at the police station with the murder weapons.

Uematsu "broke a glass window and intruded into the facility at about 2:10am and stabbed those staying there," Shinya Sakuma told a press conference in the prefecture's capital Yokohama.

"When Uematsu turned himself in, he was found carrying kitchen knives and other types of knives stained with blood."

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:26:55 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/world/26435-19-killed-in-knife-rampage-at-japan-care-home
MEHWAR: Findings of Probe Into Rally Attack Must Be Made Public: Spanta http://www.tolonews.com/en/mehwar/26434-mehwar-findings-of-probe-into-rally-attack-must-be-made-public-spanta Mehwar-26-July-2016

Former National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta said on Tuesday that the findings of the fact-finding team commissioned to investigate the Dehmazang bombing must be made public and those who masterminded the attack must be brought to justice.

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In this episode of Mehwar, host Muslim Shirzad discusses the topic with Asadullah Sadati, member of the Enlightenment Movement.

 

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:12:33 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/mehwar/26434-mehwar-findings-of-probe-into-rally-attack-must-be-made-public-spanta
Daesh Military Leader Killed in Nangarhar Operation http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26433-daesh-military-leader-killed-in-nangarhar-operation

Saeed Emarati, Daesh's military leader for eastern Nangarhar province, was killed in a military operation on Monday, local officials said.

The operation took place in Kot district of the province after insurgents clashed with special forces, a spokesman for the provincial governor Attaullah Khoghyani said.

He said that Emarati was recently appointed as the group's military leader in Kot.

However, he did not provide details on the clash.

After two years of heavy casualties, the Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive planned for this week against Daesh - an assault that will see American troops back on the battlefield working more closely with Afghan soldiers, according to AP.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently announced a major assault against fighters loyal to Daesh, who over the past year captured positions along Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, mainly in Nangarhar province.

That goal to uproot Daesh from Afghanistan has taken on new urgency in the wake of Saturday's deadly suicide bombing at a protest march in Kabul that killed at least 80 people.

In an acknowledgment of the deteriorating security situation, President Barack Obama last month gave a green light to a more assertive role for U.S troops, though still short of direct combat.

In a further acknowledgement of the deteriorating security situation, Obama this month pledged to keep 8,400 troops in the country through 2017, delaying plans to reduce troop numbers to 5,500 by the end of this year.

There are currently some 9,800 U.S troops in the country.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:38:54 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26433-daesh-military-leader-killed-in-nangarhar-operation
Pakistani Military Delegation to Visit Kabul For Talks http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26432-pakistani-military-delegation-to-visit-kabul-for-talks Afghanistan Pakistan Flag

A Pakistani military delegation is set to visit Kabul on Tuesday for talks with Afghan officials, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni said.

He said officials from the Ministry of Defense of both countries will discuss common threats, the fight against insurgency and other issues.

The officials will also set a date for the next meeting between the two sides, he added.

This comes after President Ashraf Ghani in an interview with a Pakistani media outlet said that Afghanistan's biggest problem is the state-to-state relationship with Pakistan.

Asked whether he thought state-to-state relation problems with Pakistan was a bigger problem than that of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups, Ghani said: "Yes, absolutely. Those are threats. This is a fundamental solution (to those threats) because there are sanctuaries. Can anybody deny that there are Taliban offices in Quetta? You go and interview with them; if you want the addresses, I will give you all the addresses... Of course, I can give you the addresses. Our corps commander went and gave, and asked to take a ride corps commander of Quetta to give them the addresses. They are openly recruiting. They are financed. Their logistic and supplies, and sanctuary is against international rules."

In response to a question by Pakistan's Geo News reporter, he said: "A state-to-state relationship means an all-out attack; twice I was promised peace; before the spring of 2015, I was promised peace, a set of peace agreements. Instead, what did we gain? A vicious wholesale attack on us. In 2016, again, at the highest levels of the government of Pakistan, I was assured that within days, peace process was going to begin in earnest, and another series of attacks. And, in this environment, how do you expect us to behave with trust?"

"Trust needs to be established. We need to be assured that Pakistan is not going to give sanctuary to groups whose aim is (to) overthrow of a legitimate government. You cannot have it both ways. We tried that. I overcame years of distrust, years of discord; I came with an open mind and an open heart," he added.

Meanwhile Sartaj Aziz senior advisor for Pakistan's Prime Minister said that Islamabad will bring the Taliban to the tables of negotiations in the upcoming two or three weeks.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:49:10 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26432-pakistani-military-delegation-to-visit-kabul-for-talks
TOLOnews 6pm News 25 July 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/26431-tolonews-6pm-news-25-july-2016 ShujaZakiJuly25Top news in this Bulletin:

President Ashraf Ghani in an interview with a Pakistani media outlet said that Afghanistan's biggest problem is the state-to-state relationship with Pakistan.

To watch the whole news bulletin, click here:

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Former National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta said on Tuesday that the findings of the fact-finding team commissioned to investigate the Dehmazang bombing must be made public and those who masterminded the attack must be brought to justice.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:59:19 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/26431-tolonews-6pm-news-25-july-2016
We Should Fight For Our Rights: Blast Victim's Mother http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26430-we-should-fight-for-our-rights-blast-victims-mother PProfileStoryJuly25

Sima, the mother of a boy killed on Saturday in Kabul's deadly attack, said the nation needs to fight for their rights and justice in society.

Her son, Ahmad Sharif Dawlatshahi, who had a bachelor's degree in law, was doing his master's degree in economy.

Sima said her husband also lost his life while seeking justice and human rights and that her "son had followed his father's route".

Speaking about the incident that led to the arrest of her husband many years ago, she said: "Soldiers surrounded our house. I went to the door and my husband said that he would be back in three days. But he never came back."

Sima said that she also lost her son to the fight for freedom and justice.

"At that time when my husband was arrested, there was no one to seek justice when we were oppressed. No one likes to see violence and injustice on others," she added.

Ahmad Sharif, 37, was married and had two daughters.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:52:38 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26430-we-should-fight-for-our-rights-blast-victims-mother