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21 civilians killed in Kandahar blasts over past three weeks

AT News KABUL: The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission says that at least 21 civilians had been killed in four explosions over the past three weeks in the southern province of Kandahar. The deaths happened in the Arghestan district, according to t
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21 civilians killed in Kandahar blasts over past three weeks

AT News KABUL: The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission says that at least 21 civilians had been killed in four explosions over the past three weeks in the southern province of Kandahar. The deaths happened in the Arghestan district, according to the commission’s report that said two civilians were also wounded. The report cited local …

Taliban yet to declare clear stance on governance

AT News KABUL: The International Crisis Group says that the Taliban haven’t declared clear stances over some important matters including governance system, as the group has expressed readiness to hold talks with the government for the first time. The repor
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Taliban yet to declare clear stance on governance

AT News KABUL: The International Crisis Group says that the Taliban haven’t declared clear stances over some important matters including governance system, as the group has expressed readiness to hold talks with the government for the first time. The report released by the Brussels-based non-government organization, caused concerns. The report said that Taliban did not …

Qatar to limit Afghan talks coverage for domestic media: Sources

AT News KABUL: Diplomatic sources in the government of Afghanistan say that the government of Qatar, where the first round of peace negotiations is expected to be held between Ghani administration and Taliban, wants to curb the rights of the talks coverage on
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Qatar to limit Afghan talks coverage for domestic media: Sources

AT News KABUL: Diplomatic sources in the government of Afghanistan say that the government of Qatar, where the first round of peace negotiations is expected to be held between Ghani administration and Taliban, wants to curb the rights of the talks coverage only for Qatari media and other outlets would be kept out of the …

Car Bomb Rocks Farah City, 4 Killed: Local Official

Tolo News: At least four people were killed and two more wounded after a car bomb exploded near Farah city police headquarters on Wednesday, local officials said. Dadullah Qani, a member of the Farah provincial council, confirmed to TOLOnews that the car bom
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Car Bomb Rocks Farah City, 4 Killed: Local Official

Tolo News: At least four people were killed and two more wounded after a car bomb exploded near Farah city police headquarters on Wednesday, local officials said. Dadullah Qani, a member of the Farah provincial council, confirmed to TOLOnews that the car bomb targeted the vehicle of Abdul Qader, the deputy commander of the FarahRead More...

Afghanistan confirms 5 new cases of polio

AA: Afghanistan on Wednesday confirmed at least five new cases of poliovirus amid the resumption of the vaccination campaign. Dr. Mohammad Sidique, a Health Ministry official, told Anadolu Agency all new cases are from the southern Kandahar and Zabul province
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Afghanistan confirms 5 new cases of polio

AA: Afghanistan on Wednesday confirmed at least five new cases of poliovirus amid the resumption of the vaccination campaign. Dr. Mohammad Sidique, a Health Ministry official, told Anadolu Agency all new cases are from the southern Kandahar and Zabul provinces, particularly in the Taliban-held areas. Afghanistan is among the only two polio-endemic countries in theRead More...

Ammunition caches seized in Khost

AT News KABUL: The Afghan security forces discovered and confiscated two ammunition caches in southern Khost province. The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) discovered and seized two ammunition caches during two separates search operations i
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Ammunition caches seized in Khost

AT News KABUL: The Afghan security forces discovered and confiscated two ammunition caches in southern Khost province. The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) discovered and seized two ammunition caches during two separates search operations in Gurbuz and Musa Khil districts of Khost province, said a statement issued by Ministry of Interior (MoI) on …

Taliban ‘Hopeful’ US-Brokered Afghan Talks Settle Conflict

Ayaz Gul VOA News August 11, 2020 ISLAMABAD – The Taliban reaffirmed Tuesday its commitment to ending violence in Afghanistan, while emphasizing that a comprehensive cease-fire has to be discussed during intra-Afghan peace negotiations due to begin late
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Taliban ‘Hopeful’ US-Brokered Afghan Talks Settle Conflict

Ayaz Gul VOA News August 11, 2020 ISLAMABAD – The Taliban reaffirmed Tuesday its commitment to ending violence in Afghanistan, while emphasizing that a comprehensive cease-fire has to be discussed during intra-Afghan peace negotiations due to begin later this month. The proposed talks are an outcome of the agreement the United States sealed with theRead More...

180 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus Headed for India

Tolo News: A group of around 180 Afghanistan Hindu and Sikhs is likely to reach India on Wednesday, the Times of India reported on Tuesday. Efforts are underway to evacuate relatives of all persons who died in the Kabul bomb blast in March that claimed 25 liv
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180 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus Headed for India

Tolo News: A group of around 180 Afghanistan Hindu and Sikhs is likely to reach India on Wednesday, the Times of India reported on Tuesday. Efforts are underway to evacuate relatives of all persons who died in the Kabul bomb blast in March that claimed 25 lives at a Hindu and Sikh place of worship,Read More...

Polio vaccination campaigns resume in Afghanistan after coronavirus pause

1TV: Polio immunization campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, months after COVID-19 left 50 million children without their polio vaccine, United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. Click here to read more (external link).
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Polio vaccination campaigns resume in Afghanistan after coronavirus pause

1TV: Polio immunization campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, months after COVID-19 left 50 million children without their polio vaccine, United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. Click here to read more (external link).

Afghan Carpet Exports Badly Hit by COVID-19 Crisis

Tolo News: Afghan carpet exports have reduced considerably over the last five months due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has resulted in a decrease in earnings for those working in the industry. The industry has exported at least 10,000 square meters of carpet
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Afghan Carpet Exports Badly Hit by COVID-19 Crisis

Tolo News: Afghan carpet exports have reduced considerably over the last five months due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has resulted in a decrease in earnings for those working in the industry. The industry has exported at least 10,000 square meters of carpet in the last five months, but it was more than 60,000 squareRead More...

Cease fire to top intra-Afghan talks

AT News KABUL: The High Council for National Reconciliation says that the government peace negotiating team would prioritize cease fire in the first meeting with Taliban expected to be held in the coming few days. Taliban seem to be ready for talks with Ghan
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Cease fire to top intra-Afghan talks

AT News KABUL: The High Council for National Reconciliation says that the government peace negotiating team would prioritize cease fire in the first meeting with Taliban expected to be held in the coming few days. Taliban seem to be ready for talks with Ghani administration after the last hurdle according to the group before talks …

NATO urges Afghans to benefit from “historic” peace opportunity

AT News KABUL: NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg called on the Afghan warring parties to benefit from the presently “historic opportunity” for peace in Afghanistan. “I spoke to President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah (Chairman of the High Counci
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NATO urges Afghans to benefit from “historic” peace opportunity

AT News KABUL: NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg called on the Afghan warring parties to benefit from the presently “historic opportunity” for peace in Afghanistan. “I spoke to President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah (Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation) to welcome the upcoming start of intra-Afghan talks,” Stoltenberg said in a tweet …

Some of 400 Taliban prisoners released before Loya Jirga: Nabil

AT News KABUL: Rahmatullah Nabil, former intelligence director believes that the government had released a number of the 400 Taliban prisoners Ghani insisted to hold on charge of big crimes. Nabil said Tuesday that some of these prisoners were released befor
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Some of 400 Taliban prisoners released before Loya Jirga: Nabil

AT News KABUL: Rahmatullah Nabil, former intelligence director believes that the government had released a number of the 400 Taliban prisoners Ghani insisted to hold on charge of big crimes. Nabil said Tuesday that some of these prisoners were released before convening of the Loya Jirga that called on the government to release all of …

Dostum claims possession on half of Pakistan territory

AT News KABUL: Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, former vice president says that Afghan soil is not limited to the Durand Line, but it expands to Pakistani capital city of Islamabad. The comments come after Pakistani military targeted Spin Boldak, a border city i
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Dostum claims possession on half of Pakistan territory

AT News KABUL: Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, former vice president says that Afghan soil is not limited to the Durand Line, but it expands to Pakistani capital city of Islamabad. The comments come after Pakistani military targeted Spin Boldak, a border city in Kandahar province in the south close to Pakistan’s province of Balochistan by …

Insecurity in Ghazni forces hundreds of Hindus, Sikhs to flee hometown

AT News KABUL: Hundreds of Hindus and Sikhs have recently fled their homes in Ghazni province due to insecurity. Ghazni is one of areas home to thousands of the Hindu and Sikh religious minority along with the capital Kabul, Nangarhar, Khost, Parwan and Baghl
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Insecurity in Ghazni forces hundreds of Hindus, Sikhs to flee hometown

AT News KABUL: Hundreds of Hindus and Sikhs have recently fled their homes in Ghazni province due to insecurity. Ghazni is one of areas home to thousands of the Hindu and Sikh religious minority along with the capital Kabul, Nangarhar, Khost, Parwan and Baghlan provinces. Most of Sikhs have been busy in traditional medicine. The …

First intra-Afghan talks expected to be held on August 16

AT News KABUL: The first ever face to face meeting between the government and Taliban militants called as the intra-Afghan negotiations is expected to be held on August 16, the state-run RTA broadcaster reported on Monday. The report said that the meeting wou
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First intra-Afghan talks expected to be held on August 16

AT News KABUL: The first ever face to face meeting between the government and Taliban militants called as the intra-Afghan negotiations is expected to be held on August 16, the state-run RTA broadcaster reported on Monday. The report said that the meeting would be held in Doha, the capital of the Persian Gulf state of …

Ministry of Public Health: 56 new cases of the coronavirus

Tolo News: The Ministry of Public Health on Monday reported that 56 new cases of the coronavirus were positive out of 332 samples tested over the last 24 hours.    So far, 96,203 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 9,782 known activ
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Ministry of Public Health: 56 new cases of the coronavirus

Tolo News: The Ministry of Public Health on Monday reported that 56 new cases of the coronavirus were positive out of 332 samples tested over the last 24 hours.    So far, 96,203 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 9,782 known active COVID-19 cases in the country, according to data byRead More...

Local pro-gov’t tribal leader shot dead in S. Afghanistan

Xinhua: Gunmen killed a pro-government tribal leader in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, local police said Monday. “Alizaman, a tribal elder and influential leader, was shot and killed outside his house in Zintu area of Mianshin district
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Local pro-gov’t tribal leader shot dead in S. Afghanistan

Xinhua: Gunmen killed a pro-government tribal leader in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, local police said Monday. “Alizaman, a tribal elder and influential leader, was shot and killed outside his house in Zintu area of Mianshin district late on Sunday,” Jamal Barekzai, provincial police spokesman, told Xinhua. The assailants fled the scene after the shooting andRead More...

Afghan Olympic medalist ‘Nikpa’ to be featured in Hollywood movie

AT News KABUL: The life story of Rohullah Nikpa, the first winner of Olympic medal for Afghanistan, would be featured in the Hollywood film industry—a first such big podium for an Afghan athlete. Eddie Arya, a Sydney-based renowned filmmaker told Afghanista
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Afghan Olympic medalist ‘Nikpa’ to be featured in Hollywood movie

AT News KABUL: The life story of Rohullah Nikpa, the first winner of Olympic medal for Afghanistan, would be featured in the Hollywood film industry—a first such big podium for an Afghan athlete. Eddie Arya, a Sydney-based renowned filmmaker told Afghanistan Times that this is his desire to produce a film on Nikpa which would …

Stage Set for Afghan Peace Talks as Ghani Orders Release of 400 Taliban Prisoners

Ayaz Gul VOA News August 9, 2010 Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani Sunday announced the release of a last batch of 400 Taliban prisoners, clearing the way for an early start to a U.S.-brokered peace dialogue with the Islamist insurgency. Ghani’s decisi
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Stage Set for Afghan Peace Talks as Ghani Orders Release of 400 Taliban Prisoners

Ayaz Gul VOA News August 9, 2010 Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani Sunday announced the release of a last batch of 400 Taliban prisoners, clearing the way for an early start to a U.S.-brokered peace dialogue with the Islamist insurgency. Ghani’s decision came after a government-sponsored grand public assembly, known as a Loya Jirga, advised himRead More...

Defense Chief Says U.S. Will Cut Troops In Afghanistan Below 5,000

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 9, 2020 U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says the United States is planning to cut back its troop levels in Afghanistan to “a number less than 5,000” by the end of November. Esper made the remark in an in
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Defense Chief Says U.S. Will Cut Troops In Afghanistan Below 5,000

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 9, 2020 U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says the United States is planning to cut back its troop levels in Afghanistan to “a number less than 5,000” by the end of November. Esper made the remark in an interview with Fox News that was broadcast on August 8. HisRead More...

Nine covid-19 patients die in last 24 hours

AT News KABUL: At least nine patients infected by coronavirus have lost their lives battling the virus in the last 24 hours, health officials said on Sunday. The ministry of public health had registered 37 new cases of covid-19 during this period of time. Th
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Nine covid-19 patients die in last 24 hours

AT News KABUL: At least nine patients infected by coronavirus have lost their lives battling the virus in the last 24 hours, health officials said on Sunday. The ministry of public health had registered 37 new cases of covid-19 during this period of time. The new number of cases of the pandemic pushed the total …

Daesh plan to attack Loya Jirga foiled

AT News KABUL: The security forces nullified a plan made by the Daesh terrorist group to attack the Loya Jirga hall in western Kabul and arrested 11 fighters of the group. Yasin Zia the army chief of staff, said Sunday that the terrorists were arrested durin
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Daesh plan to attack Loya Jirga foiled

AT News KABUL: The security forces nullified a plan made by the Daesh terrorist group to attack the Loya Jirga hall in western Kabul and arrested 11 fighters of the group. Yasin Zia the army chief of staff, said Sunday that the terrorists were arrested during several operations launched by security forces. He said that …

Pakistan created new terror group ‘Khattack Taliban’ to fight in Afghanistan

AT News KABUL: The Pakistani military and intelligence have not abandoned the policy of training terrorist groups on their soil and have recently created a new terror group under the name of ‘Khattak Taliban’. The ISI, Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakis
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Pakistan created new terror group ‘Khattack Taliban’ to fight in Afghanistan

AT News KABUL: The Pakistani military and intelligence have not abandoned the policy of training terrorist groups on their soil and have recently created a new terror group under the name of ‘Khattak Taliban’. The ISI, Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan has recently formed a new militant group, called the “Khattak Taliban” in a bid to …

Regional Infrastructure Development Fund – RIDF

BMZ-ID 2010 66 562, 2011 65 034, 2013 65 048, 2014 67 885, 2015 67 762, 2016 67 633 Prequalification Design and Construction of 12 km Gravel Road in Northern Afghanistan BGL-R-2019-02 Construction of Mazar Dara Road (12 km Gravel) The existing dirt and thinl
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Regional Infrastructure Development Fund – RIDF

BMZ-ID 2010 66 562, 2011 65 034, 2013 65 048, 2014 67 885, 2015 67 762, 2016 67 633 Prequalification Design and Construction of 12 km Gravel Road in Northern Afghanistan BGL-R-2019-02 Construction of Mazar Dara Road (12 km Gravel) The existing dirt and thinly graveled road will be upgraded to a standard two-lane carriageway …

400 Taliban prisoners will be released to remove last hurdle to peace talks

AT News KABUL: The remaining 400 Taliban controversial prisoners will be released to pave the way for an early start to intra-Afghan negotiations and also remove the last hurdle on the path to the peace process. The members of the Consultative Loya Jirga for
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400 Taliban prisoners will be released to remove last hurdle to peace talks

AT News KABUL: The remaining 400 Taliban controversial prisoners will be released to pave the way for an early start to intra-Afghan negotiations and also remove the last hurdle on the path to the peace process. The members of the Consultative Loya Jirga for Peace have ended its three days consultations on Sunday. They issued …

Afghan Water Scarcity Worsens

By Zia Nezam Climate change is critically affecting Afghanistan’s supply of electricity and water, and plans must be put in place to mitigate this risk. It is estimated that 80% of energy in Afghanistan is supplied by imported energy provided by neighborin
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Afghan Water Scarcity Worsens

By Zia Nezam Climate change is critically affecting Afghanistan’s supply of electricity and water, and plans must be put in place to mitigate this risk. It is estimated that 80% of energy in Afghanistan is supplied by imported energy provided by neighboring countries. This climate change risk was highlighted last week when Tajikistan reduce its …

Afghan Loya Jirga Meeting To Decide On Release Of Taliban Prisoners

RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan August 8, 2020 A traditional Afghan council is expected to back a proposal for the government to release a final group of 400 Taliban prisoners, a move that potentially paves the way for intra-Afghan peace talks. Abdulla
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Afghan Loya Jirga Meeting To Decide On Release Of Taliban Prisoners

RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan August 8, 2020 A traditional Afghan council is expected to back a proposal for the government to release a final group of 400 Taliban prisoners, a move that potentially paves the way for intra-Afghan peace talks. Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the Loya Jirga gathering Afghan politicians and community leaders, saidRead More...

Coronavirus causes 60pc reduction in Afghan exports

AT News KABUL: The deadly Corona virus has affected import-export in Afghanistan, with the traders saying that their exports had decreased by 60 per cent, while the government failed to meet their problems. The chamber of commerce called it a matter of concer
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Coronavirus causes 60pc reduction in Afghan exports

AT News KABUL: The deadly Corona virus has affected import-export in Afghanistan, with the traders saying that their exports had decreased by 60 per cent, while the government failed to meet their problems. The chamber of commerce called it a matter of concern, saying that the Afghan trader with the neighboring countries faced serious problems. …

More than 30 security forces killed in Daikundi in a month

AT News KABUL: At least 32 government forces have been killed and injured in the past one month in the mountainous Daikundi province. The province lies in the central areas, bordering Uruzgan, Helmand, Ghor and Ghazni provinces all unsafe areas where Taliban
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More than 30 security forces killed in Daikundi in a month

AT News KABUL: At least 32 government forces have been killed and injured in the past one month in the mountainous Daikundi province. The province lies in the central areas, bordering Uruzgan, Helmand, Ghor and Ghazni provinces all unsafe areas where Taliban militants control several districts. Taher Etemadi, district governor of Pato in Daikundi, said …

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