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Taliban key commander, 8 others killed in E. Afghanistan

TH16-AFGHANISTAN_F_1365555f Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 05:48 pm 64 Reads

ALALABAD (NNI): A Taliban key commander Zarqawi and eight of his armed men were killed in air strikes in the eastern Nangarhar province with Jalalabad as its capital, 120 km east of Kabul late Monday night, police said Tuesday.

“Acting upon intelligence report, the security forces conducted air strikes in Sorkot area of Shirzad district late last night, killing nine insurgents including notorious commander Zarqawi,” provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal told reporters here.

The physical elimination of Zarqawi is a major blow to Taliban militants in Nangarhar and the neighboring provinces …

NATO welcomes ratification of BSA, SOFA by Afghan Parliament

nato Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 05:43 pm 80 Reads

BRUSSELS (NNI): The NATO Secretary General has welcomed Afghanistan’s Parliament for the ratification of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) signed with Washington and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed with NATO.

A day before NATO’s foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, capital of Belgium, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the Afghan mission was the toughest mission in the alliance’s history.

Although, the NATO combat mission in Afghanistan will conclude by the end of 2014, Stoltenberg noted that the United States would continue its combat against insurgents in the war-hit country.

“The …

Ghani, Abdullah head to Europe for NATO, London Conference

ghani-abdullah Monday, December 1st, 2014 03:34 pm 24 Reads

KABUL (NNI): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah left Kabul for Europe with a delegation to participate in NATO’s foreign ministers meeting in Brussels and the London Conference on Afghanistan on Monday, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.

Ghani and Abdullah will attend NATO’s foreign ministers meeting on Monday and on Tuesday both officials will fly out to the United Kingdom to attend the London Conference and meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron and other officials, according to the statement.

The delegation accompanying Ghani and Abdullah include …

UN Security Council strongly condemns suicide attack in Afghanistan

93292-004-F6B14946 Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 12:29 pm 56 Reads

UNITED NATIONS, (NNI): The Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” the suicide attack in Afghanistan, which caused many deaths and injuries to civilians, including children.

In a press statement, the Council members expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people and government of Afghanistan, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

On Nov. 23, a suicide attacker detonated an improvised explosive device in a sports field in the Yahya Khel district of Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Paktika. At least 50 civilians who …

30 militants killed in fresh operations in Afghanistan: MoI

TH16-AFGHANISTAN_F_1365555f Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 10:45 am 37 Reads

KABUL,(NNI): About 30 Taliban militants have been killed in fresh military operations across Afghanistan, said the country’s Interior Ministry on Sunday morning.

“Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) carried out operations to clean some areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan. The operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Farah and Helmand provinces. As a result 30 armed Taliban members were killed, three wounded and one was arrested by the ANSF,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ANSF also discovered and confiscated ammunition, 10 motorcycles and eight vehicles during …

Afghan Lower House unanimously approve security pacts with US, NATO

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KABUL (NNI): Afghan Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of Parliament unanimously approved with majority the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with NATO during a special session on Sunday.

The lawmakers in a rare show of unity, also voted on NATO Status of Force Agreement (SOFA) and unanimously approved the agreement.

The session was attended by 175 lawmakers, out of which only 5 lawmakers rejected the agreement with US and NATO, while the remaining lawmakers unanimously approved the agreements.

The bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan …

Afghan parliament call for special session to discuss US security pact

Afganistan_USA_flag Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 10:37 am 63 Reads

KABUL, Nov 22 (NNI): The lower house of the Afghan parliament – Wolesi Jirga called for a special session to start debate on the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington on Sunday.

Lower house speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said a special session would be organized on Sunday to discuss the agreement signed between the two nations late in September.

Ibrahimi further added that the session will hold talks on NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) which was signed the same day when Afghan-US security deal was concluded.

He said the government has …

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