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8pm Program: New Government and the Challenges in the Fight Against Terror

7 hours 59 min ago

In this episode, host Muslim Shirzad discusses about the new government and its challenges with the fight against terror with the following guests:

• Amrullah Saleh, former NDS chief

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TAWDE KHABARE: Review of Karzai's Repertoire in the Past 13-Years

10 hours 15 min ago

In this episode, host Shapoor Bakthtyar reviews President Hamid Karzai's repertoire in the past 13-years with the following guests:

• Shah Hussian Murtazawi, journalist
• Humayoun Shah Asifi, political analyst
• Gulalai Noor Safi, MP

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Two Policemen Killed in Nangarhar Suicide Attack

10 hours 35 min ago

A suicide attack claimed the lives of two policemen, injuring a civilian and another policeman in Nangarhar on Tuesday, local officials said.

According to the spokesman for Nangarhar governor, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the attack took place in Bati Kot district of the province as a suicide bomber detonated his explosive after the police forces entered the area. The victims have been taken to a nearby hospital.

"The police received information in relation to a suicide attack in the area," he said. "The bomber detonated his explosives as the police entered the area to surrender him."

No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack yet.

This is while three days ago, an attack on the National Directorate of Security (NDS) center in Nangarhar killed two civilians and four security soldiers, injuring 33 others including seven soldiers.

Tribal Elder Shot Dead in Herat

11 hours 22 min ago

A group of unknown gunmen shot dead a tribal elder in western Herat province on Monday night, local officials said.

According to the Herat Police Chief Abdul Raouf Ahmadi, a tribal elder named Abdul Malik was shot dead by unknown gunmen on motorbikes as he was on his way home. Ahmadi added that Malik was the former local police leader of Shindand district of Heart province.

"Abdul Malik was shot dead after he was on his way home from the mosque; the gunmen have fled the area," he said, adding that the case is under investigation.

No group has yet claimed the responsibility for the attack.

No Option But Army Role to End Pakistan Crisis, Says Minister

11 hours 47 min ago

Pakistan's interior minister said Friday the intransigence of anti-government protest movements had left no alternative but mediation by the army to end a two-week political crisis that has shaken the nuclear-armed nation.

The country's powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif on Thursday held talks with populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan in the standoff between the government and protesters.

The move has raised fears of increased military dominance over the civilian government in a country ruled for more than half its life by the army.

Thousands of demonstrators led by Khan and Qadri are camped outside the parliament building in Islamabad demanding the prime minister step down.

More than a week of government efforts to negotiate an end to the standoff made little headway, with Khan adamant the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must resign.

Late on Thursday, Qadri and Khan announced General Sharif would mediate and later the army chief met them both, according to a military spokesman.

Qadri, head of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) group, said he met General Sharif for nearly three and a half hours early on Friday morning.

- 'What option remains?' -

Interior Minister Chaudhry Ali Nisar Khan told parliament the protesters' unwillingness to trust anyone had left no alternative but army mediation.

"Again and again they said they only trust the army and will only have talks through the army," he said.

"When a group or two parties has no faith in the judiciary, the opposition, lawyers or civil society and has no confidence in anybody, what option remains for the government?"

A furious row blew up almost immediately over the chain of events leading up to the army stepping in.

The interior minister and PM told parliament the request for military help had come from the camps of Khan and Qadri.

Sharif said he had not asked for the intervention, but was told by a military officer that Khan and Qadri had said they wanted to meet the army chief.

"I... told him that if they wanted to meet and if they have requested to meet, then the army chief must meet them," he told parliament.

Qadri, who is usually based in Canada, hotly denied this and demanded Sharif resign.

"This is a lie, a lie, a lie. This request has been made by the prime minister and the government and I reject his claim," he told supporters.

Meanwhile, chief military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa said on his official Twitter account: "The Chief of Army Staff was asked by the government to play a facilitative role for resolution of the current impasse, in yesterday's meeting at PM House."

The interior minister late Friday said that the military statement endorsed the government's stance in the crisis.

"Role of facilitation by army is within constitutional ambit and the statement endorses our stance," he said.

Khan, the head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party which scored its best-ever result at last year's election, once again insisted he would not leave the protest until the prime minister quits.

A fresh round of talks between Khan's party and government broke down, while talks with Qadri were in progress.

- Military influence -

Khan alleges the 2013 general election that swept Sharif to power in a landslide was rigged, though international observers said the vote was largely free and fair.

Qadri has demanded wholesale changes to Pakistan's political system and called for an interim "unity government" while they are implemented.

The leaders have drawn thousands to the streets in Islamabad, though support has dwindled over the last week and their call has not mobilised a mass movement in the country of 180 million people.

But the standoff has weakened Sharif, and led a number of observers to say the military would use the crisis to reclaim a hold over its traditional spheres of influence in Pakistani politics -- defence and foreign policy.

The army is widely viewed as hostile toward Sharif's efforts to normalise ties with India -- the perceived threat from Pakistan's giant neighbour is a big part of the justification for the military's large budget and prominent role.

Sharif is also thought to have angered the military by pursuing treason charges against former chief General Pervez Musharraf.

There is speculation that the military will use the current crisis to get Sharif to let Musharraf -- who deposed him in a coup in 1999 -- leave the country.

A military-negotiated end to the crisis would also lend credence to the view, held by many analysts, that the army and its intelligence agencies have been providing material aid to the opposition groups.

Analyst Imtiaz Gul said that Sharif was likely to survive the crisis, but would need to make major concessions to the army in exchange for its support.

FARAKHABAR: 1 September 2014

12 hours 9 min ago

As the election process drags on, the shadow of the electoral crisis affects all areas of life including economy, security and governance.

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Six months into the process and with no end at sight, the final election results remain uncertain, raising questions about who the responsible parties are and how the deadlock could be broken.

In this episode of Farakhabar, host Yama Siawish discusses the topic with the following guest:

• Mahmood Karzai, political figure and brother of President Karzai

Three Men Arrested in Kabul Rape Case

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:24

Three men have been arrested in relation to the recent rape and robbery case that took place in Paghman district of Kabul province, the Kabul police said on Sunday.

The men had stopped the vehicles of the eight women and two men who were traveling home from Paghman to Kabul city after a wedding party about a week ago. They had taken four of the eight women to a nearby garden, beating and raping them.

It is said that the women's families took them to the Rabia Balkhi Hospital of Kabul without informing the police. Hospital officials did not inform the police either. The victims' families requested that the women's identities remain undisclosed.

According to Kabul Police Chief, Gen. Zahir Zahir, those who were involved in the crime had criminal backgrounds.

"At around 10 p.m. a number of criminals—who have previously been to prison and have criminal backgrounds—stopped two cars and took the women to a nearby garden," he said. "By the time we were informed and reached the scene, they had already fled."

Kabul police has expressed frustration over the irresponsible release of criminals, claiming that many of the criminals have contacts in the legal and judicial organs enabling them to get away with their crimes.

"My demand from the legal organs and the attorney general's office is to execute these individuals after showing their faces to people," Gen. Zahir asserted.
Meanwhile, last week a woman's body was found hidden in a ditch in western Kabul and another body was found around Kabul's 3rd security zone. Both cases are under police investigation.

These recent incidents have added to the concerns already existing about the increase in insecurity around the county.

TOLOnews 6 pm News 01 September 2014

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:57

Top news in this bulletin

On Monday, a number of Afghan military experts stated that the Afghan National Security Forces' (ANSF) lack of heavy weaponry and air support could put the country's future at jeopardy.

"The lack of equipments and logistic support could undermine the abilities of the ANSF," political analyst Jawed Kohistani said. "It is difficult to win the war against insurgency without access to heavy weaponry."

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 At a joint press conference on Monday, the Oil and Gas Directorate, the Association of Oil and Gas and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) announced that set prices for liquid gas would be established around the country. According to the officials, 60 Afs will be charged for 1kg of gas in Kabul, and 54 Afs for the same amount in provinces bordering the countries from where gas is imported.

Abdullah Camp Sets Tuesday Deadline for Negotiations

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:13

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah's campaign team on Monday threatened to boycott political negotiations with their opponents if their demands are not addressed by Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's camp has expressed a resilient hope for a positive outcome from the negotiations, despite their impasse over the powers and authorities of the Chief Executive position, namely, whether or not the Chief Executive should be the head of the Council of Ministers.

Ashraf Ghani's team has maintained that the candidates are largely in agreement on the issue, and that elements within Abdullah's camp have tried to undermine potential compromise.

But Abdullah's side has criticized the vote auditing process as well, and warned that if the international community, which is overseeing the audit, does not address their concerns by Tuesday, then they will boycott that too.

"We will give one day to the international community to review and assure that the vote auditing and the political negotiations are moving forward properly," Abdullah spokesman Syed Aqa Fazel Sancharaki said on Monday. "If our demands are not met and the auditing not conducted legitimately and the political talks without honesty, then we will withdraw from both processes."

Negotiations over the past week included meetings between the candidates, United Nations officials and diplomats from the United States.

Ashraf Ghani's side has kept an optimistic stance toward the negotiations, which began after the National Unity Committee - appointed jointly by the candidates - was unable to reach a comprehensive agreement on the power-sharing arrangement. The national unity government was initially agreed to, as a framework, when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Kabul to mediate negotiations between the two candidates in early August.

"Last night's meeting was conducted in an environment of trust and consensus, the disputed points were again discussed, it is expected that soon there will be an outcome," Ghani spokesman Tahir Zuhair said. "Last night's meeting showed that the gap between the views of the candidates has closed."

Nevertheless, Sancharaki went so far as to suggest members of Ghani's camp were in agreement with Abdullah, and not their own leader, when it came to the political negotiations.

"The sitting government minister who is a part of your delegation, he came and talked with us; he is the serving cabinet minister, and he came and said 'I don't accept it,'" Sancharaki said.

The Ghani team has said the final result of the election is expected on September 10, and will then be followed shortly by the inauguration ceremony.

Price of 1 Kilogram of Gas Set to 60 AFS

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 15:53

At a joint press conference on Monday, the Oil and Gas Directorate, the Association of Oil and Gas and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) announced that set prices for liquid gas would be established around the country.

According to the officials, 60 AFS will be charged for 1kg of gas in Kabul, and 54 AFS for the same amount in provinces bordering the countries from where gas is imported.

The move comes in response to an investigation launched by the Attorney General's office into alleged improper business practices by a number of Afghan gas companies, involving price hikes and market manipulation.

At the press conference on Monday, it was announced that a commission would be established to oversee the gas market and punish companies who disobeyed regulations.

"The commission will not allow anyone to undertake illegal business competition, if they did so, their business license will be cancelled and their name deleted from the list of traders, they will be banned from importing oil or gas and blacklisted in foreign countries," said Faridullah Sherzai, the head of the Oil and Gas Directorate.

Residents in Kabul for weeks have been complaining of fluctuating, but especially exorbitantly high, gas prices. On Monday, however, gas importing companies from western and northern parts of Afghanistan were said to have met with the Minister of Commerce and Industries and agreed to set a standard price for liquid gas at 60 AFS.

"From this moment onward, the price of 1kg of gas is set to 60 AFS," Oil and Gas Association Chairman Azarakhsh Hafizi said that the press conference. "The Oil and Gas Directorate, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, in joint cooperation with ACCI and Oil and Gas Importers Association in west and north Afghanistan will jointly monitor the issue and violators will be referred to legal authorities."

ACCI officials added that the agreement to sell gas at the set price of 60 AFS is good for only a month. They stressed that for the price to become permanent the government must undertake certain measures such as having a customs office work around the clock and ensure competition from the source countries like Turkmenistan is law-abiding.

The main companies importing gas to Afghanistan include Sun Gas, Kamal Nabizada, Ghazanfar Group, Gas Group, Baradaran-e-Sahrayee, Sarhadi Group, Younas Shekib, Yama Petrol, Walid Haseeb, Rameen Said, Afghan National Petroleum, Farahi Group, Kefayat Group, Anar Darah, Khurasan Gas, Rahmanian, Nabizada, Ekhlas Group, Haji Bismillah, Haidari and several other companies.

Lack of Weapons Could Jeopardize Country: ANSF

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 15:50

On Monday, a number of Afghan military experts stated that the Afghan National Security Forces' (ANSF) lack of heavy weaponry and air support could put the country's future at jeopardy.

"The lack of equipments and logistic support could undermine the abilities of the ANSF," political analyst Jawed Kohistani said. "It is difficult to win the war against insurgency without access to heavy weaponry."

Adding to the expert concerns, some of the police chiefs in the country have asserted that the lack of air support and artillery has led to many challenges for the battle against terrorism.

"We don't have the necessary weapons for war," Faryab Police Chief Mohammad Nabi Alham said. "Our weapons consist of only Kalashnikovs and machine-guns."

Moreover, Kunduz Police Chief Ghulam Mustafa Mohseni stated that in some cases the ANSF has access to similar weapons as the insurgent groups, but "in most cases insurgents have far superior weaponry."

In the recent month, Kunduz, Faryab and Helmand provinces have witnessed severe enemy attacks leading to week long battles.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that the ANSF need to strengthen their self-reliance in certain parts of the country.

"After the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, the national army must independently take care of internal security as well as the external security," MoD spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi said. "The air forces should be completely prepared, the artillery should be reconsidered, and there should be access to tanks and arms. There should also be training sessions in the investigation and intelligence fields."

Experts believe that the NATO Summit in Wales, Britain is Afghanistan's last hope for gaining support from the NATO members and attracting international aid.

The conference will be held on Thursday of this week and will be attended by the Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi. It is expected that the topic of mobilization of the ANSF would be among the priorities of the summit's discussions.

Fake Result Sheets Accessed: Abdullah's Camp

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 15:48

At a press conference on Monday, presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah's camp displayed a number of documents claiming that the signature of observers had been copied in a large number of result sheets and asserting that 1.5 million votes could be invalidated upon re-investigation.

According to Abdullah's camp, the result sheets are said to have put 600 votes in favor of the rival candidate, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, by forging signatures of the observers.

The camp explained that the result sheets belonged to 2,200 polling sites, 190 of which belonged to the polling sites that were supposed to be closed on Election Day.

"We rejoined the vote audit process to honor the demands of the people and the United Nations," Abdullah's spokesman, Syed Fazl Sancharaki, said. "But with each passing day, we see more of what is going wrong in the election process."

Responding to the allegations, the rival team called the accusations "laughable."

"What our friends displayed today as fraud is very amusing and laughable," Ghani's spokesman Tahir Zuhair said. "We wonder how they were not embarrassed to display fake documents as proof for fraud."

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the UN announced that Abdullah's team has referred some documents pertaining to 2,200 polling sites to the organization, adding that the documents have been referred to the election commission.

Previously, Abdullah's camp had revealed a number of audio tapes in relation to fraud in the election. The camp had claimed that the tapes were conversations of high-ranking government officials including a number of governors, Karzai's second Vice President and IEC officials.

At the end of the press conference, Abdullah's camp issued an ultimatum, stating that they will not merge with the process unless their concerns are addressed.

86 Percent of Votes Audited: IEC

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 15:20

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor on Monday announced that exactly 86.2 percent of votes have been audited, which makes up 19,751 ballot boxes out of the total 22,828.

Noor said that after the audit process is completed it will be clear where fraud took place and who was involved, adding that everything will be revealed when the final result is announced, which he had announced would be in the next few days.

Even though an end to the procedure is in sight, reports indicate that a number of observers have been and continue to be negligent in their work of monitoring the process.

IEC employee, Shah Jahan confirms the report, but explained that majority of the time they are "waiting for the foreigners to arrive so the process can begin."

"What else should we do?" asked Jahan pointing the blame toward the international observers.

Noor also verified the account and said that responsible measures have been taken to ensure a smooth and transparent end to the overall audit process.

As the process comes to an end, the technical teams of both presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, have not been present during the last moments of the 2014 election process.

National Cricket Team Coach Resigns

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 15:05

Kabir Khan, the Pakistani coach of the Afghan National Cricket Team, announced his resignation in a press conference on Monday in which he said he hoped the decision would allow him to spend more time with his family.

Khan led the Afghan National Team to its greatest achievement to date: the qualification of Afghanistan into the T20 and 2015 ICC World Cup, what will be the team's first World Cup birth in history.

Khan said he made his choice when he did because he wanted to leave the new coach enough time to prepare the National Team ahead of the 2015 World Cup, which will take place in Australia.

"The team has been trained well and it has achieved results," Khan said at the press conference on Monday. "Now that I am leaving and a new coach comes, he should have enough time to prepare the team for the 2015 ICC World Cup; if I had remained until December, then the new coach would not have enough time to do something and this would be an injustice to the team and also to him."

Following his announcement, the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) officials praised the Pakistani coach for his contributions to the national program.

"Haji Kabir took over responsibility at a time that cricket was very weak on the international level, his coming helped the team to grow to the level where they could make it to the world cup," ACB Chairman Shahzada Masoud said.

Meanwhile, Noor Mohammad Murad, the Chief Executive of the Cricket Board, discussed the search process for a new coach to lead the team. "We have Peter Anderson from Australia, hopefully, as the World Cup will be held in Australia, but we have also talked to Andy Muri, who is from New Zealand,"

Murad said. "It is good that the World Cup is held in Australia and New Zealand, everything is going well and will move forward properly."

The 2015 World Cup is expected to be the toughest competitive level the Afghan side has ever played at. The tournament includes the top 14 nation from around the world, and Afghanistan will face-off against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Britain, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia.

Blast in Mazar Kills 2 NDS Personnel

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 13:17

At least two National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel were killed and one other wounded near the Balkh Gate in Mazar-e-Sharif City, capital of Balkh province on Monday, an eyewitness said.

Eyewitnesses say that the incident occurred at around 4 p.m. when residents saw what they believed was a suspicious abandoned bicycle near the Balkh Gate. Those wary of the bike contacted security forces to inspect the bicycle and when the NDS personnel arrived to the scene, explosives detonated.

As the result of blast two NDS personnel killed and another wounded.

The victims have been taken to a nearby hospital.

Security officials have not yet commented about the blast.

No insurgent group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

Taliban Attack Helmand's Musa Qala

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:05

More than 80 Taliban insurgents were killed or injured after a group of them attacked Musa Qala district of Helmand province on Sunday night, local officials said, adding that the attack claimed the life of an Afghan policeman and injured eight others.

According to a security official in Helmand, Mohammad Wais Samim, the attack led to an intense clash between the insurgents and the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

"The ANSF operations are still continuing and additional troops have been deployed to the district," he said.

The attack has led to the displacement of a number of families in the area. After Sangeen, Musa Qala is the second district of the province recently attacked by the Taliban. The clashes in Sangeen have continued for more than a week, with no details about insurgent causalities.

The Helmand Police Chief Juma Gul Hemat traveled to Sangeen last week to lead the anti-insurgent operation.

Hemat had previously asked the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Ministry of Defense (MoD) to deploy more troops to Sangeen, asserting that not doing so could lead to the Taliban's success in taking over the district.

The ministries have not responded to the issue yet.

Imran Khan Vows to Fight on Despite Deadly Pakistan Clashes

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:33

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan vowed Sunday to protest "until the last breath" as ongoing clashes between his supporters and police outside the prime minister's residence left three dead and hundreds injured.

The violence began Saturday night after thousands of supporters of Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir ul Qadri tried to storm Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's house using cranes to remove barricades.

By Sunday afternoon clashes were continuing between police in riot gear and a few hundred protesters. Many protesters had come armed with batons and slingshots.

Shipping containers were set ablaze, several vehicles stood torched, and hundreds of tear gas canisters lay strewn on the ground on Islamabad's normally pristine Constitution Avenue following more than 15 hours of battle.

Nearby, a group of up to 15 teenage protesters armed with bamboo clubs and rocks attacked a vehicle carrying three United Nations staff members.

"Their vehicle was damaged but they escaped unhurt," a UN source told AFP.

The opposition groups marched to the capital on August 15 demanding the resignation of Sharif, triggering a crisis that has raised the spectre of military intervention.

The military said that army chief Raheel Sharif has called a meeting on Sunday of top commanders at the army's headquarters in the adjoining garrison city of Rawalpindi.

The prime minister also convened an extra-ordinary joint sitting of the parliament on Tuesday after presiding over a high-level meeting, a cabinet minister told AFP.

"The meeting strongly condemned the desecration of state institutions and declared it undemocratic and unconstitutional act," the minister said.

Opposition leaders claim the 2013 election which swept Sharif to power was rigged, though local and foreign observers rated the polls as relatively fair credible.

Speaking from on top of a container, Khan said: "Now I ask all Pakistanis: rise up against this government. This is not a constitutional government -- they are killers.

"We will continue until our last breath. I urge all Pakistanis to come out," adding he would file murder charges against Sharif for the violence.

Earlier, information minister Pervaiz Rashid had said the government remained open to restarting negotiations.

"They wanted their demands to be met at gunpoint but still, our doors are open for talks."

Military intervention?

The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) reported three deaths -- two men from injuries sustained in the fighting and another who died of a heart attack.

At least 481 injured, including at least 118 women and 10 children, were rushed to the city's two major hospitals, according to officials. At least 92 police were among the wounded.

The crisis took on a new dimension on Thursday after it was announced General Sharif would mediate.

Observers believe that if PM Sharif survives the crisis it will be at the cost of significant concessions to the army -- including allowing ex-army chief Pervez Musharraf, currently on trial for treason, to leave the country.

But political analyst Mosharraf Zaidi said the protests had become difficult to contain and the opposition could be trying to get the military more directly involved.

"The single objective is to force Sharif to resign and possibly force the military to intervene," he said.

Zaidi also dismissed claims by the protest groups that they had not initiated the violence, saying "you cannot be in attack formation and then claim you had no role in fomenting this violence".

Javed Hashmi, a senior member of Khan's Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (Movement for Justice) party broke ranks Sunday, saying the protest had gone too far.

"How can I side with you when you march on the parliament? There is hardly any distance left between us and martial law," he said, addressing a press conference.

The protest leaders have drawn thousands to the streets of Islamabad, but their call has not mobilised mass support in a country of 180 million people.

But many of the protesters are now openly calling for the military -- which has ruled Pakistan for half its existence -- to return to power.

"Last night, the police used tear gas and rubber bullet against us. Now we are waiting for the help of the army. We are hopeful. Insh'allah (God willing) the army will save us, they will do something for us," said a female protester in her twenties called Ammara.

Sharif, whose previous term as prime minister ended in a bloodless coup by ex-ruler Musharraf, has vowed to stay on.

8pm Program: Afghanistan's Security Priorities at NATO Summit

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 09:48

In this episode, host Muslim Shirzad discusses about Afghanistan's security priorities at the NATO summit with the following guests:

• Nahid Farid, MP
• Idrees Rahmani, Researcher in International Relations
• Fahim Dashti, Journalist

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41 Taliban Insurgents Killed in ANSF Operations

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 08:17

At least 41 Taliban militants including their leaders were killed in the past 24 hours during a nationwide operation led by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement on Monday.

Six insurgents were injured and 24 others arrested during the raids.

"Within the past 24 hours, the Afghan army, police and intelligence agency carried out several operations in Helmand, Zabul, Kandahar, Laghman, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Nangarhar, Takhar and Paktika provinces to rid them of insurgents," the statement read.

The ANSF seized several weapons during the raids and defused two improvised explosive devices (IED) in Nangarhar and Helmand provinces.

The statement did not provide details about the number of ANSF casualties.

The Taliban have not yet commented about the operations.

TAWDE KHABARE: Three Challenges Established by Karzai's Government

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:05

In this episode, host Zabi Sadaat discusses about three big challenges that were established by President Hamid Karzai's government with the following guests:

• Fatema Aziz, MP
• Kamal Nasir Osuli, MP

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