Saturday, 17 February 2018

5 police killed in Taliban attack on Zabul checkpoint

5 police killed in Taliban attack on Zabul checkpoint | Pajhwok Afghan News

A security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants stormed the check-post in the Mullah Din area of Qalat late on Friday night.

He said five police personnel were killed and their weapons captured by the insurgents.

Civilian Casualties




‘Talks with Taliban better than continuing slaughter in Afghanistan’

‘Talks with Taliban better than continuing slaughter in Afghanistan’ — RT World News


The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has released its annual report, saying the country saw a high number of civilian casualties during 2017. Although losses were lower than the previous year, 2017 marked the fourth year of more than 10,000 civilian deaths and injuries. The report also says a fifth of these were caused by pro-government forces and international troops.


Friday, 16 February 2018

Attacks kill 10 police; two children die in Afghan blast

Attacks kill 10 police; two children die in Afghan blast - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

In western Farah province, police commander Abdul Razaq Alkhani said a Taliban attack killed seven policemen on Wednesday night. The Taliban hit a police post in Bala Buluk district and the hours-long fighting also killed three insurgent before the Taliban were pushed back, Alkhani said.

In northern Faryab province, Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said a Taliban attack killed three policemen in Qaysar district, also on Wednesday night. Ten Taliban insurgents were also killed in the ensuing gunbattle, he added.

‘Afghans file 1.7 million war crime complaints with ICC’

PressTV-‘Afghans file 1.7 million war crime complaints with ICC’


The Human Rights and Eradication of Violence organization said on Thursday that the ICC had received 1.7 million statements since it began collecting material three months ago.

Abdul Wadood Pedram of the organization said each of the 1.7 million statements included multiple victims, meaning that the actual number of the individuals seeking justice could be several millions.

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Pakistan asks Trump to help fund border fence with Afghanistan

Pakistan asks Trump to help fund border fence with Afghanistan | World news | The Guardian

Janjua said that Pakistan would like the US president to pay for the barrier – or at least the Afghan side – arguing that the $532m (£378m) price tag will be a lot cheaper than the $45bn annual estimated cost of the Afghan war.
At a briefing in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan – one of the semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas – Pakistani officials laid out a timetable for construction of the 10ft wire fence running the length of the porous border with Afganistan.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Afghanistan: 10,000 civilian casualties in 2017 – UN report

OHCHR | Afghanistan: 10,000 civilian casualties in 2017 – UN report Suicide attacks and IEDs caused high number of deaths and injuries


A total of 10,453 civilian casualties - 3,438 people killed and 7,015 injured - were documented in the 2017 Annual Report released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office. Although this figure represents a decrease of nine per cent compared with 2016, the report highlights the high number of casualties caused by suicide bombings and other attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

'New Beginning'




Pakistan has eliminated' all terrorist sanctuaries', its army chief says in Kabul

Pakistan has eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries, its army chief says in Kabul


The meeting was attended by U.S. commander of international forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, Commander of U.S. Central Command General Joseph and the army chiefs of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

1 policeman killed, 3 injured in Pul-i-Alam blast

1 policeman killed, 3 injured in Pul-i-Alam blast | Pajhwok Afghan News

The early morning blast ripped through the police vehicle in Kamakhel area of Pul-i-Alam, said Saleh Mohammad, the governor’s spokesman.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News the wounded cops had been evacuated to the provincial civil hospital.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Trump proposes $5b in aid to Afghan security forces

Trump proposes $5b in aid to Afghan security forces | Pajhwok Afghan News

The budget seeks to further the US goal of a stable South Asia by supporting the Afghan government and security forces in their fight against Taliban and jihadist organisations such as al Qaeda and ISIS.
The White House said in its proposals to the Congress: “The budget requests more than $5 billion for continued US training and assistance for the Afghan security forces,”
It would also enable US forces to conduct counterterrorism operations to ensure that the region cannot be used by jihadist terrorist groups to plot transnational attacks against the US homeland, citizens overseas or allies and partners.