Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 26, 2017 The U.S. military has confirmed that an air strike on March 19 in Afghanistan killed Qari Yasin, described as an Al-Qaeda leader responsible for several high-profile attacks that killed dozens of people, including two U.S. service members. The Pentagon on March 25 said the air strike on Yasin
Ayaz Gul VOA News March 25, 2017 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan says it has started fencing off its long border with Afghanistan and areas vulnerable to cross-border militant attacks are being given priority. Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa revealed the project during a visit Saturday to tribal districts, including Mohmand, near the Afghan border where “terrorists”
1TV: President Ashraf Ghani has warned to ‘dissolve’ the parliament if it summons the security ministers. The issue was stated by Humayun Humayun, the first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga ( House of representatives) during the Wolesi Jirga’s Saturday session which was held behind closed doors. Ghani’s remarks sparked strong reactions of a number of
1TV: The Afghan wedding halls will no longer receive “cash payments” from their customers based on the Finance Ministry’s new measure. The plan will require wedding halls to receive payments from their customers through the banking system. The measure is part of efforts to counter corruption and tax evasion. Click here to read more (external link).
CNBC: Last week, Afghanistan released new data showing opium production is surging, information that dovetailed with a widely circulated 2016 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report that showed similar findings. The primary problem is a new strain of genetically modified seed that comes from China, which allows poppies to be grown year round.
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan March 25, 2017 Afghan security forces have killed seven militants in the latest military operation in Logar Province, where Taliban insurgents have a strong presence, a local police chief has said. Esmatullah Alizai said that government forces also seized weapons from the militants during the operation in Logar’s volatile Charkh district
Press TV March 24, 2017 Russia has dismissed as “false” the recent allegation by a US general that Moscow may be providing supplies to Taliban militants in Afghanistan, saying the charge was an attempt by Washington to cover up its failed policies in the war-torn country. “These claims are absolutely false,” Zamir Kabulov, the head of
Ayaz Gul VOA News March 24, 2017 ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan’s Taliban disputes media reports that its representatives recently visited neighboring Pakistan and discussed with officials there the prospect of holding direct peace talks with Kabul. The Taliban have long refused to hold direct talks with the Afghan government, calling it a “puppet” of the United States.
1TV: Afghanistan managed to wrap-up the five-match ODI series after a century of Rahmat Shah helped the hosts register seven wickets victory over Ireland at Greater Noida on Saturday. Click here to read more (external link). Tolo News: The Afghanistan National Football Team won a friendly match against Singapore by 2-1 in Doha on Thursday night. Click
Ayesha Tanzeem VOA News March 23, 2017 ISLAMABAD — More than 1,100 children per day could drop out of school in 2017, an international children’s rights organization warned Thursday, the first day of the new Afghan school year. Save the Children cited ongoing violence and instability, a lack of employment opportunities for parents, and an increase