Tolo News: Ahmad Zia Massoud, the president’s former special representative for reforms and good governance, on Friday apologized to the people for having supported President Ashraf Ghani during presidential elections and said he now regrets his decision. Speaking at the 25th anniversary of 8th of Saur, Mujahideen Victory Day against Mohammad Najibullah’s government, Massoud called Ghani
Tolo News: A number of lawmakers and officials from Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Wednesday inaugurated work on a standard cricket ground and cricket academy in Nangarhar. The project, which will cost $2.5 million USD, has been funded by the ACB. The project would be built on five hectares of land, ACB said. “This ground is
Press TV April 27, 2017 Civilian casualties caused by the war in Afghanistan declined slightly in the first three months of 2017, the United Nations said on Thursday, a rare drop that officials attributed mostly to residents fleeing areas of fighting. From January to March there were 715 civilians killed and 1,466 wounded, an overall
CNN: Two US service members were killed Thursday while conducting a joint US-Afghan operation in the Achin District of Nangarhar Province, Pentagon Spokesman US Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told CNN. The operation was targeting ISIS-K, the terror group’s Afghanistan affiliate. A US official told CNN the service members were Special Operations Forces soldiers. Click here to
Ayaz Gul VOA News April 26, 2017 ISLAMABAD — A central leader and ex-spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Ehsanullah Ehsan, has alleged Afghan security forces and their intelligence agency, NDS, together with the Indian spy agency are supporting cross-border terrorist attacks against Pakistan. The militant leader in a video confessional statement released by the Pakistan Army,
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Afghanistan is also among the states classified as “red” for press freedom. RSF says that “the courageous efforts” by Afghan journalists to fulfill their reporting mission are frustrated by constant security threats posed by the Taliban and Islamic State extremists. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty April 26, 2017 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sought to counter U.S. statements that Moscow is supplying arms to the Taliban in Afghanistan, claiming on April 25 that the charges are unsubstantiated and “false.” The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, said during a press conference with Defense
Tolo News: The family of a soldier who was killed in Friday’s attack on the Afghan National Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters in Balkh province said they were shocked by the large number of dead bodies they saw and that they want justice to be served on those who failed to prevent the attack. Click here
Human Rights Watch: It has been two years since Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, vowed to end torture. Instead, it’s on the rise, with 39 percent of detainees subjected to beatings, electric shocks, or near suffocation by the Afghan police and intelligence agents, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). Click here to read
ESPNCricinfo: It looks as if Afghanistan may soon be playing Test cricket. But apparently there is already a Test cricketer who was born there. Afghanistan’s only Test cricketer so far is Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul in 1934. Durani played 29 Tests for India from his debut on New Year’s Day 1960 to 1972-73.