Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 21, 2019 Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have signed an agreement on a strategic partnership between their countries. Turkmenistan’s State Information Agency said the two leaders signed the document in Ashgabat on February 21 after discussing bilateral trade, energy, and cultural ties. Berdymukhammedov reportedly said Turkmenistan
Tolo News: Khost residents on Thursday claimed that some clerics in the province refuse to perform funeral prayers for fallen Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) soldiers on due to threats against them by the Taliban. According to Eid Mohammad, one resident, his brother Khial Mohammad was an ANA soldier who lost his life during
Tolo News: Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is also running for president in July 20 elections, on Thursday said the planned consultative Loya Jirga on peace will not help resolve the stalemate in Afghanistan. This comes ten days after President Ashraf Ghani called for a grand consultative Jirga, a traditional assembly, on the peace process
Press TV February 20, 2019 Hundreds of Afghans marched in protest in the eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan on Tuesday, demanding an end to US airstrikes after increasing numbers of civilian casualties in the past months. Last year, the United States stepped up military operations in Afghanistan to their highest levels since 2014, in an
Tolo News: President Ashraf Ghani’s Special Representative for Regional Affairs for Consensus on Peace Mohammad Umer Daudzai said on Wednesday that there was the possibility that direct talks between government and the Taliban would start in the next few months. Addressing an Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission conference, Daudzai said people will soon witness direct negotiations. Click here
1TV: As the United States may withdraw or trim security forces from Afghanistan, China is tiptoeing into the ground and has quietly established security checkpoints along Afghanistan and Tajikistan borders. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 20, 2019 An Afghan official said six civilians were killed after their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Laghman. Asadullah Dawlatzai, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said the victims were travelling in Qarghayi district when the bomb went off on February 19. No group has
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 20, 2019 Six Afghan migrants suspected of links to terrorism and human trafficking have been detained in Bosnia-Herzegovina this year, the country’s service for foreign affairs said. The six are among more than 25,000 migrants and refugees mostly from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran who have entered Bosnia since 2018