Mohammad Habibzada VOA News October 4, 2018 WASHINGTON — As concerns mount over the security of Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for Oct. 20, Afghan officials are downplaying the threats and saying that the country’s security forces are capable to securing thousands of polling stations across the country. On Thursday, the Afghan government unveiled its security
Ayaz Gul VOA News October 2, 2018 ISLAMABAD — A suicide bomb blast has ripped through an election-related gathering in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 13 people and wounding 30 others. The deadly blast in Kama district in Nangarhar province went off inside the campaign office of a candidate for the October 20 parliamentary elections. The
Tolo News: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Hizb-e-Islami, on Monday said during a meeting visit with Nangarhar residents that Taliban and Daesh are the same – and only their flags differ. “Talib and Daesh are the same, only their flags and names have changed. They were friends of one stronghold and they have shared aims and similar
New York Times: The body counts served as a grisly contrast to other metrics that paint a grimmer reality of the war effort — including high attrition rates in the Afghan military and the loss of territory to Taliban militants. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 20, 2018 Members of the Shi’ite minorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan have commemorated Ashura, the holiest celebration in their religious calendar, amid heightened security measures against possible sectarian attacks. The festival making the seventh-century killing of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, this year fell on September 20.
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan September 19, 2018 KABUL — Members of Afghanistan’s Shi’ite minority are bracing for potential violence as they prepare to commemorate Ashura, the holiest celebration in their religious calendar. A series of deadly attacks on the country’s Shi’ite community in recent weeks has fueled fears of more violence during the September 20
VOA News | September 18, 2018: In the face of growing threats posed by Islamic State, the Afghan government has taken extra precautions to protect Shi’ite religious minorities and their neighborhoods in the capital, Kabul. The government is relying on hundreds of civilians it armed last year to protect Shi’ite mosques in the city, as Muslims observe
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan September 18, 2018 Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency says its officers have arrested at least 26 suspected members of the extremist group Islamic State (IS), accusing them of plotting attacks on members of the Shi’ite minority. The militants, including an alleged IS leader, were detained in separate operations in Kabul, the National
Frud Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 12, 2018 Sayed Ali Rezwan was lifting dumbbells when an explosion ripped through Kabul’s Maiwand sports club, where scores of young wrestlers were in the middle of a training session. The blast threw 23-year-old Rezwan against a wall. Wounded and covered in dust, he stumbled through the debris
Ayaz Gul VOA News September 12, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Officials in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province say the death toll from Tuesday’s suicide bombing has risen to 68 people, up from the previous figure of 32. The attack happened in the remote Mohmand Dara district as residents were staging a protest in the Daka village to demand