Yesterday's Afghan News

Monday, July 21, 2014

Haqqani Network terrorists not
targeted in Waziristan operations

Khaama Press / July 21, 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan said Monday that the Haqqani Terrorist Network is not a target during the North Waziristan operations.

Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan told reporters that the Pakistani military has not taken any specific action against the Haqqani Terrorist Network militants.

Mostaghni further added that only Pakistani Taliban – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) insurgents are targeted by Pakistani military during the offensive.

The Haqqani Terrorist Network has been accused of plotting and coordinating major terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.

The network is believed to be involved in nemrous terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, including the deadly Paktika bombing which left nearly 90 people dead.

Haqqani Network has also been accused of plotting a failed terrorist attack on Kabul international aiport last Thursday which ended with the elimination of the assailant militants only.

Afghan officials said the Haqqani Terrorist Network had plotted the attack together with Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter-services Intelligence (ISI).

However, the Pakistani officials have said that all terrorist networks including the Haqqani Network militants are targeted during the operations.

Violence Kills At Least 60 Across Afghanistan

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

July 21, 2014

Officials say at least 60 people were killed in separate attacks across Afghanistan.

Most of the casualties were reported from the northern Faryab Province, where a gunbattle between government forces and the Taliban has been going on since July 18.

Ahmad Javid Bedar, a provincial government spokesman, said on July 21 that the fighting has so far killed eight policemen and at least 15 militants.

Bedar said the shoot-out began after more than 300 Taliban fighters attacked police checkpoints.

Meanwhile, one civilian and one policeman were killed in a suicide attack in southern Helmand Province on July 21.

The Defense Ministry said military operations in Khost, Kandahar, Helmand, and Parwan provinces had killed 31 militants in the past 24 hours.

The ministry also said three soldiers were killed in roadside bombings but didn't give any details.

Based on reporting by dpa and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

Taliban unable to retake control
of Afghanistan, Taliban leader says

Khaama Press / July 21, 2014

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan is unable to retake the control of the country following the withdrawal of the NATO-led forces.

A senior Taliban leader, Agha Jan Motasim has said that the Taliban militants in Afghanistan no longer have the support they need to overrun the country.

Motasim called on anti-government armed militant groups to sit in for peace talks and insisted that the withdrawal of coalition forces from Afghanistan make it harder for militants to justify their war.

He said Taliban militants have even lost suppport among the Afghan people, while the Afghan armed forces are getting stronger each day as the international community supports Afghan forces and government.

According to Motasim, the situation in Afghanistan is longer similar as it was in 1996. He said the Afghan people were supporting Taliban as they had became frustrated with the warlords.

Agha Jan Motasim used to serve as the finance minister in Taliban’s regime and was believed to be a close ally of the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad omar.

He has also served as chief of the group’s political committee until 2010, when he was shot by unknown gunmen in Karachi city of Pakistan.

According to reports, the assassination attempt on Agha Jan Motasim was carried out since he was favouring talks with the Afghan government to end violence in the country.

Four Armed Insurgents Joined Peace Process

Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) / July 21, 2014

Kabul (BNA) Four armed insurgents joined the peace process in Kapisa province today. The insurgents who were busy in terrorist and destructive activities in Tagab district, joined the peace process by efforts of the Kapisa security forces. It has been said they asked the government to ensure security and provide a better ground for their lives. According to another report, a policeman was arrested and accused of cooperation with armed insurgents in Hesa Awal Kohistan. According to a police chief spokesman, the arrested was accused of destructive activities and planting mines in the region.

Curse number of 39 incurring
financial loss to Afghan government

Khaama Press / July 21, 2014

The interior ministry of Afghanistan announced Monday that the government of Afghanistan is suffering a major financial loss due to the curse number of 39.

Sediq Sediq, spokesman for the ministry of interior (MoI) told reporters that the issue of curse number 39 is has also became a major problem for traffic department.

Sediqi called on media agencies and social activists to launch a joint campaign against the issue since there is no logical or religious basis to prove that the number 39 is a curse.

He said the traffic department is having major issues to distribute registration numbers for the vehicles as the car owners rejects any registration number which is having the number 39.

Head of the traffic department, Gen. Asadullah said around 15,000 registration numbers are pending for distribution due to the issue of curse number 39.

He also called on Afghan people, media agencies and religious scholars to fight against the issue which has caused a major problem for the traffic department besids incurring around 1 billion AFS in loss to the Afghan government.

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