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Afghanistan
Afghan forces and Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Faryab clashes
2018-08-14
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan forces and the Talibs have suffered heavy casualties during the festivities in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North confirmed that sporadic festivities continue between the two sides in Ghormach district.

According to a statement released by Shaheen Corps, at least 13 bully boyz were killed and at least 11 others have sustaind injuries during the festivities so far.

The statement furhter added that five Afghan forces also bit the dust during the festivities while at least 7 others sustained injuries.

Shaheen Corps also confirmed that the Afghan forces have retreated from one of their outposts and sporadic festivities continue close to Chinese Camp.

This comes as the local officials had earlier claimed that 17 soldiers have bit the dust during the festivities while several others have sustained injuries.

The security situation in Faryab province has tanked sharply during the recent years amid growing insurgency activities by the anti-government armed Lion of Islam groups.

Reports regarding sporadic festivities and coordinated attacks by the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and other bully boyz often emerge from the northern Faryab province which was one among the relatively calm provinces in the North.

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Afghanistan
Uzbekistan and Taliban confirm Tashkent meetings
2018-08-13
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
’s Political Office in Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
have confirmed the recent visit by Taliban delegation and meetings with the Uzbekistan officials in Tashkent.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzebkistan, a delegation of the Taliban political representatives led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai
...Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Head of the Taliban political office in Doha. He was a member of Rassoul Sayyaf's group in the war against the Soviets....
visited Tashkent from 6th to 10th August.

The statement further added that the Taliban delegation exchanged views on peace prospects during their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affiars.

"The delegation exchanged views with Uzbek officials on the withdrawal of foreign troops and also explored ways for reconciliation in Afghanistan," Suhail Shaheen, front man for the Taliban political office has told The Daily Times.

According to repots, the delegates met Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and presidential envoy for Afghanistan Ismatilla Irgashev and discussed the security of current and future development projects of Uzbekistan in Afghanistan.

This comes as the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had earlier offered to host talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

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Afghanistan
Karzai urges Taliban to participate in intra-Afghan peace talks
2018-08-13
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The former Afghanistan's Caped President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
...Former president of Aghanistan, part of the problem not part of the solution...
once again called on Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group’s leadership to participate in the intra-Afghan talks for peace and reconciliation.

The Office of the Former President in a statement said the Former President Hamid Karzai welcomed the announcement by the politicians, political coalitions, members of the resistance zone, and representatives of the parliament and provincial council, regarding the intra-Afghan talks with the Taliban group.

Karzai emphasized on the need for the intra-Afghan peace talks for the realization of peace effort and urged the Taliban group to participate in the intra-Afghan and Afghan-led negotiations, according to the Office of the Former President.

He said the Taliban group should participate in the talks considering the longtime demands of the Afghan people for peace and reconciliation.

This comes as Junbish Milli Party led by the First Vice President had earlier informed that some of the key political parties and movements held talks regarding the grinding of the peace processor with the Taliban and upcoming elections during their last meeting over the past one week.

A front man of Junbish Party Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj said last week that a consensus was reached during the talks between leaders of the political parties and movements in this regard.

He did not disclose further information in this regard but added that the details of the meetings would be shared with the people during a large gathering.

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Afghanistan
Mohaqiq slams government’s leadership after Taliban attack on Ghazni city
2018-08-12
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Second Deputy Chief Executive of the Unity Government Mohammad Mohaqiq slammed the government’s leadership after the coordinated Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attack on Ghazni city.

Moahqiq in a statement said the Talibs managed to destroy almost all government compounds and kill several security personnel in less than 24 hours after launching the attack.

He said the government arrived very late to rescue the city from the Talibs despite the historic provincial capital was under constant threat of the Taliban attack.

Mohaqiq claims that the government leadership failed to take offensive actions against the Taliban threats due to the false pride and ignoring the demands and calls of the people and instead the government leaders kept themselves busy with orchestrating vote rigging for the upcoming elections.

The deputy chief executive also criticized the government for having a political will to transfer the surrendered ISIS bully boyz but remaining reckless regarding the casualties of the Afghan armed forces.

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Afghanistan
Taliban travel from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan for talks
2018-08-12
[DAWN] In a rare diplomatic foray and the strongest sign yet of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
's increasing political presence in the region, the head of the bad boy group's political office led a delegation to Uzbekistan to meet senior Foreign Ministry officials, Uzbek and Taliban officials said Saturday.

Taliban political chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai
...Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Head of the Taliban political office in Doha. He was a member of Rassoul Sayyaf's group in the war against the Soviets....
represented the gunnies in the four-day talks that ended Friday and included meetings with Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov as well as its special representative to Afghanistan Ismatilla Irgashev.

The meetings follow an offer made by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in March to broker peace in Afghanistan.

Suhail Shaheen, front man for the Taliban's political office in Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
, said in a statement to The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that discussions covered everything from international troop withdrawal to peace prospects to possible Uzbek-funded development projects that could include railway lines and electricity.

Shaheen said Uzbek officials discussed their security concerns surrounding the development projects.

"Taliban also exchanged views with the Uzbek officials about the withdrawal of the foreign troops and reconciliation in Afghanistan," he said in the statement.

Uzbek's Foreign Affairs Ministry website offered a terse announcement on the visit saying "the sides exchanged views on prospects of the grinding of the peace processor in Afghanistan. "

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India-Pakistan
PTI's NA tally up to 158 as it bags 33 reserved seats
2018-08-12
[DAWN] The Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) have been allotted 33 of the total 70 National Assembly seats reserved for women and minorities, taking the party's total in the lower house of the parliament to 158 ‐ just 14 shy of the number required for simple majority.

The Election Commission of Pakistain on Saturday distributed the reserved seats among the parties as per the quotas that their respective electoral performances commanded.

As expected, the PTI emerged as the biggest beneficiary after the distribution, thanks to the 116 seats its candidates had won themselves and the nine independents whom it had later recruited.

In all, the Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
-led party was allotted 16 reserved seats for women from Punjab, four from Sindh, seven from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and one from Balochistan...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
.

The party, which looks set to form its government in the Centre, also bagged five of the total 10 seats reserved for non-Moslems. Of the rest of the five, two have been given to the PML-N, two to PPP and one to MMA.

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Afghanistan
Several Afghan soldiers found dead in base attacked last week
2018-08-11
[DAWN] Several bodies of Afghan soldiers have been found in a military base that Talibs stormed last week in the embattled southern province of Uruzgan, officials said on Thursday.

The attack in Chinartu district last Friday underlined the ferocity of fighting in many areas of Afghanistan even as speculation has increased about a possible ceasefire during Eid holiday this month.

"We have discovered and transported 40 bodies from the area, so far," district governor Faiz Mohammad said, adding that a number of members of the security forces were still missing.

News of the attack only began filtering out over the past two days. Muhammad Radmanish, a front man for the ministry of defence, said 27 Afghan soldiers were killed and five maimed.

The base was back under control of security forces, said Radmanish but the attack has caused significant damage and weapons losses.

Amir Muhammad Barekzai, a member of the provincial council, said some soldiers appeared to have been shot after they were captured but it was not possible to obtain independent confirmation.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a front man for the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
said 46 members of the Afghan cops were killed in the Uruzgan festivities.

"Afghan soldiers were not killed in Taliban detention centres," he said.

The attack underlines the heavy losses being suffered by security forces as they fight the Taliban.

A US Congressional watchdog, SIGAR, said in a report last year the losses were "shockingly high" but Afghan authorities no longer release overall casualty data.

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Afghanistan
All Govt Centers 'Under ANDSF Control' In Ghazni City, at least 39 Talibs toes up
2018-08-11
[Tolo] The US forces in Afghanistan confirm that there were attacks on multiple government centers in Ghazni City on Thursday night.

“We can confirm that there were attacks last night on multiple government centers in Ghazni City, Ghazni province,” Lt. Col. Martin L. O’Donnell, a spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, told TOLOnews.

He said fighting has since ceased (at around 8am Kabul time).

The spokesman said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces held their ground and maintain control of all government centers.

“US forces responded with close-air support (US attack helicopters) and conducted one strike (drone). In addition, US aircraft conducted a show of presence,” Mr. O’Donnell told TOLOnews.

Initial reports indicate minimal Afghan security force casualties, he said in a statement on Friday.

“This is yet another failed Taliban attempt to seize terrain, which will result in yet another eye-catching, but strategically inconsequential headline,” he said.

Taliban stormed Ghazni City – in the center of Afghanistan – 148 kilometers southwest of Kabul, at around 2am Kabul time on Friday. Taliban has said in a statement that the group stormed Ghazni City from different sides.

Ghazni police said Kabul-Ghazni Highway has been closed to traffic following heavy fighting between government forces and Taliban.

Hamidullah Nawrozi, member of Ghazni Provincial Council, told TOLOnews that "Ghazni city will fall to the Taliban if reinforcements were not sent".

Meanwhile, Ghazni Police Chief Farid Ahmad Mashal said the Ghazni City is under the control of government forces as he talked to TOLOnews at around 8:30am Kabul time. He rejected the claims that Taliban has entered the city. The police chief said clashes are ongoing in Khogyani, Khwaja Omari and Zanakhan areas on the outskirts of Ghazni City.

Recently, insecurity has increased in Ghazni province. The increasing insecurity has resulted in a decision by the Independent Election Commission to delay the upcoming parliamentary election in the province.

Taliban Blocks Kabul-Kandahar Highway Following Ghazni Attack

[Tolo] Taliban insurgents on Friday blocked Kabul-Kandahar Highway that connects Afghanistan’s capital Kabul to the southern city of Kandahar after the group launched an overnight attack on Ghazni City.

Taliban’s attack on Ghazni, about 180 kilometers southwest of Kabul, is the latest series of attacks by the resurgent group on provincial centers.

Afghan security officials in Maidan Wardak province said Taliban launched an attack on Salar area at midnight on Thursday and then engaged in a fierce battle with government forces in the area.

Passengers who stranded on the strategically important high said Taliban fighters have visible presence in some parts of Kabul-Kandahar Highway.

“They (Taliban) targeted the vehicles. Landmines were planted, bridges were destroyed, they also opened fire on us. Many drivers had been hit,” said Abdulhai, a driver.

“We stranded for two hours in Sayed Abad district. Clashws were ongoing in Chashm-e-Salar, so we returned,” said Mohammad Zia, a driver.

The US army in Afghanistan however has said that a series of air strikes were carried out on the Taliban in the area and that the group’s attempt to seize Ghazni City has failed.

“We can confirm that there were attacks last night on multiple government centers in Ghazni City, Ghazni province,” Lt. Col. Martin L. O’Donnell, a spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, told TOLOnews.

TOLOnews reporter Gulabuddin Ghubar who visited Maidan Wardak said government forces were trying to send reinforcements to the area to repel further advance of the group.

Soldiers describes the warfronts
“We checked the route and defused the mines. We also escorted the convoy towards Durani bazar and took the martyrs there,” said Mohammad Sediq, a soldier.

“We walked through Dasht-e-Top area. Taliban militants are fighting on multiple fronts. They cannot engage in direct battles,” said Emal Ibrahimi, a soldier.

“People have suffered from this war. The road is blocked. People are stranded on both sides,” said Sharifullah Hotak, member of Maidan Wardak Provincial Council.

In pictures and latest on coordinated Taliban attack on Ghazni city
Photos can be seen at the link.
[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials are saying that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have full grip over the security of Ghazni city, the provincial capital of Ghazni province.

MoI deputy spokesman Nursrat Rahimi told reporters in Kabul that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are in full lead of the security of Ghazni city.

He said the Taliban militants have sustained heavy casualties during the attack on Ghazni city and in clashes with the security forces but added that no specific information is available regarding the exact toll.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense Gen. Mohammad Radmanish said the attack was carried out jointly by the militants from Maidan Wardak, Paktia, and Zabul provinces.

Provincial security Chief Farid Ahmad Mashal says the dead bodies of at least 39 militants are left in the eastern parts of the city.

Provincial public health directorate officials had earlier said the bodies of at least 16 people including two civilians have been shifted to the hospital along with at least 30 others who have sustained injuries.

According to the officials, at least 26 security personnel are among those wounded during the clashes.

The provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Arif Noori had earlier said at least seven security personnel have sustained injuries during the attack.
An Nahar adds:
Officials said Afghan special forces were also eing deployed to the southeastern city of Ghazni after the latest attempt by the Taliban to capture an urban centre, with the assault coming as pressure builds on the insurgents to enter peace talks.

At least one Afghan soldier has been killed and seven others wounded in the fighting, provincial governor spokesman Arif Noori said.

Civilian houses and army checkpoints have come under mortar attack and the bodies of dozens of Taliban fighters are in the streets, he added.
Rudaw adds still more details. At some point the fog of war will clear, and we’ll have at least a better idea of how many people belonging to which groups were killed:
Taliban fighters tried to overrun a provincial capital in Afghanistan early on Friday, hiding inside homes before slipping into city streets in the night to attack security forces and killing at least 14 policemen before being pushed back, officials said.

The overnight attack in the southeastern city of Ghazni, the capital of a province with the same name, also wounded at least 20 members of the security forces, said Baz Mohammad Hemat, the administrator of the Ghazni city hospital.

Another Taliban attack, this one on Thursday night in western Herat province, left six policemen dead in the district of Obe, according to the governor’s spokesman there, Gelani Farhad.

In Ghazni, the attack began around 2 a.m. with intense gunbattles raging and fires burning in several shops in the city’s residential areas, provincial police chief Farid Ahmad Mashal told The Associated Press.

After repulsing the daring assault, police conducted house-to-house searches for any remaining Taliban fighters. An investigation was also underway on how the insurgents had managed to infiltrate so deep into the city, barely 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Mashal said there were more than 100 other casualties but he could not give a breakdown of the dead and wounded. Most of the casualties were Taliban, he said.

Several bodies of dead Taliban fighters remained on the street after government forced pushed the insurgents from Ghazni, the police chief said. Bodies of 39 Taliban fighters were recovered from under a bridge on the southern edge of the city.

Airstrikes called in to quash the offensive also killed dozens of Taliban, Mashal said. Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said the army had helped the police and that the city was brought under control of government forces.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed parts of Ghazni had been seized and scores of people killed.

By mid-morning, sporadic gunfire could still be heard in city, some residents said. There were still Taliban fighters who had hunkered down in elevated positions from which they were still shooting, the residents said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear for their safety.

The Taliban have so far not confirmed being behind the earlier attack in Herat in which at least six policemen were killed at a district checkpoint.
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Afghanistan
Pakistan to add 60,000 more troops along the Durand Line with Afghanistan
2018-08-10
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Pak military officials have said as many as 60,000 more troops will be added to increase patrols along the Durand Line with Afghanistan.

The officials have said the main purpose of a boost in troops number is to increase patrols along the Line with an aim to curb the flow of faceless myrmidons passing between the two nations.

Citing the informed, Bloomberg has stated in a report that 40 percent of the troops have already been recruited in the exercise, which is expected to take two years.

The officials have also added that about 13 percent of a fence planned along the 1,456-mile-long border has also been completed.

This comes as the former Afghanistan's Caped President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
...Former president of Aghanistan, part of the problem not part of the solution...
had earlier expressed concerns regarding the alleged financial US support to Pakistain for fencing the Durand Line.

The Office of the Former President in a statement said Hamid Karzai is deeply concerned over the US financial assistance to Pakistain for fencing the Durand Line.

The statement further added that the former President strongly condemns the move and call it it a violation of our rights and illusory sovereignty.

He said "The US funding to Pakistain for fencing the Durand line is helping Pakistain’s policy of separating Afghans on both sides of the Durand Line.

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Afghanistan
Consensus reached on peace with Taliban, elections: Junbish Party
2018-08-10
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Junbish Milli Party says some of the key political parties and movements held talks regarding the grinding of the peace processor with the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
and upcoming elections during their last meeting over the past one week.

A front man of Junbish Party Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj said a consensus was reached during the talks between leaders of the political parties and movements in this regard.

He did not disclose further information in this regard but added that the details of the meetings would be shared with the people during a large gathering.

This comes as the Chief Executive of Jamaat Islami and member of the Grand National Coalition Ata Mohammad Noor had earlier said that important decision have been taken regarding the key national issues during a meeting with the former President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
...Former president of Aghanistan, part of the problem not part of the solution...
and other politicians.

Without disclosing further information, Noor said Sunday that the members of the leadership council of Grand National Coalition met with Hamid Karzai and other politicians belonging to the Council for Protection and Stability in Afghanistan.

He said the meeting was organized in the office of the former President Hamid Karzai where important decisions were taken regarding the key national issues.

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Afghanistan
Captured IS fighters to be treated as PoWs, Afghan govt tells US
2018-08-10
[DAWN] Afghan­istan told the United States that fighters of the so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group who surrendered last week will be treated as prisoners of war, and not honoured guests, despite the warm welcome they had initially received, a top US general said on Wednesday.

While pressure has been building for peace talks bet­ween the Western-bac­ked go­­­vernment in Kabul and the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
, an Afghan affi­liate of the IS, which has gained a reputation for brutality, is not part of any reconciliation push, US officials said.

Last week, an Afghan governor’s office floated the possibility of amnesty for a group of IS fighters, including two senior commanders, who gave themselves up after being driven from their strongholds by Taliban.

Gen Joseph Votel, head of the US military’s Central Command, said the Afghans acknowledged the surrender, the largest of its kind so far by the hard boy Islamic State group, "could have been handled better".

"The government of Afghanistan has assured us that these IS-K fighters will be treated as war prisoners," Gen Votel said, using an acronym for the Afghan affiliate of the group.

He added that the fighters would be investigated and held to account for any war crimes they committed.

Civilians who fled the last festivities have accused IS fighters of atrocities, giving detailed accounts of women and girls being taken from their families, raped and, in some cases, murdered.

"They have essentially waged a pretty vicious campaign against the people wi­­thout regard to civilian casualties," the Central Com­mand chief said.

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Afghanistan
Key Taliban commander killed in car bomb explosion in Ghazni city
2018-08-09
[KhaamaPress] A key Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
commander'>Taliban Überstürmbannführer was killed with his comrades in a boom-mobile kaboom in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The provincial security commandment in a statement said the incident took place at around 12:30 pm local time in Ghazni city.

The statement further added that five Talibs including their commander were attempting to move a vehicle packed with explosives to an unknown location in Ghazni city when the incident took place.

Provincial Security Chief Gen. Farid Ahmad confirmed that the incident took place in the vicinity of the 3rd police district of the city and a number of the houses have also been damaged.

In the meantime, the provincial security commandment said the Taliban Überstürmbannführer killed in the kaboom has been identified as Rahimullah, also famous as Mullah Zakir.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters including Taliban holy warriors have not commented regarding the incident so far.

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile provinces in southeastern parts of the country where the Talibs and terrorist belonging to the other groups are actively operating in some of its districts.
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