#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – October 13 – Taliban militants ambushed a convoy of Afghan security forces in a mountainous area of northern Afghanistan on Monday.
The fighters killed 22 soldiers and police, Reuters cited an official as saying.
The convoy was travelling through Laghman Valley in Sar-e-Pul province.
Eight security officers were wounded and the insurgents took seven others captive.
Twelve army and police vehicles were destroyed.
#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – October 13 – A suicide-car-bomber rammed a NATO military convoy along a major road out of Kabul early Monday, killing one Afghan civilian, Reuters reported.
Hours later, another suicide bomber killed a woman outside a clinic in a province east of Kabul.
A third bomb exploded in a market on the Afghanistan capital’s northern outskirts, wounding 22 people including three children, officials said.
#AceWorldNews – KABUL – A suicide bomber attacked a security checkpoint near the airport in Afghanistan’s capital on Monday, security sources say.
The attack came minutes before new President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in, Reuters reported.
There were casualties, according to witnesses.
Dignitaries had gathered in Kabul for Ghani’s inauguration, who is taking over from long-time leader Hamid Karzai.
On Sunday 9:15 this morning, a sticky bomb attached to an Afghan army vehicle exploded in Zanbaq Square … only injuring the driver,” Najib Danish, Interior Ministry deputy spokesman, told Reuters.
#AceBreakingNews – KABUL – September 21 – Afghanistan’s two presidential contenders signed an unprecedented power-sharing agreement Sunday, ending a drawn-out political stand-off and setting the stage for a U.S. troop commitment past this year.
The agreement names Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who is believed to have received the most votes in a June run-off election, as president.
His challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, will become chief executive.
“I am very happy today that both of my brothers, Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, in an Afghan agreement for the benefit of this country, for the progress and development of this country, that they agreed on the structure affirming the new government of Afghanistan,” President Hamid Karzai, in power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban, said after the signing.
The deal ends political wrangling that began after a June run-off vote between two candidates. An independent election commission was assigned to audit the results after allegations of widespread fraud.
Later Sunday, the country’s election commission announced Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner of the presidential election, but did not release final vote figures.
#AceBreakignNews – UNITED STATES (Gitmo) – May 31 – Five detainees at the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison have been released in exchange for an American soldier who was taken hostage by the Taliban in 2009, US officials said.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was the only American solider held prisoner in Afghanistan, was set free early on Saturday, according to AP.
It is reported that the transfer took place after a week of difficult negotiations mediated by the government of Qatar, which will now take custody of the released Gitmo prisoners.
According to the agreement between the US and the Taliban, the released inmates are Afghan nationals.
On the June 20 2013 – (CBC.ca) – The Afghan Taliban are ready to free a U.S. army soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay as a conciliatory gesture, a senior spokesman for the group said Thursday.
The offer came as an Afghan government spokesman said President Hamid Karzai is now willing to join planned peace talks with the Taliban — provided that the Taliban flag and nameplate are removed from the militant group’s newly opened political office in Doha, the capital of the Gulf state of Qatar. Karzai also wants a formal letter from the United States supporting the Afghan government.
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#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – May 28 – Two Americans have been injured in an attack on a US consulate vehicle in western Herat province in Afghanistan, the US embassy said on Wednesday.
Both were receiving treatment at a Spanish hospital in the province, Reuters reported. “The US government is working closely with Afghan authorities to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice,” the statement said.
The attack comes a day after President Barack Obama announced that he plans for almost 10,000 American troops to remain in the country in 2015 if the Afghan government signs a security agreement.
Washington and its NATO allies will formally halt combat operations in Afghanistan at the end of this year.
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#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – May 27 – President Barack Obama is seeking to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after the US ends its combat mission in the country at the end of this year.
The US plan calls for troop levels to be reduced from its current force of 32,000 by the end of 2014.
The remaining US military presence would train Afghan forces and support counter-terrorism operations.
These numbers would be contingent on the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement.
While current Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign such an agreement, the Obama administration appears to be confident either of the two candidates seeking to replace him would do so.
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#AceWorldNews – KABUL – May 26 – US President Barack Obama has paid a surprise visit to American troops stationed in Afghanistan, as the US marks the Memorial Day weekend.
During the visit to Bagram Air Base, Obama said that he was close to taking a decision on the number of US soldiers that will remain in Afghanistan post 2014 withdrawal deadline.
A bilateral deal between Kabul’s new president and Washington needs to be signed before Americans will stay to train Afghan security forces and conduct counter-terrorism missions.
A run-off in the Afghan presidential election will be held in June.
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#AceWorldNews – KABUL – May 17 – Unidentified people opened fire on a car of Tajikistan’s consul in Fayzabad (the capital city of Afghanistan’s province Badakhshan) on Friday night. Rustam Makhmudi received several gunshots and was taken to hospital, a spokesman for the Tajikistani Foreign Ministry, Abulfize Atoyev, told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
“Now the diplomat is in hospital of the Afghan province of Kunduz where he underwent a surgical operation,” the spokesman said. “Local surgeons say he is in a moderate condition.”
Atoyev said that the armed people attacked the consul’s car on its route from Fayzabad to Kunduz.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – May 07 – The Pentagon now sees no alternative to the use of Russian Mi-17 helicopters in Afghanistan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey told Senate on Tuesday.
The US now had no alternative, though it continued to search for one, he said.
According to Dempsey, possible sanctions against the Russian company Rosoboronexport that supplies the helicopters would temporarily leave the Afghan army without its aviation component, which arises concern.
#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – May 04 – The Afghan government has declared a day of national mourning for hundreds of people killed when a mudslide engulfed their village on Friday.
Badakhshan provincial governor Shah Waliullah Adib told the BBC there was now no hope for more than 2,000 people believed buried in their homes.
Officials formally ended the search for survivors on Saturday.
Mechanical diggers had left Ab Barik village without being used because the site was inaccessible.
The BBC’s David Loyn says it is unlikely that there will be any serious effort made to recover the bodies.
At least 2,000 people were in their homes when a mountain collapsed and covered the area in mud and rocks.
A further 600 people are also missing after rushing to help with the rescue effort and being caught in a second landslide.
Rudimentary efforts by locals to dig into the soft mud with shovels were quickly abandoned.
A few hundred survivors have spent a second night out in the open, although blankets, tents and basic food aid have now arrived.
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#AceWorldNews – KABUL -May 03 – A Taliban group leader was arrested along with a number of other militants by Afghan security forces in Kabul city.
Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said the detained Taliban leader was recognized as Qari Abdul Latif who was involved in anti-government insurgency activities during the past years.
Mr. Sediqi further added that the Taliban leader was arrested based on an intelligence report from Kabul city.
He said Qari Abdul Latif was leading a group of 20 insurgents in central Bamiyan province and he was arrested along with three other insurgents.
According to Sediqi, Qari Abdul Latif was involved in murder, armed attacks, robbery and roadside bombings in Bamiyan province.
Bamiyan is among the peaceful provinces in central Afghanistan where fewer anti-government insurgency activities have been reported.
Afghan Press (KP)
#AceWorldNews – KABUL – May 02 – Afghan officials gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote north-east, putting the death toll at more than 2,100, as the aid effort focused on the more than 4,000 people displaced.
Officials expressed concern that the unstable hillside above the site of the disaster may cave in again, threatening the thousands of homeless and hundreds of rescue workers who have arrived in Badakhshan province, bordering Tajikistan.
“More then 2,100 people from 300 families are all dead,” Naweed Forotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governor, told Reuters.
#AceWorldNews – LAHORE – April 30 – According to reports, Taliban group’s military commission chief Mullah Abdul Qayum Zakir has been jailed in Pakistan.
An Afghan security official speaking on the condition of anonymity has told Radio Free Europe (RFE) that Mullah Zakir is in custody of Pakistani Taliban militants.
The source did not disclose further information regarding the main motive behind the detention of Mullah Zakir by Pakistani Taliban militants.
However, reports suggest that Mullah Zakir was dismissed from his position as Taliban’s military commission chief for being failed to disrupt the Afghan elections.
#AceNewsServices – KABUL – April 26 – (DWN) – Millions of Afghans braved Taliban threats Saturday to vote for a successor to President Hamid Karzai in a landmark election held as US-led forces wind down their long intervention in the country.
Polling stations officially closed at 5:00 pm (1230 GMT), officials said, after a day without major security incidents. But voting was set to continue for some time as voters in line at polling stations would be allowed to cast their ballot, a senior official with the Independent Election Commission said.
Security was a major concern following a string of high-profile attacks in the capital Kabul, most recently a suicide bombing at the Interior Ministry on Wednesday that killed six police officers. The Taliban have rejected the election as a foreign plot, and urged their fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces.
Afghanistan’s third presidential election brings an end to 13 years of rule by Karzai, who has led the country since the Taliban were ousted in a US-led invasion in 2001.
The Nato coalition force is pulling out its last 51,000 combat troops this year, leaving Afghan forces to battle the Taliban insurgency without their help.
Afghanistan’s presidential election is set for a second-round vote, preliminary results showed Saturday, as former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani both failed to secure a decisive victory.
The vote will choose a successor to outgoing President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power.
The eventual winner will have to oversee the fight against a resilient Taliban insurgency as 51,000 US-led troops depart this year, as well as strengthen an economy that relies on declining aid money.
“Based on our results, it appears that the election goes to the second round,” Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, head of the Independent Election Commission, told a press conference in Kabul.
Abdullah secured 44.9 per cent of the April 5 vote, with his main rival Ghani on 31.5 per cent, according to the preliminary results.
#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – April 25 – Flash floods in northern Afghanistan after two days of torrential rain have killed more than 80 people, officials said, with scores more missing as helicopters searched for stranded villagers.
Local officials told AFP that 43 people died in Jowzjan province, 33 in Faryab province and six in Sar-e Pul province.
The flood-waters swept through villages and fields, engulfing thousands of homes and leaving many people seeking safety on the roofs of their homes.
He said more than 5,000 people have been displaced, there are shortages of medicine and water. Afghan army helicopters are helping rescuers reach the affected areas.
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#AceWorldNews – KABUL – April 24 – An Afghan security guard who opened fire at an international hospital in Kabul on Thursday killed three Americans, the US embassy said.
“We can confirm three Americans were killed,” Reuters quoted an embassy official as saying.
At least one other person, a female nurse, was wounded, according to an Interior Ministry official.
#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – April 17 – Taliban militants have reportedly executed at least four Afghan policemen in the Wardak province of Afghanistan.
They were abducted from the Asadbad district on Tuesday night, the Khaama Press said.
Local security officials have said the policemen were member of the public order forces and were abducted from Kabul-Kandahar highway.
Wardak is among the relatively volatile provinces in central Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are active in a number of its districts.
On Saturday, at least five policemen were killed or injured after a group of militants ambushed a supply convoy in the district of Syedabad.
#AceWorldNews – KABUL – April 16 – A woman Afghan member of parliament was shot and wounded in the capital Kabul, officials said Wednesday. Mariam Koofi was shot in one of Kabul’s up-scale districts late Tuesday after an argument with a member of the security forces, who was later arrested, Reuters reported, citing an Interior Ministry statement.
Her injury was reportedly not life-threatening.
Earlier on the same day, gunmen kidnapped Ahmad Shah Wahid, the deputy minister of public works, as he was travelling in his car to work.