‘Abudullah, Abdullah Escapes Assassination From Two Bombs’

#AceBreakingNews – KABUL (Reuters) – June 06 – Abdullah Abdullah, front-runner in Afghanistan’s presidential election, escaped assassination on Friday when two bombs blew up outside a hotel where he had just staged a rally, killing six people.

The midday blasts, one caused by a suicide bomber, destroyed a car in Abdullah’s convoy, police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said. One of the dead was a bodyguard.

Twenty-two people were injured.

Television images showed the charred remains of the car alongside shattered shop fronts in a densely populated western district of Kabul.

“When I was leaving the rally from the People’s Islamic Unity Party, our car was hit by a roadside bomb and destroyed,” Abdullah said at another rally soon afterwards.

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` Afghan Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammed Omar Hails Exchange of Guantanamo Detainees a Victory '

#AceNewsServices – KABUL – June 01 – Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has issued a rare public statement hailing the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a Taliban-held US soldier as a “big victory”.

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed to US forces in Afghanistan on Saturday.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has defended the exchange amid criticism Congress was not given 30 days’ notice before the detainees were released.

He said the US had to act quickly to save the soldier’s life.

Mullah Omar, who has made no public appearances or speeches since fleeing Afghanistan in 2001 when US-led forces toppled the Taliban after the 9/11 attacks in the US, said: “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the entire Afghan Muslim nation.”

The Afghan government, which was not informed of the deal until after the exchange had taken place, has condemned it as a breach of international law.

Five Taliban Detainees:

Mohammad Fazl served as the Taliban’s deputy defence minister during America’s military campaign in 2001. Accused of possible war crimes, including the murder of thousands of Shia Muslims.

Khirullah Khairkhwa was a senior Taliban official serving as interior minister and governor of Herat, Afghanistan’s third largest city. Alleged to have had direct links to Osama Bin Laden.

Abdul Haq Wasiq was the Taliban’s deputy minister of intelligence. Said to have been central in forming alliances with other Islamist groups to fight against US and coalition forces.

Mullah Norullah Noori was a senior Taliban military commander and a governor. Also accused of being involved in the mass killings of Shia Muslims.

Mohammad Nabi Omari held multiple Taliban leadership roles, including chief of security. Alleged to have been involved in attacks against US and coalition forces.


The Tolonews website in Afghanistan runs a story on its front page reporting about news of the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar in Kabul on May 23, 2011. The Taliban has maintained over the years that he is still alive and in charge of the insurgency. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

(CBC.ca) – 06/08/2013 – The reclusive leader has not been seen since he reportedly fled a village in southern Afghanistan on motorcycle three months after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. There are no known audio recordings of his voice since early 2002 or any pictures of Mullah Omar. He mainly communicates in messages relayed by his spokesmen.

In the message, Mullah Omar did repeat a key U.S. demand opening the way for peace talks by pledging not to use Afghanistan as a base to threaten other countries, although he again did not openly denounce al-Qaeda — one of the original conditions set by the United States that was temporarily dropped to get talks going.

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` Barack Obama Pays Surprised Visit to American Troops in Afghanistan '

#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.

Fox News – USA Today – AP

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` Gunmen with Machine Guns and Rocket Propelled Grenades Attack Consulate in Afghanistan '

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – May 23 – Gunmen armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked the Indian consulate in western Afghanistan’s Herat province Friday, AP reported.

At least three gunmen opened fire on the consulate from a nearby home, provincial Police Chief Abdul Sami Qatra said. Police reportedly killed two gunmen.

The assault injured no diplomatic staff, but Indian officials said there had been a threat against its diplomats in Afghanistan.

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` Taliban Attack on Police Checkpoints Kills Six Police Officers ‘

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – May 21 – A Taliban attack on several police checkpoints in Afghanistan’s north east has killed six officers, AP reported.

A large group of Taliban fighters attacked in Yamgan district, said

General Fazeluddin Ayar, the police chief in Badakhshan province.

The fighting started late the previous day and was still going on Wednesday.

Five insurgents have also reportedly been killed in the gun battle.

AP – Reuters – AFP

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` Nouri Maliki Wins Largest Iraqi Parliamentary Seats in Election So Far with a Total of Ninety Three ‘

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – May 19 – Prime Minister Nouri Maliki won the largest share of Iraqi parliamentary seats in last month’s national elections, Reuters reported.

Preliminary results on Monday showed Maliki won at least 93 seats, far more than his two main Shiite rivals.

The movement of Muqtada Sadr picked up 28 seats, and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) won 29 seats. Maliki is waging a war with armed Sunni groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Final results are expected in the coming few weeks, after Iraq’s electoral commission rules on complaints.

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#AceWorldNews KABUL May 17 Unidentified people opened fire…

#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.

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` Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission Announces Official Final Result’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – (UNAMA) – May 15 – STATEMENT – 15 May 2014 – Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) today announced the final results of the country’s 5 April Presidential poll, declaring a second round run-off between the two leading candidates after none of those seeking the position achieved the 50 per cent plus one result needed to win in the first round.

“The second round of Presidential elections will be conducted on 14 June, 2014,” the IEC’s Chairman, Dr. Ahmed Yusuf Nuristani, told a news conference in the capital, Kabul.

According to the final results, which were compiled after the adjudication of complaints by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), candidate Abdullah Abdullah won 45 per cent of the total votes cast in the first round of the poll, followed by candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai, who won 31.6 per cent of the votes cast – leaving both men to compete in the second round run-off.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the announcement of the final results.

In a press statement, the UN Mission congratulated the Afghan people, candidates, and the country’s electoral and security institutions on the conduct of the first round of the election, describing it as a “democratic milestone.”

Read More: Statement on 15/05/14 – (UNAMA) http://tinyurl.com/qy86p5r

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` Roadside Bomb Kills 9 and Wounds 2 from Same Family When Travelling from Village to Village ‘

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – May 06 A roadside bombing has killed nine people and wounded two in Afghanistan’s western Herat province.

The attack took place in the province’s Shindand district around midnight Tuesday, when the vehicle the victims were riding in hit the roadside bomb, AP quoted provincial government spokesman Samih Wafa as saying.

All the victims, from the same family, were on their way from one village to another when the bomb exploded.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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` Taliban Group Leader was Arrested along with a Number of other Militants by Afghan Security Forces ‘

#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)

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` Afghan Officials Today Death Toll 2,100 from 30 Families and 4,000 Displaced Hope of any Survivors are Negative ‘

#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.

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` Afghan Warlord Nicknamed the `Bull-Dozer ‘ Joins Front-Runner in Elections but Does he Have Hidden Agenda ‘

#AceNewsServices – KABUL – May 02 – (DWN) – A former Afghan warlord nicknamed “the bulldozer” joined front-runner Abdullah Abdullah’s presidential campaign on Saturday, as deal-making hots up before the decisive run-off vote next month.

Gul Agha Sherzai, from Kandahar, won less than two per cent of the vote in the April 5 election, but is seen as able to deliver some support from Pashtuns, Afghanistan’s largest ethnic group.

Abdullah, whose support is strongest in Tajik ethnic areas, came first by a large margin in the election, though he fell short of the 50 per cent threshold needed for outright victory, according to preliminary results.
“I, as a representative of my team, join Dr. Abdullah’s team to bring security and welfare to the people of

Afghanistan,” Sherzai told a press conference with Abdullah.

“We have joined together for the country and the people.”

Sherzai, a former governor of Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces, earned his nickname “the bulldozer” for pushing though major road and infrastructure projects — as well as for his forceful personality.
Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani will compete in a head-to-head election scheduled for June 7.

According to the (Examiner) – April 05 – GUL AGHA SHERZAI: Earned the nickname of “the bulldozer” for serving as public works and transport minister. Previously a mujahedeen commander in Kandahar, he also has served as governor of Kandahar and later governor of Nangarhar. He was the only governor to meet Barak Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign.

(The Correspondent) – April 30 – Nicknamed ‘Bulldozer’ for his rampant pace with reconstruction projects, Nangarhar Governor Gul Agha Sherzai now faces increasing scrutiny and local opposition over alleged abuse of office. Hundreds of opposition figures, but also Sherzai’s supporters, demonstrated in the streets of Jalalabad in recent days over the Bulldozer’s future at the provincial helm.

by Naqib Ahmad Atal , Jalalabad , 30.4.2013

(The Correspondent) – April 30 -But Gul Agha Sherzai, the governor of Nangarhar Province since 2004, now faces increasing opposition from tribal elders and MPs who accuse him of mishandling security, mass land grabbing and embezzlement, and generally profiteering illegally from his position.

The eventual winner will lead Afghanistan into a new era as US-led Nato combat troops end their 13-year war against the Islamist insurgency that erupted after President Hamid Karzai took power in 2001.
“We are proud of joining together, we were in touch from the very beginning,” Abdullah said. “We have a long way ahead of us, we will use every opportunity for any alliances.”

Preliminary results released a week ago showed Abdullah secured 44.9 per cent of the first-round vote, with Ghani on 31.5 per cent.

Another expensive, and potentially violent, election could be avoided by negotiations in the coming weeks, but both Abdullah and Ghani have dismissed talk of a power-sharing deal.

Afghan News – Correspondent – Examiner – Dawn

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American Woman Moved to Help Afghan Boy

In November of 2013, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” reported the story of Obaid, a young Afghan boy who lost both his legs when a mortar hit his house, and was rushed to one of EMERGENCY’s hospital in Afghanistan to be promptly treated by our staff.

While the stories covered by NBC Foreign Chief Correspondent Richard Engel in that first piece seemed only stories of despair, Obaid’s story has since then become of hope, human kindness, and strength in the face of adversity.

In fact on that November night, Cindy Barrett, a regular “NBC Nightly News” viewer, saw the report and decided to take action to make a difference. “I had a very emotional response to it. And I think in part I connected with this boy because I have young grandsons and my grandchildren are healthy and strong and athletic,” Barrett said about her feelings while watching the report. “They’re growing up in a relatively safe and privileged environment and we have some of the best medical care available to us here. And the contrast was just too much for me to ignore, to see this child.”

Thanks to Ms. Barrett’s donation, Obaid has now prosthetic legs and is attending one of the most prestigious schools in Kabul. Despite his injury he looks healthy and full of life and has revealed that he would like to become a heart surgeon when he grows up. We’re all very proud of Obaid and thankful to Ms. Barrett’s, who has made a huge difference in this kid’s life.

Even tough we see much horror in our EMERGENCY hospitals, our mission is to provide hope against this horror and save war-victims’ lives and limbs. We hope you can help us continue pursuing our mission by considering to make a donation here.

You can check out “NBC Nightly New”s full story about Obaid and Cindy Barrett here.

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` Afghans Braved Taliban Threats to Vote in Afghanistan 44.9% Abudullah 31.5% Ghani No Decisive Victory’

#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.

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` Afghan Security Guard Opens Fire at ` International Hospital ‘ Killing Three American’s ‘

#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.

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` Afghanistan’s Abdullah Abdullah has Been Leading in the Polls but Remains Short of a Majority ‘

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – Afghanistan’s former foreign minister, Abdullah Abdullah, has been leading the polls in the voting for Afghanistan’s next president.

However, he remains short of a majority, as widely predicted, according to the latest official count.

The country’s Independent Election Commission has stated that Abdullah is leading with some 44.4 percent, with the figure based in results from half of the vote from all of the country’s 34 provinces.

If the winner obtains a win of less than 50 percent, there will be a second round. Second in the polls is West-leaning politician and academic, Ashraf Ghani, with 33.2 percent.

Final results will be released in May, with any necessary second round taking place towards the end of the month

Afghan and Middle Eastern News

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` Three Taliban Insurgents Escaped from Prison in Northern Afghanistan Killing Three Police Guards ‘

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – April 18 – An official says three Taliban insurgents escaped from a prison in northern Afghanistan using weapons smuggled into the facility in a jailbreak that killed three police guards.

A spokesman for the Faryab provincial government, Ahmad Jawad Dedar, said on Friday that the breakout took place the previous night. A fourth inmate who was also trying to escape was killed in a shoot-out with security forces.

Dedar says the fugitives are low-level Taliban operatives who were jailed for planting roadside bombs. The four inmates launched their breakout during the nightly count of prisoners, throwing several grenades and shooting guards with at least one pistol.

Dedar said authorities have launched a search for the three fugitives and are investigating how the weapons were smuggled into the prison.

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` Afghan Member of Parliament was Shot and Wounded in an Argument with Security Forces ‘

#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.

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` US Air-Strike has Killed Three Civilians and a Large Number have been Killed by CIA Killer Drone Strikes '

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – April 15 – (PressTV) – Local Afghan officials say at least three civilians– including a woman and two children — have been killed in a US-led air-strike in the country’s troubled east.

A spokesman for the governor of Afghanistan’s south-eastern Khost province said the incident took place in the Zani Kheil area on Monday night.

The official added that a helicopter belonging to US-led foreign forces opened fire on a house during a training mission.

Civilian casualties caused by foreign forces have fuelled anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan.

Thousands of people have died in US-led air-strikes in Afghanistan since the invasion of the country.

A large number of Afghan civilians, including many women and children, have been also killed during night raids by foreign forces and CIA-run killer drone strikes.

The Afghan government has repeatedly called on foreign forces to stop the air-strikes on residential areas.

Civilian casualties caused by foreign forces have been a major source of tension between Kabul and Washington.

The casualties inflicted by US-led troops have sparked massive anti-US protests in the past.

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` Senior Afghan Official has been Kidnapped along with his Driver on his way to work in Kabul ‘

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – April 15 – A senior Afghan government official was kidnapped along with his driver on his way to work in Kabul on Tuesday, according to an Interior Ministry official. Ahmad Shah Waheed, deputy minister for public works.

He was taken by gunmen at around 7am (02:30 GMT) from the Khairkhana neighbourhood of the capital, AFP reported.

Kabul police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai confirmed the incident, adding that Afghan police forces have launched a search to secure his release.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for Taliban militants, said they had no knowledge of Waheed’s kidnapping.

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