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[29 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

The U.S military is stepping up its fight in Afghanistan and bringing in troops to fight Daesh in eastern parts of the country, officials said this week.
According to reports, the head of the U.S-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, is making use of a special authority given to him recently by U.S President Barack Obama to bring in additional assets, including ground forces, for short-term counterterrorism operations.
He would not say how many extra troops had entered Afghanistan, or the timing of their arrival, but said operations were …

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[29 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

At least eight Daesh insurgents were killed in foreign troops airstrikes in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday night, local officials said on Thursday.
The airstrikes were conducted in Achin and Nazyaan districts of the province on Wednesday. In addition three other insurgents were injured, a spokesman for the provincial governor Attaullah Khoghyani said.
“The first attack took place in Achin after foreign troops targeted safe havens belonging to insurgents. Six Daesh insurgents were killed and three were injured. Two other Daesh insurgents were killed in another airstrike in Nazyaan,” Khoghyani said.http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26465-two-key-taliban-commanders-arrested-in-helmand-operation
However, he …

Afghan Scene »

[29 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

At least two Taliban commanders were arrested in separate military operations in southern Helmand province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement.
In addition, one insurgent was killed during the clash.
The operation was conducted in Garemsir district of the province by NDS forces and Sharafuddin and Sayed Wali, key Taliban commanders, were arrested, according to the statement.
“Sharafuddin was involved in attacks on local police outposts in Helmand in which 30 police members were killed,” it said.
The forces also seized weapons during the operation, the statement added. http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26465-two-key-taliban-commanders-arrested-in-helmand-operation

Afghan Scene »

[29 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

At least five US soldiers have sustained injuries during an operation in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, it has been reported.
The US soldiers were reportedly partnering with the Afghan special forces during an operation in Nangarhar.
The top US commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson has confirmed that five US soldiers were wounded in the last few days.
Without providing further information regarding the exact time of the incident, Gen. Nicholson told Reuters “None of these are life-threatening injuries.”
Gen. Nicholson further added that two of the injured service members have returned to …

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[29 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

KUNDUZ CITY, Afghanistan — When President Ashraf Ghani visited the northern provincial capital of Kunduz last fall, after the city had finally been reclaimed after falling to the Taliban, he promised improvements to make sure things never got out of hand again.
Among the changes was creating three new administrative districts to help improve government support in the province. But nearly eight months later, those three districts are firmly under the control of the Taliban — and, in fact, government forces were never able to clear them and install the new …

PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

[29 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

PESHAWAR – Pakistan on Thursday named the newly constructed gate at Torkham border with Afghanistan as Bab-i-Pakistan (Pakistan Gate).
A flag hoisting ceremony was held with unfurling of national flag at 6am, signaling the opening of the gate at the border crossing on the historic trade route. The flag was lowered at 7pm, marking the close of border for the day.
There was a proposal that the gate be called Major Ali Jawad Changezi gate, after the army major who lost his life in armed clashes with Afghan security forces. However, instead …

PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

[29 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

PESHAWAR: 1The Afghan police claimed to have arrested an alleged member of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in restive Kandahar province on Tuesday.
Spokesman for the Kandahar Police, Zia Durrani, told the Afghan Islamic Press that Amir Saeed, a key member of LeT hailing from Hyderabad in Pakistan, was detained in the limits of 9th police district in Kandahar city. “Amir Saeed confessed to have carried out terror operations in Kandahar and attacks on Afghan forces in Maiwand district,” he added.
The spokesman said the alleged militant had received terror training at a seminary in …

India Pak Ties »

[29 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

In the rough waters that make up Pakistan’s foreign affairs, navigating policy turns can run the risk of both crashing and capsizing. Major General (retd) Mahmud Ali Durrani – Pakistan’s 23rd Ambassador to the United States (between 2006 and 2008) and the National Security Adviser between May 2008 and January 2009 – has seen and faced these risks intimately.
Durrani’s journey from a missionary-run school in Abbottabad to brokering Islamabad’s relationship with New Delhi, in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks, and with Washington DC against the backdrop of a Taliban …

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[29 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

NEW DELHI: A suspected Pakistani national arrested from Kashmir and described by the government as a “big terror catch” had crossed over to India to attack security forces and fuel more unrest in the valley, counter-terror officials said on Thursday.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been asked to take up the case against the terror suspect, Bahadur Ali, who was arrested on Tuesday following an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district. Four other terrorists were gunned down.
“The NIA registered a case on Wednesday and Ali was brought to Delhi …

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[29 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Thursday asked the government to constitute a consensus Kashmir committee to reach a common policy on the issue as it did in cases of the National Action Plan (NAP) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Addressing a press conference here, JI Central Secretary General Liaquat Baloch said the consensus Kashmir committee on its formation should be given the mandate to give a roadmap on the Kashmir issue so that the country’s leadership could unite on a single platform as was demonstrated on issues of NAP and CPEC.
He …