Afghanistan

President Ghani meets first group of departing hajj pilgrims

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KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has met the first group of hajj pilgrims before departing for Saudi Arabia to perform the annual pilgrimage, the Presidential Palace said on Monday. A statement from the Presidential Palace to Pajhwok Afghan News said the president met the pilgrims at the Kabul International Airport on Sunday night before the pilgrims were to leave for Saudi Arabia. The ...

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Kabul terror attack: Modi says India stands in solidarity with Afghanistan

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NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condemned the bomb attack in Kabul and said India stood in solidarity with the people and government of Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism. At least 30 people were killed and 42 wounded after a car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees in western Kabul on Monday. “Strongly condemn the ...

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Hekmatyar says recent deadly attacks planned outside the country

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KABUL: The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has said the recent deadly attacks were planned outside the country. Apparently gesturing towards the recent bombings in Kabul city, Hekmatyar made the remarks during a meeting with a group of the youths in his residence. He said the foreigners are seeking their personal interests with the persistent violence and war in the ...

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Karzai condemns Kabul, Nangarhar attacks

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KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai “strongly” condemned the suicide attack in Kabul city as well as the foreign airstrike in the Haska Mina district in the eastern province of Nangarhar. “The former president termed such attacks that cause martyrdom and injury of civilians and damage of residential and public areas against all humanitarian and Islamic norms,” Karzai’s office said Monday. Karzai ...

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Taliban barbarism: 31 people killed, over 40 wounded in Kabul attack

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KABUL: At least 31 people were killed and over 40 others wounded in a car bomb attack in the west part of Kabul city Monday morning, security officials said. Deputy Spokesman for Ministry of Interior Najeeb Danish said that “24 people were killed and 42 others wounded, after a car bomber detonated in PD 3 in west part of Kabul city ...

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Karzai praises Afghan girls’ robotic team achievement

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KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai congratulated the achievement of the Afghan girls’ robotic team in a match held in the United States. “With great happiness, I learned that the Afghan girls’ robotic team who participated in an international robot contest in the United States of America, gained the silver medal and showed the brave Afghan girls’ talent to the world.” ...

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US forces confirm airstrike on Afghan security personnel in Helmand

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KABUL: The US Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) confirmed an airstrike on the Afghan security personnel in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. “We confirm local security personnel aligned with Afghan Government forces were killed in an airstrike in Greshk district in Helmand province late this afternoon,” a statement by USFOR-A said. The statement further added “We would like to our deepest ...

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Kabul optimistic as US withholds $50m reimbursement to Pakistan over Haqqani network

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KABUL: The Afghan government is optimistic that the withholding of reimbursements to Pakistan by the Department will have an impact regarding the country’s decision to provide sanctuaries to Afghan militants, specifically the Haqqani terrorist network. A presidential spokesman Dawa Khan Meenapal told RFE said the move will not be ineffective and will have some affects, insisting that such a step ...

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Afghan officials calls Taliban claims regarding Hebatullah’s son a ‘propaganda’

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KABUL: The Afghan government officials dismiss the claims by the Taliban as baseless and part of their propaganda after the group claimed that the son of the group’s supreme leader has carried out a suicide attack in Helmand province. The Afghan officials are saying that the leaders of the Taliban and their families are based in Pakistan and Qatar, having ...

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Trump appoints new ambassador to Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced nominating his envoy to Turkey John R Bass as his next ambassador to Afghanistan. A career foreign service official, Bass has been the US Ambassador to Turkey since 2014. The Senate needs to confirm his nomination. An American diplomat since 1988, Bass also served as US Ambassador to Georgia from 2009 to 2012. ...

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