Afghan forces bracing for Daesh threat: MoI

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said that comprehensive security policies were carved out to deal with the emerging threat of the Islamic State (IS). The interior ministry’s spokesman Sediq Sediqi said the Islamic State, popular as Daesh in Afghanistan, is going to accelerate its activities in …

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Religious Affairs Minister presents 100-day plan

AT-KABUL: Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs, Faiz Muhammad Usmani, has presented 100-day plan to President Ashrafi Ghani here on Tuesday. The minister said that preparations are underway to facilitate Afghans who want to perform the Hajj. He said that 24,000 computerized passports would be issued to those who want …

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‘Asset registration process goes on, but slowly’

Majority of high-ranking officials’ assets forms incorrect and incomplete: IWA KABUL: The Integrity Watch Afghanistan, a non-governmental organization, said on Tuesday that majority of high-ranking officials of the former and current government did not fill their assets declaration form. The watchdog said that that majority of those who filled the …

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Alleged masterminds of suicide attacks arrested in Kabul

AT-KABUL: The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday said that masterminds of suicide attacks were arrested during a raid in Kabul. According to the media statement issued here by the spy agency, the alleged masterminds of suicide bombings have planned to carry out terror attacks in crowded area of …

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21 security personnel killed in Nawzad fight

KABUL: At least 14 policemen and seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in a fierce firefight with Taliban in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, an official said Tuesday. A provincial council member Attaullah Afghan said a group of militants stormed a number of security posts …

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Forming militias in north a perilous act

The government policy of arming civilians and forming militias to tame the growing insecurity in the north has drawn flaks. As the government has been trying to rein in militancy, thousands of citizens from the north are expected to be mobilized to fight the Taliban in areas where the military …

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‘Heart of Asia’ conference vital for Afghanistan: Official

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The fifth ‘Heart of Asia’ conference which was launched in Islamabad on Monday is vital for Afghanistan and as well as it will enable the regional countries to find better ways for overcoming unrest in parts of the region, official said. “The Istanbul Process is a good …

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Schism in power corridor hinders development: Massoud

AT-KABUL: As the country’s economy is dwindling and most of uplift projects have been left incomplete, the President’s Special Envoy for Reforms and Good Governance, Ahmad Zia Massoud, on Monday said that internal strife between the National Unity Government (NUG) leaders has created hurdles for development in every sector. Massoud …

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ISIL undermines regional security: Karzai

AT-KABUL: The former president Hamid Karzai on Monday said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) was undermining the regional security. Addressing the First annual Non-Governmental Forum of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Beijing, the ex-president said that the ISIL has …

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