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Iran vows to back Afghanistan following Kabul blast

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Iran’s FM spokesman while slamming Wed. terrorist attack near Afghanistan’s diplomatic zone, said Iran will always stand by the Afghan nation and government during difficult times. Bahram Ghasemi expressed condolences to the Afghan government and nation as well as the families of victims over a huge suicide bomb attack near the diplomatic area in Kabul on Wednesday morning, which killed at least 80 people and injured 300 others. Ghasemi voiced hope that political initiatives and talks between Afghan groups without intervention from certain regional and trans-regional countries accused of arming terrorists will raise a wall against such violent, inhumane acts that have targeted peace and stability in Afghanistan. “Terrorist attacks are condemned and unacceptable and must be responded to no matter where they occur or by which group or under whatever pretext”, Ghasemi stressed. He went on to add, “the suicide attack in Kabul this morning was another warning that negligence in combating terrorism and the continuation of support from certain countries in the region have caused a wide spread of such heinous acts in recent weeks”. “It is imperative that all peace-seeking countries give considerable attention to the issue of extremism, its roots, its promoters and sponsors”, he said.

 

Pakistan reopens Afghanistan border crossing after deadly clash

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Pakistan reopened a major border crossing with Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, more than three weeks after several people were killed when troops from both sides exchanged fire for hours. The Chaman crossing into Afghanistan’s Kandahar province was reopened on “humanitarian grounds” after Afghan officials submitted a request, according to a statement by the Pakistani military. “It has been agreed upon by Pakistan authorities that [a] ceasefire shall continue to be maintained and no border violation will be acceptable”, the statement said, noting that Pakistani troops will maintain positions along the border. Zia Durani, police spokesman for Kandahar province, said the crossing had reopened after several days of negotiations.

 

Afghanistan: Karzai welcomes Hekmatyar’s arrival

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Hekmatyar, is allowed to come back in Afganistan after an exile lasted almoust twenty years; Figure of great importance in the past Afghanistan political landscape and still excersing a pulling moral force as a warlord and head and founder of a succesful political party, Hezb-e Islami, has triggered various reaction in the afganistan pubblic opinion from the hopes for an unexpected key-man in the recounciling process of the terroristic group with the goverment, to a condemnation for a terrorist . During a telephonic conversation with the Former President Hamid Karzai, Hekmatyar has shared good wishes to work jointly for bringing peace, stability and development in the country. They emphasized on national unity and joint struggle for the betterment of the war-torn country. In his second public speech in Nangarhar, he sharply criticized the resurgent movement and said the Taliban are backing by the foreigners. “Taliban’s faiths and beliefs are doubted”.

NATO Chief: alliance could increase troops in Afghanistan in face of intensifying insurgency

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Western military alliance is pondering upon the deployment of a bigger number of its troops in Afghanistan to strenghten the government army, which is afflicted by some heavy blows from the terrorist group either relatively new (ISIS) and older (Taliban). They are harshly testing the sway order that the american s substuncial funds for the recostrution and the government struggle have ensured at 59.7 percent of the country’s 407 districts, up from 57.2 percent in mid-November of last year. For Afganistan that remains in the grip of a deadly war, John Nicholson, the U.S. general who commands NATO forces in Afghanistan, told the U.S. Congress in February is needed in the ‘shortfall of a few thousand’ troops to meet requirements in the country. Since NATO’s combat mission formally ended in 2014, Taliban attacks have intensified, often overwhelming the Afghan military. NATO troops are in Afghanistan as part of the alliance’s Resolute Support mission to train, assist, and advise local forces.

Defeat for Afganistan ISIS in the region of Zabul.

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After that a senior U.S. military official in Kabul, briefing journalists on condition of anonymity, said Russia was giving machine guns and other medium-weight weapons to the Taliban, the Russia’s response is those are nosense allegations, which, considering the lack of any proof on their base, will have no consequences for the attitude of active engagement that Russia has, towards the Afganistan ‘s security problems. During the meeting, Karzai said he hoped Russia’s efforts in helping to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan will continue and that these will eventually lead to direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. Lavrov made the remarks during a meeting with the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Moscow on Tuesday to continue cooperation with the aim of empowering Afghan government to garantee stability in its border and to work towards the prosperity of the Afghanistan

President Ghani accepts resignations of Defense Minister and Chief of Army Staff

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President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday accepted resignation of defense minister and chief of army staff after Shaheen 209 military corps’ deadly attack. the last defeated of the afganistan army agaist the insuregeant talleban terrorism cause the dead of more than 130 goverment s soldiers and highlight the instability of this region. The decision came at a high-level security meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in the prospective that the heads of security organs has demostrated an evident lack of controll even in the army bases themselves . All the resignation went ahead respectfully and the retiring defence minister and Chief of Army staff offered to serve the government in the future in case of need and they will may be reapponted in others government occupations.

Afghanistan: torture and ill-treatment of conflict-related detainees is a matter of serious concern

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“The continuing torture and ill-treatment of conflict-related detainees is a matter of serious concern, but we acknowledge the genuine commitment and the efforts of the Government to deal with this issue”, said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. The findings are based on interviews with 469 conflict-related detainees conducted from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016 in 62 detention facilities administered and they talked about an Afganistan that did not change with weidspread misstreatment and torture against conflict-releated detainees. The torture appears to be linked to forcing confessions, according to the report, and stopped once detainees signed a “confession” 8211 even in cases when the interviewed detainees did not understand or could not read what was written in the “confession. But this system of locking up alleged criminal does not increase the security, because when the people undergo a torture, they will will say anything to stop it; considering this that confessions produced in this matter are “totally unreliable”. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan called for proper monitoring of detention facilities in Afghanistan and meaningful investigations to ensure that those accused of torture are brought to trial and held accountable as the only way to make the country fairer, more secure and more peaceful.

11 Afghans among 46 suspects arrested under Raddul Fasaad: ISPR

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Joint search and intelligence based operations were conducted by Punjab Rangers, police and intelligence agencies in DG Khan, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sialkot, Shakargarh and Jand, Attock and Sheikhupura under the umbrella of Pakistan Army’s countrywide operation Raddul Fasaad, Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. According to ISPR, 46 suspects were apprehended, 11 of which belonged to Afghanistan. Weapons and ammo were also recovered from the detainees.

US ill-conceived policies root cause of tensions in region

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Iranian Foreign Ministry, Bahram Ghasemi, dismissed the head of the US Central Command’s biased and anti-Iran remarks, saying Washington’s wrong policies are the root causes of instability and tensions in the region. He added that the history of US presence in the historical and cultural region is full of irrational and abusive behavior which are the main source of formation of Takfiri terrorism and extremism. Claiming that Iran’s influence is the most significant threat to Middle East security, the Head of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Joseph Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that Iran “aspires to be a regional hegemon and its forces and proxies oppose US interests in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Gaza and Syria, and seek to hinder achievement of US objectives in Afghanistan and some Central Asian States”.

 

ISIS claims of Kabul attack

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The relevant security institutions are assessing the claims made by the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist as preliminary leads have been found by the intelligence operatives. The Ministry of Interior spokesman, SediqSediqi, said that they are assessing Daesh claims and is premature judges prior to conclusion of investigation. He added that brutal terrorists group as Haqqani, ISIS, Talibans, are been involved also in other terrorist attack in the recent past.

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