Daily Archives: October 7, 2019

Afghanistan ‘frees’ several Taliban prisoners

(Al jazeera news): Taliban officials said that several of the armed group's members have been freed from Afghan jails, including former shadow governors, the first move of its kind since a peace deal that seemed imminent was declared "dead" and just days after a US envoy met top Taliban leaders in the Pakistani capital. The

Ghani Fires Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Over ‘Irresponsible’ Comments

(ATN news): The Afghan presidential palace and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) released conflicting statements over Taliban’s 12-member visit to Pakistan and later on the spokespersons of the two government entities brawled on Twitter. Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the Pakistan and Taliban meeting in Islamabad will not help the Afghan peace process. However, the

Khalilzad And Taliban Discuss Resuming Peace Talks: Sources

(TOLO news): Reuters reported that the Taliban delegation also had a meeting with Khalilzad on Friday, and along with peace talks they discussed two kidnapped university professors-- American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks--held by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani group. “Talks between the Taliban and the US representatives have never stopped. Yes, the Taliban delegation led

Excluding Afghan sides in peace talks not acceptable

(Afghanistan Times): Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined the need for all Afghan groups to participate in peace talks, calling on foreign sides to allow Afghanistan to decide for itself. “We pursue peace talks in Afghanistan with all sides, but we do not accept a peace that the foreigners favor in Afghanistan and did

23 Taliban fighters killed in Badghis airstrike

(Afghanistan Times): At least 23 Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike carried out in western Badghis province, official said on Sunday. As a result of an airstrike in Qalia Naw district, 23 Taliban fighters were killed and seven vehicles of the militant group were destroyed, Deputy Spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Fawad Aman said.

Ghani Fires MoFA Spokesman, Abdullah Says He Is Not Fired

(TOLO news): Sediqqi announced the personnel change with a tweet on Sunday: “President Ghani has appointed Mr. Mirwais Nab as Deputy Minister for Economic Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs and caretaker of the office of Spokesperson of the ministry. The former MOFA acting Spokesperson has been fired due to his latest irresponsible comments.” The argument

Afghan Taliban releases three Indian hostages: Report

(The business line India): The Afghan Taliban said it has freed three Indian engineers held hostage for over a year in an exchange for securing the release of 11 of its members, including some high-ranking officials of the militant group, according to a media report on Monday. The prisoner swap happened on Sunday, The Express Tribune

4,599 Afghan refugees repatriated in last seven months

(The Express Tribune): The volunteer repatriation of the Afghan refugees faces failures as only 4,599 refugees have been repatriated to their native country in last seven months. Each year the United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) announces repatriation of the Afghan refugees through their facilitation centers while the efforts of the repatriation have seemingly

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