Daily Archives: November 17, 2019

WJ Speaker Criticizes Taliban Approach Over Prisoner Swap

(BNA): Addressing the general session of the Lower House (Wolesi Jirga), speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani said that two Western hostages held by the Taliban since 2016 are likely to be dead. Afghan government said on Tuesday it would release Anas Haqqani, a key member of the Taliban’s Haqqani militant faction and two other commanders in

Afghanistan Blames Taliban For Delay In High-Profile Prisoner Swap

(Radio Free Europe): Kabul has blamed the Taliban for a delay in the exchange of three extremist prisoners held in Afghanistan for two Western hostages that the militant group has been holding. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office on November 16 said the Taliban prisoners "are still being held by the Afghan government.” “The inability of

Beijing Conference Date Not Finalized: MoFA

(TOLO News): The Afghan Foreign Ministry said Saturday that no date has yet been finalized for the peace summit in Beijing. This intra-Afghan meeting was originally planned to be held in Beijing, China, late last month, but it was delayed. Sources say that both the Taliban and Afghan officials will attend the meeting. The Afghan

Afghanistan announces delay in Taliban-for-hostages exchange

(AL Arabiya News): he exchange of three senior Taliban prisoners for two foreign hostages announced by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has been delayed, a spokesman said on Saturday. The Taliban prisoners “are still being held by the Afghan government. The inability of the Taliban to meet the conditions has caused a delay in the exchange,”

Karzai emphasizes on regional powers’ role on regional stability

(Afghanistan Times): Former President, Hamid Karzai emphasized on the cooperation by the regional powers particularly Russia and China with stability in the region. “We all including Afghanistan, Central Asian states, and particularly the region’s great powers Russia and China to fully and closely cooperate to control situation in the region and bring economic security and

Trump pardons U.S. soldiers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan

(CGTN China): U.S. President Donald Trump has granted clemency to two service members accused of war crimes in Afghanistan on Friday, ignoring Pentagon's advice to "stay out." Trump has granted full pardons to Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Army Major Mathew Golsteyn, while also restoring the rank of Eddie R. Gallagher, who had been

Taliban Terrorist Group Killed in Urozgan Conflict

(BNA): Six Taliban terrorist group were killed in a conflict of security troops in Urozgan province last night. The conflict occurred in Charcheno district and the Taliban were suppressed on their strongholds. ANA key commander in south of the country told BNA six Taliban were killed in the clash. The Taliban were targeted on their

President Ghani Receives Credentials of new Chinese Ambassador to Kabul

(BNA): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received credentials of Wang Yu, as new ambassador of People’s Republic of China to Kabul during a ceremony at the presidential palace, a statement said yesterday. Welcoming the new Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, President Ghani hoped his new mission further strengthened the bilateral ties between the two countries. The president

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