Daily Archives: June 20, 2021

Afghan leader reshuffles top security officials amid crisis

(Afghanistan Times): Afghanistan’s president announced a reshuffle in security services on Saturday, amid a surge in Taliban attacks which is edging the country toward a potential spillover of conflict across the country. President Ghani appointed Gen. Besmillah Khan Mohammadi as the acting Defense Minister to replace Asadullah Khalid. He also replaced Hayatullah Hayat with Gen.

Abdullah meets Pakistan, Iran FMs on peace efforts

(Afghanistan Times): Afghanistan’s point man for peace Dr. Abdullah Abdullah held separate meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, discussing the Afghan peace process. The meetings took place on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomatic Assembly.Abdullah and Zarif agreed that there can be no military solution to the

Afghan talks shrouded in ambiguity amid Qatar pessimism

(Afghanistan Times): As foreign troops are hastily withdrawing from Afghanistan, Qatar is now pessimistic about the peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the militant Taliban amid unresolved disagreements and unbridled bellicosity. According to Sputnik, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani has said the Afghan peace talks have not seen any tangible

Abdullah Doubts Taliban’s Intention for a Political Settlement

(TOLO News): Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, has said that he has grave concerns that the Taliban will not show any flexibility for a political agreement with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan once the US troops leave the country. Abdullah said there clear are indications that show that the

Taliban capture two districts amid raging battles in north

(Afghanistan Times): In a litany of territorial conquests by the Taliban, centers of two districts in northern Afghanistan have fallen to the insurgents following clashes since Friday, with high casualties among Afghan forces feared in Jawzjan province. Amruddin Daneshjo, Jawzjan provincial council’s deputy head, has said the Taliban have captured the center of Mardian district

Spanta Urges Political Unity to Support Afghan Forces

(TOLO News): Former foreign minister and former national security adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Saturday asked Afghan political leaders to come together and unite in support of Afghanistan's National Defense and Security Forces. He said this will help to reduce casualties among security forces as the fighting intensifies on multiple fronts. Speaking at the funeral

Abdullah sows doubt about Taliban intention for peace

(Afghanistan Times): Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah says he doubts that the Taliban are keen for a political solution to the war as peace talks between Kabul and the militants are hitting snags with both sides still locking horns on contentious issues. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah warned that the Taliban are seriously

Three Power Pylons Destroyed in Samangan

(Afghanistan Times): The militants blew up three power pylons on Saturday night in the northern province of Samangan, leaving Kabul and several other provinces in dark. Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat said in a statement that the pylons were targeted in Qachandara area of the province. The statement said that the technical teams were sent to

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