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At least 9 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province of...
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The Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has appreciated the Pakistani government for their latest commitment of $500 million in Brussels...
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A Pakistani envoy has reportedly linked peace in Afghanistan to the resolution of Kashmir issue as the Afghan officials are pessimistic regarding...
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An old Nokia mobile has saved a man’s life in Afghanistan after a stopping a bullet to penetrate the man’s body, it has been reported. The news...
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At least two US soldiers were wounded in an explosion in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan today, the US Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A)...
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At least three civilians were wounded in a premature suicide blast in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan this afternoon, local officials said....
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At least four civilians were wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Saturday afternoon, local officials said....
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A helicopter of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces was shot down by the Taliban militants in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan. Local...
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9 ISIS loyalists killed in Nangarhar airstrike

At least 9 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The local security officials said Saturday that the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Achin district but did elaborate further if the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan Air Force or the US forces in Afghanistan.

The officials further added that the airstrike was carried out on Friday and a vehicle belonging to the terrorists was also destroyed.

According to the officials, the local residents did not suffer any casualties in the airstrike.

Nangarhar is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where both the Taliban insurgents and militants loyal to ISIS terrorist group are actively operating.

Both the Afghan forces and the US forces in Afghanistan are conducting regular raids against the Taliban insurgents and ISIS loyalist in the districts where they are conducting insurgency activities.

The US forces increased airstrikes against the Taliban insurgents and ISIS loyalists earlier this year after the Obama administration granted a broader role to the American forces.

Abdullah appreciates Pakistan’s $500m commitment, support to Afghan refugees

The Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has appreciated the Pakistani government for their latest commitment of $500 million in Brussels Conference on Afghanistan and the country’s support to the Afghan refugees.

During a meeting with the Minister of States and Frontier Regions of Pakistan, Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Abdul Quadir Baloch in Geneva, Abdullah appreciated Pakistan’s generous hosting of Afghan refugees for the past four decades.

Abdullah and Baloch discussed the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan during a quadripartite meeting on Afghan refugees, which included Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the UNHCR.

The Afghan Chief Executive added that there was a clear decision by the Government of Afghanistan, that the Afghan refugees should return to their country and all efforts were being made for their sustainable resettlement in Afghanistan.

“He also appreciated Pakistan’s announcement of US Dollars 500 million for Afghanistan at the recently concluded Brussels Conference,”Abdullah was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Ministry fo Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.

The statement further added that Minister Abdul Quadir Baloch, while referring to the decisions taken by the last Tripartite meeting on Refugees held in Pakistan, pointed out that Pakistan was faithfully implementing these decisions.

“The Afghan refugees were our brothers and sisters and therefore we had a particular interest in their return to Afghanistan with dignity. We shall follow this principle in the return of Afghan refugees currently taking place,” he added.

Pak envoy links peace in Afghanistan to resolution of Kashmir issue

A Pakistani envoy has reportedly linked peace in Afghanistan to the resolution of Kashmir issue as the Afghan officials are pessimistic regarding Islamabad’s honesty to bring the Taliban group to negotiations table.

Pakistan Prime Minister’s special envoy on Kashmir Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed has said a solution to both is required for peace and they cannot be “compartmentalised”.

“Road to peace in Kabul lies in Kashmir in the sense that when you talk of peace, you cannot compartmentalise peace, you can’t segregate a section… ok you can have peace in Kabul and let Kashmir burn. That is not going to happen,” Syed was quoted as saying in a report by Economic Times.

Syed who is the chairman of the Pakistan Senate’s Defence and Defence Production Committee was speaking during an interaction at Washington-based think-tank Stimson Centre.

“So you (US) talk of a comprehensive peace settlement, so let the people of South Asia not be hostage to the hostility of the past. Let them move forward,” Syed added.

Shezra Mansab, a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, as Special Envoys of Pakistan Prime Minister on Kashmir, said “Our core issue this time is Kashmir and no peace can prevail in the region, if this issue is not solved. It is an international dispute. It is not an internal problem. The stakes are very high now, we are nuclear neighbours so we need to have peace on the issue of Kashmir and then rest of the things can be solved.”

This comes as the Afghan officials earlier said that they will not expect Pakistan to help revive the Afghan peace talks with the Taliban group.

Efforts in the framework of Quadrilateral Coordination Group consisting of Afghanistan, Pakistan, US and China failed after the Taliban group rejected to participate in peace talks and announced their spring offensive.

The Afghan officials criticized Pakistan for remaining reluctant to act against the leadership councils of Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network based in Peshawar and Quetta cities of Pakistan.

Nokia mobile phone save man’s life in Afghanistan by stopping bullet

An old Nokia mobile has saved a man’s life in Afghanistan after a stopping a bullet to penetrate the man’s body, it has been reported.

The news and incredible images regarding the incident became viral after the former Nokai executive Peter Skillman shared it through his Twitter account, according toMailOnline.

“A Nokia phone I worked on a few years ago saved the life of a man in Afghanistan last week,” Skillman said in a Twitter post.

Launched in 2013, the phone appears to be a Nokia 301 but no further reports are available regarding to explain exactly how the bullet came to be lodged in the phone.

Some have claimed that the photo may not be entirely genuine, especially given Mr Skillman’s affiliation with the phone maker.

However, Gary Cutlack at Gizmodo, has said “There’s a chance it might not be a genuine thing and could be a stunt designed to boost Nokia sales in war-torn countries.”

This is not the first report of a mobile phone stopping a bullet but a soldier’s life was saved when a flying shrapnel was stopped by his iPhone in Afghanistan in early 2014.

According to reports, the iPhone 5s was in Staff Sgt. Shaun Frank’s pocket when he came face-to-face with a teenage bomber in Afghanistan who triggered a bomb filled with ball bearings.

2 US soldiers wounded in an explosion in East of Afghanistan

At least two US soldiers were wounded in an explosion in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan today, the US Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) said.

The incident took place after a vehicle of the US forces struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by the militants.

“2 US troops were injured in #Nangarhar today after their vehicle hit an IED. No other casualties resulted,” USFOR-A and the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission said.

No further details were given regarding the identities of the soldiers who sustained injuries in the attack.

The US forces in Afghanistan and the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission generally do not disclose identities of the coalition forces casualties in Afghanistan, saying the relevant authorities will disclose additional information regarding the casualties.

This comes as a US soldier lost his life in a similar attack in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan last week.

The Afghan forces as well as the US forces based in Afghanistan are regularly conducting counter-terrorism operations to root out the loyalists of the terror group who are attempting to expand foothold in the country.

In the meantime, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) launched a major operation in districts under the control of ISIS loyalists around two months ago.

The operations were launched amid concerns that the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to expand foothold in the country.

Premature suicide blast leave 3 civilians wounded in South of Afghanistan

At least three civilians were wounded in a premature suicide blast in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan this afternoon, local officials said.

The incident took place in Qalat city, the provincial capital of southern Zabul province of Afghanistan.

Provincial police chief Ghulam Jilani Farahi said the suicide bomber was looking to target the security forces but his suicide attack vest went off prematurely before he reach his target.

He said an investigation is underway regarding the incident but no group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Zabul is among the relatively volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in a number of its districts.

The latest attack plot by the militants to target the security forces comes as the Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant across the country during the recent months.

The Taliban militants have launched numerous attacks in key provinces and cities of the country including capital Kabul after they launched their spring offensive in mid-April this year.