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16 January 2017 14:01

  Daesh terrorists have stormed a religious seminary in eastern Afghanistan, kidnapping over a dozen teachers and administrators there, officials say. The attack involving three armed men took place in Nangarhar Province over the weekend, Mohammad Asif Shinwari, spokesman for the provincial education department, said Monday. The Ministry of Education also said the Daesh terrorists entered Mesher Mullah Sahib Madrassa while the students...

4 January 2017 16:17

  About 2,000 demonstrators, holding pictures of Shia Muslims killed in recent terrorist attacks, marched on the governor's office in the city of Herat on Tuesday. Around 2,000 people in the city of Herat marched to the governor's office on Tuesday to protest against the increasing attacks on Shia Muslims by ISIS. The protesters chanted slogans such as "Death to the enemies of...

28 December 2016 22:39

An Afghan lawmaker has been wounded in a bomb attack in a crowded area of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul. The blast took place near the 6th police district and a mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi area in western Kabul on Wednesday morning apparently targeting the vehicle of legislator Fakuri Biheshti, who was on his way toward the parliament building at the time. Biheshti and...

4 December 2016 16:15

Iran has welcomed the Afghan government’s latest achievements in restoring peace with the Hezb-i-Islami militant group, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, in the conflict-ridden country. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks at the 6th Heart of Asia ministerial conference in New Delhi, India, on Sunday. Zarif reaffirmed Iran’s “strong determination ... to continue support for the Afghan government and nation in...

1 December 2016 7:36

  The United Nations has reported a dramatic increase in the number of displaced people as a result of the years-long conflict in Afghanistan. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday that more than half a million people had been displaced in 2016, the highest number since 2008. The figure also surpasses a previous record of 471,000...

21 November 2016 16:17

  At least 27 people have been killed and 35 others wounded after a large bomb explosion hit a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say. Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said the casualties came after a bomber detonated his explosives at the Baqir ul Olum mosque as people were preparing for prayers on Monday. This is the second blast to rock the...

20 November 2016 7:43

  Iran’s Ambassador to UN stressed Iran’s full support for the promotion of security in Afghanistan, saying a peaceful Afghanistan will greatly contribute to the security of the region. Iran’s Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Gholamhossein Dehghani, addressed the General Assembly on the Situation in Afghanistan, reiterating Iran’s support for Afghan-led peace process and deploring the “continued prevailing uncertainty” in...

16 November 2016 14:13

  A bomb explosion has ripped through Afghanistan's capital Kabul, taking the lives of at least four security forces and leaving over a dozen others injured. The bombing took place in the Puli Mahmood Khan district near the Afghan Defense Ministry compound early Wednesday. According to Interior Ministry spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi, an attacker on foot approached a vehicle of security forces and detonated...

16 November 2016 8:32

  Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday that relations between Iran and Afghanistan are based on cordial cooperation and common interests and security. Qassemi’s comments came after the governor of the western Afghan province of Farah, Asif Nang, claimed in an interview with Kabul News TV channel on November 9 that Iran has given houses to Afghan Taliban commanders and provided...

13 November 2016 18:35

Afghanistan's parliament has voted to dismiss two more cabinet ministers, bringing the total number to five in two days. The lower house of parliament, also known as Wolasi Jirga, removed the transportation and education ministers on Sunday. Poor performance of the two ministries was the reason for the dismissal. Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi was the only minister on Sunday to survive the vote. Foreign...

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