The bodies of 9 Civilians Kidnapped by Militants in Afghanistan Discovered

An Afghan official said that the bodies of nine civilians kidnapped by militants early last year have been found in Nangarhar province, in eastern Afghanistan.

A regional head said the body, including the bodies of three tribal elders, was found dumped into in a weekend cemetery.

Sayed Rahman Mohmand from Kot county said locals found the corpse in the nearby Achin area.

ISIS and Taliban clashes Could Hundreds of Families in Afghanistan Fly

The nine victims were kidnapped by militants early in 2017 in Kot and nothing is known about their fate so far.

Mohmand says the ISIS group is behind the kidnappings and murders, although the militant group has not claimed responsibility for their killing. Both the Taliban and ISIS are active in eastern Afghanistan. [gp]

Another Governor in Afghanistan Rejects His Dismissal Orders

Afghanistan's political crisis deepened on Sunday when another provincial governor defied a presidential order to take office.

On Saturday, the office of President Ashraf Ghani approved and announced the appointment of new provincial governors, including Samangan in the north, in the framework of efforts to improve local government.

However, Abdul Karim Khedam, who had ruled in Samangan for about a year, condemned and denied his dismissal by the President and called the order unacceptable.

has appointed Abdul Latif Ibrahimi as the province's new governor in northern Afghanistan. He is a former member of the Pashtun Hezbe-e-Islami party of former jihadis commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

 Map of Afghanistan province.

Map of Afghanistan province

In his press conference in the provincial capital on Sunday, the dismissed governor it was determined to continue working as governor of Samangan.

Khedam defended his decision to remain as governor and said the highest authority to determine his political fate lay in the Turkemen tribe he represented in the province and his political party, Jamiat-e-Islami, with Ghani's national unity government.

Khedam was the second governor of the province against his dismissal orders. [gp]

Pakistan Wants US to Divide Wall With Afghanistan

Pakistan is building a wall along the country's border with Afghanistan and the Pakistani government wants US President Donald Trump to help fund the project.

"The cost will not cost the US," Khawaja Foreign Minister Muhammad Asif told Bloomberg. "The war weighs on them a lot more."

The Pakistani government has just completed a small part of the wall because of funding issues. But Asif still expects him to finish next year.

Asif describes the 2,300-kilometer border between Pakistan and Afghanistan as "open to all." Asif said, as many as 70,000 people cross daily, sparking terrorism, drug trafficking and militant activities.

Asif also said that the repatriation of more than 2 million Afghan refugees from Pakistan is essential for peace and wants the United States to help the repatriation. [as/al]

The Number of Civilians in Afghanistan Down 9 Percent

The UN noted a 9 per cent drop in civilian casualties in Afghanistan by 2017, but cautioned that this year the danger faced by civilians is likely to increase as warring parties become more hostile.

Armed conflict and then caused civilian casualties of up to 10,543, including 3,438 deaths, according to UNAMA's annual UN Assistance Mission report on Afghanistan (UNAMA) released Thursday (15/2).

UNAMA Chairman Tadamichi Yamamoto, at a press conference in Kabul, he feared this year the danger faced by civilians increases unless all parties take the necessary steps to prevent civilian casualties.

By 2016, the number of civilian casualties due to armed conflict in Afghanistan reaches 11,434, including 3,510 deaths.

UN human rights official Danielle Bell on Thursday, in the same press conference, described a decline of 9 p urgent number of civilian casualties last year as an important step to reduce the danger faced by Afghans who are not involved in the fighting.

"But I must affirm that 2017 is the fourth consecutive year in which UNAMA records the number of civilian casualties of more than 10,000 people annually," Bell said.

The report also revealed that suicide attacks with homemade bombs accounted for 40 percent the number of UNAMA-registered civilian casualties. [ab/lt]

US Let ISIS Militant Infiltrate Afghanistan

 The US military is considered to allow members of the ISIS group, which suffered serious defeats in Syria and Iraq, to ​​infiltrate Afghanistan.

This was delivered by Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.

"It is worth noting that the extremists themselves and weapons for them, according to witness statements, are often sent to Afghanistan by helicopters, "Kabulov said as quoted by media Press TV, Saturday (10/2/2018).

] "With the US and NATO fully controlling airspace over Afghanistan, there are many reasons to believe that they have a stake in it, or at least, not blocking the flight, even though Washington and Brussels deny it," the Russian diplomat .

Earlier on December 23, 2017, Kabulov warned that about 10,000 ISIS members are estimated to be in Afghanistan, and their number continues to grow.

"Daes has significantly increased his power in the country in recent years, according to our estimates, the number of militants reaches 10,000 and continues to grow, especially as new militants are arriving from Syria and Iraq," Kabulov said at the time.

In November 2017, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai told Al-Jazeera television network that the US colluded with ISIS in Afghanistan and allowed ISIS militants to flourish in the conflict country.

"In my view, under the full United States of America, oversight, military, politics, intelligence, Daesh (another name ISIS) has emerged, and for two years, Afghans screamed loudly about their suffering. Karzai said at the time.

(ita / ita)

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