Mahmoud Saikal, the permanent representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, has called for early conclusion of the Comprehensive Convention for Combating International Terrorism. 

US Senator John McCain has moved a legislative amendment in the Senate to impose gradual diplomatic, military and economic costs on Pakistan if it continues to provide support to terrorist groups, including the Taliban and the Haqqani network.

The move, as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2018, is part of an effort by McCain to establish lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, and to prevent this war-torn country from being a launchpad for terrorist attacks against the United States.

McCain is chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee and legislative moves by him always get through the Congress.

The Senate amendment 609 to NDAA-2018 says that it is the sense of the US Congress to deny, disrupt, degrade and destroy the ability of terrorist groups to conduct attacks against the US, its allies and its core interests.

WHAT DOES McCAIN SENATE AMENDMENT SAY 

The amendment also allows it to prevent Taliban from using military force to overthrow the Afghan government and reduce Taliban's control of the Afghan population.

As part of this objective, McCain calls for strengthening the Afghan security forces, authorization of US forces to target terrorists of the Haqqani network and the Taliban and others. He also calls for regional diplomatic initiatives, including India under this move.

An Iranian national who was fighting for the Taliban insurgents has been arrested in western Nimroz province of Afghanistan, the security officials said Friday.

A spokesman for the 215th Maiwand Corps in South of Afghanistan Maj. Raza said the Iranian national was arrested during the clashes with the security forces late on Thursday.

With the intensification of the war, the death toll of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) is increasing day by day, with analysts accusing the government of sloganeering other than taking practical steps to protect the lives of ANSDF despite the fact that their level of causality is seriously worrying. 

Ghani introduces nominees for cabinet positions

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:05 Written by

President Ashraf Ghani has nominated Deputy Interior Minister Hamid Tahmasi as Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation and former eastern Nangarhar governor Gul Agha Shirzai as Minister for Borders and Tribal Affairs.

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar says at least thirty thousand Afghans have been deployed to Syria and Iraq to fight in the ongoing conflicts.

No decision yet on troop levels, says Pentagon

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:04 Written by

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has not yet taken a decision on setting the troop numbers in Afghanistan, where militant-linked violence continues to surge, an official said.

Taliban insurgents took control of the center of Janikhail district of Paktia early Tuesday after three days of heavy clashes, sources told TOLOnews.

3,400 home gardens boost women’s incomes: MAIL

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 02:59 Written by

Enabling women to earn a living, 3,400 small fruit and vegetable home gardens and orchards have been established across the country, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) said on Tuesday.

There was an estimation during the withdrawal of most of American troops from Afghanistan in 2014 that the gap would be filled by increased airstrikes, a strategy which has long been criticized for its high likelihood of causing civilian causalities. The estimation came true in recent years, and US airstrikes soared unprecedentedly. According to statistics, American forces conducted as many airstrikes in 2016 as in 2012, a year that witnessed the highest number of sorties.