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AWCC opens its first customer services center in Panjshir

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(Last Updated On: May 23, 2023)

Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC) has officially opened its first customer services center in Panjshir province.

The modern sales and services center boasts modern equipment and facilities and is now in Panjshir’s Rukha district.

The head of AWCC’s central zone said at the opening ceremony that AWCC customers can now visit the center to resolve phone and internet problems.

“We try our best to provide telecommunication services wherever people need it, we take care of those points and provide standard telecommunication services to the noble people of Panjshir,” said Suleiman Khorram, AWCC’s director for the central zone.

“We request the respected Afghan Wireless company to provide these services across Panjshir province,” said Mirza Jan Muslim, head of Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) for Panjshir.

The head of Panjshir Telecommunication and Information Technology, Abdul Hamid Noori, also called for AWCC to expand its services across the province.

“We are ready for any cooperation with Afghan Wireless Company. We would like to thank the respected Afghan Wireless Company for starting 4G activities in Panjshir province for the first time, and today they took the first step in the sales center, which was very important,” said Noori.

A number of residents also welcomed the company’s initiative.

“Before, when the Afghan Wireless Company was not here, we used to go to Kabul, where the expenses were very high, but now it has arrived in our own province, we are very happy,” said a resident.

Recently, AWCC also opened new sales and services centers in Parwan and Kapisa provinces.

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US, UAE diplomats meet to discuss Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: April 13, 2024)

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West met with UAE’s deputy envoy for the United Nations, Mohammad Abu Shahab, discussing the latest developments in Afghanistan, it was announced on Friday.

The sides also discussed empowering Afghan women and girls, and the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2721, co-penned by the UAE and Japan, UAE Mission to the UN said in a post on X.

The 2721 UNSC resolution adopted in December last year, calls for the appointment of a UN special envoy for Afghanistan, a suggestion objected by the Islamic Emirate.

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Top former US general claims Daesh-Khorasan is ‘on the upswing’

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(Last Updated On: April 13, 2024)

Retired General Joseph Votel, former chief of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), has claimed that Daesh-Khorasan is on the upswing, and that the US doesn’t have much on the ground to help reduce the risk.

“ISIS-K is on the upswing right now,” Votel said, Business Insider reported. “And we don’t have much on the ground to help reduce that risk that this organization poses.”

Before withdrawal from Afghanistan, Washington had significant intelligence capabilities on the ground and the ability to conduct kinetic strikes against the group. But this “mowing-the-grass” approach to counterterrorism, Votel said, has since paved way for a stronger and more resilient Daesh-K that’s focused on projecting its influence elsewhere.

The US still has the ability to gather meaningful intelligence in the region, although Votel said these capabilities are likely diminished from what they previously were. But it’s very important, he stressed, that the US continues to dedicate resources toward the threat and make it a priority.

One way for the US to do this is to work with regional partners around Afghanistan, such as Pakistan or states in Central Asia, to increase collaboration and the exchange of information with regard to violent extremism, Votel said. Another method would be for lawmakers to reauthorize a powerful surveillance tool known as Section 702, which is set to expire later this month.

“It doesn’t take very long for these organizations to rise up and become more capable,” retired Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversaw military operations in the Middle East in the 2010s, said.

This comes as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) says that Daesh has been suppressed and does not have the ability to launch attacks from Afghanistan against any country.

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Lightning strikes in Helmand kill one, injure three

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(Last Updated On: April 13, 2024)

One person has died and three others have been injured by lightning strikes in southern Helmand province, officials said.

Abdul Bari Rashid, director of information and culture in Helmand, told Ariana News that lightning occurred in the provincial capital Lashkargah, and Gereshk and Babaji districts.

According to him, one person died in the lightning and three others including a woman and two children were injured.

Meanwhile, floods triggered by heavy rains have caused financial losses in Sangin district of Helmand.

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