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NATO formally handed all Combat Missions over to ANSF



(Last Updated On: December 29, 2014)

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Finally NATO officially ended their combat mission after 13 years of war in Afghanistan and started a new mission under the name of the “Resolute Support” on Sunday at International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarter in Kabul.

Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of the ISAF and US Forces in Afghanistan stated that Afghanistan will not return back to the past and asked the Taliban to start peace negotiations with President Ghani.

“Our commitment to Afghanistan endures. We are not walking away, Yet in spite of all of this, the insurgents continue to kill their fellow Muslims in their misguided cause, It’s time for the enemy to heed President Ghani’s call, lay down their arms, come to the peace table, and help rebuild the Afghan nation,” Gen. John F. Campbell said.

In addition Afghanistan National Security Advisor, Mohammad Hanif Atmar asked the international community to continue supporting Afghanistan.

“We need your partnership and support now more than ever,” Atmar added,” Specifically, we need your help to build the systems necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability and critical capabilities of our forces.”

On the other hand General Hans-Lothar, Military Representative of Germany to NATO believes that Afghan Security Forces have the capability to secure their country saying that opinion polls show that 88 percent of Afghans have confidence in the national army and 72 percent in the national police.

ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan that was established by the United Nations Security Council in December 2001 after 11/9. Its main purpose is to train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), but is also engaged in the 2001-2014 war with insurgent groups to ensure Afghanistan can never again become a safe haven for terrorists.

The 48 nations under NATO-led have sent troops to Afghanistan, and nearly 2,500 ISAF soldiers were killed during its thirteen years mission in Afghanistan.


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UN’s special rapporteur in Afghanistan to assess human rights situation



(Last Updated On: May 18, 2022)

Richard Bennett, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan is currently in the country and has already met with the IEA’s foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi.

Bennett who is in Afghanistan on a 10-day visit, is expected to engage with Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials, international and national representatives of NGOs and other organizations, members of civil society and other stakeholders to discuss the human rights situation in Afghanistan.

The IEA meanwhile said Bennett provided information on the purpose of his visit to Muttaqi at their meeting and outlined his mission.

Muttaqi briefed Bennett on the religious and cultural values and cultural characteristics of the Afghan people so that he could take this into consideration while assessing the situation.

In a recent statement, ahead of his arrival in Afghanistan, Bennett said he would engage with the authorities and a broad range of stakeholders to assess the situation of human rights, including with regard to the implementation of obligations under international human rights instruments ratified by Afghanistan, and to offer assistance to address and prevent violations and abuses.

The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council. Bennett, who was appointed on April 1, official resumed duties on May 1.

Bennett will also conduct field visits while in Afghanistan and will deliver his findings in a report to the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly later in the year.

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IEA approves working process to bring exiled Afghan politicians home



(Last Updated On: May 17, 2022)

Organization procedures for the commission tasked with getting Afghan politicians and former government officials living abroad to return home have been approved by the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the commission is expected to start work soon.

It was decided at a recent meeting that the commission’s operational procedures will be announced at a special ceremony in the near future.

“In this commission, all faces, whether women or men, will be contacted, and everyone’s return plan is ready for the patriotic figures to be returned,” said Hassan Haqyar, a close allie of the IEA.

But some political activists have raised questions about the future of any returning exiled Afghans.

The have asked if the politicians for instance will be allowed to carry on with work as previously or whether they will have to give up politics and find another occupation.

The same goes for former government employees.

“We call on the Emirate, in order to implement the plan of this commission, to facilitate the work and activity of these figures again, and there must be a guarantee for everyone who returns, because everyone must see themselves in the mirror of the government,” said Sayed Jawad Hussaine, political analyst.

However, Iran, which hosts a number of former politicians has once again called for the establishment of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

Recently, Anas Haqqani, a member of the commission, said that about 50 former government officials have so far returned to Afghanistan and that efforts are underway to bring back other political figures.

The meeting of the Commission for the Return of Politicians and Former Government Officials was meanwhile convened shortly after former President Hamid Karzai was ordered to not leave the country.

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India mulls reopening embassy in Kabul



(Last Updated On: May 17, 2022)

India is exploring the possibility of reopening its embassy in Afghanistan, but without high-level diplomatic representation, an Indian newspaper reported on Tuesday.

A team of Indian security officials visited Kabul in February to assess the situation, the Indian Express reported.

The paper said that the embassy will likely function only with personnel for liaison purposes that may extend to consular services.

India, like many other countries, closed its embassy in Kabul after the Islamic Emirate took over Afghanistan on August 15 last year.

Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran were the only countries that did not close their embassies in Kabul during the takeover.

Some 16 countries have now reopened their embassies in Kabul.

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