According to a report of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released in October, the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan had caused 2,480 child casualties including 689 deaths during the first three quarters of this year.
Those rescued in the raid in Helmand’s Nawzad district included four children under the age of 12 and two policemen, the officials said.
Most respondents expressed concern about the security and future of the country, and 38.8 per cent said they would leave Afghanistan if they had the opportunity, the second-highest number recorded since the survey began in 2004.
Afghan security forces have beefed up security operations against militants as Afghans have been witnessing a surge in attacks by Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants across the country.
The Pakistani police source said the Afghan government had not told them about Ahmadi’s visit, adding that “otherwise we would have provided him with security”.
India’s focus of assistance has mainly been on the developmental side, which the US wants to continue and accelerate further.
Kandahar attack: The Taliban claimed the attack in a media statement. Without naming any nation, India also said the countries harbouring terrorist sanctuaries must eliminate them.
Many Afghans who leave the country to seek asylum in Europe do so by crossing into countries such as Iran and Turkey with a visa, then crossing the Mediterranean Sea by boat.
Farekh was captured in Pakistan and brought to the US in 2015. “Today, an American al-Qaeda member was brought to justice in a US courtroom,” said Bridget Rohde, the acting US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, using an alternate spelling for the militant group’s name.
No country can be allowed to use terror as an instrument of foreign policy and Afghanistan expects its good intentions towards its neighbours to be reciprocated, the country’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
Hospital program coordinator Dejan Panic confirmed the fatalities from the attack, which came as worshippers were leaving the Hussainia Mosque in central Kabul following Friday prayers.
Stoltenberg said Afghan forces, which have suffered thousands of casualties fighting the insurgency, had been “managing a very difficult situation”.
Under Trump’s plan, the US is sending more than 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, on top of the 11,000 already on the ground, to train and advise the country’s security forces. NATO allies have around 5,000 troops deployed around the country.
The visit comes after US President Donald Trump announced a new strategy for Afghanistan, promising a stepped-up military campaign against Taliban insurgents who have gained ground as they seek to reestablish Islamic law after their 2001 ouster.
Nirmala Sitharaman also raised the issue of terrorist havens in Pakistan. “The same forces that find havens in Pakistan hit New York and Mumbai. My request is that Secretary Mattis speaks out when he visits Pakistan,” she said.