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4/1/2020 KP 10 members of a family killed, wounded in an explosion in South of Afghanistan A roadside bomb explosion killed or wounded at least ten members of a single family in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The Helmand Police Headquarters in a statement said a roadside bomb exploded in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand, killing at least 8 civilians and wounding 2 others. The statement further added that the bomb ripped through a vehicle which was carrying members of a single family. https://www.khaama.com/10-members-of-a-family-killed-wounded-in-an-explosion-in-south-of-afghanistan-04592/
4/1/2020 AfghanistanTimes NATO chief hints on reducing military presence in Afghanistan The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has talked about reducing military presence in Afghanistan as part of peace efforts in the country. “The situation in Afghanistan remained difficult. So now is the time for the Taliban and all political actors to play their part. All parties need to engage constructively, honour their commitments and ensure intra-Afghan negotiations can start,” Stoltenberg said in pre-ministerial press conference in Belgium. http://www.afghanistantimes.af/nato-chief-hints-on-reducing-military-presence-in-afghanistan/
4/1/2020 AP Taliban ready to begin cease-fires in virus-hit Afghan areas The Taliban said Wednesday the group was ready to declare a cease-fire in areas of Afghanistan under its control if they are hit by a coronavirus outbreak. The announcement follows a U.N. Security Council statement Tuesday urging Afghanistan’s warring parties to heed the U.N. secretary-general’s call for an immediate cease-fire to respond to the pandemic and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid throughout the country. https://apnews.com/e8e5b61b29b3ff00850272778fd0dce4
4/1/2020 DoD Army Casualty Identified Sgt. 1st Class John David Randolph Hilty, 44, from Bowie, Maryland, died March 30, 2020 in Erbil, Iraq, of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. Hilty was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2132866/dod-identifies-army-casualty/
3/30/2020 BasNews Kurdistan Announces 22 New Cases of Coronavirus, Totaling 150 Kurdistan Region’s health ministry confirmed the infection of another 22 people with the new coronavirus. The ministry said in a statement that 14 people in Sulaymaniyah and eight others in Erbil had tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/kurdistan/592319
3/30/2020 BasNews COVID-19 in Iraq: 83 Infections, Four Deaths Registered in 24 Hours A total of 83 infections of the new coronavirus have been registered in Iraq in the past 24 hours while four patients lost their lives during the same period of time, the health ministry said on Monday. At least 14 cases were recorded in the capital Baghdad while ten others were in Mosul province, the statement said, adding that 18 other people were found infected with the coronavirus in Najaf. http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/iraq/592454
3/30/2020 MiddleEastEye US deploys extra Patriot missiles to Iraq amid troop drawdown The United States has deployed Patriot air defence systems to an Iraqi military base as a precaution against Iranian-backed militia attacks, US and Iraqi military sources have said. One of the Patriot batteries was deployed to the Ain al-Asad base last week and was being assembled, according to a US defence official and an Iraqi military source, AFP reported. The base was targeted by Iran in January, following a US strike that killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-deploys-extra-patriot-missiles-iraq-amid-troop-drawdown
3/30/2020 KP 6 Afghan soldiers ‘Martyred’ in Taliban attack in Zabul The Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed that six Afghan soldiers lost their lives in a Taliban attack in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan. According to a statement released by MoD, the Taliban militants attacked the security posts in Arghandab district of Zabul province on Sunday night. The statement further added that the security forces responded to the attack, inflicting heavy casualties on Taliban militants. https://www.khaama.com/6-afghan-soldiers-martyred-in-taliban-attack-in-zabul-mod-04584/
3/30/2020 Rferl Taliban Takes District Headquarters, Says It Will Not Negotiate With Afghan Government Team Taliban forces have taken control of a district headquarters in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Badakhshan, an overnight development that was followed on March 28 by an announcement that the militant group will not negotiate with a team recently unveiled by the Afghan government. https://www.rferl.org/a/taliban-takes-district-headquarters-says-it-will-not-negotiate-with-afghan-government-team/30514790.html
3/30/2020 Rferl At Least 28 Afghan Soldiers Killed In Taliban Attacks, Prisoner Release Postponed Militants have killed 28 members of the Afghan security forces, police officials and authorities said on March 30, as the government postponed a release of Taliban prisoners. Militants stormed the compound of a top police official in the northeastern province of Takhar on March 29, killing 13 police officers and wounding the senior official, a spokesman for the force said. In the southern province of Zabul, Taliban fighters attacked government security outposts, killing at least 11 soldiers, also on March 29, police said. https://www.rferl.org/a/at-least-28-afghan-soldiers-killed-in-taliban-attacks-prisoner-release-postponed/30517702.html