But several Afghan officials have confirmed the plans, on the record.
China has formally denied reports that it is building a military base on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border for the Afghan armed forces. But Afghan security officials have confirmed the original report, and offered additional details of the secretive Chinese presence in the region.
In January, reports emerged that Beijing and Kabul had come to an agreement for China to build and supply a military base in Badakhshan, the remote panhandle of Afghanistan that borders China and Tajikistan.
But at a January 25 press briefing, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian denied those claims. “The so-called issue that China is building a military base in Afghanistan is groundless,” he said.
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The Taliban commander of its so-called “special forces” branch, known as the “Red Unit,” has been killed by Afghan forces, according to Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency.
In a statement on December 3, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Mullah Shah Wali, also known as Mullah Naser, was killed in an air operation in Helmand Province last week.
The province is a Taliban stronghold in the heartland of Afghanistan’s lucrative drug trade.
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Iran has officially opened an extension of its southeastern port of Chabahar, which Tehran hopes will become a key transit hub for land-locked Afghanistan and Central Asia.
State TV said President Hassan Rohani attended the inauguration on December 3 along with dignitaries from India, Qatar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries.
“Through this port, goods will be delivered to neighboring countries at cheaper prices and in a shorter time,” Rohani said at the ceremony.
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A senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan apologized on Wednesday for a “highly offensive” propaganda leaflet which contained a passage from the Quran used in the Taliban militants’ banner superimposed on to the image of a dog.
The dog is considered unclean in Islam and associating an image of the animal with one of the religion’s most sacred texts prompted indignation.
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Sweden has rejected the asylum application of an 106-year-old Afghan woman who traveled almost 3,000 miles to reach the European nation at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015.
Bibihal Uzbeki, who has been dubbed the “world’s oldest refugee,” is disabled and blind but Sweden says that old age is not a factor in eligibility for asylum.
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A top U.S. Army general has suggested during a visit to Afghanistan by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that Russia is arming Taliban militants.
General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said during a joint press conference in Kabul with Mattis on April 24 that he wouldn’t dispute that Russia’s involvement in the Afghan war includes Moscow providing weapons to the Tailban.
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