Press releases

  • 20 Aug 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released today the initial findings of its human rights fact-finding into the 3 to 5 August attack on Mirza Olang village in Sayyad district of Sari Pul province.
  • 02 Aug 2017 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan, on 1 August 2017, which resulted in more than 90 people killed or injured, for which local affiliates of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) have claimed responsibility.
  • 02 Aug 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns last night’s attack at the Jawadia mosque in Herat which killed at least 31 civilians, including 2 children, and injured more than 60 others. Two attackers entered the Shia mosque during the evening prayer time when several hundred worshipers were present, opening fire and detonating two suicide improvised explosive devices against the congregation.
  • 02 Aug 2017 - NEW YORK -  The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack against worshippers gathered in a mosque in the Afghan city of Herat on 1 August which killed at least 15 civilians and injured many more. Attacks that deliberately target civilians are clear violations of fundamental human rights and international humanitarian law. 
  • 01 Aug 2017 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack against the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 31 July, 2017, which resulted in the death of two Afghan civilian employees inside the Embassy and the injury of a police officer, for which local affiliates of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) have claimed responsibility.
  • 31 Jul 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s suicide attack against the embassy of Iraq in Kabul. The attack, which occurred in a residential area of central Kabul, lasted around five hours and involved several armed men who killed two Afghan civilian employees inside the embassy and injured a police officer before being killed by Afghan security forces. Islamic State-Khorasan Province claimed responsibility.
  • 24 Jul 2017 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in Kabul on 24 July 2017, which resulted in more than 70 people killed or injured, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility. They expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Afghanistan and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.
  • 24 Jul 2017 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the horrifying bomb attack in Kabul today, responsibility for which was claimed by the Taliban. The deliberate targeting of civilians constitutes a grave violation of human rights and international humanitarian law and may constitute a war crime.The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.
  • 24 Jul 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s deadly Kabul suicide attack, which has occurred in the context of a countrywide intensification of violence impacting civilians. This morning’s attack comes amid commemorations of the 23 July 2016 Dehmazang square attack, which killed and injured hundreds of demonstrators who were exercising their right to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.
  • 17 Jul 2017 - KABUL - The number of civilians killed and injured in the Afghanistan conflict during the first six months of 2017 persisted at the same record high levels as last year, according to a mid-year report from the United Nations. Extreme harm to civilians continued amid a worsening toll from suicide attacks, and a greater impact on women and children.
  • 09 Jul 2017 - KABUL - The Government of Afghanistan, the International Community and representatives from Afghanistan’s civil society and private sector met today to discuss progress and achievements in Afghanistan’s development and reform agenda, and to reaffirm their partnership and commitment to the country’s long term development.
  • 24 Jun 2017 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I wish all Afghans Eid Mubarak. As Muslims around the world celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr after a month of fasting and worship, I hope that families around Afghanistan will be able to come together in peace, in an environment free of fear and violence.
  • 22 Jun 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes today’s announcement by the Independent Election Commission that parliamentary and district council elections will take place on 7 July 2018.
  • 21 Jun 2017 - KABUL - The UN Security Council has scheduled the next briefing to discuss the UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ latest report on the situation in Afghanistan. The report is available here.

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