RTA extends its broadcasting to Logar province

Kabul, December 27, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Radio/Television Afghanistan (RTA) has launched its broadcasting in Pul-i-Alam provincial capital of central Logar province on Thursday.

Eng. Abdul Shakur Muhib, head of RTA in Logar province told Pajhwok Afghan News the radio has 2 kw capacity and will broadcast on short wave at FM98.

He said the radio can be heard in 66 km distance and will cover all districts of Logar province.

Muhib added the radio station was granted by Pakistan to support Afghan media.

But he reminded that they had no studio and staff for the radio and they broadcast the programmes of Kabul Radio from 4 pm to 1 am.

Logar governor Abdullah Wardak welcomed the establishment of the radio station and informed that in near future coalition forces will establish another radio station called Itefaq (Unity) in Pul-i-Alam.

Currently two radios National Message and Isteqlal are active in Logar province which were established and financed by InternNews.

Two three months back National Message Radio was attacked and the programmes were stopped for some days.

Afghan, Coalition forces find weapons cache in Uruzgan

Kabul, December 27, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), assisted by Coalition troops, discovered a weapons cache atop a ridgeline in Shahidi Hasas district of the restive Uruzgan province.

The US-led Coalition said late Wednesday the combined force was conducting a security patrol on December 23 near the villages of Pasaw and Dosnag when a group of insurgents attacked from the ridgeline with mortars, recoilless rifles and small-arms fire.

In a statement mailed to Pajhwok Afghan News, the US military said after the insurgents fled the area, ANSF and Coalition forces were able to thoroughly search the enemy defensive position, discovering several weapons, including an improvised explosive device.

A Coalition forces commander said: Our team discovered an IED placed on the only vehicle route across the ridge. We dismantled the IED and brought all of the components back for analysis. We also discovered a Chinese-made anti-personnel mine on the ridge that was emplaced in the sand along the ridgeline.

The team also found several 82mm high-explosive mortar rounds hidden in a previously manned enemy fighting position, according to the press release, which said the weapons were placed in an area where villagers travel and represented a clear danger to residents.

Removing the insurgents from the area and finding their weapons caches is critical to making this area safe for residents, said an ANSF soldier, who added: Now that the insurgents have been removed, the villagers are moving back into their homes.