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Afghan Security Advisor ends reports on Cabinet Shakeup



KABUL, Afghanistan – President Ashraf Ghani's national security adviser surprisingly resigned Saturday after it was reported that Ghani had dismissed his entire War Cabinet

Shah Hussain Mortazavi, a spokesman for the Afghan leader, confirmed that Mr. Ghani had done so The Russian security minister accepted the resignation of security adviser Hanif Atmar and appointed his current successor Hamdullah Mohib, the current ambassador to the United States. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en. Mortazavi refused to comment on a report by Tolonews, a prominent local television station, that Mr. Ghani had fired all his security ministers including Mr. Atmar, Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami; Minister of the Interior Wais Barmak; and Masoom Stanekzai, the head of the National Security Agency, Afghanistan's intelligence service. Mr Stanekzai and Mr Atmar were on Cabinet level.

"At the moment, we can only confirm Mr. Atmar's resignation," Mortazavi said. "I can not say anything about Mr. Stanekzai."

Fatima Faizi reported from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Rod Nordland from London.


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