Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

In Policy Shift, US Pursues Direct Talks with Taliban

In Policy Shift, US Pursues  Direct Talks with Taliban

July 17, 2018

KABUL - In what appears a major shift in US policy on Afghanistan, American diplomats have been directed to pursue direct talks with the Taliban, a media report said on Monday...

India to Help Build Shahtoot Dam in Kabul

India to Help Build  Shahtoot Dam in Kabul

July 17, 2018

KABUL - India will in all likelihood assist Afghanistan in building another dam – this time on the Kabul river basin – which will provide over two million Kabul residents with ...

Changes to Electoral System Seen as Impracticable

Changes to  Electoral System Seen  as Impracticable

July 17, 2018

KABUL - Commentators view demands of political parties for a change in the electoral system to multi-dimensional representation (MDR) and biometric voter registration as impracticable...

Afghan President Suggests Taliban Could Join Peace Talks, Despite Rejection

Afghan President Suggests Taliban  Could Join Peace Talks, Despite Rejection

July 17, 2018

KABUL - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has dismissed the Taliban’s rejection of his offer of peace talks, suggesting that the militant group can still be persuaded to come ...

Dostum Supporters Threaten to Derail Elections, Form ‘Own Govt’

Dostum Supporters Threaten  to Derail Elections, Form ‘Own Govt’

July 17, 2018

KABUL - Protestors gathered in Kabul on Monday and again called for the immediate release of Qaisari and the return of Dostum.
Supporters of exiled First Vice President Gen...

Atmar, Nicholson Discuss Brussels Summit, Elections

Atmar, Nicholson Discuss  Brussels Summit, Elections

July 17, 2018

KABUL -  National Security Advisor (NSA) Hanif Atmar and US and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson have discussed decisions taken at a recent meeting of . . .

Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Hit Record as Suicide Attacks Surge

Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Hit Record as Suicide Attacks Surge

July 16, 2018

KABUL - Deaths rose 1 percent to 1,692, although injuries dropped 5 percent to 3,430, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in its latest civilian casualty report...

Afghan President Signals Return of Exiled Dostum Possible after Protests

Afghan President Signals Return of Exiled Dostum Possible after Protests

July 16, 2018

KABUL - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani gave his first indication on Sunday that vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum could be allowed to return from exile after days of protests ...

Karzai: War on Terror Failed in Afghanistan

Karzai: War on Terror Failed in Afghanistan

July 16, 2018

BEIJING - Afghanistan has been the “victim” in “the great game” following the tragedy of September 11 and suffered severely, said Karzai in his ...

Ghani Reacts at the Demands, Warnings of Political Figures Regarding Elections

Ghani Reacts at the Demands, Warnings of Political Figures Regarding Elections

July 16, 2018

KABUL - Speaking during a press conference in Kabul, President Ghani said a group cannot take decision regarding the fate of the elections, emphasizing that only the people...

Jawzjan Protestors Threaten to Close Key Highway

Jawzjan Protestors  Threaten to Close Key Highway

July 16, 2018

SHEBIRGHAN - Amid growing protests in the north and north-eastern provinces, which started almost two weeks ago, protestors who are primarily Junbish-i-Milli Islami ...

2 Afghan Soldiers, 5 Taliban Killed in the East

2 Afghan  Soldiers, 5 Taliban Killed in the East

July 16, 2018

JALALABAD/ASADABAD - Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and five Taliban militants have been killed in separate incident of violence in eastern Laghman and Kunar province...

Political Parties’ Want Biometric, MDR Based Polls

Political Parties’  Want  Biometric, MDR Based Polls

July 15, 2018

KABUL - Heads of political parties and alliances have termed the voter registration process as inappropriate, rigged and demanded fresh registration of voters using the biometric ...

WJ Again Task Delegation to Assess Qaisari’s Detention

WJ Again Task  Delegation to Assess  Qaisari’s Detention

July 15, 2018

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament on Saturday assigned a commission for the assessment of Nizamuddin Qaisari’s detention while some of the house members ...

Senior Daesh Leader Arrested, Ghazni Police Claim

Senior Daesh Leader Arrested, Ghazni Police Claim

July 15, 2018

GHAZNI CITY - Police have arrested a senior Daesh leader recruiting fighters for the militant group in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Saturday...

NATO to Help Find Negotiated End to Afghan War

NATO to Help Find  Negotiated End to Afghan War

July 15, 2018

KABUL - NATO says its military presence in Afghanistan is aimed at helping the local forces to pressurise the Taliban into coming to the negotiating table...

NATO Vow Long-Term Security Support to Afghanistan

NATO Vow Long-Term  Security Support to Afghanistan

July 14, 2018

KABUL - NATO has reaffirmed commitment for long-term security and stability in Afghanistan and termed the role of regional actors important in support to peace and ...

Abdullah Says No Problem with Dostum’s Return

Abdullah Says No Problem with Dostum’s Return

July 14, 2018

BRUSSELS - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah says he has no problem if first vice president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum returns to the country...

Afghan Businesses Set to Showcase Finest Goods in Mumbai at U.S.-Supported Trade Show

Afghan Businesses Set to  Showcase Finest Goods in Mumbai  at U.S.-Supported Trade Show

July 14, 2018

KABUL - U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass today launched the second annual “Passage to Prosperity:  India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show,” scheduled to take place ...

Protesters Close Election Commission’s Office in Balkh

Protesters Close Election  Commission’s Office in Balkh

July 14, 2018

KABUL - Balkh residents reiterated that they want return of the first vice president and freedom of Nizamuddin Qaisari.
Dozens of protesters on Friday closed ...

Govt Team to Meet Dostum Again Tonight with New Offer

Govt Team to Meet Dostum  Again Tonight with New Offer

July 14, 2018

KABUL - A government delegation is expected to meet Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum in Turkey again tonight and may share President Ashraf Ghani’s recent offer ...

Ghani Vows to Accept Decisions of Religious Scholars

Ghani Vows to Accept Decisions of  Religious Scholars

July 12, 2018

JEDDAH - President Ashraf Ghani has assured the international ulema conference in Saudi Arabia of honoring any decision about Afghanistan...

Protesters Reopen Northern Highway Conditionally

Protesters Reopen Northern Highway Conditionally

July 12, 2018

PUL-I-KHUMRI - The residents of Khenjan district in northern Baghlan province on Wednesday reopened the Kabul-Mazar-i-Sharif highway for traffic conditionally...

Ukraine Plans to More Than Double Contingent in NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan

Ukraine Plans to More Than Double Contingent in NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan

July 12, 2018

KABUL - Currently, a total of 338 Ukrainian army servicemen participate in eight international peacekeeping and security operations around the world. ..

11 Killed, 10 Injured in Nangarhar Office Attack

11 Killed, 10 Injured in  Nangarhar Office Attack

July 12, 2018

JALALALBAD - Eleven people were killed and 10 others wounded after two armed men stormed an education department’s office in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday...

Major Changes in Trump’s Afghan Strategy Ruled Out

Major Changes in Trump’s Afghan Strategy Ruled Out

July 12, 2018

KABUL - The Trump administration has ruled out changes to key elements of its military and political strategy for stabilizing Afghanistan, a Russian news agency reports...

Kabul Mayor to be Referred to AGO Over Corruption, Public Complaints

Kabul Mayor to be  Referred to AGO Over Corruption, Public  Complaints

July 12, 2018

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga investigative commission has decided to refer acting head of the Kabul Municipality to the Attorney General Office (AGO) over public complaints ...

NATO Reiterates Support to Afghan Peace Ahead of Key Summit

NATO Reiterates  Support to Afghan Peace  Ahead of Key Summit

July 11, 2018

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah both left Kabul on Tuesday for NATO’s heads of state summit where they hope to secure continued support ....

Dostum’s Presence in Afghanistan Need of Hour: Danish

Dostum’s Presence  in Afghanistan Need of Hour: Danish

July 11, 2018

KABUL - Second Vice President Sarwar Danish has met Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, and discussed with him national unity, security and cohesion among ...

Conference of Clerics on Afghanistan Begins in Jeddah

Conference of  Clerics on Afghanistan  Begins in Jeddah

July 11, 2018

RIYADH - An international conference on peace efforts in Afghanistan kicked off in the Jeddah city of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
Religious scholars attending the ...

Travel to Afghanistan Unsafe, US Citizens Warned

Travel to Afghanistan  Unsafe, US Citizens Warned

July 11, 2018

WASHINGTON - The United States on Monday asked its citizens not to travel to Afghanistan due to crime, terrorism, unrest and armed conflict...

Kabul to Highlight Achievements at NATO Summit: Rahimi

Kabul to Highlight Achievements at NATO Summit: Rahimi

July 11, 2018

 BRUSSELS - The Afghan government would highlight its achievements over the past few years at the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels, an official said on Tuesday...

Turkey’s Erdogan Begins New Term with Expanded Powers

Turkey’s Erdogan Begins New Term with Expanded Powers

July 10, 2018

ANKARA - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in for his second term as head of state on Monday, taking on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades under a new ...

Afghan Ulema off to Saudi Arabia for Global Moot

Afghan Ulema off to Saudi Arabia for Global Moot

July 10, 2018

KABUL - A delegation of Afghan ulema has left Kabul for Saudi Arabia to participate in an international conference on peace in Afghanistan.
Saudi Arabia and the Organization of Islamic ...

MPs Accuse Ghani of Fueling Faryab Crisis

MPs Accuse Ghani of Fueling Faryab Crisis

July 10, 2018

KABUL - Some lawmakers have said government has a double-standards policy in terms of tackling lawbreakers.
MPs in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga ...