Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

New Hospital Facility Brings World-Class Healthcare to Afghanistan’s Bamyan Province

New Hospital Facility Brings  World-Class Healthcare to  Afghanistan’s Bamyan Province

April 26, 2017

BAMYAN - His Excellency the Second Vice President of Afghanistan, Sarwar Danesh, and Princess Zahra Aga Khan inaugurated a US $22.8 million hospital today that will serve the people of Bamyan...

‘Geopolitical Games around Afghanistan’ Disregard its People: Lavrov

‘Geopolitical Games around Afghanistan’ Disregard its People: Lavrov

April 26, 2017

MOSCOW - Geopolitical games around Afghanistan do not take into account the interests of the local population, the Russian foreign minister said adding that Russophobic tendencies are being...

Kabul Makes Headway in Anti-Corruption Fight: UN

Kabul Makes Headway in  Anti-Corruption Fight: UN

April 26, 2017

KABUL - Afghanistan authorities have made headway in their fight against corruption while enormous challenges remain, the United Nations said in a new report released on Tuesday...

WardakTakes Charge as Parliamentary Affairs Minister

WardakTakes Charge as Parliamentary Affairs Minister

April 26, 2017

KABUL - Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish on Tuesday introduced Ghulam Farooq Wardak as state minister for parliamentary affairs. Danish told a ceremony aimed at introducing...

Noor Says Afghans Trapped Between Taliban and Daesh

Noor Says Afghans Trapped Between Taliban and Daesh

April 26, 2017

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - The governor of northern Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, on Tuesday said the Afghans were trapped between two atrocities -- the Taliban and Daesh. Addressing a huge...

US to Engage with Russia on Arms Supply to Taliban

US to Engage with Russia on Arms Supply to Taliban

April 26, 2017

KABUL - Russia is providing weapons to Taliban insurgents, alleges commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Earlier in the week, the Russian ambassador to Afghanistan said their contacts...

Mattis Slams Taliban, Calls them 'Barbaric Enemy'

Mattis Slams Taliban, Calls them 'Barbaric Enemy'

April 25, 2017

KABUL - U.S Secretary of Defense James Mattis made a surprise visit to Kabul on Monday where he met with high-ranking officials including U.S-led Resolute Support commander Gen. John...

China Calls for all Afghan Sides to Actively Participate in Reconciliation Process

China Calls for all Afghan Sides to Actively Participate in Reconciliation Process

April 25, 2017

BEIJING - China Monday called for all sides in Afghanistan to participate actively in the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process and jointly uphold national peace...

Hekmatyar Steps out of Shadows, Reaches Jalalabad

Hekmatyar Steps out of Shadows, Reaches Jalalabad

April 25, 2017

KABUL - Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar arrived in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, on Monday. Having spent decades in hiding, the former...

MPs Split Over Ghani’s Ability to Fix National Issues

MPs Split Over Ghani’s  Ability to Fix National Issues

April 25, 2017

KABUL - After assuming office in 2014, President Ashraf Ghani vowed to define more working and comprehensive strategies to tackle security and economic issues among others, but MPs are now...

Defence Minister, Army Chief Quit over Balkh Bloodbath

Defence Minister,  Army Chief Quit over Balkh Bloodbath

April 25, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Monday accepted resignations of defence minister and army chief after the Balkh carnage at the hands of Taliban, his office said. The decision came...

US Vows to Support Afghanistan in Anti-Terror War

US Vows to  Support Afghanistan  in Anti-Terror War

April 25, 2017

KABUL - US National Security Advisor (NSA) Gen. McMaster has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Shaheen Military Corps in northern Balkh province. In a telephonic conversation...

Top Defense Officials to be Summoned by Parliament over Base Attack

Top Defense Officials to be Summoned by Parliament over Base Attack

April 24, 2017

KABUL - The top Afghan defense officials will be summoned by the Afghan parliament after a deadly attack on the main military base in northern Afghanistan that left scores of soldiers...

Assault on ANA Base in Balkh to be Avenged: Atmar

Assault on ANA Base in Balkh to be Avenged: Atmar

April 24, 2017

KABUL - National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar has vowed to revenge for the attack on the Shaheen Military Corps in northern Balkh province, his office said on Sunday...

Terrorism a Common Enemy, Sharif Assures Kabul

Terrorism a Common  Enemy, Sharif Assures Kabul

April 24, 2017

PESHAWAR - Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa have called terrorism a common enemy and a threat to peace in the region. While denouncing the...

Trump’s Afghan Policy Likely by Mid-May: Khalilzad

Trump’s Afghan Policy Likely by Mid-May: Khalilzad

April 24, 2017

KABUL - The Trump administration may finalise its policy on Afghanistan ahead of next month’s G-7 summit in Italy, a former US ambassador says. Zalmay Khalilzad, who served...

Karzai Says Can No Longer Call Taliban Brothers after Army Base Attack

Karzai Says Can No Longer Call Taliban Brothers after Army Base Attack

April 24, 2017

KABUL - The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he can no longer call the Taliban militants as brothers after the barbaric attack on the Shaheen army corps in Balkh province...

Balkh Attack: Sunday Declared National Day of Mourning

Balkh Attack: Sunday Declared National Day of Mourning

April 23, 2017

KABUL - The Afghan government on Saturday declared Sunday (April 23) a national day of mourning following a deadliest attack on the military in northern Balkh province. The Friday...

UN Chief Highlights Need to Invest in Preventing Conflicts

UN Chief Highlights Need to Invest in  Preventing Conflicts

April 23, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday highlighted the need to invest in prevention, which he believes is the best way to prevent conflicts. The UN chief made...

Wolesi Jirga Sends another Five MPs Home

Wolesi Jirga Sends another Five MPs Home

April 23, 2017

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday suspended membership of its five more members over not attending sessions for 20 days in a row. Wolesi Jirga secretary...

MPs Slam Govt. over Latest Military Attack

MPs Slam Govt. over  Latest Military Attack

April 23, 2017

KABUL - A number of MPs at Saturday’s Parliament session spoke out about Friday’s deadly attack on the Afghan National Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters in Balkh...

Survivors Say Insurgents Had Help from Inside Base

Survivors Say  Insurgents Had Help from Inside Base

April 23, 2017

KABUL - A number of soldiers from Afghan National Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters in Balkh province, who survived the deadly attack on Friday but are being treated at a public...

Confusion, Chaos after Taliban Breach Afghan Base in Deadly Attack

Confusion, Chaos after Taliban Breach Afghan Base in Deadly Attack

April 23, 2017

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - Afghan soldier Zabihullah was chatting with an army comrade at their military base in northern Afghanistan when gunfire interrupted their quiet Friday afternoon...

Recognizing Taliban by Any Country Unacceptable: CEO

Recognizing Taliban by Any Country Unacceptable: CEO

April 22, 2017

KABUL - The Office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Thursday said the Taliban were a terrorist group and no country has the right to recognise them as a political movement...

China, Afghanistan Sign Agreement on Optic Fiber Link

China, Afghanistan Sign  Agreement on Optic Fiber Link

April 22, 2017

KABUL - Acting Telecommunications and Information Technology minister Sayed Ahmad Shah Sadat has signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart Miao Wei in Beijing on linking...

Moscow Not About to Challenge U.S in Afghanistan: Envoy

Moscow Not About  to Challenge U.S in  Afghanistan: Envoy

April 22, 2017

KABUL - The Russian Ambassador to Kabul Alexander Mantytskiy said at a press conference in Kabul that Moscow is not interested in challenging the United States and NATO in Afghanistan nor...

SCO Supports Efforts to Launch Intra-Afghan Political Dialogue: Kazakh FM

SCO Supports Efforts to Launch Intra-Afghan Political Dialogue: Kazakh FM

April 22, 2017

ASTANA - The SCO is supportive of efforts aimed at initiating a political dialogue between parties to Afghanistan's conflict, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said Friday...

Trump Hails Italy for Role in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan

Trump Hails Italy for Role in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan

April 22, 2017

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed Italy's contributions to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and its efforts seeking stability in Libya, but dismissed the possibility...

Ghani Inaugurates Phase 3 of Kamal Khan Dam

Ghani Inaugurates Phase 3 of Kamal Khan Dam

April 22, 2017

ZARANJ - President Ashraf Ghani arrived in southwestern Nimroz province on Thursday and inaugurated the third phase of work on Kamal Khan dam, an official said. Ahmad Arab, the governor...

Govt. Working on Plan with Private Sector to Boost Investment

Govt. Working on Plan with  Private Sector to Boost Investment

April 20, 2017

KABUL - The Afghan government is currently drafting a joint plan with the private sector to rebuild the sector’s trust in the country and to boost investment in Afghanistan, said...

MoD Rejects Taliban Claims of Killing Over 155 Thousand Soldiers

MoD Rejects Taliban Claims of  Killing Over 155 Thousand Soldiers

April 20, 2017

KABUL - The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Wednesday rejected the claims by the Taliban of killing more than 155 thousand soldiers in the past ten years. Dismissing the reports as baseless...

Massoud Calls for Early Elections, Asks Ghani to Step Down

Massoud Calls for  Early Elections, Asks Ghani to Step Down

April 20, 2017

KABUL - Consultations will be held between a number of political leaders over the next few days where they will discuss issues relating to early elections, the establishment of an...

Trafficking in Persons for the Purpose of Organ Removal

Trafficking in  Persons for the Purpose  of Organ Removal

April 20, 2017

HERAT - An Afghan woman from Herat Province was forced to sell her kidney in order to rescue her husband from captivity in Iran. While Afghans are already suffering from various political...

Ashgabat Eyes to Resolve Situation in Afghanistan Peacefully

Ashgabat Eyes to Resolve Situation in Afghanistan Peacefully

April 20, 2017

KABUL - Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is on a visit to Kazakhstan, said that the situation in Afghanistan can be resolved only peacefully, the Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary State...

Crimes Against Ghor Women Going Unsolved

Crimes Against Ghor Women Going Unsolved

April 20, 2017

KABUL - The provincial director for women’s affairs in Ghor, Masouma Anwari, on Wednesday said 118 cases of violence against women had been registered in the province last year; however...