Editor in Chief: Dr. Hussain Yasa Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Polio Cases Reach 13 in Afghanistan in 2016

Polio Cases Reach 13  in Afghanistan in 2016

January 17, 2017

KABUL - The number of poliomyelitis cases in Afghanistan reached 13 in 2016 after a new case of the crippling disease was detected last month, the Public Health Ministry confirmed in...

Senators Call on Ghani to Dissolve the High Peace Council

Senators Call on Ghani to  Dissolve the High Peace Council

January 16, 2017

KABUL - Senators from the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) on Sunday asked President Ashraf Ghani to dissolve the High Peace Council (HPC) following the insensitive remarks...

Kabul, Delhi Strategic Partnership Meeting Soon: MoFA

Kabul, Delhi Strategic Partnership Meeting Soon: MoFA

January 16, 2017

KABUL - The second meeting of Afghanistan and India Joint Strategic Partnership (AIJSP) would be held in the near future, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has...

Whereabouts of Letter to Supreme Court Remains a Mystery

Whereabouts of Letter to Supreme Court Remains a Mystery

January 16, 2017

KABUL - Media supporting groups on Sunday slammed the Afghan government over its refusal to provide journalists with necessary information regarding a letter reportedly sent by...

Pakistan Proposes Intelligence Cooperation with Afghanistan to Fight Terrorism

Pakistan Proposes Intelligence Cooperation with Afghanistan to Fight Terrorism

January 16, 2017

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday spoke to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and offered intelligence cooperation to curb terrorism together, the...

Recent Attacks: 2-Day National Mourning Announced

Recent Attacks: 2-Day  National Mourning Announced

January 16, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a two-day national mourning on Sunday and Monday for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in capital Kabul and southern Kandahar...

Kochi’s Remarks on Tajikistan Envoy’s Personal View: MoFA

Kochi’s Remarks on Tajikistan  Envoy’s Personal View: MoFA

January 16, 2017

KABUL - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has distanced itself from the Afghan ambassador’s remarks on Tajik and Russian mafia’s role in production of drugs in...

Ghani Warns Against Glorification of Terrorists, Saboteurs

Ghani Warns Against Glorification of Terrorists, Saboteurs

January 15, 2017

KABUL - The government would not allow anyone to call the killers of Afghans the angels of peace by exploiting the freedom of speech, the Presidential Palace said on Saturday...

WJ Rejects Amended Next Year’s Budget

WJ Rejects Amended  Next Year’s Budget

January 15, 2017

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday refused to approve an amended version of next fiscal year’s budget over what lawmakers called imbalanced...

Russia Calls for Intra-Afghan Dialogue, End to Violence

Russia Calls for Intra-Afghan  Dialogue, End to Violence

January 15, 2017

KABUL - Moscow has asked the warring parties in Afghanistan, primarily the Taliban movement, to renounce violence and take urgent action to launch intra-Afghan dialogue...

Supreme Court Should Rule on Issue of Dismissed Ministers: CEO

Supreme Court Should Rule on  Issue of Dismissed Ministers: CEO

January 15, 2017

KABUL - The Office of the Chief Executive on Saturday said the interpretation of Article 92 of the Constitution is needed and urged the Supreme Court to interpret the article and...

UAE Delegation to Investigate Kandahar Bombing

UAE Delegation to Investigate Kandahar Bombing

January 15, 2017

KABUL - The Kandahar governor's spokesman said that a United Arab Emirates delegation has arrived in the city to investigate Tuesday's blast which killed 11 people including the...

Jilani Expresses Pakistan Concern over Daesh Influence in Afghanistan

Jilani Expresses Pakistan Concern over Daesh  Influence in Afghanistan

January 15, 2017

WASHINGTON - The Pakistan Ambassador to the United States has said Daesh has no concerted structure within Pakistan; however the country is distressed by the militant group’s influence...

Gov’t Failed to Improve Human Rights in 2016: HRW

Gov’t Failed to Improve Human Rights in 2016: HRW

January 14, 2017

KABUL - Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a recent report that the Afghan government had not made any considerable achievements in improving human rights in 2016 and that internal political...

ANSF Unable to Provide Security for Whole Country: SIGAR

ANSF Unable to Provide Security for Whole Country: SIGAR

January 14, 2017

KABUL - With the imminent arrival of a new administration and Congress in the U.S, which will inherit a 15-year, $115 billion USD investment in Afghanistan, the Special Inspector...

Rise in Afghans Returning Home Threatens Overstretched Resources: UN

Rise in Afghans Returning Home Threatens Overstretched Resources: UN

January 14, 2017

LONDON - More than 9,400 undocumented Afghans have returned home from Iran and Pakistan in the first week of 2017, raising concerns over how the war-torn Asian nation will cope with the...

Rouhani Calls for Immediate Work on Joint Projects with Afghanistan

Rouhani Calls for Immediate Work on Joint Projects with Afghanistan

January 14, 2017

TEHRAN - In a meeting with Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah in Tehran on Wednesday, President Rouhani hoped for political stability and unity in...

Private Varsities Asked Not to Hire Foreign Teachers

Private Varsities Asked Not to Hire Foreign Teachers

January 14, 2017

KABUL - The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has stressed appointment of Afghan teachers in the private sector-run universities and other higher educational institutes and...

Taliban Find Access to Russian Weapons: Farah Officials

Taliban Find Access to Russian Weapons: Farah Officials

January 14, 2017

FARAH CITY - Local officials on Thursday cited Taliban’s access to Russian weapons and night vision binoculars the reason behind increased casualties among Afghan forces...

Obama Defends Political Legacies, Repudiates Trump’s Policies

Obama Defends Political Legacies,  Repudiates Trump’s Policies

January 12, 2017

BEIJING/CHICAGO - In an emotional farewell speech on Tuesday night, U.S. President Barack Obama defended his political legacies and repudiated some policies of President-elect Donald...

Shafiq-Era Water Pact with Iran to be Enforced: Ghani

Shafiq-Era Water Pact with  Iran to be Enforced: Ghani

January 12, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani has called the Helmand River agreement with Iran as one of the important achievements of former prime minister Musa Shafiq, saying it is the...

Atmar in Kandahar as Ghani Orders thorough Probe into the Terror Attack

Atmar in Kandahar as  Ghani Orders thorough Probe into the Terror Attack

January 12, 2017

KABUL - The National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar arrived in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday leading a delegation of high level government officials to investigate the...

MPs Claim they will Summon Ghani Over Tuesday’s Attacks

MPs Claim they will Summon Ghani Over Tuesday’s Attacks

January 12, 2017

KABUL - Members of Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Wednesday condemned Tuesday’s tragic explosions and said President Ashraf Ghani must be summoned to brief them...

British Military Take over Command of NATO Instant Response Force

British Military Take  over Command of NATO Instant Response Force

January 12, 2017

LONDON - British Ministry of Defense (MOD) officials announced Wednesday that British forces have taken command of NATO's Response Force and its flagship Very High Readiness...

Kabul and Kandahar Explosions Spark Global Condemnation

Kabul and Kandahar Explosions Spark  Global Condemnation

January 12, 2017

KABUL - Tuesday’s deadly bombings in Kabul and Kandahar sparked strong condemnation from leaders in Afghanistan and countries around the world. Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah...

Over 100 Killed and Wounded in Kabul Twin Blasts

Over 100 Killed and Wounded in Kabul Twin Blasts

January 11, 2017

KABUL - Officials revised the casualty toll after Tuesday’s deadly twin-bombings in Kabul and said 30 people had been killed and at least 78 wounded. The attack, which appeared...

Ghani Urges Islamic Countries to Help Bring Peace

Ghani Urges  Islamic Countries to Help Bring Peace

January 11, 2017

KABUL - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that Afghans across the board want peace and that Islamic countries should put pressure on extremist groups to join the peace process...

US Wants Indo-Pak Talks to Include Afghanistan

US Wants Indo-Pak Talks  to Include Afghanistan

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - The outgoing Obama administration wants Indo-Pak dialogue to include Afghanistan, even as a top US expert on South Asia favoured a strong anti-Islamabad policy by...

None of Afghan Universities among Top 1,000

None of Afghan Universities among Top 1,000

January 11, 2017

HERAT CITY - None of Afghanistan’s universities has found a place among the world’s top 1,000 universities due to a dismally low level of excellence in the scientific...

More Than 100 Militants Killed in Logar Raids

More Than 100 Militants Killed in Logar Raids

January 11, 2017

PUL-I-ALAM - More than 100 Taliban rebels have been killed and 28 more wounded during two weeks of an operation wrapped up Monday night in central Logar province, an official said...

Senate Team Restricts Timber Transfer from Kunar

Senate Team Restricts Timber Transfer from Kunar

January 11, 2017

KABUL/ASADABAD - A Meshrano Jirga delegation has banned transfer of all kinds of wood from eastern Kunar province pending an investigation into alleged timber smuggling...

Ghani Vows to Overcome Corruption in Defense Ministry

Ghani Vows to  Overcome Corruption in Defense Ministry

January 10, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani said on Monday at a ceremony at the Ministry of Defense that government has started a campaign to fight the endemic corruption in the ministry in...

Obama says Toughest Decision was over Troop Surge in Afghanistan

Obama says Toughest Decision was over Troop Surge in Afghanistan

January 10, 2017

WASHINGTON - What was President Barack Obama's hardest decision during his two terms in office? A massive troop surge in Afghanistan, he said in an interview aired Sunday...

Draft Budget to Land Again in Wolesi Jirga

Draft Budget to Land Again in Wolesi Jirga

January 10, 2017

KABUL - Some Wolesi Jirga members Monday criticised cancelation of session and said the draft budget for 2017 fiscal year was ready to land again in the house next week...

Pakistan-Based Terrorists Still a Threat to the U.S: Obama

Pakistan-Based Terrorists Still  a Threat to the U.S: Obama

January 10, 2017

KABUL - Outgoing U.S President Barack Obama has said that terrorist groups in Pakistan’s tribal regions pose an ongoing security threat to the United States, adding...