Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Anti-Poppy Drive Needs World’s Help: Azami

Anti-Poppy Drive Needs World’s Help: Azami

May 17, 2017

KABUL - Counternarcotics Minister Salamat Azami on Tuesday, blaming the increase in poppy cultivation on insecurity, said continued international support could help eradicate the illicit...

Corruption Weakening Security Sector: AG

Corruption Weakening  Security Sector: AG

May 17, 2017

KABUL - Attorney General (AG) Farid Hamidi said on Tuesday in Kabul that poor performance on the battlefields by Afghan security forces was because of the rampant corruption within...

Tadamichi Meets Hekmatyar

Tadamichi Meets Hekmatyar

May 17, 2017

KABUL - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan on Tuesday expressed support for the landmark peace deal with former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, underlining...

Gen. Dunfor Chair Rallying for more Troops

Gen. Dunfor Chair Rallying  for more Troops

May 17, 2017

KABUL - General Joseph Dunford, chairman the Joint Chiefs of Staffs of the U.S army, this week rallied for more troops to Afghanistan, warning that terrorist groups in Afghanistan have the...

Wolesi Jirga Refuses to Add 3 Cabinet Picks to Agenda

Wolesi Jirga Refuses to Add  3 Cabinet Picks to Agenda

May 16, 2017

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday refused to add to its agenda three newly-introduced ministers-designate, insisting on replacement of the acting...

Women’s Role in Peace Process Vital: Ghani

Women’s Role in Peace  Process Vital: Ghani

May 16, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani has said women could play a vital role in ensuring peace and a real peace would come when basic rights of Afghan men and women were protected...

Abdullah, Danish to Supervise Distribution of E-ID Cards

Abdullah, Danish to  Supervise Distribution  of E-ID Cards

May 16, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani has issued a decree, tasking the second vice-president and the chief executive officer (CEO) with supervising the distribution of electronic identity cards...

Experts Warn Businesses to Brace for more Cyber Attacks

Experts Warn Businesses to Brace for more Cyber Attacks

May 16, 2017

LONDON - British intelligence chiefs have warned that businesses must brace for further cyber attacks after the debilitating WannaCry virus swept through computers around the...

Some Taliban Circles Ready to Reconcile: HIA

Some Taliban Circles Ready to Reconcile: HIA

May 16, 2017

KABUL - Some Taliban’s political circles have contacted the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan to join the peace process, a spokesman for the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led party said on Sunday...

Anti-Corruption Efforts ‘Failing’ Due to Absence of Law: HOOC

Anti-Corruption Efforts ‘Failing’ Due to Absence of Law: HOOC

May 15, 2017

KABUL - The head of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOC), Ghulam Hussain Fakhri, on Sunday said anti-corruption efforts by the HOOC have largely failed...

Country-Wide Polio Vaccination Drive Kicks Off from Today: MoPH

Country-Wide Polio Vaccination Drive Kicks Off from Today: MoPH

May 15, 2017

KABUL - More than 9.5 million children under the age of five would be vaccinated against polio and over 5.7 million children aged 2 to 5 will be given Albendazole deworming tablets...

MoF Adds 5.2bn Afs to this Year’s National Budget

MoF Adds 5.2bn Afs to this  Year’s National Budget

May 15, 2017

KABUL - In a recent cabinet meeting, government accepted to add 5.2 billion AFs to the national budget of the current fiscal year in order to address the needs of the Defense Ministry and...

50 School Students Poisoned in Kabul

50 School Students  Poisoned in Kabul

May 15, 2017

KABUL - The Ministry of Education (MoE) on Sunday said 50 school students were poisoned in the third education district of the capital Kabul. The students were poisoned during a program...

Mail Receives Equipment for Wheat Storage Facilities

Mail Receives Equipment for Wheat Storage Facilities

May 15, 2017

KABUL - Officials from Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) at a ceremony on Saturday said the ministry has received wheat storage equipment which will help farmers...

Afghanistan Imports 30% of Consumed Oil, Gas from Iran

Afghanistan Imports 30% of Consumed Oil, Gas from Iran

May 15, 2017

KABUL - CEO of Afghanistan Oil and Gas Enterprise Walid Tamim announced here on Sunday that 30 percent of Afghanistan's consumed oil and gas is imported from Iran. Official: Afghanistan...

No Doubts in Govt’s Decision of Country Defense: Abdullah

No Doubts in Govt’s Decision of Country Defense: Abdullah

May 14, 2017

FAIZABAD - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah during his trip to northeastern Badakhshan province on Saturday said the government would utilize all its resources for...

No Decision Yet by Trump on Additional Troops: McMaster

No Decision Yet by Trump on Additional Troops: McMaster

May 14, 2017

WASHINGTON - Addressing a White House press briefing on Saturday night, the U.S President’s National Security Advisor H.R McMaster said that Donald Trump has not yet made a...

Taliban Cannot Enter Kunduz City: Governor

Taliban Cannot Enter  Kunduz City: Governor

May 14, 2017

KUNDUZ CITY - At least 55 Taliban have been killed and 49 others wounded in security forces operation launched to get back the Kunduz-Khanabad highway in northern Kunduz province, an...

Political Parties Boycott President’s Advisory Meetings

Political Parties Boycott  President’s Advisory Meetings

May 14, 2017

KABUL - Members of some political parties on Saturday said they are boycotting President Ashraf Ghani’s advisory meetings as most are “meaningless and their advice is not...

US, China Can Help Stabilise Afghanistan: Mosazai

US, China Can Help Stabilise Afghanistan: Mosazai

May 14, 2017

KABUL - Both China and the United States can play a key role in promoting Afghan-led efforts for peace and reconciliation, believes the Afghan ambassador in Beijing. We look to both countries...

CEO Office Alleges Nepotism in Govt Appointments

CEO Office Alleges Nepotism in Govt Appointments

May 13, 2017

KABUL - The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) office on Thursday alleged nepotism and personal preference in making appointments on government jobs in some departments, but said the government...

Plots Underway to Divide Afghans Politically, Ethnically: Khalili

Plots Underway to Divide Afghans Politically, Ethnically: Khalili

May 13, 2017

KABUL - Mohammad Karim Khalili, the leader of Hizb-e-Wahdat-e-Islami (Islamic Solidarity Party) on Thursday said that the current crisis in the country could push Afghanistan towards...

Security Situation in Afghanistan Likely to Get Worse: U.S. Intel Chief

Security Situation in Afghanistan Likely to Get Worse: U.S. Intel Chief

May 13, 2017

WASHINGTON - The security situation in Afghanistan will further deteriorate even if there is a modest increase in U.S. military support for the war-torn country, the top U.S.intelligence...

To Oppose the Government we don’t Reach Anywhere: Danish

To Oppose the Government we don’t Reach Anywhere: Danish

May 13, 2017

KABUL - Second Vice President Sarwar Danish said historical experience shows that opposing to the government is not beneficial for the people. On Friday, May 22, when Mr. Danish...

Taliban ‘Safe Zone’ Established in South

Taliban ‘Safe Zone’  Established in South

May 13, 2017

KABUL - A ‘safe zone’ has been established in the country’s south for those Taliban who have and will lay down their arms and join the peace process, Kandahar Police...

U.N. Torture Committee wants Gen. Raziq Prosecuted

U.N. Torture Committee  wants Gen. Raziq Prosecuted

May 13, 2017

GENEVA - The police chief of Kandahar province, General Abdul Raziq, should be prosecuted over allegations of torture and enforced disappearances, the U.N. Committee against Torture...

TIR Conference Begins in Kabul

TIR Conference  Begins in Kabul

May 11, 2017

KABUL - Turning Afghanistan into a transit hub in the heart of Asia was the main topic for representatives from the Afghan government, private sector and donor community who met...

MPs Concerned over Hizb-E-Islami’s Refusal to Give up Arms

MPs Concerned over Hizb-E-Islami’s  Refusal to Give up Arms

May 11, 2017

KABUL - Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami members have so far refused to hand over their weapons, which has in turn sparked concern among MPs. This comes after Hekmatyar...

MPs Slam Ghani’s Remarks against MoI, MoFA

MPs Slam Ghani’s Remarks  against MoI, MoFA

May 11, 2017

KABUL - A number of senators have slammed the president’s recent allegations of corruption against certain ministries, warning against a selective or partisan policy on eradicating...

WJ to Govt: don’t Whine, Move to Curb Graft

WJ to Govt: don’t Whine, Move to Curb Graft

May 11, 2017

KABUL - Some members of the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) -- lower house of the parliament -- on Wednesday criticised President Ashraf Ghani’s recent remarks on corruption while others...

No Deadline for New Strategy: White House

No Deadline for New  Strategy: White House

May 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s winning strategy in Afghanistan means reducing the threats posed by Taliban and the Islamic State, the White House said.However, the White House...

US Senators Show Signs of Support for More Troops in Afghanistan

US Senators Show Signs of Support  for More Troops in Afghanistan

May 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - Members of the US Senate Armed Services committee are waiting to hear from President Donald Trump about how he and his military want to handle the situation in Afghanistan, but...

EU Accuses Taliban of War Crimes, Calls for End to Violence

EU Accuses Taliban of War  Crimes, Calls for End to Violence

May 10, 2017

KABUL - The European Union (EU) has accused the Taliban of committing war crimes by killing innocent civilians and destroying towns, and called on the group to end the violence...

Afghanistan’s Population Estimated at 29.2 Million: CSO

Afghanistan’s Population  Estimated at 29.2 Million: CSO

May 10, 2017

KABUL - The Central Statistics Organization (CSO) on Tuesday estimated the country’s population at 29.2 million people including 14.2 million women. The estimate shows 6.9 million...

US may Deploy 3,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

US may Deploy  3,000 More Troops  to Afghanistan

May 10, 2017

KABUL - Around 3,000 more US troops could be sent to Afghanistan to stem a spike in insurgent-related violence, international media reports said on Tuesday. Under the proposals from the...