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New Afghan Peace Talks Expected in Oman

New Afghan Peace Talks Expected in Oman

October 12, 2017

KABUL/PESHAWAR – The four-nation Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QGC), comprising Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States, has been trying to ease the path to direct talks between...

Ghani Warns Ministerial Nominees Against ‘Dealing’ with MPs

Ghani Warns Ministerial  Nominees Against ‘Dealing’ with MPs

October 12, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday warned all ministerial nominees if they try to deal with parliament members to get vote of confidence, their nomination will be canceled...

85pc of Drinking Water in 10 Provinces Contains E. Coli

85pc of Drinking Water in 10 Provinces Contains E. Coli

October 12, 2017

KABUL - Drinking water in 10 provinces of the country is 85 percent polluted with the E. coli bacteria, according to a survey calling for serious steps, especially raising public

Officials in Helmand Reject Taliban Leader Visited the Province

Officials in Helmand Reject  Taliban Leader Visited the Province

October 12, 2017

LASHKARGAH - Government officials for southern Helmand province on Tuesday vehemently denied the visit of the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah to the province. Two days back...

Afghanistan Election Plans Face Political, Technical Test

Afghanistan Election Plans  Face Political, Technical Test

October 12, 2017

KABUL - Less than a year before Afghanistan is due to hold much-delayed parliamentary elections, technical problems and political wrangling are hampering a project seen as vital to ensuring...

Govt. Takes Tangible Steps to Eradicate Corruption: Danish

Govt. Takes Tangible Steps to Eradicate Corruption: Danish

October 11, 2017

KABUL - Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh has discussed fight against corruption and implementation of national anti-corruption strategy during a meeting with US Special Inspector...

Withdrawal from Afghanistan will be Dangerous: Stoltenberg

Withdrawal from Afghanistan  will be Dangerous: Stoltenberg

October 11, 2017

KABUL - NATO Secretary General Jeans Stoltenberg has said the cost of staying in Afghanistan was higher, but the cost of walking away would be much higher. Stoltenberg, after his talks with...

Islamabad Attempting to Start Afghan Peace Process: Asif

Islamabad Attempting to  Start Afghan Peace Process: Asif

October 11, 2017

KABUL - The foreign minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif has said Islamabad is attempting to resume the Afghan peace process in a bid to end the ongoing violence in the country...

Taliban Collects 200 Million Afghanis from ‘Power Bills’ in Kunduz

Taliban Collects 200 Million Afghanis from ‘Power Bills’ in Kunduz

October 11, 2017

KABUL - The Taliban insurgent group in northern Kunduz province has received about 200 million Afghanis from power bills during the last two years, officials said. During the last two...

Afghanistan Among 14 Countries Affected by Climate Change

Afghanistan Among 14 Countries  Affected by Climate Change

October 11, 2017

KABUL - The National Environmental Protection Authority (NEPA) on Tuesday said Afghanistan was among 14 countries of the world being affected by the climate change. NEPA Head Mustafa Zahir...

ABP Have No Copters to Supply Logistics to Check-Posts

ABP Have No Copters to Supply Logistics to Check-Posts

October 11, 2017

KABUL - Afghan Border Police (ABP) has no helicopters to transfer logistic and food items to the check-posts in mountainous areas, an official said on Tuesday. ABP spokesman Safeer Mohammad...

NUG Fully Supports a Transparent Election: Abdullah

NUG Fully Supports a Transparent Election: Abdullah

October 10, 2017

KABUL – The National Unity Government (NUG) Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said at the council of ministers meeting that  government is committed to supporting a transparent...

10-Nation Kabul Meet Mulls Joint Anti-Drugs Strategy

10-Nation Kabul Meet Mulls Joint Anti-Drugs Strategy

October 10, 2017

KABUL - Representatives from 10 countries who met in Kabul on Monday discussed to devise a joint regional strategy at combating narcotics. A two-day conference hosted by the Ministry of...

Muscat to Host Afghan Peace Talks Next Week

Muscat to Host Afghan Peace Talks Next Week

October 10, 2017

KABUL - A meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) is due in Muscat, the capital of Oman, next week to discuss Afghanistan’s peace process after a long gap, an official...

Kabul Seeks Handover of 5 Top Taliban in Pakistan Jails

Kabul Seeks Handover of 5 Top Taliban in Pakistan Jails

October 10, 2017

KABUL – In an attempt to step up efforts for peace and reconciliation, Afghanistan has asked Pakistan to hand it over five top imprisoned militant commanders, a media report...

Karzai Accuses US of Aiding the ISIS Militants

Karzai Accuses US  of Aiding the ISIS Militants

October 10, 2017

KABUL - The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the US forces in Afghanistan for aiding the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group. In an interview...

Pakistan No Longer Dependent on U.S. for Military, other Needs

Pakistan No Longer Dependent on U.S. for Military, other Needs

October 10, 2017

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said Pakistan is no longer dependent on the United States to meet its military and other requirements and would reach out to...

AAF is Powerful and Unique: Nicholson

AAF is Powerful and Unique: Nicholson

October 09, 2017

KABUL – The top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan says the Afghan Air Force (AAF) is unique as only a limited number of countries have such a mighty and young force. Gen. John Nicholson...

IEC to Wrap up Review of UAE Company’s Proposal

IEC to Wrap up Review of UAE Company’s Proposal

October 09, 2017

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials said Sunday that the assessment process regarding the proposal by a UAE-based company to supply all electronic equipment for elections...

Employment Plan Not Fully Implemented: IARCSC Report

Employment Plan  Not Fully Implemented: IARCSC Report

October 09, 2017

KABUL - Of every three posts created under the Employment Strategy over the last six months, one has been filled. One of every five appointees is a woman, with youth grapping most of the positions...

Pakistan Trying to Hide Its Global Isolation: Waziri

Pakistan Trying to Hide Its Global Isolation: Waziri

October 09, 2017

KABUL – The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Sunday rejected Pakistan foreign minister’s remarks regarding the Afghan security forces, saying “the entire world has recognized Pakistan...

MRRD Executes 41,000 Projects in 3 Years

MRRD Executes 41,000 Projects in 3 Years

October 09, 2017

KABUL - The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Sunday announced executing nearly 41,000 projects at a cost of $916 million over the past three years across the county.

Gen. Raziq Confirms Taliban Chief’s Visit to Helmand

Gen. Raziq Confirms Taliban Chief’s Visit to Helmand

October 09, 2017

KABUL - The provincial police chief of southern Kandahar province Gen. Abdul Raziq confirmed the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada visited southern Helmand province nearly...

Teachers in Frontline of War on Ignorance: CEO

Teachers in Frontline of War on Ignorance: CEO

October 08, 2017

KABUL - Talking at an event marking Teacher Day in Rabia Balkhi High School in Kabul on Saturday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said: “Our teachers perform a very...

Sharing Information with the Public Can ‘Reduce Corruption’

Sharing Information with the  Public Can ‘Reduce Corruption’

October 08, 2017

KABUL - The Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish on Sunday said at a press conference in Kabul that corruption is the biggest challenge when it comes to good governance and emphasized...

Taliban Splinter Group, Govt. Reps Meet in Turkey

Taliban Splinter Group, Govt. Reps Meet in Turkey

October 08, 2017

PESHAWAR - A Pakistani newspaper quoted the unnamed ex-Taliban minister as saying the Hezb-i-Islami (Hekmatyar Group) has played a key role in mediation between the two sides. Led by Mullah Rasool...

MPs Slam Govt. Over ‘Poor War Management’

MPs Slam Govt. Over  ‘Poor War Management’

October 08, 2017

KABUL - MPs in the Wolesi Jirga said the Taliban’s ability to seize military hardware was a serious problem which was adding to the high death toll among security forces. MPs have lashed...

Taliban Decide to Soften Position against Daesh

Taliban Decide to Soften  Position against Daesh

October 08, 2017

KABUL - Taliban leader Mullah Habatullah has ordered his followers not to deal with the Islamic State (IS) fighters in an aggressive manner, a reliable security official in the southern zone...

Ghani Promises Election Security, Country’s Self-Reliance

Ghani Promises  Election Security, Country’s Self-Reliance

October 07, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday praised the valor and sacrifices of the Afghan forces in defending their country and promised efforts at ensuing security of next year’s...

Russia to Host ‘Afghan Peace Talks Meeting’ within a Week

Russia to Host ‘Afghan Peace  Talks Meeting’ within a Week

October 07, 2017

KABUL - Representative from more than 50 countries and international organizations will attend the International Contact Group’s meeting in Moscow in October 11, where they will discuss...

Partnership with Pakistan Key to Regional Stability: US

Partnership with Pakistan Key to Regional Stability: US

October 07, 2017

KABUL - After a meeting with Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif at the State Department on Wednesday, the secretary said they discussed bilateral issues as well as cooperation on combating...

NUG Committed to Delivering on Past Promises: Abdullah

NUG Committed to Delivering on Past Promises: Abdullah

October 07, 2017

KABUL - Addressing the closing ceremony of the third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Kabul on Thursday, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said the National Unity Government is committed to...

UNAMA Chief Hails NUG’s Reform Policy

UNAMA Chief Hails NUG’s Reform Policy

October 07, 2017

KABUL - The two day Senior Officials Meeting wrapped up in Kabul on Thursday where representatives of the international community reaffirmed their longstanding support to Afghanistan’s...

U.S. Troops Likely in Afghanistan for another Decade: Sen. Corker

U.S. Troops Likely in Afghanistan for another Decade: Sen. Corker

October 03, 2017

WASHINGTON - In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Republican Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker — who announced this week he plans to retire from Congress in 2018 — said...

Post US Strategy Environment Offers New Opportunities for Afghanistan: Ghani

Post US Strategy Environment Offers New  Opportunities for Afghanistan: Ghani

October 03, 2017

KABUL - In the wake of new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, the environment has changed and new opportunities have come into...