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Indian Group Awarded3 Blocks at Hajigak

Indian Group Awarded3 Blocks  at Hajigak

November, 29 2011

KABUL - The Afghan government has awarded the rights to develop three blocks of the huge Hajigak iron ore concession in central Afghanistan to a consortium led by the Steel Authority of India, an official at the Ministry of Mines said on Monday. Policy director Abdul Jalil Jumriany said rights to a fourth block at ...

NATO Missile Shield Threatens Afghanistan Cooperation: Kremlin

NATO Missile Shield Threatens  Afghanistan Cooperation: Kremlin

November, 29 2011

MOSCOW - Russia may stop cooperating with NATO over Afghanistan if the alliance continues with a planned European missile shield, a senior Kremlin official said on Monday.
"If our (NATO) partners do not react to our concerns on missile defense ... we will have to link them with other matters," said Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to NATO, at a strategic planning ...

Kabul Expects Long Term Aid Pledges

Kabul Expects Long Term Aid Pledges

November, 29 2011

KABUL - The Afghan government expects a renewal of a strong long-term cooperation pledge from the international community at the 2nd Bonn Conference, officials said on Monday.
A government delegation is to leave for Germany this week to firm up the agenda for the conference, scheduled for Dec. 5. Comprised of ...

Pakistan Gives US 15 Days to Vacate Base

Pakistan Gives US  15 Days to Vacate Base

November, 28 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Sunday conveyed to her US counterpart Hillary Clinton Pakistan's "deep sense of rage" over a deadly ISAF airstrikes, hours after Washington was asked to vacate a military base in Balochistan.
Violation of international law and Pakistan's sovereignty, attacks like Saturday's air raid on a military outposts that left at least 25 soldiers dead in the Mohmand tribal region were "totally ...

Clinton, Panetta Monitoring Post-Raid Situation

Clinton, Panetta Monitoring Post-Raid Situation

November, 28 2011

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Defense Secretary Leon Panetta are closely monitoring the situation in the region as its relationship with Pakistan hit a new bump with the killing of 26 Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border NATO airstrike. Indeed, the State Department and the Department of Defense issued an ...

Germany Backs Taliban Talks in Afghanistan

Germany Backs Taliban  Talks in Afghanistan

November, 28 2011

BERLIN - Germany's foreign and defense ministers called on Sunday for the Taliban to be included in Afghanistan peace talks, ahead of a major international conference for the war-ravaged country next month. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that negotiations with the ...

Afghan-US Agreement Not to Be Signed Before Bonn: MoFA

Afghan-US Agreement Not to Be Signed Before Bonn: MoFA

November, 28 2011

KABUL - Afghan-US strategic agreement will not be signed before the second Bonn conference on Afghanistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Sunday.
A spokesman for the MoFA, Janan Musazai, said that no exact dates have been fixed for the agreement to be signed, but that talks between Afghanistan and the United States on the recommendations of the ...

Japan Pledges $17m to Improve Food Safety

Japan Pledges $17m to  Improve Food Safety

November 28, 2011

KABUL - Japan has promised $17 million to improve food safety in Kabul and Bamyan provinces. The money will be channeled through the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to improve irrigation in the two provinces, the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water ...

ANSF to Take Lead in More Provinces: Karzai

ANSF to Take Lead in More Provinces: Karzai

November, 28 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Saturday approved a second list of areas, home to half the nation's population, where Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) will soon start taking the lead from foreign troops. The handover, expected to begin by early next year, is the second ...

Senators Call for Giving Women Due Rights

Senators Call for Giving Women Due Rights

November, 28 2011

KABUL - A number of Meshrano Jirga, upper house of Parliament, members on Sunday called for giving women their due rights as enshrined in the Shariah. "Women are given their due rights by Islam and the relevant Shariah law be enforced," said Deputy Chairman of Senate ...

Photo Exhibition Organized in Ghor

Photo  Exhibition  Organized in Ghor

November 28, 2011

CHAGHCHARAN - A photo exhibition -- "New Afghanistan through Afghan Eyes" -- was held in the western province of Ghor, officials said on Sunday. The exhibition was organized on Saturday afternoon by the Photojournalism Center, with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the US Embassy in ...

SAARC Agree to Curb Human Trafficking

SAARC Agree to Curb Human Trafficking

November, 27 2011

KABUL - The fourth technical meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) concluded in Kabul on Saturday with the adaptation of a six-point agreement on preventing human trafficking in member states. The two-day meeting, which discussed measures to combat human trafficking and ensure the welfare of woman and children, was attended by representatives ...

More Students to Be Sent Abroad: Karzai

More Students to Be  Sent Abroad: Karzai

November, 27 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Saturday said efforts were underway to double until next year the number of Afghan students receiving education abroad.
Speaking to members of the recent Loya Jirga from Daikundi, Bamyan, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni and Kabul provinces, Karzai said his government would also double budget for the purpose from the current $5 million ...

Nabeel, Delawari Win Trust Vote

Nabeel, Delawari Win Trust Vote

November, 27 2011

KABUL - Eng. Rahmatullah Nabeel was confirmed as National Directorate of Security (NDS) director-general on Saturday, winning 208 votes from Wolesi Jirga, lower house of Parliament, members.
A dozen lawmakers voted against President Hamid Karzai's nominee for the spy chief, who appeared before the assembly for a vote of ...

Opposition View Must for Bonn Conference: Abdullah

Opposition  View Must for Bonn  Conference: Abdullah

November 26, 2011

KABUL - Change and Hope party on Thursday welcomed the second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan's future, saying opposition's views should have been included in the government's agenda.
Led by the Afghan government, the conference, slated for Dec. 5 in Germany, will confer on the country's future, regional cooperation, security transition, signing long-term agreements and the peace process.
Among other issues, the conference will review the progress made in ...

Moon Appoints Kubis New Afghan Envoy

Moon Appoints Kubis New  Afghan Envoy

November, 26 2011

KABUL - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday named Slovak diplomat Ján Kubiš as his new envoy to Afghanistan, a challenging post that will be changing hands for the third time in four years. Staffen De Mistura will complete his assignment as the UN special representative and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in ...

KB Bailout Cost to Be Recouped: Delawari

KB Bailout Cost to  Be Recouped: Delawari

November 26, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai's choice as Afghanistan's new central bank governor says the state may recover 80 percent of the $850 million it has spent to bail out the country's biggest commercial lender. Noorullah Delawari, who headed Da Afghanistan Bank from 2004 to 2007, has been chosen by Karzai to return to the post, said the president's ...

Mode of MPs Selection for Conference Opposed

Mode of MPs Selection  for Conference Opposed

November 26, 2011

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga members on Thursday said the selection of lawmakers for participation in the second Bonn Conference through the toss was against the Constitution and undermined the Parliament.
On Wednesday, the lower house decided that four MPs would take part in the upcoming conference, due on December 5. Some members suggested ...

We’re En Routeto Deliver Afghanistan Strategy: British CDS

We’re En Routeto Deliver  Afghanistan Strategy: British CDS

November, 26 2011

KABUL - The Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS), General Sir David Richards, has said in an interview that in ten years time we will all agree the war in Afghanistan was necessary. General Richards gave an interview about UK operations in Afghanistan to The Times newspaper published. In the piece, CDS spoke about the ...

Success of Afghan War May Not Be Known Until 2020

Success of Afghan War May Not Be Known Until 2020

November 26, 2011

LONDON - Britain will eventually be proud of its role in the Afghanistan war but it could be another decade before its gains are realized, the head of Britain's armed forces said in an interview published in Timeson Thursday. General Sir David Richards, the chief of the defense staff, admitted tactical mistakes had been made but that he had "every ...

Russia Averse to US Bases in Afghanistan

Russia Averse to  US Bases in Afghanistan

November, 24 2011

KABUL - Russia said on Wednesday it believed that a long-term foreign military presence in Afghanistan would not help maintain security in a region haunted by the twin scourge of terrorism and narcotics.
On Saturday, the traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation pact with the US concluded with the release of a 76-article declaration, recommending the creation of American bases in the country for a ...

Security Report Ready for Submission to President

Security Report  Ready for Submission to President

November, 24 2011

KABUL - A 150-page draft report on overall security and measures to control the situation would be submitted soon to President Hamid Karzai, the Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday.
The draft envisages the lead role for the Afghan National Army (ANA) in ensuring national security, the ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir ...

Foreign Donors Donate $40m to Help Drought Victims

Foreign Donors  Donate $40m to Help Drought Victims

November, 24 2011

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock said that the international community has donated $40 million to fight winter food shortages resulting from drought in Afghanistan.
The money will be used to provide food to people in northern provinces - including Badakhshan, Ghor, Samangan and Takhar - which ...

Afghanistan will Need Billions in Aid for Years to Come: WB

Afghanistan will  Need Billions in Aid for Years to Come: WB

November, 24 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan could face economic collapse if international assistance is abruptly cut as foreign combat forces are withdrawn, the World Bank warned, stressing that the war-ravaged nation will need billions of dollars in aid for a decade or more. The forecast by the World Bank, released late Tuesday, reflects broader concerns that Afghanistan will enter into a deep recession as ...

Law Protecting Women Has ‘Long Way to Go’: U.N.

Law Protecting Women Has ‘Long Way to Go’: U.N.

November, 24 2011

KABUL - Afghan authorities are failing to enforce the law to protect women from murder, beating, rape and other violence and being sold into marriage and prostitution, the United Nations said on Wednesday. U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) revealed in a report that only a small number of cases of violence against women have been ...

Afghanistan Needs Afghan Owned, Inclusive Reconciliation: Pakistan

Afghanistan Needs  Afghan Owned, Inclusive Reconciliation: Pakistan

November, 24 2011

UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan has called for an "Afghan-owned and inclusive" reconciliation process towards durable peace as it told the world diplomats that pulling Afghanistan out of decades-old troubles depends on sustained cooperation of the international ...

Govt. Ready to Resume Negotiations with Taliban

Govt. Ready to  Resume Negotiations with Taliban

November, 24 2011

KABUL - Senior official says talks will restart on condition that insurgents establish a political office first The Afghan government is prepared to resume negotiations with the Taliban despite the assassination of its chief peace envoy, Burhanuddin Rabbani, the senior ...

US Republicans Differ on Pace of Pullout from Afghanistan

US Republicans Differ on Pace of Pullout from Afghanistan

November, 24 2011

WASHINGTON - Two top Republican presidential candidates clashed over the pace of withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, reflecting a lack of consensus in the main American opposition party.
Republican presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, supported the view of commanders on the ground regarding a timetable to withdraw 30,000

Ahmadzai, Wardak Officials Discuss Security Transition

Ahmadzai, Wardak Officials Discuss Security Transition

November, 24 2011

MAIDAN SHAHR - The Security Transition Commission chairman on Wednesday discussed the second phase of the switch with officials and influential figures in central Maidan Wardak province.
Foreigners could not maintain Afghanistan's security and there would be no improvement in the situation as long as Afghans themselves did ...

Foreign Troop Presence Should Not Alarm Neighbors: NATO

Foreign Troop Presence Should Not Alarm Neighbors: NATO

November 23, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's neighbors should not be concerned about the long-term presence of foreign troops in the country, NATO said Tuesday.
NATO spokesman Dominic Medley stressed that delegates at the Traditional Loya Jirga had agreed over the weekend that any long-term pact with the US would be on the condition that no operations would be launched against any third country from Afghan soil.
"NATO has always said that Afghanistan's neighbors have nothing to fear from the presence of ISAF troops ...

Afghanistan Needs Support During Transition: UN

Afghanistan Needs Support During Transition: UN

November 23, 2011

WASHINGTON - Reiterating its commitment toward establishing long-term peace in the country, the UN General Assembly has urged the international community for continued support to Afghanistan during the transition phase. Unanimously adopting a resolution at the end of its annual debate on ...

Ban, Karzai Discuss New UN Envoy’s Appointment

Ban, Karzai Discuss New UN Envoy’s Appointment

November 23, 2011

KABUL - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon phoned President Hamid Karzai to discuss the appointment of his new representative in Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday.
The two leaders discussed the issue late night on Monday. The tenure of ...

Senate Approves 3 Pacts with Foreign Countries

Senate Approves 3 Pacts  with Foreign Countries

November 23, 2011

KABUL - The Meshrano Jirga, upper house of Parliament, on Tuesday approved three agreements with Iran, Russia and Tajikistan. The draft accords sent to the house on Tuesday had been approved, said members of the Senate Foreign Affairs ...

EU Pledges $2m to Help Feeds Afghans

EU Pledges $2m  to Help Feeds  Afghans

November 23, 2011

KABUL - The European Union said it will give $2 million in food aid to help people in drought-stricken areas in northern provinces.
Using non-governmental organizations on the ground, the EU will disburse money directly or via cash-for-work schemes to help the local ...

Afghanistan Producing More Opium: Official

Afghanistan Producing More Opium: Official

November 23, 2011

AGRA - Delegates taking part in a four-day conclave of heads of drug law enforcement agencies here voiced concern over the increase in the area under opium cultivation in Afghanistan.
This produce will eventually find markets through various conduits including the Maldives and Nepal, they ...