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WB Provides $22mln Grant to Private Sector

WB Provides $22mln Grant  to Private Sector

May 05, 2011

WASHINGTON - The World Bank Wednesday approved a $22 million IDA grant to help revitalize Afghanistan’s private sector. The Afghanistan New Market Development Project will pilot a business development program in the four urban centers of Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad and Herat, which are the major hubs of economic...

Afghanistan Strategy Unchanged: Hague

Afghanistan Strategy  Unchanged: Hague

May 05, 2011

LONDON - Britain's strategy in Afghanistan has not changed as a result of the death of Osama bin Laden, Britsh Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday.
But he said that the elimination of the terrorist mastermind makes it a "decisive moment" for Afghanistan, when the Taliban should be persuaded to break off links with his al-Qaida...

Laden’s Death will Not Change NATO Strategy: Rasmussen

Laden’s Death will Not Change NATO Strategy: Rasmussen

May 05, 2011

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen praised Wednesday the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden as a "significant success" in efforts to fight global terrorism.
"You may ask what does that mean to NATO and what does that mean to our mission in Afghanistan?" he asked speaking at his...

Osama Death A Shared Achievement: Grossman

Osama Death A Shared Achievement: Grossman

May 04, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan, Pakistan and United States on Tuesday pledged support for an Afghan-led reconciliation effort to bring peace, security and development to a region haunted by militancy.
After trilateral talks in Islamabad, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and US Special Representative Marc Grossman held out the pledge at a joint news conference.
With the meeting, which took place in a cordial...

Osama Death Good News for Afghans: NATO Official

Osama Death Good News for Afghans: NATO Official

May 04, 2011

JALALABAD - The new commander of NATO-led troops in the eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday said the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was good news for Afghans and Americans.
Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind behind the devastating 9/11 attacks in the United States, was killed in his luxury mansion in Abbottabad city of Pakistan.
The world's most wanted individual, the multimillionaire Saudi citizen was...

Norway Deemed Best for Moms, Afghanistan Worst

Norway Deemed   Best for Moms,   Afghanistan Worst

May 04, 2011

NEW YORK - The best place in the world to be a mom is Norway, where maternal and child mortality rates are low, women's life expectancy and years in school are high, and the average maternity leave is about one year, a new study measuring the well-being of mothers and babies shows.
Australia and Iceland join Norway at the top of 8486Save the Children's 12th...

Mullah Omar Also Hiding in Pakistan: US Senator

Mullah Omar   Also Hiding in   Pakistan: US Senator

May 04, 2011

WASHINGTON - An influential American senator has demanded the US Special Forces now target Taliban leader Mullah Omar, who is also hiding in Pakistan, for hosting the Al Qaeda chief in Afghanistan.
"Mullah Omar, who took over after the Russians left, was driven out during our invasion. We believe he's in Pakistan. I would like to capture Omar or kill him because he's the man who invited bin Laden as his guest," Senator Lindsay...

Pakistan Shielded Al-Qaeda Leader for Years: Minister

Pakistan Shielded   Al-Qaeda Leader   for Years: Minister

May 04, 2011

KABUL - The world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, was protected by the Pakistan Army and its powerful spy service, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Afghan interior minister alleged on Tuesday.
Bismillah Mohammadi said tracking down and killing the Al Qaeda leader in a compound a few hundred yards from the prestigious Kakul Military Academy...

Wardak Confirms Failed Bomber Lived in London

Wardak Confirms Failed Bomber Lived in London

May 04, 2011

KABUL - Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak confirmed on Tuesday that the bomber who tried to kill him had lived in London for six years.
A gunman in army uniform entered the defense headquarters, adjacent to the presidential palace, on April 18, and tried to kill Wardak. The man, who was also wearing a suicide vest, was killed in firefight after he fatally shot three army ...

Burial at Sea Was the Best Option: WH

Burial at Sea Was   the Best Option: WH

May 04, 2011

WASHINGTON - Burial at sea was the best option available for dealing with Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's body, the White House said on Monday. The funeral was carried out strictly in accordance with Islamic practices.
"The burial of bin Laden's remains was done in strict conformity with Islamic precepts and practices. It was prepared in accordance with the Islamic requirements. We early on made provisions for that type of burial," an ...

Tajikistan Bans 4 Big Afghan Transit Firms

Tajikistan Bans 4 Big   Afghan Transit Firms

May 04, 2011

KABUL - Tajikistan has stopped four huge Afghan transit companies operating there, Association of Afghanistan Freight Forwarder Companies (AAFFCO) said on Tuesday.
Officials in Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said Afghan transit companies were providing better services compared to companies running ...

Osama Bin Laden Killed: Obama

Osama Bin Laden Killed: Obama

May 03, 2011

KABUL- Al Qaeda's elusive chief Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind behind the devastating 9/11 attacks in the United States, was killed in his luxury mansion in Abbottabad city of Pakistan, US President Barack Obama announced. Islamabad confirmed the 'intelligence-driven military operation'.
The most wanted individual in the world, the multimillionaire Saudi citizen was killed on Sunday night during a firefight with American forces in Pakistan, Obama said in a late-night speech at ...

Osama was Murderer of Afghans: Karzai

Osama was Murderer of Afghans: Karzai

May 03, 2011

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday described Osama Bin Laden the murderer of Afghans, after the news emerged about Osama's death in an operation conducted by US forces near Pakistani capital.
President Karzai called on the Taliban to take Osama Bin Laden's death as a lesson and renounce violence.
The death of Osama Bin Laden in Abbotabad, near...

Clinton Warns Taliban 'You Cannot Wait Us Out'

Clinton Warns Taliban 'You Cannot Wait Us Out'

May 03, 2011

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the Taliban Monday "you cannot wait us out" in Afghanistan, urging the insurgents to break with Al-Qaeda after US forces killed Osama bin Laden. "Our message to the Taliban remains the same, but today, it may have even greater resonance," Clinton told reporters. "You cannot wait us out. You...

WJ Approves Budget

WJ Approves Budget

May 03, 2011

KABUL- In an expected move, the Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of Parliament -- on Monday accorded approval to the budget for the current fiscal year. The assembly twice rejected the budget due to various problems in the draft, on March 24 and April 25.
On Feb 8, Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal sent the draft budget to the...

UN, AIHRC Urge All Parties to Stop Civilian Deaths

UN, AIHRC   Urge All Parties to Stop   Civilian Deaths

May 02, 2011

ABUL - The UN mission in Afghanistan has called on all parties to "take all necessary measures to protect civilians" in the Afghan conflict in the forthcoming months.
"We call on all parties to take all possible measures to protect civilians, especially in the forthcoming months when we expect, unfortunately, intensified conflict," UN Chief in Afghanistan Staffen de Mistura said in a statement.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) views any sorts of...

Budget Set to Be Approved on Monday

Budget Set to Be   Approved on Monday

May 02, 2011

ABUL - Members of nine parliamentary commissions on Sunday approved the budget for the new financial year that commenced on March 21. The lower house, which twice rejected the draft, is expected to approve it on Monday.
Passed by the Senate, or Meshrano Jirga, the budget was rejected by the assembly, despite Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal's appeal for its early...

$100m Allocated for District Development Plans

$100m Allocated   for District   Development Plans

May 02, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development had allocated $100 million (4.539 billion Afghanis) for the implementation of development projects during the ongoing year, the minister said on Sunday. The amount had been specified for the construction of roads, bridges, water supply systems, electricity and other infrastructure development projects, Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister...

Taliban Prisoners Escaped Through Gate, Not Tunnel: Gov.t

Taliban   Prisoners Escaped Through Gate, Not Tunnel: Gov.t

May 02, 2011

KABUL - Afghan Justice Minister has said Kandahar jailbreak did not happen through tunnel, but the Taliban prisoners were helped to escape through the main gate of the jail.
There has been collaboration between Taliban detainees and Kandahar dungeon chiefs in Kandahar jailbreak, Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib has said.
Deputy Chief of Afghan intelligence has accused neighboring countries'...

Unemployment Fuelling Insecurity: Senators

Unemployment Fuelling   Insecurity: Senators

May 02, 2011

>KABUL - Some members of the Meshrano Jirga, lower house of Parliament, on Sunday identified unemployment as the main cause of insecurity in the country.
Senator Fauzia Sadat called for reviving defunct industrial units across the country to generate work opportunities for unemployed youth.
Joblessness was one of the key reasons for the youth swelling the ranks of...

Parliament Approves TAPI Gas Agreement

Parliament Approves  TAPI Gas Agreement

May 01, 2011

KABUL - Afghan lawmakers Saturday approved Turkmenistan- Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas agreement.
International Liaison Commission of the Afghan parliament viewed the agreement as an economy booster in the country and said Turkmenistan's gas flow through Afghanistan would help to strengthen business relations between the members of the projects.
A member of international liaison commission of the Afghan House of Representatives Mohammad Anwar Akbari...

Tangible Progress Made in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Tangible Progress Made in Afghanistan: Pentagon

May 01, 2011

WASHINGTON - The United States and its Afghan partners have made progress over the last six months in not just arresting the Taliban's momentum, but reversing it in a number of key areas, a senior defence official has said.
"We've taken away, we've wrested away areas that the insurgents have had under control for years in a number of cases," the...

Khalili Wants Dist Councils to Monitor Uplift Projects

Khalili Wants Dist Councils to Monitor Uplift Projects

May 01, 2011

KABUL- Second vice president, Mohammad Karim Khalili, on Saturday called for close monitoring of projects to ensure quality and better use of government resources.
Addressing the first-ever conference of newly-established district development council members, Khalili said: "Lack of a proper monitoring system is the principal reason behind low quality of ...

ISI, CIA Relationship is Almost Unworkable: Blair

ISI, CIA Relationship is  Almost Unworkable: Blair

May 01, 2011

ASHINGTON - US is shifting its terror-killer drones from Pakistan to Afghanistan after Islamabad asked it to shut down UAV bases on its territory, but America has vowed to continue hitting militants based in Pakistan's tribal areas.
Pakistan has asked CIA to remove its personnel from the Shamsi airbase, about 350 km southwest of Baluchistan's capital Quetta, where some of the drones are based, 'New York Times' reported quoting senior ...

Miliband Calls for Council on Regional Stability

Miliband Calls for  Council on Regional Stability

May 01, 2011

ASHINGTON - Former British foreign secretary David Miliband, saying one cannot rely solely on the High Peace Council, has called for the creation of a council on regional stability to bring all players together on one platform.
"I think internally we can't just...

Afghan War in New Phase, with New Team

Afghan War in New Phase,  with New Team

April 30, 2011

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama Thursday charged his reshaped national security team with managing a "new phase" in the long war in Afghanistan -- the struggle to put Afghans in charge of their own security.
Obama nominated CIA boss Leon Panetta as defense secretary, veteran diplomat Ryan Crocker as ambassador to Kabul and chose Lieutenant General John Allen as the new Afghan war commander, refashioning his security brain...

Kabul Bank’s Corrupt Shareholders Named

Kabul Bank’s Corrupt Shareholders Named

April 30, 2011

KABUL - Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank Abdul Qadir Fitrat on Wednesday named some of Kabul Bank shareholders who were allegedly involved in misusing clients' deposits.
Despite risks, the stakeholders were named to resolve the crisis, Fitrat told the Wolesi Jirga -- the lower house of the Parliament, which summoned him to explain the story of Afghanistan's largest...

Russia Supports Afghan Peace Process

Russia Supports Afghan  Peace Process

April 30, 2011

KABUL - Russia's Special Representative to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulove on Friday supported the ongoing peace effort and pledged his country's cooperation in this regard.
During a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, he agreed with President Hamid Karzai on strengthening trade cooperation between the neighboring counties.
The Afghan president and his Russian counterpart had pledged to boost trade links at a meeting in Moscow five months ago, Karzai's office said...

Mujahidin Victory Day Marked Without Parade

Mujahidin Victory Day Marked  Without Parade

April 30, 2011

KABUL - Despite elaborate preparations, the 19th anniversary of Mujahidin's Victory Day was celebrated without the traditional military parade and other high-profile events in Kabul on Thursday.
A coup by the Soviet-backed Communist Party on April 27, 1978 saw the collapse of President Muhammad Daud Khan's government.
Daud's assassination paved the way...

Afghan Violence Rises Amid Troop Surge: Pentagon

Afghan Violence Rises  Amid Troop Surge: Pentagon

April 30, 2011

WASHINGTON - A surge of foreign troops into Afghanistan has dealt a blow to the Taliban insurgency but total violence has risen since last fall, the Pentagon said on Friday.
The Pentagon, in a twice-annual report to the U.S. Congress, said the increase in overall security incidents, which includes roadside bombs, direct fire and other violent acts, was due in part...

WB Oks $50m for Telecom Sector

WB Oks $50m  for Telecom Sector

April 30, 2011

KABUL - The World Bank (WB) has approved a $50 million grant to help the Afghan government expand connectivity, mainstream the use of mobile applications and support the development of the local information technology industry.
The individual development account (IDA) is meant for the Afghanistan Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Sector Development Project that builds...

Afghan Transition Strategy to Continue: NATO

Afghan Transition  Strategy to Continue: NATO

April 30, 2011

BRUSSELS - NATO is congratulating Gen. David Petraeus on his nomination as CIA head, saying its forces in Afghanistan will continue implementing his strategy of handing control to local security forces.
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday the 150,000-strong NATO force "has seen many successes under his command."
Petraeus has said advances in Taliban strongholds have given NATO the initiative. The transition to...

EU Envoy, AKDN and MAIL Representatives visit EU-funded Biotechnology Laboratory

EU Envoy, AKDN  and MAIL Representatives visit EU-funded  Biotechnology Laboratory

April 30, 2011

KAUBL - The European Union Special Representative and Head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan, Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas, the AKDN Diplomatic Representative Aly Mawji and the Deputy Minister, Abdul Ghani Ghuriani, of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock paid a visit to the Plant Biotechnology Laboratory in Badam ...

Washington Reviews Pak-Afghanistan Strategy

Washington Reviews Pak-Afghanistan Strategy

04/27/2011

KABUL - US President Barack Obama reviewed the US strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan with his top national security and intelligence officials.
The review session was attended by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, UN ambassador Susan Rice, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and James Clapper, Obama's director of national intelligence, Vice President Joe Biden, the top US Commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan, General David ...

Paktia Governor Survives Blast

Paktia Governor  Survives Blast

04/27/2011

GARDEZ - Three policemen and a civilian were injured in a bomb attack on Governor Juma Khan Hamdard's vehicle in the southeastern province of Paktia, an official said on Tuesday.
The roadside bomb went off at 8:30a.m, wounding three gubernatorial guards and a passerby, but the governor escaped unhurt, Khan's spokesman Roohullah Samoon told Pajhwok Afghan...