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Latest Drone Strike Kills 5 in Waziristan

Latest Drone Strike Kills 5 in Waziristan

October 16, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Five suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired several missiles into Pakistan's lawless tribal region of south Waziristan, near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Saturday.
The CIA-operated drone fired nine missiles hitting a compound in the ...

32 Tons of Spurious Drugs Destroyed

32 Tons of Spurious Drugs Destroyed

October 16, 2011

KABUL - Thirty-two tons of substandard and expired medicines were buried in central Kabul province on Saturday, the acting public health minister ...

Pakistan Has A Big Stake in Afghan Outcome: US

Pakistan Has A Big Stake  in Afghan Outcome: US

October 15, 2011

WASHINGTON - Pakistan has a huge stake in the outcome of the Afghan conflict, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday, underscoring that the US could not dispense with its relationship with Islamabad, which must be part of the Afghan solution. "Everybody knows Pakistan has a big stake in the outcome of what goes on across their border, and they are going to be involved one way or the ...

Kayani Meets Allen, Pak- Afghan Border Issues Discussed

Kayani Meets Allen, Pak- Afghan Border  Issues Discussed

October 15, 2011

RAWALPINDI - General John Allen, Commander International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) called on Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Thursday. The visiting dignitary remained with him for some time and discussed measures aimed at improving cross border coordination and procedures ...

Karimov to Attend International Meetings on Afghanistan

Karimov to  Attend International Meetings on  Afghanistan

October 15, 2011

BAKU - Uzbek President Islam Karimov has agreed to attend two international conferences on Afghanistan later this year, Radio Liberty report on Friday. Karimov met on October 11 with visiting U.S. and German special representatives on Afghanistan - Marc Grossman and Michael ...

Bamyan is the First Province to Undertake Large Scale Survey

Bamyan is the First Province to Undertake Large Scale Survey

October 15, 2011

BAMYAN - The Central Statistics Organization of Afghanistan (CSO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday completed data collection in Bamyan province for Socio-Demographic & Economic Survey (SDES). Over 500 residents of Bamyan have been employed and trained to become data collectors for what will be a large-scale ...

India, Afghanistan Sign Capacity Development MoU

India,  Afghanistan  Sign Capacity  Development MoU

October 15, 2011

NEW DEHLI - Afghanistan and India on Wednesday entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for implementation of a twinning arrangement for public sector capacity development in Afghanistan. The signing of the treaty follows the high profile visit of President Hamid Karzai last week, when the two nations forged a strategic partnership ...

Afghanistan Benefits to Build Relations in the Region: Grossman

Afghanistan Benefits  to Build Relations in the  Region: Grossman

October 15, 2011

KABUL - US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman during a visit to India on Wednesday said the more Afghanistan builds relations with regional countries the more it ends up beneficial to the country. During his visit to New Delhi, Grossman met with a number of senior Indian officials, including India's Foreign Secretary Ranjan ...

Russia Supports Extension of ISAF Mandate in Afghanistan

Russia Supports Extension of ISAF Mandate in  Afghanistan

October 15, 2011

MOSCOW - Russia has backed the UN Security Council's decision to extend the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. "We believe that the extension of the ISAF mandate will facilitate stabilization in the country in close cooperation with the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, advancement ...

US Open to Afghan Peace Deal Including Haqqani

US Open to Afghan Peace Deal Including Haqqani

October 13, 2011

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday signaled the United States remains open to exploring a peace deal including the Haqqani network, the militant group that US officials blame for a campaign of high-profile violence that could jeopardize Washington's plans for withdrawing smoothly from Afghanistan.
'Where we are right now is that we view the Haqqanis and other of their ilk as, you know, being adversaries and being very dangerous to ...

UNSC Extends Authorization of ISAF Presence

UNSC Extends Authorization of ISAF Presence

October 13, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - The Security Council on Wednesday extended the authorization of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for one more year, until October 13, 2012, and welcomed steps taken to gradually transfer lead role in the security sector to ...

Barakzai’s Case to Be Investigated: Karzai

Barakzai’s Case to Be  Investigated: Karzai

October 13, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, through Wolesi Jirga's speaker, has asked female lawmaker Samin Barakzai, who has been on hunger strike for more than a week, to choose two representatives to investigate her case, Ibrahimi said on Wednesday.
Semin Barakzai, 32 years old from the western Herat province, had won ...

Zarif Appointed as UN SRSG to Kosovo

Zarif Appointed as UN SRSG to Kosovo

October 13, 2011

NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed FaridZarif of Afghanistan as his Special Representative for Kosovo and head of the United Nations mission there, the UN announced ...

Afghanistan’s Vast Mineral Deposits Could Lift it Out of Poverty

Afghanistan’s Vast  Mineral Deposits Could Lift it Out of Poverty

October 13, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan has rich seams of minerals, worth up to $3 Trillion (tn), but systems to ensure transparency and control of revenue flows must quickly be put in place in the extractive sector For all the column inches and hours of negotiations spent discussing Afghanistan's recent past, present and future, one of the most pressing ...

315 Illegal Armed Groups Still Exist in North: Official

315 Illegal Armed Groups Still  Exist in North: Official

October 13, 2011

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - As many as 315 illegal armed groups are still active in some northern provinces, an official said on Wednesday.
A senior official with the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) program, Gen. Abdul Manan, who delivered 22 weapons to the program officials, said nearly 185 such groups out of 500 have been disarmed in ...

ISAF Inaction on Pakistani Attacks Criticized

ISAF Inaction on Pakistani Attacks Criticized

October 13, 2011

KABUL – Afghan Ministry of Defense on Wednesday criticized international troops for taking no action to prevent cross border attacks from Pakistan into Afghanistan.
However, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says the ...

2nd Phase of Security Transition to Begin Soon: NATO

2nd Phase of Security Transition to Begin Soon: NATO

October 12, 2011

KABUL - In order to initiate the second phase of the security transition to Afghan forces, the process of assessing the capability of local forces has been completed and more provinces in this regard would soon be identified, NATO said on Tuesday. NATO's civilian representative's spokesman, Dominic Medley, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had consulted with Afghan officials and members of the Joint Afghan-NATO Inteqal Board and suggestions and advises discussed during their meetings had been presented to ...

Honest Pakistan Needed for Afghanistan’s Stability: Ludin

Honest Pakistan Needed for Afghanistan’s Stability: Ludin

October 12, 2011

KABUL - Afghan deputy foreign minister on Tuesday said Pakistan's role for regional peace was vital and the country should honestly work for Afghanistan's stability.
"Since the Taliban lack freedom to talk with the Afghan government, therefore the peace process is not successfully moving forward and the Afghan government has changed its policy in this ...

Opium Production Shows Increase, Prices Set to Rise

Opium Production Shows Increase, Prices Set to Rise

October 12, 2011

KABUL/VIENNA – Opium poppy-crop cultivation in Afghanistan reached 131,000 hectares in 2011, 7 per cent higher than in 2010, due to insecurity and high prices, said the 2011 Afghan Opium Survey released Tuesday by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) and the United ...

UN’s Report on Torture of Prisoners Rebuffed

UN’s Report on Torture  of Prisoners Rebuffed

October 12, 2011

KABUL - The interior ministry on Tuesday rejected as unfounded a UN report that accused Afghan officials of using torture while investigating suspected militants kept in some detention centers.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday issued a report, saying it had interviewed 379 prisoners from 22 ...

Pakistan Offers Afghanistan Intelligence in Rabbani’s Killing

Pakistan Offers Afghanistan  Intelligence in Rabbani’s Killing

October 12, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Tuesday offered intelligence sharing to Afghanistan for its investigation into the assassination of the former Peace Council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani. Gilani told reporters in Quetta that Pakistan had been shocked at the murder of Rabbani, also a former president of Afghanistan, and offered ...

ANP Use Torture to Extract Detainee Confessions: UN

ANP Use Torture to Extract Detainee Confessions: UN

October 11, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's internal security service and police use torture and other abusive methods to extract confessions from suspected insurgents held in a number of detention centers around the country, according to a report today by the United Nations mission in Afghanistan.
Interviews over the past year with 379 detainees at 47 facilities found "a compelling pattern and practice of systematic torture and ill-treatment" at a number of centers, the UN study ...

U.S. Afghan Policy Stokes AIDS Problem: Russia

U.S. Afghan Policy Stokes AIDS Problem: Russia

October 11, 2011

MOSCOW - The United States is aggravating the HIV/AIDS problem in Russia and the West by refusing to use its forces to destroy opium crops in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on ...

Afghanistan Worst Place for Children

Afghanistan Worst Place for Children

October 11, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan has been engaged with more than 30 years of war with thousands of civilians killed or injured since 2001. It is under these conditions that children are at extreme risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. The children of Afghanistan are growing up in one of the least developed countries in ...

Barakzai Vows to Continue Hunger Strike

Barakzai Vows to Continue Hunger Strike

October 11, 2011

KABUL - Unseated Wolesi Jirga member, Samin Barkazai, who has been on hunger strike for last nine days on Monday vowed to continue her strike, saying the president and high-ranking government officials would be responsible for her death.
Barakzai was among nine sitting MPs expelled from parliament for ...

Khost Women Ask Govt.to Save Barakzai from Dying

Khost Women Ask Govt.to  Save Barakzai from Dying

October 11, 2011

KHOST CITY - A number of women in southeastern Khost province on Monday asked the government to save from dying Samin Barakzai, who has been on hunger strike over the past one week seeking her reinstatement as lawmaker.
Barakzai was among nine sitting Wolesi Jirga members disqualified by ...

Challenges Remain Despite Reduced Rebel Attacks: ISAF

Challenges Remain  Despite Reduced Rebel  Attacks: ISAF

October 11, 2011

KABUL - The NATO-led ISAF spokesman on Monday said although insurgent attacks have reduced compared to last year, still Afghanistan is facing several challenges.
"The most severe challenges are group attacks by anti-government militants, who use roadside bombs," Carsten Jacobson told a news ....

EU Concerned Over Mistreatment of Detainees

EU Concerned Over Mistreatment of Detainees

October 11, 2011

KABUL - The European Union (EU) is deeply concerned by the allegations of mistreatment of conflict-related detainees in some Afghan detention facilities detailed in a UN report released on Monday, the union ...

Pak Army Kills 30 Afghan Insurgents in Border Clash

Pak Army Kills  30 Afghan Insurgents  in Border Clash

October 11, 2011

KABUL - Pakistani troops killed 30 Afghan militants who crossed the border and attacked the army, military officials said on Monday. The group of more than 200 Afghans conducted the raid on Sunday evening. The incident may further damage the already difficult relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which often accuse each ...

Barna Karimi Named Afghan Envoy to Canada

Barna Karimi Named Afghan Envoy to Canada

October 11, 2011

KABUL - Barna Karimi has been nominated as Afghan ambassador to Canada by President Hamid Karzai through a presidential decree, an official said on Monday. His nomination as ambassador to Canada was proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and approved by the president, Tamana Faramoz, ...

Govt. Seeks Pak Help in Stalled Peace Process: WP

Govt. Seeks Pak Help in Stalled Peace Process: WP

October 10, 2011

ISLAMABAD - With prospects for peace talks at a new low, the Afghan government is attempting to resuscitate negotiations with a seemingly contradictory approach: publicly bashing the Pakistanis for supporting the Taliban while at the same time asking for their help, Washington Post (WP) reported on Sunday.
In a series of recent speeches and interviews, President Hamid Karzai has sought to balance inflammatory remarks that Pakistan is fighting a ...

Failed Candidates Want the Court’s Decision Enforced

Failed Candidates Want the Court’s Decision Enforced

October 10, 2011

KABUL - The losing candidates on Sunday staged a protest demonstration in Kabul, asking the government to implement the Special Election Court's decision on last year's parliamentary poll results.
The demonstrators, carrying two coffins inscribed with "law and justice", gathered in Pashtunistan area of the downtown and ...

Warlords Pressure Local Officials to Legalize Land-Grab

Warlords Pressure Local Officials to Legalize Land-Grab

October 10, 2011

KABUL - Warlords are using threats to pressure municipal officials to fraudulently prepare ownership documents for the lands that they have already grabbed in Baghlan province, a local mayor said this week.
Dozens of acres of land had been grabbed in Pul-i-Khumri by the strongmen, who are forcing municipal officials to give them ownership ...

Julian Assange Leads Afghanistan Protest in London

Julian Assange Leads  Afghanistan Protest in London

October 10, 2011

LONDON - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and socialite Jemima Khan led a protest in London Saturday against the war in Afghanistan, 10 years after the United States and Britain went to war against the Taliban.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends a Stop the War rally in Trafalgar Square, central London October 8, 2011. The rally is timed to ...

11 Rebels Dead, 19 Held in Security Operations

11 Rebels Dead, 19 Held in Security Operations

October 10, 2011

KABUL - Eleven armed insurgents were killed, 19 others arrested and one wounded during joint operations by Afghan and foreign forces in difference provinces, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday.
Featuring Afghan Nation Police (ANP), Afghan National Army (ANA) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) members, the ...