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US Welcomes Pak-Afghan Joint Military Group

US Welcomes Pak-Afghan Joint Military Group

July 13, 2011

>WASHINGTON - The United States welcomed the formation of a joint military working group by Afghanistan and Pakistan to address recent incidents along the border.
"We call on both sides to continue to engage cooperatively to lower tensions on the border and to ensure the protection of the local...

Parliament Wants its Decision Implemented

Parliament  Wants its Decision Implemented

July 13, 2011

KABUL - Parliament on Tuesday once again called on the government to implement its no confidence votes against the Supreme Court's chief justice, five other judges and the Attorney General.
The lower house of parliament last month passed a vote of no confidence against Attorney General Mohammad Ishaq Alako after he failed to appear...

1,000 Troops to Leave Afghanistan By 2012: Sarkozy

1,000 Troops to Leave  Afghanistan By 2012: Sarkozy

July 13, 2011

KABUL - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said during a visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday that France would pull out 1,000 troops by the end of 2012, as it speeds up its withdrawal alongside the United States. In a surprise five-hour trip, Sarkozy met President Hamid Karzai, had a working lunch with General David Petraeus, the top U.S....

Reaction to Death of Ahmad Wali Karzai

Reaction to Death of Ahmad Wali Karzai

July 13, 2011

KABUL - Ahmad Wali Karzai, a brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and one of the most powerful but controversial men in southern Afghanistan, was shot dead at his home on...

Wali Karzai shot dead

Wali Karzai shot dead

July 12, 2011

Ahmed Wali Karzai, brother of President Hamid Karzai, Head of Kandahar Provincial Council and one of the most powerful men in southern Afghanistan, found dead in his house, Kandahar governor spokesman and a family member said on Tuesday."I confirm that Ahmad Wali was killed inside his house," Zalmay Ayoubi, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province said. Wali Karzai was shot dead by his bodyguard, Sardar Mohammad, Ayoubi said, according to the ...

Petraeus: Taliban have Less Capacity; Degraded Somewhat

Petraeus: Taliban have Less Capacity;  Degraded Somewhat

July 12, 2011

KABUL - Just days away from the end of his tour as the supreme military commander in Afghanistan, and the end of a 37-year military career, Gen. David H. Petraeus said he was leaving in the belief that his plan to turn around the war and hand over security to the Afghans could be achieved. "It is very hard, but it is doable," he said in his last scheduled interview before his departure this month. "A number of different elements have to keep coming together to achieve our objectives. Again, we are...

Azizi Bank on the Verge of Collapse: MPs

Azizi Bank on the Verge of Collapse: MPs

July 12, 2011

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga members on Monday claimed they had credible information that another private bank, Azizi Bank, was on the verge of collapse due to mismanagement.
Azizi Bank has been operating in Afghanistan for five years. "I have information showing the bank is in crisis," Abdul Zahir Qadir, a lawmaker from eastern Nangarhar province, told the...

Taliban Aim to Sabotage Afghan Transition: UK Military

Taliban Aim to Sabotage Afghan Transition: UK Military

July 12, 2011

LASHKARGAH - Taliban insurgents are trying to sabotage a security handover in the capital of Afghanistan's violent southern Helmand province, but Afghan police and troops can protect the city after a year of preparation, British army commanders say. The late July handover will be a formality, that will make "no difference at all" on a day-to-day basis as Afghans have been in ...

Polio Vaccination Drive Begins in East

Polio Vaccination Drive Begins  in East

July 12, 2011

JALALABAD - A three-day polio eradication campaign aimed at 722,000 children under five years of age got under way in eastern provinces on Sunday, officials said.
The campaign is an initiative of the Ministry of Public Health in eastern Kunar, Nuristan, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces, the director of public health department in Nangarhar, Dr. Baz Mohammad Sherzad, told ...

MPs Criticize New Commission Over Electoral Tensions

MPs Criticize New Commission  Over Electoral Tensions

July 11, 2011

KABUL – Wolesi Jirga on Sunday in an statement expressed objection to the new commission's evaluation of an initiative with six articles of Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC), that is made by President Karzai. The representatives warned that no one has the right to change the final result of Parliamentary elections. The House of Representatives has sent a message to Inter-parliamentary Union Office to support the legitimacy of the house. MPs said...

US-Afghan Strategic Talks Enter Second Phase

US-Afghan  Strategic Talks  Enter Second Phase

July 11, 2011

KABUL - Talks for a strategic agreement between the US and Afghan government have begun under a wider framework compared to first phase of talks, a top official in Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The first round of talks for a strategic agreement between Afghanistan and the United States was focused on enduring partnership ...

Turkish Airlines Begins Afghan Flights

Turkish Airlines  Begins Afghan  Flights

July 11, 2011

KABUL - Afghan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation on Sunday said that "Turkish Airlines" has for the first time begun to fly to Afghanistan. Turkish Airlines will fly to Afghanistan three times a week, Afghan officials said. Afghan officials added that Turkey has committed that will continue ...

Al-Qaeda’s Defeat “Within Reach”: Panetta

Al-Qaeda’s Defeat “Within Reach”: Panetta

July 10, 2011

KABUL - New U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday, saying he believed the strategic defeat of Al-Qaeda was within reach if the United States could kill or capture up to 20 remaining leaders of the core group and its affiliates. Panetta, on his first trip since taking over the Pentagon on July 1, told reporters before arriving in Kabul that now was the time -- in the wake of the May killing of Osama bin Laden -- to intensify efforts to target Al-Qaeda's ...

Pests Cause Crop Damage in Bamyan

Pests Cause  Crop Damage in Bamyan

July 10, 2011

BAMYAN CITY - Farmers of Koh Mard district in the central province of Bamyan are concerned about the spread of pests that are causing damages to their crops and orchards. The agricultural pests have spread through their farms in the past two weeks, they said. Their harvests and orchards could be seriously ...

Afghanistan, Denmark Sign MoU on Closer Political Cooperation

Afghanistan, Denmark Sign MoU on Closer  Political Cooperation

July 10, 2011

KABUL – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on political cooperation was signed between Afghan government and the Kingdom of Denmark at the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saturday afternoon. The MoU was signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin and Mr. Anders Cresten Damsgaard, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to ..

Arghandiwal, Zakhilwal Call for A Proper Strategy for Economy

Arghandiwal, Zakhilwal Call for A Proper Strategy for Economy

July 10, 2011

KABUL - Afghan Economy Minister on Saturday told parliamentarians that the government should have an accurate strategy for the country's economy. On Saturday Economy and Finance ministers were summoned to the House of Representatives over a skyrocketing increase in food and fuel prices. Economy Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal sees trade transition ...

UN Welcomes Parliamentary Vote Results Announced By IEC

UN Welcomes  Parliamentary Vote  Results Announced By IEC

July 10, 2011

>KABUL - Ban Ki-moon's special representative to Afghanistan has once again welcomed the former results of parliamentary elections announced by Independent Election Commission (IEC).
In response to a letter from Afghan House of Representatives, UN Special envoy to Afghanistan Staffan de Mistura wrote that the UN once...

Afghan, Pakistan Forces Agree on More Border Talks

Afghan, Pakistan  Forces Agree on More  Border Talks

July 10, 2011

KABUL – Military officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to hold more high-level talks to defuse a row over a series of attacks across their porous border, the Afghan defence ministry said Saturday. Officials from both militaries and from the United States met Thursday in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar to discuss a spike ...

World Must Assure it Won’t Abandon Afghanistan: Mistura

World Must Assure it Won’t Abandon Afghanistan: Mistura

July 09, 2011

KABUL - As security transition to Afghan security forces is on track, the international community must reassure that it will not abandon Afghanistan, top UN envoy to Afghanistan said. Staffan de Mistura, UN special representative to Afghanistan, told the UN Security Council Afghans are worried that they will be forgotten by the world once again. "I know that's not our intention, certainly not of the UN," AP news agency quoted de Mistura as saying.
"I think from the international point of view ...

Fitrat Faces Charges Over Kabul Bank

Fitrat Faces Charges Over Kabul Bank

July 09, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan attorney general's office says it's prosecuting the former governor of the central bank who has fled Afghanistan amid allegations that he played a role in the Kabul Bank scandal. Deputy Attorney General Rahmatullah Nazari says that Abdul Qadir Fitrat and other officials at the central bank will be legally prosecuted. He said ...

Police in Kamdish Under Siege: Badr

Police in Kamdish Under Siege: Badr

July 09, 2011

JALALABAD - Nuristan governor Jamaluddin Badr on Thursday said border police in Kamdish district have been besieged and, with only 160 policemen, are unable to secure the province's 70-kilometre border with Pakistan. In a telephonic interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the governor said ...

US House Approves $649 Bln for Defense

US House Approves $649 Bln for Defense

July 09, 2011

WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives voted on Friday to approve $649 billion in defense spending next year, overcoming opposition from war-weary lawmakers seeking to curb U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Libya. The measure, approved 336-87 in the Republican-dominated House, would raise the Pentagon's base budget for the 2012 fiscal year beginning on ...

US General Confident of Achieving Stability By 2014

US General Confident of  Achieving Stability By 2014

July 09, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - A top American general based in Afghanistan on Wednesday exuded confidence about the troop drawdown beginning this summer. "I believe the transition is on track and we can achieve sufficient stability across Afghanistan by 2014, with the troops redeploying as scheduled," Lt. Gen David Rodriguez, Commander of ...

Karzai Mulls Election Body Plan to Solve Poll Dispute

Karzai Mulls  Election Body Plan to  Solve Poll Dispute

July 07, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's election body has presented a 6-point plan to President Hamid Karzai in a bid to end a standoff between the incumbent and the country's lower house that has thrown the country into political crisis, presidential palace spokesman said on Wednesday.
Last month, a special poll court set up by Karzai threw out results in about a quarter of the seats in the assembly, raising fears of a showdown between the president and

Gilani, Karzai Voice Concern over Militants’ Activities

Gilani, Karzai Voice Concern over Militants’ Activities

July 07, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani telephoned President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday and expressed Pakistan's serious concern over the activities of militants along Pakistan-Afghan border, especially in Dir, Bajaur, Mohmand on the Pakistan side and Kunar on the Afghan side. The Prime Minister conveyed to President ...

No Peace Talks in Place with Anyone: Taliban

No Peace Talks  in Place with  Anyone: Taliban

July 07, 2011

KABUL - The Taliban on Wednesday said they had not held talks with anyone, including the US, about the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, except about prisoner exchanges. "Once again the West is spreading false propaganda that talks with the Taliban to resolve the conflict are taking place," the insurgents said in a statement. It said the...

MPs Carry Guns into Parliament

MPs Carry Guns into Parliament

July 07, 2011

KABUL - Some parliamentarians are carrying guns to sessions after the special election court disqualified 62 lawmakers in the 349-seat parliament. The special election tribunal was created to probe into allegations of fraud during last year's parliamentary elections. The court found ...

British Prime Minister David Cameron: Taliban Could Have Future in Government

British Prime Minister David Cameron: Taliban Could Have  Future in Government

July 06, 2011

KABUL - British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday Taliban could have a future as part of a government, as former militants did in Northern Ireland, but warned that those who did not lay down arms risked being killed. Speaking alongside President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Cameron said Britain would also step up aid to Afghanistan as troops were gradually withdrawn and unveiled plans for a new British Sandhurst-style academy to train Afghan army officers. "I've seen...

Karzai Wants 17 Poll Candidates Introduced to Parliament

Karzai Wants 17  Poll Candidates  Introduced to Parliament

July 06, 2011

>KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has sent a list of 17 disgruntled candidates from last year's election to the election commission to be seated. Wolesi Jirga after a special court disqualified 62 sitting MPs, a reliable source told Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday. The election commission has secretly sent a copy of the list to United ...

Female MPs Brawl in Wolesi Jirga

Female MPs Brawl in Wolesi Jirga

July 06, 2011

KABUL - An ugly brawl erupted in parliament between two female Afghan MPs on Tuesday after a row seemingly about one of the vice-presidents and ending only when shocked colleagues pulled them apart. Ex-army general Nazifa Zaki, dressed in casual black Afghan dress and head scarf, began arguing with fellow MP Hamida Ahmadzai and then threw...

Special Tribunal Verdict Unconstitutional: FEFA

Special Tribunal Verdict  Unconstitutional: FEFA

July 05, 2011

KABUL - The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Monday said the special court for electoral complaints had exceeded its mandate and issued an illegal verdict.
FEFA initially welcomed the special court when it appeared that its members were operating within the legal framework of pursuing electoral fraud and criminal charges. But FEFA Executive Director Jan Dad Spinghar told ...

Karzai Meets US Senator

Karzai Meets  US Senator

July 05, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai met with a delegation from the US Senate to discuss the long-term strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the US, officials said Monday. A statement issued by the Presidential Palace said that Karzai was joined by US Senator John McCain, ranking member of the US Senate Armed...

Parliament Wants to Sever Diplomatic Ties with Pakistan

Parliament Wants  to Sever Diplomatic Ties with Pakistan

July 05, 2011

KABUL - Parliament called on President Hamid Karzai's administration to sever diplomatic ties with Pakistan over continuing cross-border attacks in the eastern provinces, and pledged unwavering support of any retaliatory action taken by the government. According to Afghan Border Police, over the past two months Pakistani forces have fired missiles, rockets and artillery shells into eastern ...

Iran to Seal Porous Afghan Border By 2015

Iran to Seal Porous  Afghan Border By 2015

July 05, 2011

TEHRAN - Iran will completely seal off its eastern borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan by 2015 to prevent drug smuggling and infiltration of armed groups, media quoted the police chief as saying Saturday. About 90 percent of Iran's eastern borders have already been sealed," Arman newspaper quoted General Esmaeil Ahmadi Moghaddam ...

Troop Drawdown is Unnecessary Risk: Sen. McCain

Troop Drawdown  is Unnecessary Risk:  Sen. McCain

July 04, 2011

WASHINGTON - A prominent US Republican senator said Sunday the Obama administration is taking an unnecessary risk in drawing down the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Arizona Sen. John McCain said none of the U.S. military commanders has recommended the drawdown. President Barack Obama has ordered a troop reduction of 10,000 by the end of the year and another 23,000 by September 2012. The Marine general who is expected to carry out the president's ...