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Dr. HussainYasa Chairman AMRC Released

Dr. HussainYasa Chairman AMRC Released

July 25, 2012

KABUL - The Chairman of Afghanistan Media and Research Center (AMRC),( Dr. HussainYasa, who was mysteriously abducted from Kota Sangi( neighborhood in Kabul on Monday noon released on Tuesday evening. According to AMRC sources, he( has been abducted by National Directorate of Security (NDS) for( criticizing government policies.
(A National Directorate of Security (NDS) official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity Dr. Hussain Ali Yasa, has been released ...

Obama Vows Responsible End to Afghan War

Obama Vows Responsible End to Afghan War

July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON - Pledging to finish the job in Afghanistan and end the war responsibly, US President Barack Obama has reiterated that the process of security transition to Afghan forces would be completed by 2014.
With Osama bin Laden dead and Al Qaeda on the road to defeat, Obama ...

Senators Blast Karzai Govt. for Lack of Clear Trade Policy

Senators Blast Karzai Govt. for Lack of Clear Trade Policy

July 25, 2012

KABUL - Afghan senators described the Karzai government's trade policy with Pakistan as equally poor as its diplomatic policy with the neighboring country, calling for the trade problems faced by Afghan businesses to be ...

Situation in Afghanistan Discussed in Astana

Situation in Afghanistan Discussed in Astana

July 25, 2012

ASTANA - The situation in Afghanistan was discussed during the meeting between Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov and senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs of the National Security Council of the United States Alice Wells, Kazakh Foreign Ministry said ...

Afghanistan Demands List from Diplomats in Anti-Graft Fight

Afghanistan Demands List from Diplomats in Anti-Graft Fight

July 25, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan has asked major Western backers and diplomats to furnish a list of contractors they use with close ties to top Afghan officials as part of efforts to crack down on rampant corruption worrying international ...

Govt. Should Disclose Details of Afghan-US Security Deal: Abdullah

Govt. Should Disclose Details of  Afghan-US Security Deal: Abdullah

July 24, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's government should provide exact details about the Afghan-US security deal to be signed within the year to ensure it in the national interest, head of opposition party National Coalition Abdullah Abdullah said.
The Afghan government will soon begin negotiations with the US government over a security agreement which may boost US military ...

Security Personnel Behind Unrest: MPs

Security Personnel  Behind Unrest: MPs

July 24, 2012

KABUL - Some members of the Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Monday blamed Afghan soldiers and policemen for complicity in the current unrest, but the Ministry of Interior ...

Chinese DM Holds Talk with Afghan Counterpart

Chinese DM Holds Talk with Afghan Counterpart

July 24, 2012

BEIJING - Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie held talks Monday with his Afghan counterpart Abdul Rahim Wardak and pledged to boost military ties between the two ...

Karzai Asks Berlin for Help with Taliban Talks

Karzai Asks Berlin  for Help with Taliban Talks

July 24, 2012

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has asked the German government for a renewed attempt in the difficult task of mediating peace talks with the Taliban. SPIEGEL has learned that Karzai asked German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle for help getting the Taliban back to the negotiating table on the sidelines of ...

Cabinet Orders more Work on Mining Law

Cabinet Orders more  Work on Mining Law

July 24, 2012

KABUL - The Council of Ministers believes the proposed mining law needs more work for reasons of clarity and improvement, the Presidential Palace said on Monday.
President Hamid Karzai, who chaired the Cabinet meeting, directed Minister of Justice Habibullah Ghalib to work more on the draft law, a ...

US Afghan Drawdown Halfway Done: Gen. Allen

US Afghan Drawdown  Halfway Done: Gen. Allen

July 23, 2012

KABUL - The top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan said Sunday that this year's pullout of 23,000 American troops is at the halfway mark. But he cautioned against putting too much emphasis on the drawdown, saying that foreign troops will fight through 2014 when the NATO combat mission ends — and beyond.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, U.S. Gen. John Allen said Afghan Security Forces were increasingly taking the lead but needed more confidence in planning and executing ...

WB Gives $125m Grant to Repair Rural Roads

WB Gives $125m Grant to Repair Rural Roads

July 23, 2012

KABUL - The Ministry of Finance and the World Bank on Sunday signed a $125 million grant, funded by the bank's International Development Association, to rehabilitate rural infrastructure destroyed during years of conflict. The project includes maintenance of secondary and tertiary rural ...

Afghan Social Media War Steps Up with New Campaign

Afghan Social Media War  Steps Up with New Campaign

July 23, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's intensifying war by social media has stepped up a notch with free speech activists launching a campaign using Twitter and Facebook to fight wide confusion over competing NATO and Taliban claims, as well as looming government media ...

India to Provide 600 University Scholarships to Afghans

India to Provide 600 University Scholarships to Afghans

July 23, 2012

KABUL - India will offer 600 scholarships to Afghan students over the next five years in the fields of agriculture, civil service and forestry, the UN Development Program (UNDP) said Sunday.
An agreement between Afghanistan's Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and ...

Pak-Afghan Trade Transit Deal Extended to Tajikistan

Pak-Afghan Trade Transit  Deal Extended to Tajikistan

July 23, 2012

ISLAMABAD - In a landmark development, Pakistan and Afghanistan on Saturday agreed to extend the Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade Transit Agreement (APTTA) to Tajikistan in what will be the first step for the establishment of a North- South trade corridor. The countries concerned ...

Kabul to Decide Troops’ Withdrawal: US Envoy

Kabul to Decide Troops’  Withdrawal: US Envoy

July 22, 2012

"The process of withdrawal is already underway, and no deadline has been set for its completion," the US envoy said here in an exclusive chat with The News the other day in a banquet Afghan President Hamid Karzai hosted in the honor of visiting Prime Minister of Pakistan Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.
The ISAF's American commander, General Allen, was also present. The feast was also attended by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, Lt General Zaheerul Islam, and a number of other ..

US Not in Afghanistan to Fight Terrorism: Iran

US Not in  Afghanistan  to Fight  Terrorism: Iran

July 22, 2012

TEHRAN - A senior Iranian official says US presence in Afghanistan is aimed at controlling Russia and China, harassing Pakistan and expanding American influence in Central Asia.
"The Americans came to the country with the aim of controlling Russia and China, harassing Pakistan, expanding its influence in the ...

Afghanistan Visit was Successful: Pak PM

Afghanistan Visit was Successful: Pak PM

July 22, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf Friday said that his visit to Afghanistan was truly successful as it provided an opportunity to reiterate Pakistan's unequivocal support for the political peace and reconciliation process which was Afghan-led and ...

Military Facilities to Be Created in Sheberghan

Military Facilities to  Be Created in Sheberghan

July 22, 2012

KABUL - The general commander of Afghanistan public order says the construction of large and equipped facilities for military trainings will start in Sheberghan. Gen. Zemaray Paikan, the general commander of Afghanistan public order, said if the necessary land is provided, the work on creation of these ...

US Shifts 2,353 Inmates to Afghan Control

US Shifts 2,353 Inmates  to Afghan Control

July 22, 2012

KABUL - So far 2,353 prisoners held at the notorious Bagram detention center in central Parwan have been shifted to Afghan custody since the signing of an agreement on transferring the prison to local authorities, the Ministry of Defense said on ...

Leaders Reiterated Commitment to Fight Terrorism

Leaders Reiterated  Commitment to Fight Terrorism

July 19, 2012

KABUL - Afghan efforts to negotiate with the Taliban need Islamabad's help if they are to be successful, the leaders of Afghanistan, Britain and Pakistan emphasized on Thursday, following three-way talks in Kabul.
British leader David Cameron and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for the first time, as British and NATO combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan in 18 months' time.
During the talks, Karzai reiterated the "urgency" of a ...

US Lawmakers Pass Defense Bill; Afghan War Slammed

US Lawmakers  Pass Defense Bill;  Afghan War Slammed

July 19, 2012

KABUL - Following two days of a heated debate on the war in Afghanistan, American lawmakers on Thursday okayed a $606 billion defense budget for 2013, media reports said.
Although members slammed the conflict as a sheer waste of lives and ...

Frank Talks with Ashraf to Yield Results: Karzai

Frank Talks with Ashraf  to Yield Results: Karzai

July 19, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said he had held candid and frank discussions with Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on ways of combating the scourge of terrorism in the region. He hoped the negotiations would be result-oriented.
In response to an invitation from Karzai, the ...

‘Massive’ Govt. Changes to Begin Saturday or Sunday: Karzai

‘Massive’ Govt. Changes to Begin Saturday or Sunday: Karzai

July 19, 2012

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he will announce the promised "massive changes" to his government on Saturday or Sunday, on the back of state visits from both Britain and Pakistan on Thursday.
In a press conference with UK Prime Minster David Cameron, Karzai stressed that the changes to his government would happen ...

Success in Afghanistan is not Dependent on Taliban Deal: Cameron

Success in Afghanistan is not  Dependent on Taliban Deal: Cameron

July 19, 2012

KABUL - Success in Afghanistan is not dependent on a deal with the Taliban - but it would help, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday.
In an exclusive interview with Tolonews in Kabul, Cameron said that if the Taliban fail to join a peace process they will be defeated ...

Pakistan and Afghanistan are Two Natural Allies: Ashraf

Pakistan and  Afghanistan are Two Natural Allies: Ashraf

July 19, 2012

KABUL - A new building for the Pakistan embassy, named the Quaid-i-Azam Complex, was inaugurated in Kabul on Thursday, the embassy said.
Visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf opened the new building in the Kart-i-Parwan neighborhood in the presence of Afghan ministers and political ...

Taliban Reluctant to Start Dialogue with Afghan Government

Taliban Reluctant to Start Dialogue with Afghan Government

July 17, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban are willing to resume talks with the US under certain circumstances but are reluctant to begin dialogue with the Karzai administration, a Taliban source told Pakistan's Daily Times Newspaper.
After the Tokyo conference, efforts to convince the Taliban to talk with the Afghan government were ramped up with Pakistan taking a major role in this regard, according to a spokesman for Pakistan's Foreign office Abdul ...

Work on Salma dam to continue, promises India

Work on Salma dam to continue, promises India

July 17, 2012

HERAT CITY (PAN): An Indian diplomat on Monday reaffirmed New Delhi’s commitment to continuing work on the Salma dam -- one of the mega friendship projects India is implementing in western Herat province.
An Indian newspaper reported on July 14 that the project, which ...

Int’l Community will Stand by Afghanistan Beyond 2024: Crocker

Int’l Community will Stand by Afghanistan Beyond 2024: Crocker

July 16, 2012

KABUL - US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker said Sunday that his country and the international community will stand by Afghanistan beyond 2024.
Speaking in a press conference in Kabul, the outgoing ambassador said that Afghanistan faces many challenges ahead, but the major achievements that have been made cannot be ignored.
"Afghanistan is still facing security, economic, development and organizational structure challenges; but we should not ignore our past achievements," Crocker told ...

Lodin Seeks Public Support for War on Graft

Lodin Seeks Public Support for War on Graft

July 16, 2012

KABUL - High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) head Azizullah Lodin on Sunday said the fight against graft could succeed only when security problems were overcome and the general public supported the drive.
Addressing a gathering on the HOOAC's effectiveness in Kabul, Lodin ...

Council of Ministers Still to Discuss AISA Officials Claims

Council of Ministers Still to Discuss AISA Officials Claims

July 16, 2012

KABUL - The upcoming Council of Ministers session will decide about the resignation of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) officials and their claims of rife corruption in the agency, the presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi told TOLOnews on Sunday.
"The issue [of corruption] is still a claim by the seven staff ...

Iran Legalizes A Million Afghans

Iran Legalizes A Million Afghans

July 16, 2012

KABUL - More than a million Afghan refugees living with their families in neighboring Iran have been issued with passports as part of the first phase of their identification and registration process, an official said on Sunday.
The process that began on March 21 had concluded on June 21, Ministry ...

Views on Media Law Submitted to Ministry

Views on Media Law Submitted to Ministry

July 16, 2012

KABUL - A media-support organization on Sunday submitted journalists' suggestions for amending a draft mass media law to the Ministry of Information and Culture, officials said.
Stressing the freedom of the press, Nai asked the deputy minister of information to amend the proposed law based ...

Release of Taliban Inmates Merely Strengthens the Insurgency: ANF

Release of Taliban Inmates Merely Strengthens the Insurgency: ANF

July 15, 2012

KABUL - Releasing insurgents from prisons is strengthening the "trenches" of the Taliban, Afghanistan National Front chairman, Ahmad Zia Massoud, said Saturday.
Speaking at the "Woman's Rights in Society" conference in Kabul, Massoud spoke of the recent government move to release 79 suspected insurgents from two prisons, saying it would only lead to great insecurity in the country.
"The government has an interest in the insurgent groups. Which ...

UNOCHA Concerned Over Afghanistan’s Future

UNOCHA Concerned Over Afghanistan’s Future

July 15, 2012

KABUL - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is concerned over the future of Afghanistan as ongoing conflict and natural disasters continue to affect the country, a UN spokesman told reporters here on Friday.
"OCHA says Afghans are facing an uncertain future, despite ...