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Parliament Delays Summer Recess

Parliament Delays  Summer Recess

June 06, 2011

KABUL- Parliament on Sunday announced a 15-day delay in its summer recess to let President Hamid Karzai finalize his long-awaited list of Cabinet choices for a vote of confidence from lawmakers.
Karzai was expected to send on Saturday the list of ministers-designate and other high-ranking officials of independent...

Success is the Only Real Option in Afghanistan: Gates

Success is the Only Real Option in Afghanistan: Gates

June 05, 2011

KABUL - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived on his final trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief on Saturday, acknowledging Americans have grown tired of war but warning that success was imperative because failure would be the most costly result.
Gates, who steps down as U.S. defense secretary at the end of June, said in remarks en route to Afghanistan that continued military pressure on the Taliban could improve prospects for political reconciliation talks, but he also appeared to leave open the...

Militant Groups Ready for Peace Talks: Rabbani

Militant Groups Ready for Peace Talks: Rabbani

June 05, 2011

KABUL- The High Peace Council has held talks on reconciliation with all opposition groups in a bid to halt the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, the panel's chief told Parliament on Saturday.
Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani who, along with other members of the peace body, was summoned to the lower house, informed lawmakers that the groups had evinced an interest in joining the peace...

Karzai Fails to Keep Promise on Cabinet Picks

Karzai Fails to Keep Promise on Cabinet Picks

June 05, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has once again failed to keep his promise of sending a complete list of cabinet choices to the Wolesi Jirga, lower house of Parliament, for a vote of confidence.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi informed the house on Saturday the president had phoned him that since the list was still being prepared,...

US Supports Project to Improve Labor Laws

US Supports Project to  Improve Labor Laws

June 05, 2011

KABUL – The U.S. Department of Labor has funded a three-year project to strengthen labor law and administration in Afghanistan. The program was launched by the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MOLSAMD) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations agency dealing with work and work-related...

Afghans Turning Against Insurgents: ISAF

Afghans Turning  Against Insurgents: ISAF

June 04, 2011

WASHINGTON - Local Afghans are increasingly turning against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, a top International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) official has said.
It was reflected in information being given by Afghans against the extremist groups, ISAF Joint Command Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Michael Krause said on Wednesday.
There had lately been a significant increase in the number of foreign fighters sneaking into...

Pentagon Hails Indian Help to Afghan Forces

Pentagon Hails  Indian Help to  Afghan Forces

June 04, 2011

WASGHINGTON - The US Department of Defense has welcomed a report about India's pledge to provide help for strengthening Afghan security forces.
"We do not have any specifics on this, but if this is about helping to train Afghan national security forces, that is a positive thing," a Pentagon spokesman said on...

India to Phase Out Duty on Imports From Afghanistan

India to Phase Out Duty on  Imports From Afghanistan

June 04, 2011

NEW DELHI - India will allow duty-free imports from Afghanistan over a five-year period, giving almost all products from that country zero-duty access to the Indian market.
The scheme will be implemented over a period of five years through 20-per cent tariff reduction on the current applied rates each year.
This is part of the government's economic package for least...

Zardari for Strong Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Contacts

Zardari for Strong Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Contacts

June 04, 2011

ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday stressed for frequent exchange of parliamentary delegations between Pakistan and Afghanistan and urged for forging stronger links among women parliamentarians in the two countries. Talking to a delegation of Afghan women parliamentarians at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad,...

India to Help Strengthen Afghan Security Forces

India to Help Strengthen Afghan  Security Forces

June 02, 2011

NEW DELHI - India is committed to building strengthening Afghan security forces, Defence Minister AK Antony assured his visiting Afghan counterpart Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak on Wednesday.
During hour-long delegation-level talks, Antony said as a longstanding friend of the Afghan people, India remained "fully committed" to supporting that country in its reconstruction and development efforts.
He conveyed New...

Despite Warning, Karzai Knows U.S. is an Ally: Gates

Despite Warning, Karzai Knows U.S. is an Ally: Gates

June 02, 2011

HONOLULU - President Hamid Karzai recognizes that the United States is a friend and ally even as he warns that civilian casualties in Afghanistan risk making U.S.-led troops appear to be an occupying force, U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday.
Gates, who spoke to reporters in Hawaii while en route to an Asian...

McDonough Emphasizes U.S. Commitment to Afghanistan, Central Asia Politics

McDonough Emphasizes U.S. Commitment to Afghanistan, Central Asia Politics

June 02, 2011

>WASHINGTON - U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough traveled to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan during the last four days of May to underscore the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan and to a long-term relationship with Central Asia, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said on Wednesday.
In Afghanistan, McDonough held meetings in Kabul with U.S. and...

US House Proposes $13b for Afghan Security Forces

US House Proposes $13b for Afghan Security Forces

June 02, 2011

WASHINGTON - The US House Appropriations Committee a draft Defence appropriations bill, allocating $13 billion for training and equipping of Afghan security forces in 2012.
Released on Tuesday, the draft bill also includes $475 million for Afghan Infrastructure Fund during the fiscal year ending on September...

US Becoming an ‘Occupying’ Force: Karzai

US Becoming an  ‘Occupying’ Force: Karzai

June 01, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai warned Tuesday that the US-led foreign military in Afghanistan risks becoming an "occupying force" if air strikes which cause civilian casualties continue. In some of his strongest remarks yet, Karzai harked back to Afghanistan's long history of "dealing with occupying forces" such as the Soviet Union and reiterated that bombing the homes of ordinary Afghans was now "banned."
The outspoken comments came after he issued a "last warning" on Sunday to foreign forces over civilian casualties,...

Attacks on Houses ‘Necessary’: NATO

Attacks on Houses  ‘Necessary’: NATO

June 01, 2011

KABUL - A NATO spokesperson says attacks on houses in Afghanistan are necessary and will continue, despite Afghan President Hamid Karzai's assertion that he will no longer permit them to take place.
Karzai took a hardline stance Tuesday against NATO airstrikes on houses, following an attack over the weekend that claimed the lives of women and...

Better Ties with Pakistan Needed for Peace: Karzai

Better Ties with Pakistan Needed for Peace: Karzai

June 01, 2011

KABUL - Friendship and lasting cooperative ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan are the way forward for regional stability and peace, President Hamid Karzai has said. "Please take a message of deepest love from Afghanistan to Pakistan," Karzai told visiting lawmakers on the conclusion of the 5th round of Pak-Afghan Parliamentarians Dialogue in Kabul. The Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and...

Merkel, Singh Discuss Afghanistan and Fight Against Terror

Merkel, Singh Discuss  Afghanistan and Fight Against Terror

June 01, 2011

NEW DELHI - Visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday reviewed regional security and pledged to work together against terrorism and promote stability in South Asia. The situation in Afghanistan with a projected withdrawal of NATO forces by 2014 and the efforts to engage with sections of the...

Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz: Nighttime Raids to Continue

Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz: Nighttime Raids to Continue

May 31, 2011

KABUL - Despite President Hamid Karzai's orders for an immediate stop to nighttime raids, the NATO-led force said on Monday it would go ahead with the operations. On Sunday, Karzai issued a final warning to NATO-led troops over civilian deaths -- hours after 14 non-combatants were killed in a new airstrike in southern Helmand province. The fatalities resulting from a raid in Nawzad district included women and children, said the governor's spokesman Daud Ahmadi....

KB Audit to Start Next Week: Fitrat

KB Audit  to Start Next Week: Fitrat

May 31, 2011

KABUL - An audit about the issue of country's biggest private-sector financial institution, Kabul Bank, would start next week, the central bank governor announced on Monday. Funded by Canada and the United Kingdom, the audit would be completed in six months, Da Afghanistan Bank chief Abdul Qadir Fitrat told a news conference in...

Legislators Lose Patience with Acting Ministers

Legislators  Lose Patience with  Acting Ministers

May 31, 2011

KABUL - A number of Wolesi Jirga members said on Monday that activities of acting ministers were illegal and called for pressurizing the government to replace them with immediate effect. Last year, Parliament endorsed a law allowing acting ministers to run some ministries for a month to give the president time to complete...

EU Ambassadors Met with Members of the Wolesi Jirga

EU Ambassadors  Met with Members  of the Wolesi Jirga

May 31, 2011

KABUL - Head of the European Union Delegation in Afghanistan and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Vygaudas Usackas together with the ambassadors of EU Member States met on Monday, with the members of the Wolesi Jirga Administrative Board, the heads of parliamentary committees and the Secretary General of the Wolesi Jirga. "The...

President Hamid Karzai: US-Led Operations “Arbitrary” and Unnecessary

President Hamid Karzai: US-Led Operations  “Arbitrary” and Unnecessary

May 30, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai called on the US military on Sunday to avoid operations that kill civilians, saying it was his "last warning" to Washington after 14 people allegedly died in an air strike. Reacting to the alleged deaths of 10 children, two women and two men in an air strike on Saturday in the southern province of Helmand, Karzai said such incidents were "murdering of Afghanistan's children and women."
"The president called this incident a great mistake and the...

Mujaddedi to Head Preparatory Body for Loya Jirga

Mujaddedi to  Head Preparatory Body for Loya Jirga

May 30, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has appointed Sibghatullah Mujaddedi as head of a preparatory commission for an upcoming Loya Jirga on strategic cooperation with the US. The traditional jirga would be held to take a decision on signing the strategic cooperation pact between Afghanistan and the US, a government-run news agency reported on Sunday. Mujaddedi, the...

New Kandahar Police Chief Vows Reforms

New Kandahar  Police Chief  Vows Reforms

May 30, 2011

KANDAHAR - Border police commander for the southern region, Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq, took charge as new police chief for Kandahar province on Sunday. Replacing the slain police chief, Khan Mohammad Mujahid, Raziq assumed charge at a ceremony at the governor's house.
The ceremony was attended by foreign and Afghan security officials,...

Turkmenistan to Increase Power Export to Afghanistan

Turkmenistan to  Increase Power Export  to Afghanistan

May 30, 2011

KABUL - Turkmenistan has agreed to considerably increase the export of electricity to Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said on Sunday. Currently on a visit to the neighboring country, President Hamid Karzai signed four agreements with his Turkmen counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The agreements envisage power, railway, cultural and trade...

We Had Prior Info about Bomb Assault: Taqwa

We Had Prior Info about Bomb Assault: Taqwa

May 30, 2011

KABUL - The government had prior information regarding the suicide attack on his office in Taloqan, the capital of northern Takhar province, the governor said on Sunday. They had received an intelligence tip about the attack and the bomber's mobile phone number Abdul Jabbar Taqwa told a press conference, a day after the brazen...

Gen. Dawood Killed in Suicide Attack

Gen. Dawood  Killed in Suicide Attack

May 29, 2011

KABUL - Four people including two top Afghan police officials were killed in a suicide attack in northern Takhar province on Saturday, local officials said.
Local official said that Gen. Dawood Dawood, commander of 303rd Pamir Zone in northern Afghanistan and another unnamed police official have been killed in the attack. The incident happened while Gen. Dawood was having a meeting with other officials in governor's compound.
"Gen. Dawood, commander of 303rd ...

Turkmens Lend Afghanistan Economic Support

Turkmens Lend  Afghanistan Economic Support

May 29, 2011

ASHGABAT - President Hamid Karzai traveled to neighboring energy-rich Turkmenistan on Saturday on a trip aimed at drumming up regional support for his struggling nation's economic future.
Talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov concluded with a tentative agreement to construct a railway linking the two...

NATO Should Stop Night Raids: Karzai

NATO Should Stop  Night Raids: Karzai

May 29, 2011

KABUL – President Hamid Karzai ordered on Saturday that only Afghan forces may carry out special operations and night raids, and not NATO troops — an effort meant to stymie popular anger over the international troops' nighttime assaults that he said kill civilians.
President Karzai's announcement also said the international...

Afghan Forces to Get Warplanes, Armored Vehicles

Afghan Forces  to Get Warplanes,  Armored Vehicles

May 29, 2011

KABUL - Under recent agreements, Afghanistan will receive 79 helicopters, aircraft and nearly 500 armored vehicles in the near future, the defense minister said on Saturday.
Russia has signed a contract with the US Army to deliver 21 MI-17 helicopters to Afghanistan, Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak told the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of the Parliament.
Flanked by Minister of Interior Bismillah Mohammadi and intelligence

Russia Voices Concerns Over Situation in Afghanistan

Russia Voices Concerns Over Situation in Afghanistan

May 28, 2011

MOSCOW - The situation in Afghanistan may be aggravated by the withdrawal of the international coalition from the country, a Russian diplomat said Thursday. "The beginning of the transfer of control from NATO forces to Afghan authorities will step up tensions, and the situation is degrading constantly," Zamir Kabulov, the special presidential envoy to Afghanistan told reporters.
He said that Afghan forces have not been prepared to assume responsibility for the country's...

Reconciliation Process Should Be Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned: Gilani

Reconciliation Process Should Be Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned: Gilani

May 28, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday said the reconciliation process should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned to usher lasting peace in Afghanistan. He observed that the only way forward in Afghanistan is through building of Afghan institutions which will bring stability on the long term basis. The...

India, Afghanistan Ink Culture Pact

India,  Afghanistan Ink Culture Pact

May 28, 2011

NEW DEHLI - India and Afghanistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote the arts and cultural heritage of Afghanistan.
The MOU was signed here by India's Culture Minister Kumari Selja and Afghanistan's Information and Culture Minister Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, the culture ministry said in a statement Friday. The tentative areas of...

Pakistan Offers Scholarships to Hundreds of Afghans

Pakistan Offers Scholarships  to Hundreds  of Afghans

May 28, 2011

>KABUL - Hundreds of Afghan students would be leaving for Pakistan between July and December on fully-funded scholarships for graduate and post-graduate studies, the Pakistani ambassador said on Friday.
As many as 729 Afghans have been offered scholarships in the fields of medicine, engineering, information technology, business...

Pakistan Key to Diminishing Insurgency in Afghanistan: Kerry

Pakistan Key to  Diminishing Insurgency in Afghanistan: Kerry

May 26, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan could play a crucial role to decrease insurgency in Afghanistan, Senator John Kerry said during a hearing on regional security on Tuesday. While chairing a hearing to examine the current threat posed by al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has said it requires a persistent diplomacy "to convince the Pakistani military leaders that the real threat to their sovereignty comes not from its eastern border...