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Chamkani Remains Paralysed for Second Day

Chamkani Remains Paralysed for Second Day

November, 13 2011

GARDEZ - Government offices and the bazaar in Chamkani district of southeastern Paktia province remained closed for a second day after a brazen suicide and gun attack on a government building.
Three policemen were killed when a group of five Taliban suicide bombers attacked the headquarters of Samkani district on Thursday near ...

100 Hectares of Kunduz Forests Lost in 3 Years

100 Hectares of Kunduz Forests Lost in 3 Years

November, 13 2011

KUNDUZ CITY - Agriculture officials say forest spread over more than 100 hectares of land in northern Kunduz province has been lost in just past three years due to illegal cutting of trees by residents and gunmen.
Kunduz has around 40,000 hectares of forests containing fruit and non-fruit bearing trees in Imam Sahib, Qala-i-Zal, Chahar Dara and ...

Bamyan Inmates Complain About Overcrowding

Bamyan Inmates Complain About Overcrowding

November, 13 2011

BAMYAN CITY- Prisoners at an overcrowded jail in central Bamyan province complain they are unable to sleep well at night due to a lack of space. Nearly 200 men are held at the facility housed in a rented building in the Sar-Asiab area of Bamyan city. Hailing from Bamyan, Daikundi and Maidan Wardak provinces, the inmates are serving their jail terms for committing crimes such as ...

US, Pak Militaries Agree on Terms to Control Afghan Cross Border Attacks

US, Pak Militaries Agree on Terms to Control Afghan Cross Border Attacks

November, 13 2011

ISLAMABAD - Military chiefs of the US and Pakistan met on Friday and agreed to increase cooperation to curtail cross-border movement of terrorists on the Pak-Afghan border.
A statement issued after a meeting between Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and General James N Mattis, Commander US ...

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November, 13 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan removed restrictions on the import of 12 goods from India as part of measures to normalize trade between the nuclear-armed rivals, Pakistani officials said on Saturday.
Pakistan has long been reluctant to open up trade with its neighbor ...

171 MPs Intend to Attend Loya Jirga

171 MPs Intend to Attend Loya Jirga

November, 13 2011

KABUL - The number of Wolesi Jirga members, intending to take part in this month's Loya Jirga, has reached 171, but still others MPs stand firm on their previous decision of staying away from the event.
More than 2,000 government officials and elders are scheduled to meet on November 16 in Kabul to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed ...

New Coalition; National Front Comes into Being

New Coalition; National Front Comes into Being

November, 12 2011

Kabul, November 11, 2011 : A new political coalition consists of strong parties and figures announced its presence among the hundred of its supporters. Yesterday, Ahamd Zia Massoud, the ex senior vice president and the brother of legendary commander of anti soviet and Taliban commander, Hahi Mohammad Mohaqiq, the leader of People's Unity Party of Afghanistan, General Abdur Rashid Dostum, the founder of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan (Junbish), Amrullah saleh, the ...

Obama Seeks to Hitch U.S. Economy to Asian Growth

Obama Seeks to Hitch U.S. Economy to Asian Growth

November, 12 2011

WASHINGTON - With Europe mired in crisis, President Barack Obama is launching a charm offensive this week to hitch the U.S. economy to growth opportunities in Asia that he hopes can help power the recovery he needs for re-election. Obama, who was born in Hawaii and spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, will host Asian leaders including Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Honolulu this ...

Deals with India, US Pose No Threat to Neighbours: Karzai

Deals with India, US Pose No Threat to Neighbours: Karzai

November, 12 2011

>KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has said a strategic partnership with India and talks for a similar deal with the United States posed no threat to his country's neighbours. Karzai told leaders of South Asian nations at a regional summit in Addu, the Maldives, that the India agreement along with talks it was ...

Clinton Declares "America's Pacific Century"

Clinton Declares

November, 12 2011

HONOLULU - With the United States facing a multipronged challenge from China, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared Thursday that the 21st century will be "America's Pacific century" and said the region's problems require U.S. leadership. While stressing that the Obama administration will seek improved tie

SCO Prepares for Afghan Reconstruction

SCO Prepares for Afghan Reconstruction

November, 10 2011

BEIJING - The Shanghai Cooperation Organization's role in Afghanistan will only become more important as time goes on, especially after most of NATO's combat forces exit the country, analysts say.
The organization, which advocates fighting against the "Three Evil Forces"- terrorism, religious extremism and regional separatism - held its 10th annual prime ministers' meeting on Monday.
"It is evidently in the US' strategy in the run up to its exit ...

President Karzai Leaves for Maldivesto Attend SAARC Summit

President Karzai Leaves for Maldivesto Attend SAARC Summit

November, 10 2011

KABUL - Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan left Wednesday for a two-day visit to Maldives to attend the 17th SAARC Summit of the Heads of State.
The President is scheduled to deliver a speech in the Summit where he would highlight Afghanistan's vision for expanded political, economic, cultural and social interaction and cooperation in South Asia. Enhanced ...

Kazakhstan, US to Enhance Cooperation in Restoration of Afghan Economy

Kazakhstan, US to Enhance Cooperation in Restoration of Afghan Economy

November, 10 2011

KABUL - Kazakhstan and the United States plan to enhance interaction to guarantee international security and restoration of the Afghan economy, an official at the Kazakhstani Foreign Ministry said, summing up results of Tuesday's talks between Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov and the US Ambassador to the republic, Kenneth ...

Australian Prime Minister Visits Afghanistan

Australian Prime Minister Visits Afghanistan

November, 10 2011

KABUL - Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard on Sunday made a surprise visit to Afghanistan and met with Australian troops stationed here. The Australian Premier also met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
She flew into Trinkowt of Kandahar province to share a barbecue lunch with some of the 1,550 Australian soldiers stationed in the southern ...

Security Arrangements in Place Ahead of Loya Jirga

Security Arrangements in Place Ahead of Loya Jirga

November, 10 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior officials say special security arrangements have been carried out ahead of the November 16 tradition consultative Loya Jirga discussing the proposed strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the US. The four-day assembly is expected to be attended by more than 2,000 ...

Helmand Ready for Second Round of Transition: Officials

Helmand Ready for Second Round of Transition: Officials

November, 10 2011

KABUL - Security forces are ready for the second phase of security switch in southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday.
The second phase of the transition is said to target some districts in Badakhshan, Badghis, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kabul, Ghor, Laghman, Maidan Wardak and Nangarhar.
In Badakhshan, the provincial capital, Faizabad, Shahr-i-Buzurg ...

Obama, Rasmussen Discuss Afghanistan

Obama, Rasmussen Discuss Afghanistan

November, 10 2011

WASHINGTONM - US president Barack Obama met NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen at his Oval Office and discussed with him the current situation in Afghanistan, the White House said on Monday.
The President and the Secretary General discussed the important ...

Russia Offers to Invest $500 Million in Pak-Afghan Electricity

Russia Offers to Invest $500 Million in Pak-Afghan Electricity

November, 10 2011

KABUL - The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin has offered to invest "at least $500 million" in a Central Asian electricity project that will provide energy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Premier made the offer at a one-day meeting of Prime Ministers of ...

No Change in US Afghan Strategy: Pentagon

No Change in US Afghan Strategy: Pentagon

November, 05 2011

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has ruled out any change in the US strategy in Afghanistan and said it is currently focused on successful security transition in the war-torn country.
"The role of the US military has not shifted or changed. The only firm plans that we have at this point is to drawdown some of the surge forces by the end of this year and additional tranche of surge forces by summer of next year. Beyond that any change that may be done ...

Afghan Gas Pipe Deal Imminent: Nedirov

Afghan Gas Pipe Deal Imminent: Nedirov

November, 05 2011

ASHGABAT - Turkmenistan expects soon to sign a long-delayed agreement to sell natural gas to Pakistan and India and has "no doubts" that an ambitious project to build a pipeline through Afghanistan will be realised, a senior energy official said on Friday. Oil and Gas Minister Bayramgeldy Nedirov said the proposed ...

US Won’t Abandon Afghanistan: Crocker

US Won’t Abandon Afghanistan: Crocker

November, 05 2011

KUNDUZ CITY - The United States would never repeat the mistake it had committed after the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in the late '80s, the American ambassador said on Thursday.
Even after the pullout of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops by the end of 2014, American financial support to ...

US Hails Istanbul Declaration on Afghanistan

US Hails Istanbul Declaration on Afghanistan

November, 05 2011

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has welcomed the declaration adopted by Afghanistan's neighbours, promising to respect the sovereignty of the country and work toward its security and stability.
"They have endorsed Afghan priorities, including Afghan-led reconciliation, transition to Afghan security leadership and regionally ...

Afghan Peace to Strengthen Stability in the Entire Region

Afghan Peace to Strengthen Stability in the Entire Region

November, 05 2011

NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that establishing peace in Afghanistan will strengthen stability in the entire region and lauded regional efforts to find ways to enhance security in the Asian country as it prepares for the transition with the pull out of foreign forces in the next two ...

New Political Party comes into Being

New Political Party comes into Being

November, 05 2011

KABUL - Former interior minister Muhammad Hanif Atmar on Thursday launched a new political party, saying the Right and Justice group would stand by the people and work for promoting their interests.
While announcing the party's launch at a news conference, he said the president was authorised to call a traditional Loya Jirga any time to ...

Pakistan to Give Military Training to Afghan Army

Pakistan to Give Military Training to Afghan Army

November, 05 2011

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan army will train the Afghan National Army and police under trilateral pacts signed at the 6th Trilateral Summit held in Istanbul, local media reported Friday.
Quoting Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua, The News reported that Pakistan signed a protocol with Afghanistan and Turkey on conduct ...

Disengaging Assistance to Afghanistan, Pakistan Undermines US Interests: Clinton

Disengaging Assistance to Afghanistan, Pakistan Undermines US Interests: Clinton

November, 05 2011

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that disengaging civilian assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan undermines US interests in the region ahead of Washington's decision to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
Clinton said in a statement that the civilian surge in Afghanistan ...

29 Nations Pledge to Work Together for Afghan Peace

29 Nations Pledge to Work Together for Afghan Peace

November, 03 2011

ISTANBUL - An international conference on the future of Afghanistan concluded on Wednesday with 29 nations and international agencies pledging to work together in various areas and to follow up in the Afghan capital of Kabul in 2012. The "İstanbul Conference for Afghanistan: Security and Cooperation in the Heart of Asia," hosted by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, brought together regional leaders on Wednesday to find ways to improve security and economic development in ...

Regional Framework Needed for Afghanistan: India

Regional Framework Needed for Afghanistan: India

November, 03 2011

KABUL - India on Wednesday called for a regional framework for stabilizing Afghanistan and ruled out competition as it pressed for collective action in combating terrorism and religious extremism.
"India supports the aims and objectives of this Conference: to ...

Karzai Hosts Dinner for Zardari

Karzai Hosts Dinner for Zardari

November, 03 2011

ISTANBUL - President Hamid Karzai hosted a dinner in honor of President Asif Ali Zardari here on Tuesday after the Trilateral Summit concluded in Istanbul. President Karzai received President Zardari warmly. Other members of the delegation of both the countries who earlier participated in the Trilateral Summit hosted by Turkish President ...

Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey to Have Joint Military Drills

Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey to Have Joint Military Drills

November, 03 2011

ISTANBUL - Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Istanbul on conducting joint military exercises. Pakistan and Afghanistan also agreed on setting up a joint mechanism to investigate the assassination of former president Prof. Burhanuddin ...

Afghanistan Needs Pakistan’s Support on Reconciliation: US

Afghanistan Needs Pakistan’s Support on Reconciliation: US

November 03, 2011

WASHINGTON: As diplomats from regional countries converged on Istanbul to mull a viable way forward in Afghanistan, the United States recognized that Kabul needs support of its eastern neighbor Pakistan to propel forward the reconciliation process. "It's always been our view, and it's certainly always been Afghanistan's view, that an ....

Karzai Seeks Neighbors’ Help in Terror Fight

Karzai Seeks Neighbors’ Help in Terror Fight

November 03, 2011

ISTANBUL - Taliban and other militant leaders could join the peace process if they gave up violence, severed ties with Al Qaeda and returned to a peaceful life under the Afghan Constitution, President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday. "However, as recent setbacks have indicated, the peace process will not succeed unless we are able to get ...

Pentagon Rules out Change in Afghan Strategy

Pentagon Rules out Change in Afghan Strategy

November, 03 2011

WASHINGTON - Despite a series of militant attacks in Kabul, the Pentagon has ruled out any change in its Afghan strategy, saying such assaults are targeted to have more of a psychological impact as the Taliban are actually on the run. "The focus remains on transition to Afghan security lead in other areas of the country and they (the Taliban) are feeling the heat ...

US Should Talk to Afghan Neighbors: Kissinger

US Should Talk to Afghan Neighbors: Kissinger

November, 03 2011

KABUL - Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger has proposed the Obama administration should first hold talks with Afghanistan's neighboring countries before negotiating with the Taliban.
Speaking at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Centre, Kissinger said: "I have no objection in principle to negotiating ...

Iran Opposes U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Agreement

Iran Opposes U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Agreement

November, 03 2011

BAKU - Iran is against signing a strategic agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan, IRNA quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi as saying in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Salehi stressed that U.S. and NATO's plans are ill-considered, ...