Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, April 24th, 2017

Afghan Power Transition to Be Completed By 2014: Obama

Afghan Power Transition to Be Completed By 2014: Obama

May 26, 2011

LONDON - International forces in Afghanistan are ‘preparing to turn a corner’ towards transition and an eventual political settlement, US President Barack Obama said in London Wednesday. He and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed on the importance of ‘beginning the transition to an Afghan lead for security this year and completing that...

Taliban Hiring Women Attacks: Gen. Blotz

Taliban Hiring Women Attacks: Gen. Blotz

May 24, 2011

out suicide attacks in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday.
On May 17, a combined Afghan and coalition security force killed four insurgents, including two armed women, during a security operation in Taloqan, the capital of northern Takhar province. The operation was conducted in pursuit of an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan facilitator, who acquires, constructs and moves weapons and...

Police Collecting Opium Tax in Uruzgan

Police Collecting Opium Tax in Uruzgan

May 24, 2011

TIRINKOT - Some policemen are collecting the opium tax from farmers while others are smuggling the drug in Deh Raud district of central Uruzgan province, residents alleged on Monday.
Checkpoint commanders charge the tax from opium growers in different areas of the district, a member of Deh Raud District Council told...

India to Help Afghanistan in Field of Broadcasting

India to Help  Afghanistan in Field of Broadcasting

May 24, 2011

NEW DELHI - India, which is playing an active role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, will now also help the war-torn country in capacity building in the field of broadcasting and institutional development.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard will be signed on...

Indian Company Seeks Partner for Big Afghan Project

Indian Company  Seeks Partner for Big Afghan Project

May 24, 2011

KABUL - A prominent Indian steel company is looking for a strategic partner for a big mine project to step up a three-million ton steel plant in Afghanistan.
Steel Authority of India known as SAIL is interested to team up with other Indian companies to win the project for the Hajigak iron ore mines that have been open for bidding.
"We are keeping our options open on possible partners for the...

Taliban Chief’s Killing Can’t Be Verified: NDS

Taliban Chief’s Killing Can’t Be Verified: NDS

May 24, 2011

KABUL - Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been missing for the last four days, but his death could neither be confirmed nor repudiated, a spokesman for the Afghan spy service said on Monday.
Earlier in the day, a National Directorate of Security (NDS) source said Taliban's reclusive chief had been killed in a joint operation by...

Mullah Omar “Safe and Sound”: Taliban

Mullah Omar  “Safe and Sound”: Taliban

May 24, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan Taliban rejected as "propaganda" on Monday unsourced media reports that their leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, had been killed in Pakistan, saying he was alive and in Afghanistan and vowing to continue their insurgency.
Security officials in Pakistan and diplomats, U.S. military...

74% Surge in Civilian Deaths: MoI

74% Surge in  Civilian Deaths: MoI

May 23, 2011

KABUL - There has been a 74-percent increase in civilian casualties caused by Taliban-led violence over the past one week, a senior official in Minister of Interior Affairs said on Sunday.
At a press conference Interior Ministry Spokesman Zemarai Bashari told reporters that 120 terrorist attacks occurred last week in Afghanistan, a total of 82 civilians were killed and 108 others were hurt. Gains achieved by police forces last week were also significant and there was a 14-percent rise in militant casualties last...

Afghan-Turkish Trade Fair Begins

Afghan-Turkish  Trade Fair Begins

May 23, 2011

KABUL - In a bid to find market for local products, Afghan and Turkish traders on Sunday arranged a joint exhibition, showcasing wood and plastic products in Kabul.
A joint venture of Afghan and Turkish businessmen, the show is supported by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).
ACCI chief Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, who inaugurated the exhibition,...

NATO Upgrades ANP Training

NATO  Upgrades ANP Training

May 23, 2011

KABUL - NATO will extend the length of its police training course across Afghanistan from October as it takes aim at staggeringly low literacy rates and corruption among the force before all security is handed over to the Afghans by the end of 2014.
The NATO-led alliance has been training members of the 126,000 strong Afghan National Police since 2009. Afghan police had long been...

MPs Briefed on Economic Challenges

MPs Briefed on  Economic Challenges

May 23, 2011

KABUL - There has been economic development in the country over the past few years, with poverty declining by six percent last year, a minister told Parliament on Sunday. Commerce and Industry Minister Anwarul Haq Ahadi, Minister of Finance Dr. Omar Zakhilwal and Chamber of Commerce and Industries chief, Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, were summoned to the Wolesi Jirga to brief lawmakers on the economic situation and...

6 Killed, 36 Hurt in Military Hospital Suicide Attack

6 Killed, 36 Hurt in Military Hospital Suicide Attack

May 22, 2011

KABUL - At least 6 people were killed and 36 others hurt in a suicide attack in Afghan National Army's 400-bed hospital in Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul city on Saturday, Defence Ministry said.
An Afghan official in Ministry of Defense told Tolonews that 6 people have been killed and 36 have been hurt in the attack.
The hospital is mostly frequented by Afghan security forces, and many ANA personnel wounded in the counterinsurgency...

Tajikistan-US Discuss Reconstruction of Afghanistan

Tajikistan-US  Discuss  Reconstruction  of Afghanistan

May 22, 2011

DUSHANBE – Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon received visiting U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Marc Grossman.
According to the presidential press service, state and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and the United State were discussed during the meeting. President Rahmon, in...

Wardak Voices Concern Over Security Threats

Wardak Voices Concern Over Security Threats

May 22, 2011

KABUL - Defense Minister on Saturday expressed concern about security threats amid dramatic rise in Taliban-led violence in the country.
Afghanistan because of its geographical location in the region bears the worst security threats in the world, Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak said while speaking in defense affairs and territorial...

Shiberghan to Provide Gas to Mazar Fertilizer Plant

Shiberghan  to Provide  Gas to Mazar  Fertilizer Plant

May 22, 2011

>KABUL - For the first time, Mazar-e-Sharif power and fertilizer plant will be provided with gas from the northern city of Shiberghan through a new gas pipeline, officials said on Saturday. Officials in Afghan Ministry of Mines said the construction gas pipeline will cost $53 million and this is the first biggest investment in gas delivery in...

Peace Talks, Not Comprehensive: Marc Grossman

Peace Talks,  Not Comprehensive: Marc Grossman

May 21, 2011

ISLAMABAD - A top US envoy said Thursday that not all insurgent factions in Afghanistan will agree to enter the peace process, meaning that force will be necessary to subdue the holdouts.
The envoy, Marc Grossman, was in the region to try to patch up ties with Pakistan, whose cooperation is considered key to bringing the Afghan war to an end. Grossman’s comments underscored the complexity of reconciliation efforts...

Pakistan Humiliated, Its Army’s Image: Gates

Pakistan  Humiliated, Its  Army’s Image: Gates

May 21, 2011

WASHINGTON - The US has humiliated Pakistan by carrying out the May 2 operation with impunity to kill Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.
At the same time, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the image of the Pakistani military has been tarnished as a result of this successful US...

Neighbors Try to Weaken Afghan Army: MoD

Neighbors Try  to Weaken Afghan Army: MoD

May 21, 2011

KABUL - A senior military official in Afghan Defense Ministry has said Afghan neighbors don't want Afghanistan to have a robust and strong army.
Deputy Defense Minister Inayatullah Nazari said neighboring countries harm Afghan national army and refuse to let the forces grow strong enough to defend their country.
Mr. Nazari said Afghan army has significantly increased in recent...

Taliban Kill 35 Road Workers

Taliban Kill 35 Road Workers

May 21, 2011

GARDEZ - Armed Taliban insurgents attacked a private construction company office in southeastern Paktia province on Thursday, killing 35 people, including laborers, security guards and engineers, officials said.
Another 24 people were injured when a group of militants attacked guards of the company, The Galaxy Sky Company, responsible for...

Afghan Forces Able to Take Lead: NATO

Afghan Forces Able  to Take Lead: NATO

May 21, 2011

KABUL - Afghan forces have the potential to take security lead by the end of 2014, NATO officials said on Friday.
NAT officials in Kabul said Afghan security forces will have the necessary potential to take full security lead after 2014.
Afghan military officials have said efforts to train and equip Afghan...

Spanta Terms Taliban ‘Terrorist’

Spanta Terms Taliban ‘Terrorist’

May 21, 2011

>KABUL - President Karzai's National Security Advisor Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta, in an exclusive interview with Tolo news, said the Taliban should be referred to as terrorists.
Karzai's National Security Advisor said that freedom of the media, women's rights and democracy that are the main gains of the Afghan government over a decade, should be seriously considered in peace...

700 Militants Killed in Two Months: Azimi

700 Militants Killed  in Two Months: Azimi

May 19, 2011

KABUL- As many as 700 militants and 100 Afghan security personnel have been killed in violence-related incidents across the country over the past two months, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.
While, at least 1,820 civilians were killed and wounded as a result of 4,360 bomb blasts over the past four months, the ministry spokesman, Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, told a news conference in...

11 Dead, 85 Injured at Protest in Takhar

11 Dead, 85  Injured at Protest  in Takhar

Thursday May 19

TALOQAN - Nearly a dozen people were killed and 85 others wounded when a protest demonstration over the deaths of four people in a NATO raid turned violent in northern Takhar province on Wednesday, officials said.
Police opened fire at hundreds of people protesting against the killing of four people, including two women, in Gawmali area, three...

Al-Qaeda Divided Over Bin Laden Successor

Al-Qaeda  Divided Over Bin Laden Successor

May 19, 2011

KABUL - There is a huge difference of opinion within al-Qaeda network over the leadership of the network after the death of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Wednesday.
Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) said that Ayman al-Zawahiri or Saif al-Adel are the two options to fill the leadership...

No Change in Red Line for Talks with Taliban: Clinton

No Change in Red Line for Talks with Taliban: Clinton

May 19, 2011

WSHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted that there has been no dilution in the Red Line for peace talks with the Taliban, but hoped the death of Osama bin Laden would encourage its leaders to move towards reconciliation process.
“We have outlined our red lines for the Taliban: They must...

Karzai Asks ISAF to Probe Takhar Raid

Karzai Asks  ISAF to Probe Takhar Raid

May 19, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday strongly condemned a NATO airstrike that resulted in the deaths of four civilians, including two women, in northern Takhar province.
Karzai asked the western military alliance to investigate into the incident and provide him details, his office said in a statement.
Nearly a dozen people were killed and 86 others were wounded when...

Afghans Must Meet the 2014 Deadline: Jones

Afghans Must Meet  the 2014 Deadline: Jones

May 18, 2011

ASHINGTON - Afghans would have to step up to the task of meeting the 2014 deadline when US forces would complete a gradual withdrawal from their country, a former top Obama aid said Monday.
“At some point, Afghans, after all these years, are going to have to step up to the task. The international community, should continue to support them as best we can. But the decision has generally been made that by 2014 we are all shooting to making President...

Project to Strengthen Afghan Financial Sector Launched

Project to Strengthen  Afghan Financial  Sector Launched

May 18, 2011

KABUL- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Tuesday launched a new project to strengthen Afghanistan's financial sector and help the government and private-sector create jobs and stimulate economic growth, the agency said.
The five-year Financial Access for Investing in the Development of...

Dr. Dalil Seeks Backing for Vaccines

Dr. Dalil Seeks  Backing for Vaccines

May 18, 2011

GENEVA - Afghanistan's acting health minister will seek international funding on Tuesday for immunization, which she sees as key to reducing child mortality in a country where the average life expectancy is only 48 years.
Dr. Suraya Dalil, in an interview with Reuters in Geneva before holding talks with Bill Gates at the World Health Organization (WHO),

U.S. Deepens Engagement with Afghan Taliban to End War: Report

U.S. Deepens  Engagement with Afghan Taliban to End War: Report

May 18, 2011

SINGAPORE - The United States has stepped up direct talks with the Afghan Taliban for a political settlement of the 10-year-old war, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, a move that analysts said earlier was easier following the death of Osama bin Laden.
A U.S. representative attended at least three meetings in Qatar and...

Afghan Experts Urge Afghan-US Strategic Partnership

Afghan Experts Urge Afghan-US Strategic Partnership

May 18, 2011

KABUL - Afghan government should make a strategic agreement with the United States before foreign forces withdraw from the country, experts said on Tuesday. Some Afghan experts in Kabul expressed concern that Afghanistan will again turn into a ground for neighbors’ games, if no strategic document is sealed with the...

Rangin Dadfar Spanta: Afghanistan Needs No Permission for US Accord

Rangin Dadfar Spanta: Afghanistan Needs No  Permission for US Accord

May 17, 2011

KABUL - Signing a strategic agreement with the US does not need any permission from neighboring countries, a presidential advisor said on Monday.
"Afghanistan is an independent country and can sign any strategic agreement with any country it wants to," Rangin Dadfar Spanta, national security advisor to the president, told parliamentarians. He added Afghanistan has the right to fight terrorism in partnership with its allies.
Under the proposed strategic agreement...

Afghan, NATO Forces Make Progress, Challenges Remain

Afghan, NATO  Forces Make Progress, Challenges Remain

May 17, 2011

KABUL - Afghan army and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have made progress in fighting insurgents but challenges remain, Lt. General David M. Rodriquez, Commander of ISAF Joint Command (IJC), said on Monday, Xinhua reported.
"Together Afghan and coalition forces have degraded many of the insurgents support bases and weakened the enemies effectiveness,"...

Al-Qaeda ‘Cadres’ Still Help Afghan Taliban: Gen. Rodrigues

Al-Qaeda ‘Cadres’  Still Help Afghan Taliban: Gen. Rodrigues

May 17, 2011

KABUL - Fewer than 100 Al-Qaeda members remain inside Afghanistan, the second-most senior US commander in Afghanistan said on Monday, but those fighters act as a “cadre” organization for the Afghan Taliban providing resources and technical battlefield skills.
US Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez also said it was too early to say if the death of Osama Bin Laden had an impact on the Taliban or if it would...

Speedy Afghan Withdrawal Premature: Gates

Speedy Afghan Withdrawal Premature: Gates

May 17, 2011

>WASHINGTON - US Defence Chief Robert Gates has said it would be premature to speed up the pace of troops withdrawal from Afghanistan.
In an interview with CBS news 60 Minutes, Robert Gates said it's too early to accelerate withdrawal of troops.
"I think it's premature," he said."I think we just don't know. It's only been a week. And people are already drawing...