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Challenges Remain Despite Reduced Rebel Attacks: ISAF

Challenges Remain  Despite Reduced Rebel  Attacks: ISAF

October 11, 2011

KABUL - The NATO-led ISAF spokesman on Monday said although insurgent attacks have reduced compared to last year, still Afghanistan is facing several challenges.
"The most severe challenges are group attacks by anti-government militants, who use roadside bombs," Carsten Jacobson told a news ....

EU Concerned Over Mistreatment of Detainees

EU Concerned Over Mistreatment of Detainees

October 11, 2011

KABUL - The European Union (EU) is deeply concerned by the allegations of mistreatment of conflict-related detainees in some Afghan detention facilities detailed in a UN report released on Monday, the union ...

Pak Army Kills 30 Afghan Insurgents in Border Clash

Pak Army Kills  30 Afghan Insurgents  in Border Clash

October 11, 2011

KABUL - Pakistani troops killed 30 Afghan militants who crossed the border and attacked the army, military officials said on Monday. The group of more than 200 Afghans conducted the raid on Sunday evening. The incident may further damage the already difficult relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which often accuse each ...

Barna Karimi Named Afghan Envoy to Canada

Barna Karimi Named Afghan Envoy to Canada

October 11, 2011

KABUL - Barna Karimi has been nominated as Afghan ambassador to Canada by President Hamid Karzai through a presidential decree, an official said on Monday. His nomination as ambassador to Canada was proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and approved by the president, Tamana Faramoz, ...

Govt. Seeks Pak Help in Stalled Peace Process: WP

Govt. Seeks Pak Help in Stalled Peace Process: WP

October 10, 2011

ISLAMABAD - With prospects for peace talks at a new low, the Afghan government is attempting to resuscitate negotiations with a seemingly contradictory approach: publicly bashing the Pakistanis for supporting the Taliban while at the same time asking for their help, Washington Post (WP) reported on Sunday.
In a series of recent speeches and interviews, President Hamid Karzai has sought to balance inflammatory remarks that Pakistan is fighting a ...

Failed Candidates Want the Court’s Decision Enforced

Failed Candidates Want the Court’s Decision Enforced

October 10, 2011

KABUL - The losing candidates on Sunday staged a protest demonstration in Kabul, asking the government to implement the Special Election Court's decision on last year's parliamentary poll results.
The demonstrators, carrying two coffins inscribed with "law and justice", gathered in Pashtunistan area of the downtown and ...

Warlords Pressure Local Officials to Legalize Land-Grab

Warlords Pressure Local Officials to Legalize Land-Grab

October 10, 2011

KABUL - Warlords are using threats to pressure municipal officials to fraudulently prepare ownership documents for the lands that they have already grabbed in Baghlan province, a local mayor said this week.
Dozens of acres of land had been grabbed in Pul-i-Khumri by the strongmen, who are forcing municipal officials to give them ownership ...

Julian Assange Leads Afghanistan Protest in London

Julian Assange Leads  Afghanistan Protest in London

October 10, 2011

LONDON - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and socialite Jemima Khan led a protest in London Saturday against the war in Afghanistan, 10 years after the United States and Britain went to war against the Taliban.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends a Stop the War rally in Trafalgar Square, central London October 8, 2011. The rally is timed to ...

11 Rebels Dead, 19 Held in Security Operations

11 Rebels Dead, 19 Held in Security Operations

October 10, 2011

KABUL - Eleven armed insurgents were killed, 19 others arrested and one wounded during joint operations by Afghan and foreign forces in difference provinces, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday.
Featuring Afghan Nation Police (ANP), Afghan National Army (ANA) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) members, the ...

UN,IEC and Govt. to Be Responsible for MP’s Death

UN,IEC and Govt.  to Be Responsible for MP’s Death

October 10, 2011

KABUL - The husband of unseated female lawmaker SaminBarakzai, who continued her hunger strike for the eighth consecutive day, said on Sunday the United Nations, the Independent Election Commission ('IEC) and the Afghan government would be responsible for his spouse's death.
Barakzai was among nine sitting Wolesi Jirga members who were ...

Journalists Complain about Access to Information

Journalists Complain about Access  to Information

October 10, 2011

KABUL - The government officials have not been giving information to reporters when contacted, journalists complained on Sunday. A governmental spokesman promised the issue to be regulated with the approval of a law about the access to information. The main challenge for journalists is that government officials are ...

Health Clinic Established in Bamyan

Health Clinic Established in Bamyan

October 10, 2011

BAMYAN - Residents of "Ali Baig" village of Bamyan province have been accessed to a Health Clinic. A Health Clinic established by the Shuhada Foundation in Ali Baig ...

Girls Now Have Access to the Internet in Dawlat Abad

Girls Now Have  Access to the Internet in Dawlat Abad

October 10, 2011

KABUL - Girls in the remote district of "Dawlat Abad" are now connected with the world. "Dawlat Abad" is a remote district which is more than 50km far from "Mazar Sharif" city.
There are a few families that have TV sets or Radios in their houses. ...

Russia Rejects US Presence in Afghanistan

Russia Rejects US Presence in Afghanistan

October 09, 2011

KABUL - The US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mark Grossman, said on Saturday that his government would continue its pressure on Pakistan to fight the terrorism.
President Karzai has taken a tough stance against Pakistan after Ex- president and High Peace Council Chairman Burhanuddin Rabbani was assassinated.
Afghan officials alleged that attack on high peace negotiator Rabbani was planned in Pakistan. Speaking with President Hamid ...

US to Press Pakistan for War on Terror: Grossman

US to Press Pakistan for War on Terror: Grossman

October 09, 2011

KABUL - The US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mark Grossman, said on Saturday that his government would continue its pressure on Pakistan to fight the terrorism.
President Karzai has taken a tough stance against Pakistan after Ex- president and High Peace Council Chairman Burhanuddin Rabbani was assassinated.
Afghan officials ...

Reformists Walk Out of Wolesi Jirga

Reformists Walk Out of Wolesi Jirga

October 09, 2011

KABUL - Members of the Reformists' Coalition in the Wolesi Jirga on Saturday left the Lower House session after the Law-Supporting Coalition branded the nine newly introduced lawmakers as illegitimate. Of 249 members in the house, 104 are from the Law-Supporting Coalition, 106 are from Reformist's Coalition, 38 are independent and ...

Japan Assures Karzai of Commitment to $5b Pledge

Japan Assures  Karzai of Commitment to $5b Pledge

October 09, 2011

KABUL - The Japanese government on Saturday assured the Afghan government that it was committed to its pledge regarding $5 billion (239 billion Afghanis), office of the president said on Saturday.
"Although Japan had suffered a lot during last year's tsunami, the Japanese government was committed to its pledge of $5 ...

1800 US Forces Killed in Afghanistan: Panetta

1800 US Forces Killed in Afghanistan: Panetta

October 09, 2011

WASHINGTON: US Defense Minister Leon Panetta said that the country's invasion in Afghanistan toppled the Taliban-led government who had given safe heavens to al Qaeda network.
In a statement issued on the eve of 10th anniversary of the US invasion in Afghanistan, Panetta said that 1800 military personnel were killed while 14000 others injured during the ...

MP on Hunger Strike in Severe Health Condition: Official

MP on Hunger  Strike in Severe Health Condition: Official

October 09, 2011

KABUL - The public health ministry officials on Saturday said the female parliamentarian, who had gone on hunger strike for the seventh consecutive day, would face serious kidney and stomach problems if continued the strike for a day more.
Hailing from western Herat province, female lawmaker SaminBarakzai, unseated by the Independent Election...

Karzai Admits “Security Failure”

Karzai Admits “Security Failure”

October 08, 2011

LONDON - The international coalition in Afghanistan and his own government have failed 'terribly' in their goal to bring security to Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai admitted Friday.
'We've done terribly badly in providing security to the Afghan people and this is the greatest shortcoming of our government and of our international partners,' Karzai said in an interview with the BBC.
'What we should do is provide better and a more predictable ...

Hundreds Demonstrate Against Hazara Target Killing in Pakistan

Hundreds Demonstrate Against Hazara Target Killing in Pakistan

October 08, 2011

KABUL – Hundreds of people gathered in Kabul to condemn the target killings of Hazara community in Quetta, Pakistan, a rallywas organized by students, civil society and human rights activists of Kabul.
The rally started from Al-Zahra mosqueand ended on ShahaeedMazariChowk in western Kabul. The participants in the rally ...

Taliban Can’t Lift Finger without Pakistani Support: Karzai

Taliban Can’t Lift Finger without  Pakistani Support: Karzai

October 08, 2011

KABUL- As the war in Afghanistan hit the 10-year mark Friday, President Hamid Karzai claimed the Taliban are being propped up by neighboring Pakistan, saying the militants can't lift a finger without the Pakistanis.
The war will only end when something is done to rout insurgents from ...

Three Million Afghans Hit By Drought

Three Million Afghans  Hit By Drought

October 08, 2011

KABUL - As Afghanistan marks 10 years since the offensive that toppled the Taliban, a severe drought has hit 14 of the country's 34 provinces.
The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) says that 1/10/afghanistan-facing-severe-drought/"42 million dollars (105 million euros) is needed to feed roughly three million people situated in north and east of the ...

Pakistan Averse to Stable Afghanistan: Obama

Pakistan Averse to Stable Afghanistan: Obama

October 08, 2011

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has alleged that Pakistan, feeling threatened by a stable and democratic Afghanistan, is hedging its bets in having interactions with "unsavory characters" who it thinks might end up regaining power in Kabul.
"They (Pakistan) see their security interests threatened by an ...

Turkey Extends Command in Afghanistan

Turkey Extends Command in Afghanistan

October 08, 2011

KABUL - Turkey, acting upon NATO's request, has agreed to lead the Kabul Regional Command (RCC) for one more year.
Taking into account Afghanistan's special place for Turkey and the central role played by the RCC in establishing security and stability in Afghanistan, Turkey has decided to extend its term in the RCC ...

Obama Pressure on Militants Hurts Afghanistan: Pakistan

Obama Pressure on Militants Hurts Afghanistan: Pakistan

October 08, 2011

ISLAMABAD - President Barack Obama's warning to Islamabad over suspected ties to militants will only fuel anti-Americanism and make it harder for Pakistan to support US efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, a senior senator said on Friday.
Pakistan is seen as critical to bringing peace to neighboring ...

Six People Arrested Over Plot to Kill Karzai: Mashal

Six People Arrested Over Plot to Kill Karzai: Mashal

October 06, 2011

KABUL - Six people have been arrested after an alleged Al-Qaeda plot to assassinate President Hamid Karzai involving one of his bodyguards was foiled, officials said Wednesday. Those detained, who also included a university lecturer and students, were found with suicide vests and had been to North Waziristan in Pakistan's tribal belt for training, officials said.
They did not reveal how far advanced the plot was but the men were arrested a week ago and were said to ...

Pakistan Rejects Afghan Accusations Over Rabbani

Pakistan Rejects Afghan Accusations Over Rabbani

October 06, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Tuesday rejected Afghan accusations that it had refused to cooperate in the investigation into the killing of Kabul government peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani.
"We completely reject, this is not true," foreign ministry spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua told AFP.
"Pakistan stands by its commitment to help Afghanistan in ...

Clinton to Visit Turkey for Afghanistan Talks

Clinton to Visit Turkey for  Afghanistan Talks

October 06, 2011

WASHINGTON - A senior US official has said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Turkey on Nov. 2 to attend a meeting with Afghanistan's neighbors to discuss ways forward for the war-torn nation.
US special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman, who is on a visit to Turkey, told the Turkish NTV broadcaster on ...

Senior Haqqani Leader Dead in Khost Airstrike

Senior Haqqani Leader Dead  in Khost Airstrike

October 06, 2011

KHOST CITY/KABUL - A senior Haqqani network leader and two of his associates were killed during a precision airstrike in southeastern Khost province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced on Wednesday.
The militant leader killed Musakhel district was identified as ...

Target Killing of Hazaras Continues in Pakistan

Target Killing of Hazaras Continues in Pakistan

October 05, 2011

QUETTA, Pakistan - In yet another ethnic target killing in Quetta, Pakistan at least 14 people from Hazara Community were killed and 7 others were seriously injured.
The killings were carried out on Tuesday morning by unknown gunslingers who were riding bikes and stopped a bus near Akthar Abad neighborhood that was taking around 30 passengers from Hazara Town Burrori to Hazar Ganji, Quetta. They segregated Hazara passengers, dragged them out, made them stand in line and shot ...

French Govt. Provides Euro 5.7mln to Health Ministry

French Govt.  Provides Euro 5.7mln to Health Ministry

October 05, 2011

KABUL - The French government has provided 5.7mln euros (366 million Afghanis) for the implementation of an improved maternal and child health program in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, an official said on Tuesday.
This program would be implemented by Aga Khan Development Network ...

ISAF Supports Karzai’s Stance on Talks with Pakistan

ISAF Supports Karzai’s Stance on Talks with Pakistan

October 05, 2011

KABUL - Militants have sanctuaries outside Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Tuesday, supporting President Hamid Karzai's stance on peace talk with Pakistan, not Taliban.
President Hamid Karzai on Monday accused Pakistan of failing to ...

Security Situation Alarming in Afghanistan: ICRC

Security Situation Alarming in  Afghanistan: ICRC

October 05, 2011

KABUL - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday that deteriorating security in Afghanistan has impeded access to medical care, driving it to critically low levels in some areas of the country after nearly a decade of war.
"Despite improvements in the quality of life for certain sectors of the population over the past ...

ISI-Backed Groups Active Against Afghan Govt.: Nabil

ISI-Backed Groups Active Against  Afghan Govt.: Nabil

October 05, 2011

KABUL - Fifteen Inter-services Intelligence-supported insurgent groups are operating against the Afghan government, the acting head of the National Directorate of Security ('NDS) told lawmakers on Tuesday.
Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi and the acting NDS chief, Rahmatullah Nabil, were summoned by the Wolesi Jirga to brief ...