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Niazi Satisfies WJ over Alleged Anomalies

Niazi Satisfies  WJ over Alleged Anomalies

May 29, 2012

KABUL - Haj and Islamic Affairs Minister Mohammad Yousaf Niazi was able on Monday to satisfy the Wolesi Jirga (WJ), lower house, after he was summoned to brief lawmakers about alleged anomalies during last year's haj operations. On Sunday, some lawmakers claimed the minister had sent 700 people to ...

Panetta Defends Obama Admin Plans for Afghanistan

Panetta Defends Obama Admin Plans for Afghanistan

May 28, 2012

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is defending the Obama administration's plans to wind down the more than decade-long war in Afghanistan.
According to AP, speaking Sunday, May 27, on ABC's "This Week," the Pentagon chief said the U.S. still has a fight on its hands, but is on the right track.
Panetta says he supports the decision to set a firm timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops, a position criticized by Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama's probable Republican opponent in this fall's ...

Govt. Ready to Meet Taliban’s Reasonable Conditions: Fahim

Govt. Ready to Meet Taliban’s  Reasonable Conditions: Fahim

May 28, 2012

KABUL CITY - First vice president on Sunday said that government was ready to meet Taliban's reasonable conditions, but the leader of the Afghanistan National Front (ANF) described the Taliban as a terrorist group and killers of Jihadi leaders.
Addressing a ceremony marking the first death anniversary of Gen. Daud ...

Afghan-US Talks on Security Deal Underway: Rassoul

Afghan-US Talks on Security Deal Underway: Rassoul

May 28, 2012

KABUL - Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Sunday said talks with the United States officials on a detailed security agreement had begun as part of a recently signed strategic partnership accord.
Describing the parliamentary approval of the strategic agreement ...

MTN Mobile Clinic Treats 1150 Patients

MTN Mobile Clinic Treats 1150 Patients

May 28, 2012

KABUL - MTN mobile clinic visited different areas in Kabul city and treated around 1150 patients for free. The people appreciated this humane act of MTN Foundation and asked for the Continues visits mobile clinic to the areas where people are poor and ...

WJ Approves US-Afghan Strategic Pact

WJ Approves US-Afghan Strategic Pact

May 27, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga or lower house of Parliament on Saturday approved the US-Afghan strategic partnership agreement by an overwhelming majority.
Of the 199 parliamentarians present, 195 MPs approved the deal and only four members of the Jirga rejected the agreement.
The crucial national interest document was signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his American counterpart Barak Obama on May 1st.
It was presented to the general session of the Parliament by the foreign affairs commission of the house on ...

Pakistan’s Interests Interlinked with Afghanistan: Khar

Pakistan’s Interests Interlinked with Afghanistan:  Khar

May 27, 2012

KABUL - Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said that the country was working hard to end its border blockade for NATO supplies into Afghanistan, saying the future of the two nations is interlinked.
Khar emphasized at a press conference in Japan on Friday that reopening the NATO supply route is in Pakistan's national interest as ...

Karzai Thanks UAE for Support

Karzai Thanks UAE for Support

May 27, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has expressed thanks to President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the unlimited support given by the UAE to the people of Afghanistan and to the efforts aimed at achieving lasting peace, security and stability ...

Britain Would Continue to Support Afghans: Miliband

Britain Would Continue to Support Afghans: Miliband

May 27, 2012

KABUL - Edward Miliband, leader of the opposition in British parliament, held talks with President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace on Saturday.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said both leaders discussed the peace process, bilateral ties, and issues concerning Afghanistan and ...

Withdrawal of French Forces will Not Create Security Gap: Officials

Withdrawal of French Forces will Not  Create Security Gap: Officials

May 27, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force spokespersons said on Saturday that the early exit of France's combat troops will not create security concerns in Afghanistan.
The day after France's newly-elected president Francoise Hollande ...

Western Strength Cannot Prevent Insurgency: Sabari

Western Strength Cannot Prevent Insurgency: Sabari

May 27, 2012

KABUL - The US is unable to prevent the insurgent activity in Afghanistan despite its strong intelligence capabilities, Logar provincial governor Mohammad Taher Sabari told TOLOnews Saturday.
Overseeing the eastern Afghan province positioned next to Pakistan, Sabari blames the neighboring country for much of the instability he ...

No Downsizing of Govt. Depts after 2014: Mushahid

No Downsizing of Govt. Depts after 2014: Mushahid

May 27, 2012

JALALABAD - Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission Chairman Dr. Ahmad Mushahid on Saturday said no downsizing would take place in government departments after foreign troops' withdrawal in 2014. Speaking at a press conference in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern ...

Strategic Pacts Pose No Threat to Neighbors: Karzai

Strategic Pacts Pose No Threat to Neighbors: Karzai

May 26, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Friday once again assuaged neighboring countries' concerns over strategic agreements Afghanistan had signed with foreign countries, insisting the accords posed no threat to any country, including Iran.
Replying to a question from reporters during a joint press conference with visiting French President Francois Hollande in Kabul, Karzai said they had historic religious, cultural and linguistic relations with Iran and Afghanistan had always preferred good ties with the neighboring country.
His remarks come a day after a knowledgeable ...

Iran Sets Aside $25m to Derail Afghan-US Deal

Iran Sets Aside $25m to Derail Afghan-US Deal

May 26, 2012

KABUL - Iran has earmarked $25 million for blocking the parliamentary approval of the Afghan-US strategic cooperation agreement, a knowledgeable source said on Thursday. The neighboring country has allegedly paid a colossal amount of money to Wolesi Jirga member Hazrat Ali in return for opposing the deal, signed ...

US Senate Body Approves $5.7b for ANSF

US Senate Body Approves $5.7b for ANSF

May 26, 2012

WASHINGTON - A key US Senate committee on Thursday unanimously voted to approve $5.7 billion in fiscal year 2012 for Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) Fund to build the capacity of Afghan army and police. Passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee, the National Defense ...

Hollande Meets with Troops in Afghanistan

Hollande Meets with Troops in Afghanistan

May 26, 2012

KABUL - French President Francois Hollande defended pulling French combat troops out of Afghanistan early, saying, "The time has come for Afghan sovereignty." The newly elected Hollande, who made a surprise visit Friday to Afghanistan, said 2,000 troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end, The Guardian ...

Afghanistan to Assign Massive Security Force to TAPI Project

Afghanistan to Assign Massive  Security Force to TAPI Project

May 26, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Ministry of Mines said Thursday it aimed to purchase 1.5 million cubic meters of gas from Turkmenistan after the implementation of the TAPI gas pipeline project. It also said that the Afghan government will assign as many as 12,000 Afghan security personnel to safeguard the security of the TAPI project ...

Summit A Milestone for Afghanistan: Allen

Summit A Milestone  for Afghanistan: Allen

May 26, 2012

WASHINGTON - The just-concluded NATO summit in Chicago was a milestone for Afghanistan as the international community not only firmed up its troop's withdrawal plan, but also pledged its long-term commitment to the country, America's top general said Wednesday."I left the summit heartened by the overwhelming international commitment ...

Dana Should Apologize: Karzai

Dana Should Apologize: Karzai

May 24, 2012

WASHINGTON - President Hamid Karzai on Monday stood firm on his government's decision not to allow US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher to enter Afghanistan and he should apologize, alleging the American lawmaker's political statements were aimed at splitting the nation.
"Definitely not," Karzai sternly told the CNN during an interview when he was asked: "So you are not going to let him back into your country, Dana Rohrabacher?"
Karzai, who led an Afghan delegation to the two-day 25th NATO summit, was interviewed by the American cable network in ...

Rohrabacher Won’t Apologize to Corrupt Karzai

Rohrabacher Won’t Apologize to Corrupt Karzai

May 24, 2012

WASHINGTON - Virtually entering into a verbal clash with President Hamid Karzai, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said on Wednesday that he would not apologies to him.
"I will not apologies to Karzai or any other corrupt leader. Afghanistan is failing because Karzai and his corrupt clique are ...

Kabul Bank Stakeholders’ Properties in UAE Up for Sale

Kabul Bank Stakeholders’ Properties in UAE Up for Sale

May 24, 2012

KABUL - Properties purchased with Kabul Bank loans in Dubai are being sold, senior officials told the Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday, warning borrowers of referring their cases to the Attorney General's Office (AGO) if they failed to return loans within 10 days.
Kabul Bank, once the country's largest private sector lender, ran ...

Foreigners Spend Billions without Accountability: MoE

Foreigners  Spend Billions without  Accountability:  MoE

May 24, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan government has to account for every cent it spends but foreigners in Afghanistan have spent billions without any transparency or accountability, the Afghan Minister of Economy said Wednesday.
Abdul Haid Arghandiwal accused foreigners for abusing as much as $49 billion in international aid which has been sent to Afghanistan, and ...

NATO Sets ‘Irreversible’ Transition in Motion

NATO Sets ‘Irreversible’  Transition in Motion

May 23, 2012

KABUL - NATO leaders agreed to an "irreversible" transition to withdraw almost all foreign troops from Afghanistan by 2015 at the end of landmark two-day meeting in Chicago, while both the US and President Karzai warned that the risk of the country's instability is still high. Similar to his address to the US nation on May 2 from Afghanistan's Bagram Air Base, US President Barack Obama sought to appease the American public with statements like "the Afghan war, as we understand it, is over" in his public address.
However, in order to shore up support from the NATO allies to ...

Pakistan’s Role Crucial in Stemming Terror: Karzai

Pakistan’s Role Crucial in Stemming Terror: Karzai

May 23, 2012

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON - President Hamid Karzai on Monday told world leaders the sacrifices of Afghans should not be overlooked and there is a pressing need for addressing shortcomings in the approach to fighting terrorism."As we celebrate our shared achievements of the past decade, we must not overlook the immense sacrifices and suffering of ...

Large American Footprint Counterproductive: Obama

Large American Footprint  Counterproductive: Obama

May 23, 2012

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON - Strongly defending his timeline for transition and withdrawal of US-led international forces from Afghanistan, President Barack Obama told his countrymen that a large American footprint in that country could be counterproductive."Frankly, the large footprint that we have in Afghanistan over time can be ...

‘Green on Blue’ Attacks Not an Indicator of Taliban Infiltration: Allen

‘Green on Blue’  Attacks Not an Indicator of Taliban Infiltration: Allen

May 23, 2012

KABUL - Less than 50 percent of so-called "green on blue" attacks are perpetrated by Taliban infiltrators into the Afghan army, the US and NATO Commander General John Allen said Sunday. The shooting deaths of foreign soldiers by Afghan army personnel, or Afghans in army uniform, were found to not be the work of the Islamic

Karzai, Rasmussen Back French Troop Exit

Karzai, Rasmussen Back French Troop Exit

May 23, 2012

CHICAGO/ WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday supported the decision of new French President Francois Hollande to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the end of this ...

We Don’t Want to be Burden: Karzai

We Don’t Want to be Burden: Karzai

May 22, 2012

needs to be completeCHICAGO - President Hamid Karzai on Monday said Afghanistan did not want to burden the international community and insisted the transition process should be completed as scheduled in 2014.
Karzai told reporters after holding talks with his US counterpart Barak Obama on Sunday, on the sidelines of the ongoing NATO Summit in Chicago, the meeting had been productive.
He said his government would take full control of the country's security once coalition troops handed over security affairs to Afghan forces.
"The transition process is a very vital issue for Afghanistan it ...

NATO to Endorse Afghan Exit Plan, Seeks Routes Out

NATO to Endorse Afghan Exit Plan, Seeks Routes Out

May 22, 2012

CHICAGO - NATO leaders will endorse plans to hand over combat command in Afghanistan by mid-2013 on Monday and seek practical progress in opening routes to bring an international army of more than 130,000 back home from an unpopular, resource-draining war.
The strategy for a gradual exit from Afghanistan is aimed at holding ...

Kabul, Washington Agree on Ending the War

Kabul, Washington  Agree on Ending the War

May 22, 2012

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his American counterpart Barack Obama on Sunday agreed that a lot of hard work had to be done to achieve the goals in Afghanistan, even as significant progress had been made.
"We recognize the hardship that the Afghan people have been ...

Strategic Pact Signed with Australia

Strategic Pact Signed with Australia

May 22, 2012

CHICAGO - President Hamid Karzai and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday signed a strategic partnership agreement on cooperation in security, economic development and trade.
The signing took place in Chicago, where the two leaders are attending the 25th NATO summit, at which Afghanistan's future is being ...

NATO Wants Pakistan to Facilitate Afghan Stability

NATO Wants Pakistan to Facilitate Afghan Stability

May 22, 2012

CHICAGO - NATO on Sunday said countries in the region, particularly Pakistan, had important roles in ensuring enduring peace, stability and security in Afghanistan and in facilitating the completion of the transition process. While hailing the progress on transit arrangements with Central Asian partners and Russia, the alliance said it continued to work with ...

Financing ANSF Costs Less than Maintaining Foreign Army: Karzai

Financing ANSF Costs Less than  Maintaining Foreign Army: Karzai

May 21, 2012

KABUL - Training, equipping and financing Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) will cost much less than it does to maintain the foreign soldiers in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai said Saturday in separate interviews with German media. In his interview with both RTL and ZDF German TV stations, Karzai said as foreign forces leave Afghanistan, they are saving money, some of which could be invested back into the Afghan security forces.
"With completion of security transition, the expenses of ...

NATO Leaders Seek Common Path Out of Afghanistan

NATO Leaders  Seek Common Path Out of Afghanistan

May 21, 2012

CHICAGO - NATO leaders gather in Chicago on Sunday for a summit that will chart a path out of Afghanistan, as Western nations seek to fend off fissures in their alliance and ensure Afghanistan can hold a still-potent Taliban at bay when foreign troops withdraw. President Barack Obama hosts the summit in his home town, Chicago, a day after leaders of major ...

Strategic Pact to Be Inked Soon with Turkey

Strategic Pact to Be Inked Soon with Turkey

May 21, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul would soon sign a long-term strategic partnership agreement, a move that would further boost the existing robust relations between the two nations, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said on ...