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Kabul Attack Won’t Deter Commitment: US

Kabul Attack Won’t Deter Commitment: US

September 15, 2011

WASHINGTON - The latest attack on Kabul will not deter the American administration's commitment to the process of transitioning security from NATO-led troops to Afghan forces, the White House has said. "It's important to make clear that this will in no way deter our commitment to the mission, which is to provide for security, as we work ...

Troops Must Head Out of Afghanistan: US Senator

Troops Must Head  Out of Afghanistan: US Senator

September 15, 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, back from his second trip to Afghanistan within 18 months, says he saw or heard nothing to change his mind that U.S. military forces should be headed out even quicker than President Obama announced back in June. Although he praised U.S. diplomats ...

3 Policemen Killed, 6 Injured in Kabul Attacks

3 Policemen Killed, 6 Injured in Kabul Attacks

September 14, 2011

KABUL - At least three policemen and two suicide attackers were killed and six others, including four civilians, wounded in three back-to-back explosions -- followed by gunfire -- in Kabul on Tuesday, security officials said.
One policeman was killed and a taxi driver wounded when four attackers stormed a building under construction in the Abdul Haq Square, said Lt. Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi, the commander ...

Pentagon Plans to Cut ANSF Training Cost

Pentagon Plans to Cut  ANSF Training Cost

September 14, 2011

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is trying to cut the cost of one of its main efforts in Afghanistan, the building of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) able to secure the country after international forces leave.
Several defense officials said Tuesday that they're reassessing the ...

Spanta Hints at US Bases in Afghanistan

Spanta Hints at US Bases in Afghanistan

September 14, 2011

KABUL - The United States may set up military bases in Afghanistan after the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement, President Hamid Karzai's national security advisor said on Tuesday.
Testifying before senators, Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, who recently returned from a visit to the US, said the strategic pact would not be ...

Interior Ministry Rejects HRW Report on ALP

Interior Ministry Rejects  HRW Report on ALP

September 14, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday rejected the Human Rights Watchdog (HRW) report that the newly-created Afghan Local Police (ALP) force was involved gross human rights abuses.
Confirming ALP officials' complicity in the harassment of locals, MoI spokesman Siddiqullah Siddiqui rejected at a press conference in Kabul ...

Afghan Troops to Be Provided with Armored Personnel Carriers

Afghan Troops to Be Provided with Armored Personnel Carriers

September 14, 2011

KABUL - Afghan army would by the end of this year be provided with armored personnel carriers that no other countries have except the United States, deputy commander of the NATO training mission in the country said on Monday.
Major General Michael Day, Deputy Commander of the NATO training ...

MTN Holds Gold Lucky Draw

MTN Holds Gold Lucky Draw

September 14, 2011

KABUL – MTN recently wrapped up their Ramadan promotion which saw 6 weeks of prizes, 42 daily winners of 50g of gold and 2 grand prize winners of 200g of gold for a total of 2.5Kg of gold. For the third time this year, MTN is benefiting their customers with life changing rewards following the previous two apartment ...

President Karzai Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

President Karzai Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

September 14, 2011

KABUL – President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Kabul Tuesday afternoon.
Initial reports indicate that terrorists launched attacks in three different locations in Kabul's Abdul Haq Square, Deh Mazang and on the Dar-ul-Aman Road. The attacks are reported to have injured some ...

Embassy Attack will Not Stop US Efforts in Kabul: Clinton

Embassy Attack will Not Stop US Efforts in Kabul: Clinton

September 14, 2011

>Washington - US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said the coordinated Taliban attacks on the US embassy and other targets in Kabul on Tuesday would not harm American efforts in Afghanistan.
'We will be vigilant but we will be continuing with an even greater ...

EU Condemns Kabul Attacks

EU Condemns  Kabul Attacks

September 14, 2011

KABUL - European Union (EU) Special Representative Ambassador VygaudasUšackas condemned on Tuesday's attacks that left several dead and injured in Kabul. Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas expressed his grief over the attacks, saying such acts would never prevent Afghans from reaching an everlasting peace and reconciliation in their ...

MPs’ Boycott Leaves Parliament in Limbo

MPs’ Boycott Leaves Parliament in Limbo

September 13, 2011

KABUL – More than half of Afghanistan's lawmakers are boycotting parliament over an election authority's decision to replace nine MPs, a walkout that has pushed the legislature below quorum and extended a nearly year-long limbo.
The fraud-marred elections for parliament were held last September, but months of disputes between President Hamid Karzai and parliament over the results first delayed the opening of ...

ALP Guilty of Gross Abuses: HRW

ALP Guilty of Gross Abuses: HRW

September 13, 2011

KABUL - The newly-created Afghan Local Police (ALP) force is involved in gross human rights abuses, an international watchdog said on Monday.
With the government failing to provide proper oversight, the US-backed force was accused of killings, rape, arbitrary detention, ...

NATO Committed to Train ANA Beyond 2014

NATO Committed to Train ANA Beyond 2014

September 13, 2011

KABUL - NATO is committed to train and equip the Afghan National Army (ANA) after the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) end their combat operation by the end of 2014, a NATO general said on ...

‘Elements in Pak Supporting Insurgency in Afghanistan’: NATO

‘Elements in Pak Supporting Insurgency in Afghanistan’: NATO

September 13, 2011

BRESSELS - As US sets in motion phased withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan, NATO has said that elements in Pakistan are supporting insurgency in the war-torn country.
The US-led military grouping also said the security situation in both Pakistan and Afghanistan was 'far from satisfactory' even though Osama ...

7 Convicted of Drug Trafficking

7 Convicted of  Drug Trafficking

September 13, 2011

KABUL - Seven individuals were sentenced from six months to 20 years in jail on charges of drug trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Monday.
Having defense lawyers to plead their cases, the accused were convicted by an appellant court at the end of an open trial on the basis of ...

Herat Govt. Enforces Strict Cleanliness Rule

Herat Govt. Enforces Strict  Cleanliness Rule

September 13, 2011

HERAT CITY - The government warned on Monday of fining and jailing those dirtying the western Herat City, inhabited by a million people.
Gul Ahmad Ramesh, head of the attorney office, told Pajhwok Afghan News a new city cleanliness rule would take effect after an awareness ...

Afghan Refugees in Pak Don’t Want to Return to ‘Chaos’

Afghan Refugees  in Pak Don’t Want to Return to ‘Chaos’

September 13, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Afghan refugees, who are languishing in Pakistan, have little hope of stability in their home country in spite of ten years of US-led efforts to restore peace.
Many refugees fear chaos in Afghanistan after withdrawal of US troops, the Daily Times ...

EA Distributes Cycle Carts

EA Distributes  Cycle Carts

September 13, 2011

KABUL - As a part of its social activities, Etisalat Afghanistan (EA) distributed 45 cycle carts to needy and unemployed people. The project is expected to help these individuals find a source of income to support themselves and their families. In addition to this, EA has paved the way for many Afghans to find jobs within and outside the ...

Security Transition Doesn’t Mean Disengagement: Crocker

Security Transition Doesn’t Mean Disengagement: Crocker

September 12, 2011

KABUL - The US ambassador, reiterating his country's long-term commitment to Afghanistan, said on Sunday that security transition to Afghan forces from their international counterparts did not mean disengagement.
"We are and will remain committed to Afghanistan and the region. We are in this for the long haul.
We are transitioning security responsibility to Afghan forces, but transition does not mean ...

Italy to Cut Military Presence in Afghanistan

Italy to Cut Military Presence in Afghanistan

September 12, 2011

KABUL - Italy's special envoy said on Sunday his country would curtail its military presence in Afghanistan after 2014, but civilian assistance would continue beyond transition to Afghan security lead.
Franscesco M. Talo told reporters during a trip to Kabul the international community, especially Italy, would continue aiding ...

Truck Bomb Wounds 77 Foreign Troops

Truck Bomb Wounds  77 Foreign Troops

September 12, 2011

KABUL - A suicide bomber driving a truck of firewood attacked a NATO base in central Afghanistan, killing four civilians and injuring 77 foreign troops a day ahead of the tenth anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks, NATO and Afghan officials said on Sunday.
The Taliban ...

National Aviation Institute to Be Upgraded as Academy

National Aviation Institute to Be Upgraded as Academy

September 12, 2011

KABUL - Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have promised $25 million (1,183,500,000 Afghanis) for upgrading the National Aviation Institute to an academy, officials said on ...

A Dozen Fighters Killed, Weapons Seized

A Dozen  Fighters Killed, Weapons Seized

September 12, 2011

KABUL - A dozen insurgents were killed during separate operations by Afghan forces over the past 24 hours in deferent parts of the country, the interior ministry said on Sunday.
Backed by coalition troops, the forces detained another 22 fighters in Laghman, Baghlan, Kandahar, Logar, Paktika, Helmand and Paktia ...

MTN Foundation Furnishing Schools in Kabul

MTN Foundation Furnishing Schools  in Kabul

September 12, 2011

KABUL - In continuation of its efforts to uplift & participate in the social efforts for the people of Afghanistan, MTN Foundation yet again proudly announces that distribution of new furniture including tables, chairs, cupboards, drawers and cabinet to Pule charkhi high ...

Farah PRT Blast Under Investigation

Farah PRT Blast Under Investigation

September 12, 2011

FARAH CITY - An investigation into the explosion in the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) compound in western Farah province has been launched, officials said on Sunday
The explosion occurred late on Saturday when unidentified men lobbed a hand grenade into the PRT building, Deputy Governor Mohammad Younus ...

UN Can Help Facilitate Afghan Peace Talks: Ban

UN Can Help Facilitate Afghan Peace Talks: Ban

September 11, 2011

>KABUL - United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the organization can help facilitate peace talks in Afghanistan. He also urged the international community not to abandon Afghanistan as troops withdraw.
Speaking in Australia ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks that triggered the war in Afghanistan, Mr Ban remembered the mayhem of that morning, which he saw firsthand from the UN headquarters in ...

Coalition Rejects Parliamentary Team for Talks

Coalition Rejects  Parliamentary Team for Talks

September 11, 2011

KABUL - The Coalition Supporting the Enforcement of Law on Saturday rejected a 10-member delegation named by the "Wolesi Jirga" to resolve problems arising out of the Independent election Commission's decision regarding the disqualification of several legislators.
With 104 members in ...

Italy Vows to Assist Afghanistan Beyond 2014

Italy Vows to  Assist Afghanistan Beyond 2014

September 11, 2011

KABUL - Italy has promised to stay committed to peace, stability and development in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when Afghan forces will take full security responsibility across the country.
Francesco Maria Talo, Italy's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, held out the pledge during a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on Saturday ...

U.S. Faces Tough Choices on Defense Budget

U.S. Faces  Tough Choices on Defense Budget

September 11, 2011

WASHINGTON - Ten years after the United States embarked on a war against terrorism in the rubble of the September 11 attacks, the country finds itself financially exhausted and facing hard strategic choices as it grapples with new budget realities.
After spending heavily for a decade on the wars in Iraq and ...

Arab-American Company to Invest $100m in Food Processing

Arab-American Company to Invest $100m in Food Processing

September 11, 2011

KABUL - An Arab-American company plans to open the biggest food processing company in the region in Afghanistan, creating thousands of jobs, the Afghan Investment Support Agency (AISA) said on Saturday.
ANHAM will invest $100 million in Afghanistan to build a food processing plant and a logistics hub covering 5,000 hectares of ...

Celebrating the History of U.S.-Afghan Relations

Celebrating the  History of U.S.-Afghan Relations

September 11, 2011

KABUL– On September 7, over one hundred guests joined officials from the U.S. Embassy, the Afghan government, and the international community for the opening of In Small Things Remembered, a photo exhibition that highlights U.S.-Afghan relations from 1911 to the present. This photo exhibition is being funded by the U.S. Department ...

ANA Strength to Reach 195,000 in October

ANA Strength  to Reach 195,000  in October

September 11, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the international community have agreed to raise the number of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers to 195,000 by the end of October, an official said on Saturday.
The ultimate goal was even a higher number, Chief of Army Staff ...

US, Allies Fail to Defeat Terror: MPs

US, Allies Fail to Defeat Terror: MPs

September 11, 2011

KABUL - Some parliamentarians believe the United States of America and its allies have failed to root out terrorism during the 10-year war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.
On September 11, 2001, a number of Al Qaeda-linked individuals hijacked four planes in the US, crashing one of them into the Pentagon ...

Kabul Ready to Help Free Pakistani Children

Kabul Ready to Help Free Pakistani Children

September 11, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan is ready to help release the children kidnapped two weeks ago from the tribal region of Bajaur, the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan said on Saturday.
Pakistani Taliban abducted 25 children from the agency and transferred them to Afghanistan's eastern province of ...