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Governor Blasts Project Contractors for Corruption

Governor Blasts Project Contractors for Corruption

Saturday July 23

KABUL - A number of contractors are committing corruption in executing foreign-funded projects in eastern Khost province, Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi alleged on Friday.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony for Terazai and Alisher district headquarters buildings, Naeemi accused contractors of providing wrong ...

Germany to stand by Afghans: German FM

Germany to stand by  Afghans: German FM

Saturday July 23

KABUL - Germany will continue to assist Afghanistan beyond the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country by 2014, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle promised on Thursday. The pullout of international troops does not mean that the global fraternity will abandon Afghanistan, Westerwelle told a joint news ...

Afghan-NATO Forces Kills 50 Insurgents in Paktika

Afghan-NATO Forces Kills 50 Insurgents in Paktika

Saturday July 23

KABUL - International and Afghan troops battled heavily armed insurgents holed up in caves and bunkers that served as a way station for foreign fighters crossing into the country from Pakistan, the U.S.-led coalition said Friday. The two days of fighting killed more than 50 of the militants, it said. The foreign fighter encampment is...

Herat City Transitions to ANSF

Herat City Transitions to ANSF

Saturday July 23

HERATCITY - Security responsibility for Herat City was handed over to Afghan forces on Thursday, increasing to four the number of areas transferred to local control. Marking the transition, two separate ceremonies took place on the Herat Airbase and at the 207the Zafar Corps of the Afghan National Army. Head of Security Transition...

Afghans Fear Taliban Return

Afghans Fear  Taliban Return

July 23, 2011

WASHINGTON - Afghans are worried about Taliban resurgence in various provinces, as NATO troops begin to pull out of the country. As the foreign presence recedes, many fear the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan's eastern Nuristan Province and Kunar Province. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the responsibility of ...

Lashkargah Handed to ANSF

Lashkargah  Handed to ANSF

July 21, 2011

LASHKARGAH - Security responsibility for the southern city of Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand province, was handed to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) on Wednesday, an official said.
Afghan officials and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander Gen. John Allen attended a ceremony, marking the security transfer to local forces, said Daud Ahmadi, the governor's spokesman. After the ceremony, Governor Gulab Mangal told a news conference government institutions in ...

Former Militants to Be Given Jobs: Minister

Former Militants  to Be Given Jobs: Minister

July 21, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Public Works will provide jobs for those who join the peace process in their areas, an official said on Wednesday. Public Works Minister Abdul Qudus Hameedi said at a hearing in the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Parliament, that commanders who joined the peace process would be hired as managers and their men as ...

Karzai Bans U.S. Treasury Officials from DAB

Karzai Bans U.S. Treasury Officials from DAB

July 21, 2011

WASHINGTON - Amid a growing financial scandal, President Hamid Karzai has banned U.S. Treasury officials from his country's central bank (De Afghanistan Bank), hampering work to fight the flow of money to insurgents, a report revealed Wednesday. The Treasury advisers won't return because working conditions at the ...

Clinton Reassures India over Afghan Troop Drawdown

Clinton Reassures  India over Afghan Troop Drawdown

July 21, 2011

CHENNAI – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday sought to soothe India's concerns over a US troop drawdown from Afghanistan, stressing Washington's commitment to the war-torn country. The United States has announced plans to withdraw from Afghanistan 33,000 surge troops by the end of September 2012, with 10,000 due to ...

MTN Mobile Clinic Treats 850 Patients for Free

MTN Mobile Clinic Treats 850 Patients for Free

July 21, 2011

Kabul – MTN Mobile Clinic visited Reesh Khor and Char Qala-e-Char Dehi areas in Kabul and treated more than 850 patients for free during this week. Besides; MTN Mobile Clinic doctors educated people about seasonal diseases and personal ...

Pakistan to Release Afghan Food Shipments

Pakistan to Release  Afghan Food Shipments

July 20, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari promised on Tuesday that he would order the immediate release of stranded food shipments to Afghanistan. He held out the assurance at a meeting with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, where he arrived on a daylong visit. The two leaders conferred on transit issues between the neighbors, Karzai's office said. Minister of Commerce Anwar ulHaqAhadi also attended the meeting, in which the visiting dignitary was briefed on the problems that Afghan traders faced in...

Pak-Afghani Interior Ministers Meet at Kabul

Pak-Afghani  Interior Ministers Meet at Kabul

July 20, 2011

ISLAMABAD –Afghan Interior Minister, General Bismillah Muhammadi met his Pakistani counterpart in Kabul on Tuesday and discussed issues of mutual interest, security and bilateral relations. The two sides also discussed installation of Biometrics System at Pak-Afghani Border, incursion of Taliban through Afghanistan and lunching attacks on ...

Government Phone Expenses Exceed $10 Million Since March

Government  Phone Expenses Exceed $10  Million Since March

July 20, 2011

KABUL - Last year the government's telephone bill was over $10 million (roughly 519 million Afghanis). The Ministries of Defense, Interior, and Culture and Information generated 42 percent of those costs, an official said Monday. Haji Mohammad Aqa, a Finance Ministry official, told Pajhwok Afghan News that since the end of March, the...

Corruption, Illiteracy Hold Back ANP

Corruption,  Illiteracy Hold Back ANP

July 20, 2011

LASHKARGAH - When NATO forces in Afghanistan caught an opium producer with 15 kgs (33 lbs) of drugs, they might have expected his family to plead for his freedom. Instead, an Afghan police officer appealed to foreign troops to release him. The drug-trafficker stayed in prison, but the British army officer who described the incident said...

India Urges USto Remain Engaged in Afghanistan

India Urges USto Remain Engaged in Afghanistan

July 20, 2011

NEW DHELI - Concerned over the security situation in South Asia and a Taliban re-emergence after troops pullout from Afghanistan by the United States, India has appealed to the US to remain involved in Afghanistan in accordance with the comfort of the war-torn nation. Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna in a joint press ...

Mehtarlam Handed Over to Afghan Forces

Mehtarlam Handed  Over to Afghan Forces

July 20, 2011

KABUL - Security responsibility for Mehtarlam, the capital of eastern Laghman province, was handed over to Afghan forces on Tuesday, officials said. A ceremony marking the security transfer was held at the overnor's house in Mehtarlam, the second of seven areas to hand responsibility to Afghan forces, the Ministry of Interior said. Dr. Ashraf Ghani...

Waheed Omar: Targeted Killings Couldn’t Go Without Revenge

Waheed Omar: Targeted Killings Couldn’t Go Without Revenge

July 19, 2011

KABUL - Afghan government would avenge the serial and targeted killings of high-ranking Afghan officials and tribal elders, President Karzai's Spokesman said on Sunday.
Speaking at a press conference, Karzai's Spokesperson Waheed Omar said the assassination of our national figures and tribal elders is part of a big plot by the enemies of Afghanistan.
Mr Omar said the Taliban and their affiliates want to disrupt the security transition process, but the process will...

Wardak Warns About Early Exit of Troops

Wardak Warns About Early Exit of Troops

July 19, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's defense minister, Abdul Rahim Wardak said Monday he hopes U.S. Gen. David Petraeus will temper calls for a quick withdrawal of U.S. forces in Petraeus' new role of CIA director. The Afghan official says the general's "unmatched experiences and knowledge of the ground realities" should counterbalance what he ...

Petraeus Hands Over Command in Afghanistan, to Lead CIA

Petraeus Hands Over  Command in Afghanistan, to Lead CIA

July 19, 2011

KABUL - General David Petraeus, Washington's new intelligence chief, handed over command of U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan Monday, a day after a tentative start was made to a gradual process of transferring security to Afghan forces. Petraeus, credited with reversing a spiral toward civil war in Iraq...

Etisalat Launches Social Drive to Support Primary Education

Etisalat Launches Social Drive to Support Primary Education

July 19, 2011

KABUL - Etisalat Afghanistan, strongly believes in conducting its business in a way that it contributes to the growth and development of the society it operates in. The company has launched various CSR programs and social campaigns in Afghanistan over the years and has made profound efforts to contribute in the growth of various sectors of ...

President Karzai Adviser Killed

President Karzai  Adviser Killed

July 18, 2011

KABUL – Gunmen attacked the home of an adviser to president Karzai in Karte-chahar district of Kabul on Sunday evening. According to initial reports threeattackersentered Jan Mohammad Khan, former governor of Uruzgan province and adviser to President Hamid Karzai, home and killed him along with Mohammad HashimWatanwal, an MP from Uruzgan province and three bodyguards. "There has been an armed attack by at least two gunmen on the house of the former governor of Uruzgan Jan Mohammad Khan...

U.N. Delists 14 Ex-Taliban Figures

U.N. Delists 14 Ex-Taliban Figures

July 17 2011

KABUL - The UN committee that oversees the Taliban blacklist has dropped 14 names at the Afghan government's urging, including several members of the peace council that President Hamid Karzai formed to find a political solution to the country's insurgency. The Afghan government had asked the sanctions committee to drop up to 50 former Taliban leaders from its list, and provided extensive documentation aimed at showing they have since been reintegrated into ...

Azizi Bank not in Crises: Central Bank

Azizi Bank not in Crises: Central Bank

July 17 2011

KABUL - Acting central bank governor said on Saturday the country's second-biggest private bank was not in crisis and warned lawmakers that raising fears about its future could spark panic.
Mohebullah Safi appeared before parliament at the request of lawmakers, some of whom suggested this week that Azizi Bank was ...

Taliban Softens Stance in Talks: Peace Council

Taliban Softens Stance in Talks: Peace Council

July 17 2011

KABUL - A senior member of the Afghan High Peace Council has said during a visit to India that the Taliban group has softened its position in peace talks. "They have softened their stance a little bit, I should say. They say, well, no foreign troop should live on the soil of our country, Afghanistan. Hekmatyar, leader of the ...

WB Grants $52m to Manage Natural Resources

WB Grants $52m to Manage Natural Resources

July 17 2011

KABUL - World Bank on Saturday signed a $52 million grant with Ministry of Finance to support the government's efforts to manage natural resources effectively and transparently.
Officials in the Ministry of Finance said the grant will be spent to boost management of natural resources of the country in the next four ...

Civilian War Deaths Hit Record Level:UNAMA

Civilian War Deaths Hit Record Level:UNAMA

July 16, 2011

KABUL - The first half of this year was the deadliest six months for civilians in Afghanistan since the decade-old war began, the country's U.N. mission said on Thursday. Civilian deaths hit a record high, up 15 percent compared to the first half of 2010, due to roadside and suicide bombings, increased ground fighting and more deaths from air strikes. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said 1,462 civilians had been killed in conflict-related incidents. It ...

U.S. Drawdown Begins, First Troops Leave

U.S. Drawdown Begins, First Troops Leave

July 16, 2011

KABUL - The first U.S. troops have left Afghanistan as part of U.S. President Barack Obama's planned drawdown of about a third of the 100,000 U.S. forces there during the next year.
Facing growing political opposition to the nearly decade-old war, Obama announced in June the withdrawal plan, which was a faster ...

Electric Project Launched in Bamyan

Electric Project Launched in Bamyan

July 16, 2011

>BAMYAN CITY - After protesting over the lack of electricity in Bamyan city, hundreds of families will soon have access to power. The installation of two generators that produce 1,200 kilowatts of electricity – enough to provide power for 750 homes and 500 businesses – began this week in Bamyan ...

Mullah Omar Agrees to make Peace: Sultani

Mullah Omar Agrees to make Peace: Sultani

July 16, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's complex and often confusing business of talks with the Taliban took a surprisingly dramatic turn this week when a female lawmaker told a news conference she had recently met the Taliban's Supreme leader, Mullah Omar, who agreed to make peace. Despite questions of credibility, the large turnout to Thursday's ...

India Welcomes Rabbani’s Peace Mission

India Welcomes Rabbani’s Peace Mission

July 16, 2011

NEW DELHI - India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Thursday told the visiting Chairman of the High Peace Council, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, that his country can always count on India's support for development and peace. Led by Burhanudin Rabbani, a high level peace delegation from Afghanistan arrived on Thursday here on a two-day...

Turkey to Train 15,000 ANP

Turkey to Train  15,000 ANP

July 16, 2011

ANKARA - Turkey has taken up another training role for the Afghan police force as a part of its decade-long contribution to the reconstruction of Afghanistan and plans to train some 15,000 Afghan policemen at the Sivas Higher Vocational Police School in Central ...

Rabbani: India’s Cooperation Needed in Afghan Reconciliation

Rabbani: India’s Cooperation Needed  in Afghan Reconciliation

July 14, 2011

NEW DHELI - Burhanudin Rabbani Chairman of the High Peace Council negotiating with Taliban, on Wednesday said that 'India is an important country in the region and we want its cooperation in peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan'. Rabbani arrived here on a two-day visit along with the sixteen-member delegation, mostly the members of high peace council.
Rabbani led delegation includes Minister Masoom Stanekzai, CEO of ...

3mln Afghans to Need Food Aid in Autumn: U.N.

3mln Afghans  to Need Food Aid  in Autumn: U.N.

July 14, 2011

GENEVA - Two to three million people across Afghanistan are likely to need extra food aid from September following drought and a poor wheat harvest this year, the United Nations food agency said on Wednesday. But Bradley Guerrant, the World Food Program's deputy director for the country, told a news conference WFP's Afghan operations were facing ...

Millions of Afghans Suffer Respiratory Disease

Millions of Afghans  Suffer Respiratory Disease

July 14, 2011

KABUL - Over the past three months more than 2.4 million people have been treated for respiratory system disorders in health facilities throughout the country, officials said. Dr. Mohammad Yaqub Azimi, the head of the Health Information Management System (HIMS), counted air pollution and the environment as major factors contributing to the...

ECO Stresses Cooperation Among Customs Offices

ECO Stresses Cooperation Among Customs Offices

July 14, 2011

KABUL - Commerce ministers of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states met in Kabul on Wednesday. They agreed on enhanced cooperation among customs offices. The ministers at the meeting also decided to make efforts to bring into effect the Economic Cooperation Organization Trade Agreement (ECOTA) by the end of this...