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Kabul Suicide Bomb Kills 13 Foreign Troops

Kabul Suicide Bomb Kills 13 Foreign Troops

October, 30 2011

KABUL - A suicide car bomber killed 13 foreign troops in Afghan Kabul on Saturday, the deadliest single ground attack in 10 years of war in Afghanistan."We can confirm that 13 International Security Assistance Force members have died," said a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), giving no further details.
Earlier, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said three civilians and a police officer had been killed in the attack.
Excluding helicopter crashes, it ...

1st Phase of Security Transition Reviewed

1st Phase of Security Transition Reviewed

October, 30 2011

KABUL - The Security Transition Board on Saturday reviewed the first trash of transfer and decided to brief President Hamid Karzai a day later on the second phase of process, officials said. Chaired by Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, head of the transition commission, the meeting was attended by ministers of interior and defense, the ISAF commander and the NATO civilian representative in ...

Terror Group Busted in Kabul: NDS

Terror Group Busted in Kabul: NDS

October, 30 2011

A terrorist group, planning to attack the Gul Bahar Trade Centre and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office, has been arrested by intelligence operatives in Kabul, an official said on Saturday. With the arrest, a huge terrorist bid had been prevented in the capital city, the NDS spokesman, Lutfullah Mashal, told a news ...

Sharp Drop in Afghans Returning from Pakistan: UN

Sharp Drop in Afghans Returning from Pakistan: UN

October, 30 2011

KABUL - The number of Afghan refugees returning home from Pakistan fell by almost 60 percent this year, the United Nations' refugee agency said Saturday, reflecting the reluctance of many to return to the war-ravaged country where security concerns abound a decade after a U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban. The UNHCR said that 60,000 Afghans have returned so far this year ...

35 Poppy Growers Detained in Nimroz

35 Poppy Growers Detained in Nimroz

October, 30 2011

ZARANJ - Security forces detained 35 farmers on the charge of cultivating the illicit poppy crop in their fields in southwestern Nimroz province, officials said on Saturday. The arrests were made in Khashrod district following repeated warnings to farmers against growing the banned plant, the district ...

Over 60,000 Refugees Return Home this Year

Over 60,000 Refugees Return Home this Year

October, 30 2011

KABUL - More than 60,000 refugees have returned home under the UNHCR's voluntary return operation during the current so far, the UN agency said on Saturday. The returnees included 43,000 from Pakistan and over 17,000 from Iran, the UNHCR said, adding the Pakistan return figure was 59 percent ...

MPs Call for Probe into 2007 Baghlan Deaths

MPs Call for Probe into 2007 Baghlan Deaths

October, 30 2011

KABUL - Parliamentarians on Saturday renewed their call for an investigation into a 2007 suicide attack that killed a number of their colleagues in northeastern Baghlan province. Six lawmakers, all members of the Wolesi Jirga Finance Commission, their five security guards and 74 other people were killed in the suicide bombing four years ...

Karzai Wants 2nd Phase of Security Switch Enforced

Karzai Wants 2nd Phase of Security Switch Enforced

October, 30 2011

KABUL : President Hamid Karzai on Saturday called for serious and practical measures for implementation of the second phase of security transition from foreign troops to their Afghan counterparts.The Security Transition Board on Saturday reviewed the first phase of transfer and decided to brief President Hamid Karzai a day later on the ...

Iranian Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

Iranian Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

October, 30 2011

>KABUL - The Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Saturday its appeal court had sentenced an Iranian national to 20 years in prison for trafficking 90 kilograms of heroin into Afghanistan.
Arrested by local police in the Abresham area of Nimroz province, the convict had been transporting goods on his truck between Iran and ...

Pakistan Behind U.S. Goal of Afghan Peace: Ambassador

Pakistan Behind U.S. Goal of Afghan Peace: Ambassador

October, 30 2011

CHICAGO - The U.S. goal of peace in Afghanistan is firmly shared by Pakistan, but the two nations face hurdles that include anti-American sentiments in Pakistan, the country's ambassador in the United States ...

Karzai Wants Areas for Security Switch Finalized

Karzai Wants Areas for Security Switch Finalized

October, 29 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai asked security officials on Thursday to finalize provinces and districts for security transfer to local control as part of the second phase of the transition process.
A day earlier, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) announced the 17 provinces where the second phase of security transition would take place.
At a conference with governors in Kabul, IDLG chief Abdul Khaliq Farahi said they were ready to take over the ...

Clinton Hails Turkey on Af-Pak Issue

Clinton Hails Turkey on Af-Pak Issue

October, 29 2011

ANKARA - As Turkey prepares for a full agenda of meetings at next Wednesday's conference on Afghanistan, one conference participant, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, praised Turkey's ability to communicate with the leaders of the Af-Pak region and welcomed its ...

90pc of US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreed to: Clinton

90pc of US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreed to: Clinton

October 29, 2011

WASHINGTON - As much as 90 percent of the text of Strategic Partnership between the US and Afghanistan has been agreed upon, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, told lawmakers on Thursday.
Testifying before a Congressional committee, Clinton said so far the ...

Afghanistan Needs A Strong Private-Sector Partnership: EU

Afghanistan Needs A Strong Private-Sector Partnership: EU

October, 29 2011

KABUL - The EUROMINES Conference - "Investment Opportunities & the Economic Future of Afghanistan' held in Brussels in the presence of representatives from twenty countries and more then forty international companies. In addition, it was attended by high-level Afghan Government officials, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of ...

Karzai Statement Taken Out of Context: Clinton

Karzai Statement Taken Out of Context: Clinton

October, 29 2011

WASHINGTON - Coming out in defense of President Hamid Karzai, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said his recent statement that Afghanistan would side with Pakistan and not America was misunderstood and taken out of context. "It was taken out of context and misunderstood," Clinton said at a Congressional hearing when ...

Tajikistan-Afghanistan Power Transmission Line Officially Inaugurated

Tajikistan-Afghanistan Power Transmission Line Officially Inaugurated

October, 29 2011

DUSHANBE - An official ceremony of inauguration of the 220 kV power transmission line from Sangtuda in Tajikistan to Pul-i Khumri in Afghanistan took place on October 27.
Tajik Prime Minister Oqil Oqilov, Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, and Afghan Minister of Energy and Water Resources Mohammad ...

Afghan Children in Iran Deprived of Education

Afghan Children in Iran Deprived of Education

October, 29 2011

KABUL - Although Iran is providing valuable services to refugees, some of Afghan migrants claim their children remain deprived of education in the neighboring country. But Nasir Jehan Shahi, cultural attaché at the Iranian embassy in Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that his country fully assisted Afghan ...

Norway Unfreezes Aid to Afghanistan Fund

Norway Unfreezes Aid to Afghanistan Fund

October, 29 2011

KABUL - Norway on Thursday said it would restart contributions to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), nearly two months after it announced a freeze on aid over corruption.
The country will give up to 280 million kroner ($51.6 million) in aid to ARTF this year, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
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Paktia Elders Back Strategic Pact with US

Paktia Elders Back Strategic Pact with US

October, 29 2011

KABUL - Elders from southeastern Paktia province on Thursday supported the Afghan-US strategic pact and an upcoming Loya Jirga on the deal, the Presidential Palace said.
A consultative meeting between President Hamid Karzai and tribal elders and religious scholars from the province was held in the Presidency to discuss the agreement, the president's office said in a ...

Pakistan Irked Over Proposal for Setting Up ‘Regional Structure’ on Afghanistan

Pakistan Irked Over Proposal for Setting Up ‘Regional Structure’ on Afghanistan

October, 29 2011

ISALAMBAD - Pakistan has expressed reservations over the proposed draft of the declaration of the upcoming Istanbul Conference on Afghanistan, which may complicate international efforts for evolving a consensus on the document. The conference, slated for November 2, is expected to discuss ...

EidulAdha to Be Celebrated on Nov. 6

EidulAdha to Be Celebrated on Nov. 6

October, 29 2011

KABUL - Eidul Adha will be celebrated in Afghanistan on November 6, a day ahead of the Arafat Day, when pilgrims stand in prayer in the plain of Arafat during the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
The Arafat Day and three Eid days would be closed public holidays, Ministry of Works and Social Affairs official Shah Sawar Sattari told ...

Karzai Condoles with Zardari Over Nusrat Bhutto’s Death

Karzai Condoles with Zardari Over Nusrat Bhutto’s Death

October, 29 2011

ISLAMABAD - President Hamid Karzai has condoled with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari over the death of his mother-in-law Begum Nusrat Bhutto. During a phone call to Zardari late on Thursday, Karzai prayed to God to rest the former first lady's soul in eternal peace, said Farhatullah ...

Karzai to Announce Next Round of Security Transition

Karzai to Announce Next Round of Security Transition

October, 27 2011

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces will soon take control of security in 17 areas of Afghanistan, ahead of the complete withdrawal of foreign combat troops from the country by 2014.
A senior Afghan official said Wednesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai will announce the second phase of the security transition at a conference in Turkey on November 2.
NATO plans to transfer full security control to Afghan forces by the end of 2014. The process began in July, and Afghan ...

EA, ACB to Promote Cricket in Afghanistan

EA, ACB to Promote Cricket in Afghanistan

October, 27 2011

KABUL - Etisalat Afghanistan (EA), a 100% owned subsidiary of Etisalat Telecommunications, UAE and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Wednesday announced renewal of their partnership for the promotion and development of Cricket in Afghanistan. The ceremony held at Sareena Hotel, Kabul was attended by Shahzada Masood, Vice Chairman Afghanistan ...

India, China in Line for Afghan Mine, Oil Contracts

India, China in Line for Afghan Mine, Oil Contracts

October, 27 2011

LA HULPE - Indian and Chinese bidders are front-runners to be awarded contracts for iron ore and oil projects in coming months, the country's mining minister said on Wednesday. The winner of the Hajigak iron ore project will be announced in early November, Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani told Reuters on the ...

Loya Jirga Participants to Be Targeted: Taliban

Loya Jirga Participants to Be Targeted: Taliban

October, 27 2011

KABUL - The Taliban on Wednesday warned Afghans against participating in an upcoming Loya Jirga on the proposed strategic cooperation pact with the United States. More than 2,000 government officials and tribal elders are scheduled to meet in mid-November in Kabul to discuss the pros and cons of the ...

Polish DM Visits Troops in Afghanistan

Polish DM Visits Troops in Afghanistan

October, 27 2011

KABUL - Polish Minister of Defense Tomasz Siemoniak is visiting Polish troops stationed in the province of Ghazni, eastern Afghanistan. The minister is being accompanied by the head of the Polish National Security Bureau, General Stanisław Koziej. Minister Siemoniak is visiting the troops and overseeing a change in ...

Security in Hands of Afghans in 17 Provinces

Security in Hands of Afghans in 17 Provinces

October, 27 2011

KABUL - Afghan forces could soon take charge of security in all or parts of 17 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces – the second step in a transition that President Hamid Karzai hopes will leave his police and soldiers in control across the nation by the end of 2014, government officials said Wednesday. Karzai is to officially announce the new sites ...

Azimi Rejects Eikenberry’s Estimates as Too High

Azimi Rejects Eikenberry’s Estimates as Too High

October, 27 2011

KABUL - The Defense Ministry spokesman on Wednesday said Afghan forces would need assistance from the international community even after the 2014 security switch, but their expenses would be less than what the former US ambassador has estimated. Former US ambassador Gen. Karl Eikenberry said a few days back if the ...

Govt. Won't Be Able to Fund ASF after 2014: Eikenberry

Govt. Won't Be Able to Fund ASF after 2014: Eikenberry

October, 26 2011

WASHINGTON - A former US ambassador to Afghanistan said that the cost of maintaining Afghanistan's Security Forces (ASF) after 2014 will be more than three times government revenue, and the shortfall will have to be picked up by the international community.
Speaking on a visit to the Australian capital, Canberra, on Monday, former US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said that building an effective security force will cost about $7 billion annually, dwarfing the $2.5 billion annual revenue of the Afghan ...

Afghanistan Needs $1bn to Fight Drought

Afghanistan Needs $1bn to Fight Drought

October, 26 2011

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development said on Tuesday that more than 7 million people are facing drought and starvation in the country. The Natural Resources and Environment Committee of Afghan Parliament said that more 90 per cent of rain-fed lands have not had enough rain ...

MPs Split on Participation in Loya Jirga

MPs Split on Participation in Loya Jirga

October, 26 2011

KABUL - A hundred Wolesi Jirga members have filled out forms for participation in the proposed traditional Loya Jirga on an Afghan-US strategic cooperation pact, but others said they would not take part in the event.
More than 2,000 government officials and elders are scheduled to meet in mid-November in Kabul to discuss the pros and cons of the ...

Pakistan, US Agree on ‘Blueprint’ Seeking Peaceful End to War in Afghanistan

Pakistan, US Agree on ‘Blueprint’ Seeking Peaceful End to War in Afghanistan

October, 26 2011

ISALAMABAD - The United States and Pakistan have agreed on a "blueprint" seeking a peaceful end to the decade-old war in Afghanistan, according to a media report. The Afghan endgame took centre stage during extensive talks between Washington and Islamabad during US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ...

Haqqaniswill Not Talk Afghan Peace Alone: Commander

Haqqaniswill Not Talk Afghan Peace Alone: Commander

October, 26 2011

PESHAWAR - The Afghan Haqqani militant group will not take part individually in any peace talks with the United States and negotiations must be led by the Taliban, a senior commander told Reuters on Tuesday.
"They (the Americans) would not be able to find a possible solution to the Afghan conflict until and unless they hold talks with ...

MPs Reject Afghan-ISAF Cooperation Pact

MPs Reject Afghan-ISAF Cooperation Pact

October 25, 2011

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Parliament, on Monday rejected an agreement on technical and military cooperation between the Afghan government and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
But the house endorsed with a majority vote four other agreements on the creation of a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation university, a SAARC food bank, legal cooperation between Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on social and ...