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Govt. Supports Taliban: NFA

Govt. Supports Taliban: NFA

January 01, 2012

KABUL - Head of the National Front of Afghanistan (NFA), Ahmad Zia Massoud on Saturday said that the government is trying to merge the Taliban into political structure of the government.
Speaking at a gathering in Kapisa province, Mr. Massoud accused the government of supporting the ...

Security Switch Hits Foreign Investment

Security Switch Hits Foreign Investment

January 01, 2012

KABUL - The security switch from foreign troops to the Afghan forces had a negative impact on foreign investment in 2011, when cash flows into the country fell by $36 million, an official said on Saturday.
Director at the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) Roohullah Ahmadzai said foreigners invested $207 (10.1 billion afghanis) last ...

U.S. Mulls Transfer of Senior Taliban Prisoner

U.S. Mulls Transfer of  Senior Taliban Prisoner

January 01, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody a senior Taliban official suspected of major human rights abuses as part of a long-shot bid to improve the prospects of a peace deal in Afghanistan, Reuters has learned.
The potential hand-over of Mohammed Fazl, a 'high-risk detainee' held ...

NATO Asked to Present Evidence of Corruption

NATO Asked to Present Evidence of Corruption

December 31, 2011

KABUIL - Afghan judicial officials have asked the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to provide to the Attorney General Office evidence of alleged corruption in the Ministry of Defense.
The demand came at a high-level meeting, chaired by President Hamid Karzai, late on Thursday at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
A statement from Karzai's office said the chief justice, ministers of defense and justice, the national security advisor, the AG and other senior officials attended the ...

NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS TO THE READERS OF THE DAILY OUTLOOK AFGHANISTAN FROM THE AMBASSADOR OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS TO THE READERS OF  THE DAILY OUTLOOK AFGHANISTAN  FROM THE AMBASSADOR OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

December 31, 2011

People in many countries of the world including Russia are welcoming now the New Year of 2012. It is the time when we are looking back to the memorable moments of the past year and making plans for the coming one.
2011 was a successful year for our cooperation with Afghanistan. Our traditionally friendly and good neighborly relations have further ...

UN Helps Uzbekistan to Equip Border with Afghanistan

UN Helps Uzbekistan to Equip Border with Afghanistan

December 31, 2011

Ashkhabad - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has transferred specialized equipment worth more than $1.2 million to customs based in the Surkhandarya region in the south of Uzbekistan (bordering Afghanistan and Tajikistan) and the Committee on the Protection of State Borders (CPSB), the press service of the State ...

China Builds Plan to Defend Afghan Resource Projects

China Builds  Plan to Defend Afghan  Resource Projects

December 31, 2011

KABUL - Accelerating Chinese investment in Afghanistan is focusing attention on the question of China's future role in that country.
This week a Chinese company won the right to develop certain Afghan oilfields. This is not the first Chinese resource play in Afghanistan,

1981 Files Hint at Afghan Secret War

1981 Files Hint at  Afghan Secret War

December 31, 2011

WASHINGTON - Evidence of an escalating secret war in Afghanistan is revealed in confidential documents which have been released to the National Archives.
The documents detail Britain and America's contribution to supporting Afghan militants fighting against the Soviets following the invasion of ...

Nangarhar Craftsmen Weave Country’s Largest Carpet

Nangarhar Craftsmen Weave Country’s  Largest Carpet

December 31, 2011

JALALABAD - A group of skilled carpet weavers produced Afghanistan's largest rug in eastern Nangarhar province, a representative of the craftsmen said on Thursday.
Measuring 100 square meters, 33 square meters lengthy and 7.5 square meters wide, the rug took nine months to finish, said head of the ...

Karzai Inquires After Zardari

Karzai Inquires  After Zardari

December 31, 2011

ISLAMABAD - President Hamid Karzai telephoned his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardar to inquire abouthis health and convey him the best wishes of the Afghan government and people, the Presidency in Islamabad said.
During the telephone conversation late on Wednesday evening, the two ...

Taliban, US Agree Several Negotiation Points

Taliban, US Agree  Several Negotiation Points

December 29, 2011

KABUL - A former leader of Taliban's Jaish-ul-Muslimin Movement said that some agreements have been made to negotiate with the US.
Sayed Mohammad Akbar Agha, the former leader of Taliban's Jaish-ul-Muslimin Movement said that Qatar would be the best place for the Taliban to open an office.
Some reports say that Sayed Tayeb Agha, Shahabuddin Delawar and Shir ...

Security Units Being Shifted to Afghan Control: Gen. Allen

Security Units  Being Shifted to Afghan Control: Gen. Allen

December 29, 2011

KABUL - NATO-led troops have been shifting or disbanding all security-related programs to the Afghan government's control, International Security Assistance Force Commander Gen. John R. Allen said on Wednesday.
A day earlier, President Hamid Karzai asked the multinational force to abolish a local police force operating in Afghanistan's northern ...

Major Oil Deal Signed with China

Major Oil Deal  Signed with China

December 29, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan and China on Wednesday signed their first-ever oil and gas deal that would earn the landlocked country $7 billion over the next two decades and a half, officials said.
Under the major oil exploration agreement, the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will develop three oil fields ...

International Aid to ANSF Beyond 2014 is A Must: MoI

International  Aid to ANSF  Beyond 2014 is  A Must: MoI

December 29, 2011

KABUL - Minister of Interior (MoI) of Affairs Bismellah Mohammadi said on Wednesday that international aid is necessary for Afghan security forces after 2014.
"We need long-term international aid for our security forces well beyond 2014." Besmellah Mohammadi, Afghan Interior Minister said. "I hope that Japan continues its financial aid as ...

Mullah Omar Still on Most Wanted List: US

Mullah Omar Still  on Most Wanted List: US

December 29, 2011

WASHINGTON - Taliban leader Mullah Omar, contrary to media reports, was never on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) most wanted list, and continues to be on the most wanted terrorist list of the United States.
Under the Reward for Justice (RFJ) program, the State Department has ...

Security Transition Begins in Daikundi

Security  Transition Begins in Daikundi

December 29, 2011

NEILI - After central Parwan province, the second phase of security transition from foreign troops to Afghan forces was launched in Daikundi on Wednesday.
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the transition commission head, representatives from the ministries of defense, interior, education, rural rehabilitation, public works and the Independent Director of ...

‘Mullah Omar’s Name Not on FBI Wanted List’

‘Mullah Omar’s Name Not on FBI Wanted List’

December 28, 2011

KABUL - Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar's name has been removed from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI's most wanted terrorists list, according to reports.
Pakistani media has reported that the US government wanted to encourage the Taliban for peace talks through this move.
The US government has not confirmed or rejected the media reports.
Mullah Omar's name is not currently on ...

Afghanistan Tells NATO to Disband Local Force

Afghanistan  Tells NATO to  Disband Local Force

December 28, 2011

KABUL - NATO is reviewing the activities of an irregular police force set up to bolster security mainly in the troubled north, the alliance said on Tuesday, following a call by the Afghan government that it be disbanded.
The row over the Critical Infrastructure Protection program (CIP) launched in areas where there are not enough regular security forces ...

Afghanistan, China Sign First Oil Contract

Afghanistan, China  Sign First Oil Contract

December 28, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan signed a deal allowing China's state-owned National Petroleum Corporation to become the first foreign firm to produce oil in the country, the Ministry of Mines said.
The deal allows the Chinese firm to work oil blocks in the northeastern provinces of Sari Pul and Faryab. The area, known as the Amu Darya River Basin, is believed to have reserves of about 87 million ...

Refugee Strategy A ‘Big Mistake’: UNHCR

Refugee Strategy  A ‘Big Mistake’: UNHCR

December 28, 2011

KABUL - The head of the UN refugee program in Afghanistan on Tuesday described its strategy in the war-wracked country since 2002 as the "biggest mistake UNHCR ever made".
Almost a quarter of the population of Afghanistan is made up of refugees returning from Pakistan and Iran. Many find themselves ...

Violence against Journalists Increases to 38%

Violence  against Journalists Increases to 38%

December 28, 2011

KABUL - The head of Nye Media Watch on Tuesday said that violence against journalists in Afghanistan rose to 38 percent in 2011.
A report published by Nye Media Watch shows that 80 percent of violent cases against journalists including murder, injury, beating and threatening have been recorded in 2011, while it was 58 cases ...

Afghanistan, Iran Ink Fuel Agreement

Afghanistan, Iran Ink Fuel Agreement

December 28, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan and Iran signed an agreement to import one million tons of fuel annually, Iranian media reports.
The agreement was signed between Afghan Minister of Commerce and Industry Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi and managing director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company Ali Reza Zeighami on Monday, the ...

Karzai Does Not Trust Security Forces: Saleh

Karzai Does Not Trust Security Forces: Saleh

December 27, 2011

KABUL - Former Chief of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) at a gathering on Monday accused President Hamid Karzai of not trusting Afghan security forces.
Mr Amrullah Saleh was speaking at a gathering with religious scholars and made the comments in reaction to the recent call of President Hamid Karzai asking for an end to night raids.
"If the President has problem with the night raids, what is the solution. He does not trust ...

India to Invest $7.8 Billion on Afghan Mine

India to Invest  $7.8 Billion on  Afghan Mine

December 27, 2011

KABUL - An Indian government backed group will invest $7.8 Billion on three blocks of Hajigak iron mine in Afghanistan, Bloomberg reported.
A consortium of seven Indian steel companies led by Steel Authorities of India (SAIL) bagged the development rights to invest on ...

MTN Mobile Clinic Offered Free Consultation and Medicines

MTN Mobile Clinic  Offered Free Consultation and Medicines

December 27, 2011

KABUL - MTN mobile clinic visited deferent location in Kabul and Nangarhar provinces and treated around 2550 patients for free.
The people appreciated this humane act of MTN Foundation and ask for other organization to run such social projects ...

Afghanistan Urges No Foreign Interference in Taliban Talks

Afghanistan Urges No Foreign  Interference in Taliban Talks

December 27, 2011

KABUL – An Afghan government body seeking a negotiated peace deal with the Taliban insisted Monday it would not tolerate foreign interference in any talks.
The head of the foreign relations department of the High Peace Council, Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, emphasized the government's position ...

Wardak Resigns from HPC

Wardak Resigns from HPC

December 27, 2011

KABUL – Minister of Education and member of High Peace Council (HPC), Farooq Wardak, resigned from HPC, a report published on ministry of Education website stated Monday. According to report, Wardak Resign from HPC becouse of paying more attention to his ...

Afghanistan’s Revenue Up By 30pc

Afghanistan’s Revenue  Up By 30pc

December 27, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's revenue from taxes and custom duty increased by 30 percent in the first nine months of 2011, compared to the same period last year, a Ministry of Finance official said on Monday.
The third-quarter revenue stood at 81.4 billion Afghanis, with 50 ...

President Replaces 3 IEC Members

President Replaces 3 IEC Members

December 26, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday granted extension to two Independent Election Commission (IEC) members and replaced three others, his office said.
The tenures of Momina Yari and Mohammad Hussain Garziwani were extended, while Ayub Asil, Mastura Stanikzai and Suleman Hamid, who completed their terms, were replaced.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said that the steps had been taken in accordance with Article ...

Night Raids to Figure at Talks with US

Night Raids  to Figure at  Talks with US

December 26, 2011

KABUL - Talks on a strategic cooperation pact with the United States would begin next year, despite a warning from President Hamid Karzai to walk out of the agreement, a foreign ministry official said on Sunday.
Nighttime raids and civilian house searches by NATO-led soldiers, a huge concern for the Afghan government, would figure prominently at the ...

Chinese Company to Extract Amu Darya Oil Zone

Chinese Company  to Extract Amu Darya Oil Zone

December 26, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Mines on Sunday said that an agreement between the ministry and Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC) will be signed to start extraction at Amu Daray Oil Zone.
After consultation with civil society forum and reporting to the cabinet, the practical phase of the extraction will be officially ...

Abdullah Hits Out at Changes in IEC

Abdullah Hits Out at Changes in IEC

December 26, 2011

Karzai to help his aides to stay in positions, amendments is must in election law
KABUL - The newly formed Afghanistan National Coalition on Sunday called changes by President Hamid Karzai in composition of the election commission and the human rights body as a step towards helping his ...

Taliban Office Either in Saudi or Turkey: Official

Taliban Office  Either in Saudi or Turkey: Official

December 26, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said that Afghanistan will agree a Taliban office in Saudi Arabia or Turkey.
The government wants an Afghan brought peace in the country and any kind of efforts by other countries should be in consultation with Afghan government, Janan Musazai, a spokesman for the Ministry of ...

Mutalib Baig among 20 dead in Takhar Blast

Mutalib Baig among 20 dead in Takhar Blast

December 26, 2011

TAKHAR - A suicide bomber killed at least 20 people, including a member of parliament, and wounded 50 in Afghanistan's northern city of Taloqan on Sunday, police said.
The once-peaceful northern Takhar province has seen a series of high profile attacks and assassinations over the last year, including the ...

Afghanistan Food Aid at Risk: UN

Afghanistan Food Aid at Risk: UN

December 25, 2011

KABUL - More Afghans will go hungry next year and may be dependent on food aid for longer as school feeding program and projects to develop the country's crumbling agriculture sector have to be trimmed due to waning donor support, the United Nations warned.
The UN's World Food Program WFP.L raised only about half its annual $400 million Afghanistan budget in 2011, and even less was expected for 2012, Bradley Guerrant, the agency's deputy director ...