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Gates Downplays U.S. Troop Cuts in Afghanistan

Gates Downplays U.S. Troop Cuts in Afghanistan

June 20, 2011

WASHINGTON - Outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged on Sunday that the U.S. State Department is in direct talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, but cautioned that troop drawdowns in the decade-long war will be modest at most in 2011. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Gates said U.S....

MPs Propose Another Way of Protest

MPs Propose Another  Way of Protest

June 20, 2011

KABUL - As their protest entered its eighth day, some parliamentarians on Sunday predicted that their vow of silence would prove futile.
Lawmakers have maintained silence in the Wolesi Jirga chamber in protest of Karzai's failure to honor his promise to quickly submit a list of nominations for vacant cabinet seats and heads...

Vahidi Slams U.S. Military Presence in Afghanistan

Vahidi Slams U.S. Military Presence in Afghanistan

June 20, 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said that the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan has contributed to more instability in the country rather than leading to peace and security, the English language satellite Press TV reported on Sunday. "The presence of Americans in every part of the world has not...

EU Commissioner Calls for More Efforts to Improve Afghans Life

EU Commissioner  Calls for More Efforts  to Improve Afghans Life

June 20, 2011

KABUL - European Union Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs arrived Sunday in Afghanistan, for a visit designed to discuss the next steps of EU cooperation with the country. Commissioner Piebalgs, accompanied by Ambassador Vygaudas Usackas, Head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan and EU Special Representative, Ghani Ghuriani, Deputy...

Eikenberry Rebuts Afghan Criticisms

Eikenberry Rebuts  Afghan Criticisms

June 20, 2011

HERAT - President Hamid Karzai was given a strong rebuke about mounting anti-U.S. sentiment Sunday by U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry in Herat.
Speaking to 200 students and faculty at Herat University, Eikenberry never used Karzai's name, but referred to remarks the president has made in recent weeks, The New York Times...

9 Killed, 12 Hurt in Kabul Gun Battle

9 Killed, 12 Hurt in Kabul Gun Battle

June 19, 2011

KABUL - Kabul gun battle that lasted for about two hours on Saturday afternoon took the lives of 9 people, including two policemen while 12 others were wounded in the attack, security officials say.
Afghan security officials confirmed civilian casualties in the incident. The incident took place after a police station in the heart of Kabul came under attack by Four suicide bombers wearing military uniforms.
"One bomber blew himself up at the gate to pave the way for the others to enter, and a second one was shot ...

Armed Kuchis Burn 26 Villages, Kill 5 in Ghazni

Armed Kuchis Burn 26  Villages, Kill 5 in Ghazni

June 19, 2011

Hundreds of armed Kuchis (nomads) attacked Nahur district of Ghazni Province on Saturday, looting and burning down 26 villages and killing five people. According to victims and people of the area, they were ambushed suddenly at night by armed Kuchis, and residents of tens of villages in Nahur fled the area. Government officials have confirmed only one dead body in...

Vahidi for More Defense Ties with Afghanistan

Vahidi for More Defense Ties with Afghanistan

June 19, 2011

KABUL - Iran's defense minister made a landmark visit to Afghanistan on Saturday to bolster ties as Kabul prepares to assume security control from NATO-led forces and Washington seeks to wind down its almost decade-old tenure. Iran and Afghanistan share a long border and history, and Western powers have alleged that Tehran's involvement included supporting the...

Karzai Wants to Include Taliban in Cabinet: MPs

Karzai Wants to Include Taliban in Cabinet: MPs

June 19, 2011

KABUL – Wolesi Jirga on Saturday said the government along with High Peace Council is seeking to include the Taliban in the cabinet.
Some parliamentarians criticized the government saying President Karzai is waiting for the talks with the Taliban to take place and then to introduce the remaining ministers for vote of confidence to the...

Pentagon Wants to ‘Extend’ Afghanistan Surge

Pentagon Wants to  ‘Extend’ Afghanistan Surge

June 18, 2011

WASHINGTON - The US military is asking President Barack Obama to maintain its troop surge in Afghanistan until the fall of 2012, a month before a scheduled withdrawal, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The timeline would mean the president could promise large troop reductions to a war-weary public just ahead of the November 2012 presidential elections in which he seeks a second term, but military officials told the Journal that the electoral schedule had nothing to do with...

Russia Eyes Bigger Role in Afghanistan

Russia Eyes Bigger Role in Afghanistan

June 18, 2011

>KABUL - Russia wants to enlarge its presence in Afghanistan and rebuild the country where Soviet troops fought a disastrous decade-long war, Russia's envoy to Kabul said, describing ties between the two former foes as the best in 20 years. Although Russia has refused to send troops to join the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, Moscow has been flexing its muscles in the region bordering much of ex-Soviet Central Asia, which Russia views as its

Obama Hears From Petraeuson Troop Options

Obama Hears From Petraeuson Troop Options

June 18, 2011

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has laid out several options for President Barack Obama to reduce the number of troops there, the White House said on Thursday, signaling a plan would be announced soon. General David Petraeus presented recommendations to Obama and the president's national security advisers in a meeting...

Fahim Begins Three-Day India Tour

Fahim Begins  Three-Day India Tour

June 18, 2011

NEW DELHI - Afghanistan’s first Vice President Marshal Mohammed QasimFahim on Thursday arrived in India on a three-day state visit at the invitation of Indian President Pratibha Singh Patil.
Besides meeting the Indian Vice-President M Hamid Ansari, Marshal Fahim was expected to call on President Patil and Prime Minister...

British, Danish, Estonian DMs Reaffirm Commitments to Afghanistan

British, Danish, Estonian DMs Reaffirm Commitments to Afghanistan

June 18, 2011

KABUL - British, Danish and Estonian defense ministers on Thursday reaffirmed their long-term commitment to cooperate with Afghan security forces even beyond 2014.
UK Defense Secretary Liam Fox, Danish Defense Minister GitteLillelundBech and Estonian Defense Minister JaakAaviksoo on Wednesday touched down in Afghanistan to hold meetings with officials...

Afghanistan is the Most Dangerous Country for Women

Afghanistan is  the Most Dangerous  Country for Women

June 16, 2011

LONDON - Violence, dismal healthcare and brutal poverty make Afghanistan the world's most dangerous country for women, with Congo a close second due to horrific levels of rape, a Thomson Reuters Foundation expert poll said on Wednesday. Pakistan, India and Somalia ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the global survey of perceptions of threats ranging from domestic abuse and economic discrimination to female feticide, genital mutilation and acid...

Russia Calls on Afghanistan to Come Closer to SCO

Russia Calls on  Afghanistan  to  Come Closer to SCO

June 16, 2011

KABUL - Russian President called on Afghanistan to get closer to Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Wednesday at the 10th jubilee summit of the organization in Kazakh capital, Astana.
Calling for more active role of Afghanistan in the organization, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said the initiative is supported by...

UN to Decide Removal of Taliban Names From Blacklist

UN to Decide Removal of Taliban Names From Blacklist

June 16, 2011

KABUL - UN Security Council on Thursday will make a decision about the removal of names of a number of Taliban leaders from blacklist, Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
Deputy Foreign Minister said the Afghan government has submitted a list of twenty names of Taliban leaders, who are considered effective in peace talks, to the UN...

Khalili Survives Rocket Attack

Khalili Survives Rocket  Attack

June 16, 2011

MAIDAN SHAR - The second vice president and interior minister of Afghanistan survived a rocket attack on Wednesday in the central province of MaidanWardak, officials said. Second Vice President KarimKhalili and Interior Minister BismillahMuhammadi were among officials participating in the inauguration ceremony of a police trainingcenter in the Tope...

Kabul Asks Islamabad to Extradite Taliban Leaders

Kabul Asks Islamabad  to Extradite Taliban Leaders

June 15, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan has formally requested Pakistan for the extradition of three Taliban leaders hiding in the neighboring country, official sources said on Tuesday.
The High Peace Council formally conveyed the demand to Pakistani authorities during President Hamid Karzai's two-day trip to Islamabad, a member of the visiting delegation said.
During the visit on Friday and Saturday, the Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Commission for Reconciliation and Peace held its maiden...

Taliban Key Commander Killed

Taliban Key Commander Killed

June 15, 2011

HERAT - Afghan police in an operation against insurgents killed a Taliban key commander in Herat province 640 km west of capital city of Kabul, deputy to provincial police chief said on Tuesday.
"Based on intelligence information Afghan National Police (ANP) launched a special operation to capture an insurgent commander in...

NATO Has Become Two-Tiered Alliance: Gates

NATO Has Become  Two-Tiered Alliance: Gates

June 15, 2011

BRUSSELS - NATO has turned into a two-tiered alliance of members who consume security and those who produce it, US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday.
Gates spoke to NATO’s Security and Defense Agenda assembly the day after a meeting of the alliance’s defense ministers concluded.
“In the past, I’ve worried openly about...

MPs Protest to Pressure Karzai to Submit Final Cabinet Nominees

MPs Protest to Pressure Karzai  to Submit Final Cabinet Nominees

June 15, 2011

KABUL - Afghan legislators say they are staging a fourth day of silent protests against President Hamid Karzai for his failure to fill the remaining seven posts in his 25-member Cabinet.
Lawmaker ShirWaliWardak says he and a majority of legislators in the Afghan parliament are upset that Karzai has not sought parliamentary approval to...

ISAF Plans on Course and Unchanged: Gen. Pope

ISAF Plans on Course  and Unchanged: Gen. Pope

June 14, 2011

KABUL - Major General Nick Pope, who has recently taken over as the Chief of the Defence Staff's Strategic Communications Officer, has briefed members of the media on the situation in Afghanistan.
He introduced Lieutenant General David Rodriguez of the US Army, Commander of ISAF Joint Command, and Major General Tim Evans, Chief of Staff ISAF Joint Command, who both spoke to the audience via a video conferencing link from Kabul.
General Rodriguez said that ISAF objectives ...

Pakistan Seeks Joint Strategy with US in Afghanistan

Pakistan  Seeks Joint  Strategy with  US in Afghanistan

June 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Monday told an American delegation the importance of having a joint strategy to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. The point was made by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani while meeting an American delegation led by Thomas R. Nides, the deputy secretary of state for management and...

MPs Continue to Observe Silence

MPs Continue  to Observe Silence

June 14, 2011

President Hamid Karzai's failure to submit a list of his Cabinet nominees and heads of independent organisations, including the apex court.
On Sunday, a presidential spokesman told a press conference in Kabul that the much-awaited list of ministers-designate would reach Parliament before the house rises for its month-long summer...

War in Afghanistan ‘Not Sustainable’: Bob Corker

War in Afghanistan ‘Not Sustainable’: Bob Corker

June 14, 2011

WASHINGTON - In another sign of growing bipartisan concern about American involvement in Afghanistan, one Republican senator on the Foreign Relations Committee says the war is "unsustainable."
"I think all of us who have been in Afghanistan on the ground multiple times know that what we're doing there on the ground...

Afghan-Iran Handicrafts on Display in Kabul

Afghan-Iran  Handicrafts on  Display in Kabul

June 14, 2011

KABUL - A joint exhibition showcasing Afghan and Iranian handicrafts was on Monday conducted by women from both the countries to mark the ongoing Iranian-Afghan Women's Friendship Week, an official said. A wide range of handicrafts, including jewelry, carpets, clothing, paintings and others were displayed at the...

Indian Presence Not Against Pakistan: Karzai

Indian Presence Not  Against Pakistan: Karzai

June 13, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the Indian presence in his country cannot be in any way used against Pakistan, which should be happy that Afghanistan is being “tremendously” helped by another neighbor. “The Indian presence in Afghanistan... cannot be in any manner used against Pakistan,” President Karzai said in an interview to state-run PTV.
India, being an old friend of Afghanistan, was helping it “tremendously and providing financial assistance,” he...

Malik Calls Taliban ‘Tyrants’

Malik Calls Taliban ‘Tyrants’

June 13, 2011

KABUL - A top Pakistani official has told Tolo news that he calls the Taliban ‘tyrants' and identifies them as hired murderers.
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rahman Malik stressed the need for joint combat against terrorism at the sideline of talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and...

Second Day of Silence in Wolesi Jirga

Second Day  of Silence in Wolesi Jirga

June 13, 2011

KABUL - Parliamentarians on Sunday continued to observe a silence for a second consecutive day as a mark of protest against President Hamid Karzai's failure to send his Cabinet choices to the house for a vote of confidence. Thirty percent of the Wolesi Jirga members, who were present during the session, spent their time thumbing desks,...

List of Cabinet Before Summer Recess: Omar

List of Cabinet Before Summer Recess: Omar

June 13, 2011

KABUL - Predicting a drastic reshuffle in President Hamid Karzai's cabinet, his spokesman Waheed Omar said on Sunday the much-awaited list of ministers-designate would reach Parliament before the house rises for its summer break. Parliamentarians on Sunday continued to observe a silence for a second consecutive day as a mark of protest over Karzai's failure tخ...

Jaghori and Qara Bagh Cleaned Up from Insurgents

Jaghori and Qara Bagh Cleaned Up from Insurgents

June 13, 2011

KABUL - An operation was launched by Afghan National Security forces (ANP-ANA) in Kotal – Zardalo area of Ghazni province, which contributed in ensuring the security and stability of Ghazni highways and its surrounding areas, as a result of this operation the threats from the insurgents in the above-mentioned areas were...

Pakistan Lends Weight to Afghan Peace Bid

Pakistan Lends Weight to Afghan Peace Bid

June 12, 2011

ISLAMABAD - President Hamid Karzai and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani conferred on Saturday on the Afghan-led reconciliation process, peace in the region and the planned drawdown of NATO-led troops. During a meeting at the Prime Minister's House in Islamabad, the two leaders agreed on enhanced bilateral ties, with special focus on stepping up joint efforts for peace -- a requisite for their prosperity and development.
The scenario after the withdrawal of foreign...

368 Civilians Die in May: UN

368 Civilians  Die in May: UN

June 12, 2011

KABUL - The number of civilians killed in attacks and other war-related violence hit 368 in May, making it the deadliest month for Afghans since 2007, the United Nations said Saturday. The news came as Afghan authorities said three attacks in separate parts of the country killed at least 24 people, including 10 children,...

Pak-Afghanistan Agree to Implement Transit Trade Accord

Pak-Afghanistan Agree to Implement Transit Trade Accord

June 12, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to enforce a long-awaited transit trade deal that would help war-ravaged Afghanistan boost its economy, Pakistani government officials said on Saturday. The announcement came during a visit by President Hamid Karzai to Islamabad, where he met civilian and military leaders in a...