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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...

MPs Observe Silence to Protest Delay in Cabinet Nominations

MPs Observe Silence to  Protest Delay in Cabinet Nominations

June 12, 2011

KABUL - Parliamentarians observed a day of silence on Thursday to protest President Hamid Karzai's failure to nominate his Cabinet picks and three judges of the apex court. A week back, lawmakers announced a 15-day delay in their summer recess to help Karzai finalize the list of Cabinet choices and heads of independent organizations, as well as...

President Hamid Karzai : Taliban Deal Must to End War

President Hamid Karzai : Taliban Deal Must to End War

June 11, 2011

>ISLAMABAD - President Hamid Karzai arrived in Pakistan's capital on a trip widely believed to be aimed at seeking Islamabad's help in ending a decade-old Taliban insurgency.
According to a senior Pakistani security official, Karzai has told the U.S. that "seeking a military victory in Afghanistan will remain a futile venture without a stepped-up political dialogue with the Taliban."
The Pakistani security official (who spoke Friday to CBS News on condition of anonymity) repeated a widely-held belief among the...

NATO Risks “Collective Military Irrelevance”: Gates

NATO Risks “Collective  Military Irrelevance”: Gates

June 11, 2011

BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivered a sharp parting shot at European allies on Friday, saying NATO risks "collective military irrelevance" unless they bear more of the burden and boost military spending. In a final policy address before retiring at the end of the month, Gates said NATO-led operations in Afghanistan and Libya had exposed significant ...

Indo-Pak Talks Important for Success in Afghanistan: Crocker

Indo-Pak Talks Important  for Success in Afghanistan: Crocker

June 11, 2011

WASHINGTON - Resumption of talks between India and Pakistan is important for the success of the international community in Afghanistan, a senior US diplomat has said.
“With respect to India, I’m pleased to see, from my possible future perspective in Afghanistan, that dialogue between the foreign secretaries of the two nations has resumed,” Ryan...

Kabul’s Air Pollution Dangerous than the Terrorism

Kabul’s Air  Pollution Dangerous than the Terrorism

June 11, 2011

NEW YORK - It doesn't bleed so it doesn't lead... Kabul's air pollution right now is so bad that it kills some 3000 people each year from respiratory problems. How many civilians were killed in all of Afghanistan last year due to ongoing warfare there? 2,777 according to United Nations figures.
As for why the air pollution is so bad, PhysOrg cites a number of...

Insurgents Shoot Dead Nine Wedding Guestsin Afghan

Insurgents  Shoot Dead Nine  Wedding  Guestsin Afghan

June 11, 2011

JALALABAD - Insurgents shot dead nine wedding guests and wounded five more in Afghanistan's turbulent east, local officials said on Thursday, the latest attack on revellers who engage in what militants say is un-Islamic activity. Ahmadzia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said the guests were shot dead in their...

Afghanistan Not Hopeless: Crocker

Afghanistan Not Hopeless: Crocker

June 09, 2011

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Wednesday the United States must continue its investment in the country to prevent it from backsliding into a safe haven for terrorists.
Ryan Crocker was repeatedly challenged by skeptical lawmakers who questioned a costly war now in its 10th year and nation building that...

ANSF Ready for Security Transition: Azimi

ANSF Ready  for Security  Transition: Azimi

June 09, 2011

KABUL - Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are ready for the security transition due to begin next month, a Ministry of Defence official said on Wednesday.
As part of the NATO-approved process, foreign troops will gradually transfer control of the country's security to their Afghan...

US Democrats Warn Financial Crisis in Afghanistan

US Democrats  Warn Financial  Crisis in Afghanistan

Thursday June 09

KABUL - US Democrats have warned that Afghanistan would sink into financial crisis after international troops abandon the country.
Democrats in the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee published the two-year report on Tuesday night. It said stabilization programs in Afghanistan have so far had very little success. Misspent foreign aid...

MPs Seek Details of Strategic Accord with US

MPs Seek  Details of Strategic Accord with US

June 09, 2011

KABUL- A number of Wolesi Jirga, lower house of Parliament, members on Wednesday sought details of a draft strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the United States.
President Hamid Karzai has already said the agreement would be sent to Parliament for approval after being discussed by the traditional Loya Jirga, expected...

Jawad Zahaak Killed

Jawad Zahaak Killed

June 08, 2011

KABUL - Police on Tuesday found the body of a provincial legislator stoned to death after his kidnapping by unknown armed men in northern Afghanistan over the weekend, a provincial governor said. Jawad Zahaak, chief of the provincial council in the central Bamyan Province, was on his way to neighboring Parwan Province on Saturday when a group of armed men abducted him, Parwan's governor, Basir Salangi, said.
'Today our police forces found his body,' Salangi told the German...

Houston Rejects Calls for Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Houston  Rejects Calls for  Withdrawal from Afghanistan

June 08, 2011

CANBERRA - Australian Defense Force chief on Tuesday hit back at growing calls for the withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan, after announcing the fourth death of an Australian in the past two weeks. On Tuesday morning, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston announced that combat engineer Sapper Rowan Robinson was killed during a mission to...

NATO Close to ‘Decisive Blow’ in Afghanistan: Gates

NATO Close to  ‘Decisive Blow’ in Afghanistan: Gates

June 08, 2011

KABUL - Defense Secretary Robert Gates, wrapping up a final visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, said Tuesday that US-led forces were on the verge of securing a "decisive blow" against the Taliban.
"I leave Afghanistan today [Tuesday] with the belief that if we keep this momentum up, we will deliver a decisive blow to the enemy...

No Solution to Afghan Problem without Pakistan: Ackermann

No Solution to  Afghan Problem without Pakistan: Ackermann

June 08, 2011

BERLIN - Political solution is of paramount importance to Afghanistan problem but this cannot be achieved without the support of Pakistan. This was stated by the head of the Task Force for Afghanistan and Pakistan at Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Philipp Ackermann while talking to Pakistani delegation comprising officials...

MPs, LJ Differ Over Deal with US

MPs, LJ Differ  Over Deal with US

June 08, 2011

KABUL- Some Wolesi Jirga members suggested on Tuesday that the proposed Loya Jirga, aimed at sharing its opinion with the government on a strategic cooperation deal with the US, should have a consultative role.
But others rejected the suggestion, saying the move was against the constitution and any decision by the Jirga would not be acceptable to...

Karzai Due in Islamabad for Trade Talks

Karzai Due in Islamabad for Trade Talks

June 08, 2011

ISLAMABAD - President Hamid Karzai will travel to Islamabad on June 10 for talks on implementation of a recent trade accord and a joint counter-terrorism drive, officials said on Tuesday. Afghan deputy minister of foreign affairs, Javed Lodin, visited Pakistan on Monday to firm up the agenda for Karzai's meeting with Pakistani officials, Afghan Press Attaché Zardasht Sham told reporters...

ISAF Concerned About Civilian Deaths: Gen. Blotz

ISAF Concerned About  Civilian Deaths: Gen. Blotz

June 07, 2011

KABUL- Civilian casualties in Afghanistan are not intentional and foreign forces are seriously concerned about such incidents, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday. "We are doing our best to curb civilian deaths, which have been reduced this year, compared to 2010," Gen. Josef Blotz told a press conference in Kabul.
Reports issued by human rights organisations and the UN for 2010 show that 2,700 civilians lost their lives in the Afghan war during the year, indicating a 15 percent increase in civilian casualties, ...

Official Cautions on Pullout Effort

Official Cautions  on Pullout Effort

June 07, 2011

KABUL - Al-Qaida, even without Osama bin Laden, has "tremendous recruitment potential," the national security adviser to President Hamid Karzai warns. Rangin Spanta cautioned against any effort to speed up the pullout of U.S. troops in the wake of the May 2 killing of bin Laden by a U.S. SEALs team during a raid on his compound deep...

Obama Meets with Advisers on Afghanistan

Obama Meets with Advisers  on Afghanistan

June 07, 2011

WASHINTON - President Obama will meet with his national security team Monday to discuss the war in Afghanistan, less than a month before he announces if and how he will abide by his pledge to start the drawdown of troops there this July.
The session at the White House is a monthly occurrence. But this month’s gathering comes as the president is facing pressure on...

MPs to Meet Karzai on Cabinet Picks

MPs to  Meet Karzai on  Cabinet Picks

June 07, 2011

KABUL - A parliamentary delegation is expected to meet President Hamid Karzai on the special election tribunal and introduction of cabinet nominees to lawmakers for a trust vote, the Wolesi Jirga deputy speaker said on Monday.
A day earlier, Parliament announced a 15-day delay in its summer recess to help Karzai finalize...

AG Unable to Sue Corrupt Officials

AG Unable to  Sue Corrupt Officials

June 07, 2011

KABUL - Foreign support of top government officials has restricted the Attorney General's ability to sue corrupt officials.
Amanullah Eman, a spokesman for Attorney General's Office said records of 25 top government officials are under the observation of this institution, but some foreign circles do not want us to bring these officials to...

Petraeus Vows End to Night-Time Raids

Petraeus Vows End  to Night-Time Raids

June 06, 2011

KABUL- The top NATO commander in Afghanistan on Sunday promised an end to nighttime airstrikes on civilian houses during operations against insurgents. Gen. David Petraeus said keeping in view President Hamid Karzai's concern, NATO-led forces would try their level best to avoid civilian killings in future operations.
He held out the assurance at a high-level meeting of National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Karzai's spokesman said in a...

MTN Organizes Free Computer Classes

MTN Organizes Free Computer Classes

June 06, 2011

KABUL – MTN Afghanistan has launched a program of 21 days of Y’ello Care from June 01, 2011. MTN users all over Afghanistan will devote all their energies to help society through launching campaigns on keeping environment clean and green, making people aware of hazardous effects of Drugs, free computer classes, helping orphan...

No Risks to Be Taken in Troop Drawdown: Gates

No Risks to Be Taken in Troop Drawdown: Gates

June 06, 2011

KANDAHAR - The gradual withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan set to begin next month will be done responsibly and will not expose other coalition and Afghan forces to undue risks, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday.
General David Petraeus, commander of the 150,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, will soon make recommendations to President Barack Obama...

Parliament Delays Summer Recess

Parliament Delays  Summer Recess

June 06, 2011

KABUL- Parliament on Sunday announced a 15-day delay in its summer recess to let President Hamid Karzai finalize his long-awaited list of Cabinet choices for a vote of confidence from lawmakers.
Karzai was expected to send on Saturday the list of ministers-designate and other high-ranking officials of independent...

Success is the Only Real Option in Afghanistan: Gates

Success is the Only Real Option in Afghanistan: Gates

June 05, 2011

KABUL - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived on his final trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief on Saturday, acknowledging Americans have grown tired of war but warning that success was imperative because failure would be the most costly result.
Gates, who steps down as U.S. defense secretary at the end of June, said in remarks en route to Afghanistan that continued military pressure on the Taliban could improve prospects for political reconciliation talks, but he also appeared to leave open the...

Militant Groups Ready for Peace Talks: Rabbani

Militant Groups Ready for Peace Talks: Rabbani

June 05, 2011

KABUL- The High Peace Council has held talks on reconciliation with all opposition groups in a bid to halt the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, the panel's chief told Parliament on Saturday.
Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani who, along with other members of the peace body, was summoned to the lower house, informed lawmakers that the groups had evinced an interest in joining the peace...

Karzai Fails to Keep Promise on Cabinet Picks

Karzai Fails to Keep Promise on Cabinet Picks

June 05, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has once again failed to keep his promise of sending a complete list of cabinet choices to the Wolesi Jirga, lower house of Parliament, for a vote of confidence.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi informed the house on Saturday the president had phoned him that since the list was still being prepared,...