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Finance Ministry Adds US$4m to National Budget

Finance Ministry Adds US$4m to National Budget

March 25, 2012

KABUL - Ministry of Finance has redrafted the federal budget for the new year 1391 with an increase of 200 million Afghani (US$4.15 million) after the previous draft was rejected by Parliament two weeks ago.
Ministry of Finance spokesman Aziz Shams told TOLOnews on Saturday the updated budget has been sent to the House of Representatives for ...

Karzai Calls for More Girls’ Education

Karzai Calls for More Girls’ Education

March 25, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai called Saturday on tribal and religious leaders to encourage the education of girls, a right which was denied to them under Taliban rule.
Afghanistan's leader, speaking at a ceremony marking the start of the country's school year, also urged insurgent groups not to attack ...

Karzai Committed to Wiping Out Graft: Gen. Allen

Karzai Committed to Wiping Out Graft: Gen. Allen

March 25, 2012

WASHINGTON - President Hamid Karzai is committed to eliminating corruption from the government, a top American commander said on Friday, acknowledging the deep-rooted menace could not be resolved in a day.
“I believe that President Karzai is committed to cleaning up corruption,” General John Allen, commander of US and NATO forces in ...

Strategic Deal Being Scrutinized: Karzai

Strategic Deal Being Scrutinized: Karzai

March 24, 2012

KABUL - Afghan security personnel would independently conduct all operations across the country in 2013, President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday.
“When foreign troops withdraw, the country’s defense will be your responsibility,” the president told a graduation ceremony at the National Military Academy in Kabul. Afghan security forces might not be currently capable of defending their country, but after two or three decades, they would have the ability, Karzai told the gathering.
“Afghanistan can buy mortars, tanks and helicopters on credit, but there is a need for experts to use this ...

Afghan Mission on Track: Kubis

Afghan Mission on Track: Kubis

March 24, 2012

KABUL - Anti-American violence and growing unrest does little to disrupt the overall mission in Afghanistan, the U.N. special envoy to the country said.
A U.S. Army staff sergeant allegedly left his base in Kandahar province March 11 before dawn, walked to two neighboring villages and ...

No Peace in Afghanistan without Women: Clinton

No Peace in Afghanistan without Women: Clinton

March 24, 2012

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed Wednesday never to accept a peace agreement in Afghanistan that rolls back women's rights, despite reaching out to the Taliban for talks.
The United States is seeking a political settlement that would allow NATO forces to leave by the end of 2014, ending the longest-ever US war ...

Funding ANA a Shared Responsibility: US

Funding ANA a Shared Responsibility: US

March 24, 2012

WASHINGTON - Funding the Afghan security forces post 2014, when the international forces are scheduled to withdraw from the country, is going to be a shared international responsibility, a Obama administration official said on Thursday. Details of financing Afghan forces would be worked at the forthcoming ...

Taliban Not Keen on Peace Parleys: Abdullah

Taliban Not Keen on Peace Parleys: Abdullah

March 19, 2012

KABUL - The National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA) chief on Sunday said Taliban fighters had no intention of peace negotiations and the suspension of the proposed talks in Qatar meant the militants had their own agenda. Abdullah Abdullah, also a former foreign minister, said the NCA had predicted the peace process and negotiations in Qatar would fizzle out and the opening of the Taliban's political bureau in Doha was merely to promote their own goals.
"The question is whether the Taliban want to take part in the ...

Obama Has Failed in Afghanistan: Romney

Obama Has Failed in Afghanistan: Romney

March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama has failed in Afghanistan.
The Republican presidential hopeful told "Fox News Sunday" that the president is partly to blame for the chaos there and should have been "more engaged" with military commanders and Afghan President 11Hamid Karzai.
Romney has emerged as the only GOP candidate not to question the U.S. ...

WJ Rejects Budget

WJ Rejects Budget

March 19, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga on Sunday rejected the proposed annual budget due to uneven allocations to provinces and a hefty $80 million bailout package for the ailing Kabul Bank.
Of the 126 lawmakers who attended the lower house session, only one raised the green card for the budget approval, while the rest ...

Etisalat Launches 3G Services in Afghanistan

Etisalat Launches 3G Services in Afghanistan

March 19, 2012

KABUL – Etisalat Afghanistan, The fastest growing telecommunication company in the country and part of Etisalat group, on Sunday announced the launch of 3G services in Afghanistan.
Etisalat is the first mobile operator to launch 3G services in country. Chairman Afghanistan telecommunication regulatory authority, Mr. Abdulul wakil shergul and CEO Etisalat Afghanistan, MR. Ahmaed ...

Owner of Gulbahar Sentenced for Corruption

Owner of Gulbahar Sentenced for Corruption

March 19, 2012

KABUL - The business owner of Gulbahar Center and Towers, Gulbahar Habibi, and two of his associates were sentenced to six years in prison, while the head of a group of forgers was sentenced to 18 years, head of the Anti Corruption Tribunal, General Abu Bakar, told Tolo news.
Habibi was charged with paying US$150,000 for a forger to sign the ...

Govt. Lacks Legitimacy to Sign Strategic Agreement with the US: ANF

Govt. Lacks Legitimacy to Sign Strategic Agreement with the US: ANF

March 18, 2012

KABUL – Afghanistan National Front (ANF) has said the current government has lack of credibility and political legitimacy to sign the Strategic Partnership Document with the United States and it should be postponed until the next Presidential elections to be held in 2014.
Talking in a press conference on Saturday, March 17, 2012 National Front spokesman Faizullah Zaki said that they support the Strategic Partnership agreement with the United States. He added that the current Government has failed ...

Rassoul Pays Homage to Turkish Troops Killed in Crash

Rassoul Pays Homage to Turkish Troops Killed in Crash

March 18, 2012

KABUL - Foreign Minister Dr. ZalmaiRassoul on Saturday telephoned his Turkish counterpart AhmetDavutoğlu to express condolences and sympathy of the Afghan government and people to the government and people of Turkey over the death 12 Turkish soldiers in Friday's helicopter crash in Kabul.
A dozen Turkish troops and two Afghan women were killed when a ...

Turkish Embassy Grieved Over Copter Crash

Turkish Embassy Grieved Over Copter Crash

March 18, 2012

KABUL - The Turkish embassy expressed profound sympathy over its 12 military personnel and two Afghan nationals who perished in a helicopter crash on Friday morning outside Kabul.
"We have learned with great sadness the martyrdom of 12 Turkish military personnel, who lost their ...

Turkish PM Cancels Germany Trip after Soldiers’ Deaths in Afghanistan

Turkish PM Cancels Germany Trip after Soldiers’ Deaths in Afghanistan

March 18, 2012

KABUL - The Turkish Prime Minister RecepTyyipErdoğan has canceled his trip to Germany after a helicopter crash killed 12 Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan on Friday. A Turkish military helicopter crashed into a house in Kabul on Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers on board and four Afghan civilians on the ground, a statement on the Prime ...

Special Meeting on Budget on Sunday: Ibrahimi

Special Meeting on Budget on Sunday: Ibrahimi

March 18, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga, lower house, on Saturday could not approve the draft next solar year's budget due to a lack of quorum, but decided to hold a special meeting in this regard on Sunday.
Already approved by the upper house that had recommended cuts amounting to 12 billion afghanis, 57 percent of the general budget ...

Obama, Karzai Discuss Withdrawal of NATO from Villages

Obama, Karzai Discuss Withdrawal of NATO from Villages

March 18, 2012

KABUL - US President Barack Obama telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday after Karzai demanded foreign forces leave remote military outposts to the Afghan forces.
While there was no official word as to whether the request would be met, a White House statement after the phonecall said the two leaders ...

US Plans Shifting to “Support Role” By 2013

US Plans Shifting to “Support Role” By 2013

March 17, 2012

WASHINGTON - A day after President Hamid Karzai asked the US to pull out its troops from Afghan villages, the White House said the US plans to shift to "support role" by 2013, and would complete the security transition by 2014.
"Our strategy is to shift to a support role in 2013 and complete the transition in 2014. That kind of transition involves a change in the foot print," the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters, when asked about the latest statement from Karzai.
"Our challenge in Afghanistan has been and would continue to be ...

Up to 20 US Troops Executed Panjwai Massacre: Probe

Up to 20 US Troops Executed Panjwai Massacre: Probe

March 17, 2012

KANDAHAR CITY - A parliamentary probe team on Thursday said up to 20 American troops were involved in Sunday's killing of 16 civilians in southern Kandahar province.
The probing delegation includes lawmakers Hamidzai Lali, Abdul Rahim Ayubi, Shakiba Hashimi, Syed Mohammad Akhund and Bismillah ...

Taliban Suspend Peace Talks with US

Taliban Suspend Peace Talks with US

March 17, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban on Thursday said they decided to suspend peace talks with the US until the Americans came up with clear stance on the issues concerned and showed willingness on carrying out promises.
In early January, the Taliban announced they had agreed to opening a political bureau in Doha for possible peace talks with Washington, a ...

No Sign U.S. will Speed Afghan Handover: Logan

No Sign U.S. will Speed Afghan Handover: Logan

March 17, 2012

WASHINGTON - The issue of the U.S. handover of security responsibilities to Afghan forces has become highly politicized, given President Hamid Karzai's call for the U.S. and its allies to take all troops out of remote areas and Afghan villages in the wake of last weekend's massacre of 16 Afghan civilians, said CBS News' chief foreign ...

NATO Helicopter Crash Kills 16 People

NATO Helicopter Crash Kills 16 People

March 17, 2012

>KABUL - A NATO helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of Kabul, on Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers on board and four Afghan civilians on the ground, Turkey's military and a senior Afghan police official said.
The crash came amid growing unease among NATO partner countries about ...

U.S. Afghan Strategy Won't Change: Panetta

U.S. Afghan Strategy Won't Change: Panetta

March 15, 2012

KABUL - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was in Afghanistan Wednesday, vowing recent tragic events would not change the U.S. strategy for the country. Panetta is the first administration official to visit since a U.S. sergeant reportedly killed 16 Afghan citizens Sunday.
The killings have stoked long-simmering anger over the decade long U.S. war and occupation. Panetta decried the tragic events of the last few days --- an Afghan soldier was killed when a government delegation was attacked during a memorial ...

Afghanistan, Germany to Sign Strategic Agreement

Afghanistan, Germany to Sign Strategic Agreement

March 15, 2012

KABUL - Minister of Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak said Germany has pledged to support Afghanistan beyond its withdrawal of troops in 2014 with a strategic partnership agreement. Germany's Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere met with Wardak in Kabul on Wednesday, following his visit to Pakistan on ...

Afghanistan Peace in Pakistan's Best Interests: Gilani

Afghanistan Peace in Pakistan's Best Interests: Gilani

March 15, 2012

KABUL - Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday that Pakistan was committed to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in Afghanistan, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported. The prime minister made the statement during a meeting with German ...

Russia to Offer Air Base to US for Afghan Transit

Russia to Offer Air Base to US for Afghan Transit

March 15, 2012

MOSCOW - A new deal allowing the United States and its NATO allies to use a Russian air base for transit of troops and military cargo to Afghanistan would help ensure Russia's own security, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday.
Sergey Lavrov said a plan to permit the U.S. and other NATO nations ...

Britain Wants Endgame to War in Afghanistan: Cameron

Britain Wants Endgame to War in Afghanistan: Cameron

March 15, 2012

KABUL - BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted that the British public and armed forces want an ''endgame'' to the war in Afghanistan. As he prepared for talks overnight at the White House with US President Barack Obama about withdrawing from the conflict, Mr Cameron ...

‘Afghanistan is Better Off Without NATO’: Minister

‘Afghanistan is Better Off Without NATO’: Minister

March 14, 2012

KABUL - The Security situation in Afghanistan is unlikely to deteriorate after NATO troops leave, and might even improve, Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal told RT. ­"We, the Afghans do not want the international forces be in Afghanistan fighting for us … From the very outset we have to believe that prime responsibility of taking your own security should be the responsibility of Afghans," Omar Zakhilwal said. "Many of the operations in different parts of the country are carried out by Afghan forces … because they are part of the Afghan nation, their rule will be ...

Early Afghan Withdrawal Undercuts Goals: Hayden

Early Afghan Withdrawal Undercuts Goals: Hayden

March 14, 2012

WASHINGTON - The former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency said Tuesday that the U.S. must continue its present course in Afghanistan, despite growing protests over the shooting deaths of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier. About a thousand students in east Afghanistan gathered Tuesday to ...

Merkel Urges More Reconciliation Progress with Afghan Insurgents

Merkel Urges More Reconciliation Progress with Afghan Insurgents

March 14, 2012

KABUL - The German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged during her visit to Afghanistan that the Karzai government promote greater political reconciliation with insurgents, saying there had been progress but that much more was needed, according to the newswire Reuters. Merkel made the comments during an unannounced visit on Monday to ...

Ulema Council Warns Possible Revenge Attacks

Ulema Council Warns Possible Revenge Attacks

March 14, 2012

KABUL - The Afghanistan Ulema Council on Tuesday condemned the killing of civilians by American troops in southern Kandahar province, demanding death penalty for the killers.
The gruesome incident took place in Zang Abad area of Panjwai district on Sunday, involving US troops who entered four houses and ...

Obama and Cameron to Focus on Global Security

Obama and Cameron to Focus on Global Security

March 14, 2012

LONDON - United States President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron will step up their support for Syrian opposition groups this week and seek to map out the next phase for military operations in Afghanistan. Cameron will fly to Washington on Tuesday eager to dispel concerns in ...

WJ Shut in Protest Over Killings

WJ Shut in Protest Over Killings

March 13, 2012

KABUL - In a protest against the brutal slaying of civilians by US troops in the southern province of Kandahar, Wolesi Jirga (WJ), the lower house of parliament, was closed on Monday.
Sixteen civilians, including women and children, were killed on Sunday morning, and 11 of their bodies burnt after the killing by American soldiers in Zangabad area of Panjwae district.
Angry lawmakers in the capital condemned the cruel attack on ordinary people in Kandahar and at about 11 am decided that the ...

Senators Raise Concerns of Neighbors’ Interference

Senators Raise Concerns of Neighbors’ Interference

March 13, 2012

KABUL - Afghan senators have voiced concerns that neighboring countries will "interfere" more in Afghanistan upon the withdrawal of NATO, and urged the government to sign the much-discussed US long-term strategic agreement before 2014.
Speaking at the Senate General Assembly on Sunday, Senate Chief Fazal ...