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Afghanistan, Pakistan Agree on Joint Anti-Terror Efforts

Afghanistan, Pakistan Agree on Joint Anti-Terror Efforts

September 18, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan and Pakistani have agreed on a framework for cooperation in reconciliation and counterterrorism efforts, officials said on Friday.
Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin and Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, after a meeting of the working group of the ...

HIA not to Attend Bonn Conference

HIA not to Attend Bonn Conference

September 18, 2011

JALALABAD - The Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Saturday rejected a media report about its willingness to attend the second Bonn conference.
On September 10, a report said the party was willing to attend the conference, if invited as an independent entity. The report added an ...

Young Afghan Fighters Eager to Rejoin Taliban

Young Afghan Fighters Eager to Rejoin Taliban

September 18, 2011

KABUL - The teenage insurgents spend their days learning to make shoes and bookshelves, listening to religious leaders denounce the radical interpretation of Islam they learned as children.
But when they return to their cells at Kabul's juvenile rehabilitation center, the boys with wispy beards and cracking voices ...

Karzai, Obama to Discuss Strategic Partnership

Karzai, Obama to Discuss  Strategic Partnership

September 18, 2011

WASHINGTON - President Hamid Karzai would meet his US counterpart, Barack Obama, on Tuesday in New York to discuss the strategic partnership and enduring relationship with United States, a US top presidential aide said on Friday.
This would be the first time the two Presidents would meet after ...

President Launches Nationwide Anti-Polio Drive

President  Launches Nationwide Anti-Polio Drive

September 18, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Saturday launched a three-day nationwide anti-polio vaccination campaign, involving 52,000 volunteers, his office said.
As many as 7.8 million children below five years of age would be administered polio vaccine. Some 4.6 million children under the age of ...

Huge Rare-Earth Material in Helmand: USGS

Huge Rare-Earth Material in Helmand: USGS

September 17, 2011

WASHINGTON - The Khanashin carbonatites in southern Helmand Province have an estimated one million metric tones of rare earth material, according to a US Geological Survey (USGS) estimate.
This estimate came on Wednesday from a 2009-2011 USGS study, funded by the Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO). "This is just one more piece of evidence that Afghanistan's mineral sector has a bright ...

China Calls for Early Stabilization in Afghanistan

China Calls for Early Stabilization in Afghanistan

Saturday September 17

BEIJING - China has called for an early resumption of stability in Afghanistan one day after the U.S. embassy in Kabul was attacked by Taliban militants.
"The Chinese side has noted the incident and gives its attention to the security situation in Afghanistan," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in response ...

Afghanistan World’s Largest Opium Producer: Obama

Afghanistan World’s Largest Opium Producer: Obama

September 17, 2011

WASHINGTON - Identifying 22 major drug transit or illicit drug-producing countries, US President Barack Obama has said Afghanistan remains the world's largest producer of opium.
"Afghanistan remains the world's largest producer of opium poppy and a major source of heroin," Obama said in a presidential ...

US Presence Seen as Perpetuating War

US Presence Seen as Perpetuating War

September 17, 2011

KABUL - A long-term US military presence in Afghanistan in the wake of the strategic cooperation pact could perpetuate the war, with increased meddling from neighboring countries, political analysts warned on Thursday. Speaking at a day-long seminar at the Mahr Media Centre in Kabul, analyst Wahid Muzhda said China, Russia ...

Japanese Firm to Rebuild Kabul Airport Airfield

Japanese Firm to Rebuild Kabul Airport Airfield

September 17, 2011

KABUL - A Japanese firm has been awarded the contract for rehabilitating the Kabul International Airport's airfield, the Afghan embassy in Tokyo said on Friday.
The Dai Nippon Construction, with a legacy of working on projects in Afghanistan, was given the contract last month, a statement from the ...

Al-Qaeda May Flee Afghanistan and S.Asia: Petraeus

Al-Qaeda May Flee Afghanistan and S.Asia: Petraeus

September 15, 2011

WASHINGTON - America's new intelligence chief David Petraeus has predicted that Al-Qaeda leaders may flee Afghanistan and the entire south Asia as they were being pressed hard by American forces.
In his first week on the new job as the CIA chief, Petraeus said that within 18-24 months, the core of the Al-Qaeda could be degraded to the point that the group will fragment and exist mostly as a propaganda ...

Karzai Calls for Combating Terror, Extremism

Karzai Calls for Combating Terror, Extremism

September 15, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai underlined on Wednesday the need for combating the twin scourge of terrorism and extremism, which have created serious problems for the region.
"We realize that a peaceful Pakistan is in interest of the entire region," Karzai said during a meeting with visiting Indian ...

Japan to Provide $15m for Paving Bamyan Roads

Japan to Provide $15m for Paving Bamyan Roads

September 15, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan and Japan signed on Wednesday an agreement on improving a road in central Bamyan province, the two sides said. The agreement was signed between Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Jawed Ludin and Japan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Reiichiro Takahashi. Minister of Public Works Abdul QudusHamidi was ...

Kabul Attack Won’t Deter Commitment: US

Kabul Attack Won’t Deter Commitment: US

September 15, 2011

WASHINGTON - The latest attack on Kabul will not deter the American administration's commitment to the process of transitioning security from NATO-led troops to Afghan forces, the White House has said. "It's important to make clear that this will in no way deter our commitment to the mission, which is to provide for security, as we work ...

Troops Must Head Out of Afghanistan: US Senator

Troops Must Head  Out of Afghanistan: US Senator

September 15, 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, back from his second trip to Afghanistan within 18 months, says he saw or heard nothing to change his mind that U.S. military forces should be headed out even quicker than President Obama announced back in June. Although he praised U.S. diplomats ...

3 Policemen Killed, 6 Injured in Kabul Attacks

3 Policemen Killed, 6 Injured in Kabul Attacks

September 14, 2011

KABUL - At least three policemen and two suicide attackers were killed and six others, including four civilians, wounded in three back-to-back explosions -- followed by gunfire -- in Kabul on Tuesday, security officials said.
One policeman was killed and a taxi driver wounded when four attackers stormed a building under construction in the Abdul Haq Square, said Lt. Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi, the commander ...

Pentagon Plans to Cut ANSF Training Cost

Pentagon Plans to Cut  ANSF Training Cost

September 14, 2011

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is trying to cut the cost of one of its main efforts in Afghanistan, the building of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) able to secure the country after international forces leave.
Several defense officials said Tuesday that they're reassessing the ...

Spanta Hints at US Bases in Afghanistan

Spanta Hints at US Bases in Afghanistan

September 14, 2011

KABUL - The United States may set up military bases in Afghanistan after the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement, President Hamid Karzai's national security advisor said on Tuesday.
Testifying before senators, Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, who recently returned from a visit to the US, said the strategic pact would not be ...

Interior Ministry Rejects HRW Report on ALP

Interior Ministry Rejects  HRW Report on ALP

September 14, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday rejected the Human Rights Watchdog (HRW) report that the newly-created Afghan Local Police (ALP) force was involved gross human rights abuses.
Confirming ALP officials' complicity in the harassment of locals, MoI spokesman Siddiqullah Siddiqui rejected at a press conference in Kabul ...

Afghan Troops to Be Provided with Armored Personnel Carriers

Afghan Troops to Be Provided with Armored Personnel Carriers

September 14, 2011

KABUL - Afghan army would by the end of this year be provided with armored personnel carriers that no other countries have except the United States, deputy commander of the NATO training mission in the country said on Monday.
Major General Michael Day, Deputy Commander of the NATO training ...

MTN Holds Gold Lucky Draw

MTN Holds Gold Lucky Draw

September 14, 2011

KABUL – MTN recently wrapped up their Ramadan promotion which saw 6 weeks of prizes, 42 daily winners of 50g of gold and 2 grand prize winners of 200g of gold for a total of 2.5Kg of gold. For the third time this year, MTN is benefiting their customers with life changing rewards following the previous two apartment ...

President Karzai Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

President Karzai Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

September 14, 2011

KABUL – President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Kabul Tuesday afternoon.
Initial reports indicate that terrorists launched attacks in three different locations in Kabul's Abdul Haq Square, Deh Mazang and on the Dar-ul-Aman Road. The attacks are reported to have injured some ...

Embassy Attack will Not Stop US Efforts in Kabul: Clinton

Embassy Attack will Not Stop US Efforts in Kabul: Clinton

September 14, 2011

>Washington - US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said the coordinated Taliban attacks on the US embassy and other targets in Kabul on Tuesday would not harm American efforts in Afghanistan.
'We will be vigilant but we will be continuing with an even greater ...

EU Condemns Kabul Attacks

EU Condemns  Kabul Attacks

September 14, 2011

KABUL - European Union (EU) Special Representative Ambassador VygaudasUšackas condemned on Tuesday's attacks that left several dead and injured in Kabul. Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas expressed his grief over the attacks, saying such acts would never prevent Afghans from reaching an everlasting peace and reconciliation in their ...

MPs’ Boycott Leaves Parliament in Limbo

MPs’ Boycott Leaves Parliament in Limbo

September 13, 2011

KABUL – More than half of Afghanistan's lawmakers are boycotting parliament over an election authority's decision to replace nine MPs, a walkout that has pushed the legislature below quorum and extended a nearly year-long limbo.
The fraud-marred elections for parliament were held last September, but months of disputes between President Hamid Karzai and parliament over the results first delayed the opening of ...

ALP Guilty of Gross Abuses: HRW

ALP Guilty of Gross Abuses: HRW

September 13, 2011

KABUL - The newly-created Afghan Local Police (ALP) force is involved in gross human rights abuses, an international watchdog said on Monday.
With the government failing to provide proper oversight, the US-backed force was accused of killings, rape, arbitrary detention, ...

NATO Committed to Train ANA Beyond 2014

NATO Committed to Train ANA Beyond 2014

September 13, 2011

KABUL - NATO is committed to train and equip the Afghan National Army (ANA) after the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) end their combat operation by the end of 2014, a NATO general said on ...

‘Elements in Pak Supporting Insurgency in Afghanistan’: NATO

‘Elements in Pak Supporting Insurgency in Afghanistan’: NATO

September 13, 2011

BRESSELS - As US sets in motion phased withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan, NATO has said that elements in Pakistan are supporting insurgency in the war-torn country.
The US-led military grouping also said the security situation in both Pakistan and Afghanistan was 'far from satisfactory' even though Osama ...

7 Convicted of Drug Trafficking

7 Convicted of  Drug Trafficking

September 13, 2011

KABUL - Seven individuals were sentenced from six months to 20 years in jail on charges of drug trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Monday.
Having defense lawyers to plead their cases, the accused were convicted by an appellant court at the end of an open trial on the basis of ...

Herat Govt. Enforces Strict Cleanliness Rule

Herat Govt. Enforces Strict  Cleanliness Rule

September 13, 2011

HERAT CITY - The government warned on Monday of fining and jailing those dirtying the western Herat City, inhabited by a million people.
Gul Ahmad Ramesh, head of the attorney office, told Pajhwok Afghan News a new city cleanliness rule would take effect after an awareness ...

Afghan Refugees in Pak Don’t Want to Return to ‘Chaos’

Afghan Refugees  in Pak Don’t Want to Return to ‘Chaos’

September 13, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Afghan refugees, who are languishing in Pakistan, have little hope of stability in their home country in spite of ten years of US-led efforts to restore peace.
Many refugees fear chaos in Afghanistan after withdrawal of US troops, the Daily Times ...

EA Distributes Cycle Carts

EA Distributes  Cycle Carts

September 13, 2011

KABUL - As a part of its social activities, Etisalat Afghanistan (EA) distributed 45 cycle carts to needy and unemployed people. The project is expected to help these individuals find a source of income to support themselves and their families. In addition to this, EA has paved the way for many Afghans to find jobs within and outside the ...

Security Transition Doesn’t Mean Disengagement: Crocker

Security Transition Doesn’t Mean Disengagement: Crocker

September 12, 2011

KABUL - The US ambassador, reiterating his country's long-term commitment to Afghanistan, said on Sunday that security transition to Afghan forces from their international counterparts did not mean disengagement.
"We are and will remain committed to Afghanistan and the region. We are in this for the long haul.
We are transitioning security responsibility to Afghan forces, but transition does not mean ...

Italy to Cut Military Presence in Afghanistan

Italy to Cut Military Presence in Afghanistan

September 12, 2011

KABUL - Italy's special envoy said on Sunday his country would curtail its military presence in Afghanistan after 2014, but civilian assistance would continue beyond transition to Afghan security lead.
Franscesco M. Talo told reporters during a trip to Kabul the international community, especially Italy, would continue aiding ...

Truck Bomb Wounds 77 Foreign Troops

Truck Bomb Wounds  77 Foreign Troops

September 12, 2011

KABUL - A suicide bomber driving a truck of firewood attacked a NATO base in central Afghanistan, killing four civilians and injuring 77 foreign troops a day ahead of the tenth anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks, NATO and Afghan officials said on Sunday.
The Taliban ...