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110 Houses Built on Govt. Land Razed

110 Houses Built on Govt. Land Razed

October 22, 2011

JALALABAD - As many as 110 residential houses built illegally on government land have been demolished in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Thursday. Police demolished the houses in Surkhrod and Momand Dara districts, the Surkhrod district chief, Syed Ali Akbar Sadat, told Pajhwok Afghan ...

Clinton Presses Pakis akis akistan an t to o A Act ct A Agains ains ainst Ter er error or oris is ist t Ha Havens ens

Clinton Presses Pakis akis akistan an t to o A Act ct A Agains ains ainst Ter er error or oris is ist t Ha Havens ens

October 22, 2011

ISLAMABAD - In a blunt message to Pakistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today demanded greater cooperation from the country to "squeeze" the Haqqani network responsible for attacks in Afghanistan, saying Islamabad could not keep "snakes" in its backyard to strike its neighbors. "It's like that old...

Karzai to Name Cabinet Picks Next Week

Karzai to Name Cabinet Picks Next Week

October 20, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai is expected to refer next week his ministers-designate to the lower house of Parliament for a vote of confidence, the Wolesi Jirga speaker said on Wednesday.
Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi told the house he had talked to the president, who promised sending his Cabinet choices and two members of the Constitutional Oversight Commission during the upcoming week.
Ministries of water and energy, women's affairs, public health, transport and aviation, information technology and higher ...

Afghanistan Seeks Greater Indian Investments

Afghanistan Seeks Greater  Indian Investments

October 20, 2011

KABUL - Seeking enhanced economic engagement with India, war-ravaged Afghanistan on Wednesday asked the Indian industrial houses to invest in sectors like mining and manufacturing and construction activities. Speaking at the CII organized Indian Global Summit on MSMEs 2011 here, visiting Afghanistan Trade and Industry Minister, Anwar Ul Haq ...

France Begins Troop Pullout

France Begins Troop  Pullout

October 20, 2011

PARIS - France's military says the country has begun its planned drawdown of troops from Afghanistan by pulling out 200 soldiers — reducing its total deployment there to 3,800. France has pegged its withdrawal in proportion to the planned U.S. pullout of troops through 2014 when Afghan forces are expected to take over full responsibility for ...

ADB to Give $222m for Roads, Rail Tracks

ADB to Give $222m for Roads, Rail Tracks

October 20, 2011

KABUL - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged $222 million in aid to Afghanistan for the construction of 145 kilometers of roads and establishment of an independent railways department, officials said on Wednesday. A contract to the effect was signed between ADB's Country Director Robert Rinker and Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal at a ceremony ...

US Should Focus on Afghanistan, Not Pakistan: Gen. Kiyani

US Should Focus on Afghanistan, Not Pakistan: Gen. Kiyani

October 20, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's army chief told parliament's defense committee the United States should focus on stabilizing Afghanistan instead of pushing Pakistan to attack militant groups in a crucial border region, a committee member told Reuters on ...

ANSF May Soon Guard Nearly Half of Afghans

ANSF May Soon Guard Nearly Half of Afghans

October 20, 2011

KABUL- The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) may soon be in charge of security for nearly half of their population, under plans for the second stage of a security transfer that NATO nations hope will serve as firm evidence their troops can come home on ...

CNPC Agrees Oil Deal with Afghanistan: Official

CNPC Agrees Oil Deal with Afghanistan: Official

October 20, 2011

ABUL - Chinese state-owned oil giant China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has reached final agreement with the Afghan government to develop an oil field there, an Afghan mines ministry official told Reuters on ....

Afghanistan Needs more Advanced Weapons: Wardak

Afghanistan Needs more Advanced Weapons: Wardak

October 19, 2011

KABUL - A fully fledged Afghan National Security Force (ANSF), including army and police, will cost about $5 billion a year after international combat forces pull out in 2014, defense minister told reporters on Tuesday.
Afghanistan needs more advanced weapons, like fighter jets, to defend against foreign threats, while the current firepower is enough to deal with insurgents, defense minister Abdul Rahim Wardak ...

India Has “Constructive” Role in Afghanistan: US

India Has “Constructive” Role in Afghanistan: US

October 19, 2011

WASHINGTON - Brushing aside Pakistan's reservations, the US has said it views India's role in Afghanistan as "constructive" and wants all the three nations to pull in the same direction for the war-torn country's stability. State Department spokesman Mark Toner asserted that the situation in South Asia was not a zero-sum game. "We need ...

Afghans, NATO Launch ‘New Push Against Haqqanis’

Afghans, NATO Launch ‘New Push Against Haqqanis’

October 19, 2011

KABUL - Afghan security forces and their NATO allies have launched a new push against the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network along the troubled Pakistani border, senior defense officials said Tuesday.
The United States recently accused the Haqqanis of orchestrating a 19-hour siege of the U.S. embassy in Kabul, a September truck bombing ...

India to Deliver 1,000 Buses Soon: Najafi

India to Deliver 1,000 Buses Soon: Najafi

October 19, 2011

KABUL - India would soon deliver a thousand public transport buses to Afghanistan, the acting transport and aviation minister announced on Tuesday, amid public complaints about a shortage of vehicles in the ...

MPs Accused of Having Ties to Armed Groups

MPs Accused of Having Ties to Armed Groups

October 19, 2011

KABUL - Lawmakers from eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday accused some of their colleagues and former jihadi leaders of having links with illegal armed groups blamed for insecurity and corruption.
Senate Chairman FazlHadiMuslimyar told the upper house people of the eastern province had told him that a number of illegal armed had ...

Afghan Fiscal Year to Start from January: WJ

Afghan Fiscal Year to Start from January: WJ

October 18, 2011

KABUL - With a majority vote, the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) - lower house of Parliament -- on Monday decided that Afghanistan's fiscal year start from January instead of April. The decision was taken to avoid non-execution of development projects due to delays in approval of the annual budget by Parliament, a lawmaker told Pajhwok Afghan News.
MP Sadiq Ahmad Usmani, who is also member of the Wolesi Jirga Finance ...

NATO to Give ANSF 166 Aircraft

NATO to Give ANSF 166 Aircraft

October 18, 2011

KABUL - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will provide 145 multi-type airplanes and 21 helicopters to Afghan National Security Force (ANSF), an official said on Monday.
Addressing a press conference in Kabul, the commander of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) said the coalition would procure ...

WJ EU Friendship Group Meets EU Delegation

WJ EU Friendship Group Meets EU Delegation

October 18, 2011

KABUL - The European Union's Deputy Secretary General Maciej Popowski commenced his visit to Afghanistan on Monday, October 17, 2011 in meeting with members of the EU's Friendship Group of the Afghan Parliament. Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Popowski said "I am delighted to ...

CIS Must Decide on Transit Centre After NATO Pullout From Afghan

CIS Must Decide on  Transit Centre After NATO Pullout From Afghan

October 18, 2011

MOSCOW - Kyrgyz Acting Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov Monday said the Commonwealth of Independent States(CIS) countries must decide on further presence of the transit center, the former US air base in Kyrgyzstan, if ...

Abdullah Warns of Turmoil When America Withdraws

Abdullah Warns of Turmoil When America Withdraws

October 18, 2011

KABUL - A round of suicide bombings in the northern Panshjer Valley of Afghanistan over the weekend drew little notice in a country saturated by violence, but to former Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah it was ominous confirmation that the Taliban is ...

China Mining Giant Tapped for Afghan Rail Project

China Mining Giant Tapped for  Afghan Rail Project

October 18, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's mining minister says the China Metallurgical Group Corp. has been selected to carry out technical studies for two proposed rail lines in the ...

9mln Afghans Live in Extreme Poverty: Rahimi

9mln Afghans Live in Extreme Poverty: Rahimi

Monday October 17

KABUL - Nearly nine million Afghans are living in extreme poverty due to a lack of investment in the country's agriculture sector, a minister said on Sunday.
"Due to the past three decades of war, investment in the agriculture sector has dropped by 43 percent," Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Minister Mohammad Asif Rahimi told a gathering marking the World Food Day in Kabul.
The minister said the price of rice increased ...

Germany will not Abandon Afghanistan:Wulff

Germany will not Abandon Afghanistan:Wulff

October 17, 2011

KABUL - Germany will remain a loyal ally of Afghanistan, but also expects the country to do its utmost to stamp out terrorism in the region, said German President Christian Wulff during a visit to the country Sunday. 'Afghanistan and the international community can not shy away from ...

Media Played Up Pakistan Attacks: Karzai

Media Played  Up Pakistan Attacks: Karzai

October 17, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said most media reports about Pakistan's missile strikes into Afghanistan were exaggerated.
His government would take concrete steps in case of any threat to Afghanistan's territorial integrity, the president told a joint news conference with his German ...

Karzai Calls on Traders to Help ARCS

Karzai Calls on Traders to Help ARCS

October 17, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday praised the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) for assistance to the needy and requested traders, industrialists and investors to donate aid to the organization. Reading out Karzai's message on the ARCS special week at a ceremony ...

ISAF Investigates Rocket Attacks from Pakistan

ISAF Investigates Rocket  Attacks from Pakistan

October 17, 2011

KABUL - ISAF said on Sunday that it is investigating continued missile attacks from Pakistani soil into Afghanistan, and stressed that talks must occur before any "appropriate action" is taken.
ISAF spokesman General Carsten Jacobson said that the organization is still trying to confirm whether it is the Pakistani army that is firing ...

Taliban Did Not Kill Wali Karzai: NATO

Taliban Did Not Kill Wali Karzai: NATO

October 17, 2011

KABUL - The man who killed the influential half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai three months ago carried out the attack for personal reasons and was not a Taliban fighter, a senior NATO official said on ...

Balkh Security Improved After Transition: Noor

Balkh Security Improved After  Transition: Noor

October 17, 2011

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Sunday claimed the security situation in the province has improved since local forces took over the security responsibility from their foreign counterparts.
Speaking at a joint press conference with members of the Meshrano Jirga's Defense Commission, Noor said there had been no problem so far ...

2 Girls’ Schools Set on Fire in Nangarhar

2 Girls’ Schools Set  on Fire in Nangarhar

October 17, 2011

JALALABAD - Suspected militants stormed two girls' schools in the Batikot district of eastern Nangarhar province, destroying one and partially damaging the other, officials said on Sunday.
The schools were set on fire in Chahardi and Barikab areas late on Saturday night, district chief, Israrullah Qarizada, told ...

School Buildings Inaugurated in Kabul

School Buildings  Inaugurated in Kabul

October 17, 2011

KABUL - Newly-constructed buildings for two schools were inaugurated in the 13th police district of the capital Kabul on Sunday, an official said.
The Japanese-funded project cost $ 615,000 and took one year to complete, said Amanullah Iman, the Education Ministry ...

$51m Bailout for Banking Sector Approved

$51m Bailout for Banking Sector Approved

October 16, 2011

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday approved $51 million (about 2,430 million Afghanis) for the central bank to help it overcome a financial crisis and $20 million for a railway line project.
The amount for the central bank was approved after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stopped an expected $70 million reconstruction payment to Afghanistan due to concerns about lax financial oversight.
Previously, Parliament had refused to okay a $73 million bailout ...

US Determined to Eliminate Haqqani

US Determined to Eliminate Haqqani

October 16, 2011

KABUL - The Obama administration is going after the Haqqani network in a more aggressive manner, launching a new round of strikes to target and dismantle the group responsible for bulk of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan, US officials said.
The Haqqani network, which is based in Pakistan's tribal areas, has ...

Turkmen President Attaches Special Importance to Afghanistan’s Revival

Turkmen President Attaches Special Importance to Afghanistan’s Revival

October 16, 2011

ASHGHABAD - Turkmenistan attaches particular importance to the revival of Afghanistan and the establishment of lasting peace and harmony in the Afghan land, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was quoted by the local media on Saturday. A governmental meeting has been recently held in ...

82 Insurgents Reportedly Killed, Dozens Detained

82 Insurgents Reportedly Killed, Dozens Detained

October 16, 2011

KABUL - Eighty-two rebels were killed and dozens detained in a series of security operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, officials said on Saturday.
Featuring Afghan Nation Police (ANP), Afghan National Army (ANA) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) members, the operations ...

Each Poppy-Free Province to Get $1m

Each Poppy-Free Province to Get $1m

October 16, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) has allocated one million dollars for each of the 17 provinces that were declared poppy-free this year, an official announced on Saturday.
The development assistance will go to the provinces, where poppy ...

U.S. Base Assaulted in Panjsher

U.S. Base  Assaulted in Panjsher

October 16, 2011

KABUL - Militants tried to blast their way into an American base in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, striking before dawn with rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle packed with explosives.
The attackers failed to breach the gate of the base in Panjsher province's Rakha district, though they did hit a security tower with a ...