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Farah PRT Blast Under Investigation

Farah PRT Blast Under Investigation

September 12, 2011

FARAH CITY - An investigation into the explosion in the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) compound in western Farah province has been launched, officials said on Sunday
The explosion occurred late on Saturday when unidentified men lobbed a hand grenade into the PRT building, Deputy Governor Mohammad Younus ...

UN Can Help Facilitate Afghan Peace Talks: Ban

UN Can Help Facilitate Afghan Peace Talks: Ban

September 11, 2011

>KABUL - United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the organization can help facilitate peace talks in Afghanistan. He also urged the international community not to abandon Afghanistan as troops withdraw.
Speaking in Australia ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks that triggered the war in Afghanistan, Mr Ban remembered the mayhem of that morning, which he saw firsthand from the UN headquarters in ...

Coalition Rejects Parliamentary Team for Talks

Coalition Rejects  Parliamentary Team for Talks

September 11, 2011

KABUL - The Coalition Supporting the Enforcement of Law on Saturday rejected a 10-member delegation named by the "Wolesi Jirga" to resolve problems arising out of the Independent election Commission's decision regarding the disqualification of several legislators.
With 104 members in ...

Italy Vows to Assist Afghanistan Beyond 2014

Italy Vows to  Assist Afghanistan Beyond 2014

September 11, 2011

KABUL - Italy has promised to stay committed to peace, stability and development in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when Afghan forces will take full security responsibility across the country.
Francesco Maria Talo, Italy's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, held out the pledge during a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on Saturday ...

U.S. Faces Tough Choices on Defense Budget

U.S. Faces  Tough Choices on Defense Budget

September 11, 2011

WASHINGTON - Ten years after the United States embarked on a war against terrorism in the rubble of the September 11 attacks, the country finds itself financially exhausted and facing hard strategic choices as it grapples with new budget realities.
After spending heavily for a decade on the wars in Iraq and ...

Arab-American Company to Invest $100m in Food Processing

Arab-American Company to Invest $100m in Food Processing

September 11, 2011

KABUL - An Arab-American company plans to open the biggest food processing company in the region in Afghanistan, creating thousands of jobs, the Afghan Investment Support Agency (AISA) said on Saturday.
ANHAM will invest $100 million in Afghanistan to build a food processing plant and a logistics hub covering 5,000 hectares of ...

Celebrating the History of U.S.-Afghan Relations

Celebrating the  History of U.S.-Afghan Relations

September 11, 2011

KABUL– On September 7, over one hundred guests joined officials from the U.S. Embassy, the Afghan government, and the international community for the opening of In Small Things Remembered, a photo exhibition that highlights U.S.-Afghan relations from 1911 to the present. This photo exhibition is being funded by the U.S. Department ...

ANA Strength to Reach 195,000 in October

ANA Strength  to Reach 195,000  in October

September 11, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the international community have agreed to raise the number of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers to 195,000 by the end of October, an official said on Saturday.
The ultimate goal was even a higher number, Chief of Army Staff ...

US, Allies Fail to Defeat Terror: MPs

US, Allies Fail to Defeat Terror: MPs

September 11, 2011

KABUL - Some parliamentarians believe the United States of America and its allies have failed to root out terrorism during the 10-year war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.
On September 11, 2001, a number of Al Qaeda-linked individuals hijacked four planes in the US, crashing one of them into the Pentagon ...

Kabul Ready to Help Free Pakistani Children

Kabul Ready to Help Free Pakistani Children

September 11, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan is ready to help release the children kidnapped two weeks ago from the tribal region of Bajaur, the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan said on Saturday.
Pakistani Taliban abducted 25 children from the agency and transferred them to Afghanistan's eastern province of ...

Massoud’s 10th Death Anniversary Marked

Massoud’s 10th Death Anniversary Marked

September 10, 2011

KABUL - The 10th death anniversary of Afghan national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud was marked on Friday with laying of floral wreaths on his grave and a monument in Kabul.
A ceremony, attended by Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, Cabinet members, Acting Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi and ""'Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, was held at the Massoud Square in ...

Clinton, Spanta Confer on Regional Situation

Clinton, Spanta  Confer on Regional  Situation

September 10, 2011

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Afghan National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta discuss a wide range of bilateral and regional issues on Friday.
"The secretary and Afghan national security advisor discussed the full range of bilateral and regional issues in their meeting ...

US Promoting Literacy in Afghanistan: Crocker

US Promoting Literacy in Afghanistan: Crocker

September 10, 2011

KABUL - The United States reiterated on Thursday its commitment to helping Afghans build a better future for themselves through access to education.
Ambassador Ryan Crocker, addressing a function marking International Literacy Day at the US embassy in Kabul, said: "Literacy is more ...

Syed FazlullahWahidi: Security Agencies Lack Coordination

Syed FazlullahWahidi: Security  Agencies Lack Coordination

September 10, 2011

KABUL - Security incidents in eastern Kunar province are a result of inadequate coordination among security agencies, the governor said on Thursday. Syed Fazlullah Wahidi was addressing a gathering of tribal elders, former jihadi commanders and religious scholars from 14 districts of ...

US Says it is Not Seeking Permanent Afghan Bases

US Says it is  Not Seeking Permanent Afghan Bases

September 10, 2011

WASHINGTON - A new strategic partnership is intended to provide a transparent political framework for long-term cooperation between the US and Afghanistan, a State Department spokesperson said on ...

Lavrov Urges NATO to Fight Drugs in Afghanistan

Lavrov Urges NATO to Fight Drugs in Afghanistan

September 08, 2011

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized NATO's refusal to join anti-drug efforts with the post-Soviet security alliance in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Lavrov was referring to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which unites Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, which are transit countries for illicit drugs trafficking from Afghanistan into Europe.
"We want NATO and the CSTO to ...

Crocker Reiterates Continued US-Afghan Partnership

Crocker Reiterates Continued US-Afghan Partnership

September 08, 2011

KABUL - US Ambassador Ryan Crocker has reiterated the importance of a continued US-Afghan partnership after the security transition from foreign troops to local forces.
Meeting with governors from eastern provinces at an Eid celebration hosted by Regional Command (RC)-East Commander Major General Daniel Allyn and Senior Civilian Representative Paul Folmsbee, Crocker emphasized that ...

Negotiations Between Karzai, Insurgents Not Enough: US Scholars

Negotiations Between Karzai, Insurgents Not Enough: US Scholars

September 08, 2011

WASHINGTON - Two eminent American scholars on Tuesday said the negotiations between President Hamid Karzai and elements of the insurgency were not enough to bring peace in Afghanistan, calling for the involvement of other countries for a permanent resolution to the conflict.
"Our judgment is that negotiations between Karzai and elements ...

Chinese Company Likely to Win Afghan Oil Extraction Bid

Chinese Company  Likely to Win Afghan Oil Extraction Bid

September 08, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Mines on Wednesday said that a Chinese company is likely to win an oil extraction bid in northern Afghanistan.
The Chinese company, CNPC International, has offered 15 per cent of oil to the Afghan government - the highest offer to the government -- encouraging the ministry of mines to award the contract to the Chinese ...

WJ Protesters Block Centre of Kabul

WJ Protesters Block Centre of Kabul

September 08, 2011

KABUL - Hundreds of supporters of would-be Afghan lawmakers, declared winners by a court but losers by an election body, blocked a main junction in downtown Kabul on Wednesday with a makeshift camp, the latest scene in a long-running political ...

Hajigak Iron Ore Gets Bids from India, Iran, Canada

Hajigak Iron Ore Gets Bids from India, Iran, Canada

September 08, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's richest iron-ore deposit drew bids from an Indian government-backed group, two Iranian contenders and Canada's Kilo Goldmines Ltd., an Afghan official said.
Afghanistan's mines ministry opened the bids yesterday for the estimated 1.8 billion metric tons of ore at Hajigak, 100 kilometers (60 miles) west ...

Iran Concerned About Dam Construction on Helmand River

Iran Concerned  About Dam Construction on Helmand River

September 08, 2011

KABUL - Foreign ministry in a letter had informed the energy and power ministry about Iran's concern over the construction of a dam on Helmand River, official sources said on Wednesday.
Officials of both the ministries rejecting Iran's concerns said the Kamal Khan Dam would be built at any cost as Afghanistan had the right ...

Govt. and Int’l Community Fail to Counter Narcotics: Senate

Govt. and Int’l Community  Fail to Counter Narcotics: Senate

September 07, 2011

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday said the government and the international community had failed in their efforts to counter narcotics in Afghanistan, asking the authorities concerned to answer questions raised by lawmakers in this regard.
After a prolonged discussion on the issue, the upper house decided to summon the Minister of Counter Narcotics, his deputy and Head of Counter Narcotics at the Attorney General's Office to brief the senate ...

ANA Commandos ConductFirst-Ever Independent Operation

ANA Commandos ConductFirst-Ever  Independent Operation

September 07, 2011

KABUL - A commando unit of the Afghan National Army (ANA) carried out its first ever independent operation targeting a militant group linked to the Haqqani network in central Parwan province, the unit commander said on Monday. Brig. Gen. Dadan Lawang told a press conference in Kabul that the operation was conducted by the first battalion of the commando unit two ...

MTN Foundation, Distributing Furniture to the Local Schools

MTN Foundation,  Distributing Furniture to the Local Schools

September 07, 2011

KABUL - The MTN Foundation started distribution of furniture which included tables, chairs, cupboards and cabinets to some selective governmental schools in Kabul this ...

Kunduz Primarily Military Mission: Hans Hillen

Kunduz Primarily  Military Mission:  Hans Hillen

September 07, 2011

KABUL - The Dutch police training mission in the Afghan province of Kunduz is primarily a military mission. Dutch Defense Minister Hans Hillen made this statement in an interview with this week's issue of current affairs magazine Vrij Nederland. So far, The Hague has emphatically characterized the mission as being civilian in ...

Norway Freezes Afghanistan Aid: Report

Norway Freezes  Afghanistan Aid: Report

September 07, 2011

OSLO - Norway is blocking payments of 300 million crowns ($55.2 million) in aid to Afghanistan until issues surrounding the collapse of the country's biggest private lender, Kabul bank, are resolved, a Norwegian newspaper said on ...

WB Donate $97m for Afghan Irrigation Projects

WB Donate  $97m for Afghan  Irrigation Projects

September 07, 2011

ABUL - The Ministry of Energy and Water on Monday announced that the World Bank (WB) has donated $97m for various irrigation projects across the country. The projects, including construction of canals and water dams, will be implemented in next six years. The projects will develop agriculture ...

Rabbani Assails Taliban for Recruiting Children

Rabbani Assails Taliban for Recruiting Children

September 07, 2011

KABUL - The High Peace Council chief, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, on Tuesday said the Taliban brought devastations to the country by recruiting children in their ranks, a move that tarnished the image of religious schools and scholars. Addressing the second general assembly of Afghanistan's youth ...

Ahadi, Khar Discuss Transit Trade Accord

Ahadi, Khar Discuss Transit Trade Accord

September 07, 2011

KABUL - Afghan commerce and industries minister on Tuesday met with Pakistani foreign minister in Islamabad and discussed with her issues concerning bilateral trade ties and economic ...

Karzai Urges Youth to Focus on Education

Karzai Urges Youth to  Focus on Education

September 07, 2011

KABUL - President Karzai said on Tuesday the Afghan youth have a huge potential and Afghanistan would become the strongest nation of the world if its youth utilized their aptitude for ...

U.S. Must Stay in Afghanistan or Risk More Attacks: Crocker

U.S. Must Stay in Afghanistan  or Risk More Attacks: Crocker

September 06, 2011

KABUL - The United States must keep fighting the Taliban or risk more attacks like those of September 11, 2001, because the insurgent group is a ruthless enemy that has not cut ties to Al-Qaeda, the U.S. ambassador to Kabul said.
Ryan Crocker, a career diplomat who was ambassador in Iraq, also warned the United States would have to spend billions more in the coming years to bolster Afghanistan's government and security forces as its own troops prepare to ...

US Diplomat Visits Emirati Troops in Afghanistan

US Diplomat Visits Emirati Troops  in Afghanistan

September 06, 2011

DUBAI - A senior US diplomat in Afghanistan has visited Emirati troops there, discussing their mission with Yusouf Saif Al Ali, the UAE ambassador in Kabul.
Richard Olson, who until June of this year served as the American ambassador to the UAE, oversees development and economic affairs for the US embassy in Kabul. He praised the Emirati troops, who have served ...

Support Boosted for Women in Govt.

Support  Boosted for Women in Govt.

September 06, 2011

KABUL – Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) vows to further women's participation in state decisions by setting up a resource centre for female officials. UN Women is aiding the Wolesi Jirga in its pledge to set up a resource centre for female parliamentarians, which is set to open in ...

Afghans Seek Trial of Afghan War Criminals

Afghans Seek Trial of Afghan War Criminals

September 06, 2011

KABUL - Following a visit to Afghanistan, a delegation of International Peace Activists expressed their supports for the interference of International Criminal Court (ICC) in regards to the current incidents taking place in the country. The delegation includes experts from the US and Italy, who visited Afghanistan with a slogan ...