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October Deadline for Withdrawal: Mullen

October Deadline for Withdrawal: Mullen

August 02, 2011

KABUL - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has been ordered to submit a plan by mid-October for the initial withdrawal of American troops, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday. That plan may hinge in part on whether the latest surge in attacks continues through the holy month of ...

Ramadan, Month of Worship, Forgiveness, Generosity: De Mistura

Ramadan, Month of Worship,  Forgiveness, Generosity: De Mistura

August 02, 2011

>KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) congratulates all Muslim Afghans inside and outside Afghanistan on the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of worship, forgiveness, generosity and doing good...

Ramadan, a Time of Intense Devotion, Prayer: Ryan Crocker

Ramadan, a Time of Intense  Devotion, Prayer: Ryan Crocker

August 02, 2011

KABUL - Today I join with all Muslims around the world in welcoming the beginning of Ramadan and wishing you a blessed month. Ramadan Karim. Ramadan is a time of intense devotion, prayer and reflection on the Islamic faith, and on Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human...

Ramadan, a Month for Contemplation and Compassion: Australian FM

Ramadan, a Month for Contemplation and Compassion: Australian FM

August 02, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd has extended his warm wishes to Muslims in Australia and around the world for the holy month of Ramadan. According to the message released by Australian High Commission here on Monday, Rudd said, "I extend my warm wishes to Muslims in Australia and around the world for the holy month ...

NDS, Foreign Ministry Deputies are Refused Senate Hearing

NDS, Foreign Ministry Deputies are Refused  Senate Hearing

August 01, 2011

KABUL - The upper house of Parliament or ""'Meshrano Jirga on Sunday refused to allow the deputy foreign minister and deputy intelligence chief to brief senators.The two were to discuss Afghanistan's security situation and the proposed strategic cooperation agreement with the US on behalf of the foreign minister and the intelligence chief.
Last Sunday, the upper house summoned the acting intelligence chief, Rahmatullah Nabil, national security...

First Phase of Security Transition Completed: Ghani

First Phase of  Security Transition Completed: Ghani

August 01, 2011

KABUL - The second, third and fourth phase of the security transition process had begun and a clear cut policy in this regard would be worked out in next three months, said head of the transition process on Sunday. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai told a meeting of the National Security Council, chaired by President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace, that the...

President Karzai Accepted Spokesman’s Resignation

President Karzai  Accepted Spokesman’s Resignation

August 01, 2011

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accepted the resignation of his spokesman, his office said in a statement Sunday. Wahid Omer, who had been in the post for 18 months, had the tough job of managing Karzai's relations with Afghan and international media amid increasing violence in Afghanistan and tense ties between Karzai and ...

EU Renews Commitment to Peace in Afghanistan

EU Renews  Commitment to Peace in Afghanistan

August 01, 2011

KABUL - The European Union Delegation in Afghanistan on Sunday reiterated its commitment to the Afghans, saying its efforts were aimed bringing peace to the country."On behalf of the Delegation of the European Union in Afghanistan, I wish to extend my best wishes on the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan," the EU special ...

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai: Challenges Hurdle Transition Process

 Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai: Challenges Hurdle  Transition Process

July 31, 2011

KABUL - There are challenges and perils facing security handover process in the country, chief of transition process said on Saturday. Afghanistan still fails to find its moral, political, social and economic gravity centres, Transition Chief Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said at a session.
Participants in the session, landscape of peace and assessment of the current situation in Afghanistan, which was attended by a number of MPs, representatives of right groups...

Anxiety Among US Troops for Pay Defaults

Anxiety Among  US Troops for Pay  Defaults

July 31, 2011

KANDAHAR - It is unclear if the United States will be able to pay troops on time in the event of a debt default, the top U.S. military officer told troops in Afghanistan on Saturday. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Pentagon officials were working hard to plan for a

Defense Ministry Official Accused of Leaks to Taliban

Defense Ministry Official Accused of Leaks to Taliban

July 31, 2011

KABUL - A senior Defense Ministry official who allegedly leaked secrets that helped the Taliban stage suicide attacks in Kabul has been arrested by the Afghan Intelligence Service, one of three high profile arrests announced Saturday by the agency. An agency spokesman also said ...

Afghanistan, Tajikistan Stress Regional Integration

Afghanistan, Tajikistan Stress  Regional Integration

July 31, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan and Tajikistan have stressed the need for greater regional integration through implementation of economic projects and expansion of road and rail links, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul said on ...

Large Portion of Afghan Drug Money Goes to Traffickers: UN

Large Portion of Afghan Drug Money Goes to Traffickers: UN

July 31, 2011

KABUL - A top UN anti-drugs official said on Friday that most of the Afghan drug money goes into the pockets of traffickers, stressing that strict border control will help curtail the illicit trade.
Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in an introduction to a new study, Global Afghan Opium ...

German FM Guido Westerwelle: Afghan Political Process Will Lead to Peaceful Solution

German FM Guido Westerwelle: Afghan Political Process  Will Lead to Peaceful Solution

July 30, 2011

>KABUL - At an exclusive interview with Tolo news, German Foreign Minister said Afghan reconciliation and reintegration process would result in a positive outcome. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle reassured that the German government would not forget Afghanistan beyond the year 2014, when security transition to Afghan lead is expected to be completed. Mr Guido Westerwelle said there might have been some setbacks in the transition process, but he said he thinks there has been progress in ...

Foreign Troops Won't Interfere in Afghan-Controlled Regions: Azimi

Foreign Troops Won't Interfere in Afghan-Controlled Regions: Azimi

July 28, 2011

KABUL - International troops would not intervene in security affairs of the regions that have been transitioned to Afghan forces, a top official in Afghan defense ministry said on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference Defense Ministry Spokesman Gen. Zaher Azimi said Afghan army has the necessary capacity and strength to ensure security in first handover ...

Kandahar Mayor Killed

Kandahar Mayor Killed

July 28, 2011

KANDAHAR - A suicide bomber killed the mayor of Kandahar Wednesday, a further blow to stability in the southern city still reeling from the assassination two weeks ago of President Hamid Karzai's brother. The death of Mayor Ghulam Haidar Hamidi, a U.S. citizen, is the latest in a string of assassinations of powerful southern leaders and ...

Crocker Praises Karzai, Signals Reset in Afghan Ties

Crocker Praises  Karzai, Signals Reset  in Afghan Ties

July 28, 2011

KABUL - The new U.S. envoy to Afghanistan on Wednesday described President Hamid Karzai as a brave man who holds one of the world's most difficult jobs, strong praise that could signal a U.S. bid to reset an often tense and acrimonious relationship. U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, speaking a few days after arriving in Kabul, said he had...

Afghanistan Gets Electricity from Tajikistan

Afghanistan Gets  Electricity from Tajikistan

July 28, 2011

KABUL - Deputy Minister of Energy and Industries of Tajikistan on Wednesday said that the price of the electricity is less than the electricity from Uzbekistan. According to him the power lines will be extended to Afghanistan trough a 220-kilowatt cable. The project was due to start last year but it was postponed due to political instability ...

Neighbors Should Help Afghans Fight Terror: Sedwill

Neighbors Should Help  Afghans Fight Terror: Sedwill

July 28, 2011

KABUL – Afghanistan needed sincere cooperation from its neighbors in eradicating terrorism from the country and the region at large, Britain's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan said on Wednesday. The ongoing reconciliation campaign of the Afghan government was important for neighboring countries as well, Mark Sedwill said after a ...

Long-Term Deal with U.S. Must Be on Afghan Terms: Karzai

Long-Term Deal with U.S. Must Be on Afghan Terms: Karzai

July 27, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday that Afghanistan will only sign a long-term "strategic partnership" deal with Washington if the United States meets Afghan conditions including an end to controversial night raids on homes.
He also pledged that Afghanistan would pay for its own armed forces and police, but the only major prospective income stream for one of the poorest countries in the world is profits...

Afghanistan’s Biggest Need, Flourishing Economy: WB

Afghanistan’s Biggest Need, Flourishing Economy: WB

July 27, 2011

WASHINGTON - American and NATO troops will soon be moving out of Afghanistan, and people are asking whether the Afghan army will be able to provide security. An equally important question is: Will the Afghan economy be able to provide for the country? Without a viable economy, there is little prospect of Afghanistan ...

Karzai Calls for Political Independence

Karzai Calls  for Political  Independence

July 27, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday asked participants of a regional seminar that ways should be explored to defend the Afghanistan's political independence. In his message to participants of the seminar titled "Independence, sacrifice and martyrdom," Karzai said Afghanistan's sovereignty was the result of countless...

Govt. and Int’l Community Reaffirm Commitment to the “Kabul Process”

Govt. and Int’l  Community Reaffirm Commitment to the “Kabul Process”

July 27, 2011

KABUL – The Government of Afghanistan and the international community on Tuesday concluded a series of meetings which reaffirmed their commitment to the "Kabul process." Of the 22 National Priority Program developed by the Government of Afghanistan over the last 18 months, seven were put forward for endorsement at the next ...

President to Decide Fate of Poll Tribunal: Speaker

President to Decide Fate of Poll Tribunal: Speaker

July 27, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai would soon announce his final decision on the special election tribunal, denounced by lawmakers as illegal, the Parliament speaker said on Tuesday.The president held out the assurance to a 16-member parliamentary delegation, which met him on Monday night and demanded dissolution of the special...

No Rush for Exits, No Permanent Bases in Afghanistan: Ryan Crocker

No Rush for Exits, No Permanent Bases in Afghanistan: Ryan Crocker

July 26, 2011

KABUL – The new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Monday that the United States is not rushing to leave the country and cautioned that what happens in the months ahead will have far-reaching effects across the globe. Ryan Crocker takes over as America's top diplomat in Afghanistan as President Barack Obama begins withdrawing some of the 33,000 American reinforcements he sent in December 2009 as part of an effort to reverse the Taliban's momentum. Some Republican lawmakers called the withdrawal ...

Special Court’s Verdict Challenged

Special Court’s  Verdict Challenged

July 26, 2011

KABUL - More than 50 former candidates and MPs have appealed the special election tribunal's verdict on the results of last year's Parliamentary election, a court official said. The Attorney General's Office invalidated some poll results after the election. The special election court was created by the Supreme Court ...

MPs Oppose Loya Jirga on Deal with US

MPs Oppose Loya Jirga on Deal with US

July 26, 2011

KABUL - President Hamed Karzai is in conflict with Afghanistan's rebellious parliament again, this time over plans for a "loya jirga" or national congress to discuss future relations with the United States.First floated in April, the idea is to convene the traditional congress to underpin the legitimacy of a possible ...

Peace Talks to Be Held in Two Months

Peace Talks to Be  Held in Two Months

July 25, 2011

KABUL - Pointing out to some progress in peace talks with the Taliban, a senior member of the Afghan High Peace Council said talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban leadership would be underway in two months.
There hasn't been an agreement about the venue of peace talks, but there are efforts to make the talks happen inside Afghanistan, a senior member in the High Peace Council...

Etisalat Launches New Power Packed Josh for the Youth

Etisalat Launches New Power Packed Josh for the Youth

July 25, 2011

KABUL - Etisalat Afghanistan, a 100% owned subsidiary of Etisalat Telecommunications UAE, today launched its new package "Power Packed Josh" with the freedom to make subsidized calls all day to friends and family and enjoying the brand new exclusive features embedded in this unrivaled package. The new product focuses on the ...

US Diplomat Urges Reform in Justice Organizations

US Diplomat Urges  Reform in Justice  Organizations

July 25, 2011

KABUL - A senior US diplomat at the US embassy in Kabul has called for reform in justice departments in Afghanistan. During his visit to western Herat province Hans Klemm, Coordinating Director of Rule of Law and Law Enforcement at US embassy, said Afghan citizens should be able to get a fair judgments without paying bribe...

Work to Start on the Kinaki Dam Project

Work to Start on  the Kinaki Dam Project

July 25, 2011

HELMAND - speech expressed by the minister of energy and water Mohammad Ismail on Sunday in Helmand province. Minister of energy and water came to Helmand province with a senior representative and he met with the governor of this province Mohammad Gulab Mangal, some other local Authorities and representatives of the DFID and USAID in...

WB Grants $50m to Ministry of Education

WB Grants $50m to  Ministry of Education

July 25, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Finance signed on Sunday an agreement with the World Bank (WB) for a $50 million grant from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). This is the initial tranche of a $73 million grant approved for the Ministry of Education. The additional grant will provide further support to the ongoing Education Quality...

Security for Panjsher Changes Hands

Security for Panjsher  Changes Hands

July 25, 2011

>PARAKH - Security for the central province of Panjsher transitioned from NATO-led American troops to Afghan forces on Sunday, officials said. A ceremony marking the security transfer, attended by Afghan, US and ISAF officials, was held in the provincial capital, Parakh, the police chief said. Governor Kiramuddin Karim welcomed the...

Afghan Forces to Get $20b Aid Over 4 Years

Afghan Forces to Get $20b Aid Over 4 Years

July 24, 2011

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - The international community will provide $20 billion in assistance over the next three years to equip Afghan forces, the security transition commission head said on Saturday.
Dr. Ashraf Ghani said this at a news conference after security for Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, transitioned from NATO-led German troops to Afghan forces.
The Balkh governor, ministers of defense and mines, and International Security Assistance Force official participated ...

Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta: Afghanistan, US at Loggerheads on Strategic Deal

Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta: Afghanistan, US  at Loggerheads on Strategic Deal

July 24, 2011

KABUL - There is no guarantee that Afghanistan and the United States would reach a consensus on strategic partnership agreement between the two nations, Chief of Afghan National Security Council said on Saturday. The Chief of National Security Council, Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta and Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasoul were called over by the House of ...