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Mahmoud Karzai Plans Bigger Role in Afghan Politics

Mahmoud Karzai Plans Bigger Role in Afghan Politics

January 26, 2013

KABUL - Mahmoud Karzai, President Hamid Karzai's brother, has renounced his US citizenship to take a more prominent role in Afghanistan's politics, he said in an interview with TOLOnews ...

Kerry Hints at Faster Transition in Afghanistan

Kerry Hints at Faster Transition in Afghanistan

January 26, 2013

Known for his diplomatic skills, the senior legislator has remained engaged with Afghanistan as President Barack Obama’s emissary on certain issues, particularly after the previous ...

Insider Attacks an Enemy Tactic: Gen. Terry

Insider Attacks an  Enemy Tactic: Gen. Terry

January 26, 2013

WASHINGTON - An ISAF commander on Wednesday said Afghan forces, poised lead all operations by spring, were ready to take over security responsibility for their country and as such they would ...

Karzai Orders Investigation into Prison Abuses

Karzai Orders Investigation into Prison Abuses

January 23, 2013

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into the use of torture and human rights' abuses in Afghanistan's prisons, appointing a delegation to look into the findings of a United Nations ...

UN NAM to Gauge UN Assistance for Elections

UN NAM to Gauge UN Assistance for Elections

January 23, 2013

KABUL – At the invitation of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), the United Nations is currently conducting the second phase of an Electoral Needs Assessment ...

Karzai Meets US Officials, Demands Bagram Transfer

Karzai Meets US Officials, Demands Bagram Transfer

January 23, 2013

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai Monday emphasized the importance of the US transferring Bagram prison detainees to Afghan authorities in a meeting with David Pearce, the acting special representative of the US to ...

ACCI will End Trade Relations with Pakistan: Alokozay

ACCI will End Trade Relations with Pakistan: Alokozay

January 23, 2013

KABUL - The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) Tuesday said that it will end trade relations with Pakistan following a long-running dispute over containers stalled in Karachi ...

8 Killed, Dozen Injured in Kabul Attack

8 Killed, Dozen Injured in Kabul Attack

January 22, 2013

KABUL - Three policemen and five attackers were killed and a dozen others wounded during a nine-hour clash that erupted as a group of suicide bombers stormed the Kabul traffic police headquarters on Monday ...

Russia Exports over $15 Billion of Weapons in 2012

Russia Exports over $15 Billion of Weapons in 2012

January 22, 2013

KABUL - Russia sold a record $15.16 billion worth of weaponry in 2012 while expanding its foreign client list, the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service (FSMTC) ...

Kabul Attack Shows Security Weakness: MoI

Kabul Attack Shows Security Weakness: MoI

January 22, 2013

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior has admitted that the storming of Kabul Traffic Department's headquarters by insurgents has revealed the deficiencies of security and ...

Taliban Eager to Negotiate: Peace Meeting Attendees

Taliban Eager to Negotiate: Peace Meeting Attendees

January 21, 2013

ABUL - The Taliban are interested in negotiating and renouncing violence after 2014, Afghan politicians attending the Dubai Peace Meeting said ...

US Drone Strikes to Continue in Pakistan: Report

US Drone Strikes to Continue in Pakistan: Report

January 21, 2013

KABUL - US Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, has said drone strikes in Pakistan would continue until terror havens in the tribal areas of the country are ...

NATO Confirms Halt to Prisoner Transfers

NATO Confirms Halt to Prisoner Transfers

January 21, 2013

KABUL - The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Sunday confirmed receiving information about torture in certain Afghan-run jails, forcing a halt to inmate ...

Afghanistan Seeks Help from Arab Allies

Afghanistan Seeks Help from Arab Allies

January 21, 2013

KABUL - Following the withdrawal of NATO’s combat troops in 2014, Afghanistan would need assistance from its Arab allies, the foreign ministry in Kabul said on ...

Taliban Prisoners Freedom Boost Insurgency: Lawmakers

Taliban Prisoners Freedom Boost Insurgency: Lawmakers

January 20, 2013

KABUL - Afghan lawmakers on Saturday warned that the freedom of the Taliban militants from Pakistan jails will spark further ...

India Approves $93m for Afghan Scholarships

India Approves $93m for Afghan Scholarships

January 20, 2013

KABUL - The Indian cabinet on Saturday approved Rs492.55 crore ($93.5 million) to fund enhanced scholarships for Afghan students, the government in New Delhi ...

WH Urged Not to Cut Size of ANSF

WH Urged Not to Cut Size of ANSF

January 20, 2013

WASHINGTON - Two top American lawmakers have urged the White House (WH) not to reduce the size of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) after ...

Speaker accused of Striking Deal with Govt.

Speaker accused of Striking Deal with Govt.

January 20, 2013

KABUL - A number of Wolesi Jirga -- or the lower house -- members on Saturday blamed some lawmakers for trying to rescue the 11 ministers summoned for under-spending their development ...

Pakistan to Release All Taliban Prisoners

Pakistan to Release All Taliban Prisoners

January 20, 2013

KABUL - Pakistani foreign officials on Friday said Islamabad plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its detention, including the group's former second-in-command Mullah ...

Afghan-US Security Pact Poses No Threat: US Envoy

Afghan-US Security Pact Poses No Threat: US Envoy

January 19, 2013

KABUL - There is no reason for anyone to be fearful of an Afghan-US security agreement unless they favor instability in the region, the US envoy to Afghanistan said ...

$77m Power Bills Payable By Govt.

$77m Power Bills Payable By Govt.

January 19, 2013

KABUL - Government has to pay Breshna Shirkat -- the Afghan power utility -- four billion afghanis (about $77 million) in electricity bills, the company said on ...

Military Presence Aimed to Combat Terror: US

Military Presence Aimed to Combat Terror: US

January 19, 2013

KABUL - The United States on Thursday reiterated that it did not want permanent military bases in Afghanistan and the objective behind long-term cooperation was to help Afghan ...

UK Troops Could Be in Afghanistan for Years: Labor

UK Troops Could Be in Afghanistan for Years: Labor

January 19, 2013

KABUL - Hard-earned gains could be reversed if the British government does not detail its exit strategy and the future role of UK forces in post-2014 Afghanistan, the opposition Labor party ...

Up to 15 Policemen Killed Daily: Patang

Up to 15 Policemen Killed Daily: Patang

January 19, 2013

KABUL - Afghan police, hit by recruitment problems and lack of military support, lost up to 15 men daily to the ongoing fight against terrorism, the interior minister said on Thursday, voicing ...

Parliament Rejects 1392 Budget, Again

Parliament Rejects 1392 Budget, Again

January 17, 2013

KABUL - Lawmakers on Wednesday rejected for the second time the national budget for 1392 (Mar 2013-Mar 2014), citing disagreement over the allocation of ...

Afghanistan Fastest-Growing Economy in S. Asia

Afghanistan Fastest-Growing Economy in S. Asia

January 17, 2013

ASHINGTON - Registering a double-digit growth rate of 11 percent in 2012, Afghanistan has emerged as the fastest-growing economy in South Asia, the World bank said on Tuesday, cautioning ...

Senior Officials among 15,000 Land-Grabbers

Senior Officials among 15,000 Land-Grabbers

January 17, 2013

KABUL - More than 624,000 acres of land was grabbed by 15,000 individuals, including senior government officials, across the country, a recent investigation ...

Kabul, Islamabad Jointly Fighting Terror: Khar

Kabul, Islamabad Jointly Fighting Terror: Khar

January 17, 2013

KABUL - Pakistan, reaffirming its support for an Afghan-led reconciliation process, has said Kabul and Islamabad have joined hands against the scourge of terrorism in the ...

MoD Trains Staff to Take Over Military Procurement

MoD Trains Staff to Take Over Military Procurement

January 17, 2013

KABUL - Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) will take over military procurement responsibilities for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) from the NATO-led forces in line with the ...

IEC Opposes Karzai's Comments on Old Voter Cards

IEC Opposes Karzai's Comments on Old Voter Cards

January 16, 2013

KABUL - There will be no transparency in the 2014 presidential election if the old voter cards are reused, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Tuesday in response to President ...

No Jirga for Decision on US Forces: Political Parties

No Jirga for Decision on US Forces: Political Parties

January 16, 2013

KABUL - A number of political leaders have opposed President Hamid Karzai's plan for a Loya Jirga of tribal elders to decide on the question of US forces immunity from Afghanistan's legal ...

Panetta to Brief Allies on Karzai Visit

Panetta to Brief Allies on Karzai Visit

January 16, 2013

WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday left for a week-long European trip to brief allies and partners on consultations that American leadership had with Afghan President ...

Lower House Prorogued Amid Uproar

Lower House Prorogued Amid Uproar

January 15, 2013

KABUL - An important session of the Wolesi Jirga was adjourned amid uproar on Monday when four of the 11 cabinet ministers refused to appear before the lower house over their failure to ...

Loya Jirga to Decide on Immunity for US Troops

Loya Jirga to Decide on Immunity for US Troops

January 15, 2013

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Monday linked immunity for American troops to a Loya Jirga decision, warning the bilateral security agreement (BSA) would be not implemented if commitments ...

US Vows $1 Billion in Annual Aid: Zakhilwal

US Vows $1 Billion in Annual Aid: Zakhilwal

January 15, 2013

KABUL - The United States of America has vowed to provide $800 million to $1 billion in annual aid to Afghan government, Afghan finance minister Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal on Sunday ...