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U.S. Should Not Negotiate with Taliban: Romney

U.S. Should Not Negotiate with Taliban: Romney

January 18, 2012

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – US Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney said on Monday the United States should not negotiate with the Taliban and he criticized the Obama administration for efforts to broker secret talks with the Afghan insurgents.
Romney, who has won the first two Republican contests in the race to pick a nominee to face Democratic President Barack Obama in November, strongly rejected any sort of talks with the Taliban.
"The ...

Kabul Grants Islamabad’s Transmission Line Request

Kabul Grants Islamabad’s  Transmission Line Request

January 18, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet on Monday expressed its willingness for electricity exports from Uzbekistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan. At a meeting, chaired by Karzai, the Cabinet discussed a request from the Pakistani embassy for power exports from Uzbekistan through the ...

AIHRC Compiles New Report on Afghan Prisons

AIHRC  Compiles New  Report on  Afghan Prisons

January 18, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission on Tuesday said it has prepared a new report on Afghan prisons and it is concerned about the situation there. The report covers torture and human rights' violations in Afghan detention centers. The commission reviewed all Afghan prisons including the US-run Bagram detention center and found ...

1st Afghan Satellite to Be Launched Next Year

1st Afghan  Satellite to Be Launched Next Year

January 18, 2012

KABUL -The acting telecommunication and information technology minister on Tuesday said a satellite would be launched into space, computerized national identity cards distributed and 3G internet services introduced this year. Amirzai Sangin told a graduation ceremony at the Information and Communication Technology Institute ...

7 Govt. Entities Spend 50pc of Budgets in 10 Months

7 Govt. Entities Spend  50pc of Budgets in 10 Months

January 15, 2012

KABUL - Seven government institutions have been able to use more than 50 percent of their annual development budgets over the past 10 months of the ongoing year, officials said on Saturday. Another five departments could utilize only 34 percent of the yearly funds, the Afghanistan Parliamentary Assistance Project (APAP) said in a statement.
He Independent Election Commission, the Afghanistan Independent Human ...

Women’s Rights Offenders are Enemies of Islam and Humanity: Karzai

Women’s Rights Offenders are Enemies of Islam and Humanity: Karzai

January 15, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Saturday said that some cases of human rights abuses against women have recently emerged that bother human conscience.
A ceremony comprised of Afghan Ulema, Parliament Members and members of civil society, president Karzai called on religious Ulema to deliver ...

Tryingto Improve Transportation System:Najafi

Tryingto Improve  Transportation System:Najafi

January 15, 2012

KABUL - Minister of Transport and Aviation, Dawood Ali Najafi, said that he's trying to improve the situation of ground and air transportation in the country.
He also admitted that his efforts towards providing city buses have failed. He called the flight delays and disruptions a normal thing and ...

ACB Discovers Fake Notes

ACB Discovers  Fake Notes

January 15, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan Central Bank (DAB) announced that it has discovered fake Afghani notes made by a clever group using sophisticated machines.
Head of Afghanistan Central Bank (ACB), Noorullah Delawari, told TOLOnews that one-thousand and five-hundred notes have been forged using ...

CIA and Pentagon not to share Common Metrics

CIA and Pentagon not to share Common Metrics

January 15, 2012

WASHINGTON - A leaked CIA report says the situation in Afghanistan is mired in a stalemate, contradicting recent optimistic Pentagon statements. Robert Farley of the University of Kentucky believes intelligence and the military are looking at different things. ­"There is some division between the intelligence community and ...

Our Afghan Partners Go Missing in Action: US

Our Afghan  Partners Go Missing in Action: US

January 15, 2012

KABUL - A Secret US Army report has undermined a glowing Australian account of the role Afghan forces played in repelling an unprecedented Taliban attack near Australia's main base in Afghanistan.
The 166-page report obtained by The Sunday Age, raises fresh doubts ...

Peace Process Should Have Necessary Safeguards: NATO

Peace Process Should Have  Necessary Safeguards: NATO

January 14, 2012

KABUL - The Non-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Friday voiced its support for an Afghan-led peace campaign, saying an effort headed by foreigners would not deliver the results expected by the people of Afghanistan. "Frankly, a peace process led by foreigners, whoever they might be, would simply not deliver the sort of peace which Afghanistan needs, it has to be Afghan ...

US would Work with Afghanistan: Clinton

US would Work with  Afghanistan: Clinton

January 14, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States would work with Afghanistan under the leadership of its President Hamid Karzai, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday. She is sending her top envoy Marc Grossman to Kabul next week. Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Grossman's ...

Opium Profits Up 133% in 2011: U.N.

Opium Profits Up 133% in 2011: U.N.

January 14, 2012

KABUL - Revenue from opium production in Afghanistan soared by 133 percent last year to about $1.4 billion, or about one-tenth of the country's GDP, according to a United Nations report received Friday.
The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said the price rise was due to a plant disease that wiped out much of the opium crop in 2010. Although ...

ANF Supports Peace Talks

ANF Supports Peace Talks

January 14, 2012

KABUL - Prominent Afghan opposition leaders said Friday that they support possible US-brokered peace negotiations with Taliban militants, but want to be part of any talks.
Members of a coalition representing Afghanistan National Front (ANF) spoke as they returned from a conference in Berlin, where they met with ...

Japan Pledges $25m in Aid to Afghanistan

Japan Pledges $25m  in Aid to Afghanistan

January 14, 2012

KABUL - The Japanese government on Thursday pledged $25 million in aid to the Ministry of Education for improving school buildings in three central provinces, officials said.
An agreement to the effect was signed among Japanese Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Minister of Education Dr. Farooq Wardak, UNECIF ...

Grossman to Visit Turkey to Build on Afghan Initiative

Grossman to Visit  Turkey to Build on  Afghan Initiative

January 14, 2012

ANKARA - US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (AFPAK) Marc Grossman is scheduled to travel to countries involved in the Afghan peace process, including Turkey, the US State Department announced on Thursday. Grossman is set to depart from the US on Sunday to visit Turkey ...

Despite Peace Parleys, Fighting to Go on: Taliban

Despite Peace  Parleys,  Fighting to  Go on: Taliban

January 14, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban said on Thursday they would continue with their armed struggle against the government and its western backers, despite reconciliation talks with the United States.
The militant movement had been trying over the past one and a half decade to enforce an Islamic order in Afghanistan and force a ...

U.S. to Withdraw Two Brigades from Europe: Panetta

U.S. to Withdraw Two  Brigades from Europe: Panetta

January 14, 2012

EL PASO, Texas - The Pentagon will withdraw two brigade combat teams from Europe as part of an effort to slash $487 billion in spending over the next decade, but will maintain a strong presence by rotating units in and out of the region, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday.Panetta told the Defense Department press ...

Berlin Meeting, Such Actions Should not be Repeated: MoFA

Berlin Meeting, Such Actions Should not be Repeated: MoFA

January 12, 2012

WASHINGTON - Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and other US lawmakers who met Afghan political leaders in Germany did not represent the Obama administration, a State Department official said on Wednesday.
He said the Berlin session that conferred on a federal system of government in Afghanistan was a privately arranged meeting, which drew angry reaction from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul.
Ahmad Zia Masoud, Gen. Abdul ...

India to Co-Operate with Afghanistan on Steel, Cement

India to Co-Operate with  Afghanistan on Steel, Cement

January 12, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Mines on Wednesday said that India will co-operate with Afghanistan in the production of cement and steel.
The Afghan ministers of mines and finance have flown to India to sign the agreement with the Indian Ministry of ...

ANSF Able to Conduct Night Raids: MoD

ANSF Able to Conduct  Night Raids: MoD

January 12, 2012

KABUL - Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) Spokesman General ZahirAzimi said at a press conference on Wednesday that if the Afghan president assigns the responsibility for conducting night raids to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), they will be capable of ...

Japan Foreign Minister Arrives Kabul

Japan Foreign  Minister  Arrives Kabul

January 12, 2012

KABUL - Japan Foreign Minister as a high ranking delegation arrived Kabul today.
According to BNA reporter from Kabul International Airport, the aim of his trip is visit with Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and ZalmaiRasool Minister of Foreign affairs and also ...

Human Rights Watch Warns Against Transfer of Afghan Prisons

Human Rights Watch Warns Against Transfer of Afghan Prisons

January 12, 2012

KABUL - The control of Afghan-run prisons should not be transferred from Afghanistan's Justice Ministry to the Interior Ministry, Human Rights Watch has warned.
The Human Rights Watch made the warning as it is concerned about the heightened risk of torture and mistreatment ...

Karzai Orders Crackdown on Drug Dealers

Karzai Orders Crackdown on Drug Dealers

January 11, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday ordered the Ministry of Interior to crack down on the groups involved in drug dealing and bring them to justice.
Chairing a Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace, Karzai ordered security forces to take stern action against drug dealers to contain the increasing number of addicts in the country.
A statement issued from his office said the president also called for ...

Afghan Northern Alliance Allies Betrayed by Obama Administration; Meet with U.S. Congressmen in Berlin

Afghan Northern Alliance Allies Betrayed by Obama Administration; Meet with U.S. Congressmen in Berlin

January 11, 2012

Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) along with Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46), Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) and Steve King (IA-05) held a press conference in Berlin, Germany, on their private meeting with Northern Alliance Leaders on Afghan Strategy. These leaders who fought with embedded Special Forces to initially defeat the Taliban represent over ...

Govt. Not to Hand Over any Provinces to Taliban

Govt. Not to Hand Over any Provinces to Taliban

January 11, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan government has not considered handing over some of the Afghan provinces, a spokesman for President Karzai said denying reports that the government had decided to transfer responsibility of some provinces to the Taliban. Afghan President Hamid Karzai's chief spokesperson, Emal Faizi, on ...

Control of Prisons Transferred to Interior Ministry

Control of Prisons Transferred to  Interior Ministry

January 11, 2012

KABUL - The control of all jails and detention centers across the country was transferred from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Interior, officials said on Tuesday.
An agreement to the effect had been signed with Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib, Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi told ...

Peace Talks will Not Have Positive Result: Gen. Dostum

Peace Talks will Not Have Positive Result: Gen. Dostum

January 11, 2012

KABUL - A key opposition leader, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, says peace talks will not have positive results as the 'Taliban are not honest'.
General Dostum, who is visiting Germany, said that the Taliban group was making efforts to regroup by the end of 2014 when all foreign troops are expected to leave ...

Federalism Called A Recipe for Afghanistan’s Breakup

Federalism Called A Recipe for Afghanistan’s Breakup

January 11, 2012

KABUL - Amid reports about efforts at introducing a federal system in Afghanistan, Kabul-based political analysts warned on Tuesday such a regime could lead to the disintegration of the war-ravaged country.
Media reports say former vice president, Ahmad Zia Masoud, Junbish-i-Millie party chief Abdul Rashid Dostum and the Hezb-i-Wahdat leader ...

Afghan Asylum Seekers Arrested in Indonesia

Afghan Asylum Seekers Arrested in Indonesia

January 11, 2012

KABUL - Indonesian police arrested 77 illegal Afghan immigrants on Sunday just outside the capital Jakarta.
The Afghans were trying to head for Australia to seek asylum, according to media reports quoting immigration spokesperson Tito Andriano.
Immigration official Hertjansyah Wirandinata said that 17 of the ...

Taliban Deny Prisoner Swap Deal with US

Taliban Deny Prisoner Swap Deal with US

January 11, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban on Tuesday rejected reports that three of their high-ranking officials had been released from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in exchange for a captive US soldier.
On Monday, some Arab and Pakistan media outlets reported the US had freed Mullah Khairullah Khair Khwa, a former interior ...

Present Political System is Dysfunctional: Afghan Leaders

Present Political System is Dysfunctional: Afghan Leaders

January 10, 2012

BERLIN, Germany – A delegation of Afghan leaders consist of Ahmed Zia Massoud, Chairman Afghanistan National Front, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, Leader of National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, Leader of People´s Unity Party of Afghanistan and Amrullah Saleh, Former Director of Afghan National Security Directorate met with US congressmen in Berlin on ...

Noor Opposes US-Taliban Deal

Noor Opposes US-Taliban Deal

January 10, 2012

KABUL - The governor of northern Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, has said no foreign country has the right to hold direct talks with the Taliban without consulting the people of Afghanistan.
On the sidelines of the second Bonn conference, the US, Germany and Qatar agreed to set up a Taliban office in Qatar, a move supported by ...

HPC to Send Mission to Qatar

HPC to Send Mission to Qatar

January 10, 2012

KABUL - A senior member of Afghanistan's peace-making body will travel to Qatar soon to gather more details about plans for a Taliban political office in the Gulf nation, the High Peace Council's adviser on international affairs said on Monday. The Taliban said in a surprise announcement last week they had ...

Long-term Strategy of ANA Discussed

Long-term Strategy of ANA Discussed

January 10, 2012

KABUL - The National Security Council Meeting was attended by vice-presidents, senior minister, ministers of defense, interior, foreign affairs, finance, acting minister of energy and water, general director of national security department, chief of staff, and some generals of national army and chairman of the commission for transition ...