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6 Killed, 36 Hurt in Military Hospital Suicide Attack

6 Killed, 36 Hurt in Military Hospital Suicide Attack

May 22, 2011

KABUL - At least 6 people were killed and 36 others hurt in a suicide attack in Afghan National Army's 400-bed hospital in Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul city on Saturday, Defence Ministry said.
An Afghan official in Ministry of Defense told Tolonews that 6 people have been killed and 36 have been hurt in the attack.
The hospital is mostly frequented by Afghan security forces, and many ANA personnel wounded in the counterinsurgency...

Tajikistan-US Discuss Reconstruction of Afghanistan

Tajikistan-US  Discuss  Reconstruction  of Afghanistan

May 22, 2011

DUSHANBE – Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon received visiting U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Marc Grossman.
According to the presidential press service, state and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and the United State were discussed during the meeting. President Rahmon, in...

Wardak Voices Concern Over Security Threats

Wardak Voices Concern Over Security Threats

May 22, 2011

KABUL - Defense Minister on Saturday expressed concern about security threats amid dramatic rise in Taliban-led violence in the country.
Afghanistan because of its geographical location in the region bears the worst security threats in the world, Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak said while speaking in defense affairs and territorial...

Shiberghan to Provide Gas to Mazar Fertilizer Plant

Shiberghan  to Provide  Gas to Mazar  Fertilizer Plant

May 22, 2011

>KABUL - For the first time, Mazar-e-Sharif power and fertilizer plant will be provided with gas from the northern city of Shiberghan through a new gas pipeline, officials said on Saturday. Officials in Afghan Ministry of Mines said the construction gas pipeline will cost $53 million and this is the first biggest investment in gas delivery in...

Peace Talks, Not Comprehensive: Marc Grossman

Peace Talks,  Not Comprehensive: Marc Grossman

May 21, 2011

ISLAMABAD - A top US envoy said Thursday that not all insurgent factions in Afghanistan will agree to enter the peace process, meaning that force will be necessary to subdue the holdouts.
The envoy, Marc Grossman, was in the region to try to patch up ties with Pakistan, whose cooperation is considered key to bringing the Afghan war to an end. Grossman’s comments underscored the complexity of reconciliation efforts...

Pakistan Humiliated, Its Army’s Image: Gates

Pakistan  Humiliated, Its  Army’s Image: Gates

May 21, 2011

WASHINGTON - The US has humiliated Pakistan by carrying out the May 2 operation with impunity to kill Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.
At the same time, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the image of the Pakistani military has been tarnished as a result of this successful US...

Neighbors Try to Weaken Afghan Army: MoD

Neighbors Try  to Weaken Afghan Army: MoD

May 21, 2011

KABUL - A senior military official in Afghan Defense Ministry has said Afghan neighbors don't want Afghanistan to have a robust and strong army.
Deputy Defense Minister Inayatullah Nazari said neighboring countries harm Afghan national army and refuse to let the forces grow strong enough to defend their country.
Mr. Nazari said Afghan army has significantly increased in recent...

Taliban Kill 35 Road Workers

Taliban Kill 35 Road Workers

May 21, 2011

GARDEZ - Armed Taliban insurgents attacked a private construction company office in southeastern Paktia province on Thursday, killing 35 people, including laborers, security guards and engineers, officials said.
Another 24 people were injured when a group of militants attacked guards of the company, The Galaxy Sky Company, responsible for...

Afghan Forces Able to Take Lead: NATO

Afghan Forces Able  to Take Lead: NATO

May 21, 2011

KABUL - Afghan forces have the potential to take security lead by the end of 2014, NATO officials said on Friday.
NAT officials in Kabul said Afghan security forces will have the necessary potential to take full security lead after 2014.
Afghan military officials have said efforts to train and equip Afghan...

Spanta Terms Taliban ‘Terrorist’

Spanta Terms Taliban ‘Terrorist’

May 21, 2011

>KABUL - President Karzai's National Security Advisor Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta, in an exclusive interview with Tolo news, said the Taliban should be referred to as terrorists.
Karzai's National Security Advisor said that freedom of the media, women's rights and democracy that are the main gains of the Afghan government over a decade, should be seriously considered in peace...

700 Militants Killed in Two Months: Azimi

700 Militants Killed  in Two Months: Azimi

May 19, 2011

KABUL- As many as 700 militants and 100 Afghan security personnel have been killed in violence-related incidents across the country over the past two months, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.
While, at least 1,820 civilians were killed and wounded as a result of 4,360 bomb blasts over the past four months, the ministry spokesman, Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, told a news conference in...

11 Dead, 85 Injured at Protest in Takhar

11 Dead, 85  Injured at Protest  in Takhar

Thursday May 19

TALOQAN - Nearly a dozen people were killed and 85 others wounded when a protest demonstration over the deaths of four people in a NATO raid turned violent in northern Takhar province on Wednesday, officials said.
Police opened fire at hundreds of people protesting against the killing of four people, including two women, in Gawmali area, three...

Al-Qaeda Divided Over Bin Laden Successor

Al-Qaeda  Divided Over Bin Laden Successor

May 19, 2011

KABUL - There is a huge difference of opinion within al-Qaeda network over the leadership of the network after the death of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Wednesday.
Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) said that Ayman al-Zawahiri or Saif al-Adel are the two options to fill the leadership...

No Change in Red Line for Talks with Taliban: Clinton

No Change in Red Line for Talks with Taliban: Clinton

May 19, 2011

WSHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted that there has been no dilution in the Red Line for peace talks with the Taliban, but hoped the death of Osama bin Laden would encourage its leaders to move towards reconciliation process.
“We have outlined our red lines for the Taliban: They must...

Karzai Asks ISAF to Probe Takhar Raid

Karzai Asks  ISAF to Probe Takhar Raid

May 19, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday strongly condemned a NATO airstrike that resulted in the deaths of four civilians, including two women, in northern Takhar province.
Karzai asked the western military alliance to investigate into the incident and provide him details, his office said in a statement.
Nearly a dozen people were killed and 86 others were wounded when...

Afghans Must Meet the 2014 Deadline: Jones

Afghans Must Meet  the 2014 Deadline: Jones

May 18, 2011

ASHINGTON - Afghans would have to step up to the task of meeting the 2014 deadline when US forces would complete a gradual withdrawal from their country, a former top Obama aid said Monday.
“At some point, Afghans, after all these years, are going to have to step up to the task. The international community, should continue to support them as best we can. But the decision has generally been made that by 2014 we are all shooting to making President...

Project to Strengthen Afghan Financial Sector Launched

Project to Strengthen  Afghan Financial  Sector Launched

May 18, 2011

KABUL- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Tuesday launched a new project to strengthen Afghanistan's financial sector and help the government and private-sector create jobs and stimulate economic growth, the agency said.
The five-year Financial Access for Investing in the Development of...

Dr. Dalil Seeks Backing for Vaccines

Dr. Dalil Seeks  Backing for Vaccines

May 18, 2011

GENEVA - Afghanistan's acting health minister will seek international funding on Tuesday for immunization, which she sees as key to reducing child mortality in a country where the average life expectancy is only 48 years.
Dr. Suraya Dalil, in an interview with Reuters in Geneva before holding talks with Bill Gates at the World Health Organization (WHO),

U.S. Deepens Engagement with Afghan Taliban to End War: Report

U.S. Deepens  Engagement with Afghan Taliban to End War: Report

May 18, 2011

SINGAPORE - The United States has stepped up direct talks with the Afghan Taliban for a political settlement of the 10-year-old war, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, a move that analysts said earlier was easier following the death of Osama bin Laden.
A U.S. representative attended at least three meetings in Qatar and...

Afghan Experts Urge Afghan-US Strategic Partnership

Afghan Experts Urge Afghan-US Strategic Partnership

May 18, 2011

KABUL - Afghan government should make a strategic agreement with the United States before foreign forces withdraw from the country, experts said on Tuesday. Some Afghan experts in Kabul expressed concern that Afghanistan will again turn into a ground for neighbors’ games, if no strategic document is sealed with the...

Rangin Dadfar Spanta: Afghanistan Needs No Permission for US Accord

Rangin Dadfar Spanta: Afghanistan Needs No  Permission for US Accord

May 17, 2011

KABUL - Signing a strategic agreement with the US does not need any permission from neighboring countries, a presidential advisor said on Monday.
"Afghanistan is an independent country and can sign any strategic agreement with any country it wants to," Rangin Dadfar Spanta, national security advisor to the president, told parliamentarians. He added Afghanistan has the right to fight terrorism in partnership with its allies.
Under the proposed strategic agreement...

Afghan, NATO Forces Make Progress, Challenges Remain

Afghan, NATO  Forces Make Progress, Challenges Remain

May 17, 2011

KABUL - Afghan army and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have made progress in fighting insurgents but challenges remain, Lt. General David M. Rodriquez, Commander of ISAF Joint Command (IJC), said on Monday, Xinhua reported.
"Together Afghan and coalition forces have degraded many of the insurgents support bases and weakened the enemies effectiveness,"...

Al-Qaeda ‘Cadres’ Still Help Afghan Taliban: Gen. Rodrigues

Al-Qaeda ‘Cadres’  Still Help Afghan Taliban: Gen. Rodrigues

May 17, 2011

KABUL - Fewer than 100 Al-Qaeda members remain inside Afghanistan, the second-most senior US commander in Afghanistan said on Monday, but those fighters act as a “cadre” organization for the Afghan Taliban providing resources and technical battlefield skills.
US Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez also said it was too early to say if the death of Osama Bin Laden had an impact on the Taliban or if it would...

Speedy Afghan Withdrawal Premature: Gates

Speedy Afghan Withdrawal Premature: Gates

May 17, 2011

>WASHINGTON - US Defence Chief Robert Gates has said it would be premature to speed up the pace of troops withdrawal from Afghanistan.
In an interview with CBS news 60 Minutes, Robert Gates said it's too early to accelerate withdrawal of troops.
"I think it's premature," he said."I think we just don't know. It's only been a week. And people are already drawing...

Most Afghans Welcome Bin Laden Death: Poll

Most Afghans Welcome  Bin Laden Death: Poll

May 17, 2011

KABUL - More than two-thirds of Afghan men say the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is good news for their war-torn nation but opinions are split over the terror network's future, a poll shows.
The poll results, collected from across Afghanistan, point to general approval of the US operation that shot bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan on...

Senate Alarmed at Widening Gap Between Govt. and People

Senate Alarmed at Widening Gap Between Govt. and People

May 16, 2011

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday expressed alarm at yawning gap between the government and people due to non-implementation of laws in the country.
The issued was echoed by a number of senators, with Abdul Hanan Haqyoon, saying the increasing gap between the government and people was the legacy of what he said "wrong and incompetent leadership of the country."
"When the president issues an order, one or both of his...

Karzai Seeks Suggestions for Aircrafts Purchase

Karzai Seeks  Suggestions for Aircrafts Purchase

May 16, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday directed the Ministry of Defence to provide viable suggestions for purchasing aircrafts and strengthening the air force, the president's office said.
The ministry was asked at a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), presided over by President Karzai, to prepare workable...

Pakistan Has to Decide What Kind of Country it Wants to Be: Kerry

Pakistan Has to  Decide What Kind of Country  it Wants to Be: Kerry

May 16, 2011

KABUL - US Senator John Kerry told Tolo news in an exclusive interview on Sunday that it is an important moment for the relationship between Pakistan and the world and that Pakistan needs to make a decision about what kind of country it wants to be.
Mr. John Kerry said the US government is anxious to engage in a...

Karzai, Kerry Discuss Post-Osama Scenario

Karzai, Kerry  Discuss Post-Osama Scenario

May 16, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai discussed with US senator John Kerry issues concerning the fight against terrorism, Afghan-US cooperation and efforts at bringing peace and stability to the country, the president's office said on Sunday.
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, John Kerry, who...

Pakistan Can Be Better Ally Against Terror: Kerry

Pakistan Can Be Better  Ally Against Terror: Kerry

May 15, 2011

KABUL – Pakistan could be a better partner in the fight against terrorists, U.S. Sen. John Kerry said Saturday on the first leg of a visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan to patch up relations following the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden.
Kerry, chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the United States wants Pakistan to be a real ally in combating terrorism.
"We believe there are things that can be done better," he...

India Can Play Constructive Role in Afghanistan: US

India Can Play Constructive Role in Afghanistan: US

May 15, 2011

WASHINGTON: The US has said India can play a constructive role Afghanistan and it will welcome New Delhi's involvement in the war-torn nation.
"India can play a constructive role in Afghanistan and in the region, and we would certainly welcome their involvement," US state department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news...

Canada Reconsidered Afghan Combat End Date: Wikileaks

Canada Reconsidered  Afghan Combat End Date: Wikileaks

May 15, 2011

OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority Conservative government in 2009 was reconsidering its planned 2011 end date for the Afghanistan combat mission, a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks to CBC News reveals.
At a cabinet meeting in March, ministers "agreed that 'all options are back on the table' with respect to Canada's military role...

MPs Say Insulted By President’s Guards

MPs Say Insulted  By President’s Guards

May 15, 2011

KABUL -A number of parliamentarians on Saturday said that they were thoroughly searched by security guards of the president before entering the Parliament building on Friday when Indian prime minister delivered a speech.
Special security guards of President Hamid Karzai were deployed at the entrance of the parliament to search everybody entering the...

Afghanistan Wants to Join 6-Nation Shanghai Alliance as Observer

Afghanistan Wants  to Join 6-Nation Shanghai Alliance  as Observer

Sunday May 15

ALMATY- Afghanistan has applied for an observer status in the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which will consider the application at its summit in June, Russia's foreign minister said on Saturday.
The security alliance, which includes Russia, China and former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, is gathering for its annual 15th summit in Astana, Kazakhstan's ...

India Interested in Stable, Independent Afghanistan

India Interested in Stable, Independent Afghanistan

May 14, 2011

KABUL - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday told the Parliament that Afghanistan had to make its decisions without “outside interference or coercion” and added that India was only interested in a stable, peaceful and independent Afghanistan at peace with its neighbors.
Singh, who arrived on a two visit to Kabul on Thursday, told the joint session of the parliament, which composed of Wolesi Jirga or Lower House and Meshrano Jirga or Upper House, the two nations must not allow the flames of extremism and...