Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Gailani Moves to Bring Inclusive Peace Talks

Gailani Moves to  Bring Inclusive Peace Talks

January 07, 2018

KABUL - The Chairman of Mahaz-e-Milli party, Sayed Hamid Gailani, said on Saturday that he, along with religious scholars, will soon form a delegation to engage in talks with the leaders of...

‘No Progress’ on Expansion of Key Mines in Afghanistan

‘No Progress’  on Expansion of Key Mines in Afghanistan

January 06, 2018

KABUL - The Natural Resources Monitoring Network says government should take steps to improve mining projects in the country. The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) said the government is...

Efforts Underway to Select New IEC Chief

Efforts Underway to Select New IEC Chief

January 06, 2018

KABUL - Over 81 candidates have filed nomination papers for the post as head of the election commission. Officials from the selection committee of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday...

President Inaugurates Maidan Wardak-Ghazni Power Project

President Inaugurates Maidan  Wardak-Ghazni Power Project

January 06, 2018

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday launched the supply of 220 kilowatt imported electricity to southern Ghazni and central Maidan Wardak provinces. During the inauguration ceremony in...

Flexibility, Redundancy Built into its Afghan Supply Lines: US

Flexibility, Redundancy Built into its Afghan Supply Lines: US

January 06, 2018

WASHINGTON - The United States has built flexibility and redundancy into its Afghan supply lines to avoid overreliance on any single option, the Pentagon said. The announcement came amidst...

Conflict in Afghanistan to Intensify in 2018: ICG

Conflict in Afghanistan  to Intensify in 2018: ICG

January 06, 2018

KABUL - With America’s new strategy raising the tempo of operations against the Taliban, the war in Afghanistan looks set to intensify during the current year, warns an independent...

UK Plans to Ramp up Military Presence in Afghanistan

UK Plans to Ramp up Military  Presence in Afghanistan

January 06, 2018

KABUL - The United Kingdom plans to ramp up its military presence in Afghanistan to about 600 personnel, reports the Forces Network.
The additional British military personnel would...

MPs Divided over More Debates on Census Law

MPs Divided  over More Debates  on Census Law

January 04, 2018

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday continued to differ over the decision of a joint parliamentary commission on the population census law. Some lower house members called the decision as...

NDS Personnel Capture 13 Suspected IS Rebels in Kabul

NDS Personnel Capture 13 Suspected IS Rebels in Kabul

January 04, 2018

KABUL - The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has claimed the arrest of 13 Daesh or so-called Islamic state (IS) insurgents in capital Kabul, a statement from the Spy-Network said on Wednesday...

Talks Underway to Break Jamiat-Arg Impasse

Talks Underway to Break Jamiat-Arg Impasse

January 04, 2018

KABUL - The ousted governor northern Balkh province Atta Mohammad Noor on Wednesday said negotiations between Jamiat-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan and the Presidential Palace (ARG) have started...

Major Regional Projects will be Implemented this Year

Major Regional  Projects will be  Implemented this Year

January 04, 2018

KABUL - Ministry of Interior says it is working to boost the security of major economic projects in the country. Major regional economic projects including CASA-1000 and TAPI Pipeline projects...

NDS Hits Back at Ousted Balkh Governor’s Accusations

NDS Hits Back at Ousted  Balkh Governor’s Accusations

January 04, 2018

KABUL - The National Directorate of Security on Wednesday lashed out at recent remarks by ousted Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on attempts to destabilise northern Balkh province...

1397 Should be Year of Drive to Promote Education: Ghani

1397 Should be Year  of Drive to Promote  Education: Ghani

January 03, 2018

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani has underlined the need for surveying the education sector to determine the number of teachers, their ages and qualifications. The solar year 1397 should be the...

This Year’s Polls to be Held on Scheduled Date: IEC

This Year’s Polls to be Held  on Scheduled Date: IEC

January 03, 2018

KABUL - Assuaging political parties’ concerns, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday assured this year’s parliamentary and district council elections would be...

US, Pakistan Trade Barbs Over Failures in Afghanistan

US, Pakistan Trade Barbs Over  Failures in Afghanistan

January 03, 2018

ISLAMABAD - The United States and Pakistan Monday accused each other of failures in Afghanistan. American President Donald Trump started the accusations first, saying his country had “foolishly...

Govt Prepares for Peace Meeting as Violence Rages on

Govt Prepares for  Peace Meeting  as Violence Rages on

January 03, 2018

KABUL - Kabul Process expected to resume in February to focus on aspects of Afghanistan's counter-terrorism strategy and the peace process. Amid ambiguity in the resumption of peace negotiation...

Top US Commander Wants More Aggressive Afghan Push Next Year

Top US Commander Wants More  Aggressive Afghan Push Next Year

January 03, 2018

WASHINGTON – A top U.S. commander wants a more aggressive Afghan military pressuring the Taliban and other insurgents over the normally quieter months of Afghanistan's winter. Then, he wants them...

Trump’s Tweet ‘a Positive Development’: Senators

Trump’s Tweet ‘a Positive  Development’: Senators

January 03, 2018

KABUL - The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of the Parliament on Tuesday termed US President Donald Trump’s fresh warning to Pakistan as “a positive gain”...

US President Assails Pakistan over Terrorist Safe Havens on its Territory

US President Assails  Pakistan over Terrorist Safe Havens on its Territory

January 02, 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of being a safe haven for extremists. Alleging that Pakistan is...

Kabul, Ankara Discuss Military Cooperation, Ties

Kabul, Ankara  Discuss Military  Cooperation, Ties

January 02, 2018

KABUL - Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak has discussed military cooperation with his Turkish counterpart during a meeting in Ankara, a statement said Monday. Barmak arrived in the...

Water Energy Minister Survives MP’s Summons

Water Energy Minister Survives MP’s Summons

January 02, 2018

KABUL - The minister of water and energy, Ali Ahmad Osmani, on Monday was able to get Parliament’s vote of confidence and remained in his position. Osamani was summoned to parliament...

Over 60 Suicide Attacks Hit Afghanistan in 2017

Over 60 Suicide Attacks Hit Afghanistan in 2017

January 02, 2018

KABUL - Civilians have paid a high price for these attacks as it has been mostly ordinary people who were killed and wounded in the explosions. In 2017, Afghanistan witnessed over 60 deadly suicide attacks...

81 Journalists Killed Across the Globe in 2017: IFJ

81 Journalists Killed Across  the Globe in 2017: IFJ

January 02, 2018

KABUL - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) says 81 journalists and media staff were killed in targeted killings, car bomb attacks and crossfire incidents around the world during...

Private Medaia Gets 50pc Cut in License Fee, Bank Guarantee

Private Medaia Gets 50pc Cut  in License Fee, Bank Guarantee

January 02, 2018

KABUL - The Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Monday announced a 50 percent cut in bank guarantee and license fee for private media outlets. MoF spokesman Ajmal Hamid Abdul Rahimzai told a news conference...

Economic Projects Safety Part of Security Plan: Ghani

Economic Projects Safety Part of Security Plan: Ghani

January 01, 2018

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani, chairing a meeting of the High Economic Council (HEC) on Sunday, said ensuring security of economic projects was part of the five-year security plan...

MoU Signed on Modernising Postal Services

MoU Signed on Modernising Postal Services

January 01, 2018

KABUL - A three-way memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed to modernise postal services throughout the country. The MoU has been signed among the Ministry of Communications and Information...

1900 Civilians Killed and Wounded in Helmand in One Year

1900 Civilians Killed and  Wounded in Helmand in One Year

January 01, 2018

KABUL - Local officials in the province have blamed the Taliban for most of the fatalities among the civilians. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday said that over...

Blast at Funeral in Eastern Afghanistan Kills 18: Official

Blast at Funeral in  Eastern Afghanistan Kills 18: Official

January 01, 2018

JALALABAD - A suicide attack at a funeral in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday killed at least 15 people and wounded 12, the governor’s spokesman said. Attaullah Khogyani...

Afghan Air Force to Increase Air Raids on Insurgents

Afghan Air Force to Increase  Air Raids on Insurgents

January 01, 2018

KABUL - The commander of Afghan Air Force (AAF) general Mohammad Shoaib on Sunday said that the AAF is planning to significantly increase its air raids on the insurgents during the winter season...

Afghan Leaders Condemn Jalalabad Funeral Bombing

Afghan Leaders Condemn  Jalalabad Funeral Bombing

January 01, 2018

KABUL - Top government officials including President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday strongly condemned a suicide blast at a funeral in the capital of...

Donors Agree to Fund 90pc of Voter Registration Process

Donors Agree to  Fund 90pc of Voter Registration Process

December 31, 2017

KABUL - UNAMA announces that donors have pledged $28.4 million USD to further help with the Afghan elections. A new agreement was signed during the second project board meeting to enable enhanced...

Finance Minister Defends Next Fiscal Year’s Budget

Finance Minister Defends  Next Fiscal Year’s Budget

December 31, 2017

KABUL - The Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi who briefed lawmakers on the next fiscal year’s draft budget said the reason they reduced the development budget was the lack of capacity at...

Over 3 Million Children Deprived of Education

Over 3 Million Children Deprived of Education

December 31, 2017

KABUL - UNICEF provides $46 million USD to education ministry to help disadvantaged children attend schools. Education ministry officials said Saturday that 3.5 million children have been deprived...

Ousted Afghan Governor Returns to Office in Defiance of Presidential Orders

Ousted Afghan Governor Returns to Office in Defiance of Presidential Orders

December 31, 2017

MAZAR-E-SHARIF - Afghanistan governor returned to his office Saturday and chaired an official meeting in violation of a presidential decree that ousted him from his post earlier this month...

US Plans to Buy 7 Armed AC-208s for Afghan Air Force

US Plans to Buy 7 Armed AC-208s for Afghan Air Force

December 31, 2017

KABUL - Orbital ATK would deliver seven armed Cessna AC-208 Caravan aircraft to the Afghan National Army under a pending US Air Force contract award, the US armed service says...