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Hundreds of Women Jailed for Moral Crimes: HRW

Hundreds of Women Jailed for Moral Crimes: HRW

March 29, 2012

KABUL - About 400 women and girls are imprisoned across Afghanistan for moral crimes, a leading human rights group said on Wednesday, asking the Karzai administration to free the detainees.
The United States and other donor countries should press the Afghan government to end the “wrongful imprisonment”, Human Rights Watch said ...

Mohammadi Vows Crackdown on Armed Commanders

Mohammadi Vows Crackdown on Armed Commanders

March 29, 2012

CHAGHCHARAN - Interior Minister BismillahMohammadi on Wednesday promised a crackdown in western Ghor province on illegal armed commanders within two months.
Local officials say up to 6,000 armed men, or about 100 groups, operate in the province. Mohammadi, who arrived in Chaghcharan, held a ...

Taliban’s Spring Offensive won’t Succeed: Gen. Allen

Taliban’s Spring Offensive won’t Succeed: Gen. Allen

March 28, 2012

WASHINGTON - A top American commander has said they have done much to 'degrade the Taliban's capabilities' this winter by denying them resources and sanctuary -- making it hard for them to retaliate in the spring season. General John Allen, commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told reporters at a Pentagon news conference the US would only decide in September on its force level in the country. "I believe we've made it harder for them (the Taliban) ...

MoD Rejects Report on Suicide Attack Plot

MoD Rejects Report on Suicide Attack Plot

March 28, 2012

KABUL CITY - A defense ministry official on Tuesday dismissed as confusing media reports that nearly a dozen suicide bombers had been arrested close to the ministry's building. The reports in local and foreign media quoted unnamed Afghan security officials as saying that several suspected individuals had been detained for ...

MPs Fault Ahmadinejad’s Remarks

MPs Fault Ahmadinejad’s Remarks

March 28, 2012

KABUL - Some Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday denounced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks about Afghanistan as interference in the country's internal affairs. Speaking at the 5th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan in Dushanbe, Ahmadinejad said on Monday said financial support had failed to provide

Regional Engagement Crucial As Afghan Transition Quickens: Ban

Regional Engagement Crucial As Afghan Transition Quickens: Ban

March 28, 2012

DUSHANBE - As Afghanistan's transition picks up pace, regional engagement becomes even more important ,UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday as the country's partners met in neighboring Tajikistan. Afghan authorities are working with the international community so that by 2014 they can assume full responsibility for security ...

17 Key Projects to be Executed in Afghanistan

17 Key Projects to be Executed in Afghanistan

March 28, 2012

DUSHANBE - Pakistan, Tajikistan and Iran signed contracts for 17 mega development projects in Afghanistan at the conclusion of the 5th Regional Economic Conference in Dushanbe on Tuesday. Agreements on the infrastructure development projects, including railway lines and the Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) ...

International Crisis Group:
Karzai, Poorly Positioned to Cut Deal with Insurgency

International Crisis Group:<br> Karzai, Poorly Positioned to Cut Deal with Insurgency

March 27, 2012

The current political system is fundamentally out of step with the diverse nature of Afghan society
KABUL/BRUSSELS - A major course correction is needed if talks with the Taliban are to have any chance of delivering sustainable peace in Afghanistan. The current talks with the Taliban are unlikely to result in a sustainable peace. There is a risk that negotiations under present conditions could further destabilize the ...

Pak, Afghan, Iran, Tajikistan Vow to Promote, Strengthen Regional Trade

Pak, Afghan, Iran, Tajikistan Vow to Promote, Strengthen Regional Trade

March 27, 2012

DUSHANBE - Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan on Sunday reiterated their resolve to promote and strengthen trade and economic cooperation in the region besides joining hand s to fight the menace of terrorism, militancy and drug trafficking for a win-win situation. This was agreed during a quadrilateral meeting among President Asif

Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan Agree on Mega Projects

Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan Agree on Mega Projects

March 27, 2012

In a landmark deal, Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan inked a key infrastructure pact on the development of railway, energy and water pipeline projects. The accord was signed by the three presidents late on Sunday in Dushanbe, Tajikistan's capital, during a trilateral meeting, Aimal Faizi, the presidential spokesman, told ...

Karzai Urges Visa-Free Regime for Traders

Karzai Urges Visa-Free Regime for Traders

March 27, 2012

President Hamid Karzai, urging a visa-free regime for traders to enhance business ties among regional countries, on Monday called for connecting Afghanistan with the region through railway lines and gas pipelines. Speaking at the 5th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan in Dushanbe, Karzai said his landlocked ...

Etisalat Launches 3G Services

Etisalat Launches 3G Services

March 27, 2012

KABUL - The 3G services launch by Etisalat Afghanistan, the fastest growing telecommunications company in Afghanistan and part of Etisalat telecommunications Group of United Arab Emirates, is attracting a lot of attention and interest among the customers here in ...

Taliban Govt. is Not in Pakistan's Interest: Allen

Taliban Govt. is Not in Pakistan's Interest: Allen

March 26, 2012

KABUL - NATO's top commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, said he believes the resurgence of the Taliban and the overthrow of the Afghan government by the militant group is not in the interests of Pakistan.
He acknowledged that the Pakistani military is fighting the group in tribal areas.
"My guess is that their interests aren't served by a Taliban government ultimately reasserting itself in Kabul," Allen said in an interview with the PBS news network on Friday.
"The Taliban have not made any ...

UK Backs Afghan Govt’s Stance on Taliban Talks

UK Backs Afghan Govt’s Stance on Taliban Talks

March 26, 2012

KABUL - The United Kingdom on Sunday urged the global fraternity to facilitate peace negotiations between the Taliban and the government of President Hamid Karzai.
At a news conference in Kabul, the outgoing British ambassador to Afghanistan asked the insurgents to renounce the decade-long conflict ...

Gilani, Obama to Discuss Afghanistan

Gilani, Obama to Discuss Afghanistan

March 26, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Prime Minster Yusuf Raza Gilani, confirming his meeting with US President Barak Obama in South Korea, said on Sunday discussions on the situation in Afghanistan would take place in Monday’s meeting on the sidelines of a nuclear summit in Seoul.
Before departing for Seoul, Gilani told journalists at the Islamabad ...

Justice will be Done in Civilian Murders: Grossman

Justice will be Done in Civilian Murders: Grossman

March 26, 2012

BRUSSELS - Justice will be served in the case of the U.S. soldier charged with the killing of 17 civilians in Afghanistan, a U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman, said Saturday.
"I'm sure there will be justice," Grossman said at the Brussels Forum, an annual think tank event in the Belgian ...

MPs Call for Removal of AG, Top Judge

MPs Call for Removal of AG, Top Judge

March 25, 2012

KABUL - Some Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday asked the government to implement a house decision on the removal of the attorney-general, the chief justice and five Supreme Court judges, an official said.
Last year, the lawmakers refused to repose confidence in AG Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi and five other judges -- Bahaudin Baha, Abdur Rashed Rashid, Zaman Ali Behsudi, Omar Babrakzai and Maulvi Abdul ...

Finance Ministry Adds US$4m to National Budget

Finance Ministry Adds US$4m to National Budget

March 25, 2012

KABUL - Ministry of Finance has redrafted the federal budget for the new year 1391 with an increase of 200 million Afghani (US$4.15 million) after the previous draft was rejected by Parliament two weeks ago.
Ministry of Finance spokesman Aziz Shams told TOLOnews on Saturday the updated budget has been sent to the House of Representatives for ...

Karzai Calls for More Girls’ Education

Karzai Calls for More Girls’ Education

March 25, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai called Saturday on tribal and religious leaders to encourage the education of girls, a right which was denied to them under Taliban rule.
Afghanistan's leader, speaking at a ceremony marking the start of the country's school year, also urged insurgent groups not to attack ...

Karzai Committed to Wiping Out Graft: Gen. Allen

Karzai Committed to Wiping Out Graft: Gen. Allen

March 25, 2012

WASHINGTON - President Hamid Karzai is committed to eliminating corruption from the government, a top American commander said on Friday, acknowledging the deep-rooted menace could not be resolved in a day.
“I believe that President Karzai is committed to cleaning up corruption,” General John Allen, commander of US and NATO forces in ...

Strategic Deal Being Scrutinized: Karzai

Strategic Deal Being Scrutinized: Karzai

March 24, 2012

KABUL - Afghan security personnel would independently conduct all operations across the country in 2013, President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday.
“When foreign troops withdraw, the country’s defense will be your responsibility,” the president told a graduation ceremony at the National Military Academy in Kabul. Afghan security forces might not be currently capable of defending their country, but after two or three decades, they would have the ability, Karzai told the gathering.
“Afghanistan can buy mortars, tanks and helicopters on credit, but there is a need for experts to use this ...

Afghan Mission on Track: Kubis

Afghan Mission on Track: Kubis

March 24, 2012

KABUL - Anti-American violence and growing unrest does little to disrupt the overall mission in Afghanistan, the U.N. special envoy to the country said.
A U.S. Army staff sergeant allegedly left his base in Kandahar province March 11 before dawn, walked to two neighboring villages and ...

No Peace in Afghanistan without Women: Clinton

No Peace in Afghanistan without Women: Clinton

March 24, 2012

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed Wednesday never to accept a peace agreement in Afghanistan that rolls back women's rights, despite reaching out to the Taliban for talks.
The United States is seeking a political settlement that would allow NATO forces to leave by the end of 2014, ending the longest-ever US war ...

Funding ANA a Shared Responsibility: US

Funding ANA a Shared Responsibility: US

March 24, 2012

WASHINGTON - Funding the Afghan security forces post 2014, when the international forces are scheduled to withdraw from the country, is going to be a shared international responsibility, a Obama administration official said on Thursday. Details of financing Afghan forces would be worked at the forthcoming ...

Taliban Not Keen on Peace Parleys: Abdullah

Taliban Not Keen on Peace Parleys: Abdullah

March 19, 2012

KABUL - The National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA) chief on Sunday said Taliban fighters had no intention of peace negotiations and the suspension of the proposed talks in Qatar meant the militants had their own agenda. Abdullah Abdullah, also a former foreign minister, said the NCA had predicted the peace process and negotiations in Qatar would fizzle out and the opening of the Taliban's political bureau in Doha was merely to promote their own goals.
"The question is whether the Taliban want to take part in the ...

Obama Has Failed in Afghanistan: Romney

Obama Has Failed in Afghanistan: Romney

March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama has failed in Afghanistan.
The Republican presidential hopeful told "Fox News Sunday" that the president is partly to blame for the chaos there and should have been "more engaged" with military commanders and Afghan President 11Hamid Karzai.
Romney has emerged as the only GOP candidate not to question the U.S. ...

WJ Rejects Budget

WJ Rejects Budget

March 19, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga on Sunday rejected the proposed annual budget due to uneven allocations to provinces and a hefty $80 million bailout package for the ailing Kabul Bank.
Of the 126 lawmakers who attended the lower house session, only one raised the green card for the budget approval, while the rest ...

Etisalat Launches 3G Services in Afghanistan

Etisalat Launches 3G Services in Afghanistan

March 19, 2012

KABUL – Etisalat Afghanistan, The fastest growing telecommunication company in the country and part of Etisalat group, on Sunday announced the launch of 3G services in Afghanistan.
Etisalat is the first mobile operator to launch 3G services in country. Chairman Afghanistan telecommunication regulatory authority, Mr. Abdulul wakil shergul and CEO Etisalat Afghanistan, MR. Ahmaed ...

Owner of Gulbahar Sentenced for Corruption

Owner of Gulbahar Sentenced for Corruption

March 19, 2012

KABUL - The business owner of Gulbahar Center and Towers, Gulbahar Habibi, and two of his associates were sentenced to six years in prison, while the head of a group of forgers was sentenced to 18 years, head of the Anti Corruption Tribunal, General Abu Bakar, told Tolo news.
Habibi was charged with paying US$150,000 for a forger to sign the ...

Govt. Lacks Legitimacy to Sign Strategic Agreement with the US: ANF

Govt. Lacks Legitimacy to Sign Strategic Agreement with the US: ANF

March 18, 2012

KABUL – Afghanistan National Front (ANF) has said the current government has lack of credibility and political legitimacy to sign the Strategic Partnership Document with the United States and it should be postponed until the next Presidential elections to be held in 2014.
Talking in a press conference on Saturday, March 17, 2012 National Front spokesman Faizullah Zaki said that they support the Strategic Partnership agreement with the United States. He added that the current Government has failed ...

Rassoul Pays Homage to Turkish Troops Killed in Crash

Rassoul Pays Homage to Turkish Troops Killed in Crash

March 18, 2012

KABUL - Foreign Minister Dr. ZalmaiRassoul on Saturday telephoned his Turkish counterpart AhmetDavutoğlu to express condolences and sympathy of the Afghan government and people to the government and people of Turkey over the death 12 Turkish soldiers in Friday's helicopter crash in Kabul.
A dozen Turkish troops and two Afghan women were killed when a ...

Turkish Embassy Grieved Over Copter Crash

Turkish Embassy Grieved Over Copter Crash

March 18, 2012

KABUL - The Turkish embassy expressed profound sympathy over its 12 military personnel and two Afghan nationals who perished in a helicopter crash on Friday morning outside Kabul.
"We have learned with great sadness the martyrdom of 12 Turkish military personnel, who lost their ...

Turkish PM Cancels Germany Trip after Soldiers’ Deaths in Afghanistan

Turkish PM Cancels Germany Trip after Soldiers’ Deaths in Afghanistan

March 18, 2012

KABUL - The Turkish Prime Minister RecepTyyipErdoğan has canceled his trip to Germany after a helicopter crash killed 12 Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan on Friday. A Turkish military helicopter crashed into a house in Kabul on Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers on board and four Afghan civilians on the ground, a statement on the Prime ...

Special Meeting on Budget on Sunday: Ibrahimi

Special Meeting on Budget on Sunday: Ibrahimi

March 18, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga, lower house, on Saturday could not approve the draft next solar year's budget due to a lack of quorum, but decided to hold a special meeting in this regard on Sunday.
Already approved by the upper house that had recommended cuts amounting to 12 billion afghanis, 57 percent of the general budget ...

Obama, Karzai Discuss Withdrawal of NATO from Villages

Obama, Karzai Discuss Withdrawal of NATO from Villages

March 18, 2012

KABUL - US President Barack Obama telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday after Karzai demanded foreign forces leave remote military outposts to the Afghan forces.
While there was no official word as to whether the request would be met, a White House statement after the phonecall said the two leaders ...