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Canada Made Enormous Sacrifices to Assist Afghans: Envoy

Canada Made Enormous  Sacrifices to Assist Afghans: Envoy

June 03, 2012

KABUL - Canada's new Ambassador to Afghanistan Glenn Davidson formally assumed charge on Saturday when he presented his credentials to President Hamid Karzai.
Succeeding William Crosbie, Davidson said: "For more than a decade, Canada has made enormous sacrifices to assist the Afghan people ...

No Intention to Stay in Office beyond Term: Karzai

No Intention to Stay in  Office beyond Term: Karzai

June 02, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has rejected stories in the western press as fictional that he was trying to seek a third term as president of Afghanistan.
"No, not at all. I think two terms is a very long time. You need fresh energy, you need fresh thinking, someone with more...untested ideas should come forward and build on what we could not improve upon. The western press is full of stories, though, about my trying to seek a third term," Karzai told Time Magazine during an hour long ...

Senate to Vote on Afghan-US Pact

Senate to  Vote on  Afghan-US Pact

June 02, 2012

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga or the upper house of parliament will vote on the strategic partnership accord between Afghanistan and the United States this Sunday, an official said Thursday.
President Hamid Karzai and his American counterpart Barack Obama signed the crucial agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on May ...

Strategic Pacts Won’t Affect Ties with Russia: Karzai

Strategic Pacts  Won’t Affect Ties  with Russia: Karzai

June 02, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said the signing of strategic cooperation agreements with other countries would not affect the good relations between Afghanistan and Russia.
During a meeting between Karzai and Russia's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Zamir Kabulov, current regional security ...

6mln Afghan Children Facing Major Threats

6mln Afghan Children  Facing Major Threats

June 02, 2012

KABUL - Around 6 million Afghan kids are currently facing poverty and other serious threats in the country, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Work and Social Affairs, Ali Iftikhari ...

No Special Electoral Tribunal for Upcoming Polls: FEFA

No Special Electoral Tribunal for Upcoming Polls: FEFA

June 02, 2012

KABUL - There should be no special electoral tribunal for the upcoming Afghan elections and none of the election committee commissioners should be prosecuted, Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) said Thursday.
Reviewing the authorities and organizational structure of the ...

ANF to Win Next Presidential Polls: Dostam

ANF to Win Next Presidential Polls: Dostam

May 31, 2012

KABUL – Founder and Leader of Junbish party and Afghanistan National Front (ANF) leader Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostam on Wednesday said that ANF would win the next presidential elections if the polling was transparent.
Dostum told a gathering of Tens of thousands of people in northern Takhar province that if the next election was fraud-free, the front's will certainly win the polls".
The ANF chairman, Ahmad Zia Massoud, Hezb-i-Wahdat leader Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, former intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh ...

579 Civilians Killed in Four Months: UNAMA

579 Civilians Killed in Four Months: UNAMA

May 31, 2012

KABUL - A top United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) official said about 579 civilians had been killed in the first four months of this year and most of the killings were carried out by militants.
Speaking at a news conference in Kabul, the UNAMA head Jan Kubis, said 79 percent of the casualties were caused by militants, nine ...

Iran to Increase Fuel Transit to Afghanistan

Iran to Increase Fuel Transit to Afghanistan

May 31, 2012

TEHRAN - Senior Iranian Oil Ministry officials announced that the country will soon boost transit of oil products to Afghanistan and Iraq, Fars reported.
"At present we don't need to swap oil products but we can raise the volume of gasoline and gasoil transit to Iraq and Afghanistan via ...

Etisalat Group Delegation Visits Afghanistan on Asia Operations Tour

Etisalat Group  Delegation Visits  Afghanistan on Asia Operations Tour

May 31, 2012

KABUL - Jamal Aljarwan, chief regional officer Asia Cluster, Etisalat Group, recently made his first stop of an Asia-wide tour in Afghanistan, where he was joined by high-ranking officials to visit the Group's operations in Afghanistan and discuss the development of the Group's initiatives in the country, as well as the recent pilot of the ...

Leaders’ Death Dent Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Leaders’ Death  Dent Al-Qaeda in  Afghanistan: Pentagon

May 31, 2012

WASHINGTON - The death of Sakhr al-Taifi, the second highest Al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, is a major blow to the terrorist's outfit in the war torn country, the Pentagon said.
"Sakhr al-Taifi was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents and directing attacks against coalition and Afghan forces," said Pentagon Press Secretary, George ...

Senators Condemn Pakistan Push to Expel ‘Illegal’ Afghans

Senators Condemn  Pakistan Push to Expel  ‘Illegal’ Afghans

May 31, 2012

KABUL - Afghan senators have condemned the decision of Pakistan to expel "illegal" Afghan refugees and immigrants by June 1, and called for the government to help resolve the issue using diplomatic channels.
Afghan refugees living in Pakistan's semi-autonomous region Kheybar ...

Strong Global Effort Needed to Combat Drugs: Karzai

Strong Global Effort Needed to Combat Drugs: Karzai

May 30, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday lamented that Afghanistan was blamed for drug menace, while some parties benefited from the lucrative narcotic trade and called for concerted global action to stem the scourge.
During a meeting in Kabul, Karzai and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) Executive Director Yury Fedotov discussed a gamut of drug-related issues -- including efforts to combat narcotic proliferation. First, the president heard a report presented by the UNODC on the situation and appreciated the office for its cooperation ...

Taliban Accused of Poisoning Hundreds of Schoolgirls

Taliban Accused of Poisoning Hundreds of Schoolgirls

May 30, 2012

WASHINGTON - Taliban "Religion of Peace" fundamentalists are suspected of spraying Afghan girls' schools with poison, and also of poisoning a well near a girls' school, CNN reports.
A hospital in northern Afghanistan admitted 160 schoolgirls Tuesday ...

US Plans to Arm Italy’s Reaper Drones, Deploy to Afghanistan

US Plans to Arm Italy’s Reaper Drones, Deploy to Afghanistan

May 30, 2012

KABUL - The Obama administration plans to arm Italy's fleet of Reaper drone aircraft, a move that could open the door for sales of advanced hunter-killer drone technology to other allies, according to lawmakers and others familiar with the matter.
The sale would make Italy the first foreign country besides Britain ...

Over 200,000 Afghans Leave Iran

Over 200,000 Afghans Leave Iran

May 29, 2012

BAKU - More than 200,000 unmarried Afghan nationals have left Iran, an official of Iranian Ministry of Interior said on Monday. Mohammad Tahouri told the Mehr News Agency that the resident unmarried Afghan nationals have given the opportunity by June 20 to announce their situation.
Meanwhile, he said that the deadline for Afghan nationals residing in Zanjan, Qazvin, Markazi, Golestan, Mazandaran, Semnan, Bushehr, South Khorasan, Qom, Yazd, Fars and Alborz has ...

Afghanistan ‘Winding Down’: Obama

Afghanistan ‘Winding Down’: Obama

May 29, 2012

WASHINGTON - President Obama on Monday commemorated the first Memorial Day since troops were finally withdrawn from Iraq last year by remembering some of the more than 4,000 American troops who died in the conflict and promising to continue to wind down the war in ...

Afghanistan to Ink Long-Term Pact with China

Afghanistan  to Ink Long-Term Pact with China

May 29, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan Government will ink long-term partnership agreement with China, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said Sunday. "Afghanistan would sign long-term partnership agreement with the People Republic of China and the agreement will probably be inked during President Hamid Karzai's participation at the Shanghai Cooperation ...

Niazi Satisfies WJ over Alleged Anomalies

Niazi Satisfies  WJ over Alleged Anomalies

May 29, 2012

KABUL - Haj and Islamic Affairs Minister Mohammad Yousaf Niazi was able on Monday to satisfy the Wolesi Jirga (WJ), lower house, after he was summoned to brief lawmakers about alleged anomalies during last year's haj operations. On Sunday, some lawmakers claimed the minister had sent 700 people to ...

Panetta Defends Obama Admin Plans for Afghanistan

Panetta Defends Obama Admin Plans for Afghanistan

May 28, 2012

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is defending the Obama administration's plans to wind down the more than decade-long war in Afghanistan.
According to AP, speaking Sunday, May 27, on ABC's "This Week," the Pentagon chief said the U.S. still has a fight on its hands, but is on the right track.
Panetta says he supports the decision to set a firm timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops, a position criticized by Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama's probable Republican opponent in this fall's ...

Govt. Ready to Meet Taliban’s Reasonable Conditions: Fahim

Govt. Ready to Meet Taliban’s  Reasonable Conditions: Fahim

May 28, 2012

KABUL CITY - First vice president on Sunday said that government was ready to meet Taliban's reasonable conditions, but the leader of the Afghanistan National Front (ANF) described the Taliban as a terrorist group and killers of Jihadi leaders.
Addressing a ceremony marking the first death anniversary of Gen. Daud ...

Afghan-US Talks on Security Deal Underway: Rassoul

Afghan-US Talks on Security Deal Underway: Rassoul

May 28, 2012

KABUL - Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Sunday said talks with the United States officials on a detailed security agreement had begun as part of a recently signed strategic partnership accord.
Describing the parliamentary approval of the strategic agreement ...

MTN Mobile Clinic Treats 1150 Patients

MTN Mobile Clinic Treats 1150 Patients

May 28, 2012

KABUL - MTN mobile clinic visited different areas in Kabul city and treated around 1150 patients for free. The people appreciated this humane act of MTN Foundation and asked for the Continues visits mobile clinic to the areas where people are poor and ...

WJ Approves US-Afghan Strategic Pact

WJ Approves US-Afghan Strategic Pact

May 27, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga or lower house of Parliament on Saturday approved the US-Afghan strategic partnership agreement by an overwhelming majority.
Of the 199 parliamentarians present, 195 MPs approved the deal and only four members of the Jirga rejected the agreement.
The crucial national interest document was signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his American counterpart Barak Obama on May 1st.
It was presented to the general session of the Parliament by the foreign affairs commission of the house on ...

Pakistan’s Interests Interlinked with Afghanistan: Khar

Pakistan’s Interests Interlinked with Afghanistan:  Khar

May 27, 2012

KABUL - Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said that the country was working hard to end its border blockade for NATO supplies into Afghanistan, saying the future of the two nations is interlinked.
Khar emphasized at a press conference in Japan on Friday that reopening the NATO supply route is in Pakistan's national interest as ...

Karzai Thanks UAE for Support

Karzai Thanks UAE for Support

May 27, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has expressed thanks to President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the unlimited support given by the UAE to the people of Afghanistan and to the efforts aimed at achieving lasting peace, security and stability ...

Britain Would Continue to Support Afghans: Miliband

Britain Would Continue to Support Afghans: Miliband

May 27, 2012

KABUL - Edward Miliband, leader of the opposition in British parliament, held talks with President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace on Saturday.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said both leaders discussed the peace process, bilateral ties, and issues concerning Afghanistan and ...

Withdrawal of French Forces will Not Create Security Gap: Officials

Withdrawal of French Forces will Not  Create Security Gap: Officials

May 27, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force spokespersons said on Saturday that the early exit of France's combat troops will not create security concerns in Afghanistan.
The day after France's newly-elected president Francoise Hollande ...

Western Strength Cannot Prevent Insurgency: Sabari

Western Strength Cannot Prevent Insurgency: Sabari

May 27, 2012

KABUL - The US is unable to prevent the insurgent activity in Afghanistan despite its strong intelligence capabilities, Logar provincial governor Mohammad Taher Sabari told TOLOnews Saturday.
Overseeing the eastern Afghan province positioned next to Pakistan, Sabari blames the neighboring country for much of the instability he ...

No Downsizing of Govt. Depts after 2014: Mushahid

No Downsizing of Govt. Depts after 2014: Mushahid

May 27, 2012

JALALABAD - Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission Chairman Dr. Ahmad Mushahid on Saturday said no downsizing would take place in government departments after foreign troops' withdrawal in 2014. Speaking at a press conference in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern ...

Strategic Pacts Pose No Threat to Neighbors: Karzai

Strategic Pacts Pose No Threat to Neighbors: Karzai

May 26, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Friday once again assuaged neighboring countries' concerns over strategic agreements Afghanistan had signed with foreign countries, insisting the accords posed no threat to any country, including Iran.
Replying to a question from reporters during a joint press conference with visiting French President Francois Hollande in Kabul, Karzai said they had historic religious, cultural and linguistic relations with Iran and Afghanistan had always preferred good ties with the neighboring country.
His remarks come a day after a knowledgeable ...

Iran Sets Aside $25m to Derail Afghan-US Deal

Iran Sets Aside $25m to Derail Afghan-US Deal

May 26, 2012

KABUL - Iran has earmarked $25 million for blocking the parliamentary approval of the Afghan-US strategic cooperation agreement, a knowledgeable source said on Thursday. The neighboring country has allegedly paid a colossal amount of money to Wolesi Jirga member Hazrat Ali in return for opposing the deal, signed ...

US Senate Body Approves $5.7b for ANSF

US Senate Body Approves $5.7b for ANSF

May 26, 2012

WASHINGTON - A key US Senate committee on Thursday unanimously voted to approve $5.7 billion in fiscal year 2012 for Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) Fund to build the capacity of Afghan army and police. Passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee, the National Defense ...

Hollande Meets with Troops in Afghanistan

Hollande Meets with Troops in Afghanistan

May 26, 2012

KABUL - French President Francois Hollande defended pulling French combat troops out of Afghanistan early, saying, "The time has come for Afghan sovereignty." The newly elected Hollande, who made a surprise visit Friday to Afghanistan, said 2,000 troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end, The Guardian ...

Afghanistan to Assign Massive Security Force to TAPI Project

Afghanistan to Assign Massive  Security Force to TAPI Project

May 26, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Ministry of Mines said Thursday it aimed to purchase 1.5 million cubic meters of gas from Turkmenistan after the implementation of the TAPI gas pipeline project. It also said that the Afghan government will assign as many as 12,000 Afghan security personnel to safeguard the security of the TAPI project ...