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ISAF to Continue Playing Combat Role if Needed

ISAF to Continue Playing Combat Role if Needed

May 15, 2012

KABUL - While Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) gradually take over security affairs, NATO troops would support the country in combat operations, if necessary, especially after 2014, an ISAF spokesman said on Monday.
“As Afghan forces move more into the lead for combat operations across the country, ISAF will increasingly take more of a supporting role, but that will include supporting Afghans in combat, if necessary,” Christen Jacobson told a news conference in ...

Obama, Karzai to Confer on Afghan Sovereignty

Obama, Karzai to Confer on Afghan Sovereignty

May 15, 2012

KABUL - The US President Barack Obama has welcomed the beginning of the third phase in the handover of security responsibilities to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
Obama welcomed the handover of security duties in 122 more districts across Afghanistan, announced on Sunday by the President Hamid ...

Turkey Approves Deal for Training Pak, Afghan Military

Turkey Approves  Deal for Training Pak, Afghan Military

May 15, 2012

ANKARA - Parliament approved a protocol concerning the training of Afghan and Pakistani military personnel. The governments of Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan, emphasizing their desire to improve relations and cooperation in the field of ...

Karzai Names 2 for Top Judicial Slots

Karzai Names  2 for Top Judicial Slots

May 15, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Monday nominated two members of the Supreme Court's High Council for a vote of confidence from the lower house of parliament, an official ...

EA Launches Mumtaz Behtarin Package

EA Launches Mumtaz Behtarin Package

May 15, 2012

KABUL - Etisalat Afghanistan (EA), the first operator to launch 3.75G services in Afghanistan Monday also announced the launch of Mumtaz Behtarin package, with enhanced features including the Best Rate offer to all networks in Afghanistan.
Now customers in Afghanistan have the freedom to enjoy connectivity ...

MPs Fail to OK Changes to House Procedures

MPs Fail to  OK Changes to House Procedures

May 15, 2012

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of parliament -- on Monday failed to approve proposed amendments to the house internal procedures due to a lack of quorum.
A bill seeking changes to Rule 11 of the procedures was presented before the house by the legislative commission’s head, Nazir Ahmad ...

Afghans to Take more Control from NATO: Karzai

Afghans to Take more Control from NATO: Karzai

May 14, 2012

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday announced a new transfer of security control from NATO that will see local forces take responsibility for 75 percent of Afghanistan's population.
Kapisa province, where French troops are based, will be among 11 provinces to come under Afghan control, a statement from the president's office said.
It is the third phase of the transition of military control in the war-torn country and another step towards the withdrawal of 130,000 US-led NATO troops by the end of ...

UN Envoy Hails China’s Strong Support for Afghanistan

UN Envoy Hails China’s Strong Support for Afghanistan

May 14, 2012

KABUL - The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, hailed China's support for the peace and reconstruction process of the war-torn country, saying it is crucial for the rebuilding of Afghanistan.
"The bilateral policy of investment in Afghanistan that is promoted by China is extremely important for the future of ...

Top Afghan, Pak and NATO Commanders Hold High-Level Meet

Top Afghan, Pak and NATO Commanders Hold High-Level Meet

May 14, 2012

ABUL - Top military commanders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Sunday discussed border control measures and mechanisms to avert "untoward incidents" along the Afghan frontier, as the three sides resumed high-level military contact after a break of several months.
A Pakistan Army contingent led by General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ...

Maulvi Arsala Rahmani Assassinated

Maulvi Arsala Rahmani Assassinated

May 14, 2012

KABUL - Unidentified gunmen on Sunday shot dead a prominent member of the High Peace Council, Maulvi Arsala Rahmani, in the heavily-fortified capital Kabul, officials said.
The assailants opened fire on Rahmani, a former Taliban leader and sitting member of the Senate, at 9:30am, when he was on his way to parliament, said a spokesman for the 101st police zone, Hashmatullah ...

NATO Welcomes Karzai’s Decision on Transition

NATO Welcomes Karzai’s Decision on Transition

May 14, 2012

KABUL - Senior NATO officials and the ISAF commander in Afghanistan on Sunday welcomed President Karzai's announcement confirming the third group of provinces, cities and districts changing hands as part of the third phase of transition. Security responsibility for Kapisa, Uruzgan and Parwan provinces ...

WJ Panel Okays US-Afghan Pact

WJ Panel Okays US-Afghan Pact

May 13, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga's international affairs commission has approved the strategic partnership accord between Afghanistan and the US, and it would be presented to the house's general assembly soon, a lawmaker said on Saturday. President Hamid Karzai and his US counterpart Barack Obama signed the strategic partnership agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on May 1.
A legislator from Paktika province and the commission member, Syed Ishaq Gilani, told Pajhwok Afghan News the accord had been submitted by the government to the Wolesi Jirga early last week. Approved ...

US Congressmen Want Haqqani Network Designated as ‘Terrorist’ Group

US Congressmen Want Haqqani  Network Designated as ‘Terrorist’ Group

May 13, 2012

KABUL - US congressional intelligence committee members have urged US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to immediately designate the Haqqani network as a terrorist group, Reuters reported.
The committee's leaders, who recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan, said the Haqqani is still a major threat for the US in ...

NATO Ignores CSTO Offers to Fight Drugs: Russia

NATO Ignores  CSTO Offers to Fight Drugs: Russia

May 13, 2012

MOSCOW - Russia's Foreign Minister says NATO has so far ignored repeated offers from the CSTO bloc to start real action in fighting the Afghanistan drug trade, such as destroying poppy crops and heroin labs.
"We've been urging our NATO colleagues for a long time to establish cooperation between CSTO and the North Atlantic Treaty ...

NATO Summit Must Protect Women Rights: UN

NATO Summit  Must Protect Women Rights: UN

May 13, 2012

KABUL - The upcoming NATO summit in Chicago must ensure that special measures are taken to protect the rights of Afghan women as U.S.-led coalition forces prepare to pull out, U.N. organizations said Saturday.
There is widespread concern that gains women have made in the 10 years since the overthrow of the brutal Taliban regime could be lost in ...

Gen. Allen, Kayani Confer on Border Security

Gen. Allen, Kayani  Confer on Border Security

May 13, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Top American and Pakistani military officials discussed security along the Pak-Afghan border during a meeting in Rawalpindi on Saturday, the army said.
An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) team, led by Gen. John Allen, met Pakistan army chief Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani at the General ...

Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Fall 20 Percent: UN

Civilian Deaths  in Afghanistan  Fall 20 Percent: UN

May 12, 2012

KABUL - After five years of rising deaths, civilian casualties in Afghanistan dropped 20 percent in the first four months of the year, the United Nations said, a rare piece of good news as foreign combat forces prepare to pull out by the end of 2014.
The killing of civilians has soured the feelings of many ordinary Afghans towards foreign forces and has been a constant strain on ties between the Afghan government and its Western backers in the increasingly unpopular war.
"There are several elements behind this ... there was perhaps ...

Obama, Rasmussen Agree NATO Summit will Focus on Afghanistan

Obama, Rasmussen  Agree NATO  Summit will Focus  on Afghanistan

May 12, 2012

KABUL - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and US President Barack Obama agreed that the conflict in Afghanistan would be one of the topics addressed at the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago.
The two leaders met Wednesday in the White House and also agreed that defense capabilities and NATO partnerships with countries outside the ...

Tehran Summons Afghan Diplomat over US Deal

Tehran Summons  Afghan Diplomat over US Deal

May 12, 2012

KABUL - The foreign ministry in Tehran on Thursday summoned Afghanistan's charge d'affaires and lodged a protest with him over anti-Iran propaganda by some Afghan media outlets.
Mohsen Paakain, the Iranian diplomat in charge of Afghan affairs ...

Taliban Under Ruthless Pressure: Gen. Adrian

Taliban Under Ruthless Pressure: Gen. Adrian

May 12, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Taliban in Afghanistan are being kept under "ruthless pressure", a top British commander based in the country has said, claiming a decline in the number of attacks from the militant group.
"During the early part of this year, we've seen a scale of ...

No One has the Right to Interfere in Afghanistan: Ludin

No One has the Right to Interfere in Afghanistan: Ludin

May 12, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on Iran to respect its sovereignty in seeking a long-term agreement with the US, saying it should not make "undiplomatic" statements on this matter.
Afghanistan's Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin said none of ...

ANF Accused Karzai for Misinterpreting SPA

ANF Accused Karzai for Misinterpreting SPA

May 10, 2012

>SHIBERGHAN - At the start of its spring campaign Afghanistan National Parties held a big public rally in Shiberghan, Jowzjan province on Wednesday. Addressing the rally Afghanistan National Front (ANF) leaders accused the government for promoting corruption and ill governance. They welcomed the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) but blamed president Karzai for misinterpreting parts of the agreement for personal gain. The speakers once again asked for the change of political system from presidential to parliamentary form of ...

Afghanistan’s Human Rights Remain High on Agenda

Afghanistan’s Human Rights Remain High on Agenda

May 10, 2012

LONDON – British Foreign Secretary William Hague released the 2011 Human Rights and Democracy report. The report drew a gloomy drawing of Afghanistan's human rights records for the year 2011, which termed Afghanistan's human rights issues to be high on the agenda, and suggested Afghan government to work hard for the implementation of its ...

No Cut in Forces’ Strength Till 2017: Mohammadi

No Cut in Forces’ Strength Till 2017: Mohammadi

May 10, 2012

KABUL - Minister of Interior Bismillah Mohammadi on Wednesday said much work had been done to avoid a cut in the end-size of Afghan security forces until 2017.
He was summoned by the Wolesi Jirga along with Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and Deputy Foreign Minister Javed Lodin to brief lawmakers on the Chicago summit, taking place later this month.
Heads of NATO member states are scheduled to ...

Dwindling Foreign Aid to Hit Afghan Growth: WB

Dwindling Foreign Aid to  Hit Afghan Growth: WB

May 10, 2012

KABUL - The World Bank indicated on Wednesday the withdrawal of international troops by 2014 and dwindling foreign aid would hit Afghanistan's economic growth, making it tough to sustain the achievements made over the last decade.
"Aid has funded the delivery of essential services, including ...

Taliban Who Want Peace Face Threats: Faizi

Taliban Who Want Peace Face Threats: Faizi

May 10, 2012

KABUL - Taliban who are willing to negotiate with the Afghan government are facing serious threats from other Taliban, Afghanistan's Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said Wednesday.
Most Taliban commanders who have talked about negotiating with the Afghan government have either been detained or killed, President Hamid ...

No Talks with Al Qaeda: WH

No Talks with Al Qaeda: WH

May 09, 2012

WASHINGTON - The White House has ruled out holding any negotiations with the Al Qaeda network, asserting that disrupting, dismantling and defeating it is the number one priority of the Obama administration.
"Because of his focus on a specific mission in Afghanistan, it has been this president's policy and this administration's policy that the number-one priority of our mission in Afghanistan is to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat al Qaeda."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters: "The ...

Clinton Vows to Pursue Terrorists in Pakistan

Clinton Vows to Pursue Terrorists  in Pakistan

May 09, 2012

NEW DELHI - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said her country would go after terrorists in Pakistan if they posed a threat to America, Afghanistan or their allies in the region.
At a joint press conference with Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna after their meeting on the last day of her three-day visit to ...

Civilian Deaths Make U.S. Pact ‘Meaningless': Karzai

Civilian Deaths Make U.S. Pact ‘Meaningless': Karzai

May 09, 2012

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the recent deaths of Afghan civilians inflicted by NATO forces may render the strategic pact signed last week with the US "meaningless" if Afghans do not feel safe.
Dozens of Afghan civilians have been killed in NATO airstrikes in as many as four provinces over the last four days, according to senior ...

Ashton Vows Support for Afghanistan

Ashton Vows Support for Afghanistan

May 09, 2012

KABUL - A top European Union (EU) envoy on Wednesday said the bloc's economy remained strong and promised it would continue supporting turmoil-hit nations -- from Afghanistan to Libya.
EU's Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton said that despite the bad press being received by the bloc's economy, its economic performance ...

Hollande to Carry Through on Afghanistan Exit Promise

Hollande to Carry Through on  Afghanistan  Exit Promise

May 09, 2012

PARIS - New French President François Hollande is losing no time in keeping at least one of his campaign promises. He'll announce France's early exit from Afghanistan at the NATO summit in Chicago later this month.
Manuel Valls, Mr Hollande's communications director, confirmed that France would use the summit to "announce the withdrawal of its ...

Ambitious Uplift Strategy Mapped out for Tokyo Conference

Ambitious Uplift  Strategy Mapped out  for Tokyo Conference

May 09, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan would present a development proposal budget for 22 programs, which needs $8 billion yearly over a decade, at the forthcoming Tokyo donors' conference.
At the international conference in Japan this July, officials from the international community will deliberate the funding mechanism for ...

ANSF Ready for Taliban Offensive: MoI

ANSF Ready for Taliban Offensive: MoI

May 08, 2012

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday condemned the Taliban's propaganda to spread fear and mistrust and vowed to defeat militants who continued to rely on rudimentary weapons.
About the rebel spring offensive codenamed Operation Al Farooq, the ministry said Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) were ready to face any challenge from the militant movement.
"The Afghan National Police is stronger now than ever before in our nation's history. We are ready to stand against foreign mercenaries to protect Afghans' lives and property and the country's territorial ...

Chicago to Reaffirm NATO’s Post-2014 Afghan Engagement

Chicago to  Reaffirm NATO’s Post-2014 Afghan Engagement

May 08, 2012

KABUL – NATO will reaffirm its commitment to the post-transition Afghanistan in its summit in Chicago later this month - the largest ever meeting of the alliance in which Afghanistan is expected to be one of the key topics of discussion, a NATO spokesman said Monday.
"NATO is clearly committed to supporting Afghanistan beyond ...

Zawahiri is in Pakistan: Clinton

Zawahiri is in Pakistan: Clinton

May 08, 2012

ISLAMABAD – Currently on a three-day visit to India, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a town-hall meeting in Kolkata said: "There are several significant leaders still on the run. Zawahiri, who inherited the leadership from bin Laden is somewhere, we believe, in Pakistan."
On the other hand, Pakistani Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, on ...