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The Job is Not Finished: Obama

The Job  is Not Finished: Obama

January 22, 2012

KABUL - The US President Barack Obama in an interview with CNN said that although the job is not finished, but al-Qaeda's capacity has been degraded.
"Well, what is fair to say is that the counterterrorism strategy as applied to al-Qaeda has been extremely successful. The job is not ...

Karzai Hopeful of Talk with Hekmatyar

Karzai Hopeful of Talk with Hekmatyar

January 22, 2012

KABUL - Karzai said Saturday that he personally held peace talks recently with the insurgent faction Hizb-i-Islami, appearing to assert his own role in a U.S.-led bid for negotiations to end the country's decade-long war.
Karzai made the announcement hours before he was to meet with American special representative Marc Grossman to discuss progress and ...

Al Qaeda Too Weak to Launch Major Attacks: Panetta

Al Qaeda Too Weak to Launch Major Attacks: Panetta

January 22, 2012

WASHINGTON - With its top leaders killed in the last one year, Al Qaeda no longer has the capability to have a command and control structure to launch a major terrorist strike like the 9/11, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said.
The network had no ability to make the kind of plans for as major ...

Focus on Afghan Mission to Continue: WH

Focus on Afghan  Mission to Continue: WH

January 22, 2012

WASHINGTON - Despite setbacks, the United States would continue to focus on its efforts in Afghanistan, the White House (WH) said on Friday.
President Barack Obama had laid out an Afghanistan strategy that he had been executing effectively, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney ...

France Reaffirms Commitment to Afghan Mission

France Reaffirms Commitment to  Afghan Mission

January 22, 2012

PRIS - France appeared to lessen the prospect of an early withdrawal from the 10-year war in Afghanistan on Saturday, stressing its commitment to the country after an Afghan soldier killed four of its troops.
French Defense minister Gerard Longuet and chief of defense staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud flew into Afghanistan for emergency talks a ...

Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF: If Taliban Imposed, There will be Resistance

Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF: If Taliban Imposed,  There will be Resistance

January 21, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban must be willing to make compromises in nascent peace talks, a prominent Afghan opposition figure said Friday, warning that ethnic minorities who for years battled the Taliban were prepared to take up arms again if they have to give up too much.
Marc Grossman, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, is expected in Kabul at the weekend to discuss progress in negotiations -- seen by their supporters as the best chance of ending a decade-long war ...

No Alternative to Direct Talks with Taliban: MoFA

No Alternative to Direct Talks with Taliban: MoFA

January 21, 2012

WASHINGTON - There is no alternative to direct peace negotiation between various parties, Afghanistan said, reiterating its stance that it would have preferred a Taliban political bureau within the country.
In a video tele-conference with Pentagon correspondents from Kabul on Thursday, an Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesman ...

Secret Talks with Taliban will Not Lead to Peace: Abdullah

Secret Talks  with Taliban  will Not Lead to Peace: Abdullah

January 21, 2012

KABUL - Leader of the National Coalition, Abdullah Abdullah, on Thursday said that secrets by the Afghan government and the United States with the Taliban will not lead to any peace in Afghanistan.
Mr Abdullah said that secret talks will not be welcomed by the Afghan people and stressed that the Afghan people must not ...

Karzai to Taliban: Stop Killing Innocent People

Karzai to Taliban: Stop Killing Innocent People

January 21, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai condemns in the strongest terms the suicide bombing in the New Bazaar of Kajaki district in Helmand province that left around 36 innocent people killed and injured.
As per the information by Helmand governor Gulab Mangel, terrorists carried out a suicide attack in a new market in the district of Kajaki ...

Karzai’s Dependency on Warlords ‘Disappointing’: Eide

Karzai’s Dependency on Warlords ‘Disappointing’: Eide

January 21, 2012

KABUL - Former UN envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Eide, said that he was "disappointed" in President Hamid Karzai for becoming "more dependent" on warlords and powerbrokers.
In an extract from his new book, Power Struggle Over Afghanistan, the Norwegian diplomat who served in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2010, says ...

Grossman Due in Kabul on Saturday

Grossman  Due in Kabul  on Saturday

January 21, 2012

WASHINGTON - US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman would fly into Kabul on Saturday for talks with President Hamid Karzai and other officials, the State Department announced on Wednesday.
Grossman would be in Abu Dhabi until Thursday evening and would stay ...

5 New AIEC Members Sworn in

5 New AIEC  Members Sworn in

January 21, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai administered oath to five new members of the Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (AIEC) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Thursday.
Mohammad Hussain Garziwani, Mohammad Hashim Faulad, Rida Azimi, Ghulam Dastagir Azad and Momina Yari were sworn in at a ceremony, a statement from Karzai's ...

UN Backs Afghan-Led Peace Talks: New Envoy

UN Backs  Afghan-Led Peace Talks: New Envoy

January 21, 2012

KABUL - The new United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, on Tuesday presented his diplomatic credentials to Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that the UN backs Afghan-led peace negotiations.
Mr. Kubis said at a press conference that peace talks with opposition ...

Sarkozy Moots Afghan Withdrawal

Sarkozy Moots  Afghan Withdrawal

January 21, 2012

PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy was on Friday considering accelerating the withdrawal of his country's troops from Afghanistan, following the killing of four French soldiers by an Afghan serviceman.
'If the security conditions are not clearly established, the question of an early return of the French army to France will arise,' Sarkozy ...

Karzai Finalizes List of New Cabinet Picks

Karzai Finalizes List  of New Cabinet Picks

January 19, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has finalized a list of new Cabinet picks for a vote of confidence from the lower house of parliament, a senior official said on Wednesday.
Some acting ministers and new faces would be referred to the Wolesi Jirga after the house administrative board's elections, the deputy parliamentary minister, Karim Baz, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Ministries of water and power, public health, urban development, communications, Transport and ...

Pakistan to Clear Stranded Afghan Vehicles

Pakistan to  Clear Stranded  Afghan Vehicles

January 19, 2012

KABUL - The Ministry of Finance on Wednesday said Pakistan had assured the clearance of hundreds of Afghanistan-bound food containers in the next 10 days to end a two-month stoppage that could cause a temporary food shortage in the landlocked country.
Up to 700 food containers destined for Afghanistan have been stopped at various places in the neighboring country over the past two ...

700 Scholars Attend Seminar on Fighting Drugs

700 Scholars Attend  Seminar on Fighting Drugs

January 19, 2012

JALALABAD - More than 700 religious scholars on Wednesday attended a seminar on "fighting drugs and working for peace and stability" in the eastern province of Nangarhar, an official said.
The participants hailed from Laghman, Kunar and Nangarhar provinces, Hajj and Religious Affairs Director Maulvi Abdul Aziz Khairkhwa told ...

US Doesn’t Rule Out Grossman-Taliban Meeting

US Doesn’t Rule Out Grossman-Taliban Meeting

January 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - US officials have indicated Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman will be meeting the Taliban's representatives, but the process will not be discussed publicly.
"I don't think I want to rule it in or out," US State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, told journalists at his daily news ...

New UN Envoy in Kabul Amid Period of Transition

New UN Envoy in Kabul  Amid Period of Transition

January 19, 2012

KABUL - The UN secretary-general's new special representative for Afghanistan arrived in the capital city of Kabul on Wednesday to take charge of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
Upon arrival at the Kabul International Airport, Ján Kubiš told reporters: "I am looking forward to be here in this period of ...

Secret Us, Taliban Negotiations Could Yield Positive Results

Secret Us, Taliban Negotiations Could Yield Positive Results

January 19, 2012

KABUL - The former leader of Taliban's Jaish-ul-Muslimin Movement, Sayed Mohammad Akbar Agha, said on Wednesday that the continuation of secret talks between the US and the Taliban could yield positive results for both sides.
Mr Agha said that the disclosure that talks had taken place provided an ...

Pakistan Rejects U.S. Envoy Visit: Official

Pakistan Rejects U.S.  Envoy Visit: Official

January 19, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has rejected U.S. special envoy Marc Grossman's request to visit the country, a senior official said on Wednesday, highlighting the increased tensions between the uneasy allies.
He did not elaborate on the reasons.
"Ambassador Grossman asked to visit Pakistan but we conveyed to ...

Iranian Businessmen to Invest in Afghanistan

Iranian Businessmen  to Invest in Afghanistan

January 19, 2012

KABUL - Iranian businessmen have expressed enthusiasm about investing in Afghanistan's mines, agriculture and industries.
A delegation of 55 Iranian businessmen interested in participating in joint ventures with Afghan entrepreneurs visited Kabul on Tuesday.
"The technology that Iran has can play an important role in ...

U.S. Should Not Negotiate with Taliban: Romney

U.S. Should Not Negotiate with Taliban: Romney

January 18, 2012

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – US Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney said on Monday the United States should not negotiate with the Taliban and he criticized the Obama administration for efforts to broker secret talks with the Afghan insurgents.
Romney, who has won the first two Republican contests in the race to pick a nominee to face Democratic President Barack Obama in November, strongly rejected any sort of talks with the Taliban.
"The ...

Kabul Grants Islamabad’s Transmission Line Request

Kabul Grants Islamabad’s  Transmission Line Request

January 18, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet on Monday expressed its willingness for electricity exports from Uzbekistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan. At a meeting, chaired by Karzai, the Cabinet discussed a request from the Pakistani embassy for power exports from Uzbekistan through the ...

AIHRC Compiles New Report on Afghan Prisons

AIHRC  Compiles New  Report on  Afghan Prisons

January 18, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission on Tuesday said it has prepared a new report on Afghan prisons and it is concerned about the situation there. The report covers torture and human rights' violations in Afghan detention centers. The commission reviewed all Afghan prisons including the US-run Bagram detention center and found ...

1st Afghan Satellite to Be Launched Next Year

1st Afghan  Satellite to Be Launched Next Year

January 18, 2012

KABUL -The acting telecommunication and information technology minister on Tuesday said a satellite would be launched into space, computerized national identity cards distributed and 3G internet services introduced this year. Amirzai Sangin told a graduation ceremony at the Information and Communication Technology Institute ...

7 Govt. Entities Spend 50pc of Budgets in 10 Months

7 Govt. Entities Spend  50pc of Budgets in 10 Months

January 15, 2012

KABUL - Seven government institutions have been able to use more than 50 percent of their annual development budgets over the past 10 months of the ongoing year, officials said on Saturday. Another five departments could utilize only 34 percent of the yearly funds, the Afghanistan Parliamentary Assistance Project (APAP) said in a statement.
He Independent Election Commission, the Afghanistan Independent Human ...

Women’s Rights Offenders are Enemies of Islam and Humanity: Karzai

Women’s Rights Offenders are Enemies of Islam and Humanity: Karzai

January 15, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Saturday said that some cases of human rights abuses against women have recently emerged that bother human conscience.
A ceremony comprised of Afghan Ulema, Parliament Members and members of civil society, president Karzai called on religious Ulema to deliver ...

Tryingto Improve Transportation System:Najafi

Tryingto Improve  Transportation System:Najafi

January 15, 2012

KABUL - Minister of Transport and Aviation, Dawood Ali Najafi, said that he's trying to improve the situation of ground and air transportation in the country.
He also admitted that his efforts towards providing city buses have failed. He called the flight delays and disruptions a normal thing and ...

ACB Discovers Fake Notes

ACB Discovers  Fake Notes

January 15, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan Central Bank (DAB) announced that it has discovered fake Afghani notes made by a clever group using sophisticated machines.
Head of Afghanistan Central Bank (ACB), Noorullah Delawari, told TOLOnews that one-thousand and five-hundred notes have been forged using ...

CIA and Pentagon not to share Common Metrics

CIA and Pentagon not to share Common Metrics

January 15, 2012

WASHINGTON - A leaked CIA report says the situation in Afghanistan is mired in a stalemate, contradicting recent optimistic Pentagon statements. Robert Farley of the University of Kentucky believes intelligence and the military are looking at different things. ­"There is some division between the intelligence community and ...

Our Afghan Partners Go Missing in Action: US

Our Afghan  Partners Go Missing in Action: US

January 15, 2012

KABUL - A Secret US Army report has undermined a glowing Australian account of the role Afghan forces played in repelling an unprecedented Taliban attack near Australia's main base in Afghanistan.
The 166-page report obtained by The Sunday Age, raises fresh doubts ...

Peace Process Should Have Necessary Safeguards: NATO

Peace Process Should Have  Necessary Safeguards: NATO

January 14, 2012

KABUL - The Non-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Friday voiced its support for an Afghan-led peace campaign, saying an effort headed by foreigners would not deliver the results expected by the people of Afghanistan. "Frankly, a peace process led by foreigners, whoever they might be, would simply not deliver the sort of peace which Afghanistan needs, it has to be Afghan ...

US would Work with Afghanistan: Clinton

US would Work with  Afghanistan: Clinton

January 14, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States would work with Afghanistan under the leadership of its President Hamid Karzai, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday. She is sending her top envoy Marc Grossman to Kabul next week. Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Grossman's ...

Opium Profits Up 133% in 2011: U.N.

Opium Profits Up 133% in 2011: U.N.

January 14, 2012

KABUL - Revenue from opium production in Afghanistan soared by 133 percent last year to about $1.4 billion, or about one-tenth of the country's GDP, according to a United Nations report received Friday.
The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said the price rise was due to a plant disease that wiped out much of the opium crop in 2010. Although ...