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Mujaddedi Resigns All Govt. Posts

Mujaddedi Resigns All Govt. Posts

April 02, 2012

KABUL - Former Senate chairman Sibghatullah Mujaddedi on Sunday resigned all his government positions, saying President Hamid Karzai's refusal to appoint him as High Peace Council head was an insult.
The president had failed to consider the sincere views and demands of ...

General Appointed to Take over Bagram Prison

General Appointed to Take over Bagram Prison

April 02, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan named a three star general to take over Bagram prison from the US military and with him, final say over which prisoners are released, an issue with the potential to open another rift in relations between Washington and Kabul.
The issue of the release of any of the 3,200 people held in the ...

Japan Special Envoy for Afghanistan Meets Karzai

Japan Special Envoy for Afghanistan Meets Karzai

April 02, 2012

KABUL - Japan's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Tadamichi Yamamoto said he was optimistic regarding the developments for the preparations of Tokoyo Conference on Afghanistan.
Afghan Presidential Palace following a press release said, Japan's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador ...

Rabbani Successor to be Named Soon: Faizi

Rabbani Successor to be Named Soon: Faizi

April 02, 2012

KABUL - The government would soon nominate a new chief peace negotiator after high-level consultations, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday.
High Peace Council Chairman Burhanuddin Rabbani, also a former president, was assassinated in a suicide bomb attack on his residence ...

Indian, Canadian Firms to Invest $14.6b in Hajigak Iron Mine

Indian, Canadian Firms to Invest $14.6b in Hajigak Iron Mine

April 01, 2012

KABUL - An Indian consortium and a Canadian firm would jointly invest $14.6 billion (729.4 billion afs) in developing the Hajigak iron mine, an official said on Saturday.
The mine in central Bamyan province, which is estimated to hold 1.8 billion tons of high-quality iron ore deposits, was discovered around 50 years ago.
According to the Ministry of Mines, extraction rights for B, C and D blocks of the mine had been given to AFISCO -- an Indian consortium of seven companies, led by the Steel ...

Rights Violations Rise in Eastern Zone

Rights Violations Rise in Eastern Zone

April 01, 2012

JALALABAD - Human rights violations considerably increased in the astern zone last year, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Saturday.
As many as 583 cases of violence against women and 130 other human rights violations were registered last year in the four eastern ...

Qaeda Hatching Another 9/11 From Afghanistan: Crocker

Qaeda Hatching Another 9/11 From Afghanistan: Crocker

April 01, 2012

LONDON - British newspaper The Telegraph has quoted an American ambassador to Kabul, Ryan Crocker claiming that al Qaeda has returned to Afghanistan and is planning to use the war-torn nation as a base to launch another 9/11-style attack on Western countries.
According to American ambassador to Kabul, Ryan Crocker, if the West ...

Reasons for Budget Rejection Yet to be Addressed: MPs

Reasons for Budget Rejection Yet to be Addressed: MPs

April 01, 2012

KABUL - Members of the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of Parliament, on Saturday said changes to the proposed annual budget did not address the basic reasons for its rejection.
On March 18, the assembly rejected the budget due to uneven allocations to provinces and a hefty $80 million bailout package for ...

41 Taliban Killed, 17 Held in Operations

41 Taliban Killed, 17 Held in Operations

April 01, 2012

SHARANA - At least 33 rebels were killed in southeastern Paktika province over the past two weeks and another eight in the last 24 hours in various provinces, officials said on Saturday.
An operation that was launched on March 20 in different areas of Paktika by Afghan security forces ended on Friday, Gen. Zmarai, the ...

US Sets Terms for Taliban’s Release from Gitmo

US Sets Terms for Taliban’s Release from Gitmo

April 01, 2012

KABUL - The High Peace Council on Saturday said the US had agreed to the release of five Taliban leaders from the Guantanamo Bay prison if they promised not to ret urn to the insurgency.
The US has agreed to free and transfer the Taliban prisoners to Qatar to meet their families there, but had some concerns, the council advisor ...

listair Burt: Afghan Govt. must Tighten up on Corruption

listair Burt: Afghan Govt. must Tighten up on Corruption

March 31, 2012

KABUL - Britain does not believe the Afghan government it backs is taking the fight against corruption as seriously as it should, and future aid could be linked to anti-graft progress, a British minister said on Thursday.
After a decade of war and billions of dollars in aid, corruption in Afghanistan is rampant and violence is spreading even into once-peaceful areas as Western forces begin to draw down combat troops ahead of an end-2014 pullout.
"We're not at all convinced at the moment that it has the ...

Michael Sheehan: US will Continue to Pound Al-Qaeda Bases

Michael Sheehan: US will Continue  to Pound Al-Qaeda Bases

March 31, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Wednesday it would continue to bomb Al Qaeda positions in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with President Barack Obama retaining his right to take unilateral action to protect his countrymen.
"Quite frankly, also at the end of the day the president is

US to Rely on India if Pak Doesn't Open NATO Supply Route: Pentagon

US to Rely on India if Pak Doesn't Open NATO Supply Route: Pentagon

March 31, 2012

WASHINGTON - US will have to default and rely on India and Northern Distribution network if Pakistan does not open up its crucial Afghan supply route, a top Pentagon official told lawmakers today.
However, the Pentagon official testifying before a Congressional subcommittee did not gave details of the Indian network, on which it ...

Taliban Trying to Mount Pressure on US: MPs

Taliban Trying to Mount Pressure on US: MPs

March 31, 2012

KABUL - Some parliamentarians on Thursday said the Taliban had suspended peace negotiations in a bid to mount to pressure on the United States to accept their demands.
On March 15, the insurgent movement announced suspending talks with the US until the Americans come up with clear stance on key ...

Russia Supports SCO Observer Status for Afghanistan

Russia Supports SCO Observer Status for Afghanistan

March 31, 2012

BEIJING - Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov backed plans for giving Afghanistan observer status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday March 30, following an SCO security meeting in Beijing, RIA Novosti reported.
Russia "reaffirmed support ...

Pak MPs Oppose NATO Arms Supply

Pak MPs Oppose NATO Arms Supply

March 31, 2012

ISLAMABAD - A majority of Pakistani parliamentarians Friday urged the government not to allow transportation of arms and ammunition to foreign forces in Afghanistan, Xinhua reported.
Participating in a debate over whether or not to reopen the supply lines for the US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan, the parliamentarians ...

US to Consider a Range of Options against Pakistan

US to Consider a Range of Options against Pakistan

March 31, 2012

WASHINGTON - Adopting a policy of carrot and stick, the Pentagon leader on Thursday said a military-to-military relationship with Pakistan was improving.
But another defense official told Congressmen the US would consider a "range of options" against Pakistan if it did not take ...

Afghan, Americans Tired of War: Panetta

Afghan, Americans Tired of War: Panetta

March 29, 2012

WASHINGTON - After more than a decade of the anti-terrorism campaign, the Afghans and Americans were tired of war, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday.
“We've been through 10 years of war in the United States, and there's no question that the American people are tired of war, just as the Afghan people are tired of war,” Panetta told reports.
At a joint media availability with his Canadian counterpart, the secretary said: “I think the American people understand why we're engaged in Afghanistan. 9/11 represented an ...

Spring, Summer Operations will be ‘Unique’: ISAF Commander

Spring, Summer Operations will be ‘Unique’: ISAF Commander

March 29, 2012

WASHINGTON -Spring and summer will offer “unique operational conditions” in Afghanistan as the security transition there gains momentum, the commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said here Mar. 26.
In remarks at the Brookings Institution, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen said the U.S. force will return to a pre-surge level of about ...

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 ...