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Celebrating the History of U.S.-Afghan Relations

Celebrating the  History of U.S.-Afghan Relations

September 11, 2011

KABUL– On September 7, over one hundred guests joined officials from the U.S. Embassy, the Afghan government, and the international community for the opening of In Small Things Remembered, a photo exhibition that highlights U.S.-Afghan relations from 1911 to the present. This photo exhibition is being funded by the U.S. Department ...

ANA Strength to Reach 195,000 in October

ANA Strength  to Reach 195,000  in October

September 11, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the international community have agreed to raise the number of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers to 195,000 by the end of October, an official said on Saturday.
The ultimate goal was even a higher number, Chief of Army Staff ...

US, Allies Fail to Defeat Terror: MPs

US, Allies Fail to Defeat Terror: MPs

September 11, 2011

KABUL - Some parliamentarians believe the United States of America and its allies have failed to root out terrorism during the 10-year war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.
On September 11, 2001, a number of Al Qaeda-linked individuals hijacked four planes in the US, crashing one of them into the Pentagon ...

Kabul Ready to Help Free Pakistani Children

Kabul Ready to Help Free Pakistani Children

September 11, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan is ready to help release the children kidnapped two weeks ago from the tribal region of Bajaur, the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan said on Saturday.
Pakistani Taliban abducted 25 children from the agency and transferred them to Afghanistan's eastern province of ...

Massoud’s 10th Death Anniversary Marked

Massoud’s 10th Death Anniversary Marked

September 10, 2011

KABUL - The 10th death anniversary of Afghan national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud was marked on Friday with laying of floral wreaths on his grave and a monument in Kabul.
A ceremony, attended by Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, Cabinet members, Acting Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi and ""'Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, was held at the Massoud Square in ...

Clinton, Spanta Confer on Regional Situation

Clinton, Spanta  Confer on Regional  Situation

September 10, 2011

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Afghan National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta discuss a wide range of bilateral and regional issues on Friday.
"The secretary and Afghan national security advisor discussed the full range of bilateral and regional issues in their meeting ...

US Promoting Literacy in Afghanistan: Crocker

US Promoting Literacy in Afghanistan: Crocker

September 10, 2011

KABUL - The United States reiterated on Thursday its commitment to helping Afghans build a better future for themselves through access to education.
Ambassador Ryan Crocker, addressing a function marking International Literacy Day at the US embassy in Kabul, said: "Literacy is more ...

Syed FazlullahWahidi: Security Agencies Lack Coordination

Syed FazlullahWahidi: Security  Agencies Lack Coordination

September 10, 2011

KABUL - Security incidents in eastern Kunar province are a result of inadequate coordination among security agencies, the governor said on Thursday. Syed Fazlullah Wahidi was addressing a gathering of tribal elders, former jihadi commanders and religious scholars from 14 districts of ...

US Says it is Not Seeking Permanent Afghan Bases

US Says it is  Not Seeking Permanent Afghan Bases

September 10, 2011

WASHINGTON - A new strategic partnership is intended to provide a transparent political framework for long-term cooperation between the US and Afghanistan, a State Department spokesperson said on ...

Lavrov Urges NATO to Fight Drugs in Afghanistan

Lavrov Urges NATO to Fight Drugs in Afghanistan

September 08, 2011

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized NATO's refusal to join anti-drug efforts with the post-Soviet security alliance in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Lavrov was referring to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which unites Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, which are transit countries for illicit drugs trafficking from Afghanistan into Europe.
"We want NATO and the CSTO to ...

Crocker Reiterates Continued US-Afghan Partnership

Crocker Reiterates Continued US-Afghan Partnership

September 08, 2011

KABUL - US Ambassador Ryan Crocker has reiterated the importance of a continued US-Afghan partnership after the security transition from foreign troops to local forces.
Meeting with governors from eastern provinces at an Eid celebration hosted by Regional Command (RC)-East Commander Major General Daniel Allyn and Senior Civilian Representative Paul Folmsbee, Crocker emphasized that ...

Negotiations Between Karzai, Insurgents Not Enough: US Scholars

Negotiations Between Karzai, Insurgents Not Enough: US Scholars

September 08, 2011

WASHINGTON - Two eminent American scholars on Tuesday said the negotiations between President Hamid Karzai and elements of the insurgency were not enough to bring peace in Afghanistan, calling for the involvement of other countries for a permanent resolution to the conflict.
"Our judgment is that negotiations between Karzai and elements ...

Chinese Company Likely to Win Afghan Oil Extraction Bid

Chinese Company  Likely to Win Afghan Oil Extraction Bid

September 08, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Mines on Wednesday said that a Chinese company is likely to win an oil extraction bid in northern Afghanistan.
The Chinese company, CNPC International, has offered 15 per cent of oil to the Afghan government - the highest offer to the government -- encouraging the ministry of mines to award the contract to the Chinese ...

WJ Protesters Block Centre of Kabul

WJ Protesters Block Centre of Kabul

September 08, 2011

KABUL - Hundreds of supporters of would-be Afghan lawmakers, declared winners by a court but losers by an election body, blocked a main junction in downtown Kabul on Wednesday with a makeshift camp, the latest scene in a long-running political ...

Hajigak Iron Ore Gets Bids from India, Iran, Canada

Hajigak Iron Ore Gets Bids from India, Iran, Canada

September 08, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's richest iron-ore deposit drew bids from an Indian government-backed group, two Iranian contenders and Canada's Kilo Goldmines Ltd., an Afghan official said.
Afghanistan's mines ministry opened the bids yesterday for the estimated 1.8 billion metric tons of ore at Hajigak, 100 kilometers (60 miles) west ...

Iran Concerned About Dam Construction on Helmand River

Iran Concerned  About Dam Construction on Helmand River

September 08, 2011

KABUL - Foreign ministry in a letter had informed the energy and power ministry about Iran's concern over the construction of a dam on Helmand River, official sources said on Wednesday.
Officials of both the ministries rejecting Iran's concerns said the Kamal Khan Dam would be built at any cost as Afghanistan had the right ...

Govt. and Int’l Community Fail to Counter Narcotics: Senate

Govt. and Int’l Community  Fail to Counter Narcotics: Senate

September 07, 2011

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday said the government and the international community had failed in their efforts to counter narcotics in Afghanistan, asking the authorities concerned to answer questions raised by lawmakers in this regard.
After a prolonged discussion on the issue, the upper house decided to summon the Minister of Counter Narcotics, his deputy and Head of Counter Narcotics at the Attorney General's Office to brief the senate ...

ANA Commandos ConductFirst-Ever Independent Operation

ANA Commandos ConductFirst-Ever  Independent Operation

September 07, 2011

KABUL - A commando unit of the Afghan National Army (ANA) carried out its first ever independent operation targeting a militant group linked to the Haqqani network in central Parwan province, the unit commander said on Monday. Brig. Gen. Dadan Lawang told a press conference in Kabul that the operation was conducted by the first battalion of the commando unit two ...

MTN Foundation, Distributing Furniture to the Local Schools

MTN Foundation,  Distributing Furniture to the Local Schools

September 07, 2011

KABUL - The MTN Foundation started distribution of furniture which included tables, chairs, cupboards and cabinets to some selective governmental schools in Kabul this ...

Kunduz Primarily Military Mission: Hans Hillen

Kunduz Primarily  Military Mission:  Hans Hillen

September 07, 2011

KABUL - The Dutch police training mission in the Afghan province of Kunduz is primarily a military mission. Dutch Defense Minister Hans Hillen made this statement in an interview with this week's issue of current affairs magazine Vrij Nederland. So far, The Hague has emphatically characterized the mission as being civilian in ...

Norway Freezes Afghanistan Aid: Report

Norway Freezes  Afghanistan Aid: Report

September 07, 2011

OSLO - Norway is blocking payments of 300 million crowns ($55.2 million) in aid to Afghanistan until issues surrounding the collapse of the country's biggest private lender, Kabul bank, are resolved, a Norwegian newspaper said on ...

WB Donate $97m for Afghan Irrigation Projects

WB Donate  $97m for Afghan  Irrigation Projects

September 07, 2011

ABUL - The Ministry of Energy and Water on Monday announced that the World Bank (WB) has donated $97m for various irrigation projects across the country. The projects, including construction of canals and water dams, will be implemented in next six years. The projects will develop agriculture ...

Rabbani Assails Taliban for Recruiting Children

Rabbani Assails Taliban for Recruiting Children

September 07, 2011

KABUL - The High Peace Council chief, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, on Tuesday said the Taliban brought devastations to the country by recruiting children in their ranks, a move that tarnished the image of religious schools and scholars. Addressing the second general assembly of Afghanistan's youth ...

Ahadi, Khar Discuss Transit Trade Accord

Ahadi, Khar Discuss Transit Trade Accord

September 07, 2011

KABUL - Afghan commerce and industries minister on Tuesday met with Pakistani foreign minister in Islamabad and discussed with her issues concerning bilateral trade ties and economic ...

Karzai Urges Youth to Focus on Education

Karzai Urges Youth to  Focus on Education

September 07, 2011

KABUL - President Karzai said on Tuesday the Afghan youth have a huge potential and Afghanistan would become the strongest nation of the world if its youth utilized their aptitude for ...

U.S. Must Stay in Afghanistan or Risk More Attacks: Crocker

U.S. Must Stay in Afghanistan  or Risk More Attacks: Crocker

September 06, 2011

KABUL - The United States must keep fighting the Taliban or risk more attacks like those of September 11, 2001, because the insurgent group is a ruthless enemy that has not cut ties to Al-Qaeda, the U.S. ambassador to Kabul said.
Ryan Crocker, a career diplomat who was ambassador in Iraq, also warned the United States would have to spend billions more in the coming years to bolster Afghanistan's government and security forces as its own troops prepare to ...

US Diplomat Visits Emirati Troops in Afghanistan

US Diplomat Visits Emirati Troops  in Afghanistan

September 06, 2011

DUBAI - A senior US diplomat in Afghanistan has visited Emirati troops there, discussing their mission with Yusouf Saif Al Ali, the UAE ambassador in Kabul.
Richard Olson, who until June of this year served as the American ambassador to the UAE, oversees development and economic affairs for the US embassy in Kabul. He praised the Emirati troops, who have served ...

Support Boosted for Women in Govt.

Support  Boosted for Women in Govt.

September 06, 2011

KABUL – Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) vows to further women's participation in state decisions by setting up a resource centre for female officials. UN Women is aiding the Wolesi Jirga in its pledge to set up a resource centre for female parliamentarians, which is set to open in ...

Afghans Seek Trial of Afghan War Criminals

Afghans Seek Trial of Afghan War Criminals

September 06, 2011

KABUL - Following a visit to Afghanistan, a delegation of International Peace Activists expressed their supports for the interference of International Criminal Court (ICC) in regards to the current incidents taking place in the country. The delegation includes experts from the US and Italy, who visited Afghanistan with a slogan ...

Russia Suggests Anti-Drug Plan for Afghanistan

Russia Suggests Anti-Drug  Plan for Afghanistan

September 06, 2011

KABUL - Russia is offering a five-year plan to fight drug production in Afghanistan, the country's head of the federal drugs control service said on Monday.
"The conference should become the follow-up of decisions taken by the four countries' presidents and bring us concrete results," said Viktor Ivanov, the head of the federal drugs control service, told ...

ISAF Begins Delivering Military Supplies to Afghan Forces

ISAF Begins  Delivering Military  Supplies to Afghan Forces

September 06, 2011

KABUL - International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has begun delivering large supplies of military equipment, including aircrafts, to Afghan National Security Forces, ISAF said on Monday.
ISAF Spokesman Gen Carsten Jacobson told a press conference that the program, which will cost $2.7 billion when fully delivered, started in ...

Senate Seeks Elimination of MTA

Senate Seeks  Elimination of MTA

September 05, 2011

KABUL- Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday unanimously asked the Cabinet to eliminate the Military Technical Agreement (MTA) between ISAF and the Afghan government that exempts foreign companies contracting with NATO for logistic supplies from paying taxes.
Inked between ISAF and the government in 2002, the MTA exempts NATO clients from paying taxes levied on all other companies operating in Afghanistan.
The agreement ...

Karzai Denies Use of Extra Force

Karzai Denies  Use of Extra Force

September 05, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai denied ordering the use of extra force at the swearing in of eight replacement Parliament members Saturday.
Hundreds of police officers armed with machine guns blocked the Parliament building in Kabul Saturday morning to keep lawmakers who had been ousted from entering the building, the New York Post ...

Afghanistan Imports 10,000 Tons of Oil from Russia

Afghanistan Imports 10,000 Tons of Oil from Russia

September 05, 2011

KABUL - A major Russian oil company will export 10,000 tons of oil and gas to Afghanistan later this month, the Afghan commerce ministry said on Sunday.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industries hoped that the export of oil will overcome its shortage in Kabul.
This contract was signed between the Afghan government and Russia's Gas ...

Taliban Presence in Bonn Depends on Peace Talks Progress: MoFA

Taliban Presence in Bonn Depends on Peace Talks Progress: MoFA

September 05, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said that the presence of Taliban in Bonn Conference depends on progress by the High Council for Peace. Only one delegation will represent Afghanistan in this conference to be held in early December, said Janan Mosazai, the spokesman for the foreign ...