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EU Eyes Partnership Pact with Afghanistan

EU Eyes Partnership Pact with Afghanistan

November, 15 2011

BRUSSELS - The European Union agreed Monday to negotiate a partnership pact with Afghanistan including counter-terrorism, development and fighting drugs, ahead of the departure of NATO combat troops in 2014.
EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels gave the European Commission and EU chief diplomat Catherine Ashton a mandate to negotiate a "Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development" with the Afghan ...

Taliban Claims to Leak Afghan Jirga Security Plan

Taliban Claims to Leak Afghan Jirga Security Plan

November, 15 2011

KABUL - The Taliban in Afghanistan have published what they claim is a top secret government security plan for a landmark assembly of tribal elders expected to decide on future ties with the US this week.
The alleged plan, published on the Taliban's website late Sunday, features a satellite map of the venue where the event will take place, mobile phone numbers of top security officials ....

India, UN to Host Meeting to Curb Drug Trade

India, UN to Host Meeting to Curb Drug Trade

November, 15 2011

KABUL - In association with the UN, India is hosting a 'working group meeting on precursors' to curb heroin smuggling from Afghanistan and illicit trade in precursor chemicals.
The meeting will be held on November 14-15 with the support of the ...

Afghan-US Strategic Partnership Not Finalised: Spanta

Afghan-US Strategic Partnership Not Finalised: Spanta

November, 15 2011

KABUL - National Security Advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, while speaking at the House of Representatives on Monday, said that the talks between Afghanistan and the United States of America over the long term strategic agreement have not been finalised ...

Taliban Leaders Lose Control Over Fighters: ISAF

Taliban Leaders Lose Control Over Fighters: ISAF

November, 15 2011

KABUL - The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday said recent militant attacks targeting civilians indicated the Taliban ...

Jirga, A Violation of Afghan Constitution: Abdullah

Jirga, A Violation of Afghan Constitution: Abdullah

November, 14 2011

KABUL - The leader of Change and Hope Coalition Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said that holding the Traditional Jirga is a clear violation of law and it's decisions are unacceptable.
The Traditional Jirga undermines the authority of the Afghan Parliament, he added.
An Afghan traditional Jirga will be held on November 16th to discuss Afghan-US Strategic Agreement.
"It doesn't have any legal base, it's against the Afghan ...

Obama, Medvedev Discuss Iran, Afghanistan, Syria

Obama, Medvedev Discuss Iran, Afghanistan, Syria

November, 14 2011

HONOLULU - President Barack Obama said he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed Afghanistan, Iran and Syria, among other topics, in their meeting on Saturday.
Obama said he and Medvedev "reaffirmed our intention to work and shape a common response so we can move Iran to follow its international ...

Ministers to Discuss Strategy for Afghanistan

Ministers to Discuss Strategy for Afghanistan

November, 14 2011

KABUL - National foreign ministers will discuss Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and the Horn of Africa when they meet in Brussels on Monday (14 ...

US-Afghan Strategic Partnership A Binding Agreement: Allen

US-Afghan Strategic Partnership A Binding Agreement: Allen

November, 14 2011

KABUL - The post-2014 US presence in Afghanistan would be limited to intelligence gathering, special operations capabilities and training of the Afghan forces, the top US commander in Afghanistan said.
In an exclusive interview with Tolo news, Gen. John Allen, the commander of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ...

Senators Doubt on Loya Jirga’s Success

Senators Doubt on Loya Jirga’s Success

November, 14 2011

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of parliament, members on Sunday said that participants of the traditional Loya Jirga should have been provided with enough information on the proposed strategic agreement with the US ahead of holding the grand assembly. The jirga is called into session on Wednesday (November 16) to ...

Afghanistan Wants Indian Investments: Singh

Afghanistan Wants Indian Investments: Singh

November, 14 2011

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has sought Indian investment in his country's mine sector, especially in the iron ore mines.
Singh and Karzai held talks on the sidelines of the just concluded SAARC summit in the Maldives.
Speaking to journalists on his way back to New Delhi, Singh said on ...

India, Pakistan Trust Each Other Completely: Khar

India, Pakistan Trust Each Other Completely: Khar

November, 14 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Sunday struck a positive note on the future of Indo-Pak relations, saying the "trust deficit is zero or it has shrunk to a large extent" after the meeting between two Prime Ministers in Maldives. When Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart ...

Afghan Air Force Grows

Afghan Air Force Grows

November, 14 2011

WASHINGTON - The Afghan Army Air Force continues to grow. In the last year it has gained a thousand personnel (for a total of 5,000), and 26 aircraft (for a total of 66, mostly Mi-17 transports and Mi-35 gunships helicopters). In addition to the helicopters there are also Russian transports abd Italian transports and some ...

Hundreds of UK Troops to Remain: Defence Chief

Hundreds of UK Troops to Remain: Defence Chief

November, 14 2011

LONDON - Hundreds of British soldiers will remain in Afghanistan after the UK pulls troops out of fighting roles, the British Chief of the Defence Staff said. The Government wants combat soldiers to leave the war-zone by 2015, but has said some troops will remain to support and train Afghan ...

Loya Jirga Not Postponed: Safya Saddiqui

Loya Jirga Not Postponed: Safya Saddiqui

November, 13 2011

KABUL - A spokesperson for the Loya Jirga on Saturday said the grand assembly would take place as planned, brushing aside the rumors that the event had been postponed.
More than 2,000 government officials and elders are scheduled to meet on November 16 in Kabul to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed US-Afghanistan strategic partnership agreement. The gathering will also confer on a mechanism for peace negotiations with Afghan ...

Registration for Traditional Loya Jirga Begins

Registration for Traditional Loya Jirga Begins

November, 13 2011

>KABUL - Registration has commenced for the participants of the traditional Loya Jirga scheduled to be convened on Wednesday to discuss the pros and cons of a proposed strategic partnership agreement between Afghanistan and the US and peace mechanism, officials said. Afghan influential figures from across the country, Canada, Norway ...

U.S. Must ‘Get Tough’ with Pakistan: Envoy

U.S. Must ‘Get Tough’ with Pakistan: Envoy

November, 13 2011

SYDENY - The international community should work to reestablish Afghanistan as a buffer state, former U.S. Ambassador Peter Tomsen told an audience at the World Affairs Council on Wednesday in Seattle. However, Tomsen also made clear that peace will remain elusive as long as Pakistan provides sanctuary for insurgent groups. As he promoted his new book The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic ...

Karzai for Loya Jirga as Scheduled

Karzai for Loya Jirga as Scheduled

November, 13 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday the upcoming Loya Jirga should be held as scheduled, his office said. In a meeting with political figures and high ranking government officials at the Presidential Palace, the President discussed in detail preparations for the November 16 grand assembly, which has been called ...

Muqbil Wants Pace of Anti-Poppy Drive Accelerated

Muqbil Wants Pace of Anti-Poppy Drive Accelerated

November, 13 2011

FAIZABAD - Counternarcotics Minister on Saturday said poppy crops grown over about 1,279 hectares of land in two districts of northeastern Badakhshan province were yet to be eradicated.
Zrar Ahmad Muqbil, during a visit to the mountainous province, told local officials that 617 hectares of land was cultivated with poppy ...

Militants Pasting Night Letters Held in Nangarhar

Militants Pasting Night Letters Held in Nangarhar

November, 13 2011

>JALALABAD - Three armed militants pasting night letters on walls were detained in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Saturday. The three were detained in Rodat district on Friday night by police during a patrol, the town's administrative head, Hazrat Khan Khaksar, told ...

Chamkani Remains Paralysed for Second Day

Chamkani Remains Paralysed for Second Day

November, 13 2011

GARDEZ - Government offices and the bazaar in Chamkani district of southeastern Paktia province remained closed for a second day after a brazen suicide and gun attack on a government building.
Three policemen were killed when a group of five Taliban suicide bombers attacked the headquarters of Samkani district on Thursday near ...

100 Hectares of Kunduz Forests Lost in 3 Years

100 Hectares of Kunduz Forests Lost in 3 Years

November, 13 2011

KUNDUZ CITY - Agriculture officials say forest spread over more than 100 hectares of land in northern Kunduz province has been lost in just past three years due to illegal cutting of trees by residents and gunmen.
Kunduz has around 40,000 hectares of forests containing fruit and non-fruit bearing trees in Imam Sahib, Qala-i-Zal, Chahar Dara and ...

Bamyan Inmates Complain About Overcrowding

Bamyan Inmates Complain About Overcrowding

November, 13 2011

BAMYAN CITY- Prisoners at an overcrowded jail in central Bamyan province complain they are unable to sleep well at night due to a lack of space. Nearly 200 men are held at the facility housed in a rented building in the Sar-Asiab area of Bamyan city. Hailing from Bamyan, Daikundi and Maidan Wardak provinces, the inmates are serving their jail terms for committing crimes such as ...

US, Pak Militaries Agree on Terms to Control Afghan Cross Border Attacks

US, Pak Militaries Agree on Terms to Control Afghan Cross Border Attacks

November, 13 2011

ISLAMABAD - Military chiefs of the US and Pakistan met on Friday and agreed to increase cooperation to curtail cross-border movement of terrorists on the Pak-Afghan border.
A statement issued after a meeting between Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and General James N Mattis, Commander US ...

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November, 13 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan removed restrictions on the import of 12 goods from India as part of measures to normalize trade between the nuclear-armed rivals, Pakistani officials said on Saturday.
Pakistan has long been reluctant to open up trade with its neighbor ...

171 MPs Intend to Attend Loya Jirga

171 MPs Intend to Attend Loya Jirga

November, 13 2011

KABUL - The number of Wolesi Jirga members, intending to take part in this month's Loya Jirga, has reached 171, but still others MPs stand firm on their previous decision of staying away from the event.
More than 2,000 government officials and elders are scheduled to meet on November 16 in Kabul to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed ...

New Coalition; National Front Comes into Being

New Coalition; National Front Comes into Being

November, 12 2011

Kabul, November 11, 2011 : A new political coalition consists of strong parties and figures announced its presence among the hundred of its supporters. Yesterday, Ahamd Zia Massoud, the ex senior vice president and the brother of legendary commander of anti soviet and Taliban commander, Hahi Mohammad Mohaqiq, the leader of People's Unity Party of Afghanistan, General Abdur Rashid Dostum, the founder of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan (Junbish), Amrullah saleh, the ...

Obama Seeks to Hitch U.S. Economy to Asian Growth

Obama Seeks to Hitch U.S. Economy to Asian Growth

November, 12 2011

WASHINGTON - With Europe mired in crisis, President Barack Obama is launching a charm offensive this week to hitch the U.S. economy to growth opportunities in Asia that he hopes can help power the recovery he needs for re-election. Obama, who was born in Hawaii and spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, will host Asian leaders including Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Honolulu this ...

Deals with India, US Pose No Threat to Neighbours: Karzai

Deals with India, US Pose No Threat to Neighbours: Karzai

November, 12 2011

>KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has said a strategic partnership with India and talks for a similar deal with the United States posed no threat to his country's neighbours. Karzai told leaders of South Asian nations at a regional summit in Addu, the Maldives, that the India agreement along with talks it was ...

Clinton Declares "America's Pacific Century"

Clinton Declares

November, 12 2011

HONOLULU - With the United States facing a multipronged challenge from China, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared Thursday that the 21st century will be "America's Pacific century" and said the region's problems require U.S. leadership. While stressing that the Obama administration will seek improved tie

SCO Prepares for Afghan Reconstruction

SCO Prepares for Afghan Reconstruction

November, 10 2011

BEIJING - The Shanghai Cooperation Organization's role in Afghanistan will only become more important as time goes on, especially after most of NATO's combat forces exit the country, analysts say.
The organization, which advocates fighting against the "Three Evil Forces"- terrorism, religious extremism and regional separatism - held its 10th annual prime ministers' meeting on Monday.
"It is evidently in the US' strategy in the run up to its exit ...

President Karzai Leaves for Maldivesto Attend SAARC Summit

President Karzai Leaves for Maldivesto Attend SAARC Summit

November, 10 2011

KABUL - Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan left Wednesday for a two-day visit to Maldives to attend the 17th SAARC Summit of the Heads of State.
The President is scheduled to deliver a speech in the Summit where he would highlight Afghanistan's vision for expanded political, economic, cultural and social interaction and cooperation in South Asia. Enhanced ...

Kazakhstan, US to Enhance Cooperation in Restoration of Afghan Economy

Kazakhstan, US to Enhance Cooperation in Restoration of Afghan Economy

November, 10 2011

KABUL - Kazakhstan and the United States plan to enhance interaction to guarantee international security and restoration of the Afghan economy, an official at the Kazakhstani Foreign Ministry said, summing up results of Tuesday's talks between Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov and the US Ambassador to the republic, Kenneth ...

Australian Prime Minister Visits Afghanistan

Australian Prime Minister Visits Afghanistan

November, 10 2011

KABUL - Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard on Sunday made a surprise visit to Afghanistan and met with Australian troops stationed here. The Australian Premier also met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
She flew into Trinkowt of Kandahar province to share a barbecue lunch with some of the 1,550 Australian soldiers stationed in the southern ...

Security Arrangements in Place Ahead of Loya Jirga

Security Arrangements in Place Ahead of Loya Jirga

November, 10 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior officials say special security arrangements have been carried out ahead of the November 16 tradition consultative Loya Jirga discussing the proposed strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the US. The four-day assembly is expected to be attended by more than 2,000 ...