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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 ...

Turkish Engineers Set Free After Eight Months in Taliban Captivity

Turkish Engineers Set Free After  Eight Months in Taliban Captivity

September 05, 2011

KABUL - Four Turkish engineers were freed by the Taliban in eastern Paktia province on Sunday after eight months in their captivity when tribal leaders intervened.
The construction engineers who were kidnapped last December in Paktia were handed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the ...

Afghan Boy Memorized Quran in Just 8 Months

Afghan Boy  Memorized Quran  in Just 8 Months

September 05, 2011

KABUL - According to Hamidullah Noruz, head of the council of Ghazni Province, the child prodigy started memorization of the Quran's verses when he was 5 years old.
He noted that the council has requested Afghan president to provide an opportunity for the child to continue his studies in one of the Islamic ...

Troops Must Head Out of Afghanistan: Senator

Troops Must Head Out of Afghanistan: Senator

September 05, 2011

>WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, back from his second trip to Afghanistan within 18 months, says he saw or heard nothing to change his mind that U.S. military forces should be headed out even quicker than President Obama announced back in June.
Although he praised U.S. diplomats and troops, the Oregon Democrat said ...

Unseated MPs Not Allowed to Parliament

Unseated MPs Not  Allowed to Parliament

September 04, 2011

KABUL - Hundreds of security forces have surrounded the parliament compound to forcefully replace nine MPs who were unseated by the electoral body last month.
The military move apparently comes after President Hamid Karzai failed to end up with a political deal with the majority-members of the parliament who oppose any changes in the house.
The lower house has been split over the dispute as around ...

War on Terror Still to Be Won: Angela Merkel

War on Terror  Still to Be Won:  Angela Merkel

September 04, 2011

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the fight against terrorism has still to be won a decade on from the 9/11 attacks as she defended Germany's participation in the Afghan conflict Saturday.
"Osama bin Laden is dead, but terrorism has not yet been defeated," Merkel said in her weekly video ...

Under Guard, Lawmakers are Sworn in Kabul

Under Guard, Lawmakers  are Sworn in Kabul

September 04, 2011

KABUL - The speaker of Parliament on Saturday swore in eight of nine new members reinstated last month by the country's election commission, as hundreds of police armed with riot gear and machine guns blocked the entrance to the building to keep out members who had been replaced by the commission's ...

NATO Kills Ex-Gitmo Detainee

NATO Kills  Ex-Gitmo Detainee

September 04, 2011

KANDAHAR - Canada's largest engineering company has been selected to help repair a failing dam in Afghanistan, Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda said in Kandahar Sunday.
Oda made the announcement with the Kandahar governor at the Canadian Forward operating base Frontenac — within eyesight of the Dahla Dam.
She said Quebec-based SNC-Lavalin has been ...

Canadian Engineering Firm to Repair Afghan Dam

Canadian  Engineering Firm to Repair Afghan Dam

September 04, 2011

KANDAHAR - Canada's largest engineering company has been selected to help repair a failing dam in Afghanistan, Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda said in Kandahar Sunday.
Oda made the announcement with the Kandahar governor at the Canadian Forward operating base Frontenac — within eyesight of the Dahla Dam.
She said Quebec-based SNC-Lavalin has ...

Russia Interested to Build Infrastructures in Afghanistan

Russia Interested to Build Infrastructures in Afghanistan

September 04, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Finance on Saturday said that after Russia expressed willingness to fund infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, the ministry has decided to propose some projects to the country.
According to the Ministry the Russian government is committed to provide approximately 500 million ...

Afghan, Pakistan, Tajik Welcome Russia’s Interest in TAPI Project

Afghan, Pakistan, Tajik Welcome Russia’s Interest in TAPI Project

September 04, 2011

MOSCOW - Kabul, Islamabad and Dushanbe Saturday welcomed Russia's interest in joining the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project linking the four countries.
"The sides welcome Russia's interest towards participation in the implementation of the project to build a Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- ...

Omar: Taliban Not to Participate in Bonn Conference

Omar: Taliban Not to Participate in Bonn Conference

September 03, 2011

KABUL - Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar said in an Eid message that the coming Bonn Conference is symbolic and the Taliban will not participate in it. Afghanistan will not be represented by genuine representatives of Afghans in Bonn Conference, Mullah Mohammad Omar said in an Eid message to Afghans.
But President Hamid Karzai's Office said that the Bonn Conference is ...

Petraeus: Need to Maintain Pressure on Al-Qaeda

Petraeus: Need to Maintain Pressure on Al-Qaeda

September 03, 2011

WASHINGTON - There is need to maintain pressure on Al Qaeda, General David Petraeus, said Wednesday in his farewell speech to the US Army where he served for 37 years.
Petraeus, who till recently was the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, is now headed to become the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency ...

Russia to Further Extend Cooperation with Afghanistan: Medvedev

Russia to Further  Extend Cooperation with Afghanistan: Medvedev

September 03, 2011

DUSHANBE - Russia is ready to further promote cooperation with Afghanistan, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in Tajikistan on Friday.
"We are ready to promote our cooperation with Afghanistan in the economic sphere, and in maintaining our political, security and ...

Presidents Meet on Foreign Military Presence in Afghanistan

Presidents Meet  on Foreign Military  Presence in Afghanistan

September 03, 2011

DUSHANBE - The presidents of Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan met in Tajikistan on Friday and agreed that steps to downsize the foreign military presence in Afghanistan should be accompanied by the international coalition's joint efforts.
In a joint declaration ...

Karzai, Zardari Vow to Accelerate Anti-Terror Fight

Karzai, Zardari  Vow to Accelerate  Anti-Terror Fight

September 03, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, on Friday vowed to accelerate efforts at countering terrorism in their two neighboring countries.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the third quadrilateral summit of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Russian Federation ...

Saudi King Supports Afghan Peace Efforts

Saudi King Supports Afghan Peace Efforts

August 29, 2011

KABUL - Saudi King announced support to Afghanistan's peace efforts during a meeting with President Hamid Karzai.
President Karzai held meetings with King Abdullah and senior officials in Riyadh to discuss peace and security in Afghanistan.
"They discussed international efforts to achieve security and stability in Afghanistan as well as the prospects for cooperation between the two countries," officials...

Drought Hits 200,000 Families

Drought Hits 200,000 Families

August 29, 2011

KABUL - Around 200,000 families have been hit by drought nationwide, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) said on Sunday.
Officials in MAIL said while wheat crop has been the same compared to last year, but poor harvest of rain-fed wheat in a number of provinces has caused food shortages. MAIL is planning to start grain distribution ...

Govt.to Curb Wedding Costs

Govt.to Curb  Wedding Costs

August 29, 2011

KABUL - The City Star wedding hall in Kabul was a blaze of sparkling lights, welcoming the fancily-dressed guests thronging to a wedding ceremony.
Stepping out of an expensive car, one young woman dressed in the latest fashion asked, "Why shouldn't people fulfill their wishes? Life is too short. Why do people earn money if not to spend it on ...

Quadrilateral Conference to Begin in Tajikistan Soon

Quadrilateral Conference to  Begin in Tajikistan Soon

August 29, 2011

KABUL - The third quadrilateral conference among Russia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan is due to begin in five days in Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
The conference is aimed at strengthening relations, joint fight against terrorism and drug smuggling and maintenance of peace in the region, a senior official in Afghan ministry of foreign affairs ...

Anti-Terrorism Court Soon: Nabeel

Anti-Terrorism Court  Soon: Nabeel

August 29, 2011

KABUL - The National Directorate of Security chief on Sunday told the Senate that an anti-terrorism court would soon be established.
Rahmatullah Nabeel, who was summoned by the ""'Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament, told reporters he had taken up the issue with President Hamid Karzai and the Supreme Court chief justice. The two ...

Kabulis Urged to Help Police Maintain Security for Eid

Kabulis Urged to Help Police Maintain Security for Eid

August 29, 2011

KABUL - The Kabul police asked parents to stop their children from using firecrackers, driving fast, and brawling during the three days of Eid-ul -Fitr.
The use of firecrackers or other explosives could create confusion for the people and problems for the police, a statement issued by the 101st Asmayee Police Zone ...

U.S. Embassy Condemns Violence in Helmand and Kandahar

U.S. Embassy Condemns Violence in Helmand and Kandahar

August 29, 2011

KABUL - The United States condemns Sunday's attacks in Helmand and Kandahar provinces. A press statement released on Sunday stated "Our condolences go out to the families of the victims of these violent acts, including a suicide bombing in Helmand and twin suicide bombings in Kandahar, which took the lives of many innocent civilians and injured ...

Afghanistan Hasn’t Received All Funds Committed By Donors: MoF

Afghanistan Hasn’t Received All Funds Committed By Donors: MoF

August 28, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan has only received $57 billion out of $69 billion committed by the International Community to the country, finance minister said on Saturday.
Finance Minister, Omar Zakhilwal, told a news conference that only 18 percent of the whole $57 billion that has been flowed into Afghanistan as part of international community's grant to the country has been spent through the government budget.
And the remaining 82 percent of the ...