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Istanbul Conference ShouldAddress Economic, Security Needs

Istanbul Conference ShouldAddress Economic, Security Needs

November, 02 2011

KABUL - National and international development and humanitarian aid agencies working in Afghanistan on Tuesday said it was essential that social, economic and security needs of ordinary Afghan men, women and children were at the forefront of the agenda of Istanbul conference. The joint statement was issued by Action Contre ...

weapAfghans Ready forSecurity Switch in North

weapAfghans Ready forSecurity Switch in North

November, 02 2011

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - Security officials in the north on Tuesday said they were ready for the second phase of security transition.
Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, the 303rd Pamir Police Zone spokesman, told reporters that security forces had launched 25 independent and 36 ...

US, UNCondemn KandaharAttack

US, UNCondemn KandaharAttack

November, 02 2011

WASHINGTON - The United States and the United Nations on Monday condemned the attack on a UN office in southern Kandahar province, vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.
A group of suicide assailants, armed with heavy and light weapons, attacked the United Nation Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in the second police district of Kandahar City a day ...

UN Urges Investment in Afghan Girls, Women

UN Urges Investment in Afghan Girls, Women

November, 01 2011

KABUL - With the world population set to reach seven billion people, the United Nations on Monday called for focus on Afghan girls' health and education, calling the spending the smartest investments a country can make.
In a report, the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) said people less than 25 years old mad up almost 70 percent of Afghanistan's total population. With health, education and opportunities, girls and women could contribute fully to their societies and help ...

Karzai Participates in a Trilateral Summit in Turkey

Karzai Participates in a Trilateral Summit in Turkey

November, 01 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai left Kabul for Turkey on Monday to participate in the Istanbul conference on bringing security and economic stability to Afghanistan, an official said. Several Cabinet ministers, advisors to the president and journalists are accompanying Karzai on the trip, a spokesman for the Ministry of

ANSF Replace Americans on Baghlan Bases

ANSF Replace Americans on Baghlan Bases

November, 01 2011

PUL-I-KHUMRI - The security responsibility for seven bases in the Dand-i-Shabudin area of northern Baghlan province was transferred to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) from US Special Forces on Monday, officials said. Afghan National Army (ANA) commandos and local police forces replaced Americans on the bases, Col. Sayed Zamanudin Hussaini, the provincial ...

US Seeks ISI Role in Talks with Haqqanis

US Seeks ISI Role in Talks with Haqqanis

November, 01 2011

KABUL - Despite their stringent criticism of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for aiding Haqqani militants, Americans are seeking help from Pakistan's spy service in ending the Afghan war and promoting reconciliation, a leading US newspaper reported on Monday. During her visit to Kabul and Islamabad earlier in the ...

Mixed Expectations Ahead of Istanbul Conference

Mixed Expectations Ahead of Istanbul Conference

November, 01 2011

KABUL - Some Afghans believe the Istanbul conference would bring no positive change to Afghanistan's security situation, but others expect key decisions on the country's future.
The regional cooperation conference will deliberate on issues related to security transition, including the recruitment, training, and equipment of Afghan forces, as well as the reconciliation ...

MPs Want Hajj Minister Summoned

MPs Want Hajj Minister Summoned

November, 01 2011

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga, lower house of Parliament, members on Monday accused the hajj and Islamic affairs minister of failing to do his job well and summoned him to answer lawmakers' questions regarding his performance. The ministry had received fees from a number of intending pilgrims, but failed to send them to Saudi Arabia for the ...

Turkey to Try to Smooth Relations Between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Turkey to Try to Smooth Relations Between Afghanistan and Pakistan

November, 01 2011

ISTANBUL - Turkey will try to calm tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan in two days of high-level talks in Istanbul that start today (Tuesday) and form part of international efforts to map out a future for Afghanistan after the departure of Western troops in 2014. Hopes for a success of the Istanbul talks are low, given the level of ...

US Military Bases to Fuel Insecurity: Iran

US Military Bases to Fuel Insecurity: Iran

October 31, 2011

HERAT CITY - The Iranian consul general in western Herat province on Sunday said the proposed permanent US military bases could further deteriorate Afghanistan's security situation.
Addressing a news conference on recent developments in the strategic cooperation deal between Afghanistan and the United States, Rahim Mohammadi Yakta said foreigners had failed to bring peace to Afghanistan over the past 10 ...

Afghanistan to Ink Strategic Agreement with France

Afghanistan to Ink Strategic Agreement with France

October 31, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan is to sign a strategic agreement with France ahead of the Istanbul conference, Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
According to the MoFA, it has received a copy of the agreement from the French Foreign Ministry.
Based on the agreement, Paris is committed to continue supporting Afghanistan in different fields even ...

Barakzai Seeks Security Switch in Insecure Areas

Barakzai Seeks Security Switch in Insecure Areas

October 31, 2011

KABUL - Members of Wolesi Jirga's Defense Commission on Sunday said the second phase of security transfer should focus on insecure provinces, believing public support was vital to making the project a success.
The process began on July 17 and is expected to be completed by the ...

Aiming Low at Istanbul Meeting on Afghanistan Security

Aiming Low at Istanbul Meeting on Afghanistan Security

October 31, 2011

KABUL - Western officials are not setting the bar very high for Afghan diplomats who will meet regional counterparts in Istanbul this week, the first of two conferences that will go a long way to shaping the future of international involvement in ...

277 Students Being Sent to Turkey for Higher Education

277 Students Being Sent to Turkey for Higher Education

October 31, 2011

KABUL - More than 270 students and government servants would go to Turkey to continue higher studies in that country, Ministry of Higher Education officials said on Sunday.
Speaking at a ceremony in Kabul, the foreign relation department head at the ministry, Syed Shershah Sadat, said 199 of the 277 were students who secured good marks in last year's entry ...

‘Significant Risk’ Still Involved in Afghan Training Mission: Harper

‘Significant Risk’ Still Involved in Afghan Training Mission: Harper

October 31, 2011

KABUL - There is no way for Canadian military personnel to work in Afghanistan without "significant risks," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today in the wake of the death of a soldier in Kabul.
When it announced that Canada would end its combat mission this year ...

WB to Rehabilitate Two Key Dams

WB to Rehabilitate Two Key Dams

October 31, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Water and Energy on Sunday signed an agreement with a private construction company for the reconstruction of Naghlu and Mahipar hydroelectric dams.
Funded by the World Bank, the project was estimated to cost $15 million (718 million afghanis) and would take 18 months to complete, ...

No Peace Talks Unless US Changes ‘Dual-Faced Policies’: Taliban

No Peace Talks Unless US Changes ‘Dual-Faced Policies’: Taliban

October 31, 2011

KARACHI - A Taliban spokesperson has said unequivocally that reconciliation dialogue cannot be held unless the United States abandons its "dual-faced policies" on Afghanistan.
"On the one hand, it talks about pursuing peace dialogue but on ...

Kabul Suicide Bomb Kills 13 Foreign Troops

Kabul Suicide Bomb Kills 13 Foreign Troops

October, 30 2011

KABUL - A suicide car bomber killed 13 foreign troops in Afghan Kabul on Saturday, the deadliest single ground attack in 10 years of war in Afghanistan."We can confirm that 13 International Security Assistance Force members have died," said a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), giving no further details.
Earlier, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said three civilians and a police officer had been killed in the attack.
Excluding helicopter crashes, it ...

1st Phase of Security Transition Reviewed

1st Phase of Security Transition Reviewed

October, 30 2011

KABUL - The Security Transition Board on Saturday reviewed the first trash of transfer and decided to brief President Hamid Karzai a day later on the second phase of process, officials said. Chaired by Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, head of the transition commission, the meeting was attended by ministers of interior and defense, the ISAF commander and the NATO civilian representative in ...

Terror Group Busted in Kabul: NDS

Terror Group Busted in Kabul: NDS

October, 30 2011

A terrorist group, planning to attack the Gul Bahar Trade Centre and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office, has been arrested by intelligence operatives in Kabul, an official said on Saturday. With the arrest, a huge terrorist bid had been prevented in the capital city, the NDS spokesman, Lutfullah Mashal, told a news ...

Sharp Drop in Afghans Returning from Pakistan: UN

Sharp Drop in Afghans Returning from Pakistan: UN

October, 30 2011

KABUL - The number of Afghan refugees returning home from Pakistan fell by almost 60 percent this year, the United Nations' refugee agency said Saturday, reflecting the reluctance of many to return to the war-ravaged country where security concerns abound a decade after a U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban. The UNHCR said that 60,000 Afghans have returned so far this year ...

35 Poppy Growers Detained in Nimroz

35 Poppy Growers Detained in Nimroz

October, 30 2011

ZARANJ - Security forces detained 35 farmers on the charge of cultivating the illicit poppy crop in their fields in southwestern Nimroz province, officials said on Saturday. The arrests were made in Khashrod district following repeated warnings to farmers against growing the banned plant, the district ...

Over 60,000 Refugees Return Home this Year

Over 60,000 Refugees Return Home this Year

October, 30 2011

KABUL - More than 60,000 refugees have returned home under the UNHCR's voluntary return operation during the current so far, the UN agency said on Saturday. The returnees included 43,000 from Pakistan and over 17,000 from Iran, the UNHCR said, adding the Pakistan return figure was 59 percent ...

MPs Call for Probe into 2007 Baghlan Deaths

MPs Call for Probe into 2007 Baghlan Deaths

October, 30 2011

KABUL - Parliamentarians on Saturday renewed their call for an investigation into a 2007 suicide attack that killed a number of their colleagues in northeastern Baghlan province. Six lawmakers, all members of the Wolesi Jirga Finance Commission, their five security guards and 74 other people were killed in the suicide bombing four years ...

Karzai Wants 2nd Phase of Security Switch Enforced

Karzai Wants 2nd Phase of Security Switch Enforced

October, 30 2011

KABUL : President Hamid Karzai on Saturday called for serious and practical measures for implementation of the second phase of security transition from foreign troops to their Afghan counterparts.The Security Transition Board on Saturday reviewed the first phase of transfer and decided to brief President Hamid Karzai a day later on the ...

Iranian Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

Iranian Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

October, 30 2011

>KABUL - The Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Saturday its appeal court had sentenced an Iranian national to 20 years in prison for trafficking 90 kilograms of heroin into Afghanistan.
Arrested by local police in the Abresham area of Nimroz province, the convict had been transporting goods on his truck between Iran and ...

Pakistan Behind U.S. Goal of Afghan Peace: Ambassador

Pakistan Behind U.S. Goal of Afghan Peace: Ambassador

October, 30 2011

CHICAGO - The U.S. goal of peace in Afghanistan is firmly shared by Pakistan, but the two nations face hurdles that include anti-American sentiments in Pakistan, the country's ambassador in the United States ...

Karzai Wants Areas for Security Switch Finalized

Karzai Wants Areas for Security Switch Finalized

October, 29 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai asked security officials on Thursday to finalize provinces and districts for security transfer to local control as part of the second phase of the transition process.
A day earlier, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) announced the 17 provinces where the second phase of security transition would take place.
At a conference with governors in Kabul, IDLG chief Abdul Khaliq Farahi said they were ready to take over the ...

Clinton Hails Turkey on Af-Pak Issue

Clinton Hails Turkey on Af-Pak Issue

October, 29 2011

ANKARA - As Turkey prepares for a full agenda of meetings at next Wednesday's conference on Afghanistan, one conference participant, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, praised Turkey's ability to communicate with the leaders of the Af-Pak region and welcomed its ...

90pc of US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreed to: Clinton

90pc of US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreed to: Clinton

October 29, 2011

WASHINGTON - As much as 90 percent of the text of Strategic Partnership between the US and Afghanistan has been agreed upon, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, told lawmakers on Thursday.
Testifying before a Congressional committee, Clinton said so far the ...

Afghanistan Needs A Strong Private-Sector Partnership: EU

Afghanistan Needs A Strong Private-Sector Partnership: EU

October, 29 2011

KABUL - The EUROMINES Conference - "Investment Opportunities & the Economic Future of Afghanistan' held in Brussels in the presence of representatives from twenty countries and more then forty international companies. In addition, it was attended by high-level Afghan Government officials, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of ...

Karzai Statement Taken Out of Context: Clinton

Karzai Statement Taken Out of Context: Clinton

October, 29 2011

WASHINGTON - Coming out in defense of President Hamid Karzai, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said his recent statement that Afghanistan would side with Pakistan and not America was misunderstood and taken out of context. "It was taken out of context and misunderstood," Clinton said at a Congressional hearing when ...

Tajikistan-Afghanistan Power Transmission Line Officially Inaugurated

Tajikistan-Afghanistan Power Transmission Line Officially Inaugurated

October, 29 2011

DUSHANBE - An official ceremony of inauguration of the 220 kV power transmission line from Sangtuda in Tajikistan to Pul-i Khumri in Afghanistan took place on October 27.
Tajik Prime Minister Oqil Oqilov, Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, and Afghan Minister of Energy and Water Resources Mohammad ...

Afghan Children in Iran Deprived of Education

Afghan Children in Iran Deprived of Education

October, 29 2011

KABUL - Although Iran is providing valuable services to refugees, some of Afghan migrants claim their children remain deprived of education in the neighboring country. But Nasir Jehan Shahi, cultural attaché at the Iranian embassy in Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that his country fully assisted Afghan ...