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Afghan Investigator Insists Quran Burnings Intentional

Afghan Investigator Insists Quran Burnings Intentional

March 05, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan - While U.S. investigators say the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. military base was a mistake involving at least five Americans who may face a disciplinary review, Afghan investigators claimed it was an intentional desecration.
The conflicting accounts highlight rising tensions between the two ...

Gen. Karimi Warns against another NATO Blunder

Gen. Karimi Warns against another NATO Blunder

March 05, 2012

KABUL - The burning of Korans at a NATO base in Afghanistan advanced the Taliban's cause and any repeat of similar "negligence" by Western forces would be disastrous, the Afghan army chief of staff has warned.
The destruction of the holy books, which the United States described as unintentional, triggered widespread protests and fatal attacks on ...

First Afghan-Pak-China Trilateral Dialogue Held in Beijing

First Afghan-Pak-China Trilateral Dialogue Held in Beijing

March 04, 2012

KABUL - The first Afghanistan-Pak-China trilogies was held in Beijing, and chaired by Ambassador Luo Zhaohui, Department of Asian Affairs of the Minister of the Foreign Affairs of China.
Director General of the First Political Department of the Ministry of Department of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Dr. Amanullah Jayhoon and Ambassador Alamgir Babar, additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.
H. E. Mr. Yang Jiechi Foreign Minister of China met the heads of the three delegations on ...

MPs Relax Rules on Trust Vote for Cabinet Picks

MPs Relax Rules on Trust Vote for Cabinet Picks

March 04, 2012

KABUL - A majority of parliamentarians on Saturday relaxed the Wolesi Jirga procedure regarding the re-introduction of rejected Cabinet nominees. The relaxation will benefit several ministers-designate.
The changes come days after President Hamid Karzai named seven Cabinet picks who were rejected by lawmakers during the previous term ...

US Determined to Complete its Mission in Afghanistan: Panetta

US Determined to Complete its Mission in Afghanistan: Panetta

March 04, 2012

KABUL - US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the United States is determined to complete its mission in Afghanistan despite the spate of killings of ISAF forces there.
Speaking at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Mr Panetta said the United States has considerably weakened al-Qaeda and decimated its ...

Pak-Afghan Ties Should Be Based on Trust: Khar

Pak-Afghan Ties Should Be Based on Trust: Khar

March 04, 2012

KABUL - Links between Pakistan and Afghanistan should be based on trust, Pakistani media reported the foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, as saying.
Pakistan is seeking a "trust-based relationship" with Kabul that sets aside the past associated with support for the Taliban ...

Kabul Clings to Terms for Strategic Deal with US

Kabul Clings to Terms for Strategic Deal with US

March 04, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan would not ink the proposed strategic agreement with the United States as long as recommendations of the traditional Loya Jirga were not implemented, a presidential spokesman said on Saturday.
In mid-November, the grand assembly recommended the signing of the pact that allows the creation of American bases in the country for a ...

CIA-Led Force May Speed Afghan Exit: US Officials

CIA-Led Force May Speed Afghan Exit: US Officials

March 04, 2012

WASHINGTON - Top Pentagon officials are considering putting elite special operations troops under CIA control in Afghanistan after 2014, just as they were during last year's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, sources told The Associated Press.
The plan is one of several possible scenarios being debated by ...

Peace Process Should be Inclusive: UN

Peace Process Should be Inclusive: UN

March 03, 2012

KABUL - The United Nations top diplomat in Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, on Thursday said that the on going reconciliation and peace process should be inclusive.
Addressing a news briefing in Kabul, Mr. Kubis acknowledged there were some hurdles to national reconciliation in Afghanistan.
The views of the opposition parties should be considered to make the peace drive a success, he said. "Regarding what is our concrete role, first of all, we need to hear from Afghan parties what they would like us to do. But we will be more than ...

Clinton Defends America’s Afghan Mission

Clinton Defends America’s Afghan Mission

March 03, 2012

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama is in the process of transitioning out of Afghanistan in an appropriate manner and in keeping with decisions that have to be made about helping Afghans defend themselves, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

Clinton told lawmakers at a Congressional hearing: "I think ...

Rasmussen Calls for Early Signing of Afghan-US Pact

Rasmussen Calls for Early Signing of Afghan-US Pact

March 03, 2012

KABUL - The NATO secretary-general says the US-Afghan strategic cooperation agreement be signed ahead of the Chicago conference, but President Hamid Karzai insists on his government's conditions being met.
Karzai and NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the strategic pact providing for US bases in the war-torn country during a conversation ...

Turkey Pledges Continued Support to Afghanistan

Turkey Pledges Continued Support to Afghanistan

March 03, 2012

KABUL - Turkey on Thursday promised it would continue to support Afghanistan beyond 2014, when all foreign forces are scheduled to leave the war-battered country.
Turkish ambassador to Afghanistan Bassat Ozturk held out the promise at a meeting in Kabul, marking the 91st anniversary of a friendship ...

Karzai Stresses Deeper Pak-Afghan Collaboration

Karzai Stresses Deeper Pak-Afghan Collaboration

March 03, 2012

ISLAMABAD - President Hamid Karzai on Friday underlined the need for equitable and deeper collaboration between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
A recent Afghan-Iran-Pakistan summit in Islamabad offered yet another opportunity to pursue bilateral dialogue, Karzai said in a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza ...

Britain May Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan Via Tajikistan

Britain May Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan Via Tajikistan

March 03, 2012

DUSHANBE - Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon and UK Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey discussed on Friday the impending withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan, planned for completion by 2014.
Harvey said they discussed using land in Tajikistan as a staging area for British troops and military stores withdrawn from ...

Japan Commits $12.8m for Areas Hosting Afghan Refugees

Japan Commits $12.8m for Areas Hosting Afghan Refugees

March 03, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Government of Japan and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Thursday signed an agreement on Japan's contribution of $12.8 million to support the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) Program in areas adjacent to the Peshawar-Torkham ...

ANSF to Handle Security By 2014, Hopes Panetta

ANSF to Handle Security By 2014, Hopes Panetta

March 03, 2012

WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday hoped that Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) would be capable enough of handling the security of their country on their own by 2014.
"We have begun to draw down our forces and transition to Afghan-led security responsibility, and we have seen the level of ...

Afghan Forces Face Threat from Within: Official

Afghan Forces Face  Threat from Within: Official

March 01, 2012

"If we don't deal with infiltration then Afghanistan will suffer. We will lose credibility with NATO and the rest of the international community," said the ministry of defense official.
According to the Pentagon, around 70 members of the NATO force were killed in 42 insider attacks from May 2007 through January 2012.
These attacks have become more frequent as the United States has sent tens of thousands of more soldiers to Afghanistan as part of a surge to fight in Taliban ...

WB Urged to Fund Key Kabul Projects

WB Urged  to Fund Key Kabul Projects

March 01, 2012

WASHINGTON - Kabul Mayor Mohammad Younis Nawandish has sought help from the World Bank (WB) for key infrastructure projects in the capital city, including housing, road and landfill site.
One big challenge is the development of Kabul City, Nawandish told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview, during his stay in Washington. Besides meeting World Bank staff, the mayor also held talks with Obama ...

Afghanistan Unable to Take Over Prisons, Night Raids: Khalilzad

Afghanistan Unable  to Take Over Prisons, Night Raids: Khalilzad

March 01, 2012

KABUL - Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmai Khalilzad, told TOLOnews on Wednesday that Afghanistan does not have the necessary ability to take over prisons and responsibility to carry out night raids independently.
Mr Khalilzad warned of lack of confidence about the future in Afghanistan and stressed on the importance of long-term strategic ...

Japan Assists Return and Reintegration of Afghan Refugees

Japan Assists Return  and Reintegration of  Afghan Refugees

March 01, 2012

KABUL – The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warmly welcomes a donation of USD 20 million from the Government of Japan to support the Agency's return and reintegration programs for returnees in Afghanistan.
The Government of Japan signed an agreement confirming its ongoing support to one of UNHCR's largest operations in the world. Whilst the

HIA Opposes Qatar Process, Insists on Open Talks

HIA Opposes Qatar Process, Insists on Open Talks

March 01, 2012

KABUL - The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), led by former Gulbadin Hekmatyar, on Wednesday opposed covert peace talks between the Taliban and the US, insisting on a key role for the Afghan government in the process.
"The HIA is against the Qatar process, because there are several issues to be discussed. We prefer open talks to secret ...

Economic Committee Discusses Industrial Policy of Afghanistan

Economic Committee Discusses Industrial Policy of Afghanistan

March 01, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai chaired a meeting of the Economic committee discussing industrial policy of the country.
Initiated following previous economic meetings at the presidential palace, the meeting initially discussed the industrial policy of the country freshly prepared that envisages seven ...

Violence Won’t Force Afghan Policy Shift: WH

Violence Won’t Force  Afghan Policy Shift: WH

February 29, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Monday said there was no change in its Afghan strategy due to the current phase of violence and high anti-American sentiment in the country after the alleged desecration of the Quran by US troops.
"We have as an objective to allow Afghanistan and its government the space and time to take over security of the country. That process is well under way," White House (WH) Press Secretary Jay Carney ...

Ist Ever Family Planning Conference in Kabul Begins

Ist Ever Family  Planning Conference  in Kabul Begins

February 29, 2012

KABUL - Funded by the government of Iceland, the first-ever national conference on family planning -- bringing together participants from several Muslim countries -- began in Kabul on Tuesday.
Acting Minister of Public Health Dr. Suraya Dalil, UNFPA Representative Dr. Laurent Zessler, parliamentarians and ...

Insecurity Restricts Access to Needy People in Afghanistan: UNDP

Insecurity Restricts  Access to Needy People  in Afghanistan: UNDP

February 29, 2012

KABUL - The situation in Afghanistan has further exacerbated and insecurity has restricted humanitarian workers' access to people in need in Afghanistan, the UNDP Country Director said on Tuesday.
The UNDP Country Director, Manoj Basnyat, made the comments in the sixth ECHO summit held in the Afghan ...

Children in Afghan Cities Facing Challenges: UN

Children  in Afghan  Cities Facing Challenges: UN

February 29, 2012

KABUL - Many children face severe challenges in urban areas of Afghanistan, a predominantly rural country, UNICEF said in a report on Tuesday.
UNICEF Representative Peter Crowley said: "While internal displacement and migration of families to urban areas are increasing, ...

Taliban Stay Powerful Despite Decade-Long War: Massoud

Taliban Stay Powerful Despite Decade-Long War: Massoud

February 25, 2012

KABUL CITY - A coalition of opposition parties on Thursday said the Taliban, backed by foreign intelligence services, remained powerful despite the decade-long war against them.
Ahmad Zia Massoud, leader of the Afghanistan National Coalition, told a gathering that the insurgents should not be invited to the peace talks until they severed relations with the intelligence networks of foreign countries. The event marked the 32nd anniversary of the ...

Karzai Wants MPs to Vote for His Cabinet Picks

Karzai Wants MPs to  Vote for His Cabinet Picks

February 25, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has urged lawmakers to keep national unity in mind while voting on the fate of ministers-designate, an official said on Thursday.
On Feb 15, Karzai introduced some of his Cabinet picks to the Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence, but they had been unable to secure the ...

Pakistan Urges Taliban to Take Part in Peace Talks in Afghanistan

Pakistan Urges Taliban  to Take Part in Peace Talks in Afghanistan

February 25, 2012

ISLAMABAD- Pakistani prime minister YousufRazaGilani called on Taliban leaders and other Afghan insurgent groups Thursday to take part in a peace process to end 10 years of war in neighboring Afghanistan.
"I would like to appeal to the Taliban leadership as well as to all other Afghan groups, including Hizb-e-Islami, to participate in an ...

Decision on Koran Burning After Probe: President

Decision on Koran Burning  After Probe: President

February 25, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Thursday told an extraordinary session of Parliament that a decision over the alleged desecration of the Koran would be taken after an investigation into the incident was completed.
Second Deputy Speaker of Wolesi JirgaNimatullahGhafari told Pajhwok Afghan News that members of both houses and the president strongly ...

ISAF Vows Action Over Koran Desecration

ISAF Vows Action  Over Koran Desecration

February 25, 2012

WASHINGTON - The International Assistance Security Force (ISAF) has vowed to bring to book the troops responsible for the desecration of the Koran.
"ISAF has complete respect for Islam and the reverence in which the Koran is held. We are very serious about making certain if someone ...

Pak Won’t Support Afghan Talks Unless they’re Kabul Backed: Khar

Pak Won’t Support Afghan Talks Unless they’re Kabul Backed: Khar

February 23, 2012

KABUL - Pakistan will not support a US-driven initiative to start peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar until the Afghan government fully backs them, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.
She said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai was still unclear whether his government really wanted to negotiate with the Taliban in Qatar.
The Taliban have recently shown their readiness to negotiate with the ...

US Hails Afghan Leader’s Direct Talks Offer to Rebels

US Hails Afghan Leader’s Direct Talks Offer to Rebels

February 23, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States has welcomed President Hamid Karzai's statement inviting Taliban leaders to enter direct negotiations with his government.
"We have been gratified to see President Karzai speaking out publicly in support of Afghan-to-Afghan reconciliation," a State ...

Afghan Officials Meet Taliban in Pakistan

Afghan Officials Meet Taliban in Pakistan

February 23, 2012

KANDAHAR - Afghan officials are holding talks with the Taliban in Pakistan, the head of a provincial peace council in the insurgency's heartland Kandahar said on Tuesday, in a possible signal that Islamabad is boosting its support for Afghan peace efforts.
Kandahar peace council head Ata Mohammad Ahmadi told Reuters the ...

8 Dead as Anti-US Protests Continue

8 Dead as Anti-US  Protests Continue

February 23, 2012

KABUL - At least eight people were killed and 27 others wounded as protests over alleged burning of the Quran by US troops at the Bagram Airbase continued across Afghanistan for a second day on Wednesday, officials and witnesses said.
Six men were killed and a dozen others wounded when an anti-US ...