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U.S. Afghan Strategy Won't Change: Panetta

U.S. Afghan Strategy Won't Change: Panetta

March 15, 2012

KABUL - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was in Afghanistan Wednesday, vowing recent tragic events would not change the U.S. strategy for the country. Panetta is the first administration official to visit since a U.S. sergeant reportedly killed 16 Afghan citizens Sunday.
The killings have stoked long-simmering anger over the decade long U.S. war and occupation. Panetta decried the tragic events of the last few days --- an Afghan soldier was killed when a government delegation was attacked during a memorial ...

Afghanistan, Germany to Sign Strategic Agreement

Afghanistan, Germany to Sign Strategic Agreement

March 15, 2012

KABUL - Minister of Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak said Germany has pledged to support Afghanistan beyond its withdrawal of troops in 2014 with a strategic partnership agreement. Germany's Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere met with Wardak in Kabul on Wednesday, following his visit to Pakistan on ...

Afghanistan Peace in Pakistan's Best Interests: Gilani

Afghanistan Peace in Pakistan's Best Interests: Gilani

March 15, 2012

KABUL - Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday that Pakistan was committed to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in Afghanistan, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported. The prime minister made the statement during a meeting with German ...

Russia to Offer Air Base to US for Afghan Transit

Russia to Offer Air Base to US for Afghan Transit

March 15, 2012

MOSCOW - A new deal allowing the United States and its NATO allies to use a Russian air base for transit of troops and military cargo to Afghanistan would help ensure Russia's own security, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday.
Sergey Lavrov said a plan to permit the U.S. and other NATO nations ...

Britain Wants Endgame to War in Afghanistan: Cameron

Britain Wants Endgame to War in Afghanistan: Cameron

March 15, 2012

KABUL - BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted that the British public and armed forces want an ''endgame'' to the war in Afghanistan. As he prepared for talks overnight at the White House with US President Barack Obama about withdrawing from the conflict, Mr Cameron ...

‘Afghanistan is Better Off Without NATO’: Minister

‘Afghanistan is Better Off Without NATO’: Minister

March 14, 2012

KABUL - The Security situation in Afghanistan is unlikely to deteriorate after NATO troops leave, and might even improve, Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal told RT. ­"We, the Afghans do not want the international forces be in Afghanistan fighting for us … From the very outset we have to believe that prime responsibility of taking your own security should be the responsibility of Afghans," Omar Zakhilwal said. "Many of the operations in different parts of the country are carried out by Afghan forces … because they are part of the Afghan nation, their rule will be ...

Early Afghan Withdrawal Undercuts Goals: Hayden

Early Afghan Withdrawal Undercuts Goals: Hayden

March 14, 2012

WASHINGTON - The former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency said Tuesday that the U.S. must continue its present course in Afghanistan, despite growing protests over the shooting deaths of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier. About a thousand students in east Afghanistan gathered Tuesday to ...

Merkel Urges More Reconciliation Progress with Afghan Insurgents

Merkel Urges More Reconciliation Progress with Afghan Insurgents

March 14, 2012

KABUL - The German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged during her visit to Afghanistan that the Karzai government promote greater political reconciliation with insurgents, saying there had been progress but that much more was needed, according to the newswire Reuters. Merkel made the comments during an unannounced visit on Monday to ...

Ulema Council Warns Possible Revenge Attacks

Ulema Council Warns Possible Revenge Attacks

March 14, 2012

KABUL - The Afghanistan Ulema Council on Tuesday condemned the killing of civilians by American troops in southern Kandahar province, demanding death penalty for the killers.
The gruesome incident took place in Zang Abad area of Panjwai district on Sunday, involving US troops who entered four houses and ...

Obama and Cameron to Focus on Global Security

Obama and Cameron to Focus on Global Security

March 14, 2012

LONDON - United States President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron will step up their support for Syrian opposition groups this week and seek to map out the next phase for military operations in Afghanistan. Cameron will fly to Washington on Tuesday eager to dispel concerns in ...

WJ Shut in Protest Over Killings

WJ Shut in Protest Over Killings

March 13, 2012

KABUL - In a protest against the brutal slaying of civilians by US troops in the southern province of Kandahar, Wolesi Jirga (WJ), the lower house of parliament, was closed on Monday.
Sixteen civilians, including women and children, were killed on Sunday morning, and 11 of their bodies burnt after the killing by American soldiers in Zangabad area of Panjwae district.
Angry lawmakers in the capital condemned the cruel attack on ordinary people in Kandahar and at about 11 am decided that the ...

Senators Raise Concerns of Neighbors’ Interference

Senators Raise Concerns of Neighbors’ Interference

March 13, 2012

KABUL - Afghan senators have voiced concerns that neighboring countries will "interfere" more in Afghanistan upon the withdrawal of NATO, and urged the government to sign the much-discussed US long-term strategic agreement before 2014.
Speaking at the Senate General Assembly on Sunday, Senate Chief Fazal ...

EU-Afghan Cooperation Agreement Negotiations Officially Launched

EU-Afghan Cooperation Agreement Negotiations Officially Launched

March 13, 2012

KABUL - The negotiations on the European Union EU-Afghanistan Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (CAPD) were officially launched on Monday at the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Afghan team was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin, and the EU negotiation team was led by Mr. David Tirr, Head of Division in ...

US to Fund Afghan Rule of Law, Anti-Drug Efforts

US to Fund Afghan Rule of Law, Anti-Drug Efforts

March 13, 2012

KABUL - The US government on Monday pledged providing Afghanistan with $238 million for the continuation of key rule of law and counternarcotics programs, the US embassy said.
An agreement to the effect was signed between Deputy Foreign Minister Javed Ludin and the US Embassy's Coordinating Director for Rule of Law ...

Khalili Reiterates Continuing Afghan-Iran Friendly Ties, Cooperation

Khalili Reiterates Continuing Afghan-Iran Friendly Ties, Cooperation

March 13, 2012

KABUL - Second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili had a farewell meeting with the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan Feda Mohammad Hussain Maliki.
At the meeting Khalili praised efforts of Maliki towards attraction of assistance of Iran for reconstruction of Afghanistan and emphasized ...

Merkel Makes Brief Visit to Afghanistan

Merkel Makes Brief Visit to Afghanistan

March 13, 2012

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel made a one-day trip Monday to visit German troops in northern Afghanistan and offered President Hamid Karzai her condolences over the killing of 16 civilians by a U.S. solider, the government said. Merkel arrived in Mazar-e-Sharif early in the morning. She originally planned also to visit Kunduz, another ...

Unite or Face Political Turmoil, Noor Tells Afghans

Unite or Face Political Turmoil, Noor Tells Afghans

March 11, 2012

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - Northern Balkh province governor on Saturday warned the country could once again plunge into a deep political turmoil after foreign troops pullout in 2014 if Afghans did not unite.
Governor Atta Mohammad Noor urged all Afghans irrespective of their ethnic and political background to forge unity to preserve the achievements made over the past decade.
Noor was addressing participants at shaheed Abdul Ali Mazari's 17th death anniversary, the ...

Clinton, Karzai Reaffirm Commitment to Women Rights

Clinton, Karzai Reaffirm Commitment to Women Rights

March 11, 2012

WASHINGTON - Following Afghanistan Ulema Council's guideline concerning women, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned President Hamid Karzai to seek his reassurance on women rights in his country, a Clinton aide said on Friday.
During the conversation, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to women rights in Afghanistan, with Clinton making it clear how ...

Talks with Kabul on Night Raids Continuing: US

Talks with Kabul on Night Raids Continuing: US

March 11, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States is working on another memorandum of understanding with Afghanistan about the contentious issue of night raids, a US official said Friday.
Afghan and US officials on Friday signed a landmark agreement on the transfer of US-run notorious Bagram prison in central Parwan province ...

Call for Investigation into Karzai’s Corruption

Call for Investigation into Karzai’s Corruption

March 11, 2012

KABUL - A subcommittee of US Congress has called for an urgent investigation into the Afghan President's links to gross misuse of US foreign aid, according to a public release from the group.
The US Foreign Affairs Oversight and Investigations subcommittee ...

Tens of Thousands of People Pay Tribute to Mazari

Tens of Thousands of People Pay Tribute to Mazari

March 10, 2012

KABUL - Tens of Thousands of people in western Kabul commemorated the 16th martyrdom anniversary of martyred Abdul Ali Mazari with a huge respect and honor. The celebration commenced with residing the holy Quran, with the participation of Mohammad Karim Khalili, second vice president, Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, a prominent Hazara leader and MP from Kabul and the head of judicial commission of Wolesi Jirga, Ahmad Zia Masood, former Vice-president, Younas Qanooni, former speaker of Wolesi Jirga and also members of ...

Afghanistan, U.S. Sign Prison Transfer Deal

Afghanistan, U.S. Sign Prison Transfer Deal

March 10, 2012

KABUL - The United States and Afghanistan signed a deal on Friday on the transfer of a major U.S.-run detention center to Afghan authorities, improving the prospects of a strategic partnership allowing long-term American involvement in the country.
The Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Washington and Kabul have ...

Obama, Karzai Note Progress on Long-Term Deal: WH

Obama, Karzai Note Progress on Long-Term Deal: WH

March 10, 2012

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai noted progress on Thursday in long-stalled efforts to broker an agreement guiding U.S.-Afghan relations after most foreign troops withdraw, the White House (WH) said.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the two leaders spoke in a ...

Military Strategy will Not Change: UK Commander

Military Strategy will Not Change: UK Commander

March 10, 2012

KABUL - Britain's military strategy in Afghanistan will not change despite the deaths of six troops killed this week in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, UK commander General Sir David Richards said, according to the Gorey Guardian.
His comment comes after six British soldiers were killed late Tuesday when hit their vehicle was caught in an explosion while on patrol in ...

Abdullah Assails Govt. for Failure on Women’s Rights

Abdullah Assails Govt. for Failure on Women’s Rights

March 10, 2012

KABUL - The Coalition for Change and Hope on Thursday said the Karzai administration has failed to improve the lives of women in the country, saying the peace talks with the Taliban could further worsen the women situation as the parleys lacked transparency.
In his message on International Women's Day read out at a gathering ...

International Women’s Day Celebrated in Kabul

International Women’s Day Celebrated in Kabul

March 10, 2012

KABUL - The Embassy of Canada in Kabul commemorated International Women's Day by hosting an event with Afghan women to provide an opportunity, especially for young women, to meet and network with other inspirational women, the embassy said on Thursday.
The Wednesday event was attended by Afghan women politicians, civil ...

Pakistan Needs to make Sure Minorities Rights: Alistair

Pakistan Needs to make Sure Minorities Rights: Alistair

March 07, 2012

LONDON – British Parliament issued a resolution asking government to pressurize Pakistani government for absence of Justice with Hazara community in Pakistan. British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Afghanistan/South Asia, counter terrorism/proliferation), Alistair Burt, said that "Media reports claim that ...

EU Supports Gender Equality in Afghanistan: Ušackas

EU Supports Gender Equality in Afghanistan: Ušackas

March 08, 2012

KABUL - The European Union on Wednesday pledged continued support for programs that advocate for women's rights and assist victims of violence.
Over the past few months there had been several cases of violence against women in Afghanistan, EU Special Representative Vygaudas Ušackas said on the eve of International Women's Day.
The Afghan government, people and the international community were unified in their condemnation of the horrific acts and demanded the ...

9 Cabinet Ministers Sworn in

9 Cabinet Ministers Sworn in

March 08, 2012

KABUL - Nine new ministers in the Cabinet of President Hamid Karzai were sworn in at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Wednesday.
Taking oath after winning a trust vote from Parliament, the ministers promised to follow Islamic teachings, the Constitution and other ...

UN Wants Women’s Protection Law Enforced

UN Wants Women’s Protection Law Enforced

March 08, 2012

KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and UN Women on Wednesday urged the government of President Hamid Karzai to fully and promptly implement the law on Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW).
"As long as women and girls in Afghanistan are subject to ...

US Interested in Afghan Strategic Ties: Obama

US Interested in Afghan Strategic Ties: Obama

March 08, 2012

ASHINGTON - The unfortunate Quran desecration incident in Afghanistan and subsequent protests and violence showed that it was time for transition in the country, US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.
"The situation with the Quran burning concerns me. I think it is ...

Cameron to Discuss Afghanistan Exit Plans with Obama

Cameron to Discuss Afghanistan Exit Plans with Obama

March 08, 2012

WASHINGTON - PM to hold US talks to ensure allies are in 'lock step' after six British soldiers go missing, believed dead, in Helmand
David Cameron will hold talks with Barack Obama next week to ensure that Britain and America are in "lock step" over their forces' role in Afghanistan in the wake of news that six British ...

US will Not Stay in Afghanistan Longer than: Obama

US will Not Stay in Afghanistan Longer than: Obama

March 08, 2012

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States was committed to long-term ties with Afghanistan but did not want to keep troops there longer than needed to disable al Qaeda and ensure a modicum of stability as foreign forces withdraw.
"President (Hamid) Karzai understands we are interested in a ...

Senators Cobble Together New Alliance

Senators Cobble Together New Alliance

March 07, 2012

KABUL - Members of the Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of Parliament, on Tuesday announced the formation of a new political alliance that would work to ensure respect for the law and promote national unity.
"The parliamentary group is aimed at adherence to the law and ending prejudices to pave the ground for national solidarity," the coalition head, Maulvi Abdul Wahab ...

Women Lose Out in Afghan Clerics’ Rule

Women Lose Out in Afghan Clerics’ Rule

March 07, 2012

KABUL - Women are subordinate to men, should not mix in work or education and must always have a male guardian when they travel, according to new guidelines from Afghanistan's top clerics that critics say are dangerously reminiscent of the Taliban era.
The guidelines appeared in a statement that also encouraged ...