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Afghanistan, Poland will Strengthen Ties

Afghanistan, Poland  will Strengthen Ties

April 23, 2012

Afghanistan Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul at a press conference with Radoslaw Sikorski – the Foreign Minister of Poland, on April 20, 2012, said that Poland has great cooperation with Afghanistan and Afghanistan would seek to strengthen ties with Poland in different fields of life. He said, "Our similar experiences throughout our ...

Thousands of Bamyan Students “Homeless”

Thousands of Bamyan  Students “Homeless”

April 23, 2012

BAMYAN CITY - Nearly 2,800 university students in central Bamyan province are suffering without proper lodging and forced to live in deplorable conditions in pricy private rented rooms.
Most Bamyan University students come from poor families and live in dingy old and small rented rooms, while those from affordable ...

Afghan Hearts and Minds, Not Won by West: Karzai

Afghan Hearts and Minds,  Not Won by West: Karzai

April 22, 2012

KABUL - In an interview with CNN, On Saturday, April 21, 2012, Afghan President Hamid Karzai mentioned that the recent attacks on Kabul were because of intelligence failure of both the Afghan and NATO.
Answering to a question in the interview Mr. President said, "Serious intelligence failure, especially an intelligence failure of our allies and NATO and others, because of the equipment that they have, because of the resources that they have, because of the time that they have spent in this part of ...

Recent Attacks Won’t Dampen Mujahidin’s Day: MoD

Recent Attacks  Won’t Dampen Mujahidin’s Day: MoD

April 22, 2012

KABUL - The Ministry of Defense on Saturday said last week's coordinated attacks, unleashed by Taliban insurgents, in Kabul and three eastern provinces would not impact Mujahideen's Victory Day celebration -- which marks Soviet occupation troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Arrangements to ensure tight security had been put in place around ...

Wolesi Jirga Approves Budget

Wolesi Jirga Approves Budget

April 22, 2012

KABUL - A majority of parliamentarians on Saturday approved the proposed budget for the current fiscal year, after it was rejected twice due to inequalities in the provincial allocations.
Previously, the Wolesi Jirga refused to endorse the accounts due to uneven allocations to provinces and a hefty bill of $80 million (3.9 ...

Ušackas Meets Salahuddin Rabbani

Ušackas Meets  Salahuddin Rabbani

April 22, 2012

KABUL - Yesterday, April 21, 2012, EU Special Representative to Afghanistan and Head of Delegation, Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas called on Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani to congratulate him on his appointment as Chair of the High Peace ...

Chicago Conference Expected to Help ANA: Azimi

Chicago Conference  Expected to Help ANA: Azimi

April 22, 2012

KABUL - spokesperson of the Defense Ministry considered the forthcoming Chicago Conference of NATO leaders start of a new phase for Afghanistan.
The spokesperson General Mohammad Zahir Azimi who was addressing a press conference said at the Chicago NATO leader's conference the ...

WJ Confirms Afghan-India Strategic Cooperation Pact

WJ Confirms Afghan-India  Strategic Cooperation Pact

April 22, 2012

KABUL - At the general session of House of People chaired by its speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, three agreements signed by Afghanistan with foreign countries was debated.
These included strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and India, the cooperation agreement of Afghanistan with Pakistan ...

NATO asks China, Russia to Fund Afghan Forces

NATO asks China, Russia  to Fund Afghan Forces

Saturday April 21, 2012

BRUSSELS - The head of NATO called on China and Russia on Thursday to help fund Afghan security after 2014, as the alliance tries to rally contributions from a wider range of sources before most foreign combat troops pull out of Afghanistan. NATO estimates that the annual cost of maintaining Afghan security forces will be some $4 billion, and the United States is hoping for contributions worth 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) from other NATO allies and partners. But so far only Britain has publicly pledged an actual amount of cash, $110 million a year. "We would welcome financial ...

International Community Deceived Anti-Taliban Constituency: Massoud

International Community Deceived Anti-Taliban Constituency: Massoud

Saturday April 21, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan National Front chairman Ahmad Zia Massoud on Friday alleged jihadi leaders and forces who resisted the Taliban in Afghanistan had been deceived at the first Bonn conference in 2001. Massoud, who served as first vice-president from 2004 to 2009 during the first elected President Karzi administration, told a huge gathering in Kabul that the people ...

Pakistan Needs to Clamp Down on Haqqanis: Crocker

Pakistan Needs to Clamp  Down on Haqqanis: Crocker

Saturday April 21, 2012

KABUL - The US ambassador to Afghanistan, blaming the Haqqani network for recent brazen attacks in Kabul and other eastern provinces, on Thursday said Pakistan should clamp down on the insurgent safe havens in the lawless tribal region of Miran Shah, the headquarters of north Wazisitan near the Afghan border. The coordinated and near simultaneous attacks were carried ...

Haqqani Based in Afghanistan: Malik

Haqqani Based in Afghanistan: Malik

Saturday April 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan interior minister said that Pakistani government has prevented Haqqani Network from operating on its soil and the group was based in Afghanistan. Rehman Malik, Pakistan's Interior Minister, remarks come days after a series of militant strikes in capital Kabul and three other provinces across Afghanistan on Sunday. After clashes ended between militants ...

Parliament to Revise Decision Over Embezzlement-Accused Minister

Parliament to Revise  Decision Over  Embezzlement-Accused  Minister

Saturday April 21, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Parliament said it will revise its decision to appoint a minister if the accusation of the country's anti-corruption watchdog - that one of the recently appointed minister's is corrupt - proves true. Head of Afghanistan's High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption Azizullah Ludin was summoned by the Upper House on Tuesday to respond to charges ...

Concrete Plans for Post ISAF Afghanistan: NATO

Concrete Plans for Post  ISAF Afghanistan: NATO

Thursday April 19, 2012

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday he saw an "emerging agreement" among the alliance's members on what role they would play in Afghanistan once that country's forces take charge of security by 2015. Speaking during a meeting of NATO allies in Brussels, Rasmussen said a number of member states had already pledged the size of their financial contributions to help the Afghan government maintain security forces after 2014. concrete financial contributions to Afghan security forces in the future," he told a news conference ...

Regaining Power Through Fight, A False Dream of Taliban: Gen. Dostum

Regaining Power Through Fight,  A False Dream of Taliban: Gen. Dostum

Thursday April 19, 2012

Mazar-e-Shrif - General Abdul Rashid Dustam the leader of Islamic Movement of Afghanistan and member of National Front backs the peace process going on in the country. Addressing among thousands of his supporters in Mazar-e-Shrif city the other day, he called upon Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Haqani ...

Wolesi Jirga Approves Key Accords

Wolesi Jirga  Approves Key Accords

Thursday April 19, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) on Wednesday approved a strategic partnership deal already signed between Afghanistan and India and another agreement on a multibillion gas pipeline project. The assembly also approved two other pacts, all presented by the parliamentary foreign affairs commission, said the panel head ...

ANA to Take Full Security Responsibility By 2013

ANA to Take Full  Security Responsibility By 2013

Thursday April 19, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan National Army (ANA), whose strength has reached 195,000, will be able to take over security responsibility for the entire country by 2013, a defense ministry official said on Wednesday. Two phases of security transition from foreign soldiers to Afghan forces have been completed, and the third is expected to start soon ...

US Working on Long-Term Pact with Afghanistan

US Working on Long-Term Pact with Afghanistan

Thursday April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States is working on a framework for a long-term strategic partnership with Afghanistan, the White House said on Tuesday."We are in the process of working with the Afghan government on the framework of our long-term partnership," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told a news conference. ...

Karzai Criticized for Calling Taliban ‘Brothers’

Karzai Criticized for  Calling Taliban ‘Brothers’

Thursday April 19, 2012

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai calling the Taliban 'brothers' has garnered much attention and strong reactions among Afghans, some arguing it will negatively impact the image of Afghanistan. The actions of the Taliban do not merit the term brother, Chairman of the Foundation for Culture and Civil Society (FCCS) Mir Ahmad Joyenda ...

Karzai to Taliban: You did nothing for Islam, Afghanistan

Karzai to Taliban: You did nothing for Islam, Afghanistan

April 18, 2012

ou worked to prolong a foreign presence, you gave foreigners an excuse to stay
KABUL - President Hamid Karzai called the Taliban "brothers" on Tuesday and reached out to them to do more for the good of the country after the insurgents carried out multiple attacks in Kabul and elsewhere at the weekend.
The deadly strikes on parliament, Kabul's diplomatic quarter and three provinces, had only prolonged the foreign presence in Afghanistan reviled by the Taliban, and hurt economic and security confidence ...

HIA for Talks to Bring Peace and Stability

HIA for Talks  to Bring Peace and Stability

April 18, 2012

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with a delegation of the Islamist political party Hezb-i-Islami on Monday afternoon to restart peace talks, just over a fortnight after the group announced it was suspending them.
Ghairat Baheer, the son-in-law of Hezb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin ...

MPs Gave Graft-Tainted Ministers Trust Vote: Lodin

MPs Gave Graft-Tainted  Ministers Trust Vote: Lodin

April 18, 2012

KABUL - High Office of Oversight and Anti-corruption (HOOAC) Chairman Azizullah Lodin on Tuesday claimed the Wolesi Jirga had granted vote of confidence to some ministers accused of massive corruption -- an allegation rejected by the legislature.
He levelled the allegation during a speech to the Meshrano Jirga ...

‘We Face A Determined Enemy’: ISAF

‘We Face A Determined Enemy’: ISAF

April 18, 2012

KABUL - Insurgents will try again and again to disrupt the security situation in Kabul, ISAF spokesman Brig. General Carsten Jacobson told Tolo news on Tuesday.
He said that Afghan Security Forces and ISAF are improving but warned that there were "determined" enemies who were not going to give up in their ...

Transit Fee for TAPI Gas Pipeline Agreed

Transit Fee for  TAPI Gas Pipeline Agreed

April 18, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have agreed on a transit fee for a multi-billion natural gas pipeline project, a Ministry of Mines official in Kabul said on Tuesday.
The 1735-kilometre pipeline, known as Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) project, will run from Daulatabad through Herat ...

Karzai Orders Probe into Intelligence Failure

Karzai Orders Probe  into Intelligence Failure

April 17, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, praising the Afghan forces for their sacrifices, said on Monday suicide attackers' entry into Kabul and other provinces showed the intelligence failure of Afghan and NATO troops.
Several militants, laced with guns and suicide vests, attacked high-security offices in Sherpur, Paktiakot, Darul Aman and Pul-i-Charkhi areas soon after they took positions in different buildings at about 1:30pm on Sunday. They put up stiff residence for 18 hours.
A statement issued by the Presidential Palace said Karzai strongly ...

Intel is Never A Guarantee: NATO

Intel is Never  A Guarantee: NATO

April 17, 2012

KABUL - NATO's chief responded to President Hamid Karzai blaming Sunday's insurgent attacks on the intelligence agencies of Afghanistan "and especially NATO", saying intelligence was never a 100 percent guarantee.
"We do all we can to prevent such attacks in co-ordination with the Afghan security forces and ...

Haqqani Behind Afghan Attacks that Left 47 Dead: Official

Haqqani Behind  Afghan Attacks that Left 47 Dead: Official

April 17, 2012

KABUL - A militant arrested in the attacks on the Afghan capital and three other cities has confessed that the 18-hour assault was carried out by the Haqqani network, a lethal group of fighters with ties to the Taliban and Al Qaeda, a top Afghan security official said Monday.
Thirty-six insurgents were killed during the brazen attacks that also ...

Taliban have No Intention for Peace: Speaker

Taliban have No Intention for Peace: Speaker

April 17, 2012

KABUL - An extraordinary session of the Wolesi Jirga, denouncing yesterday's daring attacks, said on Monday the militants were taking advantage of the government's indistinct peace policy and safe haven in neighboring countries.
Forty-seven people, including militants, were killed and 65 others wounded during the coordinated group assaults in ...

Clinton, Crocker Talk Afghan Security

Clinton, Crocker Talk Afghan Security

April 17, 2012

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday called her top diplomat in Afghanistan to know about Afghanistan's security situation after Taliban militants launched a series of attacks across the country, including in the capital Kabul.
Clinton asked Ambassador Ryan Crocker to convey to President Hamid ...

Taliban Rehearsed Afghan Attack for Two Months

Taliban Rehearsed  Afghan Attack for Two Months

April 17, 2012

KABUL - The insurgents who mounted weekend attacks in central Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan carefully rehearsed for months, even building small military-style models and pre-positioning weapons, a Taliban spokesman said on Monday.
Zabihullah Mujahid provided Reuters with a rare insight into how the ...

Britain Praises Afghan Forces’ Response to Attacks

Britain Praises Afghan Forces’ Response to Attacks

April 17, 2012

KABUL - The new British ambassador to Afghanistan on Monday praised local security forces' response to yesterday's coordinated Taliban attacks in Kabul and other parts of the country.
Afghan security personnel took the lead, contained and removed the threat in a highly professional and successful operation, said ...

Moon Urges Beefed-Up Security in Afghanistan

Moon Urges Beefed-Up  Security in Afghanistan

April 17, 2012

BRUSSELS - United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday strongly condemned coordinated attacks by Taliban across Afghanistan, saying this showed the need to beef up Afghan security forces.
Ban decried "in the strongest possible terms" the attacks so far responsible for at least 47 deaths, warning: "We need to ...

Gunmen Attack Embassies, Parliament in Kabul

Gunmen Attack Embassies, Parliament in Kabul

April 16, 2012

KABUL - Several Western diplomatic missions and other high-security offices in Kabul and three other provinces came under well-coordinated rebel attacks on Sunday, officials and witnesses said.
Seventeen attackers were killed, while 14 policemen and nine civilians were wounded in the near-simultaneous strikes in Kabul, Logar, Nangarhar and Paktia, an interior ministry spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Ghulam Siddiue Sadiq said security personnel and civilians had suffered no fatalities, contradicting statements from other officials ...

Attacks are the Start of ‘Spring Offensive’: Taliban

Attacks are the Start of ‘Spring Offensive’: Taliban

April 16, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Taliban said they launched a spring offensive on Sunday with multiple attacks against Western embassies in the central diplomatic area and at parliament in Kabul, with heavy explosions, rockets and gunfire rattling the city.
The assault, one of the most serious on the capital since U.S.-backed ...

Karzai Meets Pakistani Women MPs

Karzai Meets Pakistani Women MPs

April 16, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday stressed the need for the creation of a joint group of women parliamentarians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
At a meeting with a delegation of Pakistan's lawmakers, the president called for enhanced contacts between women MPs of the two ...