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Karzai, Cameron Pledge to Work Toward Afghan Future

Karzai, Cameron Pledge to Work Toward Afghan Future

January 29, 2012

LONDON - President Hamid Karzai and Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to work toward lasting stability in Afghanistan in talks Saturday in the United Kingdom.
The pair signed a long-term agreement on the future of Afghanistan, as they met at Cameron's official country residence, Chequers.
"The United Kingdom and Afghanistan have a strong relationship ...

Top Army General Backs Plan to Cut 80,000 Troops

Top Army General Backs Plan to Cut 80,000 Troops

January 29, 2012

WASHINGTON - The US Army's top general on Friday endorsed plans to reduce the size of his force by 80,000 soldiers over the next six years, pledging a steady drawdown that would take care of troops and their families rather than "running our nation's Army off a cliff."
General Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said ...

Strategic Cooperation Pact Inked with Italy

Strategic Cooperation Pact Inked with Italy

January 28, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, during his visit to European countries, signed a strategic partnership agreement with Italy, his office said on Friday.
Karzai left Kabul for the United Kingdom on a five-day trip on Tuesday. He is also to ink a strategic partnership agreement on long-term cooperation with France.
The Presidential Palace said the Italian government would support Afghanistan beyond 2014 after the ...

Pentagon Cuts Reshape Military, Trim Costs

Pentagon Cuts Reshape  Military, Trim Costs

January 28, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon unveiled a 2013 budget plan that would cut $487 billion in spending over the next decade by eliminating nearly 100,000 ground troops, mothballing ships and trimming air squadrons in a bid to create a smaller, agile force with a new strategic focus.
The funding request, which includes painful cuts that will be felt ...

US Wants Pakistan to Be Part of Afghan Peace Process

US Wants  Pakistan to Be Part of Afghan Peace Process

January 28, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States believes Pakistan has an important role to play in the Afghan reconciliation process and expects Islamabad to have an ample opportunity to stay engaged on the issue going forward, the US State Department said on Thursday.
"We think Pakistan has an important role to play in supporting ...

Taliban Willing to Compromise: Negotiators

Taliban Willing  to Compromise: Negotiators

January 28, 2012

KABUL - Senior Afghan peace negotiators believe the Taliban are willing to significantly soften past hardline ideologies, with its leaders already laying the ground for possible peace talks in the Gulf state of Qatar.
Former Taliban minister Maulvi Arsala Rahmani, a member of the High ...

Karzai, Berdimuhamedov Vow to Implement Critical Projects

Karzai, Berdimuhamedov Vow to Implement Critical Projects

January 28, 2012

KABUL - After arriving to the famous city of Turkmenbashy in Turkmenistan, President Karzai met President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to discuss a number of important economic projects including the TAPI, the Afghan-Turkmenistan railway and electricity export to Afghanistan.
The two Presidents discussed measures required to finalize for the ...

MPs Concerned at Casting of Blank Votes

MPs Concerned at  Casting of Blank Votes

January 28, 2012

KABUL - Some parliamentarians denounced as unfair casting of blank and invalid votes by Wolesi Jirga members in the parliamentary administrative board polls on Thursday, a day after they failed for a third consecutive day to elect the house deputy speaker. Lawmakers Ghulam Farooq Majrooh, Saleh Mohammad Saljoqi, Nafisa Azimi, Shah Gul ...

Taliban Has Been Broken: Obama

Taliban Has Been Broken: Obama

January 26, 2012

KABUL - US President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that the Taliban's momentum has been broken and remaining al-Qaeda operatives are scrambling to escape the US's reach.
He said a focused approach and the end of war in Iraq allowed the US to make "decisive blows" against extremist organizations.
"From this position of strength, we have begun to wind down the war in Afghanistan. 10,000 of our troops ...

Karzai, Zardari, Ahmadinejad to Discuss A Number of Issues

Karzai, Zardari, Ahmadinejad to Discuss A Number of Issues

January 26, 2012

BAKU - Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Pakistan in late February, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Affairs Mohammad Ali Fathollahi said, IRNA reported.
Fathollah added that Ahmadinejad will meet his counterparts from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari for ...

UNAMA Stresses Afghan-Led Peace Drive

UNAMA Stresses  Afghan-Led Peace Drive

January 26, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan government should spearhead the ongoing reconciliation process in the country, the United Nations special envoy for Afghanistan said on Wednesday.
At his maiden news conference as head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Jan Kubiš identified the ...

Karzai Flies to Europe to Sign Strategic Partnership Agreements

Karzai Flies to  Europe to Sign Strategic  Partnership  Agreements

January 26, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday night left Kabul to Europe to sign strategic partnership agreements with Britain, France, Italy, and Turkmenistan, the President's Office said.
On Thursday President Karzai will meet Turkmen President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and will discuss about economic and bilateral ...

No Plan to Experiment New Political System: Crocker

No Plan to Experiment  New Political System: Crocker

January 25, 2012

KABUL - The US has no plan to change the political system in Afghanistan or divide the country, US ambassador Ryan Crocker said on Tuesday, three days after President Karzai said his country was not a lab for foreigners to experiment new political system once a while.
Ambassador Crocker called it only rumors and said such an effort by Washington would "dishonor the sacrifice of more than 1,800 American service members who have died in the cause of a unified ...

ANP, Home Ministry Must Join Graft Register: AHOOA

ANP, Home Ministry Must Join Graft  Register: AHOOA

January 25, 2012

KABUL - Top Afghan National Police (ANP) and officials working for the powerful interior ministry will have to declare property portfolios and assets, including cash, in the latest drive to tackle endemic graft ...

UNODC and Japan Sign US$9mln Grant Agreement

UNODC and Japan Sign US$9mln Grant  Agreement

January 25, 2012

KABUL – UNODC and the Government of Japan on Tuesday signed a $9 million grant agreement to build capacity in the criminal justice sector of Balkh, Bamyan and Herat provinces, in support of the Government of Afghanistan's effort to strengthen the rule of law in the country. The signing ceremony was hosted by the Ministry of ...

2,262 Civilians Killed in 2011: Report

2,262 Civilians  Killed in 2011: Report

January 25, 2012

KABUL - A total of 2,262 Afghan civilians died last year in the Afghan violence, compared to 2,777 in 2010, a report of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) said on Monday.
The report to the US Congress said that there was a slight fall in death toll from the Afghan conflict in the last year, AFP ...

Hizb Claims to be in Direct Contact with CIA

Hizb Claims to be in Direct Contact with CIA

January 24, 2012

KHOST - US and Afghan officials have shown flexibility in secret talks with one of insurgent factions in the hope it will help end the country's long war, a negotiator for the outlawed Hizb-i-Islami group said on Monday.
Ghairat Baheer, the son-in-law of Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, told Reuters that he had in recent weeks held exploratory talks with CIA director David Petraeus, the former commander of coalition forces ...

U.S. Flouts Law At Guantanamo, Despite Obama Vow: U.N.

U.S. Flouts Law At Guantanamo, Despite Obama Vow: U.N.

January 24, 2012

GENEVA - The United States is still flouting international law at Guantanamo Bay, despite President Barack Obama's election pledge to shut the facility, the United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Monday.
"It is ten years since the U.S. Government opened the prison at ...

EU Pledges Euro 60mln to Afghanistan

EU Pledges Euro  60mln to Afghanistan

January 24, 2012

KABUL - The EU has pledged 60 million Euros to Afghanistan to be used for reforms in government institutions.
The European Union Special Representative, Vygaudas Ušackas said on Monday that the EU assistance to Afghanistan would continue after ...

Afghanistan, a Lab of Authoritarian Regimes for Decades:ANF

Afghanistan, a Lab of Authoritarian Regimes for Decades:ANF

January 23-2012

KABUL - Leader of the Afghanistan National Front (ANF), Ahmad Zia Massoud, on Sunday criticized President Karzai's Saturday comments at the National Assembly where he said new systems should not be tested in Afghanistan.
President Hamid Karzai told the Afghan National Assembly on Saturday that Afghanistan was not a country where new systems and structures could be tested. He said that his government was established based on the will of the Afghan people. The President Karzai ...

Afghanistan Not A Political Lab: Karzai

Afghanistan Not  A Political Lab: Karzai

January 22, 2012

KABUL - Referring to suggestions for a federal system in the country, President Hamid Karzai on Saturday said Afghanistan was not a political laboratory for foreigners.
Speaking in Parliament, which entered its second year on Saturday, Karzai said several systems had been tried over the past 40 years, all yielding disastrous results."To be clear, we will not allow bad dreams to be implemented in our country," he said, weeks after ...

US Supports Pak-Afghan Talks on Promoting Peace

US Supports  Pak-Afghan Talks on  Promoting Peace

January 22, 2012

NEW DELHI - US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman, currently on a swing through the region to discuss post-war Afghanistan, has said his country will encourage a Kabul-Islamabad dialogue on an Afghan-led peace process.
"Well, obviously, the issues of the relationship between ...

The Job is Not Finished: Obama

The Job  is Not Finished: Obama

January 22, 2012

KABUL - The US President Barack Obama in an interview with CNN said that although the job is not finished, but al-Qaeda's capacity has been degraded.
"Well, what is fair to say is that the counterterrorism strategy as applied to al-Qaeda has been extremely successful. The job is not ...

Karzai Hopeful of Talk with Hekmatyar

Karzai Hopeful of Talk with Hekmatyar

January 22, 2012

KABUL - Karzai said Saturday that he personally held peace talks recently with the insurgent faction Hizb-i-Islami, appearing to assert his own role in a U.S.-led bid for negotiations to end the country's decade-long war.
Karzai made the announcement hours before he was to meet with American special representative Marc Grossman to discuss progress and ...

Al Qaeda Too Weak to Launch Major Attacks: Panetta

Al Qaeda Too Weak to Launch Major Attacks: Panetta

January 22, 2012

WASHINGTON - With its top leaders killed in the last one year, Al Qaeda no longer has the capability to have a command and control structure to launch a major terrorist strike like the 9/11, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said.
The network had no ability to make the kind of plans for as major ...

Focus on Afghan Mission to Continue: WH

Focus on Afghan  Mission to Continue: WH

January 22, 2012

WASHINGTON - Despite setbacks, the United States would continue to focus on its efforts in Afghanistan, the White House (WH) said on Friday.
President Barack Obama had laid out an Afghanistan strategy that he had been executing effectively, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney ...

France Reaffirms Commitment to Afghan Mission

France Reaffirms Commitment to  Afghan Mission

January 22, 2012

PRIS - France appeared to lessen the prospect of an early withdrawal from the 10-year war in Afghanistan on Saturday, stressing its commitment to the country after an Afghan soldier killed four of its troops.
French Defense minister Gerard Longuet and chief of defense staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud flew into Afghanistan for emergency talks a ...

Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF: If Taliban Imposed, There will be Resistance

Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF: If Taliban Imposed,  There will be Resistance

January 21, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban must be willing to make compromises in nascent peace talks, a prominent Afghan opposition figure said Friday, warning that ethnic minorities who for years battled the Taliban were prepared to take up arms again if they have to give up too much.
Marc Grossman, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, is expected in Kabul at the weekend to discuss progress in negotiations -- seen by their supporters as the best chance of ending a decade-long war ...

No Alternative to Direct Talks with Taliban: MoFA

No Alternative to Direct Talks with Taliban: MoFA

January 21, 2012

WASHINGTON - There is no alternative to direct peace negotiation between various parties, Afghanistan said, reiterating its stance that it would have preferred a Taliban political bureau within the country.
In a video tele-conference with Pentagon correspondents from Kabul on Thursday, an Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesman ...

Secret Talks with Taliban will Not Lead to Peace: Abdullah

Secret Talks  with Taliban  will Not Lead to Peace: Abdullah

January 21, 2012

KABUL - Leader of the National Coalition, Abdullah Abdullah, on Thursday said that secrets by the Afghan government and the United States with the Taliban will not lead to any peace in Afghanistan.
Mr Abdullah said that secret talks will not be welcomed by the Afghan people and stressed that the Afghan people must not ...

Karzai to Taliban: Stop Killing Innocent People

Karzai to Taliban: Stop Killing Innocent People

January 21, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai condemns in the strongest terms the suicide bombing in the New Bazaar of Kajaki district in Helmand province that left around 36 innocent people killed and injured.
As per the information by Helmand governor Gulab Mangel, terrorists carried out a suicide attack in a new market in the district of Kajaki ...

Karzai’s Dependency on Warlords ‘Disappointing’: Eide

Karzai’s Dependency on Warlords ‘Disappointing’: Eide

January 21, 2012

KABUL - Former UN envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Eide, said that he was "disappointed" in President Hamid Karzai for becoming "more dependent" on warlords and powerbrokers.
In an extract from his new book, Power Struggle Over Afghanistan, the Norwegian diplomat who served in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2010, says ...

Grossman Due in Kabul on Saturday

Grossman  Due in Kabul  on Saturday

January 21, 2012

WASHINGTON - US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman would fly into Kabul on Saturday for talks with President Hamid Karzai and other officials, the State Department announced on Wednesday.
Grossman would be in Abu Dhabi until Thursday evening and would stay ...

5 New AIEC Members Sworn in

5 New AIEC  Members Sworn in

January 21, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai administered oath to five new members of the Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (AIEC) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Thursday.
Mohammad Hussain Garziwani, Mohammad Hashim Faulad, Rida Azimi, Ghulam Dastagir Azad and Momina Yari were sworn in at a ceremony, a statement from Karzai's ...

UN Backs Afghan-Led Peace Talks: New Envoy

UN Backs  Afghan-Led Peace Talks: New Envoy

January 21, 2012

KABUL - The new United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, on Tuesday presented his diplomatic credentials to Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that the UN backs Afghan-led peace negotiations.
Mr. Kubis said at a press conference that peace talks with opposition ...