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Karzai Back U.S. Deal

Karzai Back  U.S. Deal

November 20, 2011

KABUL - Afghan political and community leaders support the idea of a strategic partnership deal that will govern Afghanistan's relationship with the United States, they said on Saturday, but with caveats that could prove tough obstacles to surmount. A declaration made after a meeting of around 2,000 delegates said ...

German FM Pledges Lasting Support to Afghanistan

German FM Pledges Lasting Support to Afghanistan

November 20, 2011

ABUL - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle held talks with the President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Saturday ahead of a crucial conference on the future of Afghanistan in the wake of international troop withdrawal. Westerwelle promised that Germany's relationship with Afghanistan would remain strong beyond the 2014 date set for NATO-led combat troops ...

Chinese Company to Extract Amu Darya Oil

Chinese Company to  Extract Amu Darya Oil

November 20, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Mines said on Saturday that CNPC International, China's largest energy company, won the rights to extract oil in the Amu Darya river basin.
The ministry has agreed upon the details of the project with CNPC International. The deal has been sent to the Afghan Council of

Assembly Receives Committees’ Proposals

Assembly Receives Committees’ Proposals

November 20, 2011

KABUL - The traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation agreement with the US has received suggestions from all the 40 committees and submitted a summary to a special meeting, the Jirga chairman announced on Saturday. On the fourth and concluding day of the tribal gathering ...

Some Spy Services Tried to Disrupt Jirga: Mohammadi

Some Spy Services Tried to Disrupt  Jirga: Mohammadi

November 20, 2011

KABUL - Some regional spy agencies tried to disrupt the traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation pact with the US, the interior minister said on Saturday. The four-day assembly concluded with the release of a 76-article declaration, recommending the creation of American bases in the country ...

Afghanistan Not Serious about Improving Ties with Pak: Khar

Afghanistan Not Serious about  Improving Ties with Pak: Khar

November 20, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that Afghanistan is not serious in improving ties with her country, otherwise it would not have continuously made 'recriminatory comments' against Islamabad. "Can we overextend our arm without it being reciprocated? No country which is serious about improving ties with ...

US is Powerful, we are Lion: Karzai

US is Powerful, we are Lion: Karzai

November 19, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai told participants of the Loya Jirga that Afghanistan's relationship with the US should be one between two sovereign countries, saying he wanted national sovereignty to be protected at all costs.
The president, who called the Loya Jirga, appeared to have won over the majority of the audience with his speech, drawing cheers when he compared Afghanistan to a lion capable of standing on equal footing with the West. "It's true that America ...

LJ Delegates Set Conditions for US Military Bases

LJ Delegates Set Conditions  for US Military Bases

November 19, 2011

KABUL - Some participants of the traditional Loya Jirga (LJ) on Thursday supported the creation of US military bases in Afghanistan if the conditions set by the Karzai administration were met.
The grand tribal assembly on the strategic cooperation agreement with the US and setting up a mechanism for peace dialogue with Afghan ...

Night Raids Very Valuable, Necessary: Pentagon

Night Raids Very Valuable, Necessary: Pentagon

November 19, 2011

WASHINGTON - Night raids, conducted by coalition forces in partnership with Afghans after permission from the Karzai government, perform a "very valuable and necessary" function, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. "The key point for us is that these operations are conducted jointly with the Afghans. We expect Afghan ...

Mujaddedi Supports Strategic Pact with US

Mujaddedi Supports Strategic Pact with US

November 19, 2011

KABUL - Loya Jirga Chairman Prof. Sibghatullah Mujaddedi said on Wednesday Afghanistan needed a strategic cooperation pact with the United States to prevent foreign meddling. Foreign interference prodded Afghanistan to enter a strategic cooperation agreement with the US, the former president told ...

Foreign Troop Pullout to Pave Way for Civil War: Atmar

Foreign Troop Pullout to Pave Way for Civil War: Atmar

November 19, 2011

KABUL - Former interior minister Hanif Atmar fears Afghanistan may plunge into civil conflict if international forces pull out of the country on schedule in 2014. The withdrawal of US and NATO-led troops would pave the ground for a proxy-led war in Afghanistan, Atmar told an audience at a ...

Afghan Heroin Traffic Thrives in War: Russia

Afghan Heroin Traffic  Thrives in War: Russia

November 19, 2011

CHICAGO - U.S. efforts to eradicate Afghanistan's opium poppy crops, which cover an area about the size of New York City, have been "unsatisfactory," Russia's anti-drug czar said Thursday.
Russia is the world's largest per capita consumer of heroin and is coping with an epidemic of HIV/AIDS spread by dirty needles. Afghanistan has long been the world's leading producer of opium, used ...

Afghan Business Resides Largely in Agriculture: Rahimi

Afghan Business Resides  Largely in Agriculture: Rahimi

November 19, 2011

WASHINGTON - Observing that the country's business resides largely in agriculture and that the sector is growing fast, the visiting Afghan Agriculture Minister, Mohammad Asif Rahimi, on Tuesday urged the American business community to invest heavily in Afghan agriculture sector and benefit from it."Everyone's work and investment in ...

EU Eyes Partnership Pact with Afghanistan

EU Eyes Partnership Pact with Afghanistan

November, 15 2011

BRUSSELS - The European Union agreed Monday to negotiate a partnership pact with Afghanistan including counter-terrorism, development and fighting drugs, ahead of the departure of NATO combat troops in 2014.
EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels gave the European Commission and EU chief diplomat Catherine Ashton a mandate to negotiate a "Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development" with the Afghan ...

Taliban Claims to Leak Afghan Jirga Security Plan

Taliban Claims to Leak Afghan Jirga Security Plan

November, 15 2011

KABUL - The Taliban in Afghanistan have published what they claim is a top secret government security plan for a landmark assembly of tribal elders expected to decide on future ties with the US this week.
The alleged plan, published on the Taliban's website late Sunday, features a satellite map of the venue where the event will take place, mobile phone numbers of top security officials ....

India, UN to Host Meeting to Curb Drug Trade

India, UN to Host Meeting to Curb Drug Trade

November, 15 2011

KABUL - In association with the UN, India is hosting a 'working group meeting on precursors' to curb heroin smuggling from Afghanistan and illicit trade in precursor chemicals.
The meeting will be held on November 14-15 with the support of the ...

Afghan-US Strategic Partnership Not Finalised: Spanta

Afghan-US Strategic Partnership Not Finalised: Spanta

November, 15 2011

KABUL - National Security Advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, while speaking at the House of Representatives on Monday, said that the talks between Afghanistan and the United States of America over the long term strategic agreement have not been finalised ...

Taliban Leaders Lose Control Over Fighters: ISAF

Taliban Leaders Lose Control Over Fighters: ISAF

November, 15 2011

KABUL - The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday said recent militant attacks targeting civilians indicated the Taliban ...

Jirga, A Violation of Afghan Constitution: Abdullah

Jirga, A Violation of Afghan Constitution: Abdullah

November, 14 2011

KABUL - The leader of Change and Hope Coalition Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said that holding the Traditional Jirga is a clear violation of law and it's decisions are unacceptable.
The Traditional Jirga undermines the authority of the Afghan Parliament, he added.
An Afghan traditional Jirga will be held on November 16th to discuss Afghan-US Strategic Agreement.
"It doesn't have any legal base, it's against the Afghan ...

Obama, Medvedev Discuss Iran, Afghanistan, Syria

Obama, Medvedev Discuss Iran, Afghanistan, Syria

November, 14 2011

HONOLULU - President Barack Obama said he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed Afghanistan, Iran and Syria, among other topics, in their meeting on Saturday.
Obama said he and Medvedev "reaffirmed our intention to work and shape a common response so we can move Iran to follow its international ...

Ministers to Discuss Strategy for Afghanistan

Ministers to Discuss Strategy for Afghanistan

November, 14 2011

KABUL - National foreign ministers will discuss Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and the Horn of Africa when they meet in Brussels on Monday (14 ...

US-Afghan Strategic Partnership A Binding Agreement: Allen

US-Afghan Strategic Partnership A Binding Agreement: Allen

November, 14 2011

KABUL - The post-2014 US presence in Afghanistan would be limited to intelligence gathering, special operations capabilities and training of the Afghan forces, the top US commander in Afghanistan said.
In an exclusive interview with Tolo news, Gen. John Allen, the commander of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ...

Senators Doubt on Loya Jirga’s Success

Senators Doubt on Loya Jirga’s Success

November, 14 2011

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of parliament, members on Sunday said that participants of the traditional Loya Jirga should have been provided with enough information on the proposed strategic agreement with the US ahead of holding the grand assembly. The jirga is called into session on Wednesday (November 16) to ...

Afghanistan Wants Indian Investments: Singh

Afghanistan Wants Indian Investments: Singh

November, 14 2011

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has sought Indian investment in his country's mine sector, especially in the iron ore mines.
Singh and Karzai held talks on the sidelines of the just concluded SAARC summit in the Maldives.
Speaking to journalists on his way back to New Delhi, Singh said on ...

India, Pakistan Trust Each Other Completely: Khar

India, Pakistan Trust Each Other Completely: Khar

November, 14 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Sunday struck a positive note on the future of Indo-Pak relations, saying the "trust deficit is zero or it has shrunk to a large extent" after the meeting between two Prime Ministers in Maldives. When Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart ...

Afghan Air Force Grows

Afghan Air Force Grows

November, 14 2011

WASHINGTON - The Afghan Army Air Force continues to grow. In the last year it has gained a thousand personnel (for a total of 5,000), and 26 aircraft (for a total of 66, mostly Mi-17 transports and Mi-35 gunships helicopters). In addition to the helicopters there are also Russian transports abd Italian transports and some ...

Hundreds of UK Troops to Remain: Defence Chief

Hundreds of UK Troops to Remain: Defence Chief

November, 14 2011

LONDON - Hundreds of British soldiers will remain in Afghanistan after the UK pulls troops out of fighting roles, the British Chief of the Defence Staff said. The Government wants combat soldiers to leave the war-zone by 2015, but has said some troops will remain to support and train Afghan ...

Loya Jirga Not Postponed: Safya Saddiqui

Loya Jirga Not Postponed: Safya Saddiqui

November, 13 2011

KABUL - A spokesperson for the Loya Jirga on Saturday said the grand assembly would take place as planned, brushing aside the rumors that the event had been postponed.
More than 2,000 government officials and elders are scheduled to meet on November 16 in Kabul to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed US-Afghanistan strategic partnership agreement. The gathering will also confer on a mechanism for peace negotiations with Afghan ...

Registration for Traditional Loya Jirga Begins

Registration for Traditional Loya Jirga Begins

November, 13 2011

>KABUL - Registration has commenced for the participants of the traditional Loya Jirga scheduled to be convened on Wednesday to discuss the pros and cons of a proposed strategic partnership agreement between Afghanistan and the US and peace mechanism, officials said. Afghan influential figures from across the country, Canada, Norway ...

U.S. Must ‘Get Tough’ with Pakistan: Envoy

U.S. Must ‘Get Tough’ with Pakistan: Envoy

November, 13 2011

SYDENY - The international community should work to reestablish Afghanistan as a buffer state, former U.S. Ambassador Peter Tomsen told an audience at the World Affairs Council on Wednesday in Seattle. However, Tomsen also made clear that peace will remain elusive as long as Pakistan provides sanctuary for insurgent groups. As he promoted his new book The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic ...

Karzai for Loya Jirga as Scheduled

Karzai for Loya Jirga as Scheduled

November, 13 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday the upcoming Loya Jirga should be held as scheduled, his office said. In a meeting with political figures and high ranking government officials at the Presidential Palace, the President discussed in detail preparations for the November 16 grand assembly, which has been called ...

Muqbil Wants Pace of Anti-Poppy Drive Accelerated

Muqbil Wants Pace of Anti-Poppy Drive Accelerated

November, 13 2011

FAIZABAD - Counternarcotics Minister on Saturday said poppy crops grown over about 1,279 hectares of land in two districts of northeastern Badakhshan province were yet to be eradicated.
Zrar Ahmad Muqbil, during a visit to the mountainous province, told local officials that 617 hectares of land was cultivated with poppy ...

Militants Pasting Night Letters Held in Nangarhar

Militants Pasting Night Letters Held in Nangarhar

November, 13 2011

>JALALABAD - Three armed militants pasting night letters on walls were detained in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Saturday. The three were detained in Rodat district on Friday night by police during a patrol, the town's administrative head, Hazrat Khan Khaksar, told ...

Chamkani Remains Paralysed for Second Day

Chamkani Remains Paralysed for Second Day

November, 13 2011

GARDEZ - Government offices and the bazaar in Chamkani district of southeastern Paktia province remained closed for a second day after a brazen suicide and gun attack on a government building.
Three policemen were killed when a group of five Taliban suicide bombers attacked the headquarters of Samkani district on Thursday near ...

100 Hectares of Kunduz Forests Lost in 3 Years

100 Hectares of Kunduz Forests Lost in 3 Years

November, 13 2011

KUNDUZ CITY - Agriculture officials say forest spread over more than 100 hectares of land in northern Kunduz province has been lost in just past three years due to illegal cutting of trees by residents and gunmen.
Kunduz has around 40,000 hectares of forests containing fruit and non-fruit bearing trees in Imam Sahib, Qala-i-Zal, Chahar Dara and ...