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WFP Warns of Cut in Food Supplies

WFP Warns of  Cut in  Food Supplies

May 14, 2011

KABUL - The World Food Program (WFP) on Thursday warned of cutting food supplies to poor Afghan families if international donors failed to assist the program.
"The WFP plans to distribute aid to about 7.3 million people in Afghanistan with a cost of about $400 million (18.3 billion Afghanis) this year," WFP Regional Director for Asia Kenro Oshidari told a press conference in....

US Needs Afghan Base to Fight Terrorists in Pakistan: Riedel

US Needs Afghan Base to Fight  Terrorists in Pakistan: Riedel

May 14, 2011

KABUL - Since the US cannot rely on Pakistan to fight al-Qaeda we need Afghanistan to put our pressures on insurgent networks supported by Pakistan, Bruce Riedel a former advisor to President Barack Obama writes on the Daily Beast website.
An article by Bruce Riedel published on the Daily Beast on May 10 said "the notion that al-Qaeda was neutered was just plain...

Bin Laden Death May Speed Up Talks with Taliban: Zalmai Rassoul

Bin Laden Death  May Speed Up Talks with Taliban: Zalmai Rassoul

May 12, 2011

BEIJING - The death of Osama bin Laden may speed up reconciliation efforts between the Taliban and the Afghan government, Afghanistan's foreign minister said on Wednesday, but he cautioned that it was early days.
Bin Laden was killed last Monday during a raid by the U.S. military in Pakistan, since when the United States has called on the Taliban to abandon al Qaeda and negotiate an end to the war in...

800 Children Treated for Heart Diseases: ARCS

800 Children Treated for Heart Diseases: ARCS

May 12, 2011

KABUL- As many as 800 children suffering from heart diseases were treated over the past two years at home and abroad, with another 2,300 children waiting to receive treatment, the Afghan Red Crescent Society said on Wednesday .
Forty of the ailing children would be sent to Pakistan, India and to hospitals in Kabul, the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) head, Fatima...

Special Court is Unwarranted: Manawi

Special Court  is Unwarranted: Manawi

May 12, 2011

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief on Wednesday said irregularities during last year's parliamentary election were not enough to alter the poll's final results, calling the creation of a special court as unwarranted.
"We have done out duty with honesty, but now the special court has been creating problems between the legislative body and the...

Raid Raises Prospect of Afghan Withdrawal

Raid Raises Prospect  of Afghan Withdrawal

May 12, 2011

WASHINGTON - The death of Osama bin Laden and growing pressure from Congress to shrink the US commitment and expense in Afghanistan have given new impetus to those in the Obama administration who favour a swift reduction of US forces.
The US would withdraw 70,000 troops from Afghanistan during the next three years and rely increasingly on Special Forces in plans being...

Karzai’s Brother Regrets Backing Karzai in Presidential Campaign

Karzai’s Brother  Regrets Backing Karzai  in Presidential Campaign

May 12, 2011

KABUL - In an exclusive interview with Tolo news President Karzai's brother, Mahmoud Karzai, said he was disappointed having supported Karzai during his presidential campaigns for the second term.
Mahmoud Karzai, the younger brother of President Karzai, said...

400 Taliban Militants Pound Nuristan

400 Taliban Militants Pound Nuristan

May 11, 2011

JALALABAD - At least two militants were killed and three policemen injured after hundreds of insurgents launched a massive attack on police posts in eastern Nuristan province on Tuesday, officials said.
Laced with AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and machineguns, about 400 militants pounded checkpoints around a base housing police-reserve units located about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south of the provincial capital of Paroon, police chief, Shamsur Rahman Zahid, told...

Turkey to Organize Regional Conference on Afghanistan

Turkey to Organize  Regional Conference  on Afghanistan

May 11, 2011

ISTANBOLE - Turkey will host a regional conference on Afghanistan in Istanbul at the beginning of November, according to an official statement Tuesday. The statement was released after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hosted a working breakfast for representatives from countries neighboring and surrounding Afghanistan. Ministers from ...

Kandahar Attack ‘Embarrassing’: Senators

Kandahar Attack  ‘Embarrassing’:  Senators

May 11, 2011

KABUL - Senate House branded the two-day Kandahar attack an "embarrassment" to security officials in particular to provincial officials.
Head of Kandahar provincial council, Ahmad Wali Karzai, has said the Senate House has no authority to monitor Kandahar officials.
Senators dismissed the comments as irresponsible and ...

Talk or Face Bin Laden Fate, Kabul Warns Taliban

Talk or Face  Bin Laden Fate, Kabul Warns Taliban

May 11, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan government on Tuesday called on Taliban leaders to join peace talks initiated by the government or face the same fate as Osama bin Laden, who was killed by elite US commandos last week.
Opening a two-day conference discussing efforts to broker peace, Afghan Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili said the talks were an opportunity for the Taliban to embrace...

ANP Committing Crimes with Impunity: Oxfam

ANP Committing Crimes with  Impunity: Oxfam

May 11, 2011

KABUL- Afghan police are committing crimes such as child sex abuse, torture and killings with impunity, said Oxfam on Tuesday, warning the violations could escalate as local forces take on frontline role.
"Unless the international community acts immediately the country will not be secure enough to hand over to Afghan forces in 2014," the charity warned in a report titled "No...

Release of Insurgents, Against Laws and Constitution: Mohaqiq

Release of Insurgents, Against  Laws and Constitution: Mohaqiq

May 10, 2011

KABUL - Hajji Mohammad Mohaqiq, A member of Afghan High Peace Council and the prominent Law maker has strongly protested against the release of insurgent prisoners by High Peace Council and Afghan national peace and reconciliation commission.
As part of peace efforts in Afghanistan the High Peace Council has recently set a number of prisoners free and the action has faced strong criticism.
Hajji Mohammad Mohaqiq, also...

Four Airlines Banned in Afghanistan

Four Airlines  Banned in Afghanistan

May 10, 2011

>KABUL - Transportation and Aviation Ministry has stopped four airlines to operate in Afghanistan mainly because of flying substandard aircraft. Transportation and Aviation Ministry Spokesman declined to disclose names of the airlines, but said the companies were providing cargo services.
The Ministry said after the crash of an aircraft belonging to Pamir Airways, a private Afghan Airline, we are seriously monitoring air...

Mullah Omar Probably in Pakistan: Reidel

Mullah Omar Probably in Pakistan: Reidel

May 10, 2011

KABUL - There have been reports for a long time that Taliban leader Mullah Omar is hiding in Karachi, which I think is almost certainly true, Bruce Riedel a US terrorism expert and a former advisor to President Obama has said.
Dier Spiegel has interviewed Bruce Riedel about the impact of Bin Laden's death on al-Qaeda network and how the US should respond to the...

Osama Death Won’t Affect Security Transition: NATO

Osama Death Won’t  Affect  Security Transition: NATO

May 10, 2011

KABUL - A senior NATO civilian official on Monday said the death of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan wouldn't have any impact on security transition process at all.
At a joint press conference with NATO Spokeswoman Gen. Christine Whitecross, Deputy C ivilian Spokesperson for NATO Chris Chambers said the transition process is unchangeable and will continue unaffected...

Taliban Lose 23 Fighters in Kandahar

Taliban Lose 23 Fighters in Kandahar

May 09, 2011

KANDAHAR - Afghan police and soldiers put down a weekend offensive by Taliban militants in Kandahar that saw 23 rebels killed, government officials said.
The Interior Ministry said the assault began Saturday from a Taliban staging center at a hotel, the Los Angeles Times reported. Militants tried to storm the regional governor's residence and a federal...

Japan to Fund Peace Process in Badghis

Japan to Fund  Peace Process in Badghis

May 09, 2011

QALA-I-NAW - Japan will provide $5 million (228.4 million Afghanis) in donation for the Afghan government-initiated peace process in northwestern Badghis province, a Japanese diplomat has said.
Seiji Okada, Japan's deputy ambassador to Afghanistan made the pledge during a visit to the province on Saturday. "The aim of my visit is...

USAID Supports Afghan Projects Worth $5bn

USAID Supports  Afghan Projects  Worth $5bn

May 09, 2011

KABUL - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Sunday said projects at the total cost of $5bn are underway in Afghanistan.
Deputy US Ambassador to Afghanistan Anthony Wayne said some of the projects are infrastructure projects that will cover different provinces in...

Be Ready for Al-Qaeda Reprisal Attacks, UN Warns

Be Ready for  Al-Qaeda Reprisal Attacks, UN Warns

May 09, 2011

>KABUL - The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned Afghanistan and its neighboring countries of reprisal attacks by Al Qaeda after the death of its leader in last week's US commando operation in Pakistan.
Ban, who met with President Hamid Karzai in Turkey, said that regional countries should be prepared for threats of Al Qaeda attacks,...

Special Tribunal to Unseat 80 Parliamentarians

Special Tribunal to Unseat 80 Parliamentarians

May 08, 2011

KABUL - The Special Electoral Tribunal has decided to unseat more than 80 lawmakers in the House of Representatives, legislators said on Saturday.
Based on exact information about investigative processes of the special tribunal, it is planning to make the result of its probes public in a matter of days, Parliamentarians said.
"Recently, Special Tribunal along with justice organizations...

MPs Renew Call for Karzai to Complete Cabinet

MPs Renew Call  for Karzai to Complete Cabinet

May 08, 2011

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday once again renewed their call for President Hamid Karzai to introduce his remaining Cabinet ministers to the house for a vote of confidence.
In 2009, Karzai introduced his 24 cabinet picks to the Parliament, but only seven of them were able to get the trust vote, with the house rejecting most of...

Circles in Pakistan Govt. Cooperate with Terrorists: Karzai Spokesman

Circles in Pakistan Govt. Cooperate with Terrorists: Karzai Spokesman

May 08, 2011

KABUL - There are circles inside Pakistani government that are cooperating with terrorist groups, President Karzai's Deputy Spokesperson said on Saturday.
Deputy Spokesperson for President Karzai Seyamak Herawi remarked that Afghan government has consistently suggested to the international community and Pakistan's government to keep an eye on organizations...

Lawmaker Proposes Pak-Afghan-Iran Counterterrorist Cooperation

Lawmaker Proposes Pak-Afghan-Iran Counterterrorist Cooperation

May 08, 2011

TEHRAN - Senior Iranian lawmaker Kazem Jalali proposed on Saturday a tripartite cooperation among Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan in fighting against terrorism, the English language satellite PressTV reported.
Such a cooperation will help eliminate U.S. presence in the region, Jalali, spokesman for Iranian Parliament's National Security and...

Abdullah, Saleh Deadest Against Deal with Taliban

Abdullah, Saleh Deadest Against Deal with Taliban

May 07, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai's principal political rival on Thursday warned of mobilizing street protests if the Afghan government did not heed his views on dealing with the Taliban insurgency.
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, leader of the Coalition for Change and Hope, and former intelligence chief Amarullah Saleh vehemently opposed peace with the Taliban who executed orders from foreign spy services and spilled the blood of innocent Afghans.
Addressing a huge gathering...

Bin Laden Death Game-Changer for US Military in Afghanistan: Gates

Bin Laden Death Game-Changer for US Military in  Afghanistan: Gates

May 07, 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the killing of Osama bin Laden could be game-changer for the U.S. military in Afghanistan by splitting the native Taliban from the al-Qaeda terror network.
Gates took questions for about 35 minutes Friday from about 300 airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.

US Must Get Out of Afghanistan: Pelosi

US Must  Get Out of  Afghanistan: Pelosi

May 07, 2011

WASHINGTON - Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, the United States should end its war in Afghanistan, says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. She also says, like many others, that bin Laden’s death doesn’t erase the threat of terrorism against the United States, CNSNews.com reports.
Pelosi’s comments during a news conference on Capitol Hill...

Clinton Hopes Taliban will Join Political Process

Clinton Hopes Taliban  will Join Political Process

May 07, 2011

>WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hopes the Taliban would renounce Al Qaeda and join the political process.
"I think it (Osama's death) opens up possibilities for dealing with the Taliban that did not exist before," Clinton told in remarks to the National Conference of Editorial Writers. On...

Pakistan Should Hand Over Taliban Leaders to Afghanistan: MPs

Pakistan Should Hand Over  Taliban Leaders to  Afghanistan: MPs

May 07, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan should hand over the remaining senior Taliban leaders to Afghanistan, some Afghan MPs said on Thursday.
Lawmakers urged the international community and the government to apply more pressures on Pakistan so that the country starts acting honestly in the fight against terrorism and detention of senior...

Bin Laden Death Won’t Change Afghan Plan: Obama

Bin Laden Death Won’t  Change Afghan Plan: Obama

May 07, 2011

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told "60 Minutes" Correspondent Steve Kroft on Thursday the death of Osama bin Laden won't change U.S. plans for Afghanistan.
Kroft observed that, "There are people in Congress -- influential people now, on both sides of the aisle -- who are saying

Sovereignty Core Term for US Strategic Ties

Sovereignty  Core Term for  US Strategic Ties

May 05, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan has identified respect for its sovereignty one of the key conditions presented to the US as part of a proposed strategic cooperation agreement, a presidential advisor said on Wednesday.
"Afghanistan wants to be independent in all its affairs and the US will have to address the security problem by providing training and equipment to Afghan forces," National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta told...

WB Provides $22mln Grant to Private Sector

WB Provides $22mln Grant  to Private Sector

May 05, 2011

WASHINGTON - The World Bank Wednesday approved a $22 million IDA grant to help revitalize Afghanistan’s private sector. The Afghanistan New Market Development Project will pilot a business development program in the four urban centers of Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad and Herat, which are the major hubs of economic...

Afghanistan Strategy Unchanged: Hague

Afghanistan Strategy  Unchanged: Hague

May 05, 2011

LONDON - Britain's strategy in Afghanistan has not changed as a result of the death of Osama bin Laden, Britsh Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday.
But he said that the elimination of the terrorist mastermind makes it a "decisive moment" for Afghanistan, when the Taliban should be persuaded to break off links with his al-Qaida...

Laden’s Death will Not Change NATO Strategy: Rasmussen

Laden’s Death will Not Change NATO Strategy: Rasmussen

May 05, 2011

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen praised Wednesday the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden as a "significant success" in efforts to fight global terrorism.
"You may ask what does that mean to NATO and what does that mean to our mission in Afghanistan?" he asked speaking at his...

Osama Death A Shared Achievement: Grossman

Osama Death A Shared Achievement: Grossman

May 04, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan, Pakistan and United States on Tuesday pledged support for an Afghan-led reconciliation effort to bring peace, security and development to a region haunted by militancy.
After trilateral talks in Islamabad, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and US Special Representative Marc Grossman held out the pledge at a joint news conference.
With the meeting, which took place in a cordial...