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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...

Osama Death Good News for Afghans: NATO Official

Osama Death Good News for Afghans: NATO Official

May 04, 2011

JALALABAD - The new commander of NATO-led troops in the eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday said the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was good news for Afghans and Americans.
Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind behind the devastating 9/11 attacks in the United States, was killed in his luxury mansion in Abbottabad city of Pakistan.
The world's most wanted individual, the multimillionaire Saudi citizen was...

Norway Deemed Best for Moms, Afghanistan Worst

Norway Deemed   Best for Moms,   Afghanistan Worst

May 04, 2011

NEW YORK - The best place in the world to be a mom is Norway, where maternal and child mortality rates are low, women's life expectancy and years in school are high, and the average maternity leave is about one year, a new study measuring the well-being of mothers and babies shows.
Australia and Iceland join Norway at the top of 8486Save the Children's 12th...

Mullah Omar Also Hiding in Pakistan: US Senator

Mullah Omar   Also Hiding in   Pakistan: US Senator

May 04, 2011

WASHINGTON - An influential American senator has demanded the US Special Forces now target Taliban leader Mullah Omar, who is also hiding in Pakistan, for hosting the Al Qaeda chief in Afghanistan.
"Mullah Omar, who took over after the Russians left, was driven out during our invasion. We believe he's in Pakistan. I would like to capture Omar or kill him because he's the man who invited bin Laden as his guest," Senator Lindsay...

Pakistan Shielded Al-Qaeda Leader for Years: Minister

Pakistan Shielded   Al-Qaeda Leader   for Years: Minister

May 04, 2011

KABUL - The world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, was protected by the Pakistan Army and its powerful spy service, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Afghan interior minister alleged on Tuesday.
Bismillah Mohammadi said tracking down and killing the Al Qaeda leader in a compound a few hundred yards from the prestigious Kakul Military Academy...

Wardak Confirms Failed Bomber Lived in London

Wardak Confirms Failed Bomber Lived in London

May 04, 2011

KABUL - Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak confirmed on Tuesday that the bomber who tried to kill him had lived in London for six years.
A gunman in army uniform entered the defense headquarters, adjacent to the presidential palace, on April 18, and tried to kill Wardak. The man, who was also wearing a suicide vest, was killed in firefight after he fatally shot three army ...

Burial at Sea Was the Best Option: WH

Burial at Sea Was   the Best Option: WH

May 04, 2011

WASHINGTON - Burial at sea was the best option available for dealing with Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's body, the White House said on Monday. The funeral was carried out strictly in accordance with Islamic practices.
"The burial of bin Laden's remains was done in strict conformity with Islamic precepts and practices. It was prepared in accordance with the Islamic requirements. We early on made provisions for that type of burial," an ...

Tajikistan Bans 4 Big Afghan Transit Firms

Tajikistan Bans 4 Big   Afghan Transit Firms

May 04, 2011

KABUL - Tajikistan has stopped four huge Afghan transit companies operating there, Association of Afghanistan Freight Forwarder Companies (AAFFCO) said on Tuesday.
Officials in Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said Afghan transit companies were providing better services compared to companies running ...

Osama Bin Laden Killed: Obama

Osama Bin Laden Killed: Obama

May 03, 2011

KABUL- Al Qaeda's elusive chief Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind behind the devastating 9/11 attacks in the United States, was killed in his luxury mansion in Abbottabad city of Pakistan, US President Barack Obama announced. Islamabad confirmed the 'intelligence-driven military operation'.
The most wanted individual in the world, the multimillionaire Saudi citizen was killed on Sunday night during a firefight with American forces in Pakistan, Obama said in a late-night speech at ...

Osama was Murderer of Afghans: Karzai

Osama was Murderer of Afghans: Karzai

May 03, 2011

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday described Osama Bin Laden the murderer of Afghans, after the news emerged about Osama's death in an operation conducted by US forces near Pakistani capital.
President Karzai called on the Taliban to take Osama Bin Laden's death as a lesson and renounce violence.
The death of Osama Bin Laden in Abbotabad, near...

Clinton Warns Taliban 'You Cannot Wait Us Out'

Clinton Warns Taliban 'You Cannot Wait Us Out'

May 03, 2011

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the Taliban Monday "you cannot wait us out" in Afghanistan, urging the insurgents to break with Al-Qaeda after US forces killed Osama bin Laden. "Our message to the Taliban remains the same, but today, it may have even greater resonance," Clinton told reporters. "You cannot wait us out. You...

WJ Approves Budget

WJ Approves Budget

May 03, 2011

KABUL- In an expected move, the Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of Parliament -- on Monday accorded approval to the budget for the current fiscal year. The assembly twice rejected the budget due to various problems in the draft, on March 24 and April 25.
On Feb 8, Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal sent the draft budget to the...

UN, AIHRC Urge All Parties to Stop Civilian Deaths

UN, AIHRC   Urge All Parties to Stop   Civilian Deaths

May 02, 2011

ABUL - The UN mission in Afghanistan has called on all parties to "take all necessary measures to protect civilians" in the Afghan conflict in the forthcoming months.
"We call on all parties to take all possible measures to protect civilians, especially in the forthcoming months when we expect, unfortunately, intensified conflict," UN Chief in Afghanistan Staffen de Mistura said in a statement.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) views any sorts of...

Budget Set to Be Approved on Monday

Budget Set to Be   Approved on Monday

May 02, 2011

ABUL - Members of nine parliamentary commissions on Sunday approved the budget for the new financial year that commenced on March 21. The lower house, which twice rejected the draft, is expected to approve it on Monday.
Passed by the Senate, or Meshrano Jirga, the budget was rejected by the assembly, despite Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal's appeal for its early...

$100m Allocated for District Development Plans

$100m Allocated   for District   Development Plans

May 02, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development had allocated $100 million (4.539 billion Afghanis) for the implementation of development projects during the ongoing year, the minister said on Sunday. The amount had been specified for the construction of roads, bridges, water supply systems, electricity and other infrastructure development projects, Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister...

Taliban Prisoners Escaped Through Gate, Not Tunnel: Gov.t

Taliban   Prisoners Escaped Through Gate, Not Tunnel: Gov.t

May 02, 2011

KABUL - Afghan Justice Minister has said Kandahar jailbreak did not happen through tunnel, but the Taliban prisoners were helped to escape through the main gate of the jail.
There has been collaboration between Taliban detainees and Kandahar dungeon chiefs in Kandahar jailbreak, Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib has said.
Deputy Chief of Afghan intelligence has accused neighboring countries'...

Unemployment Fuelling Insecurity: Senators

Unemployment Fuelling   Insecurity: Senators

May 02, 2011

>KABUL - Some members of the Meshrano Jirga, lower house of Parliament, on Sunday identified unemployment as the main cause of insecurity in the country.
Senator Fauzia Sadat called for reviving defunct industrial units across the country to generate work opportunities for unemployed youth.
Joblessness was one of the key reasons for the youth swelling the ranks of...

Parliament Approves TAPI Gas Agreement

Parliament Approves  TAPI Gas Agreement

May 01, 2011

KABUL - Afghan lawmakers Saturday approved Turkmenistan- Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas agreement.
International Liaison Commission of the Afghan parliament viewed the agreement as an economy booster in the country and said Turkmenistan's gas flow through Afghanistan would help to strengthen business relations between the members of the projects.
A member of international liaison commission of the Afghan House of Representatives Mohammad Anwar Akbari...

Tangible Progress Made in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Tangible Progress Made in Afghanistan: Pentagon

May 01, 2011

WASHINGTON - The United States and its Afghan partners have made progress over the last six months in not just arresting the Taliban's momentum, but reversing it in a number of key areas, a senior defence official has said.
"We've taken away, we've wrested away areas that the insurgents have had under control for years in a number of cases," the...

Khalili Wants Dist Councils to Monitor Uplift Projects

Khalili Wants Dist Councils to Monitor Uplift Projects

May 01, 2011

KABUL- Second vice president, Mohammad Karim Khalili, on Saturday called for close monitoring of projects to ensure quality and better use of government resources.
Addressing the first-ever conference of newly-established district development council members, Khalili said: "Lack of a proper monitoring system is the principal reason behind low quality of ...