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Post-2014 Afghanistan: Past Memories Daunt Afghans

Presently, worries about post-2014 Afghanistan is widely common across the country. Most Afghan citizens are concerned that what will happen after the 2014 when the US-led NATO forces repatriation period is completed? Dose Afghanistan return to the dark days of civil war? What will the rival neighbors along with their puppets in Afghanistan do with the country? Are the Afghan security forces that much stron ...

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Pain of Suspicion!

An old man lost a precious thing. He looked for it everywhere but could not find it. In his neighborhood there lived a teenager boy whom he liked very much. The boy was very polite and possessed noble qualities. He especially respected the old man a lot. He was a kind of boy who always minded his own business and thus he was never seen being idle or loitering in the neighborhood. When the old man did not fi ...

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Taliban Kidnapping Foreigners in Logar

The Taliban has seized a non-military helicopter with its eleven passengers in central Logar province. According to officials, the passengers kidnapped by Taliban include six Turkish engineers and two other foreign pilots. Logar officials say that the foreigners were kidnapped when their helicopter made an emergency landing in an area controlled by the Taliban. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the kid ...

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Russia Warns EU Not to Lift Syria Arms Ban as UK Keeps Pushing

Moscow - Russia warned the European Union on Monday not to lift an arms embargo that has prevented weapons supplies to Syrian rebels, despite British and French lobbying. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday that EU foreign ministers, who last month rejected a Franco-British proposal to ease the ban, would in coming weeks discuss the question again. Russia, which says it is continuing to i ...

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Taliban Capture Eleven from Helicopter in Afghanistan

KABUL - A Turkish transport helicopter carrying at least 11 civilians was forced to make an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area in eastern Afghanistan, and the insurgents took all the people on board prisoner, including eight Turks and a Russian, officials said Monday. The civilian aircraft landed in strong winds and heavy rain on Sunday in the village of Dahra Mangal in the Azra district of Loga ...

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China Can Play Important Role in Peace Process: Karzai

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that China as a "neighbour and a major world power can play a very important role in facilitating and promoting the peace process in Afghanistan." In an interview with Chinese Phoenix Satellite Television, President Karzai has described peace as a must and necessity for any nation; requesting the Chinese role in the peace process of Afghanistan, Karzai's office ...

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Parliament Approves Two Articles of Election Law

KABUL - The second article of the Election Law in which government has suggested a free system of nomination, was approved by parliament. The fourth article says that votes must be counted in polling centres. "The free system of election is in the interest of our country. We are against complex systems, because political parties lack the ability to represent majority of the people," Member of Parliament Kam ...

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Us, Pakistan Discuss Afghan Peace Bid

KABUL: Senior Pakistani and American diplomats have agreed on working jointly for promoting the peace process in Afghanistan and stabilising the region, an official said on Monday. The agreement came at meetings between Pakistani officials and a US delegation led by America’s Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan David D. Pearce. The visiting team met Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Jalil ...

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Interior Ministry Decries Political Meddling

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior on Monday said police would face challenges if illegal interference from parliamentarians continued in their affairs. A day earlier, Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang voiced his concern at the problems created by illegal demands from some parliamentarians. Since December, he was summoned 32 times by the Wolesi Jirga and 14 times by the Senate, he said, adding he had re ...

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US approves additional $123m aid to Syria

US increases financial aid to Syrian opposition as European countries mull lifting arms embargo on rebel fighters. The United States has approved providing Syrian rebels with $123m in new nonlethal aid that may include body armour and other types of supplies that have not been part of the assistance package in the past. The additional money will double the nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition as we ...

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In Afghanistan, Heroin Aids The Taliban

By Stan Veuger A new report from the United Nations shows that opium production in Afghanistan is up. This, despite efforts on the part of the United States to sharply limit opium production in the country. America’s efforts, while well intentioned, have fallen victim to the law of unintended consequences. When the United States leans on the Afghani government to crack down on opium, they are effectively fu ...

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Young Afghans determined to rebuild war-torn country

By: AFP While others make plans to flee, a new generation of educated young Afghans who have tasted new freedoms in post-Taliban times are determined to stay and rebuild their war-ravaged nation. With the vast majority of foreign troops withdrawing by the end of next year, many predict a resurgence of the hardline religious groups or a return to the civil war of the 1990s. But a host of young professionals ...

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Kabul-Beijing’s Future Relations

As the United States and its allies are withdrawing their militaries – and their aids – from Afghanistan, China is increasingly becoming a potential alternative. Interviewing a Chinese TV channel, Afghan president Hamid Karzai said that “China as a neighbor, a major world power and a friend of Afghanistan could play a very important role in facilitating and promoting the peace process in Afghanistan.” In th ...

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No Deadline Set for Signing Kabul-Washington Security Pact: MOFA

KABUL - Afghan foreign minister stated Sunday that the government of Afghanistan has not specified any deadline for signing the security agreement with the United States and  that once signed the agreement will not be implementable before the end of 2014.While the strategic agreement between the two countries was signed last May and it is said that a one-year timeframe after the strategic pact was given for ...

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Afghanistan Second Largest Export Market of Pakistani Goods

Islamabad - Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mohammad Sadiq said on Sunday that peace in Afghanistan was the top priority of his country and its foreign policy. Speaking to Dawn.Com on the sidelines of a seminar organised by University of Peshawar’s Department of Political Science, titled “Pak- Afghan relations in the changing world scenario”, Ambassador Sadiq said reconciliation among all ethnic group ...

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Corrupt Mps Should Be Identified, Referred to Judiciary: Senate

KABUL - Complaints commission of Afghan senate urged Sunday that all the MPs involved in corrupt dealings should be identified and referred to the judiciary organisations, for which a number of MPs had called upon their administrative board to investigate the issue last week. "The corrupt ones within the parliament should be revealed and those who are identified to have received money and are involved in su ...

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HRW Concerned Over Condition of Afghan Women

KABUL - Concerned over the condition of women in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch warned Saturday that continuation of the current situation would destroy what has been achieved. Part of the concern by the watch goes to the condition of beggar women who – as claimed by Afghan social affairs ministry – are forced by some mafia groups for what they do. "Obviously, poverty is a very serious issue in Afghanistan ...

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ANA Loses 107 Soldiers in a Month

KABUL - Up to 107 Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel and 467 militants were killed over the past one month, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Sunday. Afghan soldiers conducted 2,209 counterinsurgency operations and 622 search offensives in different parts of the country from March 21 to April 21. The operations were aimed to maintain peace, dismantle insurgent networks and promote good governance, def ...

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A Deep-Rooted Tumor!

A group of experts of social sciences came to conduct research about the causes of corruption and especially flagrant and rampant bribe acceptance. They chose some of the Asian countries where the rate of corruption and bribe is very high. The research or study continued for almost a year and in the end, the findings were published. They came with a lot of statistical information which we leave for another ...

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New Body for Seeking Peace with Taliban

Lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of the parliament, agreed on Saturday to create a commission for seeking mechanisms of peace in the country. The lawmakers agreed to the establishment of the new peace commission after many of the MPs bitterly criticized the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC), calling its peace efforts as ineffective. The decision is considered as the first of its kind by the parl ...

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