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Germany to Keep 800 Troops for Afghan Training Post-2014

The Germany has announced plans to keep up to 800 soldiers for a Nato training mission in Afghanistan after US and other foreign combat troops leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Thursday said Berlin was offering to station between roughly 600 and 800 soldiers in Kabul and the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif for a two-year period starting in 2015. They wou ...

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Nangarhar Residents Ask for Governor’s Dismissal

Kabul-- The residents of eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar protested against the provincial governor Saturday, blocking four main entrances to the province's centre, Jalalabad. The residents – who claim governor Gul Agha Sherzai has been unresponsive to impeding corruption, illegal land grabbing, and Pakistani military from Afghan soil – said they would continue their protest and the entrances to the cit ...

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Wolesi Jirga to Evolve Peace Building Mechanism

KABUL: A majority of Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) members on Saturday agreed to the creation of a commission to evolve a mechanism that could make peace with the armed opposition groups. The first-ever decision of its kind by the assembly came at a special session that agreed to create a commission that would work on the proposal and ask the government for its implementation. Outspoken lawmaker ...

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MoI Blames Badakhshan Insecurity on Eastern Neighbour

Kabul-- Afghan interior ministry said Saturday that Afghanistan's eastern neighbour is endeavouring to make the north-eastern province of Badakhshan insecure aiming to put obstacles over construction of the Silk Route to China. Pakistan is believed to have recently had broader role in causing insecurity to the province's Wardooj district after it realised the historical Silk Route will connect Afghanistan t ...

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Elections, Only Solution to People’s Problems: Parties

Meeting in Kabul to discuss further over holding a transparent presidential election, a large number of political parties and coalitions warned the Afghan government not to disregard their role in the upcoming elections. While the Afghan president has been emphasising that his country's elections will be held on due date – currently planned as 5th of April, 2014 – the parties and coalitions expressed fear o ...

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Senior Taliban Leader Arrested in Helmand Operation

Helmand__ A senior Taliban leader was arrested in a joint operation conducted by Afghan and Nato troops in Nahr-e-Saraj district of southern Helmand province Friday, Isaf said. "During the operation, multiple insurgents opened fire on the security force. After positively identifying the threat, the security force engaged the insurgents, wounding one," Isaf said in a statement. The leader is believed to cont ...

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Afghan, Egyptian Clerics Declare Suicide Attacks ‘Haram’

Kabul-- Afghan and Egyptian religious scholars who met in Kabul Thursday have declared suicide attacks forbidden or 'haram' under Islam emphasising that this was in keeping with most Islamic teaching around the world. The Afghanistan Islamic Research and Academic Centre hosted the meeting to discuss methods of peace and to clarify the controversial use of suicide bombers by Muslim extremist groups. The scho ...

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Afghan Traffic Accidents on a Fatal Rise: Mps

A number of Afghan MPs warned Saturday that traffic accidents across Afghanistan – after incidents from conflicts – take the highest number of victims, pointing out that the dilemma could bring out tragic outcomes in case it is not well addressed. "Besides problems we have with armed opposition groups' mad suicide attacks, traffic accidents as well take lives of many of our people," said Sharifullah Kamawal ...

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The Serious Threat of Drugs in Afghanistan

Today, production and trade of the drug is one of the four serious crises worldwide. Every year a large number of people including men, women, youth and even children fall victim to the evil. Although every year a remarkable amount of budgets is allocated to fight drug with relentless efforts, it is still not decreased. Afghanistan is not an exception. For long, it faces critical challenges through drugs; w ...

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Anti-Taliban Uprising under Attack

When the so-called anti-Taliban uprising began in Andar district of Ghazni province last year, the Afghan and US officials hoped the movement would turn into an extensive revolt against the militant groups. But gradually the movement falls on a hard time as they feel vulnerable against the Taliban attacks and its infiltrators. According to the reports, thirteen members of anti-Taliban uprising movement in A ...

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Man Utd’s Rio Ferdinand: I’ll Struggle to Emulate Ryan Giggs

Rio Ferdinand says he will struggle to emulate Ryan Giggs and extend his Manchester United career into his late 30s. The 34-year-old has impressed in United's back four this season, starting the club's biggest games in the English top flight and Champions League. Ferdinand, who is nursing a persistent back problem, is set to be out of contract in the summer, although Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to tie down th ...

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Why Your Brain Loves Music

New neuroscience study sets out to explain why in some respects music offers the same sort of pleasure as a really good thriller. The love affair between music and neuroscience just keeps going and going. And this isn’t surprising because music’s power over us is so huge, and so odd. It’s not like those other great providers of pleasure, food and sex. It doesn’t help to propagate our genes. Nor does it tell ...

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Afghanistan: A Precarious Transition

By Victor Mallet Ahmad Khalid’s hand is wrapped in a bandage but his is no battle injury from Afghanistan’s unrelenting warfare. In a brisk spring breeze, the 22-year-old is flying a kite on the Nader Khan hill overlooking Kabul, a popular pastime for the city’s residents after Friday prayers. Finger injuries are common because kite strings are coated with glass powder to slice through the strings of rivals ...

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A Robust US Presence in Post-2014 Afghanistan

US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford said Tuesday that the US and other members of the international coalition should keep a robust force in Afghanistan after 2014, stationed in Kabul and ‘four corners’ of Afghanistan. The top US military commander in Afghanistan warned about increasing uncertainty across the region as foreign forces begin withdrawing from the country. “Many Afghans have told me ...

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Russia’s Putin Threatens to Sack Officials over Social Spending

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin threatened to sack senior officials over a failure to carry out his orders on social spending in a warning to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's government. Unofficial video footage released on Wednesday showed Putin berating officials at a meeting on housing attended by several ministers including Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. In the ...

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Dunford Urges for Troops to Remain in Afghanistan

Kabul--Top US and ISAF commander Gen Joseph Dunford has urged American lawmakers to support plans for US troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014 in order to continue to support the country in the face of the ongoing insurgent threat. "The Afghan Taliban and all its sub-groups, including the Haqqani Network, remain capable of conducting high profile attacks though counter-terrorism pressure has degraded t ...

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Afghan Forces Able to Cope With Challenges: TOLA

HERAT - A group of the Transatlantic Opinion Leaders to Afghanistan (TOLA) wrapped up a two day visit to western Herat province after meetings with ISAF commanders and local officials, the Italian-led command said on Wednesday. The visit by the international consultants in security, development and administration sectors from ISAF troop contributing nations was aimed at strengthening NATO member states' com ...

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Taliban Want Pashtuns Disenfranchised: Karzai

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said the Taliban were out to disenfranchise socially and politically Pashtun tribes living on both sides of the Durand Line at the behest of others. Karzai, who phoned Pashtun nationalist leaders Asfandiyar Wali Khan, the chief of Awami National Party (ANP), and Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, strongly condemned a bomb attack on an ANP rally in Peshawar on Tuesday, a stateme ...

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Corrupt Lawmakers Should Be Publicly Named: MPs

KABUL - A number of lawmakers on Wednesday repeated their calls for the parliament's administrative board to investigate and reveal the names of their colleagues who are said to be involved in corrupt dealings. "Why are the names of the lawmakers who are accused of corruption not revealed? When they say that 80 lawmakers have had a hand in dealings and corruption, then they should reveal the names or they t ...

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Plans Underway to Improve Afghan Disaster Response: UN

New York - Afghanistan's capacity to mitigate the impact of natural disasters is very low in most cases and the country is not capable of addressing disaster risks, United Nations special representative for disaster risk deduction said in Kabul. However, with a new strategy from the UN and with cooperation from the Afghan government, the representative suggested it's time to put greater effort into improvin ...

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