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Pakistan Warned over Border Gates

JALALABAD - The Nangarhar provincial council on Tuesday warned Pakistan of a strong reaction if it did not stop construction activities in eastern border areas. Pakistan had started the construction of gates and other buildings at the zero point along the frontier in Goshta and Lalpura districts, a member of the council said. Zabihullah Zmarai told a gathering at his office: “The establishment of gates mean ...

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Khalili Calls Craftsmen, Industrialists Effective In Economic Growth of Afghanistan

Kabul - Some craftsmen and member of carpet selling union, met with Mohammad Karim Khalili and shared their problems of the carpet selling union and the industrialists of carpet manufacturing employees with him asking government attention towards resolving their problems. They argued that the craftsmen of carpet are facing manifold problems. They asked for creation of better facilities for production of car ...

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Afghanistan 2014: A Look One Year Out

By Jim Marshall Term limits preclude Hamid Karzai from seeking re-election in the Afghan presidential election slated to occur one year from today (parliamentary elections will follow in 2015). So, for the first time since 2001, Afghanistan will soon have a new chief executive along with a new parliament, a leadership transition that has immense implications for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, yet one that ...

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With Swagger, Afghan Army Takes the Lead

Through the crackle of the hand radio, the Taliban fighter could be heard screaming at his comrades, berating them to strike from their mountain hide-outs and kill the infidel forces gathered nearby. A burly Afghan Border Police commander, eavesdropping on the enemy’s open-channel communication, chuckled and decided to stir things up. “If you are a man, you don’t need to yell,” the commander spoke into his ...

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Security for Civilians Deteriorating

After the horrific Farah assault by the Taliban, President Karzai visited the province on Monday and met families and relatives of the victims of the attacks. As Farah citizens   are mourning for the loss of civilian lives, another deadly bombing in Maidan Wardak province claimed lives of other nine civilians. These recent incidents suggest the intensity of the human disastrous condition in Afghanistan as w ...

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Britain’s “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher Dies

London - Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who transformed Britain and inspired conservatives around the world by radically rolling back the state during her 11 years in power, died on Monday following a stroke. She was 87. Britain's only woman prime minister, the unyielding, outspoken Thatcher led the Conservatives to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in ...

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Us General: Taliban Likely to be Long-Term Threat

Bagram - The United States accepts that a diminished but resilient Taliban is likely to remain a military threat in some parts of Afghanistan long after U.S. troops complete their combat mission next year, the top U.S. military officer says. In an Associated Press interview at this air field north of Kabul, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday he is cautiously optimis ...

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Karzai Visits Farah after Deadly Attack

President Hamid Karzai on Monday visited western Farah province following last week's deadly Taliban attack that killed nearly 50 people and injured more than 100 others. Karzai met the families of victims who were mostly civilians and promised that the government will provide money and education facilities for those whose family members died in the attack. "For the victims and injured of this event will do ...

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Afghans Involvement in Syria War To Be Investigated: Mosazai

KABUL - Afghan foreign ministry officials announced to launch an investigation in connection to involvement of Afghan nationals in Syria war. The officials further added that recent reports suggest involvement and casualties of Afghans in Syria and an investigation will be launched in this regard through Afghan embassy in Jordan. Foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai while speaking during a press confere ...

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MPs Stress Legal Action over Kunar Raid

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga Members on Monday strongly condemned the killing of civilians during an air raid by foreign forces in eastern Kunar province, calling the prosecution of the perpetrators. Eleven children -- aged between months and seven years -- were killed and six women wounded as a result of the coalition airstrike in the Shultan area of Shigal district on Saturday. During Monday’s session of the Wole ...

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Strategy for the Weak!

By: Mahmood Hassan Quraishi. This is also one of the most repeated ideas that an elephant destroyed a colony of ants so an ant decided to avenge this. It quietly went near the elephant, gently climbed on it and bit it. The elephant felt the pain and tried to find out the reason but could not see anything. The ant bit it again and again and felt really relieved when elephant got irritated but could do nothin ...

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Leaving Corruptistan: Washington Favors Exit over Fight with Karzai

By Susanne Koelbl Declare victory and then leave. That seems to be Washington's line in Afghanistan these days. The United States has even caved in to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a dispute over an airline alleged to have transported drugs. Getting out, it seems, has become more important than fighting corruption. Given that friendship between Hamid Karzai and the Americans has long been a thing of the ...

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Protecting Civilians

Officials at the Shigal district of Eastern Kunar province say that 'eleven children' and some Taliban militants including their commanders have been killed in a joint operation by Afghan and NATO forces. According to reports, residents of the shigal district angrily protested against the bombardment, carrying dead bodies of the children to the district government. According to officials, the children were ...

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China Asks North Korea to Ensure Safety of its Nationals

Beijing - China deplored rising tension on the Korean peninsula on Sunday but said its embassy was operating normally in the North Korean capital and it asked authorities there to ensure its diplomats and other citizens were kept safe. North Korea, angry about new U.N. sanctions imposed for its third nuclear weapon test in February, has made increasingly strident warnings of an imminent war with South Korea ...

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11 Kids Killed, 7 Women Injured In Kunar Raid

ASADABAD - Nearly a dozen children have been killed and a number of women wounded in an International Security Assistance Force airstrike in the Shigal district of eastern Kunar province, officials said on Sunday. The air raid came during a joint operation by Afghan and coalition forces in the Shulatan area of the district late on Saturday. At least seven women were among the injured, the governor’s spokesm ...

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Centcom Chief Meets Karzai

KABUL - The new US Central Command (Centcom) chief, Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, on Sunday met President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander, Gen. Joseph Dunford and ex-defence minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak were also present at the meeting. Sitting Defence Minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi, National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Sp ...

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Kerry Grieves Loss of US Diplomat in Zabul

WASHINGTON - Grieving the loss of a young diplomat and other Americans in a deadly bombing in Afghanistan, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday wished everyone could see first-hand the devotion, loyalty and amazingly hard work the envoys did on the front lines. “We know too well the risks in the world today for all of our State Department personnel at home and around the world – Foreign Service, Civil ...

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Defense Minister Meets Gen. Dempsey, Discuss Air Force Issues

KABUL - Afghan defense minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi urged the United States of America to assist Afghanistan to support and equip Afghan air force. Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi during his meeting with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin E. Dempsey discussed the issue in Afghanistan. According to reports deputy US defense minister is expected to visit Afghanistan in the near future ...

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Bamyan Doctors on Hunger Strike

BAMYAN - Doctors and medics at a 100-bed hospital in central Bamyan province on Sunday went on a hunger strike against what they called the sacking of two specialists, officials said. They said Dr. Ramzia Haidari, a gynecologist, and Dr. Anwar, surgery ward specialist, were fired lasts week, causing a shortage of senior doctors. The doctors warned if the specialists were not reinstated, they would continue ...

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Fernando Torres: I’ll Stay at Chelsea and Prove Critics Wrong

Fernando Torres has vowed to stay at Chelsea and recapture the form that earned him a £50m price tag. The Spaniard has struggled since his big-money move from Liverpool in January 2011, with former team-mate Didier Drogba and now Demba Ba the oft-preferred striker. A brace in Chelsea's 3-1 Europa League win over Rubin Kazan in midweek hinted at the player of old and Torres admitted he is desperate to redisc ...

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