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The Deadly Wave of Spring Offensive

As the spring season of offensive by the Taliban is at its peak, the Taliban has carried out multiple attacks in recent days in Kabul and other cities of Afghanistan. In the latest attack, the Taliban militants assaulted local office of the International Committee of the Red Crescent (ICRC) in eastern Nangarhar province. According to some reports, a senior official of the ICRC was among eight people killed ...

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Life as One of the Most Persecuted Ethnic Groups on the Planet

Imagine that you live in Afghanistan. Your ancestors have lived there for hundreds of years, but you are a minority. In fact, you are a minority two times over, because the religion you practice is different from the one most people practice, and the way you look is different from the way most people look. In the 1890's, Emir Abdur Rahman comes along. He is a king who reserves special scorn for your people, ...

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Choosing sides in Afghanistan

Max Boot U.S. neutrality in the country's next presidential election is a nice ideal — it's just not possible. Hamid Karzai has been president of Afghanistan for a long time — since the end of 2001, when he was installed by a U.S.-led alliance. At the time, he seemed a charming, English-speaking leader with a colorful wardrobe who could craft a democratic, post-Taliban state. Today Karzai is perceived, at l ...

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Russia Faults U.S. Over ‘Odious’ Syria Rights Resolution

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced as "odious" a U.S.-backed draft resolution condemning the Syrian government before a debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday and said it would undermine peace efforts. Lavrov said U.S. support for the draft resolution, which would condemn "widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights" by Syrian authorities and affiliated mi ...

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Suicide Bombers Attack Peaceful Province in Afghan North

PANJSHIR - Taliban suicide bombers, some dressed as police, killed a policeman in a rare attack on a governor's compound in Afghanistan's fiercely anti-Taliban Panjshir valley on Wednesday, a stark indication of their broadening reach. The attack was the first of its kind in the Panjshir since October 2011. The Panjshir was an important rallying area for anti-Taliban forces that toppled the Islamist group's ...

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Some Govt. Officials Get $50,000 a Month

KABUL - Some high-ranking government officials are paid $30,000 (1.65 million afghanis) to $50,000 in monthly salary by Afghan and foreign organisations, the minister of justice told parliamentarians on Wednesday. Habibullah Ghalib said this while briefing the Wolesi Jirga on draft laws regarding the expenses and privileges of the president and other senior government figures. However, he did not go into de ...

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Insurgents from Pakistan Sent to Afghan Soil: MoD

[caption id="attachment_86" align="alignnone" width="600"] Defense Minister, Bismillah Muhammadi[/caption] KABUL - Afghan Defence Minister, General Bismillah Mohammadi on Tuesday said that hundreds of insurgents have entered Afghanistan after the madrasas (religious Schools) in Pakistan were shut. The Defence Minister, in a visit to the Helmand province said that precautionary measures are being taken to st ...

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The Harrowing Situation of Afghan Refugees

According to the reports, Iranian authorities have deported 1,500 Afghan youth immigrants to pressurize their families to leave the country. Herat immigration officials have said that the children deported from Iran are aged between 10 and 18 and many of them get separated from their families that are living in Iran. Afghan officials say that presently over two million Afghan immigrants are living in Iran w ...

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A Charge Sheet

One of my friends told this story so I would like to tell it in his words using first person pronoun, “I used to go to office in taxi. As my salary was limited, so I used to take the public taxi or van of my route just like thousands of the citizens of Kabul. Anyhow, this public taxi was mostly not a good experience as there used to be many problems. First, one had to wait for a taxi and usually it lasted f ...

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Fight Without NATO

Kathy Gannon This year's fighting season is testing ground for Afghan security forces without NATO help. Abdul Malik and his fellow Afghan soldiers were driving across the arid and volatile south when their armoured personnel carrier struck a roadside bomb. Malik found himself outside the vehicle, dazed but aware of his three comrades nearby. One had a serious head wound. Help came quickly: U.S. helicopters ...

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White House Security Adviser Calls for Deeper China Military Ties

Washington - The United States called for deeper military ties with China on Tuesday, including working closer together in areas like peacekeeping, fighting piracy and disaster relief, despite growing tensions between the two on a range of security issues. White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon made the remarks at a meeting with senior Chinese military leader Fan Changlong, two weeks ahead of a s ...

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Transition is Underway in Afghanistan:Obama

WASHINGTON - Expressing satisfaction over the security transition, US President Barack Obama on Sunday said, next year would mark the final Memorial Day for the country in Afghanistan.  “Today, a transition is underway in Afghanistan, and our troops are coming home.  Fewer Americans are making the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan, and that’s progress for which we are profoundly grateful.  And this time nex ...

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Bishkek Summit Discusses Post-2014 Afghanistan

KABUL - Defence ministers from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) discussed in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, “the possible catastrophe that could happen in Afghanistan after withdrawal of the NATO-led forces,” reports said on Tuesday. Asia-Plus – Russian news website Russkaya Planeta (Russian Planet) reported that the Monday’s meeting discussed military threat, intensification of drug ...

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Afghan Forces Need Air Support from Foreign Troops: Senators

KABUL - A number of Afghan Senators on Tuesday said that terror activities by the Taliban have increased due to lack of air support from the foreign and Afghan security forces. The Afghan Senators have asked President Karzai to let the foreign forces provide full air support to the Afghan security forces during operations. The Senators believe that Afghan security forces need to seriously think about buildi ...

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Protesting Students Want Suspended Lecturers Reinstated

KABUL (PAN): Nearly 1,000 Kabul University students on Tuesday protested against the removal of the social science department head and a lecturer by the Ministry of Higher Education. The students gathered in front of the Kabul University around 9am and then began their march toward the parliament building, where they asked the higher education ministry to reverse its decision. They warned of continued prote ...

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The Growing Security Challenges

Launching assaults on major cities has been used as a war strategy by militant groups in an attempt to show their strength and the vulnerability of the security in the major cities particularly the capital – Kabul. This week, the militants assaulted the office of the International Organization for Immigration (IOM) in Kabul which led to at least three deaths including two civilians and one police soldier. T ...

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For Women in Afghanistan, one Failure Offers Fresh Hope

Lianne Gutcher Fawzia Koofi, an Afghan female politician, took a lot of flak last week after she insisted on tabling in parliament a debate on the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law. Predictably, the debate didn't go well. President Hamid Karzai passed the law by presidential decree in 2010. While its implementation is uneven, it is nonetheless considered to be a substantial advance for women' ...

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Afghanistan’s Troubled Transition

Jacob Stokes One word sums up the current preoccupation in Afghanistan: in Dari it’s “inteqal”; in English, "transition.” For both Afghans and the international community, transition remains a necessary process, healthy even, but fraught with uncertainty. Three pillars undergird the international transition effort in Afghanistan: security, governance and development. Following a recent NATO-sponsored trip t ...

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US, China Set the Stage for Obama-Xi Summit

Beijing - An upcoming summit with President Barack Obama comes at a "critical juncture" in relations between China and the U.S., Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday, underscoring the challenge they face in confronting divisive security issues and overcoming growing distrust. Xi told U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon - who was in Beijing to prepare for the June 7-8 meeting - that he expected po ...

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Karzai Requests the Transfer of Guantanamo Detainees

KABUL - The Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday has urged the US to hand over all the Afghan detainees from Guantanamo prison. "President Hamid Karzai welcomed the US President Barack Obama's efforts to close the Guantanamo prison and transfer all the Afghan detainees to their country," Karzai's office said in a statement. "President Karzai, in an effort to live up to the expectations of his people, req ...

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