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No Early Warning for U.S. on Israeli Strikes in Syria

Washington - The United States was not given any warning before air strikes in Syria against what Western and Israeli officials say were weapons headed for Hezbollah militants, a U.S. intelligence official said on Sunday. Without confirming that Israel was behind the attacks, the intelligence official said that the United States was essentially told of the air raids "after the fact" and was notified as the ...

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Eastern Border Police Should be Fully Equipped: MPs

KABUL - The number of Afghan Border Police (ABP) in the east of Afghanistan should increase and they should be fully equipped in order to ward off Pakistan’s any attacks, Afghan parliamentarians said on Monday. Some Afghan MPs who had a visit from Goshta district, said that border police face several challenges that have to be removed. “Border police face some challenges and the challenges should be removed ...

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Inmates Go on Hunger Strike over President Karzai’s Decree

KABUL - A number of inmates in Pul e Charkhi prison have begun hunger strike in response to President Karzai’s last decree on prisoners, Prison Officials said on Monday. Afghan President Hamed Karzai in his last decree has brought some decrease in jail terms of some prisoners, which faced reactions of other prisoners. Chief of the Afghan Detention Facilities Department Amir Mohammad Jamshid said that a numb ...

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Afghans Protest against Pakistan’s Recent Border Activities

The residents of Kohdaman District in the north of Kabul and Officials on Monday expressed their angers at Pakistan’s recent activities in the border areas in the east of Afghanistan. The residents in a gathering warned that Pakistan’s military’s provocative actions will have unpleasant outcomes. They called Pakistan as source of all challenges in Afghanistan and the region. “We don’t leave one meter of our ...

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Border Clash Ends as Pakistanis Retreat

JALALABAD - Afghan and Pakistani forces ceased fire that resumed early on Monday on a contested border area in eastern Nangarhar province, where four Pakistani posts were destroyed, an official said. The fire exchange that involved light and heavy weaponry began at around 8:30am after Pakistani forces started reconstructing a security gate that was razed in the previous border skirmish in the Goshta distric ...

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Israel Strikes Syria Again, Rocking Damascus

Jerusalem - Israel carried out its second air strike in days on Syria early on Sunday, a Western intelligence source said, in an attack that shook Damascus with a series of powerful blasts and drove columns of fire into the night sky. Israel declined comment but Syria accused the Jewish state of striking a military facility just north of the capital - one which its jets had first targeted three months ago. ...

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The Afghan Bag Man

By Sarah Chayes The foiled arrest that explains America’s failure in Afghanistan. Buried in the recent New York Times revelation that the CIA has been delivering bags of cash to Afghan President Hamid Karzai is a nugget of information that tells the whole story about just how self-defeating U.S. Afghanistan policy has been. It solves some riddles that mystified a lot of us at the time -- and constitutes an ...

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The Transformation Decade Ahead

Afghanistan is approaching towards the upheaval of 2014. The presidential and provincial council elections, the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan and financial transition are among the major developments that is going to shape the new Afghanistan. Afghanistan is preparing for the entering the decade of transformation, which is set as a timeframe for development of the country and weaning i ...

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Troops Casualties Will Not Affect Campaign in Afghanistan: ISAF

KABUL - The ISAf spokesman General Gunter Katz said Saturday that NATO’s troops casualties “will not have an effect on our overall campaign” in Afghanistan. His comment comes after, five US soldiers were killed by a bomb in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, capping off one of the bloodiest weeks for foreign forces this year in the country. "Well, it is with deep regret that I have to inform you that ...

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Afghan Senators Blame Pakistan over Border Aggression

KABUL - The Afghan Senate House on Sunday asked the government to take serious stance against Pakistan's military aggression on boundary areas. The senators said that the people should be invited for the national mobilization against Pakistan. A number of Afghan senators said that Pakistan will never change its bilateral policy against Afghanistan and with cooperation of International Community to find a pe ...

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Badghis, Daikundi Get New Governors

KABUL - New governors for northwestern Badghis and central Daikundi provinces have been appointed in compliance with President Hamid Karzai’s decree, his office said on Sunday. Ahmadullah Alizai, a former deputy governor of Kabul, has been named as Badghis governor on the recommendation of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG). A statement from the Office of Administrative Affairs said Aliz ...

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Journalists Receive NAI Awards

KABUL - To mark World Press Freedom Day, NAI -- supporting open media in Afghanistan -- on Sunday honoured some journalists, including a Pajhwok reporter, with awards in acknowledgement for their commitment and professionalism. The media-people were selected for the awards by a four-member committee in areas of investigative reporting, hard news, photo journalism, blog-writing, photography feature-writing, ...

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Fergie happy if Mourinho returns

Alex Ferguson has welcomed a possible Premier League return for former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The Manchester United manager enjoyed a fierce but respectful rivalry when Mourinho managed the Stamford Bridge outfit. They have also pitted their wits against each other in the Champions League, while there has even been talk that the Portuguese could take over at Old Trafford when the Scot finally retires. ...

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Top Afghan Officials’ Illegalities Abet More Irregularities

As an endemic disease, corruption in the Afghan public institutions makes a share in Afghanistan’s troubled history. The past regimes, including both monarchies and constitutionals, have consistently played a disastrous role in the amplification of corruption across the country. Designation of senior military ranks, also non-military officials on the basis of family relations or ethnic matters, is not somet ...

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A Resistant Culture of Corruption in Afghanistan

By Wesley Pruden The 21st century is a hard sell to a culture that prefers the 8th. The Europeans, loosely defined, keep trying in Afghanistan. It’s 12 years and counting since the Americans replaced the Russians, and a lot longer than that since the British decided they had had enough, and beat it back to London. We’ve made a considerable investment in blood and money in Afghanistan. The changes that all t ...

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Durand Line: The Bone of Contention

Amid tensions over the border clashes between Afghan and Pakistani forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, President Hamid Karzai said that he never would accept the Durand Line, stressing that no other future ruler of Afghanistan can accept the borderline. In harsh remarks, the president accused Pakistanis of undermining the government of Afghanistan, aiming to deprive the Afghans of having a stable s ...

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Karzai Again Sets Terms for BSA With US

KABUL - Pakistan could never force Afghanistan into recognising the British-mandated Durand Line with border skirmishes like the one in the Goshta district of eastern Nangarhar province, the president said on Saturday. The neighbour should stop thinking that it could coerce Afghanistan into negotiations on the Durand Line issue, Hamid Karzai told a news conference in Kabul -- three days after an Afghan poli ...

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Pentagon Urges Amicable Resolution of Border Dispute

WASHINGTON - Describing recent incidents of border clashes as troubling, the United States on Friday urged Afghanistan and Pakistan to resolve their dispute peacefully and bilaterally. “We are aware of recent incidents along the border. Whenever these occur, they are troubling. We encourage both sides to try peaceful resolution of the border issues,” the Pentagon press secretary said. George little told rep ...

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Female Afghan Journalist Win ‘Courage in Journalism’ Award

KABUL - An Afghan woman journlist is among the three women who have been awarded the 2013 Courage in Journlism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). Najiba Ayubi, 45, managing director for The Killid Group in Afghanistan has been nominated for the award after risking her life to report the news. Ayubi spent more than a decade working under anonymous threats and attacks from governmen ...

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America Names Dobbins as New Special Envoy

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday announced the appointment of veteran diplomat James Dobbins as new Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, replacing Marc Grossman. “He has deep and longstanding relationships in the region and I couldn’t be more grateful that Jim has agreed to take on this assignment,” Kerry said, while making the announcement. He called leaders of both c ...

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