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Talks over Afghan-US Security Agreement to Begin in Few Days: MoFA

KABUL - Officials of the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday said that the fourth phase of talks about the Afghan-US Security Agreement will begin within few days in Kabul. Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Janan Mosazai said that the Agreement will be finalised after the fourth phase of talks ends. He also mentioned that a Jirga (traditional gathering) ...

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The Crucial Security Pact

The fourth round of talks between Afghan and U.S. officials over a security pact, that would allow military presence of the United States in Afghanistan beyond 2014, will begin soon. Afghan officials expect that the talks would progress further, paving the way for preparing the draft of the security agreement. The security pact would define future course of security cooperation between Afghanistan and the U ...

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US House Votes to End the War in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - The US House of Representative on Friday voted to end the war in Afghanistan and passed a resolution which said that the Congressmen would have a chance to vote for any troop presence in Afghanistan after 2014. The amendment in this regard moved by Congressman Jim McGovern was passed by the House of Representative by 305 to 121 votes. “It is time to end the war in Afghanistan, bring our troops ...

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Making Accusation Exposes the Inward of Afghan Politics

By: Mohammad Yasin Sultani Last month the Finance Minister, Hazrat Omar ZakhilWal, following the Interior Minister, Mujtaba Patang, in an unprecedented move accused six MPs of smuggling, making illegal demands and involvement in corruption. In a summoning session, before the parliamentarians, the Minister named the MPs involved in smuggling and illegal activities. The move further escalated the strained rel ...

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Afghan Destinies

Suzy Hansen Khaled Hosseini gives us love, regret and betrayal – but where is the anger? Khaled Hosseini’s new book, And the Mountains Echoed, begins with a father telling his children a bedtime story: “Once upon a time, in the days when divs and jinns and giants roamed the land, there lived a farmer named Baba Ayub. He lived with his family in a little village by the name of Maidan Sabz.” That story soon e ...

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The Shocking Report on Violence Against Women

Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) published a detailed report about the widespread violence against women in Afghanistan. The reports titled National Inquiry on Rape and Honor killing in Afghanistan said that “based on the findings by the Commission, cases of honor killing and sexual assaults have been the most serious cases of violence against women registered in AIHRC’s regional an ...

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Promoting National Unity

Cultural, ethnic and language-related divisions among different parts of the Afghan society has always helped igniting wars and conflicts, holding Afghanistan back from nurturing national unity and harmony. The process of nation-building does not bear result overnight, but it is an extensive process in which all parts of the society including the government, politicians and other national institutions in li ...

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A Carpet Weaver’s Essential Afghan Memoir

John Kael Weston A carpet seller tells the extraordinary story of his family’s exodus from their home in Kabul when he was a young boy and their subsequent odyssey through Afghanistan, as they see the Taliban and the Americans come and go. In a few months, it will be 12 years since the U.S. war in Afghanistan began. The date will be marked on White House calendars, with policymakers in the Obama administrat ...

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Keep Moving Forward Afghanistan

Dominic Medley After three years as the Spokesman for the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan my time has come to move on from my current position. I have worked in Kabul for more than 11 years, since February 2002, but I am sure I will return. I first came to Kabul, just three months after the fall of the Taliban regime. The city was so different then, so run down, so destroyed in many areas ...

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Koreas Agree to Talk Sunday in Bid to Ease Tension

Seoul - North and South Korea will meet Sunday in a village straddling their heavily armed border for the first government-level talks on the peninsula in more than two years as they try to lower tension and restore stalled projects that once symbolized their rapprochement. The North on Saturday delivered its agreement to talk in Panmunjom through a Red Cross line restored a day earlier, the Unification Min ...

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Karzai Wants Media to Promote Unity

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Saturday cautioned media outlets against harming the core national interests in their coverage of protests against Afghanistan's neighbours. Nine days ago, hundreds of Kabul residents took to the streets and torched the portraits of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as some Afghan officials. While burning the neighbou ...

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Land-Grabbing by top Officials Rocks the Afghan Government

Recently, once again discussion on the endemic corruption, particularly, over the issue of land-grabbing by powerful figures, is escalated among the afghan elites. A parliamentary commission of supervising the government activities, after conducting a survey for over six months, on last Monday revealed that around 1,290,000 acres of lands have been grabbed by 15,000 people across Afghanistan. Most of the gr ...

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A New Government in Islamabad

Nawaz Sharif, the leader of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), was elected as the new prime minister of Pakistan and his cabinet ministers were sworn in on Friday in Islamabad. The general election in Pakistan, held last month, marked the first democratic transfer of powers into a new elected government though it was also the bloodiest election in history of Pakistan. Despite a dramatic victory, Pakistan’s n ...

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Afghanistan: NATO’s Mission Possible

M. Ashraf Haidari When citizens of NATO allies look at the record of failure of military interventions in Afghanistan over the past century-and-a-half, they may be tempted to ask: "What chance of success does NATO have?" People should realize, however, that comparing the present-day stabilization mission to past military adventures is not appropriate. Past foreign involvements in Afghanistan-including those ...

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Russia Says Detained Senior Islamist Militant Who Planned Moscow Region Attack

Moscow - Russian police detained the alleged head of a disbanded Islamist cell that had planned a series of attacks in Moscow, Russia's counterterrorism agency said on Thursday. Yulay Davlatbayev was arrested in Moscow's Mytishchinsky district by special forces from the Federal Security Service, said the Federal Security Service, which released photographs of his arrest early on Thursday. Putin has ordered ...

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Iran Supplies Weapons to Taliban: US

WASHINGTON - Despite the millions of dollars being spent by the international community to ensure cross-border security between Iran and Afghanistan, the report has been shown vast hauls of weaponry which Afghan security services have told us are just a fraction of hardware intercepted from Iran on their way to the Taliban. Expressing is concern over Tehran supplying weapons to the Taliban, the United State ...

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No Progress in Kabul Bank’s Graft Case

Kabul Bank’s loans worth $220 million have been recovered by a special commission set to settle the cases of graft and irregularities in the Bank. Noorullah Dilawari, the Central Bank governor told reporters that about $173 million has been recovered from selling defaulters’ properties in Dubai and Kabul. The once largest private bank in Afghanistan went bankrupt about two years ago after the main sharehold ...

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Toward Convergence: An Agenda For U.S.-India Cooperation In Afghanistan

Raja Mohan, Caroline Wadhams As the United States reduces its military presence in Afghanistan and transfers security control to the Afghan government in 2014, the governments in New Delhi and Washington should find ways to strengthen their partnership in Afghanistan. At the same time, they should embed it in a sustainable structure of regional cooperation in order to ensure the future stability of Afghanis ...

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The Challenges Of Afghan National Identity

Bilquees Daud War not only brings human and material destruction but also damages the social fabric of a country, adversely affecting the idea of the nation itself in turn undermining national identity. Hence, the key element in post-war recovery is to bring social solidarity by promoting harmony and peace among people that have suffered from war. The process of state building and nation building should sta ...

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Hagel, NATO Ministers Talk Syria Chemical Weapons

Brussels - New reports that the French confirmed the use of sarin gas in Syria triggered discussions here on the sidelines of the meeting of NATO defense ministers, but the alliance is still refusing to make any contingency plans for operations in the embattled country. Unwilling to get drawn collectively in to a protracted civil war, NATO nations instead are making individual decisions on how best to aid t ...

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