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The High Stake for the Runoff Election

Officials at the Defense Ministry announced say the level of security threats for the second round of elections will be higher than the first round of the elections as the militant groups are determined to disrupt the runoff elections due to be held on 14 June. On Monday, Ministry of Defense spokesman Zahir Azimi said that there are intelligence that the militants are planning to intensify their attacks on ...

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Indian President Lays Out New Economic Agenda

India's new government will pursue an economic reform agenda that foresees introducing a general sales tax, encouraging foreign investment and speeding approvals for major business projects, the president has told parliament. Pranab Mukherjee also said on Monday the new government would engage energetically with its neighbours, including China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will "urgently pursue ...

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Karzai condemns string of terror attacks in Pakistan

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Monday strongly denounced terrorist attacks on Karachi airport and Shiite pilgrims in Pakistan, urging the neighbouring country to sincerely wipeout terror. At least 23 people were killed and 18 others injured after a 10-member heavily armed suicide bomber squad attacked Pakistan´s busiest airport in the southern port city of Karachi on Sunday night. A statement from the pre ...

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MPs again fail to pass anti-money laundering law

KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga failed for a second day in a row on Monday to pass the much-delayed anti-money laundering law due to incomplete quorum, raising concerns among some lawmakers. The Justice Ministry last month presented before the lower house the draft anti-money laundering law in 10 chapters and 70 articles, urging lawmakers to pass the measure as soon as possible in order to save Afghanistan banks fr ...

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Afghan forces able to secure runoff vote: Azimi

KABUL: Reports indicated attacks from anti-state elements and insurgents backed by regional intelligence networks would increase in the lead-up to and on the polling day scheduled for June 14, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Monday. Meanwhile, MoD spokesperson Gen. Zahir Azimi told reporters in Kabul the first round of elections had been a vital experience for security forces, especially the Afghan Na ...

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3 killed, 5 injured in Jalalabad court assault

JALALABAD: Three heavily armed militants were shot dead by security forces during a fierce gunbattle after they stormed a courtroom in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, police said. The attackers laced with guns and hand grenades stormed the court building in Jalalabad at round 3pam and the attack came to an end with the death of all the three attackers at 5pm, Nangarhar police chief Fazl ...

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The Final Phase of Electoral Power Brokerage

Qayum Karzai, President Karzai’s brother and presidential candidate before he supported Zalmay Rassoul in the first round of elections, endorsed Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the ongoing presidential race. His endorsement of Ahmadzai is probably coming as the last major coalition-making for the upcoming elections. In fact, it completes the pre-election political dealings from the two contenders of the election w ...

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Boost Presidential Candidates’ Security

The Friday’s suicide bomb attack on the convoy of the leading presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, was the most serious alarm over security of the presidential election. The attack have once again raised concerns and pinned attentions to the high security threats from the militant groups for the second round of the elections. In reaction to the suicide attack on his convoy, Abdullah tried to tell his ...

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Another Attempt for Civil War

The deadly attack on leading Presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is widely condemned throughout Afghanistan, even worldwide which left six people dead and many others wounded. Fortunately, Dr. Abdullah and his running mates survived the attack but millions of Afghans, mostly from our Tajik and Hazara brothers, were shocked by the attack. Most of the people (enemies of the people of Afghanistan) tri ...

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Afghan presidential candidate escapes assassination attempt

The front-runner for the Afghan presidency narrowly escaped assassination Friday when two bombs struck his convoy as it traveled between campaign events in the capital, underscoring the country’s fragility as it prepares for its first democratic transfer of power and the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of this year. The candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, was unharmed and defiantly vowed to press a ...

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Deadly floods in Baghlan

Flooding in a remote part of northern Afghanistan has claimed more than 50 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes. It was the latest in a string of deadly flash floods, landslides and avalanches in Afghanistan's rugged northern mountains, where roads are poor and many villages are virtually cut off from the rest of the country. Lt. Fazel Rahman, the police chief in the Guzirga i-Nur district of the ...

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The Post-2014 NATO Plan for Afghanistan

The US military presence in Afghanistan will continue for two more years and by 2016 the United States is going to withdraw all troops except a small contingent for protecting embassy. According to American officials, the mission’s core facets will be anti-terrorist special operations and training Afghanistan’s security forces. The post-2014 NATO military presence in Afghanistan after 2014 will be mainly co ...

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The Future of Afghanistan: Is It The Great Puzzle?‏

The current elections and the buzz around 2014 deadline of US for Afghanistan raised tensions of Afghan people more than ever before. Almost all my friends are approaching me in Facebook and Twitter for my viewpoints on the given topics. Elections went to second round as I and many others predicted. I am sharing the reason why I thought it would happen so. Afghanistan is a country of minorities. No ethnic g ...

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Kazakhstan May Prohibit Entrance to Persons Who Served Sentence for Terrorism

Entrance into Kazakhstan may be prohibited for anyone who has served a sentence for terrorism. "Administrative supervision and control over persons serving sentence for terrorist crimes are being introduced, as well as a ban on the entrance into Kazakhstan of persons whom national security agencies have information about their involvement in extremism or terrorist activity," in conclusion of the draft law " ...

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Suspected Suicide Bomber Kills Two Pakistan Military Officers

A suspected suicide bomber attacked a Pakistani security forces vehicle in Rawalpindi, home to army headquarters, on Wednesday, killing five people including two officers, a military source said. The attack in Rawalpindi, next to the capital, Islamabad, came days after the Pakistani Taliban split into two groups, limiting the government's chances of finding a negotiated settlement to end the insurgency. "A ...

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3 Children Killed, 60 Homes Destroyed In Floods

KHOST CITY: Three children died and two others sustained injuries as a result of flash floods that swept through the capital of southeastern Khost province following heavy rains, an official said. The governor’s spokesman, Mubariz Zadran, told Pajhwok Afghan News the floods emerged on Tuesday night in Khost City, destroying more than 60 houses. He said the flooding damaged crops in Ismail Khail and Mohmand ...

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315 more Pakistani rockets land in Kunar, child injured

ASADABAD/JALALABAD: Police on Wednesday claimed Pakistan fired more than 300 rockets into eastern Kunar province, as protests in neighbouring Nangarhar province against the periodic shelling entered a second day. Kunar police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Habib Syedkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News 315 rockets were fired from Pakistan on Wednesday morning, landing in the Shultan Dara area of Shegal district and Goriga ...

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1,800 Us Troops For Afghan Counter Terror

  BRUSSELS (AP) -- The U.S. military said Wednesday that about 1,800 of the nearly 10,000 U.S. troops the U.S. plans to leave in Afghanistan at the end of the year would be conducting counterterror operations, providing that specific breakout for the first time. The military said other nations may also be willing to provide counterterror forces, although no final decisions have been made. The revelatio ...

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Women’s Successful Rise in Politics

With the declining presence of the international community in Afghanistan after thirteen years, Afghan women’s progress in social and political areas seem unstoppable. The recent announcement of the results of provincial council elections showed women leading in relatively secure provinces like Kabul, Bamiyan and Daikondi. While, the women didn’t participate much in the previous election in the same provinc ...

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Deadly Attacks And Shelling Hit Iraq

At least 33 people have been killed in a new wave of violence across Iraq, including shelling of a market in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, medical sources said. The worst of Tuesday's bloodshed was concentrated in Fallujah, which has been under the control of anti-government fighters since the beginning of the year. Shelling in the city killed 18 people and wounded 43 others, according to Ahmed Shami, a docto ...

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