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General Sir Peter Wall final Afghanistan visit

General Wall met personnel from all three services and supporting civilians during a visit in Helmand Province and Kabul. The visit to Afghanistan was General Wall’s last as Chief of the General Staff. He spoke with troops in Camp Bastion about their experiences and discussed the challenges of redeploying people and equipment while supporting the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). He went on to meet wi ...

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Kerry urges Afghan presidential candidates to put power-sharing agreement to work

Secretary of State John F. Kerry appealed to both candidates in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election to translate the broad power-sharing agreement they reached with him early this month into a working relationship they can carry into a new government, “whoever wins.” “The time for politics is over,” Kerry wrote in an op-ed published online Wednesday by Afghanistan’s TOLOnews in English as well as i ...

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Pomegranate Boom in Kandahar

Lying in the shade of a pomegranate tree, Sardar Wali, 50, looked forward to an abundant crop. “As long as my orchard isn’t hit by disease and the security situation doesn’t deteriorate, I will have such a high yield this year that all my problems will be solved,” he said. Pointing at the small green fruit on the trees, he said, “Do you see these pomegranates? Once they’re ripe, their seeds will be visible ...

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Enforcement Directorate action on 62 Afghan-owned properties

In its first major action against the immovable properties illegally acquired by foreign nationals in the country, the Enforcement Directorate has decided to initiate attachment proceedings against 62 such properties, acquired by Afghan nationals in various parts of the national capital, under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (Fema). Sources said investigations revealed that these prope ...

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Blast In Kandahar, Killed Hashmat Khalil Karzai

(Kandahar): Sucide attack reported to Hashmat Khalil Karzai cousin of President Karzai Vehicle and member of provincial council, Hashamt Karzai was a senior member of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Election campaign In Kandahar, Mena Pal Spokesperson of Kandahar Governor said Hasham Karzai along with his bodyguards killed, its also reported that this explosion happen at his home Karz District of Kandahar Province. ...

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Poor control of weapons given to Afghan forces Pentagon audit report

A Pentagon audit of nearly 750,000 weapons handed over by U.S. forces to Afghan soldiers and police found poor control and accountability of the arms and expressed concern that many could fall into the hands of militants. The report, released Monday by the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, cites insufficient record-keeping and inventory practices to ensure that the $626 million worth ...

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Turkmenistan, Afghanistan discuss possible establishment of transport corridor Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia

Delegation of the Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry headed by Director General of the Economic Cooperation Department Wahidullah Waisi on July 25 arrived The Turkmenistan. The sides discussed priority areas of cooperation between the two countries in trade and economic sphere. They emphasized the relevancy of practical implementation of initiatives aimed to promote international efforts of the regional economi ...

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Karzai says Afghans need new president

KABUL-- Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai says his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor. In a speech marking the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday that follows the fasting month of Ramadan, Karzai said on Monday that Afghans "want to have an outcome to the election as soon as possible, so that this country can hav ...

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Pakistan, China to work closely for Afghan peace

Pakistan and China have agreed to work closely for pushing forward the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. This was stated by recently appointed China’s Special Envoy on Afghan Affairs, Ambassador Sun Yuxi while briefing a group of Chinese and Pakistan journalists at a local hotel about his recent visit to Kabul here on Sunday. Referring to his meeting with Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhr ...

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Taliban insurgents attack Afghan provincial police chief’s house

KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said. The six gunmen, all of whom were wearing suicide vests, launched the attack from a school building near Gen. Abdul Razeq's house in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province ...

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Rajasthan Teacher Arrested For ‘Sodomizing’ Students

A teacher has been arrested for allegedly sodomising several young students at a primary school on the outskirts of Bikaner. The incident comes on the heels of a similar sexual assault in a Bangalore school, where a 6-year-old was allegedly raped by a skating instructor. On Saturday, parents of the students of the government school in Gajner, 10 km from Bikaner city, thrashed the suspect, Sanjay Sharma, bef ...

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Ashgabat And Kabul Mull Prospects Of Transport Corridor Through Azerbaijan

Turkmen Foreign Ministry hosted a meeting with the Afghan delegation headed by Director-General of Economic Cooperation department of the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wahidullah Waissi, according to the Turkmen government`s report. The parties exchanged views on the implementation of specific economic and infrastructure projects, including the possibility of creation of of Afghanistan-Turkmenista ...

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Allowing Afghanistan’s future to be hijacked

By Edward Girardet Nearly five years after the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, I was having dinner in Kabul with friends, including my wife and son visiting from Europe. Suddenly, a group of men, several of them armed, sauntered in. The one in charge, a wild-haired man with a scraggy beard, announced that they were from the Interior Ministry. When I asked to see their IDs, he immediately began screamin ...

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China to play an active role in Afghanistan’s economic development

China’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Sun Yuxi, assured that his country would stand by Afghanistan by supporting the peace process and playing an active role in the country’s economic development and stability. Addressing a press conference in Kabul on Friday, Yuxi said China would continue to work with the Afghans and promote the Afghan-led peace process and continue its aid to Afghanistan. He added Afgh ...

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Another Anti Humanity Crime in Ghor Province

Taliban insurgents intercepted two minibuses travelling through central Afghanistan and killed at least 14 passengers overnight, officials said on Friday. "These indiscriminate killings by the Taliban are aimed at instilling fear in the people," said Sediq Sediqqi, interior ministry spokesman. At least three women and a three-year-old child were among those killed. Local officials in the remote, mountainous ...

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Kabul Demonstration against Israel Crimes in Gaza

Hundreds of Kabul residents participated in rally against Israel war in Gaza and called for an immediate end to civilian deaths. The rally was organized in various parts of Kabul city on Friday where the demonstrators urged the international community to prevent the Israel offensive on Gaza. This is the second time rallies have been organized in capital Kabul to protest against the Israeli war on Gaza. Acco ...

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Two aid workers shot dead in Herat Province

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two Finnish aid workers were shot dead Thursday in the western Afghan city of Herat, officials said. The two women were riding in a taxi when they were shot dead by two men on a motorcycle, said Sami Wafa, the chief of staff of the Herat governor. Herat police spokesman Raouf Ahmadi said the taxi driver had been detained as part of the investigation. Finland's Foreign Ministry confirmed ...

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Pakistan Protecting Haqqani Network

The Afghan government and the US military officials in Afghanistan have strongly expressed objections to the Pakistani operation against Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan in North Waziristan. Afghan intelligence officials accused Pakistan of protecting the notorious Haqqani network from the ongoing military offensive against the militant in the tribal areas. Haqqani network is known for its brutal campaign against ...

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Alasai Residents Initiate Anti-Taliban Uprising

Residents of Alasai district have initiated an uprising to expel Taliban militants from their villages in central Kapisa province, the governor said on Wednesday. Mehrabuddin Sapi told Pajhwok Afghan News a large number of residents had joined hands with the security forces in maintaining security of their respective areas. He said the residents were fed up with atrocities of the insurgents and they finally ...

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Kabul Airport Security Beefed Up: NDS

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday said tight security measures had been put in place to protect the Kabul International Airport. Weeks earlier, a group of suicide bombers mounted an attack with assault rifles on the airport after, taking refuge in an under-construction building near the facility. According to security officials, the five hours gunbattle ended with the death of five att ...

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