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Thousands of Children Affected By Floods in Afghanistan

Around 25,000 children have been affected and in need of urgent assistance in the aftermath of flash floods triggered by heavy rain and melting snow in the mountainous area of northern Afghanistan, Save the Children says. Dozens are still missing after the flooding Thursday night in Jawzjan, Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces, Afghanistan’s Natural Disaster Management Agency said. Aid agencies spent the weekend ...

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Afghanistan Cricket Team Presence in Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League

The Afghanistan national cricket team arrived to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia on Tuesday to participate in Asian Cricket Council (ACC) premier league. According to Afghanistan cricket board (ACB) officials, the Afghan cricket team will start their ACC Premier League tournament from first of May. Afghanistan is among Nepal, United Arab Emirates; host Malaysia, Hong Kong and Asian countries which will contest in AC ...

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2 Bombings Kill 6 in Pakistan

Karachi - Two bombings have killed three soldiers and as many seminary students in Pakistan, officials said Monday. In the first incident, a roadside bomb killed three Pakistani soldiers in an area bordering South and North Waziristan near the Afghan border Sunday night, an army statement said. Pakistani troops have been fighting for years against militancy in the tribal regions, which are home to a mix of ...

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EU Chief Observer Asks IEC to Publish Results Online

KABUL - The EU Election Assessment Team (EU EAT), welcoming the preliminary results, on Sunday said it invited the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to increase transparency and publish online all preliminary results per polling station. “This will enable all stakeholders including voters and candidates to fully evaluate the presidential election at that stage,” Thijs Berman, the EU EAT chief observer, ...

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Afghan Troops Are Ready To Maintain Second Round of Election’s Security

Afghan army forces are prepared to maintain security if the election goes to the second round. Said General Sher Mohammad Karimi, Chief of the General Staff of the Afghan Army He was speaking during the national Security Council meeting where the Potential of the Afghan armed forces were discussed. The meeting was held in the presence of other senior Afghan commanders and security officials. Interior minist ...

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Afghan elections draw a line in the sand – Abdullah vs. Ghani

It took three weeks for the Afghanistan Independent Election Commission to announce the initial result of the presidential election on Saturday April 26th. They claimed there were difficulties with taking the ballot boxes from remote areas, the counting process and recognizing the real votes from the fake one. The Commission said none of the eight candidates met 50%+1 number of votes, meaning that the elect ...

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UNAMA Condemns Hospital Killings

KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Saturday condemned the killing of three civilians by a gunman the other day at a private hospital in Kabul. All three slain were foreigners who selflessly helped people of Afghanistan in need of medical assistance. The gunman is reported to be a security officer. The motive behind the attack is unknown and no organization has claimed re ...

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Preliminary Afghan vote results released

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) released preliminary Afghan vote results on Saturday. Abdullah Abdullah secured 44.9% of votes, Dr. Ashraf Ghani 41.5%, Zalmai Rassoul 11.5% and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf 7.1% of the votes. He said the election will likely go to the second round however it will become clear once the independent electoral complaints commission (ECC) completes its work. ...

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Ariana Afghan Airlines Posts Historic Results

  KABUL - The national Ariana Afghan Airlines (AAA) on Wednesday posted the highest quarterly results in number of passengers, revenues and on-time performance in the international carrier’s 59-year history.  A statement by the AAA said that as comparing the first quarter operational results for 2014 to the same period last year, the figures note a 16 percent increase in revenues and a dramatic 29 perc ...

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US Weighing Smaller Presence in Afghanistan

The United States may decide to leave a much smaller size of troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. According to Reuters news agency, the officials in Washington are deliberating over presence of less than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan ends by end of this year. This is the minimum size of troops American military commanders have demanded, and it was predicted previous ...

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IEC Delays Preliminary Results to Saturday

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) stated in a press release Tuesday night that they have delayed the announcement of preliminary results to Saturday April 26, 2014. Instead a third partial result will be shared on Thursday. The press release states, that the delay is only for a short period of time allowing the IEC to thoroughly assess the ballots to provide an accurate and credible result that will ...

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‘US Troop Size in Afghanistan May Cut to 5,000’

KABUL - The United States is likely to keep about 5,000 troops post-2014 in Afghanistan as the longest war in American history winds down, an official said on Tuesday. Soon after Afghanistan's April 5 elections, the Pentagon, White House and State Department officials were in discussions on how many American troops should remain in the country after the US-led coalition ends its mission this year, Reuters r ...

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Abdullah’s Lead in Presidential Polls

As more results are announced by the Independent Election Commission, Abdullah Abdullah further extends his lead in the presidential elections over his main rival Ashraf Ghani. With the gap between the two frontrunners further widening, there is a growing sense of confidence among Dr. Abdullah’s team that he might win a majority of the votes in the first round of the elections. Dr. Abdullah himself has comm ...

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Afghanistan’s Armed Forces Sustainability

Afghanistan National Security Forces was successful in a major security operation which tested its readiness against a potential resurgence of the Taliban. About 400,000-strong Afghan army and police forces played a remarkable role in securing the elections despite Taliban’s determination to disrupt the polls. The successful security operation for the elections attracted widespread praises for the security ...

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Determination of Afghans to Participate in the Elections

Despite daunting challenges ahead of the ongoing elections, a vast majority of Afghans seem determined to take part in the elections and make their voices heard in the collective decision-making process for determining the future leadership of the country. In recent weeks, there has been a wave of violence by terrorist organizations – the Taliban and other terrorist outfits. The Taliban organized a number o ...

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The Candidates Must Accept Election Results

Only days into the upcoming elections, a high ranking UN official urged Afghan presidential candidates to be prepared for accepting the election results. As the election date is getting closer, concerns are widespread about behaviors of the election candidates after the election outcome is announced. One of the key characteristics of the ongoing election is that it is highly contested and each of the frontr ...

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Frightening the Voters

Less than two weeks to the presidential election, the level of violence is steadily rising with Taliban militants organizing terror attacks on daily basis. On Tuesday, the militants attacked on an office of the Independent Election Commission in Kabul and a bank in eastern Kunar province which. The two terrorist attacks left many civilians and security personnel dead and wounded. The sudden surge in violenc ...

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Afghanistan’s Flawed Foreign Policy

Afghanistan joined the few countries that have recognized Crimea’s annexation to Russian after the last week referendum which the West and Ukraine transitional government call illegal. Crimea’s referendum and annexation to Russia marked a bitter confrontation between Moscow and the West which was unprecedented after the Cold War. In fact, it was the most serious confrontation between Russia and the Western ...

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Criticisms on the Government’s Taliban Policy

With the height of terrorist attacks of the Taliban militants, public anger has been growing recently over Afghan government’s policies towards the Taliban. As the next month presidential election is approaching, the level of violence has seen a sharp rise with the militants organizing brazen attacks in Kabul and elsewhere. The killing of the AFP journalist last week along with his children has sparked wide ...

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Taliban’s Unending Atrocities

In response to the tragic deaths of the terrorist attack at Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan’s media organizations announced a two-week boycott on the Taliban media coverage. The move came after the deadly attack in Kabul which led to the deaths of nine people including AFP reporter Ahmad Sardar along his two children and wife. The killing of the AFP along with his family has sparked widespread condemnati ...

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