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Afghanistan in 1393: Election and Security

As Afghanistan is going to celebrate the new Hijri year, the Taliban relentlessly continue their campaign of violence not only against Afghan security forces but also against innocent civilians. The latest brutal attack of a suicide bomber in Maymana of Faryab killed and wounded dozens of innocent people. As Afghanistan is getting closer to the Election Day, the bloodshed carried by the Taliban is not a goo ...

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Concerns of Election Rigging

As the election date is approaching, there are increasing concerns about a possible rigging of the election as many of the polling stations remain insecure and out of assured control of the observers and the electoral bodies. Recently, some of the presidential candidates, particularly those from the opposition, have warned about attempts for electoral frauds which could potentially harm the democratic pract ...

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Karzai’s Remarks on Election, Peace and BSA

In his address to the parliament, President Karzai warned foreigners not to meddle in Afghanistan’s election. In his last speech to the parliament, the President addressed some key issues including the forthcoming elections, Afghanistan’s relations with the US, the bilateral security agreement and Pakistan’s role in the peace efforts. President Karzai once again assured that there would be a fair and free e ...

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The Prospect of Post-2014 for Afghan Women

The reports once again highlighted the dire situation for women in Afghanistan. Ahead of two major transition processes – the 2014 NATO withdrawal and the forthcoming presidential elections – in the country, there are increasing concerns on the future of women’s rights in Afghanistan. There are concerns that there may be a possibility of a possible reverse in women’s rights after withdrawal of foreign troop ...

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President Karzai’s Renewed Anti-US Rhetoric

President Karzai once again criticized the United States in a harsh tone, saying that The latest remarks are considered a renewal of his refusal to sign the bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan and the US despite that it was approved by the Loya Jirga last year. Karzai’s move in intensifying the already tense relations of Afghanistan and the United States seems to be intentional with certain pur ...

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How Real Is the Zero-option?

The White House has directed the Pentagon to have adequate plans in place to enable the US completely withdraw forces from Afghanistan if Kabul and Washington fail to sign the bilateral security agreement. Echoing the move by Washington, NATO member countries also agreed to start considering a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by end of this year. However, NATO officials have also said that they prefer t ...

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The Role of Women in the Upcoming Elections

Ahead of another election in Afghanistan, the role of the women in taking part for shaping the future of the country is once again highlighted. Civil organizations and activists campaigning for women’s rights have organized a ‘national conference of women’ with the aim to review to role and participation of women in the upcoming elections. Afghanistan once again needs active participation of the women in th ...

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The Irrelevant NATO Status of Forces’ Agreement

President Hamid Karzai intends to pursue talks on an agreement with the NATO paving the way for the alliance to plan a post-2014 presence in Afghanistan. According to the reports, Karzai has decided at a meeting of the Afghan National Security Council that the agreement with NATO should be quickly finalized, the government said. Karzai’s call on NATO to speed up the negotiations on ‘Status of Forces’ comes ...

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Afghan-US Relations in Nosedive Collapse

At a critical juncture of time for the Afghan war, the relation between the government of Afghanistan and the United States is in nosedive deterioration with the Afghan government resolved to confront the US by releasing Taliban prisoners and alleging false claims against the United States. The New York Times reported that the commission for investigation of NATO aerial strikes in Parwan province has provid ...

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Potential Terrorists Must Remain Behind Bars

Amidst controversies over release of Taliban prisoners, US military published documents illustrating backgrounds of dozens of Taliban prisoners who are deemed as dangerous by US officials. According to the records of the Taliban prisoners, some of them had been directly involved in terrorist attacks against NATO and Afghan forces while some others have been proved guilty during investigations by US military ...

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President Karzai’s Renewed Anti-US Rhetoric

President Karzai once again criticized the United States in a harsh tone, saying that he would not sign the deal unless the Taliban are brought to the table of negotiations. President Karzai accused the United States of exerting pressures on Afghanistan to get him to sign the security agreement which allows thousands of US troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. The latest remarks are considered a rene ...

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Hikmatyar’s Surprise Shift

In a momentous turnover, Gulbuddin Hikmatyar, the leader of Hizb-e Islami party called on his followers and party members to take part in the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan. Hikmatyar’s Hizb-e Islami militants have been fighting US-led NATO and Afghan security forces after the overthrow of Taliban regime in 2001. His surprise and contradictory move is coming after his ...

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Kabul-Washington’s Troubled Relations

President Karzai has long been complaining about US role in fraudulent elections of the 2009, however, it just appeared that he has been right all these years. According to the US former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the Obama administration made concerted efforts to unseat Karzai from power during Afghanistan’s presidential election in 2009. The revelation of US manipulation of the 2009 presidential e ...

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Policy Review Needed for Releasing Prisoners

More than six hundred militant prisoners have been released from Bagram prison as part of government’s efforts to deal with the cases of prisoners who have been arrested by US forces during past twelve years. The officials say these prisoners have spent behind bars without sufficient evidences against them to prove their involvement in terrorist activities. According to the reports, cases of over a hundred ...

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The Prospect of Afghanistan’s post-2014 Security

Only days after comments made by a British military official about the risk of some areas in south Afghanistan being lost to the Taliban after 2014, a US intelligence assessment suggests that there is a real possibility that the security achievements gained in Afghanistan during past twelve years may quickly start rolling back in the face of a Taliban resurgence after 2014. According to the National Intelli ...

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Afghanistan’s Economy, From Civil War to 2014 And Beyond

AttaullahNawrozy - Afghanistan has been a war stricken country. The civil war for overly three decades destroyed the infrastructure in the country altogether, which profoundly affected the economy of Afghanistan. During the civil war, Afghanistan’seconomy descended to the lowest level that led the GDP (PPP) of Afghanistan at average $2billion in a year. (indexmundi.com) The civil war ended and gave birth to ...

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Afghanistan-NATO Negotiations

Afghanistan and NATO has started negotiations on a Status of Forces’ Agreement that would define a role for NATO forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014. NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the aim of staying NATO forces in Afghanistan after next year is to assist, advise, equip and sustain Afghanistan’s security forces. The Status of Forces’ Agreement between NATO and Afghanistan has begun at a time w ...

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The US softening Position on BSA

US President Barack Obama has backed down from the deadline he had previously set for the Afghan government to sign the bilateral security agreement that would allow a portion of US military stay in Afghanistan. According to reports, Obama is prepared to extend the end of December to a later date for getting the Afghan president Hamid Karzai to sign the much-awaited security deal with Washington. According ...

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The Mission Accomplished? Think again

NATO member countries are speeding pullout from Afghanistan ahead of the final drawdown of foreign forces by end of 2014. During his visit from British soldiers stationed in Southern Helmand province, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the Afghan mission was accomplished and that a 'basic level' of security had been achieved in the country. British Prime Minister's labeling the ongoing war in Afghanistan ...

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Women’s Rights in Jeopardy

As the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan is on the decline, there are worrisome signs of a possible rollback of women’s rights in the country after 2014 as violence against the vulnerable segment of the society is already on the rise and policymakers fail to provide sufficient protection for women. The mutilation of Setarah which occurred recently in Herat province once more highlighted the startlin ...

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