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President Karzai’s Trip to India

President Hamid Karzai’s trip to India has been coincided with the security agreement impasse between Kabul and Washington and is coming after his closely-watched visit from Tehran. In India, President Karzai once again defied the pressure exerted by the United States for signing the bilateral security agreement, the BSA, saying that he was not going to be intimidated by the US over the security agreement. ...

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A Cycle of Defiance and Tensions

President Hamid Karzai once again asserted on his position that he is not going to sign the bilateral security agreement, saying that the US was behaving like a colonial power. He lashed out at American pressures for signing the security agreement that was endorsed recently by an Afghan tribal elder’s assembly, the Loya Jirga. Karzai’s criticism of US pressures comes just after his trip to Tehran where he a ...

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The Prospect of Afghanistan’s Political Transition

Abdul Ahad Bahrami - As the upcoming elections in Afghanistan are getting closer, there are still concerns that there may be a flawed election next year or even the process of political transition may derail. All the concerns and fears are justified to some degree. Still, there are quite reliable evidences to conclude that such predictions are not likely to happen and Afghanistan’s future elections would no ...

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Kabul-Islamabad Cooperation on Peace Efforts

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged support for the Afghan peace efforts. Sharif was speaking at a press conference after he met President Hamid Karzai at the end of his one-day visit from Kabul on Saturday. Sharif’s explicit pledge to support the Afghan peace process is marking an important sign for the future of a mutual cooperation between the two countries over the peace talks with Taliban ...

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Mishandling the BSA Negotiations

Despite that the Loya Jirga has endorsed the security agreement between Afghanistan and the United States, President Karzai is once again endangering a long-term Afghanistan-US security partnership by delaying sighing of the critical document. In an effort to resolve the last-minute differences and gauge the stance of the Afghan government over the security agreement after Jirga endorsement, US National Sec ...

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War and Peace: Islamic Party Playing Double Game

Hikmatyar-led Islamic Party members will participate in the upcoming Loya Jirga, due to be held on Nov 21, 2013, in Kabul. According to Afghan officials, the list of representatives of the anti-government party has been handed to the Afghan government. The government of Afghanistan had previously called on the insurgent groups to take part in political processes in the country including the forthcoming Loya ...

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Afghan Forces and the Post-2014 War

Ahead of withdrawal of foreign troops, the capabilities and readiness of Afghan forces is a main concern for Afghans who are worried about stability of the country after 2014. According to the Afghan and US officials, the Taliban have been unable to capture any ground from Afghan forces that have been fighting the insurgency alone for the first time since the US invasion in 2001. However, the US and NATO of ...

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Fate of the Crucial Security Pact

The United States is once again trying to persuade the Afghan government to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement between Kabul and Washington that would allow presence of US forces in Afghanistan after 2014. Recently, a US official warned that the Obama administration expected the agreement to be signed as soon as possible. During his visit to Kabul, Ash Carter, the US Deputy Secretary of Defense said that ...

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Secret Talks for Resumption of Peace Process

The Pakistani Express Tribune reported that Pakistani government is considering transfer of Mullah Baradar, former right-hand man to the Taliban leader, to another country – possibly Saudi Arabia Turkey. The news comes days after Pakistan released seven Taliban members, including Mansoor Dadullah, a former top military commander of the Taliban in southern provinces of Afghanistan. Undisclosed Pakistani offi ...

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Pakistan Releases More Taliban Members

In response to Afghan government’s demands for Islamabad cooperation with the Afghan peace efforts, Pakistan announced release of seven Taliban members from Pakistani jails on Saturday. The latest release of Taliban senior members from Pakistani jails is taking place after a recent Karzai’s visit to Islamabad, where he urged Pakistani leaders to help with the peace negotiations with the Afghan insurgent gro ...

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A Right Move for Protecting Minorities’ Rights

Amid uproar of war and corruption, the government took a remarkable step forward in guaranteeing the rights of one of the most unprivileged minority community in Afghanistan. In response to calls from civil organizations and Afghan Hindu activists, the council of cabinet ministers brought amendments to the election law so that the Hindu and Sikh minorities of Afghanistan could have a seat in the parliament. ...

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Karzai’s Islamabad Visit Stirs Optimisms

Despite skepticisms about President Karzai’s trip to Pakistan, there are signs of progress as the two sides are trying to reach concrete agreements on the Afghan-led peace negotiations with the Taliban and Pakistan’s involvement in the process. President Karzai’s visit to Islamabad has extended for another day as requested by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. According to the Afghan officials, the visi ...

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The Munich Process

Some Afghan and foreign experts, Afghan prominent politicians from the opposition parties and political activists attended a gathering in Munich, Germany, discussing the current affairs and the future of Afghanistan. The gathering was concluded on Sunday and issued a resolution stressing on a fair and transparent presidential election, an all-inclusive peace process and proposing changes to the government s ...

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A Major Security Overhaul Needed

In response to the adverse security condition in the country, Afghan security officials and NATO commander in Afghanistan gathered on Saturday in Kabul to discuss the security situation across the country. According to the reports, the participants were, General Joseph Dunford, the Commander of the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, Bismillah Mohammadi, the Afghan Defense Minister and Mujtaba Patang, the actin ...

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A Robust US Presence in Post-2014 Afghanistan

US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford said Tuesday that the US and other members of the international coalition should keep a robust force in Afghanistan after 2014, stationed in Kabul and ‘four corners’ of Afghanistan. The top US military commander in Afghanistan warned about increasing uncertainty across the region as foreign forces begin withdrawing from the country. “Many Afghans have told me ...

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A Call for Rushing for Exit

As the decade-long war in Afghanistan is getting close to its end, the US Senators are losing patience over the unpopular war, which is still taking lives of the US troops stationed in the country. According to the reports, US Senators from both Republicans and the Democrats urged US president Barack Obama to end the over-a-decade war faster and leave a minimum number of troops in the country after 2014. Th ...

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NATO Withdrawal and the Future of Afghanistan

The NATO-led Spanish forces will soon withdraw from Badghis province as part of withdrawal process which is aimed to complete by 2014. The Spanish Defense Ministry announced that a part of military forces of the country, operating in Afghanistan under command of the NATO, will be stationed at their main base in western Herat province. Withdrawal of the Italian forces is a part of complete withdrawal of NATO ...

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President Karzai’s Realistic Approach

President Hamid Karzai discussed a wide variety of national issues on Wednesday in a major address in a joint session of the Parliament. Generally, we witnessed a more realistic approach from the president in his speech regarding to most critical issues such as the 2014 election, peace negotiations and Pakistan’s role and rights of the people. In his speech, the president tried to respond to the main concer ...

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A Robust NATO Presence in Post-2014 Afghanistan

When US officials announced that the Obama administration may decide to completely pull out troops from Afghanistan by end of 2014, the news confused many in Afghanistan and Washington and perhaps in NATO who were thinking of a sustainable US presence in Afghanistan after 2014. For sure, the news encouraged the Taliban for thinking to wait for US exit and coming back when there are no NATO troops in Afghani ...

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Overcoming Fear of Possible Vacuum

Pressure is mounting on the United States and the Afghan government as the deadline of NATO withdrawal is coming nearer. Until now the US and NATO has had crucial role in the fight against militants where major part of the offense was being shouldered by American troops whereas with the transfer of security it is the Afghan security that will do the job onward. Besides that currently there are also certain ...

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