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World, Afghanistan face common threats: Ahmadzai

KABUL: On Saturday, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai told visiting US senators that the world and Afghanistan faced common security threats that needed to be addressed through joint efforts. Senator Timothy Kaine, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, met Ahm ...

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Kerry: Afghan Unity Government could be Turning Point

WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the completion of the power-sharing deal and successful political transition in Afghanistan could be a turning point for the war-torn South Asian country. The top U.S. diplomat played a major part in helping negotiate the deal under which the two candidates in Afghanistan's disputed presidential election agreed to form a national unity government. Late las ...

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Obama, Ban promise support to president-elect

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Sunday called to congratulate president-elect Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and CEO-designate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on reaching an agreement on a unity government, the White House said. “The president spoke with Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah earlier today to congratulate them on concluding their agreement for a government of national unity and safeguarding t ...

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US Reconstruction of Afghanistan Most Expensive in US History

Washington's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said the U.S. has provided more than $104 billion to rebuild Afghanistan -- more money than the United States has spent on reconstruction for any one country in history. Despite the massive investment, John Sopko said corruption and the narcotics trade are flourishing, and Afghanistan is unable to pay for and maintain projects the U.S. ha ...

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Afghanistan blames US for killing civilians

At least 14 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in US air strikes in Afghanistan, officials have said, sparking condemnation from President Hamid Karzai who has often criticised the conduct of the NATO forces. Abdul Ghani Musamem, a spokesman for the governor of Kunar province, said 14 people died in the air strike in Narang district on Tuesday while 13 others were wounded. Civilian casualties caused ...

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Obama urges rival Afghan candidates to reach a deal

KABUL: US President Barak Obama has had separate telephone conversations with the rival Afghan presidential candidates on Sunday, urging them to reach an understanding. Representatives of both electoral camps have confirmed that Ashraf Ghania and Abdullah Abdullah each spoke with the US President this evening. It is hoped that this will break the ice and both candidates will intensify their efforts to reach ...

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NATO ready to play its part in Afghanistan: Rasmussen

WALES: NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday said their mission in Afghanistan was not over yet and Afghanistan still needed international support and the alliance was ready to play its part. In his opening remarks on the first day of the two day NATO summit focused on Afghanistan in Wales, the NATO chief said they were proud of what they had achieved in Afghanistan, thanks to hundreds of ...

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NATO asked to keep support human rights

LONDON: The NATO member countries should make a firm commitment to support human rights protections in Afghanistan beyond the end of the NATO combat mission post-2014, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. The NATO Summit in Wales, on September 4 and 5, 2014, is slated to discuss future alliance support for the Afghan government. The failure of the outgoing government of Hamid Karzai to institutionali ...

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NATO prepares new chapter in ties with Afghanistan

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO Secretary General has said that the alliance will be writing a new chapter in its relationship with Afghanistan, as its combat mission draws to a close. “We have planned a new mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan forces from next year and it will be launched once we have the legal arrangements in place,” said Rasmussen in a pre-summit press conference in Brussels. ...

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Afghanistan: Mission Impossible or Mission Accomplished?

Since August 2003, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been engaged in Afghanistan to conduct security operations, train and develop the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Since then seven NATO summits have been held, the eighth and last NATO summit in the format of ISAF will be held at Newport, Wales on 5 September 2014. The ISAF mission is a first of its kind; both in term ...

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US Transfers Pakistani Bagram Detainees to Islamabad, Angering Kabul

The fate of nine Pakistani detainees who were held at a U.S. military prison in Afghanistan is a source of friction between Islamabad and Kabul. Afghan authorities say the men are dangerous terrorists who threaten the region, and they oppose Washington’s transfer of them to Pakistani custody. As part of its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the United States has stepped up efforts of winding down its so ...

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NATO Needs New Afghan President Ahead of Summit

In an exclusive interview with TOLOnews, General Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe, reaffirmed the coalition's hope for a new government in Kabul to be in place by the time of the NATO summit in London next week, so that future security cooperation with Afghanistan can be ensured. Although both of the Afghan presidential candidates have promised to sign the Bilateral Security Agre ...

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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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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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Afghanistan, Yemen among U.S.-Honored Development Projects

The United States on Wednesday honored six development projects for helping some of the world's most politically fragile countries or poorest people, including a railway in Afghanistan and basic health and water services in Yemen. The projects, all funded by one of the major development banks, range from helping rice farmers in West Africa to dealing with pollution in Mongolia. The awards recognize "excepti ...

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US Suggests Global Energy Firm To Take Forward TAPI Project

The United States has urged Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to engage an international energy company to take forward the ambitious TAPI gas pipeline project that has the potential to transform the entire region. “We encourage the TAPI parties to bring an international energy company into the project to work in cooperation with Turkmengaz in the development of the gas supply and serve as comme ...

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NATO-led Forces Plane Makes Hard Landing In Afghanistan

sport plane of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) made a hard landing in Herat airport in west Afghanistan on Tuesday but caused no loss of life, police said. "The plane, apparently C-130 transport aircraft of the ISAF forces made hard landing at Herat airport at 01:00 p.m. local time, which damaged the runway and the plane was also partially damaged, " police chief of the Herat air ...

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China will not fill US void in Afghanistan

BEIJING: China does not seek to fill a void left in Afghanistan by the withdrawal of US troops but will play a "huge" commercial role in helping rebuild the country, a newly appointed Chinese special envoy said on Monday. China, which is connected to Afghanistan by a narrow, almost impassable mountain corridor, has been quietly preparing for more responsibility there after the bulk of US-led troops pull out ...

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Dobbins briefs Karzai on ballot recount

The special US representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday met President Hamid Karzai and discussed issues pertaining to recount and audit of presidential vote, a statement from the presidential said. James F. Dobbins and briefed the president in line with progress in the recount of ballots and subsequent meetings between presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. ...

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