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Karzai appeals for end to Ghani-Abdullah dispute

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged both the presidential candidates to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Addressing a gathering marking the Independence Day, Karzai said he hoped the Afghans stay united so that the country was led toward peace and stability. Stressing early results from the June presidential runoff election, ...

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Kandahar students no more without books: official

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Primary schoolchildren have been without text books in southern Kandahar province over the past six years, a problem now stands resolved, an official said on Monday. Kandahar Education Director Abdul Qaad Paiwastoon told Pajhwok Afghan News that primary school students had lacked text books for the last six years and, as a result, the education process there had been slowed. He said ...

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Afghan militants consider joining Islamic State

Afghanistan, surrounded by its mountains and deserts, has always been deeply cut off from the outside world. Now, for the first time, its insurgents are considering making common cause with groups far from their borders. Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied with the Taliban, say they are considering joining forces with Islamic State (ISIL), according to BBC News. Their commander als ...

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Abducted bank employee rescued in Kabul with arrest of 3 kidnappers

An abducted bank employee was rescued by Afghan intelligence operatives and a group of three kidnappers were arrested in capital Kabul. During an official statement, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the kidnappers were arrested during an operation on 8th Street in Taimani. The statement went on to say that the group had also kidnapped the credit controller of Afghanistan Commercial Bank (ACB) ...

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Suicide car bomb kills 3 Afghan policemen

KABUL: An Afghan official says a suicide car bombing has killed three policemen in the eastern Nangarhar province. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle among a group of Afghan security forces in Ghani Khil district on Tuesday. He said three policemen were killed. Two people were wounded, a civilian and a local policeman. A mili ...

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Paghman gang rape: 3 more suspects held

Police on Tuesday aprehended three more suspects allegedly linked to a group that gang rapped four women and looted passengers last month in the Paghman district of central Kabul province. The gang members, dressed in police uniforms, reportedly took valuables from the passengers and sexually abused four women. Three members of the gang are already being held in police custody. Kabul Police Chief Gen. Zahir ...

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Iran convicts Ahmadinejad’s vice president

Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran's first vice president under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been sentenced to prison and fined. "I cannot reveal the details because the sentence is not final, but it includes a term of imprisonment and a fine," Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejeie, the second-ranking member of Iran's judiciary, told the AFP news agency on Monday. Iranian media previously reported that Rahimi, 6 ...

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Afghan Social Media Summit Returns to Kabul

Second Annual Afghan Social Media Summit (#ASMS2014) expands to three days, and will be bigger and better than ever. Speaker nominations and participant registration officially opened today for the Second Annual Afghan Social Media Summit (#ASMS2014), to be held October 19-21st in Kabul. ASMS2014 follows on the success of Paiwand, Afghanistan’s First Annual Social Media Summit, which was held Sept. 21-22, 2 ...

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Ata Mohammad Noor calls for widespread anti-fraud movements

Ata Mohammad Mohammad Noor has called on his supporters to prepare for widespread anti-fraud movements as the Afghan election was once again taken towards an impasse after Dr. Abdullah’s camp warned to withdraw from talks and boycott the audit process. Noor is an influential political leader and the current governor of northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, who is a close ally of Dr. Abdullah in presidenti ...

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Afghan Army Claims Lives of 41 Taliban Militants in Joint Operations

At least 41 Taliban militants including their local commanders were killed following joint military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours. "Afghan National Police conducted several anti-terrorism joint operations with Afghan National Army and NDS to clear some of the areas from terrorists," the Ministry of Interior said in a statement, Khaama Press reported. "The operations were ...

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DUTCH TO SEND 100 TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN IN 2015

HE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Dutch government says it plans to send 100 troops to northern Afghanistan as part of a NATO mission due to start in 2015, when the alliance's combat mission in the war-weary nation ends. The Dutch Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday the Dutch contingent would be made up of trainers, medical personnel, transport and security staff and a logistics unit. It will be based in ...

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Lack of Weapons Could Jeopardize Country: ANSF

On Monday, a number of Afghan military experts stated that the Afghan National Security Forces' (ANSF) lack of heavy weaponry and air support could put the country's future at jeopardy. "The lack of equipment’s and logistic support could undermine the abilities of the ANSF," political analyst Jawed Kohistani said. "It is difficult to win the war against insurgency without access to heavy weaponry." Adding t ...

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Abdullah’s team sets deadline for conditions, warns to boycott audit process

The electoral team of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has once again warned to boycott the ballots audit and invalidation process, if their demands are not met by the election commission. Syed Fazel Sancharaki, spokesman for Dr. Abdullah, told reporters on Monday that they will entirely boycott the audit and invalidation process if their demands and conditions were not met by tomorrow. Sancharaki further added that t ...

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Afghanistan’s Economy on the Verge of Collapse

By Florance Ebrahimi Power vacuum looms for Afghanistan as UN delays date for result of presidential elections to mid-September despite Karzai’s plans to leave office next week. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who came to power after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban in 2001, has set Tuesday as the deadline for a new president to take office, but a clear winner has yet to emerge after two rounds ...

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The Trans-Afghan Pipeline Initiative: No Pipe Dream

By: Marc Grossman NEW HAVEN: An avalanche of bad news has engulfed the world – murder in the skies over Ukraine, renewed war between Israel and Hamas, and a terrorist resurgence in Iraq. Amid the global chaos, one positive development got little attention – a development that could help advance peace between India and Pakistan, improve chances for reconciliation in Afghanistan, undermine energy blackmail by ...

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IEC: 83.4% of the Afghan presidential election ballots audited

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced Saturday that 83.4 percent of votes from the runoff election have been audited since the beginning of the audit and recount process. IEC spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor, told reporters that the audit teams have managed to audit 19,047 ballot boxes out of 22,821 boxes so far. Noor further added that the commission is expecting to take decision regarding ballo ...

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High gas price irks Kabul residents

Kabul residents have blamed the government for the rising prices of gas , which is currently sold at 140-150AFN per kilo in the market, compared to only 50 AFN per kilo a few months ago. The steep rise in prices for gas is linked to the scarcity of gas in the market. Residents wait in the queue for hours at a government store to purchase gas. “I came here about 5:30am and now it is 12:30pm but I cannot find ...

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17 killed as Taliban launch attacks across Afghanistan

Jalalabad: Taliban suicide bombs hit an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in an eastern city on Saturday, killing six people, and insurgents shot dead another 11 in the west, in an upsurge of violence as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country. Seven militants were also killed during several hours of heavy fighting with Afghan security forces at the Jalalabad headquarters of the Na ...

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23 Killed in Tanker Crash In Herat

A van slammed into a fuel tanker in western Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 23 people in the horrific accident. The crash happened on Sunday morning on the main highway between the city of Herat and the Iranian border, said Raouf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial police chief in western Herat province. He added that four people were injured in the accident. Authorities do not know what caused the accide ...

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Hezb-e-Islami faction wants Dr. Abdullah to accept election results

The Hezb-e-Islami Councils Alliance (HICA) on Saturday called on presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to accept the presidential election results. Hezb-e-Islami Councils Alliance (HICA) supporters gathered in capital Kabul on Saturday and insisted that the runoff vote results should be released without any further delay. HICA supporters called on Dr. Abdullah to accept election results and warned th ...

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