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Heavy Attack on Nangarhar Intelligence Agency

Jalalabad: At least six people were killed and dozens wounded when a suicide car bomber and Taliban gunmen attacked an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Saturday, officials said. Heavy fighting was continuing between the Taliban and Afghan security forces hours after the attack on the Jalalabad headquarters of the National Directorate of Security began, said Ahmad ...

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Car bomb hits intelligence office in Nengarhar city

JALALABAD, Afghanistan,- Casualties were feared as a suicide car bomb targeted the provincial intelligence office building in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, early Saturday morning, source said. "A suicide car bomb hit the gate of Nangarhar's National Directorate of Security (NDS) at around 4:50 a.m. (local time). The blast caused casualties but details will b ...

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Six Afghan Students Get First Position At Al-Azhar

Six Afghan students have been identified as first position students by obtaining the highest scores at Jamea Al-Azhar of Egypt. In a session held on Sunday with participation of Minister of Education Farooq Wardak, ambassador of Egypt to Kabul Mahab Nasar, high-ranking officials, diplomats of Egypt and Iraq, Egyptian teachers and a number of parliamentarians, six Afghan students obtaining the highest scores ...

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Presidential Contender Threatens Ballot Audit Boycott

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatened Tuesday to withdraw from the disputed election, a move that could wreck UN efforts to rescue the country's first democratic transfer of power. The June 14 vote has triggered a standoff between Abdullah and his poll rival Ashraf Ghani, with both candidates claiming victory amid allegations of massive fraud. To end the impasse, a deal was brokered for ...

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From A Kabul Prison to A House in Quetta; Helmand Violence Funder’s Spoor

A report by Tamim Hamid- The aged man who opened the yard’s door moments ago looks wide-eyed to the two individuals standing in front of him. He breaks the silence with a question – in Pashto language: “It is amazing! It has been the first time a journalist asks us about it.” One of the two men is a security officer said: “Can we come in and talk?” While the aged man wanted to say something, a voice heard f ...

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Kandahar Offensive Leaves 32 Militants Dead

At least 32 militants, including two suicide bombers, were killed during a clearing operation in Maiwand, Panjwai and Zherai districts of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Tuesday. The operation was conducted over the past 24 hours to foil insurgent activities, a statement from the 205th Atal Military Corps said. Seventeen rebels, including two suicide bombers who planned a group attack on sec ...

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Stop Blocking Polio Teams, HRW Asks Taliban

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday asked the Taliban to stop preventing mobile polio vaccination teams from operating in southern Helmand province. The militants have prohibited the Public Health Ministry from deploying mobile vaccination teams in the province since February, increasing the vulnerability of children to infection, death or long-term disability. On July 7, the Taliban accused the mobile ...

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Vote Audit To Be Over In 3 Weeks: IEC

More than 2,700 ballot boxes have been audited and the process will be completed in 20 days, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Tuesday. At a news conference in Kabul, IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said the vote audit was going well in the presence of candidate representatives, national and international observers. He said 645 ballot boxes were reviewed on Monday and more than 2,000 earlie ...

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Man In Afghan Uniform Kills U.S. General

A man in an Afghan uniform opened fire at a military training academy outside Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least one American, media outlets are reporting. Details about the attack at Camp Qargha, a base west of the capital, weren't immediately clear. Media citing an unidentified Afghan military official, reports that a U.S. Army major general was fatally shot at point-blank range, the highest ranking U.S. ...

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86 Militants Killed Over 24 Hours In Afghanistan

Units of police in coordination with the army personnel have killed 86 Taliban militants during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released on Monday. During the operations which have been conducted in parts of Nangarhar, Kunduz, Saripul, Urugan, Wardak, Khost and Paktia provinces, 71 more insurgents have been injured and 14 others arrested. ...

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CASA-1000 To Bring In USD 65mn In Revenue To Afghanistan

Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MoE) official said implementation work of the CASA-1000 project would begin in 2015. Deputy Minister Eng. Ghulam Farooq Qazi said the project would generate USD 65mn in revenue to Afghanistan. “We expect revenue of USD 65mn annually based on our calculation of 2.5 cents per kilowatt,” said Qazi. He added the energy ministers of the concerned countries would meet in Dubai ...

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Afghanistan And Germany Open Training Institute For Community Development Council

New training facilities in Kunduz city provide proper learning environment for Community Development Council (CDC) members from four north-eastern provinces in Afghanistan. With training in basic and advanced subjects, CDC members will be able to improve their skills and fully represent community interests and proposals to the government and development organizations. The construction and equipping of the i ...

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German Forces End Combat Mission In North

German forces, part of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), changed their combat mission into training and assisting Afghan security forces in northern Afghanistan, an alliance official said on Saturday. Replaced by German Brig. Gen. Harald Gante, who took over the command during a change of command ceremony in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province on Friday, the outgoing Maj. Gen. Bernd ...

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Over 100 Rebels Who Fled Sangin Killed In Zheri

More than 100 militants have been killed during an operation launched about two weeks ago in the Zheri district of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Saturday. Zia Durrani, a spokesman for the Kandahar police headquarters, told Pajhwok Afghan News that security forces were still busy clearing landmines and countering isolated attacks by the militants. The operation in Zheri district was launche ...

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IEC Vows To Bypass Abdullah In Vote Recount

Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani on Saturday vowed they would go ahead with the recounting of votes cast in the June election tomorrow (Sunday) whether or not presidential candidate Abdullah joins the start-stop process. Talking to journalists at the IEC headquarters, Nuristani said the commission employees, national and international observers had been hoping the vote audit ...

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Attempts to resume vote process audit stall over disagreement

Attempts to resume the audit of presidential election stalled Saturday as candidate Abdullah Abdullah disagreed over the criteria to address alleged fraud in the June run-off election. Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani agreed to the inspection of all 8.1 million ballots cast in the June 14 poll in a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, but the recount has since faced several suspensions as the c ...

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Pomegranate Boom in Kandahar

Lying in the shade of a pomegranate tree, Sardar Wali, 50, looked forward to an abundant crop. “As long as my orchard isn’t hit by disease and the security situation doesn’t deteriorate, I will have such a high yield this year that all my problems will be solved,” he said. Pointing at the small green fruit on the trees, he said, “Do you see these pomegranates? Once they’re ripe, their seeds will be visible ...

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Enforcement Directorate action on 62 Afghan-owned properties

In its first major action against the immovable properties illegally acquired by foreign nationals in the country, the Enforcement Directorate has decided to initiate attachment proceedings against 62 such properties, acquired by Afghan nationals in various parts of the national capital, under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (Fema). Sources said investigations revealed that these prope ...

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Blast In Kandahar, Killed Hashmat Khalil Karzai

(Kandahar): Sucide attack reported to Hashmat Khalil Karzai cousin of President Karzai Vehicle and member of provincial council, Hashamt Karzai was a senior member of Dr. Ashraf Ghani Election campaign In Kandahar, Mena Pal Spokesperson of Kandahar Governor said Hasham Karzai along with his bodyguards killed, its also reported that this explosion happen at his home Karz District of Kandahar Province. ...

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Karzai says Afghans need new president

KABUL-- Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai says his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor. In a speech marking the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday that follows the fasting month of Ramadan, Karzai said on Monday that Afghans "want to have an outcome to the election as soon as possible, so that this country can hav ...

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