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Taliban insurgents attack Afghan provincial police chief’s house

KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said. The six gunmen, all of whom were wearing suicide vests, launched the attack from a school building near Gen. Abdul Razeq's house in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province ...

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Kabul Demonstration against Israel Crimes in Gaza

Hundreds of Kabul residents participated in rally against Israel war in Gaza and called for an immediate end to civilian deaths. The rally was organized in various parts of Kabul city on Friday where the demonstrators urged the international community to prevent the Israel offensive on Gaza. This is the second time rallies have been organized in capital Kabul to protest against the Israeli war on Gaza. Acco ...

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Two aid workers shot dead in Herat Province

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two Finnish aid workers were shot dead Thursday in the western Afghan city of Herat, officials said. The two women were riding in a taxi when they were shot dead by two men on a motorcycle, said Sami Wafa, the chief of staff of the Herat governor. Herat police spokesman Raouf Ahmadi said the taxi driver had been detained as part of the investigation. Finland's Foreign Ministry confirmed ...

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Pakistan Protecting Haqqani Network

The Afghan government and the US military officials in Afghanistan have strongly expressed objections to the Pakistani operation against Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan in North Waziristan. Afghan intelligence officials accused Pakistan of protecting the notorious Haqqani network from the ongoing military offensive against the militant in the tribal areas. Haqqani network is known for its brutal campaign against ...

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Alasai Residents Initiate Anti-Taliban Uprising

Residents of Alasai district have initiated an uprising to expel Taliban militants from their villages in central Kapisa province, the governor said on Wednesday. Mehrabuddin Sapi told Pajhwok Afghan News a large number of residents had joined hands with the security forces in maintaining security of their respective areas. He said the residents were fed up with atrocities of the insurgents and they finally ...

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Kabul Airport Security Beefed Up: NDS

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday said tight security measures had been put in place to protect the Kabul International Airport. Weeks earlier, a group of suicide bombers mounted an attack with assault rifles on the airport after, taking refuge in an under-construction building near the facility. According to security officials, the five hours gunbattle ended with the death of five att ...

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Millions Plundered In Name Of Salaries

Residents claim tens of thousands of afghanis, which are released by the education department in the name of teacher salaries, end up in pockets of a few individuals in the Maroof district of southern Kandahar province. Education department officials say there are a total of 40 schools in Maroof and eight of them have been closed due to insecurity, but residents reject the claim and say not a single school ...

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German Minister Meets Troops In Mazar-I-Sharif

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen touched down on Wednesday morning at a military base in teh northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to meet troops from her country on an announced visit. German media reported it is her second trip that came months before German soldiers are set to withdraw from the country. Mazar-i-Sharif is home to majority of the roughly 2,400 German troops in Afghanistan. More than ...

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Afghans Denounce Conflict In Gaza

Several hundred Afghan protesters rallied on Wednesday in the heart of Kabul to denounce the fighting in Gaza Strip and the killings of Palestinian civilians caught up in the conflict. Chanting anti-Israeli and anti-American slogans, the protesters marched through the centre of the Afghan capital, carrying banners and photographs of Palestinian children killed during Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Israel says ...

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Afghanistan Blames Pakistan

The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan on Wednesday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan. Spokesman Hasib Sediqi of the National Directorate for Security charged that recent attacks in Afghanistan were planned in Pakistan, allegedly with the support of the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI. Pakistan has denied suc ...

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Removal Of 25% Requested Salary From Rights and Privileges law for MPs

According a statement of Parliament In a joint committee upper and lower house members agreed to remove 25% salary of allowance from MPs law on rights and privileges after official service mission of MPs. This is while during past week two peaceful rallies’ and gatherings were organized by civil society activists and people in Kabul and other provinces demanding for fully removal of this law. The protestors ...

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Why Afghanistan’s National Unity Government Is Risky

• BY SRINJOY BOSE , NIAMAT IBRAHIMI • the 2014 electoral crisis in Afghanistan intensified, we argued for a rigorous, internationally supervised, technical audit backed by political dialogue and engagement as the way forward. Details emerging in recent days show the crisis was much more serious than it appeared: The country was on the verge of fragmenting, if not a full-on civil war. With the announcement o ...

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Suicide Bomber Kills 5 Rebels In Paktika

While embracing his associates, a militant detonated his explosives, killing five militants and injuring seven others in southeastern Paktika province, an official said on Tuesday. The incident occurred Monday evening in the Pastori locality of Sarobi district, police chief Nabi Jan Mullakhel told Pajhwok Afghan News. Civilians suffered no harm in the blast, he added. A tribal elder, wishing not to be named ...

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Senate Oks Access To Information Bill

The upper house of the parliament (Meshrano Jirga) on Tuesday approved the Access to Information bill without any amendment. The Ministry of Justice sent the draft law to the lower house (Wolesi Jirga) for approval. After its endorsement by the lower house, the legislative measure was referred to the Senate. The law requires government institutions and private organisations to grant the press access to info ...

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A blast Beating of Zimbabwe

Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by two wickets Tuesday in a thrilling one-day cricket international to keep alive hopes of squaring the series. Zimbabwe scored 261-8 off 50 overs at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo and Afghanistan reached 264-8 with two balls to spare. Afghanistan, who lost the first two matches by six wickets and eight wickets, can draw the four-match series by winning again at the same venue Thur ...

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Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 4 Foreign Security Guards In Kabul

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound housing foreign advisers in Kabul on Tuesday, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six. The attacker struck at the gates of the compound, which houses foreign advisers to the Afghan government as well as the office of the deputy minister for counter-narcotics in the heart of the country's capital, said deputy interior minister, Gen. Mo ...

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IEC to Halt Audit Process if Candidates Do Not Reach Agreement

Officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have said that the audit process will face challenges if the presidential candidates do not agree on the standard auditing procedures, which entails a checklist on what needs to be inspected. The Deputy head of the IEC, Abdul Rahman Hotaki, urged the presidential candidates to finalize the technicalities of the audit as soon as possible otherwise the au ...

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Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Foreign Advisers And An Afghan Interpreter Outside Kabul International Airport

Four foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter were killed Tuesday when a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up outside Kabul International Airport. The nationalities of the foreign advisers are yet to be identified, according to a Reuters report. The attack comes days after a previous one by the Taliban, who used a car bomb to capture a building within the airport and battled Afghan security forces for f ...

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Fuel Prices Hike in Afghanistan Due to Hoarding

Fuel The Fuel and Liquid Gas Enterprise (FLGE) revealed the names of companies that have resorted to hoarding, causing a wave of inflation on fuel prices in Afghanistan. Rahmanian Company, Ghazanfar Fuel Company, Afghan Petrol, Noor Sadiq Ansari, Younes Company and Haidari Brothers are identified by FLGE and have received warnings from the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI). The companies had purcha ...

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17 Rebels Killed In Kandahar Offensive

Seventeen armed rebels were killed following an operation by Afghan and foreign troops in southern Kandahar province, an official said on Monday. The clearing up offensive was conducted in the Koka area of the town on Sunday night, the Maiwand district administrative chief, Haji Abdullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said Taliban fighters were meeting in Koka to devise a plan for conducting coordinated atta ...

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