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Civilian Casualties on the Rise

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan announced a dramatic rise in civilian casualties in Afghanistan. According the UNAMA report, which released on Wednesday, civilian casualties in Afghanistan during the first half of 2013 have risen 24 percent with more than 1,500 people killed and more than three thousands wounded during last six months. According to the report, main reason for the rise in civilian c ...

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The Announcement of the Election Preliminary Results

The announcement of the preliminary results of the elections, in which Ashraf Ghani is leading with 56 percent of the votes, is entering Afghanistan almost into the post-election phase while uncertainly will probably continue for an unknown period of time. According to the results announced, Abdullah Abdullah, who was leading in the first round of the elections, is now trailing behind Ashraf Ghani with 43 p ...

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Pakistan’s Ground Offensive in North Waziristan

Pakistan’s army has begun a major ground offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan. The operation is the biggest military campaign of the country’s military against Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan since the 2007 operation in Swat valley. According to Pakistani officials, hundreds of militants have been killed during past weeks in army aerial attacks in Miranshah of North Waziristan. Pakistan’s military of ...

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The Deepening Election Crisis

The deadlock over the presidential elections is further deepening with Abdullah’s camp questioning legitimacy of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC). According to Abdullah’s team, the IEC has rejected the major demands the team had proposed for resolving the election stalemate, while the IEC officials maintain they have accepted all of Dr. Abdullah’s deman ...

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All Election Stakeholders Must Help UN Mediation

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) is preparing for announcement of the preliminary results of the second round of the elections. ECC officials say they are completing probing the complaints and will soon announce the results of their judgment for the thousands of complaints registered in the second round of elections. This is while the while the dispute ...

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Iraq Holds Lessons for Post-2014 Afghanistan

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is now controlling a large swath of Iraq as the militant group is continuing advance towards the south. Iraqi army swiftly crumbled ahead of Isis advance as they lack robust aerial and intelligence support. Though there are significant differences between Iraq and Afghanistan, however, there are parallels between the two countries which are struggling to curb ...

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The Elections in Crisis

The IEC secretariat chief Zia-ul Haq Amrkhil’s role in the alleged extensive vote rigging is now being backed up by a possibly credible proof, if the authenticity of the audio file released on Sunday by independent parties. In the audio file, Abdullah’s campaign team says, Amrkhil orders officials of the Independent Election Commission to work hard in rigging the votes in favor of presidential candidate Ash ...

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Commit to the Electoral Principles

The campaign period ended officially and the voters have two days to ponder over their preferred candidate for the country’s presidency. Before the Election Day, many international and national including election monitoring agencies and the United Nations have asked the two candidates to accept the outcome of the Saturday’s election. And the candidates have pledged to commit to democratic principles and pla ...

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The Looming Runoff Election Day

Afghans have only three days to go to polling stations in a very crucial election. The 14 June election is supposed to be the first peaceful transfer of power in Afghanistan at a time when foreign troops are withdrawing from the country. In the few next days, Afghans have the right opportunity to help leading the country into a new phase. As all Afghans are concerned with the future of the country, the Satu ...

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The High Stake for the Runoff Election

Officials at the Defense Ministry announced say the level of security threats for the second round of elections will be higher than the first round of the elections as the militant groups are determined to disrupt the runoff elections due to be held on 14 June. On Monday, Ministry of Defense spokesman Zahir Azimi said that there are intelligence that the militants are planning to intensify their attacks on ...

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The Final Phase of Electoral Power Brokerage

Qayum Karzai, President Karzai’s brother and presidential candidate before he supported Zalmay Rassoul in the first round of elections, endorsed Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the ongoing presidential race. His endorsement of Ahmadzai is probably coming as the last major coalition-making for the upcoming elections. In fact, it completes the pre-election political dealings from the two contenders of the election w ...

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Boost Presidential Candidates’ Security

The Friday’s suicide bomb attack on the convoy of the leading presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, was the most serious alarm over security of the presidential election. The attack have once again raised concerns and pinned attentions to the high security threats from the militant groups for the second round of the elections. In reaction to the suicide attack on his convoy, Abdullah tried to tell his ...

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The Post-2014 NATO Plan for Afghanistan

The US military presence in Afghanistan will continue for two more years and by 2016 the United States is going to withdraw all troops except a small contingent for protecting embassy. According to American officials, the mission’s core facets will be anti-terrorist special operations and training Afghanistan’s security forces. The post-2014 NATO military presence in Afghanistan after 2014 will be mainly co ...

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Women’s Successful Rise in Politics

With the declining presence of the international community in Afghanistan after thirteen years, Afghan women’s progress in social and political areas seem unstoppable. The recent announcement of the results of provincial council elections showed women leading in relatively secure provinces like Kabul, Bamiyan and Daikondi. While, the women didn’t participate much in the previous election in the same provinc ...

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Escalation of Tensions in Afghan-Pakistan Relations

With the continued artillery shelling of Pakistan on Afghan soil, Afghan defense officials have warned that Afghanistan is considering to retaliate the cross-border attacks on Afghanistan’s eastern provinces. Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi told the lawmakers that is not changing their aggressive approach towards Afghanistan despite the Afghan government’s objection to the incursions. Mohammadi ...

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Paying Billions of Dollars in Bribe

Integrity Watch Afghanistan released a shocking report that says Afghans have paid $2 billion in bribes during past twelve months. According to the report, Afghanistan’s judiciary is the most corrupt government institution while police is the second. The report added that level of corruption in education and health sectors are respectively in third and fourth. The executive chairman of Integrity Watch Afgha ...

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A Third Option for US Engagement in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama is deliberating over a third option for American military presence in Afghanistan: to leave about 10,000 troops for two years and withdrawing completely after 2016. This is while the day before Obama told American forces at Bagram airfield that the United States will continue supporting the people of Afghanistan. This is completely in contrast to the recommendations of American mil ...

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The Last-ditch Electoral Groupings

With the ongoing electoral campaigns and coalition-buildings, President Karzai's brother Mahmood Karzai endorsed presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in the second round of the elections. Karzai said that they have agreed on national issues and he backed Abdullah for his economic plans for Afghanistan. Mahmood Karzai’s endorsement of Abdullah is coming as the latest of a series of political coalition-ma ...

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Obama’s Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

As the presidential elections in Afghanistan have overshadowed the US-Afghanistan relations, US president Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday. According to the reports he visited US troops stationed in Afghanistan as the country is declining its military presence and ending the long-lasting Afghan war. On Sunday, there were mixed reports whether Obama would meet Afghanistan’s outgoin ...

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India-Pakistan Proxy War in Afghanistan

The deadly on Indian Consulate in Herat province has once again sparked concerns over proxy war between rival regional powers in Afghanistan. The attack was organized at a time to have the highest possible repercussions and have potential impacts on regional politics and involvement of India and Pakistan in Afghanistan. The deadly assault on Indian consulate in Herat is coming ahead of coming new government ...

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