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The Taliban’s Assault on Yamagan of Badakhshan

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Taliban have seized Yamagan district of Badakhshan province. According to the reports, Badakhshan police have confirmed seizure of the district by Taliban fighters while officials in Kabul maintain that resistance from local police forces are going and backup forces have been dispatched. It seems that at the height of the seasonal fighting and ahead of the election runof ...

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The Flawed Assessments of Reconstruction Projects

  US top auditor in Afghanistan John Sopko has once again highlighted vulnerability of Afghanistan’s reconstruction efforts after the US pulls out of the country by end of this year. The head of US auditing body for US aid in Afghanistan said Afghanistan would be lucky if it keeps the lights on after the US leaves behind a country with dozens of large-scale projects which are far from being completed. ...

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The Candidates Must Act with Maturity

  The IEC is set to announce the elections’ final results on today. Unidentified officials at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have reaffirmed that the election will go into the runoff, and there are no considerable changes to the preliminary results of the elections which were announced by the IEC about two weeks ago. Ahead of the announcement of the election results, there are some concerns ...

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Completion of Complaints Probes

  The election complaints commission announced that the process of considering election complaints is completed. The spokesman of the ECC told at a press conference that the commission would soon submit the findings of the probes and investigations to the Independent Election Commission (IEC). According to the spokesman of the IEC, votes from a number of voting stations have been voided and others were ...

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String of Attacks Mark Beginning of Fighting Season

  Shortly after announcing start of summer fighting season, the Taliban organized multiple attacks across Afghanistan. According to the reports, Taliban militants opened fire and assaulted a government building in eastern province of Nangarhar while in Kabul two rocket attacks targeted the city’s international airport that had no casualties. The militants launched another attack on a police checkpoint ...

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Abdullah’s Coalition-Making Strides

  Zalmay Rassoul, former foreign minister and presidential candidate who stood in third place in the first round of elections, joined Abdullah Abdullah’s camp that is bracing for the race in the second round of elections. Rassoul’s support to Dr. Abdullah’s candidacy for president is viewed as a major victory for Abdullah’s team that is reinforced by a number of prominent figures joining the camp. Rass ...

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Resumption of Taliban’s Spring Offensive

Ahead of the planned election runoff, the Taliban announced start of their annual fighting season nicknames as Khaibar operation. The operation is as part of the Taliban’s spring offensive which escalates each year with the warmth of the weather. With the military offensive, the militant group has vowed to target foreign and Afghan forces, government officials as well as those who work with foreign forces a ...

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Badakhshan Relief Efforts in Disarray

    As the disaster-hit people of Argo district in Badakhshan remain in desperate need for food and shelters, the relief efforts have been halted due to irregularities during distribution of aid materials. According to the reports, the irregularities that emerged on Tuesday to suspension of distribution of materials and many left the scene as result of gunshots and quarrels. As the devastating dis ...

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Power Struggle and Corruption

  Kabul Mayor Mohammad Yonous Nawandish and a number of Lower House representatives are engaged in trading heated accusations pointing fingers at each other for being involved in corruption. In response to the House representatives’ call for dismissal his dismissal, Nawandish published some evidences to the media and accused the MPs and the Speaker of the House of illegal demands and corruption. In rec ...

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The Catastrophe of Badakhshan Landslide

Afghans are mourning for the victims of the tragic incident in Northern Badakhshan province. The destructive landslide in Badakhshan province left more than 2,700 people dead and many others missing. According to police and government officials, more than 300 homes are buried under mudslide and residents from some neighboring villages have been evacuated by police. In recent weeks, there have been many trag ...

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SIGAR’s Worrisome Report on Corruption in Afghanistan

  US top inspection authority for reconstruction of Afghanistan has warned that hard-gained achievements of the past decade would be in danger of being lost if the widespread corruption is not curbed. According the US top inspection authority for US spending in Afghanistan, SIGAR, the pervasive corruption has hampered Afghan government’s ability to collect revenues, which is the only way for decreasing ...

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Relief Should be Enhanced for Flood-Hit Provinces

A number of Northern provinces have been worst hit by flash floods with about 150 people dead and many others missing. According to local officials, around 6,000 families have been affected as result of the recent flooding in the Northern provinces. With each day passing, the dimension of the crises emerges even bigger. The death tolls are increasing and thousands of people are desperate for receiving help ...

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The Challenging Election Run-off

As expected, the presidential elections will go into a run-off round between the two front-runner candidates – Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. According to the full preliminary results of the elections, Abdullah is in the lead with about 44.9 of the votes and Ashraf Ghani follows him with more than 31 percent of the votes. Based on elections timeline, the candidates will have about two weeks to ...

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Respect the Will of the People

As the officials are going to announce the results of the 5 April elections next week, there are widespread concerns about behaviors of the leading candidates to the outcome of the process. In the last defining phase of the elections, the election is highly contested and the main frontrunners openly express confidence for winning the elections. The two main contenders of the elections have been in fierce co ...

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US Weighing Smaller Presence in Afghanistan

The United States may decide to leave a much smaller size of troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. According to Reuters news agency, the officials in Washington are deliberating over presence of less than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan ends by end of this year. This is the minimum size of troops American military commanders have demanded, and it was predicted previous ...

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IEC’s Election Conduct Under Scrutiny

As the election commission is considering thousands of votes for irregularities, differences are emerging from within the Independent Election Commission over the handling of the suspicious votes. Aziz Aryafar, a member of the Independent Election Commission challenged the ruling of the invalidation of thousands of votes in Western Herat Province. Aryafar question legality of the decision made by IEC local ...

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Abdullah’s Lead in Presidential Polls

As more results are announced by the Independent Election Commission, Abdullah Abdullah further extends his lead in the presidential elections over his main rival Ashraf Ghani. With the gap between the two frontrunners further widening, there is a growing sense of confidence among Dr. Abdullah’s team that he might win a majority of the votes in the first round of the elections. Dr. Abdullah himself has comm ...

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Dealing with the Electoral Irregularities

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has decided to quarantine thousands of votes due to many complaints submitted regarding irregularities and frauds in some certain polling stations across the country. According to the ECC officials, if the complaints are found valid, the votes will be disqualified. The ECC and IEC have assured in recent weeks that all the illegitimate votes will be disqualified and ...

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The Role of Citizen Journalism in the Elections

Afghan internet-savvy youth are playing a crucial role in the ongoing elections – through exposing frauds and irregularities that have taken place on the Election Day. Since the day of elections about two weeks ago, dozens of video clips have been circulating on the social networking websites that exposes frauds, intimidations, ballot stuffing and other sorts of electoral irregularities. The widespread enth ...

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Motasem’s Disappearance in Dubai

Agha Jan Motasem, a high ranking Taliban official and former aide of the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been disappeared in Dubai. According to the Afghan officials, the government of Afghanistan is in contact with the UAE officials to find out about the fate of the Taliban official. Agha Jan Motasem was reportedly active in peace dialogue with the government of Afghanistan and, based on some repor ...

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