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The Falsified Report on Parwan Air Strike

According to the New York Times, the commission for investigation of NATO aerial strikes in Parwan province has provided false evidences including videos and photos to President Hamid Karzai. The air strike in northern Parwan province which allegedly civilians have been among the fatalities further soured relations between the Afghan government and the United States. President Karzai condemned the attack an ...

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President Karzai’s Renewed Anti-US Rhetoric

President Karzai once again criticized the United States in a harsh tone, saying that he would not sign the deal unless the Taliban are brought to the table of negotiations. President Karzai accused the United States of exerting pressures on Afghanistan to get him to sign the security agreement which allows thousands of US troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. The latest remarks are considered a rene ...

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Taliban Revenge in Pakistan

In recent weeks, Pakistan has been the scene of brazen attacks of the Pakistani Taliban against the country’s security forces. The militants carried out tow deadly attacks in recent weeks which killed dozens of people mostly security personnel. In response, the Pakistani army has launched aerial assaults against the bases of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan in North Waziristan. According to the reports, the of ...

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The Call for Justice

Condemning the Friday’s attack, hundreds of activists and civil society members in Kabul called on the Afghan government and the international community to implement justice and support those who fall victims of the violence raged by terrorist groups in Afghanistan. The Friday’s attack on a Lebanese hotel in Kabul, which killed eight Afghans and 13 foreign nationals, including the head of the IMF office in ...

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A Fresh Wave of Violence

The latest terrorist attack on a Lebanese restaurant popular with foreign nationals in Kabul city once again highlighted the worsening situation of security in the country. The Taliban militants immediately claimed responsibility for the attack which claimed lives of many foreigners including top official of the International Monitory Fund in Afghanistan and a number of UN employees. This attack was the mos ...

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Assurance on Election Security amid Increased Violence

Afghan officials assured on Saturday that the Afghan forces will be able to provide security for the vast majority of polling stations in the forthcoming presidential elections. The officials who have provided a plan for security arrangements for the upcoming elections to the electoral authorities is ensuring has also said that more than four hundred polling centers would remain closed due to insecurity. Th ...

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Kabul-Washington’s Troubled Relations

President Karzai has long been complaining about US role in fraudulent elections of the 2009, however, it just appeared that he has been right all these years. According to the US former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the Obama administration made concerted efforts to unseat Karzai from power during Afghanistan’s presidential election in 2009. The revelation of US manipulation of the 2009 presidential e ...

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The Controversy over the Prisoners Release

President Hamid Karzai has intervened in the controversy over release of 88 Taliban prisoners, ordering that they should remain in custody for now. His intervention came after some US senators warned that release of the most dangerous elements of the Taliban prisoners would further deteriorate the already-tense relations of Afghanistan and the United States. The warning came after a commission responsible f ...

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Policy Review Needed for Releasing Prisoners

More than six hundred militant prisoners have been released from Bagram prison as part of government’s efforts to deal with the cases of prisoners who have been arrested by US forces during past twelve years. The officials say these prisoners have spent behind bars without sufficient evidences against them to prove their involvement in terrorist activities. According to the reports, cases of over a hundred ...

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The Prospect of Afghanistan’s post-2014 Security

Only days after comments made by a British military official about the risk of some areas in south Afghanistan being lost to the Taliban after 2014, a US intelligence assessment suggests that there is a real possibility that the security achievements gained in Afghanistan during past twelve years may quickly start rolling back in the face of a Taliban resurgence after 2014. According to the National Intelli ...

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Pakistani Army’s Anti-Taliban Offensive

Shortly after appointment of a new chief for Pakistan’s military, the country’s army launched an offensive against Taliban insurgents in the tribal region of North Waziristan. The operation began after a suicide bombing targeted a military checkpoint in North Waziristan last week. The military says dozens of extremists including Uzbeks and other foreigners had been killed during the operations in recent wee ...

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The Urgency of Promoting Harmony among Citizens

With the worsening ethnic fissures in Afghanistan, promoting national harmony among Afghan ethnic groups is exactly what the country needs the most. In recent weeks, tensions have been boiling on social networking websites over controversial remarks made at a private TV channel. The tensions finally spilled over the streets on Saturday with hundreds taking part in a demonstration near the Afghan Parliament. ...

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Opinion Polls and the Elections

As Afghanistan is moving towards its very first practice of peaceful power transfer in its history, there are watchful eyes in the media and civil organizations monitoring the election process. A recent poll conducted jointly by TOLOnews and ATR casts a glimpse on what the people are going to decide for the future of the country in the forthcoming April’s presidential elections. According to the polls, ther ...

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Afghanistan-NATO Negotiations

Afghanistan and NATO has started negotiations on a Status of Forces’ Agreement that would define a role for NATO forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014. NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the aim of staying NATO forces in Afghanistan after next year is to assist, advise, equip and sustain Afghanistan’s security forces. The Status of Forces’ Agreement between NATO and Afghanistan has begun at a time w ...

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The US softening Position on BSA

US President Barack Obama has backed down from the deadline he had previously set for the Afghan government to sign the bilateral security agreement that would allow a portion of US military stay in Afghanistan. According to reports, Obama is prepared to extend the end of December to a later date for getting the Afghan president Hamid Karzai to sign the much-awaited security deal with Washington. According ...

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The Mission Accomplished? Think again

NATO member countries are speeding pullout from Afghanistan ahead of the final drawdown of foreign forces by end of 2014. During his visit from British soldiers stationed in Southern Helmand province, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the Afghan mission was accomplished and that a 'basic level' of security had been achieved in the country. British Prime Minister's labeling the ongoing war in Afghanistan ...

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Women’s Rights in Jeopardy

As the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan is on the decline, there are worrisome signs of a possible rollback of women’s rights in the country after 2014 as violence against the vulnerable segment of the society is already on the rise and policymakers fail to provide sufficient protection for women. The mutilation of Setarah which occurred recently in Herat province once more highlighted the startlin ...

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Hindu and Sikh Minorities Betrayed

In an unexpected move, the Afghan parliament rejected the proposal of the government for reserving a seat for Hindu and Sikh minorities in the lower house of the parliament. This is the second time that the lawmakers in the parliament oppose a reserved seat for these minorities. Months, before, it had rejected an article of the draft of the election law that had allocated a reserved seat for Hindus and Sikh ...

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President Karzai’s Trip to India

President Hamid Karzai’s trip to India has been coincided with the security agreement impasse between Kabul and Washington and is coming after his closely-watched visit from Tehran. In India, President Karzai once again defied the pressure exerted by the United States for signing the bilateral security agreement, the BSA, saying that he was not going to be intimidated by the US over the security agreement. ...

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A Cycle of Defiance and Tensions

President Hamid Karzai once again asserted on his position that he is not going to sign the bilateral security agreement, saying that the US was behaving like a colonial power. He lashed out at American pressures for signing the security agreement that was endorsed recently by an Afghan tribal elder’s assembly, the Loya Jirga. Karzai’s criticism of US pressures comes just after his trip to Tehran where he a ...

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