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11 KILLED IN KUNAR AS TALIBAN, ARMY CLASH

KABUL- (Afg Express Report) An Afghan official says that an attack by Taliban fighters has killed five Afghan soldiers and wounded 14 in the country's west. Kunar Gov. Fazullah Wahidi said Wednesday that the overnight attack also resulted in the deaths of six Taliban fighters. Wahidi said the attackers were wearing Afghan army uniforms. Taliban and Pakistani insurgents have been fighting against the governm ...

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Karzai appeals for end to Ghani-Abdullah dispute

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged both the presidential candidates to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Addressing a gathering marking the Independence Day, Karzai said he hoped the Afghans stay united so that the country was led toward peace and stability. Stressing early results from the June presidential runoff election, ...

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NATO asked to keep support human rights

LONDON: The NATO member countries should make a firm commitment to support human rights protections in Afghanistan beyond the end of the NATO combat mission post-2014, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. The NATO Summit in Wales, on September 4 and 5, 2014, is slated to discuss future alliance support for the Afghan government. The failure of the outgoing government of Hamid Karzai to institutionali ...

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Afghan militants consider joining Islamic State

Afghanistan, surrounded by its mountains and deserts, has always been deeply cut off from the outside world. Now, for the first time, its insurgents are considering making common cause with groups far from their borders. Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied with the Taliban, say they are considering joining forces with Islamic State (ISIL), according to BBC News. Their commander als ...

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90 Percent of ballots audited.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced Tuesday that around 90 percent of votes from the runoff election have been audited. IEC spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor, told reporters that the audit teams have audited 20,501 ballot boxes out of 22,828 boxes so far. "From 2,000 polling sites 1,100 polling sites were audited," IEC Chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani said. "900 of them were special audit boxes, ...

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Abducted bank employee rescued in Kabul with arrest of 3 kidnappers

An abducted bank employee was rescued by Afghan intelligence operatives and a group of three kidnappers were arrested in capital Kabul. During an official statement, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the kidnappers were arrested during an operation on 8th Street in Taimani. The statement went on to say that the group had also kidnapped the credit controller of Afghanistan Commercial Bank (ACB) ...

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Suicide car bomb kills 3 Afghan policemen

KABUL: An Afghan official says a suicide car bombing has killed three policemen in the eastern Nangarhar province. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle among a group of Afghan security forces in Ghani Khil district on Tuesday. He said three policemen were killed. Two people were wounded, a civilian and a local policeman. A mili ...

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Paghman gang rape: 3 more suspects held

Police on Tuesday aprehended three more suspects allegedly linked to a group that gang rapped four women and looted passengers last month in the Paghman district of central Kabul province. The gang members, dressed in police uniforms, reportedly took valuables from the passengers and sexually abused four women. Three members of the gang are already being held in police custody. Kabul Police Chief Gen. Zahir ...

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NATO prepares new chapter in ties with Afghanistan

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO Secretary General has said that the alliance will be writing a new chapter in its relationship with Afghanistan, as its combat mission draws to a close. “We have planned a new mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan forces from next year and it will be launched once we have the legal arrangements in place,” said Rasmussen in a pre-summit press conference in Brussels. ...

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Iran convicts Ahmadinejad’s vice president

Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran's first vice president under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been sentenced to prison and fined. "I cannot reveal the details because the sentence is not final, but it includes a term of imprisonment and a fine," Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejeie, the second-ranking member of Iran's judiciary, told the AFP news agency on Monday. Iranian media previously reported that Rahimi, 6 ...

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Israel seizes 400 hectares of West Bank land

The United States has urged Israel to reverse its decision to seize nearly 400 hectares of land in the occupied West Bank, a move anti-settlement activists termed the largest land grab in 30 years. Israel announced the massive land appropriation on Sunday in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem just days after Gaza ceasefire. A Palestinian official said the latest land grab by Israel would cause only m ...

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Russia urges ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Ukraine

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the talks on Ukraine crisis taking place in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, should seek an immediate ceasefire in the conflict. The statement came on Monday ahead of the Ukraine "contact group" talks that includes representatives from Russia, Ukraine, the Vienna-based OSCE security and rights organisation and separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Lavrov said t ...

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Libyan militia storm US embassy in Tripoli

The United States embassy compound in the Libyan capital Tripoli has been raided by militiamen, but no Americans were present as the embassy was evacuated more than a month ago. The attack on Sunday comes as fighting between rival militias rages in Tripoli and Benghazi, the scond city in the east. Even though the US suspended its mission in Tripoli for the second time in three years in July, the US Secretar ...

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Afghan Social Media Summit Returns to Kabul

Second Annual Afghan Social Media Summit (#ASMS2014) expands to three days, and will be bigger and better than ever. Speaker nominations and participant registration officially opened today for the Second Annual Afghan Social Media Summit (#ASMS2014), to be held October 19-21st in Kabul. ASMS2014 follows on the success of Paiwand, Afghanistan’s First Annual Social Media Summit, which was held Sept. 21-22, 2 ...

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Ata Mohammad Noor calls for widespread anti-fraud movements

Ata Mohammad Mohammad Noor has called on his supporters to prepare for widespread anti-fraud movements as the Afghan election was once again taken towards an impasse after Dr. Abdullah’s camp warned to withdraw from talks and boycott the audit process. Noor is an influential political leader and the current governor of northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, who is a close ally of Dr. Abdullah in presidenti ...

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Afghan Army Claims Lives of 41 Taliban Militants in Joint Operations

At least 41 Taliban militants including their local commanders were killed following joint military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours. "Afghan National Police conducted several anti-terrorism joint operations with Afghan National Army and NDS to clear some of the areas from terrorists," the Ministry of Interior said in a statement, Khaama Press reported. "The operations were ...

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DUTCH TO SEND 100 TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN IN 2015

HE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Dutch government says it plans to send 100 troops to northern Afghanistan as part of a NATO mission due to start in 2015, when the alliance's combat mission in the war-weary nation ends. The Dutch Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday the Dutch contingent would be made up of trainers, medical personnel, transport and security staff and a logistics unit. It will be based in ...

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Lack of Weapons Could Jeopardize Country: ANSF

On Monday, a number of Afghan military experts stated that the Afghan National Security Forces' (ANSF) lack of heavy weaponry and air support could put the country's future at jeopardy. "The lack of equipment’s and logistic support could undermine the abilities of the ANSF," political analyst Jawed Kohistani said. "It is difficult to win the war against insurgency without access to heavy weaponry." Adding t ...

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Abdullah’s team sets deadline for conditions, warns to boycott audit process

The electoral team of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has once again warned to boycott the ballots audit and invalidation process, if their demands are not met by the election commission. Syed Fazel Sancharaki, spokesman for Dr. Abdullah, told reporters on Monday that they will entirely boycott the audit and invalidation process if their demands and conditions were not met by tomorrow. Sancharaki further added that t ...

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Malaysians show strong patriotism for 57th National Day celebrations

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians from all walks of life recovered from the twin tragedies of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 and MH370 when they demonstrated strong patriotic spirit to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the country's independence at the Merdeka Square. Together they united with more than 14,000 people joining the parade in a show of love for the country at the square where the Union Jack was tak ...

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