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A Decade of Relations Without Definition

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the United States and NATO allies invested so much blood and treasure in Afghanistan. With eight months to the end of the U.S.-led mission there in its current form, the fatalities of international coalition in Afghanistan have reached 3438. The U.S. has suffered the highest fatality rate among the coalition—2320 Americans have died. In this long 12 year war against terror ...

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The Achievements of Past and Challenges Ahead

By: Abdul Maruf “Ghiasee” After months of heated debates and tireless efforts from all parties involved in the process, the first round of the election produced no clear winner, and the Independent Election Commission set 14 of June for the second round of the elections. The outcome of the first round of the elections has been hailed as a major achievement for Afghanistan and a remarkable victory for its na ...

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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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Karzai an Advisory Role

By Frud Bezhan KABUL -- After nearly 13 years at the helm, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is finally stepping down. But his influence is unlikely to end when he relinquishes the formal reins of power. That's because all three presidential front-runners in the race to succeed him -- former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani and two former foreign ministers, Abdullah Abdullah and Zalmai Rasul -- say they plan to of ...

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Lack of Orderly Means to Distribute Aid Is Latest Setback for Afghan Village

  By HABIB ZAHORI and AZAM AHMEDMAY 5, 2014 ABI BARAK, Afghanistan — An outpouring of aid has come to the remote village of Abi Barak, where a devastating landslide is likely to have claimed 2,100 lives and instantly left thousands homeless. Tents, water, food and blankets have streamed in from all quarters, including community donations and international contributions. But on Monday, it was clear that ...

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Don’t repeat Iraq mistakes in Afghanistan

  By John Boehner  Three weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting our civilian leaders and military commanders, as well as our troops, in Afghanistan. It was my fourth trip to the country and a vastly different one than my first visit in 2007. Flying over Kabul at night, I was struck by the changes: Electric lights and even traffic are visible throughout the valley. I was encouraged by what I saw and ...

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‘No Hope’ for Those Buried by Mudslide,

    By AZAM AHMEDs KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after a huge landslide buried much of a village in northeastern Afghanistan, there appeared to be little hope that any survivors would be found, Afghan officials said Saturday. Local official’s fear that more than 2,000 people are deads entombed in a blanket of earth nearly 30 feet deep. Officials are expected to designate the site, in the remote villa ...

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Tragedy of Afghan child addicts

  By Sohaila Weda Khamosh It is no surprise that tens of thousands of children are exposed to drug use in their homes. But what is worrying is that the use of a glue used by shoemakers and petrol by children is rising alarmingly in Kabul. The Independent Media Consortium (IMC) investigates.* A survey by International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau reveals 7 percent of Afghanistan’s 1.6 mi ...

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India and Indonesia Pursue Different Economic Paths

India and Indonesia, relegated to the ranks of the "fragile five" economies, have witnessed a sudden uptick in foreign investment as they go to the polls. Financial markets have responded exuberantly to the prospect of Narendra Modi and Joko "Jokowi" Widodo assuming power in New Delhi and Jakarta, respectively, where they are expected to initiate more "reforms" -- a much-bandied-about word that in this cont ...

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Afghan elections draw a line in the sand – Abdullah vs. Ghani

It took three weeks for the Afghanistan Independent Election Commission to announce the initial result of the presidential election on Saturday April 26th. They claimed there were difficulties with taking the ballot boxes from remote areas, the counting process and recognizing the real votes from the fake one. The Commission said none of the eight candidates met 50%+1 number of votes, meaning that the elect ...

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A peaceful, stable Afghanistan cannot be imagined without Indo-Pak collaboration

Manzar Imam- New Delhi:  Conventional discourse on Afghanistan is focused on fractures. While the fact is that the Afghan government of today is more inclusive in its composition than it was in any time in history. Therefore lessons need to be leant and policies formed accordingly. These views were expressed by Jayant Prasad, former Indian ambassador to Afghanistan. He was speaking at a panel discussion on ...

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An Incentive for the Journalists while Leaving the Office

FarhadFaqiri - On Friday, January 10 of this year, Hamid Karzai decreed that all legal cases and files against the journalists should be closed and dismissed with no further action. According to Hasht-e Sobh newspaper,  Karzai, after having a meeting with the representatives of the media organizations, issued this decree and granted exemption from prosecution of all such legal cases which has been piled up ...

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Where are the investigative journalists?

By: Farhad Faqiri - By his recent statement at Loya Jirga,  Karzai refused  to sign the bilateral strategic agreement between US and Afghanistan, for which  the majority of the representatives  raised their voices  against him. Was it a ‘refusal’?  A condition, or set of conditions to be met?  Or just  a ‘postponement’? Turning into about-face mode by Karzai was something that the majority of the representa ...

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The Flawed Handling of Prisoners’ Release

Abdul AhadBahrami - As the fate of the security deal between Afghanistan and the Untied States remains unresolved, another issue is rising as a bone of contention between Kabul and Washington at a critical juncture of time. Despite a US warning about Afghanistan’s plan to release 88 Taliban prisoners who are deemed as dangerous and said to have killed dozens of Afghan and US forces, Afghan officials say the ...

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Afghanistan’s Economy, From Civil War to 2014 And Beyond

AttaullahNawrozy - Afghanistan has been a war stricken country. The civil war for overly three decades destroyed the infrastructure in the country altogether, which profoundly affected the economy of Afghanistan. During the civil war, Afghanistan’seconomy descended to the lowest level that led the GDP (PPP) of Afghanistan at average $2billion in a year. (indexmundi.com) The civil war ended and gave birth to ...

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The Prospect of Afghanistan’s Political Transition

Abdul Ahad Bahrami - As the upcoming elections in Afghanistan are getting closer, there are still concerns that there may be a flawed election next year or even the process of political transition may derail. All the concerns and fears are justified to some degree. Still, there are quite reliable evidences to conclude that such predictions are not likely to happen and Afghanistan’s future elections would no ...

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Nepotism in Afghanistan

Nageena Naseri - Afghanistan is an underdeveloped country and it’s said that two-thirds of the population is fewer than 30 which obviously makes Afghanistan a country of young people. In the midst of crunching times, Afghanistan is facing severe issues such as terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, disunity. The young people of the country are often called as the builders of tomorrow. I do agree that the young peo ...

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Us – Afghan Strategic Agreement & Jirgas

A.J. Ahwar - There are many questions surrounding the strategic agreement between the USA and Afghan governments. What is the US view on the agreement? What are the Afghan government's benefits? what the elites of Afghanistan are thinking about? What the Afghan youths expect? What human rights organizations demand? What is the short-term and long-term outcomes of this agreement for Afghanistan? Why Jirgas a ...

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Loya Jirga: The Future of the Afghanistan at Stake

By Abdul Ahad Bahrami - The Afghan government is preparing for convening the Loya Jirga for deciding the fate of the Afghanistan-US security deal and the presence of US forces after withdrawal of the country by 2014. According to organizing officials, it is expected that the participant of the Jirga would soon be invited to come to Kabul for participating in the traditional gathering. The gathering is aimed ...

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Afghanistan is Not Alone

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam - A decade ago Afghanistan was under serious sanctions of the US and the international community. It was a safe haven for terrorists and Al-Qaeda. But today it is a strong ally of the world community against terrorism and Al-Qaeda. It’s not any more under sanctions, but a strategic partner of the US and major western states. Afghanistan is not yet perfect. But it's come a long way and ...

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