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Kerry Mediation for Resolving the Election Crisis

By: Abdul Maruf Ghiasee The flurry of diplomatic efforts for resolving the election crisis in Afghanistan culminated as US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Kabul and the UN envoy to Afghanistan submitted his plan for auditing votes from thousands of polling stations. During his stay in Kabul, Mr. Kerry met President Hamid Karzai and the two presidential candidates. During the meeting, the reports say, ...

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presidential candidates agree 100% vote audit

Afghanistan’s two presidential election candidates have agreed to an audit in an attempt to resolve a dispute over the result of last month’s vote, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. Both contenders, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have agreed to abide by the result. The review of all 8m ballots would begin within 24 hours, Kerry said. Preliminary results suggest Ghani has won, but both candidat ...

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Kerry Attends Second Day of Talks Over Disputed Presidential Elections

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with rival Afghan presidential candidates for a second day as the United States struggles to find a path out of the nation's election crisis. Kerry met Saturday with the candidates, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, after discussions Friday proved inconclusive. He is grappling for a plan acceptable to a ...

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Pakistan supports peaceful democratic transition in Afghanistan

Pakistan says it supports a peaceful democratic transition in Afghanistan. In a statement on Wednesday, Foreign Office spokesperson pointed out that Pakistan extended all possible support for holding peaceful presidential elections. The statement said Pakistan has, from the outset, maintained that the Afghan Presidential elections are an Afghan affair, with Afghan electoral institutions in the lead. The spo ...

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Tajikistan, Russia discuss ways of countering threats emanating from Afghanistan

July 10, 2014, Asia-Plus – Issues related to cooperation between the defense ministries of Tajikistan and Russia were a major topic of a meeting of Tajik Ambassador to Russia Imomuddin Sattorov with Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly Antonov that took place in Moscow yesterday. “The sides also discussed the current military and political situation in Central Asia against the backcloth of upcoming wi ...

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Wait for final results, Russia asks candidates

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, commenting on the Afghanistan election, said in current circumstances both president candidates should wait for a thorough check of the voting results scheduled for July 22. “We call on both candidates to wait for a thorough check of the voting results which are to be announced on the 22nd of July,” a statement from the ministry in Moscow said. On J ...

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Rasmussen wants security pacts signed by Sept.

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during a meeting at the White House. “They spoke about Afghanistan and planning for NATO’s non-combat, post-2014 mission,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters after the meeting between Obama and Rasmussen. Following the meeting, Rasmussen told journalists ...

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Internal clash among Taliban militants leaves 4 dead in Ghor

At least four Taliban militants were killed following an internal clash among the Taliban militants in western Ghor province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place late Saturday in Paswand district. Provincial governor spokesman, Abdul Hai Khatibi, said an internal clash broke out between Taliban militants around 5:00 pm local time on Saturday. Khatibi further added ...

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Pakistan refuses to host President Karzai for talks on terrorism

According to reports, Islamabad has refused to host Afghan President Hamid Karzai to hold talks on joint strategy for action against terrorism. Pakistani officials have said that Islamabad refused the call by President Karzai to visit Pakistan and told him to send a representative delegation instead. The officials further added that President Karzai called Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and offered complete co ...

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UN holds talks to broker Afghan election deal

KABUL: The United Nations said Tuesday it had stepped in to help broker a solution to Afghanistan's election crisis, hosting talks between presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah and the election authority that he has boycotted. Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power was thrown into turmoil when Abdullah said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) was guilty of fraud and he considered it illeg ...

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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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NATO Meeting to Finalize New Afghan Mission

BRUSSELS: The two-day defence ministerial meeting that began here on Tuesday would finalise NATO’s plan for a new mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces from next year, the alliance chief said. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters before the start of the meeting that the two-day summit would conclude with a meeting of ISAF troop contributing nations and Afghan defence minis ...

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US Stresses Diplomacy to End Pakistani Attacks

KABUL: US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham on Tuesday stressed the issue of sporadic Pakistani rocket attacks on Afghanistan border districts should be resolved through diplomatic channels. Speaking to reporters in Kabul, the ambassador said his country preferred to stay neutral and wanted the two neighbouring countries to resolve the issue through diplomacy. However, Defence Minister Bismillah Kh ...

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Karzai: US Deals for Soldier, But Not for Afghan Peace?

BY: Jon Queally Bergdahl prisoner swap reportedly spurs indignation from nation's president According to a source close to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the U.S. government went behind his back as it made a deal to exchange Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held at the Guantanamo prison. Karzai is angry, according to reporting by Reuters, because the deal proves that intense behind-the-scenes e ...

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Defense Secretary Hagel Makes Unannounced Afghan Trip after Release of American Soldier

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed hope Sunday the release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl would lead to direct US talks with the Taliban. "It could, it might and we hope it will present an opening," Hagel said in an interview from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan with NBC's "Meet the Press." Hagel noted that the United States had engaged in talks with the Taliban before, until they were broken off ...

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Palestinian double-refugees struggle in Gaza

Gaza City, Palestine - "Death was all over the place. Projectiles were not stopping … we miraculously fled the camp." This is how Palestinian refugee Alaa Barakat described his last moments in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus in December 2012. Barakat lived in the camp with his wife and two children, a three-year-old and a five-month-old. The Yarmouk camp, which previously housed more than 160,000 Palestini ...

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22,000 troops or more could leave Afghanistan this year. How have Americans’ opinions changed since there were 100,000 abroad?

By Jaime Fuller President Obama announced yesterday that the United States plans to only have an embassy presence in Afghanistan by 2016 -- the level of involvement the United States currently has in Iraq. By the end of this year, he wants to drop the military presence in the country to 9,800, officially ending our combat presence there, but essentially providing the number of troops requested by the milita ...

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Karzai Seeks Explanation on Border Shelling

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday met US Ambassador James B. Cunninghamand NATO commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunfordon the unprovoked shelling by Pakistani troops of eastern Kunar province. A statement from the presidential palace said Karzai asked for an explanation of sporadic rocket attacks from the Pakistan side. He asked NATO and US officials to raise the issue with their Pakistani counterparts, t ...

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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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Karzai in Delhi for Modi’s Swearing-In Ceremony

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai arrived in New Delhi on Monday to attend the swearing-in ceremony for India's prime minister-elect Narendra Modi, his office said. Karzai is scheduled to meet high-ranking Indian officials, including outgoing premier Manmohan Singh, to discuss issues of mutual interest. The president is accompanied by Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani and National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin ...

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