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Afghan-US Relations in Nosedive Collapse

At a critical juncture of time for the Afghan war, the relation between the government of Afghanistan and the United States is in nosedive deterioration with the Afghan government resolved to confront the US by releasing Taliban prisoners and alleging false claims against the United States. The New York Times reported that the commission for investigation of NATO aerial strikes in Parwan province has provid ...

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Potential Terrorists Must Remain Behind Bars

Amidst controversies over release of Taliban prisoners, US military published documents illustrating backgrounds of dozens of Taliban prisoners who are deemed as dangerous by US officials. According to the records of the Taliban prisoners, some of them had been directly involved in terrorist attacks against NATO and Afghan forces while some others have been proved guilty during investigations by US military ...

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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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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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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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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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Karzai’s Terms for BSA Signing Impractical: Abdullah

KABUL - Key opposition leader Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has termed President Hamid Karzai’s new conditions for signing a vitally important security deal with the US until after next year’s elections as impractical and personal. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the presidential candidate expressed his views in a broader spectrum about his future strategies if he wins the crucial presidential e ...

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Kabul-Islamabad Cooperation on Peace Efforts

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged support for the Afghan peace efforts. Sharif was speaking at a press conference after he met President Hamid Karzai at the end of his one-day visit from Kabul on Saturday. Sharif’s explicit pledge to support the Afghan peace process is marking an important sign for the future of a mutual cooperation between the two countries over the peace talks with Taliban ...

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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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War and Peace: Islamic Party Playing Double Game

Hikmatyar-led Islamic Party members will participate in the upcoming Loya Jirga, due to be held on Nov 21, 2013, in Kabul. According to Afghan officials, the list of representatives of the anti-government party has been handed to the Afghan government. The government of Afghanistan had previously called on the insurgent groups to take part in political processes in the country including the forthcoming Loya ...

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The Prospect of Pakistan’s Talks with Militants

Pakistan’s Tehrik-e Taliban’s new leader Mullah Fazlullah rejected peace talks with the government of Pakistan immediately after being selected as the leader of the militant group. Mullah Fazlullah’s appointment as the leader of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) came as a very significant change in the Taliban’s leadership. This is meaning that more hard-line elements of the group have taken the leadershi ...

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The Marathon of Geneva Negotiations

Negotiators from Iran and the world powers have had busy days in Geneva, negotiating over Iran’s nuclear programs. In flurry of diplomatic efforts, foreign ministers of 5+1 group of world powers, including five permanent members of the UN and Germany, flown to the Geneva after signs of progress in the negotiations appeared. Both sides have expressed optimisms for reaching a deal over Iran’s nuclear programs ...

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Attempts for Contacting Mullah Baradar

A delegation of the Afghan high Peace council will soon visit Pakistan for a secret meeting with Taliban senior leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who Pakistan says is released from prison. According to Afghan officials, Pakistan is arranging the meeting between Baradar and Afghan High Peace Council representatives. The announcement for the trip of Afghan peace negotiators to Islamabad is coming only days a ...

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The Islamic Scholars’ Conference for Peace

In a bid to encourage Islamic scholars from across the world to help ending violence and war in Afghanistan, the Afghan High Peace (HPC) Council organized an international conference of the Islamic scholars from different Islamic countries as well as a number of other countries. Representatives of many Islamic organizations and many reputable Islamic figures from different countries participated in the conf ...

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Pakistan to Release Mullah Baradar

After years of diplomatic efforts from the Afghan government, Pakistan agreed to release Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is considered a right-hand man to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. According to reports, a senior aide of Pakistani Prime Minister has said to the media the Baradar’s release would take place within a month. The announcement is coming after the Pakistani Express Tribune reported Pakistani gove ...

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Secret Talks for Resumption of Peace Process

The Pakistani Express Tribune reported that Pakistani government is considering transfer of Mullah Baradar, former right-hand man to the Taliban leader, to another country – possibly Saudi Arabia Turkey. The news comes days after Pakistan released seven Taliban members, including Mansoor Dadullah, a former top military commander of the Taliban in southern provinces of Afghanistan. Undisclosed Pakistani offi ...

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Pakistan Releases More Taliban Members

In response to Afghan government’s demands for Islamabad cooperation with the Afghan peace efforts, Pakistan announced release of seven Taliban members from Pakistani jails on Saturday. The latest release of Taliban senior members from Pakistani jails is taking place after a recent Karzai’s visit to Islamabad, where he urged Pakistani leaders to help with the peace negotiations with the Afghan insurgent gro ...

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Karzai’s Islamabad Visit Stirs Optimisms

Despite skepticisms about President Karzai’s trip to Pakistan, there are signs of progress as the two sides are trying to reach concrete agreements on the Afghan-led peace negotiations with the Taliban and Pakistan’s involvement in the process. President Karzai’s visit to Islamabad has extended for another day as requested by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. According to the Afghan officials, the visi ...

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Regaining the Public Trust

Omar Samad – Despite the recent repudiation of elections by the Afghan Taliban's fugitive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, and despite the increased bloodshed experienced by Afghans this year, there is a growing public desire to see the election process move forward and a historic and peaceful transfer of power and legitimate order. Signs of growing enthusiasm are not only detected among the political elites an ...

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