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Foiling Kabul Terror Plot a Great Success

The National Directorate for Security (NDS) officials on Friday said a truck-load of eight tons of explosives had been defused in an operation against would-be bombers in eastern Kabul on Wednesday. Speaking at a press conference, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman Shafiqullah Tahiri told reporters in Kabul that if the massive plot had been successful, it could have destroyed an area aroun ...

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The Increasing Security Challenges

Amid tensions between President Karzai and the United States, suicide attacks and bombings are increasingly targeting government institutions and high-profile officials and influential figures across the country. According to the reports, father and brother of Wolesi Jirga’s Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi were killed in a suicide attack in northern Kunduz Province. The attack also another four people during a ...

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Integrating Local Militias

A newborn commission constituted by President Hamid Karzai to assess the integration of local militias into the Afghan armed forces would face tough challenges. It is perceived that the socio-political structure of the country and economic burden are likely to hamper efforts of the government in this regard. However, success would ultimately address complaints of the public and could decide fate of the loca ...

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US Special Forces Plunge Into Controversy

No windup is in sight to the hot talks regarding alleged involvement of US Special Forces in harassment, torture and killing of civilians in Maidan Wardak province as the Afghan government is distressed. The National Security Council (NSC) chaired by President Hamid Karzai has directed the Defense Ministry to clear the province from American troops within two weeks. The decision was made when the defense mi ...

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Pakistan Failed in Protecting Its Citizens

In recent days, the Pakistani city of Quetta was boiling with anger, protests, sentiments and political uproar after a bombing killed as many as 90 people and injured more than 200 others in central Quetta city. The powerful bomb that went off in a densely populated residential area in Quetta killed at least 90 people including many women and children. The bombing brought widespread protests across the coun ...

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The Masterminds behind Kabul Raids

As the officials are struggling to kick-start the peace talks with Taliban and other insurgent groups, the growing spectacular attacks by the militants on government and security installations depicts the grim prospect of the future, particularly when the US and NATO forces leave the country in next two years. In a trilateral meeting attended by leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and UK, President Karzai and ...

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ANSF Ready for Takeover?

As Afghanistan is getting closer to a historical juncture of its history in which it is set to take the whole responsibility on its own, there are glimpses of hope that the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) would be successful for taking the lead role of war and security operations in the country. But, of course there are much to worry about the much-talked-about 2014 deadline for US withdrawal and the ...

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The Bellicose Neighbors

Afghanistan became a laboratory for the bellicose neighbors bound it to the west, south and east. The neighbors, through their spy and military agencies, are engaged in ‘spy wars’ with their rivals and fanning extremism, sectarianism to promote their particular brand of ‘ism’ as well as to milk-out certain objectives. Though, Afghanistan shares common culture, history, language and religion with Pakistan an ...

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IEDs Dilemma

As militants and their sponsors are moving toward defeat in Afghanistan they are changing their terror tactics in order to stand for a while on the battlefield. Suffering losses in face to face combat the war strategy was changed by the terrorists and adopted ‘hit and run’ tactic. After failure of the ambush technique Taliban tacticians had introduced and focused on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as ar ...

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Taliban’s Brazen Kabul Attacks

Recently, the Taliban militants have stepped up spectacular attacks on government buildings and sensitive security headquarters in the capital Kabul. Within a week, they organized two such dramatic assaults on National Security Directorate (NDS) office and headquarters of the traffic police in western Kabul, engaging in fierce gun-battle with security forces for hours. These high-profile attacks have consid ...

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Possible Backfires of Downsizing Afghan Forces

During the past two years it has become visible that it is unbearable for the US to support the current number of Afghan security forces. The issue has become visible since the international summit held in Brussels during 2011 where the cost cutting issue came under discussion and the exit strategy. If the proposed plan of Afghan troops’ size-cut takes a practical shape it will give birth to some unseen sna ...

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The Legacies of 2012 and the Tasks for 2013

The year 2012 ended but the chronic challenges such as war, corruption and absence of law governance still remain unsolved. The people still expect the government to lead the country to the right direction, as they expected it to do the job one year ago. The war still continues to ravage the country and take victims. The widespread corruption has placed Afghanistan at the top of the list of corrupt countrie ...

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Insider Attacks Still a Menace

For the first time, an Afghan female officer shot dead a US civilian aide on Monday at the fortified police headquarter in Kabul. Meanwhile, another insider attack happened in Northern Province of Jawozjan, as a policeman killed at least five colleagues in the Khosh Tepa district. According to the reports, the female officer, who graduated from the national police academy six years ago, searched for senior ...

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Who is Behind the Attack?

President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that the suicide attack that wounded Asadullah Khalid, the head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), had been masterminded in Quetta city of Pakistan. Karzai said that he did not believe the attack was carried out but Taliban militants, who formally claimed the responsibility for that. The President stressed that the he would raise the issue with Pakistan’s ...

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Attack on Spy Chief: Taliban’s Strength?

A year after assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of High Peace Council and former president, another high-ranking official fell victim to a terrorist attack, carried out by a Taliban peace messenger. According to officials, Thursday’s attack on National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Asadullah Khalid was similar to the last year attack on Rabbani and the same tactics were used in the attempt ...

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Bold Measures Needed for Reforming the ANSF

Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang on Tuesday criticized Afghan National Police (ANP), saying that the force under his command is not a national force but a “factional and political” one. Though there have been a lot of objections over the performance of the Afghan Police, but this is the first time that a high-ranking security official publicly expresses his dissatisfaction on the structure of the ANP. Polit ...

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