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MPs Elect Rahmani As Wolesi Jirga Speaker

Tolo News: The new lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, on Saturday elected Mir Rahman Rahmani as the new speaker of the house. Rahmani, an MP from Parwan, is a former military general who has completed his studies in Russia in 1
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MPs Elect Rahmani As Wolesi Jirga Speaker

Tolo News: The new lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, on Saturday elected Mir Rahman Rahmani as the new speaker of the house. Rahmani, an MP from Parwan, is a former military general who has completed his studies in Russia in 1982. Click here to read more (external link).

Three children killed in roadside blast in western Afghanistan

Al Jazeera: Three children were killed when an explosive device attached to a motorbike went off in a market in Afghanistan’s western province, an official said. Another 20 people were wounded in the incident on Saturday, which took place in Herat pr
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Three children killed in roadside blast in western Afghanistan

Al Jazeera: Three children were killed when an explosive device attached to a motorbike went off in a market in Afghanistan’s western province, an official said. Another 20 people were wounded in the incident on Saturday, which took place in Herat province’s Oba district, according to provincial governor spokesman Jelani Farhad. Click here to read more (external link). MoreRead More...

Court Verdict Still To Be Implemented On Two New MPs

Tolo News: The verdicts of two primary courts are yet to be implemented on two new lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, who have been sentenced to prison on graft charges. Mirza Mohammad Katawazi, an MP from Paktika, was sentenc
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Court Verdict Still To Be Implemented On Two New MPs

Tolo News: The verdicts of two primary courts are yet to be implemented on two new lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, who have been sentenced to prison on graft charges. Mirza Mohammad Katawazi, an MP from Paktika, was sentenced to five years in prison by a primary court of Kabul inRead More...

Officials: Coalition Airstrike Kills 17 Afghan Policemen in Helmand

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 17, 2019 ISLAMABAD — A foreign military airstrike in Afghanistan’s embattled southern Helmand province has mistakenly killed at least 17 government forces and wounded 14 others. A local security official requesting anonymity Friday
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Officials: Coalition Airstrike Kills 17 Afghan Policemen in Helmand

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 17, 2019 ISLAMABAD — A foreign military airstrike in Afghanistan’s embattled southern Helmand province has mistakenly killed at least 17 government forces and wounded 14 others. A local security official requesting anonymity Friday confirmed to VOA the casualties, saying the deadly strike occurred just outside the provincial capital of Lashkar GahRead More...

Pentagon asked Congress for funds to pay expenses of Taliban negotiators: report

1TV: The Pentagon asked Congress earlier this year for funding to reimburse the Taliban for expenses the militant group incurs attending peace talks, a US newspaper reported on Wednesday. The money would cover the Taliban’s costs for expenses such as trans
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Pentagon asked Congress for funds to pay expenses of Taliban negotiators: report

1TV: The Pentagon asked Congress earlier this year for funding to reimburse the Taliban for expenses the militant group incurs attending peace talks, a US newspaper reported on Wednesday. The money would cover the Taliban’s costs for expenses such as transportation, lodging, food and supplies, Kevin Spicer, a spokesman for the chairman of the House AppropriationsRead More...

ISIS Expands Across South Asia Casting Doubt on Effectiveness of Anti-Terror Efforts

Michael Hughes: ISIS appears to be growing stronger and expanding across South Asia in a bid to transform itself into a global terror operation after losing its territorial caliphate in Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, in Washington the political class is spendin
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ISIS Expands Across South Asia Casting Doubt on Effectiveness of Anti-Terror Efforts

Michael Hughes: ISIS appears to be growing stronger and expanding across South Asia in a bid to transform itself into a global terror operation after losing its territorial caliphate in Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, in Washington the political class is spending time and resources on all the wrong “security” issues while the governments in Pakistan, IndiaRead More...

Final results of Kabul parliamentary elections released

1TV: Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission on Tuesday released final results of parliamentary elections in Kabul. Kabul is allotted 33 seats in the lower house of the parliament, called Wolesi Jirga, including 24 for men and nine for women. Cli
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Final results of Kabul parliamentary elections released

1TV: Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission on Tuesday released final results of parliamentary elections in Kabul. Kabul is allotted 33 seats in the lower house of the parliament, called Wolesi Jirga, including 24 for men and nine for women. Click here to read more (external link). Related Afghan Parliament to elect Its Administrative Board Tomorrow Ghani DescribesRead More...

Taliban Overrun District Center in South Afghanistan

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 15, 2019 ISLAMABAD — The Taliban captured a district center Wednesday in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 13 government soldiers. The fighting comes as Russia asserted the Taliban is getting stronger and called for increased eff
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Taliban Overrun District Center in South Afghanistan

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 15, 2019 ISLAMABAD — The Taliban captured a district center Wednesday in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 13 government soldiers. The fighting comes as Russia asserted the Taliban is getting stronger and called for increased efforts to reach a negotiated settlement to the 17-year-old war. Local officials and insurgent sources reportedRead More...

Thirty-three Pakistani members of Taliban killed in Afghanistan’s Ghazni

1TV: Thirty-three Pakistani members of the Taliban were killed in an operation in Afghanistan’s central-eastern Ghazni province last night, officials said Tuesday. They were among 42 Taliban insurgents who were killed in a joint operation by Afghan Spe
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Thirty-three Pakistani members of Taliban killed in Afghanistan’s Ghazni

1TV: Thirty-three Pakistani members of the Taliban were killed in an operation in Afghanistan’s central-eastern Ghazni province last night, officials said Tuesday. They were among 42 Taliban insurgents who were killed in a joint operation by Afghan Special Forces and international forces in Sardi area of Andar district, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement.Read More...

Presidential Candidates Warn of Protests If Ghani’s Term Extends Beyond May 22

Ariana: At least 11 presidential candidates on Tuesday said that they will hold widespread protests against the continuation of the government after May 22. “Civil protest is the last option but if the government did not listen to us and didn’t respect t
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Presidential Candidates Warn of Protests If Ghani’s Term Extends Beyond May 22

Ariana: At least 11 presidential candidates on Tuesday said that they will hold widespread protests against the continuation of the government after May 22. “Civil protest is the last option but if the government did not listen to us and didn’t respect the law, in that case, within the framework of the law, without endangering theRead More...

UN’s Afghan Mission Concerned About ‘Increased Violence’ During Ramadan

By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan May 13, 2019 KABUL — The United Nations’ Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed “grave concern” about the impact on civilians from an “increase in violence around the coun
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UN’s Afghan Mission Concerned About ‘Increased Violence’ During Ramadan

By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan May 13, 2019 KABUL — The United Nations’ Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed “grave concern” about the impact on civilians from an “increase in violence around the country” during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. In a statement on May 13, UNAMA condemned the Taliban for attacks whichRead More...

Afghan Taliban Chief Negotiator: ‘US on Verge of Defeat’

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 13, 2019 ISLAMABAD — The Taliban’s chief negotiator says in newly released remarks that the United States is on the verge of defeat and will quit Afghanistan soon “either of their own accord, or they will be forced out.” Sher Mo
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Afghan Taliban Chief Negotiator: ‘US on Verge of Defeat’

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 13, 2019 ISLAMABAD — The Taliban’s chief negotiator says in newly released remarks that the United States is on the verge of defeat and will quit Afghanistan soon “either of their own accord, or they will be forced out.” Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai made the assertions in an April 28 speechRead More...

Afghan Official: US Diversion of Funds Not to Undermine Security Cooperation

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 12, 2019 ISLAMABAD — Afghan officials are downplaying the significance of the United States diverting funds from its military mission in Afghanistan, as a senior American diplomat has arrived in Kabul for high-level discussions. Actin
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Afghan Official: US Diversion of Funds Not to Undermine Security Cooperation

Ayaz Gul VOA News May 12, 2019 ISLAMABAD — Afghan officials are downplaying the significance of the United States diverting funds from its military mission in Afghanistan, as a senior American diplomat has arrived in Kabul for high-level discussions. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Friday approved the transfer of $1.5 billion to build barriersRead More...

Protesters lock down parliament in Afghanistan

AA: Candidates for the Afghan parliament in capital Kabul on Saturday locked down the house in protest against prolonged delay in announcement of final results for the polls held in October last year. Scores of angry Wolesi Jirga (lower house of the parliame
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Protesters lock down parliament in Afghanistan

AA: Candidates for the Afghan parliament in capital Kabul on Saturday locked down the house in protest against prolonged delay in announcement of final results for the polls held in October last year. Scores of angry Wolesi Jirga (lower house of the parliament) candidates and their charged supporters staged a demonstration in front of the parliamentRead More...

Taliban fighters double as reporters to wage Afghan digital war

Reuters: While some Afghan journalists say its accuracy is patchy, and its opponents accuse it of spreading “fake news”, the Taliban’s slick media operation has emerged as a key weapon in the information war that often leaves the Western-backed governm
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Taliban fighters double as reporters to wage Afghan digital war

Reuters: While some Afghan journalists say its accuracy is patchy, and its opponents accuse it of spreading “fake news”, the Taliban’s slick media operation has emerged as a key weapon in the information war that often leaves the Western-backed government and its U.S. partners struggling to catch up. Click here to read more (external link).

U.S. Afghan Envoy Says ‘Faster Progress’ Needed In Talks With Taliban

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 10, 2019 The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan said on May 10 that “faster progress” is needed in peace talks with the Taliban as another round of discussions between the two sides came to an end. Zalmay Khalilz
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U.S. Afghan Envoy Says ‘Faster Progress’ Needed In Talks With Taliban

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 10, 2019 The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan said on May 10 that “faster progress” is needed in peace talks with the Taliban as another round of discussions between the two sides came to an end. Zalmay Khalilzad said “steady but slow progress” was made in the round of discussionsRead More...

Iran warns it may tell Afghan refugees to leave country

1TV: Squeezed by US sanctions, Iran on Wednesday warned that it may tell Afghan refugees to leave the country. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that more than 3 million Afghans are living in Iran with 2 million having been employed, IRNA r
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Iran warns it may tell Afghan refugees to leave country

1TV: Squeezed by US sanctions, Iran on Wednesday warned that it may tell Afghan refugees to leave the country. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that more than 3 million Afghans are living in Iran with 2 million having been employed, IRNA reported. He said that the refugees remove 3 to 5 billion euros annuallyRead More...

Clandestine operations and CIA-backed forces endanger peace in Afghanistan

TRT World: It is doubtful that their operations in Afghanistan will stop, even after a possible peace deal with the Taliban. The CIA backs both militias and other ones similar to them, and as history taught us, the intelligence services often doing what the
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Clandestine operations and CIA-backed forces endanger peace in Afghanistan

TRT World: It is doubtful that their operations in Afghanistan will stop, even after a possible peace deal with the Taliban. The CIA backs both militias and other ones similar to them, and as history taught us, the intelligence services often doing what they want. Click here to read more (external link). Related Top US General SuggestsRead More...

2.5 Million Afghans Remain Unemployed: Ministry

Tolo News:  Findings by the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled show that at least 2.5 million Afghans are unemployed and the occupational safety in government and non-government institutions remains fragile.  Last December, ILO (Intern
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2.5 Million Afghans Remain Unemployed: Ministry

Tolo News:  Findings by the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled show that at least 2.5 million Afghans are unemployed and the occupational safety in government and non-government institutions remains fragile.  Last December, ILO (International Labor Organization) said in a report that Afghanistan has the highest number of unemployed workforce in the world. ClickRead More...

Hamid Hassan to quit ODI cricket after World Cup

1TV: Afghanistan fast-bowler Hamid Hassan will step down from ODI cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The 31-year-old made a surprise comeback to the Afghanistan squad for the mega tournament, having last played an ODI in July 2016. Recurring injur
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Hamid Hassan to quit ODI cricket after World Cup

1TV: Afghanistan fast-bowler Hamid Hassan will step down from ODI cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The 31-year-old made a surprise comeback to the Afghanistan squad for the mega tournament, having last played an ODI in July 2016. Recurring injuries had kept him out of the side. Click here to read more (external link).Read More...

Hungary fails to deport families to Afghanistan

BBC News: Hungary tried and failed to deport three Afghan families to Afghanistan on Tuesday, in a move that rights groups say is a breach of international law. It was intended to prove the right-wing Fidesz government’s resolve to fight what it calls
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Hungary fails to deport families to Afghanistan

BBC News: Hungary tried and failed to deport three Afghan families to Afghanistan on Tuesday, in a move that rights groups say is a breach of international law. It was intended to prove the right-wing Fidesz government’s resolve to fight what it calls “illegal migrants”. However, the European Court of Human Rights intervened in one family’sRead More...

Taliban Fighters Storm Afghan Security Checkpoints, Killing Eight

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 7, 2019 Taliban fighters attacked security checkpoints in Afghanistan’s northeastern Takhar Province, killing eight members of the security forces, a local official has said. Provincial council chief Wafiullah Rahman
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Taliban Fighters Storm Afghan Security Checkpoints, Killing Eight

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 7, 2019 Taliban fighters attacked security checkpoints in Afghanistan’s northeastern Takhar Province, killing eight members of the security forces, a local official has said. Provincial council chief Wafiullah Rahmani on May 7 said three soldiers and five police officers were killed in the May 6 attack in Khwaja Bahaudin district.Read More...

Afghan Women Activists Fear Return Of Taliban-Era Repressions

By Ron Synovitz Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 7, 2019 Khalida Khorsand, a 35-year-old rights activist from the western Afghan city of Herat, is skeptical about Taliban claims that it has dispensed with its strict rules against girls’ education an
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Afghan Women Activists Fear Return Of Taliban-Era Repressions

By Ron Synovitz Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 7, 2019 Khalida Khorsand, a 35-year-old rights activist from the western Afghan city of Herat, is skeptical about Taliban claims that it has dispensed with its strict rules against girls’ education and women working. The militant Islamic group made the declaration in the midst of recent peaceRead More...

Key Taliban member arrested with wine bottles, hookah

1TV: A key Taliban member has been arrested with 11 bottles of wine and a hookah in northern Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. The militant identified as Yousuf was detained in an operation by special unit of the Afghan police in Balkh’
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Key Taliban member arrested with wine bottles, hookah

1TV: A key Taliban member has been arrested with 11 bottles of wine and a hookah in northern Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. The militant identified as Yousuf was detained in an operation by special unit of the Afghan police in Balkh’s Nahr-i-Shahi district. Click here to read more (external link).