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For the forgotten men of 1st Platoon, Trump’s pardon of an officer they helped convict of murder is a crushing betrayal

LMTOnline: Only a few hours had passed since President Donald Trump pardoned 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and the men of 1st Platoon were still trying to make sense of how it was even possible. How could a man they blamed for ruining their lives, an officer the Arm
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For the forgotten men of 1st Platoon, Trump’s pardon of an officer they helped convict of murder is a crushing betrayal

LMTOnline: Only a few hours had passed since President Donald Trump pardoned 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and the men of 1st Platoon were still trying to make sense of how it was even possible. How could a man they blamed for ruining their lives, an officer the Army convicted of second-degree murder and other charges,Read More...

As Foreign Superpower Exits Afghanistan, Insurgent Fault Lines Deepen

Michael Hughes: Today’s headlines about the ongoing U.S. exit from Afghanistan eerily resemble those published more than 30 years ago vis-à-vis the Soviet withdrawal, especially with respect to the infighting among the anti-government elements who had the
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As Foreign Superpower Exits Afghanistan, Insurgent Fault Lines Deepen

Michael Hughes: Today’s headlines about the ongoing U.S. exit from Afghanistan eerily resemble those published more than 30 years ago vis-à-vis the Soviet withdrawal, especially with respect to the infighting among the anti-government elements who had the most to gain by the expulsion of a foreign invader. The Peshawar 7 mujahideen factions never really operatedRead More...

Pentagon: Taliban Keeps ‘Close Ties’ With Al-Qaeda Affiliate

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 1, 2020 Al-Qaeda’s regional affiliate in Afghanistan maintains “close ties” to the Taliban and has an “enduring interest” in attacking U.S. troops, the Pentagon says in a new report. Under a February
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Pentagon: Taliban Keeps ‘Close Ties’ With Al-Qaeda Affiliate

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 1, 2020 Al-Qaeda’s regional affiliate in Afghanistan maintains “close ties” to the Taliban and has an “enduring interest” in attacking U.S. troops, the Pentagon says in a new report. Under a February deal between the Taliban and the United States, the insurgents agreed to stop terrorist groups such as Al-QaedaRead More...

Problems remain unsolved in Central Bank

AT News KABUL: Troubles made after the new Central Bank governor’s appointment, still remain unsolved with conflicting reasons. Ajmal Ahmadi was appointed by President Ghani as the acting Central Bank governor. He immediately fired five senior officials tha
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Problems remain unsolved in Central Bank

AT News KABUL: Troubles made after the new Central Bank governor’s appointment, still remain unsolved with conflicting reasons. Ajmal Ahmadi was appointed by President Ghani as the acting Central Bank governor. He immediately fired five senior officials that was followed by reactions from government, parliament and people. The Central Bank said Wednesday in a statement …

MEC reports 37 major challenges in procurement system

AT News KABUL: The Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on administration corruption says the procurement system faces 37 main challenges. It said Wednesday that the measures taken by the procurement department are symbolic and political in which officia
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MEC reports 37 major challenges in procurement system

AT News KABUL: The Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on administration corruption says the procurement system faces 37 main challenges. It said Wednesday that the measures taken by the procurement department are symbolic and political in which officials tried to pretend fake achievements. Mortaza Noori, an official from MEC said that their report has disclosed …

Afghanistan Coronavirus cases rise to 31,836 with 774 deaths

Ariana: Twenty-eight Coronavirus patients have died in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Public Health said in a statement.  Meanwhile, 319 new confirmed cases have been registered in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry said that the total affected peopl
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Afghanistan Coronavirus cases rise to 31,836 with 774 deaths

Ariana: Twenty-eight Coronavirus patients have died in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Public Health said in a statement.  Meanwhile, 319 new confirmed cases have been registered in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry said that the total affected people reached to 31,836 in Afghanistan. Click here to read more (external link). RelatedRead More...

More Lawmakers Urge Trump To Consider Repercussions For Russia Over Alleged Bounties

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 1, 2020 U.S. President Donald Trump should consider imposing new economic sanctions on Russia if reports alleging that Moscow paid the Taliban bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan are true, Democrats who were briefe
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More Lawmakers Urge Trump To Consider Repercussions For Russia Over Alleged Bounties

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 1, 2020 U.S. President Donald Trump should consider imposing new economic sanctions on Russia if reports alleging that Moscow paid the Taliban bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan are true, Democrats who were briefed on the matter said. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (Democrat-California), speaking afterRead More...

Security Council works for talks between Afghan gov’t, Taliban

AT Monitoring Desk KABUL: The UN Security Council has encouraged the Afghan government and the Taliban to work toward an early start of peace negotiations. In a press statement, the members of the Security Council welcomed steps taken so far by the two sides
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Security Council works for talks between Afghan gov’t, Taliban

AT Monitoring Desk KABUL: The UN Security Council has encouraged the Afghan government and the Taliban to work toward an early start of peace negotiations. In a press statement, the members of the Security Council welcomed steps taken so far by the two sides to move toward the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, most notably the …

Taliban frees 732 govt. inmates

AT News KABUL: The Taliban group claimed that they have released 732 members of the Afghan security forces since the start of the prisoner swap process to facilitate the intra-Afghan talks. Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban Qatar based political office’s spokesma
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Taliban frees 732 govt. inmates

AT News KABUL: The Taliban group claimed that they have released 732 members of the Afghan security forces since the start of the prisoner swap process to facilitate the intra-Afghan talks. Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban Qatar based political office’s spokesman said the group had released 20 Afghan security forces last Sunday in northern Baghlan province. …

US presses Taliban to abide peace deal commitments

AT News KABUL: The United States keeps pressuring Taliban to stay committed in implementing of a February 29 peace deal the two sides signed which allows Washington to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that in hi
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US presses Taliban to abide peace deal commitments

AT News KABUL: The United States keeps pressuring Taliban to stay committed in implementing of a February 29 peace deal the two sides signed which allows Washington to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that in his recent phone call with the Taliban negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, …

30 Taliban rebels killed in latest crackdowns

AT News KABUL: The Afghan security forces have killed at least 30 Taliban insurgents in retaliation to their attacks on their checkpoints in three provinces, security officials said on Wednesday. In addition to that, 12 others Taliban rebels were also wounde
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30 Taliban rebels killed in latest crackdowns

AT News KABUL: The Afghan security forces have killed at least 30 Taliban insurgents in retaliation to their attacks on their checkpoints in three provinces, security officials said on Wednesday. In addition to that, 12 others Taliban rebels were also wounded in these attacks. Taliban fighters coordinately assaulted security forces checkpoints in Nakam area of …

China vows to take countermeasures against U.S. actions over Hong Kong

China said that it will take necessary countermeasures to firmly safeguard its national interests in response to the United States’ decision to end special treatment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokes
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China vows to take countermeasures against U.S. actions over Hong Kong

China said that it will take necessary countermeasures to firmly safeguard its national interests in response to the United States’ decision to end special treatment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a regular press briefing, adding that the so-called sanction by the U.S. …

Covid-19 cases nearing 32k

AT News KABUL: With 319 new positive cases in the last 24 hours, Afghanistan now officially has 31,836 coronavirus cases across the country. Covid-19 positive cases slightly decreased, but still 28 patients have lost their lives to the virus. 1,520 patients w
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Covid-19 cases nearing 32k

AT News KABUL: With 319 new positive cases in the last 24 hours, Afghanistan now officially has 31,836 coronavirus cases across the country. Covid-19 positive cases slightly decreased, but still 28 patients have lost their lives to the virus. 1,520 patients were also recovered during this period. The Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday said …

Peace in Afghanistan strengthens regional connectivity: Khalilzad

AT News KABUL: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad said that a stable Afghanistan is crucial for regional peace, security and stability of the Central Asia. He said this in a meeting with officials of Central Asian c
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Peace in Afghanistan strengthens regional connectivity: Khalilzad

AT News KABUL: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad said that a stable Afghanistan is crucial for regional peace, security and stability of the Central Asia. He said this in a meeting with officials of Central Asian countries in Tashkent—Khalilzad has been embarked on his peace trip where he will be fled …

It’s too early to discuss pulling out troops from Afghanistan: NATO

AT News KABUL: NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg said it is too early to talk about US and Coalition troops pull out from Afghanistan, but he said the decision would utterly reliant on the ground situation in Afghanistan. To avoid Afghanistan from beco
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It’s too early to discuss pulling out troops from Afghanistan: NATO

AT News KABUL: NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg said it is too early to talk about US and Coalition troops pull out from Afghanistan, but he said the decision would utterly reliant on the ground situation in Afghanistan. To avoid Afghanistan from becoming once again a safe haven for the terrorist groups, Stoltnberg said the …

“Why Leaders Cannot Lead”

Book Review by Dr. Matin Royeen Leadership is an art and a science.  A successful leader uses knowledge, experience and mentoring in creative ways to fashion a vision for himself/herself and the followers.  The truth is that a good number of people
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“Why Leaders Cannot Lead”

Book Review by Dr. Matin Royeen Leadership is an art and a science.  A successful leader uses knowledge, experience and mentoring in creative ways to fashion a vision for himself/herself and the followers.  The truth is that a good number of people in leadership positions lack the necessary skills to have an impact on the …

Afghanistan’s Right of Access and Transit under International Law

By Zia Nezam According to international law, land-locked countries, such as Afghanistan, have the “right of access”  to sea portsand “freedom of transit through the territory of transit states.” United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (he
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Afghanistan’s Right of Access and Transit under International Law

By Zia Nezam According to international law, land-locked countries, such as Afghanistan, have the “right of access”  to sea portsand “freedom of transit through the territory of transit states.” United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (hereafter the “Convention”), Article 125. This Convention, which is also known as the “Constitution of the Sea,” …

Taliban’s attack pushed back in Jawzjan, tens of rebels killed

AT News KABUL: The government forces drove back a Taliban’s large attack in the northern province of Jawzjan, killing at least 32 assailants. The ministry of defense said Tuesday in a statement that the attack was carried out on the army outposts in the Qar
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Taliban’s attack pushed back in Jawzjan, tens of rebels killed

AT News KABUL: The government forces drove back a Taliban’s large attack in the northern province of Jawzjan, killing at least 32 assailants. The ministry of defense said Tuesday in a statement that the attack was carried out on the army outposts in the Qarqin district, in which some 25 attackers were also wounded. The …

Taliban averagely carry out 44 attacks per day: NSC

AT News KABUL: The National Security Council (NSC) says that Taliban have increased attacks in different areas after the week-long reduction in violence, with the body’s spokesman Javid Faisal, saying that the number of the attacks carried out by the insurg
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Taliban averagely carry out 44 attacks per day: NSC

AT News KABUL: The National Security Council (NSC) says that Taliban have increased attacks in different areas after the week-long reduction in violence, with the body’s spokesman Javid Faisal, saying that the number of the attacks carried out by the insurgents is averagely 44. The Taliban vowed to reduce violence after signing the peace deal …

Taliban ask US to release Noorzai

Bashar Noorzai sentenced to life in prison in the United States for supporting Taliban, having ties with Osama bin Laden, the former leader of al-Qaeda network and smuggling drugs to the US at the of cost 50 million dollars. AT News KABUL: Taliban’s head o
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Taliban ask US to release Noorzai

Bashar Noorzai sentenced to life in prison in the United States for supporting Taliban, having ties with Osama bin Laden, the former leader of al-Qaeda network and smuggling drugs to the US at the of cost 50 million dollars. AT News KABUL: Taliban’s head of political office Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in a video call …

شمال و جنوب هندوکش برای کوچی ها نیست

این نوشته نخستین بار روز چهار شنبه 8 اوت 2007 در کابل پرس نشر شده است. اگر آن ترک شیرازی بدست آرد دل ما را به خال هندویش بخشم سمرقند و بخار را / حاف
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شمال و جنوب هندوکش برای کوچی ها نیست

این نوشته نخستین بار روز چهار شنبه 8 اوت 2007 در کابل پرس نشر شده است. اگر آن ترک شیرازی بدست آرد دل ما را به خال هندویش بخشم سمرقند و بخار را / حافظ در رسانه ها پخش گردید که در نظر است دولت افغانستان، 12 شهرک رهایشی برای اسکان کوچی ها در مناطق و ولایات مختلف کشور احداث کند. وحیدالله سباون مشاوررئیس جمهور افغانستان در امور اقوام و قبایل در یک کنفرانس خبری در کابل گفت که این شهرکها ظرفیت پذیرش دهها هزار خانواده کوچی را خواهد داشت. اظهارات آقای سباوون خبر خوب است ، اینکه او می گوید که ( شهرک ها در مناطقی واقع در شمال و جنوب هندوکش ساخته شود.) (...) - دیدگاه / پناهجویان، مهاجرت، آوارگی و جنایت کوچ اجباری, تروريزم، کوچی طالبان، طالبان، القاعده و داعش, فساد، سوء استفاده، اختلاس و غصب زمين, دو قرن جنایت در افغانستان: جنایات نسل کشی، قتل عام، برده داری، جنگ های داخلی، جنایات جنگی و جنایات حاد علیه بشریت, تبعیض، تبعیض نژادی، مذهبی و جنسیتی, اعتراض، راهپیمایی و تظاهرات, هایلایت

Afghanistan: Taliban Rights Efforts Fall Far Short

HRW: The Taliban in Afghanistan have imposed severe restrictions on rights in areas under their control despite claims of reform, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Residents reported an inability to criticize or question Taliban actions, vio
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Afghanistan: Taliban Rights Efforts Fall Far Short

HRW: The Taliban in Afghanistan have imposed severe restrictions on rights in areas under their control despite claims of reform, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Residents reported an inability to criticize or question Taliban actions, violations of the rights of women and girls, and severe limits on freedom of expression andRead More...

Australia’s SAS chief admits his forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan, as claims emerge that civilians were killed, including one who was ‘stomped to death’

The Daily Mail (UK): Australia’s special forces chief has admitted that SAS soldiers did commit war crimes in Afghanistan. Australian Special Operations Commander Major-General Adam Findlay told SAS soldiers at Perth’s Campbell Barracks that ̵
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Australia’s SAS chief admits his forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan, as claims emerge that civilians were killed, including one who was ‘stomped to death’

The Daily Mail (UK): Australia’s special forces chief has admitted that SAS soldiers did commit war crimes in Afghanistan. Australian Special Operations Commander Major-General Adam Findlay told SAS soldiers at Perth’s Campbell Barracks that ‘there are guys who criminally did something’ and ‘poor leadership’ is to blame. This is the first time a senior officerRead More...

Abdullah trying to reconcile with forlorn party fellows

AT News KABUL: Abdullah Abdullah is making efforts to regain support from the members of Jamiat party after differences emerged when he agreed to work under President Ghani, a move that his party fellows did not want. He has met senior member of Jamiat, Atta
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Abdullah trying to reconcile with forlorn party fellows

AT News KABUL: Abdullah Abdullah is making efforts to regain support from the members of Jamiat party after differences emerged when he agreed to work under President Ghani, a move that his party fellows did not want. He has met senior member of Jamiat, Atta Mohammad Noor in which other party members were also present. …

Kabul assessing Taliban prisoner release as Khalilzad back on regional peace trip

AT News KABUL: The National Security Council says it investigates the release of Taliban prisoners while the US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad began a new round of visits to the region. The Council said Monday that they were working on the fate of those Taliban priso
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Kabul assessing Taliban prisoner release as Khalilzad back on regional peace trip

AT News KABUL: The National Security Council says it investigates the release of Taliban prisoners while the US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad began a new round of visits to the region. The Council said Monday that they were working on the fate of those Taliban prisoners who are demanded by Taliban leadership. However, Javid Faisal, spokesman …

Over 80pc of poppy cultivates in Taliban-controlled areas

AT News KABUL: More than 80 percent of poppy is cultivated in the areas controlled by Taliban militants, who gain plenty of incomes from drug product and trade, interior ministry says. Mohammad Hashem Ortaq, deputy interior minister for counter-narcotics, sai
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Over 80pc of poppy cultivates in Taliban-controlled areas

AT News KABUL: More than 80 percent of poppy is cultivated in the areas controlled by Taliban militants, who gain plenty of incomes from drug product and trade, interior ministry says. Mohammad Hashem Ortaq, deputy interior minister for counter-narcotics, said Monday that police have launched 4,833 operations against drug traffickers since the beginning of 2019, …

What’s going on between Russia, US and Afghanistan?

BBC News: What are we to make of the reports that have surfaced in the past few days that Russian military intelligence agents were offering money to Taliban fighters to kill US and possibly other Western service personnel? How true are these reports? Can the
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What’s going on between Russia, US and Afghanistan?

BBC News: What are we to make of the reports that have surfaced in the past few days that Russian military intelligence agents were offering money to Taliban fighters to kill US and possibly other Western service personnel? How true are these reports? Can they be substantiated? And what is their real significance? For aRead More...

Rocket Attack Kills 23 Afghan Civilians 

Ayaz Gul VOA News June 29, 2020 ISLAMABAD – A rocket attack on a crowded marketplace in Afghanistan’s volatile southern Helmand province killed at least 23 civilians and injured 15 others on Monday. Residents reportedly accused Afghan security forces
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Rocket Attack Kills 23 Afghan Civilians 

Ayaz Gul VOA News June 29, 2020 ISLAMABAD – A rocket attack on a crowded marketplace in Afghanistan’s volatile southern Helmand province killed at least 23 civilians and injured 15 others on Monday. Residents reportedly accused Afghan security forces of firing the rockets in Sangin district during clashes with the Taliban. The governor’s office inRead More...

A divided Taliban could unleash a new proxy war in Afghanistan

Atlantic Council: The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming international relations not just by straining relations among powerful states, but also by disrupting violent nonstate actors. Perhaps no major militant outfit has felt the impact as much as the Taliban
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A divided Taliban could unleash a new proxy war in Afghanistan

Atlantic Council: The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming international relations not just by straining relations among powerful states, but also by disrupting violent nonstate actors. Perhaps no major militant outfit has felt the impact as much as the Taliban. The group’s leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, is either seriously ill with the virus or possibly dead. Sirajuddin Haqqani,Read More...

Hekmatyar accuses govt. officials of sabotaging peace bid

AT News KABUL: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Hezb-e-Islami political party has called on the Afghan government authorities to stop chanting of war as it would damage the ongoing peace process. According to him, some figures inside the government “a
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Hekmatyar accuses govt. officials of sabotaging peace bid

AT News KABUL: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Hezb-e-Islami political party has called on the Afghan government authorities to stop chanting of war as it would damage the ongoing peace process. According to him, some figures inside the government “are against the peace process”. Declaring his party’s stand regarding the intra-Afghan negotiations, Hekmatyar said …

Civilian deaths leave Afghanistan on tenterhooks

Rockets shelling and a car bombing kill 25 civilians in southern Helmand province By Mujeeb R. Awrang KABUL: At least 25 civilians were killed and 15 others received injuries in several blasts that ripped a busy local cattle market apart in southern Helmand p
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Civilian deaths leave Afghanistan on tenterhooks

Rockets shelling and a car bombing kill 25 civilians in southern Helmand province By Mujeeb R. Awrang KABUL: At least 25 civilians were killed and 15 others received injuries in several blasts that ripped a busy local cattle market apart in southern Helmand province, an uptick in violence in the face of US-Taliban peace deal …

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