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U.S. Soldier Killed By Enemy Fire In Afghanistan

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 22, 2019 The U.S. military says one of its service members was killed by “enemy small-arms fire” in Afghanistan on January 22. The incident was under investigation, a statement said, without providing furthe
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U.S. Soldier Killed By Enemy Fire In Afghanistan

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 22, 2019 The U.S. military says one of its service members was killed by “enemy small-arms fire” in Afghanistan on January 22. The incident was under investigation, a statement said, without providing further details. It did not name the service member or the branch of the military, pending notification ofRead More...

3rd lists of accused criminals unveiled

AT-KABUL: Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday disclosed the 3rd list comprised of 16 accused criminals and asked them to refer to police within 48 hours. The 3rd list in which enlisted the name of 16 persons accused of having illegal arms, grabbing lands an
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3rd lists of accused criminals unveiled

AT-KABUL: Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday disclosed the 3rd list comprised of 16 accused criminals and asked them to refer to police within 48 hours. The 3rd list in which enlisted the name of 16 persons accused of having illegal arms, grabbing lands and some other crimes, said a statement issued by MoI. Statement …

CEO Seems hopeful for Peace

AT-KABUL: In the prolong odyssey of Afghan fragile peace process, the chief executive office of Afghan government is optimistic for the result of the US  and Taliban officials meetings, held in Qatar to work out for the direct Afghan and Taliban official
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CEO Seems hopeful for Peace

AT-KABUL: In the prolong odyssey of Afghan fragile peace process, the chief executive office of Afghan government is optimistic for the result of the US  and Taliban officials meetings, held in Qatar to work out for the direct Afghan and Taliban officials talks. A spokesman for the CEO said on Tuesday that US envoy Zalmay …

Taliban resume peace talks after deadly assault on military base

By Mansoor Faizy-There is a rush for a negotiating settlement after 18 years of war within the US administration to end the prolonged hostility with the Taliban group. To discharge the obligation, US installed Zalmay Khalilzad, a veteran diplomat with dual (A
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Taliban resume peace talks after deadly assault on military base

By Mansoor Faizy-There is a rush for a negotiating settlement after 18 years of war within the US administration to end the prolonged hostility with the Taliban group. To discharge the obligation, US installed Zalmay Khalilzad, a veteran diplomat with dual (Afghan-American) citizenship as special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation. He just concluded his peace mission …

At Least 65 Afghan Troops Killed In Taliban Assault, As Peace Talks Resume

By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan January 22, 2019 KABUL — Afghan officials say a Taliban attack on a military base to the west of Kabul killed at least 65 members of the country’s security forces. Taliban militants carried out the assault
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At Least 65 Afghan Troops Killed In Taliban Assault, As Peace Talks Resume

By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan January 22, 2019 KABUL — Afghan officials say a Taliban attack on a military base to the west of Kabul killed at least 65 members of the country’s security forces. Taliban militants carried out the assault in Maidan Shahr, the capital of Maidan Wardak Province, early on January 21. “WeRead More...

5.4 children to be vaccinated

KABUL: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that anti polio campaign kicked off Monday, which through polio vaccination teams will visit 5.4 million children under five years old in 179 high-risk districts across the country. According to a statement th
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5.4 children to be vaccinated

KABUL: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that anti polio campaign kicked off Monday, which through polio vaccination teams will visit 5.4 million children under five years old in 179 high-risk districts across the country. According to a statement the campaign will be launched from 21th to 25th of January in the West, Central and Southeast regions, and …

US, Taliban resume talks in Doha in wake of stalemate

AT-KABUL: The US officials and the Taliban Qatar-based members on Monday resumed peace talks on Afghanistan in the wake of short stalemate after the Taliban rejected meeting Zalmay Khalilzad, US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, citing difference
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US, Taliban resume talks in Doha in wake of stalemate

AT-KABUL: The US officials and the Taliban Qatar-based members on Monday resumed peace talks on Afghanistan in the wake of short stalemate after the Taliban rejected meeting Zalmay Khalilzad, US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, citing differences over agenda. In a statement Taliban said they agreed to set in talks after their conditions accepted. “Following …

Unidentified men torch girl’s school in Farah

AT-KABUL: Unidentified men—probably armed individuals link to militant groups, set fire to a girl’s school on Sunday night in western Farah province, official confirmed Monday.   The perpetrators yet to be identified, said Mohammad Sadiq Halimi, Deputy
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Unidentified men torch girl’s school in Farah

AT-KABUL: Unidentified men—probably armed individuals link to militant groups, set fire to a girl’s school on Sunday night in western Farah province, official confirmed Monday.   The perpetrators yet to be identified, said Mohammad Sadiq Halimi, Deputy provincial of the department of education. “Nearly 1,000 girls were busy pursing education.” With regret, the Shaid Banafsha girl’s …

Taliban Assault on Afghan Military Base Inflicts Heavy Casualties

Ayaz Gul VOA News January 21, 2019 ISLAMABAD — Taliban insurgents launched a major suicide bomb-and-gun attack against a military base in central Afghanistan, killing at least 18 security troops and injuring dozens more. Authorities said the assault took p
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Taliban Assault on Afghan Military Base Inflicts Heavy Casualties

Ayaz Gul VOA News January 21, 2019 ISLAMABAD — Taliban insurgents launched a major suicide bomb-and-gun attack against a military base in central Afghanistan, killing at least 18 security troops and injuring dozens more. Authorities said the assault took place early Monday morning in Maidan Shahr, the provincial headquarters of Wardak province, about 50 kilometers fromRead More...

AKDN diplomatic representative calls on Deputy Foreign Minister

AT-KABUL: The Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Idrees Zaman on Monday met with the Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Ms. Nurjehan Mawani, where she briefed Zaman on AKDN’s areas of engagement and exchange vi
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AKDN diplomatic representative calls on Deputy Foreign Minister

AT-KABUL: The Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Idrees Zaman on Monday met with the Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Ms. Nurjehan Mawani, where she briefed Zaman on AKDN’s areas of engagement and exchange views on new role’s the mission could play in Afghanistan. At the outset, the Deputy Foreign Minister recalled with …

Herat traffic accident leaves seven dead

AT-KABUL: At least seven people were killed when a small vehicle collided with a truck in western Herat province, official said, in the first major traffic accident in 2019. Last year (2018), was also deadly for passengers as many people were killed and wound
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Herat traffic accident leaves seven dead

AT-KABUL: At least seven people were killed when a small vehicle collided with a truck in western Herat province, official said, in the first major traffic accident in 2019. Last year (2018), was also deadly for passengers as many people were killed and wounded while traveling across the country. Provincial governor spokesman, Jilani Farhad said …

Ghani: If Taliban want to be represented by Pakistan, we will talk with Pakistan

1TV: “Do you want Pakistan or other neighbouring countries represent you, or you represent yourselves as Afghans? If you want Pakistan to represent you, we will talk with Pakistan,” Ghani said after registering to seek second term in upcoming election ex
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Ghani: If Taliban want to be represented by Pakistan, we will talk with Pakistan

1TV: “Do you want Pakistan or other neighbouring countries represent you, or you represent yourselves as Afghans? If you want Pakistan to represent you, we will talk with Pakistan,” Ghani said after registering to seek second term in upcoming election expected in July. The comments come after Taliban’s repeated rejection of negotiating with the Afghan government, butRead More...

US needs to maintain military presence in Afghanistan

Manoj Kumar Mishra via Asia Times: From a geopolitical perspective, Afghanistan provides the US with a venue for quick access to gather intelligence as well as develop military strategies against geographically adjacent state actors such as Iran, China and R
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US needs to maintain military presence in Afghanistan

Manoj Kumar Mishra via Asia Times: From a geopolitical perspective, Afghanistan provides the US with a venue for quick access to gather intelligence as well as develop military strategies against geographically adjacent state actors such as Iran, China and Russia, and limit the ambitions of non-state actors such as the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network andRead More...

The Taliban has failed to recapture Afghanistan after 17 years of war – and this is why

The Independent (UK): A large number of Pashtun politicians, tribal chiefs and intellectuals are against the Taliban, which is one of its biggest weaknesses… The central, conservative ideology of the Taliban is also responsible for its failure, as it
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The Taliban has failed to recapture Afghanistan after 17 years of war – and this is why

The Independent (UK): A large number of Pashtun politicians, tribal chiefs and intellectuals are against the Taliban, which is one of its biggest weaknesses… The central, conservative ideology of the Taliban is also responsible for its failure, as it is unacceptable for most Afghans, particularly the literate population…The media has played a key role in highlighting theRead More...

Ghani, Abdullah register for presidential polls

KABUL: The incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and his Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s most likely bids for Afghanistan’s presidency took a big step forward Sunday with the formal registration of their candidacy. Ghani and Abdullah registered their t
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Ghani, Abdullah register for presidential polls

KABUL: The incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and his Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s most likely bids for Afghanistan’s presidency took a big step forward Sunday with the formal registration of their candidacy. Ghani and Abdullah registered their tickets on Sunday in the election commission compound to run in upcoming presidential elections. Dr. Abdullah registered his …

Army thwarts terrorist attempts, kills 41

KABUL: Afghan security forces killed 41‘terrorists’ and wounded 40 others in fire exchange as part of a crackdown on terrorist hideouts across Afghanistan. The Defense Ministry explained that army, police and intelligence forces raided terrorist havens i
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Army thwarts terrorist attempts, kills 41

KABUL: Afghan security forces killed 41‘terrorists’ and wounded 40 others in fire exchange as part of a crackdown on terrorist hideouts across Afghanistan. The Defense Ministry explained that army, police and intelligence forces raided terrorist havens in Nangarhar, Kapisa, Paktia, Zabul, Uruzgan, Herat, Badghis, Faryab, Balkh and Helmand provinces. Statement said that in these operations41insurgentswere …

Pashtoons demand freely commuting at two sides of Durand Line

AT-KABUL: The Pashtoon people living in the two sides of the so-called Durand Line (in Afghanistan and Pakistan) demand a freely passing the line. In a gathering in the Torkham border township on Sunday, they called on the governments of Afghanistan and Pakis
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Pashtoons demand freely commuting at two sides of Durand Line

AT-KABUL: The Pashtoon people living in the two sides of the so-called Durand Line (in Afghanistan and Pakistan) demand a freely passing the line. In a gathering in the Torkham border township on Sunday, they called on the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan and allow them to pass the line without passports and only with …

US, Pakistan discuss Afghan peace process

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The United States (US) Senator Lindsey Graham met Sunday with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, where they exchanged views on matters related to bilateral and regional issues, especially peace and reconciliation in Afgh
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US, Pakistan discuss Afghan peace process

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The United States (US) Senator Lindsey Graham met Sunday with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, where they exchanged views on matters related to bilateral and regional issues, especially peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, Pakistan Foreign Office said. Lindsey Graham is the chairman of the US Senate’s Judicial Committee and senior member …

Will work for peace, security: Karzai

AT-KABUL: Former Deputy Foreign Minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai on Sunday rejected joining any electoral team, rather pledged to work for peace and security. “As our country embarks on a new electoral race, Afghans will once more be faced with a choice. Thi
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Will work for peace, security: Karzai

AT-KABUL: Former Deputy Foreign Minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai on Sunday rejected joining any electoral team, rather pledged to work for peace and security. “As our country embarks on a new electoral race, Afghans will once more be faced with a choice. This choice cannot be simply about political slogans; it must meet the aspirations of …

Drug use soars in Afghanistan

KABUL: Drug abuse in Afghanistan has soared this year and threatens to worsen as number of intravenous drug users has increased compared to the preceding years. The Health Ministry said Sunday that there has been a surge in drug abuse in Afghanistan and more
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Drug use soars in Afghanistan

KABUL: Drug abuse in Afghanistan has soared this year and threatens to worsen as number of intravenous drug users has increased compared to the preceding years. The Health Ministry said Sunday that there has been a surge in drug abuse in Afghanistan and more people are turning to illicit drugs. A health ministry official, Abdul …

Seminar at China Study Centre; China’s contribution to peace in Afghanistan highlighted

AT Monitoring Deska-KABUL: China’s contribution to peace in Afghanistan was highlighted at a national seminar held Saturday at the China Study Centre, University of Peshawar. A number of speakers made presentations on different aspects of the issue. The aud
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Seminar at China Study Centre; China’s contribution to peace in Afghanistan highlighted

AT Monitoring Deska-KABUL: China’s contribution to peace in Afghanistan was highlighted at a national seminar held Saturday at the China Study Centre, University of Peshawar. A number of speakers made presentations on different aspects of the issue. The audience included faculty members, scholars and students. Professor Dr Zahid Anwar, director of the China Study Centre, …

Abdullah readying for potential presidential bid

KABUL: Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullahis due to run for the July presidential election, said a source close to him. The source who spoke on condition of anonymity, added thatthe chief executive had chosen EnayatullahBabur Farahmand and AsadullahSaadatias hi
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Abdullah readying for potential presidential bid

KABUL: Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullahis due to run for the July presidential election, said a source close to him. The source who spoke on condition of anonymity, added thatthe chief executive had chosen EnayatullahBabur Farahmand and AsadullahSaadatias his running mates in the votes. Farahmand is a senior member of the Jonbesh-e-Milli (National Movement)party led by …

Kabul election results face candidates challenge

KABUL: The candidates who failed to secure enough votes in the last October’s legislative elections, called on the electoral commissions to cancel the results for Kabul province. The angry candidates who think “widespread” in the elections deprived the
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Kabul election results face candidates challenge

KABUL: The candidates who failed to secure enough votes in the last October’s legislative elections, called on the electoral commissions to cancel the results for Kabul province. The angry candidates who think “widespread” in the elections deprived them from entering the parliament, on Saturday staged demonstrations in Kabul city, demanding for re-election. The independent election …

Taliban Denies Being Ready To Resume Afghan Peace Talks

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 19, 2019 The Taliban has denied reports that it is prepared to resume talks with U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on ending Afghanistan’s 17-year war. Pakistani media had reported that a meeting in Islamabad was po
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Taliban Denies Being Ready To Resume Afghan Peace Talks

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 19, 2019 The Taliban has denied reports that it is prepared to resume talks with U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on ending Afghanistan’s 17-year war. Pakistani media had reported that a meeting in Islamabad was possible following talks in the Pakistani capital between Khalilzad and senior Pakistani officials, including PrimeRead More...

Hizb-e-Islami Leader Hekmatyar Runs For President

Tolo News: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Hizb-e-Islami leader, who entered a peace deal with the Afghan government in 2016 and returned home after almost 20 years, entered the race for 2019 presidential elections on Saturday. Fazl Hadi Wazeen, an Islamic studies
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Hizb-e-Islami Leader Hekmatyar Runs For President

Tolo News: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Hizb-e-Islami leader, who entered a peace deal with the Afghan government in 2016 and returned home after almost 20 years, entered the race for 2019 presidential elections on Saturday. Fazl Hadi Wazeen, an Islamic studies researcher and a university lecturer, is Hekmatyar’s running mate for first Vice President. Qazi Hafizurrahman Naqi,Read More...

Khalilzad Briefs Pakistani PM On Afghan Peace Efforts

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 18, 2019 U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmud Qureshi in Islamabad on January 18 to brief him on his recent efforts to resolve neighboring Afghanistan’s 17-year war, Paki
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Khalilzad Briefs Pakistani PM On Afghan Peace Efforts

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 18, 2019 U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmud Qureshi in Islamabad on January 18 to brief him on his recent efforts to resolve neighboring Afghanistan’s 17-year war, Pakistani officials said. Qureshi assured Khalilzad of Pakistan’s support for the peace process, which has suffered aRead More...

Ghani To Join Election Race With Four-Member Team

Tolo News:  Sources said President Ashraf Ghani’s election ticket has been completed and that he will enter the race for 2019 presidential elections in the near future.  Sources said Ghani’s ticket will include four individuals. Acting Interior
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Ghani To Join Election Race With Four-Member Team

Tolo News:  Sources said President Ashraf Ghani’s election ticket has been completed and that he will enter the race for 2019 presidential elections in the near future.  Sources said Ghani’s ticket will include four individuals. Acting Interior Minister Amrullah Saleh and Second Vice President Sarwar Danish will be Ghani’s running mates, said the sources.  The source said Suraya Dalil,Read More...

Pakistan Trying to Arrange US-Taliban Meeting

Ayaz Gul VOA News January 17, 2019 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has intensified efforts to keep the U.S.-led dialogue with the Afghan Taliban on track by attempting to arrange a meeting between the visiting chief American negotiator and insurgent representatives,
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Pakistan Trying to Arrange US-Taliban Meeting

Ayaz Gul VOA News January 17, 2019 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has intensified efforts to keep the U.S.-led dialogue with the Afghan Taliban on track by attempting to arrange a meeting between the visiting chief American negotiator and insurgent representatives, highly placed sources told VOA Thursday. These official sources appeared confident about bringing the two sides toRead More...

Ghani Won 2014 Election Based on Fraudulent Votes: Finding

Ariana: According to research conducted by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS), President Ashraf Ghani did not win the 2014 Presidential Election based on clean votes… during the second round of the 2014 elections, a large number of fraud
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Ghani Won 2014 Election Based on Fraudulent Votes: Finding

Ariana: According to research conducted by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS), President Ashraf Ghani did not win the 2014 Presidential Election based on clean votes… during the second round of the 2014 elections, a large number of fraudulent votes were casted in favor of President Ashraf Ghani in certain provinces where he had fewerRead More...

Editorial: Torkham hardships

Taking notices of complaints pertained to indifferent attitude with countrymen on the part of officers and personnel of Pakistan organs, ambassador at Islamabad Wednesday visited Torkham. Ambassador Shukarullah Atif Mashaal concluded his trip with making a re
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Editorial: Torkham hardships

Taking notices of complaints pertained to indifferent attitude with countrymen on the part of officers and personnel of Pakistan organs, ambassador at Islamabad Wednesday visited Torkham. Ambassador Shukarullah Atif Mashaal concluded his trip with making a request to the host government for increasing strength of FIA immigration staffers, which according to him could minimize miseries …

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