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Pakistan Says Abducted Senior Police Official Found Dead in Afghanistan

RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal November 15, 2018 A high ranking Pakistani police official who was abducted in the capital city of Islamabad has been found dead in eastern Afghanistan, authorities said. Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a pres
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Pakistan Says Abducted Senior Police Official Found Dead in Afghanistan

RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal November 15, 2018 A high ranking Pakistani police official who was abducted in the capital city of Islamabad has been found dead in eastern Afghanistan, authorities said. Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release on November 14 that Afghan authorities informed the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul that a bodyRead More...

Security Chiefs Reject Claims Of ‘Ethnic War’

Tolo News: Heads of Afghanistan’s security institutions on Wednesday rejected claims that the battles in Uruzgan and Ghazni provinces, and others, were an “ethnic war”, but said that regional countries and terrorists are trying to manipulate these batt
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Security Chiefs Reject Claims Of ‘Ethnic War’

Tolo News: Heads of Afghanistan’s security institutions on Wednesday rejected claims that the battles in Uruzgan and Ghazni provinces, and others, were an “ethnic war”, but said that regional countries and terrorists are trying to manipulate these battles in order for them to look like this. Interior minister Wais Ahmad Barmak said regional intelligence agencies and insurgentRead More...

Brother of slain general Raziq vows revenge, ‘your future generation will regret’

1TV: Tadeen Khan, the acting police chief of Kandahar province, has promised revenge after his brother General Abdul Raziq was assassinated last month. “You did it for Punjab (Pakistan’s ISI) as you bear the burden of serving them,” Khan told 1TV of th
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Brother of slain general Raziq vows revenge, ‘your future generation will regret’

1TV: Tadeen Khan, the acting police chief of Kandahar province, has promised revenge after his brother General Abdul Raziq was assassinated last month. “You did it for Punjab (Pakistan’s ISI) as you bear the burden of serving them,” Khan told 1TV of the killing which was claimed by the Taliban. “I am warning them that weRead More...

What game is Russia playing in Afghanistan?

Al Jazeera: Russia is seeking to re-assert itself as a major player in Afghanistan – For keen observers of Russian foreign policy, it was clear that the conference was not more than a photo-op meant to publicly declare the Kremlin’s ambition to
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What game is Russia playing in Afghanistan?

Al Jazeera: Russia is seeking to re-assert itself as a major player in Afghanistan – For keen observers of Russian foreign policy, it was clear that the conference was not more than a photo-op meant to publicly declare the Kremlin’s ambition to re-assert itself in the southern part of Central Asia and Afghanistan in particular. Click hereRead More...

U.S. Committed to Timely Afghan Presidential Elections: Envoy

Ariana: In reaction to the Wall Street Journal’s report, the U.S. Ambassador in Kabul John Bass on Tuesday said that the United States is committed to helping the Afghan electoral commissions and the government to hold the presidential elections in April
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U.S. Committed to Timely Afghan Presidential Elections: Envoy

Ariana: In reaction to the Wall Street Journal’s report, the U.S. Ambassador in Kabul John Bass on Tuesday said that the United States is committed to helping the Afghan electoral commissions and the government to hold the presidential elections in April next year. The WSJ [Wall Street Journal] reported that the Trump administration is discussing whether toRead More...

Shapoor Zadran allowed to return to national team

1TV: Afghan fast bowler Shapoor Zadran is allowed to return to national team after disciplinary committee of Afghanistan Cricket Board lifted the ban imposed on him more than five months ago. Zadran had been banned from playing in the national team after bre
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Shapoor Zadran allowed to return to national team

1TV: Afghan fast bowler Shapoor Zadran is allowed to return to national team after disciplinary committee of Afghanistan Cricket Board lifted the ban imposed on him more than five months ago. Zadran had been banned from playing in the national team after breaching disciplinary rules in a training camp outside the country on May 29, ACBRead More...

Russia: Taliban, US Officials Held ’10 Secret’ Meetings in Doha

Ayaz Gul VOA News November 12, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Russia said Monday the Taliban has secretly held 10 rounds of talks with the United States, other than the officially announced recent contact between the two sides in Qatar on how to end the war in Afghanist
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Russia: Taliban, US Officials Held ’10 Secret’ Meetings in Doha

Ayaz Gul VOA News November 12, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Russia said Monday the Taliban has secretly held 10 rounds of talks with the United States, other than the officially announced recent contact between the two sides in Qatar on how to end the war in Afghanistan. There have been only two publicly known meetings U.S. officialsRead More...

Hundreds Protest In Kabul Over Ghazni, Uruzgan Insecurity

Tolo News: Hundreds of protesters marched through the night from the western parts of Kabul to the city center, close to the Presidential Palace, in protest against what they say is neglect on the part of government to secure large parts of Ghazni and Uruzga
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Hundreds Protest In Kabul Over Ghazni, Uruzgan Insecurity

Tolo News: Hundreds of protesters marched through the night from the western parts of Kabul to the city center, close to the Presidential Palace, in protest against what they say is neglect on the part of government to secure large parts of Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces.  The protesters accuse government of not providing enough security toRead More...

Taliban Splinter Faction Says Moscow Meeting Was A “Lie”

Tolo News: A splinter faction of the Taliban, led by Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, said on Sunday the recent Moscow meeting on peace in Afghanistan was a “lie”.But officials from Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) said Friday’s Moscow meeting was an impo
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Taliban Splinter Faction Says Moscow Meeting Was A “Lie”

Tolo News: A splinter faction of the Taliban, led by Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, said on Sunday the recent Moscow meeting on peace in Afghanistan was a “lie”.But officials from Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) said Friday’s Moscow meeting was an important platform towards building peace in Afghanistan and that the peace facilitating body is optimisticRead More...

Afghan Team Wins 9 Medals At Ashihara Karate Champs

Tolo News: Afghanistan’s Ashihara Karate Federation on Sunday said the Afghan Ashihara team won nine medals in different categories at the 6th Ashihara Sabaki World Championships in Aktau city in Kazakhstan. Athletes from 30 countries competed in the even
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Afghan Team Wins 9 Medals At Ashihara Karate Champs

Tolo News: Afghanistan’s Ashihara Karate Federation on Sunday said the Afghan Ashihara team won nine medals in different categories at the 6th Ashihara Sabaki World Championships in Aktau city in Kazakhstan. Athletes from 30 countries competed in the event and Afghanistan, with nine medals, came in 4th overall.  Afghanistan’s Fayaz Durandesh, Ali Reza Ehsanzada and SayedRead More...

Govt Upbeat About Khalilzad’s Efforts To Bring About Peace

Tolo News: The office of the Chief Executive of the National Unity Government has welcomed efforts by Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, to bring about peace. One of the CEO’s spokesmen, Omid Maisam, said th
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Govt Upbeat About Khalilzad’s Efforts To Bring About Peace

Tolo News: The office of the Chief Executive of the National Unity Government has welcomed efforts by Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, to bring about peace. One of the CEO’s spokesmen, Omid Maisam, said the only way to ensure peace in Afghanistan is to put pressure on the Taliban and on countriesRead More...

Ghani Reveals Key Member of His Election Team

Ariana: As the politicians, parties, and coalition have stepped up to form their election tickets, President Ghani has revealed a key member of his team for next year’s presidential vote. Recently, Ghani visited Daikundi province where he announced that th
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Ghani Reveals Key Member of His Election Team

Ariana: As the politicians, parties, and coalition have stepped up to form their election tickets, President Ghani has revealed a key member of his team for next year’s presidential vote. Recently, Ghani visited Daikundi province where he announced that the current Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish will be part of his election ticket for theRead More...

Afghanistan Is the World’s Polio Capital. These Afghans Hope to Fix That.

The New York Times: Polio was eradicated before 2000 in Western countries, but it is still a critical issue for Afghanistan, said Destagir Nazari, of the Ministry of Health. “The world is trying to eradicate the virus completely,” he said. “It is an in
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Afghanistan Is the World’s Polio Capital. These Afghans Hope to Fix That.

The New York Times: Polio was eradicated before 2000 in Western countries, but it is still a critical issue for Afghanistan, said Destagir Nazari, of the Ministry of Health. “The world is trying to eradicate the virus completely,” he said. “It is an international responsibility for Afghanistan to eradicate it, and we try our best toRead More...

Russia Hosts Afghan Talks, Highlighting Growing Role

Charles Maynes VOA News November 9, 2018 MOSCOW — Russia hosted a group of Afghan government-linked envoys along with their Taliban rivals Friday, as the Kremlin waded into efforts to end a 17-year conflict where Western efforts have repeatedly failed. 
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Russia Hosts Afghan Talks, Highlighting Growing Role

Charles Maynes VOA News November 9, 2018 MOSCOW — Russia hosted a group of Afghan government-linked envoys along with their Taliban rivals Friday, as the Kremlin waded into efforts to end a 17-year conflict where Western efforts have repeatedly failed. “Russia stands for preserving the one and undivided Afghanistan, in which all of the ethnic groupsRead More...

US Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Killed 500,000 People

Antiwar.com: Brown University has released a new study on the cost in lives of America’s Post-9/11 Wars, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The study estimates between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed in the course of the three conflicts. This incl
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US Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Killed 500,000 People

Antiwar.com: Brown University has released a new study on the cost in lives of America’s Post-9/11 Wars, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The study estimates between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed in the course of the three conflicts. This includes combatant deaths and civilian deaths in fighting and war violence. Civilians make up over half ofRead More...

Taliban Says It’s Not Ready For Talks With Kabul

RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan November 9, 2018 The Taliban are not ready to negotiate with the Afghan government, a Taliban member said at talks in Moscow on November 9. A Taliban delegation attended a diplomatic conference in Russia for the first tim
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Taliban Says It’s Not Ready For Talks With Kabul

RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan November 9, 2018 The Taliban are not ready to negotiate with the Afghan government, a Taliban member said at talks in Moscow on November 9. A Taliban delegation attended a diplomatic conference in Russia for the first time, but the Kabul government sent no official representative, and the sides reported noRead More...

Afghan Hindus, Sikhs Are Not Celebrating Diwali This Year

Tolo News: The Afghan Hindus and Sikhs say they will not celebrate this year’s Diwali festival due to deadly incidents took place in the country recent months. The festival was not held last year either due to a deadly incident in Kabul. Hindus and Si
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Afghan Hindus, Sikhs Are Not Celebrating Diwali This Year

Tolo News: The Afghan Hindus and Sikhs say they will not celebrate this year’s Diwali festival due to deadly incidents took place in the country recent months. The festival was not held last year either due to a deadly incident in Kabul. Hindus and Sikhs living in Kabul said that the death of 14 Hindus and Sikhs in Nangarhar bombing July, assassination of formerRead More...

Grand Coalition Agrees on Presidential Candidate

Tolo News: Officials from the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan (GNCA) on Thursday said that the alliance has reached an agreement about its candidate for next year’s presidential elections. The GNCA did not however name their candidate but said an a
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Grand Coalition Agrees on Presidential Candidate

Tolo News: Officials from the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan (GNCA) on Thursday said that the alliance has reached an agreement about its candidate for next year’s presidential elections. The GNCA did not however name their candidate but said an announcement will be made soon. Meanwhile, close aides to former national security advisor Mohammad Hanif AtmarRead More...

Afghan forces killed as Taliban continues deadly attacks

Al Jazeera:  At least 14 Afghan army soldiers were killed in Takhar province after midnight on Thursday in the latest attack by Taliban armed group, which has killed or wounded dozens of security forces this week. Six soldiers are missing and 16 others wou
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Afghan forces killed as Taliban continues deadly attacks

Al Jazeera:  At least 14 Afghan army soldiers were killed in Takhar province after midnight on Thursday in the latest attack by Taliban armed group, which has killed or wounded dozens of security forces this week. Six soldiers are missing and 16 others wounded in the attack on military base in Khawja Ghar district, provincial council member MohammadRead More...

Afghan Civilians Take Up Arms Against IS

VOA News | November 7, 2018: Hundreds of Afghan civilians in eastern Nangarhar province took up arms and joined the Afghan security forces in the fight against the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan. The nearly 400 civilians will take part in a newly
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Afghan Civilians Take Up Arms Against IS

VOA News | November 7, 2018: Hundreds of Afghan civilians in eastern Nangarhar province took up arms and joined the Afghan security forces in the fight against the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan. The nearly 400 civilians will take part in a newly launched anti-IS operation by the government in the region. VOA’s Zabihullah Ghazi reportsRead More...

New Hampshire Elects Afghan Refugee Who Fled Taliban To State House

The Huffington Post: A woman who fled the Taliban in Afghanistan won election to New Hampshire’s House of Representatives on Tuesday, the first former refugee to win a seat in the state legislature. Democrat Safiya Wazir, 27, a mother of two who escaped Af
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New Hampshire Elects Afghan Refugee Who Fled Taliban To State House

The Huffington Post: A woman who fled the Taliban in Afghanistan won election to New Hampshire’s House of Representatives on Tuesday, the first former refugee to win a seat in the state legislature. Democrat Safiya Wazir, 27, a mother of two who escaped Afghanistan as a child, defeated Republican Dennis Soucy for the seat. She livedRead More...

Khpalwak Resigns from His Post as Head of HPC Secretariat

Ariana: Muhammad Akram Khpalwak has resigned from his positions as Special Representative to President Ashraf Ghani in Political Affairs and Head of High Peace Council Secretariat. In a phone call, Khpalwak confirmed his resignation to Ariana News, adding t
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Khpalwak Resigns from His Post as Head of HPC Secretariat

Ariana: Muhammad Akram Khpalwak has resigned from his positions as Special Representative to President Ashraf Ghani in Political Affairs and Head of High Peace Council Secretariat. In a phone call, Khpalwak confirmed his resignation to Ariana News, adding that he has stepped down due to personal issues. He added that his resignation was accepted by President GhaniRead More...

Taliban tax collectors help tighten insurgents’ grip in Afghanistan

Reuters: “Given the strictness of Taliban regarding implementation of their rules and regulations, I think they raise more from tax collection than the Afghan government,” said Mohammaddin, a resident of the district outside Kunduz city, which is largel
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Taliban tax collectors help tighten insurgents’ grip in Afghanistan

Reuters: “Given the strictness of Taliban regarding implementation of their rules and regulations, I think they raise more from tax collection than the Afghan government,” said Mohammaddin, a resident of the district outside Kunduz city, which is largely under Taliban control despite repeated operations by government forces to try to push the insurgents back. “They haveRead More...

Ahadi Breaks Alliance With Grand National Coalition

Tolo News: The New National Front Party of Afghanistan on Tuesday announced the party has split from the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan (GNCA) alliance due to disagreements over certain issues. According to the New National Front Party’s spokesma
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Ahadi Breaks Alliance With Grand National Coalition

Tolo News: The New National Front Party of Afghanistan on Tuesday announced the party has split from the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan (GNCA) alliance due to disagreements over certain issues. According to the New National Front Party’s spokesman, Sayed Javad Hussaini, their decision to break away from the alliance was because their party’s leader, Anwarul HaqRead More...

US exempts Iranian port from sanctions, citing Afghan economy

Press TV November 6, 2018 The United States has approved a sanctions exemption for Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar, citing Afghanistan’s economy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the exception Tuesday, a day after the Trump administr
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US exempts Iranian port from sanctions, citing Afghan economy

Press TV November 6, 2018 The United States has approved a sanctions exemption for Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar, citing Afghanistan’s economy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the exception Tuesday, a day after the Trump administration imposed sanctions against Tehran. “After extensive consideration, the secretary has provided for an exception fromRead More...

UN: Record Number of Afghans Killed or Wounded During October Parliamentary Elections

VOA News November 6, 2018 The United Nations says more than 400 Afghans were killed or wounded in attacks during last month’s parliamentary elections. In a report released Tuesday by the U.N.’s Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA), 56 people
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UN: Record Number of Afghans Killed or Wounded During October Parliamentary Elections

VOA News November 6, 2018 The United Nations says more than 400 Afghans were killed or wounded in attacks during last month’s parliamentary elections. In a report released Tuesday by the U.N.’s Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA), 56 people were killed and 379 wounded on October 20, the first day of voting, and on followingRead More...

Deadly Taliban Raid Overruns Afghan Police Base Near Iran Border

Ayaz Gul VOA News November 6, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Taliban insurgents killed more than 20 Afghan government forces before overrunning a key police base in the western Farah province bordering Iran, military officials said. An Afghan National Army (ANA) office
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Deadly Taliban Raid Overruns Afghan Police Base Near Iran Border

Ayaz Gul VOA News November 6, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Taliban insurgents killed more than 20 Afghan government forces before overrunning a key police base in the western Farah province bordering Iran, military officials said. An Afghan National Army (ANA) officer confirmed Tuesday the deadly assault occurred overnight in the Pasht-e-Ko district. He told VOA on conditionRead More...

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