Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:17:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Shooting in Kabul hospital leaves 3 foreigners dead http://www.khaama.com/foreigners-shot-dead-in-kabul-hospital-3608 http://www.khaama.com/foreigners-shot-dead-in-kabul-hospital-3608#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:17:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33837 Shooting in Kabul hospital leaves 3 foreigners dead
According to reports, a number of foreigners have been killed or injured following a gun attack in capital Kabul early Thursday. The incident reportedly took place inside Cure hospital in Dar-ul-Aman area of Kabul city around 9:30 am local time, leaving 3 foreigners dead and another one injured. The main motive behind the incident is Read the full article...]]>
Shooting in Kabul hospital leaves 3 foreigners dead

According to reports, a number of foreigners have been killed or injured following a gun attack in capital Kabul early
Thursday.

The incident reportedly took place inside Cure hospital in Dar-ul-Aman area of Kabul city around 9:30 am local time, leaving 3 foreigners dead and another one injured.

The main motive behind the incident is not clear and security officials have not commented so far.

In the meantime, a local police official Hafiz Khan said the attack was carried out by a member of the Afghan national police, who was responsible for the security of the hospital.

The source further added that a doctor was among those killed following the attack and the assailant officer has been injured.

Interior ministry following a statement said confirmed the incident and said the assailant policemen is in custody for further investigation.

The ministry confirmed that three foreign nationals were killed and another individual has been injured following the attack.

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Preliminary Afghan vote results announcement delayed to Saturday http://www.khaama.com/preliminary-afghan-vote-results-announcement-delay-to-saturday-6027 http://www.khaama.com/preliminary-afghan-vote-results-announcement-delay-to-saturday-6027#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:45:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33833 Preliminary Afghan vote results announcement delayed to Saturday
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) announced Tuesday that the preliminary vote results announcement has been delayed by two days and IEC will release the preliminary results on Saturday. The preliminary vote results were due to be released on Thursday; however IEC following a statement said the most recent partial preliminary results will be Read the full article...]]>
Preliminary Afghan vote results announcement delayed to Saturday

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) announced Tuesday that the preliminary vote results announcement has been delayed by two days and IEC will release the preliminary results on Saturday.

The preliminary vote results were due to be released on Thursday; however IEC following a statement said the most recent partial preliminary results will be shared rather than preliminary results.

“The IEC is conducting thorough investigations of all irregularities. While these investigations have delayed the process slightly, they are critical to the accuracy and integrity of final results,” IEC said in its statement.

IEC Chief Executive Officer, Ziaulhaq Amarkhil said, “The Commission is responsible to the Afghan electorate. No one should undermine the courage and integrity demonstrated by Afghan voters, as they cast their ballots on Election Day. The Commission is therefore committed to protecting their votes, and determining results with the utmost integrity.”

Announcement of final (total) preliminary Presidential Election results is anticipated to occur on Saturday, the statement by IEC added.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) insisted that it acts independently and is obligated to conduct all of its activities with impartiality and in accord with electoral and all other national laws.

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Two senior Taliban leaders arrested in Baghlan province http://www.khaama.com/two-senior-taliban-leaders-arrested-in-baghlan-province-6026 http://www.khaama.com/two-senior-taliban-leaders-arrested-in-baghlan-province-6026#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:23:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33829 Two senior Taliban leaders arrested in Baghlan province
Two prominent Taliban leaders were arrested during a special military operation in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan on Tuesday. Interior ministry following a statement said the special military operation was conducted by Afghan national police forces in Dahan-e-Ghori district on Tuesday morning. The statement further added that the detained Taliban leaders were recognized as Mullah Read the full article...]]>
Two senior Taliban leaders arrested in Baghlan province

Two prominent Taliban leaders were arrested during a special military operation in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Interior ministry following a statement said the special military operation was conducted by Afghan national police forces in Dahan-e-Ghori district on Tuesday morning.

The statement further added that the detained Taliban leaders were recognized as Mullah Ghayoor and Mullah Janan who were involved in major terrorist attacks in this province.

Interior ministry also added that four militants were killed and six others were detained during the operation which is still conducted in Dahan-e-Ghori district.

Afghan security forces also confiscated six AK-47 rifles, two rocket launcheres and one PK machine gun during the operation, interior ministry said, adding that Afghan security forces have not suffered any casualties.

The statement by interior ministry also added that the elimination of the terrorist group will have a positive impact on security situation of northern Baghlan province.

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US may leave less than 5,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 http://www.khaama.com/us-may-leave-less-than-5000-troops-in-afghanistan-after-2014-6025 http://www.khaama.com/us-may-leave-less-than-5000-troops-in-afghanistan-after-2014-6025#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:29:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33826 US may leave less than 5,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014
According to reports, Washington is considering to leave less than 5,000 troops in Afghanistan for the training of Afghan security forces beyond 2014. US officials have reportedly resumed talks after the Afghan presidential and provincial council elections which took place earlier this month. According to a report by Reuters, the decision to consider a small Read the full article...]]>
US may leave less than 5,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014

According to reports, Washington is considering to leave less than 5,000 troops in Afghanistan for the training of Afghan security forces beyond 2014.

US officials have reportedly resumed talks after the Afghan presidential and provincial council elections which took place earlier this month.

According to a report by Reuters, the decision to consider a small force, possibly less than 5,000 U.S. troops, reflects a belief among White House officials that Afghan security forces have evolved into a robust enough force to contain a still-potent Taliban-led insurgency.

A US official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the discussion is very much alive among the White House, State Department and Pentagon officials regarding the residual US forces to remain in Afghanistan after 2014.

The official further added that a small residual consideration by US is also partly based on Afghanistan’s surprisingly smooth election which has won international praise for its high turnout and the anti-government armed militant groups failed to carry out any high-profile attack.

However, the presence of US forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014 will be subject to the signature of bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the bilateral security agreement between the two nations despite the draft agreement was endorsed by majority during a consultative Loya Jirga in November last year.

In the meantime, the Afghan presidential runners have vowed to sign the security agreement once they are elected as Afghan president.

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7 killed or injured in Nangarhar explosion http://www.khaama.com/7-killed-or-injured-in-nangarhar-explosion-6024 http://www.khaama.com/7-killed-or-injured-in-nangarhar-explosion-6024#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:31:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33823 7 killed or injured in Nangarhar explosion
At least seven people were killed or injured following an explosion in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Tuesday. Local government officials in Nangarhar province confirmed that the explosion took place early Tuesday in Daronta area. A spokesman for the provincial police department, Hazrat Hussain Mashriqwal said the blast left one perso dead and seven Read the full article...]]>
7 killed or injured in Nangarhar explosion

At least seven people were killed or injured following an explosion in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Local government officials in Nangarhar province confirmed that the explosion took place early Tuesday in Daronta area.

A spokesman for the provincial police department, Hazrat Hussain Mashriqwal said the blast left one perso dead and seven others injured.

Mr. Mashriqwal further added that the incident took place around 8:00 am local time.

He said the magnetic bomb was planted in the vehicle of a lawyer.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Nangarhar is among the relatively restive provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are active in a number of its districts and frequently carry out insurgency attacks.

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Explosion leaves nearly 40 killed or injured in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/explosion-leaves-nearly-40-killed-or-injured-in-pakistan-6023 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-leaves-nearly-40-killed-or-injured-in-pakistan-6023#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:10:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33820 Explosion leaves nearly 40 killed or injured in Pakistan
According to Pakistani security officials, at least four people were killed and 33 others injured following an explosion near a police vehicle in Pakistan’s northwest Charsadda district on Tuesday. The officials further added that the incident took place 7:40 a.m. (local time) at Nowshera road of Charsadda, a district located in the country’s northwest Khyber Read the full article...]]>
Explosion leaves nearly 40 killed or injured in Pakistan

According to Pakistani security officials, at least four people were killed and 33 others injured following an explosion near a police vehicle in Pakistan’s northwest Charsadda district on Tuesday.

The officials further added that the incident took place 7:40 a.m. (local time) at Nowshera road of Charsadda, a district located in the country’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Many people including women and children were in the market when the blast happened, the officials added.

Shafiqullah, deputy police officer said the bomb which was fixed in a motorbike was detonated by a remote controlled device.

He said the bomb was detonated when the police vehicle carrying some 13 personnel passed near the motorbike.

No group including the Pakistani Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This comes as at least six people including five policemen were killed and four others injured when unknown gunmen opened fire at police vehicle in Peshawar city on Monday.

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12 Taliban militants killed, 9 others injured in Afghan operations http://www.khaama.com/12-taliban-militants-killed-9-others-injured-in-afghan-operations-6022 http://www.khaama.com/12-taliban-militants-killed-9-others-injured-in-afghan-operations-6022#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:39:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33817 12 Taliban militants killed, 9 others injured in Afghan operations
At least 12 Taliban militants were killed and 9 others were injured during counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan. The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said the operations were conducted by Afghan national police forces in cooperation with the Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives in the past Read the full article...]]>
12 Taliban militants killed, 9 others injured in Afghan operations

At least 12 Taliban militants were killed and 9 others were injured during counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan.

The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said the operations were conducted by Afghan national police forces in cooperation with the Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives in the past 24 hours.

The statement further added that the militants were killed or injured during operations in Kabul, Kunar and Paktika provinces.

Interior ministry also added that Afghan security forces detained 3 militants during the operations and various types of weapons, ammunition and explosives were seized.

Afghan national police forces also discovered and seized 2 improvised explosive device (IEDs) along with 3 rounds of rockets during the operations, the statement added.

Interior ministry said the Taliban militants were looking to carry out terrorist attacks by using the IEDs and rockets in Farah, Kunar and Maidan Wardak provinces.

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Drug smuggler arrested with 854 grams of heroin from Kabul airport http://www.khaama.com/drug-smuggler-arrested-with-854-grams-of-heroin-from-kabul-airport-6021 http://www.khaama.com/drug-smuggler-arrested-with-854-grams-of-heroin-from-kabul-airport-6021#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:59:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33814 Drug smuggler arrested with 854 grams of heroin from Kabul airport
An individual was arrested over drugs smuggling charges from Kabul International Airport on Monday. The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said Tuesday that the arrested individual was an Afghan national who was looking to smuggle 854 grams of heroin outside the country. The statement further added that the smuggler had inserted the heroin Read the full article...]]>
Drug smuggler arrested with 854 grams of heroin from Kabul airport

An individual was arrested over drugs smuggling charges from Kabul International Airport on Monday.

The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said Tuesday that the arrested individual was an Afghan national who was looking to smuggle 854 grams of heroin outside the country.

The statement further added that the smuggler had inserted the heroin filled capsules inside his stomach.

This comes as an Italian citizen was arrested by Afghan security forces on charges of drugs smuggling from Kabul International Airport late in March.

The Italian national was looking to smuggle 1.334 kg of hashish and 24 grams of opium from Kabul International Airport.

Afghanistan has been the greatest illicit opium producer in the entire world and opium production has been on the rise since the US-led invasion in 2001 despite billions have been invested by international community in counter-narcotics projects.

The United Nations office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced in November last year that the opium cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record level.

UNODC officials said over 200,000 hectares of land was planted with the poppy for the first time in Afghanistan, which shows an increase of 36 percent as compared to last year.

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Explosion injures 17 civilians in northern Parwan province http://www.khaama.com/explosion-injures-17-civilians-in-northern-parwan-province-6020 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-injures-17-civilians-in-northern-parwan-province-6020#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:39:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33811 Explosion injures 17 civilians in northern Parwan province
At least seventeen people were injured following an explosion in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan on Tuesday. Local government officials said the incident took place around 10:00 am local time in Charikar city. Provincial security chief, Gen. Khalilullah Zeyayi confirmed that an explosion has taken place in Charikar city on Tuesday; however he did not Read the full article...]]>
Explosion injures 17 civilians in northern Parwan province

At least seventeen people were injured following an explosion in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Local government officials said the incident took place around 10:00 am local time in Charikar city.

Provincial security chief, Gen. Khalilullah Zeyayi confirmed that an explosion has taken place in Charikar city on Tuesday; however he did not disclose further information regarding the incident.

Gen. Zeyayi said the nature of the explosion is not clear so far and an investigation has been launched in this regard.

He also did not provide information regarding the exact number of casualties as a result of the incident.

In the meantime, local health officials confirmed that seventeen people, all civilians were injured following the explosion.

Parwan is among the relatively peaceful provinces in northern Afghanistan however anti-government armed militants are active in a number of its districts.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind today’s incident.

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Yemen On Frontline With Al-Qaeda http://www.khaama.com/yemen-on-frontline-with-al-qaeda-6019 http://www.khaama.com/yemen-on-frontline-with-al-qaeda-6019#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:23:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33806 Yemen On Frontline With Al-Qaeda
By Manish Rai Yemen, a country that neighbours top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group’s most lethal wings. Yemen has been fighting AQAP but the group, which has attacked military targets, tourists and diplomats in the country and taken over territory for Read the full article...]]>
Yemen On Frontline With Al-Qaeda

By Manish Rai

Yemen, a country that neighbours top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group’s most lethal wings. Yemen has been fighting AQAP but the group, which has attacked military targets, tourists and diplomats in the country and taken over territory for long periods, is proving hard to beat so far alone by the Yemeni authorities. Yemen has been in turmoil since mass protests forced long-term leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012. His successor, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has been struggling to restore order. Since al-Qaeda quite openly admitted back in 2012 that its ultimate target in Yemen would be to establish an Islamic Caliphate, a base from which to launch all future attacks against its enemies, the idea that the group could be moving toward such goal does not seem too far-fetched. Yemen remembers only too well how al-Qaeda exploited 2011 power vacuum to seize control over large swathes of land in the southern province of Abyan. As it happens it seems the entire southern Yemeni region is now at risk of a terror take-over. Moreover Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been linked to a number of failed terror plots against the United States, and its leader recently appeared in a rare video in which he vowed to attack Western “crusaders” wherever they are.

In retaliation of these activities an unprecedented US and Yemeni aerial campaign has killed more than 55 Al Qaeda militants in recent days in a bid to thwart attacks by the network’s local affiliate. US drones in a single day killed more than 30 militants when they fired “several missiles” into an AQAP training camp in the rugged Wadi Ghadina region in the southern province of Abyan. The United States has defended the use of drones against Al Qaeda, saying they allow it to target the global terror network without sending soldiers into lawless areas where local authorities have little or no control. It should be know that the United States is the only country operating drones over Yemen, but US officials rarely acknowledge the covert drone programme. The strikes came just days after al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a highly produced propaganda video showing its leader, Nasir al-Wahishi, speaking before hundreds of fighters, including other high-level AQAP targets. The U.S. considers Yemen’s branch of Al Qaeda, also known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to be the most dangerous in the world. The group is blamed for a number of unsuccessful bomb plots aimed at Americans, including an attempt to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner with explosive hidden in the bomber’s underwear and a second plot to send mail bombs hidden in the toner cartridges on planes headed to the U.S.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, has been targeted by U.S. drone attacks in the past, leading to the death of several suspected AQAP figures, including, in 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamist cleric accused of links to the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009 and U.S. cargo planes in 2010. However, civilian casualties in these drone strikes have sparked anger in the country and among human rights groups. President Hadi’s tolerance for U.S. drone strikes in Yemen is a direct consequence of the threat posed to his fragile transitional government by the militant activities of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. For example, in the very same province where Saturday’s drone strike took place, the deputy governor was assassinated earlier this week, allegedly by al Qaeda. Drone strikes remain controversial within Yemen as well as elsewhere, with the Yemeni parliament even voting to ban them. The activities of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula continue to constitute a potent threat to Yemen’s fragile security environment, contextualizing the ongoing US drone strikes. Yemen and Saudi Arabia have been high on al Qaeda’s list of target countries. Al Qaeda also struggled, at first, to establish a full-scale insurgency in Yemen. But prison escapees such as Wuhayshi and Guantanamo returnees such as Rubaish have replenished al Qaeda’s leadership in the Arabian Peninsula and contributed to al Qaeda’s resurgence. Yemen offers al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula the advantages of a weak central government, the authority of which does not extend much beyond the capital city of Sanaa, and a history of jihad. Yemen’s current security situation is fragile and volatile. So it turning into a dream destination for Al-Qaeda.

Yemen has been fighting AQAP but the group, which has attacked every walks of life in the country is proving hard to beat so far. Yemen has been in turmoil since mass protests forced long-term leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012. His successor, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has been struggling to restore order. These recent these drone strikes definitely lower the morale and capability of AQAP. But it has to be understood that only the militaristic approach of the United States won’t serve the purpose. Yemen has the youngest population in the world, with an unemployment rate as high as 40%. A quarter of the Yemeni economy rests on oil which will probably run out by 2017 and much-needed rebalancing plans have been overshadowed by unrest. Half the population still lives below the poverty line. The International Monetary Fund has offered medium term financing deal to Sanaa the issue is that no economic body yet exists to receive and manage the loan. Yemen isn’t a failed state yet, but it’s come close too many times to mention. Where there is chaos, there is blood. In today’s fractured Yemen, a terrorist group could not choose a better place to call its home. But the answer to removing them is not with Hellfire missiles, it is with fixing Yemen.

(Author is freelance columnist for Middle East and Af-Pak region based in New Delhi and Editor of a geo-political website www.viewsaround.com can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

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Coordinated suicide attack plot foiled in capital Kabul http://www.khaama.com/coordinated-suicide-attack-plot-foiled-in-capital-kabul-6018 http://www.khaama.com/coordinated-suicide-attack-plot-foiled-in-capital-kabul-6018#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:56:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33802 Coordinated suicide attack plot foiled in capital Kabul
Afghan national security forces thwarted coordinated suicide attack in capital Kabul, security officials said Tuesday. Gen. Ayub Salangi, deputy interior minister said Afghan security forces arrested a group of three would-be suicide bombers from the 4th police district of Kabul city. Salangi further added that Afghan security forces also confiscated a suicide bombing vest from Read the full article...]]>
Coordinated suicide attack plot foiled in capital Kabul

Afghan national security forces thwarted coordinated suicide attack in capital Kabul, security officials said Tuesday.

Gen. Ayub Salangi, deputy interior minister said Afghan security forces arrested a group of three would-be suicide bombers from the 4th police district of Kabul city.

Salangi further added that Afghan security forces also confiscated a suicide bombing vest from the detained suicide bombers.

He also added that the Afghan security forces discovered various types of weapons and explosives from the militants.

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Afghanistan needs good leadership post 2014 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-needs-good-leadership-post-2014-6017 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-needs-good-leadership-post-2014-6017#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:32:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33799 Afghanistan needs good leadership post 2014
By Huma Naseri Since the fall of Taliban regime in Afghanistan the International community has eagerly worked with Afghan authorities to implement the Liberal Democratic Constitution. The main values of liberal democracy encompass, protecting individual liberties, equality, and rights of minority groups, election competition, free market, and the rule of law. With the help of International Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan needs good leadership post 2014

By Huma Naseri

Since the fall of Taliban regime in Afghanistan the International community has eagerly worked with Afghan authorities to implement the Liberal Democratic Constitution. The main values of liberal democracy encompass, protecting individual liberties, equality, and rights of minority groups, election competition, free market, and the rule of law. With the help of International community, the afghan government has quite well in terms of

Freedom of speech

Measured Growth in the media outlets

Ensuring the Rights of minority groups

Measured with the inclusion of minority in state and nonstarter institution

Election competition

Measured by the Independent candidate and three terms of election

Free market economy has made the market very competitive yet at the same time very monopolist. The rest mentioned values of liberal democracy require more time to be strengthened, but when an agriculturally gifted country such as Afghanistan becomes an importer of the basic food; it means there is something fundamentally and internally wrong. That fundamental problem is in the leadership, where as in discourse related to Afghanistan the ‘phenomenon of leadership has not been give much attention and consideration’. According to John P. Kotter “leadership is dealing with changes by setting a direction, i.e. vision creating, goal setting, value promotion, formulating strategy, mobilizing people, managing change, developing other leaders, strategic problem solving and decision making”

The above definition of leadership brings us to the ultimate point that it is the performance of the leader, which leads to the development of the nation. Subsequent to the topple down of the Taliban Afghanistan had potential prospects to take the country gradually out of economic dependency and war towards a post-conflict developing country,  but due to corrupt leader and bad leadership Afghanistan continued to meander the path of failed and weak state. Thus it is generally acknowledged that the failure of institutions in Afghanistan is due essentially to weak leadership and corrupt leaders.

The two terms democratically elected government was unable to take advantage of all opportunities that Afghanistan had in last 13 years, however on 5 April 2014 Afghanistan had its third term democratic presidential election. The election allows Afghanistan to enter a new area of Post-2014.  Due to the withdrawal of troops   and dramatic drawdown of financial assistant the post 2014 political scenario seems to be gloomier with very less chances of survival in case the upcoming administration turns to be similar to the existing leadership which marked as corrupt and incompetent.

Without a doubt the upcoming administration will be faced with harrowing situation since there is a lot to be done and a lot to be completed. Currently the state is characterized by corruption, poverty, fragile economy, broken infrastructure, rising unemployment, and weak law enforcement. Status-quo demands the upcoming administration to be instrumental in facilitating good governance in the country by implementing great reforms. The hardships in the daily lives of the people were the result of poor leadership and a lot of problems are still arising. The desire for a better life was seen on the day of election when despite all sorts of threats the nation went and casted their votes.  The final result of current election has not been announced yet however, looking at the partial announced result it seems elections might go to the second round.

Soon the choice afghan made on 5th April will determine their destiny and future of their country

Given the above scenario it clear that Afghanistan is in dire need of a good leader. A leader who has clear strategy for turning political visions into reality; who understands the basic problem and can apply their personal attributes and professional skills to solve those problems. Poor leadership will possess a serious threat to the development of all the sectors; Political, Economical, and social that undermines democracy and good governance.

Afghanistan is a case of failed leadership, until the right kind of leadership is emplaced; Afghanistan will continue to move back and forth between long period of instability, confusion, chaos and rampant corruption. Consequently, good leadership will be constructor for 2014 and beyond and bad leadership will be spoiler of every gain made over the last 12 years which cost millions of dollars and countless lives.

Huma Naseri, holds a M.A in International Relations from Germany and writes on regular basis for her blog, online news portals and sometimes BBC Pashtu covering issues related to Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan calls on Iran to stop execution of Afghan nationals http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-calls-on-iran-to-stop-execution-of-afghan-nationals-6016 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-calls-on-iran-to-stop-execution-of-afghan-nationals-6016#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:35:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33796 Afghanistan calls on Iran to stop execution of Afghan nationals
Officials in the ministry of foreign affairs of Afghanistan said Monday that the government of Afghanistan has conveyed its objection and serious concerns regarding the execution of Afghan refugees to the Iranian government. Foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni said that the government of Iran continuous to execute Afghan refugees despite an agreement between the Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan calls on Iran to stop execution of Afghan nationals

Officials in the ministry of foreign affairs of Afghanistan said Monday that the government of Afghanistan has conveyed its objection and serious concerns regarding the execution of Afghan refugees to the Iranian government.

Foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni said that the government of Iran continuous to execute Afghan refugees despite an agreement between the two nations which would prevent the execution of Afghans in Iran.

Mostaghni said the government of Afghanistan has continuously urged Iran not execute Afghans.

He said the government of Iran has agreed to stop the execution of 50 Afghan prisoners based on the agreement reached between the two nations.

According to Mostaghni, around 3000 Afghans are serving in Iranian jails however the exact number of prisoners who are facing death penalty is not known.

This comes as local authorities in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan said at least six Afghan nationals including a number of Takhar residents were hanged in Iran, however Mostaghni said four Afghans were executed.

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Afghan high peace council member shot dead in Logar http://www.khaama.com/afghan-high-peace-council-member-shot-dead-in-logar-3607 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-high-peace-council-member-shot-dead-in-logar-3607#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:24:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33793
Unknown gunmen shot dead a member of the Afghan high peace council in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place in Mohammad Agha district on Monday. Provincial governor spokesman, Din Mohammad Darwish said Ismatullah was a prominent Mujahideen commander and member of the Afghan high peace council in Read the full article...]]>

Unknown gunmen shot dead a member of the Afghan high peace council in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place in Mohammad Agha district on Monday.

Provincial governor spokesman, Din Mohammad Darwish said Ismatullah was a prominent Mujahideen commander and member of the Afghan high peace council in Logar province.

Mr. Darwish said Ismatullah was shot dead by unknown gunmen and two of his bodyguards were injured.

He said Afghan security forces have launched an investigation regarding the incident.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.

Logar is among the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency attacks.

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Ashraf Ghani opposes with the release of partial vote results http://www.khaama.com/ashraf-ghani-opposes-with-the-release-of-partial-vote-results-3606 http://www.khaama.com/ashraf-ghani-opposes-with-the-release-of-partial-vote-results-3606#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:22:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33790 Ashraf Ghani opposes with the release of partial vote results
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, one of the front-runners in Afghan presidential race, opposed with the release of partial vote results by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan. According to Ahmadzai the announcement of partial vote results creates confusion and called on election commission to stop releasing partial results. Ghani said the partial vote results which have Read the full article...]]>
Ashraf Ghani opposes with the release of partial vote results

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, one of the front-runners in Afghan presidential race, opposed with the release of partial vote results by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan.

According to Ahmadzai the announcement of partial vote results creates confusion and called on election commission to stop releasing partial results.

Ghani said the partial vote results which have been released in two phases so far, will change once further votes have been counted.

The election commission of Afghanistan has so far released nearly 50 percent of the vote results which puts Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in the lead by securing 44.4 percent of the vote.

Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chief, Yousuf Nuristani also said Sunday that the election results could change as counting continues and insisted that this is not the final announcement.

Nuristani insisted that the announcement of nearly 50 percent of vote results does not mean that half of the votes all provinces have been counted.

According to Nuristani, votes of 1086 polling stations are suspicious and are being audited and reviewed and votes of 666 polling stations will be recounted.

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Challenges and opportunities ahead of insurance industry in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/challenges-and-opportunities-ahead-of-insurance-industry-in-afghanistan-3605 http://www.khaama.com/challenges-and-opportunities-ahead-of-insurance-industry-in-afghanistan-3605#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:06:42 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33786 Challenges and opportunities ahead of insurance industry in Afghanistan
Afghan entrepreneur and chairman of SMN Investments, Sadat Mansoor Naderi shares the challenges and potential of insurance industry in Afghanistan. Sadat Mansoor Naderi is the first Afghan entrepreneur to win the Peace through Commerce Award from United States Department of Commerce in 2012. Naderi single-handedly created the first private insurance company in Afghanistan in late Read the full article...]]>
Challenges and opportunities ahead of insurance industry in Afghanistan

Afghan entrepreneur and chairman of SMN Investments, Sadat Mansoor Naderi shares the challenges and potential of insurance industry in Afghanistan.

Sadat Mansoor Naderi is the first Afghan entrepreneur to win the Peace through Commerce Award from United States Department of Commerce in 2012.

Naderi single-handedly created the first private insurance company in Afghanistan in late 2007 despite the war-torn country is still facing many challenges and barriers in various sectors and specifically in insurance sector.

“The reason I invested in insurance business is because there was no other insurance company in Afghanistan. There is no doubt Afghanistan deserves to have all the sectors that any other country around the world has so insurance is a must sector. No company or country can survive without insurance sector,” Naderi said.

Naderi said he is optimistic about the future of insurance market in Afghanistan and said there are a lot potential for growth while hinting towards the small percentage of the market captured by the insurance company founded by him.

He said there are huge potentials in the areas of life, health, motor, cargo and mining in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, Naderi said the lack of understanding and capacity within the Afghan government is one of the main challenges the insurance industry is facing in Afghanistan.

“Of course the commissioner is doing their best but due to lack of insurance business in Afghanistan there is a huge lack of understanding, capacity within the government,” Naderi said.

He also added that the commissioner needs to protect the existing insurance company; the commissioner should strictly regulate the market from illegal insurance companies selling insurance in Afghanistan.

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40 Taliban militants killed or injured Afghan operations http://www.khaama.com/40-taliban-militants-killed-or-injured-afghan-operations-3604 http://www.khaama.com/40-taliban-militants-killed-or-injured-afghan-operations-3604#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:32:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33782 40 Taliban militants killed or injured Afghan operations
At least 40 Taliban militants were killed or injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours, interior ministry officials said Monday. According to a statement released by interior ministry, the militants were killed or injured during operations conducted in Samangan, Faryab, Zabul, Uruzgan, Logar and Helmand provinces. The statement Read the full article...]]>
40 Taliban militants killed or injured Afghan operations

At least 40 Taliban militants were killed or injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours, interior ministry officials said Monday.

According to a statement released by interior ministry, the militants were killed or injured during operations conducted in Samangan, Faryab, Zabul, Uruzgan, Logar and Helmand provinces.

The statement further added that the Afghan national police (ANP) forces conducted the operations in cooperation with the Afghan national army (ANA) forces and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

Interior ministry said at least 29 militants were killed, 11 militants were injured and 3 others were detained during the operations.

Afghan security forces also discovered and confiscated various types of weapons, ammunition and explosives during the operations.

The statement by interior ministry also added that the Afghan national police (ANP) forces confiscated 12 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during operations in Kunar, Baghlan, Faryab, Kandahar, Maidan WArdak, Khost and Paktika provinces.

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Australian Coach for Afghanistan National Cricket Academy begins work http://www.khaama.com/australian-coach-for-afghanistan-national-cricket-academy-begins-work-3603 http://www.khaama.com/australian-coach-for-afghanistan-national-cricket-academy-begins-work-3603#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:11:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33779 Australian Coach for Afghanistan National Cricket Academy begins work
Australian coach, Peter Anderson, Afghanistan’s new National Cricket Academy head, began work in Kabul this week. “I am excited to be here in Afghanistan,” Anderson said, surrounded by 200 young aspiring cricketers at the Kabul Cricket Stadium. “I hope I can make a contribution to the quality of cricket here. I will start slowly, watching, Read the full article...]]>
Australian Coach for Afghanistan National Cricket Academy begins work

Australian coach, Peter Anderson, Afghanistan’s new National Cricket Academy head, began work in Kabul this week.

“I am excited to be here in Afghanistan,” Anderson said, surrounded by 200 young aspiring cricketers at the Kabul Cricket Stadium. “I hope I can make a contribution to the quality of cricket here. I will start slowly, watching, listening and learning.”

“We are pleased to be welcoming a person of Peter Anderson’s calibre to head our new Afghanistan Cricket Academy,” Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board said this week, “he brings to us 35 years of cricketing experience both in Australia and internationally. His experience with Papua New Guinea Cricket, a developing cricket country, will fit him well for his work in Afghanistan. As head of the National Cricket Academy we expect that his skills will impact upon a broad range of Afghan cricket from junior and domestic through to the elite level.”

Anderson has been playing and coaching cricket for over 35 years and has been involved with many of cricket’s great players and people. Talking about his career, he says, “I often think how lucky I have been.”

Anderson, however, is often described as one of the unlucky Australian players.

Many people believe Anderson was at least equal to Ian Healy at the time Healy was chosen to play for Australia. Healy made his first-class debut in 1986–87 as a replacement for the injured Peter Anderson who had broken his thumb whilst wicket keeping behind Ian Botham. This gave Ian Healy his chance to go on and play 100 Test matches. In his book, “Hands and Heals”, Ian Healy recognises Peter’s talent and says he learnt more from him than any keeper he played with or against.

In 2000, Healy named Peter to play in his “World XI”. It was one of two teams of cricketing greats which played for Healy’s retirement testimonial match in Brisbane, Australia. Peter was chosen as a wicket keeper amongst some of the biggest cricketing names including Graham Gooch, Desmond Haynes, Kepler Wessels, Andrew Symonds, Viv Richards, Jeff Dujon, Brian McMillan, Richard Hadlee, Abdul Qadir, Adam Dale, Courtney Walsh, Craig McDermott, Merv Hughes, Ian Healy, Mark Taylor, Michael Slater, David Boon, Mark Waugh, Allan Border, Stuart Law, Shane Warne, Andy Bichel and Justin Langer.

Even though his dream of playing for Australia never eventuated, Peter treasures his years in cricket. He describes himself as being “like a big sponge”, soaking up experience which has made him widely recognised as a valuable coach both in Australia and internationally. Despite being unlucky in his own playing career, he has contributed much to the game and to the success of numerous young cricketers who have gone on to international careers.

Peter values the mentoring and coaching he received from some fine coaches including Barry Richards the great South African batsman and John Buchanan the Australian team coach.

He played with many other well-known names: Alan Border, Greg Chappell, Ian Botham, and Viv Richards. As a wicket keeper over the past 35 years, Anderson has stood over the stumps behind Tendulkar, Lara and many other word class batsmen. In Queensland’s Second XI for a number of years, Peter captained Matthew Hayden, Andrew Symonds and Andy Bichel and other young players who were beginning their journey to the Australian National Team and international success.

Looking much younger than his 52 years, Peter continues to put into practice the fitness he expects of his players. He notes proudly: “I was probably the oldest cricketer still playing A Grade cricket in the Queensland region.”

He sees his extensive experience in the game and his wicket keeping as being an important part of his ability as a coach. “I feel very in touch with the players and the game which helps your cricket knowledge,” he says, “Also I believe the wicket keeper role puts you in the best position to help players in all facets of the game. You get to be involved with pace bowlers and spinners in helping them. So being a keeper you get the best seat in the house to learn about the game.”

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Four senior militant commanders killed in Kandahar province http://www.khaama.com/four-senior-militant-commanders-killed-in-kandahar-province-3602 http://www.khaama.com/four-senior-militant-commanders-killed-in-kandahar-province-3602#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:46:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33776 Four senior militant commanders killed in Kandahar province
Four senior anti-government armed militant commanders were killed in the past 24 hours in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan. Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the defense of Afghanistan said at least four militants were also arrested during the operations. Azimi said Afghan national army soldiers discovered and seized various types of weapons and explosives including Read the full article...]]>
Four senior militant commanders killed in Kandahar province

Four senior anti-government armed militant commanders were killed in the past 24 hours in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the defense of Afghanistan said at least four militants were also arrested during the operations.

Azimi said Afghan national army soldiers discovered and seized various types of weapons and explosives including 37 improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

He said an Afghan national army soldier was also martyred following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion; however he did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident.

In the meantime, Azimi confirmed that the Taliban shadow governor Abdul Wasi was killed during an operation conducted by Afghan national army soldiers in southern Kandahar province.

Kandahar is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban militants are actively operating in a number of its districts and frequently carry out insurgency attacks.

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335 NATO bases transferred to Afghan security forces http://www.khaama.com/335-nato-bases-transferred-to-afghan-security-forces-6015 http://www.khaama.com/335-nato-bases-transferred-to-afghan-security-forces-6015#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:57:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33772 335 NATO bases transferred to Afghan security forces
At least 335 various types of NATO military bases and facilities in Afghanistan have been transferred to Afghan forces. Amin Habibi, head of the transition committee for the transfer of NATO bases to Afghan security forces said Sunday while presenting the committee’s report to the National Security Council (NSC) meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai. Read the full article...]]>
335 NATO bases transferred to Afghan security forces

At least 335 various types of NATO military bases and facilities in Afghanistan have been transferred to Afghan forces.

Amin Habibi, head of the transition committee for the transfer of NATO bases to Afghan security forces said Sunday while presenting the committee’s report to the National Security Council (NSC) meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai.

Habibi said Afghanistan has taken over 335 various types of bases and facilities from the NATO forces since the formation of the committee.

The National Security Council (NSC) meeting decided to increase the administrative formation of the Afghan national army and Afghan national police in a bid to maintain the military bases.

Afghan national security advisor also instructed the committee to review the possible use of other military bases for economic enhancement purposes through private sector.

The transfer of the military bases and facilities are part of the NATO forces withdrawal from Afghanistan as coalition forces are winding down over a decade old combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of this year.

U.S. and NATO forces will have limited presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 to train and advise Afghan security forces once the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington is signed which will pave the way for the signing of a similar pact between NATO and Afghan government to give a legal framework for the implementation of train and advise mission after 2014.

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Afghan election commission releases 49.67 percent of vote results http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-commission-releases-49-67-percent-of-vote-results-6014 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-commission-releases-49-67-percent-of-vote-results-6014#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:29:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33765 Afghan election commission releases 49.67 percent of vote results
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) announced the second partial vote results on Sunday evening. IEC announced 49.67 percent of the votes counted so far which is equivalent to 3,456,910 votes that puts Dr. Abdullah Abdullah once again in the lead. Abdullah secured 44.4 percent of the votes while Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai secured 33.2 Read the full article...]]>
Afghan election commission releases 49.67 percent of vote results

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) announced the second partial vote results on Sunday evening.

IEC announced 49.67 percent of the votes counted so far which is equivalent to 3,456,910 votes that puts Dr. Abdullah Abdullah once again in the lead.

Abdullah secured 44.4 percent of the votes while Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai secured 33.2 percent of votes and Zalmai Rassoul 10.4 percent of the votes.

Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf secured 7.6 percent of the votes while Qotbuddin Helal secured 2.7 percent, Gul Agha Sherzoi 1.6 percent, Daud Sultanzoi 0.5 percent and Hedayat Amin Arsalan 0.2 percent of the votes.

Nuristani said the election results could change as counting continues and insisted that this is not the final announcement.

He insisted that the announcement of nearly 50 percent of vote results does not mean that half of the votes all provinces have been counted.

Nuristani said in a number of provinces over 50 percent of the votes have been counted while in it is different in a number of other provinces where below 50 percent of the votes have been counted so far.

He also added that votes of 1086 polling stations are suspicious and are being audited and reviewed and votes of 666 polling stations will be recounted.

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Afghan provincial council candidate killed in Quetta city of Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/afghan-provincial-council-candidate-killed-in-quetta-city-of-pakistan-3601 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-provincial-council-candidate-killed-in-quetta-city-of-pakistan-3601#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:20:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33762 Afghan provincial council candidate killed in Quetta city of Pakistan
According to local authorities in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, unknown gunmen have shot dead a provincial council candidate in Quetta city of Pakistan. Provincial governor spokesman, Dawa Khan Meenapal said the provincial council candidate Shah Mahmood Jalali was assassinated on Saturday. Meenapal said the dead body of Mr. Jalali was taken to Mirwais hospital Read the full article...]]>
Afghan provincial council candidate killed in Quetta city of Pakistan

According to local authorities in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, unknown gunmen have shot dead a provincial council candidate in Quetta city of Pakistan.

Provincial governor spokesman, Dawa Khan Meenapal said the provincial council candidate Shah Mahmood Jalali was assassinated on Saturday.

Meenapal said the dead body of Mr. Jalali was taken to Mirwais hospital in Kandahar on Saturday night.

He said it was still unclear why Mr. Jalali had visited the Quetta city of Pakistan.

This was the second provincial council candidate assassinated by anti-government armed militants.

Another provincial council candidate Hussain Nazari was earlier this month after he was abducted by anti-government armed militants in northern Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan.

Nazari was contesting for provincial council seat from Balkhab district.

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2 Afghan soldiers, 18 militants killed in various incidents http://www.khaama.com/2-afghan-soldiers-18-militants-killed-in-various-incidents-3600 http://www.khaama.com/2-afghan-soldiers-18-militants-killed-in-various-incidents-3600#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:12:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33759 2 Afghan soldiers, 18 militants killed in various incidents
At least two service members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed during the past 24 hours, defense officials said Sunday. Gen. Zahir Azimi confirmed that two Afghan soldiers were killed however he did not disclose further information regarding the exact location where the two Afghan troops were martyred. Azimi further added that 18 Read the full article...]]>
2 Afghan soldiers, 18 militants killed in various incidents

At least two service members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed during the past 24 hours, defense officials said Sunday.

Gen. Zahir Azimi confirmed that two Afghan soldiers were killed however he did not disclose further information regarding the exact location where the two Afghan troops were martyred.

Azimi further added that 18 anti-government armed militants were killed and 8 others were injured in the past 24 hours.

He said at least two anti-government armed militants were also arrested along with weapons and explosives during the operations.

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers also discovered and seized 16 improvised explosive devices (IED) during the operations, Azimi added.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

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Road accident leaves 42 dead, 17 others injured in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/road-accident-leaves-42-dead-17-others-injured-in-pakistan-3599 http://www.khaama.com/road-accident-leaves-42-dead-17-others-injured-in-pakistan-3599#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:29:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33754 Road accident leaves 42 dead, 17 others injured in Pakistan
According to Pakistani security officials, at least 42 people were killed and 17 others were injured following a deadly traffic incident on Sunday. The officials further added that the incident took place in southern Pakistan after a bus travelling to Karachi collided with a tractor pulling a trolley. A senior police officer in Sukkur, Fida Read the full article...]]>
Road accident leaves 42 dead, 17 others injured in Pakistan

According to Pakistani security officials, at least 42 people were killed and 17 others were injured following a deadly traffic incident on Sunday.

The officials further added that the incident took place in southern Pakistan after a bus travelling to Karachi collided with a tractor pulling a trolley.

A senior police officer in Sukkur, Fida Hussain Shah said a number of women and children were also among those killed or injured following the incident.

Mr. Shah further added that the accident happened in the town of Sukkur, 425 kilometres (266 miles) north of Karachi in the southern province of Sindh.

He said the bus driver was killed on the spot while the driver of the tractor-trolley was wounded.

Another senior police official, Sharjeel Khan told AFP the injured have been taken to a nearby government-run hospital.

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15 Taliban militants killed, 10 others detained during Afghan operations http://www.khaama.com/15-taliban-militants-killed-10-others-detained-during-afghan-operations-3598 http://www.khaama.com/15-taliban-militants-killed-10-others-detained-during-afghan-operations-3598#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:05:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33750 15 Taliban militants killed, 10 others detained during Afghan operations
At least 15 Taliban militants were killed during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours, interior ministry said Sunday. The operations were conducted by Afghan national police in cooperation with the Afghan national army forces and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives. Interior ministry following a statement Read the full article...]]>
15 Taliban militants killed, 10 others detained during Afghan operations

At least 15 Taliban militants were killed during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours, interior ministry said Sunday.

The operations were conducted by Afghan national police in cooperation with the Afghan national army forces and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives.

Interior ministry following a statement said at least 1 militant was also injured and 10 others were arrested during the operations conducted in Kunduz, Faryab, Parwan, Balkh, Kandahar, Zabul, Logar, Farah and Helmand provinces.

The statement further added that the Afghan national security forces confiscated various types of weapons and explosives during the operations.

Afghan national police forces also discovered and seized 9 improvised explosive device (IED) along with 5 artillery rounds during operations in Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province, the statement by interior ministry added.

Interior ministry said the anti-government armed militants were looking launch terrorist attacks by using the IEDs and artillery rounds.

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Taliban shadow governor killed in Kandhar province http://www.khaama.com/taliban-shadow-governor-killed-in-kandhar-province-3597 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-shadow-governor-killed-in-kandhar-province-3597#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:10:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33746 Taliban shadow governor killed in Kandhar province
The shadow governor of Taliban group in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan was killed following an ambush by Afghan security forces. According to local authorities in Kandahar province, at least three Taliban militants were also killed following the ambush. Provincial governor spokesman, Dawa Khan Meenapal said Dr. Wasi was recently deployed to Kandahar province to Read the full article...]]>
Taliban shadow governor killed in Kandhar province

The shadow governor of Taliban group in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan was killed following an ambush by Afghan security forces.

According to local authorities in Kandahar province, at least three Taliban militants were also killed following the ambush.

Provincial governor spokesman, Dawa Khan Meenapal said Dr. Wasi was recently deployed to Kandahar province to disrupt the presidential and provincial council elections.

 Kandahar is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where Taliban militants are actively operating in a number of districts and frequently carry out insurgency attacks.

Taliban militants stepped up their efforts to disrupt the elections in Kandahar province, however the militants failed to carry out any major attack across the country including southern Kandahar province.

According to Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) at least 86 anti-government armed militants who were looking to disrupt the elections in Kandahar were arrested by Afghan security forces.

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Explosion injure Seven government employees in Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/explosion-heard-in-capital-kabul-3596 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-heard-in-capital-kabul-3596#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:58:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33739 Explosion injure Seven government employees in Kabul city
An explosion took place in the 8th district of Kabul city early Sunday morning, leaving at least seven government employees injured. Kabul police spokesman, Hashmatullah Stanekzai said the incident took place after a magnetic bomb planted under the vehicle of agriculture ministry employees went off. Stanekzai confirmed that a number of agriculture ministry employees were injured Read the full article...]]>
Explosion injure Seven government employees in Kabul city

An explosion took place in the 8th district of Kabul city early Sunday morning, leaving at least seven government employees injured.

Kabul police spokesman, Hashmatullah Stanekzai said the incident took place after a magnetic bomb planted under the vehicle of agriculture ministry employees went off.

Stanekzai confirmed that a number of agriculture ministry employees were injured following the explosion however he did not disclose the exact number.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

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Taliban leader among 5 rebels killed in Ghazni mosque explosion http://www.khaama.com/taliban-leader-among-5-rebels-killed-in-ghazni-mosque-explosion-6013 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-leader-among-5-rebels-killed-in-ghazni-mosque-explosion-6013#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:16:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33736 Taliban leader among 5 rebels killed in Ghazni mosque explosion
A local Taliban commander was among five militants killed following an explosion inside a mosque in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. Local government officials said the militants were killed while they were making an improvised explosive device (IED) to carry out a roadside bomb explosion. Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the incident took Read the full article...]]>
Taliban leader among 5 rebels killed in Ghazni mosque explosion

A local Taliban commander was among five militants killed following an explosion inside a mosque in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

Local government officials said the militants were killed while they were making an improvised explosive device (IED) to carry out a roadside bomb explosion.

Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the incident took place on Saturday morning in western party of Ghazni city.

Ahmadi further added that the Taliban commander was recognized as Mullah Sadiq who was killed along with four other militants following the explosion.

The Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) to target Afghan and coalition security forces.

This is not the first time that the anti-government armed militants are using mosque to prepare improvised explosive device (IED).

At least seven militants were killed while making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) inside a mosque in Deh Yak district late in March.

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Second partial Afghan vote results to be announced on Sunday http://www.khaama.com/second-partial-afghan-vote-results-to-be-announced-on-sunday-6012 http://www.khaama.com/second-partial-afghan-vote-results-to-be-announced-on-sunday-6012#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:54:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33733 Second partial Afghan vote results to be announced on Sunday
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) is due to announce the second partial vote results on Sunday. According to reports by IEC, results of 5,972 polling centers have been received from all provinces and are currently being process. More than three quarters (77.55%) of tamper‐evident bags have been cleared at intake, with results now Read the full article...]]>
Second partial Afghan vote results to be announced on Sunday

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) is due to announce the second partial vote results on Sunday.

According to reports by IEC, results of 5,972 polling centers have been received from all provinces and are currently being process.

More than three quarters (77.55%) of tamper‐evident bags have been cleared at intake, with results now in stages of recording and tallying; and the majority of those remaining are expected to be cleared by Sunday, IEC said following a statement.

The statement further added that seventy percent (70.71%) of results have been prepared, scanned and archived. Nonetheless, based on audit and recount criteria, they may still be subject to further verification. Field audits and/or recounts of results at have been conducted at polling stations, each day since 13 April, and substantive progress has been made.

IEC Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ziaulhaq Amarkhil explains that, “We have established a number of mechanisms to detect and address fraud; and we will use every available means to protect the votes of Afghans from those who wish to undermine the electoral process.”

It is important to mention that audits and recounts are conducted by a joint team, managed by the relevant Independent Election Commission (IEC) provincial office, and according to an IEC‐developed list of criteria.

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced the first partial vote results last Sunday which consisted of 10 percent votes from 26 provinces.

IEC Chief, Yousuf Nuristani announced the first partial results which put Dr. Abdullah in the lead by securing 41.9% of votes, Ashraf Ghani second by securing 37.5% and Zalmai Rassoul third by securing 9.8% of the votes.

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Iran hangs six Afghans over drugs smuggling charges http://www.khaama.com/iran-hangs-six-afghans-over-drugs-smuggling-charges-3595 http://www.khaama.com/iran-hangs-six-afghans-over-drugs-smuggling-charges-3595#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33729 Iran hangs six Afghans over drugs smuggling charges
Iran has executed at least six Afghans over drugs smuggle charges, local authorities in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan said. Provincial governor spokesman, Sunatullah Temori confirmed that six Afghan nationals were executed in Iran. Mr. Temori further added that the families of deceased individuals have confirmed that the Iranian authorities have informed them regarding the Read the full article...]]>
Iran hangs six Afghans over drugs smuggling charges

Iran has executed at least six Afghans over drugs smuggle charges, local authorities in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan said.

Provincial governor spokesman, Sunatullah Temori confirmed that six Afghan nationals were executed in Iran.

Mr. Temori further added that the families of deceased individuals have confirmed that the Iranian authorities have informed them regarding the execution of their relatives.

He said the dead bodies of the executed individuals have not been taken to Afghanistan so far and they will likely be buried in Iran.

According to Temori, further executions are expected as Iranian authorities are reviewing the cases of several Afghans detained in Iran.

The executed individuals were between 20 to 26 year old and four of them were residents of Kalafgan district while the identities of the two others are still unclear, local officials said.

The Iranian officials have not commented regarding the report so far.

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7 militants arrested along with a suicide bombing vest in Jawzjan http://www.khaama.com/7-militants-arrested-along-with-a-suicide-bombing-vest-in-jawzjan-3594 http://www.khaama.com/7-militants-arrested-along-with-a-suicide-bombing-vest-in-jawzjan-3594#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:22:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33726 7 militants arrested along with a suicide bombing vest in Jawzjan
At least seven suspected militants were arrested along with a suicide bombing vest in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan. Deputy interior minister Gen. Ayub Salangi said the suspects were arrested in Shebarghan city. Jawzjan is among the relatively peaceful provinces in northern Afghanistan; however the anti-government armed militant groups are struggling to increase insurgency activities Read the full article...]]>
7 militants arrested along with a suicide bombing vest in Jawzjan

At least seven suspected militants were arrested along with a suicide bombing vest in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

Deputy interior minister Gen. Ayub Salangi said the suspects were arrested in Shebarghan city.

Jawzjan is among the relatively peaceful provinces in northern Afghanistan; however the anti-government armed militant groups are struggling to increase insurgency activities by coordinating terrorist attacks in this province.

The Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) also foiled a suicide car bombing plot in Jawzjan province late in March.

Anti-government armed militant groups were looking to target the elections campaign in Shebarghan city.

In the meantime, defense ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi said at least four militants were killed and six others were injured following military operations by Afghan national army soldiers.

Azimi said at least four militants were also arrested and 55 improvised explosive device (IED) were seized during the operations in the past 24 hours.

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Top Indian army officers meet to discuss Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/top-indian-army-officers-meet-to-discuss-afghanistan-3593 http://www.khaama.com/top-indian-army-officers-meet-to-discuss-afghanistan-3593#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:27:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33723 Top Indian army officers meet to discuss Afghanistan
The top Indian army officers are due to meet on Monday to discuss the impact of coalition forces withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of the year. India’s outgoing Army Chief General Bikram Singh will meet his top commanders during Army Commanders conference to discuss possible measures to counter threat arising from Afghanistan. An Indian Read the full article...]]>
Top Indian army officers meet to discuss Afghanistan

The top Indian army officers are due to meet on Monday to discuss the impact of coalition forces withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

India’s outgoing Army Chief General Bikram Singh will meet his top commanders during Army Commanders conference to discuss possible measures to counter threat arising from Afghanistan.

An Indian army officer quoted by India’s DNA newspaper said, “Various operational and strategic issues will be discussed during the five-day-long conference. Developments in neighboring countries especially Afghanistan will also be part of the discussion.”

India is one of the major donors to the reconstruction of Afghanistan after the Taliban regime was toppled following a US-led invasion in 2001.

Indian army is also providing training to Afghanistan National Army (ANA) and is  targeting to train about 1100 Afghan troops by the end of 2014.

New Delhi has also reached to an agreement with Moscow to finance the supply of Russian arms including artillery guns, air support in the form of choppers and armoured vehicles to Afghan national security forces.

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UAE lifts restrictions on Taliban peace negotiator Agha Jan Mutasim http://www.khaama.com/uae-lifts-restrictions-on-taliban-peace-negotiator-agha-jan-mutasim-6011 http://www.khaama.com/uae-lifts-restrictions-on-taliban-peace-negotiator-agha-jan-mutasim-6011#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:18:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33720 UAE lifts restrictions on Taliban peace negotiator Agha Jan Mutasim
The Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) officials have confirmed that United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted restrictions on former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim. Deputy High Peace Council (HPC) Chief, Qazi Mohammad Amin Waqad said UAE officials have lifted restrictions on Agha Jan Mutasim and he is now free. Mr. Waqad further added that Mutasim Read the full article...]]>
UAE lifts restrictions on Taliban peace negotiator Agha Jan Mutasim

The Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) officials have confirmed that United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted restrictions on former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim.

Deputy High Peace Council (HPC) Chief, Qazi Mohammad Amin Waqad said UAE officials have lifted restrictions on Agha Jan Mutasim and he is now free.

Mr. Waqad further added that Mutasim was under home confinement in Dubai and his phone was also deactivated.

He said President Hamid Karzai had personally called the UAE officials for the freedom of Agha Jan Mutasim, who was likely held due to some problems in his passport.

Waqad said the Afghan High Peace Council is in contact with the former Taliban leader.

Agha Jan Mutasim was the finance minister during the Taliban regime and was the political head of Taliban’s Quetta Council after the regime was ousted following the US-led invasion in 2001.

Mutasim survived an assassination attempt in Karachi city of Pakistan in August 2011.

He met with the senior members of the Afghan high peace council (HPC) in Dubai last month and was due to meet with the Afghan peace delegation in the near future in UAE.

Mutasim had agreed to hold more talks to push the peace process and to break more Taliban leaders from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

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Child Marriage and Domestic Violence A curse For Afghan Society http://www.khaama.com/child-marriage-and-domestic-violence-a-curse-for-afghan-society-6010 http://www.khaama.com/child-marriage-and-domestic-violence-a-curse-for-afghan-society-6010#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:56:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33714 Child Marriage and Domestic Violence A curse For Afghan Society
By Dr Florance Ebrahimi The rights of women and girls, including freedom from child marriage and domestic violence, have generated emotionally charged debates in Afghanistan over the past decade. Such debates often focus on personal opinions and experiences, or on the varied interpretations of religious teachings on marriage. But not much has been achieved on Read the full article...]]>
Child Marriage and Domestic Violence A curse For Afghan Society

By Dr Florance Ebrahimi

The rights of women and girls, including freedom from child marriage and domestic violence, have generated emotionally charged debates in Afghanistan over the past decade. Such debates often focus on personal opinions and experiences, or on the varied interpretations of religious teachings on marriage. But not much has been achieved on the ground regarding these issues. Child marriages still remain common phenomena in Afghan society. According to the recent Afghan Ministry of Public Health’s Mortality Survey, conducted in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan including a nationally representative sample of 24,032 households, 53% of all women in the 25-49 age group were married by age 18, and 21% of the women were married by age 15. A 2012 global study by the United Nations Population Fund put Afghanistan among 41 countries in the world that reported 30% or more of its women in the 20-24 age group married by age 18. Child marriages expose girls to early pregnancy and childbirth, which entail significant risk of damaging health consequences for girls and their children. Afghanistan has one of the highest levels of maternal deaths in the world. The World Health Organization and other UN agencies estimate that at 460 pregnancy-related deaths for every 100,000 births Afghanistan has the second highest level of maternal deaths outside sub- Saharan Africa. The recent Afghanistan Mortality Survey found that of every five Afghan women who died in their reproductive years, two deaths were pregnancy-related. One Afghan woman will die every two hours from pregnancy-related causes and one in every 50 Afghan women will die because of pregnancy. The study also found that adolescent pregnancy and motherhood pose serious health concerns.

Afghanistan’s minimum age of marriage for girls is 16, or 15 with the permission of the girl’s father or a judge, well below the internationally recommended standard of 18. A number of countries with large Muslim populations, including some in Afghanistan’s region, have taken steps to set a minimum age of marriage of at least 18, with some allowing exceptions in narrow circumstances. These include Bangladesh, India, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Oman, Algeria, and the United Arab Emirates. Several Muslim countries had even done so before UN bodies had called for an 18 minimum age for marriage. Afghanistan is a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which in 2008 adopted the Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women. The Plan of Action stresses the importance of special legislation to ensure effective participation by women in all fields of life. It calls for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, including preventing early and forced marriages by all possible means. And it recognizes that early and forced marriages are an impediment to improving the health, education, political participation, social justice, and well-being of women. It’s a proven fact that the risk of domestic violence is particularly heightened in cases of child marriage. The case of Sahar Gul, an Afghan girl forcibly married in 2011 at age 13 or 14, received global attention when her in-laws were convicted for beating and torturing her after she resisted being forced into prostitution. The case returned to the news when a court threw out their 10-year sentence after just one year. Child marriage and domestic violence are related phenomena.

In Afghanistan, the threat of prosecution for the “moral crimes” of zina (sex outside of marriage) or running away pose a barrier to those seeking help for forced marriages and domestic violence. When women and girls try to leave abusive relationships or run away to escape forced marriage, their parents, brothers, fiancés, and husbands frequently accuse them of zina or running away. Male family members, knowing that their own behaviour will not be subject to legal scrutiny, can easily use such accusations as a weapon. They can accuse a woman of zina or running away, and have her arrested by authorities willing to accept the allegations at face value. Afghan judges, prosecutors, and police continue to treat running away as a crime, despite the absence of this offense in Afghan statutory law, sometimes charging it as “attempted zina.” A number of studies outside Afghanistan have also shown a direct relationship between the age of marriage and domestic violence. For instance, according to the World Health Organization, women and girls especially those aged 15 to 19 years are at higher risk of physical or sexual violence by their partners.

Child marriage and domestic violence threaten the health and rights of Afghan girls and women, and puts their children’s lives at risk. So integrated efforts are required from all the sections of the society to tackle this issue. Number of steps can be taken like – Reinforce and expand efforts to implement the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW law), including protections against child marriage and domestic violence. Develop new initiatives to improve recruitment and retention of female police officers, and ensure that all police Family Response Units are staffed by female police officers. Set the minimum age for marriage at 18 for both girls and boys. Launch a country-wide awareness campaign about the negative impacts of child marriage including information about the risk of maternal death, fistula, and infant death or poor health. Revise Afghanistan’s zina laws to harmonize them with Afghanistan’s international legal obligations, and clarify through an administrative decree that running away should not be treated as a crime under Afghan law. Until Afghan law is reformed, impose an immediate moratorium on prosecutions for moral crimes.

(Author is a Doctor and currently practices in Sydney, Australia. She belongs from Kabul Afghanistan can be contacted at: drfloafghan@gmail.com)

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Educating Afghan army officers http://www.khaama.com/educating-afghan-army-officers-6009 http://www.khaama.com/educating-afghan-army-officers-6009#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:27:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33711 Educating Afghan army officers
Jack Somerville – NATOChannel The Afghan National Defence University, modelled on the United States Military Academy at West Point, provides an entry point to the Afghan National Army for hundreds of aspiring military leaders while offering them a broad education. Major General Jalander Shah Behnam, Commander of the Afghan National Defence University discusses the purpose Read the full article...]]>
Educating Afghan army officers

Jack Somerville – NATOChannel

The Afghan National Defence University, modelled on the United States Military Academy at West Point, provides an entry point to the Afghan National Army for hundreds of aspiring military leaders while offering them a broad education.

Major General Jalander Shah Behnam, Commander of the Afghan National Defence University discusses the purpose of this educational establishment, which is made up of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan (NMAA), the Afghan National Army Officers’ Academy (ANAOA) and the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy. Short interviews with a teacher and two cadets are also available. Covering footage shows the university.

There is and old Afghan saying, ‘a strong river is made drop by drop’.   And that is precisely what is happening at the Afghan National Defence University near Lake Qargha on the western outskirts of Kabul.

The university, modelled on America’s West Point, provides an entry point to the Afghan National Army for hundreds of aspiring military leaders.

Jalandar Shar Behnam, Major General, Afghan National Army said, “The main purpose of this university is to provide quality education for Afghan National Army officers. It was established to standardize the training and education for the army.”

He said, “The army is progressing and its development depends on its officers’ training. “

The rigorous four-year course teaches cadets a broad range of academic and military skills to prepare the cadets for their army careers.

Obaidullah Ghafari, First Lieutenant, Afghan National Army said, “During their first year they will study all general subjects, maths, physics, chemistry, all these things. When they pass and they go to sophomore, they will select their civilian profession: civil engineering, computer science, English, law and all of these things. When they finish the third year they go to the senior year, they will choose their major of military: infantry, tanks, logistics, intelligence… all of those things. So it is a model of West Point academy.”

Upon successful graduation, the cadets will go on to join their fellow officers in the field.

“Joining the Afghan National Army, wearing the uniform, carrying its weapons and handling its equipment come with great responsibility and great risks ahead,” Major General Jalandar Shar Behnam said.

And for the soldiers themselves, the training is invaluable.

“The army needs educated people. It’s not like that that we take some soldiers who don’t know anything. We need officers that are building for the army. And step by step our army improves and often become educated people,”  said Abas Rezahi, Civil Engineering student, Afghan National Army.

Obaidullah Ghafari, First Lieutenant, Afghan National Army said,  “Right now, we have to build this country and this country needs people like us.”

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Taliban prisoners break out of jail in northern Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/taliban-prisoners-break-out-of-jail-in-northern-afghanistan-6008 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-prisoners-break-out-of-jail-in-northern-afghanistan-6008#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:17:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33708 Taliban prisoners break out of jail in northern Afghanistan
At least three Taliban militants escaped from a prison in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan on Thursday night after clashing with the jail guards. According to local government officials, the Taliban prisoners used weapons smuggled into the detention facility to fight with the policemen. Provincial governor spokesman, Ahmad Jawad Dedar said at least three policemen Read the full article...]]>
Taliban prisoners break out of jail in northern Afghanistan

At least three Taliban militants escaped from a prison in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan on Thursday night after clashing with the jail guards.

According to local government officials, the Taliban prisoners used weapons smuggled into the detention facility to fight with the policemen.

Provincial governor spokesman, Ahmad Jawad Dedar said at least three policemen were killed along with a Taliban prisoner during the clashes.

Mr. Dedar further added the Taliban militants who escapred from the prison last night, are low-level Taliban operatives who were jailed for planting improvised explosive device (IED).

He said the militants launched the attack using hand grenades and started shooting policemen with the pistol which was smuggled inside the jail.

Dedar also added that an investigation has been launched regarding the smuggle of weapons and explosives inside the facility.

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Afghanistan’s venom doctor http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-venom-doctor-6007 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-venom-doctor-6007#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:54:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33696 Afghanistan’s venom doctor
Joe Sheffer – NATOChannel With patients travelling hundreds of miles to see him, and with thousands of satisfied customers, Dr Shirzad claims to be one of Afghanistan’s most successful medical practitioners. But not everything is as it seems in Parwan Province, as Dr Shirzad is the one and only venom doctor. NATOChannel visits the surgery Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan’s venom doctor

Joe Sheffer – NATOChannel

With patients travelling hundreds of miles to see him, and with thousands of satisfied customers, Dr Shirzad claims to be one of Afghanistan’s most successful medical practitioners. But not everything is as it seems in Parwan Province, as Dr Shirzad is the one and only venom doctor.

NATOChannel visits the surgery of Dr Mohammad Shirzad who is a doctor offering alternative treatment for skin diseases like vitiligo and epilepsy in Parwan, Afghanistan.

The doctor, who claims thousands of satisfied patients, uses the venom which he extracts from scorpions and snakes in his medicines. The doctor and his family have been working as alternative medical practitioners for over 215 years, despite their lack of formal medical training. The story follows Dr Shirzad as he diagnoses a patient and also prepares a fresh batch of medicine, using freshly harvested scorpion venom.

They come seeking treatment for skin vitiligo and epilepsy; conditions that are often incurable by even the world’s most advanced medics.

But Dr Shirzad is no conventional doctor as his medicine contains a surprising ingredient: the venom of scorpions and snakes.  His techniques might seem strange, but Dr Shirzad is far from being a beginner in this business.

The patient with her burqa revealing her face clearly has vitiligo on her forehead. Nineteen years ago she got this disease from an egg.

“We have 215 years of experience in Parwan, my father, grandfather and great-grandfather, going back seven generations,” Dr. Shirzad said.

And while the self-styled venom doctor might be written off as a quack, the doctor isn’t short of admirers, boasting hundreds of returning patients from all around the world for his unique treatments.

Dr. Shirzad said, “I have patients from more than 41 countries, [pause] Germany, England, France, India, Dubai, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan.”

The doctor even has a certificate of appreciation from an ISAF base commander for his work on disposing of venomous pests on Bagram Airfield. He also isn’t shy in sharing the recipes he cooks up his treatments with.

Dr. Shirzad extracts venom from scorpion in his lab by using a syrine to extract the venom from the tail of the invertebrate. He says it takes five or six minutes to make his medicine to mix the poison with certain medicine powders.

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India to finance Russian arms supply to Afghan security forces http://www.khaama.com/india-to-finance-russian-arms-supply-to-afghan-security-forces-6006 http://www.khaama.com/india-to-finance-russian-arms-supply-to-afghan-security-forces-6006#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:17:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33698 India to finance Russian arms supply to Afghan security forces
According to reports, New Delhi has reached to an agreement with Russia to finance the supply of Russian arms to Afghan national security forces. The deal was reportedly firmed up during a meeting between the Indian and Russian officials in February and the first order of the equipments is already being executed. The Indian financing Read the full article...]]>
India to finance Russian arms supply to Afghan security forces

According to reports, New Delhi has reached to an agreement with Russia to finance the supply of Russian arms to Afghan national security forces.

The deal was reportedly firmed up during a meeting between the Indian and Russian officials in February and the first order of the equipments is already being executed.

The Indian financing will largely focus on artillery guns, air support in the form of choppers and even armoured vehicles, including tanks, according to a report by Indian Express.

The list of equipments could also include non-lethal items and some old Russian-made equipment lying in Afghanistan could also be refitted under the arrangement.

India is also considering to provide more seats for the training of Afghan army officers in India.

As part of its efforts to aid Afghanistan’s economy, India has held preliminary conversations with China on jointly improving the connectivity infrastructure in Afghanistan’s mining belt so that the resources can be better exploited.

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Former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim has been held in UAE http://www.khaama.com/former-taliban-leader-agha-jan-mutasim-has-been-held-in-uae-6005 http://www.khaama.com/former-taliban-leader-agha-jan-mutasim-has-been-held-in-uae-6005#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:32:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33693 Former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim has been held in UAE
The Afghan High Council has confirmed that the former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim has been held in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Agha Jan Mutasim has been missing in United Arab Emirates during the past several days. He was a senior Taliban leader and was supporting the Afghan peace process with the Taliban group. Afghan Read the full article...]]>
Former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim has been held in UAE

The Afghan High Council has confirmed that the former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim has been held in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Agha Jan Mutasim has been missing in United Arab Emirates during the past several days. He was a senior Taliban leader and was supporting the Afghan peace process with the Taliban group.

Afghan High Peace Council following a statement said the detention of Agha Jan Mutasim clarifies that certain elements in the region are disrupting the Afghan peace talks.

The statement further added that those individuals, who are struggling to resume Afghan peace process, have been victimized.

The High Peace Council insisted that Afghan peace talks should take place inside Afghanistan and negotiations have taken place with the UAE officials to end limitations and resolve the issue of Agha Jan Mutasim.

Agha Jan Mutasim met with the senior members of the Afghan high peace council (HPC) in Dubai last month and was due to meet with the Afghan peace delegation in the near future in UAE.

Mutasim had agreed to hold more talks to push the peace process and to break more Taliban leaders from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

The initiative by Agha Jan Mutasim to hold talks between the Afghan government and Taliban militants had annoyed the Taliban group.

Another senior Taliban leader Mullah Raqeeb was also killed by unknown gunmen in Peshawar city of Pakistan, a day after he attended the talks in Dubai.

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Nearly 300 Laghman residents rise up against Taliban militants http://www.khaama.com/nearly-300-laghman-residents-rise-up-against-taliban-militants-6004 http://www.khaama.com/nearly-300-laghman-residents-rise-up-against-taliban-militants-6004#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:52:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33690 Nearly 300 Laghman residents rise up against Taliban militants
Around 300 Laghman Laghman residents launched armed campaign against the Taliban militants in Alingar district. The provincial government media office following a statement said the around 20 villages were cleared from the Taliban militants’ presence. The statement further added that the public uprising was led by a local tribal elder Noor Pashayewal. Dara-e-Noor Lam Sahib, Read the full article...]]>
Nearly 300 Laghman residents rise up against Taliban militants

Around 300 Laghman Laghman residents launched armed campaign against the Taliban militants in Alingar district.

The provincial government media office following a statement said the around 20 villages were cleared from the Taliban militants’ presence.

The statement further added that the public uprising was led by a local tribal elder Noor Pashayewal.

Dara-e-Noor Lam Sahib, Parwai, Pariana, Jabar Khel and Mandal villages were cleared from the presence of Afghan and Pakistani Taliban militants, the statement added.

Local officials said Alingar residents launched campaign against Taliban militants after they started creating problems for the implementation of public welfare projects and prevented children from attending school.

This comes as hundreds of Nangarhar province launched public uprisal against the Taliban militants in Hesarak district on Tuesday.

Laghman is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where Taliban militants are active in a number of districts and frequently carry out insurgency attacks.

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Afghanistan Welcomes New Pathway to Test Cricket http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-welcomes-new-pathway-to-test-cricket-6003 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-welcomes-new-pathway-to-test-cricket-6003#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:29:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33687 Afghanistan Welcomes New Pathway to Test Cricket
Last week the ICC Board made a decision which could see Afghanistan and other Associate Members playing Test Cricket in 2018. The ICC Board approved the introduction of an ICC Test Challenge which will take place every four years between the lowest ranked Test team and the winner of the ICC Intercontinental Cup. . ACB Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan Welcomes New Pathway to Test Cricket

Last week the ICC Board made a decision which could see Afghanistan and other Associate Members playing Test Cricket in 2018.

The ICC Board approved the introduction of an ICC Test Challenge which will take place every four years between the lowest ranked Test team and the winner of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.
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ACB Chief Executive Officer, Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, said: “This decision opens the door for Afghanistan and other Associate Members to qualify to play Test cricket. We are tremendously grateful to the ICC for opening this new pathway.”

“There is no doubt that the only way for countries like Afghanistan to reach Test Cricket standard is by actually playing that format against Full Members,” he added, “We will be working very hard to ensure that we win the Intercontinental Cup in 2017 and play our first Test Cricket in 2018.”

The proposal is that the 10th ranked side on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings on 31 December 2017, or at the conclusion of any series in progress at that time, will play two five-day matches at home and two five-day matches away against the winner of the upcoming ICC Intercontinental Cup, with the inaugural Challenge scheduled to take place during 2018.

In the next eight years, two ICC Intercontinental Cup tournaments are planned with the first to run from 2015 to 2017 and the second to be held between 2019 and 2021. The second ICC Test Challenge is scheduled for 2022.

South Africa has recently topped the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings followed by Australia, India, England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh is the 10th ranked team.

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Taliban execute 4 abducted policemen in Wardak province http://www.khaama.com/taliban-execute-4-abducted-policemen-in-wardak-province-3592 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-execute-4-abducted-policemen-in-wardak-province-3592#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:36:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33684 Taliban execute 4 abducted policemen in Wardak province
Taliban militants have executed at least four Afghan policemen in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan. The policemen were reportedly abducted from Asadbad district of Maidan Wardak province on Tuesday night. Local security officials have said the policemen were member of the public order forces and were abducted from Kabul-Kandahar highway. Wardak is among the Read the full article...]]>
Taliban execute 4 abducted policemen in Wardak province

Taliban militants have executed at least four Afghan policemen in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.

The policemen were reportedly abducted from Asadbad district of Maidan Wardak province on Tuesday night.

Local security officials have said the policemen were member of the public order forces and were abducted from Kabul-Kandahar highway.

Wardak is among the relatively volatile provinces in central Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are active in a number of its districts.

This was the second incident which takes place in Syedabad district in less than one week time.

At least five policemen were killed or injured after a group of militants ambushed a supply convoy in Syedabad district on Saturday.

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Traffic incident leaves 5 dead, 15 injured in Kabul-Mazar highway http://www.khaama.com/traffic-incident-leaves-5-dead-15-injured-in-kabul-mazar-highway-3591 http://www.khaama.com/traffic-incident-leaves-5-dead-15-injured-in-kabul-mazar-highway-3591#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:51:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33681 Traffic incident leaves 5 dead, 15 injured in Kabul-Mazar highway
A traffic incident left at least 20 people dead or injured in northern Afghanistan early Thursday, local officials said. The incident took place around 7:00 am local time on Kabul-Mazar highway. A local security official said at least five people died and nearly fifteen others were injured following the incident. The source further added that Read the full article...]]>
Traffic incident leaves 5 dead, 15 injured in Kabul-Mazar highway

A traffic incident left at least 20 people dead or injured in northern Afghanistan early Thursday, local officials said.

The incident took place around 7:00 am local time on Kabul-Mazar highway.

A local security official said at least five people died and nearly fifteen others were injured following the incident.

The source further added that the incident took place after a truck collided with a passenger bus.

He said the death toll could rise as a number of injured individuals are in critical condition.

Provincial security chief for Parwan province Khalilullah Ziaye said the injured individuals have been shifted to close hospital by Afghan security forces.

He blamed the drivers for reckless driving which led to the incident.

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2,177 US troops killed, 19,698 wounded in Afghanistan since 2001 http://www.khaama.com/2177-us-troops-killed-19698-wounded-in-afghanistan-since-2001-3590 http://www.khaama.com/2177-us-troops-killed-19698-wounded-in-afghanistan-since-2001-3590#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:13:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33678 2,177 US troops killed, 19,698 wounded in Afghanistan since 2001
At last 2,177 US troops have been killed and nearly 19,698 others have been injured since the beginning of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. In the meantime, the US military’s numbers shows at least 1,802 US troops have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile Read the full article...]]>
2,177 US troops killed, 19,698 wounded in Afghanistan since 2001

At last 2,177 US troops have been killed and nearly 19,698 others have been injured since the beginning of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

In the meantime, the US military’s numbers shows at least 1,802 US troops have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action.

The defense department reports at least 132 more service members who have died outside Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the defense department, at least 11 of 132 service members were killed as a result of hostile action.

However, the Associated Press reported 135 service members who were killed outside Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The defense department also reported that 19,698 service members have wounded in hostile action since the beginning of the US mission in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan economic growth falls sharply in 2013: ADB http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-economic-growth-falls-sharply-in-2013-adb-3589 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-economic-growth-falls-sharply-in-2013-adb-3589#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:08:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33674 Afghanistan economic growth falls sharply in 2013: ADB
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials informed of a steep reduction in economic development of Afghanistan during the year 2013. Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director, Joji Tokeshi said Wednesday that the economic development of Afghanistan has reduced from 11.9% in 2012 to 3.3% in 2013. Mr. Tokeshi said investment in private sector has reduced Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan economic growth falls sharply in 2013: ADB

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials informed of a steep reduction in economic development of Afghanistan during the year 2013.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director, Joji Tokeshi said Wednesday that the economic development of Afghanistan has reduced from 11.9% in 2012 to 3.3% in 2013.

Mr. Tokeshi said investment in private sector has reduced from 4.9% to 3.6% while an increased inflation of 9.7% was noted in the rate of food items.

He said the inflation rate of non-food items has reduced 4.8% but the overall inflation rate has increased from 6.2% in 2012 to 7.4% in 2013.

According to Tokeshi, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has invested $3.8 billion in various sectors in Afghanistan since 2002.

In the meantime, the ADB officials vowed to step up efforts in a bid to resolve the issue of reduced economic development in Afghanistan in the next two years.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Director pledged $400 million in aid to Afghanistan for the year 2013. ADB spent $585.1 million in Afghanistan last year.

ADB pledged $1.2 billion in aid to Afghanistan during the Tokyo conference which will be spent until 2016, ADB officials said.

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Taliban commander killed during clashes in Badakhshan http://www.khaama.com/taliban-commander-killed-during-clashes-in-badakhshan-3588 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-commander-killed-during-clashes-in-badakhshan-3588#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:36:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33671 Taliban commander killed during clashes in Badakhshan
According to local authorities in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, a local Taliban commander was killed during clashes with the Afghan security forces late Tuesday. Provincial governor spokesman, Ahmad Naween Frotan said at least two militants were also injured during the clashes and four others were arrested. Mr. Frotan further added that the militants ambushed Read the full article...]]>
Taliban commander killed during clashes in Badakhshan

According to local authorities in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, a local Taliban commander was killed during clashes with the Afghan security forces late Tuesday.

Provincial governor spokesman, Ahmad Naween Frotan said at least two militants were also injured during the clashes and four others were arrested.

Mr. Frotan further added that the militants ambushed Afghan national security forces in Baharak district late Tuesday evening.

He said an Afghan national army soldier was also injured during the clashes.

The Taliban commander killed during the clashes was recognized as Qari Mahfuz, Frotan said, adding that the rebel leader was involved in major attacks against the Afghan security forces in various parts of Badakhshan province.

Badakshan is among the relatively peaceful provinces in northeastern Afghanistan; however the anti-government armed militant groups have increased their insurgency activities in its various districts during the recent years.

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Children among 8 killed or injured in Zabul blast http://www.khaama.com/children-among-8-killed-or-injured-in-zabul-blast-3587 http://www.khaama.com/children-among-8-killed-or-injured-in-zabul-blast-3587#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33667 Children among 8 killed or injured in Zabul blast
At least eight civilians including children were killed or injured following an explosion in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place in Shahr-e-Safa district late Tuesday. Provincial police chief Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai said at least two children were killed and six others were injured following the Read the full article...]]>
Children among 8 killed or injured in Zabul blast

At least eight civilians including children were killed or injured following an explosion in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place in Shahr-e-Safa district late Tuesday.

Provincial police chief Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai said at least two children were killed and six others were injured following the explosion.

Gen. Rogh Lewanai said the incident took place after a vehicle struck with an improvised explosive device.

No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident. local officials blame the anti-government armed militant groups for such incidents as anti-government militants frequently use improvised explosive device to target Afghan and coalition security forces which normally lead to civilian casualties.

Zabul is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in a number of its districts.

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Afghan presidential hopeful Ashraf Ghani wants “special relationship” with Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/afghan-presidential-hopeful-ashraf-ghani-wants-special-relationship-with-pakistan-3586 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-presidential-hopeful-ashraf-ghani-wants-special-relationship-with-pakistan-3586#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:51:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33664 Afghan presidential hopeful Ashraf Ghani wants “special relationship” with Pakistan
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a frontrunner in Afghan presidential race has said that he wants to build a “special relation” with the neighboring Pakistan, in a bid to end instability in his war-torn nation. Ghani has said that rapprochement with the old backers of the Taliban group was key in ending the instability in Afghanistan and Read the full article...]]>
Afghan presidential hopeful Ashraf Ghani wants “special relationship” with Pakistan

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a frontrunner in Afghan presidential race has said that he wants to build a “special relation” with the neighboring Pakistan, in a bid to end instability in his war-torn nation.

Ghani has said that rapprochement with the old backers of the Taliban group was key in ending the instability in Afghanistan and insisted that he wants to end years of suspicion and mistrust with Pakistan.

While speaking during an interview with the AFP, Ghani said a harmonious relationship between the two nations was critical for the region and the world.

“Pakistan is a different country. In the past, there was a distinction made between ‘Good Taliban’ and ‘Bad Taliban’,” Ghani siad.

According to Ghani, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, elected in May 2013, “sees extremism as the fundamental challenge.”

He said, “The goal is a special relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan that would resemble that of France and Germany after World War II.”

The comments by Ashraf Ghani comes as Pakistan is still believed to be sheltering the Taliban leadership as well as backing the Taliban regime before it was toppled in a US-led invasion in 2001.

Kabul and Islamabad frequently accuse each other of supporting cross-border terror attacks, however Ghani’s position would mark a departure from their presently sour ties.

Former World Bank academic Ghani, who served as finance minister under Karzai, is renowned as an intellectual and counts reforming Afghanistan’s currency and setting up the successful telecoms sector as evidence of his ability to devise and implement big ideas.

Ghani remains upbeat for emerging victor despite trailing by only 21,751 votes out of the 506,843 votes counted so far by the election commission.

Ghani stressed that the people of Afghanistan voted for a does and not rhetoric.

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Female MP injured following an attack by a member of Afghan security forces: MoI http://www.khaama.com/female-mp-injured-following-an-attack-by-a-member-of-afghan-security-forces-moi-3585 http://www.khaama.com/female-mp-injured-following-an-attack-by-a-member-of-afghan-security-forces-moi-3585#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:45:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33660 Female MP injured following an attack by a member of Afghan security forces: MoI
The interior ministry of Afghanistan said Wednesday that the female lawmaker Maryam Koofi was injured following a verbal clash with a member of the Afghan national security forces. Interior ministry said the incident took place around 10 pm local time near the residential house of Maryam Koofi. According to a statement released by interior ministry, Read the full article...]]>
Female MP injured following an attack by a member of Afghan security forces: MoI

The interior ministry of Afghanistan said Wednesday that the female lawmaker Maryam Koofi was injured following a verbal clash with a member of the Afghan national security forces.

Interior ministry said the incident took place around 10 pm local time near the residential house of Maryam Koofi.

According to a statement released by interior ministry, Ms. Koofi was transferred to hospital and is in a good health condition.

The statement further added that the assailant officer was arrested and is in custody for further investigation.

According to the reports, the lawmaker was shot multiple times by the assailant and was immediately taken to emergency hospital.

Maryam Koofi represents northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan in the Afghan parliament. She is the sister Fawzia Koofi who is also a member of the Afghan parliament.

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4159 detainees released from Bagram prison: Gen. Farooq http://www.khaama.com/4159-detainees-released-from-bagram-prison-gen-farooq-3584 http://www.khaama.com/4159-detainees-released-from-bagram-prison-gen-farooq-3584#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:32:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33656 4159 detainees released from Bagram prison: Gen. Farooq
The government of Afghanistan has released 4159 prisoners from the Bagram prison after they were transferred to Afghan control. Head of the Bagram prison and commander of the military police, General Farooq said around 5021 prisoners who were detained by US forces, have been transferred to Afghan during the past three years. Gen. Farooq further Read the full article...]]>
4159 detainees released from Bagram prison: Gen. Farooq

The government of Afghanistan has released 4159 prisoners from the Bagram prison after they were transferred to Afghan control.

Head of the Bagram prison and commander of the military police, General Farooq said around 5021 prisoners who were detained by US forces, have been transferred to Afghan during the past three years.

Gen. Farooq further added 4159 prisoners have been released from the Bagram prison after their cases were reviewed by review panel.

He said they have not received the files regarding 336 prisoners from the US side.

The review panel presented their report regarding the progress of Bagram prisoners transfer to a meeting which was chaired by President Hamid Karzai on Monday.

Afghan national security advisor was instructed to urge the US forces in Afghanistan for immediate transfer of remaining files to Afghan attorney general office.

The responsibilities of US-run Bagram prison was handed over to the Afghan government earlier last year, after Kabul and Washington reached a deal for the transfer the detention facility to Afghan control.

Transfer of Bagram prison where thousands of suspected Taliban and al-Qaida operatives were held, was a source of tension between Afghanistan and the United States.

Bagram prison was transferred after Afghan government offered “private assurances” that detainees whom the United States considers to be most dangerous would not be released.

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Female MP Maryam Koofi injured in gunmen attack in Kabul city http://www.khaama.com/female-mp-maryam-koofi-injured-in-gunmen-attack-in-kabul-city-6002 http://www.khaama.com/female-mp-maryam-koofi-injured-in-gunmen-attack-in-kabul-city-6002#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:18:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33648 Female MP Maryam Koofi injured in gunmen attack in Kabul city
According to reports, female Afghan lawmaker Maryam Koofi was injured following an attack by gunmen in capital Kabul. The incident reportedly took place Arya Township late Tuesday night. The main motive behind the attack is not clear so far. Ms. Koofi was taken to hospital following the attack and her health condition is reported to Read the full article...]]>
Female MP Maryam Koofi injured in gunmen attack in Kabul city

According to reports, female Afghan lawmaker Maryam Koofi was injured following an attack by gunmen in capital Kabul.

The incident reportedly took place Arya Township late Tuesday night. The main motive behind the attack is not clear so far.

Ms. Koofi was taken to hospital following the attack and her health condition is reported to be stable.

The security officials have not commented regarding the incident yet.

Mariam Koofi is the sister of Afghan lawmaker Fawzia Koofi. She represents northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan in the Afghan parliament.

This was the second attack carried out by unknown gunmen against high profile officials in capital Kabul on Tuesday.

Unknown gunmen kidnapped deputy minister of public works Ahmad Shah Wahid from Kabul city on Tuesday morning.

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ISAF looking into alleged civilian casualties in Khost province http://www.khaama.com/isaf-looking-into-alleged-civilian-casualties-in-khost-province-6001 http://www.khaama.com/isaf-looking-into-alleged-civilian-casualties-in-khost-province-6001#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:29:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33644 ISAF looking into alleged civilian casualties in Khost province
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said they are looking to into alleged civilian casualties following a NATO airstrike in eastern Khost province. ISAF following a statement said the alliance is aware of reports regarding alleged civilian casualties in Khost province. “ISAF takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously. We are looking into these Read the full article...]]>
ISAF looking into alleged civilian casualties in Khost province

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said they are looking to into alleged civilian casualties following a NATO airstrike in eastern Khost province.

ISAF following a statement said the alliance is aware of reports regarding alleged civilian casualties in Khost province.

“ISAF takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously. We are looking into these allegations and will provide more information as available,” ISAF said.

The statement by ISAF comes as there are conflicting reports regarding the cause of incident which led to the death of three civilians including a woman and two children.

Provincial governor spokesman Mubarez Zadran said the civilians were killed following a NATO airstrike which accidentally targeted a house.

However, the provincial security chief Gen. Faizullah Ghairat said the civilians were killed in an artillery fire and there were no reports of airstrike.

Meanwhile, the presidential palace quoting local officials in a statement said the civilians were killed in a US airstrike in Nader Shah Kot district.

Karzai condemned the civilian deaths and said the airstrike was a violation of mutual agreement between Kabul and Washington.

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Karzai condemns US airstrike in Khost which left 3 civilians dead http://www.khaama.com/karzai-condemns-us-airstrike-in-khost-which-left-3-civilians-dead-2999 http://www.khaama.com/karzai-condemns-us-airstrike-in-khost-which-left-3-civilians-dead-2999#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:05:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33640 Karzai condemns US airstrike in Khost which left 3 civilians dead
Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the US airstrike in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan which left at least three civilians dead. Local authorities in eastern Khost province said at least three civilians including a woman and two children were killed in the airstrike. The officials further added that the airstrike was carried out in Read the full article...]]>
Karzai condemns US airstrike in Khost which left 3 civilians dead

Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the US airstrike in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan which left at least three civilians dead.

Local authorities in eastern Khost province said at least three civilians including a woman and two children were killed in the airstrike.

The officials further added that the airstrike was carried out in Nader Shah Kot district on Monday night.

The victims of the incident were members of a single family, the officials said, adding that the father of the children was injured following the airstrike.

President Karzai quoted in a statement issued by Presidential Palace media office said that the airstrike by US forces was a violation of the agreement between the two nations.

Karzai also ordered provincial governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi and other security officials in Khost province to launch an investigation regarding the incident.

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Afghan villagers rise up against Taliban in Nangarhar province http://www.khaama.com/afghan-villagers-rise-up-against-taliban-in-nangarhar-province-3583 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-villagers-rise-up-against-taliban-in-nangarhar-province-3583#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:52:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33634 Afghan villagers rise up against Taliban in Nangarhar province
Dozens of local residents in Hesarak district of Nangarhar province have started armed campaign against the Taliban militants. According to local government officials, heavy clashes were reported between the two sides since early Tuesday morning. Hesarak district Chief Abdul Khaliq Maruf said the uprising started around 3:00 am local time in various parts of Hesarak Read the full article...]]>
Afghan villagers rise up against Taliban in Nangarhar province

Dozens of local residents in Hesarak district of Nangarhar province have started armed campaign against the Taliban militants.

According to local government officials, heavy clashes were reported between the two sides since early Tuesday morning.

Hesarak district Chief Abdul Khaliq Maruf said the uprising started around 3:00 am local time in various parts of Hesarak district and dozens of local residents have participated in the campaign.

Mr. Maruf further added that residents of Mamand Kala, Nasir Khel, Mardan and Gala Khel villages have launched the campaign against the Taliban militants.

He said there are no reports regarding the casualties so far and the local residents are supported by Afghan police forces.

Nangarhar is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where Taliban militants are active in a number of its remote districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

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Afghanistan’s new model army – Part 2 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-new-model-army-part-2-3582 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-new-model-army-part-2-3582#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:22:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33631 Afghanistan’s new model army – Part 2
By Lalage Snow – NATOChannel Faizal Manaman, Nazar Mohammed and Hajii Mohammed left their civilian lives behind to become the first young men to undergo the rigorous and inaugural year-long training programme. NATO Channel catches up with them six months into their training at the new Afghan National Army Officer Academy. It’s been six months Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan’s new model army – Part 2

By Lalage Snow – NATOChannel

Faizal Manaman, Nazar Mohammed and Hajii Mohammed left their civilian lives behind to become the first young men to undergo the rigorous and inaugural year-long training programme. NATO Channel catches up with them six months into their training at the new Afghan National Army Officer Academy.

It’s been six months since the new Afghan National Army Officer Academy opened its doors to the first wave of officer cadets.

Faizal Manaman, Nazar Mohammed and Hajii Mohammed left their civilian lives behind to become the first young men to undergo the year-long training programme.

Officer Cadet Hajii Mohammed said, “We have learned different things here, including communications, tactics, map-reading, weapons training and many more subjects which are important for an officer to learn.”

He said, “We learned target identification and also have become familiar with the M16, M49 and M240. We also learned map-reading and target identification which was interesting. And also in War Studies, we learned a lot about past wars and the experiences learned, which was also very interesting.”

Aside from academic training, the cadets have been physically challenged in all weather.

Officer Cadet Faizal Manaman said, “There was nothing too difficult, but when we eat and then go for a run, or when we have heavy exercise, then it is hard, but the rest of the time, it is not.”

“Once we had to lift 40 kilograms of weight in an exercise. It was really difficult. But it doesn’t matter if it’s raining, snowing, too hot or too cold. We should be prepared and these conditions will help us improve,” Officer Cadet Hajii Mohammed said.

And indeed, they have risen to the challenges.  “Their fitness now surpasses the staff. They’ve come a long way, you can see they can go longer every day. They’re carrying large loads, lots of weight, much fitter. You see their own approach to it as well; they’re not that round-eyed, surprised, startled people they were in term one. They’re very sure and confident of themselves now, where they’re at in their lives,” Regimental Sergeant Major Andrew Roberts, Kandak Mentor said.

But six months in an all-military environment has also had affect on their personal lives.

Officer Cadet Nazar Mohammed said, “My behaviour is different compared to how it used to be. Now I am more polite and friendly, and I have learned a lot about how to behave with authority.”

Officer Cadet Faizal Manaman said, “When I went home my family told me that I looked happier and healthier. I told them that here life is different to home life, with studying and physical work. So of course I look different.”

“I served in the army before coming here so am familiar with what we are learning, but I have developed a lot. What I was in the past and what I am now are very different,” Officer Cadet Hajii Mohammed said,

But during the remainder of their course they will see harder training. “They do a lot more field work where they’re now in charge of large groups of men, they’ll be assessed under quite strict conditions to ensure they have the qualities needed to go and fight the insurgency in Afghanistan,” said Regimental Sergeant Major Andrew Roberts, Kandak Mentor

 And although joining the Afghan National Army is fraught with danger, these cadets are still prepared to serve their country.

Officer Cadet Hajii Mohammed said, “This is the sword which we will use against those who are disturbing the peace and security and killing our people. The 270 cadets graduating from here is a strong message to the enemy, but it is a happy message for the Afghan people; the younger generation are joining the army and they will bring peace in the future.”

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7 Taliban militants killed, 6 others arrested in Afghan operations http://www.khaama.com/7-taliban-militants-killed-6-others-arrested-in-afghan-operations-3581 http://www.khaama.com/7-taliban-militants-killed-6-others-arrested-in-afghan-operations-3581#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:20:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33628 7 Taliban militants killed, 6 others arrested in Afghan operations
At least seven Taliban militants were killed and six others were arrested during military operations by Afghan security forces in the past 24 hours. The operations were conducted by Afghan national police in cooperation with the Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives, interior ministry said following a statement. Read the full article...]]>
7 Taliban militants killed, 6 others arrested in Afghan operations

At least seven Taliban militants were killed and six others were arrested during military operations by Afghan security forces in the past 24 hours.

The operations were conducted by Afghan national police in cooperation with the Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives, interior ministry said following a statement.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kandahar, Maidan Wardak, Logar and Paktia provinces.

Interior ministry said Afghan national security forces also confiscated various types of weapons and explosives during the operations.

Afghan national police forces discovered and seized 29 improvised explosive device (IED) during operations in Helmand, Kandahar, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces, the statement added.

Interior ministry said the improvised explosive devices were recently planted by Taliban militants to carry out insurgency attacks.

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Brad Pitt to star as Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan war movie http://www.khaama.com/brad-pitt-to-star-as-gen-stanley-mcchrystal-in-afghanistan-war-movie-3580 http://www.khaama.com/brad-pitt-to-star-as-gen-stanley-mcchrystal-in-afghanistan-war-movie-3580#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:33:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33625 Brad Pitt to star as Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan war movie
The American film star and producer Brad Pitt is scheduled to play Gen. Stanley McChrystal in yet another war film which will be based on journalist Michael Hastings’ 2012 book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a former commanding general of NATO-led international coalition Read the full article...]]>
Brad Pitt to star as Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan war movie

The American film star and producer Brad Pitt is scheduled to play Gen. Stanley McChrystal in yet another war film which will be based on journalist Michael Hastings’ 2012 book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a former commanding general of NATO-led international coalition and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

According to a report by Los Angeles Times, Michael Hastings’ incendiary 2010 Rolling Stone profile of McChrystal exposed the general and his staff’s disdain for their superiors, including National Security Advisor James L. Jones, Vice President Biden and President Obama, and ultimately prompted McChrystal to resign.

The Australian filmmaker David Michod will write and direct the upcoming film ‘The Operators’. The film chronicles the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, who was the commanding officer in charge of all US and international troops in Afghanistan.

The film will be produced by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B together with the New Regency and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment.

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Abuzar discharged from hospital in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/abuzar-discharged-from-hospital-in-kabul-3579 http://www.khaama.com/abuzar-discharged-from-hospital-in-kabul-3579#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:51:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33622 Abuzar discharged from hospital in Kabul
The two-year-old Abuzar, son of deceased Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmad was discharged from hospital on Tuesday morning. Abuzare was critically injured in militants attack on Serena hotel last month where he lost his father Sardar Ahmad along with his mother, brother and sister. He was shot five times by militants who attacked the hotel on Read the full article...]]>
Abuzar discharged from hospital in Kabul

The two-year-old Abuzar, son of deceased Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmad was discharged from hospital on Tuesday morning.

Abuzare was critically injured in militants attack on Serena hotel last month where he lost his father Sardar Ahmad along with his mother, brother and sister.

He was shot five times by militants who attacked the hotel on 20 March, and emerged from coma on 23rd March and his condition has improved.

Kabul Pressistan which was founded by late Sardar Ahmad, in a Twitter message said Abuzar is in a good health condition and was discharged from hospital this morning.

The 40-year-old Sardar Ahmad was a journalist who was working for Agence France-Presse (AFP) since 2003. In 2009 he founded Pressistan, a media production firm that supported visiting foreign correspondents.

AFP has also set a permanent fund in a bid to help Abuzar build a new life, who will need emotional and financial assistance if he is to have a chance of leading a normal life in a safe, nurturing environment.

The contribution to Abuzar can be made via  PayPal (to open a free PayPal acccount, click here) in US dollars to the adress: Abuzarahmad.collect@gmail.com

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US House Speaker visit Afghanistan to press case for troops to stay http://www.khaama.com/us-house-speaker-visit-afghanistan-to-press-case-for-troops-to-stay-3578 http://www.khaama.com/us-house-speaker-visit-afghanistan-to-press-case-for-troops-to-stay-3578#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:56:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33616 US House Speaker visit Afghanistan to press case for troops to stay
The Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner visited Afghanistan on Monday to underscore call for U.S. forces to remain in the country beyond 2014 and review the April 5 elections. This was the first high-profile visit by an American official in Afghanistan since presidential and provincial council elections. Boehner accompanied by a Read the full article...]]>
US House Speaker visit Afghanistan to press case for troops to stay

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner visited Afghanistan on Monday to underscore call for U.S. forces to remain in the country beyond 2014 and review the April 5 elections.

This was the first high-profile visit by an American official in Afghanistan since presidential and provincial council elections.

Boehner accompanied by a delegation of seven US lawmakers met with the American forces, US ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham and NATO commander Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Boehner’s office following a statement said, “The delegation sent a strong, unequivocal message that the House of Representatives wants to maintain a right-sized presence in Afghanistan to successfully complete the work that has been done to date, and to honor the sacrifice of thousands of troops and civilians, as well as their families.”

The visit by US lawmakers comes as U.S. officials weigh how many—if any—American troops to leave in Afghanistan after the end of the year.

According to reports, Washington is considering leave about 8,000 troops to train Afghan forces and for a counter-terrorism mission once the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington is signed.

However, President Hamid Karzai has so far declined to sign the security deal with Washington which would give a legal framework for the presence of US troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

In the meantime, all the frontrunners in the presidential election have vowed that they would sign the bilateral agreement.

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Deputy Minister of Public Works kidnapped in capital Kabul http://www.khaama.com/deputy-minister-of-public-works-kidnapped-in-capital-kabul-3577 http://www.khaama.com/deputy-minister-of-public-works-kidnapped-in-capital-kabul-3577#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:50:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33614 Deputy Minister of Public Works kidnapped in capital Kabul
According to reports, unknown gunmen have kidnapped Deputy Minister of Public works Ahmadshah Wahid in capital Kabul on Tuesday morning. An official in the Ministry of Public Works of Afghanistan confirmed that Ahmadshah Wahid was abducted by unknown gunmen on Tuesday morning. Eng. Noor Mangal, deputy chief for the technical department in the Ministry of Read the full article...]]>
Deputy Minister of Public Works kidnapped in capital Kabul

According to reports, unknown gunmen have kidnapped Deputy Minister of Public works Ahmadshah Wahid in capital Kabul on Tuesday morning.

An official in the Ministry of Public Works of Afghanistan confirmed that Ahmadshah Wahid was abducted by unknown gunmen on Tuesday morning.

Eng. Noor Mangal, deputy chief for the technical department in the Ministry of Public Works of Afghanistan said Mr. Wahid was abducted while he was on his way to the ministry.

Mr. Mangal further added that the driver of Mr. Wahid was injured after he tried to stop the kidnappers.

Security officials have not commented regarding the incident so far.

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Afghanistan rejects Ex-ISI chief Hamid Gul’s remarks on elections security http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-rejects-ex-isi-chief-hamid-guls-remarks-on-elections-security-2997 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-rejects-ex-isi-chief-hamid-guls-remarks-on-elections-security-2997#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:38:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33608 Afghanistan rejects Ex-ISI chief Hamid Gul’s remarks on elections security
The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan rejected the remarks of former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Gen. Hamid Hamid who claimed that Taliban militants did not carry out attacks as the group had reached an agreement with the U.S. Gen. Hamid Gul has also claimed that the main motive behind the deal between Taliban and US Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan rejects Ex-ISI chief Hamid Gul’s remarks on elections security

The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan rejected the remarks of former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Gen. Hamid Hamid who claimed that Taliban militants did not carry out attacks as the group had reached an agreement with the U.S.

Gen. Hamid Gul has also claimed that the main motive behind the deal between Taliban and US was to reflect the capabilities of the Afghan security forces.

Defense Ministry following a statement strongly rejected the remarks of Gen. Hamid Gul and said the Taliban militants together with their foreign supporters failed to carry out major attacks during elections day despite continuous attempts.

The statement by Defense Ministry further added that the Taliban militants carried out more attacks during April 5 elections; however Taliban failed to disrupt the voting process.

According to defense officials, Taliban carried out around 690 attacks across the country and the Taliban group also claimed they carried out over 1000 attacks during the elections day.

Hamid Gul served as the director general of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence during 1987-89 and is accused of having ties with the Taliban group.

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Prominent religious scholar shot dead in Herat province http://www.khaama.com/prominent-religious-scholar-shot-dead-in-herat-province-2998 http://www.khaama.com/prominent-religious-scholar-shot-dead-in-herat-province-2998#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:36:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33611 Prominent religious scholar shot dead in Herat province
Unknown gunmen shot dead a prominent religious scholar in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Monday night. Local officials in Herat province confirmed that Mir Farooq Hussaini was shot dead in Herat city by unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle. Provincial security chief, Samiullah Qatra said Mir Farooq Hussaini was a prominent religious scholar and spokesman Read the full article...]]>
Prominent religious scholar shot dead in Herat province

Unknown gunmen shot dead a prominent religious scholar in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Monday night.

Local officials in Herat province confirmed that Mir Farooq Hussaini was shot dead in Herat city by unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle.

Provincial security chief, Samiullah Qatra said Mir Farooq Hussaini was a prominent religious scholar and spokesman for Herat Ulema council.

Mr. Qatra further added that Hussaini was shot dead near his residence while he was returning from mosque.

He said the gunmen managed to flee the area after opening fire on Mir Farooq Hussaini and the Afghan security forces have launched an investigation in this regard.

Mir Farooq Hussaini was initially injured in the attack and succumed to his injuries on the way to hospital, Qatra said.

According to reports, Mir Farooq Hussaini was a close supporter of the former water and energy minister Ismail Khan.

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Taliban leaders who had threatened to cut voters fingers killed in Kunduz http://www.khaama.com/taliban-leaders-who-had-threatened-to-cut-voters-fingers-killed-in-kunduz-2996 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-leaders-who-had-threatened-to-cut-voters-fingers-killed-in-kunduz-2996#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:16:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33605 Taliban leaders who had threatened to cut voters fingers killed in Kunduz
At least six Taliban militants including their commanders were killed during clashes with the Afghan police forces in northern Kunduz province. Local officials in Kunduz said the Taliban commanders who were killed during clashes, had earlier threatened Kunduz residents to cut their fingers if they participated in the elections. Provincial police chief, Gen. Ghulam Mustafa Read the full article...]]>
Taliban leaders who had threatened to cut voters fingers killed in Kunduz

At least six Taliban militants including their commanders were killed during clashes with the Afghan police forces in northern Kunduz province.

Local officials in Kunduz said the Taliban commanders who were killed during clashes, had earlier threatened Kunduz residents to cut their fingers if they participated in the elections.

Provincial police chief, Gen. Ghulam Mustafa Mohsini said the two Taliban commanders – Mullah Islamuddin and Mullah Khedir were killed along with their fighters after they attacked a police check post on Monday morning.

Gen. Mohsini further added that four militants were also killed and two others were injured during the clashes which lasted almost three hours.

He said the weapons and ammunition of the militants were also confiscated by police forces.

According to Gen. Mohsini, the two Taliban leaders had earlier warned Kunduz residents not to participate in elections and threatened to cut their fingers if they did so.

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Explosion in Khost leaves 2 civilians dead, 9 others injured http://www.khaama.com/explosion-in-khost-leaves-2-civilians-dead-9-others-injured-2995 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-in-khost-leaves-2-civilians-dead-9-others-injured-2995#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:53:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33601 Explosion in Khost leaves 2 civilians dead, 9 others injured
At least two civilians were killed and nine others were injured following an explosion in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan. Local government officials said the incident took place on Monday afternoon around 4:00 pm local time in Khost city. Provincial police chief, Gen. Faizullah Ghairat confirmed the incident and said the target of the explosion Read the full article...]]>
Explosion in Khost leaves 2 civilians dead, 9 others injured

At least two civilians were killed and nine others were injured following an explosion in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan.

Local government officials said the incident took place on Monday afternoon around 4:00 pm local time in Khost city.

Provincial police chief, Gen. Faizullah Ghairat confirmed the incident and said the target of the explosion was a police vehicle.

Gen. Ghairat confirmed that the Afghan security forces did not suffer any casualties following the explosion.

Khost is among the relatively provinces in eastern Afghanistan where Taliban militants and insurgents from the other militant groups including Haqqani Network are actively operating in a number of its districts and frequently carry out insurgency attacks.

At least two policemen were killed and five others were injured in separate blasts in eastern Khost city on Saturday.

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Anti-Taliban public uprising commander killed in Ghazni http://www.khaama.com/anti-taliban-public-uprising-commander-killed-in-ghazni-3576 http://www.khaama.com/anti-taliban-public-uprising-commander-killed-in-ghazni-3576#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:09:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33598
According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, an anti-Taliban public uprising commander was killed during clashes with the militants on Monday. Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the incident took place on Monday morning in Andar district. Mr. Ahmadi further added that the public uprising commander was killed during the clashes Read the full article...]]>

According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, an anti-Taliban public uprising commander was killed during clashes with the militants on Monday.

Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the incident took place on Monday morning in Andar district.

Mr. Ahmadi further added that the public uprising commander was killed during the clashes and three others who were accompanying him were injured.

Ghazni is among the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in its various districts.

The public uprising against the Taliban militants started nearly two years ago and several anti-government armed militants and public uprising forces have been killed since then.

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Abducted construction workers killed in southern Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/abducted-construction-killed-in-southern-afghanistan-3575 http://www.khaama.com/abducted-construction-killed-in-southern-afghanistan-3575#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:23:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33592 Abducted construction workers killed in southern Afghanistan
The anti-government armed militants executed four abducted construction workers in southern Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the construction workers were abducted earlier this month in Greshk district of Helmand province. A spokesman for the provincial security commandment, Abdul Ahad Chopan said the dead bodies of the construction workers were found in southern Kandahar province. Read the full article...]]>
Abducted construction workers killed in southern Afghanistan

The anti-government armed militants executed four abducted construction workers in southern Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the construction workers were abducted earlier this month in Greshk district of Helmand province.

A spokesman for the provincial security commandment, Abdul Ahad Chopan said the dead bodies of the construction workers were found in southern Kandahar province.

Mr. Chopan further added that the deceased individuals were working for a private construction company which is constructing premises for the Afghan national army.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in its various districts.

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China emerges as key strategic player in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/china-emerges-as-key-strategic-player-in-afghanistan-3574 http://www.khaama.com/china-emerges-as-key-strategic-player-in-afghanistan-3574#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:44:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33589 China emerges as key strategic player in Afghanistan
As the NATO-led international coalition forces are preparing to withdraw, China is quietly preparing to play a key strategic role in the future of Afghanistan. According to a report by Reuters, Beijing could focus on mining and mineral deals in Afghanistan and a conference on Afghanistan will be hosted by China in August. The conference Read the full article...]]>
China emerges as key strategic player in Afghanistan

As the NATO-led international coalition forces are preparing to withdraw, China is quietly preparing to play a key strategic role in the future of Afghanistan.

According to a report by Reuters, Beijing could focus on mining and mineral deals in Afghanistan and a conference on Afghanistan will be hosted by China in August.

The conference “Heart of Asia” is expected to be attended by regional leaders including Pakistan and India.

A Western diplomat quoted by Reuters said, China has already held discreet trilateral talks with Afghanistan and other countries.

In the meantime, China has also expressed tendency towards the Afghan peace process. “They were focused on economics, not reconciliation or peace. But recently they have expressed their willingness to get more involved in the peace process,” an Afghan high peace council member said.

China has so far committed around $250 million to the reconstruction of Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 and had limited security support to Afghanistan which was only focused on counter-narcotics training.

China has a $700 million agreement to drill for oil in the Amu Darya Basin and a $3 billion deal to develop the Aynak copper mining project.

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Afghan intelligence foil suicide car bombing plot in Uruzgan http://www.khaama.com/afghan-intelligence-foil-suicide-car-bombing-plot-in-uruzgan-3573 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-intelligence-foil-suicide-car-bombing-plot-in-uruzgan-3573#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:52:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33586 Afghan intelligence foil suicide car bombing plot in Uruzgan
Afghan intelligence operatives foiled a suicide attack plot in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan. National Directorate of Security (NDS) following a statement said a suicide bomber was arrested was arrested by Afghan intelligence operatives in connection to the attack plot. The statement further added that the suicide bomber was looking to carry out the attack Read the full article...]]>
Afghan intelligence foil suicide car bombing plot in Uruzgan

Afghan intelligence operatives foiled a suicide attack plot in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

National Directorate of Security (NDS) following a statement said a suicide bomber was arrested was arrested by Afghan intelligence operatives in connection to the attack plot.

The statement further added that the suicide bomber was looking to carry out the attack using a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in Tarinkot city.

Afghan intelligence operatives discovered a weapons and explosives cache in a separate operation in Hesa-e-Awal Kohistan district of eastern Kapisa province.

NDS said the weapons and explosives cache included 6 AK-47 rifles, 1 RPG-7 rocket launcher along with its 7 rockets, 1 M16 rifle, 1 pistol and various other types of ammunition and explosives.

The statement by NDS also added that the Afghan intelligence officials have launched further investigations in connection to the bombing plot and discovery of weapons and explosives cache.

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Afghan officials confirms former Taliban leader missing in UAE http://www.khaama.com/afghan-officials-confirms-former-taliban-missing-in-uae-3572 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-officials-confirms-former-taliban-missing-in-uae-3572#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:55:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33581
The ministry of foreign affairs of Afghanistan confirmed that the former senior Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim has gone missing in United Arab Emirates. Foreign ministry spokesman, Shekib Mostaghni told reporters in Kabul that the Afghan officials have started negotiations with the UAE officials regarding the fate of Agha Jan Mutasim. Mr. Mostaghni further added Read the full article...]]>

The ministry of foreign affairs of Afghanistan confirmed that the former senior Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim has gone missing in United Arab Emirates.

Foreign ministry spokesman, Shekib Mostaghni told reporters in Kabul that the Afghan officials have started negotiations with the UAE officials regarding the fate of Agha Jan Mutasim.

Mr. Mostaghni further added that the government of Afghanistan has stepped up efforts to take practical steps to find out Agha Jan Mutasim.

He said there are no reports regarding whereabouts of Agha Jan Mutasim.

Agha Jan Mutasim is believed to be an influential Taliban leader who could play a vital role in Afghan peace talks with the Taliban group.

He met with the senior members of the Afghan high peace council (HPC) in Dubai last month and was due to meet with the Afghan peace delegation in the near future in UAE.

Sources close to Agha Jan Mutasim including his family members have confirmed that he has gone missing in UAE and they cannot contact him during the past several days.

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Afghanistan urges coalition forces to clear firing ranges from undetonated explosives http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-urges-coalition-forces-to-clear-firing-ranges-from-undetonated-explosives-3571 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-urges-coalition-forces-to-clear-firing-ranges-from-undetonated-explosives-3571#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:45:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33578 Afghanistan urges coalition forces to clear firing ranges from undetonated explosives
The National Security Council (NSC) meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai on Sunday discussed the issue of undetonated explosives left in cores of firing ranges vacated by coalition forces. Afghan national security advisor was instructed to convey the concerns of the Afghan government to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) officials so that immediate actions should Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan urges coalition forces to clear firing ranges from undetonated explosives

The National Security Council (NSC) meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai on Sunday discussed the issue of undetonated explosives left in cores of firing ranges vacated by coalition forces.

Afghan national security advisor was instructed to convey the concerns of the Afghan government to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) officials so that immediate actions should be taken in coordination with the Afghan security forces to clear the areas from undetonated explosives.

According to reports, about 800 square miles of land have been littered with undetonated grenades, rockets and mortar shells after the coalition security forces vacated scores of firing ranges.

Dozens of children have been killed or injured due to unexploded ordnance and there are fears that the casualties would rise sharply as the pace of the incidents has been quickening.

The United Nations’ Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan has recorded 70 casualties in and around U.S. or NATO firing ranges or bases since 2012.

The US military has removed only 3 percent of the territory covered by its sprawling ranges, officials quoted by Washington Post said.

US military officials have said they intend to clean up the firing ranges from undetonated explosives, which could take two to five years and cost around $250 million.

However, the officials have said that the funding has not yet been approved for the monumental effort.

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14 Taliban militants killed, 20 others detained in Afghan operations http://www.khaama.com/14-taliban-militants-killed-20-others-detained-in-afghan-operations-3570 http://www.khaama.com/14-taliban-militants-killed-20-others-detained-in-afghan-operations-3570#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:33:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33575 14 Taliban militants killed, 20 others detained in Afghan operations
At least 14 Taliban militants were killed and 6 others were injured during military operations by Afghan security forces in the past 24 hours. The ministry of interior affairs of Afghanistan following a statement said the operations were conducted jointly by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – directorate of security operatives. Read the full article...]]>
14 Taliban militants killed, 20 others detained in Afghan operations

At least 14 Taliban militants were killed and 6 others were injured during military operations by Afghan security forces in the past 24 hours.

The ministry of interior affairs of Afghanistan following a statement said the operations were conducted jointly by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – directorate of security operatives.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Maidan Wardak, Logar and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours.

Interior ministry said at least 20 Taliban militants were also injured during the operations and various types of weapons and explosives were confiscated.

Afghan national police forces also confiscated 2 improvised explosive devices (IED) during operations in Laghman and Helmand provinces.

Interior ministry said the improvised explosive devices (IED) were recently planted by Taliban militants to carry out insurgency attacks.

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Six Afghan candidates oppose with partial vote results http://www.khaama.com/six-afghan-candidates-oppose-with-partial-vote-count-3569 http://www.khaama.com/six-afghan-candidates-oppose-with-partial-vote-count-3569#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:08:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33569 Six Afghan candidates oppose with partial vote results
A number of the Afghan candidates opposed with the release of partial vote results by Independent Election Commission (IEC) and said the partial vote count was incorrect. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) released election results consisting of 10 percent votes from 26 provinces. Preliminary election results put Dr. Abdullah in the lead by securing 41.9% Read the full article...]]>
Six Afghan candidates oppose with partial vote results

A number of the Afghan candidates opposed with the release of partial vote results by Independent Election Commission (IEC) and said the partial vote count was incorrect.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) released election results consisting of 10 percent votes from 26 provinces.

Preliminary election results put Dr. Abdullah in the lead by securing 41.9% of votes, Ashraf Ghani second by securing 37.6% and Zalmai Rassoul third by securing 9.8% of the votes.

The opposing candidates – Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, Zalmai Rassoul, Qotbuddin Helal, Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai, Daud Sultanzoi and Hedayat Amin Arsala issued a joint a statement following the release of partial results and said they oppose with the partial vote count.

The candidates warned that the independent election commission would be responsible for any consequences as they were aware of widespread fraud and it was expected that the commission would clean fraudulent votes and announce the partial vote results.

Based on the partial vote count, Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf was put in the fourth position by securing 5.1% of the votes, while Qutbuddin Helal secured 2.7%, Sherzai 2.2%, Sultanzoy 0.5% and Arsala 0.3% of the votes.

IEC Chief Yousuf Nuristani said said around 500,000 votes have been counted and insisted that the preliminary vote result is not final and will change as fraud existed in almost all provinces.

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UNAMA welcomes release of partial Afghan vote results http://www.khaama.com/unama-welcomes-release-of-partial-afghan-vote-results-3568 http://www.khaama.com/unama-welcomes-release-of-partial-afghan-vote-results-3568#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:23:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33563 UNAMA welcomes release of partial Afghan vote results
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed the announcement of partial vote results by Independent Election Commission (IEC). UNAMA following a statement said they welcome the announcement of of the first batch of partial results in the country’s Presidential elections as a further step towards completing the electoral process – while also noting Read the full article...]]>
UNAMA welcomes release of partial Afghan vote results

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed the announcement of partial vote results by Independent Election Commission (IEC).

UNAMA following a statement said they welcome the announcement of of the first batch of partial results in the country’s Presidential elections as a further step towards completing the electoral process – while also noting that these results represent only a small proportion of the millions of ballots cast in the poll.

The announcement made by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) is based on the tally of 10 per cent of the results from 26 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces one week after the 5 April election, a real logistical achievement, according to the Mission.

“While today’s release of partial results is a welcome step in the process, it only provides a first snapshot that will regularly be updated by the IEC until all result forms from every polling station have been tabulated and verified,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš. “Until the final results are announced by the IEC, stakeholders should be careful in drawing premature conclusions so as not to create inaccurate expectations.”

“I urge presidential candidates and their supporters to display patience while vote tallying is completed,” he added.

Full preliminary results covering the entire country are scheduled to be announced by the IEC on 24 April. Following that, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) will adjudicate complaints regarding the preliminary results. Only after the adjudication of these complaints is completed will the IEC announce the final results, scheduled to take place on 14 May.

Mr. Kubiš reiterated that under Afghan law, the IEC and IECC are responsible for the management, adjudication and release of official results from the elections. He calls upon all stakeholders to respect these institutions’ independence and mandated authority as they complete this important task.

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Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan friendly football match ends in draw http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-kyrgyzstan-friendly-football-match-ends-in-draw-2994 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-kyrgyzstan-friendly-football-match-ends-in-draw-2994#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:17:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33560 Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan friendly football match ends in draw
The friendly match between Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan national football teams ended in draw after the two teams failed to hit a goal. The Afghanistan football team missed a penalty hit during the first half of the game which was kicked by Faisal Shaista. Afghan footballers started an aggressive in the second half of the game Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan friendly football match ends in draw

The friendly match between Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan national football teams ended in draw after the two teams failed to hit a goal.

The Afghanistan football team missed a penalty hit during the first half of the game which was kicked by Faisal Shaista.

Afghan footballers started an aggressive in the second half of the game and missed a number of opportunities to hit a goal.

The friendly match was held at the Al-Shahab Stadium in Dubai on Sunday evening which was attended dozens of Afghans based in UAE.

Afghanistan has defeated Kyrgyzstan two times in the past. The first match between Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan was played in 2003 and the second match was played in 2008 which were both won by Afghanistan football team.

The Afghanistan football team is expected to face Tajikistan in the coming days. Afghanistan will also participate in AFC Challenge Cup which will be held from 19 to 30 May 2014.

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Partial Afghan vote results put Abdullah in the lead, Ashraf Ghani second http://www.khaama.com/partial-afghan-vote-results-put-abdullah-in-the-lead-ashraf-ghani-second-3567 http://www.khaama.com/partial-afghan-vote-results-put-abdullah-in-the-lead-ashraf-ghani-second-3567#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:03:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33551 Partial Afghan vote results put Abdullah in the lead, Ashraf Ghani second
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) released the partial vote results of the presidential election on Sunday. IEC Chief, Yousuf Nuristani said the election result consists of 10 percent votes from 26 provinces which have been entered in to the system. Preliminary election results put Dr. Abdullah in the lead by securing 41.9% of Read the full article...]]>
Partial Afghan vote results put Abdullah in the lead, Ashraf Ghani second

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) released the partial vote results of the presidential election on Sunday.

IEC Chief, Yousuf Nuristani said the election result consists of 10 percent votes from 26 provinces which have been entered in to the system.

Preliminary election results put Dr. Abdullah in the lead by securing 41.9% of votes, Ashraf Ghani second by securing 37.5% and Zalmai Rassoul third by securing 9.8% of the votes.

Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf was put in the fourth position by securing 5.1% of the votes, while Qutbuddin Helal secured 2.7%, Sherzai 2.2%, Sultanzoy 0.5% and Arsala 0.3% of the votes.

Nuristani said 500,000 votes have been counted in the part result and insisted that the preliminary vote result is not final and will change as fraud existed in almost all provinces.

He said the election commission has so far received 75% of the votes from across the country and the partial vote result does not include Farah, Nuristan, Paktika, Wardak, Ghazni, Badakhshan, Baghlan and Ghor provinces.

Nuristani also added that 25% of the votes which is equivalent to 500,000 votes have been counted but they have released only 10% of the vote result.

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Coordinated attacks foiled in Baghlan, 5 terrorists arrested http://www.khaama.com/coordinated-attacks-foiled-in-baghlan-5-terrorists-arrested-3566 http://www.khaama.com/coordinated-attacks-foiled-in-baghlan-5-terrorists-arrested-3566#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:47:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33548 Coordinated attacks foiled in Baghlan, 5 terrorists arrested
The Afghan intelligence operatives foiled coordinated terrorist attacks in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan. National Directorate of Security (NDS) following a statement said Sunday that a group of 5 terrorists were arrested in connection to the attack plot. The statement further added that the militants were arrested in close cooperation with the local residents in Read the full article...]]>
Coordinated attacks foiled in Baghlan, 5 terrorists arrested

The Afghan intelligence operatives foiled coordinated terrorist attacks in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan.

National Directorate of Security (NDS) following a statement said Sunday that a group of 5 terrorists were arrested in connection to the attack plot.

The statement further added that the militants were arrested in close cooperation with the local residents in Baghlan-e-Markazi, Dand-e-Ghori and Doshi districts.

Afghan intelligence operatives confiscated 2 RPG-7 rocket launchers along with their 9 rockets, 1 PK machine gun, 2 AK-47 rifles, 6 pistols, 1 PRD machine gun, 166 kg of explosives, 4 improvised explosive device (IED), 2 62mm artillery rounds, 3 mortar rounds, 2 boxes of ammunition along with two binoculars.

NDS said the detained militants have confessed that they were looking to carry coordinated attacks using the weapons and explosives in various parts of Baghlan province.

The detained militants in custody of the Afghan intelligence for further investigation, NDS added.

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338 complaints of potential fraud filed against presidential candidates http://www.khaama.com/338-complaints-of-potential-fraud-filed-against-presidential-candidates-3565 http://www.khaama.com/338-complaints-of-potential-fraud-filed-against-presidential-candidates-3565#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:46:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33545 338 complaints of potential fraud filed against presidential candidates
The Afghan election officials announced Sunday that around 1892 complaints of potential fraud have been recorded regarding the April 5 elections. The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) officials said they have received 338 complaints of potential fraud against the presidential candidates. ECC officials further added that 1382 complaints out of 1892 complaints have been recorded through Read the full article...]]>
338 complaints of potential fraud filed against presidential candidates

The Afghan election officials announced Sunday that around 1892 complaints of potential fraud have been recorded regarding the April 5 elections.

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) officials said they have received 338 complaints of potential fraud against the presidential candidates.

ECC officials further added that 1382 complaints out of 1892 complaints have been recorded through telephone.

The officials also added that 1017 complaints were recorded against the independent election commission (IEC) workers.

ECC spokesman, Nader Mohsini said, majority of the complaints were received from eastern Kunar, Nuristan, northern Balkh and western Herat provinces of Afghanistan.

In the meantime, the electoral complaints commission (ECC) officials warned that 870 complaints have been categorized in ‘A’ category which could affect the outcome of the elections result.

The independent election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) is expected to release the partial vote result this afternoon.

The election officials vowed to ensure transparency and urged all the national and international observers not to predict regarding the performance of the independent electoral complaints commission.

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Separate incidents leaves 18 dead or injured in Wardak province http://www.khaama.com/separate-incidents-leaves-18-dead-or-injured-in-wardak-province-3564 http://www.khaama.com/separate-incidents-leaves-18-dead-or-injured-in-wardak-province-3564#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:08:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33541 Separate incidents leaves 18 dead or injured in Wardak province
At least 18 people including Afghan security forces were killed or injured in separate incidents in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan. Provincial governor spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani said at least four Taliban militants were killed or injured during clashes in Syedabad district on Saturday. Mr. Khogyani further added that a group of the Taliban militants Read the full article...]]>
Separate incidents leaves 18 dead or injured in Wardak province

At least 18 people including Afghan security forces were killed or injured in separate incidents in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.

Provincial governor spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani said at least four Taliban militants were killed or injured during clashes in Syedabad district on Saturday.

Mr. Khogyani further added that a group of the Taliban militants attacked a supply convoy which left one Taliban militant dead and three others injured.

He said the driver of one of the vehicles was also injured and his companion was killed during the clashes.

According to Khogyani, an Afghan policeman was also killed during the clashes while five others were injured after their vehicle overturned.

In the meantime, Khogyani said at least four Taliban militants including their local commander were killed and two others were injured following military operations in Nerkh and Syedabad districts.

He said Afghan security forces and local residents did not suffer any casualties during the operations.

Wardak is among the relatively volatile provinces in central Afghanistan where Taliban militants are actively operating in a number of districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

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7 militants killed, 18 others detained in Afghan military operations http://www.khaama.com/7-militants-killed-18-others-detained-in-afghan-military-operations-3563 http://www.khaama.com/7-militants-killed-18-others-detained-in-afghan-military-operations-3563#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:06:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33537 7 militants killed, 18 others detained in Afghan military operations
At least seven Taliban militants were killed and eighteen others were detained during military operations by Afghan national security forces. Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said at least 7 anti-government armed militants were killed during operations by Afghan national army soldiers in the past 24 hours. Azimi further added that five militants including a Read the full article...]]>
7 militants killed, 18 others detained in Afghan military operations

At least seven Taliban militants were killed and eighteen others were detained during military operations by Afghan national security forces.

Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said at least 7 anti-government armed militants were killed during operations by Afghan national army soldiers in the past 24 hours.

Azimi further added that five militants including a rebel commander were arrested during the operations.

In the meantime, interior ministry following a statement said at least thirteen Taliban militants were arrested during joint military operations in the past 24 hours.

Interior ministry further added that the militants were arrested during operatiosn in Kabul, Kandahar and Logar provinces of Afghanistan.

Afghan national security forces also confiscated various types of weapons and explosives during the operations.

Interior ministry also added that the Afghan national police forces discovered and seized eleven improvised explosive device (IEDs) during operations in Laghman, Baghlan, Takhar, Sar-e-Pul, Kandahar, Logar and Paktika provinces.

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Afghan election frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah vows reconciliation with Karzai http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-frontrunner-abdullah-abdullah-vows-reconciliation-with-karzai-3562 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-frontrunner-abdullah-abdullah-vows-reconciliation-with-karzai-3562#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:11:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33534 Afghan election frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah vows reconciliation with Karzai
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a frontrunner in Afghan presidential race has hinted that Karzai would remain at the heart of the affairs of Afghanistan and serve a role in politics. Abdullah accused Karzai of stealing the vote following the 2009 poll which was widely discredited as massively fraudulent by the interntional community. However, he has vowed Read the full article...]]>
Afghan election frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah vows reconciliation with Karzai

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a frontrunner in Afghan presidential race has hinted that Karzai would remain at the heart of the affairs of Afghanistan and serve a role in politics.

Abdullah accused Karzai of stealing the vote following the 2009 poll which was widely discredited as massively fraudulent by the interntional community.

However, he has vowed that he would not pursue “vengeance” against the man he calims stole the last election.

While speaking during an interview with AFP, Abdullah said, “The president of Afghanistan will have a role in the future. I’m not talking about an administrative role, I’m talking about a role in the politics of the country, a role at the national level, and he has served the country for the past 13 years.”

Abdullah further added, “So that is something that is natural. What shape that role will take will depend on his decision.”

In response to a question on whether he would be inclined to seek prosecution of Karzai or his brothers, who have been dogged by major corruption allegations for years “I would not go through that line that will be politics of vengeance and revenge and retribution. Our priority of the future government will be to deal with the priorities of the nation,”

The partial vote result is expected to be released by the independent election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Sunday afternoon.

Abdullah Abdullah is seen as the leading along with the former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to succeed Karzai, with both camps expressing optimism of winning outright without the need for a second round.

A runoff is expected if none of the leading candidates gains more 50 percent of the estimated seven million votes cast.

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Missing Malaysian plane’ hijacked and in Afghanistan’, Russian intelligence claims http://www.khaama.com/missing-malaysian-plane-hijacked-and-in-afghanistan-russian-intelligence-claims-3561 http://www.khaama.com/missing-malaysian-plane-hijacked-and-in-afghanistan-russian-intelligence-claims-3561#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:38:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33531 Missing Malaysian plane’ hijacked and in Afghanistan’, Russian intelligence claims
The Russian intelligence sources have claimed that the missing Malaysian Flight MH370 has been hijacked and flown close to Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Sources quoted by a Russian newspaper, Moskovsky Komsomolets have reportedly said all passengers and crew members aboard the missing Malaysian flight are alive. “Flight MH370 Malaysia Airlines missing on 8 March with 239 passengers Read the full article...]]>
Missing Malaysian plane’ hijacked and in Afghanistan’, Russian intelligence claims

The Russian intelligence sources have claimed that the missing Malaysian Flight MH370 has been hijacked and flown close to Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Sources quoted by a Russian newspaper, Moskovsky Komsomolets have reportedly said all passengers and crew members aboard the missing Malaysian flight are alive.

“Flight MH370 Malaysia Airlines missing on 8 March with 239 passengers was hijacked. Pilots are not guilty; the plane was hijacked by unknown terrorists. We know that the name of the terrorist who gave instructions to pilots is “Hitch.” The plane is in Afghanistan not far from Kandahar near the border with Pakistan,” an intelligence source quoted by Moskovsky Komsomolets said.

The source further added, “Plane is on the road near the mountain range, he has a broken wing. Maybe he made a hard landing. All passengers survived, they live in shacks almost without food.”

According to the newspaper, twenty Asian specialists including one Japanese were captured and were brought into the bunker in Pakistan.

The newspaper claimed that the information has been provided to their correposndent by an anonymous source. It is also claimed that the terrorists are possibly seeking to bargain with either America or China.

Authorities have not commented regarding the report so far and the news cannot be independently verified due to the anonymity of the source to the Russian newspaper.

This comes as the search, now covering 11 countries, has so far offered very few clues on the whereabouts of the Boeing 777 which disappeared earlier in March from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Meanwhile, an Australian sea patrol aircraft has detected a possible black box signal in the same area where Ocean Shield detected four pingers in search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Head of the search’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Air Chief Marshal (ret) Angus Houston Air Chief Marshal (ret) Angus Houston confirmed that RAAF AP-3C Orion detected ‘a possible signal in the vicinity of Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield’.

Houston quoted by Australia’s Sun Herald newspaper said, the acoustic data would require further analysis, but shows potential of being from a man-made source.

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Associated Press photographer killed in Afghanistan shooting laid to rest http://www.khaama.com/associated-press-photographer-killed-in-afghanistan-shooting-laid-to-rest-2993 http://www.khaama.com/associated-press-photographer-killed-in-afghanistan-shooting-laid-to-rest-2993#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:34:17 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33528 Associated Press photographer killed in Afghanistan shooting laid to rest
Hundreds of mourners gathered in Hoxter in the central German town of Hoxter on Saturday to pay their last respect to Associated Press (AP) photographer Anja Niedringhaus who was killed in Afghanistan last week. The funeral service of slain AP photographer was attended by around 600 mourners where a priest also read out a letter Read the full article...]]>
Associated Press photographer killed in Afghanistan shooting laid to rest

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Hoxter in the central German town of Hoxter on Saturday to pay their last respect to Associated Press (AP) photographer Anja Niedringhaus who was killed in Afghanistan last week.

The funeral service of slain AP photographer was attended by around 600 mourners where a priest also read out a letter from AP special correspondent Kathy Gannon, who was wounded in the April 4 attack that killed Niedringhaus.

Gannon, 60, and Niedringhaus, 48, often teamed up on assignments. “I am so happy,” Gannon recalled some of Niedringhaus’ last words.

“You were so happy,” the letter read. “Your heart knew no bounds. You wanted to help everyone.”

The Associated Press Senior Vice President and Executive Editor, Kathleen Carroll, said Niedringhaus loved to capture calm when there was chaos all around her.

Carroll said “And I believe that is why her pictures from terrible places resonated with so many people around the world.”

“She found their dignity. She found the quiet human moments that connected people in great strife to all the rest of us around the world,” Carroll added.

Anja Niedringhaus joined the AP in 2002, and while based in Geneva worked throughout the Middle East as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

She was shot dead by an Afghan police unit commander in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan while she was traveling along with Gannon in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots.

The unit commander, identified as Naqibullah is in custody and being questioned by Afghan authorities. He surrendered immediately after opening fire on the vehicle of Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon.

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Partial Afghan vote result announcement delayed for another day http://www.khaama.com/partial-afghan-vote-results-announcement-delayed-for-another-day-2992 http://www.khaama.com/partial-afghan-vote-results-announcement-delayed-for-another-day-2992#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:34:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33525 Partial Afghan vote result announcement delayed for another day
The partial election result which was due to be announced today have been delayed for another one day and will announced on Sunday, the election officials said Saturday. Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Friday that the partial election result was expected on Saturday. However, reports suggest that the election Read the full article...]]>
Partial Afghan vote result announcement delayed for another day

The partial election result which was due to be announced today have been delayed for another one day and will announced on Sunday, the election officials said Saturday.

Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Friday that the partial election result was expected on Saturday.

However, reports suggest that the election officials have not reached to an agreement following a lengthy meeting on Saturday which lasted for almost 7 hours.

The election officials have not announced the main reason behind the delay for announcing the partial election results.

Noor said Friday that around 85 percent of the ballot results in 5156 protective sacks have been received and partial results will be announced upon the entry of over 50 percent of election material into the system.

He said almost 20 to 25 percent of the election materials have been entered into the system so far.

Noor also added that the ballot papers in a number of polling stations have not been processed in accordance with the IEC regulations which have been quarantined.

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Pakistan drops attempted murder case against 9-month-old baby http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-drops-attempted-murder-case-against-9-month-old-baby-3560 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-drops-attempted-murder-case-against-9-month-old-baby-3560#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:15:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33522 Pakistan drops attempted murder case against 9-month-old baby
A court in Pakistan has dropped an attempted murder case against a 9-month-old baby on Saturday. The nine-month-old Musa Khan appeared in court in Lahore for a second time on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs. Musa was charged along with his father and grandfather for allegedly being part Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan drops attempted murder case against 9-month-old baby

A court in Pakistan has dropped an attempted murder case against a 9-month-old baby on Saturday.

The nine-month-old Musa Khan appeared in court in Lahore for a second time on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs.

Musa was charged along with his father and grandfather for allegedly being part of a group of slum residents who threw stones at gas company workers who were trying to disconnect homes from gas service for nonpayment of bills.

His Irfan Sadiq told Reuters news agency, “Police told the court that the nomination of Musa in the case of attacking police and gas company officials was a human error and Musa is not required.”

However, Musa Khan’s grandfather, Muhammad Yasin and his three sons still face the charges.

Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab Province and the brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for an inquiry after pictures taken at an earlier court hearing of Musa crying as he was being fingerprinted provoked widespread ridicule.

Senior Superintendent of Police Rana Jabbar said the assistant superintendent who filed the charges has since been removed from their position.

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Separate blasts leaves 2 policemen dead, 5 wounded in Khost http://www.khaama.com/separate-blasts-leaves-2-policemen-dead-5-wounded-in-khost-3559 http://www.khaama.com/separate-blasts-leaves-2-policemen-dead-5-wounded-in-khost-3559#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:29:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33518 Separate blasts leaves 2 policemen dead, 5 wounded in Khost
At least two policemen were killed and five others were injured in separate blasts in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan on Saturday. A local security official said, both the explosions took place in eastern Khost city. The official further added that two policemen were killed and another one was injured in the first explosion, while Read the full article...]]>
Separate blasts leaves 2 policemen dead, 5 wounded in Khost

At least two policemen were killed and five others were injured in separate blasts in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan on Saturday.

A local security official said, both the explosions took place in eastern Khost city.

The official further added that two policemen were killed and another one was injured in the first explosion, while four others were injured in the second blast.

He said the first blast targeted a police vehicle in the outskirts of Khost city and the second blast took place in western part of Khost city.

He also added that the health condition of the police officer who was injured in the first explosion is critical.

Khost is among the relatively provinces in eastern Afghanistan where Taliban militants and insurgents from the other militant groups including Haqqani Network are actively operating in a number of its districts.

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Coordinated suicide attacks foiled in Helmand, 5 suspects arrested http://www.khaama.com/coordinated-suicide-attacks-foiled-in-helmand-5-suspects-arrested-3558 http://www.khaama.com/coordinated-suicide-attacks-foiled-in-helmand-5-suspects-arrested-3558#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:31:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33515 Coordinated suicide attacks foiled in Helmand, 5 suspects arrested
The Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) foiled coordinated suicide attack plot in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. National Directorate of Security (NDS) following a statement said Saturday that the Afghan intelligence operatives arrested a group of 5 militants in connection to the attack plot. The statement further added that the militants were Read the full article...]]>
Coordinated suicide attacks foiled in Helmand, 5 suspects arrested

The Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) foiled coordinated suicide attack plot in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

National Directorate of Security (NDS) following a statement said Saturday that the Afghan intelligence operatives arrested a group of 5 militants in connection to the attack plot.

The statement further added that the militants were looking to carry out the attacks in Nahr-e-Saraj, Nad-e-Ali, Dasht-e-Malgir, Khoshk Aba and Lashkargah districts.

NDS also added that the Afghan intelligence operatives seized three vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) along with three motorcycles packed with explosives.

Various types of weapons and explosives including 40 improvised explosive device (IED), 12 AK-47, 2 RPG-7 rockets, 1 PK machine gun, 3 pistols, 150 kg of explosives, 7 hand grenades, 18 remote controls, 85 kg of opium, 200 kg of hashish, 2 bottles of toxicants and various other type of weapons and explosives were confiscated by intelligence operatives, NDS said.

Afghan intelligence officials said further investigations have been launched in connection to the attack plot.

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Landslide in Takhar leaves 4 dead, dozens of houses damaged http://www.khaama.com/landslide-in-takhar-leaves-4-dead-dozens-of-houses-damaged-3557 http://www.khaama.com/landslide-in-takhar-leaves-4-dead-dozens-of-houses-damaged-3557#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:28:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33511 Landslide in Takhar leaves 4 dead, dozens of houses damaged
At least four people died due a landslide in north-eastern Takhar province of Afghanistan, local officials said. The incident took place in Rustaq district of Takhar province late Friday evening due to heavy rain fall. Provincial governor spokesman, Sunnatullah Temori confirmed the incident took place Khayab area of Rustaq district. Mr. furhter added that four Read the full article...]]>
Landslide in Takhar leaves 4 dead, dozens of houses damaged

At least four people died due a landslide in north-eastern Takhar province of Afghanistan, local officials said.

The incident took place in Rustaq district of Takhar province late Friday evening due to heavy rain fall.

Provincial governor spokesman, Sunnatullah Temori confirmed the incident took place Khayab area of Rustaq district.

Mr. furhter added that four people were killed and over one hundred houses were damaged following the landslide.

He said four main roads linking Rustaq district with the main town of Takhar province, were blocked due to the landslide.

According to reports, rescue teams have been deployed to area and are busy to recover those who have been trapped.

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14 Taliban militants killed, 9 others injured in Afghan operations http://www.khaama.com/14-taliban-militants-killed-9-others-injured-in-afghan-operations-3556 http://www.khaama.com/14-taliban-militants-killed-9-others-injured-in-afghan-operations-3556#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:37:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33508 14 Taliban militants killed, 9 others injured in Afghan operations
At least 14 Taliban militants were killed and 9 others were injured during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours. The operations were jointly conducted by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives. Interior ministry following a statement said Saturday that Read the full article...]]>
14 Taliban militants killed, 9 others injured in Afghan operations

At least 14 Taliban militants were killed and 9 others were injured during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

The operations were jointly conducted by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives.

Interior ministry following a statement said Saturday that the militants were killed or injured in Paktika, Kandahar, Logar and Ghazni provinces.

The statement further added that 6 Taliban militants were also arrested during the counter-terrorism operations.

Afghan security forces confiscated various types of light and heavy weapons along with explosives during the operations, interior ministry said.

The statement by interior ministry also added that Afghan national police (ANP)forces discovered and seized 5 improvised explosive device (IED) during operations in Kandahar and Farah provinces.

Interior ministry said the improvised explosive device (IEDs) were recently planted by Taliban militants for insurgency attacks.

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Women should be hanged for adultery, rapists should be forgiven: Indian politician http://www.khaama.com/women-should-be-hanged-for-adultery-rapists-should-be-forgiven-indian-politician-3555 http://www.khaama.com/women-should-be-hanged-for-adultery-rapists-should-be-forgiven-indian-politician-3555#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 05:26:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33504 Women should be hanged for adultery, rapists should be forgiven: Indian politician
The remarks by an Indian politician have sparked outraged after he claimed that the women who have sex outside marriage should be hanged and that men who committed rape should be forgiven their “mistakes”. Addressing a rally in Moradabad Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of the Socialist Party (SP) said Thursday that he would scrap a Read the full article...]]>
Women should be hanged for adultery, rapists should be forgiven: Indian politician

The remarks by an Indian politician have sparked outraged after he claimed that the women who have sex outside marriage should be hanged and that men who committed rape should be forgiven their “mistakes”.

Addressing a rally in Moradabad Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of the Socialist Party (SP) said Thursday that he would scrap a recently introduced law that fixed the death penalty for rapists.

Yadav said men should not face the death penalty as it was not uncommon for boys to make mistakes. “Boys will be boys. Following a girl-boy fight, the girl complains she was raped,” he said in the city of Moradabad.

The comments by Yadav sparked outcry from women’s rights campaigners and commentators, as well as his political opponents.

Social activist Kiran Bedi quoted by India’s Zee News said, “These statements call for total boycott of such a political leader. People should be asked to vote out such people completely.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flayed Mulayam Singh for his “insensitive and shameful” statement.

State spokesman for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the former chief minister’s comments were unacceptable and very sad.

The comments by Yadav also outraged the Indian media with newspapers and websites are criticising Mr Yadav for his “insensitive and unfortunate” comment.

The Times of Idia website said, “Mulayam Singh Yadav sinks to a new low, defends rapists to woo voters. Even by his misogynistic standards, he seems to have sunk to a new low… The change in the laws was brought on after months of selfless demonstration by citizens striving to bring about a change in India’s social outlook.”

Hindustan Times says Mr Yadav’s statement has come “at a time when women’s security has emerged as one of the key issues in the elections, especially against the backdrop of the 16 December (2012) gang rape of a paramedical student in Delhi.”

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Suicide attack leaves tribal elder dead in Paktika http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-leaves-tribal-elder-dead-in-paktia-2991 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-leaves-tribal-elder-dead-in-paktia-2991#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:13:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33497 Suicide attack leaves tribal elder dead in Paktika
A local tribal elder was killed following a suicide attack in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan on Friday, local officials said. The incident took place on Friday after in Urgun district around 2:00 pm local time. Provincial governor spokesman, Mukhlis Afghan confirming the report said a suicide bomber targeted an influential tribal elder Gul Babri. Read the full article...]]>
Suicide attack leaves tribal elder dead in Paktika

A local tribal elder was killed following a suicide attack in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan on Friday, local officials said.

The incident took place on Friday after in Urgun district around 2:00 pm local time.

Provincial governor spokesman, Mukhlis Afghan confirming the report said a suicide bomber targeted an influential tribal elder Gul Babri.

He said the incident took place in a market and at least three civilians were also injured in the attack.

In the meantime, the provincial government media office following a statement said the suicide bomber initially opened fire on tribal elder Gul Babri Zadran and detonated his explosives after he was injured.

Paktia province is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where Taliban militants and insurgents from the other militant groups including Haqqani network are active in a number of its districts.

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US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) raising Dahla Dam in Kandahar http://www.khaama.com/us-army-corps-of-engineers-usace-raising-dahla-dam-in-kandahar-2990 http://www.khaama.com/us-army-corps-of-engineers-usace-raising-dahla-dam-in-kandahar-2990#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:27:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33494 US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) raising Dahla Dam in Kandahar
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will raise Dahla Dam in southern Afghanistan by 25ft (7.6m). Dahla Dam was completed in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan in 1952, however the network of its irrigating canals across Kandahar province has been silted and left in ruins due to three decades of war and neglect. Read the full article...]]>
US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) raising Dahla Dam in Kandahar

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will raise Dahla Dam in southern Afghanistan by 25ft (7.6m).

Dahla Dam was completed in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan in 1952, however the network of its irrigating canals across Kandahar province has been silted and left in ruins due to three decades of war and neglect.

USACE is entering phase 1 of a two-phase project to raise the dam in a bid to boost the dam’s reservoir capacity and increase water for irrigation and consumption, the Water Power Magazine reported.

Construction of a new valve house and extension of the outlet tunnel is also included in the project which is scheduled to be completed on July 2015 while the phase 2, the actual raising of the dam is scheduled for 2017 completion.

The dam was surrounded by mines which have been cleared by USACE to allow phase one work to be carried out.

According to estimates, the reservoir’s capacity has been reduced by one-third to one-half due to sediment. The reservoir is depleted towards the end of most summers, leaving little for people or farmers downstream.

Officials in Helmand and Arghandab Valley Authority (HAVA) said the water supply doesn’t even reach 30% of irrigation canals refurbished by the Canadian International Development Agency over the past several years.

USACE Kandahar Resident Office officer in charge Maj. Jeffery Ward said, “The Canadians rehabilitated many of the irrigation canals south of Dahla Dam as part of their Arghandab Irrigation Rehabilitation Project.”

“Projects like those by the Canadians, those of other countries and the U.S. all interconnect. Once we complete phase two, these projects will all come together and greatly increase irrigation and drinking water in Southern Afghanistan,” Maj. Jeffery Ward said.

Boosting Dahla Dam reservoir capacity will have a widespread effect as Arghandab canal, southern Arghandab canal, Baba Wali canal and the south and north Tarnak canals carry water from the Dahla Dam reservoir.

The Arghandab River divides into 55 streams and the canals divide into an additional 55 streams, irrigating lands across Afghanistan’s agricultural heartland.

According to Helmand and Arghandab Valley Authority (HAVA) officials, the dam now irrigates nearly 98,000 acres of land, but when completed, those numbers should increase to 150,000 acres.

Raising the dam will also help supply Afghanistan’s second largest city, Kandahar, which has a population of about 500,000 people.

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Partial Afghan vote results expected on Saturday http://www.khaama.com/partial-afghan-vote-results-expected-on-saturday-2989 http://www.khaama.com/partial-afghan-vote-results-expected-on-saturday-2989#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:48:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33491 Partial Afghan vote results expected on Saturday
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials said Friday that the partial election results will likely be released on Saturday. IEC spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor said around 85 percent of the ballot results in 5156 protective sacks, have been received and the partial results will likely be released on Saturday. According to IEC officials, the partial Read the full article...]]>
Partial Afghan vote results expected on Saturday

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials said Friday that the partial election results will likely be released on Saturday.

IEC spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor said around 85 percent of the ballot results in 5156 protective sacks, have been received and the partial results will likely be released on Saturday.

According to IEC officials, the partial results will be announced upon the entry of over 50 percent of election material into the system.

In the meantime, Noor said they have received complete ballot papers from 13 provinces while major portion of the ballot papers have been received from the other provinces.

He said 975 protective sacks of election materials have not been received so far, which will hopefully be transferred in the next two days.

According to Noor, around 20 to 25 percent of the election materials have been entered into the system so far.

Noor also added that the ballot papers in a number of polling stations have not been processed in accordance with the IEC regulations which have been quarantined.

He said IEC will mark the votes as invalid if they discovered any fraud in ballot papers of polling stations which have been quarantined.

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Afghan cricketers to train in Pakistan for World Cup 2015 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricketers-to-train-in-pakistan-for-world-cup-2015-2988 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricketers-to-train-in-pakistan-for-world-cup-2015-2988#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:15:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33487 Afghan cricketers to train in Pakistan for World Cup 2015
Pakistan’s two former international captains will train the Afghanistan national cricket for their maiden World Cup appearance next year. The trainings will be conducted under the guidance of Aamir Sohail who will help the batsmen and Rashid Latif who will help the wicket-keepers. Sohail told AFP, “It will definitely be fun to coach the exciting Read the full article...]]>
Afghan cricketers to train in Pakistan for World Cup 2015

Pakistan’s two former international captains will train the Afghanistan national cricket for their maiden World Cup appearance next year.

The trainings will be conducted under the guidance of Aamir Sohail who will help the batsmen and Rashid Latif who will help the wicket-keepers.

Sohail told AFP, “It will definitely be fun to coach the exciting players from Afghanistan and I will try to make them competitive enough to play against world’s best teams next year.”

Afghan cricket team will appear in ICC World Cup which is due to be organized in New Zealand and Australia in 2015.

“We have a full year of events starting with the Asian Cricket Council Trophy next month and the excitement will reach the highest point with the World Cup, and we have planned a two-week camp in Karachi from April 15,” Kabir Khan quoted by AFP said.

Afghanistan will play in Group of World Cup 2015 alongside Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Bangladesh, England and Sri Lanka.

Afghanistan will face Bangladesh in its opening match in ICC World Cup 2015. Afghanistan has featured in three World Twenty20 (2010, 2012 and 2014) tournaments.

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Afghan army female trainers shape up http://www.khaama.com/afghan-army-female-trainers-shape-up-2987 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-army-female-trainers-shape-up-2987#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:31:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33483 Afghan army female trainers shape up
Lalage Snow NATOChannel In just over two months, the new Afghan National Army Officer Academy will be opening its doors to the first class of female officer cadets. In preparation, eight female instructors are currently being put through their paces. Sergeant Humeira, Trainee instructor said, “I always wanted to join the army, so that’s why I’m Read the full article...]]>
Afghan army female trainers shape up

Lalage Snow NATOChannel

In just over two months, the new Afghan National Army Officer Academy will be opening its doors to the first class of female officer cadets. In preparation, eight female instructors are currently being put through their paces.

Sergeant Humeira, Trainee instructor said, “I always wanted to join the army, so that’s why I’m here.”

She said, “Currently we are doing the teacher training course for two and a half months, after which we will be delivering training for the female cadets.”

Sergeant Rukhshana, another Trainee instructor said, “All my brothers are in the army and my family really encouraged me to join up.”

“The army is not just a job for men, but for women too. When the men are conducting operations and searching houses, they can’t search the women. But women can search women, so that’s why it’s important,” Sergeant Rukhshana said.

These new female instructors are being trained by both Afghan and international soldiers.

Captain Danielle Huggins, Platoon commander mentor said, “The whole point of us being here at ANAOA is to encourage the development and support of the women in the ANA and the defence course in general.”

Lieutenant Kambez, Afghan National Army platoon commander instructor said, “We prepare them in this academy to be in field and be in same equal as men do. They can run, they can teach, they can fire, they can go through any difficult situation, as men go through. We are preparing them as such as the men get training in this academy.”

But unlike previous courses run for female soldiers, this one is conducted with their male counterparts; a radical step in a country where the sexes are traditionally divided.

Lt Kambez  said, “First two days, they were having problems, lot of problems, sitting on the same benches in the same class as the men.  And they were having problems doing exercises, running with them. After a few days, they have improved.  And they are really happy. They are saying that “we’re really happy from getting trained as equal as men.”

Sergeant Rukhshana  said, “It was very hard when I was new here. But step by step we are progressing with the training alongside the men. So now we are like one big family.”

The physical side of the training is also a huge undertaking for the cadets as many have never done exercise before, least of all alongside men. But true to form, they are rising to the challenge.

Staff Sergeant Kate Lord, Physical training instructor said, “As soon as they came in, it was a bit …You could see it straight away. One wasn’t even able to do one press up and then today, six weeks on, they are doing 5-6 press ups in one go with really good form.”

All the men seem to be accepting the females. Who would have thought, five months in the tour and the females are alongside their male counterparts doing physical training.”

And the benefits to all are palpable. “We’ve seen them become more confident, they are really keen to actually do the lessons with the men, so that they are getting taught exactly the same thing. I think they’ve seen a lot of segregation, so they are enjoying working with the men and learning the same as what they do,” Captain Huggins said.

And for the soldiers themselves, inviting women to be officers can only be a good thing. “It’s an honour for us, that women born in Afghanistan, raised in Afghanistan and living in Afghanistan are able to serve their country,” Dari Sergeant Humeira said.

Lt Kambez said, “We need them actually. We need them and their country needs them.”

This is the script of a NATOChannel story. Link to the video 

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Former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim goes missing in UAE http://www.khaama.com/former-taliban-leader-agha-jan-mutasim-goes-missing-in-uae-2986 http://www.khaama.com/former-taliban-leader-agha-jan-mutasim-goes-missing-in-uae-2986#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:53:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33479 Former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim goes missing in UAE
According to reports, the former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim who met with the Afghan officials to discuss peace process has gone missing in the United Arab Emirates. Agha Jan Mutasim is believed to be an influential Taliban leader who could play a vital role in Afghan peace talks with the Taliban group. He met Read the full article...]]>
Former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim goes missing in UAE

According to reports, the former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim who met with the Afghan officials to discuss peace process has gone missing in the United Arab Emirates.

Agha Jan Mutasim is believed to be an influential Taliban leader who could play a vital role in Afghan peace talks with the Taliban group.

He met with the senior members of the Afghan high peace council (HPC) in Dubai last month and was due to meet with the Afghan peace delegation in the near future in UAE.

Sources close to Agha Jan Mutasim including his family members have confirmed that he has gone missing in UAE and they cannot contact him since last week, Pakistan’s The Express Tribune reported.

The sources further added Mullah Agha Jan Mutasim had agreed to hold more talks to push the peace process and to break more Taliban leaders from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

The initiative by Agha Jan Mutasim to hold talks between the Afghan government and Taliban militants had annoyed the Taliban group.

A senior Taliban leader Mullah Raqeeb was also killed by unknown gunmen in Peshawar city of Pakistan, a day after he attended the talks in Dubai.

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Attack on NATO oil tankers leaves 1 dead in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/attack-on-nato-oil-tankers-leaves-1-dead-in-pakistan-2985 http://www.khaama.com/attack-on-nato-oil-tankers-leaves-1-dead-in-pakistan-2985#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:51:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33476 Attack on NATO oil tankers leaves 1 dead in Pakistan
The driver of a NATO oil tanker was killed after unknown gunmen attacked a convoy of the NATO oil tankers in northwest Pakistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place in Jamrud on Thursday morning after unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on seven NATO oil tankers. ssistant Political Agent (APA) Roshan Mehsud quoted by Read the full article...]]>
Attack on NATO oil tankers leaves 1 dead in Pakistan

The driver of a NATO oil tanker was killed after unknown gunmen attacked a convoy of the NATO oil tankers in northwest Pakistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place in Jamrud on Thursday morning after unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on seven NATO oil tankers.

ssistant Political Agent (APA) Roshan Mehsud quoted by local newspapers said the driver of the oil tanker was initially injured and later succumbed to his injuries.

According to Mehsud it was the first oil tanker in a long time which was en route to Afghanistan through Jamrud, Khyber Agency.

He said the assailants managed to flee after the attack. No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting but authorities have blamed Pakistani militant groups for previous such attacks.

Jamrud is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the city of Peshawar.

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Suicide bomber killed in southern Kandahar province http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bomber-killed-in-southern-kandahar-province-2984 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bomber-killed-in-southern-kandahar-province-2984#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:56:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33474
A suicide bomber was killed after attacking the coalition security forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan. The incident took place on Thursday afternoon in Spin Boldak district, the local government media office said following a statement. The statement further added that the attack took place around 4:15 pm local time and only the suicide Read the full article...]]>

A suicide bomber was killed after attacking the coalition security forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

The incident took place on Thursday afternoon in Spin Boldak district, the local government media office said following a statement.

The statement further added that the attack took place around 4:15 pm local time and only the suicide bomber was killed and no one else was hurt.

Kandahar is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militants are actively operating in a number of its districts and frequently carry out insurgency attacks.

A suicide bomber targeted the convoy of the coalition forces by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in Maiwand district on Monday afternoon.

At least 15 civilians were also killed following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Maiwand district on the same day.

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Afghan peace talks with Taliban leaders to resume in UAE http://www.khaama.com/afghan-peace-talks-with-taliban-leaders-to-resume-in-uae-2983 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-peace-talks-with-taliban-leaders-to-resume-in-uae-2983#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:31:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33471 Afghan peace talks with Taliban leaders to resume in UAE
Afghan high peace council (HPC) officials said Thursday that peace talks between the Afghan officials and former Taliban leaders will resume soon in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Afghan high peace council chief executive Mohammad Amin Waqad said the negotiations will resume in the near future. Without disclosing further information regarding the exact date of Read the full article...]]>
Afghan peace talks with Taliban leaders to resume in UAE

Afghan high peace council (HPC) officials said Thursday that peace talks between the Afghan officials and former Taliban leaders will resume soon in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Afghan high peace council chief executive Mohammad Amin Waqad said the negotiations will resume in the near future.

Without disclosing further information regarding the exact date of peace talks, Mr. Waqad said Afghan officials will urge the Taliban leaders to sit in for peace negotiations.

The Afghan peace delegation will meet with Mutasهm Agha Jan and other Taliban leaders and will urge the Taliban figures close to Mullah Mohammad Omar to assist the Afghan peace process, Waqad quoted by Radio Free Europe (RFE) said.

This comes as Afghan president Hamid Karzai discussed the Afghan peace talks with the UAE Prime Minister during a telephone conversation, the presidential palace said in a statement.

Afghan peace delegation in the past has also met with the Taliban group leaders in United Arab Emirates. However, no major developments were made following the talks.

The former Taliban leader Mutasهm Agha Jan is believed to have a considerable influence among the Taliban leaders.

In the meantime, political analysts also believe that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can play a vital role in Afghan peace process.

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Afghan nationals arrested over deadly blast in Islamabad http://www.khaama.com/afghan-nationals-arrested-over-deadly-blast-in-islamabad-2982 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-nationals-arrested-over-deadly-blast-in-islamabad-2982#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:26:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33468 Afghan nationals arrested over deadly blast in Islamabad
Afghan nationals were among the several people arrested by Pakistani police forces after a deadly blast left at least 24 people dead on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The Pakistan newspapers reported Thursday that the search operations were conducted by four investigations teams in Multan, Kabirwala, Burewala and Arifwala. Afghan nationals were Read the full article...]]>
Afghan nationals arrested over deadly blast in Islamabad

Afghan nationals were among the several people arrested by Pakistani police forces after a deadly blast left at least 24 people dead on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

The Pakistan newspapers reported Thursday that the search operations were conducted by four investigations teams in Multan, Kabirwala, Burewala and Arifwala.

Afghan nationals were reportedly held during the operations in  I-11, I-10 and slum areas.

At least 116 others were also wounded the powerful explosion that took place in a fruit and vegetable market (Sabzi Mandi).

The explosive device weighing five kg was planted in a guava crate and was blown up by remote control leaving a 5ft x 3ft crater.

The United Baloch Army (UBA), an obscure militant group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group has reportedly termed the attack a revenge for the security forces’ operation against militants in parts of Balochistan. However, the interior ministry has rejected the claim of the UBA.

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Ashgabat host talks on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway project http://www.khaama.com/ashgabat-host-talks-on-turkmenistan-afghanistan-tajikistan-railway-project-2981 http://www.khaama.com/ashgabat-host-talks-on-turkmenistan-afghanistan-tajikistan-railway-project-2981#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:41:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33464 Ashgabat host talks on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway project
The Turkmenistan and Tajikistan foreign ministry officials on Thursday met to discuss the the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Tajikistan railway construction project. The meeting of the Joint Coordination Group was held at the foreign ministry of Turkmenistan to review the project. Turkmenistan’s foreign ministry in a statement carried by Trend News said, “During the talks, the delegations of Read the full article...]]>
Ashgabat host talks on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway project

The Turkmenistan and Tajikistan foreign ministry officials on Thursday met to discuss the the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Tajikistan railway construction project.

The meeting of the Joint Coordination Group was held at the foreign ministry of Turkmenistan to review the project.

Turkmenistan’s foreign ministry in a statement carried by Trend News said, “During the talks, the delegations of the two countries discussed the prospects of bilateral cooperation in the field of transport in the context of implementing the memorandum of understanding on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Tajikistan railway construction project among Turkmenistan, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Tajikistan.”

The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Tajikistan railway construction project has been implemented since June 2013, and the project is expected to become operational by 2015.

The 400 kilometer railway will connect Central Asia and world markets through the sea ports near the Indian Ocean.

China, Islamic Republic of Iran and Kyrgyzstan are also expected to join the project in the near future. Turkmen railway men will lay an Afghan section of the railway which will have two crossings in Afghanistan.

The project is considered to be vital for strategic, political and economic interests of all participants of the project.

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