Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:32:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 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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Afghan forces foiled 262 suicide attacks aimed at disrupting elections http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-foiled-262-suicide-attacks-aimed-at-disrupting-elections-3554 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-foiled-262-suicide-attacks-aimed-at-disrupting-elections-3554#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:17:43 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33461 Afghan forces foiled 262 suicide attacks aimed at disrupting elections
The Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Thursday that the Afghan security forces arrested foiled 262 suicide attacks aimed at disrupting the elections. NDS officials told reporters that the Afghan security forces arrested 262 suicide bombers during the military operations over the past one month.  Afghan security forces also discovered and seized Read the full article...]]>
Afghan forces foiled 262 suicide attacks aimed at disrupting elections

The Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Thursday that the Afghan security forces arrested foiled 262 suicide attacks aimed at disrupting the elections.

NDS officials told reporters that the Afghan security forces arrested 262 suicide bombers during the military operations over the past one month. 

Afghan security forces also discovered and seized 65 vehicles packed with explosives, NDS officials said.

According to the NDS officials, militant groups including the Taliban group, Haqqani Network and Jindullah militants group were looking to disrupt the elections.

The officials also added that foreign spy agencies also attempted to disrupt the elections, however the Afghan security forces managed to successful ensure security due to increased cooperation and coordination among the security institutions, and cooperation of the Afghan people with the security forces.

Despite the security threats, the participation of the voters was higher and over 7 million voters participated in presidential and provincial council elections.

The anti-government armed militant groups attempted to carry out numerous attacks to disrupt the elections.

According to the defense officials, militants carried out 690 attacks across the country during the presidential and provincial council elections on Saturday.

Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said Saturday that the attacks by militants included direct fire, rocket attacks, improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and suicide attacks.

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Deadly truck bombing plot foiled in Herat province http://www.khaama.com/deadly-truck-bombing-plot-foiled-in-herat-province-3553 http://www.khaama.com/deadly-truck-bombing-plot-foiled-in-herat-province-3553#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:50:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33457 Deadly truck bombing plot foiled in Herat province
Afghan security forces foiled a deadly suicide attack plot in western Herat province of Afghanistan, the security officials said Thursday. The militants were looking to storm government compounds using a vehicle packed with explosives. Deputy interior minister, Gen. Ayub Salangi said Afghan police arrested a suicide bomber in connection to the suicide attack plot. Gen. Read the full article...]]>
Deadly truck bombing plot foiled in Herat province

Afghan security forces foiled a deadly suicide attack plot in western Herat province of Afghanistan, the security officials said Thursday.

The militants were looking to storm government compounds using a vehicle packed with explosives.

Deputy interior minister, Gen. Ayub Salangi said Afghan police arrested a suicide bomber in connection to the suicide attack plot.

Gen. Salangi further added that the suicide bomber was looking to carry out the attack on government compounds using a truck packed with explosives.

Herat is among the relatively peaceful provinces in western Afghanistan; however the anti-government armed militants are active in a number of its remote districts.

The anti-government armed militants have recently increased their insurgency activities in a number of its districts.

At least four policemen were killed and three others were injured following an explosion in Shindand district of Herat province on Monday.

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Mass stabbing leaves 20 injured at US high school http://www.khaama.com/mass-stabbing-leaves-20-injured-at-us-high-school-2980 http://www.khaama.com/mass-stabbing-leaves-20-injured-at-us-high-school-2980#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:56:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33454 Mass stabbing leaves 20 injured at US high school
At least 19 students were injured along with a security guard after a teenager armed with knives went on a rampage at a high school in the US State of Pennsylvania. Dan Stevens, deputy emergency management coordinator for the Westmoreland County told reporters that the suspected attacker who is a 16-year-old student was in police Read the full article...]]>
Mass stabbing leaves 20 injured at US high school

At least 19 students were injured along with a security guard after a teenager armed with knives went on a rampage at a high school in the US State of Pennsylvania.

Dan Stevens, deputy emergency management coordinator for the Westmoreland County told reporters that the suspected attacker who is a 16-year-old student was in police custody.

Stevens said the victims are aged 14 to 17 and they were attacked in “numerous classrooms and hallways” of the school.

A spokesman for Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville Pennsylvania, Jesse Miller told Reuters that three of the patients were in surgery and all eight were listed in critical condition.

Chris Kauffman, director of trauma at Forbes Regional Hospital said all three undergoing surgery had been stabbed in the chest and abdomen.

The main motive behind the incident and identity of the assailant were not disclosed, Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld quoted by Associated Press said they’re looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before.

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6-year-old Afghan girl saved from marriage against her father’s debt http://www.khaama.com/6-year-old-afghan-girl-saved-from-marriage-against-her-fathers-debt-2979 http://www.khaama.com/6-year-old-afghan-girl-saved-from-marriage-against-her-fathers-debt-2979#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:07:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33447 6-year-old Afghan girl saved from marriage against her father’s debt
A US lawyer rescued a six-year-old Afghan girl – Naghma from marriage to a 19-year-old boy after her father failed to pay back his debt. Naghma’s father – Taj Mohammad had taken borrowed $2,500 for the treatment of his wife who fell ill after they moved to Kabul city from southern Helmand province last year. Read the full article...]]>
6-year-old Afghan girl saved from marriage against her father’s debt

A US lawyer rescued a six-year-old Afghan girl – Naghma from marriage to a 19-year-old boy after her father failed to pay back his debt.

Naghma’s father – Taj Mohammad had taken borrowed $2,500 for the treatment of his wife who fell ill after they moved to Kabul city from southern Helmand province last year.

However, Taj Mohammad could not repay his debt and decided to marry off Naghma who was only six-year-old to money lender’s son.

The U.S. lawyer Kimberley Motley stepped in to survive the six-year-old Naghma after she was informed by human rights groups .

Motley arranged a Jirga, assembly of Afghan elders and managed to get Namgha out of the marriage and return her to her family.

“I’m certainly very happy that Naghma did not have to be married off at the age of 6, so I’m pleased with that,” Motley quoted by CNN said.

She said, “But I’d like to make sure she gets an education and becomes successful.”

The debt of Naghma’s father was paid off by an anonymous donor. Afghanistan’s National Institute of Music, which is a school that takes orphans and underprivileged children is offering placements for both Naghma and her brother.

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NATO forces in southern Afghanistan ‘often made conflict worse’ http://www.khaama.com/nato-forces-in-southern-afghanistan-often-made-conflict-worse http://www.khaama.com/nato-forces-in-southern-afghanistan-often-made-conflict-worse#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:37:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33443 NATO forces in southern Afghanistan ‘often made conflict worse’
A Territorial British Army captain has said that the NATO forces “often made the conflict worse” in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The British Army captain, Mike Martin studied Helmand for six years and completed an Army-funded PhD at King’s College in London. He is is due to publish a book – An Intimate War Read the full article...]]>
NATO forces in southern Afghanistan ‘often made conflict worse’

A Territorial British Army captain has said that the NATO forces “often made the conflict worse” in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The British Army captain, Mike Martin studied Helmand for six years and completed an Army-funded PhD at King’s College in London.

He is is due to publish a book – An Intimate War – An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict 1978-2012 which is believed to be critical of British forces actions in Afghanistan.

Martin quoted by BBC said, Nato troops did not understand the “complexities” of Afghan tribal conflicts and were “manipulated” by tribal leaders fighting over land and water.

He wrote in the study, “This meant that we often made the conflict worse, rather than better. ” he wrote in the study.

Mike Martin resigned from his role in the Territorial Army after the Ministry of Defense (MoD) refused to give him permission to publish the study.

A spokesman for the Ministry of defense of United Kingdom said books by military personnel are “governed by well-established policy and regulations.”

However, Martin told BBC he was originally told his final thesis could not be published as a book because it made use of secret cables published by Wikileaks and classified materials.

In the meantime, the MoD spokesman said the material in the book did not contravene the Official Secrets Act and it had been accepted by department.

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Suicide bombing organizer arrested in Kandahar province http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bombing-organizer-arrested-in-kandahar-province-3551 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bombing-organizer-arrested-in-kandahar-province-3551#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:40:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33440 Suicide bombing organizer arrested in Kandahar province
A suicide bombing organizer was arrested by Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Tuesday. The interior ministry of Afghanistan said Wednesday that the suicide attack organizer was arrestd during a special military operation conducted by Afghan national police (ANP) forces. The operation was conducted in Moman Kali village of Daman district Read the full article...]]>
Suicide bombing organizer arrested in Kandahar province

A suicide bombing organizer was arrested by Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The interior ministry of Afghanistan said Wednesday that the suicide attack organizer was arrestd during a special military operation conducted by Afghan national police (ANP) forces.

The operation was conducted in Moman Kali village of Daman district on Tuesday.

Afghan police forces also discovered four suicide bombing vests, 530 kg of explosives and four improvised explosive device (IED) during the operation, interior ministry said.

In the meantime, another suspected militant was arrested in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan while he was looking to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) in Shahr-e-Safa district.

Zabul is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where Taliban militants and insurgents from the other militant groups are actively operating in its various districts.

Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) to target Afghan and coalition security forces which normally leads to civilian casualties.

At least 15 civilians were killed after a vehicle struck with an improvised explosive device in Maiwand district of Kandahar province on Monday.

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35 Taliban militants killed in Afghan counter-terrorism operations http://www.khaama.com/35-taliban-militants-killed-in-afghan-counter-terrorism-operations-3550 http://www.khaama.com/35-taliban-militants-killed-in-afghan-counter-terrorism-operations-3550#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:19:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33434 35 Taliban militants killed in Afghan counter-terrorism operations
At least 35 Taliban militants were killed during coordinated military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours. The operations were conducted by Afghan national police (ANP) forces in cooperation with the Afghan national army (ANA) and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives. Interior ministry of Afghanistan following a Read the full article...]]>
35 Taliban militants killed in Afghan counter-terrorism operations

At least 35 Taliban militants were killed during coordinated military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

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

Interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said Wednesday that the operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Balkh, Kandahar, Logar, Ghazni and Kunar provinces.

The statement further added that 35 Taliban militants were killed, 6 militants were injured and 19 others were detained during the operations.

Afghan security forces also confiscated various types of light and heavy weapons during the military operations, interior ministry said.

Interior ministry also added that the Afghan national police (ANP) forces discovered and seized 20 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during the operations in Takhar, Kunduz, Kandahar, Jawzjan, Khost and Paktika provinces.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban militants fequently use improvised explosive device (IED) to target Afghan and coalition security force, however the ordinary civilians are targeted mostly in roadside bombings.

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Ex-Pakistani cricket captain joins Afghan team as short time batting coach http://www.khaama.com/ex-pakistani-cricket-captain-joins-afghan-team-as-short-time-batting-coach-3549 http://www.khaama.com/ex-pakistani-cricket-captain-joins-afghan-team-as-short-time-batting-coach-3549#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:35:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33430 Ex-Pakistani cricket captain joins Afghan team as short time batting coach
The former Pakistani cricket captain Aamer Sohail has joined the Afghanistan cricket team as short time batting coach. The Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) said Wednesday that Aamer Sohail will join the Afghan cricketers in a training camp in Pakistan. ACB officials said the training camp in Pakistan has been arranged for the Afghan cricketers to Read the full article...]]>
Ex-Pakistani cricket captain joins Afghan team as short time batting coach

The former Pakistani cricket captain Aamer Sohail has joined the Afghanistan cricket team as short time batting coach.

The Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) said Wednesday that Aamer Sohail will join the Afghan cricketers in a training camp in Pakistan.

ACB officials said the training camp in Pakistan has been arranged for the Afghan cricketers to prepare for ACC Premier League.

Aamer Sohail is a former professional Pakistani cricketer who has played 156 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 47 Test matches.

Sohail will assist the Afghan batsmen to improve their performance.

The Afghan Cricket Board Chief Executive, Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad said Aamer Sohail is an experienced former Pakistani cricketer and he has been appointed on shot time basis to improve the batting line of the Afghan team.

Mr. Murad further added that negotiations have been made to appoint another coach for the Afghan team, however no final decision has been taken so far due to security issues.

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Op-Ed: Enemies of Election Results in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/op-ed-enemies-of-election-results-in-afghanistan-3548 http://www.khaama.com/op-ed-enemies-of-election-results-in-afghanistan-3548#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:07:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33425 Op-Ed: Enemies of Election Results in Afghanistan
We are not very new to democracy and elections anymore. The process has been exercised in the country since last one decade. The Afghan people have learned lessons from their history and past. The Afghan politicians have to understand that neither Afghanistan and nor the Afghans are the same. Many things have changed during the Read the full article...]]>
Op-Ed: Enemies of Election Results in Afghanistan

We are not very new to democracy and elections anymore. The process has been exercised in the country since last one decade. The Afghan people have learned lessons from their history and past. The Afghan politicians have to understand that neither Afghanistan and nor the Afghans are the same. Many things have changed during the last 12 years in this country, even the way of living and thinking. The last elections can easily reflect those changes.

The 5th April elections were a historic day. Millions of Afghan citizens across the country came and cast their votes for their favorite candidates. Of course in a country like Afghanistan, taking part in the election either as a voter or as a candidate is not risk free. Many voters jeopardized their life and took a huge risk to cast their votes. The courage, professionalism and dedication of the Afghan National Security Forces, who enabled people to vote, are highly appreciated and it has to be recognized.

Voting is only one part of the electoral process and it went very well. The turnout of the Afghan people in the elections has amazed the world community and such a huge turnout was even unexpected by many Afghans. The massive turnout of the Afghan voters showed their interest in democracy and it is also a sign that the Afghan people don’t want to go back to the era of the Taliban. It showed that the security transition is not only about the security, but it’s also about ownership, responsibility and pride.

The politicians have also realized that the Afghan people have learned from the past and they are supporting peaceful and democratic ways of transferring powers. While throughout the history of Afghanistan, this will be the first time that an elected president will transfer power to another elected president, but still there are some serious obstacles, which can interrupt the process of political transition or at least it can delay the process. When we talk about the political transition, it does not end with holding elections. But the process is lengthy and elections are only one part of this process.

 Of course the leadership of the country and the government senior officials has repeatedly promised to transfer the power peacefully to the next president. But the latest irresponsible remarks and claims by some presidential hopeful for winning the elections, before any official announcement of the results, have concerned the public. Any pre-mature judgment and decision about the election results are against the core value of the elections. Election bodies are the only legitimate institutions to deal with the election issues. So the candidates have to equally understand their rights and responsibilities and they must avoid any comments and remarks, which can harm the transparency and legitimacy of the election process.

There is an increase concern among the public that before any kind of announcement of the election results, some people within and outside of the government would like to interfere and sabotage the process. The election was not a perfect one. The violations and concerns have to be addressed, but only through legitimate means and electoral laws and bodies. Any dispute between the candidates about the election results will enable the current government to continue illegitimately. So this is the time for the candidates to stay patience and united with their nation against all those, who tries to create chaos.

In every presidential election, only one candidate can win and this is a fact of democracy that has to be accepted by all candidates. The candidates have to prefer the national interest and respect the votes of Afghan people. The only way to obey the Afghan constitution and appreciate votes of the Afghan citizens, it is to respect the announcement and the decisions of the Independent Election Commission. And both; the candidates and the Afghan government have to understand, that they will pay a huge cost of any mistake they commit and the people are closely watching them.

There are some active internal and external groups in Afghanistan, who works so hard to provoke some of the candidates to don’t accept the election results. And some comments by some of the candidates are worrying. It shows that they have been influenced by these specific groups, who has only one intention and that is destruction and destabilization of Afghanistan. So in this very vital era of the history Afghan politicians must consider the high interest of the country and they have to address any concern and issue through the existing laws and responsible institutions.

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam is the Founder and Chairman of the Afghan Anti-Corruption Network. The Afghan Anti-Corruption Network is the leading and the largest network of civil society organizations fighting corruption in Afghanistan. He is a fellow of the  Asia Society’s Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiativeand a political analyst.

He can be reached via twitter@shafiqhamdam

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Huge blast in Rawalpindi leaves 23 dead, 120 others injured http://www.khaama.com/huge-blast-in-rawalpindi-leaves-14-dead-40-others-injured-3547 http://www.khaama.com/huge-blast-in-rawalpindi-leaves-14-dead-40-others-injured-3547#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:00:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33421 Huge blast in Rawalpindi leaves 23 dead, 120 others injured
At least 23 people were killed and nearly 120 others were injured following an explosion in Rawalpindi near Islamabad on Wednesday. According to Pakistan officials, the incident took place in Sabzi Mandi area, fruit and vegetable market located on the border of the twin city Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The officials further added that the casualties Read the full article...]]>
Huge blast in Rawalpindi leaves 23 dead, 120 others injured

At least 23 people were killed and nearly 120 others were injured following an explosion in Rawalpindi near Islamabad on Wednesday.

According to Pakistan officials, the incident took place in Sabzi Mandi area, fruit and vegetable market located on the border of the twin city Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

The officials further added that the casualties may rise as the market is known to be crowded in the mornings.

Hospital sources have reported that a number of the injured are critical condition.

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MOHE declares university entry (Kankor) exam results http://www.khaama.com/mohe-declares-university-entry-kankor-exam-results-2978 http://www.khaama.com/mohe-declares-university-entry-kankor-exam-results-2978#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:59:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33415 MOHE declares university entry (Kankor) exam results
The Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan on Tuesday declared the nationwide university entrance exam (Kankor) results. Higher Education minister, Obaidullah Obaid said Tuesday that 110,000 applicants out of 229,000 applicants have succeeded in entrance and will be admitted to universities and higher education institutes. Mr. Obaid further added that nearly 260,000 applicants had enrolled for higher Read the full article...]]>
MOHE declares university entry (Kankor) exam results

The Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan on Tuesday declared the nationwide university entrance exam (Kankor) results.

Higher Education minister, Obaidullah Obaid said Tuesday that 110,000 applicants out of 229,000 applicants have succeeded in entrance and will be admitted to universities and higher education institutes.

Mr. Obaid further added that nearly 260,000 applicants had enrolled for higher education entrance (Kankor) exams, however around 229,000 applicants appeared for the exams.

He said around 55,000 applicants who passed the entrance exam will be admitted to universities while 55,000 others will continue their education in semi-higher education institutes.

The Higher Education Ministry of Afghanistan said the applicants had to secure at least 176 points in order to secure entry in the universities and higher education institutes.

Certain issues were also noted in a number of provinces during the university entrance exams after reports emerged regarding fraud, selling of exam papers, lack of exam materials and delay in conducting the exams on time.

At least 43 people were arrested after entry exams were cancelled in western Herat province of Afghanistan due to fraud, while similar fraud was reported in eastern Logar province.

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228 complaints of potential fraud filed against presidential candidates http://www.khaama.com/228-complaints-of-potential-fraud-filed-against-presidential-candidates-3546 http://www.khaama.com/228-complaints-of-potential-fraud-filed-against-presidential-candidates-3546#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:51:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33412 228 complaints of potential fraud filed against presidential candidates
The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) said Tuesday they have received 228 formal complaints of potential fraud against the presidential candidates. Independent Electoral Complaints (ECC) spokesman, Nadir Mohsini said additional 573 complaints were filed against the provincial council candidates and 772 complaints were filed against the Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials. Mr. Mohsini further added Read the full article...]]>
228 complaints of potential fraud filed against presidential candidates

The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) said Tuesday they have received 228 formal complaints of potential fraud against the presidential candidates.

Independent Electoral Complaints (ECC) spokesman, Nadir Mohsini said additional 573 complaints were filed against the provincial council candidates and 772 complaints were filed against the Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials.

Mr. Mohsini further added that complaints of potential fraud were noted in 29 provinces of Afghanistan during the elections day.

According to Mohsini, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has so far received 3,103 complaints regarding the potential fraud during the elections day, however around 1,573 formal complaints have been filed with them.

He said the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has launched investigations into formal complaints they have received.

The shortage of ballot papers in certain polling stations was one of the main issue during the elections day and the ECC officials are saying that they are doubtful of ballot stuffing.

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Traffic incident leaves 16 dead, 28 others injured in Zabul http://www.khaama.com/traffic-incident-leaves-16-dead-28-others-injured-in-zabul http://www.khaama.com/traffic-incident-leaves-16-dead-28-others-injured-in-zabul#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:05:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33408 Traffic incident leaves 16 dead, 28 others injured in Zabul
According to local authorities in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan, at least 16 people were killed and nearly 28 others were injured following a traffic incident. Provincial security chief, Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai said the incident took place on Tuesday morning in Shahr-e-Safa district. In the meantime, district police chief Sardar Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar said Read the full article...]]>
Traffic incident leaves 16 dead, 28 others injured in Zabul

According to local authorities in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan, at least 16 people were killed and nearly 28 others were injured following a traffic incident.

Provincial security chief, Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai said the incident took place on Tuesday morning in Shahr-e-Safa district.

In the meantime, district police chief Sardar Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar said the incident took place after a van collided with a bus on Kabul-Kandahar highway.

Rasoulyar further added preliminary reports suggest at least 16 people were killed and 28 others were injured following the incident.

He said a number of women and children were also among those killed or injured in today’s traffic incident.

This comes as deputy interior minister Gen. Ayub Salangi earlier said at least 8 people were killed and 38 others were injured following a traffic incident in Shahr-e-Safa district.

Today’s incident was one of the deadliest in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan during the recent years.

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UNAMA urges respect for election process http://www.khaama.com/unama-urges-respect-for-election-process-3545 http://www.khaama.com/unama-urges-respect-for-election-process-3545#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:36:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33405 UNAMA urges respect for election process
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today urged the candidates in the country’s Presidential elections, as well as their supporters, to respect the work of the two national electoral institutions – the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission – as vote counting is underway. “I commend the Read the full article...]]>
UNAMA urges respect for election process

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today urged the candidates in the country’s Presidential elections, as well as their supporters, to respect the work of the two national electoral institutions – the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission – as vote counting is underway.

“I commend the IEC and the IECC on their preparations for the elections and the improved process on election day. Along with the security institutions, they provided the Afghan people with the opportunity to show their determination to vote,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš.

“However, the process is not yet complete,” he added. “Votes must be counted, complaints resolved fairly and efficiently, and the two bodies must cooperate closely to release the results in a transparent and timely manner.”

Mr. Kubiš made the comments following a meeting on Monday with the IEC Chairperson, Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, and the IECC Chairperson, Abdul Satar Saadat.

The UN official noted that it is now vitally important to protect the impartiality and credibility of the election process so that the millions of ballots cast by voters can be translated into a legitimate outcome that is broadly accepted by the Afghan people.

In addition to urging Presidential candidates and their supporters to respect the work of the IEC and IECC, Mr. Kubiš called on them to await the release of official results.

He also counselled them against making premature announcements based on unofficial counts, which could lead to confusion.

Preliminary nationwide results are slated to be made public by the IEC on 24 April, with the final results announced on 14 May, after the formal adjudication of all complaints. The IEC will officially announce the first set of partial preliminary results once it has counted five per cent of the vote from twenty provinces.

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UNAMA condemns Kandahar bombing which left 15 civilians dead http://www.khaama.com/unama-condemns-kandahar-bombing-which-left-15-civilians-dead-3544 http://www.khaama.com/unama-condemns-kandahar-bombing-which-left-15-civilians-dead-3544#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:27:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33402 UNAMA condemns Kandahar bombing which left 15 civilians dead
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemns an attack in the southern province of Kandahar which killed 15 civilians and injured another five through the use of a pressure-plate improvised explosive device (PP-IED). On 7 April, in Gilankicha village in Kandahar’s Maywand district, a PP-IED was detonated by a pickup truck carrying Read the full article...]]>
UNAMA condemns Kandahar bombing which left 15 civilians dead

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemns an attack in the southern province of Kandahar which killed 15 civilians and injured another five through the use of a pressure-plate improvised explosive device (PP-IED).

On 7 April, in Gilankicha village in Kandahar’s Maywand district, a PP-IED was detonated by a pickup truck carrying 20 civilians, killing 14 men and one woman, and injuring four men and one woman. The incident took place on a road frequently used by civilians.

“The recent increased use of indiscriminate, victim-activated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by anti-Government elements in areas often used by civilians is particularly alarming,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš. “UNAMA reinforces its calls for an immediate end in the use of these illegal, indiscriminate IEDs.”

In the first three months of 2014, UNAMA documented the deaths of 187 civilians from IEDs and injuries to another 357 – a total of 544 civilian casualties, up 13 per cent compared to the same period in 2013. Within these figures and time period, civilian casualties from PP-IEDs rose 93 per cent, reversing a decline observed in the use of this type of device in 2013.

UNAMA highlights that the use of illegal, indiscriminate IEDs may amount to a war crime. International humanitarian law – which binds all parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan – strictly prohibits the use of weapons and attacks that do not distinguish between civilians and military objectives.

UNAMA extends its condolences to the families of those killed and wishes a speedy recovery for those injured.

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17 Senior Pakistani and Afghan Taliban leaders killed in Kunar airstrike http://www.khaama.com/17-senior-pakistani-and-afghan-taliban-leaders-killed-in-kunar-airstrike-3543 http://www.khaama.com/17-senior-pakistani-and-afghan-taliban-leaders-killed-in-kunar-airstrike-3543#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:20:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33399 17 Senior Pakistani and Afghan Taliban leaders killed in Kunar airstrike
At least 17 prominent Taliban leaders including the Taliban shadow governor were killed following an airstrike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan on Monday. The Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) following a statement said Tuesday that the latest intelligence report indicates that a gathering of the senior Pakistani and Afghan Taliban leaders Read the full article...]]>
17 Senior Pakistani and Afghan Taliban leaders killed in Kunar airstrike

At least 17 prominent Taliban leaders including the Taliban shadow governor were killed following an airstrike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan on Monday.

The Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) following a statement said Tuesday that the latest intelligence report indicates that a gathering of the senior Pakistani and Afghan Taliban leaders was targeted in an airstrike on Monday evening.

The statement further added that the meeting was organized by the Taliban shadow governor for Kunar in Shegal district, which was attended by senior Pakistani and Afghan Taliban leaders.

NDS released the following information regarding Taliban’s casualties in Kunar airstrike:

1. Noor Qasim Sabari, shadow governor of Taliban in Kunar.

2. Qari Osman, Taliban’s shadow district chief for Shegal.

3. Qari Zubair, senior Talban leader.

4. Qari Latif, senior Taliban leader.

5. Qari Tari, senior Taliban leader.

6. Mullah Bashir Gajar, Taliban leader responsible for major roadside bombings.

7. Qari Nasir Gajar, Taliban’s suicide attack coordinator.

8. Qari Sherin, Taliban leader responsible for assassinating tribal elders and Mullah Imams.

According to NDS, several Pakistani Taliban militants were killed during the airstrike and their dead bodies can be seen among those killed, however the exact number is not clear so far.

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32 Taliban militants killed in Afghan operations http://www.khaama.com/32-taliban-militants-killed-in-afghan-operations-3542 http://www.khaama.com/32-taliban-militants-killed-in-afghan-operations-3542#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:05:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33395 32 Taliban militants killed in Afghan operations
At least 32 Taliban militants were killed and 8 others were injured during counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan. The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said Tuesday that the militants were killed or injured during coordinated operations in the past 24 hours. The statement further added that the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan national Read the full article...]]>
32 Taliban militants killed in Afghan operations

At least 32 Taliban militants were killed and 8 others were injured during counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan.

The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said Tuesday that the militants were killed or injured during coordinated operations in the past 24 hours.

The statement further added that the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

At least 11 Taliban militants were also arrested during the operations which were conducted in Kabul, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Kapisa, Ghazni, Kunar, Nuristan and Helmand provinces, interior ministry said.

The statement by interior ministry also added that Afghan national security forces discovered and seized various types of weapons and explosives during the operations.

Afghan national polices forces confiscated 2 improvised explosive device (IED) during operations in Nangarhar and Bamiyan provinces, interior ministry said.

Taliban militants frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) to target Afghan and coalition security forces. Interior ministry said the IEDs in Nangarhar and Bamiyan were recently planted by Taliban militants for terrorist attacks.

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Afghanistan cricket board announces squad for ACC Premier League http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-board-announces-squad-for-acc-premier-league-3541 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-board-announces-squad-for-acc-premier-league-3541#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:45:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33392 Afghanistan cricket board announces squad for ACC Premier League
The Afghanistan cricket board (ACB) on Monday announced the squad for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League. Afghanistan is among the six Asian countries which will contest in ACC Premier League, scheduled for May 1-7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nepal, United Arab Emirates, host Malaysia, Hong Kong and Oman are participating in the first Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan cricket board announces squad for ACC Premier League

The Afghanistan cricket board (ACB) on Monday announced the squad for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League.

Afghanistan is among the six Asian countries which will contest in ACC Premier League, scheduled for May 1-7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Nepal, United Arab Emirates, host Malaysia, Hong Kong and Oman are participating in the first edition of the tournament.

The tournament will be played in the ODI format and four top teams will qualify for the ACC Championship

The Afghanistan squad includes Mohammad Nabi Eisakhil, Nawroz Mangal, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai, Najibullah Tarakai, Samiullah Shinwari, Afsar Khan Zazai, Nasir Jamal Ahmadzai, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Javid Ahmadi, Shapoor Zadran, Aftab Alam, Fazal Rehman Niazai, Amir Hamza Hotak, Sharafuddin Ashraf, YHamin Ahmadzai, Merwais AShraf, Rehmat Shah Zurmatai and Noor Ali Zadran.

The Afghanistan cricket board (ACC) chief executive, Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad said the Afghan team is well prepared for the contest.

He said the Afghan players will have a good performance against the rival teams and hopefully will bring the ACC trophy to Afghanistan.

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Militant leaders among 86 arrested in Kandahar province http://www.khaama.com/militant-leaders-among-86-arrested-in-kandahar-province-3540 http://www.khaama.com/militant-leaders-among-86-arrested-in-kandahar-province-3540#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:16:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33389 Militant leaders among 86 arrested in Kandahar province
At least 86 anti-government armed militants were arrested by Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives during various military operations in Kandahar province. The provincial government media office following a statement said Tuesday that the militants were arrested by intelligence operatives in the past 15 days. The statement further added that the Afghan Read the full article...]]>
Militant leaders among 86 arrested in Kandahar province

At least 86 anti-government armed militants were arrested by Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives during various military operations in Kandahar province.

The provincial government media office following a statement said Tuesday that the militants were arrested by intelligence operatives in the past 15 days.

The statement further added that the Afghan intelligence operatives conducted 35 operations in various parts of Kandahar province.

At least three militant commanders were also among the 86 militants arrested during the operations, the statement said, adding that the detained commanders were recognized as Akhtar Mohammad, Mohammad Nadir and Abdul Aziz.

The detained militants were looking to carry out insurgency attacks during the elections day in Kandahar province.

The government media office also added that a group of 3 militants who were involved in planning and coordinating suicide attacks were also arrested by security forces.

Afghan security forces confiscated a vehicle, two motorcycles and 200 kg of explosives from the detained militants.

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The foreign affairs minister of Afghanistan Zarar Ahmad Osmani said Monday that the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington will likely be concluded before the transition of power. While speaking during a joint press conference with his Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt, foreign minister Osmani said the Afghan people successfully passed the presidential and provincial Read the full article...]]>
Afghan FM hints at the signing of US deal before transfer of power

The foreign affairs minister of Afghanistan Zarar Ahmad Osmani said Monday that the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington will likely be concluded before the transition of power.

While speaking during a joint press conference with his Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt, foreign minister Osmani said the Afghan people successfully passed the presidential and provincial council elections on Saturday.

Mr. Osmani further added that the peaceful conduct of the elections was one of the conditions of the Afghan government for the signing of the bilateral security agreement with Washington.

Osmani insisted on the importance of the bilateral security agreement for Afghanistan and said said he was hoping that Washington would accept the conditions of Afghanistan for the signing of the agreement.

This comes as Afghan President Hamid Karzai has so far refused to sign the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington, despite the draft agreement was endorsed by majority during the consultative Loya Jirga last November.

President Karzai demanded immediate halt to US raids on Afghan homes and practical steps towards the Afghan peace talks before he sign the agreement between the two nations.

The bilateral security agreement once signed will give a legal framework for the presence of US forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

The conclusion of Afghan-US security deal will also pave the way for the signing of a similar pact between Afghan government and NATO which will give a legal framework for the presence of NATO forces to implement the Resolute Support mission that will focus on training and advice of the Afghan national security forces beyond 2014.

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Mid-East Talks Losing Its Steam http://www.khaama.com/mid-east-talks-losing-its-steam-3538 http://www.khaama.com/mid-east-talks-losing-its-steam-3538#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:10:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33383 Mid-East Talks Losing Its Steam
Manish Rai Israel and the Palestinians angrily accused each other of undermining United States led peace efforts in the region. Palestinians said they took retaliatory step in response to Israel’s failure to fulfill its pledge to free some two dozen Palestinian prisoners. Israel said it first wanted a Palestinian commitment to keep talks going beyond Read the full article...]]>
Mid-East Talks Losing Its Steam

Manish Rai

Israel and the Palestinians angrily accused each other of undermining United States led peace efforts in the region. Palestinians said they took retaliatory step in response to Israel’s failure to fulfill its pledge to free some two dozen Palestinian prisoners. Israel said it first wanted a Palestinian commitment to keep talks going beyond the end of the month. The talks have struggled since they began in July, stalling over Palestinian opposition to Israel’s demand that it be recognised as a Jewish state, and over Israeli settlements, internationally deemed illegal, in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Now because of behaviour of both the parties it seems that there is no common platform remaining for Israel and Palestine to sit and talk. Israel officials indicated that it would not go through with the release of Palestinian prisoners and, the PLO requested that the US administration ensure that Israel fulfil its commitment. And in retaliation Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas signed 15 international conventions that could pave the way for a renewed attempt to gain United Nation statehood. This move of Palestinian really upset Israelis. In reaction to this Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened that Israel would take its own unilateral steps in response to the Palestinians’ move to join international conventions and reiterated that a Palestinian state could be created only through direct negotiations, not through empty statements and not by unilateral moves.

In this environment, whatever slim hopes there ever were of a peace deal have receded even further. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is also showing an adamant attitude by rejecting a plea from John Kerry US Secretary of state to withdraw the treaty applications. On the other hand Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu ignored US appeals to refrain from tit-for-tat moves, asking for a range of options to be drawn up for retaliation. This adamant attitude of both the parties has even made the patience of Secretary of State John Kerry’s exhausted. Speaking in Morocco, his frustration was palpable. He said there are limits to the amount of time and effort the United States can spend if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward. But we’re not going to sit here indefinitely. Israel’s retaliatory measures could include withholding transfers of millions of dollars in taxes and fees that Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. It seems like that this peace process will also meet the fate of previous one like- The Oslo peace process which launched in 1993 whose a large part initially conducted in secret brought the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Israel face to face for the first time, establishing bilateral agreements that saw the creation of the Palestinian Authority as an interim government in Gaza and portions of the West Bank. The toughest issues of disagreement between the two parties such as Israeli settlements and the question of the right of return of Palestinian refugees were deliberately left to be dealt with later. That later at first envisaged as a period of five years has dragged on through initiatives and presidents, through military operations and an intifada, for more than two decades.

Although many experts does not believe a third intifada (uprising) will break out on 1 May after the deadline of peace talks that is April 29 if the talks fail, the situation might turn out to be very serious, although more likely to result in a period of extended international lawfare than in actual warfare between the two sides if the Palestinian leadership follows up on its threat to go to the international criminal court and international court of justice. Palestinians complain that nothing has been achieved in eight months of negotiations and that the Israelis have refused to discuss specifics of the conflict, such as the status of East Jerusalem and the borders of a new Palestinian state. “Israel wants never-ending ­negotiations, negotiations for the sake of negotiating, while it buys time to build more settlements,” a top Palestinian official, Yasser Abed Rabbo, told Voice of Palestine radio. And on their hand Mr Netanyahu said “Unilateral actions from the Palestinians will be answered with unilateral actions from our side”. He blamed the Palestinians for the current impasse over the US-sponsored peace talks. So a kind of blame game is going on between Israel and Palestine where each side is trying hard to shift the onus of failure of talks which is very much expected on other.

Moreover the hostiles are growing between the two sides even before the talks are formally ended. In East Jerusalem, Israel’s ethnic cleansing policies are at their most intense. As the EU notes, Palestinians have been starved of municipal funds, deprived of schools and blocked from commercial activity, and are leaving, heading for the greater security of West Bank cities. In recent weeks, Palestinians in sections of East Jerusalem have even discovered that, despite its claims to treat Jerusalem as its “unified capital”, Israel has stopped supplying them with water. Israeli dispossession policies are not limited to the occupied territories. Foreign minister Avigodor Lieberman’s plan to redraw the borders to strip part of Israel’s large Palestinian minority of its citizenship received a major fillip last month. For the first time government lawyers rejected the opinion of international law experts and gave their blessing to what the liberal Haaretz daily called Lieberman’s programme of “ethnic cleansing” of its own citizens. Just few days before Palestinians fired rockets at Israel, which responded with warplanes attacking military targets in the Gaza Strip. It’s highly doubtful the two sides will broker a final peace agreement, given years of bitterness and sharp differences over borders, claims to Jerusalem and recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. But the talks should continue if only to ward off a new Palestinian uprising against Israelis that would surely lead to a surge in violence. So both the sides should give it a last try for talks to be success otherwise no one knows when again they will sit on table to negotiate.

(Author is freelance columnist 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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Afghan Elections: Counting on success http://www.khaama.com/afghan-elections-counting-on-success-3537 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-elections-counting-on-success-3537#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:14:05 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33380 Afghan Elections: Counting on success
Jack Somerville – NATOChannel In Afghanistan, votes are being counted in the Presidential and provincial council elections. Though no official announcement is made for a few weeks, people can see who’s won in individual polling stations from the results that have been stuck up on walls. With the recent Afghan elections drawing in an estimated Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Elections: Counting on success

Jack Somerville – NATOChannel

In Afghanistan, votes are being counted in the Presidential and provincial council elections. Though no official announcement is made for a few weeks, people can see who’s won in individual polling stations from the results that have been stuck up on walls.

With the recent Afghan elections drawing in an estimated seven million voters, the atmosphere in Kabul is one of excitement and relief.

Noorullah Darabi, a general public voter said, “It was a national day of celebration that will transfer power from one president to another elected president of our country. The Taliban had threatened voters and security forces. Despite these threats, the security forces responded very well and did not let the insurgents succeed.”

As the initial results from individual polling stations are announced to the public, some questions have been raised concerning fraudulent activities such as ballot box stuffing.

Allaudein, another general public voter said, “We did witness some cases of fraud so we reported them to the security officials. Where it was possible for us to help, we did. My message to the election commission is that they should try to stop fraud and corruption in Afghanistan and let the candidate with the real majority be the next president.”

“Whatever the decision of the election commission is, whomever is selected, the only thing we want for the future is peace,” Edris, a general public voter said.

While the time-consuming process of ballot counting continues, the Independent Election Commission is keen to reassure voters of the election’s legitimacy

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) spokesman said, “There is little doubt that there was fraud and corruption in these elections. However, I can tell you that these were minor instances. They will not have any impact on the election. We already have mechanisms in place to separate valid votes from corrupt ones. We have the complaints commission and they will follow up on all of these reported cases.”

The winner of the presidential race must get more than 50 per cent of the votes; otherwise the elections go into a second round next month.

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Deadly blast leaves 15 civilians dead in Kandahar province http://www.khaama.com/deadly-blast-leaves-15-civilians-dead-in-kandahar-province-2977 http://www.khaama.com/deadly-blast-leaves-15-civilians-dead-in-kandahar-province-2977#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:12:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33373 Deadly blast leaves 15 civilians dead in Kandahar province
At least 15 civilians were killed following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Monday. The incident took place on Monday afternoon in Maiwand district of Kandahar province after a civilian vehicle struck with an improvised explosive device (IED), a local official said. In the meantime, deputy interior minister Read the full article...]]>
Deadly blast leaves 15 civilians dead in Kandahar province

At least 15 civilians were killed following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Monday.

The incident took place on Monday afternoon in Maiwand district of Kandahar province after a civilian vehicle struck with an improvised explosive device (IED), a local official said.

In the meantime, deputy interior minister Gen. Ayub Salangi said at least 13 civilians were killed following the explosion.

Provincial governor spokesman, Dawa Khan Minapal confirmed that 15 civilians were killed and four others were injured after two civilian vehicles struck with the improvised explosive device.

Mr. Minapal further added that the incident took place on Kandahar-Herat highway in Gilan Kachi area.

The anti-government armed militant groups frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition secuity forces which normally leads to civilian casualties.

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Drone strike kill top Taliban leaders in eastern Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-kill-top-taliban-leaders-in-eastern-afghanistan-2976 http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-kill-top-taliban-leaders-in-eastern-afghanistan-2976#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:01:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33370 Drone strike kill top Taliban leaders in eastern Afghanistan
Two top leaders were killed following a drone strike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan on Monday. Taliban’s shadow provincial governor, Qasim Sabri was killed along with shadow district governor Qari Osman following the drone strike, local officials said. The officials further added that the aristrike was carried out around 3:00 pm local time, while Read the full article...]]>
Drone strike kill top Taliban leaders in eastern Afghanistan

Two top leaders were killed following a drone strike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan on Monday.

Taliban’s shadow provincial governor, Qasim Sabri was killed along with shadow district governor Qari Osman following the drone strike, local officials said.

The officials further added that the aristrike was carried out around 3:00 pm local time, while the Taliban militants were looking to cross the border and enter Pakistan.

Shegal district chief, Abdul Zahir Sapi confirmed that 12 militants including Taliban’s shadow governor along with Taliban’s shadow district chief were killed following the drone strike.

Provincial security chief, Gen. Abdul Habib Syedkheli also confirmed the death of 12 Taliban militants including the two senior Taliban leaders.

Several other Taliban militants were also reportedly killed following the drone strike which was carried out in Shegal district.

Kunar is among the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where Taliban militants are actively operating in its various districts and routinely carry out insurgency attacks.

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Suicide bomber targets NATO troops convoy in Kandahar province http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bomber-targets-nato-troops-convoy-in-kandahar-province-2975 http://www.khaama.com/suicide-bomber-targets-nato-troops-convoy-in-kandahar-province-2975#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:39:27 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33366 Suicide bomber targets NATO troops convoy in Kandahar province
According to reports, a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the NATO-led coalition security forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan. The incident took place on Monday afternoon in Maiwand district of Kandahar province. A local government official said the suicide bomber targeted the convoy of the coalition forces by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device Read the full article...]]>
Suicide bomber targets NATO troops convoy in Kandahar province

According to reports, a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the NATO-led coalition security forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

The incident took place on Monday afternoon in Maiwand district of Kandahar province.

A local government official said the suicide bomber targeted the convoy of the coalition forces by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).

The official further added that there are no reports regarding the casualties as a result of the suicide attack so far.

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Senior Taliban leader killed during clashes in Faryab province http://www.khaama.com/senior-taliban-leader-killed-during-clashes-in-faryab-province-3536 http://www.khaama.com/senior-taliban-leader-killed-during-clashes-in-faryab-province-3536#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:07:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33363 Senior Taliban leader killed during clashes in Faryab province
A senior Taliban leader was killed during clashes with the Afghan security forces in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan. Provincial security chief, Gen. Toryalai Abadyani said a group of the Taliban militants attacked a security check post in Qaisar district on Sunday night. Gen. Abadyani said two senior Taliban leaders, Mullah Abdul Qayum and Mullah Read the full article...]]>
Senior Taliban leader killed during clashes in Faryab province

A senior Taliban leader was killed during clashes with the Afghan security forces in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

Provincial security chief, Gen. Toryalai Abadyani said a group of the Taliban militants attacked a security check post in Qaisar district on Sunday night.

Gen. Abadyani said two senior Taliban leaders, Mullah Abdul Qayum and Mullah Rasoul were also injured during the clashes with the Afghan security forces.

He said at least six Taliban militants were also killed during the clashes.

In the meantime, another security official in Faryab province said a senior Taliban military leader, Qari Ziauddin was killed during the clashes.

The official further added that Qari Ziaduddin was a prominent Taliban leader who was coordinating major attacks against the Afghan security forces in this province.

Faryab is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban militants are active in a number of its districts and frequently carry out insurgency attacks.

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2 Afghan soldiers, 32 militants killed in latest wave of violence http://www.khaama.com/2-afghan-soldiers-32-militants-killed-in-latest-wave-of-violence-3535 http://www.khaama.com/2-afghan-soldiers-32-militants-killed-in-latest-wave-of-violence-3535#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:20:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33360 2 Afghan soldiers, 32 militants killed in latest wave of violence
At least two Afghan national army soldiers were killed following improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in the past 24 hours. Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi confirmed that the two Afghan national army soldiers were martyred due to improvised explosive device (IED) explosion. Gen. Azimi did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of Read the full article...]]>
2 Afghan soldiers, 32 militants killed in latest wave of violence

At least two Afghan national army soldiers were killed following improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in the past 24 hours.

Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi confirmed that the two Afghan national army soldiers were martyred due to improvised explosive device (IED) explosion.

Gen. Azimi did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident.

The anti-government militants frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the Afghan security forces; however IEDs are also the major contributor to civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, Gen. Azimi said at least 32 anti-government armed militants were killed during military operations in the past 24 hours.

He said the militants were kiled during operations in Logar, Zabul, Faryab, and Kabul provinces. Afghan soldiers are also confiscated various types of weapons during the operations.

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Afghan election officials to release partial election results soon http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-officials-to-release-partial-election-results-soon-3534 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-officials-to-release-partial-election-results-soon-3534#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:17:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33357 Afghan election officials to release partial election results soon
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials announced Monday that the partial results of the presidential election would be released this week. The officials further added that the partial results will hopefully be released on April 24, once they verify the count after the ballots arrived in Kabul. IEC officials also added that the ballot boxes Read the full article...]]>
Afghan election officials to release partial election results soon

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials announced Monday that the partial results of the presidential election would be released this week.

The officials further added that the partial results will hopefully be released on April 24, once they verify the count after the ballots arrived in Kabul.

IEC officials also added that the ballot boxes are being transferred to Independent Election Commission (IEC) headquarter in Kabul from the provinces.

More than seven million people turned out to vote on Saturday in order to elect the next president of Afghanistan. The turnout of the election was three million more than last time and a third of them were women.

There have been some claims of fraud in various parts of the country, but there’s no evidence yet of the mass ballot stuffing and vote buying seen in the last presidential elections in two thousand and nine.

The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) officials said they will strictly investigate the complaints filed against the candidates.

ECC Chief Abdul Satar Sadat said complaints have been filed almost against all candidates; however he said the exact numbers of the complaints are not clear so far.

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Explosion in Herat leaves 4 policemen dead, 3 others injured http://www.khaama.com/explosion-in-herat-leaves-4-policemen-dead-3-others-injured-3533 http://www.khaama.com/explosion-in-herat-leaves-4-policemen-dead-3-others-injured-3533#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:36:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33354 Explosion in Herat leaves 4 policemen dead, 3 others injured
At least four policemen were killed and three others were injured following an explosion in western Herat province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place on Monday morning in Shindand district. Shindand district governor, Abdul Hamid Noor said the incident took place around 9 am local time after a vehicle of Read the full article...]]>
Explosion in Herat leaves 4 policemen dead, 3 others injured

At least four policemen were killed and three others were injured following an explosion in western Herat province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place on Monday morning in Shindand district.

Shindand district governor, Abdul Hamid Noor said the incident took place around 9 am local time after a vehicle of the Afghan police forces was targeted with a remote controlled improvised explosive device.

Mr. Noor further added at least 4 policemen were killed following the explosion and three otehrs were injured.

He said Afghan security forces have launched an investigation in connection to the incident.

Herat is among the relatively peaceful provinces in western Afghanistan; however the anti-government armed militants have recently increased their insurgency activities in a number of its districts.

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41 Taliban militants killed or injured in Afghan operations http://www.khaama.com/41-taliban-militants-killed-or-injured-in-afghan-operations-3532 http://www.khaama.com/41-taliban-militants-killed-or-injured-in-afghan-operations-3532#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 06:36:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33351 41 Taliban militants killed or injured in Afghan operations
At least 41 Taliban militants were killed or injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours. The militants were killed or injured during counter-terrorism operations in Kunduz, Faryab and provinces of Afghanistan. Afghan national police (ANP) forces carried out the operations in cooperation with the Afghan national army (ANA) Read the full article...]]>
41 Taliban militants killed or injured in Afghan operations

At least 41 Taliban militants were killed or injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

The militants were killed or injured during counter-terrorism operations in Kunduz, Faryab and provinces of Afghanistan.

Afghan national police (ANP) forces carried out the operations in cooperation with the Afghan national army (ANA) and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

Interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said at least 29 Taliban militants were killed and 12 others were injured during the operations.

The statement further added at least 13 Taliban militants were also arrested during the operations and Afghan national security forces confiscated various types of weapons belonging to the Taliban insurgents.

Afghan national police (ANP) forces also discovered and seized 4 improvised explosive device (IED) during operations in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunduz and Balkh provinces, interior ministry said.

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UN Secretary General congratulates Afghans on historic elections http://www.khaama.com/un-secretary-general-congratulates-afghans-on-historic-elections-3531 http://www.khaama.com/un-secretary-general-congratulates-afghans-on-historic-elections-3531#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:37:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33346 UN Secretary General congratulates Afghans on historic elections
The United Nations Secretary-General congratulates the people of Afghanistan on Saturday’s historic Presidential and Provincial Council elections. The elections mark an important step forward in Afghanistan’s first democratic transition of power, the secretary general quoted in a statement by UNAMA said. UNAMA in its statement further added that the millions of women and men who Read the full article...]]>
UN Secretary General congratulates Afghans on historic elections

The United Nations Secretary-General congratulates the people of Afghanistan on Saturday’s historic Presidential and Provincial Council elections.

The elections mark an important step forward in Afghanistan’s first democratic transition of power, the secretary general quoted in a statement by UNAMA said.

UNAMA in its statement further added that the millions of women and men who cast their ballots are a testament to the courage and the commitment of Afghans to exercise their rights and shape their future.

The Secretary-General welcomes their momentous achievement. Afghans braved threats and intimidation to exercise their right to vote, and in doing so, they have sent a powerful message that the perpetrators of violence cannot win, the statement added.

In particular, the Secretary-General notes the strong participation of women in the polls, as elections workers, observers, candidates and, above all, as voters – another step forward for Afghan women in taking their rightful place in society and having a say in their country’s future on an equal basis with Afghan men, UNAMA said.

The Secretary-General commends the Afghan national security forces for their professionalism and dedication that enabled citizens to vote on 5 April in the face of serious security threats, UNAMA said, adding that he congratulates Afghanistan’s independent electoral institutions and looks forward to their ongoing efforts in ensuring that the final results reflect the will of the voters.

The Secretary-General encourages all Afghans to continue supporting the electoral institutions as they discharge their critical responsibilities fairly, transparently and in the interests of the Afghan people, UNAMA said in its statement.

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Gunmen attempt to abduct Afghan journalist Tamim Hamid in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attempt-to-abduct-afghan-journalist-tamim-hamid-in-kabul-2974 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attempt-to-abduct-afghan-journalist-tamim-hamid-in-kabul-2974#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:51:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33342 Gunmen attempt to abduct Afghan journalist Tamim Hamid in Kabul
A group of unknown gunmen attempted to abduct an Afghan journalist – Tamim Hamid in capital Kabul late Sunday. The incident took place late Sunday evening in Baraki area of Kabul city, Tamim Hamid said in a twitter message. He said a group of four gunmen armed with silencer guns forced him inside a car Read the full article...]]>
Gunmen attempt to abduct Afghan journalist Tamim Hamid in Kabul

A group of unknown gunmen attempted to abduct an Afghan journalist – Tamim Hamid in capital Kabul late Sunday.

The incident took place late Sunday evening in Baraki area of Kabul city, Tamim Hamid said in a twitter message.

He said a group of four gunmen armed with silencer guns forced him inside a car and were looking to take him to an unknown location, however he managed to escape from the car.

This was the third incident in capital Kabul where journalists have been targeted in less than a month period.

Unknown gunmen shot dead a foreign journalist in capital Kabul, while a senior Afghan journalist was killed along with his family members in an attack on Serena hotel.

Swedish Radio’s longtime Asia correspondent Horner was shot dead by unknown gunmen in capital Kabul earlier in March.

Horner was on his way from his hotel to the ruins of a restaurant bombed by Taliban in January. He was expecting to meet a survivor of the incident before he was shot dead.

The AFP senior reporter Sardar Ahmad was killed along with his wife and two children after a group of gunmen attacked the Serena hotel on 20 March in capital Kabul.

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Afghan Elections: Another chapter in our history unfolds! http://www.khaama.com/afghan-elections-another-chapter-in-our-history-unfolds-2973 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-elections-another-chapter-in-our-history-unfolds-2973#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:05:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33339 Afghan Elections: Another chapter in our history unfolds!
Gulabuddin Sukhanwar The Afghan nation voted on 5th April to say NO to terror, extremists, war and violence and proved that we are a nation of peace. Afghans voted for democracy, for a better Afghanistan, for a peaceful country, for equality and prosperity and voted to show for the world that we are a nation Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Elections: Another chapter in our history unfolds!

Gulabuddin Sukhanwar

The Afghan nation voted on 5th April to say NO to terror, extremists, war and violence and proved that we are a nation of peace.

Afghans voted for democracy, for a better Afghanistan, for a peaceful country, for equality and prosperity and voted to show for the world that we are a nation seeking peace and wanting democracy.

Despite all the difficulties and security challenges, the Afghans very bravely participated in the election nationwide and changed the history by with the power of votes.

This election has been incredibly important because it is the first time in the history of Afghanistan that power is being transferred through a democratic process from one elected president to another one.

Indeed, it was a successful day for the Afghan nation and citizens used social media networks to widely celebrate the day despite of all the problems we continue to face as we develop and improve our systems.

No-one can deny frauds and irregularities but compared to the last elections, the media reports showed that there was significantly less fraud this time.

For me, as an Afghan and living abroad as a refugee, just following the election reports through social media, talking to close friends involved in observing the election process and viewing Afghan TV live broadcasts, I feel proud.

I feel proud about the bravery of my nation and for their wide participation in this important election process and my tears, this time, fall with joy instead of sadness.

It was the second time that true respect comes to my heart for President Karzi, even though during his 12-year leadership, I criticized his policies with many harsh commentaries.

Yesterday demonstrates that he really did a brilliant job for Afghanistan´s history and showed his good intentions towards the continued improvement of our country.

As he cast his vote and gave a short media briefing to encourage the nation to participate in the elections, I tweeted “Mr. President, you did a brilliant job”. Another twitter I posted with a photo of female voters was forwarded by more than 100 people: “Women lining up to change history”

Last time in the 2009 election we were waiting for President Karzi to join us in a gathering in Kayan Valley on a warm and sunny summer day.  Around 11 clock two helicopters appeared in the air and he was looking down at us and then shaking our hands.

Before his landing, I felt that same respect that filled my heart yesterday, and told the head of women and youths committee of our party that, despite our concerns, I believed  we had made a good decision to support and vote for this president.

Not all my commentaries on his policies have been glowing in the past, but the crucial step he has taken in this election meets the nation’s interests.

For this reason, he deserves our respect as the first leader that laid the groundwork for the democratic transfer of power in line with our new constitution.

At the end of the day, it is not only the candidate who is winning, but an entire nation that is making  history. We deserve this moment of hope and joy after so many decades of suffering.

Now the Independent Election Commission and other stakeholders should respect the outcome of our people´s vote and help this young democracy go from strength to strength.

In addition, it´s essential that all candidates respect the results without trying to manipulate any counts that are not to their favour.

Long live democratic Afghanistan!

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Afghanistan’s eastern voters http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-eastern-voters-2972 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-eastern-voters-2972#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:09:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33336 Afghanistan’s eastern voters
Mel Preen – NATOChannel The Afghan elections are being hailed a success after more than seven million people turned out to vote. That’s three million more than last time and a third of them were women. In the more conservative east of the country, the city of Jalalabad, men and women defied threats to participate. Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan’s eastern voters

Mel Preen – NATOChannel

The Afghan elections are being hailed a success after more than seven million people turned out to vote. That’s three million more than last time and a third of them were women. In the more conservative east of the country, the city of Jalalabad, men and women defied threats to participate.

Jalalabad, in the east of Afghanistan, where only recently the Taliban stormed a police station and killed eighteen officers.

Yesterday, the scene was one of Taliban defiance as men and women took to the polls to vote in the country’s presidential and provincial council elections.

Brigadier General Fazl Ahmad Sherzad, Nangarhar police chief said, “As you can see lots of people have come from their homes to the polling stations, to cast their vote. The Afghan National Security Forces in Nangarhar are on high alert and have provided security in the districts.”

This area of the country is a lot more conservative than other parts. Its ethnic makeup is mainly Pashtun, the ethnic group many of the Taliban belong to. Not only was the day marked for how few security incidents there were, but also, for the amount of people who turned out to vote. More than seven million dipped their fingers in ink, three million more than last time and a third of those were women.

Razia Safi, Women’s rights activist said, “Early in the morning people were panicking about security but afterwards, around eight to eight thirty people found the courage to come to the polling stations and vote for their chosen candidate. My family members left from my house for the polling stations.”

There have been some claims of fraud in various parts of the country, but there’s no evidence yet of the mass ballot stuffing and vote buying seen in the last presidential elections in two thousand and nine.

At this polling station some were denied the right to participate. This girl said she was eighteen. Officials didn’t believe her.

Fahima Saidi, Election observer said, “There were lots of females in this room. When I came here to observe, lots of women had election cards from the previous presidential elections. There was one girl whose age was different than what she claimed. I took her voting card and did not allow her to vote because it is against the law.”

Polling stations stayed open longer to allow more people to vote. However, in some provinces, the number of voters exceeded the number of ballot papers. In two thousand and nine, there was a surplus of ballot papers that led to a lot of the fraud. So far however, this year’s electoral process is being hailed a victory for Afghans and democracy.

Mariam –Women’s rights activist said, “The process was very easy,it was a positive experience. I have voted for my chosen candidate. I haven’t faced any kind of threat from anyone saying you have to vote for a certain person. I have voted on my own.”

Vote counting has already begun. Preliminary results are expected to be announced on April the twenty fourth.

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The anti-government armed militants carried out 690 attacks across the country during the presidential and provincial council elections on Saturday. Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said Saturday that the attacks by militants included direct fire, rocket attacks, improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and suicide attacks. Gen. Azimi further added that 162 insurgents movements were Read the full article...]]>
690 attacks recorded during elections day in Afghanistan

The anti-government armed militants carried out 690 attacks across the country during the presidential and provincial council elections on Saturday.

Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said Saturday that the attacks by militants included direct fire, rocket attacks, improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and suicide attacks.

Gen. Azimi further added that 162 insurgents movements were recorded in 201 Silab Corps zone, 241 movements were recorded in Shaheen Corps zone, 20 in Thunder Corps zone, 39 movements in Atal Corps zone, 39 movements in Zafar Corps zone, 76 insurgents movements were recorded with Shaheen Corpse, 50 movements were recorded with Maiwand Corps and 82 attacks were recorded with 111 Corps zone.

Azimi also added that 164 militants were killed and 82 others were injured during the attacks while Afghan army soldiers seized various types of weapons belonging to the assailant militants.

He said at least 7 Afghan national army soldiers were martyred and 45 others were injured during these attacks.

Despite the security threats, the participation of the voters was higher and over 7 million voters participated in presidential and provincial council elections.

The IEC officials in a press conference said Saturday that the turnout of the elections surpassed most expectations despite security threats.

65 percent male and 35 female voters participated in Saturday’s elections, which is twice higher as compared to voters’ participation in 2009 presidential election.

Only 211 polling stations remained close due to security threats while 6,212 polling stations were open across the country.

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Afghan election officials receive 1269 complaints of potential fraud http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-officials-receive-1269-complaints-of-potential-fraud-2970 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-election-officials-receive-1269-complaints-of-potential-fraud-2970#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 10:37:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33328 Afghan election officials receive 1269 complaints of potential fraud
The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) officials said they have received over 1,000 regarding the violation of election. ECC spokesman, Nader Mohsini said around 1,269 complaints have been received from the people since 11:00 last night. Mr. Mohsini further added that the majority of the complaints were filed through mobile phones with the Independent Electoral Read the full article...]]>
Afghan election officials receive 1269 complaints of potential fraud

The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) officials said they have received over 1,000 regarding the violation of election.

ECC spokesman, Nader Mohsini said around 1,269 complaints have been received from the people since 11:00 last night.

Mr. Mohsini further added that the majority of the complaints were filed through mobile phones with the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission.

According to Mohsini, around 1,107 complaints were filed through phone calls while 162 complaints were filed by individuals who visited the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission office.

He said the documented complaints will be strictly investigated and vowed that the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission will remain independent and respects the vote of the people.

In the meantime, the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) chief Abdul Satar Sadat said they will launch an investigation regarding the shortage of ballot papers in certain polling stations.

He said the issue will be discussed during a joint meeting with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials.

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94 Taliban militants killed in Afghan counter-terrorism operations http://www.khaama.com/94-taliban-militants-killed-in-afghan-counter-terrorism-operations-2969 http://www.khaama.com/94-taliban-militants-killed-in-afghan-counter-terrorism-operations-2969#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 07:10:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33325 94 Taliban militants killed in Afghan counter-terrorism operations
At least 94 Taliban militants were killed during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours. The interior ministry of Afghanistan said 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 following a Read the full article...]]>
94 Taliban militants killed in Afghan counter-terrorism operations

At least 94 Taliban militants were killed during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

The interior ministry of Afghanistan said 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 following a statement said the counter-terrorism operations were conducted in Ghazni, Badghis, Baghlan, Faryab, Khost and Paktika provinces.

At least 94 Taliban militants were killed, 20 militants were injured and 3 others were arrested during the operations, interior ministry said in its statement, adding that Afghan security forces also confiscated various types of light and heavy weapons.

Afghan national police forces also confiscated 26 improvised explosive device (IED) along with 9 rockets during military operations in Daikundi, Takhar, Kunduz, Faryab, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Khost and Ghor provinces.

Interior ministry said the anti-government insurgents were looking to carry out terrorist attacks by using the IEDs and rockets.

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Pakistan claims its bordering regions came under rockets attack from Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-claims-its-bordering-regions-came-under-rockets-attack-from-afghanistan-2968 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-claims-its-bordering-regions-came-under-rockets-attack-from-afghanistan-2968#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:53:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33322 Pakistan claims its bordering regions came under rockets attack from Afghanistan
The Pakistani officials claimed its bordering regions with Afghanistan came under mortar attack on Saturday. The officials further added that as many as 12 mortar shells were fired from Afghanistan on Saturday that landed in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), local Pakistani newspapers reported. In the meantime, another official said the shelling took place early Saturday Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan claims its bordering regions came under rockets attack from Afghanistan

The Pakistani officials claimed its bordering regions with Afghanistan came under mortar attack on Saturday.

The officials further added that as many as 12 mortar shells were fired from Afghanistan on Saturday that landed in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), local Pakistani newspapers reported.

In the meantime, another official said the shelling took place early Saturday morning and around 7 mortar shells were fired from across the Durland Line.

An official of the political administration of South Waziristan told The Express Tribune, “The shells exploded in Zoya-ba, a village on the Pak-Afghan border in Angor Adda Tehsil of South Waziristan Agency.”

The official confirmed that no casualties were incurred following the shelling as the mortar shells landed in non-residential areas.

Pakistan and Afghanistan regularly trade allegations of cross-border shelling. The interior ministry of Afghanistan said Saturday that several rockets were fired from across the Durand Line in eastern provinces of Afghanistan.

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