Feature / Analysis

 War Criminals Among Candidates: ECC


Abdul Satar Saadat, the head of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), recently acknowledged that among the 11 Presidential candidates running in the 2014 elections there are a number of war criminals. The top election official's comments are likely to stir up some controversy, being embraced by...

 Why Afghanistan's election campaign may look familiar to American TV viewers


American-style debates, polling and current affairs programming are bringing a whole new level of political punditry to Afghanistan as the country prepares to elect a new president.Campaign managers, TV producers and pollsters are hot commodities in Kabul as live "town halls" and meet-and-greet inte...

 Ashraf Ghani emerges as leading candidate in pre-election survey


According to a new survey report, Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has emerged as the leading candidate as compared to other presidential candidates. Glevum Associates and its Afghan research partner AIRC in its latest survey report ‘Afghan Presidential Pre-Election National Opini...

 Polling Comes to Afghanistan, Suggesting Limit to Sway of President Karzai


KABUL, Afghanistan: In the 12 years since the United States helped oust the Taliban, Afghanistan has held four national elections. But Afghans are only now experiencing a phenomenon that has been upending conventional wisdom in more established democracies for decades: polling. Three recent polls ar...

 'Complete Drawdown' Could Be Catastrophic: U.S. Experts


'Complete Drawdown' Could Be Catastrophic: U.S. ExpertsExperts from the United States Institute Of Peace warned this week that if U.S. President Barack Obama is unable to convince the Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), the results could be catastrophic. The...

 Afghanistan in 2014: Importance to stretch well past borders


As the U.S. exit from Afghanistan nears, we can expect to hear steadily more about the lessons we should have learned since international intervention in the country back in 2001. But one dimension of the Afghan effort that might get overlooked next year is this: how has the Afghan conflict impacted...

 From MRAP to scrap: U.S. military chops up $1-million vehicles


The giant mine-resistant trucks have saved countless lives in Afghanistan, but the Pentagon says keeping them is too expensive.BAGRAM, Afghanistan: Faced with an epidemic of deadly roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. military officials ordered up a fleet of V-hulled 16-ton armored behemoths...

 Afghanistan’s new model army


After three decades of conflict, many young Afghans have only ever known war. But for the first time since its inception, The Afghan National Army has recruited a new breed of soldiers for a year of rigorous training at the new Afghan National Army Officer Academy – modeled on the British Royal Mili...

 British army head warns Taliban could retake key territory in south


A senior British Army Officer has warned that the vital territories in Afghanistan could be retaken as British forces are preparing withdraw next year. General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff of British Army has said that key Afghan towns in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan like M...

 Unemployment, Crime Rising Ahead Of Troop Pullout


Sayed Gul Aqa Hashimi, the head of the Kabul Crime Investigation Department, on Thursday said that over the past two months crime has increased in the capital, pointing to the foreign troop withdraw in 2014 as the main cause. According to Hashimi, poverty and unemployment have increased in Afghanist...

 India Mulls Sending Military Advisors to Afghanistan


Despite reservations, the Indian government has said it is considering military experts to Afghanistan to help train the Afghan forces. The plan has been sent to the Indian Cabinet Defense Committee for approval. "The Indian government is considering a proposal to dispatch experts and army officers ...

 100 Days Until Elections


With only 100 days left before the 2014 Presidential and Provincial Council elections, election officials have said that preparations are moving forward according to schedule. The upcoming elections have been called the most important in Afghan history, coming the year NATO troops withdraw and marki...

 Haqqani Network leaders sexually abuse teenager boys


The Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) accused Haqqani Network leaders for sexual abuse of children after hiring them for terrorist activities. NDS following a statement said Thursday, “Haqqani terrorist network members are sexually abusing children in training camps Haqqan...

 In 2013, Exxon Spill Showed Dangers of Pipelines Buried Under Backyards


The Arkansas spill shone a spotlight on the dangers hiding in existing pipelines. It also reignited the debate over the proposed Keystone XL.When a 65-year-old ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured and spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in Mayflower, Ark., it opened the nation's eyes to the potential dangers lur...

 5 Things That Did (and Didn't) Happen in Afghanistan in 2013


Problems and solutions, old and new, plagued and bolstered the war-torn nation Textbooks documenting the U.S. war on terrorism will no doubt look to 2013 as a harbinger of Afghanistan's future. This year, American leaders began feeling comfortable referring to the end of 2014 as the conclusion of th...

 Domestic violence on the rise in Afghanistan


Drug abuse, unemployment and impunity contribute to abuse against Afghan women.Kabul, Afghanistan: Nasima always knew trouble surrounded her daughter's marriage. The signs of a strained and violent relationship were apparent, but it wasn't until her phone rang on the morning of December 13 that Nasi...

 US security options in Afghanistan


Washington: US officials have warned of the potential for catastrophe if Afghan President Hamid Karzai fails to sign a security pact to permit foreign forces to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Unless a deal is reached to enable a modest US force of perhaps 8,000 to stay in the country, the Taliban ...

 News Analysis: Security remains a challenge before Afghan polls


KABUL: As Afghanistan's upcoming presidential election is getting closer, both the election commission and the citizens are increasingly concerned that security challenges may disrupt the polling process. "Security problems have remained the main challenge before holding elections and it is a matter...

 U.S. Softens Deadline for Deal to Keep Troops in Afghanistan


KABUL, Afghanistan : With about a week left in the year, the Obama administration is backing away from a Dec. 31 deadline for securing a deal to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, though it is standing by its warning that a total military withdrawal is still possible if delays continue...

 He will have to act fast: My Assessment of Rahul Gandhi


The new captain of Congress has to set his team right first and discipline his bowlers if the most dangerous batsman of communalism is to be dismissed before it is too late.  Rahul Gandhi cannot match the physical charm of his late father. I met Rajiv Gandhi in late 1980s and I have not seen a man m...


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