Feature / Analysis

 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...

 Pentagon Probes Firm for Violation of Iran Rules


Investigation Is Over Whether U.S. Military Supplier in Afghanistan Moved Supplies Through IranWASHINGTON: The Pentagon's criminal investigations arm is probing one of the American military's largest suppliers in Afghanistan over allegations that it violated U.S. law by moving supplies through Iran,...

 New Survey Reveals Frontrunners for Presidential Bid


In a recent joint poll conducted by ATR and TOLOnews, residents from across Afghanistan's 34 provinces answered questions regarding their preferred Presidential candidates. Results from this opinion poll show that Afghan participation in the elections process has increased since the last poll conduc...

 Karzai Standoff on Security Deal Sows Uncertainty


ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Hamid Karzai is continuing to defend his decision to put off signing the key security pact allowing foreign troops to operate in Afghanistan after 2014. Critics and analysts say he has several possible motives for postponing the deal, but the stakes are so high that many ...

 Analysis: Even if foreign troops leave Afghanistan, U.S. has some options


WASHINGTON: U.S. 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 U.S. force of perhaps 8,000 to stay in the country, the Tali...

 U.S. Looks to Bolster Female Ranks Ahead of Elections


The U.S. is pushing to get more Afghan women enlisted into the security forces ahead of the upcoming elections in order to ensure that women-only voting sites are able to fully operate come April. The U.S. Congress pledged 25 million USD in aid to increase the number of Afghan women security force m...

 Afghan men now see women as a challenge, says Farkhunda Zahra Naderi


Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, member of the National Assembly of Afghanistan, has unveiled a few myths about the oppressed Afghan women. While speaking during a round table organized by Asia Society, Farkhunda Zahra Naderi said that women were venturing out of the houses despite being war in the country. ...

 Taliban conflicted over how to disrupt elections


Taliban leaders are worried about tactics that would further erode public support. WASHINGTON: Taliban militants plan to disrupt upcoming presidential elections but are struggling with how to achieve that without alienating the majority of people who want to vote, coalition officials say. "They're r...

 Afghan Women's Progress Halting in Balkh


Women's rights have seen little progress in Balkh province, where forced and child marriages are more common than most of the rest of the country. A three day workshop about ending violence against women was held by the Equal Social Gender Project of USAID this week. Afghan female activists interest...

 Americans Think Afghan War Was Not Worth Fighting: Poll


A year ahead of the NATO troop withdraw, according to a recent Washington Post and ABC News poll, two-thirds of Americans believe that the 13-year war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting. However, the same poll found that the majority of Americans believe a residual force of should remain in the c...

 With U.S. pullout, military burden shifts to Afghan army


CAMP CLARK, Khost Province, Afghanistan: Across Afghanistan, a once massive network of U.S. military installations has been largely dismantled, shifting the burden of America’s longest war to Afghan troops who are anxiously awaiting the resolution of a dispute between their president and Washington....

 American Soldiers Leave Behind Dark Messages in Afghan Barracks


Scrawled on Mirrors and Bed Frames, Anger, Fear, Doubt and Passage of Time Marked in MissionsMEHTAR LAM: Drawn in black marker across the closet mirror in Room #13 of the abandoned barracks is a large smiley face. It is placed so the soldier who once lived here would see it superimposed over his own...

 Soccer opens up a new world to an American living in Afghanistan


Nick Pugliese joined an Afghan telecom firm after graduating from college. But he become bored living in a compound and ventured out to play pro soccer in the Kabul Premier League — the first American to do so since the U.S. invasion. The first time Nick Pugliese's mother wondered if her only son ha...

 Ashraf Ghani, Students, Millat Party Weigh In On Elections


Speaking to a number of Afghan university students and professors in Kabul, Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said that the youth were critical to the elections and ensuring they ushered in fundamental changes to Afghanistan. Afghanistan has one of the youngest populations in the world, w...

 Pakistani protests stall U.S. military shipments out of Afghanistan


WASHINGTON : U.S officials, frustrated that hundreds of military shipments heading out of Afghanistan have been stopped on the land route through Pakistan because of anti-American protests, face the possibility of flying out equipment at an additional cost of $1 billion. More than a week after Pakis...

 Conference Convenes South Asia to Talk Afghanistan


On the first day of the Afghanistan and Central Asian States Conference on Thursday, representatives of over 30 countries along with officials from major security and cultural organizations gathered in Kabul to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the region. Regional cooperation, join in...


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