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 Caught Red-Handed


Secret Tape Reveals US-backed Plot to Topple Ukraine's Democratically-Elected President“In the latest debacle for the US State Department and the Obama Administration, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was caught on tape micro-managing Ukraine opposition party strategies with US Ambass...

 Feature: Heavy snowfall adds misery to displaced Afghans


KABUL: As if the continuing threat from the Taliban is not enough, a heavy snowfall and chilly weather have added to the misery of Afghan people, particularly those living in depressed areas and temporary shelters. "Today I have nothing to keep our tent warm and also have no food for my children. Th...

 Afghan Forces Accused of Helmand Civilian Casualties


Locals say non-combatants are dying at the hands of police and soldiers.Afghanistan: Civilian deaths attributed to Afghan national forces in the southern Helmand province have alarmed the country’s main human rights body. “We call upon all parties to the conflict to respect humanity and Islam and to...

 Moving beyond personality cults in Afghanistan elections


For the first time in over 30 years, Afghan politicians are articulating their platforms to voters.Afghans were glued to their television sets on February 4, not to watch any of the popular Turkish soap operas, but to witness the first western-style debate among five of the 11 presidential contender...

 Afghan Forces Struggle to Hold Land, Defense Agency Says


Afghanistan’s security forces are struggling to improve their combat capability as the U.S. withdraws intelligence, reconnaissance and bomb-detection technologies, according to the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. The 340,000 members of the Afghan National Army and police “have shown progress in th...

 RAF has fired missiles in Afghanistan using US drones, MoD reveals


MoD discloses for first time how British crews using unmanned US aircraft have launched missiles in conflict zonesBritish pilots have launched at least 39 missile strikes against suspected Taliban insurgents from American drones based in Afghanistan, according to new figures. The details have emerge...

 Pakistani Official says Afghanistan-Taliban Peace Deal Possible


ISLAMABAD: A top Pakistani official says he believes a peace deal between Afghanistan and the Taliban is possible provided the government in Kabul shows flexibility. The Taliban leadership is believed to be hiding in Pakistan and is allegedly guiding the Afghan insurgency with the support of element...

 Afghanistan Aid of $300 Million Pledged by U.S. Agency


The U.S. is proposing almost $300 million in new aid programs over five years for Afghanistan in an effort to stabilize the economy and offset losses after U.S. forces withdraw. The announcement of the aid today comes as the Obama administration debates whether to withdraw some or all U.S. troops fr...

 Hamid Karzai is leaving a sorry legacy for Afghanistan


If the Afghan President doesn't act decisively his country could be forced into a more parlous state, writes Amin Saikal. There is an Afghan saying that the man has thrown a punch but does not know how to get out of it. This is where President Hamid Karzai has placed himself in relation to the US, t...

 Uncertainty about US future in Afghanistan forces Pentagon to explore Pakistan drone options


Uncertainty about whether any U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan next year jeopardizes the American drone program over Pakistan, forcing the Pentagon to explore other options to keep it alive. Without U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the U.S. would have to close its bases, including the ones responsi...

 Afghan soldiers desperate for pact with U.S., criticize President Karzai for delay


ZABUL, Afghanistan: The Afghan soldiers fighting the Taliban have grown confident in their ability to combat an agile insurgency. But for those on the front lines, one question casts a shadow over the young army’s progress. What if the United States — and its funding — vanish from Afghanistan? That ...

 Afghanistan Continues to Be Hub of Poppy Cultivation


A recent U.S. government report notes that more Afghan land is under poppy cultivation today than it was under the Taliban in 2002. Demand for drugs, especially on the streets of rich countries, and the poor economic and security situation in Afghanistan are often cited by experts as the reasons for...

 Wagging the dog in Afghanistan


A dog captured by the Taliban is bigger news than human suffering. How have Afghanistan's people become so amorphous?On Saturday, the United Nations released its annual report on the protection of civilians in the Afghan conflict. At just under more than 8,000 people killed or injured, this year’s c...

 Bamiyan Buddhas unauthorized reconstruction work stopped


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have reportedly stopped the unauthorized reconstruction of Buddhas in central Bamiyan province of Afghanistan. According to reports, the action by UNESCO was taken after a group of German archaeologists from the German bra...

 Harder to assess Afghanistan’s local forces once U.S. troops leave, report says


Fewer U.S. troops in Afghanistan means it will be harder for military leaders to assess the readiness of local security forces; and the Pentagon currently has no plan on how to address the difficulties it might face in making sure Afghan forces are prepared before international troops leave, a new r...

 HPC Reacts to Karzai's Secret Taliban Meetings


In response to a recent report by The New York Times exposing secret meetings between President Hamid Karzai's circle and the Taliban, the High Peace Council (HPC), officially charged with managing the peace process, has said it had no knowledge of the talks. According to the The New York Times, Aim...

 Historic Debate Put Policy First, Showed Growth in Afghan Democracy


For the first time in Afghan history, the top Presidential candidates debated on live television Tuesday night. The debates provided the best opportunity yet for candidates to explain their stances on pressing national issues, with many commentators calling the event a major step for democracy in Af...

 HOW CLIMATE CHANGE HITS ASSAM TEA – ANALYSIS


The flavor has changed from what it was before. The creamy and strong flavor is no more. A study by Toklai Experimental Station (TES) in Jorhat, Assam revealed that the changes have already been observed everywhere in the Indian tea industry and scientifically it is established that these are gravel...

 Public Ignorance About Iraq War Deaths Is Imposed By The Corporate Media


 The following brief letter was sent in to the UK Guardian on November 24:In May 2013 the reputable polling company ComRes asked a representative sample of the British public the following question: “How many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have died as a consequence of the war t...

 Afghan presidential candidates appear in first televised debate


Afghan presidential candidates’ debate in Tolo television A number of the Afghan presidential candidates appeared in the first televised debate of a crucial election campaign which is expected to be organized earlier in April this year. Five presidential candidates including Dr. Abdullah, former for...


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