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 Human Trafficking, Kidnapping Trends Persist


Officials have called attention to the troubling prevalence of human trafficking and kidnapping in Afghanistan, but a cohesive and cooperative strategy to combat the trends remains elusive. Deputy Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) Wasil Noor Mohmand on Wednesday calle...

 US military propose to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014


According to reports, the US military leaders have proposed to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. The proposal was reportedly submitted by US military leaders to the White House, senior officials confirmed to Fox News. This comes as the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Wash...

 Blind Community Raises Concerns Over Election Voting


Blind people in Afghanistan have raised concerns this week over their ability to cast ballots in April's elections on Monday, saying the unavailability of proper voting cards would violate their right to vote. However, Independent Election Commission (IEC) spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said one of hi...

 IEC To Open 323 New Polling Centers


The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has announced plans to open 323 new polling centers across Afghanistan in order to compensate for the 414 centers now expected to be closed on Election Day due to serious security threats. Spokesman of the IEC Noor Mohammad Noor said that although the new ce...

 MoD admits that Camp Bastion base in Afghanistan wasn’t always sufficiently funded to ensure its defense


A secret Ministry of Defense (MoD) report on a Taliban attack at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan in which 18 soldiers were killed or wounded admits that funding to protect the base was “not always forthcoming despite warnings”. The revelation is in stark contrast to denials by defense officials that sec...

 As bleak as ever


THE New Year has brought with it the report card on education in Pakistan that ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) has been issuing without fail since 2009. It is disappointing that the situation in the education sector remains as dismal as ever.Last week, ASER again had bad news for the nation...

 Taliban downplays U.S. call for peace, asking for total withdrawal


KABUL: Taliban militants fighting the Afghan government and NATO-led forces stationed in Afghanistan have downplayed a U.S. call to give up fighting and initiate dialogue with the Afghan government to end the protracted conflict in the war-hit country. "Following the successive attacks on invading f...

 Germany will not abandon Afghanistan


Germany's ambassador to Islamabad says the cooperation between Pakistan and India is vital for the stability of South Asia and that Germany will continue to help Afghanistan after the withdrawal of NATO troops. As the time for the international troops to leave Afghanistan draws closer, the doubts ab...

 Afghanistan restaurant attack was retaliation, Taliban says


The Taliban says its assault on a Kabul restaurant that killed 21, including 13 foreigners, was in response to a NATO airstrike that killed civilians. KABUL, Afghanistan : The Taliban claimed Saturday that its devastating, commando-style assault on a popular restaurant was payback for a NATO airstri...

 News Analysis: Kabul suicide attack revives fears of Iraqi-like unrest in Afghanistan after 2014 pullout


KABUL: A Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on a Lebanese restaurant popular with foreigners on Friday evening in the fortified part of Afghan capital that killed 21 people including 13 foreigners has revived fears that an Iraqi- like situation could repeat in Afghanistan after the U.S.-led coaliti...

 How does political uncertainty affect Afghanistan's security?


Transcript GWEN IFILL: The Taliban carried out a brazen attack today against a military base in Southern Afghanistan. Using a truck bomb, gunmen stormed the complex and killed an American soldier. That followed an assault Friday that targeted a restaurant frequented by Westerners in Kabul; 21 civili...

 Kazakhstan Sees Threat From Afghan Instability


Regional Security a Concern as NATO-LED Troops Prepare to Leave AfghanistanASTANA, Kazakhstan: Oil-rich Kazakhstan isn't immune to the threat of instability in Afghanistan amid this year's withdrawal of NATO-led troops, the country's foreign minister said. In an interview in the Kazakh capital, Fore...

 Dear Karzai, keep an eye on your ‘dear brothers’ the Taliban


In my opinion, the strangest place in the planet is somewhere between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Let me express myself better; the most dangerous people are from this area or maybe I haven’t clearly said what I mean to say; Taliban militias are based there. I am sure they are many dangerous places in...

 Afghan District Makes Own Peace


Southeastern area enforces local rules forbidding support for insurgent groups.Afghanistan: In one corner of the southeastern Afghan province of Khost, Pashtun residents say a local arrangement governed by customary law has kept the peace to an extent rare in other parts of the country. Observing th...

 The west's legacy in Afghanistan: so much for so little


Hopes for peace in Afghanistan remain slim as the country prepares for a presidential election, and life after occupationThis is the year of the big Afghan retreat. By December British and American troops will have left the country after 12 disastrous years. After spending billions of dollars to pro...

 Afghan Women Work, Learn and Make Gains in Former Taliban Base


Despite widespread security risks, the number of women working in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar Province has increased markedly during the past year. More than 1,150 women are employed by the provincial government, most of them as teachers. A Kandahar governor spokesman, Jawaid Faisal, told VOA's ...

 Taliban Take Girls Back to School


Afghan Islamists Ease Stance on Education, Open New InstitutionsKABUL: When the Taliban banned girls from going to school in the 1990s, Mullah Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil served as the regime's foreign minister. Now, Mr. Muttawakil's daughter attends a school in Kabul—one he set up. "She is in second gra...

  How A 50-Year-Old Mother-Of-Five Became One Of Afghanistan's Top Cops


Women in Afghanistan don't have easy lives. They may have gained greater educational and democratic opportunities since the Taliban's overthrow, but they still face one of the highest rates of violence in the world and the prospect of darker times as NATO forces withdraw. But impressively, Col. Jami...

 Regional cooperation key to Afghan stability after NATO pullout: Naderi


Afghan lawmaker Farukhunda Zahra Naderi calls on broader regional cooperation in a bid to maintain long term peace stability in Afghanistan and the region following NATO pullout. While speaking during an interview with the India’s ViewsAround, Ms Naderi insisted that the regional countries should pl...

 Afghanistan seeks help in drugs fight after opium crop hits record


VIENNA: Afghanistan needs more financial assistance for its anti-narcotics fight after opium cultivation hit a record high last year, a government minister said on Wednesday, as international forces prepare to leave the country. Afghanistan is the world's top cultivator of the poppy, from which opiu...


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