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 Enemy explosion caused deadly Afghanistan helicopter crash last month


A Blackhawk helicopter that crashed in southern Afghanistan last month, killing six U.S. soldiers, was brought down by an enemy explosion, not gunfire or mechanical failure, U.S. military officials said Thursday. The UH-60 helicopter crashed in the Shahjoi district of Afghanistan's Zabul province on...

 General Dunford Advocates for BSA


General Joseph Dunford, the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, has endorsed the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and assured that its signing would enable the political and security transition to be done the right way. The BSA is current...

 Fears Cloud Afghan Vote


KABUL: After 12 years of war that cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, Afghanistan's future may rest in the hands of President Hamid Karzai. Many Afghan politicians believe Mr. Karzai would like to steer a weak and pliant successor into office during the April 5 presidential election, th...

 Snow leopard population on the rise in Afghanistan


The National Environmental Protection Agency of Afghanistan announced that the number of snow leopard and Marco Polo sheep has increased in north-eastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. Ghulam Nabi Sar Faraz, head of the Provincial National Environmental Protection Agency in Badakhshan province ...

 China’s Afghanistan policy


Beijing wants an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process As part of its more assertive Asian diplomacy, China is playing an increasingly active role in Afghanistan. In the past two years it has also raised the profile of its diplomatic and economic engagement. This marks a departure from its previ...

 Will Obama have an Afghanistan problem in 2014?


As the White House assesses the year ahead, the potential rough patches as the midterm elections approach seem clear — mainly they involve implementation of the Affordable Care Act and managing an anemic economic recovery. But what if the war in Afghanistan also becomes an issue? Though the war has ...

 There is deep foreboding in Afghanistan over the West’s departure


The history of Afghanistan's last ten years is the history of the West walking away31st December 2001 was an important day for Afghanistan. The agreement had been signed with the Northern Alliance to deploy an international force – ISAF as it was going to be called – into the country, the first falt...

 Viewpoint: Afghanistan has more to worry about than US bases


The fierce debate between the US and Afghanistan continues over when - and under what terms - President Hamid Karzai will sign the agreement to give US forces basing rights after 2014. Guest columnist Ahmed Rashid argues that the current impasse is distracting attention from far more important issue...

 IEC Awaits Updated Security Assessments


The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has asked security institutions to submit new assessments on the security statuses of polling centers within the next two days, saying that much of the remaining election preparations require a clearer picture of the different levels of threat being faced ar...

 Exclusive: U.S. Senators on Security Transition, Elections, Karzai


Speaking with TOLOnews in Kabul, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain discussed the pending security pact between Washington and Kabul, recently announced prisoner releases, the upcoming elections and President Hamid Karzai. When asked about the significance of the Bilateral Security Agreeme...

 Fighting food insecurity in Afghanistan


KABUL: A network of critical emergency grain reserves across Afghanistan is set to boost food security and help strengthen resilience in a country that struggles to grow enough food to feed its 31 million people. “Grain reserves for a country like Afghanistan are absolutely critical,” Gerard Rebello...

 Tempered Hope for Election Observers


Despite concerns about the credibility of the upcoming Presidential and Provincial Council elections, Afghan officials have expressed confidence in plans readied for impartial observers, including thousands of Afghan youth, which they hope will be able to ensure transparency. The April elections com...

 White House: Obama believes in Afghanistan mission


Washington: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' criticism of his former boss President Barack Obama on Afghanistan doesn't align with the commander-in-chief's views, the White House said Wednesday. In his memoir, which arrived at the White House on Tuesday evening, Gates states Obama "doesn't bel...

 Foreigners Hunt Rare Birds In Western Afghanistan


Arab and other foreign national hunters with trained birds of prey have travelled to western Afghanistan to hunt rare birds and crawls despite a Presidential decree outlawing such hunting in Afghanistan. TOLOnews has received video clips showing up to 160 foreigners consisting of Arab, Pakistani, Ka...

 Pakistani Adviser Faults US Afghan Policy


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s national security and foreign policy adviser, Sartaj Aziz, has criticized the United States' Afghan strategy, saying it has failed to defeat terrorism, promote economic development or create political stability in neighboring Afghanistan. He reiterated Islamabad’s demand for an...

 Afghan Mayor Accused of Grand Theft


“I do what I want,” says Pul-e Alam mayor, as anti-corruption agency and regional governor say they are powerless to act on allegations.Afghanistan: The mayor of a city in eastern Afghanistan faces accusations that he has used his position to embezzle public funds. Afghanistan’s anti-corruption agen...

 Afghan girl's dream to stay in Canada coming true


Tahera Hussain, who came to Canada from Afghanistan for a life-changing medical procedure — and then hoped to stay — has been approved for permanent residence status. Hussain has cerebral palsy and in Afghanistan she wasn't allowed to attend school because of her condition. So her parents reached ou...

 Drug trade could splinter Afghanistan into fragmented criminal state – UN


UN expert warns west of danger of not stepping up efforts to tackle opium production in Afghanistan after record $1bn harvestKabul: Afghanistan's booming narcotics trade risks splintering the country into a "fragmented criminal state" if the government and its western allies do not step up efforts t...

 Afghanistan: Violence Against Women Hits Record Levels


Violent crimes against women in Afghanistan have hit record levels, according to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). "The brutality of the cases is really bad. Cutting the nose, lips and ears. Committing public rape," head of AIHRC Sima Samar told Reuters. "Mass rape...it's ...

 Karzai Media Advisor Encourages Uprising, Criticizes Media


Dr. Muhammad Hashem Esmat Ilahi, the media advisor to President Karzai, has said that just as the uprising against the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan is a point of national pride, so too should it be against the Americans, and went on to call a number of Afghan media outlets irreligious. Ila...


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