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 NATO optimistic about U.S. security agreement with Afghanistan


BRUSSELS: NATO troops in Afghanistan are bracing for a bloody winter ahead of the country’s presidential election, a senior U.S. military official said Tuesday, warning of an anticipated spike in high-profile attacks and political assassinations during a season that typically brings a lull in fi...

 NATO's Rasmussen Pledges Afghan Support


BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary- General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says that the alliance will keep on supporting Afghanistan after the withdrawal of most foreign forces next year. Speaking to journalists after a meeting of NATO defense ministers on October 23, Rasmussen said that NATO and allies will c...

 NATO to scale back training for Afghan air force


NATO intends to refine its ambitious plan to train a fully functional Afghan air force and focus only on the most critical military capabilities needed after the combat mission ends by December 2014, according to the head of the Afghan air training command for the Western alliance. The plan ...

 As Afghanistan war ends, NATO shifts focus to preparation for future ops


STUTTGART, Germany: As NATO shifts away from a war-fighting footing with the end of combat operations in Afghanistan approaching; the alliance must find new, more affordable ways to maintain combat readiness, according to NATO’s commander of land forces. “In order to prevent that [post-war] d...

 Afghan businessman accused of channeling aid money to insurgency


KABUL: U.S. inspectors are on the trail of a successful Afghan businessman they believe has channeled millions of dollars in aid to the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, one of the deadliest insurgent groups in Afghanistan, but still have donor-funded reconstruction contracts around the country. ...

 Holding the course in Afghanistan


Afghanistan has come a long way since the United States and its allies arrived in the country 12 years ago. Daunting challenges remain, but it is a far cry from the failed state and terrorist hideout it was in 2001. Doom-and-gloom press prognostications of an inevitable post-2014 return to Talib...

 Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan


Questions haunt the families of Extortion 17, the 2011 helicopter mission in Afghanistan that suffered the most U.S. military deaths in a single day in the war on terrorism. Every day, Charlie Strange, the father of one of the 30 Americans who died Aug. 6, 2011, in the flash of a rocket-pro...

 Public Must Not Be Silent On Taliban's Crimes: Senators


Nearly a week after Logar Governor Arsala Jamal was killed during an Eid prayer by an explosive device planted inside a Pul-e-Alam mosque's copy of the Qur'an, a number of Senators called on the public to speak out against what they considered to be the Taliban's crimes against Islam. "Most ...

 MI6 demands more spies in Afghanistan to fight terrorism


Security service calling for reinforcements from other agencies amid fears country will become 'intelligence vacuum' when British troops withdraw MI6 is calling for reinforcements in Afghanistan amid fears that the country will become an “intelligence vacuum” where terrorists will pose an i...

 Obama Stresses Inclusivity in Post-2014 Afghanistan


On Saturday night, U.S. President Barak Obama spoke at a White House press conference and emphasized the importance of Afghanistan having a government that serves the needs of all ethnicities and women once coalition troops withdraw at the end of 2014. The press conference was held upon the v...

 First Chinese speech contest wraps up in Afghanistan


KABUL: "My Chinese dream" speech contest in Chinese language wrapped up Sunday in the Afghan capital of Kabul, marking the first such event in the war-torn nation. Jointly organized by the Chinese Embassy and local Confucius Institute, the Chinese speech contest attracted over 40 Afghan Chine...

 U.S. To Use Romania Base For Afghan Withdrawal


The United States has secured an agreement with NATO ally Romania to use a Black Sea air base as a transit point for American troops and military equipment leaving Afghanistan. Under the deal, the United States will shift its flight operations to Romania's Mihail Kogalniceanu air base from th...

 Ex-rebel capital wary of looming Afghan election


KANDAHAR: The biggest single test of the success of international military intervention in Afghanistan could be the length of queues at polling stations in Kandahar city on April 5 next year – and local officials are gloomy. Candidates’ papers are now being checked after 27 names registered f...

 Karzai Stands Firm on BSA Conditions, Immunity Remains in Question


In his weekly radio address, President Hamid Karzai reaffirmed his stance that a security pact with Washington would be pointless if it did not pave the way for sustainable "peace and security" in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has reasserted his own expectations surr...

 Afghan-American novelist condemns Western ‘fortress mentality’


The Afghan novelist and writer of the bestselling book “The Kite Runner” Khaled Hosseini has called for more tolerance for the plight of refugees. The Afghan-born American novelist during an interview with the AFP about his latest book said, “There is a kind of fortress mentality in the West...

 NATO to work on firming up number for boots left in Afghanistan


As Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel prepares to fly to Brussels on Monday for a meeting of NATO defense ministers, the question of how many U.S. troops might remain in Afghanistan after 2014 is still unanswered. But indications are emerging that it may be a relatively small number of troops that ...

 Kerry’s claim that Afghanistan’s U.S. forces deal is ‘under the same standard’ as Japan or Korea


“With respect to the jurisdiction issue, we have great respect for Afghan sovereignty. And we will respect it, completely. And that is laid out in this agreement. But where we have forces in any part of the world, and we unfortunately have them in a number of places in the world – in Japan, in K...

 What if Kennedy lived?


Jeff Greenfield's new book, "If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History" will be published Tuesday, October 22 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. This is an excerpt from the book's introduction. It was Thursday, July 14, 1960 in Room 9333 of the Biltmo...

 Kabul Traffic Has Drivers, Police Crying Foul


Congestion, chaos and checkpoints have Kabul's drivers and Traffic Police unhappy. A number of reports have people forced to pay fines and bribes to Traffic Police despite their proper paperwork. Meanwhile, Traffic Police report most drivers do not follow regulations, causing the capital's traff...

 Looting, Smuggling and Neglect Has Sar-e-Pol Clinging to History


According to Sar-e-Pol provincial officials, illegal excavations, trafficking and neglect have led to the deterioration or disappearance of some of the province's most valuable historical heritage. Abdul Qodus Fahim, the head of Sar-e-Pol provincial Information & Culture Directorate, reported...


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