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 Afghan female military pilot gives wing to young girls' dreams


2nd Lt. Niloofar Rhmani recently became Afghanistan's first female pilot in three decades. But even as she and other women break barriers, many are concerned about life after the 2014 drawdown of Western forces. When Afghan Air Force 2nd Lt. Niloofar Rhmani received her flying wings in May, ...

 Official: Taliban Violence Unlikely to Threaten Afghan Transitions


ISLAMABAD: Despite a recent spike in deadly Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, authorities there are confident the insurgent violence is unlikely to disrupt next April’s presidential election or pose a major security challenge to Afghan forces past 2014, when NATO will have ended its military missi...

 Crop pests head polewards to flee heat


Organisms which can threaten food and other crops are moving towards the poles to escape increasing heat where they live at present. That may be serious for the highest-yielding producers. A fungus is heading your way. The caterpillars are on the march.  So are viruses and any number of insect...

 Afghan Parties Jockey For Power Ahead Of Presidential Vote


Rival powerbrokers and political parties in Afghanistan have begun jockeying for power ahead of next year's crucial presidential vote, which promises to see the first-ever democratic transition of power in the country. With the registration of candidates’ just weeks away, competing political...

 For Some Afghans, Cost of Doing Business Includes U.S. Lawyers


Kabul, Afghanistan: Dollar for dollar, Mahmood Karzai may well hold the title for getting the least value out of his pricey American lawyers. Mr. Karzai, a brother of President Hamid Karzai, paid one of them $100,000, and all he got was a single meeting and one follow up e-mail — and then the la...

 World Bank Study Reveals Low Female University Enrolment


Female access to higher education in Afghanistan is considered one of the most pressing issues facing the country's education system. Based on the sobering revelations of a recently published by the World Bank, it would appear a great deal of progress is needed. According to the World Bank's ...

 America Totally Discredited


A foolish President Obama and moronic Secretary of State Kerry have handed the United States government its worst diplomatic defeat in history and destroyed the credibility of the Office of the President, the Department of State, and the entire executive branch. Intoxicated with hubris from p...

 Will Obama Doom Himself As A War Criminal


Obama, pushed by his Israeli and neocon masters, especially his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, who, in effect, functions as an Israeli agent, crawled far out on the limb, only to have it sawed off by the British Parliament. In response, the “socialist” president of France, Hollande, w...

 Australian Troops Investigated in Afghanistan


Canberra, Australia: Australia's national broadcaster has reported that Australian troops are under investigation for allegedly cutting off the hands of at least one dead insurgent in Afghanistan. Australian Broadcasting Corp. said Friday the hands of at least one insurgent were brought back ...

 Kabul New City Faces Continued Resistance


More than six years after President Hamid Karzai first established plans for the Kabul New City (KNC) project, which seeks to expand the capital northward through a broad urban development initiative, the efforts finds itself bedeviled by obstacles of both local and foreign origin. Although ...

 Insurance authority passes new law amid recent financial losses


The Afghanistan Insurance authority on Wednesday announced that the insurance law of Afghanistan has been drafted and will be forward to ministry of justice of Afghanistan in the near future. The officials further added that the insurance law will be sent to the Afghan parliament for approval...

 Tribal Elders of Eastern Provinces Discuss Elections and Security


Tribal elders from eastern provinces of Afghanistan held a meeting in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, discusses their concerns with the security situation in their region and strategies for encouraging voter participation in the lead-up to next spring's elections. The meeting c...

 Electoral alliance formed for Afghanistan presidential elections


A number of political parties on Thursday announced the formation of a new electoral alliance for the upcoming presidential elections, which scheduled to be organized earlier next year. The new electoral alliance is formed with the motive to jointly participate in next year’s presidential ele...

 U.S. Tightens Oversight of ANA Fuel Procurement


U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) announced on Wednesday that stricter oversight measures were being taken to ensure the Ministry of Defense (MoD) was being held accountable for the fuel procurement practices of the Afghan National Army. USFOR-A are passing over one third of the fuel purchasing ...

 Redford to advocate in China for Alberta's petroleum industry


Alberta Premier Alison Redford will once again travel to China to advocate on behalf of the province’s oil and gas industry. Ms. Redford will visit cities including Beijing, Hong Kong and Dalian with 15 small and medium-sized businesses, economic development associations, and University of Calgar...

 Meeting in Gen. Dostum’s residence focus on Afghan elections


Various political parties, political coalitions and prominent political leaders of the country have boosted their efforts, as the next presidential elections of the country are getting closer. The next presidential elections of Afghanistan is scheduled to be organized earlier in April next ye...

  Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan cherish Afghanistan memories


The Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan who appeared in the Bollywood movie ‘Khuda Gawah’, on Tuesday a memoir about his trip to Afghanistan, where the movie was produced. The memoir was posted on the Facebook page of Amitabh Bachchan, and described his experience while shooting the movie in Af...

 Seeking Asylum in Australia, Refugees Find a Policy in Flux


JAKARTA, Indonesia: In January, Naqsh Murtaza had had enough of war-torn Afghanistan. Mr. Naqsh, a 27-year-old Afghan, fled with his mother and two younger brothers across the border into Pakistan, the first stop on a risky journey whose ultimate destination was Australia. He lacked the mone...

 For Pakistan And Afghanistan, Soccer As Reconciliation


Afghanistan and Pakistan are better known for their verbal fights and occasional border clashes, but for the first time since 1976, they battled on a soccer field in Kabul. Some 6,000 rabid Afghan fans cheered on their team, clad in red uniforms. There were horns, flags, and face paint. It lo...

 Years later, a flattened Afghan village reflects on U.S. bombardment


TAROK KOLACHE, Afghanistan: It took 50,000 pounds of American explosives to level Niaz Mohammad’s village. The village had become a Taliban stronghold, a virtual factory for bombs that killed and maimed American soldiers. At the height of the U.S. offensive in late 2010, commanders chose what ...


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