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 BSA Agreement Critical for Afghanistan: Gen. Dunford


General Joseph Dunford, commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, spoke out again on Sunday to emphasize the importance of signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) as quickly as possible in order to prepare for the coming changes to the...

 The Dead Afghan’s Tale: How Afghanistan’s Poorest Are Bearing the Brunt of the War


Dasht-e-Qala, Afghanistan: The young boy does not say a word. His eyes water as he turns away, staring out the window or at the mud walls of his family home in Dasht-e-Qala, in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar province. Just across the river and over the hills lie Tajikistan and the vast expanse of...

 Pakistani Al-Qaeda and Haqqani Network Pose Threat to Afghanistan: Security Officials


Afghan security officials on Saturday said that Al-Qaeda and Haqqani Network activities in Pakistan pose a major threat to Afghanistan's current and future security, adding that while Afghan forces are capable of combating the threat, they will need further support to be fully successful. Se...

 Officials confident Afghanistan’s April elections will lead to a peaceful transfer of power


International coalition officials are expressing confidence that Afghanistan’s presidential elections will occur in April as scheduled and mark a peaceful transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai, who has held the office since December 2001. “Our money is on that it’s happening on time i...

 Afghanistan objected for imposing exit tax on Australian military


The Australian defense ministry strongly objected the government of Afghanistan for imposing tax for the withdrawal of its military equipment from the country. Australian defense officials are saying that Afghan government has imposed a $3545 per container exit tax on every container leaving ...

 The long arc of justice in Afghanistan


No one knows who killed Islam Bibi. The 37-year old police lieutenant, the most senior female officer in southern Afghanistan's dangerous Helmand province, was riding a motorcycle to work in early July with her son-in-law, when she was shot and killed. During her career, she faced many threats, ...

 Al-Qaida remains significant threat to west – UN report


Affiliates and self-radicalized terrorists pose ongoing threat despite damage to al-Qaida's core, authoritative report says Al-Qaida remains a significant threat to western targets as it "continues to diversify" into increasingly self-radicalized extremist groups, despite significant damage to ...

 Afghan ambassador leaves after 15 months


Afghanistan’s ambassador to Canada left his job after 15 months and is now working in the United States private sector, amid media reports of an international uptick in Afghan diplomats not returning home. But Barna Karimi disagrees it’s a trend. And he says that even if it were, he wouldn’t ...

 John Sopko, watchdog for U.S. reconstruction spending in Afghanistan, battles bureaucrats


A year after John Sopko became the chief watchdog for U.S. reconstruction spending in Afghanistan; he has turned a failed agency into the bane of the existence of American bureaucrats scrambling to bring the war to a dignified end. Mentioning his name to U.S. commanders, diplomats and aid wor...

 Out of sight, out of mind – a rotten way to quit a war


The west’s errors in Afghanistan – strategic, political and military – are too legion to list Whatever happened to the war? You know the one. The west has been fighting it for a decade. The costs run to a trillion dollars plus. Tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians have been wounded or...

  The Great Burning: How Wildfires Are Threatening the West


Terrifying blazes are the new normal in the West, where a mix of climate change and Tea Party politics has put an entire region at risk It was the sound of her neighbors' propane tanks exploding that convinced Nancy Myers she had run out of time. Twenty minutes earlier, the 57-year-old potte...

 Anti-Islamic policies of India


On the other hand a self-proclaimed mini superpower, a country whose stench of idolatry and racism is suffocating mankind, India, is gradually posing a grave threat to the millions of Muslimun in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Maldive Islands, is scared stiff of the Islamic Movements. In the recent pa...

 How to make passwords uncrack-able


For years now I've harangued relatives about their shoddy password practices. Either they use easily-hacked passwords or forget the passwords they've created—sometimes both. If you won't take it from me, beloved family, consider this Password Day (yes, apparently it's a thing ) statement from Mc...

 What Google Knows About You


 Earlier, we reported the personal narrative of Michele Catalano who recounted how one day she found herself face to face with six agents from the joint terrorism task force. The reason? "Our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of te...

 Permanent victimhood


Politically speaking, Malala’s gravest error was to survive the attack by the Taliban gunmen who shot her in the head on her way back from school in 2012. Had she succumbed to her injuries or deteriorated to a vegetative state in some underequipped Swat hospital then she may have been forgiven (...

 Taliban leader says still willing to talk


KABUL, Afghanistan: The Taliban's reclusive leader said Tuesday that his group was willing to start peace negotiations, even as he urged more attacks — including insider shootings by government security forces — on foreign troops. In a wide-ranging emailed message, Mullah Mohammad Omar blamed...

 How much influence will Iran have in post-US Afghanistan?


Those who speculate that Iran will somehow absorb western Afghanistan into its sphere of influence when US and NATO forces drawdown in 2014 have not been through the doors of the threadbare “Public Library and Cultural Center” in Herat. Iran built the domed structure and stocked its library a...

  Plenty of Challenges for Afghanistan But a Rise of Student Militancy on College Campuses Is Not One of Them


The 123 graduates lined up cautiously, as they had rehearsed, jostling to get in position amid the cheers of proud parents as an Afghan flag more than 150 feet long flapped above them in the sharp wind. Former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker had just finished his commencement address, remarkable as...

 Existence of Illegal Armed Groups Posing Threat to Life and Security in Ghor


Local officials of Ghor province on Monday revealed that around 8000 armed men belonging to 130 illegal armed groups are extorting money from the residents and posing threat to security in the region. Sayed Anwar Rahmati, Provincial Governor, said that a number of National Assembly members ...

 U.S. looks to smartphones and satellites to monitor Afghan projects


Supervision of the massive U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan would be done remotely, a plan some call risky. Washington : As the U.S. military presence dwindles in Afghanistan, officials are finalizing a $200-million plan to use smartphones, GPS-enabled cameras and satellite imagery ...


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