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 Embassy Row: After Afghanistan for NATO


“In together, out together,” Hungarian Defense Minister Csaba Hende explained when asked how long his country’s combat troops would stay in Afghanistan after U.S. forces leave next year. “But we are not going to abandon Afghanistan overnight,” he added. Hungary has been training Afghan tro...

  Afghan Star Khaled Hosseini's New Book


As a boy growing up in Afghanistan, Khaled Hosseini heard lots of fables and fairy tales about divs and jinns, the demons and spirits that frequently appear in Islamic literature and folklore. The stories stuck with him. Mr. Hosseini's new novel, "And the Mountains Echoed," opens with a myth ...

 Airing Of Dirty Laundry Raises Afghan Hopes That Corruption Will Be Tackled


The very public trading of graft accusations in Afghanistan's parliament this week has all of Kabul talking. It has turned the country's finance minister into an instant hero but also kindled hopes that the issue of corruption will finally be addressed in a more serious manner. Finance Min...

 Blackwater and MQM’s Hallmarks on Karachi Fire – Bombings


MQM and Blackwater/Xe are US sponsored mafia style mercenary outfits due to their management structure as it is almost the same both groups’ chiefs are out of Pakistan to start with. "There is no difference between Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and MQM because both are sponsored by India and U...

 Afghan Commandos Step Up Their Combat Role


At a classified Commando Base, Afghanistan - One day this month, a pair of Russian Mi-17 assault helicopters delivered two teams of Afghan commandos, their faces obscured by black masks, in a touch-and-go landing at this camp in a lush valley encircled by frosty peaks about 50 miles from Kabul. ...

 Sharif Seen As Trying To Reorient Pakistan's Foreign Policy


Pakistan's Prime Minister-designate Nawaz Sharif has signaled his desire to take back control of Pakistan’s foreign policy from the powerful security services, which have dominated it for decades. The degree to which he will succeed remains an open question and will determine the course of Is...

 Afghans voice wariness of Pakistan’s Sharif


Kabul : Afghan President Hamid Karzai, calling to congratulate Pakistan’s prime minister-elect this week on his victory in parliamentary elections, said he hoped the new government in Islamabad would create a “brotherly and peaceful atmosphere with Afghanistan” and cooperate in efforts to destro...

 Afghanistan's kochis: Nomads no more


War forced many to abandon their wandering ways, but settled life is precarious with government offering little help. Qarabagh, Afghanistan: As snow falls over the northern Kabul hillsides, a group of nomadic kochis in Afghanistan congregate at their simple, white mosque. The leaders of this ...

 Halfhearted poppy eradication program in Afghanistan yields inadvertent success


As an unexpected result of the government's eradication program, it's a bad year for poppy farmers. ZHARI, Afghanistan: Zhari is having a banner year for opium poppy cultivation. Increased security has led to more fields being sown with poppy, and workers harvest opium with less fear of stepp...

 Heavy Metal In Kabul? It's The Music, Not The Munitions


When 23-year-old Solomon "Sully" Omar felt the music scene in his native Denver wasn't giving him what he was looking for, he made a radical move. He headed for Kabul, capital of the war-torn country his parents had fled decades ago. "I came here to continue my education and at the same see w...

 Democratic victory of Pakistan?


Throughout the entire human civilization, it is the victors who write history. Any yet, in retrospect, the historical authenticity of the events and the accuracy of the victors’ claims have always been challenged with the discovery of remarkable evidence contrary to what was perceived as ground ...

 Drought gobbles up Texas turkey hunt


Turkey hunting season in Texas is in a dry spell, with more young jakes than bearded toms in the bead of hunters' shotguns. Turkey hunting in Texas dried up along with the state's water due to the epic drought of 2011. And while the drought has relented, turkey season hasn't been the same. Tur...

 Bangladesh’s internal migrations


Ebb and flow THE world’s most densely populated country of any size also happens to be home to the world’s fastest-growing city. By the middle of the 21st century, Bangladesh, whose landmass could be fit 58 times into Brazil’s, will be home to 195m people—that is, Brazil’s population today....

 Commander Denies U.S. to Blame in Afghan Deaths


KABUL, Afghanistan: The highest-ranking international military commander in Afghanistan has categorically denied any American or NATO responsibility for the deaths of at least 17 women and children after nearly seven hours of intensive airstrikes near their compound in eastern Afghanistan, in th...

 Political Battle Lights Up Afghan TV


KABUL: An Afghan parliamentary session meant to oust the finance minister turned into a fiery exchange, broadcast live on television that ended with the minister turning the tables on his critics, surviving the vote, and burnishing his credentials as a possible presidential candidate. Accuse...

 Kabul's Tax Levies Raise Flags From U.S. Watchdog


Washington: Afghanistan's cash-strapped government has levied nearly $1 billion in taxes and fees on U.S.-funded reconstruction projects and military contracts over the past five years, often in violation of bilateral agreements with Washington, according to a new audit by a U.S. government watc...

 Contractors Hit by Almost $1 Billion in Afghan Taxes


U.S. government contractors supporting operations in Afghanistan have been hit with almost $1 billion in potentially inappropriate taxes and penalties from the Afghan Ministry of Finance since 2008, according to a U.S. watchdog agency. A sample of 43 companies operating under contracts with t...

 Afghans on U.S. bases losing jobs after years of devoted service


Interpreters, mechanics and others who depended on the good, steady pay now feel abandoned as American troops prepare to exit. Some fear militant retaliation. CHARIKAR, Afghanistan: Abdul Shakour was working the night shift at Bagram air base repairing American vehicles when he was called to an eme...

 What Nawaz Sharif's win means for Pakistan's neighbors


Nawaz Sharif's astonishing victory at the polls is certain to be welcomed by neighbors and other countries in the region hoping for a more stable Pakistan - but much will depend on how effectively he is able to work with the Pakistani army, writes Ahmed Rashid. Mr. Sharif was twice prime minister ...

 Why U.S. is losing support among Afghans?


Anti-American sentiments are perhaps looming on high level ever among Afghans. It is on a very critical juncture when the US troop’s withdrawal is already planned till the end of 2014, Pivotal Security agreement with the US is to be signed in the near future and the expected botched presidential ele...


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