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 Swedish Reporter's Murder Alarms Journalists


The Afghan journalist community has responded with alarm and concern following the seemingly targeted killing of Swedish journalist Nils Horner on Sunday in a heavily guarded area of Kabul. Mr. Horner was reporting for a Swedish radio and had arrived in Afghanistan just three days before two gunmen ...

 US Commander Urges Patience With Afghanistan


CAPITOL HILL: The commander of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan says maintaining a residual military presence in the country is desirable and feasible even if Kabul continues to delay signing a bilateral security agreement with the United States. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, ...

 U.S. commander in Afghanistan warns that full withdrawal will allow al-Qaeda to regroup


The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that al-Qaeda’s network in that country is in “survival mode,” but warned that a full American military drawdown after the end of the year would allow the terrorist group to regenerate there. Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford’s remarks to the Senate A...

 Western Journalist Is Shot and Killed as Kabul Mourns Official’s Death


KABUL, Afghanistan: Two men shot a Swedish reporter on a crowded street in Kabul on Tuesday, in a rare assassination-style killing of a Westerner that raised new questions about the safety of the large international presence expected to remain here after American-led combat forces depart this year. ...

 Existing Afghanistan pact would cover US forces post-2014 even if new one is not signed


WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has threatened to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan if a new security agreement is not signed by the end of the year, but there is no legal reason the U.S. has to resort to the "zero option," as administration officials have repeatedly claimed. Legally,...

 Marshal Supporter of a National Government


Although Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, President Hamid Karzai's First Vice President had a crucial role on elections and was supporting a particular team, he never announced his support for a particular candidate, Fahim's allies said on Tuesday. The allies added that Fahim always persuaded Karzai to...

 Marshal Fahim's Five Praiseworthy Functions


Here is a round-up of the five most memorable achievements of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, who died on Sunday, in the last 13 years. Marshal Fahim had served as Afghanistan's vice-president since 2009 and held previous posts including defense minister. He played a big role in Bonn Conference, where...

 Australian Coach to Head New Afghanistan National Cricket Academy


The Afghanistan Cricket Board announced the appointment of former Papua New Guinea National Coach, Peter Anderson, as the new Afghanistan National Cricket Academy Coach. He will take up his role on 15 April and will be based at the Academy in the Kabul Cricket Stadium. “We are pleased to be welcomin...

 Fake Diplomas, Other Credentials Sourced From Pakistan


TOLOnews on Monday received video footage displaying a number of forged higher education and certification documents that were said to have been made in Pakistan but used in Afghanistan. Afghanistan's General Consulate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan confirmed that fraudulent credentials, most often...

 Mining for minerals worth $3 trillion in Afghanistan


Afghanistan is estimated to have $3 trillion worth of mineral deposits, which through years of insecurity have remained unexploited. Gold, iron ore, copper ore, emeralds, lapis, rubies as well as natural gas are all found in the north of the country. Now with help from advisors from the US Task Forc...

 Afghan Taliban warn voters to stay away from polls


KABUL, Afghanistan : The Taliban threatened voters Monday and warned they will "use all force" possible to disrupt Afghan presidential elections next month, posing a crucial test for the country's security forces seeking to show they can bring stability as the West prepares to end its combat mission...

 News Analysis: Marshal Fahim's death could affect Afghanistan's political, security landscape


KABUL: Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, one of the most powerful political figures in Afghanistan, passed away in his home on Sunday. Fahim's sudden death has raised questions among the ethnically divided Afghans, especially in the political and media circles, as to whether his passing w...

 Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer?


Kandahar, Afghanistan: It's 25 years since the Soviet Union pulled its troops out of Afghanistan. The US is due to remove most of its forces at the end of the year. So what have these and other Afghan campaigns taught us? Last Ramadan I drove through the badlands outside Kandahar to see the house wh...

 Ed Miliband visits British troops in Afghanistan


Ed Miliband has said he would support British military intervention in future conflicts if it was "in the national interest". On a visit to Afghanistan, the Labor leader said maintaining strong armed forces were "an absolute commitment". But, he declined to rule out further military spending cuts, s...

 Leading Afghan women honored on the eve of Int’l women’s day


France and Germany for the first time honored two competent and leading Afghan women on the eve of international women’s day. The two women received ‘competent woman of the year’ award which was given jointly by France and Germany, after they received votes from jury for their activities. Sharifa Da...

 Afghanistan election front-runner: 'Sacrifices of British troops have led Afghanistan from dark ages


Abdullah Abdullah, who is running in the April 4 election, condemns President Karzai’s tirades and tells Rob Crilly in Jalalabad he will sign a deal with America Jalalabad : A front-runner in Afghanistan’s elections has criticized President Hamid Karzai for his incendiary claim that NATO forces were...

 Warlord Who Tamped Conflicts as Afghan Vice President Dies


KABUL, Afghanistan: Vice President Muhammad Qasim Fahim of Afghanistan, a formidable power broker and former warlord who played a crucial role in ousting the Taliban and shaping the political order that followed, died on Sunday, less than a month before Afghans are to elect a new leader. Mr. Fahim, ...

 Afghanistan: Fahim's death leaves void


Why the demise of the Afghan warrior-turned-politician will affect the country's future.The death of Afghanistan's first Vice President, Marshal Mohammed Qassim Fahim, is a loss to the country, and it will affect the ethnic Tajik community at this critical juncture. Less than a month before Afghans ...

 Vice President Marshal Fahim Praised By Many


The sudden death of Afghan Vice President Marshal Muhammad Qasim Fahim on Sunday from a heart attack came as a shock to many. But news of the untimely departure of one of Afghanistan's most prominent political figures was soon overwhelmed by an outpouring of praise for the man from friends, colleagu...

 Taliban Threatens Afghan Voters


ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgency has warned Afghans against participating in the April 5 presidential election and ordered its fighters to use “all force” possible to disrupt the election. The Islamist group's statement marks its first formal threat of violence to prevent the election pro...


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