Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

US, Pakistan resume discussion to combat militancy

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

Pakistan and the US have resumed their talks for devising joint strategies to combat militancy along the restive Pak-Afghan border, days after America handed over a top Pakistani Taliban militant to the country. The talks were held amid signs of improvement in relations between the defence establishments of the two countries.

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International coalition to launch support mission for Afghanistan

Friday, December 5, 2014 Comments Off

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani said Friday the international forces would launch a new mission in Afghanistan to provide support and consultations for the local forces. The beginning of next year will witness the launch of non-combat operations of international forces in Afghanistan, which means the mandate of these troops will be restricted on providing support […]

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Pakistan to create trench near Afghanistan border

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

In the dusty badlands along its disputed border with Afghanistan, Pakistan is carving out a massive trench to keep out separatists, smugglers and militants in an attempt to bring order to a lawless, tribal region. But like the Berlin Wall or Israel’s West Bank barrier, the planned 485-km trench is giving physical form to a […]

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Afghanistan agree to push Pak Taliban out of its soil

Monday, November 17, 2014 Comments Off

Afghanistan has agreed to target militants attacking Pakistan from alleged sanctuaries on its soil, in a significant move which suggests a thaw in their frayed ties and anti-terror cooperation between them. Pakistan had demanded Afghanistan several times through official and unofficial channels to uproot the chief of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Mullah Fazlullah, hiding with […]

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Afghan President invites Taliban to join peace process

Friday, October 31, 2014 Comments Off

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community. Speaking at a conference on Afghan peace and reconstruction in Beijing, Mr. Ghani made no specific proposals and indicated government forces wouldn’t back away from the fight. However, his mention of the Taliban by name […]

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UN praises Pakistan efforts in Afhan peace process

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Comments Off

Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stabile, united and prosperous Afghanistan has been acknowledged by the United Nations when on Tuesday. Jan Kubis, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, acknowledged country’s important contribution towards peace and stability and deeper engagement on issues of trade, reconstruction, rehabilitation, regional and economic cooperation with Afghanistan.

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Afghan President receives British PM

Saturday, October 4, 2014 Comments Off

British Prime Minister David Cameron today became the first world leader to hold talks with newly-inaugurated Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, as Nato troops end their long war against the Taliban. Mr Cameron arrived in Kabul on the unannounced visit after visiting an airbase in Cyprus, where British jets launching strikes against Islamic State militants in […]

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Over 200 killed in Afghanistan in violence in September

Thursday, October 2, 2014 Comments Off

More than 200 people largely civilians were killed and hundreds others wounded in attacks and conflicts in Afghanistan last month, according to official statistics. On Monday, four security personnel and three civilians were killed and 13 others wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a security checkpoint near Kabul airport.

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France hails Afghanistan presidential election outcome

Monday, September 22, 2014 Comments Off

France early Monday said it welcomed the end of the stand-off in Afghanistan over the outcome of the Afghan Presidential election, which has been disputed between two protagonists for several months.

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Karzai calls on presidential candidates to reach agreement for unity govt

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Comments Off

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah to reach an agreement soon on a national unity government.

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Afghanistan and US sign security agreement

Monday, September 1, 2014 Comments Off

Afghanistan and the USA have signed a long-delayed agreement to allow international forces to stay in the country beyond 2014. In a low-key ceremony at the presidential palace, the Afghan national security adviser and the US ambassador signed the bilateral security agreement in the presence of the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani. 

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Afghan President calls on possible succesors to end dispute

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Comments Off

Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed today for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Afghanistan has been paralysed for months after the first round of the presidential election failed to produce a clear winner and the second round […]

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Kerry visits Afghanistan

Friday, August 8, 2014 Comments Off

Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kabul Thursday in a surprise visit to meet with the country’s two presidential candidates to help accelerate the ballot auditing process and build upon the political framework for Afghanistan’s future government. A Senior State Department Official told reporters, “We really want to see it (the audit) moving faster, […]

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UNSC condemns attacks in Afghanistan

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Comments Off

The UN Security Council on Tuesday condemned the two attacks in Afghanistan earlier in the day, which killed scores of civilians including children. The 15-member UN body “condemned in the strongest terms” the suicide attack in the eastern province of Paktika, which reportedly killed 89 and injured many

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Over 80 killed after car bomb attack in Afghanistan

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Comments Off

The death toll in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province has climbed to 89, with more than 40 people wounded. The blast took place on Tuesday when the bomber detonated his explosives—packed vehicle near a crowded market and a mosque in the Urgun district of Paktika province.

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US reiterates support for Afghan elections

Monday, July 7, 2014 Comments Off

Amid requests from both Afghan presidential candidates to broaden the investigation of suspected ballot fraud, the US reaffirmed its support for a “sovereign, unified, and democratic Afghanistan.” State Department

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Pakistan President visits Kabul

Thursday, March 27, 2014 Comments Off

President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday arrived in Afghan capital city Kabul to attend the Nowroz festival on the invitation of his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, said an official press release. This is the first visit by the Afghan President to Afghanistan since taking office. According to Foreign Office, President Mamnoon Hussain on the […]

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Azerbaijan, Afghanistan discuss situation of the region

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Comments Off

Azerbaijan and Afghanistan discussed the military and political situation in the region, as well as the security issues. Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov received a delegation led by Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani on March 19.

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Pakistan to continue support for peaceful, stable Afghanistan

Friday, February 28, 2014 Comments Off

President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, on Friday said that Pakistan would continue to support all efforts aimed at a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan, said an official press release.

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Afghan, Pakistan leaders to discuss security issues

Thursday, February 13, 2014 Comments Off

The Afghan and Pakistani leaders are expected to discuss security in Afghanistan after the NATO troop pullout and efforts to negotiate with the Taliban when they meet in Turkey on Thursday.

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Pakistani PM to arrive in Ankara for trilateral summit

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Comments Off

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for Ankara on Wednesday on a three-day visit to Turkey to attend Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Summit, officials said. The trilateral process, an important platform for high-level dialogue, security cooperation, and economic development partnership, was launched in 2007.

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NATO Top commander says security deal is best for peace in Afghanistan

Friday, January 10, 2014 Comments Off

The top commander of NATO in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford on Thursday declared Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) the best way to bring peace, stability and progress to Afghanistan and vanquish the war-torn country’s

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Kerry extends deadline for signing of Afghan security agreement

Monday, December 16, 2013 Comments Off

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday appeared to give Afghan President Hamid Karzai extra time to sign a long-awaited bilateral security agreement, saying the deal did not have to be signed by January.

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Afghan President on official visit to India

Thursday, December 12, 2013 Comments Off

Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in India Thursday for a four-day visit, with Washington hoping New Delhi can persuade him to sign a deal allowing US troops to stay on post-2014. Karzai is scheduled to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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NATO foreign ministers urge Afghanistan to sign security deal with US

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Comments Off

NATO Foreign Ministers Wednesday called for a timely signature of the Bilateral Security Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan, which will pave the way for NATO to establish its own legal framework for its new mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces after 2014.

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NATO, Russia discuss situation in Afghanistan, Syria

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Comments Off

NATO Foreign Ministers Wednesday held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council. “Russia and NATO both play a critical role in the security of the Euro-Atlantic region. And today’s meeting will enable us to maintain the momentum in

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Afghan President insists on demands in security deal with US

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Comments Off

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, opening up the prospect of a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from the strife-torn nation next year.

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Pakistan closes border with Afghanistan ahead of drones protest

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Comments Off

Pakistan closed border with Afghanistan in the country’s northwest on Saturday ahead of protest against the American drone strikes, official sources said.

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Afghan President agrees US security deal

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Comments Off

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai had agreed on the terms of a deal to cover the presence of American troops beyond 2014. “As we sit here tonight we have agreed on the language that would be submitted to a Loya Jirga, but they have to pass it,” Kerry said

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Afghan elders to discuss security pact with United States

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Comments Off

Thousands of tribal chieftains and politicians will gather this week in the Afghan capital to discuss a security pact with the United States which will shape Washington’s future military presence in the war-scarred nation. The bilateral security agreement (BSA) will determine how many US soldiers stay in Afghanistan when most of Nato’s troops deployed in […]

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Obama, Cameron discuss Middle East

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Comments Off

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke on Tuesday as part of their ongoing discussions on shared security interests, including Iran, Afghanistan and Syria, the White House announced.

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Afghan traditional leaders to decide on US security deal

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Comments Off

Afghan traditional leaders will meet next week to decide whether to support a security pact that could allow some US troops to stay in the country after 2014, an official said Tuesday. Around 2,500 tribal elders and other civilian leaders are expected to take part in the “loya jirga” starting November 21 to decid

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US to pullout from Afghanistan via Romanian airbase

Monday, October 21, 2013 Comments Off

The US will use a Romanian airbase on the Black Sea as a transit point for its troops leaving Afghanistan as it winds up operations at another base in Kyrgyzstan, the Pentagon said. The agreement on using the Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase was reached at a meeting at the Pentagon yesterday between US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Romanian counterpart Mircea […]

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John Kerry and Afghan President reach preliminary agreement on bilateral security

Monday, October 14, 2013 Comments Off

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai have reached preliminary agreement on a bilateral security pact that now depends on the approval of Afghanistan’s tribal leaders. The pact, announced jointly by Kerry and Karzai late on Saturday after two days of talks in the capital, Kabul, would keep some US forces […]

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Kerry makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Friday, October 11, 2013 Comments Off

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived on an unannounced visit to Kabul Friday to try to advance troubled negotiations with Afghanistan on some US troops staying in the country after 2014. President Hamid Karzai said this week that he was prepared to walk away from the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) talks if Afghanistan was not happy […]

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