Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

Pak army pledges to intensify fight against terror

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistan’s armed forces were going after terrorists ‘without any discrimination’, said a military spokesman in a statement to media on Tuesday. “There are no good terrorists. We are going against all terrorists without any discrimination of hue and color,” spokesman General Asim Saleem Bajwa, director general of Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said. “I […]

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Afghan soldiers attacked in eastern province

Monday, January 19, 2015 Comments Off

A local official says the Taliban have attacked Afghan troops in eastern Laghman province, triggering a gunbattle that killed two soldiers and wounded a third. The provincial governor’s spokesman Sarhadi Zwak says the attack began around today in Alishing district.

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Pak ISI chief visits Afghanistan

Monday, January 12, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistan’s spy agency ISI chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul and discussed ways to increase anti-terror cooperation. It was second visit of the ISI chief in less than a month to Afghanistan and third since November 2014. Lt Gen Akhtar visited Kabul soon after the Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar last month that killed 150 people […]

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Sharif toughens stand after Peshawar massacre

Friday, December 19, 2014 Comments Off

With the death toll in the Peshawar army school massacre rising to 148 overnight, Pakistan yesterday turned over a new leaf in its approach to terrorism. Mr. Sharif swore that politicians would bury their differences and unite to defeat terrorism. Their meeting came as a photograph of the men who attacked the school was released […]

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US to keep 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned next year

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Comments Off

The United States will keep about 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned early next year to fill a temporary Nato troop gap in the new mission to train and advice Afghan security forces, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday on his final visit to this war-weary country as Pentagon chief. At a news […]

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Obama, Ghani discuss Afghan future

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama spoke by video conference with President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the White House announced late Tuesday. “The President commended President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah on the timely ratification of the Bilateral Security Agreement and NATO Status of Forces Agreement […]

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NATO ceremonially end combat mission in Afghan after 13 years

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

 The US and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan on Monday, 13 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks sparked their invasion of the country to topple the Taliban-led government. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, which was in charge of combat operations, lowered its flag, formally ending its deployment.

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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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