Afghanistan

Afghan government welcomes return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to Afghanistan

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KABUL: The Afghan government welcomed the return of Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to Afghanistan and emphasized that Hekmatyar’s return to the country following the conclusion of a peace agreement proves that the Afghans have the capability to resolve issues and tensions among themselves. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said the successful conclusion of peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami and ...

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Taliban can’t force their way to power: Hekmatyar

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KABUL: Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar, emerging from two decades of hiding, said on Friday that no one could rule the Afghans against their will. At a meeting with a delegation led by Nangarhar Governor Gulab Mangal and HIA leaders in Mehtarlam, Hekmatyar said all Afghans had rendered sacrifices for the liberation of their motherland. Now the long-suffering people earnestly ...

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Taliban launches spring offensive, vows to carry out more attacks

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KABUL: The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan announced the launch of their new spring offensive under the name of Mansoori, vowing to carry out more attacks across the country. The group says the operation has been named after their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, claiming that they had major achievements on the political and military level under his leadership. The ...

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Hekmatyar likely to appear in a gathering in Laghman on Friday: Source

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KABUL: The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar may appear in a gathering in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan on Friday. Informed sources within Hezb-e-Islami have told RFE/RL that Mr. Hekmatyar arrived in Laghman on Wednesday and since then he is busy meeting with the party colleagues and leaders in this province. The sources further added that a major gathering will ...

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Moscow: Russia’s efforts may return peace, stability in Afghanistan, says Hamid Karzai

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KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai met Russian foreign minister at the sidelines of the Moscow Conference on International Security held under the title of ‘counter-terrorism’, his office said. “Karzai met with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, discussing the situation of Afghanistan and the region,” Karzai’s office said in a statement. The former president appreciated Russian Federation for cooperating with Afghanistan, ...

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Afghan senators welcome Hekmatyar home after decades

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KABUL: Some Senators on Tuesday have warmly welcomed Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader, Gulbadin Hekmatyar’s arrival in the eastern Nangarhar province, emphasizing on the government to implement the peace deal inked with HIA in its true spirit. Earlier Pajhwok Afghan News has reported that Hekmatyar arrived in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Monday. Having spent decades in revolt, ...

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2017 to be another tough year for Afghanistan, says Defense Secretary Mattis

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KABUL: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned of “another tough year” in Afghanistan as he arrived here on an unannounced visit on Monday, hours after his Afghan counterpart resigned over a deadly Taliban attack that triggered anger and left the embattled army in disarray. Paying his first visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, Mattis met President Ashraf Ghani and other senior officials, as ...

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Stance over MOAB: ‘He (Karzai) may have not long to live’

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KABUL: The former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the drop of biggest non-nuclear bomb by US forces in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, “so he has more independent mind than ever,” Ron Paul said during Liberty Report. Ron Paul during conversation with Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, said, ...

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Pentagon chief in a surprise visit to Kabul: US continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with Afghans

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KABUL: The U.S Secretary of Defense, James Mattis said the US would continue to support Afghanistan and that both Taliban insurgents and the Islamic State (IS) militants, aka, Daesh terrorists would be defeated. Pentagon chief made a surprise visit to Kabul on Monday where he met with high-ranking Afghan officials. He also held discussion with US-led Resolute Support Commander Gen. ...

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Princess Zahra Aga Khan reaffirms continued AKDN support to Afghanistan

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KABUL: Princess Zahra Aga Khan, the daughter of Prince Karim Aga Khan met with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in ARG Palace today and reaffirmed continued support to the Aga Khan Development Network to Afghanistan. According to the informed sources, Princess Zahra, the head of the social welfare of the Aga Khan Development Network, was accompanied by a delegation of the ...

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