Afghanistan

Russia opposes privatization of Afghan war

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KABUL: Zamir Kabulov, special representative of the President of the Russian Federation to Afghanistan alleged the “American campaign” has failed in “this Central Asian” country. Izvestia, a Russian daily newspaper wrote that Moscow considers the US campaign in Afghanistan to be a failure. Therefore, as Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan, told the paper, the US needs to withdraw its ...

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Ghani says attempts being made to misuse youths for sparking divisions

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President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani expressed concerns regarding the misuse of the youths of country to spark tensions among the people of the country. He made the remarks during a gathering organized in ARG Presidential Palace to mark the international youth day. President Ghani said questions should be asked from those involved in sparking divisions among the people and the interests ...

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Karzai warns against outsourcing of war

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Ex-president Hamid Karzai has warned that outsourcing the war in Afghanistan will lead to deterioration of security if the privatisation proposal goes ahead. Outsourcing the war management to the notorious private security firm Blackwater would violate Afghanistan’s sovereignty and constitution, he wrote on his social media account. Such a step would amount to prolonging the conflict and the killing innocent civilians, women and children ...

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Afghan army deploy large contingent of defense forces to Sar-e-Pul after civilians massacre

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The Afghan National Army deployed a large contingent of defense forces to northern Sar-e-Pul province in what appears to be a retaliatory move against the massacre of scores of civilians by the militants in this province. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in the North said a large contingent of the defense forces left for Sar-e-Pul ...

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235 civilians rescued from Taliban, Daesh captivity in Sar-e-Pol

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KABUL: At least 235 civilians were rescued from Taliban and Daesh captivity today afternoon, who had been trapped in Mirza-Olang village of Sayad district of Sar-e-Pol province, after it fall to the militants Saturday, officials said. The villagers, mostly children, women and elderly people, who spent four days under militants’ captivity were released with the mediation of local elders, today afternoon, ...

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Detained Punjabi insurgent unveil role of Pakistani Islamists in Afghanistan

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KABUL: A detained insurgent belonging to Punjab province of Pakistan has unveiled the role of the Islamist groups in the ongoing violence in Afghanistan. The insurgent, identified Esmatullah, was arrested in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan, lying close to Durand Line with the tribal regions of Pakistan. Esmatullah made the confessions during a press conference organized by the Afghan security ...

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President Ghani vows to avenge Sar-i-Pul massacre

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KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday vowed to avenge the massacre of innocent people in the Sayyad district of northern Sar-i-Pul province. Addressing a gathering on Anti-Corruption Drive, the president offered his condolences to the bereaved families and said the enemy of the country once again showed their utter disregard for human life and vowed to avenge the blood ...

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September will bring a most memorable book for Afghanistan

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“Durand’s Curse” —A line across Pathan Heart In 1893, Mortimer Durand, an Englishman duped the Afghan Amir Abdur Rahman into signing blindly on a piece of paper. Consequently Afghanistan lost 40,000 square miles of its territory, first to Britain and then to Pakistan. Yet, no one knows why this happened. Nor has anyone ever written about it. Part of the ...

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US reaffirms support for Afghan reconciliation

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KABUL: America’s acting assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs and acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Alice Wells have met President Ashraf Ghani. They also met Chief Executive Officer Abdullah, National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar, acting Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, and other senior leaders to discuss issues of mutual importance and bilateral cooperation. A statement from the US embassy said Ambassador Wells ...

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Trump administration criticize Pakistan for selective fight against terror groups

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The US President Donald Trump’s administration has once again criticized Pakistan for the selective fight against the terror groups, warning that President Trump will not tolerate support to Taliban or related groups. In an interview with the conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, President Trump’s national security adviser, Gen. Herbert McMaster said  White House wants to see a “change in behavior” ...

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