Analysts See Cut Saudi-Iran Ties not Good for Afghanistan

ايران و عربستان سعودى

KABUL: Some analysts believe severed relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran could be a challenge for Afghanistan as both the regional rivals would try to weaken each other’s influence in Afghanistan. Ideological differences between Saudi and Iran are historic, but relations between them disrupted on Sunday when Saudi Arabia announced it had cut ties with Iran and fellow-Sunni Bahrain followed ...

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End to Terrorism a Condition for Peace Talks: President Ghani

Ghani Ahmadzai

KABUL – President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said that international meetings next month to lay the groundwork for a possible resumption of peace talks with the Taliban had to seek an approach to the fractured insurgent movement that ensured a rejection of terrorism. Prospects of success have been clouded by bloody infighting in the Taliban over the leadership succession which ...

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High Peace Council Hopes Next Peace Talks to Bear Results

عبدالحکیم مجاهد

KABUL: The High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday hoped the presence of the United States and China in the Afghan peace talks would yield result and make Pakistan to meet its pledges. The body’s acting chairman, Abdul Hakim Mujahid, said the second phase of peace talks would be different from the first round held in July last year, adding that ...

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Tehreek-e-Insaf React to Reports of Hospital Treating Taliban Leader


AFGHANISTAN: In a statement to the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Shireen M. Mazari, spokesperson for the chairman of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, said on Saturday that misunderstandings had arisen out of a remark about the treatment of an Afghan Taliban leader at the Shaukat Khanum cancer hospital in Lahore. This came after media reports emerged Saturday that Khan reportedly confirmed ...

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AFGHANISTAN: Ministry of Interior Calls For Calm if Afghanistan Wins SAFF Cup


AFGHANISTAN: The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday appealed to the public to refrain from shooting in the air in the event of the Afghan national football team winning its match against India on Sunday. Afghanistan is scheduled to take on India in the finals of the South Asian Football Federation ( SAFF) championship cup in India on Friday evening. ...

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59 Held Captive by Taliban Freed in Special Operation


AFGHANISTAN: Nearly 59 individuals who were held captive by Taliban militants in Greshk and Nahr Siraj districts in Helmand were freed in a special military operation by Army Commando troops on Friday night. The Defense Ministry spokesman, Dawlat Waziri, said the special operation was launched on Friday and the hostages were freed in a special operation by Army Commando troops ...

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Suicide Attack Rocks French Guesthouse in Kabul


KABUL: At least three people were killed and 15 were wounded in a suicide attack on a guesthouse used by foreigners in Thaimani area of Kabul on Friday evening, an official said. The guesthouse – Le Jardin is located in the vicinity of 9th street of Taimani area in 4th police district of the city which is mostly visited by the foreigners. ...

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Pakistan Says Afghan Talks To Be Held In Islamabad


A Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday that talks on how to restart a tentative peace dialogue with Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents would be held in Islamabad next month, contradicting an Afghan statement that they would be in Kabul. “Consultations are underway to host the first meeting of the Quadrilateral Co-ordination Committee in Islamabad in the second half of January. ...

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NATO, US Operations in Afghanistan Complete Failure: Kabulov

NATO Force in 35

KABUL – Russian President’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov has said that the US and NATO mission in Afghanistan has been a complete failure and the evaluation of the effectiveness of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) there has been negative. The US and NATO mission in Afghanistan has been a complete failure, the Russian President’s special envoy for ...

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More Troops May be Needed in Afghanistan: Gen. Campbell

General Cambpel

KABUL – The top US and NATO military commander in Afghanistan may seek additional American troops to help local forces as they struggle to contain the Taliban insurgency, USA Today reported. General John Campbell’s interview with the newspaper comes as the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated in the second half of 2015, with an increase in insurgent attacks and ...

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