Afghanistan

US bombing of Afghanistan up by 300 percent

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KABUL: The US media this week broadcast videos provided by the Pentagon purporting to show American airstrikes against Taliban-run “drug labs” in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Parroting claims by the top US military commander Gen. John Nicholson, television news broadcasters reported that Washington is attempting to stop the Islamist insurgency from “profiting from narcotics trade and other criminal activities.” The bombing ...

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14 killed in terrorist attack on political gathering in Kabul

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KABUL: 14 people, including eight policemen, were killed and 18 others, 11 of them civilians, were injured after Daesh suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a Kabul hotel where a political gathering was underway. The attack took place outside the Qasr-e-Naween Hotel in PD 4th of Kabul city at entrance of the hall at 1:20pm where a gathering of the supporters ...

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Ready to participate in next year’s polls: Hekmatyar

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KABUL: The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar said on Friday the only way to resolve the current crisis were elections and his party was ready to participate in upcoming parliamentary and district council polls. Addressing the HIA central council’s gathering in Kabul here, Hekmatyar said the next year’s elections were important for the HIA and asked supporters to be ready for the democratic ...

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Pak military aid tied to action against terrorists: US

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WASHINGTON: The Trump administration on Wednesday told Congress it was conducting a review of assistance to Pakistan to ensure it was aligned with the level of cooperation it achieved in disrupting the Taliban and the Haqqani network. “Before we move forward with future military financing for Pakistan, the US will take into account Pakistan’s efforts to address these central concerns,” acting assistant secretary for South ...

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At least 3 killed as attack on private TV station ends

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KABUL: A coordinated attack on Shamshad TV, a private channel, has ended but Afghan forces are still searching the building for attackers. TV officials said two attackers, wearing police uniforms, were gunned down by security forces. Staff-members of the TV station suffered no casualties. However, eyewitnesses said two people were evacuated to hospital from the TV station. An worker of ...

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‘Stop Pakistan from fencing Durand Line’

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KABUL: The Provincial Council (PC) of eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday called on the unity government to stop Pakistan from fencing the so-called Duran Line. “If the government did not take action in the next 10 days, they would confront the Pakistani aggression with the help of masses,” the public representatives warned. They said the government would be responsible for ...

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Pakistan may exempt Afghan goods from tax raise: Envoy

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KABUL: Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul, Zahid Nasrullah, says he has shared the issue of the increase in import duty on Afghan goods with his country’s authorities. Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) says Pakistan has increased customs duty and taxes on 200 of types of imported goods including grapes and pomegranates from Afghanistan. As a result, exports from Kandahar to Pakistan ...

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Taliban and Haqqani network still able to operate from Pakistan: US

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Washington has said the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network still retain the ability to operate from Pakistan. Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice G. Wells told reporters on Friday that “We believe that the Taliban leadership and the Haqqani Network still retain an ability to ...

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Afghanistan forced Pakistan to stop fencing Durand Line

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KABUL: The Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs has strongly rejected the unilateral fencing of Durand Line and tribal people, including border police forces have been stopped Pakistan’s fencing work in Zazai district of Khost province. Addressing a press conference the other day here in Kabul, deputy minister for borders and tribal affairs, Muhammad Yaqoob Ahmadzai came hard over Pakistan ...

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NATO to Moscow: Support Kabul for regional stability

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KABUL: The NATO chief has told Russia that the best way to achieve stability in the region is to support the incumbent government in Kabul. NATO and Russia had a “frank exchange” on the security situation in Afghanistan, including the regional terrorist threats, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. After a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels, he said: “Our analyses differ considerably but ...

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