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[23 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Andrew deGrandpre in Washington Post, August 22 at 11:23 AM
(Andrew deGrandpre is a staff writer at The Washington Post. Previously, he spent more than 11 years as an editor and reporter for Military Times).
President Trump delivered a sharp warning to Pakistan on Monday, saying he intends to hold its leaders to account for harboring militant groups responsible for perpetuating instability across the border in Afghanistan.
During a prime-time address to the nation, Trump said the United States would once more accelerate its longest military mission and bring renewed focus to …

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[12 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

KHAAMA PRESS – Thu May 11 2017, 8:28 pm
The Afghan government has approved in principle the Chabahar port agreement implementation plan, the Office of the President, ARG Palace said.
According to a statement by ARG Palace, the decision was taken during a meeting of the Afghan cabinet of ministers today.
The statement further added that implementation plan of Chabahar agreement was approved in principle after it was presented to the meeting by deputy finance and administrative minister of the Ministry of Transportation of Afghanistan.
The plan includes awareness of the private sector regarding …

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[14 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON (CNN): The US military dropped America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan Thursday, the first time this type of weapon has been used in battle, according to US officials.
A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” was dropped at 7:32 p.m. local time, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission. A MOAB is a 30-foot-long, 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition. President Donald Trump called it “another successful job” later Thursday. The bomb was dropped by an MC-130 …

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[29 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Afghan Security Forces – in an operation on the outskirts of Maimana, the center of Faryab province – destroyed the main hideouts of the Taliban and 120 rebels surrendered, officials said Saturday.
The Vice President, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, who is leading the operation, said that the Taliban wanted to control Maimana.Bomb building and storage centers of the Taliban were also destroyed.http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/23985-security-forces-destroy-talibans-main-hideouts-in-faryab

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[19 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock has survived a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan.
Asadullah Zamir was on his way from Kandahar to Helmand when a bomb went off on his convoy this afternoon.
Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock says the blast did not have casualties but it damaged a vehicle.
Zamir has been on a visit in southern Afghanistan assessing opportunities for strengthening the agriculture sector.
He met local authorities and farmers of Urozgan and Kandahar provinces in past two days, listened to their suggestions and shared with them his plans for …

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[5 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Embattled Afghan troops have appealed for reinforcements in Sangin district amid reports that government forces have lost control of the key strategic town.
Soldiers who are apparently under Taliban siege have said that they are running out of food and ammunition and are unable to break the siege and clear the area of militants.
Dozens of troops are reportedly still under siege and no one is addressing the problem, a number of troops fighting Taliban in Sangin district said on Thursday.
Meanwhile, members of Helmand provincial council have confirmed the reports – which …

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[25 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is Executive Director News, Express News.
I am the leader and I see red. Blood red. Red is the colour of rage. But rage is not a plan of action.
Here I sit in my study as yet another day dissolves into the cold darkness of the night. Finally I am alone. I need to clear my head and organise my thoughts. Alone. The responsibility on my shoulders weighs a tonne. I know it burdens me with a duty I must fulfill. Am I fulfilling this duty? Have I failed …

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[23 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad and Kabul have yet to devise a mechanism to block out signals of Afghan telecom operators from spilling over into the border regions to curb terror attacks.
In the wake of the latest attack in Charsadda coordinated from Afghanistan, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has broken its silence on the failure of relevant authorities on both sides to block mobile signals.
Though Afghan SIMs rarely work in Pakistan, they can still be used along the Pak-Afghan border to call phones in Pakistan.
Following the Peshawar school massacre of December 2014, the …

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[8 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

In Javid Nama, Allama Iqbal says: “Asia is like a human body, made of Water and Clay, And the Afghan nation in that body is like the heart!” The recently concluded Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad and the four preceding such conferences derive their name from the verse quoted above.
This verse was referred to by the prime minister of Afghanistan as well as the Afghan president in Islamabad. The declaration adopted by the foreign ministers and high-level representatives of the 15 participating countries, supported by 17 other countries acknowledged …

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[8 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

A follow up meeting on peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban group would be held in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan next week, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah said Thursday.
CEO Abdullah appeared in a press conference after he returned to Kabul by concluding a state visit to Iran.
He told reporters this afternoon ” Islamabad will be hosting a follow up meeting next week where we will have talks for peace talks with the Taliban.”
Abdullah further added that Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai will present Afghanistan …