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26 drug traffickers in major bust sentenced to prison

KABUL: A major anti-drug operation has sent dozens of convicted drug dealers to prison for conspiracy to traffic narcotics, said the court of Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) on Tuesday. The primary and appellate courts have sentenced 26 drug smugglers to
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26 drug traffickers in major bust sentenced to prison

KABUL: A major anti-drug operation has sent dozens of convicted drug dealers to prison for conspiracy to traffic narcotics, said the court of Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) on Tuesday. The primary and appellate courts have sentenced 26 drug smugglers to 3 to 17 years in prison. Counter Narcotics Police has seized over 806kg heroin, …

395kg narcotics seized in Nangarhar

Kabul: Counter Narcotic Police (CNP) has discovered and confiscated some 395kg Hashish in counternarcotics operations in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday night. Ministry of Interior said in a statement that CNP conducted two separate operations in Sorkhro
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395kg narcotics seized in Nangarhar

Kabul: Counter Narcotic Police (CNP) has discovered and confiscated some 395kg Hashish in counternarcotics operations in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday night. Ministry of Interior said in a statement that CNP conducted two separate operations in Sorkhrod district and 6th PD of the city of Jalalabad, where 395kg Hashish discovered and seized. The Hashish was …

Afghan-German woman held captive for 2 years rescued

KABUL: An Afghan-German woman has been rescued two years after she was abducted in Kabul and held captive ever since, authorities said Tuesday. The Ministry of Interior said the police rescued the woman from Bagrami district in an intelligence operation. The
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Afghan-German woman held captive for 2 years rescued

KABUL: An Afghan-German woman has been rescued two years after she was abducted in Kabul and held captive ever since, authorities said Tuesday. The Ministry of Interior said the police rescued the woman from Bagrami district in an intelligence operation. The kidnapper has also been arrested and is in police custody. The woman told the …

Afghanistan ceasefire push in focus in U.S., Taliban talks

KABUL: Talks between U.S. and Taliban officials aimed at arranging peace negotiations in Afghanistan were set for a second day on Tuesday after discussions around the future of foreign forces and a possible six-month ceasefire, Taliban sources said. The three
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Afghanistan ceasefire push in focus in U.S., Taliban talks

KABUL: Talks between U.S. and Taliban officials aimed at arranging peace negotiations in Afghanistan were set for a second day on Tuesday after discussions around the future of foreign forces and a possible six-month ceasefire, Taliban sources said. The three-day meeting in Abu Dhabi is at least the third time that U.S. special peace envoy …

Afghan security forces kill 61 militants in ‘pre-emptiveraids’

KabuL: Afghan security forces killed 61 militants in ‘pre-emptive strikes’ against extremist strongholds across Afghanistan on Sunday, military authorities said, in raids which also left more than 23 terrorists severely injured. The defense ministry said
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Afghan security forces kill 61 militants in ‘pre-emptiveraids’

KabuL: Afghan security forces killed 61 militants in ‘pre-emptive strikes’ against extremist strongholds across Afghanistan on Sunday, military authorities said, in raids which also left more than 23 terrorists severely injured. The defense ministry said on Monday that security and defense forces in cooperation with the air force raided Taliban strongholds in embattled Nangarhar, Khost, …

Logar incursion: Civilians feared killed in ‘airstrike’

KABUL: Six civilians are feared dead in an aerial attack in Logar province, a provincial councilman said, the government however claims those killed were militants. The Afghan air force targeted a civilian vehicle in Charkh district of the province, said Loga
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Logar incursion: Civilians feared killed in ‘airstrike’

KABUL: Six civilians are feared dead in an aerial attack in Logar province, a provincial councilman said, the government however claims those killed were militants. The Afghan air force targeted a civilian vehicle in Charkh district of the province, said Logar provincial council deputy head Abdul Wali Wakil. Some elderlies from the Mohammad Agha district …

Consultative Board holds first session without leaders of political parties

AT-KABUL: The government-designated Peace Consultative Board heldits first session on Monday, but none of the leaders of political and jihadileaders attended. President Ashraf Ghani chose most of jihadi leaders as members of the board led by himself. The boar
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Consultative Board holds first session without leaders of political parties

AT-KABUL: The government-designated Peace Consultative Board heldits first session on Monday, but none of the leaders of political and jihadileaders attended. President Ashraf Ghani chose most of jihadi leaders as members of the board led by himself. The board is apparently appointed to consult and provide opportunities to hold talks with the Taliban. The political …

IEC Wraps Up Recounting Of Kabul Votes

Tolo News: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said the election management body has wrapped up the recounting process of votes for Kabul province and IEC staff is now processing the data registration of the results. The IEC said the election
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IEC Wraps Up Recounting Of Kabul Votes

Tolo News: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said the election management body has wrapped up the recounting process of votes for Kabul province and IEC staff is now processing the data registration of the results. The IEC said the election commission will announce the election results for Nangarhar, Paktia and Baghlan provinces withinRead More...

Afghan Taliban Representatives, US Officials Meet in UAE

Ayaz Gul VOA News December 17, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan-organized peace talks involving U.S. and Taliban officials took place in the United Arab Emirates Monday. Government officials were not immediately available to discuss details of the meeting. The sp
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Afghan Taliban Representatives, US Officials Meet in UAE

Ayaz Gul VOA News December 17, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan-organized peace talks involving U.S. and Taliban officials took place in the United Arab Emirates Monday. Government officials were not immediately available to discuss details of the meeting. The special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, led the U.S. team in talks that included envoys from Pakistan,Read More...

U.S., Taliban to ponder ceasefire, prisoner swap in fresh-talks

KABUL: Representatives of Taliban militants and the US diplomats are to discuss a temporary ceasefire and the release of insurgents’ inmates from US detention in the third round of talks organized to be hosted Monday by Pakistan, former Taliban officials sa
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U.S., Taliban to ponder ceasefire, prisoner swap in fresh-talks

KABUL: Representatives of Taliban militants and the US diplomats are to discuss a temporary ceasefire and the release of insurgents’ inmates from US detention in the third round of talks organized to be hosted Monday by Pakistan, former Taliban officials say. Members of the militants’ political office based in Qatar will meet US officials for …

Korea sets aside $2.2m for humanitarian relief to AfghanIDPs

KabuL: The Korean government has contributed a sum of $2.2 million to provide humanitarian relief to thousands of women and children displaced by severe droughts. According to a statementthe contribution will protect 21,000 families, more than half are childr
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Korea sets aside $2.2m for humanitarian relief to AfghanIDPs

KabuL: The Korean government has contributed a sum of $2.2 million to provide humanitarian relief to thousands of women and children displaced by severe droughts. According to a statementthe contribution will protect 21,000 families, more than half are children, from the harsh winter season.  “Years of conflict, displacement and growing poverty, compounded by the unprecedented …

Worsening security forces 35 Paktika schools to shut

KABUL: Worsening security has forced about 35 schools in southern and volatile Paktika province to close for past years, adding to problems that children face in getting an education, officials said. Because of insecurity, Paktika education directo
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Worsening security forces 35 Paktika schools to shut

KABUL: Worsening security has forced about 35 schools in southern and volatile Paktika province to close for past years, adding to problems that children face in getting an education, officials said. Because of insecurity, Paktika education director Mehrabuddin Shafaq said, dozens of school remained closed in several districts for the past many years. More than 35 schools …

Afghanistan all eyes to combat human trafficking

AT-KABUL: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) launched Afghanistan’s National ReferralMechanism and Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Online Database in Kabul tostrengthen counter trafficking protection measure
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Afghanistan all eyes to combat human trafficking

AT-KABUL: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) launched Afghanistan’s National ReferralMechanism and Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Online Database in Kabul tostrengthen counter trafficking protection measures of the Government ofAfghanistan. Participants at Sunday’s launch include High Level Trafficking in Persons Commission of Afghan government officials, representatives of national and international …

Editorial: Fencing amidst talks

Whenever peace efforts getting momentum, Pakistan’s military circles are highlighting what they called achievements pertained to fencing of controversial Durand Line. On the day of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan tripartite talks at Kabul, Pakistan armed fo
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Editorial: Fencing amidst talks

Whenever peace efforts getting momentum, Pakistan’s military circles are highlighting what they called achievements pertained to fencing of controversial Durand Line. On the day of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan tripartite talks at Kabul, Pakistan armed forces through its mouthpiece Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) made public details pertained to fencing of Durand Line. According to …

Kabul Calls On FIFA for Evidence On Sexual Abuse Of Afghan Women Soccer Players

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty December 16, 2018 Afghanistan’s attorney general has called on soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, to share evidence it has collected over allegations of sexual and physical abuse against the women’s nationa
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Kabul Calls On FIFA for Evidence On Sexual Abuse Of Afghan Women Soccer Players

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty December 16, 2018 Afghanistan’s attorney general has called on soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, to share evidence it has collected over allegations of sexual and physical abuse against the women’s national team. Jamshid Rasuli, the attorney general’s spokesman, told reporters in Kabul that the December 16 request was part of anRead More...

China, Afghanistan, Pakistan agree on joint anti-terror efforts

Michael Hughes: Washington still lacks any viable strategy for ending the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan outside of a last ditch bid to strike a Faustian bargain with Taliban contacts in Doha. Beijing, on the other hand, appears to have a workable regional so
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China, Afghanistan, Pakistan agree on joint anti-terror efforts

Michael Hughes: Washington still lacks any viable strategy for ending the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan outside of a last ditch bid to strike a Faustian bargain with Taliban contacts in Doha. Beijing, on the other hand, appears to have a workable regional solution that can bring stability and prosperity to Afghanistan if the United StatesRead More...

US Hails Pakistan’s Work for Peace Talks With Taliban

Ayaz Gul VOA News December 16, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The United States said Saturday it welcomes actions Pakistan is taking to promote a negotiated solution to the war in neighboring Afghanistan. The acknowledgement came a day after Pakistani Prime Minister Imr
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US Hails Pakistan’s Work for Peace Talks With Taliban

Ayaz Gul VOA News December 16, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The United States said Saturday it welcomes actions Pakistan is taking to promote a negotiated solution to the war in neighboring Afghanistan. The acknowledgement came a day after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced his country has arranged another round of Washington’s peace talks with the AfghanRead More...

Afghanistan, China and Pakistan Ink Deal to Enhance Counterterror CooperationAfghanistan, China and Pakistan Ink Deal to Enhance Counterterror Cooperation

VOA News Ayaz Gul December 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD — China, Pakistan and Afghanistan signed a trilateral understanding Saturday to enhance counterterrorism security cooperation, and collectively reiterated their call for the Taliban insurgency to join Afghan pe
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Afghanistan, China and Pakistan Ink Deal to Enhance Counterterror CooperationAfghanistan, China and Pakistan Ink Deal to Enhance Counterterror Cooperation

VOA News Ayaz Gul December 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD — China, Pakistan and Afghanistan signed a trilateral understanding Saturday to enhance counterterrorism security cooperation, and collectively reiterated their call for the Taliban insurgency to join Afghan peace talks. The foreign ministers of the three countries met in Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul, for a second round of talks,Read More...

Cricket: Eight Afghans shortlisted for IPL auction

1TV: Eight Afghan players have been shortlisted for the auction of the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League. Afghans who are shortlisted for the auction are: Zahir Khan Pakteen, Hazratullah Zazai, Qais Ahmad, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Mohammad Shahzad, Gulbad
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Cricket: Eight Afghans shortlisted for IPL auction

1TV: Eight Afghan players have been shortlisted for the auction of the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League. Afghans who are shortlisted for the auction are: Zahir Khan Pakteen, Hazratullah Zazai, Qais Ahmad, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Mohammad Shahzad, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat and Syed Shirzad. Click here to read more (external link). Other Sports News Afghan MuayRead More...

Dostum Asked To Support Ghani Team In Presidential Elections

Tolo News: The National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan led by the First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, said that President Ashraf Ghani has requested Dostum to once again support him in the 2019 presidential elections. President Ghani and Vice Presiden
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Dostum Asked To Support Ghani Team In Presidential Elections

Tolo News: The National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan led by the First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, said that President Ashraf Ghani has requested Dostum to once again support him in the 2019 presidential elections. President Ghani and Vice President Dostum were in one team in 2014 presidential elections.  Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, spokesman for the National IslamicRead More...

Khalilzad meets Stoltenberg in Brussels

AT-KABUL: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in Brussels. A brief statement from the Western military alliance said that Ambassador Khalilzad would address the Nort
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Khalilzad meets Stoltenberg in Brussels

AT-KABUL: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in Brussels. A brief statement from the Western military alliance said that Ambassador Khalilzad would address the North Atlantic Council. The North Atlantic Council expressed support for Khalilzad’s efforts to promote an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, the statement added. …

U.S. Army Green Beret charged with murder of Afghan man

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A U.S. Army Green Beret major has been charged withmurder in the death of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to the war-torncountry, the U.S. military says. A spokesman said on December 13 that Major Matthew Golsteyn’s co
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U.S. Army Green Beret charged with murder of Afghan man

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A U.S. Army Green Beret major has been charged withmurder in the death of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to the war-torncountry, the U.S. military says. A spokesman said on December 13 that Major Matthew Golsteyn’s commander had determined that “sufficient evidence exists” to warrant the charges. Golsteyn has allegedly …

‘Peace for Afghans is more important than election’

AT-KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai said that restoration of peace before election is very much crucial. In an interview with Pashto section in China’s International Radio, Hamid Karzai said holding election is important, but before having a good and in
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‘Peace for Afghans is more important than election’

AT-KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai said that restoration of peace before election is very much crucial. In an interview with Pashto section in China’s International Radio, Hamid Karzai said holding election is important, but before having a good and independent election, peace must be restored. A country must have the rights to conduct election, which …

Taliban Formulates 10-Member Negotiating Team for Peace Talks: HPC

Ariana: High Peace Council (HPC) says Taliban has formulated a 10-member negotiating team for peace talks with the Afghan government. The direct talks between the U.S. and Taliban have raised hopes among many interested parties to ensure peace in war-torn Af
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Taliban Formulates 10-Member Negotiating Team for Peace Talks: HPC

Ariana: High Peace Council (HPC) says Taliban has formulated a 10-member negotiating team for peace talks with the Afghan government. The direct talks between the U.S. and Taliban have raised hopes among many interested parties to ensure peace in war-torn Afghanistan. Click here to read more (external link). Related ‘No Peace Agreement Will be Concluded BehindRead More...

Is Afghanistan ready for a #MeToo movement?

DW: A movement similar to #MeToo is taking shape in Afghanistan — one of the world’s most dangerous countries for women — as more and more people are speaking up against sexual abuse.  In light of the recent sexual abuse allegations leveled by som
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Is Afghanistan ready for a #MeToo movement?

DW: A movement similar to #MeToo is taking shape in Afghanistan — one of the world’s most dangerous countries for women — as more and more people are speaking up against sexual abuse.  In light of the recent sexual abuse allegations leveled by some members of the Afghan women’s football team, women’s rights activists in theRead More...

Protesting Candidate Wants Allegations Cleared

Tolo News: Fawzia Kofi, an incumbent lawmaker and a protesting candidate, whose name was dropped from the final lists of parliamentary candidates in August, says she wants the allegations against her cleared, otherwise those who have decided to reject this n
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Protesting Candidate Wants Allegations Cleared

Tolo News: Fawzia Kofi, an incumbent lawmaker and a protesting candidate, whose name was dropped from the final lists of parliamentary candidates in August, says she wants the allegations against her cleared, otherwise those who have decided to reject this nomination should be punished. Click here to read more (external link). Related فراتر از افغانستان برایRead More...

Lapis Lazuli Project to create vibrant transit route for Afghanistan

Neelapu Shanti via Economic Times: The Lapis Lazuli transit corridor aims to lower trade barriers, reduce transaction costs, improved cross-border governance through harmonization, increased trade and transit and enhanced regional cooperation. The corridor w
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Lapis Lazuli Project to create vibrant transit route for Afghanistan

Neelapu Shanti via Economic Times: The Lapis Lazuli transit corridor aims to lower trade barriers, reduce transaction costs, improved cross-border governance through harmonization, increased trade and transit and enhanced regional cooperation. The corridor will function under the framework of Transport International Routier (TIR) carnet.   India provides best market for Afghanistan. If India shows interest in joiningRead More...

Pakistan Hosts Regional Meeting on Countering Afghan Opiates

Ayaz Gul VOA News December 12, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran have pledged to increase cooperation and information-sharing for effectively combating the trafficking of Afghan opiates. War-shattered Afghanistan remains the world’s larges
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Pakistan Hosts Regional Meeting on Countering Afghan Opiates

Ayaz Gul VOA News December 12, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran have pledged to increase cooperation and information-sharing for effectively combating the trafficking of Afghan opiates. War-shattered Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium, though the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime noted in its latest survey the opium cultivation decreased by 20 percent inRead More...

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