54 insurgents killed in raids

AT-KABUL: At least 54 armed Taliban fighters were killed and nine others were wounded in different crackdowns within past 24 hours. In a press release issued here, Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that Afghan National Police (ANP) in collaboration with Afghan National Army (ANA) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) …

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Wushu Competition Kicks-Off in Kabul

A two day Wushu competition kicked-off in Kabul on Saturday and 300 young athletes from 60 clubs are expected to compete. The tournament, which will involve 10 different weight categories, aims to select the top 40 contestants who will be trained for future national teams, officials said. According to Abdul …

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NDS-ISI deal: A poisoned honey or an elixir

Analysis: By Rafiq Umaryar A recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistan’s notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has become a hot potato for the government of Afghanistan. From a man in the street to ex-officials and from Pashtun nationalists to Baloch …

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Gen. Qadam Shah appointed as Chief of Army Staff

AT-KABUL: Afghan government has appointed General Qadam Shah Shaheen, as chief of the army staff, an official said on Saturday. “National Unity Government leaders agreed on General Qadam Shah’s appointment as the Army Chief of Staff of the country,” Javid Faisal, a spokesman for the Chief Executive Office, said on …

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NSA Doval finds faults with Pak-Afghan spy agencies’ deal

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Friday said that Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) deal with Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) was based on wrong assumptions. “What Pakistan wanted was to take assurance and pressurize Afghanistan that they will not allow their territory to be used for any …

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Charchino district chief dead in bomb blast

KABUL: The district chief for Charchino district of central Uruzgan province was killed in a bomb blast on Saturday morning, an official said. The governor’s spokesman Dost Mohammad Nayab told Pajhwok Afghan News that the district chief Mohammad Ismail Haqyar was heading toward his home when his car hit a …

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Former president Karzai leaves for China

KABUL: On the invitation of Chinese government, former president Hamid Karzai left for Beijing on Saturday. A statement from the office of former president said Karzai left for China in the morning on an unofficial visit. He would stay in China for four days but the statement had no details …

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