Blackwater and drug production

Much of ex-President Hamid Karzai’s tenure was fraught with tensions. He was seen in diatribe against American policies. Most of the times, he was rebuked in western corporate media. And at times he was painted an astute leader. He was in battle with Americans over the long sought ban on …

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Govt’s silence on kidnapped passengers draws anger

AT: KABUL: Hundreds of residents of Bamiyan province staged protests against what they called the government’s silence over kidnapping of 31 passengers on Kabul-Kandahar highway in Zabul province. It has been more than a month that a group of armed militants kidnapped 31 passengers of Hazara ethnicity in Shahjoi district …

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Seven militants killed in Zabul

AT: KABUL: At least seven Taliban militants have been killed and eight others wounded in military operation conducted by Afghan security forces in southern Zabul province, said a local official. Zabul police chief, Ghulam Sakhi Roghlewanai, said that security forces have conducted a large-scale offensive against the Taliban militants in Atghar, …

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Illegal armed groups are involved in criminal activities: MP

AT Monitoring Desk: KABUL: A number of lawmakers and political experts believe that illegal armed groups were posing threat to security of people. They said that the illegal armed groups receive support from some political groups. Nazifa Zaki, a member of the internal security committee of Wolesi Jirga (WJ), said that …

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Taliban take hostage nine Sar-i-Pul residents: PC chief

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: At least nine civilians have been taken hostage by the Taliban militants in northern Sar-i-Pul province, said local official on Wednesday. Bokhdi News Agency quoted the chief of Sar-i-Pul provincial council (PC), Mohammad Noor Rahmani, as saying that the hostages are kept in one of areas of …

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Taliban, Hezb-i-Islami fighters clash in Maidan Wardak

AT Monitoring Desk: KABUL: Two groups of militants belonging to the Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami exchanged fires with in Maidan Wardak province, leaving Taliban’s designated spy chief for Narkh district dead. A statement issued by Maidan Wardak Media and Information Center on Wednesday said that the incident took place in Karimdad area of Narkh …

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Parliamentary election to be held next year

AT Monitoring Desk: KABUL: Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish said Wednesday that the parliamentary election may be postponed for one year, due to some reasons. He told lawmakers that parliamentary polls will be held after brining reforms in electoral bodies. He said the government is hopeful that a transparent parliament election is …

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Enhanced Kabul-Beijing’s ties stressed

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A seminar held the other day in Kabul stressed on enhancing bilateral ties between Kabul and Beijing. Former National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Former Minister for Information and Culture Sayid Makhdum Raheen and Chinese Ambassador to Kabul Deng Xijun were key attendants of the session. Chinese …

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Afghanistan ranks fifth among world’s most dangerous countries

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A recent study by a Washington-based organization has listed Afghanistan among world’s 10 most dangerous countries, said reports on Wednesday. The Intel Center’s Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries list as of March 2015 is topped by the Middle East, with Iraq and Syria as they ranked first …

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