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American seeks to preserve storied Afghan past
15 December 2014 - Nancy Hatch Dupree fell in love with Afghanistan on her first visit in 1962, and embarked on a lifelong mission to preserve the rich cultural heritage of an ancient land scarred by modern wars. In happier times she traversed the country with the other love of her life -- archaeologist Louis Dupree, a fellow American -- studying its history, writing travelogues, and collecting books, maps, photographs, and even rare recordings of folk music. The couple continued their efforts, often from abroad, during the tumultuous decades that followed, and their vast collection, now housed at Kabul University's sunlit Afghanistan Centre, provides a rare journey through the country's past. Afghans regard Dupree as one of their own, with some even calling her 'grandmother of the nation'. Dupree now heads one of the foremost research centres on Afghanistan's cultural heritage, which stretches back thousands of years. She laments that Afghanistan is barely understood beyond the seventh-century arrival of Islam, and that little of its historical tapestry or influence on the surrounding region appears in the local school curriculum. (more)

New Afghan leader promises equal rights for women
22 September 2014 - Afghanistan's new President-elect pledged in his victory speech on Monday to give women prominent roles in his government and told his nation that women are important to the country's future. The remarks by President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai came a day after the landmark power-sharing deal signed by Afghanistan's two presidential candidates. The speech Monday took on the air of a campaign celebration, with a large crowd of supporters in attendance. Ghani Ahmadzai clasped the hands of female supporters and he and others raised their hands over their heads, a notable moment in a country where women are often socially segregated. (more)

Afghanistan's presidential rivals sign power-sharing deal on Sunday
21 September 2014 - Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates signed a deal on Sunday to share power after months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilized the nation at a crucial time as most foreign troops prepare to leave. Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister who will be named president, embraced rival Abdullah Abdullah after they signed the power-sharing agreement at a ceremony watched by outgoing president Hamid Karzai, and broadcast live from his palace. (more)

Afghanistan: UN welcomes conclusion of presidential elections, deal to form unity government
21 September 2014 - United Nations Secretary-General and his most senior envoy in Afghanistan welcomed the agreement signed on 21 September by presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to establish a government of national unity, ending months of political uncertainty in the country. In separate statements, the UN Chief and Jan Kubiš, his Special Representative for Afghanistan also welcomed the conclusion of the county's months-long presidential polling process and congratulated Mr Ghani as the President-elect of Afghanistan. (more)

Afghan presidential rivals at last reach unity deal on Saturday
20 September 2014 - The rival candidates in Afghanistan's messy election for a new President finally struck a power-sharing deal on Saturday, aides said, after more than two months of tension over a vote in which each side accused the other of fraud. 'Both camps have agreed 100 per cent on everything and we'll sign the deal tomorrow. Everything has been initialled and there is no disagreement on anything,' said Faizullah Zaki, a spokesman for ex-Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani. (more)

UN welcomes Afghanistan's recommitment to end recruitment of child soldiers
1 August 2014 - Afghanistan took another step forward in protecting children from being recruited into and used by national security forces, a move welcomed by the United Nations. The Government recently endorsed a so-called 'road map,' supported by the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), in their roles as co-chairs of the UN-led Country Task Force on Children and Armed Conflict. (more)

UN mission welcomes efforts to begin audit of Afghan presidential run-off vote
14 July 2014 - The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has hailed the efforts by the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC) to start the implementation of an audit plan to help resolve concerns over the results of the presidential run-off poll. (more)

Afghanistan: Election commission welcomes UN mediation
13 July 2014 - Welcoming an agreement between the two top candidates brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations, Afghanistan's election commission hopes to finish an audit of 23,000 polling stations within three weeks. Ahmad Yousuf Nouristani, chairman of the Independent Election Commission, told reporters Sunday that the commission is ready to start auditing all 8 million votes cast in the 14 June presidential runoff as soon as possible. (more)

Afghans express relief at election deal
13 July 2014 - Amid relief that a dangerous rift in the country's troubled democracy has been averted, Afghan officials praised a deal between presidential contenders brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry and said Sunday they hope to finish a full ballot audit within weeks. Kerry unveiled the breakthrough deal Saturday night, with both hopefuls promising to abide by the results of the audit, followed by plans for the winner to form a government of national unity with participation of the losing side. (more)

Afghanistan: Bridge in Baghlan and new school buildings in Bamiyan
8 July 2014 - Construction work on a bridge has started in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, according to the Bakhtar News Agency (BNA). The new bridge should be completed in 9 months. With this new bridge, transportation problems faced by the residents of Qandahari village as well as other neighbouring villages will be resolved. In other good news, the residents of central Bamiyan province are celebrating as construction has been completed on three new school buildings. (more)


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'Military solution improbable in Afghanistan': Invincible Defence Technology addresses root causes of terrorism and war - Pajhwok Afghan News
17 June 2009 - A scientifically verified alternative to military action is available in Afghanistan, say Invincible Defence Technology (IDT) experts Major General (Ret.) Kulwant Singh, Colonel Brian Rees, and David Leffler, PhD. Extensive peer-reviewed published research demonstrates the effectiveness of group practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme and its advanced techniques for reducing the societal stress that fuels violence, terrorism, and war. (more)


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Afghan students find inspiration in Islamic State's success
8 December 2014 - A quiet student at Kabul University, 25-year-old Abdul Rahim has a dream: to join Islamic State in Syria and fight for the establishment of a global caliphate -- a new, alarming form of radicalism in war-weary Afghanistan. Although IS is not believed to have operations in Afghanistan, its influence is growing in a country already mired in daily bombings and attacks by Taliban insurgents. A few dozen students have set up an underground group a few months after IS started making inroads into Central and South Asia this year. Some have already travelled to Syria. Several hardline insurgent groups in tribal areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan have pledged allegiance to IS, propaganda leaflets have been distributed and some local commanders are said to have met IS members. But the clandestine student group is the clearest indication yet that IS ideas are taking hold more broadly. (more)

Afghanistan mired in war as US combat command ends
8 December 2014 - American and NATO troops closed their operational command in Afghanistan on Monday, lowering flags in a ceremony to mark the formal end of their combat mission in a country still mired in war 13 years after the US-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime for harbouring those responsible for 9/11. Not only are the Taliban a resilient insurgency, a new generation of extremists inspired by Osama bin Laden threatens the entire region. American forces are now also involved in a burgeoning military campaign against Islamic State group militants in Syria and Iraq, where Obama had hoped to end combat operations three years ago. (more)

Afghan troop deaths up; called 'unsustainable'
5 November 2014 - Afghan security forces have suffered more battle casualties this year than last year, rising to a level that cannot be sustained in a successful fight against the Taliban, the second-ranking American commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday. The toll increased even though the number of attacks by Taliban fighters has decreased to about 18,000 this year from about 24,000 last year. Afghan government forces, on the other hand, have initiated more attacks on the Taliban this year. (more)

Violence marks Afghan President's first month
28 October 2014 - Suicide bombers, roadside bombs, and rocket attacks on the Afghan capital have intensified in the one month since President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office as the Taliban are sending a message that they disapprove of his tough stance on ending the insurgency and close security ties with Washington, officials, analysts and the Taliban said. In recent days, central Kabul's diplomatic neighborhood has been shaken by late night rocket attacks. Security in the capital -- already fortress-like -- had been stepped up, said General Murad Ali Murad, commander of Afghan National Army ground forces. Jawed Khoistani, a political analyst, suggested that the accuracy of the rockets that have landed in the green zone pointed to some degree of cooperation with the security forces that are supposed to be guarding the city perimeter. 'Rockets are more dangerous than terrorist attacks in Kabul because it is clear there is help from within the capital itself,' he said. (more)

Afghan opium poppy cultivation hits all-time high
21 October 2014 - Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan grew to an all-time high in 2013 despite America spending more than $7 billion to fight it over the past decade, a US report showed on Tuesday. Federal auditors SIGAR reported that Afghan farmers grew an unprecedented 209,000 hectares of the poppy in 2013, blowing past the previous peak of 193,000 hectares in 2007. One factor for the surge was affordable deep-well technology, which over the past decade turned 200,000 hectares of desert in southwestern Afghanistan into arable land much of which is now being used for poppy cultivation. Nangarhar province in the east, and other provinces, once declared 'poppy free', have seen a resurgence in cultivation. An Afghan government official says that Taliban and opium smugglers are fighting for the income of opium in different parts of the country, while cultivation takes place mostly in the south and southwest where insurgents are highly active and the government has little influence. (more)

Despite costly US effort, Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high
21 October 2014 - Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013 despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the United States $7.6 billion, the US government watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction spending said on Tuesday. Afghan farmers grew an 'unprecedented' 209,000 hectares (516,000 acres) of opium poppy in 2013, surpassing the previous high of 193,000 hectares (477,000 acres) in 2007, said John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. Afghanistan produces more than 80 per cent of the world's illicit opium, and profits from the illegal trade help fund the Taliban insurgency. United States government officials blame poppy production for fueling corruption and instability, undermining good government, and subverting the legal economy. (more)

Afghanistan orders New York Times reporter to leave country
20 August 2014 - Afghanistan ordered a New York Times journalist Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement. The attorney general's office called Matthew Rosenberg, 40, into their office Tuesday and asked him to reveal his sources, which he refused to do, the Times reported. On Wednesday, the attorney general's office said the story threatened Afghanistan's stability and security, announcing that he was being expelled. The statement suggested that the reporting, which relied largely on unnamed sources, was fabricated. The Afghan Foreign Affairs Ministry and security agencies had been notified of the expulsion, the statement said. The Afghan Foreign Affairs Ministry and security agencies had been notified of the expulsion, the statement said. A story on the newspaper's website Wednesday said it was 'appalled' by the government's decision to expel Rosenberg and stood by his story. (more)

Afghan attacks continue as vote count stops
26 July 2014 - Attacks across Afghanistan, including hundreds of Taliban fighters swarming police checkpoints across the south, killed at least 15 people Saturday, officials said, as a recount in the country's presidential election halted before a major holiday. The Taliban attacks focused on Kandahar province, where Taliban fighters killed six police officers -- including a district police chief -- in assaults on some 15 checkpoints, said Dawa Khan Menapal, a spokesman for the provincial governor. Menapal said reinforcements later arrived to combat the Taliban fighters and the combat continued into Saturday night. In a blow to hoped-for peace talks, the Taliban's reclusive leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of US troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting. Mullah Mohammad Omar called on both Afghan presidential candidates not to sign the agreement. (more)

Taliban kill six de-miners in western Afghanistan
10 July 2014 - The Taliban shot and killed six people working for a demining company in western Afghanistan, police said on Thursday, a day after the United Nations said the number of civilian casualties in the country jumped by a quarter in the first half of 2014. 'The Taliban killed six de-miners from the Halo Trust landmine clearance organisation while they were on an operation in Kohsan district of Herat. They abducted three people,' said Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial police chief. 'The de-miners started their trip very early in the morning and hadn't informed the police,' Ahmadi said, adding that a manhunt was under way to rescue the three abducted workers. The United Nations has documented 4,853 civilian casualties in Afghanistan, including 1,564 civilian deaths and 3,289 injuries, in the period between 1 January to 30 June. (more)

Afghan war inflicting devastating toll on civilians - UN
9 July 2014 - Afghanistan's war is inflicting an increasingly devastating toll on the civilian population, with the number of casualties rising by almost a quarter in the first half of this year, the United Nations said in a report on Wednesday. US-led forces are gradually withdrawing from military bases scattered across Afghanistan after 12 years of war against Taliban insurgents, contributing to deteriorating security, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence. The UN report comes out as a political crisis unfolds in Afghanistan, threatening civil unrest on top of the insurgency as supporters of the two presidential candidates go head-to-head over the result of a presidential run-off. Preliminary results announced on Monday gave Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank official, 56.44 per cent in the run-off on 14 June, but his rival Abdullah Abdullah immediately rejected the outcome, saying the vote had been marred by widespread fraud. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said ground combat was the leading cause of conflict-related deaths and injuries to Afghan civilians, with child casualties more than doubling in the first six months of 2014. It said two-thirds more women were killed and wounded in ground combat compared with the same period of 2013. (more)

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