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24 APRIL 2017

Afghan defense minister, army chief resign after deadly Taliban Attack

The Afghan minister of defense and army chief of staff have resigned over a major Taliban assault on an army base, the president’s office says. The news came as US Secretary of State Jim Mattis arrived in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-defense-minister-army-chief-resign-after-deadly-taliban-attack/a-38556314
https://www.dawn.com/news/1328928/afghan-defence-minister-army-chief-resign-after-taliban-attack

21 APRIL 2017

140 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban Attack

Attackers talked their way onto the base disguised in Afghan army uniforms and driving military veichles before opening fire on soldiers eating dinner and leaving a mosque after Friday prayers
http://www.atimes.com/article/afghan/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/21/taliban-kill-dozens-at-afghan-army-hq
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39672357

17 APRIL 2017

Ex-Afghan president calls US bomb drop an ‘atrocity’: report

Hamid Karzai has spoken out against the US decision to drop the MOAB bomb on Afghanistan. His interview comes the same day a top Trump official tours South Asia to speak with regional leaders
http://www.dw.com/en/ex-afghan-president-calls-us-bomb-drop-an-atrocity-report/a-38455632

26 MARCH 2017

US air strike in Afghanistan kills senior al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin: Pentagon

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in Pakistan, the US military confirmed
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/26/us-air-strike-in-afghanistan-kills-senior-al-qaeda-leader-qari-yasin-pentagon/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252555762/taliban-militant-who-hatched-the-plan-for-deadly-2008-islamabad-bombing-killed-in-us-drone-strike
http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/al-qaeda-‘leader’-killed-us-strike-afghanistan-pentagon

23 MARCH 2017

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39365330
http://www.voanews.com/a/taliban-capture-key-southern-afghan-district/3778722.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/taliban-capture-key-afghan-district-9-police-killed-170323142927112.html

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-indefinitely-closes-border-with-afghanistan-amid-rising-tension_1984961.html
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/09/pak-afghan-border-closes-for-indefinite-period/

4  FEBRUARY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38867280
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/afghanistan/un-lifts-sanctions-on-notorious-afghan-warlord-1.1972844
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031737.htm

27 JANUARY 2017

Afghan Taliban’s new chief replaces 24 « shadow » officials

The leader of the Afghan Taliban recently replaced « shadow » governors in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces, as he sought to consolidate his influence over the insurgency, senior figures in the movement said this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-s-new-chief-replaces-24-shadow-officials/3472966.html

23 JANUARY 2017

Can Afghanistan’s Economy Rebound in 2017?

There’s no reason to think 2017 will be any better for Afghanistan than 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/can-afghanistans-economy-rebound-in-2017/

3 JANUARY 2017

Why is Russia so interested in Afghanistan all of a sudden?

 An increased Russian involvement in Afghanistan has surprised many observers. What does Moscow want to achieve in the war-torn country? After Syria, is another US-Russia conflict being played out in a different arena?http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-russia-so-interested-in-afghanistan-all-of-a-sudden/a-36989680

24 DECEMBER 2016

Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan

Moscow and Tehran see an opportunity to fatal distract the United States in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/iran-russia-see-opportunity-to-encircle-the-us-in-afghanistan/

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

Kabul’s foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-tangled-history-of-the-afghanistan-india-pakistan-triangle/

23 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

United Nations report says poppy cultivation in the war-torn country has risen to its highest level in more than 20 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37743433
http://www.atimes.com/article/opium-crops-spread-afghanistan-taliban-gains-ground/

18 OCTOBER 2016

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year, UN data show, with the torrent of people crossing the border expected to continue
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/350-000-afghan-refugees-return-from-pakistan-un-1.1914860

5 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan aid: Donors promise $15.2bn in Brussels

International donors have pledged $15.2bn (€13.5bn ; £11.9bn) in aid to help Afghanistan until 2020
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37560704
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-10/05/content_15506325.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan: Ghani, Hekmatyar formalise peace deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the government hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/afghanistan-ghani-hekmatyar-sign-peace-deal-160929092524754.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan signs deal with militant Hekmatyar

The Afghan government has signed a peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second largest militant group
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37438674
http://www.euronews.com/2016/09/22/peace-in-afghanistan-but-at-what-price
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27405-govt-hizb-e-islami-peace-deal-draws-mixed-reaction

18 AUGUST 2016

Discord between Afghan unity government leaders intensifies

Calls for fresh elections have intensified in Afghanistan as the unity government leaders fail to resolve their dispute over power sharing. President Ghani and CEO Abdullah have yet to find a way to work in tandem
http://www.dw.com/en/discord-between-afghan-unity-government-leaders-intensifies/a-19485299

12 AUGUST 2016

IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

Hafiz Saeed, leader of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in a US drone strike last month, the US believes
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37063654
http://atimes.com/2016/08/is-chief-for-afghanistan-pakistan-killed-by-us-drone/

31 JULY 2016

Kabul Slams China Over Reported Taliban Visit

 The Afghan government has shown its displeasure over reports that a Taliban delegation visited China, saying Beijing should not provide “a platform” to groups that are involved in the killing of Afghans
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-government-shows-displeasure-over-reported-taliban-china-visit/3442971.html
http://zeenews.india.com/news/asia/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-china-to-discuss-unrest-sources_1913283.html

29 JULY 2016

Will WTO membership help improve Afghanistan’s economy?

On Friday, Afghanistan became the 164th country to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). after its upper house of parliament passed a final handful of laws that were required as preconditions for membership
http://www.dw.com/en/will-wto-membership-help-improve-afghanist

9 JULY 2016

NATO renews Afghanistan mission

NATO countries agreed on Saturday to extend their military mission in Afghanistan amid continuing threats from the Taliban
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/world/52151-nato-renews-afghanistan-mission
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3217842-nato-allies-commit-around-1-billion-per-year-to-support-afghan-forces/

6 JULY 2016

Obama slows US troop drawdown in Afghanistan

The US will slow its troop drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving a force of 8,400 when President Barack Obama completes his term, the president announced on Wednesday in a blunt acknowledgment that America will remain entangled there despite his aspirations to end the war
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/06/obama-slows-us-troop-drawdown-in-afghanistan/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/world/asia/obama-afghanistan-troops.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 JUNE 2016

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens

Taliban bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36671676
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26044-taliban-suicide-bombers-hit-afghan-police–kill-30-wound-53

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border
http://www.dawn.com/news/1265011/pak-afghan-forces-agree-on-ceasefire-at-torkham-border-wave-white-flags
http://nation.com.pk/national/15-Jun-2016/new-ceasefire-enforced-at-torkham-border

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-afghanistan-increase-troops-at-khyber-pass-border-after-clash-1.1846138
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-pakistan-border-tensions/3375279.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/afghan-soldier-killed-border-clash-pakistan-160613075159320.html

6 JUNE 2016

Taliban ambush kills American photojournalist and translator in Afghanistan

A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for National Public Radio were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday 5, according to NPR and military officials.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/05/taliban-ambush-kills-american-journalist-and-translator-in-afgha/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25662-two-journalists-killed-in-helmand

5 JUNE 2016

Afghanistan: MP Sher Wali Wardak killed in Kabul bomb blast

Three civilians including an Afghan lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak were killed in Kabul on Sunday evening after an IED was detonated via remote control near the MP’s house
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25661-kabul-blast-kills-three-including-mp
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36455738

25 MAY 2016

The new Taliban chief elected is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

In a statement issued by the Taliban on Wednesday, the group confirmed the death of Mullah Mansour and added that Taliban’s Shura has selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25487-haibatullah-named-talibans-new-leader
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/afghan-taliban-appoint-leader-mansours-death-045123915.html?nhp=1
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36377008
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/25/afghan-taliban-names-haibatullah-akhunzada-as-its-new-chief/

22 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in US attack

Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP on Sunday (May 22), adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-sources/2807732.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36352559

21 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour believed dead after US airstrike

The Pentagon has announced that Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. The raid was specifically targeting the fundamentalist leader, US authorities said.
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-taliban-leader-mullar-akhtar-mansour-believed-dead-after-us-airstrike/a-19275462
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36351990

18 MAY 2016

Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar

Afghanistan has signed a preliminary agreement with the militant group Hezb-i-Islami. The deal with the anti-foreign forces group is being seen as a sign of success in Kabul’s peace efforts
http://www.dw.com/en/kabul-signs-draft-peace-deal-with-warlord-hekmatyar/a-19265788
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25298-govt-to-bring-in-hekmatyar-and-members-giving-special-privilèges

16 MARCH 2016

NATO chief predicts another tough year ahead for Afghanistan

The head of NATO on Wednesday predicted a difficult fight ahead for Afghanistan as the government continues to battle the Taliban and other militant factions trying to assert their presence in the war-ravaged country.
http://news.yahoo.com/nato-chief-predicts-another-tough-ahead-afghanistan-112127733.html

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

2 MARCH 2016

Russia’s new role in Afghanistan

More than two decades after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Moscow is once again seeking to play a major role in the country by boosting military and economic cooperation with Kabul
http://www.dw.com/en/russias-new-role-in-afghanistan/a-19087432

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghanistan war: Just what was the point?

According to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR — the U.S. government’s money watchdog there), the Taliban hold more territory now than at any time since 2001
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/25/asia/afghanistan-war-analysis/index.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015

The United Nations said in its annual report released on Sunday there were 3,545 civilian fatalities and 7,457 people wounded with children paying a particularly heavy toll, as Afghan security forces faced a surge in attacks by the Taliban and other armed groups.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/afghan-civilian-casualties-hit-record-11000-2015-160214071436972.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35572815

10 FEVRIER 2016

U.S. sends more troops to Afghanistan

Hundreds more U.S. troops are headed for Afghanistan’s strife-torn Helmand province to shore up security forces who have struggled in the face of sustained Taliban attacks, officials said.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-sends-more-troops-to-afghanistan/article8219631.ece?w=alauto

2 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. airstrikes kill 46 militants, destroy IS radio in Afghanistan

A total of 46 militants were killed and a radio station belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group was destroyed after U.S.-led coalition forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Paktika and Nangarhar provinces overnight, government officials said Tuesday
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2016-02/02/content_6885784.htm

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
http://www.dw.com/en/what-does-china-want-from-the-afghan-peace-process/a-19011501

11 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan hosts four-way Afghanistan peace talks

Representatives from Pakistan, the USA, China and Afghanistan have met in Islamabad to discuss plans for peace negotiations with the Taliban. The Taliban, however, are not participating in the talks for now
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35279283
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/afghan-peace-talks-resume-pakistan-160111045824649.html
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-pakistan-talks-china-us/27480460.html

1 JANUARY 2016

At least two killed in bomb explosion at French restaurant in Kabul; Taliban claims attack

A Taliban suicide car bomber has struck a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, killing two people in a New Year’s Day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults
http://www.france24.com/en/20160101-taliban-kabul-french-restaurant-popular-expats

9 DECEMBER 2015

Afghan Taliban kill dozens at Kandahar airport

Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack on a heavily fortified civilian and military airfield in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35043938 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/taliban-kills-scores-ongoing-kandahar-airport-attack-151209153246413.html
http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-launch-deadly-attacks-across-afghanistan-amid-peace-conference/a-18908146

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Afghan Hazara killings spur thousands to march in Kabul

Afghan security forces have fired warning shots into the air at a protest in Kabul, injuring seven people, according to officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34783511

26 OCTOBER 2015

The Taliban’s days are almost over

 To many of us in the country, the Taliban’s recent victory is due to serious weaknesses within the Afghan government rather than their own strength. Despite their recent military achievement, the demise of the movement as an alternative governing force has already begun
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/10/taliban-days-afghanistan-kunduz-pakistan-151025075020774.html

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11933444/Barack-Obama-to-slow-US-troop-withdrawals-from-Afghanistan-says-official.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21903-govt-welcomes-obamas-decision

3 OCTOBER 2015

16 die at Afghan clinic after US airstrike; UN denounces act

An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz Saturday, killing at least 16 people in what the US military called possible “collateral damage” in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents
ttp://atimes.com/2015/10/afghan-airstrike-near-kunduz-msf-clinic-kills-3-staff-30-others-missing/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/03/asia/afghanistan-doctors-without-borders-hospital/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11909123/Kunduz-Nato-investigates-whether-US-air-strike-hit-hospital-latest.html

1 OCTOBER 2015

Afghan forces retake Taliban-held Kunduz city amid fierce clashes

Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RU07Y20151001
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/714540/afghan-forces-retake-control-of-kunduz-from-taliban-govt

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

Afghan forces have been battling Taliban fighters to retake the city of Kunduz, a day after it fell to the insurgents in their biggest victory since their removal from power in 2001
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34387914
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-29/afghan-forces-launch-operation-to-retake-northern-city-of-kunduz-from-taliban-militants/1498152

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Taliban raid sees release of hundreds of Afghan prisoners

Among 150 Taliban militants thought to be among those released in pre-dawn attack on jail in Ghazni by insurgents said to be wearing Afghan police uniforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11862939/Taliban-fighters-release-hundreds-of-prisoners-from-Afghan-jail.html

13 AUGUST 2015

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Taliban head

The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor, whose appointment has caused divisions within the Taliban
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/13/al-qaeda-leader-pledges-allegiance-to-new-taliban-chief/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/al-qaeda-zawahiri-pledges-allegiance-taliban-mullah-mansoor-150813141523792.html

7 AUGUST 2015

35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

Multiple bombings rocked Kabul Friday, killing at least 35 people and wounding hundreds more in the first major attacks in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/suicide-blast-hits-kabul-police-academy-casualties-feared-162156644.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/police-academy-kabul-hit-suicide-bomb-150807164338154.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33814737

30 JULY 2015

Mullah Omar: Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor

The Taliban has appointed Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him at the helm of the group, according to militant commanders
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/30/taliban-names-new-leader-to-replace-mullah-omar/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33721074
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20673-peace-talks-postponed-at-talibans-request-pakistan

29 JULY 2015

Afghan government said that Mullah Omar: Taliban leader ‘died in Pakistan in 2013

 “The government … based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan,” the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement
http://www.dawn.com/news/1197114/mullah-omar-died-in-karachi-in-april-2013-afghan-govt
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33703097

26 JULY 2015

Taliban take remote Afghan police base after mass surrender

The Taliban took control of a large police base in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan after some 100 police and border guards joined the insurgents following three days of fighting, security officials said Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/26/content_15295536.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33669344
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20614-taliban-release-142-alp-and-border-police-officials

15 JULY 2015

Taliban leader Mullah Omar backs Afghan peace talks

The leader of the Afghan Taliban has given his backing to peace talks with the Afghan government, saying that the goal of the negotiations is an « end to occupation » by foreign forces
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33535905
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/taliban-leader-mullah-omar-backs-afghan-peace-talks-150715124016867.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/15/taliban-leader-appears-to-approve-peace-talks-with-afghan-government/

11 JULY 2015

Islamic State leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan ‘killed by drone’

A former Taliban leader now thought to be ISIS’ leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said Saturday
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/11/asia/isis-leader-killed-afghanistan/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33492780

22 JUNE 2015

Taliban stages deadly attack on Afghan parliament

A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen have attacked the Afghan parliament, wounding at least 31 people and sending a plume of black smoke across Kabul
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/explosions-gunfire-rock-afghan-parliament-kabul-150622060232229.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33221051

19 MAY 2015

Pakistan, Afghanistan sign intelligence-sharing deal

The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and bolster cooperation in their fight against the Taliban, the latest sign of a thaw in once-frosty ties
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/566407/pakistan-afghanistan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal

14 MAY 2015

Nine foreigners among 14 killed by Taliban attack on Kabul guesthouse

Fourteen people have been killed in an attack on a Kabul hotel which was packed with foreigners awaiting a concert, according to Afghan officials
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/14/taliban-targets-foreigners-in-kabul-guest-house-attack/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32732083
http://www.france24.com/en/20150514-american-indians-dead-kabul-guesthouse-siege-taliban-afghanistan-pakistan

4 MAY 2015

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for any peace talks

Taliban militants meeting Afghan officials in Qatar reiterated their hardline stance on peace talks Monday, ruling out negotiations until US forces leave the country and the insurgents are allowed to open a political office
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/551259/afghan-taliban-stress-preconditions-for-any-peace-talks

3 MAY 2015

The Foreign Ministry of Qatar confirms that Doha is hosting peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives in order to end the war in Afghanistan.

The dialogue « will be through open discussions about Afghan reconciliation between all parties in Afghanistan », the Qatar News Agency quoted Yousif Al Sada as saying
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/19352-doha-confirms-hosting-of-peace-talks-between-afghan-govt-and-taliban
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/world/asia/afghan-and-taliban-representatives-meet-in-

26 APRIL 2015

Has India lost Afghanistan to Pakistan?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is due to begin his first state visit to New Delhi this Monday. Almost seven months after becoming president, the three-day visit is a chance for Ghani to win hearts and minds in New Delhi
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/04/india-lost-afghanistan-pakistan-150426051958020.html

 21 APRIL 2015

Afghan cabinet nearly complete after months of delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has sworn in 16 new ministers – nearly completing his cabinet after months of delay
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32391844

24 MARCH 2015

Obama halts Afghanistan troop withdrawal

The United States will keep its current level of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year, rather than reducing that number to 5,500 as planned, the White House said Tuesday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/24/politics/obama-afghan-president-ghani-meeting/index.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/507039/us-halts-afghanistan-pullout

23 MARCH 2015

Afghan president Ghani credits US role during first Washington trip

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has praised the US for the commitment shown to Afghanistan over 14 years during his first official visit to Washington.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32021942

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Amnesty International reports increased human rights abuses in Afghanistan

The failure to implement the violence against women bill in Parliament, increased cases of sexual abuse against women, rising rates of child marriage, reduced representation for women on Provincial Councils and the undermining of women’s role in the peace negotiation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban were all factors cited
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/18369-amnesty-international-reports-increased-human-rights-abuses-in-afghanistan

22 FEBRUARY 2015

U.S. reconsidering 2016 Afghanistan troop withdrawal, defense chief says

President Barack Obama may change the United States’ plan to withdraw virtually all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, his new defense secretary said. An indication that the White House is considering extending the U.S. troop presence there beyond that year.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/21/us/afghanistan-carter/index.html

18 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghanistan civilian casualties up 22% in 2014, UN says

A total of 3,699 Afghans killed and 6,849 injured made 2014 the deadliest year since the UN began keeping records in 2009.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31515140

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghan president Ghani suspends Karzai’s request for Indian arms

Government sources have confirmed that President Ashraf Ghani has suspended a request made by former president Hamid Karzai in his final months in office that India supply Afghanistan’s military with heavy weaponry.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/18152-president-ghani-suspends-karzais-request-for-indian-arms

9 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghanistan drone strike ‘kills IS commander Abdul Rauf’

He was a Taliban commander captured by the United States and held at Guantanamo Bay. But he was let go and returned to Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Rauf went on to become a recruiter for ISIS in Afghanistan.
http://www.euronews.com/2015/02/09/suspected-afghan-isil-leader-killed-by-drone-strike/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31290147

12 JANUARY 2015

Afghanistan Announces New Cabinet After Long Delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office has announced nominees for the country’s cabinet after months of delays following a disputed election.
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-announces-new-cabinet/26788824.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2001.12.15
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17804-nug-announces-cabinet-nominees?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2001.12.15

6 JANUARY 2014

Afghan president without cabinet after 100 days

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has marked 100 days in office as he continues to struggle to name a cabinet, creating a political stalemate that threatens to hamper the fight against the Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/afghan-leader-without-cabinet-after-100-days-20151614918125608.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/454701/100-days-in-power-for-afghan-president-but-no-government

28 DECEMBER 2014

In Afghanistan, ceremony marks end of Nato combat mission

A ceremony attended by Afghan and international dignitaries on Sunday at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul marked the end of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan and the start of it’s new « Resolute Support » plan.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17637-ceremony-marks-end-of-nato-combat-mission
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30616380

11 DECEMBER 2014

Suicide bomber attacks French school in Afghanistan

A teenage suicide bomber detonated explosives killing several and wounding 15 others during an event at a French-run high school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban.
http://www.france24.com/en/20141211-suicide-bomber-attacks-french-school-afghanistan/

8 DECEMBER 2014

Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30377059
http://www.dawn.com/news/1149579/us-nato-end-afghan-combat-command-after-13-years

Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30377059
http://www.dawn.com/news/1149579/us-nato-end-afghan-combat-command-after-13-years

4 DECEMBER 2014

Opening of the London conference on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s new leaders are seeking to build bridges with the West at a conference in London as they struggle to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw after 13 years.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/afghan-leaders-seek-support-at-uk-conference-201412413464434398.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17356-abdullah-british-foreign-minister-open-london-summit-proceedings

27 NOVEMBER 2014

The Afghan Senate approved the Bilateral Security Agreement and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)

After hours of discussions behind closed doors, 65 Senators approved of the security accords while five others objected.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17269-senate-approves-bsa-and-sofa

23 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan lower house approves foreign troops staying on

Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444993/afghan-lower-house-approves-foreign-troops-staying-on
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141123/DEFREG03/311230020/Afghan-Lower-House-Approves-Foreign-Troops-Staying

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday (Nov 23), the deadliest attack in the country since 2011.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/suicide-blast-at-afghan/1489790.html

16 NOVEMBER 2014

Female Afghan MP survives suicide attack

Shukria Barakzaia, a high-profile advocate of women’s rights, slightly wounded in blast that kills three people
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30073189
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/female-afghan-mp-survives-suicide-attack-2014111672142481131.html

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties

Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged to begin a new era of economic cooperation Saturday, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying three days of talks had ended 13 years of differences
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-pakistan-leaders-pledge-end-turbulent-ties
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-pakistan-leaders/1474638.html

14 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistani cleric tells Afghan president Ghani that war will continue until foreign troops go

Prominent Pakistani cleric and leader of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan, Maulana Fazlurrahman, met with President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad on Friday and warned that war would continue in Afghanistan until the complete withdraw of foreign troops.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17121-pakistani-cleric-tells-ghani-war-will-continue-until-foreign-troops-go

12 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghanistan sees rise in poppy cultivation

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record high this year, a UN report has revealed, highlighting the failure of the US-led campaign to crack down on the lucrative crop.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/afghanistan-sees-rise-poppy-cultivation-20141112115426363345.html

26 OCTOBER 2014

UK troops leave Afghanistan after 13 years

British troops have ended combat operations in Afghanistan as they and US troops handed over two huge adjacent bases to the Afghan military, 13 years after a US-led invasion to topple the Taliban.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/uk-troops-leave-afghanistan-after-13-years-20141026145324123162.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29776544

16 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan police capture senior Haqqani leaders

Afghan security forces say they have captured two senior leaders of al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. including a son of its founder.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/afghan-police-capture-senior-haqqani-leaders-20141016113728321132.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16767-haqqani-network-dealt-blow-with-arrest-of-high-ranking-leaders

2 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan troop casualties at 7,000-9,000 this year: US

Afghan forces are suffering higher combat casualties this year, with up to 9,000 troops killed or wounded in battles with Taliban insurgents, the new US commander in Afghanistan said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/435589/afghan-troop-casualties-at-7000-9000-this-year-us

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghanistan signs deal keeping U.S. troops beyond 2014

The United States and Afghanistan signed a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the previous December deadline to withdraw.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/30/world/asia/afghanistan-us-security-agreement/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.dawn.com/news/1135293/afghanistan-us-sign-long-awaited-security-pact
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-welcomes-signing-of-bilateral-security-agreement-with-afghanistan/2467098.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghanistan’s Ghani sworn in as president

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140929-afghanistan-ghani-president-inauguration/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29375438
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/07/profile-ashraf-ghani-20147883632825529.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16559-ghani-sworn-into-office

26 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghan election results reveal Ghani as clear winner

Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election decisively with 55 per cent of the vote, results revealed Friday, after the figure was kept secret for five days over concerns that fraud allegations could trigger violence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-election-results-reveal-ghani-clear-winner

21 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ashraf Ghani wins Afghan presidential election, signs deal with rival

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared the winner of Afghanistan’s contested presidential election on Sunday, hours after Ghani and the second-place finisher, Abdullah Abdullah, stood together to announce the formation of a long-awaited coalition government.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16458-ashraf-ghani-elected-next-president-of-afghanistan
http://www.france24.com/en/20140921-afghanistan-ghani-named-president-elect-power-sharing-agreement/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/ghani-abdullah-agree-to-share-power-in-afghanistan-as-election-stalemate-ends/2014/09/21/df58749a-416e-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

Punjabi Taliban to increase insurgency in Afghanistan

The Punjabi Taliban in Pakistan has said that the group will shift its focus to Afghanistan and fight the enemies of Islam on Afghan soil
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16370-punjabi-taliban-to-increase-insurgency-in-afghanistan

5 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghan audit ends but election puzzle still unsolved

A UN-supervised audit of votes cast in Afghanistan’s disputed election was completed Friday, officials said, but the results will not be known for days as the contentious process of invalidating fraudulent ballots continues.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430711/afghan-audit-ends-but-election-puzzle-still-unsolved
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16253-audit-process-completed-after-48-days-iec 

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Islamic State claims Pakistan and Afghanistan for its ‘caliphate’

The Islamic State is challenging the Taliban and al-Qaeda in its Afghanistan and Pakistan heartlands and claiming both countries as part of its ‘caliphate’.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11075390/Islamic-State-claims-Pakistan-and-Afghanistan-for-its-caliphate.html

27 AUGUST 2014

Afghan Presidential Candidate Abdullah Pulls Out Of Election Audit

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah boycotted the audit process, while the United Nations (UN) asked Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to withdraw from the procedure stressing that the auditing and invalidation will continue without the presence of both camps, the UN announced
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghan-president-candidate-abdullah-pulls-of-election-audit/26552366.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16130-audit-process-to-continue-without-candidates

23 AUGUST 2014

New Afghan president to take office September 2

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday his successor would take office on September 2, despite a slow-moving vote audit designed to eliminate fraudulent ballots cast for the two contenders.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/752996/new-afghan-president-to-take-office-september-2-karzai/

21 AUGUST 2014

Afghanistan: Kunduz Battle against Taliban led by released Taliban

Kunduz province has become the focal point of intense fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants, with thousands of insurgents bearing down on Kunduz city. According to local officials, the Taliban offensive is being led by a man who the Afghan government recently released from prison.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16061-kunduz-battle-against-taliban-led-by-released-taliban

11 AUGUST 2014

Amnesty slams US over Afghan civilian deaths

 A report published by Amnesty International on Monday claims that at least 1,100 Afghan civilians lost their lives as a result of U.S. air strikes between the years 2009 and 2013. The report goes on to lambaste the U.S. military for never investigating the deaths or seeking to help those affected by them
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15915–report-says-1100-afghans-killed-by-us-air-strikes
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/08/amnesty-slams-us-over-afghan-civilian-deaths-2014810104926293848.html

8 AUGUST 2014

Afghan leaders agree on national unity government

Afghanistan’s two feuding presidential candidates on Friday signed a deal confirming they would form a national unity government after an audit of votes is completed to decide the winner of the fraud-tainted election
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/08/afghan-presidential-candidates-unity-government-20148811455553354.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15882-candidates-sign-joint-declaration

5 AUGUST 2014

Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul

An Afghan soldier shot dead a US general on Tuesday at an army training centre in Kabul — the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since the September 11, 2001 attacks
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/05/world/asia/afghanistanviolence/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/world/asia/afghanistan-attack.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/425190/afghan-soldier-guns-down-us-general-in-kabul

17 JULY 2014

Afghan Taliban conduct brazen attack on Kabul airport

Heavily-armed Taliban militants attacked the Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital early Thursday, firing rockets and occupying two unused buildings before they were gunned down by Afghan security forces.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140717-afghanistan-kabul-airport-attack-taliban/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/07/17/afghan-forces-repel-taliban-attack-on-kabul-airport/

12 JULY 2014

All votes in disputed Afghan run-off poll to be audited: Kerry

Afghanistan’s feuding presidential rivals agreed Saturday to a full audit of every vote cast in the disputed runoff election, US Secretary of State John Kerry said following two days of frantic negotiations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/420281/all-votes-in-disputed-afghan-run-off-poll-to-be-audited-kerry
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15579-electoral-deadlock-broken

7 JULY 2014

Ghani leads Afghanistan presidential run-off

In an announcement on Monday, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani of the Afghan presidential commission said Ghani, an ex-World Bank economist, was in the lead with 56.44 percent of the vote, while his rival Abdullah Abdullah, a former Afghan foreign minister, had 43.56 percent
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/ghani-leads-preliminary-afghan-poll-results-201477143524362866.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140707-ghani-leads-abdullah-afghan-presidential-run-off-initial-results/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15518-abdullah-camp-rejects-preliminary-results

5 JULY 2014

Taliban set 200 fuel trucks on fire in Kabul

A Taliban bomb attack on the outskirts of Kabul set fire to some 200 fuel trucks that the militants claimed were supplying foreign troops in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28173990
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419040/taliban-set-200-fuel-trucks-on-fire-in-kabul

27 JUNE 2014

Afghans protest over alleged poll fraud

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has led several thousand demonstrators through Kabul, upping the stakes in his protest against alleged election fraud that has triggered a political crisis
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghans-protest-over-alleged-election-fraud-201462773043508792.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/27/thousands-protest-over-vote-fraud-allegations-in-afghanistan/

23 JUNE 2014

The Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) Secretariat Chief, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, announces his resignation

The announcement came just a day after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah released phone recordings of conversations allegedly between Amarkhail and members of the campaign team of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The recordings suggest a broad plot to conduct fraud during the runoff election, however, the identities of the voices on them have yet to be confirmed
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15352-amarkhil-resigns-in-wake-of-fraud-allegations
http://www.tolonews.com/en/election-2014/15344-abdullah-team-releases-audio-recordings-implicating-amarkhail

22 JUNE 2014

Questions mount as Afghan ‘vote fraud’ tapes emerge

Potentially explosive audio tapes released in Afghanistan allegedly reveal a senior election official directing that ballot boxes be stuffed in the crucial presidential run-off
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27966126

21 JUNE 2014

Afghanistan elections: Kabul protests under way as Abdullah Abdullah boycotts vote count

Fears grow of unrest erupting over alleged fraud in Afghanistan’s election one week ago as supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take to Kabul streets
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10916412/Afghanistan-elections-Kabul-protests-under-way-as-Abdullah-Abdullah-boycotts-vote-count.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416600/protests-in-kabul-deepen-afghan-election-impasse

20 JUNE 2014

Karzai calls on UN to help solve Afghan election crisis

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday intervened for the first time in the country’s growing election crisis, backing a call for the United Nations to help solve a standoff over alleged fraud
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416495/karzai-calls-on-un-to-help-solve-afghan-election-crisis

14 JUNE 2014

Afghans brave violence to elect new president

Voting in the second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election has ended with millions turning out to cast their ballots braving fresh attacks that left at least 14 people dead and 41 others injured
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/14/afghanistan-votes-in-run-off-presidential-poll-in-defiance-of-taliban/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghans-brave-violence-elect-new-president-2014614122014871960.html

6 JUNE 2014

Afghan candidate Abdullah Abdullah survives Kabul bombs

The front-runner in Afghan’s presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, has survived a suicide bomb attack targeted at his convoy in Kabul
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27731116
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghan-presidential-candidate-survives-blast-201466931968347.html

27 MAY 2014

Thousands of US troops to stay in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has announced a pullout plan for Afghanistan that will leave 9,800 troops in the country after 2014, overriding previous plans of a complete withdrawal by the end of the year.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/thousands-us-troops-stay-afghanistan-201452719107242829.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27593518

15 MAY 2014

Afghan election results confirm Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Afghanistan’s presidential election will go to a second-round vote on June 14 between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, final results showed
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/14879-presidential-elections-go-into-second-round
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10833049/Afghan-presidential-election-heads-for-AbdullahGhani-run-off.htm

4 MAY 2014

2,000 killed in Afghanistan’s landslides

At least 2,000 people were killed by landslides in northeastern Afghanistan in the worst natural disaster on record for the war-torn nation, an United Nations official said

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/408050/landslide-kills-2000-in-afghanistan-biggest-disaster

2 MAY 2014

Afghanistan landslide ‘kills at least 350’

At least 350 people have been killed and many more are missing, the UN says, after a landslide hit the north-east Afghan province of Badakhshan

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27261783

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407855/350-dead-thousands-missing-in-afghan-landslides

http://www.france24.com/en/20140503-afghanistan-mudslide-badakshan-rescue/

26 APRIL 2014

Afghan election set for Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Abdullah finished top with 44.9 percent, followed by Ghani with 31.5 percent, the Independent Election Commission said. Zalmay Rassoul was a distant third with 11.5 percent. Final results are due May 14, and a run-off would take place at the end of May
http://www.france24.com/en/20140426-afghanistan-elections-abdullah-ghani-run-off/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10790522/Afghan-elections-head-to-second-round-after-no-candidate-gains-an-absolute-majority.html

24 APRIL 2014

The Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture names a road in Kabul as the « Press Freedom Road. »

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/14650-kabul-road-named-qpress-freedomq

13 APRIL 2014

Abdullah leads in tight Afghan presidential poll

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading against his main rival Ashraf Ghani in a tight race for Afghanistan’s presidential post, partial official results showed Sunday, but reports of widespread fraud is marring the election
http://www.france24.com/en/20140413-abdullah-ghani-afghanistan-presidential-election/

5 APRIL 2014

Afghans vote in presidential poll

Millions defy Taliban threats to choose successor to President Karzai, in nation’s first democratic transfer of power
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/afghan-presidential-polls-close-2014451331246955.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140405-pictures-afghans-go-polls/

16 MARCH 2014

The Afghan policewomen taking on the Taliban

The tiny but growing number of policewomen in Afghanistan not only risk death in the line of duty, they also face personal attack from extremists, and bigotry within the ranks

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/10702626/The-Afghan-policewomen-taking-on-the-Taliban.html

15 MARCH 2014

Karzai says US troops can leave Afghanistan

The outgoing president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has told in his final address to parliament that US soldiers can leave the country at the end of the year. He said that his military was ready to take over and were strong enough to defend Afghanistan without assistance.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/03/karzai-says-us-troops-can-leave-afghanistan-2014315133323437829.html

9 MARCH 2014

Afghan Vice President Qassim Fahim dies at 57

Marshal Mohammed Qassim Fahim, who suffered from diabetes, dies of natural causes, authorities say.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/afghan-vice-president-fahim-qassim-dies-at-57-2014398122863543.html

3 MARCH 2014

Karzai: Afghan war fought in West’s interest

Expressing « extreme anger » towards the United States government, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said in an interview that the war in Afghanistan was not fought with his country’s interests in mind.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/karzai-afghan-war-fought-western-interest-20143353951600289.html

13 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghanistan releases ‘dangerous’ prisoners despite US protests

Afghanistan released 65 alleged Taliban militants from prison on Thursday despite protests from the US military, which warned that the men were “dangerous insurgents” who will likely return to fighting Afghan and international forces.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140213-afghan-prisoner-release-usa-bagram/
http://kabul.usembassy.gov/st-021314.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-13-14#.Uvxn5Owm-e5.twitter

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghanistan halts suspected reconstruction of ancient Buddhas

Afghanistan has halted conservation work at a site once occupied by ancient Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban because the team involved is suspected of secretly trying to rebuild one of the statue’s feet, the United Nations said.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghanistan-halts-suspected-reconstruction-ancient-buddhas

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Proposed Afghan law protects women’s abusers, rights group says

An international rights group said Tuesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai should refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393196/proposed-afghan-law-protects-women-abusers-rights-group-says

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/karzai-urged-veto-women-no-rights-bill-201426541250185.html

2 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghan vote campaign begins amid violence

Campaigning for the presidential elections in Afghanistan has begun, stained by the deaths of two aides for the front-runner in a gun attack.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/afghan-vote-campaign-begins-amid-violence-20142272359554834.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140202-afghanistan-presidential-election-campaigning-begins-karzai/

24 JANUARY 2014

Ismail Khan survives premature suicide attack

Former water and energy minister Ismail Khan escaped unhurt on Friday when a suicide attacker blew himself up outside a mosque in western Herat province
http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2014/01/24/ismail-khan-survives-suicide-attack-herat-mosque?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%201-24-14
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13588-muhammad-ismael-escapes-suicide-attack

22 JANUARY 2014

HRW: Women’s rights declining in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s human rights situation has regressed in key areas during 2013, increasing uncertainty about the country’s future, Human Rights Watch has said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/hrw-women-rights-declining-afghanistan-20141221119835144.html

17 JANUARY 2014

IMF and UN officials killed in Kabul restaurant attack

A senior IMF official and four UN employees were among 21 people killed in a suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in Kabul, officials say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25791002
http://www.france24.com/en/20140117-afghanistan-deadly-suicide-attack-restaurant-kabul-taliban/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13510-strong-reactions-to-attack-on-taverna-in-kabul

14 JANUARY 2014

Female police tapped in Kabul

Kabul named Colonel Jamila Bayaz the first female Police Chief in the country on Tuesday, while the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that in the future it plans to nominate a female Provincial Police Chief.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13462-female-police-chief-tapped-in-kabul

4 JANUARY 2014

2014 budget draft rejected by Lower House

The Lower House of Parliament voted by majority to reject the 2014 government budget draft assembled by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), requiring the Ministry to reassess its draft and make a number of changes.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13331-2014-budget-draft-rejected-by-lower-house

3 JANUARY 2014

Karzai puts hold on Bagram prisoner realeases

In a press release issued from the Presidential Palace on Friday, it was said that the large tranche of 650 detainees expected to be released from Bagram prison on order of President Hamid Karzai’s Commission for Addressing Bagram Prisoner Cases would be put on hold and reassessed by officials.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13317-karzai-puts-hold-on-bagram-prison-releases

30 DECEMBER 2013

US report predicts chaos in Afghanistan

Assessment says progress over past three years likely to be eroded by 2017, while some say prediction is pessimistic

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/us-report-predicts-chaos-afghanistan-2013123011446669141.html

16 DECEMBER 2013

Australian troops leave Afghanistan

More than 1,000 Australian troops have completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking the end of a deployment that has left dozens of troops dead and hundreds more seriously wounded.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/australian-troops-leave-afghanistan-201312169306647453.html

7 DECEMBER 2013

Women are the main victims in Afghanistan: UN

The United Nations (UN) Women office released a report on violence against women over the course of the past 30 years of conflict in Afghanistan. The report argued women have been the greatest victims of the volatility in Afghanistan over the years, and implored the government to take steps to protect women’s rights moving forward.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12994-women-are-the-main-victim-in-afghanistan-un

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/383787/afghan-landmark-law-failing-to-protect-women-un

23 NOVEMBER 2013

Afghan jirga members urge Karzai to sign US security pact

Members of an Afghan grand assembly debating a crucial security pact with the United States voiced concern Saturday at President Hamid Karzai’s insistence it will not be signed until after April’s election to choose his successor.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381423/afghan-jirga-members-urge-karzai-to-sign-us-security-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2013

Hamid Karzai tells tribal elders to delay US troop deal till next year

Afghanistan’s president said he backs a security deal with the United States but told a gathering of elders on Thursday that if they and parliament approve the agreement it should be signed after next spring’s elections.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10465077/Hamid-Karzai-tells-tribal-elders-to-delay-US-troop-deal-till-next-year.html

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Just over a year before NATO troops pull out of Afghanistan, and after over a decade of counternarcotics initiatives, the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) released a report indicating poppy cultivation had spiked from 2012 and showed no sign of abatement.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/business/12721-poppy-crop-up-36-percent-unodc

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Karzai criticises timing of Taliban leader’s killing

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai tells visiting US Congress delegation that drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud « took place at an unsuitable time » but expresses hope the peace process will not suffer
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10424218/Karzai-criticises-timing-of-Taliban-leaders-killing.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

Afghanistan’s only female presidential candidate demands right to run

Afghans can vote for an Islamist warlord but not a woman in next year’s presidential election after only female candidate is disqualifiedhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10404711/Afghanistans-only-female-presidential-candidate-demands-right-to-run.html

21 OCTOBER 2013

Dangerous ‘truth’: The Kabul women’s poetry club

In Afghanistan, women are determined to protect new-found freedoms. For the BBC’s 100 Women season, I met the women poets who face great risk, including death threats, to express their deepest thoughts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24608666

15 OCTOBER 2013

Afghan bomb kills Logar governor Arsala Jamal in mosque

The governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province has been killed in a blast in a mosque, during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24530600
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/blast-kills-provincial-governor-in-afghanistan/2013/10/15/a5bf3dde-3569-11e3-8a0e-4e2cf80831fc_story.html

15 OCTOBER 2013

Women And Conflict In Afghanistan

Women are increasingly exposed to violence and exclusion from the public sphere as Afghanistan nears the 2014 security transition and conservative forces gain momentum.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/15102013-women-conflict-afghanistan/

13 OCTOBER 2013

Taliban learder warns against US-Afghanistan pact

Taliban leader Mullah Omar warned Sunday an agreement between Washington and Kabul on maintaining a US military presence in Afghanistan after 2014 would have « serious consequences ».
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12272-taliban-leader-warns-against-us-afghan-pact

Kerry fails to seal security deal with Karzai

The US secretary of state has left Afghanistan after failing to reach a full agreement over the withdrawal of US troops next year.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/kerry-fails-seal-security-deal-with-karzai-2013101358552682.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10375970/Future-of-US-troops-in-Afghanistan-to-be-decided-by-loya-jirga.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

Pakistani Taliban deputy arrested in Afghanistan

Latifullah Mehsud, a close aide of Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was arrested in a American operation in the eastern Afghanistan last week, according to U.S. officials.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12259-pakistani-taliban-deputy-arrested-in-afghanistan
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/12/usa-announce-arrest-of-taliban-commander/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10374916/Afghan-fury-as-US-seizes-spy-at-top-of-Taliban.html

10 OCTOBER 2013

Afghanistan’s most fearsome warlord, Abdul Rashid Dostum, apologises for decades of war as he puts together campaign to become country’s next vice-president

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10369344/Afghanistans-most-feared-warlord-says-sorry-to-victims-of-conflict.html

7 OCTOBER 2013

Hamid Karzai blasts Nato for Afghanistan ‘suffering’

As the end of his time in office approaches, the Afghan president has said Nato has brought much death and misery to his country, but little security
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10362302/Hamid-Karzai-blasts-Nato-for-Afghanistan-suffering.html

3 OCTOBER 2013

Former Islamist warlord who brought bin Laden to Afghanistan to run for president

Abdul Rasul Sayyaf announced his candidacy on Thursday by driving through the capital Kabul in a motorcade made up of heavily armed former Mujahideen fighters.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10353799/Former-Islamist-warlord-who-brought-bin-Laden-to-Afghanistan-to-run-for-president.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372889/ex-islamist-warlord-who-met-bin-laden-runs-for-afghan-presidency

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan Frees Afghan Taliban Deputy Commander

Pakistan has freed Afghan Taliban deputy commander Abdul Ghani Baradar in a attempt to jumpstart a tumultuous peace process in neighboring Afghanistan as most NATO troops prepare to leave the war-torn country by the end of 2014.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-releases-senior-taliban-commander/1754282.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12003-update-mullah-baradar-released-from-pakistani-prison-hpc-welcomes-move
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/2013921243903471.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Suicide attack targets US consulate in Afghanistan

Just before dawn on Friday, two vehicles filled with explosives were detonated in front of the U.S. Consulate in Herat and five assailants proceeded to lay siege on the consulate with heavy and light gunfire. Although the attack was eventually subdued by Afghan and U.S. forces, it left a number of civilian and security personnel casualties and heavy structural damage in its wake.
http://tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11909-elaborate-suicide-attack-threatens-us-consulate-in-herat
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391321546145357.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Female Afghan MP freed for Taliban detainees

A female Afghan parliamentarian was freed by the Taliban on Saturday in exchange for several militants, a provincial lawmaker said. The Taliban said the freed prisoners were “four innocent women and two children.”

http://dawn.com/news/1041224/female-afghan-mp-freed-for-taliban-detainees-official

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan releases Taliban in peace move

Pakistan has announced the release of seven senior Taliban figures to facilitate a peace process aimed at reaching a political resolution to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, the country’s foreign ministry has said. http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11829-pakistan-releases-seven-taliban-prisoners http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/2013975411597807.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

Karzai appoints new Afghan interior minister

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has appointed Mohammad User Daudzai as the country’s new interior minister, officials have said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391144528785858.html

26 AUGUST 2013

Karzai arrives in Islamabad for first official visit in more than 18 months

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has urged Pakistan to help his country defeat fighters who he says are bent on destabilising both countries.

http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/26/karzai_arrives_in_islamabad_for_first_official_visit_in_more_than_a_year_and_a_half
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/2013/2013/08/201382652340485340.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/26/pakistan-to-help-afghan-reconciliation-efforts-with-talaban/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11693-analysts-doubt-positive-outcome-from-karzais-pak-visit

18 AUGUST 2013

Afghan politicians in Munich issue resolutions

Afghan politicians gathered in Munich, Germany, to discuss the future of the Afghan political system came to a series of resolutions that involve a change in the structure of government in Afghanistan, candidates for the upcoming presidential election and the peace negotiation process with the Taliban.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11603-afghan-politicians-in-munich-issue-resolutions

14 AUGUST 2013

Afghanistan: MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar abducted in Ghazni

The Taliban have kidnapped a female Afghan MP as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul, the authorities say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23685833

11 AUGUST 2013

Afghanistan’s pioneering female MP seeks asylum as progress for women unravels

For years Noor Zia Atmar was a symbol of a new country rising from the ashes of Taliban rule, as one of the women whose voices were finally being heard after a decade of brutal oppression in Afghanistan.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10235137/Afghanistans-pioneering-female-MP-seeks-asylum-as-progress-for-women-unravels.html

3 AUGUST 2013

Afghan attack targets Indian mission

Suicide bombers have targeted the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing at least nine civilians.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23558930
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/03/world/asia/afghanistan-bombing/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

31 JULY 2013

Afghan civilian casualties jump by 23 per cent

A surge in Taliban attacks as security is handed to local forces in Afghanistan has reversed a recent decline in civilian casualties, according to a United Nations report.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10213399/Afghan-civilian-casualties-jump-by-23-per-cent.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/31/world/asia/afghanistan-civilian-casualties/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

30 JULY 2013

UN: Women’s Rights at Risk in Afghan Peace Process

Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the rights of Afghan have progressed: Women are in school, the workplace and government.But those advances could well be jeopardized in coming months, according to a new report by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
http://www.voanews.com/content/united-nations-womens-rights-at-risk-in-afghan-peace-process/1713318.html

24 JULY 2013

First Afghan woman governor wins Magsaysay award

Afghanistan’s first and only female governor and a humanitarian worker from Burma’s Kachin minority are among this year’s recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, often regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/111035/first-afghan-woman-governor-wins-magsaysay-award/

22 JULY 2013

Danish troops withdraw from Afghanistan

Denmark exits Afghanistan after twelve years. The Danish contingent of combat troops began their withdrawal from Camp Price in Helmand Province on Monday.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/23/danish-troops-withdraw-from-afghanistan/

Afghan parliament sacks minister over worsening security

Afghanistan’s parliament has voted to dismiss the country’s interior minister in a very public reprimand for the way his 157,000-strong police force has failed to deliver security.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10194888/Afghan-parliament-sacks-minister-over-worsening-security.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/07/201372214513133381.html

18 JULY 2013

Afghanistan, US Dispute Millions in Customs Fines

The Afghan government’s customs agency is demanding $70 million in fines for U.S. shipping containers that do not have validated customs forms.                                                                               http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-us-dispute-millions-in-customs-fines/1704400.html

13 JULY 2013

Afghan court ordered release of child-bride torturers

A court in Kabul ordered the early release of three people convicted over the torture of a child bride, an official confirmed Saturday, in a move denounced by activists as a blow for women’s rights.                                                                                      http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359732/afghan-court-ordered-release-of-child-bride-torturers

9 JULY 2013

Taliban close Qatar office in protest at flag removal

The Afghan Taliban have closed their office in the Gulf state of Qatar to protest the removal of its flag and a sign identifying the movement as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, a diplomat and Taliban official have said.                                              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10169161/Taliban-close-Qatar-office-in-protest-at-flag-removal.html                                                 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359108/taliban-qatar-office-temporarily-closed-taliban-official

Washington Considers Total Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

A report in a leading U.S. newspaper says the United States is considering an option for withdrawal from Afghanistan next year that would leave no American troops in the South Asian nation. http://www.voanews.com/content/washington-considers-no-troops-left-in-afghanistan/1697801.html                                                       http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359114/report-of-new-pullout-plans-bares-us-afghan-tensions

30 JUNE 2013

British PM in Afghanistan to revive peace talks

British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan hoping to revive stalled Taliban peace talks and reassure Afghan troops that foreign forces won’t leave them high and dry in 2014. http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/29/british-pm-cameron-in-afghanistan-to-revive-peace-talks/

24 JUNE 2013

Afghan Women’s Political Power Revoked

Women’s rights in Afghanistan take yet another hit, as conservative male parliamentarians secretly remove a legal requirement that states women make up at least a quarter of all provincial elections.                                                                                                                      http://www.plaintalkbm.com/afghan-womens-political-rights/?goback=%2Egde_3987253_member_253600688%2Egmr_3987253%2Egde_3987253_member_252562976

19 JUNE 2013

Karzai suspends talks with US over Taliban move

The Afghan president on Wednesday suspended talks with the United States on a new security deal to protest the way his government was being left out of initial peace negotiations with the Taliban meant to find a way to end the nearly 12-year war.                                                                                                                                                 http://asiancorrespondent.com/109422/karzai-suspends-talks-with-us-over-taliban-move/                   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/06/20136197363618634.html              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/06/201361918542715227.html

12 JUNE 2013

17 Afghan civilians killed in Taliban attack on Supreme Court

At least 17 Afghan civilians, including six judges, were killed and more than 40 were wounded Tuesday afternoon when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside of Kabul’s Supreme Court http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/06/12/17_afghan_civilians_killed_in_taliban_attack_on_supreme_court         http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/06/2013611121733644409.html

3 JUNE 2013

Land grabling, a new concern for Afghanistan

A Parliamentary Commission on Supervising the Government’s Activities on Monday said that about 1,290,000 acres of lands have been grabbed by 15,000 people across Afghanistan.                                                                                                                           http://tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/10724-land-grabbing-a-new-concern-for-afghanistan

21 MAY 2013

More Afghan women jailed for ‘moral crimes’, says HRW

The number of women and girls in Afghanistan imprisoned for « moral crimes » has risen by 50% in the past 18 months, a rights group says.                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22614536

19 MAY 2013

Karzai Seeks Indian Military Aid Amid Tensions with Pakistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to discuss potential arms deals with Indian officials during a trip to New Delhi this week, officials said, at a time when tensions are running high on Afghanistan’s disputed border with Pakistan.                                             http://www.voanews.com/content/karzai-seeks-indian-military-aid-amid-tensions-with-pakistan/1664003.html

18 MAY 2013

Angry Afghan MPs halt debate on women’s rights

Conservative lawmakers in Aghanistan halted a debate on women’s rights after just 15 minutes today, failing to approve a law that aims to protect women because parts of it violate Islamic principles, an Afghan legislator said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10065779/Angry-Afghan-MPs-halt-debate-on-womens-rights.html

13 MAY 2013

‘Corrupt’ Afghan MPs are named in parliament

Afghan lawmakers accused of corruption have been named in parliament by Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal, triggering noisy cheering and applause in the lower house.                                                                                                                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22511143

13 MAY 2013

Taliban renounces war on anti-polio workers

The Taliban has ended its war on polio vaccination workers and admitted immunisation is the only way to protect children from the disease, its leadership said in a statement issued today.                                              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10053981/Taliban-renounces-war-on-anti-polio-workers.html

9 MAY 2013

Karzai to allow US bases in Afghanistan after Nato withdrawal

Afghanistan is ready to let America retain nine bases in the country after Nato’s combat mission ends next year, Hamid Karzai has said.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10047898/Karzai-to-allow-US-bases-in-Afghanistan-after-Nato-withdrawal.html                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-president-agrees-to-us-request-for-bases/1657821.html

6 MAY 2013

Second Afghan-Pakistan border clash in a week

Afghan and Pakistani troops have clashed across the border between the two countries for the second time in a week. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22427641

4 MAY 2013

Karzai Says He Was Assured C.I.A. Would Continue Delivering Bags of Cash

The C.I.A.’s station chief here met with President Hamid Karzai on Saturday, and the Afghan leader said he had been assured the agency would continue dropping off stacks of cash at his office despite a storm of criticism that has erupted since the payments were disclosed. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/world/asia/karzai-said-he-was-assured-of-cash-deliveries-by-cia.html?ref=asia

29 APRIL 2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirms secret US cash ‘help’

The Afghan president has admitted his office received secret payments from the US, but says the amounts were small and used legitimately.                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22343030

27 APRIL 2013

Afghan Taliban declare ‘spring offensive’

The Taliban in Afghanistan has announced the start of their annual « spring offensive » against the US-backed government, vowing a nationwide series of attacks as foreign troops withdraw.                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201342771055998869.html

7 APRIL 2013

NATO airstrike kills Afghan children

At least 18 people, including 11 children, have been killed in an air strike in eastern Afghanistan.  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134712422926374.html

1 APRIL 2013

Gunshots in front of BNP chief’s office

Three shots were fired “targeting” BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in the capital last night, said her press staff. The BNP chief was inside at the time of the shooting                                                                         http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/gunshots-in-front-of-bnp-chiefs-office/

31 MARCH 2013

Karzai meets emir of Qatar for peace talks

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has met with the emir of Qatar to discuss plans for the Taliban to open an office in the Gulf state. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201333085839412631.html

28 MARCH 2013

Child-abuse victims jailed in Afghanistan

The 15-year-old refused to give his name, his eyes cast down as he sat in an empty room in the children’s correction center in Kabul. Slowly, he began to open up and tell his story. An orphan, he left his home province of Sar-e Pol a year ago and came to the Afghan city to study at an Islamic school.                                                                                                      http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-02-280313.html

25 MARCH 2013

Last US-controlled prison handed over in Afghanistan

The transfer of Parwan Detention Facility to the Afghan government ends a bitter chapter in relations between the two countries. http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/25/last-us-controlled-prison-handed-over-in-afghanistan/

18 MARCH 2013

Afghan women as a measure of progress

http://strategicstudyindia.blogspot.in/2013/03/afghan-women-as-measure-of-progress.html

3 MARCH 2013

Amid Hagel visit, Karzai accuses U.S. of conspiring with Taliban

The often-volatile U.S. relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai grew increasingly strained Sunday as Karzai accused the U.S. and Taliban insurgents of having a secret understanding to foment violence as a pretext to keep foreign troops in Afghanistan. http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-hagel-karzai-afghanistan-20130310,0,3678038.story?track=rss    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/karzai-chides-us-during-hagel-afghanistan-visit/2013/03/10/773cfa5c-89af-11e2-a88e-461ffa2e34e4_story.html                                                                            http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259116/1/.html                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21732383

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Afghan police ‘sell weapons to Taliban, are addicted to drugs and kidnap and rape young boys’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284302/On-Afghan-police-sell-weapons-Taliban-addicted-drugs-kidnap-rape-young-boys.html#ixzz2M1YfdOCQ

NATO: No evidence for Afghan claim of possible torture, murder by U.S. forces

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/25/world/asia/afghanistan-us-special-forces/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province

Afghan President Hamid Karzai orders all U.S. Special Forces to leave a strategically important province in two weeks, alleging that they have been involved in the torture and murder of “innocent people.”                                                                      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/afghan-president-karzai-ends-us-special-forces-operations-in-key-province/2013/02/24/b7e8684c-7eb6-11e2-a671-0307392de8de_story.html                                                      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9890985/US-special-forces-ordered-to-leave-critical-Afghanistan-province.html                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21566295

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Afghan forces arrest Pakistan Taliban commander

Prominent Pakistani Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad has been arrested in eastern Afghanistan.                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21504250

11 FEBRUARY 2013

US withdraws military equipment through Pakistan

The US military has started to withdraw equipment from Afghanistan through Pakistan ahead of next year’s deadline for combat troops to leave the war against the Taliban, an official said Monday.                            http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1253585/1/.html

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Study: Afghans paid nearly $4 billion in bribes last year

Afghans paid bribes totaling about $3.9 billion last year — twice the country’s domestic revenue — and two-thirds of the population says it’s acceptable for civil servants to take kickbacks for providing basic services, according to a U.N. survey released Thursday. http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-afghanistan-corruption-20130207,0,230019.story?track=rss  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9855263/Afghan-officials-took-2.5-billion-in-bribes-in-2012.html

1 FEBRUARY 2013

Afghanistan: post-withdrawal engagement

The earnest desire of Afghanistan neighbors’ is to restore sustainable peace and security in the country. Peaceful Afghanistan is not only essential for combating and curbing the menace of transnational terrorist organizations, but also necessary for the economic prosperity of the region. The new silk route could only be possible, if the prevalent anarchy in Afghanistan was replaced by a stable political system and the rule of law ensured in the entire country.                                                                                                                                        http://weeklypulse.org/details.aspx?contentID=3222&storylist=10&goback=%2Egde_108552_member_210497086

31 JANUARY 2013

Afghan Female Artist Beats the Odds

Charred bodies lie scattered against blood-stained walls and debris covers the ground. For Afghanistan, the only unusual thing in this gruesome scene is that the blood is red paint – and part of an art installation. It’s a work by Afghan artist Malina Suliman, 23, who risks her life, sometimes working by flashlight after dark, to create art in southern Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban and still one of the country’s most dangerous areas.                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/reuters-afghan-female-artist-beats-the-odds/1593116.html

15 JANUARY 2013

Victory in Afghanistan? Not without U.S. troops

White House talk of 3,000 personnel — or none — by the end of 2014 ignores the reality of the situation there. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-boot-afghanistan-karzaii-withdrawal-20130115,0,2039254.story

13 JANUARY 2013

Afghan President Karzai Pays Visit to Washington

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/01/13/afghan-president-karzai-pays-visit-to-washington.html

2 JANUARY 2013

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar vows fresh attacks on NATO troops

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar vowed in an interview published on Wednesday to kill as many Western soldiers as possible before NATO combat forces withdraw from the country in 2014                         http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1245634/1/.html

22 DECEMBER 2012

Taliban calls for new constitution in French talks

Afghanistan’s Taliban has called for a new constitution as a condition to it co-operating with the country’s peace process, at a meeting in France.
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20121222-taliban-calls-new-constitution-french-talks

20 DECEMBER 2012

Karzai welcomes UK troop withdrawal plan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he welcomed plans by Britain to withdraw almost 4,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/20/world/asia/afghanistan-uk-troops/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

20 NOVEMBER 2012

Afghan combat mission ends for French troops

French combat troops in Afghanistan are preparing to come home on Tuesday as their mission officially ends. http://www.euronews.com/2012/11/20/afghan-combat-mission-ends-for-french-troops/ http://www.voanews.com/content/france-ends-afghanistan-combat-mission/1549415.html

13 NOVEMBER 2012

China ready to play greater role in Afghan geopolitics

The first signs of a potential re-alignment in Sino-Afghan bilateral relations came from Karzai’s visit to Beijing on March 27, 2010. Karzai’s choice of Beijing for his second overseas visit after his controversial reelection signaled his determination to reduce his dependence on the West.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/744081.shtml

20 OCTOBER 2012

We’ll take your money but we can’t be friends, Afghan senators tell ‘infidel’ France

France is to train Afghan police and army officers as part of a 300-million-euro aid package that Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius was set to discuss with Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Saturday. But Afghan senators want to change the name of the “Friendship and Cooperation Treaty” because they say they cannot be friends with « infidels ».
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20121020-well-take-your-money-we-cant-be-friends-afghan-senators-tell-infidel-france

3 OCTOBER 2012

Afghan bid to ‘de-friend’ France

Afghan senators have tried to remove the word « friendship » from a strategic pact with France, after arguing that Islamic teachings state Muslims cannot be friends with infidels.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9584584/Afghan-bid-to-de-friend-France.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Senior Chinese official visits Afghanistan for first time in 50 years

A senior official has made China’s first top-level visit to Afghanistan in nearly 50 years, as Beijing attempts to bolster diplomatic and economic ties with its war-torn neighbour ahead of the withdrawal of Nato troops in 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9560995/Senior-Chinese-official-visits-Afghanistan-for-first-time-in-50-years.
html http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20120923-373259.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2012

Six US fighter jets destroyed in Prince Harry base attack

Six US fighter jets were destroyed and two significantly damaged when Taliban attackers stormed a heavily fortified Afghan base where Britain’s Prince Harry is deployed on Friday, a NATO spokesman said http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/16-Sep-2012/six-us-fighter-jets-destroyed-in-prince-harry-base-attack

10 SEPTEMBRE 2012

Afghan government takes charge of Bagram military prison

The handover of the controversial high security prison, sometimes referred to as « the other Guantánamo », had been hailed a victory for Afghan sovereignty as America prepares to withdraw combat troops by the end of 2014 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9533807/Afghan-government-takes-charge-of-Bagram-military-prison.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/09/201291094118439921.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19539412

5 SEPTEMBER 2012

Kabul declares crackdown over insider attacks

Afghan authorities say they have cracked down on hundreds of soldiers believed to have links to the Taliban in a bid to crush the rise of alleged insider attacks
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/201295194054238683.html
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/05/afghan-army-arrests-or-sacks-hundreds-of-troops/

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

Karzai’s choice for Afghan intelligence chief suspected of torture, trafficking http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/04/world/asia/afghanistan-intelligence-chief/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

3 SEPTEMBER 2012

New Zealand confirms April Afghanistan withdrawal

New Zealand has formally announced it will withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April, confirming earlier comments by Prime Minister John Key
http://asiancorrespondent.com/88715/new-zealand-confirms-april-afghanistan-withdrawal/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19461540

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

US halts Afghan police training after attacks

The US military has halted the training of some members of the Afghan Local Police force for at least a month following a string of attacks on international forces by men in Afghan National Security Force uniforms. http://www.france24.com/en/20120902-us-suspends-afghan-military-training-after-insider-attacks-taliban-green-on-blue
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129210058203544.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9515684/US-suspends-Afghan-militia-training-after-attacks-on-Nato-forces.html

29 AUGUST 2012

Karzai moves to replace Afghan security chiefs

Afghan President Hamid Karzai moved to replace the country’s intelligence chief and the ministers of defense and interior Wednesday, the first step in what senior government officials said was a planned wider Cabinet shakeup aimed at solidifying the president’s power before elections and the drawdown of foreign forces. http://news.yahoo.com/karzai-moves-replace-afghan-security-chiefs-223445854.html

11 AUGUST 2012

Wed and Tortured at 13, Afghan Girl Finds Rare Justice

When she refused to prostitute herself or have sex with the man she was forced to marry when she was about 13, officials said, Sahar Gul’s in-laws tortured her and threw her into a dirty, windowless cellar for months until the police discovered her lying in hay and animal dung
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/world/asia/wed-and-tortured-at-13-afghan-girl-finds-rare-justice.html?_r=1&ref=asia

4 AUGUST 2012

Afghan parliament votes to sack key ministers

The interior and defence ministers were criticised for failing to prevent cross-border shelling from Pakistan and security lapses that resulted in the assassinations of senior officials.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19124808
http://www.france24.com/en/20120804-afghan-government-dismisses-key-security-ministers-karzai

 

1 AUGUST 2012

Afghan Finance Minister Under Scrutiny

Afghanistan’s powerful finance minister came under scrutiny on Wednesday when an Afghan television network broadcast copies of two of his bank account statements that showed sizable payments from businesses and individuals and transfers of money from those accounts to bank accounts in Canada.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/02/world/asia/afghan-finance-chief-under-scrutiny-over-bank-records.html?_r=1&ref=asia

14 JULY 2012

Prominent Afghan MP killed in suicide attack

The attacker embraced MP Ahmad Khan, a former militia commander, in front of guests at his daughter’s wedding before detonating the explosives strapped around his waist, a security forces spokesman said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/07/201271445145150582.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9399740/Top-Afghan-MP-killed-in-suicide-attack-at-daughters-wedding.html

13 JULY 2012

Female Afghan politician Hanifa Safi killed

As the provincial head of the Afghan ministry of women’s affairs, Mrs Safi had for years been a leading advocate of fair treatment for women.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18832391

12 JULY 2012

Mullah Omar could be Afghan president, Hamid Karzai says

Hamid Karzai has said the supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, could run for political office and even the Afghan presidency if he abandoned his armed struggle. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9395688/Mullah-Omar-could-be-Afghan-president-Hamid-Karzai-says.html http://www.voanews.com/content/karzai-urges-mullah-omar-to-join-afghan-political-process/1403839.html

4 JULY 2012

French army hands over control of Kapisa to Afghan forces

French troops on Wednesday handed over the key Afghan province of Kapisa to local forces as President François Hollande’s promise to bring France’s forces home gets under way. But they will continue to train Afghan security forces in the province.
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20120704-french-army-hands-over-control-kapisa-afghan-forces

22 JUNE 2012

Afghan Taliban attack on hotel near Kabul ends

Afghan security forces have ended a 12-hour attack by Taliban militants on a hotel outside Kabul, in which at least 20 people died, officials say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18545884 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012621223821763757.html

2 JUNE 2012

SAS launched rescue mission for British aid worker after warning she could be dead in 24 hours

Helicopter-borne British and American special forces troops freed the hostages from a series of caves and killed seven of the kidnappers in the early hours of Saturday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9309226/SAS-launched-rescue-mission-for-British-aid-worker-after-warning-she-could-be-dead-in-24-hours.html

29 MAY 2012

Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan school

Their classrooms might have been sprayed with a toxic material before the girls entered, police spokesman Khalilullah Aseer said. He blamed the Taliban
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/29/world/asia/afghanistan-girls-poisoned/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

25 MAY 2012

Hollande says 1,400 soldiers to stay on in Afghanistan

Around 1,400 French soldiers will stay on in Afghanistan after the planned withdrawal of 2,000 combat troops later this year, François Hollande announced on Friday 25. The soldiers will remain in the war-torn country to help with training and logistics
http://www.france24.com/en/20120526-hollande-says-1400-soldiers-stay-afghanistan-france-war-taliban

24 MAY 2012

Afghan schoolgirls ‘poisoned by Taliban’

More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned in the second attack in as many months in Afghanistan blamed on conservative radicals in the country’s north. The attack occurred in Takhar province where police said the Taliban, who are opposed to education of women and girls, had used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms, leaving scores of students unconscious http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/201252451931671453.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/24/world/asia/afghanistan-girls-poisoned/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2 MAY 2012

In Afghanistan, Obama pledges cooperation, vows to ‘finish the job’

President Barack Obama, speaking early Wednesday in Afghanistan at the tail end of a surprise visit there, discussed how the war will end and promised a steady drawdown of U.S. troops
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/01/politics/afghanistan-obama/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

22 APRIL 2012

Afghanistan, US Agree on Strategic Agreement

Afghanistan and the United States have finalized a strategic partnership agreement outlining their relationship following the 2014 withdrawal of Western combat troops from the country
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Afghanistan-US-Agree-on-Strategic-Agreement-148434865.html

15 APRIL 2012

Taliban strike across Afghanistan in ‘spring offensive’

Militants have staged a wave of co-ordinated attacks on the Afghan capital Kabul and other locations. Foreign embassies, Nato’s HQ and the Afghan parliament were hit in the first major attack on Kabul in more than six months. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17719956

384 prisoners escape after Taliban raid on Pakistan prison

Authorities in northern Pakistan were looking for 384 inmates who escaped from a prison early Sunday morning after hundreds of Taliban militants raided the facility.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/15/world/asia/pakistan-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.france24.com/en/20120415-pakistan-northwest-banu-hundreds-escape-prison-raid-islamist-militants-taliban
14 APRIL 2012

Murdered Afghan talks head Rabbani replaced by son

Salahuddin Rabbani will chair the country’s High Peace Council, which leads Afghan efforts to negotiate with the Taliban
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-17712058

5 APRIL 2012

Karzai Orders Prosecutor and Tribunal in Scandal Over Kabul Bank’s Losses

With Afghanistan’s foreign backers set to meet next month in Chicago, President Hamid Karzai ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor and the creation of a special tribunal to try those involved in the near collapse of Kabul Bank, a scandal that laid bare the crony capitalism and corruption that has thrived here in the past decade http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/world/asia/karzai-orders-inquiry-in-kabul-banks-losses.html?_r=1&ref=asia

27 MARCH 2012

The Afghan girls who live as boys

For economic and social reasons, many Afghan parents want to have a son. This preference has led to some of them practising the long-standing tradition of Bacha Posh – disguising girls as boys
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15262680

25 FEBRUARY 2012

NATO withdraws staff from Afghan ministries after shooting
NATO on Saturday 25 pulled all its staff out of Afghan government ministries after two US military advisors were shot dead in the interior ministry, as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1185273/1/.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/2012225151435215869.html http://www.france24.com/en/20120225-nato-kabul-government-ministries-united-states-afghanistan-koran-burning-protests-taliban

23 FEBRUARY 2012

Obama Sends Apology as Afghan Koran Protests Rage

The potential scope of the fallout from the burning of several copies of the Koran by American military personnel this week became chillingly clear on Thursday as a man in an Afghan Army uniform shot and killed two American soldiers, while a crowd nearby protested the desecration of the Muslim holy book. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/world/asia/koran-burning-afghanistan-demonstrations.html?ref=asia http://www.france24.com/en/20120223-obama-afghanistan-koran-burning-nato-troops-apology-karzai?no-cache=1

22 FEBRUARY 2012

Shots fired as Afghans protest ‘Koran burning’

At least eight people were shot dead in Kabul on Wednesday during protests where furious Afghans shouted « Death to America » and burned vehicles and shops for a second day following reports that NATO troops had burned copies of the Koran
http://www.france24.com/en/20120222-afghan-protests-over-koran-burning-enter-second-day-nato-usa

4 FEBRUARY 2012

Afghan civilian deaths rise for fifth year, says UN

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) documented 3,021 civilian deaths in 2011 compared with 2,790 in 2010 and 2,412 in 2009
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-16883917
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/04/world/asia/afghanistan-civilian-casualties/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

28 JANUARY 2012

Afghans criticise French plan for 2013 troop withdrawal

France’s plans for an early withdrawal from Afghanistan drew criticism from Kabul on Saturday 28, with experts and lawmakers accusing French President Nicolas Sarkozy of putting politics ahead of Afghans’ safety http://www.france24.com/en/20120128-france-sarkozy-plans-early-withdrawal-draw-criticism-afghanistan

20 JANUARY 2012

France suspends Afghan troop training

France has suspended its training programmes for Afghan troops after an Afghan army soldier opened fire in eastern part of the country, killing four French soldiers, according to both NATO and Afghan accounts http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/01/201212085958596644.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/21/world/europe/sarkozy-weighs-afghan-withdrawal-after-4-french-troops-killed.html?_r=1&ref=asia http://www.france24.com/en/20120120-france-suspends-afghan-military-mission-after-attack-troops-sarkozy

12 JANUARY 2012

Anger at video of US troops ‘urinating on dead bodies’

The US promised to investigate a video on Thursday that appeared to show US forces in Afghanistan urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters. But the insurgent group has said it would not harm efforts to broker peace talks
http://www.france24.com/en/20120112-afghan-anger-over-urination-video-taliban-afghanistan http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/01/2012112135558618227.html

5 JANUARY 2012

Karzai orders Afghan takeover of Bagram prison

The Afghan government, angry at being sidelined over peace talks, flexed its muscles on Thursday by ordering the takeover of a US military prison and parading British detainees at a news conference. President Hamid Karzai ordered the transfer of the prison at Bagram – sometimes called « Afghanistan’s Guantanamo » to Afghan control within a month, citing reports of human rights violations there
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1175040/1/.html

4 JANUARY 2012

Taliban confirms deal to open Qatar office

The Taliban has confirmed it has come to an « initial agreement » to open a political office overseas as part of peace talks with the US, according to a statement
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/01/201213112718977856.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/world/asia/taliban-to-open-qatar-office-in-step-toward-peace-talks.html?_r=1&ref=asia

27 DECEMBER 2011

Karzai accepts Taliban office in Qatar

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has said he will accept the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar for the purpose of holding peace talks
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2011/12/201112283012391126.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16342640

16 DECEMBER 2011

This piece was published as part of The Future of Afghanistan and U.S. Foreign Policy, a collaboration between the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism and ForeignAffairs.com

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/136870/zalmay-khalilzad/the-three-futures-for-afghanistan

6 DECEMBER 2011

Shias targeted in Afghan shrine blasts

At least 60 people killed in twin attacks targeting Shia Muslims marking Ashoura in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/12/201112674650869183.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20111206-twin-afghanistan-bombings-cause-carnage-shiite-mosques-taliban

6 DECEMBER 2011

Timeline: A decade of war in Afghanistan

Major events since the US launched military operations in 2001 to topple the Taliban government in Afghanistan
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/spotlight/2011/10/201110771321874374.html

20 NOVEMBER 2011

Afghan loya jirga: Karzai wins backing for US pact

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has won the endorsement of tribal elders and community leaders to negotiate a 10-year strategic partnership with the US.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15809068

13 NOVEMBER 2011

Life better since Taliban driven from Kabul, says Nato

Ten years since the Taliban were  driven from the Afghan capital, Nato’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Simon Gass,  says there have been big improvements.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15710041

2 NOVEMBER 2011

Karzai seeks Pakistan’s help with Taliban

The Afghan president has urged Pakistan to help his country negotiate with the Taliban, despite a series of high-profile assassinations and attacks that have diminished peace prospects and intensified suspicions that Pakistan supports and shelters the fighters.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/11/2011112154754885520.html

1 NOVEMBER 2011

Afghanistan and Pakistan agree Rabbani murder probe

Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to jointly investigate the murder of Afghan peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani. The two countries’ presidents announced the move after talks in Turkey, their first since Mr Rabbani was killed by a suicide bomber in September.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15533736

Afghans bemused by Karzai’s views

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai’s remarks about siding with Pakistan if it ever went to war with the United States have caused no little surprise at home as well as abroad. « If conflict breaks out between Pakistan and the US, we will be beside with Pakistan, » Karzai said in an interview shown on the privately  Geo TV station in Pakistan on October 22. His remarks caused some concern, especially since they followed closely on visits by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to both Islamabad and Kabul While in Islamabad
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MK01Df01.html

29 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan: Suicide attack kills 13 US troops

A suicide bomber has attacked a bus carrying foreign troops in the Afghan capital Kabul killing 13 US soldiers. A Nato spokesman said the attacker detonated a car filled with explosives.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15504922
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/world/asia/index.html

11 OCTOBER 2011

U.N. Finds ‘Systematic’ Torture in Afghanistan
Detainees are hung by their hands and beaten with cables, and in some cases their genitals are twisted until the prisoners lose
consciousness at sites run by the Afghan intelligence service and the Afghan National Police, according to a United Nations report released here on Monday 10
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/10/20111010184857567176.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/world/asia/un-report-finds-routine-abuse-of-afghan-detainees.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15242857

7 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan marks 10 years since US invasion
Afghanistan is marking the 10th anniversary of the start of the US-led invasion of the country amid growing security concerns and
questions over what the next decade will hold
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia/2011/10/201110735515474971.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15213999

4 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan and India sign ‘strategic partnership’
The leaders of Afghanistan and India have signed a strategic partnership agreement during a visit by President Hamid Karzai to Delhi
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15161776
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/10/201110453629522332.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1157261/1/.html

20 SEPTEMBER 2011

Afghan Peace Council Chief Killed in Attack on His Home
Afghan officials said the peace council leader, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, was likely killed by a suicide bomber in or near
his heavily guarded home in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The assassination coincided with President Hamid Karzai’s visit to the United Nations General Assembly, where he was scheduled to confer with President Obama about the war. A spokesman for Mr. Karzai said he would cut short his trip to return home
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/world/asia/Burhanuddin-Rabbani-afghan-peace-council-leader-assassinated.html?_r=1&ref=asiahttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14985779

13 SEPTEMBER 2011

Taliban gunmen armed with suicide bombs and heavy weaponry launch coordinated attacks in Kabul, targeting NATO’s headquarters,
the US embassy and the Afghan intelligence agency. Gunfire and blasts engulfed what is usually the most heavily protected part of the Afghan capital, with a Taliban insurgency now at its deadliest since US-led troops ousted the Islamists’ regime after the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago
http://www.france24.com/en/20110913-afghanistan-taliban-lays-seige-kabul-us-embassy-district-explosions-gunfire
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14897358
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/09/20119139512498402.html
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/09/201191435357758832.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2011

Afghanistan mourns Massoud 10 years on
Ten years to the day after anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud was killed in combat, Afghanistan celebrated his passing
with a ceremony that was notable this year for the absence of President Hamid Karzai
http://www.france24.com/en/20110909-asia-taliban-kabul-afghanistan-mourns-massoud-10-years-on

15 JULY 2001

The first batch of departing U.S. soldiers left Afghanistan this week, beginning a drawdown of 10,000 American troops scheduled
to leave by year’s end
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/07/15/afghanistan.drawdown/index.html

12 JULY 2011

Ahmed Wali Karzai, half brother to the Afghan president and one of the most powerful men in the country, has been killed in
Kandahar city by a close associate, according to government officials and a member of his security team
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/20117127299662659.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14118884
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-most-powerful-man-southern-afghanistan-president-karzai-brother-ahmed-wali
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/07/201171283244784171.html

France will pull out a quarter of its 4,000 troops based in Afghanistan by the end of 2012 French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said during a
brief visit to the country
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-france-withdraw-quarter-troops-afghanistan-2012-sarkozy
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/201171271435384429.html

27 JUNE 2011

Governor of Afghan central bank flees
The governor of Afghanistan’s central bank has fled the country in fear of his life after naming powerful individuals who benefited from a scandal at Kabulbank, the biggest lender
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3cce0178-a0e9-11e0-adae-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1QVdgmipR

31 MAY 2011

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, warns that the NATO forces fighting in his country risk becoming an « occupying force » if they do not stop air strikes on Afghan civilian homes as they hunt armed fighters
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201153165616561911.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/world/asia/01afghanistan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

4 MAY 2011

Eleven sentenced to life for Bangladesh gang rape
A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment for gang raping a female school student during post-election violence in 2001
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13277465

25 APRIL 2011

More than 470 inmates at a prison in southern Afghanistan escapes through a tunnel hundreds of meters long and dug from outside the jail. Officials in the city of Kandahar said many of those who escaped from Sarposa jail were Taliban insurgents
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13184920
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/04/25/afghanistan.prison.break/index.htmlhttp://www.france24.com/en/20110425-afghanistan-taliban-nearly-500-freed-kandahar-jailbreak-tunnel

12 MARCH 2011

President Hamid Karzai urges international troops to stop their operations in Afghanistan, saying that his tolerance had run out after a string of high-profile accidental civilian casualties
http://www.france24.com/en/20110312-karzai-nato-stop-operations-civilian-casuaties-afghanistan-pakistan-war-us

27 FEBRUAY 2011

An Afghan government investigation found that NATO forces killed 65 civilians, including 40 children, during an assault in the country’s east in February, claims that NATO refutes.
http://www.france24.com/en/20110227-Afghanistan-nato-rejects-claims-forces-killed-65-civilians-attack

5 FEBRUARY 2011

Afghan Rights Fall Short for Christian Converts
The jail commander had remained silent as the prisoner, Sayed Mussa, told a reporter about his journey from Islam to Christianity: his secret baptism nine years earlier, his faith in Jesus Christ and the promise of heaven
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/world/asia/06mussa.html?_r=1&ref=asia

26 JANUARY 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has opened parliament, after failing to win a delay to allow September’s disputed elections to be investigated
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12283862
http://www.france24.com/en/20110126-karzai-afghanistan-parliament-election-lawmakers-dispute
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/01/201112661112799585.html

14 JANUARY 2011

Afghanistan’s Education Minister Farooq Wardak said that the Taliban no longer oppose schooling girls
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taliban-no-longer-opposed-to-female-education-20509.html

3 DECEMBER 2010

US president blames weather as he is unable to meet his Afghan counterpart during a three-hour visit to the country
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/12/2010123164636132232.html
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/12/201012382135306499.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11913302

20 OCTOBER 2010

Afghan election authorities have thrown out 1.3 million votes, 23 per cent of the 5.6 million ballots cast in last month’s parliamentary election, officials have said
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/10/2010102081458138520.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11582690

7 OCTOBER 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on inaugurates the High Peace Council, charged with negotiating with the Taliban and other insurgents
that have been attempting to destabilize the country since start of the US-led invasion nine years ago
http://www.france24.com/en/20101007-karzai-inaugurates-high-peace-council-negotiate-taliban-afghanistan-nine-year-anniversary-afghanistan-war

27 AUGUST 2010

Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has criticised the US military’s plans to begin withdrawing troops from the country in July 2011. Mr Karzai said that announcing a date for the withdrawal had given the Taliban insurgency « a morale boost »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11106290

25 AUGUST 2010

Dozens of students and teachers at a girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, have been sickened by an unknown gas that spread
through classrooms. This incident follows a similar pattern seen in other recent attacks at girls’ schools involving an airborne substance which could be some form of gas
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/08/201082513452971438.html

7 AUGUST 2010

Eight foreigners and two Afghans have been found shot dead next to abandoned vehicles in the north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan
The foreigners are believed to be six Americans, one Briton and a German, who worked for an international charity providing eye care
and medical help
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10900338
http://www.france24.com/en/20100807-eight-foreigners-northeastern-afghanistan-taliban-terrorism-germans

26 JULY 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a NATO rocket attack in southern Afghanistan has killed 52 civilians, including women and children An investigation by the Afghan intelligence service found that the rocket hit a home in the Sangin district of Helmand province
http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Afghan-Officials-Rocket-Attack-Kills-45-Civilians-99233909.html

20 JULY 2010

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has received international backing for plans that would see Afghan forces to take over security across the country in four years
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/07/201072052634402987.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/world/asia/21afghan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

2 JUNE 2010

Hamid Karzai, theAfghan president, opens a three-day peace conference in the capital, amid rocket fire and at least one suicide bombing
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/06/20106244135950477.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20100602-afghanistan-karzai-launches-ambitious-peace-plan-jirga-gathering-taliban

23 APRIL 2010

Nato is preparing to hand control of parts of Afghanistan to the Afghan people this year, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says after. Nato foreign ministers, and their partners in the international coalition in Afghanistan, have been meeting in the Estonian capital Tallinn
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8639029.stm

1 APRIL 2010

Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, delivers an extraordinarily harsh criticism of the Western governments fighting in his
country, the United Nations and the Anglo-American press, accusing them of perpetrating the fraud that denied him an outright victory in last summer’s presidential elections
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/02/world/asia/02afghan.html?ref=asia
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36136784/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8598843.stm

16 FEBRUARY 2011

Mullah Abdul Ghani Brader Brader, the Afghanistan Taliban’s number two, was captured in Karachi in a secret raid by US and Pakistani intelligence forces several days ago
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/world/asia/16intel.html?ref=asia

25 FEBRUARY 2010

In Afghanistan, following the success of their biggest military offensive since the start of the 2001 invasion, US marines capture the
Afghan town of Marjah, a former Taliban stronghold, a « historic day » in the fight to oust the regime.
http://www.france24.com/en/20100225-afghanistan-war-historic-capture-marjah-operation-mushtarak-taliban-us-marines

7 FEBRUARY 2010

Taliban dismiss Afghanistan’s president Karzai’s latest reconciliation bid
http://www.france24.com/en/20100207-afghanistan-taliban-dismiss-reconciliation-peace-hamid-karzai

28 JANUARY 2010

An international conference on Afghanistan in London conclude with a commitment to support “full Afghan ownership” of its security
situation and to reintegrate Taliban insurgents willing to renounce violence
http://www.france24.com/en/20100128-afghanistan-london-conference-karzai-taliban-deal-security-miliband-clinton-jirga