Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

UN concerned by controversial US plan to revive Afghan militias

Afghan strongmen have already begun vying for influence over militia program that diplomats fear will undermine Afghan government and lead to abuse<p>As the Afghan government struggles to stem the Taliban insurgency and shore up its dwindling security forces, the US military is turning to a …

News

A Policeman’s Bear Hug Stops a Suicide Bomber From Killing More

KABUL, Afghanistan — No one will ever know what went through the mind of Afghan Police Lt. Sayed Basam Pacha in those moments when he came face to …

Terrorism

Opium production has set another record in Afghanistan — here's where it increased the most

• <b>Afghanistan's opium cultivation and production both hit record levels in 2017, despite an increase in opium eradication by the government.</b>• <b><br>The Taliban has also expanded its role in narcotics, drawing a larger portion of its revenue the drug trade.</b>• <b><br>Without drugs, the war in Afghanistan "would have</b> …

Military

9 dead after suicide bombing in Afghanistan targets political meeting

Afghan governor Atta Mohammad Noor was not at meeting at the time<p>A suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital near a meeting of supporters of an …

Afghanistan

Nine dead in suicide attack outside Kabul wedding hall

A suicide attacker blew himself up outside a wedding hall in Kabul killing at least nine people, officials said Thursday, in an apparent attempt to …

Afghanistan

Suicide bomber strikes Kabul political gathering, killing at least 12

KABUL — A suicide bomber detonated a blast Thursday near a political gathering of supporters of one of Afghanistan’s most powerful factional leaders, killing at least 12 people in the latest attack in the country’s capital.<p>The Islamic State claimed responsibility in a statement carried by its Amaq …

World News

Head of Afghan election body sacked, raising doubts over 2018 ballots

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sacked the chairman of the country's Independent Election Commission on Wednesday, raising doubts over whether parliamentary and council ballots scheduled for next year will take place as planned.<p>Najibullah Ahmadzai, head of the body charged with …

Afghanistan

Afghans believe country headed in wrong direction, but optimism rising slightly

KABUL: More than 60 per cent of Afghans still believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, but signs of better governance and rebuilding has …

Afghanistan

Laura Bush and Rula Ghani on 'opening the door' for women in Afghanistan

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former first lady Laura Bush is a grandmother, a former librarian and a fierce fighter for women's rights. Nearly 10 years since she and her husband, former President George W. Bush, left the White House, Bush remains committed to the mission she began after 9/11: empowering …

U.S. Politics

First Indian wheat consignment via Chabahar port reaches Afghanistan

<b>New Delhi:</b> In a significant sign of trilateral cooperation, the first consignment of wheat from India to Afghanistan, that was flagged off by …

India

Sadism in Afghanistan

For the past 16 years, the American war machine has been acting like a two-tiered sadist in Afghanistan. While facilitating the Kabul government’s …

Afghanistan

Afghan president phones PM to condole assassination of Pakistani diplomatic official in Jalalabad

ISLAMABAD, Nov 8 (APP):Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Wednesday made a phone call to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to express …

Afghanistan

Dari Or Farsi? Afghanistan's Long-Simmering Language Dispute

A language dispute has erupted in Afghanistan after the BBC labeled the Facebook page of its local service BBC Dari, a name rejected by Afghan …

Afghanistan

Reports suggest dozens of civilians killed in U.S. strikes in Afghanistan

KABUL — Lawmakers from the northern province of Kunduz said they have received conflicting reports of civilian deaths during a weekend ground and aerial offensive by Afghan and U.S. forces against Taliban insurgents. The Afghan government and the U.S. military in Afghanistan on Sunday said they …

Afghanistan

ICC seeks investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan since 2003

PARIS — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court requested judicial authorization Friday to begin a formal investigation into possible war crimes committed in Afghanistan, a probe that could implicate American forces.<p>“For decades, the people of Afghanistan have endured the scourge …

World News

Pakistan’s efforts for peace, stability in region are appreciable: UK envoy

Rawalpindi: British High Commissioner Thomas Drew has acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s continuous efforts for peace and stability in the …

Pakistan

The Fence Driving a Wedge Between Pakistan and Afghanistan

On the upper deck of the Hamza Fort border check-point in Pakistan’s South Waziristan, Major General Nauman Zakaria points to a 12-foot high fence …

Pakistan

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World<p>Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky were honored as USA Swimming's top male and female athletes of 2017 at the Golden Goggles awards on …

Terrorism

Why did Afghanistan doctor photos of Tillerson’s visit?

<b>At first glance, the photos of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah look just like any other banal photographs of diplomatic meetings. Indeed, when Tillerson made a surprise visit to Kabul, both the United States and</b> …

Hamid Karzai

“At 3 P.M. My Son Came Home. By 9 P.M. He Was Dead.”

A Trump administration plan to force the Taliban to the negotiating table also threatens to alienate Afghans.<p>JARCHI, Afghanistan — After four months on the front line fighting the Taliban, Ahmad Zai was exhausted. It had been a hot, demanding summer for the Afghan National Police, holding territory …

Afghanistan

The Battle Over Education in Afghanistan Is Decades Old and Still Only Heating Up

Today, the battle to open and close schools is as fierce as ever, as the US-backed government under President Ashraf Ghani struggles to fend off an …

Education

The Man Who Thought He Could Fix Afghanistan

To get something done in Afghanistan, you need to know Scott Guggenheim. But even the ultimate fixer isn’t sure anyone can solve the country’s problems.<p>KABUL—On November 9, 2016, Scott Guggenheim, a longtime American adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, rose early with the sun, got into an …

Politics

Asif mocks US military mission in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD - America’s security “failures” in Afghanistan are evident from events of the week when visiting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could not …

Pakistan

Pakistan Mocks US Military Mission in Afghanistan

America's security "failures" in Afghanistan are evident from events of the week when visiting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could not move out of …

Pakistan

Modi-Ghani talks to focus on terror

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will hold detailed talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday on furthering the shared objective of promoting …

India

Rachel Maddow Catches the State Department in One of Its Most Shameless Lies of Trump's Presidency

Click here for reuse options! The fib is a bizarre unforced error from the troubled agency.On Tuesday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow took the U.S. State …

Rachel Maddow

Clock mysteriously photoshopped out of Tillerson photo

Reality, and all the facts and things in it, are negotiable. Even the clocks on the wall.<p>Soon after a two-hour secret visit to Afghanistan by …

Photo Manipulation

Phoenix 2.0 – CIA’s Vietnam Terror Unleashed Upon Afghanistan

<i>Last week the new head of the CIA Mike Pompeo publicly threatened to make the CIA a “much more vicious agency”. His first step towards that is to</i> …

Afghanistan

Time for Pak to make a choice: Afghan President Ghani slams Islamabad for supporting terror

Lambasting Pakistan for its support to terrorism, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today said time has come for Islamabad to make a clear choice, …

India News

Will not join CPEC while access to India is blocked: Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on Pakistan to end its support to 'insurgent groups' and took a firm stand against joining the China-Pakistan …

Pakistan