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Five DABS Employees Killed in Zabul Blast

Five DABS Employees Killed in Zabul Blast

QALAT – At least five employees of the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s largest power distribution company, were killed in a roadside mine blast in Zabul province on Thursday, officials said. One other was wounded in the blast, according to Zabul province officials. The provincial governor’s spokesperson Gulsalam Siyal …

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Govt Rejects Taliban Offer of Reduction in Violence

Govt Rejects Taliban Offer of Reduction in Violence

KABUL – The Afghan government has rejected the Taliban’s offer of a seven-day reduction of violence in the war-torn country on the condition that a peace deal with the US was signed, saying it was ‘unacceptable’ and insisted that the insurgent group must agree to a ceasefire before engaging in …

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Qureshi Urges US to Remain Engaged in Afghanistan

Qureshi Urges US to Remain Engaged in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at an event Thursday hosted by a think tank in Washington, D.C. called on the United States to remain engaged in Afghanistan even if it eventually withdraws its troops from the country. Speaking at a discussion held by the Center for Strategic …

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US, Taliban Discuss Signing of Peace Deal: Shaheen

US, Taliban Discuss Signing of Peace Deal, Shaheen

DOHA – Negotiators from the United States and the Taliban have resumed talks in Doha and are discussing “the signing of the peace deal and a ceremony for it” over the past two days, a Taliban spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, said in a tweet early on Friday. Shaheen said that the …

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US Officials Have ‘Routinely’ Lied Over Afghan War

US Officials Have ‘Routinely’ Lied Over Afghan War

KABUL – John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) told US Congress on Wednesday that US officials have ‘routinely lied’ to the public with exaggerating reports on the Afghan war. Sopko was summoned by the US Congress to talk about the ‘Afghan Papers’ recently published by America’s Washington …

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US Wants Taliban to Cut Ties with Iran: Hekmatyar

US Wants Taliban to Cut Ties with Iran, Hekmatyar

KABUL – The US has asked the Taliban to cut its ties with Iran and to agree to the presence of some US forces in Afghanistan after a potential peace agreement between the two sides, said Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the reconciled leader of Hizb-e-Islami, on Tuesday, ToloNews reported. According to the …

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Acting Minister Investigated, Banned from Leaving Country

Acting Minister Investigated, Banned from Leaving Country

KABUL – Mohammad Jawad Peikar, acting minister of Urban Development and Land (MUDL), has been banned from leaving the country, Tolo News reported. According to the report, president Ghani ordered the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to investigate accusations of ‘illegal recruitment’ made against Peikar, and to look into properties that …

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Ghani-Saleh Regime Policy Implications for the Neighbours

Acting Minister Investigated, Banned from Leaving Country

By: Jawad Sadiq Fitrat Dr Ashraf Ghani has been declared winner in presidential election’s preliminary result announcement. Since his last tenure as Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani has proved to stay as “Theorist-in-Chief” as was dubbed by George Packer in his article ‘Afghanistan’s Theorist-in-Chief’ published in New York Times in June …

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