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War on Drugs in Afghanistan ‘Total Failure’: SIGAR

War on Drugs in Afghanistan ‘Total Failure’, SIGAR

KABUL – The counter-narcotics effort that has been part of the 18-year-old US-led war in Afghanistan ‘has just been a total failure’, according to a US watchdog. In remarks last month at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said the …

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IEC Calls on Campaigns to Allow Vote Recount

IEC Calls on Campaigns to Allow Vote Recount

KABUL – The chairperson of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Hawa Alam Nuristani, on Thursday warned that the election commission could announce the preliminary results of the elections if the electoral campaigns continue to obstruct the recounting of votes in the seven remaining provinces. “We could make a decision and …

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At least 10 Policemen Killed in Kunduz: Sources

At least 10 Policemen Killed in Kunduz

KUNDUZ CITY – At least 10 Afghan policemen were killed, including police commander Mohammad Zahir, in a clash with the Taliban in Imam Sahib district in the northeastern province of Kunduz on Thursday evening, Afghan security sources said. The clash also left three Taliban fighters dead, according to sources. The …

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Afghanistan Crimes Probe Appeal Begins at ICC

The International Criminal Court building is seen in The Hague

THE HAGUE – Prosecutors are appealing to judges at the International Criminal Court to authorize a wide-ranging investigation into alleged crimes in Afghanistan’s brutal conflict. In April, judges rejected a request by the court’s prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to open an investigation into crimes allegedly committed by the Taliban, Afghan security …

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Supporters of Hekmatyar Protest Against Election Frauds

Supporters of Hekmatyar Protest Against Election Frauds

KABUL – Supporters of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan Party (HIA) and head of “Peace and Islamic Justice” electoral team protested in Kabul over what is called “systematic fraud” in presidential elections on Friday. Peace and Islamic Justice supporters called on the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to …

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Khalilzad in Kabul to Discuss Ways of Resuming Peace Talks

Khalilzad in Kabul to Discuss Ways of Resuming Peace Talks

KABUL – US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss ways of resuming peace talks, Reuters reported citing an Afghan government official. Khalilzad’s trip comes days after US President Donald Trump’s surprise Thanksgiving visit to US forces …

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IEC Fails to Manage the Ballot Counting Process: TEFA

TEFA

KABUL – Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan’s (TEFA’s) findings have revealed that IEC, despite all preparations held for the 2019 election day (E-Day), failed to articulate its work for the ballot counting and on-time announcement of the election results, thus proved thoroughly disabled to properly manage post E-Day phases, resulting …

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Chinese FM Meets Hamid Karzai in Beijing

Chinese FM Meets Hamid Karzai in Beijing

BEIJING – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with former President Hamid Karzai, who came to China for the 2019 Imperial Springs International Forum, the Chinese Ministry of Forgiven Affairs said in a statement. As per the statement, Wang Yi said, “The situation of Afghanistan …

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IEC Remains Silent Against Consistent Protests

IEC Remains Silent Against Consistent Protests

KABUL – The electoral commissions of Afghanistan have not yet provided clear answers to the demands of protestors which has persuaded continuous back to back protests in most parts of the country amid political uncertainties. Thousands of Kabul residents marched on the streets on Friday and farmed a large gathering …

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