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Sep 26, 2010

NATO helicopters entered Pakistan to kill insurgents

KABUL, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Two NATO helicopters killed 30 insurgents on Pakistani soil after a rare manned puruit across the border from Afghanistan, NATO forces said on Sunday.

The two Apache attack helicopters from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) crossed the border from eastern Afghanistan on Friday after the insurgents attacked a remote Afghan security outpost in Khost province.

Sep 25, 2010

Massive Afghan iron ore deposit up for tender again

HAJIGAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Afghanistan put its Hajigak iron ore deposit back up for tender on Saturday, after taking it off the market last year, promising security for investors despite a worsening insurgency.

Afghan Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani said he hoped production would start by 2014 on what he said was a huge, high-quality ore vein, that offered investors a rare opportunity with reserves estimated to be worth as much as $350 billion.

Sep 22, 2010

Afghanistan says confident can secure TAPI gas pipeline

KABUL, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Afghanistan will secure a
planned international gas pipeline through the Taliban
heartland by burying sections underground and paying local
communities to guard it, the mining minister said on Wednesday.

Wahidullah Shahrani also said he was confident the project
– valued at $3.3 billion and which would run from
Turkmenistan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan to India (TAPI)
– could secure international funding.

Sep 22, 2010

Security weighs on Chinese firm’s Afghan rail plans

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan took a big step towards construction of its first major rail line but the Chinese firm that will build the tracks warned on Wednesday the project could be in jeopardy if security worsens.

The Afghan Ministry of Mines and Metallurgical Corp of China (MCC) signed an agreement for a feasibility study on the line, which would run from the border with Pakistan up through the capital and the Aynak copper deposit that MCC is developing south of Kabul and then up to the Uzbek border.

Sep 20, 2010

Karzai believes too early to judge Afghan election

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai believes it is too early to judge the quality of this weekend’s parliamentary vote, his spokesman said on Monday, as the election watchdog said it expected thousands of fraud complaints.

Afghan election officials had been quick to declare Saturday’s vote a success despite reports of fraud, low voter turnout and attacks by the Taliban across the country.

Sep 20, 2010

Too early to judge Afghan election: Karzai spokesman

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s chief spokesman Monday said it was too early to judge the quality of a parliamentary vote at the weekend, with the election watchdog saying it expected thousands of complaints to be heard.

Afghan election officials were quick to declare Saturday’s vote a success despite reports of fraud, low voter turnout and attacks by the Taliban across the country.

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      "I moved to Afghanistan in late 2010 after nearly six years reporting from China, initially covering energy issues and more recently writing about political and general news. I have also worked in Spain and Britain."
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