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Apr 19, 2015

UN investigation finds corruption in Afghan police oversight division

KABUL (Reuters) – A United Nations sponsored report has found that Afghanistan government officials who headed oversight of the police suppressed complaints of corruption against the force and has recommended their dismissal, according to a copy of the document seen by Reuters.  

    The United Nations Development Programme is also investigating why its own division, the Law and Order Trust Fund of Afghanistan (LOTFA), which commissioned the report, did not show it to senior U.N. officials after it was submitted in January.

Apr 16, 2015

Rivals row over top Afghan defense posts as Taliban goes on attack

KABUL (Reuters) – Seven months after rival leaders finally agreed to share power, Afghanistan has no permanent defense minister and cannot decide who should run the army, threatening to weaken the war against Taliban militants on the offensive after foreign troops left.

Deadlock over choosing the minister and army chief of staff is the latest sign of tension in the government of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who fought a bitterly contested presidential election last year.

Apr 9, 2015

Afghan defense minister nominee drops out after two days

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan cabinet’s latest choice for defense minister dropped out on Wednesday, just two days after being nominated for the job, underlining tensions between the president and rival parties within the national unity government.

General Mohammad Afzal Ludin was to have taken charge of the country’s army at a time when most foreign troops have withdrawn and Afghan forces are battling the resilient Taliban insurgency largely alone.

Mar 31, 2015

Council fears U.S. troop decision will hurt faltering Afghan peace process

KABUL (Reuters) – The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticized President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency.

Talks between the government and Taliban have yet to begin, although militant leaders have signaled that they are ready to negotiate through Pakistani mediation. The conflict costs thousands of lives each year.

Mar 30, 2015

Council fears US troop decision to hurt faltering Afghan peace process

KABUL (Reuters) – The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticized President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency.

Talks between the government and Taliban have yet to begin, although militant leaders have signaled that they are ready to negotiate through Pakistani mediation. The conflict costs thousands of lives each year.

Mar 29, 2015

Suicide attack on Afghan MP kills three in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – An Afghan member of parliament survived a targeted suicide attack in Kabul on Sunday but three people including a child were killed and eight others injured, police and government sources said.

The parliamentarian, Gul Pacha Majidi, had been leaving a meeting in east Kabul when the bomber approached him on foot.

Mar 25, 2015

Six killed in suicide bomb near Afghan presidential palace

KABUL (Reuters) – Six people were killed and more than 30 wounded in a suicide bombing in Kabul on Wednesday that struck close to the presidential palace in the heart of the Afghan capital, the Interior Ministry said.

The suicide bomber had been traveling in a vehicle packed with explosives and it was not immediately clear what the target of the attack had been.

Mar 22, 2015

Fearing Islamic State, some Afghan Shi’ites seek help from old enemies

KABUL, March 22 (Reuters) – Even by Afghanistan’s standards
of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic
Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who
have persecuted them for years was extraordinary.

The Hazaras – a largely Shi’ite minority killed in the
thousands during the Taliban’s hard-line Sunni Islamist rule of
the 1990s – came to their old enemies seeking protection against
what they deemed an even greater threat: masked men operating in
the area calling themselves “Daish”, a term for Islamic State in
the region.

Mar 22, 2015

Fearing Islamic State, Afghanistan’s Shi’ites seek help from old enemies

KABUL (Reuters) – Even by Afghanistan’s standards of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who have persecuted them for years was extraordinary.

    The Hazaras – a largely Shi’ite minority killed in the thousands during the Taliban’s hard-line Sunni Islamist rule of the 1990s – came to their old enemies seeking protection against what they deemed an even greater threat: masked men operating in the area calling themselves “Daish”, a term for Islamic State in the region.

Mar 21, 2015

Ahead of U.S. visit, Afghan leader warns of Islamic State threat

KABUL (Reuters) – President Ashraf Ghani publicly acknowledged for the first time on Saturday that Islamic State was gaining influence in Afghanistan, as he prepared to leave for the United States to seek to slow the withdrawal of American troops.

Reports have been growing that some commanders of the Islamist Taliban forces fighting the Afghan government are swearing allegiance to the radical Islamist network that controls swathes of Syria and Iraq, sometimes called “Daesh”.

    • About Hamid

      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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