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Feb 20, 2015

Afghans arrested Chinese Uighurs to aid Taliban talks bid: officials

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan arrested and handed over several Muslim Uighur militants from China’s west in an effort to persuade China to use its influence with Pakistan to help start negotiations with the Taliban, Afghan security officials said on Friday.

The deal sheds light on China’s increasing importance in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with its involvement in efforts to end the war with Taliban, who have been fighting since 2001 to re-establish Islamist rule in Afghanistan.

Feb 19, 2015

Pakistan officials say Afghan Taliban signal readiness for peace talks

ISLAMABAD/KABUL (Reuters) – Senior Pakistani army and diplomatic officials said on Thursday the Afghan Taliban have signalled through the Pakistani military that they are willing to open peace talks.

Previous efforts to negotiate an end to a war that began in late 2001 have proved fruitless, but the latest signals raised hopes of a much-needed boost for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and for a breakthrough in Afghan efforts to find peace following the withdrawal of most U.S.-led troops last year.

Feb 11, 2015
Jan 21, 2015

Afghan parliament rejects cabinet nominees over dual citizenship

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s parliament said on Wednesday it will not confirm seven out of 25 nominees to a long-awaited cabinet because they hold dual citizenship, another obstacle to President Ashraf Ghani forming a government after nearly four months in office.

Candidates in jeopardy include Nur al-Haq Ulumi, nominated for the key security post of minister of interior, as well as the nominee for foreign minister, Salahuddin Rabbani.

Jan 19, 2015

Afghan leader in cabinet setback as nominee quits, others in doubt

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan president’s bid to form a cabinet nearly four months after taking office ran into fresh trouble on Monday after his candidate for finance minister withdrew and doubt was cast over as many as 11 nominees believed to hold dual citizenship.

President Ashraf Ghani is hoping to finalise a 25-member ministerial team after overcoming disagreements with his chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, who shares control over appointments under the deal to share power following a disputed election.

Jan 17, 2015

Afghan cabinet nominee wanted by Interpol for tax evasion

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s nominee for agriculture minister in the new cabinet is on an Interpol wanted list for tax evasion in Estonia, a fact Ghani’s spokesman said was unknown to his office at the time of his nomination.

Interpol’s website lists Mohammad Yaqub Haidari, 52, as wanted in Estonia for “large-scale tax evasion, fraudulent conversion” in cases dating back to 2003.

Jan 17, 2015
Jan 15, 2015

Afghan leader seeks to sideline powerful bloc in break with past

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan cabinet, finalised this week after months of haggling, leaves a powerful faction that helped oust the Taliban in 2001 significantly weakened, in a bold but risky break from the past by President Ashraf Ghani.

Known as “mujahideen” because many also fought the Soviets in the 1980s, the group is angry at being overlooked for key security posts and is threatening to block nominees when they are presented to parliament in the coming days.

Jan 12, 2015

Afghan president finally nominates cabinet ministers

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani nominated ministers for his new cabinet on Monday, after a wait of more than three months, to try to establish a working government to tackle the violence-racked country’s problems.

Many government institutions have been all-but-paralysed for a year amid a drawn-out election crisis and uncertainty over whether the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops last month will lead to more violence by Taliban insurgents.

Jan 1, 2015

Afghans take over full security charge, mortars kill 20 civilians

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan assumed full responsibility for security from departing foreign combat troops on Thursday, a day after Afghan army mortar shells killed at least 20 civilians attending a wedding party in volatile southern Helmand province.

The move will test the readiness of 350,000 Afghan forces who will bear responsibility for fighting increasingly organized Taliban insurgents.

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      "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."
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