KABUL (Reuters) – When a Taliban suicide bomber killed two people on the edge of the Afghan capital this month, there was another casualty – a global fruit juice business optimistically called “Spring Wish” which provided work for thousands of farmers across the country.
Mustafa Sadiq’s empire had been expanding healthily, bringing in badly needed foreign capital, before the attack inflicted the kind of financial loss cash-strapped Afghanistan can ill afford.
KABUL (Reuters) – Pakistan is genuine about backing the nascent Afghan peace process and shares the Kabul government’s goal of transforming the Taliban insurgency into a political movement, a senior Afghan government official told Reuters.
“They have told us that they share the vision contained in our roadmap which is basically to transform the Taliban from a military entity into a political entity to enable them to take part in the Afghan political process and peacefully seek power like any other political entity in Afghanistan, he said.
KABUL (Reuters) – A Taliban suicide bomber posing as a peace messenger wounded Afghanistan’s intelligence chief in Kabul on Thursday, another sign that the government is struggling to improve security ahead of a NATO pullout in 2014.
Asadullah Khalid was wounded when the bomber struck in a meeting at a guesthouse used by the National Directorate of Security (NDS).
KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban said on Thursday they carried out a suicide bombing that wounded Afghanistan’s intelligence chief in Kabul, another sign that the government is struggling to improve security ahead of a NATO pullout in 2014.
Asadullah Khalid was wounded when the bomber struck at a guesthouse used by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a heavily guarded area of the capital. The intelligence agency said he had survived a “terrorist attack”.
KABUL (Reuters) – Most of the roughly 170 Chinese workers who fled rocket attacks on the largest foreign investment project in Afghanistan have returned because of improved security, the Afghan mining minister said on Thursday.
Officials had been trying to convince Chinese workers to restart work at the Aynak copper deposit in Logar province, one of the most dangerous regions of the country.
KABUL (Reuters) – Pakistan hopes to persuade Afghan insurgent groups, including the lethal Haqqani network, to pursue peace but worries resistance from political factions opposed to the Taliban could undermine reconciliation efforts, Islamabad’s ambassador said.
Mohammad Sadiq, speaking in an interview, also suggested U.S. efforts would be better directed at engaging insurgent groups — rather than attempting to defeat them by launching military strikes against their leaders.
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s government has failed to secure direct talks with the Taliban and no significant progress is expected before 2014, when most NATO combat troops withdraw, a senior Afghan official closely involved with reconciliation efforts said on Friday.
“No breakthrough is expected before the 2014 election,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
KABUL (Reuters) – Prominent Afghan opposition leader Ahmad Zia Masood has urgent advice for President Barack Obama in his second term – clean up Afghan politics before the next election or risk civil war.
Masood said a number of factors could trigger another internal conflict after most NATO combat troops leave at the end of 2014, including growing fears of another Taliban takeover.
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan welcomes the United Nations’ decision to impose sanctions on the Haqqani network and would not negotiate for peace with the group blamed for several high-profile attacks in the country, the presidential spokesman said on Tuesday.
On Monday the U.N. Security Council’s Taliban sanctions committee added the Haqqani network to a U.N. blacklist, the United States said.
About 20 men dressed as Pakistani soldiers boarded a bus bound for a Muslim festival outside this mountain town and checked the identification cards of the passengers. They singled out 19 Shi’ites, drew weapons and slaughtered them, most with a bullet to the head.