Afghanistan

Bergdahl Seeks Pardon Before Trump Takes Office

WASHINGTON, Dec 4 – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who is charged with desertion for walking away from his combat post in Afghanistan in 2009, has asked President Barack Obama for a pardon, the White House said on Saturday. Obama will relinquish office on Jan. 20 to Republican President-elect Donald Trump, who made caustic comments

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India, Afghanistan Plan Air Cargo Link Over Pakistan

By Sanjeev Miglani AMRITSAR, India, Dec 3 – India and Afghanistan are likely to announce an air cargo service on Saturday to help increase trade that both say is stymied because of their tense political relations with Pakistan that lies between them. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were meeting in

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Taliban Hang Student Suspected Over Assassination – Official

KABUL, Dec 3 – Taliban militants hanged a university student in public in a village west of Kabul after accusing him of involvement in the death of a senior Taliban official, a local government spokesman said on Saturday. Abdul Rahman Mangal said Faiz ul Rahman Wardak, a fourth-year student at Kabul Polytechnic University, was hanged

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This Week in History: November 30 – December 6

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  December 3, 1912: First Balkan War Ends The Balkan League, a military coalition between Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Montenegro, signed an armistice agreement with the Ottoman Empire on this day in history, with Greece refusing to sign the truce agreement despite being

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Afghan Taliban Offer Security for Copper, Gas Projects

KABUL, Nov 29  – The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday offered to protect major government projects, such as the mining of a big copper deposit and an international natural gas pipeline project, to allow them to get off the ground after years of delay. The Taliban have been behind much of the violence over the last

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Under US plan, Afghans May Get Black Hawks to Replace Russian Aircraft

By Josh Smith KABUL, Nov 29 – The U.S. military wants to replace Afghanistan’s well-worn fleet of Russian helicopters with American-made aircraft, according to a new budget proposal, a decision aimed at reducing the Afghan air force’s decades-long reliance on Russian equipment. The Afghan air force, trained and assisted by NATO advisers, has slowly gained

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Kabul Police Raid Shisha Cafes in “Debauchery” Crackdown

KABUL, Nov 27  – Afghan police and health officials raided cafes and restaurants in Kabul on Sunday, confiscating shisha water pipes and paraphernalia in a campaign to halt “debauchery and vulgarity”. Critics say the campaign will only distract police from the Afghan capital’s deteriorating security situation, while doing little to change the pervasive smoking culture

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In Afghanistan, Britain’s Johnson Sees No Sign of Global Retreat

KABUL, Nov 26 – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson dismissed suggestions on Saturday that Britain’s exit from the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president would lead to Western powers withdrawing from engagement with the rest of the world. Speaking during an overnight visit to Kabul that included meetings with President

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