Afghanistan

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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German Cabinet Backs Continued Military Mission in Afghanistan

BERLIN, Nov 16 – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the continuation of Germany’s deployment of up to 980 soldiers to Afghanistan through the end of 2017, a government spokesman said. The decision, which must still be approved by parliament, came less than a week after armed Taliban militants stormed the German consulate in

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Afghan Leader Defies Parliament by Tellling Sacked Ministers to Stay

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Nov 14 – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani instructed cabinet ministers sacked by parliament to remain in their jobs on Monday, looking to the Supreme Court to resolve an escalating power struggle. Ghani has quickly intervened to halt parliament’s cabinet reshuffle, which he fears could weaken the already fragile Western-backed government and

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Afghan Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Halt Confidence Votes

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Nov 13  – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have urged parliament to halt confidence votes against ministers, fearing further dismissals could rock an already fragile Western-backed government, lawmakers said on Sunday. In a bold move on Saturday parliament dismissed three cabinet ministers, including the minister of foreign

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Afghan’s New Anti-Graft Court Hears First Cases in Kabul

By Randy Fabi and Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Nov 12 – Afghanistan’s new anti-corruption court heard its first cases on Saturday, a small step forward in President Ashraf Ghani’s efforts to combat graft at the highest levels of government. The Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Centre was created by Ghani’s administration in June to bolster the legal system’s

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