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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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Signing Peace deal, Afghan Warlord calls For an ‘End to Current Crisis’

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Sept 29- Afghan president Ashraf Ghani formalized a controversial accord with one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords on Wednesday, a deal the government hopes will lead to more peace agreements. Surrounded by hundreds of Afghan officials, many former warlords and rivals themselves, Ghani signed a pact that opens the door to

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Afghanistan says to Sign Peace Deal with Warlord Hekmatyar

KABUL, Sept 21 – Afghan authorities will sign a peace accord on Thursday with Hezb-e-Islami of Afghanistan, a party led by one of the country’s most prominent Islamist warlords, the government’s media office said. The long-expected deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a veteran of almost 40 years of fighting in Afghanistan, follows months of negotiations aimed

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Afghan Taliban Leader Likely Killed in U.S. Drone Strike in Pakistan

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, May 22 – The United States conducted a drone strike on Saturday against the leader of Afghan Taliban, likely killing him on the Pakistan side of the remote border region with Afghanistan in a mission authorized by U.S. President Barack Obama, officials said. The death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour,

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Kabul Locked Down as Afghan Authorities Face Power Line Protest

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, May 16 – Stacked-up shipping containers blocked the streets leading to Kabul’s government and diplomatic area on Monday as Afghan authorities prepared for a rally by thousands of members of the Hazara minority over a multi-million dollar power line project. Demonstrators are demanding that the route for the 500 kV transmission

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Afghan President Moves Acting Defence Minister to Head Spy Agency

KABUL, May 6 – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has appointed a new acting defence minister to replace Masoom Stanekzai, a loyalist ally whom he has shifted to lead the main intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS). The changes, announced late on Thursday, underline the uncertainty at the top of Afghanistan’s security apparatus that

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Kabul Calling

The once war-torn city is nearly ready for business BY Robin Mills and Habiba Hamid We still can’t work out whether or not Kabul actually wants tourists. It’s not as though the city’s residents are not welcoming—they are, entirely. But you’d never know it from the visa process. The ambassador relented and allowed us in,

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Afghan Governor Warns Helmand Province Could Fall to Taliban

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Dec 20 – Afghanistan’s Helmand province could fall to the Taliban after months of heavy fighting, with 90 members of the security forces killed over the past two days, the deputy governor of the volatile southern province warned on Sunday. Mohammad Jan Rasulyar said unless President Ashraf Ghani took urgent action,

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