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US drone strike kills 2 in eastern Afghanistan
« Reply #680 on: November 20, 2013, 04:39:28 AM »
US drone strike kills 2 in eastern Afghanistan

Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:3AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/20/335646/us-drone-raid-kills-2-in-e-afghanistan/

At least two people have been killed in the latest US assassination drone attack in the eastern part of Afghanistan, Press TV reports.

According to the Afghan officials, the airstrike was carried out in Kunar province early on Wednesday.

Police say those killed in the latest US drone attack were all Taliban militants, though in many similar cases civilians were found to be the main target.

This is while, Washington has repeatedly claimed that its drone strikes target militants.

The unrelenting US air raid across the war-torn country comes as tension is running high between Kabul and Washington over the so-called Bilateral Security Pact, also known as BSA.

The pact will determine how many American soldiers would stay in Afghanistan after the planned withdrawal of foreign forces at the end of 2014. It will also grant legal immunity to those American soldiers, who remain in Afghanistan; something that has turned into a controversial sticking point.

Washington says there will be no deal without immunity while Kabul considers it a violation of its sovereignty.

On Tuesday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai rejected a key provision of the security pact, under which the US military forces were allowed to enter people’s homes, putting the deal in jeopardy.

The security pact with the US sparked nationwide anti-American protests in the war-stricken country. The Afghan protesters called for an immediate withdrawal of the US forces from the country, saying they should not be granted legal immunity at all. There are more than 43,000 US troops in Afghanistan.

This comes as Afghan tribal elders, as well as civil leaders and politicians are due to attend the Loya Jirga or the grand assembly, on Thursday to discuss the pact.

The deal will be put before the parliament, if approved by the Loya Jirga.
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Blast at Kandahar hotel kills 3, wounds several: Afghan officials
« Reply #681 on: November 20, 2013, 08:55:09 AM »
Blast at Kandahar hotel kills 3, wounds several: Afghan officials

Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:58PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/20/335675/deadly-blast-rocks-kandahar-city/



A powerful explosion has rocked a landmark hotel in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar, killing at least three people and injuring several others, security sources say.

Local security officials say the attack, which happened in the country’s second largest city, appears to have targeted Kandahar police chief, adding that it is not known yet if he is among those killed in the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Afghan officials lay the blame on Taliban militants who have carried out similar assaults in the past.

Bomb explosions are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians.

In a separate development, a US drone strike killed two people in the Kunar province in the country’s troubled east on Wednesday.

Local police officials say those killed in the latest US drone attack were all Taliban militants, though in many similar cases civilians were found to be the main target.

Thousands of Afghan civilians, including a large number of women and children, have been killed during night raids by foreign forces and CIA-run assassination drone strikes.

Insecurity remains high in Afghanistan despite the presence of thousands of foreign forces, more than a decade after the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

The latest deadly incidents come as thousands of Afghan tribal elders and politicians are set to gather in the capital Kabul to discuss a controversial pact with the US on the future of its military presence in the war-torn country.

The security pact will allow US troops to stay in the country beyond the 2014 deadline for the pullout of foreign forces and grant them immunity from prosecution in Afghanistan.
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US troops staying in Afghanistan after 2014
« Reply #682 on: November 20, 2013, 01:17:23 PM »
US troops staying in Afghanistan after 2014 to get local justice immunity - draft pact

Published time: November 20, 2013 19:24
Edited time: November 20, 2013 21:17
source: http://rt.com/news/afghanistan-us-troops-immunity-041/


U.S. troops, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), arrive at the site of a suicide attack
in Maidan Shar, the capital of Wardak province, September 8, 2013.(Reuters / Omar Sobhani)


US forces that remain in Afghanistan after 2014 will be under the jurisdiction of the US and not be subject to Afghan courts, according to a draft security deal released by Kabul on Wednesday. The measure has been much-debated between the countries.

The Afghan foreign ministry stated that US forces would keep “the exclusive right to exercise jurisdiction,” on its website on Wednesday. The issue was one of many contentious articles to be resolved before Afghan chiefs assemble on Thursday.

“Afghanistan authorizes the United States to hold trials in such cases, or take other disciplinary action, as appropriate, in the territory of Afghanistan,” the text said. The new pact is to last "until the end of 2024 and beyond" unless either side terminates it.

US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed the draft agreement, but refused to give detail of the final wording of the document.

"We have reached an agreement as to the final language of the bilateral security agreement that will be placed before the Loya Jirga tomorrow," Kerry told reporters.

However, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said "there continues to be" a discussion about the "final details and the final language" in response to the Afghan Foreign Ministry draft.

“We did not expect that every piece would be reflected in whatever was initially posted. So we are reviewing the text with that in mind and I would expect that there is still a more final version to come,” she added.


U.S troops, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), arrive at the site of a suicide attack
in Kandahar August 16, 2013.(Reuters / Ahmad Nadeem)


On Tuesday, it was revealed that US forces would be allowed to enter Afghan homes in “exceptional” circumstances, with Aimal Faizi, a Karzai spokesman, stating that the notion of “extraordinary circumstances” could not be misused.   

The two countries are struggling to finalize a security pact before Thursday’s meeting of over 2,500 Afghan chiefs who will debate whether US troops will be permitted to stay in the country post-2014. The five-day long negotiations of the so-called Loya Jirga grand assembly are to begin on Thursday.

The legal status of American troops on the ground was the main sticking point in the bilateral security agreement (BSA). If the draft is approved by tribal elders it will then be presented to the Afghan parliament for a vote.

Without such an accord, the US might have to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

'No Apology'

Kerry also stated that president Karzai did not ask Washington to apologize for war mistakes, and there was no discussion of an apology.

"The important thing for people to understand is there has never been a discussion of or the word 'apology' used in our discussions whatsoever," Kerry told reporters, pointing out the Afghan President had not asked for an apology.

"Let me be clear President Karzai didn't ask for an apology. There was no discussion of an apology. There will - there is no - I mean, it's not even on the table. He didn't ask for it, we're not discussing it," Kerry said.


U.S. troops, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), arrive at the site of a suicide
attack in Maidan Shar, the capital of Wardak province, September 8, 2013. (Reuters / Omar Sobhani )


On Tuesday the Afghan government announced that it was expecting a letter from President Obama acknowledging US mistakes made during the war. However, the US administration did not confirm that it had agreed to such a dispatch.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice denied that such a request even existed claiming she had no idea where the reports were coming from.

"No such letter has been drafted or delivered. There is not a need for the United States to apologize to Afghanistan," Rice said on CNN's Situation Room.

"Quite the contrary, we have sacrificed and supported them in their democratic progress and in tackling the insurgents and al Qaeda. So that (letter of apology) is not on the table," Rice said.

On Wednesday the State Department spokeswoman hinted of the possibility of issuing a separate communique to the Afghan government confirming US commitment to peace and “addressing past issues.”

“The secretary offered the idea of providing the same reassurances about our security relationship and addressing past issues, such as civilian casualties, which we’ve talked about many times in the past, in some format,” Psaki said.

At the same time she acknowledged that no apology letter was requested by the Afghan government. “Nobody asked for an apology,” Psaki said, adding that reports of such were “perhaps a game of telephone.”

RW - That's what is so wonderful about having a war and not calling it a war. No need to have congress declare a war. That way such pesky restraints such as the Geneva conventions do not apply. Even better is that treaties are called pacts and are negotiated and consummated by the State Department so that congress isn't needed to ratify such cumbersome paperwork as would be entailed with a formal treaty. But then there is no war - hence no treaty. It's a lawyers dream world over at the White House. And just like the USG ignores the American people so too does Karzai totally ignore his people (I use 'his' rather tongue in cheek). I really pity the troops that will get to spend time over there - they will be severely damaged physically and emotionally. But that too serves the USG - so many less young men to stand up against FEMA when their parents are faced with the tyranny that goes by the name of 'democracy' (proof positive that the republic is a corpse).
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« Reply #683 on: November 20, 2013, 09:35:25 PM »
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RW - That's what is so wonderful about having a war and not calling it a war.

We'll have to work on the definition of war since it's been deconstructed. This might be just old-fashioned occupation and subjugation. Are the Jews at war with the Palestinians? No.
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« Reply #684 on: November 21, 2013, 10:37:54 AM »
We'll have to work on the definition of war since it's been deconstructed. This might be just old-fashioned occupation and subjugation. Are the Jews at war with the Palestinians? No.

The main focus of the "Clash or Civilizations" and, of course, the myth of "Judeo-Christian" Western civilization was that the US would manhandle the heavy hitters from Libya through Pakistan.  Jews would deal with the lower level resistance groups, Hamas and Hezbollah. 

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Afghanistan not to Sign Security Deal with US before Presidential Poll
« Reply #685 on: November 22, 2013, 04:24:10 AM »
Afghanistan not to Sign Security Deal with US before Presidential Poll

Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:38
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920901000152



TEHRAN (FNA)- The Afghan President Hamed Karzai said he will not sign a crucial security pact with the US till after presidential elections next year.

"The agreement should be signed when the election is conducted, properly and with dignity," Karzai told the Loya Jirga grand assembly that began on Thursday.

The unexpected statement comes just hours after Secretary of State John Kerry said the two sides had finalized the wording of the agreement, RT reported.

A spokesman for the United States Embassy in Kabul declined to comment on Karzai’s plan as it was an on-going diplomatic discussion.

President Karzai told the gathering in Kabul that President Barack Obama had sent a letter assuring him that a security pact between the two states was in Afghanistan’s best interest.

The five-day long 2,500-member national consultative council is set to debate the draft and decide whether US troops will be permitted to stay in the country post-2014.

The deal indicates that up to 15,000 US troops could remain in the country until 2024. But both sides still want final details to be clarified.

One of the main stumbling blocks in reaching the bilateral security agreement was the legal status of American troops on the ground.

On Wednesday the Afghan foreign ministry released a draft security deal, which said that US forces remaining in Afghanistan after 2014 will be under the jurisdiction of the US and not be subject to Afghan courts.

The Loya Jirga’s decision on the 25-page “Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” is expected by Sunday.

The council can revise or reject any part of the draft agreement. After Loya Jirga amendments, the Afghan parliament is set to review the agreement and also make more changes before it is approved.

Despite his statement, Afghanistan's President said he backs a security deal with the US, but at the same time he acknowledged there was little trust between the two sides.

"My trust with America is not good. I don't trust them and they don't trust me," Karzai said. "During the past 10 years I have fought with them and they have made propaganda against me."

Karzai’s decision, which came as a surprise even for the closest of the President’s aides, means that the long-debated deal will not be signed before April 5, the day when the presidential election is scheduled.

"This may be misconstrued as if the president wants someone specific (to win) in the elections," Hedayat Amin Arsala, Karzai's former vice president, said according to The Wall Street Journal. "I hope that is not the case."

The US had wanted the agreement signed by the end of October 2013 as it would give military planners time to prepare to keep troops in the country after the scheduled 2014 withdrawal.

However, in response to Karzai’s Thursday statement, Obama said he would decide about the continuing presence of American troops after Kabul signs the pact.

RW - '...assuring him that a security pact between the two states was in Afghanistan’s best interest'. Sounds like an ultimatum to me. Kind of like the 'carpet of bombs' ultimatum that started all this. Karzai couldn't possibly miss the implication having been instrumental in those negotiation back when. If Karzai isn't careful chances are he'll be dead before any poll ever solicits the opinion of the Afghan people. If I were him I woouldn't be keeping any souvenirs that Kerry might give him. Drones are far more effective if a GPS transmitter is close to the target.
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Digging in: Why US won’t leave Afghanistan
« Reply #686 on: November 22, 2013, 11:03:40 AM »
Digging in: Why US won’t leave Afghanistan

Published time: November 22, 2013 08:37

Pepe Escobar


US soldiers stand guard near the site of a suicide attack in Maidan Shar, the capital city of Wardak province south
of Kabul on September 8, 2013. (AFP Photo/Shah Marai)

We came, we saw, we stayed. Forever. That’s the essence of the so-called Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) to be struck between the Obama administration and Afghanistan – over 12 years after the start of the never-ending War on Terror.

President Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry define it as a ‘strategic partnership’. If that’s the case, it’s one of the most lopsided in history; Afghan President Hamid Karzai is no more than a sartorially impeccable American puppet.

Kerry announced the so-called BSA in Washington on Wednesday even before a Loya Jirga (‘Grand Council’, in Pashto) of 2,500 Afghan tribal leaders, clerics, members of parliament and merchants started their four-day deliberations in a tent on the grounds of the Polytechnical University in Kabul on Thursday.

But then Karzai, probably in his last major speech as president, pulled off a fabulous stunt. He knows he is, and will be, accused of selling Afghanistan down the (Panjshir) river. He knows he is sacrificing Afghan sovereignty for years to come – and there will be nasty blowback for it. 

So once again he channeled Hamid the Actor, and played his best honest broker impersonation, stressing the BSA should be put off until the Afghan presidential elections in April 2014, and be signed by his successor.

It was high drama

“There’s a mistrust between me and the Americans. They don’t trust me and I don’t trust them. I have always criticized them and they have always propagated negative things behind my back,” he claimed.

I have been to Jirgas in Afghanistan; even looking at those inscrutable, rugged tribal faces is a spectacle in itself. So what were they thinking in Kabul? Of course they did not trust the Americans. But did they trust Karzai? Could they see this was all an act?

A consultative Loya Jirga cannot veto the BSA. Even the Jirga chairman, Sibghatullah Mojadeddi, stressed Karzai may sign without any consultation. Yet Karzai insists he will not sign without the Loya Jirga’s approval. 

Many members of the Afghan parliament and the entire Afghan opposition already voted with their feet, boycotting the Jirga. Not to mention the Taliban – essential to any agreement on the future of Afghanistan – and the still fully weaponized Hezb-e-Islami. Everyone is eagerly waiting to hear Taliban supremo Mullah Omar’s take on the whole kabuki. 

US soldiers arrive at the site of a suicide attack in Maidan Shar, the capital city of Wardak province south of Kabul
on September 8, 2013. (AFP Photo/Shah Marai)

Counter-terror free-for-all

The BSA ‘negotiation’ has been like an extended Monty Python sketch. Washington has always insisted US soldiers can break into Afghan homes at will and remain immune to any sort of Afghan prosecution. Otherwise the Americans will leave for good at the end of 2014, leaving just the poorly trained and largely corrupt Afghan National Army (ANA) to fight the Taliban.

Up until Karzai’s latest stunt, the Obama administration considered the deal was in the bag. Just look at the letter Obama sent to Karzai.   

And by the way, no apologies. National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Washington does not need to apologize for killing and injuring tens of thousands of civilians in Afghanistan since 2001, not to mention occupying vast swathes of the country. Earlier, a Karzai spokesman said that would be the case.

If in doubt, just listen to super-hawk US Senator Lindsay Graham, who told Reuters, “I'm stunned. Apologize for what? Maybe we should get the Afghan president to apologize to the American soldiers for all the hardship he’s created for them.”

There’s nothing ‘residual’ about a US occupation to be disguised as ‘forces’ necessary to train and ‘advise’ the roughly 350,000 soldiers and police which are part of ANA, built from scratch over the last few years.

And what we’re talking about here is a deal starting in 2015 and in effect up to 2024 ‘and beyond’.

The final agreement is not much different from this previously leaked working draft.  An update has been circulating this week in the Pentagon and the US Congress. The Pentagon, via Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, justifies the whole thing by the proverbial need to ‘maintain Afghanistan’s security’ and make sure foreign aid is not being squandered (as it has always been).


U.S. Army soldiers carry Sgt. Matt Krumwiede, who was wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED), towards
a Blackhawk Medevac helicopter in southern Afghanistan June 12, 2012. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

There will be plenty of US military outposts and bases; Afghan bases and other bases of which the US has ‘exclusive use’. Bagram, Kandahar, Jalalabad and Mazar-e-Sharif are inevitably on the list. Once again, this is the US Empire of Bases – so well characterized by the late Chalmers Johnson – in pristine form.

Marine General Joseph Dunford, the current US/NATO military commander in Afghanistan, wants up to 13,000 troops to stay, not including security guards and the cream of the crop, the counterterrorism gang. In theory, these forces won’t engage in combat “unless otherwise mutually agreed.” The draft text emphasizes, “US military operations to defeat Al-Qaeda and its affiliates may be appropriate in the common fight against terrorism.”

Translation: a future festival of raids by Special Forces, and a counter-terror free-for-all.

The draft text only mentions, vaguely,” full respect for Afghan sovereignty and full regard for the safety and security of the Afghan people, including in their homes,” as Obama also mentioned in his letter to Karzai.

And there’s absolutely nothing on the critical issue of drones based in Afghan bases that have been used for incinerating the odd commander but also scores of innocent civilians in the Pakistani tribal areas.

All about pivoting to Asia

The Maliki government in Baghdad had the balls to confront the Pentagon and veto the immunity for US forces – effectively kicking out the occupying force in Iraq. Hamid Karzai, for his part, caved in on virtual every US demand. The key question in the next few months is for what; Mob-style protection if he stays in Afghanistan, or the equivalent of the FBI’s witness protection program if he moves to the US? 

Even assuming the Loya Jirga endorses the BSA (not yet a done deal) and Karzai’s successor signs it (with Karzai removing himself from the tight spot), to say this opens a new Pandora’s box is an understatement.

The occupation, for all practical purposes, will continue. This has nothing to do with fighting the War on Terror or jihad. There’s no Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. The few remnants are in Waziristan, in Pakistani territory. The US is – and will remain - essentially at war with Afghan Pashtuns who are members of the Taliban. And the Taliban will keep staging their spring and summer offensives as long as there are any foreign occupiers on Afghan soil.

U.S. soldiers attend a naturalization ceremony while celebrating Fourth of July at Bagram airbase, north of Kabul,
July 4, 2013. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

The drone war will continue, with the Pentagon and the CIA using these Afghan bases to attack Pashtuns in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Not to mention that these US bases, to be fully operational, need unrestricted access to the Pakistani transit routes from the Khyber Pass and the Quetta-to-Kandahar corridor. This means Islamabad keeps profiting from the scam by collecting hefty fees in US dollars.

No one knows yet how the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will respond to this. Not only Russia and China – who are adamantly opposed to US bases in Afghanistan – but also Iran and India, SCO observers and two countries that can sway Afghanistan away from the Taliban in a non-military way.

We just need to picture, for instance, a practically inevitable future development; Washington deciding to deploy the US missile defense system in Afghanistan (it already happened in Turkey). Russia and China already see that the US may have lost the economic race for Central Asia – as China clinches deal after deal in the context of expanding its New Silk Road(s) grand strategy. What’s left for Washington is – guess what – bits and pieces of the same old Pentagon Full Spectrum Dominance doctrine, as in military bases to ‘monitor’ both China and Russia very close to their borders.

What’s certain is that both Russia and China – not to mention Iran – all see this Operation Occupy Afghanistan Forever for what it is; yet another (military) chapter of the American ‘pivoting to Asia’.
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« Reply #687 on: November 22, 2013, 11:13:26 PM »
What does Samantha Powers think? I wish they would put her on the TV every so often.
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« Reply #688 on: November 23, 2013, 07:49:40 AM »
What does Samantha Powers think? I wish they would put her on the TV every so often.

Beginning to think you fell in love...  ;)
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Afghanistan Rejects US Call to Sign Security Pact
« Reply #689 on: November 24, 2013, 08:47:10 AM »
Afghanistan Rejects US Call to Sign Security Pact

Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:31
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920902000747



TEHRAN (FNA)- President Hamid Karzai’s government rejected a call from Washington to sign a security deal before the end of the year.

US Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the move as "unacceptable" and potentially endangering plans for a post-2014 security presence in Afghanistan, RT reported.

Without the security pact US troops are scheduled for a full withdrawal in 2014.
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Afghan tribal elders approve US security deal
« Reply #690 on: November 24, 2013, 10:32:35 AM »
Afghan tribal elders approve US security deal

Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:33AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/24/336416/afghan-council-approves-us-security-deal/



Despite growing public opposition, thousands of Afghan tribal elders and other leaders have reached an accord recommending the country’s president to sign a security deal with the United States.

The Grand Council of Afghanistan, Loya Jirga, endorsed the Bilateral Security Agreement with the United States on Sunday.

“Given the current situation... and Afghanistan’s need... the contents of this agreement as a whole is endorsed by the members of this Loya Jirga,” said Fazul Karim Imaq, a deputy of the Loya Jirga said, reading a declaration reached at the end of the four-day meeting of Loya Jirga’s assembly of 50 committees in Kabul.

“The Loya Jirga requests the president to sign the agreement before the end of 2013,” Imaq stated.

Now the deal has to be approved by the parliament to take effect.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an address to the opening session of the four-day meeting on November 21 that the deal would not be signed until after the presidential election of April 2014.

The White House reacted to statements and said Karzai’s failure to sign the deal by the end of 2013 would prevent Washington and its allies from planning for the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

The security deal with the United States allows US troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

The issue of whether or not to grant legal immunity to American forces was a sticking point in the deal. Kabul considers the immunity a violation of its sovereignty.

Some members of the Grand Council called for an extra US military base to be added in the province of Bamiyan.

Meanwhile, protests were held while the Loya Jirga meeting was underway. Several huge protests have been held in Kabul and other major cities in protest at the deal.

Afghans say the deal between Washington and Kabul will pave the way for a prolonged US military presence in the country.

The United States has more than 43,000 troops in Afghanistan.

RW - So Karzai gets to look good while all the while probably well aware that the council would approve the agreement.
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Afghanistan to Tighten Security Measures Near Iranian Border
« Reply #691 on: November 25, 2013, 05:29:26 AM »
Afghanistan to Tighten Security Measures Near Iranian Border

Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:20
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920904000844



TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghanistan announced that it will increase security measures and police forces at its border with Iran after an Iranian truck driver was kidnapped near the Western city of Herat.

The statement was made by Herat Police Commander Samiollah Qatreh on Monday.

“100 fresh soldiers have been deployed in Herat-Eslam Qale’ road to provide better security,” Qatreh said.

“The measure was adopted after passengers and drivers complained about the lack of security on this road,” he added.

Referring to the abduction of an Iranian driver in the region, Qatreh said the police are continuing their efforts to identify the whereabouts of the driver to rescue him from the hands of the kidnappers.

Security officials in the Afghan city of Herat announced on Tuesday that armed gangs had kidnapped an Iranian truck driver in the city.

The truck driver has been identified as Qolamreza Mohammadzadeh.

The security officials said the armed group might have kidnapped the Iranian driver for personal differences.
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Gunmen Kill Seven Local Staff of French Aid Group in Afghanistan
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Gunmen Kill Seven Local Staff of French Aid Group in Afghanistan

Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:0
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Suspected Taliban gunmen on Wednesday shot dead seven local staffers working for the French aid group ACTED in a volatile region in Northern Afghanistan, government officials said.

The seven men were dragged from their car in the Pashtun Kot district of Faryab province which borders Turkmenistan before being gunned down, Nabi Jan Mullahkhail, the police chief of Faryab, said, Voice of Russia reported.
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Two Bomb Blasts Rock East Afghanistan
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Two Bomb Blasts Rock East Afghanistan

Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:58
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Two bombs went off in succession in the Eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Thursday, local official said.

"A roadside bomb struck a civilian car in Abdul Khil area of Achin district at around 09:30 am local time killing one person and injuring two others. When the people rushed at the site to rescue the victims, the second blast took place inflicting more casualties on the people," governor of Achin district Sayed Rahman told Xinhua.

Investigation is underway to determine the exact figure of the casualties, he added.
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Gun Battle in Afghanistan Leaves 6 Taliban, 1 Civilian Dead
« Reply #694 on: November 28, 2013, 09:03:32 AM »
Gun Battle in Afghanistan Leaves 6 Taliban, 1 Civilian Dead

Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:59
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920907000775



TEHRAN (FNA)- Gun battle between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces left six militants and one civilian dead in the central Wardak province on Wednesday, spokesman for provincial administration Ataullah Khogyani said Thursday.

"Units of security forces raided Taliban hideouts in parts of Wardak province last night, killing six Taliban rebels including their commander Mullah Nematullah," Khogyani told Xinhua.

However, he added that the Taliban militants in reaction shot dead a guard of a school in Nurkh district last night.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment on the claim.
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« Reply #695 on: November 30, 2013, 10:08:47 AM »
Police Rescue Iranian Driver in Western Afghanistan

Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:45
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghan police rescued driver of an Iranian oil tanker from the custody of his abductors in Herat province in Western Afghanistan on Saturday.

The driver, named Qolam Reza Mohammadzadeh, had been kidnapped in Jebraeel town in Northwestern Herat on November 19.

Herat police commander Samiollah Qatreh said that the kidnappers had requested ransom, but his troops could find their whereabout and freed Qolam Reza from their custody.

Earlier this week, Afghanistan announced that it would increase security cooperation with Iran, including tighter border control, after the Iranian truck driver was kidnapped near Herat.

“100 fresh soldiers have been deployed in Herat-Eslam Qale’ road to provide better security,” Qatreh said.

Herat-Eslam Qale road is one of important routes for transfer of Iran’s goods being imported to Afghanistan.

“The measure was adopted after passengers and drivers complained about the lack of security on this road,” he added.

Referring to the abduction of the Iranian driver in the region, Qatreh said the police are continuing their efforts to identify the whereabouts of the driver to rescue him from the hands of the kidnappers.
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« Reply #696 on: December 02, 2013, 08:02:32 AM »
Suicide Truck Bombing Kills Four Afghan Police, Taliban Takes Responsibility

Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:15
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TEHRAN (FNA)- A suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden truck into a police base near Kabul on Monday, killing four officers and wounding 17 other people including a local police chief, Afghan officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the Nerkh district of Wardak province, Southwest of the Afghan capital, Voice of Russia reported.

The attacker detonated a small truck packed with explosives at the entrance of the police headquarters as worshippers gathered at the base's mosque for morning prayers.

Four police were killed and at least 17 other people, among them district police chief Abdul Ghafour, were wounded, district governor Mohammad Hanif Hanifi told AFP.

"Four of the wounded are in a bad condition," Hanifi said.

Attaullah Khogyani, the Wardak provincial administration spokesman, confirmed the incident and gave a similar toll for the casualties.

Taliban claimed credit for the attack in a text message to AFP.
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US drone raid kills 5 in Afghanistan
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US drone raid kills 5 in Afghanistan

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At least five people have lost their lives in a US assassination drone attack in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar.
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« Reply #698 on: December 03, 2013, 10:51:54 AM »
NATO to Karzai: Sign Pact or Occupation Will End

Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:18
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TEHRAN (FNA)- NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen joined the US calls for Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), warning he risks an end to the "Afghan mission" if he doesn’t sign it before the year’s end.

The BSA would govern US military present beyond 2014, and is intended to ensure US forces remain in Afghanistan "through 2024 and beyond." NATO will seek a similar pact, but only after the US deal is in place, Antiwar.com reported Monday.

Karzai, whose term in office ends in April, insists he won’t sign before the elections, and wants concessions to end US night raids and drone strikes. The US insists the deal must be signed by the end of this month or else.

Pentagon officials have repeatedly said that the "zero option" of leaving after 2014 hasn’t been considered, but the Obama Administration has repeatedly thrown the prospect in Karzai’s face when it wants to speed up an agreement.

RW - And this is a bad thing for Afghanistan? Naturally Karzai would have to run but I'm sure he can get another sinecure with his former oil company employers. He should be rewarded for his treason and minionship. Where would the JWO be if they didn't properly reward their sycophant minions?
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At Least 10 Police Killed by Roadside Bomb in Southeast Afghanistan
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At Least 10 Police Killed by Roadside Bomb in Southeast Afghanistan

Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:5
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TEHRAN (FNA)- A roadside bomb killed at least 10 police officers in Southeast Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The bomb reportedly detonated under a truck carrying the policemen near the town of Zabul on the border with Pakistan, Itar-Tass reported, citing local media.
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