Details of aid to Afghan army now secret: US

Washington – The US military will no longer divulge facts and figures about its costly effort to assist Afghan security forces, declaring the information top secret, officials said Thursday. The move marks an about-face for the Pentagon, [...]

Afghanistan parliament rejects most of Ghani’s cabinet

Kabul – Afghan lawmakers on Wednesday rejected most of President Ashraf Ghani’s nominees for the new cabinet, in a fresh setback for the newly formed “national unity government”. The lower house of parliament voted on [...]

Afghanistan anti-Charlie Hebdo protest draws 20,000

Herat (Afghanistan)  – At least 20,000 people protested in the western Afghan city of Herat on Friday against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The demonstrators burned French flags, [...]

Afghan cabinet nominees in doubt over dual citizenship

Kabul  – The Afghan parliament is refusing to approve at least seven nominees to the new cabinet because they hold dual citizenship, lawmakers said Thursday, another challenge to the formation of the country’s “national unity [...]

Rights group warns of growing threats to Afghan media

Kabul  – Growing violence and intimidation of journalists in Afghanistan, by both Taliban insurgents and officials, are threatening the country’s much-hailed progress in media freedoms, a rights group warned Wednesday. Since US-led [...]

Anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters burn French flag in Afghanistan

Jalalabad (Afghanistan)  – Hundreds of people in eastern Afghanistan demonstrated Monday against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, burning a French flag and calling for the government to cut diplomatic relations with France. The demonstrators [...]

Afghan Cabinet Selection Hits Snags

The Afghan president’s bid to form a cabinet nearly four months after taking office ran into fresh trouble on Monday after his candidate for finance minister withdrew and doubt was cast over as many as 11 nominees believed to hold dual [...]

Afghan cabinet nominee wanted for tax evasion in Estonia

Kabul  – Afghanistan has launched an investigation after it emerged that President Ashraf Ghani’s nominee for agriculture minister was wanted for tax evasion in Estonia, an official said on Sunday. According to Interpol’s [...]

Afghan president slams Charlie Hebdo cartoon as ‘insult to Islam’

Kabul  – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday condemned the decision by French magazine Charlie Hebdo to show a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover following a deadly attack on its offices by Islamist gunmen. Ghani blasted [...]

Afghan Taliban condemn Mohammed cartoons, hail Paris gunmen

Kabul  – The Afghan Taliban on Thursday condemned the publication in France of further cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, and lauded last week’s deadly Islamist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris. An English statement [...]

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