By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | 03 Jan 2013
The Taliban has likened the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan to America’s pullout from Vietnam, calling it a “declare victory and run” strategy in a statement on Wednesday.
The announcement by the militant group said the ongoing transfer of security operations from U.S. troops to Afghan forces was merely a retreat similar to the American withdrawal from South Vietnam prior to the communist victory there in 1975.
Source : Agencies | 26 Dec 2012
A suicide bomber killed three people in an attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the same base that is believed to be used by the CIA and which a suicide bomber attacked three years ago killing seven CIA employees.
The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the eastern town of Khost, saying they had sent a suicide bomber driving a van packed with explosives to the base.
"The target was those who serve Americans at that base," said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
By Reuters | 18 Dec 2012
Afghan father-of-four Mohammad Nasir has a secret he’s been keeping from his family.
The aid worker pulls a television bench out from the living-room wall of his Kabul home. Behind it is a carved out shelf, hiding what he hopes will keep loved ones safe when Western troops withdraw by the end of 2014 -- an AK-47 assault rifle.
Arms purchases are soaring in Afghanistan, along with the price of weapons, a sign that many Afghans fear a return of the Taliban, civil war or rising lawlessness.
By Rob Crilly and Ben Farmer | The Telegraph | 11 Dec 2012
The blueprint, obtained by the McClatchy news agency and confirmed by a source close to the talks, would also see Islamabad take over Washington's role in co-ordinating talks between insurgents and the government in Kabul.
Source : Al Jazeera | 11 Oct 2012
Prayers are being offered across Pakistan for the recovery of Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old education rights activist who has undergone surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her skull.
She was shot on Tuesday on her way home from school in Mingora, the main town in the Swat Valley region of northwest Pakistan, and is being treated at Peshawar's Combined Military Hospital. She remains in critical condition, family members told Al Jazeera.
Source : Agencies | 03 Oct 2012
A series of confessions this week from top US and NATO officials leave dim hopes for a negotiated peace settlement in Afghanistan as western nations head for the exit doors with no plans in place for a stable transition to Afghan rule after 2014.
Source : AFP | 28 Sep 2012
The Afghan government will collapse and Taleban are likely to retake power after the US and NATO pull their troops out in 2014, a renowned international scholar has said.
The withdrawal of international forces will in some respects leave the country worse off than it was before a US-led invasion toppled the Taleban nearly 11 years ago, Afghan expert Gilles Dorronsoro of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said.
“In the end the withdrawal is the result of a failed strategy,” he wrote in an analysis published this week.
By Brian Brady and Jonathan Owen | The Independent | 10 Sep 2012
Afghanistan could be carved into eight separate "kingdoms" – with some of them potentially ruled by the Taliban – according to a controversial plan under discussion in London and Washington.
Code-named "Plan C", the radical blueprint for the future of Afghanistan sets out reforms that would relegate President Hamid Karzai to a figurehead role.
By Giuliano Battiston | IPS | 08 Sep 2012
More than a decade after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan is still in the midst of an irregular war. Talking peace is difficult because no one quite knows who to talk to.
The efforts gain significance coming ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting Sep. 14 on promoting a culture of peace. As officials talk, more ground-level efforts are being led by civil society groups.