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Afghanistan

20.06.2013

Afghan officers will be able to undertake trainings at training bases in Georgia after 2014, Georgia's Minister of State for European Integration Alexi Petriashvili said at a news conference on Wednesday.

According to him, discussion and clarification is underway on the size of Georgian contingent to be represented in the mission in Afghanistan after 2014.

18.06.2013

At least three civilians were killed Tuesday and several injured when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in Kabul, dpa reported.

The attacker targeted the convoy of member of parliament Mohammad Mohaqiq, a policeman said.

"Mohaqiq has survived the attack, but some of his bodyguards were probably injured," the officer told dpa, asking not to be named.

Mohaqiq is the founder and chairman of the People's Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan.

17.06.2013

Roadside bomb attacks killed 10 Afghan soldiers ahead of the handover this week of full security responsibility for the country, the Defence Ministry said on Monday, dpa reported.

"Five soldiers were killed in Kandahar, Logar and Badkhshan provinces while five others were killed in Helmand province in roadside bombings," the ministry said in a statement without giving further details. The date of the attacks was not stated.

This week, the Afghan National Security Forces are to assume security responsibility for the country from NATO-led troops.

05.06.2013

Afghanistan must undertake more economic and political reforms to ensure continued international support, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned Wednesday at a meeting of countries participating in the ISAF mission, dpa reported.

"There are still challenges ahead and much work to do," Rasmussen said. "To sustain our hard-won gains, further economic and political progress will also be vital."

05.06.2013

A ceremony for laying the Atamyrat-Ymamnazar-Akina section within the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan -Tajikistan international railway project was held in the Lebap region of Turkmenistan with participation of the Presidents of the three countries - Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan - Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Hamid Karzai and Emomoli Rahmon on Wednesday, according to the Turkmen government.

03.06.2013

Seven civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the Interior Ministry said, dpa reported.

The victims were riding in a truck to collect firewood in the eastern province of Laghman, the ministry said.

"As a result, seven civilians were killed including five women and two other civilians were wounded," it said.

The ministry blamed Taliban insurgents, who rely on roadside bombs against Afghan and NATO-led troops.

The rebels were not immediately available to comment.

22.05.2013

Afghanistan is considering the opportunities of connecting the country with Europe and in this context, Azerbaijan plays an important role for Kabul, Ambassador of Afghanistan to NATO Humayun Tandar told journalists in Baku.

According to the ambassador, Kabul is holding talks with friendly countries on this issue and in particular on the use of Azerbaijani territory for the transit of Afghan goods and the creation of energy corridors.

22.05.2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday that he was "exhausted" and wanted to retire from politics at the end of his current term, dpa reported.

Afghanistan is set to hold elections for a new president in April 2014. Karzai has been in office since 2001, after the US-led invasion ousted the Taliban.

When asked whether he would run again in next year's election, the 55-year-old president said: "Why would I ruin my legacy by staying on?"

20.05.2013

A senior Afghan politician and 10 others were killed Monday, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the northern province of Baghlan, officials said, dpa reported.

Mohammad Rasoul Mohseni was the head of the Baghlan provincial council, a body composed of tribal elders and politicians.

"Eleven of our compatriots including Mohammad Rasoul Mohseni were killed and five others injured when a bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the provincial council building in Pul-e-Khumri city," Asadullah Sherzad, the police chief of Baghlan province, told dpa.

17.05.2013

A bomb rocked the Afghan capital early Thursday, targeting a foreign military convoy, an Afghan policeman said, dpa reported.

A NATO official confirmed the explosion, but not the target of the attack.

"We are still gathering more facts and will release information as soon as possible," he said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.