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Afghanistan

09.04.2013

A NATO helicopter with two people on board crashed Tuesday morning in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, dpa reported.

The chopper crashed in Pachiragam district of eastern Nangarhar province, police spokesman Hazarat Hussain said.

The NATO coalition confirmed that one of its helicopters had crashed in the eastern region.

"I can say that there were two people on board," Captain Luca Corneal said, without giving any details on their condition.

The Taliban militants in an online statement claimed responsibility, saying their fighters brought the chopper down.

05.04.2013

The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned in "the strongest terms" the terrorist attacks in which at least 44 civilians were killed in Farah province of Afghanistan, dpa reported.

Afghan insurgents wearing army uniforms stormed a courthouse Wednesday in Farah in a failed bid to free Taliban inmates. The suicide attack left the nine insurgents dead.

05.04.2013

The issue of using the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway for the transit of goods from Afghanistan is under consideration, Georgian State Minister for European Integration Alexi Petriashvili said at a press conference on Friday. He was commenting on the fact that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway can be used to transit goods and ISAF forces from Afghanistan.

01.04.2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Qatari Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani discussed Sunday prospects for peace in Afghanistan, the official Qatar News Agency reported.
The talks in the capital Doha were also attended by senior officials from both sides, DPA reported.

An Afghan Foreign Ministry official said last week that Karzai would use his visit to Qatar to discuss the opening of a political office for the Taliban, who have been waging a war since their regime was toppled in 2001.

25.03.2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will travel to Qatar within days to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said on Sunday, as efforts intensify to find a negotiated solution to the twelve year war, Reuters reported.

Karzai's trip to Qatar would represent the first time the Afghan president has discussed the Taliban peace process in Qatar, and comes after years of stalled discussions with the United States, Pakistan and the Taliban.

22.03.2013

Another group of Georgian soldiers will leave for Afghanistan on Friday. According to the Ministry of Defense, military farewell ceremony will be held on the territory of the Fourth Infantry Brigade in Vaziani.

"Military servants of the 33rd and 42nd Battalions of the third and fourth infantry brigades will participate in the ISAF mission, held under the auspices of NATO," according to the statement of the Ministry of Defence.

Georgia participates in the NATO operation in Afghanistan. The contingent consists of 1,700 men, rotation of which is undertaken in stages.

22.03.2013

An armed man killed five police officers in north-west Afghanistan, an official said Friday, reported dpa.

"The man attacked a local police outpost Thursday morning in Qadis district, shooting five policemen dead," said Mirwais Mirzakwal, chief of the media affairs department for the governor of Badghis province.

According to local media, the attacker was a member of the Local Police, but the official did not confirm it, saying it was not yet clear who he was.

"An investigation team has been sent to the area and will look into the incident," he said.

20.03.2013

An unknown number of Afghan demonstrators were killed Wednesday during a protest against the alleged burning of a Koran, police said, dpa reported.

"The Taliban encouraged the protesters, and their fighters were among them, firing towards police, who were at the scene," said Nabi Elham, police chief for the southern province of Helmand.

Police did not return fire, he said.

Elham said the shooting killed some people and left others injured but refused to give more information.

20.03.2013

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov are expected to sign the trilateral framework agreement on Wednesday following the talks in Ashgabat, CA-News reported with the referrence to Tajik Transport Ministry.

The agreement will defines the terms of construction of the railway between Ashgabat and Dushanbe through Afghanistan. The talks are planned upon arrival of Karzai and Rahmon in Ashgabat.

12.03.2013

Iranian citizen Mohammad Mohammadi has been sentenced to death on charges of espionage in Afghanistan. This was stated by one of the judges of the court in the Afghan province of Badghis, Radio Free Europe reported on Tuesday.

According to the given information, the accused was arrested near military bases belonging to the U.S. and Spain. A few days prior to the arrest, Mohammadi visited the Iranian Consulate in Herat.

Iran has not yet commented on this fact.