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Afghanistan

23.01.2013

Taliban insurgents targeted a government office early Monday, engaging in a shootout with security forces in the Afghan capital, dpa reported.

"The gunfight is ongoing. At least two suicide bombers have entered the traffic department building," a traffic officer said condition of anonymity.

The Taliban took the responsibility for the attack.

At least one insurgent detonated his vest as they entered the building, local media reported.

18.01.2013

The Afghan government will be creating a new structure, called "public police", that would serve as a link between the usual police and the citizens, Ava press reported.

Afghan's Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang said that the Afghanistan needs to strengthen the security inside the country, to make the citizens feel more secured.

Speaking of the "public police", Patang said this structure would be operating in 8 Afghan provinces.

He added, that the recruited people will be unarmed, and serve more like educators and law enforcers to the public.

14.01.2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told a press briefing on Monday that his country will be "more secure" once most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014, Reuters reported.

When asked if security would deteriorate after the withdrawal of the NATO-led force, Karzai replied: "By no means... Afghanistan will be more secure and a better place".

14.01.2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday said that Afghan tribal elders must lay out the rules for immunity from prosecution for US soldiers who continue to be stationed in the country after their combat mission ends in 2014, reported dpa.

"The decision about their soldier's immunity, how it would be, on what law, in which conditions, or is their a need for immunity (at all) is a decision which the Afghan government cannot make," Karzai said after returning from a three-day visit to the United States.

11.01.2013

There is plenty of time before the last NATO troops leave Afghanistan, but when the time comes in two years, they must all be out. Therefore, countries involved in this processes must begin preparatory measures now.

Perhaps these issues will be amongst the top issues in discussions at the Obama-Karzai meeting. It will be necessary to discuss the challenges, facing the 3,000 to 20,000 U.S troops that would remain in the country after the NATO withdrawal, at this meeting.

09.01.2013

US President Barack Obama's planned meeting this week with visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai is not meant to set troop levels in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the US combat role is slated to end, the White House said Tuesday, DPA reported.
The meeting between the two leaders on Friday comes as the US and Afghan governments are negotiating a security agreement for the post-2014 period.

Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security advisor, said it was not decided that any US troops would remain after December 2014: "We wouldn't rule out any option."

09.01.2013

A British soldier was shot dead and six others injured by an attacker wearing the uniform of the Afghan National Army at a joint military base in southern Afghanistan, military officials said Tuesday, DPA reported.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in London confirmed that a soldier from the 28th Engineer Regiment was killed by "small arms fire from a suspected member of the Afghan National Army."

The attack took place on Monday at a patrol base in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province.

09.01.2013

US President Barack Obama's planned meeting this week with visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai is not meant to set troop levels in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the US combat role is slated to end, the White House said Tuesday, DPA reported.
The meeting comes as the US and Afghan governments are negotiating a security agreement for the post-2014 period.

Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security advisor, said the deal needs to be finished by November. The meeting Friday with Karzai "is an opportunity for the two presidents to meet during a critical time in the negotiations."

03.01.2013

Afghanistan ranked fourth in terms of sending tourists to Iran, an Iranian tourism official said on Wednesday, IRNA reported.

Ladan Jafari Tehrani, director of marketing and advertising of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization said that Afghan tourists come to Iran with the aim of pilgrimage or medical treatment.

Jafari Tehrani who was addressing the First Joint Forum on Iran-Afghanistan Tourism Cooperation, said the meeting is aimed at removing obstacles in the way of promoting tourism.

03.01.2013

An intense fire fight took place during the stay of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at the Georgian military base at Shukvani in Afghanistan, the president's administration said on Thursday.

Following the shooting the president, who conveyed New Year greetings to the Georgian military, contacted the soldiers at the frontline congratulating them with having repelled the Taliban attack.

The president told the soldiers he wanted them to return home. "We are very proud of you," he said.