Last Chance to Rescue Afghanistan in Bonn

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Once again all eyes are fixed on the Bonn Conference to be held on December 5, 2011 in which around 1000 representatives from 90 countries and international organizations are expected to focus on three following issues such as transition of security to the Afghan Government by 2014, international commitment to Afghanistan after the handover and the national reconciliation and the integration. Mr. Karzai is reported to be accompanied by Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul and National security advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta on the trip to Bonn. Continue reading

The Future Prospect of Afghanistan

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Rich mineral deposits in Afghanistan could create a new international interest in this region. The country is be lieved to have a long list of vast deposits of iron ore, barite, chromium, coal, magnesium, copper, gold, silver, lead, natural gas, oil, critical industrial metal like lithium and precious stones like sulfur, talc, zinc, mercury, emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet, ruby etc. Continue reading

Sense of Insecurity Prevails In Afghanistan

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More than 2,000 self appointed delegates by the government attended the four-day Loya Jirga under intense security in Kabul City on Saturday endorsed President Karzai’s decision to negotiate a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014. A list of more than 76 recommendations was reported to have read out at the Jirga’s conclusion session, which include an end to night-raids, handover of Afghan detainees to Afghan authorities, no immunity to be granted for U.S. personnel who commit crimes, a halt to any secret talks between the United States and insurgents and approval of any future pact be processed through elected Afghan parliament. Continue reading

British Soldiers’ Thoughts in Afghanistan

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Imperial War Museum North is located at The Quays – Greater Manchester’s unique waterfront destination, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, opened in July 2002, has won lots of awards or prizes for its architecture, is currently holding an exhibition to mark the tenth anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan exhibition by Derek Eland, a former paratrooper turned artist. Mr. Derek visited the members of 16 Air Assault Brigade in Helmand last January, where he asked the troops to pen down their thoughts on everything from fighting the Taliban to their families back home. Continue reading

A Message on the Wall

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If Pakistan continues to maintain links with the Haqqani network, the United States will have no option but to break diplomatic ties with Islamabad, Senator Carl Levin, the chairman of a powerful congressional committee warned last Friday and further threatened to attack terrorist safe havens in Pakistan and those who control these forces. At the White House, Mr. Levin advised Pakistan to comprehend the strength of America`s conviction by the composition of the delegation under the leadership of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who led the delegation that included the CIA and military chiefs, told Fox News that the United States has shown Pakistan “the proof of the involvement of some Pakistani intelligence and military officials with the militants.” Senator Levin also urged the Obama administration to put the Haqqani network on the State Department`s list of Foreign Terrorist Organisations as early as possible. Continue reading