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Away from better known sports in cricket and football, war-hardened kids in Afghanistan find a new sport: Rugby
First Post
August 14, 2019
"I love the tackles and passes of rugby," said 16-year-old Lutfullah Kazemi, a high-school student who previously had been a football fan. He was drawn to the game largely because of its novelty, but stuck with it and now dreams of an international career.
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Afghanistan Finishes Fourth In CAFA U-19 Championship
Tolo
August 14, 2019
Afghanistan’s U-19 National Football Team finished fourth in the 2019 CAFA U-19 Championship after losing its last match 2-0 to Iran on Tuesday.
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US troop drawdown complicated by Afghanistan’s resurgent Taliban
Financial Times
August 13, 2019
Long-running talks between the US and the Taliban over the terms of the withdrawal ended this week without a deal. Yet if, and when, American forces do fly home, the task of confronting the resurgent Islamist movement would be left to the government in Kabul.
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Americans in Afghanistan: Ignoring Lessons of the Soviet Intervention
Valdai
August 13, 2019
Eighteen years after the U.S. went to war, the parallels with Russia’s experience seem obvious. Not least of them is the difficulty of leaving Afghanistan. Donald Trump promises American troops will be gone by November of 2020.
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In Afghanistan, no deal is better than a bad deal
The Washington Times
August 13, 2019
"To trust the Taliban would be naive and foolish" Afghanistan is often called America’s longest war. It would be more accurate to say that Afghanistan is the longest battle in the very long war being waged against America and the West by a motley crew of Islamic supremacist groups and regimes.
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US soldiers in Afghanistan are patrolling like never before with these awesome pocket-sized spy drones
Business Insinder
August 12, 2019
US Army soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division deployed to Afghanistan last month with Black Hornet personal reconnaissance drones, game-changing technology that offers greatly-improved battlefield situational awareness at the squad level.
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America has responsibility to pick winners and losers in Afghanistan
The Hill
August 12, 2019
In the “survival of the fittest” environment of Afghanistan, corruption and crime is both a major cause of the conflict and a terrible form of conflict resolution.
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Taliban say latest talks end on US's Afghanistan withdrawal
New Hersey Herald
August 12, 2019
The eighth round of talks in the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar concluded after midnight and was "long and useful," Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement. He made no statements on the outcome of the talks.
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Only Donald Trump has a policy for Afghanistan
The Hill
August 10, 2019
What does Lindsey Graham understand that Gen. Miller does not? It’s that the American people are OK with a mission in Afghanistan if only someone would explain what it is. “Counterterrorism” people understand. “Conditions-based” whatever-whatever? The officers spouting that don’t know what it means either, but they’ll know it when they see it!
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Boys With Brides: Afghanistan's Untold Dilemma Of Underage Marriages
RadioLiberty
August 9, 2019
"I don't want to be married," the young Afghan boy is said to have pleaded with his mother. "I just want to play soccer and cricket. I want to go to school."
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Lindsey Graham tries to talk Trump out of Afghanistan pullout by 2020
AXIOS
August 5, 2019
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told me yesterday that he’d advised President Trump it would be a huge mistake, substantively and politically, to withdraw all U.S. military members from Afghanistan by the 2020 election.
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US, Taliban push for peace deal in new round of Doha talks
Al Jazeera
August 4, 2019
A Taliban source told AFP news agency that efforts were under way to organise a direct meeting between US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar, who heads the movement's political wing.
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Trump wants to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by 2020 election, officials say
NBC News
August 3, 2019
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has told his advisers that he wants to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by the November 2020 presidential election, according to five current and former administration and military officials.
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Reaching Peace in Afghanistan and the Pakistan Factor
The Globe Post
July 31, 2019
When Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan returned home last week after his 3-day trip to Washington, he received a hero’s welcome. It was as if he had just won the cricket World Cup. But given the relatively poor state of U.S.-Pakistan ties, there were concerns the meeting would not end so well.
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Afghanistan National Museum: Experts work to restore lost legacy
Al Jazeera
July 30, 2019
Many of its pre-Islamic artefacts were destroyed by the Taliban 18 years ago. Artists are working to restore them, hoping it will turn the page on a dark chapter of the country's past.
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UN Demands Fair Election Campaign In Afghanistan
Tolo News
July 29, 2019
The United Nations mission in Afghanistan in a statement on Monday called on all candidates and their supporters to engage in a fair campaign as outlined in the Election Law, the Independent Election Commission’s Code of Conduct for the candidates and regulations enacted by the Independent Election Commission.
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Uzbekistan Focused on Developing Trade with Afghanistan
The Diplomat
July 29, 2019
Tashkent is set to become a dominant trade partner to Afghanistan as the two sides continue to negotiate on major projects.
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No Govt Employee Can Campaign For Candidates: Abdullah
Tolo News
July 29, 2019
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who also runs for president, at the Council of Ministers meeting on Monday said no government official can campaign for a certain candidate as the election campaigning began on Sunday.
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An Afghan Candidate Wrote His Will, Then Survived a Suicide Squad
The New York Times
July 29, 2019
As a former Afghan intelligence chief who is staunchly anti-Taliban, he had been near the top of the militants’ list for a long time. But now there was an added reason for targeting him: He was about to launch his campaign as the running-mate of President Ashraf Ghani in his September re-election bid.
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Afghan Women Need To Have A Responsibility In Future Speaks, Activist Describes UN
Afghanistan Mirror
July 28, 2019
“Afghan women should be capable to meaningfully take part in decisions that affect them,” she told a meeting of the UN Security Council on July 26, speaking from Kabul through a video link.
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The Afghanistan Exit Strategy
The National Interest
July 28, 2019
There is a chorus of doubters concerned about the Trump administration giving away too much, too quickly—even as the insurgents slaughter Afghan soldiers across the country.
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BRICS Foreign Ministers reiterate support to Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace process
Khaama Press
July 27, 2019
The Ministers reiterated support for international and national efforts to achieve an ‘Afghan-led, Afghan-owned’ peace and reconciliation process and to build a peaceful, secure, united, stable, prosperous and inclusive country that exists in harmony with its neighbors.
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EU Envoy Vows Support To Afghanistan’s Trade Development
The Heart of Asia Post
July 27, 2019
Officials from the Afghan government, the European Union delegation in Kabul and private sector attended a meeting on the ‘Advancing Afghan Trade’ project, which is facilitated by the International Trade Center.
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Is "Jirga" a white savior movie about Afghanistan? "We have a lot to feel guilty about"
Salon
July 26, 2019
A pre-title sequence depicts a military raid on an Afghan village where Mike Wheeler (Sam Smith in a compelling performance) kills a man during his mission. Cut to three years later, when Mike returns to Kabul on another mission—to return to the village and seek forgiveness from the widow and child of the man he killed.
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PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN PUBLIC LIFE NECESSARY FOR AFGHANISTAN’S DEVELOPMENT
UNAMA
July 26, 2019
"Empowering women must be a priority of the Afghan Government," said Alina Ghyasi, Director of the Badakhshan Department of Women Affairs, one of 30 prominent women representing civil society, media, electoral and provincial authorities who came together to discuss the rights of women.
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Uzbek Oil Refinery To Deliver Up To 1Mln Tonnes Of Oil Products Per Year To Afghanistan
UrduPoint
July 25, 2019
Indonesia-based PT Trans Asia Resources company plans to deliver up to 1 million tonnes of petroleum products a year to Afghanistan from the Uzbek Fergana Oil Refinery starting from 2020, a spokesman for the oil refinery told Sputnik on Wednesday
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Canada grants financial support to 5 Afghan organizations to advance women rights, democracy, security
Khaama Press
July 25, 2019
The Embassy of Canada in a statement said Wednesday it has granted financial support to Afghan Women Association for Rehabilitation and Development (AWARD),
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Grading System in Afghan School Changes to Boost Morale of School Students
Reporterly
July 24, 2019
In the old exam system, students were graded as first, second, third, and till the last failing ones who would lose their confidence. In addition, it leaded to many other challenges which the new system seeks to solve.
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Letterbox campaign helps Afghans cope with silent war of mental health
Reuters
July 24, 2019
KABUL (Reuters) - Hundreds of Afghans, weary of war and unsure of the future, have joined a letter-writing campaign to share their feelings with the powerful few who will decide on peace with the Taliban and, with it, the fate of their country.
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In Norway, I finally found out what it means to be a truly independent woman
The Guardian
July 24, 2019
My life story might be summed up like this: I’ve travelled from one of the worst countries in the world for women to one of the best countries. I am an Afghan refugee in Norway.
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People Power Can Boost the Afghan Peace Process
USIP
July 23, 2019
After nearly a decade, I recently visited Afghanistan for the first time since serving at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul from 2009-2011 as an officer with the State Department. When I was last there, the fighting between Taliban insurgents and Afghan and international forces was intense and peace seemed far off.
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Roya Rahmani says Pakistan can benefit from a stable and thriving Afghanistan
CNN
July 22, 2019
As the prospect of peace in Afghanistan grows on the horizon, the groundwork we have laid and the progress that has brought us to this moment stand to improve the lives of not only Afghans, but of millions in the region.
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Hopes of Peace in Afghanistan Push Pakistan and U.S. to Mend Fences
WJS
July 22, 2019
The U.S. and Pakistan have had a rocky relationship, but now President Trump is leaning on Prime Minister Imran Khan to help facilitate peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan
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Afghanistan’s first all-girls robotics team continues to spread hope in their country
Assembly
July 22, 2019
The team members, who call themselves the Afghan Dreamers, have travelled to Mexico, Estonia and Germany, won awards at Robotex International and FIRST Robotics World Championships, and rubbed shoulders with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands.
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The 3 keys to peace in Afghanistan
The Hill
July 21, 2019
The Taliban’s military leaders believe the group should continue its military struggle and buy time because American withdrawal is imminent. They’re also adamant that the movement’s formal name, the Islamic Emirate, be preserved to signal their objective of restoring a sharia-compliant regime.
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Afghanistan to top agenda at Trump-Khan summit
Financial Times
July 21, 2019
For Mr Khan, co-operation with the US could potentially unlock financial assistance and military aid. For Mr Trump, Pakistan’s facilitation of peace talks in Afghanistan is crucial to ending the US involvement in the conflict ahead of his 2020 re-election bid.
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Peace Process Should Involve All Afghans: UN Official
Tolo News
July 21, 2019
The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, who is visiting Kabul, at a press conference on Sunday said the peace process in Afghanistan is not inclusive as it should be and that it should reflect aspirations of all Afghans with women at the center of the process.
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Why Afghanistan peace talks between the Taliban and U.S. have promise — but more potential pitfalls
NBC News
July 17, 2019
The Korean War is sometimes called America’s forgotten war — but that title really now belongs to the Afghanistan conflict, soon to be 18 years old. Several hundred thousand Americans have served there since October 2001; more than 2,000 have died.
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Inside Afghanistan’s Democracy
MS Magazine
July 17, 2019
Afghanistan… has the highest number of women in decision-making positions” in its history, she notes. “Four cabinet ministers, four ambassadors, over 25 percent [representation] in Parliament [and] dozens of deputy ministers......
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Oxford to Kabul: Freshta Karim’s Dream of Redefining Afghan Childhoods
The New Leam
July 13, 2019
Freshta Karim’s initiative of starting a bus-library in war-torn Afghanistan is bringing back smiles on the faces of hundreds of children, lifting them from the miseries of unhappy childhoods
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Why fashion is doing business in Afghanistan
Vouge Business
July 12, 2019
Brands from Burberry to Amélie Pichard are doing business in conflict zones as craftsmanship declines in the Western world.
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Future Intra-Afghan Dialogues Will Be Result-Oriented: MoFA
Tolo News
July 11, 2019
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday said that any future dialogue between Afghans will be inclusive, vital and result-oriented.
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Building resilience and new skills in rural Afghanistan
WFP
July 11, 2019
A partnership between WFP and ACTED has helped more than 10,000 people to improve their food security and withstand weather extremes.
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Women’s Economic Participation in Afghanistan
George W. Bush Institute
July 11, 2019
Women’s exclusion is holding Afghanistan back economically. Research has shown that women spend more of their income on food and human capital investments for their children than men. In turn, this supports long-term economic growth and reduces poverty levels. A focus on women’s economic empowerment is not only good for women; it is important for Afghanistan’s future.
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NATO Will Not Leave Afghanistan Until The Job Is Done: Kay
Tolo News
July 10, 2019
Acting Defense Minister Assadullah Khalid and NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative Nicholas Kay on Wednesday visited Ghazni to assess the security of the central province.
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British Museum to return Buddhist heads looted in Afghan war
The Gaurdian
July 9, 2019
Fourth-century Buddhist terracotta heads probably hacked off by the Taliban and found stuffed in poorly made wooden crates at Heathrow are to be returned to Afghanistan where they will be star museum exhibits.
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EU hails success of Intra-Afghan Dialogue in Doha
New Europe
July 9, 2019
The European Union praised in a statement the success of the Intra-Afghan Dialogue that concluded on 8 July in Doha, saying it “marks an important step towards achieving the peace the people of Afghanistan deserve and have long demanded”.
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Marathon talks between Taliban and prominent Afghans conclude with positive — if vague — peace ‘road map’
The Washington Post
July 9, 2019
A marathon two-day meeting between Taliban officials and a range of influential Afghans concluded Monday night in Qatar with a strikingly positive joint resolution that included an eight-point “road map for peace,”
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Afghan Movie Wins Best Screenplay Award At SAARC Film Festival
Tolo News
July 8, 2019
Afghan filmmaker Roya Sadat’s “A Letter To The President” won the Best Screenplay award at SAARC Film Festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday, July 7. A Letter to the President, the 90-minute, full-length movie, took two years to complete.
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Saffron Fields Cover 70 Hectares Of Land In Balkh
GAAM News
July 8, 2019
Saffron cultivation has turned into good business for farmers in the northern Balkh province, especially for women who make 40 percent of those who are busy in cultivation of the spice to support their families economically.
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Intra-Afghan dialogue – end of war more likely than ever
DW
July 6, 2019
Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy for Afghanistan, on Saturday said the latest round of talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, has been the "most productive" so far.
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'We're in crisis': The high price of deforestation in Afghanistan
Al Jazeera
July 4, 2019
Climate change has changed Afghanistan and people know very little about its effects, they just know they can cut the trees and sell to Pakistan. Because local people don't invest time to replant the trees, we are in a crisis.
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In Afghanistan, experts work to restore a trove of Buddha figurines smashed by the Taliban
The Washington Post
July 3, 2019
A figure was beginning to take shape — a Buddha sculpted in ancient times, one of an estimated 2,500 such objects that were destroyed or damaged by the country’s Taliban rulers nearly two decades ago.
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Germany, Qatar To Co-Host Intra-Afghan Talks Next Week
Tolo News
July 2, 2019
As part of their efforts to support the peace process in Afghanistan, Germany and Qatar will convene an Intra-Afghan Dialogue Conference to be held in Doha on 7 and 8 July, 2019, Germany's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel, said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Trump calls Afghanistan “the Harvard of terrorists,”
Vox
July 2, 2019
President Donald Trump wants to get out of Afghanistan. But he says he’s worried that the country has become the “Harvard of terrorists” — so even if the US does end up leaving, he says he plans to keep a US intelligence presence behind to monitor the situation.
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AFGHANISTAN'S STUNNING NEW SUCCESS STORY: SPORTS
OZY
June 30, 2019
For four decades, Afghanistan has been a nation torn apart by successive wars and invasions, terrorism and sectarian conflict. Now, stunning sporting successes — from cricket and soccer to martial arts and wrestling — are helping the country dream of a new identity, while also offering hope of a better future to the younger generation.
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What Do the Taliban Want in Afghanistan? A Lost Constitution Offers Clues.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
June 28, 2019
KABUL, Afghanistan — There was an air of expectation on both sides as the Taliban and American diplomats gathered to meet for the latest round of peace talks on Saturday.
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrives in Pakistan for key talks
Al Jazeera
June 27, 2019
Islamabad, Pakistan - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has arrived in the Pakistani capital to hold talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan, less than a week after Pakistan hosted opposition leaders for a conference to discuss ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan.
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A School With No Heat or Computers but Many College-Bound Students. Mostly Girls.
The New York Times
June 27, 2019
YAKAWLANG, Afghanistan — The girls began appearing about seven in the morning. Seen from a distance, they made up thin blue lines snaking across the barren tan mountainside along narrow trails traced in the dirt, converging from....
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‘End Forever Wars’ is a Sound Bite, Not a Security Policy
Defence One
June 26, 2019
Bernie Sanders has a “vision for ending America’s endless wars.” That’s what the press release says, anyway. Sanders this week rolled out an article in the respected journal Foreign Affairs explaining his position.
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Taliban threatens media in Afghanistan 'over enemy collusion'
Al Jazeera
June 25, 2019
The Taliban has said that Afghan media organisations should stop spreading what they call "anti-jihad and Taliban sentiments" or be targeted as enemies. The armed group issued a statement that gave "television, radio and other publishing media"...
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MPs Agree On New Faces To Run For Parliament Speaker
Tolo News
June 24, 2019
After 35 days of turmoil over the election of new speaker for the parliament, lawmakers on Monday agreed on two new candidates to contest for the position of the speaker so that the current crisis in the house comes to an end.
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Islamabad Vowed Shift In Its Afghan Policy: Politicians
Tolo News
June 24, 2019
Senior Afghan politicians who attended a two-day peace conference in the Pakistani city of Murree on Monday said Pakistan has assured to talk to the Taliban leadership to engage in intra-Afghan talks and agree on a ceasefire.
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Women are Critical to Ending Wars—and the Trump Administration Agrees
Defence One
June 24, 2019
A new law should kickstart long-overdue efforts to include more women in peace and security leadership roles.
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Afghan youth bring a new buzz to war-battered Kabul
The National
June 23, 2019
First the hippies in the 1970s, now the hipsters. A generation of hip Afghan entrepreneurs and self-starters with a positive outlook on life is taking over Afghanistan's capital.
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Afghan traders conclude contracts, commitments worth $75m in Mumbai exhibition
Khaama Press
June 23, 2019
The Afghan traders concluded deals to export agricultural products worth $75 million in Mumbai Exhibition. The ministry of agriculture said the Afghan traders concluded contracts and commitments worth $75 million during the exhibition.
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Afghan saffron growers hope to produce over 20 tons in 2019
Xinhua
June 22, 2019
The factor behind the rise in saffron product is proper climate conditions and the experiences the growers have gained from past years' plantation, the weekly, Dehqan (The Farmer Weekly), said in its latest edition.
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Afghanistan faces Japan in final match of the Asian U-20 Futsal Championship
Khaama Press
June 22, 2019
The Afghanistan U-20 Futsal team will face Japan in the final match of the Asian U-20 Futsal Championship this evening. The Afghanistan Football Federation said the two teams will face each other in Tabriz city of Iran at 6:30 pm local time.
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Presidential election: ‘Key moment’ to reaffirm Afghanistan’s democratic political structure,
UN NEWS
June 20, 2019
“Afghan citizens have displayed an enduring commitment to choosing their political leaders through elections in the face of threats and adverse security conditions”, affirmed Tadamichi Yamamoto
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How to Help Afghan Farmers? Gorge on Watermelons
The New York Times
June 20, 2019
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan traders performed a group dance before enjoying one full watermelon each. Doctors and shopkeepers dedicated entire meals to just bread and sliced watermelon. A young economics student devoured eight large watermelons to win a contest.
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Advancing access to education for girls and women in humanitarian emergencies
HPN
June 19, 2019
Over the last 15 years, girls have gone from being forbidden from enrolling in school to representing 39% of learners in Afghanistan’s basic education system+ .However, significant challenges in girls’ education remain: an estimated 3.7 million children are out of school – 60% of whom are girls.
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The brave merchants of Wakhan, the 'other' Afghanistan
Al Jazeera
June 19, 2019
The Wakhan Corridor, a mountainous region situated in the far northeast of Afghanistan, is bordered by the Hindu Kush mountains and peaks, some reaching 5,000 metres.
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The Afghanistan conundrum
The Strategist
June 17, 2019
In January 2018, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani publicly admitted that without American support, his government and the Afghan National Army couldn’t last very long. That remains the case today:
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UK announces £170 million food, water and medical help for Afghanistan
REUTERS
June 17, 2019
“The humanitarian need in Afghanistan is severe,” International Development Secretary Rory Stewart said after meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in London.
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Prospect of US withdrawal brings fear, hope in Taliban-contested southern Afghanistan
Stars and Stripes
June 17, 2019
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan – Locals in the provincial capital of Helmand often show visitors reminders of the days when the Taliban attacked: a bathroom where a rocket hit and killed a co-worker; a house where citizens hid from withering crossfire; a checkpoint built from an old Soviet tank that was almost overrun by the militants.
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Afghanistan releases hundreds of Taliban prisoners without conditions
FOX NEWS
June 14, 2019
The Afghan government released 490 Taliban fighters and commanders from its prisons earlier this month, as part of a goodwill gesture to persuade the militant group to come to the table for direct talks with the Ashraf Ghani-led administration.
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Afghanistan: The Healers
Al Jazeera
June 13, 2019
Almost 180,000 patients, nearly 200,000 artificial limbs: For 30 years, orthopaedic centres run by the International Committee of the Red Cross have provided a lifeline for Afghanistan's physically disabled -victims of air raids, accidents, and congenital illness. No matter how many limbs they make, the patients keep coming.
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Ghazni's ancient tower collapses in Afghanistan
BBC
June 13, 2019
GHAZNI, Afghanistan – An ancient tower dating back 2,000 years in the historic Afghan city of Ghazni collapsed this week, local officials said, raising concerns about the vulnerability of the country’s cultural heritage and the government’s ability to protect them. The old citadel known as Ghaznain Fort originally had 36 towers, but 14 of the towers had collapsed in recent years due to decades of war, heavy rain and neglect.
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Germany Pledges Facilitating Intra-Afghan Talks
Tolo News
June 13, 2019
Germany’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel, said at a press conference in Kabul on Wednesday that his country is willing to facilitate intra-Afghan talks as he met with President Ghani and a number of Afghan politicians and senior government officials. Potzel said that at least 60 people will represent the Afghan government and the Taliban in the meeting.
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Afghanistan is officially the most dangerous country in the world — more proof the US war there has failed
Business Insider
June 12, 2019
Afghanistan is now the least peaceful country in the world, replacing Syria, according to the 2019 Global Peace Index report released on Wednesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
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US Envoy Working On Four ‘Pillars’ For Afghan Peace
Tolo News
June 11, 2019
“Ambassador Khalilzad is in Kabul right now and he met with [President Ashraf] Ghani yesterday [Sunday] and he and president Ghani spoke about preparation for intra-Afghan negotiations,” she said. Khalilzad in a tweet on Sunday said that he will “stay here for some time on this trip” and that he will have consultations with a wide range of people.
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India Caters One Thousand Other Scholarships to Afghanistan
Reporterly
June 10, 2019
Afghan Ministry of Higher Education has announced that India will provide Afghanistan one thousand scholarships at various levels of education. The Afghan Ministry of Education said in a statement on Monday that, during a meeting with Abdul Tawab Bala Karzai, the deputy Academic and Professional of the ministry of education and Acting Minister of Ministry of Education, Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Mr. Vinay Kumar said that his country is interested to have more academic cooperation with Afghanistan.
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Afghan Peace Marchers Meet the Taliban and Find ‘People Just Like Us’
New York Times
June 10, 2019
But the marchers also said they found that both the Taliban and the Afghan government had the same sort of leaders — unwilling to make the kinds of compromises that could end the war, now in its 18th year, even when their followers wanted it.
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I Met the Taliban. Women Were the First to Speak.
New York Times
June 5, 2019
Afghanistan remains the worst place in the world to be a woman, and the continuation of war makes it additionally difficult for Afghan women to live full, secure lives. Kabul has recently witnessed a new wave of shootings of women, including the murder of a prominent Afghan journalist by her husband’s family.
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Why Afghanistan needs peace before elections
Al Jazeera
June 3, 2019
Today there is a good chance for peace in Afghanistan - more so than at any other moment in the past two decades. At this critical juncture, it is crucial that there is a clear and coherent strategy for the way forward. But at least in some quarters this does not appears to be the case. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, for example, has maintained that the United States will pursue a peace settlement with the Taliban while also supporting the Afghan presidential elections scheduled for this September.
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Afghan female leaders urge Trump administration to stand up for their rights in Taliban peace talks
ABC News
June 3, 2019
The United States' chief negotiator for Afghanistan left Washington on Friday for stops around the globe to rally support for his talks with the Taliban before a seventh round of meetings with the militant group's leaders. But there's one constituency that's consistently voiced their concerns about the U.S. talks and is ringing the alarm again.
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Taliban leader says no ceasefire as U.S. envoy heads to region
Rappler
June 3, 2019
"No one should expect us to pour cold water on the heated battlefronts of jihad or forget our 40-year sacrifices before reaching our objectives," Akhundzada said. Akhundzada has led the Islamist militants since his predecessor Akhtar Mansour was killed in a 2016 US drone strike.
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Afghan Peace Marchers Take Cease-Fire Plea Directly to Taliban
The New York Times
June 2, 2019
Members of the People’s Peace Movement have been walking across Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan since Thursday, when they left the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. They are heading toward territory controlled by the Taliban. Most of them were fasting during the day for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan while enduring 100-degree temperatures.
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Cricket World Cup 2019: Afghans unite to cheer national team
Al Jazeera
May 31, 2019
As the Cricket World Cup begins, a sense of excitement has gripped Afghanistan. The country is rallying around its beloved national team, with hopes stirred after a recent victory against Pakistan in a warm-up match in Bristol, a city in England - the host of the tournament.
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Concerns Mount Over Sharp Increase In Attacks In Kabul
Tolo News
May 31, 2019
Over the last two weeks, Kabul city has witnessed four armed attacks on police checkpoints in different parts of the city and two suicide attacks close to the center of the city which have raised concerns among the residents. Kabul residents on Friday said they are worried about the attacks, especially the raids on police checkpoints by unknown armed men.
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ADB Lends $4mn For A Solar Project in Kandahar
The Planetary Press
May 31, 2019
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has issued a $4 million loan to Barakat Kandahar Solar Energy for the development of a 15.1MW solar power plant. The aid is aimed at helping the Afghan government to achieve the goal of generating 40% share/5,000MW of the country’s total energy capacity from solar by 2032.
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India To Provide $80M For Afghan Projects: Official
Tolo News
May 28, 2019
In order to ensure the effectiveness of development projects on lives of the local population, the Indian government has pledged $80 million in aid to the Afghan government to help implement the projects within the framework of balanced development strategy.
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Afghans fear end of golden age of press freedom
RAPPLER
May 24, 2019
The dramatic moment during a recent televised news debate highlights how far media freedom has come in Afghanistan, where – for now – traumatised civilians can stand and at least try to hold powerful men to account, live on camera.
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Khalilzad Briefs US Lawmakers On Afghan Peace Talks
Tolo News
May 23, 2019
Lawmakers were tight-lipped as they left the classified meeting with special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, but the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Republican Jim Risch of Idaho, says he believes Khalilzad is making progress. However, he added, “the issue always is how much progress, and can you get to the finish line?”
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The Unlikely Afghan Fashion
BusinessDNA
May 23, 2019
Most stories written about Afghanistan are centered around the nation’s tragedies caused by the decades of war, terrorism, and conflict; and very rarely do we come across tales that reflect upon the country’s historic culture, unique traditions and the Afghans who are still holding on to their native values. This article is one of those unique and inspiring stories which shows us that beyond this cloud of darkness there are sparkles of hope striving to illuminate the true colors of this astonishing land to the world.
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Cafe Culture in Kabul Shows How Afghanistan Is Transforming
Heated
May 22, 2019
The two-story Cupcake Coffee Shop has no shortage of customers, here for an array of cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and specialty coffee drinks. Yet the shop, with its open coffee bar and wood-paneled walls, isn’t in Chicago or Manchester, or anywhere else in the Western world: It’s nestled in the heart of Kabul, the war-torn capital of Afghanistan. Co-owner and manager Mohammad Hussain Gulzara, 23, says he noticed that other Kabul cafes were always crowded and provided a limited menu, so he opened this one over a year ago.
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Why Was There an Ancient Greek Kingdom in Afghanistan?
HistoryHit
May 22, 2019
Following Alexander’s death and then fifteen years of internal turmoil, Bactria finally came under the firm hand of a Macedonian general called Seleucus. For the next 50 years the region remained a rich outlying province in first Seleucus’, and then his descendants’, control. Progressively, the Seleucids would encourage Hellenism in Bactria, erecting various new Greek cities throughout the region – perhaps most famously the city of Ai Khanoum. Tales of exotic Bactria and its potential for lucrative farming and wealth soon reached the ears of many ambitious Greeks further west.
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'We can live or we can die': How cricket redefined a war-torn nation
CNN
May 21, 2019
It is said that the darkest hour comes before the light shines. In the case of Afghanistan -- a nation tied inextricably to conflict, out of the ashes of the Soviet-Afghan War and Taliban insurgency has risen a glorious phoenix of hope. "Before cricket, everyone just knew Afghanistan because of war," recalls Raees Ahmadzai, the former captain of the Afghan national cricket team, who spent his formative years in the refugee camps of Peshawar, Pakistan.
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Afghan Industry Grew by 8% in 2019
Reporterly
May 21, 2019
Zuhoruddin Sherzadah, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce announced that Afghan industry grew by 8% in comparison to last year, “our exports have increased and imports decreased”.
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Opinion divided as war-scarred Kabul palace restored
Al Jazeera
May 20, 2019
Kabul, Afghanistan - For years, the Kabul landscape has been undergoing increasing transformation. New high-rise apartment buildings, where rents can top out at $1,000 a month, restaurants and wedding halls jostle for space as efforts to make the city more green result in more trees and flowers on pavements and traffic dividers.
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