Wednesday, February 16, 2011

DTN News: Afghanistan Top Stories / Headlines News Dated February 16, 2011

Defense News: DTN News: Afghanistan Top Stories / Headlines News Dated February 16, 2011
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources & The New York Times
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    • Afghanistan, US to hold bilateral meeting in Washington sans Pakistan

    Afghanistan News.Net

    Pakistan has been excluded from the high-level Afghan-Pak-US trilateral meeting, as the United States and Afghanistan have decided to hold bilateral talks on the same scheduled dates.

    • US-Afghan talks to go ahead without Pakistan

    Afghanistan News.Net

    US and Afghan officials were to go ahead with bilateral talks later this month after Washington postponed a planned trilateral meeting with Pakistan, an official said Tuesday.

    • Seven charged by US for 'aiding Taliban efforts against America'

    Afghanistan News.Net

    Seven people including two Americans have been charged by the United States for conspiring to aid the Taliban, ccording to US officials, two Americans, identified as Alwar Pouryan and Oded Orbach were arrested in Romania for conspiring to sell missiles to protect Taliban-run heroin laboratories in Afghanistan.

  • Moldova Marks Afghan War Veterans Day For First Time

    Radio Free Europe

    CHISINAU -- Hundreds of Moldovan veterans of the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan marched in downtown Chisinau to remember their comrades who died in the 1979-1989 conflict, RFE/RL's Moldov

  • Afghan death 'doesn't affect mission' - Key

    The Daily Telegraph

    THE death of a New Zealand soldier in Afghanistan does not change New Zealand's commitment to rebuilding the war-torn country, Prime Minister John Key says.

  • High military court refuses to halt Afghan murder case


    By Laura L. Myers SEATTLE (Reuters) - The highest U.S. military court has denied a last-ditch bid to halt prosecution of one of the five U.S. soldiers in Washington state facing court-martial on char

  • Afghan plan poses threat to women's shelters

    Los Angeles Times

    One is a barely pubescent girl, forced to wed a much older man to pay a family debt. Another is a scarred and bruised mother of four, so traumatized by her husband's beatings that she trembles wheneve

  • Pak, US cancel Afghan meet over arrested American official

    Times of India

    Lahore has resulted in the cancellation of a crucial trilateral meeting that was to be held later this month in Washington to discuss the emerging situation in Afghanistan. The meeting of the foreign

  • A Rare Voice Against Plan to Leave Afghanistan

    International Herald Tribune

    BERLIN - Just as the European Union's police training mission in Afghanistan has carved out a role, its chief, Brig. Gen Jukka Savolainen, is one of the few to question the decision by NATO to pull ou

  • Petraeus to leave post as head of forces in Afghanistan: reports

    National Post

    Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus walks on Forward Base Wilson October 7, 2010 west of Kandahar, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

  • One child a day killed in Afghan war

    The Nation

    ONE child a day is being killed in the Afghan war as both the Taliban and government forces recruit and exploit them according to a United Nations report, reported Telegraph on Tuesday. Militants are

  • No decision on Petraeus exit from Afghanistan: US

    Yahoo! News

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Pentagon said no decision has been made on when General David Petraeus will leave his post as US commander in Afghanistan, after a British paper reported he would step dow

  • Veteran US diplomat to replace Holbrooke as Pakistan-Afghan envoy

    The Independent

    The long and fractious search for a replacement for the late Richard Holbrooke as a special US envoy to both Pakistan and Afghanistan is over, but the job of filling his shoes is looking more impossib

  • Cash crisis looming as IMF pushes Karzai to clean up corrupt bank

    The Scotsman

    President Hamid Karzai's failure to clean up a corrupt bank part-owned by his brother could force international donors to stop bank-rolling the Afghanistan government within weeks.

  • Finnish peacekeeper killed in bomb attack in Afghanistan

    People's Daily

    A Finnish peacekeeper was killed by a roadside bomb in Samangan province in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the Finnish Defense Forces said in a statement.According to the statement, several Finnish

  • Report: Petraeus May Leave Afghan Campaign by End of Year

    Politics Daily

    The Times of London reports that "General David Petraeus, the most celebrated American soldier of his generation, is to leave his post as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan."

  • Afghan Army Gets Training In Reading And Writing


    February 15, 2011 NATO officials say they're hitting their recruiting goals for the Afghan army and police. This is great news for the Obama administration, which plans this year to begin trans

  • NZ soldier killed in Afghan crash

    West Australian

    A New Zealand soldier has been killed in a road crash in Afghanistan.He was patrolling in the northeast Bamiyan province when the accident happened, injuring three other soldiers, the New Zealand Defe

  • UK loses three soldiers in southern Afghanistan

    The Frontier Post

    KABUL (AIP): Three British troops were killed during two separate incidents Monday in the troubled southern Afghanistan, defence ministry said. The British defence ministry announced that two British

  • IEC information, ballot boxes sections sealed

    The Frontier Post

    KABUL (NNI): A senior Afghan judicial official, with the help of police forces and Attorney General's Office, sealed information and ballot boxes sections in the Independent Election Commission (

  • Blast damages vehicle of foreign forces in Samangan

    The Frontier Post

    KABUL: (AIP): The Taliban claimed to have killed three foreign soldiers by blasting their vehicle in Samangan, however, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said only the vehicle suffere

  • Taliban, officials at odds about Sar-i-Pul clash

    The Frontier Post

    SHEBERGHAN: (AIP): The Taliban claimed to have killed three police in a clash in Sayyad district of Sar-i-Pul province yesterday , however, the authorities said three Taliban were gunned down in the g

  • Minister opposes permanent bases

    The Frontier Post

    HERAT (AIP): Offering tough resistance to the establishment of permanent military bases in Afghanistan, an Afghan minister onTuesday flayed the statement of the Defence Minister Gereral Abdul Rahim Wa

  • US Envoy, Afghan officials visit Laghman

    The Frontier Post

    US to certify immunity of Davis in court Kerry arrives to seek release: trilateral meeting put off due to Pak cabinet reshuffle

  • Smuggling of drugs to Iran fuel insurgents

    The Frontier Post

    KABUL (NNI): Most insurgents in southern Afghanistan are financially supported by drug trafficking to Iran, Isaf said at a news conference. In a joint press conference with Nato's senior civilia

  • 5 suspect bombers held

    The Frontier Post

    KABUL (AIP): Police detained five would-be suicide bombers today in troubled Kandahar province, interior ministry said Monday. A press release issued by the interior ministry said that the five suspec

  • What is the real problem in Afghan Parliament?

    The Frontier Post

    KABUL (AIP): Parliamentary elections were held in September last year to elect 249 members of the Afghan parliament but large scale allegations of frauds and rigging by civil society organisations and

  • NZ soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Newstalk ZB

    Updated at 10:08am A New Zealand soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. The New Zealand Defence Force says soldiers patrolling in north east Bamyan Province in Ferosak village have been involved in

  • Australian in US court on Afghan bribery charges

    ABC Australia

    A Queensland construction manager is due to appear in a US court today charged with accepting bribes for a building project in Afghanistan. Neil Campbell, 61, from the Sunshine Coast, was arrested in

  • 200 Massachusetts National Guard Soldiers Head To Afghanistan


    READING (CBS) — More than 200 members of the Massachusetts National Guard were the guests of honor at a send-off ceremony in Reading Tuesday morning. The soldiers from the 26th Yankee Brigade w

  • Russia, Italy to sign agreement on military transit to Afghanistan

    RIA Novosti

    Russia and Italy will sign on Wednesday an intergovernmental agreement on the air transit of military equipment via Russia to Afghanistan, Russian presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said. The deal wi

  • VIDEO: Afghan women's lives 'in danger'


    The Afghanistan government is to take control of women's shelters. Human rights organisations say that this move could put the lives of Afghan women in greater danger. Quentin Somerville report

  • Afghan women's 'lives at risk'

    Al Jazeera

    The Afghan government has announced it is to take over the running of women's shelters despite concerns from human-rights groups that such a move could put lives at risk. The safe houses are run

  • US picks new Afghan, Pak envoy

    Daily Star

    Retired diplomat Marc Grossman will replace the late Richard Holbrooke as US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, The Washington Post reported Monday.The Post said Secretary of State Hillary Cli

  • Grossman Expected To Be Named New U.S. Envoy For Afghanistan, Pakistan

    Spero News

    U.S. officials say Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to name retired diplomat Marc Grossman to replace the late Richard Holbrooke as the special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. "The Wa

  • Forces in Afghanistan Detain Taliban Attack Leader

    Defense Link

    Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2011 � Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban attack leader along with several other su

  • Taliban warns Pakistan against releasing U.S. prisoner


    By Zeeshan Haider and Rebecca Conway ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's al Qaeda-linked Taliban warned the government on Tuesday it would punish any move to release a U.S. consulate employee accus

  • Blast at shopping mall in Afghan capital kills 2

    Deseret News

    KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck Kabul's first Western-style shopping mall, killing two security guards at the entrance in the second attack in less than a month targeting a sit

  • Pakistan delays trade accord with Afghanistan

    People's Daily

    Pakistan said Tuesday it has delayed for four months implementation of a key transit trade agreement with neighboring Afghanistan over some technical problems. The Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade A

  • Afghan gov't to take over women protection centers

    People's Daily

    The Afghan government is going to take charge of women protection centers which are currently administered by Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Acting- Minister for Women Affairs Husn Banu Ghazanfa

  • Kyrgyz Veterans Remember Soviet-Afghan War Dead

    Radio Free Europe

    BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz veterans of the Soviet-Afghan war today commemorated the victims of the 1979-1989 conflict, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.Twenty-two years ago today, the last Soviet troops we

  • Greater Likelihood Of Medical Evacuation For Nonmilitary Personnel In Iraq And Afghanistan

    Medical News Today

    Nonmilitary personnel serving in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan were more likely to be evacuated with non-war-related injuries and more likely to return to duty after such injuries compar

  • EXCLUSIVE - Afghan govt faces fallout from grim IMF assessment

    The Star

    KABUL (Reuters) - An International Monetary Fund assessment of how the Afghan government handled mismanagement and fraud at the country's largest private bank is so bleak it could jeopardise crit

  • Afghanistan defends takeover of women's shelters


    By Matt Robinson KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan Tuesday defended a government plan to take over running of shelters for abused women, saying many women were tricked into leaving home without good reas

New York Times
Afghan Official Accuses Women’s Shelters of Corruption
Afghan Official Accuses Women’s Shelters of Corruption

Afghanistan’s top female official launched a sustained verbal assault on women’s shelters on Tuesday.

February 15, 2011
    A Rare Voice Against Plan to Leave Afghanistan

    Brig. Gen. Jukka Savolainen, head of the European Union’s police training mission in Afghanistan, said it might be too early to set a pullout date.

    February 15, 2011
      Kabul Bank’s Prospect’s Bleak, I.M.F. Says

      The findings on problems at the bank jeopardize at least $1 billion in foreign donations to Afghanistan.

      February 15, 2011
        Afghan Security Guards Die Thwarting Suicide Attack
        Afghan Security Guards Die Thwarting Suicide Attack

        The guards, Gul Agha and Lal Mohammed, were being called heroes after they were killed in stopping a bomber from entering a shopping area.

        February 14, 2011
          Richard Holbrooke to Be Replaced by Marc Grossman

          Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton chose Marc Grossman, a retired senior diplomat and former ambassador to Turkey, as the Obama administration’s new special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

          February 14, 2011
            A Chicken War in New York, Where Afghans Rule the Roost
            A Chicken War in New York, Where Afghans Rule the Roost

            Abdul Haye, armed with an unwritten secret recipe and the trademark for the Kennedy Fried Chicken brand, has declared a fried chicken war.

            February 13, 2011
              U.S. Postpones Meeting With Pakistan and Afghanistan

              Pakistan’s treatment of an American being held in the shooting of two motorcyclists has angered Washington.

              February 13, 2011
                Police Headquarters in Kandahar Attacked
                Police Headquarters in Kandahar Attacked

                The fighting continued for nearly five hours before the police succeeded in killing three of the bombers and wounding and detaining the fourth, officials said.

                February 12, 2011
                  British Photographer Giles Duley Hurt in Afghanistan

                  The photographer, Giles Duley, was working beside soldiers near the village of Sangsar in rural Kandahar Province when he stepped on a pressure-plate that detonated a hidden explosive charge.

                  February 11, 2011
                    In Afghan Killings Case, an Accused Soldier Is Ready to Testify
                    In Afghan Killings Case, an Accused Soldier Is Ready to Testify

                    Specialist Jeremy N. Morlock has signed a detailed confession and is prepared to testify against four other soldiers to avoid a life sentence, one of his lawyers said.

                    February 11, 2011
                      A Year at War: Letters and Photos From Soldiers and Their Loved Ones

                      Letters and photos sent to The Times from soldiers deployed in Afghanistan and their loved ones tell a story about war that often escapes daily reporting.

                      February 11, 2011
                        U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

                        The Department of Defense recently confirmed the deaths of the following Americans.

                        February 10, 2011
                          Merkel Gives Testimony on 2009 Airstrike in Afghanistan

                          The chancellor appeared Thursday before a parliamentary committee seeking to clarify the circumstances behind a German-ordered strike that killed at least 91 people.

                          February 10, 2011
                            Taliban Directed Suicide Bombings From Inside Afghan Prison
                            Taliban Directed Suicide Bombings From Inside Afghan Prison

                            A cell of suicide bombers operating in Kabul was run by a Taliban member operating from inside the city’s main prison, Afghan officials said.

                            February 10, 2011
                            MORE ON AFGHANISTAN AND: AFGHANISTAN WAR (2001- ), TALIBAN
                              Law and Custom Press Afghan Women’s Shelters
                              Law and Custom Press Afghan Women’s Shelters

                              The rules, which would require women at shelters to appear before a government panel, point to the suspicion that shelters generate in Afghan society.

                              February 10, 2011
                                Karzai Calls for Release of Taliban Official From Guantánamo

                                The Afghan president wants the detainee, held since 2002, to join in reconciliation talks with the Taliban.

                                February 9, 2011
                                  U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

                                  The Department of Defense recently confirmed the deaths of the following Americans.

                                  February 9, 2011
                                    Report: C.I.A. Agents Tied to Abuse Escape Punishment

                                    The Associated Press reports that in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks, C.I.A. officers involved in detainee abuse and botched rendition cases have repeatedly escaped internal punishment by the spy agency, and some have even been promoted.

                                    February 09, 2011
                                      Afghan Bombing Kills 2 and Wounds 5, Including 2 U.S. Soldiers

                                      A suicide bomber evaded security checks at the Customs office compound, killing an American and an Afghan civilian and wounded five others, including two American soldiers.

                                      February 8, 2011
                                        Joao Silva's First Steps to Recovery

                                        Joao Silva, who lost his legs in Afghanistan while on assignment for The Times, took his first steps Monday at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

                                        February 08, 2011
                                          Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Military Must Focus Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan

                                          In the first rewrite of national military strategy in seven years, Adm. Mike Mullen asserts that "the nation's strategic priorities and interests will increasingly emanate from the Asia-Pacific region."

                                          February 08, 2011
                                            Afghanistan’s Hidden Taliban Government
                                            Afghanistan’s Hidden Taliban Government

                                            A picture is emerging of an underground government in Ghazni Province by Taliban fighters who have established the rudiments of a civilian administration to complement their shadowy combat force.

                                            February 7, 2011
                                              Report Casts Doubt on Taliban’s Ties With Al Qaeda

                                              In a report to be released by N.Y.U. on Monday, two researchers who have spent years in Afghanistan say the Taliban could be persuaded to denounce the terrorist group.

                                              February 7, 2011
                                                A Blood-Stained Rifle, and Questions of the Taliban

                                                Was Muhammad Sharif's sudden appearance in the field a sign of Taliban weakness, or is it a sign of Taliban strength?

                                                February 07, 2011

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