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How NIU Seized 61 tons of Narcotics in Kabul


Though similar to so many missions before, this was a first for the highly trained unit; this would be their first fully unilateral, independent ground assault. With air-reconnaissance provided from their Afghan PC12 aircra...

The Hidden Face of War in Afghanistan: The Relentless Assault on the Public Services and Infrastructure


This campaign against our basic human rights has destroyed 302 schools, 41 health centres, 50 mosques, 5305 residential houses, 1,818 grocery stores, 170 bridges and over 123 kilometres of roads in 11 provinces of Afghanista...

Laying our own foundations for a more secure future: the Hizb-e- Islami Afghanistan peace deal


The most significant success of the deal, ratified 29th September by President Ghani and the HIA leader Hekmatyar, is that it is an inta-Afghan process.  This deal successfully concluded after a series of hard Afghan led an...

New Railway to Connect Afghanistan with China “One Road One Belt”


According to media reports, the first train carrying cargo containers from China to Afghanistan left the eastern Chinese city of Nantong on Thursday August 25, 2016.
The train will leave China through the Alataw Pass i...

Peace Through Intensified Military Operations: Is It Possible?


Before the end of U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, reports by media indicate that U.S. and Afghan forces have exerted less pressure on the Taliban in the battlefields.  Due to this deficiency in the war strategy,...

Terrorism, Corruption, and Crimes; the Evil Triangle


In this article, I will examine how terrorism, corruption and crimes pose a serious threat to the stability and economic development of Afghanistan, and ways to fight them. 
There is no doubt that terrorism, corruption and crimes have formed an evi...

From Defensive to Offensive Position: President Obama’s New Afghan War Policy and its Impacts on ANSDF


In December 2014, President Obama announced a responsible end to U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan.  Compared to the 100,000 troops U.S. once had in Afghanistan, 9,900 U.S. soldiers remained in Afghanistan.  It was not only the numbers that changed.  A major c...

What Happened in Warsaw: Corruption, Human Rights, Reforms are the Benchmarks


A major announcement made by NATO and other countries was to provide a financial package of 20 billion dollars for Afghan National Security and Defense Forces until 2020.  This decision was not made by NATO as per NATO’s interests and security of their nations...

The Need for NATO’s Mission Beyond 2016


NATO has extended its mission in Afghanistan at a time that Afghan political and security analysts believe Afghanistan is going through a critical time and there is a dire need for NATO’s supportive mission in this country.  Afghan National Security and Defense...

Opening Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Center a Practical Step to Fight Corruption

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This is an unprecedented unique center established with a mandate to fight corruption and ensure justice in Afghanistan.   President Ghani has set clear goal for the center, and now it is up to the leadership of this center to effectively and effic...

Establishment of Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Center Critical to Fighting Corruption in Afghanistan


Afghans believe that corruption, which is widely visible in almost every government office, has turned into a cancer for Afghanistan and brought shame to Afghanistan—a country of pride and heroes.  Since 2002, this ugly phenomenon has been on the rise despite s...

“We Deliver What We Promise”


A number of negative critics chanted that the Afghan Government leadership is not carrying what it promised to the people, and the government’s words and deeds are not identical.  Some of these critics even held demonstrations challenging the government for fai...

Afghanistan to Turn into a Good Market for Indian Products


India is a country that is perceived among Afghans as a peace-loving and peace-supporting country.  Afghans believe that India pursues prosperity, welfare, development and peace in Afghanistan and has made major economic contributions to support development in Af...

A Big Day for Afghanistan


Salma Dam built and funded by Indian Government, is considered one of the biggest Indian investments in Afghanistan which will have positive economic impacts on the lives of the people of Herat.  Construction of Salma Dam lasted almost 10 years.  The foundation...

Incredible Achievements by National Unity Government


The National Unity Government (NUG) has faced serious challenges and problems most of which were left behind by the previous government.  NUG inherited corruption, lack of governance, financial problems, fragile political situation, social problems, the...

President Ghani Determined to Link Afghanistan to the Region and the World


The Chabahar Port will connect Afghanistan with India through Iran and will decrease Afghanistan and India dependency on Gwadar and Waga ports to transit commercial goods. 
Using Chabahar Port will strengthen economic and trade connectivity between Afghanis...

The Right Time for the Taliban to Reconcile


Mullah Mansoor who replaced Mullah Omer, was thought to be a barrier toward peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.  After Mullah Omer’s death was revealed, Afghans and the international community thought that new a window of peace opportunities would be opene...

The Export of Afghan Saffron to China


One of these agreements was signed on the production and export of Afghan saffron to China. 

Based on this agreement, China will support Afghan saffron production and will facilitate its export to China. 

It is believed that China with ha...

Fighting Corruption Critical for Stable Afghanistan


International surveys show that reducing corruption can improve political and economic stability and boost growth and development in any country.  Public corruption, abuse of public office for private gain, appointment based on relationships, race, and e...

The Right Picks for MOD and NDS



These two positions are top level managerial positions and policy making posts in the Afghan Government security sector.   The Afghan Government believes that the two individuals who are experts in their jobs will best serve the interests of nation and pre...

NUG Determined to Support Press Freedom


The freedom of speech and the emergence of open media in Afghanistan is one of the greatest achievements accomplished over the past 14 years. Currently, Afghanistan has more than 70 TV channels, over 200 Radio stations, and hundreds of print media and publications...

Who Are the Taliban?



Since 2001, the word “Taliban” was used for armed people trained, armed and brainwashed by certain circles in Pakistan to fight in Afghanistan against the elected Afghan Government and the international coalition led by the United States to counter terro...

President Ghani’s Historical Address to the Nation



President Ghani sketched clear lines of the National Unity Government in regard to a clear definition of the enemies of Afghanistan, the peace process, dealing with Pakistan, seeking international consent countering terrorism, reforms in the government, refo...

No Peace with the Taliban killing Afghans



This new stance by NUG is taken after the bloody suicide bombing in Kabul on Tuesday in which more than 400 people; mostly civilians were killed or wounded—many private properties were badly damaged during this violent attack too. 

This attack...

Super Tucano Effective in Fighting Insurgency



Fortunately, the demand by President Ghani was welcomed by the United States. Afghan Air Force received the first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States in January this year.  This U.S. assistance happened right before the fighting seaso...

NUG has a political will to Fight Corruption and Bring Reforms


The Afghan Government is accountable to its people because it is a people-elected government and the government receives its legitimacy from the people of Afghanistan.  On the other hand, the continuation of the international aid and assistance is condit...

United States Satisfied with NUG’s Achievements


The recent remarks by Secretary Kerry are a clear sign of the U.S. Government full support to the Afghan Government programs and projects.  The two areas (military and economic) highlighted by this senior U.S. diplomat indicates that Afghanistan will not...

From Survival to Motivation and Action

They have carried out a major public campaign to show the Afghan Government is not operational and cannot stop their attacks and progress.  But, things turned to be different for the enemies.  They have underestimated the capacity of the Afghan National Secur...

Stop Destroying the Country



After 2001, a new chapter was opened in the history of Afghanistan with a full support of the international community.  Millions of Afghans returned home from a long immigration.  Millions of dollars were flown to this country to fund reconstruction projec...

Is Afghanistan on the Right Direction?



Every coin has two sides or in other words every aspect in this universe has two sides; negative and positive.  It is up to the person who describes the object.  To think negative; negative things will happen and to think positive; positive things will hap...

NUG Determined to Provide Quality Education


Quality in education is more important than focusing on the number of students getting education and being graduated.  The focus of the current government is more on the quality of education rather than the quantity.  In addition the Afghan Ministry of...

Nawruz, a Cultural Festival in Afghanistan



In Afghanistan, spring marks the beginning of the Afghan New Year, Nawruz.  It is the time to celebrate the coming of spring and the rebirth of the nature.  People plant saplings and flowers to do their parts in keeping the nature survive and add up to th...

Building water dams in Afghanistan a key to empower Afghan farmers

ly all rivers in Afghanistan and entire water supply of the country like water for drinking (potable water), irrigation, maintenance of wetland ecosystems (surface and ground water), are derived from falling of precipitation within the Afghanistan’s own borders and th...

Promoting Women Leadership in Afghan Society Marking International Women’s Day March 08, 2016



Afghan history reminds us that women participated economically, socially and politically in the life of the Afghan society.  Women contribution in every aspect of the society and that the participation was vital and visible.  Women helped to draft the 1964...

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women


To improve Afghan women’s economic opportunities in rural areas, they need access to more and better jobs easily available at their neighborhood, a business climate that supports them in starting and doing business, a financial sector that gives them ac...

Agriculture growth important for the economic development of Afghanistan



Agriculture is critical to Afghanistan’s food security and a key driver of economic growth.  Most Afghans live in rural areas--relying on agriculture and husbandry for their livelihood and their family sustenance.  Agriculture also creates employments an...

Taliban should say “YES” to the Afghan Government Peace call


Life became normal in the country and new businesses emerged with the assistance of the international community.  Afghanistan had lost everything in the war and the new government started to build the country by building Afghan National Security Forces, Afghan he...

Empowering women in Afghanistan

When we speak about women’s rights and women equality with men, we mean, women equality with men in matters of education, employment, marriage, politics, and health services.  People should not be confused with the term “equality between men and women”....

Afghan Government Call for Peace


Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) in a joint statement said that the group discussed and made progress on a roadmap towards initiating peace talks with Taliban groups that reflects the shared commitments of the QCG member countries. 

Last week’...

International efforts to support Afghan Air Force



The A-29 is a multi-role, fixed-wing aircraft that will provide the Afghan air force with an indigenous air-to-ground capability and aerial reconnaissance capabilities to support Afghan National Security and Defense Forces in combat operations in Afghanistan...