TOLOnews.com RSS Feed http://tolonews.com/ Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:19:09 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Massoud Inaugurated as Special Representative to President http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16600-massoud-inaugurated-as-special-representative-to-president

At a special ceremony at the Presidential Palace, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai inaugurated Ahmad Zia Massoud as the Special Representative to the president in the National Unity Government (NUG) in reform and governance affairs, on Thursday.

President Ghani emphasized that Massoud's position will be significant in decision-making, emphasizing that the new government is committed in bringing reforms.

"We need reforms in all sectors and arenas of the country, starting from our villages to the Presidential Palace," Ghani said. "We are the kind of people who stand by our commitments. I hope the things we have done in the last two days have proved that."

After being sworn in, Massoud expanded on the need for reform in the country's economic, social and cultural spheres. He stressed on the role of education in facilitating a cultural reform.

"We need a cultural reform and for that we need to invest in our educational institutions," Massoud said, emphasizing that education is the means for a cultural, social and economic reform.

He stated that the NUG has a responsibility to be held accountable and inclusive.

"Reforms are not possible if our goals do not become national, instead of ethnic. For a better Afghanistan we should not be driven by ethnic motivations."

During their speeches, both Ghani and Massoud highlighted the role of women in the public sphere, accentuating that significant social and economic reforms are not possible without women's participation.

"The country will benefit immensely from women being in the public sphere," Massoud said. "Fifty percent of our society is made up of females. Imagine how much it would benefit our economy if the other half was a part of the work force?"

Ghani added that job appointments in the NUG would be "based on merit" adding that women and men, as well as the youth and elderly, are all valuable to society.

Since taking office on Monday, President Ghani has expressed strong opinions about the necessity of reforms in the country.

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:11:18 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16600-massoud-inaugurated-as-special-representative-to-president
Attorney General's Office Discusses Kabul Bank Case http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16599-attorney-generals-office-discusses-kabul-bank-case

At a press conference in Kabul on Thursday, the Attorney General's Office discussed the reopening of the Kabul Bank case, which was re-opened by a special decree issued by the newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, ordering the Supreme Court to re-investigate the case.

"We have received 184 out of 913 million dollars of the embezzled money back," spokesman to the Attorney General's Office Basir Azizi said. "But some of the accused have fled the country. We are trying to get them back to the country as soon as possible."

Azizi added that the Attorney General's office has been working on the case intensively since the case was reopened on Wednesday, informing the crowd that as updates and advancements take place the media will be informed.

Kabul Bank collapsed in 2010 after losing almost $1 billion as a result of share holders withdrawing their money from the bank and transferring to Dubai.

Although a few bank officials were punished, there remains widespread suspicion that there were more individuals involved who were never held to account.

Many high-profile people, including former President Hamid Karzai's brother, were accused of alleged involvement, but have been cleared according to Azizi.

"There were controversies between Kabul Bank, Mahmoud Karzai and Hassin Fahim," Azizi said, adding later that both men have been cleared of the allegations.

President Ghani stressed that re-opening the case is an important first step in fighting corruption in the country. Analysts believe that because of the involvement of powerful mafia figures in the case, re-opening the Kabul Bank case is a bold decision on the president's part.

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:48:49 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16599-attorney-generals-office-discusses-kabul-bank-case
TAWDE KHABARE: MPs Reactions to Ghani's Remarks on Inauguration Day http://www.tolonews.com/en/tawde-khabare/16598-tawde-khabare-mps-reactions-to-ghanis-remarks-on-inauguration-day

In this episode of Tawde Khabare host Shapoor Bakhtiyar discusses the reactions of parliament members to President Ghani's remarks on Inauguration Day, with the following guests:

• Nilofar Ibrahimi, MP

• Kamal Nasir Osole, MP

• Khalil Roman, analyst and author

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:08:21 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/tawde-khabare/16598-tawde-khabare-mps-reactions-to-ghanis-remarks-on-inauguration-day
FARAKHABAR: 01 October 2014 http://www.tolonews.com/en/farah-khabare/16597-farakhabar-01-october-2014

Newly elected President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday ordered a reinvestigation into the notorious Kabul Bank case, a move that could lend credibility to the claims that his government will be committed to combating Afghanistan's rampant corruption.

In the decree, the president has ordered the Supreme Court to reopen the Kabul Bank case and undertake a new investigation. It has received praise from commentators who will, no doubt, have President Ghani under a microscope during his first few weeks, or months, in office.

The Kabul Bank faced bankruptcy three years ago, reportedly as a result of share holders withdrawing their money from the bank and transferring to Dubai.

Although a few bank officials were punished, there remains widespread suspicion that there were more individuals involved who were never held to account.

In this episode of Farakhabar, host Yama Siawish discusses the topic with the following guests:

• Dr. Ramazan Bashardost

To watch the program, click here:

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:05:12 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/farah-khabare/16597-farakhabar-01-october-2014
First 100 Days: BSA's Domestic and International Aspects ‎ http://www.tolonews.com/en/miscellaneous-category/16596-first-100-days-bsas-domestic-and-international-aspects-

In this episode host Omid Farooq discusses the domestic and international dimensions of the security pact signed between Kabul and Washington, with the following guests:

• Dr. Amin Habibi, international affairs analyst

• Dr. Jafar Mahdawi, MP

To watch the program, click here:

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 06:42:26 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/miscellaneous-category/16596-first-100-days-bsas-domestic-and-international-aspects-
US Secret Service Chief Quits Over Security Breaches http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16595-us-secret-service-chief-quits-over-security-breaches

The US Secret Service director resigned Wednesday, paying the price for a string of security lapses by the elite presidential protection branch, including one in which an armed intruder ran into the White House.

Julia Pierson stepped down a day after enduring a withering public grilling by lawmakers, who pronounced themselves baffled at failures by Secret Service agents, another of which saw an armed former felon get on an elevator with President Barack Obama.

Pierson had been brought into the agency as a new broom after the reputation of its sharp-suited agents took a hit from drinking and prostitution scandals.

But she leaves with the Secret Service facing searching questions from critics who have even warned the lives of the president and his family are not safe, due to several high-profile failures.

- Pierson resigns under pressure -

Bowing to rising political pressure, Pierson offered her resignation and it was accepted by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Johnson appointed Joseph Clancy -- who formerly headed the presidential protection branch of the Secret Service as an interim replacement.

An independent panel will be named to probe a September 19 incident, which saw knife-carrying homeless US army veteran Omar Gonzalez allegedly jump the White House fence and run into the residence.

Gonzalez pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to three counts including unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

In another incident last month, an armed security contractor with a criminal record was allowed into an elevator with Obama when he visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

In another eye-opening development, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday the presidency had only been made aware of the full circumstances of the Atlanta incident shortly before it appeared in a report on Tuesday.

Pierson's sullen performance before angry lawmakers on Tuesday did little to shield her agency.

"It's clear that our security plan was not properly executed," Pierson said of the September 19 intrusion.

"This is unacceptable and I take full responsibility. And I will make sure that it does not happen again."

Following the hearing, Pierson was besieged by calls for her departure by angry lawmakers, even as the White House said it still had confidence in her.

Leading Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said that the administration had done the right thing by bringing new leadership to the Secret Service.

"The series of breaches has been serious and hard to explain. They need to get to the bottom of it quickly and fortunately, this process has now begun."

The White House said that Obama, who says he has full confidence in agents who protect him, called Pierson on Wednesday afternoon to thank her for 30 years of dedicated service.

The Gonzalez incident and the elevator breach proved to be catalysts for Pierson's departure.

- Stunning, repeated failures -

The 42-year-old Iraq veteran's intrusion triggered widespread incredulity, with lawmakers demanding to know how someone could scale an iron fence, race 70 yards (meters) across a lawn, enter an unlocked White House front door, knock down an agent and run into the East Room without being stopped.

Gonzalez was ultimately tackled by an off-duty Secret Service officer who was walking through the premises, according to reports. A search of his car later revealed hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

A string of security alerts around Obama have forced the Secret Service onto the defensive in recent years, including the firing of shots at the White House which struck the building in November 2011.

Secret Service agents were also embroiled in a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia ahead of a visit by Obama, while drunk agents in the Netherlands last March were also censured.

The 2011 shooting incident was the subject of a recent Washington Post report highlighting that it took four days for the Secret Service to determine that the White House was struck by gunfire while one of Obama's daughters was inside.

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:50:29 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16595-us-secret-service-chief-quits-over-security-breaches
Suicide Attack on ANA Kills and Wounds Dozen http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16594-suicide-attack-on-ana-kills-and-wounds-dozen

At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded early Thursday morning in Dogh Abad area of Darul Aman district in Kabul when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near an ANA vehicle, officials said.

The incident happened at 6:40 a.m. Thursday morning when a suicide bomber carrying explosives detonated his bomb near an ANA vehicle carrying ANA personnel.

"Three ANA officers were killed and eight others were wounded," Gen. Zahir Azimi, Ministry of Defense spokesman, wrote on his Twitter.

Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The victims have been taken to a nearby hospital.

This is the third explosion in Kabul City during the first three days of President Ghani's taking office and after signing the BSA & SOFA.

It comes after on Wednesday two suicide attacks targeted the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Kabul's Karte Sakhi and Da Sabz district.

The first suicide bomber targeted an ANA bus in Karte Sakhi around 6 a.m. claiming the lives of seven ANA officers and a civilian and wounding 15 others among them six civilians and a traffic officer.

According to the statement, the second blast took place around the same time as the first in Tangi Tarakhil area of Da Sabz district when a suicide bomber targeted ANA personnel with a Corolla injuring six ANA officers.

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:29:33 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16594-suicide-attack-on-ana-kills-and-wounds-dozen
TOLOnews 6 pm News 01 October 2014 http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/16593-tolonews-6-pm-news-01-october-2014 top news in this bulletin

The Kabul-Washington Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA), inked in Kabul on Tuesday, are said to hold significant political and economic implications for Afghanistan. The agreements were signed by the Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar and U.S. To watch the bulletin, click here:

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In response to comments made by newly elected President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai during his inauguration speech regarding corruption in Afghanistan, the Supreme Court met on Tuesday and released a statement suggesting the president was misinformed if he thought there was a corruption issue in the judiciary.

 

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:11:26 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/16593-tolonews-6-pm-news-01-october-2014
BSA Inspires Hope for Economic Recovery http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16592-bsa-inspires-hope-for-economic-recovery

With a new government in place and the long-awaited Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Washington signed, the Afghan economy has already begun to see the rewards and hopes for new growth has appeared.

According to reports, since the end of the presidential election and the formation of the national unity government, business transactions in Kabul have increased and the Afghan currency has risen in value.

This comes after the Afghan economy took a devastating turn for the worst this past year after former President Hamid Karzai refused to sign the BSA with the U.S. and then the election process was derailed. Experts have said the uncertainty surrounding the election and the future of NATO's involvement in Afghanistan caused investors to withdraw and Afghans to refrain from spending.

Despite the remaining weaknesses in the Afghan economy, though, people's optimism for the future since the inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and the signing of the BSA has been exhibited in the bazaars.

"During the presidential election my daily income was 100 AFS, but nowadays I make 1000 AFS per day," one cart salesman in Kabul named Kabir told TOLOnews.

Stores that were closed and lacking inventory just weeks ago are now said to be open and fully stocked. And money exchangers have reported improvements of their own. "We have seen positive changes in the market recently," said Amin Jan Khosty, the former head of the Saray Shazada money exchangers.

"I am very happy that we have a national unity government now, our business has improved in days and we have a lot of pickups," a cab driver named Asghar said.

Economists have confirmed the anecdotal reports, arguing that the formation of the new government and concluding of the security pact deal with the U.S. could have positive impacts on the Afghan economy in the near term.

"Beside the recent political change and the speech of the new president showing that he will start big programs, it gives hope to the people and they are now optimistic," said Hasibullah Muhad, a Kabul University professor.

The coming of Eid has no doubt contributed to the increased activity in Afghan markets. Economists have said that consumer prices remain higher than they should be and will continue to until the government steps in to control rates and enforce the law.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:31:02 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16592-bsa-inspires-hope-for-economic-recovery
Supreme Court Rejects President's Allegations of Corruption http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16591-supreme-court-rejects-presidents-allegations-of-corruption

In response to comments made by newly elected President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai during his inauguration speech regarding corruption in Afghanistan, the Supreme Court met on Tuesday and released a statement suggesting the president was misinformed if he thought there was a corruption issue in the judiciary.

The Afghan judiciary was ranked as the number one most corrupt in the world by Transparency International's perception survey in 2013. President Ghani has said one of his priorities will be tackling the problem of corruption in Afghanistan.

"Unfortunately there are accusations of corruption in the judiciary system and the existence of corruption will open the path for insecurity in the country," President Ghani said in his speech on Monday. "I kindly request the Supreme Court to review all employees of the courts based on a system of punishment and rewards," he added.

But following their meeting on Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected the president's insinuation that the judiciary faced corruption issues, asserting instead that Ghani is simply misinformed. The Court officials said there could have been discussions and coordination with the president beforehand, but unfortunately it wasn't done that way.

Meanwhile, civil society activists and political commentators have spoken out in support of President Ghani's concerns regarding corruption in the judiciary.

Civil society activist Aziz Rafi believes there is corruption in the judiciary system as there is in the legislature and other branches of government too. "No government department should say that they are not involved in corruption," he told TOLOnews.

Political analyst Khalil Rooman said he hoped the new government would find support in its crusade against corruption. "There is corruption in the judicial system and people know a lot of stories of corruption in the judiciary departments," he said. "I want them to support the new government and not hide the truth."

President Ghani has said that anti-corruption will be a major focus for his administration early on, and lent credibility to those claims on Wednesday when he published a decree ordering the Supreme Court to launch a new investigation into the notorious, now three-year-old Kabul Bank case.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:20:27 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16591-supreme-court-rejects-presidents-allegations-of-corruption
BSA Welcomed by International Community http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16590-bsa-welcomed-by-international-community

After the long awaited Kabul-Washington Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) was signed on Tuesday in Kabul, U.S. President Barack Obama declared that the security pact is a reflection of long-term U.S. cooperation with the National Unity Government (NUG), and will further strengthen Afghanistan's sovereignty and stability.

The American president added that the BSA marks a historic day in the U.S. and Afghanistan relations, stressing that the agreement has provided the opportunity to promote better relations between the two nations.

"This agreement comes after nearly two years of hard work by negotiating with both teams," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "The BSA represents an invitation from the Afghan government to strengthen the relationship that has been built between the United States and Afghanistan over the past 13 years and provide our service members the necessary legal framework to carry out two separate critical missions after the end of this year, the first mission is targeting the remnants of A‎l-Qaeda."

In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, too, welcomed the BSA, adding that the achievements of the previous decade have cost major human sacrifices.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his meeting with the U.S. President reaffirmed New Delhi's cooperation to Kabul, stressing that Delhi and Washington will not leave Afghanistan alone in the fight against militancy and religious extremism.

"We held discussions on the existent challenges in the world including South Asia and we agreed on cooperation against terrorism and intelligence field," Modi said about his meeting with the U.S. President. "The people of Afghanistan have shown their determination to prevail on the violence and extremism. We also discussed our commitments to Afghanistan and our coordination regarding the issue of terrorism."

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:08:07 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16590-bsa-welcomed-by-international-community
AFF to Recruit New Players for National Football Team http://www.tolonews.com/en/sports/16589-aff-to-recruit-new-players-for-national-football-team

At a press conference on Monday, Afghanistan Football Federation's (AFF) national team coach, Yousuf Kargar, announced that all national team members including players living in Europe, America, Asia and Australia have been dismissed from the national team.

According to the AFF, the purpose behind the decision is to bring new faces to the team and strengthen the team based on the federation's criteria.

"From today onward, the national football team does not have any players," Coach Kargar said. "This decision will allow us to identify and recruit new members."

"Only players who can prove their technical and professional capabilities fulfilling the AFF criteria can join the team," he added, stating that the Roshan-Afghan Premier league (RAPL) is a good opportunity to identify new talents from all over Afghanistan.

The RAPL season, which began about a month ago, will host its final game Friday October 3 with Shaheen Asmayee versus Oqaban Hindukush.
The match will be broadcasted live on TOLO and Lemar TV at 2:30 p.m. local time.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:38:45 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/sports/16589-aff-to-recruit-new-players-for-national-football-team
Ghani Orders Reinvestigation into Kabul Bank Case http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16588-ghani-orders-reinvestigation-into-kabul-bank-case

Newly elected President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday ordered a reinvestigation into the notorious Kabul Bank case, a move that could lend credibility to the claims that his government will be committed to combating Afghanistan's rampant corruption.

In the decree, the president has ordered the Supreme Court to reopen the Kabul Bank case and undertake a new investigation. It has received praise from commentators who will, no doubt, have President Ghani under a microscope during his first few weeks, or months, in office.

The Kabul Bank faced bankruptcy three years ago, reportedly as a result of share holders withdrawing their money from the bank and transferring to Dubai.

Although a few bank officials were punished, there remains widespread suspicion that there were more individuals involved who were never held to account.

"The Kabul Bank case must be thoroughly investigated and assessed, now it is the time for action and corruption must be combated aggressively," President Ghani said on Wednesday.

The presidential decree regarding the case is summarized as follows: "The Supreme Court is assigned the task to reinvestigate the Kabul Bank crisis case lying in Kabul Appellate Court over the past year within one and half months and also undertake investigation into money laundering allegations tabled by the attorney of the case."

The Attorney General and other institutions will be obligated to cooperate with the court in their investigation and "the ministry of finance is ordered to complete the proceedings of New Kabul Bank privatization documents and refer to the president for approval," the order stated.

When the case first made headlines three years ago, it quickly became the preeminent example of how bad graft and malfeasance in the private and public sectors of Afghanistan had become. Of the total amount of $912 million that was embezzled from the bank, the fate of $800 million is still uncertain.

"The Kabul Bank bankruptcy case so far hasn't been investigated thoroughly, we hope that the issue is investigated with seriousness this time," said MP Abbas Ibrahim Zada, a member of Parliament's Economic Commission.

In February 2013, a special court assigned to investigate the Kabul Bank case ended up imprisoning 21 people in connection to it. But many were unsatisfied by the ruling, which commentators said missed the biggest players in the scheme.

"This is a good move, previous investigations failed and we hope that this time the case will move forward," said MP Abdul Qadir Zazai, the head of Parliament's Commission for World Affairs.

Most of all, it would seem, Afghans want to see those responsible held accountable for their crimes. "We hope that in the first step the law is implemented on the lawbreakers as the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) also directs us to do," religious scholar Dr. Ayaz Niazi said.

Afghanistan has been rated and is generally seen as one of the most corrupt nations in the world. In 2013, the Afghan judiciary was ranked the most corrupt in the world by Transparency International.

President Ghani emphasized his plans to fight graft in Afghanistan during his inauguration speech, and Wednesday's decree marks the first tangible step his administration has taken to do so.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:29:33 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16588-ghani-orders-reinvestigation-into-kabul-bank-case
Public and Political Analysts Optimistic Over BSA http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16587-public-and-political-analysts-optimistic-over-bsa

The Kabul-Washington Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA), inked in Kabul on Tuesday, are said to hold significant political and economic implications for Afghanistan. The agreements were signed by the Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar and U.S.

Ambassador and the NATO representative in Afghanistan.

"People support these agreements," journalist Hamid Almi said. "These agreements mark the beginning of a new relation between Afghanistan and the world."

Political analysts have expressed optimism about the agreement in promoting Afghanistan's relationship with the U.S. and NATO.

"Politically, these agreements will support the relation between Afghanistan and NATO for 10 years," Kabul University Professor Nasrullah Stanakzai said.

"It will determine the location of Afghanistan among intervening countries in the region and these countries will have two options, first they should deal with Kabul and secondly they should mange themselves in the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan."

Moreover, military experts have stated that the agreement will help the Afghan National Security Forces' (ANSF) development and sustainability. These analysts consider the agreements crucial in providing a legal framework for the presence of foreign countries in Afghanistan.

"In the past 13 years, we have repeatedly stated that there should be a legal framework for the presence of foreign forces. The BSA ensures that. The agreement is politically and economically important to us," military expert Gen. Noorul Haq Alumi said.

Kabul residents, too, have high hopes for the recently inked security accords.

"To ensure our country's progress, it is necessary to have good relations with the world," street vendor Sayad Bahadur said.

People consider the U.S. support critical in helping the country counter external security threats.

"The agreement is in the country's interest. Afghan politicians should keep the country's interests in mind," Kabul resident Muhammad said.

Along the same lines, university student Tawhid said "the Afghan government should defend its national interest and the U.S. should honor the commitments it has made in the security pact."

The BSA was signed on Tuesday after almost a year delay. SOFA was signed on the same day.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:28:03 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16587-public-and-political-analysts-optimistic-over-bsa
First 100 Days: Exclusive Interview with Zalmay Khalilzad http://www.tolonews.com/en/miscellaneous-category/16586-first-100-days-exclusive-interview-with-zalmay-khalilzad

In this episode host Shapoor Bakhtiyar discusses with Khalilzad about the Afghan political process with focus on the national unity government and its impact on both Afghanistan and the United States.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:42:58 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/miscellaneous-category/16586-first-100-days-exclusive-interview-with-zalmay-khalilzad
FARAKHBAR: 30 September 2014 http://www.tolonews.com/en/farah-khabare/16585-farakhbar-30-september-2014

The crucial Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) have been signed by newly inducted National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar, U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningham and NATO Ambassador to Afghanistan Maurits R. Jochems in Kabul at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday.

Within 24 hours of taking office, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has fulfilled his promises of signing both critical agreements, which will allow the presence of U.S. and foreign forces in Afghanistan post-2014.

Speaking at the signing event, President Ahmadzai stressed that endorsing these agreements do not and will not pose a threat to the neighboring countries.
In this episode of Farakhabar, host Yama Siawish discusses the topic with the following guests:

• Daoud Kalakani, MP

• Nazari Paryani, journalist

To watch the program, click here:

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:40:48 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/farah-khabare/16585-farakhbar-30-september-2014
TAWDE KHABARE: BSA and SOFA Signed http://www.tolonews.com/en/tawde-khabare/16584-tawde-khabare-bsa-and-sofa-signed

The crucial Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) have been signed by newly inducted National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar, U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningham and NATO Ambassador to Afghanistan Maurits R. Jochems in Kabul at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday.

Within 24 hours of taking office, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has fulfilled his promises of signing both critical agreements, which will allow the presence of U.S. and foreign forces in Afghanistan post-2014.

In this episode of Tawde Khabare, host Shapoor Bakhtiyar discusses the topic with the following guests:

• Daoud Sultanzoy, Former MP

• Arif Sarwari, Former National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief

To watch the program, click here:

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:11:47 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/tawde-khabare/16584-tawde-khabare-bsa-and-sofa-signed
Zakhilwal Appointed National Economy Advisor http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16583-zakhilwal-appointed-national-economy-advisor

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai appointed Former Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal as the national economy advisor.

According to a statement by the presidential press office, Zakhilwal was appointed as both the national economy advisor and the acting minister of finance based on two separate presidential decrees.

The reason behind the second decree has been stated t‎o avoid standstill in the Ministry of Finance affairs.

On his first full day at office, newly-inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai shuffled around some offices to appoint the new members of his administration.

Former Minister of Interior Mohammad Hanif Atmar was appointed as the new National Security Advisor, to replace Rangin Dadfar Spanta, and Faizullah Zaki was designated as head of the First Vice President's office.

The president also brought some changes to the Office of Administrative Affairs and Council of Ministers Secretariat with the Presidential Office, appointing Salam Rahimi in charge of the new section, with former Faryab MP Bashir Ahmad Tayyenj as his deputy.

Wasting no time, President Ahmadzai's inauguration ceremony on Monday itself included the biggest appointment so far, the naming of his election rival Abdullah Abdullah to the post of chief executive. But the announcements that followed on Tuesday seemed to further suggest that the new government will take shape quickly, and be built on a coalition.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:36:26 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16583-zakhilwal-appointed-national-economy-advisor
U.S., British Strikes Seek to Reverse Jihadist Advances http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16582-us-british-strikes-seek-to-reverse-jihadist-advances

Islamic State fighters were closing in Wednesday on a key Syrian town near the Turkish border, despite multiple US air strikes, as the Pentagon cautioned it "cannot bomb the militants into obscurity".

US warplanes launched multiple strikes against Islamic State jihadists in both Syria and Iraq Tuesday, as Britain carried out its first air raids against the group.

IS fighters closing in on a key town near the Turkish border were among the targets of nearly a dozen US air raids in Syria, the Pentagon said.

US warplanes also bombed IS in neighbouring Iraq as Kurdish forces launched attacks on three fronts in a bid to recapture ground lost to the group last month.

Britain said its jets had destroyed an IS heavy weapons post and a machine gun-mounted vehicle in the country's first air strikes against the group in Iraq.

IS fighters have captured large parts of Iraq and Syria, declaring an Islamic "caliphate" and committing a wide range of atrocities.

The Pentagon, appealing for patience, warned that there would by no quick and easy end to the fighting.

No one should be lulled into a false sense of security by accurate air strikes," Pentagon spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby, told reporters.

"We will not, we cannot bomb them into obscurity."

A long-term effort will be needed to train and arm Syrian rebel forces and strengthen Iraq's army, he said.

He said "military action alone will not win this effort".

The US Marine Corps plans to deploy 2,300 troops to the Middle East for a new "special purpose marine air ground task force" designed to quickly respond to crises in the volatile region, Kirby added.

The idea for the task force originated before the US air strikes against the Islamic State group and is not related "to the ongoing operations in Iraq," he said.

IS fighters Tuesday freed more than 70 Kurdish school children it abducted in northern Syria in May, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor.

It was not immediately clear why IS released the children, part of a group of about 153 students snatched after taking school exams.

- Turkey could enter fray -

The move came as IS fighters penetrated within two to three kilometres (as close as 1.2 miles) of the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab on the Turkish border, the Observatory said.

It was the closest the militants had come to the town, known as Kobane in Kurdish, since they began an advance nearly two weeks ago, sending tens of thousands of mostly Kurdish refugees fleeing across the border.

NATO member Turkey, after months of caution in the fight against IS, has decided to harden its policy, and the government asked parliament Tuesday to authorise military action against IS in Iraq and Syria.

Lawmakers are due to debate a motion Thursday that Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said would "meet all the demands and eliminate the risks and threats".

Turkey has remained tight-lipped about what its intervention will entail, but Arinc indicated the parliamentary mandate will be kept as broad as possible to allow the government freedom to decide.

In Iraq, Kurdish peshmerga forces battled to claw back land from jihadists, as US warplanes launched 11 strikes at several locations, destroying armed vehicles and IS positions.

They struck at the border town of Rabia, north of jihadist-controlled Mosul, and south of oil hub Kirkuk, commanders said.

They also attacked the town of Zumar, near the reservoir of Iraq's largest dam, which has been a key battleground between Kurds and jihadists.

Peshmerga spokesman Halgord Hekmat said IS had been ousted from 30 positions.

Kurdish officials said at least six peshmerga and police were killed, as well as an unknown number of jihadists.

Three car bombs killed at least 13 people and wounded 41 in Shiite-dominated neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital Baghdad Tuesday, police and hospital sources said.

- US costs rise -

With the United States now conducting what it says are "near continuous" strikes in both Iraq and Syria, a Washington-based think-tank warned that the costs of the campaign could swiftly escalate.

US aircraft have flown more than 4,000 sorties since August, including surveillance flights, refuelling runs and bombing raids.

The Centre for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments estimated if attacks continue at a moderate level, the cost will run at between $200 million and $320 million a month, but if they are conducted at a higher pace the monthly cost could rise to as much as $570 million.

The UN says about 191,000 people have been killed since an uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad erupted in 2011, escalating into a war that brought jihadists flocking to the country.

The Observatory said at least eight people were killed Tuesday, among them four children, when regime helicopters dropped explosives-packed barrel bombs on northern Aleppo.

The number of Syrians in urgent need of food aid has shot up to more than six million, or more than one in four of the population, UN agencies said Tuesday.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:42:05 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16582-us-british-strikes-seek-to-reverse-jihadist-advances
Suicide Attack Targets ANA Vehicles in Kabul http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16581-suicide-attack-targets-ana-vehicles-in-kabul

Two suicide attacks targeted the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Kabul's Karte Sakhi and Da Sabz district on Wednesday morning, according to the Ministry of Interior (MoI) statement.

The first suicide bomber targeted an ANA bus in Karte Sakhi around 6 a.m. claiming the lives of seven ANA officers and a civilian and wounding 15 others among them six civilians and a traffic officer. 

According to the statement, the second blast took place around the same time as the first in Tangi Tarakhil area of Da Sabz district when a suicide bomber targeted ANA personnel with a Corolla injuring six ANA officers. 

The Taliban have claimed responsibility.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:48:55 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16581-suicide-attack-targets-ana-vehicles-in-kabul
TOLOnews 6pm News 30 September 2014 http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/16580-tolonews-6pm-news-30-september-2014 Top news in this Bulletin:

The crucial Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) have been signed by newly inducted National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar, U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningham and NATO Ambassador to Afghanistan Maurits R. Jochems in Kabul at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday.

To watch the whole bulletin, click here:

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Within 24 hours of taking office, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has fulfilled his promises of signing both critical agreements, which will allow the presence of U.S. and foreign forces in Afghanistan post-2014.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:28:05 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/16580-tolonews-6pm-news-30-september-2014
Battle Rages on in Sangin http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16579-battle-rages-on-in-sangin-district

Local tribal elders in Sangin district of southern Helmand province have accused Afghan police and military leaders of being too weak to fully defeat the militant threat in the area.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD), meanwhile, maintained that the situation is under control and that the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are continuing to prevent the militants' advance.

The security situation in Helmand has been fragile for years, but over the past few months security threats - in Sangin especially - have reached a new peak. Hundreds of civilians and military personnel have lost their lives or been wounded and many more residents have displaced by the violence.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has not released the exact number of casualties, but stressed that the Taliban have been unable to occupy Sangin district, which is their presumed objective. The Sangin fight is just one of the major battlefields the Afghan security forces found themselves on over the course of this summer, as the Taliban launched coordinated offensives around the country.

"I must say that casualties have been suffered among civilians, security forces and the militants, and the battle continues, the militants were trying to get control of the district," MoI deputy spokesman Najibullah Danish said on Tuesday. "The Taliban were invested and with the support of Allah they failed and operations are underway for their suppression and to rid the district of their presence."

Nevertheless, local tribal elders and political figures have lashed out against the military and police leadership for their inability to neutralize the persistent dangers experienced by everday residents in Sangin.

"The claims of the Ministry of Defense are totally baseless and fake, because army leadership in the area isn't okay; the army had pledged to launch a joint clearance operation along with police and NDS forces, unfortunately, the army hasn't joined them, evern though a police commander and deputy governor are already present in the area," Helmand Provincial Council member Mohammad Hashim Alokozai said.

"We are very angry with the army leadership, we pay our tributes to the army personnel who sacrificed their lives in battle, but the army leadership doesn't work honestly," he added.

Tribal elder Mohammad Sediq Walizada has said the numbers of reinforcements reported by the military are not reflected on the battlefield. "Maybe the army and police forces are given directions to go to Sangin, perhaps they also consider their expenditures, but on the ground, there is no presence of army and the numbers remain only on paper."

The MoD has not budged from its line, expressing grief and concern for the district but maintaining that everything possible is being done to curtail the militants. "Our commando and striking forces are in the area, the situation is under control and operations by the national army continue in Sangin," MoD spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi  assured.

Sangin district is thought to be a strategic location because it provides a gateway for southern Afghanistan to the provinces west of Helmand.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:36:21 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16579-battle-rages-on-in-sangin-district
Senators Urge Ghani to Form Foreign Policy Agenda http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16578-senators-urge-ghani-to-form-foreign-policy-agenda

Afghan Senators in Kabul on Tuesday called on the newly elected president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to take a clear stance on the Taliban and Pakistani military in order to address the most pressing security threats facing the country.
 
“Foreign policy has not been clarified yet, and this issue existed in the past too,” Senate Deputy Muhammad Alam Ayzadyar said. "We hope that the new government will set up a foreign policy regarding neighbor countries, the region and the world.”

The comments come just a day after Ashraf Ghani was inaugurated, but amid a Taliban offensive that has been waged for several months in different parts of Afghanistan. With relations between Kabul and Islamabad also at a low point, in part over the cross-border attacks by the Pakistani military, there are no doubt many foreign policy issues that will need to be grappled with in the near term.
 
Senator Gullalay Akbari said the Afghan people are desperate for peace and security, and he hopes Ghani brings stability to the country. But his fellow senators made it clear that the new president would need to take a firm stance to be successful.
 
 "If the situation goes on like this and the new government follows a policy of supplication, peace and security will never come to the country,” Senator Hadaitullah Rahai said.


The senators emphasized that resolving issues with neighboring countries would be the first step in the right direction for the new administration. “The government should make a better policy for the region and world especially for neighboring countries, which could be really helpful for the resolution of issues in Afghanistan,” Senator Ali Akbar Jamshid said.
 
Ghani’s inauguration speech on Monday largely focused around fighting corruption and reforming the judiciary. The National Assembly, however, seems to want to see the Presidential Palace give more attention to people’s concerns regarding insecurity.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:25:16 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16578-senators-urge-ghani-to-form-foreign-policy-agenda
President Ahmadzai Begins with Appointments http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16577-president-ahmadzai-begins-with-appointments

On his first full day in office, newly-inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai shuffled around some offices and named important members of his administration.

Former Minister of Interior Mohammad Hanif Atmar was appointed as the new National Security Advisor, to replace Rangin Dadfar Spanta. And Faizullah Zaki was designated as the head of the First Vice President's office.

The president also decided to fuse the Office of Administrative Affairs and Council of Ministers Secretariat with the Presidential Office. He put Salam Rahimi in charge of the new section, with former Faryab MP Bashir Ahmad Tayyenj as his deputy.

Wasting no time, President Ahmadzai's inauguration ceremony on Monday itself included the biggest appointment so far, the naming of his election rival Abdullah Abdullah to the post of chief executive. But the announcements that followed on Tuesday seemed to further suggest that the new government will take shape quickly, and be built on a coalition.

The national unity government, as it is called, according to Ghani, will prioritize recovering the economy and fighting corruption. Although, with the NATO coalition withdrawing and the Taliban launching offensives around the country, it is likely security issues will be a top priority as well.

Members of the National Assembly have taken the opportunity since the inauguration to encourage their new president to follow through on promises made during his campaign and to support the vision of the people. "We demand the national unity government consider the aspirations of the people," MP Zekirya Barakzai said.

"The promises that the president made regarding the implementation of reforms, war on corruption and restoring security must be honored," Kabul MP Abdul Rauf Enami added.

Sources close to Abdullah say that he has already begun his work, based out of the Presidential Palace. Reportedly, a separate residence on the palace grounds has been re-purposed for the Chief Executive Office. Space for Abdullah's two deputies has been made in the Marmarin Palace.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:08 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16577-president-ahmadzai-begins-with-appointments
What the BSA Entails for Afghanistan http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16576-what-the-bsa-entails-for-afghanistan

The Kabul-Washington Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) was signed on Tuesday by the newly appointed Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar and U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningham to "strengthen long-term strategic cooperation" between the two countries.

The 26-article agreement aims to promote "peace, security, and stability; strengthening state institutions; supporting Afghanistan's long-term economic and social development; and encouraging regional cooperation."

The U.S. emphasized, in the preamble, that they will not use Afghanistan as "a launching point" to target and attack other countries.

The combat mission of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) will conclude by the end of 2014. The BSA will allow the forces to continue an advisory role to train and assist the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

The agreement's goal is to "increase security and stability by reducing tensions, uncertainty, and misunderstanding" as well providing a "framework for defense and security cooperation between the parties."

The first two articles in the accord clarify and define the terms used in the agreement and state the purpose and scope of the BSA.

Article three and six lay out that the constitution and laws of Afghanistan must be abided and the country's political independence and territorial integrity should not be threatened.

"The parties agree to cooperate to strengthen Afghanistan's defenses against such threats to its territorial integrity, sovereignty, or political independence," the agreement stated.

Article four emphasizes on developing and sustaining Afghanistan's defense and security capabilities.

"The United States shall have an obligation to seek funds on a yearly basis to support the training, equipping, advising, and sustaining of the ANSF so that Afghanistan can independently secure and defend itself against internal and external threats and help ensure that terrorists never again encroach on Afghan soil and threaten Afghanistan, the region, and the world."

Article 15 states that "members of the force and members of the civilian component may enter and exit Afghanistan at agreed facilities and areas...such personnel shall be exempt from Afghan law and regulations on registration and control of foreign citizens," noting that Afghanistan maintains the right to request the removal of any member of force or civilian components from the country.

In case a dispute surfaces, article 24 states that the parties should resolve disagreements between themselves and not refer to national or international, tribunals or any third party for settlement.

The BSA will be implemented January 1, 2015 and according to article 26, the agreement will be effective till the end of 2024 unless terminated by mutual agreement upon a two-year written notice.

To access the full document, click here:

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:30:45 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16576-what-the-bsa-entails-for-afghanistan
New Government Signs BSA and SOFA http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16575-new-government-signs-bsa-and-sofa

The crucial Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) have been signed by newly inducted National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar, U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningham and NATO Ambassador to Afghanistan Maurits R. Jochems in Kabul at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday.

Within 24 hours of taking office, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has fulfilled his promises of signing both critical agreements, which will allow the presence of U.S. and foreign forces in Afghanistan post-2014.

Speaking at the signing event, President Ghani stressed that endorsing these agreements do not and will not pose a threat to the neighboring countries.

"We [Afghanistan and the international community] face the same threats, which is why we have the same interests," Ghani said. "I thank [former] President Hamid Karzai for looking into all the details of these agreements."

He emphasized that the agreements have been approved by the Loya Jirga and added that, if needed, the terms of the agreements can be modified with the consideration of both sides.

"I assure the nation that these agreements are in our national interest."

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who also attended the event, addressed the audience stressing the same importance Ghani did stating that the authorization of the agreements do not pose threats to the neighboring countries.

He also added that before inking the accord that careful consideration was given to ensure that national interest is not compromised.

Both U.S. Ambassador Cunningham and NATO Ambassador Jochems thanked former National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta on his efforts negotiating the agreements.

Cunningham said that the BSA is crucial to securing Washington's continued support to Afghanistan, emphasizing that the relations between the two countries are imperative.

"This agreement is not only important for Afghanistan, also for the region," Cunningham said at the event.

Jochems added that the NATO forces will play a non-combat advisory role to Afghanistan.

Late last year, neighboring countries Pakistan and Iran raised apprehensions on Afghanistan signing off on the BSA.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour said early December 2013 that the BSA "will damage the Afghan government and national interest in the long-term."

During the same time Rahimpour publicized his opposition of the BSA, former Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Rustam Shah Mumand asserted that "as long as the foreign troops stay in Afghanistan, relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan will not change for the better."

The security agreements will provide a legal framework for the U.S. and NATO's presence in Afghanistan post-2014.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:40:27 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16575-new-government-signs-bsa-and-sofa
ANSF Expected to Take Responsibility for Air-Control http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16574-ansf-expected-to-take-responsibility-for-air-control

The World Aviation has warned that if Afghanistan is not able to effectively take air control responsibilities from foreign troops and complete an air-traffic-control contract by mid-October, some of the largest airlines will stop their flights through the Afghan space, severely damaging the country's economy.

Since the collapse of the Taliban regime, foreign troops established air-control centers in the country's military and non-military airports. For the last 13 years, foreign troops were responsible for controlling all flight and air operations in the country.

The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) will be handed the county's security responsibilities by the end of 2014 and are expected to take control of the air traffic as well.

According to the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Afghanistan, Daoud Ali Najafi, Afghanistan will be completely ready to take the responsibilities of air control before the end of 2014.

"In the beginning, we will work jointly with a contract company for a more practical training to add to our current training," he said, emphasizing that Afghanistan has a strategic location because European aircrafts have to pass across its space to go to South and East Asia.

Afghanistan currently earns an amount of $4.4 million a year—$120,000 a month—from foreign aircrafts in its space. The money is collected by the World Aviation and transferred to the Afghan Ministry of Finance (MoF).

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:07:02 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16574-ansf-expected-to-take-responsibility-for-air-control
First 100 Days: First Day of Work for President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai http://www.tolonews.com/en/miscellaneous-category/16573-first-100-days-first-day-of-work-for-president-ashraf-ghani-ahmadzai

In this episode, host Omid Farooq takes a look at the first day of work for President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai with the following guests:

• Wais Ahmad Barmak, Afghan Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development
• Mubarez Rashidi, Minister of Counter Narcotics
• Qayoum Sajadi, MP

To watch the program, click here:

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:37:02 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/miscellaneous-category/16573-first-100-days-first-day-of-work-for-president-ashraf-ghani-ahmadzai
New Vice Presidents Introduced to Office http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16572-new-vice-presidents-introduced-to-office

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai introduced his First and Second Vice Presidents, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and Sarwar Danish, to the vice presidency office on Tuesday morning in Kabul.

President Ghani emphasized that his vice presidents will play key roles in bringing reforms and maintaining the rule of law in the country.

The new VPs congratulated Ghani on his presidency and praised the work of their predecessors, former President Hamid Karzai's VPs.

Meanwhile, on his first day of office, President Ghani appointed former Minister of Interior Hanif Atmar as the National Security Council Advisor as a replacement for Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta. Atmar had served as the Minister of Education, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and the Minister of Interior at different times during Karzai's 13 year presidency.

Ashraf Ghani took oath into office and promised to preserve the Afghan Constitution during the inauguration ceremony on Monday in the nation's first democratic transfer of power. The ceremony took place at the Presidential Palace in Kabul with more than 1,400 national and international guests.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:53:57 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16572-new-vice-presidents-introduced-to-office
TAWDE KHABARE: Inauguration Ceremony of President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai http://www.tolonews.com/en/tawde-khabare/16571-tawde-khabare-inauguration-ceremony-of-president-ashraf-ghani-ahmadzai

In this episode of Tawde Khabare, host Shapoor Bakhtiyar discusses the inauguration ceremony of President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai with the following guests:

• Nahid Farid, MP
• Fatema Aziz, MP
• Mohammad Akram Khpalwak, Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs

To watch the program, click here:

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:17:28 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/tawde-khabare/16571-tawde-khabare-inauguration-ceremony-of-president-ashraf-ghani-ahmadzai