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Taliban Denies Reported Death of Leader Mullah Omar
Ayaz Gul VOA News July 29, 2015 8:25 AM
ISLAMABAD - The Afghan Taliban and sources close to the insurgent group’s upcoming peace talks with the Afghan government in Pakistan this week are rejecting reports that fugitive Taliban chief Mullah Omar is dead.

Afghan gov't assessing report on Taliban leader Omar's death
KABUL, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan government is assessing the report on the death of Taliban reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, Sayed Zafar Hashemi, a deputy spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, said here Wednesday at a press conference.

Presidential Palace Employees Have Gone Unpaid for Months
TOLOnews By Shakeela Ibrahimkhail July 28, 2015
Sources inside the Presidential Palace's Administrative Affairs Office have reported that a large number of employees in the executive branch have not been paid their salaries for several months.

Taliban Make Gains Across 3 Provinces in Afghanistan
The New York Times By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN JULY 28, 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban have seized territory across three provinces in northern Afghanistan in recent days, as the government in Kabul has struggled to reinforce isolated outposts amid the insurgent offensive.

Children Main Victim of Human Trafficking in Afghanistan: Report
TOLOnews By Sayed Tariq Majidi July 28, 2015
The latest U.S. report on human trafficking has put Afghanistan in the second tier in terms of human trafficking and states that most of the victims are reported to be children.

President Ghani off to Germany for treatment
Khaama Press July 29, 2015
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday left for Germany for the treatment of his leg, the Presidential Palace said.

Central Asia’s Stake in Afghanistan’s War
Afghan forces are fighting Central Asian extremists. Time for the region to get more involved.
The Diplomat By Tamim Asey July 29, 2015
The spillover effects of the NATO forces withdrawal from Afghanistan already has the Central Asian States of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan worried. Today, Afghan National Security Forces are fighting Chechen, Uzbek, Tajik and Kyrgyz extremists in its northern provinces, paying a heavy price in blood and treasure with very little acknowledgement

Unidentified gunmen torch school in Ghazni
Khaama Press July 29, 2015
Unidentified armed men have torched a school in the outskirt of Ghazni city, the provincial capital of Ghazni province.

Feature: Female Afghan footballer crossing traditional barriers to make dream come true
by Haleem, Omid
KABUL, July 29 (Xinhua) -- "It is my dream to become a football star and earn honor for my country one day," Massuma Mohammadi, 22, told Xinhua at the national stadium here in Kabul on Monday.

Floods Cause Devastation Across 12 Provinces
TOLOnews By Mir Abed Joyenda July 28, 2015
The National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) on Tuesday said that over the past three days 12 provinces suffered heavy flooding, leaving in the wake a number of villages facing destruction and loss.

Delegation to Visit Pakistan In Bid To Halt Rocket Attacks
TOLOnews By Shakeela Ibrahimkhail July 28, 2015
An official Afghan delegation is expected to leave for Islamabad on Tuesday in a bid to get the Pakistani military to halt their rocket attack offensive against Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.







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