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Protesters Say Kabul Ignoring Growth of IS Group in Afghanistan
By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan January 23, 2015
Dozens of activists from Afghan nongovernmental organizations have staged a protest in Kabul to call attention to what they say is the growing influence of Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan.

Afghans more concerned about worsening economy than instability
Khaama Press January 23, 2015
The majority of the Afghans are more concerned regarding deteriorating economic situation in the country and believe the economic fall is more dangerous than the Taliban-led insurgency.

Abdullah in Talks With MPs Over Nominees With Dual Citizenship
TOLOnews.com By Shakeela Ibrahimkhail January 22, 2015
There are ongoing negotiations between Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, President Ashraf Ghani and lawmakers in Parliament over cabinet nominees with dual citizenship, Cultural and Social Affairs Advisor to the CEO, Said Agha Fazel Sancharaki, said on Thursday. If necessary, he says, new nominees will be named.

KMTC Provides NATO Standard Training to Graduates: Patyalai
TOLOnews.com By Syed Sharif Amiri January 22, 2015
The Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC) is Afghanistan's largest training centers where graduates at the center are provided military training in accordance to NATO standards, commander of KMTC Gen. Aminullah Patyalai said on Thursday.

Rates of Crime, Attacks Down in Kabul: Police Chief
TOLOnews.com By Syed Tariq Majidi January 22, 2015
Increased levels of public cooperation with the police and security forces has helped reduce crime and terrorist attacks over the past two months in Kabul, according to Abdul Rahman Rahimi, the capital's Police Chief.

Former Swedish foreign minister says he smuggled condemned student from Afghanistan in 2009
The Associated Press January 23, 2015
STOCKHOLM - Sweden's former foreign minister says he helped an Afghan student and journalist secretly flee the country in 2009, which saved the man from a death penalty.

Afghans protest against French magazine in Kabul
The Associated Press January 22, 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan - Around 100 people, many carrying banners emblazoned with a red heart and letters reading the Prophet Muhammad, demonstrated in the Afghan capital against the publishers of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Thursday, accusing them of blasphemy.

Capture the Flag in Afghanistan
ISIS is trying to make inroads into Afghanistan but how likely are Afghan’s to replace their white Taliban flags with the black ISIS flag?
The Foreign Policy By Matthew Dearing January 22, 2015
It appears the Islamic State’s territorial motivations extend well beyond Syria and Iraq, as recent reports reveal the organization’s recruitment and expansion efforts in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, has established a redoubt in Zamin Dawar area of Kajaki district







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