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More than 120 militants killed in fresh raids: Afghan gov't
KABUL, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Some 121 Taliban militants have been killed while nine others detained in fresh military operations across Afghanistan, the country's Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

Military Operation ongoing for releasing 30 abducted passengers
Khaama Press March 4, 2015
The military operation that began on Monday night in Khak-i-Afghan District of southern Zabul province for releasing the 30 abducted passengers is still ongoing.

Why Pakistan would welcome delayed US withdrawal from Afghanistan
Pakistan's ambassador to Washington, Jalil Abbas Jilani, told reporters at a Monitor Breakfast Tuesday that the country has seen heightened militant activity along its border as US troops have drawn down in eastern Afghanistan.
Christian Science Monitor By Howard LaFranchi March 3, 2015
Washington - Hints from senior Obama administration officials that the United States could put off the planned end-of-2016 military withdrawal from Afghanistan are viewed positively by neighboring Pakistan, the country’s ambassador to Washington, Jalil Abbas Jilani, told reporters at a Monitor breakfast Tuesday.

Prominent Pakistani Religious Leaders Announce Support for Afghan Peace Talks
TOLOnews.com By Syed Tariq Majidi 03 March 2015
The Chairman of Pakistan's Ulema Council and the Provincial Chairman of the political party Jamaat-e Islami Pakistan have announced their support for the renewed peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The move marks an unprecedented policy shift for the influential Pakistani leaders, who have traditionally been vocal supporters of the insurgency.

Former Deputy Head of Afghan Central Bank Imprisoned in Kabul
TOLOnews.com By Saleha Soadat 03 March 2015
Mohibullah Safi, former deputy head of the Afghan Central Bank, and one of the main defendants in the Kabul Bank corruption case, has been arrested and imprisoned in Kabul, the Attorney General's Office announced on Tuesday.

HRW Calls For Prosecution Of Afghan Officials, Commanders Guilty Of Rights Abuse
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 3, 2015
Human Rights Watch has released a report that calls on new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his government to prosecute officials and commanders "whose serious human rights abuses have long gone unpunished."

Afghanistan officials sanctioned murder, torture and rape, says report
Human Rights Watch accuses high-ranking officials of allowing extrajudicial killings and brutal practices to flourish after fall of Taliban
The Guardian By Emma Graham-Harrison 3 March 2015
Kabul - Top Afghan officials have presided over murders, abduction, and other abuses with the tacit backing of their government and its western allies, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.

Afghan leader orders graft review for all army supply contracts
Reuters By By Jessica Donati 04 March 2015
KABUL - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a review of all military logistics contracts after cancelling a $280 million fuel supply deal over allegations the bidding process was rigged, officials said.

Agriculture Ministry Forecasts Rainfall While Researchers Warn of Drought
TOLOnews.com By Zenat Mohammadi 03 March 2015
Despite fears among many farmers and researchers, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MoAIL) have voiced optimism about the small likelihood of any major droughts occurring this year.

Teenage Girl Raped By Mullah in Takhar Pregnant
TOLOnews.com By Saboor Ghafoori 03 March 2015
The victim of sexual abuse, who was raped by a local mullah in northern Takhar province eight months back, was threatened to not speak, is now eight months pregnant.

Sar-e-Pul, Takhar Women Seek Justice
TOLOnews.com By Abid Joyenda 03 March 2015
A woman who lost her husband, two daughters and a son in an attack by armed men in northern Sar-e-Pul province has claimed hidden efforts were underway to release the perpetrators from jail who have already sentenced to death.







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