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10 soldiers martyred, 44 militants killed in military operations
Khaama Press July 1, 2015
10 soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 44 militants killed in newest military operations across the country, officials announced on Wednesday.

Former Afghan Soldier Granted Asylum In U.S.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 1, 2015
A soldier in the Afghan Army who went missing during a training exercise at a U.S. military base in Massachusetts last year has been granted asylum by the United States, his lawyer said on June 30.

Stanikzai finally introduced to Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence
Khaama Press July 1, 2015
Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai, the acting Defense Minister, who was nominated for the post of Defense Minister earlier, has been introduced to the Lower House of Parliament or Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence.

Pentagon: Afghan forces inadequate to fight Taliban
Pentagon: Retaken lands easily overpowered by terror groups
The Washington Times By Rowan Scarborough June 30, 2015
Afghanistan defense forces suffered a whopping 59 percent increase in battlefield casualties the past six months compared with 2014, mostly by the national police force, which remains ill-equipped to counter Taliban offenses and/or to hold recaptured territory, says a new Pentagon report.

Ex-Jihadi Figures Meet Over NATO Strike On Commander's Residence
TOLOnews.com By Mirabed Joyenda 30 June 2015
A number of former Jihadi figures and senior government officials on Tuesday gathered at the residence of former Jihadi leader Jan Ahmad – whose house came under an alleged NATO strike on Sunday.

Afghan Pilot Questioned After Complaining About Poor Living Conditions
TOLOnews.com By Saleha Soadat 30 June 2015
An Afghan Air Force (AAF) pilot named Abdul Rahman Rahmani has been brought in for questioning by the AAF's criminal investigation department allegedly regarding remarks he made on social media about pilot living conditions.

Sediqi: Eight Pakistani soldiers killed in clash with Afghan forces after violating border in Paktika
Khaama Press Jul 01 2015
Pakistan once again violated border in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, prompting deadly clash with Afghan forces.

MoI Announces Extension of Police Salaries Funding Program
TOLOnews.com By Rateb Noori 30 June 2015
Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials announced on Tuesday that the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA), a project that provides funds for Afghan National Police (ANP) salaries in partnership with the United Nations, will be extended for another 18 months.







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