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ISAF looking into alleged civilian casualties in Khost province
Khaama Press By Ghanizada Apr 15 2014
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said they are looking to into alleged civilian casualties following a NATO airstrike in eastern Khost province.

Afghan Female Lawmaker Injured In Kabul Shooting
By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan April 16, 2014
A female member of the Afghan parliament, Maryam Koofi, has been shot and injured near her home in Kabul.

Premature blast kills Afghan Taliban mine planter
SHIBERGAN, Afghanistan, April 16 (Xinhua) -- A Taliban mine planter was killed as his mine went off prematurely in Jauzjan province with Shiberghan as its capital 390 km north of Kabul on Wednesday, police said. "The incident took place early Wednesday morning when a Taliban fighter Mullah Habibullah was planting a mine on a road in Faizabad district killing him on the spot," provincial police chief Abdul Aziz Ghairat told Xinhua.

EXCLUSIVE: Confidential U.S. assessments show Afghanistan not ready to govern on own
State Department tries to hide risks of corruption
The Washington Times By Guy Taylor April 15, 2014
Confidential U.S. assessments, which the State Department tried to hide from the public, show nearly all Afghan Cabinet ministries are woefully ill-prepared to govern after the U.S. withdraws its troops, often describing the gaps in knowledge, capability and safeguards as “critical” and describing an infrastructure in danger of collapsing if left to its own accord.

Afghan forces kill Taliban local commander, wound 4
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Units of Afghan security forces during operations against Taliban militants in the northern Badakhshan province on Tuesday night killed a local commander and injured four others, spokesman for the provincial government Ahmad Naved Frotan said Wednesday.

Senate Urges Neutrality, IEC Draws Line on Result Sheets
TOLOnews.com By Geeti Mohseni & Saleha Sadat 15 April 2014
Senate Chair Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Tuesday urged Afghan election officials to maintain their neutrality in the vote counting process just as the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced it would disqualify all result sheets that fail to meet pre-established standards for validation.

US Awaits New President for BSA Signature
TOLOnews.com By Rafi Sediqi 15 April 2014
At a meeting held in the western Herat province on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham expressed support for the Afghan election process and said Washington looked forward to finalizing the security deal that would allow American troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014 with the next executive in Kabul.

ECC Wants to Isolate Votes From Certain Centers
TOLOnews.com By Shakeela Abrahimkhil 15 April 2014
Based on hundreds of serious complaints lodged against certain polling centers around the country, the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has called on the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to isolate thousands of votes from the counting process that is already well underway.

Afghan economy faces serious revenue shortfall amid tenuous political transition
The Washington Post By Kevin Sieff and Joshua Partlow April 15, 2014
KABUL - When the next president of Afghanistan takes office later this year, he will inherit a growing budget shortfall that could leave tens of thousands of civil servants unpaid and force key public programs to shutter.

UK partly to blame for failure to stop Afghan attack - MPs
BBC News 15 April 2014
British commanders must "bear a degree of responsibility" for the failure to prevent a Taliban raid in Afghanistan in 2012 that left two US marines dead, a group of MPs has said.

4159 detainees released from Bagram prison: Gen. Farooq
Khaama Press By Ghanizada Apr 16 2014
The government of Afghanistan has released 4159 prisoners from the Bagram prison after they were transferred to Afghan control.

Afghan presidential hopeful Ashraf Ghani wants “special relationship” with Pakistan
By Ghanizada - Wed Apr 16 2014, 1:21 pm Khaama Press
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a frontrunner in Afghan presidential race has said that he wants to build a “special relation” with the neighboring Pakistan, in a bid to end instability in his war-torn nation.

Debate Over Corruption at Customs
TOLOnews.com By Anwar Hashimi 16 April 2014
Speaking to the The Washington Times, Deputy U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Jarrett Blanc said that ongoing corruption in Afghanistan customs offices has undermined much needed revenues. However, the Afghan Ministry Finance (MoF) has disputed those claims.

Afghanistan economic growth falls sharply in 2013: ADB
By Ghanizada - Wed Apr 16 2014, 4:38 pm Khaama Press
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials informed of a steep reduction in economic development of Afghanistan during the year 2013.







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