Afghanistan News March 5, 2014: Today's headlines.....
Afghan president's brother withdraws from election, backs ex-minister
By Katharine Houreld and Mirwais Harooni
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan president's older brother, Qayum Karzai, announced on Wednesday he was withdrawing from next month's presidential election and would back former foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul.
Afghan Presidential Candidates Debate Foreign Policy
TOLOnews.com By Sonil Haidari 05 March 2014
Three of the 11 presidential candidates participated in the third televised TOLOnews debate on Tuesday night, exchanging views on foreign policy ahead of the April vote.
Afghan poll candidates debate foreign policy
The three clear frontrunners debate their foreign relations policies a month out from Afghanistan's election.
AlJazeera By Ali M Latifi 4 Mar 2014
Kabul - A month out from the polls, the three frontrunners in Afghanistan’s presidential election have debated their policies on the future of the nation’s foreign relations.
US patience better than pressure for Afghan security deal
Rather than pressuring Hamid Karzai to sign the bilateral security agreement now, waiting for the new Afghan president to sign the BSA gives it more legitimacy, may help end the Taliban insurgency, and will secure better US-Afghan relations for the future.
By James Weir March 4, 2014 11:41 AM Christian Science Monitor
Afghanistan is at a critical juncture. The first peaceful, democratic transfer of power following decades of violence appears poised to occur after April’s presidential elections. NATO forces are already substantially reduced, with a complete withdrawal of combat forces set for the end of 2014. All Afghan socioeconomic indicators show vast improvement since 2001.
Afghan police kill 2 militants, detain Taliban judge
SARIPUL, Afghanistan, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security forces in operations against anti-government militants raided a house in Saripul province, 350 km north of Kabul, early Wednesday, killing two militants and capturing a Taliban judge, Inspector General Police of the province said.
Afghanistan to Disband Crucial Guard Force
Elimination of Force Adds Security Concerns for U.S. Military, International Aid Programs
The Wall Street Journal By Nathan Hodge March 4, 2014
KABUL - The Afghan government is moving to dissolve a crucial guard force that protects military supply convoys, international aid programs and foreign installations, creating new uncertainty over security as the U.S. and its allies withdraw.
Analysts Say Karzai Is Taking U.S.-Afghanistan Deal Hostage
TOLOnews.com By TOLOnews.com 05 March 2014
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is taking hostage a deal that would ensure U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan post-2014 in favor of his personal legacy and putting pressure on the United States, Afghan analysts and political commentators said on Wednesday.
Two blasts kill 2 Afghan civilians, wound 10
MAIMANA, Afghanistan, March 5 (Xinhua)-- Two civilians were killed and 10 others sustained injuries in two blasts in Faryab province with Maimana as its capital on Tuesday evening, provincial police chief Toryali Abdyani said Wednesday.
British soldier in 'non battle' Afghanistan death
5 March 2014 BBC News
A British soldier has died as a result of "non battle-related injuries" at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
Afghan Security Officials Toughen Rhetoric Against Taliban
TOLOnews.com By Tariq Majidi 04 March 2014
The Ministry of interior Affairs (MoIA) Tuesday defended the right of the Afghan National Police (ANP) to use any force necessary to subdue armed insurgents behind Afghan deaths. The statement joins a growing push from security officials to galvanize their forces and ramp-up operations around the country since an attack in Kunar.
Kandahar Officials Accused of Assisting Prison Escape
TOLOnews.com By Baryalai Rahimi 05 March 2014
Kandahar officials have started to talk about the Kandahar escape incident after one week. The Kandahar Appeal Court Judge has claimed that the prison officials are behind the escape of 12 prisoners. According to the judge, investigations show that the logistics manager and a few others were involved.
Ambitious U.S. hospital project in Afghanistan faces failure
By Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni Wed Mar 5, 2014 7:37am EST
KABUL - (Reuters) - An ambitious U.S.-funded project to build hospitals in Afghanistan has run into the ground, with the largest hospital ever planned in the country unlikely to open in full, U.S. and Afghan officials said.
An Effective Military and Good Government
The New York Times By Ali Ahmad Jalali March 4, 2014
The presence of U.S. and NATO military forces in Afghanistan is considered only one of many factors that contribute to stability and prevent the terrorist resurgence in the country. As we consider the future of Afghanistan without those troops, we should keep in mind what an international presence can do and what it cannot do.
Afghanistan's Constitution at Ten
Foreign Policy BY Tom Ginsburg, Aziz Huq MARCH 4, 2014
On January 26, Afghanistan's Constitution turned 10. While simply making it to a tenth birthday is an achievement of sorts, as many national constitutions today do not survive that long, the impending withdrawal of international troops and a pivotal presidential election on the horizon provide an opportunity to reflect on the U.S-backed effort at constitution-making.
Female Candidates Anxious About Campaign Security
TOLOnews.com By Rafi Sideqi 04 March 2014
Female Provincial Council candidates on Tuesday raised concerns regarding security threats that could hinder their campaigning. The candidates demanded that security institutions undertake special precautions to ensure security is provided for them as the campaign season gets underway.
German Ambassador Reaffirms Cooperation to Afghanistan Post-2014
TOLOnews.com By Geeti Mohsini 05 March 2014
Germany will stay with Afghanistan beyond 2014 and will continue to support the country in the long-term, German Ambassador to Afghanistan Martin Jäger said on Monday.
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