Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24534/all en Afghanistan mortars kill five in Pakistan: officials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/afghanistan-mortars-kill-five-pakistan-officials <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mortar shells fired from Afghanistan on Friday killed five people in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal district, Pakistani officials said.</p> <p>"The shells hit five people near Angoor Adda, around three kilometres (1.8 miles) from Afghanistan border, and killed them," said a Pakistani security official.</p> <p>The identity of the victims was not immediately clear as two officials said they were local militants and another said they were still identifying the bodies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/afghanistan-mortars-kill-five-pakistan-officials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia Pakistan War War on Terror AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:15:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743396 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ 34,000 US troops home from Afghanistan in next year: source http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/urgent-34000-us-troops-home-afghanistan-next-year-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will pull 34,000 US troops home from Afghanistan in the next year, a source familiar with his speech said.</p> <p>The move will effectively halve the size of the current 66,000 strong US force in Afghanistan, ahead of a final withdrawal of most foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.</p> <p>tq-col/jm</p> Afghanistan Asia AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:45:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753575 at http://www.globalpost.com 34,000 US troops home from Afghanistan in next year: source http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/34000-us-troops-home-afghanistan-next-year-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will pull 34,000 US troops home from Afghanistan in the next year, a source familiar with his speech said.</p> <p>The move will effectively halve the size of the current 66,000 strong US force in Afghanistan, ahead of a final withdrawal of most foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.</p> <p>The source, speaking on condition of anonymity so as not to preempt Obama's remarks, said the president would undertake to make the withdrawals around the time of his next State of the Union speech next year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/34000-us-troops-home-afghanistan-next-year-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Hamid Karzai Human rights abuses Politics War War in Afghanistan AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:45:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753582 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ US war in Afghanistan will end in 2014: Obama http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/urgent-us-war-afghanistan-will-end-2014-obama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The US war in Afghanistan will end by late 2014, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday, saying that another 34,000 American troops will come home over the next year.</p> <p>"This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over," Obama said in his annual State of the Union address.</p> <p>jkb/sst</p> Afghanistan Barack Obama Barack Obama Luo people United States AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 04:15:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754057 at http://www.globalpost.com Killings of government workers soar in Afghanistan: UN http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/killings-government-workers-soar-afghanistan-un-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Insurgent attacks on Afghan government employees soared by 700 percent last year even as the overall 2012 civilian death toll from the war fell for the first time in six years, the UN said Tuesday.</p> <p>Targeted killings of women in government service by Taliban-led insurgents were "particularly disturbing", the UN mission in Afghanistan said in its annual report on civilian casualties.</p> <p>A total of 2,754 civilians died in the conflict last year, a 12 percent drop from 2011, taking the toll over the past six years to 14,728, the report said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/killings-government-workers-soar-afghanistan-un-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia Business Labor Law Politics War War in Afghanistan AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:45:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5759617 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch police trainers to quit Afghanistan earlier: Rutte http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/dutch-police-trainers-quit-afghanistan-earlier-rutte <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dutch military trainers will withdraw earlier than planned from their mission in war-torn Afghanistan's Kunduz province, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Friday, saying local forces were ready to take over.</p> <p>"We have decided to end the training mission on July 1," Rutte told journalists at his weekly post-cabinet press conference.</p> <p>"The Afghans are ready sooner than planned to take responsibility for police training in Kunduz," he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/dutch-police-trainers-quit-afghanistan-earlier-rutte" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Armed forces of the Netherlands Asia Disaster Military of the Netherlands AFP Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:01:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5777356 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Two US soldiers killed, 10 wounded in Afghanistan: official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/urgent-two-us-soldiers-killed-10-wounded-afghanistan-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two US soldiers in Afghanistan were killed Monday and ten wounded in a suspected insider attack, a US defense official said.</p> <p>The assault in the central province of Wardak, a volatile province near the capital Kabul, also killed members of the Afghan security forces. The incident comes after Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded the removal of US elite special forces from the area.</p> <p>ddl/jm</p> Afghanistan Asia Hamid Karzai Pashtun people AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:16:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5779736 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish troops in Afghanistan begin withdrawal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130315/spanish-troops-afghanistan-begin-withdrawal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madrid, Mar 15 (EFE).- The Spanish mission in Afghanistan began its withdrawal from Qala-i-Naw to its main base in Herat with the moving of equipment, vehicles and personnel.</p> <p>"Bringing forward the date originally planned, the Spanish contingent in Afghanistan, Aspfor XXXII, has begun moving materiel to the base maintained by Spain in Herat, in order to be repatriated," Spain's Defense General Staff said Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130315/spanish-troops-afghanistan-begin-withdrawal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force Provinces of Afghanistan Qala i Naw Agencia EFE Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:00:44 +0000 Agencia EFE 5784921 at http://www.globalpost.com Denmark to pull half its troops out of Afghanistan a year early http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/denmark-pull-half-its-troops-out-afghanistan-year-early <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Denmark will withdraw half of its 650 soldiers from Afghanistan in August, a year earlier than planned, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Tuesday. </p> <p>An infantry unit had been due to be replaced in the volatile Helmand province in August but Thorning-Schmidt said that this would no longer take place based on an assessment by British and Danish defence officials.</p> <p>"Therefore the only combat unit in Afghanistan will be our tank unit, which will remain," he told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/denmark-pull-half-its-troops-out-afghanistan-year-early" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Helle Thorning-Schmidt Military of Afghanistan Neil Kinnock AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:01:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5787713 at http://www.globalpost.com Denmark to pull half its troops out of Afghanistan a year early http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/denmark-pull-half-its-troops-out-afghanistan-year-early-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Denmark will withdraw half of its 650 soldiers from Afghanistan in August, a year earlier than planned, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Tuesday. </p> <p>An infantry unit had been due to be replaced in the volatile Helmand province in August but Thorning-Schmidt said that an assessment by British and Danish defence officials showed that this was no longer needed.</p> <p>"Therefore the only combat unit in Afghanistan will be our tank unit, which will remain," she told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/denmark-pull-half-its-troops-out-afghanistan-year-early-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Europe Government Military of Afghanistan AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:16:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5787722 at http://www.globalpost.com Road mine kills Polish soldier in Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/road-mine-kills-polish-soldier-afghanistan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 29-year-old Polish soldier died when a mine exploded on a road in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, Poland's defence ministry said.</p> <p>Pawel Ordynski, whose vehicle struck the mine in the province of Ghazni, is the 39th Pole to die in a decade of conflict in Afghanistan, ministry spokesman Jacek Sonta said.</p> <p>Poland has 1,800 troops serving in Afghanistan with NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), making it one of the main contributors to the 100,000-strong mission.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/road-mine-kills-polish-soldier-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force Military of Afghanistan Radosław Sikorski AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:00:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5788806 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian troops to quit Afghanistan as base closes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/australian-troops-quit-afghanistan-base-closes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's main base in Afghanistan will close and most of its troops will be home by the end of the year, Defence Minister Stephen Smith said on Tuesday.</p> <p>The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the NATO-led force in Afghanistan, has decided to shut the base in Tarin Kot in Uruzgan province and this meant an end to Australia's main mission.</p> <p>"With the closure of multinational base Tarin Kot, the majority of Australia's troops will come home from Afghanistan," Smith said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/australian-troops-quit-afghanistan-base-closes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force Orūzgān Province War in Afghanistan AFP Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:45:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5793729 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan to sign trilateral transit pact http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130402/pakistan-tajikistan-and-afghanistan-sign-trilateral-transit-pact <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Construction of the railway link connecting Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan as well as implementation of the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA 1000) were the focus of a meeting of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasoul that took place here on Friday.</p><P>According to the Tajik president’s official website, the sides also discussed cooperation between relevant bodies of the two countries for implementation of ambitious regional projects.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130402/pakistan-tajikistan-and-afghanistan-sign-trilateral-transit-pact" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Landlocked countries Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member states of the United Nations Technology Asianet Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:31:49 +0000 Asianet 5799329 at http://www.globalpost.com BiH sends peacekeeping troops to Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130405/bih-sends-peacekeeping-troops-afghanistan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) held a ceremony on Thursday for an infantry unit to be deployed to Afghanistan for peace-keeping mission.</p><P>Deputy Defense Minister Mirko Okolic attended the ceremony at the Kozara barracks in Banja Luka, capital city of Republika Srpska (RS), an entity of BiH.</p><P>"We are pleased with our current involvement in peacekeeping, and we have won praise from international institutions for the missions," said Okolic.</p><P>The rotating unit has 45 members.</p><P>No case of injury or death is registered for BiH peacekeeping members in Afghanistan</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130405/bih-sends-peacekeeping-troops-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Bosnia and Herzegovina Geography of Bosnia and Herzegovina Republika Srpska War Asianet Fri, 05 Apr 2013 20:48:57 +0000 Asianet 5803021 at http://www.globalpost.com Bishkek conference to review scenarios of situation development in Afghanistan and threats for Central Asia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/bishkek-conference-review-scenarios-situation-development-afghanistan-a <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Kyrgyzstan plans to hold the international conference in Bishkek on prospects of development of situation and security threats for Central Asia in connection with withdrawal of ISAF troops in September 2013, Parliament Speaker Asilbek Jeenbekov said at the session of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly Council in St.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/bishkek-conference-review-scenarios-situation-development-afghanistan-a" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan International relations Landlocked countries Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Technology Asianet Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:21:08 +0000 Asianet 5813937 at http://www.globalpost.com