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Aid workers in Afghanistan increasingly under threat: U.N.

KABUL (Reuters) - Aid workers in Afghanistan are increasingly under threat, the United Nations said on Saturday, calling it a worrying trend as most U.S.-led troops prepare to leave the country at the end of next year. "I am extremely concerned with this trend at a time when the country is in the midst of a difficult transition that may lead to increased humanitarian needs," U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, said in a statement.

Afghanistan agrees to reduced U.S. presence, nine bases after 2014

A proposed draft Strategic Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan envisages "much reduced" U.S. presence in Afghanistan and provision of nine agreed facilities and areas in Afghanistan after 2014. The draft of the agreement has been agreed by both sides, but it will be debated by 2,500 delegates to a Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, that started four days of deliberations in Kabul on Thursday. The recommendations of the Jirga will go to the Afghan parliament.

Australian forces to quit Afghanistan by Christmas

Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared the end of Australia's "bitter-sweet" war in Afghanistan during a surprise visit to the country, with 1,000 troops set to return home for Christmas. Abbott flew to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) mission in Uruzgan province to make the announcement, an official statement said Tuesday. "Sweet because hundreds of soldiers will be home for Christmas. Bitter because not all Australian families have had their sons, fathers and partners return," he said at Australia's main base at Tarin Kot on Monday.

British soldier killed in Afghanistan

A British soldier was shot dead in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the Ministry of Defence in London said, the first British loss of life in the conflict since April. The government said the soldier -- the 445th British serviceman to be killed in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001 -- had been killed by enemy fire while on patrol in the restive southern Helmand Province. "Despite receiving immediate medical attention, he died from his injuries at the scene," the ministry said in a statement, adding that the soldier's family have been informed.

2 Kidnapped foreign aid workers freed in Afghanistan

Kabul, Aug 23 (EFE).- Two international aid workers - a Canadian and a Bangladeshi - who were kidnapped in Afghanistan three days ago have been liberated by security forces, the AIP news agency said Friday. The workers were freed on Thursday afternoon, the governor of Bamiyan province, Habiba Surabi, told AIP. Four suspected kidnappers have been detained, Surabi said. The kidnapping took place on Tuesday near Bamiyan city, the provincial capital.

US wants to keep nine bases in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed Thursday to wring concessions from the United States in negotiations to sign a security pact, saying Washington wanted to retain nine military bases in the country. After more than 11 years of US-led military intervention in Afghanistan, the two countries are hammering out a deal to allow a limited US troop presence to remain after the international coalition leaves next year.

Three British soldiers killed in Afghanistan blast

Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that Britain was paying a "very high price" in Afghanistan after three soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb. Six British soldiers have now been killed this year in Afghanistan, where British casualties have slowed over the past year. Britain has not lost so many soldiers in one incident since six were killed by a similar blast in March last year.

FHockey: Pakistan offers hockey support to Afghanistan

Pakistan said Monday it would help foster the development of field hockey in Afghanistan, hoping to replicate its success in supporting its war-ravaged neighbour's rise in cricket. The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) promised to give Afghanistan a place in their domestic competitions and provide equipment, resources and technical assistance. Since the Taliban's ouster in 2001, Pakistan has provided similar help to Afghan's cricketers which has seen them rise to one-day status in 2009 and qualify for back-to-back World Twenty20s in 2010 and 2012.

Bishkek conference to review scenarios of situation development in Afghanistan and threats for Central Asia

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.

BiH sends peacekeeping troops to Afghanistan

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.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."We are pleased with our current involvement in peacekeeping, and we have won praise from international institutions for the missions," said Okolic.The rotating unit has 45 members.No case of injury or death is registered for BiH peacekeeping members in Afghanistan
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