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New Afghan govt signs US troops deal

New Afghan govt signs US troops deal

The new Afghan government has signed a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond this year. The agreement was signed by Afghanistan's newly appointed national security adviser, Hanif Atmar. The previous President, Hamid Karzai, refused to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US, straining...

Ashraf Ghani sworn in as new Afghan president

Ashraf Ghani sworn in as new Afghan president

Ashraf Ghani has been sworn in as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power. The Kabul ceremony followed six months of deadlock amid a bitter dispute over electoral fraud and a recount of votes. Under a US-brokered unity deal  Ghani shares power with runner-up Abdullah Abdullah who becomes...

Afghanistan deal

THE election deal secured in Afghanistan by the international community cannot really be called democratic, but at least it has given the country a chance to establish relative peace and stability. Unhappily, three elections into a new era aspiring towards democracy, the Afghan electoral process remains hostage to back-room deals, powerbrokers and warlords. Without forgetting Pakistan's own struggles with democracy over more than six decades, the most worrying part about the post-2001 Afghan political system is that it does not...

Blair urges ground troops to fight IS

Blair urges ground troops to fight IS

Britain's former prime minister and Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair yesterday said that sending ground troops to fight the Islamic State (IS) group should not be ruled out. Blair, who sent British forces to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he knew "as well as anyone" the difficulties of any such move...

Afghan Unity Deal

Taliban reject new govt as US 'sham'

Afghanistan's Taliban militants yesterday decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a "sham" orchestrated by the United States and they vowed to press on with their war. Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, ending months of turmoil that has destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave. Ghani's administration must now...

Afghan presidential contenders sign election deal

Afghan presidential contenders sign election deal

A deal to form a government of national unity in Afghanistan has been signed at a ceremony in Kabul. The signing - broadcast live on national TV - comes after months of wrangling following presidential elections in April and June. Under the deal, Ashraf Ghani becomes president while runner-up Abdullah Abdullah nominates a CEO with...

The distrust continues

VIOLENCE on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border continues. It is a dangerous trend that has evolved in recent years with no end in sight. As the foreign ministries of the two countries sparred over the implications of Punjabi Taliban leader Asmatullah Muawiya's announcement that his group will no longer commit violence inside Pakistan, but continues to believe in jihad elsewhere, Pakistani security personnel came under attack from Afghan-based anti-Pakistan militants. While a further escalation in tensions seems unlikely —...

Booters eyeing 2nd round

Booters eyeing 2nd round

After Bangladesh's brilliant victory against Afghanistan in the group opener followed by the draw between favourites Uzbekistan and Hong Kong, the players are dreaming of making it to the 16-team second round of the Asian Games for the first time. With the initial target of beating Afghanistan achieved, the players are resolute about qualifying...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Booters stun Afghanistan

Booters stun Afghanistan

Bangladesh got off to a brilliant start in the Asian Games as they stunned South Asian powerhouse Afghanistan 1-0 in their Group B opener at the Munhak Stadium in Incheon, South Korea yesterday. Captain Mamunul Islam struck the decisive goal in the 83rd minute of the match to give Bangladesh their first win in...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

'Best goal of my life'

'Best goal of my life'

Bangladesh skipper Mamunul Islam termed yesterday's goal against South Asian powerhouse Afghanistan as the best goal of his career and the most significant moment of his football life. The 28-year-old midfielder ran straight to the Bangladesh dug out and celebrated with coach Lodewijk de Kruif and the rest of his teammates after driving a powerful left-footed shot from outside the box to beat Afghanistan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar in the 83rd minute of the match, “This is the best goal of my career and probably the most significant moment of my life,” said the skilful midfielder who was soaked with emotions as he led his teammates into the dressing room at the...

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