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Drought, security concerns slow down Afghan economy: IMF

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The International Monetary Fund projected on Saturday that Afghanistan’s GDP growth will be 2.3 per cent this year, below the 2017 growth rate of 2.5pc and 2.4pc in 2016. It is still considerably better than the 1.3pc recorded in 2015. The IMF blamed a recent “drought and …

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Blackwater plan to outsource Afghan war draws angry response from Kabul

KABUL (Web Desk) The Afghan government has denounced as ‘destructive and divisive’ a proposal by Erik Prince, the founder of private military contractor Blackwater, to privatize the 17-year-old war in the Asian country.In no manner does the government of Afghanistan condone this destructive and divisive debate,” a statement from the …

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Suicide bomber in Afghanistan targets election rally

KABUL (Web Desk) A suicide bomber blew himself up at an election rally in Afghanistan´s eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 25, officials said, warning that the toll was likely to climb.Campaigning for the October 20 parliamentary election began on Friday and security …

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Afghan Army helicopter collapses

KABUL (Web Desk) Wahide Shahkar told local media on Sunday that the incident happened on Saturday night and the helicopter collapsed due to a technical failure.Zabihullah Mujahid, who introduces himself as a spokeswoman for the Taliban group, claimed on his social page cyberspace that the helicopter was targeted by Taliban …

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Afghan forces arrests 26 ISIS terrorists ahead of Ashura

KABUL (Web Desk): At least 26 ISIS terrorists were arrested during Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces operations in different areas of Kabul, NDS said in a statement on Tuesday. According to the NDS statement the group entered Kabul from different provinces and were waiting for the opportunity to …

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Taliban attacks kill 27 members of Afghan security forces

KABUL: (Web Desk) The Taliban launched multiple attacks on Afghan checkpoints as well as police and military bases in different parts of the country, killing at least 27 members of the security forces, Afghan officials said on Monday. The attacks and the high casualty toll underscore the difficulties Afghan forces …

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Afghan military helicopter crashes, kills all five aboard

KABUL (Web Desk) A helicopter carrying security forces crashed in western Afghanistan, killing all five people on board, including the pilot, officials said on Saturday, but ruled out a militant attack.A wave of assaults by Taliban militants in recent weeks has forced Afghan and foreign forces to make far greater …

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FM Qureshi in Afghanistan on first foreign visit

KABUL (Web Desk) Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Kabul on a one-day official visit on Saturday.Speaking about Qureshi’s visit, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said, “Successful outcome of the visit will lead future efforts to enhance bilateral cooperation under bilateral frameworks of cooperation including Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan …

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Afghan conflict could be deadlier than Syria in 2018

KABUL (Web Desk) The Afghan conflict could overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world this year, analysts say, as violence surges 17 years after the US-led invasion.The grim assessment contrasts sharply with the consistently upbeat public view of the conflict from NATO´s Resolute Support mission in Kabul, and …

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Death toll of suicide attack in Eastern Afghanistan rises to 32

KABUL (Web Desk) The suicide attack hit a road on Tuesday in Momand Dara district which was blocked by protestors to a local police commander performance. They were trying to press the local government to address the issue.At least 128 people were wounded in the blast.Previously, the death toll was …

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