Monday, February 08, 2016


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Czechs Paid Ransom For Women Kidnapped In Pakistan

Media reports claim the Czech government paid a $6 million ransom to kidnappers to secure the release last year of two Czech women abducted in Pakistan.
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Three Polio Workers Killed In Afghanistan

Afghan officials say three health workers involved in vaccinating Afghan children against polio have been killed in the eastern Kunar Province.
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Afghan Taliban 'On Verge' Of Taking District

An Afghan army commander says a key district in the southern province of Helmand is on the verge of being overrun by the Taliban.
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Deadly Blast In Pakistan's Balochistan

A bomb blast has rocked southwestern Pakistan, killing at least seven people and wounding 35.
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Nations To Seek Direct Talks With Taliban

Representatives from four nations involved in talks aimed at ending the violence in Afghanistan have agreed to continue to push for direct peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government by the end of the month.
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Pentagon Photos Show Abuse Of Prisoners In Iraq, Afghanistan

The Pentagon on February 5 released 198 photographs showing abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them with close-ups of cuts and bruises on their arms and legs.
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Cash Crunch, Stretched Military Spur Russian Troop Cuts Near Afghan Frontier

Money troubles and a military stretched by war in Syria and Ukraine have prompted Russia to reverse plans to send more troops to Tajikistan -- despite what Kremlin officials say is a growing threat from Islamic militants across the border in Afghanistan.
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U.S. Troop Withdrawal Said To Hurt Afghan Military Training

The planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan will hurt efforts to train Afghan forces, the top NATO military commander in the war-torn country said on February 4.
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IMF Approves Loan To Pakistan

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it will release the latest installment worth $497 million of a three-year economic bailout package to Pakistan.
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Kabul Seeks India Help With Iran Corridor

Afghanistan's chief executive has called on Indian businesses to invest in his war-torn country -- including development of a proposed trade corridor through Afghanistan that links Iran with India and Central Asia.
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