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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Discussions on a strategic cooperation agreement between Kabul and Washington are in their final stages, Afghanistan’s deputy foreign minister announced on Monday. 
Addressing a joint press conference with German Ambassador Rudiger Konig, Javed Lodin said talks on the  packet that were briefly stalled by the December 5 Bonn Conference would resume soon. 
In response to a question, he said the draft agreement would be referred to Parliament for approval and its details disclosed soon after it was finalized. 
The accord was discussed last month by the traditional Loya Jirga, attended by 2000 Afghan elders. 
The delegates gave a conditional green signal to the agreement allowing the Americans to establish military bases in Afghanistan. 
Touting the Bonn Conference as a great success, Lodin said Afghanistan was able to muster the international community’s support. 
Afghanistan is also eyeing strategic cooperation deals with Germany, England, Italy, France and some other countries. 
The German envoy said the Bonn meeting was a major event on Afghanistan’s future. 
Konig promised his country would continue to assist Afghanistan in diverse fields beyond 2014. 
“The world will not abandon Afghanistan under any circumstances,” he said, stressing the importance Bonn Conference declaration as an essential document. 
The envoy said a friendship agreement between Afghanistan and Germany would be inked soon. 
Lodin said four key international conferences on Afghanistan had taken place, with another big meeting planned next year by heads of NATO member states in Chicago. 
The summit would focus on strengthening Afghan forces, he said, adding another conference on Afghanistan was to be held convened in Tokyo, Japan, in July 2012. 
The conference will pledge new aid for the country’s economic development. 
A regional summit would take place in Kabul in June next year on regional issues, according to Lodin, who said yet another conference, slated for March 2012 in Dushanbe, would take stock of Afghanistan’s economic situation.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Afghan national power-lifting team returned homed on Sunday from the Asian Power-lifting Championship held in Japan where they received six medals including one gold, two silvers and three bronzes.
Power-lifting players were warmly welcomed by athletes and officials at the Kabul International Airport.
Afghan athletes played remarkable performance and received four positions I the championship, said Khwaja Farid Seddiqi head of Power-lifting Federation.
Mr. Seddiqi also received power-lifting referee document in the event.
He added the gold winner of the competition was Sayed Nadir Mojaddidi and the other athletes gained silver and bronze medals.
Nine players represented on behalf of Afghanistan in the championship.
They called on government and relevant officials to pave the ground for better sport opportunity to the athletes to bring such vital achievements in the future.
The event was held on 5-9 December in Kobe City of Japan with participation of 45 nations.
Japan, China and Iran secured first, second and third positions respectively in the event.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kabul (BNA) A suicide attack occurred inside Qala-i-Naw’s airport, Badghis province this morning. 
According to the reports, in this event only the suicide attacker was killed. 
Police chief of Badghis said that a suicide assailant before arriving to the base of Spanish forces stationed in this airport, came under the gunshots of Afghan forces which injured and exploded himself. 
According to him, still it is not clear that how the suicide bomber entered into the airport. 
He said investigation have been started in this regard.  
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:47

Four Civilians Martyred In Nangarhar

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Four civilians were martyred and one wounded in an attack of unknown men in Jalalabad city, center of Nangarhar province last night. 
This event happened when armed militias using a corolla car opened fire   on a civilian vehicle in Zareen area, Jalalabad city. 
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai spokesman for Nangarhar governor said to this news agency, in this event, four civilians were martyred and one of them was injured. 
So far, the detail of this event has not cleared.
Spokesman for Nangarhar governor said that they started investigation to identify and arrest the militias. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:45

10,000 Tones Of Gas Set To Reach Kabul

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Commerce and Industries on Monday said it had purchased 10,000 tons of liquefied gas which would be available in Kabul utility stores for 55 Afghanis a kilogram and 60 Afs in private stores. 
Before Eidul Adha, one kg of gas sold for 55 Afs, but currently the rate hovers between 80 Afs and 90 Afs. 
In compliance with President Hamid Karzai’s directives, the ministry purchased 3,000 tons of gas from importers at the Hairatan Port in northern Balkh province and another 7,000 tones at the Torghundi Port in western Herat province. 
Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Ghazikhel said this news agency; the first convoy of trucks carrying the gas would be reaching Kabul this weekend. 
Another official at the ministry, Farid Sherzai, said 70 new utility stores offering gas had been set up in Kabul, taking the number of such stores to 100.  The stores sold one kg of gas for 55 Afs, be added. 
Sherzai added the gas purchased by the ministry was being offered to traders at a reasonable rate. 
The dealers, keeping in view their profits, would sell and kg for 60 Afs, he explained. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The civil representative of NATO says that the strategic position and the immense natural resources can turn Afghanistan into a prosperous country. 
Saimon Geiss addressing the media said that the Bonn Conference has been a sign of commitments of the international community in continued cooperation to Afghanistan. 
According to him the Bonn Conference message was that the mission of the international community had started earlier shall be completed ten years after 2014. 
In case everything goes on normal in Afghanistan, this country having special strategic position and having immense natural resources will become a well-off country and all the regional countries, will also benefit of what we are striving to attain. 
On the other hand, John Allen Commander of NATO and US forces to Afghanistan warned the Taliban and its supporting circles and added that Taliban and its supporting circles should not wail for withdrawal of the foreign forces from Afghanistan as we will remain in Afghanistan for long time. 
John Allen who was speaking in Dubai once again stated that the US will remain for long time in Afghanistan and our aim to create a strong national army and police in Afghanistan. 
He stressed that there is no guarantee of repetition of the incident in Salala Post in which 22 Pakistani soldiers were killed.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Fourteen insurgents were killed and 33 others arrested during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, defense and interior ministries said on Monday. 
The operations were conducted by Afghan and NATO led troops in Kunar and Zabul, provinces, said a statement from the Ministry of Interior (MoI). 
Fourteen rebels were killed and 11 others detained during the offensives. 
Eighteen weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles, one machine gun, four pistols, six anti-vehicle mines, eight hand grenades, 70 kilograms of explosives, and four motorbikes were seized.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:37

Huge Quantity Of Hashish Torched In Kandahar


Kandahar (BNA) Thousands of kilograms of hashish was seized and set alight during a joint operation in the Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province, officials said on Monday. 
The operation was conducted late on Sunday by Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers in the Zangabad area, the district chief said. 
Fazluddin Agha said to this news agency, the drugs were seized from a house and set alight at the science. 
In Kabul, the ISAF media office confirmed the torching of the drugs during a combined operation with their Afghan partners. 
Elsewhere, in the province counter-narcotics police seized and burned some drugs during a patrol in Arghandab district, the governor’s spokesman said. 
The police recently launched a campaign against drugs with the assistance of tribal elders and local people, Zalmay Ayubi said. 
Since the campaign began, hundreds of acres of poppies and hashish have been eradicated.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Talking during signing of agreement with the private educational institutions and the office of deputy minister for youth of the ministry, Dr. Raheen Minister of Information and Culture said that we hope that better grounds are prepared for education of the youth in the center and provinces. 
The youths have been introduced to the five higher and semi higher educational institutions to attain education. 
The agreement in this respect was signed yesterday among the educational institutions and Temur Shah Ishaqzai Deputy Minister for Youth of the Ministry. 
They include Kabul Roshan College, Arween and Mawlana Jalaludden Mohammad Balkhi higher education institutions, during which Dr. Nilofar member of the House of People was also present. 
Dr. Raheen said that once again the ground is prepared for education of the youth according to this agreement, hoping that other higher educational institutions to prepare the facilities for education of the youth in the center and provinces. 
Ishaqzai said that last year 25,000 youths were introduced to the higher and semi-higher educational institutions and by the end of this year 30,000 youth will be introduced to those institutions as well.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Badakhshan security officials say transition of security responsibility is to be started very soon in the province. 
According to General Abdul Sabour Nasrati, provincial police chief for Badakhshan, Afghan security forces are ready to hold security responsibilities of those areas which are determined to be given to Afghan security forces in the province. 
Meanwhile, Colonel Abdul Hadi, commander of the 2nd battalion for 209th Shaheen Corps said, “I can certainly say that all our personnel are ready to hold the responsibility.” 
It is worth mentioning that seven districts including the capital city of Faizabad have been listed in the second phase of the transition process.