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"Two British nationals along with their two Afghan colleagues, a driver and a interpreter, were today detained carrying 30 AKs. The weapons' registration numbers were removed from them," the official, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media, told AFP. Afghanistan is home to thousands of foreign private security personnel providing services for foreign troops, diplomatic missions and aid organisations. A US congressional report last year found that the number of private security personnel working for the US military in Afghanistan rose to 18,919 at the end of 2010, the highest level used in any conflict by the United States. Around 95 percent of them were Afghans, it added.
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At least five NATO service members and eight civilian contractors, many believed to be American, were killed in Kabul today when a land cruiser with 1,500 pounds of explosives blew up next to an armored U.S. bus -- the deadliest attack on U.S. troops in the Afghan capital in 10 years of war. Two Afghan students, an Afghan National police officer and another civilian on motorcycle were also killed. The suicide bomber was waiting for the Rhino bus, which was on its way to deliver the troops to a NATO base in Kabul, according to U.S. officials. The attack was the sixth major assault in Kabul in the last six months, a worrying spike in violence that shows insurgents have transformed their campaign of rural intimidation into one of urban violence, especially in and around Kabul.
Afghan National Security Forces are made up of two main forces, the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP). These groups are mentored and trained by ISAF forces. Ensuring ANSF are strong enough to enforce security throughout Afghanistan is fundamental to the ISAF strategy.
OTTAWA - Two new reports from the international aid group Oxfam paint an unnerving portrait of human-rights in Afghanistan and warn the international community, including Canada, not to trade women or justice in order to achieve peace. The pair of studies urge western governments to pay more attention to what the Karzai government is doing in the areas of women's equality and accountability for security forces before international troops are pulled out in 2014. One study, released Sunday, demands that women be given a voice in the peace process and even a seat at the negotiating table. "Afghan women, no less than their husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers, want peace. But they also fear that their rights will be traded off for the sake of peace at any price," said the report, entitled A Place at the Table.
Kabul, Afghanistan: A United Nations report released on September 28, said incidents of violence in Afghanistan have increased by nearly 40 per cent in the past eight months. Complex suicide attacks made up a greater portion of the violence, the report said. The disguise remains the same, but the tactics have changed: they pick their targets precisely, arrive armed to the teeth, and fight until the last bullet. Only then do they blow themselves to pieces. The rapid evolution of such attacks has made the war increasingly more asymmetric, as the Afghan police - ill-equipped for fighting an enemy determined to die – struggle to contain the phenomenon.
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posted: 28-09-2010 by: Martine van Bijlert After a series of announcements that the members of the High Peace Council would soon be announced, and a considerable delay reportedly about who should chair the council - a question that is still open - the names of 68 members were finally released today (with apparently two more still to be added). Looking at the list, AAN’s Senior Analysts Martine van Bijlert and Thomas Ruttig find the council's composition no surprise, but a disappointment all the same. First impressions: This is the old crowd. Where is the innovation, the good will, the promise of more inclusiveness demanded by such a controversial issue as ‘reconciliation’?
The Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the holding of a consultative grand council called the Afghanistan's National Consultative Peace Jirga (NCPJ) [ 1 ] or shortly Peace Jirga in his inauguration speech on 19 November 2009, [ 2 ] after winning elections for a second term, to end the ongoing Taliban insurgency . At the International Afghanistan Conference in London on 28 January 2010, he announced that the government would hold the event in April or May 2010, intended to bring together tribal elders, officials and local power brokers from around the country, to discuss peace and the end of the insurgency. "Jirga" is a word in the Pashto language that means "large assembly" or "council".
January 2011 | Peace Brief by Patricia Gossman Summary The Afghan public, along with the international community, appears increasingly supportive of opening negotiations with the Taliban to end the war. The Karzai administration also supports this, as reflected by the June 2010 Peace Jirga held in Kabul and the 70-member High Peace Council that was formed thereafter. In spite of the talks, no one in Washington or Kabul has clarified what reconciliation means in practice, particularly with respect to accountability for abuses that occurred during the rule of the Taliban as well as those that occurred when rival factions fought with each other before the Taliban came to power.
KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2011 Afghanistan's struggle to make peace with the Taliban received a serious blow today when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb hidden in his turban during a meeting with the Afghan officials most critical to reconciliation efforts. The blast killed Burhanuddin Rabbani, a towering figure who led Afghanistan's High Peace Council and has played a key role in nearly every step of Afghan history for the last 30 years, and severely wounded Masoom Stanakzai, the backbone of President Karzai's strategy in speaking with the Taliban. The attack seemed designed to decapitate Afghanistan's peace efforts and deliver the message that at least some insurgent groups have no interest in peace.
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