Afghan forces should be leading security operations across the country by 2014, an international conference agreed on Tuesday, with the aim of relieving foreign troops in some areas by as soon as the end of the year.
The somewhat rosy picture assumes success by the 150,000 NATO-led foreign troops in an ongoing operation against the Taliban in their spiritual heartland, as well as in persuading thousands of insurgents to lay down their arms. Read more →
Ref:Mullah Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, has reportedly issued a new directive in which he calls on his fighters to capture and kill any Afghan working for foreign forces.
Taliban call to kill collaborators
Nato said they stumbled upon the five-point directive after intercepting a letter that the Taliban chief wrote to his field commanders. Read more →
Secret US intelligence gathering has grown so much since 9/11 no-one knows its exact cost, nor how many people are involved, the Washington Post reports.
It says nearly 2,000 private companies and 1,270 government agencies are involved in counter-terror work at 10,000 locations across the country.
The report, Top Secret America, follows a two-year investigation by the paper. Read more →
David Cameron, the British prime minister, is on his way to Washington, DC, to meet Barack Obama, the US president, for talks aimed at improving ties between the two countries. Read more →
Ref: Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, is preparing to announce an official timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from his country, a British newspaper has reported.
International forces fighting in Afghanistan are set to agree to hand over control of security in the country to Afghan forces by 2014, The Independent on Sunday reported, citing leaked documents. Read more →
Ref: Taliban fighters have freed 14 inmates from a jail in western Afghanistan after staging a daring prison break, police have said.
Mohammad Faqir Askar, a provincial police chief, said the fighters blew up the main gates of the prison in Farah city after planting a bomb on Sunday. Read more →