October 4, 2011

Afghanistan News - Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets Krishna - Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai met External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna here on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

ICRC: Afghan access to medical care critically low - The International Committee for the Red Cross says access to medical care in some parts of Afghanistan has reached a "critically low point" because of the deteriorating security situation. (READ MORE)

Pentagon treads carefully over Karzai's Taliban rebuff - The Pentagon believes a reconciliation process is needed in Afghanistan, spokesman says Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai appears to be pulling away from talks with the Taliban Programs are under way to encourage Taliban leaders and others to put down their arms. (READ MORE)

We want to contribute in rebuilding Afghanistan, says German Envoy - German Ambassador to India, Thomas Matussek, has said that Germany would play a larger role in the reconstruction efforts directed towards the Afghan civilians, apart from providing military assistance. (READ MORE)

Attacks emanating from Pak 'safe havens' biggest challenge: US commander in Afghanistan - General John Allen, the eighth US commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan, has said that the biggest challenge is the attacks on his troops by fighters coming from 'safe havens' in Pakistan. (READ MORE)

Karzai Will Hold Assembly To Decide New Peace Strategy - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he plans to hold a grand assembly of elders, or loya jirga, to decide the country's peace strategy in the near future. (READ MORE)

Stephen Smith in surprise Afghanistan visit - Afghanistan Defence Minister Stephen Smith has made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan where he has criticised the Taliban's recent tactics as a sign of weakness. (READ MORE)

Taliban release eight NGO workers abducted near Quetta in July - Eight aid workers belonging to a foreign non-governmental organisation (NGO) have been released by the Taliban in Pakistan's South Waziristan Agency. (READ MORE)

News Analysis: Afghan Leader's Death Exposes Peace Process in Disarray - In the two weeks since the leader of Afghanistan's peace process was assassinated, an intense power struggle has opened among the nation's ethnic groups - and within them - as well as among other powerful factions here, laying bare a crisis that is buffeting President Hamid Karzai from every side. (READ MORE)

America's counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan - More than 13,000 people have been wounded during the 10 years of the Afghanistan war. Mandy Clark reports on a Kabul Red Cross center that has been treating the war-wounded since 1988. (READ MORE)

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