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NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan kills five soldiers
Indian Express, 6 March 2014
A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday accidentally killed five Afghan soldiers, government officials said, while the coalition said it was investigating reports of the incident.

Brother of Afghan Leader Expected to Drop Out of Election
The New York Times, 5 March 2014
President Hamid Karzai has vowed to stay out of Afghanistan’s presidential race, and not to show preference or prejudice toward any of the 11 contenders, but it is now clear that he has made an exception in at least one case: his own brother.

Strategic convergence? New US envoy talks about Afghanistan, India even ISI
The News International, 5 March 2014
Hours after the F-8 Court attacks - and just around the time the “third power” narrative was being floated around in Islamabad as the TTP denied involvement, these were the buzz words that were being pushed at a roundtable chaired by Ambassador...

Trust Eroded, Obama Looks Beyond Karzai
The New York Times, 25 February 2014
President Obama, apparently resigned to President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a long-term security agreement with the United States before he leaves office, told him in a phone call on Tuesday that he had instructed the Pentagon to begin planning...

People leaving Waziristan over operation fears
Daily Times, 24 February 2014
Scores of residents near the Pak-Afghan border have started migrating to safer places in fear of a possible military operation in North Waziristan Agency.

Taliban Raid Afghan Army Base, Killing Soldiers in Their Sleep
The New York Times, 24 February 2014
Taliban insurgents overran an Afghan National Army base near here on Sunday morning, killing 21 soldiers in their bunks in what appeared to be the worst single blow to government forces since 2010, according to both government and insurgent officials.

Afghan President Karzai cancels Sri Lanka visit
Business Standard, 23 February 2014
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai cancelled a planned visit to Sri Lanka today, hours after at least 20 Afghan soldiers were killed by the Taliban.Karzai's visit to Sri Lanka has been cancelled, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's office...

Taliban Says Talks Over U.S. Soldier’s Release Suspended
The New York Times, 23 February 2014
The Taliban confirmed publicly on Sunday that they had been in talks with the United States over the release of an American soldier, but said the talks had now been suspended.

Pakistan reiterates support to Afghan peace process
Daily Times, 21 February 2014
Pakistan on Thursday reiterated its support for Afghan-led peace process and said that dialogue process between Afghan Taliban and government was an internal matter of Afghanistan.

India-backed university in former Taliban base a breakthrough: Salman Khurshid
Times of India, 16 February 2014
NEW DELHI: The establishment of war-torn Afghanistan's first agriculture university with India's help in the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar is a breakthrough in Indo-Afghan strategic partnership, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid...

Afghan Army’s Test Begins With Fight for Vital Highway
The New York Times, 16 February 2014
In a deserted village off Highway 1, southwest of Kabul, an Afghan Army bomb disposal team was unearthing its 15th bomb of the day when sniper shots began to rain down.

Afghanistan frees suspected Taliban prisoners over U.S. objections
The Washington Post, 13 February 2014
The Afghan government on Thursday released 65 suspected Taliban militants from prison, ignoring repeated and vehement protests from the U.S. military, which fears that the men are likely to return the battlefield.

U.S. complains that Afghanistan is releasing dangerous prisoners
The Washington Post, 13 February 2014
The U.S. military on Tuesday slammed Afghanistan for continuing to order the release of prisoners who the United States believes are dangerous, but who Afghan officials say cannot be prosecuted because authorities lack evidence.

Xi meets Karzai in Soch
Chinadaily, 9 February 2014
China is willing to offer continued assistance for Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction, especially in personnel training, and will encourage Chinese companies to invest in Afghanistan, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.

Afghan Forces’ Killings of Civilians Rose in 2013
The New York Times, 9 February 2014
The Afghan government’s share of blame for civilian casualties rose drastically last year, largely reflecting an intensification in the ground conflict between insurgents and Afghan troops, according to a new report from the United Nations released...

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