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James Mackenzie

29 Mar 2017

Exclusive - Afghans plan to double special forces from 17,000 as threats grow: sources

KABUL Afghanistan plans to double the number of elite special forces from 17,000 troops, officials said, part of a long-term strategy to bolster units stretched and exhausted by persistent attacks from Taliban insurgents and other Islamist militants.

10 Feb 2017

Major Afghan cement contract cancelled in investment setback

KABUL, Feb 10 Eleven years after its first big mining privatisation, the Afghan government has abruptly cancelled the contract, highlighting the unpredictable nature of investing in a sector seen as crucial to the country's economic development.

30 Jan 2017

Powerful Afghan governor pushes for role on national stage

KABUL Atta Mohammad Noor, one of Afghanistan's most powerful regional leaders, is in talks with President Ashraf Ghani to join the central government, a move that could shake up the country's politics ahead of elections scheduled for 2019.

10 Jan 2017

Afghan businesses feel squeeze from government tax drive

KABUL A new tax regime aimed at weaning Afghanistan off international aid has boosted government revenues but drawn complaints from some private businesses that it hits them unfairly, dampening hopes of economic recovery after decades of war.

11 Nov 2016

Uncertain Afghanistan looks to Trump for decisions on troops, aid

KABUL With so much riding on American support, Afghanistan is waiting anxiously to see if President-elect Donald Trump matches his maverick image and reverses policy or keeps to a path that has cost billions and committed thousands of troops to propping up a fragile ally.

07 Oct 2016

Hopes for revival pinned on Afghan palace restoration

KABUL After years of abandonment, the ruined Darul Aman palace in Kabul, one of the most recognizable symbols of Afghanistan's decades of war, is to be restored in a project authorities hope will come to symbolize revival instead of destruction. | Video

04 Oct 2016

World powers seek more dollars to keep Afghanistan running

BRUSSELS/KABUL World powers convened in Brussels on Tuesday to raise billions more dollars for Afghanistan to keep the country running until 2020, but hopes for a new start to peace talks were overshadowed by a surge in Taliban insurgent violence.

04 Oct 2016

World powers seek more dollars to keep Afghanistan running

BRUSSELS/KABUL World powers convened in Brussels on Tuesday to raise billions more dollars for Afghanistan to keep the country running until 2020, but hopes for a new start to peace talks were overshadowed by a surge in Taliban insurgent violence.

03 Oct 2016

Afghan refugees in Pakistan feel heat of rising regional tensions

KABUL For Samihullah, a tailor from a family of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, the first indication that it might be time to leave the country was the insults levelled at him in the bazaar. | Video

03 Oct 2016

Afghan refugees in Pakistan feel heat of rising regional tensions

KABUL For Samihullah, a tailor from a family of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, the first indication that it might be time to leave the country was the insults levelled at him in the bazaar. | Video

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