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06 Oct 2014 description

Elections and politics

September was a month of electoral anxieties and agreements. For the first half of the month, tensions mounted as the bitter, drawn-out investigation into election fraud remained unresolved. The demonstrators even accused the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) of aiding vote rigging.

06 Sep 2014 description

Elections and politics

The full audit of Presidential run-off votes continued in August, albeit with numerous delays and disruptions. On the 1st, the UN announced that the audit would resume after 3 weeks of intermittent delays and disputes. But the following day Abdullah’s team refused to attend, claiming the suggested processes agreed were not robust enough to reveal the alleged large-scale fraud. It took a second visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to resume the process and for both candidates to agree on the development of a unity government.

04 Aug 2014 description

Elections

On the 7th, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the preliminary results of the runoff. It showed that 8.1 million ballots were cast, 56% of which had gone to Ashraf Ghani. This was a pleasant reversal of fortunes for him as he only got 32% of votes in the first round. Abdullah cried foul and alleged that the one million additional voters were the result of industrial-level fraud orchestrated by the IEC.

13 Jan 2014 description

By ROD NORDLAND

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — In the Bost Hospital here, a teenage mother named Bibi Sherina sits on a bed in the severe acute malnutrition ward with her two children. Ahmed, at just 3 months old, looks bigger than his emaciated brother Mohammad, who is a year and a half and weighs 10 pounds.

Read the full report on the New York Times .

30 Dec 2013 description

Elections – trust the polls at own risk

11 Presidential hopefuls and their teams are busy preparing for campaigning, due to start on 2nd February. Two opinion polls conducted in December by Democracy International, a US-based non-government organisation, and Afghanistan-based Tolo News and ATR Consulting, put Mr Abdullah and Mr Ghani in first and second place respectively. A third poll conducted by Glevum Associates put Mr Ghani ahead of Mr Abdullah. Some presidential candidates and commentators believe the polls are not reliable.

09 Nov 2012 description

An Afghan Deputy Health Minister has warned that improvements in health care for Afghan women could be put at risk if donors withdraw support too quickly.

Speaking to BAAG during a visit to London, Dr Najia Tareq said that female health care had improved since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. She pointed out that maternal mortality rates had dropped dramatically, as the Afghan government, with the help of the international community, had expanded reproductive health services across the country.

04 Jul 2012 description

This week's international donors' conference on Afghanistan represents a crucial economic milestone for one of the poorest countries in the world.

Representatives of more than 70 countries gather in Tokyo on July 8 to decide how much aid to commit to Afghanistan after 2014, when the bulk of foreign forces will have withdrawn from the country. Decisions taken in Tokyo this Sunday will affect Afghans' lives for more than a decade to come.

30 Jun 2007 description

IN THIS ISSUE:

- At least 97 civilians killed as a direct consequence of the actions of international forces.

- At least 83 police, police trainers or their relatives killed or injured in targeted attacks.

- At least 39 civilians killed or injured in terrorist attacks on international forces.

- At least 50 people killed in flash floods.

Human rights

President Karzai has come under considerable public pressure over the continuing high level of civilian casualties caused by international forces, as a consequence, in part, of air raids conducted in pursuit of …

31 May 2007 description

IN THIS ISSUE:

- 91 people killed or injured in suicide attacks

- Hostages released

- NGO staff member shot dead

- Mullah Dadullah is killed

- Meshrano Jirga calls for "direct negotiations" with the Taliban

- Iran deports over 85,000 Afghans

- 83 civilians reported killed in operations by the US military

Security

Terrorist attacks carried out during May, in the context of the ongoing insurgency, would appear to have been targeted at the full cross-section of those associated with the international presence, including government officials, police and …

30 Nov 2006 description

IN THIS ISSUE:

- Over 74 killed or injured in terrorist attacks.

- Serious flooding results in over 100 deaths

- NATO draws up strategy for Afghanistan at Riga Summit

- UN Security Council delegation visits Afghanistan.

Security

The number of suicide attacks during November has been somewhat less than in previous months. There has been much speculation as to why this might be the case. The Taliban have stated that the early onset of winter has led them to curtail their operations and that they expect to engage in major offensives after the winter.

06 Nov 2006 description

IN THIS ISSUE:

- 148 killed or injured in terrorist attacks

- ISAF negotiates deal with tribal structures in Musa Qala

- ISAF takes over eastern provinces from US-led coalition forces

- Afghan Government issues drought appeal

Security

Suicide attacks have continued to be used as a mechanism for attacking ISAF forces in southern Afghanistan. Civilian casualties have often resulted.

31 Aug 2006 description

IN THIS ISSUE:

- As security deteriorates, over 38 killed in suicide attacks in crowded markets

- Rockets fired at Kabul

- ISAF hands over responsibility for the defence of district centres in northern Helmand to the Afghan National Army

- Afghanistan and Pakistan agree to consider joint border patrols

- Widespread flooding leaves many dead

- Afghan Government to invite investment in extraction of oil and gas

- AREU publishes new report on opium poppy eradication

Security

Reports from various parts of Afghanistan indicate that the underlying security situation …

30 Jun 2004 description

Security
Hopes that the NATO summit held in Istanbul from 28th to 29th June would result in a substantial increase in the resources made available to the International Security Assistance Force were only partly realised. NATO agreed to provide an additional 3,500 troops to complement the existing force of 6,500 soldiers. However, it was made clear that no long-term strategies were envisaged, through ISAF, to address the serious security situation other than by an expansion of Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs).

31 May 2004 description

Political and economic developments