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    Afghan drug trade funds Taliban, fuels corruption: US

    WASHINGTON (PAN): The massive illegal drugs trade inside Afghanistan funds the terrorist operations of the Taliban and other extremist organizations and fuels large scale corruption in the country, a top US official said.



    Governance

    Criticism of NGOs, security firms mounts

    KABUL (PAN): The criticism of private security firms and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has mounted after President Hamid Karzai said at Tuesday's Kabul Conference that they acted like a parallel government.



    Governance

    Senator demands removal of SIGAR head

    WASHINGTON (PAN): A prominent Republican senator has demanded the immediate removal of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction saying his performance is not up to the mark.



    Governance

    Early creation of peace council stressed

    KABUL (PAN): Nearly two dozen senior officials and influential people met the president on Thursday and insisted on the formation of a high council for peace to mediate between the insurgents and the government.



    Governance

    US waives off $108m debt payable by Afghanistan

    KABUL (PAN): The United States of America (USA) and Afghanistan signed on Thursday an agreement, forgiving a $108 million debt payable by the conflict-torn country.



    Governance

    Mazar shooting won't affect ANA training: NATO

    KABUL (PAN): The killing of two American trainers by an Afghan army sergeant would have no negative effect on cooperative military relations between the two countries, a senior US Army official said on Wednesday.



    Governance

    Insurgents pessimistic about Kabul Conference

    KABUL (PAN): Although President Hamid Karzai has billed the Kabul Conference a success, his political opponents and militant groups are pessimistic about the outcome of the high-profile event.



    Governance

    Historic Kabul conference a major step forward: Obama

    WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama has given his support for President Hamid Karzai's handover plan, but warned that foreign troops would not leave before the insurgency was weakened.



    Governance

    NATO stresses Pakistan's role in regional peace

    KABUL (PAN): Pakistan's role is significant in bringing peace to the South Asian region, plagued by an unrelenting insurgency, the NATO secretary-general was quoted as saying on Wednesday.



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    Kandahar govt starts to tear down illegal buildings

    KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Kandahar's government has begun tearing down shops and buildings built illegally on municipality land.