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Blast Wounds Three In Kabul
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Wednesday, 18 March 2009 10:56

A huge blast shocked west of Kabul city, wounding three civilians on Wednesday morning

The incident was close to a police checkpoint but it didn’t harm the cops.

It was around seven in the morning when the blast occurred.

Brigadier General Abdul Ghafar, head of the criminal investigation department in Kabul Police headquarters said, “Perhaps it was planted during the night.”

Police has made no arrest yet.

Two days ago, a suicide attack happened close to the area, killing 2 and wounding other 14 civilians.

West of Kabul is the entrance gate for the insurgents coming from the southern Afghanistan
US considers broadening attack on Taliban in Pakistan
Strikes would move beyond tribal areas
By David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt
New York Times / March 18, 2009

WASHINGTON - President Obama and his national security advisers are considering expanding the American covert war in Pakistan far beyond the unruly tribal areas to strike at a different center of Taliban power in Baluchistan, where top Taliban leaders are orchestrating attacks into southern Afghanistan.

Admiral Mike Mullen said last week that the White House strategy review addresses the 'safe haven in Pakistan.'

According to senior administration officials, two of the high-level reports on Pakistan and Afghanistan that have been forwarded to the White House in recent weeks have called for broadening the target area to reach the Taliban and other insurgent groups to a major sanctuary in and around the city of Quetta.

Mullah Muhammad Omar, who led the Taliban government that was ousted in the US-led invasion in 2001, has operated with near impunity out of the region for years, along with many of his deputies
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Russia Invites Karzai to Moscow Conference
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Wednesday, 18 March 2009 12:16

Russian Foreign Minster Sergei lavrov in his visit to Kabul seeks strengthening ties with Afghanistan

The Russian FM in his second trip to the Afghan capital and visited President Hamid Karzai and his Afghan counterpart, Dr. Ragin Spanta, Minster of Foreign Affairs.

Dignitaries from the both countries have emphasized on strengthening relations between Afghanistan and Russia.

Russian Foreign Minster landed in Kabul on Monday, March 16 and has paid an official visit to Afghanistan.

Mr. Sergei Lavrov invited President Karzai to attend the upcoming Council of Shangahi Cooperation Organization conference on 27 of March which will be held in Moscow, Russia.

In accordance with the resolution of the Council of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), heads of member countries dedicated to Afghanistan are to attend in the conference.

The meeting, organized under aegis of SCO, is planning to consider the development issues in Afghanistan, its influence on neighboring states, intensification of international community joint efforts in combating terrorism, illegal drug trafficking and trans-border organized criminality, originated in the Afghan territory.

Russian FM also pledged further cooperation to Afghanistan.

He said, “As Afghanistan is a top priority for the United States, it is also a priority for Russia.”

Foreign Minster Lavrov said, as long as the international troops stay in Afghanistan based on Afghans' willing, Russia is ready to ensure the transit of NATO supplies to Afghanistan.

While in Kabul Lavrov signed an intergovernmental agreement on joint efforts in tackling drug trafficking.

Most of the heroin and hashish coming into Russia originates in Afghanistan, being smuggled through the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

In the past seven years, Russia has helped Afghanistan train police, cooperation in prevention of drugs trafficking as well as humanitarian aids.

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