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EU Police Mission in Afghanistan (EU)
United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UN-Peacebuilding)
International Security Assistance Force (UN-led)
Pakistan expects to re-open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan, halted after a NATO cross-border air attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, but will impose tariffs, a senior security official told Reuters on Thursday.
Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, will lead the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in what he said would be “a new period” in the Central Asian country’s development.
As NATO nations revise their plans for standing up local security forces in Afghanistan, doubts are growing over whether the West will be willing to pay for even a smaller Afghan force seen as key to keeping militants at bay as foreign troops go home.
Opium production soars in Afghanistan (13.01.2012)
According to the UN, farmer income derived from Afghanistan's opium crop in 2011 was $1.4 billion, representing 9 percent of GDP. The overall opium crop increased by 61 percent, from 3,600 tons in 2010 to 5,800 tons in 2011.
US launches new push to secure Afghan peace talks (12.01.2012)
Seeing a new glimmer of hope in its effort to broker Afghan peace talks, the Obama administration is launching a fresh round of shuttle diplomacy with an immediate goal of sealing agreement for Taliban insurgents to open a political office in the Gulf state of Qatar.
Taliban set terms as US pushes for talks (12.01.2012)
The Taliban say they will step up "political efforts" to secure peace in Afghanistan in response to US moves to open new talks with the group, but added that it did not intend to give up its armed struggle as a precondition for negotiations. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Taliban also said...
Afghan government agrees to Taliban-US talks (05.01.2012)
The government of Afghanistan on Wednesday gave its blessing to talks between Taliban insurgents and the United States, and also to the opening of an office for the Islamists in Qatar.