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6/5/2014 - US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown
President Obama announced last week that 9,800 United States military troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 to help train and advise Afghan security forces, as well as assist in counter-terrorism operations....

2/6/2014 - Afghan Parliament Votes to Silence Victims of Violence
Both houses of the Afghan Parliament have voted to pass an act that would prohibit relatives from testifying against a criminal defendant in a judicial proceeding....

11/18/2013 - US Leaders Speak Out on Role of Women in Afghanistan's Transition
Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former First Lady Laura Bush called for increased support for Afghan women during the "Advancing Afghan Women: Promoting Peace and Progress in Afghanistan" symposium held in Washington, DC last week. The US leaders asserted that women must be a strong part of Afghanistan's upcoming political, security, and economic transitions as Afghanistan holds new elections and the US withdraws its troops in 2014....

9/18/2013 - UN Agencies Condemn Violence Against Women in Afghanistan
UN Women, the United Nations agency committed to gender equality and women's empowerment, condemned the recent intimidation and targeted killings of Afghan women government officials....

9/17/2013 - New USAID Projects Aim to Empower Afghan Women
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has recently announced several programs aimed at empowering women and girls in Afghanistan....

9/9/2013 - Taliban Murder Female Indian Writer
Last Wednesday, a prominent female Indian writer was murdered by the Taliban outside of her home in the Paktika province after criticizing the terrorist group. Sushmita Banerjee, 49, wrote a popular memoir in 1995 about her life as the wife of an Afghan man in Kabul while the Taliban ruled....

9/6/2013 - Multi-Million Dollar Program Announced to Support Afghan Women's Political Participation
Enhancing women's political participation is at the forefront of preparation for Afghanistan's next set of presidential and provincial elections....

12/11/2012 - Women's Rights Advocate Slain in Afghanistan
Najia Seddiqi, the head of women's affairs for Laghman province and known women's rights activist, was murdered yesterday on her way to her office....

12/13/2006 - Afghanistan Launches Plan for Action Amid Violence
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday launched a three-year action plan to stabilize and bring justice to the country, which has been in conflict since 1979....

12/22/2003 - Afghan Women Demand Equal Rights For Women in Constitution
Female delegates attending Afghanistan's Loya Jirga succeeded in winning an agreement to replace the words "citizens of Afghanistan" with the expression "women and men" in one of the articles in the Constitution regarding education....

9/24/2003 - Senator Raises Concerns For Women In Afghanistan
At today's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the $87 billion supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) raised concerns about vulnerable populations in Afghanistan and Iraq, including women....

8/8/2003 - Afghanistan: Troubles Persist, NATO to Assume Control of ISAF
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) readies to take control of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday, Afghanistan continues to struggle amidst growing attacks on aid workers and law enforcement officers in its provinces....

7/24/2003 - UN Afghan Envoy Calls for ISAF Expansion
Speaking yesterday at a press conference at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussel, UN special envoy to Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi reiterated a call to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan beyond the capital city of Kabul....

7/16/2003 - Afghanistan: Protesters Urge Reform
Hundreds of protesters yesterday demonstrated in the Afghan capital of Kabul, demanding that the government adhere to the 2001 Bonn agreement, which laid the groundwork for a return to democracy in Afghanistan....

5/30/2003 - Karzai Calls for an Extra $15 Billion for Afghanistan's Reconstruction
Hamid Karzai, the interim President of Afghanistan, called for an extra $15 billion from the West for his country's reconstruction....

5/16/2003 - Germany Calls for ISAF Expansion in Afghanistan
During a visit to Germany by Secretary of State Colin Powell, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called for the expansion of international peacekeeping forces beyond Kabul....

5/7/2003 - Security in Afghanistan "Unstable and Insufficient"
At United Nations Security Council briefing yesterday, Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi called the security situation in Afghanistan "unstable and insufficient." Brahimi called for the expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) outside of Kabul to the rest of Afghanistan in order to support the development of a new constitution, voter registration, and the 2004 elections....

5/6/2003 - Afghanistan: Fundamentalist Influences Resurging
Three hundred Afghan demonstrators staged an anti-US, anti-British protest in Kabul today-the capital's first since the Taliban fell in 2001....

4/24/2003 - Afghanistan: "Climate of Fear" Growing
Religious fundamentalism is on the rise in Afghanistan, an international human rights group warned officials this week at the 59th session of the UN Human Rights Commission....

3/20/2003 - US Raid in Afghanistan Coincides with Preemptive Strikes on Iraq
As the United States military launched preemptive strikes on Iraq last night, 1,000 soldiers from the Armys 82nd Airborne began a two-and-a-half day attack on three villages east of Kandahar near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border....

3/14/2003 - Afghanistan: Dire Conditions, Urgent Needs Still
At a two-day conference this week in Kabul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told international donors his countrys reconstruction may now cost as much as US$15 billion to US$20 billion, according to new estimates....

1/27/2003 - Afghanistan: Women Learn to Drive, US to Help Fund Maternal and Child Health Programs
Twelve women in Kabul took driving tests Saturday, marking the first time since 1992 women have been permitted to drive in Afghanistan....

12/23/2002 - Security Remains Key Concern in Afghanistan
For the first time in seven months, a US soldier was killed Saturday by enemy fire in Afghanistan, once again demonstrating the urgent need for greater security in the region....

12/18/2002 - Donors Pledge $1.24 Billion to Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda Still Active
The United Nations (UN) issued a report yesterday stating that al-Qaeda has set up new training camps in eastern Afghanistan....