AFGHANISTAN DAILY NEWS BULLETIN 1/16/2013
Compiled by the embassy of afghanistan in canada
In this Bulletin:
- * Afghanistan appoints a woman as its top police officer in district of
- * Profile: Who is Colonel Jamila Bayaz, Afghanistan's first female
district police chief?
- * Tensions Between Afghanistan and U.S. Increase as Airstrike Kills
- * India rejects 'exit' strategy for Afghanistan
- * Is Trilateral China-India-Russia Cooperation in Afghanistan Possible?
- * U.S. officials receive new video of soldier kidnapped by Taliban in
Afghanistan four years ago
- * Afghanistan's narcotics problems grow worse
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Afghanistan appoints a woman as its top police officer in district of Kabul
DAILY MAIL, 16 JAN 2014- Afghanistan has appointed its first female police
chief in its capital Kabul.
Colonel Jamila Bayaz, who has 25 years experience, will run one of the most
stations in the city making her the most senior police officer in the
It is hoped the appointment will lead to more women joining the police
She told Tolo News: 'I think my assignment to this post will persuade others
to join the police force.'
However, female officers have become targets for militants and some have
even received death threats from relatives.
Profile: Who is Colonel Jamila Bayaz, Afghanistan's first female district
AP, , JAN 16 2014- Afghanistan's first-ever female district police chief
drew many glances on Thursday, as she continued her review of the
checkpoints across Kabul's District One.
Colonel Jamila Bayaz was appointed chief of the district two days ago and
since then has been inspecting police stations and some of the businesses
and government buildings she is tasked with protecting.
Her district, one of ten in the capital, houses the presidential palace,
numerous ministries, the central bank and the main money and gold markets.
Bayaz, at 50-years-old, has been in the Afghan police force for 32 years,
previously working in criminal investigations and counter-narcotics.
Tensions Between Afghanistan and U.S. Increase as Airstrike Kills Civilians
NY TIMES, jAN 15 2014- KABUL, Afghanistan - A coalition airstrike in a
province north of Kabul killed at least two Afghan villagers on Wednesday
morning, prompting President Hamid Karzai to order an official inquiry and
escalating tensions yet again between the allies over civilian deaths.
While details of the fighting in the Seya Gerd district of Parwan Province
remained sketchy, officials confirmed that a strike had been called in after
Afghan and coalition Special Operations advisers took heavy fire during a
mission to clear the area. The gunfight, which took place in an insurgent
stronghold used to carry out attacks on Bagram Air Base, claimed the life of
one coalition soldier, at least 10 Taliban fighters and several civilians,
though the exact number was not yet clear, coalition and Afghan officials
India rejects 'exit' strategy for Afghanistan
The Hindue business, JAN 16:Rejecting an "exit strategy" for Afghanistan,
India today pitched for "closest international support" to prevent
decade-long achievements from going "waste" in the war-torn country, where
the US plans a total pull-out by this year end in absence of bilateral
security agreement (BSA).
Addressing the meeting of International Contact Group (ICG) on
Afghanistan-Pakistan, attended by representatives from 53 countries,
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Afghanistan was at a critical
juncture and required steadfast support from the international community.
Reiterating India's support for peace and security in Afghanistan, he said
what faces that country was "not anymore intrinsic tribal differences" of
ethnic divisions but it was "clearly terrorism and continuability of some
armed opposition groups to launch attacks on innocent civilians and
legitimate Afghan government".
Is Trilateral China-India-Russia Cooperation in Afghanistan Possible?
The Diplomat, 16 jan 2014- Indian, Chinese and Russian officials will meet
on Friday to discuss Afghanistan. Is there substance to this trilateral?
On Friday, senior officials from India, China, and Russia will meet in
Beijing for a trilateral discussion on the emerging security situation in
Afghanistan ahead of the United States' drawdown and the upcoming general
election scheduled for April. Cooperation between the three powers on
Afghanistan has been burgeoning since 2013 and could become a major factor
for Afghan leadership following a U.S. withdrawal.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Thursday that China
recognized that security outcomes in Afghanistan stand to affect broader
regional security and stability. "As a close neighbor of Afghanistan, China
is ready to work with countries in the region and the international
community to support the peaceful reconstruction and reconciliation process
in Afghanistan and jointly maintain peace, stability and development of
Afghanistan and the whole region," he added.
Beijing's willingness to host the trilateral meeting signals its seriousness
about the security outcome in Afghanistan in coming years. It recently held
a trilateral meeting with Pakistan and Russia on the same matter, and has
additionally met with Pakistani and Afghan officials on a number of
occasions. China has also pushed the matter of Afghanistan's fate after the
U.S. drawdown to the top of the Shanghai Cooperation Oraganization's (SCO)
agenda, where Russia is a member and India and Pakistan are observers. In
early 2013, Moscow hosted a trilateral dialogue on Afghanistan with India
U.S. officials receive new video of soldier kidnapped by Taliban in
Afghanistan four years ago
National Post, 15, 01 2014- U.S. officials say they have received a new
video of captured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but it is not clear when the
video was taken.
A senior defence official says the video came to light several days ago, but
there were no other details.
Bergdahl was taken prisoner in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. It is believed
he is being held somewhere in Pakistan.
Bergdahl's parents received a letter last June from their son who turned 27
on March 28, 2013 through the International Committee of the Red Cross. They
did not release details of the letter but renewed their plea for his
release. The soldier's captivity has been marked by only sporadic releases
of videos and information about his whereabouts.
Afghanistan's narcotics problems grow worse
THE CENTER FOR POLICY INTEGRITY, 15, 01 2014- A costly and ambitious U.S.
effort to curtail Afghanistan's poppy production falters as U.S. forces draw
Two months after taking office in 2009, President Obama gave a televised
address that laid out sweeping goals for U.S. financial, military, and
technical assistance to Afghanistan, including developing an economy there
"that isn't dominated by illicit drugs."
Since 2001, Washington has committed a total of roughly $10 billion to its
ambitious counternarcotics effort in that country. But mostly due to
reversals in the last two years, all that spending appears to have had
little enduring impact, and Afghanistan's prospects for finding its fiscal
footing outside the drug trade are now slim, an independent federal auditor
told the Senate's Caucus on International Narcotics Control on Jan. 15.
"The situation in Afghanistan is dire with little prospect for improvement
in 2014 or beyond," Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
John F. Sopko told the caucus, recounting "the opinion of almost everyone I
spoke with" about the growing role of narcotics in the country's economy
during a November visit there.
In blunt testimony to the caucus chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.,
Sopko cited statistics that cast an unflattering light on the costly U.S.
effort, which is now winding down as the Obama administration prepares to
pull additional troops from the country.
Political and Media Officer
Embassy of Afghanistan in Canada