AFGHANISTAN

  • Ashraf Ghani jokes Afghanistan may beat US to woman president 3 days ago

    New York: Afghanistan may have one of the worst reputations in the world for women's rights in the world but its leader joked in New York on Thursday that Afghans may elect a female president before the United States. President Ashraf Ghani could not resist the throwaway quip, just weeks before...
  • Afghan president says need to find way to say 'sorry' to Taliban 4 days ago

    Washington: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that some members of the Taliban had legitimate grievances given the torture and ill treatment they had suffered and it was necessary to find a way to apologise and heal national wounds. Speaking during a visit to Washington, Ghani said South Africa and...
  • Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani vows new chapter in US ties 4 days ago

    Washington: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani professed deep gratitude to the American people for their service and sacrifice in a protracted war in Afghanistan, but warned of extremism's persistent threat in a speech to US lawmakers. Addressing a rare joint meeting of Congress one day after President Barack Obama...
  • ISIS convinces Afghans to join their fight in Syria, reveals video 6 days ago

    A day after President Ashraf Ghani said that ISIS is making bids to take over Afghanistan, a video shows recruiters of the terror group trying to convince Afghans to join the their fight in Syria. It is also an evidence of ISIS' attempts to expand its reach across the region....
  • Afghanistan will not be 'a burden' to US: Ashraf Ghani 6 days ago

    Washington: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told US troops on Monday his country would always be grateful to them and promised his country would not be "a burden" to the United States. Speaking to a gathering of American soldiers and top officials at the Pentagon, Ghani repeatedly expressed appreciation for the sacrifices...
  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani admits ISIS gaining influence in his country 1 week ago

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has admitted that in an attempt to takeover, the ISIS is gaining influence in his country. The Afghan President will meet with US President Barack Obama on Monday. ...
  • Afghanistan President to embark on landmark Washington visit March 21, 2015

    Kabul: As the Afghan president heads to the United States on his first trip to Washington as head of state, the landmark visit offers a chance for both sides to start afresh and wipe the slate clean on the legacy of troubled US-Afghan relations. Ashraf Ghani faces a daunting task, long-term,...
  • US likely to delay planned closure of two Afghanistan bases March 19, 2015

    Washington: The US military bases in Kandahar and Jalalabad are likely to remain open beyond the end of 2015, a senior US official said, as Washington considers slowing its military pull-out from Afghanistan to help the new government fight the Taliban. The anticipated policy reversal reflects the US embrace of Afghanistan's...
  • Prince Harry to quit British Army after 10 years March 17, 2015

    London: Prince Harry announced on Tuesday that he is to leave the British Army after 10 years' service that has seen him fight on the front line twice in Afghanistan. The 30-year-old said it had been a "really tough decision" to conclude his military service in June, but added that...
  • World Cup: Dear ICC, take care of the minnows March 17, 2015

    The minnows are here to stay and will do so unless the ICC wants it otherwise. The performance of the lower-ranked teams has improved significantly in the past three World Cups. The 2007 Cricket World Cup had 16 participants and there was a lot of criticism then that the organisers were...
  • Afghanistan a winner and wiser at first Cricket World Cup March 14, 2015

    Sydney: Afghanistan finished their first Cricket World Cup with a loss, unable to exploit a frazzled England and undermined by rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. England, also heading home, won by nine wickets thanks to winning the toss, and the Duckworth/Lewis method. But, more than England did, Afghanistan enlivened...
  • World Cup 2015: England need to get the fun factor back March 14, 2015

    It was probably the last game they wanted to play after what's happened over the last few weeks but England's win over Afghanistan was a job well done. They were on a lose-lose going into this match and they've done what they had to. If they had lost it would...
  • Watch: NZ keep clean sheet, England get consolation win, ICC World Cup, Day 27 Highlights March 14, 2015

    New Zealand survived a scare from Bangladesh for their sixth straight win while England will fly back home with a consolation win against Afghanistan. Watch all the highlights from Day 27 at the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • World Cup: Playing against Test teams a valuable step up, says Afghan captain March 13, 2015

    Sydney: Afghanistan finished their first Cricket World Cup with a loss, unable to exploit a frazzled England and undermined by rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. England, also heading home, won by nine wickets thanks to winning the toss, and the Duckworth/Lewis method. But, more than England did, Afghanistan enlivened...
  • World Cup 2015: England thrash Afghanistan by nine wickets (D/L) March 13, 2015

    Sydney: Both teams were desperate for a win. England needed a crumb of comfort after their worst World Cup campaign ever, while Afghanistan needed to prove that they belong at this level. But with rain interrupting proceedings thrice, this inconsequential game was little more than a damp squib. After keeping...
  • As it happened: Afghanistan vs England, World Cup, Match 38 March 13, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) Afghanistan will look to follow the lead of Bangladesh when they face England in their World Cup finale in Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). England, reeling from the fall-out of a World Cup where they, like tournament debutants Afghanistan, have so far only beaten...
  • World Cup 2015: Afghanistan can shock England, feels Andy Moles March 12, 2015

    Sydney: Afghanistan's English coach Andy Moles feels his ambitious side has the potential to stun a lacklustre England in their final World Cup Pool A match on Friday. "We had some great learning experiences in the World Cup. We got our first win against Scotland. We gave Sri Lanka a scare,"...
  • World Cup: England, Afghanistan play for pride in their final pool game March 12, 2015

    When Mick Jagger, a massive cricket fan, and Keith Richards wrote The Last Time exactly half a century ago - it was released in the US on March 13, 1965 - little would they have known that it would become the soundtrack for an English cricket World Cup campaign. As...
  • Afghanistan are keen to finish WC campaign with a flourish, says coach March 12, 2015

    Sydney: Afghanistan will look to follow the lead of Bangladesh when they face England in their World Cup finale in Sydney on Friday. Bangladesh's 15-run win over England in Adelaide on Monday saw them go through to the quarter-finals and knock out Eoin Morgan's men. England, reeling from the fall-out of a...
  • Cartwheeling Hamid Hassan an unlikely star of the World Cup March 11, 2015

    Melbourne: At a World Cup where millionaires and refugees share the same stage, it is little surprise that one of the standouts of the tournament is also one of the most unlikely. With his face covered in warpaint and his hair kept in place by a bandana in the Afghan flag...
  • World Cup 2015: New Zealand's Kane Williamson laid low by gastro March 11, 2015

    Hamilton: New Zealand's Kane Williamson missed training on Wednesday due to gastroenteritis but the team is confident the star batsman is not in danger of missing any matches at the World Cup. New Zealand face Bangladesh on Friday with both sides having already qualified for the quarter-finals. Williamson, spinner Daniel Vettori and...
  • World Cup: England's Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali out of Afghanistan match March 11, 2015

    Sydney: England allrounders Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali have both been ruled out of the team's final match at the World Cup, against Afghanistan, officials announced on Wednesday. Woakes, a lower middle-order batsman and pace bowler, has a left foot injury that became apparent running between the wickets making 42 not...
  • Anger to fuel England against Afghanistan in Cricket World Cup: Chris Jordan March 11, 2015

    Sydney: England allrounder Chris Jordan said the anger the team felt at their early World Cup exit would fuel the side in their final pool match against Afghanistan in Sydney on Friday. Monday's 15-run loss to Bangladesh in Adelaide meant England were no longer able to qualify for the quarter-finals. It also...
  • Afghanistan must build on Cricket World Cup success, says coach Moles March 9, 2015

    Wellington: Afghanistan have exceeded expectations at their first World Cup but need to keep playing against top sides to maintain momentum and become a real force in the game, coach Andy Moles said on Monday. Afghanistan proved competitive in their tournament debut, including posting a win against Scotland, even though the...
  • Watch: NZ stay unbeaten, Australia in QF, ICC World Cup, Day 22 Highlights March 9, 2015

    New Zealand taken their winning run to 5-0 with a win over Afghanistan, while Australia leave Sri Lanka behind in a Sydney run-fest to reach the quarters. Watch Day 22 highlights from the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • Afghanistan top online searches among minnows in World Cup March 8, 2015

    Guwahati: War-torn Afghanistan, who made their debut in the ongoing World Cup, topped the chart of most online searches among the new and lesser experienced teams. According to a latest analysis of online trends by global giant Google, there is a growing interest and increase in search queries for the new...
  • World Cup: Every team has potential match winners, says Daniel Vettori March 8, 2015

    Napier: New Zealand are paying little attention to their World Cup rivals' form in the group stage of the tournament as every team that reaches the knockout rounds have potential match winners in the side, spinner Daniel Vettori said on Sunday. Vettori produced a Man of the Match performance of 4-18...
  • World Cup: Impressive Afghanistan pacemen get another wake-up call March 8, 2015

    Afghanistan's impressive pace bowling trio were given a second lesson in the step up required to face a test-playing nation when New Zealand beat them by six wickets in their World Cup Pool A clash on Sunday. Dawlat Zadran, left-armer Shapoor Zadran and Hamid Hassan have all impressed with their World...
  • World Cup: New Zealand make it 5-0 with Afghanistan rout March 8, 2015

    Napier, New Zealand's self-proclaimed art deco capital, might consider itself a little left behind this World Cup. This picturesque ground, encircled by palm trees, was only awarded three games in the tournament - and those pitting the UAE against Pakistan and then the West Indies were always going to be...