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Global forced displacement has been rising steadily

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UNITED NATIONS, Nov 06 (NNI): A senior UN official has said that global forced displacement has been rising steadily in recent years due to factors including conflicts, pressures of climate change, population growth, urbanization.

The United Nations high commissioner for refugees, Antonio Guterres, made the statement as he was briefing the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, which is in charge of social, humanitarian and cultural affairs.

In 2011, every single day, some 14,000 people worldwide were forced from their homes by war or violence, and 23,000 a day in 2012, …

Afghan President hails NATO pledge of continued support

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KABUL, Nov 06 (NNI): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday hoped Afghanistan and NATO would open a new chapter of cooperation following an end to the combat mission that he billed as a success.

Addressing a joint press conference with the new NATO chief in Kabul, the president said that Afghan forces had effectively taken the security lead from foreign troops in five phases over the last three years.

“Today, I want to assure the secretary-general and allies of a successful end to the combat mission on December 31 this year,” he …

NATO, Afghanistan ready to open new chapter, NATO SG says

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KABUL, Nov 06 (NNI): The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the alliance is ready to open a new chapter in its relationship with Afghanistan.

Appearing in a press conference together with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the NATO Secretary General said the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has achieved what it set out to do.

He said, “We have made our nations safer by pursuing the international terrorists who used Afghanistan as a safe haven to launch horrific attacks. And we have made Afghanistan stronger by helping to build capable …

Taliban Kills 10 Civilians in Paktia

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ZURMAT, Nov 06 (NNI): Taliban insurgents killed 10 civilians on Wednesday night in Paktia province, local officials said Thursday.

Provincial Police Chief Zalmai Oriakhail, while confirming the incident, said that the people were killed in Zurmat district of the province.

Oriakhail not providing more details, said that the police have started investigations.

The provincial spokesman Rohullah Samon said the bodies were found Thursday morning.

“The incident took place on Wednesday night in Mamozai area of Zurmat district,” Samon said. “The dead bodies were found Thursday morning.”

According to Samon, five of the men killed were …

NATO Chief in Afghanistan to reaffirm continued engagement

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KABUL, Nov 06 (NNI): As the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission is concluding at the end of this year, the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is visiting Afghanistan to reaffirm the alliance’s continued engagement.

Stoltenberg will take stock of the progress made during the 13 year ISAF mission and launch of the new Resolute Support mission on January 1.

A statement released by NATO said the Secretary General witnessed the growing capability of the Afghan commando units at the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command at Camp Morehead in Kabul.

Mr. …

4634 Afghan troops lost their lives in battle so far this year

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KABUL, Nov 06 (NNI): At least 4,634 members of the Afghan national security forces (ANSF) have lost their lives in fight against the terrorism so far this year.

The second-ranking US commander in Afghanistan Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson has expressed concerns regarding the rise and has said the level of casualties cannot be sustained in a successful fight against the Taliban.

Speaking to reporters from his headquarters in through video at the Pentagon, Gen. Anderson said the number of Afghans killed in battle rose from 4,350 last year to 4,634 so far …

UN welcomes passing of draft law to criminalize recruitment of child soldiers

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UNITED NATIONS, Nov 06 (NNI): Senior officials of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) have welcomed the passing of legislation earlier this week by the Afghan Lower House of Parliament to criminalize underage recruitment in the Afghan National Security Forces.

The UN mission officials called the passing of the law a significant step forward in protecting the rights of Afghan children.

Ján Kubiš, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA, said “The United Nations welcomes the Lower House’s decision to …

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