KABUL: ‘ Cameron Makes a Surprise Visit and Pledges Support for New President ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – October 03 – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday pledged support for Afghanistan’s newly sworn-in president and the country’s new unity government, saying during a surprise visit to Kabul that Britain is committed to helping Afghans build a more secure and prosperous future.

Cameron was the first of world leaders to meet Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai since his inauguration on Monday.

The two had a meeting in Kabul on Friday morning and later held a joint press conference.

“Britain has paid a heavy price for helping to bring stability to this country,” Cameron said, paying tribute to the 453 British servicemen and women who died while serving in Afghanistan.

“An Afghanistan free from al-Qaida is in our national interest – as well as Afghanistan’s,” he said. “And now, 13 long years later, Afghanistan can – and must – deliver its own security.”

But, “we are not leaving this country alone,” he added. “In Britain you will always have a strong partner and a friend.”

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‘ Suicide Bomber Attacks Ashraf Ghani Inauguration ‘

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – A suicide bomber attacked a security checkpoint near the airport in Afghanistan’s capital on Monday, security sources say.

' Ashraf Ghani Sworn in as President '

‘ Ashraf Ghani Sworn in as President ‘

The attack came minutes before new President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in, Reuters reported.

There were casualties, according to witnesses.

Dignitaries had gathered in Kabul for Ghani’s inauguration, who is taking over from long-time leader Hamid Karzai.

On Sunday 9:15 this morning, a sticky bomb attached to an Afghan army vehicle exploded in Zanbaq Square … only injuring the driver,” Najib Danish, Interior Ministry deputy spokesman, told Reuters.

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‘ Explosion in Kabul Day Before Ghani Inauguration ‘

#AceWorldNews – KABUL – September 28 – An explosion has struck the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, a day before the inauguration ceremony for the country’s new president, Ashraf Ghani.

The blast took place in Zanbaq Square, close to the Iranian and Turkish embassies, journalists in the city reported, adding that the explosion might be a result of a magnetic bomb on an Afghan army vehicle.”

At 9:15 this morning, a sticky bomb attached to an Afghan army vehicle exploded in Zanbaq Square … only injuring the driver,” Najib Danish, Interior Ministry deputy spokesman, told Reuters.

Ghani succeeds outgoing president Hamid Karzai, the only Afghan leader since the 2001 US-led invasion.

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` Afghan Insurgents have Attacked the `Head Quarters ‘ of the `Electoral Commission ‘ in Kabul ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – March 25 – Afghan insurgents have attacked the headquarters of the electoral commission in Kabul, the BBC reported, citing police.

Initial reports said the home of candidate Ashraf Ghani was attacked – http://wp.me/p165ui-4wB

However, police now say the militants targeted the election HQ. Insurgents gained access to the main compound, police said.

No casualties were reported. Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi told TOLO News that the IEC Kabul office attack was over and all 30 people trapped rescued.

Ace Related News – Earlier Reports – March 25 – 10.01 GMT – Extract – Reuters – #AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – March 25 – An explosion and gunfire rattled the house of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, Reuters reported. http://wp.me/p165ui-4wB

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