December 2nd, 2009
09:34 AM ET

From the Afghan media

President Obama's plan for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan made headlines in the local media in Afghanistan - but it certainly wasn't the only headline. Take a look at some of the top stories and editorials in Afghan media on Tuesday, compiled from a U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report.

Hasht-e-Subh Daily editorial: Referring to the United States’ new strategy on Afghanistan, the editorial suggests that President Obama should also include in that strategy the entire Afghan people, and not just a handful of influential people and powerful warlords as President Karzai does.

Weesa Daily editorial: Considering the fact that international troops’ military operations have brought considerable civilian casualties, it is expected that the public will, on the basis of their national feelings, now give more of their support to the Afghan National Army, just in case the international troops start withdrawing.

Kabul Times newspaper: On the occasion of World AIDS Day, the Acting Minister of Public Health said 566 cases of HIV and AIDS had so far been registered in Afghanistan.

Outlook Afghanistan:
Karzai and Obama discussed the U.S. strategy via video conference. Also, as winter approaches in Afghanistan, the UNHCR and partners, along with the Afghan government, work to provide relief supplies to an estimated 200,000 people to help them through the freezing temperatures.

Outlook Afghanistan Editorial: The new US strategy for Afghanistan is, in fact, a strategic chance that should be used wisely and effectively by both Afghanistan and the international community.

Afghanistan Times: The UN's top envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Eide, yesterday called for a “transition strategy” rather than an “exit strategy” for Afghanistan. “I think we should talk about transition strategy, which is something completely different,” he added.

Mandegar Daily editorial: Pointing to the fact that many ministries have not been able to spend their developmental budget during the ongoing year, the daily says such a situation is another evidence of corrupt officials in government.

Tolo TV: As World AIDS Day is marked, a report on how the number of affected will rise if poppy cultivation is not stopped in the country, says Ministry of Public Health. Also, a report on UK's plan to send 500 troops to Afghanistan.

Ariana TV Headlines: President Obama and President Karzai talked on the United States’ new Afghan strategy through a video conference. Also, reports on Russia sending more than 21,000 tons of flour to Afghanistan while Poland will send a thousand troops.

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