AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

Suicide bombers attack two Afghan mosques, at least 72 dead


Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Afghanistan on Friday (Oct 20), killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said. One bomber walked into a Shi‘ite Muslim mosque... More

Taliban reps, Afghan politicians to meet in Dubai


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be hosting a two-day meeting between Afghan politicians and Taliban representatives next month, an official said. Organized by the Canadian organization Pugwash, the event... More

Over 100 Afghan security force members killed in 3 Taliban attacks


In the past three days, three deadly attacks carried out by the Taliban against Afghan security forces - in Paktia, Ghazni and Kandahar provinces – have claimed the lives... More

Afghanistan to figure at Russia-NATO talks


The Afghanistan conflict will be on the agenda at next week’s meeting between representatives from Russia and NATO, a media report says. The meeting would take place on Oct. 26... More

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington


Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming the country’s... More

Fence on Afghan border will reduce attacks, says Pak Army


Pakistan's military said Wednesday that new fencing and guard posts along the border with Afghanistan would help prevent militant attacks in both countries, but the stepped-up fortifications have angered... More

Breakthrough eludes QCG talks on Afghan peace in Oman


The four-nation talks on finding ways to revive peace process in Afghanistan, held in Oman on Monday (October 16), appeared to have ended without any breakthrough. All sides preferred... More

Paktia police chief among 41 killed in attacks on Afghan police center


The death toll in a suicide and gun attack on police in southeast Afghanistan has risen to 41 with more than 200 wounded, an official said, in the latest... More

Afghan president Ghani to visit India prior to Pakistan


President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is expected to visit India within two weeks before his travel to Pakistan. Earlier, Pakistan chief of army staff Javed Qamar Bajwa invited President Ghani to... More

Russia funds Taliban in war against NATO forces


Russia is funding Taliban military operations against Nato in Afghanistan through a covert programme of laundered fuel sales, it has learnt from members of the Islamist group and Afghan... More

Closing Taliban’s office will be a mistake, says former UN envoy


Former special representative of United Nations to Afghanistan Kai Eide says, he believes that closing the Taliban’s office in Doha will be a mistake and that the peace process... More

Increase in Afghan civilian casualties due to airstrikes: UN report


A report by the United Nations indicates that 8,019 civilians including women and children were killed and wounded in the Afghan conflict in the first nine months of this... More

Trump failing to find ‘the right formula to achieve victory in Afghanistan


Donald Trump's new Afghan strategy is unlikely to bear any fruit, Pakistani security analyst Rahimullah Yusufzai told Radio Sputnik. It's hard to defeat terrorists while depending solely on airstrikes,... More

Afghanistan seeks China support for SCO full membership


Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai has met Assistant Foreign Minister Li Hui in Moscow ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Contact Group meeting, a statement from the... More

Afghanistan election plans face political, technical test


Less than a year before Afghanistan is due to hold much-delayed parliamentary elections, technical problems and political wrangling are hampering a project seen as vital to ensuring the country’s... More

Afghanistan cancels trade meet with Pak, wants to include India


The Afghanistan government has called off a meeting with a Pakistan delegation which deals with the implementation of a transit treaty on trade as the Kabul government wants India to... More

Moscow hosts SCO contact group meeting on Afghanistan


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Tuesday that Moscow will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) contact group meeting on Afghanistan on Wednesday. According to the foreign ministry, the meeting will... More

Afghan-Pakistan border villages brace for Berlin Wall-style divide


Thousands of Pashtun tribal people who for decades ignored the invisible line that bisects their dusty villages and demarcates the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier are bracing for a Berlin Wall-style divide... More

War in Afghanistan: U.S.-led coalition bombings hit 7-year high in Sept 2017


The number of airstrikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan hit a seven-year high in September, according to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command. The U.S. and its... More

US calling for closure of Taliban office in Qatar


Reliable sources told TOLOnews on Tuesday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US President Donald Trump have discussed the issue of closing the Taliban’s office in Doha, Qatar. Should this... More

Ex-Afghan President Karzai says US supplying arms to ISIS


Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said that the US had been supplying weapons to Daesh in Afghanistan. Karzai, in an interview with Russian Today (RT) here, said that the US... More

COLUMN

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

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Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More