AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

US Army to Send 1,500 Soldiers to Afghanistan in Summer


The US Army announced in a statement on Thursday it will send about 1,500 soldiers to Afghanistan during the summer months... More

April 13 US bombing killed 13 RAW agents in Afghanistan: Pakistan...


Pakistan claimed on Thursday that at least 13 Indian spies were also among those killed in a massive US bomb blast... More

Pak Defense Minister Wants Russia to Play Major Role in Stabilizing...


Russia should spearhead the process of bringing stability to Afghanistan, while Pakistan will support all of Russia's initiatives towards reaching this... More

Over 18,000 Police Officers Killed in Helmand in 15 Years


Helmand police headquarters said on Wednesday that almost 18,000 Afghan National Police (ANP) officers have been killed in battles in the... More

Kabul seeks Delhi’s help in repairing grounded military planes


Last Friday’s terror attack at an Army base at Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan in which nearly 140 people were killed has triggered... More

Defence Minister, Army Chief Quit over Balkh Bloodbath


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday accepted resignations of defence minister and army chief after the Balkh carnage at the hands... More

China Calls for all Afghan Sides to Actively Participate in Reconciliation...


China Monday called for all sides in Afghanistan to participate actively in the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process and jointly uphold... More

140 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan army base


At least 140 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on an Army base in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh... More

China, Afghanistan Sign Agreement on Optic Fiber Link


Afgan Acting Telecommunications and Information Technology minister Sayed Ahmad Shah Sadat has signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart Miao Wei... More

Massoud calls for early elections, asks Ghani to step down


Consultations will be held between a number of political leaders over the next few days where they will discuss issues relating... More

‘Sacking unfair, could end up in another civil war’


Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s decision to dismiss his special envoy on Reforms and Good Governance, Zia Massoud, could further destabilise... More

13 Indians reported killed in U.S. MOAB bombing


An Afghanistan-based news agency said on Tuesday that 13 Indians were killed in the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) attack by... More

McMaster Adamant that Taliban will be Defeated


U.S President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R McMaster said in an interview with TOLOnews on Sunday members of the Taliban... More

US bombing casts shadow over Afghan peace conference 


The United States not collaborating with Russia’s new initiativeto establish peace and stability in Afghanistan is quite clear now as the... More

Hekmatyar to Return Whether Peace Deal is Enforced or Not


The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, says he will soon appear among the people regardless of government’s commitment to enforcing... More

Will ‘Mother of All Bombs’ scare NK?


The US on Thursday dropped the "Mother of All Bombs" - the most powerful nonnuclear bomb used by the US so... More

MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US military,...


The US military has just dropped a big bomb in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, also called the “mother of... More

US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan 


The US military on Thursday (13 April) dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat, targeting an IS complex in... More

ICG Calls Afghan Government ‘Shaky’


The future of Afghanistan’s unity government is “shaky,” according to a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG). The Brussels based... More

Russia counters at alleged support to Afghan Taliban


Russia has rejected allegations from Afghan government officials and parliamentarians that it is supporting the insurgent Taliban movement. The Russian embassy in... More

What impact the Sino-Russia duo can leave on the Afghan war?


(Exclusive): With Afghanistan government and the Taliban welcoming increasing Chinese and Russian involvement in Afghanistan, it would seem that peace is finally... More

COLUMN

De-criminalizing democracy

Governor Amir Muhammad Khan Kalabagh’s logic behind not closing down the red light area “Hiramandi” is very revealing, “If you ban them they will be all over the place.” This in fact eventually did happen! When Bhutto nationalized their assets in 1972, many financiers and industrialists invested their... More

A golden opportunity

INFRASTRUCTURE projects all over the world have a tendency towards cost overruns and schedule delays. Pakistan’s implementation record has been relatively worse, irrespective of the form of government or party in power. It is characterised by sluggishness, frequent change of managers, passing on the buck and not... More

Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” -- likely to be named the “Shandong” -- will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to their impasse that has prevented it from making further headway. Now the next meeting of the Union... More

China’s Bengal foray

This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of  a success. Her government did not initially take much interest in the Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) that brings together many potential Chinese investors in their... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Nepal can be bridge for India role in Belt, Road

To further strengthen economic ties between Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal, China will try harder to get India to see the benefits of participating in the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and... More

India’s moral claim to Kashmir has never seemed more fragile

India has spent the past decade lying to itself about Kashmir. The Pakistan-sponsored insurgency of the 1980s was contained. Elections were being held in the valley. People were defying militants to vote in them.... More

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is travelling to India this... More

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval...

"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India," India's Economic Times reported recently. With concerns expressed by Indian media outlets about... More

MOST POPULAR

READER'S VIEW

Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

Sign up for South Asian Monitor:

Enter your email and stay on top of things

Subscribe!