AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

German and Afghan killed, Finnish woman kidnapped in Kabul


A German aid worker and an Afghan guard were killed and a Finnish woman kidnapped as gunmen stormed an international guest house in Kabul, officials... More

TV channel dedicated to women set to begin broadcasting...


A new TV channel dedicated to women is set to begin broadcasting in Afghanistan, the first of its kind in a country whose media industry,... More

Eight police killed in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan


An Afghan official says eight police have been killed in attacks on three checkpoints in southern Kandahar province. Zia Durani, spokesperson for the provincial police chief,... More

IS claims attack on state TV station in Afghanistan


The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an Afghan state television station on Wednesday that killed at least six people... More

Wolesi Jirga refuses to add 3 cabinet picks to...


The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of Afghan parliament on Monday refused to add to its agenda three newly-introduced ministers-designate, insisting on replacement of the... More

Iran-Afghanistan trade reached at $2 billion


There has been a considerable spike in KABUL-Tehran economic relations within the past three years particularly after the nuclear deal between Tehran and major world... More

Anti-corruption efforts ‘failing’ due to absence of law


The head of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOC), Ghulam Hussain Fakhri, on Sunday said anti-corruption efforts by the HOOC have largely failed... More

Security situation in Afghanistan likely to get worse: U.S....


The security situation in Afghanistan will further deteriorate even if there is a modest increase in U.S. military support for the war-torn country, the top... More

Taliban ‘Safe Zone’ Established in South


A ‘safe zone’ has been established in the country’s south for those Taliban who have and will lay down their arms and join the peace... More

Trilateral talks: Concerted efforts against Da’ish urged


Senior military officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States held talks in Rawalpindi on Friday and discussed steps to prevent cross-border fire violations. The trilateral... More

Probe Unearths Luxurious Lifestyle Of Ex-Army Generals


A number of Afghan National Army generals, removed from their posts by the incumbent government, have been found to be living the high-life in Kabul... More

Belt Plan to Open New Chapter in Sino-Afghan Relations


A Chinese delegation that arrived here (Kabul) on Monday said realization of Beijing’s One Road One Belt Initiative (BRI) would turn Afghanistan into a regional... More

Iran Ready for Talks on Legalising Stay of Afghans


Tehran on Sunday expressed its readiness to work together with Kabul on legalising the status of Afghans living in the neighbouring country and offered all... More

IS chief in Afghanistan killed, claims President Ashraf Ghani


The head of the militant Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in an operation led by Afghan special forces in... More

Chaman border attack: 50 Afghan soldiers killed, says Pak...


Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Major General Nadeem Ahmed has said Afghan forces targeted civilian population while Pakistan targeted their check-posts, inflicting heavy casualties. At least... More

U.S Looking At ‘Adjustments’ To Afghanistan’s War Strategy


Theresa Whelan, acting assistant defense secretary for Special Operations of the United States (U.S) said in response to questions by the U.S Senate Committee on... More

Hekmatyar Extends Brotherhood Hand to Taliban


Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar on Friday once again called on the Taliban to respond positively to people’s demand for peace so the Afghans... More

Hekmatyar calls Taliban ‘Brothers’, wants to mediate


Addressing a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Thursday, Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar called Taliban “brothers” and asked them to join the... More

At Least 8 Killed in Kabul Blast


At least eight civilians were killed in an explosion in Kabul city on Wednesday morning that targeted a convoy of foreign troops. The ministry of interior... More

Russia’s move to bring peace in Afghanistan is certainly...


For years, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been outspoken in his criticism of U.S. action in the war on terror. But in the aftermath... More

Casualties Among Afghan Forces Shockingly High: SIGAR


Preventing the Taliban and other militants from expanding their control of the countryside will continue to be a challenge for Afghan security forces, says a... More

COLUMN

Myanmar’s fragile peace process set to unravel

Myanmar’s peace process is slowly unraveling as the discussions between the government and the ethnic groups involved remains marred by confusion, indecision and division. Days away from the next round of the 21st Century Panglong or national peace conference, there is still no clear idea of who... More

Why kicking itself out of OBOR was...

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt One Road’ vision, the decision should not be confused with, despite India’s allusions to the violation of its territory and sovereignty, the possibility... More

Can India afford to ignore OBOR

India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues, as has been made out by Delhi. It is not just about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor entering through... More

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiatives, then India gave us an enormous platform for internationalizing human rights by going to the ICJ over the... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision

China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads of state and representatives from 130 countries attended the two-day forum on 14-15 May. Most of... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

China tightens grips on ASEAN

China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman’s watered-down statement stands testimony to this. This China factor — coming on the back of Beijing’s huge investments as... More

China’s new world order

China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference that... More

Why Kashmir remains disturbed

Whether stone pelting on Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir is being done at the behest of Pakistan or as a response to fundamentalists' call, the fact remains that the valley is disturbed. Scores of... More

No easy refuge from death row for Kulbhushan Jadhav

The movie version of this script, we’re all familiar with: “no, your honour”, shouts the lawyer, the mother tears up, the judge bangs his gavel in approval and the hero walks off death row.... More

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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

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