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Under Trump, 14 U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan in 2017


Since President Donald Trump entered office in January, 14 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan. The most recent death, which occurred on Monday, was due to a "vehicle incident" that also left two other service... More

Afghan women officers train at Indian military academy


From shooting an AK-47 to dealing with computer-simulated sieges, 20 Afghan women officers are being put through their paces at a military training academy in India. They are the first Afghan women to attend the... More

US, Afghan forces launch offensive to block Daesh expansion in Afghanistan


US and Afghan special operations groups are preparing an offensive against Daesh strongholds in northwestern Afghanistan in an attempt to prevent the fractured militant group from continuing their expansion into Afghanistan’s northern provinces. Afghan Defense... More

TAPI Project to Enter Practical Phase in Afghanistan Soon


Work on the implementation of Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) gas pipeline will start in Afghanistan in the next three months, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) announced on Sunday (DEC. 10). The MoMP added that the... More

French, Algerian fighters join Deash in Afghanistan: Report


French and Algerian fighters, some arriving from Syria, have joined the ranks Daesh in the northern Jawzajan province where the militants have established new bases, AFP reported, quoting Afghan and international sources. The report said... More

Afghanistan, Pakistan to form Joint Working Groups


The Pakistan government has formally shared proposals with Afghanistan for establishing joint working groups that will allow both countries to address each other's concerns on all key issues, Pakistan’s Daily Times reported. A Pakistani official... More

Afghan HPC ready for talks with Taliban without any pre-condition


The High Peace Council (HPC) Chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili at a ceremony in Kabul on Wednesday (Dec. 6) said the council is ready to start peace talks with the Taliban without any pre-condition. He said... More

In a first, Indian army to train Afghan women military personnel


In a first, Indian Army will train a group of Afghan women military personnel at Officers Training Academy in Chennai. The women officers have been selected from different provinces and represent all the major... More

Sino-Afghan economic commission meets, 3 deal signed


The Afghanistan-China Economic and Trade Commission discussed greater cooperation between the two countries at its third meeting in Beijing, the Ministry of Finance said. The meeting, held on December 4, was co-chaired by Minister of... More

UN seeks talks with Afghan factions to safeguard civilians


The UN is trying to engage in discussions with the warring factions in Afghanistan to stop the targeting the civilians, says Tadamichi Yamamoto, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for the United Nations Assistance Mission... More

China to host trilateral meetings on Afghan peace, security


China’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Deng Xijun has invited President Ashraf Ghani to next year’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The envoy briefed Ghani on the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan meeting aimed at regional... More

Beijing hosts Afghanistan-China economic talks today


Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Sunday (Dec. 3) said the third meeting of the Afghanistan-China Joint Economic and Trade Commission will be held in Beijing on Monday (Dec. 4) where they will discuss... More

Afghanistan wants direct talks with Pakistan, says president Ghani


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday (Dec. 1) said that Kabul is desirous of holding negotiations with Islamabad directly for regional security and peace efforts. He made the remarks at the Heart of Asia –... More

Over 200 schools in Afghanistan’s Herat controlled by Taliban


The chairman of education department of Afghanistan’s Herat province has sparked an outcry after he said he was “satisfied” with the way the Taliban were controlling schools in the province. The Taliban controls at least... More

US should recognise failure of strategy on Afghanistan, says ex-President Karzai


The U.S. should recognise the failure of its strategy on Afghanistan, and stop focusing on the continuation of war and rivalries instead of bringing peace to the country, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said. He... More

Peaceful Afghanistan in our interest, says Iranian president


Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said Iran desires peace and stability in Afghanistan because it in is the interest of his own country and people. In a telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani... More

Trump defends his military policy in Afghanistan


US president Donald Trump on Thursday (Nov 23) said that everyone in the United States is talking about the progress the US military forces have made in Afghanistan since he took office as president. "Everybody... More

The F-22 mission in Afghanistan: Overkill or realistic training?


Three years ago, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut in Syria. The idea was for the fifth-generation fighter to use its stealth technology to evade detection from surface-to-air missile batteries in a contested region.... More

US increases number of F-16s to 18 in Afghanistan


The United States Air Force has increased the number of F-16 multi task Fighting Falcons to 18 from 12, two generals, quoted by Military.com said Tuesday (Nov 21) at the Air Force Association's Air,... More

Nicholson announces war on drugs in Afghanistan


Commander of US-Forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson said a well-planned raid against drug producing facilities was carried out in Helmand on Sunday (Nov 19) and that for the first time an F-22 bomber... More

11 police officers killed in attacks in Afghanistan’s Farah province


At least eleven Afghan police officers were killed in Taliban attacks in western Afghanistan, an official said on 19 November. A group of Taliban attacked three police checkpoints at the main bazaar of in the... More

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Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

Myanmar’s Censorship worries

A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the military era and provide the Burmese freedom of expression. The Memory film festival 2017 in November conducted a full blown debate on film censorship. ''This was no... More

Forging a positive alliance

It was a unique privilege (for many different reasons) to be invited along with a handful of senior media colleagues to attend the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) under the theme "Allied Against Terrorism" on Nov 26 in Riyadh. With the Ministers of Defence,... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... More

Babri Masjid demolition was an attack on idea and promise enshrined...

From the vantage point of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, I can only marvel at the gargantuan shift in the fundamentals of the nation. Beginning from somewhere in the middle 1980s, I have seen the striking change in political developments significantly altering... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More