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Afghanistan Wants More US Troops to Fight IS, Taliban


Now in its 16th year, the US war in Afghanistan is poised to escalate, as top leaders in the country call on Washington to increase its military footprint in the nation, both on the... More

Afghanistan receives further Super Tucanos ahead of 2017 fighting season


The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has received a further four A-29 Super Tucano light attack turboprops ahead of the commencement of the 2017 'fighting season'. The Super Tucanos arrived at Kabul International Airport on 20... More

US drone strike kills militant behind attack on Sri Lankan cricket team


A militant wanted for involvement in attacks on GHQ and Sri Lankan cricket team was killed in a US drone strike in Barmal District of Paktika province in Afghanistan, sources said on Monday. Qari Yaseen was said... More

Russia talks with Afghanistan on military hardware maintenance


The Russian Helicopters company is holding talks with the Afghan Defense Ministry on Russian military equipment maintenance and repair works, including the Mi-24 combat helicopters. According to a statement from the press wing of the... More

Afghanistan, Pakistan Exchange Lists of Wanted Terrorists


Afghanistan and Pakistan exchanged lists of wanted terrorists and agreed to develop further cooperation, Afghan president's National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar told Sputnik. Last week, the Afghan adviser took part in the high-level security... More

The spectre of ISIS is transforming the Afghan conflict


(Exclusive) While Afghanistan continues to struggle against the Taliban, the rising spectre of ISIS has added to the multitude of its problems, forcing both Kabul and other state-actors involved in the country to re-think... More

Afghanistan-Pakistan, agree to form joint mechanism to counter terrorism


Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday agreed to form a joint mechanism to counter the common threat of terrorism. Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told his country wants to see a stable... More

One Million Refugees to be Repatriated in 2017


Statistics issued by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) indicate that up to one million refugees are expected to be returned to Afghanistan during this year from Europe as well as Iran and Pakistan,... More

Challenges for Afghanistan


Many years of war against terrorism in Afghanistan have proved to be tiring. The international forces that were involved in the war have mostly withdrawn and the remaining are making preparations to do so.... More

Afghanistan, Pakistan to hold high-level talks in London


Afghanistan and Pakistan will hold high-level talks in London on Wednesday ( 15 March) to ease the current tensions, the Afghan ambassador Omar Zakhilwal said on Tuesday, reports Express Tribune. “I will join our National Security Adviser... More

Kabul Residents Protest Over Lack of Security


Afgan local activists, accusing the government of being unable to ensure security in the capital city and provinces, demanded the removal of the interior and defense ministers as well as the head of the country’s intelligence agency, the Afghanistan Times newspaper... More

Russia hints at involving US in Afghan talks


Russia is planning to involve the US and Central Asian countries in a new peace dialogue which apparently aims to end the war in Afghanistan. The Voice of America’s Islamabad correspondent reported this based... More

 Afghanistan and Iraq Memorial unveiled in London


 A memorial dedicated to those who served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars has been unveiled by the Queen in central London on Thursday (9 March) The sculpture, by Paul Day, also marks the contribution... More

HIA Demands Govt. Action on Peace Accord


A list of 200 Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) inmates has been sent to the president and they will be released soon, the commission overseeing the implementation of peace accord between the Afghan government and HIA... More

38 killed in hospital attack in Afghan capital, Daesh claimed responsibility


More than 38 people were killed in an attack on a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, the Defense Ministry said. It is reported that more than 50 people were wounded. Hospital administrators told AFP... More

Afghan Taliban’s political negotiators visit China


The Afghan Taliban’s senior political negotiators recently visited China on the invitation of the Chinese government, which has been making efforts to encourage the insurgent group to join the peace process, two Taliban officials... More

The Afghan graveyard


Afghans often proudly refer to their country as “the graveyard of empires”. Today, unfortunately, it has become just a graveyard. The latest UN Report on Afghanistan chronicles the large and escalating human toll of... More

Afghan Foreign Minister Rules Out Military Solution for Situation in Country


The current situation in Afghanistan cannot be resolved by military means, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani told Sputnik on Friday, adding that Kabul welcomed all possible efforts to promote the peace process. "We can definitely... More

Afghan general summons Pakistani ambassador over border tensions


Afghanistan has asked Pakistan to re-open the border and de-escalate tensions between the two neighbouring countries, read a press release issued on Wednesday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The release said Ambassador to Afghanistan... More

Taliban kill 12 Afghan police with silenced weapons


Taliban fighters in the southern Afghan province of Helmand attacked a checkpoint with silenced weapons and hand grenades early on Tuesday killing 12 policemen and stealing weapons and ammunition, officials said. But a provincial official... More

Russia, Tajikistan agree to bolster guarding of Tajik-Afghan border


Russia and Tajikistan agreed to bolster guarding of the former Soviet republic's border with Afghanistan to prevent a spillover of the conflict there, Reuters quoted Russia's President Vladimir Putin this Monday. "We have agreed to... 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

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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