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Afghan government arms villagers to fight IS in Tora Bora


In a remote district of eastern Afghanistan's Tora Bora mountains, where Osama bin Laden once took refuge, hundreds of local villagers freed from Islamic State control have been enlisted as a militia force to... More

Afghan girls denied visas to US for robot-building competition to watch their...


Two Afghan girls refused visas to the United States for a robot-building competition said on Tuesday (July 4) they were mystified by the decision, as the contest's organisers said teams from Iran and Sudan... More

Pak-Afghan-Tajik joint commission on Trilateral Cooperation expected to establish


A Joint Commission on Trilateral Cooperation is expected to be established between, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan to develop and implement a mutual strategy on various subjects. The commission, which is likely to be formed during... More

Afghanistan reacts to Iran’s comments on dam projects


The Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water said Iran has used four times more water from Helmand River’s than stipulated in the Helmand River Treaty Following comments by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Afghanistan’s dam... More

Afghanistan accepts Pakistan’s offer of ‘coordinated’ anti-terror operations


Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to conduct “coordinated, complementary” security operations against terrorist groups on their respective sides of the shared border, officials confirmed Wednesday. A high-powered U.S. bipartisan congressional delegation led by Senator John... More

Russia, China voice concern at insecurity in Afghanistan


Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have discussed regional issues, including the security situation in Afghanistan, a media report said on Wednesday. At a meeting in Moscow, Xi and Putin expressed... More

High-level delegation of US senators arrives in Kabul


A high-level delegation of US senators arrived in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, the Resolute Support (RS) Mission said. The NATO mission tweeted the delegation was comprised of the head and members of the Senate... More

New alliance is due to Ghani’s poor leadership skills: Deputy speaker Humayun


The Afghan first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament), Humayun Humayun, on Monday said the formation of the new alliance known as the Coalition to Rescue Afghanistan, is testimony to... More

Khalili Sworn In As New HPC Chief Amid Peace Talks Stalemate


President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday officially introduced Mohammad Karim Khalili, a former vice president to ex-president Hamid Karzai, as the new head of the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC). This comes as peace talks with... More

IS beheads 10 Taliban militants in Afghanistan


The Islamic State (IS) militants have beheaded 10 Taliban men in Afghanistan's Jawzjan province. The IS militants captured Aqbalaq village in Darzab district last week and arrested 10 Taliban militants. They were beheaded on Friday, Xinhua... More

Karzai blames the US for ISIS’s inception and proliferation


Former Afghan president, Hamid Karzai has berated the US for allowing ISIS to start, development and proliferate inside Afghanistan. Karzai has often lashed out at the US over the past years and has attributed... More

New Alliance Lists Demands; Calls For Systematic Reforms


The new alliance formed by leaders from three mainstream Afghan political parties including Jamiat-e-Islami, the National Unity of People of Afghanistan and the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan on Friday issued a draft resolution... More

Pakistan’s Aziz Expected In Kabul In Move To Ease Tensions


Afghanistan’s government on Thursday announced that a high level Pakistani delegation – led by Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Pakistani prime minister on foreign relations - will visit Afghanistan in the near future to hold... More

New political front ’emerging’ amid ongoing tension within Afghan govt


Amid continued tension between national unity government leaders – namely President Ashraf Ghani and First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum – some senior government officials have reportedly held discussions in the country and abroad... More

Air Corridor Important but we will not give up efforts for rail-road...


Afghan ambassador Shaida Abdali discusses the creation of the Afghanistan-India Air Freight corridor, regional connectivity, bilateral trade and more. Last week, India and Afghanistan established the first direct air freight corridor, with a flight from New Delhi... More

At least 29 dead, 60 wounded as car bomb hits bank in...


At least 29 people were killed  on Thursday (June 22)  when a powerful car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah city as people were queueing to withdraw salaries, the latest bloody attack... More

IEC Announces Election Date: July Next Year


The IEC has announced the election date for parliamentary and district council elections – 7 July 2018. IEC chief said on Thursday afternoon that parliamentary and district council elections will be held in July next... More

More Refugees Likely to Return from Iran, Pakistan: UNHRC


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said that more Afghan refugees are expected to be repatriated this year from Iran and Pakistan and called on the international community to take... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict


The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Pakistan Still Home To 2 Million Afghan Refugees: UNHCR


Pakistan has taken in Afghan refugees since the 1970s and until today, there is an estimated two million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan. However, last year, Pakistan tightened its refugee policy and since then the... More

Direct peace talks with Taliban after Eid: RPC


Afghan Jirga-I-Waqeye Sulh (Real Peace Council), a newly established institute, during its maiden meeting on Monday announced the organization will initiate direct peace talks with the Taliban in one of the country’s southern provinces after Eid-ul-Fitr. Azizullah Fazli,... More

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The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... 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 a Gorkhaland state is... More