AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

Jamiat official calls for early elections to fix current...


A top member of Jamiat-e-Islami party, Ismail Khan, has called on the international community to stop funding the Afghan government saying it has failed to... More

Afghan peace conference opens in Kabul, days after city’s...


As officials from around the world gathered in Kabul for a peace conference, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that far more people were killed in... More

Afghan peace conference marred by deadly terrorist attack


The massive bombing last week in Kabul that left at least 90 dead and more than 450 injured - and daily anti-government demonstrations - have... More

Pak calls on Afghanistan to stop blame-game over terror...


Pakistan's Ambassador to United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi has urged Afghanistan to stop blaming Pakistan for terror attacks on its soil and instead focus its attention... More

Afghan authorities lock down Kabul after protest clashes


Streets in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul were closed on Saturday (June 3) as authorities tried to prevent a repeat of a demonstration... More

India plans to send 15,000 troops to Afghanistan


India is trying to send a division of their own troops to Afghanistan. The recent bomb blast in Kabul seems to have made this more... More

Taliban threatens retaliation if Afghan government executes 11 jailed...


Sources within the Afghan presidential palace confirmed Friday to VOA's Afghan Service that President Ashraf Ghani has signed an execution order for 11 jailed insurgents... More

Why cant the Afghan government protect Kabul?


A massive suicide truck bombing rocked a highly secured diplomatic area of Kabul, killing 90 people and wounding as many as 400. The attack left... More

Australia to send 30 additional troops to Afghanistan


Australia will deploy an additional 30 troops to Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led 'Resolute Support' mission in the Central Asian country. "The Australian government has... More

U.S. Embassy issues security threat post Kabul bombing


The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has issued a fresh security alerts for its citizens in Afghanistan after as many as 80 people were killed and... More

Kabul bomb: 80 killed in Afghan capital’s diplomatic zone


A powerful vehicle bomb has struck the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 80 people and injuring 350. The blast struck close... More

Kabul to host reconciliation conference


Kabul will host an international conference on peace, security and reconciliation next week, with representatives from 20 countries likely to attend the event. Zardasht Shams, Afghanistan’s... More

Gunmen kill district governor, son in eastern Afghanistan


Gunmen have killed a district governor and his son in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province. Abdul Raouf Massoud, a provincial police official, said the attack took place... More

Nearly 100 Afghan soldiers killed in a week


A Taliban infiltrator has gunned down six government forces in southern Afghanistan, raising the number of army and police personnel killed by insurgents in the... More

Taliban assault on Afghan military base kills 16 soldiers


The Taliban has attacked security outposts around a military base in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 16 government soldiers and wounding many others, officials said... More

Fresh Taliban attacks kill 25 members of Afghan forces


A suicide car bombing and clashes with Taliban insurgents across Afghanistan have killed at least 25 security personnel. The violence comes as the United Nations urges... More

Afghan forces continue to suffer battlefield casualties


A Taliban attack on a military base in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 11 government soldiers and wounded as many others, while a major... More

US think-tank stresses direct Kabul-Taliban talks


The Trump administration, as it continues to strengthen the Afghan state and its security forces, has been asked to pressure Kabul to prioritise reaching a... More

10 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on army base...


At least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed and several others wounded after Taliban attacked an army base in southern province of Kandahar overnight, a provincial... More

Iran continues deporting undocumented Afghan refugees


Nearly 130,000 undocumented Afghan refugees have been forced by the Iranian government to go home this year, heading to an uncertain future with the resurgent... More

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

COLUMN

Myanmar embraces responsible business

Myanmar’s economic performance is increasingly causing foreign investors to shy away from the country, while local businesses complain of government inertia. But the government insists that the country is on the verge of a major economic take off. “Myanmar is like a plane running on the runway in... More

Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

By naming Salahuddin, is Trump mediating in Kashmir?

It was like an Eid gift from US president Donald Trump to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. The Muslims of the sub-continent were celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on the night of June 26, when the US administration,... More

Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... 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

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... 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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