Afghan officials said at a gathering on Wednesday (Dec 27) that the practical work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Pipeline project will kick off in 2018.
Senior advisor to President Ashraf Ghani on financial and banking... More
Suicide bombers stormed a Shi‘ite cultural center and news agency in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing more than 41 people and wounding scores, many of them students attending a conference.
Islamic State said in... More
Ministers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met in Beijing where they agreed to work together to tackle the threat of terrorism tied to China’s vast western Xinjiang region.
On December 26, the first trilateral meeting... More
A number of religious scholars on Wednesday (Dec 27) suggested President Ashraf Ghani should consider allowing the Taliban to open a political office in Kabul.
The request comes after a two-day conference of religious scholars... More
China on Tuesday (Dec 26) expressed willingness to "improve relations" between Pakistan and Afghanistan during the first trilateral dialogue between China, Afghanistan and Pakistan's foreign ministers which was held in Beijing, Afghan media reported.
China and Pakistan will look at extending their $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday, part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road plan linking China with... More
A suicide bomber on foot blew himself up close to a compound of Afghanistan’s national intelligence agency in the capital, Kabul, on Monday (Dec 25), killing at least three people and wounding one, government... More
The first round of Afghanistan-China-Pakistan trilateral foreign ministers' talks will be held in Beijing on December 26, China’s Foreign Ministry said.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Acting Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and Foreign Minister... More
Armored and attack helicopter units of the Russian Armed Forces have begun deploying towards the Afghan-Tajikistan border over the last several days in a move that will see the Moscow expand its military presence... More
One of Afghanistan’s most powerful regional politicians was ousted as governor of the northern province of Balkh on Monday (Dec 18), setting up a confrontation that adds to the uncertainty around President Ashraf Ghani’s... More
US Special Force members have conducted more than 2,000 missions in Afghanistan during the past six months, Pentagon says.
The missions have consisted of either enabling or advising Afghan forces, according to a report the... More
At least 11 Afghan policemen were killed on Sunday (Dec 17) when Taliban fighters attacked two checkpoints in the volatile southern province of Helmand, authorities said.
The assaults were the latest in a series of... More
For the first hundred years of American history, the United States was founded on the concept of a limited-government republic, one whose government did not intervene in the affairs of other nations, specifically in... More
The Afghan government wants the US to redeploy the A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft to bolster efforts in the fight against the Taliban, according to a Military Times report.
A senior Afghan defense official said that... More
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
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 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
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 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
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
One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More
There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More
No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently.
He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More
Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More
That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More
Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More
From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More
The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More
The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... More
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