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No victory in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s support: US military chief


Recent experiences indicate that the United States cannot win the war in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s support, says US military chief Gen Joseph Dunford. And US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said that... More

Serious Concerns Raised Over Rising Casualty Toll Among Soldiers


A number of military experts on Thursday criticized security agencies and accused them of being weak leaders and lacking intelligence capacities on the back of the steadily rising death toll among... More

Faction Leader Claims 30,000 Afghans Fighting in Iraq, Syria


Afghan Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Tuesday said 30,000 of his countrymen are fighting in Syria and Iraq. 'Afghans are being trained to fight at home and abroad," said Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, while addressing... More

Taliban Storm Kandahar Base, Kill 26 Soldiers


At least 26 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 13 others wounded in a Taliban attack on their base in southern Kandahar province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Wednesday. A statement... More

Taliban take control of Janikhail district’s center


A source confirmed on Tuesday that Taliban  have taken control of the center of Janikhail district of Paktia and heavy clashes are still ongoing. Taliban took control of the center of Janikhail... More

Afghan Nangarhar residents claim foreign airstrike targeted civilians


Residents of Haska Mena district of Nangarhar province said on Monday that a foreign forces airstrike on Sunday killed eight civilians and wounded ten others. “People had gathered in Meyaje Baba area... More

35 killed in Kabul car bombing


The death toll from a suicide car bomb blast in the Afghan capital, Kabul, today, rose by more than 10 to at least 35, reports Reuters. According to a senior government official,... More

MPs Ask President Ghani To Step Down


The Wolesi Jirga’s (Lower House of Parliament) administrative board on Saturday accused President Ashraf Ghani of inability to lead the country and said he has an autocratic behavior towards the parliament. The... More

US air raid kills 15 Afghan troops in Helmand


At least 15 Afghan forces have been killed when US warplanes conducted an airstrike in Afghanistan‘s Helmand province. The US military described the Friday attack as a friendly-fire incident, promising an investigation. “We would... More

Time to Get Tough on Kabul


The Trump administration’s review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan is likely to conclude in the next few weeks. It is expected that an assessment of the current U.S. security policy toward... More

Danish says early elections, interim Govt not possible


The Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish at a gathering in Daikundi province on Thursday said “holding early elections or establishing an interim government are impossible in the current situation”, calling... More

Trump reviews Afghan policy with veterans


The US President Donald Trump Tuesday reviewed the Afghan policy with four Afghan war veterans as he told reporters that he wants to hear from them the situation on the ground. “(These... More

Trump’s new Afghan strategy and neighbors’ concerns


In the past, America's abstruse Afghan strategy has deteriorated the security situation in the region. Perhaps the strategy was not planned meticulously. It was ambiguous. Or perhaps it was well-calculated and... More

Eight policemen, one soldier killed in Zabul clash


At least eight policemen were killed and seven wounded in a clash with the Taliban in Arghandab district of Zabul province, local security officials said Wednesday. Zabul police confirmed the toll and... More

An ever-weakening Afghan National Army


As casualties mounted to dramatic levels in 2017, even according to official figures that are most likely underestimated, the Afghan National Army (ANA) has for the first time begun experiencing serious... More

Afghan army generals detained in anti-corruption campaign


At least three generals and four high ranking officers from the Ministry of Defense (MoD) were detained over charges involving embezzlement, misuse of their authorities and forgery, the Attorney General's Office... More

Afghanistan: Mid-Year UN report paints grim picture


The number of civilians killed and injured in the Afghanistan conflict during the first six months of 2017 persisted at the same record high levels as last year, according to a... More

Pak accuses India’s RAW of targeting CPEC via Afghanistan


 A senior Pakistan army official has accused Indian's external intelligence agency - The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) -- of targeting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) from Afghanistan. Pakistan's Chairman of Joint... More

Foreign forces convoy attacked in Parwan


A roadside blast hit foreign forces convoy in the Bagram district of central Parwan province, an official said on Friday. Alozai Ahmadi, security forces coordination department head, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... More

US envoy, Mohaqiq discuss deal on unity govt


The US ambassador to Afghanistan has met Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq on the current situation in the country. A statement from Mohaqiq’s office said the meeting. Which lasted two hours,... More

Afghan Officials Send High-Profile Sexual Assault Case to Court


Authorities in Afghanistan confirmed Wednesday that an alleged torture and sexual assault case against the country's first-vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, has been sent to court for further action. A spokesman for... More

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Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached new heights.  Most of the observers... More

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Initially Zia could have been sincere about holding "free and fair elections" within... More

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already underway.... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need...

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on friendly foreign suppliers to meeting... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

In South Asia, be the Un-China

India needs to rekindle the SAARC process in order to secure historical affinity with its neighbours As the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese militaries enters its third month at... More

Does India have a history of being the aggressor with China?

News stories about the current Sino-Indian border dispute offer a lesson in how appearance – and US press coverage of a crisis can be deceiving. The border... More

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READER'S VIEW

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... More

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