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US Army to Send 1,500 Soldiers to Afghanistan in...


The US Army announced in a statement on Thursday it will send about 1,500 soldiers to Afghanistan during the summer months in support of Operation... More

April 13 US bombing killed 13 RAW agents in...


Pakistan claimed on Thursday that at least 13 Indian spies were also among those killed in a massive US bomb blast targeting Islamic State’s regional... More

Pak Defense Minister Wants Russia to Play Major Role...


Russia should spearhead the process of bringing stability to Afghanistan, while Pakistan will support all of Russia's initiatives towards reaching this goal, Pakistani Defense Minister... More

Over 18,000 Police Officers Killed in Helmand in 15...


Helmand police headquarters said on Wednesday that almost 18,000 Afghan National Police (ANP) officers have been killed in battles in the southern province of Helmand... More

Kabul seeks Delhi’s help in repairing grounded military planes


Last Friday’s terror attack at an Army base at Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan in which nearly 140 people were killed has triggered a fresh debate in... More

Defence Minister, Army Chief Quit over Balkh Bloodbath


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday accepted resignations of defence minister and army chief after the Balkh carnage at the hands of Taliban, his office... More

China Calls for all Afghan Sides to Actively Participate...


China Monday called for all sides in Afghanistan to participate actively in the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process and jointly uphold national peace and development. “China... More

140 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan army base


At least 140 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on an Army base in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province on Friday. The... More

China, Afghanistan Sign Agreement on Optic Fiber Link


Afgan Acting Telecommunications and Information Technology minister Sayed Ahmad Shah Sadat has signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart Miao Wei in Beijing on linking... More

Massoud calls for early elections, asks Ghani to step...


Consultations will be held between a number of political leaders over the next few days where they will discuss issues relating to early elections, the... More

‘Sacking unfair, could end up in another civil war’


Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s decision to dismiss his special envoy on Reforms and Good Governance, Zia Massoud, could further destabilise the country, at a... More

13 Indians reported killed in U.S. MOAB bombing


An Afghanistan-based news agency said on Tuesday that 13 Indians were killed in the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) attack by the U.S. military in... More

McMaster Adamant that Taliban will be Defeated


U.S President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R McMaster said in an interview with TOLOnews on Sunday members of the Taliban who refuse to join... More

US bombing casts shadow over Afghan peace conference 


The United States not collaborating with Russia’s new initiativeto establish peace and stability in Afghanistan is quite clear now as the analysts think US is... More

Hekmatyar to Return Whether Peace Deal is Enforced or...


The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, says he will soon appear among the people regardless of government’s commitment to enforcing the peace deal with... More

Will ‘Mother of All Bombs’ scare NK?


The US on Thursday dropped the "Mother of All Bombs" - the most powerful nonnuclear bomb used by the US so far - on an... More

MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used by the...


The US military has just dropped a big bomb in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, also called the “mother of all bombs” or MOAB... More

US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan 


The US military on Thursday (13 April) dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat, targeting an IS complex in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance... More

ICG Calls Afghan Government ‘Shaky’


The future of Afghanistan’s unity government is “shaky,” according to a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG). The Brussels based NGO says Afghanistan's New... More

Russia counters at alleged support to Afghan Taliban


Russia has rejected allegations from Afghan government officials and parliamentarians that it is supporting the insurgent Taliban movement. The Russian embassy in Kabul said on Monday... More

What impact the Sino-Russia duo can leave on the...


(Exclusive): With Afghanistan government and the Taliban welcoming increasing Chinese and Russian involvement in Afghanistan, it would seem that peace is finally round the corner in... More

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Why kicking itself out of OBOR was...

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt One Road’ vision, the decision should not be confused with, despite India’s allusions to the violation of its territory and sovereignty, the possibility... More

Can India afford to ignore OBOR

India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues, as has been made out by Delhi. It is not just about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor entering through... More

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiatives, then India gave us an enormous platform for internationalizing human rights by going to the ICJ over the... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision

China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads of state and representatives from 130 countries attended the two-day forum on 14-15 May. Most of... More

Rape, FB and class conflict in Dhaka

In a country where the upper class enjoys almost total impunity, they suddenly faced an unexpected furor over an alleged rape incident. It allegedly happened in an upscale joint called Raintree Hotel located in Dhaka’s hyper rich residential area. Reports say, two girls were invited to a party... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

China tightens grips on ASEAN

China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman’s watered-down statement stands testimony to this. This China factor — coming on the back of Beijing’s huge investments as... More

China’s new world order

China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference that... More

Why Kashmir remains disturbed

Whether stone pelting on Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir is being done at the behest of Pakistan or as a response to fundamentalists' call, the fact remains that the valley is disturbed. Scores of... More

No easy refuge from death row for Kulbhushan Jadhav

The movie version of this script, we’re all familiar with: “no, your honour”, shouts the lawyer, the mother tears up, the judge bangs his gavel in approval and the hero walks off death row.... 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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