AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

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

What will be the impact of OBOR on Afghanistan?


Afghanistan’s geographical location and natural resources give Kabul a credible change to play an active role in the development and building of OBOR. Afghanistan can... More

Is Russia forced to confront NATO in Afghanistan!


With less than ten days left for the Moscow meeting on Afghan peace, a heated exchange between Russia and the US has made the peace... More

Moscow Talks to Focus on Afghan Security


A new round of regional consultations on peace and stability in Afghanistan would take place in Moscow on April 14, the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman... More

Russia for direct peace talks with Taliban


Amid preparation for a multinational conference in Moscow on Afghan peace, Russia has urged Kabul to start direct talks with the Taliban. Meanwhile, the US... More

Afghan Army Kills 45 Talibans in Airstrikes


The Afghan Air Force killed at least 45 militants of the Taliban terrorist movement (outlawed in Russia) in a series of airstrikes in the country's... More

Pakistan-Afghanistan Dialogue Start in Islamabad


Pakistan and Afghan lawmakers, former officials, members of civil society and media holds a three-day dialogue in Islamabad starting Monday (March 27). The talk is... More

Supplying the Taliban accusations aim to justify US failures...


Russian Ministry of Defense Slams US Europe Command Head's 'Accusations' of Taliban Supplies and calls U.S. charge 'a lie'. This False US accusations of Moscow... More

US general hints at Russian supply to Afghan Taliban


The top US general in Europe said that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was... More

Afghanistan Wants More US Troops to Fight IS, Taliban


Now in its 16th year, the US war in Afghanistan is poised to escalate, as top leaders in the country call on Washington to increase... More

Afghanistan receives further Super Tucanos ahead of 2017 fighting...


The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has received a further four A-29 Super Tucano light attack turboprops ahead of the commencement of the 2017 'fighting season'. The... More

US drone strike kills militant behind attack on Sri...


A militant wanted for involvement in attacks on GHQ and Sri Lankan cricket team was killed in a US drone strike in Barmal District of Paktika... More

Russia talks with Afghanistan on military hardware maintenance


The Russian Helicopters company is holding talks with the Afghan Defense Ministry on Russian military equipment maintenance and repair works, including the Mi-24 combat helicopters. According... More

Afghanistan, Pakistan Exchange Lists of Wanted Terrorists


Afghanistan and Pakistan exchanged lists of wanted terrorists and agreed to develop further cooperation, Afghan president's National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar told Sputnik. Last week,... More

The spectre of ISIS is transforming the Afghan conflict


(Exclusive) While Afghanistan continues to struggle against the Taliban, the rising spectre of ISIS has added to the multitude of its problems, forcing both Kabul... More

Afghanistan-Pakistan, agree to form joint mechanism to counter terrorism


Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday agreed to form a joint mechanism to counter the common threat of terrorism. Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj... More

One Million Refugees to be Repatriated in 2017


Statistics issued by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) indicate that up to one million refugees are expected to be returned to Afghanistan during this... More

Challenges for Afghanistan


Many years of war against terrorism in Afghanistan have proved to be tiring. The international forces that were involved in the war have mostly withdrawn... More

Afghanistan, Pakistan to hold high-level talks in London


Afghanistan and Pakistan will hold high-level talks in London on Wednesday ( 15 March) to ease the current tensions, the Afghan ambassador Omar Zakhilwal said on Tuesday,... More

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Myanmar’s fragile peace process set to unravel

Myanmar’s peace process is slowly unraveling as the discussions between the government and the ethnic groups involved remains marred by confusion, indecision and division. Days away from the next round of the 21st Century Panglong or national peace conference, there is still no clear idea of who... More

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?

"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he admits that it was in a dark corner. So... More

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

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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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