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Afghan president at UN urges dialogue with Pakistan to curb extremism


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appealed Tuesday to Pakistan to work together to curb extremists, seeing an opportunity as the US sends in more troops. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Ghani said... More

Afghans receive first Black Hawk helos


A US serviceman supervises the unloading of the first of 53 Black Hawk helicopters for the Afghan Air Force. Source: US Air Force The Afghan Air Force (AAF) received on... More

US sending 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan


Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. is sending another 3,000 troops to Afghanistan, an increase of over 25 percent in the number of American forces there. Mattis told reporters... More

Turkey-Pakistan partnership brewing in Afghanistan!


The recent visit by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to Ankara was quite remarkable as the photo ops reflected a departure from protocol. Pictures and meetings with the President are... More

Conflict in north has morphed into tribal war: Hekmatyar


The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) chief says the conflict in northern parts of the country has morphed into tribal warfare. Gulbadin Hekmatyar expressed the view during a meeting with tribal elders and youth from... More

Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents


Afghanistan is considering training and arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories where Islamic militants have been driven out, officials say, sparking fears the local forces could become another thuggish... More

U.S., NATO still trying to map out Afghanistan strategy


Even though President Trump announced his strategy for the war in Afghanistan in August, the Pentagon and NATO are still trying to map their way forward in the nearly... More

China’s involvement in Afghanistan of long-term significance


Afghanistan is one of a few Asian countries where civil wars have continued beyond the end of World War II, and through the 38 years since the Soviet invasion... More

Romanian soldier killed in Afghanistan convoy attack


A Romanian soldier from a NATO-led mission was killed and two others wounded in Afghanistan on Friday when a vehicle rigged with explosives crashed into their convoy, the Romanian... More

Proposed militia in Afghanistan a threat to civilians


The Afghan government should reject proposals to create a new militia with inadequate training and oversight, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. Western diplomatic sources in Kabul told Human Rights Watch... More

Pakistan, US, Afghanistan express commitment to eliminate Daesh


Pakistan-Afghanistan-US held meetings at the Ministry of Defence in Kabul with a common aim to counter Daesh, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday. According to the ISPR, Pakistan... More

9/11 and the unsolvable Afghan drama


Sixteen years after 9/11, and the subsequent US bombing that toppled the Taliban, where do we stand? Osama bin Laden is no more. Al-Qaeda is not in Afghanistan but swarming... More

Kabul students rally against Muslim deaths in Burma


Hundreds of Kabul University students on Wednesday protested against the crackdown on Muslims in Burma and the airdropping of blasphemous leaflets by US forces in Parwan and Kapisa provinces. Around... More

US rejected Russia-proposed consultations on Afghanistan: Moscow


Russia has proposed the United States to hold consultations on Afghanistan-related issues in spring, but Washington rejected the offer and later proposed to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the... More

There’s no ‘winnable solution’ in Afghanistan


There is no “winnable solution” in Afghanistan, according to Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday, who questioned the military’s ability to bring lasting peace to the region. “There’s a very... More

Inflection point in Kabul


India’s current plans to intensify strategic cooperation with Afghanistan could well mark an inflection point in its regional security politics. If its approach to Afghanistan has long been marked... More

Pakistani PM offers joint patrols with Afghanistan


Pakistan's prime minister has offered "joint patrols' and a 'joint post' with Afghanistan as a means of bi-lateral verification of action taken against terrorist groups or their sanctuaries. "Whatever it... More

Afghanistan ready for comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan


Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met his Turkish counterpart Recap Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of an OIC summit in Kazakhstan as he reaffirmed his stance that Kabul was... More

Military solution to war in Afghanistan ruled out


The ongoing conflict in Afghanistan cannot be resolved through military means alone, says a senior Pakistani military official. Islamabad and Kabul would continue to work hard for peace in Afghanistan, the Joint Chiefs of... More

Pakistan, China seek political solution to Afghan conflict


Rejecting a millitary solution, Pakistan and China agreed that the solution to the Afghan conflict “has to be fundamentally political”, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday. Asif, who... More

US sending 3,500 extra troops to Afghanistan


A US official has told ABC news that the Defense Secretary James Mattis authorized 3,500 additional troops to deploy to Afghanistan as part of the troop buildup associated with... More

COLUMN

Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... More

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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