AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

HIA Demands Govt. Action on Peace Accord


A list of 200 Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) inmates has been sent to the president and they will be released soon, the commission overseeing the implementation... More

38 killed in hospital attack in Afghan capital, Daesh...


More than 38 people were killed in an attack on a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, the Defense Ministry said. It is reported that... More

Afghan Taliban’s political negotiators visit China


The Afghan Taliban’s senior political negotiators recently visited China on the invitation of the Chinese government, which has been making efforts to encourage the insurgent... More

The Afghan graveyard


Afghans often proudly refer to their country as “the graveyard of empires”. Today, unfortunately, it has become just a graveyard. The latest UN Report on... More

Afghan Foreign Minister Rules Out Military Solution for Situation...


The current situation in Afghanistan cannot be resolved by military means, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani told Sputnik on Friday, adding that Kabul welcomed all... More

Afghan general summons Pakistani ambassador over border tensions


Afghanistan has asked Pakistan to re-open the border and de-escalate tensions between the two neighbouring countries, read a press release issued on Wednesday by the... More

Taliban kill 12 Afghan police with silenced weapons


Taliban fighters in the southern Afghan province of Helmand attacked a checkpoint with silenced weapons and hand grenades early on Tuesday killing 12 policemen and... More

Russia, Tajikistan agree to bolster guarding of Tajik-Afghan border


Russia and Tajikistan agreed to bolster guarding of the former Soviet republic's border with Afghanistan to prevent a spillover of the conflict there, Reuters quoted... More

Senior Taliban commander killed in northern Afghanistan air strike


After having been declared dead several times in the past, a senior Taliban commander has been killed in an air strike in northern Afghanistan, officials... More

Taliban leader urges Afghans to plant more trees in...


The Taliban group in Afghanistan on Sunday used a rare public statement in the name of its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, to call on Afghans to... More

Afghan President discuss security situation with U.S. Senate delegation


A visiting delegation of U.S. Senate held meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani here on Tuesday and exchanged views on matters pertaining mutual interests, said... More

How important is Moscow Conference for peace in Afghanistan?


Many people are looking forward to the Six-party talks in Moscow this week and how successful it will be in ending the long-running war in... More

Is Afghanistan heating up again? 


A string of incidents is making afghan situation volatile again after a seemingly stable period of time. Warning of a probable ISIS attack that was... More

Can China, US cooperate on Afghan issues?


After winning the presidential election, Donald Trump's "America First" doctrine has created a prominent shift in the US' foreign relationships. Trump emphasized that: "We don't... More
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Afghan-Pak negotiation can tackle terror . . .


Afghanistan is marking its 28th anniversary of the former Soviet Union Red Army defeat and finally withdrawal from the country. But alongside, it needs a... More

Afghans Not Impressed by Prince Harry


The revelations of Prince Harry, who complained about his service in Afghanistan, have found no sympathy with Afghan parliamentarians and military experts who noted to... More

Afghan conflict: Blame vs Cooperation


Recent activities of the major powers centering on Afghanistan as well as accusations and counter-accusations have created new tensions in South Asian region. In this... More
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Trump speaks with Afghan president


US President Donald Trump and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday discussed by phone the importance of strengthening bilateral national security and counterterrorism efforts, the... More
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Russia to host 6-nation conference on Afghan peace


Russia is set to host a six-nation conference this month to discuss the Afghanistan peace process. Arch rivals Pakistan and India have also been invited, along... More

At least 19 killed in suicide blast at Afghan...


A suicide bomber attacked Afghanistan's Supreme Court just as staff were leaving work Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and injuring 41 in the second... More

Afghan Conflict Produces ‘Appalling’ Record High 2016 Civilian Casualty...


The violence and turmoil in Afghanistan has resulted in the highest recorded number of civilian casualties in 2016, with nearly 3,500 overall deaths and an... More

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Myanmar embraces responsible business

Myanmar’s economic performance is increasingly causing foreign investors to shy away from the country, while local businesses complain of government inertia. But the government insists that the country is on the verge of a major economic take off. “Myanmar is like a plane running on the runway in... More

Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More

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By naming Salahuddin, is Trump mediating in Kashmir?

It was like an Eid gift from US president Donald Trump to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. The Muslims of the sub-continent were celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on the night of June 26, when the US administration,... More

Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people 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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