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Father of robotics team member killed in Herat attack


The father of one of the Afghan girls who caught the world's attention when trying to attend a robotics contest in the United States was killed on Tuesday in an ISIL-claimed attack at... More

US accuses Iran of destabilizing Afghanistan


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of attempting to destabilizing neighboring Afghanistan. He also said that the US was working with its allies in the region to... More

Trump, frustrated by Afghan war, suggests firing U.S. commander


US President Donald Trump's doubts about the war in Afghanistan has led to a delay in completing a new U.S. strategy in South Asia, skepticism that included a suggestion... More

McCain to unveil his own Afghan strategy


US Senator John McCain on Monday said that he would provide his own strategy for Afghanistan next month, ruing the Trump administration’s failure to announce its policy in more... More

Afghanistan: Iraqi embassy siege ends after attackers killed


At least four Daesh insurgents launched an attack on the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul city on Monday morning in the Ansari area of the city. The Ministry of Interior (MoI)... More

US confirms killing of additional IS leaders in July 11 airstrike


U.S. military officials have confirmed the death of four additional senior Islamic State leaders in a July 11 airstrike in northeastern Afghanistan that also killed the top leader of... More

US, EU pledge to finance next elections: IEC


An official from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said that the United States and the European Union (EU) have pledged to provide financial aid for the next... More

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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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