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At Least 8 Killed in Kabul Blast


At least eight civilians were killed in an explosion in Kabul city on Wednesday morning that targeted a convoy of foreign troops. The ministry of interior confirmed the death toll and said... More

Russia’s move to bring peace in Afghanistan is certainly a welcome step, says...


For years, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been outspoken in his criticism of U.S. action in the war on terror. But in the aftermath of American forces dropping a massive... More

Casualties Among Afghan Forces Shockingly High: SIGAR


Preventing the Taliban and other militants from expanding their control of the countryside will continue to be a challenge for Afghan security forces, says a US federal watchdog. In a quarterly report... More

Afghan Taliban launch ‘Spring Offensive’


The Afghan Taliban announced on Friday the launch of their annual fighting season to “cleanse their country of foreign aggressors and other corrupt elements.” The announcement by the Leadership Council of the... More

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


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 Freedom's Sentinel. "The Department of the Army... More

April 13 US bombing killed 13 RAW agents in Afghanistan: Pakistan FO


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 affiliate in Afghanistan. On April 13, the... More

Pak Defense Minister Wants Russia to Play Major Role in Stabilizing Afghanistan


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 Khawaja Asif said Wednesday at a... More

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


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 over the past fifteen years. These officers... 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 Indian circles on whether New Delhi... 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 said. The decision came at a high-level... More

China Calls for all Afghan Sides to Actively Participate in Reconciliation Process


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 is concerned about the escalation of... 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 attack would be the deadliest attack... 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 Afghanistan to China through Wakhan district... More

Massoud calls for early elections, asks Ghani to step down


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 establishment of an interim government and... 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 time when the National Unity Government... 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 Achin district of Nangarhar province last... 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 the peace process will be defeated... 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 sending a strong message by dropping... More

Hekmatyar to Return Whether Peace Deal is Enforced or Not


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 his party. A spokesman for the party,... 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 Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan. Trump... More

MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US military, explained


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 for short, is the largest non-nuclear... More

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The Daughters of the East

Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries, both lost their fathers before they could get to run or had just about run... More

Pakistan mulls over new US policy for a...

A Times of India report of September 19 claimed that the US was “moving closer to designating Pakistan a terrorist state.” Reasons for this include, the report claimed, Pakistan’s non-cooperation in Afghanistan and its unwillingness to act against the... More

Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments  

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard...

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Reviving India’s economy

Given the Indian economy’s massive size and extensive global linkages, its growth slowdown is a source of serious concern not just domestically, but around the world. The... More

Suffering has a name

Suffering is universal and part of the human condition and life. In history however, suffering is quite specific. Suffering carries a name, sometimes of an individual and... More

Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out... More

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech too little, too late?

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech to the nation about the humanitarian plight of the Rohingya people is too little too late for those in the... 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