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US has failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan: survey


More Americans are now saying that despite 17 years of war, the United States has failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan, says a survey released on Saturday. The Pew Research Centre, Washington, which conducted the survey from... More

The war in Afghanistan is bad politics and bad foreign policy

On Sunday, the US war in Afghanistan will turn 17 years old, with no end in sight. President Obama called Afghanistan the “good war” — drawing a comparison to the one started five months later in Iraq... More

Mistrust a key challenge in Pak-Afghan ties


To bring about a major change in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, both the countries need to interact with sincerity, focusing on people and overcoming misperceptions about each other. Overcoming mistrust still remains a key challenge. These thoughts were expressed in... More

Peace & development in Afghanistan, Syria equally important for India, Russia


Besides having mutual cooperation on a slew of issues, India and Russia have expressed their commitment for peace and stability in Syria and Afghanistan. They decided to cooperate for regional peace as growth of the region is... More

Afghanistan to receive $6.1mn from IMF upon completion of review by ECF


An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Christoph Duenwald visited Tashkent during September 25–October 2, 2018 to conduct discussions on the fourth review of Afghanistan's economic program supported by a three-year IMF Extended Credit Facility (ECF)... More

Prince’s Plan For Afghanistan Isn’t Happening: Votel


US Army Gen. Joseph Votel says it would not be a good strategy to turn over US national interest to contractors. Neither the Afghan government nor the US military believes in Erik Prince’s plan to privatize the war... More

No progress in Afghan peace process without involving Pakistan: Qureshi


Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that there can be no progress in the Afghan peace process without involving Pakistan and this cooperation can only be gained in a friendly manner. In a wide-ranging news conference at... More

Can Pakistan facilitate Afghan peace?


Afghanistan remains in a state of turmoil. Its instability is a regional issue, with Pakistan bearing the major brunt. Caught between several regional and extra-regional players seeking to extend their influence in Afghanistan, Pakistan could bring these parties to... More

American general says Afghan battlefield losses are rising


Afghan military and police forces had higher numbers of battlefield casualties in a "difficult and bloody summer" of fighting the Taliban insurgency, the American general overseeing the war said Thursday. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S.... More

Afghan govt says no to ‘private and profit driven’ war


The Afghan Office of the National Security Council (NSC) on Thursday stated government would consider all legal options against anyone who tries to privatize the war in Afghanistan. This comes on the back of a campaign by the... More

Afghanistan election faces major organizational challenges


Afghans will go to the polls on October 20 to elect representatives for the lower house of parliament. The lower house of parliament comprises 250 members that are directly elected by single, non-transferable vote and serve a five-year... More

Suicide bomber targets election rally in Nangarhar; 14 killed


An suicide bomber detonated his explosives at an election campaign rally of a parliamentary candidate in Nangarhar province on Tuesday afternoon. Local officials said the incident took place in Kama district where a candidate, Nasir Mohmand, was hosting... More

Can Saudi Arabia play peacemaker in Afghanistan?


The Saudis are making moves in Afghanistan, courting the Taliban and trying to cement its role as a dealmaker. Will Saudi's vested interests trump its role as a mediator? Afghan government officials reportedly met with members of the... More

Germany pledges over 20b afghanis in aid to Afghanistan


Germany has pledged 20 billion afghanis in aid to Afghanistan to help the country strengthen good governance, stabilize economy and develop infrastructures. Officials said 9.1 billion afghanis of the German assistance would be spent on good governance, 3.5... More

US F-35B Makes First Air Strike In Afghanistan, Targeting Taliban


US Marine Corps says in a statement that the fighter jet was involved in a strike against a fixed Taliban target in Afghanistan. The US Marine Corps used the Lockheed Martin F-35B to launch an air strike in... More

Taliban denies meeting Afghan officials ahead of election


PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Taliban spokesman denied on Friday that representatives met an Afghan government delegation this week, after sources in the movement told Reuters that officials from both sides met in Saudi Arabia to discuss... More

US F-35s may strike Taliban within days as civilian casualties surge


The amphibious assault ship USS Essex recently sailed from the Gulf of Aden to the North Arabian Sea and is heading for the Persian Gulf this week, CNN reported, citing one anonymous official. The US Marines' F-35B may... More

The Afghan government is failing to deliver on its promises


During this year's holy day of Ashoura, residents of Hazara-populated neighbourhoods of Kabul had to take security into their own hands. After a series of deadly bombings shook Afghanistan over the past month, the community set up... More

Russia calls for political settlement in Afghanistan


Russia on Wednesday ruled out a military solution in Afghanistan, calling for a political solution to the conflict. Currently on a visit to Tehran, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said the sole way to settle political problems... More

Central Asian role in Afghan peace process should not be overlooked


Kazakhstan this month hosted the first Regional Conference on Women’s Empowerment in Afghanistan. Held in the capital, Astana, it brought together delegations from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the US and Uzbekistan. Even... More

Coalition alters tactics in Afghanistan as casualties among local forces mount


The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan is adjusting tactics to address mounting casualties among local security forces, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said this week. Mattis said the international coalition — which focuses on training, advising and assisting Afghan forces... More

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India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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