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Khalilzad leaves for Moscow after meeting Afghan leaders


The Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul on Thursday where met with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. The discussion centered on his regional engagement and Afghan preparations for negotiations to reach... More

Peace in Afghanistan not possible without Pakistan, Says US General


Lt Gen Kenneth F. McKenzie responding to a question asked to him by a senator about Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan has acknowledged that peace in Afghanistan goes through Pakistan and the latter is aware of it. “I... More

Afghanistan political parties form negotiating teams for peace


As US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad continues his efforts for brokering purposeful talks with the Taliban, aimed at ending the conflict in Afghanistan, some of Afghanistan’s mainstream political parties on Thursday said they... More

Kabul ready to discuss constitution changes with Taliban: High Peace Council


The Afghan government is ready to start a direct dialogue with the Taliban movement without any preconditions and to discuss any issues, including potential constitutional amendments, Ihsan Taheri, a representative from Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, told Sputnik. "In... More

How Trump lost the Afghan war?


Surely, the recent Moscow conference on Afghanistan (November 9) brought to light that the peace talks will get a big fillip if the US and Russia work in tandem. (See my column in SCF titled the US... More

Khalilzad resumes his trip for Afghan peace


The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar with an interagency delegation from December 2 to 20, the US Department... More

The Afghan peace talks


US General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said the Taliban “are not losing” and there is no “military solution” to ending the war in Afghanistan. Dunford made the remarks amid US-Afghan attempts... More

US airstrike kills key Taliban leader in Afghanistan


A senior Taliban military commander has been killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday. Abdul Manan, who was the Taliban's 'shadow governor' in the southern Helmand province, died of wounds sustained during an airstrike... More

Trade volume between Kazakhstan and Afghanistan increased by 20 percent: Alimkhan Yessengeldiyev


Alimkhan Yessengeldiyev the ambassador and especial envoy of the Kazakhstan in Afghanistan sated in an interview with the daily Afghanistan Ma that the trade volume between Afghanistan and Kazakhstan has increased 20 percent in the first... More

Afghanistan: Women, children among 23 killed in US attack: UN


A vast majority of the victims in the Helmand attack were women and children, according to a UN investigation. At least 23 civilians, including women and children, were killed by an air raid carried out by the United... More

We are in hurry to end the Afghan tragedy: Khalilzad


The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Wednesday said that the Afghan people deserve peace and that they are at war for 40 years. “We are in hurry to end the Afghan tragedy," Khalilzad said... More

Afghan president announces team to hold peace talks with Taliban


The Afghan government has formed a 12-member team to hold peace talks with the Taliban, President Ashraf Ghani announced in the Swiss city of Geneva on Wednesday. "I'm pleased to announce today that after several months of intensive... More

Afghanistan’s most powerful person announces bid for April presidential elections


Former Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, on Wednesday (Nov 28), announced his candidacy for next year’s presidential elections. Atmar has been a central figure in Afghanistan for years. He signed the 2014 Bilateral Security Agreement... More

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan blast


A roadside bomb blast killed three US service members and wounded three others near the central Afghan city of Ghazni on Tuesday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said. Taliban insurgents, who control large parts of Ghazni province, claimed... More

Kabul hosts 4th Afghanistan-India security dialogue


The fourth round of Afghanistan and India’s security dialogue, in Kabul on Sunday at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS), brought together former high-ranking security officials from Afghanistan and India and Indian diplomats. Speakers at the meeting... More

Afghanistan considers delaying presidential election


Election officials in Afghanistan are considering delaying next year’s presidential election by several months, amid disarray in counting votes from last month’s parliamentary balloting. Holding presidential elections by April 20 was previously one of international donors’ red lines... More

US soldier, 2 Afghan troops killed in Afghanistan


The US military said Saturday that a service member has been killed in Afghanistan, while in a separate incident two Afghan soldiers died when their helicopter failed to land properly. The brief US military statement did not provide... More

Suicide blast at Afghanistan mosque kills 27 soldiers, the latest in a...


A suicide bomber or a remotely denoted bomb is believed to have set off the blast An explosion ripped through a mosque inside an Afghan army base in the country’s volatile eastern Khost province as Friday prayers were... More

Global States’ Different Ways to Fight Terrorism Hinder Afghan Talks – Official


The dialogue in Afghanistan is hampered by the international disagreements on counterterrorism and the Taliban's affinity for "monopolization," deputy to the Chief Executive of Afghanistan Mohaqiq told Sputnik. "The main obstacle for the talks is the difference of... More

The privatization of war in Afghanistan


Private military industries in the U.S. are behind the proposal of the privatization of the war in Afghanistan. Erik Prince, the founder the Blackwater Worldwide private military company, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a billionaire financier who owns... More

Suicide bomber kills over 50 at religious event in Kabul


A suicide bomber blew himself up in a banqueting hall where Islamic religious scholars had gathered in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing more than 50 people, three government officials said. Najib Danish, a spokesman for the... More

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With Afghan elections in April, Ghani regime caught in a bind...

Notwithstanding the importance of the on-going talks between the Afghan Taliban and the US and the participation of the former in the recently-held Moscow summit on Afghanistan, there is a stark absence of the Afghan government in these parleys. While part of the reason for this absence is the Taliban’s own refusal to engage in direct talks with Kabul, even the US, Afghanistan’s main ally, didn’t consider including representatives... More

December 30 and the cycle of violence  

Election related violence is already at its peak and more is expected. This was not quite unexpected. Arrests, court cases and attacks on motorcades and public rallies continue unabated. With just three weeks to go for elections to Bangladesh’s parliament, there is anxiety in the air: it could be one of the deadliest elections in a long time. The incidents of violence are well spread out and, going by media... More

Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... 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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