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US accuses Russia of arming Taliban ‘to hide Its own defeat’ in...


Unfounded speculations by US politicians about alleged supplies of arms to the Taliban by Russia are aimed at concealing the truth of America's obvious defeat in Afghanistan, which Washington is still struggling to postpone, Afghan political observer... More

Cracks in Trump’s Af-Pak policy


President Donald Trump has finally found time from the internal White House crises and racial tensions within the United States to address a much-awaited cornerstone of his administration’s foreign policy: the question of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The sixteen... More

Pakistan urges U.S. to tackle militant sanctuaries in Afghanistan


Pakistan on Thursday responded to Washington's accusation that it shelters the Afghan Taliban by saying the U.S. military itself is failing to eliminate militant sanctuaries inside Afghanistan. The rare reaction came in a policy statement issued by the... More

Taliban suicide bomber targeting Afghan police kills seven


A suicide bomber targeting Afghan policemen and soldiers collecting their pay killed at least seven people and wounded more than 40 on Wednesday, officials said. The suicide attacker with a car bomb struck in Lashkar Gah, capital of... More

Military efforts alone will not end US’ longest war


China welcomes efforts to improve the security situation in Afghanistan and hopes the US policy will help to achieve that objective and promote stability, an opinion piece published in the China Daily said Wednesday highlighting that military... More

Trump’s Afghanistan policy


President Donald Trump's much touted Afghan strategy -- which is a U-turn on his original views -- is essentially a facelift of a tried, tested and failed formula. It is a surge, of sorts, backed by a rap... More

Trump’s Afghan strategy sticks to old script


In his new strategy for Afghanistan released Monday, US President Donald Trump said he would put more US troops into the nation. His predecessor Barack Obama was clear in pulling US troops out of Afghanistan, so he reduced... More

Taliban responds to Trump’s Afghan strategy


The Afghan Taliban has warned Donald Trump is "wasting" American soldiers' lives after the US president approved sending thousands more troops to the war-ravaged country. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said Afghanistan would become a "graveyard" for the US on Tuesday after dismissing Trump's... More

Afghanistan war by numbers


President Donald Trump used his first prime-time White House address to brief USA and the world about the "path forward" in the 16-year war in Afghanistan on Monday night. The conflict has cost thousands of lives and... More

Trump says it’s ‘possible’ for new Afghan government to include Taliban elements


In his speech about future US strategy in Afghanistan, US President Donald Trump said that Washington will pursue “integration of all instruments of American power: diplomatic, economic, and military.” This may include making peace with some elements... More

Chinese company building biggest Afghan embassy in Pakistan


A leading Chinese company will build the Afghan embassy complex in Islamabad that will cost nearly 17 million US dollars, Xinhua reported Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister Nasir Ahmad Andisha joined the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong and... More

Trump has made Afghanistan decision after ‘rigorous’ review: Mattis


President Donald Trump has made a decision on the United States' strategy for Afghanistan after a "sufficiently rigorous" review process, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday. However, Mattis did not provide details on when the White House... More

New US strategy for Afghanistan


As the new US administration mulls over how to best deal with the Afghan imbroglio, the Taliban have sent an open letter to Trump advising him to completely pull US troops out of the country. The chances... More

US’ $8.5 billion campaign to fight drugs in Afghanistan a ‘failure’, Moscow...


The US anti-drug campaign in Afghanistan, on which Washington spent $8.5 billion, has failed: the production of drugs in that country is still high, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday. Citing the recommendation of US Special... More

Trump, top aides seek to overcome divisions delaying Afghan strategy


U.S. President Donald Trump huddles with his national security team on Friday to try to agree on a strategy for Afghanistan which includes options ranging from a pullout or reduction of U.S. forces to a modest troop... More

Trump to meet national security team over Afghanistan on Friday


US President Donald Trump will meet Friday with his national security team at Camp David, as he mulls whether or not to send more American troops to Afghanistan. The administration is split over what stance to adopt on... More

US prepares first Black Hawk deliveries to Afghanistan


The United States is on course to deliver the first batch of four Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters to Afghanistan in the coming weeks. NATO announced on its Resolute Support Facebook page on 15 August that, with... More

Full withdrawal from Afghanistan is an option: Mattis


The US Defense Secretary James Mattis said at a press conference on Monday that President Donald Trump's administration was "very, very close" to finalising its new strategy for Afghanistan but warned it had not been settled yet. "The... More

Taliban warns Trump against sending in more troops


The Taliban told U.S. President Donald Trump in an open letter on Tuesday that the military situation in Afghanistan was "far worse than you realize", and sending in more troops would be self-destructive. A senior Taliban official told... More

Iran, China to be connected via Afghanistan: Ghani


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said expanding Afghanistan’s relations with central Asian countries would bring about many facilities to trade and transit spheres, a statment from the Presidential Palace said. President Ghani during a meeting with World Bank (WB) Vice... More

Afghanistan Reviews Pakistan’s Request For APTICA


Pakistan has asked Afghanistan to first hold a meeting on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Issues Contract Agreement (APTICA) prior to the meeting of the Joint Economic Commission, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) said on Saturday. The MoCI... More

COLUMN

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

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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