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US forces conduct over 2,000 missions in Afghanistan in last 6 months


US Special Force members have conducted more than 2,000 missions in Afghanistan during the past six months, Pentagon says. The missions have consisted of either enabling or advising Afghan forces, according to a report the Pentagon presented to... More

11 police killed in attacks in Afghanistan


At least 11 Afghan policemen were killed on Sunday (Dec 17) when Taliban fighters attacked two checkpoints in the volatile southern province of Helmand, authorities said. The assaults were the latest in a series of deadly attacks claimed... More

Has anyone benefited from American interventionism?


For the first hundred years of American history, the United States was founded on the concept of a limited-government republic, one whose government did not intervene in the affairs of other nations, specifically in Europe and Asia.... More

Afghanistan wants US to send A-10 aircraft


The Afghan government wants the US to redeploy the A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft to bolster efforts in the fight against the Taliban, according to a Military Times report. A senior Afghan defense official said that the government wants... More

Under Trump, 14 U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan in 2017


Since President Donald Trump entered office in January, 14 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan. The most recent death, which occurred on Monday, was due to a "vehicle incident" that also left two other service members injured, who... More

Afghan women officers train at Indian military academy


From shooting an AK-47 to dealing with computer-simulated sieges, 20 Afghan women officers are being put through their paces at a military training academy in India. They are the first Afghan women to attend the academy in the... More

US, Afghan forces launch offensive to block Daesh expansion in Afghanistan


US and Afghan special operations groups are preparing an offensive against Daesh strongholds in northwestern Afghanistan in an attempt to prevent the fractured militant group from continuing their expansion into Afghanistan’s northern provinces. Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Gen.... More

TAPI Project to Enter Practical Phase in Afghanistan Soon


Work on the implementation of Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) gas pipeline will start in Afghanistan in the next three months, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) announced on Sunday (DEC. 10). The MoMP added that the Afghan government is... More

French, Algerian fighters join Deash in Afghanistan: Report


French and Algerian fighters, some arriving from Syria, have joined the ranks Daesh in the northern Jawzajan province where the militants have established new bases, AFP reported, quoting Afghan and international sources. The report said that it is... More

Afghanistan, Pakistan to form Joint Working Groups


The Pakistan government has formally shared proposals with Afghanistan for establishing joint working groups that will allow both countries to address each other's concerns on all key issues, Pakistan’s Daily Times reported. A Pakistani official said senior Pakistani... More

Afghan HPC ready for talks with Taliban without any pre-condition


The High Peace Council (HPC) Chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili at a ceremony in Kabul on Wednesday (Dec. 6) said the council is ready to start peace talks with the Taliban without any pre-condition. He said the Taliban can... More

In a first, Indian army to train Afghan women military personnel


In a first, Indian Army will train a group of Afghan women military personnel at Officers Training Academy in Chennai. The women officers have been selected from different provinces and represent all the major ethnicities of the... More

Sino-Afghan economic commission meets, 3 deal signed


The Afghanistan-China Economic and Trade Commission discussed greater cooperation between the two countries at its third meeting in Beijing, the Ministry of Finance said. The meeting, held on December 4, was co-chaired by Minister of Finance Eklil Hakimi... More

UN seeks talks with Afghan factions to safeguard civilians


The UN is trying to engage in discussions with the warring factions in Afghanistan to stop the targeting the civilians, says Tadamichi Yamamoto, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). He... More

China to host trilateral meetings on Afghan peace, security


China’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Deng Xijun has invited President Ashraf Ghani to next year’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The envoy briefed Ghani on the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan meeting aimed at regional economic cooperation and... More

Beijing hosts Afghanistan-China economic talks today


Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Sunday (Dec. 3) said the third meeting of the Afghanistan-China Joint Economic and Trade Commission will be held in Beijing on Monday (Dec. 4) where they will discuss strengthening economic and... More

Afghanistan wants direct talks with Pakistan, says president Ghani


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday (Dec. 1) said that Kabul is desirous of holding negotiations with Islamabad directly for regional security and peace efforts. He made the remarks at the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process 7th... More

Over 200 schools in Afghanistan’s Herat controlled by Taliban


The chairman of education department of Afghanistan’s Herat province has sparked an outcry after he said he was “satisfied” with the way the Taliban were controlling schools in the province. The Taliban controls at least 200 schools in... More

US should recognise failure of strategy on Afghanistan, says ex-President Karzai


The U.S. should recognise the failure of its strategy on Afghanistan, and stop focusing on the continuation of war and rivalries instead of bringing peace to the country, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said. He told Sputnik in... More

Peaceful Afghanistan in our interest, says Iranian president


Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said Iran desires peace and stability in Afghanistan because it in is the interest of his own country and people. In a telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani on Nov 23,... More

Trump defends his military policy in Afghanistan


US president Donald Trump on Thursday (Nov 23) said that everyone in the United States is talking about the progress the US military forces have made in Afghanistan since he took office as president. "Everybody is talking about... More

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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

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together. “The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... More

India’s dead-end Afghan policy

While India has been investing in Afghanistan for several years, the changing dynamics of the Afghan war indicate that this economic, political and diplomatic investment may not yield the desired results after all. First and foremost, India’s Afghan-policy has been driven by the imperative of having a strong presence on Pakistan’s western border, which India has been able to pursue—and aims to continue—with the help of Kabul. But the... 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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