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Kabul to host reconciliation conference


Kabul will host an international conference on peace, security and reconciliation next week, with representatives from 20 countries likely to attend the event. Zardasht Shams, Afghanistan’s deputy head of mission in Islamabad, was quoted as... More

Gunmen kill district governor, son in eastern Afghanistan


Gunmen have killed a district governor and his son in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province. Abdul Raouf Massoud, a provincial police official, said the attack took place on Sunday in the district of Shakhil Abad when... More

Nearly 100 Afghan soldiers killed in a week


A Taliban infiltrator has gunned down six government forces in southern Afghanistan, raising the number of army and police personnel killed by insurgents in the past week to nearly 100. Afghan and insurgent officials said... More

Taliban assault on Afghan military base kills 16 soldiers


The Taliban has attacked security outposts around a military base in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 16 government soldiers and wounding many others, officials said Friday. The overnight attack in the Shah Wali Kot district... More

Fresh Taliban attacks kill 25 members of Afghan forces


A suicide car bombing and clashes with Taliban insurgents across Afghanistan have killed at least 25 security personnel. The violence comes as the United Nations urges parties to the Afghan conflict to cease hostilities during... More

Afghan forces continue to suffer battlefield casualties


A Taliban attack on a military base in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 11 government soldiers and wounded as many others, while a major insurgent offensive on a remote western district has triggered... More

US think-tank stresses direct Kabul-Taliban talks


The Trump administration, as it continues to strengthen the Afghan state and its security forces, has been asked to pressure Kabul to prioritise reaching a political settlement with the Taliban. In its latest report, the... More

10 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on army base in Afghanistan


At least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed and several others wounded after Taliban attacked an army base in southern province of Kandahar overnight, a provincial source said on Tuesday. "Hundreds of armed militants attacked an... More

Iran continues deporting undocumented Afghan refugees


Nearly 130,000 undocumented Afghan refugees have been forced by the Iranian government to go home this year, heading to an uncertain future with the resurgent Taliban now holding more than 40 percent rural territory... More

German and Afghan killed, Finnish woman kidnapped in Kabul


A German aid worker and an Afghan guard were killed and a Finnish woman kidnapped as gunmen stormed an international guest house in Kabul, officials said Sunday, underscoring rising insecurity in the war-torn country. No... More

TV channel dedicated to women set to begin broadcasting in conservative Afghanistan


A new TV channel dedicated to women is set to begin broadcasting in Afghanistan, the first of its kind in a country whose media industry, like many areas of society, remains dominated by men. Zan... More

Eight police killed in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan


An Afghan official says eight police have been killed in attacks on three checkpoints in southern Kandahar province. Zia Durani, spokesperson for the provincial police chief, said on Thursday the Taliban attacked police checkpoints overnight... More

IS claims attack on state TV station in Afghanistan


The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an Afghan state television station on Wednesday that killed at least six people as well as the attackers and wounded 24. The attack,... More

Wolesi Jirga refuses to add 3 cabinet picks to agenda


The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of Afghan parliament on Monday refused to add to its agenda three newly-introduced ministers-designate, insisting on replacement of the acting ministries first. Eleven ministries are currently headed by acting... More

Iran-Afghanistan trade reached at $2 billion


There has been a considerable spike in KABUL-Tehran economic relations within the past three years particularly after the nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers, says the spokesman for Afghan Ministry of Commerce... More

Anti-corruption efforts ‘failing’ due to absence of law


The head of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOC), Ghulam Hussain Fakhri, on Sunday said anti-corruption efforts by the HOOC have largely failed because there is no anti-corruption law in place. Six months... More

Security situation in Afghanistan likely to get worse: U.S. intel chief


The security situation in Afghanistan will further deteriorate even if there is a modest increase in U.S. military support for the war-torn country, the top U.S. intelligence official said on Thursday, as President Donald... More

Taliban ‘Safe Zone’ Established in South


A ‘safe zone’ has been established in the country’s south for those Taliban who have and will lay down their arms and join the peace process, Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq said. Raziq said... More

Trilateral talks: Concerted efforts against Da’ish urged


Senior military officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States held talks in Rawalpindi on Friday and discussed steps to prevent cross-border fire violations. The trilateral meeting also emphasised upon the need for coordinated efforts... More

Probe Unearths Luxurious Lifestyle Of Ex-Army Generals


A number of Afghan National Army generals, removed from their posts by the incumbent government, have been found to be living the high-life in Kabul mansions, which officials say cost far more than what... More

Belt Plan to Open New Chapter in Sino-Afghan Relations


A Chinese delegation that arrived here (Kabul) on Monday said realization of Beijing’s One Road One Belt Initiative (BRI) would turn Afghanistan into a regional intersection. The six-member delegation led by Xing Guangcheng, Director General... More

COLUMN

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More