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Residents of numerous Afghan cities concerned about security


Amid rising concerns by residents of Gardez, Kunduz, Ghazni, Farah and Maimana cities on the possible collapse of these areas to the Taliban, the Afghan ministry of defense said their concerns are real and need to be... More

Privatizing Afghanistan war not a wise idea: Mattis


The US Defense Secretary James Mattis pushed back on the idea of privatizing the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday, weeks after US President Donald Trump's national security adviser appeared to leave the possibility open. “When Americans put their... More

Infighting in government raises worries about Afghanistan’s stability


The abrupt resignation of President Ashraf Gani’s national security adviser and reports of turmoil involving three other top officials have exposed deep conflict and confusion in the US-backed government over how to protect the country and deal... More

China is ‘building a training camp in Afghanistan’ to fight terrorism


China has started building a training camp for Afghan troops in a narrow corridor that connects the two countries – a project Beijing is fully funding to help its neighbour improve counterterrorism efforts, sources close to the... More

Russia postpones peace talks with Taliban: Afghan President


Russia has agreed to postpone multilateral peace talks with the Taliban, a week after the insurgents accepted an invitation to go to Moscow for a Sept. 4 summit, the office of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said... More

Why Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy isn’t much different from Obama’s


United States President Donald Trump’s much-awaited policy speech on the way forward in Afghanistan was disappointing. It neither fulfilled his campaign pledge to end the 17-year war nor amounted to a significant departure from his predecessor Barack... More

Russian-led talks on Afghanistan called off, resolving India’s quandary


With Russian-led regional talks on Afghanistan now postponed, India will be heaving a sigh of relief that it won’t have to decide the level of representation at the meeting, that would have been attended by a delegation... More

Afghan NSA Atmar resigned over differences with President Ghani: Ex-govt officials


In reaction to Saturday’s sudden resignation of Afghanistan's National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, some former government officials on Sunday said his decision came after serious disagreements on policy issues between himself and President Ashraf Ghani. They said... More

Afghanistan’s defense, interior ministers resign


Afghanistan’s ministers of defense and interior, as well as another security chief, quit on Saturday, government sources said, following the resignation of the president’s national security adviser earlier in the day. “We have received four resignations by two... More

Russian peace talks raise specter of shifting influence in Afghanistan


Vladimir Putin’s Russia appears to have emerged as a player in Afghanistan after 17 years of Western involvement that has left the country no closer to peace than before. To some, Russia’s offer to host talks next month... More

Unidentified helicopters support militants in Afghanistan: Russia


Russia has recorded flights of unidentified helicopters delivering weapons to the Taliban and Daesh militants in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday. “We again draw attention to flights by “unidentified” helicopters... More

Afghanistan, India, Iran trilateral meeting in Kabul on Sept 9-12


Afghanistan, India and Iran will have a trilateral meet in Kabul from September 9 to 12. The talks, which are around the various facets of rebuilding Afghanistan, will be conducted at the deputy minister/foreign secretary level, said... More

US to bring back Khalilzad as special Afghanistan envoy


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to tap Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former US ambassador to Kabul and Iraq, as his special envoy on Afghanistan, two US officials said, the latest signal to the Taliban... More

Taleban accepts Russian invitation to peace talks; Afghan government declines


The Taleban said on Wednesday (Aug 22) it would send senior members to Russia for peace talks on Afghanistan, hours after the Afghan government declined the offer to attend. Russia has invited several countries, including the United States,... More

It’s time to end America’s war in Afghanistan


A child born on this date in 2001 – just before the terrorist attacks of 9/11 – is old enough to be fighting today in the war in Afghanistan. This week – almost 17 years after the war... More

No peace in Afghanistan if foreign occupation continues: Taliban leader


The leader of the Taliban says there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign “occupation” continues, reiterating the group’s position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct... More

Taliban, Indonesian officials hold talks on Afghan peace


A delegation of Taliban visited Indonesia on August 12-15 and held talks with Indonesian sneior officials over the Afghan peace process and withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, Taliban’s Qatar office confirmed in a statement. Accoridng to the... More

New US training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems


Captain Joe Fontana, a team leader with the US army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, is part of a new unit but he is working on problems that have been stubbornly familiar to American military advisers in... More

US talks directly to the Taliban in a twist to the Afghan...


Around July 23, reports emerged that US officials and Taliban representatives held talks in Doha, Qatar. Intriguingly, Afghan government representatives were absent, though both Washington and Kabul have stated that this meeting was held in close consultation... More

Ghazni might be safe but the Afghan Government is surely falling?


A gunfight ensued in Kabul for over seven hours on Thursday after gunmen attacked a training center of Afghanistan’s intelligence service in Kabul. No civilians were harmed, reportedly. But the fact that these attacks are taking place... More

Afghan govt slammed over spike in attacks


Residents and analysts across the country have slammed government over what they say is its inability to provide security to the people of the country. This comes in the wake of a string of deadly attacks against civilians... More

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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

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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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