Afghan Taliban launch ‘Spring Offensive’

The Afghan Taliban announced on Friday the launch of their annual fighting season to “cleanse their country of foreign aggressors and other corrupt elements.” The announcement by the Leadership Council of the self-styled Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan comes... More

US Army to Send 1,500 Soldiers to Afghanistan in Summer

The US Army announced in a statement on Thursday it will send about 1,500 soldiers to Afghanistan during the summer months in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. "The Department of the Army announced today the summer 2017 deployment... More

April 13 US bombing killed 13 RAW agents in Afghanistan: Pakistan FO

Pakistan claimed on Thursday that at least 13 Indian spies were also among those killed in a massive US bomb blast targeting Islamic State’s regional affiliate in Afghanistan. On April 13, the Pentagon announced that the US military... More

Pak Defense Minister Wants Russia to Play Major Role in Stabilizing Afghanistan

Russia should spearhead the process of bringing stability to Afghanistan, while Pakistan will support all of Russia's initiatives towards reaching this goal, Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said Wednesday at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei... More

Over 18,000 Police Officers Killed in Helmand in 15 Years

Helmand police headquarters said on Wednesday that almost 18,000 Afghan National Police (ANP) officers have been killed in battles in the southern province of Helmand over the past fifteen years. These officers and soldiers were killed in battles... More

Kabul seeks Delhi’s help in repairing grounded military planes

Last Friday’s terror attack at an Army base at Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan in which nearly 140 people were killed has triggered a fresh debate in Indian circles on whether New Delhi should assist Afghan National Security Forces... More

Defence Minister, Army Chief Quit over Balkh Bloodbath

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday accepted resignations of defence minister and army chief after the Balkh carnage at the hands of Taliban, his office said. The decision came at a high-level security meeting chaired President Ghani and... More

China Calls for all Afghan Sides to Actively Participate in Reconciliation Process

China Monday called for all sides in Afghanistan to participate actively in the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process and jointly uphold national peace and development. “China is concerned about the escalation of violence and conflicts in Afghanistan,” Chinese... More

140 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan army base

At least 140 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on an Army base in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province on Friday. The attack would be the deadliest attack ever on Afghan military base. According to... More

China, Afghanistan Sign Agreement on Optic Fiber Link

Afgan Acting Telecommunications and Information Technology minister Sayed Ahmad Shah Sadat has signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart Miao Wei in Beijing on linking Afghanistan to China through Wakhan district of Badakhshan province through a fiber... More

Massoud calls for early elections, asks Ghani to step down

Consultations will be held between a number of political leaders over the next few days where they will discuss issues relating to early elections, the establishment of an interim government and the resignation of President Ashraf Ghani,... More

‘Sacking unfair, could end up in another civil war’

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s decision to dismiss his special envoy on Reforms and Good Governance, Zia Massoud, could further destabilise the country, at a time when the National Unity Government (NUG) has already been weakened by... More

13 Indians reported killed in U.S. MOAB bombing

An Afghanistan-based news agency said on Tuesday that 13 Indians were killed in the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) attack by the U.S. military in Achin district of Nangarhar province last week. The National Investigation Agency (NIA)... More

McMaster Adamant that Taliban will be Defeated

U.S President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R McMaster said in an interview with TOLOnews on Sunday members of the Taliban who refuse to join the peace process will be defeated on the battlegrounds. “The Taliban must be... More

US bombing casts shadow over Afghan peace conference 

The United States not collaborating with Russia’s new initiativeto establish peace and stability in Afghanistan is quite clear now as the analysts think US is sending a strong message by dropping the MOAB (GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air... More

Hekmatyar to Return Whether Peace Deal is Enforced or Not

The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, says he will soon appear among the people regardless of government’s commitment to enforcing the peace deal with his party. A spokesman for the party, Qaribur Rahman Syed, told Pajhwok Afghan... More

Will ‘Mother of All Bombs’ scare NK?

The US on Thursday dropped the "Mother of All Bombs" - the most powerful nonnuclear bomb used by the US so far - on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan. Trump said Thursday that the mission was... More

MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US military, explained

The US military has just dropped a big bomb in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, also called the “mother of all bombs” or MOAB for short, is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US... More

US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan 

The US military on Thursday (13 April) dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat, targeting an IS complex in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb hit a “tunnel complex” in Achin district in Nangarhar... More

ICG Calls Afghan Government ‘Shaky’

The future of Afghanistan’s unity government is “shaky,” according to a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG). The Brussels based NGO says Afghanistan's New Unity Government is beset with internal disagreements and discord, while facing a... More

Russia counters at alleged support to Afghan Taliban

Russia has rejected allegations from Afghan government officials and parliamentarians that it is supporting the insurgent Taliban movement. The Russian embassy in Kabul said on Monday that such ‘irresponsible statements’ from Afghan politician, lawmakers and high-ranking police officers... 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

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



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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