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US increases number of F-16s to 18 in Afghanistan


The United States Air Force has increased the number of F-16 multi task Fighting Falcons to 18 from 12, two generals, quoted by Military.com said Tuesday (Nov 21) at the Air Force Association's... More

Nicholson announces war on drugs in Afghanistan


Commander of US-Forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson said a well-planned raid against drug producing facilities was carried out in Helmand on Sunday (Nov 19) and that for the first time an F-22... More

11 police officers killed in attacks in Afghanistan’s Farah province


At least eleven Afghan police officers were killed in Taliban attacks in western Afghanistan, an official said on 19 November. A group of Taliban attacked three police checkpoints at the main bazaar of in... More

3,000 more US troops arrive in Afghanistan, Pentagon says


At least 3,000 additional American troops have been sent in to Afghanistan under US President Donald Trump's Afghan strategy, the Pentagon said on November 16. The Pentagon had previously put the number of US... More

18 killed in Kabul city exlosion


An explosive device, possibly a car bomb, was detonated outside a restaurant near Lab-e-Jar square in Kabul’s PD4 shortly after 1.30pm on Thursday (Nov 16) killing at least 18 people. Security sources said eight... More

Afghan opium production up by 87% this year: UNODC survey


Afghan opium production has jumped a by a staggering 87 percent in the past year – from an estimated 2016 level of 4,800 tons to about 9,000 in 2017. According to the United National... More

Five-nation Lapis Lazuli Trade Agreement signed


Afghanistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia on Wednesday signed a major international trade and transport corridor deal that will connect Afghanistan directly to Europe. The Lapis Lazuli Corridor will begin in Afghanistan’s northern Aqina... More

Taliban kill 27 police in security post attacks


Taliban fighters stormed some 15 security posts in three different districts in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province overnight, killing at least 27 policemen, officials said Tuesday (Nov 14). Matiullah Helal, acting provincial police spokesman, said... More

Pugwash meeting postponed after UAE denies Taliban visas


A meeting scheduled to be held in Dubai on Afghanistan’s peace process was reportedly postponed after Taliban representatives from their Qatar office were refused United Arab Emirates visas. The meeting was scheduled to have... More

Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan up by 13% in past 7 months


Afghanistan’s acting defense minister Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami said on Sunday (Nov 12) that in the past seven months insurgent attacks have increased by 13 percent. He also stated that the casualty toll among... More

US troops will ‘join’ Afghan forces in joint operations


US President Donald Trump’s administration is allowing American troops in Afghanistan to participate in joint operations with Afghan forces and to call in air strikes when needed, US officials said. Foreign Policy reported that... More

Moscow calls for probe into US bombing in Afghanistan’s Kunduz


The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on the Afghan authorities, as well as international human rights organizations, to investigate thoroughly and impartially the circumstances of the US bombing on November 3 in the... More

US collaborated with Da’ish, claims Hamid Karzai


Former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, has accused the US of collaborating with the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan. In an interview with a television channel, Karzai alleged that IS had been allowed to gain... More

UAE, Qatar ask to contribute to NATO’s resolute support mission


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday (Nov 9) said the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are seeking to contribute to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. Addressing a press conference on the second... More

Trump, Xi reach consensus to curb terrorism in South Asia


China has said President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump have reached a consensus on fighting terrorism and upholding peace and stability in South Asia, amid America ramping up pressure on... More

Russia’s NSA discusses ways to jointly combat terrorism with Afghan President


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met with Russia’s National Security Adviser Nikolay Patrushev on Tuesday (Nov 7) at the Presidential Palace and discussed ways to jointly combat terrorism. In a statement released by the Presidential... More

NATO to increase troops in Afghanistan to 16,000


NATO is set to agree to increase its Afghanistan training mission by some 3,000 troops, alliance officials said, after the United States switched tack in long-running efforts to defeat Taliban militants and end... More

Afghan casualties surge by 39pc in October


More than 2,500 people were killed and wounded in 169 attacks across Afghanistan in October, indicating a 39 percent increase in casualties compared to September. In September, 1,800 people had suffered casualties in 203... More

Afghan public protection forces and Border police to join Army


The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday (Nov 6) said the Public Protection Forces (PPF) and Afghan Border Police will no longer fall under the Ministry of Interior but will instead be... More

U.S. solider killed in Afghanistan


A U.S. soldier of the NATO-led coalition forces has been killed in Afghanistan, said the coalition forces in a statement on Sunday. The service member died as a result of wounds sustained during operations... More

US and UK could face Afghanistan war crimes investigation


The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is to seek approval to open a formal investigation into allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan, said to have been committed by both the Taliban and... More

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China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... 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... More