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US seeks to make Afghanistan dependent on its weapons: Russia’s Security Council...


Instead of fulfilling the UN mandate in Afghanistan, the United States has been trying to gain foothold in the country and increase Kabul’s dependence from Washington, Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily. "We... More

US may trim over 1,000 troops from Afghanistan in belt-tightening – general


Even before any peace push-related drawdowns, the US military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency drive by the new commander, a US general told Reuters on Friday, estimating the cuts... More

Taliban announce surprise talks with US in Pakistani capital


The Taliban has said it will meet envoys from the United States for talks next week in Pakistan, even as another round of negotiations is scheduled in Qatar by the end of this month. The unexpected move on... More

Soviet Army driven from Afghanistan 30 years ago, Putin’s Russia repackaging it...


The Red Army veterans took to the stage and belted out songs from the battlefield: clashes with the enemy and a wartime thirst for Russian vodka. A crowd of Afghan war elites finger-tapped along to the familiar... More

Russian, US envoys for Afghanistan to meet on February 22


Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan and Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov will hold a meeting with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in the Turkish capital of Ankara... More

US: Ending war not hypocrisy


Peace, they say, is basically a period after the war for the preparation of next war. Let us not imagine the next American wars. For now, a war-weary America is ready to come home. The Taliban and... More

Great game-II: India-Pakistan-China gas pipeline powered by Russia cannot be discounted


Russia has truly entered the "great game" in Afghanistan. First, the Putin regime a few days ago hosted the Taliban and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Moscow, just a few days after the US concluded its... More

Russia says US exit from Afghanistan won’t create power vacuum


A US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan won’t create a power vacuum and the Taliban can be a potential ally in the fight against Islamic State in the country, a top Russian official said. If the US fails to... More

US envoy leading tour for ‘intra-Afghan’ talks


A senior US diplomat is set to lead a large delegation on a six-nation tour, including Afghanistan, to help invigorate that country’s peace process and bring “all Afghan parties together in an intra-Afghan dialogue,” the State Department... More

Zalmay Khalilzad lauds Pakistan’s efforts in Afghan peace process


Afghan-born US diplomate and special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, while talking at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), has lauded the role which Pakistan has played in the ongoing dialogue process between the United States and the... More

‘Like it or not, we have lost’: Retired US general concedes Afghan...


Absorbing the fact that the US has lost militarily in Afghanistan will be a "bitter pill" for the soldiers he fought with, Bolduc told Yahoo News Friday. "They did what they were asked, they did the right thing,... More

Delegates say Moscow talks were a success


Delegates who attended the Moscow peace talks said the meeting was satisfying and successful and they hope that the continuation of such initiatives will lead to lasting peace. The delegates told reporters that they had fruitful talks and... More

No date yet for US troops drawdown, says Afghan Taliban


A Taliban official said on Wednesday that no timetable had been agreed with the US government for the partial withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, and that negotiations were still underway. Earlier, Russia’s RIA news agency had quoted... More

America has lost the Afghan war


The Remnants of an Army, a famous oil on canvas by the 19th century artist Elizabeth Butler, is a lasting image of the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-1842). It depicts William Brydon, a medical officer in the British... More

Why America lost in Afghanistan


The Trump administration is now using Henry Kissinger’s “decent interval” process of abandonment to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The strategy is simple: negotiate a peace agreement exposing an ally to certain defeat in the long... More

Russia sidelines Kabul regime ahead of Taliban-opposition dialogue


Russia has decided to snub the Afghan government in order to ensure the participation of Taliban in the scheduled dialogue between them and the opposition politicians of Afghanistan. A dialogue of such magnitude and agenda signifies that... More

Half of US troops to leave Afghanistan by May 1: Taliban


The Taliban claimed on Wednesday that the United States agreed in Doha to withdraw half its ground troops by the end of April — and the process had begun. “The Americans agreed to withdraw half of their troops... More

Russia advocating for resolution of intra-Afghan talks: Lavrov


The Taliban said Monday they will participate in "intra-Afghan" talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures and tribal elders - but no Kabul government officials. The two-day meeting... More

Taliban launch deadly attacks as they attend Afghan peace talks


The Taliban has killed at least 47 people in separate attacks in Afghanistan, despite the beginning of peace talks with Afghan officials in Moscow. The armed group launched a pre-dawn attack on an army base in northern Kunduz... More

Afghanistan lacks pilots, engineers to handle Black Hawk ‘copters, US watchdog warns


The United States risks providing Afghanistan with state-of-the-art Black Hawk helicopters that the country’s embattled air force does not have the pilots to fly nor the engineers to maintain, a US watchdog said on Tuesday. The warning, by... More

Afghan government frozen out of Moscow peace talks with the Taliban


Taliban representatives and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s political rivals plan to discuss the future of Afghanistan in Moscow on Tuesday, a move viewed here as a further blow to the authority of Ghani’s administration. The two-day meeting will... More

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Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... 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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