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Moscow and Washington are intertwined in a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan, with both suffering thousands of dead and wounded in conflicts lasting for years.
2 Jul 2020 11:10

Moscow and Washington are intertwined in a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan, with both suffering thousands of dead and wounded in conflicts lasting for years.

Months of peace negotiations in Afghanistan bring good and bad news. Despite consolidation of a power sharing agreement between political rivals and the formation of a council for peace, the coronavirus and a contest for Taliban leadership will defer the commencement of peace talks.

Afghan Uprising Forces ride through the district of Nazyan in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangrahar Province. Photo: Andrew Quilty, 2019
1 Jul 2020 18:48

Ghosts of the Past: Lessons from Local Force Mobilization in Afghanistan and Prospects for the Future

Since 2001, the international military and the Afghan state have mobilized a range of local, hybrid, and sub-state forces to fill security gaps and confront insurgent threats in the country.

Participants wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus gesture as they join the "Thank You Challenge" for medical workers fighting the coronavirus during the Yonhap News Symposium on Korean Peace in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. AHN YOUNG-JOON AP
30 Jun 2020 16:55

US envoy to Afghanistan not going to Kabul

​The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, will not be going to the Afghan capital, Kabul, while in the region on his latest peace mission because of the dangers presented by the coronavirus and instead will video conference with Afghan leaders, the U.S. State Department said.

Newly freed Taliban prisoners sit at Pul-i-Charkhi prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
30 Jun 2020 15:46

A divided Taliban could unleash a new proxy war in Afghanistan

​The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming international relations not just by straining relations among powerful states, but also by disrupting violent nonstate actors. Perhaps no major militant outfit has felt the impact as much as the Taliban. The group’s leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, is either seriously ...

Tending to a casualty after an attack on a market in the district of Sangin, in southern Afghanistan, on Monday.Credit...Noor Mohammad/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
29 Jun 2020 10:42

Mortar Strikes Kill at Least 20 at Livestock Auction in Afghanistan

The government and the Taliban pointed blame at each other in the latest attack. But in this war, there is diminishing clarity on who is to blame for the bodies piling up.

Credit: Tech. Sgt. Oneika Banks
24 Jun 2020 18:01

Keeping a Bad Deal at All Costs: US Moral Failure in Afghanistan

U.S. policy toward Afghanistan has been short-sighted and ill-conceived for decades.

A medical team formed by the Afghan government prepares to conduct door-to-door coronavirus tests in Herat on May 31. (Jalil Rezayee/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
25 Jun 2020 17:51

Coronavirus sweeps through Afghanistan’s security forces

The novel coronavirus is sweeping through Afghanistan's security forces, according to senior Afghan security officials from four provinces who report suspected infection rates of 60 to 90 percent among their units — reducing the number of forces available to conduct operations or take up duty at outposts....

The Situation in Afghanistan, US Sanctions and the Historical Narratives Emerging from the ICC
24 Jun 2020 17:41

The Situation in Afghanistan, US Sanctions and the Historical Narratives Emerging from the ICC

On 11 June 2020, the US announced a series of economic and travel sanctions against any officials of the ICC involved in an investigation into whether US forces committed war crimes related to the Afghan conflict.

Newborn children who lost their mothers during the yesterday
14 May 2020 13:37

Maternity ward massacre shakes Afghanistan and its peace process

After struggling to get pregnant for years, Zainab, 27, gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday morning at a small hospital in the southwestern corner of Kabul. She was overjoyed and named the boy Omid, meaning ‘hope’ in Dari.

A couple and their baby were reunited after the mother and child were rescued. Credit: Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times
13 May 2020 13:51

From Maternity Ward to Cemetery, a Morning of Murder in Afghanistan

Afghans don’t need a reminder that no one is safe from the country’s endless war, but they got one anyway on Tuesday.

US troops in Afghanistan. Photo: Reuters/Files
12 May 2020 16:14

US Plans to Exit Afghanistan in Five Years. What Does This Mean for India?

New Delhi stands to lose not just political but also economic influence in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan calls for signing labor agreement with Iran
11 May 2020 14:31

Afghanistan calls for signing labor agreement with Iran

Afghanistan's Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Hussain Alami Balkhi on Monday called for signing labor agreement with Iran.

Ending Afghanistan’s Endless War: The Pakistan Factor
11 May 2020 16:30

Ending Afghanistan’s Endless War: The Pakistan Factor

Ending Afghanistan’s endless war may lead to an endless peace process, given Afghanistan’s complicated history and politics.

Iran, Afghanistan to Form Joint Team to Investigate Fatal Border Incident
11 May 2020 12:25

Iran, Afghanistan to Form Joint Team to Investigate Fatal Border Incident

Senior diplomats from Iran and Afghanistan agreed to establish a joint delegation to probe into a recent incident at the common border that has resulted in the deaths of Afghan migrants trying to cross into Iran illegally.

Taliban blamed for extorting food aid in Afghanistan
10 May 2020 09:55

Taliban blamed for extorting food aid in Afghanistan

Country’s human rights commission says insurgents took away five trucks of food aid sent by Turkmenistan.

Taliban wants positive relationship with India, welcomes New Delhi
10 May 2020 17:47

Taliban wants positive relationship with India, welcomes New Delhi's contribution in Afghanistan

Speaking exclusively to our senior correspondent, Doha's Taliban political office spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen said, "Based on our national interest and mutual respect, we would like to have positive relations with neighbouring countries including India."

FILE: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Kyrgyzstan in June 2019.
3 May 2020 23:50

China Ramps Up Role In Afghanistan Ahead of U.S. Withdrawal

As the United States and its allies begin what looks like a final drawdown of their forces from Afghanistan, China appears to be expanding its role and influence in the country.

6 killed as Afghanistan aid drive turns deadly
9 May 2020 16:54

6 killed as Afghanistan aid drive turns deadly

Two policemen and a journalist were among six people killed as violence erupted at an aid distribution event in Afghanistan.

A health worker checks the temperature of car passengers in an effort to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, as they enter the city in the Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
3 May 2020 11:49

In random test of 500 in Afghan capital, one-third has virus

One-third of 500 random coronavirus tests in Afghanistan's capital came back positive, health officials said Sunday, raising fears of widespread undetected infections in one of the world's most fragile states.

Afghanistan extends lockdown amid upward COVID-19 trend
3 May 2020 16:49

Afghanistan extends lockdown amid upward COVID-19 trend

War-ravaged country has this week begun free distribution of bread for thousands of needy families.

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