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An Afghan Sikh girl looks at a funeral procession and cremation ceremony for those who were killed on Wednesday by a lone Islamic State gunman, rampaged through a Sikh house of worship, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 26, 2020.

Credit: AP Photo/Tamana Sarwary
28 Apr 2020 13:16

The Islamic State Remains Alive in Afghanistan

In early April, Afghan forces captured the latest head of ISKP — but will it matter?

Afghanistan: Women with Disabilities Face Systemic Abuse
28 Apr 2020 13:14

Afghanistan: Women with Disabilities Face Systemic Abuse

Afghan women and girls with disabilities face high barriers, discrimination, and sexual harassment in accessing government assistance, health care, and schools.

Is India’s future in Afghanistan under threat?
28 Apr 2020 12:59

Is India’s future in Afghanistan under threat?

On February 29, the US signed a hugely-significant deal with Taliban, paving the way for exit of American troops from Afghanistan and mainstreaming of the fanatic Islamist organisation.Two months on, India has reportedly wound up its operations at two of its four consulates in Afghanistan — Jalalabad ...

U.S. soldiers at the Afghan National Army checkpoint in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on June 6, 2019. --Thomas Watkins / AFP via Getty Images file
28 Apr 2020 12:08

Trump tells advisers U.S. should pull troops as Afghanistan COVID-19 outbreak looms

Trump complains almost daily that U.S. troops are still in Afghanistan and are now vulnerable to the pandemic, officials said.

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a bomb explosion near a damaged vehicle in Kabul
28 Apr 2020 11:05

US spooks may leave Afghanistan in bid to save fragile peace agreement

W​ASHINGTON is considering the withdrawal of hundreds of CIA operatives from Afghanistan, while a new UN report reveals that 500 civilians, almost a third of them children, were killed in the first three months of the year.

Pak-Afghan border Torkham. PHOTO: AFP
28 Apr 2020 10:03

Pakistan, Afghanistan trade at standstill

Businessmen have requested the concerned authorities to allow export of Pakistani consignments to Afghanistan through Chaman, Torkham and Khorlachi borders which are facing hurdles.

China, Afghanistan pledge to jointly promote Belt and Road Initiative
28 Apr 2020 09:00

China, Afghanistan pledge to jointly promote Belt and Road Initiative

​China and Afghanistan have pledged to jointly build the Belt and Road in order to benefit the two countries and beyond.

India has invested heavily in the development and infrastructure of the war-ravaged country [Altaf Hussain/Reuters]
27 Apr 2020 19:01

Will US-Taliban deal limit India's leverage in Afghanistan?

With the US withdrawal under way, India has to find its place in the post-peace geopolitics of the region.

Kabul on lockdown to fight the spread of Covid-19, 12 April (Abdul Hamid Nasimi/UNAMA/Flickr)
27 Apr 2020 14:59

The Taliban makes the most of Covid-19 crisis in Afghanistan

Whether for propaganda or political clout, the group has adopted an unexpected response to the outbreak.

MORE THAN 500 CIVILIANS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT DURING FIRST QUARTER 2020
27 Apr 2020 10:47

MORE THAN 500 CIVILIANS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT DURING FIRST QUARTER 2020

More than 500 civilians, including more than 150 children, were killed due to the fighting in Afghanistan during the first quarter of 2020, according to a United Nations report released today, highlighting the urgent need for all parties to the conflict to do more to protect civilians from harm, especially ...

​Iran exports 320k one-day old chickens to Afghanistan
27 Apr 2020 10:05

​Iran exports 320k one-day old chickens to Afghanistan

The head of Veterinary Organization of South Khorasan Province, northeastern Iran, said on Monday that since the beginning of the Iranian Year (March 20), 320 thousand one-day old chickens were exported from the province to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan struggling to implement lockdown
26 Apr 2020 17:13

Afghanistan struggling to implement lockdown

Afghan authorities are struggling to implement lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in a province bordering Iran where the outbreak is widening due to an influx of Afghan returnees and men refusing to adhere to social distancing.

Taliban Constitution Offers Glimpse Into Militant Group
26 Apr 2020 16:35

Taliban Constitution Offers Glimpse Into Militant Group's Vision For Afghanistan

When most of Afghanistan was under Taliban rule in the late 1990s, the fundamentalist regime drafted a new constitution.

Military Expert Reveals US Plot to Replace Hashd Al-Shaabi with American Forces
26 Apr 2020 15:57

Military Expert Reveals US Plot to Replace Hashd Al-Shaabi with American Forces

A prominent military expert warned that Washington is implementing a plot in Western al-Anbar province to replace Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) with its own soldiers.

Protect Afghanistan, world from Taliban
26 Apr 2020 12:52

Protect Afghanistan, world from Taliban

Trump apparently does not care that his newfound friends are going to once again imprison women in their homes, cut throats, and establish a Wahhabi code of law.

Taliban Rejects Call for Ramadan Ceasefire in Afghanistan
26 Apr 2020 12:01

Taliban Rejects Call for Ramadan Ceasefire in Afghanistan

The Taliban have dismissed a government call for a Ramadan ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying a truce is “not rational” as they ramp up attacks on government forces.

At Least 4 Killed in Attack on U.S. Base in Afghanistan
26 Apr 2020 11:48

At Least 4 Killed in Attack on U.S. Base in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber attacked the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan early Saturday morning, killing at least four and injuring 14 others, the U.S. military said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghans present their national identification papers in order to receive free wheat donated by the Afghan government, ahead of the upcoming Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, during a quarantine for the coronavirus, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
26 Apr 2020 10:24

U.S. calls on Afghans to set aside disputes, focus on virus

The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan on Sunday called on the country's feuding leaders to set their differences aside to combat the coronavirus pandemic and advance a stalled peace agreement signed with the Taliban earlier this year.

In this file photo taken on November 13, 2014, a US soldier inspects the site of an attack targeting foreign troops in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
19 Apr 2020 11:00

US may scale back CIA presence in Afghanistan to save peace deal

The United States is considering the withdrawal of CIA operatives from bases in Afghanistan, as part of an effort to further reduce violence in the war-ravaged Asian country, according to The New York Times.

Coronavirus Is Pushing Afghanistan Toward a Political Crisis
19 Apr 2020 10:45

Coronavirus Is Pushing Afghanistan Toward a Political Crisis

Afghanistan has imposed lockdowns of varying effectiveness in most of its provinces. But lockdowns also have negative economic and public health externalities. Ordinary Afghans, like the poor worldwide, face a choice between dying by the coronavirus or dying by poverty.

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