Archive for

Is ISIS a creation of the West? | Analysis
Is ISIS a creation of the West?

An investigation into a prevailing conspiracy theory reveals certain actors actively promote the distortion of facts for their own gain.

ISIS effectively defeated in Nangarhar: officials | Security
ISIS effectively defeated in Nangarhar: officials

Ongoing military operations to eliminate ISIS strongholds in Achin and Haska Mina districts in May and June have broken the backbone of the terrorist group in the province, local officials say.

Afghanistan seeks more than $2 billion investment in telecom | Technology
Afghanistan seeks more than $2 billion investment in telecom

The government is implementing its Open Access Policy and encouraging investment in fibre optic, satellite and other information technology over the next four years.

End of ceasefire exposes Taliban's false promises to Afghans | Security
End of ceasefire exposes Taliban's false promises to Afghans

The militant group says one thing and does another routinely, but the recent end of the ceasefire unmasked the degree to which it has broken its promises to Afghanistan.

Afghan refugees launch peace caravan from Peshawar to Kabul | Protests
Afghan refugees launch peace caravan from Peshawar to Kabul

The peace caravan is trekking from Pakistan to the Afghan capital to call on the Taliban and other militants to stop fighting and make peace.

'Game over' for Pakistani Taliban after death of Mullah Fazlullah | Security
'Game over' for Pakistani Taliban after death of Mullah Fazlullah

The dead leader's successor, Umar Rehman, will be unable to unite the already divided Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), analysts say.

Afghan government steps in after Taliban forces telecom shutdown in Helmand | Technology
Afghan government steps in after Taliban forces telecom shutdown in Helmand

The government-run Salaam Network is constructing new antennas and repairing others in Lashkargah to improve connectivity for those who lost service because of Taliban threats.

Ceasefire awakens Taliban fighters' longing for normal life | Ramadan
Ceasefire awakens Taliban fighters' longing for normal life

The split between the Taliban leadership, which has vowed to continue the war, and regular fighters appears to be growing larger by the day.

In photos: Afghans celebrate Eid ul Fitr with joy and hope for the future | Ramadan
In photos: Afghans celebrate Eid ul Fitr with joy and hope for the future

For the first time in many years, Afghans celebrated Eid ul Fitr without fear as the Afghan government and Taliban militants observed a temporary ceasefire.

Hope for peace remains even as Taliban refuses to extend ceasefire | Security
Hope for peace remains even as Taliban refuses to extend ceasefire

Despite Taliban leadership vowing to resume hostilities after an unprecedented ceasefire, signs point to rank and file Taliban members wanting to end the conflict.

Pakistani Taliban chief believed killed in joint Afghan-US strike in Kunar | Security
Pakistani Taliban chief believed killed in joint Afghan-US strike in Kunar

Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence confirmed the death of Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in what security analysts called a 'big loss' to the militants.

Women's march in Jalalabad urges Taliban to make peace | Protests
Women's march in Jalalabad urges Taliban to make peace

As temporary ceasefires between the Taliban and Afghan government kick off, women in Nangarhar Province are raising their voices to demand a permanent peace.

Afghan railway project closer to reality following Mirziyoyev's US visit | Economy
Afghan railway project closer to reality following Mirziyoyev's US visit

The US has offered political support and planning consultations on extending the Hairatan-to-Mazar-e-Sharif railway, an Uzbek project that observers say could improve stability in Afghanistan.

Rare silk Koran helps preserve Afghanistan's cultural heritage | Religion
Rare silk Koran helps preserve Afghanistan's cultural heritage

The Koran took 2 years to complete and is 'priceless' from a religious and artistic perspective, according to the master calligraphers who worked on it.

'Fighting has no benefit', say Taliban joining peace process in Nangarhar | Security
'Fighting has no benefit', say Taliban joining peace process in Nangarhar

The former fighters said they 'no longer want to destroy the country and kill innocent people'.

After lifetime of war, cease-fires bring Afghans hope for permanent peace | Security
After lifetime of war, cease-fires bring Afghans hope for permanent peace

The Taliban agreed to a cease-fire with the Afghan government for the first three days of Eid ul Fitr, giving many hope for lasting peace.

ISIS suicide blast outside government ministry in Kabul kills 13, wounds 31 | Terrorism
ISIS suicide blast outside government ministry in Kabul kills 13, wounds 31

The 'Islamic State of Iraq and Syria' (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes before the start of a unilateral cease-fire declared by the Afghan government with the Taliban.

Afghan Air Force takes fight against terrorism to new heights | Security
Afghan Air Force takes fight against terrorism to new heights

Newly trained pilots and combat aircraft provided by international allies are bringing about 'major changes' in the fight against terrorism, officials say.

Temporary ceasefire with Taliban brings hope to war-weary Afghans | Security
Temporary ceasefire with Taliban brings hope to war-weary Afghans

The halt in hostilities against the Taliban will run from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid ul Fitr, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said.

The Sangorian group: a Taliban nightmare in Helmand | Security
The Sangorian group: a Taliban nightmare in Helmand

The Taliban are running scared and cannot sleep at night because of an undercover, Afghan government-backed group fighting the militants, local officials and tribal elders say.

Afghans ponder ways to battle tactics of internet-savvy militants | Media
Afghans ponder ways to battle tactics of internet-savvy militants

A recent uptick in militant activity on social media has highlighted the importance for Afghanistan of adopting a comprehensive approach to push back against extremists online.

Bomber strikes Afghan clerics who declared suicide bombing 'haram' | Terrorism
Bomber strikes Afghan clerics who declared suicide bombing 'haram'

The explosion took place about an hour after the Ulema Council issued a fatwa declaring suicide attacks to be haram and urging the Taliban to join the peace process.

Signs point to growing likelihood of peace deal with Taliban | Security
Signs point to growing likelihood of peace deal with Taliban

A growing number of Taliban militants are reaching out to the Afghan government to find ways to end the decades-long conflict.

Takhar officials vow to resist Taliban's closure of schools | Education
Takhar officials vow to resist Taliban's closure of schools

An operation is underway to clear areas under Taliban control to allow the province's 11,000 affected students to return to class, local officials say.

Newsbrief

Ghani condemns 'failed and ashamed' bombers of Logar peace gathering Bomb kills 8 Logar civilians at peace gathering 18 Taliban militants join peace process in Nangarhar, heed Saudi imams Government ready to negotiate with Taliban anywhere nationwide, says Ghani Taliban kills 4 ISIS fighters in Kunar Kunar peace convoy heads for Kabul in support of Helmand peace march Nangarhar residents kill 8 ISIS members Mattis sees positive signs for peace talks in Afghanistan Taliban abducts 33 road builders in Kandahar Pence, Ghani discuss peace process, ceasefire with Taliban Security forces arrest 2 suspected would-be suicide bombers in Kabul Uzbekistan 'ready' to host Afghan peace talks Taliban supreme leader shuffles top leadership after Eid ceasefire Taliban claims assassination of acting district governor in Nangarhar Ceasefire could be start of larger peace process: former Taliban official Doors for negotiations with Taliban to be kept open, says Abdullah Taliban reiterates call for direct talks with US Taliban kill Kohistan District governor in ambush, flouting government ceasefire Pakistani army chief, Ghani confer in Kabul on security Afghan Air Force to get 50 more helicopters soon: Ghani Taliban strike in Ghazni on 1st day of government cease-fire Security forces thwart major attack in Jalalabad UN secretary-general urges Taliban to accept Ghani's ceasefire Security forces kill would-be suicide bomber in Jalalabad Coalition air strikes kill 2 ISIS militants in Nangarhar Afghan Air Force kills 13 Taliban militants in Faryab Bombing at voter registration centre kills 2 in Baghlan Security forces prevented 2,500-plus attacks since late March: interior minister Security forces kill 40 Taliban militants in Takhar Ghani welcomes fatwa against suicide attacks, urges militants to renounce violence Afghan Air Force makes first emergency air drop in Badakhshan Nangarhar authorities blame ISIS for 3 children killed by roadside bomb Kabul to probe alleged gang rape of 5-year-old Afghan girl in Iran Security forces thwart roundabout bombing in Kabul