Analysis The Putin regime: a perennial malign actor on world stage 2020-07-03 Undermining governments, fomenting unrest, spreading disinformation and supporting the indiscriminate killing of innocents around the world are the unfortunate hallmarks of the Kremlin. Security 2020-07-02 Taliban, al-Qaeda maintain 'close ties' despite peace deal promises The Taliban have continued to work with al-Qaeda since singing a peace deal with the United States and promising to disavow the terrorist group, the US Defence Department said. Economy 2020-07-02 Violence remains greatest obstacle to economic prosperity in Afghanistan The war has destroyed infrastructure projects, halted development and squandered opportunities for investment and job creation, say economists. Health 2020-07-02 Afghan authorities reopen maternity ward targeted in deadly attack in May Gunmen stormed the hospital in Kabul on May 12, killing 25 people including new mothers. Economy 2020-07-01 UN reports nationwide drop in poppy cultivation in Afghanistan The Taliban have forced farmers under the group's control to grow poppies as part of their scheme to fund their militancy. Security 2020-06-30 Afghan religious scholars condemn Taliban's 'illegitimate' war 'Stop killing Afghans' and join the peace process, say religious scholars, residents and victims of the Taliban's violence in southwestern Afghanistan. What is the likely long-term impact of the recent killings of Afghan migrants by Iranian security forces? - A decrease of Iranian influence in Afghanistan - Increased political tension between Iran and Afghanistan - Fewer Afghans seeking work in Iran - No impact - I don't know View Results Spotlight Afghan religious scholars condemn Taliban's 'illegitimate' war 'Stop killing Afghans' and join the peace process, say religious scholars, residents and victims of the Taliban's violence in southwestern Afghanistan. Security 2020-06-29 Taliban continue torrent of attacks as 23 civilians killed in Helmand The rocket and car bomb assault follows a stream of other deadly offensives launched by the militants. Security 2020-06-26 Empty promises: Taliban's refusal to disavow al-Qaeda reflects non-commitment to peace The militant group has not lived up to its commitments to sever its relationship with the terrorist outfit, a key element to lasting peace in Afghanistan. Security 2020-06-25 Though concerns remain, Afghans welcome Taliban peace talks with open arms However concerns remain over the Taliban's ties to foreign terrorist groups and the oppression the group committed during its time in power. Connect with Us: Subscribe to the Salaam Times newsletter Subscribe We send updates twice a week with the latest news and features Terrorism 2020-06-25 United States doubles reward to $10 million for capture of ISIS leader Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi issued edicts justifying the abduction and enslavement of thousands of Yazidi women and girls among other crimes against humanity. Security 2020-06-24 Specialised military training has led to creation of independent Afghan force World-class training and education on the latest military tactics and combat skills has created an Afghan security force to be reckoned with, according to analysts. Human Rights 2020-06-23 Afghanistan's progress in upholding citizens' rights sets example for region Twenty years ago, the Afghan people did not have the power to raise their voices to ensure their protection of their rights and freedoms. Today, effective laws are in place to protect those rights. Security 2020-06-23 Taliban continue wave of deadly violence with strikes on Kunduz checkpoints The co-ordinated assaults follow the killing of almost 300 Afghan security personnel over the past week, which the government said was the deadliest period in the 19-year conflict. Security 2020-06-22 Taliban kill nearly 300 Afghan security personnel in deadliest week in decades The United Nations also said that the Taliban had carried out 'deliberate' attacks against healthcare workers and facilities at at time when the country is dealing with a deadly coronavirus outbreak. Diplomacy 2020-06-22 Atmar visits Iran amid heightened tensions over killing of Afghan migrants Iranian authorities continue to dismiss accusations that Iranian security forces were behind a number of killings of Afghan migrants in past weeks. Evidence suggests otherwise. Women's Rights 2020-06-19 As peace talks loom, Afghan women vow to fight return of Taliban's 'dark rule' Women are collectively raising their voices to show they have not forgotten the oppression committed by the group during its time in power. Security 2020-06-19 US fulfills troop reduction promises as concerns over Taliban–al-Qaeda ties remain The number of US troops in Afghanistan has been cut to about 8,600 as part of a peace deal made with the Taliban in February. Economy 2020-06-18 Afghanistan has achieved 'unprecedented' progress in past two decades A look back at Afghanistan over the past two decades reveals major developments in the economic, telecommunications, infrastructure and education sectors. Security 2020-06-18 US announces new sanctions against Fatemiyoun Division, Syrian president The Fatemiyoun Division preys on the millions of undocumented Afghan migrants and refugees in Iran, coercing them to fight in Syria under threat of arrest or deportation. Security 2020-06-18 Mortar blast kills 9 students at religious school in Takhar Many of the dead were under 18 years old. Security 2020-06-17 Released Taliban prisoners detail role of foreign governments behind ongoing war 'They told me that if I fight against the Afghan government and international military forces, they would provide us with any kind of resources,' one Taliban militant said, referring to Iran. Security 2020-06-17 Taliban attacks in Jawzjan, Kunduz leave 18 Afghan security personnel dead The militants have stepped up violence in recent days, say officials. Diplomacy 2020-06-16 Anger rises over Iranian consulate building's obstruction in Herat Widening of the city's trunk road was completed in 2016, except for the portions where the Iranian consulate building stands, creating an issue of contention between Afghanistan and Tehran. Health 2020-06-16 New polio cases spark concern in Afghanistan as coronavirus halts immunisation drive The pandemic has exacerbated eradication efforts as the Taliban continue to thwart authorities from conducting house-to-house campaigns. Security 2020-06-15 Taliban step up deadly attacks as peace talks with government loom More than 400 Afghan security personnel have been killed or wounded by insurgents in the past week, officials say. Crime Justice 2020-06-15 Foreign Ministry pushes back on Tehran's complaint of migrant protests Anti-Iranian protests have been held in Kabul, Helmand, Farah and Herat provinces, with participants burning the Iranian flag as well as portraits of the country's leaders. Diplomacy 2020-06-15 Pakistan's new special envoy for Afghanistan welcomed on both sides of the border Veteran diplomat Mohammad Sadiq is expected to help improve Pak-Afghan relations and facilitate the Afghan peace process. Crime Justice 2020-06-12 Protesters take to the streets to condemn killing of Afghan migrants in Iran Participants at the rallies demanded justice for the Afghan victims and punishment for those involved in the atrocities. Security 2020-06-12 Ghani vows to complete Taliban prisoner release The president also said he would elaborate on the next steps in the peace process next week and called for a humanitarian ceasefire to provide assistance during the coronavirus crisis. Media 2020-06-12 Twitter deletes 170,000 accounts linked to Chinese disinformation campaigns The move by the influential social media giant comes amid growing evidence Beijing is employing massive resources in an attempt to sway public opinion with false information.