Archive for 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June July August September October Submit Diplomacy 2020-10-30 Afghans demand achievements of past 20 years be preserved in peace talks 'We want a system where all Afghans can participate,' says one religious scholar. Security 2020-10-30 Killing of top al-Qaeda leader highlights capabilities of Afghan forces The death of Abu Muhsin al-Masri in Afghanistan also refocuses concerns that al-Qaeda retains strong ties with the Taliban. Economy 2020-10-29 Afghan delegation explores trade opportunities in Pakistan The Pakistan-Afghanistan Investment and Trade Forum 2020 in Islamabad helped solidify the bonds of peace and development between the two countries. Crime Justice 2020-10-29 Chinese agents charged with involvement in global intimidation scheme 'Operation Fox Hunt' is a campaign waged by Beijing to harass, stalk and coerce opponents of the Chinese regime's leadership. Security 2020-10-29 Nimroz residents vow to safeguard Kamal Khan Dam from Iranian plots The Taliban -- with Tehran's support -- attacked Kamal Khan Dam on October 23, killing 6 security guards and injuring 3, prompting anti-Iran protests among Nimroz residents. Human Rights 2020-10-28 US senators declare China's campaign against Muslims in Xinjiang 'genocide' Beijing for years has undertaken a systematic campaign to root out Islamic culture, destroy mosques, indoctrinate Muslims with Communist propaganda and forcibly sterilise women. Security 2020-10-28 Khalilzad reiterates call for halt in Afghan violence amid deadly attacks 'The window to achieve a political settlement will not stay open forever,' said the US envoy. Religion 2020-10-28 Religious scholars say Taliban will face 'God's curse' for unIslamic war 'There is no justification and no Sharia-based reason for fighting the war in Afghanistan,' said Sheikh Ahmad al-Raysuni, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars in Doha. Security 2020-10-27 ISIS attack on Kabul education centre deemed 'un-Islamic and inhumane' ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on the Kawsar-e-Danish education centre that killed at least 24 people and injured more than 50, most of them young students. Economy 2020-10-27 Donated equipment empowers Nangarhar farmers to become self sufficient Equipment provided by Nangarhar authorities with funds from the United States is aimed at enabling local farmers to produce high-quality products and increase their income. Security 2020-10-26 Work continues on Bakhshabad Dam despite threat from Tehran, Fatemiyoun 'The Fatemiyoun Division has received training from Iran, and it threatens all the dams in western and southern regions of the country,' said a member of the Wolesi Jirga representing Farah. Security 2020-10-23 Iran's broken promises shatter thousands of lives in Afghanistan, Pakistan Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) promises young Afghans and Pakistanis money, citizenship and purpose to join its militias. In reality, these vulnerable youth get nothing close. Security 2020-10-22 Disbanded Local Police to get priority in job market after years of fighting As the government plans to phase out the Local Police structure, authorities and organisations are preparing to offer jobs to qualified personnel who are out of work. Elections 2020-10-22 Russia, Iran caught trying to intimidate US voters ahead of key election Russia, Iran and China have a long history of social media disinformation efforts aimed at influencing US voters, US intelligence officials warn. Security 2020-10-21 Taliban hiding in civilian houses ambush security forces in Takhar The continuing violence is threatening peace negotiations in Doha, Qatar, say officials. Security 2020-10-21 US military pushes to strengthen alliances to counter China, Russia Both Beijing and Moscow lack the network of allies one needs to wield influence, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said, adding that their lawless behaviour will scare away potential partners. Security 2020-10-20 Laghman residents slam Taliban for recent surge in attacks The increase in violence during the peace talks is hypocritical and 'is playing games with our lives,' locals say. Terrorism 2020-10-20 Al-Qaeda, ISIS 'civil war' intensifies amid fragmentation and retreat While both groups specialise in deadly violence and terror as a means to territorial expansion, their ideologies differ so fundamentally that they are increasingly killing each other. Diplomacy 2020-10-19 Escalation in violence threatens peace process, Khalilzad warns Taliban A car bomb Sunday exploded near a police headquarters in Ghor Province, leaving at least 16 people dead and 154 wounded, including women and children. Locals blamed the Taliban. Security 2020-10-19 Tensions rise after Iran vows to buy and sell weapons as embargo ends Moscow and Beijing have openly suggested they will sell weapons to Iran, but the United States says such moves would break international law. Security 2020-10-16 'There is no jihad,' say surrendered Taliban fighters in Badghis 'It is useless to be a member of the Taliban. We were in the mountains day and night. We had no life,' one Taliban member said. Security 2020-10-16 Displaced families in Herat decry ongoing Taliban violence More than 1,000 families have been forced to leave their homes in recent weeks, amid an uptick in violence while the Taliban and Afghan government are engaged in slow-moving peace talks. Diplomacy 2020-10-16 Taliban meet with US forces, agree to reduce Afghan casualties 'Too many Afghans are dying,' said US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad. Diplomacy 2020-10-15 Herat residents demand preservation of ANDSF as outcome of peace talks Maintaining the security forces is a 'red line' for the peace talks, one demonstrator said. 'We don't want to go backward and won't allow our security forces to be dissolved.' Security 2020-10-14 Thousands flee Helmand as Taliban fighting surges Taliban militants launched a series of attacks on Lashkargah, in what appears to be a violation of the terms preceding intra-Afghan peace talks under way in Doha. Security 2020-10-14 Newly trained Afghan soldiers vow to destroy enemies of the country Soldiers say they want peace but that they're ready to sacrifice their lives to defend their country and destroy the militants who seek to prolong the decades of war. Security 2020-10-13 US air strikes target Taliban in Helmand as troop drawdown halts The continuing violence in Afghanistan is not consistent with the US-Taliban agreement or with intra-Afghan peace talks under way in Qatar, officials say. Security 2020-10-13 40 ISIS, Taliban fighters surrender in Kunar, deem ongoing war 'illegal' 'We used to fight against the government, and we were told that they are all infidels, but now I realise that all of them are Muslims like us,' said one surrendered fighter. Security 2020-10-13 Afghan forces gain ground in clearing Taliban from Sherzad District Government forces have vowed to fight to the end if the Taliban refuse to accept a peace offer. Security 2020-10-13 Nangarhar, Nuristan residents question Taliban's adherence to Islamic values There is no religious justification for the Taliban's ongoing campaign of violence against the Afghan people, say religious scholars and tribal elders. Health 2020-10-12 China's unorthodox coronavirus vaccine testing bewilders analysts Under Beijing's 'emergency use' scheme, tens of thousands of Chinese have received unproven COVID-19 test vaccines, worrying global health specialists. Health 2020-10-09 Nations around the world express unease over China's 'vaccine diplomacy' Beijing is dangling the prospect of free COVID-19 vaccines to countries vital to its interests in apparent exchange for co-operation on strategic issues and economic 'assistance'. Diplomacy 2020-10-08 Khalilzad seeks side agreement between Afghanistan, Pakistan amid peace talks "There are economic reasons that would be transformative for the region should peace in Afghanistan come," said the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation. Security 2020-10-08 Young, educated recruits bolster Afghan security forces in southwestern provinces Thousands of youth have signed up this year with the army and police in Kandahar, Zabul and Uruzgan provinces. Diplomacy 2020-10-07 Ghani urges Taliban to 'have courage' and 'declare ceasefire' Amid an uptick in violence in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani remained hopeful for peace. "We cannot end 20 years of war in 20 days," he said. Security 2020-10-07 Forgiveness is possible if Taliban agree to make peace, say Kunduz war victims Despite losing their family members to Taliban violence, Afghans say they want an immediate ceasefire so that peace negotiations under way in Qatar can succeed. Security 2020-10-07 Nearly 300 Taliban fighters lay down arms in Balkh, Sar-e-Pul Pressure on Taliban fighters by Afghan security forces led some of the insurgents to surrender, while others determined that war was no longer a solution to the country's problems. Women's Rights 2020-10-06 Driver's licences in Faryab mark latest achievement for Afghan women Thirty Faryab residents became the first women in their province to obtain the right to drive. Security 2020-10-06 Nangarhar residents return home to rebuild after defeat of ISIS-K Afghan forces dealt the terrorist group a series of territorial setbacks and have since managed to prevent the return of fighters and curtailed the group's revenue sources. Terrorism 2020-10-05 Laghman governor survives suicide attack as blast hits Nangarhar government building The separate assaults come as peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government stall in Doha, Qatar. Security 2020-10-05 Nangarhar residents confident Afghan forces can hold security gains Coalition forces withdrew from the Alta Band area of Spin Ghar District after defeating ISIS, and now Afghan forces are maintaining security and paving the way for residents to return. Security 2020-10-02 New army recruits in Herat get commando training to better fight terrorism The move by the military comes as youth are showing rising interest in joining the National Army. Diplomacy 2020-10-01 Stalled peace talks progress as Taliban, government close gap on key issue A resolution over which interpretation of Islam will be used to frame laws means one less obstacle for negotiators.