Archive for 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June July Submit Analysis 2020-07-03 The Putin regime: a perennial malign actor on world stage 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. 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 2020-07-02 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. 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.