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Season of peace talks: Is the Super power begging for dialogues with Taliban?

Indian clandestine support for Korean nukes

US and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

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At least 5 killed as gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

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At least 5 killed as gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

1396/11/1 | 21:53
Gunmen killed at least five people and wounded eight others in an attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, an official said Sunday, as the eleven hours-long siege continued. “Five are dead,” an official with the Afghan spy agency told AFP, adding 100 hostages have been released. Gunmen had burst into Kabul's luxury Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, shooting at guests and staff and setting the building on fire, officials said, as security forces battled to end the more than eight hours-long assault. The gunmen had stormed the hotel around ...

Scourge of sectarianism: The rise of terrorist activities against Shias in Pakistan and Afghanistan

1396/10/12 | 21:53
  The recent attack by the militant Islamic State (IS) group on a Shia cultural centre and news agency in Kabul is a reminder of one of the greatest challenges for the region over the coming year and beyond: sectarianism.    The attack highlights the resurgence in sectarian conflict in Afghanistan (while the Afghan Taliban may engage in sectarian violence, primarily against Hazaras, it does not persecute Shias as a defining policy).     Pakistan has already endured so much sectarian conflict that it is largely resigned ...

Blasts at Afghan news agency and Shia centre in Kabul kill dozens

1396/10/7 | 21:53
Dozens of people, many of them students, have been killed in a suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighbouring cultural centre in Kabul. At least 40 people died and 30 were wounded in the blasts, the latest in a series to have hit media organisations in Kabul, the interior ministry deputy spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said. The attack occurred during a morning panel discussion on the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Sunni-majority Afghanistan at the Tabian Social and Cultural Centre, with many of those attending ...

Cozying Pakistan: Is Washington and Kabul trying to trap Pakistan?

1396/9/14 | 21:53
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Friday Kabul is ready to hold government-to-government talks with Pakistan, ToloNews reported.   “We remain committed as a partner to counter terrorist threats in the region and are ready to expand our cooperation with all countries,” Ghani said while addressing the seventh Hearth of Asia Conference (HoA) in Azerbaijan.   Meanwhile Matti is also in Pakistan. It seems the Trump Administration wants to combine its troop surge with a sandwich operation, of sorts, along the Durand Line – where ...

Afghan Army Recruitment Dwindles Amid Taliban Threats

1396/9/1 | 21:53
  As the Taliban gains growing amounts of territory across Afghanistan, more and more members of the Afghan military are from homes which are no longer under Afghan government control. That’s bad news for them, and worse news for relatives back at home.   One Afghan soldier described getting a call from his father in the Kunar Province, informing him that because his son is in the military, the family is being “fined.” The fine included a Kalashnikov rifle, seven cartridge magazines and $1,000.   That’s a lot more ...

The butcher of Kabul is the new ISIS leader

1396/8/9 | 21:53
  We had not yet forgotten the nickname 'The Butcher of Kabul', the name which the Afghani people had given to Galbuddine Hekmatyar.   We had not yet forgotten the nickname ‘The Butcher of Kabul’, the name which the Afghani people had given to Galbuddine Hekmatyar the hard-line Salafist leader, during the Afghani civil war in 1991, since then Hekmetyar had been a bloody example in the Afghani society which suffered the cruelest kinds of oppression and wars.   The butcher is back with one goal; ISIS leadership. There’s ...

India’s man in Kabul: How Ashraf Ghani is playing Indian cards smartly?

1396/8/4 | 21:53
  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that his country will not be a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) unless it is given access to Pakistan's Wagah and Attari border, DNA India reported on Wednesday.       Addressing a gathering at the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi, Ghani said that Kabul will restrict Pakistan's access to central Asia if it is not given access to India through the CPEC project, according to the DNA article.   The comment comes a week after a meeting took ...

15 Afghan army cadets killed in Kabul suicide attack

1396/7/29 | 21:53
  A suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they were leaving their base in Kabul on Saturday, the defence ministry said, in the latest deadly attack in the capital. “This afternoon when a minibus carrying army cadets was coming out of the military academy, a suicide bomber on foot targeted them, martyring 15 and wounding four,” defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP. It was the second suicide attack in the Afghan capital in 24 hours and the seventh major assault in Afghanistan since Tuesday, taking the total death ...

Kabul protesters want foreign forces out of Afghanistan

1396/7/15 | 21:53
Afghans have taken to the streets of the capital Kabul to protest against the presence of foreign troops in the country. The rally was held ahead of the anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan 16 years ago. The protesters on Friday chanted slogans against "occupation," while holding anti-US and anti-NATO placards. “We cannot bear occupation anymore,” said one protester from the Solidarity Party, which organized the rally. "Every day we witness them bombing our cities and thousands of innocent people are killed … we want justice ...

Kabul Yatra: Pakistan’s desperate quest for Afghanistan peace

1396/7/12 | 21:53
    Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have held an important and necessary meeting in Kabul to try and put the Pak-Afghan bilateral relationship on a more stable footing.     The maiden one day visit of the COAS to Kabul on Sunday at Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s invitation started well enough with a one-on-one meeting which was termed ‘constructive’, with the latter emphasizing friendly Pak-Afghan relations, followed by high- level delegation talks whose positive outcome can best ...

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

1396/6/29 | 21:53
  News reports of a tripartite (Pakistan-Afghanistan-US) meeting in Kabul ‘to eliminate IS’ is just another example of the paradoxical, one-step-forward-two-steps-back approach that has typified this war effort.    Just the other day Trump all but dumped Pakistan as an ally and heaped criticism on Islamabad, prompting a possible strategy reset spearheaded by Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif, for allegedly harbouring American, and Afghan, enemies. Perhaps they had this round (of talks) because Trump did not mention IS in the speech?     So ...

Placating Pakistan: Why Washington’s U-turn could stun Afghanistan?

1396/6/20 | 21:53
  The Uni­ted States needs to condition its aid to Afghanistan on the recognition of the Durand Line as Kabul’s refusal to recognise it unsettles Pakis­tan, a US lawmaker told a House Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs.     This apparently is the first time a lawmaker, California Democrat Brad Sherman, has suggested conditioning US aid to Afghanistan to the recognition of Durand Line.     Mr Sherman, who usually is harsh on Pakistan, put forth this suggestion at a House subcommittee hearing on “Maintaining US influence ...

Afghan Shias under attack: ISIS avenges defeat of Iraq

1396/6/4 | 21:53
  Twelve people were killed in an hours-long suicide bomb and gun attack on a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Friday, an official said.     “We have ten civilians martyred and over 40 wounded. One police and one special forces member were also killed,” Najib Danish, deputy interior ministry spokesman, told AFP, adding that the attack was over.   Earlier, gunmen stormed the mosque while worshippers were at Friday prayers, setting off an explosion and pushing into the shrine, officials said.     In ...

White House Looks at Afghanistan Pullout as an Option

1396/5/10 | 21:53
After months of the Pentagon failing to sell a concrete plan of escalation to the White House, officials now say that the administration is considering getting back on track with a drawdown headed for a full pullout from the country after 16 years. This is happening for the same reason the Pentagon hasn’t been able to sell the escalations, that a number of officials are unconvinced that the escalation is going to accomplish anything, and that they don’t think there’s a clear strategy for victory. The Pentagon was more or less uniform ...

Kabul attack: Suicide bombing near Iraqi embassy in the Afghanistan capital

1396/5/9 | 21:53
A car bombing targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, officials in the Afghan capital have said. Two police officials say the car bomb exploded outside the embassy, followed by an attempt by gunmen to enter the building. A police spokesman said security forces were at the scene and a gunbattle was under way. Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion followed by gunfire and seeing smoke billowing from Share Naw neighbourhood. The number of casualties is not yet known. No one has taken responsibility for the attack, though both the Taliban ...

Afghans fighting in Syria worry Hezb-e-Islami chief

1396/5/4 | 21:53
Veteran Afghan Mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar  voiced concerns over thousands of his countrymen allegedly sent to Syria by Iran. Talking to leaders of various communities from across the country at his Kabul residence, Hekmatyar blamed neighbouring countries for fueling violence in Afghanistan and using Afghans to fulfil their objectives in Iraq and Syria. “The blood of the Afghan people is considered even less than the value of oil,” he told the audience which also included representatives of ethnic Hazara from southeastern Ghazni ...

24 killed as car bomb explodes in western Kabul

1396/5/2 | 21:53
At least 24 people have been killed and 42 wounded after a car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees in western Kabul Monday, an official told AFP, the latest attack to strike the Afghan capital.   “The car bomb hit a bus carrying employees of the ministry of mines during rush hour,” interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP. No militant group immediately claimed the blast, but it came as the Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country in recent days, with several new districts falling to the militants over ...

Shias under attack in Afghanistan: Daesh takes revenge of its defeat in Iraq and Syria

1396/3/27 | 21:53
  Suicide bombers struck a crowded Shia mosque in Kabul late Thursday, killing four people in the latest in a series of militant attacks to rattle the Afghan capital during the holy month of Ramazan.     At least eight others were wounded when the bombers blew themselves up in the kitchen of Al Zahra mosque after police prevented them from entering the prayer hall packed with worshippers.   The carnage comes at a time Kabul is already on edge following a wave of deadly bombings, which triggered angry public protests calling ...

Finger towards Pakistan: Blood stained hands of Ashraf Ghani

1396/3/20 | 21:53
  Kabul is bleeding again and the credit goes to Afghan president Ashraf Ghani. Despite focusing on Afghan’s security situation, Ashraf Ghani indulged in blame game against Pakistan.   Though Ashraf Ghani did open the door to the possibility of peace talks with the Taliban, inviting them to open an office and engage with the government.    For this to bear any fruit will require the cooperation of the international community, including Pakistan. This is why it is so important for Ghani to preserve diplomatic relations ...

Fresh allegations: Ashraf Ghani says Pakistan waging undeclared war against Afghanistan

1396/3/16 | 21:53
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani lashed out at Pakistan at the Kabul Process on Tuesday, alleging that it is waging an "undeclared war of aggression" against Afghanistan. Issuing a stinging rebuke aimed towards Pakistan before a gathering of 23 nations, the European Union, the United Nations and Nato, Ghani asked: "What will it take to convince Pakistan that a stable Afghanistan helps them and helps our region?" Ghani's fresh criticism comes as the Kabul Process, a forum for the discussing security and political issues in the country, is underway. Pakistan ...

Afghan police kill 8 protesters amid angry Kabul rally: MP

1396/3/12 | 21:53
Afghan riot police have reportedly shot dead eight protesters amid clashes during an anti-government demonstration in Kabul two days after a huge truck bomb claimed 90 lives in a high security diplomatic area in the heart of the capital. Some 1,000 demonstrators marched on Friday towards the site of Wednesday’s bombing at Zanbaq Square, close to the German Embassy, calling on the Afghan president to step down. The event, however, turned violent as some demonstrators tried to cross a police cordon, prompting security forces to fire into the ...

Iran’s president expresses solidarity with Afghanistan over Kabul bombing

1396/3/12 | 21:53
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed Iran’s solidarity with Afghanistan in the ongoing campaign against terrorism and extremism following a recent deadly attack in Kabul.   Rouhani expressed condolences to the Afghan government and nation and wished patience for the families of the victims of the Wednesday bombing. “Carrying out criminal terrorist attacks in the holy month of Ramadan, which is the month of mercy and worship, is indicative of the fact that the perpetrators, directors and supporters of such blind actions have ...

Kabul blast: Death toll mounts to 85

1396/3/10 | 21:53
At least 85 people were killed and hundreds wounded today  when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul´s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital. Bodies littered the scene and a towering plume of smoke rose from the area, which houses foreign embassies, after the blast blew out the windows in several missions and residences hundreds of metres away. Witnesses described dozens of cars choking the roads as wounded survivors and panicked schoolgirls sought safety, with ...

60 killed more than 300 wounded in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

1396/3/10 | 21:53
A car bomb killed at least 60 people and wounded 300 in Kabul todaay, a public health official said, adding that the casualty toll would increase. The explosion occurred during the morning rush hour in a busy part of the Afghan capital that houses many foreign embassies and government departments. Bodies littered the scene and a huge plume of smoke rose from the area. However, it was not immediately clear what the target was. Witnesses described dozens of cars choking the roads as wounded survivors and panicked schoolgirls sought safety, ...

Detaining Pakistani diplomats: Afghanistan’s quest for escalation with Pakistan

1396/2/31 | 21:53
  The detention of two Pakistani embassy staffers in Kabul by the Afghan intelligence agency NDS may have been brief, but the action itself and the manner in which it was carried out are disturbing.    Meanwhile in a grim contrast to the shameful shenanigans of the NDS, the militant Islamic State group demonstrated yet again its reach inside Afghanistan with a deadly attack in Jalalabad. Several media workers were among the dead after the IS attacked the state broadcaster, adding to the grim toll on the country’s journalists over ...

Chaman firing reflects Delhi-Kabul nexus, says Khawaja Asif

1396/2/17 | 21:53
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has stated that Chaman incident is reflection of Delhi-Kabul nexus on Pakistan’s western border. Talking to media here Saturday, Khawaja Asif said Pakistan would give a befitting response if further action was carried out on the borders, referring to Afghan firing near the Chaman border, in which 11 people including a soldier were martyred and 46 injured. Khawaja Asif said, “If our borders are violated and further destruction occurs then those responsible will have to pay the price. We will avenge those who ...

Return of butcher of Kabul: A wrong political gamble of Ghani

1396/2/15 | 21:53
A former warlord branded the “Butcher of Kabul” made a triumphant return to the Afghan capital Thursday, met by uneasy residents two decades after leaving the city where he stands accused of killing thousands of people. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former prime minister, has returned to mainstream political life after his dormant Hezb-i-Islami militant group signed a peace deal with President Ashraf Ghani which sparked revulsion from human rights groups and Kabul's residents. The peace agreement inked last September marked a symbolic victory ...

Is ISIS afraid of Sufisim in Sindh?

1396/1/15 | 21:53
  Recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, Sehwan and Dhaka have been claimed by Daesh or more commonly known as the Islamic State (IS).   The growth of IS cannot be seen in isolation. It finds support in an environment already infused with radical ideologies.     The region is shy to address, at times to even accept that there is a serious problem with an influx of radical ideology stemming from West Asia.    The entire region is witnessing this; while we as a region appreciate the inflow of remittances from West ...

Taliban’s Diplomacy from Qatar to China

1395/12/24 | 21:53
  The Afghan High Peace Council considered Peking’s invitation of the Taliban to be a friendly effort, and this meeting will be highly influential in paving the ground for peace talks between the National Unity government in Kabul and the Taliban     “Tamaddon TV” published a report stating that “Ismail Qasim Yar,” Afghanistan’s International Relations Advisor, said Wednesday to Afghan media that the High Peace Council looks upon Taliban’s travel to China favorably.   However, he added that the countries ...

Kabul carnage: Why Pakistan and Afghanistan are playing dangerous games?

1395/12/21 | 21:53
  A grotesque attack on a military hospital in the centre of Kabul is a sickening reminder of what is at stake as Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to fight militancy. It is impossible to categorise one kind of militant violence as worse than another, but the brutality that IS appears to revel in is particularly unsettling. Afghanistan cannot ignore the issue of anti-Pakistan militant sanctuaries on its soil. The perception that the Afghan government may be tolerating or turning a blind eye to such sanctuaries in a bid to gain ...

Olive branch to Kabul: Has Pakistan realized the efficacy of terrorism?

1395/12/7 | 21:53
  In the midst of an intensified campaign against terrorism that has been undertaken by Pakistan Army after a series of bombings and suicide attacks, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa extended again an olive branch to Afghanistan inviting the neighbouring country to join the fight against terrorism, which is a common enemy.     As Pakistan leadership has repeatedly declared to pursue the policy of taking action against all sorts of terrorists, we also hope that concerns of neighbouring country would also be addressed so ...

Kabul conundrum: Why US does not want peace in Afghanistan?

1395/11/15 | 21:53
  Afghanistan is open to unconditional peace negotiations with the Taliban insurgents, Kabul’s top envoy to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal told Chinese media.   The Taliban negotiators on the other hand, have a long list of demands, sensing that the ball is in their court at the moment and used the opportunity to demand that their political office in Qatar be opened, UN sanctions on their senior leaders be lifted and their detained members be released.   The real deterrent factor of peace in the region is perhaps the continued ...

Can an old Colonial broker peace between Pakistan and Afghanistan?

1395/11/9 | 21:53
  UK has launched diplomatic efforts to broker a rapprochement between Islamabad and Kabul where relations are at close to an all-time low.     The UK despite whatever military reverses it may have seen in the past has always maintained a solid diplomatic presence in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and diplomats’ skills will be stretched as they try to repair the rips in the fabric of bilateral relations that have grown in recent years.     On the plus side there is reportedly a relatively high level of mutual trust, and whilst ...

Will Russia-China-Pakistan axis leave India out of Afghanistan?

1395/10/28 | 21:53
    There has been another dramatic twist in the seemingly never-ending Afghanistan saga.   Last month, Russia hosted representatives of China and Pakistan to discuss developments in Afghanistan and the three agreed upon “a flexible approach to remove certain [Taliban] figures from [United Nations] sanctions lists as part of efforts to foster a peaceful dialogue between Kabul and the Taliban movement.”       The three states underscored their concern “about the rising activity in the country [Afghanistan] ...

Afghanistan Blast leave 42 dead, UAE ambassador seriously wounded

1395/10/22 | 21:53
At least ten people were killed in an explosion in the governor's compound in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province during a visit by the UAE ambassador, local media reported. While Earlier in the day, twin Taliban blasts struck near the Afghan parliament in Kabul, killing at least 32 people and wounding 80 in a rush-hour attack that shattered a relative lull in violence in the capital.   The bombings came just hours after a Taliban suicide bomber killed seven people in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the volatile southern province of Helmand, ...

Attack on Imambargah: 30 worshippers martyred several wounded in Kabul

1395/9/1 | 21:53
A suicide bomber martyred at least 30 people and wounded 35 in an explosion at a crowded Imambargah in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials said.The attacker entered the Baqir ul Olum mosque during a ceremony, the interior ministry said in a statement. Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of the Kabul police Criminal Investigation Department, said at least 27 people were killed and 35 wounded when the explosion tore through the worshippers. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The attacker was on foot and blew himself up among crowds inside the building, ...

Opium production: The spillover of drugs from Afghanistan

1395/8/6 | 21:53
  Opium production in Afghanistan has increased by a whopping 43 percent over the last year, according to the latest figures from a UN report.Over 4,800 tons of opium were produced this year, compared to 3,300 tons in 2015, a newly-released report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime revealed on Sunday. Meanwhile, the total area under poppy cultivation grew 10 percent to 201,000 hectares. Eradication efforts, on the other hand, fell by an incredible 91 percent. The survey, released on Sunday, showed that the total area under cultivation ...

A weak denial: Who is the new player in Kabul-Taliban talks?

1395/8/1 | 21:53
A Taliban spokesman has rejected reports of secret meetings with the Afghan government. On October 18, a senior Afghan official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan that two secret rounds of peace talks had been held in Qatar since early September. Earlier, Britain's The Guardian newspaper reported that those attending the meetings included Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund, the brother of the late Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, and Afghanistan's intelligence chief Mohammad Massom Stanekzai. This contact, ...

Secrete talks: The true story behind Kabul-Taliban talks in Qatar

1395/7/30 | 21:53
The Taliban and senior Afghan government officials have held two secret meetings since September in Qatar in a bid to restart long-stalled peace negotiations, sources said Tuesday. An official in the National Unity Government in Kabul told AFP that the two rounds of discussions took place in Doha, where the Taliban maintain a political office. Britain’s The Guardian newspaper said the talks were attended by Mullah Abdull Manan Akhund, brother of Taliban founder and long-time leader Mullah Omar who died in 2013. A senior American diplomat was ...

A defective peace deal : Was it a face saving by US and Kabul?

1395/7/8 | 21:53
 The Afghan government’s recent peace deal with one of the most notorious militant groups, Hezb-i-Islami, is expected to set the tone for a future road map to end the 15 years long war. But while the Taliban continue to attack cities and towns and keep most of the rural areas under their control, attacks on Afghanistan’s ethnic minorities by militant groups are likely to disrupt the traditional ethnic harmony and send ripples of ethnic discontentment across the country. The rising ethnic tension is mainly due to President Ashraf Ghani’s ...

Peace deal with a butcher: Did Kabul bet on a wrong horse?

1395/7/4 | 21:53
 The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan signed a peace agreement on Thursday with the country’s Hezb-e-Islami Party, a deal aimed at coaxing the Taliban and other militant groups to sign similar accords.Months in the making, the deal has been a major focus of the government efforts to map out a path to peace with the country’s numerous insurgent groups since attempts to restart talks with the Taliban collapsed this year. According to the agreement, the government of Afghanistan will ask the United Nations to remove Hezb-e Islami ...

The Afghan conundrum: Can HIA bridge differences between Kabul and Taliban?

1395/6/30 | 21:53
 Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani wrapped up his two-day visit to India this week where he won a pledge of $1 billion and struck few bilateral deals. However, the beleaguered leader has failed to clinch the much-anticipated landmark peace deal with Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) at home. The long-awaited deal that enjoys widespread support across the war-ravaged country once again faces a deadlock. The Hizb-e-Islami Chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, in his Eid message, blamed the government’s internal problem for the suspension of the long-awaited ...

Shafaqna Special: Pakistan’s political blunder in Afghanistan

1395/6/26 | 21:53
 Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday said the Chabahar agreement will help India bypass Pakistan in transporting goods to Pakistan via a sea-land route. “Why are we so concerned that a country (Pakistan) can block two great nations (India-Afghanistan) from trade? Let’s organise it then, let’s put the logistics in place. Anyway, Chabahar will end the monopoly,” said Ghani, during his visit to India. Ghani’s comments come at a time when ties between South Asian rivals India and Pakistan are severely hit due to ...

Kabul carnage: A rare foot-in-mouth moment for US and India

1395/6/19 | 21:53
First, Double suicide bombing near the Afghan Defence Ministry which killed at least 24 people, many of whom were senior security officials show Taliban are still in power. Later on Monday night, three attackers stage a suicide bombing in front of the international aid group Pamlarena’s offices and then took hostages and barricaded themselves in their offices. The siege lasted well into Tuesday morning and after 11 hours the police were able to kill all three attackers, while 11 others were also killed. The Taliban have claimed responsibility ...

Shafaqna Special: Is Afghanistan paying the price of divorcing Pakistan?

1395/6/18 | 21:53
At least 24 people were killed and 91 wounded Monday in a Taliban double bombing near the defence ministry in central Kabul during rush hour, the latest assault on the Afghan capital. High-level officials, including an army general, were among those killed in the carnage, as the Taliban ramp up their nationwide offensive against the US-backed government. A suicide bomber struck the area just minutes after the first explosion, in an assault apparently aimed at inflicting mass casualties as officials left the ministry after work. Taliban spokesman ...

Death toll mounts to 80 as Hazara rally attacked in Kabul

1395/5/2 | 21:53
A powerful explosion on Saturday ripped through crowds of minority Shia Hazaras in Kabul who had gathered to protest over a power line, killing at least 80 people and leaving 231 others wounded, officials said. Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack which came after a brief lull during the recent holy fasting month of Ramazan. The scene of the blast was littered with charred bodies and dismembered limbs, with ambulances struggling to reach the scene as authorities had overnight blocked key intersections with stacked ...

Suicide attack outside Kabul: 30 killed multiple wounded

1395/4/10 | 21:53
 Suicide bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing as many as 30 cadets and civilians, officials say. Two bombs hit vehicles carrying graduates returning from a ceremony on the city's western outskirts. A police official said that, according to preliminary information, three buses were attacked as they approached the Afghan capital from neighbouring  Wardak province.“Initial information we have is that two suicide bombers were involved and there are many casualties,” he said, declining to be identified ...

Striking a deal with notorious war lord: Can HI ensure normalcy in Afghanistan?

1395/2/29 | 21:53
 Kabul is set to finalise a peace deal with the Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-led Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) within days in an effort to end the 15-year war with the Taliban, according to the Associated Press (AP). The deal is partly symbolic as the militant group has been largely inactive for years, but may be considered a breakthrough for President Ashraf Ghani, who has failed to revive peace talks with the Taliban. Afghan High Peace Council’s deputy head Ataul Rahman Saleem told AP that the deal with HIA could be completed on Sunday after ...

A bold step: Afghan Govt to take the bull by horns

1395/2/24 | 21:53
 Afghan officials hanged six Taliban inmates as a part of a crackdown following a Kabul attack last month that left 64 people dead. The condemned, which included two Taliban members accused of killings of two senior government officials, “perpetrated grave crimes against civilians and public security,” the presidential palace said Sunday. One inmate staged a suicide attack on President Burhanuddin Rabbani in 2011 while a second prisoner was involved in the 2009 assassination of Abdullah Laghmani, the deputy chief of the Afghan National ...

US warning to Pakistan: Would Pakistan abandon Haqqani group?

1395/2/6 | 21:53
 The US State Depart­ment has publicly acknowledged that after last week’s massive car bombing in Kabul it asked Pakistan to take concrete action against the Haqqani network. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack outside a building of the National Directorate for Security in Kabul on Tuesday that killed 64 people and injured more than 300 others. Pakistan had condemned the attack hours after it took place. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and pray for early recovery ...