Afghanistan

America’s Longest War Drags On In Afghanistan - US National Security

  13 comments   |     by James Cogan on 09, June 2017

The US national security advisor, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, was in Afghanistan over the weekend, speaking with President Ashraf Ghani and General John Nicholson, the US military commander in the country. The aim of the talks, the Military Times reported prior to McMaster’s arrival in Kabul, was to “assess whether more military personnel are needed to break the stale

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Border Attack - Chaman Along the Pak-Afghan Border

  0 comments   |     by Editors Dawn on 18, May 2017

AN ugly and seemingly premeditated attack resulting in the death of several civilians and a couple of security personnel, the incident near Chaman along the Pak-Afghan border on Friday is a grim reminder of the toll on ordinary civilians of tense relations between the two states. There was no reason at all for Pakistani census teams accompanied by security personnel in border villages to come u

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Moscow Led Afghan Peace - Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran

  5 comments   |     by Hassan Bilal & Shahid Saleem on 05, May 2017

Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran are all in favor of direct talks with Taliban leadership while India is reluctant to support such a move fearing it may legitimize the insurgents. The Kremlin’s appointment of Zamir Kabulov as presidential envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan and head of the Russian foreign ministry’s Asia and Middle East department

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Who Sets the Agenda? US-Pakistan Bilateral Track Dialogue

  2 comments   |     by M Saeed Khalid on 28, April 2017

A group of former generals, diplomats and bureaucrats and think tank gurus came together to conduct the second round of the US-Pakistan Bilateral Track-II Dialogue on April 5 and April 6 in Islamabad. The meeting assumed special significance in view of the suspense that prevails regarding the Trump administration’s policies toward South Asia – particularly their Pak-Afghan dimension

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US Unleashes the Dogs of War in Afghanistan

  0 comments   |     by M K Bhadrakumar on 27, March 2017

A statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday pointedly called on the ‗international community‘ to respect Pakistan‘s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It commended Pakistan‘s contribution to the war against terrorism and stressed that the Afghan reconciliation process within the framework of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group should not be jeopardized

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Billions down the Afghanistan Drain - India is Reported

  0 comments   |     by Brian Cloughley on 24, March 2017

India is reported as being «one of the largest donors of civilian aid to Afghanistan» and has recently undertaken to give the Kabul government another billion dollars, which is extremely generous of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, because, as CNN points out, there is in India «a stark picture of widespread rural poverty and deprivation». According t

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The Hole in the Heart of Asia - President Ashraf Ghani

  0 comments   |     by Peter Lee on 16, March 2017

There was one word missing from Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s speech at the “Heart of Asia” conference at Amritsar concerning Afghan security and Pakistan.  So let me say it: CHINA CHINA CHINA. The last few months have seen Ghani and the US government working assiduously to construct a “light at the end of the tunnel” narrative foretelling the d

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Afghan Drugs - It’s not only in Europe, Iran, China, the Central Asian Republics and Russia

  0 comments   |     by EDITORIAL on 01, March 2017

It’s not only in Europe, Iran, China, the Central Asian Republics and Russia that the enormous surge in Afghan heroin production has become a dangerous and even critical menace to their citizens. In Afghanistan  there has been creation and massive growth of drug addiction. The annual production of heroin from Afghan opium is around 300,000 kg. Afghanistan, where, as reported

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Afghanistan Voices Displeasure Over Being Ignored in Upcoming Trilateral Meeting

  0 comments   |     by Tolo News on 05, January 2017

Kabul voiced displeasure over the planned trilateral meeting between China, Russia and Pakistan on Afghanistan in Moscow on Tuesday, Tolo News reported. Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs' (MoFA) spokesman Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni said on Monday that the agenda of the meeting was a matter of concern. Despite Afghanistan being the focus of their agenda, Kabul was not c

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Drugs and Surging Violence — The Afghanistan Disaster

  0 comments   |     by Brian Cloughley on 04, January 2017

Perhaps Donald Trump has a valid point about Mexico’s threat to the United States, because the 2016 US National Heroin Threat Assessment notes that «Mexican traffickers have taken a larger role in the US heroin market, increasing their heroin production and pushing into eastern US markets». The report points out that 10,574 Americans died of heroin ove

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