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On 2 August in Asian history

1959-08-02 Fin Lushan conférence

ON 2 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 2, 2018

1611: Death of Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai, born on July 25, 1562
http://www.samurai-archives.com/kiyomasa.html

1763: In India, after the capture of Murshidabad, the British troops fight with Mir Kasim at Giria. Mir Kasim is defeated again
http://murshidabad.net/history/history-topic-mir-qasim.htm

1799: Birth of Filipino Father Mariano Gomez, executed on February 17, 1872
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1256/today-in-philippine-history-august-2-1799-father-mariano-gomez-was-born-in-sta-cruz-manila
http://www.etravelpilipinas.com/about_philippines/mariano_gomez.htm

1858: The British parliament votes a bill deciding that the government of India is transferred from East India Company to the Crown
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/2nd-august-1858-parliament-passes-a-bill-to-take-over-the-administration-of-india-from-the-east-india-company-by-the-british-crown
http://historypak.com/government-of-india-act-1858/
http://www.jagranjosh.com/general-knowledge/government-of-india-act-1858-key-features-1443010726-1

1869: Japan’s samurai, farmer, artisan, merchant class system (Shinokoko) is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms

1876: Birth of Pingali Venkayya, Indian geologist, designer of the Flag of India, who died on July 4, 1963
http://telugustreet.blogspot.fr/2007/03/pingali-venkayya.html

1894: Birth of Hamayi Gyoshu, Japanese painter, who died on March 20, 1935
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyosh%C5%AB_Hayami
http://www.gallery-sakura.com/search/hayami_gyoshu.html
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Hamayi+Gyoshu&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=ivns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=5R83TuaQEcTo-ga7orX8DA&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CA4Q_AUoAQ&biw=1311&bih=617

Hayami Gyoshu 2

1897: Anglo-Afghan War: The Siege of Malakand ends when a relief column is able to reach the British garrison in the Malakand states adjacent to India’s North West Frontier Province
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Malakand
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6173431.stm

1907: Birth of Le Pho, Vietnamese painter who died in 2001
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lê_Phổ
http://www.anne-french.com/Paintings%20by%20Le%20Pho.htm
http://www.artnet.com/artist/655746/le-pho.html
http://www.google.fr/search?hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&biw=1311&bih=617&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Vietnamese+painter+Le+pho&oq=Vietnamese+painter+Le+pho&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=19244l27317l0l32037l19l19l0l0l0l0l477l3793l0.10.8.0.1l19l0

1913: Birth of Xavier Thaninayagam, Sri Lankan Tamil academic, who died on September 1, 1980
http://www.thehindu.com/2003/08/27/stories/2003082704130600.htm
http://www.ulakaththamizh.org/JOTSpdf/018103113.pdf

1918: Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War

1922: A typhoon hits Shantou, Republic of China killing more than 50,000 people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1922_Swatow_typhoon

1935: The Government of India Act completes the January 24, 1935 British India Act
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/articletext.asp?artid=A041

1943: During the  World War II, PT-109 is rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri and sinks. Lt. John F. Kennedy, future US President, saves all but two of his crew
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/japanese-forces-attack-pt-boat-with-kennedy-on-board
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_Torpedo_Boat_PT-109

1943-08-02 Kennedy

1959: End of the Lushan Conference in which Mao Zedong has been criticized for his economic error in the « Great Leap” by minister of Defense Peng Dehuai who is declared an enemy of the revolution and put in house of arrest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lushan_Conference
http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/lushan.htm

1959-08-02 Fin Lushan conférence

1961: Birth of Cui Jian, Chinese rocker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cui_Jian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXbC2f1BV_Y

1964: During the Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin Incident – North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fires on U.S. destroyers, USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy
http://www.history.com/news/the-gulf-of-tonkin-incident-50-years-ago
https://history.state.gov/milestones/1961-1968/gulf-of-Tonkin

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1n0eVea9Zg

1971: State Secretary  W. Rogers announces that USA will ask UN to maintain Taiwan membership while admitting PRC

1971: Nixon administration acknowledges secret army in Laos
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-administration-acknowledges-secret-army-in-laos

1976: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with Kampuchea

1980: Birth of Dingdong Dantes, Filipino actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingdong_Dantes
 http://www.famousfix.com/topic/dingdong-dantes

1989: Pakistan is re-admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations after having restoring democracy for the first time since 1972.

1989: Valvettiturai massacre is carried out by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Valvettiturai_massacre

1995: China orders the expulsion of two US Air Force officers saying they have been caught spying on military sights

1999: Death of Thai General Sunthorn Kongsompong who lead a coup in February 1991
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9402E4DB1230F934A3575BC0A96F958260&sec=&spon

2008: Death of Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist, born on September 14, 1935
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujio_Akatsuka
http://lambiek.net/artists/a/akatsuka_fujio.htm

2011: Thousands of people rally for independence from Indonesia in the country’s Papua region, after days of political violence that killed at least 21 people
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/world/asia/03indonesia.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110802-thousands-call-independence-west-papua

2012: India has reversed its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/20128264238428195.html

2013: Death of V. Dakshinamoorthy, Indian singer-songwriter, born on December 8, 1919
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Music-composer-Dakshinamoorthy-passes-away-at-94/articleshow/21564207.cms
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V._Dakshinamoorthy

Asean and Southeast Asian countries inter-relations

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2 AUGUST 2018

Asean, China agree on text to negotiate Code of Conduct in South China Sea

Asean and China have agreed on a single text to negotiate the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, said Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Thursday (Aug 2)
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-china-agree-on-text-to-negotiate-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158017/china-and-asean-reach-milestone-draft-deal-south-china
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/102/27/87/1533221289107.html

25 MAY 2018

Southeast Asia Financial Integration and Infrastructure Investment: What Role for the United States?

The CSIS Southeast Asia Program on April 17, 2018, hosted a small, high-level roundtable discussion on U.S.-Southeast Asia Financial and Investment Relations
https://www.csis.org/analysis/southeast-asia-financial-integration-and-infrastructure-investment-what-role-united-states

9 MAY 2018

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed

In the dynamics of China-ASEAN relations, China has often been blamed for taking advantage of disagreements within ASEAN in order to maximize its own interests. China has frequently used its economic leverage to divide ASEAN countries, thus preventing ASEAN from developing some sort of unity in its approach to China
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/698.html

28 APRIL 2018

ASEAN concerned over China-US trade spat

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a mounting trade spat between the United States and China is one of the most pressing worries for southeast Asian nations as their leaders echoed the concern over rising protectionism
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/asean-concerned-over-china-us-trade-spat
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/asean-summit-economy-security-dominate-agenda-180428151930361.html

18 MARCH 2018

ASEAN-Australia Special Summit ends with commitments on cybersecurity, free trade

“The summit has given us an opportunity to confirm Australia’s steadfast commitment to ASEAN, the centrality of ASEAN and Australia as an all-weather friend, now and into the future,” said Mr Turnbull
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-australia-special-summit-commitment-cybersecurity-trade-10054114
https://aseanaustralia.pmc.gov.au/Declaration
https://www.voanews.com/a/southeast-asia-north-korea-australia/4303660.html

27 FEBRUARY 2018

The Rise of Islamist Groups in Malaysia and Indonesia

The rise of Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia could have severe consequences for the two states’ societies, political systems, and overall stability
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/rise-islamist-groups-malaysia-and-indonesia

31 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia rejects proposal by Philippine government committee to claim Sabah as ’13th federal state’

Malaysia on Wednesday (Jan 31) rejected a proposal by a member of a Filipino government committee to amend the Philippine Constitution to include Sabah as the « 13th federal state » of the Philippines
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-rejects-proposal-by-philippine-government-committee-to-9913514
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/330566/malaysia-will-not-budge-sabah-claim-philippines#cxrecs_s
https://www.rappler.com/nation/194962-malaysia-sabah-philippines-state-charter-change

25 JANUARY 2018

ASEAN, India leaders vow to push forward economic partnership

India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders vowed Thursday to push forward the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP)
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/26/c_136924999.htm
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-calls-for-greater-economic-integration-asean-india-9896476
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-shares-asean-vision-for-rule-based-societies-values-of-peace-modi-118012501757_1.html

19 JANUARY 2018

Cambodia crackdown casts a shadow on ASEAN

If there is any good time for ASEAN to take constructive steps in the full protection of human rights and democracy, the recent Cambodian crackdown provides a good platform
https://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/cambodia-crackdown-human-rights-asean-asia-pacific-news-analysis-12002/

16 JANUARY 2017

Singapore, Malaysia ink bilateral agreement to build Rapid Transit System Link by 2024

Singapore and Malaysia have inked a legally binding bilateral agreement to build a cross-border MRT line that will let commuters travel seamlessly between Woodlands North and Johor Baru
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-ink-bilateral-agreement-to-build-rts-link-by-2024
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-sign-bilateral-agreement-on-jb-singapore-9864584

11 JANUARY 2018

China and Mekong countries adopt new river plan

In a summit big on fanfare but light on detail this week, China pushed through a five-year development plan with the countries along of one Asia’s most critical and embattled rivers – the Mekong
https://www.voanews.com/a/asian-leaders-start-a-new-plan-for-shared-river/4203046.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/asian-leaders-discuss-mekong-rivers-future-180111075106150.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/11/c_136888801.htm

7 JANUARY 2018

Indian diaspora a platform for stronger ties with ASEAN: Swaraj

India’s dialogue partnership with ASEAN has evolved into a strategic partnership and the Indian diaspora provides a platform for stronger ties with the grouping, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/indian-diaspora-a-platform-for-stronger-ties-with-asean-swaraj-1502559275.html

29 DECEMBER 2017

Events in Southeast Asia to watch in 2018

In addition to several crucial elections, other events in 2018 will shape Southeast Asia’s economies, security, and regional politics. Some more events to watch in 2018
Part 1 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018
Part 2 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018-0

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in Southeast Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in South-east Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

 

29 NOVEMBER 2017

ASEAN from A to Z

Here are some ABCs about the 50-year-old regional bloc
http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/multimedia/infographic/11/13/17/asean-from-a-to-z

26 NOVEMBER 2017

South-east Asians positive about Asean but want to see faster pace of regional integration

Nearly three-quarters of South-east Asian citizens would like to see a faster pace of regional development in the future, according to a public survey on regional perceptions conducted throughout the region
http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/south-east-asians-positive-about-asean-want-see-faster-pace-regional-integration

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come from?

During 2007 Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets against the ruling military junta. These peaceful monks still exist, although many of them went into hiding, or fled abroad. But the Burmese monks in the headlines today are preaching violence instead of peace, and “firm action” instead of meditation
http://theconversation.com/militant-buddhism-is-on-the-march-in-south-east-asia-where-did-it-come-from-86632

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Marwan student «Baco» is new ISIS chief in Southeast Asia

A Malaysian bomber trained by slain terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir or « Marwan » is the new chief of Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia, top police officials confirmed Monday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/marwan-student-new-isis-chief-southeast-asia

21 OCTOBER 2017

Vietnamese migrants could be on borrowed time in Cambodia

The Cambodian government has illegal Vietnamese migrants in its sights, threatening to deport any “newcomers” unable to produce correct and legal documentation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnamese-migrants-could-be-on-borrowed-time-in-cambodia-9328706

12 OCTOBER 2017

First joint air patrols over Sulu Sea launched by Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia

Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines launched a joint air patrol on Thursday (Oct 12) to monitor and respond to suspicious activity in the Sulu Sea – waters known for terrorist movements
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-joint-air-patrols-over-sulu-sea-launched-by-malaysia-9304708

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Asean shines bright in foreign investor surveys

East and West investors are broadly upbeat about the region’s rising growth prospects, though corruption, trade barriers and regulatory uncertainly are still concerns
http://www.atimes.com/article/asean-shines-foreign-investor-surveys/

23 AUGUST 2017

Asean and the EU: Differences and challenges

Both organisations mark important anniversaries this year. Asean will learn from the EU to make sure it is not viewed as elitist
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/asean-and-the-eu-differences-and-challenges

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

The leaders of Cambodia and Laos vowed on Saturday to recall troops from a disputed border area where tensions have been flaring for months, after the prime ministers held an emergency meeting
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2106566/laos-cambodia-withdraw-troops-disputed-border-area
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/55/188/11/1502522224623.html

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday (Aug 11) accused neighbouring Laos o sending troops into Cambodian territory in April and set an Aug 17 deadline for their departure, warning that he was mobilising soldiers to the border area
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodian-pm-accuses-laos-of-border-violation-mobilising-troops-9114246
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077785/hun-sen-threatens-evict-lao-troops/

8 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered in Manila on Tuesday to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_30/
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/asean50/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/time-for-an-asian-asean-century

5 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

Southeast Asian foreign ministers failed to release a customary communique at the end of a high-level meeting on Saturday after what diplomats said was a lack of consensus about how to refer to disputes in the South China Sea
https://www.yahoo.com/news/southeast-asian-states-korea-standoff-threatens-global-peace-084048567.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-north-korea-tensions-at-asean-security-forum-9095496
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/05/530764/Vietnam-China-South-China-Sea-North-Korea

27 JULY 2017

From Tibet to South China Sea: The Mekong River Is becoming a regional battlefield

While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters, famine and regional instability
https://fronteranews.com/news/asia/from-tibet-to-south-china-sea-the-mekong-river-is-becoming-a-regional-battlefield/

27 JULY 2017

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing

Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/britain-plans-send-warship-south-china-sea-move-likely-irk-beijing

18 JULY 2017

South-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal

Democracy is losing ground even as the region grows richer
https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21725168-democracy-losing-ground-even-region-grows-richer-south-east-asias-future-looks-prosperous

10 JULY 2017

China, ASEAN see closer economic, trade ties

The economic and trade ties between China and ASEAN continued to make new achievements mainly due to political trust and the annual China-ASEAN Expo, an official said Monday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/23/34/99/1499693922847.html

25 JUNE 2017

Vietnam, Cambodia celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties

Vietnam and Cambodia have pledged to continue building a borderline of peace and friendship during the 50th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41767/vietnam-cambodia-celebrate-50-years-of-diplomatic-ties
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/378932/cambodia-na-presidents-speech-at-ceremony-celebrating-viet-nam-cambodia-ties.html#ojEolVumPopVGkjs.97
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/21/cambodia-vietnam-ties-turn-50/

20 JUNE 2017

ASEAN, the region’s strategic convenor

ASEAN makes it too easy — citing the number of meetings held as a metric of success, for example. More serious criticism comes from human rights advocates who point to the body’s feeble responses to human rights violations in member states. Member governments’ failure to follow through on economic integration commitments — creating scepticism about the future of an ASEAN Economic Community — is another problem
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/19/asean-the-regions-strategic-convenor/

19 JUNE 2017

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint operations in Sulu Sea to tackle terrorism, transnational crimes

 Joint operations by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to fight terrorism and transnational crimes in the Sulu Sea were launched on Monday (June 19) morning from Tarakan island in North Kalimantan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/indonesia-malaysia-and-philippines-launch-joint-operations-in-sulu-sea-to-tackle-terrorism
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170619_36/
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/19/525786/Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-naval-patrols

18 MAY 2017

Asean and China agree on draft framework for code of conduct in South China Sea

Asean member nations and China completed a draft framework for the code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea at a senior officials’ meeting on Thursday (May 18)
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/asean-and-china-agree-on-draft-framework-for-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.nst.com.my/world/2017/05/240507/china-asean-agree-framework-s-china-sea-code-conduct

7 MAY 2017

Asean assures US of stand on North Korea

Asean countries have assured the US of full compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions to pressure Pyongyang into curbing its nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/asean-assures-us-of-stand-on-north-korea

2 MAY 2017

China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

China on Tuesday welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit, saying it showed efforts to ease tension were working
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/china-welcomes-asean-summits-softer-stance-south-china-sea/#1tqllVO4BPMAfOwC.97

29 APRIL 2017

ASEAN firms up South China Sea stance as Beijing lobbies over statement

Southeast Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at Saturday’s ASEAN summit to include references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/asean-firms-up-south-china-sea-stance-as-beijing-lobbies-over-statement-8805422
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/29/content_15606591.html

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

Indonesia’s Parliament on Thursday (April 27) ratified a landmark sea border agreement with the Philippines, which sets the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries between the two countries in the Mindanao and Celebes seas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-philippines-sea-border-pact-ratified

15 APRIL 2017

Commentary: Cold War offers lessons on big power relations for ASEAN

With all the uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump’s actual foreign policy stance towards Asia, Southeast Asian countries can surely draw inspiration from their Cold War experiences, according to NTU assistant professor Ngoei Wen-Qing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-cold-war-offers-lessons-on-big-power-relations-for/3666438.html

3 APRIL 2017

Armies overshadow naval modernisation in Southeast Asia

With Southeast Asian nations facing a deteriorating external security environment and increasing Chinese maritime assertiveness, many commentators have predicted a widespread naval expansion in the region. Yet to date these predictions have fallen short. Instead
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/03/armies-overshadow-naval-modernisation-in-southeast-asia/

21 MARCH 2017

ASEAN 50 years on: Success or failure?

50 years ago, ASEAN emerged as a beacon of unity in Southeast Asia. Today the group is beset by security challenges stemming from the new US administration, a lack of economic integration and a poor human rights record
http://www.dw.com/en/asean-50-years-on-success-or-failure/a-38043777

12 MARCH 2017

Why do Singapore, Malaysia and others Asean countries use kid gloves with nuclear-armed North Korea?

While the West says North Korea – nuclear-armed and dangerous – must be confronted sternly and directly, Asean member states are hesitant to upend decades of diplomatic relations, still hoping dialogue bears more fruit in the long run
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2077865/why-do-singapore-malaysia-use-kid-gloves-nuclear-armed-north

21 FEBRUARY 2017

China’s weapon systems cause jitters at Asean over South China Sea dispute

Southeast Asian countries see China’s installation of weapon systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to ­prevent militarisation and urge dialogue to stop “recent developments” from escalating
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2072741/chinas-weapon-systems-cause-jitters-asean-over-south-china-sea
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-02-21/asean-unsettled-by-china-weapon-systems-tension-in-south-china-sea.html

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Revealed: Malaysia’s ‘new evidence’ in island row against Singapore

Malaysia’s “new evidence” that it has sovereignty – and not its southern neighbour Singapore – over the rocky outcrop called Pedra Branca comprise a letter by Singapore’s top colonial official in 1958, a naval incident report the same year, and a map of the Lion City in 1966, This Week in Asia has learnt
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2069588/malaysia-provides-fresh-evidence-island-row-against-singapore

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

Malaysia on Friday reopened a decades-old dispute with Singapore calling on the UN’s top court to overturn a 2008 ruling granting its neighbour sovereignty over a tiny but strategic island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068096/malaysia-reopens-pedra-branca-island-row-singapore-after
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/malaysia-refers-to-declassified-british-files-in-seeking-revision-of-icj-ruling-on-pedra
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-to-study-new-documents-submitted-by-malaysia-to-icj-on/3492880.html

19 DECEMBER 2016

ASEAN meeting on Rohingya ‘genocide’ ends with humanitarian access promise

Myanmar has agreed to grant « necessary humanitarian access » to the troubled Rakhine State, after a rare intervention from South-East Asian countries
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-20/asean-meeting-on-rohingyas-secures-humanitarian-access-promise/8133666?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-offers-myanmar-humanitarian-assistance-for-rakhine/3379138.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/rohingya-violence-burmese-army-true-suu-kyi-failed-report/

8 DECEMBER 2016

Burma halts sending migrant workers to Malaysia amid Rohingya crisis

The Burmese (Myanmar) government has stopped workers going to Malaysia after Malaysia’s leader criticized its treatment of Muslims, while Indonesia joined a growing chorus of concern about the fate of Burma’s stateless Rohingya Muslims
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/burma-halts-sending-migrant-workers-malaysia-amid-rohingya-crisis/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/rohingya-crisis-myanmar-bans-workers-malaysia-161207075417661.html

3 DECEMBER 2016

Stay out of our internal affairs – Burma warns Malaysia

Burma has warned Malaysia against interfering in the country’s internal issues, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he will take part in a protest against the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/stay-internal-affairs-burma-warns-malaysia/
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/24018-myanmar-tells-malaysia-not-to-interfere-in-internal-issues.html

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?

Malaysia and the Philippines’ rapprochement with China is the result of temporary alignment of interests
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/11/malaysia-philippines-relations-china-161107101018957.html

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

 Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein admitted today that about 1 percent of those being monitored for possible links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network are from the armed forces
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-admits-armed-forces-probe-links/

17  SEPTEMBER 2016

Taking the long view of Singapore–Indonesia relations

Relations have been good between Singapore and Indonesia, but challenges still lie ahead. The upcoming leaders’ retreat for Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Indonesian counterpart, President Joko Widodo, will coincide with the golden anniversary (50 years) of formal diplomatic ties between the two nations. Considering how far bilateral relations have come, this is certainly an occasion for celebration
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/17/taking-the-long-view-of-singapore-indonesia-relations/

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

ASEAN summit opens in Laos, seeks to tackle trade, human rights, South China Sea disputes

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits began on Tuesday in Laos, and leaders from the 10 bloc members will gather for three days, joined by ASEAN dialogue partners, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Russia, and the U.S.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247409919
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/asean-leaders-meet-laos

24 JULY 2016

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday (Jul 24) after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-deadlocked-on-south/2983230.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_19/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/se-asia-deadlocked-s-china-sea-split-deepens

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing’s territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday (Jul 23)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodia-blocking-asean/2981110.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/cambodia-to-receive-600-aid-from-china/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/china-cambodia-aid-deal/

3  JULY 2016

Why do so many countries have claims to territory in the South China Sea?

All the territorial disputes ­between six Asian neighbours in the South China Sea are, in the end, related to three academic disciplines: history, geography and law
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1983481/why-do-so-many-countries-have-claims-territory-south

20 JUNE 2016

Three South-east Asian nations to designate shipping corridor in piracy battle

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asian-nations/2888520.html
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/140324/ph-malaysia-indonesia-ok-joint-sulu-sea-patrols

14 JUNE 2016

‘Serious concerns’ over South China Sea: ASEAN ministers in China

Countries in Southeast Asia have « serious concerns » over recent events in the disputed South China Sea, an unusually strongly worded communique issued by their foreign ministers in China said Tuesday (Jun 14)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/serious-concerns-over/2871648.html http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/151961/asean-highlights-importance-non-militarisation-south-china-sea http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/asean-foreign-ministers-issue-then-retract-communique-referencing-south-china-sea/

23 MAY 2016

Sochi ASEAN summit: Russia eyes economic expansion in SE Asia

Russia moved to forge stronger ties with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last week, pledging to focus on economy rather than geopolitical alliances
http://atimes.com/2016/05/sochi-asean-summit-russia-eyes-economic-expansion-in-southeast-asia/

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

The visit to Russia by Vietnam’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hardly drew world attention. Yet, for Hanoi and Moscow, his five-day trip, which started on May 16, assumes great significance
http://atimes.com/2016/05/vietnam-is-russias-bridge-to-asean/
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnamese-russian-premiers-discuss-boosting-ties-62242.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

29 APRIL 2016

Obituary: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (1967-2016)

As 2016 chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations, the Laotian People’s Democratic Republic is leading the group toward political irrelevance. And that is doubtless how China, the hand controlling the Laotian glove puppet, would like to see it.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/obituary-association-southeast-asian-nations/

Asean seals unlimited flights deal

ASEAN countries pushing for free skies to give travellers more flights and lower fares, as well as new destinations, have reached a key milestone
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-seals-unlimited-flights-deal#sthash.VAhmo0Tv.dpuf

28 APRIL 2016

The Overlooked Gap in the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s trip to the Philippines on April 13-15 was an affirmation of U.S. support for its treaty ally amid the simmering South China Sea maritime disputes. The timing of his visit was a clear message to Beijing and Manila that Philippine maritime security is a priority for the United States
http://cogitasia.com/the-overlooked-gap-in-the-southeast-asia-maritime-security-initiative/

30 MARCH 2016

US Upgrades Economic Ties With ASEAN Amid China’s Growing Influence

As China’s influence rises, Washington is seeking to expand its own economic and trade ties in Southeast Asia.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/us-upgrades-economic-ties-with-asean-amid-chinas-growing-influence/

17 MARCH 2016

Southeast Asia Dances to the Tune of Japan’s Abe Doctrine

In Southeast Asia, Japan can be said to enjoy unrivaled popularity. According to the 2015 Pew Global Attitudes survey, an average of about 80 percent of respondents surveyed across four Southeast Asian countries said they hold a favorable view of Japan. While China’s expanding military footprint in the disputed South China Sea has a headline-grabbing impact, Japan’s influence in this critical region is felt more steadfastly, but increasingly so, in recent years.
http://cogitasia.com/southeast-asia-dances-to-the-tune-of-japans-abe-doctrine/

18 MARCH 2016

Deterring China: US Army to Stockpile Equipment in Cambodia and Vietnam

The U.S. Army plans to set up equipment depots–so-called equipment activity sets–in a number of Asian countries, including Cambodia and Vietnam, the top officer of the U.S. Army’s Materiel Command said at a conference
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/deterring-china-us-army-to-stockpile-equipment-in-cambodia-and-vietnam/

16 FEBRUARY 2016

South China Sea takes centre stage at US-ASEAN summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders turned their attention to China on Tuesday on the second day of a summit intended to improve commercial links and provide a united front on maritime disputes with Beijing.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-takes/2520306.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Could ASEAN form a common identity?

The vision of a shared identity in the regional grouping remains a work in progress, but sports, art and entrepreneurship present possible avenues for cementing a stronger sense of belonging between member countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/could-asean-form-a-common/2514460.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Conservatives still call the shots in Vietnam and Laos

Vietnam and Laos, the only Communist regimes in South-east Asia, inducted new leadership this past week through party congresses. Changes in both cases saw conservatives prevail
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/conservatives-still-call-the-shots-in-vietnam-and-laos

17 JANUARY 2016

Islamic State Branches In Southeast Asia – Analysis

Preparations are underway to proclaim an Islamic State branch in the Southern Philippines, while the Indonesian military has pre-empted IS plans to declare a provincial satellite in eastern Indonesia. Such a foothold will have far-reaching consequences for the stability of the region
http://www.eurasiareview.com/17012016-islamic-state-branches-in-southeast-asia-analysis/

14 JANUARY 2016

Jakarta Attack Raises Fears of ISIS’ Spread in Southeast Asia

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in the Indonesian capital on Thursday, raising the specter of an expanded presence by the group in Southeast Asia.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/world/asia/jakarta-explosion.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://cogitasia.com/jakarta-attacks-heighten-alert-across-southeast-asia/

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged Southeast Asian neighbours to put pressure on China to agree on a binding code of conduct to ease tension in South China Sea following Chinese test flights to an island it has built
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-urges-asean-pressure-china-rules-disputed-sea

5 JANUARY 2016

Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

2015 was the year authoritarian governments. In the course of the year regional governments expanded their use of incumbency and control of institutions to shore up their positions
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/01/05/democratic-contraction-in-southeast-asia/

26 DECEMBER 2015

How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN

Southeast Asia is an attractive region for business growth, and the coming together of the ASEAN Economic Community is yet another vector of great opportunities. To help companies forge their ASEAN strategies, this report sums up how and when global and ASEAN companies can succeed through a regional approach
http://aseanup.com/define-strategy-business-asean/?utm_content=buffer71dc6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

Defense spending in the Asia Pacific has been surging in recent years due to escalating tensions over a myriad of territorial feuds, a new report says. DW examines the driving factors behind this military build-up
http://www.dw.com/en/are-south-china-sea-tensions-triggering-an-arms-race/a-18927467

22 N0VEMBER 2015

Asean Community officially formed by 10 member states in landmark declaration

The Asean Community was officially declared on Sunday morning (Nov 22) by leaders of the 10 member states of Asean, in a landmark moment promising greater regional integration for the 48-year-old grouping
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-community-officially-formed-by-10-member-states-in-landmark-declaration
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/112980/asean-2025-document-charts-path-grouping-next-decade?utm_source=nst&utm_medium=nst&utm_campaign=nstrelated
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Southeast-Asia-enhances-economic-integration-with-challenges-ahead?page=1
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

Indonesia is persisting in its stand against the idea of other ASEAN members to transform the grouping into a more integrated union within 10 years, citing economic differences as the main reason, according to a government official on Wednesday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-against-idea-forming-asean-union

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday, with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to agree on its wording
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-defence-chiefs-fail-agree-south-china-sea-statement
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201511040074
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151104_34.html

1 NOVEMBER 2015

Japanese companies remain more keen to invest in ASEAN than China

Japanese companies have shown a big and varied appetite for Southeast Asia this year, buying control of Myanmar’s dominant beer maker, a Singapore logistics company and part of a major commodities firm based in the region
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/japanese-companies-remain-more-keen-to-invest-in-asean-than-china?tm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2015-11-01_AM

16 OCTOBER 2015

China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions

China hosted Southeast Asian defense ministers on Friday in an effort to burnish its reputation in a region wary of its territorial ambitions, while expectations grow that the US might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/10/16/china-hosts-asean-meeting-amid-south-china-sea-tensions.html

5 OCTOBER 2015

Trans-Pacific free trade deal, including four Asean members, agreed creating vast partnership

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to a controversial trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labour and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations’ intellectual property
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34444799
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/pacific-nations-reach-landmark-trade-pact-151005124604560.html

8 AUGUST 2015

Eight challenges Asean must overcome

The successful Asean we all want to see built and that we all aspire to is still a work in progress. http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/648732/eight-challenges-asean-must-overcome

29 MAY 2015

Southeast Asia nations agree on anti-trafficking task force

Countries affected by the Asian migrant crisis issue have agreed to establish an anti-trafficking task force, but the Rohingya migrants still face an uncertain future
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asia-nations/1880868.html https://sg.news.yahoo.com/no-miracle-solution-asian-migrant-crisis-meeting-183515970.html

 

Main news on Afghanistan

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2 AUGUST 2018

Three foreigners kidnapped and murdered in Kabul

Three foreigners were kidnapped in Kabul and found shot dead in a car on Thursday in the latest sign of the capital’s declining security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/malaysian-among-3-foreign-workers-kidnapped-and-killed-in-afghan-10583392
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/three-foreigners-kidnapped-and-murdered-in-kabul/2018/08/02/916f643a-9644-11e8-a679-b09212fb69c2_story.html?utm_term=.f92a294f10c2

22 JULY 2018

ISIS claims suicide bombing targeting returning Afghan vice president

A suicide bomb blast has rocked Kabul airport shortly after Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum returned from self-imposed exile
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44917583
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isis-claims-suicide-bombing-targeting-returning-afghan-vice-president-1.752918
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/suicide-attack-near-kabul-airport-leaves-several-dead-officials-19076

11 JULY 2018

Britain to almost double troops in Afghanistan after US request

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government will send an extra 440 troops, which would bring Britain’s total to about 1,100, to help Afghan troops fighting Taliban and Islamic State insurgents
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/britain-to-almost-double-troops-in-afghanistan-after-us-request/

30 JUNE 2018

Afghan government resumes Taliban offensive after ceasefire ends

Afghan security forces resumed offensive operations on Saturday after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government’s unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/30/afghan-government-resumes-taliban-offensive-ceasefire-ends/
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/30/asia/afghanistan-taliban-ceasefire-ends-intl/index.html

7 JUNE 2018

Afghan goverment Announces Ceasefire With Taliban

President Ashraf Ghani says the ceasefire starts from the 27th of Ramadan (June 12) to the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr (June 19)
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/afghan-govt-announces-ceasefire-taliban
https://ariananews.af/president-ghani-announced-ceasefire-with-taliban/
https://www.khaama.com/nato-sg-welcomes-president-ghanis-announcement-for-ceasefire-with-taliban-05330/

30 APRIL 2018

Twin blasts kill dozens in Afghan capital, including nine journalists

Daesh said two of its suicide bombers had targeted the Kabul headquarters of Afghanistan’s intelligence services, while in a separate blast 11 children were killed in Kandahar
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/deadly-attacks-in-afghanistan-leave-42-dead-including-10-journalists-17087
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/nine-journalists-killed-while-covering-kabul-explosion
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-30/afghanistan-bombing-kills-25-including-veteran-photographer/9711770?section=world

22 APRIL 2018

Blast at voter centre kills dozens in Afghanistan’s Kabul

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the building in Kabul, killing at least 63 and injuring more than 100 others. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/blast-at-voter-centre-kills-dozens-in-afghanistan-s-kabul-16921
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-04-22/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-attack-in-kabul-killing-more-than-50/1751308

11 APRIL 2018

What does Russia Want with the Taliban?

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

In an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving congressmen” to pressurise the Donald Trump administration into negotiations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/taliban-publish-letter-calling-us-start-afghan-peace-talks
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/13/552224/Afghanistan-government-Taliban-secret-talks-AP

2 FEBRUARY 2018

China in talks to help build base in Afghanistan’

China has been in talks with neighboring Afghanistan to help build a military base there, amid concerns about militants slipping into Chinese territory from the war-torn country, Afghan officials say
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/02/550987/China-Afghanistan-military-base-Wakhan-Corridor

27 JANUARY 2018

Kabul suicide attack: At least 95 killed by ambulance bomb claimed by Taliban

An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, a health ministry official said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-95-killed-158-wounded-in-kabul-car-bombing-14650
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42843897

24 JANUARY 2018

Afghanistan attack: Save the Children suspends programmes

The UK charity Save the Children has temporarily suspended its programmes in Afghanistan after an attack on its offices in the city of Jalalabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42808342
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/24/bomb-blast-near-save-the-children-office-in-afghanistan

21 JANUARY 2018

Kabul attack: 14 foreign nationals and four Afghans dead after Taliban assault on Intercontinental Hotel

18 people have been killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen, who were reportedly wearing suicide vests, entered the hotel on Saturday evening and began shooting before taking a number of staff and guests hostage. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/21/afghan-armed-forces-end-deadly-siege
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42766623
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-finally-claims-kabul-hotel-attack-as-all-5-assailants-killed-04309

11 JANUARY 2018

Afghan president pardons 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Hekmatyar

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has granted clemency to 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who reached a landmark peace deal with the government in Kabul in 2016
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/11/548579/Afghanistan-Ashraf-Ghani-Gulbuddin-Hekmatyar-prisoners-PuleCharkhi
http://ariananews.af/government-frees-75-prisoners-of-hezb-e-islami-from-prisons/

28 DECEMBER 2017

Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul

A Shia cultural organisation was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42500769
http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-islamic-state-targeting-shiites-in-afghanistan/a-41958793

10 DECEMBER 2017

These are Afghanistan’s best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to create many more of them

The Crisis Response Unit, also known as the 222, is often the first to arrive and neutralize high-profile attacks — such as in March, when militants dressed in lab coats opened fire inside Kabul’s main military hospital, killing 50 people
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-afghanistan-special-operations-20171209-htmlstory.html

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Still Struggling

The tiny Hindu and Sikh community in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan say that growing discrimination is making their life increasingly hard
https://iwpr.net/global-voices/afghan-hindus-and-sikhs-still-struggling

16 NOVEMBER 2017

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/16/542465/3000-more-US-troops-deployed-to-Afghanistan

17 OCTOBER 2017

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded on Tuesday (Oct 17) in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/suicide-bombers-gunmen-kill-32-in-attack-on-afghan-police
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/17/538895/Afghanistan-Taliban-Paktia-Ghazni-Farah

12 OCTOBER 2017

Kidnapped Canadian-American family freed in gun battle after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are finally free after five years held hostage in Pakistan by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/10/12/kidnapped-canadian-family-released-after-5-years-of-being-held-hostage.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/12/557326885/u-s-woman-and-family-freed-after-5-years-in-captivity-in-afghanistan

31 AUGUST 2017

US defence secretary orders new troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has ordered new troops to Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday (Aug 31), 10 days after President Donald Trump announced a surge in US forces to battle advances by the Taliban
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-defence-secretary-orders-new-troops-to-afghanistan-9176362
http://ariananews.af/pentagon-reveals-real-number-of-troops-in-afghanistan/

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump tonight unveiled an expansive new strategy for South Asia aimed at bolstering American security.The new strategy encompasses Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian nations and extends into Southeast Asia. He stressed the strategy will not have artificial timelines built into it
https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1284964/president-unveils-new-afghanistan-south-asia-strategy/
https://www.defense.gov/Videos/videoid/544991/
https://www.voanews.com/a/world-reacts-to-trumps-speech-on-new-afghanistan-strategy-/3995547.html

11 AUGUST 2017

ISIL lures jobless Afghans and Taliban with big salaries

The extremist group has made significant headway in Afghanistan and is recruiting villagers as well as its enemy, the Taliban, to paid jobs in order to expand its influence across the north, according to local Afghan officials
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isil-lures-jobless-afghans-and-taliban-with-big-salaries-1.618823

22  JULY 2017

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader’s son believed dead in suicide Attack

US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington’s efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/22/us-kills-16-soldiers-helmand-airstrike-taliban-leaders-son-believed/
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-16-afghan-police-killed-in-us-strike-in-helmand-province-2510659

14 JULY 2017

ISIL leader in Afghanistan ‘killed in US raid’

The head of ISIL in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in an attack on his headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-raid-170714192512285.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/14/528477/US-Daesh-Afghanistan-isil-

29 JUNE 2017

US-led military alliance NATO agrees to boost troops in Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the US-led Western military alliance will increase the number of troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/29/526894/NATO-US-Jens-Stoltenberg–Afghanistan-Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/06/afghans-doubt-increasing-foreign-troops-bring-real-change-170629075018693.html

16 JUNE 2017

US to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

A White House official has confirmed that the US will deploy an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. The move follows concerns from top commanders that the Afghan army is being pushed back by a resurgent Taliban
http://www.dw.com/en/us-to-send-4000-more-troops-to-afghanistan/a-39271721

13 JUNE 2017

Mattis admits that ‘we are not winning in Afghanistan right now’

The United States is not winning in Afghanistan. That’s according to U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who testified before lawmakers during a Defense Department budget hearing
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/13/525207/US-not-winning-in-Afghanistan-Mattis
https://www.voanews.com/a/3899681.html
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-gives-pentagon-freedom-to-set-troop-numbers-in-afghanistan/a-39243374

31 MAY 2017

At least 80 killed, hundreds injured in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday 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
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40102903
http://www.dw.com/en/huge-explosion-in-kabul-extensive-damage-to-german-embassy/a-39056329

8 MAY 2017

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39839339
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-afghan-officials-is-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-military-raid/a-38747180

7 MAY 2017

50 Afghan soldiers killed, over 100 injured in retaliatory fire: Pakistan

Inspector General FC (IGFC) Major General Nadeem Ahmad on Sunday said that at least 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured when Pakistan responded to the firing by Afghan border police
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/203046-50-Afghan-soldiers-killed-over-100-injured-in-retaliatory-fire-Pakistan
http://www.dw.com/en/worst-border-clashes-in-years-are-afghanistan-and-pakistan-at-war/a-38743051

4 MAY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital, eight months after signing a peace deal with the government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39802833
https://www.dawn.com/news/1331049/kabul-uneasy-as-former-warlord-hekmatyar-returns-after-20-years
http://www.dw.com/en/can-warlord-hekmatyar-help-stabilize-afghanistan/a-38692319

2 MAY 2017

Trump’s Afghanistan policy will face big limitations

US President Trump has completed 100 days in office, yet his Afghanistan policy is vague and ambiguous. Expert Michael Kugelman tells DW the Trump administration is likely to come up with an Afghanistan policy soon
http://www.dw.com/en/trumps-afghanistan-policy-will-face-big-limitations/a-38661290

28 APRIL 2017

Taliban’s annual spring offensive under way

The Afghan Taliban announced Friday the start of their “spring offensive,” saying they would target foreign forces in the country and heralding a fresh round of fighting in the drawn-out conflict
http://www.atimes.com/article/talibans-annual-spring-offensive-way/
http://zeenews.india.com/world/taliban-announce-spring-offensive-vow-to-build-institutions-2000177.html

24 APRIL 2017

Afghan defense minister, army chief resign after deadly Taliban Attack

The Afghan minister of defense and army chief of staff have resigned over a major Taliban assault on an army base, the president’s office says. The news came as US Secretary of State Jim Mattis arrived in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-defense-minister-army-chief-resign-after-deadly-taliban-attack/a-38556314
https://www.dawn.com/news/1328928/afghan-defence-minister-army-chief-resign-after-taliban-attack

21 APRIL 2017

140 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban Attack

Attackers talked their way onto the base disguised in Afghan army uniforms and driving military veichles before opening fire on soldiers eating dinner and leaving a mosque after Friday prayers
http://www.atimes.com/article/afghan/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/21/taliban-kill-dozens-at-afghan-army-hq
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39672357

17 APRIL 2017

Ex-Afghan president calls US bomb drop an ‘atrocity’: report

Hamid Karzai has spoken out against the US decision to drop the MOAB bomb on Afghanistan. His interview comes the same day a top Trump official tours South Asia to speak with regional leaders
http://www.dw.com/en/ex-afghan-president-calls-us-bomb-drop-an-atrocity-report/a-38455632

26 MARCH 2017

US air strike in Afghanistan kills senior al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin: Pentagon

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in Pakistan, the US military confirmed
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/26/us-air-strike-in-afghanistan-kills-senior-al-qaeda-leader-qari-yasin-pentagon/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252555762/taliban-militant-who-hatched-the-plan-for-deadly-2008-islamabad-bombing-killed-in-us-drone-strike
http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/al-qaeda-‘leader’-killed-us-strike-afghanistan-pentagon

23 MARCH 2017

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39365330
http://www.voanews.com/a/taliban-capture-key-southern-afghan-district/3778722.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/taliban-capture-key-afghan-district-9-police-killed-170323142927112.html

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-indefinitely-closes-border-with-afghanistan-amid-rising-tension_1984961.html
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/09/pak-afghan-border-closes-for-indefinite-period/

4  FEBRUARY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38867280
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/afghanistan/un-lifts-sanctions-on-notorious-afghan-warlord-1.1972844
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031737.htm

27 JANUARY 2017

Afghan Taliban’s new chief replaces 24 « shadow » officials

The leader of the Afghan Taliban recently replaced « shadow » governors in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces, as he sought to consolidate his influence over the insurgency, senior figures in the movement said this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-s-new-chief-replaces-24-shadow-officials/3472966.html

23 JANUARY 2017

Can Afghanistan’s Economy Rebound in 2017?

There’s no reason to think 2017 will be any better for Afghanistan than 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/can-afghanistans-economy-rebound-in-2017/

3 JANUARY 2017

Why is Russia so interested in Afghanistan all of a sudden?

 An increased Russian involvement in Afghanistan has surprised many observers. What does Moscow want to achieve in the war-torn country? After Syria, is another US-Russia conflict being played out in a different arena?http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-russia-so-interested-in-afghanistan-all-of-a-sudden/a-36989680

24 DECEMBER 2016

Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan

Moscow and Tehran see an opportunity to fatal distract the United States in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/iran-russia-see-opportunity-to-encircle-the-us-in-afghanistan/

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

Kabul’s foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-tangled-history-of-the-afghanistan-india-pakistan-triangle/

23 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

United Nations report says poppy cultivation in the war-torn country has risen to its highest level in more than 20 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37743433
http://www.atimes.com/article/opium-crops-spread-afghanistan-taliban-gains-ground/

18 OCTOBER 2016

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year, UN data show, with the torrent of people crossing the border expected to continue
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/350-000-afghan-refugees-return-from-pakistan-un-1.1914860

5 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan aid: Donors promise $15.2bn in Brussels

International donors have pledged $15.2bn (€13.5bn ; £11.9bn) in aid to help Afghanistan until 2020
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37560704
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-10/05/content_15506325.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan: Ghani, Hekmatyar formalise peace deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the government hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/afghanistan-ghani-hekmatyar-sign-peace-deal-160929092524754.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan signs deal with militant Hekmatyar

The Afghan government has signed a peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second largest militant group
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37438674
http://www.euronews.com/2016/09/22/peace-in-afghanistan-but-at-what-price
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27405-govt-hizb-e-islami-peace-deal-draws-mixed-reaction

18 AUGUST 2016

Discord between Afghan unity government leaders intensifies

Calls for fresh elections have intensified in Afghanistan as the unity government leaders fail to resolve their dispute over power sharing. President Ghani and CEO Abdullah have yet to find a way to work in tandem
http://www.dw.com/en/discord-between-afghan-unity-government-leaders-intensifies/a-19485299

12 AUGUST 2016

IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

Hafiz Saeed, leader of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in a US drone strike last month, the US believes
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37063654
http://atimes.com/2016/08/is-chief-for-afghanistan-pakistan-killed-by-us-drone/

31 JULY 2016

Kabul Slams China Over Reported Taliban Visit

 The Afghan government has shown its displeasure over reports that a Taliban delegation visited China, saying Beijing should not provide “a platform” to groups that are involved in the killing of Afghans
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-government-shows-displeasure-over-reported-taliban-china-visit/3442971.html
http://zeenews.india.com/news/asia/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-china-to-discuss-unrest-sources_1913283.html

29 JULY 2016

Will WTO membership help improve Afghanistan’s economy?

On Friday, Afghanistan became the 164th country to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). after its upper house of parliament passed a final handful of laws that were required as preconditions for membership
http://www.dw.com/en/will-wto-membership-help-improve-afghanist

9 JULY 2016

NATO renews Afghanistan mission

NATO countries agreed on Saturday to extend their military mission in Afghanistan amid continuing threats from the Taliban
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/world/52151-nato-renews-afghanistan-mission
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3217842-nato-allies-commit-around-1-billion-per-year-to-support-afghan-forces/

6 JULY 2016

Obama slows US troop drawdown in Afghanistan

The US will slow its troop drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving a force of 8,400 when President Barack Obama completes his term, the president announced on Wednesday in a blunt acknowledgment that America will remain entangled there despite his aspirations to end the war
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/06/obama-slows-us-troop-drawdown-in-afghanistan/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/world/asia/obama-afghanistan-troops.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 JUNE 2016

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens

Taliban bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36671676
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26044-taliban-suicide-bombers-hit-afghan-police–kill-30-wound-53

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border
http://www.dawn.com/news/1265011/pak-afghan-forces-agree-on-ceasefire-at-torkham-border-wave-white-flags
http://nation.com.pk/national/15-Jun-2016/new-ceasefire-enforced-at-torkham-border

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-afghanistan-increase-troops-at-khyber-pass-border-after-clash-1.1846138
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-pakistan-border-tensions/3375279.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/afghan-soldier-killed-border-clash-pakistan-160613075159320.html

6 JUNE 2016

Taliban ambush kills American photojournalist and translator in Afghanistan

A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for National Public Radio were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday 5, according to NPR and military officials.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/05/taliban-ambush-kills-american-journalist-and-translator-in-afgha/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25662-two-journalists-killed-in-helmand

5 JUNE 2016

Afghanistan: MP Sher Wali Wardak killed in Kabul bomb blast

Three civilians including an Afghan lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak were killed in Kabul on Sunday evening after an IED was detonated via remote control near the MP’s house
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25661-kabul-blast-kills-three-including-mp
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36455738

25 MAY 2016

The new Taliban chief elected is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

In a statement issued by the Taliban on Wednesday, the group confirmed the death of Mullah Mansour and added that Taliban’s Shura has selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25487-haibatullah-named-talibans-new-leader
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/afghan-taliban-appoint-leader-mansours-death-045123915.html?nhp=1
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36377008
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/25/afghan-taliban-names-haibatullah-akhunzada-as-its-new-chief/

22 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in US attack

Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP on Sunday (May 22), adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-sources/2807732.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36352559

21 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour believed dead after US airstrike

The Pentagon has announced that Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. The raid was specifically targeting the fundamentalist leader, US authorities said.
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-taliban-leader-mullar-akhtar-mansour-believed-dead-after-us-airstrike/a-19275462
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36351990

18 MAY 2016

Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar

Afghanistan has signed a preliminary agreement with the militant group Hezb-i-Islami. The deal with the anti-foreign forces group is being seen as a sign of success in Kabul’s peace efforts
http://www.dw.com/en/kabul-signs-draft-peace-deal-with-warlord-hekmatyar/a-19265788
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25298-govt-to-bring-in-hekmatyar-and-members-giving-special-privilèges

16 MARCH 2016

NATO chief predicts another tough year ahead for Afghanistan

The head of NATO on Wednesday predicted a difficult fight ahead for Afghanistan as the government continues to battle the Taliban and other militant factions trying to assert their presence in the war-ravaged country.
http://news.yahoo.com/nato-chief-predicts-another-tough-ahead-afghanistan-112127733.html

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

2 MARCH 2016

Russia’s new role in Afghanistan

More than two decades after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Moscow is once again seeking to play a major role in the country by boosting military and economic cooperation with Kabul
http://www.dw.com/en/russias-new-role-in-afghanistan/a-19087432

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghanistan war: Just what was the point?

According to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR — the U.S. government’s money watchdog there), the Taliban hold more territory now than at any time since 2001
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/25/asia/afghanistan-war-analysis/index.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015

The United Nations said in its annual report released on Sunday there were 3,545 civilian fatalities and 7,457 people wounded with children paying a particularly heavy toll, as Afghan security forces faced a surge in attacks by the Taliban and other armed groups.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/afghan-civilian-casualties-hit-record-11000-2015-160214071436972.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35572815

10 FEVRIER 2016

U.S. sends more troops to Afghanistan

Hundreds more U.S. troops are headed for Afghanistan’s strife-torn Helmand province to shore up security forces who have struggled in the face of sustained Taliban attacks, officials said.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-sends-more-troops-to-afghanistan/article8219631.ece?w=alauto

2 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. airstrikes kill 46 militants, destroy IS radio in Afghanistan

A total of 46 militants were killed and a radio station belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group was destroyed after U.S.-led coalition forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Paktika and Nangarhar provinces overnight, government officials said Tuesday
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2016-02/02/content_6885784.htm

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
http://www.dw.com/en/what-does-china-want-from-the-afghan-peace-process/a-19011501

11 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan hosts four-way Afghanistan peace talks

Representatives from Pakistan, the USA, China and Afghanistan have met in Islamabad to discuss plans for peace negotiations with the Taliban. The Taliban, however, are not participating in the talks for now
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35279283
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/afghan-peace-talks-resume-pakistan-160111045824649.html
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-pakistan-talks-china-us/27480460.html

1 JANUARY 2016

At least two killed in bomb explosion at French restaurant in Kabul; Taliban claims attack

A Taliban suicide car bomber has struck a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, killing two people in a New Year’s Day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults
http://www.france24.com/en/20160101-taliban-kabul-french-restaurant-popular-expats

9 DECEMBER 2015

Afghan Taliban kill dozens at Kandahar airport

Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack on a heavily fortified civilian and military airfield in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35043938 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/taliban-kills-scores-ongoing-kandahar-airport-attack-151209153246413.html
http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-launch-deadly-attacks-across-afghanistan-amid-peace-conference/a-18908146

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Afghan Hazara killings spur thousands to march in Kabul

Afghan security forces have fired warning shots into the air at a protest in Kabul, injuring seven people, according to officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34783511

26 OCTOBER 2015

The Taliban’s days are almost over

 To many of us in the country, the Taliban’s recent victory is due to serious weaknesses within the Afghan government rather than their own strength. Despite their recent military achievement, the demise of the movement as an alternative governing force has already begun
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/10/taliban-days-afghanistan-kunduz-pakistan-151025075020774.html

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11933444/Barack-Obama-to-slow-US-troop-withdrawals-from-Afghanistan-says-official.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21903-govt-welcomes-obamas-decision

3 OCTOBER 2015

16 die at Afghan clinic after US airstrike; UN denounces act

An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz Saturday, killing at least 16 people in what the US military called possible “collateral damage” in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents
ttp://atimes.com/2015/10/afghan-airstrike-near-kunduz-msf-clinic-kills-3-staff-30-others-missing/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/03/asia/afghanistan-doctors-without-borders-hospital/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11909123/Kunduz-Nato-investigates-whether-US-air-strike-hit-hospital-latest.html

1 OCTOBER 2015

Afghan forces retake Taliban-held Kunduz city amid fierce clashes

Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RU07Y20151001
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/714540/afghan-forces-retake-control-of-kunduz-from-taliban-govt

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

Afghan forces have been battling Taliban fighters to retake the city of Kunduz, a day after it fell to the insurgents in their biggest victory since their removal from power in 2001
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34387914
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-29/afghan-forces-launch-operation-to-retake-northern-city-of-kunduz-from-taliban-militants/1498152

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Taliban raid sees release of hundreds of Afghan prisoners

Among 150 Taliban militants thought to be among those released in pre-dawn attack on jail in Ghazni by insurgents said to be wearing Afghan police uniforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11862939/Taliban-fighters-release-hundreds-of-prisoners-from-Afghan-jail.html

13 AUGUST 2015

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Taliban head

The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor, whose appointment has caused divisions within the Taliban
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/13/al-qaeda-leader-pledges-allegiance-to-new-taliban-chief/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/al-qaeda-zawahiri-pledges-allegiance-taliban-mullah-mansoor-150813141523792.html

7 AUGUST 2015

35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

Multiple bombings rocked Kabul Friday, killing at least 35 people and wounding hundreds more in the first major attacks in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/suicide-blast-hits-kabul-police-academy-casualties-feared-162156644.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/police-academy-kabul-hit-suicide-bomb-150807164338154.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33814737

30 JULY 2015

Mullah Omar: Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor

The Taliban has appointed Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him at the helm of the group, according to militant commanders
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/30/taliban-names-new-leader-to-replace-mullah-omar/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33721074
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20673-peace-talks-postponed-at-talibans-request-pakistan

29 JULY 2015

Afghan government said that Mullah Omar: Taliban leader ‘died in Pakistan in 2013

 “The government … based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan,” the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement
http://www.dawn.com/news/1197114/mullah-omar-died-in-karachi-in-april-2013-afghan-govt
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33703097

26 JULY 2015

Taliban take remote Afghan police base after mass surrender

The Taliban took control of a large police base in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan after some 100 police and border guards joined the insurgents following three days of fighting, security officials said Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/26/content_15295536.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33669344
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20614-taliban-release-142-alp-and-border-police-officials

15 JULY 2015

Taliban leader Mullah Omar backs Afghan peace talks

The leader of the Afghan Taliban has given his backing to peace talks with the Afghan government, saying that the goal of the negotiations is an « end to occupation » by foreign forces
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33535905
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/taliban-leader-mullah-omar-backs-afghan-peace-talks-150715124016867.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/15/taliban-leader-appears-to-approve-peace-talks-with-afghan-government/

11 JULY 2015

Islamic State leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan ‘killed by drone’

A former Taliban leader now thought to be ISIS’ leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said Saturday
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/11/asia/isis-leader-killed-afghanistan/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33492780

22 JUNE 2015

Taliban stages deadly attack on Afghan parliament

A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen have attacked the Afghan parliament, wounding at least 31 people and sending a plume of black smoke across Kabul
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/explosions-gunfire-rock-afghan-parliament-kabul-150622060232229.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33221051

19 MAY 2015

Pakistan, Afghanistan sign intelligence-sharing deal

The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and bolster cooperation in their fight against the Taliban, the latest sign of a thaw in once-frosty ties
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/566407/pakistan-afghanistan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal

14 MAY 2015

Nine foreigners among 14 killed by Taliban attack on Kabul guesthouse

Fourteen people have been killed in an attack on a Kabul hotel which was packed with foreigners awaiting a concert, according to Afghan officials
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/14/taliban-targets-foreigners-in-kabul-guest-house-attack/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32732083
http://www.france24.com/en/20150514-american-indians-dead-kabul-guesthouse-siege-taliban-afghanistan-pakistan

4 MAY 2015

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for any peace talks

Taliban militants meeting Afghan officials in Qatar reiterated their hardline stance on peace talks Monday, ruling out negotiations until US forces leave the country and the insurgents are allowed to open a political office
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/551259/afghan-taliban-stress-preconditions-for-any-peace-talks

3 MAY 2015

The Foreign Ministry of Qatar confirms that Doha is hosting peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives in order to end the war in Afghanistan.

The dialogue « will be through open discussions about Afghan reconciliation between all parties in Afghanistan », the Qatar News Agency quoted Yousif Al Sada as saying
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/19352-doha-confirms-hosting-of-peace-talks-between-afghan-govt-and-taliban
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/world/asia/afghan-and-taliban-representatives-meet-in-

26 APRIL 2015

Has India lost Afghanistan to Pakistan?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is due to begin his first state visit to New Delhi this Monday. Almost seven months after becoming president, the three-day visit is a chance for Ghani to win hearts and minds in New Delhi
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/04/india-lost-afghanistan-pakistan-150426051958020.html

 21 APRIL 2015

Afghan cabinet nearly complete after months of delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has sworn in 16 new ministers – nearly completing his cabinet after months of delay
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32391844

24 MARCH 2015

Obama halts Afghanistan troop withdrawal

The United States will keep its current level of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year, rather than reducing that number to 5,500 as planned, the White House said Tuesday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/24/politics/obama-afghan-president-ghani-meeting/index.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/507039/us-halts-afghanistan-pullout

23 MARCH 2015

Afghan president Ghani credits US role during first Washington trip

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has praised the US for the commitment shown to Afghanistan over 14 years during his first official visit to Washington.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32021942

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Amnesty International reports increased human rights abuses in Afghanistan

The failure to implement the violence against women bill in Parliament, increased cases of sexual abuse against women, rising rates of child marriage, reduced representation for women on Provincial Councils and the undermining of women’s role in the peace negotiation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban were all factors cited
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/18369-amnesty-international-reports-increased-human-rights-abuses-in-afghanistan

22 FEBRUARY 2015

U.S. reconsidering 2016 Afghanistan troop withdrawal, defense chief says

President Barack Obama may change the United States’ plan to withdraw virtually all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, his new defense secretary said. An indication that the White House is considering extending the U.S. troop presence there beyond that year.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/21/us/afghanistan-carter/index.html

18 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghanistan civilian casualties up 22% in 2014, UN says

A total of 3,699 Afghans killed and 6,849 injured made 2014 the deadliest year since the UN began keeping records in 2009.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31515140

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghan president Ghani suspends Karzai’s request for Indian arms

Government sources have confirmed that President Ashraf Ghani has suspended a request made by former president Hamid Karzai in his final months in office that India supply Afghanistan’s military with heavy weaponry.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/18152-president-ghani-suspends-karzais-request-for-indian-arms

9 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghanistan drone strike ‘kills IS commander Abdul Rauf’

He was a Taliban commander captured by the United States and held at Guantanamo Bay. But he was let go and returned to Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Rauf went on to become a recruiter for ISIS in Afghanistan.
http://www.euronews.com/2015/02/09/suspected-afghan-isil-leader-killed-by-drone-strike/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31290147

12 JANUARY 2015

Afghanistan Announces New Cabinet After Long Delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office has announced nominees for the country’s cabinet after months of delays following a disputed election.
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-announces-new-cabinet/26788824.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2001.12.15
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17804-nug-announces-cabinet-nominees?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2001.12.15

6 JANUARY 2014

Afghan president without cabinet after 100 days

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has marked 100 days in office as he continues to struggle to name a cabinet, creating a political stalemate that threatens to hamper the fight against the Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/afghan-leader-without-cabinet-after-100-days-20151614918125608.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/454701/100-days-in-power-for-afghan-president-but-no-government

28 DECEMBER 2014

In Afghanistan, ceremony marks end of Nato combat mission

A ceremony attended by Afghan and international dignitaries on Sunday at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul marked the end of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan and the start of it’s new « Resolute Support » plan.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17637-ceremony-marks-end-of-nato-combat-mission
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30616380

11 DECEMBER 2014

Suicide bomber attacks French school in Afghanistan

A teenage suicide bomber detonated explosives killing several and wounding 15 others during an event at a French-run high school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban.
http://www.france24.com/en/20141211-suicide-bomber-attacks-french-school-afghanistan/

8 DECEMBER 2014

Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30377059
http://www.dawn.com/news/1149579/us-nato-end-afghan-combat-command-after-13-years

Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30377059
http://www.dawn.com/news/1149579/us-nato-end-afghan-combat-command-after-13-years

4 DECEMBER 2014

Opening of the London conference on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s new leaders are seeking to build bridges with the West at a conference in London as they struggle to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw after 13 years.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/afghan-leaders-seek-support-at-uk-conference-201412413464434398.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17356-abdullah-british-foreign-minister-open-london-summit-proceedings

27 NOVEMBER 2014

The Afghan Senate approved the Bilateral Security Agreement and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)

After hours of discussions behind closed doors, 65 Senators approved of the security accords while five others objected.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17269-senate-approves-bsa-and-sofa

23 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan lower house approves foreign troops staying on

Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444993/afghan-lower-house-approves-foreign-troops-staying-on
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141123/DEFREG03/311230020/Afghan-Lower-House-Approves-Foreign-Troops-Staying

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday (Nov 23), the deadliest attack in the country since 2011.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/suicide-blast-at-afghan/1489790.html

16 NOVEMBER 2014

Female Afghan MP survives suicide attack

Shukria Barakzaia, a high-profile advocate of women’s rights, slightly wounded in blast that kills three people
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30073189
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/female-afghan-mp-survives-suicide-attack-2014111672142481131.html

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties

Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged to begin a new era of economic cooperation Saturday, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying three days of talks had ended 13 years of differences
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-pakistan-leaders-pledge-end-turbulent-ties
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-pakistan-leaders/1474638.html

14 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistani cleric tells Afghan president Ghani that war will continue until foreign troops go

Prominent Pakistani cleric and leader of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan, Maulana Fazlurrahman, met with President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad on Friday and warned that war would continue in Afghanistan until the complete withdraw of foreign troops.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17121-pakistani-cleric-tells-ghani-war-will-continue-until-foreign-troops-go

12 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghanistan sees rise in poppy cultivation

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record high this year, a UN report has revealed, highlighting the failure of the US-led campaign to crack down on the lucrative crop.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/afghanistan-sees-rise-poppy-cultivation-20141112115426363345.html

26 OCTOBER 2014

UK troops leave Afghanistan after 13 years

British troops have ended combat operations in Afghanistan as they and US troops handed over two huge adjacent bases to the Afghan military, 13 years after a US-led invasion to topple the Taliban.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/uk-troops-leave-afghanistan-after-13-years-20141026145324123162.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29776544

16 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan police capture senior Haqqani leaders

Afghan security forces say they have captured two senior leaders of al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. including a son of its founder.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/afghan-police-capture-senior-haqqani-leaders-20141016113728321132.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16767-haqqani-network-dealt-blow-with-arrest-of-high-ranking-leaders

2 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan troop casualties at 7,000-9,000 this year: US

Afghan forces are suffering higher combat casualties this year, with up to 9,000 troops killed or wounded in battles with Taliban insurgents, the new US commander in Afghanistan said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/435589/afghan-troop-casualties-at-7000-9000-this-year-us

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghanistan signs deal keeping U.S. troops beyond 2014

The United States and Afghanistan signed a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the previous December deadline to withdraw.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/30/world/asia/afghanistan-us-security-agreement/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.dawn.com/news/1135293/afghanistan-us-sign-long-awaited-security-pact
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-welcomes-signing-of-bilateral-security-agreement-with-afghanistan/2467098.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghanistan’s Ghani sworn in as president

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140929-afghanistan-ghani-president-inauguration/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29375438
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/07/profile-ashraf-ghani-20147883632825529.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16559-ghani-sworn-into-office

26 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghan election results reveal Ghani as clear winner

Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election decisively with 55 per cent of the vote, results revealed Friday, after the figure was kept secret for five days over concerns that fraud allegations could trigger violence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-election-results-reveal-ghani-clear-winner

21 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ashraf Ghani wins Afghan presidential election, signs deal with rival

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared the winner of Afghanistan’s contested presidential election on Sunday, hours after Ghani and the second-place finisher, Abdullah Abdullah, stood together to announce the formation of a long-awaited coalition government.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16458-ashraf-ghani-elected-next-president-of-afghanistan
http://www.france24.com/en/20140921-afghanistan-ghani-named-president-elect-power-sharing-agreement/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/ghani-abdullah-agree-to-share-power-in-afghanistan-as-election-stalemate-ends/2014/09/21/df58749a-416e-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

Punjabi Taliban to increase insurgency in Afghanistan

The Punjabi Taliban in Pakistan has said that the group will shift its focus to Afghanistan and fight the enemies of Islam on Afghan soil
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16370-punjabi-taliban-to-increase-insurgency-in-afghanistan

5 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghan audit ends but election puzzle still unsolved

A UN-supervised audit of votes cast in Afghanistan’s disputed election was completed Friday, officials said, but the results will not be known for days as the contentious process of invalidating fraudulent ballots continues.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430711/afghan-audit-ends-but-election-puzzle-still-unsolved
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16253-audit-process-completed-after-48-days-iec 

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Islamic State claims Pakistan and Afghanistan for its ‘caliphate’

The Islamic State is challenging the Taliban and al-Qaeda in its Afghanistan and Pakistan heartlands and claiming both countries as part of its ‘caliphate’.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11075390/Islamic-State-claims-Pakistan-and-Afghanistan-for-its-caliphate.html

27 AUGUST 2014

Afghan Presidential Candidate Abdullah Pulls Out Of Election Audit

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah boycotted the audit process, while the United Nations (UN) asked Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to withdraw from the procedure stressing that the auditing and invalidation will continue without the presence of both camps, the UN announced
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghan-president-candidate-abdullah-pulls-of-election-audit/26552366.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16130-audit-process-to-continue-without-candidates

23 AUGUST 2014

New Afghan president to take office September 2

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday his successor would take office on September 2, despite a slow-moving vote audit designed to eliminate fraudulent ballots cast for the two contenders.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/752996/new-afghan-president-to-take-office-september-2-karzai/

21 AUGUST 2014

Afghanistan: Kunduz Battle against Taliban led by released Taliban

Kunduz province has become the focal point of intense fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants, with thousands of insurgents bearing down on Kunduz city. According to local officials, the Taliban offensive is being led by a man who the Afghan government recently released from prison.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16061-kunduz-battle-against-taliban-led-by-released-taliban

11 AUGUST 2014

Amnesty slams US over Afghan civilian deaths

 A report published by Amnesty International on Monday claims that at least 1,100 Afghan civilians lost their lives as a result of U.S. air strikes between the years 2009 and 2013. The report goes on to lambaste the U.S. military for never investigating the deaths or seeking to help those affected by them
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15915–report-says-1100-afghans-killed-by-us-air-strikes
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/08/amnesty-slams-us-over-afghan-civilian-deaths-2014810104926293848.html

8 AUGUST 2014

Afghan leaders agree on national unity government

Afghanistan’s two feuding presidential candidates on Friday signed a deal confirming they would form a national unity government after an audit of votes is completed to decide the winner of the fraud-tainted election
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/08/afghan-presidential-candidates-unity-government-20148811455553354.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15882-candidates-sign-joint-declaration

5 AUGUST 2014

Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul

An Afghan soldier shot dead a US general on Tuesday at an army training centre in Kabul — the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since the September 11, 2001 attacks
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/05/world/asia/afghanistanviolence/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/world/asia/afghanistan-attack.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/425190/afghan-soldier-guns-down-us-general-in-kabul

17 JULY 2014

Afghan Taliban conduct brazen attack on Kabul airport

Heavily-armed Taliban militants attacked the Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital early Thursday, firing rockets and occupying two unused buildings before they were gunned down by Afghan security forces.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140717-afghanistan-kabul-airport-attack-taliban/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/07/17/afghan-forces-repel-taliban-attack-on-kabul-airport/

12 JULY 2014

All votes in disputed Afghan run-off poll to be audited: Kerry

Afghanistan’s feuding presidential rivals agreed Saturday to a full audit of every vote cast in the disputed runoff election, US Secretary of State John Kerry said following two days of frantic negotiations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/420281/all-votes-in-disputed-afghan-run-off-poll-to-be-audited-kerry
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15579-electoral-deadlock-broken

7 JULY 2014

Ghani leads Afghanistan presidential run-off

In an announcement on Monday, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani of the Afghan presidential commission said Ghani, an ex-World Bank economist, was in the lead with 56.44 percent of the vote, while his rival Abdullah Abdullah, a former Afghan foreign minister, had 43.56 percent
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/ghani-leads-preliminary-afghan-poll-results-201477143524362866.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140707-ghani-leads-abdullah-afghan-presidential-run-off-initial-results/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15518-abdullah-camp-rejects-preliminary-results

5 JULY 2014

Taliban set 200 fuel trucks on fire in Kabul

A Taliban bomb attack on the outskirts of Kabul set fire to some 200 fuel trucks that the militants claimed were supplying foreign troops in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28173990
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419040/taliban-set-200-fuel-trucks-on-fire-in-kabul

27 JUNE 2014

Afghans protest over alleged poll fraud

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has led several thousand demonstrators through Kabul, upping the stakes in his protest against alleged election fraud that has triggered a political crisis
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghans-protest-over-alleged-election-fraud-201462773043508792.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/27/thousands-protest-over-vote-fraud-allegations-in-afghanistan/

23 JUNE 2014

The Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) Secretariat Chief, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, announces his resignation

The announcement came just a day after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah released phone recordings of conversations allegedly between Amarkhail and members of the campaign team of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The recordings suggest a broad plot to conduct fraud during the runoff election, however, the identities of the voices on them have yet to be confirmed
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15352-amarkhil-resigns-in-wake-of-fraud-allegations
http://www.tolonews.com/en/election-2014/15344-abdullah-team-releases-audio-recordings-implicating-amarkhail

22 JUNE 2014

Questions mount as Afghan ‘vote fraud’ tapes emerge

Potentially explosive audio tapes released in Afghanistan allegedly reveal a senior election official directing that ballot boxes be stuffed in the crucial presidential run-off
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27966126

21 JUNE 2014

Afghanistan elections: Kabul protests under way as Abdullah Abdullah boycotts vote count

Fears grow of unrest erupting over alleged fraud in Afghanistan’s election one week ago as supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take to Kabul streets
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10916412/Afghanistan-elections-Kabul-protests-under-way-as-Abdullah-Abdullah-boycotts-vote-count.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416600/protests-in-kabul-deepen-afghan-election-impasse

20 JUNE 2014

Karzai calls on UN to help solve Afghan election crisis

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday intervened for the first time in the country’s growing election crisis, backing a call for the United Nations to help solve a standoff over alleged fraud
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416495/karzai-calls-on-un-to-help-solve-afghan-election-crisis

14 JUNE 2014

Afghans brave violence to elect new president

Voting in the second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election has ended with millions turning out to cast their ballots braving fresh attacks that left at least 14 people dead and 41 others injured
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/14/afghanistan-votes-in-run-off-presidential-poll-in-defiance-of-taliban/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghans-brave-violence-elect-new-president-2014614122014871960.html

6 JUNE 2014

Afghan candidate Abdullah Abdullah survives Kabul bombs

The front-runner in Afghan’s presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, has survived a suicide bomb attack targeted at his convoy in Kabul
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27731116
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghan-presidential-candidate-survives-blast-201466931968347.html

27 MAY 2014

Thousands of US troops to stay in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has announced a pullout plan for Afghanistan that will leave 9,800 troops in the country after 2014, overriding previous plans of a complete withdrawal by the end of the year.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/thousands-us-troops-stay-afghanistan-201452719107242829.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27593518

15 MAY 2014

Afghan election results confirm Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Afghanistan’s presidential election will go to a second-round vote on June 14 between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, final results showed
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/14879-presidential-elections-go-into-second-round
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10833049/Afghan-presidential-election-heads-for-AbdullahGhani-run-off.htm

4 MAY 2014

2,000 killed in Afghanistan’s landslides

At least 2,000 people were killed by landslides in northeastern Afghanistan in the worst natural disaster on record for the war-torn nation, an United Nations official said

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/408050/landslide-kills-2000-in-afghanistan-biggest-disaster

2 MAY 2014

Afghanistan landslide ‘kills at least 350’

At least 350 people have been killed and many more are missing, the UN says, after a landslide hit the north-east Afghan province of Badakhshan

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27261783

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407855/350-dead-thousands-missing-in-afghan-landslides

http://www.france24.com/en/20140503-afghanistan-mudslide-badakshan-rescue/

26 APRIL 2014

Afghan election set for Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Abdullah finished top with 44.9 percent, followed by Ghani with 31.5 percent, the Independent Election Commission said. Zalmay Rassoul was a distant third with 11.5 percent. Final results are due May 14, and a run-off would take place at the end of May
http://www.france24.com/en/20140426-afghanistan-elections-abdullah-ghani-run-off/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10790522/Afghan-elections-head-to-second-round-after-no-candidate-gains-an-absolute-majority.html

24 APRIL 2014

The Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture names a road in Kabul as the « Press Freedom Road. »

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/14650-kabul-road-named-qpress-freedomq

13 APRIL 2014

Abdullah leads in tight Afghan presidential poll

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading against his main rival Ashraf Ghani in a tight race for Afghanistan’s presidential post, partial official results showed Sunday, but reports of widespread fraud is marring the election
http://www.france24.com/en/20140413-abdullah-ghani-afghanistan-presidential-election/

5 APRIL 2014

Afghans vote in presidential poll

Millions defy Taliban threats to choose successor to President Karzai, in nation’s first democratic transfer of power
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/afghan-presidential-polls-close-2014451331246955.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140405-pictures-afghans-go-polls/

16 MARCH 2014

The Afghan policewomen taking on the Taliban

The tiny but growing number of policewomen in Afghanistan not only risk death in the line of duty, they also face personal attack from extremists, and bigotry within the ranks

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/10702626/The-Afghan-policewomen-taking-on-the-Taliban.html

15 MARCH 2014

Karzai says US troops can leave Afghanistan

The outgoing president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has told in his final address to parliament that US soldiers can leave the country at the end of the year. He said that his military was ready to take over and were strong enough to defend Afghanistan without assistance.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/03/karzai-says-us-troops-can-leave-afghanistan-2014315133323437829.html

9 MARCH 2014

Afghan Vice President Qassim Fahim dies at 57

Marshal Mohammed Qassim Fahim, who suffered from diabetes, dies of natural causes, authorities say.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/afghan-vice-president-fahim-qassim-dies-at-57-2014398122863543.html

3 MARCH 2014

Karzai: Afghan war fought in West’s interest

Expressing « extreme anger » towards the United States government, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said in an interview that the war in Afghanistan was not fought with his country’s interests in mind.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/karzai-afghan-war-fought-western-interest-20143353951600289.html

13 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghanistan releases ‘dangerous’ prisoners despite US protests

Afghanistan released 65 alleged Taliban militants from prison on Thursday despite protests from the US military, which warned that the men were “dangerous insurgents” who will likely return to fighting Afghan and international forces.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140213-afghan-prisoner-release-usa-bagram/
http://kabul.usembassy.gov/st-021314.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-13-14#.Uvxn5Owm-e5.twitter

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghanistan halts suspected reconstruction of ancient Buddhas

Afghanistan has halted conservation work at a site once occupied by ancient Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban because the team involved is suspected of secretly trying to rebuild one of the statue’s feet, the United Nations said.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghanistan-halts-suspected-reconstruction-ancient-buddhas

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Proposed Afghan law protects women’s abusers, rights group says

An international rights group said Tuesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai should refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393196/proposed-afghan-law-protects-women-abusers-rights-group-says

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/karzai-urged-veto-women-no-rights-bill-201426541250185.html

2 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghan vote campaign begins amid violence

Campaigning for the presidential elections in Afghanistan has begun, stained by the deaths of two aides for the front-runner in a gun attack.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/afghan-vote-campaign-begins-amid-violence-20142272359554834.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140202-afghanistan-presidential-election-campaigning-begins-karzai/

24 JANUARY 2014

Ismail Khan survives premature suicide attack

Former water and energy minister Ismail Khan escaped unhurt on Friday when a suicide attacker blew himself up outside a mosque in western Herat province
http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2014/01/24/ismail-khan-survives-suicide-attack-herat-mosque?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%201-24-14
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13588-muhammad-ismael-escapes-suicide-attack

22 JANUARY 2014

HRW: Women’s rights declining in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s human rights situation has regressed in key areas during 2013, increasing uncertainty about the country’s future, Human Rights Watch has said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/hrw-women-rights-declining-afghanistan-20141221119835144.html

17 JANUARY 2014

IMF and UN officials killed in Kabul restaurant attack

A senior IMF official and four UN employees were among 21 people killed in a suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in Kabul, officials say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25791002
http://www.france24.com/en/20140117-afghanistan-deadly-suicide-attack-restaurant-kabul-taliban/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13510-strong-reactions-to-attack-on-taverna-in-kabul

14 JANUARY 2014

Female police tapped in Kabul

Kabul named Colonel Jamila Bayaz the first female Police Chief in the country on Tuesday, while the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that in the future it plans to nominate a female Provincial Police Chief.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13462-female-police-chief-tapped-in-kabul

4 JANUARY 2014

2014 budget draft rejected by Lower House

The Lower House of Parliament voted by majority to reject the 2014 government budget draft assembled by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), requiring the Ministry to reassess its draft and make a number of changes.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13331-2014-budget-draft-rejected-by-lower-house

3 JANUARY 2014

Karzai puts hold on Bagram prisoner realeases

In a press release issued from the Presidential Palace on Friday, it was said that the large tranche of 650 detainees expected to be released from Bagram prison on order of President Hamid Karzai’s Commission for Addressing Bagram Prisoner Cases would be put on hold and reassessed by officials.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13317-karzai-puts-hold-on-bagram-prison-releases

30 DECEMBER 2013

US report predicts chaos in Afghanistan

Assessment says progress over past three years likely to be eroded by 2017, while some say prediction is pessimistic

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/us-report-predicts-chaos-afghanistan-2013123011446669141.html

16 DECEMBER 2013

Australian troops leave Afghanistan

More than 1,000 Australian troops have completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking the end of a deployment that has left dozens of troops dead and hundreds more seriously wounded.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/australian-troops-leave-afghanistan-201312169306647453.html

7 DECEMBER 2013

Women are the main victims in Afghanistan: UN

The United Nations (UN) Women office released a report on violence against women over the course of the past 30 years of conflict in Afghanistan. The report argued women have been the greatest victims of the volatility in Afghanistan over the years, and implored the government to take steps to protect women’s rights moving forward.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12994-women-are-the-main-victim-in-afghanistan-un

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/383787/afghan-landmark-law-failing-to-protect-women-un

23 NOVEMBER 2013

Afghan jirga members urge Karzai to sign US security pact

Members of an Afghan grand assembly debating a crucial security pact with the United States voiced concern Saturday at President Hamid Karzai’s insistence it will not be signed until after April’s election to choose his successor.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381423/afghan-jirga-members-urge-karzai-to-sign-us-security-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2013

Hamid Karzai tells tribal elders to delay US troop deal till next year

Afghanistan’s president said he backs a security deal with the United States but told a gathering of elders on Thursday that if they and parliament approve the agreement it should be signed after next spring’s elections.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10465077/Hamid-Karzai-tells-tribal-elders-to-delay-US-troop-deal-till-next-year.html

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Just over a year before NATO troops pull out of Afghanistan, and after over a decade of counternarcotics initiatives, the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) released a report indicating poppy cultivation had spiked from 2012 and showed no sign of abatement.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/business/12721-poppy-crop-up-36-percent-unodc

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Karzai criticises timing of Taliban leader’s killing

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai tells visiting US Congress delegation that drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud « took place at an unsuitable time » but expresses hope the peace process will not suffer
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10424218/Karzai-criticises-timing-of-Taliban-leaders-killing.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

Afghanistan’s only female presidential candidate demands right to run

Afghans can vote for an Islamist warlord but not a woman in next year’s presidential election after only female candidate is disqualifiedhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10404711/Afghanistans-only-female-presidential-candidate-demands-right-to-run.html

21 OCTOBER 2013

Dangerous ‘truth’: The Kabul women’s poetry club

In Afghanistan, women are determined to protect new-found freedoms. For the BBC’s 100 Women season, I met the women poets who face great risk, including death threats, to express their deepest thoughts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24608666

15 OCTOBER 2013

Afghan bomb kills Logar governor Arsala Jamal in mosque

The governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province has been killed in a blast in a mosque, during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24530600
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/blast-kills-provincial-governor-in-afghanistan/2013/10/15/a5bf3dde-3569-11e3-8a0e-4e2cf80831fc_story.html

15 OCTOBER 2013

Women And Conflict In Afghanistan

Women are increasingly exposed to violence and exclusion from the public sphere as Afghanistan nears the 2014 security transition and conservative forces gain momentum.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/15102013-women-conflict-afghanistan/

13 OCTOBER 2013

Taliban learder warns against US-Afghanistan pact

Taliban leader Mullah Omar warned Sunday an agreement between Washington and Kabul on maintaining a US military presence in Afghanistan after 2014 would have « serious consequences ».
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12272-taliban-leader-warns-against-us-afghan-pact

Kerry fails to seal security deal with Karzai

The US secretary of state has left Afghanistan after failing to reach a full agreement over the withdrawal of US troops next year.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/kerry-fails-seal-security-deal-with-karzai-2013101358552682.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10375970/Future-of-US-troops-in-Afghanistan-to-be-decided-by-loya-jirga.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

Pakistani Taliban deputy arrested in Afghanistan

Latifullah Mehsud, a close aide of Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was arrested in a American operation in the eastern Afghanistan last week, according to U.S. officials.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12259-pakistani-taliban-deputy-arrested-in-afghanistan
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/12/usa-announce-arrest-of-taliban-commander/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10374916/Afghan-fury-as-US-seizes-spy-at-top-of-Taliban.html

10 OCTOBER 2013

Afghanistan’s most fearsome warlord, Abdul Rashid Dostum, apologises for decades of war as he puts together campaign to become country’s next vice-president

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10369344/Afghanistans-most-feared-warlord-says-sorry-to-victims-of-conflict.html

7 OCTOBER 2013

Hamid Karzai blasts Nato for Afghanistan ‘suffering’

As the end of his time in office approaches, the Afghan president has said Nato has brought much death and misery to his country, but little security
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10362302/Hamid-Karzai-blasts-Nato-for-Afghanistan-suffering.html

3 OCTOBER 2013

Former Islamist warlord who brought bin Laden to Afghanistan to run for president

Abdul Rasul Sayyaf announced his candidacy on Thursday by driving through the capital Kabul in a motorcade made up of heavily armed former Mujahideen fighters.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10353799/Former-Islamist-warlord-who-brought-bin-Laden-to-Afghanistan-to-run-for-president.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372889/ex-islamist-warlord-who-met-bin-laden-runs-for-afghan-presidency

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan Frees Afghan Taliban Deputy Commander

Pakistan has freed Afghan Taliban deputy commander Abdul Ghani Baradar in a attempt to jumpstart a tumultuous peace process in neighboring Afghanistan as most NATO troops prepare to leave the war-torn country by the end of 2014.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-releases-senior-taliban-commander/1754282.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12003-update-mullah-baradar-released-from-pakistani-prison-hpc-welcomes-move
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/2013921243903471.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Suicide attack targets US consulate in Afghanistan

Just before dawn on Friday, two vehicles filled with explosives were detonated in front of the U.S. Consulate in Herat and five assailants proceeded to lay siege on the consulate with heavy and light gunfire. Although the attack was eventually subdued by Afghan and U.S. forces, it left a number of civilian and security personnel casualties and heavy structural damage in its wake.
http://tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11909-elaborate-suicide-attack-threatens-us-consulate-in-herat
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391321546145357.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Female Afghan MP freed for Taliban detainees

A female Afghan parliamentarian was freed by the Taliban on Saturday in exchange for several militants, a provincial lawmaker said. The Taliban said the freed prisoners were “four innocent women and two children.”

http://dawn.com/news/1041224/female-afghan-mp-freed-for-taliban-detainees-official

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan releases Taliban in peace move

Pakistan has announced the release of seven senior Taliban figures to facilitate a peace process aimed at reaching a political resolution to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, the country’s foreign ministry has said. http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11829-pakistan-releases-seven-taliban-prisoners http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/2013975411597807.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

Karzai appoints new Afghan interior minister

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has appointed Mohammad User Daudzai as the country’s new interior minister, officials have said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391144528785858.html

26 AUGUST 2013

Karzai arrives in Islamabad for first official visit in more than 18 months

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has urged Pakistan to help his country defeat fighters who he says are bent on destabilising both countries.

http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/26/karzai_arrives_in_islamabad_for_first_official_visit_in_more_than_a_year_and_a_half
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/2013/2013/08/201382652340485340.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/26/pakistan-to-help-afghan-reconciliation-efforts-with-talaban/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11693-analysts-doubt-positive-outcome-from-karzais-pak-visit

18 AUGUST 2013

Afghan politicians in Munich issue resolutions

Afghan politicians gathered in Munich, Germany, to discuss the future of the Afghan political system came to a series of resolutions that involve a change in the structure of government in Afghanistan, candidates for the upcoming presidential election and the peace negotiation process with the Taliban.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11603-afghan-politicians-in-munich-issue-resolutions

14 AUGUST 2013

Afghanistan: MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar abducted in Ghazni

The Taliban have kidnapped a female Afghan MP as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul, the authorities say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23685833

11 AUGUST 2013

Afghanistan’s pioneering female MP seeks asylum as progress for women unravels

For years Noor Zia Atmar was a symbol of a new country rising from the ashes of Taliban rule, as one of the women whose voices were finally being heard after a decade of brutal oppression in Afghanistan.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10235137/Afghanistans-pioneering-female-MP-seeks-asylum-as-progress-for-women-unravels.html

3 AUGUST 2013

Afghan attack targets Indian mission

Suicide bombers have targeted the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing at least nine civilians.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23558930
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/03/world/asia/afghanistan-bombing/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

31 JULY 2013

Afghan civilian casualties jump by 23 per cent

A surge in Taliban attacks as security is handed to local forces in Afghanistan has reversed a recent decline in civilian casualties, according to a United Nations report.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10213399/Afghan-civilian-casualties-jump-by-23-per-cent.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/31/world/asia/afghanistan-civilian-casualties/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

30 JULY 2013

UN: Women’s Rights at Risk in Afghan Peace Process

Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the rights of Afghan have progressed: Women are in school, the workplace and government.But those advances could well be jeopardized in coming months, according to a new report by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
http://www.voanews.com/content/united-nations-womens-rights-at-risk-in-afghan-peace-process/1713318.html

24 JULY 2013

First Afghan woman governor wins Magsaysay award

Afghanistan’s first and only female governor and a humanitarian worker from Burma’s Kachin minority are among this year’s recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, often regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/111035/first-afghan-woman-governor-wins-magsaysay-award/

22 JULY 2013

Danish troops withdraw from Afghanistan

Denmark exits Afghanistan after twelve years. The Danish contingent of combat troops began their withdrawal from Camp Price in Helmand Province on Monday.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/23/danish-troops-withdraw-from-afghanistan/

Afghan parliament sacks minister over worsening security

Afghanistan’s parliament has voted to dismiss the country’s interior minister in a very public reprimand for the way his 157,000-strong police force has failed to deliver security.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10194888/Afghan-parliament-sacks-minister-over-worsening-security.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/07/201372214513133381.html

18 JULY 2013

Afghanistan, US Dispute Millions in Customs Fines

The Afghan government’s customs agency is demanding $70 million in fines for U.S. shipping containers that do not have validated customs forms.                                                                               http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-us-dispute-millions-in-customs-fines/1704400.html

13 JULY 2013

Afghan court ordered release of child-bride torturers

A court in Kabul ordered the early release of three people convicted over the torture of a child bride, an official confirmed Saturday, in a move denounced by activists as a blow for women’s rights.                                                                                      http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359732/afghan-court-ordered-release-of-child-bride-torturers

9 JULY 2013

Taliban close Qatar office in protest at flag removal

The Afghan Taliban have closed their office in the Gulf state of Qatar to protest the removal of its flag and a sign identifying the movement as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, a diplomat and Taliban official have said.                                              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10169161/Taliban-close-Qatar-office-in-protest-at-flag-removal.html                                                 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359108/taliban-qatar-office-temporarily-closed-taliban-official

Washington Considers Total Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

A report in a leading U.S. newspaper says the United States is considering an option for withdrawal from Afghanistan next year that would leave no American troops in the South Asian nation. http://www.voanews.com/content/washington-considers-no-troops-left-in-afghanistan/1697801.html                                                       http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359114/report-of-new-pullout-plans-bares-us-afghan-tensions

30 JUNE 2013

British PM in Afghanistan to revive peace talks

British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan hoping to revive stalled Taliban peace talks and reassure Afghan troops that foreign forces won’t leave them high and dry in 2014. http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/29/british-pm-cameron-in-afghanistan-to-revive-peace-talks/

24 JUNE 2013

Afghan Women’s Political Power Revoked

Women’s rights in Afghanistan take yet another hit, as conservative male parliamentarians secretly remove a legal requirement that states women make up at least a quarter of all provincial elections.                                                                                                                      http://www.plaintalkbm.com/afghan-womens-political-rights/?goback=%2Egde_3987253_member_253600688%2Egmr_3987253%2Egde_3987253_member_252562976

19 JUNE 2013

Karzai suspends talks with US over Taliban move

The Afghan president on Wednesday suspended talks with the United States on a new security deal to protest the way his government was being left out of initial peace negotiations with the Taliban meant to find a way to end the nearly 12-year war.                                                                                                                                                 http://asiancorrespondent.com/109422/karzai-suspends-talks-with-us-over-taliban-move/                   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/06/20136197363618634.html              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/06/201361918542715227.html

12 JUNE 2013

17 Afghan civilians killed in Taliban attack on Supreme Court

At least 17 Afghan civilians, including six judges, were killed and more than 40 were wounded Tuesday afternoon when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside of Kabul’s Supreme Court http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/06/12/17_afghan_civilians_killed_in_taliban_attack_on_supreme_court         http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/06/2013611121733644409.html

3 JUNE 2013

Land grabling, a new concern for Afghanistan

A Parliamentary Commission on Supervising the Government’s Activities on Monday said that about 1,290,000 acres of lands have been grabbed by 15,000 people across Afghanistan.                                                                                                                           http://tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/10724-land-grabbing-a-new-concern-for-afghanistan

21 MAY 2013

More Afghan women jailed for ‘moral crimes’, says HRW

The number of women and girls in Afghanistan imprisoned for « moral crimes » has risen by 50% in the past 18 months, a rights group says.                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22614536

19 MAY 2013

Karzai Seeks Indian Military Aid Amid Tensions with Pakistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to discuss potential arms deals with Indian officials during a trip to New Delhi this week, officials said, at a time when tensions are running high on Afghanistan’s disputed border with Pakistan.                                             http://www.voanews.com/content/karzai-seeks-indian-military-aid-amid-tensions-with-pakistan/1664003.html

18 MAY 2013

Angry Afghan MPs halt debate on women’s rights

Conservative lawmakers in Aghanistan halted a debate on women’s rights after just 15 minutes today, failing to approve a law that aims to protect women because parts of it violate Islamic principles, an Afghan legislator said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10065779/Angry-Afghan-MPs-halt-debate-on-womens-rights.html

13 MAY 2013

‘Corrupt’ Afghan MPs are named in parliament

Afghan lawmakers accused of corruption have been named in parliament by Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal, triggering noisy cheering and applause in the lower house.                                                                                                                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22511143

13 MAY 2013

Taliban renounces war on anti-polio workers

The Taliban has ended its war on polio vaccination workers and admitted immunisation is the only way to protect children from the disease, its leadership said in a statement issued today.                                              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10053981/Taliban-renounces-war-on-anti-polio-workers.html

9 MAY 2013

Karzai to allow US bases in Afghanistan after Nato withdrawal

Afghanistan is ready to let America retain nine bases in the country after Nato’s combat mission ends next year, Hamid Karzai has said.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10047898/Karzai-to-allow-US-bases-in-Afghanistan-after-Nato-withdrawal.html                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-president-agrees-to-us-request-for-bases/1657821.html

6 MAY 2013

Second Afghan-Pakistan border clash in a week

Afghan and Pakistani troops have clashed across the border between the two countries for the second time in a week. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22427641

4 MAY 2013

Karzai Says He Was Assured C.I.A. Would Continue Delivering Bags of Cash

The C.I.A.’s station chief here met with President Hamid Karzai on Saturday, and the Afghan leader said he had been assured the agency would continue dropping off stacks of cash at his office despite a storm of criticism that has erupted since the payments were disclosed. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/world/asia/karzai-said-he-was-assured-of-cash-deliveries-by-cia.html?ref=asia

29 APRIL 2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirms secret US cash ‘help’

The Afghan president has admitted his office received secret payments from the US, but says the amounts were small and used legitimately.                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22343030

27 APRIL 2013

Afghan Taliban declare ‘spring offensive’

The Taliban in Afghanistan has announced the start of their annual « spring offensive » against the US-backed government, vowing a nationwide series of attacks as foreign troops withdraw.                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201342771055998869.html

7 APRIL 2013

NATO airstrike kills Afghan children

At least 18 people, including 11 children, have been killed in an air strike in eastern Afghanistan.  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134712422926374.html

1 APRIL 2013

Gunshots in front of BNP chief’s office

Three shots were fired “targeting” BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in the capital last night, said her press staff. The BNP chief was inside at the time of the shooting                                                                         http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/gunshots-in-front-of-bnp-chiefs-office/

31 MARCH 2013

Karzai meets emir of Qatar for peace talks

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has met with the emir of Qatar to discuss plans for the Taliban to open an office in the Gulf state. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201333085839412631.html

28 MARCH 2013

Child-abuse victims jailed in Afghanistan

The 15-year-old refused to give his name, his eyes cast down as he sat in an empty room in the children’s correction center in Kabul. Slowly, he began to open up and tell his story. An orphan, he left his home province of Sar-e Pol a year ago and came to the Afghan city to study at an Islamic school.                                                                                                      http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-02-280313.html

25 MARCH 2013

Last US-controlled prison handed over in Afghanistan

The transfer of Parwan Detention Facility to the Afghan government ends a bitter chapter in relations between the two countries. http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/25/last-us-controlled-prison-handed-over-in-afghanistan/

18 MARCH 2013

Afghan women as a measure of progress

http://strategicstudyindia.blogspot.in/2013/03/afghan-women-as-measure-of-progress.html

3 MARCH 2013

Amid Hagel visit, Karzai accuses U.S. of conspiring with Taliban

The often-volatile U.S. relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai grew increasingly strained Sunday as Karzai accused the U.S. and Taliban insurgents of having a secret understanding to foment violence as a pretext to keep foreign troops in Afghanistan. http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-hagel-karzai-afghanistan-20130310,0,3678038.story?track=rss    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/karzai-chides-us-during-hagel-afghanistan-visit/2013/03/10/773cfa5c-89af-11e2-a88e-461ffa2e34e4_story.html                                                                            http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259116/1/.html                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21732383

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Afghan police ‘sell weapons to Taliban, are addicted to drugs and kidnap and rape young boys’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284302/On-Afghan-police-sell-weapons-Taliban-addicted-drugs-kidnap-rape-young-boys.html#ixzz2M1YfdOCQ

NATO: No evidence for Afghan claim of possible torture, murder by U.S. forces

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/25/world/asia/afghanistan-us-special-forces/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province

Afghan President Hamid Karzai orders all U.S. Special Forces to leave a strategically important province in two weeks, alleging that they have been involved in the torture and murder of “innocent people.”                                                                      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/afghan-president-karzai-ends-us-special-forces-operations-in-key-province/2013/02/24/b7e8684c-7eb6-11e2-a671-0307392de8de_story.html                                                      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9890985/US-special-forces-ordered-to-leave-critical-Afghanistan-province.html                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21566295

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Afghan forces arrest Pakistan Taliban commander

Prominent Pakistani Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad has been arrested in eastern Afghanistan.                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21504250

11 FEBRUARY 2013

US withdraws military equipment through Pakistan

The US military has started to withdraw equipment from Afghanistan through Pakistan ahead of next year’s deadline for combat troops to leave the war against the Taliban, an official said Monday.                            http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1253585/1/.html

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Study: Afghans paid nearly $4 billion in bribes last year

Afghans paid bribes totaling about $3.9 billion last year — twice the country’s domestic revenue — and two-thirds of the population says it’s acceptable for civil servants to take kickbacks for providing basic services, according to a U.N. survey released Thursday. http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-afghanistan-corruption-20130207,0,230019.story?track=rss  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9855263/Afghan-officials-took-2.5-billion-in-bribes-in-2012.html

1 FEBRUARY 2013

Afghanistan: post-withdrawal engagement

The earnest desire of Afghanistan neighbors’ is to restore sustainable peace and security in the country. Peaceful Afghanistan is not only essential for combating and curbing the menace of transnational terrorist organizations, but also necessary for the economic prosperity of the region. The new silk route could only be possible, if the prevalent anarchy in Afghanistan was replaced by a stable political system and the rule of law ensured in the entire country.                                                                                                                                        http://weeklypulse.org/details.aspx?contentID=3222&storylist=10&goback=%2Egde_108552_member_210497086

31 JANUARY 2013

Afghan Female Artist Beats the Odds

Charred bodies lie scattered against blood-stained walls and debris covers the ground. For Afghanistan, the only unusual thing in this gruesome scene is that the blood is red paint – and part of an art installation. It’s a work by Afghan artist Malina Suliman, 23, who risks her life, sometimes working by flashlight after dark, to create art in southern Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban and still one of the country’s most dangerous areas.                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/reuters-afghan-female-artist-beats-the-odds/1593116.html

15 JANUARY 2013

Victory in Afghanistan? Not without U.S. troops

White House talk of 3,000 personnel — or none — by the end of 2014 ignores the reality of the situation there. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-boot-afghanistan-karzaii-withdrawal-20130115,0,2039254.story

13 JANUARY 2013

Afghan President Karzai Pays Visit to Washington

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/01/13/afghan-president-karzai-pays-visit-to-washington.html

2 JANUARY 2013

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar vows fresh attacks on NATO troops

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar vowed in an interview published on Wednesday to kill as many Western soldiers as possible before NATO combat forces withdraw from the country in 2014                         http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1245634/1/.html

22 DECEMBER 2012

Taliban calls for new constitution in French talks

Afghanistan’s Taliban has called for a new constitution as a condition to it co-operating with the country’s peace process, at a meeting in France.
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20121222-taliban-calls-new-constitution-french-talks

20 DECEMBER 2012

Karzai welcomes UK troop withdrawal plan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he welcomed plans by Britain to withdraw almost 4,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/20/world/asia/afghanistan-uk-troops/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

20 NOVEMBER 2012

Afghan combat mission ends for French troops

French combat troops in Afghanistan are preparing to come home on Tuesday as their mission officially ends. http://www.euronews.com/2012/11/20/afghan-combat-mission-ends-for-french-troops/ http://www.voanews.com/content/france-ends-afghanistan-combat-mission/1549415.html

13 NOVEMBER 2012

China ready to play greater role in Afghan geopolitics

The first signs of a potential re-alignment in Sino-Afghan bilateral relations came from Karzai’s visit to Beijing on March 27, 2010. Karzai’s choice of Beijing for his second overseas visit after his controversial reelection signaled his determination to reduce his dependence on the West.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/744081.shtml

20 OCTOBER 2012

We’ll take your money but we can’t be friends, Afghan senators tell ‘infidel’ France

France is to train Afghan police and army officers as part of a 300-million-euro aid package that Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius was set to discuss with Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Saturday. But Afghan senators want to change the name of the “Friendship and Cooperation Treaty” because they say they cannot be friends with « infidels ».
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20121020-well-take-your-money-we-cant-be-friends-afghan-senators-tell-infidel-france

3 OCTOBER 2012

Afghan bid to ‘de-friend’ France

Afghan senators have tried to remove the word « friendship » from a strategic pact with France, after arguing that Islamic teachings state Muslims cannot be friends with infidels.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9584584/Afghan-bid-to-de-friend-France.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Senior Chinese official visits Afghanistan for first time in 50 years

A senior official has made China’s first top-level visit to Afghanistan in nearly 50 years, as Beijing attempts to bolster diplomatic and economic ties with its war-torn neighbour ahead of the withdrawal of Nato troops in 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9560995/Senior-Chinese-official-visits-Afghanistan-for-first-time-in-50-years.
html http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20120923-373259.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2012

Six US fighter jets destroyed in Prince Harry base attack

Six US fighter jets were destroyed and two significantly damaged when Taliban attackers stormed a heavily fortified Afghan base where Britain’s Prince Harry is deployed on Friday, a NATO spokesman said http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/16-Sep-2012/six-us-fighter-jets-destroyed-in-prince-harry-base-attack

10 SEPTEMBRE 2012

Afghan government takes charge of Bagram military prison

The handover of the controversial high security prison, sometimes referred to as « the other Guantánamo », had been hailed a victory for Afghan sovereignty as America prepares to withdraw combat troops by the end of 2014 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9533807/Afghan-government-takes-charge-of-Bagram-military-prison.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/09/201291094118439921.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19539412

5 SEPTEMBER 2012

Kabul declares crackdown over insider attacks

Afghan authorities say they have cracked down on hundreds of soldiers believed to have links to the Taliban in a bid to crush the rise of alleged insider attacks
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/201295194054238683.html
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/05/afghan-army-arrests-or-sacks-hundreds-of-troops/

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

Karzai’s choice for Afghan intelligence chief suspected of torture, trafficking http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/04/world/asia/afghanistan-intelligence-chief/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

3 SEPTEMBER 2012

New Zealand confirms April Afghanistan withdrawal

New Zealand has formally announced it will withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April, confirming earlier comments by Prime Minister John Key
http://asiancorrespondent.com/88715/new-zealand-confirms-april-afghanistan-withdrawal/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19461540

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

US halts Afghan police training after attacks

The US military has halted the training of some members of the Afghan Local Police force for at least a month following a string of attacks on international forces by men in Afghan National Security Force uniforms. http://www.france24.com/en/20120902-us-suspends-afghan-military-training-after-insider-attacks-taliban-green-on-blue
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129210058203544.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9515684/US-suspends-Afghan-militia-training-after-attacks-on-Nato-forces.html

29 AUGUST 2012

Karzai moves to replace Afghan security chiefs

Afghan President Hamid Karzai moved to replace the country’s intelligence chief and the ministers of defense and interior Wednesday, the first step in what senior government officials said was a planned wider Cabinet shakeup aimed at solidifying the president’s power before elections and the drawdown of foreign forces. http://news.yahoo.com/karzai-moves-replace-afghan-security-chiefs-223445854.html

11 AUGUST 2012

Wed and Tortured at 13, Afghan Girl Finds Rare Justice

When she refused to prostitute herself or have sex with the man she was forced to marry when she was about 13, officials said, Sahar Gul’s in-laws tortured her and threw her into a dirty, windowless cellar for months until the police discovered her lying in hay and animal dung
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/world/asia/wed-and-tortured-at-13-afghan-girl-finds-rare-justice.html?_r=1&ref=asia

4 AUGUST 2012

Afghan parliament votes to sack key ministers

The interior and defence ministers were criticised for failing to prevent cross-border shelling from Pakistan and security lapses that resulted in the assassinations of senior officials.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19124808
http://www.france24.com/en/20120804-afghan-government-dismisses-key-security-ministers-karzai

 

1 AUGUST 2012

Afghan Finance Minister Under Scrutiny

Afghanistan’s powerful finance minister came under scrutiny on Wednesday when an Afghan television network broadcast copies of two of his bank account statements that showed sizable payments from businesses and individuals and transfers of money from those accounts to bank accounts in Canada.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/02/world/asia/afghan-finance-chief-under-scrutiny-over-bank-records.html?_r=1&ref=asia

14 JULY 2012

Prominent Afghan MP killed in suicide attack

The attacker embraced MP Ahmad Khan, a former militia commander, in front of guests at his daughter’s wedding before detonating the explosives strapped around his waist, a security forces spokesman said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/07/201271445145150582.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9399740/Top-Afghan-MP-killed-in-suicide-attack-at-daughters-wedding.html

13 JULY 2012

Female Afghan politician Hanifa Safi killed

As the provincial head of the Afghan ministry of women’s affairs, Mrs Safi had for years been a leading advocate of fair treatment for women.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18832391

12 JULY 2012

Mullah Omar could be Afghan president, Hamid Karzai says

Hamid Karzai has said the supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, could run for political office and even the Afghan presidency if he abandoned his armed struggle. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9395688/Mullah-Omar-could-be-Afghan-president-Hamid-Karzai-says.html http://www.voanews.com/content/karzai-urges-mullah-omar-to-join-afghan-political-process/1403839.html

4 JULY 2012

French army hands over control of Kapisa to Afghan forces

French troops on Wednesday handed over the key Afghan province of Kapisa to local forces as President François Hollande’s promise to bring France’s forces home gets under way. But they will continue to train Afghan security forces in the province.
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20120704-french-army-hands-over-control-kapisa-afghan-forces

22 JUNE 2012

Afghan Taliban attack on hotel near Kabul ends

Afghan security forces have ended a 12-hour attack by Taliban militants on a hotel outside Kabul, in which at least 20 people died, officials say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18545884 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012621223821763757.html

2 JUNE 2012

SAS launched rescue mission for British aid worker after warning she could be dead in 24 hours

Helicopter-borne British and American special forces troops freed the hostages from a series of caves and killed seven of the kidnappers in the early hours of Saturday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9309226/SAS-launched-rescue-mission-for-British-aid-worker-after-warning-she-could-be-dead-in-24-hours.html

29 MAY 2012

Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan school

Their classrooms might have been sprayed with a toxic material before the girls entered, police spokesman Khalilullah Aseer said. He blamed the Taliban
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/29/world/asia/afghanistan-girls-poisoned/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

25 MAY 2012

Hollande says 1,400 soldiers to stay on in Afghanistan

Around 1,400 French soldiers will stay on in Afghanistan after the planned withdrawal of 2,000 combat troops later this year, François Hollande announced on Friday 25. The soldiers will remain in the war-torn country to help with training and logistics
http://www.france24.com/en/20120526-hollande-says-1400-soldiers-stay-afghanistan-france-war-taliban

24 MAY 2012

Afghan schoolgirls ‘poisoned by Taliban’

More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned in the second attack in as many months in Afghanistan blamed on conservative radicals in the country’s north. The attack occurred in Takhar province where police said the Taliban, who are opposed to education of women and girls, had used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms, leaving scores of students unconscious http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/201252451931671453.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/24/world/asia/afghanistan-girls-poisoned/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2 MAY 2012

In Afghanistan, Obama pledges cooperation, vows to ‘finish the job’

President Barack Obama, speaking early Wednesday in Afghanistan at the tail end of a surprise visit there, discussed how the war will end and promised a steady drawdown of U.S. troops
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/01/politics/afghanistan-obama/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

22 APRIL 2012

Afghanistan, US Agree on Strategic Agreement

Afghanistan and the United States have finalized a strategic partnership agreement outlining their relationship following the 2014 withdrawal of Western combat troops from the country
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Afghanistan-US-Agree-on-Strategic-Agreement-148434865.html

15 APRIL 2012

Taliban strike across Afghanistan in ‘spring offensive’

Militants have staged a wave of co-ordinated attacks on the Afghan capital Kabul and other locations. Foreign embassies, Nato’s HQ and the Afghan parliament were hit in the first major attack on Kabul in more than six months. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17719956

384 prisoners escape after Taliban raid on Pakistan prison

Authorities in northern Pakistan were looking for 384 inmates who escaped from a prison early Sunday morning after hundreds of Taliban militants raided the facility.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/15/world/asia/pakistan-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.france24.com/en/20120415-pakistan-northwest-banu-hundreds-escape-prison-raid-islamist-militants-taliban
14 APRIL 2012

Murdered Afghan talks head Rabbani replaced by son

Salahuddin Rabbani will chair the country’s High Peace Council, which leads Afghan efforts to negotiate with the Taliban
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-17712058

5 APRIL 2012

Karzai Orders Prosecutor and Tribunal in Scandal Over Kabul Bank’s Losses

With Afghanistan’s foreign backers set to meet next month in Chicago, President Hamid Karzai ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor and the creation of a special tribunal to try those involved in the near collapse of Kabul Bank, a scandal that laid bare the crony capitalism and corruption that has thrived here in the past decade http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/world/asia/karzai-orders-inquiry-in-kabul-banks-losses.html?_r=1&ref=asia

27 MARCH 2012

The Afghan girls who live as boys

For economic and social reasons, many Afghan parents want to have a son. This preference has led to some of them practising the long-standing tradition of Bacha Posh – disguising girls as boys
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15262680

25 FEBRUARY 2012

NATO withdraws staff from Afghan ministries after shooting
NATO on Saturday 25 pulled all its staff out of Afghan government ministries after two US military advisors were shot dead in the interior ministry, as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1185273/1/.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/2012225151435215869.html http://www.france24.com/en/20120225-nato-kabul-government-ministries-united-states-afghanistan-koran-burning-protests-taliban

23 FEBRUARY 2012

Obama Sends Apology as Afghan Koran Protests Rage

The potential scope of the fallout from the burning of several copies of the Koran by American military personnel this week became chillingly clear on Thursday as a man in an Afghan Army uniform shot and killed two American soldiers, while a crowd nearby protested the desecration of the Muslim holy book. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/world/asia/koran-burning-afghanistan-demonstrations.html?ref=asia http://www.france24.com/en/20120223-obama-afghanistan-koran-burning-nato-troops-apology-karzai?no-cache=1

22 FEBRUARY 2012

Shots fired as Afghans protest ‘Koran burning’

At least eight people were shot dead in Kabul on Wednesday during protests where furious Afghans shouted « Death to America » and burned vehicles and shops for a second day following reports that NATO troops had burned copies of the Koran
http://www.france24.com/en/20120222-afghan-protests-over-koran-burning-enter-second-day-nato-usa

4 FEBRUARY 2012

Afghan civilian deaths rise for fifth year, says UN

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) documented 3,021 civilian deaths in 2011 compared with 2,790 in 2010 and 2,412 in 2009
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-16883917
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/04/world/asia/afghanistan-civilian-casualties/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

28 JANUARY 2012

Afghans criticise French plan for 2013 troop withdrawal

France’s plans for an early withdrawal from Afghanistan drew criticism from Kabul on Saturday 28, with experts and lawmakers accusing French President Nicolas Sarkozy of putting politics ahead of Afghans’ safety http://www.france24.com/en/20120128-france-sarkozy-plans-early-withdrawal-draw-criticism-afghanistan

20 JANUARY 2012

France suspends Afghan troop training

France has suspended its training programmes for Afghan troops after an Afghan army soldier opened fire in eastern part of the country, killing four French soldiers, according to both NATO and Afghan accounts http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/01/201212085958596644.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/21/world/europe/sarkozy-weighs-afghan-withdrawal-after-4-french-troops-killed.html?_r=1&ref=asia http://www.france24.com/en/20120120-france-suspends-afghan-military-mission-after-attack-troops-sarkozy

12 JANUARY 2012

Anger at video of US troops ‘urinating on dead bodies’

The US promised to investigate a video on Thursday that appeared to show US forces in Afghanistan urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters. But the insurgent group has said it would not harm efforts to broker peace talks
http://www.france24.com/en/20120112-afghan-anger-over-urination-video-taliban-afghanistan http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/01/2012112135558618227.html

5 JANUARY 2012

Karzai orders Afghan takeover of Bagram prison

The Afghan government, angry at being sidelined over peace talks, flexed its muscles on Thursday by ordering the takeover of a US military prison and parading British detainees at a news conference. President Hamid Karzai ordered the transfer of the prison at Bagram – sometimes called « Afghanistan’s Guantanamo » to Afghan control within a month, citing reports of human rights violations there
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1175040/1/.html

4 JANUARY 2012

Taliban confirms deal to open Qatar office

The Taliban has confirmed it has come to an « initial agreement » to open a political office overseas as part of peace talks with the US, according to a statement
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/01/201213112718977856.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/world/asia/taliban-to-open-qatar-office-in-step-toward-peace-talks.html?_r=1&ref=asia

27 DECEMBER 2011

Karzai accepts Taliban office in Qatar

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has said he will accept the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar for the purpose of holding peace talks
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2011/12/201112283012391126.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16342640

16 DECEMBER 2011

This piece was published as part of The Future of Afghanistan and U.S. Foreign Policy, a collaboration between the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism and ForeignAffairs.com

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/136870/zalmay-khalilzad/the-three-futures-for-afghanistan

6 DECEMBER 2011

Shias targeted in Afghan shrine blasts

At least 60 people killed in twin attacks targeting Shia Muslims marking Ashoura in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/12/201112674650869183.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20111206-twin-afghanistan-bombings-cause-carnage-shiite-mosques-taliban

6 DECEMBER 2011

Timeline: A decade of war in Afghanistan

Major events since the US launched military operations in 2001 to topple the Taliban government in Afghanistan
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/spotlight/2011/10/201110771321874374.html

20 NOVEMBER 2011

Afghan loya jirga: Karzai wins backing for US pact

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has won the endorsement of tribal elders and community leaders to negotiate a 10-year strategic partnership with the US.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15809068

13 NOVEMBER 2011

Life better since Taliban driven from Kabul, says Nato

Ten years since the Taliban were  driven from the Afghan capital, Nato’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Simon Gass,  says there have been big improvements.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15710041

2 NOVEMBER 2011

Karzai seeks Pakistan’s help with Taliban

The Afghan president has urged Pakistan to help his country negotiate with the Taliban, despite a series of high-profile assassinations and attacks that have diminished peace prospects and intensified suspicions that Pakistan supports and shelters the fighters.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/11/2011112154754885520.html

1 NOVEMBER 2011

Afghanistan and Pakistan agree Rabbani murder probe

Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to jointly investigate the murder of Afghan peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani. The two countries’ presidents announced the move after talks in Turkey, their first since Mr Rabbani was killed by a suicide bomber in September.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15533736

Afghans bemused by Karzai’s views

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai’s remarks about siding with Pakistan if it ever went to war with the United States have caused no little surprise at home as well as abroad. « If conflict breaks out between Pakistan and the US, we will be beside with Pakistan, » Karzai said in an interview shown on the privately  Geo TV station in Pakistan on October 22. His remarks caused some concern, especially since they followed closely on visits by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to both Islamabad and Kabul While in Islamabad
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MK01Df01.html

29 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan: Suicide attack kills 13 US troops

A suicide bomber has attacked a bus carrying foreign troops in the Afghan capital Kabul killing 13 US soldiers. A Nato spokesman said the attacker detonated a car filled with explosives.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15504922
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/world/asia/index.html

11 OCTOBER 2011

U.N. Finds ‘Systematic’ Torture in Afghanistan
Detainees are hung by their hands and beaten with cables, and in some cases their genitals are twisted until the prisoners lose
consciousness at sites run by the Afghan intelligence service and the Afghan National Police, according to a United Nations report released here on Monday 10
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/10/20111010184857567176.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/world/asia/un-report-finds-routine-abuse-of-afghan-detainees.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15242857

7 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan marks 10 years since US invasion
Afghanistan is marking the 10th anniversary of the start of the US-led invasion of the country amid growing security concerns and
questions over what the next decade will hold
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia/2011/10/201110735515474971.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15213999

4 OCTOBER 2011

Afghanistan and India sign ‘strategic partnership’
The leaders of Afghanistan and India have signed a strategic partnership agreement during a visit by President Hamid Karzai to Delhi
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15161776
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/10/201110453629522332.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1157261/1/.html

20 SEPTEMBER 2011

Afghan Peace Council Chief Killed in Attack on His Home
Afghan officials said the peace council leader, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, was likely killed by a suicide bomber in or near
his heavily guarded home in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The assassination coincided with President Hamid Karzai’s visit to the United Nations General Assembly, where he was scheduled to confer with President Obama about the war. A spokesman for Mr. Karzai said he would cut short his trip to return home
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/world/asia/Burhanuddin-Rabbani-afghan-peace-council-leader-assassinated.html?_r=1&ref=asiahttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14985779

13 SEPTEMBER 2011

Taliban gunmen armed with suicide bombs and heavy weaponry launch coordinated attacks in Kabul, targeting NATO’s headquarters,
the US embassy and the Afghan intelligence agency. Gunfire and blasts engulfed what is usually the most heavily protected part of the Afghan capital, with a Taliban insurgency now at its deadliest since US-led troops ousted the Islamists’ regime after the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago
http://www.france24.com/en/20110913-afghanistan-taliban-lays-seige-kabul-us-embassy-district-explosions-gunfire
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14897358
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/09/20119139512498402.html
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/09/201191435357758832.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2011

Afghanistan mourns Massoud 10 years on
Ten years to the day after anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud was killed in combat, Afghanistan celebrated his passing
with a ceremony that was notable this year for the absence of President Hamid Karzai
http://www.france24.com/en/20110909-asia-taliban-kabul-afghanistan-mourns-massoud-10-years-on

15 JULY 2001

The first batch of departing U.S. soldiers left Afghanistan this week, beginning a drawdown of 10,000 American troops scheduled
to leave by year’s end
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/07/15/afghanistan.drawdown/index.html

12 JULY 2011

Ahmed Wali Karzai, half brother to the Afghan president and one of the most powerful men in the country, has been killed in
Kandahar city by a close associate, according to government officials and a member of his security team
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/20117127299662659.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14118884
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-most-powerful-man-southern-afghanistan-president-karzai-brother-ahmed-wali
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/07/201171283244784171.html

France will pull out a quarter of its 4,000 troops based in Afghanistan by the end of 2012 French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said during a
brief visit to the country
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-france-withdraw-quarter-troops-afghanistan-2012-sarkozy
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/201171271435384429.html

27 JUNE 2011

Governor of Afghan central bank flees
The governor of Afghanistan’s central bank has fled the country in fear of his life after naming powerful individuals who benefited from a scandal at Kabulbank, the biggest lender
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3cce0178-a0e9-11e0-adae-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1QVdgmipR

31 MAY 2011

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, warns that the NATO forces fighting in his country risk becoming an « occupying force » if they do not stop air strikes on Afghan civilian homes as they hunt armed fighters
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201153165616561911.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/world/asia/01afghanistan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

4 MAY 2011

Eleven sentenced to life for Bangladesh gang rape
A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment for gang raping a female school student during post-election violence in 2001
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13277465

25 APRIL 2011

More than 470 inmates at a prison in southern Afghanistan escapes through a tunnel hundreds of meters long and dug from outside the jail. Officials in the city of Kandahar said many of those who escaped from Sarposa jail were Taliban insurgents
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13184920
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/04/25/afghanistan.prison.break/index.htmlhttp://www.france24.com/en/20110425-afghanistan-taliban-nearly-500-freed-kandahar-jailbreak-tunnel

12 MARCH 2011

President Hamid Karzai urges international troops to stop their operations in Afghanistan, saying that his tolerance had run out after a string of high-profile accidental civilian casualties
http://www.france24.com/en/20110312-karzai-nato-stop-operations-civilian-casuaties-afghanistan-pakistan-war-us

27 FEBRUAY 2011

An Afghan government investigation found that NATO forces killed 65 civilians, including 40 children, during an assault in the country’s east in February, claims that NATO refutes.
http://www.france24.com/en/20110227-Afghanistan-nato-rejects-claims-forces-killed-65-civilians-attack

5 FEBRUARY 2011

Afghan Rights Fall Short for Christian Converts
The jail commander had remained silent as the prisoner, Sayed Mussa, told a reporter about his journey from Islam to Christianity: his secret baptism nine years earlier, his faith in Jesus Christ and the promise of heaven
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/world/asia/06mussa.html?_r=1&ref=asia

26 JANUARY 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has opened parliament, after failing to win a delay to allow September’s disputed elections to be investigated
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12283862
http://www.france24.com/en/20110126-karzai-afghanistan-parliament-election-lawmakers-dispute
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/01/201112661112799585.html

14 JANUARY 2011

Afghanistan’s Education Minister Farooq Wardak said that the Taliban no longer oppose schooling girls
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taliban-no-longer-opposed-to-female-education-20509.html

3 DECEMBER 2010

US president blames weather as he is unable to meet his Afghan counterpart during a three-hour visit to the country
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/12/2010123164636132232.html
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/12/201012382135306499.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11913302

20 OCTOBER 2010

Afghan election authorities have thrown out 1.3 million votes, 23 per cent of the 5.6 million ballots cast in last month’s parliamentary election, officials have said
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/10/2010102081458138520.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11582690

7 OCTOBER 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on inaugurates the High Peace Council, charged with negotiating with the Taliban and other insurgents
that have been attempting to destabilize the country since start of the US-led invasion nine years ago
http://www.france24.com/en/20101007-karzai-inaugurates-high-peace-council-negotiate-taliban-afghanistan-nine-year-anniversary-afghanistan-war

27 AUGUST 2010

Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has criticised the US military’s plans to begin withdrawing troops from the country in July 2011. Mr Karzai said that announcing a date for the withdrawal had given the Taliban insurgency « a morale boost »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11106290

25 AUGUST 2010

Dozens of students and teachers at a girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, have been sickened by an unknown gas that spread
through classrooms. This incident follows a similar pattern seen in other recent attacks at girls’ schools involving an airborne substance which could be some form of gas
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/08/201082513452971438.html

7 AUGUST 2010

Eight foreigners and two Afghans have been found shot dead next to abandoned vehicles in the north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan
The foreigners are believed to be six Americans, one Briton and a German, who worked for an international charity providing eye care
and medical help
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10900338
http://www.france24.com/en/20100807-eight-foreigners-northeastern-afghanistan-taliban-terrorism-germans

26 JULY 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a NATO rocket attack in southern Afghanistan has killed 52 civilians, including women and children An investigation by the Afghan intelligence service found that the rocket hit a home in the Sangin district of Helmand province
http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Afghan-Officials-Rocket-Attack-Kills-45-Civilians-99233909.html

20 JULY 2010

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has received international backing for plans that would see Afghan forces to take over security across the country in four years
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/07/201072052634402987.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/world/asia/21afghan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

2 JUNE 2010

Hamid Karzai, theAfghan president, opens a three-day peace conference in the capital, amid rocket fire and at least one suicide bombing
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/06/20106244135950477.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20100602-afghanistan-karzai-launches-ambitious-peace-plan-jirga-gathering-taliban

23 APRIL 2010

Nato is preparing to hand control of parts of Afghanistan to the Afghan people this year, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says after. Nato foreign ministers, and their partners in the international coalition in Afghanistan, have been meeting in the Estonian capital Tallinn
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8639029.stm

1 APRIL 2010

Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, delivers an extraordinarily harsh criticism of the Western governments fighting in his
country, the United Nations and the Anglo-American press, accusing them of perpetrating the fraud that denied him an outright victory in last summer’s presidential elections
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/02/world/asia/02afghan.html?ref=asia
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36136784/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8598843.stm

16 FEBRUARY 2011

Mullah Abdul Ghani Brader Brader, the Afghanistan Taliban’s number two, was captured in Karachi in a secret raid by US and Pakistani intelligence forces several days ago
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/world/asia/16intel.html?ref=asia

25 FEBRUARY 2010

In Afghanistan, following the success of their biggest military offensive since the start of the 2001 invasion, US marines capture the
Afghan town of Marjah, a former Taliban stronghold, a « historic day » in the fight to oust the regime.
http://www.france24.com/en/20100225-afghanistan-war-historic-capture-marjah-operation-mushtarak-taliban-us-marines

7 FEBRUARY 2010

Taliban dismiss Afghanistan’s president Karzai’s latest reconciliation bid
http://www.france24.com/en/20100207-afghanistan-taliban-dismiss-reconciliation-peace-hamid-karzai

28 JANUARY 2010

An international conference on Afghanistan in London conclude with a commitment to support “full Afghan ownership” of its security
situation and to reintegrate Taliban insurgents willing to renounce violence
http://www.france24.com/en/20100128-afghanistan-london-conference-karzai-taliban-deal-security-miliband-clinton-jirga

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 2 August in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 2 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1763: In India, after the capture of Murshidabad, the British troops fight with Mir Kasim at Giria. Mir Kasim is defeated again
http://murshidabad.net/history/history-topic-mir-qasim.htm

1858: The British parliament votes a bill deciding that the government of India is transferred from East India Company to the Crown
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/2nd-august-1858-parliament-passes-a-bill-to-take-over-the-administration-of-india-from-the-east-india-company-by-the-british-crown
http://historypak.com/government-of-india-act-1858/
http://www.jagranjosh.com/general-knowledge/government-of-india-act-1858-key-features-1443010726-1

1897: Anglo-Afghan War: The Siege of Malakand ends when a relief column is able to reach the British garrison in the Malakand states adjacent to India’s North West Frontier Province
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Malakand
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6173431.stm

1918: Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War

1943: During the  World War II, PT-109 is rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri and sinks. Lt. John F. Kennedy, future US President, saves all but two of his crew
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/japanese-forces-attack-pt-boat-with-kennedy-on-board
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_Torpedo_Boat_PT-109

1943-08-02 Kennedy

1964: During the Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin Incident – North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fires on U.S. destroyers, USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy
http://www.history.com/news/the-gulf-of-tonkin-incident-50-years-ago
https://history.state.gov/milestones/1961-1968/gulf-of-Tonkin

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1n0eVea9Zg

1971: Nixon administration acknowledges secret army in Laos
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-administration-acknowledges-secret-army-in-laos

1989: Valvettiturai massacre is carried out by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Valvettiturai_massacre

2011: Thousands of people rally for independence from Indonesia in the country’s Papua region, after days of political violence that killed at least 21 people
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/world/asia/03indonesia.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110802-thousands-call-independence-west-papua

On 2 August in South Asian history

ON 2 AUGUST IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1763: In India, after the capture of Murshidabad, the British troops fight with Mir Kasim at Giria. Mir Kasim is defeated again
http://murshidabad.net/history/history-topic-mir-qasim.htm

1858: The British parliament votes a bill deciding that the government of India is transferred from East India Company to the Crown
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/2nd-august-1858-parliament-passes-a-bill-to-take-over-the-administration-of-india-from-the-east-india-company-by-the-british-crown
http://historypak.com/government-of-india-act-1858/
http://www.jagranjosh.com/general-knowledge/government-of-india-act-1858-key-features-1443010726-1

1876: Birth of Pingali Venkayya, Indian geologist, designer of the Flag of India, who died on July 4, 1963
http://telugustreet.blogspot.fr/2007/03/pingali-venkayya.html

1897: Anglo-Afghan War: The Siege of Malakand ends when a relief column is able to reach the British garrison in the Malakand states adjacent to India’s North West Frontier Province
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Malakand
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6173431.stm

1913: Birth of Xavier Thaninayagam, Sri Lankan Tamil academic, who died on September 1, 1980
http://www.thehindu.com/2003/08/27/stories/2003082704130600.htm
http://www.ulakaththamizh.org/JOTSpdf/018103113.pdf

1935: The Government of India Act completes the January 24, 1935 British India Act
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/articletext.asp?artid=A041

1989: Pakistan is re-admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations after having restoring democracy for the first time since 1972.

1989: Valvettiturai massacre is carried out by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Valvettiturai_massacre

2012: India has reversed its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/20128264238428195.html

2013: Death of V. Dakshinamoorthy, Indian singer-songwriter, born on December 8, 1919
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Music-composer-Dakshinamoorthy-passes-away-at-94/articleshow/21564207.cms
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V._Dakshinamoorthy

On 2 August in Southeast Asian history

ON 2 AUGUST IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1799: Birth of Filipino Father Mariano Gomez, executed on February 17, 1872
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1256/today-in-philippine-history-august-2-1799-father-mariano-gomez-was-born-in-sta-cruz-manila
http://www.etravelpilipinas.com/about_philippines/mariano_gomez.htm

1907: Birth of Le Pho, Vietnamese painter who died in 2001

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%AA_Ph%E1%BB%95
http://www.anne-french.com/Paintings%20by%20Le%20Pho.htm
http://www.artnet.com/artist/655746/le-pho.html
http://www.google.fr/search?hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&biw=1311&bih=617&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Vietnamese+painter+Le+pho&oq=Vietnamese+painter+Le+pho&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=19244l27317l0l32037l19l19l0l0l0l0l477l3793l0.10.8.0.1l19l0

1964: During the Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin Incident – North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fires on U.S. destroyers, USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy
http://www.history.com/news/the-gulf-of-tonkin-incident-50-years-ago
https://history.state.gov/milestones/1961-1968/gulf-of-Tonkin

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1n0eVea9Zg

1971: Nixon administration acknowledges secret army in Laos
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-administration-acknowledges-secret-army-in-laos

1976: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with Kampuchea

1980: Birth of Dingdong Dantes, Filipino actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingdong_Dantes
http://www.famousfix.com/topic/dingdong-dantes

1999: Death of Thai General Sunthorn Kongsompong who lead a coup in February 1991
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9402E4DB1230F934A3575BC0A96F958260&sec=&spon

2011: Thousands of people rally for independence from Indonesia in the country’s Papua region, after days of political violence that killed at least 21 people
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/world/asia/03indonesia.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110802-thousands-call-independence-west-papua

On 2 August in Japan’s history

ON 2 AUGUST IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1611: Death of Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai, born on July 25, 1562
http://www.samurai-archives.com/kiyomasa.html

1869: Japan’s samurai, farmer, artisan, merchant class system (Shinokoko) is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms

1894: Birth of Hamayi Gyoshu, Japanese painter, who died on March 20, 1935
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyosh%C5%AB_Hayami
http://www.gallery-sakura.com/search/hayami_gyoshu.html
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Hamayi+Gyoshu&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=ivns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=5R83TuaQEcTo-ga7orX8DA&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CA4Q_AUoAQ&biw=1311&bih=617

Hayami Gyoshu 2

1918: Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War

1943: During the  World War II, PT-109 is rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri and sinks. Lt. John F. Kennedy, future US President, saves all but two of his crew
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/japanese-forces-attack-pt-boat-with-kennedy-on-board
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_Torpedo_Boat_PT-109

1943-08-02 Kennedy

1976: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with Kampuchéa

2008: Death of Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist, born on September 14, 1935
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujio_Akatsuka
http://lambiek.net/artists/a/akatsuka_fujio.htm

On 2 August in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1959-08-02 Fin Lushan conférence

ON 2 AUGUST IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1922: A typhoon hits Shantou, Republic of China killing more than 50,000 people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1922_Swatow_typhoon

1959: End of the Lushan Conference in which Mao Zedong has been criticized for his economic error in the « Great Leap” by minister of Defense Peng Dehuai who is declared an enemy of the revolution and put in house of arrest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lushan_Conference
http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/lushan.htm

1959-08-02 Fin Lushan conférence

1961: Birth of Cui Jian, Chinese rocker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cui_Jian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXbC2f1BV_Y

1971: State Secretary  W. Rogers announces that USA will ask UN to maintain Taiwan membership while admitting PRC

1995: China orders the expulsion of two US Air Force officers saying they have been caught spying on military sights