Main news on Afghanistan

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2 DECEMBER 2018

Senior Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Manan killed by US airstrike in Afghanistan

Abdul Manan, the Taliban “shadow governor” in the southern Helmand province, died of wounds sustained late on Saturday. Manan’s death was confirmed by the Taliban as a “big loss”. The group vowed it would not affect military operations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/02/us-airstrike-kill-senior-taliban-commander-afghanistan
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-calls-mullah-manans-death-a-major-loss-02862/

18 NOVEMBER 2018

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-hold-talks-with-us-envoy-in-qatar
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/u-s-taliban-negotiate-possibility-of-election-delay/

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Kabul delegation, Taliban attend Afghan peace talks in Russia

Members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, a body overseeing peace efforts, met Taliban officials at a conference in Moscow on Friday and repeated President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of peace talks without pre-conditions
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/kabul-delegation-taliban-attend-afghan-peace-talks-in-russia-21534
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46155189

25 OCTOBER 2018

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar set free in Pakistan

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was the Taliban’s number two and ran their insurgency until he was seized in a joint raid by the CIA and Pakistani intelligence officers in 2010
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/afghan-taliban-leader-mullah-baradar-set-free-in-pakistan-1.784297
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45971366
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1833921/1-pakistan-releases-two-senior-afghan-taliban-commanders-say-sources/

20 OCTOBER 2018

Afghanistan votes amid polling chaos and Taliban attacks

Afghan voters faced shambolic polling arrangements and Taliban violence as the country turned out for its third parliamentary elections since the extremist regime was ousted in 2001
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/20/afghanistan-votes-amid-polling-chaos-taliban-intimidation/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-130-casualties-in-chaotic-afghanistan-election-21006
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45919057

18 OCTOBER 2018

Key Afghan police chief killed in shooting at governor’s compound after meeting with US general

Gen Abdul Razik was shot dead alongside the Kandahar spy chief and provincial governor shortly after a meeting with the top US military commander in the country
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/18/top-afghan-official-killed-shooting-governors-compound-meeting/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45899845
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/top-afghan-official-killed-in-shooting-in-kandahar-us-general-unhurt-20968

 

13 OCTOBER 2018

Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

The Taliban held talks with the U.S. special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s protracted and increasingly bloody war, a Taliban official said Saturday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-say-general-discussion-held-with-us-special-envoy
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/taleban-confirm-meeting-with-us-peace-envoy-in-qatar

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Founder of Afghan militant Haqqani network dies – Taliban

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant Haqqani network, one of the most powerful groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness, the Taliban announced on Tuesday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/founder-of-afghan-militant-haqqani-network-dies-taliban-19986
https://www.afp.com/en/news/205/afghan-taliban-announce-death-haqqani-network-founder-doc-18u1354

26 AUGUST 2018

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed, says government

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/isis-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-strike-spy-agency-says-1.763750
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-air-strikes-180826134946305.html
https://www.khaama.com/emir-of-isis-khurasan-killed-in-nangarhar-province-05827/

24 AUGUST 2018

Why are Kabul and Washington not participating in Moscow-led Taliban talks?

In an interview with DW, South Asia expert Michael Kugelman explains why Kabul and Washington turned down Moscow’s invitation to participate in an Afghanistan peace conference next month
https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-kabul-and-washington-not-participating-in-moscow-led-taliban-talks/a-45212728

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

 



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