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This ‘hospital needs to be quarantined,’ but Afghanistan is at war
2 May 2020 14:14

This ‘hospital needs to be quarantined,’ but Afghanistan is at war

Even when their city was repeatedly overrun by the Taliban and fighting reached their doorsteps, the doctors and nurses in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz kept working. They dressed wounds and saved lives at the main government hospital even as a nearby trauma center was bombed, killing more than ...

The national flag of Afghanistan rises from the site of a massive blast in Kabul, where the Taliban launched an attack in September 2019. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty
2 May 2020 13:03

The Trump Administration Is Now Hiding Information About Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan

The NATO-led military coalition in Afghanistan has stopped releasing details about Taliban attacks against the Afghan government even as the United States prepares to draw down its forces there, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction revealed in a report Friday morning.

Signs of bitter political feud in Afghanistan near end
2 May 2020 11:02

Signs of bitter political feud in Afghanistan near end

Development comes on heels of mounting pressure by country's western backers on President Ghani and his rival Abdullah.

Afghanistan likely to face coronavirus
2 May 2020 10:57

Afghanistan likely to face coronavirus 'health disaster': US watchdog

The United States (US) watchdog report warns that the coronavirus outbreak is likely to cause a health disaster in Afghanistan, which is still plagued by conflict, despite a peace deal between the Taliban and the US.

Afghanistan suffers upsurge in fighting and in coronavirus
2 May 2020 09:52

Afghanistan suffers upsurge in fighting and in coronavirus

Clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan forces intensified in northern Balkh and southern Logar province as warring sides fought to control checkpoints and the number of coronavirus cases in Afghanistan rises, officials said on Friday.

Afghan security forces recaptured Yamgan district of Badakhshan Province from the Taliban after four year in September 2019.
30 Apr 2020 16:23

Afghans Claim Foreign Combatants Fighting Alongside Taliban In Violation Of Peace Deal

Afghan officials say hundreds of foreign combatants are fighting alongside Taliban militants in a strategic northern province, a move that if proven true would violate the terms of the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement.

COVID-19: Afghanistan begins free bread drive for poor
30 Apr 2020 15:20

COVID-19: Afghanistan begins free bread drive for poor

Around 250,000 needy families in capital Kabul will receive free naan bread at local bakeries in first phase of project.

Women and Girls With Disabilities at High Risk of Harassment in Afghanistan Due to COVID-19
30 Apr 2020 14:19

Women and Girls With Disabilities at High Risk of Harassment in Afghanistan Due to COVID-19

Human Rights Watch released a new report detailing abuse in cities across the country.

MTN Seeks to Dismiss U.S. Anti-Terrorism Case in Afghanistan
30 Apr 2020 11:06

MTN Seeks to Dismiss U.S. Anti-Terrorism Case in Afghanistan

MTN Group Ltd. filed court papers to dismiss a U.S. claim that Africa’s largest wireless carrier paid Taliban officials not to attack its operations in Afghanistan.

War-ravaged Afghanistan will see its economy contract this year "leading to a rise in unemployment and poverty.” (Photo: Reuters)
30 Apr 2020 10:04

Coronavurs: IMF approves $220 million loan for Afghanistan to tackle economic impact

The funds from the Washington-based crisis lender will "help meet the urgent" financing needs as the authorities boost critical health spending and roll out social assistance to households hit hard by the crisis.

Iran donates coronavirus test kits to Afghanistan
30 Apr 2020 09:56

Iran donates coronavirus test kits to Afghanistan

​Afghan authorities continue to call for international support amid the country’s fight against a worsening coronavirus crisis.

A family’s Quran, damaged along with their home in an attack targeting then–vice presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh’s headquarters
29 Apr 2020 17:38

Afghanistan May Soon Have Peace. And the Cost Is Democracy.

A fledgling armistice endangers the country’s 20-year experiment in democratic state-building.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah at a press conference in Kabul on September 30, 2019. His rival Ashraf Ghani has been declared the winner. Photo: AFP / Sajjad Hussain
29 Apr 2020 21:08

What’s next for Afghanistan amid Covid, political logjam

Yet again in this troubled country, the choice may be between worse and worst.

The first step towards peace in Afghanistan: What the US-Taliban peace deal means for the country
29 Apr 2020 12:44

The first step towards peace in Afghanistan: What the US-Taliban peace deal means for the country

​Both the US and the Taliban declared the 29 February peace agreement a victory. Here Emrah Ozdemir (Karatekin University, Turkey) explains the implications for the deal, its impact on Afghan citizens and some possible roadblocks ahead for maintaining peace throughout the country.

An Afghan man removes broken glass after a deadly suicide bomb blast near Kabul on April 29.
29 Apr 2020 11:42

Afghanistan Suicide Bombing Kills At Least Three, Wounds 15

​A suicide bombing in Kabul Province close to the Afghan capital killed three people and wounded 15 on April 29, the Interior Ministry said.

An Afghan Sikh girl looks at a funeral procession and cremation ceremony for those who were killed on Wednesday by a lone Islamic State gunman, rampaged through a Sikh house of worship, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 26, 2020.

Credit: AP Photo/Tamana Sarwary
28 Apr 2020 13:16

The Islamic State Remains Alive in Afghanistan

In early April, Afghan forces captured the latest head of ISKP — but will it matter?

Afghanistan: Women with Disabilities Face Systemic Abuse
28 Apr 2020 13:14

Afghanistan: Women with Disabilities Face Systemic Abuse

Afghan women and girls with disabilities face high barriers, discrimination, and sexual harassment in accessing government assistance, health care, and schools.

Is India’s future in Afghanistan under threat?
28 Apr 2020 12:59

Is India’s future in Afghanistan under threat?

On February 29, the US signed a hugely-significant deal with Taliban, paving the way for exit of American troops from Afghanistan and mainstreaming of the fanatic Islamist organisation.Two months on, India has reportedly wound up its operations at two of its four consulates in Afghanistan — Jalalabad ...

U.S. soldiers at the Afghan National Army checkpoint in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on June 6, 2019. --Thomas Watkins / AFP via Getty Images file
28 Apr 2020 12:08

Trump tells advisers U.S. should pull troops as Afghanistan COVID-19 outbreak looms

Trump complains almost daily that U.S. troops are still in Afghanistan and are now vulnerable to the pandemic, officials said.

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a bomb explosion near a damaged vehicle in Kabul
28 Apr 2020 11:05

US spooks may leave Afghanistan in bid to save fragile peace agreement

W​ASHINGTON is considering the withdrawal of hundreds of CIA operatives from Afghanistan, while a new UN report reveals that 500 civilians, almost a third of them children, were killed in the first three months of the year.

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