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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.

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.

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.

Pak-Afghan border Torkham. PHOTO: AFP
28 Apr 2020 10:03

Pakistan, Afghanistan trade at standstill

Businessmen have requested the concerned authorities to allow export of Pakistani consignments to Afghanistan through Chaman, Torkham and Khorlachi borders which are facing hurdles.

China, Afghanistan pledge to jointly promote Belt and Road Initiative
28 Apr 2020 09:00

China, Afghanistan pledge to jointly promote Belt and Road Initiative

​China and Afghanistan have pledged to jointly build the Belt and Road in order to benefit the two countries and beyond.

India has invested heavily in the development and infrastructure of the war-ravaged country [Altaf Hussain/Reuters]
27 Apr 2020 19:01

Will US-Taliban deal limit India's leverage in Afghanistan?

With the US withdrawal under way, India has to find its place in the post-peace geopolitics of the region.

Kabul on lockdown to fight the spread of Covid-19, 12 April (Abdul Hamid Nasimi/UNAMA/Flickr)
27 Apr 2020 14:59

The Taliban makes the most of Covid-19 crisis in Afghanistan

Whether for propaganda or political clout, the group has adopted an unexpected response to the outbreak.

MORE THAN 500 CIVILIANS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT DURING FIRST QUARTER 2020
27 Apr 2020 10:47

MORE THAN 500 CIVILIANS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT DURING FIRST QUARTER 2020

More than 500 civilians, including more than 150 children, were killed due to the fighting in Afghanistan during the first quarter of 2020, according to a United Nations report released today, highlighting the urgent need for all parties to the conflict to do more to protect civilians from harm, especially ...

​Iran exports 320k one-day old chickens to Afghanistan
27 Apr 2020 10:05

​Iran exports 320k one-day old chickens to Afghanistan

The head of Veterinary Organization of South Khorasan Province, northeastern Iran, said on Monday that since the beginning of the Iranian Year (March 20), 320 thousand one-day old chickens were exported from the province to Afghanistan.

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