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Taliban ‘retreat’ as US, Afghan forces hold western city

AFP | Afghan commandos and the US air force have driven the Taliban to the outskirts of Farah, officials said Wednesday, after a day-long battle...

Making sense of Mujahidin Victory Day celebrations in Afghanistan

Mujib Abid | Every year, hashti saur is celebrated in Afghanistan as the Mujahidin Victory Day. However, given the controversial and convoluted legacy of...

Kabul under attack once again as suicide bomber targets voter registration...

News Analysis | Melancholy surrounds upcoming parliamentary elections, which are already late by 3 years, in Afghanistan as a new wave of violence erupts all...

Afghanistan returns bodies of five martyred soldiers

News Analysis | Afghani tribesmen have handed over the mortal remains of the five Pakistani soldiers of the Frontier Corps (FC), as well as an injured...

Intriguing media silence over air strike killing Madrassa children in Afghanistan

News Analysis | As par the scanty reports, more than 100 people are reported dead so far after a religious ceremony in a Madrassa in...

China’s strategy to deal with Uighur fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq

James M Dorsey | China is moving on multiple fronts to pre-empt in the short-term Uighur foreign fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq from reasserting themselves...

IS in Afghanistan: An emerging threat in a volatile region

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | The increasing power of the militant IS (Daesh) is immensely catastrophic for the war torn Afghan state and society. The...

Pakistan seeks political solution to Afghan conflict: Khawaja Asif

News Analysis | A renewed effort to establish peace in the war-torn nation of Afghanistan is taking shape. A two day peace conference began in...

Afghan mum cradling baby during university exam goes viral

AFP | Afghan farmer Jahantab Ahmadi sits on the ground, her baby resting in her lap, as she focuses on the university entrance exam she...

Is Russia supplying weapons to Afghan Taliban?

News Analysis | General John Nicholson, US Chief commander in Afghanistan has blamed Russia for supplying arms to Afghan Taliban. While not clearly stating about...

Let’s think of ending Afghan war, not winning it: Ghani

News Analysis | Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani demanded a clean break from the past and reiterated that belligerents should think to end the war in...

Have Americans learned nothing from Soviets?

News Analysis | The Afghan Taliban have captured another key district, according to US media reports. The Andardarah distict in the province of Farah was...

Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South...

Adnan Qaiser | CDA Institute Research Associate Adnan Qaiser, with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy, reviews Myra MacDonald’s book on...

US lights up pathway to Afghan peace

M K Bhadrakumar |  The Principal Assistant Secretary of State in the US state department’s Bureau of South & Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells gave...

The mighty Afghan National Army?

Saqib Manzoor | Hundreds of seasoned and battle-hardened troops of Army have been deployed in Afghanistan to offer new types of training to...

US to hold Islamabad accountable for its actions: White House

News Analysis | President Donald Trump is not satisfied with the progress made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and the US is holding...

Afghanistan: The growing ethnic tension has its roots in history

Ishaq Ali | The government’s decision to issue computerized ID cards and mentioning the nationality as “Afghan” on the cards fueled a new political and...

India-bound gas pipeline breaks ground on Afghan section

AFP | Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Friday ceremonially broke ground on the Afghan section of an ambitious, multi-billion dollar gas pipeline expected to...

Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan: refugees’ choice

AFP | Death awaits you in Afghanistan, says refugee Mohammad Wali, insisting he prefers to endure a grim existence in a Pakistani camp than return...

Is Daesh in Afghanistan benefiting from the mistrust between Islamabad and...

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | President Ashraf Ghani led National Unity Government and Trump administration have been scapegoating Pakistan, instead of critically examining the causes...

Pakistan complicates US’ Afghan mission

M K Bhadrakumar | The horrific terrorist attacks in Kabul during the last fortnight provoked some exceptionally strong remarks from US President Donald Trump. At...

Future president? Afghan strongman mulls bid for highest office

AFP | Afghanistan's "King in the North" lolls in an armchair under the portrait of President Ashraf Ghani, the man who sacked him last year...

Roadside blast in Kurram Agency kills eight

AFP with additional input from News Desk |   A roadside bomb on Tuesday killed eight people including three women and a child in Pakistan's...

Pentagon hides data on how much Taliban controls in Afghanistan

AFP | A US government watchdog said Tuesday the Pentagon has barred it from disclosing how much of Afghanistan is under Taliban control -- a...

Kabul suicide blast kills 40, wounds 140

AFP | An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 40 people and wounding 140...

Pentagon continued to fund Afghan units despite human rights abuse

AFP | The US military funded Afghan police and security units even though American officials knew members were implicated in gross human rights violations, according...

Afghan commander linked to Haqqani network killed by drone strike in...

AFP | A mid-level Afghan commander of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network was killed Wednesday in a drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region, officials said, days...

US Afghan strategy won’t work: Laments ex US Army Colonel

Jamal Hussain | A point paper by Lawrence Sellin, titled “U.S. Afghan strategy will be governed by events in Balochistan” has been published by the...

Why US created Afghan transit route?

M K Bhadrakumar | The US President Donald Trump made a significant diplomatic breakthrough in the Afghan war by getting Kazakhstan President Nurusultan Nazarbayev to...

Kabul can’t survive without US assistance: Ghani

News Analysis | “Kabul cannot survive without US military and financial assistance”. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani confessed that the Afghan national army wouldn’t survive 6...

Trump turning on Pakistan highlights American naivety

Eric Margolis | Henry Kissinger rightly noted that it’s often more dangerous being an ally of the United States than its enemy. The latest victim...

Our top ten stories of year, GVS 2017

GVS Top Stories | Global Village Space (GVS) had a very successful opening year in 2017. We were off the mark from day one! Though,...

Afghan safe havens – for poppies, politicians & power brokers

Afrah Jamal | The upgraded version of Afghan policy released in August 2017 was followed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to the...

Multiple blasts at Shia cultural centre in Kabul kill 40

AFP | At least 40 people were killed and dozens more wounded in multiple blasts at a Shiite cultural centre in Kabul on Thursday, officials...

3 FC troops martyred in cross border attack from Afghanistan

News Analysis | At least three Frontier Corps (FC) troops—Hav Muneer Khan, Lance Naik Irshad Hussain and Sep Haq Nawaz Khan—were martyred on Friday in...

Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, caught in a feud with Balkh governor?

M K Bhadrakumar | The simmering political feud between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and governor of Balk province in the north of the country Atta...

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