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Pentagon on ISIS spread to Afghanistan

Amid the drawdown of coalition forces reports about embryonic presence of Daesh in Afghanistan have been doing rounds in media. American officials say they acknowledge that Daesh has spread into Afghanistan. Pentagon spokesman Marine Corps Maj. Bradelee Avots says the spread of Daesh into Afghanistan is of great concern. Too …

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Keeping tab on madrassa students

In a major breakthrough against terrorism and militant networks, Afghanistan’s premium spy agency NDS, has nabbed several suicide bombers. The spy agency presented the thwarted bombers to the media in Kabul. The would-be suicide bombers, the youngest of whom is just 13, said they were trained at madrassas in Pakistan …

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Pakistan, terrorism, and peace in the region

Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs and national security, Sartaj Aziz, said the country needs a seismic shift in its relations with Afghanistan, Iran and India. It’s a welcoming move. Yet it looks impossible until Pakistan’s security establishment changes its mood on Pakistan’s foreign relations and …

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The blockade of Naray district in Kunar

It feels as if residents of Kunar—an eastern but highly Taliban-infested province, have no saviors. Taliban’s siege and blockade of Naray district of Kunar, is the central pillars of a policy of economic warfare aimed at punishing the entire population of the district for taking up arms against Taliban. Their …

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Preps for Wolesi Jirga polls

Conducting free and fair polls is an arduous task in the countries that are inhabited by huge population and yet to be developed. The major worries in such countries mostly revolve around security and timely preparations. However, in Afghanistan elections are more than that. Polling stations are seen as a …

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Osmani on mosques

As the standard of education across the country has been under questions, President Ashraf Ghani asked Education Ministry officials to submit a report on the sate of education within two weeks. What Ghani did is a step in right direction. Until education quality is improved, we couldn’t make development in …

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A survey on illegal migration from Afghanistan

The nerve-wracking poverty, security threats, corruption and unemployment are the key reasons behind human trafficking. A joint study by the Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit and the United Nations Refugee Agency reveals these factors have goaded Afghan teenagers into fleeing their home country in search of promising livelihood opportunities. According …

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Local industry needs govt’s patronage

Afghanistan’s Industrial Association (AIA) laments that government’s inattention has caused a heavy blow to factories across the country. The association says that local factories are in worst conditions as there is no strong will of the government to stem the tide of exotic products. Since foreign products have flooded our …

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Irregularities in university entry tests

The first round of university entry test in Kabul has been conducted. What troubles many people—candidates and parents, is the alleged gross irregularities and nepotism in the entry test. As many as 12,000 candidates including 400 girls took the test. This is only in Kabul. If the figures from provinces …

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