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9 Daesh rebels eliminated in Achin, 7 in Haska Mena

At least nine Islamic State (IS) fighters have been killed and 30 others wounded during an ongoing operation in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official claimed on Saturday. Haji Ghalib Mujahid, the town’s administrative chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the offensive was proceeding according to the plan …

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War on Terror: What has the UK achieved in Afghanistan?

Prime Minister David Cameron is known for his politically astute and vigilant speaking, especially on matters pertaining to war against terrorism. He overstretched his political brief awfully in claiming that British combat troops arrived home from Afghanistan with their mission accomplished. His military point man Brigadier Rob Thomson, the senior …

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Kundoz is not destination?

Ali Jan Khan-Rulers and policy makers in neighbouring Pakistan left with no option other than denouncing IS militants when they ahead with fingers from rest of the world over what happened in Kundoz or being happening in Northern Afghanistan. Whatever might be claims and justifications on the part of Pakistan …

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Pak-Afghan after Kunduz

Afrasiab Khattak After the extremely deep involvement of the Pakistani state in Afghan “Jihad” in 1980s (subsequently recognized to be the largest covert US anti communist operation) and after becoming a hub for international “Jihadist” project attracting every known “Jihadist” entity to its soil from around the globe, many people …

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Historical appraisal of youth and its role in peace-building

By Asad Daudzai and Nasir Yousafzai-Youth is no doubt the precious asset of any society which today constitute the major part of total world population in general and Afghanistan in particular. Young people are talented, equipped to be a powerful source of innovation – they are natural change agents. There …

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India and Afghanistan: A Growing Partnership

Historically close, ties today are being driven forward by many shared interests. By M. Ashraf Haidari: India remains an integral part of Afghanistan’s steady progress in institutionalizing peace, pluralism, and prosperity. Ties between Afghanistan and India go beyond the traditionally strong relations at the government level. Since time immemorial, the peoples of …

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An extended ‘state of denial’

By Abdul Saboor Sarir: On July 31, 2015, the Taliban announced on their website the death of their one-eyed, reclusive leader Mullah Omar. His actual death preceded the announcement of his death by over two years. The delay in declaring his death is understood as resulting from the need to preserve …

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NUG fails to meet public expectations

Viewpoint By Farhad Naibkhel-General public, who were expecting some relief after formation of the National Unity Government (NUG), seems disappointed and are of the view that the government has failed in delivering its promises. During presidential election campaigns in 2014, both President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah …

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Afghan peace process: Now or never

By Sujeet Sarkar-Afghanistan is headed towards its bloodiest summer, after the fall of Taliban, post 9/11. There has been unprecedented surge in Taliban strike, posing a serious threat to the internal security and stability of the country. The attack of Taliban   has spiraled from its traditional bastion of southern provinces, …

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