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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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Military operation launched to retake Yamgan district

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Security forces on Sunday launched a military operation Yamgan district of northeastern Badakhshan province to retake the area from the Taliban militants. The Taliban fighters attacked and took control of the district on Saturday. Local officials said that additional troops have arrived in Faizabad, the central city …

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78 terror attacks repulsed: MoI

AT-KABUL: Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that this year the Taliban insurgents tried their best to destabilize the country while launching multiple terror attacks, but the attacks were repulsed by the Afghan security forces. Spokesman for the ministry, Sidiq Sidiqi, told reporters on Tuesday that militants suffered heavy casualties in …

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A silent revival of democracy in Khost

By Khan Wali Khan Basharmal: Historically different cultures have laid the foundations of civilization in different periods in different areas. The concept of the city-state and then the modern state has been taken from the early Sumerian geopolitical civilization and culture, where they contributed a lot through time, and made it …

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NDS-ISI deal: A poisoned honey or an elixir

Analysis: By Rafiq Umaryar A recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistan’s notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has become a hot potato for the government of Afghanistan. From a man in the street to ex-officials and from Pashtun nationalists to Baloch …

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Afghan government is sleeping with the enemy

Kabul’s naive overture towards Islamabad works against Afghanistan’s national interests. The inking of an intelligence cooperation accord between Afghanistan and Pakistan has raised growing voices of concern at all levels in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have signed a memorandum of understanding which …

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Indo-Afghan relations: Way forward

By Shakti Sinha-The long-awaited visit of President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan was particularly unusual in that the expectations were low, the opposite of what we would normally expect. The Indian strategic community was generally upset with Ghani’s perceived tilt towards Pakistan and China. And I suspect, the leadership in the …

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No salvation for Afghans in BSA as noose of insecurity tightens

By Mansoor Faizy-KABUL: After last year’s controversial presidential election, finally Ashraf Ghani was declared as President and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Afghanistan—as part of the deal between the two teams. Afghans signaled optimism about their future after the formation of the National Unity Government. Security, …

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