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AFGHANISTAN IN FOCUS – PART ONE: ‘THE GREAT GAME’ AND THE SAUR REVOLUTION

A quick Google Images search with the word Afghanistan will immediately yield results of unexploded bombs, local armed groups, foreign soldiers and/or maps that help us locate where the latest catastrophe mentioned in the news occurred. 18 years of continuous war with the United States adds to the internal complexities of the country, complexities that we can trace from the Soviet Union’s intervention in the country that began 40 years ago and would last for ten.

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Afghanistan in Focus: Decline of US Hegemony and the emergence of the multipolar world order – An Introduction

The strategic location of Afghanistan at the foot of the Hindu Kush and being the entry point that connects Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East together, has meant the country has always been the centre of imperial conquest and rivalry. Despite many great empires reaching Afghanistan, including the Persians, Greeks, British, Russians and Americans, all have struggled or failed to subjugate the Afghans, giving the country a fierce reputation as being “unconquerable.“

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PRESIDENT ERDOGAN SPEAKS TO PM KHAN

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called Prime Minister Imran Khan via telephone and discussed matters related to bilateral relations and regional issues with him. PM Imran Khan briefed the Turkish president of the current situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir. They also discussed the Afghan crisis. Pakistani PM assured Erdogan of his full support for peace […]

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PAKISTAN WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY CONCILIATORY ROLE: FM QURESHI

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said Pakistan will continue to play its conciliatory role in the Afghan peace process. Meeting Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman in Islamabad, Qureshi called for increasing cooperation between the two sides. Zaman hailed Pakistan’s efforts for the establishment of peace in war-torn Afghanistan. He was in Pakistan to […]

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US COALITION KILLING MORE CIVILIAN THAN INSURGENTS IN AFGHANISTAN: UN

The UN has said that US and Afghan government forces are killing more civilians than Taliban and other insurgent groups. The UN said that over 300 civilians were killed by coalition forces this year while 227 were killed by Taliban or other groups. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said that causalities have surged after […]

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TALIBAN ATTEMPTED TO SEIZE BALA MURGHAB DISTRICT IN AFGHANISTAN

At least 20 Afghan soldiers have been killed in fierce fighting for control of a strategic district in northwest Badghis province. Afghan government forces, backed by US-led war planes, are fighting to prevent Taliban insurgents from seizing Bala Murghab district. Taliban said that its fighters have seized five checkpoints and captured 16 Afghan soldiers. The […]

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US MADE A LOT OF GREAT STRIDES RECENTLY IN AFGHANISTAN, SAYS TRUMP

President Donald Trump has said that the US has made a lot of great strides recently in Afghanistan. Talking to media at the Whitehouse, Trump said that a lot of positive things are happening in the right direction. Meanwhile in Afghanistan, US Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with NATO framework nations’ Ambassadors in Kabul to discuss […]

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INTRA-AFGHAN DIALOGUE SHOULD BE COMPREHENSIVE AND INCLUSIVE: US

US Special Envoy Zalimay Khalilzad has said the intra-Afghan dialogue for political settlement should be comprehensive and inclusive. Meeting with Afghan leaders in Kabul, Zalimay Khalilzad said that the peace talks must include representatives from the Afghan government, women and civil society. Khalilzad discussed with Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah international community’s role in an […]

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52 INSURGENTS, GOVT. SOLDIERS KILLED IN LATEST FIGHTING

At least fifty-two insurgents and Afghan security personnel have been killed in the latest fighting across Afghanistan. The Defence Ministry, in a statement, said that forty insurgents were killed in a ground operation in north-western Badghis province. Taliban said that 12 Afghan soldiers were killed during clashes in central Maidan Wardak, eastern Nangarhar and northern […]

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US, TALIBAN TALKS END WITHOUT PEACE DEAL

US and Taliban negotiators have wrapped up their longest round of talks with progress on some key issues, while ceasefire and intra-Afghan talks are to be addressed later. In separate statements, both Taliban and US officials said that 16-day talks in Qatar produced developments on the withdrawal of US troops. US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, in […]

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