Australia is not a member of NATO but is a staunch US ally and has had troops in Afghanistan since 2002.
In a statement by the Afghan defence ministry, the militant attack began just before midnight on Monday, killing at least ten soldiers and wounding nine.
While female newsreaders appear regularly on many Afghan channels, an entire station for women, with mainly young women, is a novelty.
Some US officials questioned the benefit of sending more troops to Afghanistan because any number would not be enough to turn the war-torn situation around.
The envoy urged Pakistan and India to join hands in returning peace to Afghanistan at a time when Taliban and ISIS are both posing threats to the region.
Calling his former allies in the Afghan Taliban “brothers”, he portrayed himself as a mediator for peace, which would end foreign presence in Afghanistan.
The West’s strategy in Afghanistan has demonstrably failed. Is the stage now set for a much more intense war?
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s rehabilitation has been welcomed by the US and President Ghani, who see it as a possible precursor to broader peace with the Taliban.
The attack follows a threat by the Taliban to target foreign forces in the spring offensive that it launched last week.
A report from a US watchdog body published on Monday put the death toll at 807 and the number of injured at 1,328 in the first two months of the year.
The Taliban said government forces would be “targeted, harassed, killed, or captured”, a week after the devastating attack that killed 135 Afghan soldiers.
Investigators say that this decrease may be because of civilians fleeing areas of fighting but can also be due to lesser casualties from on-ground clashes.
The attack at the base in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing around 140, is one of the deadliest attacks on Afghan forces since the Taliban fell in 2001.
Despite the promises of President Ghani and new laws being enacted, torture of detainees by Afghan security forces is still widespread says UN report.
With control of over 43% of Afghan territory, many experts believe the Taliban are the fundamental threat to the US-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani.
A Taliban spokesman said on Saturday the attack on the base was retribution for the recent killing of many of its leaders in northern Afghanistan.
With the US strikes on Syria and Afghanistan, coming in quick succession and without the much-anticipated reset of relations with Russia, the world suddenly looks more dangerous.
In the ongoing attack by the Taliban on an Afghan military base, more than 50 Aghan casualties says US military spokesperson.
Men of violence are in command in the US and now call the shots in the world’s major ‘trouble spots,’ with diplomacy slowly slipping out of sight.
McMaster met President Ashraf Ghani and other senior Afghan officials to discuss bilateral ties, security, counter- terrorism, reforms, and development, according to a palace statement.
The continuation of the conflict in Afghanistan weakens US leverage over Pakistan, partly due to a continued dependence on Pakistan for air and ground lines of communication into Afghanistan.
By creating a “hub and spoke” model to counter international terrorism, the US today has a veto on its legal regime, its proscribed actors and use of military force.
Afghanistan has said that it seeks peace through direct talks with the “authoritative leadership” of the Taliban.
The bomb was targeted at a series of caves used by the ISIS militants.
After a series of attacks in Pakistan left more than 130 people dead in February, Islamabad shut down its border crossings with Afghanistan.
By making itself indispensable for conversations about Afghanistan, Russia can ensure that the US won’t be able to extricate itself from the longest war in its history without its help.
Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhury’s comments show he wants to ensure Afghanistan doesn’t become a beneficiary of the US’s disenchantment with Pakistan.
Special forces have been carrying out nearly 70% of the army’s offensive operations across the country, underlining Afghanistan’s heavy reliance on them.
With an ageing population and a falling birth rate, the Nordic nation could benefit from refugees or immigrants. Instead, a recent wave of racism is driving many out.
In Pakistan, as in Kashmir, one finds brief moments of happiness amidst political uncertainty and grave injustice.
The US has no standardised process for making compensation payments to the families of thousands of Afghan civilians killed in US-led military operations.
At least 30 people were killed and dozens wounded by ISIS militants in a recent attack on a Kabul hospital– the latest in a series of attacks on civilians.
Although public attitudes have shifted since the Taliban’s hardline rule ended, many people still disapprove of women stepping outside their homes.
A witness saw one gunman, dressed in a white doctor’s coat, take out a concealed AK-47 and open fire, killing at least one patient and one hospital worker.
Saudi Arabia has no law against transgender people, but the kingdom has carried out arrests for cross-dressing and ordered the imprisonment and flogging of men accused of behaving like women, according to US-based Human Rights Watch.
The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan has repeatedly warned that the effectiveness of police and soldiers to fight the insurgency has been undermined by irregular pay and leave, exacerbated by corruption and weak leadership from commanders.
Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and Afghanistan are trying to work together to counter the IS’s regional franchise, but they first need to overcome their suspicion of one another.
Afghan refugees, some who have spent decades in Pakistan, have been forced to return to their home country, which continues to struggle with recovering from its history of wars and violence.
Witness/Kashmir 1986-2016, which features nine Kashmiri photographers from different eras, is about the personal as well as the collective memory of a people and their relation to their homeland.
Engaging and enticing Pakistan into giving up its jihadist adventure in Afghanistan has let the country believe it can get away with harbouring terrorists.