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.
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.
Afghanistan has said that it seeks peace through direct talks with the “authoritative leadership” of the Taliban.
Special forces have been carrying out nearly 70% of the army’s offensive operations across the country, underlining Afghanistan’s heavy reliance on them.
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.
Engaging and enticing Pakistan into giving up its jihadist adventure in Afghanistan has let the country believe it can get away with harbouring terrorists.
The bombing at the famed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in southern Sindh province was Pakistan’s deadliest attack in two years, killing at least 83 people
The bomber appeared to have entered an area where guards were performing security checks when he detonated the explosives.
Atta Mohammad Noor, governor of Balkh in northern Afghanistan, is in talks with President Ashraf Ghani to join the central government.
The militant movement immediately claimed responsibility for the attack saying its target was a minibus carrying staff from the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency.
Despite years of pressure by women’s groups and foreign donors, Afghanistan remains one of the most difficult places to be a woman.
A giant set of security gates brought in from China to protect Kabul from large bombs and drug smuggling has not been installed for five months.
The summit declaration called for regional and international cooperation to eliminate terrorism
India has chosen Amritsar as the venue for the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference to stress the importance of connectivity, with a planned visit to the Wagah border intended to underline Pakistan’s refusal to allow transit trade to Afghanistan.
Even in the ninth year of uninterrupted democracy in Pakistan, the thrice-elected prime minister is not able to utter a word against the shenanigans of his generals.
Even though India and the US have, for once, landed on the same side in Afghanistan, there is a real danger of getting blindsided by Pakistan.
As international fatigue over the Afghan project grows, the US is looking for new partners in the region, giving India an opportunity to rise to the challenge.
Sources said that Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan are also going to keep off the summit, thus ensuring that blame for the event’s postponement does not fall on India alone.
The militant faction of Hezb-i-Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, has been waging a decades-long battle to establish a unified ISIS in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani expressed grave concern at continued use of terrorism for achieving political objectives in Pakistan.
Outlining the next steps that can help India and the US evolve a mechanism to strengthen peacebuilding in Afghanistan.
Both countries also announced they will resume their stalled trilateral meeting with Afghanistan – just as Kabul is expressing growing frustration over Pakistan failing to act against the Taliban.
Afghan students recall attack on American University in Kabul
If New Delhi chooses not to act as a bridge between Washington and Kabul, it will have to shoulder more responsibilities in Afghanistan on its own, for which it is unprepared.
ISIS is threatening more attacks against Afghanistan’s Hazara minority.
President Ghani announced a day of mourning, but many members of the Hazara community blame the government’s apathy for the attack.
The release of the documents by Rahmatullah Nabil comes amid worsening tensions between the neighbouring countries in recent weeks.
Understanding the rise and fall of development politics and long-term structural challenges in Afghanistan will provide an outline of how India can wield influence in a multipolar Central Asia.
NATO allies agreed on July 9 to help fund Afghan security forces to the tune of around $1 billion annually over the next three years
Taliban forces now hold more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion, according to recent UN estimates.
Leaders like Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, who is openly critical of the government, are emerging as alternative centres of authority in northern Afghanistan.
For Heratis, the completion of the dam, located in Chisti-e-Sharif district, had always seemed like an impossible dream.
As Modi heads to Herat, the worsening situation on the ground for the Afghan security forces provides an opportunity for India to retool its policy towards that country.
A series of kidnappings against the mainly Shi’ite ethnic Hazaras last year fuelled fears that the community was being targeted in a country long divided by ethnic and political rivalries.
The identity of the victims was not immediately clear but a campaign of kidnappings against Shi’ite Hazaras in the past year has became a source of ethnic tension.
While Mullah Mansour successfully steered Taliban politics towards consolidation of his authority, 2015-16 was still the movement’s most intensely political year yet, and the succession and its aftermath will trigger another round of internal politicking of the sort Mansour had just about kept in check.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack on staff from the judicial system was in response to the Afghan government’s decision earlier this month to execute six Taliban prisoners on death row.
The US president has made extracting the United States from its 15-year war in Afghanistan a top priority, unsuccessfully pursuing efforts to bring the Taliban into talks with successive Afghan governments.
With the death of the Taliban chief within a year of taking over, focus is now on the Taliban’s future and strained US-Pakistan ties