More than 100 women who have lost their loved ones to ISIS have joined the fight against the most feared terrorist group acting as unorganised vigilantes.
The Ministry of Interior raised the death toll from the Kabul attack to 38, while 13 people were confirmed dead in Kandahar, where diplomats were killed while on a visit to open an orphanage.
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.
Speaking at the external affairs ministry’s mid-term press conference, M.J. Akbar criticised the trilateral meeting on Taliban for excluding Afghanistan.
A round-up of major happenings in Afghanistan in the last week.
With the entry of ISIS into the Afghanistan equation, Indian interests have diverged from those of Russia and Iran, who have said that ISIS is a much more dangerous threat than the Taliban.
Despite years of pressure by women’s groups and foreign donors, Afghanistan remains one of the most difficult places to be a woman.
Afghan authorities are appealing to local elders in the eastern province of Nuristan to help prevent militants loyal to ISIS from expanding into new territory.
Russia’s budding military relationship with Pakistan was “purely commercial,” he said, unlike the “special” partnership with India.
The summit declaration called for regional and international cooperation to eliminate terrorism
Hamid Karzai may have retired, but he is still keeping a close eye on political affairs in Afghanistan and building ties with different groups in the country.
Over 30 people were killed and dozens were wounded in the attack in the Afghan capital that targeted the Shi’ite community.
The results of a full investigation could potentially lead to charges being brought against individuals and the issuing of an arrest warrant.
Although Pakistan officially continues to deny ISIS’s presence, the attacks claimed by ISIS’s leadership shows a rise of the movement by partnering with local sectarian groups.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a wall around the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday.
All the women who graduate from the academy will go into one of several non-combat roles including management, HR, logistics, radio operations or intelligence.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but General Sher Afgun said calls intercepted between the attackers and their handlers suggested they were from the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
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.
With the Taliban on the offensive in several parts of Afghanistan, many new recruits are deployed to the front lines with only a few weeks of training.
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.
Vijay Prashad’s The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution provides a helpful interpretation of the processes that have led to the current state of the Arab world, but hazards little about the future prospects for the region.
Success is not assured by any principle for intervention. But the chances of success can be enhanced and controversies muted if interventions are based on an agreed framework.
Details of Haibatullah Akhundzada’s life in Kuchlak could put further pressure on Pakistan to do more to crack down on militants openly living there.
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.
The EU special representative for Afghanistan said that they would seek “a realistic timeline” for a new peace process in the conference.
Three members of the government security forces had been killed, with another eight wounded.
General Raheel Sharif is nearing the end of his tenure, placing a key choice before the prime minister in appointing a successor.
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.
The 193-member general assembly adopted a political declaration to spend next two years to help refugees, however, the declaration is not a legal binding.
The US seems stuck in war-on-terror mode even though reality has moved on. In May 2011, President Barack Obama announced that US special forces had killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader who oversaw the attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. […]
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said in a message posted on Twitter that Afghan special forces had killed all those involved in Monday night’s attack in the Share Naw area of Kabul.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks near the defence ministry in Kabul today.
Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for one of the attacks.
Naqeeb Ahmad Atal, a spokesman for the governor of Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan, said 120 militants were also killed in the strikes in Jani Khil.
Afghan students recall attack on American University in Kabul
ISIS and other militants are now increasingly using child bombers, perhaps to build ranks, preserve adult fighters or catch security forces off guard.
The former Afghan president said that there was “immense suffering both among the Balochis and Pashtuns”, adding that “such suffering cannot go on without reaction”.
Aid slumps and increasing insurgent violence around the country has made clearance operations limited as deminers face more risks.
Pakistan’s relations with India will not improve until the domestic jihadi groups are dismembered and until Pakistan makes peace with its neighbours, it will not be at peace with itself.