At least 31 people have fallen prey to blasts from improvised explosive devices since 2016 in South Waziristan, part of Pakistan’s troubled tribal areas
Kevin King, a teacher at the American University in Kabul, and his Australian colleague Timothy Weeks were seized near the campus in August last year.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which also left dozens wounded.
After a stalemate of almost 16 years in the region, the US defense secretary says they ‘recognise the need for urgency’.
Though such attacks on foreign officials have decreased in the country, this incident comes as US President Trump plans on increasing troops in the region.
In a clear articulation of a new Afghan policy, James Mattis and Rex Tillerson have virtually ruled out any political settlement with the Taliban.
Taliban’s warning came after reports that Ghani would order the execution of 11 militants on death row in revenge for the bomb attack in Kabul.
Given the breadth and depth of the Indo-Russian relationship, the divergence in their strategy for the South Asia region is worrying.
Australia is not a member of NATO but is a staunch US ally and has had troops in Afghanistan since 2002.
While female newsreaders appear regularly on many Afghan channels, an entire station for women, with mainly young women, is a novelty.
The sanctions have been slapped to disrupt the funding of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front for charitable activities, the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, the Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Dawa al-Qu’ran (JDQ), the ISIS of Iraq and Syria, and ISIS Khorasan.
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.
The attack follows a threat by the Taliban to target foreign forces in the spring offensive that it launched last week.
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.
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.
In the ongoing attack by the Taliban on an Afghan military base, more than 50 Aghan casualties says US military spokesperson.
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.
Afghanistan has said that it seeks peace through direct talks with the “authoritative leadership” of the Taliban.
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.
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.
Military courts were first set up by the parliament in early 2015 in response to an attack by Pakistani Taliban fighters on a military-run school that killed 134 children.
Gunmen dressed as medics stormed the hospital, battling security forces for hours, in an attack claimed by ISIS.
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.
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.
Days after nearly 100 people were killed in a suicide bombing at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine, devotees returned to perform the dhamal, a Sufi dance.
Engaging and enticing Pakistan into giving up its jihadist adventure in Afghanistan has let the country believe it can get away with harbouring terrorists.
Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster has strongly advocated a continued US presence in Afghanistan, something South Block also would like to see.
At the six-party talks hosted by Russia, New Delhi also asserted that it is was to the government of Afghanistan to decide with whom to engage in direct talks.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in southern Pakistan.
A faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the town of Ghalanai in the Mohmand Agency.
Since ISIS presence in Afghanistan is still a secondary threat, Afghanistan should degrade Taliban’s terror structure before shifting the focus of the war.
The bomber appeared to have entered an area where guards were performing security checks when he detonated the explosives.
Journalists in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas are in a perilous position as they become targets for militants who view them as pro-government.
Atta Mohammad Noor, governor of Balkh in northern Afghanistan, is in talks with President Ashraf Ghani to join the central government.
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.