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Spectre of black flag haunts neighbours

Arman Khan
ISIS have gained territory, members and influence at the expense of weaker domestic Taliban groups either side of the border in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, with one member of the militant group claiming there…
28.05.2015
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Saur memories

Afghanistan recently observed the anniversaries of the 7th and 8th of Saur, commemorating two turning points in the country's recent history. While the 7th of Saur, or April 26, marks the date of the country's…
28.05.2015
The Pakistan Army is digging a 2.4 by 3-metre trench stretching 480-kilometres along the Durand Line. The Pakistan Army is digging a 2.4 by 3-metre trench stretching 480-kilometres along the Durand Line. The Pakistan Army is digging a 2.4 by 3-metre trench stretching 480-kilometres along the Durand Line.

Ghani deal with ISI outrages Afghans

Farhad Peikar
The recent MoU between the Afghan and Pakistani intelligence services has been met with disgust by Afghan stakeholders, who see the new 'partner' as a traditional enemy and the chief destabilising force in recent…
22.05.2015
Afghan security forces have faced a difficult challenge to secure northern Afghanistan amidst a growing insurgency (photo: Gul Rahim Niazman)
Afghan security forces have faced a difficult challenge to secure northern Afghanistan amidst a growing insurgency (photo: Gul Rahim Niazman)
Afghan security forces have faced a difficult challenge to secure northern Afghanistan amidst a growing insurgency (photo: Gul Rahim Niazman)

Security alliances crumble in Kunduz

Power struggles among local paramilitary groups are contributing to a spate of unrest in north Afghanistan, creating new opportunities for insurgents seeking to destabilize the country.
22.05.2015
Farkhunda trial (photo: Uzra Shamal) Farkhunda trial (photo: Uzra Shamal) Farkhunda trial (photo: Uzra Shamal)

Cartoon: Farkhunda's fate

Uzra Shamal
The brutal lynching of Farkhunda and the subsequent criminal proceedings against the mob of men accused of her murder have become a rallying call for women's rights activists throughout the region. Afghanistan…
13.05.2015

Seeing beyond Bamiyan's blasted Buddhas

Zafar Bamyani
For years Bamiyan was scarred by the image of the Buddhist statues destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. But the opening of Afghanistan's first National Park, Band-e Amir, a spate of new investments in tourism…
12.05.2015
Supporters of General Dostum at a rally last year. Supporters of General Dostum at a rally last year. Supporters of General Dostum at a rally last year.

New game, old rivals

Waheed Orya
For more than two decades, the bloody rivalry between General Abdul Rashid Dostum and Governor Atta Mohammad Noor has shaped the political landscape of Balkh province, northern Afghanistan’s economic hub. With the…
12.05.2015
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Gov't runs low on public trust

Rahmat Alizada
Nearly a year since former political rivals Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah promised to address voter's economic and security concerns, Afghanistan remains in a state of flux and the public's confidence in the…
12.05.2015