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[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

At least 88 Daesh fighters were killed in a military operation conducted by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province over the past 48 hours, local official said on Wednesday.
The operation was launched in Kot district in the province after the insurgents attacked security forces’ outposts on Friday night, Nangarhar governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed.
He added that the military operation is moving forward steadily in order to prevent civilian casualties.
The battle in Kot district has so far left over 400 families displaced.
Nangarhar governor Salim Kunduzi said the rebels had torched …

Afghan Scene »

[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

A commander of the Taliban group involved in robbery, extortion and other criminal activities was arrested from the northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Abdul Manan who is also famous as Wazir was arrested from the vicinity of Charikar district.
According to a statement by NDS, another companion of Manan was also arrested by the intelligence operatives.
The statement further added that Manan was involved in robbery, roadside bombings and harassment of the local residents and a Ak-47 rifle along with a pistol were also confiscated from …

Afghan Scene »

[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

The National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar is due to visit Russia in the near future to discuss Moscow’s support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDS) besides holding talks on other issues of bilateral interest.
The Office of the National Security Adviser has said Atmar will hold talks with the Russian officials regarding the supply of military equipment to Afghan forces.
Tawab Ghorzang, spokesman for National Security Adviser, has said the specific needs of the government of Afghanistan will be shared with the Russian officials during Mr. Atmar’s visit …

Afghan Scene »

[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday says the purchase of land in Herat for the Iranian Consulate, was against the laws of Afghanistan.
The process for getting the ownership of the land by this institution (Iranian consulate) is against diplomatic principles and laws of Afghanistan, said Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni, spokesman to ministry of foreign affairs.
Assessments conducted by the ministry show that the Iranian diplomatic mission in Herat had purchased the land from a Herat resident years ago, but without seeking approval from the Afghan government.
Documents received from the Iranian …

India Pak Ties »

[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

Pakistan has intensified its crackdown against Afghan refugees amid signs of further deteriorating relations between the two countries in the aftermath of Torkham border skirmishes.
Pakistan, which neighbors Afghanistan, hosts about 1.5 million registered and about one million undocumented Afghans refugees.
Although Pakistan says it wants an early repatriation of Afghan refugees from that country, Islamabad denies that it intends to forcefully evict them. Afghan officials have, however, cast doubts over the Pakistani intentions.
They point out that 2,000 refugees were detained in a single day in the city of Peshawar on Tuesday. …

India Pak Ties »

[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

A familiar and unhappy trend is reasserting itself in the Pak-India relationship: the leaderships of both sides appear to be more interested in domestic posturing than genuinely seeking to engage each other.  Yesterday, foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz continued with his recent hardening line on India when he claimed that New Delhi was avoiding dialogue with Pakistan because dialogue would mean negotiating over difficult issues such as the Kashmir dispute.While Mr Aziz reiterated that Pakistan remains open to resuming dialogue with India, the theme of his remarks suggested that he …

Featured, Headline »

[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte is set to be sworn in on Thursday. The former Davao city mayor has attracted wide attention with his seemingly different mentality from his predecessor Benigno Aquino III in dealing with China, and this has rekindled hopes that under his governance, the Sino-Philippine relationship will improve after being strained by the Aquino administration.
The blunt president appears to want to distance himself from the US. Earlier this month, referring to any possible conflict between the Philippines and China, he asked US Ambassador Philip Goldberg “Are you with …

Featured, Headline »

[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

China’s reform still has great potential to unleash despite the current difficulties, said experts reached by the Global Times in response to US scholar David Shambaugh’s comments that country’s reform is stagnating and lacks a big push.
In his latest article for The New York Times, David Shambaugh, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and author of over 30 books on China, showed his disappointment over China’s reform, saying that “…The regime abandoned relative liberation, since then, atrophy has accelerated. This does not mean that …

Headline »

[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

Beijing:  An international court has said it would deliver a hotly anticipated ruling in the Philippines’ case against China over the South China Sea on July 12, drawing an immediate rebuke from Beijing, which rejects the tribunal’s jurisdiction.
The US, which is a close ally of the Philippines and is concerned about China’s expansive South China Sea claims, reiterated its backing for The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration and urged a peaceful resolution of the dispute.
Manila is contesting China’s historical claim to about 90 per cent of the South China Sea, …

AF-PAK /ISIS/TALIBAN »

[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

IRBIL, Iraq — The U.S. military’s efforts to confront the Islamic State in Syria suffered another setback Wednesday after the militants routed the only group to have survived intact an ill-fated Pentagon program to train and equip moderate rebels last year.
The U.S.-backed New Syrian Army said it was forced to withdraw its forces to its base at Tanf near the Jordanian border after launching what appears to have been a poorly conceived offensive aimed at capturing the strategically important eastern Syrian town of Abu Kamal on the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Islamic State …