Thus spoke Sayyaf

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

I was pretty much surprised by the interview which colleague Nasser al-Haqbani at Ash-Sharq al-Awsat daily conducted with Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, a former “star mujahideen” in Afghanistan during the 1980s and 1990s. Sayyaf looked like he just walked out of the pages of history. Besides his grey hair and beard, his looks did not change at all. Sayyaf commented on Afghanistan’s current situation but what was really interesting in the interview is his statements on figures from that ...

Mashari Althaydi

Terrorism returns to Afghanistan

Friday, 16 February 2018

The phenomenon of contemporary terrorism is one of the most dangerous phenomena in history as it contains hostility within a live ideology that’s protected by countries like Qatar and another regional country.This ideology is also fully sponsored by the guardian of the jurist’s regime in Iran. It justifies its presence through the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and political Islam groups.Terror attacks have currently increased in Afghanistan which has been calm for years except for few ...

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Afghan Taliban say they want to end war through dialogue

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Taliban said on Wednesday, in a rare statement to the American people, they wanted to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war through talks, while warning the message should not be seen as a sign of weakness and the fight against US forces would go on. A more aggressive US strategy in Afghanistan including a surge in air strikes introduced by President Donald Trump in August has pushed the Taliban back from several district centers and two provincial capitals. But the militants control large ...

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in Afghanistan

Monday, 12 February 2018

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps an inevitable part of the life being led by the Afghan people for the past decades, while any attempt to bring peace in the region is bound to meet rabid resistance owing to the conflict of interest among the concerned ...

Syed Jawaid Iqbal

US senators concerned Trump’s Afghanistan strategy will not succeed

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Republican and Democratic senators on Tuesday questioned whether President Donald Trump’s strategy in Afghanistan will bring an end to the nation’s longest war, which US officials estimated will cost taxpayers more than $45 billion this year. In their first hearing on the war since the Republican president unveiled his strategy in August, Senate Foreign Relations Committee members expressed concern to State Department and Pentagon officials that the plan will not achieve its goal of ...

Afghanistan says it has proof attackers trained in Pakistan

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Afghanistan has given neighboring Pakistan confessions and other proof that the militants who carried out a recent series of attacks were trained in Pakistan and that Taliban leaders there are allowed to roam freely, the Afghan interior minister said Thursday.Wais Ahmed Barmak told a news conference the evidence was presented at a meeting a day earlier in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. Afghanistan’s spy chief, Masoom Stanekzai, also attended the meeting, along with senior Pakistani ...

Powerful earthquake hits Afghanistan, felt in Pakistan

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

A powerful 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, sending people in Kabul rushing into the streets and creating tremors as far away as Islamabad and New Delhi. The quake struck at 0707 GMT near Afghanistan's northern border with Tajikistan in the Hindu Kush mountains at a depth of 191 kilometers (119 miles), the USGS said. Frightened residents ran out of homes and shops following the tremor in Kabul. The city is already on edge after more ...

ISIS claims Kabul attack on military academy, killing 5 troops

Monday, 29 January 2018

Militants attacked an Afghan army unit guarding a military academy in the capital of Kabul on Monday, killing at least five soldiers and wounding 10, officials said. Hours later, ISIS claimed responsibility for the assault. The attack was the latest in a wave of relentless violence in Kabul this month unleashed by the Taliban and rival Islamic State militants that has killed scores and left hundreds wounded. Monday’s attack started around 4 am, witnesses said, and fighting continued long ...

Who is using the Taliban?

Monday, 29 January 2018

More than 280 people were killed and injured in the Afghan capital when a suicide bomber blew up an ambulance loaded with explosives. This is one of a series of terrorist attacks recently carried out by Taliban. These major events will worsen regional disputes in Afghanistan’s surroundings, particularly against Pakistan. Disputes are escalating to the extent that the US announced punitive measures against its ally Islamabad for the first time in the history of their relations. Is someone ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Nearly 100 killed in ambulance blast in Afghan capital Kabul

Saturday, 27 January 2018

An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban. “The suicide bomber used an ambulance to pass through the checkpoints. He passed through the first checkpoint saying he was taking a patient to Jamuriate hospital and at the second checkpoint he was recognized and blew his explosive-laden car,” interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told ...

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