Kabul: It’s happening… the worst what we had predicted for Afghanistan is slowly creeping up with the war-torn nation, three months after the Taliban took control of it. Khorasan branch of the ISIS (IS-K) has expanded its influence in Afghanistan and now seems to be present in all 34 provinces of the country. The concern was reiterated by the UN special envoy for

19 November 2021

The Taliban’s domestic power struggle in Kabul is growing to an unprecedented level with the Haqqani network leaders seemingly splitting the Kandahari southern leadership between the Taliban deputy prime minster Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Taliban defense minister Mullah Yaqub Mujahid. Go deeper: Haqqani leaders have brought the power struggle in the public sphere and have tried to embolden the Taliban’s founding leader son,

13 November 2021

Kabul: The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it is working to forge an international consensus behind the need for an Afghanistan peace accord even as it acknowledged that "all indications" point to the Taliban seeking a "battlefield victory." The comments made came as envoys from the United States, China, Russia and other countries met in Doha with Taliban and Afghan government negotiators in

12 August 2021

Kabul: President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Balkh province on Wednesday morning, heading a high-level government delegation, to review the general and security situation in the northern zone. President Ghani met with political and jihadi figures Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, former Vice-President, Atta Mohammad Noor, former Governor of Balkh, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Senior Presidential Advisor on Security and Political Affairs, and Juma Khan Hamdard, Chairman of

11 August 2021

Kabul: Two back-to-back international meetings are being convened in Qatar this week to press Afghanistan’s warring parties to resme upeace negotiations and reach a deal before the Afghan conflict spirals out of control. The diplomatic effort comes amid dramatic battlefield advances by Taliban insurgents even as the United States continues airstrikes in support of embattled Afghan government forces. It also follows last week’s warning

9 August 2021

Kabul: The Afghan government is too weak to win a negotiated settlement without a new military strategy, the U.S. envoy to the war-ravaged country said on Tuesday. “The situation is very concerning, and our expectation is that both the government and the Talibs would focus on a political settlement,” Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan, said at the Aspen Security Forum. With

4 August 2021

Kabul: The Taliban launched attacks from several directions against Sar-e Pul prison and the main highway security belt, which faced strong resistance from the brave ANDSF and sustained heavy casualties. Also, Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, provincial police chief, arrived on the battlefield, closely controlled the situation and foiled the enemy plot, as per the Sar-e Pul police headquarters. Also, as per the Ministry of Interior, the

3 August 2021

Kabul: The US has escalated its airstrikes against Taliban targets in Afghanistan in a bid to bolster Afghan government forces combatting a sprawling offensive, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Jon Quinlan confirmed in an email exchange with Anadolu Agency that “a number of strikes have occurred over the last several days from both manned and unmanned strike platforms.” Also, during

28 July 2021

Kabul: U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday that the Afghan security forces' first job was to make sure they could slow the Taliban's momentum before attempting to retake territory, as Afghan forces plan to consolidate forces around strategically important parts of the country. Reuters reported that Afghanistan’s military is overhauling its war strategy against the Taliban to concentrate forces around the most

25 July 2021

Kabul: Afghan lawmakers on Friday voiced alarm that their air force was depleted in the face of a Taliban offensive as they asked the United States to finalize assistance ahead of a troop withdrawal. In virtual talks this week with the US Congress, an Afghan delegation said it appealed for quick action on aircraft maintenance and munitions supplies as President Joe Biden prepares

24 July 2021