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1. Moscow to Host Crucial Meeting With China, Pakistan to Discuss Afghanistan
December 17, 2016

Russia, Pakistan and China will hold the next round of three-way counterterrorism talks in Moscow December 27, primarily focusing on turmoil-hit Afghanistan. Russian Ambassador to Islamabad Alexey Dedov disclosed the details in an interview to state-run Pakistani radio. This will be the third meeting of the “trilateral working group on Afghanistan,” he said, following meetings in Beijing and Islamabad. “What we see in Afghanistan, unfortunately, is worrisome because it does not...... (read more)

2. Attackers Kill 5 Women, Male Driver in Southern Afghanistan
December 17, 2016

Afghan officials say six people, including five women working for the government, have been gunned down in southern Kandahar province. Officials say the women were on their way to work at the Kandahar airport when they were attacked by unknown gunmen. The driver of the women’s minivan was also killed. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, and no one has been taken into custody. Saturday’s deadly incident is the latest in a string of attacks against women in...... (read more)

3. Bergdahl Due Back in Court for Pre-trial Hearing
December 16, 2016

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on accusations that he endangered fellow service members by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009. The Friday hearing will likely include further arguments on whether prosecutors should be allowed to admit evidence of injuries to service members who searched for Bergdahl.   The judge has also threatened to require testimony from government officials about the pace at which the defense is receiving classified...... (read more)

4. Afghanistan Continues to Fume over Russia’s Outreach to Taliban
December 14, 2016

Officials and lawmakers in Afghanistan continue to question and denounce Russia’s recent disclosure that it maintains “limited political” contacts with the Taliban. The ongoing session of the Afghan parliament has witnessed a heated debate on the issue, with some lawmakers condemning Russia’s outreach to the Islamist insurgency as “shameful” while others accusing Moscow of providing modern warfare to Taliban fighters. Lawmakers also criticized neighboring Iran for backing the...... (read more)

5. Official: 'Some' Haqqani Leaders Present in Pakistan
December 11, 2016

A top Pakistan Foreign Ministry official has said that “some” members of the terrorist Haqqani network are present in the country, but Islamabad is not allowing any group to conduct terrorist activities in Afghanistan. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry has made the rare admission in an interview to the state-run Pakistani television PTV broadcast Sunday. The United States has designated the Haqqani network and its leadership as global terrorists for carrying out high-profile deadly...... (read more)

6. Filmmaker Flees Afghanistan, is Still Seeking to be Heard
December 10, 2016

Filmmaker Hassan Fazili fled Afghanistan last year in search of a home where he could speak freely after the Taliban threatened him with death over one of his movies.  But Fazili, who moved to Serbia, will nevertheless be voiceless at a German film festival next week, when his work will be screened but he cannot attend because of his refugee status.  The Censored Women’s Film Festival, opening Monday in Berlin, plans to show his short fiction film, “Mr. Fazili’s Wife,” a...... (read more)

7. Secretary Carter Visits US Troops Deployed Overseas
December 09, 2016

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Afghanistan Friday for a holiday season visit to thank American troops for their service to the nation. Carter is scheduled to receive an update on NATO and U.S. efforts to support Afghan security forces and meet with senior Afghan officials, including President Ashraf Ghani. In addition to several engagements with U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan, in meetings with Gen. John Nicholson, commander of NATO's Resolute Support mission and...... (read more)

8. Climate Refugees in South Asia Need Protection, Advocates Say
December 08, 2016

People forced to leave their homes because of climate change in South Asia should get the same protections given to political refugees, advocates said on Thursday. Governments in South Asia have failed to address the climate migration of millions of people, uprooted by cyclones, flash floods and other disasters, said a report by the non-profit groups Climate Action Network — South Asia, Bread for the World and ActionAid. The region's eight nations — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan,...... (read more)

9. Survey: Afghans Pay $3 Billion in Bribes Annually
December 08, 2016

An anti-corruption watchdog says Afghans paid an estimated $3 billion in bribes in the past year, registering an almost 50 percent increase compared to 2014. The findings are part of a biennial national corruption survey released Thursday by Integrity Watch Afghanistan. According to the survey, "Respondents who dealt with the courts reported they were asked for bribes an astounding 55 percent of the time." Results were not much better when they dealt with prosecutors, or...... (read more)

10. Taliban Seeks Recognition for Qatar Office, Direct Talks With US
December 08, 2016

Afghanistan's Taliban has demanded official recognition for its political office in Qatar, direct talks with the United States and removal of senior members from a U.N. blacklist, describing these as preliminary steps to peacefully ending its insurgency. A Qatar-based Taliban spokesman, Sohail Shaheen, has asserted the presence of U.S.-led foreign troops in Afghanistan is the “root cause” of war and its continuation.  The “foreign occupation forces” are undermining...... (read more)

11. Survey: Afghans More Pessimistic About Future Than Before
December 07, 2016

A new survey has determined that approximately 70 percent of Afghans believe their country is moving in the wrong direction, showing the lowest level of optimism in more than a decade. “The national mood in Afghanistan is at a record low, and Afghans are pessimistic because of insecurity, corruption, and rising unemployment and slow job growth,” according to the annual survey by the San Francisco-based Asia Foundation released Wednesday. Why are they pessimistic? It says that a lack...... (read more)

12. Tensions Between India, Pakistan Undermining Regional Alliances
December 06, 2016

Tensions between India and Pakistan are spoiling efforts to try to tackle the region's security problems, as the nuclear-armed neighbors have difficulty finding issues on which they can work together. A regional conference that India recently hosted on Afghanistan fell hostage to a "[b]lame game, rather than constructive engagement," wrote Imtiaz Alam, a Lahore-based journalist and analyst, in his column for the English language The News. Another regional conference,...... (read more)

13. Army Sergeant Accused of Desertion Asks Obama for Pardon
December 03, 2016

A U.S. Army sergeant and former prisoner of war accused of endangering fellow troops by abandoning his post in Afghanistan has asked President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office next month. If granted, the clemency request by lawyers for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, first reported Friday by The New York Times, would avert a court-martial set for April in which military prosecutors are set to present evidence of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was stationed...... (read more)

14. US Commander Worries About Aid Taliban Receives From Pakistan, Russia, Iran 
December 03, 2016

The “malign influence” of Pakistan, Russia and Iran with the Taliban-led insurgency, and concerns about future political stability of the Afghan government threaten international efforts aimed at stabilizing the war-raved country, warns a top U.S. commander. “We’re concerned about the external enablement of the insurgent or terrorist groups inside Afghanistan; in particular where they enjoy sanctuary or support from outside governments,” said General John Nicholson, leader of NATO’s...... (read more)

15. Top US General: Leadership, Corruption are Afghanistan's Biggest Challenges
December 02, 2016

U.S. General John Nicholson, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said the biggest challenges facing Afghanistan next year are leadership and corruption in the Afghan military. “These do plague some portions of the Afghan security forces, and what it has led to is a poor sustainment of soldiers in the field," Nicholson said at the Pentagon Friday. The general said ineffectiveness and corruption in the supply system have left some Afghan soldiers on outposts...... (read more)

16. Afghan Conflict Causes Record Internal Displacements in 2016, UN Says
November 30, 2016

The United Nations announced Wednesday that the conflict in Afghanistan has internally displaced more than a half million people in 2016, the highest number on record. The figure surpasses last year's record of 471,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and is around 15 percent more than the figure at this time last year, said the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan. "More of Afghanistan is also affected, with a record 198 out of...... (read more)

17. Islamic State Expanding Schools in Afghan Province
November 30, 2016

Officials in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarar province say so-called Islamic State is trying to imprint a lasting legacy on children in the region through an increasing network of religious seminaries and schools. Authorities say IS runs at least 25 seminaries in four districts of the province where children are taught military ideology and how to prepare for suicide attacks. “Madrassas (religious seminaries) that were built by local people are now being used by IS for militant...... (read more)

18. Trump Meets with Ex-CIA Chief Petraeus as Possible Secretary of State
November 28, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump met with another possible candidate for secretary of state Monday, and one who is likely to raise some tough questions from the U.S. Senate — former CIA chief and retired general David Petraeus. Before leading the CIA, Petraeus was top U.S. commander in Iraq and led NATO forces in Afghanistan. But he was forced to resign from the CIA in disgrace in 2012 after leaking classified information to his biographer, with whom he was having an affair. Trump,...... (read more)

19. Cold Weather, Heavy Snowfall 'Kill At Least 20' In Northern Afghanistan
November 25, 2016

Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall have killed at least 20 people, mostly children, this week in a remote northern province in Afghanistan, local officials say. The deaths occurred in the rural Darzab district of the Jawzjan Province, district Governor Rahmatullah Hashar told RFE/RL on Friday. Hashar said all the victims were internally displaced people who had left their villages in neighboring regions due to violence and a lack of security. Hashar and local officials said...... (read more)

20. Afghanistan Objects to Pakistani Flag Ceremony at Border
November 25, 2016

Afghanistan denounced as “improper and provocative” a unilateral flag-lowering ceremony Pakistan recently introduced at a main border crossing with its western neighbor. An Afghan foreign ministry statement Friday warned that the Pakistani action at the Chaman crossing point violates bilateral commitments and “in the present sensitive situation could further vitiate bilateral relations.” Kabul traditionally opposes Pakistani attempts to construct permanent...... (read more)

21. Deadly Blasts Rock Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province
November 25, 2016

Afghan officials say at least five people were killed and 27 others wounded in a series of explosions Friday in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar. Local officials told VOA the explosions were from improvised explosive devices.  They said two police officers and some children were among the casualties in Jalabad, the provincial capital. Provincial Governor Gulab Mangal has promised to take this issue seriously and launch an investigation, said his spokesman, Attahullah...... (read more)

22. Appointed Afghan Electoral Commissioners Sworn In
November 22, 2016

Afghanistan’s new electoral commissioners were sworn in Tuesday, paving the way for long-delayed parliamentary and district council elections. President Ashraf Ghani and his governing partner in the so-called National Unity Government (NUG), Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, witnessed and addressed the swearing-in ceremony at Kabul’s presidential palace.   The appointments to Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) and Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC)...... (read more)

23. Rights Group Wants More Government Protection for Afghan Shi'ites
November 22, 2016

Human Rights Watch wants the Afghan government to do more to protect minority Shiites after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in Kabul Monday, killing dozens of people gathered for a religious ceremony. The attack, carried out by Islamic State militants, on the Arbaein ceremony is the latest in a string of attacks that has left more than 500 Shi'ite Muslims dead in Afghanistan since July. “ISIS has stepped up its horrific and unlawful attacks on Shia public...... (read more)

24. Mosque Attacks Signal Expanding IS Presence in AF-Pak Region
November 21, 2016

Monday's suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque in Kabul is yet another indicator of Islamic State's expanding terror activities in parts of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, government officials and analysts say. IS, which claimed responsibility for the bombing, is expanding its presence in several districts of Afghanistan, including eastern Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan, officials say. And in Pakistan, authorities say recent arrests of IS members in several parts of...... (read more)

25. US Intensifies Colombia De-mining Efforts After Peace Deal
November 17, 2016

The United States is doubling down on aid programs for de-mining efforts in Colombia, a country that has the second most unexploded ordnance next to Afghanistan since 1990, as its government is making peace with the largest guerrilla rebel group after a decades-long conflict. According to the latest "To Walk the Earth in Safety" report, which chronicles the U.S. government's efforts to rid the world of land mines, the U.S. has "provided more than $2.6 billion in...... (read more)

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