April 01, 2020
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  • US threatens to cut aid amid political crisis and corona outbreak

    The United States threatens to cut one billion USD aid at a time when Afghanistan is locked in a political impasse and struggles with challenges caused by a rapidly spreading lethal pandemic. The unprecedented threat by Washington comes while yesterday, March 23, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in an…

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  • People express concerns over release of Taliban prisoners

    Many people in Afghanistan express deep concerns over the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners. Some Afghan political commentators see the US-Taliban peace agreement—in particular the agreement on releasing Taliban prisoners—as win-win game for the Taliban militants. They believe that Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani, who is convicted of election fraud, has…

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  • ‘We will not surrender to Taliban ignorance’

    Just few days before the International Women’s Day, 8th of March, the United States signed a peace deal with the Taliban the presence of high level representatives from some regional countries in Doha, capital of Qatar. The militant group denied very basic rights of the women during their rule in…

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  • What challenges undermine intra-Afghan talks?

    The intra-Afghan talks set to be held on March 10, seems to be delayed as Afghan leaders are divided over major agenda of the talks, notably over composition of a negotiating team.   Dispute over prisoner exchange has divided Afghan leaders, with President Ghani saying it is the authority of…

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  • US forces strike Taliban after they attack on Afghan forces

    US air force has carried out strike against the Taliban in the southern Helmand province after the group resumed attacks on the Afghan forces. The Taliban restarted their attacks on Afghan forces soon after the Afghan President refused 5000 prisoner swap.    As many as 36 Afghan defense and security…

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  • Afghan gov’t allocates USD 15 million to fight coronavirus outbreak

    In an urgent meeting held last night, February 25, President Ghani has instructed the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to provide USD 15 million to the Ministry of Public Health to fight the outbreak of the epidemic virus, the presidential palace said in a statement. According to the statement, the president…

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  • Between deal and peace, Afghans celebrate temporary truce

    There is a considerable excitement in Afghanistan over reduction in violence period. Ordinary Afghans are excited about a temporary truce which was announced on Friday night by the Taliban and welcomed by the Afghan government. Though there is a wave of concern over political uncertainty, election crisis and it is…

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  • Afghan peace talks: hope for some, fear for others

    “The word Talib reminds me of torturing, whipping women and killing people,” says Mohib Ali, 2o, who is a Kabul-based photojournalist. He believes that the Taliban cannot be trusted so easily as many deal makers think. After nearly two year-long and tiring talks, the American and Taliban peace negotiators are…

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  • Will reduction in violence strategy lead to peace?

    Spokesperson for President Ghani, Sediq Sediqi, said today, February 18, that the Afghan government has agreed to “significant reduction in violence”, hoping to achieve a ceasefire. Speaking at a press conference held in Kabul, Mr. Sediqi reiterated on ceasefire as a key demand that could ensure an enduring and sustainable…

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  • Political parties warn to form parallel gov’t if IEC does not address their demands

    As the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has started the second round of recount and special audit of some polling stations, three major political parties supporting Chief Executive Abdullah have warned that they would form a parallel government if the IEC does not ensure accountability of the votes and address their…

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