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Afghanistan’s developments have kept unfolding in 2015 within completely opposing courses.

 

You cannot dare to get out when it rains in the capital city Kabul, unless you are equipped with long plastic-made boots or a small boat, because these are the essentials to walk on the sidewalks or cross the roads.

 

When they returned home from the ICC World T20 on Tuesday, Afghanistan’s cricketers were welcomed like heroes.

 

At first glance, it is not much of a library: two shelves of about 1,600 books and magazines in a basement room deep into a dusty alley of adobe homes in rural Panjwai District, in southern Afghanistan.

 

Afghanistan’s embattled government is facing a new challenge to its rule: former supporters, disillusioned by what they think is its incompetence, who now want fresh elections to remove the president from power.

 

Winning hearts and minds is not a child’s play. It is even more difficult when one represents a country which is known for war and violence engineered and played by foreigners.

 

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani hailed the Special Operations Forces of the Afghan National Army for their bravery and devotion in persistently thwarting the imposed war on the nation.

 

The 2014 Afghan presidential elections were considered a hope for positive change and it was expected that the National Unity Government would adopt a clear and practical policy for reconciliation with anti-government elements to bring peace and security to Afghanistan.

 

Since 9/11, the lingering turmoil in Afghanistan has led to a steady growth in opium production, and now our neighbouring country has become the largest supplier of illegal opium in the world.

 

In northern Afghanistan, a dispute over billboard portraits of the country’s vice president has inflamed tensions between two of the most powerful regional strongmen, exposing internal political strains even as the government faces a dire challenge from Taliban offensives.

 


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