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A man I’ll call Hamid, a teacher who fled his home in the Afghan city of Kunduz for the relative security of Kabul, asked me a simple question: “Should I go back?”


Interestingly, the country is being run by two presidents, two cabinets, two administrations, two bureaucracies, two budgets and two separate decision making entities. The appointments and transfers of governors and executive officers are being done on an ethnic basis


Late last week, The Times reported that Daesh (the terrorist group also known as ISIL) had captured four districts in eastern Afghanistan, with 1,600 local militants pledging their allegiance to the terror group. But just what does the incursion mean, and what steps will be required to stop the terrorists?


The meeting on the sidelines of the Paris summit, between Nawaz Sharif and President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan rekindled hopes for recommencement of dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban.


Daesh, also known as ISIL or Islamic State terrorist group, has reportedly captured four districts in eastern Afghanistan as 1,600 local militants pledged allegiance to the terror group, The Times newspaper reported.


A Ku-band antenna that had been “scabbed” onto an AC-130U gunship failed to transmit video on the morning of Oct. 3 during a mission in Kunduz, Afghanistan, contributing to a tragedy in which more than 30 people died, Air Force Special Operations Command Gen. Bradley Heithold said on Thusday.


Taking people from poverty to decision-making is the state’s responsibility. How active citizens and effectives states can change the fare of the poor population is a matter of concern and honesty.


President Ashraf Ghani has expressed interest in improving relations with Islamabad before a possible return to stalled peace talks with Taliban insurgents.


In a nation battling a resurgence of Taliban fighters and insecurity, this city is something different: Its new airport is gleaming and would put many European hubs to shame. Under the rule of strongman governor Atta Mohammad Noor, the road crews here in Mazar-e Sharif are putting down perfect, steaming layers of new asphalt.


Despite being rather gracious in hosting the Afghan refugees for over three decades, Pakistan has not been shy of using them as a trope in the anti-Soviet narrative and a convenient piñata that is blamed for terror


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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India between 7th and 10th of April and plethoras of agreements are likely to be signed then. Among the various agreements, the two countries will be signing the defence cooperation agreement which  has been getting the most attention. 
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