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Does Afghanistan really trapped between two atrocities—first, the Taliban insurgents, who freshly killed over 140 Afghan soldiers, and, second the Islamic State (IS), aka Daesh militants, who recently killed, and wounded over 100 people in 400-bed military hospital in Kabul.


Do our security institutions have been failed on many counts? Let’s not forget that Afghanistan is in the throes of a multidimensional war, with new tactics.


When there is a heart-wrenching incident taken place in Afghanistan, officials at different stage thumps their chest for condemnation only.


It has been a long and agonising weekend for the people of Afghanistan as they continued to grapple with the grief of losing at least 130 soldiers in Friday’s deadly assault on a military base in the northern province of Balkh.


A war of attrition punctuated by significant attacks, the conflict in Afghanistan has claimed a staggering number of lives in the latest assault by the Afghan Taliban.


The Taliban threat has reared its ugly head again in Afghanistan.

At least 94 Islamic State (IS) fighters, which is also known as Daesh terrorists were killed when US forces dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb on their hideouts and caves on Achin district in eastern Nangarhar province. But, IS media wing, Aamaq News Agency, said none of the terror group’s fighters were killed or injured. However, officially 94 Daesh militants were killed, and the Afghan masses are very happy over their killings. Daesh is a violent group that must be eliminated.
It is very shameful act that one Afghan to be killed by another, and the most disgraceful is to claim responsibility for the killing in a manner of pride instead of shame. The Afghan masses during more than three decades of war have gone through many ups and downs. But the last 16 years have been proved metal for them—the reason was the Taliban insurgents—a group which never nods for peace talks despite several opportunities at home and aboard, and still hell-bent on killing innocents.   
Russia is making fresh inroads into Afghanistan through efforts to bring the Taliban insurgents to the table of negotiation with the Afghan government. This move of Moscow widely welcomed in the country with a hope to end the longest war. In fact, civilians have been the worst victim of this irrational war.
There is no doubt that Afghanistan has been hit with several bombs during four decades of war. But these bombs have never resulted into peace, and still the Afghan masses are desperately looking toward peace and stability. On Thursday night, the United States has dropped the ‘mother of all bombs’ (MoAB) the largest non-nuclear bomb on a network of caves and tunnels allegedly used by Islamic State (IS), which is also known as Daesh terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar province. The Afghan officials have revised the death toll from Thursday’s MoAB attack on Daesh hideouts to 92. US forces in Afghanistan said that the bomb was dropped on a tunnel complex in Achin district of the province. Officially known as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast weapon, the MoAB unleashes 11 tons of explosives.

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spotlight image India’s Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari visited Armenia recently to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The US has slammed Pakistan for failing to crackdown on terror groups operating from "safe havens" inside its territory, and said the Nawaz Sharif government did not take any action against the LeT and JeM, which continue to operate openly.
In dispatching its  PLA (Peoples Liberation Army)  marines to Djibuti in the Horn of Africa on Wednesday (July 12 ) by amphibious ships, from the southern port of Zhanjiang, China has taken a significant step in enhancing its  trans-border military footprint.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that China is experiencing a sort of superiority obsession, imagining it can dominate and conquer the world. Several Chinese acts in the recent past indicate such an attitude. Asian nations, which are now apprehensive about China’s aggressive postures, are unclear how matters will shape up.
It is appalling to see how the struggle for self-determination in Kashmir has been reduced to bitter recriminations between Pakistan and India.
As Aadhaar becomes the norm in India, and gets skewered for the involuntary nature of its imposition, our northern neighbours, as is their wont, want to do a number that will make this appear benign.
South Asia is situated in a strategically important location and has always been bone of a contention for control by major powers.
It was just at the end of spring that the unquiet American President was talking big about being the man who can seal the deal on Israeli-Palestinian peace.
S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore on "India, ASEAN and Changing Geopolitics”

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.


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