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Year after US MOAB Strike, ISIS Growing Fast in Afghanistan
18 Apr 2018 04:46

Year after US MOAB Strike, ISIS Growing Fast in Afghanistan

Islam Times - It was in mid-April last year that US defense ministry stated it dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. Known as the Mother of All Bombs, or MOAB, the huge bomb allegedly targeted the caves where ISIS militants were hiding in Achin District of Nangarhar province in the south ...

 
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (L) and Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (R)
12 Apr 2018 04:34

Pakistan, Afghanistan Resolve to Pursue Mutual Peace

Islam Times - Pakistan and Afghanistan resolved to operationalize the working groups under Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), the Foreign Office of Pakistan has said.

 
Afghanistan New Focus of Turkey’s Expansionism
12 Apr 2018 04:04

Afghanistan New Focus of Turkey’s Expansionism

Islam Times - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim visited Afghanistan on Sunday, marking the continuation of his country’s active foreign policy which has begun last year.

 
A member of Afghan armed forces is seen at a government checkpoint (file photo)
14 Mar 2018 08:22

Ten Afghan security forces killed in militant attack

Islam Times - Militants have attacked a government checkpoint in western Afghanistan, killing at least 10 security forces.

 
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis disembarks from his plane on an unannounced trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 13, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)
13 Mar 2018 10:03

US Defense Secretary Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghan capital

Islam Times - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has arrived in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on an unannounced visit.

 
Taliban and other militants stand handcuffed while being presented to the media at a police headquarters in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on March 6, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
12 Mar 2018 09:59

Taliban overrun district center in Afghanistan’s west

Islam Times - Taliban militants in Afghanistan have captured a government district headquarters in the western province of Farah, continuing their attacks on the government despite a recent overture by Kabul to start direct dialog with the militants.

 
Why Does Peace Look Unachievable in Afghanistan?
6 Mar 2018 04:53

Why Does Peace Look Unachievable in Afghanistan?

Islam Times - Peace with Taliban has been a perused policy of Afghan government in the past few years. The government of President Ashraf Ghani looks poised to incorporate Taliban in the nation’s power structure as he had made it clear in various summits. Tripartite meetings first held in Kabul and ...

 
What’s Behind Afghan Figures’ Saudi Visits?
3 Mar 2018 09:25

What’s Behind Afghan Figures’ Saudi Visits?

Islam Times - Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar visited Saudi Arabia last week. After returning home on February 27, in a comment on his Twitter account Atmar said that he discussed with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Saudi regime’s role in the Afghan peace process as well ...

 
Afghan President Urges Taliban to Join Peace Talks Without Preconditions
3 Mar 2018 05:07

Afghan President Urges Taliban to Join Peace Talks Without Preconditions

Islam Times - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has urged the Taliban militant group to join peace talks “without preconditions,” in efforts aimed at ending more than 16 years of war in the country.

 
Deadly blast hits area near US Embassy in Afghan capital
24 Feb 2018 10:50

Deadly blast hits area near US Embassy in Afghan capital

Islam Times - An assailant has attacked a diplomatic district in Afghanistan’s capital, killing at least three people and injuring six others.

 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomes Pakistan
21 Feb 2018 07:46

Russia voices worries over US, NATO denial of Daesh in Afghanistan

Islam Times - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has voiced worries over the US and NATO's denial of the presence of Daesh terrorists in Afghanistan.

 
US soldiers gather at Kandahar Air base in Afghanistan on January 23, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
18 Feb 2018 07:27

Pentagon watchdog agency questions 'progress' in US war on Afghanistan

Islam Times - A watchdog agency at the US Defense Department has raised new reservations about "progress" in the 16-year-old US-led war on Afghanistan despite deployment of thousands of more troops to the war-ravaged country.

 
This file photo, taken on January 27, 2018, shows Afghan volunteers and policemen carrying injured men to an ambulance at the scene of a car bomb that exploded in front of the old Interior Ministry building in Kabul. (By AFP)
13 Feb 2018 12:45

Kabul in secret talks with Taliban

Islam Times - Afghan officials are conducting talks with the Taliban militant group following a recent wave of deadly bombings and terror attacks by the outfit that have left almost 200 people killed, a report says.

 
US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) participates in a TV interview outside his office at Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill February 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
12 Feb 2018 13:06

Spend Afghan war money at home: Paul to Trump

Islam Times - US Republican Senator Rand Paul has called on President Donald Trump to scrap his plans for extending years-long American military presence in Afghanistan and spend the Afghan War funding at home instead.

 
This file photo shows members of the Taliban militant group in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan
12 Feb 2018 06:40

Taliban invites GOP senator for ‘mutual talks’ in Doha

Islam Times - Taliban has invited a US senator for “mutual talks” in the Qatari capital Doha, where the so-called Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has an office.

 
China Set to Build Base in Afghanistan to Counter Threats of Terrorism
10 Feb 2018 04:07

China Set to Build Base in Afghanistan to Counter Threats of Terrorism

Islam Times - Over the past few weeks, reports emerged about Beijing-Kabul negotiations and an agreement that will see China building a military base in Afghanistan’s remote northeastern province of Badakhshan.

 
Peace Prospects Fading in Afghanistan as Trump Rejects Talks with Taliban
4 Feb 2018 12:57

Peace Prospects Fading in Afghanistan as Trump Rejects Talks with Taliban

Islam Times - The American President Donald Trump has recently unveiled his latest stances on Afghanistan during a meeting with the members of the United Nations Security Council hosted by the White House.

 
Afghanistan’s interior minister and the chief of National Directorate of Security Masoom Stanekzai
1 Feb 2018 03:56

Afghan Interior Ministry Visits Pakistan to Discuss Kabul Attacks

Islam Times - A high-level Afghan delegation comprising the country’s interior minister and the chief of National Directorate of Security (NDS) visited Pakistan on Wednesday at a time when tension between the neighbors is simmering over accusations that Pakistan offers a safe haven for Taliban militants....

 
Afghan volunteers and policemen help the wounded at the scene of a Taliban car bomb attack in Kabul on January 27, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
31 Jan 2018 11:26

Taliban openly active in 70% of Afghan territory: Study

Islam Times - A new study finds that the Taliban militants are openly active in 70 percent of Afghanistan’s soil, fully controlling four percent of the country and having presence in another 66 percent.

 
Five Things to Know about US New Afghanistan Strategy
31 Jan 2018 04:32

Five Things to Know about US New Afghanistan Strategy

Islam Times - Several months after taking the office, the US President Donald Trump in August last year unveiled the new American war strategy in Afghanistan, highlighting the need to increase the number of the troops in the war-ravaged country, emphasizing that the forces will remain there to an uncertain ...