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Afghanistan temporarily bans WhatsApp

Kabul: In a move that can curb “freedom of expression”, the Afghanistan government has asked several private telecommunication companies to suspend WhatsApp and Telegram instant messaging services in the country. Although the apps, popular among the country’s elite, were still working on private telecom operators on Friday, customers of Salaam Telecom, a government-owned service provider, […]

UNSC condemns Taliban attacks in Afghanistan

United Nations: The Security Council on Wednesday condemned “the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks” carried out by the Taliban in various provinces of Afghanistan. Suicide bombers and gunmen targeted police and government facilities in Paktia, Ghazni and Farah provinces on Tuesday, killing more than 70 people and wounding over 200 others. In a press statement, […]

5 killed in drone attack in Pakistan

Islamabad: Five people were killed in a drone attack targeting a militant house in northwestern Pakistan late on Monday, a media report said. Reports said the attack took place in Kurram Agency in northwestern Pakistan bordering Afghanistan and four or six missiles were fired in the attack. Some others were reportedly injured. A militant commander […]

Taliban overrun 7 strategic checkpoints in Afghanistan

Kabul: Taliban militants have overrun seven checkpoints in the strategically important Mirza Olang area in Afghanistan’s northern Sari Pul province, a local official said on Saturday. “Taliban militants in an overnight operation captured seven police checkpoints in Mirza Olang area, forcing security forces to retreat,” provincial police chief Khalilullah Dastyar told Xinhua. If the militants […]

SpiceJet passengers safe after Kabul airport terror strike: Airline

New Delhi/Kabul:  All 174 passengers on board a SpiceJet flight on the Kabul-New Delhi route were evacuated on Wednesday afternoon when terrorists attacked Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, the airline said. According to a SpiceJet spokesperson, the boarding for SpiceJet’s flight SG 22 was almost complete when the incident took place. “Passengers and crew were […]

US won't abandon Afghanistan, says Mattis

Kabul: US Defence Secretary James Mattis paid a surprise visit to Kabul on Wednesday and pledged his country won’t abandon Afghanistan. Hours after he touched down, the Taliban launched a rocket attack on the Kabul airport. Mattis was speaking at a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “We will […]

Pakistan can't take responsibility for peace in Afghanistan: Asif

New York: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that Islamabad cannot take responsibility for peace and security in Afghanistan, adding that effective border management with Kabul is imperative to stop infiltration of terrorists. Speaking at the Asia Society seminar in New York, the minister said that the US cannot succeed in Afghanistan by waging war. He […]

UNSC must use sanctions as weapon against terror funding in Afghanistan: India

United Nations: India has asked the UN Security Council to use sanctions regime as a weapon against terror funding in Afghanistan and support the strengthening of the war-torn country’s sovereignty and stability threatened by terrorist safe havens across the borders. India also asked the international community to ensure that the forces of terrorism and extremism […]

Pak raises objection with US over greater role for India in Afghanistan

Islamabad: Pakistan has raised objection with the US over President Donald Trump advocating greater role for India in the war-torn Afghanistan, the country’s top diplomat said today. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly here yesterday expressed concern over […]

US to deploy 3,000 additional troops in Afghanistan

Washington: US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the Pentagon plans to send another 3,000 troops to strengthen his country’s military presence in Afghanistan, local media reported. “It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven’t signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going,” […]

Taliban attack kills 5 in Afghanistan

Kabul: At least five Afghan policemen were killed and five others wounded after Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint in the western Badghis province in Afghanistan, a senior police official said. “A group of Taliban rebels attacked a security checkpoint in Kandalan area, in the north edge of provincial capital Qala-i-Now city on Friday night. As […]

Trump wants India to help US with Afghanistan 'goals'

Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that he wants to further develop strategic partnership with India to achieve country’s goals in Afghanistan, saying American troops “will fight to win” and “from now on victory will have a clear definition.” “We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars […]

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Four killed as gunmen attack Afghan TV station

Kabul: Four persons, including two attackers, were killed as militants attacked the state-owned national TV building in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday. Four people, including two of the attackers, have been confirmed dead and six others were injured, authorities told Xinhua news agency. A group of suicide bombers targeted government offices, including the […]

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Australia open to sending more troops to Afghanistan

Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday said the country is open to sending more troops to Afghanistan in response to a request by the NATO. “We have been asked to consider sending additional resources, and we are actively considering that. We’re open to that,” Turnbull told the media. Turnbull had met senior officials […]

Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence
Pak-based terror groups plan to attack India, Afghan: top US

Washington: Pakistan-based terrorist groups are planning to attack both India and Afghanistan, a top US spymaster has said. “Islamabad has failed to curb militants and terrorists in Pakistan,” Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence told members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during a Congressional hearing on Worldwide threats. “These groups will present a […]

Over 100 dead, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan army base

Kabul: More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country’s defence ministry said today. “The majority of our soldiers were offering Friday prayers” at the time of the assault, the ministry said in a statement, adding that “over 100 Afghan army forces […]

Herbert McMaster
US NSA in Pakistan to discuss Afghan security situation

Islamabad: US National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster on Monday arrived here in Pakistan’s capital city for talks on security situation in Afghanistan and bilateral matters. McMaster discussed with Pakistan’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz bilateral relations between the two countries and security situation in the South Asian region, particularly in Afghanistan, Radio Pakistan reported. […]

Shenwari inspires Afghans to 1-wicket win over Scotland

Dunedin: A valiant knock from Samiullah Shenwari (96) inspired Afghanistan to a thrilling one-wicket victory against Scotland in a World Cup Pool A game at the University Oval here Thursday. After skipper Mohamad Nabi won the toss and decided to bowl first, Afghanistan’s opening bowlers Shapoor Zadran (4/38) and Dawlat Zadran (3/29) helped them bowl […]

Bangladesh beat debutants Afghanistan by 105 runs

World Cup debutants Afghanistan crumbled against Bangladesh to lose their opening Pool A match by 105 runs at the Manuka Oval here Wednesday

Afghanistan cricket fairytale enters a new era

From the ruins of war to rubbing shoulders with world beaters at the biggest stage for limited-overs cricket, the meteoric rise of the Afghanistan cricket team is nothing short of a fairy tale

India crush minnows Afghanistan by 153 runs

India crushed minnows Afghanistan by 153 runs in their second and last warm-up fixture at the Adelaide Oval here Tuesday, ahead of the World Cup which starts Feb 14

30 militants killed in operations in Afghanistan

Kabul:At least 30 militants have been killed after the Afghan security forces waged offensives in two provinces, police said Saturday. Afghan army and border police, backed by army helicopter gun-ships, pounded several hideouts of militants in eastern Kunar province’s Dangam district, Xinhua quoted provincial police chief Abdul Habib Sayyedkhel as saying. “The raid was launched […]