Preliminary Results Of Afghanistan’s September Election Claim Ghani’s Narrow Win

After delays in preliminary results, the incumbent President of Afghanistan—Ashraf Ghani—has claimed a “narrow win” in the preliminary presidential election that was held on September 28th of 2019, Reuters reports. Afghanistan—a country ridden with insurgent violence, radicalism, and internationally induced instability—held their first democratic elections in 2004 via the 2001 […]

CIA-Backed Forces Accused Of Carrying Out Atrocities In Afghanistan

Human Rights Watch released a report on Thursday documenting how Afghan paramilitary forces backed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have carried out extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, indiscriminate airstrikes, and other human rights abuses without accountability. The report, a culmination of nearly two years of reporting, details 14 deadly […]

Three Indian Engineers Released In Taliban Prisoner Swap

On Monday, a source from the Afghan government confirmed that a prisoner swap had taken place between the Afghan government and the Taliban. According to numerous reports, the Afghan government released eleven Taliban members in exchange for three Indian engineers. The engineers were among seven kidnapped by the Taliban in […]

Presidential Elections In Afghanistan 1

On Saturday September 28th, the 2019 Presidential elections were held in Afghanistan, mired by threats of attacks from the Taliban and reports of fraudulent voting practices. Although there were more than a dozen candidates on the ballot, the top two contenders are sitting President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah […]

Afghan Voters Cast Presidential Election Ballots Amid Taliban Security Threats

Afghanistan’s presidential elections were held last Sunday after being delayed twice due to failed peace talks between the Taliban and the US. According to Al Jazeera, bombings and rocket attacks in the Helmand, Nangarhar, Ghor, Kandahar, and Maidan Wardak provinces prevented or discouraged Afghan voters from going to the polls. […]

Afghans Vote In Presidential Election

Afghanistan went to the polls on Saturday 28 September, in a presidential election that has been hampered by technological failures, allegations of fraud, and the fear of attacks by the Taliban. The two front-runners, incumbent Ashraf Ghani, and the Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah, cast their ballots along with […]

Dozens Reported Killed In Joint U.S.-Afghan Raid

In the southern Helmand province of Kabul, Afghanistan, dozens of civilians have been reported killed during a raid on Taliban hideouts by U.S. and Afghan special forces on Sunday night. There are conflicting accounts on how many casualties there were and if they were civilians. The Deputy Provincial Councilman of […]

Taliban Lifts Ban On Red Cross In Afghanistan

This week the Taliban announced that it has lifted its ban on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and resumed protection of this staff in areas of high violence throughout Afghanistan. According to NPR, the ICRC is one of the most active humanitarian organizations in Afghanistan today. In […]

Death Of Hamza Bin Laden Confirmed By The U.S.

U.S. officials have confirmed the death of Al-Qaeda militant Hamza bin Laden, one month after intelligence officials had reported his demise. In a statement released by the White House, President Trump stated that Bin Laden had been killed in a “counter terrorism operation in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region”, although […]

Series Of Suicide Car Bombings In Afghanistan have Halted U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks

Multiple suicide car bomb attacks that were claimed by the Taliban have killed at least 28 and left more than 100 wounded in Kabul as U.S.-Taliban peace talks were underway. Al Jazeera reports that the September 2 attack, which left 16 people dead and more than 100 injured, was the […]