Did Trump Know About Russia And Taliban? What Does That Mean For The Peace Deal?

On June 26th, the New York Times published a report saying U.S. Intelligence and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted the administration in January on the Russian plot to pay bounties on American soldiers. However, the White House and the Director of National Intelligence denied allegations of being informed of […]

No Peace Without Women – Ending The Cycle Of Conflict In Afghanistan

On 24 June, the head of Kabul’s negotiation team, Abdullah Abdullah expressed concern over an increase in violence by the Taliban, stating that it presents a challenge in starting peace talks with the group. This development follows a week during which hundreds of security force personnel have been killed in […]

“Threatened By A Kangaroo Court”: The Meaning Of U.S. Sanctions Against The ICC

In an incendiary move announced by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on June 11th, the U.S. has imposed economic and legal sanctions on International Criminal Court (ICC) officials. These officials are those who are part of an ICC investigation of war crimes committed in Afghanistan by Taliban, Afghan, and […]

U.S. Envoy Holds Talks With Afghan And Taliban Officials

Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States special representative for Afghanistan, left for Doha and Kabul in pursuit of peace talks with Taliban and Afghan officials regarding the United States’ military presence in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. Khalilzad departed on Sunday, May 17th, after the Afghan president and the […]

Taliban Announces Three-Day Ceasefire With Afghani Government For Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations

The Taliban in Afghanistan have announced that they have agreed a three day cease fire with the Afghani Government that will remain in place for the duration of Eid, according to BBC News. The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, which starts on Sunday, is a time of celebration that marks […]

Terrorist Attack on the Hospital in Kabul Shattered Already Fragile ‘Peace Talks’ with Taliban

On May 12, gunmen disguised as police raided the maternity ward of a Doctors Without Borders medical clinic located in Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials announced that 24 people – including infants – were killed and more than 20 were injured in the attack. This attack was neither surprising nor new to […]

Militants Carry Out Brutal Attack On Kabul Maternity Ward

Militants carried out a brutal attack on the Medecins Sans Frontières maternity ward in Dast-e-Barchi hospital, located in Kabul, Afghanistan. The ward was stormed by three gunmen disguised as police officers at 10:00 AM on Tuesday. The attack has resulted in 24 fatalities, including two newborn babies. Shockwaves were sent […]

Afghan Migrants Allegedly Tortured By Iranian Border Guards

Afghan migrants trying to cross into Iran illegally were allegedly tortured and drowned by Iranian border guards on May 3rd. Reports from the Governor of the Iran border district of Gulran, as well as the Taliban, estimate 55 Afghan migrants were forced into the Harirud river. Eighteen bodies had been recovered […]

Taliban Bombing Of Afghan Military Center Threatens U.S.-Taliban Deal

May 2nd, the Taliban bombed an Afghan military center in the Southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan. The attack threatens the fragile March peace deal between the U.S. and the insurgent group. The target of the weekend truck-bombing was an Afghan compound stationing over 150 members of the Afghanistan military and […]

Afghan Migrants Tortured At Iranian Border

Reports have emerged of one of the worst human rights abuses on the Afghan-Iranian border within recent memory. It has been reported that last week, between 45 and 55 migrants were remanded by border guards, tortured, and thrown into the river Harirud, between Afghanistan’s Herat Province and Iran’s Khorasan. Abdul […]

The Failed Afghan Peace Deal

The Current Deal The current Afghan peace deal is falling apart at the seams. On February 29th, the United States and the Taliban came to an agreement which included the U.S. and NATO withdrawing all their forces from Afghanistan. The deal also included provisions barring the Taliban from allowing any […]

ISIL Militant Activity Intensifies In Afghanistan As The U.S. Begins To Implement Exit Strategy

The Afghan affiliate of ISIL, known as the Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) fired five rockets at the Bagram airfield in Afghanistan early on April 9. No casualties or injuries occurred according to Resolute Support – the NATO-led mission stationed at the U.S. base. The attack comes several weeks after the […]

Afghanistan Sinks Deeper Into Political Turmoil 1

2020 has been a busy year in Afghanistan with multiple high-level meetings between the Taliban, ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) and the United States. Last Friday, General Austin “Scott” Miller met with Taliban spokesmen, wearing a wide grin and a traditional kufi. Despite appearances, tensions are high between the negotiating […]

India’s CAA: Another Move Toward A Hindu-First Nation

The United Nations High Commissioner filed for intervention in India’s Supreme Court. The basis for this intervention was the discriminatory nature of India’s Citizen Amendment Act (CAA).  What is the CAA? The CAA, passed in December 2019, is an amendment that has religiously discriminated against Muslims. The act allows citizenship […]

Taliban Rejects Afghanistan’s Conditional Prisoner Release Decree

On March 11th, 2020, the Taliban rejected the Afghanistan Government’s offer for the ‘conditional release’ of Taliban prisoners. President Ghani’s offer follows the groundbreaking February 29th deal between the United States and the Taliban to end the 18 year-long conflicts in Afghanistan. In a bid to withdraw U.S. troops in […]