The Independent (UK): In April 2011, Khalida Popal thought she was going to die. “I was facing regular death threats from the Taliban, and I knew that if I stayed in Afghanistan my life would have been in real danger,” she says softly. “I had a choice — I could either stay in my own country
The Diplomat: On December 11, 2017, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized NATO’s efforts to combat drug trafficking in Afghanistan. In a press conference in New Delhi, Lavrov claimed that Afghanistan’s rampant narcotics trade fuels terrorism in Central and South Asia. Lavrov also urged the West to end the “double standards” that undercut NATO’s drug enforcement
Ayaz Gul VOA News / December 28, 2017 ISLAMABAD — Afghan officials say more than 40 people have been killed and 84 others wounded in a suicide attack on a building in Kabul that houses a Shi’ite Muslim cultural center with ties to Iran. A spokesman for Afghan Ministry of Public Health told reporters four women
Press TV / December 27, 2017 Afghan and Indian authorities have attended a ceremony to inaugurate an air route between the two cities of Kabul and Mumbai amid efforts widen to boost trade between the two neighboring countries. The Kabul-Mumbai corridor was officially launched Wednesday at the Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul. The project
Gulf News: It is a chilly Friday morning — the Afghan weekend — but Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan’s “Sultan of Cinema”, has graciously agreed to meet for a chat in his middle-class downtown Kabul neighbourhood. In the face of perpetual threat, the director, producer and actor extraordinaire has carried Afghanistan’s film industry for more than two decades almost
VOA News / December 27, 2017 Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD — A suicide car bombing at a military base in southern Afghanistan Wednesday killed at least two soldiers and wounded 15 others. The attack happened in Lashkargah, capital of restive Helmand province, and targeted a contingent of Afghan National Army soldiers who were about to leave the
Tolo News: The first ever indoor cricket academy opened in Kabul on Tuesday, providing training to at least 250 sportsmen by well-known coaches. The academy has four grounds and has the capacity to hold 60 athletes at one time. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Jamiat-e-Islami Party on Tuesday said in reaction to the Independent Directorate of Local Governance’s (IDLG) remarks over Atta Mohammad Noor’s fate that the appointment of a new governor for Balkh province without a political agreement will have numerous negative consequences. Jamiat-e-Islami party’s remarks came after IDLG had said the new governor for Balkh, Engineer
December 26, 2017 RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan Afghan officials say Taliban militants shot and killed five travelers in the country’s central province of Ghazni. Speaking on December 26, Ghazni Provincial Council member Nasir Ahmad Faqiri said the killing occurred late at night on December 25 in the village of Arzo near the provincial capital Ghazni.
Ayaz Gul VOA News / December 26, 2017 ISLAMABAD — Chinese diplomacy apparently has succeeded in persuading Afghanistan to begin a wide-ranging dialogue proposed by Pakistan for mending strained bilateral relations. The decision came at Tuesday’s first trilateral talks Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted in Beijing between his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts. Last month, Islamabad