Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 11, 2018 An Afghan media watchdog says that 2017 was the “bloodiest” year ever for journalists and other media personnel working in Afghanistan, with the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militant groups being blamed for much of the violence. The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) said in a report released on January
Press TV January 9, 2018 A Pakistani court has ordered the release of an anti-US cleric amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington over the so-called war on terror and a range of other issues. Defense lawyer Fida Gul said Sufi Mohammad was set free on health grounds and the paperwork for his release was still
1TV: Afghan government has rejected claim by Sayed Hamid Gilani, the leader of National Islamic Front of Afghanistan political party, that the Taliban leadership is in Afghanistan. “I don’t believe in rumours that the Taliban leadership is outside the country. They say it out of their weakness. They can’t do anything about it. They are making an
Khalil Noorzai Habibzada Mohammad VOA News January 7, 2018 Airstrikes on narcotics processing labs may be forcing the Taliban to seek new ways to finance their insurgency in southern Afghanistan. Taliban officials say they have established a new customs house in the Delaram district of southern Nimruz province in the southwestern part of Afghanistan. The
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 6, 2018 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he’s not worried about Islamabad retaliating against Washington over its suspension of as much as $2 billion in military aid this week. “I’m not concerned, no,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on January 5, when asked about concerns that the U.S.
Press TV January 5, 2018 Pakistan has denounced as “counterproductive” Washington’s decision to suspend millions of dollars in security aid to Islamabad. “Arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing common threats,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. The statement said Islamabad was “engaged” with US officials and awaiting
WPR: Illegal mining has become so integral to the Taliban’s shadow government that it has established a fully functioning mining department, known as the Dabaro Comisyoon or “Stones Commission,” to manage the taxation of extracted minerals and ores. It even issues “official” Taliban-sanctioned mining licenses. Click here to read more (external link).
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan January 4, 2018 Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and the United Nations, expressed support for President Donald Trump’s tough line against Islamabad and said the administration is likely studying various methods to put pressure on Pakistan for what he called its lack of cooperation in the fight against
Foreign Affairs: Although the Taliban has demonstrated a surprising ability to survive and conduct high-profile attacks in cities like Kabul, it is weaker today than most recognize. It is hamstrung by an ideology that is too extreme for most Afghans, a leadership structure that is too closely linked to the Pashtun ethnic group, an over-reliance on
Press TV / January 3, 2018 Pakistan’s opposition leader Imran Khan has denounced Donald Trump as “ignorant and ungrateful” after the US president accused Islamabad of harboring terrorists. Khan, who has ambitions to become Pakistan’s next prime minister, said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that the Trump administration was making Pakistan a scapegoat to