Explained: Engaging with the Taliban

When India sent an official delegation to Kabul earlier this week, it was the first time that New Delhi signaled that it wanted a formal engagement with the Taliban. With this, it appears that the Indian foreign and security establishment is less divided about the need to engage formally with the Taliban and prevent marginalized … Read more

Pakistan-based terror groups run training camps in Taliban areas: UN team

PAKISTAN-BASED terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) are present in Taliban-controlled parts of Afghanistan where they run training camps and have deep links with the ruling regime, including meetings at the top level, according to the latest report of the UN monitoring team on Afghanistan. The report also states that the Al Qaeda in … Read more

Eid under the Taliban shows a changed Afghanistan

Thousands of Afghans had piled into buses and set out down the country’s once-perilous highways bound for relatives they had not seen in years. Afghanistan’s only national park was filled with tourists who had only dreamed of traveling to its intensely blue lakes and jagged mountains when fighting raged across the country. And Zulhijjah Mirzadah, … Read more

With spate of attacks, Islamic State group begins bloody new chapter in Afghanistan

The first blast ripped through a school in Kabul, the Afghan capital, killing high school students. Days later, explosions destroyed two mosques and a minibus in the north of the country. The following week, three more bombings targeted and Sufi Muslims. The attacks of the past two weeks have left at least 100 people dead, … Read more