Afghanistan
Over 800 Afghan civilians have lost their lives in six months: UN Assistance Mission

In a recent spate of at least 56 violent incidents, members of Afghanistan’s civil society, religious leaders, healthcare workers, members of the judiciary, civil society activists, non-governmental organizations and journalists have been deliberately attacked

Afghan Car bomb blast Attacks against civilians continue in Afghanistan

At least 25 civilians, including children, lost their lives in a bomb blast in a market area in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on June 29, Monday. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far

Attacks increase in Afghanistan Afghanistan records increasing Taliban attacks ahead of negotiations

The Afghan government claims that last week was the bloodiest in the country’s 19 years of fighting. The National Security Council noted that 422 attacks were carried out by the Taliban leading to the death of close to 300 security personnel

Close to 3 million Afghans remain displaced, says UNHCR report

Of Afghanistan’s total population of 38 million, one-fifth are former refugees who have returned in the past two decades. However, in 2019, only 8,400 returned, the lowest in many years

International Criminal Court vs US exceptionalism

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha analyses the decision by the Donald Trump administration to impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court. The ICC is conducting a probe into war crimes by the US in Afghanistan.

COVID cases rise in Afghanistan Afghanistan faces medical emergency as COVID-19 cases rise

Two senior officials in Kunduz province reportedly died due to COVID-19 on June 3. According to observers, the Afghan government does not have adequate testing capacity and tens of thousands of samples are going untested every day

Taliban prisoners released Afghan government to release 900 more Taliban prisoners, urges Taliban to extend Eid ceasefire

The Afghan government has released close to 1,100 Taliban prisoners since February this year, in response to which the Taliban has released about 300 Afghan security forces personnel

Afghanistan Ghani-Abdullah deal Ghani-Abdullah power sharing deal marks an end to stalemate in Afghanistan

According to the agreement, president Ashraf Ghani will continue as the Afghan president while rival Abdullah Abdullah will lead the peace talks with the Taliban. Abdullah will also choose an equal number of ministers in the government

Polio rising in Afghanistan amid COVID Afghanistan records six more polio cases as vaccination drive grinds to a halt

The number of polio cases in Afghanistan has gone up to 11 even as the vaccination drive has been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO has called on countries to not stop regular vaccination drives

Taliban prisoners Afghanistan Taliban rejects Afghan government’s offer for release of 1,500 prisoners ahead of intra-Afghan talks

The Ashraf Ghani-led government in Afghanistan signed a decree to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners out of total 5,000, but the Taliban has rejected this conditional release of its prisoners

Intra-Afghan conflict is biggest barrier to peace

Former Ambassador M.K. Bhadrakumar and Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talk about the US-Taliban agreement to bring peace to Afghanistan. They discuss the challenges in the implementation of the agreement and the interests of the various parties involved.

After US-Taliban agreement, intra-Afghan talks to be the main decider

The upcoming intra-Afghan peace negotiations, likely to take place 10 days after the agreement, will decide if the peace process between the US and the Taliban can be sustainable

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