Coronavirus-hit Afghanistan gets $200 million World Bank grant

The World Bank has approved $200 million in aid to help Afghanistan tackle economic losses from the coronavirus pandemic, as confirmed cases top more than 34,000 in the conflict zone.The country’s war-ravaged economy has been severely impacted due to a months-long lockdown, with thousands of p

Taliban violence poses 'serious challenges' to peace: Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has warned that violence by the Taliban is threatening the country's peace process, as he briefed the international community on Kabul's preparations for peace talks with the armed group. Afghan authorities and the Taliban are preparing to engage in the so-called intra

'What choice do I have?': coronavirus fallout sending Afghan children into work or marriage

Stefanie Glinski The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is pushing Afghan children into early marriage or labour work and away from education. Few children in Afghanistan have suffered severe coronavirus-related health issues, but pandemic-induced economic hardships expose families to

Ahmad Massoud: 'decentralisation is the solution', son of Afghan national hero says

If he was given the choice, Ahmad Massoud says he would have liked to work in astrophysics, pursue a doctorate degree and travel the world, occasionally finding a television screen to watch his favourite football team, Real Madrid. Instead, the 30-year-old dove into politics, admitting that he actu

Kabul Blast Kills Two Afghan Human Rights Workers

A bomb attached to a vehicle killed two members of Afghanistan's independent human rights commission in Kabul on Saturday 6-27-2020, the group said, as violence in the country rises despite a US-brokered peace process. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said in a statement

Afghan foreign minister visits Iran amid tensions over migrant deaths

Afghanistan’s interim foreign minister met with his Iranian counterpart on Sunday in Tehran as tensions persist between the two neighbors after the deaths in May of Afghan migrants at the border.Iran’s state news agency IRNA published a photo Sunday of the meeting between Afghanistan&rsq

Afghans allege Iran police involved in attacks on refugees

An Afghan lawmaker accused Iranian authorities on Monday of involvement in recent attacks on Afghan refugees in Iran, incidents that have sparked protest rallies in Afghanistan and elsewhere.The lawmaker, Abdul Sattar Husseini, told The Associated Press that he is part of a government team investiga

Lack of virus tests pushes Afghanistan toward crisis

A prominent international aid organization warned Tuesday that Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster because the government is unable to test at least 80% of possible coronavirus cases. The International Rescue Committee said COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, is rapidly sp

Ex-Afghan spy chief: Qatar eroding peace efforts

The advent of an abrupt troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as part of US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign could leave the country with heightened conflict and the region in chaos, Afghanistan’s former intelligence chief has warned. Under the Feb. 29 peace deal signed between

Afghan gov’t to free 900 prisoners; Taliban may extend truc

The Afghan government announced it would free 900 prisoners on Tuesday, its single largest prisoner release since the US and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides.The announcement came as a three-day cease-fire with the i

Afghan Taliban announce three-day cease-fire starting Sunday: spokesman

The Taliban announced a three-day cease-fire during the Eid Al-Fitr holiday starting Sunday in a surprise move following months of bloody fighting with Afghan forces after the group signed a landmark agreement with the US.“The leadership instructs all the mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate to t

Afghans throng markets ahead of Muslim holiday despite coronavirus fears

Kabul’s markets were teeming on Friday in the countdown to the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Fitr as Afghans disregarded government safety guidelines to contain rising coronavirus infections across the country.Afghanistan had recorded 9,216 cases of COVID-19, the lung disease caused by the virus, a

Done deal: ‘War crime’ general gets promoted

An Afghan commander accused of war crimes has been promoted to the rank of marshal as a result of negotiations that led to a power-sharing deal signed on Sunday between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his key political rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum is a controversial figur

Rockets hit U.S. air base in Afghanistan; no casualties

Five rockets hit a U.S. air base in Afghanistan on Thursday, but there were no casualties, two senior security officials said, and no militant group immediately claimed responsibility. The attack comes as the Afghan government has launched the release of Taliban prisoners from a jail near the Bagra

Gunman attacks Sikh religious site in Kabul, Afghanistan: Interior Ministry

A lone gunman attacked a Sikh-Hindu religious temple in Kabul on Wednesday, the interior ministry said, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight. Defense forces had blocked off the area and were trying to counter the attack, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a message to journalists.

In Afghanistan, another Great Game set to unfold

An unease in India, jubilation in Pakistan, and cautious optimism on the streets of Afghanistan sum up the varied moods in South Asia after the signing of the U.S.-Taliban peace deal. While the deal offers a glimmer of hope that peace may yet return to Afghanistan, India is anxious that the Taliban

Afghan patients, at least one with coronavirus, break out of quarantine

Dozens of Afghan patients held in isolation, including at least one confirmed to have the coronavirus, escaped from a quarantine facility in western Afghanistan on Monday after breaking windows and attacking hospital staff, officials said. Dr. Abdul Hakim Tamana, head of the health department of He

ICC judges: Go ahead with Afghan war crimes probe

International war crimes judges ruled on Thursday that a probe into wartime abuses in Afghanistan must go ahead, including looking into possible atrocities committed by US forces, as they overturned a previous court ruling. The call was hailed by human rights organisations as a “pivotal momen