US, Taliban will sign peace deal today ending 19-yr-long Afghanistan war; Mike Pompeo to be present during signing of agreement
The agreement mapping out a plan for peace follows months of negotiations between the US and the Taliban that have broken down before. The Pentagon has said for months that it is poised to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan to 8,600.
Russia, Turkey reach 'historic' deal on Syrian border; Moscow agrees to preserve 'safe-zone' between Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain
Russia and Turkey have agreed to ensure Kurdish forces withdraw from areas close to Syria's border with Turkey and to launch joint patrols, in a deal hailed as 'historic' by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
'Iron brothers' China and Pakistan differ on Turkey's offensive in Syria; Beijing asks Ankara to stop invasion while Islamabad offers support
In a rare foreign policy disagreement, "iron brothers" China and Pakistan have ended up on the opposite sides of Turkey's military action in northern Syria as Beijing asked Ankara to stop its offensive against Kurdish forces while Islamabad backed the assault
After US pulls out of Syria, Russia deploys troops to help Kurdish fighters against impending Turkish invasion
Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops
Afghan Taliban dismisses fear of attacks on India after US troop withdrawal, says neighbourhood's support vital to rebuild country
the Taliban are at their strongest since their ouster in 2001 and hold sway over more than half the country
Afghan Taliban frees three Indian engineers held hostage in exchange for releasing 11 outfit members, says media report
The Afghan Taliban said it has freed three Indian engineers held hostage for over a year in an exchange for securing the release of 11 of its members.
The Taliban met US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war 'dead' a month ago
India largest regional contributor to Afghan reconstruction, but failed to pursue deeper defence ties in Kabul: US Congress report
India's diplomatic and commercial presence in Kabul – and US rhetorical support for it – exacerbates Pakistani fears of encirclement, says US Congress report
With India-Pakistan relations on decline, fear for survival of six Indians held hostage in Afghanistan mounts
"Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence isn’t interested in the hostages," one Afghan intelligence official said, "but in getting India out of Afghanistan."
Pakistan-based terror groups like JeM, LeT join hands with Afghan insurgent groups after Balakot air strikes, claims intelligence outputs
Intelligence inputs have revealed that Pakistan-based terror outfits JeM and LeT have joined hands with Afghan insurgent groups like Haqqani Network and Afghan Taliban after the launch of Balakot air strike
India's reluctance to play greater role in Afghanistan shows Modi govt unwilling to shed Nehruvian foreign policy just yet
According to the US' Congressional Research Service (CRS), "India has been the largest regional contributor to Afghan reconstruction but New Delhi has not shown an inclination to pursue a deeper defence relationship with Kabul."
Washington is considering a complete withdrawal of US-led forces in exchange for the Taliban committing to direct talks with Afghan government for a ceasefire
US eagerness to exit Afghanistan and Taliban's refusal to budge: States must speak in one voice to push for Afghan peace
The main issue that was agreed to by all sides was that the Taliban would not provide safe havens to international terrorists of any hue in the area
Emboldened Taliban, impending US drawdown and uncertainty for region means India must engage terrorist outfit in talks
The real problem is that the hardliners within the Taliban have a preformed set of beliefs that line up perfectly with Rawalpindi's core foreign policy objectives
With soldiers fed up of pay cuts, heavy casualties, Afghanistan Army suffers high attrition as Taliban maintains upper hand
After losing countless comrades to better-equipped Taliban fighters and having his salary stolen by superiors, Afghan soldier Beg is fed up and plans to quit the army.
Afghanistan: Suicide bomber targets gathering of clerics in Kabul, kills over 50; more than 80 injured
A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people as Muslims around the world marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.
Donald Trump administration suspends security assistance to Pakistan for failing to act on militant safe havens
"The (Trump) Administration has been clear to Pakistani leaders that it expects them to constructively address the problem of militant safe havens in Pakistan," an official from the National Security Council, the White House, told PTI. "Because Pakistan failed to address the problem, the Administration suspended security assistance," the official said, requesting anonymity.