Hikmatyar’s ability to push the Afghan Taliban to peace talks with incumbent government in Kabul cannot be totally ignored or trusted. Gulbadin Hikmatyar, Head of Afghanistan’s second largest political forces Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), had some similarity with the Taliban movement and at the same time maintained differences on key issues.
On the night of Nov. 3, U.S. and Afghan Special Forces in helicopters landed in a village on the outskirts of Kunduz, Afghanistan, hoping to kill or capture local Taliban leaders planning another major attack on the city, the capital of Kunduz province in the country’s north. Instead, the militants led them into a trap.
More than three decades ago, Sharbat Gula’s piercing green eyes and haunted expression appeared on the cover of National Geographic. The 12-year-old girl became a powerful symbol of the plight of Afghan refugees who fled to Pakistan during the Soviet war. Now she is the face of a new group of Afghan refugees—those being forced back across the border.
As many as 3,285 people have been killed and wounded in 193 attacks across Afghanistan last month, showing a 35 percent increase in assaults and 83 percent hike in causalities, compared to September.
RT: Obama admitted Afghanistan was a dangerous place, but is it a surprise that two years later the US base was targeted in this way?
When Donald Trump finally has his feet under the desk in the Oval Office and opens the files marked "Afghanistan" and "Pakistan," he will find much to worry about.
The outcome of the US presidential election has a far-reaching impact, and in Afghanistan's capital, some have definite ideas about who they would like to see in office: Republican nominee Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
It's America's Longest War and one that President Barack Obama promised to end in 2014.
But two years later, the security situation in Afghanistan is in a downward spiral, with the Taliban and Islamic State fighters (ISIL) making gains in several provinces.
Despite all the troubles, Afghanistan is an amazingly young country. According to Index Mundi, Afghanistan’s latest demographic data suggests that 63.5% of the population is under age 24. Just imagine, if you take the age group from 10-19, there are 7.6 million young Afghan boys and girls who are poised to enter higher education. If you look at average age in Afghanistan today, it is about 18.6 years. This is an amazing opportunity for Afghanistan because it’s happening at the time when the rest of the world is aging.
Two years ago, the Taliban paid a visit to 13-year-old Jamal’s* school in the northern province of Kunduz in Afghanistan. His village had been taken over by the insurgents. “They spoke with the school’s principal and a few teachers about the curriculum,” Jamal recounts. As a result, three subjects – English, sports, and social studies – were dropped and replaced with religious studies. Today, the village remains under Taliban control and Jamal only rarely goes to school.