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EU and Afghanistan sign Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (18.02.2017)

The Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development is the first contractual relationship between the Union and Afghanistan and establishes the legal framework for EU-Afghanistan cooperation.

Kyrgyzstan to hold presidential election in November (15.02.2017)

Kyrgyzstan will hold its next presidential election on Nov. 19, a statement on President Almazbek Atambayev's website said Wednesday. Unlike in other former Soviet countries in majority-Muslim Central Asia, where democracy is limited and elections usually a foregone conclusion, the vote Kyrgyzstan...

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov wins poll with 98% of vote (13.02.2017)

The election commission claimed at a news conference on Monday, in the capital Ashgabat, a turnout of more than 97 percent for the poll, in which eight other candidates, viewed as token opponents for Berdymukhamedov, also competed.

Red Cross suspends operations in Afghanistan after six employees killed (09.02.2017)

[…] The governor of Jowzjan province said the aid convoy was attacked by suspected Islamic State gunmen. The head of the Red Cross called the incident the "worst attack against us" in 20 years.

UN renews call for protection of Afghan civilians, after casualty figures spike in 2016 (06.02.2017)

Attacks in Afghanistan by the Taliban, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and pro-Government troops killed or injured more children and other civilians in 2016 than at any other time since the United Nations began keeping records, it was announced today. According to the new UN...

Afghan government controls less than 60 percent of country (02.02.2017)

The Afghan government controls less than 60 percent of the country, a U.S. watchdog agency reported on Wednesday, after security forces retreated from many strongholds last year. … That represents a 15 percent decrease in territory held compared with the same time in 2015, the agency said in a...

Secretary-General appoints Toby Lanzer as Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan (31.01.2017)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Toby Lanzer of the United Kingdom as his Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator,...

Pakistan wants Afghan leaders to review 'fragmented' approach to Taliban peace talks (18.01.2017)

[…] Sartaj Aziz, chief foreign policy advisor to the Pakistani prime minister, in an exclusive interview with VOA, says that a lack of political consensus and prevailing ambiguity in Afghanistan about whether to treat Taliban insurgents as terrorists or stakeholders in national politics has blocked...

US confirms airstrike killed 33 Afghan civilians in Kunduz (12.01.2017)

A joint military operation in northern Afghanistan in early November killed 33 Afghan civilians and wounded 27 more, the United States military said Thursday while releasing details of its investigation into the incident.

US report warns Afghan forces not capable of securing country (11.01.2017)

Afghanistan needs a "stable security environment to prevent it from again becoming a safe haven for Al-Qaeda or other terrorists," a US report says. The report was released on January 11 by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which gives independent oversight of US...