US destroys $80M in drug money during counter-Taliban campaign (12.12.2017)

[…] The air campaign marks the first time in 16 years that counter-Taliban forces have used air power to target revenue streams.

Kyrgyzstan inaugurates new President in peaceful transfer of power (24.11.2017)

Kyrgyzstan's new president has been inaugurated in the capital, Bishkek, in a first peaceful transfer of power between elected presidents in the region. Sooronbai Jeenbekov replaces President Almazbek Atambaev, who was constitutionally barred from seeking a second term.

Afghan leaders in Helmand criticize U.S. airstrikes on Taliban drug labs (21.11.2017)

A newly announced campaign of U.S. and Afghan airstrikes against Taliban-run narcotic centers was met with alarm and criticism Tuesday from political leaders in Helmand province — the heart of Afghanistan’s huge opium trade — where officials said 10 such air attacks were carried out in the past...

Hague Court seeks to investigate alleged war crimes by Taliban, CIA in Afghanistan (21.11.2017)

The International Criminal Court has announced that it is seeking authority to investigate possible war crimes in Afghanistan, including allegations involving the U.S. military, CIA, Afghan security forces, and Taliban militants. The request on November 20 marks the first time that The Hague...

Pentagon says 3,000 more U.S. troops In Afghanistan since August (17.11.2017)

Approximately 3,000 additional American troops have now deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump's revised strategy for the war-torn country, the Pentagon said on November 16. The Pentagon had previously put the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan at about 11,000 but Trump in August...

Afghanistan opium production jumps 87 per cent to record level – UN survey (15.11.2017)

A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) said Wednesday in its Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017.

NATO Ministers expected to decide on increasing troops in Afghanistan (09.11.2017)

NATO defense ministers during a second day of meetings are expected to decide to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan from the current 13,000 to 16,000 to aid the Kabul government in its fight against the Taliban.

Attacks against places of worship in Afghanistan rise sharply, UN warns (07.11.2017)

Afghanistan has seen a sharp increase in attacks against places of worship, religious leaders and worshippers, with civilian casualties since 2016 representing nearly double the cumulative number of the preceding seven years, the United Nations mission in the country said Tuesday in a special...

Watchdog: Kabul's territorial control dips to lowest level (31.10.2017)

The government of Afghanistan's territorial control has declined to its lowest level in two years while battling a resurgent Taliban insurgency, a U.S. government watchdog revealed Tuesday. In its quarterly report submitted to Congress, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction...

Once closed and repressive, Uzbekistan is opening up (25.10.2017)

An unexpected political thaw, called by some the Uzbek Spring, represents some of the first positive political news out of Central Asia in years.