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Taliban dismissive of four-nation Afghan peace talks in Oman (10.10.2017)

The Taliban’s stance of not engaging in peace talks with the current Afghan government “remains unchanged" and the insurgent group has “nothing to do” with next week’s four-nation dialogue in Oman aimed at seeking a politically negotiated end to the war, a senior insurgent official said Tuesday.

The rising risks of misrule in Tajikistan – ICG briefing (09.10.2017)

With his seven-year term set to end in 2020, uncertainty is growing over whether Tajikistan’s long-time ruler President Rahmon will handpick a successor or continue his reign. Growing troubles at home and abroad ensure both scenarios are fraught with risk and must be managed prudently, lest the...

International Red Cross to 'Ddrastically' cut Afghan presence after attacks (09.10.2017)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on October 9 that it will "drastically" reduce its operations in Afghanistan following the killing of seven of its staff in attacks this year. The ICRC has been operating for more than 30 years in Afghanistan, where it has its fourth-largest...

Atambaev signs law on Kyrgyz-Uzbek border (02.10.2017)

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has signed a law demarcating 85 percent of the 1,280-kilometer Kyrgyz-Uzbek border. According to the law signed on October 2, some 1,171 kilometers of the border between the two former Soviet republics are now considered fully defined. The border issue between the...

Parties to Afghan conflict show renewed interest in political engagement, UN envoy says (25.09.2017)

Although efforts over the past few years to reach a political solution to the Afghan conflict have led to little progress, the top United Nations envoy in the country today reported a renewed interest in political engagements for peace.

Ghani says new U.S. Afghan strategy more likely to succeed (21.09.2017)

The new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, by working more closely with Kabul and taking a harder line toward Pakistan, stands a better chance of working than previous plans, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on September 20.

U.S. bungled $70 billion mission to train Afghan forces, report says (21.09.2017)

The U.S. has invested 16 years and more than $70 billion to train Afghan security forces, but the effort has been undermined by poor planning, training and oversight, a government watchdog said in a report Thursday.

Mattis says most 3,000 additional U.S. troops 'on their way' to Afghanistan (19.09.2017)

[…] U.S. President Donald Trump last month announced a new Afghanistan strategy, which he said was aimed at defeating the Taliban, who continue to mount deadly attacks, control large areas, and kill thousands of Afghan servicemen and civilians after nearly 16 years of war.

OSCE/ODIHR opens observation mission for presidential election in Kyrgyzstan (05.09.2017)

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) today formally opened an election observation mission for the 15 October presidential election in Kyrgyzstan. The mission’s deployment follows an official invitation from the Kyrgyzstan authorities.