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Tajikistan accuses Iran of involvement in 1990s civil war (09.08.2017)

Tajikistan on Wednesday accused Iran of sending assassins and saboteurs into the former Soviet republic in the 1990s, when it was embroiled in a civil war against an Islamist-led rebel force. … The confessions mark the first time Iran has been publicly accused of involvement in Tajikistan's 1992-97...

Hundreds of hostages freed after rare joint IS-Taliban attack in Afghanistan (08.08.2017)

The Taliban released 235 hostages from a remote village in northern Afghanistan where it allegedly massacred as many as 50 mostly Shi'ite civilians in a rare joint assault with Islamic State insurgents, officials said on August 8.

Three Kyrgyz opposition parties unite, will field single presidential candidate (07.08.2017)

Lawmakers representing the Onuguu-Progress party said on August 7 that its leader, Bakyt Torobaev, Mekenim-Kyrgyzstan (My Land - Kyrgyzstan) party chief Adakhan Madumarov, and Ata-Jurt (Homeland) party co-Chairmen Akmatbek Keldibekov and Kamchybek Tashiev had decided to create a new political...

CSTO rift grows between Moscow and Astana (06.08.2017)

Kazakhstan's emphatic refusal to deploy peacekeepers to Syria contrasted markedly with Kyrgyzstan's openness to a potential deployment, and reveals a growing rift between Astana and Moscow over the mandate of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Proposal for a new EU strategy on Afghanistan: in support of peace and prosperity (24.07.2017)

Today, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have set out their vision for how the European Union can support Afghanistan both to address its challenges and to bring about positive change for the Afghan people.

Civilians continue to bear the brunt of Afghanistan's 'ugly war' – UN report (17.07.2017)

Civilians lives – including those of women and children – continue to be lost at record high levels amid a worsening toll of suicide attacks, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said today, calling on anti-government forces to stop indiscriminate attacks against civilians as well as on the...

Afghan officials send high-profile sexual assault case to court (12.07.2017)

Authorities in Afghanistan confirmed Wednesday that an alleged torture and sexual assault case against the country’s first-vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, has been sent to court for further action.

Nazarbaev signs law barring 'ordinary' Kazakhs from seeking presidency (11.07.2017)

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has signed into law a measure that bars people without previous government experience from running for president.

EUPOL Afghanistan 2007/16: mission impossible? (05.07.2017)

EUPOL Afghanistan was established by the Council of the EU on 30 May 2007 as a non-executive Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) civilian mission. It was mandated to ‘significantly contribute to the establishment under Afghan ownership of sustainable and effective civilian policing...

NATO agrees to send more troop trainers to Afghanistan (29.06.2017)

Two years after winding down its military operation in Afghanistan, NATO has agreed to send more troops to help train and work alongside Afghan security forces.