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Taliban name new political chief in Qatar (23.11.2015)

The Afghan Taliban have named a new head of their political office in Qatar, in a sign that stalled peace moves may be getting back on track.

Why Central Asia is increasingly worried about Afghanistan (04.11.2015)

US Secretary of State John Kerry recently concluded a five-nation tour of Central Asia, reassuring the countries' leaders - increasingly concerned about the threat of Islamic extremism - that Washington remains committed to the region's security, even though the US has scaled down its military...

Kyrgyz PM secures support of new parliament coalition (02.11.2015)

Four parties jointly holding a majority in Kyrgyzstan's parliament agreed on Monday to establish a coalition and back incumbent Prime Minister Temir Sariyev, a move widely expected after the parties' success in the elections last month.

IS website highlights increased militant presence in Afghanistan (28.10.2015)

The message in the Pashto language was the third time in less than a week that IS has highlighted its activities in Afghanistan on its website. In recent days, U.S. and Afghan officials have warned of an increased IS presence in Afghanistan and of its threat to Central Asia.

UK to keep 450 troops stationed in Afghanistan through 2016 (27.10.2015)

The 450 troops Britain has stationed in Afghanistan are to remain for another year amid deteriorating security in the country. David Cameron withdrew all combat troops in 2014 after 13 years of fighting the Taliban, but the support mission stayed on to train domestic forces.

Afghan forces battle Taliban in North, South (21.10.2015)

The fighting in the two provinces, part of a widening Taliban insurgency across the country, comes three weeks after the militants briefly captured the key northern city of Kunduz in their biggest military success of the 14-year conflict.

Afghan plan to expand militia raises abuse concerns (16.10.2015)

With the Afghan security forces gravely challenged by Taliban offensives, the government is moving to rapidly expand the troubled Afghan Local Police program by thousands of members, Afghan and Western officials say.

Obama outlines plan to keep 5,500 troops in Afghanistan (15.10.2015)

President Obama said Thursday that he will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan into 2017, ending his ambitions to bring home most American forces from that war-torn country before he leaves office.

After six years on the rise, Afghan opium crop cultivation declines – UN survey (14.10.2015)

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan decreased 19 per cent in 2015, compared to the previous year, according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released today by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Obama is rethinking pullout in Afghanistan, officials say (14.10.2015)

With pressure building on the White House to slow or completely halt the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, senior officials said that President Obama appears increasingly willing to keep a force there large enough to carry on the hunt for Al Qaeda and Islamic State militants.