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OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek to become operational on 1 May 2017 (27.04.2017)

Following today’s decision of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, the OSCE Centre in Bishkek will be transformed into the “OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek” as of 1 May 2017. According to the decision, the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek will develop, implement and report on programmatic...

Afghanistan makes progress in fighting corruption, enormous challenges remain –UN report (25.04.2017)

While enormous challenges remain, Afghanistan authorities have made headway in their fight against corruption, according to a United Nations report released today, which also finds that the country is making progress in other areas, such as restoring institutional control over the delivery of...

Afghanistan in mourning after Taliban attack on army base (22.04.2017)

Disguised Taliban militants killed at least 140 people in an attack on an army compound. Some say intelligence failures and other mistakes by Kabul and its foreign allies led to the incident.

Russia hosts Afghanistan meeting boycotted by Washington (14.04.2017)

Russia opened meetings with top diplomats from Afghanistan, China, and several Central Asian countries in talks that are aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan but are being boycotted by the United States.

While the U.S. wasn’t looking, Russia and Iran began carving out a bigger role in Afghanistan (12.04.2017)

Iran and Russia have stepped up challenges to U.S. power in Afghanistan, American and Afghan officials say, seizing on the uncertainty of future U.S. policy to expand ties with the Taliban and weaken the country’s Western-backed government.

EU aid to support Afghan peace deal with warlord (02.04.2017)

The European Union is preparing to offer millions of dollars to support a peace deal between the Afghan government and an insurgent group led by a notorious warlord, a measure it hopes will encourage similar accords with other militants in the war-torn country.

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin (23.03.2017)

The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle, officials say.

Afghanistan backs U.S. call for more troops to help battle Taliban (22.03.2017)

Afghanistan wants the United States to send more forces to help battle the Taliban and the Islamic State extremist group, the country's top diplomat has said.Artikeltext

Russia to host talks on Afghan conflict (19.03.2017)

Russia plans to host international talks on the conflict in Afghanistan on April 14, a high-ranking Afghan official said. Hanif Atmar, the Afghan president’s national security adviser, told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan on March 18 that 12 countries, including the United States and the five...

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Afghanistan for one year (17.03.2017)

The Security Council today extended the mandate of United Nations assistance operation in Afghanistan until 17 March 2018, stressing the political mission’s role in supporting an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.