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US confirms airstrike killed 33 Afghan civilians in Kunduz (12.01.2017)

A joint military operation in northern Afghanistan in early November killed 33 Afghan civilians and wounded 27 more, the United States military said Thursday while releasing details of its investigation into the incident.

US report warns Afghan forces not capable of securing country (11.01.2017)

Afghanistan needs a "stable security environment to prevent it from again becoming a safe haven for Al-Qaeda or other terrorists," a US report says. The report was released on January 11 by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which gives independent oversight of US...

NATO deploys 200 soldiers in Afghanistan's Farah (08.01.2017)

The announcement comes two days after the Pentagon says it will deploy 300 US Marines to southern Helmand province. … The troops will mainly train and advise local forces, NATO officials say, but the deployments underscore how foreign forces are increasingly being drawn back into Afghanistan's...

US to send troops to Afghanistan's Helmand province (08.01.2017)

The United States plans to send 300 Marines to the southern Afghan Province of Helmand to help train and advise local security forces. Brigadier General Roger Turner told journalists on January 8 that it will be the first Marine deployment to Helmand since 2014 when the United States announced the...

Kyrgyzstan voting on constitutional changes (11.12.2016)

Kyrgyz are voting in a constitutional referendum that could shift key powers from the president to the prime minister … .

Uzbekistan: reform or repeat? – ICG briefing (06.12.2016)

After 25 years of authoritarian rule, Uzbekistan faces unpredictable neighbours, a jihadi threat and deep socio-economic challenges. New President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has taken small steps toward vital domestic and foreign policy reform, and outside partners should push him to do more to avert real...

Election underscores need for comprehensive reforms, OSCE/ODIHR observers say (05.12.2016)

The 4 December presidential election in Uzbekistan underscored the need for comprehensive reforms to address long-standing procedural and systematic shortcomings, including to a legal framework that is not conducive to holding genuine democratic elections, the election observation mission from the...

Taliban facing financial crisis as civilian deaths deter donors (29.11.2016)

The Afghan Taliban are facing a cash crisis with donors unwilling to bankroll an insurgency whose victims are increasingly civilians rather than foreign troops, according to several members of the movement.

Changes coming for Afghan Peace Council (21.11.2016)

Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC), the body tasked with forging reconciliation with the Taleban, says it is putting recommendations made at an IWPR conference earlier this year into practice. At public debates recently held across Afghanistan, HPC representatives said that they were taking...