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Security situation worsening in Afghanistan, UN, Pentagon warn (22.06.2017)

The security situation in Afghanistan remains "intensely volatile," according to a new report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. The recent spate of deadly attacks across the country could indicate a much worse and more fragile period ahead, the UN's special envoy to...

Pentagon says it will present a new Afghanistan strategy within weeks (14.06.2017)

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on June 14 that he will present a new military strategy for Afghanistan, including an adjusted troop number within weeks.

On surprise visit to Kabul, UN chief calls for political solution to Afghan conflict (14.06.2017)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has used his unannounced visit to Kabul to issue a plea for all parties in the 15-year war in Afghanistan to find a political solution. … UN Under-Secretary-General Jan Kubis traveled to Kabul earlier this week "in the interest of completing a [UN] Security...

Ghani to allow Taliban office if Afghan peace progresses (06.06.2017)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has again invited the Taliban to peace talks at a “mutually agreeable” venue, promising the insurgents they eventually will be allowed to open a representative office if significant progress is made.

Afghan foreign minister calls for dismissals of top security chiefs after Kabul attacks (05.06.2017)

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani has called for the dismissal of the country's top security chiefs after a wave of deadly attacks in the capital, Kabul. … Rabbani specifically called for the dismissals of National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar, Interior Minister General Taj Mohammad Jahid,...

OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe to become operational on 1 July 2017 (01.06.2017)

Following today’s decision of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, the OSCE Office in Tajikistan will be transformed into the “OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe” as of 1 July 2017.

Kyrgyz lawmakers debate bill restricting election observers' rights (31.05.2017)

[…] The bill, which lawmakers debated on May 31 ahead of a third and final vote, would bar independent observers from taking part in sessions of election commissions and prohibit them from challenging the commissions' decisions in court.

Kyrgyzstan to hold presidential vote on October 15 (29.05.2017)

President Almazbek Atambaev has announced that Kyrgyzstan will hold a presidential election on October 15. … Atambaev, who was elected in 2011, is barred by the Central Asian country's constitution from running for a second consecutive presidential term.

Fresh Taliban attacks kill 25 members of Afghan forces (25.05.2017)

A suicide car bombing and clashes with Taliban insurgents across Afghanistan have killed at least 25 security personnel. The violence comes as the United Nations urges parties to the Afghan conflict to cease hostilities during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, beginning this week.