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A member of the Afghan security forces destroys an illegal poppy crop in the Noor Gal district of eastern Kunar province earlier this year.

Watchdog Slams U.S. Afghan Drug Strategy

The United States' watchdog for Afghanistan is warning that the country's lucrative opium economy is threatening reconstruction efforts, and the United States is not adequately addressing the problem. More

Pakistan Says Anti-Militant Offensive A Success

The Pakistani army says a four-month-old offensive against militant groups in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan is progressing "successfully." More

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (left) and China's President Xi Jinping wave to students during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on October 28.

Kabul, Beijing Pledge Partnership

Afghanistan and China pledged a new long-term partnership with each other as the new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani began an official visit to Beijing on October 28. More

Toxic Gas Closes Iranian Schools

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reports that 130 people have been hospitalized in the southeastern city of Zahedan after inhaling toxic gas. More

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (right) and Chinese President Xi Jinping  (center) review a guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on October 28.

New Afghan President Ghani Visits China

New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is expected to begin a three-day official trip to China on October 28. More

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Islamic State: 'Coming For Every Central Asian State'?

As if there were not enough militant problems for Central Asia already, some sources suggest the Islamic militant group currently dominating world headlines is also Central Asia’s greatest extremist challenge. More

Why Did An Azerbaijani Wrestling Champion Join (And Die For) IS?

Azerbaijani media sources are reporting that a professional wrestler from Azerbaijani was killed while fighting for the Islamic State (IS) militant group. More
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Features & Commentary

Afghan 'Blasphemy' Case An Early Test For New Government

A blasphemy case involving a newspaper is posing an early test for Afghanistan’s new president, who will have to carefully balance international concerns with the wishes of powerful religious leaders in the country.

Explainer: Key Points In U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement

The new U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement sets forth the conditions under which some American soldiers will remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year. Here are five things to know about its contents.

The Eminently Quotable Karzai

A collection of notable quotes made over the years by outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Militants In Afghanistan, Pakistan Claiming Allegiance To IS

Is the Islamic State extremist group expanding to Afghanistan and Pakistan? The possibility is growing as some militants in the region are pledging allegiance to the organization's leadership.

Remembering Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai leaves behind a mixed legacy as he steps down after nearly 13 years in power.

News Analysis: Afghan Deal Leaves Room For National Disunity

A power-sharing deal has been signed and a new president-elect has been named in Afghanistan. But numerous questions remain over how the planned national unity government will function in practice.

Is Rape Case A Turning Point For Afghanistan?

When a brutal multiple-rape case resulted in the prosecution of seven men in Afghanistan this week, it was widely seen as turning point for women's rights. But the fact that the perpetrators were sentenced for adultery and burglary tempers expectations.
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