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Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills 57

An Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 57 people including women and children and wounded 119 outside a voter registration centre in the …

Extremism

Afghanistan: Kabul suicide bomb kills dozens

At least 31 people have been killed in a blast in Afghanistan's capital after several weeks of relative calm. The blast could delay parliamentary …

Afghanistan

Suicide blast hits Afghan voter registration center, killing dozens

<b>Kabul (CNN) —</b> A suicide blast killed 57 people -- including at least five children -- and wounded over 100 more on Sunday at a voter registration center in Kabul, according to Afghan officials.<p>The bomber was on foot when he detonated his explosives at the gate of the building about 10 a.m. local …

Extremism

At least 57 Afghans killed in Kabul suicide bombing, health officials say

KABUL — At least 57 people waiting to obtain national voter ID cards were killed Sunday in a sidewalk suicide bombing in the Afghan capital, the Public Health Ministry said. Another 119 were reported wounded in the blast, which immediately raised questions about whether the government will be able …

World

Afghan President Vows No Weakening Of Democratic Process After Deadly Blast

KABUL -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says a deadly suicide bombing outside a voter registration center in the capital, Kabul, will not "weaken" the …

Extremism

Blast at election centre in Afghan capital kills more than 50

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing at least 57 people and injuring more than 100, in the most serious attack yet on preparations for elections scheduled for October.<p>Islamic State claimed …

Afghanistan

At least 48 dead in ISIS-claimed Kabul suicide bombing

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing outside a voter registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. The bombing targets "a …

Afghanistan

Afghanistan: more than 30 dead and dozens wounded in Kabul suicide blast

A suicide blast in the Afghan capital Kabul has left at least 31 people dead and 54 injured, according to a health ministry spokesman.<p>Sunday’s attack at a voter registration centre was carried out by a bomber wearing an explosive vest. The victims had been queuing up to receive identity cards, …

Extremism

Taliban Bombing Targets Afghan Polling Station

A suicide bombing killed more than 50 people at a voter registration center today in Kabul today. Journalist Ahmed Rashid and Michel Martin discuss Afghanistan's fragile security situation.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>We are going to start with Afghanistan, where a suicide bomber killed more than …

Afghanistan

Russia and Pakistan: A Durable Anti-American Alliance in South Asia

On April 6, 2018, Pakistan’s Minister of Defense, Khurram Dastgir Khan, told Russian state media outlet <i>Sputnik</i> that the Pakistani military planned to …

Geopolitics

News Analysis: Decisive time as Afghan gov't, Taliban consolidate positions ahead of possible peace talks

News Analysis: Decisive time as Afghan gov't, Taliban consolidate positions ahead of possible peace talks<p>Source: Xinhua 2018-04-21 00:14:36<p>KABUL, …

Afghanistan

There Won’t be Peace in Afghanistan Until There’s Peace in Kashmir

U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is futile. To the extent that a goal can be ascertained—which may now be to militarily weaken the Taliban enough to …

Geopolitics

In Pakistan, a young Pashtun man was killed by police. Another has risen to lead a movement.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The slight, sad-faced man of 26, in a plain white tunic and a red embroidered cap, might seem miscast as the emerging leader of millions of ethnic Pashtuns and the voice of pent-up grievances that this struggling tribal minority has accumulated in the years since the Cold War …

Pakistan

Why Elections Could Break the Afghan Peace Process or Fix It

With parliamentary elections scheduled for October, Afghanistan has the opportunity to bring moderate members of the Taliban into the government and …

Afghanistan

Siyar ‘treated like a king’ on return to Afghanistan – a country he fled in fear of his life

UFC welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada talked about his upcoming fight with Luan Chagas at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee and his recent trip home to …

MMA & UFC

Kabul’s Overture, the Taliban’s Dilemma, and the Way Out

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani extended an olive branch to the Taliban at the Kabul Process-II meeting on February 28, 2018 by announcing a …

Afghanistan

Tillerson makes surprise visits to Iraq, Afghanistan

<b>By Antonio Olivo, Carol Morello | Washington Post</b><p>KABUL – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made back-to-back, unannounced visits to Afghanistan and …

Middle East

Council on Foreign Relations Newsletter - Daily News Brief - April 17, 2018

TOP OF THE AGENDA<p>Abe and Trump to Talk Trade, North Korea<p>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe begins two days of meetings with U.S. President Donald J. …

Middle East

Will US negotiate an exit strategy with the Taliban?

Eight months after the announcement of US President Donald Trump’s strategy for Afghanistan, and the tough rhetoric used by the US military against …

Afghanistan

Pashtun Protests Reflect Pakistan's Tensions with U.S., Afghanistan

Sahar KhanIn a protest led by the Pashtun Tahafuz (Protection) Movement, thousands gathered in Peshawar, Pakistan, last Sunday to demand the release …

Pakistan

Towards a regional reset?

Change often comes unannounced, and the government’s foreign policy moves over the past few months represent an unannounced but profound shift in its …

India

How Economic Growth Can Help Defeat Terrorism in Afghanistan

The campaign for Afghanistan's economy must stand on equal footing with the counterterrorism campaign.

Afghanistan

Was the Tashkent Conference a Success?

Sahar KhanIn the last week of March, Uzbekistan hosted a conference in its capital, Tashkent, on Afghanistan’s peace process. It was attended by …

Afghanistan

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan confirmed killed

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, was killed in an operation on April 27 conducted jointly by Afghan and U.S. Special Forces in …

Afghanistan

Taliban Rejects Ghani’s Call for Political Reconciliation

The Taliban has ruled out political reconciliation with the Afghan government and urged war-weary voters to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections …

Afghanistan

Afghans register to vote in long-delayed elections amid violence

KABUL (AFGHANISTAN) (AFP) -<p>Afghanistan has begun registering voters across the war-torn country as it tries to ensure that long-delayed legislative elections scheduled for October are seen as credible and fraud-free.<p>In an operation that began at the weekend and will last for two months, authorities …

Afghanistan

Afghans worry about crucial poll and see no sign of immediate stability

Bullets: “People are not optimistic that it will be a transparent election,” Waheed Mozhdah, a writer who worked as an official during the Taliban …

Afghanistan

Afghan Council to Host Religious Conference to Promote Peace

Focusing on Pakistani hardline religious scholars, Afghanistan is in the process of convening an international religious conference in a bid to find …

Afghanistan

Fighting in Afghanistan's North Disrupts Kabul's Power Supply

Fresh fighting in northern Afghanistan has disrupted the electric supply to Kabul and several provinces for the second time in less than three …

Afghanistan

Attacks in Afghanistan Leave Dozens Dead and 2 Schools Burned

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Four attacks across Afghanistan on Saturday night and Sunday killed at least 26 government security officers, while two schools were also set ablaze, according to Afghan officials.<p>The four attacks struck government outposts in northern and eastern Afghanistan; at least …

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