• Afghanistan Independence Day 2018-08-21 09:01

    Afghanistan marks 99th Independence Day

    TEHRNA - Afghanistan marked the 99th anniversary of its independence from the erstwhile British empire on Sunday. Many functions were held in Kabul and provincial capitals to commemorate the occasion.

  • Basir Ahang 2018-08-21 08:57

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    U.S. and NATO neglect Afghan Shia massacres

    TEHRAN - As the security situation in Afghanistan deteriorates, the government in Kabul is finding itself in troubled waters. According to the UN, civilian deaths recorded a new high in the first half of this year. Meanwhile, the targeted attacks on Hazara Shias of Afghanistan also continue unabated.

  • Kabul 2018/08/18

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Kabul school attack underscores threat to Afghanistan’s future

    “How could they attack a classroom,” a friend asked, noticeably angry and outraged. There are no easy answers to that. A human mind cannot come to terms with the atrociousness of such horrendous crimes against humanity. Barging inside a packed classroom and blowing up young school children is no chivalry. It is an act of cowardice and spinelessness. The victims were not carrying arms and they were not on the frontlines of war. They were inside a classroom, preparing for university entrance examination.

  • Taliban 2018-08-16 13:19

    Afghan forces take back Ghazni, but Faryab falls

    TEHRAN - Afghan government forces regained control of the embattled city of Ghazni on Tuesday, after five days of intense fighting with the Taliban, which led to the killing of hundreds of people, according to officials.

  • Taliban 2018/08/14

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Taliban overruns Ghazni city, Afghan and U.S. officials clueless

    TEHRAN - Barely a week after the U.S. officials reportedly held ‘secret talks’ with the Taliban in Qatar, the insurgent group has launched a series of coordinated attacks in multiple provinces across Afghanistan. According to media reports, more than 200 Afghan security personnel have been killed over the past four days in fighting with the Taliban in three different provinces – Ghazni, Faryab and Baghlan.

  • Taliban 2018-08-14 11:11

    Taliban and Afghan forces fight for control over Afghanistan’s strategic city

    TEHRAN - Four days after the intense fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces in the strategic southeastern city of Ghazni, more than 200 Afghan police officers and soldiers have been killed so far. Hospitals are packed with wounded civilians, including women and children, and roads on the city outskirts have been reportedly manned by the Taliban to prevent the arrival of military reinforcements.

  • Taliban 2018-08-14 11:09

    Taliban delegation meets top Uzbek govt. officials

    TEHRAN - In a significant development that underscores the growing clout of the Taliban, a delegation from the militant group reportedly met officials in Uzbekistan last week to discuss issues related to transport and power lines and peace in Afghanistan.

  • Taliban 2018-08-09 12:49

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘Talks’ between Taliban and U.S. an exercise in futility

    If reports in the Afghan and international media are to be believed, the first round of ‘preliminary talks’ between the U.S. and the Taliban were held last week in Doha.

  • Taliban 2018-08-05 10:44

    Militants attack, burn down girls’ schools in Pakistan

    TEHRAN - At least 12 schools in Diamer district of Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region, most of them girls’ schools, were attacked and burned down early on Friday by alleged militants, according to reports. No group has officially claimed responsibility for the attacks.

  • ISIS 2018-08-05 10:36

    Did ISIS fighters surrender or were they evacuated?

    TEHRAN - Last week, more than 200 ISIS fighters reportedly surrendered to the Afghan security forces in northwestern province of Jawzjan after being defeated by the Taliban, with some reports suggesting that they were captured by the security forces.

  • ISIS 2018-08-02 12:13

    More than 150 ISIS fighters surrender in north Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - More than 150 ISIS insurgents laid down arms and surrendered to Afghan security forces in the northwestern province of Jawzjan after being defeated by the Taliban, according to reports.

  • Muslim Shirzad 2018-07-23 12:21

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘Deteriorating security situation shows U.S.-led coalition has failed to achieve its objectives in Afghanistan’

    Muslim Shirzad is a Kabul-based senior TV journalist, political commentator and university lecturer. He is one of the candidates in upcoming Afghan parliamentary elections. In an interview with Tehran Times, he spoke about Afghan peace process, America’s Afghanistan policy, President Ghani’s legacy and the upcoming elections.

  • اشرف غنی 2018-07-19 13:33

    Despite rejection of his offer, Ghani hopeful Taliban will join peace talks

    TEHRAN - Despite the Taliban rejecting his offer to extend the ceasefire and join peace talks with the Afghan government, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is still hopeful that the militant group will come to the negotiating table.

  • Taliban 2018-07-19 13:04

    Taliban, ISIS face off in Afghanistan, 20 Taliban fighters killed in latest ISIS attack

    TEHRAN - With contrasting agenda, goals and modus operandi, the Taliban and ISIS are facing off in a battle for control of Afghanistan, even as the security situation in the war-ravaged country deteriorates.

  • Afghanistan
2018-07-19 12:54

    By Syed Zafar Mahdi

    Afghan-owned peace process only solution to war in Afghanistan

    America’s top military commander in Afghanistan, John Nicholson sent regional observers into a tizzy with his comments on Monday that the United States was ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban. He later retracted his statement, apparently under pressure, saying his words were“mischaracterized.”

  • Taliban 2018-07-17 11:04

    Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high, says UN report

    According to the latest report released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Sunday, there were 5,122 civilian casualties (1,692 deaths and 3,430 injured) in the first six months of 2018, marking a three percent decrease in overall casualties from last year but one percent increase in civilian deaths.

  • Kashmir 2018-07-12 13:05

    Militant recruitment increasing, 2018 could be worst year for Kashmir: report

    TEHRAN - The militant groups in Kashmir have stepped up the recruitment of local youths following the end of Ramazan ceasefire, according to a report published by Indian Express. As many as 82 local youths have joined the militant groups this year till June-end, including 27 in June itself.

  • Taliban 2018-07-08 11:49

    Afghan Taliban once again reject government’s peace offer

    TEHRAN - Ashraf Ghani-led government’s efforts to broker peace with the Taliban are producing no results as the insurgent group yet again turned down Kabul’s offer for peace talks on Friday, calling the Afghan government officials as “puppets”.

  • Iran rejects claim of training Taliban militants 2018-07-05 12:18

    Iran rejects claim of training Taliban militants

    TEHRAN – Iran’s embassy in Kabul has strongly rejected a report by British media claiming that members of Afghanistan’s Taliban militant group are being trained in Iran. 

  • Karzai 2018-07-03 09:44

    The war in Afghanistan has been ‘imposed’ by foreigners: Karzai

    Hamid Karzai, the former Afghan president, has urged all the parties to end the war after the Afghan government on Saturday announced the unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban had come to an end.

  • Idrees Zaman 2018-07-03 09:37

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    “Afghan government’s ceasefire has broken momentum of Taliban’s summer offensive”

    Idrees Zaman is a Kabul-based researcher, peace-building practitioner and political analyst. He is the Managing Director of Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU), Afghanistan’s first independent research think tank.

  • Aghanistan 2018-07-01 10:56

    Afghan government ends ceasefire with Taliban, to resume operations

    The Afghan government on Saturday announced the end of unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban and ordered its forces to resume military operations against the insurgents across the country.

  • جنگ تجاری 2018-06-28 12:10

    A least 11 people killed in U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan

    While attacks by the Taliban have frighteningly increased across Afghanistan, compounding worries for the Kabul government, drone strikes by the American forces are also intensifying, giving sleepless nights to people living in remotest areas.

  • Afghanistan 2018-06-26 10:56

    By Syed Zafar mehdi

    U.S. war machine has found a convenient scapegoat in the shape of Pakistan to hide its failures in Afghanistan

    Raza Rumi is a leading Pakistani journalist, political analyst, and author, currently based in the U.S. He is the editor of Daily Times, Pakistan and the Visiting Faculty at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, U.S. and Scholar in Residence at Honors Program, Ithaca College, U.S.

  • Afghanistan 2018/06/24

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    American experiment in Afghanistan proves a disaster

    Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters were seen embracing each other with warmth, camaraderie and sheer joy in different cities of Afghanistan after the Taliban agreed to unprecedented three-day Eid ceasefire with the Afghan government.

  • Pakistan 2018-06-24 15:51

    A people’s march for peace in Afghanistan

    For the war-weary people in Afghanistan, protests and peace rallies have become the only way to show their fatigue from war and to urge all the parties to seek a common ground.

  • Pakistan 2018-06-24 15:51

    U.S. reminds Pakistan it’s still on notice

    The United States has reminded Pakistan that it is still on notice to dismantle all terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens from its soil.

  • 347567_Taliban- militants (1).jpg 2018-06-20 11:27

    By Banafsheh Esmaili

    Taliban accepts Afghan government's ceasefire: sparking peace or false hopes?

    TEHRAN - A few days ago, in an unprecedented attempt, Taliban announced ceasefire with the Afghan government in the first three days of Eid Fitr, the holiday that caps off Ramadan.

  •  Afghanistan 2018-03-06 09:53

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    For peace in Afghanistan, talk to Afghans

    Quite clearly, the beleaguered ‘national unity government’ in Kabul, which has faced blistering criticism at home and abroad for failing to stem violence, has run out of options and is desperately trying to woo the Taliban to end what President Ghani has often termed as ‘imposed war’.

  • kabul 2018-01-27 18:27

    Iran condemns horrible terror attack in Kabul

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Saturday condemning a horrible terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, which left at least 95 people dead and 163 others injured.