Archive for February, 2019

Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal Body Set to Meet in the Wake of Indian Air Strike

Following the violation of its airspace by the Indian Air Force (IAF), the government of Pakistan has summoned a special meeting of the apex body that oversees policy formulation, exercises, deployment, research and development, and operational command and control of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

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India Test Fires Short-Range Quick-Reaction Missile Following Kashmir Airstrike

This has boosted morale at India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which developed the missile; during the last test, conducted in April 2018, the missile took off from its launcher successfully but rolled uncontrollably during flight and then plunged into the Bay of Bengal.

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Pakistan Says Indian Aircraft Cross Into Disputed Airspace In Kashmir

Pakistan’s military said one or more Indian aircraft crossed into disputed airspace over the region of Kashmir, prompting Pakistan to scramble its own fighter jets in response.

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Taliban and Islamic State cause majority of civilian casualties in Afghan war, UN finds

More civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2018 than in any of the previous nine years, according to a newly released report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The majority of these deaths were caused by operations carried out by the Taliban and the Islamic State‚Äôs so-called Khorasan province. And even though the Taliban is nominally concerned […]

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Taliban Political Chief Baradar To Attend Afghan Peace Talks In Qatar

A new round of peace talks between Taliban and U.S. negotiators is to begin in Doha this week and will include the militant group’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, according to Taliban and diplomatic sources in Qatar.

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Trump Calls India-Pakistan Standoff ‘Very Dangerous’

U.S. President Donald Trump has called the standoff between Pakistan and India a “very dangerous situation” and warned that New Delhi is considering “something very strong” after an attack on its forces in the disputed region of Kashmir.

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Afghanistan’s Unending Wars

The conflict in Afghanistan, the latest in a series of civil wars over the past 40 years, is strategically stalemated. With the Taliban and other militant groups gradually gaining a grip on large areas of the countryside, the Kabul government and its international allies have recently redoubled their efforts to seek a negotiated peace agreement with insurgents to end the […]

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US officials warn ISIS’ Afghanistan branch poses a major threat

ISIS’ Afghanistan-based affiliate has emerged as a major threat capable of carrying out direct attacks on the US and is actively using its members’ social media to acquire contacts in the United States, a US intelligence official in Afghanistan tells CNN. “They are closest to having the capacity to attack the homeland from Afghanistan,” the official said, saying the US […]

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Iran Says Suicide Bomber Who Hit Revolutionary Guards Was Pakistani

Iran said Tuesday that at least three Pakistani citizens were among the assailants responsible for killing 27 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps on a bus last week, including the driver of the explosives-laden car that rammed the vehicle.

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Taliban key commander killed in northern Afghan province

A Taliban commander named Mullah Mohammad and his bodyguard were killed as government forces stormed their hideout in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of the northern Baghlan province on Tuesday, an army spokesman Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Wednesday. A weapon cache of the militant group was also destroyed during the attack, the official added. Taliban militants who operate in parts of Baghlan province […]

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