Tuesday 23 March 2021
March 23, 2021
Ghani Proposes Peace Plan Calling For Presidential Election
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has proposed a new peace plan to U.S. officials and the Taliban that envisages a snap presidential election within six months or a year right after a peace deal is signed with the militant group, a senior Afghan government official told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan.
March 23, 2021
Afghan Women's Radio Station Raises Its Voice For Rights And Peace
Radio Women’s Tune, a local station based in southwestern Afghanistan, was launched on International Women's Day. Amid an ongoing wave of violence against journalists in the country, 10 female staff members are using their broadcasts to support peace efforts and promote women's rights.
March 22, 2021
Stoltenberg Says 'All Options Remain Open' On Afghanistan Ahead Of NATO Meeting
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said "all options remain open" on Afghanistan, just weeks before Washington is due to withdraw the last of its troops under a deal struck with the Taliban last year.
March 21, 2021
U.S. Defense Chief Makes Unannounced Afghan Visit As Troop Withdrawal Deadline Looms
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on March 21 just weeks before Washington is due to withdraw the last of its troops under a deal struck with the Taliban last year.
March 19, 2021
Untangling Taliban's Ties With Al-Qaeda 'Extremely Difficult'
Under a February 2020 U.S.-Taliban peace deal that paved the way for Afghan peace talks, the Taliban pledged to end cooperation with Al-Qaeda. But more than a year later, it remains unclear if the Taliban is willing or able to cut its deep ties with the terrorist network.
March 18, 2021
Twenty Years Later, Cultural Scars Remain From Loss Of Giant Afghan Buddhas
In March 2001, Taliban extremists used dynamite and artillery to demolish two towering Buddha statues that had stood in Afghanistan's Bamiyan Province for nearly 1,500 years. Today, the country is still not at peace, and hopes of rebuilding the statues are stymied by prohibitive costs.
March 18, 2021
New Push For Peace Tests International Cooperation, Afghan Unity
The U.S. gained a boost for its new push to reinvigorate the Afghan peace process at a Moscow conference attended by both the Taliban and the Afghan government. But the effort requires robust international cooperation to forge unity among Afghan factions for the peace process to be successful.
Three Senior Pakistani Taliban Commanders Killed In Blast In Afghanistan2
Killing Of Senior TTP Commanders In Afghanistan Strikes Blow To Militants, Possible Peace With Pakistan3
Al-Qaeda Chief Killed In Posh Kabul Neighborhood Largely Built With U.S. Taxpayer Money4
Surge In Targeted Killings In Northwestern Pakistan Aims To 'Silence Dissenting Voices'5
Exclusive: German Foreign Minister Says Women In Afghanistan Experiencing 'Biggest Violation Of Rights On Earth'6
One Year After Seizing Power, Is The Taliban Here To Stay?7
At Least Eight Killed In Bomb Blast In Shi'ite Neighborhood Of Kabul; Islamic State Claims Responsibility8
Pakistani Soldiers Killed In Blast In Tribal District Bordering Afghanistan9
'Tsunami Of Trees' Sweeps Pakistan10
Pakistani Rupee Falls To Record Low Against Dollar, Stoking Inflation Fears