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Central Asia news: Afghanistan

High level experts meeting on Afghanistan upcoming in Dubai

High level experts meeting on Afghanistan upcoming in Dubai

04.11.2011 14:16 msk Politics Afghanistan

An international experts’ meeting to take place in Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates on November 8-9, 2011: “Afghanistan in 2001-2011: towards sustainable state and society”. This event has been organized by: “Ariana” Afghan center (Almaty, Kazakhstan), “Politkontakt” Center for political technologies (Moscow, Russia), the Afghanistan and regional studies center (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)

Why does Afghanistan need railroad?

Why does Afghanistan need railroad?

04.12.2009 09:14 msk Business Afghanistan

At the end of October of 2009 the state-owned railroad company of Uzbekistan became the contractor of the Hairaton-Mazar-i-Sharif railroad. At the end of November the project was approved by Uzbek government. Despite modest length of the line – only 75 kilometers – this is strategic project, Afghanistan has been waiting for many years. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is still one of those very few Asian countries that do not have railways. This project is vitally important for Uzbekistan: in the future the country may become biggest cargo transit center in the region, backed up by emerging strong partnership between Tashkent and Washington DC.

Eight years of ISAF operations in Afghanistan. Who are the winners?

Eight years of ISAF operations in Afghanistan. Who are the winners?

09.10.2009 16:29 msk Analytics Afghanistan

The Enduring Freedom operation was launched in the night of October 7, 2001. International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), operating under NATO, have been present in Afghanistan for already 8 years. ISAF are represented by 39 countries, both inside and outside NATO. Ferghana.Ru addressed the experts on Afghanistan with simple questions: «What did America gain in this war? What was the benefit for EU? Is there any benefit for Afghanistan?»

Arkady Dubnov: The Afghanis tolerate armed occupiers but it is getting increasingly more difficult to do so

Arkady Dubnov: The Afghanis tolerate armed occupiers but it is getting increasingly more difficult to do so

02.06.2009 11:26 msk Interview Afghanistan

US mission to NATO invited six European journalists from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Iceland, Georgia, and Russia to Afghanistan. International observer Arkady Dubnov (Vremya Novostei) represented Russia. On his return to Moscow, Dubnov told Ferghana.Ru what he had seen on the route from Kabul to Kandahar to Bamian and back to Kabul. The expert said that in his opinion, the ultimate moment when failure of the Americans' efforts would become final was close: resistance was too strong, Western values were too alien, and so were the Americans themselves. Even the loyal Afghanis wanted to see the last of the Western occupiers, Dubnov said.

An update on Moscow's position with regard to negotiations with Taliban

17.11.2008 13:24 msk Analytics Afghanistan

The latest reports from Afghanistan where the irreconcilable opposition reverted to violence and terror indicate that the country may find itself back in civil war. Russia's stand on the matter is analogous to the American and comes down to the simple axiom: whenever the enemy refuses to surrender, he ought to be destroyed. Does it apply to Taliban? Moscow based Vremya Novostei approached Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for comments.

Bush to Shift Troops to Afghanistan From Iraq

09.09.2008 11:33 msk Analytics Afghanistan

President George W. Bush will announce Tuesday a gradual redeployment of U.S. military personnel from Iraq to increasingly violent Afghanistan, with as many as 4,500 new troops slated to deploy to Afghanistan by January. The additional forces will be charged with defeating the resurgent Taliban and protecting the Afghan populace. The troop increases in Afghanistan will be accompanied by the withdrawal of approximately 8,000 military personnel from Iraq by February. Additional troops may leave Iraq in early 2009 if "the progress in Iraq continues to hold," according to an advance copy of a speech Mr. Bush will deliver at Washington, D.C.'s Fort McNair Tuesday morning.

Ahmad Wali Masoud believes that investment in Afghanistan may be quite profitable

02.07.2008 12:16 msk Interview Afghanistan

Experts admit to being baffled by what is happening today in Afghanistan. Many militias and clans are battling with each other, foreign military contingents are spread throughout the country, the economy is thoroughly crime-ridden, and other factors contribute to a very complicated scenario. Also, a powerful religious presence and the absence of a nationwide center of power have their impact on the general state of affairs. Those experts who met on the Issyk-Kul shores of Kyrgyzstan in early June did their best to sort out the mess. The forum they attended was entitled "Afghanistan, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Eurasian Security and Geopolitics". The following is an interview with Ahmad Wali Masoud, one of the organizers of the conference and the brother of the legendary Ahmad Shah Masoud, who led the Northern Alliance troops against the Talibs (Source: Ekspert Kazakhstan. Translated by Ferghana.Ru).

Valery Ivanov: "We have built 142 base objects in Afghanistan for its economy…"

22.06.2008 17:21 msk Interview Afghanistan

Is there a future of modern Afghanistan? Can Russia make a “comeback” to this country? What mechanisms of Russia and Shanghai Cooperation Organization could have to participate in the processes of settlement in Afghanistan and revival of its economy? Valery Nikolaevich Ivanov - a valid State Councilor of Russian Federation of the third rank in retirement, member of the Board of directors of the Russian-Afghan Business Council. Interview was prepared by Ferghana.ru Information Agency jointly with Radio Free Dolina ("The Valley of Peace or Disputes").

Update on the international conference «Afghanistan, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Eurasian Security and Geopolitics»

Update on the international conference «Afghanistan, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Eurasian Security and Geopolitics»

18.06.2008 18:31 msk Analytics Afghanistan

An international conference entitled, "Afghanistan, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Eurasian Security and Geopolitics," took place in the village of Choktal on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul on June 11-12. Experts, politicians, and scientists from Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Germany, Great Britain, and Italy were present. Here is an official report on the conference, issued by its organizers.

US AF serving Afghani drug dealers

28.11.2007 12:20 msk Analytics Afghanistan

Afghani drugs are as much a pressing problem of the international community as the global warming is. Existence of the problem is recognized by everybody but a solution to it is not known. An international conference on the subject took place in Kabul in late October. According to the UN report presented there, Afghani opium reaching the international market accounts 93% of the global production.

Tajikistan: hostage situations on the border with Afghanistan are commonplace occurrences

08.10.2007 12:50 msk Human Rights Afghanistan

Mamadsharif Hotamov, villager of Shohon (Shuroabad district, Hatlon region of Tajikistan), was kidnapped at 23.00 on September 25. A group of armed people broke into Hotamov's house and took him away. Unfortunately, episodes like that are commonplace occurrences in the border districts of Tajikistan - and have been commonplace for at least a decade.

Another record poppy crop in Afghanistan expected this year

14.09.2007 16:18 msk Afghanistan

The data on the rapidly growing production of opium in Afghanistan this year stirred a worldwide wave of criticism of the United States and Great Britain for the patent inefficiency of their struggle with drugs in this country.

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai will visit Turkmenistan

04.07.2007 09:57 msk Business Afghanistan

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai will visit Turkmenistan later this week. Karzai and his host, President Gurbankuly Berdymuhammedov, will discuss the trans-Afghan gas pipeline project.

Islamic movement leader Yuldashev's right-hand men arrested in the northern part of Afghanistan

02.07.2007 10:46 msk Afghanistan

Afghani National Security Directorate reported arrests of Kari Abdul Kadir and Kari Hekmatulla in the northern part of the country.

Afghanis in Russia: Close-knit international diaspora 100,000 men strong

Afghanis in Russia: Close-knit international diaspora 100,000 men strong

27.06.2007 11:52 msk Migration Afghanistan

Ferghana.Ru news agency has already run some stories on establishment and functioning of Central Asian diasporas in Russia (see Immigration). Here is another story, on Afghani diaspora, in an interview with Mr. Gulam Mohammad, Fatherland Business Center President.

Other news

Media headlines

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The Economist The Turkish prime minister rejects charges of being soft on the Islamic State and authoritarian at home, 24.01.2015

The Independent War on Isis: Flood of jihadi volunteers to Syria 'unstoppable', warns Turkish Prime Minister, 22.01.2015

The Guardian Russia’s rouble crisis poses threat to nine countries relying on remittances, 19.01.2015

The Diplomat ISIS Looks for Foothold in Central Asia, 19.01.2015

Eurasianet Central Asian States Still Cagey Bookkeepers, Says Washington, 16.01.2015

The Guardian How much do you know about ‘the Stans’ of central Asia? – quiz, 15.01.2015

HRW Tajikistan: Human Rights Lawyer Imprisoned, 14.01.2015

BBC Islamic State 'recruiting Afghan fighters', 13.01.2015

Eurasianet Uzbekistan: March Presidential Vote to Be One-Horse Race?, 12.01.2015

Foreign Policy "Islamic State": Women and Children for Sale, 11.01.2015

Bloomberg Kyrzbekistan Isn't Funny, 10.01.2015

Al Jazeera Torture and death for Uzbek Muslims in jail, 07.01.2015

The Diplomat Some Rare Good News for Central Asia, 07.01.2015

KTVB Prosecutors: Boise terrorism suspect wanted to target military base, 06.01.2015

NYT` Radical Islam, Nihilist Rage, 05.01.2015

The Long War Journal Taliban video highlights training camp, operations in Kunar, 03.01.2015

The Express Tribune Existential threat: The turning point in the fight against terrorism, 03.01.2015

Hurriyet Armed assailant detained near Turkish PM’s office in Istanbul, 01.01.2015

Khaama Press A threat to higher education in Afghanistan is the “Talibanization” of Nangarhar University, 28.12.2014

Al Arabiya Teen whose skull was broken by Turkey police canister gets jail term, 27.12.2014

Eurasianet Uzbekistan: Ruble’s Rout Breeds Uncertainty for Central Asian Migrants, 24.12.2014

The New York Times Taliban Push Into Afghan Districts That U.S. Had Secured, 23.12.2014

Long War Journal Taliban publicize training camp in northern Afghanistan, 22.12.2014

Al Jazeera The Girls of the Taliban, 21.12.2014

OpenDemocracy The cost of digital silence in Turkey: 40 million euros, 20.12.2014

Cihan What next for Turkey?, 20.12.2014

The Diplomat Central Asia’s Hydropower Spat, 20.12.2014

Press TV Turkish people gather in Istanbul to protest media crackdown, 19.12.2014

CNN ISIS: From beheading to hacking, 19.12.2014

Today's Zaman Citizens across country protest media oppression and detention of journalists, 18.12.2014

Hindustan Times Kabul should not slip away, 18.12.2014

Eurasianet Uzbekistan Gears Up to Vote for Rubberstamp Parliament, 18.12.2014

Threat Matrix The Peshawar attack: sickening, but no surprise, 17.12.2014

Long War Journal Pakistani Taliban assault military high school in Peshawar, 16.12.2014

Reuters Turkish soccer fans go on trial accused of coup attempt, 16.12.2014

Today's Zaman Thousands gather across Turkey to protest police raids against media, 15.12.2014

Long War Journal Taliban attacks in Afghanistan surge as Coalition ends combat mission, 14.12.2014

Today's Zaman Turkish police raid Zaman building, attempt to detain editor, 14.12.2014

Worldbulletin Four more dissident Uzbeks are on assasination list -report, 14.12.2014

Eurasianet Uzbekistan Turning To Russia For New Weaponry, 13.12.2014

Today's Zaman Human Rights Watch: Turkey’s security bill undermines rights, 11.12.2014

BBC What is jihadism?, 11.12.2014

Foreign Affairs Anand Gopal on Afghanistan and Iraq, 10.12.2014

AVFN TeliaSonera Won't Sue Former CEO Nyberg Over Uzbekistan Acquisition, 10.12.2014

Long War Journal Al Qaeda commander reported killed in drone strike in Pakistan, 09.12.2014

Eurasianet Bleak Climate Report Bad News for Central Asia and Its Dams, 09.12.2014

Reuters Telenor's CEO resigns from Vimpelcom's board amid probe, 08.12.2014

The Nation (Pakistan) Who will control Afghanistan?, 07.12.2014

TNS Is IS an imminent and real threat to Pakistan?, 07.12.2014

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