9/11 and Never-ending Afghan Tragedy

  On September 11, 2001, 19 member of Al Qaeda, most of whom were from Saudi Arabia, hijacked four airplanes of “United” and “America” airways and carried out attacks on New York and Washington cities of the United States. Around 3000 people were killed in these attacks and thus, were considered a justification for launching […]

High Civilian Casualties during Four Years of NUG

  Last week, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock in his 2-day visit to Afghanistan said that 40 thousand civilians have been killed and injured during the four years of the National Unity Government (NUG).   Although, the U.S war on Afghanistan is ongoing since the last 17 years; it has enflamed more than ever […]

Change in Foreign Forces Command and its Impact on Afghan War

  U.S Gen. Austin Scott Miller, who was officially appointed as the commander of U.S Forces-Afghanistan and of Operation Resolute Support two months ago, took over on Sunday (September 2, 2018) at a ceremony in Kabul. Miller takes over from Gen John Nicholson, who led the NATO mission for over two years. Scott Miller is […]

The Taliban Attack on Ghazni and Future of Peace in Afghanistan

  On August 10, Taliban launched an extensive assault on Ghazni City from four sides. On the first three days, they were able to bring the entire city along with governmental offices under their control, with the exception of the Governor’s office and Police headquarters there. On the fifth day of the Ghazni attack, although, […]

Reviewing the Trump Strategy: The Need for Resolving the Afghan Crisis

  After 17 years of U.S initiated war in Afghanistan, some U.S. officials, according to media reports, agree that the U.S. has come to terms with its failure in the Afghan war and that it now seeks to review its strategy for the country. Notably, the New York Times published a report that revealed Donald […]

Role of NATO Organization in Afghan War and Peace

  Last week (11-12 July, 2018), Belgium’s Capital Brussels City hosted a 2-day meeting of NATO member countries. Afghan President Ghani and CEO Dr. Abdullah alongside the heads of states of NATO-member countries, representatives of other NATO friendly countries, UN and the World Bank had participated in the meeting.           On the second day of […]

Pro-Government Armed Militias against the Government 

  Apparently, local armed forces are militias that have been formed by America and the Afghan government for the purpose of maintaining security. From one hand, these armed militias, however, defended their areas against the government’s armed opposition in short-term, but from the other hand, they are turned into power islands after a while and, […]

A Look at U.S. Military Strategy in Afghanistan

  By Hekmatullah Zaland \ CSRS Increasing insecurity and security challenges in Afghanistan have led to discussions among Afghans about the US military strategy for Afghanistan. The US inspectors also said in a report a few days ago that the Trump military strategy for Afghanistan was not successful. Members of the Afghan parliament and some […]

US-Russia Cold War and its Impacts on the Afghan Issue

  By Hekmatullah Zaland \ CSRS After 2014, the international issues like the Ukraine’s became considered as incidents of New Cold War between Russian and the West and it became unblemished in recent years that there is “New Cold War” going on between Washington and Moscow which has directly impacted Afghanistan as well.    With beginning […]

Why the Afghan War gets Bloodier?

  By Hekmatullah Zaland / CSRS Considering the statistics of international organizations, the Afghan War has got bloodier and more severe every year since 2001. After 2014 and formation of the National Unity Government (NUG) in Afghanistan, more than 10 thousand of civilians have been killed and wounded every year. Approximately, the entire regions of […]

The heavy casualties of the civilians in the airstrikes

  Last week, the Afghan air forces carried out an airstrike on a gathering in a religious school (madrasa) in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province, which killed and injured many civilians. Quoting the governor of Dasht-e-Archi District, New York Times has written that this attack was carried out by the Afghan force on the graduation […]

The strategy of war and the fate of the security situation

  Based on the annual report of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), 2017 was another bloody year for Afghans and more than 10000 civilian casualties were recorded in this year. The beginning of 2018 was even bloodier than that of 2017. This increase in civilian casualties was due to the heavy attacks […]

To which direction is the country’s political and security situation headed?

  The political tensions over the governance of Balkh Province and the recent consecutive security incidents in the country have increased concerns about the security and political instability in the country. Even though due the issue of the governance in Balkh no security incident has occurred yet, such issues increase concern about the security and […]

A glimpse into the situation of the country in 2017

  2017 was a year full of challenges and problems for Afghanistan. The political disagreements were reached its highest levels compared to the past 16 years. The security situation in the country was also deteriorated and this years was the bloodiest compared to the past one and half decade. Based on the recent report of […]