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Can Turkey position itself as the most effective mediator in Afghanistan?

By Samuel Ramani — Turkey’s role in Afghanistan is increasingly expanding and could help facilitate talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. It could also likely succeed where others have failed. On January 14, Afghan government representatives and officials from the Taliban’s Qatar office met in Turkey to discuss mechanisms for initiating a peace process in Afghanistan. These talks occurred in ... Read More »

US Drone killed APS attack mastermind Umar Khorasani in Afghanistan

US Drone killed APS attack mastermind Umar Khorasani in Afghanistan

Chief of TTP’s Jamaat-ul-Ahraar (JuA) faction Umar Khalid Khorasani killed in Paktia province Chief of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) and mastermind of Army Public School Peshawar massacre has been killed in a US drone attack in Afghanistan. According to the media reports, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar’s chief Umar Khalid Khorasani has been killed in Paktia province of Afghanistan  along with eight ... Read More »

At least 30 killed in an attack on Afghan military hospital

At least 30 killed in an attack on Afghan military hospital

More than 50 people got injured as gunmen dressed as medics attacked on Afghan military hospital. Kabul: At least 30 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a terror attack on Afghan Military Hospital in central Kabul, Afghanistan. The gunmen were continuously in fire with security forces for six hours. According to afghan security officials, Gunmen dressed medical officer ... Read More »

Taliban leader Mullah Mansour killed by US airstrike, Afghanistan confirms

Taliban leader Mullah Mansour killed by US airstrike. Photo: AFP

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour has been targeted and ‘likely killed’ in an air strike, US officials have said. The US military carried out an air strike on Saturday in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, according to officials. “We are still assessing the results of the strike and will provide more information as it becomes available,” Pentagon press secretary ... Read More »

How a new Dutch Library transformed into a happening place

Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library) in Alemere, Netherlands, a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.

The New Library transformed itself into a thriving place where people could relax and hang out By Cat Johnson Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, ... Read More »

Turkey, UN welcome Afghan-Taliban talks

ISLAMABAD (PPA) – The United Nations and Turkish Government have welcomed the talks held in Murree and expressed hopes that the talks would “swiftly finalize the Peace and Reconciliation Process”. A statement issued by Turkish Foreign Ministry on Friday (July 10, 2015) added that “In order to ensure the integrity of Afghanistan and establishment of its lasting internal peace, it ... Read More »

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