Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
TopicAfghan conflict

Topic: Afghan conflict

American special operation veterans rescue 630 Afghan allies in Operation ‘Pineapple Express’

Working under the cover of the night, the US team rescued 500 Afghan special operators, assets & enablers & their families, seconds before Kabul airport blast. This is in addition to 130 recued before.

Who are Hazaras, the Afghan minority group hated & tortured by Taliban

A 2018 United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report says most attacks by Taliban on civilians are directed towards the minority population, most of whom are ethnic Hazaras.

Hope Taliban will establish ‘open and inclusive’ Islamic govt in Afghanistan, says China

The Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed hope that Taliban will abide by its commitment of a peaceful transition of power, taking full responsibility for the safety of Afghan citizens.

Afghan President says won’t allow ‘imposed war’ to bring further killings as Taliban close in

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, in a recorded message, says remobilising security and defence is a priority, focus is to prevent further violence.

US has given up defending the women & children of Afghanistan it promised to protect

With Biden honouring Trump era deal with Taliban, it's allowed the militant group to make rapid advances across Afghanistan, especially in regions where women are most vulnerable.

Afghanistan Army chief General postpones visit to India amid surge in violence by Taliban

General Wali Mohammad Ahmadza was scheduled to visit India on 27 July but cancelled the trip as the Taliban intensified the offensive against civilians and the Afghan forces.

Pakistan’s audacious defence budget needs to stay on paper. It’s good for everyone

IMF is balking at Pakistan’s unrealistic budget, but Islamabad feels it can push the lending agency to give it what it wants. US can call the bluff.

Afghanistan’s hope for peace rests on how India, Pakistan and China deal with each other

A regional uniformity is possible only if Pakistan, India and China can insulate their support for Afghan peace process from regional rivalries.

Seen as US’ successor in Afghanistan, China can take any stand it wants on Masood Azhar

Both Afghanistan and Pakistan see China as the power to which the Americans will hand over the keys when the last US soldier leaves.

‘Father of the Taliban’ calls on China to aid Afghan peace talks

Maulana Samiul Haq has said matters of 'such a great importance' shouldn't be left solely to the US.

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File photo of PM Narendra Modi with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi | Bloomberg

Sri Lanka in ‘debt trap’, India’s response shows pushback against China has begun

While China waits for a Hambantota Port-like 'takeover' of Colombo port city, India has responded with great alacrity to Sri Lanka’s financial needs.
A Life Insurance Corporation building in Kolkata, India | Bloomberg

Inside the all-out campaign to prepare for LIC’s mega IPO

A knock-out listing could see LIC raise as much as $10 billion from the IPO with a minimum dilution of 5%. That would make it the third biggest globally involving an insurer.

Defence

HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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