Caucasus - Central Asia

Afghanistan's Army: Still Unprepared

Afghanistan's Army: Still Unprepared

Joel Brinkley
01 OCT. 2012

 

he endgame has begun in the Afghan war, but the facts on the ground don’t offer a hopeful picture. Now that all the “surge” troops have left, the Afghan army will have to step up and take more responsibility.

Insight: Azerbaijan eyes aiding Israel against Iran

Insight: Azerbaijan eyes aiding Israel against Iran

By Thomas Grove

BAKU | Sun Sep 30, 2012

 

 

(Reuters) - Israel's "go-it-alone" option to attack Iran's nuclear sites has set the Middle East on edge and unsettled its main ally at the height of a U.S. presidential election campaign.

'Every Person Is Afraid of the Drones': The Strikes' Effect on Life in Pakistan

'Every Person Is Afraid of the Drones': The Strikes' Effect on Life in Pakistan

 

Conor Friedersdorf

Sep 25 2012

Top China official visits Afghanistan, signs security deal

Top China official visits Afghanistan, signs security deal

Rob Taylor
Sep 23, 2012

 

(Reuters) - China has signed security and economic agreements with Afghanistan during a rare trip to Kabul by a top Chinese official, in deals seen aimed at bolstering Beijing's influence ahead of a NATO withdrawal of most combat forces by 2014.

Afghanistan bans Pakistani papers over "propaganda"

Afghanistan bans Pakistani papers over "propaganda"

Sep 22, 2012

 

(Reuters) - Afghanistan has banned all Pakistani newspapers over what security officials say is anti-government propaganda aimed at Kabul, an interior ministry spokesman said on Saturday, in a move likely to worsen already tense cross-border ties.

Kyrgyz Air Base May Soon Host Russian Strategic Bombers

Kyrgyz Air Base May Soon Host Russian Strategic Bombers

September 22

The overhauled airfield at the Russian air base in Kyrgyzstan will be able to accommodate Russian strategic bombers in six months, but their deployment in the Central Asian state needs thorough consideration, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.

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