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Ladakh standoff: No agreement on disengagement at friction areas, say India, China | Source: Scroll.in

A 2018 photo of Pangong Lake in Leh district of Union Terrritory of Ladakh bordering India and China.

The Indian Army and the Chinese military have said that the 12th round of Corps Commanders meeting was constructive but they have not reached an agreement for disengagement at friction areas of Gogra and Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh. India and China have been locked in a border standoff since their troops clashed in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June last year.

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US Defends Pakistan’s ‘Critical Role’ in Afghanistan Despite Growing Criticism Over ‘Taliban Ties’ | Source: Sputnik

The United States has lauded efforts of the Pakistani leadership in advancing the intra-Afghan talks, as the South Asian country faces growing criticism over its alleged backing of the Taliban amid the ongoing hostilities in Afghanistan. The Biden administration’s backing of Islamabad over its role in Afghanistan comes against the backdrop of growing censure of Prime Minister Khan’s government by the administration of President Ashraf Ghani in neighbouring Kabul.

Source: Sputnik


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Taliban take much of provincial capital in south Afghanistan | Source: ABC News

The Taliban pressed ahead with their advances in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, capturing nine out of 10 districts of the Helmand provincial capital. The fall of Lashkar Gah would be a major turning point in the offensive the Taliban have waged over the past months as U.S. and NATO forces complete their pullout from the war-torn country. It would also be the first provincial capital captured by the Taliban in years.

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Afghan president blames ‘abrupt’ U.S. pullout for worsening security | Source: CGTN

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani blamed the country’s deteriorating security on Washington deciding “abruptly” to withdraw its troops. Taliban insurgents have moved in on three provincial capitals in the last few days, amid rapid advances nationwide since Washington said it planned a complete withdrawal of troops by September.

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Russian and Uzbek militaries begin joint Afghan border drills | Source: The New Arab

Troops from Russia and Uzbekistan began joint military drills near the Afghan border amid fears in both countries over a worsening security situation in Afghanistan that could spill over into Central Asia. Moscow said it would send a much bigger military contingent to Tajikistan for separate trilateral exercises due to begin there later this week.

Source: The New Arab


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Indian, Chinese armies set up direct military hotline | Source: Prensa Latina

India and China have established a direct military communications hotline to foster the spirit of trust and cordial relations along the border.

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US, Pakistan NSAs meet in Washington to discuss Afghan security situation | Source: DAWN

The national security advisers (NSA) of Pakistan and the United States met in the US capital, where they discussed the “urgent need for reduction in violence and a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan”. US State Secretary Antony Blinken said that Pakistan has a vital influence on the Taliban and the United States wants Islamabad to play that role.

Source: DAWN


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Pakistan welcomes China’s engagement with Taliban | Source: DAWN

The Foreign Office welcomed China’s engagement with the Taliban, underscoring the importance of Beijing’s role in the Afghan peace process. The statement took place as Taliban made sweeping gains in Afghanistan and at the same time stepped up their outreach to other countries in a bid to gain legitimacy.

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Taliban Attack UN Compound in Afghanistan | Source: VOA News

A United Nations compound in Herat, Afghanistan was attacked with rocket propelled grenades and gunfire. In the last 24 hours the Taliban have again captured large parts of Korokh as well as another district called Guzara, which is very close to Herat airport.

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Turkey offers to protect Kabul airport for US | Source: The New Arab

Turkey is offering to protect Kabul’s strategic airport after US forces leave in what experts view as a high-risk bid to improve Ankara’s strained ties with Washington. Keeping the air hub safe from advancing Taliban forces became a major issue after US President Joe Biden called an end to Washington’s 20-year involvement by ordering all troops out of Afghanistan by the end of next month.

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