Hundreds Arrested in Kashmir

Thousands of members of India’s Armed Forces were deployed throughout Kashmir, a region in northwestern India, on the anniversary of the execution of Afzal Guru, a prominent Indian nationalist as well as the alleged mastermind behind attacks carried out against the Indian Parliament in December of 2001. Authorities are said to have instituted a curfew…

Tajik Opposition Leader Sentenced to 26 Years

Zayd Saidov, an influential Tajik Opposition Party leader and former Minister of Industry was sentenced to 26 years in prison after being convicted on charges ranging from financial fraud and polygamy to having sexual relations with a minor. The original filing of charges in May 2013 coincided with the former Minister’s decision to break from…

US Base in Kyrgyzstan to Close, Russia Makes Gains

The Pentagon announced that Manas Air Force base, located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan will be closing in the next six months, with plans for total vacation of the premises by July 11, 2014. The transit center is the central hub of the supply lines going in and out of Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom. The…

Afghan President in Talks with Taliban

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has furtively engaged the Taliban in peace negotiations, thereby jeopardizing the already rocky relationship with the United States and possibly eroding the limited possibility of a long-term security agreement between the two countries. The news comes at a time when US-Afghan relations have reached their nadir, and seems to contradict…

Afghan Election Season Kicks Off

The official beginning of the election season in Afghanistan got off to a rocky start. Two aides of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah were shot dead in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan on February 1. This comes days after former Minister of Water and Energy, and current running mate of candidate Abu Rasool Sayyaf, Ismail Khan, escaped a suicide…

Forces Withdrawn from Tajik-Kyrgyz Border

Tensions have subsided in the Tajik-Kyrgyz border region after meetings between Tajik Primer Minister Murodali Alimardon and his Kyrgyz contemporary Tokon Marnytov yielded a tentative agreement on a plan to demarcate border regions after clashes attracted international attention. The dispute arose as a result of the Kyrgyz construction of a highway within the Fergana Valley…