Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

Taliban Strike Deal With Russia For Key Commodities

Via Business Insider, a report that the Taliban have struck a deal with Russia for supplies of key commodities including oil and wheat: The Taliban have struck a deal with Russia to purchase supplies of key commodities, including oil and wheat. It marks the first major international economic deal the Taliban have made since reclaiming power in […]

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Trial Run for China-Afghan Rail Corridor

Via The Diplomat, an article on the trial period for the new China-Afghan rail corridor: A trial period of three months will see freight trains from China deliver goods to Afghanistan via Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Exports of Afghan goods will follow the same routeback to China. This new railway corridor commenced its trial run on September 13 when […]

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Extension Of CPEC To Afghanistan Could Link Infrastructure Across Continent

Via The Third Pole, a report on the likelihood that road and rail projects will be extended to Afghanistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Once the highway becomes a motorway, trucking supplies to Afghanistan will become much faster,” said Shakir Afridi, president of the transport union for Khyber district, in northwest Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Afridi […]

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Trains In The ‘Stans

Courtesy of The Economist, an article on how new rail lines are causing the balance of power in Central Asia to shift: Central Asia’s fiirst railway was a military venture. Russia began laying track in 1880, primarily to shuttle troops around the Karakum desert, the better to crush resistance to its rule in what is […]

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Afghanistan’s Banking Crisis – Analysis

Via Eurasia Review, an analysis of Afghanistan’s banking crisis: This August, the Interim Taliban Administration (ITA) completed a year in Afghanistan after taking over last year. The withdrawal of foreign troops, enabled by the signing of the Doha Peace Agreement between the United States (US) and the Taliban ultimately resulted in the fall of Kabul. Since […]

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UAE Firm To Run Flight Services On Afghan Airports

Via The Diplomat, a report on how, under a new contract, an Abu Dhabi-based firm will manage flights at Afghanistan’s three major airports: Kabul, Herat, and Kandahar: The Taliban and the Abu Dhabi-based firm GAAC Solutions signed a contract Thursday for the Emirati company to provide flight services and manage planes landing and taking off […]

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