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The Unpeaceful Karzai-Taliban 'Peace Talks'

Posted October 8, 2010 | 07:12:03 (EST)

On the eve of the 9th anniversary of the U.S. attack to remove the Taliban regime from power, the Washington Post reported that the comeback extremists were 'in high-level talks with Karzai government.' The Post claimed that the talks were aimed to 'end the war in Afghanistan' and...

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Is Time's Aisha Story Fake?

Posted August 29, 2010 | 16:44:40 (EST)

Editor's Note: As is our policy, when the accuracy of the claims made in this post was called into question, we asked the author to substantiate them. He was unable to, so we have removed the post from the site.

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Afghans Not 'Very Hopeful' for Kabul Peace Jirga

Posted May 28, 2010 | 18:03:13 (EST)

Officials in the Afghan capital claim they have completed all necessary arrangements and have taken all security measures for the twice-delayed three-day advisory Peace Jirga, officially named as "Afghanistan's National Consultative Peace Jirga," scheduled for June 2, to be held successfully.

However, most Afghans interviewed by this scribe did not...

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How a Top Pakistani Journalist Encouraged a Militant Commander to Kill a Former Official

Posted May 16, 2010 | 04:03:52 (EST)

Hamid Mir works with the Geo News Network in Pakistan and is considered among the top TV anchors in the country. He allegedly interviewed Osama bin Laden in 2001, when the terrorist leader claimed to have nuclear weapons.

It was long speculated that Pakistani journalists (particularly...

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Facebook Disabled Taliban Spokesman Account

Posted May 14, 2010 | 12:37:58 (EST)

Qari Mohammad Yousuf, the purported Taliban spokesman in Afghanistan, or someone using his name, recently found his way to Facebook, one of the most used social network web sites in the world.

He registered his name in Pashto, one of the two official languages of Afghanistan, which is spoken...

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Why Does Karzai Need to Join the Taliban?

Posted April 15, 2010 | 05:07:35 (EST)

February 2009: Province Kunduz, district Qila-e-Zal

I went to the district center, Akhtifah, to get my Tazkira (the Afghan national identity card) from the district government registration office. A cousin who lives in the village and an elder of the village accompanied me, both to testify in the office that...

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Notes on the Dutch Decision to Leave Oruzgan

Posted April 9, 2010 | 18:53:05 (EST)

During my recent visit to the Netherlands, I had the opportunity to participate in a few lectures, debates and discussions. There I met many people with whom to discuss the general situation in Afghanistan and, in particular, the issue of Dutch involvement in Oruzgan.

Oruzgan, as you may know,...

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Experts Say Arrests of Taliban Leaders to Deflate Insurgency

Posted March 9, 2010 | 15:05:03 (EST)

It all started in mid-February of this year when Mullah Baradar, the second in command of the Afghan insurgency, was captured in a joint raid conducted by CIA and Pakistani forces in Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city where members of the Taliban's leadership council were reportedly hiding after being shifted from...

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Insurgency Is Hit Hard in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Posted February 16, 2010 | 13:07:52 (EST)

The arrest of the de facto Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in Karachi, Pakistan after a joint secret CIA-Pakistan raid was another major blow for the brutal insurgency in the region. Just few days before that, on February 13, a massive onslaught in the restive south of...

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Reconciliation and Trust Building in Afghanistan

Posted February 10, 2010 | 15:44:53 (EST)

The United Nations, the United States, the Afghan government, and many other countries and entities have been very busy right now paving way for a reconciliation plan with the Taliban- likely to be announced at an important international forum: the London conference for Afghanistan, on Thursday, Jan. 28.

For his...

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A Profile of the Taliban's Propaganda Tactics

Posted February 1, 2010 | 17:27:44 (EST)

"The latest sad news is that the Christian Crusaders (Americans) have burned a copy of the Holy Quran in Wardak province and have thus shown their enmity with Islam and the Muslims... The saddest aspect of this incident is that the American invaders have committed this heinous crime in a...

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Twitter, Facebook Speed Up Afghan Coverage

Posted January 25, 2010 | 12:58:02 (EST)

"Is anyone in Kabul hearing booms and pop-pop of gunfire? Or is it just me?" This was one of the very first tweets about the January 18 multiple terrorist attacks in the heart of the central capital of the war-torn country.

The assailants targeted the Presidential Palace, Serena Hotel, Faroshgah,...

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Afghanistan: An Election Without Results

Posted October 19, 2009 | 14:56:32 (EST)

For the last three or four days, I have been asked a question nearly a hundred times: 'what are the election results?' From my neighbors next door to the taxi drivers, colleagues and local and foreign journalists, everyone is impatient to know the outcome of the much-discussed, controversial Afghan elections...

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Time to Worry About Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons

Posted October 13, 2009 | 14:48:50 (EST)

The first reaction from the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, after Saturday's audacious attack on the Pakistani army headquarters was that the country's nuclear weapons were safe. She said that 'despite the increase in acts of terrorism in Pakistan, there is no danger that the country's nuclear...

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