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Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

The Global Search for Education: A New House of Books for Kabul

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.10.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"I read because I wanted to find a safe space away from all the turmoil around me, and I found that space amidst pages of books. They gave me peace, s...

America's 'Vietnam Syndrome' With Afghanistan Needs To End

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.03.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

This Vietnam syndrome must come to an end in Afghanistan. It is reminiscent of a slot machine gambler who pours money into the machine, hoping to get the jackpot that never materializes, leaving the machine exasperated and broke. Neither Bush nor Obama learned the bitter lessons of Vietnam, and both poured money and resources into a failing enterprise with no end in sight.

Dozens Dead In Taliban Attack On Afghan Police Buses

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 06.30.2016 | World

KABUL (Reuters) - Two Taliban suicide bombers killed at least 27 people and wounded around 40 in an attack on Thursday on buses carrying recently grad...

Afghan Taliban Appoints New Leader

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 05.25.2016 | World

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban named an Islamic legal scholar who was one of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's deputies t...

Inside The Last Refuge For Afghanistan's War Wounded

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 02.24.2016 | World

KABUL -- Burhanuddin lay still and silent in the hospital bed, his face wrapped in so much thick, white gauze that he looked more mummy than man. The ...

Pakistan Shifting Blame to Afghanistan for Its Jihadist Blunders

Mohammad Taqi | Posted 01.24.2017 | World
Mohammad Taqi

Unless the Pakistani army planners see the disastrous errors of their ways and decide to roll back both the theory and practice of their jihadist enterprise, there will likely be more attacks like the one on Bacha Khan University. Blaming Afghanistan for the Pakistan army's sins and dereliction may be a good excuse, but it makes for a horrible solution to Pakistan's terrorism conundrum.

Pakistan: Change but No Change

Aparna Pande | Posted 01.05.2017 | World
Aparna Pande

From New Delhi's perspective every step forward in India-Pakistan relations results, within a short period of time, with a stab in the back that harms relations between the two countries.

Pakistan Observes Two Sad Anniversaries

Aparna Pande | Posted 12.19.2016 | World
Aparna Pande

December marks two anniversaries in Pakistan's history, one through which more than half of Pakistan's population seceded to form a separate country, and the other marking the most heinous attack on schoolchildren ever in that country.

We Got ISIS Wrong in Syria. Let's Get it Right in Afghanistan.

Franz-Michael Mellbin | Posted 12.10.2016 | Politics
Franz-Michael Mellbin

Just as the country is gripped by an economic exodus of ordinary people seeking better opportunities elsewhere, ISIS is spreading its tentacles into Afghanistan's most lawless territories in an attempt to establish influence in a region seen as vital to the group's end-game

Pakistan's Insistence on Denial

Aparna Pande | Posted 12.03.2016 | World
Aparna Pande

An inability to reconcile errors and genocide of the past is a sure recipe to making similar blunders in the future. Right now the picture inside Pakistan is not pretty. Every province is facing insurgency or conflict of one kind or another.

Thousands Flood Kabul To Protest Extremist Killings

Associated Press | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.04.2017 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Anger and frustration over the brutal killings of seven members of Afghanistan's minority Hazaras spilled into the streets...

The Key to Reviving an Afghan Peace Process May Just Be the Taliban

Marvin G. Weinbaum | Posted 11.06.2016 | World
Marvin G. Weinbaum

While relatively few Afghans are anxious to see the Taliban's return, many seem willing to believe their promises to govern differently than in the past. Incidents like the strike on Kunduz's Doctors Without Borders hospital by American gunships can also serve to channel anger against a Kabul regime reliant on foreign troops.

Doctors Without Borders Says Hospital Was Not "A Human Shield" For Taliban

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.04.2015 | World

KABUL, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres denied that Taliban fighters were firing from its hospital at Afghan and NATO forc...

Afghan Troops Recapture Kunduz City Center, Officials Say

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 10.01.2015 | World

KABUL, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday after fierce clashes with Taliban mi...

Coalition Forces Engage Insurgents In Combat Near Kunduz

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 09.30.2015 | World

KABUL, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Special forces from the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan fought insurgents early on Wednesday near the northern c...

Taliban Seize Northern Afghan City Of Kunduz

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 09.29.2015 | World

KUNDUZ CITY, Afghanistan, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Taliban fighters battled their way into the center of Kunduz city in northern Afghanistan on Monday and ...

Why Hamid Gul Was Pakistan's Bin Laden

Mohammad Taqi | Posted 08.26.2016 | World
Mohammad Taqi

General Hamid Gul was the military equivalent of Osama bin Laden. He died with his boots on and blood of the innocents on his hands. One must never speak ill of the dead; it is the jihadist life and legacy of General Hamid Gul, however, which is impossible to ignore if further bloodshed and mayhem in Pakistan and the region is to be averted.

The Fallout From Mullah Omar's Death

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 08.04.2016 | World
Abdullah Sharif

Who ultimately emerges as the undisputed Taliban leader, what his agenda will be, if the group splinters further and how Pakistan is going to play this game with its new twists shall affect the future of Afghanistan and the region.

Top Taliban Official Quits Amid Leadership Tensions

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.05.2015 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug 4 (Reuters) - A top Taliban official announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan ins...

New Taliban Chief Calls For Unity Amid Leadership Struggle

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.04.2017 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed to continue his group's bloody, nearly 14-year insurgency in an audio message re...

Mullah Omar's Death Breaks the Back of the Taliban

Mohammad Taqi | Posted 07.31.2016 | World
Mohammad Taqi

The height of the Pakistani state's chutzpah is that it does not only harbor these terrorists for decades and unleash them on the neighbors and the world, but also that it wants to be given credit and a thank you note even when America or Allah takes them out. The fundamental question about Mullah Omar's death in Karachi is who in Pakistan knew about his presence there, when did they know it and what, if anything at all, did they do about it.

After Mullah Omar’s Death, The Taliban Has Some Explaining To Do

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.06.2017 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

No Warlords Need Apply: A Call for Credible Peacemaking in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 07.30.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

A second round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, expected to begin before the end of July, 2015, suggests that some parties to the fighting want to declare a ceasefire. But even in the short time since the first round on July 7, fighting has intensified.

Pieces of Afghan Peace

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Contrary to the principle of reconciliation, during the last decade the government's efforts have not resembled negotiations, but an offer of surrender and the Taliban declared that they will not give up, surrender, and accept imprisonment - rather, they will continue their resistance.