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Recently Minted Taliban Leader Mullah Mansoor Dead. What Are the Implications?

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
Abdullah Sharif

There has been a lot of euphoria in Afghanistan about Mullah Mansoor's demise. President Obama called it a "milestone." But eliminating one person may not produce the results that Washington and Kabul desire.

Pakistan Bans Haqqani Network

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2015 | Home

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Pakistan has outlawed the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, officials said on Frida...

Will Jobless Jihadis From Afghanistan Turn to India?

Saroj Kumar Rath | Posted 02.10.2015 | Home
Saroj Kumar Rath

NATO's Afghanistan withdrawal renders a generation of Af-Pak jihadists jobless. Many will turn their attention to India.

A Fresh Start For U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 12.23.2013 | Home
Ronak D. Desai

As President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meet in Washington today, American officials have struck a positive tone ahead of their talks.

The Haqqani Network: The Background

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 11.13.2012 | Home
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The network of Jalaludin Haqqani was "a leading recipient of CIA money" during the Afghan mujahidin struggle against the Soviet Union. While this was basically the case, a few clarifications are in order.

Obama And Clinton Legacy Linked To Afghan Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

As the U.S. exit from Afghanistan approaches, protection of Afghan women's rights requires courage and political will instead of tired rhetoric. However, in an election year, we are unlikely to see meaningful action.

Afghan Attacks Underscore Growing Power Of Haqqani Network | Posted 04.17.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON — Western military and intelligence officials acknowledged on Monday that they were surprised by the scale and sophistication of the sync...

U.S. Ambassador Blames Haqqani Network For Kabul Attack

Posted 11.14.2011 | Home

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Wednesday blamed the Pakistani-based Haqqani network for the coordinated attack again...

Desperately Seeking Mullah Omar

Michael Hughes | Posted 07.31.2011 | Home
Michael Hughes

U.S. and Afghan intelligence have illustrated their desperation by spreading fabrications about Omar's death, hoping to provoke him to react with haste and angrily issue denials via statements or audio recordings that could give up his position.

Zardari Claims Afghanistan Is Destabilizing Pakistan, but the Reverse is True

Michael Hughes | Posted 06.11.2011 | Home
Michael Hughes

Instead of blaming Afghanistan, it's time for Pakistani leaders to look in the mirror and take responsibility for their own internal security issues.

Reagan-Era Defense Official Proposes Failed Vietnam Strategy for Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Hughes

Bing West's archaic solutions are highly unlikely to show anyone how to get out of Afghanistan; however, they do have quite the potential to pave a road to perpetual war.

Amanda Terkel

Military Downplays Key U.S. Objective In Afghan War | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is contradicting comments by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen on whether a military o...

Road to peace in Afghanistan doesn't run through Islamabad or Langley

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Hughes

Most Afghans cringe when hearing the words "regional settlement" because to them it's nothing more than a euphemism for the meddling of foreign powers...

Taliban Exposed by Embedded Journalist in Riveting CNN Documentary

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Hughes

CNN provided me with an advance copy of their "Taliban" documentary and arranged a discussion with filmmaker, Paul Refsdal, who risked his life embedding himself in a Taliban fighting unit -- a move supposedly blessed by Taliban leadership.

General Kayani's "Silent Coup" in Pakistan: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...