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Pakistan Doesn't Want a Total Taliban Breakdown

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Abdullah Sharif

While the Afghan government viewed the dissent in the Taliban's rank as good news, Pakistan is worried that the breakup will lead to the weakening of their strong card in the Afghan conflict game.

The Globetrotting Taliban

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
Abdullah Sharif

The once mostly provincial Taliban have been on the move in recent weeks, trotting at least part of the globe from their bases in Pakistan and Qatar to China, Dubai, Tehran and even Norway.

Ali Watkins

Is The CIA's Case For Torture Unraveling? | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the immediate aftermath of Seymour Hersh’s winding narrative on the killing of Osama bin Laden and an alleged cover-up by the U.S. ...

Only Shock Events Could Trigger Pakistan's Fourth Military Coup

Wikistrat | Posted 06.13.2015 | World

Last year's mass anti-government protests against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and led by politician Imran Khan generated much speculation about Pakistan's next military coup - but of course it didn't happen.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

The Often Frustrating Partner America Needs In Afghanistan | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After their first official meeting earlier this month, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and President Barack Obama faced cameras together i...


Zaheen Fatima | Posted 03.01.2015 | World
Zaheen Fatima

We live within the same borders as these unlucky people, perhaps even a few kilometers away from their hell on earth, but as we cross over to the better half of our country, we easily forget the turmoil our personalized war on terror has caused to millions.

Afghanistan Needs a Tranformational Leader

Ehsan Azari Stanizai | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Ehsan Azari Stanizai

The West still has a chance in Afghanistan -- if it toils for an indigenous solution to the conflict and prevent Pakistan from spoiling everything.

Afghanistan: A War of Moral Attrition

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Rizwan A. Rahmani

The war that should have been fought decisively, in a short and swift manner, is the Afghanistan war. Yet this war will be -- and already is going down in the history as such -- one of the longest wars America has ever fought.

Major Soda-Maker Recalled Due To Exploding Plastic Bottles

Posted 07.06.2012 | Home

Set down the soda-maker and back away slowly. Thursday, iSi North America, makers of the Twist 'n Sparkle Carbonation system announced a total reca...

Diplomatic Talks End In Failure Over Airstrike Apology

The New York Times | Posted 04.28.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The latest high-level talks on ending a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Pakistan ended in failure on Friday ...

Expectations for the New ISI Chief

Aziz Nayani | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Aziz Nayani

No matter how attractive or sought after a job can be, it is never easy taking on a role that immediately requires damage control on multiple fronts. By becoming the new Director General of Pakistan's notorious intelligence agency, the Inter-Service Intelligence.

A Pakistani Spring Since Birth?

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

In 2011, there were few on the outside who could find space for optimism with Pakistan, even some of my Pakistani friends living in the States. "Peopl...

The People Pay

Wajid Ali Syed | Posted 03.11.2012 | World
Wajid Ali Syed

Because of years of inaction and putting the interests of politicians over the people they were elected to serve, Pakistan's weak child of a democracy could succumb to the common cold. And the public will pay again.

Blood and Gifts: A Conversation With Playwright J.T. Rogers

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.01.2012 | Home
Marcia G. Yerman

Blood and Gifts, a play by J.T. Rogers, creates a full overview of the issues and choices that were the precursors to our current situation.

Killing the Cranes

Nick Mills | Posted 02.25.2012 | Books
Nick Mills

In Edward Girardet's fine new book, Killing the Cranes, there is this damning sentence: "Simply put, it was the U.S. backing for the Islamic extremists in the 1980s that helped produce the current military quagmire in Afghanistan."

Accused Pakistani Agent Expected To Plead Guilty In U.S. Lobbying Case

AP | By MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 12.06.2011 | DC

McLEAN, Va. -- A Virginia man accused of secretly receiving millions of dollars from Pakistan's spy service while he lobbied Congress on the disputed ...

Pakistani Actress Sues Indian Magazine Over Nude Photo

AP | RAVI NESSMAN | Posted 02.03.2012 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) The lawyer for Pakistani actress Veena Malik says she is suing an Indian men's magazine for publishing photos she says were doctored to...

Dan Froomkin

HOW WE CREATED A MONSTER: Haqqani Network Now Top Scourge In Afghanistan | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.07.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The U.S.'s new public enemy No. 1 in Afghanistan is one of its own making. Ten years into the occupation of Afghanistan, American off...

Playing Nuclear Chicken in Southeast Asia

Eric Margolis | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

It's awfully hard for the world's greatest power to admit its high-tech military forces are being beaten in Afghanistan by a bunch of lightly-armed m...

Afghanistan Reconciliation Reboot

Michael Hughes | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The notion that cutting a deal with the Pakistani-supported Taliban will achieve any semblance of stability is a dangerous and delusional one.

Pakistan Explosion: Deadly Bomb Explodes Outside Senior Police Officer's Home

AP | ASHRAF KHAN | Posted 11.18.2011 | World

KARACHI, Pakistan — A large bomb exploded Monday outside the home of a senior police officer tasked with cracking down on the Taliban and other ...

Security Jitters in Afghanistan

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Afghan and NATO forces ended a 24-hour attack by militants on the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in what has been a secure district in Kabul, raising new concerns about Afghanistan's security.

Clear and Present Danger: The Haqqani Network

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 10.03.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Will troop withdrawal leave a vacuum rapidly filled by the march of the Haqqani network?

Paying Pitts to Pay Pakistan to Pay Pitts -- and Raise the Deficit

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 09.20.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

A few days after he had received $2,000 campaign contribution from the Pakistani lobbyists, Rep. Joe Pitts introduced a resolution in 2004 which, reflecting Islamabad's stance, called for a more activist U.S. role in resolving the dispute over Kashmir.

Sources: Pakistan Arrests Multiple C.I.A. Informants Involved In Bin Laden Raid

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER and KATHY GANNON | Posted 08.14.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Pakistan's intelligence service has arrested the owner of a safe house rented to the CIA to observe Osama bin Laden's compound before th...