There was a child we will call Meena. She lived in Pakistan. She was a child of energy and initiative. She was six years old when she attempted her first terrorist attack.
Quagmire? The answer depends on one's point of view, but the facts on the ground clearly show a situation that is discouragingly complex.
We have been living in denial about Islamic extremism and most of us blame India and other countries for almost every tragic event.
If one believes nay-saying conservatives: It's Obama's fault for Palin's son's PTSD, For hair loss, acne, and the sting of a bee. It's Obama's ...
For decades, Arab militants in the Middle East have been praying for the creation of Islamic caliphate modeled after the first caliphate established in Medina after the death of Prophet Muhammad.
The anti-Soviet mujahideen of the 1980s morphing into Taliban and Al Qaeda in the 1990s and now mutating into the virulent ISIS becomes possible when there is a continued demand for their lethal product. Pakistan's consistent use of jihadism as a tool of statecraft and foreign policy over the past four decades has created a jihadist ecosystem which would require much more than tactical measures like the military operations it has undertaken so far.
The deaths earlier this week of six brave U.S. soldiers has shown a spotlight on the worrisome situation in Afghanistan -- but we still have cards to play. By taking an international, interagency and private-public approach to the significant challenges, we have our best chance at creating an imperfect but reasonably successful outcome.
Speaking of Queen Padme, how is it possible that royals can be elected to the Senate (from Naboo)? Imagine the Queen of Nevada taking her place in Washington D.C. in the upper chamber of the legislature. The Founding Fathers would be rolling in their graves.
Even for a country so stricken by terrorism, this was a level of tragedy that could not be countenanced. The massacre unified Pakistanis of all stripes in the somber manner that only heartbreak can.
If Donald Trump had his way, Malala wouldn't be allowed to enter the US. Fortunately, Trump's hateful bluster is just that, because Malala Yousafzai...
If the United States and NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan, it is very likely that Russia will return to its traditional role as the Afghan government's principal sponsor. Already, the Kabul government has asked Moscow for additional military aid and Moscow has agreed to sell Afghanistan an unknown number of Mi-35 attack helicopters.
Many feel the past few weeks have been a turning point in the history of terrorism. That may well turn out to be true, but it cuts two ways, because it was also a time of astonishing courage and hope in the face of terrorist aggression.
Not long ago we lost a great Sikh man, a public servant who lived the egalitarian and altruistic principles which define Sikhism -- Manmeet Singh Bhullar. Forever helping others, Manmeet died in a car accident while going to help a friend.
My heart was pounding while watching the video of Rokhshana: A young woman who was stoned to death in Firozkoh, a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanist...
Imagine you're the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, and you've been tasked to draft a cable to prepare American officials in Washington for the visit of General Raheel Sharif, the Pakistani army chief who has arrived in town for a five-day trip.
Afghan government sources estimate that the Afghan heroin trade generates approximately two billion dollars in turnover within Afghanistan.