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ISIS ‘OUTSOURCES’ TERROR ATTACKS TO THE PAKISTANI TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN: U.N. REPORT

Courtesy Newsweek- After losing territory and power in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) is outsourcing its deadly attacks on the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan to local splinter groups, including the Pakistani Taliban, because it lacks manpower. Claiming responsibility for a string of...

Look inward to address causes of terrorism, not outward to blame

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab- Back to back attacks in Kabul underscore the need to reach a political settlement in the conflict in Afghanistan. The Afghan capital has lately witnessed a series of high-profile terrorist attacks, some perpetrated by the Taliban and its affiliate Haqqani Network, while...

CPEC passes through disputed territory: US

The Trump administration has informed Congress that it too believes the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory — originally an India claim aimed at thwarting the development plan. The $56 billion CPEC passes through Pakis­t­an’s northern areas, which India claims is part...

Pakistan no more reliant on US for military needs: Prime Minister Abbasi

Pakistan is no more reliant on the United States for military requirements and will reach out to others if one source dries up, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas said in an interview with the Arab News. "If one source dries up, we have no option but...

Putin Plans to Stay Long in Middle East

By Hussain Abid Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is proving himself to be a crafty and shrewd statesman. His two-decade rule has brought Russia not only internal stability, ridding it of petty squabbles, but has made it to reemerge as a major power in global politics....

Afghan officials said to talk nearly every day with Taliban

Courtesy Associated Press- Despite seemingly stalled peace talks between Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban, officials say the intelligence chief speaks by telephone with militant leaders nearly every day about the country’s constitution and political future. In addition, Afghanistan’s national security adviser has conversations with the...

Afghanistan and Pakistan: Feeling the Pain

Courtesy The National Interest-  President Trump has decided to follow the lead of his military advisers in Afghanistan, choosing not to pull out the U.S. troops that candidate Trump had pledged to withdraw. Rather, he’ll send more troops, with the express purpose of training and...

C.I.A. Wants Authority to Conduct Drone Strikes in Afghanistan for the First Time

Courtesy The New York Times-  WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. is pushing for expanded powers to carry out covert drone strikes in Afghanistan and other active war zones, a proposal that the White House appears to favor despite the misgivings of some at the Pentagon, according...

CHINA PRESSURING PAKISTAN ON TERRORISM?

Courtesy South Asian Voices- President Donald Trump, in an announcement on the recent overhaul of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, admonished Pakistan for sheltering “the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people” in the fight against the Taliban. Yet analysts have questioned...

Pakistan tells Afghan Taliban to ‘prepare’ for political dialogue

Pakistan has told the Afghan Taliban leadership to prepare a team for peace negotiations, a Taliban leader familiar with the development confirmed to Daily Times on Sunday. Pakistani officials conveyed the message to the Taliban leaders in a recent interaction. However, the Taliban leaders have...
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