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DON’T COUNT AL-QAEDA OUT IN SOUTH ASIA

Courtesy South Asian Voices-  As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) loses ground in Iraq and nears its end in Syria the organization is looking to re-establish itself in Afghanistan and South East Asia, as evidenced by its exploits in the Philippines and...

Afghanistan Peace Deal: A Way Forward

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab President Trump told PM Imran exactly what he wanted to hear. Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains why It is rare that an American president tells a Pakistani leader exactly what he wants to hear, and specifically something that causes some serious heartburn among...

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...

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...

Uncertainty in Afghanistan

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Prime Minister Imran Khan’s prediction of an incoming “good government” in Kabul has compounded the anxiety of the Afghan government that was nervously watching the talks between the United States and the Taliban progress in Doha. Speaking in Bajaur three days after US...

Chicken-or-Egg Conundrum

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains why there has been no headway in the Afghan peace process Nearly six weeks after US President Donald Trump upended peace negotiations with Taliban, there seems to be a consensus that the peace process needs to be restarted,...

MILITANT RIVALRIES EXTEND TO FEMALE RECRUITMENT IN PAKISTAN

Courtesy Combating Terrorism Centre (CTC)-  In an attempt to keep apace with the latest trends in jihadi recruitment, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) released a 45-page, English-language magazine Sunnat-e-Khaula1 in August 2017, named after a historical Muslim female fighter. Although this is not the first time...

US asked to condition Afghan aid to recognition of Durand Line

Courtesy Dawn- WASHINGTON: The Uni­ted States needs to condition its aid to Afghanistan on the recognition of the Durand Line as Kabul’s refusal to recognise it unsettles Pakis­tan, a US lawmaker told a House Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs. This apparently is the first time a lawmaker,...

Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan

Courtesy Reuters- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the most concrete step yet by President Donald Trump’s administration in tackling America’s longest war. Mattis did not specify the size of the force, which...

Will U.S. threats to Pakistan help crack down on terrorism? Not really.

Courtesy The Washington Post- President Trump’s recent speech on Afghanistan put Pakistan “on notice” for supporting the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. Trump threatened aid reductions and targeted sanctions — unless Pakistan changes course. India and Afghanistan are happy; Pakistan is not. Here are five...
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