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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...

2,500 European Daesh fighters remain in conflict zones, EU anti-terror chief says

Courtesy Daily Sabah-  Daesh terrorist group still has about 2,500 fighters from Europe among its dwindling ranks, the European Union's counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove said in an interview published Tuesday. Kerchove told German daily Welt in an interview published Tuesday that the extremist group used...

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...

‘Dragon in a three-piece suit’

Courtesy Dawn- Sometime earlier this year, CPEC brought three Chinese families to my parents’ neighbourhood in suburban Lahore. For the first couple of months, I was told, the new neighbours rarely ventured out of their residences for anything other than commuting to work. In a...

A tougher approach

Courtesy Dawn- Yet again, the familiar question: will the Pakistan-US relationship survive the present impasse? My answer for years has been that it must. The risks of letting go are too high for both. I stand by this. But I’d be lying if I said...

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...

Chinese perceptions of CPEC

Courtesy Daily Dawn- Most discussions and analyses with regard to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have a Pakistan-driven perspective, and rightly so. After all, we have to safeguard our national interests and ensure maximum benefits for the country. These discussions and writings have evoked a...

Iraqi Parliament votes to reject Iraqi Kurdish Referendum

Courtesy Yeni Safak- Lawmakers on Tuesday voted against the Kurdish independence referendum and called on the Baghdad government to negotiate with the semi-autonomous Kurdish government. A parliamentary majority in Baghdad voted in opposition to the Sept. 25 referendum planned by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). “Parliament obliged...

KRG referendum to lead region to war: Former Iraqi MP

Courtesy Yeni Safak- The non-binding referendum of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on whether to declare independence from Baghdad slated for Sept. 25 carries great significance for millions of Arabs, Turkmens and Kurds in Iraq and Syria. A former Iraqi Member of Parliament, Feyha Bayatlı, told...
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