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Can The U.S Afford Alienating Narendra Modi?
Ajoy Chatterjee - 11/13/2013
In 2005, Bush Administration revoked Modi's tourist visa, under pressure from the Evangelist lobby working relentlessly in India for decades on dubious purposes. Some for good cause of charity. Some on an 'Age of Empire' mission.

At Arm’s Length: NATO’s Shift in Afghanistan
Binoy Kampmark - 10/16/2012
The deceptive ways a loss in war is described can be contagious. Retreats are often regarded as odious, but sometimes necessary. These can either have the genius of the British spirit of tactical withdrawal, or a more laughable concept of an honourable peace. When that power tends to be a Goliath, or even a Colossus, explanations for what ‘victory’ or ‘defeat’ constitutes assume the exotic, tinged with madness.

Afghanistan: America and NATO misadventures
Abid Mustafa - 8/8/2012
“The West has already failed in Afghanistan, just as the Soviets failed in the 1980s and the British way back in the nineteenth century.”--John Humphrys

Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 7/10/2012
The major donor’s day-long conference on Sunday in Tokyo for reconstruction of Afghanistan is certainly a well-timed global effort at a time when it is badly devastated by horrible onslaught of global terrorism and consequent poverty, lack of basic amenities like education, health and employment etc. for its people and overall under development.

Solving the Afghanistan Crisis
Imran Khan - 12/12/2011
Yet another inconclusive international Conference on Afghanistan held in Bonn, Germany has concluded recently. In last 3-4 years much has been said about United States past betrayal against Pakistan, Pakistan’s double standards against US & NATO in the ongoing fight with Taliban and Afghanistan government’s inabilities to run the country. But so far it looks that things are moving in a circle without finding a way-out. It is the right time to push the reset button and make a way-out, because failure is not an option for anyone. Few suggestions are as under:-

Why a failed Afghanistan is in US’s long term national interest
Hashmat Moslih - 8/30/2011
When the US became directly involved in Afghanistan, many believed the country was finally in good hands.

Takeover is the Taliban Plan for Afghanistan
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 7/4/2011
Before and after President Barack Obama announced the new U.S. strategy on Afghanistan, I engaged in a variety of media panels and private discussions with commentators and analysts from Arab and Muslim-majority regions of the world.

Afghanistan, , America’s Dilemma
Nasir Shansab - 6/28/2011
On June 22, President Obama, while unveiling his first and second phase of American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, observed that “the tide of war” was receding.

Shift in Pakistan's policy on Afghanistan
Raza Khan - 5/6/2010
ISLAMABAD (Pakistan): Of late a significant shift is apparently taking place in Pakistan decades-old interventionist and destructive policy regarding its western neighbour, Afghanistan, raising hopes of bringing down the intensity of anti-government insurgency spearheaded by Al-Qaeda backed Taliban in the war-ravaged country.

To Understand Kabul, Look First to Bonn
Nasir Shansab - 1/21/2010
It took the Obama administration most of the President's first year in office to settle on a strategy for Afghanistan. Whether the delay was due to meticulousness or intensiveness probably doesn't matter. The policy is likely to fail anyway. The reason will be the failure to change the policies put in place during the so-called 'Bonn Process.'

Afghanistan: Where's The Diplomacy?
Talley Rand - 9/3/2009
The great debate about Afghanistan begins, again. Like most things in the American adversarial tradition, it has only two sides: more troops or fewer? Bombs or boots on the ground? Guns or butter?

Afghanistan Shows Iran's Stake in Regional Insecurity
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 5/20/2009
A month ago, US President Barack Obama announced a new strategy to address the current crisis in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama's plan to 'disrupt, dismantle and defeat' al-Qaida and the Taliban in 'Afpak' includes deployment of an additional 21,000 US troops in Afghanistan, and an increase in civilian officials to aid in developing the Afghan economy and governmental structures.

Reaching out to more moderate Taliban elements
Iqbal Latif - 3/24/2009
NYT reports that 'U.S. strategy against the Taliban now focuses on rooting extremists out, as in this patrol on Feb. 18 where villagers in Afghanistan's Shembal Valley were asked whether any fighters were nearby. President Barack Obama is weighing whether to modify that strategy to also reach out to more moderate Taliban elements.'

Containing insurgency in Afghanistan
Rahil Yasin - 3/18/2009
LAHORE: Seven years after the Taliban government’s ouster by the Bush Administration, Afghanistan is far from becoming a stable and secure country. Karzai government has failed to bring about stability in the country and a democratic polity remains a distant dream. The insurgents are in effective control of a large territory and in areas bordering Pakistan.

Afghanistan's Drug Culture, A Way Forward
Nasir Shansab - 3/10/2009
Will the new Afghan government ever learn how to pass a drug test? The phenomenal growth of Afghanistan's opium production over the past seven years is a sign of the monumental failure of the Karzai government.

Suggestions For Afghanistan
Imran Khan - 8/26/2008
In Afghanistan there has been a dramatic increase in violence in last few months. Western troop casualties are climbing; the last two months exceeded the monthly death toll in Iraq. In June Taliban staged a spectacular jailbreak in Kandahar that freed hundreds of suspected collaborators. A suicide bombing outside the Indian embassy on July 7 killed 40 and on July 13, nine U.S. soldiers were killed – the worst attack in three years - when Taliban fighters attacked their base in the eastern province of Kunar. 10 French soldiers were killed and 21 injured on 18th August in the deadliest ground f...

Reorganisation of the Taliban: A danger for world peace
Tanveer Jafri - 6/27/2008
After the terrorist attack of 9\11 on America, the very first terrorist network decided to be damaged by America was the then ruling Taliban network in Afghanistan and its associate's terrorist organization Al Qaeda. Afghanistan is the only country in the world which was taken under the change by force of bullet by the fundamental extremist by giving reference of religious Islamic teaching. It is a different thing that America had played a very sympathetic role to crest the then Afghan President Najeeb and had helped the Taliban to overpower the rule of Afghanistan. Afghanistan has to undergo ...

No Longer a Dream: Karzai’s Rude Awakening
Nasir Shansab - 6/27/2008
Early in the morning on June 12, 2008, Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, awoke in his satin-covered bed in the spacious, elegantly furnished room in which his host, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, had put him up.

Afghanistan: The Rats Abandon the Sinking Ship
Nasir Shansab - 3/30/2008
What I saw on a visit to Afghanistan in February 2008, combined with the decisions some of the coalition countries have made, convinced me that Afghanistan ’s gradual slide towards mayhem has accelerated. This is what I mean:

Great Schism: Taliban declared 'out of Islam' by 73 sects
Iqbal Latif - 3/28/2008
The militant group familiarly known as “Taliban” was declared “out of Islam” by 73 different sects of Muslims through an edict (Fatwa) circulated in parts of the narrow tribal strip of Darra Adamkhel.

Pakistan Should Talk To Mullah Omar’s Taliban
Ahmed Quraishi - 3/13/2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Why don’t our American friends send a drone across the Pakistan border to kill Baitullah Mehsud, a man seen by many here as an agent of the Indians and their anti-Pakistani friends in the Kabul regime?

Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan - A sad ordeal
Iqbal Latif - 3/9/2008
Most recent news of suicide bombings’ tragic harvest that shows Iraq as number 1, Pakistan number 2 and Afghanistan number 3 (In the number of attacks, Afghans are a little ahead but in number deaths Pakistan is second to Iraq): A region that once stifled renaissance is now on the verge of silencing its second chance of enlightenment. Will these lands ever come out of ignominy?

Time For Pakistan To Talk To Mullah Omar’s Taliban
Ahmed Quraishi - 3/5/2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Why don’t our American friends send a drone across the Pakistan border to kill Baitullah Mehsud, a man seen by many here as an agent of the Indians and their anti-Pakistani friends in the Kabul regime?

Another Afghan Hostage
Ron Coody - 1/29/2008
Through a set of unplanned circumstances my family had the privilege of meeting Cyd Mizell this past Christmas and sharing it with her. Until a few days ago Cyd was just a normal person doing her work in the desperately needy country of Afghanistan with women who greatly appreciated her involvement in their lives. But last Saturday gunmen, still unknown, stopped her Afghan driver Muhammed, taking him and her as hostages. Within hours the story of her abduction hit the front page of papers internationally as officials try to understand what happened and why, and more importantly, how to rescue her and her driver.

The Caliphal Emirate of Afghanistan
Warner MacKenzie - 8/30/2007
Perhaps the answer in our confrontation with militant Islam, and the only option that has remained uncanvassed is, as strange as it may seem, to leave the Islamists to their own devices, give them what they want, even to the extent of openly encouraging them to create their utopian Islamic caliphate — which would have eventuated in Afghanistan had the West not intervened to stymie their ambitions in 2001— and let the ensuing chaos, brutality, and misogyny, previously witnessed under the pious Taliban, become a salutary aversive lesson to those in the ummah who crave, and won’t be content till ...

Are The Taliban Really Muslims?
Ghazal Omid - 8/9/2007
As a child every Muslim girl learns that she needs to be good, do her prayers five times daily and know that God is more than just a word. He is closer to our body than our veins and He sees and hears everything, as we say in Arabic many times over in our five daily prayers. He said so Himself.

Top militant Abdullah Mehsud dead
Iqbal Latif - 7/28/2007
As a young man, Mehsud, now 29, fought for the Taleban against the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. He lost a leg in a landmine explosion a few days before the Taleban took Kabul in September 1996. He surrendered along with several thousand fighters to the forces of Uzbek warlord, Abdul Rashid Dostum, in December 2001 in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, and was later turned over to the US military authorities.

The Fundamental Problems Of Afghanistan
Imran Khan - 5/24/2007
Eight Canadian soldiers have been killed since 8th April and Five United Nation's support workers also lost their lives on 17th April in Taliban insurgents' attacks. For last three days Taliban fighters carried out series of coordinated attacks on Afghan security forces. These events clearly reflect the worsening situation in Afghanistan . Taliban have announced "Spring Offensive" against afghan and International forces and these acts can be presumed as a start of it.

US endorses the Talibanisation of Afghanistan
Abid Mustafa - 12/26/2006
Lately, relations between Kabul and Islamabad have taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Hamid Karzai has accused Pakistan of spurring the Taliban to carry out attacks against his fledgling government and the NATO troops that defend it. He is not alone in holding Pakistan responsible for the re-emergence of the Taliban. NATO commanders, the New York Times and the International Crisis Group (ISG) have all pointed the finger at Pakistan for fomenting the Pushtoon resistance that shows no sign of abating.

Nepal: Putting back the pieces together
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 12/11/2006
The physical scars are noticeable. In fact, they are everywhere in each nook and corners of Nepal: Bullet pocked, shell shattered roof tops, deserted fields, ramshackle government offices, and the fire darkened houses in the villages of Nepal. Even the electricity poles, water pipes, telephone towers, and demolished police posts, shows the bitter sides of conflict that has choked Nepal’s throat. The truth however is this: The world’s largest reconstruction effect cannot overnight erase all evidence of a war that lasted for 13 years in Nepal.

Peace Accord With The Taliban?
Iqbal Latif - 9/8/2006
"Those who can win a war well rarely make good peace and those who could make good peace would never have won the war."

Making concord is much harder than making confrontation. The agreement with the Utmanzai tribe and local Taliban was finally reached, which has guaranteed that cross-border interference will not be allowed. Britain, with the richest experience in handling Pushtans, has hailed the Waziristan peace deal. Brits have termed the agreement as a future "model" for insurgency-ridden Afghanistan. To understand the roots of extremism in Pakistan, one needs to look at the lawless land...

Afghanistan: The Re-Arming Of The Warlords
Antonio Fabrizio - 6/16/2006
A “critical period”1 in military operations, according to Reuters, is expecting Afghanistan this summer, as a large springtime offensive led by Talibans has recently revealed. This one could be the hardest phase for the international forces in Afghanistan since 20012. As a consequence, Afghan government is considering a new strategy to block insurgents, but disquieting foreign analysts and military personnel: the plan is to allow arms to tribal militias.

A Taliban Comeback?
Ahmed Rashid - 5/24/2006
As unprecedented Taliban violence sweeps across southern Afghanistan, four players in the region – Afghanistan, Pakistan, the US and NATO – are locked in a tense standoff rather than cooperating to defeat the terrorists. At stake is the future survival of Afghanistan’s moderate government and stability in Pakistan.

Afghan Myths - Interview with Anssi Kullberg
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 3/19/2005
[The interview was originally conducted in 2001. It is being re-published due to its relevancy once again] This interview was conducted with Anssi Kristian Kullberg in 2001, when he was employed as a researcher for the Legal and Country Intelligence Service, Western and Central Asia Desk, at the Finnish Directorate of Immigration. This interview represents his personal views only and not those of his employer. On Black Tuesday, 11th September, he was in Kyrgyzstan, on his way to the notorious Ferghana Valley, in a reconstruction of the late Finnish Marshal C.G.E. Mannerheim's intelligence expedition to Turkistan and China in 1906-1908.



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