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Another round of impeded back-door talks between the Taliban and the...

News Analysis | The United States of America after obstinately demanding for a direct Afghan-to-Afghan talk between the Taliban and Ghani government decided to pursue...

Still dying for nothing in Afghanistan – Jacob G. Hornberger

Jacob G. Hornberger | It wasn’t until history class in college that I heard of the Thirty Years War. My immediate reaction was: No way!...

Why is Haqqani’s death only a symbolic blow to the much-feared...

News Anal Jalaluddin Haqqani—the founder of the Haqqani militant network has died at 72, after several years of illness, according to the Afghan Taliban. Media...

Afghan Taliban announces death of Haqqani network leader

AFP | The founder of the Haqqani network, one of Afghanistan's most effective and feared militant groups, has died after a long illness, their affiliates...

Crunch time in Pakistan – James Dorsey

James M. Dorsey | It’s crunch time in Pakistan. Resolving Pakistan’s financial crisis is likely to require newly appointed prime minister Imran Khan to not...

Ghazni might be safe but the Afghan Government is surely falling?

News Analysis | A gunfight ensued in Kabul for over seven hours on Thursday after gunmen attacked a training center of Afghanistan’s intelligence service in...

America’s War on Terror & Pakistan’s sacrifices – Need for...

M Bilal Abdul Ghani  | Acknowledgment, recognition, acceptance and appreciation is a patent formula of success and to achieve goals and targets anywhere in the...

Afghan forces search for Taliban fighters after major attack

AFP | Afghan forces launched a clearing operation Friday, searching for Taliban fighters following a major assault on the southeastern city of Ghazni, after US...

Pakistan, Iran, China, Russia agree to carry out joint efforts against...

News Analysis | The heads of intelligence services from Pakistan, Russia, Iran and China sat down for talks in Islamabad to discuss the rising threat...

Afghan peace, a shared responsibility

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | The continuity of asymmetrical warfare in Afghanistan has destabilizing spill-over effects on its neighbours as well as on great powers...

U.S wants Pakistan to “do more” in bringing Taliban to the...

News Analysis | The deputy assistant Secretary of State Department for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, on her visit to Kabul this Saturday said...

Afghan Police say they haven’t been paid since March

News Analysis | Afghanistan has particularly been a hard terrain for foreign forces as well as for the embryonic Afghan security forces for years. There...

Afghan forces mistakenly kill civilians, their credibility under question

News Analysis | Afghan security forces carried out an operation in the eastern Nangarhar province which resulted in the death of 9 people and wounding...

Afghan Taliban announce fresh offensive in apparent snub to peace efforts

AFP | The Taliban launched their annual spring offensive on Wednesday, in an apparent rejection of calls for the militants to take up the Afghan...

Is Russia supplying weapons to Afghan Taliban?

News Analysis | General John Nicholson, US Chief commander in Afghanistan has blamed Russia for supplying arms to Afghan Taliban. While not clearly stating about...

US and Pakistan strive to improve relations

News Desk | Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, Tehmina Janjua, asserted that both Pakistan and the US are thoughtful on the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan. She...

Vietnam and Afghanistan Wars: Does History Repeat itself or Rhyme?

Jamal Hussain | History repeats itself,” the original adage was reportedly modified by Mark Twain to read “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.”  A...

Former hostage freed by Pakistan arrested on sexual assault charges

AFP | A Canadian man who was held captive by a faction of the Afghan Taliban for five years has been arrested on 15 charges...

Taliban raped wife, killed daughter said Joshua Boyle after safe return...

News Analysis | Joshua Boyle, the Canadian citizen who was rescued along with his American wife, Caitlan Coleman and three children in an Intelligence-based operation...

The flaws in the master plan

Afrah Jamal | The master plan chalked out in a piece, ‘Calling Pakistan’s Bluff’ by Whitney Kassel and Philip Reiner in Foreign Affairs (14 July 2017) came laden with glaring...

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy is simply old wine in a new bottle

Michael Kugelman | Afghanistan has suffered through a harrowing summer, even by the nightmarish standards of a country convulsed by conflict for decades. A cycle of...

The key to peace in Afghanistan: Bringing all the regional players...

Imtiaz Gul | The Trump administration plans to beef up its nearly 9000 troops with another 4,000 with the stated objective of training and assisting...

The capture of Tora Bora by Daesh: How will it affect...

News Analysis | Islamic State militants, under pressure from Afghan and U.S. forces, have seized a new stronghold in Tora Bora, a mountainous area dotted...

The power struggle in Afghanistan: Who will emerge victorious?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | What on earth has brought the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to Afghanistan? The most obvious explanation could be that...

Ashraf Ghani’s outburst: How should Pakistan handle the situation?

Imtiaz Gul | Political temperatures spiked to unprecedented levels with a May 31 terrorist attack in Kabul that has left about 150 people dead. Afghan...

Bombs for the Taliban: Is the US prolonging the Afghan war,...

News Analysis | Amid increasing turmoil in Afghanistan, top US officials, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have given a good...

US’ plan to destabilize Iran: “Dark Prince” appointed as head of...

James M. Dorsey | The Trump administration, this week, appeared to take a potential step closer to backing efforts plotted by Saudi Arabia and the...

Reactions and repercussions of the Kabul attack

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds critically wounded when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush...

Will US acknowledgement of Pakistan’s concerns over Indian influence in Afghanistan...

Top spymasters in the US have admitted that Pakistan deems increasing Indian footprint in Afghanistan detrimental to its interests and hence it will go...

The Afghan Quagmire: Kabul is not the only victim!

Saad Yousaf | Over the last few weeks, the unwieldy Unity government in Kabul has been facing multifaceted challenges. Afghan Taliban’s gains in Northern Afghanistan...

US Troop surge in Afghanistan: Will it work this time?

News Analysis | Following swift incursions being made by a resurgent Taliban, top US security and foreign affairs aides have proposed a new strategy for...

Ex-Indian Ambassador to Pakistan suggests that India support Afghanistan & not...

Jamal Hussain| Satish Chandra, a former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan has penned an article where he has recommended to the Indian government to openly...

Will Hekmatyar’s return cause division in Afghanistan?

After a lapse of 20 years, former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul on Thursday. His return was met with a mixture of uneasiness...

How RAW uses ‘Terrorism’ as a tool to pose threat to...

Zeeshan Shahid Khan | Military and political strategists throughout history, such as Chanakya and Machiavelli, have philosophized how tactics of terrorism and cruelty may be...

Afghan Army’s biggest set back: Has Trump’s ‘Mother of all Bombs’...

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery | In a gruesome attack on the Afghan National Army headquarters, more than 100 people lost their lives. The military formation...

Pak-Afghan relations improving as both countries review previous no go areas

Imtiaz Gul | Multi-tier border management mechanism, a Pakistani demand stone-walled by Kabul on the pretext that "terrorists don't use regular border crossings". Ahead of the...

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