Tag: Shia

Multiple blasts at Shia cultural centre in Kabul kill 40

AFP | At least 40 people were killed and dozens more wounded in multiple blasts at a Shiite cultural centre in Kabul on Thursday, officials...

‘Repercussions’ of the US bid to isolate Iran!

Asif Haroon Raja| Iran under Reza Shah Pahlavi enjoyed best of relations with the United States of America (USA) as well as Kingdom of Saudi...

Iraqi forces ‘completely surround ISIL’ in Tal Afar

News Analysis | According to Iraqi and US officials, Iraqi forces backed by Shiite militias have "completely surrounded" fighters affiliated with the Islamic State group in...

Plot thickens in great game over post-ISIS Iraq and Syria

M K Bhadrakumar | The post-ISIS future of Iraq and Syria has been a topic of animated discussion among American think tankers, the assumption being...

Why has the Islamic state targeted Europe in particular?

Nauman Sadiq l In less than three months, three horrific terror attacks took place in the United Kingdom: the Westminster plowing and stabbing incident on March...

The “Kafirs” of Parachinar and (perhaps) Quetta and Karachi and the...

Haider Mehdi | Friday, 23rd June, Parachinar. 74 Shia "Kafirs", who happened to be fasting on Jummat ul Widaa, are killed in a terrorist attack...

The three-way tug of war in Syria: Who are the important...

Nauman Sadiq | In order to simplify the Syrian theater of proxy wars, it can be divided into three separate and distinct zones: the Syrian...

Syria’s Al-Qaeda not on US’ terror watch-lists: Who is supporting terrorism?

Nauman Sadiq | According to a recent report by CBC Canada, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, which was formerly known as Al-Nusra Front and then Jabhat...

Gulf crisis: Is Saudi Arabia the only bad guy here?

James M. Dorsey | A Saudi and UAE-led campaign to force Qatar to halt its support for Islamists and militants is little else than a...

Added conflicts and proxies: Redefining the Middle Eastern alliances

Samson Simon Sharif | For over the past hundred years, West Asia has been the theater of conflicts and proxies. Most countries in the conflict...

Neutrality not an option: Pakistan to choose between Qatar or Saudi...

News Analysis | Pakistan will not cut off ties with Qatar in wake of the decision of the GCC countries to sever diplomatic relations with...

Saudi-UAE campaign against Qatar: Muslim nations forced to choose sides

James M. Dorsey | A Saudi and UAE-driven campaign to isolate Qatar and, by extension, Iran puts non-Muslim Arab states in a bind and tests...

US-Saudi games in the Middle East: Will Qatar bow down to...

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The move by a group of countries led by Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt – with Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, and Maldives...

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...

Madrasa Reforms: Lynchpin of Pakistan’s efforts to combat terrorism

Jamal Hussain | Any critique about madrasas in Pakistan must be handled with care, given the sensitivity of the public about an institution considered by...

Pakistan conducts proactive engagement with Iran after Raheel Sharif leaves to...

Despite political distractions domestically, Pakistan government is pro-actively pursuing its foreign policy goals in the region as it works hard to positioning itself as...

Recreating the map of Middle East using guns not pens

Zeeshan Munir | The term “New Middle East” was introduced to the world in June 2006 by the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It...

Will the Muslim Military Alliance bring trouble for Pakistan & other...

Abdul Rahim | The United States of America is the master of designing mini great games in the Islamic world, to secure its national interests,...

When will the criminal silence of the state over Shia killings...

Saad Rasool | On Thursday, last week, 24 innocent Shias were killed, and more than 100 others got injured, as a car bomb ripped through...

Pakistan Grapples with the Middle Eastern Fault-Lines as Gen. Raheel Takes...

James M. Dorsey | With no troops to command and a Riyadh-based skeleton staff, General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s recently retired top commander, appeared to slide...

Is PTI right in taking a position against Gen. Raheel Sharif...

Najma Minhas| Past three months speculation has been rife in the media about General Reheel Sharif going to Saudi Arabia as head of the Islamic...

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