Kandahar Assassinations Show Rising Taliban Strength in Afghanistan

Afghan Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq, left, Kandahar provincial chief of police, shakes hands with Afghan Uniform Police instructors at the Kandahar Regional Training Center in southern Afghanistan, Jun. 7, 2012 (Renee Crisostomo via Wikimedia Commons)

by International Crisis Group At least one gunman attacked a gathering of Afghan and U.S. officials inside the Kandahar governor’s compound on the afternoon of October 18. The shooter, believed to be one of the governor’s guards, killed the most powerful man in… Continue Reading  

Seventeen Years of War (and More to Come)

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by Tom Engelhardt We’re already two years past the crystal anniversary and eight years short of the silver one, or at least we would be, had it been a wedding — and, after a fashion, perhaps it was. On October 7, 2001,… Continue Reading  

Cutting Financial Aid to Pakistan May Not Bring Peace to Afghanistan

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by Fatemeh Aman A new report by the State Department on terrorism criticizes Pakistan for failing to prevent terrorist groups, especially the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network (HQN), from using Pakistan as a safe haven. But the reality is that… Continue Reading  

Whither Afghanistan?

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by Alia Ahmed In August 2017, President Donald Trump announced a new South Asia strategy based on three basic precepts. There would be a surge of 3,000 additional U.S. personnel that would bring U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan to 15,000… Continue Reading  

Pakistan Elections—Maybe Good News for Pakistan, But Not for U.S.

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by Graham E. Fuller A bold new political face has come to power in the recent Pakistani elections, possibly offering the US a new opportunity in that country. Sadly the opportunity will likely be squandered—again. There’s something about Pakistani and… Continue Reading