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The Return Of Al-Qaeda

The return of Al-Qaeda

Back in 2011 many thought Al-Qaeda was finished. Battered by America’s ferocious response to 9/11 and relentlessly targeted by drones, the organisation was gasping for breath. The death of Bin…

Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda

Pakistan’s first 9/11 was in 1948 when its founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah passed away and the tremulous ecstasy of independence that had been achieved the previous year proved short-lived. With…

Al-Qaeda Battleground

Al-Qaeda battleground

The reported death of Abu Yahya al-Libi in the latest US drone strike may have dealt yet another blow to the Al Qaeda leadership operating from Pakistan’s lawless tribal region…

Bin Laden And The Al-Qaeda Story

Bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda story

Last Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Within three days of his death the myth that he commanded the absolute loyalty of all Al-Qaeda…

The Failure Of Al-Qaeda Propaganda

The failure of Al-Qaeda propaganda

For several years Al-Qaeda has persevered with a relentless propaganda campaign against Pakistan, but there has been no effort on the part of the government to neutralise this blitzkrieg. Suicide…

The Fracturing Of Al-Qaeda

The fracturing of Al-Qaeda

There have been credible reports in the Arab media that fissures have surfaced within Al-Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden. Unnamed but reliable sources have revealed that fierce…

Schools under attack

Schools in Nigeria and Pakistan are at risk from the growing threats of militant attacks. In 2022, the Global Coalition for Protecting Education from Attacks (GCPEA) reported seven attacks on…

Anti-Americanism: rhetoric and reality

Imran Khan’s PTI rushed to condemn the recent meeting between former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the US ambassador to Pakistan, Donald Blome, as “a significant intrusion into Pakistan’s internal…

Policing the dark web

The internet has revolutionized the world in many ways. It has made communication faster and more efficient, and it has given people access to information on a scale that was…