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Of Delusions And Narratives

Of delusions and narratives

Going through the various available material on the jihadis’ role in Kashmir and Afghanistan since the 1990s, some of it in verbatim interviews, one ends up with the feeling that…

After Afghan Elections

After Afghan elections

The fraud-tainted Aug 20 presidential election in Afghanistan has exacerbated the political crisis there while the country continues to bleed from a raging insurgency. This was chillingly demonstrated on Election…

Juvenile Justice

Juvenile justice

In the terror nurseries straddling Pakistan and Afghanistan it is not uncommon, we are told reliably, to find boys much younger than Ajmal Kasab pleading with their trainers to be…

A Floundering Campaign

A floundering campaign

After the rout of the Taliban in Afghanistan in October 2001, euphoric shouts of victory had resonated across the United States, the loudest coming from the White House, the Pentagon…

A Wish Fulfilled

A wish fulfilled

When I met Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, in 1996, he told me his greatest ambition was to die a martyr`s death and join those who had gone before him…

Green-on-blue Incidents

Green-on-blue incidents

The most recent instances of ‘green-on blue’ attacks in Afghanistan came in rapid succession last week on Tuesday (one US soldier killed in eastern Afghanistan), Thursday (three US soldiers killed…

Of Good And Bad Taliban

Of good and bad Taliban

Two widely reported events in recent days struck hard at Pakistan’s strategic depth policy in Afghanistan and Central Asia. The first event occurred when the Swat Taliban and Afghan Taliban…

Courting The Taliban

Courting the Taliban

As parties to the conflict in Afghanistan plot their next move following the international conference in London, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have come under focus as the two countries best…

Talk To The Taliban

Talk to the Taliban

The fresh US warning to European nations leaving Afghanistan without, as Defence Secretary Robert Gates said, “getting the job done right” signals increasing nervousness about the Taliban insurgency that is…

Viewpoint

Viewpoint

Remember General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of US forces in Afghanistan? President Obama fired him a little over a year ago because his "conduct, represented in the recently published article,…