Anti-ISIS coalition that never was and never will be

The two recent strikes attributed to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, (ISIS, also referred to as ISIL, IS, and Daesh) – downing a Russian passenger jet October 31 and the complex attack in Paris, November 13,, 2015 – provided the organization with significant media coverage and elevated status. Among the many battles that . . . → Read More: Anti-ISIS coalition that never was and never will be

Taliban ‘to join’ peace talks next month

A senior Pakistani intelligence official said yesterday that Taliban are expected to resume talks with the Afghan government next month. The expected timeframe was offered separately, though, coinciding with the quadrilateral meeting yesterday in Islamabad when diplomats from four countries met to draw a roadmap for Afghanistan peace talks.

Taliban were not part of the . . . → Read More: Taliban ‘to join’ peace talks next month

What the beheadings in Afghanistan mean

At a ceremony inaugurating the new “Afghan Pentagon” here Monday, President Ashraf Ghani stressed the importance of building a modern military, subservient to the nation’s constitution and laws rather than to powerful individuals. He portrayed the gleaming new facility, built with U.S. funds, as the central command for that mission.

But 150 miles east, in . . . → Read More: What the beheadings in Afghanistan mean

Afghanistan Intelligence chief quits

The head of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency resigned on Thursday over disagreements with President Ashraf Ghani, laying bare divisions that have hindered efforts to fight the growing Taliban insurgency.

The resignation of Rahmatullah Nabil follows a series of setbacks in recent months including the fall of the northern city of Kunduz to the Taliban and . . . → Read More: Afghanistan Intelligence chief quits

Why is our government reluctant to face the real issues

(By Arif Nizami) Our foreign policy establishment claims ad-nauseam that there is no ISIS (Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham) in Pakistan. In the process the nation, already engaged in an existential war against the Taliban/al-Qaeda brand of terrorism, is reassured that it need not fear Da’ish as it simply does not exist.

Before 9/11 . . . → Read More: Why is our government reluctant to face the real issues

USA lost the Afghan war even before it started

(By Brian Cloughley) How many insurgents, militants, Taliban – call them what you will – are fighting in Afghanistan? Ten thousand? Twenty thousand? Does anyone in the Afghan government or the International Security Assistance Force have any idea of the number?

But there are a few things that are certain, no matter how few or . . . → Read More: USA lost the Afghan war even before it started

Afghan Shias demand justice for brutally killed Hazaras

Protesters bearing coffins of Shia Muslims killed in restive Afghan province condemn Taliban and Islamic State.

Thousands of protesters have marched coffins containing the decapitated bodies of seven Shia Hazaras through Kabul to demand justice for the victims of the gruesome beheadings, which the United Nations say may be considered a war crime.

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Pakistan’s resolve to eliminate polio

An anti-polio drive in various districts of Karachi, Multan and Quetta is underway to inoculate polio drops to children below age of five.

According to details, the anti-polio campaign has entered into second day in Karachi during which the polio workers are ardently participating in immunizing vaccination to at least 10,25,343 children in three districts . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s resolve to eliminate polio

India asked by US to discuss Kashmir with Pakistan

Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported that in May this year, the U.S. handed over to Pakistan over 14 combat aircraft, 59 military trainer jets and 374 armoured personnel carriers. “Now we can spend this money to directly pay the terrorists enrolled into the United States army and also to revive the Pakistani economy…” said White House.

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The absurdness unlimited

Mr Dhruva Jaishankar’s article — The Definition of Insanity is US Af-Pak Strategy — is perfectly in line with the current anti-Pakistan insanity sweeping India. What is amazing is that Foreign Policy published it. Mr Jaishankar starts by quoting Donald Trump when he calls US leaders stupid and losers. He links this to the top . . . → Read More: The absurdness unlimited