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The Taliban: From a Spent Force to a Looming Specter

Saturday April 07

The Taliban's brutal regime was overthrown in late 2001 with the help of international community led by the United States of America (USA). When Bonn Conference was held following the fall of Taliban, they were viewed as a spent force, with the remnants being chased in the mountains along the borderline between Afghanistan and ...

FM Rassoul’s Doha Visit and Talks with Taliban

April 05, 2012

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Muhammad Al Attiyah has "all parties" would be invited to the negotiations process. While talking in a press conference with Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul, who is on an official visit to Doha for the first time after the developments on Taliban's confirmation of opening an ...

Peace-Building Requires More than a Flawed Process

April 05, 2012

Any negotiated settlement of a conflict requires mechanisms and outcomes to be laid down clearly. The process must be inclusive and based on broad-based consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. Afghan government has been pursuing and implementing integration and reconciliation ...

Recent Attacks Negate Claims of Improvement in Security Conditions

April 05, 2012

Amid all optimism of US and Afghan authorities on the improvement in security condition in Afghanistan, the Taliban launched attacks taking lives of Afghan security forces, NATO service members and civilians. On Tuesday night, six people, including four policemen, were killed in Helmand province by Taliban insurgents, who ...

A Sublime Goal and an Urgent Need

April 04, 2012

Afghanistan should not be allowed to become a safe haven for Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. This is the most stated goal pursued by the international community in Afghanistan. This is echoed in new statement by Leon Panetta, the US defense secretary. Politicians and political actors in the country believe that the ...

Failure against ‘Green on Blue Attacks’

April 04, 2012

Incidents where an Afghan soldier murders his NATO counterpart or mentor – a trend being called 'green on blue attack' by US authorities – have multiplied concerns over relationship and trust between Afghan security forces and US-led foreign troops in Afghanistan. So far 17 NATO soldiers have lost their lives as result of ...

The Sad Inefficiency of a Process

April 04, 2012

It has now become evident that the negotiation and reconciliation with the Taliban and other insurgent groups has thus farbeen a mere rhetorical dream pursued by Afghan government, in particular by President Hamid Karzai. Both mechanisms and outcomes remain flawed and are not clearly defined. The taxpayers' money of western ...

What will Afghanistan Lose in the Strategic Deal?

April 03, 2012

Speaking to fresh graduates of the National Military Academy in Kabul last week, President Karzai promised that all military operations will be carried out by Afghan forces in 2013. The President mentioned the logistic and technical problems that Afghan forces face now, but hoped that the country will be able to find ...

Teenagers Killed for Friendship

April 03, 2012

Two teenagers have been brutally killed in Ghazni province of Afghanistan. A girl aged 12 and a boy aged 15 have been killed in acid attack, an official said Saturday, with witnesses claiming it was because of their friendship in what is an ultra-conservative country. The bodies were discovered on Friday in ...

The Springtime and Re-growth of Evil Weeds

April 02, 2012

Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal. It is now the springtime. Flowers and plants are beginning to sprout and grow. There is also a damned weed that starts to grow in spring and fully develops in the summer time. This is the evil force of Taliban. Instead of blossoming of hope in Afghanistan, there grow concerns ...

Defense Ministry Security Breach, Increasing Infiltration

April 02, 2012

A high-profile attack has been foiled in the Ministry of Defense on last week with arrest of some soldiers after 10 suicide vests were found in the parking area of the ministry. Apparently terrorists had planned to blow up buses taking Defense ministry employees to their homes in the afternoon. Security break at such a ...

The Capital of Islamic Civilization is now a Lodging for Militants

April 02, 2012

Ghazni has been one of the troubled provinces of Afghanistan over the last years. It is situated in central-east Afghanistan and located 143 kilometers by road southwest of Kabul. Ghazni province has been named as the capital of Islamic civilization for 2013. Since it is linked by a highway with Kandahar to the south-west ...

A Responsible Withdrawal Strategy

April 01, 2012

The US Ambassador in Kabul Ryan Crocker has said Al-Qaeda would make a comeback in Afghanistan, if the West makes and hasty and early withdrawal.Talking to a British newspaper, Ambassador Crocker said: "if we decide we are tired, they will be back. Al-Qaeda is still present in Afghanistan. If the West ...

Peace Process: Taliban Would Try to Stretch it until 2014

April 01, 2012

In the last three decades of conflict in Afghanistan what has been mostly said is that war is not the solution and there should be negotiation among the parties involved. Nonetheless, efforts in that direction have always failed. And that is why the Afghan war is making its journey in its fourth decade. After the US invasion of ...

Dying Hopes of Afghans

April 01, 2012

With the Afghan war in its eleventh year, the fate of Afghanistan is still vague increasing concerns inside and outside the country. 2011 was the deadliest year for civilians in Afghanistan questioning the roles of NATO and Afghan government that have committed to protect lives of the people of Afghanistan. The prevailing ...

Reform the Afghan Local Police

March 31, 2012

A militiaman of the notorious Afghan Local Police has killed nine of his colleagues in Paktia on Friday. Provincial Police Chief Dawlat Zadran said the attacker mixed drug with food of his colleagues and when they fell asleep, he killed all nine of them at midnight, and escaped the check post in Yahyakhel district with ...

Tiring War - the Biggest Question

March 31, 2012

The war in Afghanistan has proved to have its global impacts. Concerns prevail in every country that has deployed its troops in Afghanistan. The sooner the war comes to an end, the better it will be for Afghanistan, region and the world. The three decade war has snatched peace and prosperity from the lives of ...

A Need for Inside-the- System Consensus

March 31, 2012

International community is drawing down their combat forces from Afghanistan. This withdrawal is supposed to complete in 2014. Recently, foreign troops have been facing a crisis of trust. This intensified after the reportedly unintentional Quran-burning issue that occurred in Bagram military base, in the aftermath o ...

Moral Crimes and Self-Immolation

March 29, 2012

A new report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) says there are about 400 women and girls imprisoned for “moral crimes”. The findings of the report are based on 58 interviews conducted in three prisons and three juvenile detention facilities with women and girls accused of “moral crimes.” These “crimes” include escape from ...

Why Should Iran Decide for Afghanistan?

March 29, 2012

Afghanistan’s House of Elders or Senate has condemned the recent statement by President Ahmadinejad in a joint session of Afghan, Tajikistan and Iran’s leaders in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on celebration of the new solar year. Ahmadinejad is quoted to have asked NATO forces to leave Afghanistan and pay remedy ...

War Goes More Unpopular

March 28, 2012

The urge for the US to pull out its forces from Afghanistan is multiplying as the Afghan war is becoming unpopular. Amid the time and again incidents of killing of NATO soldiers by their Afghan counterparts or uniformed Taliban, according to a survey, conducted among 986 adults from March 21-25, just 23 percent of Americans believe ...

Why We Should Not Expect the Same Response…?

March 28, 2012

Afghan and NATO sources confirmed that two international service members were shot and killed by a man wearing an Afghan army uniform in the southern Helmand province. The attack happened at a military base and the attacker was killed by coalition troops. There is not reliable information about the attacker's real ...

Infiltration of Taliban Should be Stopped

March 27, 2012

Again two NATO soldiers have been killed by a person in Afghan National Army uniform. The incident has occurred in Helmand province of Afghanistan. This is making the crisis of infiltration into Afghan national security forces extremely serious. It is also affecting the relations between international community and ...

A Self-Centered Approach

March 27, 2012

With several domestic challenges overriding achievements obtained over the past few years, external threats and barriers are of a bigger role in holding back the post-Taliban processes in Afghanistan. Afghanistan's geostrategic location is said to have caused part of the trouble. Clearly, the countries' geo-strategic ...

“Peace Without Women is a Figment”

March 26, 2012

It is not concealed from most of us that women are not permitted proper participation in different institutions in our country. Almost all of the social and political institutions have been dominated by men. It is not because women do not have the required ability. The fact is that they are not provided the opportunities to do ...

Adaptation Capacity of Democracy

March 26, 2012

It is said that democratic system of government is endowed with flexibility and capacity for constant adaptation to accommodate diverse interests in a plural society. Afghanistan is a culturally diverse country, where ethnic divides continue to carry the potential for recurrence of conflict. The relations ...

New Educational Year and Possible Security Threats

March 25, 2012

On Saturday, March 24, 2012, the new educational year began. There have been progresses in education sector. But insecurity has continued to hamper required gain. In a ceremony to mark the beginning of new educational year, President Hamid Karzai humbly asked the Taliban to cease to kill teachers and school ...

Robert Bales’ Legacies for Afghan Mission

March 25, 2012

The US-Afghan relationship has entered a sensitive, quite frankly, a frustrating sage that is known to every stakeholder in the country’s post-Taliban period. The US soldiers are expected to leave Afghanistan after more than a decade of bloody and unconventional battle with a mysterious enemy that could target them ...

System Must be Made Participatory

March 24, 2012

The discontent within Afghan people seems to be rising about the ongoing transition period and the prospects of peace and tranquility in the country. The people of Afghanistan, at the moment, does not seem to be in the position to have vivid clue about where the scenario is leading as there have been many ambiguities and secrets about the most important ...

Karzai Urges Afghan Security Forces to Assume More Responsibilities

March 24, 2012

An army professionally competent and equipped with latest weapons, war crafts and modern technology is what Afghanistan is in dire need of. After the US invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, the Afghan security forces have nurtured well. In the wake of this development, they have been handed security responsibility of ...

Nauroz Knocking the Doors! But….

March 19, 2012

Tomorrow is the first day of the SY 1991. Afghanistan, along with many other nations in Asia, is ready to celebrate Nauroz or the "New Day". It corresponds to the beginning of the spring season and welcoming the new season after an extremely cold winter feels fascinating. Nauroz has been celebrated for the past 3,000 years and The UN's General ...

The Formidable Challenges and President Karzai’s Failure

March 19, 2012

The challenges lying ahead of President Hamid Karzai in his current term are formidable. International community is walking out of Afghanistan without a stable political system, leaving the room for more intrusions and interferences by hostile ...

Future of a Stable Afghanistan at Stake

March 18, 2012

The recent statement of President Karzai saying the international troops should withdraw by 2013, an year earlier than the deadline set by the US and NATO, once again show the current Government has not a clear strategy and vision for the country. While the coming two years are decisive for the fate of Afghanistan and stability in ...

A Choice between Perpetuating Instability and Permanent Stabilization

March 18, 2012

No doubt, in the political arena, campaign and bargaining in Afghanistan, ethnic divisions continue to be at play. In fact, ethnicity is the predominant variable influencing politics, development of political parties, institution-building and peace-building. There are four major ethnic identities and groups that ...

Peace Talks Suspended, Taliban will Wait and See

March 18, 2012

All the hopes about settling the Afghan conflict through table talks died on Thursday march 15, 2012 when the Taliban in a statement said they are walking away from talking with the US. The Taliban accused the US of alternating and ever-changing positions, and they said they would sit out the talks until the Americans clarify ...