In Battle of Jihadi Groups, Pakistani Taliban Prefers al Qaeda Over ISIS

The Pakistani Taliban has published an essay criticizing the Islamic State's aggressive tactics.

The South Asia Channel

Diversionary Tactics

The Taliban's offensive in Kunduz province is a diversion that will serve to distract the Afghan army away from the real goal -- Helmand province.

Shadow Government

Whiplash in Washington

The breaking news on Wednesday about Afghanistan may give the average reader whiplash. First, President Obama announced that he has decided to defer the troop drawdown ...


Has the Caliphate Come to Kabul?

Fear of the Islamic State is making for strange bedfellows in the land of warlords and the Taliban.


Embracing New Afghan President, U.S. Says Ghani Is No Hamid Karzai

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's visit to Washington is expected to reflect a new, cooperative relationship between his country and the United States.


Portrait of the Nation as a Young Army

The varied faces on Afghanistan's front line.

The South Asia Channel

Afghanistan’s “Transformation Decade” Depends on the Taliban’s Foot Soldiers

The Transformation Decade in Afghanistan won’t transform much if the motivations for the Taliban’s foot soldiers aren’t understood, or curtailed.

The South Asia Channel

It’s Complicated: The Relationship Between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Taliban

How will these complex relations impact peace negotiations and a lasting solution?

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