Senior Islamic State Khorasan leaders defect to Taliban

By Bill Roggio IS-Khorasan-pledge-TalibanSeveral members of the Islamic State Khorasan Provinces’ “central council” as well as other senior and mid-level leaders based in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar have … Read More

Troubled Afghanistan And Pakistan’s Role For Peace And Reconciliation

By Iftikhar Hussain Jazib President Ashraf Ghani’s December 2015 Pakistan visit and joint inauguration of Heart of Asia Conference with Pakistani Prime Minister came as a breakthrough for a fresh … Read More

Embracing the Enemies We Know in Afghanistan

Despite mutual distrust, Washington must include both the Taliban and the Haqqani Network in negotiations to achieve peace in Afghanistan. By Fahd Humayun Last November, the Pentagon announced that the … Read More

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sets conditions for Taliban talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has expressed readiness to attend Pakistan-brokered talks with Taliban on the condition that the militant group give up terrorism. “It is obvious that there are groups … Read More

Afghanistan security ‘undermined by efforts to crush Pakistani militants’

By Jon Boone Efforts to crush Pakistani militants have further undermined security in Afghanistan as growing numbers of terrorists have entered the country, the Afghan president said on Wednesday at … Read More

Al-Qaeda vs Daish: A Deadly Propaganda War

By Iftikhar Hussain Jazib Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Daish have emerged from Al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq but the violence and terror unleashed by them have even belittled Al-Qaeda and its … Read More

Pakistan’s Afghan muddle

By Ashraf Jehangir Qazi Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Herat on the cultural and social aspects of security followed by a bilateral meeting on the … Read More

Afghan Taliban Leader Mullah Akthar Mansoor Rejects Peace Talks, Urges Unity

The new leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgency has rejected peace talks with the government unless it revokes security pacts with both the United States and NATO, and all foreign forces … Read More