Tag Archives: Taliban

“Good” Taliban leader killed in drone strike, Pakistan

Blowback is expected in the wake of the death of Maulvi Nazir, a senior Taliban militant leader in the tribal areas, and a nominal ally of Pakistan’s military. The 2nd January strike in South Waziristan is controversial because the commander … Continue reading

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Inside Pakistan’s drone country

This report details the 25 days spent in North Waziristan by a BBC reporter. As with much commentary emerging from the tribal areas, the psychological damage caused by drones hovering in the sky all day and night is highlighted. On-the-ground … Continue reading

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My Drone War: by Pir Shah

A veteran journalist on the topic interviews the Taliban, and recalls his own history, to make sense of how drone warfare is impacting their operations. Tidbits from the report include: The Taliban (and al-Qaeda) have changed the behaviour, and no … Continue reading

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Afghan night-raids remain a sticking point

The Afghan government has been talking about ending the American military’s controversial campaign of night raids for years, but now they see an opportunity to actually do something about it. The American military sees night raids as an essential and … Continue reading

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Death Squads in Afghanistan

A chilling report by the NYT on the widespread influence of the Haqqani Network inside Afghanistan. The insurgent group, whose leader was a favorite of the US-backed mujahideen, is responsible for numerous assassinations in broad daylight, especially in villages close … Continue reading

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The Secret History of US-Pakistan Relations

The modern relationship between Pakistan and the US can be traced back to a significant starting place: Afghanistan. Modern Afghanistan is divided by Hindu Kush mountain range stretching across the middle of the country. To the south live mainly Pashtun … Continue reading

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Secret Pakistan

A recent BBC2 documentary called ‘Secret Pakistan’ investigates the duplicity of Pakistan’s dealing with the US. In public, Pakistan was one of the strongest allies of the US throughout the 2000s and the Bush-Musharraf ‘war on terror’ relationship was strong. … Continue reading

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