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War on Terror

I stumbled into a world of Muslim women in London, Manchester, and Birmingham. Some of them were British, others from Arab and African countries, but their husbands or sons had been swept up in Washington’s war. Some were in Guantanamo, some were among the dozen Muslim foreigners who did not know each other, and who were surprised to find themselves imprisoned together in Britain on suspicion of links to al-Qaeda....


Unfolding Of the Post-9/11 War Narrative
Lubna Umar

The withdrawal of combat forces by most ISAF members is indicative of the fact that this war has lost its popular support among friends and everyone back home. Also, the US has been unable to win hearts and minds in either Afghanistan or Pakistan; in fact, it is quite the contrary. The enthusiasm has vanished and the fight now is nothing but a battle between the US military alone against the people of Afghanistan....


Twitter’s Dangerous Lack of Transparency on Terrorism
Sarah Kendzior

Whether or not Twitter should censor terrorist groups is a matter of debate, and there are strong legal and moral arguments for both sides. But it is impossible to have a debate when Twitter refuses to come clean about its own actions. "Twitter's policy on extremists comes off like one guy who knows nothing about the subject clicking around at random looking for trouble," tweeted terrorism analyst....


“I've learned that terror doesn't happen because some group of people somewhere like Pakistan or Afghanistan simply decide to hate us. It happens because children aren't being offered a bright enough future that they have a reason to choose life over death……. You have to attack the source of your enemy's strength....


As NATO Prepares for Afghan Withdrawal, Uzbekistan Seeks War’s Leftovers
Andrew E. Kramer

With planning for the Western military withdrawal from Afghanistan in full swing, officials in Uzbekistan want to make a deal: we will provide the roads out if you leave some of those extra vehicles and supplies behind for us. Uzbek officials have quietly contacted American, German and British officials with the offer, in their latest bid to supplement their military despite international embargoes....

Mullah Nazir was a strategic asset and close ally of the Pakistani security establishment and was considered by them to be one of the “good Taliban,” fighters who focused their jihad against U.S. and NATO forces across the border rather than on Pakistani forces.  The Pakistan army signed a peace deal with Mullah Nazir in 2009 in which the latter agreed that he would not attack Pakistani security forces....


Afghanistan Has Greatly Changed, Despite The Doubts
David Ignatius
For Americans weary of nearly a dozen years of war, Afghanistan often seems like a country where nothing ever changes and the same story of ethnic and tribal struggle repeats itself in an endless loop. But Afghanistan’s demographics have changed in significant ways over the past decade. Rather than being mired in a perpetual feudal twilight, it’s actually becoming a modern country. The statistical evidence of change, gathered from USAID data and other sources, is overwhelming.

Pakistan: Countering Militancy in PATA
International Crisis Group

Pakistan’s Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA), which include Swat and six neighbouring districts and areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK), remains volatile more than three years after military operations sought to oust Islamist extremists. Militant groups such as the Sunni extremist Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) and its Pakistani Taliban-linked Fazlullah faction are no longer as powerful in Swat and other parts of PATA as they were in 2008 and early 2009, but their leaders and foot soldiers remain at large, regularly attacking security personnel and civilians.

Negotiate with the TTP?
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Negotiate with the TTP?
Pervez Hoodbhoy
If Pakistan is to be at peace with itself, the army must stop seeing everything through the prism of competition and war with India. To prosper, Pakistan must overcome its hatred for India and leave Kashmir as a problem to be solved by Kashmiris. Muddled thinking has left Pakistan exhausted and indifferent to its own suffering.


"Who is funding this huge campaign? This is a big question mark because Dr Qadri’s party is not that strong and organized to do that at its own." Analysts are also worried that attempts to pit Barevlis and Deobandis against each others could complicate the situation further in the Muslim country.

FATA: Islamabad has demonstrated no inclination to take on the terrorist groups in the region
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

In the absence of military operations in the region, US drone operations continued to target top ranking terrorists, especially in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), despite severe criticism from both within and outside Pakistan. According to the SATP database, at least 344 terrorists were killed in 46 drone strikes in 2012 in the region, as compared to 548 terrorists in 59 such attacks in 2011.


US and Taliban in Afghanistan: Moving Forward To Go Back
Chinmaya R. Gharekhan

This was the first time senior Taliban representatives sat down with the government and other opposition groups. This, in a way, amounts to a concession by the Taliban which had, thus far, refused to talk to the Kabul government which it did not regard as legitimate. There was no joint statement after the Chantilly meeting. In the words of the sponsoring think tank, the objective was to encourage the Afghans to “project themselves towards the horizon of 2020.”


Americans rarely think about these bases, let alone how much of their tax money -- and debt -- is going to build and maintain them. For Dal Molin and related construction nearby, including a brigade headquarters, two sets of barracks, a natural-gas-powered energy plant, a hospital, two schools, a fitness centre, dining facilities, and a mini-mall, taxpayers are likely to shell out at least half a billion dollars...


They Dwell Privately On Their Dads’ Allegiances
Kevin Sieff

Afghanistan is full of villages and families that are bitterly divided between the insurgency and the government. Eleven years into the war, efforts to bring the country together through a nationwide reconciliation process have yielded nothing. But on a much smaller scale, some wounds heal. When men die in Kandahar, it doesn’t matter whether they’re soldiers, civilians or insurgents: Their sons are taken to the same smattering of drab buildings and assigned to the same dorm rooms...


United States of America, End the War on Terror and Save Billions
Fareed Zakaria

As we debate whether the two parties can ever come together and get things done, here’s something President Barack Obama could probably do by himself that would be a signal accomplishment of his presidency: End the “war on terror.” Or, more realistically, start planning and preparing the country for phasing it out. For 11 years, the United States has been operating under emergency wartime powers granted under the 2001 “Authorization for Use of Military Force.”...

Civilians Should Take Charge of War on Terror
General (Retd) Khwaja Ziauddin

Civilians Should Take Charge of War on Terror
General (Retd) Khwaja Ziauddin

Dictators have not allowed Pakistan’s political institutions to mature. Repeated military takeovers and abrogation of constitutions by the army have been the bane of our times. The problem lies with the people who accept military hegemony and do not revolt against it. This may be due to poor awareness of the advantages of democracy. However, one cannot totally blame the public since the political leadership accepts military coups initially and welcomes dictators with open arms....

“We Cannot Win This War without Eliminating the Terrorist Sanctuaries in North Waziristan”— Senior Pakistani Journalist
Zahid Hussain

It is a watershed moment for the country which has been engulfed in militant violence for the past several years, resulting in thousands of civilian casualties and incalculable economic losses. Hundreds of schools have been destroyed. People who do not subscribe to their regressive ideology are brutally murdered. Thousands of soldiers have died fighting the militants in lawless tribal regions and part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa….


Overwrought Empire- The Discrediting of U.S. Military Power
Tom Engelhardt

Americans lived in a “victory culture” for much of the twentieth century.  You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch of triumphalism -- think of it as the real “American Century” -- from World War I to the end of the Cold War, with time off for a destructive stalemate in Korea and a defeat in Vietnam too shocking to absorb or shake off. When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, it all seemed so obvious.  Fate had clearly dealt Washington a royal flush.  It was victory with a capital V....

11 Years after 9/11
Irfan Husain

“On what grounds do we decide that Robert Mugabe should go to the International Criminal Court, Tony Blair should join the international speakers’ circuit, Bin Laden should be assassinated, but Iraq should be invaded, not because it possesses WMDs, as Mr Bush’s chief supporter, Mr Blair, confessed last week, but in order to get rid of Saddam Hussein?...

North Waziristan Blues
Khalid Iqbal

The top US military official has acknowledged that the network is posing a real threat. “The Taliban use IEDs, but the Haqqanis have the ability and capability to cause the maximum damage to the foreign forces in Afghanistan,” he said. The Americans acknowledge that Pakistan’s reluctance to go after the Haqqani network is linked to its fear of a strong backlash and not necessarily because it considers the group as its proxy.


Afghanistan: The Challenge Of Green On Blue Attacks
Musa Khan Jalalzai

The story of US war on terrorism in Afghanistan has become more interested while hosts started killings their foreign guests. This is now the war between guards and the guardians. The recent green on blue attacks further caused misunderstanding, which the US and the NATO allies never anticipated. They are in trouble how to counter this invisible force within the ANA.


The Defeat Of Extremist Ideology
S Iftikhar Murshed

The first revelation allowing Muslims to fight came immediately after the Holy Prophet (PBUH) migrated to Medina in 622. The permission was conditional, and restricted to fighting only in self-defence (The Quran, 22:39). It had nothing to do with the propagation of the religion, as explained in the next verse: “For, if God had not enabled people to defend themselves against one another, (all) monasteries and churches and synagogues and mosques – in (all of) which God’s name is abundantly extolled-would surely have been destroyed (ere now).”

Taliban attack on Pakistan's Kamra airbase: The ostrich syndrome
Aasim Zafar Khan

There is no burden of insight without understanding, and understanding only comes through the exposure to information of all kinds, from all sides. They say that history is written by those who win wars, but to understand the complete picture, one must read the other side of the story as well. And finally, the acceptance of the truth can only be attained if there is the allowance for the self to be at fault.


Did We Lack Doctrinal Depth Going Into Afghanistan Regarding The Rules Governing Jihad
Tammy Swofford

It is pleasant to consider that the Pentagon remembers the lessons of the past, those learned in Vietnam. It is where the US military first put a ‘win hearts and minds’ paradigm into play. Vietnam was the initial military laboratory for a two-pronged foreign engagement for a regional conflict that sought to beat back communism whilst also making our policies palatable within a distinct cultural setting.


Between ‘Tight Screw’ And A Hard Place
Praveen Swami
From the point of view of Pakistan’s military strategists, the case for an all-out war against its jihadist adversaries isn’t as simple as it appears for one big reason: India. Prolonged internal conflict in Pakistan has meant that resources have been drained from the military capacities until recently directed at the historic eastern adversary. India’s economic growth has allowed it to enter a phase of relatively rapid military modernisation, offering it not only overwhelming superiority but also the capacity to target Pakistan’s nuclear and conventional assets with ever-great precision.

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