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Is the Peshawar attack a turning point for Pakistan?

Michael Semple, Pakistan Taliban expert, says it will take time to see if lessons are learned following the attack

Explainer: who are the Pakistani Taliban?

By Michael Semple, Queen’s University Belfast

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on a school in Peshawar that killed more than 130 children. The militants planned the

A scene of devastation after the Taliban attack in Peshawar. EPA/Bilawal Arbab

massacre to take revenge on the Pakistan army. They murdered the children of their enemy.

By executing these children, the attackers took Pakistan’s violence past a dreadful milestone. But the background to this massacre is a conflict spanning the frontier of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s a conflict that has dragged on for more than a decade.

The Pakistan Taliban Movement: An Appraisal

The Pakistan Taliban Movement: An AppraisalPolicy Research Papers
November 2014

In October 2014 the spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) announced his movement’s backing for the “Islamic State” (IS) and its efforts to re-establish the Caliphate. The spokesman pledged that the Taliban would align their efforts with the Islamic State by sending fighters and military experts more…

 

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Aafia Siddiqui: the Pakistani female scientist ‘on Isil’s list of demands’

Reports Isil demanded the release of a female scientist jailed for attempted murder suggest the group is trying to build support for Isil in Pakistan and Afghanistan

By Dean Nelson, South Asia Editor

12:37PM BST 21 Aug 2014 on telegraph.co.uk

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) reportedly called for the release of a female Pakistani scientist with ties to al-Qaeda in exchange for

Aafia Siddiqui and U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff

James Foley.

According to the New York Times, Isil sent through a “laundry list” of demands to the United States which included the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist currently incarcerated in a prison in Texas.

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Five myths about talking to terrorists

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban last weekend, in exchange for the freeing of five Taliban figures from Guantanamo, has

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. (AP)

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. (AP)

provoked much agonizing about the rights and wrongs of talking to terrorists. It’s a good moment to consider some of what has been learned from dealing with terrorists — in places from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Northern Ireland — and which lessons have been misunderstood. more…

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Kerry’s options for addressing Afghanistan’s political crisis

The U.S. should use its enormous leverage to seek a solution that both presidential contenders can agree on

July 11, 2014 12:15 PM ET
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks as he stands next to Afghanistan's presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah (L) at the U.S. embassy in Kabul on July 11. Jim Bourg /Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks as he stands next to Afghanistan’s presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah (L) at the U.S. embassy in Kabul on July 11. Jim Bourg /Reuters

 

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Kabul to help defuse electoral tensions in Afghanistan, here are a few points he should consider: First, the politics of the current crisis go well beyond simple allegations about stuffed ballot boxes or discussions about sore losers. Second, the problem is eminently soluble, and a stable and unified Afghanistan can still emerge from it. Third, he will be confronted with contradictory explanations more…

Who will lead Afghanistan?

By Alex Glynn

Afghanistan?’ asked a panel of experts at the Frontline Club on 2 April, in an event in partnership with BBC World Service, that looked at the possible outcomes of the upcoming election.

There was a certain measured optimism in the response to this question from the panel and a general feeling that this election is one to get excited about. Chaired by BBC Broadcasting House’s Paddy O’Connell, the panel of experts were grilled on the candidates, the election process, the possibility of a second round and the challenges ahead. more…

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At last, a ray of hope for Afghanistan

Whatever the final outcome, voters in Afghanistan’s presidential election have delivered a powerful mandate.

Provisional results from the first round of Afghanistan’s presidential election look as if they will stand the test of tortuous fraud checks and complaint processes. Decisive margins make them robust. Although Abdullah Abdullah, who emerged in the lead, has raised serious concerns about fraud, the first round should leave him facing Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister, in a run-off. more…

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Talking to the Taliban after Karzai

Afghanistan’s presidential election a week ago has challenged any notion that the country is about to fall into the lap of the Taliban. Ahead of the vote on April 5, eight candidates vying to replace President Hamid Karzai traveled to all regions of the country, even undertaking walkabouts in provinces normally considered chronically insecure. They attracted thousands of supporters to their rallies and millions to polling…more…

 

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