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The Newsmakers: Negotiating with the Afghan Taliban and the Other Refugee Route

 

 

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Top priorities for Haibatullah, new Afghan Taliban leader

(CNN)In the year that he openly led the Afghan Taliban Movement, Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, who was killed by a U.S drone strike Saturday, proved to be a consummate political actor.

After seizing power in a rapidly summoned conclave, he proceeded to consolidate his hold over the movement, deflect attempts by the pro-Taliban clergy (ulema) to question his authority, co-opt or eliminate dissidents, renew the Taliban’s war strategy and defy all efforts to maneuver the Taliban into peace negotiations.
To achieve all of this, Mansour drew on a rich repertoire of stratagems.

Photos: Scene from reported strike on Taliban leaders

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The Taliban replaces its dead leader – and prepares for some tricky internal politics

The May 21 drone strike that killed Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansoorwas no ordinary assassination; it was an act of armed politics against an acutely political war strategist. The

The scene of the drone strike said to have killed the Taliban’s leader. EPA

Taliban has already named Mansoor’s successor, Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, and is reassuring its members that the status quo will endure – but Mansoor

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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

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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Taliban trouble on the horizon for Karzai, Afghanistan

by Kim Brown

WASHINGTON (VOR)— Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his entire delegation have extended their current diplomatic mission to Pakistan so as to continue discussions with that government on how best to control the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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The Taliban’s Qatar office is a positive step, but not a prologue to peace

The Taliban’s establishment of a negotiating team is welcome, but don’t expect their ‘talk and fight’ strategy to end anytime soon.

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The Afghan Taliban opened an office in Qatar on Tuesday to help restart talks on ending the 12-year-old war. Photograph: Mohammed Dabbous/Reuters

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آفاق حوار بين طالبان وواشنطن بندوة في الدوحة

ندوة "الحوار بين الولايات المتحدة وطالبان إلى أين؟" تنظم من طرف منتدى العلاقات العربية والدولية

ندوة “الحوار بين الولايات المتحدة وطالبان إلى أين؟” تنظم من طرف منتدى العلاقات العربية والدولية

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HKS Faculty Add Perspective on the Crisis in Afghanistan

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As if the situation in Afghanistan wasn’t tenuous enough, recent events give the impression whatever U.S. goals have been reached in the country are quickly unraveling.

In late February anti-American protests proliferated throughout the war-ridden country after American personnel at Bagram Air Base inadvertently burned copies of the Koran. On March 11, a United States Army sergeant went on a shooting spree, killing at least 16 people including nine children in southern Afghanistan. Following the shootings, the Taliban threatened to retaliate. March 15, Afghan protestors demanded the accused soldier be prosecuted in Afghanistan as word spread that the American military