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9/11 and the unsolvable Afghan drama – Aisa Times

US soldiers prepare to raise the American flag during a memorial ceremony in Kabul to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

US soldiers prepare to raise the American flag during a memorial ceremony in Kabul to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

Sixteen years after 9/11, and the subsequent US bombing that toppled the Taliban, where do we stand?

Osama bin Laden is no more. Al-Qaeda is not in Afghanistan but swarming Idlib province in Syria, metastasized into Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former Jabhat al-Nusra; 30,000 jihadis with combat experience who absorbed brigades from other “moderate rebel” outfits. The Taliban de facto control over 60% of Afghanistan.

The recently announced Trump administration mini-surge (4,000 soldiers on top of the current 11,000) is not likely to change facts on the ground, no more than Erik Prince’s original plan, which was… Read More on Asia Times

Afghanistan’s Peace Weavers – Pajhwok Afghan News

Paradoxically, despite a horrific and seemingly endless war raging around them, there are brave citizens building peace across Afghanistan every day. The United Nations is doing its best to listen to each and every individual who stands up for peace. Indeed, the UN sees these actors as beacons of hope, lighting the way for change.

A few weeks back, women in several eastern provinces sat together and decided to nominate a delegation to engage with the Taliban with a goal to find a way to end local violence. This was not an easy decision for them to make. These women, disturbed at the cost of war in their own neighborhoods, did not, of course, act alone. They are a part of a much larger social spectrum, which includes male relatives, religious leaders, and…. Read More on Pajhwok Afghan News

PM’s pertinent warning – Pakistan Observer

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said it would be counter-productive for the United States to sanction Pakistani officials or further cut military assistance, warning it would hurt both countries’ fight against militancy. In an interview on Monday, he pointed out that Pakistan was fighting the war against terror and anything that degrades our effort will only hurt the US effort.
Pakistani leaders – both civilian and military – as well as officials have been conveying to the US interlocutors that the policy of sanctions has not worked in the past and it is unlikely to deliver now but Washington is apparently not listening and as a consequence relationship between Pakistan and the United States, strained many a times in the past, is poised for another friction ridden phase. The United States should have a holistic view of the entire situation as Pakistan is …. Read More on Pakistan Observer

News Analysis: As military options failed, U.S. must focus on political process, dialogue in Afghanistan – Xinhuanet

ISLAMABAD, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) — The United States has been involved in its longest war in Afghanistan that started weeks after Sept. 11, 2001.

The U.S. toppled the Taliban government to punish the regime for hosting the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, who was killed in May 2011.

Since then, most of the remnants of al-Qaida have allegedly shifted to Arab countries but the United States and NATO allies are still fighting the Taliban under the pretext of ensuring security in Afghanistan. However, it is widely believed by experts that their military campaign over the past 17 years has failed and the war has spread from the south and east to the north, raising concerns among other countries in the region.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday agreed that “there is no military solution to the conflict in…. Read More on Xinhuanet

Post-BRICS declaration Pakistan – The Nation

The recent BRICS Summit of five emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – in Xiamen, China, stirred quite a debate in Pakistan and India. Unlike previous BRICS summits in the organisation’s 10-year life, which hardly anyone noticed in our land, focused on domestic wrangling and airing politicians’ dirty laundry, this caught much attention in both Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The uproar was on two clauses in the 43-page declaration – Clauses 47 and 48. Here:

Clause 47: We strongly condemn terrorist attacks resulting in death to innocent Afghan nationals. There is a need for immediate cessation of violence. We reaffirm our support to the people of Afghanistan in their efforts to achieve “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” peace and national reconciliation, to the on-going…. Read More on The Nation

Afghan issues cannot be resolved without Pakistan, Pak President claims – Khaama Press

The President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain has said the issues of Afghanistan cannot be resolved in the absence of Pakistan as Kabul insists on comprehensive talks with Islamabad as the first step to end the ongoing violence in the country, insisting that the freedom of movement of the Afghan militant leaders in Pakistan has direct links with the persistent violence in Afghanistan.

President Mamnoon Hussain reportedly made the remarks during a meeting on the sidelines of Astana summit with his Turkish counterpart Recap Tayyip Erdogan.

“President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Mamnoon Hussain in Astana, on…. Read More on Khaama Press

No Foreign Or Military Solution To Afghan Problems: Hayat – TOLO News

Pakistan’s chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee blamed the country’s instability and war on “two opposing forces” inside Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat said over the weekend that solutions to Afghanistan’s problems lie within Afghanistan and that there was no military solution to the current crisis, Geo News reported.

He said foreign “formulas” were unlikely to yield positive results.

Addressing a gathering in London over the weekend, which was also attended by senior military officers of the British armed forces and members of defense think-tanks, Hayat spoke at length about various regional and international issues.

Geo News reported he said instability and war in Afghanistan has brought great destruction inside…. Read More on TOLO News

Facilitating peace process in Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s national interest – Daily Times

Pakistan must re-imagine itself as a regional trade leader rather than a revisionist state. In this day and age, economic growth and prosperity define national power rather than the readiness for war

During his election campaign, President Trump had vowed to end the foreign wars and redirect the resources towards domestic needs such as infrastructure development. He seems to have reversed his position by announcing that more troops will be sent to win the war. In his speech, Trump was tough on Pakistan accusing it of providing havens to ‘terrorists’ who kill US soldiers. He also asked India, a rising South Asian power, for assistance in resolving the Afghanistan imbroglio. In essence, President Trump has introduced another layer of uncertainty in the Afghan conflict.

Fifteen years after Operation Enduring Freedom commenced, the Taliban in Afghanistan remain a formidable force and no solution of Afghanistan’s future …. Read More on Daily Times