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Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government

Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government | Lawless land | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia has voiced support for American efforts to nourish Afghanistan’s democracy, but it has also lavishly funded Sunni extremism under various guises.
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Washington's Sunni Myth and the Middle East Undone

Washington's Sunni Myth and the Middle East Undone | Lawless land | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: This is the second of two articles on this topic, the first of which was published last week. There has been some controversy over my decisi
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Will Turkey Present Trump with a Fait Accompli in Syria?

Will Turkey Present Trump with a Fait Accompli in Syria? | Lawless land | Scoop.it
Just days after the U.S. presidential election, newspapers allied with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) published stories alleging that eleme
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Iraqi Helicopters Are Dropping Dumb Bombs

Iraqi Helicopters Are Dropping Dumb Bombs | Lawless land | Scoop.it
In October 2016, Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga troops began moving toward Mosul, uprooting die-hard Islamic State fighters on three sides. Now, as those forces work to solidify their hard-fought…
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ISIS Used Chemical Arms at Least 52 Times in Syria and Iraq, Report Says

ISIS Used Chemical Arms at Least 52 Times in Syria and Iraq, Report Says | Lawless land | Scoop.it
More than one-third of the chemical attacks, which include chlorine and sulfur mustard agents, have come in and around Mosul, the group’s stronghold in Iraq.
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The Pakistani Taliban after the Peshawar School Attack

The Pakistani Taliban after the Peshawar School Attack | Lawless land | Scoop.it
The dramatic December 16 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar by the Fazlullah faction of Te...
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TTP-F’s spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani explained the attack: “We selected the army’s school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females… We want them to feel the pain” 

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Discord dissolves Pakistani Taliban coalition - The Long War Journal

Discord dissolves Pakistani Taliban coalition - The Long War Journal | Lawless land | Scoop.it

"Ever since the head of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, Hakeemullah Mehsud, was killed in a US drone strike in late 2013, the al Qaeda-linked group has been plagued by leadership disputes, infighting, and defections. Mullah Fazlullah, Mehsud's successor, has proven to be incapable of holding the coalition of jihadists together."

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In Farewell Speech, Karzai Lashes Out at American Agenda

In Farewell Speech, Karzai Lashes Out at American Agenda | Lawless land | Scoop.it
Speaking to his cabinet and senior staff members, the departing Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, said the United States “did not want peace for Afghanistan.”
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Factionalism of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan: Can the Pakistani Government Correct Past Deficiencies | Small Wars Journal

Factionalism of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan: Can the Pakistani Government Correct Past Deficiencies | Small Wars Journal | Lawless land | Scoop.it

Since the TTPs inception in 2007, the group has conducted countless attacks against government, civilian, military, and religious targets throughout the country, claiming an intangible number of lives. They have waged a violent war on the country from their stronghold in the remote regions of the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) for nearly a decade, with the primary objective of establishing Sharia Law.

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The Iran Factor in Afghanistan

The Iran Factor in Afghanistan | Lawless land | Scoop.it

Tehran has a history of helping the U.S. government in Afghanistan. During the Bonn conference in late 2001, it was Iran that broke a stalemate over the composition of Afghanistan's first post-Taliban government. James Dobbins, the U.S. representative at Bonn, has recounted how the Iranian representative, current foreign minister Javad Zarif, had a brief whispered conversation with the Northern Alliance representative, Younis Qanooni, in the corner of the negotiating room. A minute later, Qanooni returned to the table and a deal was reached.

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Less than 10K in the Graveyard of Empires

America’s enduring interests in three fundamental elements of South Asian security that must be safeguarded from Afghanistan through at least 2020. These include: preventing a proxy war in Afghanistan between two nuclear-armed states; maintaining of a disaster relief forward base; and sustaining a baseline for major crisis management in the likely event of the much feared implosion of Pakistan.

 

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Rs400,000, or hand over your son to the madrassa

Rs400,000, or hand over your son to the madrassa | Lawless land | Scoop.it
As militants continue to fight against the State, fresh blood is needed. Hence, a madrassa enrolment drive.
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Even the U.S. Military Admits It Was No Match for Afghanistan’s Corruption

Even the U.S. Military Admits It Was No Match for Afghanistan’s Corruption | Lawless land | Scoop.it
When President Obama met top NATO officials in Brussels on March 26, he publicly expressed renewed optimism that America’s estimated $120 billion effort to reconstruct Afghanistan will leave behind “a stable and secure country that serves the prosperity and the security of the Afghan people.” A month earlier, however, a...
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Institute for the Study of War

The composition and behavior of the force that recaptures ar-Raqqah City will in part determine the long-term success of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS campaign in Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is the U.S.’s most effective partner fighting ISIS in S
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Washington's Sunni Myth and the Civil Wars in Syria and Iraq

Washington's Sunni Myth and the Civil Wars in Syria and Iraq | Lawless land | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: This author is writing under a pen name. I know the author’s identity and while his arguments are surely controversial, I am confident in hi
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New recruitment drive indicates deep manpower problems in Syria’s army

New recruitment drive indicates deep manpower problems in Syria’s army | Lawless land | Scoop.it
The call to join the new Fifth Legion highlights the extent of attrition in the armed forces.
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Waking Up to the Truth About the Sunni Awakening

Waking Up to the Truth About the Sunni Awakening | Lawless land | Scoop.it
Martha L. Cottam, Joe W. Huseby, Bruno Baltodano, Confronting al Qaeda: The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy in al Anbar (Rowman & Littlefield Pub
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Q. and A.: Barnett Rubin on China's Role in Afghanistan

Q. and A.: Barnett Rubin on China's Role in Afghanistan | Lawless land | Scoop.it
A veteran Afghanistan scholar and former American adviser shares his thoughts on China’s growing engagement with the troubled country.
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Drivers of Long-Term Insecurity and Instability in Pakistan: Urbanization

Drivers of Long-Term Insecurity and Instability in Pakistan: Urbanization | Lawless land | Scoop.it
This report briefly examines Pakistan's increasing urbanization as a potential driver of long-term insecurity and instability, with particular attention to the cities of Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta.
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Pakistani Taliban Leaders Defect to Islamic State

Pakistani Taliban Leaders Defect to Islamic State | Lawless land | Scoop.it
Six senior members of the Pakistani Taliban, including prominent regional leaders, Tuesday pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and its head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a potentially explosive rift within militant circles that could lead to new violence.
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3 Killed in a Facebook Blasphemy Rampage in Pakistan

3 Killed in a Facebook Blasphemy Rampage in Pakistan | Lawless land | Scoop.it
A mob of about 1,000 stormed through a minority Ahmadi neighborhood in a Pakistani city, leaving a woman and her two granddaughters dead.
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The Taliban are winning this war: Taliban leader Mullah Omar

ISLAMABAD- Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Afghan Taliban supreme leader, claimed the Taliban are winning the war while the foreign forces face defeat.
Omar proclaimed this in his Eid message on the Taliban website and added that the Taliban will continue fighting, adding, “We believe the war in Afghanistan will come to an end when all foreign invaders pull out of Afghanistan and a holy Islamic and independent regime prevails here."

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The Caliphate in South Asia: A Profile of Hizb-ut Tahrir in Pakistan

The Caliphate in South Asia: A Profile of Hizb-ut Tahrir in Pakistan | Lawless land | Scoop.it

Unlike other radical Islamist organizations in Pakistan, the Hizb-ut Tahrir (HT – Party of Freedom) takes a covert approach to disseminating its Islamist ideology and agendas. The organization is so secretive that most Pakistanis are not even aware of its existence. HT defines its target audience as senior military officers, civil bureaucrats and professionals, including doctors, engineers, accountants, managers in multi-national corporations and other categories of highly-educated youth.

 

 

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Afghanistan's Cities Could Fall as Quickly as Iraq's

Afghanistan's Cities Could Fall as Quickly as Iraq's | Lawless land | Scoop.it

A Taliban takeover in the hinterlands might not involve much more than targeted assassinations to allow supporters step into the shoes of local governors. A political takeover of this type would be equally damaging to Kabul, but not obvious to outsiders until it is poised to fall.

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Afghanistan Needs the Terps to Stay

Afghanistan Needs the Terps to Stay | Lawless land | Scoop.it
In the evening after a day of patrols in central Helmand, I would often find myself sitting and talking with my interpreter Mohammad. He was...
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