Articles tagged with: Afghanistan

Tam Hussein
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on : Saturday, 8 Feb, 2014

Jihad, Then and Now

As the situation in Syria grows worse and simultaneously more complicated day by day, the fears of observers of the conflict have become more focused on the foreign jihadists who have travelled to the war-torn country to take part in the fighting. With the chaos unleashed by some of the “Arab Afghans” who joined the struggle against the former Soviet Union’s presence in Afghanistan in the 1980s still fresh in the minds of the world’s intelligence and security services, it is worth lo...

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Goos Hofstee
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on : Saturday, 21 Dec, 2013

Kabul’s School of Rock

Hard rock is not the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Afghanistan, but thanks to a revolutionary musical initiative in Kabul, that might be about to change. Not too long ago under Taliban rule, all non-religious music was outlawed and anyone violating this law was severely punished. However, a decade after the Taliban’s overthrow, Kabul now has a lively rock scene and even boasts its own professional rock school. Rock School Kabul was founded two years ago by Boston ce...

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Amy Assad
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on : Friday, 13 Dec, 2013

Capturing the Human Story

Saddam Hussein’s scorched-earth policy in Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War resulted in an environmental catastrophe. On assignment at the time to document the ongoing devastat...

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Arash Aramesh
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on : Monday, 18 Nov, 2013

Iran’s Silver Lining

Iran can live with a bad nuclear deal, but the West cannot. A bad deal for Iran—one that regime hardliners would find hard to accept—will help lift sanctions, aid Iran...

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Alex Edwards
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on : Wednesday, 9 Oct, 2013

A Sixty-Year Bluff

Recent months have seen the opinion that US power and prestige in the Middle East is in a terminal state of decline aired more and more often in the media, on both the left and the...

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Alex Vatanka
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on : Friday, 6 Sep, 2013

Heated Words, Cool Calculation

If you were to believe the deafening rhetoric coming out of Tehran, then you could be forgiven for thinking that the Iranians are preparing to go to hell and back again to defend B...

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Ian Tanner
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on : Friday, 23 Aug, 2013

The Lion Chases Away the Dragon

When one imagines Iranian government policy towards narcotics, “progressive” and “pragmatic” are not often the first words that come to mind, given its general social conse...

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Aamar Latif
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on : Tuesday, 30 Jul, 2013

Looking for an Exit in Afghanistan

“I have little hopes about the peace process, as the two sides have totally different agendas and objectives,” says 45-year-old Ilyas Khan Shinwar, one of the many Afghan refug...

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Wednesday, 19 Jun, 2013

US-Taliban talks cause tension with Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Asharq Al-Awsat—The United States’ decision to hold peace talks with the Taliban in Doha on Thursday has angered Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has suspende...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Tuesday, 4 Jun, 2013

Qaradawi’s Blunder

Last Friday evening, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the leading Sunni religious scholar, declared jihad on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces and Hezbollah. He called on Sunni Muslims wit...

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