By Ayaz Ahmed During his election campaign, President Trump repeatedly demonstrated his alacrity to bury the hatchet with Russia and work with President Putin to resolve the protracted Syrian and Afghan conflicts. This led liberals in the US to challenge pessimistic view of the realists by foreseeing a period of meaningful cooperation between the Cold […]Read More Russia and the US: another cold war?
By Ayaz Ahmed Militants disguised as medics stormed the Sardar Daud Khan Hospital in Kabul on March 8, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens. Through its Amaq News Agency, Daesh claimed responsibility for the deadly assault on the 40-bed military hospital. Though mostly contained by American airstrikes, the militant group seems to be steadily gaining […]Read More Daesh’s battle for Afghanistan
By Ahmed Rasheed and John Davison SULAIMANIYA/MOSUL (Reuters) – Iraqi forces aim to dislodge Islamic State militants from west Mosul within a month, despite gruelling urban combat in densely populated terrain, the head of the elite Counter Terrorism Service told Reuters on Thursday. As Iraqi forces advance deeper into west Mosul, they are facing […]Read More Iraq aims to drive Islamic State from west Mosul within a month
Ayaz Ahmed The recent spike in deadly terrorist attacks has made it patently clear that terrorists and militants have not yet been defeated. Operation Zarb-e-Azb has dismantled the organisational structure of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), causing it to disintegrate into splinter groups. Both the TTP and its offshoots have shifted their operational bases to eastern […]Read More A critical evaluation of NAP
By M Mohibul Haque The recent bout of terrorist attacks in Pakistan reminds us once again that it is one of the worst victims of terrorism perpetrated by religious extremist groups claiming their adherence to what they call the puritan Islam. According to Global Terrorism Index the top 5 countries affected by terrorism include Iraq, […]Read More Terrorism in Pakistan and South Asia
Twelve people, including seven students, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that sent hundreds of students fleeing in panic, police said early on Thursday, before the assault ended when two gunmen were shot dead. The attack began at around 6:30 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) on Wednesday with a large […]Read More Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 12: police
By Peter Apps Two years into Washington’s war against Islamic State, it may finally be winning. At the same time, however, its influence over events in the broader Middle East seems perhaps terminally in decline. What happens in the coming months and years in Syria will be key to the future shape of the region. […]Read More In Syria, Russia and US fight for the Middle East
By Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin On Tuesday August 16, Daesh (the self-proclaimed IS) targeted the Qatif police station in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia killing a police guard. This attack is a continuation of Daesh’s operations in the Gulf where they have become increasingly active in targeting security forces and the Shiite community in an […]Read More Why is Daesh targeting the Gulf states?