Payam Aftab News Network - Articles and Analysis Latest Topics vfrdpea.myt0a2.vytbh24cme2hy.mwbpt6me2y.html Sun, 11 Apr 2021 19:03:21 GMT /skins/default/en/normal2/ch01_newsfeed_logo.gif Produced by Payam Aftab 100 70 en Copyright©, all rights reserved Sun, 11 Apr 2021 19:03:21 GMT Articles and Analysis 60 Afghanistan's Progress Towards Reconciliation: Some Good and Bad News Months of peace negotiations in Afghanistan bring good and bad news. Despite consolidation of a power sharing agreement between political rivals and the formation of a council for peace, the coronavirus and a contest for Taliban leadership will defer the commencement of peace talks. ]]> Political Thu, 02 Jul 2020 06:40:12 GMT A divided Taliban could unleash a new proxy war in Afghanistan ​The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming international relations not just by straining relations among powerful states, but also by disrupting violent nonstate actors. Perhaps no major militant outfit has felt the impact as much as the Taliban. The group’s leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, is either seriously ill with the virus or possibly dead. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of the powerful Haqqani Network and deputy leader of the Taliban, is also very ill with COVID-19. This has allowed Mohammad Yaqoob, the other deputy leader, to take operational control of the organization. ]]> Political Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:16:12 GMT Ending Afghanistan’s Endless War: The Pakistan Factor Ending Afghanistan’s endless war may lead to an endless peace process, given Afghanistan’s complicated history and politics. ]]> Political Mon, 11 May 2020 12:00:19 GMT The first step towards peace in Afghanistan: What the US-Taliban peace deal means for the country ​Both the US and the Taliban declared the 29 February peace agreement a victory. Here Emrah Ozdemir (Karatekin University, Turkey) explains the implications for the deal, its impact on Afghan citizens and some possible roadblocks ahead for maintaining peace throughout the country. ]]> Political Wed, 29 Apr 2020 08:14:43 GMT The Islamic State Remains Alive in Afghanistan In early April, Afghan forces captured the latest head of ISKP — but will it matter? ]]> Political Tue, 28 Apr 2020 08:46:35 GMT The Taliban makes the most of Covid-19 crisis in Afghanistan Whether for propaganda or political clout, the group has adopted an unexpected response to the outbreak. ]]> Political Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:29:55 GMT US-Taliban Deal Breaks Down These are the bare facts. Following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, it did not take long to establish that responsibility for the onslaught lay with the al-Qaeda movement. The US was convinced that its master-mind, Osama bin Laden, was being sheltered by the extremist Islamist group controlling Afghanistan, the Taliban. As a result, within a few weeks a US-led coalition invaded Afghanistan. The conflict has lasted ever since. In the past 19 years it has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 American military and civilian personnel. Currently about 12,000 US troops are stationed in the country. ]]> Political Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:36:52 GMT Israel prevents Palestinians from combating COVID-19 As the COVID-19 pandemic death toll grows and the number of those infected creeps past one million confirmed cases, worldwide, the Palestinian health workers of Gaza and the West Bank try desperately to prevent the spread of the virus in the occupied territories. Unfortunately, however, this effort has been severely compromised by the Israeli occupation forces. ]]> International Sun, 05 Apr 2020 09:56:25 GMT Did Pakistan Win the Afghanistan War? U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo scrambled to Afghanistan last week in a bid to rescue the peace deal with the Afghan Taliban. A little over one month since the “historic deal” was signed in Doha, Washington is already feeling the need for a salvaging act. ]]> Political Sat, 04 Apr 2020 13:00:03 GMT Afghanistan Needs the World’s Help to Fight COVID-19 Having already lived through decades of war, Afghans are now bracing themselves for another battle against COVID-19. The world cannot stand idly by. ]]> Political Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:42:29 GMT