Payam Aftab News Network - Articles and Analysis Latest Topics vfrhr0f.123nft.a23jut4g1u1u231ejyg.1odyt0.2031z2gn.html Wed, 28 Oct 2020 06:22:11 GMT /skins/default/en/normal2/ch01_newsfeed_logo.gif Produced by Payam Aftab 100 70 en Copyright©, all rights reserved Wed, 28 Oct 2020 06:22:11 GMT Articles and Analysis 60 Moscow and Washington are intertwined in a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan, with both suffering thousands of dead and wounded in conflicts lasting for years. 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 07:40:12 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 12:16:12 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 13:00:19 GMT What’s next for Afghanistan amid Covid, political logjam Yet again in this troubled country, the choice may be between worse and worst. ]]> Political Wed, 29 Apr 2020 17:38:02 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 09:14:43 GMT Afghanistan May Soon Have Peace. And the Cost Is Democracy. A fledgling armistice endangers the country’s 20-year experiment in democratic state-building. ]]> Political Wed, 29 Apr 2020 14:08:57 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 09:46:35 GMT Is India’s future in Afghanistan under threat? On February 29, the US signed a hugely-significant deal with Taliban, paving the way for exit of American troops from Afghanistan and mainstreaming of the fanatic Islamist organisation.Two months on, India has reportedly wound up its operations at two of its four consulates in Afghanistan — Jalalabad and Herat provinces. The entire staff of these two Missions, along with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel deployed there for security, was quietly evacuated a few days back, according to some reports. ]]> Political Tue, 28 Apr 2020 09:29:46 GMT Protect Afghanistan, world from Taliban Trump apparently does not care that his newfound friends are going to once again imprison women in their homes, cut throats, and establish a Wahhabi code of law. ]]> Political Sun, 26 Apr 2020 09:22:29 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 08:36:52 GMT