Both before and during the aerial bombardment of Taleban strongholds, I conducted phone interviews in Dari with fixed line
None of the people I spoke to at the Ministry ever expected to see a young woman pursuing such a project. Mohammad Asif
This Vietnam syndrome must come to an end in Afghanistan. It is reminiscent of a slot machine gambler who pours money into the machine, hoping to get the jackpot that never materializes, leaving the machine exasperated and broke. Neither Bush nor Obama learned the bitter lessons of Vietnam, and both poured money and resources into a failing enterprise with no end in sight.
The buses were carrying recently graduated cadets.
Akhunzada, a former head of the Taliban's judiciary, vowed there would be no return to peace talks with the government.
After U.S. airstrikes destroyed a Kunduz hospital, Afghans must travel for days to reach life-saving treatment.
Unless the Pakistani army planners see the disastrous errors of their ways and decide to roll back both the theory and practice of their jihadist enterprise, there will likely be more attacks like the one on Bacha Khan University. Blaming Afghanistan for the Pakistan army's sins and dereliction may be a good excuse, but it makes for a horrible solution to Pakistan's terrorism conundrum.
The Pakistani army said four attackers were killed.
Just as the country is gripped by an economic exodus of ordinary people seeking better opportunities elsewhere, ISIS is spreading its tentacles into Afghanistan's most lawless territories in an attempt to establish influence in a region seen as vital to the group's end-game
Protesters were galvanized by the beheadings of seven people, including a nine-year-old girl.
While relatively few Afghans are anxious to see the Taliban's return, many seem willing to believe their promises to govern differently than in the past. Incidents like the strike on Kunduz's Doctors Without Borders hospital by American gunships can also serve to channel anger against a Kabul regime reliant on foreign troops.
"In any case, bombing a fully functioning hospital can never be justified."