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The US, Pakistan And Leverage

I see this kind of bizarre sentiment expressed by a lot of people over the last while, that the United States has somehow gained a measure of “leverage” over Pakistan as a result of the circumstances surrounding the death of … Continue reading

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A Response To “Four Days Later”

From Abu Muqawama The man who made this speech had lost his son in Afghanistan four days prior. While that is certainly tragic, and his decision to give the oration regardless should be praised, it does not exempt the content of … Continue reading

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The AfPak Dominos

Let’s take a look at the line of dominos that are rapidly tumbling into one another in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region. We start with the situation: two countries, newly introduced to democracy with a substantial insurgent movement operating within their borders. … Continue reading

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Women In Afghanistan: Update Of Sorts

Some quotes from the Mirror regards the female recruits to the Afghan Army I mentioned a while back: “When I decided to join the army, my immediate family were pleased for me but my uncle, who is a mullah, thinks … Continue reading

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Ramadan And Afghan Civilians

Every year. You can set your clock to it. Ramadan starts and the bombs follow shortly after. Ever since the first Ramadan offensive, this time of year has always seen a sudden spike in violence as religious fervour gets insurgents in … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: The Dutch Say “Goodbye”, The Rest Say “Good Morning”

The Dutch Armed Forces has started to end its mission in Afghanistan. I’m sad to see the Dutch go, they’re good enough at the job, a great improvement on their involvement in other peacekeeping style missions (You know what I’m … Continue reading

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Women In Afghanistan, Training To Fight Back

One of the go to arguments in favour of the Afghan war is the status of women under the Taliban. During the Taliban’s stint in power, education for women was banned, schools teaching young girls were burned, and social justice … Continue reading

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