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Rahimullah Yusufzai

Rahimullah Yusufzai is a senior political and security analyst in Pakistan. He was the first to interview Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and twice interviewed Osama Bin Laden in 1998. Twitter: @rahimyusufzai1

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Al-Qaeda now in Daesh’s shadow, but its ideology still resonates

The dramatic 9/11 attacks on the US made Al-Qaeda a household name as a dreaded terrorist group capable of undertaking the most daring and complex assaults against difficult targets. 

September 10, 2018

Long wait for peace in Afghanistan goes on

In keeping with expectations, NATO last week reaffirmed support for its mission to ensure long-term security and stability in Afghanistan.

July 15, 2018

The challenge of holding elections in Afghanistan

Two major announcements concerning Afghanistan made on the same day last month reflected the wide divergence between the major rival sides in the increasingly violent Afghan conflict.

May 01, 2018

US-Pakistan relations on the mend thanks to reward offer

The United States has started making a determined effort to address Pakistan’s long-standing grievances by offering reward money for information on three top Pakistani Taliban commanders currently based in Afghanistan.

March 12, 2018

Afghan peace talks a difficult proposition

Though the Afghan government has offered unconditional peace talks to the Afghan Taliban in the past, President Ashraf Ghani was more specific with this week’s announcement as he mentioned a number of steps Kabul would take once prospective negotiations begin and a ceasefire is announced.

March 01, 2018

Determination needed to improve Pakistani-Afghan relations

The latest meeting aimed at fence-mending between Afghan and Pakistani officials in Islamabad earlier this month raised expectations, but no breakthrough could be achieved. This was somewhat familiar, as previous attempts at resolving disputes and improving relations have come to nothing.

February 21, 2018