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What will U.S. do After Fall of ISIS?

The numerous reports from the battlefield, telling us about crucial victories of the Syrian Arab Army over the terrorist groups in all sectors of the front and the decisive steps of diplomats both in Astana and Geneva, which contribute much the early solution of the Syrian crisis help us to …

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The militancy trap

Cyril Almeida FORGET Raheel this, Bajwa that, Nawaz stupid, Imran clueless. Step back, breathe, and try and trace where this is going. We are sinking into a militancy trap. There’s a ghoulish metric that everyone knows, but humaneness means most deny: a big one in Parachinar or Quetta equals a …

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A kingdom in transition

Abbas Nasir A FASCINATING transition is taking place in Saudi Arabia, with the baton now passing from an ageing — and often ineffective because of ill health — generation to a new and largely inexperienced one. Since Faisal became king at the age of 58 in 1964, the Saudi throne …

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Tragedy strikes again

DESPICABLE attacks in Quetta and Parachinar yesterday — one of the most sacred days of Ramazan — have caused a terrible loss of life and injury. The immediate emphasis must necessarily be on providing the best possible care to the wounded and the families of those who died in the …

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The Assault of Raqqa is Drown in Blood

The battle for Raqqa begins to resemble strongly Mosul operation despite the victorious statements of the U.S. CENTCOM and the Kurdish leadership, who daily release official briefings on their successes. Tactics of ISIS The militants of ISIS are confronting forces of coalition with increased ferocity. Terrorists carry out counterattacks, send …

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JIT and the role of intelligence agencies

Role of agencies IT is egregious, possibly illegal and must stop. The JIT process has underscored an unsavoury aspect of the Pakistani state: intelligence agencies seemingly running amok and answerable to no one but themselves or their political bosses. The allegations that have been trotted out before the Supreme Court …

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Prince’s meteoric rise steers S. Arabia in uncertain direction

Qasim A. Moini With the removal of Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince from the Saudi line of succession on Wednesday, the decks have apparently been cleared for King Salman’s young, ambitious son Mohammed bin Salman to one day assume the throne of the desert kingdom. While palace intrigues and …

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The US Continue to Seek No-fly Zones in Syria?

The SAA aircraft was shot down on June 18 by a F-16 fighter of the U.S.-led international coalition in the province of Raqqa. While the Americans accused the Syrian pilot of attacking the so-called moderate opposition, official Damascus claims that the mission’s goal was to strike a blow at ISIS. …

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Why the Indian army chief’s rights claims are totally unconvincing

Indian army chief’s claim AS backpedaling goes, it is unconvincing. Indian army chief Gen Bipin Rawat waded deep into controversy last month when he vigorously defended the army’s violent suppression of legitimate dissent in India-held Kashmir. While Gen Rawat’s outrageous claims were hailed by hardliners in India, sensible, right-minded Indians …

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Trump seen hardening line toward Pakistan

US President Donald Trump’s administration appears ready to harden its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan, US officials tell Reuters. Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding US drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and perhaps eventually downgrading …

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