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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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Maulana Sami-ul-Haq's death seals the end of an era

Maulana Sami-ul-Haq is the latest in the long list of religious leaders to die an unnatural death in Pakistan.

November 03, 2018

What is behind the release of Mulla Baradar?

Pakistan released the senior Afghan Taliban figure Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on October 24 after holding him in custody for more than eight years. 

October 28, 2018

Afghans must defy Taliban threats to vote in new parliament

Despite insecurity and political uncertainty, Afghanistan is poised to hold its sixth election in the post-Taliban period on Saturday, when an estimated 8.8 million voters will decide the makeup of the 250-member lower house of parliament.

October 18, 2018

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

Pakistan and Afghanistan take baby steps toward better relations

The latest efforts to improve relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan suffered a setback on August 31 when Islamabad temporarily closed its consulate in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, citing security concerns and undue interference in its affairs by the provincial governor.

September 06, 2018

Taliban’s Ghazni attack another blow for Afghanistan

After five days of intense fighting for control of Ghazni, President Ashraf Ghani visited the strategic southeastern city on Saturday to signal the return of calm following the big Taliban attack.

August 20, 2018