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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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A quiet diplomacy: Intra-Afghan talks and the push for peace in Afghanistan

Finally the last hurdles for starting already delayed intra-Afghan negotiations are being removed in a bid to end nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan.

June 15, 2020

The retreat of Daesh’s Khorasan chapter

When the Afghan government announced the capture of Abdullah Orakzai aka Aslam Farooqi along with 19 of his fighters on April 4, it was one of the biggest losses for the Khorasan chapter of Daesh, considering the fact that Orakzai was heading the group for the last year.

April 08, 2020

Critical issues with Afghan deal must be addressed, and now

The unannounced visit by US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo to Afghanistan earlier this week came at a critical time as the Taliban-US peace agreement signed in Doha on Feb. 29 has been facing implementation challenges.

March 28, 2020

The longing for peace in Afghanistan is as old as its wars

As the Taliban and US prepare to sign a landmark peace agreement in Qatar, one is tempted to look back at the mostly unsuccessful past efforts at peacemaking in Afghanistan.

February 29, 2020

An Afghan peace deal and beyond

A major hurdle in finalizing the expected peace deal in Afghanistan between the Taliban and the US seems to have been overcome following the former’s willingness to take steps to reduce violence in Afghanistan. 

January 29, 2020

Afghanistan going into a new year, new hopes

The year 2019 began on a promising note for Afghanistan as Taliban-US peace talks initiated in 2018 raised expectations for a political settlement of the seemingly intractable Afghan conflict. 

January 01, 2020

The Haqqanis are crucial for any Afghan peace deal

The feared Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network was again in the news recently when it secured the release of its three important members following a prisoner swap deal with the US and Afghanistan.

December 05, 2019