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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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Will bomb attack on Afghan vice president subvert Taliban peace talks?

Afghanistan's first Vice President Amrullah Saleh survived a roadside bomb explosion that targeted his convoy in Kabul on Wednesday. Questions are rising now whether peace talks with the Taliban — already delayed several times — will begin, as planned, in the coming days.

September 10, 2020

Is Afghanistan facilitating cross-border attacks?

For years Islamabad kept complaining that militants escaping its military operations in Pakistan's northwestern region had found refuge in Afghanistan and were using its territory to plan and execute cross-border attacks.   

August 06, 2020

Uncertainty over prisoner swap program leaves intra-Afghan talks in limbo

While both the Afghan government and Taliban continue to maintain that they are ready to start the crucial intra-Afghan negotiations, just a week after the completion of a promised prisoners’ exchange program, the two groups are yet to take the steps required to complete the process.

July 21, 2020

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