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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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The certain uncertainty of post-war Afghanistan

As US forces started moving out of the Kandahar air base in preparation for withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11, reports emerged that Taliban fighters had laid siege to the headquarters of Kandahar’s Maiwand and Arghastan districts.

May 03, 2021

May 1 deadline approaches without signs of US withdrawal from Afghanistan

May 1 is fast approaching but the US has yet to make up its mind on whether to stay beyond the deadline or withdraw its forces in keeping with a commitment made with the Taliban under the terms of the Doha peace deal signed on February 29 last year.

April 10, 2021

Snail-paced progress in intra-Afghan talks

The intra-Afghan peace negotiations recently resumed in Doha, Qatar after a 20-day break, but there has been no real progress in finalizing the agenda before formal talks could begin on substantive issues.

January 17, 2021

The line of deadly duty: Journalists in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2020

It is difficult to forget Mirwais Jalil, a 25-year old colleague at the BBC who was kidnapped and murdered on July 29, 1994 near Kabul during the civil war between the mujahideen groups vying for power. 

January 05, 2021

Both sides keen to keep talking despite new hurdles in intra-Afghan negotiations

A rather contentious issue has been inserted into the slow-moving Afghan peace process following a suggestion by President Ashraf Ghani, that the next round of intra-Afghan negotiations should be held inside Afghanistan.

December 20, 2020

The need for mediators increasingly felt in intra-Afghan deadlock

With levels of violence rising in Afghanistan and intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha deadlocked since two months, scattered calls for boycotting peace talks with the Taliban have been raised. 

November 18, 2020