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The Great Game Revived: India’s Interests in Afghanistan

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With a US pullout likely, regional players are scrambling to shore up their long-term interests in Afghanistan. This article examines the military and economic objectives driving India’s foreign policy there.

Taliban Talks: “Vietnamization” Redux?

An Afghan commando, with the Afghan National Army’s 3rd Commando Kandak, provides security overwatch via rooftop for fellow Commandos and U.S. Navy SEALs , with Special Operations Task Force – South, during a village clearing operation in Khakrez district, May 6, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Missions such as these are conducted on a regular basis to hinder Taliban influence throughout the province and increase security for the general populace.

In this latest round of Taliban talks, will the United States repeat historical mistakes or manage to overcome them?

Latest SIGAR Report on Afghanistan Outlines New Setbacks

Pic-N-cut on Osprey in

Ignored by a midterm obsessed mainstream media, Afghanistan continues its slow but steady deterioration.

What Will a Post-NATO Afghanistan Look Like?

Afghan troups marching

Examining some possible scenarios should NATO forces completely withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014.

The Winding Road to Direct Taliban Talks

Taliban Arms

Here's some background on the direct US-Taliban negotiations that are set to commence in Doha.

Pakistan’s Militant Groups Splintering

Pakistan security situation non-state armed groups

It's a dizzying time for anyone trying to keep track of militant groups in Pakistan. Over the past two years, ever smaller groups keep appearing; as they do, they focus on more specific kinds of attacks.

Taliban Talks? Think Again

US and Taliban interests and motivations

It seems that Afghan and NATO authorities are once more seeking a dialogue with the Taliban- even after last year’s debacle of being fooled by a ‘very clever’ Pakistani shopkeeper pretending to be a Taliban official.

ANALYSIS: An Iran Connection in Kabul?

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks dur

A US official has raised the alarm on Iran’s “negative influence” in Afghanistan.

Cracks Widening in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's President Karzai and US And NATO commander General McChrystal arrive at the ISAF headquarter in Kabul

This week’s drama concerning General McChrystal is just one of many signs pointing to trouble for NATO forces in Afghanistan. 

CIA plans to manipulate opinion on Afghanistan leaked

CIA office

'Out-of-the-box' CIA think tank proposes concerns over women's rights, fear of terrorism as ways to boost support for Afghan war.

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