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5 steps to spot fake news on Afghanistan

Days after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, the internet and social media were flooded with pictures and videos. Horrifying pictures and videos....

Is A Tribal War Looming in Kandahar?

In Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province, two sons of a prominent Achakzai tribal leader were killed by unidentified men. Pro-Kabul and Western...

Why Kabul’s Disintegration Is Its Own Doing

As the US withdrawal gathers pace and the Taliban seize strategic districts, it is worth remembering how the Afghan government's Triumvirate, paved the way...

Turkey Treads a Dangerous Path

As the US presses on with its hurried withdrawal, it is Turkey that now threatens to embroil itself in an Afghan conflict. Afghan-Turkish relations have...

Niazi No More: The Life and Legacy of a Taliban Mutineer

As the life of a high-profile Taliban minister-turned-mutineer comes to an abrupt and violent end, Ibrahim Moiz takes a deeper look at one of...

How The Afghan Government Uses Information Warfare Against US

"...every time we get ready to pull out, you'll find huge increases in the number of... reports of al Qaeda and ISIS." - ...

The Durand Line: Beyond Nationalist Fables

For decades, the Durand Line has triggered deeply emotional debates in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As is usual, what was a historically complex evolutionary process...

The Untold History of Ahmad Shah Massoud

For the last two decades, Ahmad Shah Massoud has been lionised as the national hero of Afghanistan. In this piece, Ahmed-Waleed Kakar sheds light...

A quick breakdown: what does the US-Taliban peace deal mean?

Here are the most important facets to the deal signed today.  It is done. The negotiations that took over a dozen rounds over the course...

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