As they’ve done every year since before the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban released an Eid message yesterday (see here for reports on 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). This year’s message dealt with civilian casualties, urging Taliban to avoid them, and placing the blame for past mistakes on the Afghan government and Coalition [...]
South Asia News & Analysis Archive
Since the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC in 2001, significant international effort has been poured into creating a stable and secure Afghanistan. Critical questions about what the future holds for Afghanistan and its neighbors linger, especially with the looming deadline for ISAF to turn over responsibility for security to the government of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s religious, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and political identities are far from monolithic, and this makes it challenging to predict emerging social, political, and economic trends and a difficult environment to navigate. And even though Pakistan’s relations with major stakeholders in Afghanistan’s stability and security have dramatically deteriorated over the past several years, the country will remain an absolutely critical component of securing peace and stability in South and Central Asia.
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Photo credit: US Air Force Sergeant Bradley Lail via ISAF Media