Publications

The Zawahiri Strike

Men like Ayman al-Zawahiri seldom die of old age. He avoided detection since 9/11 and was proficient in being invisible. He probably never wanted a missile hit to take him out, but then the alternate of being captured was equally terrible. It was just a matter of time. The strike on a Sunday morning at […]
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The Year of The Taliban

Taliban complete a year of their takeover of Kabul in mid-August 2022. It also means that the US and NATO have had sufficient time to assess their performance in a hostile environment spread over twenty years. While those assessments will not be made public any time soon one can comment on what is visible across […]
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The winter of Our Discontent-Afghanistan

Afghanistan will continue to remain a never ending enigma for all. While Kabul is trying to distance itself from an inward looking movement to an outward looking government, it is obvious that the inner sanctum of the Taliban Leadership will be slow to take a meaningful leap in that direction.Stricter rules are emerging at regular […]
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Survival of the Taliban

Taliban face five to six critical crises which they must surmount to survive. Potential famine, finances, internal divisions within the Taliban, the mounting real threat of ISIK/ DAISH/ ETIM/TTP which threatens their supremacy (mostly financed by outside forces) an ignorant and dysfunctional governance and finally international recognition. Taliban political opposition are all outside the country […]
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The Taliban Sweep

The Taliban have taken Kabul in a time frame that has paralleled Blitzkrieg and the capitulation of France in WWII. Province after province has fallen but without bloodshed. Besides a few sporadic clashes, the Afghan National Army has surrendered throughout the country. President Ashraf Ghani made a stealthy escape while the Taliban announced amnesty for […]
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Remains of the Day

August 31, 2021, will conclude the US Forces Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission to Afghanistan. The oscillating dates pertaining to withdrawal matter little to the Taliban. They got one part of what they wanted: the exit of foreign troops from Afghanistan, and it can be predicted that the Taliban will be able […]
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