Afghanistan

Breadless, speechless and lifeless: a migrant’s price for escaping death – Ahval

One would think it would be difficult to get in touch with people smugglers. Unfortunately, it isn’t the case. Migrants first meet with smugglers in Iran. On a predetermined date, groups of at least 50 people are brought to the Turkish-Iranian border. Most of the time, authorities on both sides turn a blind eye – …

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The death of Ayman al-Zawahri and the future of al-Qaida – Brookings Institute

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri may be dead or at least appears to be “completely off the grid,” according to journalist and veteran jihadi-watcher Hassan Hassan. These reports come at the same time as the killing of another very senior al-Qaida leader, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, in Tehran, reportedly by Israeli agents at the behest of the …

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Pakistan: A Nuclear Weapons Nightmare – The National Interest

Pakistan is clearly developing a robust nuclear capability that can not only deter but fight a nuclear war. It is also dealing with internal security issues that could threaten the integrity of its nuclear arsenal. Pakistan and India are clearly in the midst of a nuclear arms race that could, in relative terms, lead to absurdly high nuclear stockpiles reminiscent of the Cold War. It is clear that an arms-control agreement for the subcontinent is desperately needed.