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Hundreds of Al Qaida recruits in Turkey sent to Afghanistan, Pakistan

ANKARA — Turkey has acknowledged becoming a recruitment ground for Al Qaida. Officials said the intelligence community has concluded that hundreds of Turks were recruited by Al Qaida. They said the Turks were fighting with Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and Levant as well as the Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant. […]

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Iran reports insurgency in the East backed by Saudis, Pakistan

NICOSIA — Iran, moving toward reconciliation with the United States, faces what officials assert was a Saudi-financed Sunni insurgency. Officials said Saudi Arabia was believed to be financing an insurgency by Sunni militias in eastern Iran. They said the militias were being supplied by neighboring Pakistan and attacking Iranian Army and security forces in the […]

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India plans ‘strategic’ rail lines near borders with China, Pakistan

To counter security threat from China and Pakistan, India is planning to build at least 14 “strategic railways” along its borders with the two countries. In fact, the plan has already been well under way with 12 of the 14 planned paths having already been surveyed by engineers, reported the Times of India, citing sources […]

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The U.S.-Pakistan rapprochement: Thank geopolitical reality, not diplomacy

The U.S.-Pakistan rapprochement: Thank geopolitical reality, not diplomacy

By Brian M Downing Just a few months ago, U.S.-Pakistani relations were abysmal, perhaps even at a crisis point. An American airstrike had killed 25 or more Pakistani soldiers and Pakistan retaliated by closing off U.S./ISAF supply lines into Afghanistan.  Tensions increased and many worried of more border skirmishes along the Af-Pak border and even […]

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Obama's Afghan agreement maintains U.S. presence in key region

Obama's Afghan agreement maintains U.S. presence in key region

By Brian M Downing President Obama whisked into Afghanistan unannounced, inked a somewhat nebulous yet significant agreement with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, then quickly returned home. It was an impressive diplomatic coup that guarantees an appreciable U.S. presence in the country over many years, for better or worse. Many regional powers wanted no such arrangement […]

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An SOS from the people of Iran to the people of Israel: Two former top diplomats take a stand against war

An SOS from the people of Iran to the people of Israel: Two former top diplomats take a stand against war

By Sheda Vasseghi The following is based on recent statements by Amb. Ardeshir Zahedi, former foreign minister and and the last ambassador of the Shah in Washington, and Dr. Assad Homayoun, former minister at the Iranian Embassy in Washington. “I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012.” This is the […]

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2012: What a year and it's just starting!

2012: What a year and it's just starting!

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s once again time to peer into the foggy crystal ball and try to decipher the future political trends and events. Indeed, after the roller-coaster year of 2011, it’s hard to imagine that 2012 could hold some equally disquieting social, political and economic turmoil. But few predicted the […]

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Threat perceptions for S. Asia in 2012: Is Iran really a threat?

By Sumantra Maitra Reading Daniel Drezner is a delight. The good professor brings a sense of humor in his articles which is quite a rarity considering the drab subjects we have to study in the field of International Relations. (I haven’t got an opportunity to study under him or meet him in person yet, which […]

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Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Some of the saddest collateral damage resulting from a score of civil conflicts worldwide remains the tragedy that children are caught in the crossfire or even worse, are specifically targeted by the combatants.  Ongoing armed conflict in places ranging from Afghanistan to Libya, and Pakistan to the Philippines […]

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North Korea paid Pakistanis for nuclear technology, scientist says

WASHINGTON — The founder of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program claims that in the late 1990s North Korean officials paid kickbacks to senior Pakistani military figures in exchange for critical weapons technology. Abdul Qadeer Khan has given a United States-based expert documents that appear to show North Korea’s government paid more than $3.5 million to two […]

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