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  1. 'Fresh eyes' are no use in an unwinnable war

    Posted May 15th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... McChrystal's fresh eyes see? He could start by understanding that the US is not fighting the Taleban in Afghanistan. It is fighting the entire Pashtun nation, some 30 million people, two-thirds of whom live across the border in Pakistan. The Taleban are entirely Pashtun in membership, and always were. When they ruled southern and central Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, they were hated ...

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    Twelfth men

    Posted Sep 16th 2012, 12:00am by LYNNE O'DONNELL

    ... Alam, plays in the under-19 side- says it is natural the national team is made up of Pashtuns because "we went to Pakistan during the war and learned cricket; other people went to Iran, ... for us," says Hamid Shinwari, chief executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). "The feelings and happiness of the Afghan people are at stake. Through this game we can establish peace ...

  3. Afghan election an exercise in futility

    Posted Aug 17th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... is a Pashtun, because the US understood that it needed a Pashtun figurehead. The regime's most powerful people, however, are non-Pashtun warlords from the various ethnic minorities of the north ... have an endless flow of fresh fighters, and much Pashtun support in the south and southeast. Not to mention all the time in the world. The Taliban were and are almost exclusively Pashtuns, so ...

  4. Well-travelled US ready for challenge in HK

    Posted Jan 20th 2011, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... They haven't had much match practice, but the United States travel well, if their last two outings are any indication. It all points to hosts Hong Kong having a tough opener when the ICC World Cricket Division Three tournament gets under way on Satur ...

  5. The Most Dangerous Place

    Posted Oct 31st 2010, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... a launch pad for the US-led anti-Soviet jihad in the 1980s to a sanctuary for al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists. 'For the American people, this border region [between Pakistan and Afghanistan] has become the most dangerous place in the world,' Obama said. Imtiaz Gul's book, which explains how the area became such a radical hotbed, relies on the Pashtun-born author's ...

  6. Secret passions

    Posted Jun 29th 2008, 12:00am by Ben Naparstek

    ... to complete the book. 'People, at least in the sciences, really want to hear that you're spending all your time doing whatever your field is,' says Suri, 48. 'I decided ... to an elite school. 'I was careful never to invite people over because I was always anxious about people finding out about my humble origins,' he says. He discovered privacy for the first ...

  7. Security still the pressing issue for Afghans

    Posted Mar 30th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... the difficulties Mr Karzai's fledgling government faced. 'Elections are politically divisive exercises,' Dr Maley, the author of several books on Afghanistan, said. 'They put people ...

  8. Debate begins on Afghan constitution

    Posted Dec 15th 2003, 12:00am by Maseeh Rahman

    ... people,' former monarch Zahir Shah said in his opening address at the heavily guarded Kabul Polytechnic. 'People have put a lot of trust in you.' Despite demands that delegates should ...

  9. News - World


    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... Book charts Breivik's e-mails prior to attacks OSLO- A Norwegian publisher yesterday released a book of some of Anders Behring Breivik's email correspondence that show how he prepared for his July 2011 attacks that left 77 people dead. Kjetil Stormark, a journalist who has already published a book on the attacks that shook the world last year, has gone through more than ...

  10. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Suicide attack in crowded market kills 16 in northern Afghanistan

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 06:13pm

    ... A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people at a crowded market in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said, despite a tightening of security for presidential elections less than ... of Uzbek, Turkmen and Pashtun ethnic groups. A week ago Taliban insurgent leaders vowed to target the presidential election, urging their fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces ...




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