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Afghanistan will not be the next Iraq | Al Jazeera

As the Iraq crisis deepens, some commentators have taken to inaccurately comparing it to the situation in Afghanistan. Predictions have been made that, a few years after the withdrawal of international forces, Afghan security forces would crumble in the face of the insurgency and the Taliban would retake most of the southern and eastern provinces. 92 more words

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Pakistan sitting on a time bomb of youth radicalization | RT

One of the world’s youngest countries, with more than half of its population below 25 years of age, and the world’s 9th largest English speaking nation, has a growing middle class and steadily rising domestic demand. 71 more words


No US airstrikes in Iraq without national unity government

(By Deutsche Welle) The United States has refused to launch airstrikes against Sunni Islamist militants in Iraq, if Baghdad does not form an inclusive government. Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s days could be numbered. 651 more words

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Iraq, and the 9/11 echo | Open Democracy

The pace of events in the war-torn “greater middle east” is accelerating. A single week began with bitter controversy in the United States over the exchange of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl for five leading members of the Taliban, held since soon after 9/11 at the Guantanamo… – … 8 more words

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Experts: Iraq needs reconciliation, not weapons, to defeat ISIS

(By Deutsche Welle) Washington has promised to support the Iraqi government in its drive to defeat rapidly advancing ISIS militants. But experts say that more US weapons are unlikely to stabilize the situation. 783 more words

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US backing of el-Sissi reminiscent of Mubarak era

(By Deutsche Welle) With ex-army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sworn in as Egypt’s president, Washington has promised that it will cooperate with his government. Are US-Egyptian ties returning to the Mubarak-era status quo of military rule? 671 more words

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