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Al-Qaeda's Leader Pledges Allegiance to Mullah Mansour
August 15, 2015

Al-Qaeda's Leader Pledges Allegiance to Mullah Mansour

By Ankit Panda
The leader of al-Qaeda has pledged his allegiance to Mullah Omar's chosen successor, Mullah Mansour.
A House of Cards Comes Tumbling Down in Afghanistan
August 15, 2015

A House of Cards Comes Tumbling Down in Afghanistan

By Seema Sirohi
The "Pakistan-led" peace process is now tumbling like a house of cards, backed implicitly by the United States.

Taiwan's Coast Guard Conducts Armed Raid to Reclaim 'Hostages' Taken by Chinese Fishermen
August 15, 2015

Taiwan's Coast Guard Conducts Armed Raid to Reclaim 'Hostages' Taken by Chinese Fishermen

By Shannon Tiezzi
Plus, more on the situation in Tianjin, a shadow banking collapse, and China's "internet police." Friday China links.

From Kabul to Gurdaspur: Pakistan’s Reliance on Sub-conventional Warfare
August 14, 2015

From Kabul to Gurdaspur: Pakistan’s Reliance on Sub-conventional Warfare

By Rohan Joshi
Developments this summer highlight Pakistan's continued reliance of sub-conventional warfare.

The Afghan Government Should Let the Taliban Destroy Itself
August 12, 2015

The Afghan Government Should Let the Taliban Destroy Itself

By Kambaiz Rafi
The death of Mullah Omar will lead to the slow disintegration of what we once knew as the Taliban.
China Responds to Afghanistan's Bloodiest Day Since 2009
August 10, 2015

China Responds to Afghanistan's Bloodiest Day Since 2009

By Shannon Tiezzi
China's ambassador promised training and equipment for Afghan forces. With peace talks faltering, will that be enough?

What Next for the Afghanistan Peace Talks?
August 05, 2015

What Next for the Afghanistan Peace Talks?

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
The Taliban leadership issue appears to have derailed the process.
The Afghan Government Should Take Advantage of Mullah Omar’s Death ASAP
August 04, 2015

The Afghan Government Should Take Advantage of Mullah Omar’s Death ASAP

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
The Afghan government has a unique opening with Omar's death. It shouldn't squander it.

Has the Taliban's Internal Power Struggle Kicked Off?
August 04, 2015

Has the Taliban's Internal Power Struggle Kicked Off?

By Ankit Panda
Reports from Afghanistan suggest that Mullah Omar's son has been killed.

Will Mullah Omar's Death Change the Taliban?
August 03, 2015

Will Mullah Omar's Death Change the Taliban?

By Sanjay Kumar
Anand Gopal, a veteran journalist who embedded with the Taliban, speaks with The Diplomat about Mullah Omar's death.

A Turning Point: Mullah Omar's Demise and the Future of the Taliban
August 02, 2015

A Turning Point: Mullah Omar's Demise and the Future of the Taliban

By Ankit Panda
Make no mistake: Mullah Omar's death may upend the entire militant landscape in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan's Ex-Intelligence Chief Reflects on Mullah Omar's Death
July 30, 2015

Afghanistan's Ex-Intelligence Chief Reflects on Mullah Omar's Death

By Sanjay Kumar
Amrullah Saleh, the former head of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS), discusses Mullah Omar's death.

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