Af-Pak Desk


Pakistan: A Conditional Saudi Ally

Islamabad, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have much in common. Each country considers itself to be at the vanguard of the Muslim world, and both are home to predominantly Sunni populations. In spite of their similarities,…



Afghanistan: Hezb-i-Islami armed group signs peace deal

Kabul, Afghanistan has signed a peace agreement with Hezb-i-Islami, paving the way for the armed group’s commander, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, to make a political comeback despite allegations of war crimes during the 1990s. Government officials praised Thursday’s…







Obama Gives Afghanistan a Fighting Chance

Washington, Two years after President Barack Obama declared he would bring the war in Afghanistan to a “responsible end,” he has canceled the planned withdrawal of 4,300 troops and said the U.S. will keep a force of 8,500…