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    1. The Exchange

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      Pakistan's action on terrorism doesn't match its rhetoric

      Parents in Pakistan are divided over whether to send their children back to school or not after the government shut...

    2. February 1, 2016

      Terror: The globalisation of extremism

      Gunmen hunting foreigners kill a Japanese farm expert in northern Bangladesh and an Italian aid worker in the capital...

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    1. January 20, 2016

      Pakistan attack: at least 20 killed in Taliban raid on university

      Pakistani security forces have retaken control of a university in the country’s troubled northern region after an...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      January 20, 2016

      Pakistan attack

      Pakistani troops arrive at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda town, some 35 kilometers (21 miles) outside the city of...

    3. January 12, 2016

      Closer Pakistan-China military ties irk west

      When Pakistan’s military claimed its first attack in October using a home-built drone to hit a Taliban stronghold,...

    4. January 7, 2016

      A War — film review: ‘Compelling combat scenes’

      War happens at home as well as on the battlefront. Families wait; wives anguish. A War, from Danish filmmaker Tobias...

    5. January 3, 2016

      To win the war on terror, forget the war on drugs

      The terms may no longer be politically correct but western governments continue to wage both a war on terror and a war...

    6. January 1, 2016

      Army chief General Raheel Sharif grows in power in Pakistan

      The face of General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s army chief, stares out from banners in the city of Karachi that proclaim...

    7. December 28, 2015

      Taliban suicide bomber attacks Nato convoy in Kabul

      A suicide car bomb targeting a foreign convoy near Kabul airport claimed one civilian life on Monday, in the latest...

    8. The Exchange

      December 24, 2015

      Sangin shows the west must stay committed to Afghanistan

      The battle for Sangin, and the Taliban’s claim to have captured the Helmand town from the Afghan army, follows an...

    9. December 23, 2015

      Afghans reinforce Sangin in bid to repel Taliban siege

      The Afghan government has sent army reinforcements to Sangin in an attempt to push back Taliban militants, who in the...

    10. December 22, 2015

      Deployment revives bitter memories at Westminster

      The deployment of British military advisers to Helmand has revived bleak memories among members of parliament, for whom...

    11. The Exchange

      December 10, 2015

      Chaos within Afghan Taliban as leadership struggle intensifies

      As if recent events in Afghanistan were not calamitous enough — the fall of the city of Kunduz to the Taliban (since...

    12. December 10, 2015

      Swat valley looks beyond Islamist threat in search of normality

      Pakistani lawyer Nabeela Khan is eager to move beyond her past as a refugee in her own country: once expelled from her...

    13. December 9, 2015

      Dozens killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan airport

      KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec 9 (Reuters) — Dozens of people were killed in fighting at the airport in the southern Afghan...

    14. The Exchange

      November 12, 2015

      What is the Pakistan army's game plan?

      When Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif visits Washington for talks in a few days’ time, top US officials are...

    15. November 5, 2015

      He Named Me Malala — film review: ‘Trite, soothing’

      In documentaries, “inspiring” is a concept best served naked. For proof see He Named Me Malala. When we first heard of...

    16. October 18, 2015

      Barack Obama’s painful Afghan journey

      President Barack Obama banned all references to the Vietnam war when discussing Afghanistan, according to the late...

    17. The Exchange

      October 16, 2015

      Air cover is what Afghanistan needs from the west

      President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he would prolong the present US force in Afghanistan into 2017,...

    18. October 15, 2015

      Obama U-turn will leave troops in Afghanistan

      President Barack Obama has announced a major policy reversal on Afghanistan that will see 5,500 US troops remain in the...

    19. October 11, 2015

      Taliban advance in Afghanistan sparks Central Asia fears

      Kyrgyzstan is reinforcing its borders in response to Taliban advances in northern Afghanistan, according to the...

    20. The Exchange

      October 5, 2015

      Kunduz hospital tragedy unlikely to focus west on Afghans' plight

      Doctors and nurses of the international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières abandoned its bombed hospital in the...

    21. October 5, 2015

      MSF denies Taliban was based in Kunduz hospital compound

      The medical aid group whose hospital in Afghanistan was bombed at the weekend has vigorously denied suggestions that...

    22. October 4, 2015

      Obama orders probe into Afghan hospital bombing

      The US has ordered an investigation into the weekend bombing of a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in the...

    23. October 2, 2015

      Kunduz battle raises Afghanistan fears

      The fall of the northern city of Kunduz to the Taliban on Monday may have proved shortlived, but it has prompted an...

    24. October 1, 2015

      Afghan forces hail recapture of Kunduz

      Afghan officials say government fighters have recaptured the northern city of Kunduz from Taliban militants who seized...

    25. September 30, 2015

      The far-flung fallout from the capture of Kunduz

      The Taliban’s capture of the northern Afghan city of Kunduz is a catastrophic blow to the beleaguered government of...

    26. September 29, 2015

      Afghan forces struggle to retake Kunduz from Taliban

      Afghanistan’s armed forces, supported by air strikes from US military fighters, were struggling on Tuesday to retake...

    27. FT Photo Diary

      September 29, 2015

      Taking Kunduz

      An Afghan policeman holds a gun on his sholder a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city of...

    28. The Exchange

      September 26, 2015

      Why Afghan refugees are heading for Europe

      Alongside the Syrians and Iraqis fleeing violence at home and pouring into Europe, many Afghans too are giving up on...

    29. September 25, 2015

      Last Briton at Guantánamo to be released

      Shaker Aamer, the last Briton to be incarcerated without trial at Guantánamo Bay, is to be released and returned to the...

    30. September 14, 2015

      Taliban frees inmates in Afghanistan jail raid

      Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Ghazni on Monday stormed a prison believed to be holding...

    31. September 10, 2015

      China assisted Pakistan on armed drone, say experts

      A lethal missile attack this week on Islamist militants by Pakistani forces was carried out with an armed drone likely...

    32. August 18, 2015

      Army support bolsters Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif

      Less than a year ago the Pakistani government of Nawaz Sharif was on the ropes, pummelled by months of disruptive...

    33. August 10, 2015

      Taliban slaughter threatens Afghan peace talks

      A car bomb exploded near the entrance to Kabul’s international airport on Monday, the fourth deadly attack in the...

    34. August 8, 2015

      Wave of Kabul attacks leave at least 50 dead

      KABUL, August 8 — A wave of attacks on Afghan army, police and US special forces in Kabul on Friday killed at least 50...

    35. August 2, 2015

      The aftermath of the shadowy life and death of Mullah Omar

      In late 1994 and much of 1995 I would stand outside the Kandahar residence of Mullah Mohammed Omar, leader of the newly...

    36. August 2, 2015

      Afghan peace talks in doubt after Mullah Omar’s death

      The belated admission by the Afghan Taliban of their elusive leader’s death exposed rifts in the Islamist rebel...

    37. July 29, 2015

      Afghanistan confirms death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar, the fugitive Afghan Taliban leader not seen in public since the overthrow of his Islamist regime in 2001,...

    38. The Exchange

      July 14, 2015

      Peace talks come at critical time for both Afghan president and Taliban

      They have been five years in the making — with the spilling of much blood and a dozen failed peace initiatives — but...

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