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    1. July 26, 2016

      America ignores Pakistan at its peril

      Over the July 4 weekend, I made my annual trip to Afghanistan to visit US troops and military commanders. I also...

    2. July 6, 2016

      Obama delays Afghanistan troop drawdown

      Barack Obama said on Wednesday that the US would keep significantly more troops in Afghanistan than he had planned, the...

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    1. June 27, 2016

      Mystical union that transcends divisions in India and Pakistan

      New Delhi is a city mostly associated with politics and government. But it also has a thriving cultural scene, from...

    2. The Exchange

      June 20, 2016

      Nuclear talks complicate shifting South Asia alliances

      The trip to Washington by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his well-received address to Congress may have cemented the...

    3. May 25, 2016

      Taliban names new leader after death of Mansour in drone strike

      Afghanistan’s rebel Taliban group has moved quickly to replace its leader who was killed by a US drone strike at the...

    4. The A-List

      May 24, 2016

      Death of the Taliban chief starts a dangerous power struggle

      The killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the Taliban leader, by American drone missiles in a remote corner of Pakistan has...

    5. May 23, 2016

      Obama confirms death of Taliban leader after US strike

      President Barack Obama on Monday said the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour would send a "clear signal" to...

    6. The Exchange

      May 19, 2016

      Panama Papers and Beijing bases add to Sharif's burdens

      As though it were a giant spider, the Panama Papers leak has another victim caught in its web. Iceland’s Sigmundur...

    7. May 4, 2016

      Pakistan threatens to buy Russian or Chinese jets in spat with US

      Pakistan has threatened to buy advanced Russian or Chinese combat jets after Washington withdrew financing for a US...

    8. FT Alphaville

      May 4, 2016

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Wednesday, - The mythology of Trump’s ‘working class’ support. - China would really like its economists,...

    9. April 29, 2016

      No charges over deadly Afghan hospital air strike

      The US military will not seek criminal charges against the service members involved in the bombing of a hospital in...

    10. April 29, 2016

      The Taliban v the squash champion

      A few weeks ago, I met a young squash champion at a conference in Manhattan called “Women in the World”. Normally, that...

    11. April 19, 2016

      Dozens die in Kabul blast after Taliban ‘spring offensive’ threat

      A car bomb in the centre of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killed 28 people and injured hundreds more on Tuesday, just days...

    12. April 4, 2016

      A ‘band of brothers’ forged from many nations in Kabul

      Thirty years in the British army has provided me with countless challenges, from ducking petrol bombs in Northern...

    13. FT Photo Diary

      March 27, 2016

      Handing in their weapons

      Taliban fighters hold their weapons before surrendering them to Afghan authorities in Jalalabad, east of Kabul,...

    14. March 6, 2016

      Taliban reject Afghanistan peace talks

      The Afghan Taliban will not take part in peace talks with President Ashraf Ghani’s western-backed government planned...

    15. February 29, 2016

      Execution of governor’s assassin sparks protests in Pakistan

      Protests broke out across Pakistan on Monday after the hanging of a policeman who assassinated an influential...

    16. February 18, 2016

      Pakistan militants align with Isis

      When a suicide bomber blew himself up in Quetta a fortnight ago, a concrete pillar shielded Bakhtiar Mohammad from the...

    17. The Exchange

      February 9, 2016

      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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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,...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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