This article will highlight three interesting facts about the period between Soviet back President Najibullah's ousting in 1992 and the Taliban winning power in 1996 after a series of internal conflicts between different factions looking for power.
The Middle East and Central Asia has always been newsworthy when it comes to western involvement in both regions. Israel/Palestine, Lebanon and the first Gulf war in 1991 were all closely followed on the news. Indeed, the first Gulf war was the first war on a 24 hour news cycle with constant updates - which … Continue reading How India, Pakistan and Afghanistan sought peace, power and influence in the region via the US; 2001-2010.
On October 26, 2019 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a military conquest undertaken by American forces in Idlib in Syria. His death however positive in the short run will mean little for counter-terrorism in the long run. Many commentators around the world praised Trump for this operation and stated its importance to the fight against terrorism in … Continue reading Baghdadi death; the cycle of Islamic figurehead will continue and so will the conflict.
The Iraq war in 2003 was viewed by many Iraqis as the continuation of its colonial past which it had endured under western occupation. Pre-war there was many nations across the world which came out with the biggest anti-war demonstrations since Vietnam. This didn't change the result. The US and Uk went to war. Prior … Continue reading Lessons from occupied Iraq; the future of terrorism.
It is widely believed that Albert Einstein coined the phrase regarding the definition of insanity - which was, to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. I would argue that US foreign policy in Afghanistan and the Middle East more broadly is a good example of how such powerful institutions behaviour … Continue reading More military bombardment in Afghanistan is illogical and has proven not to work.