So, if you want to know why the US does not consider the Taliban to be a terrorist organisation, Josh Earnest, White House spokesman, has an explanation. A long explanation. It’s an important point, one with all sorts of ramifications for how the US can and cannot engage with the Taliban. But it gets complicated … More “Tactics that are akin to terrorism”
Too early yet to work out who was responsible for the Boston bombing. One interesting lead however comes from Inspire, the magazine published by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which last year included advice for “lone wolf” attackers already based inside the US. It published excerpts from a book by Abu Mus’ab Al-Suri, described … More Boston Bombing
The past fortnight has seen a sharp increase in tension between the US and Pakistan. Relations were already at a low during a year in which a CIA operative shot dead two men in Lahore and US special forces flew into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden, without asking permission from Islamabad. Then, two weeks … More Is Pakistan a State Sponsor of Terrorism?
Great piece in The Daily Times today by Hasan-Askari Rizvi on the failure of many Pakistani leaders to recognise the domestic nature of terror attacks. Instead they continue to reach for narratives that suggest a global conspiracy against Islam rather than accept the threat posed by Muslim extremists. At the same time, leaders in Punjab … More Explaining Away Terror