Afghanistan Needs Peace, Sovereignty & Development (Part V)

Niloufer Bhagwat The Sovereign right of Afghanistan to determine its political future and path of economic development. The war against the Afghan people was waged for almost 45 years, nearly half a century, camouflaged until the political capitulation of the former USSR in 1990, as a war to keep the Afghan nation and the region…

The Pashtun Will Outlast All Empires, but Can They Hold Afghanistan’s Center?

Pepe Escobar Fiercely independent, the Pashtun have famously lived for centuries on “the margins of Great Empires,” evolving into more sophisticated renditions, but never far from their roots. Photo Credit: The Cradle “An empire within an empire,” the Pashtun are essential to understanding the complexities of Afghanistan as a nation-state today. What is the ‘Pashtun…

Afghanistan Needs Peace, Sovereignty & Development (Part IV)

Niloufer Bhagwat In 2002, the government of the former Taliban was replaced by the government of the ‘Northern Alliance’, who had assisted the US-UK-led NATO military in attacking and deposing the Taliban. The ‘Northern Alliance‘ included former Mujahideen Warlords regrouping to form a government under Afghan Presidents, either US citizens or holding dual citizenship of…

Afghanistan Needs Peace, Sovereignty & Development (Part III)

Niloufer Bhagwat The policies of the US, UK governments, and Pakistan in the training of terrorist militias from 1977, directed against the Afghan governments were intertwined. The Pakistani elite benefited from aid received from the United States and NATO powers to implement a US-UK-led NATO strategy. Pakistan was also gaining profit from the growing narcotics…

Afghanistan Needs Peace, Sovereignty & Development (Part II)

Niloufer Bhagwat To dismiss the Pashtun people of Afghanistan, the dominant group as violent and fractious, merely because the Taliban belong to this ethnic group is unfair. The violence of the US-UK-led NATO coalition forces allied with Pakistan and its Middle East Allies has exceeded in barbarity, and every group had committed horrible crimes. The…

Ahmad Massoud Still in Afghanistan

TEHRAN (FNA)- An informed source close to Ahmad Massoud said on Saturday that the Afghan opposition leader has not left Afghanistan, adding that 70% of main streets in Panjshir have been brought under control by the Taliban. “In recent days, the Taliban entered Panjshir and now 70% of the main streets and passages are under…

Afghanistan Needs Peace, Sovereignty & Development (PART I)

Niloufer Bhagwat Parallels between Afghanistan historical and political developments and the Middle East The decision of the United States of America to withdraw its military forces from Afghanistan is not sudden, as propagated by its allies in Europe and South Asia. The decision was first announced more than a year ago, after which negotiations began…

Afghanistan: Anti-Taliban Resistance Will Announce a ‘Parallel Government’

The Cradle Taliban fighters take control of government buildings in Panjshir Valley on 6 September, 2021. (Photo credit: @alemara_ar) One day after the Taliban announced a new caretaker-government for Afghanistan, the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA) said they will announce a parallel administration against the “illegitimate” government of the Taliban. A statement issued by…

Panjshir Under Ahmad Massoud Force’s Control

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Panjshir region is still controlled by the force of Ahmad Massoud, son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the commander who was assassinated in 2001, a source said. “Yesterday, with the prudence of the resistance commanders, Taliban members entered the province. While the Taliban thought Panjshir was under its control, the mountain behind the…