Articles By Manish Rai

Pakistani Taliban a Cause of Concern For Islamabad

Pakistani Taliban a Cause of Concern For Islamabad

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Oct , 2021

The attacks carried out by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) aka Pakistan Taliban have increased to the highest level in over four years as the US left Afghanistan and the Afghan Taliban took...

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Tough Road Ahead for Taliban

Tough Road Ahead for Taliban

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Sep , 2021

The Taliban after much wait has announced its 33-member interim cabinet. This new government is exclusively Taliban, and almost all the ministers are of Pashtun ethnicity. Women have no positions...

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Why Afghan Forces Melted So Quickly?

Why Afghan Forces Melted So Quickly?

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Aug , 2021

The Taliban now control almost the whole of Afghanistan including the capital city, Kabul, almost two decades since they were driven out by US troops. It was widely expected that after the United...

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National Mobilizations Will Push Back Taliban: General Ata Mohammad Noor

National Mobilizations Will Push Back Taliban: General Ata Mohammad Noor

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Jul , 2021

General Ata Mohammad Noor, Leader of Jamiat-e Islami Afghanistan and the Former Governor of Balkh Province have been the most important strongman and commander in North Afghanistan. Currently,...

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad turned out to be a Dark Horse

Palestinian Islamic Jihad turned out to be a Dark Horse

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Jun , 2021

Fresh round of escalation between Israel and armed groups from Gaza has just completed. In this round, thousands of rockets are being fired towards Israeli cities and Israel Defence Forces (IDF)...

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Still After Two Decades Afghan Forces Struggling

Still After Two Decades Afghan Forces Struggling

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Apr , 2021

US President Joe Biden has announced plans to pull out all United States troops from Afghanistan by September 11, ending the longest war in American history. In Kabul, many fear that Afghan...

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Hezbollah is a Part of the Problem for Lebanon

Hezbollah is a Part of the Problem for Lebanon

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Mar , 2021

Lebanon is grappling with a severe crisis since the end of its civil war in 1990. The country’s economy and governance have literally come to a standstill. As politicians fail to form a...

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Core Concepts of Taliban’s Islamic Emirate has not Changed

Core Concepts of Taliban’s Islamic Emirate has not Changed

By: Manish Rai | Date: 16 Mar , 2021

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which was the official name of the Taliban regime before being deposed by the United States in late 2001. The Taliban has always insisted on calling itself the...

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Qatar came out with Flying Colours

Qatar came out with Flying Colours

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Feb , 2021

When the Saudi crown prince, together with the UAE ruler, Mohammed bin Zayed, moved against Qatar in late 2017, the charge sheet against the tiny Gulf state was long. They, along with Bahrain and...

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India’s Challenges in Middle East

India’s Challenges in Middle East

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Jan , 2021

Energy security has long been a concern for India, a global giant in oil consumption. The fuel demands are growing fast in proportion to its rapid economic development. Oil and natural gas are...

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Yemen Government has Tough Road Ahead

Yemen Government has Tough Road Ahead

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jan , 2021

Multiple explosions rocked the Aden International airport shortly after an aircraft landed carrying the newly formed cabinet of the country’s Saudi-backed government. Dozens of casualties were...

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Islamic State in Afghanistan is a Major Threat

Islamic State in Afghanistan is a Major Threat

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Dec , 2020

Islamic State claimed responsibility for some major attacks in Afghanistan, carried out recently, including the one in the campus of Kabul University and rocket attacks in the capital Kabul. The...

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Erdogan’s Proxy Army a Ticking Time Bomb

Erdogan’s Proxy Army a Ticking Time Bomb

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Nov , 2020

The recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has clearly illustrated that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not hesitating at all in deploying his Jihadist brigade anywhere to promote his...

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Won’t Allow Any Foreign Group to Interfere in Afghanistan: Taliban

Won’t Allow Any Foreign Group to Interfere in Afghanistan: Taliban

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Oct , 2020

Dr Muhammad Naeem Wardak is the Spokesperson for Taliban political office in Doha. Political talks are undergoing between Afghan government and Taliban at Doha but on the other hand, intense...

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Pakistani Taliban Pushing for Come Back

Pakistani Taliban Pushing for Come Back

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Oct , 2020

It was believed from sometimes now that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) aka Pakistani Taliban has been marginalized and in disarray. As Pakistan’s army operations back in 2014 had ousted the...

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Erdogan: An Aspiring Caliph

Erdogan: An Aspiring Caliph

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Aug , 2020

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working hard on both domestic and international fronts to advance his grand design of reviving an Islamic caliphate under his rule. It is now no secret...

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Libya Conflict: Sirte-Jufra Will be a Flashpoint

Libya Conflict: Sirte-Jufra Will be a Flashpoint

By: Manish Rai | Date: 27 Jul , 2020

Turks are increasing their military involvement in Libya with each passing day in support of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez Al Saraj. GNA now backed by the...

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Yemen Torn Apart from Another Strife

Yemen Torn Apart from Another Strife

By: Manish Rai | Date: 02 May , 2020

Yemen’s leading Southern separatist group Southern Transition Council (STC) has declared self-rule and state of emergency in the areas under their control, including the port city of Aden. This...

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Balochistan: Pakistan’s Hidden Shame

Balochistan: Pakistan’s Hidden Shame

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Mar , 2020

Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province in terms of area though it has a population of just around 12 million. If we put this in numbers Balochistan is approximately 44% of the country’s...

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India Should not Panic about Afghanistan

India Should not Panic about Afghanistan

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Mar , 2020

United States and Taliban have entered into an agreement in Qatari capital Doha which will pave way for US forces to leave war torn Afghanistan. Under the Doha agreement, the US has committed to...

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