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U.S. Afghan strategy will be governed by events in Balochistan

The Pentagon is spinning its wheels in Afghanistan, continuing a questionable counterinsurgency and nation-building strategy because, quite literally, it knows that it won’t work, but cannot think of anything else to do. It will not succeed because the U.S. and NATO will never regain the military dominance the alliance had …

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China again rejects Indian concern over CPEC framework

China Wednesday rejected India’s concerns over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) and said that the economic cooperation initiative is not directed at third parties and has nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes. “We understand India’s concerns on this issue. We have said many times that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is an economic …

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Iranian Border Guards fired three mortar shells in Pakistan

QUETTA: Iranian Border Security Guards fired three mortar shells in the Pak-Iran bordering town Panjgur on Monday that landed with no casualty. According to Security Sources, the recent border violation incident occurred at Parag Koh area of District Panjgur where Iranian Border Forces fired three mortar shells. The shells landed in an …

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Pakistani diplomat gunned down

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani diplomat serving at the consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city was shot dead on Monday evening, a private TV Channel reported. According to reports, Nayyer Iqbal was shot six times while returning home after offering evening prayers. Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the Provincial Governor in Nangarhar, said the employee …

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Iran parades missile during anniversary of US Embassy takeover

(CNN)Iran commemorated the 38th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover Saturday with a potent display of a missile as thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tehran to mark the event that triggered the hostage crisis and sparked the decades-old rift in US-Iranian relations. On November 4, 1979, Iranian student revolutionaries climbed …

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CPEC Long Term Plan

Khurram Husain Planning minister Mr Ahsan Iqbal has finally confirmed that the CPEC Long Term Plan (LTP) is about to be finalised on Nov 21 at the seventh Joint Cooperation Committee to be held in Islamabad. Some might recall that details from the LTP in question were published by Dawn …

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The Fence Driving a Wedge Between Pakistan and Afghanistan

By Ismail Dilawar and Kamran Haider Border smuggling dwarves official trading between neighbors Pakistan has only fenced 43 kilometers of large pourous border On the upper deck of the Hamza Fort border check-point in Pakistan’s South Waziristan, Major General Nauman Zakaria points to a 12-foot high fence just yards away …

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Iraq ‘to take control of Kurdistan border crossings’

The Iraqi military has said it is preparing to take control of the autonomous Kurdistan Region’s only border crossings with Turkey and Syria. A statement said a delegation had visited the Ibrahim al-Khalil and Fish Khabur posts to determine requirements. Turkey’s prime minister said troops had been deployed at Ibrahim …

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Iran says no need to increase missile range as can already hit U.S. forces

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran has no need to increase the range of its ballistic missiles as they could already reach U.S. forces stationed in the region, the head of the Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday As U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to impose new sanctions against Iran’s missile program, Major-General …

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China hints at blocking India’s request to blacklist JeM chief

BEIJING: China on Monday signalled it would again block an Indian request at the United Nations to blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. India, backed by the United States, has been trying to get Maulana Masood Azhar on a UN list of groups with ties to Al Qaeda, blaming his group …

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