Afzal Khan

Afzal Khan is a political and terrorism analyst of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. After many years as a Writer-Editor with the former U.S. Information Agency and as a Terrorism Editor for London-based Jane’s Information Group, he is now a contractual writer for the U.S. State Department specializing in the Middle East and South Asia region.

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Articles by Afzal Khan

Pakistan’s Hunt for Al-Qaeda in South Waziristan

Pakistan’s month long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorists, believed to be sheltered by a sub-clan of the powerful Wazir tribe that inhabits the area along Afghanistan’s border in South Waziristan, has

Pakistan: Uncertain Ally In The War On Terror

Pakistan's collaboration with the United States in rounding up al-Qaeda suspects and their supporters has reached a fevered pitch ahead of the U.S. presidential elections in November. Pakistani newspapers carry

Editor’s Note On Special Pakistan Issue

Pakistan is a complex country made up of some 160 million people (95 percent of whom are Muslims) with various ethnic groups vying for power and recognition. Progressive 20th century

TWO PRESIDENTS DEPEND ON AFGHANISTAN BALLOT

The October 9 poll to elect a new president in Afghanistan holds no surprises. Most foreign observers and Afghans perceive the election campaign as a farce, and that if the

Editor’s Note On Special Pakistan Issue

Pakistan is a complex country made up of some 160 million people (95 percent of whom are Muslims) with various ethnic groups vying for power and recognition. Progressive 20th century

Pakistan: Uncertain Ally In The War On Terror

Pakistan's collaboration with the United States in rounding up al-Qaeda suspects and their supporters has reached a fevered pitch ahead of the U.S. presidential elections in November. Pakistani newspapers carry

U.s. Offers Diverse Programs To Rebuild Afghanistan

President Hamid Karzai's recent visit to the United States highlighted recent progress toward reconstructing Afghanistan. On the economic front, the U.S. State Department's Bureau of South Asian Affairs noted on

Afghan Opium Production Goes Unchallenged

The June 15 meeting between US President George W. Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai failed to seriously address the upsurge in opium cultivation in Afghanistan and its role in

Insurgency Rages In Afghanistan

The US-led coalition is obsessed with establishing a corridor sanitaire along the Afghanistan border with Pakistan, creating other security holes inside Afghanistan. Most notably, suspected Taliban insurgents are now operating

Insurgency Intensifies In Afghanistan

Insurgency has intensified in Afghanistan, giving rise to speculation as to whether it is a Taliban resurgence or broader Pashtun rebellion against non-Pashtun Kabul government. US-led coalition forces are girding

Afghan Warlords Reluctant To Disarm

President Hamid Karzai's Kabul government - strongly backed by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad - is struggling to smooth the road to successful general elections this September. There appears to be

Taliban Intensify Activity In Pashtun Provinces

Recent news reports from Afghanistan indicate that the Taliban are very active this spring. The Kabul government says that the Taliban goal is to disrupt the upcoming elections in September.

Wiley Tribesman Thwart U.s. Hunt For Al-qaeda

The vaunted "Mountain Storm" U.S. spring offensive on the Afghan border with Pakistan and the supporting Pakistani action against tribes believed to be harboring Al-Qaeda on its side of the

Afghanistan: Choosing Among The Warlords

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar , the Afghan mujahideen warlord that the West most likes to hate, may finally have met his Waterloo - not on the field of battle but in a

Pakistan’s Hunt For Al-qaeda In South Waziristan

Pakistan’s month long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorists, believed to be sheltered by a sub-clan of the powerful Wazir tribe that inhabits the area along Afghanistan’s border in South Waziristan, has