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ASSESSING THE LATEST MESSAGE FROM BIN LADEN

Osama bin Laden's videotaped address to the American people, originally broadcast on the al-Jazeera satellite network on October 29, incorporates both new ideas and familiar themes in perhaps his most lucid explanation of the case for jihad thus far. [1] Eschewing the fatigues of a... MORE

NEW ZAWAHIRI VIDEO

The latest videotape, featuring bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, aired by the al-Jazeera satellite channel on November 29, poses a number of questions both in terms of the content and the quality of the production. The content features the standard warning against the United States... MORE

WITH KARZAI LEADING, TALIBAN STUMBLES OVER INTERNAL DISSENT

Predictably, the October 9 Afghan presidential election is heading toward a landslide victory for Interim President Hamid Karzai, the U.S.-backed candidate who is considered to be the most moderate and acceptable to the Western world. As of October 20, various wire service reported that Karzai... MORE

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 Bush administration wants to continue interim President Hamid Karzai in his present post for another... MORE

SEARCH FOR AL-QAEDA REMNANTS MAY FURTHER ALIENATE LOCALS ON AFGHAN BORDER

The Pakistani military's six-month hunt for al-Qaeda and Taliban militants along Afghanistan's southeastern border has escalated into new incursions to other areas of the South Waziristan Federally Administered Tribal Area. More ominously, these new offensives are in the territory of the more numerous and better... MORE

Credibility Of Afghan Presidential Elections Already In Doubt

Afghan President Hamid Karzai kicked off his re-election campaign with a September 12 press conference in Kabul. Many of his opponents or their representatives have also begun to carry their messages to various provinces (VOA, September 12). Despite the full-throttle campaigning, there are questions about... MORE

Karzai Fires Herat Warlord Ismail Khan

On September 11, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai dismissed Ismail Khan, widely known as the "warlord" of Herat province in western Afghanistan. The move came one day before Karzai announced the programs and policies for his next term of office. Karzai's decision was believed to be... MORE

Two Blasts Claim Victims In Afghanistan

Just before 6 pm on Sunday, August 29, a powerful bomb blast shook the DynCorp office in central Kabul. Reports say as many as seven people, including some foreigners, were killed. This explosion was one of the biggest of its kind in recent months, and... MORE

Disarming Afghanistan’s Warlords: Programs, Problems, Possibilities

In mid-July, Afghanistan's interim president, Hamid Karzai, issued two statements that reflected an unprecedented toughness toward drug traffickers and warlords in the country. Karzai summoned most of Afghanistan's reputed warlords to Kabul to inform them that their resistance to disarmament was trying his patience. According... MORE