US escalates pressure on China over South China Sea and North Korea US escalates pressure on China over South China Sea and North Korea John McCain urges allies to stand by US during 'troubled times' Malcolm Turnbull warns Asian leaders of 'a coercive China'

US escalates pressure on China over South China Sea and North Korea US escalates pressure on China over South China Sea and North Korea John McCain urges allies to stand by US during 'troubled times' Malcolm Turnbull warns Asian leaders of 'a coercive China'

The United States continues to escalate pressure on China over the twin issues of the and North Korea, telling Beijing that with growing global influence comes increased responsibilities that it is failing to live up to. Three delegations of high-pro...

Isis captures territory around former Bin Laden stronghold in Afghanistan Isis captures territory around former Bin Laden stronghold in Afghanistan Trump's defense chief admits struggle in Afghanistan: 'We are not winning' Devastation and a war that rages on: visiting the valley hit by the Moab attack

Isis captures territory around former Bin Laden stronghold in Afghanistan Isis captures territory around former Bin Laden stronghold in Afghanistan Trump's defense chief admits struggle in Afghanistan: 'We are not winning' Devastation and a war that rages on: visiting the valley hit by the Moab attack

Islamic State fighters have captured some territory around Tora Bora, the former stronghold of in ’s eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Wednesday. The push and capture of the giant cave complex that once housed the late al-Qaida chief woul...

Turkey presses Afghanistan to hand over control of Gülenist schools Turkey presses Afghanistan to hand over control of Gülenist schools Vice-president leaves Afghanistan amid torture and rape claims Enes Kanter calls Turkey's Erdoğan 'Hitler of our century' after airport detainment

Turkey presses Afghanistan to hand over control of Gülenist schools Turkey presses Afghanistan to hand over control of Gülenist schools Vice-president leaves Afghanistan amid torture and rape claims Enes Kanter calls Turkey's Erdoğan 'Hitler of our century' after airport detainment

Afghan authorities have drafted a deal giving the Turkish government control of more than a dozen schools in affiliated with the exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen. Western and Afghan officials believe the agreement is part of a bargain allowing Afghanist...

Hamza bin Laden – a potent weapon in the rivalry between al-Qaida and Isis Hamza bin Laden – a potent weapon in the rivalry between al-Qaida and Isis Terrorists see reason in madness of targeting public events | Jason Burke Osama bin Laden’s family on the run: ‘I never stopped praying our lives might return to normal’

Hamza bin Laden – a potent weapon in the rivalry between al-Qaida and Isis Hamza bin Laden – a potent weapon in the rivalry between al-Qaida and Isis Terrorists see reason in madness of targeting public events | Jason Burke Osama bin Laden’s family on the run: ‘I never stopped praying our lives might return to normal’

His name alone is enough to guarantee headlines and the attention of the world’s security services. Though only about 25 years old, his words are urgently picked over by analysts and officials seeking to understand the new threat posed to the west by...

The female journalists defying taboos and braving death threats in Afghanistan The female journalists defying taboos and braving death threats in Afghanistan Girls gain ground in Kandahar culture wars as education prospects improve | Matthew Green

The female journalists defying taboos and braving death threats in Afghanistan The female journalists defying taboos and braving death threats in Afghanistan Girls gain ground in Kandahar culture wars as education prospects improve | Matthew Green

When Radio Shaista goes silent, you know the Taliban are close. The female-run radio station was looted and wrecked when the group captured Kunduz, Afghanistan’s embattled northern city, in 2015, sending journalists fleeing. Even after the Taliban we...

Update for Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Update for Tuesday, June 13, 2017

To lead off, a good overview of the issues of Kurdish secession from AFP. Some key points: Iraqi Kurdistan faces some serious challenges, including an oil-dependent economy at a time of low oil prices, and about 1 million refugees within its borders....

Update for Sunday, June 4, 2017

Update for Sunday, June 4, 2017

Tack on another mini-Friedman unit in Mosul. Iraqi forces slow effort to retake old city due to the difficulty of protecting civilians. “We are fighting a very difficult battle,” Iraqi Major General Najim Abdullah al-Jubouri told VOA. “It will take a...

Kids on the streets of Kabul get another chance at childhood Kids on the streets of Kabul get another chance at childhood 'Americans bomb our children every day, so why would they care about polio?' 'We’re the sons of Afghanistan, but our leaders have forgotten about us' | Matthew Green

Kids on the streets of Kabul get another chance at childhood Kids on the streets of Kabul get another chance at childhood 'Americans bomb our children every day, so why would they care about polio?' 'We’re the sons of Afghanistan, but our leaders have forgotten about us' | Matthew Green

Omid used to spend his days in traffic jams around Kabul, washing cars with a ragged cloth. At the end of the day, the seven-year-old took home the money he had earned so his father wouldn’t sell another piece of furniture from the house to buy drugs...