Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Even before news broke of Mullah Omar's death, there was mounting speculation of a power struggle within the Taliban, which has had only one leader since its formation in the early 1990s.

Can The Taliban Survive Mullah Omar's Death?

The Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan faces an uncertain future after the announcement by Kabul that its spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, has been dead for more than two years. More

Tribunals such as the International Court of Justice can simply be ignored, unlike one set up by the UN Security Council.

Russian Veto Of MH17 Tribunal Leaves Few Good Alternatives

After Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to establish an international tribunal for MH17, proponents of the court are left with only weak second choices. More

Dumplings could always be on the menu.

Russian Lawmaker Wants To Curb Foreign Food

A Russian lawmaker's proposal to limit the amount of foreign cuisine sold in Russian restaurants is the latest in a volley of bizarre measures that aim to purge the country of foreign foods. More

Confirmation of Mullah Mohammad Omar's death could test the unity of the militant group, which has only had one leader.

Obituary: Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar

Mullah Mohammad Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, is dead. We look back at the life of the reclusive militant leader and the impact of his death. More

A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fires toward Islamic State (IS) militants on the southern outskirts of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh last week.

What Can A Safe Zone In Northern Syria Accomplish?

A reported Turkish-U.S. agreement to create an Islamic State-free zone in northern Syria offers both benefits and risks. More


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