Ahmed Rashid

Pakistani journalist

Guest

Pakistani journalist, based in Lahore; author of Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia and Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation-Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia and Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Ahmed Rashid on KCRW

News reports say the Trump administration is expanding U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Meanwhile, the administration is cutting U.S.

U.S. quietly escalates military force in Syria and Yemen to eliminate ISIS

News reports say the Trump administration is expanding U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Meanwhile, the administration is cutting U.S.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is trying to hang on to power, while part of his country is under the firm control of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS.

Can Power-Sharing Keep Iraq From Fracturing?

In Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is trying to hang on to power, while part of his country is under the firm control of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS.

from To the Point

Pakistan is crucial to US interests, with a growing nuclear arsenal and a strategic location, but ties to anti-American terrorists and political unrest have strained relations.

Can the US and Pakistan Mend an Uneasy Alliance

Pakistan is crucial to US interests, with a growing nuclear arsenal and a strategic location, but ties to anti-American terrorists and political unrest have strained relations.

from To the Point

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