In an audio tape aired on Al Jazeera television on Wednesday al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden targeted French interests, claiming the country’s burqa ban and the presence of French troops in Afghanistan justified the killing of French nationals.
Unlike other al Qaeda affiliates, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has few media stars. But al Qaeda's western front is gaining in notoriety, making it imperative to understand who’s who in the terror group.
A year after the fraud-marred presidential vote, Afghans go to the polls on Saturday in the country’s second parliamentary elections since 2001. But will these elections see a repeat of problems that plagued last year’s vote?
A year after the fraud-marred presidential polls, Afghans go to the polls Sept. 18 in the country’s second parliamentary elections since 2001. But will these elections see a repeat of problems that plagued last year’s vote?
Mullah Omar's latest message shows that the notoriously reclusive Taliban chief is overcoming his aversion to the media. Since 2001, his movement has gradually honed its message and now uses the full spectrum of technologies to put it forward.
For years, Sherkhan Farnood insisted he was doing business the Afghan way. But this week, it was not business as usual at Kabul Bank after its colourful co-founder was ousted as chairman, triggering a wave of panic withdrawals.
As threatened, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has banned private security firms. But the devil of this decree lies in the details and there’s precious little of it, raising the spectre of increased insecurity.