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US diplomacy helps avert another civil war in Afghanistan for now. But will the country move beyond Byzantine politics?
If Afghans fail to avoid political polarisation and ethnic chauvinism, it will imperil the post-2014 transition process.
Experts say propaganda video indicates Taliban has evolved into group capable of sophisticated attacks.
Much is to be gained from a US rapprochement with Iran, but the window of opportunity is small and sceptics many.
Two leaders discuss ways to move forward planned peace negotiations with Afghan group, but Karzai remains circumspect.
US academics and ex-government officials ask US president to support UN resolution against illegal Israeli settlements.
Robert Grenier says unofficial US contact with Hamas reflects change in tone, not policy.

Some call it the forgotten war. US operations in Afghanistan, once the central front in the "war on terrorism", are now characterised by some experts in Washington as lacking the funds, attention and military resources needed to "transform the war-torn nation into a stable democracy".

Benjamin Duncan in Washington, DC

Resistance attacks in Iraq are spurring calls from members of the United States Congress for more troops to prevent a post-combat disaster.

Benjamin Duncan
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Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
 
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