Dur-e-Aden

Dur-e-Aden

The author is a PhD student in the department of Political Science at University of Toronto studying International Security.

Does the death of al Qaeda’s Yemeni leader change anything for the better?

Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch, also known as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a video statement on Tuesday confirming the death of their leader, Nasser al Wuhayshi. Like every high profile terrorist death, this incident has ignited the age old debate – would this death be “effective” in destroying a particular terrorist organisation? In today’s world of convoluted terrorist groups, the question should not simply be “is a particular targeted killing effective?” but rather from whose perspective is it effective? If we look at Wuhayshi’s death from the US’s perspective, it is a great success and probably the most significant since Osama bin Laden. Wuhayshi ...

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Pakistan’s real problems

A lot of cities of Pakistan are home to more people than the total population of some countries. Anyone who comes to this country for the first time is bound to be shocked by the enormous number of people on the streets. The closer you get to this flood of people in Pakistan, the more you cognizant you become of the harsh realities of their everyday lives. Even though Pakistan is always on the news nowadays, – albeit for the wrong reasons – in the rhetoric of war on terror, religious extremism, drones and military operations, the plethora of problems that are faced by Pakistanis ...

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