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LIGNET: In Pakistan, a New Hardline Islamist Group

Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 01:42 PM

By LIGNET Wires

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The emergence in Pakistan of hardline Islamist coalition Difa-e-Pakistan underscores a growing antipathy toward the United States as well as deep and chronic fractures between Pakistan’s government and its powerful military. With elections likely to take place later this year, the nuclear-armed nation could see social and government fault lines begin to shift dramatically.

Click HERE to read the full analysis from intelligence experts at LIGNET.com.

Worried Karzai Seeks Separate Peace With Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is deeply suspicious that the United States will make a secret deal with the Taliban. To prevent this, he’s angling for ways to reach his own accommodation with the extremists who governed Afghanistan until 2001, when the U.S.-led coalition drove them from power. But can Karzai and the Taliban really make peace?

Click HERE to read the full analysis from experts at LIGNET.com.

Yemen: Saleh Ousted by Arab Spring

The election of Yemen’s vice president to replace President Ali Abdullah Saleh marks the latest Arab leader to be ousted by popular sentiment since Arab Spring protests began last year. But with a new president comes the potential for increased instability in the region.

Click HERE to read the full analysis from intelligence experts at LIGNET.com.

Will Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Dictatorship Survive 2012?

Robert Mugabe, the man who has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron hand for more than three decades, called for a new presidential election in 2012. But he wasn’t inviting a challenge. He was doing what the world’s worst dictators are really good at.

Click HERE to read the full analysis at LIGNET.com.

 

Pakistan's newest hardline Islamist Difa-e-Pakistan
 Pakistani Islamists shout anti-US slogans during a protest in Lahore on Feb. 22 over the burning of the Koran at a US military base in Afghanistan. (AFP/Getty Images)

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