United States

South Africa-Iran Foreign Relations

Flag of South Africa (Available at Wikimedia Commons)


A Comprehensive Strategy for Afghanistan: Afghanistan Force Requirements

U.S. Arm Sgt. Robert Newman near Zabul, Afghanistan (Photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini, army.mil, available at flickr)

Iran's September

Mazandaran province, Northern Iran (Photo by Hamed Saber, available at flickr) 

Government Re-Shuffling in Iran

(Photo by Scr47chy, available at Flickr)

Joanna Palmer and James Coady contributed to this report.



Iranian Influence in Afghanistan: Recent Developments

Herat (Photo by Wien Sven Dirks, available at Wikimedia Commons)

Pakistan Security Brief - August 21, 2009

Pakistan Security Brief – August 21, 2009 

The Sri Lankan military has agreed to train Pakistani security forces in counterinsurgency techniques; a top Pakistani official claimed that over ninety percent of internally displaced persons had returned to their homes; a drone struck targets near Miram Shah in North Waziristan, where the Haqqani network is believed to maintain hideouts.

A Thorn in the Side of the Taliban: Turkistan Bhittani Biography and Analysis

Border crossing into the FATA, July 2008 (Photo by Reza Jan)


Pakistani Military Options in Waziristan

Pakistani Army Helicopter (photo by Jehanzeb Khan, available at Flickr)


Reported Death of Beitullah Mehsud & Pakistani Taliban Leadership

(Photo by M.Omair, available at flickr)

Following news of the reported death of Pakistani Taliban leader Beitullah Mehsud, stories about a violent clash amongst potential successors have emerged over the weekend. Below, the Critical Threats Project presents a brief summary of the emerging—and still unconfirmed—details of both incidents.