Jason Burke

  • In the centre of Delhi, one of the world’s biggest, dirtiest, noisiest cities, is an island of calm. Here, government ministers live in vast, state-owned villas; judges, generals and senior bureaucrats walk their dogs across well-watered lawns as servants scrub their government cars; top ...

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  • What is the significance of Ayman al-Zawahiris apparent succession to the head of Al-Qaeda? It is tempting to answer not a lot. The real seismic change in Al-Qaedas evolution is the loss of the charismatic and extraordinarily well-known Osama bin Laden. After such an event the choice of successor ...

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  • American and Afghan officials are locked in increasingly acrimonious secret talks about a long-term security agreement which is likely to see US troops, spies and air power based in the troubled country for decades. Though not publicised, negotiations have been under way for more than a month to ...

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  • Hidden deep in the leaked Guantanamo files is a small but important trove of information, too historical and too technical to have commanded much space in newspapers keener on hyperventilating about 'nuclear Al Qaeda hellstorms this week. Each of the 700-plus files includes a short biography of its ...

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