For peace to succeed, all Afghan factions, as well as the government and foreign forces, must pledge to end the hostilities.
The hawks in the US administration have long been itching for a fight with Tehran, and the strike appears to have been designed to elicit a strong reaction.
Now Donald Trump has seen that there are few options to a long drawn out war, and has decided to pull out. Most would call it a defeat.
Washington’s exercise of power over the past two decades has been brash and brutish.
But few American administrations have backed Israel’s atrocities as openly as the Trump White House has.
Like the reality television show which brought him to power, the loss of Trump’s power may fittingly come via the content of another kind of reality show.
Hardly any analyst is willing to argue that the demise of Baghdadi spells the end of the Islamic State, which in all too many cases represents a state of mind, related more often than not to U.S. foreign policy.
Professor Stephen Philip Cohen ... will be remembered with affection and respect across a region that he explored and researched for more than 50 years.
The fact is that were Afghanistan to implode, the chaos thus spawned would not remain confined within its borders, and would spread across the region.
The litany of betrayal goes on, but the desperate Kurds continue to believe that one day, the Americans will deliver on their promises. Dream on.