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Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.


Articles by Ashish Kumar Sen

North Korea's Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launchpad in Tongchang-ri, North Korea, on Dec. 12. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution condemning the rocket launch, imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang's space agency. (Korean Central News Agency via Associated Press)

North Korea goes ballistic over U.N.'s new sanctions

North Korea reacted angrily Wednesday to a U.N. resolution that condemns its recent rocket launch and imposes new sanctions, hinting that it may conduct another nuclear test. Published January 23, 2013

Syrians struggle to get pillows and blankets distributed at a camp for displaced civilians, in the village of Atmeh, Syria. Other Syrians have escaped the conflict by going to neighboring countries, taxing the ability of those nations and international relief agencies to help them. "In terms of the overall numbers, it is very clear the region is facing a humanitarian disaster that is deepening by the day," said Sharon Waxman, of the International Rescue Committee's Commission on Syrian Refugees. (Associated Press)

Refugees flood Syria's neighbors

Syria's 22-month-long civil war has created a refugee crisis of historic proportions that threatens to destabilize countries in the Middle East and has far outpaced the ability of foreign governments and global relief agencies to respond, says a top U.N. official. Published January 17, 2013

All U.S. troops are scheduled to leave Afghanistan in 2014. Whether any will remain to train local forces and conduct missions against al Qaeda remains a point of contention between the two countries' governments. (Associated Press)

Afghans fear a civil war 
if all U.S. troops depart

Afghan lawmakers are alarmed that the White House will consider an option to remove all U.S. troops from their country by the end of next year, warning that such a decision would pave the way for a Taliban takeover. Published January 14, 2013

** FILE ** In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, file photo, a Libyan woman, Salwa Bugaighis, carries a wreath with a photo of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens on it as she and others gather to pay their respect to the victims of the Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate, in Benghazi, Libya. A man linked to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi has been conditionally released by Tunisian authorities due to lack of evidence, his lawyer said Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

Benghazi suspect's release spurs calls to punish Tunisia

A Tunisian judge's decision to release the only man arrested in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has angered congressional Republicans, with one lawmaker demanding that the U.S. cut off millions of dollars in aid to newly democratic Tunisia. Published January 8, 2013

**FILE** A Libyan man sits Sept. 20, 2012, near a mural of Moammar Gadhafi in Benghazi, Libya. (Associated Press)

Libyan diplomat turns down Foreign Ministry post

The man nominated to serve as Libya’s foreign minister has declined to take the job, despite being cleared by a panel that investigated his links to late dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Published January 3, 2013

**FILE** Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant group the Haqqani network, speaks Aug. 22, 1998, during an interview in Miram Shah, Pakistan. (Associated Press)

Pakistan-Haqqani ties threaten to thwart U.S.

Western officials and analysts say U.S. and U.N. pressure is failing to persuade Pakistan to cut its ties to a terrorist network whose attacks coalition forces fear could complicate the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Published December 24, 2012

** FILE ** Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa talks to journalists during a joint press conference with Italian Premier Romano Prodi at the Chigi Palace in Rome in 2007. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Syrian vice president: No one can win civil war

Syria's vice president has said that neither the Syria army nor the anti-government rebels can win the 21-month-long civil war that has claimed 40,000 lives, the highest-ranking official in President Bashar Assad's government to suggest publicly that the longtime authoritarian regime cannot succeed. Published December 17, 2012

**FILE** Palestinian supporters of Hamas wave flags during a rally in the West Bank city of Tulkarem on Dec. 14, 2012, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the militant group. (Associated Press)

Diplomat: Palestinians to oppose Israeli settlements

Palestinians will oppose Israel nonviolently if the Jewish state proceeds with plans to build settlements between Jerusalem and the West Bank, the top Palestinian official in Washington said Friday. Published December 14, 2012

Kurdish members of the Free Syria Army ride on a tank stolen from the Syrian army in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo, in Syria on Wednesday. The rebels have made significant gains on the ground in Damascus, Deir al-Zour and Aleppo, where they have overrun military bases. (Associated Press)

Russia says Assad is losing control

Russia, which has provided military and political support key to the Syrian regime, acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that President Bashar Assad is losing control and the rebels may win the civil war that has dragged on for 21 months and claimed an estimated 40,000 lives. Published December 13, 2012

Newly recognized Syrian coalition hits U.S. terrorist designation

The leader of Syria's opposition coalition urged the United States on Wednesday to reconsider its decision to designate an al-Qaeda-affiliated group fighting against President Bashar Assad's regime as a foreign terrorist group. Published December 12, 2012

A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon as he watches a Syrian Army jet, not pictured, in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo province, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

Obama gives Syrian rebels recognition

President Obama said on Tuesday that the United States will formally recognize a coalition of Syrian opposition groups as that country's legitimate representative, intensifying pressure on President Bashar Assad's embattled regime. Published December 11, 2012

Xi’s rise to top began in adversity

Xi Jinping, anointed last month as China's new leader, was an impressionable 9-year-old in 1962 when his father, a prominent revolutionary and vice premier, fell out of favor with Mao Zedong. Published December 6, 2012