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Who’s in Charge of the Taliban?

The newest round of rumors over Mullah Omar’s demise is spreading like wildfire. And if Omar really is dead, understanding Akhtar Mansour -- arguably the Taliban’s number two man -- is vital for the upcoming peace talks.

The South Asia Channel

Research Returns From War

There is no welcome home for a contentious U.S. Army program -- the Human Terrain System -- as its closure renews debate on the militarization of the social sciences.

Best Defense

Tales of war: Getting 12 approvals for a relatively minor mission in Afghanistan

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally appeared on November 24, 2014.

Dispatch

It’s Not the Taliban — It’s the Islamic State

As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani has found a new reason for them to stay.

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